Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,303.83, up 92.61 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 17 cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $8.53 on 24.4 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Down 15 cents, or 2.73 per cent, to $5.35 on 12.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.48 per cent, to $2.10 on 11.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 14 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $9.34 on 8.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down six cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $2.55 on 6.9 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 7.96 per cent, to $6.92 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:MEG Energy Corp. Shares in oilsands producer MEG Energy continued to slide Friday after a credit rating agency said rival Husky Energy Inc.’s failure to consummate a hostile takeover bid was actually “credit positive” for Husky. After falling 35.6 per cent on Thursday, MEG stock lost another 2.7 per cent on Friday. Husky lost 4.3 per cent after gaining 12.4 per cent Thursday, Husky’s decision to abandon its bid for MEG after more than 50 per cent of the shares were tendered by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline surprised most financial analysts who had expected it to extend more time to try to achieve the two-thirds support it needed.WestJet Airlines Inc. (TSX:WJA). Up 43 cents or 2.3 per cent to $18.98. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. The agency says in a report that a backpack caught fire and caused minor thermal damage to the cargo compartment’s fire-resistant liner near the bag. An investigation could not determine if the damage occurred before the batteries arrived at the airport or during baggage handling.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR). Up 25 cents to $109.25. The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that found the courts have jurisdiction to determine damages CN Rail must pay after breaching its service obligations to a Prairie grain shipping company during a bumper crop five years ago. The case goes back to a complaint filed by Calgary-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd. to the Canadian Transportation Agency. Dreyfus said CN failed to provide enough rail cars to some of its grain elevators in Alberta and Saskatchewan to ship the record 2013-2014 grain crop.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian Pacific Railway hikes dividend by 155 per cent

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is raising its quarterly dividend by 15.5 per cent.The railway says it will now make a regular payment to shareholders of 65 cents per share, up from 56.25 cents per share.Based on the company’s closing share price of $238.76 on Wednesday it will have an annual yield of about 1.09 per cent.Canadian Pacific also said that it bought back about 4.4 million of its shares at a weighted average price of $214.31 in May.By buying back its stock, a company spreads its profits over fewer shares.That increases its return on equity and earnings per share, two key ratios used to determine a company’s financial health and investment rating. read more

Saskatoonbased Claude Resources fined 25K for safety violations

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatoon-based Claude Resources fined $25K for safety violations by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2014 1:59 pm MDT SASKATOON – A Saskatoon-based gold mining company and a supervisor has been fined almost $27,000 for safety violations.Claude Resources Inc. (TSX:CRJ) pleaded guilty to three charges under Saskatchewan occupational health and safety legislation and was fined $24,500 in Saskatoon provincial court earlier this month.Claude shift boss Steve Strickland also pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to protect his health and safety and that of other workers and was fined $2,100.The charges stemmed from a blasting operation on Jan. 22, 2012 at Laonil Lake.The concussion from the blast knocked Strickland and another employee to the ground, injuring the employee and another worker’s leg was broken when a truck was pushed forward by the blast, pinning him to a wall.The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure work was sufficiently and competently supervised; failing to ensure appropriate written procedures were provided to a worker who conducts a blasting operation to ensure the safety of the worker and any other person in the vicinity of the blasting operations; and failing to ensure that in the case of a blast initiated by electrical means, that only an approved blasting machine is used. read more

Listen To Hot Takedown Our Sports Podcast Pilot

Some of what we mentioned on this week’s show:Benjamin Morris breaks down Pete Carroll’s call.Nate Silver: Are the Patriots the greatest dynasty ever?Did the Hawks put together the greatest month in NBA history?Grantland’s ode to Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford.(This is part of the prelaunch experimentation for the FiveThirtyEight podcast. We’ll be posting audio of different kinds on SoundCloud and then launching the actual podcast this spring. Stay tuned! And let us know what you think by tweeting our podcast producer/host, @jodyavirgan, or emailing us.) By Jody Avirgan More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Loyal FiveThirtyEight readers: This week we recorded a trial run of our new sports podcast “Hot Takedown,” and we’re eager for you to take a listen. We’re trying to add a little data perspective to the major storylines — and arguments — of the week.This episode, editor Chadwick Matlin, sportswriter Neil Paine and visual journalist Allison McCann discuss the Super Bowl and winning streaks in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight’s Reuben Fischer-Baum also stops by to provide this week’s “significant digit” — a historically bad free-throw performance in Brooklyn.Take a listen or download it below. read more

Tradestars 45th anniversary and opening of new worldclass facility

first_imgOn October 29, Tradestar Corp celebrated its 45th year of building mining equipment and the grand opening of its world class truck facility. Tradestar has a long history of designing, building and maintaining commercial explosive manufacturing equipment. The company developed the explosive industry’s first bulk delivery equipment to pump slurry mix explosives—revolutionising the industry. Tradestar serves the surface and underground explosives mining, stone and construction markets in North and South America, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Russia.Commenting on the new truck facility, Lincoln Hirayama, General Manager of Tradestar said “our facility opens doors to new markets for us. It gives us significantly expanded capability and capacity to quickly respond to the changing industry landscape and deliver high quality products with our state of the art facility. We are well positioned to take advantage of additional markets and are excited to expand and grow the business. Many lean production and management principles were incorporated into the facility from concept to final build. The workforce continues to transform this work space through application of these principles.”Tradestar’s new facility of over 9,600 m2 supports the global growth plan. Tradestar is projected to double in size over the next five years. It says “this level of growth is possible due to the core capabilities of its staff:Advanced technical knowledge of explosive mixingSuperior understanding of integrated process control systemsIndustry expertise of regulatory requirements Ability to deliver and meet a wide range of standard and custom equipment requirements.The facility brings a new level of sophistication to Tradestar, allowing it to shorten the time to delivery through efficient processes, work effectively and safely year round through improved workflow, and strengthen the customer focus through advanced resourcing capabilities.The company says that “by working closely with its customers to customise and design proprietary and ground-breaking technologies, Tradestar has become known as a reliable and innovative manufacturing and service partner.”last_img read more

