zoom The European Commission has given its consent to Finland’s plans to grant EUR 28 million (USD 31.5 million) for the construction of a second small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Hamina, on Finland’s South-East coast.The European Commission said that the project, which is expected to improve security of energy supply in the region and contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, is in line with EU state aid rules and would not unduly distort competition in the single market.“The Hamina LNG terminal is one of several planned in Finland. These small scale LNG terminals will provide a new source of cleaner fuel for the maritime industry and diversify Finland’s gas supply sources,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.The Hamina project is part of Finland’s plans to create a network of small LNG terminals with the aim of offering LNG fuelling stations for ships and ensuring an additional source of gas for Finland.The Hamina LNG terminal will also contribute to the development of infrastructure supporting alternative fuels in a port that is part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).The Hamina terminal will have a storage capacity of 30,000 cubic meters. The public funding of EUR 27.6 million would cover 30% of the total investment costs, while the remainder would be funded by the developer and future owner of the terminal.This is Finland’s second aid approval for a small scale terminal, as the country received a nod for another LNG terminal in September 2015. The terminal, which will be located at Pori on the West coast of Finland, is scheduled to be completed in autumn 2016.
zoom Japan’s Mitsui & Co. has formed joint venture with gas shipping company BW Group Limited to own the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) BW Integrity.Mitsui & Co. has purchased a 49% share in BW Integrity, while BW continues to own a 51% share in the vessel. In line with the deal, BW will continue to provide commercial and technical management services for the vessel.The deal is expected to close as soon as the payment for the acquisition is completed, Mitsui said.This is the first FSRU project for Mitsui, and the first project for a Japanese company to participate in the LNG receiving infrastructure business in Pakistan.BW Integrity is currently in Port Qasim on a 15-year charter to PGP Consortium Limited (PGPC), to provide LNG regasification services at Pakistan’s second LNG import terminal. The demand for imported LNG in Pakistan is expected to grow steadily and reach 20 million tons per annum by 2022.“BW and Mitsui have a long history of close cooperation in many business areas and having Mitsui as a JV partner is a special relationship on which we hope to build for many years to come,” BW Group’s CEO Carsten Mortensen said.“The opportunity for us to enter the FSRU business is a very big step forward for our future business strategy. As an LNG receiving/regasification base project is an extension of the LNG shipping business area, it is important to acquire know-how of the FSRU business and to maintain effective relationships with partners like BW. I am convinced that this partnership will also greatly contribute to Mitsui &Co.’s gas sales strategy. I would like to continue to expand this business area firmly in the future,” Mitsui & Co.’s Chief Operating Officer of the Integrated Transportation Systems Business Unit II, Takeshi Setozaki said.BW’s first FSRU, the BW Singapore, is currently involved in a five-year contract providing LNG regasification and storage services in Sumed, Egypt.BW has a fleet of over 150 vessels, including 21 LNG carriers and FSRUs including newbuildings.Just two weeks ago, BW LNG welcomed two new MEGI LNG carriers into the fleet, BW Tulip and BW Lilac.The identical sisters were named at Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) two weeks ago and are the first two-stroke propulsion vessels in the fleet.
Bhopal: In a major administrative reshuffle, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has transferred 33 IAS and 37 IPS officers, including collectors of 15 districts and Superintendent ofPolice (SP) of as many districts in the state. As per the order issued post-midnight on Saturday, Bhopal collector Sudam P Khade was transferred as additional secretary in the state secretariat, although nobody was appointed in his place, a state government official said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe collectors of Dhar, Khandwa, Dindori, Agar Malwa, Alijrajpur, Shajapur, Burhanpur, Niwari, Satna, Sehore, Damoh, Raisen, Katni, and Neemuch districts were also transferred. The state government also transferred 37 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including the SPs in 15 districts. As per the order, the SPs of Shahdol, Shivpuri, Katni, Anuppur, Seoni, Sidhi, Dhar, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Mandsaur, Shajapur, Barwani, Singrauli, Agar Malwa and Bhopal (North) were transferred. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsBhopal Zone Inspector General (IG) Jaideep Prasad has also been transferred. He was replaced by Yogesh Deshmukh, who was posted so far as IG (Chambal Zone). Prasad was made IG (Rail). In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief and now Union Home Minister Amit Shah had targeted the Kamal Nath-led government in the state, accusing it of running a “transfer-posting industry”.
