Factory sales post modest rise in May volumes down despite weak dollar

TORONTO – The value of Canadian manufacturing sales edged up 0.1 per cent in May as aerospace parts and petroleum and coal products posted gains, according to Statistics Canada data released on Wednesday.Despite the weak dollar making Canadian exports more attractive, the volume of manufactured goods sold in the month fell 0.5 per cent.The aerospace industry is highly volatile, and the increase partly reflects the change in the value of the Canadian dollar as aerospace sales and inventories are reported in American currency.Sales of petroleum and coal products rose 5.6 per cent in the month on higher prices, up 14 per cent from a low in January.Sales rose in six of the 21 sectors that are part of Statistics Canada’s monthly survey of manufacturing, representing almost half of Canada’s manufacturing output.Gains in Quebec, which was boosted by the aerospace industry, were offset by declines in Ontario, which was pulled lower by declines in multiple industries, including transportation, chemical products, machinery, and computer products.Inventories fell 0.5 per cent, following two consecutive months of gains, reflecting lower inventories in the petroleum and coal industries. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2015 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Factory sales post modest rise in May, volumes down despite weak dollar read more

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UN experts call for dialogue on controversy over Dutch Black Pete holiday

A person representing Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) enters Dutch towns every 6 December accompanied by Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), his servant, in a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.“We have received complaints from individuals and civil society organizations in the Netherlands who consider that the portrayal of Zwarte Piet perpetuates a negative stereotype and derogatory image of Africans and people of African descent,” the experts said in a statement, noting that they had already brought the issue up with the Government in January.“In late October, we began to receive disturbing reactions, including threats and insults,” they added. “We were deeply troubled by the virulent intolerance expressed by those who could not understand that there might be problems with the way Zwarte Piet is presented or that the presentation might be perceived negatively… “It is clear that many people, especially people of African descent living in the Netherlands, consider that aspects of Zwarte Piet are rooted in unacceptable, colonial attitudes that they find racist and offensive. Indeed, since the debate over Zwarte Piet has escalated, people of African descent report being subjected to even greater racial abuse and ridicule, actions which we condemn.”The experts noted suggestions about how the best aspects of the tradition can be preserved and how elements that offend might be modified, but stressed that, ultimately, it is something for the people of the Netherlands to discuss and decide.“We strongly encourage the Government to support and facilitate an open debate in Dutch society, with a view to creating an understanding of how this tradition is perceived by different groups and to identify steps that might respond to the views and concerns of all. Debate should be inclusive, non-confrontational and respectful and the establishment of a dedicated platform, forum or mechanism could be desirable to achieve that,” they said. “We are willing to support discussions on this issue between the Government and civil society. In the meantime we ask for calm and an end to the abuse directed at opponents of the tradition in the Netherlands and the UN Experts.”The experts, who serve in an independent unpaid capacity and report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, are: The five-Member Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGPAD), chaired by Verene Shepherd; the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed; the Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere. read more

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Sporting Lisbon lodge complaint to FIFA against Patricio Wolves

first_imgSporting Lisbon have issued a formal complaint to FIFA over the handling of goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s free transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, reports the BBCThe Portugal international was one of the nine players that terminated their contract with Sporting at the end of last season following an attack on staff and the players themselves by the club supporters at their training ground just days before they were due to play in the Taça de Portugal cup final.Patricio has since joined the newly-promoted Premier League side Wolves on a free transfer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Sporting are now demanding £48m in compensation for the loss of their goalkeeper.The Primeira Liga side’s formal complaint has been received by the FIFA with agent Jorge Mendes, who has recently brokered the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, also included.Patricio had spent his entire 18-year playing career at Sporting, before moving to Wolves, and made a total of 467 appearances for the first team.last_img read more

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Kesari full HD movie leaked online free download likely to affect box

first_imgKesari full movie leaked onlineYouTube ScreenshotAkshay Kumar starrer Kesari has been hit by piracy just a day after its release. The full movie has been leaked online on torrent sites for users to watch it free.Kesari was released on Thursday, and it received an excellent response from viewers and critics. The movie opened at the box office with excellent numbers. However, makers of the film might have sleepless nights to know that the full movie has been leaked online now.Despite strict measures being taken to curb piracy, the menace seems to be unstoppable. Full Kesari movie has been made available on some illegal torrent sites for users to download and watch the movie for free.Although most of the prints are of poor quality, some of the sites claim to have uploaded HD quality print of the pirated version of Kesari. Although the movie has made a strong start at the box office with a collection of over Rs 21 crore at the domestic market on opening day, piracy may affect its business in coming days. Kesari stillYouTube ScreenshotPiracy has been a major issue for Bollywood since ages. Although most of the illegal film download sites have now been pulled down, there are still some that continue to function even now. Almost all the Bollywood films get leaked online a day after the official release.Directed by Omung Kumar, Akshay’s Kesari is based on the incredible battle of Saragarhi, in which 21 Sikh soldiers fought against around 10,000 Afghan invaders. The film also featured Parineeti Chopra along with others.last_img read more

