NBA Players Show Style and Passion Off the Court

first_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Out of all the American professional sports leagues, the NBA has long been on the front lines of promoting their players and their spectacular, balletic displays of athleticism and force. Never more has this been true than in the Age of Social Media, where the league has been quick to adopt the spreading and sharing of video content (Vince Carter dunk videos and Magic Johnson assist compilations anybody?) among the various social networks.So it came as no surprise last month when the NBA, in a partnership with American Express, unveiled its Off the Court section on the league’s website. Off the Court is an ongoing video series hosted by NBA Champion Rick Fox that delves into the interests that current and former NBA players have when they are exhibiting their talents during game time. The areas that will be covered in various Off the Court “webisodes” will be style, non-basketball sports, food, music, gaming and travel. Fans of the game will be able to watch live chats with their favorite NBA players where they can contribute questions via Twitter and Facebook. In addition, there will be pre-recorded vignettes that showcase players and their various interests.So far, Off the Court has focused on their “Style” section. In November, the first player chat saw NBA Champion and All-Star Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo discussing his “Collegiate Fresh” look, how his taste in clothes reflects his game, and his stint as an intern for GQ.  Also in November, retired All-Star point guard Baron Davis discussed his new show on the Esquire network as well as how he first got into style.Over the next few months, Off the Court will be posting content in each of the other interest areas listed on the site. In January, Chris Bosh, the All-Star power forward/center of the defending champion Miami Heat, will display his love of cooking by walking viewers through the creation of one of his favorite dishes. In February, when the NBA descends on New Orleans for All Star Weekend, Off the Court will explain how NBA players appreciate music before and after games. April showcases travel, so Chicago Bulls All-Star center, Joakim Noah, will “open up about traveling off the beaten path.”The NBA is always on the cutting edge in making sure that their fans are able to experience the game on a multimedia level—and Off the Court is just another example of this fact. Whether or not you love basketball, Off the Court is the place to learn how professionals live with style and find ways to keep themselves well-rounded with a variety of interests. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTubelast_img read more

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Tech Essentials for the Modern Man

first_img How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Despite what advertisements will lead you to believe, you don’t need to be dressed to the hilt with all the latest tech gadgets and gizmos. Don’t get us wrong, we love technology as much as the next guy, but we’ve also found that keeping life simple is the best way to stay happy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of tech essentials for the modern man. You won’t find any superfluous, circuit-laden nonsense here — just useful stuff that makes your life easier. Enjoy!Earbud headphones – Gargantuan over-ear headphones, while preferable in your home or office, are unbecoming when you’re out and about in public. Stick to earbuds if you’re going anywhere – they’re easier to transport and don’t make you look like an angsty teenage punk.OBD 2 dongle — This is the standardized on-board diagnostics port built into your car’s dashboard. A dongle (in addition to being a really fun thing to say) is a little receiver you can plug into this port to extract detailed diagnostic information about your car. It’s the best way to stay on top of mechanical issues. Newer ones can even wirelessly beam the data to your smartphone. Speaking of which …A Smartphone — It doesn’t matter what kind. So long as you can use it to look up driving directions, quickly find a good restaurant or bar on the fly, and keep a music playlist for every situation; it makes no difference if you’re rocking a boxy first-gen Droid or the latest Samsung Galaxy whatever. Also, never wear a phone holster – it’s like a postmodern version of the fanny pack.Waterproof Speakers — Usually electronics and water don’t mix, but thanks to the miracles of modern engineering, they now make Bluetooth speakers that can withstand stuff like water, mud, motor oil, and spilled beer. That means the party won’t stop when your drunk friend accidentally knocks the boombox into the pool – it’ll just get crazier.Cordless Drill/Driver — Even if you’re not the handyman type and you rarely use power tools, it’s still a good idea to keep a cordless drill around the house. They’re just so versatile. With the right bits and attachments, a cordless drill can be used not only as a drill/screwdriver, but also as a rotary sander, paint mixer, garden tiller, or even an egg beater if you ever feel like making the manliest omelette of all time.Capacitive gloves — these aren’t really essential, but they’re definitely nice to have if you live in a colder area of the globe. Basically, they look, feel, and perform just like any other glove; they just have capacitive fingertips on them, so you can still use touchscreen devices (smartphones, tablets, bank kiosks, etc.) while you wear them.Luggage tracker — Thanks to the meteoric rise of GPS and cellular triangulation technology, item-tracking tech is now both affordable and accessible. Get yourself one to use as a luggage tracker and you’ll always know where your bag is — even if an incompetent airline sends it to another state by mistake. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