Finnish energy minerals producers to fuel Vaasa battery cluster

first_imgThe extensive battery factory project launched by Vaasa just over a year ago has brought together a strong network. Alongside the largest energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries – EnergyVaasa – the Kokkola region also plays a key role with high-quality raw material refining and battery chemistry-related research.In addition, the network includes five companies that can supply essential raw materials for the battery industry in a sustainable and ethical way globally. Companies operating in Finland can cover a significant part of the battery industry value chain: mineral reserves, the production of cathode and anode materials for battery chemicals, and eventually the production and recycling of battery cells and batteries.The cooperation network is working specifically to obtain international investment in the battery cluster in Finland. In this work, covering the entire value chain in the field is an essential issue and an interesting valuable proposition for large international operators.“During the year, several new battery factory projects have been launched in the world. We are having discussions with American, Asian and European battery manufacturers. Demand for batteries will continue to grow, especially around applications like local energy storage solutions and traffic. Finland now has a unique opportunity to be involved in the growth and active development of this new field of industry,” says Mayor of Vaasa, Tomas Häyry.Finland is also highly competitive in other key criteria for battery operators, such as the price of clean electricity, labour skills, productivity, and training. The salary level of engineers is also moderate in Finland compared to Germany, for example. The cooperation network includes the cities of Vaasa and Kokkola; Freeport Cobalt, the world’s largest cobalt refinery and producer of battery chemicals; Nornickel, the producer of world-class nickel metals and nickel chemicals in Harjavalta; Terrafame Group, the parent company of Terrafame producing nickel, zinc, cobalt and copper in Sotkamo; Keliber, which is preparing to start lithium production in Kaustinen and Kokkola; as well as BeoWulf Mining, the owner of a graphite deposit in Heinävesi.The network was established at Vaasa’s initiative. The EnergyVaasa cluster accounts for almost a third of Finland’s total energy technology exports, and the region also has very strong electronics and automation technology expertise. In the Vaasa region, a large area of several hundred hectares is being planned for battery factories: at its peak, construction work can be started already this year.“The common goal is to speed up the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The development of land use in the area reserved for battery manufacturing operations is proceeding as planned, and the EIA process has been accelerated by implementing the program phase together with regional operators. This will enable us to offer a well-prepared site for even significantly large battery cluster investments at a fast schedule,” says Ulla Mäki-Lohiluoma, CEO of Vaasa Parks Oy.Kokkola Industrial Park in Kokkola is Northern Europe’s largest inorganic chemical industry cluster. Freeport Cobalt’s cobalt refinery already operates in the area, and Keliber’s lithium refining chemical plant will also be located there. Additionally, the battery chemical research of the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius has long been serving enterprises in the field both in Finland and internationally.“We are proud of our area and want to jointly develop the battery industry and energy storage sustainably. At the beginning of the battery industry value chain, we are the strongest concentration in Northern Europe; we have plug-in solutions for clean heavy industry interested in the circular economy, as well as Finland’s strongest expertise centre of the field in this area,” says Kokkola Mayor Stina Mattila.Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta is a global producer of nickel metals and nickel chemicals. In 2017, it produced almost 60,000 t of nickel. Nickel is used for example in electric car batteries. Terrafame Oy produced approximately 21,000 t of nickel and about 47,000 t of zinc in 2017. At present, Terrafame is preparing an investment decision on refining its nickel-cobalt product further to battery chemicals. The objective is that the new plant will start operating in 2020. The parent company, Terrafame Group Oy, is one of the few Finnish companies involved in the EU Battery Alliance network, which is preparing a new battery cluster funding program on the mandate of the EU commission.“Global electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid penetration would need to reach 12% in order to comply with international climate targets by 2025. This would mean that the proportion of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids would be ten times higher than currently. At the same time, the demand for raw materials for electric cars is expected to grow strongly. The development offers very interesting outlooks for individual companies as well as for the Finnish battery and mining cluster as a whole”, says Matti Hietanen, CEO of Terrafame Group Oy.Keliber is preparing to launch lithium production. The mining company owns several well-studied lithium deposits in Central Ostrobothnia and aims to produce especially clean lithium carbonate.“In the future, movement in the constantly urbanising world will be based on electricity, and lithium-ion battery technology will play a significant role in this turning point of traffic. The increase in the production of renewable energy augments the need for energy storage, thus contributing to the demand for batteries and raw-materials required in the battery industry. It is great that a new energy cluster with excellent export potential is being developed in cooperation with different operators in Finland. We are happy to be involved in such a cooperation network”, says Pertti Lamberg, CEO of Keliber Oy.The Finnish subsidiary of Beowulf Mining, Fennoscandian Resources, owns several graphite deposits in Finland. The aim of the ore exploration company is to apply for a mining permit for the Aitolampi graphite deposit in Heinävesi this year. “It’s great to be part of Vaasa’s battery factory project and to have the opportunity to supply domestic graphite in a sustainable and ethical way”, says Rasmus Blomqvist, CEO of Fennoscandian Resources Oy.Business Finland’s national Batteries from Finland concept is designed to help Finnish operators gain access to the European and global battery network. The activation kit covers the entire value chain of the battery industry from raw material production to battery manufacture, applications and recycling. Around 70 participants from nearly 40 organisations participated in the battery meeting held by Business Finland in February, which shows strong interest in the battery industry.“Finland has good prerequisites to succeed in the tight competition for battery-factory locations in Europe. This requires close national and regional cooperation between the different operators, from which active cooperation between Business Finland and the Vaasa network is a good example. Our common goal is to gain a significant foothold in Europe for batteries manufactured from Finnish raw materials in Finland”, says Vesa Koivisto, Head of Industry of Business Finland.last_img read more

