Light rains likely in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites are likely to get some relief from the scorching heat on Monday as the weatherman has forecast light rains. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature settled at 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 63 per cent. The weatherman has predicted cloudy sky with possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust storm. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 39 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.last_img

Morocco Wants to Convince US to Back 1Year Extension of MINURSO

Rabat – Nearly a week before the Security Council’s October 29 meeting on MINURSO, Morocco’s Ambassador to the US Lalla Joumala endeavored to convince the US to extend MINURSO’s mandate by one year.The purpose of the ambassador’s meeting with US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, a source told Morocco World News on Monday, was to explain why Morocco wants a one-year extension for the MINURSO mandate.Earlier this month, AFP reported that the US is calling for MINURSO to be renewed for only six months. Read Also: US Wants to Extend Western Sahara’s MINURSO for Only 6 MonthsHowever, several international powers believe that six months is not enough time for the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and his personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, to create the conditions to allow the UN-led political process to move forward.After the Security Council decided to renew MINURSO’s mandate for only six months in April 2018, France said the shorter mandate would be an “exception.”French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said that maintaining an annual extension “guarantees the stability of peacekeeping operations.”On October 11, Delattre reiterated his country’s support for a one-year renewal of the mission’s mandate.Read Also: Western Sahara: Colin Stewart to Give Briefing on MINURSO, UN ReportHe told AFP, “France’s position is to push for a one-year renewal, in accordance with a recommendation of the UN Secretary-General.”However, the US was firm in its position during a closed consultation at the UN Security Council on October 11. Unlike France, the US is pushing for just a six-month extension.An anonymous source told AFP after the closed consultations that Washington said a six-month extension would pressure the parties into resuming talks as they are doing in December. Morocco, Polisario, Mauritania, and Algeria will meet for talks in Geneva at the invitation of Horst Kohler.Political analysts speculate that the US decision might be imposed by Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, who believes that MINURSO has failed to fulfill its purpose despite its 27-year presence in the region.It is also speculated that Bolton is behind the US plan to cut aid to MINURSO from $16 million to $8 million next year.The UN Security Council will meet on October 29 to decide on the mandate. Prior to the meeting, Guterres addressed his annual report on the situation in Western Sahara to the Security Council, recommending a one-year extension.‘Group of Friends for Western Sahara’ preparationsStarting Monday, the Group of Friends for Western Sahara will discuss the draft resolution on MINURSO to be submitted by the US, MWN’s source said.The group includes the US, the UK, Russia, and Morocco’s key allies: Spain and France.Later in the week, the US is expected to submit the draft resolution to members of the Security Council for processing.Hale also met Algeria’s Ambassador to the US, Madjid Bouguerra, on Friday, October 19, according to the State Department, to discuss Western Sahara. read more

UN responding to deadly landslide in Myanmar

The 4 July landslide occurred in the settlement on the Uru River in Kachin State.According to media reports, dozens of people have been killed, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that between 700 and 800 people have been affected and are currently sheltering in five sites, including monasteries and a school.The UN and its partner agencies are working in the area by Hpakant township to plan and coordination the distribution of supplies.Food is expected to be the main priority for those affected by the torrential floods, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will be supplying emergency food aid through its partners on the ground.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is looking into the possibility of distributing essential drugs to authorities and health facilities.At the national level, OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have offered their support during talks with the Ministry of Social Welfare. 10 July 2009The United Nations is assessing how it can assist Myanmar in the wake of a deadly landslide caused by heavy rains which swept away a jade miners’ settlement in the north of the country. read more

