King Mohammed VI Visits Gabonese President Ali Bongo in Hospital

Rabat – After a visit on Monday, King Mohammed VI was pleased to see the health status of the Gabonese president is improving, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Gabonese president arrived in Rabat on November 29 to recuperate following a stroke in Saudi Arabia.The King requested the transfer of the Gabonese president, suggesting he finish his recovery in Morocco instead of London. On November 27, Ondimba’s wife Sylvia Bongo Ondimba announced that the president would leave Riyadh for Rabat to finish recovering.Read Also: Gabon’s Ali Bongo Arrives in Morocco to Recover from StrokeGabon’s vice president, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, has taken over official duties in Bongo’s absence.The monarch and the Gabonese president share a strong friendship. In 2017, Bongo shared a picture of himself and the King as teenageers. The picture illustrates the long-standing friendship between the two leaders. read more

Gota briefs top monks on moves to arrest him

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today briefed the Chief Prelates in Kandy on moves to arrest him.He said some Government Ministers have stated that he will be arrested in one month. “Is this justifiable?” Rajapaksa asked while speaking to reporters in Kandy today.He said the judiciary and not some Minister can decide if he must be arrested or charged. (Colombo Gazette)

UN agencies sponsor international drill on emergency nuclear management

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — one of the main organizers — the exercise will take place at the Gravelines nuclear power plant located in the north of France, near the Belgian border. The Gravelines site is home to six pressurized water reactors.”This exercise will involve a simulated incident at a fictitious unit on this site with the possibility of an environmental impact,” the IAEA said in a statement released at the agency’s Vienna headquarters. “Participants may have to decide on measures to protect the public based on actual weather conditions at the time of the exercise.”The 54 participating countries will follow their own actual national emergency response plans and procedures during the exercise, which aims to test arrangements for responding to a nuclear emergency, co-ordinate the release of information, and assess the effectiveness of the responses.In addition to the IAEA, the drill is being sponsored by the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

US government Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to pay 79 million over kickback allegations

DOVER, Del. – Pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca LP will pay $7.9 million to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme involving the heartburn medicine Nexium, U.S. Justice Department officials said Wednesday.The settlement stems from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010 on behalf of the government by two former AstraZeneca executives. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Delaware, home to AstraZeneca’s U.S commercial headquarters, had remained sealed until this week.The lawsuit alleged that top AstraZeneca executives led a scheme to give $100 million in price concessions on Nexium to the company’s largest commercial purchaser, pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions, in return for preferred placement of Nexium on Medco’s list of approved medications and Medco’s promotion and direct purchase of the drug.The lawsuit alleged that the 10 per cent discount that Medco began receiving on Nexium in 2004 violated federal anti-kickback laws. AstraZeneca never disclosed the discount, which would have resulted in a new and lower “best price” for Nexium subject to reimbursement under Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs, according to the complaint. Instead, the company disguised the discounts with price concessions on more “mature” drugs such as Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil, authorities said.“AstraZeneca denies the allegations,” spokeswoman Michele Meixell said in an emailed statement. “It is in the best interest of the company to resolve these matters and to move forward with our business of discovering and developing important, life-changing medicines — while avoiding the delay, uncertainty, and expense of protracted litigation.”Authorities alleged that the Nexium scheme resulted in false and fraudulent claims being submitted under government health care programs and reflected AstraZeneca’s “ongoing corporate strategy of profits over compliance in defiance of applicable law.”During the relevant period, Nexium sales in the U.S. totalled about $21 billion, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit alleged in particular that the Nexium kickbacks violated a corporate integrity agreement that AstraZeneca signed in 2003, when it pleaded guilty to illegal marketing of Zoladex and agreed to pay a criminal fine of about $64 million. The company also entered into a civil settlement with the government for an additional $266 million involving the marketing, sale and pricing of Zoladex.The lawsuit also alleged that AstraZeneca engaged in the Nexium scheme even as it was negotiating a $520 million settlement reached in 2010 regarding the alleged illegal marketing of its drug Seroquel.The two AstraZeneca whistleblowers, Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, did not immediately return telephone messages Wednesday. As part of the settlement, they will share $1.42 million.A spokesman for Express Scripts Inc., which acquired Medco in 2012, declined to comment. US government: Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to pay $7.9 million over kickback allegations by Randall Chase, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2015 10:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law – senior UN

