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Warren Buffetts Secret Millionaires Club Announces Grand Prize Winners

first_imgGenius Brands International proudly announce the winners of the 4th annual Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation.Congratulations to Individual Winner Miroslav Bergam, 14 of Short Hills, NJ and Group Winner Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins, 12 and Bryn Hansen, 11 of Omaha, NE.Over 4,000 kids from all over the country entered their innovative business ideas for a chance to win $5,000 and meet Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett also awarded all of the finalists 10 shares of Berkshire Hathaway B Stock. The two winning ideas were picked by the judges for their creativity, entrepreneurship and ingenuity. To learn more about their winning ideas visit’s winning idea was Beyond the Books. He developed a free education website that offers educational courses for students anywhere in the world.“I’ve never been to a competition like this,” said Miroslav Bergam. “This competition has brought me into a whole new world. It was just amazing.”Team Keep Track Sticky Back: Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen’s grand prize winning entry is a plastic pouch with pockets that help organize people by having a sticky back to the pouch that will attach to anything.“It was absolutely mind blowing when we won,” said Emily Harkins and Bryn Hansen. “Being at this competition has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and we will never forget it.”The program and competition were created to encourage kids to be entrepreneurial and practice good financial habits from an early age. The SMC “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is open to kids 7–14. The competition, sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation to further its mission of improving [financial] education, launched on October 20, 2014, and ended on January 31, 2015.Five individuals and three groups were selected as finalists to present their business concepts to Warren Buffett and a panel of VIP judges in Omaha, NE on May 18, 2015. This year judges included:Otha Thornton, President of the National PTA Artis Stevens, Chief Marketing Officer of 4-H Ed Grocholski, SVP of Junior Achievement Roberta Wilhelm, Executive Director at Girls Inc. John Ziegelman, Portfolio Manager at Wolverine Asset Management, LLC. Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands InternationalJake Johnson, SMC’s individual winner from last yearThe grand prize winning individual and members of one grand prize team each received $5,000. The runners up received $500. All finalists nominated a teacher/mentor who was inspirational to them in the process to join them in Omaha. The teachers of the grand prize winners also received $1,000.“My advice to all young entrepreneurs is to select someone they greatly admire as a role model and use them as a guide in their life,” said Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “My role models are my dad, Benjamin Graham and Tom Murphy. They gave me guidance that helped me to shape my life and make smart business decisions. They, in fact, helped change the course of my life to make me the person that I am today.”The “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is a part of the Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn financial literacy promotion which is sponsored exclusively by the Fairholme Foundation and reaches over 250,000 classrooms and youth organizations with free tools and lessons for teaching good financial habits to youth.The Secret Millionaires Club animated series, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. The series makes it fun for kids to learn to think like entrepreneurs and features a robust list of guest talent including, Bill Gates, Jay-Z, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Cannon, Gisele Bundchen and Kelly Rowland. The celebrities play themselves; provide their own voiceovers and lend the lessons of their own life experiences in the context of stories that are relatable and inspirational to kids.last_img read more

Different perspectives Trudeau adamant pipeline to BC will be built

first_imgAsked if Notley’s move will spur the federal government to get more aggressive on the project, Trudeau repeated that the pipeline will be built.“What I have been very clear about is that this project is in the national interest and it will get built,” he said in Regina. “The role of the federal government is to watch out and ensure that the national interest is always protected and promoted. That is what I will continue to do. We will continue to ensure that we are protecting the environment while growing the economy and working across the country to ensure the projects that are in the national interest – like the Kinder Morgan pipeline – move forward.”Notley said Thursday that Alberta’s key focus is to get people’s attention about what is at stake. She said the pipeline is economically vital to the province and to the rest of Canada, and the country is already forgoing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue due to pipeline bottlenecks.The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government. The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby. REGINA, S.K. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the dispute between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion isn’t the first time provinces have disagreed on a project.Trudeau says there have been many times where provinces have taken what he calls “different perspectives” on a proposal. He says it’s important that the federal government show leadership to make sure the national interest is served.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships. The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased bitumen shipments until it could do more research on pipeline safety and spill response.last_img read more

Chairman Of Chinese CPPCC Hails Moroccos Economic Achievements

Rabat – Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng, who started Monday a two-day official visit to Morocco, hailed the Kingdom’s political and economic achievements.“Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco achieved major progress in terms of economic and social development,” said Zhengsheng at a joint press briefing on Monday with speaker of the house of advisors Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah.The Chinese official said he was glad of his visit which enabled him to examine with Moroccan officials means and ways to further friendship and cooperation ties between Morocco and China. “I am sure that the close Moroccan-Chinese relations will grow stronger to serve the strategic interests of the two peoples,” said Zhengsheng who is also a member of China’s communist party. read more

