Opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad and captain Asghar Stanikzai smashed half-centuries as Afghanistan defeated Scotland by 14 runs in the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.Shahzad hit five fours and three sixes in a superb display of power hitting to make 61 off 39 balls, while Stanikzai’s unbeaten 50-ball knock of 55 helped Afghanistan reach 170-5 in the Group B match.Scotland couldn’t capitalize on a solid opening stand of 84 runs off 53 balls between George Munsey (41) and Kyle Coetzer (40) to finish on 156-5, with Afghanistan hitting back through leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who took 2-28.Earlier, Zimbabwe defeated Hong Kong by 14 runs in another Group B match. The top team will advance to the Super 10 stage, joining England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident the team’s results will not suffer from a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking rules regarding the signing of under-age foreign players.FIFA rejected the appeals by Real and Atletico Madrid against the punishment which prevents the two La Liga clubs from registering new players during the next two transfer windows.”I don’t think the ban will affect us because I’m very happy with the team that I have,” Zidane told a news conference on Friday.”I have a big roster. I’m happy with the players and they are happy with me. If we have to have the same team for two or three years, it’s not a problem.”Zidane is, however, concerned at how the ban will affect the youth section of Real. The Frenchman has two children under 18 who play in Real’s youth system.”I don’t understand the ban,” Zidane said. “I can speak with regards to my children. They were born here, have lived here all of their lives and it’s absurd that they can’t play football. It bothers me and I don’t understand what is going on. I hope it a solution can be found,” he added.”The club is going to do all that it can to change this. We have to wait because the ban has just come out and I hope things are resolved.”Zidane’s primary focus is on Saturday’s home game against Osasuna and the expected return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from injury.advertisementWithout the two, Real won their opening two league games, a 3-0 triumph at Real Sociedad and a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.Zidane did not reveal if Ronaldo, who got hurt in Portugal Euro 2016 final victory over France, will start on Saturday.”Cristiano is very happy to be with us,” Zidane said. “Sixty days have passed since he last played a game and we have to give him time. He is an important player for us and I always want him with me.”I’m happy to see that all the players are well after the international break.”Tomorrow we have a difficult game and we need to be at our best to win.”
Former world number ones and Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are among five players set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this Saturday.Besides Clijsters and Roddick, four-time Paralympic wheelchair tennis medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch of Dutch, tennis historian and journalist Steve Flink and late tennis instructor Vic Braden complete the full list.34-year-old Clijsters, who clinched US Open title in 2005, 2009 and 2010 before winning Australian Open singles’ crown in 2011, spent 19 weeks at the top of the rankings.Ecstatic with the idea of being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Clijsters, who had captured 41 WTA titles before retiring in 2012, insisted that she feels honoured to feature with some great players she had admired growing up. Reuters Photo”I feel very honoured. It’s a huge honour to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well,” Sport24 quoted Belgium’s Clijsters as saying.Roddick, on the other hand, had spent almost 13 weeks atop the rankings, winning his only Grand Slam singles title at the 2003 US Open and losing four other Slam finals to Swiss maestro Roger Federer.He took retirement from the sport following the 2012 US Open after clinching 32 career ATP titles and holding an ATP career record of 612-213.”It’s really special. I love this sport and I love being part of it. I’m moved to know that my presence in the sport will be forever part of tennis history and I am just incredibly honored to be inducted,” he said.advertisementKalkman-van den Bosch, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 14 and left paralyzed below the waist, clinched Paralympic gold in table tennis. She then switched to wheelchair tennis and went on to grab three more titles in the same to become the first woman to win Paralympic gold medals in two different individual sports.While Flink was a long-time radio correspondent and statistician for television coverage, Braden was a pioneer in uniting scientific research into tennis training while he also worked with prodigy talent as well as other instructors.
