More than 50 lakes discovered beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

first_imgLondon: Scientists have discovered 56 previously uncharted subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet bringing the total known number of lakes to 60. Although these lakes are typically smaller than similar lakes in Antarctica, their discovery demonstrates that lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet are much more common than previously thought. For the study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers analysed over 500,000 km of airborne radio echo sounding data, which provide images of the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The team identified 54 subglacial lakes, as well as a further two using ice-surface elevation changes. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”Researchers have a good understanding of Antarctic subglacial lakes, which can fill and drain and cause overlying ice to flow quicker,” said Jade Bowling of Lancaster University in the UK. However, until now little was known about subglacial lake distribution and behaviour beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. “This study has for the first time allowed us to start to build up a picture of where lakes form under the Greenland Ice Sheet,” said Bowling. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”This is important for determining their influence on the wider subglacial hydrological system and ice-flow dynamics, and improving our understanding of the ice sheet’s basal thermal state,” Bowling said. The newly discovered lakes range from 0.2-5.9 km in length and the majority were found beneath relatively slow moving ice away from the largely frozen bed of the ice sheet interior and seemed to be relatively stable. However, in the future as the climate warms, surface meltwater will form lakes and streams at higher elevations on the ice sheet surface, and the drainage of this water to the bed could cause these subglacial lakes to drain and therefore become active. Closer to the margin where water already regularly gets to the bed, the researchers saw some evidence for lake activity, with two new subglacial lakes observed to drain and then refill. “The lakes we have identified tend to cluster in eastern Greenland where the bed is rough and can therefore readily trap and store meltwater and in northern Greenland, where we suggest the lakes indicate a patchwork of frozen and thawed bed conditions,” said Stephen J Livingstone, from University of Sheffield in the UK.last_img read more

Calgary officer calls for changes to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of

first_imgWith files from CityNews CALGARY (CITYNEWS) – Canada’s Police Chiefs wrapped up a four-day conference in Calgary Wednesday where they focused on several issues.The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) is adopting six new resolutions, to deal with issues of organized crime and cybersecurity.Other key issues were reportedly left out of the conference according to Calgary Police Service member Kim Prodaniuk.On a post shared on LinkedIn, Prodaniuk called out the CACP Board over a lack of diversity.“We have 16 out of 17 positions that are male and one female. They’re all white and also, five out of five executive positions are male.”Prodaniuk, who represents the National Women in Law Enforcement Association, is calling for a change in the board which is holding elections soon.She said the prerequisites for becoming an officer have drastically changed.“The old days of a police officer needing to be a 6’4 white male who is heavy-handed and can defend himself and members of the public, those days have long passed. I think now, modern prerequisites for police officers should be diversity.”In March, Prodaniuk filed a lawsuit against the Calgary Police Service citing ongoing sexism, sexual harassment, and bullying.READ MORE: Lawsuit filed against Calgary Police and Police AssociationShe said that’s another issue the failed to address at the conference.“Employers have a responsibility to their employees to provide safe workplaces. This conference evidences (that) police employers in Canada have been negligent in their responsibilities to employees.”In a statement emailed to 660NEWS, the CACP says “We respect Ms. Prodaniuk’s rights to express her opinions and wish to have the opportunity to discuss her concerns with her in a personal and constructive way before addressing any inquiries from the media on this topic.”last_img read more

