Rabat – In the “most serious” escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas since the summer of 2014, the Israeli military (IDF) said it had carried out air strikes on four targets in the occupied Gaza Strip on Thursday, as a response to mortar rounds fired into Israel. One of the strikes – which the Israeli army said targeted “terrorist infrastructure sites” – targeted a metal workshop and led to the injury of three children and a 65-year-old, the Gaza Health Ministry said, according to a report by Al Jazeera.No organization, including Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the trigger mortar rounds, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for attacks coming out of the territory. The IDF confirmed that the targeted sites belonged to Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, and Palestinian media outlets said the strikes also hit an outpost of a terrorist group called Islamic Jihad.On Wednesday, Israel struck five additional Hamas targets after claiming that a mortar shell had been fired against its forces near Gaza. The IDF said the attack did not injure or kill any soldiers or civilians, according to the Washington Post.In summer 2014, the Israeli army killed more than 2,000 people, mostly Palestinians, in the Gaza strip through airstrikes as part of its war against Hamas and other groups in the territories the Jewish state occupies.Israeli forces found and destroyed a tunnel linking Gaza and Israel last month – the first one discovered since the strikes two years ago. The development spurred concerns that Hamas had begun rebuilding its tunnel network in preparation for a series of new suicide attacks.
LONDON — British opposition leaders are pressuring the government to act on climate change after weeks of protests put the issue at the heart of political debate.Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday declared a “climate emergency” during her party’s conference in Edinburgh, saying she had been inspired by young activists. Sturgeon says “Scotland will lead by example.”Earlier, the main opposition Labour Party said it would introduce a motion this week to force Parliament to declare an environmental emergency. Such a declaration was a demand of the Extinction Rebellion activists who paralyzed parts of London this month.Labour’s policy is for Britain to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, compared with Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 deadline. Scotland’s Green Party has criticized Sturgeon’s government for moving too slowly on climate change.The Associated Press
The two-day meeting, held in the Libyan capital Tripoli over the weekend, called for an immediate end to all attacks against relief workers and AU peacekeepers and a wider ceasefire so that serious peace negotiations can take place. In a text known as the Tripoli Consensus on the Political Process for Darfur, the participants also reconfirmed their support for the so-called Addis Ababa conclusions of last November, when the Sudanese Government agreed to the establishment of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force to quell the violence. The hybrid force is slated to have a strength of about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers, and would be the final phase of a three-step process in which the UN is giving support to the existing and under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission, known as AMIS. More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others forced to flee their homes because of the fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups since 2003, and the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has named a former Sudanese Government minister and a militia commander as the first suspects he wants tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The Tripoli Consensus also voiced support for the work of the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, and urged them “to intensify consultations and rapidly finalize their road-map on a strategy and timeline for renewed negotiations.” Mr. Eliasson attended the Tripoli meeting, along with representatives of the AU, Sudan, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, the European Union and the League of Arab States. In a related development, the Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by another six months until 31 October, welcoming progress in carrying out the comprehensive peace agreement that ended another Sudanese conflict – the civil war between north and south. The resolution urged the Secretary-General to appoint a new Special Representative for Sudan as soon as possible and called on the former opponents in the civil war to “re-energize the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants.” But the Council also expressed “grave concern over the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Darfur,” citing attacks targeting civilians and pointing to the conflict’s potential threat to the wider region. 30 April 2007Voicing grave concern over the dire humanitarian and security situation inside Darfur, an international meeting involving the United Nations, the African Union (AU), Sudan and 14 other countries or regional organizations has stressed the need to find a comprehensive solution to the conflict as soon as possible.
