TIM HORTONS RELAUNCHES ITS TRUE STORIES PLATFORM GLOBALLY

first_img Facebook With the relaunch of its widely celebrated “True Stories” platform, Tim Hortons has returned to a strategy dating back to 1994 aimed at positioning the brand as a truly indelible part of the Canadian identity.On Nov. 29, the donut and coffee chain unveiled the first spot in a series of six new ads that represents its largest investment in brand marketing since its 2014 acquisition by Restaurant Brands International, a company with a portfolio that includes the Popeyes and Burger King QSR chains.The spot re-launching the “True Stories” platform is “Little Man with a Big Heart,” a 30-second spot involving scripted reenactments of interviews with Conor Raichel and his mother – a story originally submitted by Kelsey Kuefler, a former Tim Hortons employee. The commercial – which touches on a story of generosity shown to a stranger during Christmas – was first shared online on Nov. 29 (both in Canada and the U.S.) to align with the holiday season and will begin airing on TV Dec. 5. Five other spots are set to follow in 2019. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan government increases price of diesel

first_imgRabat- Another bad news for Moroccan car owners. The price of diesel has been fixed at MAD 8.88 per liter for the period from 16 February to 15 March 2014, an increase of  MAD 0.34 . In a communiqué issued on Saturday, the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance said that the price of diesel will stand at MAD 8.88 per liter, an increase of MAD 0.34. The prices of diesel and gasoline are revised on the 1st and 16th of each month, in accordance with the pricing structure published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment. Last September, the government decided to implement the indexation measure, which links gas prices in Morocco with any increase or decrease in the international market.1 US dollars= 8.18 Dirhams© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IMF Lauds Moroccos New Flexible ExchangeRate Regime

Rabat – For the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Morocco is a good student when it comes to economic policies. But when it comes to social ones, the country still has a long way to go to reduce unemployment and social disparities. In a recent report issued Friday, the IMF lauds Morocco’s launch of the new flexible exchange-rate regime, stating that it “will help further improve Morocco’s external position, enhance the economy’s capacity to absorb shocks, and preserve its external competitiveness.”The new flexible exchange-rate system came into effect Monday, January 15 after years of discussions, and was highly encouraged by the IMF since 1998. READ ALSO: Morocco Should Implement Dirham Liberalization Reform ‘Now’: IMFThe Moroccan central bank continues to set the dirham price on the basis of a basket representative of the euro and the dollar, at the rate of 60 and 40 percent, respectively, but with a much greater margin of flexibility. The fluctuation band went from 0.3 to 2.5 percent in each direction.The IMF had granted Morocco a precautionary credit line of USD 3.6 billion in July 2016, but the Moroccan authorities have so far not used it. This agreement will expire next July.For the international institution, Morocco’s “sound” macroeconomic policies and reform implementation “helped improve the resilience of the economy.”READ ALSO: Morocco Must ‘Accelerate’ its Structural Reforms: IMFIn 2017, Morocco’s external imbalances narrowed and international reserves remain at a comfortable level, settling around MAD 250 billion as of January 19. Fiscal developments were also positive, with the budget deficit declining due to strong revenue performance and contained spending. As growth rebounded in 2017, the IMF expects “to accelerate gradually over the medium term, contingent on improved external conditions and steadfast reform implementation.”The IMF however calls for “raising the potential pace” of this growth and “making it more inclusive.” For the international body, new measures to develop education, governance and market reforms will be need in order to “reduce persistently high levels of unemployment, especially among young people, increase women’s participation in the labor force and reduce regional disparities.” read more

UN anticrime agency pledges continued support to Indonesia to combat corruption

“We will continue to support the national efforts in corruption prevention and eradication,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, told reporters at an event organized by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (known by the acronym KPK) in the capital, Jakarta.Indonesia is home to the largest single UNODC country programme in the region, which provides support to anti-corruption efforts by the Supreme Court, the KPK, the criminal justice system and general law enforcement. It also involves civil society mobilization to better combat emerging threats such as corruption and its links to deforestation. In his remarks, Mr. Fedotov praised President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s commitment to independent anti-corruption agencies and highlighted UNODC’s work supporting Government initiatives to combat corruption, illicit drugs, and wildlife, forest and environmental crimes. “Transnational organized criminal syndicates operating in Indonesia and the region play a role in illicit resource extraction – like protected natural resources, timber, fish and other wildlife – and crimes which harm the environment. They are a threat to public health and society’s well-being,” said Mr. Fedotov. “Let’s put them out of business.” While in Jakarta, Mr. Fedotov met with senior Government officials to whom he reiterated the importance of the strong partnership between UNODC and national authorities to strengthen the rule of law and improve the capacity of anti-corruption institutions, implement prison reform, and combat environmental crime, as well as the use of illicit drugs.The UNODC chief’s four-day visit to Indonesia concludes his five-country trip to Southeast Asia to engage both with government counterparts and civil society partners. Prior to Indonesia, Mr. Fedotov visited Thailand, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Laos, where he exchanged views with regional leaders on the human security challenges facing the region and how the world body could respond better. read more

