Rogerio bracing up for Juventus and Ronaldo battle

first_imgSassuolo left-back Rogerio Oliveira da Silva is bracing up to face his parent club Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo next Sunday.Rogerio, 20, who is from Brazil is keen on laying down the marker in his second season on loan at the Mapei Stadium.“Taking on CR7 would be exciting, even if after the opening whistle I always try to keep concentrated no matter the opponent,” he told Tuttosport.“Hopefully Ronaldo will have to wait for one more round before breaking his Serie A duck! Sassuolo will be relaxed and free from pressure, trying to emerge with a positive result from Turin.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.There is a high probability that Rogerio could get a recall to Juventus if he puts up a decent performance this season.“For now I am focused on providing crosses and assists for Sassuolo, but in future if I have the honour of coming back to Juve, I hope to give Ronaldo many assists too.“The current Bianconeri full-backs have different characteristics, but are all very strong.I know that I’ll have to give my best to make a good impression and also that my performance will be under the spotlight for Juventus. My family will be watching from Brazil.”last_img read more

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Apple Acquires App Search Engine Chomp

first_imgApple confirmed yesterday that they have acquired the San Francisco-based software company Chomp Inc. Chomp’s feature product is their application search engine that sifts through hundreds of thousands of apps and narrows it down to just a few options for its users.When questioned by Bloomberg, Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette would not disclose details about the purchase or Apple’s plans for the software, “we buy smaller technology companies from time to time and generally don’t comment on our purposes or plans.” Likewise, representatives from Chomp are yet to provide a statement on the acquisition.  According to Bloomberg, Apple is committing “about $50 million for Chomp,” a figure that reportedly came from a “person familiar with the matter,” however, neither company has confirmed this sale price.  Suggesting what Apple’s intentions with Chomp are would be merely speculative. However, it is worth noting that in September of 2011 Chomp launched a private beta version of Chomp Search Ads. Chomp Search Ads is an advertising product that works within Chomp’s app search. CEO of Chomp Ben Keighran states that this software is “the first ad product that connects app advertisers to consumers searching for apps.” The program is similar to Google Search Ads, in that it allows developers to place bids on keywords, that when prompted, will connect users with the advertiser’s message. Chomp’s mobile software works with both Apple and Google’s Android platforms, and the potential for advertisers to penetrate both markets could provide Apple with a clear advantage moving forward in application advertising. Apple, the Cupertino California company, is considered to be the most valued company in the world by having accrued $97.6 billion in cash and investment assets. According to Bloomberg, Apple executives have stated that they will be exploring acquisition options in 2012.last_img read more

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TRS to make leaders TV debateready in August

first_imgHyderabad: It has been a month since the TRS has prevented its leaders from participating in TV panel discussions. Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao at the state executive meeting held in June announced that only designated leaders would participate in the TV discussions. KCR had taken this decision to avoid half-baked statements by leaders on various issues which could lead to new controversies. But then the party has not yet finalised the panel of speakers who would participate in the discussions. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us As such no leader is willing to accept any invitation from the media. Even the press conferences that were normally held on regular basis are not being held now. According to sources, the chief minister had taken this decision since any stand taken by the leaders without knowing the partyline could give ammunition to the opposition to launch counterattack on TRS. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us The opposition parties, which are not able to find any issue to corner the government, could utilise the remarks by leader who may be lacking proper information on the partyline to create avoidable trouble for the party. For example, if a discussion on irrigation projects and sharing of river waters takes place, any comment could result in either a controversy or friction between the two states and it could impact the relations between the two Telugu states. Advertise With Us Secondly, the party chief wants a system in place where only the leaders assigned to do a particular duty would have to take that responsibility for effective communication. Party sources said that they would soon be giving required training about the government programmes and party’s policies. The party is slated to start training sessions for the leaders after the membership drive. The party office would soon have a library and the leaders would be given feedback on various subjects before they address the press conference. The source said that the party chief was in process of finalising the list of speakers soon. Party leaders would be back on air from August, he felt.last_img read more

