Reverse Exodus: Gulf Workers Head Home

first_imgIn March, Dhananjay Datar, promoter of the $50 million United Arab Emirates-based Al Adil Trading Co., celebrated the 25th anniversary of his business. He hired a Boeing 737 and circled Dubai for several hours as 50 guests popped champagne and ate cake. After touchdown, he presented his wife, Vandana, with a $2 million Rolls Royce Phantom.Around the same time, other Boeing 737s were ferrying laid-off Indian workers back from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi, principal cities in the southern Indian state of Kerala. They hope to return, but at the moment it doesn’t seem likely.Some 200,000 to 500,000 Keralites working in the Gulf are likely to return home by midyear, state finance minister T.M. Thomas Isaac told the State Assembly recently. This is a considerable chunk of the estimated two million-plus Keralites working abroad, nearly 90% of them in the Gulf. The 2001 census put Kerala’s population at 31.8 million. Non-resident Keralites (NRKs) send back close to $8 billion in remittances annually, more than double the state’s tax revenues. The impact of the reverse exodus — both economically and socially — could be devastating, according to experts. Indian workers at a shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.“There will naturally be a considerable negative impact on Kerala, as the remittances will stop and the number of unemployed will increase simultaneously,” says Rajesh Chakrabarti, assistant professor of finance at the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB). “Socially, adjusting to the returnees will be a problem. They would be quickly perceived as liabilities as opposed to assets, affecting both them as well as the residents.”The reasons for the reverse migration have been well-documented. The Gulf economy has been suffering after the crash in oil prices. Dubai has been hit particularly hard because it was the region’s key financial center, and finance has taken a backseat amid the global economic slowdown. “It is mainly the real estate and property segments along with bankers who have been hard-hit,” says Datar of Al Adil Trading. “The other businesses are not doing too badly. They may be down by 15% to 20%.” Adds Faisal Shamsudheen, a Dubai-based journalist-turned-PR manager who lost his job in the crisis: “Construction and banking are the worst hit. Mass redundancies are happening by the day in the private sector and semi-governmental organizations.”The bulk of the NRKs were working in construction. “The Gulf has been a significant employer in blue-collar jobs and the worker class,” says Narayanan Ramaswamy, executive director, KPMG Advisory Services. “That influx will come into India.” People have left other Indian states for jobs in the Gulf, but in much lower numbers. (Labor migration from states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has more often been to richer states such as Gujarat and Punjab.) Kerala will bear the brunt.Kerala’s Main Export Commodity“The main commodity which Kerala exports to the Gulf countries is manpower,” says Ajay Kumar, chairman of the Kerala State IT Mission and secretary of IT. “They have been engaged in the construction, real estate and tourism sectors, which have been badly hit by the global slowdown.”Ramaswamy notes that Kerala’s rule by a Left alliance may create additional problems. “One of the things this will definitely cause, especially in an economy like that of Kerala, with its Communist flavor, is more unrest,” he says. “Jobs will be affected. Unions will protest. If this continues for the medium to long term, it will also lead to law-and-order problems.”Though some observers sense disaster, authorities don’t seem particularly concerned yet. “The Dubai government is still in a denial phase and continues to repeat that there is no mass exodus of Indian workers,” says Shamsudheen. The Center for Development Studies (CDS), in Thiruvananthapuram, said in a report this year that there was no cause for worry. The main conclusion of the report, the Kerala Migration Monitoring Study 2008, is that “as of December 2008, there is neither any indication of a significant slowdown of emigration from the state nor any large-scale increase in return emigrants to Kerala.” Authors S. Irudaya Rajan and K.C. Zachariah acknowledge, however, that the situation may have changed in 2009. But not all return migration is related to the recession, they say.  Indian workers at Sonapur camp in Dubai.According to the CDS, the number of emigrants from Kerala in 2008 was 2.16 million, up from 1.84 million in 2003. The number of return emigrants was 1.1 million in 2008, up from 890,000 in 2003. So return emigration rose only 210,000, compared with an increase of 320,000 outward-bound. “I don’t think there is a crisis,” says Rajan, who is chair professor in the research unit on international migration and a fellow at CDS. “A few hundred people may have lost their jobs. But what are they among the two million (Indians) in the Gulf?” Shamsudheen also points out, however, that these figures were calculated before the economic crisis struck the region.And some data can be misread. Take remittances, the lifeblood of the Kerala economy. According to K.V. Shamsudheen, chairman of the Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, a UAE-based charitable organization working for the welfare of expatriate Indians, NRKs have remitted more than $42 billion to Kerala in the last 35 years. Weekly newsmagazine India Today reports that non-resident external deposits with Kerala banks, which were $6.73 billion in June 2008, are expected to cross $7.39 billion by June this year. Adds Binoy Augustine, manager of the Tiruvalla branch of Federal Bank, which has one of the largest numbers of NRK accounts in the state: “In the past two months, we have seen a surge in NRI remittances thanks to the favorable exchange rates.” This boom in remittances is considered good news; it’s business as usual.Coming Home PermanentlyOthers, however, say that returning NRKs are closing their accounts in the Gulf because they are coming home permanently. The spike is also attributable to the more expensive dollar, which makes it attractive to convert to rupees, and the migration of accounts from foreign banks, perceived as risky, to Indian public-sector banks. Such a surge cannot continue.A Planning Commission report submitted recently to the Union government suggests as much. Remittances could decline by 20%, the report says. As workers abroad return to India, “they may bring back their accumulated savings and a one-time increase may take place. During 2009-2010, private transfers can be between $35 billion and $50 billion.”A World Bank study reaches a similar conclusion. “Cash remittances to developing nations sharply slackened in the last