Syria Ban and Special Representative welcome USRussia accord to spur political solution

On Tuesday, the US and Russia reportedly agreed to convene an international conference to find a political solution to the Syria crisis, adding that they would encourage both Damascus and the opposition to negotiate. The announcement came after talks in Moscow between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.“The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step,” Mr. Brahimi said in a statement, adding that this is the first “hopeful news” concerning Syria in a very long time.A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General and Mr. Brahimi have asserted from the outset their conviction that a negotiated political solution is the only way to end this “prolonged and ever-deepening” crisis.“The goal should be clear to all – it must be an end to violence, a clean break from the past and a transition to a new Syria in which the rights of all communities are protected and the legitimate aspirations of all the people in Syria for freedom, dignity and justice are met,” the statement said. Mr. Brahimi, who is currently attending a meeting of The Elders in Ireland, has called on the US and Russia to exercise leadership and work together to initiate a process to implement the Geneva Declaration of 30 June 2012.That document – issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria – lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among other items, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.“There is every reason to expect the three other permanent members of the Security Council as a whole and indeed all the Security Council members to work together amongst themselves and with the Secretary-General to carry the process forward,” said Mr. Brahimi.“Naturally the Syrians themselves – all the Syrians – will occupy pride of place in the process that should be launched as early as possible. It is equally important that the entire region mobilises in the support of the process,” he added.In addition to the tens of thousands killed, some 4.25 million people have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, with more than 1.4 million of them taking refuge in neighbouring countries. The UN estimates that some 6.8 million people inside Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – nearly half of them children. read more

Central Asia Security Council lauds UN regional centres preventive diplomacy efforts

The Security Council today reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes, and acknowledged the role of the United Nations regional office in assisting countries in Central Asia to respond to threats and challenges. The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) was established in 2007 in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It assists and supports the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in finding solutions for emerging problems and eliminating potential threats.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the efforts of UNRCCA to facilitate dialogue among the Governments of the Central Asian States on regional issues of common concern,” Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo of the United States, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for July, said in a statement read out to the press.The statement followed a closed-door briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNRCCA, Miroslav Jenča, on the work of the Centre over the past six months. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms by the United Nations to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes and in this context acknowledged the role of UNRCCA in assisting Central Asian countries, in accordance with its mandate and through regional cooperation, to respond to domestic and trans-national threats to peace and in supporting the sustainable development of the region,” the statement said.Council members also stressed the need for further cooperation and coordination between the Central Asian States, UNRCCA, and regional organizations to strengthen the region’s capacity to overcome challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia through the mechanisms of preventive diplomacy and dialogue.In this regard, they welcomed initiatives by UNRCCA to assist the countries in finding a comprehensive solution to the management of trans-boundary water resources, and took note of ongoing discussions, facilitated by the Centre, on a regional legal framework for this purpose. UNRCCA’s efforts to support cooperation among the Central Asian States in the area of counter-terrorism and in combating drug trafficking were also recognized. read more

