20 states join pan-India single emergency helpline No. ‘112’

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty states and Union territories have so far joined a pan-India network of single emergency helpline number ‘112’ on which immediate assistance can be sought by anyone in distress, officials said on Friday.The ‘112’ helpline is an integration of police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers and the project is being implemented under the central government’s Nirbhaya Fund. The single number for emergency services is similar to ‘911’ in the United States. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The 20 states and UTs include Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland, a Home Ministry official said. The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) envisages a single pan-India emergency number ‘112’, which is an internationally recognised number, to target all types of emergencies. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA panic button is already provided on all mobile phones, which on activation will trigger an emergency call to ‘112’. The Emergency Response Centre (ERCs), being set up by the States and UTs, can receive panic signal via voice call to ‘112’, email requests on state ERSS website or the ‘112’ mobile app, the official said. Location based tracking of victim can be done through location based services of all phones or even more accurately through GPS for smart phones. The ‘112’ India app provides for ‘shout facility’ designed especially for women, for enlisting support of volunteers, who have registered themselves with the state police, for emergency response. To access emergency services, a person can dial ‘112’ on a phone or press the power button of a smart phone three times quickly to send a panic call to the Emergency Response Centre. In case of a normal phone, a long press of the ‘5’ or ‘9’ key will activate the panic call. A total of Rs 321.69 crore has been earmarked for this Emergency Response Support System out of which Rs 278.66 crore has already been released to the States and the UTs from the Nirbhaya Fund, set up following the infamous 2012 Delhi gangrape case, another official said. People can also log onto the ERSS website for the respective state and send an emergency email or SOS alert to state Emergency Response Centre. They can use ‘112’ India mobile app, which is available free on Google Play Store and Apple Store. The Nirbhaya Fund was set up by the central government for projects specifically designed to improve the safety and security of the women. An empowered committee of officers, headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, apprises and recommends projects to be funded under the Nirbhaya Fund, the official said. The empowered committee also reviews and monitors the progress of the schemes/ projects. Once the it is recommended by the committee, the ministry/ department concerned has to take approval of the competent authority.last_img read more

Casablanca to Host 1st ‘Invest Africa Expo’ Forum in November

Rabat – The city of Casablanca will host the first edition of the Invest Africa Expo international business forum from November 1 to 4, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The four-day event aims to gather together 500 business exhibitors and representatives from 50 various countries in order to share and exchange their expertise.“The event aims to create and develop fruitful meetings between Africa’s economic operators, with the aim of sharing expertise and strengthening the win-win partnerships in the African continent, which have been advocated by King Mohammed VI,” said the forum’s organizers in a press release. The statement added that these business-to-business meetings will provide participants with the opportunity to attend presentations by business officials from national and international public and private organizations.Many sectors will be represented at the Invest Africa Expo event, whose space will cover an area of over 20,000 square meters, including education, employment, health, energy,agriculture, security, and tourism.The event will be also devoted to the sharing of South-South business experience, expertise, and business meetings. read more

General Assembly President confers with leaders at highlevel debate

24 September 2010General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today met with a number of leaders attending the high-level debate and thanked them for their positive statements and determination to press ahead with efforts to achieve the internationally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today met with a number of leaders attending the high-level debate and thanked them for their positive statements and determination to press ahead with efforts to achieve the internationally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Deiss had discussions with Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is also the current chair of the African Union (AU). He also exchanged views with Aleksander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland, and the Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan.In addition, Mr. Deiss conferred with the Vice Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, a number of foreign ministers from Asian countries, the Secretary of State of San Marino Antonella Mularoni and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.The Assembly President said he appreciated United States President Barack Obama’s recent call to the international community to throw its weight behind the Middle East peace process, and hoped that the General Assembly will use the prevailing positive atmosphere to support the conclusion of a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.Mr. Deiss also said he appreciated the statements of Member States to the Assembly’s annual general debate this week in which they recognized the UN’s central role in global governance.Yesterday, Mr. Deiss met with Mr. Obama; Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych; Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc; Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan; Swiss President Doris Leuthard; the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic; and the Foreign Minister of the Comoros, Fahmi Said Ibrahim. read more