UPDATE – On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP are looking for a man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant that could be headed to Northern B.C. or Northern Alberta.On Saturday, February 2, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating him. He is described as:Metis male188 cm (6’2”)88 kg (194 lbs)Brown hairBrown eyesLaRiviere has connections in Vernon, BC and Grimshaw, Alberta and may be travelling in Northern Alberta or Northern BC. He is believed to be driving a blue 1994 GMC 1500 pick-up bearing BC licence plate MY9880. A photo of a similar vehicle is attached. The image is not of the actual pick-up.A picture of a similar truck that he is believed to be driving.If you see this vehicle or LaRiviere contact the RCMP immediately, do not confront him as he is considered violent.
Upgrading and improving weather services will play an important role in helping ensure food security in poorer countries at risk from the impact of climate change and natural disasters, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.Speaking at a round-table discussion on food security yesterday at the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said enhanced preparation and awareness of meteorological problems and challenges would allow policymakers to respond better once a disaster strikes.Mr. Jarraud said WMO was working, through its regional climate centres and other agencies, to improve prevention and preparedness measures, including risk assessment, early-warning systems and emergency planning.Natural disasters such as floods and droughts are among the biggest causes of what is known as “transitory hunger,” compared to poverty-induced “chronic hunger.” Although natural hazards cannot be avoided, capacity-building and prevention measures can greatly reduce their impact and ensure that people have enough food stocks to last them through a crisis. 25 June 2008Upgrading and improving weather services will play an important role in helping ensure food security in poorer countries at risk from the impact of climate change and natural disasters, the head of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization says.
TORONTO — Canada’s remaining independent breweries know they can’t compete with the economies of scale and marketing capabilities of global conglomerates, so they’re concentrating on winning customers over by catering to craft beer lovers’ unquenchable thirst for new and innovative styles.That’s what Calgary-based Big Rock Brewery’s newly appointed CEO Wayne Arsenault is banking on as the company celebrates the one-year anniversary of its brewing facility in Ontario, home to 40 per cent of the country’s brewery industry.The 27-year-old company, he says, is taking a grassroots approach of “finding and introducing customers to Big Rock one taste palette at a time” as it expands into different markets across the country.“We really have to compete on the authenticity of what we do. It’s really a case of David and Goliath and I think people like that challenge,” says Arsenault, who has previously held executive and management roles at Moosehead Breweries and Molson Coors.“For us it’s about innovation and bringing great beers in the market place.”Arsenault says Canadian-owned players like Big Rock can simply never match the reach and cheaper retail prices of international brewing companies like Molson Coors and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV — which are expected to capture a combined 60 per cent of Canada’s $5.6 billion beer industry revenue this year, according to market research firm IBISWorld.While the brewing industry in Canada has benefited from growth in the popularity of craft beer over the last five years — with the number of breweries surging from 310 in 2010 to 775 in 2016 — one of the most important success factors for businesses will be what IBISWorld calls “economies of scope.”In its latest Breweries in Canada industry report, the firm explains that brewers producing a variety of beer styles can achieve a marketing advantage on so-called economies of scope by appealing to a greater range of customer tastes as traditional premium brands like Molson Canadian continue to be negatively affected by the craft beer boom.Diversification has helped Big Rock continue to grow this year, says Arsenault. In its latest quarterly earnings, the company reported that sales volumes increased year-over-year by nine per cent as net revenue increased by 11 per cent to $13.5 million — gains that are partially attributable to expansion into Ontario and the sale of limited-edition products such as its Canada 150 Variety Pack of different regional beer recipes.Even Moosehead Breweries, the country’s largest Canadian-owned brewery with an estimated market share of 3.8 per cent and expected revenue of $216 million in 2017, understands the importance of delivering on heightened customer expectations in an increasingly crowded market space.CEO Andrew Oland says his 150-year-old, family-owned brewery has a full portfolio of different brands under its flagship Moosehead Lager brand, as well as its craft-focused Hop City Brewing Co. that it established in 2009 in Ontario.“The consumers are looking for such variety and by having a broad portfolio that helps us,” he says. “We’ve been able to grow our business in Canada outside the east, particularly in Ontario, which is very nice.”At a time when Moosehead contemporaries like Molson, Labatt and Sleeman have been bought out by multinationals, Oland says he’s especially proud to remain resolutely Canadian — not that offers aren’t on the table.“Oh yeah, the potential players have all had made sure that if there ever was any desire that we know they’re interested. It’s not something we think about.”For Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill, Ont., maintaining the 11-year-old company’s innovating spirit — which sees it produce dozens of craft beers styles — is so critical that last year he and his father started offering their 150 employees shares in the brewery as part of a legacy plan to keep it Canadian-owned and independent.