Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “We are very close because we bonded a lot during training and work out,” said Raphael, who is taking up computer science at La Salle.Reyes shed happy tears as he just came off a bronze medal finish in the individual event after a clean routine. Malaysia won the men’s individual event and Indonesia was seconds.“All our hard work paid off,” said Dustin.They will see action in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine men’s poomsae team after winning its second straight SEA Games gold medal. Marc Anthony Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — They work out together. They train together. They win together.Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bonded very well as they moved seamless toward the Southeast Asian Games  taekwondo poomsae gold medal Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds“These two guys are brothers, I’m like the adopted son,” said Reyes, referring to the Mella brothers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThey won their second straight SEA Games gold in the same event, although the winning tradition dated back from 2013 for the Mella, who played with a different teammate back then.Together they won bronze in 2014 World Championships in Mexico. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

PM to inaugurate power supply from Tripura to Bdesh on Mar 23

first_imgAgartala, Mar 9 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripuras Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23.The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.Dey said there would not be any formal function in the state to mark the occasion as the entire programme would be held through video-conferencing.After the formal opening of international gateway of internet, Tripura will be third state which is having such gateway after Mumbai and Chennai. This will help the entire north eastern states, he said.Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had laid the foundation of the project in Agartala on July 13, 2015 that aims at strengthening telecom services in the north eastern states.Under the project, an international gateway for broadband connectivity will be set up at Agartala in which connectivity will be provided through Bangladesh under an agreement between BSNL and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company limited.The cost of the project is Rs 19.1 crore and annual operational expenditure is around Rs 7.2 crore. The bandwidth of 10 GB can be extended up to 40 GB.Meanwhile, pricing of one unit of power was fixed at Rs 5.5 in a meeting between Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey and Bangladesh Minister of State for Power Nasirul Hamid on January 9 last in Dhaka.PGCIL erected 47 km long 400 kv double circuit transmission lines from Suryamaninagar powergrid near here to Comilla in Bangladesh.The 726 MW gas based thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district is run by ONGC Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC). PTI JOY PR SMNadvertisementlast_img read more

