Lessons in Layering – Commune de Paris FW14

first_img The Best Looks to Tame Your Mane: Long Hairstyles for Men How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Buzzed and Beautiful: The Best Short Hairstyles for Men We’ve been admiring the artful collections of Parisian-based label Commune de Paris for a few seasons now. But it’s the fall/winter 2014 offering that has captured our imagination and love of lazy, mindless dressing – just cast your mind back to jumping out of the shower this morning and freezing your nuts off before shrugging on whatever clothes are to hand.The brand was founded by designer Alexandre Maïsetti and illustrator Sébastien Lyky in 2009, and was named after the revolutionary socialist government that briefly ruled Paris from March 18th – May 28th, 1871. In light of this historical inspiration, the fall/winter collection is has been christened ‘Liberte Grand’ which roughly translates to ‘freedom high’.A sherpa-lined naval pea coat, expertly-cut woollen trousers featuring athletic seams, soft cotton chinos, muted colour-blocked shirting and snug graphic sweatshirts may well award you with a kind of freedom high (freedom from staring blankly at your wardrobe every morning). Each piece within the collection is super versatile, so building and switching every day looks is straightforward, whether you’re destined for the office or the bar. If it’s crazy cold out, we highly recommend layering everything beneath one of the patterned pullovers. Crafted from 100% wool, getting up and out of bed on cold winter mornings will be 100% easier. Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Uslast_img read more

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CMA CGM Volga Joins the Fleet

first_imgzoom The 10,622 TEU containership CMA CGM Volga has entered the CMA CGM fleet and started her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20th.The vessel is the 8th of a series of 28 ships from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs that will be delivered until the third quarter of 2016.Sailing under the Malta flag, she was built in the Chinese NTS shipyards – New Times Shipbuilding, Jiangsu, China.With its 300 meters length and 48 meters width, the vessel was designed to offer a maximal loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints of the Strait of the Bosphorus. The ship boasts a 1,458 40’ Reefer plugs capacity.Operated on the Bosphorus Express, the ship will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea.Accordingly, it will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore, and once again Dalian.last_img read more

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Spurway To Return As Communications Director

first_img He has a wide range of communications experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, serving as vice- president, Atlantic Canada, for Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s largest communications and public affairs firms. He was also director of communications for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and director of communications and public affairs for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. Peter Spurway is returning as Premier John Hamm’s director ofcommunications. He will take over from Robert Batherson, who is leavinggovernment for a senior public affairs position based in Halifaxwith Corporate Communications Limited, one of Canada’s largeststrategic communications and marketing firms. The change takeseffect Monday, Jan. 10. “I am delighted that Peter Spurway has agreed to return to myoffice to take this important job,” said Premier John Hamm. “Iwould like to thank Rob for his five and a half years of hardwork on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia. While I am sorry hehas chosen to leave public service, I know how much he is lookingforward to gaining valuable experience in the private sector.” An experienced communications consultant, Mr. Spurway served asthe premier’s communications director from July 2002 to July Mr. Spurway is currently a senior communications counsel,associated with MT&L Public Affairs of Halifax. His work withMT&L will be suspended for the duration of his term in thePremier’s Office. A strong advocate of professional public relations development,Mr. Spurway is presently serving his second term as president ofthe Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Societyand is a member of its national board of directors.last_img read more

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Rahul says Cong govt will listen people’s ‘maan ki baat’

