MGM China revenue up 33 in 4Q18 on MGM Cotai contribution

first_img RelatedPosts Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests MGM China, the Macau arm of US-based casino operator MGM Resorts, has reported net revenue of US$687 million (HK$5.4 billion) for the three months to 31 December 2018, a year-on-year increase of 33%.The results were driven by the opening of MGM Cotai last February, with the property contributing US$287 million in net revenue for the quarter. Both VIP and mass recorded increases, with main floor table games win up 31% year-on-year and VIP table games win increasing 18% due to the opening of VIP junket rooms at MGM Cotai in September 2018. Main floor table games drop increased 45% for the period, from US$1.40 billion in 4Q17 to US$2.03 billion, while VIP rolling chip was up 12% to US$10.98 billion.Operating income was US$62 million compared to US$45 million in the prior year quarter, with Adjusted Property EBITDA up 11% to US$167 million. The quarter included US$12 million of license fee expense compared to US$10 million in 4Q17.For the full year, MGM China saw its net revenue grow 32% in 2018 to US$2.4 billion, with MGM Cotai contributing US$729 million of net revenues. MGM China operating income increased from US$204 million to US$216 million and Adjusted EBITDA from US$536 million to US$568 million, an increase of 6%.last_img read more

First Marijuana Retail Shop In Homer Set To Open Next Month

first_imgUncle Herb’s will be located along Ocean Drive next to the Homer Farmers Market. The facility is roughly 600 square feet, but the retail will occupy only a small portion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Homer’s first retail marijuana shop, Uncle Herb’s, is expecting to open its doors at the end of May. Currently the building is undergoing renovations and will need to pass a final inspection by the state prior to its doors opening. Stiassny is confident the shop will open later next month. Owner Lloyd Stiassny: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the state of Alaska to engage in a new industry, you know it’s quite dynamic, the industry that’s got both the manufacturing, retail, and farming and cultivation aspect to it. There’s not many industry like that in the state. Back in September, Uncle Herb’s had its license approved with Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board.last_img read more

Dell Chromebook 11 deal Do all the Google things for just 130

first_imgDell It’s not exactly back-to-school time, but if you’re looking to outfit a K-12 kid with a basic laptop, you’ve come to the right deal.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 is $129.99 shipped (plus tax where applicable). Start that purchase at Ebates and you’ll save an additional 10 percent, dropping your net total to just $117.See it at DellI’m not sure how long this deal will be live, and Dell stuff has a tendency to vanish quickly, so if you have interest in this, I recommend acting quickly.This is about as basic as a laptop can get, which is to say it has a screen, keyboard and battery. But, hey, so long as it connects to the internet, schoolkids don’t usually need much more.Although onboard storage is just 16GB, you can easily expand that (if needed) by way of a pair of USB 3.1 (!) ports and the SD card slot. 9 Meet the Chromebooks of 2019 (so far) Tags CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but a little Googling revealed a 4.4-star average rating from over 850 buyers and a similar average from various tech sites.I’ve occasionally seen Chromebooks for less, but if you’re in the market right this minute, this is a decidedly good deal.thorfire-5-led-cap-light ThorFire Bonus deal: It’s probably a little early to start shopping for Father’s Day, but I can think of no better “dad gift” than this: The ThorFire LED Cap Light for $5 with promo code B8I5RNJX. It’s normally $7.See it at AmazonFor starters: ThorFire? Best name ever. This CR2032-powered light clips to the brim of any baseball cap. The five-LED light can point anywhere from straight ahead to straight down thanks to a 90-degree hinge. Looks pretty ideal for fishermen, runners or anyone who needs some hands-free light.Something this cheap is probably, well, kind of cheap, and indeed a few reviewers cited reliability issues. But ThorFire backs the light with an 18-month warranty, which strikes me as pretty generous.Bonus deal No. 2: Need a mobile charger for your Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro or similar USB-C-powered device? Here’s a great deal on one from a premium brand.For a limited time, and while supplies last, MobileCityOnline (via Amazon) has the Mophie Encore 20,100-mAh power bank with built-in Type-C and Micro-USB cables for $29.97 with code CHSKTETYPEC.See it at AmazonI’ve seen precious few power banks with built-in USB-C cables. That’s an incredibly convenient feature, and the presence of the secondary Micro-USB cable makes this even more useful. There aren’t any user reviews for this model, but Mophie is an established, well-regarded brand — and its products usually fetch a steep price. Thirty bucks for this? Yes, please.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Share your voice Laptops Mobile Accessoriescenter_img 22 Photos Amazon Dell Google Nintendo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments The Cheapskatelast_img read more

