Elalamy Responds to Moroccan Merchants’ Anger over Electronic Billing

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Trade and Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy will meet with the chambers of commerce and industry on January 16 following merchants’ strikes against the new electronic invoicing, the industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.Early this month, the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) announced the implementation of new tax measures using electronic invoicing.The measures stipulate that merchants should use an electronic system to issue invoices. To do this, merchants must have billing software approved by tax authorities and an information system allowing a common database with the tax authorities. The government introduced the measures in the 2018 Finance Law at the end of 2017 and were expected to come into force in early 2019.Read Also: Morocco’s House of Representatives Adopts 2019 Finance BillThe new measures sparked uproar among merchants. On January 3, many wholesalers in Casablanca closed their shops and held a sit-in at La Victoire Place protesting the new tax law.The protesting merchants were from Derb Omar, Allal Garage Allal, Korea, and Bayada, the main commercial sites in Casablanca.On January 4, Elalamy called on merchants to present their demands in an organized manner through the chambers of commerce and industry.Following the merchants’ demonstrations, the DGI announced that some media reported false explanations and interpretations of the electronic billing system.  The tax authority denied the explanations, saying they are “completely unfounded” and “indicate a misunderstanding of the new provisions of the 2018 Finance Law.”The DGI explained that the electronic billing system “concerns only professionals subject to financial control and does not apply to merchants and service providers subject to the lump sum system,” in a statement on January 8.“The new billing system provisions have not yet entered into force and will only be implemented after the publication of the law.”In the January 16 meeting, Minister Elalamy will discuss the merchants’ demands with their representatives. Members of the DGI and customs will also attend the meeting. read more

Thousands fall victim to sexual violence in Central African Republic – UN

Over 15 per cent of women and girls in the violence-ridden north of the Central African Republic (CAR) are victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.Reports coming in on a weekly basis describe such incidents as two 12-year-old girls being raped while searching for firewood in the bush and a 13-year-old girl assaulted on her way to sell palm oil at a market.“Sexual violence is a disturbingly common feature of the insecurity in the north of the Central African Republic,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. “We must ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”Over 1,000 rape survivors among 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region have received medical and psychological care, including HIV testing and counselling, in the past six months from aid groups.“There is a dire need to expand the programmes that support the survivors of sexual violence and help communities to prevent it in the future,” noted Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.This year’s joint aid programme between the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the CAR – for which there has been an appeal for over $90 million – will include seven projects to assist those who have endured sexual violence.Earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that some 6,000 to 7,000 Central Africans have fled their homeland for southern Chad since late January because of the increasing risk of bandit attacks in their home country.Mostly women and children, the refugees are in poor condition, arriving with no possessions and relying on the generosity of locals, the agency said. There are now an estimated 50,000 Central African refugees living in Chad.Both Chad and the CAR have been plagued by violence, instability and impoverishment and last year the Security Council authorized the establishment of a multi-dimensional UN presence – including a peacekeeping mission known as MINURCAT – to try to remedy the situation. 22 February 2008Over 15 per cent of women and girls in the violence-ridden north of the Central African Republic (CAR) are victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. read more

Australia gifts three Stabicraft vessels to boost Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet

“As the gifting of these vessels demonstrates, Australia recognises and values the contribution that the Sri Lanka Coast Guard makes to maritime security in our region. The Australian Government gifted three Port class Stabicraft vessels to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, reinforcing Sri Lanka’s civil maritime security capabilities and fulfilling a promise made by then Australian Prime Minister Turnbull during his visit to Sri Lanka in November 2017.At a gifting ceremony held in Colombo, Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said the gifting of these vessels highlights both governments’ commitment to safe and secure borders. “Australia and Sri Lanka have a long track record of cooperation on civil maritime security issues, including working together to combat people smuggling and illegal migration”, Hutchesson said. Further enhancing the Sri Lanka Coast Guard’s operational capabilities will benefit both our countries.”Minister-Counsellor South Asia (Home Affairs), Tara Cavanagh, explained that close cooperation with international law enforcement partners is one way Australia protects its borders. “Australia’s prosperity and success as a multicultural nation relies on secure and well-managed borders”, Ms Cavanagh said.“Our approach to border protection is multi-layered, and strong relationships with our international partners are an important first line of defence. The gifting of these three vessels is a practical example of the strength of Australia’s partnership with Sri Lanka, and underlines the key role of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard in deterring and disrupting the illegal movement of people.”Since September 2013, Sri Lankan authorities have disrupted 15 people smuggling ventures targeting Australia, with more than 500 people prevented from attempting illegal and unsafe boat journeys across the open ocean. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Old Dutch chips recalled due to possible Salmonella

