Import Cargo Volumes at US Ports Not Subsiding

first_imgzoom Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports is expected to rise 16.9 percent this month over the same time last year as West Coast ports begin to dig out from a backlog of cargo that built up during contract negotiations with dockworkers, shows Global Port Tracker report released on Monday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“The contract talks are over, but the tentative agreement still has to be ratified and it’s going to take months to get back to normal on the West Coast,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.“Retailers’ immediate priority is to make sure spring merchandise reaches store shelves in time. Going forward, we want labor, management and Washington to work together to see that we never again have a situation like what we went through these past several months.”Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.24 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 13.4 percent from December following the end of the holiday season and down 9.5 percent from January 2014.February was estimated at 1.27 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2014. March is forecast at 1.52 million TEU as spring merchandise arrives, up 16.9 percent from last year. The March number is high both because of the backlog of ships at anchor waiting to be unloaded and because the annual Lunar New Year shutdown of Chinese factories was later this year, delaying some February cargo into March. April is forecast at 1.51 million TEU, up 5.2 percent; May at 1.57 million TEU, up 6.1 percent; June also at 1.57 million TEU, up 6 percent, and July at 1.6 million TEU, up 6.7 percent.The first half of 2015 is forecast at 8.7 million TEU, an increase of 4.5 percent over the same period last year.Congestion at West Coast ports has prompted many importers to shift their cargo elsewhere, prompting speculation on how long the shift might last. West Coast ports handled 55 percent of cargo this January, down from 64 percent during the same month in 2014, while East Coast ports handled 45 percent, up from 36 percent.“Importers and exporters are reviewing their supply chain plans for the future, and not necessarily in favor of the West Coast,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Looking on the practical side, a number of factors favor a return to the West Coast.”Hackett said sending ships from Asia to the East Coast is more expensive than the West Coast, takes longer, and results in higher expenses to move the cargo to Midwest distribution centers by rail. In addition, importers have significant investments in West Coast distribution centers that would not easily be abandoned.last_img read more

Roland Garros washout keeps Djokovic and Halep waiting

first_imgParis: Torrential rain caused a complete washout of quarter-final action at Roland Garros on Wednesday with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep amongst the biggest victims.It is the second time since 2016 that all French Open play was cancelled and third since 2000.The decision left world number one Djokovic and defending women’s championHalep facing having to play their quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday if they get through. With the women’s final setfor Saturday, third seed Halep could end up playing three days in a row. Djokovic had been due to face German fifth seed Alexander Zverev on Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday as was Halep who was up against American teenager Amanda Anisimova. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOn Court Suzanne Lenglen, America’s Madison Keys was due to face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty before 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem clashed with Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The first quarter-finals had been completed on Tuesday with 11-time champion Rafael Nadal setting up a Friday semi-final against old rival Roger Federer. Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova also won Tuesday with their semi-final, originally set for Thursday, to be played on Friday. Agencieslast_img read more

Navy detains six Indians including two children on a trawler

The Sri Lanka Navy says it detained six Indians, including two children who were on a trawler which entered Sri Lankan waters illegally.The Navy detained the Indians when they entered Sri Lankan waters yesterday (May 30). The Indians were detained by the North Central Naval Command in the seas off Urumalai in Thalaimannar. The Indians consisted of three men, a woman and two children. The Navy said that the Indians were given medical treatment after they were brought ashore.They were later handed over to the Thalaimannar Police for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette)