Headless Congress may get a new chief today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, will meeting here on Saturday to nominate a new president after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post last month in the wake of a comprehensive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. According to sources, the CWC may elect an interim president who will call for fresh elections to pick the Congress president. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Former Union ministers and Gandhi family loyalist Mallikarjun Kharge and Mukul Wasnik are the front runners to succeed Rahul Gandhi. ​Both Wasnik and Kharge are Dalit leaders. Wasnik is a former Youth Congress chief and minister from Maharashtra. Kharge, a senior party leader from neighbouring Karnataka, was the Leader of the Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Both politicians lost the last Lok Sabha elections. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi met senior leaders Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and KC Venugopal on Friday ahead of the crucial CWC meeting. Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora in a tweet reiterated his support for Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia to succeed Rahul Gandhi. Advertise With Us “To my mind, two young leaders have the administrative, organisational and electoral credentials to become Congress President,” said Deora. “They have pan-India appeal and either one can reinvigorate the party.” Despite repeated requests by many party leaders, Rahul Gandhi has refused to continue as the party president. The Gandhi family has also turned down any suggestions to elevate Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as party chief. Since the Lok Sabha defeat, the Congress has struggled to keep its house in order, with many party leaders jumping ship for better opportunities. The party’s alliance government in Karnataka with the Janata Dal (Secular) has since collapsed and some of its active leaders in poll-bound Maharashtra have joined rivals BJP and the Shiv Sena. During the budget session of the Parliament, two party MPs from Assam resigned from the the Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Sinh from Amethi, considered close to the Gandhi family, quit citing complete disorder and confusion in the party rank and file.last_img read more

CJ urged to probe apex court corruption allegations

first_imgHigh CourtLaw minister Anisul Huq has urged newly appointed chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain to launch a probe into the allegations of corruption against apex court officials brought by attorney general Mahbubey Alam.The law minister made the call during a courtesy meeting with the chief justice at his Supreme Court office on Tuesday.”Senior lawyers also agreed with the attorney general. I discussed the allegations of corruption and irregularities at the Supreme Court with the chief justice. I told him that the allegations need to be investigated and he assured me of taking steps in this regard,” he said. At a reception accorded to new chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday, attorney general Mahbubey Alam alleged that a large section of court officials and employees is involved in corruption.He had also said, “What is discussed now about different High Court benches can’t be expressed in words. If this situation continues, it’ll be difficult for those who are still honest to maintain their honesty.”Mentioning that the law ministry works as a bridge among the three state organs — legislature, executive and judiciary, Anisul said there will be no lack of cooperation from his part to maintain this bridge.The law minister also said new judges will be appointed at the Supreme Court soon.last_img read more

Businessman killed in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetPolice recovered the slaughtered body of a cloth trader in Konkolosh area in Beanibazar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Shaiban Ahmed, 55, owner of Aboroni Fashion at Jaman Plaza of the municipality area.Shahjalal Munshi, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar police station, said locals spotted the body of an unidentified man and informed police.Police recovered the body around 8am.Later, family members identified the body of Shaiban.last_img