Old Dutch Foods Ltd. is recalling Old Dutch brand Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips due to possible Salmonella contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall affects the 66 gram bag with a best before date of August 10, 2016 through February 24, 2017 and the 255 gram bag with a best before date of August 10, 2016 through March 02, 2017.The product has been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.Consumers are advised to throw out the potato chips or return them to the store where they were purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. The CFIA says if you think you became sick from eating the chips, call your doctor. read more

Funds for family planning supplies needed to curb HIVAIDS UN agency warns

“The most alarming consequences of the financial shortfall, where a condom crisis exists today, are in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid said in Istanbul at the opening of the three-day conference, which seeks to highlight the worldwide problem of securing contraceptive supplies and condoms for family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention, and to identify what must be done in response. UNFPA estimates that in 2002, $946 million will be needed to fund contraceptive commodities for family planning and condoms for preventing sexually transmitted infections. That figure is expected to rise to $1.8 billion by 2015. Ms. Obaid said that making these commodities accessible in developing countries through quality services would require additional expenditures of $4 billion in 2002, rising to some $9 billion per year by 2015. Additional funding, however, will work only as an integral part of a larger strategy, she said. “We have to promote gender equality and combat violence against women; to expand the reach of quality reproductive health services; and to overcome economic, social and cultural factors driving the spread of HIV/AIDS,” she observed. “Young women and girls, in particular, need access to services to help them protect themselves.” The Istanbul meeting was organized by the United States-based non-governmental organizations Population Action International and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), along with John Snow, Inc., and the Wallace Global Fund. Financing was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The forum’s participants included senior government officials from nine developing countries – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Turkey and Viet Nam — as well as representatives from multilateral, bilateral and private foundation donors. read more

Barrick says its nearing an agreement with local government on Pueblo Viejo

by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 7:29 pm MDT TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says it is nearing a firm agreement with the government in the Dominican Republic over its Pueblo Viejo mine.The company has reached “an agreement in principle” that would see the local government receive a higher revenue from the project through various changes to a lease agreement, it said after stock markets closed on Wednesday.Barrick says the changes would result in an even split of cash flows from the mine divided between the corporation that operates the mine and the government from 2013 to 2016.The company says under the proposal, the country’s government would receive tax revenues of about $2.2 billion over the period, and provide an additional $1.5 billion to the Dominican government over the life of the Pueblo Viejo mine.The mine is run by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corp., with Barrick holding a 60 per cent stake, while with Goldcorp (TSX:G) owns the rest.For the agreement to be reached, Barrick will need to reach new terms with the government, which it said could include such factors as an extension of the window to recover its capital investment and reduced depreciation rates.Pueblo Viejo reopened last year and is among the world’s largest gold mines.The government has sought to re-open the contract to help close a budget deficit. Previously, the venture was expected to pay about $7 billion over the 25-year life of the mine. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barrick says it’s nearing an agreement with local government on Pueblo Viejo read more

Readers photos of our delightful winter sky

first_imgTHE SHEPHERDS WERE absolutely delighted this evening when they looked up and saw the pretty red, pink, and sometimes purple glow in the sky.It seems like the rest of you approved of it as well and we’ve collected some of your pictures from around the country.last_img