Weir Minerals celebrating 125th year of Lewis pumps

first_imgWeir Minerals has announced that 2016 marks its 125 year anniversary for one of its long standing brands – Lewis® pumps. For 125 years, Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps has developed an international reputation in the design and manufacture of pumps and valves in the sulphur, sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid industries; with sulphuric acid in particular used widely in the mining industry in leaching and roasting of pyrites.“It is an honour to be celebrating 125 years of developing and manufacturing our Lewis pump range in this ever-changing industry. We have witnessed many challenges and opportunities throughout our history and continue to advance to meet the demands of our markets,” states Bob Elliott, Divisional Director EHS/VCE for Weir Minerals and former Managing Director of Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps.Back in 1891, Charles S. Lewis founded a company called Chas. S Lewis and Co Inc, a family business that adopted alloy customisation methods to furnish custom OEM pump lines to the beer pasteurisation and bottle cleaning industries. By the turn of the century, in 1906, the company commenced manufacturing pumps in-house and later developed and manufactured its first sulphuric acid pump in 1914, beginning a specialisation which has continued to the present day. This specialisation in sulphuric acid equipment continued and, in 1975, the company manufactured its first sulphuric acid valve.As the century drew to a close, the company became part of the Weir Group in 1994. Weir’s well established manufacturing excellence programs were implemented at Lewis resulting in even greater level of quality and performance. In 2012, the first Lewis® molten salt pump was manufactured; these highly engineered centrifugal pumps are integral to a molten salt systems circulation in the solar power industry. “We have developed a full range of pumps engineered for the unique requirements of molten salt. With over 100 years of experience focused on high density and high temperature we have been able to develop a pump which has a superior feature set to provide high reliability and low operating costs,” says Bob Elliott.Today, after 125 years’ experience, Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps still manufactures this wide range of Lewis® pumps and valves and has made significant investment to develop and enhance its product line to better serve the industries in which it operates. “In recent years we have added gate, globe and butterfly valves with our proprietary Lewmet alloy, proven to be highly effective in sulphuric acid pumps,” states Ken Black, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps.“With customers in more than 100 countries, careful manufacturing planning, identifying the most requested spare parts and ensuring stock is constantly replenished for the needed items is the key focus for satisfying customers.” This in-depth project involves collecting and collating spare parts usage data to truly understand customers’ requirements and actively stocking items that will meet customers’ expectations during emergency situations. To ensure successful implementation, Weir adopted a LEAN manufacturing strategy to access and share global best practices and training between all Weir factories. “Our most recent improvement efforts include moving 92% of all factory equipment into product cells, linking our most requested spare parts into new replenishment techniques, creating close bonds with key suppliers and reducing the overall lead-time with an eye on strengthening spares availability,” says Ken Black.Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps recently invested in the modification of its test stand area for axial flow pump testing. This enables engineers to test all pumps extensively, under real-life working conditions, before they leave the facility. In addition, they have opened a new Distribution Centre, which is 42,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, allowing them to manufacture, assemble and ship Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps’ products to customers around the world with ease. “We have streamlined our process to allow all departments to review the orders on a daily basis. This allows all departments to ask questions at the time the orders are processed, improving the flow throughout our system,” say Bob Elliott.William Charles Stone, President of Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps states: “Throughout the last 125 years, we have remained dedicated to the market and the customers we serve and this can be witnessed through the evolution of our Lewis pumps and valves. Our product innovations and dedicated group of employees will not only provide better service to our valued customers but will enable us to continue to deliver solutions to our customers for another 125 years and beyond.”last_img read more

