Ikea Canada names Michael Ward as new president

first_imgBURLINGTON, Ont. — Ikea Canada has named Michael Ward as its new president.Ward replaces Marsha Smith, who is moving to join Ikea United Kingdom and Ireland.The home furnishings retailer says Ward started at the company in Canada as part of a one-year internship program in 1986 and later moved onto positions in Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States.He served most recently in a global role at Ikea as regional retail manager.Ward officially stepped into his new job on Jan. 1.Ikea Canada has 14 stores.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


One person airlifted after UTV accident near Chetwynd

first_imgAt this point, Wheeler said that their identities have not been released, and it’s also not clear what caused the two to be ejected from the side-by-side. CHETWYND, B.C. – Search and Rescue crews in Chetwynd had a busy start to the long weekend after a pair of side-by-side riders needed to be rescued east of Chetwynd.Chetwynd Search and Rescue Manager Don Wheeler said that crews were called out to assist the BC Ambulance Service in rescuing a man and woman who had been ejected while riding in a UTV at around 5:50 p.m. on Saturday. Wheeler said that the pair had been riding along a new pipeline right-of-way north of Sundance Lakes Regional Park, around 18 kilometres east of Chetwynd on Highway 97.Wheeler explained that Search and Rescue crews were called to assist in rescuing the two, who were not reachable by paramedics. One person suffered serious injuries and needed to be airlifted via helicopter, while the other was transported via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.last_img read more


Seven Pak posts destroyed as Indian Army retaliates

first_imgJammu: Seven Pakistani posts across the LoC were destroyed as the Indian Army retaliated to cross border shelling by Pakistani troops who targeted border areas in Rajouri and Poonch districts, officials said Tuesday.There have been several casualties to Pakistani troops too, they said. As a precautionary measure, all schools along the borderline in Poonch and Rajouri districts have been closed by authorities in view of the Pakistani shelling. On Monday, a BSF inspector and a five-year-old girl were among three persons killed while 24 others were injured as Pakistani troops heavily shelled forward areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate “befittingly”, said officials.last_img read more


Morocco Ranks Third Most Friendly Country for Foreign Tourists

Taroudant –Morocco ranked third in the 2013 world rankings of the most welcoming country for foreign tourists, according to the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (WEF) published recently.In a ranking of 140 countries, Morocco is considered third most welcoming towards foreign tourists.The kingdom comes on the third position with a score of 6.7, after Iceland and New Zealand, which ranked first and second respectively. For countries less welcoming to foreign tourists, Bolivia was rated as the world’s most unfriendly country, scoring 4.1 followed by Venezuela and Russia,  with a score of 4.5 and 5.0, respectively.Under the theme “Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation,” the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report shows that the Kingdom has achieved a “very good reception.”The prestigious Geneva-based organization assesses 140 economies worldwide based on the policies implemented by countries to develop their travel and tourism sector.According to the WEF, the classification adopted in the indicator tends to measure the ability of countries to interact with the tastes and cultural diversity oftourists, “which is a big challenge in the era of globalization.”With 55.7 million international tourists’ arrivals to Africa in the past year, Morocco comes in the first rank among the top five African countries that received most of tourists, according to the ranking announced recently by the World Tourism Organization.With about 10 million tourist arrivals in 2013 -an increase of 6% compared to 2012- Morocco, is determined to achieve the “Vision 2020 strategy, which aimes to double the number of tourists.Thanks to its numerous assets, mainly political stability, friendly people and proximity to Europe, Morocco is “resolved to be among the world’s top 20 tourism destinations by 2020,” according to Lahcen Hadad, minister of tourism.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more