US Beats Australia But Germany Inches Ahead In Our Womens World Cup

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.In its opening campaign Monday, the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) did not exactly look like a team that — heading into this tournament — had the best chance of winning this year’s World Cup title. It had a 68 percent chance of defeating Australia going into Monday, but when the whistle blew to signal the start of the game, the USWNT looked jittery. The team resorted to long balls and the all-too-familiar direct style of American play, completing only 73 percent of its passes in the first half (compared with a 77 percent pass-completion rate in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup).Despite the shaky start, the Americans were up 1-0 after only 12 minutes, thanks to a nasty deflection of Megan Rapinoe’s shot off an Australian defender. The Matildas equalized in the 28th minute from a left-footed shot by captain Lisa De Vanna, and by the 60th minute, the game was still tied 1-1 — right around the time that we said U.S. fans should start sweating as a draw starts to become the most likely outcome.But just one minute short of our 62nd-minute sweat-marker, Christen Press scored her first World Cup goal, and the U.S. finally began to settle down, completing 80 percent of their passes in the second half. The Americans went on to win 3-1, increasing their chances of advancing from Group D to 99 percent (up from 95 percent before Monday’s game).Germany, the other front-runner, however, opened its World Cup run with a resounding 10-0 win over the Ivory Coast (a team that had a Women’s Soccer Power Index rating of 75.5 — compared to Australia’s 88.8). But as probabilistic forecasts go, a victory that big increased Germany’s chances of winning the tournament. It is now at 31 percent, ahead of the Americans’ 28 percent.As of this morning, Germany is now the most likely team to win the World Cup. But we’d caution against reading into this too much; we’ve yet to see how Germany fares against an opponent like Australia. That won’t happen until Thursday, when Germany faces Norway (whose WSPI rating, 88.9, is almost identical to Australia’s). Although the matchup seems similar to U.S.-Australia, the Germans are heavily favored to win — 72 percent to Norway’s 11 percent.The U.S. and Germany aren’t likely to face each other until the semifinals, but we expect that they’ll continue to battle for the top spot in our Women’s World Cup predictions throughout this tournament. We knew these two teams would be the front-runners, but we’ll see if they continue to further distance themselves from the pack — Japan, which beat Switzerland in a meager 1-0 win on Monday night, now has a 9 percent chance of winning the tournament after starting the World Cup at 10 percent. France and Brazil stand at 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, but these odds could change after their opening games today. read more

Millionaire killer accused of profiting from his wifes murder is sued by

first_imgWorkman’s obstruction of the legal process had led to “horrendous delays” and caused “intense emotional strain” to Ben and Nicholas, he added.And his behaviour had deepened the trauma already caused by their mother’s murder.But Miss McQuail urged the Appeal Court to give Workman a fair chance to defend himself against his sons’ claim.Denying that a “profit motive” lay behind the murder, she said Workman was “in temper” when he killed his wife at the climax of a “bitter dispute”.He and his victim had been married for 35 years before their split, the court heard.During his trial, Workman insisted he acted in self-defence after his wife came at him with a kitchen knife and that she was fatally injured during the struggle.However, jurors disbelieved him and his conviction challenge was turned down by the Criminal Appeal Court in 2014.At his murder trial the court heard poignant extracts from Susan Workman’s diary – with the last entry penned just instants before the killing.The log – titled “Sue’s Memories” – recorded how her ex stormed into the house to retrieve his “clothes and jumpers”.Workman briefly stroked the family dog as he was about to leave, the diary notes, but then launched a torrent of screaming expletives at Mrs Workman.Her last unfinished line read simply, “standing, staring at me acro…”.After Workman’s trial, Ben and Nicholas put their names to a family statement welcoming “this man”s conviction.””Sue did not deserve to have her life ended this way for greed and money,” they said.Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice Sharp and Lady Justice Thirlwall have now reserved their decision on Workman’s appeal. The £700,000 farm in Edgeworth, Bolton, where multi-millionaire Ian Workman killed his wife Susan in 2011Credit: Champion News The £700,000 farm in Edgeworth, Bolton, where multi-millionaire Ian Workman killed his wife Susan in 2011 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. Two sons of a multi-millionaire killer who butchered his wife in the midst of their bitter divorce are now suing him for £1.5 million.In a “unique and troubling” case, Ben and Nicholas Workman claim their murderer father, Ian Workman, 63, would have had to hand over half his fortune to their mother, Susan, had he not killed her.If he is allowed to keep the cash, the brothers’ lawyers argue, he will have “profited” from murdering her with a single stab wound to the heart.But Workman, who is serving a life sentence, is defending himself from his prison cell, insisting he did not kill his wife for the money.He is also said to have given away almost his entire fortune to his eldest son, Grant, 28, who the court heard is standing by him.The car dealer, said to have been worth about £3.3 million, killed his wife following a frenzied row at the family home in Edgworth, near Bolton.He “stabbed her through the heart with a large kitchen knife” in April 2011, his sons’ QC, Stephen Killalea, told London’s Civil Appeal Court.Workman snapped as the estranged couple rowed over the financial fallout from their divorce, he added.Aged 55 when she died, Mrs Workman had been claiming a divorce payout of around £1.5 million from her ex.But the cash stayed in his coffers after he was convicted of her murder at Preston Crown Court in December 2011.Workman says he has been treated “unfairly and oppressively” by Ben, 27, and Nicholas, 23, but they are determined he should not profit from their mother’s murder. Sue did not deserve to have her life ended this way for greed and moneyFamily statement Backing their claim is Susan Workman’s sister, Carol Forrester, who is representing her murdered sibling’s estate.Workman watched the case via live video link from jail as his lawyers insisted he had been given no fair chance to defend himself.And his barrister, Katherine McQuail, said his oldest son, Grant, 28, has “stuck by” his father.Nicholas and Ben’s legal team argue their father “would have been ordered to pay his wife some £1.5 million had the financial proceedings gone ahead”.They are now claiming every penny Workman would have had to shell out to their mother had she lived – plus legal costs of around £500,000.The brothers’ case reached the Appeal Court as Workman challenged a judgment for £1,503,579 that was entered against him in 2013.As part of an asset-freezing injunction, Workman had been ordered to disclose his assets worldwide.But Mr Killalea said he made “no attempt at all” to comply with the order and, as a result, was barred from defending his sons’ claim.The QC also claimed Workman had “voluntarily dissipated virtually all his assets” to Grant.last_img read more

