Mercy For Animals’ Hidden Heroes Gala will take place next week, and aims to celebrate their brave undercover investigators and all their incredible supporters nationwide.Held at the magnificent Unici Casa in Culver City near Los Angeles, California, on Saturday August 29, 2015, this black tie event will move and inspire you. Guests will enjoy a star-studded awards show, gourmet vegan dinner, silent auction, and much more.Expected to attend the event are Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Pamela Anderson, Emily Deschanel, Russell Simmons, Tony Kanal, Jennifer Tilly, Diane Warren, John Salley, Nathan Runkle and more.WHEN: Saturday, August 29thRed Carpet: 5:30 – 7:30PM VIP Cocktail Hour: 6PM General Reception: 7PM Dinner and Program: 8PMWHERE: Unici Casa 9461 Jefferson BlvdCulver City, CA 90232
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) reported Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit was up from a year ago as revenue ticked lower.The media company said its profit attributable to shareholders totalled $28.9 million or 14 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Aug. 31.That compared with a profit of $25,000 or zero cents per share in the same period a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, Corus said it earned $43.9 million or 22 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $14.5 million or seven cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $381.2 million, down from nearly $384.5 million a year ago.On Tuesday, Corus announced a deal to sell French-language specialty channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media for $200 million.“As we reviewed our portfolio of assets this year, we determined that while Historia and Series+ are excellent channels, they are not core to advancing Corus’ strategic priorities at this time,” Corus chief executive Doug Murphy said in a statement.“Furthermore, the increased financial flexibility this transaction provides will enable Corus to accelerate our transformation into an industry-leading integrated media and content company.”The sale requires approval by the CRTC and the Competition Bureau.Corus owns 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations and 15 conventional television stations as well as other assets.
WINNIPEG — New Flyer Industries Canada ULC has won a contract to provide the City of Edmonton with 110 clean diesel heavy-duty transit buses, as well as options by the city to purchase an additional 120 buses.The company says the buses will be deployed on the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) network starting 2018, supporting routes that move more than 300,000 people per day.It says Edmonton’s replacement of aging fleet vehicles with more efficient, air-conditioned models is part of the city’s goal to transform riders’ transit experience.New Flyer (TSX:NFI) is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America.It has fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centres across Canada, employing more than 5,400 people.Its headquarters are in Winnipeg.“For over 20 years we have supported Edmonton’s innovative growth and development with New Flyer buses,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO. “We are proud to support Edmonton’s continued transformation as it expands public transit infrastructure, and focuses on clean energy, sustainability, and safe, accessible public transportation.”The company also offers Motor Coach Industries (MCI) J-Series, the industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series.
Mr. Annan “remains convinced that there is no alternative to the continuation of dialogue and a peaceful solution to the conflict,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said.”The Secretary-General urges all concerned, in particular the insurgents belonging to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), to return to the negotiating table,” the statement added. “He reminds the parties of their responsibilities to protect civilians and abide by international humanitarian law.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department’s fiscal Year 2015 budget. Sebelius said 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That’s a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law’s open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Health secretary Sebelius says 7.5 million people have applied for coverage under health law WASHINGTON – Enrolment for the president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the face of election-year attacks.Sign-ups for the law stood at 7.1 million last week, but people who had started signing up when the enrolment period closed March 31, or who had trouble signing up, were given extra time to finalize their applications. Four hundred thousand more have now done so, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Sebelius said she expects the figure to continue to grow.The original number already exceeded expectations, a surprise success after a disastrous roll-out and welcome news for Democrats who’ve been forced to defend their support for the unpopular law derided by critics as “Obamacare.” Democratic senators took turns Thursday praising the robust sign-up numbers.