first_imgSimdega (Jharkhand): Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday reminded people that neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor any other political leaders were their “maalik” (masters) rather they are the lords in democracy, asking them to tell his party’s government what to do and it will be done. He described mahagathbandhan of opposition parties as “voice of the people” and said he has not come to speak their maan ki baat but to listen to them. The “maan ki baat” was a montly radio programme of prime minister Narendra Modi as part of which he used to share his thoughts on different subjects with the countrymen. The Congress chief was addressing an election rally in Simdega, which is a part of Khunti Lok Sabha constituency where voting will take place on May 6. Speaking about NYAY scheme, Congress key electoral agenda, Gandhi said if voted to power, Rs 72,000 would be deposited in bank accounts of 5 crore people of the country within one year under it. The amount will be given under the NYAY scheme till a family earns Rs 12,000 per month on its own, he said. “This alliance (Mahagathbandhan) is the voice of people. I have not come to speak our maan ki baat but to listen to your maan ki baat and whatever you will tell us we will do it, Gandhi said. Dont forget that you are maalik (master). Narendra Modi or any political leader are not your maalik. You just tell us what to do and we will do, Gandhi said. The Congress chief made a blistering attack on Modi blaming him for working only for 15-20 people. Narendra Modi ji has not fulfilled his promises of providing two crore jobs. He did not deposit Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts of the people, Gandhi said. He (PM) only worked for 15-20 people, Gandhi said, apparently referring to industrialists. Appealing to the people to vote for Congress and Mahagathbandhan candidate Kalicharan Munda from Khunti, Gandhi further attacked Modi for not waiving farm loans while (the MSP) Rs 2500 is being given for rice in Chhattisgarh ruled by the Congress. Munda is facing BJPs Arjun Munda from Khunti LS seat. Munda, who is a former chief minister, had earlier won Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat in a previous election. The Congress chief said the poor were hit by the GST and asserted that the Congress was committed to save tribal land. Unveiling his party’s future plans for Jharkhand, which was carved out of Bihar in 2000, he said free treatment in hospitals would be introduced and universities and technical institutions will be set up in districts if voted to power. Alleging that the Narendra Modi government had put Rs 5.55 lakh crore in the pockets of 15/20 industrialists, Gandhi said that if the Congress alliance came to power such things would not happen, rather the money would be taken out from the pockets of these people and would be used for the welfare of the poor. Stating the alliance government will protect jal, jungle, jameen (water, forest and land), he said it was the Congress which returned land if industry was not set up on the allotted land. He also cited an example how land was taken away from a private company and returned to tribals. Gandhi claimed that GST and demonetisation had hit hard on trade. This was Congress chief’s first visit to Jharkhand after the election notification was issued on March 10. He had visited Ranchi on March 2. Former chief minister Babulal Marandi and JMMs working president and ex-CM Hemant Soren also addressed the rally. The Mahagathbandhan in Jharkhand comprises the Congress, JMM, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik-JVM) of Marandi and the RJD. The Congress is contesting seven Lok Sabha seats, JMM has fielded candidates at four places while JVM is fighting on two seats and the RJD has been given one seat as per seat-sharing arrangement of the alliance. While the first phase for Lohardaga (ST), Chatra and Palamu (SC) concluded on April 29, the second phase (ECs fifth phase) for Koderma, Khunti, Ranchi and Hazaribagh is scheduled on May 6.last_img read more

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Lindsay Lohan Tried to Say You Are Beautiful in Arabic, Instead…

Rabat – Trying to send a sweet message to her Arab-speaking fans, Lindsay Lohan sent them a message that means totally the opposite. Instead of telling her audience “you are beautiful,” she said “you are a donkey.”Next time @lindsaylohan, let me check b4 u post Arabic words don’t mean ‘U are beautiful’ but ‘u are a donkey’ pic.twitter.com/cNKQCdOHDp— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) April 21, 2015American actress Lindsay Lohan suffered an Instagram fail on Tuesday as she tried to practice her Arabic language skills.The Mean Girls star shared a mistranslated Arabic message on her Instagram page on Monday. The 28-year-old tried to complement her Arabic-Speaking fans by posting “You’re beautiful” in Arabic. However, the Arabic picture quote she shared with her 3.5 million fans and followers on the social media site did not read “You’re beautiful” as she intended. Instead, it was actually translated as “You’re a donkey.”Lohan has since deleted the image from her Instagram, but not before it went viral. read more

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The New DG of ONMT Will Soon Be Revealed: Lamia Boutaleb

