Saskatchewan man to be sentenced on charges related to Amber Alert

first_imgNORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — A lawyer for a man who stole a running SUV with a disabled girl in the back seat wants him sentenced to no more than two years in jail.The Crown is asking a Saskatchewan judge to hand 19-year old Johnathan Gunville three years in prison.Gunville has pleaded guilty to several charges, including theft of a vehicle and abandoning a child.The six-year-old girl had been left in the back of her parents’ Mercedes when it was taken last September from outside a North Battleford strip mall.RCMP issued an Amber Alert for the girl, who is autistic, epileptic and non-verbal, and she was found 14 hours later still in the vehicle a few kilometres away.Gunville is to be sentenced Feb. 20. (CJNB)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AAPs Prof Shweta Sharma to contest from GB Nagar

first_imgGB Nagar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced their candidate for Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 11. Prof Shweta Sharma will be contesting on the GB Nagar LS seat from AAP. AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh announced the name on Twitter. Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit in a tweet said that Sharma is working to remove corruption in education and other irregularities. With the announcement, Sharma will be pitted against sitting MP and BJP leader Mahesh Sharma, among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per a senior AAP leader, Sharma is a professor with an MBA degree in Human Resources, an M.Phil, UGC-NET and pursuing PhD. Almost all the parties have announced their candidates on the Lok Sabha seat. Union minister Mahesh Sharma has been nominated from Bhartiya Janta Party, Congress has named Arvind Kumar Singh as their candidate while Satveer Nagar is the joint nominee of the SP and the BSP. All these three candidates filed their nominations on March 22. Sources said that Prof. Sharma may file nominations on Monday. As per reports, the AAP had fielded Kishan Pal Singh as its candidate from this seat in 2014. Singh stood fourth after Mahesh Sharma (5, 99, 702) who won while SP’s Narendra Bhati got 3,19,490 votes and BSP’s Satish Kumar 1,98,237 among 25 candidates including Independents.last_img read more

Teen remanded to prison for stealing adopted fathers gun

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConvicted taxi driver implicated in Supply robbery attempt charged againApril 18, 2018In “Court”Campbellville man remanded to prison for stealing household appliancesOctober 11, 2016In “Court”Excavator Operator charged for illegal firearm possessionFebruary 5, 2018In “Court” A teenager who stole his adopted father’s gun along with ammunition was, earlier today (Monday), before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman to answer for the offense.Chris Pollard, 17, of Lot 46 Durban Street, Georgetown appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded guilty to the offense.However he changed his plea to a not-guilty one when Magistrate Latchman cautioned him that his guilty plea will send him directly to prison.The charge against him alleged that on January 28 2018 at David Street, Kitty, he stole a .32 pistol along with ten matching rounds of ammunition valued $252,600 from Peter Pollard.Prosecutor Arvin Moore revealed that the accused visited his adopted father and stole the weapon and ammo from under his pillow where it was being kept.He was apprehended by Police and reportedly immediately admitted to the offense.As such he was remanded to prison and is set to return on February 26 2018. read more

PCM launches new Delasco™ DX series of peristaltic pumps

first_imgDrawing on its expertise of peristaltic pumps and their broad range of applications, PCM has developed the Delasco™ DX series (DX65-DX80-DX100) with a technology “that will meet the expectations of today’s mining and environment markets as well as the requirements of chemical and new energies applications.” The company says the main concerns of customers when dealing with big peristaltic pumps are to improve the efficiency and costeffectiveness of their operations, enhance maintenance with MIP (maintenance in place) and reduce energy consumption. “This is exactly what the PCM Delasco™ DX series help them to do.”Finding ways of saving water has become paramount in industrial processes. “With PCM Delasco™ DX series all fluids flow: abrasive and high solids content slurries up to 80% dry solids, corrosive high density media, viscous shear sensitive particles or corrosive gaseous fluids. There is no need to add water to enable pumping nor is the pump operation and efficiency affected by variations in solids, viscosity or pressure. Therefore with simple and sturdy design (robust shock resistant heavy cast X-cover design and all sensors at the rear to protect them), the DX series is ideal for tough environments.”Another advantage such as the internal bearing allows the DX series pumps to run with any type of drive and motor thanks to a quick plug-in- drive system. “Adaptable to any environment, every PCM Delasco™ DX is individually shimmed to perfectly match your pumping conditions, granting perfect hose compression and long service life. But if new conditions are required, easy shoe shimming adjustment is possible thank’s to a stainless steel hatch ATEX compliant. In addition, inherent to peristaltic technology, the pumps can run dry and need no ancillary protection equipment.”The PCM Delasco™ DX series can generate flow rates up to 55 m3/h and are also available in duplex configuration. With two pump heads and one single drive, the PCM Delasco™ DX Duplex series allows to double the flow rate of a single pump up to 100 m3/h with the benefits of a reduced footprint, less pulsations and less maintenance cost. Less energy as well is required thanks to the inherent low running speed of the pumps.“By nature, peristaltic pumps are easy to maintain thanks to their seal-less construction and as the only wetted part is the hose. PCM DX series substantially improves the technology benefits with optimised life time for the hose; the high quality abrasion resistant elastomer provides thousands of working hours; easy on-site maintenance and short downtime with an ingenious pull-out system that allows fast connection removal and easy hose change in minutes even after hours of operations on sticky products; and internal bearing technology that eliminates load on gear motor bearings, favours heat dissipation and reduces drive related maintenance.” Finally, built to last and to cut down maintenance time and cost, “PCM Delasco™ DX is also environmental friendly with a 100% leak proof body to hold the fluid in case of hose rupture and one of the smallest footprint on the market.”last_img read more

