Rabat  –  The governor of Morocco’s central Bank “Bank Al Maghrib”, ruled out any domestic or external inflation pressure, stressing that inflation will continue to evolve at “relatively” low levels with a sound balance of risks.BAM’s governor, who was speaking at a press conference following the Bank’s council meeting, expected inflation to stand at 0.4pc for all of 214, as a result of the rise in the minimum wages, the revisions of water and electricity prices and the expected oil products rates.In 2015, inflation will reach 1.2pc and increase to 1.3pc in the first three months of 2016, he went on. Consequently, he said, the Bank has decided to lower once again by 25 points the interest rates to 2.5pc, after last September’s decrease from 3pc to 2.75pc.The bank explained that this “historic” decrease also seeks to fulfill the goal of maintaining the budget deficit at sound levels and continuing to improve the exchange reserves while supporting economic activity recovery. read more

“Today we must send a signal that we will not overlook the oft forgotten people of our world,” he said in prepared remarks for the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, citing a United Nations report that found that the global economic crisis continues to push millions of the world’s most vulnerable people into poverty, hunger and early death. “The picture it paints should alarm us all: the crisis is having a dramatic and potentially enduring effect on many of the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. They are far from seeing any of the so-called green shoots of recovery,” he told the leaders of the countries representing 85 per cent of the world’s output.Mr. Ban laid out three top priorities, calling first for concrete assistance, beginning with the $50 billion for the poorest pledged by the G20 summit in London earlier this year. “A premature exit from stimulus efforts could put global recovery at risk,” he said. “I agree with your assessment that we are not yet out of crisis.”Secondly the industrialized countries must honour their pledges to devote 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to official development assistance (ODA), including for Africa. “With 2010 around the corner, we are very far from meeting these targets,” he added.Thirdly, recovery strategies should include investments in jobs, health, education, infrastructure and food security, in particular the speedy disbursement of the $20 billion promised by the G8 group of industrialized countries at their summit in L’Aquila, Italy, earlier this year.He also stressed the urgency of addressing climate change, warning: “Recovery and sustainable development are, and will continue to be, undermined by accelerating climate change. Climate change is an integral part of the picture…“As we have been sharply reminded by the ongoing economic crisis, the global economy today ties the fates of all the world’s people closely together,” he added.UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia also attended the summit, where he presented a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection, which he said the leaders welcomed.“I welcome the significant commitment of the leaders to implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth,” he added, urging them to show “the same determination and willingness to foster job creation as they have for saving banks.“The Pittsburgh Summit was a big step in this direction,” he said. “For sustainable growth beyond the recovery we need to correct the imbalances which contributed to the crisis. Wages have lagged behind productivity in many countries contributing to imbalances between consumption and savings. We have over-emphasized the economy, especially the finance sector, and undervalued the social and environmental dimensions of sustainability.” 25 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major world economies to fulfil their pledges of tens of billions of dollars in aid to the developing and poorer nations. read more

first_imgSandvik Mining has announced an order from Rio Tinto  to provide advanced mine automation systems for use at the Argyle Diamonds underground mining operation in Western Australia. The automation systems are scheduled for delivery in 2012-2013. Argyle has selected the Sandvik AutoMine system to enhance safety, accelerate its underground operation efficiency and achieve production improvements. The order comprises the AutoMine system with eleven electric LH514E LHDs and two diesel LH410 loaders. The system delivery also includes Sandvik’s recently launched Draw Control product that enables accurate tracking, reporting and overall management of manual production loading during the mine’s development phase.Automated loaders will be operated from Sandvik control room systems including three operator stations in a surface control room. The Argyle AutoMine system will be delivered and installed to adhere to stringent Australian mining sector standards for functional safety, including the AS61508. Sandvik Mining is the only supplier in the world to comply with the strict Australian safety laws and requirements. This was recently demonstrated and confirmed in connection with a successful AutoMine delivery to Rio Tinto’s Northparkes mine, where the system is now operating 24 hours a day in a production capacity. Sandvik stated: “It has proven to be a safe and efficient technology, and the work undertaken at Northparkes will significantly