With MPs back in House chiefs hope FN issues stay on agenda

first_imgAPTN National NewsPoliticians from across the country have made their way back to Parliament.And, with the majority government in place, the Opposition vows to push Aboriginal issues forward on the floor of the House of Commons.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Disease and malnutrition claim lives of 10 Somali refugees in Kenya UNHCR

Disease and malnutrition claim lives of 10 Somali refugees in Kenya: UNHCRThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced “grave concern” over the situation in Kenya’s volatile border region, where 10 Somali refugees have died of disease and malnutrition over the past six days as the Kenyan authorities have prevented aid agencies from moving thousands to a safer location. Eight children were among those who died, according to UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville, who told reporters in Geneva that some 70 children admitted this week to the area’s local hospital were suffering from severe malnutrition. Although most of them received therapeutic feeding, about 800 children “remain at risk of severe malnutrition if food is not delivered in the next two days,” he warned.Between 3,500 and 5,000 Somali refugees – including some 400 pregnant or lactating women and 2,000 children – are encamped in the volatile Mandera border zone, according to UNHCR, which reported that serious cases of malaria, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, anaemia and abdominal parasite infections had been documented. UNHCR is negotiating with the Kenyan authorities in a bid to either create a temporary site near the border, or transfer the refugees to existing refugee camps in other parts of the country. “In the meantime UNHCR would like to at least be allowed to establish an emergency therapeutic feeding centre within a safe distance from the border,” Mr. Colville said. read more

Texas AM survives slow start beats South Alabama 7462

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M could not be happier to be home on Thanksgiving weekend.“That was a rough trip for us,” forward Savion Flagg said of the Aggies’ winless three-game West Coast swing prior to arriving back at Reed Arena.Flagg scored a game-high 25 points and A&M snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-62 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.“We’ve been fighting hard and getting better every game, but it’s good to get a win, to reward the players,” said A&M coach Billy Kennedy, who won his 350th career game to go with 281 losses.The Aggies (2-4) trailed by four a little more than midway through the first half before closing on a tear against the outsized Jaguars (3-3). A&M outscored South Alabama 26-6 over the final nine minutes to grab a 43-27 halftime lead, one the Aggies wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.“We don’t take anyone lightly,” Kennedy said. “We’re not mature enough or talented enough to take anyone lightly.”Flagg did much of the work himself in the first half, scoring 19 points over the first 20 minutes by making 9-of-11 from the field. Flagg was emotional afterward, and said he was playing through the pain of a cousin, Devin Taylor, dying Thursday night as the result of a motorcycle accident near Houston, and the recent passing of his grandmother.Rodrick Sikes added 21 points for South Alabama. A&M held overwhelming advantages in rebounds (38-21) and points in the paint (44-26), and Aggies forward Josh Nebo had seven of the team’s nine blocks.The Jaguars had lost 101-58 at Auburn to start the season, so South Alabama coach Richie Riley considered Friday’s 12-point setback to another SEC foe a big step in the right direction.“In the last 12 minutes we made some strides, we didn’t lay down like we did earlier in the year at Auburn,” Riley said. “Any time you play in an environment like this it helps you grow up and mature. We fought and finished the game as good as we could.”BIG PICTUREA&M: The Aggies played again without senior guard Admon Gilder, who missed his sixth consecutive game to start the season with an undisclosed medical condition. They still appear lost at times without their veteran leader, especially in the early going.The Aggies, who get a bit of a break after playing four games in nine days, needed this victory as a morale boost after dropping their previous four games, including three in the final minutes.South Alabama: The Jaguars gained valuable experience in facing an SEC foe on the road, even if Reed Arena was less than half full for the slow-starting Aggies. South Alabama also can take heart from its strong start against the Aggies, in leaping to a 12-6 lead four minutes into the game, and before the larger Aggies could find their footing.UP NEXTA&M gets a little break and stays at home, next playing host to Northwestern (La.) State on Dec. 3.USA tries to get back on track on the road at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday.HIGHLIGHT REELThe Aggies led 24-21 with 6:46 remaining in the first half when the Jaguars’ Abdul Dial drove the lane for what appeared to be an easy layup. Nebo skied for the block, and an otherwise subdued crowd roared its approval.STAT OF THE NIGHTUSA guard Herb McGee had a rough go of it, not only because he finished 1-of-6 from the field. McGee had half of the Jaguars’ dozen turnovers, four more than any of his teammates.HE SAID IT“It was a brutal schedule. I did a poor job of scheduling.”Billy Kennedy on the Aggies playing four games in nine days, including three late starts on the West Coast.The Associated Press read more

