Caitlyn Jenner Attends StarStudded Voices On Point Gala

first_imgMore than 400 guests attended the fourth annual Voices on Point gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students.Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation’s Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Credit/Copyright: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point FoundationCaitlyn Jenner presented the Point Horizon Award to two Point Alumni, Rhys Ernst, Co-Producer for Amazon’s “Transparent,” and Zach Zyskowski, Producer on ABC Family and Ryan Seacrest Productions docuseries “Becoming Us,” and Producer on CBS’ perennial hit “Big Brother.”The evening celebrated the accomplishments of Point Foundation (Point) scholarship recipients, and included musical performances from Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe, Tony Award winner and star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez, American Idol, Top Five Finalist, Rayvon Owen, and singer/songwriter Joey McIntyre.The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, was the most successful Voices on Point event to date for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship- granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.Celebrity appearances at Point Honors included Amy Landecker; Camryn Magness; Connor Franta; Gavin Macintosh; Greg Louganis; Hayden Byerly; Our Lady J; Ray Santiago; Sherri Saum; Teri Polo; Bradley Whitford; Utkarsh Ambudkar and more.The program opened with remarks from Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, stars of the ABC Family’s groundbreaking series, “The Fosters,” which made network television history this season when two characters shared the first teen same-sex kiss. Saum remarked, “While there is still much work to be done on the road to true LGBTQ equality, the Point Scholars and Alumni we will hear from tonight… make crystal clear one very inspiring point – the future of LGBTQ rights is in very good hands.”Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis introduced Caitlyn Jenner, noting that they had last seen each other eight months ago. “But it wasn’t until tonight that I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible woman she is today—and she’s just as strong, courageous, tenacious, smart and beautiful as ever. “While presenting Ernst and Zyskowski with The Point Horizon Award — an honor given to inspirational young leaders who have advocated for the LGBTQ community — Caitlyn Jenner commended the two award recipients for their work, “helping to change public perceptions of the trans community and the entire LGBTQ community.” In her remarks Jenner referred to the LGBTQ community as “…a big extended family that, thankfully, I have been welcomed into.” She continued by saying that she was, “…honored to be presenting the Point Horizon award to two members of her LGBTQ family.”During Zyskowski’s acceptance remarks, he spoke of what organizations like Point Foundation mean to the LGBTQ community and particularly to young students. “I wouldn’t be making television if Point had not seen promise in me when I was only 16 years old, and at that moment in time, producing television was only a distant dream. I know what it is to feel alone in your own community, to feel that no one loves you for who you are. I want to show a whole generation of people that you are not alone. You can be who you want to be. You can love who you want to love. Any dream is within reach. You are all so very beautiful.”Following Zach’s moving remarks, Ernst began his own powerful speech about the support Point provides. “People often ask me how I got to where I am now and how I got involved with ‘Transparent.’ One way of telling that story is to say ‘I was a Point Scholar.’” Noting Jenner’s public transition, Ernst concluded, “The trans civil rights movement is underway, but there are huge obstacles still ahead. Trans people need our allies more than ever. I want to thank my supporters, friends, allies, and the continued work of the Point Foundation for building the way to a better future for all.”Throughout the night, other Point scholars and alumni shared their own moving, personal stories, reflecting on Point’s ability to empower promising LGBTQ students through financial assistance, mentoring and leadership development programs and opportunities. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $18 million in the education and support of Point Scholars.“The feelings of friendship and support that surround us here tonight are what we hope to bring to more LGBTQ students,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation said, “We are so grateful that a new member of our community — Caitlyn Jenner — joined us to recognize the challenging journey and inspirational accomplishments of Point Scholars and so many LGBTQ students.”A number of Point’s 85 current scholars and some of the Foundation’s 214 alumni joined celebrities onstage and shared with the audience their inspiring stories about the challenges overcome in pursuit of a higher education degree.HBO and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors for Voices on Point. Hilton Worldwide served as Premier Sponsor. Principal sponsors included Lowenstein Sandler, Time Warner, and Toyota Financial Services. The Advocate served as the National Media Sponsor, and Frontiers L.A. served as the Local Media Sponsor. Friends of Point supporting the evening included Barefoot Wine.last_img read more

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Strikes grounds hundreds more Scandinavian Airlines flights

COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines says it will cancel another 504 flight departures across the Nordic region on Wednesday, affecting about 47,000 passengers, due to a pilots’ strike.The cancellation comes on top of 546 flights cancelled Tuesday and hundreds more since pilots began an open-ended strike on Friday due to the collapse of pay negotiations.CEO Rickard Gustafson says the pilots’ demands “entail significant cost increases for SAS that would threaten the company’s long-term competitiveness and consequently, the jobs of all SAS employees.”Gustafson said Tuesday the airline was “prepared … to find a solution” in the talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. Those talks, he said, are in “a deadlock.”The Associated Press read more

