Rabat – Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) have ordered a strategic redeployment of Moroccan warships in response to Algerian threats, bringing Morocco-Algeria hostilities to new heights and raising concerns of direct confrontation.According to Assabah, in its July 7-8 issue, Morocco’s move is a response to Algerian military maneuverings and a show of force on the Mediterranean in recent months. Morocco, which has acquired US-made state-of-the-art military equipment, has deployed frigates and a newly acquired warship off its northern coast to both respond to the alarming presence of Algerian ships and to thwart criminal activities at sea, according to Assabah. The outlet reported that Morocco aims to showcase its navy offensive capabilities should there be indirect provocations from Algeria. “Morocco’s FAR are ready for confrontation at sea,” the report said.In addition to responding to Algerian frigate movements off Moroccan coasts, the Moroccan navy is also taking preemptive measures against terrorist infiltrations and piracy. However, the report added, Morocco’s move is solely aimed to deter, not to provoke.Assabah also noted rumored deals between the US navy and its Moroccan counterpart to provide the North African country with new American frigates. Morocco’s navy is allegedly interested in acquiring American frigates similar to the Spanish navy’s Descubierta-class corvettes. These ships can strike a target with their harpoon anti-ship missile system.Equally important is the FAR’s plan to purchase the German Type 212 submarine. The submarine’s many properties, including high speeds and secrecy in waters, will position Morocco as a regional and continental leader in terms of naval capabilities, Assabah added.In the coming months, the Mohammed VI warship will also be inaugurated. According to military sources quoted by Assabah, the warship’s shooting accuracy and its highly advanced missile system are set to give the Moroccan Navy the technical means to assert itself as one of the African continent’s strongest and most equipped navies.
Gauge of US economy posts slight 0.2 per cent gain in January, smallest increase in 5 months WASHINGTON – An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy rose in January by the smallest amount in five months, indicating the economy’s momentum may have slowed a bit.The New York-based Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading indicators increased 0.2 per cent in January, the weakest gain since a 0.1 per cent rise in August. In addition, the December increase was revised lower to a 0.4 per cent rise instead of the initially reported 0.5 per cent increase.The pace of growth in the index has moderated in recent months from gains of 0.6 per cent in both September and October to smaller increases since that time.“While the LEI suggests a positive short-term outlook in 2015, the lack of strong momentum in residential construction, along with a weak outlook for new orders in manufacturing, poses a downside risk for the U.S. economy,” said Conference Board economist Ataman Ozyildirim.Five of the 10 forward-pointing indicators that make up the index made positive contributions in January with the largest boost coming from low interest rates and consumer expectations for business conditions. Four indicators were negative in January with the biggest weakness coming from the new orders index compiled by the Institute for Supply Management and a drop in stock prices.Overall economic growth slowed to a 2.6 per cent annual rate in the final three months of 2014 after gains of 4.5 per cent in the spring quarter and 5 per cent in the July-September period. Many economists say the economy is growing at a moderate pace of around 2.5 per cent in the current January-March quarter. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2015 8:19 am MDT In this photo made on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man works on parts to builds fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Conference Board releases its index of leading indicators for January on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Eradicating illicit trade in tobacco products constitutes a clear win-win situation for governments and their people,” said the Head of the Secretariat of the UN World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), Dr. Haik Nikogosian.“The new Protocol establishes what actions constitute unlawful conduct and sets out related enforcement and international cooperation measures, such as licensing, information-sharing and mutual legal assistance that will help counteract and eventually eliminate illicit trade,” he added.The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products commits was adopted at the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to WHO FCTC, taking place in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. The gathering began today and ends on Saturday.In addition to promoting the WHO FCTC’s implementation, the COP – the central organ and governing body of the WHO FCTC – is reviewing the Convention and taking up a range of related issues, including the new protocol. According to WHO, tobacco use is responsible for five million, or 12 per cent, of all deaths of adults above the age of 30 globally each year – equivalent to one death every six seconds.The new protocol sets the rules for combating illegal trade through control of the supply chain and international cooperation. It commits countries to establishing, as a central measure, a global tracking and tracing system to reduce the illicit trade of tobacco products.“The elimination of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products, including smuggling and illegal manufacturing, is an essential component of tobacco control,” says Ambassador Ricardo Varela, President of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC. “In adopting this new Protocol today by consensus, countries have reiterated their historic commitment towards protecting the health of their citizens, particularly the young and vulnerable.”In a news release, WHO noted that the illicit trade in tobacco products is a global problem which undermines health objectives, imposes additional strain on health systems and weakens tax and other measures designed to strengthen tobacco control. It also leads to substantial revenue losses to governments around the world, while generating vast financial profits for illegal traders, which are often used to fund transnational criminal activity.After today’s adoption by the COP, the protocol’s procedural steps for it to enter into force are: its opening for signature by the Parties for one year, starting 10 January 2013; followed by a ratification process, in accordance with national law; and, its entry into force 90 days after 40 ratifications.The protocol was drafted and negotiated by an intergovernmental negotiating body, mandated to undertake this work by the COP at its second session in 2007. After four years of negotiations, the negotiating body held its fifth and final session in March-April this year, during which it reached consensus on the draft protocol.
