first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The painting, removed from both its frame and its longtime place of honour in the public galleries, was here in the cautious hands of the museum’s conservators to prepare for a very different kind of encounter. Advertisementcenter_img Propped on a four-wheeled cart and wrapped in clear cellophane, you’d think Peter Paul Rubens’ The Massacre of the Innocents, a visceral masterpiece of epic brutality, might see its impact softened, or at least a little.Think again. “It’s hard to look at, I know,” sighed Sasha Suda, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of European art. On a recent morning in the museum’s conservation department, Suda helped remove the plastic sheeting, revealing the work in all its terrible glory: a burly, naked warrior poised to dash a chubby infant onto the hard stone ground; a mother clawing at another assailant’s face as her own child teetered in her free arm.Even here, in the bright fluorescent glare of the conservation lab’s antiseptic environment, the painting resonated with unrelenting horror. “I’ve always felt like if you poked it the wrong way, it would just explode,” Suda said, pointing towards a knot of fabric and muscle at the painting’s heart. “We’re constantly trying to mitigate the risk of encounter with this work, because it’s so hard for a lot of people.” Sasha Suda, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of European art, admits that Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of the Innocents, circa 1610, is hard to look at. (DEAN TOMLINSON / ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Air Canadaled consortium signs deal to buy Aeroplan program from Aimia

first_imgMONTREAL – An Air Canada-led consortium has reached a $450-million deal to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc., earning plaudits from analysts but leaving questions about Aimia’s future.The group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp., has agreed to pay $450 million in cash and assume the approximately $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The agreement comes weeks after Aimia rejected an earlier offer from the consortium as too low and outlined that it believed $450 million would be a fair price, saying that a number of shareholders were upset with the low offer.The price is up from an initial offer in July of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability that was rejected by Aimia.Aimia shares were up 9.4 per cent at $4.20 in afternoon trading after hitting a 52-week high of $4.60 earlier in the session. Air Canada shares jumped nearly eight per cent to $26.69.Any deal between the consortium and Aimia, which had been seeking out new partners to offset the loss of Air Canada when a current agreement was set to end in 2020, would be a fruitful outcome for all stakeholders, said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine, however, said he was “left wondering how Aimia could trumpet its Plan B strategy with such optimism and yet set a seemingly low Aeroplan value.”The Aeroplan deal is expected to close this fall.The agreement, which is supported by Aimia’s board and Mittleman Brothers, Aimia’s largest shareholder that had previously opposed the lower offer, is subject to shareholder approval and other closing conditions.Mittleman Brothers, which holds a 17.6-per-cent stake in Aimia, defended its acceptance of the deal and suggested a price tag of $1 billion — which it demanded earlier this month — now seemed unfeasible.“We believe that our acquiescence in agreeing to sell Aeroplan for $450M in cash was the best available outcome for all Aimia stakeholders,” the investment firm said in a statement Tuesday.The bid would leave Aimia with more than $1 billion in cash to invest elsewhere, Mittleman Brothers said.Christopher Mittleman, chief investment officer of the New York-based company, bristled earlier this month at a $325-million offer from the consortium, calling it “coercive” and “blatantly inadequate” in an open letter to Aimia’s board.Mittleman recommended on Aug. 6 that Aimia accept no less than $1 billion, “especially not with a gun held to its head by its key commercial partners.”Aimia’s recent Aeroplan partnership agreements with three Canadian airlines — Air Transat, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines — are now up in the air.“Those were perhaps part of the negotiations and trying to build the pressure on getting a transaction,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.Aimia had also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, said the key incentive for Canada’s largest airline is customer data that can be used to encourage more member spending.“Every time a member of the loyalty program goes to make a purchase and taps or swipes that card, he or she would earn points — however, they will agree to give away the information,” Forgacs said. “They will know where I was, what I bought, how much I spent.”Earlier this month, Aimia management said in a conference call it has considered further asset sales and a wind-up of the company. One analyst noted that Aimia could soon resemble a “holding company with limited assets.”Analysts predicted about 1,000 Aeroplan employees — roughly 60 per cent of Aimia’s workforce — would transfer to Air Canada if the deal goes ahead.Aimia’s other assets include a 48-per-cent stake in Aeromexico’s loyalty program, PLM, and a 20-per-cent share of Air Asia’s loyalty program, Think Big.“With the sale of Aeroplan, the focus for Aimia investors will shift to actual net proceeds received from the sale and the company’s subsequent capital redeployment strategy,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds wrote in a report.The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in July, 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.The May 2017 announcement caused Aimia shares to nosedive 63 per cent in one day.Air Canada created Aeroplan as an in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off in 2005 as an independent business under a court-supervised restructuring of the airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer cards that earn Aeroplan points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other rewards.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quote from Air Canada’s CEO to an analyst.last_img read more