“We now know millions of people who have directly benefited from the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., while bemoaning that “we’re still stuck in this repeal, not repeal mode, particularly in the House of Representatives, and that’s not doing a service to the people of this country.”Indeed, the new figure seemed unlikely to tamp down Republican attacks over the law and its new requirement for Americans to carry insurance or face penalties. The GOP sees discontent over the law as a winning political issue heading into November midterm elections where Republicans are aiming to defend their control of the House and perhaps retake the Senate.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, questioned the administration’s coverage figures, noting that it’s not known how many of the people who’ve signed up have actually sealed the deal by paying their first month’s premium, or how many already had health insurance before the law went into effect.“So far, it appears that the administration is hoping that the public will ignore these important questions and only focus on the number of claimed enrollees,” Hatch said.The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association says that 80 per cent to 85 per cent of the people who had enrolled with Blues plans through the health insurance exchanges had paid their premiums as of Feb. 1, which would represent a significant reduction over the administration’s raw numbers.People who started signing up during open enrolment but didn’t finish have until April 15 to finish signing up for coverage, while people who encountered any one of a number of problems that might have kept them from signing up are eligible for a so-called “special enrolment period” that would bring another 60 days to sign up.The 7.5 million represents people who’ve sought insurance from private companies through new on-line marketplaces created by the law. The law also includes an expansion of Medicaid, and 3 million more Americans have obtained insurance that way, the administration has said.People who are eligible for the law’s Medicaid expansion can sign up at any time of the year, but with limited exceptions, insurance companies have stopped selling individual policies outside the new government-sponsored health care markets until the next open enrolment season, which starts Nov. 15.___=Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 8:30 am MDT
The World Cup’s knockout stage begins Saturday, with both matchups pitting South American teams against each other. Lose and they’re gone.Brazil vs. Chile 12 p.m. EDTColombia vs. Uruguay 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHUruguay must face Colombia without striker Luis Suárez, who has been suspended nine games for eating a little Italian (defender Giorgio Chiellini) during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday. That’s good news for Colombian players who don’t care to be sampled like beef jerky, but bad news for Uruguay, which has proven itself to be more effective with Suárez than without him.Suárez’s teammates missed him when sat out Uruguay’s June 14 Group D match against Costa Rica because of tenderness from a knee operation three weeks earlier. Although Uruguay possessed the ball 56 percent of the time, it managed just nine shots (compared to Costa Rica’s 13), with only three on target. Without Suárez, Uruguay couldn’t finish and lost 3-1.Contrast that to Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England on June 19. With Suárez in the lineup, the Uruguayans possessed the ball only 37 percent of the time but made the most of their opportunities: Suárez took Uruguay’s only two shots on frame and converted on both. He didn’t score when the team edged Italy 1-0, but he took a good bite out of the Italians’ concentration, and the Uruguayans scored soon after.The Colombians are led by attacking midfielder James Rodríguez, who has three goals and two assists in the tournament. Our World Cup predictive model gives Colombia a 69 percent chance of beating Uruguay.Saturday’s other match pits host Brazil, which won twice and drew once in Group A play, against Chile, which went 2-1 in Group B. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates Brazil as the best team in the world, and our model gives it a 41 percent chance of winning the tournament. We give it a 82 percent chance of beating Chile.OFF THE PITCHBrazil and Chile aren’t neighbors, but that hasn’t stopped them from forming close ties, both historically and in the modern day. After winning their independence from Portugal and Spain, respectively, in the early-19th century, their relations began with mutual support in separate conflicts with Argentina. More recently, the two countries signed bilateral agreements in education, culture and research — and that was before Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was re-elected and promised to put more focus on the nation’s relationship with Brazil. But what does that mean for these countries’ trade?According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, the cooperation translates. In 2012, Brazil sent $9.59 billion worth of exports to Chile, but without a focus on one particular product. The biggest share was crude petroleum, at about 26 percent, but public passenger vehicles, bovine meat, footwear, glues and chocolate all had significant shares as well. Flowing in the opposite direction was $8.33 billion worth of Chilean goods. Their breakdown is a little more imbalanced, with cooper making up 55 percent of exports, but the remaining products are well-distributed, with things such as fresh fish, fertilizers, wine and car parts all comprising comparable fractions of exports to Brazil. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWhom Do You Root For When Your Team Gets Knocked Out of the World Cup?The U.S.’s Odds of Beating Belgium And Every Other World Cup OpponentThe Germans Are Young, in Their Prime, And Really, Really Good
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 2000 Greek Australians packed the Lonsdale Street Greek precinct on Sunday to see the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture launched with a bang. President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Bill Papastergiadis fought back tears while addressing the crowd, speaking of a new period for the Greek Australian community. “This is a new chapter in the renaissance of Greek Australian Victoria” he said.“A building in which to engage and redefine our identity.”He said the building is the largest undertaken by any Greek community of the diaspora and will act as an example of what can be achieved.Bishop Ezekiel was on hand to bless the building, while both sides of politics showed their support, with Premier Denis Napthine and opposition leader Daniel Andrews in attendance.Mr Andrews even tried his hand at speaking a bit of Greek to congratulate the community on this historic milestone, which was met with laughter and applause. Greece’s Ambassador to Australia, Haris Dafaranos also relayed the Greek Government’s congratulations and said Prime Minster Antonis Samaras is very proud of the achievement of the GOCMV and of the Greek Australian community. The 15 level building was open to all, but struggled under the crush of people. Lines heading to the lifts snaked up Lonsdale Street for hours, with people curious to see what the building has to offer. Inside they were able to see new multi-purpose rooms, classrooms for the GOCMV language classes and rooms for future exhibitions. The pièce de résistance was the impressive rooftop space on the 13th floor. For those not able to make it into the building, a music and dance program entertained the crowd.It was a fitting way to open the new building, harking back to the annual Londsale Street Greek Festival.The old white three story building is now a thing of the past. It will now forever be replaced by an impressive glass building with a sneaky Discobolus on the façade, standing tall in the heart of the Greek precinct.
Dépistage VIH : définition, déroulement de l’examen, délai de résultatLe test du dépistage du VIH (virus de l’immunodéficience humaine), aussi appelé test de dépistage du Sida, repose sur une analyse de sang. Il est vivement conseillé après tout rapport sexuel “à risque”, c’est-à-dire non protégé, avec un partenaire dont la séronégativité n’a pas été confirmée par un test récent.Qu’est-ce que le test du dépistage du VIH ?Il existe plusieurs tests de dépistage de VIH, recherchant la présence de l’infection dans le sang ou plus rarement dans la salive. Cette infection se transmet souvent lors d’un rapport sexuel non protégé, ce qui la classe parmi les IST(infections sexuellement transmissibles), mais d’autres conduites à risque peuvent entrainer une contamination (ex. : partage de seringues).Quel que soit le test employé, il faut respecter un laps de temps après l’infection pour obtenir un résultat fiable, variant de quelques semaines à quelques mois. En attendant, il faut utiliser un préservatif à chaque rapport, par précaution.À noter : le test de dépistage du VIH est proposé systématiquement dans certaines circonstances, par exemple, avant un don d’organe, de sang et de sperme ou encore lors de la première visite prénatale.Dépistage du VIH : comment se déroule l’examen ?