IPL Opener: CSK veterans ready to slog out against RCB

first_imgChennai: They made ‘Dad’s Army’ sound cool last year and defending champions Chennai Super Kings’ battle-hardened veterans are ready to prove that age is just a number when they take on Virat Kohli’s perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening IPL encounter. For Virat Kohli, it couldn’t be a bigger statement if his young side could start off with a bang at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘spritual home’, a task which will be easier said than done. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh CSK’s core team is the oldest in the tournament — 37-year-olds Dhoni and Shane Watson, 35-year-old Dwayne Bravo, 34-year-old Faf du Plessis, 33-year-olds Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav, soon-to-be 32 Suresh Raina, . Then they have two spinners with truckloads of experience — 39-year-old Imran Tahir and 38-year-old Harbhajan Singh, who have ability to change the complexion of a game with one-off over. Even the two out-of-favour India players, leg-spinner Karn Sharma (31) and seamer Mohit Sharma (30) are on the wrong side of 30’s. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later However when it comes to match awareness, the CSK players are second to none. The most consistent franchise of the Indian Premier League, who have always been in the top four, are a formidable side at home with a slow turner and a vocal crowd complementing the quality. While CSK is a three-time champion, the Bengaluru franchise is probably the biggest underachiever despite boasting of some of the best names in its squad. The outcome of Saturday’s game will depend on which team bowls better and holds its nerve as both side have players who can turn a match on its head in a jiffy. CSK’s Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja will be keen to step up their performances and seal a spot in the Indian World Cup squad. While RCB paceman Umesh Yadav will also look to shine in the IPL and make a case for selection in the England-bound playing XI. A lot has been said about the workload, especially that of the bowlers, which needs to be monitored. CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said on Wednesday that it was up to the players and as professionals, they would be aware of the requirements. CSK enjoy an impressive record against RCB, having won 15 matches and lost seven with one no-result. The hosts haven’t lost to its rival since 2014. While the home team has a well-balanced squad with most of the bases covered, RCB is facing concerns over the availability of some foreign players at certain stages of the tournament. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man for RCB as he has been over the past seasons and will need the rest of the bowling attack to step up. Kohli has always led from the front and his exploits in the IPL are well documented, the RCB skipper will begin yet another campaign aware that his form could prove vital in the success of his side in the gruelling tournament. Squads(from) Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, David Willey, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk). Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh. Match starts at 8 pm.last_img read more

Morocco Expels France’s TF1 Journalists For Lack of Compliance

Rabat – Morocco has reportedly expelled a TV crew working for French channel TF1 for shooting an interview with the brother of Ayoub El Khazzani, the Moroccan who opened fire onboard a high-speed train bound for Paris on August 21st.On Friday, Moroccan authorities ordered the TF1 crew to leave Moroccan territory due to lack of permits.A report by Alyamou24 said the French journalists‘ cameras were confiscated at Tangier’s Ibn Battouta International Airport for lacking the required shooting permits. However, the crew defied Moroccan authorities, managed to buy new cameras in Tangier and taped an interview with Imran El Khazzani, brother of the Thalys train attacker.The expulsion came in late given that TF1 aired the interview with Imran El Khazzani on Thursday night. The TF1 crew drove to Tetouan, 44.36 km (27.57 miles) away from Tangier to meet with Imran.During the interview, Imran told TF1 it is “impossible” that his younger brother Ayoub El Khazzani intended to kill others. “His education, his behavior with Christians and Muslims in general absolutely do not indicate that he is a terrorist,” he declared.On the other hand, Imran admitted that his brother can be unpredictable and violent.“My brother is a nervous man. If he has doubts that you will hurt him, he’ll kill you before you kill him,” Imran concluded.Imran and Ayoub were born and raised in Tetouan, Morocco. Their neighbors told TF1 that they cannot accept Ayoubisa terrorist.“We do not believe this story,” a neighbor said. Another one argued that it is impossible Ayoub was involved in selling or buying drugs.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Pakistan, IMF in final round of talks on $8 billion bailout

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund have launched the final round of talks over the $8 billion bailout package for Islamabad, a deal that’s expected to be signed next month.The round started on Monday in the Pakistani capital and is expected to last till May 7.It comes as the IMF issued a report on Mideast and regional economies, saying that Pakistan’s economic growth is expected to slow from about 5% last year to close to 3% this year.The U.S., which exerts major influence over IMF, has said it should not finance the billions of dollars in loans that Pakistan has taken from China as part of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative.Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to improve the country’s economy and provide more jobs.The Associated Press read more