Networks drop racist Trump ad as critical elections near

first_imgUS president Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally on the eve of the US mid-term elections at the Show Me Centre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, US on 5 November. Photo: ReutersNBC, Fox News and Facebook pulled an ad by president Donald Trump’s campaign that critics had labelled racist as a bitter election fight for control of the US Congress headed on Monday for an unpredictable finish.Tuesday’s elections, widely seen as a referendum on Trump, have been portrayed by both Republicans and Democrats as critical for the direction of the country. At stake is control of both chambers of Congress, and with it the ability to block or promote Trump’s agenda, as well as 36 governor’s offices.A surge in early voting, fuelled by a focus on Trump’s pugilistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm US election, when the White House is not on the line.The 30-second ad, which was sponsored by Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and which debuted online last week, featured courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of migrants headed through Mexico.Critics, including members of Trump’s own party, had condemned the spot as racially divisive.CNN had refused to run the ad, saying it was “racist.” NBC, owned by Comcast Corp, said on Monday it was no longer running the ad, which it called “insensitive.”Fox News Channel, which Trump has repeatedly named his favourite broadcaster, also said it would no longer run the spot. Fox News, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, said it had made the decision after a review but did not elaborate.Facebook Inc said it would no longer allow paid promotions of the ad, although it would allow users to share the ad on their own pages.Trump batted away reporters’ questions about the networks’ decision to drop the ad.”You’re telling me something I don’t know about. We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers we’re seeing,” Trump said as he departed Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a rally in Cleveland.Asked about concerns that the ad was offensive, he replied: “A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive.”After Ohio, Trump headed to campaign against vulnerable Democratic US senators in Indiana and Missouri at the end of a six-day pre-election sweep that has featured heated rhetoric about immigration and repeated warnings about a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the US border.”The contrast in this election could not be more clear,” Trump told supporters in Indiana at a rally for Republican Mike Braun, who is facing incumbent Democratic senator Joe Donnelly in a tight race. “If you want more caravans, vote for Democrats tomorrow.”Opinion polls and election forecasters favour Democrats to pick up the minimum of 23 seats they need on Tuesday to capture a majority in the US House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump’s legislative agenda and investigate his administration.Republicans are favored to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.Still CompetitiveBut 64 of the 435 House races remain competitive, according to a Reuters analysis of the three main nonpartisan US forecasters, and control of the Senate is likely to come down to a half dozen close contests in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Florida.Democrats also are threatening to recapture governor’s offices in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race.Trump, who frequently warns of voter fraud and has asserted without evidence that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in 2016, said on Twitter on Monday that law enforcement should be on the lookout for “illegal voting.”Democratic former president Barack Obama delivered doughnuts to campaign volunteers in a House district in suburban Virginia, where Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a state senator, is challenging Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in a fiercely contested race.Obama said the country’s character and its commitment to decency and equality were on the ballot on Tuesday.”All across the country, what I’m seeing is a great awakening,” he said. “People woke up and said: ‘Oh, we can’t take this for granted. We’ve got to fight for this.'”About 40 million early votes – including absentee, vote-by-mail and in-person ballots – will likely be cast by Election Day, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures. In the last such congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes.McDonald estimated that 45 per cent of registered voters would cast ballots, which would be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years.”The atypical thing that we’re seeing is high early vote activity in states without competitive elections or no statewide elections,” McDonald said in a phone interview.”There’s only one explanation for that: Donald Trump. He’s fundamentally changed how people are following politics.”last_img read more

Harris County Attorney Launches New Effort To Fight Human Trafficking In Houston

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:09 X Courtesy of the Harris County Attorney’s OfficeHarris County Attorney Vince Ryan (center) says his office will notify the massage parlors that are suspected to be fronts for criminal activities that they don’t have a license and, if they don’t end their operations, they will sue them with the ultimate goal of shutting them down. Al OrtizRobert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children At Risk, (center) says his organization has identified more than 200 massage parlors that are likely engaging in human trafficking and prostitution.The Harris County Attorney’s Office and the organization Children at Risk are collaborating to increase the fight against human trafficking in Houston.Children at Risk has researched this issue with methods that include reviewing online advertising for massage parlors and has identified more than 200 establishments of this kind that are suspect of engaging in human trafficking and prostitution.The Harris County Attorney’s office is initially going after 25 that are some of the most popular in Houston.Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan explained at a press conference that they will notify them they don’t have a license and, if they don’t end their operations, they will sue them with the ultimate goal of shutting them down.“The enslavement of women and children and forcing them to work as prostitutes is just plain evil,” Ryan noted.Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk, emphasized the scope of the problem by explaining that “the demand exists in Houston every day of the year.”“There are men that are going out there that are buying young girls, that are buying young boys, that are frequenting these massage parlors, cantinas, that are going online,” Sanborn added.Human trafficking numbers have traditionally been difficult to track, but a recent study by the University of Texas estimates that more than 300,000 people are victims of this crime in our state and almost 80,000 are minors and youth who are forced into sex trafficking.Tim Navarre, a major with the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, noted the demand for prostitution is prevalent and detailed that “in the last 20 days, we’ve actually arrested a hundred and eighty four Johns in just seven operations.”Navarre clarified the term Johns means purchasers of illegal sex services.Attorneys from the law firm Reed Smith LLP will assist Harris County with the cases and lawsuits that originate from this initiative.Law enforcement and experts have identified Houston as the city with the highest number of human trafficking cases in Texas and as one of the major hubs for this type of crime in the United States. Listenlast_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 7 Special Guest Congressman Gene Green