Greek citadel discovered in Israel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An ancient Greek citadel has been uncovered in Jerusalem following excavations under a car park in the city.The Acra is on the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, which were built centuries after Romans devastated the Greek site in AD70.“This sensational discovery allows us, for the first time, to reconstruct the layout of the settlement in the city,” archaeologists said. The exact location of the city was unknown until its discovery. The site dates back to Antiochus IV Epiphanes’ reign in 168BC, serving part of a defence system until it was recaptured by the Jews in 141BC, led by Jewish leader Simon Maccabees.last_img read more

La taxation des boissons sucrées suscite la polémique

first_imgLa taxation des boissons sucrées suscite la polémiqueMercredi dernier, François Fillon a annoncé la création d’une taxe pour les boissons sucrées dont le “taux sera aligné sur celui du vin”. Une mesure qui suscite la polémique chez les spécialistes de la santé qui dénoncent un “effet d’annonce” et un “argument fallacieux” de prévention de l’obésité. Jus de fruits, sodas et autres boissons sucrées feront bientôt l’objet d’une taxe. C’est ce qu’a annoncé mercredi dernier, le premier ministre François Fillon dans le cadre de son plan destiné à réduire la dette. Une mesure qui doit entrer en vigueur début 2012 et qui devrait permettre de rapporter 120 millions d’euros à l’Etat. Mais à peine annoncée, la taxation a suscité une vive polémique du côté des professionnels de santé. À lire aussiNew York : les fabricants de sodas partent en guerre contre l’interdictionEn effet, ceux-ci n’ont pas manqué de remarquer que cette mesure ne concernait pas les jus de fruits sans sucres ajoutés et les boissons qui contiennent des édulcorants comme l’aspartame. Des produits volontairement exclus par le premier ministre qui a expliqué : “Ça vapermettre que tous ces produits sans sucre ajouté coûtent au final moins cher que les autres et qu’on puisse adapter et changer son comportement”. Bien au contraire, les spécialistes dénoncent alors un “effet d’annonce” et un “argument fallacieux” de lutte contre l’obésité, alors que les jus de fruits sont très souvent aussi voire plus sucrés que les autres boissons type sodas.  Plus de boissons aux édulcorants ? Par ailleurs, le député PS Gérard Bapt, rapporteur spécial de la mission santé de l’Assemblée nationale, a estimé dans une lettre adressé à Xavier Bertrand que la taxation des boissons sucrées au nom de l’obésité “pose un problème”, dans la mesure où elle risque de conduire à l’augmentation de la consommation des boissons avec édulcorant. A l’heure, où les effets potentiels de l’aspartame et la Dose journalière admissible (DJA) sont clairement remis en cause, cet encouragement apparait en effet particulièrement inapproprié. De son côté, le professeur Patrick Tounian (INSERM, AP-HP) estime que les boissons à base d’édulcorants ne présentent aucun risque pour la santé. En revanche, cité par l’AFP, il affirme  qu’il n’existe “aucun lien entre la consommation de boissons sucrées et l’obésité” et que “si demain on les interdisait, il n’y aurait pas un enfant obèse en moins. L’obésité est une maladie chez l’enfant”, souligne-t-il. D’un point de vue santé, cette nouvelle taxation est donc loin de convaincre les professionnels…Le 29 août 2011 à 19:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police seek suspects in two thefts