Deal signed to save shrinking Dead Sea by connecting it with Red

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES OF ISRAEL, Jordan and the Palestinians have signed a “historic” agreement to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead SeaIsraeli Energy and Regional Development Minister Silvan Shalom told army radio that under the agreement water will be drawn from the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea.Some will be desalinated and distributed to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians, while the rest will be transferred in four pipes to the parched Dead Sea, which would otherwise dry out by 2050.“Saving the Dead Sea”Shalom noted the economic aspects of supplying cheap desalinated water to neighbouring states, the environmental angle of “saving the Dead Sea” and the “strategic-diplomatic” aspect of the deal, being signed at a time when peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are floundering.“This is a breakthrough after many years of efforts,” he said.It is nothing less than a historic move.According to Yediot, the Palestinian Authority’s minister in charge of water issues, Shaddad Attili, and Jordanian Water Minister Hazem Nasser will be signed the agreement with Shalom.Shalom said that following the signing, “an international tender will be issued for the entire project — building the desalination plant in Aqaba and laying the first of the four pipes”.According to Yediot Aharonot newspaper, which first broke the story, the idea dates back to the 1994 signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.The World Bank in 2012 published a feasibility study report on the project.Fragile ecosystemFriends of the Earth Middle East and other environmental groups warned that a large influx of Red Sea water could radically change the Dead Sea’s fragile ecosystem, forming gypsum crystals and introducing red algae blooms.Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East, told AFP the water sharing project had absolutely nothing to do with the much-maligned Red and Dead Sea conduit proposal, and accused an Israeli minister of deliberately misleading the public over the issue.“It’s a completely different project,” he said.“It’s a water exchange project that has an option to bring brine from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea, should that be found workable”.But channelling brine generated from the proposed desalination plant which is to be built near Aqaba, up to the Dead Sea would cause the water-sharing project to fail, he said.“Trying to link it to the Dead Sea will lead to its complete demise,” he said, noting that World Bank studies had found that introducing Red Sea brine could have “detrimental impacts” on the Dead Sea’s fragile ecosystem.- AFP 2013Read: See the Dead Sea Scrolls online >Explainer: What do the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks mean? >last_img read more

Prevent Coalition to host vaping discussion in Vancouver

first_imgPrevent Coalition will host a free, public discussion centered around teen vaping from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the ESD Conference Center, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.The public forum will include a panel of youth, prevention experts and school-based law enforcement, according to a coalition news release.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that 1.5 million more students used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017. That amounted to a 78 percent increase for high school students and a 48 percent increase for middle school students, according to the FDA.The forum is called “It’s Not Just Vaping: Trends Gaining Steam Among Youth in Clark County,” and it will include personal testimony from local youth, which includes a “former user of vapor products turned tobacco prevention ambassador,” according to the news release.Panelists for the coalition meeting and public forum include: Shane Gardner, manager of school safety and security; Deb Drandoff, director of prevention and youth services; Sharice Lee, student assistance professional; and Maddison Langer, Tobacco Free Kids Youth ambassador.Registration is not required, and light refreshments will be available.last_img read more

Conde Nasts Domino Returns as a Special Issue

first_imgCondé Nast’s much-beloved Domino magazine, which closed in 2009, is making a return to market as a special edition, called Domino Quick Fixes, set to hit newsstands in April. The one-off issue will sell for $10.00 through July 16 of this year.A second special edition is in the works for fall, though no further plans have been made.The magazine, launched in April 2005, carried a ratebase of 850,000. During the first half of 2008, its total circulation was at 1.12 million, according to ABC. While ad pages fell 4.1 percent in 2008, ad revenue was up 24.3 percent to $60 million, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. The closing of Domino sparked an outcry among readers. In 2010, Domino was cited as a “most missed” magazine among 33 percent of respondents to a poll from FOLIO: sister publication min.The Domino Facebook page has been active since the title’s shuttering; news of the special edition garnered more than 1,000 “likes,” 359 shares and 165 comments from followers. Domino’s previous post on the page is from January 2009, announcing the magazine’s folding, and has been drawing comments ever since. Last week, a user wrote, “I’ve kept almost every issue and everyone in my family knows not to touch them. Please bring back this magazine! I’ll work for you for free.” Why now is the time to breathe life into this dormant title is not immediately clear, but the timing may suggest increasing confidence in the shelter category. Condé Nast’s Architectural Digest saw an 18.4 percent bump in newsstand sales in the second-half 2011 over the same period 2010, according to ABC’s most recent FAS FAX report. Hearst’s House Beautiful and Meredith’s Traditional Home also saw gains in single copy sales, at 1.4 percent and 4.5 percent respectively. Retail sales for Dwell fell 2 percent, compared to a 5.4 percent drop at Elle Decor.More on this topic House & Garden to Fold Editor Leaves Portfolio Paul Jowdy Named Vice President, Publisher of Every Day With Rachael Ray Some Ad Agencies Realizing ‘You Don’t Have to Buy Conde Nast’ Domino Falls, and Shelter Magazines Run for Cover Obama Shatters Newsstand Ceiling for TimeJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered bylast_img read more

