Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “Creating experiences is my passion and seeing guests enjoy themselves at our venues is the ultimate motivator,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “I extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists at last night’s gala. To work in this industry and be recognized by EY is an incredible honour. I can assure you INK Entertainment has much more to come.”Headquartered in Toronto, INK Entertainment is Canada’s largest hospitality and entertainment company. Helmed by Khabouth, INK employs more than 1,600 people and serves millions of customers each year.****About INK EntertainmentINK Entertainment is Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment company. Operating since 1982, INK Entertainment has demonstrated an enviable ability to read the pulse of ever-changing cultural times and tastes, responding with a host of successful enterprises, including critically acclaimed global restaurant brands Byblos (Toronto & Miami), Weslodge (Toronto & Dubai), FIGO, Estia, La Société (Toronto & Montreal), Patria, Sofia, and STORYS Building; Canada’s largest Dance Music Festival VELD Music Festival; a number of trendy clubs, including REBEL, Uniun, CUBE, Cabana Pool Bar and Dragonfly Nightclub; and Taglialatella Galleries first Canadian location.Headquartered in Toronto and helmed by visionary entrepreneur Charles Khabouth, INK Entertainment’s innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle, entertainment and design has led the company to team up with several significant industry partners including Loews Hotels & Resorts and Lifetime Developments for Bisha Hotel & Residences, the newest private label hotel and residence brand to originate in Toronto since The Four Seasons in the 1960s. For more information, visit www.inkentertainment.com or connect with INK Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment October 26, 2018 (TORONTO, ON) – INK Entertainment is proud to share CEO and Founder, Charles Khabouth, has been named The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario in the entertainment and hospitality category.Leading the entertainment and hospitality scene since the early 1980’s, Khabouth is known and respected for his risky out of the box ideas. From Toronto’s ground-breaking Club Z and nightclub Stilife, award-winning restaurants, luxury boutique hotel brand Bisha and a recent venture into the art world, Khabouth’s 30-plus year career has been nothing short of inspiring.The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, 46 finalists across nine categories were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership. Twitter
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has cancelled the residency of a wealthy Chinese property developer and political donor, but the foreign minister said she doesn’t expect Beijing to protest.Media reported on Wednesday that Australian officials have denied Sydney resident Huang Xiangmo a passport, leaving him stranded in Beijing.Huang was born in southern China but moved to Sydney in 2011. He reportedly was told his application to become an Australian citizen had been turned down and permanent residency cancelled. His exact whereabouts were uncertain.Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed a “high-profile individual from Beijing” had lost his Australian residency. She and the Homes Affairs Department declined to identify the person or detail the circumstances, citing privacy reasons.Payne told Australian Broadcasting Corp. she did not expect China would raise the issue in bilateral discussions.The Associated Press
“This sends a firm and clear message in support of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said of the action taken by the US on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (known as the New START Treaty).US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the treaty in April, pledging to slash their nuclear arsenals by a third. Mr. Ban said he hopes the two countries will build on the momentum of today’s action and continue to engage in follow-on measures to achieve deeper reductions in their nuclear arsenals. “He reaffirms his full commitment to working toward achieving nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” the statement added. 22 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today’s vote by the United States Senate to support the ratification of the nuclear arms reduction treaty signed earlier this year by the leaders of Russia and the US.
