Australian senator rapped for racist New Zealand mosque shooting bytes

first_imgSydney: The Australian lawmaker who had an egg cracked on his head by a teenage boy for his comments about last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings faced a stinging attack on Tuesday in the first sitting of Australia’s Parliament since the attacks. Independent Sen. Fraser Anning was the target of widespread condemnation after the Christchurch shootings, in which 50 people died, when he blamed the massacre on immigration policies that he said allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAustralian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder in the shootings. After his comments, Anning faced more criticism for physically striking the teenager who cracked an egg on his head at a Melbourne public appearance 17-year-old Will Connolly, who became known around the world as “Egg Boy.” Anning will face an official censure motion in Parliament on Wednesday for the comments, which caused more than a million people to sign an online petition calling for his removal from the national legislature. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut when Parliament resumed in Canberra on Tuesday following a monthlong break, one senior fellow lawmaker took the opportunity to lash out at Anning. Echoing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comment that Anning should be charged for striking Connolly, acting government Senate leader Simon Birmingham attacked Anning for his lack of humanity after the shootings. “The lack of compassion you have shown demonstrates, frankly, a basic lack of basic humanity,” Birmingham told Anning, adding that his conduct “betrays the rights you have to freedom of speech.” Birmingham said Anning acted in a way that would potentially fuel more acts of terrorism and violence. “You have failed the test of character I would expect of anybody who is elected to this place,” he said. Birmingham’s outburst came after Anning arrived at Parliament saying he had “no remorse” over his comments. Anning then used the Senate’s question time to bring up the egging incident. He quizzed the government about its response to the episode, asking whether it believed politically motivated violence was acceptable in some circumstances.last_img read more

Asian shares higher following strong gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK — Shares have advanced in Asia following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. There was little if any immediate reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.1 per cent to 20,874.06 early Wednesday. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 rose 0.3 per cent, helped by buying of banks’ shares, to 6,026.10, while the Sensex in India jumped 0.6 per cent to 36,836.43. Markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and most of Southeast Asia were closed for lunar new year holidays.The overnight rally in U.S. markets, supported by strong corporate earnings, extended the benchmark S&P 500 index’s winning streak to five days.More than 68 per cent of companies reporting earnings in the S&P 500 beat analyst forecasts during the most recent quarter. Those results, in part, helped drive the market’s best January in 32 years.CHINA-US TRADE: Positive sentiment has been supported by reports from Washington, citing unnamed sources, that say U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin plan to travel to Beijing next week for the next round of talks aimed at resolving trade and technology-related disputes that have led to both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s products.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 index added 0.5 per cent to 2,737.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7 per cent to 25,411.52. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite added 0.7 per cent to 7,402.08 and the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 0.2 per cent, to 1,520.23.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil added 8 cents to $53.74 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 1.6 per cent to settle at $53.66 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, picked up 6 cents to $62.04 per barrel. It slid 0.8 per cent to close at $61.98 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 109.76 yen from 109.96 yen on Tuesday. The euro weakened versus the dollar to $1.1397 from $1.1405.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Japanese father, son appear in Las Vegas in $1.5B fraud case

LAS VEGAS — Two former investment executives from Japan who appeared in court in Las Vegas are facing criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors call a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme.Seventy-year-old Junzo Suzuki and his 40-year-old son, Paul Suzuki, pleaded not guilty Thursday and a federal magistrate set a hearing next Wednesday to decide if they’ll be freed from custody pending trial.Their attorneys, Richard Wright and Junji Suzuki, declined to comment. Junji Suzuki said he is not related to the defendants.Junzo and Paul Suzuki were arrested in Japan in January, two months after a federal jury in Las Vegas found their 72-year-old co-defendant, Edwin Fujinaga, guilty of fraud and money laundering.Prosecutors say their company, MRI International Inc., had thousands of Japanese victims.The Associated Press read more