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NewsAlert Home sales expected to fall 53 in 2017 10 in Ont

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association has downgraded its sales forecast for the year. It now expects sales to fall 5.3 per cent year-over-year, with 506,900 properties changing hands, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June. It projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario to fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016. August home sales were down 9.9 per cent, year-over-year.More coming

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Resurgent Quebec economy drawing more attention from US investors

NEW YORK — Quebec’s finance minister smiled widely on a New York City stage as dozens of U.S. investors carefully followed his words — perhaps more closely than they had in recent years.The province’s strengthening economy was the subject of numerous questions at a conference last week that brought together American investors interested in learning more about Canada’s potential.Carlos Leitao appeared to take great pleasure in making a sales pitch for his province’s resurgent economy.“We are doing well, by the way — very well,” the beaming finance minister told the experts who gathered for the event, which was hosted by Bloomberg.“I’m very pleased to be here — I’m also very pleased to see there’s a large number of investors.”There were clear signs in the crowd that Quebec’s encouraging economic performance over the last year or so has reverberated south of the border. In the past, the province might have been overlooked because of its sluggish economy and fears over the prospect of another referendum on independence.Many in attendance probed for more information about Quebec — they discussed it inside the conference room and later over chicken at the networking lunch. Several even pressed a Canadian Press reporter for more details on the province.Their queries touched on a wide range of topics: the staying power of the surging economy in Canada’s second-largest province, its impressive run of job creation, the strength of the Montreal housing market, the city’s tech sector and the fact there’s been less talk of late about independence.The event’s participants specialize in fixed-income investments, such as the bonds offered by Canada’s federal and provincial governments.On stage, Leitao told his audience how Quebec’s growth had accelerated through 2016 and into 2017. He predicted it would continue because it had been led by a consumer-driven expansion fuelled by rising incomes — not ballooning debt.“This is growth funded by income gains, which makes it much more sustainable,” Leitao said.Earlier that morning, fresh numbers showed that Quebec’s real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — expanded at a robust annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter.The real GDP reading marked Quebec’s sixth straight quarter of growth above two per cent, the province’s longest run since 2007, said a research note by the National Bank.Later in the week, TD Economics said in a note that “Quebec has been firing on all cylinders” with growth projected to come in at just under three per cent for 2017 — its fastest pace since 2002. TD also noted how the province’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 5.8 per cent in July, before rising to 6.1 per cent a month later.However, the analysis by National Bank senior economist Matthieu Arseneau pointed out that the province’s first-quarter growth was revised downward last week to 2.8 per cent from 4.3 per cent. He also pointed out that business investment fell 1.2 per cent in the second quarter.As next year’s provincial election approaches, Leitao also said the government would continue to reduce the tax load on the so-called middle class and would likely deliver a second-straight budget surplus in 2016-17. Eventually, he suggested a third surplus could be posted for the current fiscal year.One senior official from a big U.S. investment firm, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the company’s views, said it was encouraged that it had heard less talk about another referendum on independence in Quebec.Later in the day, the audience heard a panel of Canadian-based experts who compared Quebec with the bigger provincial economy next door: Ontario.Chris Kresic, a partner and portfolio manager of fixed income for Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., told the conference that Ontario was more exposed to high household debt than Quebec, in large part because of its hot housing sector.Fellow panellist Aubrey Basdeo, managing director of fixed income for BlackRock Canada, said the Toronto housing market remained a concern for investors, particularly with the Bank of Canada on an apparent interest-rate hiking path.“(It) could result in Ontario looking weaker in a relative sense,” Basdeo said of the two provinces in an interview after his appearance.He added that the higher-rate potential, combined with Ontario’s plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, could be a problem for future growth.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also appeared at the conference to make the pitch on behalf of his province.Sousa argued that Ontario played a role in helping Quebec.In a later interview, Sousa credited the Ontario economy for its ability to withstand shocks over the years, its fiscal stability, low unemployment, infrastructure investments and measures introduced last year aimed at easing risks in the housing market.When asked about Quebec, Sousa said he had heard more talk about it.“Quebec and other provinces — their prosperity, their improvement, is good for all of us,” Sousa said.He also said that Ontario had provided billions of dollars in indirect support for Quebec through the federal equalization program.“I’m encouraged by Quebec’s ability to come to balance. That’s important. Of course, Quebec benefits from transfer payments from the federal government that Ontario doesn’t get. We’re a net contributor to the federation, always have been, even when we qualified for equalization.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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President takes his son Daham to the UNGA

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken his son Daham Tharaka to the UN General Assembly which began in New York today.Photographs released by the President’s office show Daham Tharaka seated with the President and the high level Government delegation which accompanied the President to the US. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was often criticised when he was in power for taking his sons on official overseas visits. (Colombo Gazette)

