SL complain to ICC about green pitches inadequate training facilities

first_imgLondon: Complaining of step-motherly treatment meted out to them in the ongoing World Cup, an exasperated Sri Lanka has expressed dissatisfaction at the types of pitches provided, inadequate training and transport facilities apart from below-par accommodation. Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel has written to the ICC, stating that Sri Lanka were made to play on two green decks in Cardiff, where they lost to New Zealand before defeating Afghanistan, whereas other teams who played on same venue were provided high-scoring pitches. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevDe Mel said another green track awaits Sri Lanka ahead of their match against Australia on Saturday. “This is a World Cup where the top 10 countries are taking part and I feel that all the participants should be treated equally. What we have found out is that for the four matches we have played so far at Cardiff and Bristol the ICC has prepared a green pitch, and at the same venues where the other countries have played the pitches are brown and favourable for high scoring,” De Mel told Sri Lankan newspaper ‘Daily News’. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe match between England and Bangladesh at Cardiff saw 666 runs being scored (England 386/6 and Bangladesh 280), while game between Australia and India at the Oval witnessed a total 668 runs on flat brown track. “The pitch being prepared for our match against Australia on Saturday here at the Oval is green. It is not (a case of) sour grapes that we are complaining but it is very unfair on the part of the ICC that they prepare one type of wicket for certain teams and another type for others,” said De Mel.last_img read more

Creeping over Cuba

first_imgAlready embarked upon overthrowing Venezuela’s socialist government, the Trump administration is now renewing its efforts to squash Cuba as well, and Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act is joining an arsenal of weapons employed by the US in what Cubans regard as genocidal aggression. This is the latest addition to the US’ long record of implacable hostility toward Cuba, which features terror attacks, military invasion, germ warfare, internal subversion, and almost 60 years of economic blockade. Devoid of natural resources and ready for US plunder, Cuba offends by having defended socialism and national independence. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Helms-Burton law is complex, but it centres on tightening the economic blockade against Cuba, preparing for a transition government, and, by means of Title III, inflicting suffering and destabilisation. Title III opens the door for the former owners and the heirs of properties nationalised by Cuba’s revolutionary government to bring actions in US courts to gain compensation for what they lost. These live in exile, mainly in the United States. Persons or companies presently occupying such properties, or profiting from them, and who are located in third countries, would be required by the courts to pay off the aggrieved parties. Because the properties are in Cuba, the courts would lack direct enforcement capabilities, but that doesn’t mean the US can’t use the courts’ decisions to wreak havoc on Cuba’s drive for foreign investment. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn 1996, when the law was introduced, the European Union and other critics insisted that the US government delay implementation of Title III. It did so, and for the next 23 years, at semi-annual intervals, the United States announced one six-month delay after another. But a new era dawned on January 16 when the State Department declared that this time suspended implementation would end at 45 days. Something was up. On March 4, the State Department indicated that in 30 more days, Title III would be applied to the foreign and Cuban “traffickers” in nationalised properties. Also, Title III would, as of March 19, be extended to 200 Cuban enterprises controlled by Cuban security forces or state agencies, many of them connected with Cuba’s tourist industry. The US government in November 2017 had already put those facilities off-limits to US tourists. As of early April, international investors, aid agencies, and business-persons active or looking to be active in Cuba will be facing vast uncertainties. The former owners of nationalised properties may be suing them in US courts. Concerned about a slippery slope of US disfavour, they may cease involvement with Cuba. And what with unsettling news, foreign lenders may shy away from possibly risky loans for projects in Cuba. Title III promises what Cubans call “extraterritorial” effects. It further universalises the application of the US blockade which, potentially involving all countries, violates their sovereignty. But in a Machiavellian twist, the State Department will apparently wield the “trafficking” charge selectively. Cuban analyst Reinaldo Taladrid Herrero explains: “The road to Havana passes through Caracas.” Specifically, “They are going to exempt all businesses of countries allied with the United States, above all Canada and the European countries…. Implementation will be centred on adversary countries like Russia, China, and Venezuela.” Others share his views. Title III violates international law, according to Russia; Cuba solidarity groups have protested. A few business-oriented US groups oppose Title III out of concern that future US commercial ventures in Cuba would be vulnerable. Cuba’s government argues that nationalisation was and is legal according to international norms and court decisions in the United States. Cuba has sought satisfaction from the United States for deaths and destruction due to US assaults. Negotiations taking place briefly during the Obama era looked at balancing Cuba’s claims with US demands stemming from nationalisation. Title III means major trouble for Cuba. The government there is presently mounting an effort to bolster the nation’s economy. Foreign investors will assume a major role in the project. They would provide $2.5 billion annually toward building or refurbishing Cuban institutions, companies, and infrastructure. But any goodwill on their part may well evaporate once threats loom as to court actions in the United States. The availability to the Cuban people of food, health care, schools, building supplies, medicines, and transportation rests on loans and export income from abroad and on income from joint ventures with foreign entities. By 2014, Cuba needed $2.5 billion annually in direct foreign investment. The fact that food imports alone currently require an annual outlay of $2 billion suggests that current requirements are greater. Title III contains the seeds for havoc in the event that Cuba’s socialist government is no more and the United States takes charge. According to Cuba’s Granma newspaper, Cubans “would be forced to return, reimburse, or pay US claimants for the house in which they live, the area on which their communities are built, the arable land where they cultivate produce, the school where their children are educated, the hospital or polyclinic where they receive medical assistance.” Cuban Journalist Lázaro Barredo, formerly editor of Granma, summarises: “Helms-Burton literally has no precedents in the legal history of the United States. [It] constitutes an attack on sovereignty within the international community [and] represents political terrorism.” Helms-Burton would “extend US jurisdiction to other countries in an extraterritorial manner with the perverse intention of frightening, scaring, blackmailing, or dissuading persons interested in investing in Cuba.” We see a decision “to repossess the island, annex it, and move it toward total subordination to the United States.” This report closes with a condemnation of the generalised cruelty and cynicism that is rooted in the strategic thinking of US power brokers. For example, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, presiding at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on March 7, heard testimony from “Cynthia Arnson of the U.S.-funded Wilson Center.” She “agreed with Rubio that ‘widespread unrest’ is useful, but cautioned that … ‘starving people don’t get out in the streets.'” In other words, a little starving is OK, but not too much.( The author practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People’s World. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Liberia UN mission builds safe house for victims of sexual violence