YouTube To Launch Its Own Free And Paid Music Service

first_img YouTube To Launch Its Own Free And Paid Music Service YouTube Launching Free-And-Fee Music Service youtube-launch-its-own-free-and-paid-music-service Secret’s out. Ready for a new era of music streaming? #itsallhere →— YouTube Music (@youtubemusic) May 17, 2018 YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium will start shaking up online listening beginning May 22Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 11:53 am In a blog post on May 16, YouTube announced it will be launching a new free and premium music listening platform in the U.S. and other territories on May 22. Alphabet owns Google and YouTube, so the new offering will not only compete directly with other digital listening services but also with Google’s existing offerings. Let’s take a closer look at how this new development could have an impact on the daily lives of millions of music fans.In addition to the U.S., May’s service launch will reach Australia, Mexico and New Zealand with additional territories being added over the next few weeks. In addition to the introduction of the free, ad-supported version of YouTube Music, there will also be an ad-free premium tier at $9.99, and this will be added for all Google Play Music subscribers.The YouTube Red premium video service will be rebranded as YouTube Premium and will also include YouTube Music Premium without altering the price. New subscribers to YouTube Premium will get the music service included for $11.99 monthly. Twitter Facebook center_img News Email Much of the company’s promotional list of benefits for their new service surrounds music discovery. YouTube Music will include music videos and its search is meant to process natural language searches such as “that hipster song with the whistling.” There is certainly great potential here, especially given the currency of what is trending among millions of other users.The inescapable context for this news is the way YouTube is already used for music discovery. While free listening services such as Spotify are a natural for users wanting to dig into an artist’s offerings, hearing a new song for the first time on YouTube has become a no-brainer, essentially like a reflex for millions of YouTube regulars.Deepening the user experience with interactivity designed with music in mind makes the YouTube experience stickier. “The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over,” said YouTube on its blog. “Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here.”Rolling Stone’s coverage also suggests YouTube Music’s business was designed to build better relationships with the recording industry, at a minimum by modifying how YouTube’s notorious “value gap,” caused by low monetization, is perceived.While Google and YouTube’s separate corporate identities are both dominant, this launch is clearly an expansion of the YouTube experience so that music is no longer presented in an interface designed for video. It seems likely music listening will be the winner and that YouTube Music is a step forward that will become more meaningful over time.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Announces Upcoming Correction Officer Exam

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is now accepting applications for its newest class of corrections officers.Those interested in applying to take the written examination must register before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 by going to The exam will be administered on Saturday, March 30 and there is no charge to sit for the exam.“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has a proud and storied history – one which we continue to build on with new and innovative initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “If you’re someone looking to make a difference and serve your community, I encourage you to apply for our upcoming 43rd Basic Training Academy.”In addition to the written exam, candidates must pass a physical fitness test and criminal background check as well as psychological and medical examinations before being selected to participate in the 12 week basic training academy.All applicants must be 21 years of age, a resident of Massachusetts by the date of the exam and be legally eligible to work in the United States in compliance with federal law. Applications must also have a high school degree or equivalent certificate and possess a valid motor vehicle license. A Bachelor’s degree and/or prior experience in law enforcement or security is preferred.Established in 1692, the MSO provides care, custody and control for individuals housed at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in Billerica, and partners with law enforcement agencies on every level of government. During Sheriff Koutoujian’s tenure the MSO has been recognized with a series of national accolades, including being named a Center of Innovation by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for its Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program and selected by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation as one of three national pilot sites for the Data Driven Justice (DDJ) Project.To read a full list of qualifications and register for the exam please visit The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Announces February Correction Officer ExamIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Seeking Correctional OfficersIn “Government”last_img read more

BSE closes points 72873 up on Jan 15

first_imgBSE closes points 728.73 up on Jan 153.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 728.73 up on Jan 153.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 728.73 points up to stand at 28,075.55. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 216.60 points up to stand at 8,494.15. HDIL and PRESTIGE were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.66% and 11.46% along with INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. and DLF with an increase of 10.55% and 10.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.50% and 4.30% along with JETAIRWAYS and BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 402.26 points at 19,306.90 while the banking sector is up 701.71 points at 22,023.30 and the reality sector is up 119.25 points at 1,611.43.The Indian currency is down 0.56% at Rs 61.83 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 728.73 points up to stand at 28,075.55. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 216.60 points up to stand at 8,494.15. HDIL and PRESTIGE were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.66% and 11.46% along with INDIABULLS REAL ESTATE LTD. and DLF with an increase of 10.55% and 10.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PIPAVAV DEFENCE AND OFFSHORE ENG LTD. and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.50% and 4.30% along with JETAIRWAYS and BERGER PAINTS INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 402.26 points at 19,306.90 while the banking sector is up 701.71 points at 22,023.30 and the reality sector is up 119.25 points at 1,611.43.The Indian currency is down 0.56% at Rs 61.83 per dollar.last_img read more

