Odfjell Sells Stake in Jiangyin Terminal

first_imgzoomOdfjell Terminals Jiangyin. Image Courtesy: Odfjell Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE has finalized the sale of its stake in Odfjell Terminals Jiangyin (OTJ), China.The indirect 55% equity interest in OTJ has been sold by Odfjell Terminals Asia Holding to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) for a price of about USD 46 million.The transaction will result in a capital gain expected to be booked in Q3, and net proceeds to Odfjell estimated at USD 21 million, the company said.In May 2018, Odfjell revealed that American private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg (LG) was considering the sale of its 49% shareholding in Odfjell Terminals BV. After LG completed the sales of its shareholdings in the US and European terminals, LG is now in the process of selling its shareholding in the Asian terminals.Connected with this, Odfjell has decided to tag along on LG’s sale of its indirect shareholding in OTJ.Commenting on the transaction, Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell, said:“We are pleased to have concluded the sale of our Jiangyin terminal and its jetty at what we believe is a fair valuation that is a testimony to the strength and quality of the investments made since 2007.”“This divestment is in line with our strategy to grow and focus on chemical terminals in locations where we can harvest synergies with Odfjell Tankers.”With a total storage capacity of 99,800 cbm and 22 tanks, OTJ has eight berths for coasters, barges or deep-sea tankers of up to 50,000 dwt. It is located in the Jiangyin Economic Development Zone on the south bank of the Yangtze River, approximately 150 km west of Shanghai and 12 hours sailing by ship from the entrance to the important Yangtze River.Related:Odfjell Finalizes Sale of Rotterdam Tank TerminalOdfjell Terminals Sells Its Singapore Terminallast_img read more

Awards Recognize Cancer Health Professionals Volunteers

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia will recognize a surgeon who is a leader, advocate and promoter of colon cancer prevention and screening; a social worker committed to helping patients get help for expensive cancer medications; a research lab using zebrafish to find better treatments for cancer; and a cancer survivor committed to helping other patients. The annual Excellence Awards in leadership, innovation, and patient care will be presented Monday, June 11. “It’s inspiring that there is so much great work being done in the field of cancer research and cancer care here in Nova Scotia,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The work and collaboration of this diverse group of recipients helps support the tremendous inroads that have been made in this province in cancer prevention and care.” The Excellence Awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of Cancer Care Nova Scotia. They acknowledge the work and commitment of people who have helped the organization further cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families. “It is never easy to select one person or team from a pool of exemplary health professionals and volunteers,” said Nancy Williamson, Cancer Care Nova Scotia advisory board member and chair of the Excellence Awards selection committee. “Of the 25 nominations we had to review, all were more than deserving of recognition. In the end, however, with the help of a committee of volunteers and a good evaluation tool, we were able to make thoughtful decisions.” The award recipients are: Leadership Excellence Award: Dr. Robert Sers, general surgeon, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority Innovation Excellence Award: the Aquatics Laboratory team at the IWK Health Centre Excellence in Patient Care Award for a health professional: Mary Lou Robertson, medication resource specialist, Capital Health Cancer Care Program, Excellence in Patient Care Award for a volunteer: Jim Mulcahy, a cancer survivor and volunteer advocate for cancer patients and families, from Antigonish Dr. Sers was an early advocate and champion of colon cancer prevention and screening in Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. He helped Cancer Care Nova Scotia plan and implement Nova Scotia’s population-based Colon Cancer Prevention Program and worked to ensure his district had the supports to be an early adopter in March 2009. He has participated in the colonoscopy master class program, which provides hands-on practice to enhance the skills of experienced colonoscopists. The Aquatics Laboratory team, led by Dr. Jason Berman, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist with the IWK Health Centre and scientist with Dalhousie University, and lab manager Ameer Jarrar, is using zebrafish to find better ways to treat childhood leukemia and other cancers. The lab is testing new drugs that could radically improve the results for children and adults. Ms. Robertson, a social worker and medication resource specialist, works with patients to help them address financial concerns related to drug coverage. She helps them understand private and government insurance policies and other programs that help ease the worry often associated with the cost of cancer medications. Ms. Robertson is also a volunteer with Cancer Transitions, which helps patients with life after cancer. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Mulcahy has worked on many committees with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, sharing the patient perspective to help develop and fine tune policies and programs. He is a staunch supporter and advocate for cancer patients in his home town of Antigonish. “The CCNS Excellence Awards provide an important opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the talented and committed health professionals, as well as the many volunteers who together make up Nova Scotia’s cancer system,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Working together, our goal is to provide our patients with high-quality care based on the most current evidence, while helping to make their cancer journey as easy as possible.” Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, chief medical director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, said each day in communities and districts across the province, health professionals and community volunteers work passionately to ensure cancer patients and families receive the best care possible. “Nova Scotia has an incredible team of health professionals who are dedicated to their patients,” said Dr. Giacomantonio, “And I count myself fortunate to be part of this team.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, which facilitates quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians.last_img read more


