ICC announces schedule for Womens World T20 Qualifiers

first_imgDubai: Defending champions Bangladesh will play Papua New Guinea while previous runners-up Ireland will take on Namibia on the opening day of the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 to be held in Scotland from August 31 to September 7. The league-cum-knockout tournament, which decides the two qualifiers for the Women’s T20 in Australia in 2020, will also see Scotland take on the USA and Thailand fight it out with the Netherlands, as all eight teams play on the opening day at the two venues — the Forfarshire Cricket Club in Dundee and the Arbroath Cricket Club. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNamibia were named as a replacement for Zimbabwe, having finished second in the Africa regional qualifiers earlier this year, while the Netherlands (Europe), Papua New Guinea (East Asia-Pacific), Thailand (Asia) and the USA (Americas) made it after winning their respective qualifying events. Scotland qualified as hosts. The eight teams are divided into two groups to decide the semi-finalists, with the winners of the two semi-finals ensuring a place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in the Australian cities of Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney from 21 February to 8 March next year.last_img read more

Key budgetary goal to help women enter workforce would lift economy analysis

first_imgOTTAWA – One of the predominant themes of next week’s federal budget will be increasing the workforce participation of women — and recently released internal documents point to big economic benefits for Canada if it can help more women enter the job market.The Liberal government has said improving the economic success of women and promoting gender equality will be among the primary objectives of next Tuesday’s budget.Options on the budgetary table include narrowing the pay equity gap, ensuring more gender equality in boardrooms, easing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and opening up more funding opportunities for female scientific researchers.These types of commitments could feed into Ottawa’s efforts to hit another overarching target for this government: raising the needle on long-term growth.A briefing note prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.If nothing changes, the memo to Morneau estimates potential growth will “remain low” over the next 15 years at 1.7 per cent.But the analysis says raising the workforce participation rate of women by 4.5 percentage points by 2032 would lift Canada’s potential growth to about 1.9 per cent.With the intensifying negatives from Canada’s aging workforce, growth isn’t expected to pick up its pace without help. The briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, said the rapid pace of growth in 2017 is “not sustainable,” particularly as temporary economic factors fade and interest rates continue to rise.The document lists higher female labour-market participation among four broad policy goals that will boost potential economic growth.One of the others calls for raising immigration levels of skilled workers by 15,000 each year as a way to increase annual growth by 0.1 percentage points. Another is upping the participation rate of workers aged 55 to 64 years old — in line with those in top-performing countries — for an annual growth injection of 0.2 percentage points.The fourth policy option in the document is redacted.Next week, the Liberal government will table the first federal budget to scrutinize all its commitments through a gender-equality microscope.The Canadian Press obtained another briefing note that revealed the “proposed gender-equality framework” presented to Morneau last August.A senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget details have yet to be made public, said the memo was an early version of the pillars examined for the budget. They noted, however, the gender-budgeting road map has evolved since that time, following consultations with experts.The document contained a detailed exploration of the gender gap in labour-force participation and underlined the importance of creating conditions to help more women enter the job market.It said the gender workforce divide narrowed considerably over the last few decades — from nearly 39 percentage points in the late 1970s to nine in recent years.However, the memo said the improvements have plateaued and are largely unchanged since the early 2000s, despite rising educational levels among women.“Higher representation of women in the labour force has led to higher incomes for Canadian families and, in turn, real economic gains,” said the note, also obtained under the Access to Information Act.The document noted that Canadian women with children are less involved in the labour market than those in many industrialized countries and identified them as a group with potential to further raise their work-force participation.Several stakeholders who participated in the government’s gender-related consultations last year are hoping the budget will contain measures such as dedicated leave for new fathers or non-birthing parents, cash for the Liberals’ promised pay-equity legislation and, possibly, something more on child care.There are expectations the budget could contain many commitments aimed at helping women — from trade missions designed for female entrepreneurs, to mentorships aimed at women, to setting aside a significant share of public contracts for women-led businesses.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month to say Ottawa will proceed this year with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value in federal jobs as a “first step” towards getting more women into the workforce. He also said it’s time for serious looks at parental leave and child-care policies.Trudeau cited estimates by global consulting firm McKinsey and Company that narrowing the gender gap in Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.Last month, Ottawa also announced the winners of a $50-million program designed to teach digital and coding skills to more than one million kids — with a special emphasis on encouraging underrepresented groups like girls to get involved.The president and CEO of Actua, an organization that received $10 million of that amount, said creating more opportunities for women to join the workforce, particularly in rapidly expanding innovative industries, makes “huge economic sense.”“We’ll be facing even more workforce shortages in the future in these fields,” said Jennifer Flanagan. “We can’t afford to leave out half our population from the opportunity to fill in those workforce gaps.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Man clobbered to death with stone