few months of 2008 because of the global financial distress, and they are projected to continue their slowdown this year,” the report says. “Their lower growth in 2009 will likely be a result of the global crisis, the downward impact of the oil price collapse on the Gulf economies and the uncertainty about exchange rates…. The growth of remittance flows is expected to slow significantly from 6.7% in 2008 to 0.9% in 2009, but could recover in the medium term to 6.1% growth in 2010.” Indian workers at Sonapur camp in Dubai. Although Kerala may suffer the most, the decline could hurt the entire economy. India gets the highest remittances of any country in the world ($27 billion in 2007; $32 billion in 2008). This is estimated to add 3% to GDP. “The slowing down will hurt particularly as it comes coupled with the reversal of portfolio capital flows,” says Chakrabarti. “Together, this could hurt both the exchange rate, making the rupee weaker, and the asset markets, particularly the real estate market.” The euphoria following the formation of a new, stable government may dilute this effect. The rupee is strengthening and foreign portfolio investments have resumed. But remittances have always been long-term money, while foreign investments in Indian equity, as the last year shows, can be fickle. Total foreign direct investment in India in 2008-09 (April to March) was around $27 billion, while portfolio investments stood at a negative $15 billion as foreign institutional investors pulled out.The government won’t acknowledge the potential for a crisis. In Dubai recently for the inauguration of a new campus of the Ghaziabad-based Institute of Management Technology, former commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath rejected a suggestion that the government work out a loan or grant scheme for Gulf workers who had lost their jobs. This has been a demand of the Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, which earlier appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have the government provide $2,000 each to workers who had to return after losing their jobs. Nath instead said India had plenty of jobs.“The government can’t fund any rehabilitation or relief packages for its expatriate Indian community,” Nath said, according to the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National. “However, Indians facing losses should return and find new opportunities back home. Industries like IT continue to grow in India, and business is looking positive.”But, as in other parts of the world, job losses have been considerable in India. Nath’s optimism notwithstanding, having special schemes to provide jobs for returnees may invite problems. “To the extent that some of the returnees will have prior experience and skills, the government may be able to help them find employment, but any ‘special efforts’ directed at them will also cause social heartburn,” says Chakrabarti. “So efforts, if any, should be kept low-key.” Adds Ramaswamy of KPMG: “The government should take some measures. But this business of providing direct employment could just be more emotional talk. The way they should provide employment is to hasten some of the infrastructure projects and start investing in capital-intensive projects.”Financing for Repatriated EntrepreneursThose are big-ticket items. The Kerala government, meanwhile, is thinking small. It has announced a $200 million entrepreneurship package for repatriates. This, finance minister Isaac says, is not a dole program. The money will go to the state-owned Kerala Financial Corp., which will borrow six or seven times that amount from the market. The principal will be used to finance entrepreneurs. Kumar of the State IT Mission says the technology sector offers employment potential. “There is hope in the IT sector, which seems to be growing despite the economic slowdown. The growth in IT in Kerala is likely to be much more than the national average.” Because of pressures on costs, IT companies will move to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, he predicts. Kerala has enough of those and an additional edge because of “the best social infrastructure and highest physical quality of life.” The government has a three-pronged plan to make Kerala an IT destination: Build infrastructure, develop human resources and focus on marketing the state. “There is a hidden opportunity for Kerala,” Kumar notes.There is a problem, however. Keralites work hard when they go out of the state to seek their fortune; at home, they seem to lack the same discipline. “Keralites are ready to do any job once they cross the state border,” says Rajan of CDS. “But (at home) there is a kind of self-created social unemployment.” Opportunity exists nonetheless. “There is a scarcity of workers in Kerala. If you notice, in Thiruvananthapuram city alone there are thousands of workers from other parts of India and even from Nepal.”The Kerala crisis raises issues that are larger than the impact on the state. India was supposed to benefit from a “demographic dividend.” India’s young workers would provide muscle as other countries turned gray. Has this theory — and therefore India’s growth prospects — suffered a setback? “It is temporary,” says Chakrabarti of ISB. “The jobs crisis is global, across countries. In the end, India will still be among the fastest-growing countries in the world. Hopefully, by 2011, 2012, the dust will settle, and by then India will also be able to get back on track for growth.”A related issue is protectionism, particularly in the labor market. Western countries have begun making noise about this as they try to preserve jobs for their own nationals. But Chakrabarti is optimistic. “These protectionist tendencies will be short-term,” he says. “But if the slowdown becomes a very long one, the protectionist pressures may cross certain political thresholds, which may lead to the world going the protectionist way for decades to come.” Adds Ramaswamy: “Protectionism is an emotional response and can only be a short-term phenomenon because the world has moved a long way from where we were during the last recession. The impact of the Gulf slowdown on India is only an indirect one, so we don’t need to be overly concerned. Even the people who are coming back will return to the Gulf once the economy picks up.”It has happened before. During the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, there was an exodus of Indian workers from the war zone. “It was a fast turnaround for Kuwait after the Gulf War, considering the devastation and exodus the country saw with the Iraqi invasion,” says Shamsudheen, the PR manager. “Almost all Kuwait returnees went back after the country was liberated, and there were more opportunities with the reconstruction projects.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