Greek basketball power Olympiacos went down meekly to Spanish giant Barcelona, 73-57 in the best-of-five opener in their Euroleague quarter-final series.Barcelona went on a 17-2 run to take an early 22-8 lead and the game was over before it started, the second poor showing for a Greek team in the tourney after Panathinakos was whipped by CSKA Moscow.Barcelona dominated every phase of the game over the listless Greek team with the Spanish club nailing 10-of-21 three-pointers compared to 6-for-22 for their rivals. Barcelona controlled the boards with 44 rebounds to Olympiakos’ 14.No one on the Greek team scored 10 points or more in an ignominious start for Olympiacos, usually a strong contender.Mario Hezonja, set to be a top 10 pick in the NBA draft, scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 17 minutes, adding three rebounds, two blocks and an assist.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – Οlympiakos continued its undefeated run in the Greek league, beating Giannena 3-0 away on Sunday for its 19th win in 20 games.Costas Fortounis scored twice in the first half, with a free-kick in the 13th minute and a penalty in the 25th, and provided the assist for Jimmy Durmaz to score the third goal, in the 57th.The defending champion, seeking its 18th league title in 20 seasons, kept its 16-point lead over second-place AEK Athens, which beat Veria 3-0.Also, Panathinaikos won 3-2 at Platanias, Asteras beat Levadiakos 2-0 and Xanthi defeated Iraklis 2-0.On Saturday, Atromitos drew 1-1 at PAOK, Panionios prevailed 1-0 over Panthrakikos and Panetolikos beat last-place Kalloni 1-0. TweetPinShare0 Shares
My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Larry Porter, Master Trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was the recipient of the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium’s 2014 Navigator Award. Print Close GSSC, April 8, 2014 Each year, GSSC honors an individual who has displayed outstanding leadership or made other significant contributions to the development of the maritime workforce.Mr. Porter received the award at the organization’s annual meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 2‐3, 2014. According to Byron Dunn, GSSC’s president, “Over the years that I have been honored to be associated with Larry, he has always been focused on one thing, putting people to work. His selflessness and dedication to training others is why he was nominated and rightfully named this year’s Navigator Award recipient.”When asked about Mr. Porter’s contributions to workforce development, John Shows, Associate Vice President of Community Campus and Career/Technical Education at the college, commented: “As the Master Trainer and leader for the Maritime Workforce Training department at MGCCC, Larry’s commitment to quality and his drive for excellence is exemplified in his everyday work ethic.“A master trainer and welding instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mr. Porter’s leadership and guidance have resulted in the training and placement of approximately 670 welders in the shipbuilding/maritime industry in the past year alone and the college’s Welding program serves as a model for other colleges in Alabama and Louisiana.
zoom Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum services has sold two Jones Act tankers, the Pennsylvania and Florida, to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Crowley said that it would continue to manage the vessels with no changes in crewing or operations.The tankers have been under long term charter transporting gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and crude oil since being placed into service in 2012 and 2013 respectively.“This transaction helps Crowley maintain a healthy balance in our capital program,” said Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO. “We have invested more than USD 1.5 billion in new, U.S.-built tank vessels in recent years, giving us a fleet of 17 articulated tug barges (ATBs) and four new 330,000 barrel tankers being delivered in 2015 and 2016.”Under the new ship management agreement with Kinder Morgan for the Pennsylvania and Florida, Crowley said it would continue to utilize sailors from the American Maritime Officers Union and Seafarers International Union.Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum and chemical transportation group purchased the two Jones Act tankers from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA in August, 2012.Press Release
Michelin has pledged to work with the African Nova Scotian community to promote employment and career development opportunities for African Nova Scotians at its three plants in the province. A partnership agreement was signed today, Nov. 25, by Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., the African Nova Scotian Employment Partnership Committee’s Collaborative Partnership Network, and the province of Nova Scotia. “This is the first time this type of partnership has been undertaken with the African Nova Scotian community,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “It’s an international company working with the community to develop skills and career opportunities in this industry. At the same time, it will assist Michelin in its desire to expand its diverse workforce.” The partnership includes the African Nova Scotian Employment Partnership Committee’s Collaborative Partnership Network, the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs, the African Canadian services division of the Department of Education, the Public Services Commission’s strategic support services, the Black Business Initiative, and Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. After signing the agreement, the parties will continue to meet to address short- and long-term action plans. These include setting goals and aligning values to ensure a strong partnership with measurable results. “Michelin is committed to diversity in its workforce and to recruiting top talent. Partnerships like this are critical as Michelin looks to tap into that talent and open doors for increased diversity,” said Janet Kennedy, director, personnel, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Details on the Michelin hiring process will be shared with African Nova Scotian career centres across the province and job opportunities will be posted. Procurement opportunities will be reviewed to determine if there are potential suppliers from the African Nova Scotian community. The agreement was signed by Mr. Barnet; Karen Casey, Minister of Education; Joe Parris, chair of the African Nova Scotia Employment Partnership Committee’s Collaborative Partnership Network; Janet Kennedy, director, personnel, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.; and Cassandra Dorrington, chair, Black Business Initiative.