Pictures Locals flock to see 20 metre fin whale washed up on

first_imgUpdated at 2.37pm[Image: Tom Honeyman]A STEADY STREAM of people have been making trips to Keel Beach on Achill Island over the last few days to the spot where a 20 metre fin whale which stranded on the shoreline on Christmas Eve.According to local RNLI officers, the mammal was alive when it beached, but died a few hours later.The Irish Whale and Dolphin group says that although the whale is dead, “it is still a fantastic opportunity to witness the second largest animal on the planet close up”:IWDG chair Willie Meuhlausen travelled up to take samples including skin, blubber, muscle and baleen as well as photographs.It is not possible to tel from photographs supplied by Tom Honeyman from Achill whether the whale was in poor condition when it stranded.The fate of the whale is not known but it will most likely remain on Keel beach over the next few days. Achill Coast Guard say that, in view of the current stormy conditions, they’re urging people not to venture into the surf to view the whale, which they say can be easily viewed from the shore.last_img read more

16yearold Shannon Flynn found safe and well

first_imgA 16-YEAR-OLD girl who was missing from Dublin has been found safe and well.Shannon Flynn from Whitehall, Dublin 9 was found this evening after going missing on Monday.Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.Read: Missing Ryan Crowell found safe and well>Read: Abducted schoolgirls: Nigerian, French, UK and US officials meet for Paris summit>last_img

Huge reunion planned for Haritos family

first_imgDocumented as one of the oldest and most prolific Greek families in Australia, descendants of the Haritos family are organising a bumper reunion in June to mark 100 years in Darwin.A huge list of events has been organised to coincide with the Darwin Greek Glendi, taking around 200 family members on bus tours and boat cruises to visit famous spots which played an integral part in the family’s history.The earliest descendant, Eustratios Haritos, settled in Darwin in 1915 and had eight children. From there sprung a huge empire, with the family having a hand in everything from pearl diving, salt works and crocodile hunting. Famously, the Haritos brothers took Prince Philip crocodile hunting in 1956.Years in the making, the reunion will see family members travel from far and wide around Australia. T-shirts are being made to mark the occasion, and the family will even have a stall at the Glendi showing off some amazing old photos.A highlight for the reunion will be a guided tour of Eustratios’ old haunts including the Haritos houses, the Parap markets, the cemetery, the salt pans and Mica Beach.The Haritos family created a lot of firsts for the Greek community of Darwin.Eustratios is thought to be the first to have a traditional Greek wedding in the territory, where they had to ship a Greek priest from Perth to conduct the ceremony. It was such a rarity to have a Greek priest in Darwin that Eustratios decided to make it a double wedding, inviting his friend Dick Pitsikis to marry his bride’s sister, Kyriakoula Harmanis.He developed the salt industry of Darwin in 1919, where he sold salt to the profitable meatworks. By that time, Darwin had ceased importing salt thanks to the work of Haritos.His grocery store in town became something of a Darwin institution and his fishing and pearling business became quite profitable.For more information, visit www.100yearsindarwin.com/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Éolien la GrandeBretagne inaugure le plus grand parc en mer du monde