“I am distressed by reports of punitive demolitions carried out by Israeli security forces of five homes in the Jerusalem, Nablus, and Ramallah governorates in the last few days,” Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, said in a statement, noting that two Palestinians were reported killed and nine others injured in clashes today protesting against the demolition.In operations to “deter others,” the family homes of five alleged perpetrators of attacks against Israelis in 2015 have been demolished by Israeli security forces since 14 November. At least nine additional adjacent apartments have been damaged and rendered unsafe. The deaths and injuries occurred during the most recent operation this morning in Qalandiya refugee camp.“We recognize Israel’s serious security challenges today, but any law enforcement response must be consistent with international law,” Mr. Piper said. Punitive demolitions are inherently unjust, punishing innocent people for the acts of others.”According to the statement, punitive demolitions are a form of collective penalty as they effectively punish not only the alleged perpetrators but also relatives, neighbours for acts they have not committed. Collective penalties are prohibited under international law. The policy was suspended by the Israeli Government in 2005 after a military committee deemed it ineffective as a deterrent. Such actions have restarted since mid-2014, with the exception of one case in 2009.Since 1 June 2014, the Israeli authorities have demolished, sealed or destroyed with explosives 16 structures, displacing 90 Palestinians, including 51 children, according to UN. In addition, at least 12 adjacent apartments were damaged, temporarily displacing at least 55 people.In a related development, two UN experts today voiced grave concern over continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, noting individual Palestinian attacks against Israelis and reported excessive force by Israelis when apprehending Palestinian suspects “including some which appear to amount to summary executions.”They called on Israeli authorities to carry out “independent, thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into all suspected cases of extra-judicial, arbitrary and summary executions, and to provide compensation to the victims or their families.”Since the beginning of October over 80 Palestinians and some 15 Israelis have reportedly been killed, while thousands of Palestinians and more than 100 Israelis have been injured. Makarim Wibisono and Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and on summary executions respectively, called for strict compliance with international law, noting the alleged shooting death of a Palestinian during an undercover arrest operation in a Hebron hospital last week. “The current escalation of violence with individual attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, excessive use of force by Israeli forces when apprehending Palestinian suspects of alleged attacks and in the context of clashes, as well as violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians, is occurring within the existing context of policies and practices under the longstanding Israeli occupation which entail violations of Palestinian human rights and raise tensions,” the experts noted. “In such a climate one would expect the leaders to make public calls to stop the carnage.” Mr. Wibisono voiced particular concern at the high level of clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where Palestinians live in close proximity to a large settler population.“It is sadly a predictable flashpoint, but I strongly reiterate that Israeli security forces must abide by international standards on use of force,” he stressed. “In addition, there must not be impunity for settler violence”. The experts welcomed the reported clarification by Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the effect that Israeli security forces are prohibited from firing at a suspected assailant unless an immediate danger to human life cannot otherwise be prevented and that the use of fire must be proportional to the threat. “This is an important statement as the rhetoric used by certain Israeli politicians and senior members of the police seems to suggest otherwise,” Mr. Heyns said. “International law allows the use of lethal force only where it is absolutely necessary – a last measure – to protect life. All uses of firearms should be considered potentially lethal.” read more

Trump Jr speaks to sparse eastern Kentucky crowd

Donald Trump Jr. PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Donald Trump Jr. has campaigned for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reelection in a county that supported his father during the last presidential election.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports President Donald Trump’s son told a sparse Pike County crowd Thursday that he understood eastern Kentucky’s historic alliance with Democrats but added “this is not your grandfather’s Democratic Party.”- Advertisement – Trump Jr. touted his father’s successes as president and railed against Hillary Clinton, the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by Robert Mueller and the media’s perceived bias against the president.He said his father’s policies had boosted economic growth and complimented Bevin for similar efforts.Bevin won Pike County four years ago but narrowly lost there in this year’s Republican primary to a lesser known GOP challenger.Related Article: Hearing scheduled in Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s lawsuit___Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more