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Half of all child marriages occur in South Asia

first_img(L-R) additional secretary Mizanur Rahman, rights activist Salma Ali, and BHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, speak at a seminar on Sunday at Brac Centre Inn. Photo: Prothom AloWhen it comes to child marriage, laws have little value in the face of social norms. And the special provisions in the child restraint act do very little to curb the practice of underage marriages. This is considered a controversial law and has met with considerable consideration from various quarters in the society.Speakers at an event, ‘Sharing Findings of the Child Marriage Law Analysis in South Asian Countries’, expressed their concern on inadequate measures to prevent child marriage and called for more stringent and effective measures in this regard. Organised by the Tipping Point Project of CARE Bangladesh, the programme was held on Sunday, 20 August, at the BRAC Centre in the capital city.Assistant country director of CARE Bangladesh Arshad Mahmud said that social norms are serious obstacles when it comes to preventing child marriage. While laws are important for long-term policy, these laws hardly have any value if the society is not motivated.He pointed out that under-nutrition was one of the main problems in Bangladesh and that child marriage was a major cause of malnutrition in both women and children.Dr Shahnaz Huda, professor at the Dhaka University department of law, presented her finding from her comparative analysis of child marriage laws in South Asian countries.Almost half of all child marriages that occur in the world, take place in South Asia, according to the study.Touching on the various age limits for marriage in South Asian countries, Shahnaz Huda said that the British Child Marriage Act 1929 had stipulated the minimum age of marriage for girls as 14 and for boys 18. In 1984, Bangladesh raised this to 18 and 21 respectively.In Pakistan the minimum marriage age for girls in 16 and for boys is 18, though the Assembly of Sindh independently changed this to 18 for both girls and boys.India’s minimum marriage age is 18 for girls and 21 for boys, but its laws are more proactive. India has prohibition against child marriage, not mere restraint. The law there is termed the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006.In Bhutan the minimum age for marriage is 18. On a positive note, it officially recognises marital rape.In Nepal, the law sets the minimum age for marriage for both genders at 20.In Sri Lanka, the minimum age for marriage is 18. However, it relaxes this in the case for Muslim girls.Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 is more comprehensive than in the past and has increased punishments of six months to two years’ imprisonment and a Tk 50,000 fine for parents and guardian responsible for child marriage.Marriage registrars responsible for such marriages can be punished and their licences can be cancelled.However, the study criticised the provision for punishing the under-aged persons undergoing such marriages.The main criticism against the new law is the special provision which allows exceptions for child marriage if the marriage takes place ‘under special circumstances’ and ‘for the greatest benefit of an under-aged girl.’ This means that child marriage is legal under special circumstances, though there is a lack of clarity as to what the special circumstances are specifically. The court has very wide powers of discretion in this regard.Referring to marriage due to accidental pregnancy, Shahnaz Huda pointed out that this was forcing one child to marry in order to legitimise the birth of another.The bottom line is, the study indicated, that no matter what the other provisions of the law may contain, a girl can marry below the age of 18.In Bangladesh, the Child Marriage Restraint Act doesn’t invalidate a marriage, even if the girl is below 14.Salma Ali, executive director of Bangladesh Women Lawyers Association, said that everyone was aware of the problems pertaining to child marriage, so the question now was, what is to be done. She said they had challenged the law out of social responsibility as ‘best interests of the child’ was a vague term and could be used easily to marry off under-aged girls.She said it was futile to bring up examples of the US and other developed countries, as those countries didn’t have the same problems of forced marriage and other circumstances that existed in Bangladesh.She said that if victims of child marriage went to court, there were lengthy and tedious processes of investigation and fact finding, compromises, corruption and other impediments. Judges had differing mindsets. Some were child friendly, particularly women judges. However, the entire process was time consuming, and by then the damage was done.Current affairs TV presenter Mithila Farzana said it is not a matter of misusing or misinterpreting the law because the law clearly allows marriage of a girl below 18 years of age. She said there need for a comprehensive study to clearly pinpoint how many such marriages have increased after this law was enacted.Additional secretary of the women and children affairs ministry Mizanur Rahman said that the special provision in the law was not there to support child marriage, but to leave it to the discretion of the judge. He said that the law had been made as stringent as possible. He said that laws won’t stop child marriage. It is the society that has to be prepared. The people have to be agents of change.Chairman of the Bangladesh Human Right Commission Kazi Rezaul Hoque said that though this was a controversial law, there was a case underway in this regard. Nothing is hard and fast, he said. Laws are for people’s welfare and can change. He pointed out that even though there was a special provision in the law, a marriage couldn’t take place without the court’s permission.He highlighted the government’s commitment to entirely eliminate child marriage by 2021.Humaira Aziz, Director- Women’s Empowerment, CARE Bangladesh, moderated the discussion. Women activists, media persons, NGO representatives, lawyers, academics and others joined in the debate and discussion.last_img read more