by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 6:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Verizon’s third-quarter net income jumped 40 per cent to beat Wall Street expectations as it continued to add more wireless devices to its network.The country’s largest cellphone carrier earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012. Excluding one-time items, the company posted an adjusted profit of 77 cents per share for the recent quarter.Revenue rose 4 per cent to $30.28 billion from $29.01 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 74 cents per share on $30.15 billion in revenue.The New York company added 1.1 million net retail wireless connections during the quarter. Of that total, 927,000 were connections that involved monthly service contracts.As of Sept. 30, the company had 101.2 million retail wireless connections, representing a 6 per cent increase over the same day a year ago.Revenue at the wireless division rose 7 per cent to $20.4 billion. That growth included an 8 per cent increase in service revenue to $17.5 billion, which Verizon said stemmed from the increase in the number of wireless devices coupled with higher data usage and the continued shift toward smartphones.Francis Shammo, Verizon’s executive vice-president and CFO, said during a conference call with investors that the company did run into supply problems with Apple’s new iPhones, which went on sale during the quarter. As a result, some sales that would have occurred during September were pushed into October, he said.Shammo also said that Verizon’s new Edge program, which launched in late August and allows customers to pay for phone on an installment basis, didn’t really pick up speed until September, so it didn’t have a significant effect on the company’s third-quarter bottom line.The company also saw growth at its wireline business, which provides landlines along with the company’s FIOS internet and TV services. Consumer revenue at the division rose 4 per cent to $3.7 billion, mainly as a result of higher demand for FIOS.Verizon announced last month that it would spend $130 billion to buy the 45 per cent stake in its wireless division that was owned by Vodafone Group PLC. Once that deal closes, it will no longer have to share its wireless revenue with the British cellphone company.The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014.Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. rose $1.45, or 3 per cent to $48.70 in morning trading. Verizon posts 40 pct jump in 3rd-qtr net income as it continues to add devices to its network
In his remarks to a meeting in Qatar on Monday on the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), Mohamed Ibn Chambas told parties that progress on the ground was critical to the success of the Document. “The absence of such progress could lead to scepticism and diminishing faith in the Doha Document,” he emphasized. Negotiated with the support of the Government of Qatar, the DDPD forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting in Darfur. The Sudanese Government and two major rebel groups have committed to the DDPD. The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed on last year; the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) signed a framework agreement in January 2013.Mr. Chambas, the Joint Special Representative for Darfur and head of the mission (UNAMID), said he hoped that the recent consultations he held in Arusha, Tanzania, with two non-signatory movements “will lead to a more realistic outcome, which will bring an end to violence and usher in a stable environment and durable peace in the region and in Sudan as a whole.”He noted that while there has been recent progress in Darfur, much more is required in the realization of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.He also reaffirmed UNAMID’s commitment to the peace process in Darfur and expressed his appreciation to the Government of Qatar for its support for the peace efforts.In July, Mr. Chambas reported to the Security Council that the security situation in Darfur – which is entering its tenth year of conflict – remains volatile, amid fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels, a recent spate of attacks against peacekeepers and an upsurge in inter-ethnic violence.Since the beginning of this year, renewed violence has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods, and the inter-tribal clashes have strained the ability of humanitarian organization to reach vulnerable families.
The exhibition games are done. The pre-season workouts are complete. Now the Brock Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams are ready to open the 2017-18 regular season Wednesday, Oct. 25 at home.The Badgers will host a doubleheader against the Western Mustangs at Bob Davis Gymnasium with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men starting at 8 p.m.The Brock men’s team, led by fifth-year head coach Charles Kissi, is expected to be one of the top squads in the country this season.Brock Badgers men’s basketball coach Charles Kissi.“We have our eyes set on reaching the national championships this season,” said Kissi. “We have a very strong core of returning players with senior leadership to go along with a talented young freshman class. This is one of the most exciting teams I have had the opportunity to coach.“It’s going to be a great season for the Badgers and our fans, the Best Fans in Canada.”The Badgers finished the 2016-17 season with their best finish since 2008 capturing an Ontario University Athletics bronze and just missing out on a berth to the USPORTS National Championships. This season, the team has its eyes set on winning OUA and national titles.Brock returns four of five starters from last season, highlighted by the duo of OUA all-stars Dani Elgadi (14.7 PPG, 10.3 RPG) and Johneil Simpson (13.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG). Also returning are third-year point guard Tyler Brown (7.5 PPG, 3.4 APG) and second-year forward Daniel Cayer (8.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG). Cassidy Ryan (9.0 PPG), 3.3 RPG) will replace graduate Ryan Bennett as the fifth starter for the Badgers this year.The Badgers also have a deeper bench than last year, including returnees Michael Asemota and Mitch Saunders along with transfers Patrick Pilato and 7-foot-1 Donald Mims. Brock also had a strong recruiting class adding six true freshmen in Godsman Kwakwah, Kascius Small-Martin, Noah Lapierre, Ibrahim Ngom, Djibril Ngom and Daniel Caldwell.The Brock women’s basketball team, under second-year head coach Ashley MacSporran, returns four players from a year ago with nine new faces on the 2017-18 roster.Brock University women’s basketball coach Ashley MacSporran.“This Brock team will be looking to figure out how to be successful together on the floor with so many new faces and with less experience,” said MacSporran. “Once the Badgers start to piece everything together, this young team has tremendous potential. With nine new faces, it takes time for a team to figure out how to play together, but the team continues to push to improve daily.”Returning players include forward Shannon Northey (3.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG) and guards Bailie Campbell (7.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG), Ana Caldeira Rua (1.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG) and Allie Columbus (1.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG).The Badgers have added three transfers in Stephanie Findlay, Brooke Murdoch and Courtney McPherson who are all expected to make immediate impacts. Brock also has a strong incoming freshman class including Kristan Gallant, Lauren Zonneveld, Ieva Sukeviciute, Miranda Smith and Ginny Cape.The Badgers finished last season with an 8-11 record good for second place in the OUA Central Division, despite a number of injuries to key players.Tickets for Wednesday’s doubleheader are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors or non-Brock students. There’s no charge for Brock students. Tickets are available at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk or by calling 905-688-5550 x4060.