streamline the delivery, implementation and support process at Argyle.”The advanced AutoMine automation systems will be the largest underground mining automation installation in the world to date. The Argyle production structure is fully designed for automation when fully operational. At its peak the mine’s block cave annual production will reach around 9 Mt/y, with 16 extraction drives. “This order is a very important milestone in the growth of our fleet of AutoMine not only in Australia but globally as well,” said Riku Pulli, Vice President, Mine Automation of Sandvik Mining. “The AutoMine Draw Control and AutoMine Loading systems are ideally suited for Argyle’s block caving operation. We are honoured that Rio Tinto has put their confidence in our AutoMine system to improve their operation safety and efficiency.” The Argyle Underground block cave mine will produce on average approximately 20 Mct/y.last_img read more

first_imgGoldcorp and three First Nation communities including Brunswick House First Nation (BHFN), Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN), and Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation (COFN) are pleased to announce the signing of an Impacts and Benefits Agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden Gold project near the town of Chapleau in northern Ontario. Goldcorp now has collaborative agreements in place with 26 First Nations which assert Aboriginal and treaty rights in the vicinity of its operations in Canada.The formal signing of the IBA follows successful negotiations with the three First Nations, and is a milestone marking the first time these three First Nation communities are involved with a mining project.Under the agreement, Goldcorp recognises and respects the rights and interests these First Nations have around the Borden project site, and the three First Nation communities recognise and support Goldcorp’s rights and interests in the development and future operation of the mine. The agreement also reflects Goldcorp’s commitment to protecting the environment and supporting Aboriginal social and cultural practices in a spirit of continued collaboration.“Successful relationships are built on trust, mutual respect, meaningful engagement, and they require sincere commitment from all involved. I’m pleased with the work accomplished by the group and I feel very proud that Goldcorp is the first mining company to partner with the Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation communities. We recognise the importance of nurturing our partnerships and collaborating with our project neighbours to ensure the sustainability of the local communities surrounding Borden Gold,” said Marc Lauzier, Mine General Manager at Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines, responsible for the development of Borden.After over two years of open, honest communications, the IBA outlines provisions for environmental and health protections that combine innovation and the use of modern technology to develop Borden Gold into Canada’s first “all electric” underground mine, eliminating the use of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. The agreement also includes provisions for employment and training, and business and contracting opportunities, along with a framework for regulatory permitting.“On behalf of our council and our community members, I am pleased we have entered into the Impacts and Benefits Agreement with Goldcorp for the Borden Gold project. This is our first partnership in mining, and although our relationship is young and still evolving, we are hopeful for the future of the project and for the opportunities that it will create. We appreciate the efforts of Goldcorp and are thankful for them recognising our connection to the land and for their commitment to protecting it while in their care,” said Chief Lisa VanBuskirk of Brunswick House First Nation.Chief Keith Corston of Chapleau Cree First Nation commented: “The Chapleau Cree First Nation is pleased to have entered into this agreement with Goldcorp. This is an important milestone in our journey to form meaningful relationships with industry and to create sustainable opportunity for our community. Open and trusting dialogue and engagement are the cornerstones of successful relationships and we trust in Goldcorp to uphold the highest standards of environmental protections so that our future generations of children and families can continue practicing a cultural and traditional way of life.”Chief Anita Stephens of Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation remarked: “As the Chief of the Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation, I extend my esteemed congratulations on the Borden Gold development and the processes by which it has come to be. I would also like to convey that I am proud and excited about the future.  