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was beaten to death with stone in Sangam Vihar area in South Delhi. Police claimed that the accused then chopped his body and dumped it in the forest areas.Police identified the accused as Akash, a resident of Sangam Vihar area. “On 7 March around 2 am they received credible information about the murder case in the forested areas of street number 12 in Shooting Range road,” said police sources. They further added that the team nabbed the accused from Sangam Vihar and during questioning he claimed that he had killed one Saroj who lives in F2 block (Sangam Vihar) by beating him with stone. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further stated that after killing he disposed of the body into pieces and hide it inside the pit in the forested areas. The staff took the accused to forest and started searching. “There were marks of dragging and the blood stain on the ground. Later the accused pointed through the weapon of offence “stone”, said police sources adding that the accused told them that after killing he dragged the body of the Saroj. Moving further police team found that there were fresh mud and stone inside the pit. “After removing mud and stone a sack was found containing the body pieces including the head, legs,” police said. Police further claimed that the accused had some personal enmity with the deceased. “Three years ago he was beaten up by the deceased and to take revenge of that incident he hatched the murder plan,” police said. A case under sections 302 and 201 of IPC registered.last_img read more

President Trump Banned From Addressing the UK Parliament

Casablanca – British Parliament’s Speaker of the House of Commons has decided to “ban” Trump from addressing Parliament during his state visit to the UK, saying that it is “not an automatic right.” For the first time in the history of US-UK relations, a President of the United States was blocked from addressing the House of Commons. John Bercow pointed out that the invitation to speak in the House of Commons is “an earned honor” and “not an automatic right,” blocking US President Donald Trump from speaking to Parliament.Bercow explained that the reason Trump is, in his viewpoint, not entitled to this “honor,” is the House of Common’s long history of opposition “to racism to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary.” Responding to a British member of parliament, the Speaker said that he was opposed to an address by President Trump in the House of Commons even before his executive order banning nationals of 7 Muslim-majority countries entry to the US.The highest-ranked parliamentary official noted that after the ban on Muslims, he is “even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”This statement of Bercow resulted in applause from the Commons, as well as praise from members such as Dennis Skinner, a Veteran Labour member of the parliament, who expressed his support of the Speaker saying, “Two words: well done!”The Speaker asserted that UK members of Parliament think highly of the UK’s relationship with the US. He then added, “However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.” read more

Kate Spade New York fulfills 1 million mental health pledge

NEW YORK — A year after Kate Spade took her own life, the foundation that bears her name has announced the completion of a $1 million pledge to support mental health services.The Kate Spade New York Foundation said in a statement Wednesday it is donating $200,000 to The Jed Foundation, which partners with schools to strengthen mental health programs. The fashion brand will match public donations to JED from Wednesday through June 12, up to $100,000, at jedfoundation.org/katespade.The donations follow money already given to other organizations, including the Crisis Text Line.Anna Bakst, brand president and CEO of Kate Spade New York, said the company hopes to encourage more conversation, education and research around mental health.Spade killed herself June 5, 2018, at 55, after years of battling depression and anxiety.The Associated Press read more

