Guerguerat: New Photo Shows Polisario Militias Harass Moroccan Drivers

Rabat – Polisario militias are still harassing the Moroccan truck drivers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the southernmost part of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco.A new photo circulating online shows Polisario mercenaries continuing to stage  illegal checkpoints in the area, harassing drivers and attempting to hinder trade between Morocco and other African countries.The photo also shows the mercenaries self-proclaiming themselves “National Gendarmerie” of Polisario, raising the flag of the separatist force. Last week, Polisario militias have thrown stones at four vehicles, according to a source from Sahara, “With these provocations, the militias of Polisario Front want to disrupt trade between Morocco and Africa by scaring truck drivers,” the source said.The same source noted that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) continued to observe and record these illegal actions without intervening.Given these frequent provocations, Polisario appears to be ignoring the requests made by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who urged both Morocco and Polisario to “exercise maximum restraint and take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.”To avoid escalation and comply the United Nations’ 1991’s ceasefire agreement, Morocco unilaterally withdrew from the Guerguerat region late February after dispatching police forces to the area last August to combat drug trafficking.Several countries and organizations praised  Morocco’s withdrawal , including France, Spain, the UN and the European Union.King Mohammed VI called upon the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take urgent and necessary measures to put an end to “an unacceptable situation,” which threatens the UN-brokered ceasefire and stability in the region of Guergarate. read more

Morocco finalizes military cooperation deal with Czech Republic

Rabat – Following royal instructions, Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister-Delegate for National Defense, received the Czech Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Martin Tlapa, on Monday, March 5.According to the National Defense Administration, the two officials exchanged views on methods for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of national defense. Aiming to consolidate military and defense technical collaboration, the two countries have finalized a military cooperation deal and discussed means to ensure its smooth implementation.   Martin Tlapa, who is leading a large delegation on a working visit to the Kingdom, has lauded Morocco’s progress and active commitment to international and regional peace.Tlapa also met Mounia Boucetta, the Moroccan Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who indicated that this meeting is an opportunity to highlight the excellent relationship between Morocco and the Czech Republic on political, economic, and social levels.In a previous visit to Morocco in 2016, the speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Vojtech Filip, expressed the Republic’s support for Morocco’s integrity regarding the Sahara issue, saying that his country will strive to find a solution that respects international law. read more

5 things to know about risks in Japans recession and hope ahead

5 things to know about risks in Japan’s recession and hope ahead for economic recovery Shoppers take photographs at a shopping street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. One good sign in this week’s data on the gross domestic product, or GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, is that consumer spending remains relatively strong. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) TOKYO – Here are five things to know about Japan’s ailing economy, which sank into technical recession in the third quarter, contracting at an annualized pace of 0.8 per cent:EXPORT FACTOR: Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is highly dependent on the health of other economies, such as the U.S. and China, to keep growth going because much of the Japanese economy is export-led. One concern is that China’s growth is gradually slowing. Investors are also wary of when the U.S. Fed may raise its key interest rate. The Japanese government’s longtime effort to shift the driver of growth to domestic demand is limited because this nation’s population is aging. The government has been trying to encourage families to have children by promoting policies at companies and communities to make having and raising children easier, such as work leaves and day care.CHEAP YEN: A big boon to exports is the cheap yen, which lifts the value of overseas earnings. The favourable currency factor has significantly helped lift the financial results of giant exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp., adding 160 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to the automaker’s operating profit for the July-September period. The dollar has been trading at about 122 yen lately, when it cost about 101 yen or 102 yen a year ago. Although the cheap yen hurts the economy in some ways by making imports more expensive in yen, including critical items like oil, overall it has given Japan Inc. a perk it’s not really even counting on.PARIS JITTERS: The attacks in Paris last week are likely to hurt some sectors of the economy. Travel-related stocks, such as airlines and travel agencies, initially fell, although they have recovered. If fear of travel persists, it could deter tourism to Japan, which has been one booming area of the economy. The government has been aggressive in promoting a “cool” Japan, such as “manga” cartoons, sushi and other exotic food, as well as traditional crafts. Tourism traffic hit a record last year at 13.4 million people and has already topped last year’s sum with nearly 15 million arriving by the end of September.ABENOMICS: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing his so-called “Abenomics” program, based on stopping deflation and loosening old-style regulations that have discouraged new and foreign businesses. In the area of public spending the government is expected to announce a spending package soon. Although critics say Abenomics has not helped the poor, Abe is credited with venturing forth with new measures, such as lowering corporate taxes, to wrest the economy out of decades of stagnation.GOING SHOPPING: One good sign in this week’s data on the gross domestic product, or GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, is that consumer spending remains relatively strong. Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne, Australia, called that a “bright spot” in the report. Masayuki Ichikawa, economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, says the contraction figure came largely because of inventory adjustments. He doesn’t categorize Japan’s technical recession as a real recession, and expects the economy to expand in the October-December quarter.___Follow Yuri Kageyama at work can be found at by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2015 2:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2015 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban condemns violence surrounding Kosovo municipal elections