LISS finira ses jours dans locéan dès 2020

first_imgL’ISS finira ses jours dans l’océan dès 2020Après 2020, la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) redescendra sur Terre et ira terminer ses jours au fond de l’océan, a annoncé hier l’Agence spatial russe. Après la fin du programme navette de la Nasa, c’est une autre page qui se tournera pour la conquête spatiale en 2020. Mercredi, l’Agence spatiale russe a en effet annoncé qu’une fois sa mission achevée, la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS) sera redescendue sur Terre et terminera son cycle de vie au fond des mers. Un destin semblable à celui de la station Mir immergée en 2001 par Roskosmos. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Nous allons être obligés d’immerger l’ISS après son cycle de vie”, a déclaré le directeur adjoint de Roskosmos, Vitali Davydov, dans une interview publiée sur le site de l’Agence spatiale russe. “Nous nous sommes mis d’accord avec nos partenaires sur le fait que la station sera exploitée jusqu’aux alentours de 2020. On ne peut pas la laisser en orbite: la station est un objet très lourd et complexe qui risque de produire beaucoup de déchets”, a t-il poursuivi.Occupée en permanence depuis novembre 2000, l’ISS demeure la plus grande structure spatiale jamais conçue avec ses dimensions de 108 mètres de long pour 88 mètres de large. Plusieurs pays ont participé à sa construction débutée en 1998, parmi lesquels la France, les Etats-Unis, la Russie, le Japon, le Canada ou encore le Brésil. Aujourd’hui, les équipages, essentiellement russes et américains, qui occupent la station se relaient tous les quatre à six mois. Encore en service pour plusieurs années donc, l’ISS orbite actuellement à 350 kilomètres de la Terre et met 90 minutes pour faire le tour de notre planète à 28.000 kilomètres par heure. Le 28 juillet 2011 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des infos sur le Nokia Lumia 910

first_imgDes infos sur le Nokia Lumia 910 ?Un blogueur russe annonce, via twitter, que le successeur du Lumia 900 sera très prochainement disponible. Il incorporerait un module APN plutôt intéressant…Alors que le Nokia Lumia 900 (notre photo) sortira dans un peu plus d’un mois au pays de l’oncle Sam, son successeur, le Lumia 910 serait prévu pour le mois de mai en Europe !C’est le bloggueur russe Eldar Murtazin, souvent bien renseigné, qui l’annonce via sa page twitter (lien non disponible). Mais ce n’est pas tout !Il explique également que le Nokia Lumia 910 intègrerait un capteur APN de 12 Mpixels. Rien que ça ! Mais cette annonce, si elle s’avèrerait véridique, pose un épineux problème pour les consommateurs américains; pourquoi acheter un smartphone en mars alors que son successeur sort deux mois plus tard outre-atlantique ?Gageons que le Mobile World Congress 2012 puisse rendre quelques éléments de réponse…Le 26 janvier 2012 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UAA runners prep for NCAA National Championships

first_imgThe UAA cross country running team warms up before practice at the Dome in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)For eight consecutive seasons, both the University of Alaska Anchorage’s men’s and women’s cross-country running teams qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships. This year they even picked up two titles along the way at last weekend’s West Region Championships in Monmouth, Oregon.Download AudioUAA took the top two spots in both the men’s and women’s races. According to head cross-country coach Michael Friess, that accomplishment is very rare.“We’ve kind of checked back at little bit on records; we don’t know if that’s ever happened – or at least hasn’t happened in a long time – that one school has had the 1st and 2nd finishers in each of the races,” Friess said.Taking the top spot in the women’s race was UAA junior Joyce Chelimo, who is coming back after of a red-shirt season, where she took a season-long hiatus from collegiate competition.She says the year away from racing allowed her to come back this season stronger – both mentally and physically.“I am now more mentally prepared and I’m strong enough that I can handle the pain, than two years ago,” Chelimo said. “I think it comes with experience, and when I was sitting back and I wasn’t competing, I was looking back at myself, like, ‘What do I need to improve? What are competitors doing that I don’t do?’”Chelimo’s 20 minute 42 second time on the 6-kilometer course put her atop the leader board, followed about 17 seconds later by fellow UAA runner Caroline Kurgat.Coach Friess, who in the midst of his 26th season at the helm of the cross-country team, says the meet was a solid showing.“The main goal is to have both teams qualify for the National Championship and to try to then carry some momentum into a national meet,” Friess said.That goal was achieved.The men’s team qualified for nationals with the help of Henry Cheseto‘s second-straight, first place finish at the West Region meet. He says he’s happy he won the regional title again, but now he’s looking to improve his performance at the national meet.“If I took a look back to what I did last year, I was almost there,” Cheseto said. “Meaning I have today to sit there and make sure I will stay with the fast group.”Cheseto ran the 10-kilometer West Region course in 29 minutes and 29 seconds, followed by Dominik Notz – also of UAA – less than 3 seconds later.With 32 teams on the docket for the National Championships, Coach Friess says you can never tell how things will play out.“What every team hopes is that they just have their best race,” Cheseto said. “They can run up to their potential, not maybe something above what they’ve ever done before, but at least just run what they’ve been able to run.”“And I think if we can do that, then we’re gonna be pretty satisfied with our outcome.”The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Champions will be held November 21st in Joplin, Missouri at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course, hosted by Missouri Southern State University.last_img read more

