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Renault unveils Triber globally in India

first_imgNew Delhi: French auto major Renault Wednesday made its global unveil of its compact multi-purpose vehicle Triber here in India, where it aims to double total sales by 2022. Renault Triber is the outcome of a joint project between Renault teams in India and France and is the world’s first vehicle specifically designed for the Indian market, the company said. “India is a key market for Groupe Renault. We are still young to India, yet our ambitions are high in line with our ‘Drive the Future’ strategic plan: we aim at doubling our sales by 2022,” Groupe Renault Chief Executive Officer Thierry Bollor told reporters here. He further said, “For that reason, we are bringing Renault Triber, another breakthrough concept, targeted for India’s core market.” The compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) has been conceived, developed and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before it is taken to the world, Bollor said. “It is a real game-changer,” he said. Renault said it is aiming to double the sales volume to two lakh units annually over the next three years in India. Commenting on design innovation around Triber, Groupe Renault Executive Vice-President (Corporate Design) Laurens van den Acker said the goal was to design a car that would transform according to the many needs and the many lives of customers. “Whether they are parents, lovers, a friends’ group, a family pack, whatever their tribe, whatever their lifestyle, Renault Triber should adapt,” he said. The model offers an attractive, robust and compact design and is re-inventing space for all, he said. “We are proud of our latest breakthrough, which turned a length challenge into a miracle within 4 metres,” Acker added. The vehicle is powered by a 1-litre petrol engine. The Renault Triber will be manufactured at the Chennai plant and hit the Indian market in the second half of 2019.last_img read more

World Bank Morocco One of the Biggest Economic Growths in the

Rabat – The World Bank (WB) has maintained its growth forecasts for Morocco by 3.8 percent for 2017, the same level as the April estimations, which were revised downwards (-0.2 points). According to the institution, Morocco will be one of the best performers in the MENA region, thanks in particular to its reforms. According to the World Bank’s June 2017 World Economic Outlook, Morocco “is beginning to undertake reforms in its business environment, such as the launch of Islamic banks to ease structural bottlenecks and improve private sector activity,” notes the WB.Overall, growth will be limited to 2.1 percent in the MENA region, while the WB forecasts that global economic growth will strengthen to 2.7 percent in 2017 as a pickup in manufacturing and trade, rising market confidence, and stabilizing commodity prices allow growth to resume in commodity-exporting emerging market and developing economies. With an expected 3.8 percent growth rate for Morocco, the World Bank places the Kingdom as the third fastest growing country, after Djibouti (7 percent) and Egypt (4.3 percent). However, growth in Morocco is expected to decline in 2018 to 3.7 percent and 3.6 percent in 2019.The World Bank reports also highlighted Morocco’s consolidation programs in contributing to estimated fiscal improvements by the start of 2017. As for tourism, the WB regards the sector, which is an important source of revenue for several oil importers, to be at risk. The reports states that the sector remains weak, but has only recently begun to stabilize in Morocco and Egypt. The WB lauded Morocco’s efforts to expand tourism through bilateral initiatives. The bank believes that the Kingdom’s tourism marketing initiative with China in 2016 may help cope with some of these risks.Morocco’s agricultural production is projected to rebound under more normal weather, notes the WB. read more

OSC fines key figure in Portus financial scandal

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission have fined a leading figure in the Portus group of companies $320,000 for authorizing payments to himself both before and after the regulator started investigating him.The regulator said Friday that Michael Mendelson admits that he acted contrary to the public interest by breaking securities laws and ordered him to repay the money he improperly took.The settlement marks the culmination of a probe that began in late 2004, when the activities of Portus came under the scrutiny of the commission.The Toronto-based investment group collapsed after securities regulators in several provinces investigated and closed Portus Alternative Asset Management, a major company within the group.At the time, Portus Alternative Asset Management had $800-million under management and 26,000 clients across Canada — mostly in Ontario.Much of the money was later recovered, or in investments that could be recovered, but some of the funds collected from investors appeared to have been diverted.Mendelson was president of the affiliated Portus Asset Management, and also considered a “directing mind” of the business.The OSC also banned Mendelson from becoming a director or officer of a company and trading securities.The regulator ordered Boaz Manor, another key figure in the multimillion-dollar financial scandal, to pay $8.8-million — the amount he spent on diamonds after he left Canada while his investment group was under investigation.Manor returned to his native Israel soon after the crackdown and remained out of Canada for years as authorities and a court-appointed receiver attempted to unravel the group’s complex business dealings.He and Michael Mendelson were later criminally charged with fraud, money laundering and possession of property of crime.Manor, who was still out of the country when the RCMP announced the charges in September 2007, was also charged with obstruction of justice. He returned to Canada two months later and was released on bail.Mendelson pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in November 2007 and received a two-year sentence.Manor later pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of disobeying a court order. He was sentenced in May 2011 to four years for the fraud and two years for disobeying a court order.Also on Monday, the OSC approved settlements with two lesser figures in the Portus saga — Michael Labanowich and John Ogg. read more