What do half of black American men have in common by age

first_imgBy age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.Brame says that it is important to understand the social climate that influences arrests and what role race plays.“As a society, we often worry a great deal about the effects of children watching television, eating junk food, playing sports and having access to good schools,” Brame says.“Experiencing formal contact with the criminal justice system could also have powerful effects on behaviour and impose substantial constraints on opportunities for America’s youth.Going forward it will be constructive to support systematic studies into the sources of these variations and to continue efforts to understand the effects of criminal justice interventions on sanctions on future behaviour.Read: Two-month-old girl shot dead in PennsylvaniaRead: ‘Jihad Jane’ sentenced to 10 years for plot to kill artist A MAJOR NEW study in the US has found that half of black American men have been arrested at least once by their 23rd birthday.The study, printed in Crime & Delinquency, a peer-reviewed American journal, shows that the likelihood of arrest varies across races.Robert Brame, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study, says that the most striking differences are across racial divides.In particular, the research points to a higher prevalence of arrest among black males and little race variation in arrest rates among females. The study excludes arrests for minor traffic violations.“A problem is that many males – especially black males – are navigating the transition from youth to adulthood with the baggage and difficulties from contact with the criminal justice system,” Brame says.The study’s key findings include:last_img read more

Ireland is the 20th safest country for newborns and mothers report

first_imgIreland is ranked the 20th safest country for newborn babies and mothers, according to the annual State of the World’s Mothers report.The report, published by the charity Save the Children, showed Ireland was three places ahead of the UK in 23rd.Finland was found to be the safest country while the Democratic Republic of Congo was in last place.The report on 186 countries showed South Asia – which accounts for 24 per cent of the world’s population – recorded 40 per cent of the world’s first-day deaths.IrelandThe report’s birth day risk index showed that Ireland had a first-day mortality rate of one child per 1,000 live births, with a total of 90 deaths recorded. 29 per cent of deaths in children under five occurred on the first-day.Ireland has a first-month mortality rate of two children per 1,000 live births, with a total of 160 deaths recorded. 52 per cent of deaths in children under five occurred within the first-month.The report also found that Ireland had a mortality rate in children under five of four children per 1,000 live births, with a total of 310 deaths recorded.Read the full report here >IndiaMore than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from infections and other preventable causes, the report said, blaming a lack of political will and funding for the crisis.India accounts for 29 per cent of all newborn deaths worldwide.MalnourishmentBangladesh and Pakistan also have large numbers of yearly first-day deaths at 28,000 and 60,000 with chronic malnourishment of mothers one of the major factors for the fatalities in the region.“Progress has been made, but more than 1,000 babies die every day on their first day of life from preventable causes throughout India, Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said Mike Novell, the regional director of the charity.Life-saving interventionsThe charity identified three major causes of newborn deaths – complications during birth, prematurity and infections – and said access to low-cost, life-saving interventions could cut down the figures by as much as 75 per cent.“What is lacking is the political will and funding to deliver these solutions to all the mothers and babies who need them,” it said.A decade of rapid economic growth has allowed India to boost spending on poor and rural communities but Save the Children said most such programmes had not benefited those most in need.More than half of all Indian women give birth without the help of skilled health care professionals, leading to infections and complications.In far-flung areas, doctors and hospitals are rare and villagers often put the health of their children in the hands of poorly trained substitutes.But even in cities such as New Delhi with relatively better healthcare facilities women are delivering at home, said Sharmila Lal, a Delhi-based gynaecologist.Home births“Even if hospitals are near at hand, the women are having babies at home in a highly unsafe and unhygienic environment just because of lack of awareness,” Lal added.Lal said India must invest in creating a pool of paramedical staff trained in childbirth to take the load off doctors “who often don’t have time or patience to explain simple life-saving measures to expectant mothers”.The charity said the problem of infant mortality could be addressed by closing the equity gap in a developing country like India where economic benefits have been shared unequally.“If all newborns in India experienced the same survival rates as newborns from the richest Indian families, nearly 360,000 more babies would survive each year,” the report said.- Additional reporting by AFPRead: ‘A child can die within 50 seconds of becoming entangled in a window blind cord’ >last_img read more

