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Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2019

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins the subject of new TV documentary

first_imgPer Showtime, “The Resurgence” will provide viewers with “unfettered access” to Cousins throughout his emotionally charged comeback from a devastating Achilles … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceShowtime on Friday announced a premiere date for “The Resurgence: DeMarcus Cousins,” a documentary that chronicles the NBA star’s grueling comeback from a career-threatening injury.The film will debut on the premium cable network at 8 p.m., April 13.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

World’s best airlines for 2017 awarded by AirlineRatings

first_imgAirlineRatings.com the world’s foremost safety and product rating website has selected Air New Zealand as its 2017 Airline of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.Read: World’s Top Ten Airlines for 2017AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners include: Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Scoot, Kulula.com, Virgin America and Delta Air Lines.Airline of the YearAir New Zealand is being honored for the fourth consecutive year for its record-breaking financial performance, award-winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter.The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings.AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance.”The editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, lauded Air New Zealand’s commitment to a young fleet and its continual focus on the environment.  The airline also won Best Premium Economy Class for the third time.Air New Zealand has been a leader in the airline industry for years and has won countless awards including Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year in 2010 and 2012.“Quite simply Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice. And given the airline’s location and the country’s size, its performance is even more remarkable,” said Mr Thomas.“This outstanding performance has seen Air New Zealand catapult to the top tier of the industry in a host of areas.”Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says being recognised once again by the industry is a real highlight for its people in a record year of performance.“The past 12 months have been exceptional for Air New Zealand – we’ve continued to invest in a streamlined and refurbished fleet, launched three new international routes and rolled out improvements to the customer experience with enhanced inflight entertainment and a multi-million dollar lounge redevelopment programme.“Above all, the award is testament to the talented team of people who make Air New Zealand great by putting customers at the heart of everything we do.”Read more about Air New Zealand’s offerings hereBest First ClassThis award has been won by Etihad Airways for the third year running because its First Class still leads the industry.“Etihad’s commitment to excellence appears to know no bounds. The airline’s new First Class and Business Class offerings are quite stunning and have set the bar even higher in luxury travel,” said Mr Thomas.“In what is an incredible achievement in just over 13 years Etihad Airways has stamped itself not only as a major force in the airline industry but a trendsetter.”Take a video stroll through Etihad’s exclusive First Class cabin.Best Business ClassThis year Virgin Australia has taken out this much sought after award with its “The Business” suite which is more First Class than Business Class. The major plus for this product is the bed with its triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame which guarantees a really good sleep.There is also ample space for gadgets and shelf space to place one’s laptop while having dinner.Read more about Virgin Australia’s business class here;Best Premium EconomyAir New Zealand has won Best Premium Economy once again for its lead in this class. The airline is continually innovating in all cabins and this has resulted in higher yields as passengers upgrade their travel experience. “Air New Zealand has shown better than any other airline that passengers will pay more if the product is right and priced accordingly. Its efforts in this space are a lesson to all airlines that passengers want better and are prepared to pay.”Best EconomySingapore Airlines picks up Best Economy Class.  The airline has always been a leader in the economy class product going back to the 1960s when as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines it introduced free headsets and free drinks to economy passengers. And the innovation has never stopped with the airline amongst the first to offer seat back videos to economy passengers in the early 1990sRead Geoffrey Thomas’ review of Singapore Airlines’ service here; https://www.airlineratings.com/editors-travel-reviews/3/singapore-airlinesBest Cabin CrewBest Cabin Crew award has been won by Virgin Group airlines – Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America.