À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterLe test de dépistage du VIH “classique” (test Elisa) détecte la présence d’anticorps anti-VIH à partir de 6 semaines après la contamination : la prise de sang est faite dans une veine du pli du coude. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être à jeun. Si le résultat est négatif (aucune trace d’infection), il est généralement fiable, mais d’autres analyses peuvent être proposées dans les mois suivants, par précaution. En cas de test positif, la séropositivité du patient sera confirmée ou infirmée par une autre analyse en laboratoire (test Western-Blot). Il existe aussi des autotests de dépistage du VIH, vendus en pharmacie. Le test se déroule alors à domicile, via une goutte de sang prélevée au bout du doigt ou un peu de salive. Le résultat est fiable 3 mois après l’infection, mais un résultat positif doit toujours être confirmé par une analyse de sang.Dépistage du VIH : quels risques pour la santé ?Le VIH s’attaque directement aux défenses immunitaires du malade, ce qui favorise l’apparition de nombreuses autres pathologies dites “maladies opportunistes” comme la tuberculose. Au stade le plus évolué de l’infection au VIH, on parle de sida, à l’issue souvent mortelle. Mais si le test de dépistage confirme l’infection, un traitement antirétroviral et un suivi médical régulier sont mis en place pour freiner l’évolution de la maladie : de nos jours, elle n’évolue plus forcément jusqu’au stade du sida. Le port du préservatif est aussi nécessaire à chaque rapport sexuel pour éviter de contaminer d’autres personnes.Le 7 août 2017 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambert
NEW YORK — Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television’s “Coach,” died Friday in Arkansas, according to his manager. He was 86.John Castonia said Van Dyke died at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. No cause was immediately known.Van Dyke had an affable, goofy appeal, but he spent much of his career toiling in failed sitcoms and in the shadow of his older brother, even playing the star’s brother in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”Until “Coach” came along in 1989, Van Dyke was best known to critics as the guy who had starred in one of television’s more improbable sitcoms, 1965’s “My Mother the Car.” Its premise: A small-town lawyer talks to his deceased mother (voiced by actress Ann Sothern), who speaks from the radio of an antique automobile.Other bombs included 1967’s “Accidental Family,” in which he was a nightclub comedian, 1970’s “The Headmaster,” in which he was a gym teacher and 1963’s “Picture This,” a game show that lasted only three months. He also joined “The Judy Garland Show” in 1963, to provide comic relief, but was fired at the end of the season.
Whale researchers in Southeast Alaska have broken the record for the longest re-sighting of a humpback whale.Forty-four years ago, the first sighting of a humpback known as Old Timer coincided with both the end of commercial whaling and the establishment of the Endangered Species Act. The whale’s re-sighting on July 12th in the waters outside Petersburg interacts with a fierce debate within the conservation community over the future status of these mighty marine mammals.Download AudioOld Timer’s Flukes captured from the deck of the M/V Northern Song on July 12th. (Jim Nahmens/Nature’s Spirit Photography; shared with permission)Back in the 1970s it was so rare to see a humpback whale in Frederick Sound, sightings were often dismissed as wild rumors.Now the area is so abundant on a recent trip the humpback whales turned Cape Fanshaw into a meadow of blowholes and tail flukes.It was here that Adam Pack, a professor at the University of Hawaii sighted a whale who breaks the record for the longest re-sighting of a humpback. Back on shore in Petersburg, Pack looks out at the Sound from the deck of the Northern Song, the boat he was on when he saw the whale he calls Old Timer.“I was on the deck out here and Jim Nehmans, my colleague, was adjacent to me and then we saw this one fluke at the same time,” he said. “We just looked at each other and said ‘there’s Old Timer’ and we literally jumped up and high fived right there on the front of the boat.”Old Timer was first sighted here when Richard Nixon was still president and “American Pie” was Number 1 on the Billboard Top 100. Since then Pack and his fellow researchers have built a whole database of the humpbacks that grace these waters. And to him they’re all individuals with their own quirks and personalities.He shows me a catalog of all the whales who congregate in Frederick Sound. Pack describes how the whale’s tail fluke is like a humpback’s fingerprint. He points to one: “This is stumpy. He’s missing half a fluke blade,” he tells me. “We’d call that one Crazy Eyes. This is angel fish because that looks like an Angel fish up there, this looks like a mosaic painting.”Old Timer’s fluke is black with white shading like dots of shaving cream left on a full beard. Pack says the fact he gets to see whales like after 44 years is testament to the protection and conservation the species has been given since 1972.That protection together with the decision to ban commercial whaling back in 1970 has been so successful, in April the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed that humpback whales in the Pacific should be removed from the endangered species list.