Brazilian Costa defends Spain choice

first_imgMadrid- Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa defended his decision to represent Spain rather than his homeland Brazil, claiming it was the right thing to do.The 25-year-old’s choice to play for the world champions was confirmed on Tuesday and Costa is now expected to be named in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for two friendly fixtures in November next week.“It was quite a difficult decision to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything, which is Spain,” he said on Atletico’s website. “I looked at it, weighed it up and the correct thing is to play for Spain because here I have done everything, all that I have in my life and that I have been given has been in this country.“I feel a special love for this country, here I feel very valued for what I do every day and I feel the love of the people.”Costa had also been included in Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s preliminary squad for their two friendlies against Honduras and Chile next month.However, Scolari confirmed on Tuesday that Costa was no longer part of his plans and slammed the player’s decision to “turn his back on the dream of millions.”Costa had represented Brazil twice as recently as March in friendly games against Italy and Russia.However, as he hadn’t played a competitive international he was still able to switch his allegiance to Spain.“I want the people to understand that in no moment was I giving up on Brazil,” he added.“I don’t see it like that. Simply that here I feel very valued and played my whole career.“I have family in Brazil, it is where I was born and where, hopefully, I will live once I stop playing football. I hope that the people understand and respect that.”The demand for Costa’s services from two of the favourites to lift next year’s World Cup represents a huge turnaround in the career of a player that only became a first-team regular at Atletico last season.Although he came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona Esportivo Capela in Sao Paulo, his first professional contract was with Sporting Braga in Portugal, whom he joined in February 2006.After joining Los Rojiblancos in 2007, he was farmed out on loan to Celta Vigo, Albacete, Valladolid and finally Rayo Vallecano.However, on his return to Atletico from Rayo last July, he was imbedded into a side on the up since the arrival of coach Diego Simeone in December 2011.Costa struck up a fine partnership with Radamel Falcao and was the top scorer in the Copa del Rey as Atletico won the competition for the first time in 17 years.This season, with Falcao having left to join Monaco, he has become Atletico’s focal point and leads the league with 11 goals in 10 games, three more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.And he also made a huge impact on his Champions League debut last week with a double, including one sensational solo effort, as Atletico continued their 100 percent record in the competition with a 3-0 win at Austria Vienna.last_img read more

Darfur UNICEF lauds agreement by former rebels to hand over children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the announcement by a former Sudanese rebel faction that it will begin handing over children participating in its armed groups in Darfur.The Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), which is one of the signatories of last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), has indicated that several children attached to its forces in North and South Darfur have been identified, and further formal identification of children will begin next month.“Today we are thankful that for many children in Darfur the process of rebuilding their lives can begin,” said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “Every day these children have been associated with armed groups has been a day of childhood lost.”Today’s announcement comes after months of discussions between UNICEF and SLM/A, and the signing ceremony was officially witnessed by Acting Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Oluseyi Bajulaiye.The agreement obliges the SLM/A to name locations where children are associated with its armed groups in one month, after which the group and the UN will embark on a joint verification project.UNICEF, partnering with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), will assist in helping the children find their families and will participate in community integration programmes. The agency will also train SLM/A field commanders on international children’s rights and protection standards.Demobilized children will also be able to take part in life skills and vocational training schemes and be provided with educational support. During the period of reintegration, social workers will monitor and follow-up up with these youth, UNICEF said.“Today’s agreement with the SLM/A is only the start of the process,” Mr. Chaiban noted. “It will take time for children to be properly identified and appropriate reintegration programmes to be established, but I hope we will now see real efforts to turn this agreement into tangible action for children, and that others will now agree to hand over children that may be attached to their own forces.”Although the exact number of children associated with armed forces and groups in Darfur are unknown, UNICEF estimates that at least 7,000 children in the region are acting as combatants or are in subsidiary roles such as porters, cooks, messengers and bodyguards.“These children are amongst the most vulnerable in Darfur, and they must be given the chance to go home, and take back their childhood,” Mr. Chaiban observed.This January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, and former UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah appealed to both signatories and non-signatories to the DPA to demobilize children.The recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict is outlawed by a number of UN resolutions and by an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Sudan has signed. The country’s draft Armed Forces Act also criminalizes the recruitment of children under the age of 18 into the armed forces. 11 June 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the announcement by a former Sudanese rebel faction that it will begin handing over children participating in its armed groups in Darfur. read more