UN rushes aid to new Darfur arrivals in Central African Republic

12 June 2007The United Nations is rushing aid to refugees pouring into the Central African Republic (CAR) from the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, a spokesperson said today. The United Nations is rushing aid to refugees pouring into the Central African Republic (CAR) from the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, a spokesperson said today.Jennifer Pagonis of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva that the agency and its partners are providing supplies to 2,650 newly arrived Sudanese “who are in a desperate condition in the east of the country where they have been surviving mainly on mangoes for the last few weeks.”On Sunday, as part of a convoy of UN humanitarian aid from the capital Bangui, the agency sent materials including 600 pieces of plastic sheeting, clothes, soap and 600 jerry cans to help the refugees in Sam Ouandja located near the border with Sudan.The refugees began arriving in Sam Ouandja late May after fleeing repeated attacks on their home town of Dafak and surrounding villages in south Darfur, according to UNHCR, which cited accounts of homes being bombarded by planes and helicopters and attacks by men in military clothing. “The refugees are rapidly running out of food and have only a nearby creek for their water supply resulting in a number of refugees falling ill with diarrhoea while others have malaria,” said Ms. Pagonis.In response, UN agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sent on Sunday’s convoy 80 metric tons of food, seeds and agricultural tools for 1,000 families, water purification sets, some medical supplies and other basic household items such as kitchen sets and education kits. The aid is expected to take about 10 days to reach the refugees because of poor road conditions.WFP has also scheduled 15 metric tons of high-nutrition biscuits to arrive in Bangui on Thursday, from where they will be flown to Sam Ouandja. A doctor from the World Health Organization (WHO) is already at the site and two nurses are expected to leave today to the area.Ms. Pagonis said UNHCR is planning to fly a small team to Sam Ouandja to register the newly arrived refugees, arrange for their safety in cooperation with local authorities and organize aid distribution. CAR hosts some 10,000 refugees, mainly from Chad, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to UNHCR. In the northern part, there are also more than 212,000 people who have been displaced within the country.Since 2003, the conflict in Darfur has killed some 200,000 people and forced another 2 million to flee their homes while threatening to spill over into neighbouring countries, including CAR. read more


UN says 81 million urgently needed for food relief to 35 million

“Lack of funding would mean that WFP could resort to decreasing the number of people it currently supports and would halt plans to expand and increase the number of people it plans to feed, depriving hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in need of urgently needed food assistance,” the spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva.“With very limited alternatives to support themselves, this means refugees will face destitution or could resort to buying on credit adding a burden on their host communities,” she added.In Lebanon, WFP would have to stop providing food vouchers to some 400,000 Syrian refugees. In Jordan, funds for the voucher programme are only sufficient until mid-May, and Ms. Byrs said that the agency would have to reduce the vouchers’ value, which would impact around 175,000 Syrian refugees living with the Jordanian community.Insufficient funds would also delay the transition from receiving food packages to food vouchers for more than 100,000 people who currently live in the Zaatari camp in Jordan.“Food vouchers allow Syrians fleeing from conflict to choose from a variety of food items to feed their families with dignity,” Ms. Byrs said, adding that the delay would not allow people to buy fresh food and have diversity in their diet.The vouchers also boost the host countries’ economy, and suspending the voucher programme could further strain local economies in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, where WFP injected some $12.6 million in the last month alone.More than 70,000 people have been killed and more than three million displaced both within and outside the country since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011.Over the past ten days however, the Office for High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has seen an increase in the number of Syrians returning home from Jordan, with about 300 people are crossing the border everyday into the Syrian governorate of Daraa. This still represents less than one per cent of the total number of refugees.“UNHCR is very concerned that refugees are returning to areas blighted by shortages of food, lack of fuel and electricity and limited services,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming. “The security situation is volatile, with reports of artillery shells and mortars being fired into villages refugees are trying to reclaim their homes and lives in.”UNHCR said it is not facilitating these returns, but is counselling refugees who wish to return on the conditions they will face. The agency is also undertaking regular missions to the border and working with the Jordanian authorities to ensure that all refugees have access to their documentation should they make the decision to return to Syria.The reasons for returning given by refugees include improved security in a number of border villages, a desire to safeguard their property, reuniting with family members who remained in Syria or travelling to collect and bring back vulnerable family members to Jordan, Ms. Fleming said. read more


