VICTORIA — An independent report released today suggests organized criminals are laundering money through British Columbia’s luxury car sector and some are even receiving tax rebates from the province for the transactions.The B.C. government commissioned former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German in September to identify potential links between criminal enterprises and real estate, horse racing and luxury vehicle industries.In addition to gathering accounts of luxury car sales of up to $240,000 paid for with bags of cash, German uncovered a “huge” and complicated luxury-vehicle export scheme involving hundreds of so-called “straw buyers” in the grey market.A straw buyer is described as someone who is hired to purchase a car in Canada that will almost immediately be exported and re-sold in China, where dealerships charge more due to the tax structure and soaring demand.The report says the purchasers pay provincial sales tax when they buy the car but apply for a refund when it’s exported and the practice has grown exponentially, costing the province almosts $85 million since 2013.Attorney General David Eby says he was shocked to hear about the refunds and the government is moving quickly to address the issue.The Ministry of the Attorney General says the source and destination of the tax refunds and any income tax reporting from these individuals or entities is unknown.The report found vulnerabilities in the horse racing sector because of a lack of reporting requirements but no excessive issues related to money laundering.German’s report is one of two commissioned by the province in September amid what the province said was “widespread concern about B.C.’s reputation as a haven for money laundering.”He was asked to look at the luxury car, horse racing and real estate sectors after he concluded a review last June on money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos.The second report by an expert panel on money laundering recommends rule changes that would close loopholes in the real estate market and increase transparency around who owns property in B.C.Eby says that report, along with German’s findings about the real estate sector, should be released in the coming days.The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni guiding India’s world-class spin pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal from behind the stumps is well documented. And the same is evident when he is guiding his bowlers in Chennai Super Kings during the Indian Premier League. But talk of team meetings and planning before a game, and MSD would rather skip them. Suresh Raina said Dhoni’s biggest strength is his ability to stay in the present and improvise on the spot looking at how the game is panning out, even in a fast-paced format like T20 cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHaving been an integral part of the Indian team under Dhoni as also the CSK unit, not many people have followed ‘Captain Cool’ closer than Raina. While he refuses to compare Dhoni to the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the batsman believes that Dhoni’s strategic skills puts him a step above rest. “Every captain is unique and they all bring their interesting set of skills to the game. Having said that, Dhoni has been consistent with his impressive game strategies and that has converted to multiple wins over the years,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRaina is called ‘Mr IPL’ for a reason. And it was on display again at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Tuesday. Even as most batsmen struggled on the slow and low wicket, Raina hit a whirlwind 16-ball 30 to bat Delhi Capitals out of the game. With more than 5,000 runs to his name in the IPL — the only batsman to breach the mark in the league — Raina has shone in every single edition of the tournament. But the middle-order batsman feels the responsibility on one of the most successful IPL teams is even more this time. Raina said that it has been a dream journey for the franchise as they returned from a two-year suspension to lift the trophy in 2018. They are now looking to be the only team to win the tournament back-to-back twice (CSK had earlier won in 2010 and 2011). “We are high on determination right now. We have a big responsibility to shoulder this season and that thought alone has guided our practice sessions thus far. It’s been almost a decade for me with CSK and what I bring to the team is patience and the ability to keep it together during pressure situations,” he said. While the team has done well, Raina has been an integral part of the journey. Commenting on his ride in the league, Raina said: “I have always focussed on having my head in the game. The centuries, dismissals, trophies – they’re bonus points really. For me, what really counts is if I have been able to assist my team in winning a match. This attitude has helped me get where I am today. “To me, it doesn’t matter what position I’m batting in. It’s always about if I am able to contribute significantly to my team’s success — whether it’s the runs, the catches, or fielding.” A highlight of CSK’s journey in 2018 was how despite being a unit with the oldest average age in the tournament, Chennai didn’t let that affect them. While the debate continues, Raina says the team isn’t on the wrong side of 30. “It’s the perfect side of 30, I’d say. Our fielding has been on-point and we’ve proved it time and again.” While people keep trying to understand the secret behind CSK’s incredible journey, Raina says it is all about knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. “I think, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses pretty well and share a healthy team culture, which keeps the positivity going. This helps us keep our focus on the game. Also, the management team is fantastic; they are like family to us,” he said. Commenting on the fairytale journey in 2018, Raina said: “No secrets really. We knew we had to prove ourselves, earn back the love we’ve been showered with all these years. And so, the focus was on bettering our game, not to concentrate on the tabloid news and give every moment on the field, our best shot.”