“Neither of us thought we’d be this successful,” he says. “But I can trust the employees to care the most about the legacy of this company. They’re the ones putting in the work to make us special.”Since its inception in 2006, Beau’s has experienced rapid growth at a compounded rate of 45 per cent year-over-year — a pace that’s physically and mentally stressful to keep up, Beauchesne says.“By making the conscious choice to be independent, we can’t just go out and sell off equity to get a couple of million dollars in here and make life easier for everyone. We’ve consciously decided to do things the hard way because it means that we keep the control.”But he says the biggest obstacle facing independent craft brewers is the commoditization of the industry as large international brewers bring their own mass-marketed products into the space.“If people stop seeing craft beer as special because it’s so ubiquitous it’s going to be a big challenge for the industry.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
“We are in desperate need for improved capacity and strength to be able to implement the mandate (to protect civilians) in a much more proactive way,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hilde Johnson told a video news conference from Juba, South Sudan’s capital, noting that over 50,000 civilians have already sought refuge at UN bases and stressing the need for “unprecedented speed” to bring in additional troops and helicopters.“But let me underline: all peacekeepers are under the instruction to use force when civilians are under imminent threat.”Two days ago the Security Council authorized almost doubling the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to nearly 14,000 personnel through the transfer of units if necessary from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Tensions within South Sudan, the world’s youngest country which only gained independence in 2011 after seceding from Sudan, burst out into open conflict on 15 December when President Salva Kiir’s Government said soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, dismissed in July, launched an attempted coup. Mr. Kiir belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and Mr. Machar to the Lou Nuer. The conflict has been increasingly marked by reports of ethnically targeted violence.“We are working round the clock to get assets in that can assist us in the current crisis as quickly as ever possible. We’re working on 48-hour delivery of several of the critical assets that we need,” Ms. Johnson said, adding that such assets include both troops and critical assets such as helicopters.“We are assisted by very good colleagues in New York and in other missions that now understand that the scale and the challenge of South Sudan need to be met with unprecedented speed.”She said UNMISS is investigating reports of extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, mistreatment, abuses and mass rapes, stressing that it is essential that all perpetrators be held accountable. “We are expecting action to follow,” she added, welcoming Mr. Kiir’s order two days ago for the arrest of anyone involved in atrocities and for them to be held accountable.Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS had been unable to verify reports of a massacre and of a mass grave being found in Bentiu in the north with 75 bodies, but that in any case the number had been exaggerated from between 30 and 50. “I call upon the political leaders of South Sudan to order their forces to lay down their arms and to give peace a chance and to do so urgently,” she said, recalling the decades of violent struggle that have marked South Sudan’s march to independence and stressing that its ethnic diversity should be a source of strength and unity, not of discord.“These past 11 days have been a very trying time for South Sudan and for all citizens of this new-born nation,” she declared. “What happened this last week has for many of them brought back the nightmares of the past. The nation that was painstakingly built over decades of conflict and strife was at stake. And for us one of the most important things is to have those nightmares end.”Despite the challenges, she said UNMISS is “maintaining and increasing our footprint across the country,” moving available assets to the most volatile areas.“At this point in time the military is overstretched with current protection obligations related to the civilians in our camps and making sure they are safe,” she noted. “We are also doing some patrols now by day and night in the neighbourhoods in Juba to try to create a more protective environment to people so that they can return to their homes.” Ms. Johnson also reported that fighting was currently going on in Bor, capital of Jonglei state north of Juba, where Government forces control the airport and key crossroads, and added that the Mission fully supports the efforts of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who visited Juba today in a bid to broker a peace. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that children in the country are in grave danger. “An estimated 81,000 civilians have fled their homes, the majority of them women and children, but we believe that with the situation changing so rapidly the actual numbers are likely to be higher,” according to UNICEF’s country representative Iyorlumun Uhaa.He voiced particular concern for those around Bor. “There are desperate shortages of food and clean water at the UN compound there and the lack of sanitation facilities poses a high risk of disease,” he said. “Children, always among the most vulnerable in conflict, are spending their days without shelter in the intense heat and sun, and sleeping in the open during the cold nights.”