← Previous Story SURVEY: MIZUNO overtakes Adidas as shoes brand No. 1 at Qatar 2015 Next Story → Ivan Sliskovic loaned to Qatari Al Ahly CSM Bucharest announced deal with the MVP from the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 – Swedish playmaker Isabelle Gullden! One of the world’s best player in 2014 signed two years contract with ambitious Romanian squad who extended contracts also with the head-coach Metter Klit, but also Isabelle’s compatriot and friend from national team – Linnea Torstensson, Brazilian girl Fernanda Da Silva and Spanish right wing Carmen Martin.“Our goals for the next season are Romanian championship and Cup title, but also EHF CL F4 tournament. Why we shouldn’t play at the final in Budapest?”, said club’s director Constantin Căliman.Isabelle Gullden currently playing for Danish Viborg HK. Her boyfriend, Silkeborg goalkeeper Linus Persson will join men’s CSM Bucharest. CSM BucurestIsabelle Gullden
If you’re like the majority of geeks, you aren’t planning to run out later this month and buy Windows 8 with it’s paradigm-shifting tile-based interface. Until now, it was looking like that was also going to leave you stuck on Internet Explorer 9 as the stock Windows browser. However, Microsoft has announced that IE10 is coming to Windows 7, but only as a preview at first.The post, from Internet Explorer program manager Rob Mauceri, announces that the IE10 preview for Windows 7 machines will be out sometime in November. The final build won’t roll out until sometime in the indistinct future after Microsoft has gotten enough feedback and data, if you believe the party line. I suspect the company wants to see how Windows 8 moves before it expends more resources on Windows 7 software.Internet Explorer, once a monopolistic force in desktop browsers, has fallen on hard times in recent years. Most tracking services now list IE at 30-40% of the browser market — in a dead heat with Google’s Chrome. Internet Explorer 10 has been designed to improve performance and security, but this is the case with almost every software update. Adobe Flash has also been integrated with IE to reduce update headaches, a feature Chrome implemented last year.The preview version of the software coming out next month should deliver the new Trident 6.0 rendering engine and speed improvements. It is unclear if the preview will have the Metro-inspired UI tweaks we see in Windows 8. Feel free to click refresh on the IE Blog until the release is announced — or just keep using Chrome. Your call.via IE Blog
Virgin Media’s TV ad sales have taken a hit for two and a half years – thanks to Brexit Looming uncertainty has made UK and Irish advertisers camera-shy, according to new documents. By Fora Staff EVEN AFTER ROLLING out a suite of star-studded shows and retiring the TV3 moniker, Virgin Media’s television advertising sales have been taking a hit for over two and a half years – thanks to Brexit.A recent return on the Lobbying Register showed that executives from the broadcasting side of the media and communications business were asked to outline how they were preparing for a hard Brexit, at the request the Department of Communications.According to a note prepared after the meeting, which took place the week before Christmas last year, Virgin Media Television bigwigs outlined several Brexit-related issues that were already impacting the business or causing concern.The note, released to Fora following a freedom of information request, stated that the company had told department officials that its “advertising revenue has been decreasing since 2016 as a result of … the Brexit referendum”. Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:00 AM Communications Minister Richard Bruton Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieRegulationsThe meeting in December was attended by Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely and VP of corporate affairs Kate O’Sullivan, who met with Department of Communications officials, including assistant secretary Patricia Cronin.The note released to Fora showed that the television company – which was bought by Liberty Global for €80 million in 2015 – also raised the issue of what impact Brexit might have on its rights to broadcast British programmes.It questioned whether the UK content that it carries – such as soap operas Coronation Street and Emmerdale and popular game show The Chase – would continue to be considered as “European works” under EU broadcasting quotas.According to the documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Communications responded to say that “it was its view that the UK content would continue to be considered European works, as this definition is based on the UK’s membership of the Council of Europe”.Virgin Media Television’s spokeswoman added that the company “has been in contact with all UK licenced broadcasters to ensure they are taking the necessary steps to obtain an EU licence in the event (a hard) Brexit takes place”.The Department of Communications also requested a separate meeting with State-owned broadcaster RTÉ to discuss Brexit.In a statement to Fora, the broadcaster said that it highlighted that a no-deal Brexit would “impact RTÉ’s delivery of its public service obligations, as well as the execution of its most recently endorsed five-year strategy”.