UN swine flu pandemic alert remains at phase 4 amid rising infections

28 April 2009The international influenza pandemic alert remains at phase four, on a six-level warning scale, the United Nations health agency said today, as the count of swine flu infections continues to rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that at present there are 79 cases – up from yesterday’s tally of 73 – worldwide of the new H1N1 influenza strain, otherwise known as swine flu because it is thought to have originated from pigs. The virus has infected 40 people across the United States, 26 in Mexico and 6 in Canada, according to WHO, which also noted that there are verified reports of 2 cases in Spain, 2 in the United Kingdom and 3 in New Zealand. “There have been seven deaths among this total number of cases, all of which are reported in Mexico,” WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda told reporters in Geneva.Mr. Fukuda pointed out that the number of swine flu infections WHO reports are only of laboratory confirmed cases specific to the virus and not the suspected numbers of H1N1 human contaminations presented in the media.Although WHO has determined that the disease has spread to a number of different countries, it is only in Mexico that swine flu has reached sustained levels of person-to-person infections, which warrants a phase 4 alert.Mr. Fukuda highlighted that the phase 4 alert recognises the increased risk of a pandemic, but does not mean the virus will necessarily spread to different countries and be transmitted to large numbers of people.“It is too early to say that pandemic is inevitable but it is a possibility,” he said, adding that it is also too early to determine the origins of this new strain of the influenza virus. He noted there is still no good explanation as to why cases of the infection in Mexico have appeared more severe than in other countries.Although the evolution of the outbreak into a pandemic is not certain, Mr. Fukuda underscored the importance for countries to prepare themselves for the possibility of the global spread of the disease. “We are beginning to focus on the anticipated needs of developing countries if the pandemic should develop,” he said. “We know from the analysis of past pandemics and we also know from many infectious diseases and health problems that the poor and the developing countries are the ones that really get hit the hardest.”Developing countries also have the least resources to deal with a health emergency, warned Mr. Fukuda, while calling on the international community to help meet the demands a crisis may place on the poor.WHO is working to facilitate the process needed to develop a vaccine effective against the swine flu virus, which the agency noted could take around 4 to 6 months. In addition, several more months would be needed to produce a suitably large amount of the vaccine.According to a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the disease compiled by WHO, influenza viruses change very quickly. It is important to develop a vaccine against the currently circulating virus strain for it to provide maximum protection to those vaccinated. read more

Albanian leader addressing UN calls for greater international recognition of Kosovo

23 September 2010Albania’s President today appealed to United Nations Member States to recognize the independence of Kosovo, saying such a move would help promote peace and stability in the Balkans. Bamir Topi told the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment that “the matter of Kosovo and its borders belongs to the past” and Serbia and Kosovo should now engage in dialogue on practical issues.“We have the responsibility towards a country and a people that rightly wish to be among us and have given ample evidence that it truly deserves it,” he said.Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, but Serbia has said that it will not recognize the declaration.In July the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion in which it concluded that the declaration of independence did not violate either general international law, a 1999 Security Council resolution following the end of fighting in Kosovo, or the constitutional framework adopted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on behalf of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The advisory opinion, which is non-binding, was issued in response to an earlier request from the General Assembly.Mr. Topi today urged Serbia and Kosovo to immediately begin dialogue to resolve practical issues, “in the interest of daily concerns of their citizens, to help them but also to facilitate and even calm the situation of respective minorities, Albanian and Serbian. It is time for the solution of problems and issues of representation, language, education or others in the spirit and vision of the common European future.” read more

Visitation for Brampton family

There was a steady stream of mourners, Sunday to pay respects to three children and their grandfather killed in an alleged drunk driving crash.Visitations at the Brampton funeral home were open to the public. Many people who attended didn’t know the family but all were touched by the tragic collision.The three children and their grandfather were killed after a three vehicle crash in Vaughan last Sunday. 29 year old Marco Muzzo faces 18 charges, including four of impaired driving causing death.While the visitations were public, the family has asked for privacy during the funeral services. read more