“These airlines’ cabin crew treat every passenger whether in row 1 or at the back of the bus as a special guest,” said Mr. Thomas. “Their commitment to their passengers is outstanding and is a benchmark of what cabin service should be.”Best CateringQantas has taken out this award for the third year running on the back of the airline’s domestic offering which is the world’s best. Its commitment not only to premium dining, but to economy travel which makes up 90 per cent of passengers is well ahead of the pack.The airline has introduced an unprecedented four choices of main meal for economy passengers, a doubling in the size of meals, and the ability to order online ahead of the flight.“Qantas’s catering commitment to both its domestic and international passengers is industry leading,” said Mr. ThomasBest LoungesAnother win for Qantas. Its lounges have become an Australian air travel institution and Qantas’ overseas offerings are also an industry benchmark. Qantas Lounges not only provide complimentary food and beverages the airline was a leader in installing showers. Importantly the airline’s lounges have robust broadband internet access that can handle demand – something lacking in many other airlines’ lounges. “The Qantas Lounge is the place to be for the savvy traveler,” said Mr Thomas.Best In-Flight EntertainmentEmirates, which was one of the pioneers of IFE, wins AirlineRatings.com Best IFE award. The airline has an IFE product that few airlines equal. Airlineratings.com editors noted that Emirates was one of the first adopters, particularly for economy class. By 1993 all the airline’s seats were fitted with IFE.Emirates ICE has a host of features. It allows you to follow the progress of your flight, or take in the view from the aircraft’s external cameras. You can keep in touch with live business, news and sport headlines. As a communication tool it provides phone, SMS or email capability. For entertainment there are 600 channels of premium entertainment.Best Domestic ClassIn an era where domestic offerings are becoming leaner Qantas’s domestic in-flight product is a global standout and in many cases, matches or exceeds international service.“There is little doubt Australians are the world’s most spoilt passengers with full meal service on all flights across its network, said Mr Thomas.Qantas offers complimentary beer and wine between capital cities after 4pm on weekdays and on transcontinental flights from lunch time daily. The airline has recently completed the rollout of its lie-flat beds on its A330 fleet which perform most of the transcontinental services.Best Long Haul AirlineAirlineRatings.com Best Long Haul Airline awards have been won by: Etihad (Middle East/Africa), Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific), Virgin Atlantic (Europe) and Delta Airline Lines (The Americas).These four airlines in their regions set the benchmark. “Etihad Airways is the new kid on the block and is challenging the product leadership of Singapore Airlines, while Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines both have rich histories in pioneering long haul travel and new aircraft designs.”Best Low Cost AirlineThere is no question that the Low Cost Airline market is the most competitive and also the most rapidly growing. Thus competition to be the best is a challenge of balancing product with low prices.AirlineRatings.com winners are: Virgin America (The Americas), Scoot (Asia/Pacific), Kulula.com (Africa/ Middle-East) and Norwegian (Europe). The four airlines are leaders in their markets with innovations and they are consistently delivering an excellent value proposition. “These airlines may not always offer the lowest fare but what they almost always do is deliver by far the best value,” said Mr Thomas. And these airlines open new routes and bring travel to millions who could previously not afford to fly.Read our Scoot in-flight review here;Read our Norwegian in-flight review here;Read our Virgin America in-flight review here;Regional Airline of the YearUK based Flybe has taken out this award for delivering a first-class experience on regional routes around the UK and Europe.The airline operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline and flies 7 million passengers a year on 149 routes, from 62 destinations in 9 countries. Its hubs are Manchester, Birmingham, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam and Exeter.Airlineratings.com editorial team was impressed by Flybe’s innovation that has resulted in exceptional performance in customer service, product and new route development.Read our review of Flybe here;Most Improved AirlineThis has been won by Garuda Indonesia in recognition of the dramatic turnaround by the country’s national carrier.Over the past five years the airline has made enormous strides to improve its in-flight product, operational and fiscal performance.It has renewed its entire fleet, been approved for European and US operations and is now considered a world class operation.AirlineRatings.com editors were unanimous in their praise of the professionalism of Garuda Indonesia’s operation and the speed of the airline’s turnaround.Read glowing passenger reviews of Garuda here;last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