Former judge of UN war crimes tribunal dies at 65

Judge May’s death in his hometown of Oxford came four months after he resigned from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for health reasons.The judge presided over the genocide trial of the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Miloševic for two years until his retirement.In New York a UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was saddened to learn of Judge May’s death. “Both through his work in the courtroom – most famously as presiding judge in the trial of Slobodan Miloševic – as well as through his work behind the scenes as Chair of the tribunal’s rules committee, Sir Richard played a major role in helping to ensure that the International Tribunal developed from a simple idea in a Security Council resolution into a fully functioning and effective criminal court,” Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.”Sir Richard leaves behind him a fond memory among all who knew him. But he has also left us something more: a gift of hope that those whose deeds offend the conscience of humankind may no more go unpunished and that, in the affairs of men and women of all nations, the rule of law may ultimately prevail,” the statement added.In the Hague where the court is based, ICTY President Judge Theodor Meron described Sir Richard as one of the Tribunal’s “shining lights” since he began work there in November 1997, citing his intellect, dedication, charm and humour.”Sir Richard was always careful to strike the necessary balance between expeditious and efficient trials and the requirements of fairness, notably leading the Miloševic case through a major part of the trial with the patience and creativity that the case requires,” he said.Judge Meron added that Judge May, by reforming the procedures and conduct of cases at the ICTY, had made a major contribution to the evolution of international criminal law. read more

Sanctions against AlQaida Taliban strengthened by Security Council

Unanimously adopting a resolution, the Council reiterated its unequivocal condemnation of those groups for “ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts,” which have killed innocent civilians, destroyed property and greatly undermined stability.The text renews the sanctions initially outlined in 1999, and strengthened by subsequent resolutions, which require all 191 UN Member States to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against Usama bin Laden, the Taliban and those “associated with” them, and to freeze their financial assets.The new resolution spells out for the first time who is included among those associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban and can be subjected to the measures.It states that sanctions would apply to those who participate in financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating acts to support the outlawed groups and who recruit, supply, sell or transfer weapons to bin Laden, Al-Qaida, the Taliban “or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof.”Also, the Council extended for 17 months the mandate of the Al-Qaida Sanction’s Committee’s New York-based Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team and gave guidelines for the inclusion of individuals and entities associated with Usama bin Laden and the Taliban as referred to in the Consolidated List created following the adoption of its resolutions in 1999 and 2000.The Council also requested the Secretary-General to increase cooperation between the UN and Interpol in order to provide the Sanctions Committee with better tools to fulfil its mandate and urged Member States to ensure that stolen and lost passports and other travel documents were invalidated as soon as possible, as well as to share information on those documents with other Member States through Interpol’s database.For the first time, the Council urged all UN Member States to implement the comprehensive global standards adopted by the Financial Action Task Force, and inter-governmental body developing and promoting national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. read more

Cascades makes second change in a week by closing Quebec kraft paper

Cascades makes second change in a week by closing Quebec kraft paper plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Cascades announced the closure of its kraft paper plant Wednesday as it continued to focus its business on its key packaging, tissue and recycling operations.The closure and loss of 175 jobs at the plant in East Angus, Que., follows the sale of the Cascade’s fine paper division earlier this month.“This goes along with the objective of Cascades to focus our growth and investment in our key business areas,” Luc Langevin, president of Cascades Specialty Products Group, said Wednesday.The recycled paper and packaging company said the plant closure to take place by Oct. 3 was due to unfavourable market conditions and the inability to finalize a sale of the plant to employees.The plant which generates about $80 million in annual sales was losing an undisclosed amount of money.Cascades (TSX:CAS) said the kraft operations couldn’t remain competitive amid weak market conditions and the decision by competitors to convert their newsprint paper machines to produce kraft paper, an oatmeal-coloured paper used to make envelopes, promotional materials and fast-food wrapping.Envelope demand alone has declined almost 20 per cent over five years, but the real hit came from machine conversions by some U.S. producers over the last few years which significantly boosted supply and caused prices to plummet.Employees were told last November that the company would exit the kraft business, but attempts were made to sell the plant and save the jobs.It worked with the Quebec government, which agreed to provide about $10.5 million in financial support. But the project was abandoned because of an inability to line up new investors.“Our main objective here was to try to give a second chance to this business and protect jobs in this part of the province,” Langevin said in an interview.The paper plant began operations in 1881 and was bought by Cascades in 1983. It invested about $10 million about three years ago to convert from using kraft pulp to recycled fibre.Langevin declined to say how much it will cost to close the plant.He credited the unionized workers for agreeing to make compromises if a deal to save the plant could be found.“We practically gave a blank cheque,” Eric Huppe of the Confederation of National Trade Unions. “We forfeited our severance pay if there was a revival of the plant…Workers were ready to open (the plant) by being versatile and flexible.”The closure doesn’t affect Cascades’ coated boxboard manufacturing plant, located across the river in the same Eastern Townships community.Analyst Stephen Atkinson of Dundee Securities said the kraft paper mill was very old and past its useful life.“Cascades kept it going as long as they could,” he wrote in an email, adding there was no point converting to other products.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Cascades shares lost four cents at $6.52 in Wednesday afternoon trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:06 am MDT read more