Students draw on artists graffiti experience

By the time the paint dried, there was a symphony of colour on a once bare area in downtown St. Catharines.Students in Brock University’s Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class course took their learning to the streets in mid-October as they participated in an experiential graffiti exercise behind the St. Catharines Furniture Bank.“The spray can was their violin and the graffiti was their symphony,” said local graffiti artist Mathew Vizbulis, who helped the class complete their public art display.Fourth-year Communications student Sara Gallagher took inspiration from the Centre for Labour Studies while participating in a graffiti project in downtown St. Catharines as part of the Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class course.The second-year Labour Studies course introduced students to hip-hop culture from around the world and the resistance to the status quo that often comes with it.“Graffiti writing, along with rapping, DJing and breakdancing, is one of the four elements of hip hop culture,” said Assistant Professor Simon Black. “In the class, we discuss cities as spaces of inequality, power and resistance. Our week on graffiti examines who has the power to shape public space.” To examine this concept up close, students in the course applied to take part in a hands-on workshop, with successful applicants given the freedom to paint any subject while helping to complete a large-scale graffiti project.Vizbulis worked alongside the students and offered first-hand insight into the hidden culture of resistance they had studied in class.“Because the art form of graffiti is often mystified by the media, people see it as something that only exists in back alleys, and they never meet the people who do it,” he said.Though the students were creating their art legally, on storage crates behind the Furniture Bank with funding from the St. Catharines Downtown Association, they were still able to experience many of the sensations that come with producing graffiti in an urban environment.“It’s cool to do something that is often seen as illegal, legally through your school,” said fourth-year media and communications student Kiyosha Teixeira. “I always wanted to know how people did graffiti. I wanted to learn about what it says and why it’s there because it’s not often taught in art classes.”Teixeira also felt the exercise helped students to become more familiar with their surroundings.“It integrates students with their community,” she said. “It’s provided me with an experience that I would not have had otherwise.Providing diverse experiential opportunities to link students with their community is a key focus of the University’s Experiential Education team.“Brock’s reputation as a leader in experiential education comes from the diversity of opportunities the experiential exercises offer to students,” said Carolyn Finlayson, Experiential Education Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Social Sciences. “Beyond traditional opportunities, such as consulting projects and co-op programs, Brock is also enabling students to grow personally and professionally in their community through creative exhibitions and performances such as this one.”Vizbulis said the exercise went beyond artistic expression and community involvement, also providing practical project-management applications that students could use in their careers.“When you are responsible for the artistic endeavour yourself, you are more modest with your materials,” he said. “You are working in close proximity to others, and you need to think about use of space.”Fourth-year Communications student Sara Gallagher said the experience has helped with her studies and encouraged personal growth.“This is so hands-on,” she said. “We are immersed in the culture of hip hop and that helps us to relate to what we are learning in class. At the same time, we are able to relate to a subsection of society that often isn’t seen in the mainstream and bring it into a positive light.”As the painting project drew to a close, the students’ bright graffiti filled a space that was once grey and allowed everyone involved to reflect on what they had produced.“This was a safe space for us, but we still got a sense of what it’s like to do graffiti when it’s not safe,” said Gallagher.For Vizbulis, the project created a feeling of unity amongst the students as they produced the unique artwork together.“The art project represents the togetherness of a common idea and connects that idea with other people,” he said. “The students who successfully applied to do this got to bring that idea out of themselves while others around them did the exact same thing.”Vizbulis is no stranger to working with Brock University students.In September, he spent time with a third-year Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts class, teaching students about graffiti and hosting an interactive workshop that allowed them to practise painting outside of Rodman Hall Art Centre.Vizbulis’ work will also be featured alongside the artwork of students in an upcoming Rodman Hall show, Colour Constructs, which runs Nov. 30 until March 4. Through his art, he will offer visual comment on Material Girls, another Rodman Hall exhibition that celebrates Canadian and international female artists. Material Girls runs until the end of 2017. read more