Rabat – Who will succeed Abderrafie Zouiten as head of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT)? That’s a question that will soon be answered, according to the Moroccan Minister Delegate in Charge of Tourism, Lamia Boutaleb.Among the favored candidates is Jamal Kilito, Marketing Director of the Office. The council of government will ultimately make the final appointment, however, of the new director of ONMT. In total, more than twenty people responded to the call for applications announced by the Ministry of Tourism.At the moment, ONMT is still is still headed by an interim worker whose legal mandate of 6 months ended on May 30th. “The call for applications has been successful and we are going to announce the name of the new Director General of the ONMT shortly. It is not impossible that it will be made public at the end of the Council of the Government of tomorrow (Thursday, June 7) but if this is not the case, the announcement is imminent,” said Boutaleb to Media24.In 2017, the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism abruptly announced the departure of Abderrafie Zouiten, who until November 30 had been the director of ONMT.“The Tourism Department appointed Rachid Hamzaoui, Finance and Administrative Director at ONMT on November 30, 2017, to act as interim Director General of the ONMT since the post of Director General of the Office had become vacant since the retirement of Abderrafie Zouiten,” said the Ministry in a statement.After being stripped of his signing authority one month ago, his departure has been controversial and handled without preparation or anticipation.According to Média24, the content of the 2017-2021 roadmap is still a mystery. The secretary of state says that the ministry prepares tourism bases to communicate to the profession and the media. Boutaleb has assured that ti is set to be public on September.“We are going to fix a date with the private sector operators who have been involved in its design and have given us their priority recommendations to revive the tourism activity.The official announcement of the content of our strategy for the coming years will be within the framework of a great event titled, the foundations of tourism, that will take place after the summer season,” explained Boutaleb to Media24. read more

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First crossborder transport of urgently needed aid reaches Somalis – UN

26 January 2007A truck was allowed to cross the Kenya-Somalia border to deliver much needed aid supplied by United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the small town of Dobley where thousands of Somalis are taking refuge from recent fighting. The border between the two countries has been closed since earlier this month, prohibiting Somalis from reaching refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs have been assisting 160,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia. Many of those unable to cross the border have taken refuge in Dobley, close to the northeast border of Kenya.Basic household items supplied by UNHCR included 1,760 sleeping mats, 810 plastic sheets and 1,000 kitchen sets. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Oxfam contributed mosquito nets, blankets, fuel containers and soap.Thousands were in line hoping to receive supplies, which were distributed by the Kenyan NGO Wajid Social Development Alliance, which has been working with village communities in Somalia, according to UNHCR.There has been heavy fighting in southern and central Somalia, where the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) drove the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC) out of the Somali capital of Mogadishu and most of the rest of the country last month. The fighting has resulted in 400,000 Somalis being internally displaced, and of that number, approximately 6,000 are trapped near the country’s border with Kenya. Security for aid workers remains a top concern, as there have been reports of harassment and detention at the hands of the Ethiopian forces within Somalia. While most seeking sanctuary in Dobley fled the fighting, others lost their homes when floods, affecting almost a half million people, ravaged the region late last year. These floods further exacerbated the food shortage crisis in the country. read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9789Brazil real 0.3997China renminbi 0.1886Euro 1.4699Hong Kong dollar 0.160682India rupee 0.01926Indonesia rupiah 0.0000930Japan yen 0.01113Malaysia ringgit 0.2967Mexico peso 0.06842N.Z. dollar 0.8941Norway krone 0.1570Peruvian new sol 0.3852Russia rouble 0.02180Saudi riyal 0.3346Singapore dollar 0.9202South Africa rand 0.09192South Korean won 0.001100Sweden krona 0.1543Switzerland franc 1.2825Taiwanese dollar 0.04133Thailand baht 0.03759Turkey lira 0.3508U.K. pound 1.6476U.S. dollar 1.2548Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

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SLFP will not contest Local Government polls with the UNP

The SLFP and the UNP are part of the current unity Government. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it will not contest the Local Government (LG) elections with the United National Party (UNP).SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that the SLFP will contest the elections scheduled to be held in January, independently.