The Deadest Sports Days of the Year

With apologies to the ESPYS and the WNBA, Wednesday was what has come to be known as the deadest day on the sporting calendar. That’s because the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (which was held Tuesday) traditionally sees no activity whatsoever from North America’s “Big Four” sports leagues (the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB). This barren day doesn’t always occur on the same date, but the All-Star Game has taken place during the week between July 10 and 16 for more than a decade.In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d chart the average number games per day in those leagues on any given date in a typical year:That noticeable dip in July is what we’re in the midst of, but there’s another time that is, on average, every bit as vacant as ESPYS day: Dec. 24. Christmas Eve is usually an off-day for the NBA and NHL; aside from a stray Friday game in 2004 and Monday Night Football in 2007, the only thing keeping it from complete emptiness is that it fell on a Sunday in 2006 (meaning it had a full compliment of NFL games) and a Saturday in 2005 and 2011 (both years in which the NFL shifted its Week 16 games to Saturday to avoid playing on Christmas Day). Even so, Dec. 24 averaged only four contests per year, lower than any other date over the past 10 years.Christmas itself is always the date of a few notable NBA games, but it has averaged only 4.7 games over the past decade. Combine that with the fact that the MLB All-Star Game is not held on a constant date (July 12 was the most common, seeing an average of 5.1 games), and the holiday season is, statistically, the time in which the fewest games are played per day. read more

Lawyers hit back at prejudicial and inflammatory criticism from High Court judge over

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alfie, who is 23-months-old, stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday  Ms Williams, who said the CLC had acted pro bono for the family, said she believed the family’s lack of legal representation at hearings in February had “major repercussions” for the rest of the case. Lawyers representing the parents of Alfie Evans have hit back at “prejudicial and inflammatory” criticism from a High Court judge.The Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which has represented Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, since the beginning of April was criticised by Mr Justice Hayden for the “malign hand” of law student Pavel Stroilov, who is linked to the CLC. It comes after the court heard he had advised Mr Evans to lodge a private prosecution of hospital doctors, allegedly for murder.However Andrea Williams, the CLC chief executive, said the organisation did not support the criminal prosecution of doctors involved in 23-month-old Alfie’s care.In a statement released yesterday, she said: “In recent days, in addition to significant support we have endured some media and judicial criticism.”We consider this unfair and detrimental.”We reject the prejudicial and inflammatory comments made by Mr Justice Hayden.”We also reject the portrayal by the Court of Appeal of our role in this case and the assistance that we have offered to Mr Evans.” She added: “Again, we underline that our driving concern throughout our short involvement in this case has been to contend for little Alfies best interests and to serve his parents.”We continue to believe that Alfie is not best served by holding him, against his parents wishes, in a hospital where he will be allowed to die, when another hospital is willing to offer him ongoing medical care, with minimal risk.”At this difficult time, we ask everyone to respect the privacy of Mr Evans, Ms James and Alfie Evans.”We entrust Alfie to the kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the gift of life and the freedom of parents.”On Thursday, Mr Evans pledged to work with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on a plan to provide Alfie with the “dignity and comfort he needs”.In a statement on behalf of himself and Ms James, he asked supporters who had gathered outside the hospital to “return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it”.Police have been stationed at the hospital this week as staff are said to have experienced “unprecedented personal abuse”. Alfie, who is 23-months-old, stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday Credit:PA/Alfies Army Official read more