Volunteers needed for Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp

For many Niagara youths living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are limited opportunities to participate in a summer camp that meets their specific needs. These youths get to attend a unique camp at Brock University for one week each summer, but only if there is a student volunteer willing to support them.The ASD Summer Movement Camp runs from Aug. 21 to 25 and Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 and provides developmentally appropriate movement programming for participants.The camp needs 25 student volunteers to work with youth who require one-on-one support (and in some cases two-to-one support).ASD Summer Movement Camp participant Rory O’Donnell receives one-on-one instruction from Brock University student Kiley Hill during last year’s session.“These camps fulfill a much needed gap in services for this group of youth in Niagara,” says Elyse Lappano, Brock’s Experiential Learning Co-ordinator, Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity. “This is because many of our participants are unable to attend other local camps as they are either too old or there are simply not enough resources available to service their individual needs.”The ASD Summer Movement Camp can only accept campers based on volunteer commitment.“This means, when a volunteer says they will be at camp, we invite a camper,” explains Lappano. “If the volunteer does not show up, we cannot turn that camper away — this results in a serious safety issue due to lack of student support.”Students are currently needed for both camps and may volunteer for one or both weeks. A training session will take place on campus on the Sunday before each camp.Volunteers should be interested in teaching and working with youth and teens in a movement context. They will learn strategies that are transferable to any teaching profession and may gain course credit for volunteering.Undergraduate and graduate students from across all faculties and departments are encouraged to apply.“In the past, we’ve had students volunteer from across Brock University,” Lappano says, including students from Education, Kinesiology, Disability Studies, Goodman School of Business, Math and Science, and Dramatic and Visual Arts.“This camp is so unique, we’ve also had students from other Ontario colleges and universities who volunteer their time to gain experience.”The camp will take place in Gym 2 of Walker Complex.There will also be trips each afternoon to participate in a variety of recreation activities throughout Niagara, including:Low ropes courseBowlingSafari NiagaraGo-kartsMcBain splash pad and poolKiwanis splash pad and poolThe ASD summer movement camp fulfills Brock’s commitment to experiential education and community engagement.To register or for more information, e-mail elappano@brocku.ca read more

Intelligent Sandvik DS422i cable bolter improves productivity safety and process control

first_imgCombining more than three decades of mechanized cable bolting engineering, the cutting edge Sandvik DS422i cable bolter is designed to enable better process control through assistive and automatic technologies and connectivity, the company says. Sandvik DS422i is built on the same platform as the award-winning Sandvik DD422i, providing lower total cost of ownership through parts commonality, easy serviceability and high productivity.The new DS422i is engineered for intelligent rock reinforcement, providing seamless integration with other key underground mine systems. The cable bolter is a converging point for multiple logistics chains. To efficiently perform its duty it needs to be in the right place at the right time with the right consumables and correct operator information on board. It provides the ideal solution for all of these challenges.Ground support is a quality-focused, statistics-driven and operations-critical process in a mine. The common denominator, which almost all cable bolter users share, is a desire for information: exactly how and where bolts were installed, how much grout was pumped, the mixing ratio of the grout used and other key details of the mechanized bolt install process. Sandvik DS422i can provide this information, store it and pass it on to a mine’s systems for analysis through its intelligent control system and connectivity.“Our customers are constantly asking us for solutions giving them documented ‘as planned’ and ‘as installed’ data from the bolting process,” says Anssi Kouhia, Product Manager for Sandvik DS422i. “Handling hole location information has long been in practice for both development and production drilling, but not yet properly utilized in bolting. Our latest intelligent product brings the potential of data integration to our customers.”“Efficient task management with regards to bolter operation is usually more complex to achieve compared to other drill and blast cycle operations,” says Petri Mannonen, Product Manager for OptimineTM products. “In addition to managing that the machine has a free heading to operate in, the bolter also has to manage the replenishment of concrete and other consumables. Our OptimineTM task management package provides great advances in this respect through two-way communication with the task management system.” The new Sandvik RD414 rock drill provides a 30% higher penetration rate and a longer shank and drill steel life through its advanced rock drilling technology. Key value adding features of the DS422i also include automatic rod handling, a quiet and ergonomic cabin and Sandvik intelligent controls and automation with both operator assistive and automated functions.last_img read more

Bahrain to host 17th Asian Handball Championship

The Asian Handball Federation (AHF) has selected the Kingdom of Bahrain to host the 17th Asian Men’s Handball Championship in January (15-28), 2016.The tournament will be decisive for the placement at 2017 Men’s Handball World Championship in France.President of the Bahrain Handball Association Ali Isa signed the hosting agreement with the members of AHF’s Executive Committee.Bahrain also hosted the 16th edition in January, 2014, when domestic team lost final against Qatar 27:26.United Arab Emirates had to organize ACh 2016, but Persian Gulf country withdrew…Qatar are already qualified for France 2017 as World vice-champions. Four more teams will find the place on tournament which will be held in January 2017. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Fair Play guy, Mr. Drago Vuković Next Story → EGYPT: Suspension for “Captain America” asian handballbahrainhandball read more