Mary Berry was right about putting white wine and cream in her

first_img#maryberry #bolognese ragu ??What’s that…. white wine…..double cream herbs 🙈 that’s breaking every Italian kitchen rule @CookCarluccio 😫— Tracey J Cottrell (@deli_tracey) March 7, 2017 Many tweeted to complain this recipe was unusual at best and not what they expected from the culinary queen.One said on Twitter: “Just watched a cooking programme where Mary Berry put white wine in Bolognese. Turned it off. #shudders.” @alexpreston101 @TelegraphNews Mary Berry is channeling Elizabeth David. 1958 recipe, adds cream, white wine, chicken livers, and bacon.— Sara Browne (@sarabrowne55) March 7, 2017 I love Mary Berry, but white wine in a bolognese sauce? No. It has to be red.— Saffron Buns (@faerynuff) March 6, 2017 Mary Berry’s making a bolognese with “her own special twist”. It’s gin, isn’t it?— Dave Turner (@mrdaveturner) March 6, 2017 White wine and cream in a well-used recipe from book of Italian cooking. Very good it is, too! #MaryBerry #spagbol— Maths Tutor (@TheMathsClass) March 7, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Many old-fashioned Italian cook books recommend adding milk or cream and white wine to a ragu sauce.Marcella Hazan, the late Italian-born chef who revolutionised how Americans cook Italian food, recommended using dairy and white wine in her recipe. She added: “Add the wine, let it simmer until it has evaporated, then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to coat all ingredients well”.In fact, bolognese – or tagliatelle al ragu – is so important to Italy that the region’s Chamber of Commerce asked the Italian Academy of Cooking to come up with an official recipe in 1982. The result was a simple sauce, which only contained beef, pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, white wine and milk.This means the official Italian way to make bolognese is to add white wine and milk (or cream if you’re decadent like Mary Berry). “Dear Mary Berry, this is NOT ragu Bolognese. It’s a nice tomato sauce though,” added another.In response to the cream addition, one viewer said: “Shocked and appalled about Mary Berry adding double cream to her bolognese.”However, others pointed out that her recipe is not unusual. Mary Berry’s “unusual” take on a slow-cooked ragu sauce left some viewers of her new cookery show “shocked and appalled”.While the closest most get to adding dairy to their spag bol is softening onions in butter, and it is thought red wine brings out the flavour of the beef, Mary Berry shocked by sloshing white wine and cream into her recipe.She said during her BBC 2 show Mary Berry Everyday to add wine, “white or red, whatever you’ve got to hand – although I really prefer to add white.” Hazan, often cited as the last word on simple, delicious Italian cookery, wrote in her recipe for bolognese: “Add milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until it has bubbled away completely”.last_img read more

Building a Telegraph air force at the Royal International Air Tattoo

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the defence budget, and how many planes and ships the UK can afford.To try and shed some more light on the subject, The Telegraph sent its Defence and Security correspondent, Dominic Nicholls, on a mission:  to build his very own Telegraph Air Force.So where does one go to do their Air Force shopping?The Royal International Air Show, of course. The US defence secretary told his British counterpart that Washington is “concerned” that the UK’s military power and diplomatic influence is “at risk of erosion”.General Mattis said he wanted the UK to remain America’s “partner of choice” but also said that the French were committed to being “global actors” alongside the US.Mr Williamson has been pushing for extra cash, stepping up his efforts after the NHS was promised a funding boost. Dominic Nicholls tests out some kit Dominic Nicholls tests out some kit This was compounded by a leaked letter from Pentagon chief Jim Mattis to Mr Williamson, which hinted that the special relationship could be under strain unless the UK boosted its defence capability. A row continues to rage in Whitehall between Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and the Prime Minister over defence funding.Mrs May has refused to commit publicly to Britain remaining a “tier one” military power, raising fears in the Ministry of Defence that Britain’s military status could be in jeopardy. Which is why The Telegraph’s defence expert travelled to the Royal International Air Tattoo to learn just how much it costs to build an air force.Watch the video to find out if Dominic managed to stick to budget, even with a discount. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (R), her husband Philip May (C) and Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson attend the national Armed Forces Day celebrations Credit:OLI SCARFF/AFP Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R), her husband Philip May (C) and Britain's Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson attend the national Armed Forces Day celebrations  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Rio to consolidate technology developments with Koodaideri iron ore mine