Dorsey scores 19 to help Pacific hold off Elon 6557

STOCKTON, Calif. — Lafayette Dorsey hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help Pacific beat Elon 65-57 Saturday night in the final game Thanksgiving Classic.Roberto Gallinat added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting for Pacific (5-3), which held on after leading by as many as 17 points in the second half.Dorsey made a layup and then a 3-pointer and Gallinat added another 3 during a 14-2 run that gave the Tigers a 52-35 lead with eight minutes to go. Elon (2-4) scored 17 of the next 22 points to pull within five when Tyler Seibring made a layup with 32 seconds left but Gallinat and Dorsey combined to make 6 of 6 from the free-throw line to seal it.Steven Santa Ana had 15 points, Seibring scored 14 and Nathan Priddy added 13 for the Phoenix.The Associated Press read more

Joey Bosa cements doubleovertime win for Buckeyes against Penn State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett following a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State in State College, Pa. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 13 Ohio State football team jumped out to an early lead, but relied on a late defensive stand in a 31-24 double-overtime victory against Penn State.OSU (6-1, 3-0) sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa knocked down Penn State (4-3, 1-3) sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in the second overtime to seal the win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.“I think we learned that we are a real team, and when adversity strikes we can come together and win a big game in a crazy environment,” Bosa said after the game.After the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, Penn State reversed field in the second half to tie the game at 17 with nine seconds on the clock to force overtime.OSU coach Urban Meyer saved praise for his team’s opponent after the game, and added that the Buckeyes need to improve their play along the line.“A credit to our opponent, they played their tails off,” Meyer said. “Outplayed us up front, I think. (I’m) a little upset with the way we played up front and we got to get that fixed.”Penn State got the ball first before Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. The Buckeyes held on to force third down at the one, but senior running back Bill Belton found his way into the end zone to give Penn State its first lead of the night.On the Buckeyes’ first overtime possession, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball on a second-and-seven to set up first and goal from the five with a 17-yard run. He kept it again on the next play, scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24.Due to a personal foul penalty against Penn State following the Buckeyes’ extra point, OSU started the second overtime at the 12-yard line. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a third-and-two at the four-yard line, before taking another quarterback keeper into the end zone to put OSU back on top, 31-24.After the game, Barrett said he was trying to take it one play at a time and didn’t necessarily plan on running the ball before his two overtime touchdowns.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” he said.Penn State took over at the 25-yard line, but the Buckeyes forced fourth-down–and-five at the 20. Hackenberg was knocked to the ground as Bosa overpowered a Nittany Lion blocker.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he didn’t follow his assignment on the play, despite the positive result for OSU.“That wasn’t what I was supposed to do,” Bosa said. “I was supposed to hit the guard and wrap out, but he blocked down so the hole opened up. So I just took it and I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran over him.”Bosa added he didn’t even realize what had happened until his teammates surrounded him after the play.“I was so tired, I didn’t even know it was a sack until everybody started yelling,” he said. “I looked over and he had the ball and (junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington) came to hug me and I just fell down and everybody jumped on top of me.”Bosa — who said he “needed to play a lot better” — finished the game with 2.5 sacks and six total tackles.Barrett said he was simply glad Bosa was wearing a white jersey rather than Penn State’s blue shirt in the game.“Joey Bosa, one thing I can say, I’m really glad he’s on our team,” he said. “That’s for sure. Great player.”The play sealed OSU’s third straight win against the Nittany Lions.The double-overtime finish came after Penn State picked up a late field goal on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line.Holding on to its three-point advantage, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Nittany Lions at their own nine-yard line with 2:58 to play in the game, then drove down the field to tack on three points and tie the game.Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to the OSU 43-yard line before being sacked by Bosa on first down. A penalty against the Buckeyes on the next play gave Penn State a new set of downs on the OSU 28, needing just a field goal to force overtime.On third-and-six at the OSU 14 yard-line with 19 seconds on the clock Hackenberg threw incomplete into the end zone, forcing a field goal attempt for the Nittany Lions.After an OSU timeout, Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 31-yard field goal.The Nittany Lions’ race back into the game was led in part by their defense’s ability to disrupt the OSU passing game.Barrett threw an interception on the third play of the second half, which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. The pick was Barrett’s first interception since the Buckeyes Sept. 13 win against Kent State.But after that touchdown, neither team found its way back onto the scoreboard in the third quarter.Barrett threw another interception on OSU’s first play of the fourth quarter, and the Penn State offense managed to break through on the next drive.“The last one, that was a dumb mistake,” Barrett said of the interception. “I saw the Mike (linebacker) and I tried to throw over him.”Meyer said Barrett sprained his knee during the game, but kept on playing through the pain.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, and continued to do what he did and even on the drop back passes, whether it was a coverage sack or pressured, he pulled through a couple plays and made some great plays for us,” he said.After the pick, Hackenberg hit freshman wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard touchdown, moving the Nittany Lions within three points.Penn State forced OSU to punt on the next drive, but senior wide receiver Devin Smith downed it at the one-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to OSU with 51 yards between it and the end zone, and 5:17 remaining on the clock.The drive stalled, giving the Nittany Lions their shot, leading to Ficken’s field goal and the eventual overtime.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 26 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Barrett added 20 carries for 75 yards and his two overtime scores. The OSU signal caller also finished the game 12-for-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman led the Buckeyes with three receptions for 19 yards and a score.After Bosa’s 2.5 sacks, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added 1.5 sacks of his own while junior linebacker Joshua Perry tallied a team-high 18 total tackles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Nov. 1 to take on Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Coach Urban Meyer (left) leads the Buckeyes out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium for an Oct. 25 game against Penn State in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor read more