10 scientific study skills to ace Civil Services Examination

first_imgScientific approach to preparation has become imperative to ace any competitive examination and hard work simply will not land you a job which is why research is being carried out on teaching skills, education and learning methods to understand scientific ways for textbook reading, memorising, note taking and effective reviewing.Once you embark on following these study tips, you will have enhanced efficiency and gain competitive skills.Here are a few scientific study skills which will assist you attain success in Civil Services Examination:1. Get into the right mood like Pavlov’s dogPavlov conducted a classical conditioning experiment on dogs where dogs started salivating as soon as they heard the bell ring in anticipation of food which brings us to a very important conclusion and can be successfully applied with your studies as well. If same subject is studied at the same time and same place, your brain makes the association and gets trained accordingly.Later on, you just have to follow the clock and you will get in the mood to study the subject within 10 minutes. It will even work like a charm for subjects you hate or dislike.2. Shorter study sessions work better than marathon sessionsNow, it’s an established fact that students learn as much in one-hour session spread over four days as they grasp in one six-hour marathon session. It means that students could cut their study time by at least 30 per cent by employing a well-planned study schedule or timetable. When you opt to study for less time, your brain functions better due to imposed time restriction.advertisementMost of the candidates who have got through the Civil Services Examination are being reported saying that they are able to cram much more a day before exam than a regular day. Research reveals that during study breaks, mind remains engaged in absorbing whatever you have learned without making any conscious effort.So, experts recommend that you should not study for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a stretch when you are trying to learn the names of countries and their capitals, dates and events, math formulae or foreign language.3. Sync your school timetable and home study scheduleWhen a topic is covered in a coaching centre, civil services aspirants should study it as soon as they get back home. Revising the topic and preparing revision notes can immensely help them. It has also been noticed that quickly memorising questions, learning diagrams and brushing up facts just before examination greatly help.4 Smart work is better than hard workYou would have heard top honchos from the corporate world saying that smart work is better than hard work. It is applicable for students preparing for competitive examinations as well. Alertness of your mind and attention you pay to the subject matters more than the time you spend on it.There are many strategies employing which you can keep yourself alert including:Minimise distractions. It is better to study 2-3 hours in a quiet place than 10 hours of studying with noise of TVLikewise, it is wise to start with boring or most difficult subject when you are fully alert and pick up most interesting or easier subject when you are feeling downTo re-orient your brain, it is better to take a 10-minute break and reward yourself for work done.5. Do not study when you are sleepyEverybody feels sleepy at a particular time and feels like not studying anything. Attempting to study at that time is total waste of time. Most of us get slothful after having lunch.Similarly, for some of us studying early in the morning can be too painful.6. Do not schedule similar subjects one after anotherYou get interference, when there is not enough space between radio waves.Likewise, brain waves need to be spaced out too. It has been noticed that clubbing similar subjects together is not as effective as putting contrasting subjects one after another.For instance, studying Physics after Mathematics might not be a good idea. It is advisable to sandwich English or History Literature in between.7. Note taking in class:Making scientific notes is vitally important and hold the key to your success in the competitive examination. Make a habit to underline the ideas that are described important by concerned lecturer. Also, you should write down common mistakes your teacher tells you about as ‘#points’.Similarly, you may write sentences that start with ‘in essence’ and ‘therefore’ in a separate line as they are often the summary of what has been taught in class.advertisement8. Textbook reading method that actually works – OK4ROK4R method devised by Dr. Walter Pauk can assist you pack more information through power reading. Here is how you go about it:O for Overview: In the first glance, just read headings, sub-headings, introductory paragraph, and the summary at the end of the chapter K for Key ideas: Now, it is advisable to go back to the beginning of the chapter and try to skim through the key ideasR1 for reading the chapter or the topic from beginning to end: Now, since you already understand what is being discussed, go through the entire chapter and see full explanation of the ideas that have been presented and how they have been explained.R2 for Recall: Now, put your book aside and pen down major points of what you have gone through and prepare your notes in few words or sentences.It will take a minute or two, but doubles up retention time of the topic you are studyingR3 for Reflect: Now, since you have kept the material in the storage units of your memorychew over it and try to find significance of what have been read and its relationship with other topics you have learntR4 for Review or Revision: On weekends, you can test yourself on what you have learned throughout the week. Quizzes and tests might help you go through your notes again. These time-to-time revisions or reviews help you retain the information forever.9. Color your booksNeat books are linked with good student, it may indicate that they may be ‘unused’. You can colour dates and numbers in blue, main ideas in red, and supporting facts in Yellow. Also, mark stars, boxes, circles and hash in margins, wherever required, to make revisions easier.10. Refresh button:It is essential to take breaks and relax during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to watch a movie, play a sport, listen to some songs or rejuvenate yourself.-With inputs from Mr. AK Mishra, Managing Director and Founder of Chanakya IAS Academy  Read: 6 famous museums around the world for book lovers Read: These funny engineering memes are sure to make you laugh For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com  .last_img read more

Transparency is the new black

first_imgThe funds of the first bailout package — your tax money – went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution?How is the trust level in us?As a “good organization” – aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations.In this environment, everyone needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. Show where they money goes, in all your outreach.Our new president is posting a lot of what he’s doing online – he knows the national mood.Transparency is the new black, nonprofit marketeers.You can’t show enough of it.last_img read more

