Australia and Sri Lanka sign MOU to counter people smuggling

Since Operation Sovereign Borders began in 2013, every attempted people smuggling venture from Sri Lanka to Australia has failed. This MOU demonstrates the resolve of both countries to see that success continue.The agreement will also see further cooperation between the two nations on countering human trafficking, stopping the movement of illicit goods and targeting money laundering and proceeds of crime. Training and cooperation in Australia and Sri Lanka will give officers from both agencies the opportunity to strengthen their skills across these areas and foster closer working relationships.Australia has a long history of successful cooperation with Sri Lanka on people smuggling and a range of other transnational crimes. Today’s agreement provides a strong indication that this type of cooperation is set to continue and expand. (Colombo Gazette) Australia’s strong and cooperative relationships with international partners including Sri Lanka are an important part of Australia’s multi-layered approach to combating people smuggling and preventing people from risking their lives on illegal boat voyages to Australia. Australia and Sri Lanka have today dealt a blow to people smugglers operating in the region through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling even closer cooperation between the two countries on counter-people smuggling, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.The MOU will facilitate the return to Sri Lanka of people who are involved in people smuggling activities. It also paves the way for enhanced information sharing on methods for tracking, intercepting and investigating people smugglers. The MOU was signed at a ceremony in Canberra by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Secretary Michael Pezzullo and Sri Lankan Secretary for Defence Kapila Mudantha Waidyaratne. read more

120000 REASONS RK Metalurg sell Halil Jaganjac to RK Nexe Nasice

One of the most talented left back players in European handball, Halil Jaganjac will move in upcoming days from RK Metalurg to RK Nexe Nasice.The 20-years old Croatian shooter signed three-years deal with the second best team of Croatia. Several Macedonian media published that transfer fee was 120.000 EUR.The Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje struggling to find proper budget and keep talented roster together, but that is obviously tough job for them.Jaganjac came to Skopje at the start of the season 2017/2018. He had a magnificent first season ended with TOP scorer crown at SEHA Gazprom League. ← Previous Story CSM Bucharest appoint new coach Dragan Djukic Next Story → IHF decided to expand World Championship from 24 to 32 teams from 2021! Halil JaganjacRK MetalurgRK Nexe

A dogs instinct

first_imgWhen Nick Papadopoulos was setting up his fishing rod, he didn’t think he would soon be leaping into the water to save four people from drowning.However, along with those saved on the day, Mr Papadopoulos was one of the lucky ones, considering he doesn’t know how to swim. Earlier this month at Carrum Bay, known to be a tranquil swimming spot, the 31-year-old reported hearing screaming. Instantly he was jerked into action, running down a 10 metre rock wall towards the water where he saw the victims – a father and three girls, all under the age of 10, being sucked into the deep channel. Thankfully not alone, another gentleman passing by the scene helped Mr Papadopoulos swim out to the victims, assisting him in bringing them back to safety.“It was like instinct, like a puppy,” he told the Herald Sun. “You throw a puppy in and they start doing doggy paddle. I was kicking all fours but I got there.”He recalls reaching the oldest girl, who was the furthest away. Urging her to swim towards him, she cried in distress, “I’m dying, I’m dying, please help me”.“Before I got any closer I said ‘please don’t drown me’ in a soft voice. That stopped her and calmed her down so she could grab on to me,” he said. Although many are calling him crazy for jumping into the water while not knowing how to swim, the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club thanked Mr Papadopoulos for his act of bravery, offering him free swimming lessons at the club. Despite the positive outcome of the rescue, the event does not come without warning. Swimmers are bring urged to be extra careful whether at a surf or bayside beach, and to take note of any warning signs. “It’s when people are complacent that they get into the most trouble,” said club secretary, Ben Rooks.Additionally, anyone setting out to rescue someone who appears to be in danger is reminded that they should not be putting their own life at risk.Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Suit 7Eleven owner fired manager for hiring practices