Majili box office collection day 3 ChaySam film crosses Rs 25 crore

first_imgNellore0.700.40 Vizag1.981.94 Rest Of India1.501.85 Ceeded2.501.77 Guntur1.621.24 Krishna1.281.01 G West1.120.64  Overseas3.002.25center_img AP/TS Total16.6413.25 G East1.440.90 Nizam6.005.35 AreaRightsEarnings Majili first weekend box office collectionTwitterMajili  made a fantastic collection at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. The Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni starrer has inched closer to Rs 30 crore gross mark in three days.Riding on huge hype, Majili was released in a large number of cinema halls on April 5 and made a superb debut at the ticket counters across the globe. The film collected Rs 11.50 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. The movie became the biggest opener for Naga Chaitanya, smashing the records of Savyasachi and Shialaja Reddy Alludu, which minted Rs 7.70 crore and Rs 11.40 crore.Majili was successful in striking the chord with most of the filmgoers and meeting the expectations that it had generated before its release. Many viewers heaped praises upon director Shiva Nirvana, actors and technicians of the film. What has stunned them the most is the amazing chemistry between Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni, who are fondly known as ChaySam. Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in MajiliTwitterA good word of mouth helped it hold very strong at the ticket counters on Saturday and Sunday and its collection on both theses was on par with its opening day business. Majili has collected approximately Rs 28.18 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend and it is the highest amount for a film starring Naga Chaitanya. Naga Chaitanya and Divyansha Kaushik in MajiliTwitterMade on budget of around Rs 20 crore, Majili fetched Rs 21.14 crore for its producers from the sale of its theatrical rights. The movie has earned Rs 17.35 crore for its distributors in three days. The film has recovered 82.07 percent of the investment to its distributors in its opening weekend. It is expected return the remaining amount on the weekdays.Here are the details of the price of its area-wise theatrical rights and earning of Majili these numbers are based on various sources and they may not match with the actual ones. All the figures are in rupees and crore.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsAreaNizamRights6.00Earnings5.35AreaCeededRights2.50Earnings1.77AreaVizagRights1.98Earnings1.94AreaG EastRights1.44Earnings0.90AreaG WestRights1.12Earnings0.64AreaKrishnaRights1.28Earnings1.01AreaGunturRights1.62Earnings1.24AreaNelloreRights0.70Earnings0.40AreaAP/TS TotalRights16.64Earnings13.25AreaRest Of IndiaRights1.50Earnings1.85Area OverseasRights3.00Earnings2.25AreaGlobal Total Rights21.14Earnings17.35 Global Total 21.1417.35last_img read more

Russian indicted for interfering in US congressional polls

first_imgChristopher Krebs, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security`s National Protection and programs directorate, speaks during a news conference on election cyber security on 19 October. Photo: APThe US government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct “information warfare” against the United States, including ongoing attempts to influence next month’s congressional elections.Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first person charged with a crime for attempting to interfere in the 2018 US midterm elections, according to a government official with knowledge of the investigation.Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 and financed by a Russian oligarch close to Russian president Vladimir Putin and two companies he controls, according to a criminal complaint.The oligarch, Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, and his two companies were indicted in February in special counsel Robert Mueller’s separate investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to boost eventual winner Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.The case against Khusyaynova was unsealed on the same day that US law enforcement and intelligence agencies issued a warning about attempts by Russia, China, Iran and other foreign entities to interfere with 6 November congressional elections, in which Trump’s Republicans are trying to maintain majority power in Congress, and national elections in 2020.The complaint detailed new examples of Russians using fake personas on social media to stoke divisions over race, gun rights, voter fraud and other contentious issues. Some messages targeted next month’s elections, indicating the operation has not been deterred by Mueller’s indictments earlier this year.”This one shows that the threat from Russia is not over,” said Barbara McQuade, a former US attorney in Michigan. “This is a true propaganda war.”Using social media and other avenues, the Russians are waging “information warfare against the United States,” to sow distrust in the political system, according to the complaint, which charged Khusyaynova with conspiracy to defraud the United States.The complaint included Facebook and Twitter posts that were both critical of Republicans and supportive of president Donald Trump. One post in March, for example, suggested Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aimed at denuclearization.Trump, who at a news conference in Helsinki in July with Putin cast doubt on his own intelligence agencies’ findings that Russia had meddled with the 2016 election, dismissed the latest charge against Russia as unrelated to him.”It had nothing to do with my campaign,” Trump told reporters in Scottsdale, Arizona. “If they are hackers, a lot of them probably like Hillary Clinton better than me.”Not Mueller’s CaseThe Khusyaynova case is being prosecuted by assistant US attorneys in the Eastern District of Virginia. It is not being handled by Mueller because it touches on the 2018 elections, which is not part of his remit, the government official said.Khusyaynova oversaw the financial operations for the project, which had a proposed budget of $35 million for January 2016 to June 2018 and used those funds to wage similar campaigns in the European Union and Ukraine, in addition to the United States.”It is a global campaign for a regime that views democracy as an existential threat,” said John Carlin, former US assistant attorney general for National Security.Khusyaynova, who is a resident of St Petersburg, Russia, and is not in US custody, billed Prigozhin and his companies to pay for advertisements on Facebook, bloggers, and for “development accounts” on Twitter, the complaint says.Prigozhin has been dubbed “Putin’s cook” by Russian media because his catering business has organized banquets for the Russian leader and other senior political figures. He has been hit with sanctions by the US government.The criminal complaint said there was no evidence that Khusyaynova or others in the conspiracy succeeded in impacting the outcome of any US election.In their joint statement on Friday the Office of the director of National Intelligence, Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security also said they did not have any evidence that anyone went far enough to prevent voting or change vote counts. Some state and local governments, which run polling sites, have reported attempts to access their networks, but officials were able to “prevent access or quickly mitigate these attempts,” the statement said.Mueller’s office has not announced any new indictments since July when it charged 12 Russian intelligence officers who were accused of hacking Democratic computer networks as part of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.Mueller has been widely expected to remain quiet in the run-up to the November elections to avoid actions that might sway votes.But the decision to unseal the Khusyaynova case now appears to reflect changes to Justice Department guidelines last month instructing US attorneys to lean towards disclosing foreign influence operations as a means of deterrence, Carlin said.The Khusyaynova case shows “in detail that when we talk about Russian interference it is not something in history it is now,” Carlin said. “Making it public is an important way to neutralize them.”last_img