These years of negotiations, which included trust and relationship-building, unlock exciting possibilities and prospects regarding this project. It is with great respect and humility that we took part in and witnessed the commitments and responsibilities with Goldcorp’s involvement with the aboriginal communities.”Goldcorp’s Borden project will be starting a bulk sample extraction of up to 30,000 t shortly, with the first sample expected by the end of the summer. Commercial operation of the mine is anticipated to begin in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAlcoa of Australia has secured three new gas supply agreements which, combined, will supply close to 25% of the company’s requirements in Western Australia from 2020.The agreements with BHP, Woodside and Chevron, coupled with other gas supply contracts, including with Quadrant Energy and Santos, announced in 2015, complete Alcoa’s gas portfolio to fuel its Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries for the mid-term, the company said.President, Alcoa Alumina, and Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia, Michael Parker, said: “In securing these new gas contracts we are demonstrating to our employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where we operate our commitment to the state.“Alcoa’s three WA refineries are the largest integrated source of alumina globally and an important source of economic activity. They provide jobs for more than 3,000 Western Australians, primarily in the state’s south west, and generate some A$1.4 billion ($1.01 billion) in expenditure with WA suppliers.”Alcoa is Western Australia’s single largest user of natural gas, consuming around 25% of the state’s total domestic gas supply.Alcoa of Australia is 60% owned by Alcoa Corp and 40% owned by Alumina Limited. It owns and operates two bauxite mines and three alumina refineries in Western Australia, and the Portland aluminium smelter (holding a 55% share) in Victoria. Each year the company mines around 36 Mt of bauxite, refines 9 Mt of alumina and produces 300,000 t of aluminium.last_img read more

iman jamaliMeshkov Brest ← Previous Story BOJANA IS BACK: Montenegro and Sweden win in Eindhoven Next Story → RNL set new season tickets record One of the pleasant surprises of the season 2015/2016, Iranian left back (Hungarian NT member), Iman Jamali, will be loaned for one more year from Hungarian Telekom Veszprem. The 25 years-old shooter will join ambitious Belarussian champions Meshkov Brest in their campaing at VELUX EHF Champions League, like he did with the Swedish best side IFK Kristianstad in previous season.Jamali came to Veszprem in 2012 from Iran. read more

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk’s Fred is expected to complete his transfer to Manchester United early this week, reports the BBCThe Red Devils are anxious to sign the Brazilian this summer with Jose Mourinho keen to find a replacement for his retired captain Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who is expected to leave Old Trafford as a free agent.After confirming that talks were at an “advanced stage” over a week ago, Fred is now expected to have a medical at United before completing his reported £52m move.Brazil coach Tite would welcome the news as he insists that he wants all his players to sort out their respective domestic futures before the start of the World Cup.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When this happens, and it is inevitable, they are going to come to us and our advice to them is resolve this as soon as you can so your head is back with us and focusing on the national team,” he said, after Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win against Croatia.“If I was a manager I’d ask to sign him as well.”FC Porto’s teenage full-back Diogo Dalot is also expected to be signed by United in the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgYAKIMA — Marijuana could be grown outdoors in the sunshine — no grow lights or greenhouses required — under draft rules for Washington state’s new marijuana industry approved Wednesday.The rules, approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board during a meeting in Olympia, establish regulations for pot producers, processors and retailers and set the stage for legal recreational marijuana use to begin early next year.The decision to allow outdoor grows also increases the potential for pot as a crop in Washington’s sunny side east of the Cascade Range, where irrigated fields of apples, hops and wine grapes dot the landscape, though most agriculture groups are discouraging longtime farmers from growing it.The Liquor Control Board released preliminary draft rules in late May after board staff members spent long hours visiting marijuana grow houses and studying the science of pot.Four public hearings on Wednesday’s proposed rules, which included several key changes, will be held across the state Aug. 6-8. They will be in the Seattle area, Olympia, Ellensburg and Spokane, with exact dates and times to be determined.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Travel between the United States and Cuba will be seeing a historic change Wednesday.JetBlue will make the first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba since 1961.The flight will depart from Fort Lauderdale and land in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.Washington D.C. and Havana agreed in February to restore commercial flights between the countries after diplomatic relations were restored last year.Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of just six U.S. airports that will be carrying commercial flights to and from the island.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Hayathnagar police on Wednesday registered a missing case of a woman based on a complaint by he father Yadaiah. The woman is pursuing BPharm third year at SLC engineering college at Abdullahpurmet. According to Yadaiah who is running a hotel near Bonguluru gate on Outer Ring Road(ORR), a man claiming to be a doctor visited his hotel in an i20 car bearing registration number AP 16 AQ 1686 and promised to look a government job for the woman. He then asked the certificates of the woman for the job. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The accused identified as Sridhar Reddy (40) took Yadaiah and his daughter to SLC college for the certificates. As there was no staff at the college, they wandered on assembly and Lumbini Park roads and then had lunch in a restaurant. Around 8 pm, Sridhar halted the vehicle at a stationery shop and asked Yadaiah to get the xerox of the woman bio-data. When the woman’s father returned with the xerox, he did not find the car.Unable trace her daughter even after two days of missing, Yadaiah approached the police who registered a case and are investigating the case based on the CCTV footage near the hotel.last_img read more

first_imgThe District of Columbia public school year began on Aug. 21 with what seemed to be good news. However, test scores still show that Black students are still significantly behind their White counterparts.The results of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) taken by District students earlier this year shows gains across almost all grade levels and subject areas for the second year in a row. This news was trumpeted by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) when she spoke at Watkins Elementary School’s modernization opening on Aug.17.D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, and the Director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board Scott Pearson recently announced D.C. students’ standardized test scores increased year over year. (Courtesy photo)“Students in our public schools continue to make noteworthy gains on PARCC, with a greater number of students each year demonstrating the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in college, their careers and life,” the mayor said. “This year’s results show that we are moving in the right direction and that we must continue to make critical investments in the people, programs, and initiatives that are accelerating education reform and helping all of our students succeed.”Bowser was joined by D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Scott Pearson, the director of the DC Public Charter School Board.The mayor noted that there were score increases in every ward and credited the professional development programs and changes in the curriculum that have occurred over the past few years. English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores overall increased four and two percent, respectively. Black students increased their ELA scores by 2.7 percent and math at 1.2 percent.Despite the gains, African Americans still lag behind Whites, who had increases of 7.7 percent in ELA and 4.5 percent in math. In summary, 22 percent of Blacks showed proficiency in ELA compared with 82 percent of Whites while in math, African Americans 18.6 percent showed proficiency while Whites posted 75.7 percent.D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, who attended the Watkins event with Bowser, said “We must do more to increase the scores of Black students.”Bowser agreed with Wilson, saying that “we are now focused on closing gaps.”Rising test scores wasn’t the only positive news. Wilson noted that the schools were nearly ready in terms of personnel. “We have hired 20 principals and 16 of those are new,” he said. “We are 99 percent staffed for our 115 schools.”The District’s public school system has 115 schools, about 50,000 students and 4,350 educational professionals that include principals and teachers and their aides. In addition to Watkins, the District government has modernized the famed Duke Ellington School for the Arts.On Aug. 18, Bowser said that District school children will be eligible to ride Metrobus and Metrorail free during the school year because of the Kids Ride Free program. The mayor championed the program when she was a Ward 4 D.C. Council member and a member of the WMATA board and has been an advocate of it since.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target iFixit Breaks Down What Killed Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging MatApple’s Durable HomePod Makes Home Repairs Impossible Sony has traditionally released “slim” versions of its consoles, but it’s going a step further this time. In addition to releasing a slim version of the PlayStation 4, there’s now a PlayStation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro is anything but slim, but it’s much, much more powerful than the other variants. Want to find out what’s inside? iFixit is here to do what it does best — destroy gadgets in a highly methodical fashion.The PS4 Pro is slightly larger in all dimensions that the original PS4, but it has a very similar design. The PS4 Pro is essentially a small form factor PC. There’s even a hard drive caddy that’s easily accessible. That’s the first thing iFixit took out. The case is sealed with a number of torx screws. The power supply is on one side, and flipping the console over provides access to the main board. The PSU is upgraded in this version of the console to provide more power to the faster hardware.The motherboard is rather large in the PS4 Pro, taking up almost the entire footprint. Right in the middle is the SoC with AMD Jaguar CPU cores and a Radeon GPU. The clock speed of this chip has been boosted — it allows for enhanced graphics and VR optimization. There’s a mid-frame with heatpipe assembly hiding the fan and optical drive. All those parts are held in with multiple screws, but at least there’s no glue like you see in smartphones.With all the pieces out, it becomes apparent how PC-like the PS4 Pro really is. If you know your way around a computer’s innards, you can probably figure out disassembling a PS4 Pro. There are plenty warranty voiding stickers to take off, but the hardware isn’t that hard to repair. You can also swap out the hard drive without voiding the warranty. iFixit gave it an 8 out of 10 overall.