Deming agencies moving out

The government says as the Engineering Brigade of Sri Lanka Army has the biggest resources pool with manual, mechanical and Mine Detecting Dogs (MDD) in case of completion of the given tasks by the international and national organizations operating in Sri Lanka, the Engineering Brigade will continue the de-mining operations until the de-mining programme is over. “It is natural that after completing of the tasks assigned, the other respective de-mining organizations will also move away. That is a normal process of the de-mining programnme in any country and funding is basically based on the tasks availability. If the area to be cleared is declining, funding for the de-mining is also comparatively getting reduced,” the Economic Affairs Ministry said. In June 2009, the Government with the support of donor communities from Australia, Japan, China, India, EU, USA, UNDP, UNICEF, national and international mine action operators implemented a comprehensive and rapid de-mining programme to clear the land estimated to be some 2064 square kilometers as Confirmed Hazardous Areas (CHA) which were contaminated with mines, booby traps and Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs).“Within three year period, the Government was able to resettle all the internal displaced persons due to the conflict followed by massive pace of de-mining. As per the information of the National Mine Action Center which was established in the Ministry of Economic Development, the remaining confirmed hazard area (CHA) as at end March 2013 is only 96square kilometers. Accordingly, the cleared area is over 95% and most of the remaining areas are covering with shrubs and jungle. The Mine Action program is still continuing by the Government with the support of UNDP, UNICEF, Donor Community, Engineering Bridge of Sri Lankan Army, National and International de-mining organizations too,” the Economic Affairs Ministry said. (Colombo Gazette) The government says with less than 96square kilometers remaining to be demined in the war affected areas some of the de-mining organizations have moved out while the rest will also follow.The Economic Affairs Ministry said that demining organizations such as Sarvatra, Horizan and MMIPE have already moved out after completing their tasks while the remaining organizations are still continuing the assigned tasks. read more

President chairs All Party Conference

An All Party Conference was held with the participation of all party leaders, and representatives under the patronage of President Maithripalka Sirisena today.Lengthy discussions were held regarding the current situation of the country and action to be taken in future. The importance of joining together despite party differences to protect national security was noted at this meeting, the President’s office said. The President briefed the party leaders about the steps taken to curb terrorism, ensure national security and safety of the people and bring back normalcy in the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsighe, Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, and ministers representing Sri Lankan Freedom Party, United People’s Freedom Alliance, and United National Party, Basil Rajapaksa, representing Podu Jana Peramuna, leader of Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, Member of Parliament, JVP spokesperson Wijitha Herath, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka of Hela Urumaya, Leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Dinesh Gunwewardena, Leader of National Freedom Alliance Member of Parliament Wimal Weerwansa, leader of Pivithuturu Hela Urumaya Member of Parliament Udaya Gammanpila, leader of Democratic People’s Front, Mano Ganeson, leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister Rauff Hakeem, leader of All island Muslim Congress Rishad Bathiudeen, leader of  National Labor  Congress minister Palani Digamburun, leader of Kadurata Peramuna minister V.S. Radhakrishnan,leader of E.P.D.P leader, Douglas Devananda, leader of Sri Lanka Communist Party D E W Gunesekara, leader of Lanka Sama Samaja Party Professor Tissa Vitharana, leader of National Samagi Peramuna Azath Sali and other party representatives were present in the meeting. read more