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3 BC First Nations acquire some of the most valuable real estate

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsThree First Nations in the Vancouver area have bought back a large tract of their land in one of the city’s most affluent neighbourhoods, in the latest of numerous site purchases by the three communities in their traditional territories.The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh purchased 15 hectares of land in Point Grey earlier this month from the province for $480 million, with no help from investors.The sale was negotiated with the three First Nations because of their rights and title to the area.The so-called Jericho Lands lie on a former village site that was used by all three communities, and is believed to have also been used as a pedestrian roadway for their ancestors.It now contains what is considered to be some of the most valuable real estate in Canada.The land purchase adds to an adjacent 21 hectare tract of land that the three First Nations bought from the federal government two years ago.Musqueam Coun. Wendy John said many people are looking at the deal “with dollar signs in their eyes,” but that the deal’s value is much more significant than money.“The value to us is huge. Not monetary, but the feeling of being able to say it’s ours again in a complete ownership package,” John said. “I think the idea of the suffering of those who went before us, and the commitment that they made to bring us to where we are, is something that can never be measured in dollars, for sure, but it sure can be measured in spirit.”Since the deal has gone through, some residents of the area have expressed concerns about what might happen to their homes.But John said the communities will meet with residents as well as members of the three First Nations before making any decisions.“They should be comfortable in knowing that we’re going to sit with them, we’re going to listen to them,” she said. “We’re going to ensure that we protect the lands and the integrity of this land, which is what our ancestors wanted us to do.”The First Nations are also planning to create a corporation to manage their numerous land purchases around the Lower Mainland. The Jericho Lands is now the largest and most valuable tract of land owned by the three First Nations.Squamish Chief Ian Campbell said a number of ideas are being considered for the area, but he envisions a visionary development that will showcase the area’s history and culture.“This is a welcoming home for us to inspire our young people to get involved in these projects,” he said. “We’re not a vanished race. We’re here. It’s very exciting to look at the next chapter of our collective future as we move forward and engage in business and land development.”cmckenna@aptn.ca@cara102last_img read more

Democracy Constitution under threat in BJP rule Gehlot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday said the country’s Constitution and democracy were under threat in BJP’s rule. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Gehlot said the duo ruled the country for five years and people do not even know the names of most of the union ministers. “The Constitution and democracy is under threat and this is my duty to tell you this. BJP leaders talked about Congress-free India and those who criticise them are considered as anti-national,” Gehlot said at a public meeting in Pali. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “This is the situation prevailing in the country today. It is alarming and you should know this,” he added. The chief minister said Modi was a good actor and should have been in the film industry. “Several promises like bringing back black money were made by Modi during the last elections but not a single rupee was brought back,” he said. Gehlot also accused former chief minister Vasundhara Raje of stalling development projects and weakening welfare schemes launched during his earlier term. The chief minister was addressing the rally in support of the Congress candidate from Pali Lok Sabha seat Badriram Jakhar. Pali is among the 13 constituencies which will vote on April 29. Elections on the remaining 12 seats of the state will be held on May 9.last_img read more