Voters give a strong Yes to Biodiesel Policy

first_imgInformation provided by NBB news release. Policies supporting biodiesel production would win a resounding vote of confidence if they were on the ballot in next week’s elections, according to a nationwide survey released Tuesday.Three out of four voters (75 percent) support a tax incentive for biodiesel, the survey found. Seventy-six percent said they support a national renewable fuel standard. The survey of nearly 1,200 registered U.S. voters was conducted by Moore Information Opinion Research between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. It was commissioned by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).“These numbers reflect overwhelming public support for developing cleaner, alternative fuels so that we’re not so dangerously dependent on petroleum,” said Anne Steckel, NBB’s vice president of federal affairs. “These policies are popular because they are effective. We’re gradually reducing our dependence on oil. We’re reducing harmful and costly pollution. And we’re creating jobs and economic activity at home. Congress and the Obama administration should take cues from the people who elected them and step up to make sure we have strong, stable policies supporting biodiesel production.”Biodiesel – made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats – is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. With plants in nearly every state in the country, the industry had a record U.S. market last year of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with petroleum diesel.Nonetheless, the EPA late last year proposed holding biodiesel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at 1.28 billion gallons, well below actual 2013 production. The proposal, seen as a retreat from the RFS by the Obama administration, has shaken the U.S. biodiesel industry and caused many companies to pull back production and lay off employees. With just a few months left in the year, the EPA has still not finalized the standard, leaving the industry with tremendous uncertainty and instability.At the same time, Congress allowed the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to expire at the end of 2013 and has failed to reinstate it despite broad bipartisan support. House and Senate leaders have expressed hope that Congress will pass an extension in the lame duck session after the elections.“This is one of those issues that illustrates why voters are so fed up with Washington,” Steckel said. “You have policies with overwhelming support from the public and strong bipartisan support in Congress, yet Washington seems paralyzed with inaction. Jobs are at stake here, and we urge the Obama administration and Congress to act quickly to get this industry back on track.”Among other findings in the survey, 85 percent of respondents said a candidate’s position on energy issues was somewhat important or very important in their voting decision, and 78 percent said a candidate’s position on alternative fuels was very important or somewhat important. To read the survey, click here.NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel industry.last_img read more

A look at legal pot with Washington stores set to open

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:When can I buy legal weed?The state’s Liquor Control Board issued the first two dozen retail marijuana licenses in the wee hours Monday, and stores can open at 8 a.m. today if they’re ready. Once stores get their licenses, they can place their orders with the state’s licensed growers, who have to wait 24 hours before they ship the marijuana. It wasn’t immediately clear how many stores planned to open today. Some, such as Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, said it would be open at 8 a.m.; others, such as Seattle’s Cannabis City, planned to open at noon.Where can I buy?Washington issued its first 24 licenses Monday to shops to sell recreational marijuana: 14 in Western Washington, 10 in Eastern Washington. Spokane has three stores. Vancouver, Tacoma and Bellingham each have two. Seattle and the other cities on the list have one each. A couple of small towns have a store, including Bingen, population 725, in the Columbia River Gorge, and Winthrop, population 400, in the north Cascades. Liquor Control Board list: https://lcb.app.box.com/retail-7-7.Will it be expensive?Yes. Although some stores say they plan to sell some of their supply for as little as $10 or $12 a gram — comparable to what it sells for at the state’s unregulated medical dispensaries — others expect it to go for $25 or more. The issue is mainly supply. Relatively few growers have harvested — the pot being offered for sale in the coming days was grown by only about a dozen producers statewide. According to the two labs certified to check the pot for mold and other impurities, the samples they had tested by last Thursday represent a maximum initial statewide harvest of about 440 pounds.Some growers are asking $4,000 per pound wholesale. The marijuana is heavily taxed — 25 percent at wholesale and 25 percent at retail, at least, not to mention additional sales taxes. Officials don’t expect prices to stabilize until after many more growers begin harvesting.last_img read more