GL rushes to UK to discus travel advice

Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris left for London over the weekend in an attempt to meet British officials and urge them to withdraw a travel advisory on Sri Lanka, a government official said on Sunday.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilleke Amunugama told reporters that Peiris was hopeful of meeting his counterpart though it was still not confirmed. The advisory states there is an upsurge in nationalism and anti- Western rhetoric in Sri Lanka and cautioned Britons visiting, working or residing in the country to be extra vigilant at all times. Tourism industry officials in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the impact the travel advice may have on British tourists visiting Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka is expecting more tourist arrivals from Britain next year with British Airways resuming flights to Colombo in March 2013. (Xinhua) It also advised Britons to stay clear of local demonstrations, while women moving singly or in small groups were told to be armed with self-alarm devices as there was a steep increase in rape and sexual molestation cases. The Sri Lankan government had initially raised its concerns with the British High Commission in Colombo over the travel advice when it was first released last month.However the issue went unattended as the travel advice was released with amendments days later but with the same controversial notes. read more

No 11 Ohio State womens volleyball suffers letdown in sweep by No

OSU senior setter Emily Ruetter (11) sets up a teammate during a game against Penn State on Oct. 28 at St. John Arena. Credit: Eileen McClory / Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost 3-0 to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Wednesday night at St. John Arena in game that never reached its pre-match hype.The meeting between No.11 OSU and No.3 Penn State was one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season thus far. However, it turned out to be one of its biggest disappointments..Since both teams were tied with conference records of 8-2 coming in, Wednesday’s match was seen as the ultimate showdown of talent. The OSU squad was taking on a team that acquired its seventh NCAA title a season ago. After graduating standout players, such as setter Micah Hancock, however, there was uncertainty as to whether or not Penn State would be able to rise to the challenge of yet another title. On Wednesday, it was OSU which ended up not playing to its full potential.“I think we did not execute the game as we thought we would,” freshman setter Taylor Hughes said.Penn State started off the first set with a six-point lead and OSU coach Geoff Carlston was forced to call a timeout early on. It wasn’t unforced errors on OSU’s part per se, but more so the unexpected intensity that Penn State had immediately brought to the court.The Buckeyes tailed behind consistently throughout the match, never taking a lead over the visitors. OSU finished off the first set with a total of nine errors. As a result, the Nittany Lions took the set with a score of 25-18 and Penn State’s outside hitter Ali Frantti, the 2014 Division I American Volleyball Coaches Association Freshman of the Year, led the team with four kills.With the first set proving to be a huge wakeup call for the Buckeyes, OSU came out ready to put up a fight.An improvement in effort by the Scarlet and Gray helped keep the score close for a while. But eventually, the Nittany Lions began to pull ahead. By the time OSU had used up its second timeout, Penn State redshirt freshman setter Bryanna Weiskircher was already leading with 22 assists, whereas OSU senior setter Emily Ruetter only had 13. The Buckeye defense took a beating from Nittany Lions middle blocker Haleigh Washington (five kills), as well as Frantti (14 kills).Despite solid play by OSU junior libero Valeria León with 11 digs, OSU ultimately lost the set by a score of 25-15.“A lot of our communication on the court, back row and front row, was a little frantic today,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, who had five kills, said.Already down 2-0 in the match, the Buckeyes came out more focused in the third set.Hughes checked in for the first time in the third stanza, despite a nagging elbow injury, and contributed a total of nine assists. Regardless, the Buckeyes began to fall further and further behind as play progressed. Hughes managed an impressive tip on the Penn State defense, kicking off a series of brief rallies for the Buckeyes. But it was too late in the set, as Penn State held on to take the match.It was obvious to both the crowd and the Nittany Lions that the Buckeyes did not bring their A-games on Wednesday. Richardson said changes need to be made in order to win against the Penn State in the future, as the Buckeyes have not beaten the Nittany Lions since 2006.“We definitely need to have a more aggressive mindset, and pick up a little bit on the defensive side,” Richardson said.The two teams will face off again on Friday in State College, Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m. read more

