Study Steep tariff hikes needed for Port of Alaska repairs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A recent study says steep tariff hikes could be on the way at the Port of Alaska if the Municipality of Anchorage has to pay for repairs to the dock.The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the analysis, prepared by economic consulting firm Parrish, Blessing and Associates Inc., considers how much tariffs on refined petroleum products and cement would have to be raised to cover the cost of borrowing $200 million to pay for replacing the port’s petroleum and cement terminal.The port currently charges a tariff of 15.7 cents per barrel on petroleum products. The analysis says rates would need to be increased by 45 per cent per year until 2023 — when they would reach $1.01 per barrel.The tariff for cement is currently $1.61 per ton. It would increase 39 per cent per year and hit $8.30 cents per ton in 2023.___Information from: (Anchorage) Alaska Journal of Commerce, http://www.alaskajournal.comThe Associated Press read more

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UN Drugs and Crime Office partners with Dubai to tackle trafficking and

“Through this project it is envisaged that the Dubai police will have a leading role in reversing increased drug trafficking and drug abuse among young people in the UAE and other States of the region,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa, who endorsed the pact along with Dubai Police Chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim.UNODC will help upgrade the Dubai Police Training Centre into a “centre of excellence” for the region-wide transfer of knowledge and the training of law enforcement staff to ensure they have the skills needed to cope with an increased influx of narcotic drugs, the Vienna-based agency said in a news release.The $1.2 million project, fully funded by the Dubai police, will last for two and a half years, starting in April.As part of the project, UNODC will assist Dubai and the UAE as a whole in developing a coordinated national action plan on drug demand reduction. The Office will also help develop and implement national drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention modules for schools and universities to address young people in a way that suits the culture of the Gulf region.“Today’s signing should be seen in the context of an ever-strengthening relationship and engagement between UNODC and the UAE,” Mr. Costa said, voicing appreciation for the “generous support” the country has provided to the agency. 29 March 2007The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Dubai Police today signed a project to tackle drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the United Arab Emirates and regionally. read more

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Dolphins Hall of Fame linebacker Buoniconti dead at 78

MIAMI — Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season, has died at the age of 78.Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for the Buoniconti family, says he died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York. A cause of death wasn’t immediately known.Buoniconti was bypassed in the NFL draft but went on to a 15-year career. He helped the Dolphins win back-to-back Super Bowls, including the 1972 team that finished 17-0.Following retirement, Buoniconti and his son, Marc, worked to raise more than a half-billion dollars in the search for a cure for paralysis. The younger Buoniconti was paralyzed from the shoulders down making a tackle for The Citadel in 1985.Nick Buoniconti was chosen for the all-time AFL team in 1970. He was chosen for the NFL Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_WineSteven Wine, The Associated Press read more

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UN committee on security in Central Africa opens meeting in Bujumbura

The UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa is attracting ministers from throughout the region to discuss a range of key issues, including the current political situation as well as inter-State cooperation to promote peace in the region.According to the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, which is organizing the event, the meeting will also review the implementation of the 1999 Subregional Conference on the Proliferation of and Illicit Circulation of Small Arms in Central Africa. In addition, participants will examine what has been done to follow-up on the recommendations of last year’s Subregional Conference on Refugees and Internally-Displaced Persons in Central Africa.The Committee was set up by the General Assembly in 1992 to develop confidence-building measures and to promote arms restraint and development in the central African subregion. It meets at least twice a year at the ministerial level and organizes various other events related to peace and security in Central Africa.The Committee’s 11 members are: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe. read more

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Iraq talks wrap up in Vienna after producing some movement Annan says