Opinion My son is a little boy who happens to like pink

first_imgWE WERE IN a bike shop recently, getting a puncture repaired on the buggy. My three-and-a-half year old son, a proud bike owner since Christmas, was eyeing up the kids’ bikes display.On one end there were blue and green and red bikes, with spiders and monsters on them. On the other, shiny pink bikes with glittering streamers and baskets, some even had seats for dolls and teddies.He took it all in, eyes running up and down the row of bikes. Then, he turned to me and said: “It’s not fair Mama, why do only girls get sparkly things?”He loves the sparkles – sure who doesn’t? I reassured him that sparkles are not just for girls, and he moved on to complaining that only the girls’ bikes had baskets and that boys needed to carry things too. All was well in the world until moments later when the man in the shop tried to dissuade him from saying he liked the pink bike and good humouredly teased him for preferring it.There’s a lot of fuss being made about girls and pink, or branding toys “girls’ or boys’”. But it all tends to focus on the girls being left out or pigeon-holed, not the boys.He happily admits to loving pink I’ve two sons who are old enough to tell me what’s on their minds (and a small daughter who isn’t quite there yet but is learning fast). The boys “know” that pink is “for girls”, but my three-year-old happily still admits to loving pink. He requests the pink cup, the pink straw, the pink sticker. In cafés staff apologise for giving him pink anything, and he explains that he loves pink.In the library at make and do time, glitter is produced and if it isn’t he is straight to the librarian to question the omission. Pink glitter is his favourite. He’ll always choose the sparkly anything, it’s so much more interesting.I love that he’s confident enough to do that now. But lately he’s starting to realise that people don’t think that he should like pink and this awareness means he’s starting to hesitate before asking for it. This saddens me – it’s only a colour, why should it be limited to one gender?He still plays with all the “boy stuff” that he’s supposed to like, he wears only boys’ clothes, he decries anything with princesses as “too girlie” but he likes the colour pink. He also likes baking and watching Peppa Pig, Doc McStuffins and My Little Pony, but the only T-shirts he’ll find with them on are in the girls’ section, with frills and glitter, and he won’t go that far.He’s a little boy who happens to like pink, among other things. Isn’t that allowed?Sinead Fox writes at www.bumblesofrice.comRead: Men “hit harder than women by unemployment during recession”Read: Women in G20 countries will have to wait 75 years to earn as much as menlast_img read more