Womens EHF CL 20132014 begins today

Women’s EHF Champions League begins on Saturday with the matches of Preliminary Round 1.  The most interesting matches are expected in Thuringer, where home team waiting Romanian best team Baia Mare, but also in French Metz where domestic champion will meet German Leipzig.GROUP A1. Györi Audi ETO KC2. Thüringer HC3. Hypo Niederösterreich4. HCM Baia MareGYOR – HYPOTHURINGER – HCM BAIA MAREGROUP B1. Buducnost2. FC Midtjylland3. MKS Lublin4. FTC-Rail Cargo HungariaFC MIDTJYLLAND – FTCBUDUCNOST – LUBLINGROUP C1. RK Krim Mercator2. Metz Handball3. IK Sävehof4. HC LeipzigKRIM – SAVEHOFMETZ – LEIPZIGGROUP D1. Larvik2. Balonmano Bera Bera3. HC Podravka Vegeta4. WHC Vardar SCBTLARVIK – PODRAVKABERA BERA – ZRK VARDAR best handballEHF Champions LeaguehandballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story BRAZIL: Men’s National Championship began Next Story → POLISH “HOLY WAR” Vive Targi Kielce wins in Plock! read more

Driver thinks hes being stopped for speeding has cat stuck in engine

first_img She survived a few miles of a journey like that but the car heading for Co. Clare!! One Lucky cat, Captions suggestions pls— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 6, 2017 By Cianan Brennan Feb 6th 2017, 6:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3580 Tweet Email18 Short URL Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:04 PM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Once the car was stopped, the cat was discovered to have its head firmly wedged between the grille. Thankfully, after a deal of dismantling, she was rescued uninjured, gardaí said in a tweet.Cats will often climb under car bonnets, attracted by the warmth of the engine. It makes a snug, if highly dangerous, place for a nap.All’s well that ends well for this particular four-legged adventurer, eight lives still to go. 55,334 Views Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: Twitter/An Garda SíochánaA CO GALWAY cat had a lucky escape earlier today when an eagle-eyed garda spotted her head stuck in the engine grille of a car – a car that was in motion.The plucky feline was noticed by a motorcycle garda who passed the car in traffic.It was a close-run thing for the furry interloper – the driver, who is not believed to be the cat’s owner and initially thought he was being stopped for speeding, was on his way to Clare, a drive of over an hour in length. 38 Comments Driver thinks he’s being stopped for speeding – has cat stuck in engine grille A real life super furry animal. Read: Pixies, Bell X1 and alt-J set for series of outdoor summer gigs at Trinity CollegeRead: 45,000 children are set to sow, grow (and eat) their own fruit and veg this spring One Lucky Cat caught speeding by Galway Traffic. on N17. Captions suggestons please ! Nine Lives Left. pic.twitter.com/Baflzn2VwI— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 6, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3226042 last_img read more

CNN requests KUSI for local view on the border declines our reporter

first_imgCNN requests KUSI for local view on the border, declines our reporter after finding out wall works January 10, 2019 Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNovember 14, 2018: US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan Updated: 10:16 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOctober, 22, 2018: Exclusive look inside drug tunnel between U.S. and Mexico 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWe believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol Agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work.We have continuously been told by Border Patrol Agents that the barrier along the Southern border helps prevent illegal entries, drugs, and weapons from entering the United States, and the numbers prove it.Some of KUSI’s most recent border reports from can be seen below:November 26, 2018: Hundreds of additional troops headed towards San Ysidro border crossing Posted: January 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown.KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who has reported dozens of times on the border, including one story from 2016 that was retweeted by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and posted on DrudgeReport.com. The Border Fence Tour is below. We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them. That happens many times every single day. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. This is a non story. #factsfirst????— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 11, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCNN PR replied to our tweet with the following statement, “We called several local stations to book someone for a show. We didn’t end up booking any of them. That happens many times every single day. We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall in November. This is a non story.”last_img read more