Europe takes on Google looking to Brazil as a model for doing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:30 am MDT Europe takes on Google, looking to Brazil as a model for doing without the Internet giant PARIS – European news organizations bleeding money and readers are trying to avoid extinction by asking governments in France, Germany and Italy to step in and charge Google for using their content in its search results — something the Web giant has always done for free.Critics — including, unsurprisingly, Google — say the strategy is shortsighted and self-destructive, and the search engine warns it will stop indexing European news sites if forced to pay. But publishers advocating a “Google tax” aimed at benefiting their industry point to the example of Brazil, where their counterparts abandoned the search engine and say repercussions have been minimal.The dispute underscores a fundamental question facing media agencies around the world: Who should benefit from links to online content that is costly to produce and yet generates a fraction of the ad revenue that once allowed newspapers to flourish?Europe has tried to sidestep Google before. Six years ago, then-French President Jacques Chirac unveiled plans for Quaero (Latin for “I search”) as the answer to U.S. dominance of the Internet. The multi-platform search and operating system was supposed to work with desktop computers, mobile devices and even televisions.Despite millions spent to develop Quaero, it went nowhere.This week, implicit threats hovered over a meeting between current French President Francois Hollande and Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman.Hollande demanded Google reach a deal with publishers over the copyright dispute and also address the French taxes it escapes by basing its European headquarters in Ireland. Google essentially reiterated a point it made in a recent letter to French publishers: Paris’ latest attempt to impose itself would force readers to “Anglo-Saxon” sites based in countries with more favourable copyright laws, such as Britain and Ireland.Google’s post-meeting statement said the discussions dealt with “the contributions of the Internet to job creation and the influence of French culture in the world.”Adding to the pressure on Google in France, a French newspaper reported Wednesday that French authorities are threatening Google with a 1 billion euro tax bill and investigating alleged financial wrongdoing.Google France denied being notified of such a tax bill and said it will “continue to co-operate with the French authorities.” Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem wouldn’t comment on the report in the weekly Canard Enchaine, except to say that if there were a tax probe, it would be covered by laws on fiscal secrecy.French publishers, along with counterparts in Germany and Italy, are hoping Brazil will be the proof that there is a successful way to confront Google.After failing to come to terms with Google in the past year, Brazil’s biggest papers — representing 90 per cent of circulation — decided to boycott Google News by essentially making their content unavailable to anyone using the search engine. The result? Negligible losses in Web traffic, the Brazilian papers say.Brazilian newspapers haven’t ruled out reopening talks with Google, if the company whose name is synonymous with “search” agrees to pay for their content. Unlike in Europe, the Brazilian publishers have not turned to their government to act as a mediator or impose a tax as part of their dealings with Google.“Newspapers live off advertising revenues, like Google. They’re our competition and they have billions and billions in revenues globally,” said Ricardo Pedreira, executive director of Brazil’s National Association of Newspapers.Still, Pedreira is not convinced Brazil is a good model for European nations. “Every country has a specific reality, and I think there will probably evolve different models in each nation,” he said.Others in Brazil have warned about long-term consequences of the boycott.Carlos Castilho, a media critic and TV journalist, writing on the press watchdog website Observatorio da Imprensa, argued that the boycott was a backward strategy, because “news is everywhere today and to surround it with walls of copyrights is like trying to dry ice.”The growth of search engines as a way to find information is affecting news organizations in different ways.Print news was suffering in the United States and Europe long before financial crises took hold in recent years, its business model eroded by television and the Internet. As print advertising revenues have declined, more media organizations are trying to boost circulation and earn more through subscriptions, including charging for online content.The New York Times is among the most prominent news organizations with a website paywall. The Associated Press and Google have a long-standing business agreement that includes Google licensing of AP content as well as joint efforts to improve news products and services.European publishers have seen less rapid change in readership patterns as a result of the Internet and have been able to stave off the dramatic losses that gutted American print journalism. Still, competition has grown fiercer and profits slimmer with the onset of the European debt crisis. In France, the once-iconic newspaper France Soir went into liquidation in July. In October, dapd, a major Germany news agency, filed for bankruptcy protection.German publishers already are getting some government support: A measure is headed through the legislature to force search engines to pay for links that include excerpts of content.And in Italy, publishers say they are willing to risk leaving Google if the search engine refuses to pay, citing a study that indicates that clicks from Italian readers would drop by 6 or 7 per cent — “a very low percentage,” said Isabella Splendore, lawyer for the Italian Newspaper Publishers Federation.The European publishers insist they are not trying to keep readers from getting information, but that they deserve compensation for use of their intellectual property. But Jeremie Zimmerman, of the French Internet liberty group the Quadrature of the Net, described engaging in the dispute with Google as “idiotic.”“It shows that the industry hasn’t understood anything about the Internet and is fundamentally conservative about its future, and defending private interests rather than adapting to technology,” he said.Emma Llanso of the Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology said that, at least for now, the dispute among governments, Google and publishers is a loss for readers.“When we’re looking at the free flow of information online, how much relevance do national boundaries have?” she said. “As the Internet becomes a primary source of information around the world, governments see a threat or a way to benefit. I think we are seeing a lot of national governments struggling to think of what they want it to be.”___Associated Press writers Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed to this report. read more