Prospectors and mining companies can now apply for provincial funding to help find or develop new mineral resources. The Mineral Incentive Program is designed to develop opportunities that will spur employment and create new markets for Nova Scotia companies, especially in rural areas. “We have seen recent growth in the mining sector, with two gold mines operating or preparing to become operational, the first in more than a decade,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “This grant program is designed to keep that momentum going.” This year, $600,000 in grants are available for mineral exploration, with more money for business development and training for prospectors. Prospectors can receive grants up to $15,000 for exploration activities. Advanced project grants are available for exploration and evaluation. Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum grant of $100,000, will be covered. Application forms and program guidelines are available at www.novascotia.ca/natr/meb/nsmip/nsmip.asp . The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 15. Applications will be evaluated this month, with funding shortly after. This is the final year of the three-year Mineral Incentive Program. Since 2012-13, about $350,000 has been provided for prospector grants and $850,000 for advanced project grants.
TORONTO — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her British counterpart say they’re both concerned about two Canadians detained in China.Freeland says Britain has taken a strong and public stand on what she called a difficult issue while U.K. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab says his country shares Canada’s concerns on the matter.Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained in China since last December.Freeland says Canada’s relationship with China continues to be challenging, and the cases of the two detained Canadians are a top priority.The detentions of Spavor and Kovrig are largely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.Global Affairs said on Monday that consular officials met for the 10th time with Kovrig.The Canadian Press
Syria- Western and Arab powers will meet with Syria’s opposition on Tuesday in a bid to push for long-delayed peace talks in Geneva with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.The conference in London will bring together representatives of the Syrian opposition and the foreign ministers of the so-called London 11, the core group of the Friends of Syria, including the United States, France and Saudi Arabia.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the nations would “discuss preparations for the Geneva Conference, support for the (opposition) Syrian National Coalition, and our efforts to achieve a political settlement to this tragic conflict.” Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint envoy of the UN and the Arab League, was meanwhile Sunday pushing for the peace negotiations by preparing to meet the head of the pan-Arab bloc in Cairo before heading for talks in Damascus and a visit to its key regional ally Iran.World powers are focusing on a political solution to the war in Syria after Washington dropped plans for US-led strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime.Russia and Western nations are pushing for new talks between the Syrian regime and rebels on a negotiated solution to the conflict, which has killed more than 115,000 people since March 2011.But the opposition’s Western and Arab backers are facing resistance from some among the rebels to attending the so-called Geneva 2 talks — proposed for November — as long as Assad remains in power.The opposition Coalition has agreed to attend the London conference, saying it would focus on “these countries’ understandings about Geneva 2 and what it should result in.”The peace talks aim to map a path forward toward a political transition in Syria, and put in place a transitional government.US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has led efforts with Moscow to find a political resolution to the war, was returning to Europe for the talks in his 16th trip since taking office in February.Kerry told National Public Radio the talks in London are aimed at “trying to move the process forward”.“We’re working towards this Geneva conference, not that we know what the outcome is,” Kerry said.Syrian officials have repeatedly said they are willing to take part in the Geneva peace talks, but not with any preconditions such as Assad’s resignation.The opposition Coalition is also to hold internal discussions in Istanbul this week that should culminate with votes on whether to attend the Geneva talks and on the formation of a transitional government.In a sign of the deep divisions over the Geneva talks, the Syrian National Council, a key member of the Coalition, has already said it opposes the conference and threatened to quit the grouping if it takes part.French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Paris was working with the opposition ahead of the talks in London on building a united front for the Geneva conference.“We want the opposition to be united at this conference. It is important that it be united and strong to influence the outcome,” he said.Britain believes the Coalition’s fresh leadership — Ahmad Jarba was elected its new chief in July — could make progress on ending internal debates.London will also be keen at the talks to support moderate elements in the opposition, so Assad cannot present himself as the only alternative to the radical Islamists who have taken on an increasingly prominent role among Syria’s rebels.Syria’s close ally Russia, which helped to avert the US-led military action by brokering a deal to dispose of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons, is not attending the London meeting.The “London 11” consists of Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