BEML looking to produce underground mining equipment in Durgapur

first_imgAccording to reports in The Hindu Business Line, state-owned BEML Ltd is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment. The defence public sector utility’s construction and mining vertical mostly manufactures open cast mining equipment. According to BR Viswanatha, Director, Mining and Construction, BEML, the plan is to use the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The company has appointed SBI Capital Markets (SBICAP) to conduct a feasibility study on the same. MAMC, which had gone into liquidation, was taken over by a consortium of Coal India (CIL), Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and BEML in 2010, with BEML holding a 48% stake, while DVC and CIL hold a 26% stake each.“SBICAP is expected to come out with this report in the next two to three months. Based on that, we will take a call,” Viswanatha told The Hindu Business Line. “It is a huge facility. We had some plans earlier but it did not take off. We are hopeful that the report being prepared by SBICAP will come up with a viable plan,” Viswanatha is reported to have said.BEML has already ventured into some underground mining products listing a side discharge loader, underground mine cruiser, LHD and Granby Car as part of its available range.last_img read more

Very real concern among KBC workers as bank to decide its future

first_imgA spokesperson for the bank told that the bank’s top priority had been to become profitable by 2016 onwards.“The group has always stated that the first priority for Ireland is to become profitable from 2016 onwards (already achieved in 2015),” the spokesperson said.As of then, all available options will be considered. 22,017 Views Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM It’s the third option that has the more than 1,000 employees of the bank in Ireland worried.General secretary for the Financial Services Union Larry Broderick wrote to the chair of the KBC Group on 27 January laying out an argument for why the bank should keep its Irish operations.He also wrote about the anxiety being felt by members of the FSU who work at KBC Ireland:As you can imagine the speculation of recent weeks regarding the future of KBC Ireland has weighed heavily on Financial Services Union members in KBC Ireland, as they consider the impact various outcomes will have on their careers and on their families.The FSU has no negotiating rights with regards to KBC staff members.A spokesperson told that there was “very real concern” among staff ahead of Thursday’s announcement.“Over recent weeks we’ve responded to queries from both union members and staff who aren’t members of the union,” the spokesperson said.“They are concerned about job security, terms and conditions in the event of a merger and their rights in a redundancy situation.They are really the core concerns that any worker has when faced with an uncertain future. 38 Comments Read: KBC staff ‘concerned for their jobs’ as bank decides on its future in IrelandRead: Central Bank fines KBC Bank Ireland €1.4 million for “repeated breaches” on lending codes Share18 Tweet Email6 WORKERS AT KBC Bank Ireland are concerned about their jobs ahead of an announcement about the future of the firm’s operations in Ireland.The results of a strategic review of KBC Group’s Irish activities will be announced this coming Thursday as it reveals its quarter 4 and full financial results for last year.The outcome of the review is set to decide the future of the Belgian bank’s Irish operations.KBC Ireland faces tough challenges from its much bigger rivals – Bank of Ireland and AIB – as well as trouble because of Ireland’s constricted property market, among other things.Depending on the results of the review, the KBC Group has indicated that there are three possible outcomes:Continue to organically grow the bank in IrelandGrow the bank with an insurance company attachedSell the bank center_img Image: Mark Stedman/ ‘Very real concern’ among KBC workers as bank to decide its future in Ireland on Thursday The results of a strategic review of KBC Group’s Irish activities will be announced this coming Thursday. Image: Mark Stedman/ By Cormac Fitzgerald Feb 7th 2017, 6:20 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