Sunday’s polls were considered crucial for strengthening peace and security in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 – a move not recognized by Belgrade – following years of ethnic tensions. Initial assessments reportedly said the polls were a success, despite the intimidation and attacks. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed “the active participation of the Kosovo population, including the Kosovo Serbs, in these elections which is a key element of implementation of the 19 April agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.”At the same time, the Secretary-General condemned the attacks perpetrated against a number of polling stations in northern Mitrovica, including physical threats against election officers and voters, as well as the destruction of electoral materiel. “In calling for an immediate investigation of these attacks, the Secretary-General strongly deplores any attempts to undermine the electoral process and the fundamental right of people to express their democratic will,” said the statement.“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to ensure the peaceful completion of the electoral process in an atmosphere free of intimidation and violence.”The violence was condemned earlier this week by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Farid Zarif, who urged everyone involved with the elections to remain calm, and for all residents to respect the democratic process and cooperate with local and international law enforcement. read more

NonEnglish speaking victims of crime to be given priority police chief suggests

first_imgVulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties… some people for whom English isn’t a first languageDeputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has said she was talking to the government about reconsidering fundingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said she was talking to the government about reconsidering the force’s funding.The Home Office has said it is “undertaking a period of detailed engagement with policing partners and relevant experts”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Cressida Dick He suggested the idea could help the Met to cope with a reduction in funding. In the last four years, the force has had to make £600m of savings and it is due to lose an extra £400m by 2020.Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr Mackey described how the force will have to change its approach to cope with less money.He said: “That’s where you get into some of the difficult areas around do you always offer the same service to everyone? center_img “Increasingly, as we go forward we will look at things like trying to assess people and crime on the sort of the threat, the harm, the risk, and people’s vulnerability. “It’s absolutely feasible as we go forward that if my neighbour is a vulnerable elderly person who has experienced a particular type of crime, that she gets a face-to-face service that I don’t get. So we triage things… we assess people’s vulnerability.“Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties, a whole range of things, some people for whom English isn’t a first language. “That’s about how we get those resources focused on the things you can make a difference with. But also as we go forward, as demand grows, you have to have a way of controlling and triaging.” Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently “vulnerable”.He said it is “absolutely feasible” that “face-to-face” visits by officers could be reserved for the “vulnerable” – giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system. 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.last_img read more

Gekko cyanide detox system for Phoenix gold project

first_imgRubicon Minerals is an advanced-stage gold development company focused on the environmentally sustainable development of its high-grade Phoenix Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario. Gekko Systems is supplying a complete turnkey Cyanide Detox System, designed to reduce cyanide in the plant discharge to less than 1 ppm weak acid dissociable (WAD) cyanide using liquid sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxygen generators for the detoxification process. The supplied plant will include the cyanide destruction tank, liquid SO2 handling, storage and dosing systems, oxygen generation system and process control instrumentation.In early 2012 Gekko’s technical team created a Cyanide Detox Group in conjunction with Randy Agius, a knowledge leader in this field. “Gekko’s experience gives us great confidence in the successful design and operation of this critical process ensuring we continue a responsible and environmentally sustainable development,” said Dan Labine, Vice President of Operations for Rubicon. Gekko draws on proven technologies and methods for detoxifying cyanide, including SO2/O2, peroxide and Caro’s Acid processes. The company understands the benefits and pitfalls of each detox method and will be providing specialist knowledge in the development of the Phoenix gold plant design.  Gekko provides a full range of client support from test work, design and supply to commissioning and process optimisation to ensure the best possible outcome.last_img read more

Amec Foster Wheeler creates new force in global engineering and project delivery

first_imgAmec Foster Wheeler has announced the creation of “a new force in global engineering, project delivery, asset support, power equipment and consultancy” following the completion of the £5 billion combination of AMEC plc and Foster Wheeler AG. The new company, Amec Foster Wheeler, has a highly skilled workforce of over 40,000 in more than 50 countries, 2013 annualised scope revenues of £5.5 billion and a £6.3 billion order book. The combined company would have generated pro-forma trading profits of £521 million in 2013. The completion follows Foster Wheeler’s merger with South Africa-based MDM Engineering.Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex infrastructure assets across a range of markets. It has a strong presence across the onshore and offshore oil and gas value chain – from production, through processing, gas monetisation, midstream, oil refining and chemicals. Amec Foster Wheeler is also a major player in the mining, clean energy, power generation, environment and infrastructure markets, using its increased scale to widen and deepen customer relationships. In addition, Amec Foster Wheeler is a leading designer, fabricator and supplier of advanced boiler systems for the power generation and industrial markets.The group said the combination “strengthens its already considerable positions in North America and Europe and further enhances its established presence in growth markets of the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.” Amec Foster Wheeler has more entrenched market presence and penetration prospects and will also enjoy a broader spread of customers among both independent oil majors and the world’s national oil companies. Based on 2013 pro-forma numbers, 56% of its revenues came from oil and gas, 19% came from clean energy, 9% from environment and infrastructure, 8% from the Global Power division and 8% from mining.The engineering and project delivery operations will be managed through three geographic business units: Americas; Northern Europe & Commonwealth of Independent States; Africa, Middle East, Asia & Southern Europe. The Global Power Group, the power equipment business, will operate across all geographies. These four business units will be supported by a global strategy and business development function – focused on the development of market and regional strategies, customer relationship management and business acquisition, and a project delivery function – to assure and drive project excellence and leverage Amec Foster Wheeler’s global talent and experience. High Value Execution Centres and Centres of Expertise will support this activity.Samir Brikho, Chief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler, said: “In creating our new company we are building on the proud heritage, skills and customer relationships of two already successful and highly respected businesses. Amec Foster Wheeler operates in more than 50 countries worldwide, in strong end markets and throughout the value chain. With our strong management team and talented workforce, we will not only serve our customers better, but can also offer our highly skilled employees even better career opportunities. I am proud to be leading the combined business into a new phase of growth.”last_img read more