first_img X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share – / 12 00:00 /12:20 On this special Party Politics, Texas Edition episode, Congressman Gene Green of the 29th Congressional District of Texas tells all! Or at least a little. Congressman Green was first elected to Congress in 1992 after having already spent 20 years in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. Early in his Congressional career, Green was appointed to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he’s still doing today. Hosts Jay and Brandon ask behind-the-scenes questions about Green’s many years in Washington, plus they ask burning questions about the number of pairs of cowboy boots Green owns, and more.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Physicists create sonic black hole in the lab

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Black holes get their name because they absorb all incoming light, and are so dense that none of that light can escape their event horizon. In a new study, scientists have created a sonic analogue of a black hole in the lab – that is, a sonic black hole in which sound waves rather than light waves are absorbed and cannot escape. The scientists hope that the short-lived sonic black hole could allow them to observe and study the elusive Hawking radiation that is predicted to be emitted by traditional black holes, which has so far been a very difficult task. Simulating black hole radiation with lasers More information: Oren Lahav, et al. “Realization of a Sonic Black Hole Analog in a Bose-Einstein Condensate.” Physical Review Letters 105, 240401 (2010). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105240401 The scientists, Oren Lahav and coauthors from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, have published their study on the sonic black hole in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The researchers created the sonic black hole in a Bose-Einstein condensate made of 100,000 rubidium atoms slowed to their lowest quantum state in a magnetic trap. This cold cluster of atoms acts like a single, large quantum mechanical object. In order to transform this condensate into a sonic black hole, the scientists had to find a way to accelerate some of the condensate to supersonic speeds so that the condensate would contain some regions of supersonic flow and some regions of subsonic flow. The scientists achieved this acceleration by shining a large-diameter laser on the condensate in such a way as to create a steplike potential and a harmonic potential. When the condensate crosses the “step” in the steplike potential, the condensate accelerates to supersonic speeds. The scientists demonstrated that the condensate could accelerate to more than an order of magnitude faster than the speed of sound.“The greatest significance of our article is that we succeeded in overcoming the Landau critical velocity, which states that flow cannot exceed the speed of sound,” coauthor Jeff Steinhauer of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology told PhysOrg.com. “Our experiment exceeds this limit for a finite period of time.”In this setup, the step marks the boundary between the supersonic and subsonic regions, which acts as the black hole’s event horizon. At this event horizon, the flow velocity of the condensate is exactly equal to the speed of sound. On the supersonic side of the step, the density of the condensate is much lower than that on the subsonic side. As the scientists explained, the low density corresponds to a higher flow velocity due to conservation of mass. In their experiments, they could maintain the black hole event horizon for at least 20 milliseconds before it became unstable.Similar to how a black hole traps photons, the supersonic region of the sonic black hole can trap phonons and a wide range of other Bogoliubov excitations with a wavelength of between 1.6 and 18 micrometers. Excitations with very short wavelengths can escape, and those with longer wavelengths cannot fit in the supersonic region in the first place. In the future, the scientists plan to use the sonic black hole to study Hawking radiation. As the physicist Stephen Hawking first predicted, black holes may emit a small amount of thermal radiation due to quantum effects. Losing this radiation can cause black holes to shrink and eventually evaporate completely. But so far, detecting this radiation has been very challenging.In order to observe Hawking radiation in the case of the sonic black hole, there are a few requirements, such as that the trapped excitations must have negative energy. The researchers verified this in simulations: When focusing two laser beams with slightly different frequencies onto the supersonic region of the condensate, the simulated condensate absorbed a photon from one beam and emitted a photon into the second beam, creating an excitation with negative energy. In the future, the sonic black hole may give scientists a glimpse of Hawking radiation. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Physicists create sonic black hole in the lab (2011, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-physicists-sonic-black-hole-lab.html An absorption image of a sonic black hole created in the lab. Image credit: Oren Lahav, et al. ©2010 The American Physical Society.last_img read more