Average advertised UK salaries increase by 08

first_imgThe average advertised salary in the UK increased by 0.8% from £31,929 in September 2017 to £32,174 in October 2017, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: November 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, also found that the average advertised salary in the UK fell by 1.7% between October 2016 and October 2017, while average advertised salaries in Northern Ireland have increased by 6.8% since September 2016.Average advertised salaries in the UK for jobs in the HR and recruitment sector have increased by 11% over the past 12 months to reach £33,777, compared to the average advertised salary for administration-based roles which stands at £26,543; an increase of 18.5% in the 12 months to October 2017.Roles in the travel industry have an average advertised UK salary of £26,797, representing an increase of 11.5% over the last 12 months, while average advertised retail salaries have risen by 7.3% in the past year to £25,661.Average advertised salaries for jobs in the charity and voluntary sector in the UK have increased by 4.7% to £28,720, while creative and design jobs are recording an average advertised salary of £32,606, representing a 3.3% increase over the last 12 months. Meanwhile, average advertised UK salaries for the teaching profession have risen by 3.2% in 12 months to be £26,658, while those working in the domestic and cleaning sector can expect an average advertised salary of £18,104; a decrease of 28.9% in the last year.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The reality is many [employees], in particular those at the bottom end of the pay scale, face tougher times ahead despite efforts to improve conditions such as raising the national minimum wage. Indeed, such measures can sometimes have the unintended consequences of employers deciding they no longer need people in such roles.“The focus needs to remain on protecting [employees’] rights and providing a stable and secure working environment to give jobseekers and employees looking for flexible work, the opportunity to obtain secure incomes. As the growth of the gig economy continues, the need to protect workers’ rights is as important as ever.”last_img read more

911 call recording reveals moment carjacker took car with baby inside

first_img“Thank God for BSO,” Goodwin said. “I am so grateful. It could have been way worse. It really could have.”Police have not found the carjacker.If you have any information on this carjacker, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released a mother’s call for help after a man carjacked her car while her baby was in the backseat in Pompano Beach.Earlier this week, she spoke exclusively to 7News.“I was screaming like, ‘Oh, my baby’s gone! My car’s gone! My baby’s gone!’” she said. “Like, I didn’t know what to do. Bawling on the floor, crying, shaking.”According to police, her 1-year-old boy was in the backseat of her car when she was carjacked at a 7-Eleven gas station.“As soon as I got out of the car and walked up on to the step, all you hear is vroom,” Goodwin told 7News. “And the car is like gone.”Goodwin called 911 as the thief drove away with her baby.“Oh, my God! Someone just stole my car with the baby in the car!” she told the dispatcher. “He’s only 1 years old. He’s only 1.”“Is he in the car seat, in the back or the front?”“He was in the back of the seat. Oh, my God, where is my baby? Oh, my God!”Goodwin then endured 20 minutes of panic, until the car was found 20 minutes later, abandoned about two miles away from the convenience store with the toddler still strapped safely inside.Meanwhile, Goodwin was taken to the hospital for a panic attack. The father of 1-year-old Kayden said the baby didn’t even cry.“I was really relieved. He was great. He didn’t even cry,” Ronnie Cornish said. “BSO said that he didn’t cry until I actually got there.”Goodwin was grateful the dispatcher and BSO deputies were able to help her. center_img “Where did this happen, ma’am, where?” asked the operator.“I’m around the corner of 7-Eleven. Oh, my God! I was in the store for like less than a second, and I came outside and my car is gone.”Goodwin could be heard hyper-ventilating as the dispatcher tried to gather more information from her.“Oh my god, oh my god!” she’s heard saying frantically.“Ma’am, you need to calm down. What’s your name? You need to calm down, so I can help you, please.”“How can I calm down? My baby is gone.”“How old is the baby?” last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 12111215