Microsoft Kinect has problems recognizing the faces of dark skinned users

first_imgOne common message in Microsoft’s $500 million advertising push for their Kinect motion-control accessory for the Xbox 360 is the idea that the Kinect is an inclusive device meant to bring friends and families together. Someone should tell the Kinect’s facial-recognition software that, though, because it anecdotally appears to have a reluctance to accurately track black people.According to Gamespot, while testing the Kinect, two of their darker-skinned employees couldn’t accurately get the system’s facial recognition to work. In fact, one of the employees simply couldn’t have his face recognized by the Kinect at all.It’s easy to make a big stink about this, but in actuality, this is a problem with facial recognition technology: it requires a lot of differences in contrast to work properly, and darker skinned individuals can often puzzle cameras because there’s necessarily less contrast in their face.Consider last year’s “HP Media Smart Is Racist” story. It’s basically the same thing with the Kinect, and can be solved the same way: dark skinned users will need to make sure to illuminate their faces more than lighter skinned users.There’s a lot of problems with the Kinect, including laggy controls, sporadic voice recognition and limited field of view. Thankfully, though, racism isn’t one of them.Read more at Gamespotlast_img read more

No grass No nappies Here is a definitive list of what you

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha No grass. No nappies. Here is a definitive list of what you can recycle Over a third of all recycling or green bins are contaminated with things like electrical goods and liquids. Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:15 AM Jan 27th 2017, 6:15 AM Source: Shutterstock/monticelloTissue boxes (but tissues should be placed in compost bin)Cosmetic bottles, including mouthwash bottlesHousehold cleaning bottlesLiquid soap containersEmpty deodorant cans (plastic lid separate) Paper, newspapers, and magazinesMineral and water bottlesSalad dressing bottlesMilk/juice bottles and cartonsEgg boxesFruit containers (but not the fruit netting)Yoghurt containersMargarine tubsRigid food packagingPaper potato bags 43,456 Views A THIRD OF all Irish recycling bins are contaminated.A survey of over 1,300 people conducted by Repak, found that despite 90% of respondents recycling on a regular basis, over 53% of those surveyed were not entirely sure what can and cannot go into their recycling bin.According to research by Repak, 65% of people don’t know that just one piece of contaminated packaging can ruin an entire recycling bin, and another 30 weren’t aware you could contaminate.So what are you supposed to recycle? You can view the entire list here, but we’ve also given a flavour below: Short URLcenter_img Share Tweet Email7 Image: Laura Sherry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Laura Sherry 34 Comments Source: Shutterstock/weedezignPet food cansFood cansBiscuit tinsSoup tinsGlass (but take it to your local bottle bank or recycling centre)What you CAN’T recycleRepak’s marketing manager Laura Sherry says that last year she met with waste management companies, and the most common complaint they had about contamination was nappies, grass cuttings and food contaminated packaging.She said that these would ruin an entire recycling bin’s contents.“Paper, cardboard, aluminium, some plastics are all recyclable. If you recycle a can of coke, 6-10 weeks later it will be back on the shelves having been recycled.”But there are some plastics that can’t be recycled, and it can be quite difficult to tell the difference sometimes. A takeaway cup, for example, can have a type of plastic in it that can’t be recycled and is difficult to separate from the recycled part.Sherry says that they’re planning to push companies to ensure all packaging they use is fully recyclable.(Repak are in charge of helping companies that produce over 10 tonnes of packaging a year be responsible for where their packaging goes.) What a contaminated bin looks like – it’s likely that none of this bin’s contents would be recycled. Source: Laura SherryOther things like batteries, electrical goods, and compost can be recycled, but aren’t meant to go in the recycling bin.Batteries can be brought to supermarkets to be recycled, electrical goods are to be brought to large recycling centres, and compost can be recycled in gardens.Each year 100,000 tonnes of contaminated recyclable material is sent to landfill which causes considerable damage to the environment.So the message is although a material might be recyclable, that doesn’t always mean it goes in the recycle bin.In 2015, approximately 28,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard packaging, 13,000 tonnes of plastic and 29,000 tonnes of glass was sent to landfill because of contamination – that’s the equivalent of 550 Boeing 737 jets at maximum take-off capacity.Repak is a for purpose packaging recycling scheme funded by contributions from more than 2,085 participating member’s companies. Since 1997, over 10 million tonnes of used packaging has been diverted from landfill.Poll: Do you recycle your rubbish?Read: Here it is – everything you’ve ever wanted to know about recycling but were afraid to asklast_img read more