Kentucky man pleads guilty to stealing from armored truck

Authorities have said Espinosa worked as a driver for GardaWorld. Espinosa and another employee were doing a pickup from a Louisville mall in December 2018. Authorities say the other employee went inside and returned to see the truck and Espinosa were gone. Espinosa was later arrested in Connecticut after trying to get a driver’s license with a forged birth certificate. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $932,000 from an armored truck.News outlets report 29-year-old Mark Espinosa entered his plea Tuesday, only a day before his jury trial was set to begin. His plea was part of a deal in which federal prosecutors agreed to recommend he be sentenced to 21 years in prison. He’s set to be sentenced Dec. 11.- Advertisement – read more


New Minemax Planner set for release at SME in Salt Lake City

first_imgMinemax has announced the forthcoming release of a new solution for rapid, high-level project evaluation. The all-new Minemax Planner is described as “a fast, easy-to-use tool that enables businesses to quickly understand the potential value of projects with minimum time investment. It guides mine planners from a block model through pit optimisation, nested shells and pushbacks to NPV optimal schedules, rapidly developing optimal strategies for even the largest of models.” The computing landscape has evolved significantly since the early days of mine planning and Minemax Planner takes advantage of the latest advances in computing hardware and modern pit optimisation algorithms. It uses a high-performance maxflow algorithm which gives the same pit shells as Lerchs-Grossman (LG) but in a fraction of the time.With a 64-bit architecture, it is able to handle extremely large block models numbering tens of millions of blocks. The user-interface is based on the highly pervasive Microsoft Metro UI and is similar to that of Minemax Scheduler 6, released in 2012. The UI employs step-by-step pre-defined workflows and context-sensitive reports that make it very easy for new users to import models, set parameters, optimise and analyse. Powerful and interactive 3D technology gives a mine planner instant feedback regarding practical mine-ability at each step of the process. The release will take place on February 25, 2014 to coincide with the SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Minemax staff will be available to answer questions and give demonstrations, while a number of editions will be available to cater to the specific needs of mine planners from standard shell generation and sensitivity analysis to integrated NPV schedule optimisation. Minemax will also offer an academic program for qualifying institutions. A free demo version will also be available on the release day.last_img read more


New world record – 10304 fans watched beach handball final at World

On the final day of the Beach Handball matches of the World Games 2013, a World Record was broken. It was officially announced that 10,304 tickets were sold for the final day of the Beach Handball matches of the World Games 2013. These magical moments in the famous Cañaveralejo Bullfighting Arena has set a milestone for the history of Beach Handball. After the 8,243 spectators in the second day of the World Games, the three-digit spectators were definitely a new World Record. For sure to break the world records twice on a top Beach Handball event within 2 days was definitely unforgettable for participants of the World Games and the history of Beach Handball. The enthusiasm and excitement of all spectators were unforgettable for the players as well as the officials.After three days of competition more than 22,000 tickets were sold. Especially on the matches of the host team Colombia and on the finals the highest number was reached. For over 50 years the people of Cali have celebrated first class bullfights in this ring and have hosted the greatest bullfighting exponents worldwide, a reason which allowed it to be widely recognized in America and Spain. In addition to this, the ring also offers the holding of public events, sporting, cultural, educational or entertainment. Beach handballbeach handball fanscali handballcolombia beach handballhandball records Final placementWomen’s tournament:Gold BrazilSilver HungaryBronze Norway4th Chinese Taipei5th Uruguay6th Colombia7th Australia8th TunisiaMen’s tournament:Gold BrazilSilver RussiaBronze Croatia4th Qatar5th Ukraine6th Venezuela7th Colombia8th Australia ARTICLE and PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Zarko Markovic left FA Goppingen Next Story → 8 Days to STRUGA 2013: HCM Constanta begins with two wins read more