first_imgDivision Of Elections Keeps Seaton On Republican Primary Ballot, Sterling Intentional Community Answers The Toughest Question For Family Of Disabled, Doctors Warn To Take Flu Seriously This SeasonAudio PlayerDorene-Monday-1.mp3VmDorene-Monday-1.mp300:00RPd Thursday 12/14Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Expansion Plan Expected Early 2018Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp300:00RPdOfficer Named In Anchor Point Trooper Involved Shooting Incident, SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios, Sen. Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber Monday 12/11Anchor Point Ospina Shot After Pointing Rifle At Troopers Tuesday 12/12Annexation Public Engagement Report Shows Strong Opposition From ParticipantsAudio PlayerJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp300:00RPdMan Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS, Three Friends Dog Park Receives Donations For Benches, Soldotna To Look At 45 Day Extension To Marijuana Moratorium Wednesday 12/13Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military AppropriationsCommercial Cod Fishery Catch Drops 80% After Blob Attack, Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday SpikeAudio PlayerDorene-Wednesday-2.mp3VmDorene-Wednesday-2.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 12/15ANWR Opener Stays In Tax Cuts And Job Acts BillWalker Proposes 1.5% Payroll Tax To Cover State’s Deferred Maintenance, Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $9.84Audio PlayerDorene-friday-2.mp3VmDorene-friday-2.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

SpiceJet tops other carriers in load factor for September

first_imgBudget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday reported the highest passenger load factor (PLF) in the Indian civil aviation market during September.The PLF is a key indicator of the company’s performance, as it measures the average percentage of seats filled on an airline’s fleet.According to the company, the latest Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) statistics revealed that the airline’s PLF stood at 93% in September.”We continue to deliver strong performance despite September normally being a weaker quarter,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.September was the sixth month in a row that the airline has topped the charts in terms of PLF.The airline elaborated that September was the fifth consecutive month when it maintained a PLF of over 90%. “Our on-time performance (OTP) has also shown a significant improvement over the past few months. We are confident that our new winter schedule will witness the load factors and customer confidence trending in the right direction,” Bhatia added.The airline’s OTP for September stood at 85.1% as computed for its operations across the four metro airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.The airline had a market share of 12.3% in September.Currently, SpiceJet operates 250 daily flights to 40 destinations, including 34 domestic and six international cities.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 30 Speaker Straus Is Done

first_imgTexas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller wades into last week’s fight between President Trump and Gold Star family  Listen 00:00 /18:38 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election. On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: X Interim charges released by the Texas Legislature before they meet in 2019L.A. versus TX in baseball and a governors’ bet as the Dodgers take on the AstrosThen, the guys unpack the political bombshell of the week if not the century, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decides not to run for re-election. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Rep. Dawnna Dukes has criminal charges dropped  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

2017 United In Hope Candlelight Service

first_imgRoberta’s House, a family greif support center is hosting a service of remembrance on December 8th. Many who lost a love ones can come to honor the memory of their deceased. The pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the celebrations is at 7 p.m. Performances are by Kondwani Fidel, Kendall Isadore, the Sing Sensations Youth Choir and more.   For more information call 410-235-6633last_img