Leo Varadkars partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice

first_imgLeo Varadkar’s partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice president Mike Pence Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year. Share952 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Niall Carson By Christina Finn https://jrnl.ie/4540708 Leo Varadkar and Matt Barrett marching in the NY parade last St Patrick’s Daycenter_img 41,823 Views Leo Varadkar and Matt Barrett marching in the NY parade last St Patrick’s Day Image: Niall Carson Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM Christina Finn reports from Washington DCLEO VARADKAR’S PARTNER will join him for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at US Vice President’s house today. Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year.Pence made the comments during a private conversation between the two, during which Varadkar raised LGBT rights and equality issues.The US vice president describes himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican” and has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT people.The vice president was criticised last year for breaking with the tradition and not allowing media access to the conversation. Members of the press were left on the lawn of the vice president’s home during the meeting. At the time, the Taoiseach said it was the US administration’s decision to have the meeting in private.Prior to it, Varadkar repeatedly said he would talk with Pence about social issues, including LGBT rights.Breakfast meetingConfirming Barrett’s attendance yesterday, Varadkar said:“He’s going to be at the breakfast tomorrow. He was able to get time off work and make the journey. He’ll be taking up the invitation from Mike and Karen Pence to attend tomorrow. Karen can’t be there because she’s in Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics.”Barrett will also attend the traditional shamrock ceremony in the White House but it is understood he will not take to the stage during the presentation. The media are permitted to attend the breakfast meeting this year. Speaker’s LunchAfter breakfast, Varadkar will attend the annual Speaker’s Lunch on Capitol Hill, and meet with senior members of Congress.All eyes will be on the Taoiseach after last year’s kerfuffle when he went off script during his speech.During the luncheon he told a story about Trump contacting him in 2014 in relation to a matter concerning Trump’s golf course and hotel at Doonbeg in Co Clare.Varadkar said that he inquired about the planning permission for a proposed wind farm after he received a call from then-businessman Trump.Varadkar was Tourism Minister at the time.In his comments, Varadkar said that he made contact with the council about the plan.“So I endeavoured to do what I could do about it. I rang [Clare] County Council and inquired about the planning permission and subsequently, the planning permission was declined, and the wind farm was never built, thus the landscape being preserved,” Varadkar said.Varadkar added that Trump “has kindly given me credit for that, although I think it would probably have been refused anyway”.Just a jokeVaradkar later had to issue a clarification, stating that he had gone back to check with his staff and records following the controversy caused by his remarks, adding that he had done nothing wrong. Varadkar said the luncheon is the kind of occasion where people make jokes and tell anecdotes. Later this evening, the Taoiseach will join Trump and his wife Melania, for the traditional shamrock ceremony at the White House, in advance of attending the Ambassador’s St Patrick’s Day Reception.In his meetings he will also emphasise the strength of Irish-US relations, and will recall the important role of the US in supporting peace and the Good Friday Agreement, and outline Ireland’s position on Brexit.He will also press the case for resolving the situation facing the undocumented Irish in America.TheJournal.ie’s Political Correspondent Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Leo Varadkar’s visit to Washington DC this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.Stay up-to-date by following @christinafinn8, @TJ_Politics  and TheJournal.ie’s Facebook page.  58 Comments Mar 14th 2019, 6:16 AM last_img read more

Sharp fabricant des écrans de liTV dApple

first_imgSharp fabricant des écrans de l’iTV d’Apple ?Sharp sera peut-être le fournisseur de panneaux TFT-LCD qui équipperont la future télévision made in Apple, qui devrait sortir en 2012. Selon Peter Misek, un analyste de Jeffries, Sharp pourrait être le fournisseur de panneaux TFT-LCD, équipant le premier téléviseur Apple. La iTV sera vraisemblablement lancée en 2012 par la marque à la Pomme.Cette nouvelle provient du Japon. Apple travaille déjà avec Sharp pour la production des écrans des iPhone et iPad de nouvelle génération, équipés de la technologie OLED. Sharp pourrait donc également concevoir un écran plus grand format pour Apple.D’après M. Misek, Sharp s’équipe pour concevoir des écrans TFT-LCD dans son usine de Sakai (Osaka). La fabrication de ces écrans pourrait débuter mi-2012. Le développement de ces écrans est tenu secret même si la concurrence tente de relever toute précision relative à ce nouveau produit. Selon M. Misek, la concurrence aura “dans le meilleur des cas entre 6 mois et 1 an de retard.” Le 28 novembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Téléthon des dons en baisse malgré 81 millions récoltés pendant lémission