Natural Resource Fund Bill tabled in National Assembly

The Natural Resource Bill 2018 was today presented and read for the first time to the National Assembly. This is in keeping with government’s previous undertaking to have the Bill presented to the National Assembly before year’s end, accordign to DPI.The introduction of the Bill follows the presentation of Government’s ‘Green’ paper titled “Managing Future Petroleum Revenues and Establishment of Fiscal Rule and a Sovereign Wealth Fund” to the National Assembly on August 8.In his introduction of the Green Paper to the National Assembly Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan had said the document was being issued by the government to present preliminary proposals to stimulate discussion. It also detailed specific issues and pointed out possible courses of action in terms of policy and legislation.In addition, Minister Jordan described as a significant date in the history of the country. He said the paper captured the key mechanisms to ensure sustainable use of petroleum resources to achieve a diversified and green economy, DPI said.A specific focus is being placed on avoiding the mismanagement of the national patrimony or as it is known “the natural resource curse.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNatural Resources Fund Bill passed with minor amendmentsJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Cabinet approves Green Paper on how Fund will manage oil revenueAugust 6, 2018In “Business”“No evidential basis” for cash payouts from Petroleum revenues – President GrangerAugust 9, 2018In “latest news” read more

Physical bumpmapping lets us 3D print photographs

first_imgImage analysis is important to everyone from the military to the most amateur of photographers. Historically, our primary interest has been in identifying objects in a photograph, be they missile silos or our friends’ smiling faces.More nuanced analysis, like topographic analysis, has generally required special forms of photography that return additional information to the camera. Now Instructables is hosting a tutorial on how software can quickly generate some guesses about a photograph’s properties in the third dimension, and how 3D printing can create a print that simulates them.The principle is simple enough: the algorithm simply assigns a depth to each pixel in an image based on how dark it is. As you might guess, this limits the approach to greyscale images, since the interplay between hue and saturation would undermine the whole idea. Darkness is loosely taken as an indication of shadow, but what’s important to understand is that this technique does not infer and build a three-dimensional photograph, but creates a bumpy plate that looks like a three dimensional photograph.It’s not hard to break the illusion of depth.The distinction becomes clear when viewing one of these photos from an extreme angle; variance in the thickness of the deposited material is really quite small. Rather than building actual 3D structure of the scene, the printer uses a technique not unlike bump mapping in video games — it uses light and dark to infer three dimensional detail where little (basically none) actually exists. By depositing thicker (and thus less transparent) layers of material in darker areas, a remarkably strong impression of depth emerges. This is subtly more convincing to the eye than simply printing out a darker color in these areas.The technique requires a back-light to truly shine, though, and it does have issues with perspective. But this is still one seriously cool innovation that can be achieved with just a few minutes’ work.The creator of the technique is Amanda Ghassaei, whose Instructables profile reveals a similarly cool approach to printing sound. The technique is not unlike printing a record, using the vibrations of a needle (or a credit card, or a human thumbnail) to produce sound as it flaps over them. This is really an old technology made more accessible by 3D printing, and it has already been used to create everything from singing-strip birthday cards to musical highways.last_img read more

