S Korea lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

first_imgSeoul: A South Korean lawmaker provoked outrage Monday when he berated a female economics professor nominated as the country’s antitrust chief for not “fulfilling her duty to the nation” by having a child. Despite its economic advances, South Korean society remains highly patriarchal and is facing a demographic crisis with women increasingly reluctant to have babies for reasons ranging from the expense of child-rearing to career setbacks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The government has spent billions of dollars since 2005 to try to boost the birth rate – one of the world’s lowest – by providing child subsidies and expanding daycare services, without success. Jeong Kab-yoon, a five-time lawmaker from the conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party, sparked an outcry when he scolded Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried academic who is in her mid-50s, for not having children. “I’m aware that you are still single and the biggest problem in South Korea is that (women) are not giving birth,” Jeong said at Joh’s confirmation hearing to head the Fair Trade Commission, according to Yonhap news agency. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “You have a great resume but please fulfil your duties to the nation,” Jeong added. Joh appeared taken aback but did not react to his remark. Social media users, though, were furious. “This is an outright sexual assault and a violation of women’s rights,” one wrote. Another asked: “Would a male nominee have faced this question?” The country’s total fertility rate – the number of children a woman is expected to have in her lifetime – dropped to 0.98 in 2018, far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain population stability.last_img read more

Giovanni Angeloro mens fall collection preview under the brand name DUOMO

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement At first, I thought of having the collection preview in New York in February but rather chose the Garment District of Montreal to honor the work of Montreal artisans and artists.The D.U.O.M.O. menswear collection will be showcased at a fashion show that will take place in August 2017 in Montreal during the Italian Week Festival. ”Last year, I was inspired by the amazing work and partnership of Montreal designer Amabile Cantisani and abstract artist Frank Caracciolo. I see the Italian Week fashion show as a celebration of the creative talent and workmanship of the Montreal Italian Fashion industry”, Angeloro concludes.The D.U.O.M.O. collection preview will take placeSaturday, March 4th, 20178852 boulevard Saint-LaurentFrom 10 am to 4 pmThis is a general public eventD.U.O.M.O. stands for distinto, unico, originale, moderno, organico.About Giovanni AngeloroGiovanni Angeloro is a visual artist of Italian descent born in Montreal.He has received various awards for his paintings and was honored for his contribution to promote Canadian art on the international scene.He is member of the International Association of Clothing Designers & Executives (IACDE), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the Surface Design Association (SDA) and the Fashion Industry Association (FIA). Visual Artist, Fashion Influencer and Executive Giovanni Angeloro announced today the upcoming preview of his fall menswear collection in Montreal under the brand name D.U.O.M.O.The fall collection consists of a limited edition of long sleeve t-shirts, jeans, blazers and jackets. Each piece presents prints of artworks by an emerging or established artist.Every single piece of clothing, is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity”I am introducing the concept of ”art-à-porter”; you can either wear it or frame it”, says Angeloro. I wanted to propose masculine, yet imaginative and casual menswear for any occasion.The D.U.O.M.O. fall collection 2017 will feature the work of Montreal artist Gianni Giuliano.”Mr. Giuliano was elated to be part of this art-to-wear collection, and I was thrilled to bring forward the work and talent of such a remarkable artist”, adds Angeloro. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Camp remains focused following confrontation with Nazi

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsMembers of the Justice for Our Stolen Children group say an incident on the weekend created an unsafe situation for the camp set up in Regina.Members of the protest camp say a man arrived at Wascana on Saturday claiming he was there to protect his “German right’s.”Part of the incident was recorded and shows the man giving the Nazi salute and yelling “Heil Hitler.” Courtesy: Justice for Our Stolen Children CampThe man was also armed with a knife.Prescott Demas, who has been at the camp since it was set up more than 130 days ago, says the man was “angry” and “aggressive.”Regina Police were called and attended the scene.Chasity Delorme, a member of the camp, said things would’ve played out differently had that been an Indigenous man standing there holding a knife.“The outcome would be totally different.  People probably would have been arrested.  There was a weapon involved,” she said.Robyn Pitawanakwat says one of the six police officers who arrived indicated the man was “expressing his culture” and had a “right to protest.”APTN News tried to reach a spokesperson for the Regina Police Service but were unsuccessful.Pitawanakwat says what’s unfortunate about this incident is that it distracts from the issues we’re bringing forward.“What’s getting picked up is instead is this story about one Nazi,” she said. “So, we’re now not focusing on the issues of children in care, we’re not focusing on the issue of uninvestigated missing youth or uninvestigated deaths of youth.”As many as 30 people have been staying at the Our Stolen Children camp where 14 teepees have now been erected.The group met with the province of Saskatchewan on July 2 and were awaiting word from the province on Wednesday about a follow up meeting.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Report Digital First plans bid for USA Today owner Gannett