first_imgClark County law enforcement officials are trying to track down suspects in two different thefts from earlier this month, and they’re asking for the public’s help.Vancouver police officers responded on Monday to a call at the Orchards EZ Wash laundromat, at 10411 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., about a man who stole money from a soap dispenser and a pop vending machine.The male suspect was captured on the business’s surveillance cameras. The police circulated a still from the video and circulated the image.The department asked anyone who can identify the man to contact Vancouver police Service Technician Simone McPoland at another theft case, the police department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office asked tipsters to let officers know if they recognize a man who is suspected of breaking into a vehicle parked in the Orchards area overnight Jan. 18.Responding deputies found someone had stolen some personal effects from the vehicle, which was parked in a driveway, along with a wallet.In the afternoon on Jan 19, Vancouver police officers were called after someone used a credit card stolen in the vehicle prowl while shopping at Vancouver Mall.When confronted, the man fled the mall and then jumped into a blue Subaru with Oregon plates. A bystander snapped a couple of pictures of the suspect, and the sheriff’s office circulated the photos.last_img read more

Neymars terrible year leaves him out of all the Awards

first_imgOne would’ve thought that Neymar could even make it to the top 10 in the awards circuit this year, but he didn’t even make that cut.As we saw Luka Modric pick up his The Best and World XI awards this Monday, we also realized that Neymar wasn’t even in the conversation this year and Kylian Mbappé completely replaced him in every aspect. The Brazilian forward had the most forgettable year of his career, even if he won trophies for PSG last season, playing in Ligue 1 proves that he becomes irrelevant if he doesn’t do anything important for his national team or he doesn’t get far in the Champions League with the French club. Mbappé on the other hand, was the best young player in the last World Cup and won the trophy with France. For many experts even, Kylian Mbappé was the best player of the competition and he might get a last-minute upset in the Ballon d’Or which will happen on December the 3rd. But Neymar’s situation is truly alarming, as he wasn’t even mentioned in the top 10 of either The Best or the UEFA Players of the Year awards from last season and he was completely forgotten from the media apart from the already familiar trolling and memes that are constantly done against him. Sad to say but, Neymar is slowly becoming what he dreaded the most: he is turning into the new version of Robinho.Because sadly for Neymar, only winning one Champions League and reaching Pele’s all-time top scoring record won’t be enough to consider him one of the greats. Unfortunately for him, the PSG star was born in the age of football titans when Messi and Ronaldo dominated the sport and now he may even get eclipsed by fellow teammate Kylian Mbappé who also seems like he is going to be an incredible talent. As far as his country is concerned, there are many other great Brazilians who are considered better than he is and he barely reaches the all-time top 10 list of the best footballers born in Brazil. For Neymar’s career, the only thing that counts is to win more than one Ballon d’Or and he was supposed to at least have a couple by the time he was 26 or 27. This 2018 was planned as his year because of how well the Brazilian National Team played during the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers, but it all ended in a complete disaster for him. Somewhere along the way, a bad decision os what took him to where he is today, as a completely irrelevant player who needs to get back on his feet and has the biggest challenge of his career ahead of him.Happiness 😆— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 24, 2018PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Rough start at PSG on his second season.After the nasty injury he suffered during his first season for Paris Saint-Germain and the World Cup fiasco, Neymar came back to the French club with high hopes for a new competition and things haven’t gone his way so far. Kylian Mbappé is taking all the spotlight from him and this has translated into this year’s awards circuit, PSG failed to get that start they were hoping for in the Champions League after that painful loss against Liverpool and most of the backlash fell on Neymar. Making a decision of leaving Barcelona for a record €222 million is one of the hardest challenges any player can have. Being labeled as the most expensive player is a burden that only Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to endure, neither Neymar nor Paul Pogba have been able to get through it, even Coutinho and Dembele have struggled to live up to the hype created around their price tag. We know it’s still soon to tell if Neymar will succeed at the French club or not, but his 2018 has been truly ghastly so far and we bet the player can’t wait for the year to be over in order to start fresh during 2019. You bet that he won’t even get mentioned in the Ballon d’Or conversation, he simply didn’t do enough to deserve a spot there either.Essa época eu sonhava muito alto, mas não sabia que poderia alcançar muito mais do que imaginava. Obrigado Deus por me fazer amar tanto o futebol 🙏🏽❤️⚽️ “meu nome é favela…” 🎶— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 22, 2018What do you think about Neymar’s 2018 so far? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Trial begins for 3 men accused of murdering BSO deputy