Sell Better with Stories

first_imgSource: http://cms.sys-con.com/node/1064944Copyright © 2009 SYS-CON Media, Inc. – All Rights Reserved. Casey Hibbard is president of Compelling Cases Inc. and author of the first book on customer case studies, Stories That Sell: Turn Satisfied Customers into Your Most Powerful Sales and Marketing Asset. For more tips, visit the Stories That Sell blog. If you heard that a certain type of fox is endangered, would you be moved to act?How about if you heard that a mama fox was trying to keep herself and her litter safe as their forest disappears?Now that’s different. There’s a story there with actual individuals being affected.Such was the storyline for a campaign by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which told a universal tale of survival to communicate about the kit fox problem in Northern California.Information in the context of a story is dramatically more compelling than straight facts. Yet, many nonprofits fail to tell stories to illustrate their challenges and successful outcomes.“If you look at the web sites of fifty small nonprofits, you would be hard-pressed to find written stories or pictures that tell a story,” says Katya Andresen, author of Robin Hood Marketing and Chief Operating Officer, Network for Good. “You should never be communicating without stories – pictures, examples or full-blown stories.”Most nonprofit staffers know they need to tell more success stories, but just don’t have the capacity.Whether you work for a nonprofit, are an independent writer, or board member or volunteer, here are some tips for helping nonprofits integrate stories more frequently and effectively into communications.Leverage praise lettersNonprofits that serve their beneficiaries well inevitably get praise letters from time to time. Make the most of this unsolicited praise.Immediately ask the submitter if and how you might use their comments. Even take a few minutes to collect a few more details about their story if possible. Can you reprint their comments and stories in your newsletters, blog, annual reports and brochures, or read them at events? Can you use the person’s full name or just first name?Ask the people you serveEncourage those that the nonprofit serves, or family members, to submit their own stories. Include a “share your story” page on your web site, ask on surveys, or hand out “share your story” forms at live events that they can fill out right there and hand back.Be sure to collect contact information in case you need to follow up, and let them check multiple-choice options on how you can use their stories publicly.ID story witnessesWhat individuals – paid or volunteer – are in a position to see successes firsthand and relay those back to office staff or someone handling communications? Identify your potential story witnesses.Make it easy for witnessesCommunicate to story witnesses – in regular communications – specifically and frequently where to share their positive accounts.Should they email a specific point person? Fill out an online form? How about a success story box in your office for staff or volunteers to write down a few words?Also solicit stories in staff and volunteer meetings.Share within the teamEveryone in the organization that communicates with internal and external audiences should have access to your latest success stories.Your communications person or a volunteer may produce your newsletter while others are creating donor letters, annual reports or grant requests, or training new volunteers and staff. Email stories among the staff to ensure everyone has access to them, or post them on an intranet site.The president of EDF holds fireside chats annually to tell stories and build team spirit with new employees.Stay positiveAndresen urges nonprofits not to tell tales of doom and gloom. Rather focus more on the positive outcome to avoid depressing your audience.Mix your mediaTell your stories in various ways – audio, video, written, in photos, and verbally in meetings with potential supporters.Find a talented volunteerNo time to interview beneficiaries and write or video success stories? Engage freelancers, or even talented journalism, film or public relations students.But remember, quality does matter. You want to look professional, so hire the best you can.Vary story perspectivesDon’t just tell beneficiary stories. Make-A-Wish Foundation also features wish-granter, volunteer and sponsor stories.Remember, always use stories in all internal and external communications to connect with your various audiences.As for EDF’s kit foxes, as a result of the campaign, farmers signed a safe harbor agreement to help protect them.last_img read more

World Malaria Day

first_imgPosted on April 25, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today is World Malaria Day. As with many other health issues, such as neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, and nutrition, there are intricate links between malaria and maternal health.A 2010 paper by Dellicour et al. estimates that over 50 million pregnancies occur in areas with stable transmission of P. falciparum malaria (the most lethal strain). The authors also estimate that 10,000 pregnant women die as a result of malaria infection each year. While this represents only a small percentage of all maternal deaths, they are largely preventable. Not only does malaria threaten the life of a mother, but also it “increases the risk of maternal anemia; stillbirth; spontaneous abortion; low birth weight; [and] neonatal death,” according to the World Health Organization.A 2007 paper from The Lancet Infectious Diseases estimates from a meta-analysis that preventing malaria infections in pregnancy “reduces the risk of severe maternal anaemia by 38%, low birthweight by 43%, and perinatal mortality by 27% among paucigravidae [women in their first or second pregnancies].” The low birth weight for infants results in an estimated 100,000 infant death per year in Africa alone.Given the linkages between maternal health and malaria, on World Malaria Day, let’s hope maternal health experts are thinking about the impact of malaria and vice versa. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: More on malaria and maternal health:Malaria in Pregnancy ConsortiumMalaria in Pregnancy Resource Package (JHPIEGO)Roll Back MalariaGlobal Malaria Action PlanMalaria Policy CenterOp-Ed: On World Malaria Day, renewing our commitment to maternal health and fighting malariaShare this:last_img read more