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DMA: Modernization of Danish Pilotage Act

first_img Print  Close My location zoom  On 20 December 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority submitted a bill to amend the Danish Pilotage Act and various other acts for consultation.The main purpose of the bill is to make it possible to perform pilotage assignments in Danish waters in a more efficient manner and thus to contribute to protecting safety of navigation and the environment. The bill is intended to create increased competition in the pilotage area and will make it easier for existing and new pilotage service providers to operate in the market. The bill is a follow-up on the Government’s publication in the field of competition policy from October 2012 entitled “Enhanced competition for the benefit of Denmark” and the subsequent analysis of the Danish pilotage market.The bill also makes it possible for the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board to investigate diving accidents and makes the level of penalty severer in case a marine accident is caused or in case of navigation contrary to sound seamanship. Furthermore, the bill contains minor adjustments of maritime law.It is the intention that the Minister for Business and Growth presents the bill to the Danish Parliament in late February 2014. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 DMA, January 7, 2014; Image: IMOlast_img read more

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GoodBulk Looking to Buy Up to 13 Capesizes

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire 7 to 13 Capesize dry bulk carriers from entities managed by CarVal Investors. Funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive for the initial 7 vessels up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under current and new GoodBulk credit facilities.Upon completion of the base transaction of 7 Capesize vessels, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 19 vessels with an average age of 9 years, consisting of 16 Capesize, 1 Panamax, and 2 Supramax vessels.Delivery of the vessels is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.GoodBulk will have the option to acquire up to an additional 6 Capesize vessels.“We are excited to partner with CarVal Investors in this transaction as we continue to execute upon the company’s strategy of building an industry leading platform for investment in dry bulk vessels,” John Michael Radziwill, Chairman and CEO, said.The transaction provides GoodBulk’s shareholders with increased Capesize exposure at “an opportune time in a recovering market,” the company said, adding that the purchase is expected to be immediately accretive to Net Asset Value per share while reducing GoodBulk’s normalized break even cost by ship ownership day and reducing the average fleet age by approximately 1.4 years.“Furthermore, with a significant share component priced at a premium to NAV this transaction underscores the value of the GoodBulk platform,” Radziwill added.The company’s leverage ratio of net debt to gross asset value is expected to remain below 30%.Following completion of the transaction, funds managed by CarVal Investors will be GoodBulk’s largest shareholder.“CarVal’s decision to partner with the company in this transaction further validates GoodBulk’s market positioning and ability to develop into a landmark dry bulk shipping platform,” Milos Brajovic, Partner of Lantern Capital Partners, said.last_img read more

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Newmans Own Foundation Honors Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole For Their Longtime

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own, Inc. “Today we pay tribute to these men and women, and the nonprofit organizations and volunteers who provide special services and support to them. No two individuals better exemplify in their public and private lives this spirit of service and common good, especially for our veterans, than Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. It is a very special privilege for us to honor them for all that they have done and continue to do.”Senator Bob Dole served our nation both on and off the battlefield. He is a decorated veteran of World War II and the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment and service to veterans. Senator Elizabeth Dole has helped military caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, focused on supporting military caregivers and bringing crucial resources to help these hidden heroes.Newman’s Own Foundation is providing grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the country that assist veterans and their families. These organizations provide a wide variety of support to veterans, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services.The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one of the grant recipients. Funds will help support the creation of the Dole Caregiver Fellow Professional Development Training Program. A special grant is also being provided to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for the training of guide dogs and the placement of these dogs with blind veterans.“Paul Newman volunteered to serve in the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding support of military service organizations in his honor,” said Forrester, who served in Vietnam as an Army officer.The 26 nonprofits receiving grants as part of the $6.7 million commitment from Newman’s Own Foundation are listed below:Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (Bridgeport, CT) 
Bunker Incubator NFP (Chicago, IL) 
Caring for Military Families The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (Washington, DC)
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Hartford, CT) 
Dog Tag Bakery (Washington, DC) 
Farmer Veteran Coalition (Davis, CA) 
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Wilton, CT) 
Head Strong Project, Inc. (New York, NY) 
Help Our Military Heroes (Easton, CT) 
IVMF at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) 
Operation Opportunity Foundation – Warrior-Scholar Project (Washington, DC) 
Patriot Boot Camp (Denver, CO) 
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) 
Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 
Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA) 
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (San Ramon, CA) 
Service to School (San Francisco, CA) 
St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) 
Jonas Project (Laguna Woods, CA) 
The Posse Foundation (New York, NY) 
UCLA Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Los Angeles, CA) 
University of Connecticut Foundation – Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (Storrs, CT) 
University of Minnesota Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) 
Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC) 
Women’s Business Development Center (Chicago, IL) 
Work Vessels for Veterans (Noank, CT)For more information about the Foundation’s support of veterans programs, click here.last_img read more

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DISNEY SEALS 71B DEAL FOR FOX ENTERTAINMENT TAKES OVER THE SIMPSONS AND