Believe none of what you hear

first_imgAll Western names! Irony being we Indians have a richer folklore than the West. But I’m wrong. Faraz Kazi is here with The Other Side who quenched the thirst of many readers of this genre.After writing a love story he has attempted horror. He says,‘I seriously don’t think changing genres proves anything. I write for myself and not for the market and I’m comfortable writing in any genre under various themes of tragedy, comedy, fear. I would rather prefer not being tagged as a genre-specific writer.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the stories have an Indian connect. Kazi tells us ‘the book is a tribute to the culture and folklore of my land.’ Two are a must read: Dream Girl and Possession. He believes any ghost story collection is incomplete without touching upon the idea of possession, the merging of a secondary spirit with a human soul. Kazi wanted to retain  a strain of innocence in the story, hence the protagonist is a child and through her we see the world of the unknown and soon see her family also getting involved. Perhaps there is a hidden story of possession in every neighbourhood and readers can make the connection, irrespective of  their believers or sceptics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs he elaborates  on Dream Girl, Kazi quips, ‘It was a strong subject and it is easily the most graphic story of the lot. Thank god, books don’t have much censorship issues because I wanted this story to come out in its crude form and shock the readers. Simply through the psyche and thought process of one single man who vows to ‘create’ his dream girl by cutting and stitching together the body parts of other girls, I tried to understand our deepest recesses.’He’s also a genre-hopper, evidently. After writing a love story and a horror fiction, now he is working on his dream project,  another collection of stories that involves the coming of age story of a woman! We aren’t scared.last_img read more

Iowan LGBTQ rights activist Donna Red Wing dies after battle with cancer

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Donna Red Wing, a woman who dedicated her life to LGBTQ activism, died on Monday (16 April) after a battle with lung cancer. She was 67 years old. Donna Red Wing | Photo: One Iowa eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img One Iowa hosts second annual LGBT senior summitKate Kendell steps down from National Center for Lesbian RightsBrazil president: I’d rather have a dead son than a gay sonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/donna-red-wing-dies-cancer/ A legacy woven into the LGBTQ movementJoDee Winterhof said Wing’s ‘legacy will forever be woven into the fabric of the LGBTQ equality movement’. Winterhof is the SVP for Policy and Political Affairs at the Human Rights Campaign.‘Many in the HRC family had the honor of working alongside Donna during her time as HRC’s National Field Director and across many states and campaigns in more recent years,’ she continued.‘For more than three decades, generations of advocates bore witness to Donna’s tenacity, deep commitment to equality and justice, and her many accomplishments, which inspired all those around her. Our hearts go out to Donna’s family and many friends who are grieving her loss.’‘Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals across the country,’ said One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel.‘She called herself an activist and an agitator and prided herself in being called the most dangerous woman by the Christian Coalition at one point.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . She was first hospitalized in August for cancer treatment. Her wife, Sumitra, grandson Jasper, and twin brother David survive her.Wing served as the executive director of One Iowa from 2012 to 2016. The organization works on achieving LGBTQ equality in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.Before then, she worked with several other groups on the fight for equality.In Washington D.C., she served as executive director ofr Grassroots Leadership and the chief of staff at Interfaith Alliance. She also helped out at the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.Wing also became the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith and Freedom.Most recently, she was the director of the Eychaner Foundation. This Des Moines organization worked on promoting tolerance and non-discrimination.last_img read more