UN supports project aimed at providing cheap laptops to students in poor

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed at the World Economic Forum by UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Chairman Nicholas Negroponte, the two organizations will work together to deliver new technology and learning resources to schools in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). “We are delighted to be part of this venture, which has the potential to break through the digital divide between rich countries and poor countries,” said Mr. Dervis.“Though the price of access to knowledge has dramatically decreased in recent years, new technologies remain out of reach for most people in developing countries, especially children, who rarely have access to the educational resources that could enhance their opportunities and lift them out of poverty,” he said.Mr. Negroponte said the project would address the problem. “One laptop per child is key, making learning more seamless with living, play and family life, versus being limited to school,” he said.The $100 laptop is a sturdy computer which requires very little power and can even be powered by hand cranking. The computers form a ‘mesh network,’ which means that they can talk to each other and several hundred machines can share a single point of access.It is expected that the cost of each laptop will come down over time. Manufacturing will begin when at least 5 million machines have been ordered and paid for in advance, and the preliminary target is to have units ready for shipment by early 2007.“World demand and goodwill for the $100 laptop has been boundless because any head of State realizes that a nation’s most precious natural resource is its children,” Mr. Negroponte said. read more

Stocks head for a fifth straight loss on Wall Street Retailers drop

Stocks head for a fifth straight loss on Wall Street; Retailers drop on weak results by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are mostly lower on Wall Street in early trading as retailers report weak results.Aeropostale fell after reporting a loss in the third quarter as the teen retailer slashed prices in an effort to pull in shoppers. L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, fell after reporting that its sales dropped 5 per cent last month.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 33 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 15,856 as of noon (1700 GMT) Thursday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell four points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,788. The Nasdaq composite was down seven points, or 0.2 per cent, at 4,030.The market has fallen over the past four days. If it closes down on Thursday it would match the longest losing streak since September. read more

Gaza ceasefire offers chance to address root causes of IsraelPalestine conflict –

“It is of crucial… importance that we seize the opportunity provided by this tragic escalation,” the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), Filippo Grandi, said in remarks at a meeting of the body’s Advisory Commission, taking place by the Dead Sea in Jordan.“Difficult political work would have to be carried out, including promoting and supporting lasting Palestinian unity,” he noted in reference to divisions among the wider Palestinian leadership, according to an UNRWA news release. “But failing to act now will have dire consequences,” he added.The ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, which controls Gaza, was announced on 21 November, just over a week after the start of the latest wave of deadly violence, which included rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on targets in the Strip.In his remarks, Mr. Grandi also noted that an Israeli blockade on Gaza, imposed since 2007, was illegal, and the “greatest danger is to return to the status quo ante, and restore the prison-like conditions of Gaza.” He said it would be “only a matter of time (until) violence resumes” if there was such a return.Mr. Grandi called for the blockade, which Israel has reportedly said it maintains for security reasons, to be “lifted in all its aspects.” He mentioned crossings, fishing zones, imports and exports as aspects of the blockade in need of address, and said there should be “proper guarantees given to – and by – all parties in respect of the security of all civilians.”Created by the UN General Assembly in 1949, UNWRA is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to the five million registered Palestinian refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The refugees trace their roots to those displaced amid the Arab-Israeli hostilities of 1948. The Assembly created the Advisory Commission, which comprises 25 UN Member States and three Observer entities, to “advise and assist” UNWRA.On Saturday, UNWRA re-opened all but two of its 245 schools in Gaza, according to the agency. It added that all 21 of its health centres resumed operations on Sunday, while it also named three crossings into the Strip that were open.“The fragile calm in Gaza seems to hold,” UNRWA said in a situation report, while also highlighting that a Palestinian youth was killed and 19 other people injured on Friday by fire from the Israel Defense Forces.“The people of Gaza used the official holiday on Friday to mourn their beloved ones, to rest, and to somehow find a way back into daily life,” the report noted. “The first heavy winter storms, accompanied by strong winds, rain, and cold temperatures, brought further hardship to all those living in damaged homes.”Mr. Grandi also briefed the Commission on UNRWA’s work amid the crisis in Syria, where many of UNRWA’s beneficiaries are located and where violence – since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began over 20 months ago – has killed at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, and spawned more than 440,000 refugees.“Concerns about the welfare of the half-million Palestine refugees there have grown as they are increasingly affected by the conflict,” the Commissioner-General said. “UNRWA’s strategy in Syria, as in Gaza, is to be there, to maintain services, and to address the growing emergency needs as much as possible.” read more