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, Star Wars, Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters. With Fox, Disney could add Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic. Fox’s productions also include The Americans, This Is Us and Modern Family.The deal helps Disney further control TV shows and movies from start to finish — from creating the programs to distributing them through television channels, movie theatres, streaming services and other ways people watch entertainment. Disney would get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call in February that Disney Plus and other direct-to-consumer businesses are Disney’s “No. 1 priority.”Cable and telecom companies have been buying the companies that make TV shows and movies to compete in a changing media landscape. Although internet providers like AT&T and Comcast directly control their customers’ access to the internet in a way that Amazon, YouTube and Netflix do not, they still face threats as those streaming services gain in popularity.AT&T bought Time Warner last year for $81 billion and has already launched its own streaming service, Watch TV, with Time Warner channels such as TBS and TNT, among other networks, for $15 a month.In addition to boosting the Disney streaming service, expected to debut next year, the deal paves the way for Marvel’s X-Men and the Avengers to reunite in future movies. Though Disney owns Marvel Studios, some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox.Disney also gets a controlling stake in the existing streaming service Hulu, which it plans to keep operating as a home for more general programming. Family-friendly shows and movies will head to Disney Plus.No pricing has been disclosed for Disney Plus. The streaming service will feature five categories of material: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney charges $5 a month for ESPN Plus, a service that offers programming distinct from the ESPN cable channel.Meanwhile, Fox Corp. — the parts of 21st Century Fox that are not part of the deal, including Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting — started trading on the Nasdaq under the “FOX” and “FOXA” tickers on Tuesday.© 2019 The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting Cinderella, The Simpsons, Star Wars and Dr. Strange under one corporate roof.The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. It will also likely lead to layoffs in the thousands, thanks to duplication in Fox and Disney film-production staff.By buying the studios behind The Simpsons and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention — and dollars. Twitterlast_img read more

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Experts calling for more data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate

A two-storey, 1,600-square-foot home seen in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver is shown here in this April 4, 2010 photo. Experts are calling for more data on foreign real estate investment, saying the knowledge gap needs to be filled if policy makers hope to maintain the stability of the country’s real estate market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Experts calling for more data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate TORONTO – There is scant data available on how many foreign investors are snatching up Canadian homes, and experts say the knowledge gap needs to be filled if policy makers hope to maintain the stability of the country’s real estate market.Foreign investment has become a hot-button issue in Vancouver lately, with many residents blaming demand from offshore buyers who are looking for a safe place to stash their money for the city’s soaring home prices.Critics are also concerned that foreign investors are more likely to pull out of the market at the first sign that prices are heading south, which could exacerbate the extent of a housing correction.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recently penned a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark suggesting the province introduce a speculation tax on people who flip homes and on luxury properties — a suggestion that Clark shot down.The B.C. Real Estate Association maintains it’s Vancouver’s constrained geography and limited supply of detached homes — and not demand from foreigners — that’s sending prices through the roof.But Cameron Muir, the association’s chief economist, admits that hard data is difficult to come by.“The data is not being collected, currently, by government,” he says.All of the uproar over Vancouver’s affordability crisis — there is even a popular Twitter hashtag, #IDontHave1Million — has highlighted a national issue: data on foreign investment in Canadian real estate is scarce.“People are putting forward all these solutions on how to fix so-called foreign speculation, but we don’t even know if it’s really happening,” said Kennedy Stewart, the New Democrat MP for Burnaby-Douglas. “This really worries me, because you can really mess up your housing market if you don’t use the right mechanism.”Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., the country’s leading mortgage insurer, has tried to fill some of the gaps. Last year, while preparing its annual fall rental vacancies report, the agency polled condominium property managers on the percentage of homes owned by investors whose permanent residence is overseas.The resulting figures were much lower than many had anticipated. The survey found that roughly 2.4 per cent of Toronto condos and 2.3 per cent of those in Vancouver were owned by offshore investors, although in certain neighbourhoods in Vancouver, the percentage of foreign ownership was as high as 5.8 per cent.The highest concentration of condos owned by foreigners was 6.9 per cent in certain pockets of Montreal.The figures are so low that economists say it’s unlikely foreign investment is having a significant impact on the prices of homes.However, the agency was only able to collect data about condos — not other types of properties, such as detached homes.CMHC’s chief economist Bob Dugan says the agency is looking at ways to expand the scope of its research.“We’ve got one piece of the puzzle, but we want to explore ways to add more pieces to that puzzle so we can get as complete a picture as possible,” he said.Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets, says one of the challenges with collecting the data is determining who fits the definition of a foreign investor.Foreign buyers who have no connection to Canada make up only a small portion of the real estate market, says Tal. More common is a situation where the buyer is based overseas, but the property is occupied by his wife and children, who attend Canadian schools and participate in Canadian society.“So is it domestic money, or is it foreign money?” said Tal. “The concept of foreign investment is much more complex than perceived.”Follow @alexposadzki on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version misspelled Mayor Gregor Robertson’s name. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Visa reforms could lead to 26 million new jobs UN agency reports