International Criminal Court Prosecutor calls on Libyans to arrest Qadhafi

Mr. Qadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Qadhafi and the head of the Libya’s intelligence forces, Abdullah Al Sanousi, are being sought for their roles in attacks against protesters, hundreds of whom are confirmed to have been killed since opposition forces rose up against the regime as part of a wider pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East. “Today, it is time for arrest. Let me clarify who should arrest them and how they can do it,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a news conference in The Hague, where the Court is based.Libya – although not a State party to the Rome Statute that established the ICC – has the primary responsibility to carry out the arrest warrants, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said, noting that it is obligated to comply with Security Council resolution 1970, which was adopted in February.In that resolution, the Council referred the situation in Libya to the ICC and specifically called on the country to “cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor.”“Qadhafi’s inner circle is the first option: they can be part of the problem and be prosecuted, or they can be part of the solution, work together with the other Libyans and stop the crimes,” he stated.The second option is the Interim National Council, which represents the opposition and has expressed its willingness to implement the arrest warrants, he added. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo noted that the international forces operating in Libya under Security Council resolution 1973, which was adopted in March and authorized States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians amid the regime’s violent crackdown against its own people, have no specific mandate to carry out arrest warrants. The Prosecutor added that if Mr. Qadhafi travels to a State party to the ICC, he should be arrested. Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that it has received reports of significant displacement in the Nafusa mountains, which has been the scene of intense fighting between Government forces and opposition groups since mid-March. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that, since the start of the conflict, more than 64,000 Libyans have been displaced from the Nafusa Mountains and other parts of western Libya into Tunisia, where they are largely hosted by local communities.As of Sunday, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to deliver, through partners, a total of 546 tons of food for more than 100,000 people in the mountains. However, UN agencies have so far been unable to gain access to the Nafusa mountains to undertake assessments and monitor the delivery of assistance. OCHA says that an inter-agency mission into the Nafusa mountains remains a priority to accurately determine humanitarian needs. 28 June 2011The primary responsibility for arresting Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and two others sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) rests with the North African nation, the tribunal’s Chief Prosecutor said today, a day after warrants were issued for the three men for alleged crimes against humanity. read more

Mining proposal in Santa Fe National Forest draws opposition

PECOS, N.M. — A proposed exploratory mining operation on Santa Fe National Forest land is drawing fierce opposition from some northern New Mexico residents.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports residents near the village of Pecos, New Mexico are vowing to take on mining outfits seeking to search for copper, zinc and gold on a 2-acre (.8-hectare) spread.The Australian-based New World Cobalt and its American subsidiary, Comexico LLC, have put in a request to conduct exploratory mining operations on land near Tererro, New Mexico.But Upper Pecos Watershed Association Vice-President Lela McFerrin says residents are worried about the water quality coming out of the watershed.New World Cobalt CEO and general manager Mike says “hysteria and misinformation” are clouding residents’ perspective.State officials are reviewing New World Cobalt’s request.___Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.comThe Associated Press read more