Americans start voting in midterm verdict

first_imgA voter fills out his ballots on 6 November, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. Today`s election will determine if Republicans or Democrats will control the House of Representatives. Photo: AFPAmericans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump’s controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake.About three quarters of the 50 states in the east and center of the country were already voting as polls began opening at 6:00am (1100 GMT) for the day-long ballot.Republicans were keenly aware that losing their majority will hamstring his political agenda over the next two years.At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, 36 governor’s posts and seats in state legislatures across the country.For almost two years, Trump’s rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped.According to nearly all pollsters, the Democrats have a good chance of winning the House, while the Republicans are likely to retain the Senate.But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump’s maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.After a campaign in which Trump was accused of race-baiting with repeated and unsubstantiated references to an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants bent on rape and murder, left-right divisions in America could not be deeper.“It’s a consequential election,” said Yorgo Koutsogiogasi, 64, who was among 17 people ready to cast ballots at a downtown Chicago polling station when doors opened at 6:00 am.“Divisiveness in the country is really tearing the country apart,” said the Greek immigrant, a company CEO.First in line was a retiree, Jerry, who did not want to give his last name and said he was voting for the first time in midterm elections.“The Dems are insane,” he said. “I heard Democrats want to give illegals the right to vote.”AFP reporters saw a steady flow of early voters at the Brooklyn Museum polling station in New York, and many voters at a station in Arlington, Virginia.US television networks showed lines of voters at stations elsewhere, following high turnout by those who voted ahead of election day itself.Although not on the ballot, Trump made himself the focus of the entire contest, jetting around the country to hold rallies—in three states on Monday alone.Trump declared “the Republican agenda is the American dream” and at his final event, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he called on supporters to seize their “righteous destiny as Americans.”Democrats saw the election in equally historic terms.Voters will “define the future, not just of Texas, but of this country, not just of this generation but every generation that follows,” said Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former punk band member challenging Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally deep-Republican Texas.Hot economy, hot rhetoric – At every rally, Trump has vowed to his supporters that they will “win, win, win.”But as he touched down in Indiana on Monday, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party’s grasp.“We’ll just have to work a little bit differently,” he told reporters when asked how he’d live with a Democrat-controlled lower chamber.The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in off-year elections. However, a healthy economy favors the incumbent, so Trump may yet defy the historical pattern.New figures on the eve of the polls confirmed that job growth is soaring and Trump gives himself credit for the “hottest economy on Earth.”But to the dismay of some Republicans he has often pivoted away from that message in the final week of campaigning to emphasize a hardline crackdown against undocumented immigrants.Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that migrants who throw stones at law enforcement officers should be shot, and made wild claims about the Democrats planning to turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole.Stirring fear of foreigners and trumpeting American nationalism worked for the real estate billionaire in his 2016 election victory against the Democrats’ establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.But the angry tone has also turned off swaths of Americans.Bernie Sanders, the leftist populist who some feel would have had a better chance than Clinton to take on Trump in 2016, lashed out Monday at the president, calling him a “pathological liar.”Voters line up to cast their ballot just before the polls open in the mid-term election on 6 November, 2018 in Miami, United States. The political races for the Senate and House are being hotly contested across the country. Photo: AFP“He is a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot. He is trying to do what we have never seen in the modern history of this country, to do what he is doing right now, to gain votes by trying to divide the American people up based on where we came from,” Sanders said on SiriusXM Progress radio.Trump’s ultra-loyal white base laps up his colorful style, often cheering and chanting as he makes jaw-dropping insults against opponents and factually erroneous claims.However, even some Republicans became jittery after a Florida man and ardent Trump supporter was charged with sending homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior Democrats and other high profile opponents of Trump.Days later, a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot 11 worshippers dead.He had allegedly lashed out online against Jews he accused of transporting Central American “invaders” into the United States—in language that echoed Trump’s attacks on impoverished migrants coming through Mexico.last_img