DEALS WEBSITE LivingSocial has said it has been hit by a major security breach which compromised the personal information of some customers.In an email sent to users, the US-based company said there was unauthorised access to names, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. Customer credit card information was not accessed or affected by the breach, according to the email.LivingSocial said it is “actively working with the authorities” to investigate what happened.Users have been told to create a new password for their account and to consider changing passwords on any other sites where they use the same password.“We are sorry this incident occurred,” CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy said in an email to users.The New York Times says that 50 million customers worldwide may have been affected by the security breach.Read: Government issues tender for deliberate hacker attack >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lemnian Association of New South Wales ‘Maroula’ and The Hellenic Lyceum Sydney invite you to their Harbour Cruise, to raise funds for upcoming commemorative events for 100 years since World War I in Lemnos. Boat departs from King Street Wharf Darling Harbour (Pier 26) in front of the Aquarium. Cost is $60.00, with buffet lunch, soft drinks, coffee, tea and sweets included in the price. Alcohol will be available for purchase on board. When: Sunday 18 May, from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm Where: King St Wharf, Darling Harbour (Pier 26), Sydney For more information or to book your place, contact Kathy on 0466 217 088
There will be a change in ticket prices on Athens’s public transport system from Monday, when some new tickets will also be made available to commuters.The current basic ticket, which allows commuters to use any mode of transport for 90 minutes, will drop from 1.40 to 1.20 euros. However, it will only be valid for 70 minutes. This also means those using just buses, tram or trolley buses will lose out as tickets for just those transport modes were already 1.20 euros and were good for 90 minutes.A new five-day travel card will be introduced. It will cost 10 euros and replace the weekly ticket, which costs 14 euros. The price of monthly travelcards will be reduced from 45 to 30 euros. A travel card lasting three months and costing 88 euros is to be brought in from Monday, along with with a six-month ticket that will set commuters back 170 euros. Annual travel cards will cost 320 euros.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Australia’s richest Greek Con Makris has unveiled plans to redevelop his site at O’Connell St, North Adelaide following previous failed attempts. Makris’ company, the Makris Group, will wholly fund the $200 million project, which will include a high market hotel, luxury apartments, a shopping complex, the first Australian built Whole Foods Market (an America grocery chain), as well as cafes and restaurants. Makris told Neos Kosmos he expects construction to begin by the second half of 2015, in an area he likens to Kolonaki and Syntagma in Athens.“(South Australia premier) Jay Weatherill gave his blessing, the mayor of Adelaide gave his blessing, the shopkeepers association has given its blessing, every department here in South Australia is supporting it because Adelaide needs something like this. North Adelaide is the Kolonaki of Adelaide, it’s where all the rich people live and it’s less than one kilometre from the centre of the CBD, across King William Road. The same way Syntagma is in Greece, where you travel down Kolonaki, it’s similar to that.”The site, which historically housed furniture store Le Cornu until 1989, has been an empty lot since. Makris purchased it in 2001, with plans to develop it in 2008 shelved due to the onset of the global financial crisis (GFC). “We had approval back in 2008 which was different to this. Back then we couldn’t build more than five storeys, we had approval for only five, and I mean it was a blessing that we didn’t build because now we have about 16 floors.”“It would have been stupid for us to build if we couldn’t sell apartments (because of the GFC) so we didn’t go ahead with it and we waited for an opportunity. Now under the new rules of the state government here, we can build at any height provided we satisfy the government, and we have done that.”He estimates construction will create 700 jobs, with a further 700 for the service and maintenance of the complex, which he hopes will add to his legacy in his native state.