first_imgRio Tinto says it will develop its most technologically advanced mine following the full approval of a $2.6 billion investment in the Koodaideri iron ore mine in Western Australia.Koodaideri will deliver a new production hub for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business in the Pilbara, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166 km rail line connecting the mine to the existing network.Construction on Koodaideri Phase 1 will start next year with first production expected in late 2021. Once complete, the mine will have an annual capacity of 43 Mt, underpinning production of the company’s flagship iron ore product, Pilbara Blend.Koodaideri Phase 1 will help sustain Rio Tinto’s existing production capacity by replacing depletion elsewhere in the system, Rio says.“The project will increase the higher-value lump component of the Pilbara Blend, subject to market conditions, from the current average of about 35% to around 38%. It is expected to deliver an internal rate of return of 20% and capital intensity of around $60/t of annual capacity, highly competitive for a new mine considering the additional infrastructure of rail spur, airport, camp and road access required,” the company said.The operation has been designed to use an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine, which is expected to be Rio Tinto’s lowest cost contributor to its industry benchmark Pilbara Blend product.“Through the use of digital assets, advanced data analytics and automation, Rio Tinto expects to significantly enhance the operation and maintenance of this new mine,” Rio says.Rio Tinto CEO J-S Jacques said: “Koodaideri is a gamechanger for Rio Tinto. It will be the most technologically advanced mine we have ever built and sets a new benchmark for the industry in terms of the adoption of automation and the use of data to enhance safety and productivity.“As we pursue our value over volume approach, targeted high-quality investments such as Koodaideri will ensure we continue to deliver value for our shareholders and Australians.”The investment is underpinned by an orebody of high-quality Brockman ore more than 20 km long and 3 km wide. This contains some 269 Mt of proven reserves and 329 Mt of probable reserves.In addition to mine infrastructure, an airport, mine support facilities and accommodation for employees will be built. Throughout the construction period Rio Tinto expects to employ over 2,000 people with 600 permanent roles created once the mine is operational.Since completion of the prefeasibility study in 2016, additional capital has been included for productivity enhancements to increase capacity to 43 Mt, from the 40 Mt base case. The project scope was also broadened to incorporate significant safety improvements and the development of additional infrastructure such as an airport and site access roads. Cost inflation for labour and materials also contributed to the capital increase.A $44 million prefeasibility study into Koodaideri Phase 2 has also been approved. The expansion could increase annual capacity from the Koodaideri production hub to 70 Mt and beyond. A final investment decision is subject to study outcomes and Rio Tinto’s value over volume approach, Rio said.Koodaideri will feature technology already in use across Rio Tinto, such as autonomous trucks, trains and drills, and implement systems connecting all components of the mining value chain for the first time.“The development will consolidate everything Rio Tinto has learned from its studies into finding advanced ways to extract minerals while reducing environmental impacts and improving safety, known as the Mine of the FutureTM programme,” the company said.Koodaideri has more than 70 innovations in scope including:A digital replica of the processing plant, accessible in real time by workers in the field;Fully-integrated mine automation and simulation systems;Advanced automation including an automated workshop, and;Numerous data analytics capabilities and control loops to optimise production and reduce downtime.Koodaideri is some 35 km northwest of Rio’s Yandicoogina mine, and about 110 km from the town of Newman in the Pilbara region. The development remains subject to final Western Australian government approval.IM found out more about the Koodaideri development recently, carrying out a Q&A with Matthew Holcz, Managing Director of Planning Integration and Assets of Rio’s iron ore division. This article was featured in the November issue of IM.last_img read more

Greece helps evacuation in Libya

first_imgGreece sent two military transport planes to Libya on Thursday 24 February to assist Greeks seeking to leave the country, which has been taken over by clashes between pro-democracy protesters and the security forces of Colonel Muammar Gadhafi. The Foreign Ministry said the planes would try and evacuate as many as 300 Greeks who are working in Libya. Greeks working in remote parts of the country, such as on building sites, have found it difficult to get to an airport. Although, there are Greeks in Libya who have vowed not to leave the country. The Orthodox Bishop of Tripoli, Theofylaktos, told Kathimerini that some 20 Greek families living in Tripoli were not thinking about leaving. “We are all well and are watching developments with cool heads,” he said, adding that the situation was worse in Benghazi. “The city has been taken over by protesters but the head of the Greek community, which consists of about 100 people, told me that everyone is safe.”Greece is assisting other nationalities flee the country. Just days before, three Greek passenger ships was sent to the turbulent North African country to evacuate various other nationalities, mainly Chinese. There were some 4,500 Chinese oil and construction workers on the ships as Greece continues to help China evacuate up to 15,000 of its citizens.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence Proceedings resume today