Pixum Super Cup 2018 – SG Flensburg Handewitt or Rhein Neckar Lowen

← Previous Story EHF put Faroe Islands as host in Danish Skjern Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen win Super Cup hat-trick in Germany handballPixum Super Cup 2018Rhein Neckar LowenSG Flensburg Handewitt The season is ready to be open in German handball! The first match of the season, traditionaly will be Pixum Super Cup, which will be played for 25th time, the first one at ISS Dome in Dusseldorf. Two best teams from the previous season – champions SG Flensburg Handewitt and vice-champions/Cup winners Rhein Neckar Lowen will fight for the trophy at 19.30 cet. read more


It was fairly shameful to have 60 points put on you Cian

first_imgCIAN HEALY’S RECOLLECTIONS of the final minutes of Ireland’s 22-19 loss to New Zealand last year are as foggy as the weather front that enveloped AMI Stadium on the night itself.Asked to reflect on a dubious penalty call from referee Nigel Owens, which was crucial in the All Blacks getting on the front foot in the Irish half, the prop cannot recall the specifics. The manner of Ireland’s 60-0 thumping to the same foe, one week later, is fresh in Healy’s mind.He said: “It was tough coming from that, having put so much in [at Christchurch] to letting ourselves down to the extent we did a week later.There’s a bit of hurt to that; it was fairly shameful to have 60 points put on you. We know what’s capable of ourselves and we know what we can take this team to. There’s no real limits on us, going out this week.”Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree declared that the Irish pack — the same eight that faced Australia — trained angry this week. Healy, though, was the most Zen of the bunch. “I don’t really let anger take over so much,” he said.Sessions in Maynooth have been intense, the prop revealed, but many of the defensive defects that cost them dearly against the Wallabies seem to be rectified. One thing that would definitely help to alleviate some pressure would be strong carries by Healy, Jamie Heaslip and captain Paul O’Connell. Sean O’Brien has long since been recognised as Ireland’s go-to ball carrier so teammates are required to scream for Conor Murray’s attention and make some big plays.Healy said, “Whoever is there will be up for a ball carry. I’ll get my job done first at scrum. If I do that, I’ll be out the field for ball carries. Everyone’s got to look after their own ship but, by doing that right, it frees people up for runs. If one person wasn’t doing their job right that frees up on of their guys to [target] Seanie, carrying the ball.”The prop feels ‘you can talk until the cows come home about belief’ but putting in the hard yards on the training pitch is the only way the Irish can give themselves a chance. As for the All Blacks, Healy will not be pumping their tyres any time soon.He declared, “I constantly call them New Zealand in my head as I don’t like the name All Blacks. It’s something I go with… when you do put them on a pedestal you’re already below them.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘I hate the Haka’ declares bullish Cian Healy ahead of All Blacks clashSexton, O’Driscoll and Kearney named in Ireland team to face New Zealandlast_img read more


Rodgers keen to sign 2 new strikers for Celtic

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers plans to bolster his attacking options during the January transfer windowThe Hoops are chasing an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership (SPL) crown this season and are second in the standings, albeit with three games in hand over leaders Kilmarnock.However, with Moussa Dembele now at Lyon and Leigh Griffiths taking a break from football for personal reasons, Rodgers only has Odsonne Edouard to lead his attack.Therefore, the former Liverpool coach will be on the lookout for some new forwards this January.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“We might need two in January because we want three strikers,” said Rodgers, according to Sky Sports.“We know we can’t go through the number of games we have at the intensity we play at with the same striker.“It’s something we’ll definitely look at. It’s always been a focus but Leigh’s situation narrows it.”Celtic will face Hibernian away today in an SPL match.last_img read more