In a series of meetings this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York, Council members adopted resolutions extending the UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE), the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (known by its French acronym, MONUC) and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).UNMEE has been extended until 31 January 2007, MONUC’s authority continues through 15 February 2007 and the mandate of UNMIL is now extended until 31 March 2007.In the UNMEE resolution, the Council reiterated its demand that Eritrea reverse its restrictions on the Mission’s movement and operations, and repeated its call on Ethiopia to accept the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission without delay and take immediate and concrete steps to allow the Commission to demarcate the border.The resolution extending MONUC’s mandate contains a provision maintaining the authorization until the end of the year for Secretary-General Kofi Annan to temporarily redeploy troops, military observers and a military hospital from the UN Operation in Burundi (known as ONUB) to support MONUC in its work.The resolution on UNMIL also endorsed Mr. Annan’s recommendation for a phased, gradual consolidation and eventual withdrawal of the Mission’s troops, “as the situation permits and without compromising the security of Liberia.”
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,134.46, down 96.60 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 4.20 per cent, to $3.65 on 8.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 2.83 per cent, to $7.22 on 8.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $9.21 on eight million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 42 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $7.02 on 7.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 29 cents, or 2.92 per cent, to $9.65 on 6.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 24 cents, or 3.16 per cent, to $7.36 on 5.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (TSX:PNC.B). Media. Up 1.5 cents, or 100 per cent, to three cents on 620,033 shares. Postmedia announced a proposal Thursday that will slash its $648-million debt by nearly half and give its lenders shares in the company in exchange. The company says if approved the deal will reduce its debt by $307 million and save it roughly $50 million a year in interest. Under the plan, Postmedia’s second lien debt holders will exchange what they are owed — roughly $345 million — for a 98 per cent take in the company, leaving current shareholders with just two per cent. Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Waitrose has found itself embroiled in a plagiarism row with the boss of Hotel Chocolat who accused the chain of recreating popular bars at a fraction of the cost.The supermarket giant has been told to immediately withdraw it’s recently launched ‘Luxury Chocolate Bar’, priced at £2.Upmarket Hotel Chocolat claims the supermarket’s product copies the curvy design of its chocolate bar, which retails at around £16 and is registered with the European Intellectual Property Office.Angus Thirlwell, founder of Hotel Chocolat, has written to Waitrose “highlighting the similarity and asking them to do the right thing”.He also lashed out on Twitter after the retailer ran ads for its new chocolate range. He tweeted: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery apparently but hey @waitrose this crosses the line. As well as breaching our registered design mark, designed to protet innovation.”Hotel Chocolat’s legal team is reviewing the situation and is considering action against Waitrose.Mr Thirlwell told The Grocer magazine: “Fifteen years ago when we were building Hotel Chocolat from zero, we wanted to create a solid chocolate product.”When I looked at what everyone else was doing with chocolate bars they all seemed like they had a accountant’s spreadsheet imposed on them. Hotel Chocolat’s, left, and Waitrose’s, right Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Customers really liked them so we decided to protect it with the European design mark and it’s shocking to see it ripped off like this. I’m a bit emotional about it.”The big risk is people think we are making those bars. We want to shout from the roof tops we’re not.” Customers really liked them so we decided to protect it with the European design mark and it’s shocking to see it ripped off like this. I’m a bit emotional about itAngus Thirlwell, founder of Hotel Chocolat “I was more excited by what happens when you pour chocolate and let is set to get a curvy outlines. It has a very distinctive curvy outline and not grids. A Waitrose spokesman said: “We take the intellectual property rights of other businesses extremely seriously and are looking into the points raised by Mr Thirlwell.”However, we were only approached about this matter yesterday afternoon and we will of course need to consider the issues raised, which we will do urgently.”