Wildlife conservation sustainable development in spotlight at UNbacked conference

“Development without a regard for the environment is not sustainable. Their future is our future,” said the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Brandee Chambers, in a press conference on the opening day of the Twelfth Meeting of countries that have joined CMS. He spoke alongside Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassadors, Nadya Hutagalung and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, among others. The week-long event is being billed as “the year’s largest wildlife conference,” and is for the first time being convened in Asia since the treaty was adopted in Germany in 1979.More than 1,000 delegates from 120 countries are expected for the five-day conference that will focus on protecting some of the most vulnerable animals in the world, such as the whale shark, which is the world’s largest fish with a rapidly declining population due to fishing, illegal poaching, and other human activity. Among other animals that the hundreds of governments, civil society and private sector representatives, and experts will discuss are ten species of vultures and the Steppe Eagle, which are threatened with extinction, and the giraffe, which is not safeguarded by any convention.Participants are also expected to strengthen their work with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to conserve African carnivores, such as the African lion, the cheetah, the leopard, and the African wild dog. These proposals are among the 31 to discussed at the conference, affecting at least 35 distinct species. The theme of this year’s conference is the “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife & People,” and links to the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to alleviate poverty and hunger, while improving health and education, and protecting oceans and forests.Addressing the opening of the conference, John Scanlon, the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, noted the importance of the CITES and the CMS, and other conventions in the family of biodiversity-related conventions that “go to the very heart of international environmental governance” and stressed that “their successful implementation is critical to ensuring the survival of wildlife and to our own quality of life.” read more

UN chief calls for Security Council to work with Myanmar to end

The UN chief was briefing the Security Council on the situation in Myanmar, where 12 months ago a military operation in northern Rakhine state sparked an exodus of desperate Rohingya refugees that quickly became one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.Mr. Guterres’ remarks also follow the release of an independent UN investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out against the mainly Muslim Rohingya and which called for the country’s military leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide and war crimes.Cate Blanchett, the Academy Award winning actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and Tegegnework Gettu, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) also addressed the briefing, which was chaired by Lord Ahmad, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN for the United Kingdom, which currently holds the presidency of the Security Council.Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to ramshackle refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, Bangladesh after being forced from their homes by a military operation which UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein compared, at the time, to ethnic cleansing.Mr. Guterres, recounting his experience of visiting the camps this past July, said that he had heard stories of horrendous persecution and suffering. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderTegegnework Gettu, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Myanmar.Mr. Guterres asked the Security Council to urge Myanmar’s leaders to ensure immediate, unimpeded and effective access for the Organization’s agencies and partners, and release journalists arrested for reporting on the human tragedy.He added that there can be no excuse for delaying the search for dignified solutions that will allow people to return home, and benefit from freedom of movement, an end to discrimination and the re-establishment of the rule of law.His call for action was amplified by Ms. Blanchett, who said that “the focus of all our efforts must be to provide much-needed support inside Bangladesh while working to ensure conditions in Myanmar are conducive to return.”Mr. Guterres concluded with a call for accountability as an essential prerequisite for regional security and stability, and for the Security Council to give serious consideration to the report released on Monday by the UN-appointed Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.He added that effective, international cooperation will be “critical to ensuring that accountability mechanisms are credible, transparent, impartial, independent and comply with Myanmar’s obligations under international law.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderSecretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Myanmar. The meeting commemorates the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Rohingya crisis in 2017.“One father broke down as he told me how his son was shot dead in front of him.  His mother was brutally murdered and his house burned to the ground. He took refuge in a mosque only to be discovered by soldiers who abused him and burned the Quran,” he said.One distraught woman gestured to a mother cradling her young baby who was conceived as a result of rape and told me: “We need security in Myanmar and citizenship.  And we want justice for what our sisters, our daughters, our mothers have suffered.’”Ms. Blanchett, who visited Bangladesh last year at the invitation of the UNHCR, said she had witnessed similar scenes, and “nothing could have prepared me for the extent and depth of suffering I saw… I have heard gut-wrenching accounts…of grave torture, of women brutally violated, people whose loved ones have been killed before their eyes.” UN Photo/Manuel EliasCate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Myanmar.“I am a mother, and I saw my children in the eyes of every refugee child I met. I saw myself in every parent. How can any mother endure seeing her child thrown into a fire?” she asked the Council.Like you, I have heard the gut-wrenching accounts. Stories of grave torture, of women brutally violated, people who have had their loved ones killed before their eyes – Cate BlanchettThe trigger for the military crackdown one year ago was a series of attacks on Myanmar security forces by insurgents that were immediately condemned by the Secretary-General. Mr. Guterres said that the disproportionate use of force against civilian populations and the gross human rights violations that followed, could never be justified.Since then, despite his direct engagement with the Myanmar authorities, and the launch of several UN system initiatives on the ground, the Secretary General has expressed concern regarding the dramatic humanitarian and human rights situations, as well as the risks to regional peace and security of further degeneration.This engagement includes the advancement of a policy of engagement and unified action to defuse tensions and build trust, and the appointment of Christine Schraner as Special Envoy on Myanmar, which has led to a process of broad consultations with the Government, military, civil society and women’s groups.Mr. Guterres said that, despite the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the Myanmar authorities and UN agencies in June, the country’s leaders have not made the investment in reconstruction, reconciliation and respect for human rights necessary for all communities to live improved and resilient lives in Rakhine state.UNDP’s Mr. Gettu said the agency shares international concerns about the situation in Rakhine and the plight of the Rohingya, and he emphasised the need to address Rakhine’s significant development challenges and to lift restrictions on free movement and access to services.The UNDP, UNHCR and other UN agencies have been implementing the MOU, and working in Rakhine to put a wide-ranging development and humanitarian assistance initiative in place with support from major donors. He underlined that addressing the needs of the refugees in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, is also of primary importance. read more