Oracles 2ndquarter earnings revenue climb as tech spending picks up near end

SAN FRANCISCO – Oracle’s latest quarterly earnings rose 18 per cent as companies splurged on more software and other technology toward the end of the year.The results announced Tuesday are an improvement from Oracle’s previous quarter, when the business software maker’s revenue dipped slightly from a year earlier.The latest quarter spanned September through November. That makes Oracle the first technology bellwether to provide insights into corporate spending since the Nov. 6 re-election of President Barack Obama and negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff began to heat up in Washington.Oracle Corp. said it earned $2.6 billion, or 53 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. That compares with net income of $2.2 billion, or 43 cents per share, a year ago.If not for charges for past acquisitions and certain other costs, Oracle said it would have earned 64 cents per share. On that basis, Oracle topped the average earnings estimate of 61 cents per share among analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue increased 3 per cent from last year to $9.1 billion — about $900 million more than analysts had projected.In a particularly heartening sign, Oracle said sales of new software licenses and subscriptions to its online services climbed 17 per cent from last year to outstrip the most optimistic predictions issued by management three months ago.The flow of new licenses and subscriptions, which represent about a quarter of Oracle’s revenue, is closely tracked by investors because they spawn more revenue in the future from upgrades.In the current quarter, which ends in February, Oracle expects software licenses and subscriptions to increase in the range of 3 per cent to 13 per cent from the previous year. The company, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., predicted its adjusted earnings in the current quarter will range from 64 cents to 68 cents per share on revenue ranging from $9.1 billion to $9.5 billion. That would be a 1 per cent to 5 per cent increase from the prior year.Oracle’s stock added 54 cents to $33.42 in extended trading after the numbers came out. If that gain holds in Wednesday’s regular trading session, it will mark a new 52-week high for Oracle.The solid performance by one of the worlds’ biggest technology suppliers suggest corporate decision makers aren’t yet fretting too much about the economy falling off a fiscal cliff and plunging into a recession. The fiscal cliff refers to the combination of wide-ranging increases in taxes and wrenching cuts in government spending that will be automatically triggered Jan. 1 unless the Obama administration and Congress can reach an agreement on how to soften the impact.“As can see in our numbers, folks wanted to spend their budgets, continue to want to spend their budgets,” Safra Catz, Oracle’s chief financial officer, said in a conference call with analysts. “We are having an absolutely wonderful December so far.”The spectre of higher taxes prompted Oracle to make the unusual decision to bunch the next three quarters of stock dividends into a single payment that will be made before the end of the year. The move, announced earlier this month, is designed to ensure that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who owns a 23.5 per cent stake in the company, and his fellow shareholders don’t get hit with a higher tax bill on dividend income next year. The accelerated payment schedule will distribute about $206 million to Ellison, already one of the world’s richest people, and will lower his tax bill by tens of millions, if the rates on dividend income rise next year.Oracle would have fared even better if it could find a way to sell more computer servers and other hardware, something it has been unsuccessfully trying to do since completing its $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2010. The company’s hardware revenue plunged 16 per cent from last year.In Tuesday’s conference call, Ellison said some of the erosion in the hardware division has been by design as Oracle weeds out some of the less profitable equipment. He assured analysts that hardware revenue will start increasing in the final quarter of Oracle’s fiscal year — the period spanning from March through May. Sun’s Java programming language already has been paying off for the software side of Oracle’s business, according to Ellison.“Sun has already proven to be the most strategic and profitable acquisition Oracle has ever made,” he said. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 6:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oracle’s 2nd-quarter earnings, revenue climb as tech spending picks up near end of year read more

Fresh round of intraSyrian talks set for 28 November UN mediator tells

“I have asked for focus and realism because we need to get the parties into real negotiation over items where there is some prospect that they could begin to narrow the gaps,” said Staffan de Mistura, briefing the UN Security Council via videoconference. “Time is not on our side,” he warned. Mr. de Mistura also told the 15-member Council at the UN remains committed to the territorial integrity of Syria with the aim of a nationwide ceasefire and that any de-escalation must be interim in nature and not lead to any partitioning of the country. During the upcoming, eighth, round of talks, within the framework of Council resolution 2254 (2015), the Special Envoy said he intends to realize a transitional political process that focuses on items with prospects of progress. “Applying this logic, my considered assessment as the mediator is that, for round eight – and I would like to ask you for your support on this – we should see if we can move some aspects of the agenda concretely forward – just far beyond exploration, and into negotiation,” he added, noting also that a serious step on detainees, abductees and missing persons is needed. Mr. de Mistura also explained that he would draw on contributions from civil society, including those of the Women’s Advisory Board in support of Syrian women’s demand that 30 per cent of negotiators consist of women, and asked for the Security Council’s support in this regard. Also in his briefing, the Special Envoy said that despite significant developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the terrorist group remains a potent threat, launching asymmetric attacks in and near the capital, Damascus. “Without an inclusive political process, there is a real threat that Da’esh or similar entities could return and exploit the feelings of marginalization and grievances. That’s why we need a political process,” he underscored. Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, briefs the Security Council via video link read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Hornets Rising Heat Falling