Thesis defences — Feb 23

PhD in Psychology – William TaysWilliam Tays, PhD student in Psychology, will present his thesis defence on Thursday, March 3 at 2 pm in Plaza 600F. The title of his thesis is “Electrocortical Indices of Cognitive Control in Working Memory: Exploring the Effects of Proactive Interference, Cognitive Load, and Aging.” Examining committee members are: Bareket Falk, chair; Robert West, Iowa State University, external examiner; Jane Dywan, supervisor; Allan Adkin, internal examiner; Karen Arnell and Sid Segalowitz, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Glynnis Fleming — Master of EducationGlynnis Fleming will present her thesis defence on Monday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of the thesis is “Teachers’ Development and Negotiation of Meaning About Mathematics-for-Teaching Through the Use of Ontario Bansho Within Communities of Practice.” External examiner: Marian Small, professor emerita, University of New Brunswick; supervisor: Coral Mitchell; committee members: Renee Kuchapski and Ralph Connelly; chair of the examining committee: Susan Drake. All are welcome to attend but seating is limited.Master of Science — Briar KomendaBriar Komenda (MSc Kinesiology) will defend her thesis on Friday, March 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis title: The Effect of a Stickhandling and Puck Control (SPC) Training Intervention on SPC Skills and Wrist Shot Performance Variables in Female College. Supervisor: Kelly Lockwood; committee members: Diane Mack and Jae Patterson; external examiner: James Lyons, McMaster University; chair: Gail Frost.Master of Arts — Jarold ChinnickJarold Chinnick (MA Leisure Studies) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in WH147. Title: A Case Study of the Implementation of Experiential Education in Yukon Schools. Supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Erin Sharpe and Bob Jickling; external examiner: Bob Henderson, McMaster University; chair: Tim O’Connell. read more

Injuries reported by Texas roller coaster riders in years before fatal fall

DALLAS – Nearly a dozen people reported being injured in the last five years while riding the Texas roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last week, though the most serious injuries appear to be a concussion and muscles strains due to jostling, state records show.Six Flags Over Texas reported 14 injuries involving the Texas Giant roller coaster between April 2008 and April 2013, according to Texas Department of Insurance records. Three of those injuries happened either before or after the ride, such as tripping on the steps leading to the roller coaster.It wasn’t immediately clear how many of those injuries prompted the ride to be shut down, department spokesman Jerry Hagins said. If an injury requires medical attention and involved the actual ride, the ride must be closed until it gets a new safety inspection, he said.“Our role is to make sure that happens,” Hagins said, adding that the Texas Giant was currently closed and wouldn’t reopen until the department sees a new safety inspection report.Amusement park safety analyst Ken Martin noted that such injuries are self-reported, so it’s hard to gauge their accuracy. He also said such numbers don’t include “near-misses.”“The numbers that we hear about are typically the tip of the iceberg,” he said.Walter Reiss, an amusement park ride safety inspector, added that fatal accidents on roller coasters “are very unusual and infrequent.”“Most times that you have death accidents, it was something either ignorant or human error,” he said.The investigation is ongoing into how Rosa Ayala-Goana fell while riding the roller coaster Friday evening at the Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, a western suburb of Dallas. A witness told local media that Ayala-Goana expressed concern moments before the 14-story ride began that the safety bar had not completely engaged.The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday that the 52-year-old Dallas resident was the victim in the accident, and that she suffered “multiple traumatic injuries” during the fall.A man who identified himself as Ayala-Goana’s son declined comment Monday when approached at her home.Six Flags Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson said Monday that company was using “both internal and external experts” to investigate the accident, but he offered no details during a conference call to discuss the company’s earnings.In an email to The Associated Press later Monday, Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the company “will not release any details pertaining to the investigation until it is complete.”Meanwhile, Six Flags has temporarily closed the Iron Rattler roller coaster at its Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The decision came late Friday after officials heard about the accident in Arlington, Fiesta Texas spokeswoman Sydne Purvis said Monday.Purvis said it’s a precautionary move until the Texas Giant investigation is completed. Both roller coasters are wooden structures with steel rails.The Texas Giant first opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster but underwent a $10 million renovation in 2010 to install steel-hybrid rails before reopening in 2011. The coaster, which can carry as many as 24 riders, has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of 95 degrees.Reiss, the amusement park expert, speculated that either Ayala-Goana managed to slip out from behind a locked mechanism or that the harness mechanism failed and it opened.“Right now, I would say investigators are probably tearing apart every inch of that train and every harness mechanism, and inspecting and testing every millimeter of those harness mechanisms to find out whether the potential even exists for her harness to have failed or for any other harness to have failed,” Reiss said.“At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not the person fits,” he added. “If the harness locks normally, without forcing it, it’s OK. And the final say is up to the ride operator to tell you, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t ride.’”The roller coaster was issued its most recent safety permit in February and was in compliance with state regulations that require an annual inspection by a qualified engineer, according to state records. Proof of those inspections also must be submitted to the Texas Department of Insurance.Hagins noted that Texas has an insurance-based regulatory system for amusement park rides and that the ride also was in compliance with rules that require $1 million liability insurance.The Dallas Morning News has reported that officials with the roller coaster’s car manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Germany, were set to come to Texas to inspect the ride. The company could not be reached late Monday by phone and an email was not immediately returned.Don Hankins, of Lakeland, Fla.-based PLH & Associates, Inc., who inspected the roller coaster in February, did not return a call to The Associated Press on Monday.___Associated Press reporters Betsy Blaney in Lubbock, Uriel J. Garcia and Nomaan Merchant in Dallas and David R. Martin in New York contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Injuries reported by Texas roller coaster riders in years before fatal fall; shutdowns unclear by Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 12:31 pm MDT read more