Upheaval in coalition parties after departures

first_imgThere was fresh upheaval in PASOK on Thursday after the decision by outspoken MP Mimis Androulakis to quit the Socialists, following the ejection of six lawmakers who voted against a new austerity package in Parliament, reduced the ranks of the beleaguered party to just 26. The tough stance displayed by PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos was echoed Thursday by party sources who told Kathimerini that the defectors had not only been removed from the parliamentary group but from the party as a whole and that they would be obliged to reapply to join PASOK at their local constituencies if they wanted to return to the fold. The reactions of the ousted deputies varied. Markos Bolaris accused Venizelos of shifting to the right, claiming that the PASOK chief had banished MPs with “justifiable political objections.” Costas Skandalidis, a veteran party official and former minister who had been regarded as a likely challenger to Venizelos for the PASOK leadership, refused to comment on criticism of his decision to be absent from Thursday’s vote on the measures. The decision of Androulakis to declare himself an independent MP on Thursday, after toeing the PASOK party line and voting in favor of the austerity package, drew criticism, with some interpreting his mixed signals as an attempt to preserve the status quo. Growing debate about a possible government reshuffle was played down by sources in PASOK who said that Venizelos remained focused on keeping the government and country in one piece. However in the ranks of Democratic Left, the smallest party in the coalition, there was reportedly talk about the preferences of party leader Fotis Kouvelis in the event of a reshuffle. As for the two MPs who broke from the party line of voting “present” on the austerity package and voted “no,” sources indicated that the aim was to marginalize them, particularly if they vote down the 2013 budget on Sunday as is expected. Democratic Left’s charter does not foresee the ejection of MPs so the preference would be for Odysseas Voudouris and Paris Moutsinas to take the initiative and declare themselves independent. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turning deadwood into diamonds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For Stefan Kazakis, business is a brutal sport, that needs to be built on strong foundations. Otherwise, you are simply blown away. And as a first-born son of immigrant parents, who in the late ’70s started a textile manufacturing business that was employing around 100 people, he knows what he is talking about. From experience, he knows what happens to businesses built on foundations of sand, including his family business, which he took from near bankruptcy to become a multimillion dollar business.“My sister and I grew up in a family that was very privileged. But our parents were so consumed, absorbed by the business that was growing and growing rapidly. “When I came back from 12 months overseas in 1992, my parents’ business had gone from what was a very prominent business to being almost broke. Looking back, it was built on foundations of sand. When the threat and challenges of that particular period came in, my parents, their business and livelihood was challenged, so I was asked to step in,” Stefan tells Neos Kosmos. In a matter of 10 years, the then 23-year-old Stefan, a social sciences graduate, rebuilt the family business – to the point where it became a benchmark business, doing jobs with the likes of Nike, Adidas, Puma, AFL, NRL, Sony. “One of the first things I did was appoint a mentor. I brought someone into business tat would mentor me and coach me for the next 11 years. We decided to work with the companies not just based on price, but also based on value. “We decreased the amount of business we needed to do, but we were going to do jobs with leading businesses. Ten years later we sold it, as a multimillion dollar turning business.”It was the experience with his family business that made Stefan Kazakis the meaningful, trusted and gifted advisor that he is today, ranked in the top one per cent of coaches globally.After years of experience running successful small to medium sized businesses, Stefan’s career in business coaching took off in 2005. Now he is a world renowned business strategist. The morning we talk, he has already done one conference – his 45 minute talk was worth $5,000. He doesn’t want the numbers to be misinterpreted, but to serve as an example of how far you can go with hard work. “Some people are just in a hurry. We are born with our talents. But you have to awake the talent, work the talent and practise the talent – not the talents. “Some of us tap into the talent, follow it and believe in it; versus others hoping and wishing for another talent and consistently juggling 15 balls in the air while their talent is only one ball in the air. The future is no different to the past – it just depends on how you decide to shape it,” he says meaningfully. The wisdoms and experiences of the Melbourne-based business strategist Stefan Kazakis are now collected in his recently released book From Deadwood to Diamonds, a practical guide for small business owners to achieve long term success. The book is aimed at those who may have lost a sense of direction or are at a crossroad of opportunity and don’t know what to do next. The book provides advice on how to overcome common obstacles and seize an opportunity to achieve long term success. “Diamonds derive from fossil fuel which is dead wood. And that meaning goes for anything in life, not only for business. Dead wood – it’s when the mind convinces ourselves that there is no more energy, no more hope, no more chance. But there are so many more flowers in our garden than there are weeds. “This book is for every business owner and anyone who is leading, that truly has lost direction in terms of future opportunity. Not only for them, but also for the business owners that believe that there is a better way, more opportunities, the next slice of the market to conquer… “It’s all in the mindset – the first component of diamond business is clarity. It is brutal truth that makes my strategy to work. The ability to accept it, to go to a place where you are not intimidated by the things you don’t know. The ability to go into the room, and not be the smartest person there, and not feel intimidated by it. “I don’t hold back from the brutal truth that success is about commitment and digging deep; you are required to make a consistent effort. So the real brutal truth questions are – are you ready for business growth? Are you ready for profit growth? Are you ready for a better quality of life?” Stefan says passionately. In 2005, when Stefan Kazakis embarked on his professional business coaching career, two things were giving him the guidance. His vision – to be a leader of future leaders; and his mission – to be an epicentre of resources and results for all his clients and his team’s goals. The two remain his ultimate goals. “I’m always looking for a new piece of information. On a yearly basis, I invest $85,000 a year for my professional development. We live in the information age, where the only thing that will separate the good and bad is education and wisdom. “There is no better time than now to take up the global market. We are in the economic winter now, and guess what the next season is?” To find out more about Stefan Kazakis and to download a chapter of his new book, visit last_img read more