Avengers Endgame sank Titanic director James Cameron says

first_img Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel Disney The Avengers Step inside Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar 3:41 “To Kevin and everybody at Marvel,” he wrote in an Instagram post, which shows the ill-fated ship hitting the Avengers logo. “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever.” How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order 0center_img Cameron apparently changed his tune since last year, when he expressed hope that people would start feeling Avengers fatigue.The superhero epic earned $2.189 billion in the first 12 days since its release in late April, passing Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.187 billion Cameron’s 1997 movie made in their theatrical runs. Now it’s second only to 2009’s Avatar — also from Cameron — which earned $2.788 billion during its run.Regardless of which movie ends up holding the crown, Disney wins. It owns the Marvel and Avatar franchises (as well as Star Wars). There are eight Marvel movies coming before the end of 2022, with Avatar sequels coming in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.First published at 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 6:16 a.m.: Adds more detail. Post a comment 56 Photos Tags Share your voice Titanic director James Cameron has congratulated the team behind Avengers: Endgame on the movie’s box office success. Speed Media/ Icon Sportswire Watch out, Avatar.Titanic director James Cameron on Wednesday congratulated Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his team for the box office success of Avengers: Endgame after it snatched his movie’s spot as the second highest-grossing film of all time.last_img read more


MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy lays stone for CC road works

first_imgKapra: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy, along with corporator Pavani Reddy, laid foundation stone for Rs 11 lakh CC Road work at Jai Jawan Colony on Tuesday. He lauded Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for implementing several welfare schemes. He said he would strive for the development of the Uppal constituency. The colony president Tirupataiah sought pattas for housing sites for residents. The MLA assured him that he would take the issue to the notice of KCR. Kapra TRS president B Balaraju, colony secretary Prasad Rao, Welfare Association members and others were present.last_img read more


BaltimoreLink Is Here

first_imgIn October 2015, Governor Larry Hogan announced BaltimoreLink, a transformative project to convert the existing antiquated transit lines in Baltimore City into a true transit system, operated by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). After 19 months of preparation and the implementation of earlier phases—such as Express BusLink and dedicated bus lanes—MDOT MTA rolled out BaltimoreLink June 18. More than 3,000 dedicated employees have worked hard to make sure the transition to the new system goes as smoothly as possible and is delivered with our usual world-class customer service.BaltimoreLink (YouTube)On June 19, many of our customers experienced the new high-frequency CityLink routes and the improved connectivity of our system for the first time. MDOT MTA had hundreds of transit ambassadors on the streets during the first days of BaltimoreLink—providing information on new routes and new bus stops and answering all of your questions as part of our commitment to keeping the public informed. We had maintenance teams working on all bus routes, so your ride home was as comfortable and clutter-free as your morning commute. And, the MDOT MTA Police Force deployed officers on our bus system to make sure your trip was safe and secure.MDOT MTA’s leadership team is directly involved with delivering BaltimoreLink to our citizens. Our top managers have personally committed to riding the CityLink lines during the first weeks of service to make sure it is delivering the frequent, predictable and efficient service we’ve promised. We have added staff in our customer call center and have trained our drivers on all the new routes. And, we’ve been communicating with customers, neighborhood groups, businesses and elected officials to make sure as many people as possible know the benefits BaltimoreLink will bring to our city and our region by connecting people to jobs and easing traffic congestion.As an incentive to get as many Baltimoreans as possible to try the new BaltimoreLink service, MDOT MTA is offering two weeks of free transit rides through June 30. Free rides will be offered on Local Bus, Express Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway. During the free fare period, June monthly passes and all CharmCard 31-day passes will be half-price. These reduced fare passes can be purchased through June 24. Half-price fares will be offered at all MDOT MTA ticket vending machines, through online ticket sales, at the MDOT MTA Transit Store and at all walk-in MDOT MTA ticket vendors.If you haven’t ridden in a while, or are a new MDOT MTA rider, please take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to try our improved service free of charge. Leave your car at home and experience the ease and convenience of public transit. We’re confident our 12 high-frequency CityLink routes and our interconnected LocalLink bus network—supported by existing improvements like dedicated bus lanes and transit signal priority on key routes—will make a difference in your daily commute and in the quality of life in our region. The Hogan Administration promised a transformative transit network and we are delivering. Come and ride with us for free for the first two weeks and we are sure you’ll be using MDOT MTA this summer and beyond.Kevin Quinn is the Acting Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration.last_img read more