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Rohingya repatriation may not be voluntary

first_imgRefugees are seen at the Cox`s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh, near Rakhine state, Myanmar, during a trip by United Nations envoys to the region on 29 April 2018. Photo: ReutersWhile the repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar is supposed to start today, Thursday, it is apparent that those on the repatriation list are unwilling to return. The entire process is now enshrouded in uncertainty.A government official connected to the repatriation process in Cox’s Bazar, on Wednesday morning told Prothom Alo on condition of anonymity that the Rohingyas on the repatriation list are not willing to return to Rakhine state of Myanmar at the moment. This is quite clear in the report drawn up based on interviews of 50 Rohingya families taken by the UN refugee agency UNHCR over the past two days.At a press briefing in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, the refugee relief and repatriation commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said that the government was all set to repatriate the 150 members of 30 Rohingya families. However, after receiving the UNHCR report, he told Prothom Alo that they had sent a letter to the foreign ministry in this regard for their views.Prothom Alo’s Teknaf correspondent said that the Rohingyas were supposed to be sent off from a temporary camp in Ghumdhum, but that wasn’t fully prepared as yet. There were to be 57 houses in this camp, each to accommodate 15 Rohingyas who were willing to return to Rakhine, However, till Wednesday, no one had arrived there.According to an official of the refugee relief and repatriation commissioner’s office, the plan to keep the Rohingyas in this camp had fallen through due to lack of cooperation from UNHCR. The Rohingyas were taken directly by bus and trucks, under the supervision of Bangladesh government, to the Myanmar border.UN DELAYED RESPONSEBangladesh and Myanmar had decided on 30 October that the Rohingya repatriation would begin mid-November, but UNHCR and other UN agencies had opposed this decision. UNHCR objected to the UN being bypassed in this repatriation process and said Bangladesh did not inform them of this decision beforehand.However, documents show that Bangladesh had informed UNHCR of the matter on 28 October and had submitted a list of the Rohingyas who were to return to Rakhine.UNHCR only took to the field on 13 November, having wasted two weeks to determine whether the Rohingyas were returning voluntarily or not. The UNHCR did not respond to phone calls made to inquire about the matter.THE GUARDIAN REPORTAccording to a Guardian report, the presence of the military, police and BGB around the Rohingya camps indicates that the repatriation is not likely to be voluntary.Several Rohingyas, not even on the repatriation list, have slipped away from the camp.The army is keeping a strict watch to restrict the Rohingyas to remaining within the camps, but many have managed to flee to places from where they will not be repatriated.last_img
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27000 train tickets to be sold every day ahead of Eid

first_imgFile PhotoRailways minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Wednesday said sales of advance train tickets will begin on 22 May and around 27,000 tickets to be sold every day.“Eight pairs of special trains will run on different routes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr,” he told a press briefing held at the Rail Bhaban on Wednesday, reports UNB.The trains are: Dewanganj Eid Special, Chandpur Eid Special (2 pairs), Khulna Eid Special, Ishwardi Eid Special, Lal Moni Eid Special, Sholakia Special-1 and Sholakia Special-2.Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance train tickets on 22 May which will continue till 26 May while the sale of return tickets will begin on 29 May and continue till 2 June, said the minister.Tickets for 31 May journey will be available on 22 May while for 1 June on 23 May, for 2 June on 24 May, for 3 June on 25 May and for 4 June on 26 May. Besides, the return tickets for 7, 8,9,10 and 11 June will be available on 29, 30, 31 May, 1 and 2 June respectively, said Nurul Islam Sujon.Besides, for the first time the advanced train tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr will be sold from different counters and stations, he added.Tickets of all trains to the country’s western destinations will be sold from Kamalapur Railway Station while tickets for Chattogram and Noakhali from Airport Railway Station, tickets of Mymensingh and Jamalpur from Tejgaon Station, tickets for Netrakona-bound Mohonganj and Haor Express from Banani station while tickets for Sylhet and Kishoreganj from Old Rail Bhaban in Fulbaria area.The minister also said that a person or passenger will be allowed to buy highest four tickets. Freight train will remain shut before and after Eid.There will be no day off for any intercity train from 31 May (five days before Eid), he said adding that 50 per cent of the tickets will be sold through apps.The minister also revealed that a new intercity train will be launched on Dhaka-Panchagarh-Dhaka route from 25 May.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is likely inaugurate the train from Ganabhaban through video conference.He also said that two cranes have been bought from Germany which will arrive at port by Friday.last_img read more

