ONEs Boxship Sets Productivity Record at PSA Terminal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ONE Singapore-based shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) and PSA Singapore (PSA) celebrated the highest productivity record of ONE’s containership NYK Swan at the PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal on December 21, 2018.Over 6,000 container moves were accomplished in 18.5 hours or a gross berth productivity rate of over 300 shipshore moves. As explained, this was an “exceptionally high performance standard” in container shipping operation.A celebratory event was attended by over 100 representatives from ONE and PSA Singapore.“This was a significant occasion for both ONE and PSA, as it not just represented the highest productivity rate byfar demonstrated by an operating vessel of ONE, but also served as a new operational benchmark for PSA,” ONE said.Last month, ONE and PSA unveiled plans to form a joint venture container terminal based at Pasir Panjang Terminal. Subject to regulatory approvals, the terminal is scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2019 and operate four mega container berths with a combined annual handling capacity of 4 million TEUs.ONE was established in July 2017 by the integration of three Japanese shipping companies – K Line, MOL and NYK.last_img read more

Customers receive torn shoe stone from top ecommerce websites

first_imgKolkata: Two persons from Asansol and Burdwan were allegedly duped by two e-commerce websites, which sent them a stone and a torn shoe instead of the ordered products.According to sources, on June 28 a person identified as Pijush Kanti Mondal had ordered a pair of expensive sports shoes on an e-commerce website. On Saturday, a youth who was the delivery boy of that e-commerce site, reached Mondal’s home and delivered the product. Before paying the amount, Mondal opened the parcel and found a torn shoe and an empty bottle of soft drink. Immediately, he demanded an explanation and refused to pay the price. The delivery boy informed his superior about the incident. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater, the delivery boy claimed that he had been instructed to click a picture of the packaged objects and take them back. But that did not convince Mondal. He thought that it was the work of the delivery person and thus detained him. After a while, the delivery boy was able to convince him that he and the courier partner to the e-commerce site had nothing to do with the debacle. On the other hand, a few days ago a person identified as Amlan Guha, a resident of Burdwan, was also allegedly duped by another e-commerce website. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the month of June, Guha had ordered two expensive smartphones on the e-commerce site. On July 3, he received the order and had already paid for it. However, when he opened the parcel, he found one smartphone. In the second packet, there was a piece of stone. Immediately, he informed the matter to the e-commerce site authorities but found no positive response. Guha later lodged a complaint at Burdwan police station in this regard.last_img read more

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Canadians get better at making consumer debt payments on time TransUnion

TORONTO — Credit monitoring agency TransUnion says Canadians appear to be getting better at handling consumer debt.In its latest report, TransUnion says a shrinking percentage of debt payments are overdue by 90 days or more — even though the average balance owing continues to rise.It says there was an overall delinquency rate of 2.58 per cent on non-mortgage consumer debts in the second quarter. That was down from a delinquency rate of 2.78 per cent in the second quarter of 2013 and 2.69 per cent in 2014.TransUnion’s average consumer debt number rose to $21,028 in the three months ended June 30, about $148 higher than in the second quarter of 2014.‘It’s just stupid’: Is the endless hunger for credit card points really worth piling on debt?Alberta, Saskatchewan about to see ‘sharp’ increase in credit delinquencies, TransUnion predictsLines of credit accounted for 35 per cent of all non-mortgage consumer debt, which also includes credit cards and car loans.TransUnion’s director of research and analysis, Jason Wang, says the trends show Canadians are increasingly aware of the importance of making payments on time and that they have the capacity to do so.“The recent interest rate cuts may have, in part, made it easier to manage lines of credit, which typically carry variable rates,” Wang said in a statement.The Bank of Canada has cut a key rate twice this year — to 0.75 per cent in January and to 0.50 per cent in July — and commercial lenders followed the central bank’s lead by dropping their variable rates. read more