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav owes more than Rs 2.13 crore to his son and party president Akhilesh Yadav and the value of his assets has declined by Rs 3 crore in the last five years.This was revealed in an affidavit filed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been fielded by the SP from its stronghold Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. He had filed his nomination papers from the constituency on Monday. As per the affidavit, the SP patriarch has declared a total property, both movable and immovable, worth Rs 16.52 crore. This is Rs 3.20 crore less than the assets declared by him in an affidavit ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to the affidavit, a case was registered against Mulayam Singh Yadav at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on September 24, 2015, for allegedly threatening IPS officer Amitabh Thakur over phone. The case is pending in the court of the chief judicial magistrate. His affidavit mentions that he owes Rs 2.13 crore to his son Akhilesh Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav and his wife Sadhna Yadav have an annual income of Rs 32.02 lakh and Rs 25.61 lakh respectively. Sadhna Yadav has shown assets worth Rs 5.06 crore. According to the election affidavit, Mulayam Singh Yadav does not have a car. However, his wife owns a luxury car.
EDIRNE – “We want to give a message to the world,” says head of religious workers union in Edirne.Turkish imams and Bulgarian priests will play a football match next week in Edirne – Turkey’s closest city to the Bulgarian border to foster unity between faiths, said Turkey’s union of religious workers.Mahmut Eroglu, head of Turkish Religious Employees Union (Diyanet-Sen) in Edirne, said the union which organised the event to develop ties with religious officials from bordering Bulgaria. “Functioning in Edirne border province linking two countries, we decided to have match with religious men from the neighboring country,” said Eroglu to AA.Eroglu said that imams have good relations with priests inside the churches in Edirne.“A football match is not the aim here. We want to give a message from here to the world,” he said.“We have kins in Bulgaria and Greece. We want to give the message that we can live together peacefully in this world, as men of religion.”Eroglu also said he hoped this project would contribute to the recognition of historical Edirne province. He said the union also plans to organize such games both in Bulgaria and Greece.
Rabat – Nine months after the horrific Imlil murders which claimed the lives of two Scandinavian women who had been hiking Morocco’s famous Mount Toubkal, the kingdom has begun to recover from the shock of the unprecedented atrocity. Despite heightened safety concerns, Morocco has continued to welcome tourists, thanks to the renowned efficiency of the country’s national security forces. However, female tourists, in particular, may still wonder if Morocco is a safe place to visit. To determine this, one should consider the likelihood of experiencing violence, theft, or harassment while traveling in Morocco. Physical assaultFirst and foremost, it is extremely unlikely that someone will physically assault a female tourist for any reason. Moroccans are famously hospitable, and tourists are well-received throughout the kingdom. A recent example is a British woman in Tangier who aggressively berated a chicken vendor in the souk of Sidi Bouabid. She threw herself onto the cages containing live chickens, attempted to break open the lid, and bit and punched the vendor. None of the dozens of bystanders, male or female, harmed her, though her behavior clearly enraged and astounded them. The fact that she made it out of that altercation physically unscathed is telling: Moroccans are generally not combative, especially towards foreign women. TerrorismAlthough multiple governments have issued travel warnings to Morocco due to anticipated threats of terrorist attacks against foreigners, such threats are not palpable on the ground. The absence of terror threats in Morocco is corroborated by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), which has been described as “the most authoritative data source on terrorism today.”Every year, the GTI ranks 163 of the world’s 195 countries according to how much they are impacted by terrorism. First on the list for 2018 is Iraq, while 25 countries tie for the lowest ranking, which stands at 138. The US scored “high,” earning the 20th position on the list. The UK (28), France (30), and Germany (39) all scored “medium.”In contrast, Morocco scored “very low” on the 2018 report. With a ranking of 132, Morocco placed better than Norway (123), Switzerland (124), and Iceland (130). Despite negative media portrayals of Morocco and its regional neighbors, Morocco’s security forces are world leaders in counterterrorism. Aggressive vendorsIn Morocco, vendors can act aggressively with tourists in certain areas. While some travelers may enjoy the hustle and bustle of traditional open-air bazaars, others can find these crowded and noisy spaces overwhelming.There is a myriad of reports to consult on shopping as a tourist in Morocco, and the reviews of major souks—while often positive—can be mixed. Most of the negative reviews come from Marrakech, which has a reputation as a “tourist trap.” Much of the criticism of Marrakech comes from unpleasant experiences with merchants. “I didn’t feel safe in this market place,” one Trip Advisor reviewer wrote of the Marrakech medina. “When I didn’t buy a handbag from a stall, the stallholder pushed me and pinched my shoulder!”Other tourists, who visited Morocco expecting the worst, were pleasantly surprised by the kindness of the local people.