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HoustonArea School Districts Still Face Busing Challenges After Harvey

first_img– / 4Each weekday, Sophie Enamorado shows up at Beck Junior High School around 6:30 a.m., about an hour before the first bell rings.The Houston Chronicle reports she’s not there for an early-morning club meeting or tutoring. It’s the only time her mother, Sarah, can drop her off before heading to work 30 miles away in Houston.Sarah Enamorado said she no longer lets her daughter ride Katy Independent School District buses because after Hurricane Harvey, the district reduced the number bus stops in her neighborhood — leaving her daughter with a longer walk on busy roads in the morning darkness.“I know it’s a first-world problem having to get up much earlier, but enough’s enough,” Sarah Enamorado said. “These kids have been through hell this year. Can they just have their normal lives and bus routes back?”School transportation across greater Houston has been thrown out of whack since Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in South Texas and then drenched the region. Flooding displaced thousands of students, made bus routes harder to navigate and led to an exodus of bus drivers from districts already struggling to retain them. In the storm’s aftermath, the mayhem has left districts hard-pressed to maintain services with little to no additional funding from the state and federal governments.Among the challenges:Dozens of bus drivers left their jobs after the storm, either to live elsewhere in the state or to seek higher-paying jobs.To comply with federal law, districts now must transport thousands of displaced students, sometimes from other school districts, back to their schools of origin.School officials are paying charter bus companies to ferry students from campuses damaged by flooding to dry ones. In Clear Creek ISD, officials have begun providing gift cards for gas to parents as an incentive to drive their children to school. Other districts have hired contractors to transport students from outside their boundary lines.The Texas Education Agency told districts in October that it would cover the cost of transporting students displaced by the storm, including those residing outside their home school district, through the Foundation School Program. It said it would also help districts offset the costs of driving students from flooded schools to dry ones.But that money has not yet made its way to many local school districts, officials said.Katy ISD is spending about $200,000 more per month on transportation since Harvey. Houston ISD paid about $80,000 a month for charter buses to drive students from seven flooded campuses to temporary classrooms during the fall semester. Spring ISD is spending an additional $15,000 a month so a third-party vendor can transport 80 displaced students.“There is certainly no additional funding that has been made available as far as transportation is concerned,” said Keith Coff, director of transportation for Spring ISD.Transportation challenges since Harvey have frustrated parents and students, some of whom have abandoned school buses for Metro buses or carpools.Enamorado said she gave up on Katy ISD buses after they did not provide her 11-year-old daughter with transportation to Beck Junior High when they were forced to live in a Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded hotel room. The district, she said, again failed to provide her daughter with transportation when they lived in a short-term rental apartment near Interstate 10, even after Enamorado filled out district paperwork declaring the family homeless.Now that they’re back in their home, Enamorado said, there are still issues. Katy ISD has reduced the number of bus stops in her Canyon Gate neighborhood from about five to two. Although Enamorado now allows Sophie to take the bus home and walk, she will not let her do so in the mornings.“From my home to the bus stop is 0.6 miles. It used to be a block,” Enamorado said. “In my neighborhood there are tons of construction crews coming through in the mornings. I’m not going to let my daughter walk that far in the dark while all these strangers are coming through our neighborhood.”Lee Crews, chief operations officer of Katy ISD, said it was difficult to get into neighborhoods like Canyon Gate due to the scale of Harvey’s devastation. Debris piles spilled onto roads, and some neighborhoods were devoid of students as families sought shelter with friends and family or in FEMA-paid hotels.He said routes within the Canyon Gate neighborhood have been reinstated as much as possible since it was flooded by the Barker