Ken doll gets cornrows beefy bod and new skin tones

Ken doll gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones NEW YORK, N.Y. – He’s been overshadowed by Barbie for decades, but now Ken is finally getting some attention.Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, including different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie had a similar makeover more than a year ago, both part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and appealing to today’s kids.Ken hadn’t changed much since he was introduced 56 years ago as Barbie’s blue-eyed, chiseled boyfriend. Now he’ll be sold in three body shapes: “slim,” ”broad” and “original.”He’ll have modern hairdos, such as cornrows and man buns, and come in seven skin tones. And he’ll also be sporting new fashions: think skinny ties, plaid shirts and graphic tees.“We are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Mattel’s Lisa McKnight, who oversees the Barbie line.Mattel is trying to fight falling sales of its iconic doll line at a time when many kids would rather play with an iPad. Barbie sales were down 13 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period a year ago. A live-action Barbie movie is in the works for next year, with hopes that the big-screen flick will spur doll sales as well.Ken was in need of a makeover, said Jim Silver, the editor-in-chief of toy review website TTPM. Kids playing with the revamped Barbie dolls don’t want an outdated Ken, said Silver.“He’s part of the storyline and he has to fit in with the picture,” he said, “or you would lose sales.”Some of the new $10 Ken dolls were being rolled out to shops and online stores Tuesday, Mattel Inc. said, and all of them will be on store shelves by the holidays.The El Segundo, California-based company also announced new Barbie looks Tuesday, including one with a nearly shaved head and another with an Afro. Mattel has been tinkering with other lines to be more inclusive, such as adding its first boy doll for the American Girl brand._____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisani by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 2:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by Mattel shows 1961 Ken and Barbie dolls. Mattel announced Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that the company is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, giving him new skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. The makeover is part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and try to appeal to today’s kids, many of whom would rather pick up an iPad than a doll. Barbie received a similar overhaul more than a year earlier. (Courtesy of Mattel via AP) read more

Winning Distinguished Teaching award all about support Martini

When Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini was called onto the stage at Fall Convocation earlier this month, it was confirmation to her that she’s surrounded by good people: Good students, good admin staff, and good senior administrators.“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers, but the reality is, I get a lot of support and I get it from a lot of quarters,” said Martini, who won the Distinguished Teaching Award earlier this month. “Good things happen in the classroom because I have great support from people you wouldn’t even think of.”Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, Brock University said Martini demonstrates excellence in teaching and educational leadership, the two criteria for the Distinguished Teaching award.“I’m absolutely delighted she’s the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching award,” said Lathrop. “She’s incredibly engaging and exceptionally student-centered. She’s very interested in student retention and success and that translates into the work she does for the students and around the campus.”Originally from Toronto, Martini taught at the University of Windsor before coming to Brock in 2003. Her work incorporates outstanding evidence of teaching excellence that is not only indicative of stellar classroom performance but also reflected educational leadership, both within the department and throughout the institution.In large undergraduate classes and in courses known to have challenging content, Martini consistently receives high course evaluations. Her contributions to curriculum and program development show the impact of her teaching and learning beyond the classroom. Her ongoing commitment in the areas of learning outcomes, e-portfolio development, and a newly-proposed course for student transferrable skill development are significant contributions to student learning. Martini, who has also been involved in researching the long-term positive impact of Brock’s Experience BU campus-wide co-curriculum, is an outstanding educator and pedagogical leader.Martini said people like Lathrop have allowed her and others involved in Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation to introduce new teaching initiatives.Martini also credited her students for making the teaching environment a dynamic one.“Good things don’t happen in the classroom unless the students get invested. It’s nice to be recognized, but at the same time, I sit back and think, I’m only part of this equation that’s making the learning possible. Anybody who teaches a good course probably has enough humility know they don’t do it by themselves,” Martini said.Martini will give a public address on teaching at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s annual Tribute to Teaching event, Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Alphie’s Trough. Members of the Brock community interested in attending should email cpi@brocku.ca. read more