first_imgTéléthon: des dons en baisse malgré 81 millions récoltés pendant l’émissionPour la 26e édition du Téléthon, l’émission diffusée sur France Télévision a permis de récolter 81 millions d’euros en promesses de don. Cela représente une diminution de 5 millions d’euros par rapport à l’édition précédente. Si d’autres sources de dons doivent encore être prises en compte, le total devrait bel et bien marquer un net recul. 81 065 239 €. La 26e édition du Téléthon aura permis de récolter plus de 81 millions d’euros en promesses de dons lors de son émission de samedi soir, ce qui représente une baisse de 5 millions par rapport à l’année dernière. L’Association française contre les myopathies (AFM), organisatrice de l’évènement, a annoncé ce chiffre final à 2h30 dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche. Il faudra encore y ajouter les dons obtenus lors des autres opérations qui ont eu lieu à travers la France entière. Au final, le Téléthon 2011 était parvenu à lever 94 millions d’euros.Dès samedi matin Laurence Tiennot-Herment, présidente de l’AFM depuis 2003, a lancé un appel pour remotiver les donneurs. “C’est la première fois qu’on accuse un tel retard, un retard encore rattrapable, a-t-elle déclaré à l’AFP. On est un peu inquiets. C’est pour cela que j’ai souhaité lancer un appel à tous ceux qui nous ont suivi depuis toutes ces années car ce 26e Téléthon est peut-être le Téléthon de tous les défis. C’est un défi de la solidarité parce qu’on sait qu’on est dans un contexte économique difficile, pas favorable, c’est pour cela que chaque don compte est important.”La crise en cause?Les différents appels sur les écrans de télévision, comme sur le web, n’ont pas permis d’inverser la tendance et les dons sont restés résolument plus bas que l’année dernière. Bien que le Téléthon se soit officiellement tenu du vendredi 7 au samedi 8 décembre, certaines opérations continuent de fonctionner. Mais il est peu probable que cela suffise à rattraper le niveau de dons de 2011.Il reste difficile de savoir ce qui a le plus joué dans cette désaffection. La crise économique est bien sûr évoquée mais il se pourrait que les avancées de la recherche un peu floues pour le public, souvent encore cantonnées au stade d’essais thérapeutiques, n’aient pas aidé à mobiliser les Français.Malgré cette déception, il est toujours possible de faire des dons par téléphone au 3637 ou sur http://www.afm-telethon.fr/Le 9 décembre 2012 à 10:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lampard buzzing after Derbys comeback win

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard is in seventh heaven after his side scored two late goals to win 4-3 at Norwich City on Saturday.Norwich were 3-2 ahead with just nine minutes to go, but Florian Jozefzoon’s 87th-minute goal pulled the game level before Jack Marriott netted in stoppage time to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s side.The game was delayed by 25 minutes after a fuse box problem caused a section of the stadium to lose power after Norwich had gone 3-2 up.“It was a game which had everything and I don’t think I have been involved with one like that before,” Lampard told Sky Sports.“I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager, I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“I think the delay worked in our favor because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them.It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganize things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.“Norwich will be saying they deserved something from the game, and they would have [deserved] a point to be fair, but I think we deserved this for the way we came out after the delay.“The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points.”last_img read more

Heungmin feels connected to the Spurs fans

first_imgThe South Korean footballer is happy after more than 70,000 fans were part of the historic win 3-0 against Borussia Dortmund.Last week, Tottenham Hotspur and Son Heung-min defeated German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.And the more than 70,000 fans that were there to support the English Premier League team went home happy.Who is also happy is South Korea superstar Son Heung-min, who has talked to the team’s official website to praise the club’s supporters.Son Heung-min started his professional career in 2010 with Hamburger in the German Bundesliga.He quickly rose in the squad and in 2013 he was bought by Baker Leverkusen, where he spent two years.It was in 2015 when he moved to England, where he has played 172 matches for his team, scoring 63 goals.“Our fans support us with heart,” he started saying.“I respect them and I support them as well.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Even when I don’t play well, I try to pay them back as much as possible, try to work as hard as possible, this is most important,” he continued.“It’s about winning and losing, but we have to show people respect as well.”“This is what I try to do. I don’t know if I’m always doing well, but I always try my best, especially for the people around me and the fans as well,” the footballer concluded.The team will now play against Burnley on Saturday, then will visit Chelsea in the middle of the week and then host Arsenal on March 2nd.The second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 series will be played on March 5th, as they visit the Signal Iduna Park with a 3-0 advantage over the German club.🇸🇬 Singapore and Shanghai in July! 🇨🇳Click below for more on #SpursTour2019. 👇— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2019last_img read more