South Africa Gloria coal mine explosion kills six

Six people have been killed by a gas explosion in an abandoned coal mine in South Africa, the national broadcaster has reported.About 20 others are still trapped at the Gloria coal mine in Middelburg, east of the capital, Pretoria. A police spokesman said some people had gone into the mine to steal copper wires when a gas pipe exploded.Local media said rescue efforts were being hampered by dangerously high levels of toxic gas.“We’re still waiting for engines and generators to arrive to start putting oxygen into the ground”, local government official Speedy Mashilo told South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC.He said that engineers would join the rescue efforts by rigging up lighting in the mine shafts. The mine was closed after its owners, the Gupta brothers, found it difficult to continue doing business in South Africa following corruption allegations against them.South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has become embroiled in the allegations. Both parties have denied any wrongdoing.Mining accidents are common in South Africa. More than 80 fatalities were recorded in mines across the country in 2017.Last year, a power cut left 955 gold miners trapped underground for two days before they were eventually freed. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAurora Gold Mine gets clearance to begin underground miningMarch 1, 2019In “latest news”South Africa to give state burial to Winnie MandelaApril 3, 2018In “World”South Africa funeral firm to sue pastor for ‘resurrection stunt’February 26, 2019In “latest news” read more

9 office antiproductivity techniques you should have mastered

first_img Source: Imgur5. Online ‘Shopping’ Source: ImgurTechnique: Think of an object that you ‘need’. No, of course you don’t really need it. That’s not the point. Spend several hours finding the perfect version of that object, in the perfect colour, and comparing prices and shipping charge.No, it’s not great, but the point is it’s not work.Challenge: Accidentally blowing your paycheque on crap from the internet.6. Desk Building Source: ImgurTechnique: Take whatever is on your desk, in your drawers, or on the desks of any nearby colleagues. Build it into the tallest or most precarious structure you possibly can.Challenge: Explaining to your boss how the stack of coloured pens and staplers teetering on top of your phone aids your workflow.7. Office Politicking Source: ImgurTechnique: This one is a slow burner. Over the course of several weeks, corner each of your workmates. Casually mention an indiscretion committed by a mutual colleague. Over time, resentment will fester and grow.The consequent flow of aggrieved passive-aggressive emails will occupy your time nicely.Challenge: Being able to live with yourself afterwards.8. Nefarious Pranking Source: ImgurTechnique: Wait for one of your colleagues to leave his/her desk. (Or fall asleep.) Take advantage of them.Challenge: The risk of epic payback when you doze off yourself after a heavy desk-building session.9. Sarcastic Note-Writing (Advanced Level Technique) Source: ImgurTechnique: Find a note someone has left somewhere. (Kitchens are a good starting point, as are photocopiers.) Respond on an adjoining note.Challenge: Finding enough notes to avoid being forced back to work in between them.Are there any more? Can you help your fellow office workers out with tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments – sure it’s better than working anyway.The 11 most infuriating talkers in your office right now>The 19 most annoying things about work> IT’S A CHALLENGE many of us face on a daily basis: how to get through your working hours without achieving too much.If you work at home, this is no challenge at all. But if you’re in an office, the eye of your boss is everywhere. (Like God.)Here are the key techniques you should be versed in.1. Toilet Phone Viewing The telltale sign of the Toilet Phoner Source: ImgurTechnique: Retire to the bathroom, either with or without a legitimate need. Enter a stall. Look at phone. Wonder how long you can keep it up before people wonder about you/start giving you sympathetic looks when you return to the office.Challenges: Forgetting to put your phone on silent. Also, posting a comment somewhere (like Facebook) that your colleagues will also be looking at, and know you’re doing it from the jacks. Morto.2. Work Decoying Source: ImgurTechnique: Stare intently at your screen. Type furiously as if you are really, really getting down to it. Feel free to pause occasionally to ‘think’.Challenge: Successfully angling your screen so superiors cannot see you are on Facebook.3. Daydreaming Source: ImgurTechnique: Dream of getting away from the rat race and setting up somewhere isolated. Imagine your days spent fishing/swimming/lying in a hammock. Try to ignore the fact that you would want to check Facebook after approximately five seconds of solitude.Challenge: Keeping your eyes open is crucial to the appearance of productivity. However, it also makes daydreaming more difficult.4. Coffee Breaking Source: ImgurTechnique: Spend your day inventing reasons to go into the kitchen. Each time you’re in there, initiate The Chats with a co-worker. Keep this going until they say something like ‘Well, I guess I’d better be getting back to it’.You should answer ‘Oh Jesus yes – no rest for the wicked!’ or similar, before returning to your desk for ten minutes or so and beginning the cycle again.Challenges: Firstly, if more than one person in an office starts doing this, it will swiftly become obvious (and your conversations will get very boring).Secondly, caffeine overdose is a terrible thing:last_img read more