Speaking to reporters at the end of the talks, the Secretary-General said the two-day meeting included “a constructive discussion at the technical level,” which focused on the remaining disarmament issues and the practical arrangements that would apply should UN inspections resume. The Iraqi delegation, he said, would now report back to its authorities, while contacts would continue on technical matters.”There has been some movement,” he said, but added, “I would have preferred to move further.”Earlier today, the Secretary-General was briefed on the outcome of closed-door expert discussions by the three senior UN officials who participated: Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC) and Yuli Vorontsov, the High Level Coordinator on Iraq.In the afternoon, the Secretary-General met one-on-one with the head of the Iraqi delegation, Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, according to a UN spokesman. That meeting was followed by a two-hour plenary session attended by the full Iraqi and UN delegations.After the first session in the two-day talks ended on Thursday morning, the Secretary-General said, “We had a good round and a very good atmosphere.” Foreign Minister Naji Sabri added, “We exchanged views in a serious and earnest manner.” Yesterday’s discussions focused on disarmament, questions Iraq had submitted during the first round of talks, as well as the return of Kuwaiti property and other documents, the spokesman reported. Ambassador Vorontsov outlined the mechanism for the return by Iraq of the Kuwaiti national archives, which was also discussed by experts in the afternoon. read more

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Security Council updates measures to protect civilians caught in war

In adopting the document, called an Aide Memoire, the Council stressed the need to implement its provisions “on a more regular and consistent basis, taking into account the particular circumstances of each conflict situation,” Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, which holds the Council’s rotating Presidency, said in a statement on behalf of the members.Among other measures, the Aide Memoire calls for facilitating the “safe and dignified” return of displaced persons, better security in camps, armed escorts for humanitarian convoys, and counter-terrorism measures. The document also urges technical assistance for local police as well as the establishment of mechanisms for reporting human rights abuses. In addition, it underscores the need to fully disarm warring parties and reintegrate former fighters into society, while stemming the illegal flow of small arms. Special measures to protect women and girls from rape and other violence are also urged.The Aide Memoire, which is not a blueprint for action but rather a source of guidance for the Council, deals with a number of other areas as well, including the effects of war on children, the special responsibility of peacekeepers, the media’s influence on a given conflict, and the links between natural resources and fighting.In his statement, read out at an open meeting of the Council, Ambassador Tafrov called attention to the plight of those trying to help mitigate the effects of war, reaffirming “the need for parties to armed conflict to take all possible measures to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of UN and associated personnel as well as personnel of international humanitarian organizations.”Warring factions were also called on to comply fully with the provisions of the UN Charter and the rules and principles of international law. The Council also emphasized that countries must “end impunity and to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of humanitarian law,” Ambassador Tafrov said.Towards this end, the Council noted “with interest” a 10-point action plan on the protection of civilians in armed conflict put forward earlier this month by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland.In his presentation to the Council last week, Mr. Egeland cited the need to address humanitarian access, security for relief workers, the special protection of women and children, and measures to pressure armed groups and other non-State actors to protect civilians. Ambassador Tafrov said today the Council “looks forward to further discussions and consultations on this issue.” read more

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Soy Growers Look to USMCA

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news on Friday that leaders from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada reached a deal which would lift the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, removing a major roadblock to passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“Soybean farmers welcome the Trump Administration’s decision to reach a deal on tariffs with Mexico and Canada. The positive news was uplifting during this time of volatile export markets, and soy growers are urging continuation of the momentum with the swift passage of the USMCA,” said ASA President and Clinton, Kentucky soybean grower Davie Stephens. “We appreciate the leadership from Capitol Hill and Members of Congress like Senator Chuck Grassley, for vocalizing the barrier these 232 tariffs presented to passage.  As lawmakers turn to completing the task of passing USMCA, we continue to urge them to use their platform to raise the ongoing concerns over the still present China tariffs. ”Under NAFTA, U.S. soy exports to Canada and Mexico were almost $3 billion in 2017, U.S. soy exports to Mexico have grown four-fold under the agreement, making Mexico the number two export market for U.S. soybeans.Soy growers depend on exports, and passage of USMCA is vital to ensuring continued trade with two of U.S. soybeans’ top trading partners.last_img read more

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Silver Heritage sees revenue stream halved as Vietnam casino shuts down suddenly