first_imgÉolien : la Grande-Bretagne inaugure le plus grand parc en mer du mondeGrande-Bretagne – Le plus grand parc éolien offshore du monde a été inauguré jeudi au large du Kent, dans le sud-est de l’Angleterre. Construit par le groupe d’énergie public suédois Vattenfall, il devrait pouvoir produire de l’électricité pour 240.000 foyers.Le parc qui a coûté quelque 780 millions de livres, soit 918 millions d’euros, est pour l’instant doté de cent turbines qui lui permettront d’assurer l’approvisionnement en électricité de plus de 200.000 familles. Alors que d’ici quatre ans, cette capacité devrait être triplée, la production totale d’énergie éolienne au Royaume-Uni atteint désormais les cinq gigawatts, ce qui représente les besoins de l’ensemble des foyers écossais, souligne Chris Huhne, le secrétaire britannique à l’Énergie.Le Royaume-Uni dispose actuellement de quelque 250 parcs éoliens, dont une douzaine offshores. “Nous nous trouvons dans la position exceptionnelle de pouvoir devenir un leader mondial dans cette industrie. Je crois fermement qu’en tant qu’île, nous devrions tirer profit au maximum de nos ressources éoliennes, marémotrices et marines”, a estimé le ministre lors de l’inauguration du parc.Mais le chemin sera encore long pour le Royaume-Uni, qui ne tire que 3% de son électricité de source renouvelable, et se place à la 25e place dans le classement des États européens en termes d’énergie verte. Un bilan qualifié de “lamentable” par l’organisation écologiste Les Amis de la Terre. L’immense parc éolien dont elle vient de se doter devrait permettre à la Grande-Bretagne de s’approcher de son objectif : atteindre 15% d’électricité issue des énergies renouvelables. Le 24 septembre 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE announces five new NXT UK signings including Jazzy Gabert Kay Lee

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE has signed some new talents for the company’s NXT UK brand.Ilja Rukober, Kay Lee Ray, Jazzy Gabert, Oliver Sauter and Jay Melrose were all officially introduced as newly signed talents for the overseas brand on Wednesday.You can view WWE’s official announcement below.NXT UK signs five new SuperstarsFive new Superstars from throughout Europe — Ilja Rukober, Kay Lee Ray, Jazzy Gabert, Oliver Sauter and Jay Melrose — have joined the NXT UK roster. The group will join other NXT UK Superstars in training at WWE’s United Kingdom Performance Center in North London.The 25-year-old Rukober, who has competed around the world under the ring name Ilja Dragunov, was born in Russia and raised in Germany, where his career in sports-entertainment took root. Often described as “Unbesiegbar” (the German word for “invincible”), Rukober is feared for his unbridled intensity inside the ring. He turned heads at a WWE tryout in Cologne last November.Ray and Gabert, both of whom competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017, were introduced as incoming NXT UK competitors while they were sitting ringside at TakeOver: Blackpool in January.Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, the 5-foot-8 Ray has racked up numerous championship reigns over her 10-year career, including three stints as Insane Championship Wrestling’s women’s titleholder. Known for throwing caution to the wind, the Scottish daredevil recently appeared on NXT UK on WWE Network and promised to “go straight to the top” of the Women’s division.Gabert made an unforgettable impression during her Mae Young Classic appearance in 2017, leaving onlookers in awe of her incredible power. Widely regarded as one of the strongest women in sports-entertainment, the burly Berliner stands 6-foot-1 and has won wrestling titles in Germany, Japan and Switzerland.Sauter comes to NXT UK from Dietikon, Switzerland. The 24-year-old was a soccer standout before training for the ring. Fast-moving and hard-hitting, Sauter wrestled throughout Europe under the professional alias of Oliver Carter. Like Rukober, he attended last year’s tryout in Cologne.NXT UK fans, meanwhile, have already grown familiar with “Primate” Jay Melrose, the ape-mask-wearing Superstar who debuted on the brand in December. Hailing from Newcastle, England, the 220-pound Melrose served in the British army for six years, including as a member of the British Household Cavalry, which provides direct protection for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace.Keep your eyes peeled for the newest signees when NXT UK streams every Wednesday at 3 ET/8 GMT on the award-winning WWE Network. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Google+ Facebookcenter_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Dachshund found abandoned abused shows progress