Streaks Like Zack Greinkes Require A Ton Of Luck

Sometimes a great pitching performance is about spreading excellence over an entire season. Pedro Martinez, for instance, produced arguably the two best pitching seasons of all time, in 1999 and 2000, by consistently overwhelming hitters over the span of months and even years.1Over a two-year span, no starter has ever struck out a higher percentage of batters he faced or walked fewer opponents relative to his strikeouts than Martinez did in those seasons. His dominance could certainly be glimpsed in specific moments as well, but the magnitude of Martinez’s accomplishments is best described with broad numbers (for example, he has the lowest single-season ERA, relative to the league, in major league history).For others, though, pitching greatness manifests itself in far shorter sequences. When Orel Hershiser unanimously won the 1988 National League Cy Young, it was more about his 59 consecutive scoreless innings — which broke fellow Dodger Don Drysdale’s then-20-year-old major league record — than his season-long numbers. Although Hershiser tied Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson for the NL lead in wins, he wasn’t No. 1 in winning percentage or ERA — to say nothing of newer metrics such as fielding independent pitching (FIP), on which he lagged well behind league leaders.2It’s tough to fault Cy Young voters from 1988 for not knowing the finer points of defense-independent pitching statistics and cluster luck. But in retrospect, almost half the wins generated by the Dodgers with Hershiser on the mound could be attributed to aspects of the game relatively beyond the pitcher’s control, such as defense and stranding runners by scattering opposing hits.That year, Hershiser’s historic streak meant more than performance over the season as a whole. And the same thing might be playing out in the NL this season. With eight scoreless innings Sunday against the Nationals, another Dodger, Zack Greinke, has extended his own scoreless streak to 43⅔ innings. Greinke is one of the best pitchers in the game, but just like Hershiser, he’s being oversold by The Streak.Greinke leads the majors in ERA with a microscopic 1.30, but he’s also been the beneficiary of good fortune. Similar to Hershiser, almost half the wins generated by LA’s run-prevention corps with Greinke on the mound can be attributed to factors outside his own pitching skill. Take those wins away, and Greinke has been only the sixth-best pitcher in baseball this season. (He ranks fourth even if we just look at the past 30 days.)During Greinke’s streak, his fielders have converted into outs 82.4 percent of the balls he allowed to be put in play, a far greater rate than the league average of 70.6 percent. And it doesn’t seem to be possible to produce a historic consecutive-innings streak without benefiting from that kind of defense (and luck). Behind Hershiser, 81.4 percent of the balls in play were turned into outs, and for Drysdale, the rate was 81.6 percent.We can debate whether Greinke’s pursuit of the streak is easier or harder than Hershiser’s or Drysdale’s was. Greinke has had to throw more pitches per inning,3During the streak, 30 percent of the batters Greinke has faced either struck out or walked — both of which are typically more laborious from a pitch-count perspective than a standard plate appearance. That proportion was only 21 percent for Hershiser. but he has also spread his innings over a greater number of starts, which has allowed him to benefit from a reduced “times through the order” penalty. The bigger takeaway, however, is that these kinds of streaks — even those of the 59-inning variety — cover only a few starts, too small a sample for us to easily untangle the effects of luck and skill.Streaks are nothing if not one of baseball’s favorite preoccupations, but they also take a fundamentally long-term game and focus it on the short term. Joe DiMaggio won the 1941 AL MVP in large part because he hit safely in 56 straight games, but Ted Williams was easily the better player over the entire season.4In fact, Williams famously had the higher batting average during the span of DiMaggio’s streak! Hershiser won the Cy Young but probably wasn’t the NL’s best pitcher in 1988. And Greinke’s streak, impressive and exciting as it is, shouldn’t obscure the other fantastic pitching seasons we’re seeing across MLB this year. read more

Hellas Gold hints at leaving Skouries mine

first_imgThe firm involved in the contentious Skouries gold mining project in Halkidiki, northern Greece, indicated that it might abandon the scheme in the wake of strong protest by locals and environmental groups.Speaking at a news conference in Athens, the managing director of Hellas Gold, Petros Stratoudakis, questioned whether Greece could provide what is needed for the project to succeed. “The question is whether, as a country, we will create a clean and methodical environment for investors,” he said. “If this is possible, then the company will stay. The country and the government is pursuing investments but I have doubts about whether it can handle investments, especially ones of this size.”Hellas Gold, which is 95 percent-owned by Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold, claims that the Skouries mine would provide 1.6 billion euros in tax revenues over the next two decades and directly or indirectly create 5,000 jobs.Both claims are strongly disputed by protesters, who argue that the company was given a huge tract of public land for just 11 million euros. They also claim the mine will destroy Skouries forest and put at risk their economic well-being by damaging the area’s potential to attract visitors. They have also raised concerns about the health implications for locals. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Illegal gun owner jailed Five Years

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 9, 2017 – A police raid of a home in Five Cays last October netted an illegal gun and ammunition and on Tuesday, the man arrested for the weapon entered a guilty plea and got two five year sentences, which will run concurrently.  Bernard Colebrooke did not fight the charges linked to a silver and black P-380 Caliber gun and one magazine clip with three live rounds of ammunition which were found under his mattress on October 19, 2016. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