HOT LOTTO GAME TO END

first_imgLottery players have cooled to the Hot Lotto game so officials who run the game are ending it.Tickets for the dollar game, which has been around for 15 years, are sold in Iowa and 13 other states.Iowa Lottery officials say popularity has waned and the last drawing will be October 28th.The game is similar to Powerball but odds of winning the jackpot are one in 29 million, much better than Powerball’s odds of one in 292 million.Iowa lottery officials say the decision to end the game is not related to a 2010 fraud by a lottery vendor employee, Eddie Tipton, who has pleaded guilty to tampering with number-picking computers to predict winning numbers.They say lotteries routinely replace games with declining sales.last_img

Mignolet feels Karius’ pain after costly errors

first_imgLiverpool Mignolet feels Karius’ pain after testing season for Liverpool’s error-prone goalkeepers Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:05 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Loris Karius Real Madrid Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The German made two costly mistakes in a Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, but retains the full support of a club colleague at Anfield Simon Mignolet feels for fellow Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, with both men having endured their fair share of criticism on the back of costly errors.The Reds have struggled for consistency between the sticks in recent years, with Jurgen Klopp having spent much of the last two seasons shuffling his pack.Neither Mignolet nor Karius have convinced when called upon, with the latter having endured another nightmare outing in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Two horrendous mistakes allowed Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to net against the Reds, with Mignolet among those forced to watch on from the sidelines as European dreams were dashed in Kiev.The Belgian knows all too well what Karius – who has apologised for his performance – will be going through, telling reporters on the support he can offer: “I know how it is. You need a bit of time. The good thing about this final is that he will have the summer to take it and go forward.“If he wants to talk then of course I will be there. Every goalkeeper can relate to him.“I’ve been in this situation before myself and those kind of things you deal with yourself.“The only thing I told him is that there is a reason we got to this final, and why we played in this final, so think about that.“But of course it is very difficult to say anything to him and to let him grasp it.“He’s only young. I’m sure he will [bounce back]. I think we have all the tools at Liverpool as well to help him with that.”Sadio Mane Liverpool Real Madrid Champions League final 260518While Liverpool fell at the final hurdle in their continental quest, they did give their loyal supporters plenty to shout about in 2017-18 and Mignolet believes there will be better days to come.He added: “When you see the amount of supporters who were behind us throughout the whole campaign, with their special songs, they made something special happen this year.“It’s very bitter that we can’t give them something back and not to give them the trophy that they wanted.“Together with the fans, together with the rest of the club. I think we play, not as individuals, but as a team, we play as 11 together, we play as a whole squad.“Everyone was behind the team from the very first moment we stepped into the Champions League and I think that will be the same going forward.“Liverpool stands for unity, Liverpool stands for ‘all together’. I think that will not only be the right ideal for Liverpool, it has always been their history and will always be their future.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

NYC Day Two – Summary

first_imgIn the 18’s Boys division, the three top seeds have carried on their impressive form and are all undefeated after two days of the tournament. In Pool A, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) has continued the form that saw them win the 2009 NYC title, currently sitting on top of the ladder with 66 touchdowns for and nine touchdowns against. The Sydney Scorpions sit in second place on the Pool A ladder, with four wins from their five games. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) is sitting on top of Pool B, with five wins from its five games. The Brisbane City Cobras are also undefeated, winning three of their games and having a draw in the other.  In Pool C, New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) are on top of the ladder, followed by the South Queensland Sharks, who have won three games and lost two. In Pool A of the 18’s Girls division, QSST has continued its impressive form, with six wins from its six games so far. Last year’s winner, who is going for its fifth consecutive title, has scored 67 touchdowns and has only conceded six touchdowns against so far this tournament. The Brisbane City Cobras sit in second place, with five wins and one loss from their six games, with local hopes, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third. Two of New South Wales’ schools teams, New South Wales Combined High Schools and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges, sit in first and second place of Pool B respectively following two days of competition. Both sides are undefeated and will meet at 9.50am on day three in what should be an exciting encounter. To view all the results from day two of the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-742-0-0-0&a=COMPSlast_img read more

Jim Boeheim On Post-Season Ban: “I’d Rather Take The Punishment And Let The Players Go To The Tournament”

first_imgJim Boeheim not happy with a call.DETROIT, MI – MARCH 18: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Syracuse’s self-imposed NCAA Tournament ban has helped spark a lot of debate about the efficacy of NCAA post-season bans, which almost always wind up punishing players who are not involved in the violations at hand. Many believe the punishment should be levied against coaches and administrators, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, who believes that Jim Boeheim, and not Rakeem Christmas, Mike Gbinije, and company, should be the one banned from the tournament. Dakich had Boeheim on his radio show, and the legendary Syracuse coach agrees with his idea.Jimmy B on @dandakich “I’d rather take the punishment and let the players go to the tournament, I’ve been to the tournament” @BrentAxeMedia— Justin Hardie (@jhardie13) February 25, 2015While it is too late for this Syracuse team, last night’s win at Notre Dame gives the program two wins over Top 12 teams in the last week, and the Orange would probably be right on the bubble if they were eligible. Punishing a coach who was present, even if he may or may not have been aware of alleged violations, makes far more sense than taking this opportunity away from the innocent players.last_img read more

Whiskey Whiskers: Bourbon Grooming Products for Celebrating National Bourbon Day

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Celebrated for its sweet, smooth flavor, so beloved is bourbon that, in 1964, a Congressional Resolution designated it America’s “native spirit;” in 2007, we saw the birth of National Bourbon Heritage Month; and for decades, happy summertime revelers have been celebrating National Bourbon Day on June 14. The history of National Bourbon Day is a tangle of legend and missing pieces, but don’t worry! There’s still plenty of reason to celebrate this patriotic potable. Naturally, you’ll want to toss back a glass of your favorite bourbon, but with their line of bourbon-inspired grooming products, Olivina Men has another way to celebrate, too.Bourbon is distinctly American not only because it was invented in the United States, but because its ingredients themselves are steeped in American tradition. Corn was originally used to distill the sweet whiskey because it was the primary native grain of Kentucky. The water was ideal for distilling whiskey because it came from the Limestone Shelf. And the tradition of burning the inside of bourbon barrels started with one man in Bourbon County, Kentucky in the late 1780s. When all of these critical ingredients came together, early settlers knew they had something good. Olivina’s products mirror this tradition, using high-quality, natural ingredients to create formulas that truly stand out, and all of the products in their Bourbon Cedar line pay homage to the popular American spirit with a fragrance that is alluringly sweet, with warm undertones and refreshing pops of cedar.All-in-One Body Wash – $16Hair, face, body — you name it and the contents of this rich amber bottle will clean it! Olivina Men’s body wash is not only versatile – its effectively versatile. The wash removes dirt without leaving behind oily, dry skin. It also makes for a mean head of hair, as it gives it a matte, movable texture that’s ridiculously soft and much easier to style. Whether you like to keep things simple, or need something for quick weekend travels, you’ll be raising a glass to this sudsy multitasker.See ItConditioning Cream – $10This conditioning cream is another multi-tasking member of the bourbon cedar set. A blend of organic olive oil, barley protein, and elderberry softens, nourishes and strengthens your hair while promoting growth. Use it after you shampoo and rinse afterward, or warm in your hands and work through dry hair for more control and a healthy shine.See ItBourbon Vanilla Lip Balm – $4This lip balm ups the rich factor by adding vanilla to its bourbon fragrance. It contains organic olive oil and cocoa butter to nourish lips with essential nutrients and protect them from harsh winter weather. Staying hydrated is vital for keeping your lips healthy, and nothing quite gets the job done like this lip balm.See ItShave Prep & Beard Oil – $20Whether you prefer to let your beard bang or keep it close and trimmed, taking care of your facial hair is crucial. This 2-in-1 shave prep and beard oil can be summarized with one word: fantastic. The organic concoction comes in a 2 fl. oz. container, which contains cedarwood and jojoba oils that help purify your hair for an all-day fresh-smelling beard. Warm a few drops of oil on your hands and massage all the way through your facial hair. It’s that simple.See ItExfoliating Bar Soap – $7Exfoliating can be a tricky routine: you want enough coarseness to get a deep clean, but not so much that it damages your skin. With a smooth feel and a silky lather, this bar soap is infused with ground olive stone and red kaolin clay to add just the right amount of grit to clear your grime. How about a toast to a healthy glow and a deep clean?See ItAluminum-Free Deodorant – $8All your pride-fueled bourbon celebration might have you working up a sweat. This gentle, aluminum-free formula fights odor without unhealthy ingredients, and the sweetly fresh scent keeps you smelling great.See ItBourbon Cedar Soy Wax Candle – $30Olivina’s full-bodied bourbon blend isn’t just for grooming products: in their all-natural soy wax candles, it lights up a space with a cozy fusion of fragrances. Red cedar gives it a deep, rich scent while smoky wafts of vanilla add warmth and a slight sweetness. The candles are also available in travel-size, so you can take the inviting aroma with you.See ItBourbon Cedar Cologne – $40It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this richly intricate cologne is where the bourbon cedar fragrance is at its best. It is packaged in a handily slim amber bottle, and the fragrance is invitingly warm, notably fresh, and richly layered. An undertone of hearty vanilla, mixed with sharp top notes of cedar and smoke, capture a uniquely inspired blend that is well-balanced and long-lasting.See ItBourbon Cedar Solid Cologne – $20With the same luxurious and bourbony-good scent as the spray cologne above, Olivina’s Bourbon Cedar Solid Cologne has the benefits of being travel-friendly, compact, and because it’s a solid cologne, you know exactly where you’re applying it–not spritzing and praying like with a typical aerosol cologne.See ItFor even more bourbon grooming products, check out a few of our favorites here. Then try them out at the best bourbon bars in the country.last_img read more