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group Ltd has revealed that operations at Vietnam casino Phoenix International Club have shut down after the property’s General Manager advised that table games were no longer permitted under a revised Investment Certificate.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on Friday, Silver Heritage said it had received notice last week that table games were no longer permitted to be operated at Phoenix and that the casino would close for an indefinite period as of 6am Friday morning. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Phoenix accounted for around 45% of the company’s group-wide revenue in FY18.In response, Silver Heritage said it was “conducting a review of the legal basis on which the notice was issued, the company’s rights and obligations under the Entertainment Services Agreement between the company and the owner of Phoenix, and the impact of the notice on the company.”Completing a bad week for the company, Silver Heritage was also informed by the ASX on Friday that it had been suspended from official quotations from Friday for failing to lodge a periodic report by the due date. That report related to internally discovered accounting irregularities at the company’s Nepal IR, Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa, to the tune of US$15,000.Silver Heritage said it was unable to lodge its Preliminary Final Report for 2018 while it undertook a full review of Nepal accounting operations.last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsLibrary Outdoor Seating Area — Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019, 4pmInvitations To BidYentile Farm Recreational Facility Safety Netting — Deadline: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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2020 Democratic hopefuls field faith forum invites

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tags2020 election 2020 presidential election Beto O’Rourke homepage featured Pete Buttigieg,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – Democratic White House hopefuls — from Elizabeth Warren to Pete Buttigieg — are already talking a lot about God.Turns out both conservatives and progressives have been listening, and they want to hear more.As first reported by NPR on Friday (April 26), Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, has invited seven Democratic candidates to speak at the Family Leadership Summit on July 12 near Des Moines, Iowa.The conservative Christian organization extended the invite to Democratic contenders who topped Real Clear Politics’ polling average as of April 22: former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.The Family Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats, left, waves with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at The Family Leadership Summit on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)O’Rourke’s team has already said no. They told NPR that Plaats and his organization “have unapologetically provided a forum for dangerous anti-LGBTQ hate speech on numerous occasions.”Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Buttigieg — who is both openly gay and made a name for himself as someone who talks regularly about his faith on the campaign trail — told Religion News Service he would consider the invitation.Union Theological Seminary of New York — a historically progressive religious institution — responded to the news by inviting candidates to speak at their school as well.Their invitation was extended to all presidential candidates from any party.“Union Theological Seminary has long been committed to discussing how our deepest religious values should inform public policy,” Union said in a statement sent to RNS. “Accordingly, we’ve been delighted to see an increasing number of politicians speaking candidly about their faith, and how it informs their politics. As of today, we extend an official invitation to any candidate who would like to come to Union and participate in a forum about religion and the 2020 presidential election.”A spokesperson for Buttigieg’s campaign said Union’s blanket invitation was also “something we’ll definitely consider.”Spokespeople for the campaigns of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and author Marianne Williamson indicated they had not yet seen a formal invitation from Union and were awaiting more details before offering a response either way.The 2015 Family Leadership Summit featured appearances from a slate of Republican candidates that included Donald Trump.His appearance made headlines when pollster Frank Luntz inquired whether the businessman asks God for forgiveness for his actions.“I am not sure I have,” Trump said. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”Drew Zahn, director of communications for The Family Leader, said this year’s forum will likely use the same question-and-answer format with any Democratic contenders. He explained that having all candidates appear at once would look too much like a political debate, which nonprofit organizations typically avoid hosting.“It is our goal to ask them earnest and respectful questions in the spirit of civil dialogue,” Zahn said, noting they invited speakers other than just Democratic candidates. “We’re not looking for gotcha questions.”RNS attempted to contact all other campaigns but did immediately receive a reply. News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News ‘Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’ creates spiritual experience for fans o … By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This!last_img read more