The Walk at Brock for Autism Speaks Canada is Sunday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.The event, which starts at 10 a.m. with registration, will include fun activities, performers and snacks before and after the walk. A short opening ceremony will be held 15 minutes before the five-kilometre walk.Walk for someone you know, join a team or donate online. If you have any questions about the walk, or about Autism Speaks Canada, please contact email@example.com
THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has reduced the interest rates of An Post savings products in order to compensate for the increase in DIRT tax announced in the Budget in October.The increase in this tax made savings products at An Post more attractive than at other financial institutions and this is the NTMA’s way of addressing it.In a statement today, the NTMA said the reductions for State savings products will only affect new purchases that take place from today.They have no effect on the existing holders of savings bonds and certificate, national solidarity bonds or instalment savings, as their rates have already been fixed for the duration of their term.The rates are as now follows:The fixed rate for the three-year bond remains at 4 per cent;Four-year national solidarity bonds offer a return of 6 per cent – down 2 per cent;The rate for five and a half year savings certificates is now 10 per cent – reduced from 11 per cent;Six-year savings bonds now offer a rate of 10 per cent – down from 14 per cent;Ten-year national solidarity bonds now offer a return of 30 per cent- down 5 per cent.The agency also announced a change to the variable interest rate used to calculate the prized fund for bonds, which is now 1.6 per cent and the number of weekly €100 prizes is being cut in half from January 2014.A spokesperson said the new rates “reflect the reductions in interest rates in the savings market and in sovereign bond yields generally”.Read: Check behind the sofa: €2.15m in Prize Bond prizes are still unclaimed>Read: NTMA launches State Savings products>
THE ENFORCEMENT OF on-the-spot fines issued for contravening the Control of Dogs Acts varies significantly from county to county, figures from the Department of Environment have revealed.Just under 46 per cent of all fines were paid in 2012, with only three out of 34 local authorities who issued fines showing a payment rate of 100 per cent.The most impressive of these was Fingal – operated by Ashton Dog Pound – which had all 328 of its on-the-spot fines paid.Clare, which is operated by the ISPCA, and Sligo, which is operated by a private contractor, also had a 100 per cent payment rate.South Dublin, which is operated by the local authority, had a payment rate of 3.6 per cent, with just 34 of the 935 on-the-spot fines being paid.FinancesDog warden operations within the 34 local authorities ran at a combined loss of €1,582,563.66 for 2012.Out of the 34, only eight had a surplus, the greatest of which was Kerry. With an income of €309,554.35 and expenditure of €220,385.62, it had a surplus of €89,168.73.The three greatest individual losses were all in Leinster. South Dublin ran a loss of just over €219,000, Dublin City nearly €195,000 and Kildare just over €141,000.Put to sleep516 dogs (including lurchers) were put to sleep in Wexford last year. Close behind was Clare, which saw 479 animals put to sleep. Donegal had the third largest number of dogs put to sleep at 394.Read: 88 convictions for dog control offences in 2012 >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram What does a Greek Australian woman have do with the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards? How does she understand occupation? Well, the Ottomans were in Greece for close to 400 years. The eradication of language? The Ottomans systematically tried to erase the Greek language. What about brutality against young men? Consider the brutality of the Janissaries or the death of Angelo Tsakos. What about the loss of diversity, like Indigenous culture? Greece is actually a culture of diversity. It is made of islanders, mountain people, mainlanders, Northerners, Peloponnesians. We too are from ancient culture so we understand and respect others ancient cultures. As a wise man once said to me … it is all one story. So I find myself in the NSW Parliament House at the first-ever National Indigenous Human Rights Awards. Emceed by the impeccable firebrand and deputy leader of the NSW Opposition party Linda Burney, the night promised much and it delivered wisdom and more. The night kicked off with keynote speaker Yalmay Yunupingu, who had travelled from the Northern Territory, presenting the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights. The late Dr Mandawuy Yunupingu is widely known in mainstream Australian culture as the man behind Yothu Yindi and as the 1992 Australian of the Year, but he was also an educationalist, who was the first Aboriginal man from Arnhem land to achieve a tertiary degree. In 1990 he was appointed principal of Yirrkala School, becoming Australia’s first Aboriginal principal. His wife Yalmay is proof of the John Lennon saying ‘behind every great man there is an even greater woman’, as she delivered her speech (in her second language of English) and clearly put the case forward for the establishment of bi-lingual schools. Her soft manner gave speed to her words and her exhausted reiteration of consultation, consultation, consultation/policy, policy, policy left the audience sensing the time wasted by politicians to sustain the many diverse languages and cultures. We Greeks know how important the sustaining of language is for the continuation of culture, during the Ottoman invasion of Greece, when the Greek