Analog is a Haunting and Compelling Tale About Virtual Privacy

first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Stay on target “Five years from now: the security of the internet has been totally destroyed. Secrets are no longer sent over the web, they’re entrusted to armed couriers called “Ledger Men,” like human punching-bag Jack McGinnis. He’s got a gun in one hand and a briefcase handcuffed to the other. Danger lurks around every corner, and Jack has to watch his back—because he had a part in the cyber attack that changed the world. Get in on the ground floor of this new ongoing series and thrill as we slam Jack’s fist into the faces of spies, mercenaries, fascists, and eventually less punchable adversaries like a very grumpy artificial intelligence. “ANALOG #1(W): Gerry Duggan (A): David O’ Sullivan (C): Jordie Bellaire (L): Joe SabinoInformation is something we seek to expose or try our hardest to keep private. What if your secrets were open to everyone and anyone to see? What if your secrets could only be trusted by one man? Someone who carries the job to keep your secrets under his protection at all costs? This is the story of Analog #1. This new series from Image comes mixes a little bit of that ultra nice James Bond flair combined with the future that we may not be able to handle.via Image ComicsGerry Duggan’s creates a haunting yet incredibly rooted narrative of what our future could look like without virtual privacy at our disposal. We’re in a time and era where we share ourselves with people more than ever. Social media has helped and hurt many people in so a lot of ways. Duggan imagines a world where all of what we do erases the questions of what we do in the dark. Your thoughts, actions, etc. are all in the open. It’s a scary thought, but in Analog #1, it’s almost so naturally executed by Duggan. You almost feel like you’re apart of this world even though you don’t want to be. That’s one of the fantastic things about Analog #1. You’re engrossed in the secrets of Jack, but when there are no secrets… it’s almost fascinating to know that this one person has so many.On the subject of Jack, he’s the perfect everyman that we’re following in this dangerous journey. Jack doesn’t care about the secrets he guards and has to keep hidden. He doesn’t care about the people who hire him and what they might be holding. Jack legit goes about his day, accepting who he is now and he looks at what he could have done to cause this future, it eats him up.This is the fascinating thing about the comic. The involvement of Jack in this entire scheme of things makes you hold on to figure out what he did. It almost reminds me of when Widow and Hawkeye in the movie talk about Budapest. Before you raise an eyebrow, hear me out. Analog does this in wanting to find out just what did in Palo Alto. It’s spoken so much. You look around to the future he’s in and a little in his past, and you find yourself saying, “What did you do?”via Image ComicsDavid O’ Sullivan follows this narrative with gritty and tough as nails art that creates a dark and heavy feel to the comic. One thing I adore about O’Sullivan’s art is his heavy use of the inks after his pencils. I’m a sucker for inking, but this particular comic shine because of his inks. O’Sullivan develops in the darkness that merely goes in any crime, noir or thriller comic. He brings a specific type of noir feel with the characters. He shadows them in this darkness, and the looming sense of dread comes out of his art.O’ Sullivan’s art and inks are amped by Jordie Bellaire’s colors that truly bring everything together. Bellaire can create such an intricate and well-balanced mood to any book that she’s attached to and she does a killer job in Analog #1. Her colors bring the story into a different atmosphere within the time and the place, depending on where Jack is at the time. Bellaire knows how to make those opening shots a little bit colder. She knows how to warm flashbacks, places of the “old world” and scenes with father and son. Her colors bring the world of the Ledger Man and the world around him together in complete harmony.via Image ComicsJoe Sabino’s lettering is the perfect element to round out this remarkable comic. Sabino’s lettering places outstandingly from start to finish, but the one thing that immediately captures you is the voiceover of Jack. You can almost read this in a rough and gruff “memo to self” voice. Sabino lets us get inside of Jack’s head through his lettering and Duggan’s script. This makes for an even wilder ride and more in-depth characterization.I’m hyped to see what more this creative team has us its sleeves for Analog #1. Will we find out what happened to Jack in Palo Alto? What happens to him and Oppenheimer? What else is in this future when everyone has nothing to hide? Analog #1 won’t be hidden for long, but its definitely worth the exposure for readers to enjoy. Analog #1 will be available in on Comixology and your local comic book shop April 4th.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

App to assist small tea growers of Bengal for production boost

first_imgDarjeeling: Small tea growers are all set to become tech-savvy. An mobile phone app was recently launched in Jalpaiguri by the Tea Board of India. Different issues pertaining to manufacturing, fertilizers, pesticides along with problems can be sorted out through this app.The app has been developed so that Indian small tea growers are at par with international market standards. “Everyone uses smart phones these days, including the small tea growers. This app will help them in every way vis-a-vis tea cultivation. A new horizon will open up for the small tea growers through this app,” said Bijoygopal Chakrabarty, Secretary of the All India Small tea Growers’ Association. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCiting an example, Chakrabarty said if there is a pest attack or a disease outbreak, the grower can upload pictures on the app. Immediately, he will be given advice on what the pest is or the disease, including the remedial measures through the app. Daily weather updates including rain, temperature can be obtained through this app. How one has to tend to the tea bushes as per climatic conditions all these advices will be given through the app. The app will act as a notebook for the small tea growers, he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Small tea growers do not follow a standard system. If they follow the proper system and instructions yield can be doubled. Quality will also improve. Small tea growers contribute to 50 per cent of the gross production of tea in India,” said Sandip Ghosh of the Indian Tea Board. An NGO from Netherland has tied up with the Indian Tea Board to impart training. “We will provide support to small tea growers. In case of major pest attacks or disease outbreaks we will even send experts to the tea growers to mitigate the problems” said Ranjan Sarkar, Asia Coordinator. Altogether, 60,000 small tea growers from West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu will be initially brought under the smart growers training programme through the app. The target is to develop 10,000 smart tea growers in Bengal alone in the next three years. At present, there is over 1.40 lakh acres under small tea cultivation in West Bengal. There are around 40,000 growers who employ another 50,000 workers in the state.last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Related Content Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Image courtesy of GE Healthcare Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more December 10, 2012 — At RSNA 2012, GE Healthcare showcased a number of new advanced imaging solutions for the surgical space, helping clinicians see more in the OR. These new innovations from OEC take surgical imaging to the next level, with offerings including a fluoroscopy ultrasound all-in-one unit, and OEC’s new, affordable Brivo 865 Advance C-arm.OEC Elite + Venue 40Medical professionals worldwide have long recognized fluoroscopy and ultrasound as valuable modalities in the OR, and yet each imaging system is still considered and bought separately. GE Healthcare shared its latest addition to its family of Hybrid Operating Solutions, the OEC Elite + Venue 40, an integrated fluoroscopy and ultrasound all-in-one unit. For the first time, surgeons and physicians can access fluoroscopy and ultrasound in a single workstation, to help maximize efficiencies in OR workflow, floor space and costs. This new system combines the power, precision and performance of the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm with the simple-to-use GE Venue 40 tablet ultrasound to help see more during surgical procedures.“We’re excited to bring together these two technologies, giving our customers the confidence they need to perform more complex procedures,” said Joe Shrawder, president and CEO, GE Healthcare Surgery. “We take pride in the advanced imaging capabilities of all of our systems across the GE portfolio. Combining two of our leading systems for the surgical suite is a solution our customers will appreciate.”With this new system, the GE Venue 40 tablet is mounted within the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm’s workstation, allowing surgeons to easily access the ultrasound tablet when needed. Guiding the insertion and placement of needles, guidewires and catheters, surgeons can see more on the screens within comfortable view by leveraging these two modalities.Instead of moving patients or imaging equipment in and out of the OR during procedures, surgical staff can view collocated displays for fluoroscopy and ultrasound without leaving the OR. The OEC Elite + Venue 40 brings both modalities together, allowing medical professionals to efficiently manage complex treatments while helping to preserve sterile environments.“With its compact size and combined functions, this new system gives the surgical team more room to maneuver quickly around the OR, especially when responding to sudden changes in a patient’s condition during a procedure,” Shrawder said. “And when patient care requires ultrasound alone, the Venue 40 unit easily detaches from the C-arm to go to the clinical environment where the patient needs care.”The OEC Elite + Venue 40 is not available for sale in all areas globally.OEC Brivo 865 AdvanceGE’s leadership in innovation continues with the OEC Brivo 865 Advance, the company’s latest addition to its portfolio of surgical C-arms. With legacy OEC image quality and ease-of-use the affordability and reliability of this new Brivo C-arm will offer a high quality, affordable option for basic surgical imaging.The first C-arm from OEC’s Brivo line designed for the needs of U.S. customers, the Brivo Advance utilizes enhancements and extras — such as Advanced Clear Intelligence imaging, an intuitive user interface, and wireless connectivity — to give surgical teams the image quality and easy-to-use technology they have come to expect from OEC, with the affordability of the Brivo product line.“We’re thrilled to bring our line of Brivo C-arms to the United States with the new OEC Brivo 865 Advance,” said Shrawder. “The C-arm offers an affordable solution without sacrificing the technology and innovation OEC is known for. It provides easy positioning and maneuverability enabling optimal image acquisition with fewer re-takes, and new advancements in steering and lightweight construction make the system highly portable.”510(k) Pending at U.S. FDA.  Not available for sale in the United States.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | December 11, 2012 GE Healthcare Unveils New Suite of Surgical Imaging Products Introductions include a fluoroscopy ultrasound all-in-one unit and new Brivo C-arm for the United States News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. 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Costa Ricas energy debate focuses on renewables parks and consumers