first_imgCOOPER CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — A dog found abused and abandoned in a cage is on the road to recovery at a South Florida animal hospital.New video of Miracle recovering at the Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City shows the canine’s condition slowly progressing. The dachshund is now being fed with a syringe and has started to move around and breathe on her own.Miracle was found in a cage on the side of the road in Opa-locka, last week. She had a fractured skull and couldn’t use her front paws.Vets named her Miracle because, they said, it’s a miracle she survived.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Milo Media to Launch Construction Supply Magazine

first_imgLess than a month after launching a green construction products magazine, trade publisher Milo Media today announced the debut of Construction Supply.With an initial print run of 15,000, the magazine—set to launch this fall—targets commercial construction tool, supplies and light equipment distributors and rental businesses. Milo also plans to launch an accompanying e-newsletter and Web site.According to Milo Media president Mike Domke, the launch of Construction Supply will “round out our product offering and fill in a very important piece of our construction/industrial publishing mix.” Domke, a former publisher of Cygnus Business Media’s OEM Off-Highway magazine, launched Milo Media in 2005. The company publishes eight magazines covering the construction, industrial, power, lifting and utility markets.last_img read more

Rooppur NPP set for inauguration

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the main concrete construction works of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project at the project site in Pabna on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Officials said this will be the final phase of civil construction works to install a nuclear reactor, which is now being built by Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom in Russia for Bangladesh.Science and technology secretary Anwar Hossain said with the completion of the main concrete construction work of the project, the planned power plant will be ready for power generation.However, other engineering works like setting up power plant equipment will be done phase by phase before 2023.As per the project schedule, Anwar Hossain said, the first unit having 1,200 MW of the 2400 MW plant will come into operation by end of 2023 and second unit of the same capacity in the middle of 2024.The RNPP project was undertaken by the government in 2009 and after a long discussion of over 6 years. The government initially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2013 and signed final deal with Russia in December in 2015.Russian state atomic energy corporation – Rosatom – will build the power plant at a cost of $12.65 billion where Russia will finance 90 percent of the fund under a supplier’s credit.However, Bangladesh had to pay addition $550 million to Rosatom for feasibility and design purpose.Rosatom said it will build the power plant through its VVER-1200 rector technology, which it claimed to be the latest in its nuclear with safety guarantee.Rosatom has been engaged in full-fledged following the signing of the contract as it developed the site and some relevant civil constructions.Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, the implementing agency, received the design and construction license of first unit of the plant from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority on November 4 this year.Officials said a large number of skilled professionals are required for the implementation, operation and maintenance of a nuclear power programme. Currently, 369 professionals are working in the project management unit.The operating organisation Nuclear Power Plant Company will recruit and train 2,700 personnel year by year as the project progresses.last_img read more

Release those arrested for quota reform safe road demo

first_imgFile PhotoBangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council on Tuesday demanded unconditional release of those arrested during movements for quota reform and road safety, reports UNB.It made the demand from a human chain formed in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in the city in the afternoon.The platform demands release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and Chittagong University teacher Maidul Islam.It also demanded withdrawal of all ‘false’ cases filed against students over the two movements, punishing those assaulted protesters and reforming the existing quota system in government jobs in line with their five-point demand.Speaking on the occasion, Nurul Haq Nur, a joint convener of the student platform, urged the government to fulfill their demands, warning that they will take to the street again if those go unheeded.Dhaka University (DU) teachers Rushad Faridi and Samina Lutfa, Jagannath University teacher Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh General Student’s Rights Protection Council joint conveners Faruk Hossain and Bin Yamin Mollah, among others, addressed the human chain.CU authorities on 24 September suspended Maidul Islam, an assistant professor of Sociology department, a day after he was sent to jail in a case filed under section 57 of the ICT Act.Shahidul is now in Dhaka Central Jail in a case lodged under the same section.last_img read more