language had been banned, our ancestors taught the new generations Greek in ‘Hidden Schools’. The Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights was awarded to the outspoken elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, who was left speechless. Brought to tears, this fearless actress/activist reminded us that language is the gateway to culture. Rosalie, who was born on Utopia Cattle Station, and collaborated with filmmakers including Charles Chauvel and John Pilger, has had an amazing life. She was instrumental in the Aboriginal political movements from the early 1970s and still is uncompromisingly vocal about Indigenous issues, as her recent appearance on ABC’s Q &A proves. Story-spinner Gail Mabo, the daughter of the late Eddie Mabo, presented the Eddie Mabo Award for Achievements In Social Justice. Gail outlined her late father’s struggle for social justice from 1981 -1992 that led to the High Court of Australia overturning Terra Nulius, that this land belonged to no-one when white settlers first arrived. Gail outlined how her father’s examination of their Torres Strait language and culture was instrumental in this long battle for justice. The Eddie Mabo Award for Achievement in Social Justice was posthumously presented to the late Arthur and Leslie Murray, whose painful determination to seek justice for their son Eddie led to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody into Police Brutality in 1988. Eddie was an Australian Rugby league player who died in 1981, within an hour of being arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Police alleged that he had committed suicide by hanging in his cell. His parents’ ongoing pursuit of justice still remains an on-going symbol in mainstream Australian culture. The award was accepted by the Murray’s daughter, who reminded all present that no-one was ever found guilty of Eddie’s death and that justice has yet to be served. Always cool, the easily recognisable Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine presented the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage to a person who has made an incredible advancement in sports.Respectful of his elders, Anthony paid a huge tribute to his mother. He also told an amazing story that contradicted the mainstream media demonisation of him. He told the audience that he had ‘always wanted to be great, firstly in rugby league and then in boxing … but that his greatest victory had come at 15 years of age when he said no to drugs that his cousins and friends had offered him’. This is a message that is worthy of being shared by mainstream Australia. The Courage Award recipient, photographer Barbara McGrady, has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait sportspeople, as well as archiving through photography the struggles of urban Aboriginal people. Finally MLC Shoaquett Moselmane, the convener of the Indigenous Human Rights Awards, presented an Award for Courage and Commitment to Social Justice and Human Rights to Gerry Georgatos. A long-time human rights and social justice campaigner, Georgatos acknowledged both the award presenters and the recipients and went on to share with us the wisdom of his late father, who had told him as a child, ‘if we get the Indigenous issues right, then we get ours right too’. It was obvious to all in the room, state politicians, Indigenous leaders and the media, that something special was born with the presentation of the Indigenous People’s Human Rights Awards, and that Indigenous Human Rights issues can be assisted in moving into the mainstream public domain with national recognition.
Guerre des brevets : Motorola l’emporte face à AppleIl est certain que la firme à la pomme doit avoir un sacré budget pour ses avocats qui ont du pain sur la planche. Apple vient cette fois de perdre face à Motorola, d’après une décision de l’International Trade Commission.Régulièrement en procès (avec Samsung par exemple, ou HTC, des cas que nous avions déjà évoqué, entre autres…),Apple accuse ou est accusé de violation de brevets, essentiellement dans le secteur des smartphones.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?C’est encore le cas ici, ou Apple avait poursuivit Motorola pour de 3 brevets concernant notamment les modèles Droid, Droid 2 et Droid X de la marque. L’ITC a donc estimé qu’il n’y avait pas eu violation de brevet, mais une autre confirmation judiciaire devrait suivre pour valider le verdict. En attendant, Motorola est soulagé et Apple n’a pas souhaité réagir, du moins pour le moment. Le 16 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Grand Turk – Carnival Cruise Lines is pleased, says the Premier, with her administration’s ability to re-engage vendors in Grand Turk after the parties had reached an impasse on how the cruise destination ought to develop. There is a development fund, which has grown to $6 million, and despite its good intentions the money has been virtually untouched and this has hurt the Grand Turk cruise destination.Some 82,000 less tourists arrived at the Grand Turk Cruise Center in 2016, and the rating of the cruise center has also dropped. Residents of Grand Turk have speculated that the dip is linked with the dilapidated aesthetics of the island and complaints that there is not enough for visitors to do in Grand Turk. A Grand Turk Master plan is proposed but movement is stagnant.Premier Sharlene Robinson said, their plan as the new administration is to start spending the money. “We’re left now to decide which will be the most impactful, which are low hanging fruits. The fund is about six million dollars, the infrastructure fund, and we do intend to use that fund for the benefit of Grand Turk. So you will see in an upcoming budget little infrastructural support from the TCIG’s budget for Grand Turk. We would carry out road works which is the responsibility of the government, but we will be using quite a bit of the infrastructure fund for Grand Turk.”#MagneticMediaNews#priorityspendingforGrandTurk#CarnivalCruiseLineTCI#GrandTurkCruisePort#betterinfrastructureforGT Related Items:#betterinfrastructureforGT, #CarnivalCruiseLineTCI, #GrandTurkCruisePort, #magneticmedianews, #priorityspendingforGrandTurk
Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will invest in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).In his Autumn Statement speech, Hammond announced an investment of £390 million by 2020-21 in ULEVs, renewable fuels, and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure.From today until the end of March 2019, the government will also offer 100% first-year allowances to employers investing in charge-points for electric vehicles, in addition to the tax incentives for ULEVs in company tax and salary sacrifice schemes.Hammond said: “Reliable transport networks are essential to growth and productivity. So this Autumn Statement commits significant additional funding to help keep Britain moving now, and to invest in the transport networks and vehicles of the future.”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said it is the government policymakers, not the students, who should think of quota reform.“Quota reform is not a matter of students. It is rather a matter of the policymakers. As students demanded annulment of the system, we’ve scrapped it. What’s the point of raising question over the matter now?” prime minister Hasina told a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence.Also the ruling Bangladesh Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina organised the briefing on the outcome of her recent visits to Saudia Arabia, United Kingdom and Australia. Hasina went on saying, “The students have demanded and we’ve accepted it. What is the point of repentance now?”She said none should complain now that they are lagging behind as the district quota has also been abolished.
News | May 10, 2011 MRI Contrast Agent Guidelines Help Prevent Debilitating Disorder News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more May 10, 2011 – A simple blood test may help prevent a serious complication associated with a contrast agent commonly used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, according to a study published in the July issue of Radiology.Within the past five years, use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) has been linked to the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a rare disorder mainly affecting patients with severe kidney disease. But since 2008, restrictive GBCA administration guidelines implemented by Massachusetts General Hospital have proven effective in preventing NSF.“It is important for the public to know that gadolinium products are safe for most patients and the risk of NSF should not deter them from GBCA-enhanced exams, such as MRIs,” said the study’s lead author Hani H. Abujudeh, M.D., MBA, associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.NSF is characterized by widespread tissue fibrosis. Patients with NSF experience an increase of collagen in the tissues, causing thickening and hardening of the skin of the extremities, and often resulting in immobility and tightening or deformity of the joints. NSF can develop rapidly and may result in patients becoming wheelchair-bound within just a few weeks. In some cases, there is involvement of other tissues, including the lungs, heart, diaphragm, esophagus and skeletal muscle.Massachusetts General Hospital began implementing restrictive GBCA guidelines in May 2007 in order to protect patients from potentially developing NSF. The guidelines require that a blood test be done on patients over age 60 or at risk for kidney disease. The blood test measures how well the kidneys are doing. That number is then converted via a formula to estimate the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which measures the rate of fluid flow through the kidneys. The guidelines stipulate a maximum GBCA dose of 20 mL for patients with a low eGFR (below 60 mL/min/m2). GBCA should not be administered at all to patients currently undergoing dialysis treatment or with a very low eGFR (below 30 mL/min/m2).For the study, Abujudeh and colleagues reviewed the hospital’s medical records during the pre-guideline and transition period (January 2002 through December 2007) and the post-adoption period (January 2008 to March 2010). Prior to adoption of the guidelines and during the transition period, 113,120 contrast-enhanced MRI exams were performed, and 34 cases of NSF were subsequently identified. During the post-guideline period, 52,954 contrast-enhanced MRIs were performed with no new cases of NSF identified.“The findings prove that these guidelines are effective,” Abujudeh said, “and that strategies can be put into practice to ensure patient safety.”For more information: www.rsna.org News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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Share Cuba’s Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort shines with Transat Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, May 16, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — Located on a 1.5 kilometre private beach in Cayo Santa Maria, Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort is a property that plunges you into nature in all its glory, says Transat. Guests can take part in a wide variety of water, land and beach activities, whether they’re interested in learning some new moves in salsa lessons, serving up some fun at beach volleyball or lazing on a catamaran. There are also many activities for families looking to have fun, with a children’s pool, a mini-club and snorkeling marine adventures. The four-star all-inclusive 846-room resort has spacious and modern rooms, with several different categories for guests to choose from, including Junior Suite Garden View, Junior Suite Ocean View (upgrade option available), Junior Suite Premium Garden View and Suites. Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort also has six restaurants with choices for those interested in dining buffet or à la carte style, including Fuego Hielo, an à la carte gourmet restaurant, and La Caleta, a breakfast snack bar. For bar options, there eight different options, with drink options ranging from local, international and premium. For more details see transat.com/en-CA/hotels/golden-tulip-aguas-claras-resort. Tags: Cuba, Resort, Transat
Showcasing travel brands to global buyers at Luxperience 2015In just three weeks, leading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is again opening its doors in Sydney, Australia to new venue, Australian Technology Park due to its increased size. In its fourth year, the business exchange has fast become renowned for attracting the highest quality buyers and sellers of global travel experiences, and a number of high profile South American brands have signed up to exhibit at the event.Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales and Partner Alliances at Luxperience, commented:“Luxperience is the ideal platform for South American travel companies to showcase their products to a captive and highly influential audience. There is currently huge interest in luxury and experiential travel to South America, and this is an ideal time for suppliers to capitalise on this to maximise brand awareness, foster meaningful business relationships and drive sales.”South American companies that have already signed up to exhibit at this year’s event include new exhibitor Incarail and Prom Peru, which has increased its presence from one suite last year to seven suites in 2015. This year, Prom Peru’s stand will feature the country’s finest travel experiences, including Sumaq Macchu Picchu Hotel and sustainable tourism provider Inkaterra. LATAM Airlines Group is also returning to Luxperience 2015 with an enhanced partnership that will see the group carrying Latin American hosted buyers to Sydney, as well as exhibiting.LATAM Airlines Group’s LAN Airlines operates seven one-stop flights each week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile, with onward connections to over 115 destinations in South America. LAN also offers non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago four times per week in a codeshare partnership with its oneworld partner airlines.LAN Airlines, South America’s leading airline network offering the best connectivity in the region, introduced its Boeing 787 fleet to the Pacific on 18 April, 2015. In the final quarter of this year, the 787-9 fleet will introduce further upgrades and significantly increase capacity in the Pacific region.Luxperience exhibitors receive 2.5 days of face to face pre-selected scheduled appointments; access to highly qualified high end travel buyers and bespoke travel designers from across the globe; use of LuxConnect – an exclusive online networking platform for buyers and exhibitors; access to all exclusive social networking functions; the chance to connect with media editors and writers representing renowned luxury travel publications; the opportunity to meet the luxury travel world’s elite in social media and blogging, and a selection of stand options and designs.Buyer access to Luxperience is by invitation only and buyers must demonstrate extensive experience in the niche luxury and high end experiential travel sector. Buyer invitations include 42 pre-scheduled appointments with a choice of exhibitors over 3 days; access to all exclusive networking functions; three nights hosted accommodation in Sydney; return airport transfers; access to the Thought Leaders Forum; access to LuxConnect, and access to exclusive pre and post familiarisation tours offering the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the newest and unique luxury products within the Australasia Pacific region.Luxperience is the only travel trade forum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.Source = Luxperience
THAI Holds Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018THAI Holds Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018Yesterday (26 April 2017, 13.30 hours), Air Force Convention Hall – Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance, Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the Company’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018, with the attendance of THAI’s Board of Directors, THAI Management and shareholders, covering the following agenda:1. Operating Results 2017At THAI’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018, the operating results for 2017 (January-December 2017) were acknowledged. THAI and its subsidiaries announced their results for 2017 with an operating profit of THB 2,856 million (29.8% lower than the same period last year) due to 24.2% increase in jet fuel prices, while average passenger yield decreased by 7.7% due to the heavier competition and the reduction of fuel surcharge even through average cabin factor was higher than last year. After deduction of one-time expense which was mainly from the impairment of assets and aircraft and the loss on foreign currency exchange, THAI and its subsidiaries reported the net loss of THB 2,072 million.In 2017, THAI continued to implement the third phase of its transformation plan in 