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Trial has begun for the three men charged in the murder of a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy in 2006.Jury selection is underway in the case against Andre Delancy, Bernard Forbes and Eloyn Ingraham, who are accused in the killing of Deputy Brian Tephford, 10 years ago.Tephford was shot to death during a traffic stop outside of an apartment complex, in Tamarac, in 2006.If convicted, all three men face the death penalty.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Live feed captures bald eagle hatchlings being born

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) — A pair of bald eagle hatchlings were born in time for Christmas.A web cam caught a bald eagle in her nest in Fort Myers with pieces of food and shell bits scattered all around, Monday.The father brought fresh food to feed the newborns.The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam captured the moment when one of the eaglets hatched, Sunday.The newborn pecked its way out of its shell with a bit of help from mama bird.More than 226,000 people follow the eagles on Facebook.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Reliance Communications mulls merger with MTS India

first_imgThe board of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) will on Monday consider a merger arrangement with the India operations of Russian telecom giant MTS, RCom said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).RCom has been in talks with Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) since June to merge the latter’s Indian operations with itself. SSTL provides data services in India under the MTS brand to 10 million subscribers across 450 towns.”Reliance Communications has informed BSE that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the company will be held on November 2 to consider a scheme of arrangement for demerger of the telecom business undertaking of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. into the company,” Rcom informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.The deal would extend the validity of the RCom spectrum by 12 years.”The proposed merger will be highly value-accretive for RCom, as it will, in eight important circles, extend the validity of the 850-MHz spectrum by a significantly long period of 12 years, all the way up to 2033,” Anil Ambani said at the company’s annual general meeting on September 30.As part of the stock swap deal negotiated, Sistema would get a stake of 8-10 percent in the merged entity, while RCom would hold controlling stake.The combined entity will have about 120 million subscribers, making it the fourth largest telecom operator in India, after Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.MTS India operates in nine circles – Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.last_img read more

Roku Surpasses 30 Million Accounts Delivers BetterThanExpected Q2 Results

first_img Roku Is Embracing Kids Content With New Roku Channel Section And Roku is getting better at monetizing these accounts as well: Average revenue per user (ARPU) came in at 21.06, surpassing the $20 mark for the first time in the company’s history. Roku’s monetized video ad impressions more than doubled year-over-year, the company revealed in its letter to investors. Related Based on these trends, Roku revised its outlook for 2019 Wednesday. The company is now predicting to grow its revenue by 46% year-over-year, resulting in a mid-point guidance of $1.085 billion for the full year. Previously, Roku predicted to grow its revenue 40% year-over-year.Investors loved the sound of that, and sent up the company’s share price close to 10% in after-hours trading.Roku’s leadership did face some questions about the threat of new tariffs during the company’s earnings call Wednesday afternoon. “Tariffs might impact our future results,” admitted CEO Anthony Wood. He added that the company was looking to take some steps to mitigate the tariff threat, saying: We are looking at relocating manufacturing over time.”CFO Steve Louden told Variety in an interview Wednesday afternoon that the company had nothing to announce with regards to moving its manufacturing at this point. He described the threat of tariffs as fluid, saying: “The story keeps changing.” Louden did acknowledge that Roku and its smart TV partners were exploring ways to minimize the impact of possible tariffs. “We are trying to be as prepared as we can be,” he said.Roku’s leadership also faced a few questions about its plans for further international expansion Wednesday, with one analyst referencing Variety’s recent report that the company was looking at Brazil as one of its next major opportunities.Executives declined to share any details about their plans, but struck an optimistic tone about the overall opportunity, with Louden telling Variety: “There is a lot of potential internationally.” He added that a further international expansion would have a more material impact on Roku’s business in 2020. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 U.S. Delays Tariffs on Smart Phones, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes Roku is now being used by 30.5 million households every month, and those users are a big reason the company grew revenues in its most recent quarter faster than Wall Street anticipated.In the quarter ending June 30, Roku generated $250.1 million in revenue, compared to $156.8 million during the same quarter a year ago, Roku revealed in its letter to investors Wednesday. The company incurred net losses of $10.4 million during the quarter, or $0.08 per share, compared to losses of $0.1 million in Q2 of 2018.Analysts had expected losses of $0.23 per share on earnings of $224 million.A major share of Roku’s revenue — 67%, to be precise — was once again driven by the company’s fast-growing advertising and services business. That’s a direct result of those 30.5 million active accounts, which collectively streamed some 9.4 billion hours of entertainment during the quarter. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Cosplay Gallery Ace Comic Con Arizona 2018