“It’s my dream! I want to leave a legacy in South Australia. I have so many properties around all of Australia and I want to leave something here, because I came here as a 16-year-old and I became the most successful businessman.”“It will change North Adelaide … O’Connell Street used to be the number one street in South Australia, but in the past 10 years it has spiralled downward. By doing this, the mayor came out and said the council will fix everything, the pavers for the streets, more trees, and he urged people with other properties in the area to redevelop.”With final approvals set to be formalised, Makris is confident there won’t be any issues involved with its development, including through the public consultation period. “Well, they had it in the newspaper and 85 per cent of people are supporting it. I mean when you see the premier on television supporting it and the mayor supporting it, who’s left?”The project coincides with the company’s $50 million extension of Gilles Plains Shopping Centre in Adelaide’s north-east. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – There were no exact figures given on how many in the public sector will see their salary impacted by the Pay and Grade Review, but Premier Rufus Ewing and Deputy Governor, Anya Williams said it will be ‘many.’ As a prelude to a first set of meetings to be held here in Provo and then in Grand Turk with the employees in the Civil Service, media was given opportunity to question the duo on the changes; a process which started in 2012 and which may continue into the next couple of years as the review and revamp is fine tuned. Premier Rufus Ewing said while not everyone will see an increase in their salaries, no one will see a decrease either; both leaders adding that it is not just about raising pay but improving the physical work environment. A ‘well paid’ Civil Service is what the former head of the Civil Service Association explained is the aim. The range of increase in pay is 21% to 67% with those working in Education getting the largest leaps; fire officers are also seeing a big boost of around 60%. Government has allotted $9 million dollars to this recurrent TCIG expense; another quarter of a million dollars is pegged for education and training opportunities. Dames is first Hospitality Hero Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, civil service, increase, premier rufus ewing, salary DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES.
Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013.REUTERS/Jim UrquhartReutersNearly 17,000 Indians have signed a petition challenging the central bank’s decision to end dealings with crypto-related accounts.A Change.org petition for “Mak[ing] India at the forefront of Blockchain Applications Revolution” was filed online on April 5 after the Reserve Bank of India banned all financial firms from dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.”This is clearly stifling innovation around blockchain. If a government does not facilitate adoption of new technology, the country stands to left behind,” the petition reads.According to the petition, the RBI’s decision – which tech investor Tim Draper had recently called “a huge mistake” – could lead to an increase of irregular cash trading of cryptocurrencies in India.It would also lead to a knee-jerk reaction in the prices of cryptocurrencies, resulting in millions of Indians losing their hard earned money.The price of bitcoin plummeted to a low of Rs 350,000 ($5,392) versus its international market price of $6,617, following the RBI announcement.The petition notes the inevitability of Blockchain development globally and calls on the Indian government to remain competitive with other countries on the issue so as to not be “left behind”.Crypto exchanges and blockchain companies have profitable business models and can give a massive share of revenue to the government who is welcoming. Not only that crypto exchanges and traders are extremely compliant with stringent KYC norms and have already complied mentioning all their trade details. the petition said.Many bitcoin exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin, are looking to move their headquarters to jurisdictions outside India following the central bank’s clamp down on cryptocurrencies.