Opposition say Ottawa courting trouble on foreign takeovers rules

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2012 6:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Harper government is again under pressure to spell out clear rules on foreign investment following yet another spurned bid and in advance of the next big ask — the proposed Chinese acquisition of a major Canadian oil company.NDP and Liberal critics blasted the government for sitting on the issue for two years, saying they now are facing a decision this fall whether to accept China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s (CNOOC) $15.1-billion deal to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. without clear guidelines.Earlier Monday, U.S.-based Lowe’s withdrew its bid to acquire the Rona hardware chain, citing the Quebec company’s opposition.But analysts said another consideration was likely the political barriers put up from both leading parties in the province, including the Parti Quebecois minority government, that might have made approval under the Investment Canada Act problematic.“We don’t know what the Canadian government would have done with the Rona takeover, although clearly the government of Quebec was against it and that would have been an important factor in the process,” said Oliver Borgers, a partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s competition law group.The act calls for a demonstration of a “clear benefit” to Canada, but is unclear what that means beyond that a deal would create or preserve jobs, and generally benefit the economy.And that’s the problem, say critics — the ambiguity and secrecy of the process allows for too much discretion, including political pressures.“Ad hockery is what you get when you get when the government is negligent in setting the framework,” said Liberal deputy leader Ralph Goodale, a former finance minister.“What you’ve got is complete and utter chaos because it will all boil down to what Stephen Harper had for breakfast this morning and how he’s feeling about it.”The question of political factors coming into play was given more fuel Monday when Conservative MP Rob Anders said he opposed the Nexen takeover, referring to China as a “non-benevolent country.” He added that other MPs in the caucus agree.NDP energy and natural resources critic Peter Julian called on the government to conduct public hearings on the Nexen bid, accusing the government of listening mostly to CNOOC lobbyists.Although he did not answer the question directly, Industry Minister Christian Paradis said the Nexen deal will be “scrutinized very closely.” He added that what the NDP was proposing would “deter any form of investment in the country.”Following the 2010 rejection of BHP Billiton’s bid to buy Potash Corp. (TSX:POT), Ottawa suggested it would clear the confusion of what constitutes “net benefit” under the act, but has not issued new guidelines.Instead during the spring, Paradis tripled the threshold of purchases that would need to be reviewed to firms with $1 billion in asset value, and said Ottawa would be more open with the reasons behind its decisions.Opposition parties say the government is inviting trouble because more bids to buy into Canada’s rich resources sectors are almost certainly to occur.“This is a watershed. The size and scope of this takeover brings us into a whole new range in terms of potential acquisitions of Canadian energy companies,” said Julian. “So the whole issue around net benefit and how the government treats these applications has to be set down.”Julian said the current approach is not fair to Canadians, who have no faith in the process, or investors, who fear a strong public reaction will scuttle their bid.But despite some high-profile rejections in the last few years, there seems to be no loss of appetite from foreign investors for Canadian properties. One reason is that Canada’s relatively healthy economy and sound fiscal position has made it a safe heaven for investors.Borgers said to some extent investors expect some push-back when they seek to purchase assets in foreign countries.“I don’t think a couple of rejections is going to taint our reputation,” he said. “If you look to many of the large, important economies around the world, there have been many deals rejected and Canada would not be perceived to be far outside that pattern.” Opposition say Ottawa courting trouble on foreign takeovers rules read more

CBS 60 Minutes 48 Hours Twitter accounts suspended after being compromised

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Twitter accounts for two national CBS programs have been compromised and suspended.A CBS News spokeswoman confirms Saturday that tweets sent earlier in the afternoon from the “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” Twitter handles saying their accounts were compromised are correct.The tweets said the network is working with Twitter to investigate. On Saturday night both accounts were suspended and inaccessible.Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The CBS spokeswoman didn’t comment further.Earlier in the day tweets coming from the 60 Minutes account seemed farfetched, including one that claimed the US government was “hiding the real culprit of the Boston bombing.” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2013 12:12 am MDT CBS’ ’60 Minutes,’ ’48 Hours’ Twitter accounts suspended after being compromised AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

As Egypt crisis deepens SecretaryGeneral condemns reported killings at Cairo protest site