With just about five weeks remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, we present another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. How do these numbers work? In a nutshell, each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.A few observations on this week’s ratings:Don’t look now, but the Charlotte Hornets suddenly have a 53 percent chance of making the playoffs in the East. Winners of six of their last seven games (including five straight), they also saw their long-term talent rating improve greatly with the prospect of guard Kemba Walker returning for the season’s stretch run. A knee injury has kept Walker out of action since late January.The Atlanta Hawks, owners of the league’s second-best record, still rank just 8th in our power ratings. What’s going on? It’s not their loss Saturday to the lowly Sixers, nor is it a disconnect between the team’s winning percentage and its point differential (they rank third overall in Basketball-Reference’s adjusted efficiency differential, so they’ve been winning by margins plenty strong). Instead, the issue is similar to what plagued the Hawks last week: Injury-related playing time allocations are working against them in the short term. This time, FiveThirtyEight favorite Kyle Korver sat out over the weekend and is listed as day-to-day in the injury report, which means more projected minutes for Kent Bazemore. Since Korver carries one of the best RPM ratings in the NBA (+4.5) and Bazemore sports one of the worst (-3.8), any shift in minutes from the former to the latter takes a toll on Atlanta’s power rating.The week’s two biggest risers are the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, and both boosts come largely because key players are returning from injury.Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, owner of the seventh-best RPM in the NBA, suited up last week for the first time since aggravating his nagging shoulder injury on February 21, and his presence alone improved New Orleans by 2.5 rating points (to say nothing of the points gained by not having to play his backups as much). For Dallas, the big gains come with Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons re-joining the lineup. Our projections expect that pair to play about 54 combined minutes per team game over the upcoming week — an increase of 25 minutes per team game that yields a 1.9-point rating improvement for the Mavericks. They also project to gain 0.6 rating points via decreased minutes for players lower on the depth chart.Since the news of Jimmy Butler’s injury broke too late to be accounted for in last week’s rankings, the full extent of its damage can be seen in Chicago’s power rating this time around. A reduction of 26 minutes per game to Butler’s projection cost the Bulls 1.7 rating points, while big playing-time upticks for low-rated wings E’Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott set Chicago’s rating back by another 1.5 points. The loss of Butler was much more damaging to the Bulls than that of Derrick Rose, whose injury only cost the team about 0.4 points of power rating after his backups were accounted for.The Miami Heat have been hemorrhaging playoff probability for weeks now and are down to just a 30 percent chance of making the postseason despite sitting at 93 percent back on Feb. 2. The team has gone 7-8 since then, while Indiana, Boston and Charlotte — at that time, three of Miami’s chief competitors for the final pair of unclaimed Eastern Conference playoff slots — have gone a combined 28-14. But Miami’s bigger problem is that their talent pool has been drained, even after winning the trade deadline. Highly-rated players such as Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Luol Deng and prized deadline acquisition Goran Dragic are all injured (or listed as day-to-day), while the team is projected to give big minutes to poor RPM players such as Henry Walker, Michael Beasley and rookies Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier. read more

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Related: Hot Takedown Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Football JT Barrett eclipses Drew Brees sets Big Ten record for career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass in the first quarter against Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWell, add one more to the list. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett set the Big Ten record for career touchdown passes in the second quarter against Penn State Saturday, eclipsing former Purdue Boilermaker and future NFL Hall of Famer Drew Brees. Barrett’s 14-yard connection with wide receiver Terry McLaurin was his 91st career touchdown pass. The score cut into Penn State’s lead, making it 21-10, with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter. Barrett already set the record for career touchdowns responsible for among Big Ten quarterbacks earlier this season, also passing Brees. As a freshmen, he set the Big Ten single-season record for touchdowns, with 45.He now owns 29 school or Big Ten records. read more

Golden Star supporting the community in Ghana

first_imgIn late August, Golden Star Resources launched its Community Development Endowment Fund to provide a transparent mechanism to fund its community development activities around its mining operations at Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa in Ghana. The fund was launched at a ceremony which hosted the Minister for Ghana’s Western Region, his advisors and the traditional rulers for the area. Peter Bradford, President and CEO, said “Golden Star is proud of the community development projects that it has implemented in Ghana since it began operations in the country in 1999. However, these projects sometimes lacked full consultation with and ownership from the community. In recognition of this, Golden Star established an Endowment Fund in December 2005 for its community development activities. Since then community development projects that were previously committed have been completed and Golden Star has funded the Endowment Fund at an initial rate of $0.50/oz of gold sold. With the completion of the previously committed development projects, the Endowment Fund has been officially launched and the funding rate has been increased to $1.00/oz of gold sold plus 0.1% of pre-tax profit. In parallel, Golden Star has commenced discussions with the community on the operation of the Endowment Fund and the establishment of broad based community consultative committees to oversee the review and selection of worthy projects for funding by the Endowment Fund.” While at Bogoso/Prestea, the Regional Minister and his advisors toured the Company’s operations including the sulphide expansion project, open pit operations, reclamation areas, community development and sustainable development activities. They also visited the Bondaye shaft, where the company intends to commence trial underground mining later in 2006. The tour and discussions also focused on the need to stop illegal mining on the company’s concessions. The Regional Minister stressed the government’s commitment to protect investment and recognized the need to stop illegal mining so that formal underground mining at Prestea could be re-commenced. He appealed to the chiefs and people of the area for their co-operation.Golden Star has also announced the re-branding of its subsidiaries in Ghana, which is intended to provide a stronger corporate identity for the Golden Star group in Ghana. · Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea Ltd has replaced Bogoso Gold Ltd· Golden Star Wassa Ltd has replaced Wexford Goldfields Ltd· Golden Star Exploration Ghana Ltd will be the vehicle for the group’s exploration activities in GhanaGolden Star holds a 90% equity interest in the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa open-pit gold mines. In addition, the company has a majority interest in the currently inactive Prestea underground mine, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in West Africa and in the Guiana Shield of South America.last_img read more