Alcohol abuse among over 50s has increased since the financial crisis

first_imgUpdated 11.22pmTHE LEVEL OF ‘problematic drinking’ among older people has risen since 2010, a major new study has revealed.The number of over 70s with medical cards fell according to the survey — but increased for those over 50.Published this morning, the second phase of Trinity College Dublin’s Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) shows a high levels of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity.The information, collected between April 2012 and January 2013, was compared to the previous survey conducted between 2009 and 2010.High quality of lifeHowever, a high quality of life is still reported in the findings. Income has remained stable, but overall wealth has fallen, largely due to a reduction in the value of property assets’.It has also revealed that reaching retirement age was often met with a fall in alcohol consumption and smoking, and was likely to prompt the over 65s to purchase private health insurance.16.5 per cent of those surveyed smoke, a fall of 2 per cent from the previous survey.The level of problematic drinking, classified according to a CAGE survey, rose 5 per cent to 22 in men, and 3 per cent to 11 in women.Reacting to the findings, Health Minister James Reilly said it was “a cause for concern” that 44 per cent of the 8,000 surveyed were overweight, with one third classed as obese.Interventions“These findings therefore, remind us that obesity is a lifelong issue and one that will require sustained and targeted interventions across all age groups and into the years ahead.”The Minister added that TILDA, which is funded by the government, will ‘reatly enhance the quantity and quality of data available about our older population’.With one fifth of the Irish population expected to be over 65 by 2060, Principal Investigator Professor Rose Anne Kenny said the studies will prove vital for effective government planning.“TILDA will greatly assist new policy initiatives to address health behaviours and disease prevention so that our later life years can be healthy and independent,” she said.Read the full survey here.- First published 10.24amRead: Cases of obesity in developing countries ‘more than triples’ over 28 years >Poll: Do we need a crackdown on cheap drinks promotions? >Column: PE should be an exam subject in schools. >last_img read more

Rebekah Brooks says she has been vindicated

first_imgFORMER RUPERT MURDOCH protege Rebekah Brooks said she feels vindicated after she was cleared in Britain’s News of the World phone-hacking trial.In her first comments since Tuesday’s verdict, the one-time head of Murdoch’s British newspaper arm said her thoughts were with colleagues still facing legal action.But the brief statement she delivered with husband Charlie outside their rented London house made no mention of her ex-colleague and lover Andy Coulson, who was found guilty.“I am innocent of the crimes that I was charged with and I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdict,” Brooks told reporters in a wavering voice.“The last few years have been tough for us and for those closest to us,” the 46-year-old mother-of-one said.“But more importantly they’ve been tough for everybody on all sides that have been affected by the issues highlighted by this case.”She refused to reply directly when asked if she had a message for Coulson, her successor as News of the World editor who faces jail after being found guilty of phone hacking at the same eight-month trial.“All I can say to you all is that today my thoughts are with my former colleagues and their families who face future trials,” she said.I am going to do everything I can to support them because I know how anxious the times ahead are. UnprecedentedHer husband, a racehorse trainer, who was found not guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice during the trial at the Old Bailey in London, said the couple had been through an “unprecedented investigation of an incredibly forensic and personal nature”.News Corporation boss Murdoch flew in to the country earlier in the day to visit the headquarters of his British operation, but he has not yet commented on the trial.Murdoch strongly supported Brooks following her arrest in 2011, which came shortly after he shut down the News of the World following revelations that the paper had hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.Brooks, 46, rose from relatively humble beginnings to become editor of the News of the World and The Sun, which is read by millions.She had close links to politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron and his predecessor Gordon Brown.Cameron has apologised for hiring Coulson as his media chief after Coulson quit the News of the World.Coulson finds out on Monday if he will face a retrial on charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police, and he is due be sentenced for hacking on 4 July.- © AFP 2014Read: Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra chargeslast_img read more