Greasemonkey Dev posts WebExtensions Design Doc: paints grim picture by Martin Brinkmann on February 01, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 18 commentsGreasemonkey is a popular add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to load and create userscripts to interact with web content.The add-on, like any other legacy extension for Firefox, will not work anymore in its current form when Mozilla makes the switch to WebExtensions exclusivity in the end of 2017.While it remains to be seen if Mozilla will indeed flip the switch with the release of Firefox 57, or postpone, it is clear that the organization decided to go all-in on the idea.The developer of Greasemonkey, Anthony Lieuallen, has published a design document for the migration of Greasemonkey from Firefox’s current add-on system to WebExtensions.The document looks at features that are currently implemented, and prioritizes them based on importance.Essential features, those that need to make the cut no matter what, and major features, those that should make the cut, are listed at the top of the document.Essential features are for instance the ability to install and manage scripts, and a major feature is the option to migrate userscripts from the legacy version of Greasemonkey to the WebExtensions version of the add-on.The document is useful, not only for Greasemonkey developers and users, but also to other Firefox add-on authors as it reveals how one could create a migration document for extensions.If you read the whole document, you will notice that there are quite a few uncertainties and dead ends that the Greasemonkey developer ran into.This highlights one of the main issues that Mozilla’s end of year enforcement of WebExtensions has to developers. WebExtensions are not ready yet for complex, and many semi-complex add-ons as they are a work in progress.Mozilla adds new APIs with every release, but there seems to be a lack of documentation and information on what will be available when the switch to WebExtensions is being made.He summed up the experience in the following way:Overall, the process of writing this doc has been demoralizing. It took a lot of work to just scratch the surface of our feature set. At every step, I seemed to find things that range from difficult to impossible, given the APIs that WebExtensions have access to. A significant amount of UI and features will change by the necessity of no longer having the power to do so many things.He mentions Tampermonkey, a userscript extension for Chrome which should work in Firefox already. He did look at Tampermonkey more closely, as it based on WebExtensions already, and noticed that most of what he dislikes about the extension is because of the limitations of WebExtensions.Good news for Firefox users is that Anthony seems to be willed to go forward with the implementation, or at least explore the possibilities of turning Greasemonkey into a WebExtension.SummaryArticle NameGreasemonkey Dev posts WebExtensions Design Doc: paints grim pictureDescriptionThe developer of Greasemonkey, Anthony Lieuallen, has published a design document for the migration of Greasemonkey from Firefox’s current add-on system to WebExtensions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Share Friday, June 9, 2017 MIAMI — Cruising on layaway? Leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to think of it first.The line has launched a convenient new pay-over-time program that allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments, a move that’s being regarded as the cruise industry’s first layaway program.With Carnival EasyPay, cruise payments can be automatically deducted from the credit card on file and applied to their current balance, interest-free, over a three-month period. Guests simply make their initial cruise deposit and then the balance of their cruise is charged in three equal payments, which are taken out automatically on the same designated day for three consecutive months.Guests can either register for the program at carnival.com or via the line’s call centres. Travel agents can also sign up for Carnival EasyPay to process payments on behalf of their clients.“A Carnival cruise is already the most affordable and value-packed vacation there is and with Carnival EasyPay we’re making budgeting and paying for a cruise even easier and more convenient,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Rather than having to remember to pay for their cruise, Carnival EasyPay provides guests with peace of mind knowing that their payment is being processed automatically. Carnival EasyPay certainly lives up to its name!”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterGuests must make a required deposit on their cruise fare to be eligible for Carnival EasyPay. Additionally, the deposit due date must be at least 90 days before the final payment date. The first installment is charged to their credit card 30 days from the date of the deposit, with two additional monthly installments thereafter.Carnival EasyPay is available at no extra cost, however, guests are responsible for any interest charges by their credit card provider.Guests are prompted to select Carnival EasyPay in the ‘How Would You Like to Pay’ section of carnival.com when ready to make payment on their booking. They can also sign up for or cancel Carnival EasyPay after the initial deposit is made by visiting the ‘Manage My Booking’ tab on carnival.com. Carnival launches industry’s first layaway payment program