First Hellboy Trailer Is a Fiery Battle Against Gruesome Monsters

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Hellboy’‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From Hell The official Hellboy trailer has arrived a day early, and it’s a fiery, hilarious, and dark fight against blood-thirsty monsters.On Wednesday, Lionsgate Movies debuted the Hellboy trailer on its YouTube channel. The movie, which stars David Harbour, Sasha Lane, and Milla Jovovich, will hit theaters on April 12, 2019.When an evil medieval sorceress decides to destroy the world, Hellboy (Harbour) is summoned to help save humankind. He’s joined by Alice Monaghan (Lane), a young woman who has magical abilities, and the duo set off to stop the Blood Queen (Jovovich) and her army of gory, flesh-eating creatures.The trailer also reveals an important characteristic of Hellboy, which is his Right Hand of Doom. Unlike other superheroes, Hellboy’s arm has incredible strength, meaning he can basically knockout anything that comes his way (enemies included).For more updates on Hellboy, you can visit the movie’s website here.More on Geek.com:‘Hellboy’ Poster Released, Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot,’ and More Comic Movie NewsPaolo Rivera Talks About the Well-Curated Stories of ‘Hellboy and The Burning Season’ See David Harbour in Full Hellboy Gear, and Daniel Dae Kim Talks Castinglast_img read more


Qantas WiFi to get a workout with Foxtel Netflix and Spotify on

first_imgQantas Wi-Fi to get a workout with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify on boardQantas Wi-Fi to get a workout with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify on boardQantas customers on Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights will be able to watch their favourite shows, avoid missing out on live sport and listen to almost any song they like, with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify coming on board to provide content in 2017.With speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional inflight Wi-Fi, Qantas will offer customers video and audio streaming when the service is switched on its first aircraft in late February this year. The rest of the airline’s fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards.The faster connection speeds – which enable streaming – are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster™ satellite service and represents a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world. The service uses idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellite’s 101 spot beams across Australia.Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said that fast, free internet will open up a huge range of options for customers inflight.“We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi, but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema,” said Mrs Wirth.“Foxtel and Netflix both have huge catalogues that are expanding all the time, so there will be no shortage of entertainment on board.“The usage data from the collection of albums we already have on our aircraft shows that music is a great way for passengers to relax as they watch the world fly by. Spotify will open this up so you can listen to virtually any song you like,” she added.While Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off the aircraft for between three days and one month after their Qantas flight.Specifically: Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required.Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge.Spotify will offer a 30 day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.(Note – both Netflix and Spotify require customers to sign-up to a subscription to access the free trial.)Customers will log on to the Qantas inflight Wi-Fi via their own devices, and will be greeted by a landing page with a range of options (see attached images). As well as links to access Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel, this page will feature real-time flight data; hotel, restaurant and transport options at your destination; the latest weather; and personalised information linked to your itinerary and Frequent Flyer account. Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available.Qantas is in discussion with a range of content partners on ways to improve the on board experience using Wi-Fi.In November 2016, Qantas installed ViaSat satellite-receiving equipment on its first 737 to be Wi-Fi enabled. Hardware and software testing is underway on this aircraft, ahead of the service being switched on for customers soon.FOXTEL Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television at Foxtel said, “We are delighted to be able to extend our partnership with Qantas to support this great new service for passengers. With access to Foxtel both while flying and on the ground afterwards, Qantas passengers will enjoy some of the best live and on-demand content that Foxtel has to offer.“Qantas passengers will also have access to Foxtel’s deep and extensive library of new and returning signature drama and entertainment programming. In February and March alone these include HBO’s highly anticipated new drama Big Little Lies, staring Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon, The Walking Dead, Call the Midwife, The Real Housewives of Sydney, Selling Houses Australia, The Flash, Arrow, Divorce, The Mick, Gogglebox and much more, plus all past episodes of blockbusters such as Game of Thrones”.NETFLIX “Qantas is at the forefront of providing free and fast inflight wi-fi to their Australian customers,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development. “Now passengers can settle in and enjoy The Crown, Black Mirror and more shows and movies on their own devices, whenever they want.”SPOTIFY“Travel is an experience made better with music and at 40,000 feet music fans will now be able to access all their favourite Spotify playlists or discover a world of music from our catalogue of over 30 million tracks,” said Kate Vale, Managing Director at Spotify Australia & New Zealand.“We are excited to be working with Qantas on innovating and enhancing the customer experience in-flight by offering access to Spotify’s award-winning service on Wi-Fi enabled Qantas flights,” she added.Source = Qantaslast_img read more