Cult classics to regale cinema lovers of Delhi

first_imgThe third edition of ‘Navrasa Duende Classic Movie Festival’ is a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world. This year, the festival plans to screen classics including ‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang (Germany); ‘My Fair Lady’ by George Cukor (USA); ‘400 Blows’ by François Truffaut (France); ‘Viridiana’ by Luis Buñuel (Spain); and many more. These evergreen classics transcend all geographical, cultural and language barriers and foster a universe of their own. Hosted by Navrasa Duende Movie Club, a not to profit film society registered under Society Registration Act, 1860, the 2-day event will be held from June 29 – 30, 2019, at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi. It is supported by Federation of Film Societies Of India, Goethe Institute, Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Polish Institut, Japan Foundation, Svenska Filminstituet, Films Sans Frontieres and other institutions.last_img read more

Four of top10 cos lose Rs 84433 cr in mcap HDFC twins

first_imgNew Delhi: Four of the 10 most valued domestic companies together witnessed an erosion of Rs 84,432.8 crore in market capitalisation last week, with HDFC twins taking the biggest hit.RIL and SBI were the other frontline companies that suffered a drop in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HUL, Infosys, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank finished with gains. However, the cumulative gain of these firms at Rs 22,058.3 crore was less than the total loss suffered by the four companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe m-cap of HDFC Bank plunged Rs 26,900.6 crore to Rs 6,22,401.90 crore, making it the top loser among the top-10 firms. It was followed by HDFC, whose valuation tumbled Rs 23,360.6 crore to Rs 3,74,131.53 crore.Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) lost Rs 22,123.4 crore in m-cap to stand at Rs 7,69,627.33 crore, while SBI’s valuation dropped Rs 12,048.2 crore to Rs 3,05,667.95 crore.In contrast, the market cap of TCS jumped Rs 11,951.35 crore to Rs 7,91,302.89 crore and that of ICICI Bank zoomed Rs 3,484.66 crore to Rs 2,68,125.39 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostITC added Rs 2,487.11 crore to its valuation to reach Rs 3,31,749.04 crore and Kotak Mahindra Bank gained Rs 2,138.61 crore to Rs 2,88,522.40 crore.The valuation of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) climbed by Rs 1,266.41 crore to Rs 3,74,651.29 crore and that of Infosys rose Rs 730.16 crore to Rs 3,38,148.69 crore.In the ranking of top-10 firms, TCS closed the week with number one ranking, followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, HUL, HDFC, Infosys, ITC, SBI, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank.TCS on Thursday went past Reliance Industries Limited to become the country’s most valued firm by market valuation yet again.During the last week, the Sensex lost 454.22 points or 1.18 per cent to close at 37,882.79 on Friday.last_img read more

Exotic cats kept in dark dirty trailers seized from BC breeder

first_imgLITTLE FORT, B.C. — The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it has seized 13 exotic cats that were found in “horrific conditions” outside of Kamloops, B.C.The SPCA says in a statement that 10 adult serval cats and three kittens were taken from a breeder in Little Fort after it received complaints of sick and injured animals being sold.It says most of the African cats were being kept in RV trailers on the property and were exposed to high levels of ammonia from urine, with litter boxes overflowing with feces.The SPCA says there was no proper ventilation or access to water despite high temperatures, and no natural light because the windows were covered.The animals were removed with the help of a conservation officer and are being cared for at an undisclosed location.Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer, says in a statement that the African cats require extensive space to run and a highly enriched environment to express natural play and hunting behaviours.“They are carnivores and require a very specialized diet to meet their physical needs, including proper bone development,” she says.“The idea of these beautiful wild animals being confined in captivity is disturbing enough, but in this case, the animals were kept indoors in substandard conditions without access to the outdoors or exercise.”Moriarty says the case fits with a trend of substandard breeders who have very attractive websites so buyers are unaware of how distressing the actual living conditions are for the animals.All interactions are online and buyers never visit the property, she says.In addition the 13 exotic cats, the SPCA also seized two dogs and one domestic cat in distress from the same property.Serval cats are not included in the provincial controlled alien species legislation, which means their breeding is not regulated.The investigation is ongoing but the SPCA says it will recommend charges of animal cruelty in the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Accredits New Private School Majors