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Hulu Sub Growth a Positive Sign but Questions Linger Ahead of DisneyFox

first_imgHulu’s accelerating year-over-year subscriber growth has brought it to the 25 million milestone. But continued questions linger about the platform’s profitability and programming, particularly as Disney looks to further its own streaming ambitions following the integration of Fox’s entertainment assets.The 48% jump from the prior year outpaces Hulu’s 40% gain in SVOD and live-TV subscribers in 2017. That growth “proves the investments that their owners are making is worth it,” said Brett Harriss, a research analyst at Gabelli & Company.But he emphasized that the video landscape is “dramatically more competitive.” Now that signing up for — and canceling — subscription streaming services is easier than ever, there’s higher potential for subscriber churn.“If you were Viacom in 2010, you woke up every morning and knew you had 100 million subscribers,” said Harriss. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety But Iger has previously indicated that there is potential for Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ to be bundled together. More details on Disney’s streaming strategy are expected to land at its investor day in April. Hulu’s estimated yearly losses are around $1.5 billion; Netflix’s expected negative free cash flow for 2018 hovered at about $3 billion. Some argue that since much of Hulu’s licensing expenses are going back into the pockets of its media-conglomerate owners, it’s all a wash. (Disney will have a 60% stake, post-Fox merger; Comcast owns 30%; AT&T owns 10%.)But “the best businesses in the world,” said Harriss, citing Apple, Google and others, “have been able to grow while being profitable.” For Netflix and Hulu, that path has been more difficult.Disney noted higher losses at Hulu in Q4 2018 due to higher programming, marketing and labors expenses, though those were offset by increased subscriber and ad revenue.And Disney CEO Bob Iger has nodded toward the opportunity for increased programming investments in Hulu once the Disney-Fox merger goes through.“We aim to use the television production capabilities of the combined company to fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming, original programming that we feel will enable Hulu to compete even more aggressively in the marketplace,” he said on the company’s early November earnings call.There’s been speculation that in the wake of the merger, the resulting leadership shuffle may nudge execs toward having a heavier hand in Hulu’s strategy and programming. Of the 21st Century Fox-to-Disney management changes so far, Peter Rice has been tapped as chairman of Walt Disney Television, and Dana Walden has been named the chairman of Disney Television Studio and ABC Entertainment.John Landgraf, FX head, told Variety in September that FX would have to “to figure out a way to support and enable the success of that adult streaming service,” likely referencing Hulu, which has been positioned to be a more grown-up platform vs. the upcoming Disney+ standalone service.The anticipated late 2019 launch of the Disney+ means that more family-friendly fare, including shows and movies from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic and Disney, will be housed on the same service.Netflix’s Golden Globe wins are a confidence-booster for its billions in content investments. Hulu’s subscriber base, even with the updated figures, still aren’t half of Netflix’s 57 million U.S. subscribers. Disney+ will be starting from scratch later this year, putting it far behind the rest.last_img read more