EGA achieves another milestone in its alumina refinery project

first_imgEmirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has received the first shipment of caustic soda for its under-construction Al Taweelah alumina refinery.Caustic soda and bauxite are the two most important raw materials in alumina refining. Stocks of these materials are initially required for the carefully-planned sequential commissioning of the refinery.EGA began importing bauxite in June. EGA has also begun stockpiling hydrate, another raw material required to commission Al Taweelah alumina refinery.Once full ramp-up is achieved, Al Taweelah is expected to meet some 40% of EGA’s alumina requirements. The UAE currently imports all the alumina it needs. Al Taweelah is the first alumina refinery to be built in the UAE and only the second in the Middle East. First alumina is expected during the first half of 2019.Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Whilst construction continues in many areas of Al Taweelah alumina refinery, we are steadily moving into commissioning completed equipment and sections. Importing the first of these raw materials is an important milestone in this immense effort to develop alumina refining as a new industrial activity in the UAE.”More than 10,000 people are currently working on Al Taweelah alumina refinery, which has a total budgeted project cost of approximately $3.3 billion.The refinery covers an area equivalent to 200 football fields, and contains enough steel to build seven Eiffel Towers. The new plant contains more than 430 km of piping and almost 2,500 km of cabling. There are some 450 different pumps and 144 tanks that together are equivalent in volume to 128 Olympic-size swimming pools.Once full ramp-up is achieved, Al Taweelah is expected to produce some 2 Mt/y of alumina. This will require about 5 Mt of bauxite each year, which will be imported from the Republic of Guinea. The plant will also require some 130,000 t of caustic soda each year, which will initially be imported.Last year, EGA signed a long term caustic soda supply agreement with Shaheen Chem Investments, which intends to build a chemicals complex near EGA’s operations in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. Once built and ramped-up, Shaheen’s plant will meet all EGA’s caustic soda needs.EGA, which has operated aluminium smelters in the UAE for almost 40 years, is expanding upstream in the aluminium value chain and internationally to secure the natural resources that the UAE’s aluminium industry needs and create new revenue streams.EGA is also building a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in Guinea. First bauxite exports from the Guinea Alumina Corp project are expected during the second half of 2019. GAC is one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea in the last 40 years and has a total budgeted project cost of approximately $1.4 billion. GAC’s bauxite will be exported to customers around the world.last_img read more

OnLive confirmed for Ouya

first_imgWhen the Ouya games console first popped up on our radar it promised to really shake things up in the gaming space. What better than a $99 machine the size of a Rubik’s Cube and running Android and free-to-play games to wake up the competition?What followed was a record-breaking KickStarter campaign that has so far raised over $5.5 million dollars and seen tens of thousands of backers pre-order the console.An update has been added to the Ouya KickStarter page today that is sure to see that figure rise even higher, though. It has been confirmed that cloud gaming service OnLive will be available on the machine, opening up the potential for games from a range of platforms to be run on the console.This is a major addition to Ouya’s line-up as it effectively means you gain access to PC and console games, as well as gaming experiences far beyond what the hardware inside the Ouya could ever cope with. Not to mention a range of retro classics to choose from. OnLive is promising hundreds of games from a list of over 80 publishers, with up to 30 minutes of free play time per game before deciding whether to purchase or not.With OnLive tying up with this independent games console, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft decides to do with regards to allowing its games on OnLive. We could see limited OnLive releases for games that are released on Xbox 360, simply because Ouya will be viewed as a competitor. Sony on the other hand wouldn’t be sharing with OnLive regradless of this announcement. That Gaikai acqusition recently allows it to set its own course in the cloud gaming space.Read more at KickStarterlast_img read more