11e-gym BM. Antequera6 16Lábaro Toledo BM2 2Renovalia Ciudad Real20 13BM Alcobendas5 14J.D. Arrate*5 6Amaya Sport San Antonio12 12Quabit BM Guadalajara6 1FC Barcelona Borges20 5Fraikin Granollers14 3Cuatro Rayas Valladolid16 ← Previous Story Silvio Heinevetter stays Fuchse until 2014! Next Story → Sigfus Sigurdsson helps a friend in TV Emsdetten Round 10 of ASOBAl brought some interesting matches. One of them was match between Puerto Sagunto and current champion, Ciudad Real 27:29, where team coached by Talant Duyshebaev had a lot of problems with a this season newcomers.27 – Alser Puerto Sagunto (15+12): Bruixola, Backovic (2), Rubén (2), Djukic (2), Latorre (1), Prce (7), Bauer (3,1p), Peg (p.s), Serrano (6), Sánchez (1), Nebot, Tarrasó (1), Muiña (1) y Sifré (1).29 – Ciudad Real (17+12): JJ Hombrados (p), Aguinagalde (4), García Parrondo (2), Cañellas (2), Viran Morros (2), Lazarov (3), Kallman (4), Guardiola (3), Luc Abalo (3), Chema Rodríguez (4), Jurkiewicz (1), Dinart (-), Davis (1) y Sterbik (ps).Much less trouble had F.C Barcelona against Alcobendas 36:23. The biggest role has Serhei Rutenka with 11 goals.23 – Alcobendas: Mijatovic (portero), Miki (-), Sluijters (2), De la Rubia (2), Milos Pesic (6), Castaño (1); Vink (0) -siete inicial- Wences (portero suplente), Manuel Colón (-), Mikel Muñoz (1), Manuel Catalina (1), Tremps (4), Rados Pesic (3) y Djukic (3).36 – FC Barcelona: Saric (portero), Albert Rocas (4), Nagy (4), Sarmiento (2), Rutenka (11), Ugalde (2); Jesper Brian (5) -siete inicial- Gonzalo Pérez (portero suplente), Víctor Tomás (1), Sorhaindo (1), Iker Romero (2), Jermenyr (-), Oneto (2) y Igropulo (2).This two teams are still without any lost point. Valladolid and Ademar Leon follow as expected.Standing: 4Reale Ademar16 8Naturhouse La Rioja8 7CAI BM. Aragón *9 ASOBAL 2010/2011BM Ciudad Real 15Alser-BM Puerto Sagunto4 10Cuenca 20167 9BM. Torrevieja8
Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Mike and Kelly Gallivan have what sounds like the onset of a hoarding problem: Their Massachusetts home is cluttered with boxes and envelopes from Amazon.Except, they didn’t order any of them.As reported by the Boston Globe, the first package arrived in October.“Why did you order this?” Kelly asked her husband, after opening the box to discover a 4-inch plastic USB fan and combination phone charger-and-lithium-battery-powered hand warmer.“I didn’t,” Mike said.The Gallivans initially found humor in their odd situation. But after months of deliveries—which turned from fun to creepy—they just want to be left alone.When Kelly and Mike contacted Amazon about the perplexing parcels, the online retailer told them everything had been paid for via gift card; the sender (or senders) remain anonymous.Presumably ruling out family or friends who might be playing some kind of sick joke on the Acton pair, experts suspect the Gallivans are the victims of a scam.As former Amazon employee James Thomson explained to the Globe, a seller likely purchased their own merchandise with a gift card and sent it to a random address (Mike and Kelly’s, possibly swiped from a previous purchase). The vendor then uses a bogus “buyer’s” account to write positive reviews online.“The key is to get something delivered somewhere,” ex-Amazon business consultant Thomson told the paper. As far as the e-commerce site is concerned, the recipient—real or fake—is a “verified buyer” writing a “verified review.”“And that is hugely important in the world of Amazon,” Thomson added.This loophole allows struggling shopkeepers to manipulate the popular service and fortify their digital stock by tricking consumers into buying mediocre (at best) products. And it ensnares unsuspecting accomplices, like retired nurses the Gallivans.