Defense Secretary Carter meeting with Kurds in Iraq

first_imgHe said U.S. ground and air forces could defeat IS on their own, but the success would not last.“We’re trying to get a defeat that sticks,” he told a group of several dozen troops. “And that can be delivered only by the people that live here,” adding, “that’s the secret sauce.”Carter arrived on a military flight from Amman, Jordan, where he spent the night after holding meetings and giving a pep talk to U.S. troops in Baghdad on Thursday.In Irbil, Carter is meeting with Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish regional government, and other Kurdish government and military officials. The U.S. Is helping train and equip Kurdish armed forces in battles against Islamic State fighters.The Kurdish forces, generally more experienced and more effective on the battlefield than their counterparts in the Iraqi army, have played a vital role in containing the Islamic State in northeastern Iraq.They hold mostly defensive positions across large parts of northern Iraq and would be expected to play a key role in an eventual Iraq campaign to retake Mosul, which fell to IS in June 2014.The U.S. military works closely with the Kurds, providing arms, training and advice. The Obama administration has resisted calls by some in Congress to bypass the Iraqi government in Baghdad and provide weapons directly to the Kurds. The administration instead has sent arms through the central government, reasoning that this preserves the hope of avoiding a final division of the country into sectarian and ethnic enclaves. The Islamic State takeover of much of northern Iraq last year, including the city of Mosul, triggered a Kurdish push south and west to take control of the disputed city of Kirkuk, which is key to Iraq’s northern oil fields.After his Irbil visit Carter was returning to Washington, concluding a weeklong Mideast tour that started Sunday in Israel and included visits to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, and Amman, Jordan.It was Carter’s first visit to Iraq since he took office in February.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights to their military successes against the Islamic State.Afterward he told U.S. and coalition troops that the Kurdish armed forces, known as the peshmerga, are “the model of what we are trying to achieve” with a strategy of enabling capable and motivated local forces in northern and western Iraq to take the ground combat lead. Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

A guide to vacationing in Monaco

first_imgThe Principality of Monaco lies on the French Riviera in Western Europe. This graceful destination is bordered by France and the sparkling Mediterranean sea and his home to ancient streets full of exotic cars, a natural harbour filled with super yachts and a glittering royal legacy.Source: Expedialast_img

Madrid introduces Vuelve a Madrid loyalty programme

first_img“Vuelve a Madrid” which means ‘Return to Madrid’, is a loyalty programme developed by the Tourism Office of Madrid’s City Council to encourage visitors to return to the city. The capital of Spain, Madrid, is the first destination to offer a loyalty programme for visitors based on a catalogue of exclusive advantages and offers that can be redeemed through points system basis. More than 1,700 people have already signed up for Vuelve a Madrid and more than 50 companies and institutions in Madrid have expressed their interest and confidence in the programme by adhering to it. Membership is free of charge. All that is required is that you be of legal age and reside outside the city of Madrid.The initiative was introduced by Luis Cueto, General Coordinator of Madrid’s Mayor Office on March 6, 2018, along with Miguel Sanz, Director Tourism, Madrid. The programme, which rolled out in March 2017 has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through its operational programme The programme aims to attract 9.9 million visitors who come to the city each year and particularly those who regularly travel for professional reasons. Cueto, at the launch of the event, said, “What we are doing with this really innovative initiative is promoting Madrid, making the city grow. We have no doubts as to the importance of public-private collaboration.”The programme will enable companies and institutions to join the tourism value chain and increase the consumption of their products and services across a wide range of audience. This way it will promote repeat visits to the capital, boost and diversify the tourism expenditure, foster sustainable tourism by deseasonalizing visits by tourists.last_img read more