ESA blocks Ouya stand outside E3 with trucks calls police

first_imgE3 is a big deal for the games companies that choose to attend as it garners the full attention of the gaming press, helps build up to the release of new games or hardware, and no doubt sees more than a few deals done behind closed doors. It’s also a big deal for the company that runs the show–the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), simply because it earns them a lot of money.One company that decided not to attend E3, and therefore didn’t pay the ESA any money, was Ouya. Instead, they rented a lot across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center where E3 is being held, and setup stands to show off the Ouya console to anyone passing. They called it the Ouya Park, and made sure people knew where it was with well-placed banners like the one below.The ESA didn’t like this and so rented the lots in front of where Ouya had its stand. Two trucks were then parked in front of the Ouya presence to block them from view. The response from Ouya was to rent the lots in front of the trucks and erect banners. At that point the ESA called the police.The problem is, neither company actually did anything wrong so the police couldn’t take any action. So what we are left with is a stand off which Ouya currently seems to be winning. However, there’s still a couple of days of E3 left, and I get the feeling the ESA isn’t going to leave things as they are. They clearly see what Ouya is doing as a way of attending E3 without paying for the privilege. Where as you could also view it as a cost effective way of promoting a new console at a location where lots of gamers will be.Ouya founder Julie Uhrman has vowed to continue fighting and figure out a way around any new blocks the ESA tries to enforce. This could get interesting.last_img read more

Shooting in Tranquility Lane

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Around 10:12pm lastnight (Friday 28th July 2017), Police and Medical Team responded to the area of Tranquility Lane located in the Leeward area of Providenciales after receiving reports of a shooting.On arrival officers were told that a 57 year old male was shot by a mask gun man while in his home.The victim was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where he is being treated and is in stable condition.The Police are supporting the family and enquiries are ongoing.  An update will be given once further information is received.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Ft Hood Housing Project Open to Area Residents

first_imgThe Army’s housing partner at Fort Hood is offering vacant homes to all renters, including those with no ties to the military, as the occupancy rate for the central Texas post’s family housing project has ticked down in recent years.Currently, the occupancy rate for housing at Fort Hood is 88 percent for its 5,552 homes.“Our occupancy has been in the high 90s percentile for years, but has dipped down to the point where we’re offering it to other people,” Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works, told the Killeen  Daily Herald. “We call this the ‘waterfall,’ where you reach a certain threshold and can offer residency to others,” Dosa said.Lendlease can open up its vacant homes to non-active-duty residents when occupancy falls to 96 percent. The developer opened up the community to military retirees and DOD civilians last October.“We’ve been trickling down now for almost two years now. We have plenty of homes available,” said Mack Quinney, project director for Fort Hood Family Housing.More than 30 other military installations across the country already have opened their residential neighborhoods to local residents, according to the story.The perks of living on Fort Hood include 24-hour emergency maintenance, walking and biking trails, basic utilities, trash and recycling pickup, and community center amenities including a splash pad and fitness center. Two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are available to lease. Prospective renters from outside the military are required to undergo a criminal and financial background check.Civilian residents have access to amenities offered by Fort Hood Family Housing, as well as on-post schools that fall under the Killeen Independent School District. They will not, however, have access to facilities reserved for those with military IDs, such as the commissary, post exchange or post gyms.So far, there is just one civilian with no military links living on post; there are a total of 49 non-active-duty residents living on Fort Hood, most of whom are retirees or DOD civilians. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

New Zealand tackles gun control after massacre

first_imgFlowers and signs are seen at a memorial site for victims of the mosque shootings, at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand on 18 March.Photo: ReutersTightening New Zealand’s gun laws is at the top of prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s agenda as she meets with her cabinet on Monday for the first time since the mass shooting in Christchurch that killed dozens of Muslim worshippers.The death toll from the massacre stands at 50, with another 50 people injured, after a gunman burst into a mosque and opened fire on worshippers with a semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, and then attacked a second mosque.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on 5 April where police said he was likely to face more charges.Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the worst peacetime mass killing in New Zealand that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.”On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us,” she wrote in the book.The shock of the attacks has led to calls for an immediate tightening of laws to restrict access to some firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 rifle used by the shooter in Christchurch.”What the public rightly are asking right now is why is it and how is it that you are currently able to buy military style semi-automatic weapons in New Zealand, and that’s the right question to ask,” Ardern told TVNZ earlier on Monday.”There are ways we can bring in affective regulation of firearms that actually target those we need to target and that is our focus.”New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms.A Radio New Zealand report said more than 99 percent of people who applied for a firearms licence in 2017 were successful.The report was based on police data secured through an Official Information Act request, although it was not clear who made the request as those details had been redacted.In 2017, there were 43,509 firearm licence applications, and only 188 applications were declined, the data showed.After Ardern vowed at the weekend to change the gun laws, there were media reports that people were rushing to buy guns before any ban was implemented.New Zealand’s top online marketplace Trade Me Group said it was halting the sale of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of Friday’s attack.Police were out in force on Monday to assure Christchurch residents of their safety as they returned to their weekday lives, after a lockdown affected parts of the city on Friday after the shootings.Police said the airport in the southern city of Dunedin, had been reopened early on Monday after a suspicious item found on the airfield turned out to be a hoax object.And Australian police executed two search warrants in towns on the New South Wales mid-north coast related to the investigation.Burial FrustrationsFrustration was building among the families of victims as under Islam it is custom to conduct burials within 24 hours, but bodies will not be released until post mortems are carried out.The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said.Mo, a volunteer who had flown in from Brisbane to wash the bodies, said the people who died in the mosques were classified as martyrs. That meant there were different views as to whether they would be washed or not because he said Islamic jurisprudence said martyrs are not to be washed as their blood was witness to their martyrdom.”But some people have said because it was not a battlefield it is okay to wash the body. But it is at the discretion of the family,” said Mo. He asked to be identified by just one name.last_img read more