Be Heard: Reproductive and Maternal Health After 2015

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 3, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Women Deliver has been running a series of blog posts addressing the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. A number of experts have offered thoughts on a global framework for health after the MDGs. Now is your chance to add to the discussion as Women Deliver is hosting an online discussion starting next week to address reproductive and maternal health:With the deadlines for the Millennium Development Goals and the International Conference on Population and Development’s Program of Action fast approaching, Women Deliver is calling on the entire reproductive and maternal health community—from policymakers to health workers to advocates—to participate in an online discussion to shape the future of our field. Join this critical global conversation at www.knowledge-gateway.org/womendeliver and weigh in on where we are, where we need to be, and how we need to get there.This means taking stock of lessons learned, challenges ahead, and tackling the critical question: What will—and what must—happen to the MDGs and ICPD after 2015? Through a series of weekly, e-mail-based discussions, you will have the chance to share your thoughts, experience, and views on specific questions, like the effectiveness of global versus regional MDG targets, the role of civil society in shaping development goals, and the appropriate maternal and reproductive health indicator of tomorrow.The forum will be open from November 7th to November 23rd so be sure to make your voice heard!Share this:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 17, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:Mhealth and the poorest of the poorA project update on BRAC’s Manoshi ProjectA job opportunity with the MHTFYouth Scholarship application opens for Women Deliver 2013A maternal health exhibit at the International Museum of WomenSome reading for the weekend:Pregnancy and utilization of bed nets in NigeriaRelationship between WASH and maternal health quantifiedThe case for evidence-based policymakingUpcoming deadline to submit abstracts for Reproductive Health 2012The anti-shock garment in humanitarian settings (PDF)Share this:last_img read more

How to Improve Your Nonprofit Marketing by Using a Calendar

first_imgThis post originally appeared on the Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits blog. Many nonprofits miss opportunities to improve their marketing simply because they don’t put their plans into a calendar. Month-by-month they let events, promotions, and outreach go by and don’t realize their greatest opportunities for increased effectiveness are parading right in front of them, on their calendar. If you practice the simple discipline of keeping a calendar, it will help keep your marketing mindset active all year long and can make it easier next year too!To make a marketing calendar, just create a 12 month summary of all your Guerrilla marketing activities by creating a list with 52 lines, one for every week in the year. In five columns across the list aspects of your Guerrilla marketing activity,1. Number of the week. You can use a spreadsheet to create your calendar to make it easy to format and share with your team.2. In the second column put down the Thrust or emphasis in your marketing plan for that week. Are you promoting and event? Emphasizing a core message? Doing some Fundraising? Keep track of your messages in your calendar to make sure you are balancing your outreach and using your core messages and benefits effectively.3. In the third column list the Marketing weapons used that week. There are 200 Guerrilla marketing weapons. Many of them are free. We will be talking about each one on this blog. Each one is also discussed in our book. Use more than one weapon each week. Guerrillas think in terms of combinations of marketing weapons.4. Column Four: Budget for the week. You don’t have to spend a lot of money as a Guerrilla, but you will need to spend some. Keeping track of the money invested in your marketing makes it easier to evaluate your outreach and makes budgeting easier at the end of the year.5. Five: Record your results at the end of the week. Keep track of your results: What were the number of responses, How many dollars were raised? Create a personalized rating scale designed for your organizations objectives. Guerrillas keep track of their marketing so they can evaluate what is effective and what is not.If you keep good records and use your calendar regularly, at the end of the year, your annual marketing report will be easy to prepare and will reveal your stunning results.last_img read more

10 months agoAccrington Stanley extend loan of Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser

first_imgAccrington Stanley extend loan of Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaserby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAccrington Stanley have extended the loan of midfielder Dan Barlaser from Newcastle United until the end of the season.The 21-year-old came to the Wham Stadium at the end of August and has made 23 appearances, scoring two goals.“Dan is now confirmed until the end of the season which is a boost for us,” said boss John Coleman.“We chased Dan last season but Newcastle felt he might not get a lot of game time with us and they were probably right as we were starting to fly and had a settled side.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoReece James: I never thought Chelsea chance would arrive