“At a minimum, the likely immediate and sharp decline in commercial revenue would result in a further deterioration in RTÉ’s financial position,” it said.Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie 19 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4507747 “There are two aspects which affect Virgin Media Television – the first is the impact that the uncertainty in the market has had on advertising spending in the UK and Irish markets, and the second in relation to the fluctuations in currency prices,” the note stated.Consolidated financial statements for parent company Virgin Media Inc show that some £14.5 million of the group’s total £1.2 billion turnover for the three months to the end of September 2018 was generated through ‘other’ sources – primarily broadcasting revenue in Ireland.This figure was down slightly on the £14.6 million recorded in the same category for the same three-month period in 2017.A spokeswoman for Virgin Media Television told this website that the company “is almost wholly reliant on advertising revenues to fund our commercial operations and invest in local content”.“Brexit has twice the impact on our business than it does on RTÉ. This is because advertising revenue only represents half of RTÉ’s total revenue,” she said. Feb 19th 2019, 5:46 PM Image: Brian McEvoy/Virgin Media Image: Brian McEvoy/Virgin Media Short URL 11,090 Views Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Daniel Bryan Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Charlotte Flair WWE Smackdown is live tonight from New Orleans, Louisiana.Advertised for tonight’s show is WWE Champion Daniel Bryan finding out who is opponent will be for the upcoming Fastlane PPV on March 10.Also teased for the show is The Miz issuing a public apology to Shane McMahon, Charlotte Flair reacting to Becky Lynch’s assault at Elimination Chamber on Sunday and if Kofi Kingston can rebound after the WWE Championship chamber match.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown results at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Videos Articles Videos Articles Hailee Steinfeld WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) congratulate the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the final rule published today for the Bioenergy Program. The rule maintains reimbursement levels for soy-based biodiesel, which is key for the growth of the biodiesel industry until a biodiesel tax incentive is approved by Congress.”The Bioenergy Program is currently the primary federal program designed to stimulate growth in the biodiesel industry and is largely responsible for biodiesel becoming one of the fastest growing alternative energy sources,” said ASA Vice President Bob Metz, a soybean producer from Browns Valley, Minn., who also Chairs the National Biodiesel Board. “Fortunately, USDA agreed that the program biodiesel incentives should not be decreased, and that all biodiesel payments should be based on the FY 2002 formula. This program provides an essential transition until we obtain a biodiesel tax incentive.””This USDA program has been extremely successful during the last two years at spurring biodiesel growth,” said NBB Executive Director Joe Jobe. “The restructuring of the program is good news for biodiesel users, because it will make the price of biodiesel more competitive. Its good news for the industry because it will build on the strong momentum the program has generated.”In November of 2000, USDA implemented a Bioenergy Program. The 2002 Farm Bill extended the program through FY 2006 and made several changes to the program. USDA published proposed rules in the Federal Register on October 1, 2002 (67 FR 61565) that would have dramatically reduced the utility of the Bioenergy Program for the biodiesel industry. ASA’s overriding concern centered on a proposed change in the reimbursement rate for soy-based biodiesel that would have drastically reduced the payment rate for soy-based biodiesel.”If the revised payment calculation had been used in FY02, program payments would have been reduced by 60 percent and biodiesel fuel producer participation would have dropped significantly,” Metz said. “ASA argued that such a change and outcome was contrary to the intent of the program, contrary to the intent of Congress, and contrary to the economic interests of hundreds of thousands of soybean farmers. Reduced biodiesel payments would not provide sufficient support to ensure biodiesel’s affordability and maintain industry growth.””NBB is extremely grateful to ASA for showing strong leadership in seeing this through in Washington,” Jobe said. “USDA received more than 2,000 comments, primarily from soybean farmers urging that the program be restructured in a way that would benefit the entire industry.””It appears that USDA listened carefully to concerns expressed in response to the proposed rule,” said Ag Processing Inc Vice