5 JDS leaders among 7 Indians killed in Sri Lanka blasts 24

first_imgCrime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.ReutersDay after eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing over 290 people, an improvised pipe bomb was discovered close to Colombo’s airport. The bomb has been successfully defused by the Sri Lanka airforce.A police source told AFP that a “homemade” pipe bomb was found late on Sunday on a road leading to the main terminal. “It was a homemade bomb, with explosives put into a pipe,” said the source. On Sunday morning, 8 serial blasts ripped through the island nation, killing over 290 people and injuring at least 500 people across several towns and capital city Colombo.Sri Lankan Police on Monday confirmed that 24 people have been arrested so far in connection with the blasts. A curfew was imposed in Sri Lanka on Sunday evening immediately after the seventh and eighth blasts. The government is continuing with the curfew on Monday.There were chaotic scenes at Colombo airport as worried travellers who had just arrived in the country formed huge lines at the only taxi counter that was open, and watched a TV screen for updates. The streets wore deserted after the government imposed a nationwide curfew and curbed social media access to prevent “wrong information” from spreading on Twitter or other social media platforms.As the country celebrated Easter Sunday, six blasts blew up three churches and three luxury hotels in the country, killing hundreds of people. Hours later, around 3 pm, two more blasts targeted hotels, killing a few more.Six Indians have reportedly died in the attack but Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has confirmed three deaths till the time of filing the report.The blasts – one of the deadliest attacks in Sri Lanka’s history – targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress.Explosions were reported from three five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo.No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe termed the blasts as “cowardly attacks” and said his government was working to “contain the situation.”(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Terralogic Matrium Technologies to jointly serve customers in Southeast Asia

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayTerralogic Inc., and Matrium Technologies have formed a remarkable joint venture to bring a combined level of technology expertise and solution sets to the Australia, New Zealand and Singapore markets. The new entity is registered in Australia as Matrium Terralogic PTY Ltd. and will do business as Matrium Terralogic.Matrium brings 25 years of understanding the unique needs of the Australian technology market while Terralogic injects development resources and significant bench strength to the partnership. The union allows service provider, enterprise, and government customers to avail themselves of large and complex project execution capabilities that compete with major global offshore outsourcing companies but with a brand that has earned the trust of Australian customers for more than a quarter century. Matrium Terralogic is highly skilled in Design, UI/UX, full stack application development, testing, monitoring and analysis for all manner of communications networks including LAN, WAN, cloud, virtual, public, private and hybrid infrastructures.”We are truly excited to forge this partnership with Terralogic,” commented Brad Crismale, CEO of Matrium Technologies PTY Ltd. “They are a highly skilled IT outsourcing firm and fit perfectly in our technology sweet spot. This will allow us to quickly scale project capabilities for our customers in the region.””Matrium was an absolute no-brainer for us to team up with” said Renil Komitla, President and CEO of Terralogic. “They have earned the respect of the major SPs and Enterprises and we have shared joint customers over the years so, it just made great business sense to form this JV.”last_img read more

Howard U Jumps To No 110 in College Rankings

first_imgHoward University shot up 14 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings for best national universities. It is now ranked as the 110th best university in the United States. That puts it in a five-way tie with the University of Alabama, the University of the Pacific, the University of San Francisco and the University of Utah.In a statement, Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick attributed the surge to recruiting the best students and faculty, raising compensation to retain the best faculty, improving technology to help students stay on track for graduation, and leveraging institutional resources for financial aid to needy students.“We continue to focus on providing an excellent education for very deserving students,” Frederick said in a statement. “These rankings are one marker of success and come as the result of several new initiatives.”What’s more, alumni engagement has resulted in doubling the alumni-giving rate for the past three years. Howard became a more selective school in 2016 and accepted less than a third of those who applied, according to a news release. The percentage of Howard freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high schools went up as well. Its first-year student retention rate also went up, the news release said.U.S. News and World Report ranked Howard No. 2 among HBCUs. Spelman College bested Howard as the No. 1 HBCU. The two held the same positions in the survey last year.The online magazine released the rankings Sept. 12 for inclusion in its 2018 edition Best Colleges rankings. Last year, Howard’s climbed 11 spots in the ranking. The rankings are based on the magazine’s assessment of more than 1,600 schools nationwide. It calculates the best colleges rankings using 15 indicators of academic excellence.last_img read more

Delhi dances with Stereo Nation

first_imgRemember Stereo Nation? The band which took the pop happy 90s by storm with their single Don’t Break my Heart? Well, one half of the band, Tarseme Singh Saini, better known as Taz, recently regaled collegegoers in the Capital when he performed at the annual cultural fest of a management college. The final day of the two-day festival Verve 2k13  saw the British-born pop singer charm the audience with his performance at the Rohini campus of the college. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The performance rounded off a fest that saw students showcase their creativity and talent in areas like tattoo art, quizzing, collage making, photography and singing. Students also organised a fashion show to display their tastes in accouterment, and also showcased their culinary talents. The event was attended by students from different campuses of the institute and for students who danced their way through the night, it was an evening to remember.Fest time was clearly a happy time for these kids.last_img read more