MoviePass Parent Acquires Moviefone in Deal With Verizons Oath

first_imgUPDATED: MoviePass is saying “Hello — and welcome to Moviefone!”Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority owner of MoviePass, announced the acquisition of Moviefone from Verizon’s Oath subsidiary. Under the terms of the deal, Helios and Matheson is paying Verizon $1 million in cash and is granting 2.55 million common shares (worth less than $8 million at HMNY’s current stock price). In addition, Verizon received stock warrants from Helios and Matheson for another 2.55 million shares $14 million worth of shares at an exercise price of $5.50 per share, according to a regulatory filing. Verizon’s ownership of HMNY shares is subject to a lockup until April 4, 2019.However you look at the economics of the deal, it represents a substantial decline in value for Moviefone, the pioneering interactive info service founded in 1989 — which AOL acquired for $388 million in 1999. Verizon’s ownership of 5.1 million shares of Helios and Matheson represent 9.3% of HMNY’s common shares.Moviefone currently has 6 million monthly unique visitors. The site provides movie trailers, info on films and theaters, and ticketing (through NBCUniversal’s Fandango). Helios and Matheson said the Moviefone acquisition is the next major step in building out its content-marketing strategy and advertising revenue platform for MoviePass, which sells a monthly subscription plan that lets customers attend one movie screening per day at participating theaters. With its sizable audience, Moviefone also stands to serve as a lead generator for MoviePass subscriptions.“This natural alignment between MoviePass and Moviefone will help us grow our subscriber base significantly and expand our marketing and advertising platform for our studio and brand partners,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said in a statement. “Moviefone has been a go-to resource for entertainment enthusiasts for years, and we’re excited to bolster its presence and bring this iconic platform into the entertainment ecosystem of the future.”Under the pact, Oath will continue to sell Moviefone’s digital ad inventory. Oath also will represent MoviePass on a non-exclusive basis in managing ad sales on moviepass.com. With the deal, Helios and Matheson has assumed certain liabilities related to the Moviefone assets.MoviePass sold a majority ownership stake to Helios and Matheson Analytics for $27 million last summer. With Moviefone, “HMNY’s vision is to have MoviePass support the entire movie theater industry ecosystem — from distribution to exhibition and now, content,” said Helios and Matheson Analytics chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth.Meanwhile, Verizon bought AOL two years ago in a $4.4 billion deal, and merged AOL with Yahoo to form Oath. In 2014, AOL took Moviefone’s famous dial-up phone lines out of commission, after the original voice of Mr. Moviefone, co-founder Russ Leatherman, left in 2013.Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Helios and Matheson Analytics bought Moviefone for $15 million. In fact, Helios and Matheson is paying Verizon $1 million in cash and granted Verizon warrants for HMNY shares worth $14 million; in addition, Helios and Matheson issued common shares to Verizon currently worth less than $8 million. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

CTA Names IBMs Ginni Rometty CES 2019 Kickoff Speaker After Backlash Over

first_imgIn her CES keynote, Rometty is expected to talk about how technology will improve how businesses operate and people work and live. Specifically, she’ll discuss Big Blue technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, according to the CTA. She’s scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom.“Ginni and her IBM colleagues represent some of the very best minds in technology today, and we look forward to kicking off CES with a deeper look into her vision for a world elevated by improved connectivity, more robust data analysis and more capable artificial intelligence,” CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement.CES 2019 is scheduled to run Jan 8-11, 2019, as the Las Vegas Convention Center and other Sin City venues. The exhibit halls will be organized in 24 product categories, including 5G connectivity, AI, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes, and sports. The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2019 next January — for the first time in three years — will feature a female keynote speaker.The CTA announced Wednesday that Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO, will kick off the annual consumer-tech conference in Las Vegas in an address on Jan. 8, 2019. Rometty previously delivered a keynote at CES 2016, the last time the trade show featured female keynoters.Rometty’s selection comes after a backlash against the CTA’s all-male keynote lineup for CES 2018, coming after no women were featured the previous year, either. Among the responses, Twitter organized an event with all women speakers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Jan. 10, 2018, promoted under the hashtag #HereWeAre, which was the brainchild of chief marketing officer Leslie Berland. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Rockstar ends GTA Online content updates for PS3 and Xbox 360