A statement issued by his spokesman said the UN chief is “deeply disturbed” by the reported killings of more than 50 people at protests outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Egypt earlier today. Mr. Ban conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.“The Secretary-General condemns these killings and calls for them to be thoroughly investigated by independent and competent national bodies, and those responsible need to be brought to justice,” the statement says. Mr. Ban has raised these grave concerns as news media reports cite ongoing deadly clashes and mass arrests across Egypt. On Wednesday, 3 July, the Egyptian military deposed President Mohamed Morsy, suspended the Constitution and paved they way for an interim Government. Since then, Mr. Morsy’s foes and supporters have continued to face off in huge demonstrations, with security forces and police adding to the deepening chaos. Calling on all Egyptians to be mindful of the precarious path the country is now on and to do everything possible to avoid further escalation, Mr. Ban once again in his statement urges all sides to act with maximum restraint. “Protests must remain peaceful and the security forces must abide strictly by international standards,” it adds.The Secretary-General goes on to urge all Egyptians and political parties to work constructively to forge a consensus on the way forward through peaceful means. “He notes that, for such a process to succeed, all parties and communities must be included,” the statement says, adding that the United Nations stands ready to assist as necessary. read more

Nigeria Ban voices concern as new antihomosexuality law takes effect

The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, signed into law earlier this month, introduces a wide range of offences, including 14-year jail terms for same-sex couples who live together or attempt to solemnize their union with a ceremony. The law has already drawn strong opposition from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for violating a wide range of human rights and for jeopardizing effective responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.“The Secretary-General fears that the law may fuel prejudice and violence, and notes with alarm reports that police in northern Nigeria have arrested individuals believed by the authorities to be homosexuals, and may even have tortured them,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General reiterates that everyone is entitled to enjoy the same basic rights and live a life of worth and dignity without discrimination,” the spokesperson stated, adding that Mr. Ban strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the law can be reviewed. “The United Nations stands ready to assist Nigeria in any way to bring about constructive dialogue and change on this matter.”Mr. Ban has repeatedly appealed for the complete and universal decriminalization of homosexuality, still a criminal offence in some 76 countries, and called on countries to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination. read more

Man charged after the bodies of two women are found in the

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, leading the investigation into the women found in a freezer in Canning Town Another cousin, Ayse Hussein, 41, said: “It’s a horrible waiting game. If that’s not my cousin, then it’s someone else’s child. It’s just terrible.” A man has been charged with two counts of preventing a lawful burial after the bodies of two women were found in a freezer in an east London flat on Friday, Scotland Yard said. The bodies of two women found fully clothed on top of each other in a freezer at a flat in east London may not be identified for more than a week, because of the “unusual” and “complex” nature of the investigation, a senior police officer has said.In a statement Metropolitan Police confirmed that Zarhid Younis, 34, had been charged, adding: “A man has been charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.”Younis is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 2.”Police made the shocking discovery on Friday morning, after being called to a ground floor flat in the Canning Town area amid concerns for the welfare of a “male occupant”, and are still carrying out investigations at the property.Post-mortem examinations will begin on both women on Friday, but Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said identification could take days as the crime scene is “one of the most challenging and complex” he has seen in 28 years. Mr Harding said there were no signs of any injuries on the women and he explained it was too complex to say whether the bodies were still intact.He added: “They were in a chest freezer.”One body on top of the other. Being in a chest freezer anyway has caused the bodies to fuse.”When asked why it is taking so long to identify the bodies he said: “It is just a completely complex situation.”DCI Harding could not say whether the pair were adults and said DNA testing is under way as detectives work with the National Crime Agency and missing persons groups to find out who they are.”We could be a week away from identifying them,” he said.Police said the apartment had been used by “transient members of the community” and linked to drugs.A 50-year-old man was arrested but later released under investigation.Mr Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forward. He also confirmed that two other addresses were being searched by police. One is less than a mile away from the flat where the bodies were discovered and the other is in west London.Fears have been mounting that one of the women found dead is Mary Jane Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother of two who went missing last May and has not been heard from by her family.Yesterday, speaking outside the flat where the two bodies were discovered, Mel Mustafa described her sister as “the most kind hearted person that you could meet,” adding: “I still don’t believe it’s her.“Police have been keeping me updated, but we haven’t had any confirmation, so we have to hope she is still alive,” she said.Mary Jane’s cousin Ceylan Sunda added: “The whole family is upside down.” He said: “I would appeal to anyone who has visited this address over the last year, or has information about people who frequented the property, to come forward and speak to my team.”I am aware that casts a wide net in terms of my appeal but we do need to build up an accurate picture of life at that flat and what occurred there.” He told reporters: “It’s such an unusual scene. I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are.”They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a post-mortem.” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said identification could take days as the crime scene is “one of the most challenging and complex” he has seen in 28 yearsCredit:Eddie Mulholland DCI Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in Vandome Close in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forwardCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Police at a property on Vandome Close in east London where two women have been found dead. 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