Rabat – The global list of state-accredited private institution majors now includes additional options. The ministry accredited the new majors and renewed established courses after their expiry.The global list now includes Business Management (SIST), Entrepreneurship and Economic Intelligence (ESTEM), Graphic and Digital Design (ESDAV), to name a few.The accreditation of the new majors, published in the Official Bulletin (page 5100) on July 18, will expire either in the 2019-2020 academic year or the 2025-2026 year (in the case of private medical schools). Major accreditation means that the related training programs become state-approved. Once all its majors are accredited, the institution can apply for state-recognition of their degree.The application for accreditation is submitted by the owner of the institution to the department in charge of higher education according to a set of specifications.The accreditation procedure is carried out according to a number of conditions. The institution must have a Scientific Council and at least 30% of its teaching staff must be permanent.For management, commerce, and communication majors, one teacher for every 40 students is required for accreditation. One teacher for each 25 students is required for the science and technology majors, while paramedical majors require one teacher for each 10 students.The institutions must also respect national pedagogical methods.Morocco has 202 private institutions for higher education. In the academic year of 2015-2016, 1231 students graduated from Moroccan private universities such as Mundiapolis or Universiapolis. The universities had 7032 students already enrolled and 2153 new students for the same year.In 2016-2017, 6093 students graduated from private schools all around Morocco, 2801 in Casablanca alone.New students enlisted in private schools to study Business and Management, Science and Technology, and Health Sciences increased from 7,912 in 2010-2011 to 10,623 in 2016-2017. 61% of new enrollments (2016-2017) in private institutions were in private schools, with  20% in private universities. 28,493 students were in training in private schools for the 2016-2017 academic year. read more

Tamil Nadu boat owners want talks with Lanka

Speakers said the Tamil Nadu Government should also resume the fourth round of talks with the Sri Lankan Government and its fishermen and retrieve Katchativu islet, so that the Indian fishermen could fish in the traditional area also. Various associations’ functionaries, including NJ Bose, S Emiret and P Sesuraja, who participated in a meeting, claimed they had the backing of all fishermen’s associations in Tamil Nadu, the Press Trust of India reported. They warned that they would resort to an indefinite stir from December 5 and intensify it, stage a dharna in front of Parliament and boycott elections if no action was taken. Mechanised boat owners’ associations in Tamil Nadu, comprising 11 outfits, warned of launching an indefinite stir from December 5 if the Centre in India did not take steps to secure the release of the 23 fishermen and 53 boats seized so far by Sri Lankan naval personnel.They also wanted compensation for the boats that were totally damaged while anchored in the Sri Lankan coast, said Sandhya, Vercode fishermen’s association president. read more

Jury in Top Chef case says 1 member is assuming guilt

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 1:01 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jury in ‘Top Chef’ case says 1 member is assuming guilt BOSTON – The jury in the trial of four Teamsters accused of threatening and harassing the cast and nonunion crew of the TV reality show “Top Chef” has told the judge there is one juror who is “assuming guilt over innocence.”The note came on the third day of deliberations.In his note back to the jury, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock said presumption of innocence “is a cardinal principle of our system of justice.”The Local 25 union members are accused of using strong-arm tactics in an attempt to extort jobs as drivers with union-scale wages. The show’s host, Padma Lakshmi, testified that she was “terrified” when a Teamster confronted her outside a Boston-area restaurant where the series filmed in 2014.Lawyers for the men say they were merely demonstrating against the nonunion crew. read more

SAMOA Apia welcomes thousands for UN conference

“It’s critically important for us to put our best foot forward and we have done just that,” chief executive of the conference Falalavauu Perina Sila told UN Radio following the flag raising. With cannons firing, the UN blue and the Samoan blue, red and white were hoisted over the Tuana’imato sports complex in a symbolic handing-over of the venue to the UN for the next several days. The site’s aquatic centre is used for accreditation, with photos for identification cards being taken next to diving boards and a lap pool. The hockey stadium has been temporarily converted into office space. Hanging bananas decorate walkways where joggers once stepped, and electric carts ride up and down the complex routes. On Friday afternoon, the site had more visiting families than delegates. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is set to begin on 1 September, with a series of pre-conference forums on youth, private sector and civil society, organized mostly off-site. Safuneituuga Paaga Neri, surrounded by her grandchildren, was among those visiting the complex. “I wanted them to see this. It is historic,” she said. As part of the preparations for the conference, the school year was adjusted to give students a break, and free up more volunteers for the conference.In addition, residents have been decorating the villages between the Faleolo International Airport and Apia’s centre. Visitors are welcomed with flags, painted coconuts and flowers.Asked what she hoped the conference would bring, Ms. Neri’s answer turned to climate change. She stressed that partnerships must be created that will allow people living near the shores to withstand extreme weather and rising sea levels. Samoan journalist Andrew Fassau told UN Radio that the people he has interviewed in the run-up to the event are particularly concerned about the impact of climate change. “They hope that something good will come out of this conference with regard to the small island nations like us,” he said, adding that islanders are pointing to industrialized nations for causing the climate woes.The expectations held for this conference are seen outside of the sports complex gates, where Samoan police direct traffic on streets named “SIDS,” “welcome” and “hope.” In a Guardian opinion piece today, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi urged world leaders to help, warning that the Pacific islands are sinking.“I want world leaders to see for themselves what our islands are doing to deal with climate change, natural disasters and the tough economic challenges thrust upon us,” he wrote. The conference will also kick off a drum beat to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s climate change summit which will be held in September. Mr. Ban is due to visit tomorrow with a community that has been impacted by extreme weather, and see how Samoa is coping with these challenges. The theme of this year’s conference is creating “genuine and durable partnerships,” and more than 300 partnerships are expected to be announced, according to Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, who is the Secretary-General of the conference. In addition, more than 120 side and parallel events will be held in the city, which are likely to spur more collaborations, he told the UN News Centre last week. For the villages in Samoa, such as Fasito’o Uta, the importance of these partnerships and the conference can be summarized using the Samoan word for ‘welcome’: “Talofa to all delegates, welcome to paradise.” read more