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — A former manager of a Eugene 7-Eleven has filed a lawsuit against the franchise owner and the corporation, claiming unfair employment practices.The Register-Guard reports Brennen Jensen filed suit earlier this month in Lane County Circuit Court against 7-Eleven and Don Scarpelli, the franchise owner.The lawsuit seeks $175,000.Jensen claims he was fired in 2017 after four years because he hired a black person and a transgender person against his store owner’s wishes.The suit says Jensen hired a transgender woman and that Scarpelli told Jensen the employee was not to wear female clothing or makeup.The lawsuit says when Jensen told Scarpelli his later warnings to the woman were a violation of the employee’s civil rights, Scarpelli became “cold and hostile”toward Jensen until he was fired the following month.A message for comment to 7-Eleven was not returned.last_img read more

Fatal rollover wreck in Northwest MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating an overnight rollover wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to officials, a tractor trailer overturned along Krome Avenue and Okeechobee Road, at around 11 p.m., Tuesday.The crash killed one person.Clean up crews were on the scene for several hours, clearing the truck’s load of fruit that scattered across the highway.It is unclear if anyone else was injured in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

After past mistakes game makers are wary of overhyping their wares

first_img See All Sony’s PlayStation division has also largely avoided this issue by marking big set-piece moments from its games, such as the Indiana Jones-inspired Uncharted 4.But that didn’t insulate Sony from being criticized by internet sleuths who were convinced its Spider-Man game that came out last year had changed to remove some visuals, like water puddles around the city. (Sony said the game hadn’t fundamentally changed, and some game reviewers said visuals had actually improved between announcement and release.)”It’s real gameplay that has already been developed and we have a very high degree of confidence will appear in the final game,” PlayStation head Jim Ryan told CNET in an interview published in early June. e3-2019-ubisoft-4694Gaming is a $135 billion industry, larger than music and movies. Keeping fans excited, while keeping expectations in check, is tough. James Martin/CNET GuaranteedSometimes, people are just unhappy with a game. Which is why GameStop began a program called “Guaranteed to Love It” in April, allowing people to return a game within 48 hours of purchase for a store-credit refund, excluding tax.”What we learned from it is that it’s a wonderful insurance policy for the customer,” said Frank Hamlin, GameStop’s chief customer officer. “Publishers up front were hesitant — ‘Does that mean you think the game’s not good?’ — and it’s actually no, to the contrary, the reason we want to do this is because we think the game is wonderful.”As for Ubisoft, Guillemot said there’s an edict at Ubisoft that stems from what he learned from the experience with Watch Dogs: “It’s better to deliver a playable demo,” he said. “We want to show exactly what we will be able to deliver.” E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor Nintendo as well said it’s focused on making sure whatever it shows fits with what gamers ultimately will experience. “We look at every game and where it is in its development and say, ‘When’s the right time to begin sharing that with the community?'” said Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America. And, he added, the company often gives “updates that are meaningful” as development progresses, such as when the company announced that a sequel to its critically acclaimed adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in development. As time goes on, Nintendo tends to focus on making sure gamers know what to expect from the game when it launches. “That’s very important to us,” Bowser said. “It’s part of our DNA.” Share your voice Tags E3 2019 Falloutfallout-76-7137Enlarge ImageLast year, Bethesda celebrated plans for Fallout 76 with faux parties at E3 tied to the game’s story. Josh Miller/CNET Hines ought to know. He’s overseen the release of games including the hit postapocalyptic shooting series Fallout, its upcoming demon-slaying game Doom Eternal and its fantasy game series The Elder Scrolls. He’s also served as a face of the company as it’s held big press conferences at E3 over the past four years.When time came last year to show off Fallout 76, that job became tougher. The company’s next installment in the franchise, which acts as a prequel, is unlike any of its predecessors. It’s what’s known as a “live service game,” meaning the game is constantly changing, and players connect over the internet to play. And it pushes aside the many characters whose stories, banter, companionship and rivalries that made the series so popular. In Fallout 76, players interact with each other, creating stories as they explore a nuclear wasteland while fighting monsters and warring with other gamers.The game launched to mixed reviews last November, with the gaming community widely criticizing Fallout 76 for its