Ratan Tata to Invest in Snapdeal to Join Ecommerce Boom

first_imgOne of India’s most successful businessmen Ratan Tata may be eyeing an investment holding in e-commerce firm Snapdeal, with reports suggesting that he is considering buying out a previous investor in the firm through a secondary sale.This would make Tata the second Indian business tycoon after Wipro’s Azim Premji to invest in the four-year-old firm.Sources aware of the development told The Times of India that Tata had visited the firm’s Delhi headquarters last month to address employees, and that he is considering becoming a minority investor in the e-tailer. There has, however, been no confirmation from his office or from the founders of Snapdeal and no clarity on the stake that Tata looks to hold.Given that online retail in India is booming, with Bangalore-based Flipkart raising $1 billion in funding and global giant Amazon deciding to invest $2 billion for its India operations, Tata’s interest in Snapdeal reflects how big businesses are looking for a share. Going by forecasts, their interest seems duly valid. Internet commerce in India is touted to reach $9 billion in the next two years, according to Accel Partners, a US venture capitalist firm. By 2012, online sales of retail goods are expected to hit $76 billion, according to Technopak.News has already emerged of Premji taking up minority stakes in Myntra and Snapdeal through his family office, PremjiInvest. He, along with a consortium of investors, reportedly put in $100 million into Snapdeal earlier this year.Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy has also ventured into e-commerce through a joint venture with Amazon through his investment firm Catamaran Ventures.Tata’s investment could push Snapdeal, which sells five million products to more than 25 millions subscribers, to give tough competition to leaders Flipkart and Amazon, which are currently dominating the e-commerce market in India. Snapdeal ‘s total capital touched $350 million this year through fundings from its investors including e-bay Inc, BlackRock, Intel, PremjiInvest, Nexus Venture Partners and others.The firm was started by Kunal Bahl, a Wharton graduate, and Rohit Bansal, an IIT-Delhi pass-out, in 2010 as a daily deals site and was later changed into an online marketplace to allow merchants to sell their products.last_img read more

Walking cycling may help you live longer

first_imgTaking the stairs, cycling or walking to work may help you live longer, regardless of age, sex and starting fitness level, a large-scale study unveiled recently claims. “People think they have to start going to the gym and exercising hard to get fitter,” said Elin Ekblom-Bak, from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. “But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. For most people, just being more active in daily life – taking the stairs, exiting the metro a station early, cycling to work – is enough to benefit health since levels are so low to start with. The more you do, the better,” Ekblom-Bak said in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study included 316,137 adults aged 18-74 years who had their first occupational health screening between 1995 and 2015 in Sweden. Cardiorespiratory fitness was measured using a submaximal cycle test and expressed as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max). This is the maximum amount of oxygen the heart and lungs can provide the muscles during exercise, according to the study presented at EuroPrevent 2019, the annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) in Portugal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSwedish national registries were used to obtain data on all-cause mortality and first-time cardiovascular events (fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, or ischaemic stroke) during 1995-2015. The risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events fell by 2.8 per cent and 3.2 per cent, respectively, with each millilitre increase in VO2 max. Benefits of fitness were seen in men and women, in all age groups, and at all fitness levels, researchers said. There was no plateau of benefit in the total population, with some variation between sex- and age-subgroups, researchers said. “It is particularly important to note that an increase in fitness was beneficial regardless of the starting point,” said Ekblom-Bak. “This suggests that people with lower levels cardiorespiratory fitness have the most to gain from boosting their fitness,” Ekblom-Bak said. Increasing fitness should be a public health priority and clinicians should assess fitness during health screening, said Ekblom-Bak.last_img read more