DICE interview reveals 12hour Battlefield 3 campaign

first_imgThe buzz surrounding Battlefield 3 is slowly starting to grow, fuelled mainly by EA and developer DICE drip-feeding us gameplay trailers and bits of information regarding the game. So far the game looks fantastic, and has already had a stunning two-minute trailer and rooftop sniper scene released. Now we know another vital bit of information about the game: how long the single-player campaign lasts.An interview with DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson during GDC this year has appeared on YouTube from website Games.on.net. During the 6 minute chat we get it confirmed that the single-player campaign is 12 hours long.AdChoices广告Troedsson explains that while Battlefield games are mutliplayer first and foremost, including the single-player aspect allows more new gamers to pick up the game without being thrust into multiplayer from the start. That way the mechanics and a general feel for the game can be experienced in the relative comfort of offline play.The lengthy campaign should come as welcome relief for anyone picking the game up off the back of Homefront which was criticized for only managing a 5-hour campaign.Read more at Games.on.net, via Eurogamer.netMatthew’s OpinionI have to admit that I prefer my FPS games to have a solid and long single-player game, and I only venture online occasionally. But then I don’t know anyone who plays mainly online not appreciating the single-player campaign. It adds value to the game, acts as a testing ground, and at the very least functions as a backup if your Internet connection goes down and you want/need to keep playing.Some may think that removing single-player would see the game launch qucker as less time is required for creation. While it may take slightly less development time without such a campaign, the majority of the work has to be done anyway as pretty much all the game assets are shared between multi- and single-player. The extra time comes from designing the scnarios and scripting the events, but again, a lot can be shared and environments used cleverly to ensure they can be used in multiplayer too. Overall, the single-player campaign adds far more value than the additional time it takes to implement.last_img read more

Tax assessment appeals due Aug 7

first_imgTaxpayers who want the county to rethink the taxable assessed value of their property have until 5 p.m. Aug. 7 to appeal to the Board of Equalization.A Notice of Value was mailed to each Clark County property owner in June, according to a county news release. Under state law, property owners are entitled to appeal, without charge, the county’s valuation.Details on the appeal process can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/board-of-equalization. Property owners wanting to file an appeal can obtain forms by calling the board’s office at 360-397-2337 or emailing BOE@clark.wa.gov.The appeal form and supporting documentation can be submitted at the Board of Equalization office, 1300 Franklin St., Suite 650, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The documents also can be mailed to Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666. To be accepted, they must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7. They also can be faxed to 360-397-6162.The board is comprised of three residents who provide an impartial and independent forum for property owners. Hearings are held on an individual basis.last_img read more

Yacolt dairy recalls raw milk for possible E coli

first_imgSpanish Sonrise Dairy is recalling whole raw milk because it may be contaminated with E. coli.The Yacolt dairy announced the recall on Tuesday, after routine sampling by the state Department of Agriculture found E. coli in the raw cream processed from whole raw milk, according to a news release issued by Spanish Sonrise Dairy.The recall affects raw milk with a “best by” date of Aug. 23. The milk, which was bottled in half-gallon glass containers, was sold directly to private customers and at one retail store, Camas Produce.Anyone with the recalled milk is urged to return the milk for a full refund. Those with questions can contact the company at 360-931-7283.E. coli infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure but can take as long as nine days to appear, according to the news release.This isn’t the first recall for the Yacolt dairy. Spanish Sonrise issued a recall of raw milk and cream products in April 2015 after routine testing revealed listeria monocytogenes contamination. At the time of the first recall, the owners said they planned to close the dairy.last_img read more

Ridgefield kicks off new year with lazy day of jammies and movies

first_imgYou just spent a month, maybe six weeks, eating and drinking and partying your head off. How’s that head feeling now? Relax. Breathe. It’s time to get lazy. Celebrate the new year in style — by resting and regrouping. That’s the official policy in Ridgefield, where a year of monthly First Saturday festivities launches in recovery mode. Ridgefield has dubbed Saturday’s mellow celebration “Lazy Dayz.” We’re not sure how that final, erroneous Z got attached to a single-day event, but in keeping with the sluggish spirit of this occasion, who cares? “We just thought we’d do something low-key,” said Ridgefield city spokeswoman Jessica Kipp. “We rented a bunch of oversize beanbag chairs and we’re going to have a cocoa bar and munchies and just have a family movie marathon.” That’s at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave. Everyone is encouraged to show up in pajamas and slippers with blankets and pillows, and transform the place into a communal living room for the day. There’ll even be a kids pajama contest, Kipp said. Your own lunches, and munchies, are welcome, too. The movie schedule is:last_img read more