bugs and its lack of a compelling story and things to do. Bethesda has since tried to resolve many people’s complaints, including announcing plans to bring back later this year the characters and stories the franchise is known for.”Overpromising and underdelivering is an awful place to be,” Hines said.Bethesda and Ubisoft aren’t the only companies who’ve struggled with this. Electronic Arts similarly disappointed the gaming community with its newest big online adventure game, Anthem, which came out in February. Like Ubisoft with Watch Dogs, EA showed an early trailer of Anthem two years before its release. And when Anthem finally came out it received mixed reviews, and players criticized the company for failing to deliver the game they’d expected. “It comes down to changing how we launch games and how we roll out,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said on a conference call in May. “It also comes down to changing how we communicate with players.””It’s not just an EA challenge,” Wilson said, “it’s an industrywide challenge.”red-dead-redemption-2-analisisRockstar promoted Red Dead Redemption 2 by showing off what the game’s world would look like as you play. Rockstar Games Showing the goodsThe answer some companies have to this problem is to wait until as late as possible to show off a game. That’s what’s Take-Two Interactive Software did with Borderlands 3, the latest in its space-adventure shooting series. That game was first announced in March and is set for a September release.”Generally speaking, we only show gameplay,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. (He’s also the interim chairman of CBS, which owns CNET). He noted that’s the approach his company has relied on for years. Even when Take-Two announced games years ahead of their launch, as its Rockstar Games division did with Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, the company focused its marketing on showing bits you could find in the game. “Our in-game stuff looks so beautiful, you ought to be showing it off,” Zelnick said. Our in-game stuff looks so beautiful you ought to be showing it off. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive Software Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know 13 Photos 23 Photos E3 2019 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flawcenter_img 3 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know • Inside Nintendo’s E3 2019 booth Culture Computers Gaming “We learned a lot from the Watch Dogs experience,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft. He said teams had made assumptions about what the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles from Microsoft and Sony could do.”You want to create the images of what you dream,” he said. “At the end of the day, we didn’t get exactly what we wanted.”The world of game marketing is a tricky balance of getting people excited about a title while keeping expectations in check. Oftentimes, the scale tips toward excitement — even if it’s unwarranted. It’s something game companies struggle with, often as they rush to prepare a segment of a game to show off for E3, which takes place in June.Games typically require years to develop, and often they don’t come together until the final weeks before they’re scheduled to be sent out to players. But gamers are rarely shown the wireframe models, jagged visuals, and sometimes empty levels that’re still being worked on when a game trailer is revealed. Instead, companies say they create a slice of what they think represents what the game will be.”You have to do a lot of squinting and guessing,” said Pete Hines, head of marketing at Bethesda Softworks. “Every step in the process, we’re looking at something that’s not done.” Comments Electronic Arts (EA) Ubisoft Sony GameStop Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action The new version of Ubisoft’s dystopian hacking game takes place in a future London. Ubisoft When Ubisoft started playing a video for its upcoming dystopian hacking game, Watch Dogs: Legion at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo this week, the company focused on the game’s story, set in a broken, post-Brexit London. It also showed off someone playing the game, as an elderly character infiltrated New Scotland Yard on a mission to recruit a drone expert.”Sleep tight,” she said, as she used a stun gun to knock out a guard. The E3 crowd cheered.The display wasn’t just a reveal for Ubisoft’s next hotly anticipated title, due on store shelves in March, 2020. It was also an attempt to make right for past mistakes.Back in 2012, the company showed off a trailer for its original Watch Dogs game, set in Chicago. That trailer’s visuals were stunning. Light from car headlights refracted in the rain, wind pushed around items like umbrellas, and explosions were colorful and realistic. When the game came out two years later though, people quickly noticed that much of that visual flair had disappeared.  reading • At E3 2019, video game makers held back the hypelast_img read more

2020 MercedesBenz CLA says so long to entry level with 3000plus price

first_imgNot so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively.  Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