Greece would suffer if it left eurozone But would Europe

first_imgYet Schmieding foresees no serious long-term damage and dismisses talk of a comparison to Lehman’s collapse. The risk for Europe as a whole, he says, “is very, very small — virtually zero.”The key difference between Lehman and Greece centers on the element of surprise, according to Schmieding: Lehman’s collapse was unexpected and spread panic across markets as investors wondered which bank would go under next.There’s no surprise surrounding Greece. Everyone knows that the country, which accounts for only around 2 percent of the eurozone economy, has been in trouble since 2009. Lenders have had plenty of time to curtail loans and investments in Greece. So they have little connection to the financial troubles there.Whether Greece stays or goes, just ending the uncertainty would help, says Schmieding: “The resolution of this, one way or another, would be better than the current stalemate.”THE BIG SNOOZESo far, markets appear to be with Schmieding. European stocks are off recent highs but haven’t suffered a serious drop. And bond investors appear to be signaling their confidence that Europe could withstand a Greek exit without serious damage. Even heavily indebted, slow-growth Italy can still borrow at just 2.1 percent annual interest — down from over 7 percent in 2011. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies NOT SO SUREIn the end, no one really knows what will happen if Greece exits the euro.Jonathan Loynes, chief European economist at Capital Economics, says the direct impact should be “pretty small” given Greece’s size.But he said he couldn’t rule out an unexpected cross-border spread of market turmoil that raises government borrowing costs. It likely wouldn’t rival Lehman. But trouble is possible.U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has warned his European counterparts that the risks are unknown. He’s urged Greece and its creditors — the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission — to forge a deal.“The big question is, what are the indirect effects?” Loynes said. “Will there be a contagion effect to other countries or other markets, to borrowing costs, financing costs across the eurozone as a whole?”“No one can know the answer, because you can’t come to some sort of mathematical conclusion about this.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Others worry that letting a country leave the alliance could permanently damage their shared currency.Greece’s new left-wing government is struggling to convince its international creditors that its reform plans are credible. The two sides have been at odds over such issues as pension cuts, tax increases and revenue surpluses required of Greece.An agreement is needed for Greece to receive the remaining money in its bailout fund — 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion). Without it, Greece risks bankruptcy.The Greek government is resisting the tough conditions attached to more bailout loans. On Thursday, it took the unusual step of asking to bundle the four payments that are due this month to the International Monetary Fund into one payment on June 30.But the standoff raises the likelihood of an endgame in which Greece runs out of money, restricts the flow of capital and produces a new national currency so it can print money to pay its bills.Here’s what could be at stake outside Greece:A PERIOD OF TURMOILEconomist Holger Schmieding at Berenberg Bank in London predicts a period of “disorientation” while investors figure out what the impact will be. The first word of an impending departure would likely roil markets, especially in Europe. Stocks and the euro might fall. And borrowing costs for other eurozone governments with shaky public finances, such as Italy and Portugal, might rise, at least temporarily. Comments   Share   A woman walks past graffiti by street artist Achilles outside a shop, in Athens, Greece, on Thursday June 4, 2015. Greece remains at loggerheads with creditors over key economic reforms after a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the head of the European Union’s executive arm failed to yield a breakthrough on the release of vital bailout loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement European markets have been soothed by a 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) bond purchase program from the European Central Bank, which is trying to raise inflation and accelerate the economy.LONG-TERM DAMAGE?Could allowing one country to leave the eurozone for the first time destroy confidence in the alliance over the long run? Lenders might begin calculating the risk that another country would leave the alliance and fail to repay its debts. They would, as a result, likely demand higher interest rates to compensate for that risk. That would make it costlier for governments to borrow and erode one of the key achievements of the monetary union.TOOLS TO USE AGAINST TROUBLEOptimists point to the eurozone’s new tools to defend itself against the sort of crisis it’s struggled to manage for the past few years. As a result of the Greek crisis, and the ensuing problems endured by the likes of Ireland and Spain, the eurozone has created a bailout fund that can lend to troubled countries.The ECB has also offered to buy government bonds of countries that come under pressure if they accept reforms. This helps hold down borrowing rates. And the ECB now oversees big banks. That contrasts with early supervision by national authorities, which were sometimes slow to address problems. FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Many economists think a Greek departure from the euro currency alliance would be a disaster. For Greece.But for the rest of Europe? Maybe not.Greece is struggling to meet deadlines to repay a crushing debt load and avoid a default that could drive it out of the 19-country eurozone. Yet any fear that a Greek exit might ignite a broader financial catastrophe — as the 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers did — is misplaced, some analysts say. 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Tourism Authority of Thailand opens new office in Toronto