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House Of Cards Cancelled As Fallout Continues For Spacey

first_img Share Photo via Facebook’s House of Cards Netflix will end the drama House of Cards with its sixth seasonThe fallout from Kevin Spacey‘s response to being accused of alleged sexual assault continued Monday, with the two-time Oscar winner being harshly criticized on social media, the plug pulled on his hit show “House of Cards” and “deeply troubled” producers of the political thriller arriving on set to comfort cast mates.Executives from Netflix and the show’s producer, Media Rights Capital, said they arrived in Baltimore, where the show is shot, on Monday afternoon to make sure actors and crew “continue to feel safe and supported.” Spacey was not scheduled to be on set on Monday.Though the decision to end the series was announced on Monday, the decision to pull the plug on the series was made several months ago, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision.Spacey is the latest Hollywood man to be named in widening allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in entertainment, media and other industries. The avalanche of allegations began earlier this month after the New York Times published a story alleging that producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed numerous women.On Monday, NBC fired political journalist Mark Halperin after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and The New Republic said it had launched an investigation after publisher and president Hamilton Fish was accused of harassing women.In an interview published by BuzzFeed News on Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that he was attending a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when an inebriated 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp, then 14, was able to get away without any physical harm.Spacey responded on Twitter by saying he doesn’t remember the alleged encounter but if he acted the way Rapp alleges, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”pic.twitter.com/X6ybi5atr5— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017Spacey then said Rapp’s story “encouraged” him to address long-simmering rumors about his sexuality. He wrote that he’s had romantic relationships with both men and women in the past but is now living “as a gay man” and wanted to be honest so he could examine “my own behavior.” Requests for comment went unanswered Monday.The two-paragraph statement — an apology in the first for a 31-year-old alleged assault and a self-outing in the second — struck many as an odd time for Spacey to address his sexuality or even an attempt to deflect blame. Worse, he seemed to make a connection between being gay and sexual abuse of minors.“Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings,” wrote civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Twitter. Actor Zachary Quinto called Spacey’s outing “a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusations.”Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay rights group GLAAD said in a statement that the story was really about unwanted sexual advances on Rapp not Spacey’s sexuality. “Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” she said.Rapp cited the dozens of Weinstein accusers as the reason he recounted his encounter with Spacey.“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me,” he wrote on Twitter. Rapp, who starred on Broadway in “Rent,” currently stars in “Star Trek: Discovery.”Many Hollywood figures came to Rapp’s side, including fellow “Discovery” co-star Wilson Cruz and Rose McGowan, one of the leading voices against sexual harassment in Hollywood, who said of Spacey: “It’s your turn to cry.”Two comedians offered withering criticism: “You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!” Wanda Sykes, outspoken member of the LGBT community, wrote on Twitter. Billy Eichner also blasted the move: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”Former “House of Cards” showrunner Beau Willimon, who also serves as the president of the Writers Guild of America, East, called Rapp’s story “deeply troubling.”In a statement, Willmon said: “During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards,’ I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”___AP national writer Hillel Italie in New York and TV writers Lynn Elber in Los Angeles and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitslast_img read more

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Dish Sues Univision Over Streaming Patents as Carriage Standoff Grinds On