RTÉ to rebroadcast the Ann Lovett letters

first_imgTHIRTY YEARS AGO today, a 15-year-old schoolgirl left school in Granard, County Longford.Unlike her peers, Ann Lovett did not go home. She went to a grotto at the top of the town. There, alone in the cold, she gave birth to an infant son. Her son died there, in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Ann died later that day in hospital.The story made front page news, but was originally dismissed as Gay Byrne went through the papers on The Late Late Show that week.However, Byrne would soon be inundated with letters to his RTÉ Radio show. In his own words “there were too many to ignore”.The event proved seminal in the Irish discussion on children being born out of wedlock and on teenage pregnancy.Byrne took his entire show to read out letters from women who he said thanked Ann Lovett.“They thank Ann Lovett for giving them the courage to express what they have kept secret. Her sacrifice was not in vain, is their point.”LettersFrom across the country, women shared their stories, with Byrne reading out letters from women who had been shamed into either giving up their children or were disowned by their families.Said a woman from Wexford:“It was decided that I would go and look after my poor old sick great-aunt in Dublin. After six weeks I gave birth to a baby boy and returned home immediately to pick up from before, as if nothing had ever happened. Never in the past 10 years since the birth of my baby have my parents ever talked about my pregnancy.A woman from Limerick told a disturbing tale of an unmarried farm hand who had choked her baby to death in an attempt to conceal her affair with a married man.‘A martyr’One letter called Ann a “martyr” for her generation.“I really believe it was meant to happen to save this generation.“On having several conversations here in schools, there was not a home in Ireland on Sunday night that parents were not sitting down talking to their children, hoping to make them understand that they should feel able to tell their parents if they have a problem.”Another woman from Cork wrote about the day she gave birth at 15.I walked around, wondering what I was going to do. I was going to jump into the river. I kept praying to myself and I decided to go home. I went to bed, telling my mother I had a sore throat. I went through eight hours of strong labour.“My mother came into the room to check on me, and you can imagine her shock. She rushed for the doctor and everything turned out fine.”Tomorrow, RTÉ Radio One will broadcast the letters at 6pm. A documentary by Lorelai Harris can be heard here.Read: Missed the Prime Time investigation last night? Here’s what you need to know…last_img read more

Theres Still Time to Fill Out Your Ag Census

first_imgThere’s still time for soybean farmers to make their voices heard and make a positive impact on their communities by taking part in the Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census captures a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.Census data is used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities from federal, state and local governments to agribusinesses and trade associations. Companies and cooperatives can use the information to determine the locations of facilities that will serve agricultural producers. Often legislators use the information when shaping farm policies and programs. And, of course, ASA members can use Census data to help make informed decisions about the future of our own operations. ASA makes use of Census data in its publications, including the popular Soy Stats®, due out in late April/early May.NASS and ASA call on farmers and ranchers to share their stories, ask questions and talk to their fellow producers about this critical effort. Your answers to the Census help grow your farm future; shape farm programs; and boost services for you, your community and your industry.For more information, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.last_img read more