They had a 12th man today James McClean outraged with referees performance

first_img Ireland winger McClean. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Walters strikes late to earn Ireland a share of the spoils with AustriaPlayer ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Austria Jun 11th 2017, 7:32 PM 39,603 Views 52 Comments Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRELAND’S JAMES MCCLEAN has criticised the referee’s performance after his side earned a draw against Austria in their World Cup qualifier this evening.Ireland rallied from 1-0 down to score an equaliser through Jonathan Walters in the second half at the Aviva Stadium.Martin O’Neill’s side could have stolen a victory after Shane Duffy headed the ball into the roof of the net near the end, only to have his effort ruled out by the referee for an apparent foul in the Austrian goalmouth.There was also an appeal for a late Irish penalty, which was denied.Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the final whistle, James McClean gave a damning assessment of referee David Fernández’s performance.James McClean on the performance of the referee: “You tell me. They had a 12th man today.”— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 11, 2017 ‘They had a 12th man today’ – James McClean outraged with referee’s performance Ireland had a goal disallowed and appeals for a late penalty were ignored. Ireland winger McClean. “Look, I know in this day and age, the slightest wee thing you say about a referee, you get fined and that,” said McClean. “But you watched the game, you tell me.“They had a 12th man today. That’s all I’ll say on that. I’m really disappointed. We should have came away from that game with three points but we didn’t.”Remarking on Ireland’s disappointing first half display, McClean added:“No we weren’t [at it]. I can’t put my finger on it. It was disappointing to go in at half-time 1-0 but look, we rallied around. We had a go in the second half. That shows the character we’ve got here.We don’t let in for no one. I’m really disappointed we didn’t get three points because I think we deserved it in the end.“On another day we’d take them chances. We’re not cursing the referee’s decision. It is what it is. Jonny rescued us, great finish. I thought he was amazing today. Look, we’ll keep going.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Sinead Farrell Share98 Tweet Email Follow us: Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 7:32 PMlast_img read more

VIDEO A look at the 327 NXT live event in San Jose

first_img Matthew Mcconaughey Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California WhatsApp Pinterest LeBron James Can’t Have “Taco Tuesday” Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 55.19%0:03Remaining Time -1:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter The American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends Teaching Babies To Swimlast_img read more

AUDIO Discussion on SummerSlam supercard game

first_imgFacebook Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WhatsApp Google+ Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cesaro’s Jason Namako was recently a guest on “The Piledriver Podcast” with Erik Vasquez and CZW ring announcer Emil J (@TheEmilJay) over at, taking part in a game to create the ultimate WWE Summerslam Supercard, picking one match from every year of the show’s history from 1988-2014, but can only use a wrestler once and a title once, then finally build a 2-night doubleheader of shows with one 13-match card and one 14-match card.You can listen to the show below, or download it by clicking here.Follow The Wrestling Chronicle on Twitter @WrestlingChronRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #64: Reviewing and discussing AEW All Out and a new AEW World Champion Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Pinterestlast_img read more

