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Brookfield Property Partners makes offer to buy GGP banking on future of

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Property Partners LP offered $18.8-billion in stock and cash to fully acquire U.S. shopping mall owner GGP Inc. in a deal announced Monday, doubling down on the future of bricks-and-mortar retail even as many merchants face increasing pressure from e-commerce.The Toronto-based company (TSX:BPY.UN), a publicly-traded real estate subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, already holds a 34 per cent stake in GGP (NYSE: GGP).The Chicago-based mall owner, which has 126 retail properties in 40 U.S. states, said it has formed a special committee of its non-executive, independent directors to review and consider the offer.The acquisition is an opportunity to leverage Brookfield’s expertise to grow, transform or reposition GGP’s shopping centres, “creating long-term value in a way that would not otherwise be possible,” said Brian Kingston, chief executive officer of Brookfield Property Group.“Brookfield’s access to large-scale capital and deep operating expertise across multiple real estate sectors combined with GGP’s high-quality retail asset base will allow us to maximize the value of these irreplaceable assets,” he said in a statement on Monday.Brookfield is offering $29, or US$23, in cash or 0.9656 of a Brookfield Property Partners unit in exchange for each GGP share. The amount of cash offered is capped at $9.4 billion, while the number of shares offered is limited to 309 million, worth roughly $9.4 billion.Brookfield Property Partners said the offer is a premium of 21 per cent to where GGP shares were trading before reports of a possible offer last week.Shares of Brookfield Property Partners were down more than three per cent in midday trading in Toronto on Monday to $29. Shares of GGP in New York, however, were up more than seven per cent to US$23.77.However, GGP shares are down nearly five per cent year-to-date, including Monday’s lift, as its retail tenants increasingly come under pressure from e-commerce sellers competitors, such as Amazon.But Brookfield’s Kingston sounded bullish on American shopping malls on its third-quarter earnings call earlier this month. He said that its U.S. mall business — which consists of 126 regional malls containing roughly 11.4 million square metres — saw positive financial results, with occupancy rising 80 basis points to 95.4 per cent.“Well-located, high-quality, retail real estate in the United States continues to perform well, despite negative perception in the public markets,” he told analysts on Nov. 2.“While many retailers continue to face significant challenges in growing their businesses, those retailers that are focused on the intersection between bricks and mortar retail and online sales channels continue to expand and grow.”He added in a letter to unitholders that it has continued to acquire big-box anchor spaces in malls and reposition them, calling it “one of the best opportunities in U.S. retail today.”John Williams, a partner at retail consulting company J.C. Williams Group, said there is “deep concern” in the U.S. about a “potential retail apocalypse” amid pressure on traditional retailers and shopping centres, some of which are overleveraged.However, he added, premier shopping centres in prime locations continue to draw in shoppers. And the shopping centres being revitalized — such as by using food as opposed to department stores as anchor tenants — to improve the shopper’s experience will be rewarded, he said.“The mall is nowhere near dead, and the good tenants are still very vital,” Williams said. “And I think it’s a matter of reinvention, to some degree, the tenant mix.”Mark Rothschild, a real estate analyst with Canaccord Genuity in Toronto, said Brookfield has signalled its interest in GGP for several years.“It’s only really been the last couple of years that GGP’s stock price has not done well, which created the opportunity for Brookfield to do this,” he said.However, Rothschild said it was surprising that Brookfield made the bid without partners, using its own expensive capital for the transaction.The offer comes after Brookfield in 2010 invested $2.5 billion for a 27 per cent stake in GGP as part of a deal for its emergence from bankruptcy. Brookfield has since moved to increase its stake, and in November 2013 Brookfield Property Partners invested another US$1.4 billion.last_img read more

Competition commissioner urges BC to change liquor policy lowering prices

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices.Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products.B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores.Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.”Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial liquor policy.Boswell, who applauded B.C.’s efforts to review its policy, says those changes would encourage more competition and lead to more choice for consumers and lower prices.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two Female Imams in Paris Lead First Ever Mixed Gender Prayer