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Pair of noted physicists contemplate future of cosmology after detection of primordial

first_img(Phys.org) —Physicists Joseph Silk of Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and Jens Chluba of Johns Hopkins University have together published a Perspective piece in the journal Science, where they discuss the future of cosmological research in the wake of the detection two month ago, of primordial gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). They suggest several possibilities and detail the pros and cons of each. Citation: Pair of noted physicists contemplate future of cosmology after detection of primordial gravitational waves (2014, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-pair-physicists-contemplate-future-cosmology.html This past March researchers using the BICEP2 (background imaging of cosmic extragalactic polarization) telescope located at the South Pole found evidence of gravitational waves believed to have been generated by the Big Bang—evidence that gives a lot of credence to the theory of inflation. The theory had predicted that a certain light signature would be present in the CMB which matches what was observed at BICEP2. The findings don’t prove inflation theory correct, but the detection of primordial gravitational waves has caused many in the cosmology community to become believers. Because of that, new research that will offer even more proof of the correctness of the theory is likely to be conducted. But, which sorts of research and how might it be carried out has yet to be decided. It was for this reason that Silk and Chluba have composed their article—they hope to organize the discussion which will hopefully lead to the best and most promising experiments being conducted. They suggest the most logical place to start would be sending a spectrometer into space able to detect tiny deviations in the energy spectrum in the CMB—a space based device, they reason would be more sensitive giving better readings.The aim of such research efforts, the pair suggest would be to find evidence of recombinant radiation, which inflation theorists believe would have come from a time just after the Big Bang when temperatures dropped enough to allow for the formation of electrically neutral atoms—photons would have decoupled from matter causing light to shine throughout the universe and causing the creation of the CMB. Finding proof that such radiation exists would prove, the two suggest, that the universe did indeed cool down as theory predicts.Silk and Chluba also note that research projects currently under consideration by NASA and the ESA are likely to be heavily impacted by the detection at BICEP2 and because of that will have to be modified to take into account what has been learned, and perhaps add something new.Another goal, the two authors propose would be seeking the detection of “spectroscopically deviant” patches in the CMB—evidence of which would suggest the existence of other universes. Journal information: Science Researchers detect B-mode polarization in cosmic microwave background The Dark Sector Laboratory at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. At left is the South Pole Telescope. At right is the BICEP2 telescope. Credit: Amble/Wikipediacenter_img More information: Next Steps for Cosmology, Science 9 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6184 pp. 586-588. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252724AbstractExperiments on the ground, balloons, and satellites have revolutionized our knowledge of the Big Bang by measuring the fossil glow from the first instants of the universe, the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. Infinitesimal fluctuations in the photon temperature have been found, revealing the seeds of all large-scale structures, from galaxies to clusters of galaxies and superclusters. The detected wiggles in the distribution of the temperature fluctuations measure the gravitational coupling between dark matter, baryons, and radiation as the universe emerged from its opaque fireball phase. These measurements, pioneered by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) (1) and then greatly refined by its successors, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) (2) and Planck (3) satellites, have allowed precise determinations of the key parameters of our universe—age, dark matter, dark energy content, and even the number of different types of neutrinos, as well as the strength and distribution of the primordial density fluctuations. Less than two decades ago, it was debated whether the major constituent of the universe, dark energy, even existed. Now its contribution is measured to an accuracy of a few percent. © 2014 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

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4 Ways to Fight Text Neck and Get Moving at Work

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 20, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. While pitching the new Apple Watch, slated to hit the market later this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook made headlines by commenting that many doctors believe sitting to be the next cancer, as it can contribute to serious health issues.The watch, outfitted with a feature that will remind its wearer to get up and move, speaks to recent concerns about sedentary habits as well as reports of “text neck.”  Indeed people in offices today are sitting too much or in ways that hurt their bodies and physicians routinely point to movement as a solution for improved health.Related: Harvard Professor Crafts $50 Standing Desk That Can Fold Into Your Laptop Bag Here are four options to consider:1. Supply an office chair built to support work.  For ongoing research, done by my parent company, Steelcase, more than 11,000 workers around the world had been surveyed by this winter, finding that 45 percent used three devices (a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone) and 13 percent used four devices.When offices fail to properly support technology use, people spend a lot of time bent forward, head dropped. While individuals may not give it much thought, working this way puts pressure on the neck and spine. In fact, the human head weighs on average about 10 pounds. But bent at a 15-degree angle, the head adds 27 pounds of pressure to the neck. At a 60-degree angle, it exerts 60 extra pounds of pressure. An easy way to help offset some of the damage done by sitting for hours at a time is to invest in a solid office chair. Buy an ergonomically designed chair to support your back and neck and that provides comfort during long workdays. Look for features like adjustable armrests that let you move around and change your position throughout the day.Often, office furniture falls at the bottom of the priority list for businesses, but a nice, supportive task chair is an investment that can pay dividends in health and well-being. 2. Make movement fun.Too often, people nervously equate the charge to “get moving” with intense exercise like long-distance running or cross-training. But staying active can start with simple changes like engaging your core while you work and firing leg muscles to maintain balance.Alternative seating lets workers move around while working on traditionally stationary tasks, like typing or reading, and small movements can have a big impact over time. Consider investing in a few “active seats” to give workers the option for incorporating more movement into their day. Related: Work, Eat, Sleep: How These Products Are Trying to Improve Your Daily Grind3. Incorporate a walk station at work.For motivated multitaskers, the option to walk while working can revolutionize the workday. Ideal walk stations provide some surface area for a laptop or tablet, effective lighting and power sources to charge technology, making them mini offices.Their speed is controlled, so the user can concentrate on the task at hand.4. Make it easier for staffers to assume different postures.Encourage movement throughout the day by setting up an environment that allows for various postures. Recent research by my company, turnstone, showed that today’s workers want choice and control over where they work, with 32 percent of professionals 18 to 34 surveyed preferring to work in lounge postures.So providing secondary spaces in addition to traditional settings is a great first step to keeping people moving in an office setting.Beyond encouraging movement, furniture that provides a palette of postures creates the notion that workers can “get away” without “going away” during the day. Reduced stress and improved well-being has been shown to have a direct impact on ­­employee engagement, something critically important to reducing turnover and increasing bottom-line results.So think of investing in employees’ well-being as investing in your business and find fun ways to get your team moving. Related: Cubicles Were Originally Designed to Set Us Free and Now They’re Slowly Killing Us 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Huawei MateBook X Pro Review