President, Corporate Relations/Industrial Products, John Campbell. “The last six months have been painful for the biodiesel industry while we awaited the Administration’s decisions. In the end, USDA made the correct choices and we appreciate their efforts.” AGP, a farmer-owned regional cooperative based in Omaha, Neb., is leader in the production and promotion of soy-based biodiesel.For biodiesel, USDA will pay incentives to biodiesel producers for FY 2003 through FY 2005 on all biodiesel production from eligible agricultural commodities. ASA estimates that the program payment for soybeans would calculate to 39 percent of the posted county price for plants with production capacity of less than 65 million gallons per year, or 28 percent for larger plants. USDA factors that one bushel of soybeans is consumed for every 1.4 gallons of biodiesel produced.”Soybean growers have been the backbone of the U.S. biodiesel industry for the last decade,” Metz said. “Growers have invested over $40 million of state and national checkoff funds in the research and development of a biodiesel industry. Biodiesel offers one of the best means of using surplus soybean oil, while also benefiting the environment and displacing imported petroleum.”
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An armed man who dressed up as a ninja and his cloaked accomplice were caught on camera as they robbed a Pompano Beach restaurant.The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video, Friday, that was rolling inside the Tortilleria Mexicana restaurant, located near Northeast 16th Street and Sample Road.The robbery happened back on Feb. 17, just before 10 p.m.One of the men held the owner at gunpoint while the other grabbed money from the register.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Unemployment was considered, Kenai is holding at 7.7% whereas Aleutians East Borough has only 2.8%. The study considered four different factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate, and income growth. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-kenai-peninsual-not-paycheck-friendly.mp3VmDorene-on-kenai-peninsual-not-paycheck-friendly.mp300:00RPd The study assumed a $50,000 annual income for a single person with two allowances, for a bi-monthly paycheck of $1,687. SmartAsset then applied a ratio of household income to cost of living to determine the purchasing power. In K-Pen paychecks go 1.99x, compared to Valdez 2.48x. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A SmartAsset study which aims to find the most paycheck friendly places in Alaska, places where favorable economic conditions allow folks to have more discretionary income, found that people living on the Kenai Peninsula aren’t getting a good deal. Finally the study looked at income growth, and calculated the annual growth in median income over five years for each borough and indexed the results. Kenai pulled 2.4% income growth, Valdez 7.9%. The Kenai Peninsula ranked 14th in the state, with Valdez-Cordova Borough coming in first place, Bristol Bay Borough second. Anchorage came in 6th place.
“Some people have been offered the opportunity to move to Detroit. Other folks there will be working out of their homes,” says Lafferty. “A handful will be replaced by new hires.”According to Lafferty, the publication plans to hire approximately a half dozen new editors, marketers and reporters.In addition to the weekly print publication and website, the brand also offers various email newsletters, a sponsored webcast, regular market research reports, a tradeshow and multiple conferences. In Detroit, the publication will also have access to the company’s video production studio.Though Plastics News has plans to expand their digital capabilities and event business, Lafferty holds that the print product remains their priority.“Print is still the largest source of revenue for Plastics News and we expect that to continue in the near future and even in the medium future,” says Lafferty. “The plastics industry is a mature industry and that tends to mean our customers in this space prefer a print product.”The 45,000-circulation publication began moving in late July and will finish relocating after the K 2013 International Trade Fair to be held in mid-October in Dusseldorf, Germany. Plastics News has future plans to collaborate with its sister publication, European Plastics News, to further its global reach. A corporate handoff and move to relocate mean big changes ahead for plastics publisher Plastics News.Employees of the Akron-based b-to-b weekly, owned by Crain Communications, will leave for corporate headquarters in Detroit by Nov. 4 before current publisher Anthony Eagan steps down from his post. Waste & Recycling News’s former publisher Brennan Lafferty will take control of the brand on Jan. 1, 2014. Waste & Recycling News ceased publication on Aug. 5.Crain says the move will help the company centralize some services. Key members of the magazine’s 31 current employees, including the associate publisher, advertising director and editor, will make the move, but not everyone will be given the option.