Rakitic urges Barca teammates to pull together

first_imgBarcelona and Real Madrid are set to face-off against each other in the Spanish El Classico next weekend, with Leo Messi expected to skip the derby after picking up an elbow injuryThe Argentinean wizard had to leave the pitch in the 26th minute in Saturday’s showdown against Sevilla at Camp Nou after suffering an arm fracture.The Blaugrana are looking to take on Inter Milan in midweek’s Champions League clash before facing Los Blancos, and the 31-year-old forward won’t be able to help his teammates in none of those matches.Ivan Rakitic, the Croatian midfielder, has urged his fellow teammates to show compactness and team spirit, and demonstrate they can win without Messi.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…According to the Sport360 that broadcasted Rakitic’s words, the former Sevilla man hopes Barca players can “pull together” and overcome a frustrating period.“We’re not happy, but that’s football,” Rakitic told Movistar. “He had the bad luck to hurt himself trying to support his fall and we saw quickly it didn’t look good.“Now we have to pull together, show that without Leo the team can move forward and wish him a quick recovery.”As things stand, it will be the first El Classico in 11 years without Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

Mass school choir enraptures the audience

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith High School (LHS) hosted a choir evening at the school hall on Thursday evening which saw the pupils from local schools gracing the crowd with beautiful harmonies.The choirs that took to the stage were Monument Primary, Hamilton Preparatoy, Egerton Primary and Ladysmith High School.With great skills by the pianists, and the angelic voices of the choirs, the crowd was left amazed as they cheered the various school choirs on.LHS performed classic songs like ‘Buttercup’ by Tony McCauley and Michael D’Abo, ‘Homeless’ by Paul Simon and Joseph Shabalala which had the audience rising from their chairs as they embraced the LHS choir’s sweet harmonies.The evening ended with the traditional ‘mass choir’ giving a splendid performance.last_img read more

ANZs newest nonstop route works with connections from YYZ YOW YUL

first_img Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Posted by Share Tags: Air New Zealand, Chicago, New Routes, New Zealand AUCKLAND — Air New Zealand’s push into the Canadian market continues with the carrier’s newly announced nonstop, year-round service from Chicago to Auckland.The new route is scheduled to take off Nov. 30, 2018 in partnership with United Airlines with nonstop, three times weekly service. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.“We expect the addition of Chicago to our network to be an attractive option for Canadians keen to explore New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other North American destinations,” says Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon.“This new route offers greater choice and flexibility for Canadian customers, especially those connecting through to New Zealand from key eastern markets such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with just one stop.”Canadian demand for travel to New Zealand continues to rise with visitor arrivals up 11.4% for the year ending February, he added.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe new Auckland – Chicago route forms part of the airline’s alliance with United Airlines on flights between New Zealand and the mainland U.S. The alliance launched in 2016 and has opened up more travel options for New Zealand and U.S. travellers.The route will be serviced by Air New Zealand’s new configuration B787-9 Dreamliners with Business Premier (27 seats), Premium Economy (33 seats), Economy (215 seats) and Economy Skycouch (13 rows) seating options.Air New Zealand also flies nonstop to Auckland out of Vancouver. In 2017, marking the route’s 10th anniversary, Air New Zealand announced it was bumping up its Vancouver service by nearly 20% from January – July 2018, with more frequencies.The flights went daily beyond the peak months of December and January into the shoulder season of February, and increased to five services a week in March and April (up from four). From May to mid-June 2018 the carrier will offer four weekly flights out of Vancouver, up from three.center_img ANZ’s newest nonstop route works with connections from YYZ, YOW, YUL Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