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Reece James: I never thought Chelsea chance would arriveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReece James admits he didn’t believe he’d get a chance at Chelsea.The highly-rated defender completed a 12-year journey by making his first-team debut in Wednesday’s 7-1 rout of Grimsby — and marked it with a goal.James, 19 — who was on loan at Wigan — said: “At the time I wasn’t sure because the team did well last season, winning the Europa League.“When I found out I was staying I was happy. I’m glad I’m getting my chance.“It’s a dream come true. I’ve played for this club since I was seven and it’s always what I wanted.“When I was young I supported the club and still do. I looked up to Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard.” last_img read more

Kate Walsh To Emcee Operation Smiles 13th Annual Smile Event

first_imgOperation Smile, the world’s largest volunteer-based medical charity of its kind providing free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, will hold its 13th annual Smile Event in New York City on Thursday, May 14 at Cipriani 42nd Street.The evening honors Johnson & Johnson and its Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky with the Corporate Humanitarian Award in recognition of the global healthcare company’s long-standing support of Operation Smile. Since the partnership began in 1988, Johnson & Johnson – starting with its Medical Devices business Ethicon – has provided nearly $25 million in monetary and product donations to the international children’s medical charity, and is the exclusive provider of every suture used on Operation Smile surgical missions.“Johnson & Johnson has shown unparalleled dedication to improving the quality of life for children around the world,” said Dr. Bill Magee, Operation Smile Co-Founder and CEO. “This unwavering commitment to making the world a healthier place is at the heart of their giving, and the reason we’ve chosen to honor this outstanding company.”In the last several years, Johnson & Johnson has mobilized the caring power of more than 10,000 of its employees in support of Operation Smile. Money raised through voluntary, employee-driven fundraising campaigns, combined with product donations, have helped provide new smiles to more than 100,000 patients. In addition to fundraising, Johnson & Johnson global employees volunteer on Operation Smile medical missions worldwide.“More than 500 of our employees have experienced first-hand the joy of helping transform a child’s life as part of medical missions,” said Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. “Our employees are motivated and proud to continue to support the incredible work of Operation Smile throughout the world, and aspire to restoring 6,000 smiles by raising an additional $1.5 million through their employee fundraising efforts this year,” said Pruden, who will accept the first-ever Global Impact Award in recognition of the Medical Devices team’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to fundraising.Philanthropist and entrepreneur Barbara Majeski and her family will receive the Founders Circle Award in recognition of their dedication and contribution to the work of healing smiles worldwide. After volunteering on a medical mission with Operation Smile, Barbara felt compelled to launch a national fundraising campaign with her husband’s company Cydcor Inc. and their affiliates.Since 2010, Barbara has helped Cydcor raise more than half a million dollars to sponsor three medical missions, and this year, the Majeski family is slated to top the million-dollar mark in fundraising. “It’s an honor to raise money and awareness for Operation Smile,” said Barbara Majeski. “The free surgeries they provide to families across the globe are life-changing and inspiring.”Award-winning actress Kate Walsh, best known for her roles on the ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will make a special appearance.For more information about Operation Smile’s global efforts, please visit www.operationsmile.org. Supporters can follow Operation Smile on Twitter @operationsmile and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/operationsmile.last_img read more

The amazing success of the Salvation Armys Kettle Campaign

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year the goal for the Red Kettle Campaign was set at $65,000 and with the help of our generous community the goal was reached.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope, shares that this was a very successful year for the Red Kettle Campaign and he attributes it to the community awareness. With new locations hosting the Red Kettles this year and new excited Volunteers helping to man the Kettles,  the grand total raised is $65,870! Last year the Campaign raised $47,060 for the Food Bank.“The only way we can have a Food Bank in FSJ is through donated dollars,” says Eggie “While we are partnered with Food Bank B.C. no operational Dollars are available through that membership.” Christmas Eve, the Kettles raised $10,000 alone on that day, a significant contribution towards this year’s goal.“We are very happy how this Campaign turned out,” said Eggie, this will make the difference to ensure those in the Community that require food assistance will be able to receive this help.This year’s new locations hosting the kettle was Gallagher’s Light Display, viewers of the light show generously donated in the total of $5484“We’re just very thankful for the response of the community,” says Eggie “it is affirming that what we are doing is making a difference and that we’re not doing it alone”To view more of the contributors to the Salvation Army’s Christmas programs CLICK HERETo read more about Gallagher’s Light Display CLICK HERElast_img read more