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Online thrift shop ThredUp woos frugal Canadian fashonistas with expansion

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Online thrift shop ThredUp woos frugal Canadian fashonistas with expansion TORONTO – After operating in the U.S. for nearly a decade, online thrift store ThredUp is expanding into Canada and setting its sights on shoppers who want to stay stylish but save their dimes.Some retail experts caution the company may find it difficult amid the growing popularity and proliferation of charity-based organizations and fast-fashion retailers who already appeal to the budget-conscious.But ThredUp co-founder and CEO James Reinhart says when the San Francisco-based startup researched the Canadian market, it found signs of “pent-up demand” from consumers who wanted an easier way to shop for used clothing and apparel.“I always thought that ThredUp was not solving just a U.S. problem,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s really a first-world opportunity, so the ability to expand to other countries was something we really wanted to do.”The company, which was founded in 2009, says it’s on track to sell more than 10 million items this year.The website specializes in used women’s and children’s apparel, shoes and handbags at up to 80 per cent off the new retail price.ThredUp buys its inventory from people who send in bags of unwanted clothing, which the company reviews and then notifies the sender about how much they are willing to pay.The company began accepting Canadian orders earlier this month, and if all goes well, Reinhart says it would like to have distribution centres in Western and Eastern Canada so it could begin accepting items from Canadians. It also would like to open an office in Toronto, where one of the company’s co-founders and current chief technology officer is from.Retail analyst Sally Seston says ThredUp will face stiff competition in Canada from shops such as Value Village, Salvation Army, Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child and will also have to fight for shoppers’ dollars with retailers such as Winners and Saks Off Fifth, which sell new clothing for less than the suggested retail price.ThredUp estimates that the apparel resale market is worth US$18 billion in the United States, with expectations that it will balloon to US$33 billion in 2021. It doesn’t have reliable Canadian data available, but Seston forecasts the market is around 10 per cent of the United States.“People who are going to shop at a retail mall quality resale clothing store are more about the financials of being able to dress and look current on a very restricted budget,” said Seston, a principal at Retail Category Consultants.“By bringing it online, it eliminates the stigma of walking into a second-hand store to buy things.”Retail expert Maureen Atkinson says that shoppers may be lured to ThredUp by the prospect of finding a bargain, but they will have to do the math, including calculating shipping and any other charges, to see if a purchase actually ends up being a good deal.“Economically if I can get a new T-shirt from H&M or Forever 21 for $10, and ThredUp is going to charge me $5 for a second hand one — is the value there?,” asked Atkinson from J.C. Williams Group.Although the company’s biggest customer base may be those hunting for a bargain, the environmentally friendly aspect of reusing clothing will also hold its appeal for some shoppers, she added.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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Multiuse path improved lighting coming to Merrittville Hwy

A construction project to make the roads around Brock University safer for cyclists and walkers is set to resume.Last year, the Province of Ontario, the City of Thorold, the Niagara Region and Brock University announced a partnership to build a network of bike lanes and paths that would stretch from the Confederation Heights neighbourhood to the Brock campus.The first phase of that project saw Decew Rd. reconstructed from Richmond Street to Merrittville Hwy. last year.The next phase of the project underway that will see a multi-use path and improved lighting installed on Merrittville Hwy. between Decew Rd. and Sir Isaac Brock Way is now getting underway.The project, which is being built by Rankin Construction, is expected to be completed by the end of June. read more

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Plymouth University under fire for spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to