first_imgNo related posts. During the early May summit in San José with U.S. President Barack Obama and the presidents of Central America and the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica focused much of its efforts on bilateral energy initiatives.From the U.S., Costa Rica and other countries on the isthmus want to import liquefied natural gas at discounted rates. Meanwhile, Ticos are working on developing cleaner technology based on hydrogen converted to fuel for both domestic consumption and export.But what would those programs entail, and what is the likelihood they will come to fruition?Ad Astra and hydrogen“Obama was impressed that [hydrogen technology] is being developed in a country as small as Costa Rica, and the proposal to the U.S. is that we cooperate with exchanges of university researchers, investors and young engineers,” Costa Rican Environment Minister René Castro said following the summit.The Ad Astra Rocket Company, located in the provincial capital of Liberia, Guanacaste, and founded by Costa Rican astronaut and scientist Franklin Chang, has three large research projects focused on extracting hydrogen from water and using it to store and produce renewable energy.“Our interest is utilizing hydrogen as a possible alternative fuel,” Ad Astra engineer and project administrator Juan Del Valle told The Tico Times.Hydrogen is an interesting option for Costa Rica for two reasons: It is environmentally friendly because it is a clean fuel. When hydrogen is used to produce energy, its byproduct is pure water. And water – the technology’s input – is an abundant resource in this Central American country.Costa Rica currently produce more than 90 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, mostly hydroelectric projects. Eventually, using hydrogen as an alternative fuel could help release Costa Rica entirely from its remaining dependence on hydrocarbon imports, particularly if that technology targets the transportation sector. And that could help further the administration’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021.Ad Astra hopes to develop technology that uses wind-turbine technology to extract hydrogen from water through electrolysis, or the decomposition of water into oxygen and hydrogen via electric current. Ad Astra is designing and building small-scale and low-cost wind turbines for that purpose.“It’s convenient for Costa Rica, because with electricity and water, we can produce hydrogen. In Costa Rica, we have water and electricity, and actually we are leaders in the production of electricity from renewable sources like wind,” Del Valle said.The second project entails building an experimental station where, once hydrogen is produced, it is pressurized and stored in high-pressure tanks.Ad Astra’s third project, supported by U.S. company Cummins, Inc. and Costa Rica-based EARTH University, is building a new type of electric generator that uses biogas and hydrogen instead of fossil fuels.“Cummings is a specialist in electricity plants, and EARTH University has experience in anaerobic digesters that use organic waste to produce biogas,” Del Valle said.Ad Astra hopes to enrich biogas with hydrogen to improve the efficiency of a generator, he added.Research into the generator project began in August 2011, and scientists will begin testing it by the end of May.Ad Astra hopes to take the results of the three projects and consolidate them into one program that powers dairy and other farms, and small businesses, with the goal of helping businesses become energy self-sufficient.“We can use this technology, and in the future, create an engine that can be adapted for use in conventional vehicles that operate with biogas and hydrogen. It’s a long-term project that will take at least 10 years to develop,” Del Valle said.Ad Astra eventually hopes to export the new generators.Mauricio Álvarez, president of the Costa Rican Environmental Conservation Federation, or FECON, said using hydrogen to develop new energy technology is a positive development as long as more energy is produced than is used as input. The electricity that is produced should primarily be used for local consumption, because exporting it would have greater environmental consequences, he said.Although production of this type of energy would be much cleaner than fossil fuels, water use and availability should be analyzed to ensure that rivers are not strained, he added.Liquefied natural gasAnother initiative Costa Rica is pursuing is the importation of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. at preferential rates. Obama said the U.S. would decide if it is interested in exporting the product in the next six months.“We’re pitching the idea early, as the United States is still discussing exporting [LNG],” Castro said.  Álvarez and Broad Front Party lawmaker José María Villalta, however, doubt the U.S. will decide to share its hydrocarbon reserves with Central America. Rather, they say, the northern giant likely will save those reserves for its massive internal consumption.Geothermal energyIn the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow the generation of geothermal energy inside the Rincón de la Vieja National Park in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.There are two ways to do this, as Costa Rica has a law that prohibits the extraction of resources from national parks.The first involves changing park boundaries and adding additional territory to compensate for the area converted to energy production. The other would require a reform to the National Parks Law, allowing the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to tap energy inside national parks.Last month, ICE held a forum to debate the controversial issue, attended by ICE Executive Director Teófilo de la Torre, the environment minister, lawmakers, conservationists and others.De la Torre said that without geothermal energy, the only alternative for boosting electricity production would be using hydrocarbon fuels, which are more costly and environmentally harmful.Castro said that geothermal energy is one of the few options available to confront climate change.Álvarez, however, is worried that changing the national park law or redrawing park boundaries would set a troubling precedent.“The national parks have many resources, and if we set that precedent, the door will open to extracting other resources,” he said. “The national parks were created precisely to protect those resources.”FECON backs the idea of searching for geothermal energy sources outside of national parks. Álvarez also believes the government should do more to reduce energy consumption.“How are we going to extract resources from national parks before implementing a national plan to conserve energy?” he asked. “Costa Rica depends on tourism and its image of an environmentally friendly country.”Villalta backs the geothermal push.“We support the development of geothermal energy in Costa Rica, because it’s a stable energy, is available throughout the year, and has a much lower effect on the environment than hydroelectric projects,” he said.Hydroelectric projects and the country’s abundant supply of water have helped Costa Rica meet is electricity demand, but conservationists say large-scale dams disrupt ecosystems.Other alternative energy sources include wind and solar power, but they do not supply a constant, year-round source of energy.Although Villalta supports the geothermal idea, he said it’s important to address conservationists’ concerns. ICE, he said, should develop geothermal projects without damaging national parks.Villalta backs changing park boundaries to allow geothermal projects in small areas, but those areas should be replaced with larger areas to make the parks bigger, not smaller, he said.“Of course, we’re not going to accept a law that replaces forests with pastures, and the areas that are added should have an equal amount of biodiversity, so that our natural wealth isn’t diminished, but rather, expanded,” he said.Villalta noted that ICE is making progress on searching for geothermal sources outside of national parks, but those sources are limited.He also called for a national energy conservation plan to target consumers by using a utility rate scale that adjusts costs based on the hour of the day and that obligates big companies to use more efficient energy technology.He acknowledged, however, that “energy demand will always increase, because the population increases, and so does the economy.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