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Chrome: removal of Secure and HTTPS indicators by Martin Brinkmann on May 18, 2018 in Google Chrome – 38 commentsThe Google Chrome web browser displays a “secure” indicator in green in the browser’s address bar when you open a site that supports the HTTPS protocol. For sites with extended certificates, Chrome displays the company name instead, and the protocol https: is displayed in green as well.A new blog post on the Chromium blog reveals that Google plans to change how the Google Chrome browser indicates secure and non secure websites to the user.Chrome, and pretty much any browser out there, displays positive indicators right now when you connect to sites and services that support HTTPS.If a site uses HTTPS, the user is informed about that. Chrome displays the secure indicator, a lock icon, and color codes the indicators in green to highlight that the connection to the site is secure.Google plans to turn things around completely in the near future. The company plans to omit positive indicators in the future and instead highlight non secure connections to the user.The company proposed the following timeline:July 2018 — Google Chrome will display all HTTP sites as “not secure”.September 2018 — Chrome won’t display the “secure” indicator anymore when you connect to HTTPS sites in the browser. Chrome won’t display the HTTPS scheme either anymore.October 2018 — Chrome displays a red “not secure” notification in the address bar when users enter data on sites that use HTTP.Eventually — Chrome won’t show the lock icon anymore as well.Google’s reasoning behind removing secure connection indicators in Chrome is that “users should expect that the web is safe by default”. Since more and more sites and services are secure, as HTTPS migration is at an all-time high and advancing rapidly, the company decided to highlight non secure connections to the user instead only in the near future.The lock icon will be displayed for the foreseeable future. Google did not set an end date for the removal of the lock icon yet.Closing WordsThe removal of all indicators for secure connections in Chrome is a massive change. Google did not reveal if it plans to inform users about the change, for instance, by displaying information after the update of Chrome to version 69 of the browser.Secure indicators have been part of the Web for a long time and the removal of the protocol scheme hides information from the user. While you could say that the information is not needed anymore, as you can simply assume that a site uses HTTPS because Chrome does not display “not secure” in the address bar, it is probably the case that some users would like to see the indicator regardless.Now You: What’s your take on the change?Related articlesConfigure Google Chrome to display certificates directlyHow to enable TLS 1.3 support in Firefox and ChromeSummaryArticle NameGoogle Chrome: removal of Secure and HTTPSDescriptionGoogle plans to remove all secure indicators in Google Chrome in the future which the browser displays currently when users connect to HTTPS (secure) sites and services in the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWith the globalization of basically everything, you must have observed how it is becoming increasingly important to speak more than one language. Our jobs now require us to interact with people of different nationalities no matter what part of the world you are in. With increasing exposure, the world figuratively speaking is become flat. Now we all know how hard and expensive it is to learn a new language. Wccftech is here to solve this problem for you and is offering amazing discounts on the Lifetime subscriptions of uTalk Language Education.uTalk Language Education featuresuTalk has an enormous library of languages and you can use this library to learn a second, third, fourth or even a fifth language. You can overcome language barriers at work, during your travels, interacting with new people etc. The language programs will aid you in developing practical and real vocabulary for any language you use. The language programs are designed to help you understand native accents perfectly. uTalk will be your best friend on all your travels whether they are for business or pleasure. Here are highlights of what the deals have to offer: Choose 1/6/22/130 (depending on your subscription) of over 130 languages to learn from any device, any time you wantYou don’t need to choose all six languages at once – you can pick some now and the rest later There is no time limit on when you must choose your languages Discover real, practical vocabulary that you can use in real-world situationsMeasure your achievements as you go along Verify your learning by playing speaking games Learn from native voice artists who really know what they’re talking about Access your account from any device so you can pick up where you left off anywhere Length of access: lifetimeSystem Requirements iOS Android PC Mac Not compatible with Windows 10 Mobile Any web browserThe offer will expire in a few hours and you do not want to miss the opportunity learning and understanding a completely new language and that too at great discounts. Happy Shopping!Original Price uTalk Language Education:1-language: $64.99 I 6-languages: $389.94 I 22-languages: $1,299 I 130 languages: $8,700Wccftech Discount Price uTalk Language Education:1-language: $19.99 I 6-languages: $29.99 I 22-languages: $99.99 I 130 languages: $299.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