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US sales of new homes drop in December but for all of

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2014 8:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, photo, a construction worker builds a new home in Wilmette, Ill. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for December on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) US sales of new homes drop in December but for all of 2013 climb to strongest level since 2008 WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of new homes fell in December for a second consecutive month but even with the pause at the end of the year, sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years.Sales of new homes dropped 7 per cent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000, the Commerce Department reported Monday. In November, sales had fallen 3.9 per cent.For the whole year, sales were up 16.4 per cent to 428,000, the highest level since 2008.It marked the second year that sales have risen after six consecutive annual declines as the housing industry was rocked by the collapse of a housing bubble. Sales of new homes peaked at 1.28 million in 2005. Analysts expect further sales gains in 2014.The median price of a new home was $270,200 in December, up 4.6 per cent from a year ago and up 0.6 per cent from November. The median is the point where half the homes sell for more and half for less.There were 171,000 new homes on the market at the end of December, a drop of 2.8 per cent from November. At the December sales pace, that would represent a 5 month supply. That is lower than the six-month supply that economists view as healthy.Housing was one of the strongest sectors of the recovery in the first half of 2013, but then it hit a lull during the summer when mortgage rates jumped on indications the Federal Reserve might soon start reducing the bond purchases it was making to keep long-term interest rates low.But analysts are looking for housing to regain some of its lost momentum as the industry enters the all-important spring buying season. Analysts expect that continued improvements in the labour market will boost incomes and that will lead to stronger demand for homes.Sales of previously occupied homes rebounded 1 per cent in December helping that market to sales for all of 2013 of 5.09 million. That was the best performance since 2006 when sales totalled 6.48 million. However, the sales gains in both 2005 and 2006 represented an unsustainable housing boom which collapsed, helping drag the economy into a deep recession which triggered a painful retrenchment in housing.Analysts expect housing will keep recovering in 2014 but they don’t look for the sales gains to be as large as they were in 2013.Economists at Global Insight predict that growth of existing home sales will slow a bit from the 8.8 per cent gain in 2013 but still show a respectable increase of 5.1 per cent in 2014.Mortgage rates rose in the summer to nearly a full percentage point higher than they were in the spring, when they were at record lows. And a limited supply of homes on the market helped drive up prices. The combination of rising mortgage rates and rising prices made home buying less affordable, particularly for first-time buyers.Builders started work on 923,000 new homes and apartments in 2013, up 18.3 per cent from 2012. It was the fourth straight annual gain and the strongest construction pace since 2007 when 1.36 million homes were started. read more

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Philippines aid workers concerned about logistical challenges incredible despair of population

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has been in the region since category 5 Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over the weekend, surveying the damage and meeting with aid workers battling heavy rains, blocked roads and damaged airstrips and seaports to reach millions across the region desperate for food, water and other basic necessities.Offering a sobering snapshot of the situation on the ground, Bernard Kerblat, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative in the Philippines told UN Radio the because at least eight regions are logistically cut-off, information is trickling in “piecemeal” and hampering aid. “I’m afraid that even if it’s day five of the crisis and even if everyone is working around the clock, we still don’t know the full extent of the picture,” he said.Noting that Ms. Amos was able to reach Tacloban by military helicopter today, he said the senior UN official was able to “observe first-hand the incredible level of destruction, incredible level of despair among this population.”“As I speak to you, dead bodies are rotting on the side of the street, and that is Tacloban,” said Mr. Kerblat.At least 9.4 million people have been affected, according to figures he cited, with more than 600,000 people displaced, the majority of them in evacuation centres.“Tonight, as I’m speaking to you, people are starving, people are scavenging in the ruins,” Mr. Kerblat said. “People are looking for their missing ones. People are, with incredible ingenuity, attaching plastic bags to collect rain water. There is no electricity. There is a little bit of telephone just in the surroundings of what is left of the city hall in this lunar landscape of destruction.” The challenge, he noted, for the UN, the Government, and partner organizations “is how to reach, resupply on the multiple fronts so many populations who are in dire need.” There is good news, however with more planes landing, more help on the way, “it is a beginning of an airlift, it is the beginning of a resupply, it is the beginning of mounting a logistics pipeline.” With much of the telecommunications infrastructure also destroyed, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deployed dozens of satellite phones equipped with GPS to facilitate search and rescue efforts, along with other equipment to help families re-establish contact.“Our aim is to ensure that the national and international humanitarian community has reliable access to telecommunications to enable them to serve affected people and save lives,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau at ITU.The equipment can be charged by car batteries and is also supplied with solar panels to enable operation during power outages, the UN agency highlighted. ITU experts are also on the ground, working with authorities to train first responders on how to use the equipment. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed for $34 million to aid the four million children affected by the typhoon over the next six months. The UN agency is particularly concerned about the 100,000 children under the age of five and the 60,000 pregnant or nursing women displaced by the typhoon.Water, sanitation and hygiene services have been almost completely wiped out, with pipelines flooded and lack of electricity making water pumping and treatment impossible.“With every day that goes by, thousands of children are becoming weaker, and more vulnerable to disease,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines. “The collapse of water and sanitation systems, destructions of homes and schools all are putting children at huge risk and in need of urgent help.” read more