Judge urged to sentence Delhi gang rapists to death

first_imgPROSECUTORS SOUGHT THE death sentence today for four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus last December, saying the “diabolical” crime had shocked the country’s conscience.Judge Yogesh Khanna is hearing arguments in a fast-track court in the south of the Indian capital as he considers how to punish the men who were found guilty of “cold-blooded murder” yesterday.He faces widespread calls from the public and leading politicians to hand down the death sentence, which can be given for “the rarest of rare” crimes but is seldom carried out in practice.“The court should give the maximum sentence otherwise the message will go to society that deviance of this nature will be tolerated,” special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan told the packed court.“The test is ‘was the collective conscience shocked?’. There can be no better example than this case,” he said, calling the crime “diabolical” in which “no element of sympathy” had been shown to the victim.“The sentence which is appropriate is nothing short of death,” he added.The 23-year-old victim, a physiotherapy student who cannot be named for legal reasons, died of grievous internal injuries on December 29 after being lured on to the private bus following a cinema trip with a male companion.After beating up the friend, the gang brutally assaulted her behind tinted windows for 45 minutes before flinging the bloodied, naked and barely conscious couple from the vehicle on a road leading to the international airport.The four convicts – Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh – were led into the court by armed police and stood at the back of the court wearing t-shirts and displaying no outward emotion.The mother of the victim, an ambitious student who was on the verge of becoming the family’s first professional, could be seen seated next to her husband as she listened intently to proceedings while dressed in a green sari.“The manner (in which) they committed this crime and destroyed a life, they should not get anything less then the death sentence,” she told NDTV television.The defence lawyers acting for the men argued that there was political pressure for an execution.Vivek Sharma, a defence lawyer for Gupta, who was 19 at the time of the crime, argued that life imprisonment should be the sentence for a crime committed on the “spur of the moment”.“The court must bear in mind that life imprisonment is the rule and the death sentence is the exception,” he said, adding that there was a possibility of reforming Gupta because of his “tender age”.The case brought simmering public anger over rape and harassment to the boil, sparking unprecedented protests, tougher new laws to tackle sex crime and a bout of introspection about India’s treatment of women.Policemen with batons stood guard outside the court this morning, warning they would not tolerate a repeat of the chaotic scenes like yesterday when a fight broke out between Indian journalists as they waited for the verdicts.The judge convicted the men on 11 charges including gang rape, murder, theft and “unnatural offences” and it is not known how long he will consider his sentence.- AFP, 2013Four men convicted in India gang rape case>Teen given 3 years for gang rape and murder of student on New Delhi bus>last_img read more

Which sport has the coolest fans

first_imgSEARCHING THROUGH THE Inpho sports picture files this week, we can across a stupendous picture of Tin Cup star Kevin Costner at Clare’s All-Ireland Football semi-final in 1992.It got us thinking about what sport has the coolest fans.Check out this bunch of famous beauties, and Keith Duffy, mixing it on the sidelines.Please leave your votes in the comments section and let us know if you have ever spotted a famous face in the crowd?last_img

Hollywood wants to make a Pokémon movie

first_imgPoké-fever has swept the nation thanks to the wildly popular Pokémon Go. With the mobile game soon coming to other countries, it is on the verge of becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Hollywood has taken notice and decided that now would be the perfect time to look into developing a live-action movie based around the nearly two-decades old franchise.Legendary Pictures is  thought to be moving forward to land a deal for the rights to a Pokémon movie. Deadline’s Fleming has reached out to both Legendary Pictures and Pokémon USA for a comment, but either they didn’t have any more details to share (Legendary), or didn’t return his calls (Pokémon USA). Despite the lack of any follow ups, we know that this movie is happening.Rumors of a Pokémon movie have been circulating for years, with various studios trying to snatch up the property. One of the rumors even suggested that Legendary was close to sealing a deal. That particular rumor has turned out to be true, it seems. Legendary recently released the live-action Warcraft film. Though the film hasn’t done that great in the States, it has done exceptionally well in China — proving that Legendary has the capacity to create a successful live-action video game adaptation.Pokémon has one of the more interesting and imaginative video game worlds out there so there is plenty of material the producers of the film can pull from. Again, it is still extremely early in the process to really discuss what Legendary’s plans are for the movie and any potential franchise, so stay tuned for any updates on this as it develops.last_img read more

Chariot the private bus startup for commuters to shutter operations

first_imgChariot has operations in 10 US cities and in London. Ford Chariot, the private bus startup, is going out of business.On Thursday, CEO Dan Grossman announced Chariot will cease all operations by the end of the March. The decision to close the service was made after “significant consideration,” he wrote in a blog post. It appears the company’s business model wasn’t viable.”It has become clear — through many indicators such as ridership — that the mobility services delivered by Chariot over the past five years will not be a sustainable solution going forward,” a Chariot spokeswoman said in an email.Chariot’s goal was to provide an alternative to public transportation for a slightly higher fee — usually between $1.50 to $3 more per ride. The service launched in San Francisco in April 2014 and has since spread to nine other US cities and to London. Ford acquired Chariot for $65 million in September 2016.The company focused on shuttling commuters from outer neighborhoods to downtown areas and financial districts using midsized vans. Grossman said Chariot provided more than 3 million rides over the past five years. Some urban planners have criticized the company for catering to affluent clientele and unfairly competing with cities’ public transit systems.The startup tussled with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last year for running routes along city bus lines, according to the San Francisco Examiner. This caused the city agency to establish new regulations that barred Chariot from creating any more routes that mirrored public transit lines. “We are going to continue to do our work to provide and improve Muni [public transit] service for more than 730,000 riders a day across the city,” SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said of Chariot’s closure. “We will continue working to ensure that our service is easy, convenient and affordable for all San Franciscans across the city.”Chariot isn’t the only private shuttle startup to end operations. Competitor Leap, which launched a luxury bus service (complete with Blue Bottle coffee and cold-pressed juices) in San Francisco in 2014, also closed. Leap was forced to shut down in 2015 after not securing proper operating permits from the state of California.Grossman said Chariot will halt all of its bus routes in the UK on Jan. 25, followed by a US shutdown of service on Feb. 1. All other operations at the company will terminate by the end of March.First published Jan. 10, 3:21 p.m. PT. Update, 5:12 p.m.: Adds comment from a Chariot spokeswoman and from SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Share your voice Tags 1center_img Comment Mobile Roadshowlast_img read more

Sensex Nifty consolidate gains on bullish Q3 earnings global cues

first_imgIndian stock markets extended their bull run on Friday, taking off from the 333-point Sensex rally and the 1.50 percent Nifty gain on Wednesday. At around 10.05 am, the Sensex was trading 167 points higher at 27,875, led by Axis Bank, GAIL (India), NTPC and ICICI Bank, while the NSE Nifty was up 47 points at 8,650.Read: Sector-wise analysis and stock picks by Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIT software services exporter Wipro was subdued with a loss of 0.64 percent at Rs 470 after declaring weak Q3 results on Wednesday though the Q4 IT revenue guidance was higher.On Wednesday, the US stock markets witnessed history when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 20,000-mark for the first time. The index rallied 9.5 percent since President Donald Trump’s victory over his rival Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, reported Marketwatch.It also marked the second-fastest, 1,000-point rally on the DJIA, taking 42 days to climb from 19,000, enabled by expectations of of a slew of “pro-business policies, including a rollback of regulations, tax cuts and fiscal spending,” the Marketwatch report said.HDFC Bank was trading with marginal gains of 0.83 percent at Rs 1,298 despite news of India’s second-largest private sector lender reporting a fall in its headcount between Q2 and Q3 this fiscal.”Nifty has now rallied by about 9 percent in a month. Global cues have been quite strong as well. With expectations of budget getting built up and consumption scenario returning to normal, domestic consumption stocks, housing finance, infra stocks could continue to remain in focus,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Friday.Finance minister Arun Jaitley is set to create history by presenting India’s first unified budget, after the Modi government decided to scrap the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate budget for Indian Railways, the world’s fourth-largest rail network. Budget 2017 is scheduled to be presented on February 1 and will be the fourth by the Modi government; it will come amid expectations of tax incentives for individuals and a likely stimulus to revive a note ban-hit economy.Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), ITC and Sundaram Finance will be declaring their December quarter results today. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) have also turned bullish on Indian stocks; they were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,379 crore on Wednesday and “this could continue to fuel positive sentiment,” Motilal Oswal said in its note.last_img read more