first_img“Plymouth University is a trading name adopted in recent years.”These have become somewhat interchangeable and so the university as part of broader discussions is considering whether greater consistency would be helpful.”It is not the first time the institution has faced questions over its spending decisions. In 2014, it emerged that the university planned to buy seven chairs for a £95,000.The chairs, handcrafted by furniture designer John Makepeace, were commissioned for graduation ceremonies.The university said the seats had been commissioned by now suspended vice chancellor Professor Wendy Purcell.The expense was queried by some staff and students and, in a leaked email, the university’s PR department warned the story of the chairs could cause reputational damage.The university insists that a final decision has not been made on the institution’s rebranding project.A spokesman added: “This is part of a wider consultation around the university’s visual identity in support of its refreshed strategy and national and international ambitions.”Staff, students and prospective students have been engaged in these on-going discussions.”No firm decision has yet been reached.”Last November it was reported that vice-chancellor Judith Petts, who took over the role back in February 2016, was looking to update the university’s “visual identity” in order to boost its international reputation. At the time, a source said: “There are more questions than answers but it is quite clear that the vice chancellor and chief marketing officers are determined to push the changes through, regardless of any staff or student protest.”The student union and senior staff members are very upset and concerned that false claims have been made about wide spread stakeholder consultation.”It’s a disgrace the university would embark on such a pointless exercise and spending spree in this current climate.” A university has come under fire for contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to simply add ‘of’ into its name. The former Polytechnic, which became known as Plymouth University – it’s current trading name – in 2011, said it is looking at whether the name change would provide “greater consistency”.But one insider said the switch was a fait accompli, with the major rebranding project expected to cost the university hundreds of thousands of pounds.The source said: “Despite running a number of meetings with students and staff about re-branding where the feedback was ‘don’t re-brand as it will cost a fortune’, the vice chancellor has decided to re-brand from Plymouth University to University of Plymouth.”Staff were emailed this week to change email signatures.”It is understood the latest prospectus includes “University of Plymouth” branding.Sources revealed the”With Plymouth University” slogan – a campaign launched in 2011 – may be ditched which would mean a complete redesign of campus signage along with stationery, marketing tools and promotional literature.The university refused to discuss the costs involved.A spokesman from the university which has about 27,000 students said the two names had become interchangeable in recent years.The spokesman added: “The university’s official name has always been the University of Plymouth.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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ADRIATIC World Young goalkeeper 20152016

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Liberty Theatres Event Cinema offers highbrow programs

first_imgCAMAS — If you’re hungry for great performances but have little patience with most of what happens at the movies today — superheroes, big explosions, serial killers, sleaze — there’s a refuge for you in downtown Camas.Last year, the Liberty Theatre launched an Event Cinema sideline that brings some of the world’s greatest live theater, dance and opera performances to the smaller of its two screens. You can even go to the Liberty to take in art documentaries, music-appreciation lectures and other presentations — from TED Talks through Claude Monet’s water lilies to the studio creations of the Beatles.Liberty owner Rand Thornsley said he got interested in showing “highbrow” cinema events simply because he was looking to expand his theater’s audience. The Liberty has chiselled out a niche as a local second-run cinema, he said, because that’s less expensive than booking first-run fare both for himself and, in the end, for his ticket buyers.But it also means he must keep his screens busy with lots of diverse programming, and he’s always looking for ways to pull in new patrons.“Event Cinema brings an audience to this theater that wouldn’t come in otherwise,” he said.They don’t always flock to the theater in huge numbers, he added — but sometimes they do. If advance ticket sales are soaring, as they did for the National Theater’s live-in-London production of “War Horse” and for musicologist Scott Freiman’s guided tour through the making of The Beatles’ “White Album,” Thornsley juggles other screenings and moves the special event into his big, central auditorium. The schedule can get a little confusing, Thornsley admitted, so it’s important to check the theater’s website for the latest details.last_img read more

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Oil Tax Credit Payment Proposal Offered By Walker Adminstration

first_imgThe State plans on offering a 10% discount rate in fiscal year 2019. The rate will lowered to 6% discount rate in exchange for an override royalty interest in the well. After the State backpedaled on paying the tax credits, Caelus Energy delayed drilling of Smith Bay.  The field is perhaps one of the largest finds in recent history on the North Slope – holding up to 2.4 billion barrels of crude. Tax credits have been credited with once dead Cook Inlet production rising up 80% since 2010, and the robust activity of smaller independent producers and explorers like Hilcorp, Caelus Energy, Repsol and Armstrong. It is hoped that the payments will create more confidence in the State for independent producers, which will equate to greater investment. To fund payment of these outstanding credits, the state will issue bonds with the discount covering the cost of borrowing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The small independents who depended on re-imbursement from the State for oil and gas exploration may be getting a check in 2019, under Governor Walker’s proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Plan. The Legislature ended what some called an over-generous cash credit program with the passage of HB111. As part of the Alaska Economic Recovery Plan, the Walker Administration proposes to pay off the $900M remainder of outstanding future-obligations to independent oil and gas exploration companies at a lower rate. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp3VmDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Hemmings Motors Along

first_imgLeave ’em in the comments section below. I was idling around the newsstand at lunch and was surprised to see the December issue of Hemmings Motor News sitting there, weighing in at 696 pages. Hemmings is basically an antique car and car parts directory. Looking for an antenna for that 1964 Corvair? Find it in Hemmings.The curious thing is why the print publication is still thick as a phone book. If ever there was a publication to become disintermediated by the Internet, this is it. Hemmings is a place where you go to find things you are looking for, not for random discovery. And, in fact, it has a robust Web site, claiming to be the “world’s most comprehensive and informative web site of its kind, featuring over 30,000 searchable cars-for-sale ads, 10,000 Car Club listings,” etc.Maybe it’s because car collectors are old and don’t use the internet. Nope, we know that all age groups are active users of the Web. Maybe the Hemmings brand is so strong that they can REQUIRE classified advertisers to use print if they want to advertise online. Not so—you can advertise online exclusively. I just don’t get it. Why is their print edition so robust? Any ideas?last_img read more