MercedesBenzs electric eSprinter finishes winter testing

first_imgEnlarge ImageSliding around all day in an electric van barely even sounds like work. Mercedes-Benz Back when Mercedes-Benz introduced the latest generation of its Sprinter cargo van, it promised that an electric variant was on the way. Now, it’s almost here, and we have a little more information about what lies under its body.Mercedes-Benz announced on Friday that it has completed winter testing for the upcoming eSprinter electric cargo van. It underwent testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, where temperatures drop as low as 30 degrees below zero and the roads are often shrouded with ice and snow. Mercedes said it’s one of the last hurdles standing between the eSprinter and its market launch in the second half of 2019.In addition to ensuring its vehicle exhibited proper handling characteristics and remained comfortable in extreme temperatures, Mercedes also wanted to ensure its electric powertrain could handle serious climates. With its larger 55-kWh battery pack, Mercedes-Benz estimates that the eSprinter will achieve about 93 miles per charge, although it did note that the extreme weather in Sweden dropped that range to about 62 miles. That battery will permit a maximum payload of about 1,984 pounds.If more payload is needed, there’s a smaller battery available, as well. A 41-kWh battery drops the maximum range to about 72 miles, but it increases the maximum payload rating to 2,293 pounds. No matter the battery tucked under the body, the eSprinter can accept fast charging, which will bring the battery from empty to 80 percent of its max charge in about 30 minutes.No matter the battery, the electric motor remains the same. It puts out about 114 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. We took a spin in the US-spec Sprinter last year, and we were impressed with its new tech loadout and, as always, its monster capabilities. Here’s hoping the electric version carries that mantle going forward.Mercedes eSprinterEnlarge ImageHey, buddy, you don’t have to stand around and watch it charge. Go have some tea, or whatever warm drink the Swedes prefer. Mercedes-Benz 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 2 Comments 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Mercedes-Benz Share your voicecenter_img 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Tags More From Roadshow Electric Cars Vans Future Cars Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