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, is preparing to bid for newspaper publisher Gannett Co.The newspaper, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported Monday that MNG holds 7.5 per cent of Gannett’s stock and intends to push the company to sell itself.There was no immediate response to emailed inquiries to the two companies before office hours Monday U.S. time.MNG Enterprises is one of the country’s biggest newspaper chains.The report said Digital First plans to offer to buy Gannett for $12 per share, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications. It has a reputation for cost-cutting.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City of Vancouver votes to demand fossil fuel companies pay their fair

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver city council has voted in favour of a motion that demands global fossil fuel companies pay their share of costs arising from climate change.The motion, which passed 7-4, points to a B.C. government report that projects the City of Vancouver will have to spend $1 billion this century to mitigate rising sea levels.The motion says the city will send letters to 20 of the world’s largest oil, gas and coal companies with its demand. The city also says it will ask the B.C. and Canadian governments to enact laws to confirm the responsibility of fossil fuel companies to pay their share of costs.Vancouver says it is the 24th community in British Columbia to pass such a motion since 2017.The city says those municipal governments represent about one-third of all B.C. residents.last_img read more

States must do more to combat terrorism says Security Council

In a formal statement read by Council President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, the 15-member body reaffirmed the importance of resolution 1373, a landmark text adopted in the wake of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the United States. That resolution set up a Counter-Terrorism Committee, and by today’s statement the Council welcomed its proactive efforts to promote and monitor how States are meeting their requirements to prevent and criminalize terrorist attacks.The Council noted the enhanced cooperation among three committees it set up to deal with specific aspects of terrorism, including Al-Qaida and the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.The Council also reminded all States that they must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism should comply with all their obligations under international law, especially international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.“The Security Council reiterates its call on States to become parties to all relevant international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism, and to make full use of the sources of assistance and guidance, which are available,” Ambassador Al-Nasser said. read more

Ring of Fire concerns must be addressed before moving ahead with project

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the governing Liberals must address environmental and First Nations concerns before moving ahead with developing the Ring of Fire.She says there are a lot of “moving parts” in the massive mining project in northern Ontario and the government needs to “get it right.”Her comments come after one of the major players in developing the Ring of Fire urged the government to ensure the company has access to the chromite deposit.U.S.-based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has been unable to build an all-weather road to the site because it would cross land staked by a rival company.It says the project is in a “tenuous state” and if it can’t get access to the deposit, it will consider pulling out.Both the New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives say the economic potential of the project is too important to lose.Tory critic Norm Miller says the Liberals should get all the parties together to work out a solution and expedite a transportation link.New Democrat Michael Mantha says the government is letting businesses lead the development and should be more involved in the discussions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 2:34 pm MDT Ring of Fire concerns must be addressed before moving ahead with project: Wynne read more

At meeting heads of UN peace operations stress key role of cooperation

The meeting in Dakar, Senegal – the 24th of its kind – was aimed at providing an exchange of views on peace and security challenges on issues ranging from the situation in the Sahel to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition to the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the Dakar-based UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, who also chaired the meeting, it was attended by Bert Koenders of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Joseph Mutaboba of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), and the newly appointed Karin Landgren of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). Amidst the discussion on the world body’s progress in promoting peace and stability across the region, according to a news release from UNOWA, the UN officials gave particular attention to Côte d’Ivoire, which has recently experienced cross-border issues with neighbouring Liberia. The border between the two countries has been volatile over the past few months following incidents in which heavily armed militiamen crossed the frontier and attacked Ivorian villages, as well as UN peacekeepers stationed in the area. In July, seven UN peacekeepers from Niger lost their lives in an attack by armed elements, while last month at least 18 people were killed in Ivorian border towns. With the trans-border situation arousing particular concern, the UN officials noted that UNOCI and UNMIL continued to work to strengthen their inter-mission cooperation along the shared border, while also fostering dialogue between the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to develop a shared border strategy. Turning to the situation in Mali, the Heads of Missions welcomed the recent progress made by Malian authorities in better articulating their demands regarding the security and humanitarian threats facing their country’s north, where Islamist militants and lingering food insecurity have created an unstable environment. Furthermore, they applauded the convening by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of a high-level meeting on the Sahel during the recent General Debate of the General Assembly. It contributed, they said, to raising awareness on the challenges affecting the region while prompting greater international concern over the Sahel’s pressing and longer term needs. Regarding Guinea-Bissau, the Heads of Missions commended recent advocacy and mediation efforts spearheaded by the UN and the African Union aimed at reviving dialogue between the country’s political players. They also encouraged further efforts to be pursued to ensure an inclusive transition process following the unconstitutional changes of power that occurred in the country. Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau, which has a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974, seized power on 12 April. The coup came ahead of a presidential run-off election that was slated for 22 April – and prompted calls from the international community for the return to civilian rule and the restoration of constitutional order. Addressing the electoral situation in Sierra-Leone, the UN officials highlighted the importance of the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local elections, scheduled for 17 November, in advancing the country’s progress towards full representative democracy. They expressed their full support for UNIPSIL in assisting national and local efforts at promoting dialogue and ensuring the free, fair and violence-free holding of the elections. read more