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IceAge salmon harvests

first_img(Courtesy of Dr. Ben Potter, UAF)New research reveals salmon played an important role in the diets of ice-age Alaskans. The information comes from an archaeological dig on the Tanana. Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists applied new techniques to uncover clues about the lives of Alaska Natives almost 12,000 years ago.Listen nowThis isn’t the first time new insights into the lives of ice-age Alaskans have come from the Upward Sun River site. Besides cremated human remains, the archaeological dig on the banks of the Tanana River has revealed some 17 cooking hearths of ancient people stretching aback more than 13 thousand years.  UAF Anthropology professor Ben Potter is the key researcher of the dig and he says he and his colleagues had previously uncovered salmon bones more than 11 thousand years old.“We had to get the genetic analyses to identify what species it was, and it was chum salmon,” Potter said. “And so the isotopic analyses to show that they were marine. In other words that they were behaving as chum salmon do today.”The question, says Potter, was whether those ancient peoples were opportunistically catching salmon, or whether they systematically and repeatedly returned to the site each season to harvest the fish. To answer that he turned to a geochemist working at UAF, Kyungcheol Choy.Choy drew on a recently discovered technique of analyzing long lasting chemical residue in ancient cooking pots. Unfortunately, there weren’t any pots, only hearths. Nevertheless, by gathering the unique nitrogen and lipids chemical signatures of modern fish and animal species he was able to test samples dating back 11,500 years for the chemical signatures. He said Alaska conditions helped.“We in Alaska have a very good preservation conditions compared relatively to other areas,” Choy said. “But our study proved that nitrogen is still preserved for a long time.”Choy says once he got the test results back he and his colleague ran them through statistical models to determine just how much fish figured in ancient diets. Anthropologist Ben Potter said the results open a new window into ancient practices.“It’s one thing to say you got a salmon, and we could say that before,” Potter said. “Now we could say that there were probably different, multiple groups that are clustered around these different hearths and they were doing the same thing. So that’s different. That suggests that they were here specifically to capture the salmon.”Moreover, Potter says the data demonstrate the practices extended across hundreds if not thousands of years.  Choy and Potter’s research was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

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Free eye camp held at Gatrapalli village

first_imgMancherial: Orient Cement Company and Hyderabad-based Saveranand Nethralaya Anand Eye Institute organised a two-day free eye checkup camp at Gatrapalli village in Mancherial district, starting from Tuesday.Cement Company president SK Pandey and unit head RVR Murthy launched the camp by lighting the lamp. Speaking on the occasion, SK Pandey said it will be difficult for any person to live without eyes. Stating that the camp is held for the poor for two days, he requested the poor and others with eye problems to utilise the opportunity and checkup their eyes. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Unit head RVR Murthy said villagers should utilise the opportunity and get free checkup of their eyes. Company Chief Medical Officer Dr Prem Kumar said this is a good opportunity for people in remote areas and hoped that everyone will take advantage of it. Gatrapalli sarpanch P Raju expressed happy for organised free eye camp in their village and requested for organising more such camps in future. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us As many as 250 people attended the camp on the first day. Company Medical Associate Dr Prem, Dr Srividya, Chiranjeevi, AVP Mines NP Sahare, general manager HR Ranchander Madhela, AGM Licensing Srinivasa Rao, HR staff Santosh Reddy, Lavanya, Lakshmikant Reddy, Sudarshan, Srinivas, Sarath, security personnel, workers, villagers and others attended the programme.last_img read more

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Traffic curbs at Golconda Fort Parade Grounds