first_imgACE Comic Con Arizona debuted at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. As ACE Universe’s latest installment in their newly launched franchise of comic conventions, ACE Comic Con Arizona showcased a star-studded guest line-up (featuring Chris Evans, Stan Lee, and Tom Holland) and a circular artist alley (including Todd Macfarlane, John Cassaday, and John Romita Jr.).A notable distinction between ACE Comic Con and other comic conventions is that ACE Universe shows will exclusively take place in sports arenas, thus re-configuring the standard comic convention layout. At ACE Comic Con Arizona, the main show floor was located on the ice rink, where the larger exhibitors and vendors were selling comics, toys, apparel, and other nerdy wares. A portion of the arena was sectioned off for the featured programming, including a Captain America panel, a Spider-Man: Homecoming panel, and a panel with Stan Lee and Todd Macfarlane.Alongside the concession stands around the perimeter of the first level of the arena, artists were placed in a circular artist alley, which was a little disorientating at first, but seemed to regulate the crowd flow the entire weekend. Similarly, the perimeter of the top floor was reserved for autograph sessions, an impromptu pinball arcade, and vendors selling clothing and replicas of Captain America shields.With newer conventions like ACE Comic Con, it can be hard to gauge the cosplay turnout ahead of time, but enthusiastic attendees of all ages showed up in amazing costumes. Because of the celebrity guest list, there were many Spider-Men, Captains America, and Winter Soldiers in attendance. Since this was my first time in Arizona, it was really great meeting so many amazing costumers who were excited to show off their skill and talent this past weekend. Check out all of the great cosplay I spotted this weekend!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Cosplayed by themeechofitall ( Cosplayed by imjusta.bear ( 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Cosplayed by Aaron Rivin ( & Mina Kess ( 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. All photos by Betty Felon. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Japan PM calls snap election in December puts off tax hike

first_imgDespite those policies, the Japanese economy slipped into a recession last quarter after a sales tax increase in April crushed consumer and business spending. That forced Abe to delay the second hike planned for October next year until April 2017. Abe said on Tuesday he will dissolve parliament on Friday. He wants an election as soon as possible, which would be mid-December, to seek public approval for his tax decision and for his overall ‘Abenomics’ policies of extreme monetary easing, heavy government spending and economic reforms. The government and the Bank of Japan have pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy in the two years since Abe was elected. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen‘I realize this election will be tough, but I need to hear the voice of the people,’’ Abe told a news conference. ‘I will step down if we fail to keep our majority because that would mean our Abenomics is rejected.’ The delay in raising the sales tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent will slow Japan’s work on repairing its tattered public finances. But Abe said the risk to the world’s third-largest economy was a bigger threat. Fresh elections may seem a puzzling decision given Abe is only half way through his term and the latest economic news is dismal. However Abe’s ruling Liberal Democrats have a solid majority and hope to further consolidate their power at a time when opposition parties are weak and in disarray. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAbe described his strategies as the ‘only path’’ for Japan to escape its economic malaise. ‘Some people say Abenomics has failed or it’s not performing well,’’ he said. ‘But then what should we be doing?’’  Japan has bubbled with speculation of an early election since early this month. The Liberal Democrats have been coaching freshman lawmakers on campaign strategies and opposition parties have rushed to discuss possible new alliances, as campaign posters went up in Tokyo neighborhoods. Abe got a rare second term as prime minister after stepping down just a year into his rocky first term in office in 2006-2007. His support ratings started out high as share prices surged in early 2013. But they have fallen recently. Parliament got bogged down in squabbles over campaign finance scandals that led to resignations of two of his cabinet ministers within weeks of an early September reshuffle. By dissolving parliament for an election Abe can clear the slate and once again reshuffle his cabinet, said Michael Cucek, a Tokyo-based analyst and fellow at Temple University Japan. Abe pointed to progress in terms of an improved job market and modest increases in wages for some workers. ‘We’ve kept moving ahead. We must not stop now,’’ he said. Opposition party leaders, already resigned to Abe’s plan, said they could not oppose the delay in the sales tax increase, given the feeble state of the economy. At over a quadrillion yen ($8.6 trillion), Japan’s public debt is the biggest among developed nations and over twice the size of the economy. But since most of the debt is held by the Bank of Japan and other Japanese financial institutions, it is considered relatively stable.last_img read more