IHG inspires young New Zealanders to believeyoucan

first_imgIHG inspires young New Zealanders to #believeyoucanA leading New Zealand hotel group is inspiring and mobilising the next generation of Kiwi leaders in partnership with the Sir Peter Blake Trust.The annual awards being held today (July 1) are followed by the Trust’s Leadership Week in which four staff members from IHG properties around New Zealand have been selected to join the Trust’s Dream Team, an exclusive group of inspirational leaders inspiring Kiwi children to follow their dreams.The Dream Team will speak at individual schools during Leadership Week to inspire local children about their story, plant seeds of inspiration for a career in the hotel industry and encourage students to “dream big” and continue Sir Peter Blake’s legacy.IHG Dream Team members include Banquets Operations Manager Catherine Bodnar from Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, Crowne Plaza Auckland Operations Manager Sam Swaffield, Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s Duty Manager Billi Skipage and Chief Concierge Jason Eade from InterContinental Wellington.The theme for 2016 is #believeyoucan, taken directly from Sir Peter’s last voyage when he wrote, ‘To win, you have to believe you can do it’.New Zealand Area General Manager Tim Pollock said promoting young talent was “hugely important” at IHG.“We’ve supported The Sir Peter Blake Trust for a number of years and we’re thrilled to do so because we share many similar values,” he says.“IHG believes it’s our people who have brought us to where we are today, and our people who will help us grow. That’s why we invest in programmes such as our Future Leaders mentoring scheme, which identifies high potential talent and grooms local talent for a global career.”Currently chief concierge at Intercontinental Wellington, Jason Eade was a New Zealand boxing champion with his sights set on an Olympic medal when a motorcycle accident robbed him of a leg.With inspirational determination, he turned his attention to wheelchair-based sports including tennis and basketball, and in 2012 was chosen as one of 8000 Olympic torch-bearers. He’ll no doubt inspire Hutt Intermediate students by expressing the importance of determination to help reach goals.Catherine Bodnar will visit 90 students at Nga Iwi School in Auckland to share her passion for hospitality while working across all New Zealand’s IHG brands and the driving force behind her own development.Sam Swaffield will inspire 30 Botany Downs College students on the importance of gaining valuable leadership skills at high school, and reflect on how he chased his dreams to start a career in the hotel industry.Billi Skipage started her career as a food and beverage attendant and rose to become Crowne Plaza Queenstown duty manager in just 18 months. She’ll inspire students at St Joseph’s School to believe they can achieve anything.The IHG Future Leaders programme is a challenging, fast track, hotel-based two-year development programme grooming local leaders for IHG hotels.The Blake Leader Award recognises inspirational leaders who have determination, a will to succeed, and a belief in achieving extraordinary things. Past recipients have included Tim Alpe, Kathryn Wilson, and Beatrice Faumuina.The Blake Medal is the premium award for outstanding leadership achievement in New Zealand, with just one awarded each year. Past recipients include Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Stephen Tindall, and Dame Margaret Bazley.IHG currently operates five properties in New Zealand including Crowne Plaza hotels in Auckland and Queenstown, two Holiday Inn properties in Rotorua and at Auckland Airport, and the InterContinental Wellington. Learn more hereSource = IHGlast_img read more

Amadeus has announced a new partnership with Adobe

first_imgAmadeus has announced a new partnership with Adobe to bring improved capabilities to airlines. The company says the combination of Amadeus solutions and Adobe Experience Cloud will enable airlines to deliver amazing digital experiences to travellers across any device and throughout the entire journey.“Imagine what traveler experiences could be created by combining the world’s leading airline technology platform with the world’s leading digital experience platform,” said John Lonergan, Director Digital, Airlines at Amadeus. “Amadeus’ collaboration with Adobe Experience Cloud opens a world of opportunities for airlines to deliver truly personalised experiences to travellers across any digital channel – be it on a laptop, an iPad at check-in, a smartphone, or even a video screen on the back of an aircraft seat – and essentially at any point throughout the customer’s journey. The sky’s the limit as to what this partnership will bring to our shared airline customers.”Julie Hoffmann, Head of Industry Strategy and Marketing – Travel at Adobe said the world’s leading travel and hospitality brands rely on Adobe Experience Cloud, and the new partnership with Amadeus will enable Adobe to integrate further with airline brands and take that experience to the next level. “Our goal in Travel is to create and deliver to all touchpoints emotionally engaging experiences that transform and inspire. Together, we’ll create lifetime value for travel brands, while leveraging a new form of intimacy on mobile from the anonymous to the known traveller. Shared airline customers will deliver on digital intimacy across the entire journey.”Amadeus and Adobe are working with airlines to leverage this partnership and the joint capabilities of their technology, and will share more information soon. AdobeairlinesAmadeustechnologytravellast_img read more