UPDATE State Supreme Court rules in favor of wind farm

first_imgThe Washington State Supreme Court has upheld the approval of a controversial wind farm in Skamania County, turning back a legal challenge from two advocacy groups that aimed to block it.The court’s unanimous ruling, released Thursday, allows the Whistling Ridge Energy Project to move forward. The proposed wind farm was given a green light — in a scaled-back form — by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in 2011, then approved by then-Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2012.But even with its latest affirmation, the wind farm likely isn’t going to begin construction right away, according to its developer.An appeal by Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Save Our Scenic Area argued that project developer Whistling Ridge Energy LLC and those who approved the plan didn’t properly consider potential environmental harm and other impacts to the area. The groups highlighted numerous perceived shortcomings in the project’s initial application.But the Supreme Court ruled that many of the petitioners’ arguments held the Whistling Ridge project and its application to an unreasonably high standard that goes beyond legal requirements — which were met.“Essentially, the application is a starting point of a longer process and more specific decisions are addressed throughout the process,” the ruling said. “Any minor deficiencies in the application itself are to be expected and do not warrant reversal. Invalidation of the completed review and recommendation would also defeat the purpose of the extended hearings and ongoing oversight of the project.”last_img read more

Amanda Knox trial nears 3rd verdict

first_imgFLORENCE, Italy — Few international criminal cases have stirred national passions as strongly as that of American student Amanda Knox, waiting half a world away for her third Italian court verdict in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Whatever is decided this week, the protracted legal battle that has grabbed global headlines and polarized trial-watchers in three nations probably won’t end in Florence. The first two trials produced flip-flop verdicts of guilty then innocent for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and the case has produced harshly clashing versions of events. A Florence appeals panel designated by Italy’s supreme court to address issues it raised about the acquittal is set to deliberate Thursday, with a verdict expected later in the day. Much of the attention has focused on Knox, 26, who has remained in Seattle during this trial, citing her fear of “the universal problem of wrongful conviction,” according to her statement emailed to the Florence court. Her representatives say she is concentrating on her studies at the University of Washington.“We wait for the verdict, and remain hopeful,” Knox’s U.S. lawyer, Theodore Simon, said by telephone from Philadelphia. “But history being our guide, we know Amanda can be convicted and it is very disconcerting to her and her family. The logical position is that there is no evidence.”last_img read more

Texas Monthly Dominates Again at the City and Regional Magazine Awards

first_img The magazine, which over the last year saw a change in ownership as well as the departure of its EIC Brian Sweany and executive editor Pamela Colloff, won four awards for its design, including designer of the year to Victoria Millner. In addition to Texas Monthly, several other former Emmis Communication’s properties saw success after a year of turn over and turmoil. Los Angeles Magazine, which lost its EIC and several others following its sale to Hour Media Group, won an award, as did its fellow Hour publications Atlanta and Cincinnati magazines.   See a complete list of CRMA winners here. General excellence awards went to SagaCity Media’s Sarasota Magazine and Portland Monthly, as well as Genesis Park’s Texas Monthly, in their respective circulation-based categories.center_img Texas Monthly made a big dent in another award show, taking home seven prizes at the 32-year-old National City and Regional Magazine Awards on May 22 at the CRMA annual conference in Houston, Texas. Chicago Magazine followed closely behind Texas Monthly with five awards, including writer of the year to Bryan Smith. Denver’s 5280 magazine and Boston Magazine both got three awards.last_img read more