UN for holding fair elections in Bangladesh

first_imgUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins with DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloUN resident coordinator Robert D Watkins says mere participation in the next general elections will not be enough.He insists on making the electoral process “fair and transparent”, given the indications that all parties would take part in the parliamentary polls.”The elections need to be fair and transparent and all concerned institutions need to be neutral,” the UN official said addressing a ‘DCAB talk’ in the city on Thursday.The UN is working to help strengthen responsible institutions, especially the election commission, to ensure a free, fair and participatory election in Bangladesh, he mentioned.The then United Nations secretary general had sent his emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco before the 2014 general elections held under the Awami League amd eventually boycotted by the main opposition parties including the BNP.As the next parliamentary polls are expected to be held in about a year or so, Watkins emphasised the need for keeping optimism about elections.”The signals were that all parties would participate,” he added.Watkins, also the UNDP resident repreentative, touched the issue of election and democracy alongside the Rohingya crisis and extremism, at the talk organised by Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB).Dwelling on the Rohingya crisis, he expressed his views that the problem will not be solved in Bangladesh but the solution is across the border.”The Myanmar government has said it will adopt the Kofi Annan commission recommendations, but the deep-rooted animosity against the Rohingyas in the Northern Rakhine state has to be addressed,” he said.He mentioned that the UN had pulled out all stops to support the government of Bangladesh in the crisis, particularly in the form of humanitarian assistance.On the UN Security Council’s failure to resolve the Rohingya crisis, the UN official said the council had met thrice to discuss the issue and this was a progress because this was not even on the agenda in the past.He pointed out that other than the Security Council, the UN worked through many other channels, including the UN mission in Myanmar.Concerning the Bangladesh government’s refusal to term the displaced Rohingyas as ‘refugees’, Watkins said that Dhaka was not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees so it might have opted not to use the term.But, he explained, the UN certainly referred to these displaced Rohingyas as refugees as they met all criteria of refugees.The UN official also lauded Bangladesh for recognising the problem of extremism and had begun responding to the threat.”The Holey Artisan Bakery attack has changed the previous tendency of denial and the government, the public, and the civil society, were all contributing in their respective ways to fight against extremism,” he said.The event was also addressed by DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Pantho Rahman.last_img read more

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance Hosts Sexual Freedom Summit

first_imgWoodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance will host its seventh annual Sexual Freedom Summit from Aug. 4-7 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road. The event is where everything comes together in spectacular conversations about sexual rights. Onsite registration is available: one-day registration fee onsite is $120, weekend pass registration onsite is $185, and the full Summit registration, onsite, is $225. For more information, visit sexualfreedomsummit.org.last_img