AK From tree to cream how birch syrup makes its way to

first_imgAn option for Wild Scoops ice cream is to have birch syrup glazed over it (Photo by Daysha Eaton)The chartreuse leaves of the birch tree are one of the first signs of spring in Southcentral Alaska. But for a few weeks before the leaves unfurl the trees offer a sweet treat –a watery liquid that when tapped and boiled down turns into a rich, nutty syrup. Birch syrup is becoming a favorite flavor in the state’s budding local food scene.Listen nowAt Wild Scoops test kitchen, near downtown Anchorage, an ice cream machine whirs as Elissa Brown prepares to drizzle birch syrup into chilled sweet cream.The artisanal ice cream company started in 2015, making locally inspired ice creams and sorbets. Brown said one of the most exciting parts her job is formulating the flavors.Wild Scoops owner Elissa Brown hold a tray of ice cream sandwiches (Photo by Daysha Eaton)“We have made so many flavors. We are always making new ones,” Brown said. “We have probably about 25 in the kitchen at any given time, but hundreds in our repertoire.”Some use local products – locally-baked chocolate treats for example – to create rich concoctions with Alaska-themed names like, Sitka Swirl and Turnagain Mud Flats. Others are made with wild ingredients only found in the far north, like Spruce Tip and Wild Berry Kombucha Sorbet.Brown said those wild-crafted, local ingredients are key, like late run birch syrup, which she uses in several ice creams.“It’s a really nice balance of the creaminess of the vanilla and the sharpness of the birch which is sort of unexpected,” Brown said. “It is not quite like maple syrup, it is not like balsamic syrup, it is not like molasses, but it is something that is totally unique and very Alaskan.”Brown said the idea for the birch syrup ice cream came early on, when they were approached by a small company in Homer, Bridge Creek Birch Syrup.About 200 miles south of Anchorage, on a cool spring morning at the bottom of a hillside overlooking the town of Homer and Kachemak Bay, clear birch sap empties through a series of PVC pipes, down the hillside and into a giant holding tank in the back of a pickup truck.Jake Beaudolin puts birch into a large wood stove (Photo by Scott Dickerson)Jake Beaudoin collects liquid sap from birch trees into hundreds of gallon plastic bags then after 24 hours empties the bags into five gallon buckets.“It is just a bunch of tubing and we collect into five-gallon buckets and haul it over and dump it in the barrel and then it all gravity feeds down into the truck tank, right here,” Beaudoin said.Turning the clear watery sap of the birch into a nutty, sweet syrup though, is a huge process, powered by fire. There’s a giant wood stove. If Beaudoin were doing this in the olden days, this would be a wood stove with a pot on top, but it’s a little more complicated than that.“Yeah, that’s pretty much it. It’s just a big, forced air stove – it’s two feet wide and six feet long,” Beaudoin said.Back at a small building near Beaudoin’s house, birch sap flows from the 300-gallon collection tank into a custom-made boiler inside the shop he endearingly calls the evapatorium.Birch sap is poured and prepared into a boiler.(Photo by Scott Dickerson)“As the sap flows in, it’s constantly being evaporated off at 50 gallons an hour,” Beaudoin said. “So, we are adding 50 gallons of new sap every hour as it is evaporating. So, it is constantly concentrating and all the sugars are flowing through these different compartments and they all get pushed forward and pushed forward until it reaches the front bay.”What started off as a hobby for he and his partner, Anna Meredith, has turned into a small business that takes over their lives for two or three weeks each spring.“The big thing with maple and birch that people do not realize is that it takes twice the amount of sap to make a gallon of syrup,” Meredith said. “So, it is definitely a different creature—it’s different nutrients, different minerals cause it’s a different tree.”Meredith, traveled to the first ever international birch syrup conference held in the Adirondacks in upstate New York in 2015, where their syrup took first place in the late-run category.Once it is finished off on the propane burner, the syrup is cooled and emptied into jugs and smaller bottles for food businesses like Wild Scoops in Anchorage. Elissa Brown said the local treat is doing more than just adding flavor to their ice cream.Containers of Wild Scoops ice cream (Photo by Daysha Eaton)“The birch syrup is just a small part about what we do, but I think it captures our love for this sense of place, our love for Alaska and this growing excitement about using products that grow here,” Brown said. “Using products and ingredients and wild ingredients that are unique to Alaska.”Brown said the ice cream company is expanding from their smaller test kitchen off Gambell to a storefront location downtown this summer, and at least two birch-themed flavors will be on the menu.last_img read more

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2019 Nagpur girl Sugandha Date

first_imgSa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2019 winner Sugandha Date.InstagramSugandha Date was declared the winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 in a glittering grand finale episode held on Sunday, June 9, aired on Zee TV. Sugandha Date, who hails from Nagpur but now lives in Mumbai with her family, won a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh as the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 winner. The six finalists on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 were Sugandha Date, Astha Das, Ayush KC, Anushka Patra, Pritam Acharya and Mohammad Faiz.Sugandha Date was also a contestant on Indian Idol in 2013 as a little girl, and then too, she had wowed judges and listeners with her amazing talent and was in the Top Five. As a 14-year-old on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019, Sugandha Date’s vocal quality has been compared to that of Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal.Those of you who have seen Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 will know that Sugandha Date sings like a professional singer herself. She revealed to BollywoodLife after her win that she wishes to sing for Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt in the movies. Kiara Advani and Shahid Kapoor on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2019.InstagramVeteran playback singers Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu enthralled listeners with their live performance in the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 grand finale. Singers Mika and Babul Supriyo were also among the special guests. Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani appeared on the grand finale episode to promote their film Kabir Singh, and lauded the performances.Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2019 was hosted by Ravi Dubey, with the judges being composer Amaal Malik and singers Richa Sharma and Shaan. Congratulations to Sugandha Date for the win!last_img read more

Jai Ho Manusher Sathe to be theme of Kolkata Police programme this

first_imgKolkata: This year, Kolkata Police’s programme Jai ho is going to be based on the theme — “Manusher Sathe” (With People). Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to be present at the function which is due to be held on August 24 at Netaji Indoor Stadium.It was after the change of guard in the state in 2011, Kolkata Police has been organising this programme, based on different themes, every year. “It may be recalled that the themes of the programme in 2016 and 2017 were “Safe Drive Save Life” and “Women Empowerment” respectively. It was in 2016, when the Chief Minister had launched the state wide — “Safe Drive Save Life”— campaign to bring down road accidents. Similarly, “Women Empowerment” was the theme in 2017 after the Chief Minister bagged the first prize in United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in the Netherlands for Kanyashree Prakalpa. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe programme will start at 5 pm on Friday and there will be performances based on the theme by both men and women police personnel. As many as 39 police personnel will put up a dance performance choreographed by Sudarshan.The police personnel will depict the theme “Manusher Sathe” through their performances.”Kolkata Police is always beside the citizens and rushes to extend their help. The performances will also depict how police always remain beside people,” the officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Every aspect of the programme will be based on the theme — ‘Manusher Sathe’,” said a senior police officer adding that Tollywood actors will also be present and many will perform.He added that the yearly recreational programme of Kolkata Police Jai Ho is one of the events in which family members of the city police’s rank and file are invited to be a part of the extravaganza that continues for around 5 hours.It may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken up several initiatives for the police personnel who relentlessly carry out their duty and take additional responsibilities during any festival in the state.last_img read more