In ‘The Impact of Visa Facilitation in APEC Economies’, co-produced by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), research indicates that while visa policies of APEC countries require an average of 63 per cent of the world population to obtain a visa, out of the 355 million tourists travelling to APEC destinations in 2013, an estimated 20 per cent needs to obtain a visa.That figure is expected to rise to 21 per cent during the 2014-2016 time frame. According to the report, APEC stands to gain between 38 and 57 million additional international tourist arrivals by 2016 from visa facilitation. The inflow of additional international tourism receipts generated by these additional arrivals could reach between $62 and $89 billion, an increase of 9-14 per cent.Moreover, the total number of jobs created as a consequence of this increase is estimated to range from 1.8 to 2.6 million, according to the figures in the report.“At a time when many world leaders are looking for solutions to address a fragile economic situation and widespread unemployment, travel and tourism offers concrete measures,” UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said in the foreword to the report.Presenting the report today to the APEC high-level policy dialogue on travel facilitation in Bali, Indonesia, Mr. Rifai noted that prioritizing visa facilitation “can translate into significant socio-economic benefits in terms of income and jobs generated by the growth of tourism demand.” In January, the UNWTO released a report underscoring the necessity of less stringent visa requirements around the world, as well as the facility of an electronic visa system. read more

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TT Uber driver found murdered

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFemale cop murdered in T&TMarch 16, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese businessman found dead in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Regional”Cops probing murder of Guyanese man in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Crime” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Police are probing the death of a 28-year-old Uber driver, whose body was found in bushes on Mucurapo Road on the outskirts of the capital on Thursday night.Police said that relatives of Christopher Mohammed had last seen him earlier in the day driving his vehicle in east Trinidad.Media reports said that his body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head Thursday night in the west of the island.The Trinidad and Tobago government has not officially given permission for Uber to operate in the island, but many local motorists are involved in the programme that allows a passenger to call for a car with a smartphone running the Uber application with the driver then taking the passenger to his/her destination.So far this year, more than 200 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. read more

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Hungary Pick Szeged finish 2012 unbeaten in the Hungarian league

Pick Szeged travelled to southwest for the final round of 2012 to meet 9th place Pécs.  The two main pillars of the local team’s attack are Bence Szöllősi, current topscorer of the Hungarian League with left wing and third best goalscorer István Szepesi. These two players have scored almost half of Pécs’s goals. Young Szeged pivot Péter Grünfelder who is on loan to Pécs definitely wanted to prove himself to the Pick managers.Before the match the local team’s executives presented gifts to four of Szeged’s players: Vadkerti, Mikler, Zubai and serbian international Prodanovic who all participated at the London Olympics. This fair gesture and the fact that Zubai was recently selected best sportsman of the year in Szeged ensured that the match would start in a festive mood. Szeged had two injured players: Swedish superstar Jonas Larholm and József Czina.Pick started the match well, however the local team kept the pace until the 15. minute (7-8). The guests then changed to a higher gear and achieved a comfortable lead by the end of the first half (13-18). In the second half the difference only got bigger with Fero Sulc (6 goals) leading the way.  Gábor Ancsin (5 goals) and  Antonio Pribanic (6 goals) were the other key players in Szeged’s  easy victory (25-34).Pick Szeged finsihed the year undefeated in the Hungarian League. Members of the Hungarian national team will soon start preparing for the coming World Championship in Spain while the others may enjoy a long Christmas holiday until 7. January.We from Szeged wish all Handball-Planet readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: Aurél Iványi ← Previous Story Buxtehuder’s Stephanie Melbeck ends career Next Story → Begona Fernandez joins Vardar SCBT, Mangue’s fate still unknown ancsinmiklerPick SzegedpribanicSzegedvadkertizubai read more

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Internet Explorer pourra être mis automatiquement à jour

first_imgInternet Explorer pourra être mis automatiquement à jour Un système de mise à jour automatique équipera prochainement Internet Explorer. Cela évitera l’utilisateur de se tenir lui-même au courant de ces mises à jour.Microsoft a annoncé que son navigateur Internet Explorer allait bénéficier d’un outil de mise à jour automatique. Cette fonction équipe déjà Google Chrome et Mozilla Firefox. Le responsable de la division Business and Marketing d’Internet Explorer a expliqué que cet ajout avait été motivé par le fait que : “le web est meilleur – et plus sécurisé – lorsque les gens utilisent la dernière version de leur navigateur.” La sécurité de son navigateur Internet est prise à cœur par Microsoft qui a mené une étude en interne sur 600 millions d’ordinateurs répartis dans une centaine de pays. Cette étude révèle que les nouvelles attaques proviennent des réseaux communautaires. La mise à jour automatique prend en compte cela.La firme de Redmond précise également que cette fonctionnalité sera accessible aux internautes qui utilisent les dernières dernières version du système d’exploitation Windows : XP, Vista et 7. M. Gavin a ajouté : “de la même manière, les consommateurs ayant précédemment refusé l’installation d’IE8 et IE9 au travers de Windows Update ne seront pas mis à jour automatiquement”. L’Australie et le Brésil seront les premiers bénéficiaires de ce système.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Knight Harwood embraces autoescalation