Official Angry Birds theme for Windows 7 now available

first_imgWay back in October of 2010, Microsoft slipped up and posted an Angry Birds icon on the Windows Phone 7 site. At that time, Rovio was still playing its cards close to its chest, and was hoping to keep its plans to port the uber-popular casual game to WP7 hush-hush until it was ready to make an official announcement.But that’s the past, and Rovio finally came through and landed Angry Birds in the Marketplace. Windows users can play the game on their desktops, too — using either a native app or the web version, designed as a Google Chrome Web app.AdChoices广告If merely playing Angry Birds isn’t enough for you and you’re looking for another way to show off your affinity for the game’s cutesy cast, Microsoft has a suggestion: install the official Angry Birds theme for Windows 7!The theme includes five wallpapers — one of the pigs hunkered down inside a structure, two full-screen birds, and two pigs (one slightly battered). It’s kinda of shame that Microsoft and Rovio didn’t cram in a few more images — the .themepack weighs in at under two megs, and I certainly wouldn’t have minded waiting a few more seconds for a larger package to download.The best part of the theme, however, isn’t the background images. No, it’s the sound scheme, chock full of .wav files that you’ll recognize as in-game sounds. It’s been a long, long time since I bothered using a sound scheme in Windows, but the Angry Birds theme is fun enough that I’ll be sticking with it for the time being.To install the Angry Birds theme on your Windows 7 computer, head on over to the Personalization Gallery and double-click the .themepack file when your download completes. Windows 7 will automatically activate it for you.last_img read more

Une méduse géante échoue sur une plage aux EtatsUnis

first_imgUne méduse géante échoue sur une plage aux Etats-UnisEn fin de semaine dernière, une méduse géante s’est échouée sur les rives de Purget Sound, dans l’Etat de Washington aux Etats-Unis. Il s’agit d’une méduse Lion’s mane, réputée pour atteindre des tailles mesurées allant jusqu’à deux mètres de largeur. La créature fait peur à voir. Vendredi 29 juillet, une méduse géante s’est échouée sur les rives de Purget Sound, dans l’État de Washington. Elle appartenait à un genre de méduse assez effrayant identifiée à juste titre sous le terme “crinière de lion”. D’ailleurs, pour l’enfant qui l’a découverte, elle évoquait plutôt un alien avec sa taille démesurée et ses couleurs rougeoyantes. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLors de la trouvaille du monstre marin, Sherman Pike et son fils ont simplement confié à CNN : “Nous étions juste étonné quand nous l’avons vu au premier abord”. Et il y avait de quoi, puisqu’il s’agit en vérité de la plus grande espèce de méduse connue à ce jour : une Cyanea capillata. Selon les spécialistes, elle peut mesurer jusqu’à deux mètres de largeur pour 15 centimètres de diamètre. Mais ce n’est pas tout, elle peut également posséder jusqu’à une centaine de tentacules pouvant mesurer 37 mètres. Et si elle n’est pas mortelle pour l’Homme, un contact avec ses appendices peut tout de même causer de graves brûlures. Mieux vaut donc éviter une rencontre avec ce genre de spécimen. Le 5 août 2011 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ibrahimović spoke about Beckhams recommendation