Train makes emergency stop blocks tracks

first_imgA BNSF Railway freight train had to make an emergency stop to avoid a trespassing jogger in east Vancouver on Wednesday morning. The emergency stop resulted in access being cut off to the Steamboat Landing subdivision for several hours.The incident unfolded at 9:15 a.m. Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, said. A freight train was heading westbound toward Vancouver when the crew happened upon a man on the tracks about 1,600 feet east of the Interstate 205 overpass.The man was dressed in jogging clothes, and was not near a railroad crossing, Melonas said. He stood immobile on the tracks, as if playing chicken, then jumped out of the way at the last moment and began sprinting along Evergreen Highway.The engineer applied the emergency brakes to stop the train.Railroad police and Vancouver officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods for more than an hour but were unable to locate the trespasser, Melonas said.Meanwhile, the train had to be manually inspected after the emergency stop. That took about an hour and 20 minutes. During that time, access to the Steamboat Landing subdivision along the Columbia River was blocked, Melonas said, inconveniencing residents.No one was reported injured, and the train was allowed to continue after it was inspected.The spot where the incident occurred is not far from the place where a 15-year-old girl was killed in September 2010 while she was walking along the tracks.The railroad tracks along the Columbia River through east Vancouver are part of the BNSF’s main line to the Midwest and carry dozens of trains daily. There is no legal public access to the tracks.last_img read more

BNP rules out Tariques resignation

first_imgTarique RahmanBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said there is no question of Tarique Rahman’s resignation from the party post following his conviction in the August 21 grenade attack cases.”The lower court’s verdict is the reflection of political vengeance. It was given with an evil motive to weaken BNP. So, there’s no question of Tarique Rahman’s resignation based on such a verdict,” he said.He came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.The BNP leader claimed that Tarique was convicted with a political motive on fabricated charges brought by a partisan investigation officer.”Even after knowing the fact, some people are suggesting that he (Tarique) should resign from the party. People can question them (who are asking Tarique to quit) whether they demanded government’s resignation for indulging in several hundred killings and enforced disappearances,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that a section of media has been making evil attempts to malign Tarique by publishing some ‘fabricated’ information about him after the announcement of the verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases.He hoped that the responsible media will refrain from carrying out propaganda against anyone to appease the government.On Wednesday, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death, 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment and eight more to different terms of jail in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed at a discussion said the verdict of the August 21 grenade attack cases is not impartial.He said though Tarique had no involvement in the incident, he was implicated in the cases only to make a political gain.”The verdict was given with a political goal. So, our leader (Tarique) can’t resign after conviction through such verdict. It’s our party’s internal matter. We consider him (Tarique) our leader,” he observed.Zia Parishad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding release of BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.last_img read more

Facebook Loses 120 Billion in Market Value as Stock Slides on Fears

first_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 What drove the selloff: Investor concern about Facebook’s growth cooling down.Facebook’s daily active users for the second quarter of 2018 were effectively flat in the U.S. sequentially, and even declined in Europe compared with Q1 — marking the first time the company has seen such a decline in recent quarters.The big story from the earnings report was the forecast that revenue will decelerate in the second half of 2018, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser wrote in a research note. “[W]hile the company is still growing at a fast clip, the days of 30%+ [revenue] growth are numbered,” he wrote.Facebook CFO David Wehner told investors revenue growth would decline significantly over the next few quarters, and that Facebook’s operating margin would drop from 44% in Q2 to the mid-30% range over a time frame of more than the next two years.In Q2, Facebook’s total revenue growth rate dropped about 7 percentage points compared with Q1. “Our total revenue growth rates will continue to decelerate in the second half of 2018, and we expect our revenue growth rates to decline by high-single digit percentages from prior quarters sequentially in both Q3 and Q4,” Wehner said.Factors contributing to Facebook’s slowing sales growth include currency-exchange rates, compared with “the tailwinds we have experienced over the last several quarters,” Wehner said. In addition, the company expects to invest in products like Stories “that currently have lower levels of monetization,” while the introduction of new controls for users to limit their data-sharing with Facebook “may have an impact on our revenue growth,” the CFO said.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data-privacy scandal, “Legal/regulatory developments have led to changes intended to support FB’s platform and users, but they will notably restrain growth and profits for at least the next couple of quarters, in our opinion,” Scott Kessler of CFRA Research wrote in a note.For Q2, Facebook’s daily active users increased 11% year-over-year, to 1.47 billion on average during the month of June. That’s down from its 17% DAU growth rate a year ago.Even with the stock selloff, Facebook remains massively profitable and has a growth profile traditional media companies would kill for. Q2 revenue rose a whopping 42%, to $13.0 billion, and net income was up 31%, to $5.1 billion. Global monthly active users hit 2.23 billion as of June 30, up 11% year-over-year. Popular on Variety center_img UPDATED: Shares of Facebook plunged 19% in trading Thursday, as investors reacted to signs that the social-media giant’s user and revenue growth are significantly slowing down.The stock drop, to its lowest levels in nearly three months, wiped out nearly $120 billion in market capitalization for Facebook and dragged down other internet and tech stocks including Twitter and Snap. Facebook’s market cap was $629 billion at market close Wednesday, and ended the day Thursday at around $510 billion. The massive drop in market value represented the biggest single-day decline in history for any publicly held company, according to Thomson Reuters data.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummeted more than $15 billion with the stock dive, although it’s still around $67 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker.last_img read more