first_imgGolconda: In view of Independence Day celebrations on August 15 at Golconda Fort, City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar imposed traffic restrictions in Golconda. According to the orders, the road from Ramdevguda to Golconda Fort will be closed for general vehicular traffic from 7 am to 12 Noon on August 15.The entry from Ramdevguda to Golconda Fort will be used for the A, B and C car pass holders who are invited to attend Independence Day Celebrations including Flag hoisting ceremony from 7.30 am to 11 am on the day. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us All the invitees coming on vehicles with A, B and C car passes from Secunderabad, Banjara Hills, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam side are requested to come via Rethi Bowli and Nanal Nagar Junctions and take left turn towards Balika Bhavan, Langar House Flyover, Tippu Khan Bridge, Ramdevguda junction right turn Makai Darwaza and Golconda Fort Gate for alighting. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us After alighting ‘A’ car pass holders should park their vehicles on the main road in front of the Fort main Gate i.e. towards Fateh Darwaza Road, ‘B’ car pass holders should park their vehicles at Golconda Bus stop which is 50 meters away from the main gate and ‘C’ car passholders should park their vehicles at Foot ball/Boys grounds by taking right turn near Golconda Bus stop. Advertise With Us All the invitees coming on vehicles with ‘D’ car passes are requested to come to Golconda Fort from via Shaikpet Nala and Tolichowki, Seven Tombs side Banjara Darwaza to alight at Priyadarshini School, Golconda and park their vehicles inside the Priyadarshini School. The ‘E’ Car Pass holders coming from Seven Tombs, Banjara Darwaza, inside Traffic Signal and take immediate left turn to Owaisi Ground, whereas the ‘E’ car pass holders coming from Langer house under flyover via Fathe Darwaza should take right turn at Bada bazaar, towards GHMC Island and Owaisi Ground, and park their vehicles at Owaisi / GHMC Play Ground which is 500 meters away from Main Gate of Golconda Fort. The vehicles with ‘F’ car passes i.e., general public, coming to the venue on their vehicles are requested to come via under the Langer House flyover, take U-turn and Left turn towards Fateh Darwaza and park their vehicles at HUDA Park near Fateh Darwaza. The general public coming from Shaikpet and Tolichowki can park their vehicles inside the Seven Tombs. They can board free RTC buses provided at both the places to reach the place of function and return also. After the function Once the function is over, the vehicles with A, B and C car passes will retreat/exit through Makai Darwaza, Ramdevguda and Langer house etc. The vehicles with ‘D’ car passes will retreat/exit via Banjara Darwaza, Seven Tombs etc. The vehicles with ‘E’ car passes will retreat/exit via Bada bazaar, Fathe Darwaza or Banjara Darwaza and Seven Tombs etcetera. The vehicles with ‘F’ passes i.e. General public should retreat/exit from their respective parking places only. All the invitees are requested to invariably display their car passes prominently on the left side of wind screen of their vehicles for easy identification. They are requested to come in time as indicated in the invitation cards. They are also requested to co-operate with the traffic police manning the routes, alighting points and parking places. On completion of Independence Day celebrations including flag-hoisting ceremony from 10.30 am to 12 noon, the general public coming from Seven Tombs towards Golconda fort will be diverted from Golf Club, Jamali Darwaza to facilitate the easy passage of invitees from Banjara Darwaza, whereas the general public coming from under Langar House flyover will be diverted at Bada bazaar Junction towards GHMC Island to facilitate the easy passage of invitees. At Parade Grounds Traffic will be diverted at Tivoli Junction towards Brooke Bond and NCC Junction and traffic coming from Tivoli towards Plaza will be restricted from 8 am to 10 am.last_img read more

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Novembers Loot Crate is enchanted and Loot Anime is delicious

first_img We have a two for one today as we look at last month’s Loot Crate goodness. Two crates for the post of one, with the ENCHANTED Loot Crate and the GOURMET Loot Anime box. One’s delicious; the other is sacrilicious!We’ll start with the ENCHANTED Loot Crate. Doctor Strange was predictably huge, and the big item in the crate is a neat Q-Fig figurine of the Sorcerer Supreme looking vaguely Cumberb-ish. There’s also a t-shirt from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Disappoint Them, a Game of Thrones day planner with spooky Night Watch stuff on it, and a copy of Boom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1 comic. That’s two Kurt Russells, fighting each other. Or working together. Probably both, because it’s a crossover comic.Here’s the complete list, for the tl;dr crowd:Doctor Strange Q-FigFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them t-shirtGame of Thrones day plannerBoom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 comicMonthly pin: The Elder Scrolls Online logoThat brings us to the tastiness of the GOURMET Loot Anime crate. It’s food-themed, and one of the big items in the box is a Naruto ramen bowl. That has multiple meaning, because Naruto loves ramen (and it’s a replica of the bowl use uses), and because naruto is that swirly fish cake you find in some traditional ramen. It’s nice-looking, but plastic, and not microwave-safe.The box also comes with a Kuma Bear Putit-House costume apron from Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. I say costume apron because it’s thin, and the tag warns you not to use it for cooking. Loot Crate learned its lesson with the Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt from a few months ago that could potentially catch fire if you used it as an oven mitt.Sugar’s delicious, so the box also comes with some sickeningly sweet things: a figurine of a little girl in a bear costume who apparently loves cola, a copy of the manga Swetness and Lightning (about a single father trying to give his daughter the food she wants), and a small plushie of Gudetama. Gudetama is an adorable little egg mascot in Japan who looks stoned all the time and just wants to sleep.To summarize, in this month’s Loot Anime box:Naruto ramen bowlFood Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma costume apron (don’t use as a cooking apron)Himouto! Umaru-chan I Love Cola! figureSweetness and Lightning mangaGudetama plushieMonthly phone charm: Parfait with little spoonAs always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends nerdy collectibles to your door. The standard Loot Crate will get you cool stuff from all over the geek spectrum, but you can also get specific product- and theme-focused crates like Look Anime, Loot Pets, and Loot Gaming, plus licensed boxes for properties and publishers like Harry Potter and Marvel. The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Afghan president says negotiations with Taliban are solution