30000 returnees in Sri Lanka doing well despite lack of preparation –

29 May 2007Some 30,000 displaced Sri Lankan civilians who fled heavy fighting in February between Government and rebel troops have returned home and are doing well despite receiving little advance information about local conditions, the United Nations refugee agency said today. “We will continue to support the Government in assisting displaced people to return voluntarily, in safety and with dignity,” Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today in Geneva. The villagers, who left West Batticaloa in the eastern part of the island as the Government fought to dislodge the forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), are the first of approximately 90,000 people the Government plans to resettle with the help of UNHCR over the coming months. “Our staff have made several assessment missions and generally have seen that conditions are conductive for return,” Ms. Pagonis said, aiding that no security incidents or arrests have been reported in Vellawelly, the first resettlement district, since the start of the process. She said a minority of displaced have opted to stay back for a variety of reasons including concerns about security, shelter, livelihood options, children finishing the current school term or employment in the return locations. To better inform returnees on local conditions during the second phase of resettlement scheduled to start on 1 June, UNHCR recommended that the Government prepare and distribute relevant information. It also suggested that more personnel from the Ministry of Resettlement, clearly identified, be involved in the pre-return processing, with the involvement of the military reduced as much as possible. Finally, it urged the Government to provide clearance for a UN advance assessment team as soon as possible. “It is a priority that agencies have access to areas of return before the return takes place,” Ms. Pagonis said. read more

Business leaders with UN Global Compact urge action on water crisis

7 May 2008Governments of the Group of Eight (G8) countries need to take urgent action on the emerging global crisis in water and sanitation, say business leaders from some of the world’s largest companies who have endorsed the United Nations Global Compact. Governments of the Group of Eight (G8) countries need to take urgent action on the emerging global crisis in water and sanitation, say business leaders from some of the world’s largest companies who have endorsed the United Nations Global Compact. In a letter released today by the UN Global Compact Office, the chief executive officers of 19 corporations call on G8 leaders to actively address the issue of water during their upcoming summit in Japan in July. The business leaders are all endorsers of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, which was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year.“It is increasingly clear that lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world causes great suffering in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms, and seriously undermines development goals,” the letter states. It is estimated that approximately one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. The letter cites a recent UN Development Report, which argues that the costs to sub-Saharan African economies of not having basic universal access to water and sanitation represent about five per cent of gross domestic product.“Water is not just an environmental issue – it is a poverty and development issue, an economic issue, and therefore a business issue,” the chief executives state.The letter notes that in 2000, world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including a concrete target to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”“We are pleased that business leaders have taken the initiative and are urging governments to take seriously this emerging crisis,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. The Global Compact pledges participating businesses – now numbering some 3,600 in over 100 countries – to observe principles regarding human rights, labour rights, environmental sustainability and the fight against corruption. read more

New Exhibit on Display at John Wesley Powell Museum

A new exhibit is now open at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River. The exhibit is entitled “Contemporary Views of the Arid West: People, Places, and Spaces.”In recognition of the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s first expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers, SCREE (Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition) is exploring contemporary views of the arid west.The exhibit aims to capture the feel of what it might be like if Powell explored the rivers in today’s time. The collective works of numerous artists are being shown along the route of Powell’s journey.

Barry McGuigans actress daughter dies after short battle with cancer

Barry McGuigan has helped to campaign for blood cancer charities. In a past interview he spoke of his pride at the way his daughter pulled through her childhood illness saying: “With Danika, the glass is never half-empty and never half-full. It’s completely full. In fact, it’s probably spilling over.” The actress daughter of Barry McGuigan has died after a “brief but brave battle” against cancer.Danika McGuigan, known to friends and family as ‘Nika’, died on Tuesday aged 33.She had been diagnosed with leukaemia aged 11 but recovered after two years of treatment and went on to become an actress, appearing in the television comedy-drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, and the film Philomena alongside Dame Judi Dench.In a statement, her family said: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beautiful daughter and sister, Danika ‘Nika’ McGuigan.“After a brief but brave battle against cancer, Nika passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday 23 July, surrounded by her loving family.“As a family we are devastated and ask for complete privacy during this difficult period to allow us to grieve for our Nika.”Her brother, Shane, a boxing coach, posted on social media: “It breaks my heart to write this. My beautiful sister Danika lost her battle with cancer… She overcame it once with a two year fight when she was 11 to 13. Myself, my brothers and parents were privileged to have another 20 years since the first battle with our amazing Nika.” 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. read more