Children Get Surprise Gifts from Amazon

first_imgKids at the Webster Kendrick Club react with glee after receiving free Kindles from Amazon.Youth members at the Webster Kendrick Club in Baltimore, Maryland shouted with joy and excitement as they were surprised with a donation of 70 Kindle Fire HD devices from Amazon Fulfillment.Mark Marzano, director of fulfillment at Amazon’s Baltimore location, asked the Boys and Girls Club members for help in opening the boxes that held the Kindles. Once they discovered what the surprise was, the room was immediately filled with joy. One youth member even exclaimed, “It’s like Christmas!”As Amazon Fulfillment team members helped the children unwrap the devices, Marzano announced that Amazon would be donating the Kindles to the seven Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.“I think it’s fantastic,” Marzano said. “We’ve done it in several states and several school districts. It’s just a good fit for learning and education.”It did not take long for the youth members to discover how to operate the devices. The fulfillment team members were amazed at how quickly the children activated the Kindles.James Morris, a nine-year-old youth member at Webster Kendrick Club was ecstatic as he removed a Kindle from the plastic it was wrapped in.“I felt happy because this thing hasn’t happened for us in a long time,” Morris said.Amazon made the Kindle donation in hopes of advancing the children’s interests in technology.“They (Amazon) have paved the way to where education can be fun, learning is fun,” said Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton (District 6). “Children love hands-on, technical things and this is going to motivate them to continuing to follow the path of learning.”The company also wants the donation to assist in furthering the My Future Program which aims to promote STEM education at the Boys and Girls Club.“It’s going to give them more access to the Internet, to technology,” said Kenneth Darden, President/ CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. “Some of them don’t have those at home, but they’ll have access to them here.”last_img read more