Nedved hails the legendary Juventus

first_imgVice-chairman Pavel Nedved has hailed the “legendary” Juventus side that won their seventh consecutive Serie A title as “almost inhuman”The Bianconeri’s goalless draw against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday was enough to secure them the league crown and their fourth consecutive domestic double.Nedved, who himself played for Juventus between 2001 and 2009, believes that the only thing that was missing from an otherwise brilliant season was winning the Champions League.“Allegri and the players were the stars of this seventh Scudetto,” the former midfielder told Tutti Convocati, via Football-Italia.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This season was very difficult because our motivations were mainly for the Champions League, in which we missed the last step for a perfect season.“Still, we’ve worked every day to get to these results. Juventus are legendary, almost inhuman, animals even. These players have done something fantastic.”Juventus will next face the relegated Verona at their Allianz Stadium in Turin for their final game of the season.last_img read more

Old City Bonalu concludes on a colourful note

first_imgShahalibanda: The annual 2-day Bonalu festivities in Old City took off on a colourful note and concluded peacefully in the Old city on Monday. The new elephant ‘Sudha’ has been an attraction of the annual Bonalu festivities in Old city, which led the grand Bonalu procession which was started from the Akkanna Maddanna Mahankali temple in Hari Bowli.The second and concluding day of grand festivities of the annual Bonalu started by the grand Pooja on early morning, which was attended by the hundreds of devotees in Mahankali temples in Old city. Later in morning around 11 am the Pothuraju Swagatham was organised by different Mahankali temples. Advertise With Us Pothuraju was seen touring the surrounding areas of temple while showering blessings by donning this special avatar, which is believed to safeguard devout from evil spirit. Different cultural programs were organised on roads and nearby temples by the devotees and later Rangam was organised. On evening the fully decorated Matha Ghatam has taken out in procession Shri Mahankali Jathara on the fully decorated elephant ‘Sudha’, specially brought from Karnataka. The procession started by the Pooja performed by K V Ramana Chary Retd IAS and Advisor to Government and City Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar. Advertise With Us The procession started from Akkanna Maddanna Mahankali temple in Hari Bowli passing through Maissamma Mahankali temple in Bela, Nehru Statue, Lal Darwaza x roads, Shahalibanda, passing through Charminar, Pattarghatti, Madina and culminated at the Matha temple near musi river in Nayapul peacefully, in which thousands of devotees took part. Elephant ‘Sudha’ replaced by local elephant Rajani Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India Akkanna Maddanna Temple Patron, G Niranjan lamented that, it was sad that since 2005 the elephant ‘Rajani’ was part of the annual Bonalu procession and this year due to her health issues, she was not able to take part in the grand procession and he was praying for her good health. The main attraction for the procession on Monday remained the new elephant. It may be mentioned here that due to ‘bad attitude’ of elephant ‘Gaja Lakshmi’, which took part in Ujjani Mahankali procession on last Monday in Secunderabad Bonalu, she was sent back. Following a request to Endowment and forest department to arrange another elephant for the procession, the departments arranged the new elephant ‘Sudha’ from Karnataka and the elephant has performed well in the Sabzi Mandi Bonalu procession on Sunday. The organisers and devotees felt satisfied with the good behavior and her performance in the procession. Tight security arrangements The city police made tight security arrangements for smooth conduct of the two-day grand festivities. CCTV cameras were installed at the temple and nearby areas. More number of women constables were deployed to assist the devotees arriving at the temple. Police personal were also deployed at the Masjid terrace in Pathergatti. Around 2000 police personnel were deployed like RAF (Rapid Action Force), Traffic police, Law and Order police, bomb squads etc. Additional Commissioner of Police (L&O) D S Chauhan, DCP (Traffic) K Babu Rao, DCP South zone Amber Kishore Jha and other officers were inspecting the areas.last_img read more

Seduce Any Whovian With These PickUp Lines

first_img There are only three words anyone ever wants to hear an attractive stranger say to them: “I’m the Doctor.”In lieu of that, though, try some of these Doctor Who-themed pick-up lines on that cute geek you’ve been eyeing.(Disclaimer: We take no responsibility or liability for drinks tossed in faces or punches thrown as a result of these conversation openers.)Is that a sonic screwdriver in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?BBCYou’ve stolen both my hearts.BBC AmericaYou know what they say about Time Lords with long scarves…BBCAre you a Weeping Angel? Cause I can’t take my eyes off you.BBCYou’re so Oodiful.BBCHello, Sweetie!BBCIf I were the Doctor, would you be my companion?BBCEven a Cyberman couldn’t delete you from my heart.BBCWanna come back to my place for a great wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey? This Bird Attracts His Valentine With His Heart-Shaped Red Throat SacThe 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant Other Fezzes are red, the TARDIS is blue, bowties are cool, and so are you.BBC AmericaI would burn up a sun just to say hello to you.BBCIf you and I were together, there would be no Silence in the library.BBCYou’re Dalektable.BBCMy planet exploded. Wanna repopulate?BBCI’d wait centuries for you.BBCCozy up with your new companion to count down the days until April 15, when Doctor Who returns to BBC and BBC America for its 10th season. This marks the final 12-episode arc for showrunner Steven Moffat and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi; after a brief vacation, Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall will take over the search for the next Doctor.The April premier will be followed by the debut of spin-off Class. Penned by Patrick Ness, the drama follows four Coal Hill School students as they navigate friends, family, love, loss, and possibly the end of existence.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cyber Monday Deal Save 30 on Ankers Famous PowerWave Wireless Charging Stand