first_imgConstruction firm Knight Harwood’s group personal pension scheme started with a contribution basis of 3% and 3% and introduced the concept of auto-escalation, through what it calls the Pension Increase Pledge (Pip). This gives members the option to commit to increase their pension savings by 1% each year for a maximum of seven years.John Knight, the organisation’s managing director, says: “As a responsible employer, Knight Harwood has always been committed to providing a quality pension scheme for our staff and that is why we supported the concept of auto-escalation through what we call the Pension Increase Pledge.”The increase takes place on the scheme’s anniversary of 1 March. It applies to members who have opted for Pip and have been members of the scheme for six months. Contributions above 3% qualify for national insurance rebates, so this applies to all Pip increases. Members can opt out of Pip at any time.Having established the rules at the outset, the scheme has found auto-escalation relatively straightforward to administer. Knight Harwood was a start-up business and when the scheme was introduced it only had nine employees, all of whom joined the scheme, with seven opting for the Pip. Of these, five have completed the full increase programme, one stopped the increase once their contributions reached 6% and the other has left the firm.Over the years, a number of other employees have completed the full pledge and many more are part way through.last_img read more

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With a lot riding on it Samsung packs a lot into Unpacked

first_img Unpacked can’t come soon enough. Let’s face it, phones just haven’t been exciting lately. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, even though prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. “This was the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has declined on a full-year basis,” Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said. “It is a landmark event.”Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered. Overall, Samsung shipped 291.3 million smartphones last year, Strategy Analytics said, down 8.3 percent from 2017. Samsung, which declined to comment ahead of Unpacked, hopes the changes it’s making to its lineup will be enough to get us to open our wallets again. At the very least, the company wants us to be intrigued enough to head to its new stores to see the devices in person.Galaxy S10 tweaksSamsung has struggled with the same problem as everyone in the mobile industry: making changes big enough to get people to upgrade. Last year’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 didn’t have many noticeable improvements from 2017’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Sure, the phones had faster processors and souped-up components, but the designs remained the same and they didn’t do anything all that different. That hurt demand for the phones.The Galaxy S10 design isn’t expected to be a huge leap from the S9 — there’s only so much you can do with rectangles — but it should include some tweaks that make it a better phone. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Event • What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Feel like your Samsung phone’s a little boring? That’s about to change. Samsung’s phone lineup will take a huge leap this year. Among the advances: fingerprint readers, super-fast 5G connectivity and even foldable phones that expand into tablets. We’ll get a glimpse of those new features and more on Wednesday, when the company hosts its Unpacked event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium. Samsung will kick off its keynote at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.The South Korean phone giant will use Unpacked to introduce its new Galaxy S10 lineup, the phones many of us will buy over the next year. It’s also expected to show off wearables, in addition to talking up its 5G push and foldable phone. The event will be jam-packed with some of the biggest changes to Samsung devices in years. reading • With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags 1:28 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img “It’s been kind of hard for them” to make huge changes beyond what they’ve already done, Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “But some innovations we’re expecting and are rumored will be welcomed.”To start off, there’s expected to be an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Galaxy S10 should sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip that works with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’s embedded right into the display itself.That means Samsung fingerprint readers could return to the front screen, reversing an unpopular move to the back of the phone that reviewers and users complained about. The ultrasonic technology is expected to be much more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock technology. With the 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a display that stretches across the entire front.Samsung is also expected to improve the camera in its devices, adding more lenses and a new “Bright Night” mode to take better images in dark environments. For those camera lenses on the front of the phones, Samsung is expected to continue to avoid the notch popularized by the iPhone. Instead, it could include a “hole punch” design for the camera that lets the screen take up even more real estate on the front of the device. It teased this design during its developer conference in November.Foldables and high speedsThe Galaxy S10 tweaks aren’t all that’s in store at Unpacked. Samsung’s other phone announcements should be real showstoppers. The biggest news is likely to be the unveiling of Samsung’s first foldable phone. The company has been talking about the device for years and finally showed off a prototype in November. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.The device will be a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps will seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you’ll be able to use three active apps.Beyond those early details, Samsung hasn’t said much about the foldable, including when it could hit the market. While it’s unlikely to sell in huge numbers right away, the foldable could point to the future of smartphones. Phones Components And then there’s 5G, another emerging technology that we’ll all eventually use.5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than today’s typical cellular connection and will be even quicker than service on a physical fiber-optic cable. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. One version of the Galaxy S10 is expected to come with 5G connectivity, though it’s likely Samsung won’t offer 5G on all its phones. 5G components are expensive and the service isn’t yet in all markets. So don’t expect the 5G version to be cheap.Samsung has a lot riding on Unpacked. That’s why it’s packing a lot in.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. 31 See All Comments Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Apple See also Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Samsung sees slow phone sales too, but has hopes for Galaxy S10 debut Samsung’s foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? 21 Photos Qualcomm 5G AT&T Samsung Sprint Verizon Applelast_img read more