first_imgFrom left: Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications; H.E. Mr. Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Canada; Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of the TAT; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor; and Mrs. Srisuda Wananpinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas; Mrs. Puangpen Klanwari, Director of TAT Toronto Office; and Ms. Lauren Howe, Miss Universe Canada 2017.Tourism Authority of Thailand opens new office in TorontoThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently opened its 28th TAT overseas office in Toronto to target the high potential Canadian market. The occasion was also used to launch the “Amazing Thailand’s Open to the New Shades” marketing concept in Canada. The TAT Toronto Office was officially opened on 23 April, 2018.The official opening ceremony of the TAT’s third office in North America after New York and Los Angeles was attended by H.E. Mr. Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Canada, Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the TAT Board, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications.Around 150 guests including Canadian travel companies, travel media, guests from the business community later attended an evening reception which featured a live music performance by famous Thai saxophonist, Mr. Koh Saxman, a demonstration of fruit and vegetable carving, and making of artificial flowers and carps from palm leaves.Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, presented the “4D Open to the New Shades”, highlighting five categories of products: Gastronomy, Nature and Beach, Culture, Way of Life, Art and Craft.In his statement, Mr. Kalin Sarasin (above picture, centre) said, “This is our 28th TAT Overseas office. We chose Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, because it is a vibrant, multi-cultural city and one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America. We believe it will be a perfect location to cover Canada, which has been identified in our current marketing plan as a high potential market with a long average length of stay and strong purchasing power.”In 2016, the average length of stay for the Canadian travellers in Thailand was approximately 18 days, which doubled the overall length of stay with expenditure per day of around 172 Canadian Dollars per person. Moreover, Ontario was the largest source of Canadian travellers to Thailand in 2017, with a market share of 45%.From 2013-2017, the revenue from the Canada market rose 6% on average in five years.“We are working with local partners to develop new products and introduce new local experiences in Thailand that fit with the targeted segments including the Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y. They are strongly interested in beach, culture, health and wellness, weddings and honeymoons, and our gastronomical delights,” Mr. Kalin added.Although there are currently no direct flights from any Canadian city to Bangkok, TAT is working closely with friendly airlines; such as, Cathay Pacific, EVA Airways, Emirates, Qatar, Korean Airlines and Air Canada to route traffic to Thailand via their respective hubs.In 2017, Canadian visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 258,392, up by 5.52% over 2016. This contributed to income of 845.9 million Canadian Dollars representing a growth of 7.61 percent.At the end of this year, TAT projects revenue growth of 8.46% from the Canada market.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

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first_img 1 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL Draft is a little more than a week away.Thirty-two players will hear their names called by Roger Goodell as first-round picks next Thursday night in Nashville, and most will come from the usual schools known for producing NFL talent.In fact, since 2010, 75 different schools have each produced at least one first-round pick. Your job is to name them.We’ve given you the number of first-rounders each school produced, you just name the program. HINT: The schools are listed in alphabetical order.You’ve got 10 minutes on the clock…good luck!last_img read more