Back up Windows 10 Apps Settings with CloneApp UA

first_imgBack up Windows 10 Apps Settings with CloneApp UA by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2019 in Windows – 7 commentsCloneApp UA is a free program for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system that users and administrators may use to back up or restore settings of UWP applications on Windows 10 devices.The application supports reset and cache clearing operations next to that.The application is related to CloneApp, an application for Windows to back up settings and other data of supported Win32 programs.CloneApp UA supports the same functionality but for Microsoft Store applications, aka Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.Web browsers may prompt users for action when the program is downloaded; an attempt to download the program in Google Chrome was blocked by the browser initially. A click on the menu icon and the selection of “keep” unlocked it on the system, however, so that it could be run.CloneApp UACloneApp UA does not need to be installed. The tested version is labeled as beta by the developer. The program’s interface looks very similar to that of CloneApp.First thing you need to do is click on the scan link to scan the current system for UWP applications. All UWP apps found are listed in the middle column after the scan. Each application is listed with its name and a checkbox to select it.You may select one, some or all apps individually, or select all/none with a click on the select item in the left column.The right column displays the log of operations. Once you have selected apps you may click on backup to start the backup process.Apps are backed up to the Backup folder in the main program folder; ideal for portable use. A click on restore restores any application that is backed up, an option to restore the settings of individual applications does not seem to exist currently.The only way around this, at the time of writing, seems to be to move all folders of backed up apps from the backup folder to another location to block their restoration.CloneApp UA supports repair functionality next to that. Select one or multiple apps, and then the repair option to display available options.Repair supports four operations currently:Normal ResetHard ResetClear App CacheClear App Store CacheA normal reset clears the settings file, a hard reset settings files, app data, preferences, and sign-in details. System apps and installed Microsoft Store apps can be reset.Closing Words and verdictCloneApp UA is a specialized application to back up, restore, or reset UWP applications on devices running Windows 10.The application may be useful, e.g. when using apps that don’t support sync on multiple Windows 10 devices, for safekeeping, or other purposes.It could use better restoration options, e.g. one that checks for backed up application profiles and displays those to the administrator to make a selection.It might also be more useful if the developer would merge both applications, CloneApp and CloneApp Ua into a single app with filter options.Now You: Do you back up (settings of) programs that you use?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 12 votes Software Name CloneApp UAOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BackupLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Two new sales plus firstever YVRCosta Rica nonstops for Sunwing

first_img TORONTO – Coming in December, Sunwing will be launching new nonstop flight service from Vancouver to Costa Rica, making it the only carrier to offer this route direct from YVR.Departing on Sundays between Dec. 23, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the weekly direct service to Liberia will be operated on the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Last year, Sunwing became the first to offer a direct flight from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica. With the addition of Costa Rica, Vancouverites can enjoy access to 11 different Sun destinations this winter season.“We’re very pleased to be introducing Costa Rica for the coming winter. As well as being renowned for its eco tours and adventures, this popular destination also stands out for the quality of its accommodation,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “With this new service, our Vancouver customers will be able to choose between two of our consistently most popular top-rated resorts – Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Guanacaste – or be among the first guests to experience the new Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, opening his fall.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaTo celebrate the Oct. 1 opening of this new resort, Sunwing is inviting guests to be among the first to visit the property with a new Red Carpet sale. Travellers who book Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica by June 29 can take advantage of savings of up to 50% on vacation packages. Even more, agents can earn 4X the STAR Agent Reward points that convert to cash on all new bookings, for departures between Oct. 1, 2018 and Dec. 20, 2019.Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is the first-ever, all-inclusive luxury resort for Planet Hollywood and features an array of upscale amenities, including handcrafted ‘Phabulous Beds’, 24-hour room service, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, plush bathrobes and slippers, private balconies and terraces, and daily supervised kids activities. Guests who upgrade to Star Class can enjoy Al-list treatment that ranges from their own personal agent and preferred seating at restaurants, to exclusive access to the private pool and bar.Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Costa RicaMore savings can be had with another Sunwing sale, this one designed for families. The Summer Family Fun sale, available until June 15, includes savings of up to $2,000 per family on a wide range of vacation packages to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Limited space is still available for summer dates, so families are encouraged to book quickly.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSunwing recommends several family-friendly properties, including Riu Dunamar in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, a beachfront property that offers rooms for families of five, all-day entertainment, water sports, an on-site Splash Water Park, and RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited à la carte dining and spa discounts.There’s also the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, a top-rated luxury resort featuring five-star accommodations, a pool complex, spa and complimentary kids club, as well as Grand Memories Santa Maria, featuring an on-site kids club, kayaking, pedal boating and beach volleyball.All vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can enjoy a welcome sparkling wine toast, buy onboard Sunwing Café menu with selections inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, and backpacks for children filled with games and toys. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood, Sunwing, Vancouvercenter_img Monday, June 11, 2018 Two new sales plus first-ever YVR-Costa Rica nonstops for Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Dont spend the earth to get to heaven