Qatar Visa Centre inaugurated in Mumbai

first_imgMandated by the Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar, Qatar Visa Centre was inaugurated by H.E. Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, The Consulate General of the State of Qatar, in Mumbai. Having already launched centres in New Delhi and now in Mumbai, five other visa centres in Kochi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Kolkata will be operational shortly.At the new Qatar Visa Center, work visa applicants for the State of Qatar will be able to sign on work contracts digitally, enrol their biometrics and undergo mandatory medical test all under one roof, thus saving time and making it a hassle-free process for the applicants. The move to get work visa applicants to complete the most essential and critical part of their visa processes in the country of origin (India in this case) is aimed at guaranteeing prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards.The visa centre is in sync with international standards guaranteeing greater transparency, traceability and improved anti-fraud measures and security screening mechanisms for the visa applicants. The centre will operate between 08:30 am to 04:30 pm from Monday to Friday.As part of the visa application process, the employer in Qatar will ensure all necessary procedures and make the visa payments on behalf of the applicant. The applicants will only need to book an appointment online and visit the Qatar Visa Centre 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time on a given day. Once at the centre, the identity of the visa applicant will be verified and the list of required documents will be checked, following which a token will be issued. Once the token is being referred to, the respective visa applicant will be explained the contract terms and can thereby digitally sign the work contract. Biometric enrolment and the mandatory medical tests will be done at the centre. Upon completion of the processes at the visa centre, the visa applicant then can choose to track the status of his application online or through their employer in the State of Qatar.H.E Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, the Consulate General of the State Of Qatar, Mumbai expressed gratitude and said, “Our thanks and appreciation to the officials in the Ministry of External Affairs – Republic of India, and the Government of the State of Maharashtra for their continued support to achieve this goal by opening the Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in Mumbai. This project is one of the advanced projects for the State of Qatar in the field of protection of labour rights and would facilitate the recruitment procedures in countries where centres have been opened including the Republic of India and would provide necessary services for obtaining visas, both for the purpose of visit and residence. Indian expatriates who travel to Qatar for employment, can complete their medical tests and sign work contracts before their departure and this stand confirms to the State of Qatar’s keenness to ensure safety and protection for expatriates and residents.”“As part of Qatar’s willingness to facilitate the work process and protect the rights of expatriates, Qatar Visa Centres will be opened in a number of countries which include India,” said Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of Visa Support Services Dept at the Ministry of the Interior, Doha, Qatar.Suhail Shaikh – Business Head said, “We are honoured to launch the Qatar Visa Centre in India in Mumbai on behalf of Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar. We take great pride in being able to provide transparent, standardised and streamlined visa services for Indians seeking work visas through a simple process managed by our capable colleagues.”Qatar Visa Centre maintains robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touch points. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa centre can be found in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam through a dedicated website (www.qatarvisacenter.com), call centre helpline (+91 44 6133 1333) and walk-in at the reception.last_img read more