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Future uncertain for crumbling historic buildings in Anchorage

first_imgConnor Scher stands in front of the original Government Hill Wireless Station building. The Alaska Engineering Commission built it in 1917 to facilitate communication for construction of the railroad. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)There’s no placard marking the historical significance of the Government Hill Wireless Station.Listen nowThe property played an essential role in Alaska’s history. The Station used to connect Anchorage with the rest of the world. But now, it’s just three dilapidated buildings sitting in an overgrown lot surrounded by suburban homes. Yellow paint peels from around broken and barred windows.Connor Scher appears from around the corner wearing a wooden bow tie and a rubber rain jacket. He pulls out a drill to open the door of the main building. It’s topped with the original cupola, which once served as a beacon for Anchorage’s port.“This has sunken through, so don’t step on it,” Scher cautioned as we step inside.Graffiti covers the walls and bits of glass litter the sunken floor. But there are some reminders of the building’s glory days: like an old telephone and a painted map of Alaska.For more than three decades, the Station supplied radio communication between Anchorage and the outside world. Station employees radioed Nome during the winter of 1925 to tell the community life-saving serum was on its way, a trip that later inspired the Iditarod. And it was instrumental in the construction of Alaska’s railroad.But now, it’s abandoned.The inside of one of the original Government Hill Wireless Station building. “I believe the building won’t be occupiable within the decade,” Scher said. “So there’s that added impetus to do something.” (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)“I believe it won’t be occupiable within the decade. So there is that, that added impetus to do something,” Scher said.Scher wrote his master’s thesis on the station. He wanted to memorialize it by telling its story. He started researching the buildings while interning for the city’s historic preservation plan.“I just continued to get interested and inspired by the story and history that was here and how specifically that no one really remembered it. Outside of the neighborhood, no one has really heard of this structure,” Scher said.Some residents of the Government Hill neighborhood want to see the buildings restored. Some want the property turned into a tourist destination. And some want it to serve the community in some way, like as a library or housing. That’s what Scher wants too.“There is a chance for it to serve the neighborhood with an actual use, not just as a spectacle in a field, which too often is the fate of historic buildings,” Scher said.The federal Alaska Engineering Commission built the first of the three buildings in 1917 to facilitate communication for railroad construction. Scher says the development of the station corresponded with the development of Anchorage.“This was an arrival of modernization to this frontier,” Scher said. “And this building represented that development.”Connor Scher walks outside the historic Government Hill Wireless Station property. He wrote his master’s thesis on the buildings. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)In 2015, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city now owns the property, and last year, they put out a request for proposals for someone to develop it. But no one responded. Dealing with extensive repairs and hazards like asbestos would be pricey.Until someone foots the bill, an important piece of Alaska’s telecommunications history will continue to crumble.last_img read more

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Tax returns show Biden income spiked after leaving office

first_imgWashington: Democrat Joe Biden made more than USD 15 million in the two years since leaving the US vice presidency, according to tax returns released Tuesday, making him the wealthiest major 2020 challenger to President Donald Trump. The Democratic frontrunner’s income spiked to USD 11 million in 2017 from just under USD 400,000 one year earlier, when he was serving his final year as vice president. The majority of the USD 11,037,751 in 2017 income and the USD 4,580,437 in 2018 is attributable to book payments — Biden wrote “Promise Me, Dad,” and his wife Jill Biden penned “Where the Light Enters” — and “paid speaking engagements,” his campaign said in a statement releasing the tax returns. The income makes Biden the richest major candidate in the broad 2020 field to challenge Trump, who himself is a billionaire real estate mogul. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us By releasing their tax returns, the Democratic candidates are contrasting themselves with Trump, who broke with tradition and refused to release his returns when he ran for president in 2016. Of the other major Democratic candidates, only Senator Kamala Harris listed more than USD 1 million in income in 2018 — USD 1,889,156, according to her tax returns. Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic socialist and champion of the working class who is roughly tied with Harris for second in polling, listed USD 561,293 in income for 2018. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us But Sanders’s failed 2016 campaign made him a millionaire, listing over USD 1.1 million in income in 2017 and USD 1 million in 2016, largely due to proceeds from his best-selling book, “Our Revolution.” The wealthiest Democratic candidate, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, entered the race Tuesday as a long shot to win the nomination. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, is worth an estimated USD 1.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine.last_img read more

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Bangladesh wants USA Canada to send back 2 Bangabandhu killers