first_imgSource = Scoot – Tigerair Don’t spend the earth to get to heavenMore and more travelers are making the choice to save on the cost of airfares, and spend the savings on the ground at their destination. The success of Scoot, Singapore’s value for money airline, is a direct result of a public willing to give up frills in the air, for the dollars to spend down there.Now, thanks to Scoot and Tigerair, one of the most aspirational destinations, The Maldives, is achievable for many Australian travelers.Maldives can now be reached flying with Scoot to Singapore, and then connecting with Tigerair to Male, with a through fare from $199 one-way, Economy Fly fares, (bags and food extra) but including taxes, from Perth and Gold Coast from $249 Economy Fly fare and from Sydney or Melbourne from $259 Economy Fly Fare (bags and food extra).On sale from 0001 Mon 28th November 2016 – 2359 Sun 4th December 2016, (Perth/Singapore time) these fares are guaranteed to set people dreaming about an island Holiday. Travel is for 8th Feb through till 18th May 17 2017.* *Blackout periods may apply over school holidays and eventsEven better – The Small Maldives Island Co. is offering great rates from $750++ on Finolhu and $1500++ at Amilla Fushi – their stylish and contemporary luxurious Resorts in UNESCO world biosphere Baa Atoll.Amilla Fushi – literally meaning ‘My Island Home’ – effortlessly conjures a luxurious ‘homecoming’ feeling for first timers and old friends alike. Framing its lush jungle interiors, pristine sands and crystalline lagoons with clean lines and gleaming white surfaces, Amilla’s 59 Miami-meets-Maldives Island Homes beckon – while eight majestic four up to eight bedroom Residences (POA for serious interested buyers!) offer a capacious private beach haven for VVIP parties and families.A stylish and eclectic retreat with a buzzy bon-vivant vibe, Finolhu, is a refreshing, retro-inspired burst of fun for the region, bringing toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving beach-erati alongside the best DJs, live acts and most fabulously chic parties in the Maldives. Located in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort Amilla Fushi) Finolhu is the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike. Finolhu’s 125 villas come on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach, with or without pool in either one or two bedroom options.Don’t dream about it do it!Book your air tickets at and and your accommodation at / www.finolhu.mvFinolhu SandBank About Scoot and TigerairBudget Aviation Holdings (“BAH”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines Group (“SIA”) formed in 2016, owns and manages SIA’s low-cost carriers (“LCCs”) Scoot and Tigerair.  Scoot and Tigerair offer a combined network of 59 destinations over 16 countries across the Asia Pacific, with Scoot operating an all-787 Dreamliner fleet to medium-to-long-haul destinations and Tigerair offering short-to-medium-haul flights on its Airbus A320-family aircraft from Singapore.  Both airlines are part of Value Alliance, the world’s first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance. Together, Scoot and Tigerair offer travellers exciting travel possibilities at exceptional value, while ensuring the highest standards of safety and reliability. Fly Tigerair Fly Scoot * Terms and Conditions Applylast_img read more

Missed it by that much During the 1980s Saskatc

first_imgMissed it by that much! During the 1980s, Saskatchewan Tourism took control of its marketing by engaging US actor Don Adams, known for his role as Maxwell Smart or Agent 86 on the TV series Get Smart (1965-1970).Would you believe Adams appeared in a number of commercials for Saskatchewan Tourism in character as Maxwell Smart? The ads were directed by Tom Davidson and the clip below is featured on his YouTube channel.Smart’s clumsy investigative skills, his bulky and conspicuous shoe-phone and popular one-liners all feature.Given that Adams was born in Manhattan, the choice of actor may seem odd — however between 1985 and 1988, Adams was staring in a Canadian TV show comedy called Check it Out which was popular in Canada.In the heart of North America, Saskatchewan is bordered by Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. To the south it borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota.Unfortunately Adams or Smart doesn’t make it past mostly studio locations in these adverts, due to the time of the year the commercials were filmed, although there is a staged fishing scene, presumably to make reference to the origins of the name from the Plains Indian word, ‘kisiskatchewan’, meaning ‘the river that flows swiftly’ (the area’s major river).You may be hoping for your own cone-of-silence after watching these but they are an interesting snapshot into 1980s tourism marketing. *FlashbackFridayCanadaSaskatchewan Tourismlast_img read more