If you’re nostalgic for the days when Gonzaga was a reliable source of March Madness upsets, look to the women’s tournament.As a No. 11 seed, the Bulldogs are making an unlikely run, having already knocked off No. 6 George Washington and No. 3 Oregon State last weekend in Corvallis, Oregon. That earned the Bulldogs a trip home this weekend: They get to play in their city of Spokane, Washington, on Saturday against eight-time national champ Tennessee. Our March Madness predictions give Gonzaga a 31 percent chance of pulling off the upset, thanks to home-city advantage, and projects this matchup to be the closest of any Sweet 16 game on Saturday.Gonzaga’s women’s team has thrived in the NCAA tournament in recent years despite usually playing with a double-digit number next to its name. In 2009, Gonzaga won its opener as a No. 12 seed. That was the Bulldogs’ first tournament win ever. They lost narrowly in the next round, but the program was just getting started. Three times since then when seeded at No. 11, Gonzaga advanced to the Sweet 16. One of those times, in 2011, it went all the way to the Elite 8, the furthest any team seeded so low has ever advanced.In just the last seven tournaments, Gonzaga has written a significant portion of the short history of upsets in the women’s tournament. In 1994, the event expanded to 64 teams. Since then, favorites have ruled. In the last 22 tournaments, teams seeded 10th or lower have won just 102 games, according to data provided by ESPN Stats and Information. That’s fewer than five wins per year, over all rounds, for 28 teams. Gonzaga has eight of those 102 wins, all since 2009. No other program has more than four.Here are the teams with at least three wins as a No. 10 seed or worse since 1994:Gonzaga, 8BYU, 4Florida State, 4Kansas, 4Marist, 4UC Santa Barbara, 4Notre Dame, 3San Diego State, 3SMU, 3Stephen F. Austin, 3Gonzaga’s return to the Sweet 16 this spring after a two-year absence is particularly impressive because the Bulldogs are playing for a first-year coach. Kelly Graves, who led Gonzaga to its first NCAA tournament win in 2009 and three straight Sweet 16 appearances in the next three years, left to coach Oregon last April. Lisa Fortier, his longtime assistant, replaced Graves. Fortier also had to contend with the graduation of her two starting guards. She helped fill one of the vacancies on the coaching staff with her husband, Craig, who left Eastern Washington’s men’s program to work as one of her assistants.“Winning and losing, he’s fixed in,” the head coach told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane about her assistant and husband this week. “It’s been especially helpful in this first year.”Part of Gonzaga’s success stems from its good fortune to play so many games in and near Spokane, turning the national tournament into what sometimes feels like the Spokane Invitational. In 2010, as a No. 7 seed, Gonzaga won its first two games in Seattle. In 2011, the scheduling worked even more in the Bulldogs’ favor: They played their first two rounds at their home arena, and their next two at another arena in Spokane.1UCLA’s coach said “no favors were done” in scheduling for her Bruins, in a comment made before they lost to Gonzaga. In 2012 and 2013 Gonzaga again got to open at home, which helped it to a Sweet 16 berth in 2012 but wasn’t enough to upset Iowa State the next year. And this weekend it gets to play at a Spokane arena about a mile from campus.“It’s kind of like a home game for [Gonzaga] and so it’s going to be loud with a lot of people there, but we’re excited,” Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale told the AP.Gonzaga’s men used to be the ones regularly upsetting higher ranked teams. In the three tournaments from 1999 to 2001, each time Gonzaga was seeded 10th or worse, and each time the Bulldogs reached at least the Sweet 16. They won seven games altogether, six of them against teams with better seeds. Now the Gonzaga men regularly get much better seeds, including a No. 2 seed this year on their way to the Elite 8.“The men helped the Gonzaga name get out there,” Gonzaga women’s star Courtney Vandersloot said after leading the Bulldogs to the 2011 Elite 8, “and they showed that even though we don’t play in a big conference and we’re not really nationally known that we can go far in the tournament.”Perhaps in the future the Gonzaga women’s team will have the advantage of a favorable draw to go along with the home-court advantage it has already enjoyed.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