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Harolds Cross Stadium is being sold to make way for schools

first_img Share Tweet Email3 36 Comments Tuesday 2 May 2017, 7:20 PM Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL May 2nd 2017, 7:20 PM 23,425 Views center_img BORD NA GCON, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), has accepted a bid from the Department of Education for Harold’s Cross Stadium.The Department hopes to use the site for educational purposes – requiring a change in zoning – but neither side has disclosed a sum being paid for the land.Earlier this year it was announced that the iconic venue, which first opened in 1928, was to be sold as part of the IGB’s strategy to reduce its multi-million euro debt.The Department said in a statement that the area of Dublin will need “significant increases at both primary and post-primary levels”, based on a demographic review. Image: James Crombie/INPHO The exact configuration of schools to be provided on the Harold’s Cross site will be informed by the outcome of this demographic review.Phil Meaney, Chairman of the IGB said of the deal:This decision brings to an end to a long and sometimes difficult process to sell one of our Dublin stadiums, which makes commercial and operational sense for the IGB. The board is well aware of the place that Harold’s Cross had amongst the greyhound community, particularly in Dublin. However I believe the sale will be of huge benefit to the industry as a whole.The IGB, as a semi-state commercial body, will now be seeking the approval for the sale from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.Read: Dublin’s iconic greyhound racing track at Harold’s Cross has been closed Harold’s Cross Stadium is being sold to make way for schools But nobody is saying for how much. By Paul Hosford https://jrnl.ie/3369623 last_img read more

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iOS 6 Siri répondratil bientôt aux détenteurs diPad

first_imgiOS 6 : Siri répondra-t-il bientôt aux détenteurs d’iPad ?L’iOS 6 devrait introduire l’assistant vocal avec l’ensemble de ses fonctions sur le nouvel iPad et peut-être l’iPad 2.Les rumeurs sur le prochain iOS d’Apple ne cessent de se multiplier. La sixième version du système d’exploitation pour tablette et smarphone pourrait bien intégrer l’assistant vocal Siri sur le nouvel iPad et peut-être l’iPad 2. C’est en tout cas ce qu’affirme le site 9to5mac.com.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Déjà présent sur l’iPhone 4S, Siri devrait piloter toutes les fonctionnalités de la tablette. L’utilisateur pourrait donc utiliser sa voix pour gérer la lecture de musiques, rédiger des messages, organiser son agenda, chercher des contacts etc. Il suffirait pour cela de presser le bouton d’accueil, comme pour l’iPhone 4S. Apparaîtra alors une fenêtre qui se superposera à l’application active. Cette informations sera certainement confirmée ou démentie la semaine prochaine, lors de la Worldwide Developpers Conference organisée par Apple.À cette occasion, nous en apprendrons plus sur l’intégration de Facebook dans l’iOS6, le lancement d’un service de cartographie 3D qui remplacera Google Maps, ainsi que les solutions qui seront proposé pour le stockage en nuage. Patience. Le 5 juin 2012 à 20:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Artist Transforms Fiat Coupé Into French Fry Cart