Le nouveau HTC Rezound équipé découteurs Beats Audio

first_imgLe nouveau HTC Rezound, équipé d’écouteurs Beats AudioHTC vient de présenter son nouveau smartphone, le HTC Rezound. Ce dernier-né compte bien gêner la concurrence avec des caractéristiques très alléchantes. Zoom sur le Rezound.Comme nous l’annoncions il y a deux jours, un évènement HTC devait avoir lieu. C’est à ce moment que le constructeur taïwanais, spécialisé dans les téléphones, a dévoilé le Rezound (et non le Budweiser, ouf!).C’est le premier smartphone HTC à collaborer avec les cadors du son: Beats Audio. Le Rezound est donc équipé d’une paire d’écouteurs de la marque et cela fait la différence. La qualité sonore est vraiment améliorée. Au-delà de cette nouveauté, le Rezound s’équipe d’un écran tactile HD 720p (1280 x 720) de 4,3″, une première pour le fabricant. S’ajoute à cela un processeur dual-core Qualcomm de 1.5Ghz, 1Go de RAM  et une capacité de 16GB de mémoire. L’appareil photo intégré monte à 8 mégapixels avec flash dual-LED au dos et une caméra de 2 mégapixels.  Le HTC Rezound se complète par un port MHL (USB/HDMI), la connexion WiFi et  Bluetooth 3.0, un GPS et la compatibilité 4G. Le tout sous Android 2.3…Ce dernier petit détail vient ternir le joli tableau. En effet, le HTC Rezound devra attendre 2012 pour voir une mise à jour  sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Disponible dès le 14 novembre aux USA, chez l’opérateur Verizon, le Rezound devra tout de même atteindre les 300 dollars (216 euros) avec un forfait de deux ans.Le 5 novembre 2011 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

1227 WWE Results Uniondale New York 2on1 main event

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised Pinterest 12/27 WWE Results: Uniondale, New York* WWE announced that Randy Orton was injured and wouldn’t be appearing. The main event was announced as John Cena vs. Kane & Seth Rollins in a 2-on-1 Handicap match.* WWE NXT Champion Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville.* Ryback def. Fandango.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & Damien Mizdow def. The Usos.* Big Show def. Erick Rowan.* Alicia Fox & Emma def. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella & Brie Bella. Paige was referee.* John Cena def. Kane & Seth Rollins in a 2-on-1 Handicap match. Randy Orton showed up to close the show and helped Cena get the win.Source: PWInsider.com Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Veterans path to freedom opens

first_imgWhen Karl Colbert opened the third-floor door and walked into his new home, it represented more than a one-bedroom unit.“It’s not just an apartment,” Colbert said. “It’s a new world.”Colbert is among almost 40 residents of Freedom’s Path, a new structure for homeless veterans. The name seems fitting.“I wanted to find a new path,” Colbert said. “The day we signed a lease, we got a base to start our lives. Having a place to live, a place to call my own, an actual address, I can communicate with my family, and they can see I’m stable again.”While the first occupants moved in about a month ago, a ceremony Wednesday morning marked the official ribbon-cutting for the residence on Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs campus.Colbert was one of the speakers at Wednesday’s event, and also chatted with visitors and media members before the ceremony.The 64-year-old Air Force veteran said that he spent the past few years in Portland, involved in what he called the usual homeless lifestyle: couch-surfing, moving in with girlfriends, or living in old cars and vacant buildings known as “abandominiums.”“Having this as a residence makes other things more accessible,” Colbert said. “The VA provides so many services that are essential to my life right now.”That was one of the benefits of having Veterans Affairs as a partner in the project. The developer is Florida-based Communities for Veterans, which has opened similar residences in Texas and Illinois.last_img read more

Manchester City join Ake race

first_imgManchester City have joined the race to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, according to reports in the English press.The Netherlands international is receiving plaudits aplenty for his impressive displays in the colors of Bournemouth and, according to the Mirror, City are the latest top six club in the Premier League chasing his signature.Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with moves for the defender in recent weeks, while it has been revealed that Chelsea could have first refusal on their former youth player.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Recent speculation states that City manager Pep Guardiola was considering signing Ake in the summer, but instead chose to see how his development continues at the south coast club.The former Barcelona boss will like the 23-year-old’s versatility, as he’s able to play on the left of a back three or in a back four, and has also played as a defensive midfielder in the past.He would provide competition for Aymeric Laporte, who has been one of City’s most used players this season and is currently the only senior left-footed centre-back in the club.last_img read more

Phoenix Industrial rises to success

first_imgKen Johnson thought he was getting canned.It was November 2001, and the Canadian company that owned the U.S. engineering and construction outfit he worked for was hurting and looking to off-load its American operation.His boss, Joe Hutton, stepped into his office. “Let’s get a cup of coffee,” he told Johnson.The prospect of getting fired came into sharp relief when, instead of heading down the hall to the company’s coffeemaker, Hutton suggested they walk to a nearby coffee shop.There Johnson learned that his hunch was right: His job was going away. “But I’ve got an idea,” Hutton told him.“That’s when he laid out Phoenix Industrial to me,” Johnson said, recently recalling the story of the rise of the Vancouver industrial general contractor — a business that pours the concrete, lifts the heavy equipment and installs the giant pipes that keep manufacturers, food processors and other heavy-industry employers humming.‘Something of value’Fast-forward to today. It’s December 2011, and Phoenix Industrial has grown from $4 million in annual revenue 10 years ago to $27 million this year.The company is profitable, Johnson said. And its managers and partners — Johnson and Jon Scott, both vice presidents, and Hutton, the company’s president — have, over the years, secured multimillion-dollar contracts for work on everything from building metal-recycling plants to setting up a gold-mining operation in Nevada.last_img read more