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Dish notified Univision of the patent claims in July 2018, shortly after the programmer’s channels went dark. In August, Univision sent a response to Dish asserting that it was not infringing the patents.“As we previously informed Dish, we deny that we are in violation of any of its patents. As such, we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against these claims,” a Univision rep said in a statement.Univision programming was pulled from Dish Network and its Sling TV over-the-top service on June 30, 2018. Dish told investors that the removal of Univision’s channels “could become permanent.” With the blackout, Dish has urged customers to access Univision using over-the-air antennas. “We prefer that our customers pay for Univision,” Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said on the company’s Q3 earnings call. “But to the extent [Univision doesn’t] want to have a contract with us… we know that in the urban markets where most of our Latino customers are, [over-the-air antenna] is a very attractive alternative.”Dish execs admitted that the Univision blackout contributed about half of its TV subscriber losses for the third quarter of 2018, when the provider posted its biggest quarterly net subscriber loss to date with a drop of 367,000 satellite TV customers and a gain of only 26,000 Sling TV subs. Dish also is in a contract fight with HBO, which has been unavailable on Dish satellite and Sling TV services since Oct. 31.Dish’s lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction barring Univision from using the patents, as well as unspecified monetary damages. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, assigned docket no. 1:2019-cv-00144. The original owner of the four patents cited in Dish’s lawsuit was Move Networks, an adaptive bit-rate streaming technology startup that Dish’s EchoStar acquired in 2011 for $45 million.The patent lawsuit gambit comes after previous legal maneuvering on both sides. Dish sued Univision for distributing games from Mexico’s Liga MX for free in English on Facebook. Univision countered with a still-pending lawsuit against Dish in October, alleging that Dish owes its millions of dollars in past licensing fees and accusing Dish of trademark infringement and false advertising by claiming Univision was still available on its services.center_img Dish Network is turning to patent litigation in its fight with Univision, as the companies’ distribution standoff continues with no end in sight after a nearly seven-month blackout.Dish — well known in the pay-TV biz for its litigious and hardball negotiating tactics — filed a federal lawsuit against Univision on Jan. 25. The suit alleges that the Hispanic broadcaster’s products including subscription-streaming service Univision Now, the Univision app, and Univision Deportes services violate four Dish-owned patents covering adaptive bit-rate streaming.According to Dish, the company has issued licensing requests to and initiated legal action against multiple streaming services, not just Univision. “Dish is seeking to enforce its patents related to HTTP-based adaptive bit-rate streaming technology that enables content delivery to adapt to the bandwidth available at any particular time, ensuring the highest possible quality content for the available bandwidth throughout the course of the stream,” a Dish rep said in a statement.last_img read more

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Star Wars The Old Republic prelaunch The prologue is epic

first_imgFor those of you still waiting to get into Star Wars: The Old Republic, your anticipation is well founded. Since my first report on the start of my “saga”, I have been able to get through the prologue, reach level 10, and was rewarded with my very first lightsaber.The journey getting to that point was incredibly entertaining and really shows how much work BioWare put into the title. Along the way I experienced a character death for the first time, picked up a companion, and fought one of the mini-bosses in the crystal cavern. One major conclusion I’ve some to so far is that the idea of SWTOR being your personal story is well-founded.One of the things that drives me insane about other MMOs (and eventually causes me to quit) is how they handle character death. Having to run to a corpse and pick up items or return to a cloning center that is a thirty minute walk away is not fun to me. So when I finally died for the first time in SWTOR I was apprehensive, then pleasantly surprised when I was given the option to wait a period of time and have a medical droid revive me on the spot, or to wait less and return to the med center to be healed.When you call a med probe, you are revived and then cloaked so you can escape an area that might be above your ability level. Again, this mechanic shows that the developers have really thought out the game experience.The only penalties I could see was that I lost all buff and stim effects, and the enemy I was fighting at the time of death returned to full health.As a Jedi Consular, my prologue was geared towards leveling me up to 10 and give me a lightsaber. Without going too much into detail as to not spoil it for anyone, I was given a series of plot events that walked me through this process. While they were linear in nature for the main storyline, there were plenty of side quests to give variety.Honestly, this feels like a completely different MMO than I have ever played. With the story element you feel there is actual purpose to the quests given. Rather than just going and killing 15 droids, you are sent to retrieve ancient artifacts where along the way you can activate bonus objectives that are closer in nature to the typical grind you may be used to.Pictured above, with my newly acquired lightsaber, is my first companion. The mechanics involved in having this ally is simply awesome — I can order him to attack, withdraw, heal, and even dismiss him entirely with one click of a button. If facing many enemies, I can send him against a different target evening the odds quickly. The companions in the game are fully equipable just like in Knights of the Old Republic. Companions add a whole layer of strategy to gameplay.Oh, and for those that might be wondering why my lightsaber is yellow-black, it’s thanks to the color change stone from the digital deluxe edition pre-order. The original color I had was purple, but the color change stone does boost the stats of my attack, so there was a benefit to modding my saber with it.By the time I started writing this, I found my prologue wrapping up there was another plot cinematic. My character was promoted to a full Jedi and… let’s just say some other stuff happened. This all served to tie the end of my prologue with the beginning of my real saga. The next stop: the Republic Fleet and Coruscant!Stay tuned as we continue to report on the SWTOR pre-launch time period.last_img read more