“I was warned about hawkers/grifters, but everyone we met was extremely friendly—people directed me without asking for anything in return and did not harass me when I chose not to buy,” reads another review of Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech. Jemaa El-Fna SquareWhile aggressive vendors do exist in Morocco, the good news is that these people are not dangerous. They may make you uncomfortable at times, but if you already have some travel experience, you should be well-equipped to fend off their advances. Petty theftMorocco is no different from other tourist destinations; thieves can target foreign women, like anyone else. They can pick your pockets, snatch your purse, give you the wrong change, or scam you. While some of these instances are out of your control, there are plenty of ways to make yourself less appealing to petty thieves in the street. You can wear whatever you want as a tourist in Morocco, but in the crowded old medinas and souks, there is no need to show off your wealth. Moroccans sometimes assume that all tourists have plenty of money, so flashy clothes and accessories might only further attract opportunistic criminals such as pickpockets or scammers.If you have a backpack but you are nervous about taking it through a congested marketplace or bustling train station, carrying it on your stomach is a great way to let everyone know you are watching out for thieves. Sure, you might feel a little silly, but Moroccans do this in busy areas, too.The chances of getting mugged as a female tourist in Morocco are quite low, but if you are worried, take the same safety precautions as you would while visiting any other country: Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Avoid walking alone in empty areas. If you are certain that someone has touched you or your bag, or if you are outright attacked, make a scene. Moroccans tend to be reactive in these situations and will surely come to your aid or defense. Finally, Moroccan police tend to be very accommodating and sympathetic towards tourists, so if anything happens, trust that you will be taken care of.HarassmentNorth Africa is unfortunately notorious for its high rate of street harassment. A 2017 survey reported that 73% of women in Morocco experience harassment in public spaces. Although this is fewer than 81% of women who experience harassment in the United States, the figure is daunting and should be taken seriously. A female traveler’s experience with harassment in Morocco depends on where she is in the country, who she is traveling with, and how she personally defines harassment—what one woman finds endearing may be insufferable to another. If you are worried about unwanted male attention, the best way to ensure your personal comfort is to stick to a sizeable group, dress modestly, and travel with a guide as you see fit. Unfortunately, some women experience harassment in Morocco regardless of the preventive measures they take. However, harassment is a risk in every city in the world, so this is not a good reason to abandon your dreams of visiting Morocco. On the other hand, some female tourists in Morocco do not experience harassment at all. Amelia, an American woman in her early twenties, recently visited Morocco with two friends. She traveled throughout the northern city of Tangier with one man and another woman.She told MWN that she felt very safe in Morocco. Although she got some stares due to her “clothing and overall Western appearance,” she stressed that she and her friends were not harassed. “Some merchants were aggressive, mainly the men in the medina and popular tourist areas trying to give us tours,” she noted. Amelia added that some shopkeepers relentlessly pushed her to buy things despite her politely declining, but she pointed out that this happens in most areas with a high volume of tourists. She has experienced similar situations while traveling in Europe. “I was comfortable the entire time in Morocco,” she maintained. “I definitely felt less comfortable in France and Italy.”Chefchaouen.So, is Morocco safe for female travelers?In short, yes. If Morocco were not safe, it would not receive 1 million tourists every month. Women from all walks of life travel to Morocco for work, leisure, and love. The chances of female tourists experiencing violence in Morocco are low, and the likelihood of being targeted by petty thieves or street harassers is no greater than in Europe and North America. Of course, Moroccan criminals do exist, but they tend to be more dishonest than dangerous. It is far more likely that someone will scam or overcharge you than physically harm you. You may be pushed out of your comfort zone in Morocco, as you would in most foreign cultures, but any feelings of insecurity will be quickly remedied by the country’s famous hospitality.