Trust buys land near Mount St Helens

first_imgClick to enlarge The Columbia Land Trust on Thursday finalized the purchase of 2,330 acres of forestland and riparian habitat near Mount St. Helens, marking the largest single purchase in the organization’s 23-year history.The move also advances a broad conservation effort that aims to secure some 20,000 acres around the Swift Reservoir and Pine Creek, protecting it from development. The trust acquired the land through an agreement with Pope Resources, a timber company based in Poulsbo.“This whole project is one that supports forestry and also supports conservation,” said Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb. “To me, it’s important that this is actually living those values that we espouse to.”The $5.7 million purchase, paid through a federal grant, is the second phase of the larger Mount St. Helens project, and the first of the so-called Pine Creek Conservation Area, southeast of the mountain. Thursday’s purchase secures a large parcel on the east side of the creek.The Vancouver-based land trust has its eye on two additional parcels, including another 3,074 acres on the west side of Pine Creek. That could be finalized as soon as this year or next year, Lamb said, but that’s dependent on another grant coming through. The trust has applied to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which is funded by the state Legislature.last_img read more

Child struck by car in Portland suffers traumatic injuries

first_imgPORTLAND — A small child was struck by a car in Portland on Thursday.The crash closed a major intersection in southeast Portland on the Fourth of July.The Portland Police Bureau says the boy suffered “traumatic injuries” and was taken to a Portland hospital. His condition was unavailable early Thursday afternoon.Police say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.last_img

Protesters call for closure of Homestead facility housing immigrant children

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Rainy weather did not prevent protesters from taking to the streets of Homestead to call for a facility where immigrant children are being detained to be shut down.“The people united will never be divided,” chanted demonstrators as they held up signs outside of the Homestead Detention Center, Sunday afternoon.Organizers said many children detained at the facility left violence and poverty in Central America and deserve a home.Elected officials, activists and members of the religious community all attended the march.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

PM Modi condoles Sheila Dikshits demise

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday condoled the demise of senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, saying she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. In a tweet, he offered his condolence to her family and supporters. “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development,” he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Dikshit passed away at a hospital here following a prolonged illness “Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti,” Modi said.Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019last_img