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EC likely to send 125 companies of CRPF for 1st phase of

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission is likely to send 125 companies of Central forces for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal, in which Alipurduar and Cooch Behar will be going to polls. A source in the EC said that 15 out of the 125 companies will be kept as reserve and will be used for manning the counting centres.”The forces for the first leg of the election will come in two or three phases. The first batch of the jawans will come in the first week of April and will be used for the purpose of area domination and confidence building of the voters,” a source in the EC said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe source maintained that the deployment pattern of the 2014 elections will be followed. There will be two CRPF jawans in a polling station with a single booth, three in polling stations with two booths and five in those with more than two booths. “One company of the forces will be allocated for each Assembly constituency, dedicated for flying squad and patrolling purpose,” he added. It may be mentioned that the two parliamentary constituencies have 3,844 booths spread over 3,002 polling premises. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, 10 companies of CRPF will reach the state on Friday, who will be pressed into action in the pockets where there have been disturbances in the Panchayat polls. As per sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal, the forces will be deployed in Basanti and Kultali in South 24-Parganas, Deganga in North 24-Parganas, the bordering areas of Malda, Murshidabad, East Midnapore, Birbhum and Asansol in West Burdwan. They will conduct route march as a measure of confidence building among the voters. A high-level team from ECI led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to reach Bengal on Saturday to take stock of poll-preparedness across the state. The delegation will hold a meeting with senior officials from the CEO’s office, police superintendents from districts and the commissioners of various commissionerates. The team will also meet the political parties on Saturday. The CEO’s office in the state will be deploying six divisional commissioners as observers to take measures towards accessibility in the elections. Till date, the CEO Bengal office has received 351 complaints in connection with violation of the model code of conduct. The complaints have been lodged through the cVIGIL app and National Grievance Service Portal.last_img read more

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Cider Market is Poised to Register the Highest CAGR of 61

first_imgCider market was valued at $10,667 million in 2016, and is projected to hit $16,252 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2017 to 2023. The apple based ciders occupied more than half of the share in the global market in 2016.Cider is a gluten-free low alcohol beverage, and is replacing beer among people who prefer gluten-free drinks. Furthermore, increase in health concerns in the global population and several risks associated with alcohol consumption fuel the demand for new classes of alcoholic drinks, such as low or no alcoholic beverages. Thus, the cider market is growing at highest rate as compared to other alcoholic drinks.The growth of the global cider market is driven by high demand for gluten-free drinks and rise in preference for low alcohol beverages. The natural and fruit base of cider is further supporting the market expansion. However, high sugar content of cider is a restraining factor of the market. Conversely, rise in popularity of cider in Asia-Pacific and LAMEA regions is anticipated to provide potential opportunities for the market during the forecast period.Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3823The fruit flavored segment is the most lucrative in the global cider market, owing to the varieties available and innovations done by different manufacturers to attract customers. Moreover, people are concerned about their health and prefer low alcohol & gluten-free beverages, which is augmenting the demand for cider. In addition, the presence of various popular brands such as Kopparberg, Woodchuck, and Angry Orchard boosts the expansion of premium quality cider. Cider market is more concentrated in Europe region and growing rapidly in North America. Developing regions of Asia-Pacific and LAMEA are anticipated to provide great opportunities to the market in the forecast period.Consumers purchase cider by two channels, that is, on-trade, including bars, pubs, and restaurants for immediate consumption as well as off-trade, including supermarkets & hypermarkets, specialist retailers, convenience stores, and others for residential consumption. The on-trade distribution channel grows at the highest rate, owing to increase in pubs & bars and rise in disposable income of emerging economies.The different cider packaging considered in this report include draught, cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, and others, majorly including bag in box. The cans packaging is anticipated to grow at the highest rate, owing to the trend for craft branding and quality drinks. Moreover, the cans cool down faster compared to glass and are infinitely recyclable, thus, supporting sustainable growth.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/3823Key Findings of the Cider Market:• Europe was the dominant region in 2016, occupying more than half of the cider market share.• Cans packaging is expected to growth at CAGR of 6.5%, in terms of value, during analysis period.• North America registers the highest growth rate, and is expected to grow at CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period.• Apple-based ciders was the major segment of the market in 2016, and is anticipated to grow at the significant CAGR of 5.7% during the analysis period.• On-trade distributing channel is anticipated to be grow at CAGR of 6.4%.Europe dominated the market with more than half of market share in 2016, and is anticipated to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Furthermore, North America and Asia-Pacific are projected to grow at the highest CAGRs, owing to continuously increasing popularity of the beverage in the regions.Ask for Discount Before Buying: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/get-discount/3823The major players analyzed in this report are Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC, Asahi Premium Beverages, Aston Manor, C&C Group plc, Carlsberg Breweries A/S, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), Distell, Halewood, Heineken UK Limited, and The Boston Beer Company.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.last_img read more