first_img Share Tweet Submit Anker’s PowerWave 7.5 Stand is the complete wireless charger in a lot of ways and it’s 30% off today for Cyber Monday 2018.Grab the Anker PowerWave 7.5W Stand for Just $34.99 Instead of $50 TodayWe’re huge fan of products which work out of the box without having to intervene much. The Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand is one of those products and it is high quality in every single way.It’s made from the best materials around, it ships with a Quick Charge 3.0 power adapter and a Micro USB cable all inside the box. This means that the moment you take it out of the box, all you have to do is plug it into a wall outlet and you’ll be charging your iPhone or Android device immediately.Charge Forward: Exclusive WaveBoost technology uses advanced components and a state-of-the-art cooling system to charge up to 30% faster than other wireless chargers.One for All: Works with all wirelessly-charged phones, including the latest iPhone (7.5W) and Samsung flagship phones (10W). Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger (included) required.Flip It: Charge in landscape orientation while watching videos, or portrait mode for messaging and Face ID.Case Friendly: Don’t fumble with your phone case. PowerWave transmits charging power directly through even heavy-protection cases.What You Get: PowerWave 7.5 Stand, Quick Charge 3.0 AC adapter, PowerLine 6ft Micro USB cable, welcome guide, worry-free 18-month warranty, and friendly customer service.If you’re interested, you can pick up the wireless charger from the link below. Don’t forget to apply the discount code at checkout otherwise you’ll be charged the full $50 price.Buy Anker PowerWave 7.5W Stand – Was $50, Now just $34.99 with discount code ANKER002You may want to check out the following deals as well:Cyber Monday 2018 Discounts on Gaming Monitors, LED Displays, More – Deals from Just $89.99Save $50 on the Latest Mac mini This Cyber Monday Straight from AmazonEpic Cyber Monday 2018 Deal: 20100mAh USB-C Power Bank With 45W Power Delivery Output for iPhone, iPad, MacBook for $38.99 OnlyNetgear Has Discounted its Networking Gear for Cyber Monday – Offering up to 50% Discount on Select HardwareCyber Monday 2018 Kicks Off with a Massive Sale on All microSD Cards – Here are the Best OptionsCyber Monday 2018: Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a Killer Deal at Just $139, Bundles with Free Echo Dot and More are Live!Cyber Monday 2018 Deals on Amazon Hardware: $19.99 Echo Dot, Big Discounts on Fire Tablets, MoreAmazon Echo + Sengled Smart Bulb Bundles Will Save You Big Money this Cyber Mondaylast_img read more

Vital Introduces Vitrea 7 Advanced Visualization Platform

first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more June 30, 2016 — Vital Images Inc. recently launched version 7 of its Vitrea advanced visualization software. This application-based platform delivers full-powered solutions for 2-D, 3-D and 4-D medical imaging and comprehensive user workflows, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and X-ray angiography (XA) applications.Vitrea software is one of several solutions Vital featured at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) annual meeting, June 23-26 in Orlando, Fla.With several new applications and unified, scalable deployment options, Vitrea software empowers chief medical informatics officers (CMIOs) and their clinicians to grow their applications based on current and future needs. The flexibility of partner applications being available on all deployments and content personalization built into Vitrea software can help CMIOs gain more rapid physician adoption.Vital also streamlined the user interface and integration of new applications to ensure consistent user experience across all modalities (CT, MR, XA, positron emission tomography and single photon emission computed tomography). By providing advanced clinical tools within a uniform user interface, Vitrea software enables physicians to have meaningful interactions wherever they are.At SCCT, Vital showcased a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3-D Printer, which is able to physically replicate the anatomy using data from an imaging study. Vitrea software takes patient scans and converts them into STL files for direct use with a 3-D printer. A range of anatomical models from demonstration patient studies were on display as well. Many of these models were 3-D printed using Stratasys’ Connex line of 3-D printers that enables simultaneous multi-material, multi-color 3-D prints to mimic both the appearance and texture of patient anatomy.For more information: www.vitalimages.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 30, 2016 Vital Introduces Vitrea 7 Advanced Visualization Platform Latest release offers patient-centric, application-based solutions for 2-D, 3-D and 4-D medical imaging and workflows News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Domestic travel expected to increase in light of 150th birthday celebrations

first_img Travelweek Group Domestic travel expected to increase in light of 150th birthday celebrations Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Tags: Canada, Trend Watch Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> OTTAWA — Despite a stubbornly sluggish economy, travel to and within Canada has actually grown this year, thanks in large part to low gas prices and a weak Canadian dollar.According to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Travel Markets Outlook for both national and metropolitan cities, overnight visits are on track to grow by 3% in 2016 and 2017. On top of the nearly 10% growth last year, overnight visits from the U.S. are expected to increase a further 7.8% this year, as many American travellers are choosing Canada – known as a safe travel destination – over competing destinations struggling with safety concerns.Similarly, overseas arrivals to Canada saw an increase of 8.7% this year, but are expected to cool slightly in 2017 to an estimated 6.4%.“The tourism sector is one of the handful benefiting from the low Canadian dollar. We’re seeing increased levels of both U.S. and international visitors that are nothing short of tremendous and restore much of the travel volume lost during the past decade,” said Greg Hermus, Associate Director for the Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute.Next year’s domestic tourism numbers will receive a boost from several factors, including growing consumer confidence, increases in disposable income as well as major events, like the 150th anniversary of Confederation and Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Domestic pleasure travel is estimated to increase by 3.2% in 2017.Travel prices are forecasted to continue ramping up slowly with increases ranging between 2.1 and 2.3% between 2017 and 2020. While travellers were hit with a 3.7% increase for accommodations in 2016, a more moderate annual increase at a pace between 2 and 3% is expected across the forecast horizon. Travellers can also expect to spend between 2.1 and 2.4% more for food and beverage services.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsOf the nine Canadian cities covered in the ‘Travel Markets Outlook’s Metropolitan Focus’, most can count on tourism growth between 2-5% next year.Domestic overnight visits to Halifax are projected to increase by 2.8% before the end of the year, while overall visits should grow by 3.8%.HALIFAXDomestic overnight visits to the city are projected to increase by 2.8% before the end of the year, while overall visits should grow by 3.%. The King’s Wharf waterfront project is scheduled for completion in spring 2017 and should attract both business and pleasure travel to Halifax, with overnight visits set to grow 3.1% in 2017.MONTREALThe renewal of hotel space and major sports events have contributed to a strong year for pleasure travel in Montreal. The city will experience a 4.3% increase in overnight visits in 2016. As Montréal celebrates its 375th anniversary in 2017, a further increase of 5% is projected for overnight visits.QUEBEC CITYOvernight visits to Quebec City are expected to grow by 3.7% in 2016, with pleasure travel receiving a boost from the recently completed Videotron Centre, a multi-use indoor arena. Visits from the U.S. to the city are expected to grow by 8.9% this year amidst low gas prices and a favourable exchange rate.OTTAWA-GATINEAUWith sporting events such as the Canadian men’s curling championship and strong gains from international markets, overall visits to the city are estimated to increase by 3.4% in 2016. Celebration for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 will see overnight visits to the nation’s capital grow considerably. Other major events, such as the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup and the 105th Grey Cup will also lend a hand in the projected 6.4% increase in domestic pleasure travel next year.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthTORONTOStrong convention activity will lead to growth in business travel to Canada’s largest city this year. In 2017, pleasure travel is projected to increase by 3.%, boosted by Toronto hosting Prince Harry and his Invictus Games and the NHL Centennial Classic Game.WINNIPEGBusiness travel is set to grow 3.6% in 2016, receiving a boost from the recently completed RBC convention centre. In 2017, a 3.3% increase for overall overnight visits is expected as the city hosts the Canada Games and opens a new outlet mall.CALGARYAttendance at the Calgary Stampede was at a 22-year low in 2016. The outlook is much brighter for 2017 with pleasure travel expected to see a boost as a result of the recently opened National Music Centre and the Calgary Film Centre. Overnight visits to the city should expand by 2.5% in the new year.EDMONTONWith the continuing weakness of the energy sector, local tourism activity suffered this year. While overnight visits to the city are projected to decline 1.7% in 2016, strong growth from the U.S. and overseas markets should help contribute to an increase of 2% in overall overnight visits next year.VANCOUVERVancouver will see a 6% increase in tourism activity in 2016. Next year, the city will benefit from hosting a number of large sporting events, such as the NCAA basketball tournament and the Canada Sevens rugby tournament. Overall, overnight visits are projected to increase 4.1% in 2017.last_img read more