3 deceased sued over Gazipur boiler blast

first_imgA Bangladeshi rescue worker walks through rubble and debris at a garment factory in Gazipur on July 3, 2017, after an explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. AFPThree deceased and 8-10 more unidentified people have been made accused in the case filed in connection with a boiler blast at a readymade garment (RMG) factory in Gazipur on Monday evening that claimed 13 lives.Abdus Salam, Ershad Hossain and Monsurul Haque — all of whom were the factory’s boiler operators who died on the spot — are named as accused in the case, according to the case statement.Chakrawabti police camp’s assistant deputy-inspector Abdur Rashid filed the case with Joydebpur police station on Tuesday night.According to the statement, the accused continued operation of boiler despite being informed about its risk factors.Joydebpur police station officer-in-charge told Prothom Alo that those whose names were mentioned in the case were the main culprits as they operated the factory with expired boiler.Thirteen people have so far been died of the incident and dozens were burnt when a boiler exploded at the RMG factory Kashimpur area on Monday evening.Three people are still missing.last_img read more

Woman found dead at home in Maniktala

first_imgKolkata: A woman was found dead inside a room at Maniktala on Sunday afternoon. According to police, Ashima Roy (23) used to live in room number 108 of Srikrishna Colony in Maniktala.On Sunday afternoon Roy was found unconscious on the floor inside the room. She was rushed to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. A source said while examining her body, doctors noticed a strangulation mark on the neck. Seeing the mark, doctors were sure that Ashima was murdered. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBased on the information, police and officials of homicide section of Detective Department (DD) visited the place of incident for investigation. It is suspected that she was murdered by someone known to her. But the motive is not clear yet. Sleuths are checking whether she had any enmity with anyone. The role of her family members are also being investigated. Police are questioning Ashima’s husband Biswajit and other family members if any clues could be traced. Till Sunday night, no one was arrested in this case. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report as it may contain information which may help them to crack the case.last_img read more

Cancun International Airport launches new digital biometric kiosks

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The first digital biometric kiosks for automatic passenger registration were launched at three major airports around Mexico including Cancun International.Flora Patricia Martínez, representative of the Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday, the kiosks were launched at Mexico City International, Cancun and Los Cabos which process about 48,000 travelers per day.The new electronic self-serve systems use biometrics rather than visas to enter and leave the country, but have the ability to read both documents and biometrics to identify a passenger.Head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, said that these devices are a faster, more comfortable and modern entry for national and international tourists to the country.He explained that 40 are installed at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) distributed in the two terminals and that 40 are in the Cancun Terminal with 20 more in the Los Cabos Terminal.The kiosks work with biometric data by using the information generated by the airlines, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information.Travelers who opt for the new self-serve kiosk can have their review complete within two and a half minutes, a system officials say will easily cut documentation waiting time in half when compared to using the airport migratory agent.“As visitors to international airports grow, the needs of migration agents grow and that is something that does not make sense when we have the technology to help us with that challenge,” said the head of the SECTUR, Enrique de la Madrid.The Secretary of Communications and Transportation stressed that, for every million new passengers that arrive by plane, 4,000 jobs are generated. Hence the importance of airports not being a constraint or an obstacle to growth for tourism.He specified that 120,000 passengers arrive daily at Mexico City International, and together with Los Cabos and Cancún, they receive almost 75 percent of the total tourism that comes to the country by air.Mexican government officials have spent the past two years incorporating the technology into the three busy airports to ensure efficient support the arrival of visitors from abroad.The Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior said that the start-up of the new system will allow a more agile and efficient reception of tourists visiting Mexico, adding that Mexico is one of the most visited worldwide and the most important in Latin America.The project was done in collaboration with the National Institute of Migration (INM), the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) and the airports of Mexico City, Aeroportuarios del Sureste (Asur) and the Pacific (GAP).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Smitten while in Cuba Better call the love detective before you commit