INDIANAPOLIS — LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 111-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.DeMar DeRozan had 16 points and six assists and Patty Mills added 15 points off the bench for the Spurs, who avoided a second straight sweep in the series.Bojan Bogdanovic had 21 points, Domantas Sabonis had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and reserve Cory Joseph added 18 points and seven assists for the Pacers, playing without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo for a third straight game with a sore right knee. Center Myles Turner also was out with a sore left ankle.The Spurs got off to a quick start and never trailed, scoring eight of the first nine points in the game.San Antonio took a 54-45 halftime lead and then went on a 9-2 run to open the second half. The Spurs took a 63-47 lead on Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter.San Antonio led by as many as 20 points when Mills scored on a layup to make it 72-52 with 5:44 left in the third.The Pacers went on a 7-1 run to close out the third quarter. Joseph scored to make it 82-69 with 4 seconds left in the period.TIP-INS:Spurs: San Antonio shot 50.6 per cent from the field. … F Rudy Gay had 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. … Forbes scored eight of his third points in the third quarter. … C Pau Gasol missed his ninth straight game with left foot soreness.Pacers: Indiana shot 46.5 per cent from the field. … F Thaddeus Young had 12 points and five rebounds. … Indiana scored 18 points off San Antonio’s 15 turnovers.UP NEXTSpurs: At Milwaukee on Saturday for second of a four-game road trip.Pacers: At Utah on Monday for the first of four straight road games.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsJim Johnson, The Associated Press
Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basket against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s March.A month that lends its name to the insanely popular and unpredictable NCAA Tournament: March Madness.Unfortunately for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, to reach March Madness, the Buckeyes (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) will likely have to win the Big Ten tournament, which calls for five wins in five days.On Wednesday, 11-seed OSU battles 14-seed Rutgers (14-17, 3-15 Big Ten) in the first round of the conference tournament in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. The winner will play sixth-seeded Northwestern (21-10, 10-8 Big Ten) on Thursday at 9 p.m.“I hope (the players) understand that this is the funnest time for college basketball,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “This is where players play. You better have yourself ready to go — there aren’t a lot of secrets anymore. You got to go out there and play, you got to man up.”The Buckeyes have played the Scarlet Knights just once this season, in Columbus, winning in an ugly, 70-64 affair on Feb. 8. OSU shot 46 percent from the field, but turned the ball over 15 times in the game, which came just days after OSU put together one of its best games of the season at Michigan.Much has changed in the college basketball landscape in the month since OSU and Rutgers met, but the Buckeyes’ inconsistency remains, and Rutgers is still the hands-down worst team in the conference.The Scarlet Knights are averaging just 60 points per contest in Big Ten play — at least six fewer than every other team. Rutgers also ranks last in the conference in free-throw percentage, scoring margin and field-goal percentage among other categories.One strength that coach Steve Pickiell’s team has is its rebounding. The Knights average 37 boards per game, which ranks second in the conference. OSU has struggled rebounding the ball this season, allowing nearly eight offensive rebounds per game and ranking seventh in Big Ten play in team rebounding and opponent rebounding.Rutgers is led by sophomore guard Corey Sanders who averages 14.7 points in league play. Sanders was the team’s leading scorer against OSU in February with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting.Matta said that last time out against Rutgers, OSU got caught up in playing Rutgers’ game by forcing quick shots and trying to move the ball too quick instead of running the Buckeye offense.“The more I watch them, they want an ugly game,” Matta said. “We did not handle our offense real well, in terms of taking care of the basketball and getting the shots we wanted to get when we wanted to get them. We have to be a little bit smarter this go-round than we were last time.”The Buckeyes are entering the tournament after a 96-92 loss to Indiana, where OSU couldn’t defend its own shadow at times. The 92 points is undoubtedly the offensive efficiency that Matta wants to see, but the defense — or lack thereof — is something OSU has to fix moving into the tournament.Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson contests a shot against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor“I know this: You have to play great defense in this tournament,” Matta said.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who is averaging 10.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, said the team has put extra emphasis on the intricacies of the defense in attempt to fix the maladies from Saturday’s game.On the offensive side, the duo of sophomore guards C.J. Jackson and JaQuan Lyle have played at a higher level of late for OSU. Averaging close to 25 minutes per game, Lyle has scored 17, 17 and 18 points, respectively, in his last three games coming off the bench. Jackson has scored 18 points twice in his past three games.For the Buckeyes to have a shot at a run in the tournament, not only do Lyle and Jackson have to be phenomenal, the rest of the team has to be balanced — which is something that has rarely been seen this season.“I feel like when we come ready to play, when we come with our ‘A’ game, we can beat anybody in the Big Ten,” Thompson said. “Then again, we know that if we don’t come ready to play, then we’re susceptible to losing.”Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored 21 against Indiana on Saturday, said that if the team can replicate its performance against Wisconsin — an 83-73 victory on Feb. 23 — it can be difficult to beat.“We don’t have no choice,” Thompson said. “Win or go home.”