Whats love got to do with it

first_imgWell, its 14th February and the colour red is flaming in every corner of the city. It isn’t a communist uprising – worry not. It is just Valentine’s Day.If teddy bears, chocolates and over-priced flowers were not enough – the airlines, which are facing financial deficits, now we have special discounts for couples who can fly in to celebrate the day together. Distance is only a number when it comes to love and money is only an object.But it does make us wonder – with sky-high shopping bills, a mad rush for advance bookings in cafes and restaurants and the constant fear of probably not being able to please your significant other – are we celebrating love or are we ruining it? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Psychiatrists says that high expectations and comparison with other couples, especially on over-hyped days like Valentine’s Day, may actually ruin relationships rather than making the couple come closer together.Let’s break it down – if you expect your partner to sweep you off your feet with an overtly romantic gesture coming Saturday morning and they don’t, we can well expect hell to break loose. Alternately if you are aware of your partner’s high expectations – the onus (and pressure) is on you to deliver. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Dumping faulty (and very high) expectations on our partners can make things bad. Expectations arise to conform to things happening around us. The need to be accepted and treated at par by others. But such high expectations borne out of social obligations are not healthy for relationships,” says Samir Parikh, Chief of Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at a city hospital here. Besides the infamous dose of ‘high expectations’ which mathematically equates to mounting expenses, brings in another enemy of love – jealousy. Witnessing all the happy couples with red roses or expensive, fancy gifts – anyone and everyone could feel very left out and very green. Especially on this day of love.“Jealousy is dangerous but whether to be jealous or not, depends upon the people. Couples need to keep in mind all that they have invested in their relationship. Rather than looking what others are doing (or buying) and comparing your partner with others, do what fits your relationship,” suggests Parikh.Do the roots of these expectations and jealousies run deep? Blame the movie industry for it. The larger-than-life celebrations on celluloid have actually ruined the idea of love for couples. It is considered to be more romantic to try and ape what you saw on TV than want to be original and honest about what you feel.Want to remain sane and enjoy what your relationship really has to offer? Get some fried chicken, slip in to those comfortable pajamas and watch a movie with your significant other. Have some real fun on Valentine’s Day! However, if you are still pretty convinced that you can handle the pressure and live up to expectations (or at least try to) – we have some recipes and some pretty neat dinner/lunch packages and a chance to win your girl (or yourself) a ‘best friend’ and make this Valentine’s Day all the more special. Read on to make your plans but at the end of it all – make sure you have fun.last_img read more

Qatar Airways accelerates its global expansion

first_imgQatar Airwayswww.qatarairways.comQatar Airways accelerates its global expansionQatar Airways, the 2017 Airline of the Year as awarded by Skytrax, today confirmed the expedited launch of two new destinations by the end of August 2017, with several more announcements to follow shortly. Joining Qatar Airways’ global network, which spans six continents, are: Sohar, Sultanate of Oman, which will launch on 8 August; and Prague, Czech Republic, which will launch on 21 August.The airline has confirmed the start of its new service between Doha and Sohar with three-weekly flights beginning 8 August, while the service between Doha and Prague will operate on a daily basis from 21 August. Both destinations will be operated by Qatar Airways’ Airbus A320 aircraft.Qatar Airways recently launched a direct daily service to Dublin, Republic of Ireland, as part of its rapid global expansion strategy, with service to Nice, France, commencing 4 July, and flights to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, on 17 July.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Having recently been named Airline of the Year at the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, it is now our turn as an airline to give back to all of our passengers and supporters around the world. Qatar Airways’ announcement today comes at a time when we are accelerating our global expansion plans by expediting the launch of these two new destinations. Qatar Airways is committed to connecting more people to more places, through our five-star hub, Hamad International Airport, while supporting our global message of ‘Going Places Together’.”Other new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018 include Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand.; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S.; and Santiago, Chile. A total of 25 new destination launches will take place throughout 2017-2018.The new Prague and Sohar routes will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.Passengers can use any transfer time to take advantage of the many activities and services available at Hamad International Airport, from the free Wi-Fi, airside swimming pool and play areas for children, through to the multiple quiet areas in which passengers can relax, as well as the amazing array of duty free shopping and dining options.Qatar Airways received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.The award-winning airline also recently revealed the first Boeing 777 equipped with the airline’s new and unique seat design, Qsuite, at Le Bourget Airport, during the Paris Air Show 2017. Since its official debut, Qsuite has already been featured on the Doha-London Heathrow route, and will be followed by service to Paris and New York, with the airline’s fleet retrofitted at the rate of one plane per month.Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