Altira Macau Conferred Best Luxury Hotel in Macau

first_imgAltira Macau announced that it was bestowed with the “Best Luxury Hotel in Macau” award in the TTG China Travel Awards 2010 at the Annual Travel Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Shanghai, mainland China on Thursday April 8, 2010. The annual TTG China Travel Awards seeks to honor China’s best performing travel and tourism organizations as determined by votes cast by fellow professionals who are readers of TTG China, TTG Asia, TTGmice and TTG-BTmice China.Altira was the recipient of the TTG China Travel Award for the second year, having previously won the ‘Best Business Hotel in Macau’ in 2009, and joins an exclusive group of five other properties including Park Hyatt Beijing, The Peninsula Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, InterContinental Shenzhen and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong with the “Best Luxury Hotel” award in their respective cities.“It is indeed a great pleasure for Altira to have been named ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Macau,” said Mr. Ted Chan, President of Altira Macau. “For this, I must thank all TTG readers for once again voting for us. Above all, I would like to take this opportunity to dedicate this award to my team for their zealous efforts in upholding the Altira brand as the legendary icon for the true art of hospitality.”Mr. Leonard Mok, General Manager of Altira Macau, said: “We are very pleased that Altira has been well-received in the region by all our top-notch guests. We take pride in offering premium luxury services and to create lasting and memorable experiences for discerning travellers of the world.”The TTG China Travel Awards 2010 is in its third consecutive run since its inauguration in 2008. The acclaimed annual event commends China’s finest travel and tourism organisations. Starting with 39 awards, 2010 now witnesses a total of 55 awards conferred to international and Chinese organisations that have contributed to China’s tourism landscape.Melco Crown Entertainment is an owner and developer of casino gaming and entertainment facilities focused on Asia with a portfolio of businesses in Macau that includes Altira Macau; Mocha Clubs; and the flagship City of Dreams. Mr. Leonard Mok, General Manager of Altira Macau was proud to receive the Best Luxury Hotel in Macau award in the TTG China Travel Awards 2010. Source = Altira Macaucenter_img Altira Macau conferred the “Best Luxury Hotel inMacau” award in the TTG China Travel Awards 2010.last_img read more

Irelands visitor arrival numbers on the rise

first_imgIreland’s tourism industry has taken a turn in a positive direction with the number of overseas visitors visiting its shores increasing by seven percent for the year 2011.According to the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) the seven percent increase in visitor arrivals is the country’s first rise in four years, the Independent reported.(ITIC) Chairman John Healy said he was positive the tourism industry had “turned a corner” after what has been the most “horrific years” the county has experienced.Mr Healy said they still had a long way to go before reaching the same peak in visitor arrival as they had in 2007 when 7.7 million tourists visited the country.ITIC figures reveal that the arrival numbers have been gradually decreasing since 2008 when there were 7.4 million visitors, followed by 6.5 million in 2009 and 5.9 million in 2010.ITIC chief executive Eamonn McKeon said that although more overseas visitors are visiting the country, the increase does not match the amount of money being spent.”The increase in tourist numbers does not correspond with the increase in revenues, clearly demonstrating the growing trend that tourists are taking shorter breaks in Ireland,” Mr McKeon said.Mr McKeon added that although there was a seven percent rise in tourist arrivals, the 2011 likely outcome was still around seven percent behind 2009 and almost 18 percent lower than 2008.Mr Healy said the visit from Queen Elizabeth and Barack Obama as well as the reduction of the VAT rate on tourism activities such as hotels and restaurants to nine percent had assisted the industry in its recovery.“The reduction in accommodation rates for tourists was a huge factor in the growth in the numbers of overseas visitors this year,” he said.Mr Healy has requested that the government continue the reduced rate into the next few years to maintain continued growth in the industry. Ireland enjoys a seven percent increase in visitor arrivals Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watch