Nokia Plan B shareholders call it quits

first_imgYesterday we reported on a rebellion that was trying to happen among some of the younger Nokia shareholders. A small group of them did not like the Microsoft-future Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had decided upon for the company, so they formulated a Plan B.The plan was encouraging for anyone who did not like the idea of Windows on Nokia hardware, or who wanted Nokia to stay an independent and innovating company in both mobile software and hardware.Unfortunately, after only a couple of days, the Plan B shareholders have decided to call it quits on the idea. Although they had been contacted by lots of independent shareholders showing interest and offering hundreds of thousands of supporting shares, the plan required institutional investors to be on board. As the Nokia Plan B website explains, that just wasn’t possible:The responses that we received from institutional investors were not encouraging. These institutions have a fiduciary responsibility to their customers and are legally bared from supporting radical initiatives like seating a bunch of kids on the board of directors. If they do not agree with Nokia’s plans, they are better off simply divesting and putting their money in other companies that better fit their investing strategy (which is exactly what they have been doing). The shareholders also realized that Nokia would be an almost talent-free company by the time their plan was accepted due to everyone of any worth looking elsewhere for a new job. That coupled with the lack of investor support made the plan unworkable.Read more at Nokia Plan BMatthew’s OpinionIt was a bold effort on the part of this shareholding group, but it stumbled in the face of market rules and a timescale that made it unworkable. All they can do now is show their lack of faith in the Nokia roadmap by selling their shares and moving on.What I hope happens is this group stays together and pools resources. It’s not out of the question that a new venture could be formed to create a company in the vision of this Plan B. It would take substantial funding and talent, but it’s possible that already exists in this shareholder team. Alternatively, there may be an existing startup that fits the bill which the money from Nokia share sales can be invested into.last_img read more

Former Las Vegas Macau gaming executive among those arrested in US college

first_img Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team A former Las Vegas gaming executive, whose background also includes stints at integrated resorts in Macau and Vietnam, is among more than 50 people charged over a US college bribery scheme that saw wealthy Americans cheat and bribe their way into the nation’s most prestigious colleges.According to multiple Las Vegas media outlets, former MGM Grand and MGM Hospitality boss Gamal Aziz, also known as Gamal Abdelaziz, was arrested and charged with paying a US$300,000 bribe to ensure his daughter’s admission into the University of Southern California, falsely claiming she was a high school basketball star. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts RelatedPosts The complaint alleges Aziz’s daughter was subsequently accepted on the basis of her athletic potential but didn’t join the basketball team upon arrival.Aziz has a highly decorated history in the Las Vegas gaming industry, having helped open the Bellagio after joining Steve Wynn’s Mirage Resorts in 1998. After MGM took over The Mirage in 2000, his career trajectory skyrocketed and he was eventually named President of both MGM Grand and MGM Hospitality, the latter of which saw him involved with the pre-opening team for Vietnam’s The Grand Ho Tram Strip before the company walked away from the project in 2014.He returned to Wynn that same year where he served as President of Wynn Macau Ltd between January 2014 and September 2016, and as President of Wynn Resorts Development LLC.Aziz is one of 33 parents arrested by federal authorities in conjunction with the college bribery scandal, which also includes at least nine athletic coaches, lawyers and finance industry figures.The case has made worldwide headlines, with the 33 parents named by prosecutors including prominent actresses Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame and Lori Loughlin from the hit 80s sitcom Full House.last_img read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final 2019 India vs South Korea live stream