Suncor Energy reports production hits quarterly record in fourth quarter

first_imgIn its outlook, Suncor maintained its December production guidance for 2019 that forecast production growth of 10 percent even after production cuts imposed by the Alberta government.The province announced mandatory production curtailments for the industry this year in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Suncor’s full fourth-quarter results will be issued Feb. 5.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. says its upstream production in the last three months of 2018 hit a quarterly record.Canada’s largest integrated oil and gas company says production averaged 831,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up 12 percent from the third quarter.Oilsands operations produced approximately 433,000 barrels per day in the quarter, while total production from exploration and production was 90,000 boe/d.last_img read more

Mogherini Dismisses Euro-Deputy’s Allegations on Human Rights in Morocco

Rabat – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has curtly dismissed a Euro-deputy from the group of European United left concerning false allegations on the situation of human rights in Morocco.“The EU keeps a regular contact with the national council of human rights and its regional delegations, and supports the process of democratic reforms in Morocco in conformity with the new constitution,” Mogherini said in her answer to question by Portuguese Euro-deputy, communist João Ferreira.The EU lauded on several occasions Morocco’s commitment to promoting human rights, upholding democracy and the rule of law and reforming the judiciary.Answering another question on the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement, Mogherini said that the agreement is valid from the international point of view, adding that the European court’s decision does not affect agreements concluded with Morocco. With MAP read more

Moroccans Spent MAD 15.7 Billion on Foreign Travel in 2017

Rabat – Moroccan citizens have developed quite the healthy appetite for foreign travel this year. In 2017, Moroccans spent 20 percent more trotting the globe compared to 2016, says Morocco’s Foreign Exchange Office.Year on year, Morocco’s travel expenses are on the rise. During the 11 first months of 2017, foreign travel expenses reached MAD 17.5 billion, compared to MAD 13 billion in 2016, registering a 19.5 percent increase.According to Morocco’s Foreign Exchange Office, this rate is expected to rise even more this December, as many Moroccans prefer to spend their new year’s holidays abroad. Morocco’s travel revenues are also following the same upward trend, with a 6.5 increase from 2016. Rising from MAD 60.3 billion last year to 64.3 billion in 2017, these revenues, while still modest are largely sufficient to absorb the expenses’ increase.According to the Exchange Office, the travel flows’ balance increased by 2.9 percent to MAD 48.5 billion compared to 47.2 billion in 2016.Moroccans favorite foreign destinationsSouthern Europe still leads the list of Moroccans favorite foreign destinations. According to a 2016 study run by travel website Jevoyage.ma, the south of Spain  attracts more than 300,000 Moroccan each summer.France and Italy are also popular, and Portugal has been a favorite destination for some years now. “Close to Morocco, all of these countries have the advantage of accessibility, with frequent flights, in both regular and low-cost flights, which explain their success,” says the site.Organized travel seems to be all the rage right now. Moroccan families prefer “all inclusive” clubs, hotels with aqua parks, entertainment centres and apartments. Couples tend to turn to luxury hotels and young singles “are very price-conscious and are more sensitive to bargains, promotions and deals, especially on the internet,” says the site.Annually, in number of travelers, Morocco remains the preferred destination of Moroccan tourists with 54 percent. The kingdom is followed by Turkey with 10 percent, accessible without a visa. Spain comes in third place with 8 percent, followed by France, Italy and Thailand each with 5 percent, Portugal with 4 percent, and finally the United Arab Emirates with 3 percent.In terms of annual growth, Mexico experienced a boom in 2016 with a 77 percent increase, followed by Vietnam with 64 percent, Portugal with 42 percent, and Italy with 28 percent.“The search for a change of scenery becomes a significant feature of the Moroccan traveler, as evidenced by the rise of far-flung destinations such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Bali,” the website added.Another type of destination that is gaining more popularity with Moroccan travelers are countries accessible without visas, like Turkey. “56 in total, they include a large number of African destinations, including Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Comores, Gabon and Madagascar,” but also countries in the Middle East such as Lebanon or Jordan. read more