first_imgArizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches the offense and defense during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   5. LB John Abraham: The Cardinals signed Abraham to a two-year deal worth $4.6 million on July 25, 2013. In his first season, he recorded 11.5 sacks, which ranked seventh in the NFL, and he also had four forced fumbles. Things went south when Abraham was arrested in one of the more bizarre DUI cases on record. He eventually left the team after a concussion suffered in a season-opening win over San Diego when he was kneed in the head and his head hit the turf. The Cards eventually placed him on IR.Honorable mention: CB Antonio Cromartie, RB Chris Johnson, DE Dwight Freeney, LG Mike Iupati.Worst1. WR/KR Ted Ginn: The Cards signed Ginn for three years at $9.75 million in 2014. He was supposed to bring speed at receiver and be a threat as punt and kick returner, but he spent most of the season as the team’s fifth wideout and the Cardinals ranked last in the NFL in kickoff returns. The Cards released him on Feb. 23, 2014, absorbing $1.5 million in dead salary cap money, while saving $2.5 million in cap space.2. LB Sean Weatherspoon: The Cardinals signed Weatherspoon for one year at $3.85 million last summer to help offset the continued absence of Daryl Washington. He appeared in 14 games (no starts), recording 11 combined tackles (nine solos). Top Stories 3. TE John Carlson: The Cardinals signed Carlson to a two-year, $4.65 million deal in 2014 shore up a longstanding trouble spot — a pass-catching tight end. He was a major disappointment. In his first season, he caught 33 passes for 350 yards and had some infamous drops. The following spring, he announced his retirement in a move motivated by his concussion history and a loss of passion for the game.4. RB Rashard Mendenhall: The Cardinals signed Mendenhall to a one-year, $2.5 million deal in 2013 to give them a between-the-tackles runner to complement Andre Ellington, Mendenhall carried 217 times for just 687 yards (3.2 average) as the Cardinals finished 27th in the NFL in yards per carry (3.6) and 23rd in yards 2,340.5. LB Jasper Brinkley: The Cardinals signed Brinkley to a two-year, $3.5 million deal in 2013. He started three games, totaled 30 tackles and five special-teams tackles. He was released after one season. Cutting Brinkley saved the Cardinals $2 million in salary cap space, leaving only $200,000 in dead money.Dishonorable mention: SS Yeremiah Bell, RB Jonathan Dwyer.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Steve Keim’s aggressive and creative approach to improving the Cardinals’ roster has paid dividends in his first three seasons as general manager. The Cardinals have posted three consecutive 10-plus win seasons for just the second time in franchise history (1974-76) and their 34 wins over the past three seasons are the most over any three-year period for the franchise.Free agency has been a key cog in Keim’s success, with a couple of one-year, incentive-laden deals to accomplished veterans warranting special mention. As the Cardinals prepare for the opening of NFL free agency on Wednesday, we look back on some of Keim’s best and worst moves. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact  Best1. LT Jared Veldheer: The Cardinals signed Veldheer to a five-year, $35 million deal on March 10, 2014. He has been an anchor ever since, locking down a critical position that had been a major weakness while Levi Brown and others manned it. While Keim made some good moves in his first year (2013), this was really the signing that proclaimed a new order for a long-floundering franchise.2. LB Karlos Dansby: The Cardinals brought Dansby back on a one-year, $2.325 million deal in 2013 and it paid major dividends for both sides. Dansby had 122 combined tackles (114 solos), 6.5 sacks, four interceptions (two for TDs), 19 pass defenses and a forced (and recovered) fumble. He parlayed that performance into a four-year, $24 million deal with Cleveland the following summer.3. CB Jerraud Powers: The Cards signed Powers to a three-year, $10.5 million deal in the initial wave of 2013 free agency and he has been a valuable piece of the secondary ever since. He lost his starting job to Antonio Cromartie in 2014 but he had 52 tackles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a sack last season in the final year of his contract.4. DE Frostee Rucker: Rucker joined the team in 2013 on a one-year contract, re-signed on a two-year deal in 2014, and then Arizona extended him another year at a 2016 cap number of $1.353 million. Given Rucker’s solid contributions and his invaluable presence in the locker room, it’s hard to argue with his presence on this list.last_img read more