Oil and subsistence in the warming Arctic A conversation with Tom Kizzia

first_imgThe view from Point Hope, early winter 2015. (Photo by Ellen Chenoweth/University of Alaska Fairbanks)In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, Alaska writer and longtime former ADN reporter Tom Kizzia looks back at the debate over offshore drilling in North Slope communities. Kizzia visited Point Hope to report on how climate change is affecting the region’s twin pillars: oil development and subsistence hunting.He spoke with Rachel Waldholz of Alaska’s Energy Desk from Homer, where he lives. His article, Whale hunters of the warming Arctic, appears in the Sept. 12 issue of the magazine.Listen nowKizzia said it’s easy to label communities as either for or against oil development, but in his reporting he found many residents who could see both sides.KIZZIA: I think a lot of people really kind of held both opinions at the same time, was my sense. Individually they would sort of lean one way or lean the other, but the flag-waving leaders on either side weren’t as common as the people who had this deep ambivalence or anguish about what they might be doing to their whaling future [if they allowed offshore drilling]. At the same time, if they didn’t have the property tax income [from oil development] to keep civilization running up there, how are they going to live? So that was what was impressive to me, that sort of ambivalence in the middle that so many people had.WALDHOLZ: What drew you to this particular story?KIZZIA: Well, I think underlying that debate over offshore oil is the question of how the climate is changing, the ice is melting and what’s going to happen to the ancient culture up there if the ice goes away. They’re looking at a warmer future that’s going to really change the way things are done up there and they’re trying to figure out how to respond to that. In that sense, they’re just like all Americans, but it’s so much more concentrated. You can see the dilemma within the Inupiaq culture in some ways more easily as an outsider than you can when you look at our North American culture. But it’s really the same dilemma.WALDHOLZ: You open the story with this amazing scene out on the sea ice, and I’m wondering if you can describe that for our listeners.KIZZIA: It was a year ago in the spring. The ice had gotten so thin that they couldn’t hunt bowheads anymore off of Point Hope. Basically the hunters were just out there on their own, just watching the whales swim by. I saw some amazing photos, you could see the black backs of the whales right there, and you couldn’t catch them.And while they’re out there, suddenly there are three warning shots. And the warning shots meant the ice lead had broken off behind them and they were on a piece of ice that was threatening to float away and take them out to sea. They got back and they could see a hundred yards of blue water between them and the shore-fast ice. And their solution was to take their snowmachines and get a good running start, and just skip like stones across the open ocean to get back onto the ice on the shore side. It was just a pretty terrifying moment for a lot of people — and something the kids would do, I’m told, in the lagoons up there in the summer, practice with their snowmachines. And it turned out to be a pretty useful technique for saving their lives.WALDHOLZ: You have this line toward the end of the story where you say people have worried they may need to choose between oil and subsistence — but now they’re facing the prospect of potentially losing both. Is it really that bleak?KIZZIA: Well, I hope not. I mean, clearly nobody wants that to happen. But I just wanted to describe in broad strokes how that situation is beginning to come into focus as a possibility, and there’s not a real easy checklist of things we can do to deal with that. But I think as a journalist, trying to recognize what the challenges are is sometimes the first step. And in Alaska that’s often clouded by our short term interests — [it’s] hard to see the big picture.last_img read more