Argentine Congress considers making street harassment crime

first_img“They shouted these things at me for an entire month,” the 20-year-old university student said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I couldn’t walk out of my house in peace.”Frustrated by something all too common in this South American country of 41 million, Rizzo in April posted a video on YouTube about her experience. She argued that verbal assaults could lead to physical abuse.The video, seen by half a million people, touched a nerve, turning Rizzo’s campaign into a cause celebre and prompting lawmakers to draft legislation that would make such street harassment a crime. A vote is expected within a few months.The moves come amid a national campaign protesting physical attacks against women. Tens of thousands of Argentines took to the streets last week in a march dubbed “ni una menos,” meaning not one more woman lost to gender violence.There are many contradictions in Argentina when it comes to gender equality. Women have equal rights under the law and there are more women than men enrolled in college. The country’s most powerful person is a woman — President Cristina Fernandez. But the macho culture of many Latin American countries is pervasive here as well. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day In this May 18, 2015 photo, Aixa Rizzo poses for a picture in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Legislators in Argentina are proposing an anti-catcalling law that could make the practice punishable with a fine. The recently proposed project was sparked by Rizzo, who posted a video online recounting her experience of verbal harassment at the hands of strangers. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Top Stories Concern has been growing about increased violence against women, including a rise in reported cases of domestic abuse.In 2010, the Supreme Court created the Office of Domestic Violence to receive and evaluate claims of abuse. The first year, the office dealt with 7,437 cases. By 2014, the number had risen to 10,573, a 42 percent increase.There has also been a growth in the number of women killed in violent acts nationwide as well, according to Meeting House, an organization that works with battered women. It says that 277 women were killed violently last year, including in cases of rape and kidnapping, up from 208 in 2008, when it began to compile statistics.Other countries in the region have considered similar bans on lewd comments.Under a law passed in Peru in March, women can report street harassment and a judge then evaluates the claim and decides on a possible jail sentence.A catalyst for that legislation was an incident last year that scandalized the country. Peruvian singer and actress Magaly Solier claimed that a man masturbated behind her on a busy bus in Lima. The man was identified and Solier filed a police report. But a judge decided against pursuing charges, saying that because there was no physical contact, the complaint didn’t belong in court. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When she left her house each day, Aixa Rizzo would brace for a barrage of sexually laden comments from male electricians working on a project in her neighborhood.It started with under-the-breath remarks, applause and whistles, but over several weeks developed into vulgarities about her body and chants about sexual fantasies. One day, three of the men followed her, prompting Rizzo to turn around and shower them with pepper spray. The men swore at her and told her she was crazy, but they ultimately walked away. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Many men, from taxi drivers to construction workers to white collar workers, frequently whistle or say things when women walk by.“Lewd comments are just the tip of the iceberg that manifests itself in domestic violence,” said opposition congresswoman Victoria Donda, who has put forward legislation making such verbal taunts a crime.Under Donda’s bill, which includes funds to raise awareness about abuse in schools and workplaces, women could report sexual harassment in public places.A judge would then review the complaint, interview any witnesses, and decide whether a fine should be levied.The law is aimed at combatting aggressive sexual comments, not compliments about nice hair or clothes.However, Orlando Britez, a 23-year-old construction worker, worries that men could be punished if women interpret their comments as too aggressive.“It means I would have to hold it in, and not say what I really want to” when women pass by, Britez said from a Buenos Aires worksite.“If we say nice things, what’s wrong with that?” asked fellow construction worker Elio Borlio. “Things like, ‘Look at how beautiful you are.’”The bill appears to have wide support, including among ruling party lawmakers, and two similar proposals are being considered by the municipality of Buenos Aires, the country’s capital and largest city. 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories In her video, Rizzo tells a similar story. After the pepper spray incident, she tried to file a police report, but was told the men couldn’t be charged because they never touched her.In a Facebook forum called “Action/Respect,” women share stories of men jeering, hissing and calling out to them.One woman recently wrote that men would shout at her even though she was six months pregnant.Beyond the potential for harm, many women say the harassment is simply infuriating.“If they say, ‘Nice smile,’ I laugh and just continue walking,” said Susana Godoy, a 20-year-old university student in Buenos Aires. “But I hate it when they say, ‘Hey, baby,’ and other gross stuff.”___Associated Press video journalist Paul Byrne contributed to this report.___The story has been corrected to note that the rise in domestic violence complaints is 42 percent, not 18 percent.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more