South Africa and Italy forge stronger ties

first_img24 November 2015Bilateral talks between South Africa and Italy, with a view to renewing political and economic relations, were held in Rome between the two countries this month.Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, minister of international relations and co- operation, met her Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, minister of foreign affairs. The two exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern, including enhancing trade and investment, and exploring further areas of co- operation such as the development of small business, infrastructure and the ocean economy, among others.The two ministers discussed the current European migration crisis, security issues and terrorism. Gentiloni was officially invited to visit South Africa during the course of 2016, said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.A memorandum of understanding between the nations was signed in 2003 to establish a framework for regular bilateral consultations at ministerial or deputy ministerial level. Areas of co-operation under the framework included science and technology, police, defence, tourism, arts and culture, and agriculture, among others.Bilateral trade between Italy and South Africa increased remarkably last year, reaching a six-year high after rising almost R7-billion.Trade figures are expected to increase following an announcement this year that South Africa was among three countries identified by the Italian government as a potential strategic supplier of products such as raw materials, and semi-finished and intermediate products in metallurgical, steel, alloys and foundries.South Africa’s exports to Italy are dominated by mineral products, hides and skins, and iron ores; there is scope for increased exports of agricultural products, platinum, titanium and alloys. Imports from Italy consist mainly of machinery, vehicles, electrical and electronic equipment as well as pharmaceutical products.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2019

William Shatner To Host Charity Gifting Ceremony

first_imgWilliam Shatner, one of America’s most versatile stars and philanthropists formally announced today that he and John Sotoodeh , Wells Fargo LA Metro/Orange County Regional Bank President, will host a gifting ceremony and media breakfast to distribute grants to the charities supported by the annual Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, sponsored by Wells Fargo.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show is in its 23rd year.The event will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 16th at Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani’s Firenze Osteria, 4212 Lankershim Blvd in Toluca Lake, CA.Proceeds from the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo benefit special-needs children across the City of Los Angeles through local charities including AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 22 years, we have helped thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so happy to award the funds raised at the 2012 event to these special-needs organizations.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2019

Womans Day To Celebrate 15th Annual Red Dress Awards

first_imgWoman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means will host the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards.Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie will headline with a special musical performance.Other expected guests include: Jennifer Ashton, Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Dorinda Medley, Sofia Resing, Elisabeth Rohm, Sif Saga, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees include: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.The Awards will feature additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge will attend alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call will provide dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.Follow the event with #RedDressAwardsWHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018WHERE: 10 Columbus Circle (corner of 60th and Broadway) Appel Roomlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

27 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada may not work in emergency

first_imgOTTAWA – More than 40 million fire extinguishers — including some 2.7 million sold in Canada — are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers made by Kidde, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.The recalled extinguishers are red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

Trinidad Drilling sells rigs to Saudi Arabia instead of moving them to

first_imgCALGARY – Trinidad Drilling Ltd. says it has struck a deal to sell its three drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia for about $114 million instead of moving them to the United States as it announced earlier this year.The Calgary-based drilling company says it will realize about $69 million from the sale of the rigs, with the rest payable to a partner.Trinidad says it will upgrade three wholly-owned rigs already in the United States for about $16 million to meet customer demand in Texas, in lieu of the Saudi-bound rigs.Trinidad had wanted to move the rigs to the U.S. to take advantage of high demand there but CEO Brent Conway says selling is a better option because the funds can be used for its capital program or to repay debt.The company is in the midst of a review of strategic options to create additional value for shareholders.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 13, 2019

Markets Right Now Banks technology lead US stocks lower

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Banks and technology companies are leading stock indexes slightly lower in early trading on Wall Street.Bank of America fell 1 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Thursday and Intel gave up 1.4 per cent.The early declines came a day after the market’s biggest rally in eight months.Deutsche Bank sank 3.3 per cent after Germany authorities searched the bank’s headquarters on suspicions bank employees helped clients launder money.The S&P 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,737.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 38 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,328. The Nasdaq composite fell 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,277.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.03 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

LS polls: Delhi to have 19 ‘pink booths’

New Delhi: As many as 19 pink booths — staffed only by women — will be established for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, officials said. Polling in the national capital, which has seven parliamentary constituencies, is due on May 12. The first-phase of the election was held Thursday. A total of 13,816 polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations in Delhi, with a model polling station in each of the 70 assembly constituencies. The establishment of pink booths would be a first for the city during elections. ‘pink polling booths’ have been used in other elections, such as the Karnataka polls last year. Delhi’s CEO Ranbir Singh had said areas were being identified in the city for this purpose. read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