Reservoir.Operations managers at Texas’ school districts have been groaning about transportation funding for years.The state’s transportation funding system has not been changed by state lawmakers since 1984, nor has the rate at which the state reimburses school districts. Some routes in less-dense areas of the state get 68 cents per mile from the state, according to the TEA’s School Transpiration Allotment Handbook, while those deemed the most efficient receive $1.43.Meanwhile, the number of persons pursing bus-driving careers has been declining, officials say.Rather than operating big rigs and school buses, people are signing up to drive smaller vehicles with services like Uber and Amazon. Districts have tried to boost bus driver pay to combat the problem. In 2017, for example, Spring ISD trustees approved raising hourly bus driver pay from $15.41 to $16.50.Districts have even begun placing ads on the sides of buses, promising training and decent wages for those willing to become drivers.Complicating efforts is that it’s also more difficult to obtain a commercial driver’s license.In 2016, the Texas Department of Public Safety cut the number of sites where drivers can take their commercial driver’s license test. The department said closing offices was the most cost-effective way to institute new federal directives requiring that it add more equipment and services to existing sites.To offset that loss, the DPS allowed school districts and some other groups to offer the tests starting in April 2017. Spring ISD earned that distinction in October.Keith Kaup, director of transportation for Spring ISD, said the district went on an aggressive bus-driver hiring spree in spring and summer of 2017. A $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016 provided $10.5 million to replace buses and transport students who live outside of a 1-mile radius of their school. The state provides funding for students who live 2 miles away and beyond, and Spring ISD had already been transporting students who lived as close as 1.5 miles away from their home campus.“Because we already planned to ramp up the capacity for drivers, when Harvey hit, we were in great position to respond to those needs,” Kaup said.Other local districts were not as well staffed – shortages that grew much worse after Hurricane Harvey.When Houston ISD Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby asked his transportation department how many bus drivers would be able to transport students after the storm hit in late August, he was stunned by the reply.About 120 of roughly 900 HISD bus drivers said they were unable to return for various reasons, though the district is now down to 25 vacant bus driver positions.Katy ISD, which is about a third of the size of Houston ISD, was down by about 30 drivers after the storm. To fill the gap, Katy officials asked sports coaches with commercial driver’s licenses to take on bus routes.Some districts lost buses to Harvey’s floodwaters, either because of where they were parked or because districts were using them to assist with high-water rescues.And while the number of buses and drivers across the Houston area fell, the number of displaced students requiring transportation surged.The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts to transport students deemed homeless (such as many of those displaced by Harvey) from wherever they are currently residing to their campus of origin. After Harvey, about 450 “homeless” Spring ISD students were being transported under the act’s requirements.While school districts can get reimbursed for transporting such students under the federal law, few, if any, have received funds since the storm.Bill Wood, executive director of transportation for Katy ISD, said officials are drawing on their general operating fund to pay the extra costs.“We’re hopeful for reimbursement for a lot of these McKinney-Vento students, but it’s a process,” Wood said. “We’re still in the application process, but we haven’t gotten the return.”As officials await federal aid, bus routes remain limited for students returning to once-flooded homes.Enamorado said the district said it would add another bus stop to her Canyon Gate neighborhood in late January, but the new stop has yet to materialize.Her daughter Sophie said that after school, she’s tempted to bolt for the bus door when it slows at a stop sign near her house.“They’re literally stopping for three minutes right in front of here,” Sophie said, gesturing toward a stop sign down her street. “And I’m just like, ‘I could get out right here, right now.’”___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com Sharelast_img read more