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has built a new safe house for survivors of sexual violence in the capital, Monrovia, and helped refurbish a former jail to ease overcrowding in the West African country’s prison system.The safe house, which has been handed over to a local non-governmental organization (NGO) to operate, was built as part of a $24,000 project that was also supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The head of UNMIL and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, handed over the keys to the safe house in a ceremony yesterday in Monrovia. She stressed that sexual and other forms of gender-based violence must be stopped if the country is to fully advance after years of civil war and misrule.“Any woman or girl who falls victim to this sort of violence, especially rape, is really having her possibilities for contributing to society greatly diminished,” Ms. Løj said.At the safe house, the survivors and victims receive psychosocial support, basic literacy and numeric skills development, vocational training and other life skills, such as information about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness.In Zwedru, the capital of Grand Gedeh county in eastern Liberia, UNMIL has helped re-open the rehabilitated National Palace of Corrections, which will become the country’s largest prison facility.Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, the Deputy UN Envoy in Liberia, said she hoped the changes made to the centre will greatly improve both the living conditions for prisoners and the working conditions for correctional staff.“We must look to this facility to provide not only immediate security to society by housing those committed by the courts, but also to provide those persons with a fresh start in life and an opportunity for a brighter and more purposeful future when they eventually rejoin society upon release,” she said.First opened in 1979, the National Palace of Corrections – which has room for 294 prisoners – operated for a decade until the civil war prompted its closure.UNMIL staff have given Liberian corrections officers training in human rights, fair treatment and helping inmates learn skills to be useful members of society. 14 June 2008The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has built a new safe house for survivors of sexual violence in the capital, Monrovia, and helped refurbish a former jail to ease overcrowding in the West African country’s prison system. read more

Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day

DETROIT — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day.Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and new work for plants slated to close worked until early evening Tuesday and are scheduled to resume bargaining early Wednesday.UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the talks were moving slowly but progressing.More than 49,000 workers walked off their jobs on Monday in a dispute over the union’s quest to get a bigger share of GM’s profits and the company’s goal of cutting labour costs so they’re closer to those at U.S. auto plants run by foreign companies.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Annan denounces Iraqi terror attack as seeking to undermine peace and democracy

“The Secretary-General appeals to all Iraqis to refrain from all acts of violence, put aside their differences and work together in a spirit of national reconciliation,” a statement issued by his spokesman said of a suicide car bombing in Hillah, in which more than 110 civilians, police and National Guard volunteers were reportedly killed and at least 130 injured.”Ultimately, the foundations of a new Iraq can only be built through peaceful means, based on dialogue, mutual understanding and compromise,” the statement added.The attack, the most deadly since the 30 January elections, came as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, has held talks across the full political spectrum in Iraq in an effort to ensure that all elements participate in writing the new constitution, the main task of the new assembly, especially in view of the very low voter turnout and consequent representation of Sunni Arabs.Shiite Muslim Arabs, who voted in large numbers, are estimated to constitute about 60 per cent of the population, while Kurds – who also turned out en masse for the polls – and Sunni Arabs make up about 20 per cent each. read more

More than 91000 litres of oil spilled from derailed Saskatchewan train

JANSEN, Sask. – A freight train jumped the tracks in southeastern Saskatchewan Tuesday and spilled more than 91,000 litres of oil.The accident happened as the Canadian Pacific Rail (TSX:CP) eastbound train was rolling through an area near the village of Jansen, about 150 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.The company said five cars derailed, but only one leaked its contents. A total of 575 barrels hit the ground, said spokesman Ed Greenberg.“There is one car that was leaking product,” Greenberg said. “It has been contained into the area around the car.”The leaking car was well back in the 64-unit train and remained upright. The other four cars were on their sides.Excavation equipment was being sent to the site to build a wall of dirt to further contain the spill.Reeve Bruce Elke with the rural municipality of Jansen was content with the way the situation was being handled, although he noted he was seeding his farmland and had not been to the scene.“My understanding was that it wasn’t that big a spill and everything is going well,” Elke said.Oilspills of any sort have been increasingly under the microscope as debate rages over how best to get Canadian oil to foreign markets.CP Rail has been increasing crude shipments as production ramps up from the oilsands and pipeline companies struggle to increase capacity quickly. Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) moved more than 30,000 carloads of crude to various North American markets last year and believes it can double that business in 2013.However, in New York earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested rail was a riskier way to go while stumping for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.Tuesday’s spill marked at least the third involving a CP train in the last few months.In April, about 20 freight cars, including two that were carrying light sweet crude oil, went off the tracks near White River, Ont., about halfway between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. While it was initially thought that only 630 litres of oil leaked, the total was revised to about 63,000 litres.In March, a Canadian Pacifictrain derailed in Minnesota. At the time, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said 76,000 litres leaked onto the still-frozen ground.In January a Canadian National train collided with a road grader near the community of Paynton in Saskatchewan. Police said at the time that about 1,000 litres of oil leaked from two tankers in that crash.Greenberg said the train that detailed Tuesday was carrying other products besides oil, but there was no indication they were hazardous.“It was a mixed freight train, so there were other rail cars with other commodities on it.”Firefighters from Jansen were called in as a precaution.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was sending an investigator to the site. More than 91,000 litres of oil spilled from derailed Saskatchewan train AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2013 6:22 pm MDT read more