Indian fashion is like a pendulum Anamika

first_imgThe queen of drapes, Anamika Khanna has always been a bit of an enigma. In a candid conversation with Millennium Post at Ogaan, in the national Capital, where a large room features Anamika Khanna with her Indian bridal and contemporary collections, she discusses her ideas on fashion.Q. You are known for your signature pieces like the dhoti sari and capes. Are you planning to present a new must-have garment structure?I am hoping the new development will go in that direction!  You will see a lot of innovation. It’s  theme that allows me to push myself and try new things, yet keeping my own signature. There’s a lot of deconstruction I am working with, which I have not done before. You will see structure and fluidity at the same time. I want to create a timeless collection. It’s got nothing to do with the season, or get defined by anything. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Q. What’s the best thing about being a fashion designer? What defines your style?The fact that every day you see your dreams taking shape! The design process from the birth of concept to the final production takes many months. Researching current fashion trends and making predictions of future trends is the first step in creating the design. I have been instrumental towards the modernisation of Indian craft through my modern wear made from Indian textiles. I have reinterpreted the Maharashtrian nine-yard sari to create dhoti-pants.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey are actually dhoti style saris and have become the signature creations of ‘Anamika Khanna’. They have been worn by leading Bollywood superstars like Sonam Kapoor on multiple occasions. I have set a new trend through draped saris. Loved introducing the tulip drape, the wavy drape, and the two-pallu-in-dhoti drape. To sum up, my style is quiet, subtle, experimental and bold.Q. What are your views on the current Bridal trend in our society?Brides today are asking for a change. While they stick to certain traditions, they are experimenting with new shapes and colours. Unfortunately, there is also this race, where more is less. I do not believe in the concept of trend. According to me, I cannot restrict myself to a particular trend. My job calls for developing trends, rather than following them. Besides this, it is totally a bride’s decision on which kind of outfit she wants to carry, from a dhoti sari to a lehenga coat, which is a perfect mix of Indian and global fashion. Q. You came at a time when fashion was all about colours. How did you manage to bring understated elegance into the industry?Honestly, I love colours too. Though I feel overdosing it everyday is a problem. I stick with what I believe in and that pays off. Women today are educated, well traveled and independent. It’s not difficult to bring change. The colour palette was in my traditional style: ivories and blacks, with deep reds and colours thrown in. My love for all things gothic had been replaced by a new love for baroque, adding a real vintage feel to modern silhouettes. Fabrics were mainly light and often diaphanous, adding a sense of romance. My stand-out technique was the use of appliqué that resembled flower petals. Q. What do you think is India’s future when it comes to Fashion?I feel fashion in India is like a pendulum. It swings towards serious fashion then falls back into the same excessive rut. Fashion needs to be taken more seriously. There is great merit in the slow production of clothes, not least because the process means that the garments produced are unique, intricate and therefore carry great value. This is of course not to say that garments produced by machine are inherently less valuable but that in our fast-paced society where we demand instant gratification it is nice to take a step back and appreciate the time and immense effort that still goes into creating some of our clothing. Both machine-made and handmade fashion has pros and cons and ultimately in order to meet the demands of our very modern society it is imperative that both exist.last_img read more

Tourism ekit vital for travel industry

first_imgThe online booking world is expected to increase in the next ten years with Online Travel Agents (OTAs) becoming the fastest growing distribution channel according to PhoCusWright.Award winning ‘Tourism e-kit’ provides the tourism industry with a free online educational guide, covering the basics of online marketing.The useful resource is currently in its eighth edition and its latest release takes a closer look into topics like Online Travel Agents, the National Broadband Network (NBN) and Groupon.Australian Tourism Data Warehouse chief executive officer Liz Ward said that it is “critically important” suppliers posses their own direct booking capability on their websites.Ms Ward added that it is vital for suppliers to think about other distribution channels like OTAs as part of their online distribution strategy.“The two new tutorials (39A and 39B) about Online Travel Agents explain the differences between OTAs and other online distributors, how to work with them and who the key players are,” Ms Ward said.“It’s challenging for suppliers to find the knowledge all in the one place about online marketing, the various OTAs and their business models.“The Tourism e-kit delivers that in one free, easily accessible resource for the Australian industry.”The Tourism e-kit covers more than 50 tutorials and videos and can be downloaded by the Australian tourism industry for free at www.atdw.com.au/tourism_e_kit.asp. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Silky Oaks adds Billabong suites

first_imgThe Silky Oaks Lodge in Tropical North Queensland unveiled three million dollars worth of refurbishments this week, with the completion of four new Billabong Suites. Unveiled at a launch party at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Sydney, the suites are part of a major renovating project for the accommodation property, located on the Mossman River, within the Daintree Rainforest.The Billabong Suites are in addition to the property’s other accommodation options including the deluxe treehouses and riverhouses.Owner, Paul van Min said he was excited about the opportunities the developments and suites would bring the 82-acre rainforest property.“Silky Oaks Lodge has been re-born as a luxury experience through the implementation of a five year plan,” he said. “We wanted to create a really different experience… and I think we’ve achieved that.” The new suites were designed by a Dutch interior-architect and feature unique, hand-crafted wooden furniture.“The Billabong suites carry a very strong natural timber and rainforest theme.”Other renovations included a new five star reception and greeting area and a more ecological approach to the entire property.Laurent Pedemay executive chef for the Lodge’s Treehouse Restaurant was also in Sydney for the launch, serving guests freshly prepared dishes, using ingredients he brought with him from the local area.“This is the same seafood, the same herbs and spices, the very same ingredients and techniques you’ll come to appreciate when dining at our Treehouse Restaurant,” Mr Pedemay said.“We use a variety of produce and always try to be mindful of our guests. We design menus that are balanced for every palate. The restaurant is open-air and the food is complimentary to the wonderful surroundings.”A further luxurious addition; the floor-to-ceiling windowed Healing Waters Spa, with seven treatment rooms, was voted Australia’s best luxury spa at the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards.Silky Oaks Lodge is located just one hour north of Cairns and a short drive north of Port Douglas. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Collateral Analytics Joins Data Protection Group