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović has joined LA Galaxy as a free agent and he revealed that David Beckham helped him a lot to reach this decision as he praised the American team a lot during his spell at PSG.The Swede and the Englishman played together at the French club and as Beckham used to play for LA between 2007 and 2012, he advised Ibrahimović to go there at some point in his career.The former Manchester United striker spoke about his decision to join the MLS club as he said, according to Sports Mole:Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I met David when I played at PSG and he talked a lot about Galaxy and the experience he had in America. He was all positive and said ‘you should go over and try it out’.”“He said everything is fantastic, in progress but to be part of it is amazing and something he was proud of. These words make it easier when you have to choose your next step.”“This was supposed to happen before but it didn’t, but it is happening now so it is the destiny.”last_img read more

Iran rejects new nuclear deal

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at Georges Washington University on 25 April 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPIran’s president Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons.In their different ways, Europe, Iran and Russia are all seeking to convince US president Donald Trump not to abandon the landmark 2015 deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.Trump has called the existing accord “insane” and “ridiculous”, in part because its restrictions start to expire in 2025.But addressing the US Congress at the end of his pomp-filled, three-day visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons. Not now. Not in five years. Not in 10 years. Never.”He has proposed an additional deal that extends Iran’s nuclear restrictions while also curbing its ballistic missile programme and support for militias in the Middle East.In Iran, Rouhani took a more aggressive tack, reiterating that the Islamic republic would not accept any changes to the deal.”We have an agreement called the JCPOA,” said Rouhani in a fiery speech, using its technical name.”It will either last or not. If the JCPOA stays, it stays in full.”From Europe, a host of voices have urged Trump to build on the deal, rather than tear it up.”There is one deal existing, it’s working, it needs to be preserved,” said EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.Moscow also reiterated its support, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters: “We believe that no alternative exists so far” to the nuclear deal, and demanding that Iran be involved in any further discussions.The next to press the point will be German chancellor Angela Merkel when she visits Washington on Friday.”The biggest priority is maintaining the existing nuclear accord. It was negotiated by seven countries and the EU and can’t be renegotiated by one or other party,” said German foreign spokesman Rainer Breul.”President Macron… spoke of the need for supplementary agreements. The question is whether, and in what circumstances, Iran would be ready to enter into such a process,” he added.’A high-rise builder’ Rouhani’s speech was particularly fiery, ridiculing Trump as “a trader, a businessman, a high-rise builder, how can he judge about global issues?”You have no expertise in politics, nor in law, nor in international accords,” he said.Iran has the support of all other parties to the accord, who say it is working and Tehran has stuck to its commitments.Macron, who has built a warm rapport with Trump, has positioned himself as an emissary for European officials seeking a compromise that allows the mercurial US president to claim a public victory, while keeping the deal intact.But for now, even Macron had to admit he could not read whether Trump would simply walk away from the existing deal when the renewal deadline arrives on 12 May.True to his background in reality TV, Trump has kept everyone guessing.”This is a deal with decayed foundations,” he said. “We’re going to see what happens on the 12th.”Iran has warned it will ramp up enrichment if Trump scraps the accord, prompting a blunt warning from the US leader.”They’re not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they’re going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before. And you can mark it down,” Trump said.The proposal that Macron put forward to his US counterpart involves preserving the existing agreement on the first of “four pillars” of a future deal.The others would address the period after 2025, when certain clauses concerning nuclear activities will sunset; Tehran’s highly controversial ballistic missile program; and its “destabilizing” role in the region.”For me it’s progress, it avoids falling into the complete unknown if the US decision is a hard exit,” said Macron, who confirmed that the proposal was a strategy coordinated with European partners and not a unilateral one.Some hawkish American officials argue that the Europeans, particularly Germany, oppose a tougher stance against Iran to safeguard their business interests there.That is sharply rejected by European officials, who are increasingly frustrated at spending time handling Trump’s complaints rather than focusing on the deepening crises of the Middle East.The disagreement threatens to plunge transatlantic relations to their lowest point since the Iraq war, despite the lavish welcome Trump put on for Macron’s state visit.And meanwhile, Western countries have found themselves increasingly side-lined from issues such as the Syrian war — underlined again on Wednesday when Iran, Russia and Turkey announced a new summit to discuss the conflict this Saturday in Moscow.last_img read more