Update 6.15pmMEMBERS OF THE National Bus and Rail Union have rejected the Labour Court’s cost-cutting recommendation at Bus Éireann in a ballot taken today.An all-out strike will now go ahead from Sunday.Of all unions, the NBRU represents the largest number of staff members at the bus company. A total of 82 per cent of the 820 voting members rejected the proposed pay cuts and changes to terms of employment.Secretary general Michael Faherty told TheJournal.ie that there was a “resounding” vote from a high turnout of members today. He said the workers were “aware of the consequences” which he described as unfortunate.The all-out strike action could continue for an indefinite period of time.The NBRU represents more than 1,100 of the company’s 2,500 employees. It has had a mandate for industrial action since January.Bus Éireann believes any strike action that takes place on Sunday will be “illegal and unofficial” as the company has not received seven days notice from the union.Spokesperson Andrew McLindon told TheJournal.ie that any industrial action will be “very disappointing and an inconvenience for customers”.It will also be counter-productive, he said, as it will exacerbate Bus Éireann’s already-precarious financial situation. Core wages and employment levels – which have been protected under previous proposals from the company and the Labour Court – could now be under threat.“A strike will hand over revenues and customers to the competition,” added McLindon.“Bus Éireann will be making every efforts to maintain services where it is safe to do so.”Earlier, Bus Éireann warned that it needed to make savings to protect its viability. The firm lost €6 million last year and continues to drop about €500,000 every month.Other employees who are members of SIPTU are still balloting on the Labour Court proposals. There are also a number of drivers who do not belong to any union.Bus Eireann staff could undertake industrial action on SundayUPDATE: Bus Eireann to proceed with cost saving plan despite planned strike action
If you’ve been waiting for hot 3D printer news from CES 2013, then here it is. MakerBot has announced that its dual-extruder Replicator 2 “experimental” 3D printer will ship in March for $2,800. The 2X is an upgrade on the highly touted Replicator 2 in September 2013. At the time the company noted that the Replicator 2X would ship some time in 2013.MakerBot is billing the 2X as the desktop 3D printer for dedicated semi-professionals. The Replicator 2 is a capable enthusiast-level machine, but the 2X takes things to another level — it’s not nearly as easy to use, but its second extruder takes it that much closer to a professional level 3D printer.In addition to the extra extruder — which allows the upgraded model to print dual-color designs as well as (under certain circumstances) two objects at once — the 2X prints with thermoplastic ABS filament where the standard Replicator 2 uses PLA. They both operate at the same resolution and have essentially the same design. As the image above shows, the Replicator 2X has a nifty polycarbonate case on its top as well as two routing guides for the ABS plastic (going from the spools to the extruder).Some reports are noting that the 2X has a redesigned extruder, but MakerBot did not mention that in their blog post. They did note some of the advantages of the second head, including the ability to print with dissoluble materials, to create designs with parts with different densities, and to tweak your printing resolution by using different sized nozzles (and thus thicker or thinner plastics). And, of course, if you set things up properly you can print two objects at once as well, though this would greatly limit the size of the printed pieces.While there isn’t much actual new information around this announcement, the company did release this sweet time-lapse in which the Replicator 2X prints a dual-color traffic cone.
Since starting Fairwinds, a Vancouver-based cannabis company, in 2014, James and Wendy Hull said they’ve heard from customers who’ve praised their products for helping them with pain, anxiety and other ailments — even cancer.Because of state regulations, the packaging for the company’s infused tinctures, topicals, capsules and other products contains no information claiming any therapeutic effects. The couple are also cautious in how they describe their products. The products made in Fairwinds’ east Vancouver headquarters have names such as “Deep Sleep,” “Digestify” and “AM Relief” that hint at the possible effects of each product.“That’s the only place we’re allowed to explain the intent of the product,” Wendy Hull said.Fairwinds employs more than 20 people, and Hull pointed to sales data showing their products were among the top sellers in Washington’s legal cannabis market last quarter, with over $4 million in retail sales. Hull also said that Fairwinds is one of the few companies compliant with state Department of Health medical marijuana requirements.But now, the couple say the company faces uncertainty because of a new policy from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board that requires them to put even less information on their products’ packaging.“The customer would have no idea what they are purchasing,” said Wendy Hull, who worries that the regulations could result in a customer taking a product like “Deep Sleep” in the morning. “We feel it’s a consumer risk.”