first_img Share May 14, 2014 422 Views in Data, Headlines, News Collateral Analytics Joins Data Protection Groupcenter_img Collateral Analytics Company News 2014-05-14 Tory Barringer Collateral Analytics, one of the real estate industry’s leading providers of comprehensive automated valuation solutions and analytic products, has joined up with the Real Estate Data Protection Legal Association Nonprofit (REDPLAN), the company announced.According to a release, REDPLAN dedicates itself to protecting the real estate industry’s copyrighted materials and intellectual property rights. As a member, Collateral Analytics is part of a larger group of companies coming together to promote the common interests of real estate information providers.“By joining REDPLAN, Collateral Analytics has proven they will be good stewards of the use of real estate data and respect the intellectual property rights of the content owners,” said REDPLAN administrator Darity Wesley. “We are pleased to welcome them as charter members of REDPLAN.”“The core of our company thrives on data and collaboration,” added Michael Sklarz, president and CEO of Hawaii-based Collateral Analytics. “We support REDPLAN and its mission to protect the real estate information industry.”last_img read more

Bicommunal hike around Cyprus coast

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouA group of four young Greek Cypriots is looking for Turkish Cypriots to join them in their attempt to hike the whole of Cyprus’ coastline.The initiative was started by two men and two women Greek Cypriots who are looking for six more people.  Four should be athletic young people to participate in the walk which starts on June 10 and is expected to last around 25 days. One Turkish Cypriot will join a participant from the south as a social media administrator responsible for fully covering the expedition, taking pictures and producing videos, promoting the journey on social media.Another person is needed to drive a van which will follow the group and carry all their personal possessions.Potential candidates should be 18 to 25 years old to mirror the Greek Cypriots’ age group. George Koumandaris, 22, one of the team told the Sunday Mail that was best if the team is about the same age so it is easier for them to bond and be comfortable with each other. Besides, the idea is to give an opportunity to the new generation to get together as they did in the past.However, he added, all are welcome to join for a day or two.“Anybody who wants to join us from age 5 to 105 is more than welcome,” he said, adding the plan is to post on social media where the group is in the evenings, and when they will set out the next morning.To prevent the hike from degenerating into a political debate, the group said it was important for all participants to leave their political parties behind.“The main reason we are doing this is to show that Greek and Turkish Cypriots can live together in peace without having any political beliefs,” the group announced.Apart from a dedication to the bicommunal cause and a holder of Cypriot ID, applicants need to be nature lovers, athletic and have a strong sense of adventure.Golden Sands beach in the KarpasiaBasic cooking skills are also essential, since this is not going to be a trip where eating in restaurants is on the cards. The idea is to cook as a team, another chance to learn more about each other by interacting and introducing each other to ingredients that are used in each part of the country.It is also a way of saving money. Each person needs to contribute something, but it is hoped that sponsors will provide most of the money. However, the sponsors to approach will be decided when all the group members have been chosen.Some camping has been tentatively planned, and some nights the group will be able to stay in the homes of friends and relatives.Early starts and a long lunch break will ensure the hot June weather does not get too exhausting.And what are the benefits? Apart from the bonding and becoming an ambassador for the cause, it is likely that the team will be mentioned in the Guinness Book of World records as the first one to tour the whole Cyprus coastline.Some plans have been made for the video to be shot. The group might offer it to local TV stations and is thinking of posting it on YouTube to make it globally known as well.But a lot of plans and arrangements still need to be made, and those who apply had better be sure that they have a lot of free time on their hands between now and June 10.“We are not looking for someone who works full-time,” George explained, “but maybe a student with some time or a person who is unemployed.”If you are interested and speak English, the language of communication among the group, send a copy of your ID and your contact details to coastlinehikers@gmail.com by March 23 in order to arrange an interview. For more info call George on 99-819087.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more