NASA unveils possible submarine design for exploring liquid methane seas on Titan

first_imgNASA expects some sort of sub might be ready for a journey to Titan by 2040, which would mark the first time such a mission has not been conducted on dry land. To get it there, they envision a winged craft that makes its way to the surface, then sinks beneath the waves on Kraken Mare, leaving the sub to discover what lies beneath. Explore further (Phys.org)—NASA has unveiled at this year’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium (and posted a video on Youtube) a possible design for a submersible robot for use in exploring the liquid methane/ethane seas on Saturn’s moon Titan. The video and sub design were created by NASA Glenn’s COMPASS Team along with some researchers from Applied Research Lab. The call for the design came from workers with the NASA NIAC Program, which of course is tasked with coming up with ideas for new ways to explore space and the celestial bodies in it. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The sub, which the team has dubbed the Titan Submarine Phase I Conceptual Design, looks reminiscent of early subs on Earth such as those developed for use in the Civil War. The technology onboard, would be anything but old, of course, as it would have to be able to operate mostly autonomously in a very hostile and distant environment.The most likely place for deployment of the sub would be Kraken Mare—Titan’s largest polar sea. Data from probes has found that the sea covers approximately 154,000 square miles with depths as deep as 525 feet. The sea is not idle, either—it has currents and a tide, both of which could make keeping the sub safe from harm a serious challenge. There would also be the problem of communicating with it. The researchers envision a system where the sub surfaces for 16 hours at a time, sending signals directly to Earth (which would take almost an hour and a half to get here). As an undersea vehicle, it would not be able to use solar power either, so the team envisions a radiothermal Stirling generator for propulsion. Also, because of the extreme cold, a special piston driven type of system would have to be developed to prevent freezing of (likely nitrogen) ballast. Though it is still not clear exactly what the sub might be looking for, one sure bet is it would be searching for compounds that might indicate life once existed in the sea or perhaps offer clues as to how life began back here on Earth. More information: Titan Submarine : Vehicle Design and Operations Concept for the Exploration of the Hydrocarbon Seas of Saturn’s Giant Moon (PDF) – www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2015/pdf/1259.pdf Citation: NASA unveils possible submarine design for exploring liquid methane seas on Titan (w/ Video) (2015, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-nasa-unveils-submarine-exploring-liquid.html © 2015 Phys.org Cassini sails into new ocean adventures on Titanlast_img read more

MaterialChess for Android is a fantastic chess app

first_imgMaterialChess for Android is a fantastic chess app by Martin Brinkmann on December 06, 2016 in Google Android – 3 commentsMaterialChess is a free application for Google Android devices that lets you play and train chess in a variety of ways.One of the most refreshing features of the application is that it is completely free of charge. It does not cost a dime, does not request privacy invasive permissions, does not contain advertisement or in-app purchases.While that is a great start for an app, it is not the only thing that makes this chess application shine.MaterialChessMaterialChess throws you right into a game against the default computer AI. What looks like an ordinary chess game at first, is not one as hints are enabled by default.What this means is that you get one or multiple suggested moves that you can follow but don’t have to. This is excellent for beginners who want to learn the game. Experienced players can turn off the hint system completely, or simply ignore it instead.You use touch actions to make moves, and get a history of all moves below the chess board. Several moves are listed in a row to save space and display as many moves as possible in the history area.You can start a new game, and select from several game modes prior to that. The game’s analysis mode is but one of several that it makes available. You may play against another human locally or against the computer, or replay a game.Other options in this regard include changing the opening book file, or switching to a different chess engine.The settings provide you with a wealth of features. It is suggested to open them on first start to modify them based on your needs.You may change many appearance settings there, enable left handed mode, enable quick move, or enable blindfold mode to play chess without seeing any of the pieces on the board.Closing WordsMaterialChess might not teach you the basics of chess, but it will help you get your feet wet for the first time with its move suggestion system. This is excellent for beginners as it highlights several moves that work well in most situations. It is still up to you to decide if you follow any of the suggestions, or make a different move instead and see how it goes.Since you can replay games, you could load a game again to try a different strategy the next time.The app is free, highly responsive, and fantastic for what it offers. If you like chess, give it a try.Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name MaterialChessOperating System AndroidSoftware Category GamesLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mdc.chess Advertisementlast_img read more

Regions presidents to discuss drug trafficking in August

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – The Central American presidents will meet August 8 in Nicaragua to discuss issues including combating drug trafficking and the decriminalization of drugs (as proposed ​​by Guatemala last February), announced Guatemalan President Otto Pérez.The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, will also be present to report the progress of a group created at the Summit of the Americas in April in Colombia. Official data indicate that 87 percent of the drugs bound for the U.S. pass through Central America, specially in the “Northern Triangle” (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), where violent crime rates have increased. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Sabre making agents masters of their destiny