first_imgMarch 30Team 1 vs Team 26:05 PM March 30team 5 vs Team 61:10 PM Unified hockey team can change peoples impressions says coach March 30Team 3 vs Team 43:35 PM The 28th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup has reached its final lap and India will take on South Korea in the final on March 30. The final of the 2019 edition of the annual hockey tournament will be played at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia.When do the matches start and where to watch itThe final, the last of three matches on the day, will start at 8:35 pm local time, 6:05 pm IST and 12:35 pm GMT. The specific time of every match is listed below under the ‘Full Schedule’ section.There is no live television coverage of the tournament in India and neither will the tournament be officially streamed. Astro-Go will provide live streaming of the tournament in Malaysia.India vs South Korea preview India men’s hockey team at Asian Games.Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesIndia is unbeaten in the tournament leading up to the final and defeated Poland 10-0 in their final round-robin stage match to warm up for the summit clash in style. The Indian hockey team has scored 24 goals in their six matches, winning on five occasions and finishing the match against South Korea 1-1.India defeated Japan in their first game 2-0 and then met their Saturday’s opponent South Korea. India comfortably won their next three matches 4-2 against Malaysia, 7-3 against Canada and completed the run with a 10-0 thumping of Poland.South Korea, on their part, is also unbeaten in the 2019 edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup heading into the match against India. The South Koreans started their campaign with a 6-3 victory against Canada after which they faced India and had an exact run to the final with three subsequent victories – 3-2 against Poland, 2-1 against Malaysia and 4-2 against Japan.India’s Mandeep Singh leads the top-scorers’ chart with 7 goals which include a hattrick against Canada and a brace against Poland. Varun Kumar is not too far behind his teammate with five goals after also finding the back of the net two times against Poland on March 29. Mandeep faces a stiff challenge to end up as the top scorer as Jang Jong-hyun and Lee Nam-yong of South Korea are lurking just behind him with 6 strikes to their respective name. The Indian Hockey Team singing their national anthem before the first match of the 2018 Hockey World CupMcQuillan/Getty Images for FIHThus, it is extremely fitting that the two unbeaten teams of the tournament housing the most exciting attacking talents will battle it out to lift the coveted trophy.Full Schedule DateDateMatchMatchTime (IST)Time (IST)DateMarch 30Matchteam 5 vs Team 6Time (IST)1:10 PMDateMarch 30MatchTeam 3 vs Team 4Time (IST)3:35 PMDateMarch 30MatchTeam 1 vs Team 2Time (IST)6:05 PM IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:54Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … DateMatchTime (IST) Close Global TV listingMalaysia: Astro Arena TVAustralia: Fox Sportslast_img read more

South Sudan Accuses US of Blocking Path to Countrys Peace

first_imgBy The Associated PressSouth Sudan’s government on May 9 lashed out at the United States after the Trump administration threatened to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid amid the country’s grinding civil war, calling the U.S. “a real obstacle” toward achieving peace.The statement from President Salva Kiir’s office also accused the Trump administration of “naked direct interference” in South Sudan’s affairs ahead of peace talks that resume May 17 in neighboring Ethiopia, mediated by a regional bloc.Five years into South Sudan’s civil war more than seven million people are facing severe hunger without food aid, according to the latest analysis by the U.N. and the government. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)The U.S. is the top aid donor to South Sudan, but in a sharply worded statement on Tuesday it said it would review its assistance if the East African nation’s conflict grinds on. The U.S. says it has given over $3.2 billion in humanitarian assistance since the conflict broke out in December 2013.The absence of aid would have a devastating impact on more than seven million South Sudanese facing severe hunger as aid workers say famine could return.International frustration has been rising with South Sudan’s warring sides, especially after a cease-fire late last year was violated within hours. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million people have fled the country, creating Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.While the South Sudan statement accused the armed opposition of blocking the path to peace by putting forward what it called impractical proposals, it noted that Kiir has invited former deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar to return to the country and given him 45 days to do so in an attempt to “reconcile with opposition leaders.” Machar fled during renewed fighting in 2016.“Without a genuine peace Machar is not coming,” a spokesman for Machar’s group, Lam Paul Gabriel, told The Associated Press.A new collection of opposition parties, which doesn’t include Machar’s supporters, on Wednesday commended the U.S. statement and accused South Sudan’s government of “tirelessly working to undermine the prospect” of peace.One South Sudan conflict expert urged both sides to stop the attacks.“The United States’ statement was a bit harsh but there’s no way the government of South Sudan should fight with them,” Jacob Chol, professor of comparative politics at the University of Juba, told the AP. “What should happen is more engagement instead of antagonistic fighting back. It’s not good for the welfare of the South Sudanese.”last_img read more

Challenging times for Florida with travel intent down 15 Allianz Global Assistance