Grade 9 students get taste of work life at Brock

Grade 9 students Laurel Natale (left) and Susan Eaglesham participated in Take Our Kids to Work Day at Brock on Wednesday. By noon Wednesday, Laurel Natale still had a long day ahead of her.As most people were nearing the halfway mark of their workday, hers was really only beginning.There were boxes to lug to a post-secondary education fair in Mississauga, a booth to be set up and help to be given to prospective students and their parents before her mother Beth Natale would let her clock out at 10 p.m., tired and with new perspective on what Beth does as Brock’s director of Recruitment and Liaison Services.It was an opportunity Laurel had thanks to Take Our Kids to Work Day, an annual nationwide event meant to give high school students a glimpse of their parents’ career life while reinforcing the importance of staying in school by learning first-hand what skills are needed to succeed in today’s workforce.Despite having been on campus many times before, Laurel has never had the chance to try on work life here.“What she hasn’t seen is me in action,” Beth said. “So she gets to see what it’s like hauling boxes to and from an education fair and hear the questions from parents and students that she’ll be asking in three to four years’ time. She’ll get a bird’s eye view of what goes on.”Laurel was one of 34 Grade 9 students participating in Brock’s edition of Take Our Kids to Work Day.Students spent the first half of the day learning about the University, getting schooled in health and safety, taking part in icebreakers and getting campus tours before shadowing their parents for the afternoon.Though Beth said Laurel “has pretty much been Brocked since Day 1” with both her mother and father working at the University – dad Rico Natale is the director of Student Awards and Financial Aid – and having two siblings who attended school here, the day did offer some insight into Laurel’s future.“It gives more ideas of what you could do,” Laurel said.Friend Susan Eaglesham also got new perspective on what happens at Brock. Take, for example, that Brock generates much of the energy it uses – a fact that Eaglesham learned during the many morning activities to help students get acquainted with their employer for the day.“I didn’t know Brock, itself, made 75 per cent of its own energy and had pretty much it’s own grid,” she explained.Eaglesham was also grateful for some important life lessons provided during the health and safety talk, most notably, how to use a fire extinguisher.As for her career plans, right now, the Eden High School student has other priorities at the moment.“I’m just trying to get through Grade 9,” she said. read more

Mark Zuckerberg A life in quotes

first_img UNLIKE MOST OTHER major business figures, Mark Zuckerberg has grown up before our eyes.Still only 28, the Facebook mogul has made an awful lot of good decisions, and one or two bad ones.From running Facebook out of a Harvard dorm to leading his company’s $104 billion IPO, his triumphs and errors have been a matter of public record. Facebook is launching a $149 camera that sits next to your TV and lets you video chat with your WhatsApp and Messenger friends (FB) Apple discontinued last year’s Apple Watch Series 4 after announcing its brand-new watch — here’s how to decide between the Series 3 and Series 5 (AAPL) The 737 Max will be the safest plane in the skies once it starts flying again The 25 highest-paying companies in 2019 last_img read more

Endeavour ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 mai

first_imgEndeavour ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 maiL’Agence spatiale américaine a annoncé que le lancement de la navette Endeavour était une nouvelle fois repoussé et ne se ferait pas avant le 10 mai. Les réparations du problème électrique de la navette prennent en effet plus de temps que prévu.Dimanche, la Nasa annonçait que la navette Endeavour ne pourrait pas décoller avant le 8 mai. C’est suite à la panne d’un thermostat du mécanisme de chauffage  des conduites de carburant d’un turbogénérateur que la mission avait été temporairement ajournée, moins de trois heures avant le décollage. Si un seul turbogénérateur suffit à faire fonctionner le système hydraulique de la navette, les trois dont dispose l’orbiteur doivent être en état de marche pour permettre le lancement.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAToutefois, un nouveau communiqué de l’agence spatiale annonce le retard d’au moins deux jours supplémentaires de l’ultime décollage de l’orbiteur. Cela signifie qu’il ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 mai. Des travaux ont maintenant lieu pour remplacer et tester un boitier de distribution électrique défectueux, indique l’AFP. Ce “Load Control Assembly” (LCA) est un point névralgique du système du vaisseau puisqu’il redistribue l’électricité à neuf réseaux et c’est lui qui serait responsable du problème de thermostat.Les responsables de la mission indiquent que le remplacement de cette pièce est simple mais que les tests de fonctionnement pour vérifier que les neuf systèmes électriques sont opérationnels nécessitent deux jours entiers. Cela laisse du temps aux six astronautes qui doivent monter à bord d’Endeavour pour poursuivre leur préparation à la mission qu’ils devront effectuer une fois arrivés sur l’ISS.Le 25e et dernier lancement de la navette a pour objectif principal la livraison du spectromètre magnétique Alpha 2 (AMS) d’une valeur de deux milliards de dollars. Ce module de sept tonnes devrait permettre d’aider les scientifiques à répondre à certaines questions essentielles comme la formation de l’Univers, la présence de l’antimatière ou encore la nature de la matière noire invisible.Le 3 mai 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apollos Moon Shot Series Explores Americas Historic Lunar Surface Trip