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Save up to 40 off with Princess Summer on Sale

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Save up to 40% off with Princess’ ‘Summer on Sale’ Travelweek Group Thursday, February 15, 2018 SANTA CLARITA – Many of Princess Cruises’ most popular destinations are now on sale, with savings of up to 40% off on summer cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe and Japan.During ‘Summer on Sale’, guests who book can enjoy savings on select cruise launch fares, plus third and fourth guests in a stateroom can book with fares starting at US$399. Meanwhile, all guests can book with a deposit of just 10% of the cruise fare, per person.Examples of ‘Summer on Sale’ fares include:Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise (7 days): $629 interior, $1,749 balconyAlaska Inside Passage cruise (7 days): $749 interior, $1,349 balconyScandinavia & Russia cruise (11 days): $1,799 interior, $1,899 balconyBritish Isles cruise (12 days): $1,699 interior, $1,899 balconyEastern or Western Caribbean cruise (7 days): $699 interior, $1,199 balconyJapan cruise (8 days): $1,099 interior, $1,599 balconyAll cruise prices are per person, double occupancy. The sale runs until April 24, 2018.center_img Posted by Share Tags: Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

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MMT to buy a stake in OYO rooms to delist FabHotels and

first_imgRecently, after having OYO back on its platform, MakeMyTrip (MMT) will reportedly buy a stake in the company. MMT will also delist other room aggregators like FabHotels and Treebo Hotel, from its travel bookings platform.MMT which has three online travel booking brands- MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and Redbus. Of these, Redbus only offers bus bookings while the other two offer blanket travel and hotel booking services.OYO was not featured on MMT’s platforms after it was delisted in 2015 from its two platforms. Yatra also delisted OYO in 2015, but the renewed partnership in 2017.OYO Rooms is diversifying its revenue model from hotel aggregation to a self-operated hotel brand Townhouse. As the travel segment grows, competition is likely to get tougher. Google has also announced that it will now allow users to compare and book hotels via its search page directly. Such service was earlier only offered by online travel agents. The partnership between MMT and OYO could be a strategy to strengthen their hold in the space.Just last week, MakeMyTrip announced a partnership with Flipkart where the online travel agent’s three brands MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and redBus will leverage the large customer base of Flipkart platform to drive online bookings in travel services.last_img read more