first_imgFollow more Cuba coverage hereHAVANA — As they begin to visit this long-forbidden island in greater and greater numbers, it is only natural that some travelers from the U.S. will fall in love with Cuba. Others, with Cubans.And when they do, a few may return home anguished by doubts about their budding Cuban romances. Are they real? Or just scams to get off the island?They need a love detective.Fernando Álvarez does not advertise his services quite that way. He is a licensed private eye, with offices in Beverly Hills, California, and Coral Gables, Florida. His firm, Drakonx Investigations, claims to be the only one in the United States offering high-level, professional sleuthing services in Cuba. Infidelity cases are its specialty.“A lot of foreigners go to Cuba and fall in love, but when they start looking into what it will take to bring their girlfriend or boyfriend out of Cuba, they suspect things might not be quite what they seem,” Álvarez said. “They hire us to check it out.”The work is not legal in Cuba. Álvarez’s private detectives operate on the island at risk of arrest. But for roughly $100 to $200 a day, they will conduct surveillance and produce detailed reports and time-stamped photographs of their targets’ movements and encounters. They will trail them to beach resorts and nightclubs, and even record their restaurant conversations from a nearby table.With more and more tourists – especially U.S. visitors – streaming into Cuba, demand for this type of service is blooming with every beach-born romance. An amorous culture that is famously libertine and an economy that is famously dysfunctional have left little stigma in Cuba to deceiving one’s way off the island, even if it means breaking foreign hearts to do it.“Some Cuban men even encourage their girlfriends to marry a foreigner in order to eventually get them out,” Álvarez said, speaking from his office in Florida.Cautionary testimonials of fraud and deception are plentiful online, screaming with warnings like “NEVER MARRY A CUBANA.” Victims don’t fit a single profile, but older foreign men and lonely middle-aged foreign women appear to be prime targets for the beguilers. Some are looking for a long-distance sugar daddy they can string along; others wait until they’re out of Cuba to make their move, professing a sudden change of heart before running off.The problem is so bad in Canada – which sends nearly 1 million tourists to Cuba each year – that immigration officials there have launched ad campaigns warning tourists about “marriages of convenience.” A 2010 Canadian government report found that as many as one-quarter of the 700 fiancé visas issued each year to Cubans in Havana were linked to such schemes.In one widely publicized 2013 case, an Ontario woman’s would-be groom went missing three days after stepping off the plane, taking all her money and leaving a badly misspelled goodbye note on a napkin: “Sorry I don’t fell love anymore. Don’t lock for me.”Álvarez said his detectives are trying to catch a few fraudsters before they can do that much damage. They offer a range of services for the love-struck-but-skeptical.Some clients are simply trying to determine whether their Cuban lover is two-timing. Others are the wives of foreign businessmen who travel to Cuba, wanting to know what other transactions their husbands may be engaged in. A few are looking for proof that their Cuban partner’s ex is truly an ex.More reading: After 23 years, the US is dropping its claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism. Here’s what it means. Online cautions are plentiful: NEVER MARRY A CUBANA. Washington Post photo by Sarah L. VoisinPlenty of the relationships Álvarez’s team investigates prove to be authentic, of course, but he says a little extra certainty can save clients a great deal of financial and emotional stress.His investigators cope with anxieties of their own. Private detective services are not among the 200 or so trades authorized by communist authorities as part of President Raúl Castro’s gradual opening to small-scale private enterprise. Álvarez said his team is careful to steer clear of anything with criminal or political overtones to stay off the government’s radar.As an added measure of security, they do not accept Cuban clients who contact them from the island, wary of being trapped by undercover cops.The private investigators say they’re merely filling the service gap created years ago when Cuba’s state-run security company, SEPSA, stopped offering for-hire services.Álvarez, who came to Miami from Cuba a decade ago, would not say if any of the detectives he employs on the island are former or current Cuban intelligence agents or police.Two of his Cuban staffers agreed to meet a Washington Post reporter at a well-known hotel in Havana to provide evidence of their work. They gave their names only as “Alejandro” and “Sheila,” lowering their voices to a whisper when hotel employees walked by.On a laptop were several case files with hundreds of annotated photos and audio recordings of prior surveillance targets. Some images had confirmed clients’ worst fears: a kiss at a doorway, a romantic embrace or lengthy hand-holding in the street.Alejandro said the Cuban investigative team handled more than 200 cases last year, ranging from a single day’s work to long-term surveillance. “All of the photos we obtain are taken in public places,” he said. “Our methods are in full compliance with Cuban law.”See also: Poll shows vast majority of Cubans welcome closer ties with USClients typically contact Álvarez in the United States first, and he assigns the cases to the investigators in Cuba, who have no office. Once they’ve completed the surveillance work and filed their reports via email, they erase evidence of the job from their computers, Alejandro explained.“We know we’re at risk of getting caught,” he said. “But the job pays well, it’s relatively easy to do and it’s always interesting.”Rates for their services vary depending on the job or the distance from Havana. In some instances, the detectives need to check into expensive resorts as fake guests in order to conduct surveillance on a subject trying to have an affair discreetly.“This kind of thing happens in every country, not just Cuba,” Sheila said. “The difference is that this work isn’t legal here yet.”The detectives do plenty of more prosaic casework too, locating missing heirs or long-lost relatives. A few wealthy foreign parents want their teenagers watched while they’re stumbling through Havana’s club scene. Another growing segment of the business caters to foreign investors eager to know whether their Cuban partners are flashing wealth while claiming losses.But Álvarez said the bulk of his cases are related to love.Last year, about 400,000 visitors traveled from the United States to Cuba, including nearly 100,000 trips by non-Cuban American travelers. That figure is expected to rise rapidly as U.S. travel restrictions are eased.“Cubans are very warm and affectionate,” Álvarez said. “When more Americans start to go there, especially if they’re single, they’re going to find a lot of temptations.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flights A cultural anthropologist ponders Cuba before and after Obama’s decision Wonkblog: What the new U.S.-Cuba travel rules mean for US citizens hoping to visit Cubalast_img read more