April 29 2019

first_imgApril 29 , 2019 Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … You might also be interested in “Brazil is a reliable partner that is focused on providing top-quality, sustainably produced fruits, all year-round. We share a strong commitment to food safety and continuously seek to demonstrate our trustworthiness and innovative solutions with retailers and customers alike through long-term partnerships.”Brazil also benefits from “exceptionally sustainable production methods”, which de Souza says positively contribute to the protection of Brazil’s environment.“Most fruits are produced in the northeast of Brazil, which is a semi-arid region far removed from tropical forests such as the Amazon,” he explains.And by choosing Brazilian fruit, UK consumers not only benefit from top-quality produce, but also they make a positive impact on communities across Brazil.“Our fruit production has been demonstrated to positively contribute to the social and economic well-being of entire production regions,” de Souza claims.“We have compared regional Human Development Indexes before and after fruit production with astonishing results for entire communities. Fruit production has brought substantial economic improvements and also contributed to the technological development of the country.”Export ambitionsDespite being recognized as the world’s third-largest fruit producer, Brazil still lags behind in terms of exports; ranking 23rd on the global scale, according to Abrafrutas.In 2014, the organization was established precisely to tackle that imbalance, seeking to increase the overseas market share of its producers and working towards the goal of reaching US$1 billion (£769m) in fruit exports.“We have successfully increased exports even though the goal of US$1 billion is yet to be achieved,” accepts de Souza. “In 2018, we closed the gap towards this objective with around US$900,000 in sales.“Throughout the 2014-2018 period, we had an average 8% increase in both volume and value. However, this period brought forward new uncertainties, as the macroeconomic outlook changed for business, which impacted on international trading.“We remain confident that we will soon achieve the US$1 billion benchmark we set for ourselves.”In the context of the UK, exports are on the up. In 2018, Abrafrutas calculates that Brazil exported around 160,000 tonnes of fresh fruit to UK., including direct consignments by sea and air, as well as via Dutch distributors in Rotterdam.For 2019, Abrafrutas plans to raise exports by 10%. So far, the first few months of the year have shown good results, with sales from January to March registering 9% higher in value and 15% higher in volume, against the same period in 2018.Even with Brexit looming, Abrafrutas remains committed to increasing its supply to the UK. “Until the full details emerge as to the UK’s exit from the European Union, it is difficult to judge impact on the fruit supply chain,” de Souza points out.“In the event of potential disruption, we shall do our very best to continue to supply the UK efficiently with our top quality tropical fruits! The London Produce Show also lends the opportunity to discuss the potential challenges and opportunities that could arise.”Abrafrutas is headed by Luiz Roberto Barcelos, who is in his third term as president; and Guilherme Coelho, who was elected vice-president last year.Visit Abrafrutas at The London Produce Show and Conference 2019 on 5-7 June to find out more about the association and its members.Register here to attend the three-day event.center_img Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru … Abrafrutas, the Brazilian association of 65 fresh fruit producers and exporters who combined represent 82% of national exports, is looking to realize a number of opportunities on the UK market for its year-round supply of avocados, papayas, mangos and limes. PBUK talks with Jorge de Souza, Project & Technical Manager at Abrafrutas, ahead of Brazil’s first country participation at The London Produce Show and Conference in June.“The UK already enjoys the quality produce that Brazil has to offer but so much more can be done to strengthen our position by offering our delicious tropical fruits year-round to British consumers,” de Souza begins by saying.“We are confident that there are excellent opportunities for our avocados (both Hass and tropical varieties). Also, papaya really is a top product considering that distributors are improving and consolidating the technical post-harvest management in order to protect fruit quality. Finally, limes and mangos have good opportunities to increase consumption too.” To that end, Abrafrutas is exhibiting at The London Produce Show 2019 on 5-7 June under its marketing strapline ‘Frutas do Brasil’ (Fruits from Brazil). A number of companies from Brazil’s lime, mango, table grape and avocado sectors will be present on the stand to showcase their offerings. So far, the delegation includes: Be Fruit, COOPA, the Brazilian Avocado Growers Association (ABPA)and San Sebastian, and it will be headed by de Souza.Be Fruit is a trading company based in São Paulo that specializes in top quality limes, COOPA is a cooperative located in Petrolina that exports new varieties of mangos and table grapes; and ABPA is the Brazilian Avocado Growers’ Association, based in São Paulo, which will showcase new varieties of tropical avocados at the show. San Sebastian, meanwhile, is a company in Petrolina – the primary mango and grape production region in Brazil – that de Souza claims can offer retailers “solid commercial conditions, as well as outstanding quality fruit.”In particular, Abrafrutas is looking forward to the opportunity to meet with U.K. and international buyers in person in order to build trust, and to identify new opportunities for growth.“We look forward to engaging with players from across the fresh fruit chain to gain insights into new customer trends and to reinforce our position as reliable supplier of high-quality produce,” he says.“I am sure The London Produce Show will be another important step in climbing to the top of the mountain to become one of the most important tropical fruit suppliers to the UK.”Educating consumersAbrafrutas is also sponsoring one of the show’s Chef Demonstrations, counting on the support of talented Brazilian chef, Luciana Berry. Berry, a semifinalist on MasterChef Professionals 2014 in the UK, will be showcasing some new recipes based on what de Souza describes as the “extraordinary diversity” of Brazilian fruit. This, he says, forms part of the commitment made by Abrafrutas to invest in demonstrating to consumers how to make the best use of Brazilian fruits as an ingredient in many recipes. “They are healthy, tasty and provide an exciting gastronomic experience,” he says.“It is not so simple to convince people to eat papaya for breakfast, or to eat avocado as a sweet cream instead of as guacamole, for instance. But the same happened with mangoes a few years back, and now mangos are more popular in the UK than in other European markets!”With UK consumers now eating more tropical fruits than in the past, de Souza believes the time is ripe to actively push the diverse flavors and uses of Brazilian fruits.“We see that the new generation [of British consumers] is becoming much more open-minded,” he points out. “Consumers are seeking innovation, and they are adopting new dietary habits that provide them with wellness and new experiences continuously.“Brazilian fruits provide them with both these things, and Brazil’s Banana Prata is a great example of this. It’s a new banana variety which is great news for consumers, and it’s incomparable in terms of taste, appearance and nutrition [it has a lower sodium content].“British consumers have a strong reputation for wanting the best, including top quality, products in their daily diet. We are very fond of the UK and British consumers! They are the trend-setters that provide the appeal for our products in other markets.”Besides growing a wide range of fruits and varieties, de Souza claims Brazil’s most important competitive advantage for UK buyers is its ability to supply all year-round.“From the moment customers start consuming papayas daily, it is important to ensure that that fruit is available every day,” he exclaims. “That is critical to moving from the initial trial stage to creating a food habit. Brazil starts orange season, forecasts 36% rise in … last_img read more