Farewell Ambassador Dafaranos

first_imgGreece’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos, bade farewell in Canberra this week, combining his valedictory speech in the capital with the unveiling of an exhibition depicting Athenian street artists’ responses to the eurozone crisis and its effect on Greece.More than 300 guests, including Greek community leaders and parliamentarians, thronged the Greek embassy’s residence in Yarralumla to warmly honour the ambassador and his wife Eva on the conclusion of their three-year posting to Australia.Reflecting the themes of the exhibition ‘Murals of Athens’ curated by Eva Dafaranos, the evening was a shared reflection not only on the ambassador’s imminent departure, but on the fact that his posting coincided with some of the most turbulent years in Greece for a generation.In notes prepared for the exhibition, Mr Dafaranos said he and his wife felt the need to combine their farewell with an event that expressed themselves “as an adieu to friends”.Eva and Haris Dafaranos welcome guests to the Greek embassy residence on Wednesday. Photo: Mike Sweet.The exhibition, made up of photographs of murals created over the past six years in Athens, show artistic reactions to what the ambassador described as “the austerity and pauperisation imposed on our country [and] the sufferings of a proud European nation”.The ambassador went on to describe the collection of photographs as a symbol of how “humanism is the way forward” and that a country that is “the cradle of the notion of democracy” had undergone “unnecessary sufferings in order to be transformed into a market”.“We have many monsters to destroy. Let us think of the answer of Oedipus.” Ambassador Dafaranos quoted George Seferis in his farewell speech. Photo:Eleni Kypridis.In his speech, Mr Dafaranos thanked his Australian friends and colleagues for “the opportunity to work with you, share thoughts and experiences, and in enriching ourselves as modern itinerant Ulysseses”.“I wish to express a deep sentiment of gratitude to this hospitable country, for hosting and gracing us with her fairness and strong Philhellene sentiments,” he added, before quoting poet George Seferis.“As our Nobel Laureate poet said in his prize acceptance speech to the Swedish Academy in 1963: ‘In our gradually shrinking world, everyone is in need of all the others. We must look for ‘Man’ wherever we can find him. When on his way to Thebes, Oedipus encountered the Sphinx, his answer to its riddle was: ‘Man’. That simple word destroyed the monster. We have many monsters to destroy. Let us think of the answer of Oedipus.’ “Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh with Maria Vamvakinou MP at the event. Photo: Mike SweetMr Dafaranos said that the decision to combine the ‘Murals of Athens’ exhibition opening with his own farewell was “an effort to acquaint you with contemporary Greece so as to feel the beating of the collective Greek heart, despite agonies, survival mode, and insecurity about the future”.Present as guest of honour to open the exhibition was the Australian Greens’ deputy leader Scott Ludlam, whose Senate motion in June argued for the then treasurer Joe Hockey to take an active role in opposing the IMF’s stringent austerity measures as negotiations for Greece’s last bail-out took their course. Guests at the embassy included Steve Kalenderidis, President designate of the Greek Community of Canberra and Districts, with Dino Nikias OAM, and Konstantinos Koutsopoulos, Attaché, Embassy of Greece. Photo: Mike SweetAmbassador Dafaranos paid tribute to Australians of all walks of life, both Philhellenes and those of Greek heritage, “who stood by us and did not lose hope and faith that Greece shall overcome, particularly during the last three difficult years”. “They kept their deep sentiments of solidarity and philanthropy and supported many social causes in the mainland, alleviating the hardship endured by their compatriots,” he said.Asked what memories of Australia he would cherish, the ambassador said the continent’s natural wonders and “the genuine soul of Australians” would stay with him always. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Puppies rescued from hot trunk during Oregon traffic stop