first_img Monday, August 28, 2017 Share TORONTO — VisitBritain has announced the appointment of Gavin Landry as its Executive Vice President for the Americas, with a focus on driving new and repeat visitor growth to Britain from Canada, the U.S. and Brazil.In his new role, effective immediately, Landry’s remit is to drive new and repeat visitor growth to Britain from the Americas, focusing on key segments and top performing regions including Brazil, Canada and the U.S., as well as cities with new routes to build connectivity.His focus is also to convert the inspiration to visit into bookings by getting the right products to the right customers at the right time, developing bookable regional and seasonal products that showcase more of regional Britain working closely with tourism industry partners.With tourism a critical part of the UK Government’s agenda ahead of future trade deals, Landry will also continue to develop and strengthen strategic partnerships across the three regions.“Gavin brings a wealth of market knowledge, industry contacts and public diplomacy experience to the role,” said VisitBritain Chief Executive Sally Balcombe. “We are delighted to have such an experienced industry professional leading one of our most important global regions as we continue to inspire more visitors from the Americas to put Britain top of their list as the must-go-now destination.”“I am thrilled to be joining VisitBritain at such an exciting time for tourism globally and look forward to working together with our partners across the industry to convert the desire to visit Britain into bookings and drive growth from the Americas,” said Landry.“Tourism is a fiercely competitive global industry and while latest statistics shows strong growth from the Americas we need to be out there promoting the message of welcome, working with partners to make it easier to travel and showcasing the amazing experiences that you can only get in Britain.”The announcement comes on the back of data released last week from the UK’s Office for National Statistics which showed that visits from North America to the UK were up 35% in June this year compared to the same month in 2016. It brings the overall number of visits from North America to the UK for January to June this year to 2.2 million visits, up 25% on the same period last year.Landry joins VisitBritain from New York State where he was Executive Director of Tourism, having led the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK (NY) program, and where he developed and implemented strategies to support growth of the tourism industry. During his tenure at I LOVE NY, Gavin and his team increased visitation to New York State by 40 million and set a program record total economic impact of US$100 billion. [PEOPLE] VisitBritain names Gavin Landry as Executive VP for the Americas Travelweek Group center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Britain, Peoplelast_img read more

first_img Monday, June 18, 2018 Share Tags: Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines file for joint venture KAILUA-KONA — Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii.The airlines have recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Japanese government requesting immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture, West Hawaii Today reported Saturday.The partnership would allow the companies to co-ordinate flight schedules and share certain costs and revenues as well as work together on marketing and advertising, the airlines said in the filings.The venture would “dramatically increase seamless service options for the travelling public,” allowing the airlines to link operations in the region, they said.The partnership would open up 34 destinations to Hawaiian Airlines passengers, including service to 28 locations in Japan and six other sites, such as Guam and Hong Kong. Passengers of Japan Airlines would have access to six additional locations in Hawaii.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Hawaiian, a relatively small carrier, has encountered difficulties trying to break into international markets as a new entrant,” the airline stated in the application. “The Department’s grant of (antitrust immunization) in this proceeding would allow Hawaiian to overcome these obstacles, leading to increased competition and more choices for consumers.”The companies estimate the partnership would bring an additional 162,000 to 350,000 passengers to Hawaii and generate between 1,855 and 4,049 jobs in the U.S. The U.S. economy could see annual contribution of up to $402.3 million, according to the airlines.The airlines are hoping to launch the joint venture next year if they are granted approval this year. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Fleeing Nicaragua: Joining forces against the government Fleeing Nicaragua: The escape President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Costa Rican government applauds U.S. decision to stop ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy on Cuban migrants La Cruz, Guanacaste — The message from Nicaraguan refugees to Costa Rica is a uniform one: thank you.Not all Ticos have greeted the asylum-seekers kindly. In mid-August, hundreds of people protested at La Merced park in downtown San José against the influx of Nicaraguans. More than 40 people were arrested when some demonstrators became violent.The Costa Rican government has repeatedly denounced xenophobia and has urged citizens not to fall victims to provocations or calls to hate.In La Cruz, Mondragón expressed his gratitude for the continued hospitality at the shelter. He feared Costa Rica might have turned him away and allowed his extradition to a country where he felt his life was in danger.“First, I want to say thank you, because you give us support, and as refugees, you give us food to eat,” he said. “I say, ‘Thank you for not sending us back,’ because if they sent us back, we’d fall in the wrong hands, and they’d kill me.”Some refugees have messages for Ortega, too.“I’m doing this publicly because I am not afraid,” Mayorga said. “I’ll say this again to Daniel Ortega: ‘I am not afraid of you. I am not afraid of you, you dog, and I will never be afraid of you. And if they gave me a gun to go and kill you, I would do it.’”Overwhelmingly, the refugees said they hope to return to Nicaragua someday. If they are given guns, they say, they will fight for freedom: For their friends, for their families, for their children.“My goal wasn’t to come to a refugee camp,” Mondragón said. “If someone supports us, gives us guns, I’ll leave to go defend my country.”Part 1: The escapePart 2: Joining forces against the government Stories like these are made possible thanks to contributions from readers like you. Please donate to support our reporting and keep it independent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAfter recent growth in international visitor numbers, South Australia is set to see further increases through more investment in destination marketing with a focus on attracting a larger share of the tourism dollar.South Australia welcomes 390,000 international visitors each year and over the past seven years, international tourism’s contribution to the State’s economy has risen from 14 per cent to 17 percent.Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Peter Shelley said these figures are ones South Australia can build on.“South Australia has a strong story to tell additional; investment in marketing South Australia both interstate and internationally will help build on the solid growth in international expenditure we have seen in the past 12 months,” Mr Shelley said.The State’s tourism industry leaders gathered in Adelaide this week to discuss ways to improve the reputation of South Australia as an international travel destination.Mr Shelley said a wide range of industry leaders were involved in the forum, including accommodation and tour providers, government agencies, ATEC National Board members and representatives of the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC).“What was clear from our discussions is the industry and government must collaborate to remove barriers such as visa processes, to target and improve international marketing and to maximise the benefits to the SA economy including more jobs and expenditure,” he said.The decision to focus more heavily on destination marketing has been applauded by the industry.ATEC chairman Denis Pierce praised the South Australia government, in particular, for their support.“South Australia has a lot going for it and the government has invested in quality infrastructure improvements including extensions to the conference and exhibition centre, the impressive Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank precinct,” Mr Pierce said.“These large scale offerings combined with several new hotels either approved or under construction, and solid growth in airline capacity into Adelaide from a range of international carriers, all contribute to a solid foundation for future growth.”Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesAs Cyprus launches a public relations campaign abroad to improve its reputation as a regional financial centre, focusing on its activities in combating money laundering, legacy issues continue to haunt the island as authorities are being asked again about the handling of the Magnitsky case and Nicosia’s ties to Moscow.Ana Gomes, a Portuguese member of the European Parliament (MEP) has asked Attorney-general (AG) Costas Clerides about Cypriot authorities’ progress in investigating and prosecuting two key suspects in the Magnitsky case, Dmitry Klyuev and Andrei Pavlov, and their operations and assets in Cyprus.