10 Trends for 2014 We Seek Imperfect Human Moments With Our Smartphones

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free December 3, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Trends for 2014.Image credit: JWTOur obsession with technology is increasingly becoming our frustration.As we continue to immerse ourselves in technology and live ever more “on the grid,” we are simultaneously digging in our heels, nostalgic for days when our lives were more anonymous and less immediate. We are growing into our tech-connected selves, but we are also fraught with confusion about what lies ahead.It’s teenage, pre-pubescent angst.Heading into 2014, the evolution of our tortured love/hate relationship with technology is going to define and direct what we want and how we think.Ann Mack, the director of trend spotting at New York City advertising agency JWT, has broken down our future trajectory into a list of 10 directions that we human beings are being moved — in some cases propelled, in others dragged — in 2014 and beyond.For entrepreneurs looking for how to push their business model forward or entrepreneurs-to-be noodling around for startup fodder, take a look at JWT’s top 10 list for inspiration.1. Immersive experiences. We expect more of our entertainment. It has to touch all of our senses.Example: Wireless audio system maker Sonos has set up installations in NYC and Los Angeles where color washes, lighting and animation coordinate with the music playing out of speakers.Related: Self-Made Billionaire Michael Rubin: E-Commerce Is Rapidly Changing (Video)2. Talk with pictures. We live in an increasingly visual world. With a personal camera, video camera and computer in our hands all day long every day, we Instagram our breakfast, Vine our walk to work, Tweet pictures of our friends at dinner and post pictures on Facebook of our living room redecoration.Example: Online dating site Tinder gets 350 million swipes each day. There are no longwinded, oversharing profiles to fill out or read; users judge exclusively on photos.3. Faster, faster, faster. We are in the midst of what Mack has called “the age of impatience.” Customers expect more, faster and more conveniently than ever before. And, we are growing increasingly impulsive.Example: EBay Now will deliver anything you want from a local merchant in roughly an hour for $5.4. Mobile technology as a ticket to opportunity. Having a phone now means that you are connected. Increasingly, mobile technology — even the simple SMS text message — is being leveraged to bring access to health care, education, and finance to people in developing nations.Example: A partnership between Vodafone and Turkey’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture allows farmers to receive updates on the weather, government regulations and the market price of goods.5. Computers reading our minds. Emotion-recognition software and brain-computer interfacing means the technology around you is able to register your mood. (So while you make be faking a smile, your smartphone might know better.)Example: Food and beverage company Nestle tracked students brainwaves in a “brain booth” while they were eating a Kit Kat bar and then with that data, created an illustration, unique to each person.6. You really can’t hide, ever. If you have a mobile device with you, then companies and governments can probably find you. And most people are pretty creeped out by this. (But not creeped out enough to put down their smartphones, of course.)Example: Tesco gas stations in the U.K. have monitors that analyze the gender and age of the people standing in front of them and show ads based on the results. The monitoring system also knows how long a consumer has looked at a particular ad.Related: Pencils of Promise Is Giving Nonprofits a Hard-Nosed Entrepreneurial Facelift7. We kind of all hate the technology we worship. In an effort convince ourselves that we have not literally crawled inside our own computers and that we do really still maintain interpersonal relationships with things other than our smartphones, there is an increasing preference for things that are human and “off the grid.”Example: Musicians such as She & Him, Jack White, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Prince have asked their audiences to keep their smartphones tucked away during concerts so they aren’t looking out onto a sea of iPhone screens.8. No tradition is too sacred to be smushed up and remastered. Long-standing rituals are going in the blender and coming out the other side with new, redefined social norms.Example: We are spending less time bent over prayer books in pews, but in the U.S. and U.K., secular “godless congregations” are seeking to bring people together for many of the community benefits and ritualistic gatherings associated with Sunday churchgoing.9. Perfection is overdone. As technology makes our daily lives more precise, curated and busy, we lust for the imperfect, the slightly off-kilter, the quirky, the human essence in experiences and objects.Example: An Austrian grocery store chain called Billa launched a line of slightly imperfect fruits and vegetables that it called “Wunderlinge.” The word itself is a combination of the word for “anomaly” and the word for “miracle.”10. We all just want to be zen. As we get busier and busier and busier, and our smartphones — and therefore our connectivity to the world — follows us from the office to the car to the train to the home and back again, we all are looking for how to stay calm. Living in the moment isn’t just for the yoga studio anymore.Example: Virgin Atlantic had meditation gurus develop videos to stream on its flights teaching consumers how to sleep and stay calm when they are bored.Related: IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watson’s ‘Brain’ for Everyone 5 min readlast_img read more

Libertarians propose Caja insurance bill for workers earning less than minimum wage

first_imgLibertarian Movement Party lawmakers Otto Guevara and Natalia Díaz have filed a bill to amend laws governing Costa Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, to allow insurance for employees who work only a few hours a day or during a specific period.Bill No. 19,685 aims to incorporate exceptions to Caja’s insurance system that stipulate contributions based on a minimum monthly wage.In order to offer basic insurance with the Caja, current laws provide only a minimum monthly wage of ₡185,488 ($345). Caja uses this figure to calculate monthly insurance fees for workers even if they earn less than that. The law does not allow for coverage for temporary workers.The Libertarian Movement proposal aims to create an option for Caja insurance based on a worker’s actual income instead of using a minimum wage for everyone.Díaz cited several examples of workers who would benefit, including gardeners, domestic employees, construction workers, painters, farmers and seasonal sales employees. Advocates believe the initiative will help strengthen the Social Security System by increasing the number of people who contribute to the Caja.“We also seek to benefit the productive sector, as we know this initiative will boost new business ideas and will create thousands of new jobs,” Guevara said.Díaz added that the initiative would help reduce informality in the workforce and boost social insurance coverage for a considerable number of workers who currently do not have any kind of insurance.A date for discussing the proposal before the full Legislative Assembly is pending. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Public hospitals begin offering online appointments this week Costa Rica’s poor live longer than poor in the US, study finds Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaignlast_img read more