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon State Police trooper rescued 10 German shepherd Husky puppies from a hot car trunk during a traffic stop.Oregon State Police say the trooper stopped a car Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 just south of Medford, Oregon.Police say the trooper noticed signs of suspicious activity which led to a search of the car and the discovery of the dogs.Police say the pups were being transported from Fontana, California to Seattle without water or access to air conditioning. The National Weather Service says temperatures reached 88 degrees in Medford Monday.The puppy owner was cited for animal neglect and the puppies were taken to Jackson County Animal Services.last_img read more

Salvation Army holds bellringing fundraiser

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With Christmas season starting, the Salvation Army Kroc Center held an all-star bell-ringing fundraiser at Fashion Valley Mall.Many volunteers rang their bells by the kettles including some familiar faces from KUSI.The fundraiser is apart of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign to help serve food and toys to families in San Diego. Salvation Army holds bell-ringing fundraiser KUSI Newsroom, November 27, 2018 Posted: November 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Kenai City Council Donates To KCHS Student SkillsUSA Competition

first_imgThere are over than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners —who participate in the weeklong event. Chelsea Plagge presented to the Kenai City Council at their meeting last night: “Since SkillsUSA is a competition I had to start at regions, at regions I got first place, which meant I got to go to state. At state I had to make a composed salad, a soup, and an entry. I also had to cut up a whole chicken and at the state competition I placed first.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A sophomore at Kenai Central High School will be competing at a national competition, SkillsUSA, in the culinary division. The Kenai City Council at their meeting on April 18, unanimously consented to donate $500 towards Plagge going to the competition. Plagge is the first student from KCHS to compete at the national level. The competition will be from June 25-29, in Louisville, Kentucky.last_img read more