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The Cost of Being Compliant

first_img August 29, 2017 525 Views The Cost of Being Compliant Compliance Costs 2017-08-29 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img The Banking Compliance Index (BCI), a quarterly tracking index published by the Regulatory Operations Center, was released Tuesday revealing how much financial institutions are spending on compliance costs. Hours spent analyzing and implementing new regulation increased 36 percent since the start of the year and by 27 percent since Q1 of 2017. This resulted in $13,925 of cost for the average $400M institution, probably due to changes in enforcement actions, which total 71 during Q2 2017. According to the report, this accelerated the enforcement rate a full point over Q1 2017 to 4.85 percent.“This minor movement is nonetheless significant, because it indicates that the “Trump effect” may be less impactful than first believed,” the report stated. “It’s possible that both stats may have been driven upward by a “return to business” in Washington, D.C., which happens in any new administration after the dust settles on the initial transition period.”There has been more than 1500 pages of new regulation since July 1, according to the report, and with top agency posts still to be determined, more could be coming in the third quarter.“Our Banking Compliance Index is a significant indicator of the regulatory environment, quarter by quarter,” said Mike Nicastro, CEO of Continuity. “These shifts toward the increasing cost of compliance this quarter serve as a leading indicator that the governing bodies are beginning to accelerate the issuance of new regulations and that there may be further increases in activity in the months to come.”To see the full report, click here. Sharelast_img read more

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Parents warned over dangerous toys on the market

first_imgA total of 14 products, most of them potentially dangerous toys, may be on the market in Cyprus and have been recalled, according to a Rapex (Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products) announcement on Monday.Outlining 35 dangerous products across EU member states, 14 may be on the market in Cyprus. The Cyprus Protection Service has begun inspections in the market, according to a statement.Among the dangerous items are dressing up costumes, a kitchen set and an archery set.The first item is a costume, model 91.115, brand name PROFISA, barcode number 8426215911153, made in China. Small items from the costume easily detach themselves and pose a risk of choking.The second item is a children’s kitchen set with the BULLYCAN brand, model 3320, code number 13039000321 and barcode number 8413419232184, made in China. According to the announcement, it poses a risk of choking in case any of the small items, which easily come off the set, are swallowed.An archery toy set YANI brand has also been recalled. The model number is J500054 and barcode number 80330670000342 made in China. The product poses risks of swallowing small parts of the products.A costume, model PZ28580, brand name SMARTY PARTY, barcode 8578083024913 made in China has been recalled due to a risk of strangling from strings on the costume.A witch’s hat, model reference 257-3389, brand name JUGUETES PASTOR, bar code 0202570033895, made in China, poses a risk of burning due to it being highly flammable.Fruit looking candles, model reference 404062, brand RS, barcode 8800884040626, made in China pose a risk to children that may perceive them to be real fruit and consume them or put the candles in their mouth.The same risk is posed for product number seven – candles which look like candy, reference number 404037, brand RS, barcode number 8800884040374 and made in China.Another archery toy, Norbi-Toys brand, barcode 5901289077798 made in China, poses a risk of choking stemming from possible ingestion of parts that are easily detached from the toy.Product number nine is listed as a police toy with an unknown brand, made in China. There is a risk of choking from small parts that may be swallowed.A game containing a toy gun, arrow, knife and arrows of an unknown brand, model number 2016 made in China poses the same risk of swallowing.Another costume, model reference 706030-T00-0000, brand name EUROCARNAVALES, barcode 8423667077345 made in China, a puzzle mat brand SUN TA TOYS REGIO JATEK model numbers 1017 and 1008M barcodes 5996055493360 and 5996055477117 made in Malaysia pose a risk of choking from possible ingestion of small parts.A soft toy which can also be used as a jacked model reference 98053 brand JAY@PLAY, product code 14004305015, SK02-01/15L20504 barcode 8436531980535 made in China carries a risk of choking stemming from the zip.A bubble blowing product from the General De Juguettes brand with barcode 4030681003874 made in Spain carries a microbiological risk of mesophiles in the liquid. For more information, or to file a complaint, members of the public are urged to contact the consumer protection service via a hotline at 1429, the website www.consumer.gov.cy or any of the district offices. Nicosia: 22200930, 22200923, 22200925, Limassol: 25819150, Paphos: 26804613, Larnaca and Famagusta: 24816160 You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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