More on Marvel Captain Marvel Marvel Share your voice 1 Tags TV and Movies The film opened globally everywhere except Japan, and is now the sixth-highest global debut of all time, biggest ever for March, and the second-biggest global opening-weekend totals for a superhero film, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War.The film nabbed various places on the all-time lists, including the third-biggest March debut of all time and the seventh-biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe debut ever. Of the MCU films, only The Avengers films, Black Panther, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War have opened better.If the estimated totals hold, the film will fall right in line with what Disney was predicting on Saturday, when the studio announced it expected three-day earnings of $145 million to $155 million.Captain Marvel is the first MCU standalone film featuring a woman in the lead role. DC’s Wonder Woman earned $409 million worldwide and $412 million in the US in 2017, for a global total of $821 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel punches out a $61.4 million opening day Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Comment Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 32 Photos Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) had a super-powered debut. Marvel Captain Marvel soared through its first weekend in theaters, earning an estimated $153 million in the US and an estimated $455 million globally, scoring the biggest debut of 2019, Disney said Sunday.
The Juneau School District is conducting an independent third party investigation into an alleged hazing incident that took place two days after school ended in May.Download Audio:At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, new superintendent Mark Miller says attorney John Sedor will talk to students and staff during the investigation. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)New school superintendent Mark Miller says he contacted Anchorage-based attorney John Sedor two weeks ago to help the district with a case involving high school students.“There’s an allegation that some older students either kidnapped or in some way took some younger students out to a remote area and there was paddling or hitting involved,” Miller says.He says Sedor has worked with the Juneau School District for years and is an expert in school investigations.“He’ll be working with the school district, with our employees to determine whether or not our school rules or policies have been violated and ensuring that both the victims and the alleged perpetrators receive due process,” Miller says.Hazing is considered one of the most severe violations of board policies and school rules. The student handbooks of Juneau Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School say the minimum penalty for hazing is up to 10 days of suspension. The maximum penalty is permanent expulsion.Over the summer, principals from all three Juneau high schools looked into the alleged hazing incident. Miller says the Juneau Police Department completed its investigation without filing any charges. He says the district’s probe is different than the police’s.“We’re not looking at criminal charges. We’re looking at whether our policies were violated, our rules, which is a different question than what the police were looking for. We also have a lower standard of proof, if you will,” Miller says.School board president Sally Saddler says the board is not directly involved with the investigation. She says members can’t receive any advance knowledge of it in case any grievances are filed.She says the board has strong concerns about the hazing culture in Juneau.“We feel that it’s important to do what we can to change that culture so our kids feel safe because it’s going to be really difficult for our kids to be able to meet their academic responsibilities if they don’t feel safe and secure in our schools. And so it’s incumbent upon us as board members, as a district and as a community to remove those barriers,” Saddler says.She says the district has a well written policy about bullying and hazing.“But that doesn’t mean it’s in practice, right? And I think that’s where board and community and district administration concerns lay. We feel we’ve got a pretty strong policy in place but clearly it’s not working or there are ways in which we need to tweak them,” Saddler says.The board policy on hazing was last revised in 2011.Superintendent Miller expects the outside investigation to wrap up within the next two weeks. He says any student discipline that may result will have to remain confidential due to students’ privacy rights.
The chamber judge of the Supreme Court on Saturday stayed a High Court order that had allowed a convicted person to contest the upcoming national elections.Appellate Division justice Hasan Foez Siddique pronounced the stay order after hearing a petition filed by the state, reports UNB.The chamber judge also sent the petition to a regular bench. The hearing on the petition will be held at a full bench of the Appellate Division on Sunday.On Thursday, the High Court stayed the conviction and sentence of BNP candidate from Jashore-2 constituency Sabira Sultana in a graft case, clearing the way for her to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.Later, the state filed the petition challenging the order on Saturday.On 12 July, the Special Judge Court-7 awarded six-year imprisonment to Sabira Sultana, former chairman of Jhikargachha upazila parishad, and fined her Tk 5,000 in the case filed for amassing wealth illegally.