first_img New Zealand’s Giant Hand Sculpture Is the Stuff of Nightmares’Hidden’ Angel and Christ Found Beneath Leonardo da Vinci Painting The top half was kept intact and equipped with lights to keep the food cart lit up at night, according to Techeblog.Photo Credit: Benedetto BufalinoFor more on Bufalino’s work, visit his website.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Artist Transformed Trash Into Robotic Sea CreaturesOrder Domino’s Directly From Your Car’s TouchscreenThe Mona Lisa Isn’t Staring at You (But Other Portraits Are) Stay on target To create the unique “friterie,” Bufalino sliced a Fiat Coupé horizontally and fitted it with several deep fryers. French artist Benedetto Bufalino is known for transforming cars into functional, whimsical (and sometimes, strange) objects. He has previously hacked an old Ford Mondeo and transformed it into a wood-burning pizza oven and converted a trailer into a mobile swimming pool.Now, Bufalino has turned his skills — and imagination — to a Fiat Coupé, transforming it into a food cart to serve French fries. The sculptural piece, titled La voiture fiat coupé friterie, is a collaboration with La Condition Publiqye, and yes, it actually works.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS NEMA Shelter Managers Training

first_imgDetermine resource needs, mobilize and secure them.Maintain shelter structure and equipment.Select appropriate structure for an alternative shelter.Prepare the shelter for use.Operate the shelter with available resources.Establish and maintain effective channels of communication with relevant agencies and support groups.Complete all tasks at closure.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 6, 2018 – Nassau – The National Emergency Management Agency hosted Shelter Management training based on the guidelines of the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), February 26-28, 2018 at NEMA.The training provided those with responsibility for the operational management of emergency shelters the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the required duties.  NEMA offers the training three times a year.Coordinated by First Assistant Secretary and Operations Manager of NEMA, Mrs. Gayle Outten-Moncur, this particular training was attended by persons from Social Services, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Health Community Nurses from the Family Islands, and personnel from The Royal Bahamas Defence Force who are assigned to NEMA.  Instructors for this training were Inspector Kendrick Brown and Nursing Officer Judith Scavella. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The training included simulation exercises with the following objectives:last_img read more

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Bloomberry secures US767 million loan to build new Manila IR

first_img Load More Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Philippines integrated resort operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp has secured a loan to the value of Php40 billion (US$767 million) to fund the design, construction and development of its planned casino resort in Manila’s Quezon City.The loan, described as an Omnibus Loan and Security Agreement, was signed by Bloomberry subsidiaries Sureste Properties Inc and Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc and is for a period of 10 years. Lenders for the combined loan facility include Philippine National Bank, BDO Unibank, Inc., Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, Union Bank of the Philippines, Bank of Commerce, China Banking Corporation and Robinsons Bank Corporation, with BDO Unibank, Inc Trust and Investments Group named as the security trustee, facility agent and paying agent.Sureste Properties – the operating entity of Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct – purchased the 1.57-hectare parcel of land for its Quezon City IR in 2015 for Php1.98 billion (US$38 million), with Bloomberry Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr stating last year that construction was scheduled to begin in mid-2019.He also revealed at the time that the Quezon City resort could boast the same total floor space for casino operations as Solaire despite the smaller land size, with the building expected to be more vertical.last_img read more

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As national media hone in on Alaska ICC plots its course