Tubby Smith, who signed a three-year contract extension with Minnesota in July, was fired by the Gophers on Monday, the day after his team lost to Florida in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.“Tubby has had a long and distinguished career and we feel it’s time for a fresh set of eyes for our student-athletes and our program in general,” Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said in a statement released by the school. “We are grateful to Tubby and his entire staff for their hard work and dedication to this university, our students and the entire Minnesota community. We wish Tubby, Donna and the entire staff well.”Smith earned about $2 million annually, with a $600,000 base salary plus 5 percent annual raises he had been entitled to since 2008 and supplemental compensation of $1.2 million.“I want to thank the University of Minnesota and the people of Minnesota for giving me the opportunity to lead the Golden Gopher basketball program for six years,” Smith said in the news release. “Our staff did things the right way and will leave knowing that the program is in far better shape than when we arrived. The people of the state of Minnesota embraced Donna and me from the beginning and we will always be grateful.”The contract of former Kentucky coach, who won a national championship with the Wildcats in 1999, states that if he was terminated before April 30, 2016, the university will pay one-half of his base salary and supplemental compensation for each of the remaining seasons on the contract. The total amount cannot exceed $2.5 million.The 11th-seeded Gophers were 21-13 and 8-10 in the Big Ten after the 78-64 loss to the No. 3 seed Gators. For his career at Minnesota, Smith was 124-81 with NCAA Tournament berths in half of his six years there.In 2012, his team finished with 23 victories, the most by the program since the 1996-97 Final Four season that was later erased by NCAA punishment.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, for one, was surprised by the news.“It’ll be a loss for this league and a loss for college basketball if he doesn’t stay in it,” Izzo said to reporters. “He’s got integrity beyond belief and let me tell ya, he’s been in some tough situations. I’ll close it up by saying it bothers me, saddens me.”
Sandvik has chosen to gather its range of rock tools with cemented carbide into a new group called Power Carbide.The range comes with a combination of strength, hardness, toughness and wear resistance. All of these properties significantly enhance both drilling performance and cost effectiveness, Sandvik said.Sandvik was the first company to produce rock tools with cemented carbide, which is one of the most successful composite engineering materials ever produced, it said.Marie Lundbäck, R&D Manager Hard Materials, Rock Tools, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, said the introduction of PowerCarbide enables the company to showcase the importance of carbide grades in drilling operations. “Our key strengths in this area lie in our innovations in advanced material compositions and production processes,” she said.Sandvik’s leading position in the cemented carbide tool market is down to a focus on R&D, continuous investments and close customer collaboration, according to the company. Sandvik also controls its entire production chain – from its own tungsten mine to the production of drill bits – which is unique in the market, it said.Lundbäck said: “As we have the most comprehensive range of advanced carbide tools, we can offer our customers tailored solutions to meet their specific drilling needs. At the same time, we are able to contribute to a more sustainable future through our unique global carbide recycling system.”The Sandvik PowerCarbide family currently consists of the grades DP55, DP65, GC80, SH70, XT49, XT70 and XT90. New grades will be launched and added to the family as Sandvik continues to develop the range, it said.