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window ‘Giant pothole keeps us awake’ Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Look at the city’s latest water feature Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Hinde Street Car Park is often packed Mr Eggleton said five minute delays on a typical bus route cost First £120,000 a year. He told the committee that easing congestion across First’s network could free up £1 million, some of which could be used to support socially important routes, including evening and Sunday services. He said: “We remain confident that the quickest, cheapest and most effective way to improve bus services for the benefit of the community is through proactive partnership between bus operators and local authorities. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent Elections: What the parties have to say on public transport (& potholes!) “We can provide the carrot, but we need local authorities to provide the stick. And to be blunt, that does mean positive discrimination in favour of the bus and against the private car. There are many examples where we can see that working. “I appreciate it is very easy for us to say that, and it’s not necessarily an easy decision for any local authority to take. But where it works, it works remarkably well.” Committee members had invited Mr Eggleton and David Reeves, director at D&G, to the meeting to discuss the challenges facing their companies, and to say how the council could encourage bus use. Read More’It scared me to death’ – Motorists share their horror stories of being targeted by stone-throwing ‘morons’ on these Stoke-on-Trent roads Stoke-on-Trent has seen the second fastest decline in bus use in the country since 2010. The number of passengers using First Potteries has fallen from 19 million a year in 2013 to 14 million. Mr Eggelton said a number of factors were behind this decline, including the complete loss of subsidies, people’s changing travel habits, and the availability of cheap parking. But he suggested cities such as Nottingham, where bus operators receive £4.3 million in council subsidies and parking charges are used to deter car use, proved that further decline was not inevitable. Mr Eggleton said: “Nottingham have some very brave politicians, and they introduced a workplace parking levy. Any employer who has 12 parking spaces or more pays a levy. First Potteries managing director Nigel Eggleton “Income from that has been one of the things which has enabled them to fund their small tram network. “Parking charges in the city are set to deter the use of the car, which was a political decision, as it was many years ago when I was working in Oxford. Today in Oxford, £25 to park your car in the city centre for the day is one hell of an incentive to use the bus.” Read MoreLatest Stoke-on-Trent City Council News Both First and D&G are opposing plans to remove five bus lanes across the city, which council leaders say will improve traffic flow. The operators say bus lanes are vital, as they help improve reliability and give buses a rare advantage over cars. Mr Eggleton told committee members that First currently had up to eight buses it needed simply in order to deal with congestion in North Staffordshire. He suggested that if this prolem was tackled, the money First saved could be spent in partnership with the city council. Hanley’s crumbling paving slabs Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailBus operators say higher parking charges could help boost public transport use in Stoke-on-Trent. Bosses at First Potteries and D&G have called for ‘positive discrimination’ – in favour of buses and against private cars – to reverse the current decline in bus use. Nigel Eggleton, managing director of First Potteries, told city councillors that ‘onerous’ parking charges in places such as Nottingham and Oxford, combined with other measures, had succeeded in getting people out of their cars and onto buses. It currently costs £13 to park for eight hours in a Nottingham city centre multi-storey car park, compared to £5.70 for a full day at John Street multi-storey in Hanley. The operators, which were giving evidence to the city renewal overview and scrutiny committee, say other pro-bus measures such as bus lanes would also make public transport more attractive. Police search for missing woman Plans to build 500 homes in city The committee heard a workplace parking levy helps fund Nottingham’s tram network (Image: Joseph Raynor) Mr Reeves also backed the idea of a partnership with the city council, and said that ‘kick-start’ funding could help the company try out new routes. He said: “At D&G we react quickly, but we haven’t got deep pockets, services need to pay quite quickly – I can’t afford to run them for a great period of time. “How councils can help is to provide some kick-start funding. That’s what used to happen back in the day – we’ll try a route, get some kick-start funding, so it meant you could experiment further.” Read MorePolice issue update on Megan Newton’s cause of death as murder inquiry continues The committee was told that Bentilee had seen the biggest drop in bus use, possibly due to residents’ lack of disposable income. But Alan Joinson, chairman of East Bentilee Residents’ Association, does not believe raising parking charges would encourage more bus use. He said: “If they made parking charges higher I don’t think more people would get the bus. If a family with two or three kids were going to Hanley, it would be cheaper for them to get a taxi, rather than paying for the bus. “What I think they could do is offer cheaper tickets during times when they’re not as busy, like £2 or £3 when it’s quiet.