After Facebook YouTube opens up to third party viewability verification

first_imgYouTube has announced that it would open itself up to external entities that would verify or measure its advertising for viewer impact.Among the vendors approved by YouYube are comScore, DoubleVerify, Integral AdScience and Moat. The latter will begin measurement first, early next year.’Viewability verification’ refers to measurement of how ads are being used or where they are being placed. Viewability is a measure of whether or not an ad had a chance to be seen by a user. Marketeers want to know how and when their ads are being viewed and want metrics around the actual number of times an ad appeared in front of a user.Google had created the Active View solution two years ago which enabled advertisers to buy ads on a “viewable” rather than a “served-impression” basis.Though YouTube, which was bought up by Google in 2006, has now opened up to outside measurement vendors, advertisers will still be able to use Active View.”Advertisers will still be able to use Active View as anticipated. Having Google as partners helps in addressing challenges. It pushes the entire industry forward. This move will generate better industry standards across third party verification practices. It will keep the momentum in the right direction,” said Keith Weed, Chief marketing and communications officer of Unilever, was quoted as saying in marketingland.com.Companies like Unilever have been advocating third-party viewability verification. Weed was quoted by Facebook in September that it would begin offering third-party viewability verification on video ads. “Viewability verification would extend beyond ads on the social media,” Facebook said, having tied with Moat for the same.Recently, advertisement networks Millennial Media and 33Across announced a partnership with Integral Ad Science to offer viewability verification and to guarantee that advertisers only paid for ad impressions that were seen by the viewers and not otherwise, marketingland. com said.last_img read more

Marriott International to buy Starwood resorts in a 122billion deal

first_imgMarriott International Inc announced an agreement to buy competitor Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a $12.2-billion transaction that will create the world’s largest hotel chain.Starwood stockholders would receive 0.92 Marriott Class A share and $2 in cash for each share, Efe cited the companies as saying in a joint statement.The combined company will be the world’s largest hotelier, with 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 facilities across over 100 countries and an annual turnover of $2.7 billion.The deal, subject to approval from both companies’ shareholders and regulators, is expected to close by mid-2016, said the statement.Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson will head the combined company, whose headquarters will remain in Bethesda, Maryland. Three Starwood directors will join an expanded 14-member board.last_img read more

M Gasby Brown Receives NonProfit Advocate Award from FAME

first_imgWashington, DC – During their 12th Anniversary & Awards Celebration the Foundation for Advancement for Music and Education (FAME) organization honored, M. Gasby Brown with the 2016 “Non-Profit Advocate” Award for her various volunteer efforts.M. Gasby Brown receives 2016 “Non-Profit Advocate” Award for her various volunteer efforts. (Photo Credit: Gwendolyn Flowers)Amongst a distinguished panel of recipients recognized by FAME during the ceremony was Philanthropist and Fundraising Professional, M. Gasby Brown, acclaimed for her philanthropic leadership, communication and business development strategy training in the nonprofit and faith-based arenas, both regionally and globally. Upon accepting the award for her advocacy, fundraising and strengthening of non-profit leadership, Ms. Brown humbly stated, “This award is absolutely a blessing.” She further elaborated, “I am grateful for FAME and the many other organizations that allow me to lend my talents and live my purpose, through education and volunteering.” Mrs. Brown is revered in the community, not only for her works as the CEO and Executive Consultant for her philanthropic consulting firm, The Gasby Group, Inc., but also as an accomplished, self-taught Visual Artist. “Toni” Lewis, Founder & Executive Director of FAME, whose mission is to nurture, support, and encourage the talents of young people, spoke with great sincerity about the “Non-Profit Advocate” Award-recipient. “We thank God for Gasby! What is the likelihood of having a Harvard Graduate and MIT Researcher who is willing to get into the trenches with charitable organizations?”Ms. Lewis continued, “With this award, we wanted to applaud her national efforts, but on the regional level. It’s rare that you meet someone with this level of expertise and numerous gifts, who has the heart to bestow it upon others for their betterment.”

For Mrs. Brown, the hard work continues beyond public acknowledgement. She is a purpose-driven educator and her work is her ministry. Inevitably modeling her father, an ordained minister, she will continue to contribute to the success of a plethora of organizations throughout the country, before her work is complete.