“We’re just plain, ordinary people,” 68-year-old Kelly said. “We don’t want any part of this. But the packages just keep coming.”The parcels themselves don’t give anything away: there are no invoices or receipts, and the shipping labels come with normal SKU and QR codes; the return address is usually an Amazon warehouse in Lexington, Ky.The company promised to look into what Mike called “fishy” drop-offs. But after two months of radio silence, the couple enlisted the Boston Globe to investigate. Even staff reporter Sean Murphy couldn’t make any headway.“We are investigating inquiries from consumers who have received unsolicited packages as this would violate our policies,” the firm told him. “We remove sellers in violation of our policies, withhold payments, and work with law enforcement to take appropriate action.“Amazon has multiple checks in place to monitor customer accounts and transactions, and have systems designed to identify and prevent suspicious activities,” it later said. “As bad actors get smarter, so do we. Amazon is constantly innovating to protect the customer experience.”The Gallivans, meanwhile, have a growing collection of USB cables, wireless chargers, phone cases, high-intensity flashlights, LED tent lamps, and in-car trash bags.They are also the not-so-proud owners of a new computer vacuum cleaner, USB-powered humidifier, cigarette-lighter keychain, Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable dog collars, facial mask, and outdoor TV plastic cover, among other bewildering goodies.“We investigate every report of customers receiving unsolicited packages, and thus far our investigations have shown very few reviews submitted associated with these shipments,” a company spokeswoman told Geek. “We will continue our ongoing efforts to prevent abuse and will ban all vendors and reviewers who abuse the reviews system.”Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Feb. 13 with comment from Amazon.
Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Explaining the reasons for the transaction, Amax said, “After reviewing business performance of the Group’s existing business segments, the company considered focusing more resources on the Group’s gaming businesses and IT Solutions Business.“On the other hand, the Group is sourcing funds to proceed with the cash flow requirement under the settlement deed dated 29 December 2017 (Amax agreed to pay a HK$85.5 million settlement to two parties for the cancelation of wrongly issued Promissory Notes).“Therefore, the company is of the view that the disposal will strengthen the Group’s cash position to (i) meet the cash flow requirement under the settlement deed when materialized; (ii) retain resources to develop the Group’s gaming businesses and IT Solutions Business; and (iii) for general working capital to maintain daily operation of the Group.”Amax, which once operated Greek Mythology casino in Macau, recently wrote off its 24.8% stake – valued at HK$353 million (US$45 million) – in the shuttered casino.The company currently operates 13 VIP baccarat tables at a casino in Poipet, Cambodia, and is providing pre-opening services for a new casino project in Sihanoukville. It also holds an interactive gaming license in Vanuatu. Asian gaming investor Amax International Holdings Ltd has agreed to sell its Mobile Games Apps business to Cambodian casino operator Galaxy World Co., Ltd in order to improve cash flow.Amax will sell the Mobile Games Apps – including the source codes of 30 offline mobile game apps covering the areas of leisure and entertainment, education and intellectual, sport, and adventures – for a total consideration of HK$30 million with the group stating it does not expect to record any gain or loss on the disposal.