Qantas looks to China Asia for growth

first_imgThe emerging markets of South East Asia, India and particularly, China, are expected to feature largely in Qantas’ soon-to-be-revealed expansion plans as the airline looks to replicate the success of the Jetstar model in Asia.    Addressing delegates at the Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook Summit in Sydney, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the Asian market represented an “enormous opportunity” for the carrier to leverage its “excellence in brand management, aviation safety and other skills” in the world’s largest and fastest growing aviation region.  And the Qantas boss said there were “lessons to be learned” from Jetstar’s rapid expansion in Asia.   “Jetstar’s enormous growth pointed the way to how Qantas, or a Qantas-owned, Asian-based carrier, could tap into the Asian market for business and mid and upper-market travellers,” Mr Joyce said. “Research on affluent Chinese travellers, for example, shows they are strongly influenced by prestige brands and considerations of safety.”Complementing its expansion into Asia, Mr Joyce said Qantas would be looking at further partnerships with global airlines to add to its already existing alliances with American Airlines and British Airways amongst others. “I believe that we have a major opportunity to go beyond the natural limitations of our market size and geography, to become a champion Australian company in a globalised region and world,” Mr Joyce said.The flag carrier will unveil its plans for its international operations on 24 August, an announcement the Qantas boss said “will signal the beginning of the phased transformation of Qantas over the coming years”.“Change is always tough,” Mr Joyce said.“But the competitive challenges we face make major change essential and our commitment to the change process is absolute.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Globalisation is not optional or selective: Joycelast_img read more

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first_imgDontae Strickland #4 of the Syracuse Orange carries the ball during the first half against the Florida State Seminoles at the Carrier Dome on September 15, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) The Arizona Cardinals inked two undrafted rookies after rookie mini-camp over the weekend, and one hails from a Division III college.Safety Tyler Sigler from Wheaton College in Illinois will join former Syracuse running back Dontae Strickland on the Cardinals after the duo worked their way into camp. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Sigler signing, while Strickland posted an image of him signing a deal to his Instagram account. The two signings were later announced on Monday. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling To make room for the two players, the team released cornerback Ryan Pulley and tight end Jerome Washington. Both of those players were undrafted free agents the Cardinals signed after this year’s draft.The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Sigler recorded eight interceptions, 141 tackles and eight for loss in 47 career games. Last season, he made 50 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and added a sack with one interception.Related LinksCardinals rookie DE Zach Allen looking to find role and bring high energyThe 5-foot-11, 204-pound Strickland rushed for 560 yards on 5.0 yards per carry last season, scoring six touchdowns for the Orange.Sigler and Strickland will join the Cardinals as they open voluntary organized team activities on May 20.last_img read more