3 Colorado USA Meet Lloyd the barber whos been

first_img3. Colorado, USAMeet Lloyd, the barber who’s been cutting hair and trimmng beards at this shop in the small town of Lyons, Colorado for over 50 years. He recently retired, and the shop has been relocated to a different part of town under the management of his daughter Benita. It’s still the place, however, to experience a slice of authentic Americana. 2. Trinidad, CubaSomewhere down one of the cobbled streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, lies this homely barber shop. Get all spruced up, then head out for the night to the town square, where there is live music and plenty of salsa dancing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Delhi, IndiaFancy some al fresco shaving? In Delhi, India’s capital, you’ll see many street barbers like this one. Apart from public pampering, the streets of Delhi are also the place for chaat, a north Indian snack of deep-fried pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and topped with all kinds of delicious chutneys.More: 10 best things to see and do in Delhi 8. Brighton, UKHome to the iconic Brighton mods, there are plenty of stylish barbers like this one in Britain’s famous seaside resort. Walk the pier, eat fish and chips and see some underwater wildlife at the Sea Life Centre for the perfect family fun day out. 7. Hanoi, VietnamPark your scooter and jump straight in to the barber’s chair in Hanoi. Whether whole families are zipping through the narrow streets, piled on to one tiny scooter, or street hawkers are flogging everything from pineapples to pigs feet, there’s a constant buzz of activity in Vietnam’s capital. 10. New York, USABack in 2011, protesters took to Zuccotti Park in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here, one of the protesters is receiving a free haircut in the heart of New York’s finanacial district. While we can’t guarantee you’ll find much for free in the Big Apple, there are certianly plenty of places to work on your style, from high-end boutiques on Madison Avenue to vintage chic in East Village. 13. Sana’a, YemenA son fixes up his father’s quiff in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital and UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is one of the oldest in the world and is full of interesting little alleyways and picturesque houses, one higlight being Dar al Hajar, or the rock house, half an hour’s drive from the centre of Sana’a. 4. Siem Reap, CambodiaTwo monks crouch beside a temple shaving as part of their daily routine at a Buddhist monastery. You’ll see lots of these golden robed monks wandering through town (or whizzing past on scooters) as Siem Reap is also the main departing point for many visitors heading out to see the ancient ruins at Angkor Wat. Read more: 7 best places to visit in Cambodiacenter_img Growing your mo for Movember? Or do you appreciate a well-groomed hipster ‘tache all year round?Regardless, it has become something of a tradition that every November, guys across the world attempt to cultivate some impressive facial hair to raise money for men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation. Barbers go about their business in the most unusual places; from street corners in India to living rooms in Croatia. Celebrate Movember and take a look at this gallery of barber shops from around the world:1. Rajasthan, IndiaThis customer gets a traditional straight-razor shave in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. Also known as the ‘Land of Kings’, it’s unsurprising that there are so many opulent temples and lavish palaces to visit here. 11. KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaThe province of KwaZulu-Natal (meaning ‘Zulu Nation’) in South Africa is home to this ingenious barber, who has erected a tent shop and is powering his tools with a car battery in a trolley. The area is full of nature reserves, like Kosi Bay, but it’s best known for it’s port resort, Durban, a popular spot for surfers and sunworshippers. 14. North Carolina, USAIt would seem these guys are just as much a part of the furniture as the chairs themselves in Floyd’s City Barber Shop, North Carolina. With over 62 years experience, get your hair cut here and you may just join his wall of fame, which includes freshly groomed photos of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno. 5. Dubrovnik, CroatiaExplore the crumbling towers and grand palaces that line the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik’s old town, and you may just find this old school barber shop. Climb the city walls for spectacular views, but this hike is probably best avoided during the midday heat. 12. Kathmandu, NepalIn this densely populated city, it’s not uncommon to see someone getting a hair cut on the curb. Kathmandu, once believed to be the Shangri-La of legend, is where you’ll find the Boudha Stupa, the most sacred site in Tibetan Buddhism. Jump in a tuk tuk and take a tour through this vibrant and multi-cultural city. 9. Shanghai, ChinaHe may not have much hair of his own anymore, but this Chinese barber proves he’s still got what it takes to keep the younger generation looking dapper. Shanghai is the most populous area in China, with over 23 million residents living here. That’s plenty of haircuts to keep this guy in business for a few more years at least! RelatedMovember and moustaches5 brave Skyscanner men have grown moustaches to support men’s health and provide general amusement in the Skyscanner office.Top 8 things to do in RajasthanFrom pink to gold, Jaipur to Jaislamer, temples to thali, discover the wonders of Rajasthan.Carnevale! 8 of the best Mardi Gras festivals around the worldMardi Gras is an explosive festival of colour, costume, music and merriment, as countries around the world take to the streets to party like it’s nearly Lent. So where’s the best place to celebrate Mardi Gras? We’ve got a few ideas for you, from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro.…last_img read more

Interpol chief says Cyprus considered one of the safest countries

first_imgCyprus is considered a very safe country, evidenced by the millions of tourists who choose to holiday here this year, Interpol’s Secretary-General Jurgen Stock said on Tuesday.Stock said Interpol’s cooperation with Cyprus police is one of the best in the global police community, and the force’s department of international cooperation is a model for many other countries, he added.Stock, who is on a visit to Cyprus met Tuesday with Justice Minister Giorgos Savvides who said they had discussed issues of mutual interest by exchanging views on the areas of cooperation which both sides want to strengthen.Interpol has 194 member countries.Stock said: “Cyprus is considered a very safe country and this is one reason why about three million tourists visit every year because they enjoy the beauty of the country and enjoy being in a very safe environment.”He then referred to the major threats and challenges faced by the international police community and societies in general such as international terrorism, organised crime “which is a multi-billion-dollar business across the globe”, and cybercrime, which imposes unprecedented challenges in law enforcement efforts around the world. No country can combat these phenomena in isolation, Stock said.Cyprus, he added was among the most active countries in the global police community and its police were investing heavily in international cooperation. “I have been able to visit the department of international police cooperation, which is a model for many other countries in the world,” Stock said.Cyprus was also sending some of its best police officers to Interpol HQ is Lyon, France and it’s centre in Singapore. One of the officers of Cyprus, he said, is currently leading one of the future-oriented Interpol programmes.Stock said his visit to Cyprus was an opportunity to strengthen the organisation’s relations with the country. “We look forward to strengthening this cooperation, which is one of the best in the global police community,” he said.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Brandt Iden invites residents to Sept coffee hours