Star Alliance and Juneyao Airlines seal partnership

first_imgSource = Star Alliance – Juneyao Airlines Star Alliance and Juneyao Airlines seal partnershipStar Alliance and Juneyao Airlines seal partnershipAt a ceremony held in Shanghai today, Star Alliance and Juneyao Airlines formally sealed a strategic partnership which will see the Shanghai based airline become a “Connecting Partner” of Star Alliance in 2017. Under the Alliance’s innovative partnership concept, the airline will soon start offering services such as through-check-in, as well as Lounge access and other Priority privileges to qualifying passengers travelling on connecting itineraries with Star Alliance member airlines.“Juneyao Airlines is a terrific addition to our network proposition in China and particularly in the Shanghai market”, said Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance. “Thanks to Juneyao’s expanding reach, our passengers will enjoy a wide choice of flight connections through our future partner to numerous Chinese metropoles and several international destinations.”Currently 17 Star Alliance member airlines are operating around 1,600 weekly services in and out of the two Shanghai airports, Pudong International and Hongqiao International, which are both served by Juneyao Airlines. With a fleet of 56 aircraft Juneyao Airlines provides more than 1,700 weekly flights to 69 destinations in eight countries and regions.“Juneyao Airlines is proud to play its role in enlarging the Star Alliance network offer through Shanghai’s two airports. We look forward to welcoming connecting passengers from Star Alliance on our airline in the near future. We offer 53 additional routes which will complement Star Alliance’s existing services from Shanghai and will no doubt attract more connecting passengers to our two home hub airports”, said Wang Junjin, Chairman Juneyao Airlines.“Since starting operations 10 years ago, Juneyao Airlines has earned a strong reputation in the Chinese market. Now it is ready for a further step on its successful growth path. From the beginning of our conversations we were impressed by the carrier’s professionalism and operational efficiencies”, adds Schwab.The Connecting Partner Model is designed to allow airlines to connect to the Star Alliance network without having to become a full member. For customers this gives access to additional travel options beyond the current 1,300 airports served by the Alliance’s 28 member airlines. Connecting Partners are carefully selected and need to adhere to the high operating standards required by the Alliance.Customers travelling on an itinerary which includes a transfer between a Star Alliance member airline and a Connecting Partner will be offered the standard Alliance benefits such as passenger and baggage through check-in. In addition, Star Alliance Gold status customers will enjoy a tailored set of privileges in line with the product offerings of the individual Connecting Partner.Connecting Partners will enter into bilateral commercial agreements with selected Star Alliance member airlines, which may include Frequent Flyer Programme based privileges.“Juneyao Airlines was founded with the aim of offering a competitive and high quality product to both the business and leisure market. It targets customers at middle to high level and creates a relaxing, respectful and professional experience that is unique to Juneyao Airlines. As a full-service carrier, the new strategy of the airline is to become an excellent representative of a High-Value Carrier. I am very happy that this has not gone unnoticed in the industry and that Star Alliance has decided to partner with us. We are looking forward to providing Star Alliance Gold Card holders with a wide selection of privileges when they connect to our airline”, Wang Junjin added.Work has now commenced to establish the necessary technology and commercial links which will allow Juneyao Airlines to begin serving Star Alliance connecting passengers some time during the second quarter 2017. As of then, the airline will be offering the following privileges to qualifying Star Alliance Gold Status passengers travelling on connecting itineraries:Lounge AccessFast Track SecurityAdditional BaggagePriority Check-inPriority BoardingPriority StandbyPriority Baggage Delivery The 17 Star Alliance member airlines flying to Shanghai are: Air Canada, Air China*, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA*, Asiana*, Austrian, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air*, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines#, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Together they offer around 830 weekly domestic flights and 760 international flights, serving 62 destinations (26 domestic and 36 international) in 19 countries. Juneyao Airlinesbook flights hereAbout Juneyao AirlinesJuneyao Airlines started formal operation in September 2006 and completed its initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2015. Today it owns 56 brand new Airbus A320 series aircraft with an average fleet age of 3 years, which is the youngest one for any of the domestic airlines in China. Juneyao Airlines targets the middle-to-high-level official, business and leisure markets. Based in Shanghai the route network of Juneyao Airlines radiates to the whole nation and counts more than 80 domestic routes between Shanghai and Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Tianjin and so on. It has also progressively opened up international and regional routes to Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Thailand, Japan and Korea. At present it carries more than 10 million passengers per year.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Up in First Increase of 2014