2017; “Sustainable Growth.” which consists of 6 strategies in operation: 1) Develop a competitive flight network, increase profitability and reduce complexity of the fleet, 2) Increase competitiveness and revenue, 3) Excellent service ring building strategy, 4) Competitive cost and efficient operation strategy, 5) Corporate culture building to sustainability and human resources development to excellence strategy, 6) Portfolio management and new business development for sustainability. To do so, THAI launched the direct flight to Vienna, Austria as well as increased the flight frequency in high potential destinations.THAI also increased the regional routes under the brand THAI Smile. In 2017, THAI took delivery of 7 aircraft while decommissioned 2 operating lease aircraft (Airbus A330-300) resulting in a total number of 100 active aircraft in THAI’s fleet as of December 31, 2017, which was 5 aircraft higher than on December 31, 2016. Aircraft utilization increased from 11.5 hours last year to 12.0 hours this year. Production traffic (ASK) increased by 6.4% while passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 14.7%. Average cabin factor was 79.2% higher than last year’s 73.4% which was the highest level in the last 10 years with 24.6 million passengers carried representing 10.3% increasing from last year.In 2017, THAI encountered challenges from higher fuel prices and fierce domestic and international competition from competitor airlines. Furthermore, the Rolls-Royce TRENT 1000 engines installed in the 6 Boeing 787-8 had issues with their turbine blades. This incident occurred not only with THAI but affected all airlines worldwide. Hence, THAI had to gradually ground each affected aircraftin order to send engines for overhaul. As a result, flight service was affected and flight schedule was impacted. This resulted in increased cost and revenue loss from plans. However, THAI is in the process of negotiating compensation for such effects.In 2017, THAI and its subsidiaries had the total revenue of THB 191,946 million, increased by THB 11,389 million (6.3%) resulting from the increase in passenger and excess baggage revenue, freight and mail revenue, and revenue from other activities. The total expense of THB 189,090 million showed an increase of THB 12,604 million (7.1%) resulting from the increase in fuel expense by THB 4,879 million (10.8%) affected by 24.2% rising jet fuel prices and increase of traffic production. However, the fuel risk management performed better than last year. Non-fuel operating expense increased by THB 8,313 million (6.6%) due to the increase of traffic production and passenger traffic. Maintenance and overhaul expenses also increased. Net financial cost decreased by THB 588 million (11.5%), resulting from cash management and financial restructure that began last year. Consequently, THAI and its subsidiaries had an operating profit of THB 2,856 million, THB 1,215 million lower than last year.This year, THAI and its subsidiaries had a one-time cost item that totaled THB 979 million, recognized the impairment loss of assets and aircraft of THB 3,191 million, and a foreign currency exchange loss of THB 1,581 million. Consequently, THAI and its subsidiaries reported a net loss of THB 2,072 million. Loss attributable to owners of the parent amounted to THB 2,107 million. Loss per share was THB 0.97 while last year’s profit per share of THB 0.01.As of December 31, 2017, total assets were THB 280,775 million, a decrease of THB 2,349 million (0.8%) when compared to December 31, 2016. Total liabilities as of December 31, 2017 totaled THB 248,762 million, a decrease of THB 774 million (0.3%) when compared to December 31, 2016. Total shareholders’ equity amounted to THB 32,013 million, a decrease of THB 1,575 million (4.7%) resulting from loss in operating results.2. Distribution of DividendAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved to suspend payment of dividend in reflection of the Company’s financial performance in 2017. The suspension of dividend payment is in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy providing that the Company shall distribute “not less than 25 percent of the consolidated net profit before gains or losses on foreign currency exchange and shall also be subject to the future investment plans, necessity and appropriateness.”3. Selection of Board of DirectorsAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017, the following Directors retired by rotation and resignation: 1. ACM Amnart Jeeramaneemai2. Mrs. Pratana Mongkolkul3. Mr. Pitipan Tepartimargorn4. Mr. Pinit Puapan5. Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira (Resigned on 10 February 2017)At the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following three Directors were appointed for another term:1. ACM Amnart Jeeramaneemai2. Mrs. Pratana Mongkolkul3. Mr. Pitipan Tepartimargorn4. Mr. Pinit PuapanAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following Director was appointed to replace the Director who resigned:1. Miss Sirikul Laukaikul (Replaces Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira)Attending THAI’s Annual General Shareholders Meeting were 1,111 shareholders, representing 1,639,767,531 shares.Source = THAI