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Whats Cooking

first_imgBe it seasoned chefs or novice cooks who have discovered their innate skills for cooking, baking, grilling etc…., all are now on a roll not just inside their kitchens but in bookstores too, dishing out one culinary tome after another.Cookbooks have taken a jump in quality as well as quantity in the past decade with more and more of them hitting the already overflowing well-stocked shelves of book shops and still managing to maintain the element of variety, so say several cooks who have turned authors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Ten years ago, the choice of cookbooks was fairly limited. With the opening up of the culinary scene in India, the demand for more mainstream cookbooks has risen sharply.There is huge demand for cookbooks that offer much more than recipes. And hence we get to see a variety of cookbooks,’ says celebrity chef Aditya Bal, who has compiled his recipes into The Chakh Le India Cookbook.Moving beyond books meant to be read by aspiring chefs or housewives who wished to enhance their culinary skills, the genre of cookbooks has advanced to catering to all kinds of Indian and global cuisine. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Earlier the cookbooks used to have typical shahi paneer, dal makhni, butter kitchen type recipes but nowadays we can get cookbooks to suit everybody’s needs,’ says chef and host of TV show Master Chef India (season 2) Vikas Khanna whose cookbooks titled My Great Indian Cook book and Khanna Sutra were published by Penguin and Om Books recently.With the multiple avatars of cookbooks the choice of categories for cookbooks have also widened. These days you can find books as per state’s cuisine and as per lifestyle as well. ‘The world has shrunk and we are interested in all kinds of cuisine. Ingredients are easily available in most major cities that one can cook from home. Whole lot of regional cookbooks have come into the market and it is no longer a niche market. Fusion cookbooks are available,’ says Chandra Padmanabhan author of Southern Flavours.Not only have the number of cookbooks available in the market soared up in the previous few years they are also reporting good sales.‘A decade ago nobody would have bought a cookbook worth Rs 1,000 but my all books are priced in the (rupees) 800-1500 range and all of them have been selling well. This shows that cookbooks have become more acceptable and the demand has also increased,’ says Vikas.With the trend of turning vegetarian becoming a fashion statement, vegetarian cookbooks have become another interesting category.‘Cookbooks have moved ahead from just providing recipes.These days chefs add much more to the cookbooks like various anecdotes, health tips, alternative ingredients and much more,’ says Anuradha Sawhney who has authored the cookbook for vegetarian lovers titled The vegan kitchen Bollywood style.‘I believe the main reason for this change is increased awareness amongst people, especially with reference to their health. Today, it is possible to find a cookbook which can guide people to reverse these lifestyle diseases without using any medication’ says Anuradha.More state specific cuisine books have also rolled into the market recently with the most recent ones being Pondicherry Kitchen and Southern Flavours by Westland books.‘Pondicherry Cuisine has been an untouched area when it comes to cookbooks. Cooking is an art and fine chemistry so why any area should be untouched especially when it offers potpourri of flavours,’ says Lourdes Tirouvanziam-Louis, author of Pondicherry Kitchen.Gujarati Kitchen, Flash in the Pan, Thinner Dinner, Simple Cooking for the desperate housewife and The quick cook-60 minute menus are other interesting books in the category.Another one of-its-kind cook book is A Memsahib Cooks, a cookbook exclusively dedicated to Army kitchens published by Roli Books.‘The layout of the book is not based on food categories but the events in the lives of army families. In the Army there is no definite pattern…one can be living in a beautiful old home in one station, or a broken down hut in the next. One can wait for months to be allotted appropriate accommodation and the shortcomings of the kitchens/facilities non-withstanding, hospitality continues at its best,’ says the author Kikki Sihota. (PTI)last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Solís silent on accepting Guantánamo detainees

first_imgRelated posts:Uruguay agrees to take Guantanamo detainees 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison President Luis Guillermo Solís said he has not considered a request to accept detainees from the detention camp at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo, Cuba. The Organization of American States (OAS) is urging Latin American countries to accept detainees from the controversial detention facility.Solís gave no firm answer either way on whether or not he was willing to accept any of the detainees.“I’ve not considered the topic nor have I received a specific invitation from the secretary about the matter,” Solís told The Tico Times during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.There are 149 inmates still at the prison on the eastern tip of Cuba, set up under former president George W. Bush after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. So far 79 prisoners have been approved for transfer, either to their home country or another country that agrees to take them, noted OAS chief Secretary General José Miguel Insulza in an official declaration published on the OAS site.In a press release, Insulza requested that Latin American countries take on current detainees:“I request respectfully that those countries that can do so, in a manner consistent with their national policies and their internal legal framework, consider receiving people currently detained in Guantánamo, in order to allow them to resume their lives following their prolonged detention.”This is not the first time that the subject of receiving Guantánamo detainees has come up  in Costa Rica. The Laura Chinchilla administration (2010-2014) previously engaged in diplomatic talks with the United States about accepting Guantánamo detainees. Then-Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told The Tico Times in an email:There were conversations at the diplomatic level about the intentions of the government of the United States of America to complete the process of closing the Guantánamo Detention Center, to which Costa Rica explored the possibility to take one or several of the detainees from that center. However, Costa Rica ruled out this possibility even though it welcomes the efforts of the U.S. government to close the facility.President Barack Obama notably declared that the detention center would be closed by the end of 2009, his first year in office.  But any efforts to transfer the detainees have stalled plans to close the facility.So far, only Uruguay has agreed to take Guantánamo detainees, pledging to welcome six inmates, but the South American nation says no date for the transfer has been set. Chile has indicated it was considering taking in prisoners.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Industry to rebound in 2010 with 20 million tourism funding boost