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Allianz, Florida, Zika Posted by RICHMOND, VA — Florida and specifically Miami are being hit hard by fallout from the Zika virus. An analysis of travellers’ booking intent by Allianz Global Assistance shows the number of Americans planning to travel to Florida over the peak fall/winter season dropped by almost 15% following the discovery of locally-transmitted Zika virus in Miami.On Aug. 1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel warning for people heading to South Florida after finding that Zika was being spread by mosquitoes in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami-Dade County, and later in a section of Miami Beach.  The warning for Wynwood was recently lifted.Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than 940,000 Americans’ travel plans made during the month of August for the peak fall/winter vacation season from mid-November 2016 to mid-April 2017 and compared the results with the same period last year. The number of travellers planning to book flights to Miami was down 29.11%, while the state of Florida as a whole was down 14.84%.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsExcluding Miami, which has been hardest hit by negative publicity surrounding Zika, the remainder of the state recorded a 12.4% decrease in travelers that intended to book flights during the fall/winter season. Other areas that have recorded locally-transmitted cases of Zika virus also experienced a decrease in booking intent at nearby airports, including Tampa (-32.79%) and Palm Beach (-15.51%). Sharecenter_img Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Challenging times for Florida with travel intent down 15%: Allianz Global Assistance << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica records lowest poverty figures in seven years

first_imgCosta Rica reduce la pobreza y alcanza índice más bajo en los últimos 7 años. Fuente: INEC pic.twitter.com/yblIuv59Zt— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 26, 2016 The Costa Rican Union of Private Sector Chambers and Associations said they agree with results of the survey.Chamber President Franco Pacheco said in a statement that the positive data from INEC’s research are a direct result of coordinated work by government agencies, which has provided continuous support to education and promoted the creation of new jobs.He noted, however, that in order to create new jobs in the private sector, the government needs to “further improve the business climate to attract investment, both domestic and foreign, and also improve efficiency in public spending.”MethodologyINEC’s research determined the poverty threshold using values measured by two different indices: the poverty line index and the multi-dimensional poverty index.The first one evaluates the relation between a household’s income and the cost of a set of basic goods, or canasta básica, established by the Economy Ministry.The multi-dimensional poverty index takes into account 19 indicators distributed in five areas: education, housing, health, employment and access to social protection.Evaluations from both indices resulted in Costa Rica’s poverty levels going down by 1.2 percent. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcement Costa Rica drops two spots in global competitiveness ranking Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reformscenter_img An increase in the average income of the population reduced poverty levels by 1.2 percent in Costa Rica. That is one of the main findings of the 2016 National Household Survey conducted by the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC).INEC released survey results on Wednesday that showed 20.5 percent of Tico households live in poverty.The figure represents an improvement from last year, when the survey found 21.7 percent of people were poor. It also is the lowest poverty figure recorded in the past seven years, INEC reported.The change translates to 10,390 families who are no longer considered poor, raising the number of Costa Rican families above the poverty line from 307,270 households in last year’s survey to 317,660 this year.Survey coordinator Annia Chaves said during the presentation of the results that INEC found an increased income, particularly among families living in rural areas. The average household income rose 2.4 percent in urban areas and 3.6 percent in rural areas.INEC investigators attribute the decrease in poverty to two variables: a reduction in the country’s inflation rates and benefits granted by government subsidies.Chaves said the increase is directly linked to government subsidies that increased by 14 percent and to income received from other sources such as remittances and pensions.Among the total number of poor households, some 95,000 live in extreme poverty: 6.3 percent of the country’s households live, down from the 7.2 percent found in the 2015 report. The number of households in extreme poverty fell for the first time since 2010.Income gapINEC reported that the country’s high income inequality figures are virtually the same as those recorded in 2015.The 20 percent of households with the highest income have a cumulative income share of 50.7 percent. The average monthly income in these households is ₡2,600,000 (approximately $4,650).By contrast, the 20 percent of households with the lowest earnings represent only 3.9 percent of the income share, and an average monthly income of ₡201,500 ($360).This means that the average income for the wealthiest households in Costa Rica is almost 13 times higher than that from households with the lowest income levels.ReactionsPresident Luis Guillermo Solís attributed the decline in poverty levels found by INEC to the efforts of his administration as well as aid programs launched by public agencies during his term.Following the release of the survey results, Solís posted a series of messages on his social media profiles highlighting facts and figures from the research.Among others, Solís said that his administration so far has allocated ₡33 billion ($58 million) to the “Bridge to Development” aid program in assistance to poor families.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. – More shifting along the offensive line is ahead for the Arizona Cardinals.Left tackle D.J. Humphries will not play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. He’s missing his third straight game after hurting his right knee in the season opener.Humphries is inactive, as is guard Alex Boone, who’s dealing with a slight pectoral strain. And, of course guard Mike Iupati, placed on injured reserve Saturday, is out.center_img Top Stories All this means the Cardinals will use some sort of tackle/guard combination featuring John Wetzel and rookie Will Holden on the left side. Regardless of how they line up, it will be the third different starting five-man unit charged with protecting quarterback Carson Palmer in four games.The remaining inactives are quarterback Blaine Gabbert, running back D.J. Foster, defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, wide receiver Chad Williams and cornerback Tramon Williams.With receivers John Brown and J.J. Nelson both available, that leaves Chad Williams as the odd man odd; while Tramon Williams will be in street clothes after dressing out and not playing a week ago.Nkemdiche (calf) had already been ruled out.For the 49ers, linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle), safety Eric Reid (knee) and linebacker Pita Taumoepenu (ankle) are out due to injury and among the team’s listed inactives.The others not in uniform for San Francisco are wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, offensive lineman Eric Magnuson, linebacker Mark Nzeocha and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWine isn’t the only thing on the menu at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard. Younger guests, also known as ‘Little Corkers’, can now look forward to a tailor-made itinerary during their stay.An exciting range of activities is on offer for children to enjoy, whatever their interests. Budding vintners will love getting their hands – or rather, feet – dirty while stomping grapes with our experts, before recharging with a refreshing grape juice tasting. The hotel’s extensive grounds are the ideal setting for a scavenger hunt and picnic, and lawn games dotted throughout are sure to see youngsters getting competitive with the adults.There’s also plenty for the kids to enjoy in the local area from Giraffe House, Butterfly World or the Farm Sanctuary to chocolate and ice cream tasting at De Villiers Chocolate Café.At the end of the day, the whole family can relax in their own ‘home away from home’: the exclusive Manor House. The house comes complete with four deluxe suites, a bunk room for up to six children, two private pools and a games room. For smaller families and those staying in the main hotel, children are welcomed on single beds in the spacious Pinotage and Cap Classique suites, which feature a separate lounge and stunning views.Between 16 April to 30 September 2018 up to two kids under the age of 16 years can stay for free with their parents at Mont Rochelle when booking a Pinotage Suite, Cap Classique Suite or the Manor House.Virgin Limited Edition, The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South AfricaVirgin Limited Edition, The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South AfricaGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