Univision Partners With Napster for Revamped Uforia Music Streaming App EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Uforia’s promise to Hispanic music fans is to go deep. “We contextualize the programming,” said Lara, citing the recent International Women’s Day as an example. For that day, Uforia’s curators created a number of playlists, including one of women-only Mariachi bands, and one of female Reggaeton artists.And there is another difference between Uforia and Spotify, or Apple Music for that matter. Univision’s music app is free for all, with no upsell to a paid plan. “My audience is accustomed to and doesn’t mind the advertising for a free service,” said Lara, adding that his company currently had no plans for a paid tier.“Not all roads lead to $9.99 a month,” agreed Patrizio. He likened today’s streaming market to a pre-internet world, when record labels focused on CDs, and tried to sell the same product for the same price point to everyone. “It’s inevitable that we are going to see greater segmentation,” he said.Napster has been a music streaming pioneer in its own right, launching the first all-you-can-eat subscription service under its Rhapsody brand all the way back in 2001. Facing stiff competition from Spotify and Apple, the company has shifted more of its focus to B2B, powering music apps from iHeartRadio and others. But Patrizio said that Napster would continue to capitalize on its brand going forward. “We will not become some nameless, faceless white label provider that no one has ever heard of,” he said.As for Uforia, the revamped app with a Napster-powered music streaming experience is available for iOS and Android now. The app will get podcasts soon, and both Lara and Patrizio hinted at plans to more directly integrate Univision radio feeds with Napster’s music catalog. Said Lara: “It’s really the beginning of a journey.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Univision is set to announce at SXSW today that it has partnered with Napster to bring more music streaming choices to its revamped Uforia app. In addition to live streams of Univision’s 58 local radio stations, the app is now also offering users hundreds of playlist based on Napster’s catalog of 40 million songs.“Univision has been a pioneer in Latin music,” said Univision Radio president Jesus Lara in an interview with Variety this week. However, Lara admitted that Univision didn’t have a good track record of coordinating its efforts across TV, local radio and online. That’s where Uforia comes in, which the company recently refreshed as a brand for all of its music efforts going forward.Part of these efforts is the new Uforia app, which Lara described as fine-tuned to Univision’s audience. “The Hispanic marketplace is a complex one,” he said, with Cuban-Americans preferring different tunes than music fans with a Mexican or Guatemalan heritage.Napster CEO Bill Patrizio argued that the Spotify’s and Apple Music’s of this world were often missing those nuances, and in turn ignoring Univision’s audience. “They are poorly served by today’s mainstream music services,” he said.last_img read more