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. BSS file photoBangladesh expects the United States and Canada to make a “difference” by sending back self-confessed killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and help execute the court verdict establishing the rule of law in the country. “We’re still hopeful,” said foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Friday explaining the legal complications regarding the matter. Of the six fugitive killers, Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury is living in Canada while Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury in the USA. The other four fugitive killers are Col (dismissed) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (relieved) Shariful Haque Dalim, Capt Abdul Majed and Risaldar Moslehuddin Khan. During a discussion titled “15 August and Its Impact on Bangladesh” at Bangabandhu Memorial Trust auditorium, the foreign minister said the diplomatic efforts will continue to get the two killers back before the celebration of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary. Former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin, international affairs sub-committee chairman and former Ambassador Mohammad Zamir; and international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed, among others, spoke at the programme. Farashuddin, who also served as the personal secretary to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 1973 to 1975, presented a keynote paper. Abdur Rahman Rama, who was working at Bangabandhu’s house, narrated the witnessed account of that horrific night. They, along with the Foreign Minister and diplomats, paid tributes to Bangabandhu and his family members placing wreath on the portrait of Bangabandhu there. “I spoke to US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump on the issue. We’re hoping to have a positive outcome,” he said adding that the USA has not made any decision yet. The foreign minister also met the US secretary of state in Bangkok recently. “We’re hoping that the USA will make a decision.” He said they shall be very pleased if the USA sends that killer, as they believe in the rule of law, before the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu. Regarding Noor Chowdhury, the foreign minister said Canada does not share information as they do not like death penalty. He said the government is still working on that and the court will give another verdict in November this year though Canada refuses to send back the killer. Momen mentioned that Canada does not send any of those killers to those countries where there is death penalty. And in the process possibly, the foreign minister said, Canada is becoming a hub of killers and murderers. “That’s very sad that a country like Canada has become a hub of so many killers and murders.” Momen said they are still hopeful and cited an exception that Canada showed by sending back one gentleman in an alternative place instead of Texas where there has been no death penalty. Once the person entered the place Texas had the privilege to take him back to their custody. “So, Canada can make a difference and can do the same,” said the Foreign Minister. On August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu along with most of his family members was assassinated brutally at road 32 in Dhanmondi. Eighteen members of his family including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons — Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, killed on that fateful night. Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were also killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day. Five killers of Bangabandhu — Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed — were hanged in January 2010. Another killer Aziz Pasha had met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001. On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officers for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members. Speakers at the discussion said the gruesome assassination of Bangabandhu, along with his family members, had been carried out to plunge Bangladesh into a pit of darkness and stall its process of development from a war-ravaged country. That brutal and nefarious act was designed only to annihilate the ideals that drove hundreds of thousands of freedom loving people to sacrifice their lives to free the country, they said. About 30 diplomats from different countries, including US, UK, Russia, China, Japan, and Switzerland, attended the programme arranged in observance of the National Mourning Day.last_img read more

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AR Rahman Mark Ronson roped in for NH7 Weekender

first_imgOscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman, Grammy winning English musician DJ and record producer Mark Ronson and will add to the riveting experience of music enthusiasts at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender to be held in five cities.The multi-city music festival will lay a musical pitch in Shillong (October 23-24) and move towards Bengaluru (December 5-6) with stops in Kolkata, Delhi and Pune. Ronson, the Uptown funk hitmaker, who had earlier shared his inclination towards Indian classical music, will be debuting in India with the music fest.  He even took to Twitter to share the news with his followers. The post read, “First ever trip to India for the NH7 weekender also ft Flylo Megadeath and AR Rahman!”.  The artist’s names started to trickle on social networking site Twitter on Wednesday and artists Vishal Dadlani, Dualist Inquiry, and Rohan Joshi added to the buzz.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | August 05, 2011 Factoring in Patient Age, Gender, Size Will Make CT Scans Safer, Research Suggests News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Related Content 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 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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. August 5, 2011 – New software aimed at making computed tomography (CT) safer for patients estimates the radiation risk based on age, gender and size rather than using the current “one size fits all” approach. The software program, tested on more than 6,500 scans, was introduced at the 2011 Joint Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP).Physicians frequently prescribe CT imaging to help diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. But CT uses ionizing radiation, which can result in side effects, including an increased risk of developing cancer later in life. Because CT scans are an important medical tool, scientists are continually trying to balance the minimum radiation dose that provides clear images without exposing the patient to more radiation than necessary.Currently, the radiation dose a patient receives is based on the radiation output indicated by the CT machine – a “one size fits all” calculation. In reality, the amount of radiation absorbed by a patient varies according to age, gender and size, as well as the part of the body that is being imaged. Radiation is riskier for patients who are younger (particularly children), smaller and female. Although the risks of radiation are greater for some patients, there has been no way to measure that risk accurately until now.“This is the first dose monitoring program that factors age, gender and patient size, as well as the organ being imaged, into the risk calculation,” said Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., lead author of the study and chief physicist at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. “This helps us to estimate each patient’s dose level and potentially a more reliable level of risk for each patient. Having a more patient-specific estimate of risk can help to make CT safer.”In the study, researchers used the program to analyze more than 6,500 CT scans of the chest, abdomen/pelvis and head performed during a five-week period at two hospitals. The new software factors in the radiation output noted on the CT machine, as well as the patient’s age, gender, size and organ being imaged to calculate the effective dose and an index of risk specific to the patientRadiation risk is greater for younger patients, because they have more years ahead of them during which long-term effects could eventually develop. Because children are growing rapidly, their cells are more vulnerable to radiation damage. Conversely, the older the patient, the less damaging the radiation is. Although scientists don’t know exactly why, females are almost twice as susceptible to damage from radiation as males, unrelated to size and even the organ being imaged. And radiation absorption to certain areas of the body – such as the abdomen – are higher than to others, such as the head.“This system quantifies the risks encountered by individual patients,” said Olav Christianson, co-author of the study and a medical physicist at Duke. “It is designed based on these very patient-specific factors to guide doctors in determining the most appropriate radiation dose patients should receive during a CT exam.”For more information: www.aapm.org, www.medphys.ca News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Brazil v Cote D’IvoireSun 20 JuneSoccer City Save more on hotelsin South Africa | Great deals on packages to theSouth Africa World Cup [World CupSchedule](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005224-south-africa-world-cup-2010—schedule.html)| [World CupDestinations](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005221-south-africa-world-cup-2010—destinations.html)| [World CupPackages](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005233-south-africa-world-cup-2010—packages.html) World Cup Group G Brazil| Korea DPR| Cote D’Ivoire| PortugalGroup of death number two sees some mighty teams placed together to battle it out for the top two spots, and Skyscanner’s personal favourites, the North Korean team, are unlikely to make much of a dent against the other three. Brazil’s technical talents and aesthetics on the pitch are nearly matched by Portugal’s fluid game, whilst the team from the Ivory Coast are undoubtedly the strongest African side in the competition.Fixtures: RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cote D’IvoireSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cote D’IvoireSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – PortugalSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – PortugalSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – GroupsMillions of us tuned in to see if our country was drawn in the so-called “Group of Death” in December last year. Brazil v Korea DPRTue 15 JuneEllis Park Stadium | Great deals on car hirein South Africa Cheap flightsto South Africa [World CupHome](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005215-south-africa-world-cup—home.html)| [World CupGroups](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005225-south-africa-world-cup-2010—groups.html) —|—|—|— [World CupNews](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/south-africa-world-cup-news/)| [World CupTeams](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005223-south-africa-world-cup-2010—teams.html)| Portugal v Korea DPR| Mon 21 June | Green Point StadiumPortugal v Brazil | Fri 25 June | Moses Mabhida StadiumKorea v Cote D’Ivoire | Fri 25 June | Mbombela Stadium Get on the ball for less with Skyscanner Cote D’Ivoire v PortugalTue 15 JuneNelson Mandela Bay [World CupVenues](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/articles/2010/04/005220-south-africa-world-cup—venues.html)| last_img read more