“This recognises the fact that things have improved for the whales,” said Marta Nammack, the Endangered Species Act listing coordinator for NOAA.Nammack’s heading up the proposals which would take humpbacks off the endangered species list in 10 of the 13 places they reside across the world.But some wildlife and conservation groups think those proposals spell danger:“It’s premature to remove those protections when so many threats like climate change, ocean acidification and ocean noise are increasing,” said Kristen Monsell, a Staff Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.She says NOAA’s move is shortsighted. The reason humpbacks are doing so well is because of the endangered species Act.“The ESA is a very powerful tool that helps to protect, conserve and recover imperiled species,” Monsell said.But Marta Nammack, from NOAA, says what’s the point in having a list at all if you can’t recognize when an animal no longer belongs on that list.“The whole goal of the endangered species act is to get them off that list,” she told me. “It’d be nice if we can see some more.”Recently NOAA opened up a public comment period in order to hear the concerns of groups like Kristen Monsell’s. That ended on July 20th and the organization will now take those comments into account before making a final proposal sometime early next year.Whatever happens between now and then Adam Pack says seeing whales like Old Timer again and relisting can be celebrated but that doesn’t mean they can be complacent.“It means we’ve done pretty good but we have to continue to be vigilant,” he said. “We have to make sure that they are there for generations to come.”And if the whales living in Frederick sound are anything to go by it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere fast.
Nampally: AIMIM party general secretary and MLA (Yakutpura) Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, along with the locals of Bhainsa district, submitted a memorandum to the Telangana State Wakf Board (TSWB) officials urging to make these locals as the renter of the Wakf land in Bhainsa.Speaking to the media persons, Pasha Quadri said that, on Wednesday, around 50 people visited AIMIM headquarters in Darussalaam and told him about the harassment of the Wakf property caretaker in Bhainsa district. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us He said that the caretaker was harassing them to vacate the property. Locals requested him for the space in Wakf property and they also said that they are ready to give a rent for the space to the TS Wakf Board. Immediately, Pasha Quadri, along with the locals visited the TS Wakf Board in Nampally and given a representation to the Wakf officials and speaking on call to TSWB Chairman Mohammed Saleem, Pasha Quadri requested him to make them as a renter of TS Wakf Board property.
00:00 /05:38 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a Texas redistricting case that dates back to 2011. The High Court’s considering whether the Lone Star State’s political maps intentionally discriminate against minority voters. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen discusses the case with Robert Barnes, who covers the Supreme Court for The Washington Post. Share
Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaA redacted version of the Mueller Report shows how Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential Election even reached Houston.An Instagram post about a confederate rally in Houston is cited in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as the “earliest evidence” of Russian influence in political rallies that happened across the United States. X 00:00 /00:49 Page 29 of the Mueller investigation on Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election states: “The Office identified dozens of U.S. rallies organized by the IRA (St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency). The earliest evidence of a rally was a “confederate rally” in November 2015.”In a footnote, the report refers to an Instagram post about a Houston-area rally planned for November 14, 2015.U.S. Department of JusticePage 29 of the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential ElectionThe report also says: “The IRA (Internet Research Agency) continued to organize rallies even after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The attendance at rallies