first_imgFederal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson has announced a $20 million tourism funding boost, to help the industry rebound in 2010.  ATEC Managing Director Matt Hingerty said the additional funding would contribute to a feeling of growing confidence and optimism in the prospects of inbound tourism in the coming year. “Now is the right time to invest in the tourism industry,” Mr Hingerty said. “Our members are reporting strong renewed interest in Australia. The lesson of recent history is that downturns are followed by a surge, as much travel is postponed rather than concelled.” “Our local tourism industry has performed magnificently during the recent global economic crisis,” Mr Hingerty said.“Despite difficult trading conditions, official figures tell us that while visitor numbers were slightly down in the past twelve months, visitor nights and overall expenditure was actually up.“Tourism operators achieved this by cutting their margins to the bone; this new funding will help us promote Australia on the world stage and capitalise on the expected global economic turn-around.”Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) Executive Director Brett Gale said the package will position Australia to take advantage of the global economic recovery. Mr Gale said the tourism industry is also backing the decision to concentrate marketing in Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East. “Confidence is rebounding in these key markets and there have also been recent increases in airline capacity on which this partnership will capitalise.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f837/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Qantas throws up a creative idea

first_imgSource = ETB News: Tom Neale Qantas Airways has developed a creative idea for its sick bags, encouraging customers to turn their sick bags into works of art and express creativity. Qantas will share the most creative entries every Friday in May and the winners will receive a Qantas double pass.  “This campaign encourages our customers to get creative at 30,000 feet and will showcase their inspiring works through social media to a global audience.” Qantas head of digital and entertainment Jo Boundy said the campaign was about inspiring people to get creative and in turn promote the airline.center_img Customers will be encouraged to draw representations of their destinations on the back of the bags as well as use their boarding passes for doodling. ““From boarding passes to in-flight bags, napkins to luggage tags, we have a number of perfect blank canvases for passengers to create their own in-flight art,” Ms Boundy said.   They can then share their creations using the Qantas hashtag on social media: #Qantasblankcanvas.last_img read more

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Good News for Potential Home Sales

first_imgPotential existing-home sales showed a slight increase in April to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 0.1% from March, according to the First American Financial Corporation Potential Home Sales report.The increase represents a 54.1% jump from the market potential low point in February 1993, but a decline of 1.3% in existing-home sales compared to a year ago—a loss of 68,600 SAAR sales.The report also states potential existing-home sales is 1.567 million SAAR, or 23.2% below the pre-recession peak of market potential that occured in March 2004.The market performance gap decreased by an estimated 37,000 SAAR sales between March and April 2019.“The housing market continued to under perform its potential in April 2019, but the performance gap shrank compared with March. Actual existing-home sales remain 1.3% below the market’s potential, but the performance gap narrowed from 2.0% last month, according to our Potential Home Sales model,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “That means the housing market has the potential to support 68,000 more home sales at a [SAAR].”Fleming added that lower mortgage rates in April loosened the “rate lock-in effect” that has created a financial disincentive that prevents many homeowners from selling. He added the amount of time a homeowners lives in their home has increased dramatically over the years. Before the housing market crash of 2007, homeowners spent an average of five years living in their house. That number jumped to seven years between 2008 and 2016, Fleming said.“Since existing homeowners supply the majority of the homes for sale and increasing tenure length indicates homeowners remain hesitant to sell, the housing market faces an ongoing supply shortage – you can’t buy what’s not for sale,” Fleming said.“The most recent data shows that the average length of time someone lives in their home reached 11 years in April 2019, a 9 percent increase compared with a year ago. Increased tenure length reduced the market potential by 33,000 sales compared with last month,” he said. May 21, 2019 414 Views Exisiting-Home Sales First American Financial Corp. Homeowner 2019-05-21 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Good News for Potential Home Sales Sharelast_img read more