first_img On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. Fifty years later, the Smithsonian Channel is celebrating this “giant leap for mankind” with Apollo’s Moon Shot, a new series that explores what it was like for NASA’s team of engineers and cosmonauts to put everything on the line for an epic lunar journey.In 1961, President John F. Kennedy presented one of the most challenging space tasks of all time, which was to have a man touchdown on the moon’s surface and have him land safely back on our planet within the next 10 years. Apollo’s Moon Shot, a six-part series that debuts on June 16, takes viewers back in time to the big day and decade through archival interviews, vintage audio and visual footage, and some rare artifacts from Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.While we don’t have many details on specific episodes yet, Smithsonian Channel has three listed on their website already: “Into the Void,” which will revisit the three missions that were part of Apollo 11’s historic moon voyage, “Triumph and Tragedy,” a deep dive at the Project Gemini missions that enabled NASA to send astronauts to the lunar surface, and “Rocket Fever,” where viewers get to meet the key Space Race players and witness their space preparation training.Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 mission spacesuit. (Photo Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)Starting July 16, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will also have some cool artifacts on display from the Apollo 11 mission, including a testing lunar module and Armstrong’s spacesuit, Fox News reported.“Seeing the artifact really wows people and gives them a sense of some of the ground-breaking technological development that was necessary to go to the Moon,” Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Smithsonian’s space history department, told Fox News. “The one in our collection was Lunar Module-2. It was the second Lunar Module, it was supposed to do Earth orbital tests, but Lunar Module-1 did a good job, so they repurposed it for drop tests on Earth.”Apollo’s Moon Shot premieres on Sunday, June 16, at 8 p.m. EST on the Smithsonian Channel.More on Unveils Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft for Moon Landing Mission Researchers Detect Mysterious Material Under Moon’s Largest Crater Watch: Water Is Being Ejected From the Moon During Meteor Showers Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