ASA President Wade Cowan testifies before the House Ag Committee on Sept. 30 about the long standing partnership between U.S. farmers and the Food for Peace program and ASA’s continued commitment to providing a safe and abundant food supply. Photo courtesy of the House Ag Committee FlickrAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan, Brownfield, Texas, testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee this week on the important role U.S. agriculture plays in food aid, international development and assistance this week..Cowan’s testimony highlighted the long standing partnership between U.S. farmers and the Food for Peace program and ASA’s continued commitment to providing a safe and abundant food supply.“U.S. commodities have been the backbone of the Food for Peace program’s success in alleviating hunger in both emergency and development situations. USAID and USDA have established a strong framework to ensure that commodities procured from U.S. farmers and processed, easily-used foods are shipped overseas to meet the needs of hungry people,” he said. “This framework represents both the bounty of U.S. agriculture and the compassion of the American people. ASA strongly supports the use of U.S. commodities in emergency and development assistance, and opposes cuts in developmental food aid funding to offset shortfalls in emergency assistance.”Cowan also spoke to the expansive work ASA has done on international agricultural development through the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH). He reaffirmed ASA’s commitment to enhancing market development abroad through enhanced agricultural development. Food security remains a priority for ASA and WISHH and Cowan had the opportunity to discuss how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and agricultural commodity groups can play a greater role in developing a whole of government food security strategy.
Back-to-back 80-degree days are easy to take but hard to come by in the month of April! The good news is we did just that Sunday and Monday with highs in the lower 80s almost everywhere.There were many record highs around the Pacific Northwest. Along with the very warm temperatures were thunderstorms that moved up from the south. Most were concentrated east of the mountains but there were special weather statements issued for the west side as well. Late Monday there was a severe thunderstorm warning issued for Eugene, Ore. There was also a chance of a stray one over Clark County.You may have seen some of the thundery clouds during the day. Sunday evening lightning could be seen over Mount Hood. This resembles a summerlike pattern with lots of instability as the atmosphere heated up. At one time Monday, Oregon was the only state with severe thunderstorms occurring.We went from a wet and cold first half of April to now warmer and drier than normal. However, I hate to say: It will be much cooler and wetter than the past three nice weekends in a row that we have enjoyed. Showers, breezy and highs closer to average will rule the rest of the week. Some sun breaks as well.Can we make it four weekends in a row without the clouds and rain? Right now it wasn’t looking all that bad with maybe showers Saturday and dry Sunday. But that may change as it is still early in the week. Just keep the faith!
Bhadrachalam: The water level in Godavari river that was fast-nearing the danger mark, 40 feet, on Wednesday early hours, has receded slowly at Bhadrachalam falling a feet below by the evening.Earlier, heavy rains in the neighbouring Maharashtra and in upper catchment areas have led to water level raise in Godavari. On Monday evening, the water level reached 25 feet, on Tuesday evening water level touched 31 feet mark and on Wednesday evening, it reached 39 feet and started receding slowly, informed the officials. Meanwhile, the flood waters reached bathing steps of Pushkar Ghats and the devotees were not allowed to take a holy dip due to increased inflows. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini has appointed the sectorial officers for monitoring flood situation in all mandals. The district administration has made all arrangements including stocking enough food and water to meet the exigencies, the Collector informed. Meanwhile, the historical temple, Parnasala, was inundated with rainwater. The Sitamma Vagu has received huge inflows.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has started flying the MiG 21 again after he was declared medically fit from injuries sustained while ejecting from the fighter jet that was hit by a Pakistani missile on February 27. A senior IAF officer said that Abhinandan was declared fit following examination of injuries sustained during the incident in which he had landed across the Pakistani side of the border. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us His MiG 21 had been hit by a Pakistani missile leading to his emergency evacuation. “The clearance was given to Abhinandan for flying again after he was declared medically fit. His fitness was certified by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine,” a senior IAF officer told . For the gallantry displayed by Abhinandan in the face of enemy fire during a dogfight with a Pakistani F-16 on February 27, he was awarded Vir Chakra on Independence Day.