first_img February 13, 2014 403 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Investors Janet Yellen Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-02-13 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination Mortgage Rates Up in First Increase of 2014center_img Fixed mortgage rates this week saw their first increase in 2014 as markets reacted to mixed signs.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ released Thursday its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which shows the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) moved up to 4.28 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending February 13. Last week, the 30-year fixed average was at 4.23 percent; a year ago, it was 3.53 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.33 percent (0.7 point) this week, unchanged from the last survey.Adjustable rates moved in different directions: The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.05 percent (0.5 point), down from 3.08 percent previously. Meanwhile, the 1-year ARM climbed to 2.55 percent (0.4 point) from 2.51 percent.””Mortgage rates were little changed amid a week of light economic reports. Of the few releases, the economy added “”113,000 jobs””:https://themreport.com/articles/weak-job-growth-continues-through-january-2014-02-07 in January, which was below the market consensus forecast and followed a slight upward revision of 1,000 jobs in December,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. “”Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent, which makes thirteen consecutive months without an increase.””In its own national survey, “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ recorded the 30-year fixed average at 4.48 percent, while the 15-year fixed rose slightly less at 3.53 percent.The 5/1 ARM, meanwhile, was 3.32 percent, also up from last week.Analysts for the finance site said it was “”Janet Yellen’s first testimony””:https://themreport.com/articles/yellen-tackles-tapering-gse-reform-before-house-committee-2014-02-11 as the head of Federal Reserve that gave a lift to interest rates this week. “”The nervousness in financial markets seen since the beginning of the year has subsided in recent days, aided in part by Janet Yellen’s initial Congressional testimony,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”Economic uncertainty has also diminished in the wake of Yellen’s soothing words, after a run of less-than-stellar releases that included last week’s jobs report.””As a result, mortgage rates reversed much of last week’s decrease, but at this point still remain lower than any point seen in December or January.”” Sharelast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has

first_img Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has set a noble challenge for the final two games of the regular season.Jones will donate $20,000 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital for every sack he records against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.It’s a good bet Jones will empty his pockets for the children.The 28-year-old has recorded 12 sacks this season, which ranks eighth in the NFL.Related LinksCardinals waive Johnson and Rollins, elevate undrafted rookie CBsCardinals’ Patrick Peterson spreads holiday cheer with ‘Shop with a Jock’Cardinals coach Steve Wilks doesn’t feel like a broken recordCardinals atop 2019 NFL Draft order after loss to FalconsEven better, Jones has 5.5 and 8.5 sacks, respectively, against the Rams and Seahawks in his career. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Let’s hope it’s a fruitful final two weeks for Jones and the Cardinals, who haven’t had much to cheer for this season. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones smiles as he walks onto the field prior to an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

Cheap flights carrier AirAsia X will fly daily to

first_imgCheap flights carrier AirAsia X will fly daily to Kuala Lumpur from Stansted from July 1st just six weeks after the route was launched.Nick Barton, the airport’s commercial and development director, said that advanced booking have proved popular on the route because it links Europe’s low-cost flights hub to onward connections to Australia, China and India.”Over 10,000 passengers have flown so far and with AirAsia X’s ambition to continue growing frequency, this route is fast establishing itself as a leading player for flight connections between the UK, Asia and beyond,” he commented.Mr Barton added that the airline’s aim is to make the world “smaller and cheaper for everyone”.Azran Osman-Rani, AirAsia’s chief executive, said that the popularity of the flights to Kuala Lumpur is “further testament to the pent-up demand for long-haul travel”.Pakistan International Airlines recently restarted flights to Lahore and Islamabad from the airport, with both flights connecting in Dubai.In addition, Aurigny will launch new flights to Jersey from Stansted next month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNew PIA route launches at Stansted AirportNew PIA route launches at Stansted AirportStansted flights to Kuala Lumpur celebrate anniversaryAirAsia X has celebrated the first anniversary of its launch of cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur from Stansted Airport.AirAsia to launch new flights to Taipei from Kuala LumpurAirAsia to launch new flights to Taipei from Kuala Lumpurlast_img read more