Ally Bank Introduces DirecttoConsumer Mortgage System

first_img Ally Financial LenderLive Mortgage Technology 2016-12-12 Staff Writer Share Ally Bank Introduces Direct-to-Consumer Mortgage System December 12, 2016 616 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Ally Bank announced the implementation of its direct-to-consumer mortgage offering Ally Home, a digital suite that features mortgage servicing products for customers. Ally will collaborate with LenderLive to provide compliant, mortgage fulfillment, settlement and document services.The Ally Home suite features mortgage products with various term options for competitively priced, fixed rate, and adjustable rate loans to help customers seeking to purchase a new home or refinance an existing mortgage.Diane Morais, Ally Bank CEO and President, stressed the importance of maintaining customer relationships and what Ally Home will do for consumers. “At Ally, our goal is to ‘Do It Right’ for our customers, many of who have expressed a desire to deepen their relationships with us through additional products to meet their personal finance needs,” she said. “Because a home loan is a cornerstone financial product and the largest market within the consumer lending space, this is a natural next step for Ally.”Ally Home products are integrated with the Ally Bank website, where consumers can view information about buying or refinancing a home, including current rates, loan types, and three interactive calculators: affordability, refinance, and loan payment. Users can manage their loan-related documents from any device after applying for a loan. Customers will be guided throughout the application, approval, and closing processes by the Ally Home Team of loan experts. Morais discussed the decision to offer a plethora of mortgage services for consumers. “Offering a variety of home loan products with our hallmark emphasis on superior customer service and innovation serves as a proof point that we work tirelessly to be a relentless Ally for our customers’ financial well-being,” Morais said. “The launch of Ally Home is the latest step to diversify our product offering to serve more of our customers’ financial needs.”last_img read more

TravelManagers 10th annual conference is just one

first_imgTravelManagers’ 10th annual conference is just one day away and this year’s host city, Darwin, is already gearing up for an influx of personal travel managers (PTMs), members of the national partnership support team, and partner suppliers. Almost 400 people will be attending the 2017 conference with the theme ‘ONE’, running from 7 to 9 September at Darwin Convention Centre. “The conference theme of ONE resonates with all that we do. We will explore our theme throughout our entire conference by way of peer to peer and supplier partner presentations, workshops, tradeshows and participation in our community event,” said TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.“ONE is many things – how we work together as ONE, that ONE big thing you may be working towards, or it could be the ONE thing you can change that will make the biggest difference in your life. ONE is also about your sense of ONE – ONE individual working within ONE network, and what that means for our PTMs.“We have been collaborating with David Price from Outshine Media over the last few months as we want to start the conference with a wow moment. David has attended many of our conferences and intimately understands our business, and we are really excited about what we have come up with to launch this year’s conference, and to set the tone for the entire three days.” Keynote speakers include Red Shark Naomi Simson and Benjamin (Ben) Roberts-Smith, the most decorated serving soldier in the Commonwealth. Just over a quarter of the major presentations – themed ‘Secrets to my Success’ – will be delivered by personal travel managers themselves.Eight personal travel managers including Queensland’s’ Sarena Taylor, representative for Robina, Denise Dean, representative for Hendra, Anthony Lee, representative for Bardon, and Simon Tinkler, representative for South Brisbane; Michelle Desmarchelier, representative for Berowra, and Jane Fowler, representative for Elrington in New South Wales, and Western Australian-based Barbara Turner, representative for Scarborough, and South Australia’s Corinne Mutz, representative for Upper Sturt, will share their business success stories at the conference. “We are also thrilled to have Lauren Bath, who pioneered the Australian influencer industry, sharing insights on how PTMs can use Instagram to grow their businesses, and Janeece Keller, who will relaunch the Travel With Kidz accreditation program,” said Gazal. DarwinTravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_imgJune 15, 2007 This continues the report from 6/13/07 of interior work in Unit 10, East Crescent. The beautiful tile mosaic on the curved south wall of the bathroom is complete. The mosaic was designed, cut and installed by architect and Planning coordinator Dan Kelliher. The design is based on a 1969 version of Arcosanti, which can be found in Paolo Soleri’s book “Arcology: City in the Image of Man”, page 129. [Photo & text: sa] The bathroom and shower are tucked behind the curved wall at the north-west corner of this large open room. Interior work now continues in the main space with installation of carpet tiles. The floor is meticulously cleaned before carpet glue is applied to a quarter of the space at a time. Construction crew Melissa Soluski and volunteer JiHye Son are on this job. [Photo & text: sa] Utility lines in the curved wall are left exposed for the time being, waiting for construction of the third floor and completion of utilities for the building. The main space has a bank of windows facing west into the Colly Soleri Amphitheater and large windows facing east and south over the roof of the S.O.D. Unit. For the near future this space is allocated as dorm facility for workshop participants and visiting groups. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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