first_img Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, Chal Misick, clayton greene, Earlson Robinson, Jeffrey Hall, lilian boyce, Melbourne Wilson, michael misick, quinten hall, ralph thorne, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Evidence will today begin being presented against the men and women accused of abusing their government power and connections to defraud the public purse of the Turks and Caicos of tens of millions of dollars. When the Special Prosecution proceedings wrapped up on the Friday February 5, 2016, Andrew Mitchell laid out that in six years Michael Misick, the former premier managed to spend over $28 million dollars on a lavish lifestyle; and that it was ill gotten monies which he allegedly siphoned from the people of the TCI. The special prosecutor says Misick used his government credit card for personal purchases, and allegedly tried to force TCIG to pay for it…. That he paid school fees for ex-wife LisaRaye’s daughter… that he chartered planes and yachts, allegedly at the expense of the people of the TCI and that he had many companies set up to allegedly launder money. Misick had told media before the holidays in 2015 that he would not take a plea deal in this case because he is completely innocent of all charges.Still, Mitchell painted a very different and compelling picture of Michael Eugene Misick and his colleagues in an opening statement which lasted three weeks. When it came to the ex deputy premier, Mitchell summed up that Floyd and Lisa Hall went from having no declarations once he became a member of parliament to having a whole lot. The former PNP deputy leader is charged with funneling money on deals made while in office through the PNP account to his own; that he got, allegedly, some $1.13 million from government and as Mitchell put it, his spending was inconsistent with his government salary… $700,000 was said to have been his credit card bill alone. When it came to McCallister Hanchell, the former Minister of Lands it was also about drawing the contrast between Hanchell’s beginnings in government and his declarations as a House of Assembly member over time. There were hardly any declaration of assets in the beginning, but that mushroomed as did Hanchell’s personal account and assets over the years. A one million dollar wedding, $1.2 million in credit card spending, a near million dollar house in Chalk Sound and payments from the PNP of $113,000 were all linked to Hanchell by the Special Prosecutor. When it came to Lillian Boyce, the former Health and Education Minister it was about the $1 million cheque her brother, Earlson Robinson received from a North West Point land deal and money she told the SIPT was loaned to her by him and money loaned to Michael Misick by them both. This is the one charge against Boyce, who is alleged to have gained $1.3 million from TCIG and who also never received any payment from the PNP party account. Andrew Mitchell, QC also said Jeffrey Hall benefited from what he called the spoils power as his declarations showed amassing properties and showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits to the former Minister of Housing. This allegedly included a payment from the PNP party, often through the bank account of his wife and an individual named as Charles Hall. Jeffrey Hall, unlike Lillian Boyce did not cooperate with an interview with the SIPT. The Crown charges Chal Misick, attorney brother of Michael Misick with assisting the laundering of money from corrupt and dishonest activities for his brother and others. The SIPT charges that Chal Misick played a leading role, but he too declined to answer any SIPT questions. Still the Crown said Chalmers must have known what he was doing and demonstrated various payments made on behalf of the former premier. Even a chart was created to show the rise of income for Mike Misick.Another attorney, Clayton Greene, who is also former Speaker of the House of Assembly is caught up in a one million dollar transaction linked to the Juniper Hold land deal. Reportedly, Greene, who is Floyd Hall’s first cousin deposited the million dollars to TCI Bank in an account, owed by Quinten Hall, Floyd Hall’s brother. The SIPT charges Greene with money laundering for this action. The final presentation on that final opening statement day related to Melbourne Wilson, also an attorney who did cooperate with an interview but for the most part told the SIPT that he could not remember the finer details of a transaction related to the North West Point Land deal. Wilson described himself as the close friend of Jeffrey Hall; he is answering for allegedly laundering $200,000. When court resumes today, in all that Andrew Mitchell, QC has already laid out – he now says he will provide the evidence to support the allegations against the nine defendants.Ralph Thorne, QC for Michael Misick is due to first give his response to the Opening Statement by Mitchell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trialslast_img read more

Pay growth rate of 09 in last quarter was highest since December

first_imgRegular pay in real terms, namely adjusted for inflation, increased by 0.9% between July to September 2017 and July to September 2018, according to the UK labour market report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This represents the highest pay growth rate since October to December 2016.Matt Hughes, senior statistician at the ONS, said: “With faster wage growth and more subdued inflation, real earnings have picked up noticeably in the last few months.”Regular pay in nominal terms, which is not adjusted for price inflation, increased by 3.2% when comparing the same periods, representing an annual growth rate that has not been higher since October to December 2008.When including bonuses, growth in nominal pay for the same periods was 3%, the highest rate since July to September 2015, while the real-term growth rate of 0.8% is the highest since October to December 2016.Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, in Great Britain was £493 per week in nominal terms for September 2018, compared with £478 per week a year earlier. Average total pay, including bonuses, in nominal terms was £524 per week, up from £510 for a year earlier.Unemployment rose by roughly 21,000 in the third quarter of 2018, according to the ONS report, with the rate now standing at 4.1%.Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the CIPD, said: “The underlying state of the labour market remains strong, despite unusually weak employment growth and the consequent small rise in unemployment.“There was a significant increase in full-time and permanent employment, largely offset by falling self-employment, temporary and part-time work. Regular pay strengthened slightly and, with inflation falling, real pay growth has strengthened significantly.Brinkley added: “If future employment growth continues to fall short of the increase in job seekers, then further modest rises in unemployment can be expected. Much will depend on whether the current economic and business uncertainty over Brexit and the world economy can be reduced in the coming months. Employers can expect to face continued recruitment and retention pressures and need to prioritise workforce planning.”last_img read more

Battioke brings together athletes stars to raise money for a good cause

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Former Miami Heat small forward and two-time champion Shane Battier may not be playing basketball but is still raising money here in South Florida.Battier showed off his moves and let his vocal cords loose at “Battioke,” a karaoke contest that raises money for undeserved future leaders. The “Battier Take Charge Foundation” has raised almost $3.25 million in the past six years.Thursday night’s event was at the Ball and Chain in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and his wife were at “Battioke” and sang a duet from “Grease.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Booze bandits captured taking 1000 worth of liquor in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pair of brazen bandits are on the run after, police said, they stole bottles of alcohol.Officials said the two men broke into Crown Wine and Spirits along Cordova Road and Southeast 17th Street on Aug. 17.They’re accused of shoving several bottles of wine and liquor down their pants before taking off.Authorities estimate $1,000 worth of alcohol was taken by the crooks.If you have any information on this theft, 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.last_img