“Have the Cyprus authorities taken steps to interview Klyuev and Pavlov during their regular trips to Cyprus in relation to the fraud against Hermitage and the laundering of the $230m fraud proceeds,” the European lawmaker asked the AG in a letter dated April 23, obtained by the Cyprus Business Mail.On Wednesday, the Central Bank of Cyprus unveiled a campaign that aims at informing the global community over the next two years by providing updated information about the action it has taken over the past five years when the island agreed in its cash-for-reforms programme to do more in to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The need for the campaign was justified by the findings of a disappointing unplublished opinion poll abroad that showed that Cyprus’s image among supervisors and other financial institutions and bodies was outdated.In 2013, depositors at the two largest Cypriot banks lost €8bn in savings after euro area countries declined to provide funds to bail them out on the grounds that Cyprus had failed in going after Russian oligarchs using its banks to launder illicit funds. In July 2014, US authorities described Tanzania’s FBME Bank which operated a branch in Cyprus which carried out roughly 90 per cent of its total business as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern. The Central Bank of Cyprus, which had months ago introduced its fourth anti-money laundering directive which provided for enhanced anti-money laundering procedures, placed FBME under administration and subsequently under supervision. Several banks, including largest lender Bank of Cyprus, announced measures they took in their fight against illicit funds, including the termination of accounts and ties to customer introducers.The announcement of the PR campaign comes two weeks after Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billinsglea held talks in Cyprus with Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and Central Bank of Cyprus governor Chrystalla Georghadji about “positive improvements and reforms” the island made in enhancing the anti-money laundering framework and supervision.Less than a week later, three supervisory bodies; the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and the Cyprus Bar Association issued circulars advising supervised entities and professionals to be more diligent in applying anti-money laundering regulations.The action recommended by the supervisors is forward looking, unlike the questions currently raised by the Portuguese MEP about the use of the island’s banking system in the past to launder illicit funds.In her letter, Gomes asked whether Cypriot authorities had issued an arrest warrant against the two Russian nationals. US authorities consider Klyuev, who also banked with FBME, as the mastermind of the fraud named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The latter died in a Russian prison almost nine years ago when the police officers he implicated in the theft of taxes paid by Hermitage Capital, arrested him and deprived him access to healthcare. Both Klyuev and Pavlov are placed on a sanctions list.Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder is currently embroiled in a legal battle in Cyprus to prevent the Cypriot government from cooperating in a probe against him, which came in response to his campaign for justice for Magnitsky. The case prompted the US into passing the “Magnitsky Act” which provides for punitive measures against those involved in the lawyer’s death. The Council of Europe asked member states four years ago not to cooperate with Russia in its politically-motivated probe against Browder and encouraged them to pass similar laws like that of the US.“Why are the Cyprus executive authorities cooperating with the retaliatory Russian criminal proceedings against Hermitage executives and lawyers, contrary to the recommendations by the Council of Europe to give assistance to these very Russian proceedings, found to be emblematic of ‘legal nihilism,’ and also found to be politically motivated by Interpol’s governing bodies, and despite the European Convention’s provision entitling refusal of assistance in such cases?” Gomes asked the AG.Gomes also inquired about whether Cyprus had looked into those who assisted Klyuev and Pavlov either as agents, nominee directors or company administrators, or identified who had wired funds to other bank accounts, and whether the island’s authorities had shared the information with other bodies such as Europol and Eurojust to aid their investigations. She also inquired about the status of the investigation into the accounts of Balec Ventures, a British Virgin Islands company linked to Syria’s chemical weapon’s programme.The lawmaker also asked whether the authorities had interviewed “enablers and facilitators of money laundering at banks and registration agents,” linked to 16 accounts that received $11m of the stolen $230m.The lawmaker also asked whether the authorities had interviewed “enablers and facilitators of money laundering at banks and registration agents,” linked to 16 accounts that received $11m of the stolen $230m.In his response letter, the AG practically answered one of the issues raised by the lawmaker regarding the investigation into an email leak of attorney Eleni Loizidou in November which exposed her both offering and requesting favours from Russian colleagues.After a probe found no indication of any criminal offence, “disciplinary proceedings were ordered, and she is now facing disciplinary offences before the Public Service Commission,” Clerides said before referring Gomes to the Ministry of Justice which is in charge for mutual legal assistance matters.You May LikeNinjaJournalist35 Resignation Letters Making Quitting Look FunNinjaJournalistUndoTheHealthyLifeTips.comEating these 20 High Protein Foods is Super-EasyTheHealthyLifeTips.comUndoCareerXoXo8 Common Career Mistakes You Are Probably Making Without Realizing!CareerXoXoUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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