For travelers on a shortened schedule and on a lux

first_imgFor travelers on a shortened schedule and on a luxe for less budget, stay the fourth night free at The Kahala Hotel & Resort with the Ocean Promotion. With its recent multi-million dollar makeover, stay in one of the newly redone “Kahala Chic” rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean and natural lagoon home to six fun loving Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and varied tropical fish.When booking a Diamond Head ocean view room or higher, the Ocean Promotion includes:-Daily buffet breakfast for two in the Plumeria Beach House -Rates starts at $755 per night in an Ocean View No Lanai room -Available in Ocean View, Oceanfront and Beachfront room categories -Minimum 4-night stay for 4th Night Free offerThe above promotion is available from now to April 30, from May 7 to July 31, and from August 26 to December 20, 2009. Not valid with any other package or promotion.The Kahala is also offering a special rate for their new contemporary island-style inspired suites. The Suite Chic promotion gives guests the opportunity to relax in The Kahala’s newly redesigned suites featuring rich ivory and coffee colored tones, out of this world beds and elegant tropical accents. Enjoy luxurious amenities from custom-made Italian Frette linens, towels and chenille robes to exclusive Kahala-only signature fragrances by Floris of London.The Kahala Suite Chic promotion is available for the resort’s Ko’olau Partial Ocean View Suite and Koko Head Ocean Front Suite room categories and includes:-A spacious new suite at 30% off the rack rate -With two or more nights, a complimentary daily breakfast buffet for two beachside at the Plumeria Beach House restaurant -With five nights, the fifth night is freePlus all the amenities included in The Kahala’s Suite Amenity Program: -Special lei greeting upon arrival -Escort to suite -Personalized stationery packet -Unpacking/packing services -Complimentary pressing service for one garment upon arrival -Morning coffee with newspaper daily -Daily late afternoon cocktail service with light pupus in suite -Nightly VIP turndown -Preferential oceanfront seating at Plumeria Beach House and Hoku’s -Preferential appointment times at The Kahala’s Spa Suites -Full complimentary Business Center services such as use of computer for one hour per day, photocopying, facsimile use and free internet connectionwww.kahalaresort.comlast_img read more