first_imgOkalik Eegeesiak of Nunavut is chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.Alaska and the future of Arctic policy are seeing increased international attention as the U.S. holds the chairmanship for the Arctic Council and foreign ministers prepare to meet in Anchorage later this month—joined by President Obama, who’s planning a visit to Kotzebue and Dillingham.Download AudioBethel has seen international leaders on hand last week as the Inuit Circumpolar Council executive council met to plan their next few years of work. Jim Stotts of Barrow is President of ICC-Alaska. He says the indigenous perspective needs to be heard at the high level meetings.“I don’t think anything can really happen in the arctic without the involvement of the Inuit, the people who are living particularly along the coast, on the arctic coast of North America. We’re the ones who have lived here the longest, who know the most about it. If we’re not included in discussions about the arctic, they’re incomplete discussion as far as I’m concerned,” said Stotts.The ICC represents indigenous people from Arctic nations. They consult with the United Nations and are a permanent participant to the Arctic Council.ICC’s goals aim well beyond the president’s visit, with summits on economic development, wildlife management, and education planned for the next few years. Officials say they want to strengthen the ICC’s role within the international sphere.ICC Chair Okalik Eegeesiak from Nunavut, Canada says another priority that doesn’t see as much publicity is mental health in the Arctic. While there are many efforts going to suicide prevention, she says it’s not enough.“..but there is no work about post-suicide, and the families that are left behind, and the support system they need. So we want to build those resources up at the community level,” said Eegeesiak.Vice Chair Hjalmar Dahl is ICC president for Greenland. He emphasized that indigenous leaders need to reach out to all generations across the north and connect them with those that have common goals and interests.“We are not isolated. We are part of the global community. It’s important for us also to get the youth to gain the knowledge of our work in that area. And that the youth be interested also,” said Dahl.The executive council took a trip to the nearby village of Oscarville to see a pilot project for coordinated and collaborative community development.last_img read more

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PM again seeks intl communitys help for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina (R) talks to visiting special envoy of Vietnam prime minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday again said that Myanmar must take back over one million Rohingya nationals living in Bangladesh and sought persuasion from the international community in this regard, reports UNB.”Myanmar must take their nationals back and international community should help Bangladesh in sending back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh,” she said.She said this when visiting special envoy of Vietnam prime minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital city.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.He said that the prime minister mentioned that Bangladesh has prepared a temporary shelter for the Rohingyas at Bhashan Char to provide them with a better living place.Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh and Myanmar have already signed agreements for sending back Rohingyas.”But the implementation process is being delayed,” she said.Saying that Vietnam has vast experience in developing agricultural sector, the prime minister said that Bangladesh would take cooperation from them for further development of this sector here.last_img read more

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Five Helpful Android Apps for the Office

first_imgJuly 7, 2010 Brought to you by PCWorld Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens These five business programs for Android phones tout unique and useful features. Although no one plans to give up their laptop and start working full time on a cell phone, these tools could provide adequate functionality, when necessary, such as those days you’re waiting for a flight or commuting to work on the subway.1. DataViz Documents to Go: Free Reader, $14.99 full versionThis mobile office suite looks like a handy addition to a smartphone. Documents to Go for users of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files lets you view corresponding files on your Android device with the free version. You can view, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files–plus view Adobe PDF files–with the full version. This means employees and executives can make changes to a proposal, spreadsheet, or slideshow presentation at the last minute while riding the elevator to the 27th floor or grabbing a coffee at Starbucks.If you discover that your assistant has entered the wrong sales quotes on a bid sheet minutes before you enter a big meeting with clients, you can open the spreadsheet, make the change in seconds, then send the new document as an attachment to your boss before the meeting starts.2. Google Voice: Free, except for international callsWith this service, you and your employees can forward all of your phones–home, work, cell, and others–to a single Google phone number, which you can manage through a web-based application similar to Gmail; that is, Google’s e-mail service. Google Voice could save companies and their customers time and effort, and it’s free for all domestic calls. International calls are charged according to a fee structure on the Google Voice website.What’s so great about that? Well, you can give all your clients and associates one Google number, then forward all your phones to that number. When they call, all of your phones ring, and you can answer the call on the phone in your current location. In addition, voicemails are transcribed to text and sent to your e-mail address. Other features include listening in on a voicemail before answering the phone, conference calling, call screening, call blocking annoying telemarketers, and call history.But one of the best features that could reduce mobile phone service costs is the Mobile App, which allows employees to send and receive text messages for free, without carrier charges. Check out the Google Voice site for more information about this application, including the available options for Google Voice without the Google number.3. PWN Document Scanner: Free trial, $3.98 full versionHave you ever been in a meeting and needed a copy of an important document that someone else brought to the table? What about a contract, a license, or a lease agreement? Even if you had your laptop with you, it can’t scan a document or a photo. Who wants to run out to a Xerox machine in the middle of a meeting? Document Scanner scans any document or photo with your phone’s camera. You can save it, convert it to a PDF, then e-mail it or upload it to Google Docs for sharing and storage. There’s no limit to the number of pages you can scan, or to the number you can save to a memory card, except for the card’s memory capacity. And, if you’re at a conference or seminar where all the notes are posted on a whiteboard, you can just scan the whiteboard and save the notes on your phone. Where was this technology when I was in college?4. Big in Japan ShopSavvy 3.5.5: Free Some would question whether a shopping program is really a business application, and normally I would. But this program could be a time saver for companies on the lookout for the best deals on computer equipment, communications products, office supplies, office furniture, and even paper consumables. Just use your phone’s camera to scan the barcode (or manually enter the barcode numbers on your keypad) of the products your office needs, such as your favorite printer, Android phone, or file cabinet. Then, ShopSavvy searches local and online vendors for the best prices. Scroll through the reviews of the products ShopSavvy recommends, and you can order directly from your smartphone. You can even create price alerts that ping you when the products go on sale.5. Flaviu Negrean Talk to Me: FreeToday’s economy is global, and this affects all companies of all sizes. Unless your team includes several multilingual individuals, having a conversation with a client in French, German, or Chinese is pretty tough while holding an English to French–or German or Chinese–dictionary. One option is to try a translator application such as Talk To Me. This app uses Google Voice Recognition, Translate, and Text-to-Speech to translate among English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Just speak into the phone and the phone talks back in the selected language. No more flipping through pages of language guides, listening to French tapes in your car, sitting through Chinese classes, or investing in products such as Rosetta Stone. Talk To Me and other apps like this could soon change the definition of multilingual.See this PCWorld story for more about Android apps, visit the PCWorld AppGuide, or check the Android Market site. 5 min readlast_img read more