Microsoft announces the general availability of Live Share and brings it to

first_imgMicrosoft yesterday announced that Live Share is now generally available and now comes included in Visual Studio 2019. This release comes with a lot of updates based on the feedbacks the team got since the public preview of Live Share started including a read-only mode, support for C++ and Python, and more. What is Live Share? Microsoft first introduced Live Share at Connect 2017 and launched its public preview in May 2018. It is a tool that enables your to collaborate with your team on the same codebase without needing to synchronize code or to configure the same development tools, settings, or environment. You can edit and debug your code with others in real time, regardless what programming languages you are using or the type of app you are building. It allows you to do a bunch of different things like instantly sharing your project with a teammate, share debugging sessions, terminal instances, localhost web apps, voice calls, and more. With Live Share, you do not have to leave the comfort of your favorite tools. You can take the advantage collaboration while retaining your personal editor preferences. It also provides developers their own cursor so that to enable seamless transition between following one another. What’s new in Live Share? This release includes features like read-only mode, support for more languages like C++ and Python, and enabled guests to start debugging sessions. Now, you can use Live Share while pair programming, conducting code reviews, giving lectures and presenting to students and colleagues, or even mob programming during hackathons. This release also comes with support for a few third-party extensions to improve the overall experience when working with Live Share. The two extensions are OzCode and CodeStream. OzCode offers a suite of visualizations like datatips to see how items are passed through a LINQ query. It provides heads-up display to show how a set of boolean expressions evaluates. With CodeStream, you can create discussions about your codebase, which will serve as an integrated chat feature within a LiveShare session. To read the updates in Live Share, check out the official announcement. Read Next Microsoft brings PostgreSQL extension and SQL Notebooks functionality to Azure Data Studio Microsoft open-sources Project Zipline, its data compression algorithm and hardware for the cloud Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOSlast_img read more

Cyprus trial set for suspect in large ammonium nitrate haul

first_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Lebanese-Canadian man arrested in connection with the seizure of 9 tons of a chemical that can be converted into an explosive will face terrorism charges when his trial begins later this month, Cyprus police said Friday.The 26-year-old suspect was arrested last month after police discovered ammonium nitrate while raiding the Larnaca-area house where he was staying.Police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou told The Associated Press the suspect will enter a plea June 29 to 16 charges, including participation in and providing support to a terrorist organization and possession of explosives. He said the charges relate to the man’s activities in Cyprus as far back as 2012, 70 witnesses will testify for the prosecution, and the suspect faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   The suspect’s lawyer, Andreas Mathikolonis, said his client, who has not been named, continues to deny any wrongdoing.Authorities are investigating the suspect’s possible links to the anti-Israeli group Hezbollah.Cyprus Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said authorities had put the house under surveillance for some time before the raid after receiving a tip-off.In 2013, a Cypriot court sentenced a Swedish-Lebanese man who admitted he was a Hezbollah member to four years in prison after finding him guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis in Cyprus. No attacks were carried out.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

The countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners Forum

first_imgThe countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners Forum!The countdown is on to the Helloworld Travel Frontliners ForumThe 2017 Frontliners Forum is heading to Hobart from 23-26 November and spaces are filling up fast with a record number of delegates registered already!Wrest Point will play host to the 2017 Forum, bringing together over 500 of Helloworld Travel’s front line agents, preferred partners and suppliers, where the theme this year is ‘You are the difference’.A welcome function on the Thursday, sponsored by Intrepid Group will officially start the forum, with conference sessions running across the Friday and Saturday. Delegates will enjoy a casual dinner event at Glen Albyn Estate for a change of scenery on Friday night, with the Forum concluding on Saturday evening with the Gala Awards Dinner, sponsored by Qantas.The awards recognise the accomplishments achieved by Helloworld Travel Branded and Associate consultants, and cover categories for Consultant of the Year, Top Revenue Award, Rising Star Award, Team Spirit Award, Pursuit of Knowledge Award, and Achievement Awards.Head of Branded Network at Helloworld Travel Julie Primmer, says the awards are a fantastic way to recognise and reward our incredibly talented teams of agents.This years forum will see Kirk Peterson address the delegates, a world renowned thought leader with over 30 years’ experience in business strategy and people management, Kirk also has a history of coaching high level sporting teams to success. To provide some comic relief, Vince Sorrenti will be joining the Forum to entertain the delegates. With more guest speaker announcements to be made yet, it is shaping up to be the hottest ticket in town.Delegates have the opportunity to take part in pre and post famils, or take advantage of numerous special offers from local tour operators and suppliers, giving them the chance to see the best Hobart and its surrounds have to offer. Famils include the opportunity to discover Hobart with Qantas Holidays, and Experience Tasmania also taking groups to Mt Wellington and Richmond, amongst many other special offers.Sponsors for the 2017 Frontliners Forum are Qantas, Rail Tickets, Intrepid Group, Tourism Tasmania, The Travel Corporation, Sunlover Holidays, Viva! Holidays, The Cruise Team, Territory Discoveries, China Southern Airlines, Contiki, Ready Rooms, Topdeck, Insider Journeys, APT Travel Group, Seven Oceans Cruising and Qantas Holidays.Source = Helloworld Travel Limitedlast_img read more