Human athletes won’t be the only spectacles at next summer’s Olympic Games.As part of the aptly named Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, the organizing committee introduced a team of androids designed to assist disabled fans at the sporting extravaganza.Olympic sponsor Toyota is contributing the Human Support Robot (HSR) and Delivery Support Robot (DSR), which will roam the National Stadium, carrying food and other goods, guiding people to their seats, and providing event information.Human Support Robot (HSR), developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (via Tokyo 2020)“We believe that the robots will help spectators in wheelchairs to enjoy watching the events without any restrictions, to soak up the atmosphere inside stadiums, and to feel the excitement of sport,” Nobuhiko Koga, chief officer of Toyota’s Frontier Research Center, said in a statement.Officials plan to deploy up to 16 HSRs and five DSRs, as reported by the Associated Press.Delivery Support Robot (DSR), developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (via Tokyo 2020)Panasonic, also a major sponsor, will provide 20 of its Power Assist Suits, used to support the wearer’s back and hips while carrying or lifting heavy objects—like, say, guest luggage.“We strongly believe that our robot technology … will be of use to all people regardless of impairments, and to society in general, becoming a legacy for future generations,” according to Panasonic Executive Officer Masahiro Ido.Panasonic’s Power Assist Suits come in handy when handling heavy luggage (via Tokyo 2020)While these bots will be deployed in specific roles during the Games, the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project team hopes this international stage will help showcase their potential for wider applications in everyday life.“The Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology,” Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, said in a statement.“This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people,” he continued. “So there will be not only sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but some cool robots at work to look forward to, as well.”More on Geek.com:Japan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Tokyo OlympicsMIT’s ‘Origami’ Robot Gripper Can Grab Delicate, Heavy ObjectsWatch: Here’s the First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
Manchester City are 13 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Manchester United but Pep Guardiola warned his players that it is still possible not to win the title at the end of the campaign.The Spaniard insisted that his players should be aware of the fact that it is still more than possible for Manchester United to win the title and they should play every one of the remaining games as the most important one.The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach spoke about his side’s title hopes, according to Telegraph:Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Of course it can happen, I assure you. Real Madrid, years ago, lost six games in a row and didn’t win the league. So, of course, it can happen, no doubts about that.”“They [the players] know that. It’s not necessary to say that. Of course, it can happen. In football, in sports – it can happen. [In 2016], never before, in the NBA finals, one team recovered from 3-1 down. Cleveland Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. They [Cleveland] won three games in a row, so in sports, it can always happen.”
But Alaska still has the nation’s highest unemployment rate, close to 7 percent above the national unemployment rate. State Labor Economist Neal Fried says we need more than just one big significant thing to push the state out of the recession entirely. According to Fried job losses triggered by a downward trend in global oil prices back in 2014 are slowing down and are reversing in some areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Economic Development Corporation is predicting that we will be out of the recession by the end of this year or in early 2019. While oil prices continue to rise, growth in employment in the mining industry, and an increase in cruise ship tourism are all positive signs according to Fried. Fried: “Remember it’s these little incremental increases, or the ending of losses, that bring us closer to the end of that recession. It won’t be some big event.”