Two-fifths (40%) of employees would feel more positive towards their organisation if they were offered an annual bonus within their benefits package, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,001 UK employees found that bonuses are more highly valued by older staff, as 53% of those over the age of 55 would view their employer more positively if offered an annual bonus, compared to 42% of 35 to 54-year-olds and just 25% of 18 to 34-year-olds.Around a third (36%) of all employee respondents would feel more positive towards their employer if provided with more than 20 days of holiday, excluding bank holidays, while 33% believe they would be happier if offered private medical insurance (PMI).In terms of group risk benefits, respondents stated that they would feel more positively about their organisation if offered group income protection (31%), group life assurance (26%) and access to critical illness cover (25%).Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “By offering a wider range of workplace benefits, such as group life assurance and group critical illness, employers would make an active, positive contribution to the wellbeing of their workforce. This would be especially pertinent for millennials, who spend the most out of any age group on wellbeing products.”A fifth (21%) of respondents think they would feel more positive if they were offered free eye tests, while a similar number agree for benefits such as gym membership (20%), shopping discounts (19%), access to a subsidised canteen (19%), a company car or car allowance (18%) or an employee assistance programme (EAP) (17%).Among 18 to 34-year-olds, 23% would view their employer positively if offered an EAP, compared to 17% of 35 to 54-year-olds, and only 8% of those aged over 55.More than one in 10 (13%) of respondents would appreciate being offered a train ticket subsidy or season loan, 10% would value childcare vouchers and 9% would like to be offered a cycle-to-work scheme.Avis added: “Offering a range of wellbeing products would also have its benefits for employers. They would be viewed more positively by staff, which would ensure that they maintain a healthier workforce in the long run and aid retention strategies. Not only is this beneficial with regards to current employees, but offering products that save [employees] money can aid efforts to attract future talent.“In a post-Brexit Britain, attraction and retention will become increasingly important as the country faces a growing skills and labour gap.”
Asibabad: District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu suggested the farmers to check the back side of the leaves for worms, after cotton and maize plants grow. He addressed an awareness and training programme at the Collector’s conference hall in Asifabad on Wednesday, in which Agriculture Extension Officers (AEO), Agriculture Officers (AO), Assistant Directors of Agriculture (ADA), Mandal Agricultural Officers (MAOs) and others participated. Also Read – School students take out rallies seeking justice for Harshini in Mahbubnagar Advertise With Us The Collector explained how to prevent Pink Boll worm that attacks cotton crop and other insects that attack maize crop. He told the officials to motivate the farmers to take up aquaculture. He observed that it is better to cultivate maize as inner crop and the less worried corn as inter crop. In order to protect crops, pesticide solution should be sprayed in the evenings, two times per day over a period of 15 days and only two or three time during the harvest period,he suggested. Also Read – Lord Rama adorned with 10 types of flowers in Bhadrachalam Advertise With Us while spraying pesticides, the Collector warned the farmers to cover their face and carefully spray so that the pesticide will not get into their face, mouth and eyes. He also enquired whether there are any problems with farmers’ insurance plans. Collector Hanumanthu wanted the officials to perform their duties assigned to them perfectly and without negligence. He wanted the officials to react to every problem of the farmers quickly. The Collector released a comprehensive ownership booklet for farmers on the occasion. Agriculture Officer Bhagya Lakshmi, ADAs, AEOs, MAOs and others were present.