by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2018 1:03 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tina Fey is joining some of Broadway’s biggest stars — including Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and Chita Rivera — for a concert being livestreamed Saturday to benefit migrants on the Mexican border.It’s being organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who were prompted to act after seeing photos of children separated from their families. They began texting as many stars as they could think of.“Seeing the images, we were really depressed,” Wesley said Friday. “It was so overwhelming. What do you do? All we can do is put on a show and hopefully educate people.”The concert is set for 5 p.m. EDT at The Cooper Union in downtown New York City. It will be broadcast via Facebook Live and at ConcertsforAmerica.com .The lineup also will feature Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Matt Bomer, Jorge Avila, Mandy Gonzalez, Jeremy Jordan, Olga Merediz, Andrew Rannells, Keala Settle, Shaina Taub and Patrick Wilson.Highlights will include Rivera singing “America” from “West Side Story” and the reuniting of McDonald and Mitchell for “Wheels of a Dream” from the musical “Ragtime.” Settle is flying into New York specifically to perform “This Is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman.”The late-afternoon timing of the concert will allow current Broadway stars like Rannells, Bomer and Gonzalez to attend the concert between their two Saturday shows. Immigrant-rights rallies across the country are also expected on Saturday.The concert is the latest in a series of benefit shows created and hosted by Rudetsky and Wesley, the host and producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway” show who also organized the Broadway for Orlando group’s recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”Both men said Saturday’s show will include a mix of songs and comedy, as well as solidarity. “We always like our concerts to be optimistic and fill people with hope as well as give them a call for action,” said Wesley.The concert comes in response to the government’s push to prosecute all migrants caught entering the country without authorization. President Donald Trump has halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents under public pressure but around 2,000 of them are still being held, with many families saying they’ve not known how to locate them.Proceeds from the concert will benefit four non-profits that aim to protect the civil and human rights of families: Al Otro Lado, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Foundation of Texas, and Florence Project. Representatives from the groups will offer their perspectives from working on the front lines.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Tina Fey joins Broadway stars for a concert to aid migrants
Archbishop Chrysostomos returned to his duties on Wednesday morning, two weeks after undergoing surgery in a UK hospital, the archbishopric announced.The archbishop revealed some two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer and had undergone chemotherapy last August.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, while still in the UK, he said he regretted ignoring his doctor’s warnings for a year and half, before seeking treatment.“I could have found out a lot earlier why the doctor who did my blood tests was telling me ‘I see something I do not like’. His advice fell on deaf ears for a year and a half. Maybe I would have prevented the cancer from spreading to the liver,” he said.In a bid to raise awareness on the importance of early detection and treatment, the archbishop said that even though many were afraid of the word ‘cancer’, it was a curable disease.The archbishop had undergone surgery in London two weeks ago to remove two small tumours from his liver. The three-hour laparoscopic operation was carried out at the London Clinic.His attending doctors – professors Long Jiao and Paris Tekkis – appeared satisfied with the outcome of the operation.Main opposition Akel welcomed back the archbishop in their own way.“We wish him well. We missed his spiritual and unifying words,” the party said in a written statement. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Indoor Cat Vomits (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Israeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
15Feb Rep. Howrylak bill that reforms school discipline signed into law Categories: Howrylak News,Howrylak Photos,News,Photos Participating in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bill signing ceremony today of Public Act 364 of 2016 were Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Andy Schor, Rep. Adam Zemke, Rep. David LaGrand and Rep. Martin Howrylak. This legislation was part of a bill package that will provide schools with greater discretion regarding the decision to suspend or expel a student to ensure more children have the opportunity to remain in school and participate in restorative practices. Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, sponsored House Bill 5693 in this bill package.
By state Rep. Roger Hauck Categories: Hauck News,News 02Jul Budget plan brings taxpayer money back to our communities Earlier this month the Michigan Legislature approved the state budget. The plan is a blueprint for funding state departments, state programs, K-12 public schools, and public universities and colleges.The budget for the next fiscal year also focuses spending on local projects to improve the quality of life in our communities. Too often hard-working taxpayers see their money go to Lansing, but don’t see any tangible results in their neighborhoods from that investment. I am pleased to announce the budget we approved contains several projects to benefit the residents of Isabella County.When I came to Lansing as your voice in the House, my very first action was finding a solution to sewage overflows in the Nottawa Township and Beal City area. As it is, raw sewage is flowing into the Chippewa River because of the lack of a proper sewer system.The budget sent to the governor last week includes $3 million to help develop a sewage system that can properly handle waste without discharging it into the river.I had meetings with