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Arms dealer on US blacklist has Cyprus links

first_imgA Serbian arms dealer recently placed on a US blacklist has been linked to two Cyprus-based companies through which he allegedly negotiated the sale of weapons.Slobodan Tesic, who spent nearly a decade on the United Nations Travel Ban List for violating UN sanctions against arms exports to Liberia, was included on a ‘malign actors’ list issued by the US government last month.US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order – ‘Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption’ – issued on December 21, 2017 named 13 people whose assets Washington is freezing within US jurisdictions.“Today, the United States is taking a strong stand against human rights abuse and corruption globally by shutting these bad actors out of the US financial system. The Treasury is freezing their assets and publicly denouncing the egregious acts they’ve committed, sending a message that there is a steep price to pay for their misdeeds,” US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said at the time.According to the US Treasury Department press release, Tesic “is among the biggest dealers of arms and munitions in the Balkans… In order to secure arms contracts with various countries, Tesic would directly or indirectly provide bribes and financial assistance to officials. Tesic also took potential clients on high-value vacations, paid for their children’s education at western schools or universities, and used large bribes to secure contracts.”The press release added that Tesic owns or controls two Serbian companies, Partizan Tech and Technoglobal Systems DOO Beograd, as well as “two Cyprus-based companies, Grawit Limited and Charso Limited. Tesic negotiated the sale of weapons via Charso Limited and used Grawit Limited as a mechanism to fund politicians.”The Cyprus Mail contacted justice minister Ionas Nicolaou to ask whether Cypriot authorities were alerted to the blacklist by their US counterparts.It was not possible to speak with the minister, who was otherwise engaged.The Mail left a message with the Serbian embassy in Nicosia, which did not get back.Both companies said to be linked to Tesic are still active, according to data publically available on the website of the Registrar of Companies.Charso Limited and Grawit Limited have the same address in Limassol. The former was registered on February 22, 2012, the latter on August 30, 2010.An internet search on Charso brought up an older Google hit describing Charso’s business activities as “Import: sporting guns and cartridges.”Likewise, Grawit’s business was described as “Import: Guns and weapons.”Moreover, both companies appear to share the same address as Moon Storm Enterprises, another Limassol-based company (now de-registered) also linked to Tesic in the past.According to a US diplomatic cable posted on Wikileaks and dated December 14, 2009, Moon Storm Enterprises was said to be a front company for Tesic.The cable, citing information relayed to the Americans by the Bulgarian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, claims that Moon Storm Enterprises concluded a US$78m arms contract with the Yemeni defence ministry in October 2009.“The Bulgarian Embassy claims that Moon Storm Enterprises and its Executive Manager, Goran Andric, both named in the contract, are linked to Slobodan Tesic, a Serbian national listed in the travel ban annex to UNSC Resolution 1521.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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