Reports that displaced youth are abused and exploited in Colombias cities concern

“We are very concerned about reports of violence and intimidation against young internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Colombia’s cities,” Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva. She cited information received from agencies working with displaced persons in Colombia who continue to report selective murders, extortion, sexual violence, loan-sharking and forced recruitment into armed groups or prostitution rings.She said the agency was concerned that, as a result of the violence and intimidation by irregular armed groups in some urban areas, IDPs were becoming displaced for a second and even a third time. There are over 1.5 million registered IDPs in Colombia, although estimates of the total number range between 2 million and 3.5 million. Of the estimated 1 million IDPs living in the largest cities, some 400,000 are teenagers and young people under 29.“It is very important that we continue to work with the authorities and civil society to ensure that IDPs, particularly young people, receive the protection and assistance they deserve – thus avoiding a situation in which they become easy prey for criminal gangs or irregular armed groups,” said Ms. Pagonis, adding that policies to guarantee their access to school prevent their recruitment by these groups and ensure their physical safety are urgently needed.According to UNHCR, in some city areas armed groups are known to have imposed curfews and banned behaviour they disapprove of such as body piercing and short dresses in women and long hair in men. People who disobey these orders risk violent death. The latest example of this type of violence was the killing by unknown armed men on 11 May of at least two boys, aged 14 and 16, in Altos de Cazuca, an area in the outskirts of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, which is home to more than 20,000 IDPs.After that incident, up to seven other young men were reported missing in the same area. According to local witnesses, the reason for these killings and forced disappearances was disobeying the curfew imposed by an irregular armed group operating in the area.Young IDPs are also exposed to other threats. According to a recent study, only one in eight IDP student have returned to school after having been displaced. IDP girls are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation and teenage pregnancy than other teenagers. UNHCR says that 30 per cent of IDP women under 20 have at least one child, compared to 19 per cent among non-internally displaced women. read more

East meets west at YYC with inaugural cargo flight from Hong Kong

East meets west at YYC with inaugural cargo flight from Hong Kong The white Stetsons were out at the Calgary International Airport to welcome international airline Cathay Pacific’s new flight path from Hong Kong. The Boeing 747-8 freighter touched down on the tarmac in Calgary shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday amid the fanfare of a warm western welcome set up by the airport authority. The flight will go twice-weekly in what the has been called a step forward in strengthening the airline’s presence in Canada. by News Staff Posted Oct 18, 2014 10:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Major stock indices flat ahead of major central bankers conference

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Major stock indices flat ahead of major central bankers conference TORONTO – North American stock indices capped off Monday on a muted tone as investors await signals from an upcoming major central bankers conference scheduled to begin later this week.On Bay Street, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index inched down 0.45 of a point to 14,951.88.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.24 points to 21,703.75 while the S&P 500 index advanced 2.82 points to 2,428.37. The Nasdaq composite index shed 3.40 points to 6,213.13.Canadian markets strategist Craig Fehr says he expects markets to stay relatively flat ahead of a gathering Thursday in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where central bankers, economists and policy makers will meet. The annual conference, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, ends on Sat., Aug. 26.“I think investors are taking a little bit of a pause ahead of that meeting,” said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“In the absence of a major headline or a major piece of data, it is likely to be a bit of a wait-and-see approach until we get more clarity out of Jackson Hole.”Investors will be looking for information on the plan and timeline for various central banks, especially the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, to withdraw some of their stimulus, Fehr said.Elsewhere in currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its advance for a fourth consecutive day, trading at an average price of 79.52 cents US, up 0.07 of a U.S. cent. It has risen 1.12 of a U.S. cent since last Tuesday’s daily average price of 78.40 cents US.In commodities, the October crude contract lost $1.13 to US$47.53 per barrel and the September natural gas contract gained 6.9 cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract moved ahead $5.10 to US$1,296.70 an ounce and the September copper contract advanced 4.1 cents to US$2.98 a pound.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more