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What Is Net Neutrality and How Can It Affect Your Business

first_img 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Q: What is net neutrality, and how can it affect my business?A: We enjoy an open network in which internet service providers (ISPs) distribute the information we send and receive on a neutral basis–meaning without preferential treatment. In this best-case-scenario environment, all internet traffic is treated equally.But this setup isn’t guaranteed, and it’s an issue that needs to be watched carefully, according to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit, the social news website powered by user-submitted content. We asked him about the importance of net neutrality in creating parity for all businesses.What would a non-neutral internet environment look like?An ISP could freely insist that social networks such as Facebook or a cloud service provider such as Amazon pay an additional fee in exchange for the ISP delivering their data faster. Facebook and Amazon could buy this preferential treatment, which would give them a huge advantage over their smaller and now slower-moving competition.But if they refused to meet the ISP’s financial “suggestion,” the service provider could–and I stress could–slow down access to those services, which to even the casual observer raises the specter of blackmail.How would that affect my small business?With net neutrality as we have now, you, the entrepreneur, have the opportunity to compete with anyone–and you have a chance to succeed–because anyone can access your website as easily as they can find the incumbents. If we lose net neutrality, a small-business owner will face a much smaller market. Worst-case scenario: Instead of being able to sell to anyone with an internet connection, fledgling entrepreneurs would find their customers limited to those who paid for the “internet package” that covers access to their particular website. It would be like your cable TV plan: The more you pay, the more channels you receive.The reason innovation thrives online today is that everyone has access to every channel equally.Don’t current laws guarantee net neutrality? No. Earlier this year, a lawsuit between the Federal Communications Commission and Verizon began when the broadband giant came up with a plan to sell metered internet packages to its customers. The FCC tried to block it based on net neutrality but lost that battle because it had imposed “common carrier” utilities regulations on broadband service providers. But those providers were never officially classified as utilities, so the court rejected it. The FCC said it plans to regroup and push net neutrality on the regulatory side.Who’s opposing net neutrality?Internet service providers who want to turn the internet into a tiered service. I liken it to having to pay more for the electricity going to your TV because you bought a Sony instead of a Samsung. This story appears in the June 2014 issue of . Subscribe » May 29, 2014 Listen Now How Success Happenslast_img read more

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