Fitting and Proper Tribute to Veterans

first_img13May Fitting and Proper Tribute to Veterans Michigan must continue to embody the spirit of Memorial DayIn a few weeks, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, ushering in another beautiful summer in northern Michigan. In honor of this important holiday, I wished to share a few words spoken nearly 130 years ago by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., describing the meaning of the day:“Memorial Day… embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching.”I was reminded of this quote recently when I attended the Traverse City chapter for Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 100th anniversary celebration, marking a milestone of dedication for a group of men that have loyally and passionately honored the memories of soldiers who have long since passed away. This group’s longevity and dedication to its mission serves as an inspiration to our community. But their devotion shouldn’t come as a surprise; Michiganders have a long tradition of honoring veterans.It was a small group of Michiganders who in 1862 first decorated graves of Michigan soldiers buried at Arlington Heights, prompting a national movement to celebrate Decoration Day. The Michigan Legislature then became the first among the northern states to officially recognize Decoration Day—now known as Memorial Day—in 1871. Where our state once led the nation in honoring and remembering its veterans, it must always strive to continue.A recent example of Michigan’s commitment to helping and supporting our deserved veterans occurred just this session when the Legislature established a new Veterans Affairs Agency to connect veterans with vital benefits and services and invested in nursing care and maintenance for the Grand Rapids and Jacobetti Veterans’ Homes. Thanks to recently created laws, veterans may now receive a designation on their driver’s license to indicate their service, disabled veterans, former POWs, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients may now access our state parks free of charge, and the principal residence for disabled veterans—and their surviving spouses—is now eligible to be exempt from property taxes.During my time in office, I’ve been proud to support furthering the establishment of Michigan Veteran Treatment Courts, which recognize the difficulties some soldiers face when returning from war and provide treatment programs for veterans struggling with substance abuse or mental illness. Just last week, I assisted with a package of bills to help ensure that veterans who have successfully gone through these courts become aware of and utilize the benefits to which they are entitled.Finding a job, however, is the single most important thing I hear from men and women returning to civilian life concerns. Soldiers often return with technical training which meets or exceeds the criteria of many certifications for vocational employment, but until recently Michigan didn’t recognize this training. Now, there is an expedited licensing process for veterans in several career fields, including EMT, firefighter and mechanical contractor. Proposals to waive license and application fees for certification in numerous occupations have passed the legislature, but have not been signed into law.Offering our veterans better opportunities for securing employment and providing for their families is among the best ways we can say thank you. Which is why, as a personal measure of gratitude and support, I will be hosting a job fair geared for veterans and job providers seeking the skills and knowledge that military men and women possess. Doors are open 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 16, at the Traverse City VFW Hall (3400 Veterans Drive). A town hall meeting will take place afterwards to provide further information on the benefits and services to which veterans are entitled.Michigan is devoted to the task of providing for its veterans. The men and women who fight for our country have earned the respect, honor and support of our community, and we must remain committed to showing our appreciation. As we celebrate Memorial Day on May 26, let’s remember to do so “with enthusiasm and faith,” and honor Michigan’s veterans with all our heart.###Veterans who have questions or cannot attend the Veterans Job Fair and Town Hall may call Rep. Schmidt’s office toll-free at (800) REP-1046, via email WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov or online at RepSchmidt.gophouse.org. Categories: Newslast_img read more

Griffin joins House in approving county veteran services grants

first_img Lawmaker cosponsors bill providing counties with grant for veteran servicesState Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today joined her colleagues in the House in passing legislation providing Michigan counties grants to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Under the legislation Griffin is co-sponsoring, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran services department must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“The fight shouldn’t have to continue upon returning home for our brave men and women in uniform,” Griffin said. “This grant will provide the resources necessary for every county throughout the state to establish veteran services offices with an accredited agent present, improve pre-existing departments and increase awareness of the services available locally.”Lack of funding and sparse access to services has led to inadequate coverage for portions of the state. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. Only 72 out of Michigan’s 83 counties currently have a county veteran services department.House Bill 5536 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.##### Categories: Griffin News 14Mar Griffin joins House in approving county veteran services grantslast_img read more