Vehicles move with difficulty in the dilapidated Arakan Road in Chittagong city’s Moulvi Pukurpar. Photo: Jewel ShilThough the road construction cost in Bangladesh is the highest in the world, quality roads are hardly made for lack of proper monitoring by the authorities concerned and the accountability of construction firms, said experts.Talking to UNB, construction expert and noted civil engineer professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, BUET civil engineering department professor Shamsul Haque, ex-UGC chairman and urban expert professor Nazrul Islam, and BUET’s Urban and Regional Planning department professor Sarwar Jahan said good road design, its proper implementation, use of quality materials, load management, strong monitoring and timely implementation of the projects are crucial to ensure quality road construction at reasonable costs.Officials at the Road Transport and Highways Division and Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) said over 2,000km roads are needed to repair every year only because of overloaded vehicles.They said there are 2,85,000 km roads under the LGED while some 21.03km highways and district roads under the Road Transport and Highways Division.In a report on 20 June last, the World Bank presented a list of infrastructure cost, especially in road construction. It shows the cost of per kilometre road construction is $2.5 million to $11.9 million in Bangladesh, which is the highest in the world.Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury said good designs and their full implementation and proper construction are necessary for making high quality highways, roads and bridges.He said most bridges are being constructed in the country ensuring international standard with strong monitoring. “Jamuna Bridge was constructed nearly 20 years back, and it’s still in good shape. Padma Bridge is also being constructed maintaining the international standard.”Shamsul Haque said the most construction firms having political link and clout rarely ensure quality road construction for lack of proper monitoring by the government authorities concerned. “Government engineers must be present to ensure quality during the construction work on roads, but they remain absent in most cases.”Besides, he said, the roads are not properly maintained after construction. “If any small hole is created on any road it’s not fixed immediately. The authorities concerned wait for repair until the most parts of the road get damaged. We should come out of such practice as it increases the maintenance cost.”Haque said roads will have to be kept free from rainwater stagnation as water is the biggest enemy to bitumen. “Roads and highways must be constructed with good designs so that rainwater can easily and promptly pass through those.”The renowned engineer also said the road foundation should be much stronger for its sustainability. “The road pavement also should be constructed ensuring proper compaction and heat.”The BUET professor thinks the road construction cost will come down if the projects are implemented timely without extending their deadlines.Sarwar Jahan said though the construction cost has marked a sharp rise over the years, the quality declined as roads are not designed properly considering the increased flow of traffic, mainly heavy vehicles, and their load.”The load capacity of roads is not increasing because of the use of substandard construction materials. More importantly, there is little monitoring …all these things lead to the quick destruction of road surfaces,” he observed.”It’s also surprising that the road construction is very high in Bangladesh though labour cost is very cheap here,” Sarwar said.He said lack of accountability of the road construction firms is the major reason behind high road construction cost and poor quality. “Politicians are now involved with many construction firms. So, when they fail to maintain proper design and quality during road construction, no one dare make them accountable.”Prof Nazrul said inefficiency in construction, corruption, and lack of accountability and monitoring are the major reasons behind the exorbitant cost of road construction and poor quality work. “We pay high, but get low quality work for these reasons.”He said the government can form a separate body or committee involving experts from BUET and officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission to monitor road construction work.Road Transport and Highways Division secretary MAN Siddique said they are not getting cooperation of the transport owners in controlling overloaded vehicles.Roads and Highways Department superintendent engineer (road design) Fazlul Karim said they design the highways with 20 years of lifespan allowing the highest 10-tonne load vehicles. “But the vehicles permitted to carry 10 tonnes usually carry up to 20 to 30 tonnes of goods. “The roads get damaged when two-axle vehicles pass on those carrying over 30 tonnes of goods.”Besides, he said, bitumen washes away quickly in the case of water stagnation.He admitted that quality roads are not built in many cases for lack of proper monitoring and insincerity of the contractors.