Has the Marketing Pendulum Swung Too Far to Paid Search

first_imgMeanwhile, paid clickthroughs accounted for 6.42 percent of Kohler’s August traffic—more than the second best performing search term “Kohler faucets” (which accounted for 4.75 of traffic), but still well behind the top organic search term.  Competitor Delta Faucet saw 125,090 unique visitors in August, with the organic search term “delta faucets” driving 33.53 percent of traffic. However, Delta also showed a substantially higher return on paid search,  with the term “deltafaucet.com” driving 19.02 percent of traffic.Looking at a broad consumer category like golf equipment, Calloway.com saw 37.7 percent of its traffic from organic search and 20.5 percent from paid search in August, while Ping.com saw 34.8 percent from organic search and just 2.3 percent from paid search. One could reason that search results for Calloway are brand related while search results for Kohler competitors are more brand generic.“I’ll argue that some brands like Calloway are paying for traffic that they would likely get anyway and others (like Kohler) are likely being outspent by their competition and may be losing some sales opportunities,” says  Stephen Davis, vice president and group publisher of data provider SRDS (a sister company to Compete.com).When Paid Search Comes ThroughOf course, organic search doesn’t always trump paid search. Online mortgage company QuickenLoan.com derived 44.5 of its traffic from paid search. “I think certain categories are more prone to gaining audience via paid search than others (travel, mortgages, catalogue shopping),” says Davis. “So the percent of overall traffic is better compared to their competitive set than to other norms. All marketers try to win the organic search game but you need relative content, a great audience and link partnership to beat the algorithms.” Whether Google is friend or foe, the clear fact is many publishers have seen marketing clients divert significant dollars away from their print, online and event products and toward paid search programs. After all, it’s cheaper, SEO experts typically tell brands to buy their name and Google is how everyone finds things online, right?Well, yes and no. A look at the traffic drivers for select consumer and b-to-b marketers through Compete.com shows that almost without exception, Google is the top referring site to the marketer’s homepage. However, for many sites, that’s due to users entering branding terms (like the company’s name) into Google search even if they know the brand’s URL because it’s quicker than typing it into the browser. Often, organic search seems to drive more traffic than paid search. In other words, many marketers are paying for searches they would get anyway, thanks to existing brand awareness. Case By CaseLet’s start by taking a look at the kitchen and bath fixtures category, which includes a mix of b-to-b and b-to-c marketers. Kohler.com boasted 75,765 visitors in August 2009, according to Compete.com. Top search terms included “Kohler,” “Kohler faucets,” “Kohler toilets,” and “Kohler trim.” Top referral sites include Google, Yahoo!,  kohlernews.com and bing.com. The organic search term “Kohler” accounted for 23.46 percent of the site’s total traffic from search.last_img read more

Newsy Sold to EW Scripps for 35 Million in Cash

first_imgThe E.W. Scripps Company has acquired five-year-old online video news site, Newsy. Scripps discloses that it has agreed to pay $35 million in cash and the deal is expected to close on January 1.Scripps CEO, Rich Boehne indicates that Newsy will be a big part of the company’s video strategy moving forward. “Newsy adds an important dimension to our video strategy,” he says in a release. “Newsy’s uncommon approach to curation and storytelling has helped it build a strong national brand, which fits well with both our current media assets and our ambitions to further develop digital media business.”Newsy was launched as a Web-based product, but it is now also accessible through mobile apps and internet-connected TV devices like Roku. It generates revenue through advertising, custom content and syndication. And Scripps plans to appropriate the digital model for its regional markets across the U.S. As of today, Newsy employs 35 full-time staffers plus and an undisclosed number of part-timers. Scripps maintains that these employees will remain with the company. Jim Spencer, founder and CEO at Newsey, says in a release that the pairing is a choice fit, “Leveraging the power of Scripps and Newsy together means reaching more consumers with the quality of journalism they expect on a larger variety of platforms.” Adding that the two companies share “values of innovation and editorial integrity.”last_img read more

Is the Military Parade Off

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Trump tweeted Sunday that he will participate in a July 4th “Salute to America” celebration on the National Mall with a “[m]ajor fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”Business Insider noted there was no mention of a military parade Trump has long wanted but which DOD and D.C. officials have postponed for a variety of reasons such as cost, infrastructure and security. The Mall is typically home to “A Capitol Fourth,” featuring concerts and fireworks.“A Capitol Fourth” 2017. DOD photo by Reese Brownlast_img read more

Dos donts for pandals spelt out

first_imgBowenpally: A Ganesh pandals awareness meeting was held at Seven Temples premises near the police station in Bowenpally on Thursday. CI Chandra Sekhar and SI Sudhakar Reddy participated in the meeting and spoke to the organisers of Ganesh Pandals.Speaking there, they said, “Suspicious people should not be allowed into the pandals. As per safety guidelines, police rules should be followed.” They further added, “Organisers should take permission for arranging pandals.” Policemen and organisers participated in the meeting.last_img read more