For additional information regarding this honor for M. Gasby Brown and her outreach, please contact, Empyrean PR at 202-656-9819 or Nicole@empyreanpr.com.last_img read more

More travellers flying for business instead of leisure says new survey

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Business Travel, Trend Watch More travellers flying for business instead of leisure, says new surveycenter_img NEW YORK — The majority of air travellers are travelling for business, not leisure, with most booking air tickets directly with airlines and via online price comparison websites.These are just some of the findings in the GlobalData Travel and Tourism Survey 2017-2018, which was based on the surveyed opinions and expectations of 362 global travellers in April 2017.Here’s what the survey found:Globally, the majority of air travellers are travelling for business purposes rather than leisure.The majority of travellers in the age group 18–24 years select online price comparison websites for ticket bookings.Travellers with annual income between US$100,001 and $150,000 are most likely to use airline websites for ticket bookings.The highest numbers of travellers with annual income less than $20,000 opt for economy class when traveling abroad.Of travellers who are above 65 years, 46% shopped 4–7 times at duty-free airport retail outlets in the past 12 months.On average, 47% of female travellers shopped at duty paid airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers across all age groups spend 15 minutes or less at duty paid airport retail outlets, especially the 18–24 years age group.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.The highest percentage of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport during the last year.The highest number of travellers prefer PC/Laptop when booking air tickets for travel abroad.On average, 46% of female travellers shopped at duty-free airport retail outlets.The majority of travellers purchased food and beverages from airport retail stores for consumption at the airport in the last 12 months.Competitive prices and last-minute gifts are the key factors motivating travellers to purchase at airport retail stores.Of travellers, 41% indicate that they intend to travel to the U.S. by air in the next 12 months. Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 30, 2017 last_img read more

Lufthansa will continue to be an official partner

first_imgLufthansa will continue to be an official partnerLufthansa will continue to be an official partner of Germany’s football association DFBContract extension until the end of 2022Lufthansa is continuing its commitment to football and has extended its partnership with the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) until 2022. Lufthansa therefore remains an official partner of DFB. As the “official airline”, Lufthansa flies the players, coaches, staff and delegation members of the DFB team to international matches and tournaments. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing and good partnership with DFB. For many years now, it has been a special honor for us to fly the German national team to their major tournaments around the world,” said Markus Binkert, CCO of the Lufthansa Hub Munich and Senior Vice President Marketing. So far, the highlight of the long-standing partnership has been the flight of the Lufthansa “Fanhansa Siegerflieger” returning the national team to Germany from Brazil with the World Cup trophy after their 2014 win.The contract guarantees Lufthansa extensive rights and marketing services from DFB, especially in the years featuring the European Football Championship and the World Cup, among other things.Lufthansa has been cooperating with DFB for many years now and also has long-standing partnerships with the German sports aid foundation Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe as well as the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). The company is also a co-sponsor of Germany’s National Paralympic Committee (DBS).Source = Lufthansalast_img read more

Audit boss gives thumbs up to EAC corporate culture

first_imgThe corporate culture at the state-run power company is a “healthy one” overall, even though the EAC can do a lot more to trim costs, auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said on Thursday.He was presenting to MPs his report on the EAC for the year 2016.“Despite its large size, with a budget of around €600 million, in theory there is scope for skullduggery at the EAC, but the culture is a good one and is not a culture of corruption,” Michaelides noted.In 2016, the electricity utility posted pre-tax profits of €77.1 million. After taxes, and adjusting the cost of the early retirement scheme according to revised accounting standards, the company sustained losses of €42.6 million.Up until December 31, 2016, the total value (without interest) of electricity provided to the north was calculated at €272 million.During 2016, the value of electricity provided (but not paid for) to the village of Pyla came to €300,000.At the same time, the auditor-general said, the EAC’s board should consider doing away with or at least cutting back on the slew of benefits and allowances given to employees.One perk that was “unacceptable,” Michaelides said, was granting EAC employees interest-free loans for their children’s college studies, meaning the taxpayer is effectively subsiding these individuals’ education.Speaking in parliament, EAC chairman Andreas Marangos said the EAC used to have 42 allowances; of these, 24 were scrapped, two suspended, six reduced and 10 remained as is.The EAC leadership planned to raise the matter of the allowances during the negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreements, he added.At end-2016, consumers’ total arrears to the EAC for electricity consumption was €101 million, of which €33 million concerned unrecorded consumption.Municipalities and local communities collectively owed the EAC some €1.2 million, compared to €1.7 million at the end of 2015.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsJoint Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Research Joint Pain ReliefYahoo Search | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more