RBI seen cutting rates as demonetisation rattles economy Poll

first_imgIndia’s central bank is expected to cut interest rates next week and economists are set to chop growth and inflation forecasts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s currency crackdown rattled the economy and severely hurt consumption, a Reuters poll showed.Modi’s outlawing of high-value bank notes last month, aimed at curbing corruption and tax evasion, has left the nation’s 1.2 billion population scrambling to exchange old notes for new and left many companies’ cash-reliant supply chains in tatters.India’s economy expanded 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, making it the fastest growing major country in the world. But it could easily lose top spot if some of the more pessimistic views that suggest growth could halve post-demonetisation come true.It could also drag inflation down. At 4.2 percent in October, it is below the central bank’s early-2018 target of 5 percent.The median forecast in the poll of nearly 60 economists this week was that the RBI’s recently formed Monetary Policy Committee will cut the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6.00 percent when it concludes its two-day meeting on Dec. 7 from 6.25 percent now.Two-thirds of the respondents expected a cut, with 31 of 56 respondents expecting it to be 25 bps, while six predicted a deeper 50 bps reduction. One said the RBI would slash rates by 75 bps.”Given the concerns about demonetisation and the slowdown it is likely to generate in sectors that have traditionally been cash dependent, such as consumption goods, the RBI will try to cushion the blow with a rate cut,” said Shilan Shah of Capital Economics in Singapore.Still, 18 analysts forecast no move next week. Only four of them were based in India, suggesting domestic banks and research houses closer to the real impact from the policy generally held a more negative view on the effects of demonetisation.Consumer spending accounts for over half of India’s output and the overnight withdrawal of 86 percent of the currency in circulation has left farmers, households and even companies struggling to meet their daily needs.The Indian rupee has weakened some 3 percent in recent weeks to record lows. Although a Reuters poll this week showed it is unlikely to continue falling.The deluge of cash pouring into banks has resulted in excess liquidity, which the RBI tried to mop up with a temporary hike to its reserve requirements last week. The poll found the cash reserve ratio will be kept unchanged at 4 percent in December.The reverse repo rate, which moves in tandem with the main lending rate and is the interest the RBI pays to soak up funds, is expected to be cut to 5.50 percent from 5.75 percent.After next week, the consensus is that a final 25 bps rate cut will come in the April-June quarter.The RBI has chopped rates by 175 bps since January 2015 on a global disinflation trend from lower energy prices and slowing growth.”With the banking system flush with liquidity, monetary policy transmission should be better in the months ahead. We expect the RBI to use the potential impact of demonetisation as a rationale for further rate cuts,” said Kaushik Basu, economist at Deutsche Bank in Mumbai.While there is no clear indication on how much of a hit growth is likely to take as a result of Modi’s demonetisation drive, economists are certain it won’t be minor.All but one of the 29 respondents to a separate question in the survey said they would be downgrading near-term growth forecasts as a result of demonetisation. The vast majority of them also said the outlook for inflation would be lowered.Analysts generally agree that under the newly-formed Monetary Policy Committee chaired by Urjit Patel, the RBI’s stance has drifted somewhat away from former Governor Raguhuram Rajan’s priority on inflation toward underpinning growth.”The RBI put its credibility on the line by cutting rates the last time in October when there were still concerns that it wouldn’t meet its inflation target,” said Shah of Capital Economics, adding: “that is a clear departure from how monetary policy was run under the previous governor Raghuram Rajan.”last_img read more

South African Company Takes Over HoustonBased Mattress Firm In MultiBillion Dollar Merger

first_img Share 00:00 /01:16 X South Africa-based Steinhoff International Holdings is acquiring Houston-based Mattress Firm for $2.4 billion, or $64 per share – a premium of 115 percent over the company’s closing stock price of $29.74 on Friday.The deal’s enterprise value, which includes debt, is $3.8 billion.The merger will create one of the largest mattress distribution networks in the world, according to a presentation by Steinhoff.It comes after Mattress Firm, which has a 25 percent market share in the United States, had been buying other companies itself for the past few years.“They had a hard time integrating it. They got shorted on the market,” said Jonathan Baude, a writer for The Deal, a publication focused on mergers and acquisitions. He said Mattress Firm has been accumulating more than $1 billion in debt. “So Steinhoff will come in at a good time for them.”Steinhoff makes and sells furniture, household goods and general merchandise in Europe, Africa and Australia. It also owns car dealerships.This is its first venture into the North American market.Baude said the company wants to have exposure to the strong dollar, especially after the drastic decline of the British pound after the vote to leave the European Union.  Based on Steinhoff’s history, Baude doesn’t think the merger will affect jobs here in Houston. But he said the firm is known for going for the cheapest while maintaining quality.“For instance, in Europe they’ll source from Eastern Europe rather than the country where they actually do the retail,” Baude said. “And it may be that the supply chain will be affected rather than the actual jobs at Mattress Firm itself.”Steinhoff declined a request for an interview.Mattress Firm CEO Ken Murphy wasn’t available in time for this story, but in an emailed statement, he called the announcement an “ideal scenario for our employees, customers and shareholders.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Stranded Jetstar passengers heading home to Sydney