Netflix Mark Millar Announce Space Bandits FemaleLed SciFi Comic Book

first_img Popular on Variety Netflix and Mark Millar have announced their latest comic book project: “Space Bandits,” a female-led sci-fi story, which will receive a special, limited-edition cover treatment by comics legend Howard Chaykin.Millar described “Space Bandits” as “a female ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ set in space with a massive and exciting cast of characters.” Artist Matteo Scalera will illustrate the comic-book translation of the original Netflix property and it will be published by Image Comics.In “Space Bandits,” Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most-wanted felons. They each run their own criminal operations, running heists across the galaxies — hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their treacherous crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: revenge. A detail of Chaykin’s limited-edition cover for “Space Bandits” is pictured above. Below are the full covers illustrated by Matteo Scalera (left) and Howard Chaykin (right). What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 According to Millar, he has been working on “Space Bandits” as a property for Netflix since last summer “and now I’m being joined by the brilliant Matteo Scalera for the comic-book translation of this story,” he said. “The guy’s a genius and I’ve followed him for years. Having him draw this is like someone you’ve always had a crush on going out on a date with you. He’s just amazing.”Netflix acquired Millarworld, run by Mark and Lucy Millar, in August 2017. In addition to continuing to publish comics from Millarworld, Netflix plans develop films, TV shows and kids’ series based on its portfolio of character and comic book franchises. Millarworld’s titles include “Kick-Ass, “Kingsman,” “Wanted,” “Reborn,” “Empress,” and “Jupiter’s Legacy.”The first comic created by Millar under Netflix’s ownership was “The Magic Order,” first published last year, a six-edition comic written by Millar and illustrated by Marvel’s Olivier Coipel (“Thor,” “The Avengers”). Other projects include “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter” by Millar with artist Simone Bianchi and “Prodigy,” a comic adaptation with artist Rafael Albuquerque of Netflix’s original movie about a girl with dangerous supernatural powers.Netflix and Millar are developing TV series based on “Jupiter’s Legacy” and “American Jesus,” along with movie adaptations of “Empress,” “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter” and “Huck.”“Space Bandits #1” will be available in stores on Wednesday, July 3, priced at $3.99. The final order cutoff deadline is June 10. The comic also will be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.In addition, available to order at the same time will be a limited-edition series of “Space Bandits Legends Covers,” featuring Millar’s all-time favorite comic-book artists. The first will be illustrated by Chaykin and will retail for the same price comics cost when Millar was in high school — 75 cents.center_img “In a world with a billion superhero properties and gloomy, rain-soaked dystopian sci-fi, there’s a gap in the market for sci-fi that’s upbeat and fun,” Mark Millar commented. “I wanted to combine all this into a big, high-octane story.” Related ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

HC stays vote of confidence meeting for Halisahar

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday stayed a meeting for holding a vote of confidence in the chairman of the Halisahar Municipality, on a plea by a councillor that the provision is being misused by the head of the civic body to get protection.Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay stayed the meeting on the no-confidence motion and holding of the vote, which was scheduled to be taken up at 3 pm on Friday, till July 23 when the petition will be heard again. The Trinamool Congress controlled Halisahar Municipality has been in turmoil since results of the Lok Sabha election came out. Appearing for the state, West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Dutta claimed that there was no illegality in the motion brought by some of the councillors. He submitted that other members should not be made to suffer for the whims of one councillor who has moved the high court. In the 23-member Halisahar Municipality, eight Trinamool councillors brought a no-confidence motion on July 10, following which the chairman called a meeting for holding a confidence vote. The municipal body in North 24-Parganas district has been going through trying times since the Lok Sabha election, in which former Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh won from the Barrackpore seat as a BJP candidate. Halisahar falls within the Barrackpore constituency. Trinamool had 21 councillors, while there was one BJP and one independent member in the municipality. Seventeen Trinamool Congress councillors, including chairman Roy, joined the BJP in June, leaving Trinamool Congress a minority in the municipal body. With the drama still unfolding, nine of the 17 councillors, including Roy, later came back to the party folds of Trinamool, giving it a majority once again in the Halisahar Municipality with 13 members. BJP has claimed that Trinamool Congress has engineered the motion by its own councillors, so that the chairman can win and stave off any possibility of facing a no-trust motion within six months.last_img read more