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Government scathing over move to open up Maronite villages

first_imgTHE Turkish army’s decision to allow Maronites to return to their villages in the north is part of Turkey’s plan to ensure that such villages are not placed under Greek Cypriot administration after a solution and will create discord among refugees, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Wednesday.The government’s negative reaction followed Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s announcement earlier in the day that the villages would be opened up for settlement by their former inhabitants.Akinci’s office said it would work with other civil and military authorities together with the Turkish ‘embassy’ in the north to coordinate works which will allow access to Maronite and mixed villages where Maronites and Turkish Cypriots used to live together. Authorities will work together to make the arrangements and draw up a roadmap for the decision to be realised fairly soon, the announcement said.Ayia Marina, Asomatos and Karpasha are the three Maronite villages controlled by the Turkish military since 1974. Ayia Marina and Asomatos are currently totally off limits, while Karpasha is also under military control but residents are allowed to live there. The fourth Maronite village, Kormakitis, has no such status, and it is far easier for its residents to resettle there if they wish.Maronites, along with Armenians, and Latins (Catholics) are considered religious groups, part of the Greek Cypriot community. Following the 1974 invasion, Maronites coming from these four villages opted to remain there as enclaved persons, though this was not allowed for Ayia Marina and Asomatos.Christodoulides dismissed the move, saying it was nothing but a step in implementing Turkey’s plans, “part of which was the cause of the impasse (reached at the settlement talks held in Switzerland) in Crans-Montana”.The aim, he said, is “the perpetuation of the unacceptable status quo caused by the Turkish invasion of 1974”, and an attempt to provoke discord among the refugees.He added that it was also part of enforcing the Turkish position, expressed at the negotiations, that the Maronite villages would not be placed under the administration of the Greek Cypriot constituent state after a settlement.“We call on Turkey to leave aside any communication games and to work constructively, and away from extreme and anachronistic positions, to put an end to the occupation and for reunification of our country,” Christodoulides said.At the moment, around 200 Maronites, mostly pensioners, live in Kormakitis and Karpasha, of which 100 resettled there recently following a new support scheme announced by the Republic of Cyprus to encourage the enclaved to return to their villages in the north.Wednesday’s announcement follows media reports earlier in the week that the authorities in the north would also allow the return of 16,000 refugees to the fenced city of Varosha in Famagusta plus 4,000 to Ayia Marina, Asomatos and Karpasha.Media reports had said that this was one of the new unilateral steps Turkish Cypriots have begun planning following the collapse of the talks in Switzerland earlier in the month. Turkey said that it would seek another way on the Cyprus issue outside the parameters of the UN, speaking of a plan B.According to the former parliamentary representative for the Maronites, Antonis Hadjiroussos, Wednesday’s announcement is a positive move, but he warned that the initial excitement might be followed by disappointment, as it would take a lot of money to rebuild the destroyed homes and construct infrastructure necessary for the day-to-day operation of the villages.“It is a good move under the pre-condition that it will be supported by the Republic of Cyprus. If there is no support by the government or the EU, it will not be viable. There are no houses, no schools, no roads, or any other infrastructure,” Hadjiroussos told the Cyprus Mail.He said that around 4,000 people come from the four villages – 1,800 from Kormakitis, 400 from Karpasha, and around 1,500 from Asomatos and Ayia Marina.But according to Maro Emmanuel, member of the bi-communal initiative for the resettlement of Ayia Marina – which was a mixed Maronite and Turkish Cypriot village – there are several people who said that they are ready to go back, even if they have to sleep in tents or caravans.Vasilou (left) meeting her fellow villager and relative Turkish Cypriot Zeba Kayia some fifty years after they last saw each other in 1963She also said that the struggle to resettle the village was sparked by the wish of a now 104-year-old woman, Vasilou, who is from Ayia Marina but now lives in Kotsiatis.“She wants to go back to her village, to be buried there when she dies,” Emmanuel told the Cyprus Mail. Prompted by her dream, her son organised meetings on the issue and this led to the beginning of a struggle for the resettlement of Ayia Marina.“This is something which, as a group, we have been asking for 20 years now,” Emmanuel said. She also explained how important the ties between a place and a community are, as, according to the findings of a conference last year, the Maronite community in Cyprus is on the verge of extinction, as they are scattered all over the island now and their identity is gradually fading away.“This was one of our arguments, it is a way of keeping the community (from extinction),” she said.She admitted that resettling the village would not be easy, as people have built their lives elsewhere, and they would also need a lot of money to rebuild their houses, but that the fact that the village is close to Nicosia helps.Emmanuel said that initially those who choose to go back to Ayia Marina would have to rely heavily on the neighbouring village of Skylloura for supplies and services.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsJoint Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. 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Madonna Takes on Frightening World with New Album Madame X