australiaDepartment of Immigration Australia’s Outgoing Passenger Card (OPC) will be retired from from 1 July 2017. The announcement, by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, is a move towards a more efficient and streamlined process for passengers. The retirement of the paper card will modernise the traveller experience, reduce regulation and strengthen border security.Travel agents or operators should not include the green OPC with travel documents for people who will be departing Australia on or after 1 July 2017, and airline staff should stop providing the green OPC to passengers from 1 July 2017. Arriving passengers must still complete the orange incoming passenger card (IPC).The IPC has been updated to include an additional question, and will need to be distributed to people travelling on or after 1 July 2017.The Department is currently reviewing use of the Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and options for removal. This work is expected to take several years.As part of Health initiatives announced in the 2016 Budget, the Australian Government is reducing the allowable amount of duty free tobacco for travellers arriving in Australia.From 1 July 2017, the duty free allowance for all travellers bringing tobacco products into Australia will be reduced from 50 grams to 25 grams of tobacco, as well as one open packet. The new allowance includes tobacco in any form (cigarette, loose leaf, etc). Travellers with more than this amount will be required to pay duty on all tobacco in their possession, unless they agree to dispose of the excess.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Latest on a lawsuit accusing top Miss America leaders of waging an illegal takeover of the group (all times local):1 p.m.The Miss America Organization is calling a lawsuit against its two top leaders part of an “orchestrated smear campaign” waged by “disgruntled and conflicted former directors.”A former board member and four states that have had their licenses terminated by the Miss America Organization are suing the group and its top leaders, claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant.A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Atlantic City by Jennifer Vaden Barth and pageant organizations from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia asks a judge to void the actions of Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper.The Miss America Organization called the suit “meritless” and said it will aggressively defend itself.___12:10 p.m.A former board member and four states that have had their licenses terminated by the Miss America Organization are suing the group and its top leaders, claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant.A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Atlantic City by Jennifer Vaden Barth and pageant organizations from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia asks a judge to void the actions of Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper.It also seeks restoration of the situation that existed before the two assumed control of the Miss America Organization.There was no immediate comment from the group or the two leaders.Numerous state organizations have been battling pageant leadership, citing dissatisfaction with the way the group is being run, and how a decision to eliminate swimsuits was reached.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 10:03 am PDT The Latest: Miss America group says lawsuit is part of smear AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Cypriot banks need to take more radical action to reduce their mountain of delinquent loans amid a slowdown in restructurings even as economic growth is expected to reach 4 per cent this year, Central Bank of Cyprus’ governor Chrystalla Georghadji said on Tuesday.Georghadji was speaking at the House finance committee and said the reduction in loan restructurings was partly on an increase in terminated loans which account for roughly half of non-performing loans.She added that the drop in the pace of loan restructurings was an indication that restructurings alone cannot tackle the problem.She told MPs that the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which in November 2014 took over oversight of the island’s four systemic banks – Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, Cooperative Cyprus Bank and RCB – will not be as patient.“Unfortunately [the SSM] cannot wait and will not accept gradual reductions in NPLs,” she said.“It wants measures here and now, immediately.”In July, non-performing loans stood at €22.4bn or 45 per cent of total loans, according to the latest official figures. The amount of restructured loans was €12.7bn of which only €8.9bn was being regularly serviced. The amount of accumulated provisions of Cypriot lenders stood at €10.5bn.Taking questions from MPs, Georghadji said unemployment, currently at 10.6 per cent from a peak 17.6 per cent in 2015, is expected to drop to single-digits in 2018.The governor warned again of the vulnerabilities and shocks the Cypriot economy – which emerged in 2015 from a prolonged recession – and the island’s banking sector face. The economy expanded last year a revised 3 per cent and grew in the both the first and second quarter an annual 3.5 per cent or more.The Central Bank of Cyprus’ earlier forecast for this year’s growth was 3.1 per cent.She also warned that while debating about the banking sector in the current presidential election campaign is fair, it could potentially “undermine everything we have achieved so far”.Georghadji dismissed claims that Legacy Laiki – the part of the now-defunct Laiki Bank that is being liquidated in favour of the lender’s creditors – lost money in the sale of its stake in Bank of Cyprus, which it had acquired in exchange for its one-time rival absorbing the failed lender’s operations.“The sale of 21 million shares in Bank of Cyprus was done at €3.05 each,” she noted.“If the sale was being done today, each share would fetch €2.06. We would have seen substantial losses if we hadn’t made the sale at the time.”You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 Taboola
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