varied. Some rallies appear to have drawn few (if any) participants, while others drew hundreds. The reach and success of these rallies was closely monitored.” Though some of the events organized by Russian operatives never came to fruition or had low attendance, one anti-Muslim rally in Houston drew small crowds of both protesters and counter-protesters.Stop Islamization of Texas Protest from Dina Kesbeh on Vimeo.In May 2016, a handful of protesters with the banner “White Lives Matter” showed up for a protest to “Stop the Islamization of Texas” outside the Islamic Da’wah Center in Downtown Houston.A larger crowd of counter-protesters also showed up.The protest was organized by the Heart of Texas Facebook group. “The Heart of Texas Facebook group really was a group that was created by the Russians,” said Rice University political science professor Mark Jones. “There was no group of concerned Texans forming it, it was formed by Russian trolls with the idea of gaining a following and manipulating that following to political ends,” said Jones.Despite being created by Russian trolls, the New York Times reported that the group had about 250,000 likes on Facebook before it was taken down. “Russian trolls were able to mobilize people on one side that were antagonistic towards the mosque and people on the other side that were supportive of the mosque to get out there and protest,” said Jones, who thinks the rally shows how the Russians were somewhat successful in undermining the democratic process by stoking existing hardline ideologies. Following the 2016 election, the use of Facebook and Instagram to manipulate political beliefs is being more closely monitored.In August 2018, Facebook wrote in a post: “Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. Some of this activity originated in Iran, and some originated in Russia.” They wrote that they took down more than 650 pages, groups and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
Market benchmark Sensex on Monday rose for the fourth straight by surging 564.60 points to close at one and a half months high of 26,785.55 tracking upbeat Asian and European cues after US jobs data fuelled speculation that the Fed will not raise interest rates
In an initiative to forge bonds and to promote Indian tourism in China, China India Tourism Year in India- a joint decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to enhance tourism between the countries, a delegation from China and the Tourism Administration of Sichuan, one of the largest provinces of China were recently in the Capital. Known for its giant pandas and world famous spicy cuisine, Sichuan and its Tourism Administration aimed through this conference to spread better awareness about the province amongst Indian travellers with its tagline as ‘Sichuan – More than Pandas.’ Sichuan Tourism Administration highlighted the province to be home to not only the giant pandas, but also to diverse art and culture, breathtaking natural beauty, unique culinary, ancient history and vast resources which makes it the tourism cynosure of China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sichuan has favourable geographical and ecological resources with more than 4000 tourist attractions which includes nine of 5A level scenic spots, five world heritage sites, four world biosphere reserves, two World Geo Parks. Another cultural heritage which was brought to light in the Conference was the ‘Leshan Giant Buddha’ or ‘Lingyun Giant Buddha’ which is the sculpture of a seated ‘Maitreya Buddha’ located at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in southern Sichuan, close to the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture which has been carved out from a cliff, faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below its feet. Mount Emei Scenic Area including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily rivals other famous stone carvings such as the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, Mt. Emei features more than 26 temples including eight major ones which frequently hold Buddhist ceremonies. Wang Ning, Executive Vice Governor, Sichuan remarked: “I am hopeful that the Conference will help Indian people better understand Sichuan and create a positive atmosphere for the tourism in Sichuan from India. Both India and Sichuan are fascinating tourism destinations. Just like India, Sichuan has rich ancient heritage, cultural diversity and centuries old civilisation which we take pride immense pride in.”Song Ming, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Tourism Administration who was also present at the conference, said: “This Conference is an important launching pad for us to boost tourism from India to Sichuan and is a precursor of an action plan that includes a number of incentives and trial measures for travellers as well as tour operators from India.”