Travel Agents Rewarded For Telling Club Med What They Really Think

first_imgTravel Agents Rewarded For Telling Club Med What They Really ThinkTravel Agents Rewarded For Telling Club Med What They Really ThinkPremium all-inclusive holiday provider, Club Med, today launches its annual industry survey asking travel agents across Australia to share valuable feedback on the business. Helping to shape future communications and develop relevant industry tools, all participating travel agents will go in the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers, as a thank you for their time.The 2018 survey titled, ‘Travel Agents, Tell us what you really think’, asks questions regarding;* Travel agents’ knowledge and understanding of Club Med* Club Med and its corporate social responsibility* Club Med sales tools and Resources (brochure, factsheets, travel agent portal etc)* Club Med training* Club Med’s sales team* Club Med’s call centre* Meetings and Events by Club MedOn the 2018 survey, Rachael Harding, General Manager for Club Med in the Pacific says, “Here at Club Med, we appreciate the vital contribution Travel Agents make to the overall business. We therefore understand how essential it is to provide the most effective and useful tools for our trade partners to be inspired, learn and sell Club Med holidays to their valued clients.”“Our team consults the industry on their needs throughout the year and the annual Club Med survey is another way we gain valuable insight into how our company is performing, ensuring we remain relevant and continue to improve products and services to suit travel agent’s needs.”Each year, survey feedback is collated and analysed to determine the ways Club Med can improve its industry communication and better support its travel agent partners.Over the years this has seen Club Med implement a number of changes including the redesign of its brochure in 2018 based on the feedback from travel agents in the 2017 survey.Travel agents can share their feedback by completing this year’s survey via the following link – Club MedClub Med provides amazing holiday experiences, made easy, in the world’s most beautiful destinations. With over 70 premium and luxury all-inclusive sun and snow resorts located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, Club Med resorts blend seamlessly with their environment, drawing inspiration from the local culture and nature to immerse guests in the destination.Since 1950, Club Med has been dedicated to providing guests with amazing new experiences that make for an unforgettable holiday – from the rejuvenating to the exhilarating, and everything in-between. Each resort offers a vast selection of opportunities to try something new, immerse in local culture, revive body and mind, and give back to the local community and environment.Club Med holidays are a truly hassle-free experience, with premium all-inclusive packages and a wide range of innovative services – giving guests more time to spend doing what they love.For more information, visit or or follow Club Med at: * Travel agent Facebook /ClubMedforTravelAgents * Instagram @clubmed * Facebook /ClubMedAustralia * Twitter @ClubMed_AuSource = Club Medlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York- Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOrient-Express Hotels Ltd., owners or part owners and managers of 49 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river cruise properties in 24 countries, today announced that it has appointed Ali V. Kasikci as Regional Managing Director for North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, effective January 30, 2012. As part of his responsibilities, Kasikci will manage the renovation, reopening and relaunch of El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California.“Ali’s vast experience at the very top of the luxury hospitality industry and his intimate knowledge of the California market make him the ideal person to spearhead the establishment of the Orient-Express brand on the West Coast of the US,” said Filip Boyen, Chief Operating Officer, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. “With his outstanding reputation as an inspirational mentor, leader and industry pioneer, we are very excited about the contribution Ali can make to the future development of Orient-Express.”El Encanto is a Santa Barbara landmark that has long been recognized as one of the finest resorts in California. The Company’s first hotel on the US West Coast, El Encanto is being restored to the standards of style, design and service synonymous with Orient-Express properties. Upon reopening in late 2012, the hotel will have 92 keys in a seven acre landscaped garden setting. including restored California Craftsman style buildings dating from 1911 to 1918 and Spanish Colonial Revival cottages dating from the 1920s. The main building of the hotel will retain many original features and will house a fine dining restaurant, featuring local Santa Barbara County produce and wines, sited on a series of terraces with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and California’s Channel Islands. A favorite hideaway for stars from Hollywood’s golden era, the redeveloped El Encanto will feature an infinity edge swimming pool, tennis courts, state-of-the-art private event space, subterranean parking and a six room boutique spa.In addition to spearheading the rebirth of El Encanto, Kasikci will also be responsible for the management of six of the Company’s existing portfolio – Keswick Hall, Virginia; The Inn at Perry Cabin, Maryland; La Samanna, St. Martin; Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende; and the iconic ‘21’ Club restaurant and bar in New York City.The Company’s largest property, Charleston Place, will continue to be operated by Regional Managing Director, Paul Stracey, reporting to Filip Boyen. This 435 key property in Charleston, South Carolina, delivers exceptional financial results as a result of an outstanding destination and consistently high standards of service.Kasikci joins Orient-Express from the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, where as Chief Executive Officer & General Manager he oversaw a multi-million dollar renovation. Prior to this, Kasikci served as Vice-President of Strategic Planning & Development for Montage Hotels & Resorts, a position that followed the successful launch of Montage Beverly Hills, which Kasikci joined in 2007. From 1991 until September 2007, Kasikci helmed The Peninsula Beverly Hills, where under his management the hotel consistently achieved some of the highest ratings in the industry, including the highest RevPAR in its competitive set and the highest return guest ratio in the market, in addition to numerous credible service and facility accolades.www.orient-express.comlast_img read more

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