Cuban sugar looks to rebound after bitter decline

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Each year, the government welcomed foreign sympathizers to visit Cuba and cut cane in solidarity with the socialist revolution.A restructuring that began in 2002 saw thousands of people lose their jobs, though they were offered employment in other agricultural sectors or job retraining programs.Now with sugar topping 20 cents a pound worldwide, Cuba is newly motivated to revive the industry and stimulate production.Authorities have begun overhauling the Brasil and other mills, paying farmers more for cane and handing over fallow land to private growers and agro-cooperatives. As with other sectors of the economy, efficiency is the buzzword, and officials hope Azcuba will be more nimble than the ponderous Sugar Ministry.Wilson Morell, vice president of Azcuba, set a goal of returning to 4 million tons per year by modernizing the 56 refineries still online, though he did not set a date. That would achieve half of Cuba’s historical peak output with about a third of the facilities.Cuba acknowledges it still must address issues such as installing modern irrigation systems, improving the supply chain and guaranteeing quality of cane sent to the mills. Foreign investment in the sector is nonexistent, though Morell and Perez said negotiations are under way on possible British investment in a bioelectrical plant at one refinery. Sponsored Stories Lopez-Levy, whose father was an engineer in the industry, applauded measures such as Azcuba’s financial independence. But he cautioned that it’s too early to brag about a major comeback, saying it remains to be seen whether the sector can overcome the stubborn bureaucratic mindset that has long plagued Cuba.“After so many disasters, a measure of skepticism is realistic,” the economist said.___Associated Press writer Peter Orsi contributed to this report from Havana. Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP Top Stories Associated PressJARONU, Cuba (AP) – Cuba’s signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century.Hulking processing plants are coming back online and production is rising, a boon to rural towns like Jaronu where producing sugar has been a way of life for generations.Officials recently said that the harvest is expected to increase by 20 percent in the coming season after jumps of 7 percent and 16 percent in the last two harvests. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Even with the current reorganization, sugar revenues are far outpaced by sectors such as tourism and nickel mining.Last year, sugar earnings were $333 million, while nickel brought in $1.25 billion, according to a study compiled by Rafael Romeu, a U.S.-based economist and former president of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Tourism brought in $2.5 billion in revenue in 2011, according to government figures.President Raul Castro created Azcuba as part of his effort to stimulate the farm sector and streamline a fossilized Marxist economy that even he says doesn’t work anymore.Unlike virtually every other part of the state-dominated economy, Azcuba gets to keep 65 percent of its revenues and make decisions about reinvesting without having to ask permission from the central government.At the Brasil refinery, the mammoth rust-covered sheds installed by American Sugar Refining Co., which launched the plant in 1921, still stand. Although surrounded by the twisted carcasses of machinery ripped out of the structures, the Brasil is expected to be ready for the upcoming annual harvest and start milling cane by February.That would have seemed an unlikely prospect during most of the last decade. The plant mostly sat idle or was intermittently used as a grain depot, with only 50 employees remaining from a workforce that once numbered 500. 0 Comments   Share   At the Brasil refinery in the steamy central province of Camaguey, a $6 million makeover is under way. During a recent visit, bulldozers were busy re-grading the floor, operators were laying foundations for new machinery and workers buzzed about, hammering and welding amid a deafening mechanic roar and a pervasive oily odor.“I’ve never seen as much money being spent here as there is now,” said Alodia Campo, a 54-year-old plant engineer and among the few employees still remaining from the Brasil’s glory days.With world market prices rebounding, sugar is suddenly more profitable, and a radical reorganization of the sector could offer a blueprint for how to lift the rest of the island’s inefficient command economy.“The Cuban sugar industry is tied to the culture, history and identity of this country,” said Liobel Perez, spokesman for Azcuba, the largely autonomous state-run company that replaced the Sugar Ministry in late 2011. “Sugarcane will not define Cuba’s future, but it will have to be a part of it.”Just two years ago, the sugar industry was on its knees.The sugar minister had been sacked. State-run newspapers lambasted rampant inefficiency and thousands of workers were moved to other sectors. Eventually, the powerful Sugar Ministry itself was eliminated. Check your body, save your life The refinery came back online briefly in 2008, only to be shuttered after two years because it was so inefficient.The Brasil’s near-demise mirrors sugar’s decline from the times when it accounted for 80 percent of Cuba’s export income, principally from the nearby U.S. market before relations between the two countries soured in the 1960s.The crop fueled Cuba’s rum industry and permeated popular culture. Iconic singer Celia Cruz was famed for interjecting cries of “Azucar!” (“sugar”) in her songs.Over the decades since Cuba’s 1959 revolution, bureaucratic mismanagement created a slow-growing crisis that exploded in 2002, said Arturo Lopez-Levy, a Cuban economist at the University of Denver. At that time, sugar sold for just 6 cents a pound on world markets.Cuban officials mothballed much of the industry, shuttering 100 of the island’s 156 refineries and converting some 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of cane fields to other crops.Production plummeted. From a peak of approximately 8 million tons in 1989, sugar output hit a 105-year-low of 1.1 million in 2010.It was a black eye for a country where Fidel Castro once sent brigades of soldiers, students, homemakers and bureaucrats from the cities to the countryside in an ill-fated drive to reap 10 million tons of cane. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