For animals sake celebrate a crackerfree Diwali

first_imgThe ear-splitting burst of crackers may be celebration for humans but on Diwali spare a thought for pets and strays which cringe at the pain that the deafening noise creates, say veterinarians and animal activists.Families with pets have a tough time tackling their furry friends due to crackers and pollution, which tends to scare and sometimes even traumatise them.An average human ear can hear sounds between 20 and 20,000 hertz but animals, which totally depend on their senses to survive, perceive sound almost twice that of a human ear. So, just imagine the sound of crackers — it can almost be deafening for them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Pets and homeless animals are at your mercy; so kindly don’t burn loud bombs,” said veterinarian Ajay Sood. “Children should not play pranks by tying crackers to their tails. Also, cats and dogs can burn their whiskers by sniffing the diyas. Keep them indoors and don’t leave them unattended. You can increase the sound of television or radio which they are accustomed to daily. This will help them to be calm during the Diwali celebrations,” Sood suggested. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHomeless animals are the most affected. They go into hiding and only come out once the festivities are over. There have been numerous incidents where children tie crackers to the tails of animals for their source of entertainment, but this is torturous for these helpless beings. “People should be a little considerate and try to avoid loud crackers. Due to Diwali celebrations, cats and dogs don’t even search for food; others suffer burn injuries that go untreated as they have no owners, and open and untreated wounds get infected, causing other severe problems for these homeless animals,” said Swati Tandon, owner of Whatspup, a pet store.Sachin Bangera, associate director, Celebrity and Public Relations, PETA India, said: “During fireworks displays, many animals become frightened by the loud noises and run away from their homes. The lucky ones end up in animal shelters and are reunited with their families, but others are never found, and some suffer serious injuries or even die as they try to escape the noise.“One should take care by keeping cats and dogs indoors during fireworks displays and if possible, stay with them.” Even celebrities are rallying for the cause. Actresses Nargis Fakhri and Jacqueline Fernandez have asked their fans to avoid crackers to provide a safe environment for pets, while Anushka Sharma, an ardent dog lover who has a pet labrador named Dude, has urged everyone to celebrate the forthcoming festival of Diwali without noise and fire crackers for the sake of animals.Through social media campaign “Pawsitive”, the Dil Dhadakne Do actress has encouraged people to reduce the use of crackers, especially in residential areas. Also, keep hospital numbers in visible places so that it is easy to reach out in case of emergency. “Ensure that your supply of pet tranquilizers is ready for some pets are so terrified that they need to be sedated. If there is a burn, wash with running water not ice. Apply a burn cream and try and contact a 24×7 vet hospital,” said Gautam Unny, another veterinarian.Also, according to Unny, the most common “emergency seen is when pets steal Diwali sweets or drink lots of ghee”! So, don’t forget to keep a close watch!last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more March 5, 2013 — Ohio State University cancer researchers have identified molecules in the bloodstream that might accurately gauge the likelihood of radiation illness after exposure to ionizing radiation.The animal study, led by researchers at The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), shows that X-rays or gamma rays alter the levels of certain molecules called microRNA in the blood in a predictable way.If verified in human subjects, the findings could lead to new methods for rapidly identifying people at risk for acute radiation syndrome after occupational exposures or accidents such as the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor incident. The microRNA markers might also help doctors plan radiation therapy for individual patients by taking into account how different people respond to radiation treatment, the researchers say.The findings are reported in the journal PLOS ONE.“Our paper reports the identification of a panel of microRNA markers in mice whose serum levels provide an estimate of radiation response and of the dose received after an exposure has occurred,” says senior author Arab Chakravarti, chair and professor of radiation oncology, the Max Morehouse Chair in Cancer Research and co-director of the Brain Tumor Program.“Accurate dose evaluation is critical for making medical decisions and for the timely administration of therapy to prevent or reduce acute and late effects.”The findings might also one day allow doctors to evaluate radiation toxicity during the course of therapy based on an individual’s biology. “This would particularly benefit leukemia and lymphoma patients who receive total body irradiation in preparation for stem-cell transplantation,” Chakravarti says.First author Naduparambil Jacob, a research assistant professor in radiation oncology, noted that the study could be an important step in the development of biological dosimetry, or biodosimetry, a technology for identifying people at risk for acute radiation illnesses that develop within weeks of radiation exposure, and cancers and degenerative diseases that can occur months or years later.“Biodosimetry is an emerging concept that could enable us to identify individuals who need immediate treatment after a radiation exposure and to better develop personalized radiation treatment plans for patients,” Jacob says.For this study, Chakravarti, Jacob and their colleagues evaluated dose-dependent changes in levels of 88 individual microRNAs in serum from mice after a single acute radiation exposure, and after fractionated doses of radiation that are typical of radiation treatment prior to stem-cell transplantation. Samples were collected from exposed and control animals 24 or 48 hours after exposure.Key technical findings include:After a one-time exposure, miRNA-150 showed a clear decrease over time with increasing radiation dose, with a drop of 30 percent after 24 hours and of 50 percent after 48 hours, even at the lowest exposure of one gray of radiation.miRNA-200b and miRNA-762 showed increased levels after radiation exposure, with the changes more pronounced in animals receiving higher doses.Animals receiving fractioned doses showed similar changes; e.g., miRNA-150 dropped about 50 percent after 24 hours in animals receiving 4 gray. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | March 05, 2013 Small Molecules in the Blood Might Gauge Radiation Effects After Exposure Funding from the NIH/National Cancer Institute (grant CA148190, CA108633) and a Brain Tumor Funders Collaborative grant supported this research.Other researchers involved in this study were James V. Cooley, Tamara N. Yee, Jidhin Jacob and Hansjuerg Alder, The Ohio State University; Priyankara Wickramasinghe, The Wistar Institute; and Kirsteen H. Maclean, NanoString Technologies.The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 210-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S.News & World Report. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read morelast_img read more

TravelManagers win Scenic Luxury Cruises Award third consecutive year

first_imgTravelManagers win Scenic Luxury Cruises Award third consecutive year It’s official – TravelManagers number one for National Home Based SalesTravelManagers win Scenic Luxury Cruises Award third consecutive yearTravelManagers further cements its position as Australia’s premium travel network with its latest award win. Scenic Luxury Cruises awarded the company the ‘Top National Sales’ for the highest value in a home-based agency network during 2016 for a third consecutive year. Other finalists were Travel Counsellors, Travel Partners and MTA Travel.TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal attributes the key to TravelManagers’ success being the personal and consistent service delivery to clients from the 500 personal travel managers across all states.“It is certainly not luck that has TravelManagers winning this award three years in a row. We are thrilled to see our personal travel managers being recognized for their dedication and sales focus of the products and their commitment to customer service. There is little doubting TravelManagers significant contribution to the industry and receiving supplier sales awards further strengthens our position as Australia’s leading personal travel manager network,” says Gazal.Gazal advocates supporting partner supplier products being absolutely key to the company’s business model.“TravelManagers prides itself on having exceptional, strong and effective supplier relationships and we are delighted to be recognized for our consistent and significant contribution toward Scenic Luxury Cruises total sales.”National partnership office staff Tanyu Cilek Finance & commercial Manager, Jodie Banbury Marketing Director and Sandra Reucker Supplier Relations & BSP Administrator represented TravelManagers at the glamorous Night of Stars awards evening held at The Ivy ballroom on Saturday 22 January.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more