ibis Styles continues growth in ThailandAccorHotels announces the further expansion of its partnership with Destination Resorts Company, Limited to manage ibis Styles Samui Chaweng Beach, scheduled to open in early 2017.Located in the heart of Samui island’s entertainment and nightlife attractions, in the same development as Hard Rock Cafe Samui and adjacent to the lifestyle shopping complex Central Festival Samui, the trendy resort will be a focal point for stylish, young-at-heart travellers seeking fun and excitement.The resort will also be a two-minute walk to Chaweng’s white-sand beach and a 10 minute drive from Samui International Airport. Guests of the 129-room ibis Styles Chaweng Beach will enjoy the latest design and technology offerings, with an accessible room rate inclusive of breakfast and internet access.The resort’s ground-floor bar, lobby, and market-style restaurant will encourage social interactions, while the swimming pool and rooftop bar will offer iconic selfie moments.“The ibis Styles ‘all inclusive’ concept and promise of simplicity, generosity, quality and conviviality stand apart, particularly as an economy brand, and resonate with the increasing number of travellers in Thailand and on Samui, especially young domestic and intra-Asian guests,” said Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.Within Thailand and Asia Pacific, ibis Styles is one of AccorHotels’ fasting growing brands. It is a non-standardised economy brand offering stylishly-designed hotels “where the little extras don’t cost extra.” Catering to business and leisure travellers and situated in city hubs and other major centres of activity, each establishment has its own distinct personality and reflects a colourful, bright and energetic brand spirit with a hint of humour.There are currently two ibis Styles operating in Thailand, and the new resort joins five others in the brand’s pipeline for the country, including ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 50, ibis styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai, ibis Styles Chiang Khong Teak Garden, ibis Styles Phuket Phokeethra and ibis Styles South Pattaya.Mr. Gary Murray, CEO of Destination Resorts, said, “We are thrilled to introduce ibis Styles into our portfolio with AccorHotels. The modern brand will complement our existing set of Novotel resorts located throughout Thailand, and appeal to the growing number of millennial travellers.”“ibis Styles Samui Chaweng Beach will be the fourth property managed by AccorHotels in partnership with Destination Resorts, along with Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa, and Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort, which was recently rebranded in early April 2016.”Ibis Styles Chaweng Beach will be located at 168/61 Moo 2, Tambon Borput, Ko Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand. ibis Styles hotels Source = AccorHotels
Case-Shiller Detects First Double-Digit Price Gain in 7 Years In its first-quarter report, the “”CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes””:http://www.corelogic.com/products/case-shiller.aspx?WT.mc_id=prnw_130801_4JBntes.aspx experienced a double-digit national price gain for the first time since the housing bubble that took place seven years ago.[IMAGE]Prices increased an average of 10.2 percent from the first quarter of last year to the first quarter of this year across the 380 metro markets tracked. “”Record levels of affordability, a slow improving job market, and very small inventories of new and existing homes for sale will continue to drive U.S. home price appreciation during the summer,”” said David Stiff, chief economist for CoreLogic Case-Shiller. However, the economist does predict a slow-down in appreciation over the next year. From the first quarter of this year to the first quarter of next, the Case-Shiller Indexes predict a 6.5 percent price gain. [COLUMN_BREAK]Markets currently experiencing the greatest price appreciation are some of those that “”were at the center of the housing bubble,”” according to CoreLogic. Several California markets are among the top markets for price gains over the past year. San Jose, California, posted a 23.7 percent price gain; San Francisco posted a 21.1 percent price gain; and Sacramento, California, experienced a 21.0 percent price gain. Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas recorded price increases of 22.8 percent and 20.9 percent, respectively. However, of these notable markets, San Francisco is the only one where price gains are expected to continue in the double digits over the next year. Case-Shiller predicts a 10.5 percent gain in the metro. Additionally, Stiff staves off any concerns of growing bubbles, saying, “”there is less need for concern now since home prices remain 26 percent below their peak nationally and are even lower in many metro markets.”” The cause of many of the double-digit price increases across the country is low inventory. Phoenix, Sacramento, and Detroit all have just three months supply. At the other end of the spectrum, a few metros did experience price declines over the year ending in March 2013, but “”it is likely that home prices in these cities will turn positive by the end of the year,”” Stiff said. CoreLogice Case-Shiller Indexes rely on a combination of their own data along with information from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Moody’s Analytics. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-08-01 Krista Franks Brock in Data August 1, 2013 427 Views Share
The annual inflation rose last month to 2.3 per cent from 1.3 per cent the month before mainly on more expensive energy products, the statistical service said.Fuel prices rose an annual 11 per cent while electricity prices rose 5.6 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on Thursday. Agricultural products became 9.1 per cent less affordable and prices for services rose 2.1 per cent.The overall increase in prices was partly offset by 2.8 per cent drop in water prices and 0.3 per cent decline in prices of industrial products other than fuel, Cystat said.Consumer prices in the first six months of the year rose 0.3 per cent compared to the respective six-month period of 2017, Cystat said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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