Universal social pension necessary for older people

first_img.Elderly persons face all sorts of problems as they advance in years. They can be empowered if they are provided with employment or sources of income alongside old age allowance. Their families must also come forward to protect the rights of the elderly.These recommendations were made at a roundtable on ‘Protecting the rights of the elderly: Challenges and opportunities’, held on Wednesday at the Prothom Alo office in Karwan Bazar of the capital city. Prothom Alo organised the roundtable in conjunction with HelpAge International.Country director of HelpAge International Bangladesh, Rabeya Sultana, said with the development of the country’s economy and health services, as well as a fall in infant birth rates, the number of elderly men and women in the country was on a rise. Older people now constituted 8 per cent of the population. She said that Bangladesh was faced with several challenges related to old age.She went on to say that the elderly were faced risks and poverty, loneliness, limited access to government welfare services and discrimination from the state and their families. She recommended a foundation of the aging people as a platform for their social security.Professor of Dhaka University and secretary general of Prabin Hitoishi Sangha Association for the Aged), Atiqur Rahman, told the roundtable that the elderly needed to be cared for with dignity. They were not outsiders of the family. They wanted to speak, but there was no one to listen to them. Yet it was these people who raised their families. He said there were four matters which should be given attention regarding the elderly. These were food and shelter, healthcare, companionship, and individual freedom.Deputy secretary of the social welfare ministry, Khadija Nazneen, said that there were old age homes in six decisions of the country. Each of the homes could accommodate 50 persons. She said there were limitations in the universal pension allowance for the elderly but this would be expanded in the future.Country Manager of Fred Hollows Foundation, Zareen Khair, said economic empowerment could improve the condition of the elderly. They would then be in a position to take decisions in the family.Action on Disability and Development International country director Shariful Islam said the demographic advantage that Bangladesh was facing now would not exist in another 30 years time. It is time to think about how to effectively utilise the older people. They could be given employment rather than allowances.Project manager of HelpAge International Bangladesh, Enamul Huq, said older people should be regarded as assets. They may have physical limitations, but they have experience and knowledge. They can use their experience in assisting with local dangers, climate change challenges and other problems.The roundtable was moderated by Prothom Alo associate Editor Abdul Quayum.last_img read more

Ombudsmans Office opposes hikes in electricity rates for CNFL

first_imgOfficials from theOmbudsman’s Office attended a public hearing at the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) to voice their rejection of two hikes in electricity rates requested by the National Power and Light Company (CNFL).CNFL’s customer base encompasses most of the Greater Metropolitan Area, including San José and parts of Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.The agency filed two rate petitions in March that, if approved, would apply in two stages. A 26.6 percent increase would apply between July 1 and December 31. Starting in January, rates would be 13.75 percent higher than they were before July.The Ombudsman’s Office in a public statement called the hike petition excessive, in relation to the economic situation of most Costa Rican families.“It could also hurt job creation, as the CNFL requested new rates for both households and businesses,” the document states.Funding shortfallThe CNFL argued that it needs the rate hike because it lacks funding for this and the next year, and that the measure would compensate for the purchase of electricity from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.Ombudsman’s Office advisors said at the public hearing that the studies on which the CNFL based its hike requests are deficient. They asked the CNFL to coordinate actions with ARESEP in order to “solve both technical and administrative deficiencies of the tariff study they presented.”The Ombudsman’s Office representatives said that these deficiencies are precisely the reasons why ARESEP rejected similar rate modification requests that the CNFL filed in 2013, 2014 and 2016. They asked the regulating agency to, instead, approve hikes progressively over a longer period of time, in order to reduce the economic impact on clients.ARESEP also received separate requests to dismiss the CNFL petition from the Costa Rican Association of Large Energy Consumers and from the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries. Both groups argued that the requested hikes are excessive and that they would seriously hurt competitiveness.Several companies in recent years closed or relocated their operations in Costa Rica, citing as the country’s high electricity rates as one of the main reasons. Facebook Comments Related posts:Reduced electricity rates this year? Don’t hold your breath Regulator approves decrease in electricity rates Regulator approves decrease in electricity rates for next quarter Electricity rates to go up starting Julylast_img read more

Abdul Hadi Shaikh

first_imgWe love OTM, and now we love it even more because we won the #StartupKnockDown contest that was organised by TravHQ & OTM. The contest was well curated and the panel of judges was excellent. Our experience this year has been wonderful and would definitely continue our association in the future.last_img

Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanners regular ski r

first_imgWelcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills! Europe continues to enjoy its best season in many years. Snow just won’t stop falling and yet more snow is forecast for Austria and Switzerland this week. Many areas are expecting in excess of half a metre of fresh snow.Western Canada and America are currently experiencing extremely cold weather, but the snow is in great condition. In California, last week’s fresh fall is still providing fantastic powder skiing. The pistes are all in excellent condition as well and it remains fairly cold.Austria – Lots of snow fell in places over the weekend. Many places received between 5cm and 10cm of snow on Saturday and Sunday and there are amazing powder conditions across the whole resort of Obergurgl. A drop in temperature ensures the snow conditions are near perfect but it isn’t too cold to feel uncomfortable. Find cheap flights to Salzburg and InnsbruckUSA – It was a fairly dry weekend throughout the whole of the US. Some snow fell in Colorado though, with most resorts receiving between 10cm and 20cm of powder and Aspen had 22cm of fresh snow on Saturday.Following the colossal snowfalls in California last week, cold weather has kept all that fresh snow in very good condition. Squaw Valley (140/432cm) has the deepest base of the Californian resorts at nearly four and a half metres, virtually double what it was at the beginning of March. Find cheap flights to the USA.Canada – The remaining few months of the season in Canada could be shaping up to be the best. More fresh snow fell at many resorts over the weekend as the temperatures plummeted as low as -30ºC.Silver Star received 27cm of fresh snow on Saturday giving fantastic skiing conditions. With the temperature being so low the snow was incredibly light. More extremely cold weather is expected and if anything it will be even colder. A maximum temperature of -26ºC on Tuesday and -40ºC on Tuesday night is expected.Another resort which received fresh snow this weekend was Revelstoke (208cm). 23cm fell on Saturday providing great snow conditions. All four of Revelstoke’s lifts are running on Monday and it is very quiet at the moment, the perfect time to enjoy the snow! Like Silver Star though, it is very cold at Revelstoke so wrap up warm. Find cheap flights to Canada.Best of the restItaly – Last week’s snowfalls provide fantastic snow conditions in most areas this week. Some resorts have seen further snowfall on Monday but most places either have sunny or cloudy weather.The snowfall last week at Bormio was enough to provide thigh deep powder in the trees. Cold weather also helped ensure that the snow was very light and dry, just the kind we all love, and there was another dusting of fresh snow on Sunday night. Find cheap flights to Milan.France – The start of the weekend was a fairly dry one for most of the French resorts, but many places received respectable amounts of fresh snow on Sunday afternoon. The snow continued to fall through Sunday night and into Monday morning in places but high winds have caused lift closures in some resorts. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble.Snow information source: more Ski and Snowboard articlesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkiscanner ski report: 03/03/09If you’re tempted by the spring skiing in our Top 10 Ski Resorts for Late Season Snow,Skiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 10/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get therelast_img read more

NEW YORK – Reported by Elite Traveler the private

first_imgNEW YORK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLoopy Doopy, the new rooftop cocktail bar at Conrad New York, recently debuted with awe-inspiring views, classic cocktails and seasonal snacks from acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Zamora. Named for the magnificent work of art by noted contemporary artist Sol LeWitt in the hotel atrium, Loopy Doopy is a standout among the city’s rooftop bars.A creative menu of festive drinks and light bites is set against a backdrop of views of the city, the Statue of Liberty and sunsets over the Hudson River. Loopy Doopy offers patrons an inviting setting, styled in a contemporary design and accommodating up to 75 people with cushioned wood deck seating surrounded by attractive greenery.“The rooftop bar extends the design and lifestyle themes of the hotel interiors onto an elegant and contemporary raised urban oasis with panoramic views of the Hudson River,” said Joshua Chaiken, Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox.The Loopy Doopy rooftop bar emphasizes timeless cocktail elements and a modern approach to revelry. Prosecco is available fresh from the tap and the signature “Prosecco and Popsicle” will quench summer thirst with boozy, house-made ice pops for dipping into a bubbly glass.Indeed, drinks at Loopy Doopy, celebrate subtlety and sophistication with classic American cocktails and original concoction fashion from fresh ingredients and designer labels. The Loopy Doopy wine list is also impressive, offering classic Mediterranean labels and New World discoveries as well as Spanish sherries, Italian digestifs, French Champagnes and, of course, fresh Italian Prosecco.“Loopy Doopy sets a lively scene and we envision that it will be a popular meeting spot for area residents, hotel guests and travelers to Lower Manhattan alike,’ said Robert Rechtermann, General Manager, Conrad New York. “With stylish design, exceptional views and innovative offerings by the glass and on the plate, Loopy Doopy will bring flair to Battery Park City.”Chef Zamora, a veteran of Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurants in New York and Miami, carries the simple, contemporary culinary concept he has introduced at Atrio to the rooftop. Inventive offerings include hearty flatbreads, roasted seasonal vegetables, meatballs, salads, artisanal cheeses and cured meats.www.conradnewyork.comlast_img read more