Everyone on the planet wants to see Conor McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather. The superfight between the MMA and boxing stars has been rumored for a year, but the parties are still miles apart in negotiations. If the two do eventually fight, it won’t be for a while.In the absence of a real Pay Per View “Dream Fight”, one internet genius decided to simulate a Mayweather/McGregor showdown as it would appear in the original NES classic, Punch-Out.In the re-creation, McGregor gets stuck with the character animations of notorious punching bags Glass Joe and Don Flamenco, but eventually gets the best of Money Mayweather when he ditches boxing for a full scale MMA-style beatdown.Clearly whoever made this video is not on the “Money Team.” Check out more from The Herd Now. Advertisement The end of the video is pretty gruesome and kind of goes off the rails, but for anyone that fondly remembers playing the game as a kid, it’s a pretty well executed salute. It may be the only time we get to see these two fight.Check it out:
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In a word, this report will help you to establish a panorama of industrial development and characteristics of the Retail & Service Integrated Solutions market.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2858519?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilThe Retail & Service Integrated Solutions market can be split based on product types, major applications, and important regions.Major Players in Retail & Service Integrated Solutions market are: IBM, Saison Information Systems, Fujitsu, Manheim, Tyco, JDA Software, Hcltech, Mindtree, MulesoftMost important types of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions products covered in this report are:• Collaboration of POS• Electronic Money• OthersMost widely used downstream fields of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions market covered in this report are:• Department Stores• Mass Retailers• Franchise Businesses• Supermarkets• OthersTable of ContentChapter 1: Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market Overview, Product Overview, Market Segmentation, Market Overview of Regions, Market Dynamics, Limitations, Opportunities and Industry News and Policies.Chapter 2: Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Industry Chain Analysis, Upstream Raw Material Suppliers, Major Players, Production Process Analysis, Cost Analysis, Market Channels and Major Downstream Buyers.Chapter 3: Value Analysis, Production, Growth Rate and Price Analysis by Type of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions.Chapter 4: Downstream Characteristics, Consumption and Market Share by Application of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions.Chapter 5: Production Volume, Price, Gross Margin, and Revenue ($) of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions by Regions (2013-2018).Chapter 6: Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production, Consumption, Export and Import by Regions (2013-2018).Chapter 7: Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market Status and SWOT Analysis by Regions.Chapter 8: Competitive Landscape, Product Introduction, Company Profiles, Market Distribution Status by Players of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions.Chapter 9: Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market Analysis and Forecast by Type and Application (2018-2023).Chapter 10: Market Analysis and Forecast by Regions (2018-2023).Chapter 11: Industry Characteristics, Key Factors, New Entrants SWOT Analysis, Investment Feasibility Analysis.Chapter 12: Market Conclusion of the Whole Report.Chapter 13: Appendix Such as Methodology and Data Resources of This Research.Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2858519?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilTable of Content:Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Industry Market Research Report1 Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Introduction and Market Overview1.1 Objectives of the Study1.2 Definition of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions1.3 Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market Scope and Market Size Estimation1.3.1 Market Concentration Ratio and Market Maturity Analysis1.3.2 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Value ($) and Growth Rate from 2013-20231.4 Market Segmentation1.4.1 Types of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions1.4.2 Applications of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions1.4.3 Research Regions18.104.22.168 North America Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)22.214.171.124 Europe Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)126.96.36.199 China Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)188.8.131.52 Japan Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)184.108.40.206 Middle East & Africa Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)220.127.116.11 India Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)18.104.22.168 South America Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2013-2018)1.5 Market Dynamics1.5.1 Drivers22.214.171.124 Emerging Countries of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions126.96.36.199 Growing Market of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions1.5.2 Limitations1.5.3 Opportunities1.6 Industry News and Policies by Regions1.6.1 Industry News1.6.2 Industry Policies2 Industry Chain Analysis2.1 Upstream Raw Material Suppliers of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Analysis2.2 Major Players of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions2.2.1 Major Players Manufacturing Base and Market Share of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions in 20172.2.2 Major Players Product Types in 20172.3 Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis2.3.1 Production Process Analysis2.3.2 Manufacturing Cost Structure of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions2.3.3 Raw Material Cost of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions2.3.4 Labor Cost of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions2.4 Market Channel Analysis of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions2.5 Major Downstream Buyers of Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Analysis3 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market, by Type3.1 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Value ($) and Market Share by Type (2013-2018)3.2 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Production and Market Share by Type (2013-2018)3.3 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Value ($) and Growth Rate by Type (2013-2018)3.4 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Price Analysis by Type (2013-2018)4 Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Market, by Application4.1 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Consumption and Market Share by Application (2013-2018)4.2 Downstream Buyers by Application4.3 Global Retail & Service Integrated Solutions Consumption and Growth Rate by Application (2013-2018)Inquiry before Buy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2858519?