first_imgGrand Theft Auto Online launched for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners nearly two years ago on October 1, 2013. Since then, the online portion of GTA V has seen regular updates and highly anticipated new features and modes added, such as Heists. However, that has all come to an end, as Rockstar confirmed no more updates will be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online.This isn’t news that should surprise gamers. Rockstar has always said it would offer updates on last gen hardware until it became impossible to do so. The PS3 and 360 have much lower limits on memory, and even with many optimizations it has not been possible to use any more game assets or scripts on the older hardware platforms.The first casualty of this fact is the forthcoming Freemode Events, which count as the largest content injection to the game since Heists. PS4 , Xbox One, and PC players will get that update on September 15, but the older consoles will not.To be clear, GTA Online isn’t going to stop working. Rockstar will continue to support it on Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s just that you won’t be able to access new content from now on. For some, that’s fine, but for others it may be the excuse they’ve been waiting for to invest in the latest generation of hardware. The price of GTA V has dropped, albeit only slightly on PS4 and Xbox One. There’s bound to be a number of used copies available, too.last_img read more

Texas Center for Proton Therapy Now Treating Patients

first_imgNews | Radiation Oncology | November 23, 2015 Texas Center for Proton Therapy Now Treating Patients Collaboration between physicians network and health care system offers cancer patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area access to IBA proton therapy  News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2019 Civco Displaying Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at AAPM The upcoming release of Civco’s Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution will allow proton therapy centers… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced that the newly opened Texas Center for Proton Therapy is now treating cancer patients, using image-guided Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS).The 63,000-square-foot facility features a three-room Proteus PLUS proton therapy system consisting of one fixed-beam treatment room and two 360° isocentric gantry treatment rooms. Special care has been taken to incorporate an environmental-friendly design, construction, operation and maintenance of the facility, making Texas Center for Proton Therapy the first stand-alone LEED-Certified proton therapy center in the U.S.PBS availability in all three rooms makes Texas Center for Proton Therapy the largest pencil beam proton center in the state. This highly-precise delivery modality allows for Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) and is furthermore supported by an on-board Cone Beam CT (CBCT) offering 3-D volumetric imaging. The configuration also includes some of the most advanced PET/CT and 3-Tesla MRI scanning and imaging technology available, as well as on-site lab services. A skilled staff, combining more than 70 years of proton experience, ensures optimal clinical use of this advanced technology.The first gantry room is installed, and is equipped with a universal nozzle, allowing PBS, as well as Double Scattering (DS) treatment modes. The rigging was done on July 1st, 2014, the first patients being treated only 16 months later, three months in advance of the initial schedule. Treatment in the second gantry is anticipated in the 1st quarter of 2016.Andrew K. Lee, M.D., M.P.H., medical director at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, commented: “The benefits of proton therapy for cancer treatment include the ability to treat cancer with utmost precision, minimizing damage to healthy tissue and enhancing quality of life for patients during and after treatment. New technologies from IBA allow us to better leverage this beneficial treatment, and a fully equipped center like this is an important boost to cancer treatment in Texas.”Gary Barlow, director at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, commented: “Lacking any local access to proton therapy, residents of Dallas-Fort Worth previously had no choice but to travel if they wanted to benefit from this radiation treatment modality. We are thrilled to see our efforts fulfilled and patients benefitting from this advanced technology. We are looking forward to gradually building up our activities toward our full capacity to treat more than 100 patients a day.”Olivier Legrain, IBA’s CEO, said: “It is our mission to make proton therapy accessible to every patient who can benefit from it. It is very satisfying to know that 6.5 million people will no longer need to travel long distances at great expense if they are in need of proton therapy treatment. IBA is proud to be a partner in bringing this advantageous treatment modality within their vicinity. Every new center treating patients is another battle won in the worldwide fight against cancer.”Beth Klein, president of IBA Proton Therapy North America, adds: “IBA is proud to play a role in providing our state of the art technology to the physicians of Texas Center for Proton Therapy. We expect to see more collaborative partnerships in the future that provide the highest quality proton therapy treatment at a cost that ultimately may prove to be lower than conventional radiation therapy treatment for some cancers.”For more information: www.TexasCenterforProtonTherapy.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more