Rabat – On Saturday, September 7, two female imams led a Muslim prayer, gathering both men and women. The prayer was the first Muslim prayer led by a woman and involving both genders in France.“This moment is important for Islam in France because this prayer guarantees gender equality in Islam,” said Eva Janadin, one of the two female imams in her opening speech.The room where the prayer was held was full of participants from both genders. The sermons were given in French with translations of Arabic expressions. While some of the women in attendance were wearing a headcovering, others, including the two imams chose not to cover their heads. The female imams wore non-traditional clothing, with one wearing jeans.The two imams, Eva Janadin and Anne-Sophie Monsinay, both converted to Islam years ago. They want to express their vision of a “progressive” and “enlightened” Islam in concrete acts. “Today, with this first prayer, our vision materializes,” said Anne-Sophie Monsinay.The two women are hoping to provide a “dialogue space free of any community or family pressure,” because they understand that “a lot of Muslims have a vital need for emancipation and liberation.”“It is possible to develop an alternative model to counter Islamism and conservatism,” said Eva Janadin. read more

Development and social cohesion focus of Chilean stop during Ban Kimoon tour

After arriving in the capital, Santiago, Mr. Ban told a high-level panel on the Global Partnership for Development that the world has a mixed scorecard at the midpoint of the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the series of anti-poverty targets which global leaders agreed to work towards by 2015. While some progress has been made, he noted that almost one billion people still live on less than $1 a day, and that malaria, AIDS, other infectious diseases and malnutrition continue to exact an enormous death toll, especially among children. More than half the population of many cities in poor and developing countries also live in slums, with little or no access to basic services such as sanitation and running water. “Clearly, we are facing an emergency – and we need emergency action, while working with the strategic vision provided by the MDGs,” Mr. Ban told the panel, which included Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Spanish President José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. “The 2015 target date is a goalpost that cannot be moved. The clock is ticking louder every day. To reach the Goals on time, we have to take concerted action now.” Mr. Ban also stressed the need for accelerated international action to deal with climate changes, which he described as “a serious threat to development everywhere.” He urged leaders to play their part to ensure that concrete results can be obtained at next month’s negotiations in Bali, Indonesia, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. After the panel, the Secretary-General held a meeting with Ms. Bachelet, and then tonight he is scheduled to address the Ibero-American Summit, which is also being held in Santiago. Mr. Ban is expected to discuss how building and strengthening social cohesion, the theme of this year’s summit, is crucial to all the key challenges and issues faced by the UN, from climate change to migration to upholding indigenous rights and those of peoples with disabilities. After leaving Santiago, Mr. Ban is slated to head to Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, and Antarctica to learn more about climate change. Later on the trip, he will travel to Brazil before heading on to Tunisia and Spain. Yesterday, while in Argentina on the first leg of his official trip, Mr. Ban met President Nestor Kirchner and President-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He also held talks with Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana and several senior Argentine parliamentarians. 8 November 2007The struggle for economic development, the need to do more to tackle climate change and the value of greater social cohesion were all spotlighted today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he travelled to Chile, the second stop on his tour to South America. read more

IDP families to receive financial assistance

As many as 2,175 internally displaced Tamil families in Jaffna and Trincomalee districts are set to receive a financial assistance of Rs. 38,000 per family for resettlement, The Hindu newspaper reported.Two hundred and four families in Sampur, Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province, and 1,971 families in Jaffna of the Northern Province will get the assistance initially. Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan, when asked for a reaction said he would not like to comment now. Of the amount of assistance, Rs. 25,000 is set apart for resettlement allowance and the remaining Rs. 13,000 for purposes such as clearing land and purchase of tools. The payment will be made on verification of claims by district-level officials, says an official in the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs. read more

San Diego selected by Trump administration for drone testing program

first_img May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: May 10, 2018 San Diego selected by Trump administration for drone testing programcenter_img BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — San Diego was named as one of a select few cities named by the Trump Administration to participate in a national drone testing program.U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Wednesday announced 10 sites for a test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft for projects that range from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida and package deliveries in Tennessee.President Donald Trump signed a directive last year to establish the “innovation zones” that allow exemptions to some drone regulations, such as flying over people, nighttime flights and flights where the aircraft can’t be seen by the operator. States, communities and tribes selected to participate would devise their own trial programs in partnership with government and industry drone users.“Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” Chao said in a statement.Chao, who called the rapidly developing drone industry the biggest development since the jet age, said about 150 applications were received. Selected were the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the cities of San Diego, California, and Reno, Nevada; state transportation departments in North Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas; University of Alaska-Fairbanks; the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia; Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Fort Meyers, Florida.A statement by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is expected Thursday on details of San Diego’s involvement in the program.The Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota has an unmanned aircraft mission. North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said the program will spur more commercial investment and “allow us to explore new uses for unmanned aircraft.” He envisioned drones helping with oil field, flood and weather monitoring, and “finding missing persons.”The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas.Steven Bradbury, a lawyer for the federal Transportation Department, said drones have caused some “apprehension” with the public but one of the initiative’s biggest goals will be increased “community awareness and acceptance” of unmanned aircraft.Bradbury said there is no direct federal funding for the test program. KUSI Newsroom, AP, Updated: 9:25 PMlast_img read more

Clark County Fair endures whitehot weekend

first_imgWhen: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Carnival opens at noon.Where: 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.Admission: Adults, $10; seniors 62 and older, $8; kids 7-12, $7; kids 6 and younger, free. Unlimited carnival rides, $25.Parking: $6. C-Tran shuttle, $2 per person round-trip from park-and-ride lots; 6 and younger ride free. $1 admission discount with a bus fare stub.Highlights: Chris Young with Britnee Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. at the Sleep Country Amphitheater. The optional show costs $25 to $35 and includes fair admission. Dock Dogs Big Air WAVE competitions, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Barrel racing at 2 p.m., and rough stock rodeo at 6:30 p.m.Pets: Not permitted, except for personal service animals or those on exhibition or in competition.Information: Clark County Fair or 360-397-6180. Columbian’s mobile website for the fair. The fair also has its own app that can be downloaded from your mobile app store.The heat beat up the Clark County Fair over the weekend but John Morrison said there are plenty of reasons to visit in the next seven days.“I can recoup from this,” Morrison said Sunday evening after the mercury reached 93 in Vancouver. “The carnival was so good on Friday, the losses were almost made up.”The fair is a big business and Morrison, the fair manager/CEO and biggest booster, said he had hoped for 26,000 guests on Saturday and was 8,000 to 9,000 fairgoers shy of that.last_img read more

Vancouver soccer player arrested following sex conviction

first_imgA soccer player with Vancouver’s Spartans Futbol Club was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities after they reviewed his immigration status and criminal history, revealing he could be deportable due to a recent sex conviction.Yahphol Valentin Patino-Cardenas, 20, of Sherwood, Ore. was taken into custody in Hillsboro, Ore. without incident. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement looks to possibly deport him to Mexico following a January conviction for first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a child under 14, a felony. Patino-Cardenas was sentenced to five years’ probation and required to register as a sex offender, according to the federal agency. He will be housed at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma until his immigration case is resolved. Lawful permanent residents, such as Patino-Cardenas, may be deported if they’re convicted of aggravated felonies or crimes involving moral turpitude. Patino-Cardenas served as a defender for the Spartans Futbol Club, a Vancouver-based team formed less than a year ago, that plays matches in Portland.last_img read more

How can Rajasthan Royals stop David Warner Rahanes big threat Top player

first_imgRajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad come face to face a year after David Warner and Steve Smith picked up their bans. Both sides looked destined for victory but ended up losing their first respective first games. They will now have the opportunity to get off the mark in this year’s IPL. As has been the case over the years, the shortest format is all about identifying different players and looking for matchups in order to curb their threat. We identify three main player battles which can determine the course of the match.David Warner vs Dhawal Kulkarni David WarnerIANSDavid Warner announced his arrival in some style in the first match of the season with a brilliant innings of 85. Today is the day when he finally completes his suspension over the ball-tampering scandal. He looks determined to make this season count and be indispensable to Australia’s World Cup ambitions.However, he has to be wary of Dhawal Kulkarni. Against the fast bowler, Warner has only managed to score 44 runs in 52 balls and has been dismissed twice. Kulkarni bowls a very tight line and gets the ball to move around which can be disconcerting for the openers and Ajinkya Rahane would want his new ball bowler to continue this good record. Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Ajinkya Rahane Bhuvneshwar KumarIANSThe battle between the Indian stalwarts, this contest between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane up front in the powerplay overs could determine the course of the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a fine bowler for SRH in the IPL over the years and if we take a look at the numbers, the Rajasthan skipper has managed to score only 71 runs in the 78 balls faced so far. He has been dismissed by Bhuvi six times over the years and this could have a huge bearing on the match. Rahane, more often than not, drops anchor which allows the other stroke makers to come out and play their strokes with freedom and hence, his importance at the top of the order is pivotal for Rajasthan, more so in the powerplay overs.Siddarth Kaul vs Sanju Samson Sanju SamsonIANSThe middle over phase in T20s have a huge bearing on the result of the match and hence, the performance of Siddarth Kaul and Sanju Samson will be under the scanner. Sanju’s record against Siddarth Kaul has been brilliant as in only 23 balls, he has smashed him for 39 runs and has been dismissed only one. However, Kaul now has international experience and is a far more confident bowler which should help him devise better strategies against Samson when the pressure is on.last_img read more

Man stabbed dead in Cumilla

first_imgAn expatriate was stabbed to death over a previous enmity at Jora Meher village in Cumilla Sadar upazila on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shahid Miah, 55, son of certain Momtaz Miah of the village.Shahid had been at loggerheads with Ripon, 30, son of Azgar Ali of the village. Ripon stabbed Shahid around 8:00pm, leaving him injures, according to witnesses.Shahid was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police said that they were investigating the killing.last_img read more

METROs First Driverless Vehicle Coming To Texas Southern University

first_imgMetropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)A shuttle similar to the one Metro plans to operate on the Texas Southern University campus.Students at Texas Southern University will have access to a free autonomous shuttle bus, later this year. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) board, in a unanimous vote, approved up to $250,000 for the first stage of an automated vehicle pilot program. The vehicle will be limited to a mile-long path on campus, driving at 12-miles-per-hour. An operator will be on board the shuttle, at all times.  The shuttle is the first venture into autonomous vehicles for Metro.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/27071433/Bars-Inverse-2018-04-27-at-7.13am.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“One of our requests as a committee was that we get a briefing on what Phase II, and onward, of this looks like,” Metro Board Member Christof Spieler said, during Thursday’s Metro Board of Directors meeting. “And we’re looking forward to that discussion, to make sure that this isn’t just a one-time pilot; but, rather, something that really is the beginning of an exploration of what’s possible here.” Listen X 00:00 /10:37center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In a press release, Metro said it will use the Texas Southern University pilot to study how autonomous vehicles may be used on short routes, as well as in business parks and medical centers.MetroThis battery operatored shuttle is used in Arlington at AT&T Stadium.“The location is ideal and its transportation studies program provides the type of academic expertise needed. It also allows us to explore how this technology can be applied on a greater scale,” Metro President & CEO Tom Lambert said, in the statement.MORE: METRO’s Kimberly Williams Discusses Driverless Bus Program Sharelast_img read more

With Manufacturing Bootcamp Sagamore looks to Make Good

first_imgThe 16 men enrolled in Port Covington’s  Manufacturing Bootcamp represent the start of Sagamore Development’s promise to “make good.” Sagamore is seeking to deliver on a pledge to invest millions of dollars to support underserved citizens and communities in exchange for the unprecedented $660 million TIF passed by the Baltimore City Council for the Port Covington Project in fall 2016.Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh congratulates Bootcamp participants (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined civic, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the Bootcamp with a tour and mini pep rally this week.  The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a workforce development pre-apprenticeship program and the start of programs by the developer based on a $100 million agreement announced between the Baltimore government and community leaders in September 2016 requiring Sagamore Development to invest in job development and creation, moderate income housing and other community benefits.  “This is about the long game and I commend Sagamore Development and their partners for already delivering on promises made to help train, cultivate, develop and hire Baltimore¹s workforce,” Pugh told the partners gathered at the Foundery to support the program.  The Port Covington TIF was delayed for months while city council and community leaders worked with Sagamore Development’s leadership to craft the $100 million community benefits agreement insisted on by local citizen groups like BUILD and others in exchange for support of the $660 million TIF Sagamore development project.  The 16 participants represent the second class of Sagamore Development’s six-week career readiness program led by The Foundery, a workforce development hub at City Garage and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and co-sponsored by Whiting-Turner, and The Commercial Group.The Center for Urban Families serves as the connection point for men and women interested in the workforce readiness Bootcamp.   “What we do is on the front end.  We recognize that the Baltimoreans we serve may have various labor force impediments. “said Joseph T. Jones, founder, president and ECO of The Center for Urban Families. “They may have criminal backgrounds, little to no work experience, a checkered educational record. We support Bootcamp candidates with essential skills before determining eligibility for the program.”The second six-week Bootcamp began in early February and will be completed in March. Classes include woodworking, welding machinery, textiles and 3D printing.  Employers interact with participants throughout the course of the camp.  The eight men who completed the first program in January of this year were offered jobs immediately, according to Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s vice president for community affairs. Wilson said that the Bootcamp model will continue to be refined and scaled-up until Sagamore Development meets the training and workforce development goals negotiated in the $100 million community agreement. “We’re starting now. We’re following through,” Wilson said.  “This is just the beginning.”last_img read more

Aussies get new way to Experience Japan

first_imgWith DFAT and PATA having just downgraded their travel advisories to Japan, Experience Japan founder Mihoko Hirashima called the establishment of the venture “extremely timely”.As well as having a strong focus on skiing, the new brand will offer Japan-bound Australians a range of travel products comprising various accommodation options, culture oriented and special interest programmes and by the end of August, a vast selection of fully escorted tours.                 Popular domestic air passes, JAL Air Pass and One World Yokoso Visit Japan, and Rail Pass product will also be handled by the business.   Ms Hirashima gained her reputation as a Japan travel expert during her time as business development manager with Travel Japan by HIS. Australians interested in travelling to Japan have a new offering following the launch this week of ‘Experience Japan’, a company dedicated to promoting and providing travel to the country. Experience Japan’s Mihoko Hirashima center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Union Cabinet approves the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016

first_imgThe Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the much awaited Civil Aviation Policy, the first integrated policy that has been brought out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 was released by P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the Minister of Civil Aviation. The policy is comprehensive, covering 22 areas of the Civil Aviation sector. Speaking on the occasion, Raju said that the centre-piece of the policy is to make regional air connectivity a reality. The policy also aims towards affordable and convenient flying for the masses while establishing an integrated ecosystem which will lead to significant growth of the civil aviation sector to promote tourism, employment and balanced regional growth, enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development and also the ease of doing business through deregulation, simplified procedures and e-governance.Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India, informed that MoCA has capped one-hour flight at a subsidised rate of Rs 2500. Moreover, the MoCA has replaced the decade-old 5/20 rule with 20 aircrafts to fly internationally. The government has also assured its stand on Open Sky Policy for countries over destinations to 5,000 km from New Delhi on reciprocal basis.The policy aims at the following:a. India to become third largest civil aviation market by 2022 from ninthb. Domestic ticketing to grow from 8 crore in 2015 to 30 crore by 2022c. Airports having scheduled commercial flights to increase from 77 in 2016 to 127 by 2019d. Cargo volumes to increase by 4 times to 10 million tonnes by 2017e. Taking flying to masses- enabling Indians to fly at Rs 2500 per hour under Regional Connectivity Scheme at unserved airportsf. Requirement of five years of domestic flying for starting international operations removedg. Flexible and liberalised ‘open skies’ and ‘codeshare’ agreementsh. Incentives to MRO sector to develop as hub for South Asiai. Ensuring availability of quality certified 3.3 lakh skilled personnel by 2025j. Development of green-field airports and heliportsk. Enhancing ease of doing business through deregulation, simplified procedures and e-governancel. Promoting ‘Make in India’ in Civil Aviation sectorIndustry Reactions:Palash Roy Chowdhury, Chairman, FICCI Civil Aviation CommitteeIt is outstanding that the Cabinet has cleared the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). It’s a progressive policy-framework towards ensuring a safe and sustainable development of the aviation sector in India. The comprehensive, well thought out policy will pave the way for a balanced aviation growth in the country.Kousik Bhattacharya, Head-Marketing and B2C Business, VIAThe extra baggage allowance will be an extra cushion for travellers, especially for family segment travellers. The reduction in flight cancellation fees should help boost the trust of consumers and facilitate more airline booking, especially for short-haul destinations where the gap between railway cancellation fees and air cancellation fees has been extremely high till date. The reduction in flight cancellation fee will help in mitigating the gap and thus, get traction from the high-end railway users who were earlier sceptical about the high cancellation charges in flights.Indiver Rastogi, President & Country Head – Corporate Travel, Thomas Cook (India) LtdWe applaud the Government’s new Aviation Policy, truly a game changer on multiple levels: expanding the market by extending access/connectivity, affordability and opportunity for the airline, travel and tourism industry. The Rs 2500 cap on one hour flights and carrier incentives ensures affordability, making last mile connectivity a reality for Regional and Middle India. The move from 5/20 to 0/20 is a focussed initiative aimed at encouraging fresh entrants and infusing fresh blood into the aviation industry,  ensuring a catalysing effect for travel and tourism as a whole. Focus on airports and infrastructure creates a strong and invaluable base to build on – clear intent of the Government’s long term focus on the sector- clearly music to all key stakeholders in our Travel and Tourism Industry!Amar Abrol, CEO, AirAsia IndiaThe National Civil Aviation Policy is a progressive one and as a nation we are one step closer to strengthening and growing aviation in India. As far as our strategy goes, ours is an ‘India first’ strategy. The various changes that have been proposed to the policy will enable us to live up to our promise “Now Everyone Can Fly’. The objective of taking flying to the masses by making it affordable and convenient is well thought through by the government.We look forward to welcoming many first time fliers as we grow our footprint in India. Though a 0/0 or 0/10 would have been more than welcome, the amendments that have been made to the policy are encouraging. The NCAP gives us clear direction to ramp up our operations in India and grow our business in the domestic segment before we scale our operations to fly international. We will now focus on aggressively investing in India and increasing the fleet size from 6 at present and achieving the target of 20 aircraft. The growth in Aviation has a cascading effect on the economy and AirAsia will contribute to this economic growth in India.last_img read more

• Henry Melton is impressing with a return to form

first_img• Henry Melton is impressing with a return to form (Cowboys.com)Despite coming off of a major injury in 2013, the Cowboys signed defensive lineman Henry Melton hoping that he could bring the quarterback pressure he showed with the Chicago Bears. After getting a sack on Monday, Melton is proving that this could be a sound investment for Dallas.• Joseph Randle reportedly made jokes throughout arrest (ESPN.com)After being arrested for shoplifting on Oct. 13, Cowboys running back Joseph Randle repeatedly made inappropriate jokes to the police while being detained.• Rookie DE Lawrence is hoping to make debut on Sunday (Star-Telegram.com)The Cowboys took DeMarcus Lawrence in the second round of the 2014 draft to provide an immediate pass rush from defensive end. A broken foot in July briefly derailed those expectations, but Lawrence is healed and hungry to get some game action.• Cowboys were overly optimistic about Romo’s injury (The Dallas Morning News)When questioned about quarterback Tony Romo’s back injury after their loss on Monday, the owner and coaches downplayed the injury, relieving fans of any long-term risk. With Romo’s status for Sunday’s game still unclear, the Cowboys may have more of an issue than they originally presumed. The Cardinals win on Sunday helped get them to the top of the conference, but their next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, also aided with a Monday night loss.The Cowboys fell to the Washington Redskins 20-17 in overtime, dropping them to 6-2. Dallas’ defense looked more vulnerable in the loss than it has all season, allowing over 400 total yards and only forcing one turnover against a Washington team that was being led by third-string quarterback Colt McCoy.The bigger story in Dallas though may be the health of starting quarterback Tony Romo, with the 34-year-old suffering a back contusion during the loss.With the Cardinals traveling to Dallas for the premier matchup in the NFC this week, we’ll head behind enemy lines and bring all the news and updates from the Cowboys: The Cowboys’ offensive line was exposed on Monday, with constant pressure and sacks on quarterback Tony Romo proving to be a crucial difference in the loss. Dallas knows that they have a similar blitz-happy team coming this week, and must seal up the holes in the offensive line to get a win.• Brandon Weeden is ready for the start on Sunday (The Dallas Morning News)Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden got a taste of the action against the Redskins on Sunday, when he filled in for Tony Romo after the starter was injured. With Weeden taking all of the snaps during the practices this week, the backup is fired up for the chance to start against Arizona.• LB Justin Durant may have played last game with Dallas (Star-Telegram.com)The Cowboys’ linebackers were recovering well after a multitude of injuries before the season, largely thanks to Justin Durant, who was having his best season at weakside linebacker. But after a torn bicep in Sunday’s loss, Durant is now on injured reserve and may not be playing in Dallas next season. • Safety Barry Church takes the blame in the loss (ESPN.com)As the Cowboys’ defensive captain and starting free safety, a lot is expected of Barry Church. The 26-year-old said that he disappointed in Monday’s game, and his crucial mistakes cost the team a win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Friday, October 31• Emmitt Smith warns RB Murray to know when to get tackled (Bleacher Report)Legendary Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith knew how to run the ball, and that also means he knew when to give up on the run and stop fighting for yards. After current running back Demarco Murray’s fifth fumble of the season on Sunday, Smith warned Murray on Twitter to give up on some plays.• Preventing pressure will be key for Dallas on Sunday (DallasCowboys.com) 0 Comments   Share   Thursday, October 30• Redskins created guide to beat Dallas on Monday (Bleacher Report)The Redskins win against the Cowboys on Monday did more than raise the number in the loss column for Dallas, it showed teams how to beat the NFC juggernaut. With creative and constant blitzes, the Redskins exposed the serious flaws in the Cowboys’ gameplan.center_img Through the first couple months of the NFL season, the focus was on the Arizona Cardinals’ standing in the NFC West.Eyes are on a much bigger standing this week.After a thrilling 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Cardinals are 6-1 and sitting alone atop the entire NFC, tied with the Denver Broncos for the best record in the NFL.The Cardinals offense has seen a significant uptick with the return of starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown both had over 100 receiving yards on Sunday, with Brown scoring on a 75-yard touchdown in the last two minutes to give Arizona the win. Top Stories Tuesday, October 28• Cowboys disoriented after Monday’s loss (The Dallas Morning News)Even after Tony Romo’s injury, the Cowboys were expected to get the win on Monday. Instead, the team came up short and now looks lost after being given multiple opportunities to win late in the game and failing.• Dallas needs to get more run-focused (Blogging the Boys)Cowboys running back Demarco Murray has been the best back in football this season, with 1,054 rushing yards through eight games. After constistently giving in to the temptation to pass in Monday’s loss, Dallas needs to get back to controlling the ball with their ground game.• Playing Romo despite injury is unnecessary gamble for Dallas (Bleacher Report)Tony Romo began the season still recovering from back surgery, a fact that fans were reminded of when the quarterback was briefly knocked out of Sunday’s game with a back injury. With Romo returning for two futile drives at the end of the game, Dallas risked their entire season on a possible October win over Washington.• Cowboys defense looked exhausted in Monday’s loss (The Dallas Morning News)For the first time in 2014, the Cowboys’ defense was forced to win the game for the team, and it failed. With the offense unable to help with high scoring or ball control, the defense looked overmatched and tired trying to stop Washington. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been a big season for the former first-round pick, who has been a mainstay along the Cardinals’ defensive line since being taken 26th overall out of Tennessee in 2010, but rarely shown up as an impact player in the box score. Primarily used as a defensive tackle, he usually occupies blockers while his teammates make plays.But Sunday, as his coach said, he showed he can do more than just be a space filler.“I’ve been feeling that way since I’ve been here,” Williams said. “When I got drafted out of Tennessee I got to play defense where I was a three-technique also, it just wasn’t the nose, but I had to play the nose just because we didn’t have too many other guys there. But me, I’m just a team guy and whatever the defensive coordinator wants me to play, I’m more than ready to do it.”Williams played 30 of the team’s 64 defensive snaps Sunday, with much of his time coming as part of a four-man defensive front. It was a different kind of look for the Cardinals, who normally run a 3-4 defense, but one that proved to be effective while allowing Williams to make some plays.“I got to show a little bit more of my skills that I do have,” he said. “But in the end, it just goes to show that, especially having new coaches in — and [Brentson Buckner] has been pushing me a lot more since he’s been here, and I think I have improved a lot just from coaching.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Dan Williams had himself quite a game Sunday in Dallas.The fifth-year defensive lineman tallied a season-high and team-best seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, one sack and a QB hit in Arizona’s 28-17 win.“He had a fantastic game, maybe his best game as a Cardinal since I’ve been here, for sure, and we needed it,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s turned into more than just a nose guard now. He’s lost that weight and is playing defensive end. He got a sack and got another hurry, so it was a big game for him.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   center_img – / 55 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Williams has been a major cog in a defense that has withstood defections and injuries to once again be one of the stoutest in the NFL. After finishing first against the run last season, Arizona currently ranks third in the same category. The 19.5 points they are allowing per game is fifth-best in the NFL.And in Sunday’s win, they became the first defense this season to hold Dallas’ DeMarco Murray under 100 yards, a feat that extended their own streak of not allowing an opponent to reach the century mark on the ground to 18 straight games.“It just shows our communication skills,” Williams said. “We studied all week; we kind of had a few reads and keys on them to where they would run the ball, and when they had motions the safeties and linebackers were communicating with the D-line, telling where they thought the ball was going to head, and everybody made their checks and everybody was in line. “When the ball was snapped we all ran to the ball. We had a lot of red jerseys around every time he got a handoff. So I think the pursuit that we had yesterday and just everybody wrapping up and gang-tackling him really helped us out yesterday.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAmilla Fushi has teamed up with LUX Tennis to provide professional,  personalised tennis coaching by current and former ATP players. Complementing its tennis facilities, including two courts and a clubhouse offering complimentary equipment hire, Amilla now offers tailored coaching, practice programs and fun events to inspire and challenge guests of all abilities to improve their strokeplay.Whether it’s a private one-to-one or group session with a professional coach, or a game especially for the kids, LUX Tennis has the court covered. In addition to personalised private tuition and tennis ‘discovery’ sessions, LUX Tennis at Amilla Fushi offers a range of training programs and challenges including Challenge The Pro, where guests can take on the pro in a tie break to win a free session; a Kids’ Tennis Clinic specially created for under 12s; Train Like a Pro drills up against the ball machine; and a service speed-gun challenge.From 26 November – 3 December 2017, world number four Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev will return to Amilla with his brother and fellow pro Mischa Zverev for an exhibition to demonstrate first hand what it takes to win a one off contest. Guests will also have a chance to learn from the brothers with a complimentary one-hour tennis clinic at Amilla’s sister resort Finolhu, just a short speedboat ride away in Baa Atoll.From 4 – 11 January 2018, tennis fans visiting Amilla Fushi will also have a unique opportunity to rally with former US Open Men’s Singles champion and World No. 1 Pat Rafter. As well as playing an exhibition match against the resort’s resident LUX Tennis Pro, Rafter will also play a one-on- one with the winner of Amilla’s festive tennis tournament for guests!The tennis courts at Amilla Fushi are available for daily use and can be booked 24 hours in advance throughthe Katheeb/a or the Tennis Pro. Ocean Reef Houses at Amilla Fushi starts from US$1100 per night including breakfast, excluding tax and service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Cypriot employee receives British Bases commendation award

first_imgCypriot mechanical engineer Nikos Akamas was one of the recipients of commendations awarded on Tuesday by the commander of the British bases in Cyprus for his outstanding service over the past 20 years, the British bases said in a statement.The 52 year old, who is in charge of maintenance, budgets and servicing of vehicles and equipment within British Forces Cyprus – among many other things – found out he was to be awarded the commendation only last month and it came as quite a shock when he heard the news.After being called into his line manager’s office, he also admitted to feeling a little apprehensive at first.He explained: “When I was called in to see my boss I did wonder what was going on so I was a little bit worried but when I got there it soon became clear that it was good news.“He shook my hand and congratulated me and said I was receiving a commendation which was a big surprise for me.“It is an absolute privilege to be part of the event and to receive this award. I was obviously very happy to hear the news.”After finishing his master’s degree in Australia, where he lived for a combined total of 15 years on two separate occasions, he admitted working on the Bases was always an ambition of his.That was realised three years after he returned from Australia, when in 1997 he began working for a contractor at the time which recognised his professional qualities.He continued: “Working for British Forces Cyprus was something I wanted to do because they were and still are a very good employer.“I know that in this working environment you can prove yourself and if you are able to do that, then your talents will be rewarded.“My working environment and the people I am working with are all very professional. The structures that are in place, the procedures and the overall mentality is excellent and I love working here.”The Limassol resident, who is married with two children, has had his skills rewarded over the years with promotions and as the senior locally employed civilian with 80 other LECs working under him, it is right that BFC has acknowledged the service he has provided over the past two decades.The ceremony, which took place at Flagstaff House – the home of Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major General James Illingworth – in Episkopi, also saw another 15 commendations awarded to members of staff, both civilian and military.Almost 40 members of the SBA Police were also awarded Chief Constable Commendations for their outstanding service to the SBAs and three members of the force also received Constable of the Year awards.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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