A benefit of open-source solutions is the collaborative environment of the tech community. Users are constantly trouble-shooting and enhancing different aspects of the solutions, which are shared with the community.The Next GenerationWhat’s interesting and different with these new systems is the way they are built around social computing, such as Facebook and MySpace. While previous generations of enterprise software used to be about what the data was doing, this new crop of solutions is more about what the users are doing and how they are relating to each other, Newton says.“There’s a perceived increase in efficiency based on how many times an individual has to touch the same document,” says Terry Barbounis, chief technology officer at Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, and an Alfresco user. “You may have had the same piece of content go back to the same person multiple times before it went out the door. Now, the fact that you can have different editors and different content providers work on different parts in parallel and have it all come together without the content coming back around multiple times,” which saves time and money.The next generation of these solutions will enhance usability with features like drag-and-drop capabilities. The providers are also looking to build their interfaces like iGoogle or Facebook so the Web-based views are relevant to the customers with some of those additional networking tools.For more on enterprise software systems for publishers, check out FOLIO:’s July issue next month. From ad insertions to billing, everyone these days is looking for back-end technology that handles all aspects of the business, with the look and feel of the most popular social media. Enterprise content management is now a $4 billion industry overall with more than 95 percent of all industries using some form of it, according to John Newton, chief technology officer for Alfresco Software, a leading open source alternative for enterprise content management, and founder of Documentum.The industry at large is migrating toward Web-based platforms, either via open-source software or proprietary software that works through a Web browser. “Taking the Web and making it available for back-end functions was a big paradigm shift,” says Mark McCormick, president of The Magazine Manager, a browser-based CRM solution by Mirabel Technologies. “Most publishers had some kind of system, from a Rolodex or spreadsheet to more advanced desktop-based systems. Then it transitioned to Web-based. The benefits are becoming clear and all major software providers are heading to Web-based platforms.” The new Web-based solutions are easier on publishers’ purses. A system that once cost between $50,000 and $100,000 now may run about $15,000 per year. Alfresco uses java-based open-source software, meaning it can be downloaded from the Web at a fraction of the cost of a proprietary solution. Alfresco charges its customers per CPU, not per user. Newton says that cuts down on hidden costs. “The notion of charging per user means that you may not be able to anticipate the ultimate costs if you don’t know how many users are using the system,” he says. Another area that can cause cost creep is operating systems. If a solution does not support a publisher’s operating systems and various types of models of developments, there can be a huge cost in adopting the compatible technology. “Being able to activate from different portals and Web sites, that’s one of the huge hidden costs,” Newton says.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the squeeze on budgets for installation support, the Army Reserve is looking for ways to further leverage the resources of the commercial real estate industry to help it manage and maintain its massive portfolio. The effort to identify new opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) would build on the Army Reserve’s successful real property exchange program.Next month’s National Summit will feature a session on the future of P3s throughout DOD, focusing on the next generation of projects as well as the challenges associated with ongoing ones. The session will look at opportunities in real estate and housing, energy generation and conservation, and other installation support services.James Balocki, the Army Reserve’s CEO and director of services and installations, believes developers are best suited to come up with creative solutions to the Army Reserve’s real estate needs. “We’re inviting you to come to us with any concepts, theories, solutions, even revolutionary thinking, across all operational areas — policy, contracting, private sector investments, property use, energy security and renewable energy — that will help us reduce costs while also becoming more effective in the capabilities we need to achieve our mission,” Balocki said at a recent forum in Los Angeles.Balocki pointed to the Army Reserve’s real property exchange program as an example of a successful public-private partnership, reported Commercial Property Executive. The program allows the Army Reserve to supplement military construction funding by swapping existing Reserve facilities with local governments or developers for construction services.For example, funds from three exchanges were used to construct a new Army Reserve Center and maintenance facility at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in northern California. “We’ve accomplished 33 exchanges valued at $241 million since 1999,” he said.Balocki said the Army Reserve faces challenges to keep its facilities in a ready state in case troops are needed to mobilize. It also finds that some of its properties are oversubscribed. “In those places, we need to find creative ways to retrofit the buildings without a large capital investment. That might be an opportunity for some private capital,” he said.Balocki oversees 12,000 civilian employees, manages $1 billion of acquisition, information technology, installation operations and services that support 1,100 facilities, according to the story.“The Army Reserve is in a unique position,” Balocki said. “The Reserve makes up around 20 percent of the Army’s organized units, but accounts for only about 5 to 6 percent of the Army’s total budget. While we are a model of cost-efficiency and effectiveness, we are challenged right now, as many are, to find new and better ways to be more cost-efficient and effective.”
Kodangal: Unknown miscreants damaged the furniture and other facilities in the government Zilla Parishad High School for Girls in Kodangal mandal on Monday.According to school staff, they were shocked to see chairs, benches and some of the facilities on the school premises damaged on Monday morning. “This is not the first time. We have been facing this kind of a situation for the last two to three. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The entire furniture in the school has been destroyed by some unknown miscreants. This kind of situation is creating fear among the students and teachers,” said a senior teacher from the school. After facing repeated incidents of ransacking and vandalism, the school authorities have filed a complaint with the police. The Kodangal police have registered a case and promised to track the culprits soon and take them into custody. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Not just Kodangal ZPHS, the miscreants are making several government schools their dens for carrying out illegal businesses. In many schools, the miscreants also resorted to consuming alcohol and leave the bottles and litter the school premises. “The police have to intensify their patrolling near all the government offices and schools to protect the government property,” demanded the residents of Kodangal.