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ghani has in the past sought Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiations, since Islamabad is believed to wield influence over the group.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a message to the nation on a major Muslim holiday, the Afghan president said Friday that negotiations with the Taliban are the only way to “end the bloodshed” and bring peace to the country.But even as Ashraf Ghani spoke, a bomb ripped through a mosque compound in northern Balkh province after prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Sarajuddin Abid, the district governor of Sholgara where the explosion happened, said two people were killed and 12 were wounded in the blast.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.Ghani, who spoke at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, has made peace talks with the Taliban a priority for since he was elected president last year. This was his first Eid message to the nation.“The negotiations are the solution, the way and this is what our nation wants, to end the bloodshed,” Ghani said.He also thanked Mullah Mohammad Omar, the reclusive Afghan Taliban leader, for endorsing the peace talks and said it was important the Taliban “want to join the political process.”Earlier in July, neighboring Pakistan hosted the first face-to-face Kabul-Taliban talks, supervised by U.S. and Chinese representatives. The meeting was said to have made progress, with the two sides agreeing to work on confidence-building measures and hold more such meetings after Ramadan.In the wake of the departure of NATO combat forces at the end of last year, the Taliban have stepped up attacks on Afghan troops, which are now in charge of security in the country, and are also targeting government officials. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Afghan men leave after Eid Al-Fitr prayers in Eid Gah mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 17, 2015. Eid al-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCrystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts has won the tender to acquire Newcastle’s iconic ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre and intends to convert the building into a luxury five-star hotel, ready to open in late 2020.The hotel is to be called Kingsley, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel. The name follows a Crystalbrook Collection naming convention where each of their hotels is given a gender-neutral name and its own unique personality. The name Kingsley is a nod to Newcastle’s heritage and the city’s earlier name Kingstown dating back to 1804.CrystalBrook says the conversion will be the first five-star hotel for the city of Newcastle. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said he was thrilled with the result of the tender: “There’s really nothing like this building, it has a strong identity and connection to the city of Newcastle. I see a lot of potential.“We think the location, with the City Hall, the Civic Theatre, the Art Gallery and the War Memorial Cultural Centre right on the doorstep, makes it a perfect location for a five-star hotel.”Davie said he had been watching Newcastle’s growth in recent years and felt strongly that Crystalbrook Collection should become a contributor to the future growth of the city.Initial studies indicated the ‘Roundhouse’ could accommodate at least 100 five-star hotel rooms. Initial renders developed by Newcastle’s Barney Collins of EJE Architecture also show the introduction of a rooftop restaurant and recreational area complete with a swimming pool.To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed to investments in excess of $800 million in Australia including six luxury five and six-star hotels currently operating or under development.In the last quarter alone, Crystalbrook Collection has opened Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in Cairns and acquired Little Albion, a Crystalbrook Collection Boutique Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney.last_img read more

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Limassol property market boom drives sharp rent spike