See Eurostar Sights With VR Odyssey Experience

first_imgStay on target As a two-time Eurostar rider, I can say with some level of authority that the high-speed railway is, indeed, a great way to travel: comfy seats, available Wi-Fi, express trips to Paris and Brussels.But there is one thing the service is missing: windows.“Travellers are always asking if they can see the fish when traveling through the Channel Tunnel,” Eurostar Commercial Director Nick Mercer said in a statement.Well, now you can.The enterprise on Wednesday announced “Eurostar Odyssey,” a virtual experience designed to take passengers on an immersive adventure through the surrounding sea.“Throughout the summer we’ll be giving younger travellers free headsets so they can enjoy an exciting adventure under the Channel,” according to Mercer, who did not reveal an age limit for use (which, therefore, means I will most definitely put in a request).Simply log into the onboard entertainment system on your personal Apple or Android device, then sit back and relax as the “Odyssey” experience turns your train ride into a deep-sea dive.As the virtual roof transforms into a glass ceiling, you’ll meet explorers Rose and Benoit, who guide users on a journey filled with pirate legends and mermaid encounters. A gaming element, meanwhile, adds a bit of competition.Meet Esther the octopus (via Eurostar)From Oceanarium to the mysterious HMS Victory to the Abyss, keep your eyes peeled for different species—including Esther the octopus, who guards the sunken ship’s treasure.“Eurostar Odyssey” is available on new e320 and refurbished e300 trains running between London and Paris, Lille, Brussels, Lyon, and the south of France.The Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel, as I prefer to call it) is a 31.35-mile rail tunnel below the English Channel that links the United Kingdom with the rest of Europe. At its lowest point, the passage sits 250 feet below the sea bed, and 380 feet below sea level.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality last_img read more

Mexican authorities to confirm if missing students among the dead in a

first_imgRelated posts:Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, Mexico – More bodies were pulled out of a mass grave in southern Mexico Sunday as authorities worked to determine if 43 students who vanished after a police shooting were among the dead.At least 15 bodies have so far been dug out of pits discovered Saturday on a hill outside the town of Iguala, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Mexico City, two police officers at the scene told AFP.The grim find came a week after the students disappeared when municipal police shot at buses they had seized to return home from Iguala, where survivors say they had conducted fundraising activities.Witnesses say several of the students, who are from a teacher training college known as a hotbed of radical protests, were then whisked away in police vehicles.Inaky Blanco, chief prosecutor the violence-plagued Guerrero state, said members of Iguala’s police force are part of a gang known as Guerreros Unidos, which is suspected of taking part in last week’s violence.As anxious families awaited DNA tests to identify the bodies, hundreds of students partially blocked the highway between Acapulco and the state capital, Chilpancingo, on Sunday, holding signs reading “Fraudulent government that kills students.”The site of the mass grave was cordoned off and guarded by scores of troops and police.Authorities have yet to give an official number of bodies, but an officer at the scene said more were being recovered on Sunday.Juan López Villanueva, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said that six pits were found up a steep hill probably inaccessible by car.Four forensic services vans left for the morgue late Saturday carrying nine bodies in silver bags. Authorities are conducting DNA analysis to identify the victims.The graves were found after some of the 30 suspects detained in the case told authorities about their location, Blanco said. The detainees include 22 police officers and gang members.If the bodies are confirmed to be those of the students, it would be one of the worst slaughters that Mexico has witnessed since the drug war intensified in 2006, leaving 80,000 people dead to date.‘Land of the wicked’Three students were killed the night of the shooting.Another three people died when police and suspected gang members shot at another bus carrying football players on the outskirts of town.A survivor said in an interview that the officers took away 30 to 40 students in patrol cars.In addition to arresting 22 local officers, prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Iguala’s mayor, who has fled.In Pueblo Viejo, a hamlet surrounded by forests and mountains, a resident said the region is dominated by a drug gang and that he had seen municipal police officers going up the hill in recent days, before authorities discovered the mass grave.“They were going up there back and forth,” said the resident, José García, pointing to a location between two mountains where the graves were found. “This is the land of the wicked.”Savagely massacredGovernor Ángel Aguirre appealed for calm in his state, which is mired in poverty, gang violence and social unrest.“I call on all [Guerrero state residents] to maintain harmony, non-confrontation, and avoid violence,” he said late Saturday, offering his support to the families of those who were “savagely massacred.”The police’s links to organized crime has raised fears about the fate of the students in a country where drug cartels regularly hide bodies in mass graves.Around 30 bodies were found this year in mass graves in Iguala, alone.“We are very worried. The families are very anxious,” said Vidulfo Rosales, a human rights lawyer representing relatives of the missing.The United Nations has called the case “one of the most terrible events of recent times.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more