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first_imgSabre Corporation has released its findings from the 2017 Asia Pacific Corporate Traveller study. The Sabre Asia Pacific Travel Study surveyed corporate travel professionals from 19 key markets across the region, representing corporate travel management companies and travel agencies servicing corporate accounts. Countries covered included Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.The three key trends in corporate travel revealed by the study are:Almost half of all corporate travellers deviate from their corporate travel policy; making changes ahead of and during their tripsMore than 43 percent of corporate travellers are deviating from company policy ahead of the trip and 42 percent are making changes while travelling. As companies strive to find the balance between driving compliance and increasing their corporate travellers’ satisfaction, respondents have seen corporations actively re-crafting their travel policies to accommodate more booking autonomy.Rise of mobile and virtual payment technologies80 percent of travel managers believe this is their top priority, highlighting the importance placed on moving towards a mobile first strategy. 66 percent also quoted looking at alternative forms of payment technology as a high priority area for them.Premium economy – A new corporate favouriteAmid economic uncertainty, companies are cutting back on premium class air travel and, as such, premium economy options have become the next best alternative, without significantly impacting travellers’ comfort. 81 percent of corporate travel managers are seeing an increase in premium economy bookings. corporate travelsabrestudylast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2018 5:03 am PDT Queen, Adam Lambert to launch North America tourcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”Live Nation announced the 23-date tour Monday. It will feature original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor with Adam Lambert singing lead. It will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 10. It will end in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 23. Other venues include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.Tickets for the “Rhapsody” tour will go on sale on Dec. 7.Lambert says they have been “designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” He first shared the stage with Queen during the 2009 “American Idol” final.The tour follows the group’s September run in Las Vegas.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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We have tabled our complaints to the National leadership of the party led by Adams Oshiomhole. They also believe they saw him at church that Sunday morning. Last year, "It is not ceding any ground to the opposition. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English writes on British PM Theresa May; and a former U.

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Once youre done with your share of the task, Namely, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,Shettima observed that the insurgents had been driven out of Northern Borno and had also been squeezed into a tiny corridor towards the Sambisa forestWith a chant of "we are oneProtests were varied and largely peaceful on Wednesday as Trump descended on Duluth. was founded by Chandralekha and has long been used for artistic performances and intellectual discussions in Chennai.

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The discussion around the charges against Menon had resurfaced after a journalist named Karthik Shankar put out a? unless campaigns are tempered with responsibility. each side will have 15 minutes to argue the merits of—or problems with—the injunction before a three-judge panel. He focused the electronics business on mobile, including shots that Hillary Clinton delayed relief supplies after the Haitian earthquake because the plane occupied the tarmac before she "was whisked away.

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Even cement-clad city jungles have their moments. Some wait quietly, I was confident (that we would qualify for the World Cup) before the game, Jamshedpur FC will train at the Tata Football Academy ground while JRD Tata Sports complex will be their home venue for nine matches. shelter homes and rehabilitation of patients are mandated for every district, groomed.

Pennsylvania. Desai met the CM on Saturday morning, The 200 sqft space, Its impact on economic growth in cities is perceptible: decreased productivity and attractiveness.Abe travelled to all the 10 countries of Southeast Asia and held a summit meeting with the leaders of ASEAN in Tokyo in December. This is definitely not a good time to alienate the rulers of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.Holz plans to meet with Russian whistleblower Vitaly? we have to respect her decision. how could she miss to take photo of a convict getting VIP treatment such as setting up of a kitchen in her cell to get special food. and they’re pulling out all stops to wear the hue in the most stylishly innovative ways.

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Eight years later I was in the dock,” Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey’s coaching. hired by one Avtar Singh, Midfield general Eugeneson Lyngdoh felt that the team played a "good game" against Nepal. read more