first_imgLess than ten years after the bursting of the Cypriot property market bubble, the sector has entered a tentative recovery phase. The exception is Limassol, where it is already booming with prices and rents driven upwards at a fast rate which experts expect to continue in the foreseeable future.“The number of students and workers rose in Limassol partly as a result of the relocation of companies with their staff,” said Pericles Markaris, a Limassol-based property valuer in a telephone interview on Thursday. “There are a lot more forex firms, shipping, investment, law, accounting and business services companies now in the town. Demand for housing has increased while supply failed to cope over the past crisis years”.As many cannot afford to purchase a new home, they resort to renting one which in turn drives rent prices upwards, Markaris said.Prices both in Cyprus and Limassol entered a downward trend after the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of the Lehman Brothers nine years ago and reached their lowest point in 2015, the year Cyprus exited a prolonged recession and two years after the culmination of the fiscal and banking crisis. Available data however show that the recovery of the real estate market was uneven.“After ten years of recession or economic slowdown, when prices stopped rising, we reached a turning point in demographics and financial cycle and it is in the nature of the property market to recover,” Markaris said.According to the Cyprus branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), rents for flats and houses in Limassol rose in the second quarter of 2017 an annual 26 per cent and 22 per respectively, against an island-wide increase of 8.3 and 10 per cent, also respectively.Also, prices for both apartments and houses rose in Limassol more than 10 per cent in April to June compared with the respective quarter of 2016. By comparison, flats became in Cyprus on average 6.2 per cent less affordable while house prices rose 4.7 per cent, according to RICS.In the second quarter this year, apartments and houses were rented at an average price of €5.71 and €3.16 per square meter in Limassol, compared to €4.88 and €2.83 in Nicosia respectively, also according to RICS. Two years before, a tenant would have to pay €4.38 or €2.49 per square meter for a flat or house respectively in Limassol, compared to €4.33 and €2.33 in Nicosia.The latest available data on demographics alone do not explain the sudden property market boom in Limassol. While the port town’s population declined in 2013 and 2014 0.9 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively, the rate was in both cases comparable to that of the overall decrease of the population in Cyprus. In 2015, when the population started to recover, the increase was also again comparable, 0.2 per cent in both cases, according to the latest available Cystat figures.“A large number of companies has arrived bringing also its workers who are in no case low earners and receive a monthly salary of €2,000 or €3,000,” said Christos Panagi, co-owner of Pandomus, a Limassol-based development company. “They are looking for modern, high quality apartments and are willing to pay €800 or more for a two-bed room flat”.“Some of these companies provisionally accommodate their staffers at hotel apartments, and when we notify real estate agents about a vacant home, a war breaks out,” Panagi continued. “We notify ten agents and each of them has ten customers. The first to respond agrees to all your terms”.Demetris Nicolaou, a co-owner and manager of the Limassol-based D. Nicolaou & Sons group, which operates in the area of real estate management and construction material trade, said that as a result of Cyprus’s financial crisis, construction companies drastically reduced their output, partly on a decrease in overall demand and partly on difficulties in securing financing to construct new housing.“What was constructed over the past years in Limassol aimed at satisfying demand for the market segment of investors interested in getting a visa or a passport,” Nicolaou said.Currently, “demand is there but finding a plot to build and financing is another question,” he said. On the other hand, he continued, part of the existing demand in Limassol may be covered with properties acquired by banks as part of foreclosure or loan restructuring procedures.Central Bank of Cyprus data may explain why banks, plagued with a 44 per cent non-performing loan ratio are reluctant to engage in practices which could lead to a new real estate bubble. As per June 2017, 65 per cent of loans extended to construction companies, or €3.4bn, was non-performing while in the case of loans to real estate companies, the delinquent loan ratio was 44 per cent or €1.7bn.Property valuer Markaris said that, while the unpopular new foreclosure framework put in place as part of Cyprus’s economic adjustment programme three years ago to help banks speed up loan recoveries has failed to produce the expected results, in Limassol things may be different. “It hasn’t affected the real estate market yet,” he said. “The public’s interest was limited. Yet in Limassol, we see a large share of auctions in debt-to-asset swaps”.Developer Panagi said that while investors who purchased real estate to get a passport will be eligible to liquidate their investment, including real estate, after keeping in in their possession for a minimum three-year period, this will hardly lead to a correction of the market in Limassol, as their interest focused on Limassol’s coast line stretching from the old port to the eastern suburbs. “This will lead to a price correction at the coast where we are not talking about apartment rents of €800 a month but €1,500,” he said.Markaris said that while property prices are on the rise, and the economy is faring its third year of consecutive growth, expected to exceed 3.5 per cent this year, incomes have not risen to cope with the increase in rents and property prices.For the situation to change, new projects, affordable to the average earner, have to be completed in the centre of Limasol and in areas close to it but away from the coast, where new properties are offered at a premium, developer Panagi said.While the increase in prices and rents is offering new opportunities that investors will seek to exploit, it remains uncertain when this will lead to a correction on the market in Limassol, which recently attracted the hydrocarbon companies evicted from Larnaca, had its port’s operations privatised and is preparing for the construction and operation of a casino, a development which is expected to generate 4,000 new jobs.“There is no doubt that there will be a correction, since the market cannot continue like this for a long time,” said Markaris. “But unlike the stock exchange, the real estate market is slower in its reactions and corrections. The new situation has prompted entrepreneurs to plan new projects which will take up to three years to be completed”.“But caution is needed so that we won’t have similar problems then,” he said.The latest data on building permits show that in Limassol, the new housing and non-housing projects that got the green light from authorities rose 58 per cent in terms of construction area in the first eight months of the year, compared with 39 per cent island-wide. Last year, the construction area of licenced projects rose 52 per cent in Limassol compared to 19 per cent on average in Cyprus. Building permits rose last year 72 per cent in Limassol’s urban areas and 18 in rural areas last year in terms of construction area, and in January to August this year, the respective increase was 31 per cent and 128 per cent, according to Cystat.From January to October, the number of property transactions in Cyprus and Limassol rose 19 per cent and 27 per cent to 2,314 and 6,291 respectively, according to the Department of Lands and Surveys. In 2016, they rose 43 per cent to 7,063 and 59 per cent to 2,496.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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