MP Tourism empanels India City Walks to curate heritage walks contentdriven tourism

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has empanelled ‘India City Walks’, as their official agency for curation and operation of heritage walks and content-driven tourism in the cities of Khajuraho, Orchha, Mandu and Bhopal.With a mission to offer engaging interactions with local cultures, ‘India City Walks’ intends to showcase Madhya Pradesh’s rich heritage through storytelling and create experiential delivery of tours for showcasing living heritage, like region’s language, lifestyles, ceremonies, festivities, cultures, etc. The heritage walking tours will focus on unique story, develop visitor experience, preserve the assets of the region and increase footprints.Srikant Pandey, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism asserted, “Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board’s initiative of Heritage Walk is not just a statement but is a commitment.”Sachin Bansal, Founder and Chief Explorer, India City Walks, highlighted the similarities between the vision of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and that of India City Walks. “We are a passion-driven organisation and intend to showcase every city with its own flavour and tale. Madhya Pradesh has a lot to share in terms of history, heritage and culture. We wish to capture it for all the visitors,” he said.last_img read more

Rotorua New Zealand – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgRotorua, New Zealand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineNow a stay at New Zealand’s award-winning Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua near Rotorua has become more affordable. The world class ultra-luxurious lodge is now offering the option of individual suite bookings in addition to guests being able to book ‘exclusive use’ of the entire lakeside lodge complex.lebua Hotels & Resorts’ New Zealand country manager Diana Moore says ‘exclusive use’ bookings where a single party occupies the entire complex will continue to be prime business for the lodge. She said that concept differentiated Lake Okareka Lodge from most other properties and will always appeal to the lodge’s most discerning international guests – often prominent, wealthy people or celebrities who require absolute privacy, security and seclusion.“However travel operators have been pleading for other options to our ‘exclusive use’ booking policy for their clients, and we’re happy to accommodate those requests outside of our key peak periods.“As our lodge has just three luxury suites spread out over three levels, and a variety of lounge, dining, balcony, garden, beach and jetty areas available, guests will still enjoy plenty of personal space and privacy in and around the lodge.“And of course rates for individual suites are significantly lower than for ‘exclusive use’ bookings, with breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and five course gourmet dinners created by the lodge’s international chef all included.“Guests also have access to our full range of other services including private airport transfers, use of all recreation equipment, a fully equipped fitness studio, massage room and 24-hour butler service.”www.lebua.comlast_img read more

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