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AnilAbout Us: Industry executives tend to keep a tab 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A financial crimes court on Tuesday ordered a new trial to move forward against Costa Rica’s former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría and seven other public officials in a case involving charges of alleged embezzlement involvingtwo state-owned agencies.The Prosecutors’ Office is accusing all eight defendants of “diverting public funds” by over-billing an insurance policy signed by the National Insurance Institute (INS) with British company PWS to insure National Electricity Institute (ICE) assets.The case also includes INS former Executive President Cristóbal Zawadzki Wojtasiak, his wife Gilda Montes de Oca, INS official Álvaro Antonio Acuña Prado, his wife Roxana Cordero Bogantes, INS’ former Insurance Manager Rónald Bonilla Rodríguez, and ICE officials Antonio Corrales Moya and Ramón Lara Molinari.The prosecutor’s indictment states that defendants allegedly used funds generated overpricing on the insurance policy to create a slush fund used for travel, leisure activities and cash for personal use.A criminal court in February 2013 dismissed the charges against all of the defendants, but prosecutors appealed that ruling. Last April, the court began hearing the appeal, and on Tuesday, ordered a new trial. Judges have not yet set a date for that trial.Rodríguez, 75, served as Costa Rica’s president from 1998-2002. He was involved in another case of corruption charges in 2004, barely a month after taking over as secretary general of the Organization of American States. He resigned from that post to attend the trial in Costa Rica.He was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison, but that sentence was revoked by a court that cited the statute of limitations on the charges and errors in the handling of evidence during the investigation. Facebook Comments Related posts:Attorney General seeks $6 million in damages in insurance corruption case Court overturns acquittal of Costa Rica’s former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez on influence-peddling charges, orders new review of case Alcatel-Lucent makes $10 million payment to Costa Rica’s ICE in corruption settlement For 2nd time, appeals court overturns conviction of Costa Rica ex-President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
Waiting in queues at the airport can be stressful, boring and downright annoying, yet few complaints are heard from passengers using Frankfurt am Main Airport, compared to those at other airports.According to SITA’s (leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions) 2012 Transport World Passenger Self-Service Survey, travelers passing though the German airport are embracing self-service options more so than some of the other major airports around the world.The report found that 45 percent of passengers surveyed at Frankfurt am Main used a staffed bag drop station, compared to only 32 percent at other airports.Frankfurt also had double the passengers using unstaffed bag-drop services at seven percent, than other airports and 76 percent of travelers used self-service check-in, in comparison to 68 percent elsewhere.The high usage of self service options has however led fewer passengers to take advantage of mobile phone options, with most (58 percent) respondents preferring paper boarding passes.SITA President Europe Dave Bakker said Frankfurt has “enthusiastically” embraced the do-it-yourself as means of improving their journey.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N Self-service users on the rise in Frankfurt. Image: frankfurt-airport.com
THL Completes Majority Acquisition of Ten-X 2017-10-09 Rachel Williams October 9, 2017 581 Views Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL), a private equity firm investing in middle market growth companies, announced that it has closed the acquisition of a majority interest in Ten-X, LLC (Ten-X), a leading online real estate marketplace. Members of Ten-X’s senior management team, Stone Point Capital, and CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), among others, will continue to hold minority positions in the Company.Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Irvine and Silicon Valley, California, Ten-X provides an online real estate marketplace that allows individuals and investors to buy and sell residential and commercial real estate properties using both desktop and mobile channels. Since its inception, Ten-X has enabled over $50 billion of residential and commercial property sales on its platform.According a release, the recapitalization will ensure Ten-X has the resources it needs to build on its proven platform, pursue additional monetization opportunities, and execute on its growth objectives. Ten-X will retain its corporate headquarters in Irvine and Silicon Valley, and will continue to be led by CEO Tim Morse along with other members of its senior management team.“This investment gives us the scale and resources to accelerate our growth and further expand our platform and product offerings,” said Morse. “With the support of THL as a partner going forward, we can fully execute on our vision, build on our position as a leader in the online real estate market, and continue to provide our customers innovative products and services.”“We are very excited to be partnering with Ten-X, a clear market leader in the real estate industry,” said Jim Carlisle, Managing Director at THL. “We are looking forward to working closely with Tim and the talented management team at Ten-X to further enhance its leadership position and maximize this incredible growth opportunity.” in Featured, News, Technology Share