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) has announced the opening of Le Méridien Panama, the European rooted hotel brand’s first property in Central America. Set in the heart of Panama’s cosmopolitan capital city, Le Méridien Panama, owned by developers Bern Hotels & Resorts Panama, is a modern, contemporary building located on the edge of the Bay of Panama, boasting spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama City skyline. Surrounded by the intimate cafes and chic galleries of Panama City’s vibrant Uruguay Street, Le Méridien Panama is within the city’s financial district and a short distance from Panama City’s major tourism attractions, such as the Panama Canal, considered one of the “Eight Wonders of the Modern World.”“We take pride in this new hotel in Panama, as the property will be a key hotel for international travelers interested in exploring the modern and diversified culture of Panama,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “The pipeline of Le Méridien hotels in Latin America has a focus on city centre hotels and resorts in leisure destinations to complement the brand’s footprint worldwide.”“We are honored to open the first Le Méridien hotel in Central America and look forward to being part of the brand’s development into a contemporary lifestyle brand,” said Glen Champion, VP for Bern & Hotels and Resorts Panama.Designed by renowned Panamanian architect Ignacio Mallol, Le Méridien Panama features a jaw-dropping double height entry with an overturned glass pyramid that reflects vibrant colors throughout the sleek black granite lobby. Offering 111 guestrooms, including 29 suites, the hotel also has 4,000 square feet of function space ideal for corporate meetings and events as well as intimate social affairs. In addition, Le Méridien Panama features a signature restaurant, Latitudes, by Panamanian Chef Anibal Chiari, a contemporary fusion concept of international cuisine that can seat 75 guests, including a communal table and private dining room. Latitudes also offers Le Méridien signature breakfast, which includes reinvented favourites with components developed by three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Coffee Culture, a global program developed in partnership with illy caffè. The hotel also offers spa treatments in the Sensory Spa by Clarins with six treatment rooms and a fully-equipped fitness center and outdoor pool and terrace, overlooking the Bay of Panama.“Le Méridien Panama marks a milestone in Le Méridien’s global re-launch and transformation into a lifestyle brand as we open in Central America for the first time and celebrate our 15th new Le Méridien hotel since Starwood acquired the Le Méridien brand in November 2005,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and W Hotels Worldwide. “Le Méridien‘s vision is to transform the functional and transactional driven hotel experience into an emotional connection with our guests, delivering a new perspective through art and cuisine, the brand’s passion points, in a relevant way in order to attract a new, aspirational audience – the creative mind.”Le Méridien Panama showcases the newly introduced global Le Méridien arrival experience, curated by international arts provocateur Jérôme Sans, the hotel brand’s cultural curator since 2006, and developed together with members of the LM100, Le Méridien’s family of cultural innovators. Le Méridien arrival experience, designed to make the first ten minutes of the guest’s stay memorable, consists of four signature elements, including the transitional portal, which is a visual and audio “wall” of art and sound at the entrance of the hotel that engulfs each guest to reset their minds, leaving the outside world behind for the world of Le Méridien; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART™ program, which features an artist designed key card collection that not only offers access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers; and lastly, the elevated experience, which transforms the event of riding an elevator into an “elevating experience” through sound.At Le Méridien Panama the hotel’s transitional portal has been developed by artist and LM100 Member Younès Rahmoun. His role within LM100 originated when he was engaged by Le Méridien brand to create the art pieces, entitled “Zahara 77 Flowers,” “Nisf Sahâba” (Half Cloud) and “Sahâba / Massar” (Cloud / Rangelands) for various Le Méridien transitional portals around the world. The exclusive keycards at Le Méridien Panama, part of the UNLOCK ART program, have been created by American artist Sam Samore and provides guests with access to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), one of Panama’s largest cultural and design institutions. The scent at Le Méridien Panama has been developed by LM100 members Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot from Le Labo, an innovative perfume company from New York, and the 24-hour music piece of the transitional portal and elevated experience has been created by LM100 member, musician and composer Henri Scars Struck. In addition, Le Méridien Panama has engaged local Panamanian artist Igor Kourany to curate artwork throughout the hotel, including a large piece at the entrance titled “Sky Dancers” that reflects the fiery colors and vibrant urban landscape of Panama City.www.lemeridien.com
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