Kolkata: The coastal districts of Bengal may witness heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, while the city and its adjoining districts will receive scattered rainfall.The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Sunday said that a low pressure trough has been formed over Bay-of-Bengal, which will bring rainfall in East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas. Heavy rain will be accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorm, particularly in the two districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAn alert has been issued to the fishermen, asking them not to voyage into the sea till August 15, as it may turn turbulent. Those who are out in the sea have been asked to return.Some restrictions were imposed on the visitors while taking bath in the sea at Digha and Mandarmani on Sunday, following the alert. The local administrations have taken all measures to check any mishap.Digha and Mandarmani recorded a huge number of tourists on Sunday. Many people from the city and other parts of the state visited beach towns on Saturday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district police officers maintained surveillance in the beaches and conducted campaigns to make people aware about the rough sea. According to local administration, there were high waves in Digha on Sunday and the condition may continue for the next 24 hours. Policemen have been posted near the sea beaches from Saturday in the wake of the weather prediction.The Met officials on Sunday warned of spells of thundershowers accompanied by strong winds in some South Bengal districts, while moderate rain may lash parts of Kolkata and its adjoining suburbs on Monday. According to the Met office, a low pressure trough formed over Bay-of-Bengal may lead to depression near the state’s coastline, causing a heavy downpour in Gangetic Bengal over the next 24 hours. The situation may improve from Tuesday evening. Rain will be accompanied by strong breeze in some of the districts in South Bengal.The weather office said that the districts like North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and Hooghly will also see light rainfall due to the low pressure trough.
DA NANG, VIETNAM — Move over San Francisco, there’s a new golden bridge that’s got everyone talking.Vietnam’s newly opened Golden Bridge, located 1,400 metres above sea level on the Ba Na Hills, has been making the rounds on social media for its remarkable design. Not the bridge itself, mind you, although it looks pretty sleek and shiny with its trademark golden hue. No, this bridge has immediately soared to iconic status, thanks to the two giant hands that seemingly hold it upright.Pretty cool, right? Is this the world’s coolest bridge? Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Asia, Vietnam The bridge, which opened in June, is reportedly part of a US$2 billion project by TA Landscape Architecture to increase tourism in Vietnam. Spanning 150 metres, the bridge is divided into eight spans, each of which is lined by Lobelia Chrysanthemum flowers. As for the massive pair of hands, pedestrians are meant to feel like they’re being held up by a giant stone god.Following last week’s story about China’s incredible skyscraper waterfall, we can’t help but think that Asia really does have the coolest stuff.Vietnam’s new Golden Bridge pic.twitter.com/5eU5INqGmP— Urban Society (@UrbanSociety__) July 27, 2018 Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Frankfurt, – Commercial carrier Lufthansa announced it will initially acquire a 41.56 percent share in Austrian Airlines AG held by Österreichische Industrieholding AG (ÖIAG). In addition to this, a debtor warrant will be arranged, of which Lufthansa will pay a sum of up to EUR 162m depending on Austrian Airlines’ economic performance and the Lufthansa share outperforming its competitors.Lufthansa will also make a public takeover bid to Austrian Airlines’ free float shareholders. The company is applying to the Austrian Takeover Commission for an extension of the notification period to the longest permissible time.Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chief Executive Officer Lufthansa Group, said: “Gaining the support of our Supervisory Board for the acquisition of Austrian Airlines is an important step which paves the way for ÖIAG, the government in Vienna and the European Commission to make their decisions following due consideration of the transaction. Our bid is fair. It takes the interests of all those concerned into account and shares the encumbrances and risks fairly. The consequences of the financial markets crisis and its effects on the real economy also have a major impact on the aviation industry. Structural changes increase the likelihood of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines sharing a brighter future.”www.lufthansa.com
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