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The company’s new products and initiatives will keep Sabre “market relevant”, according to chief executive Gai Tyrrell, who said its ongoing investment in local development means it will continue to produce supplies designed specifically for the Australian market. Announcing a 400 percent increase in resources to its Sabre Agency Manager by the end of this year, Ms Tyrrell told media yesterday that the company works towards “the interests of agents and their corporations” to provide programs and devices suitable for the Australian market. “We are the only one in Australia and New Zealand that have a full local development house and build products that are specifically market relevant,” she said.“We can’t go and take everything off the shelf from Sabre headquarters in Dallas… [because] we still have 4,000 agents in Australia.” As part of the 400 percent hike in local development, Atlantic Pacific American Express general manager of technology and eCommerce Andrew Barnard said Sabre will be able to smooth over technical issues in the market particularly those created from workflow differences as well as content and accounting treatment rules.“Sabre Pacific’s development team helps remove these barriers by developing and modifying its solutions to suit our marketplace,” Mr Barnard said.Meanwhile the technology company also unveiled a new look and feel to its corporate booking engine, Sabre Online.As part of major changes the product will now allow agents to book flights, accommodation, car hire among other products all on the same screen.Designed to “significantly” improve assistance for travel management companies, Sabre Pacific general manager sales and product Australia and New Zealand Carl Frier said changes were made after extensive discussions with agents.“Findings and recommendations were handed to our creative agency, who worked directly with developers to give our solution both form and function,” Mr Frier said.Click here for more information on the redesigned product.  last_img read more

Etihad introduces new inflight enhancements

first_imgEtihad Airways, has introduced innovative new inflight products and enhancements to its long-haul and ultra-longhaul cabins, lifting the level of its acclaimed onboard service in First, Business and Economy Class.The new upgrade program is also being introduced across the rest of the fleet with products varying on flight duration.Inspired by the world’s finest hotels, the First Class service includes a personalised welcome letter from the Cabin Service Manager and an elegant silver-tray reception service with a welcome drink, fragrant hot towel and traditional Arabic dates.First Class dining will now include a new contemporary menu design, an enhanced selection of canapés, a pre-dessert course served by the Chef, and a ‘Café Gourmand’ coffee and tea course accompanied by mini cookies, cakes and pastries.Cabin dressing has been refreshed and each suite will include a luxurious throw and cushion which reflect the colour palette of the new interiors being introduced by the airline.In Business Class, a new turndown service is offered on ultra-longhaul flights, featuring a mattress, cotton loungewear and slippers and a plush comforter and full size pillow are now provided.With a focus on more choice and personal space, Economy Class has been refreshed with new cabin interiors, and new colourful headrest covers, pillowcases and fleece blankets are now standard onboard.On longhaul night flights and all ultra-longhaul flights, a revolutionary new pillow, unique to the airline, has been designed to convert from a standard pillow to a neck pillow, providing neck support and improved comfort.Etihad have initiated these new products for the upcoming year, 2015, the airline aims to continually provide an innovative flying experience for its customers.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Fintechs Impact on Mortgage Processes

first_img Lenders are looking to new fintech when trying to gain advantages over competitors, according to a recent study from Fannie Mae. The Q1 2019 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from the GSE indicates that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) are the top two technologies with the greatest potential to help improve or streamline processes, according to lenders.Businesses are increasingly leveraging digital technologies to reduce errors and costs, transact faster, and drive a richer and better customer experience,” said Prabhakar Bhogaraju, VP, Digital Products at Fannie Mae. “In the mortgage industry, many processes involve transmitting a large volume of data among a series of interconnected parties, including consumers, investors, and an array of service providers and stakeholders. Over the past few years, technological advancements such as artificial intelligence, APIs, and document digitization have gained traction, enabling digital transformation.”Fannie Mae’s Economist and Strategic Research group found that nearly two-thirds of lenders selected APIs and OCR as the top two technologies with the greatest potential to help improve or streamline processes, adn were the most likely technologies to be rolled out by lenders within the next couple years.Other technologies lenders reported as offering the greatest potential to improving lending processes included AI/machine learning, robotic process automation, chatbots, and distributed ledger technology. Ease of technology integration was cited by lenders as the most important criterion in deciding whether to adopt a third-party API.Bhogaraju noted the importance of tech to lenders.“Throughout the past several quarters, lenders have continuously reported the challenge of declining profit margin and the need to reduce costs and improve customer experience,” Bhogaraju said. “APIs and OCR have the potential to help address these issues. However, previous research has shown that integration difficulties and investment costs are lenders’ top barriers. Identifying the benefits that justify technology investments may not be easy since the impacts are often multi-layered and include a mix of direct and indirect benefits.”According to Bhogaraju, APIs and OCR may also yield fewer mistakes, less rework, and an ability to translate fixed labor costs into variable costs, allowing a business to scale capacity up or down as the market expands or contracts. April 24, 2019 1,692 Views Share Share CoreLogic FinTech mortgage 2019-04-24 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Fintech’s Impact on Mortgage Processeslast_img read more