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden invites residents of the 61st House District to attend coffee hours this month.Office hours will be held at the following locations and times:Friday, Sept. 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Feed The World Café, located at 7000 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo; andTuesday, Sept. 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at The Vault, located at 130 W. Prairie St. in Vicksburg.“There are many new concepts being considered by the Legislature, and I look forward to input from all of our neighbors,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “I encourage everyone in our community to meet with me for coffee and conversation about our state government.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Iden’s office by phone at 517-373-1774, or by email at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Iden News 09Sep Rep. Brandt Iden invites residents to Sept. coffee hourslast_img read more

Rep Noble working to promote legislation to help local residents and communities

first_img In his first six months in the Michigan House of Representatives, state Rep. Jeff Noble has worked to promote prosperity for residents while representing the areas of Northville, Plymouth and Canton.Noble serves on four House committees and holds the position of majority vice-chair for the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.“It has been a busy and extremely productive time, and I remain committed to improving the livelihoods of the people I represent. My colleagues and I in the House have discussed and advanced several pieces of legislation that will set out to accomplish this task,” said Noble, of Plymouth. “I am enthusiastic about getting back to our State Capitol in September to continue bettering the way of life for residents within our district and across Michigan.”Among the legislation championed by Noble:• A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for roads and bridges. A total of $450 million will be provided for the upcoming budget year, and $1.2 billion annually by 2021. In addition, legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer.• Signed reforms that put more money in the classroom. There will be an additional $27 million in foundation allowances and an additional $25 funding per high school student.• Six bills addressing opioid addiction. These bills increase access to addiction treatment and underscore education on the dangers of opioid addiction. Next year’s budget includes $700,000 that will go to statewide opioid programs.• A lighter stance in regard to victims of human trafficking while maintaining judiciary discretion. Those forced into crime through human trafficking acts can be eligible for deferral and probation.“When meeting with constituents and hearing about what is important to them, I continue to hear concerns about the poor quality of our roadways.  In response, we poured a ton into the budget to beef up Michigan’s roads and I look forward to seeing the results within our district,” said Noble. “As a member of the House Committee on Health Policy, it also pleased me to be involved with several bills that were rolled out to keep people healthier and safer. Educating young people on the dangers of opioid addiction is crucial and our budget reflects those concerns.”Noble was also busy sponsoring legislation cutting government red tape. House Bill 4608 allows an exemption for painters and decorators from having to obtain contracting licenses for maintenance and alterations. The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform. 17Jul Rep. Noble working to promote legislation to help local residents and communities Categories: News,Noble Newslast_img read more

Rep Kesto bill increases penalties for abuse of senior citizens

first_img Categories: Kesto News,News 02Oct Rep. Kesto bill increases penalties for abuse of senior citizens State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, has submitted legislation to increase penalties for anyone convicted of abusing an elder or vulnerable adult by mental and physical means.Kesto’s legislation also updates the state’s sentencing guidelines, including four years imprisonment for elder abuse that causes mental suffering or physical injury, 15 years for assault causing a serious physical impairment, and 25 years for abuse causing death. Any restraint by deceit, physical, mental or fraudulent means will be punishable by up to four years imprisonment.“Abuse comes in many forms when it involves our senior citizens and I think anyone who commits these unconscionable acts will get a more appropriate punishment,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “We must stop this growing problem in Michigan, whether it takes place with a caregiver in an assisted living facility or by a family member out of senior citizen’s own home. Our older citizens have earned the right to be cared for in a responsible way.”House Bill 5027 is part of a bipartisan six-bill package that also requires better licensing and training in the care of vulnerable adults. Kesto’s bill has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee for its consideration.“This legislation is exactly the tool needed by law enforcement and the legal community to address anyone preying on vulnerable adults,” Kesto said. “Our state’s senior population is growing and the legislature must act to improve protections.”#####last_img read more