Five Palm Jumeirah launches Skyline Thursdays

first_imgGuests are being invited to cool down with Five Palm Jumeirah’s summer line-up, featuring the very best in entertainment at its new weekly pool party – Skyline Thursdays. With live DJ sets from the likes of Toni Varga, NSI and Chico Boss, summer just a got a whole lot more fun.Summer Ice is set to turn Five Palm Jumeirah’s social pool up a notch with tunes by Chico Boss, a live burlesque show, iced golas, and a sundowner ritual. The event takes place every Thursday from 14:00-21:00 for AED300 per person (wherein AED150 are redeemable against food and beverages).Continue to party in style in the comfort of the Penthouse’s fully air-conditioned dancefloor with its June DJ line-up for Skyline Thursdays. ADVERTISEMENTTonight, Toni Varga will take the stage. Smooth deep house beats, the marina skyline, and Toni Varga. Sounds good? Let ElRow DJ Toni Varga bring Ibiza anthems to Dubai with hits like ‘Wrong Way’ featuring Ramon Tapia. On June 20th, let Mykonos favourite NSI gets you into that summer feeling. Best known for his afterparty techno house sets, NSI is set to being you a summer night to remember. Dubbed the hottest hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Five Palm Jumeirah is a dare-to-be-different hotel that captures the glamour and vibe of Dubai. Set against a breath-taking backdrop of the beach and Dubai Marina skyline, this lifestyle hotel boasts 470 luxurious rooms and suites with ocean or city views. OlderSAS to welcome Airbus A350 to fleet in early 2020 NewerW London – Leicester Square unveils stylish new make-overlast_img read more

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