Coast to Coast Realtors Report Strong Housing Gains

first_img Share Both California and Florida housing markets are seeing steady activity despite fluctuations in market conditions, according to two reports released on Monday by each state’s Realtors associations.Because of seasonal price declines and higher household income, California’s housing affordability increased, according to the California Association of Realtors’ (CAR)Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). According to the organization, California C.A.R buyers who could afford a median-priced ($496,620), existing single-family home in California rose to 32 percent of residents the first quarter of 2017 from 31 percent of the fourth quarter of 2016.Despite this uptick, homes were less affordable in the first quarter of 2017 than that of 2016, when CAR’s HAI was at 34 percent.Meanwhile, Florida Realtors reported higher median sales prices for single-family existing homes. According to the association, Florida’s housing market saw a total of 60,733 closed sales of single-family homes this quarter. This is a 5.1 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016.Florida’s median sales price for single-family homes has also gone up 10.7 percent from the same time a year ago, according to data from the Florida Realtors Research department in partnership with local realtor boards/associations. The median sales price for condo-townhouse properties has also increased during this time frame.”During the first three months of 2017, traditional sales of single-family homes and condo-townhouses rose in Florida,” said 2017 Florida Realtors President Maria Wells, broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart. “In another positive sign, pending sales for single-family homes rose 1.8 percent year-over-year, while condo-townhouse pending sales rose 4.8 percent. Distressed property sales continued to drop–which underscores solid stability in the state’s housing market.”Buyer demand continues to increase, yet the inventory of homes for sale remains tight in many local markets. That’s putting upward pressure on median prices and sometimes results in multiple offers. By working closely with a Realtor who knows local market conditions and trends, consumers have an expert in their corner whether selling or looking to find their dream home.” May 15, 2017 542 Views Coast to Coast, Realtors Report Strong Housing Gainscenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News market Prices Inventory 2017-05-15 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSmall Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce five new hotels to its exclusive collection of luxury hotels this April. From a brand-new hotel in the heart of Madrid to a historical city dwelling in Portugal and a secluded beach resort in Mozambique, there is something to suit the tastes of all independently-minded travellers.TÓTEM Madrid, SpainElegant and contemporary luxury is at the core of this hotel in Madrid which opens in June 2016, from the monochrome marble bathrooms in each of its 64 rooms to the intimate and friendly service. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Barrio de Salamanca, TÓTEM Madrid resides in a beautifully restored heritage building framed by traditional streetlights and broad tree-lined avenues. The neighbourhood is hailed as the capital’s shopping heaven and just steps away from the hotel are some of the city’s best shopping streets including everything from Spanish designers and international brands to independent boutiques. For those seeking a different kind of local culture, Madrid’s golden triangle of museums and art galleries is also just moments away. After guests have explored the neighborhood they can continue to soak up the atmosphere relaxing in their room complete with floor to ceiling windows and private balcony.SLH Insider Tip: Visit nearby El Patio del Fisgó for excellent authentic Spanish food surrounded by beautiful plants and twinkling fairy lights. Request a table on the terrazza to make the most of the Mediterranean sunshine and people watching.Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Anse le Rai, MauritiusParadise Cove Boutique Hotel is located on a secluded beach on the north coast of Mauritius and provides stunning views of the northern islands, just a few miles from the vibrant town of Grand Bay. This adults-only hotel is designed with romance in mind – a private lagoon is surrounded by tropical gardens and hidden thatched ‘nests’ lead to a beautiful cliff-top infinity pool. The 67 rooms and suites all combine modern comfort with traditional Mauritian architecture and design, featuring draped four poster beds, private balconies and views of the lagoon, the beach or the gardens. Out and about, guests can enjoy bike tours through sugar cane fields or a cruise on a luxury yacht. The staff will gladly assist guests with any requests, from a Chinese Taoist massage or the ‘Aromas and Tropical Flowers’ bath at the spa to kite surfing and paddle boarding lessons at the beach.SLH Insider Tip: The hotel runs a complimentary daily excursion to the nearby fishing village of Cap Malheureux where local restaurants serve up the freshest seafood.Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, Pemba, MozambiqueSituated on the southern peninsula of Pemba on the sandy dunes of Mequfi Bay, this five-star resort is the ideal location from which to explore this unspoilt corner of Mozambique. The location is what really sets the resort apart with seemingly unending panoramic views in every direction leaving the guests to enjoy maximum privacy and get back to nature, without leaving luxury and comfort behind. The 50 bungalows dotted across the amber sands all have ocean views, private verandahs and open-air showers facing the bay, while the Mvua African Rain Spa blends together naturally sourced ingredients such as flowers, salt and wild honey to create a sensory local experience that can be enjoyed in a beachfront cabana. From the hotel guest can go whale watching or island hopping, while nearby is the Quirimbas National Park covering over 750,000 hectares of the north-east coast of Mozambique. The park is home to a rich marine life of sea turtles and over a hundred species of fish.SLH Insider Tip: If you’re travelling with family or friends opt for one of the resort’s exclusive and spacious beach suites, all of which feature two double bedrooms, a separate living area and complimentary minibar.The VIEW Lugano, SwitzerlandA stay at The VIEW Lugano has been likened to staying on an extravagant luxury yacht and the sophisticated rich teak, chrome and glass interiors coupled with unrivalled views from this hilltop heaven across the water to the mountains certainly give this impression. On arrival a floor butler will whisk guests up to one of just 18 stylish suites complete with a large terrace and a mini-bar tailored to their tastes. As expected the philosophy at The VIEW Lugano is entirely focused on made-to-measure service and ensuring that a guest’s every need is tended to, be it a specially designed treatment at the uber-cool spa to a private jet to enjoy an exclusive shopping experience. Closer to home, guests inspired by the restaurant, Inocenti Evasioni, can also take a chef-led cooking course complete with a shopping trip to buy the ingredients at the local market.SLH Insider Tip: Why not explore the local area in one of the hotel’s complimentary Smart cars or electric bicycles.Pousada de Guimarães, PortugalWinner of the coveted Europa Nostra prize for its renovation and restoration, the magnificent Pousada de Guimarães was once home to Augustinian monks and Portuguese royalty. Now the ornamental gardens and hushed hallways are host to a luxury retreat where the peaceful cloisters, stone fountains and soaring oak ceilings are made welcoming by huge fireplaces and snug sofas. Guests can choose between 51 rooms in either the new and old wing of the hotel and are never far from its history – superior rooms are housed in the original monks chambers, the pool is beside what was once the mill and the bar in housed in the monastery’s kitchen. Enjoy local cuisine at the hotel’s refined Dona Mafalda restaurant, which offers Minho regional classics in the old cellars surrounded by azulejos and views through the arches to the UNESCO medieval city.SLH Insider Tip: Those looking for even more history and architecture on their visit will love the Santa Clara Convent, just 2.5km from the hotel and one of the biggest and richest convents in Portugal.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more