Support for LGBT community in Paphos growing

first_imgMonthly rainbow meetings in support of the LGBT community are being held Geroskipou, following the success of similar events that got underway in Paphos last June.The meetings are co-ordinated by Accept LGBT Cyprus’ representative in Paphos, South African Cypriot Zac Theophanous.He said that even though only two meetings have taken place in Geroskipou so far, they are already proving successful.“At both the Paphos meetings and now in Geroskipou many people attend, including some great parents and LGBT allies as well. The meetings provide a place that offers support, discussion and advice; acceptance for people is very important,” Theophanous told the Cyprus Mail.He said that currently a number of participants travel considerable distances to participate in meetings from remote villages in the district, showing there is a great need to feel part of something and share a sense of belonging where people can meet others with similar experiences.Last June, Theophanous raised the rainbow flag for the first time at Paphos town hall, ahead of the Cyprus Pride Parade which is held in Nicosia.“We will do this again this year and this time we are also in the process of applying to raise the rainbow flag at Geroskipou municipality as well,” he said.It is hoped that rainbow meetings will also be established in Peyia and Polis in the future, but the organiser said that this will be done ‘step by step’.Rainbow meetings have been held in Cyprus since 2010, when they first took place in Nicosia.President of Accept Nicholas Tryfon said that highlighting issues concerning the LGBT community remains of the utmost importance and that this year’s Pride march will again offer a way to do that.“There is far more interest generated in Pride now than there was at the beginning, and as it has progressed it has created awareness and bought issues out into the open.”The annual march has helped to ‘normalise’ the LGBT community which was previously ‘taboo’.“In some circles this view remains, but it’s less of an unknown issue,” he said.Pride is an opportunity for change and for increasing members of the community – gay, straight, bi or trans – to show their support each year.“It brings many people together that want the same thing, equal rights for all,” he said.One of the issues highlighted this year is legal gender recognition for the trans community in Cyprus, he said. For the past two years, Accept Cyprus has been working towards this with the Council of Europe.“It is in the process of being checked that it follows European laws and we hope to get it into parliament before Pride. We would love to announce this legal recognition at Pride.”If this is not possible due to the Easter holidays and the subsequent August break, it would be September, he said.The annual Pride march will take place on June 3rd in Nicosia, and if enough interest is shown from Paphos, a bus to and from the capital will be laid on for a small fee, said Theophanous.“We will also be organising a number of events to mark ‘Pride Days’ in Paphos and we are finalising them now,” he said.Rainbow meetings are held in Paphos on the third Monday of the month at the Youth Centre from 5.30pm- 7.30pm and in Geroskipou on the first Tuesday of the month at the Iris counselling centre from 6pm- (00357) 99 812343 You May LikeMyKuyil7 Cheap Islands You Can Buy But You Probably Shouldn’t!MyKuyilUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Can Help You Look YoungerFood Eat SafeUndoForbes | Zip JobsThe Real Reason You Don’t Hear Back After Sending a ResumeForbes | Zip JobsUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

President increased competitiveness of Cyprus flag a priority

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Monday said that further consolidating and enhancing the competitiveness of Cyprus’ flag and maritime cluster remains one of the government’s most important priorities.Addressing the opening of the Maritime Cyprus 2017 Conference in Limassol, the president said that the ultimate goal of the government was flexibility, speedy decision-making, upgrading of state services, promoting the Cyprus flag and strengthening cooperation with the private stakeholders involved in the industry.“The Shipping Taxation System as well as the overall operational infrastructure is gaining strength and is very gratifying to see that more companies are attracted to Cyprus,” he said.He said that the country has significantly increased its presence in important shipping capitals, with a number of visits and road shows in Hong Kong, China, USA, UK, Germany and Greece. A study to identify new shipping markets and ship types has been recently completed and will be fully utilised within 2017 to increase the country’s fleet.He added that a testimony of Cyprus’ commitment and support for the shipping industry is the creation of a shipping under secretariat which will operate from next March.“It is a message of the clear political trust and importance we attribute to the shipping industry of the island, while at the same time it will constitute a convincing leverage for attracting additional quality ship-owners and shipping companies to Cyprus,” he said.The discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ EEZ also widens the horizons of the shipping industry, he added, particularly as Cyprus has the potential to develop into an important energy centre for the Mediterranean and beyond.The president also addressed two events on Sunday evening, a reception in Limassol and an official dinner at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on the occasion of the conference.Speaking in Limassol, Anastasiades welcomed the foreign delegates, noting that their presence was proof of the trust and respect enjoyed by the Cyprus shipping industry.Cyprus has the eleventh largest fleet worldwide and the third largest in the European Union, and is one of the largest ship management centres.The shipping sector contributes seven per cent to the country’s GDP.During the reception in Limassol, Anastasiades awarded the Cyprus Maritime Award 2017 to MSC Shipmanagement Ltd.The three-day Cyprus Maritime 2017 conference will be attended by more than 800 delegates from around 35 countries, including European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, European officials, shipowners, and CEOs of international shipping organisations and companies.A Maritime Services Exhibition was opened on Monday by Transport Minister Marios Demetriades.On Wednesday, Commerce Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis will speak at a panel discussion on geopolitical developments with his Egyptian counterpart. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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