Uncle Sam’s hand

first_imgWTO’s global framework provides essential stability to the vast and often fragmented trading world through crucial agreements concluded by all its signatories. It is essential then that WTO norms are unbiased, reflecting negotiated consensus despite existing disparities, which, otherwise, will adversely affect global trade. Therefore, it is WTO’s responsibility to ensure that no nation is mistreated on trade lines due to low resources or other inherent disadvantages in comparison to powerful nations. Mindfully, WTO has three categories viz. developed countries, developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). Provisions are enshrined in WTO agreements to protect developing countries and LDCs. Though developing nations and LDCs depend on developed counterparts such as the United States, Japan, EU for trade, aid and even security, their formal participation in WTO paves for them a path towards prosperity. A recent US proposal to WTO has stressed on rescinding provisions extended to a few developing nations in favour of those member countries that find integration into the WTO-supervised multilateral trading system complicated. The US cited how these few developing nations have made significant strides in economic progress – are a part of G20 or OECD or are classified by World Bank as High-Income Countries – denoting that they do not require Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT). Hence, it is in the US’s moral interest to apprise WTO that countries like China and India are better off without S&DT while reinforced provisions should be provided to countries in grave need (LDCs) such as Burundi, Mauritania, Myanmar, Zambia and more. The good Samaritan in the US has poked the WTO to cease its provisions to China, which is a G-20 member and accounted for almost 12 per cent of global merchandise trade from 2015-2017; South Korea, which is an OECD member, a G-20 member, and is listed as a “high-income country” by the World Bank; Singapore, which is another “high-income country” and accounted for nearly 2 per cent of global merchandise trade. While the US’s concern is plausible, its unilateralism irrationally provokes targetted nations, especially as it presents suggestions to WTO, which happens to be a regulator of multilateral trade. S&DT constitutes greater flexibility in the application of commitments and use of policy instruments with an added obligation on developed countries to treat developing countries more favourably. In fact, S&DT aims to uplift poor farmers in developing countries through subsidies at the ground level. S&DT provisions are grouped into four categories: Longer time periods for implementing agreements and commitments; Measures to increase trading opportunities for these countries; Provisions requiring all WTO members to safeguard trade interests of developing countries; Support to help developing countries build infrastructure for WTO work, handle disputes and implement technical standards. Further, some WTO agreements also constitute special privileges for LDCs, including longer timeframes or exemptions from commitments. The fact that countries self-declare their status to WTO and, hence, fall in the ambit of S&DT has irked the US. It wants WTO to retract such members that are developing but do not remain in need of S&DT. It is rather arrogant on US’s part to decide whether or not such countries require S&DT. Coming from a developed nation like the US, such a demand directly impinges on a developing nation’s attempt to rise more than proffering altruistic support for LDCs. Sitting atop the global economy, the US’s stance over restricting S&DT provisions to India, China, South Korea presents another moment to realise its long-practised propensity for dominance. Also Read – A strong standpointThe two-day ministerial meeting of 23 WTO member countries, which concluded with the Delhi Declaration on Tuesday at New Delhi, stressed on two key issues involving the US – first, finding a resolution at the earliest to the deadlock over appointment of member countries to WTO’s appellate body that will ensure robust functioning of WTO’s dispute settlement mechanisms which have been stalled by the US; second, the preservation of flexibilities offered to developing countries and LDCs under S&DT which are guaranteed rights under WTO norms. The declaration was signed by 17 of the 22 participating countries, while five others — Kazakhstan, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala — did not sign on technical grounds. A classic authoritarian move by the US has urged prominent developing nations to gather and voice their dissent in a proxy democratic argument which only WTO can resolve. Terming it “an unconditional right”, India’s ambassador to WTO, J S Deepak, asserted that “India will continue to use such S&DT flexibilities in existing and new agreements. His words reverberated across the 17 signatories to the Delhi Declaration who explicitly stated their dissent over US’s draft general council decision outlining ‘procedures to strengthen the negotiating function of the WTO’.last_img read more