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first_imgWR – Jeremy Kerley, NYJ – The Jets are a mess but they still have to play football. Someone has to be productive for them, and this week it’s going to be Kerley. He led the team with 56 receptions last season. And with San Antonio Holmes (thanks John Madden) and Stephen Hill both ruled out for Sundays game with the Falcons, Kerley will be a sneaky start in PPR leagues.RB – Jonathan Franklin, GB – James Starks is out again and Eddie Lacy won’t be 100 percent upon returning from a concussion, so expect Franklin to get the bulk of the carries. He would have had a fantastic day if it wasn’t for his late fumble a few weeks ago, but the Packers trust him enough to give him the ball again.TE – Charles Clay, MIA – He continues to be a regular part of the Dolphins attack and needs to be owned in all leagues by any team, unless you have the aforementioned Cameron or Jimmy Graham. Dustin Keller was supposed to be the man for Tannehill, but since his injury, it’s the incumbent Clay who has stepped up his game big time.Def – Atlanta – They’re going up against Geno Smith and the depleted Jets offense. Did you SEE what Geno did last week? Don’t bet on another behind-the-back attempt to escape a fumble, but you can bank on multiple interceptions as he tries to move the ball down the field. I know this slightly goes against what I said with Kerley, but the Jets aren’t going to have zero yards and get shut out. Go for Atlanta, especially if you had Indiana last week against Jacksonville; the Colts are playing a Seattle team who doesn’t turn the ball over very often. Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last week’s predictions:QB – Alex Smith, KC – 5th overall QB, 288 yards passing, 3 TDs, 2 INTs and 37 yards rushing. Solid game. Typical Smith to throw two picks in a win, but he definitely got the job done.WR – Stephen Hill, NYJ – Took a shot to the head on the second play of the game and did not return. I can’t predict injuries people, no need to scoff at this one.RB – Andre Ellington, ARI – 38th overall RB, 29 yards rushing, 3 receptions for 22 yards. Getting more involved, but the Cards offense looked terrible until a Patrick Peterson interception put them in scoring range. Ellington continues to be more involved. Great stash guy.TE – Scott Chandler, BUF – 31st overall TE, 2 receptions for 28 yards. Not my best call here, don’t bother hanging onto him unless you truly don’t have any other options. His TD’s are too few and far between.Def – Indianapolis – 1st overall D (tied), 3 pts, 4 sacks, 3 INT, 1 TD. The TD came from an interception returned by CB Darius Butler. This was the easiest of all to predict as the Colts played the Jaguars. Up next for Jacksonville is St. Louis, and while they’re 71 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, you still may be able to swipe them up. LISTEN: Fantasy Football Weekly Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Injuries keep piling up, and the four-team bye weeks are in full effect, so it’s time for some replacements. If you’re still stashing Monte Ball, it may be time to give up and grab someone who can actually help you win. The following guys are great Week 5 fill-ins, and below them you’ll find a review of last week’s list. Hint: Pick up any defense playing the Jaguars.QB – Brian Hoyer, CLE – Cardinals fans are shaking their heads; Browns fans are nodding their heads; and the rest of the league is scratching their heads. Brian Hoyer is a starting quarterback, and a successful one, too. He’s 2-0 with the Cleveland Browns. Who can truly say that? Likely nobody who is still alive. He was the best QB under 50 percent owned in Week 4 that’s also playing in Week 5 and will likely stick to his starter role, especially if he beats the Bills this weekend. Jordan Cameron owners rejoice: Not only did you pick a steal of a TE, but he now has an above average QB throwing his way. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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