first_img Madame XmadonaMadona new album First Published: June 14, 2019, 12:10 PM IST Gun control, poverty and the marginalised, Madonna’s new album “Madame X” sees the Queen of Pop wanting to “fight back” in what she sees as a frightening modern world.In an interview with Reuters, Madonna also said she was horrified by moves to restrict LGTBQ and women’s rights, namely in her native United States. “If you’re talking about the far right and the rights that are being taken away from, say the LGBTQ community or women’s rights … obviously I am traumatised and horrified,” Madonna said.A longtime campaigner for the LGTBQ community and known for her charity work in Malawi, Madonna, 60, said she would keep fighting for those causes.“There’s still an enormous amount of poverty in Malawi and the rate of HIV has gone down considerably but it’s not disappeared,” she said. “(There are) all the problems that are recurring in America because of new legislation so I am going to have to keep fighting for the same things.”On her 14th studio album, Madonna addresses U.S. gun control laws and uses a snippet of a speech by school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez in the rousing single “I Rise”, a song she says aims to give a voice to marginalised people.“Dark Ballet”, a piano ballad infused with electronic pop, was inspired by Joan of Arc and references a world “up in flames”, while in “Killers Who Are Partying” she sings about the poor, exploited children as well as a woman raped.“It’s pretty frightening, yes, it’s pretty scary … There is stuff going on everywhere in the world,” she said when asked how she felt about the state of the world.“When you think about the amount of people who have died, been killed, have been wounded, whose lives have been changed irrevocably because of the lack of gun control in America, it’s such a huge, huge problem.“I care deeply about it so I couldn’t not write about it,” she said. She also said she took issue with some U.S. states restricting abortion rights.“These are crazy times because we fought really hard for a lot of these freedoms and now it seems like they are all systematically being taken away …It doesn’t make me feel hopeless. It just makes me want to fight back.”Influenced by living in Lisbon, where Madonna joined local musicians in so-called living room sessions, the Latin-infused “Madame X” also takes listeners to street parties and the club with a spate of catchy tracks.Madonna also sings in Spanish and Portuguese on the 15-track album, released on Friday.She described “Madame X” as a “chameleon”. “Every song is a reflection of Madame X. Sometimes she’s a freedom fighter, sometimes she’s a cha cha instructor, sometimes she’s longing for love, sometimes she’s feeling nostalgic,” Madonna said.“Sometimes she’s thinking about all the people in the world who are suffering, who don’t have a voice and who need a voice and feels a sense of responsibility for those people.”Madonna, who shot to fame in the early 1980s with hits likes “Holiday” and “Like a Virgin”, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling female recording artist, according to Guinness World Records.Known for pushing boundaries and sometimes provocative imagery, her work has influenced scores of artists.Asked how she felt about her career, she said: “I’m incredibly grateful …to have been able to be successful for so long and to be able to be in a position that I am, to continue to create, to have the freedom to speak my mind and to feel inspired and creative.”“I’ll keep speaking my mind, hopefully in an as artistic a way as possible because I do like to be political but I like to do it in a poetic way,” she added.Her new Madame X alter ego is a reflection of the singer, who is known for repeatedly reinventing herself. Madonna describes herself as “a curious person, constantly searching for answers, for wisdom, for knowledge to understand what life is all about.”“All of my work is informed by the things that I learn, so that’s what provokes the reinvention.”Asked about the #MeToo movement that has shaken Hollywood by uncovering sexual misconduct and its relevance for the music sector, Madonna said: “Of course it’s long overdue, women are treated very differently than men are in the music business. But I don’t know exactly how that’s going to happen. I can’t speak up any more than I already am.” last_img read more

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