Eye on the Industry Updates on Tech New Hires

first_img new hires Tech 2019-06-27 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Featured, News June 27, 2019 265 Views McMichael Taylor Gray, LLC (MTG) has hired J. Pamela Price as Managing Attorney of South Carolina. She brings with her nearly 30 years of experience representing creditors, mortgage bankers, investors, banks and credit unions with her legal expertise.Price has practiced in the area of real estate transactions, including purchases, refinances, equity lines, construction loans, and foreclosures since 1990. Additionally, she has written title insurance, as an agent, for several major title companies, including Chicago Title, Investors Title, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and others.The firm said that Price has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Publications Committee since 1990 and is also versed in wills, trusts, and estates.“We’re very excited to have Pamela on board. Her depth of experience, knowledge, and management capabilities will complement our team of seasoned executives,” said January Taylor, Managing Partner at McMichael Taylor Gray.______Rhode Island-based Citizens Bank launched digital tools that aimed to make the home-buying experience seamless and efficient. The new Your Home Rewards from Citizens Bank program, digital loan platform and Citizens One loan servicing mobile app collectively bring new capabilities to bear at each step of the home buying journey, from house hunting to loan repayment.“Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial and personal decisions, and it can also be one of the most stressful,” said Eric Schuppenhauer, President of Home Mortgage at Citizens Bank. “Creating a digital experience that simplifies the home buying process enables us to alleviate some of its most challenging aspects so our customers can focus on what matters most – finding a place to call home.”Creating more choice for customers as they determine the “when, where and how” that best meets their needs, the suite of solutions allows for a digital or blended human-digital experience. _______Tiffany SizemoreGateway First Bank, one of the ten largest banks in Oklahoma and one of the largest mortgage bank operations in the United States, announced the appointment of Tiffany Sizemore as its Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer.In this role, Sizemore is responsible for the development, implementation and enforcement of Gateway’s BSA compliance program and coordination with state and federal regulators on these matters.“We are happy to welcome Tiffany join the team. She has a strong knowledge of banking laws, regulations and operations relative to the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering measures and related matters,” said Scott Gesell, Chief Administrative Officer of Gateway. “Her strong commitment to ethics and familiarity with regulatory and operational activities make Tiffany a strong asset to the team. We look forward to working with her.” Eye on the Industry: Updates on Tech, New Hires Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgMinnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur following a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Depending on what happens this weekend with playoff teams, the Cards could start a second round of interviews this upcoming week. Pat Shurmur, Mike Munchak and Steve Wilks could get second interviews. As for Bettcher, it’s possible considering he was recommended by BA.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) January 13, 2018NFL teams only have a small window to interview candidates still in the playoff picture: From Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, between the championship games and the Super Bowl.Regarding Shurmur, it appears Arizona won’t get that chance.Shurmur, 52, has seen his stock grow due to his mentoring of unheralded quarterbacks such as Minnesota starter Case Keenum. Shurmur has head coaching experience with the Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and as an interim with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015).Minnesota is currently headed to the NFC Championship game after defeating the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with a game-winning play as the clock wound out.In other head coaching search news, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next coach, according to Rapoport.McDaniels was not one of the coaches Arizona met with in the first round of interviews. Several of the Arizona Cardinals’ head coaching candidates remain busy with their teams in the NFL playoffs.Among them is Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, but as the clock ticks, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Shurmur appears headed for another job. The New York Giants are targeting Shurmur to be their next head coach, and he is expected to accept.Shurmur was reportedly a finalist for the Cardinals’ coaching job left vacant by Bruce Arians’ retirement. As one of the nine known coaches Arizona has interviewed, it would expected he would meet with the Cardinals a second time. 64 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more