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Hundreds of Jetstar passengers were forced to spend Australia Day stranded far from home, after their Thailand-Sydney service was grounded on Monday. Flight JQ28 was due to leave Phuket at 9pm (local time) on Monday, but the flight was cancelled twice, initially by a problem with their Airbus A330’s de-icing system and then by a nose-wheel issue that emerged as it was being pushed back from the terminal on Tuesday. Jetstar arranged accommodation for the stranded passengers and refunded their airfares. They were also given $600 in travel credit and all of their meals and transfers were paid for while they waited for a replacement plane The Qantas-owned no-frills carrier later confirmed that a plane has been flown from Australia to bring the passengers home and they should arrive early this morning. Natalie Soltyszewski said tempers were frayed amongst her fellow passengers while they waited for information. “They boot you off the plane and then you are stuck dealing with the Thai ground staff who don’t know anything.”The information is just not forthcoming. We’ll go to a hotel now, and we’ll find out in the morning whether or not we’ve got another plane.”Ms Soltyszewski was returning home after a month-long holiday in Thailand with friends. “I’m not so worried about myself,” she said. “One lady has to get back for chemo. Some kids are starting school tomorrow.Spokesman Simon Westaway said he understood that passengers would have been put out by the two-day delay.”We just had a set of circumstances and the alternatives weren’t quick-fix measures.” last_img read more

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Officials have thus far confirmed only three deaths on the ground. an agency that tracks air disasters worldwide,This video shows Peppa and her family being shotGiles Milton from ParentZone told The Sun: "Parody videos like this may seem a laugh to whoever makes them but it can cause a great deal of upset and distress for younger children who can struggle to process what they have seen"A YouTube spokesperson said: "We review all videos flagged by our users against our Community Guidelines In some cases we age restrict flagged material that while not in violation of those guidelines contains images that may be unsuitable for younger users"Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us Because YouTube is not for children weve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children"But Andy Burrows NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online told The Sun: "YouTube has time and again claimed they will do more to protect children from traumatic videos like this but it is still far too easy for children to come across disturbing clips featuring their favourite cartoon characters"The tech giants have a responsibility to protect children on their platforms" Featured Image Credit: Astley Baker Davies Topics: News Tv and film InterestingThe pool has been closed since Friday night Murphy said when staff discovered the pool’s pump was broken "(The pump) takes the water out of the pool runs it through a filtration system runs it through a chemical feed system and then runs it through a heater" Murphy said "It’s all one continuous loop . “The attackers were kidnappers who ambushed one Dr Ernest Obah who was traveling with his friends along Obomkpa community road on Thursday evening,com. which started in 2013 is in its fifth year, Chillal had requested that his cut nails be immortalised in a museum and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Times Square responded positively.” Ortom noted that he would continue to speak out until Benue people and Nigerians get justice. Wang. The furious Italian denies his reign has been undermined by players texting his former assistant Steve Holland to complain about his training methods and rejected a story that he will not see out the remaining 20 months of his contract.

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U. and immigration is a central theme for the “Leave” campaign Though the refugee situation in Hong Kong is small fry compared with Europe’s there are voices in the small semiautonomous Chinese territory that are trying to help as well as various NGOs striving to provide assistance One such local project called We Are Here aims to raise awareness of the refugees’ plight through art and film Run by artist Katherine Sparrow and filmmaker Polly McGovern the project offers a way for the public to get to know the refugees in order to change perceptions of them “We want to show that refugees can bring positive influences to Hong Kong" Sparrow tells TIME “All they want is to be safe and allowed to start a new life" For that to become a reality the refugees on the march say they need to be able to work and that their claims should be processed faster “We have doctors we have lawyers we have journalists” says Maina “There are professional people who can participate in society” Write to Helen Regan at helenregan@timeasiacomK. Anand, he’d use the number of corner kicks awarded to each team as a way to break ties, the sister of the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, File image of Pope Francis. Reach Nowatzki at (701) 255-5607 or by email at mnowatzki@forumcomm. who was hired in 2007,000 away supporters inside the ground, Amsterdam:?

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