representatives from the Department of Environmental Quality on this issue shortly after I began to serve you in Lansing. I also sat in on discussions between Nottawa Township and the DEQ in efforts to find a resolution. I drove home the message that we have a duty to fix this.This funding is a major step in the right direction to protect our county’s abundant and valuable natural resources.We also have included in this budget money to reconstruct and widen Lincoln Road from Broomfield Road to the bridge over the Chippewa River. Included in the project are the addition of turn lanes, installation of traffic lights, and adequate storm sewers and drainage structures.Michigan’s roads are in bad shape because of the lack of maintenance during the Lost Decade in the early 2000s. I understand and share our frustration about our roads. I get it. I share your consternation. I am working to bring more projects like this to our area to make our roads safer for families and commerce.We also have included in this budget investment in our classrooms. The amount of increased state money school districts receive runs between $120 and $240 per student. That is the largest increase in 15 years. All of the school districts in the communities I serve will receive the $240 increase, which helps close the funding gap between smaller and rural schools and those in urban areas.The coming budget also includes more than $2.1 million in at-risk funding for the Mount Pleasant, Beal City, Shepard and Coleman school districts. The next fiscal year’s investment in at-risk children is up nearly half a million dollars from the current budget and a $928,226 increase from the 2014 fiscal year.These are tangible results of all of us working together at the local level to bring some of the taxes we pay back to our neighborhoods.####
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesEric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.comMay 29, 2014; Los Angeles TimesAs a result of Donald Sterling’s racially insane conversation with purported paramour V. Stiviano, his sort-of estranged wife Shelley (with or without him) is selling the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a mere $2 billion. Not a bad return for a team that Sterling purchased in 1981 for all of $12 million.Ballmer joins the fraternity (just about) of some 70 owners of major sports franchises in the U.S., reducing his personal worth from $20 billion to $18 billion if the purchase price all comes out of his bank account. Is the team worth two bil? Like many sports owners, it may not be a concern for Ballmer. It’s as much a toy as it is an investment for the Microsoft man, who has dallied with offers for other teams before.But enriching the multibillionaire Sterlings with another $2 billion is a remarkable payoff for racism. Reportedly, Shelley is trying to declare Donald mentally incapacitated, which would somehow give her a freer hand in disposing of the team. If you’ve listened to Donald Sterling’s taped call with Stiviano or watched his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling sounds like someone with some pretty weird racial beliefs and biases. Overt racism always seems nutty, but is it evidence of mental incompetence?Whether Donald Sterling is racist, mentally incapacitated, or both, he has not only massively enriched himself in the process, but also enriched his fellow sports team owners. If the Clippers, long a doormat in the NBA, are now worth $2 billion, is the New York Yankees franchise worth only $2.5 billion? The Dallas Cowboys $2.35 billion? Daniel Snyder’s Washington, D.C. NFL franchise only $1.7 billion? The Los Angeles Dodgers, co-owned by Magic Johnson, $2.0 billion? The Los Angeles Lakers worth only $1.35 billion?Read between the lines. Sterling’s racism leading to the bidding war for the Clippers has actually further enriched Jerry Buss and Philip Anshutz who control the Lakers; James Dolan, who is the majority owner of the $1.4 billion New York Knicks; and just about every other professional sports team owner in the U.S. They’ve been enriched by racism.With the alleged nuttiness of Donald Sterling, it is entirely possible that he has a few monkey wrenches he might toss into the sale—notably, the word is that he is suing the NBA for $1 billion—so it might all come to naught. But given the enrichment of the owners—remember, the lead owners of the teams are all white—as a result of racism, we have a proposal. All team owners should have an immediate recalculation of their teams’ values in light of a $2 billion sale of the Clippers. If they won’t do it, Forbes should. And then here’s what should be done: All of the owners should take the increased value of their teams and donate it to a fund to fight racism. Otherwise, they will be the fat and happily enriched owners of teams made immensely more valuable by the virulent racism of one of their peers, and the penalty they will have exacted from him is a massive increase in the value of his team.In January, prior to Sterling’s descent into racism, madness, or both, Forbesestimated the value of the Los Angeles Clippers to be $565 million. If the sale goes through at $2 billion, the value of the Clippers will have increased by as much as 254 percent as a direct result of racism.It is hard to imagine any more heinous way of earning money than by benefitting from racism. Most of these teams have charitable foundations, and high-minded owners of professional sports franchises often themselves have family foundations—unlike Ballmer, so far. They have long philanthropic track records, so they should not allow themselves to be unjustifiably enriched as a result of racism, even if they personally are not parties to the vile beliefs of Donald Sterling. Do something about racism with your new wealth, sports moguls, or you’re a part of the problem.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares