The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today announced that a group of 16 Sri Lankan men – part of the post-13 August caseload affected by new regional processing arrangements – are returning home voluntarily, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.Two other Sri Lankan men in immigration detention who arrived before 13 August are also being returned. “People who pay smugglers to risk their lives on a dangerous sea journey are throwing their money away, as demonstrated by the speedy return of this group.“Transfers off Christmas Island will continue. People arriving by boat will be sent to Nauru and Papua New Guinea. This Government is determined to break the people smuggling trade and stop people getting on those dangerous boats,” Mr Bowen said.People in immigration detention can request their removal from Australia at any point in time. Those who choose to depart voluntarily can be provided with individual reintegration support to assist with their sustainable return, through the International Organization for Migration. “These individuals chose not to pursue asylum claims and face transfer to a regional processing centre in Nauru or Papua New Guinea and instead chose to return home voluntarily,” Bowen said. According to the Australian High Commission in Colombo, Bowen said the Australian Government was committed to implementing the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers’ key principle related to a strategic, comprehensive and integrated policy approach that provides no advantage to people choosing to travel to Australia by boat. “We have completed more transfers of boat arrivals to Nauru this week and they will continue to occur in the coming days and weeks.“Both the Nauru transfers and this group of adult Sri Lankan men choosing to return home provide further evidence that the people smugglers are selling lies and misleading asylum seekers about the situation they will face if they reach Australia by boat. The men were removed on a charter flight from Christmas Island to Colombo today that departed at 8.15am local time.
It was a losing night for the Hamilton Bulldogs as they matched up against the Ottawa 67’s, Friday.The loss brings the Bulldogs winless streak to four in a row after a 5-4 loss in Ottawa.The 67’s led the first period with a one-shot lead until the Bulldogs scored two goals early in the second to take a 3-2 lead, however it was short-lived.Ottawa scored another two goals to re-capture the lead.Hamilton tried hard scoring in the third period to bring the goal count to 5-4 but just couldn’t get the equalizer.The win by the 67’s was their first on home ice.The Bulldogs are back in action, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. They take on the Frontenacs at the Rogers K Rock Centre in Kingston.
Violence against women is common and widespread throughout the developing and developed world and urgent action must be taken to deal with the scourge, the United Nations health agency warned today in a report highlighting that women are generally more at risk from their partners than other people.Over 24,000 women from 15 sites in 10 countries were interviewed for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, which showed that over 75 per cent of women physically or sexually abused since the age of 15 reported a partner as the culprit.“Violence against women by an intimate partner is a major contributor to the ill-health of women. This study analyses data from 10 countries and sheds new light on the prevalence of violence against women in countries where few data were previously available,” writes WHO Director-General Lee Jong-Wook in the Forward to the report.“This study will help national authorities to design policies and programmes that begin to deal with the problem… Challenging the social norms that condone and therefore perpetuate violence against women is a responsibility for us all… Much greater investment is urgently needed in programmes to reduce violence against women and to support action on the study’s findings and recommendations.”The main focus of the Study was violence against women by male intimate partners, including physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and controlling behaviour by current partners or ex-partners, and covered both the current situation of the women interviewed and their lifetime experience.The proportion of women who had experienced physical or sexual violence, or both, by an intimate partner, ranged from 15 per cent to 71 per cent, with most sites falling between 29 per cent and 62 per cent. Women in Japan were the least likely to have experienced such violence, while the greatest incidence was reported in provincial –– mostly rural –– areas of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru, and the United Republic of Tanzania.The Study also examined physical and sexual abuse by men and women other than a current or former partner and contradicted the common perception that most violence is perpetrated by strangers.“In the majority of settings, over 75 per cent of women physically or sexually abused since the age of 15 years reported abuse by a partner. In only two settings, urban Brazil and Samoa, were at least 40 per cent of women abused only by someone other than a partner,” it found.Presenting seven categories of recommendations, ranging from promoting gender equality to encouraging abused women to seek help, the report concludes that violence against women is “morally indefensible; [while] its cost to individuals, to health systems, and to society in general is enormous.”“The wide variations in prevalence and patterns of violence from country to country, and, even more important, from setting to setting within countries, indicate that there is nothing “natural” or inevitable about it. Attitudes can and must change; the status of women can and must be improved.”The categories of recommendations are:Strengthening national commitment and action. In particular, the Study notes that improving women’s legal and socioeconomic status is likely in the long term, to be a “key intervention in reducing women’s vulnerability to violence.”Promoting primary prevention, including such measures as media campaigns that encourage women to talk about the problem, plus prioritizing the prevention of child abuse.Involving the education sector, including eradicating teacher violence.Strengthening the health sector response, including ensuring that health providers who see and care for abused women coordinate and work with other sectors, particularly the police and social services. Supporting women living with violence, especially through better and more accessible support services.Sensitizing criminal justice systems, namely by ensuring that police, investigators, medico-legal staff, lawyers and judges are trained to consider and address the particular needs and priorities of abused women, particularly those faced with violence by a partner or ex-partner. Supporting research and collaboration to increase knowledge of the problem of violence against women and thereby design programmes to combat it.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2014 12:38 pm MDT Hundreds ‘takeoff’ from YYC’s newest runway About 1,400 people took part in a fun run Saturday to kick off a weekend of opening celebrations of the Calgary International Airport’s newest runway, the longest civilian runway in the country.Droves of yellow busses took people from the parking lot to the glistening pavement of a never been used, over four kilometres long runway.Many of the hundreds of participants ran the full length, which Mayor Nenshi compared to the same distance between City Hall and Chinook Centre.He was on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon and count down the runners at the starting line.“I’m looking forward to much more growth of the airport, with this runway and with this terminal and more and more opportunities for Calgarians to connect to more places,”Runner Chris tells 660News he had been bragging about the run all week.“It’s kind of neat because we’re never going to get this chance again. I’m training for a big marathon later this year but I’m kind of more excited about his,” she said.Darren and his running buddies had a similar thought.“This will be the only time I can legally be on this whole runway,” said Darren, his friend joking that he would be arrested if he tried to walk on here once the runway is operational.About 10,000 people are expected to get another glance Sunday for the ROAM the Runway event.Air traffic will begin to use the stretch on June 28th.
Ontario Energy Board holds the line on electricity rates until May 2017 by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 19, 2016 12:50 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – For the first time in eight years, electricity rates in Ontario will not rise on Nov. 1.The Ontario Energy Board sets rates for customers on time-of-use pricing every May and November, when it also changes the hours for peak and off-peak rates.The board says it is holding the line on rates for about five million Ontario households and small business customers next month for the first time since 2008.Electricity customers will continue paying the same rates they’ve had since last May until May 2017.The off-peak rate of 8.7 cents a kilowatt hour is less than half the on-peak rate of 18 cents per kwh, and off-peak hours expand to 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekdays and all day weekends and holidays starting next month.Mid-peak hours, which cost 13.2 cents a kwh, will run from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. weekdays, while on-peak hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays.—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter
The UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today expressed sorrow at the death of another of its workers in Syria, bringing the total to seven staffers who have lost their lives as a result of the conflict, which continues to inflict “needless suffering” on communities across Syria. In a statement, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expressed great sorrow at the death of 38-year old Muhannad Ashmawi, who joined the agency in 2007 as a school attendant. He served in two UNRWA schools in Yarmouk, where he had lived alone after sending his wife, son and daughter, to safety in western Syria. According to the statement, Mr. Ashmawi sustained serious head injuries on 9 July, when a shell exploded at the southern end of Palestine Street in Yarmouk. Ongoing conflict prevents the functioning of hospitals or clinics in Yarmouk, so Mr. Ashmawi was rushed by neighbours to Al Moshtahed hospital in central Damascus. He died of his injuries on 14 July. “UNRWA sends its deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Muhannad Ashmawi,” the statement says, adding that the agency has informed the Syrian authorities of the death of its staff member and is reiterating its calls to afford protection from the effects of armed conflict for refugees and other civilians across Syria. Mr. Ashmawi is the seventh UNRWA staff member to be killed as a result of the Syria conflict. “His tragic death occurs against the backdrop of intensifying armed conflict in Yarmouk and other Palestine refugee camps and neighbourhoods across Syria,” the statement says, stressing that the situation is aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation, causing new waves of significant displacement and raising the toll of deaths and serious injuries among Palestinians and Syrians. “UNRWA condemns the persistent failure of all sides to protect civilians and safeguard human life in Syria. Violations of international humanitarian law are causing civilian deaths, injuries and displacement, including among the Palestine refugee community in Syria,” the statement says, adding that armed opposition groups and other parties to the conflict must desist from taking up positions or conducting the conflict in Palestine refugee camps and other civilian areas. Further, the agency deplores the “immeasurable, needless human suffering that continues to affect communities across Syria” due to insistence on attempting to resolve the conflict militarily. “In the strongest terms, UNRWA reiterates its appeal to all concerned parties to end the suffering, comply with their obligations under international law and resolve the conflict in Syria through mediated dialogue and negotiations,” the statement concludes.
Brock will recognize the best of the Class of 2011 at Fall Convocation today when more than 800 students will receive their degrees at two ceremonies taking place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.All ceremonies will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium.Two Governor-General’s Silver Medals will be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony.These medals are awarded to the students who achieve the highest academic standing at the undergraduate level. Recipients are:Donna Pearce of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)Charlotte Tunikaitis of Fonthill, Bachelor of AccountingBoard of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals will also be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony to a graduate and undergraduate student by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, or designate.The qualities that best embody the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock — leadership, courage, innovation, inspiration and community involvement — also represent the ideals that characterize the recipients of the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medal.Recipients are:Undergraduate: Rohan Kothari of Mississauga, Ont., Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)Graduate: Lindsay Cline of Ancaster, Ont., Master of Arts (Applied Health Sciences)• Watch the ceremonies streaming live at livestream.com/brockuniversity
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 79-69. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State’s once-hearty lead dwindled to two points with 5:59 remaining in the Big Ten tournament championship. Just nine minutes before, the Buckeyes held an 18-point lead on Maryland and seemed to be pulling away.But with the Terrapins within one possession of tying or overtaking Ohio State, the momentum had completely flipped and a lead change seemed inevitable. So, Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell said she was not worried. She expected Maryland to make the late comeback attempt.“Teams make runs,” Mitchell said. “We’re playing in a Big Ten tournament. You know, we knew things could happen. We didn’t know at what point it would, but we prepared and we stayed focused and we dialed in for the rest of the 40 minutes.”So, who did the Buckeyes turn to with seemingly nothing working offensively? Mitchell, of course.The 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year launched a 3-pointer 20 seconds after play resumed following the timeout, draining the shot and sparking a team that desperately needed a burst of energy. Two-and-a-half minutes later, with her team leading by five points, she pulled up from beyond the arc once again and buried the triple to give her team a 70-62 lead with less than three minutes remaining.The third-leading scorer in the history of college basketball with more than 3,300 career points, Mitchell had no explanation for how she went from scoring one field goal in the third quarter to piling up 12 fourth-quarter points. “I can’t actually tell you,” Mitchell said. “It was just so many emotions. Individually I just tried to, like I said, stay as aggressive as possible.”She entered the final quarter 4-for-16 from the field, then went 3-for-4 and made four free throws in the game’s final 10 minutes.It’s never bad to put the ball in the hands of one of the greatest scorers in the history of the game. So the Buckeyes feed their top player as often as possible, even when Mitchell is having an inconsistent shooting night.“Well, I mean, that’s where we want the ball,” McGuff said. “Whether we win or we lose, I can live with it with her shooting, because I have that much confidence in her.”Ohio State learned in last year’s Big Ten tournament, the reliance on Mitchell’s scoring prowess can come back to bite the team when she is not hitting shots. Purdue knocked the Buckeyes out of the tournament in the semifinals and held Mitchell to 3-of-22 shooting.But on most days, Mitchell can be counted on to get buckets. She was named the 2018 Big Ten tournament Most Outstanding Player for her three-game stretch of wins against Maryland, Minnesota and Rutgers in which she totaled 77 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Mitchell shot below 40 percent in two of the three games, but combined to go 12-for-26 from 3-point range in the tournament.When she was announced as the award’s winner, she said she could not hear she won the honor. Regardless, she said that was not the trophy that meant the most.“But when I got the trophy, individually I guess it’s okay,” Mitchell said. “But when you look at the trophy that you take home for your team and your program, that’s what matters.”
The European Commission this week accepted proposals from Greek authorities on how to recover illegal state aid offered to shipbuilder Hellenic Shipyards.The European Union regulator in 2008 asked Greece to recover state aid amounting to 539 million euros ($702 million) given to the shipbuilder, which is partly owned by Germany’s ThyssenKrupp.The EU’s executive said in a statement the commitments offered by Greece to recover the aid will address competition concerns in Greece’s market for civil shipbuilding and ship repair.The shipbuilder currently constructs military ships and Greece was concerned that the recovery might endanger those activities which it considers essential for its national interest. Instead Greece proposed to stop the various guarantees granted to HSY and that HSY repays part of the aid through the sale of its non-naval assets. It also proposed to compensate the absence of full recovery through a 15-year ban on the civilian activities of HSY. On 2 July 2008, the Commission found subsidies granted by Greece to Hellenic Shipyards S.A. (HSY) incompatible with the European market because Greece did not respect the conditions attached to the restructuring and closure aid approved by the Commission in its prior decisions of 1997 and 2002. Moreover, various loans and guarantees provided by the Greek State and the then State-owned bank ETVA to Hellenic Shipyards were also found to constitute additional incompatible aid as they were provided either below the market price or at a time when the financial situation of HSY had become so difficult that it could not raise financing on the market.As a result, Greece was asked to recover 539 million euro including interests from HSY΄s civil activities and Greece and HSY were ordered to renounce various guarantees. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
UC San Diego researchers find that the costliest medicare medications are rising in price Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 3:38 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The cost of the 10 medications that Medicare Part D spends the most money on annually rose by nearly one-third between 2011 and 2015, even as the number of persons using these drugs dropped by the same amount, according to a study released today by UC San Diego researchers. Medicare Part D is the federal government’s primary prescription drug benefit for older citizens. The amount paid for the 10 medications with the largest spending increased from an inflation-adjusted $21.5 billion in 2011 to $28.4 billion in 2015, a 32 percent jump. In that same time period, the number of patients treated with at least one of the medications declined 32 percent, from slightly more than 12.9 million patients in 2011 to 8.8 million in 2015.The trend could become more costly considering a rapidly aging U.S. population, said professor Jan Hirsch, clinical pharmacy chair with UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The number of Medicare beneficiaries is expected to grow from 59 million in 2017 to 81 million in 2030.“One in every six dollars in Medicare these days is used on medications,” Hirsch said. “Spending on expensive, specialty medications is likely to grow with more approved drugs and a larger population that requires them. Since Medicare Part D is funded by enrollee paid premiums in addition to congressional appropriations from general revenue, Part D enrollees may expect to face higher premiums on top of increasing co-payments or co-insurance payments.”Drugs on the most-expensive list include Crestor, used to treat high cholesterol and related conditions; Nexium, for excessive stomach acid; and Humira, for arthritis. The most expensive drug was Harvoni, which is used to treat hepatitis C and cost more than $90,000 for the full treatment per user in 2015, according to UCSD.Researchers projected that unless rising medication costs are addressed, the 10 most expensive drugs are on pace to reach $40 billion annually by the end of 2020. “At the end of the day, fewer patients are receiving the medications that the federal government is spending the most money on and patients are spending more of their own money on these medications,” UCSD associate professor Jonathan Watanabe said.“For those without the benefit of subsidies, the average out-of-pocket cost for one of these 10 medications increased from $375 in 2011 to $1,366 in 2015. That works out to an average 66 percent increase per year and a 264 percent increase overall.” July 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
Most read stories on Columbian.com last week:No. 1) Battle Ground man arrested in alleged sex crimes involving Oregon teenA Battle Ground man was arrested Friday by Newberg, Ore., police on charges he sent sexually explicit photos of himself to a 16-year-old female and intended to have sex with her.No. 2) Kiss rocker Gene Simmons spends sleepy night in Battle Ground“The Demon” arrived in Battle Ground on Wednesday and stayed the night at Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites. By Thursday afternoon, Simmons and his crew were on the road again, heading to a Kiss show that night in Everett.No. 3) Man, 22, found dead at Round LakeThe body of a 22-year-old male was discovered Thursday morning in Lacamas Park at Round Lake in Camas, according to a news bulletin.No. 4) Vancouver man charged with burglary, rape in Cowlitz County Prosecutors in Cowlitz County on Tuesday filed charges of first-degree burglary with sexual motivation, first-degree burglary and second-degree rape against a 20-year-old Vancouver man, according to The Daily News in Longview.No. 5) Woman shot after reportedly advancing on officerThe woman critically injured Friday after being shot by a SWAT officer was identified Saturday as Mary Lee Andison. Andison, 60, reportedly told officers she wanted them to shoot her and advanced on them with a handgun.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who, they said, broke into a Southwest Miami-Dade home and got away with valuables, earlier this month.Surveillance cameras captured the subject as he broke through the front door and started checking out rooms in the house, located in the area of Southwest 66th Terrace, near 134th Avenue, Nov. 21.Moments later, the thief is seen walking out with a plastic bag that, police said, was filled with jewelry and a tablet.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Following the ouster of publisher Tom Morrissy this fall, OK! magazine has slashed its cover price 50 cents from $3.49 to $2.99. The price change is effective with the magazine’s year-end “A-list” double issue.OK! says the decision to lower the cover price was a “proactive step” in response to the down economy. “We realize Americans feel distressed and worried and they’re looking for a much needed escape,” recently appointed OK! general manager Kent Brownridge said in a statement. “We hope that by making our magazine cost less they can experience the fun and pleasure of the celebrity entertainment” in the magazine.The cover price change slots OK! against fellow celebrity titles In Touch and Life & Style, which also have a $2.99 newsstand price. Star magazine and Us Weekly carry a $3.99 cover price. U.K. publisher Northern & Shell launched the U.S. version of OK! three years ago. Since then, the publisher is said to have spent roughly $100 million on the launch.Through the first half of 2008, OK! saw single copy sales increase 3.7 percent to 500,520, according to ABC’s FAS-FAX report. Total paid and verified circulation was up 11.8 percent to 905,015.Meanwhile, single copy sales plummeted at In Touch (-28.7 percent), Life & Style (-30.2), and Us Weekly (-10.5) during the period. Star’s sales were down 3.4 percent.OK!’s ad pages soared 34.4 percent through the first nine months, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.
A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. (Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary)The Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the river.Download AudioCelina Van Breukelen is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service and the River Forecast Center in Anchorage. She says they’ve had reports of the ice moving at Napaimute and Aniak.“There seems to be some sort of a localized breakup at some locations on the river. We don’t expect it to have a flood impact. We don’t think that the ice is thick enough or that the water levels are high enough to really create a flood event, more of just some local breaking up that’s happening,” said Van Breukelen.The situation has thousands of residents in a transportation standstill as they wait for the Kuskokwim to freeze into a safe road for travel. Van Breukelen says the forecast calls for temperatures to begin dropping below freezing at night and that should slow down melting.“That should help slow that process down a lot. Not expecting to see a lot of precip that’s going to add a lot of precip that’s into the river and there should not be a whole lot of snow to melt, so not expecting to see much more input into the river over the next few days,” said Van Breukelen.Mark Leary, who lives in Napaimute, says this is the third time he’s seen a November breakup – besides this year, it’s happened in 2002 and 2010. He says it’s different than a spring one, especially how it sounds.“It’s real hard and it sounds like rocks moving. There’s no needle ice like in the springtime to soften some of the sound. Rocks tumbling down a hillside, rocks gritting, rocks grinding. The difference now as opposed to a spring breakup, the night is long you know. You don’t know what’s happening during the night, you know it’s like 14 hours of darkness and you don’t know what’s going on – you can hear it but you don’t know and it’s a little bit scary,” said Leary.Leary says although the National Weather Service is not calling for flooding now, if ice jams form near villages and re-freeze, it could mean trouble this spring.“That’s what happened at Crooked Creek in 2010, it broke up in November right around Thanksgiving and then it jammed a few miles below their village and refroze and boy, that jam was hard as a rock. So the next spring, 2011 that jam couldn’t melt as fast as the regular ice. And that’s what caused the new jam in the spring of 2011 that hit Crooked Creek really hard,” said Leary.A pilot flew the Kuskokwim River today to assess the extent of the breakup and reports an ice jam below Aniak. National Weather Service officials say some local surges of water are expected as the ice runs. They say people should move belongings and equipment away from the river, but they do not expect high enough water to impact homes or roads. Alaska State Troopers are warning people not to travel on the river.
Salman Khan in Bigg Boss 12Colors TVSalman Khan is 53 and still single. And there hasn’t been an event where the Dabangg Khan hadn’t been questioned about his marriage. He has either laughed it off or given a quirky answer talking about his wedding plans. So when Salman, the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, was recently asked about his plans of getting married, he said that he will announce his wedding on Thursday (May 23).During the promotion of his upcoming film Bharat, when Salman was quizzed about his marriage, he joked that the topic of his wedding has become a national concern and went on to say that he will go public about it on the counting day of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.”Yeah…I think I should announce it on May 23,” Salman told Mumbai Mirror while laughing his ass off.Further speaking about embracing fatherhood, Salman said, “I want children, but with children comes the mother. I don’t want the mother, but they need one. But I have a whole village to take care of them. Maybe I can work out a win-win situation for everyone.”And concluded saying that he is definitely not in for marriage right now adding that there’s some more time for it to happen.In the past, Salman had admitted that he was on the verge of getting married to his girlfriends Somy Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani and had even printed marriage cards but in the end, things didn’t fall in place. He was even serious about Katrina Kaif whom he dated for almost 7 years before they parted ways in 2015.There could be a possibility that Salman Khan may want to stay celibate for the rest of his life until the right moment or become a father to a child through surrogacy as reported earlier.
A man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileThe Tata Group has once again secured the top rank in a list of most valued brands in India. Brand Finance, a UK-based brand valuation consultancy, released the list of the top 100 Indian companies on Tuesday.Tata tops the chart with a staggering 37 percent rise in its valuation from $14.23 billion in 2018 to $19.55 billion in 2019. As per the Brand Finance report, Tata Group was consistently keeping its valuation within the $13-$14 billion range since 2013 and has crossed the $18 billion mark for the first time in seven years.Second in the list after the Tata Group is the Life Insurance Corporation with its valuation at about $7.2 billion. The insurance company jumped two places from the former list to bag the second rank this year.Information technology major Infosys is valued at $6.5 billion after it showed a registered yearly growth of 7.7 percent. The IT giant has retained its third rank from last year.The other companies that made to the top 10 list are State Bank of India, Mahindra Group, HDFC Bank, Airtel, HCL, Reliance and Wipro.The top 10 companies saw a brand value change ranging from 1.7 percent to 37.4 percent except for two companies that saw a dip of more than 28 percent in their brand value.Airtel and HCL made it to the top 10 rankings in the Brand Finance chart but witnessed a significant fall in their rankings. Airtel had a fall from the second position to the seventh, showing negative growth. HCL, on the other hand, fell from its fifth rank in 2018 to the eighth rank this year showcasing the least growth among the top 10 companies in the chart.TheThe Mahindra Group has shown enormous growth during the financial year of 2018-19. The company rose from a valuation of $3,869 million to $5241 million, making a growth of 35.5 percent. The company’s rank rose from 11th in 2018 to the fifth in the 2019 Brand Finance list.The list showed new entrants like Reliance Jio and Dmart, both of which made it to the top 50. The chart also shows the slow growth of Indian banks. The finance consultancy says only three banks — State Bank of India, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank — made improvment, while all the other banks saw a downgrade in their rankings. ICICI Bank saw a massive growth of about 41 percent followed by State Bank of India achieving a 34 percent increase while HDFC Bank made a 19 percent increase in the financial year of 2018-19.The companies that made it to the top 50 list: Indian top 50 companies list by Brand Finance
Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, Jacó Surfer champion, beat Brazilian Jadson Andre in a heads-up match and is among the top eight in the tournament. This time, Cali surpassed the ninth position that he occupied in the 2016 US Open edition.The US Open of Surfing in Huntington, California, was this Saturday complicated due to bad surf conditions. But Cali knew to have patience. He ran the indicated waves and added a 5.83 and a 7.83, to combine a 13.66. This gave him the 1st place, above the Brazilian Jadson Andre.The national surfer assured that he is also excited by the support of the Tico public on the beach. “When I’m in the water, I can hear them screaming. Thanks to everyone and pura vida” the Tico commented.Muñoz is assisted by American Jim Hogan, coach of the National Team. The Jacó native will compete in the quarter-finals against South Africa’s Michael February on Sunday. He expects to advance to the semi-final and final this Sunday.Carlos “Cali” Muñoz was born in Granada, Nicaragua, but grew up in Jaco Beach. Recently, in July, Carlos Muñoz was first place in the QS 1000 points, event that took place at Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico. Facebook Comments Related posts:New generation of Costa Rican surfers puts sport in the spotlight World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending World Surfing Games preview: Can Costa Rica win second consecutive title? Costa Rica’s best surfers look to the 2020 Olympics
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International Convention CentreVoting now open for the 2017 NTIA nomineesThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) wishes to congratulate all 2017 NTIA nominees as voting officially opened at 9:00am (AEDT) today.There are two separate voting forms – one for travel agents to use when voting in the supplier categories and one for suppliers to use when voting in the travel agent categories.Participants may vote for up to 5 nominees in each category.The full list of nominees is available HEREThe voting forms are available HEREVoting will run until 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 31 March and industry will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the esteemed event when they go on sale early May.The winners will be announced at the NTIA Gala Dinner on Saturday 22 July at the spectacular new International Convention Centre Ballroom in Sydney. Source = AFTA – Australian Federation of Travel Agents
Tourism Philippines ‘Trivia’ Roadshows begin with Sydney on 8 August, followed by Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, and the Philippine Department of Tourism promises an evening of fun, tips on selling the destination and the chance to win a holiday!Beginning in the late afternoon, the roadshows kick off with a B2B session, providing a one-stop-shop to network over afternoon refreshments. Guests are then invited to the evening’s event – a dinner reception and Trivia Night entertainment. To participate in the Trivia Night*, create a team of three (3) attendees, with at least two (2) who have never been to the Philippines. You don’t have to be coming from the same office nor company. At each of this year’s roadshow events, a team of up to three travel agents* will have the opportunity to win a trip to one of the following islands: Palawan, Boracay and Cebu. Agents can register to attend here:8 August 2017 – Doltone House, Sydney9 August 2017 – The Langham, Melbourne10 August 2017 – Hilton, Brisbane11 August 2017 – The Langham, Auckland“We are absolutely thrilled by the positive response we have received from agents to attend our roadshows this year,” said Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia & New Zealand.“The menu will be Filipino-inspired, offering agents a taste of the Philippines. We would encourage agents to register now to secure their spot, as places are filling up quickly. We’re also very excited to announce that 2015 X-Factor winner Cyrus Villanueva, who is Filipino-Australian, will perform at the Sydney dinner reception.” * Terms and conditions apply. agentsPhilippinesroadshows