first_img Wi-Fi Model Operating System Highest Available Resolution Native Resolution 512GB Thunderbolt 3 CPU Headphone 992 Hard Drive Size Specifications Intel AC 8275 Intel Core i7-8550U Display Size Windows 10 Pro USB Type-C Review Core i7-8550U 1174 Company Website Editor’s Note (May 2, 2019): Huawei’s refreshed the MateBook X Pro for 2019.article continued below Chinese tech giant Huawei is not known for making laptops, but its 14-inch MateBook X Pro (tested at $1,499; starting at $1,199) could change all that. Not only does it pack a gorgeous, high-res display and speedy performance, its battery lasts all day. And while its name and design beg for comparisons to Apple’s MacBook Pro, the MateBook X Pro’s keyboard is far more comfortable. At launch, the only things standing between you and its glory were its high price and severely limited availability, and those problems are (mostly) worries of the past. All things considered, the MateBook X Pro is worthy of its place on our Best College Laptops and Best Touch Screen Laptops pages.  Huawei MateBook X Pro: Cost and Availability The Core i7 model of the MateBook X Pro we tested (which packs an Nvidia MX150 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD) is now available for $1,499, having formerly been limited to international pricing of 1,899 euros, which converted to about $2,350. The entry-level Core i5/8GB/256GB model, which doesn’t have a discrete graphics card, costs $1,199, or 1,499 euros (about $1,855).   Unfortunately, it’s already “temporarily out of stock” on Amazon, mere moments after it launched. Hopefully it comes back in stock soon. Design The aluminum Huawei MateBook X Pro reminds me a lot of Apple’s MacBooks, and that’s a good thing. Not only is it a slim, silver wedge (also made in Space Gray), it’s easy to open its lid with a single hand, a hallmark of Apple’s notebooks. It also sports a shiny beveled edge around its keyboard deck, which the MacBooks do not. I still prefer the Apple’s designs in two slight ways: the Huawei logo — which looks like you chopped an Apple into a bunch of wedges — isn’t as elegant. Also, the MateBook X Pro’s lid and edges are flatter, lacking the tapered curves of the MacBook Air. The 14-inch MateBook X Pro weighs 2.9 pounds and measures 0.6 inches thick, making it similar in size and heft to the 3-pound, 0.6-inch thick Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Touch Bar). The Dell XPS 13 (2.65 pounds, 0.5 inches) is lighter, while the HP Spectre 13 (2.4 pounds, 0.4 inches) is both thinner and lighter. On the left side, you’ll find the MateBook X Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 port, USB Type C port and headphone jack. Its boxy, USB 3.0 Type-A port sits on the right side. The combination of the reversible Type-C ports and the traditional Type-A port is a blessing, as the XPS 13, MacBook Pro and Spectre 13 only have Type-C ports, forcing you to remember to carry an adapter with you in case you need one. MORE: USB Type-C FAQ The MateBook X Pro’s fingerprint reader, which it uses for Windows Hello sign-in, is sneakily located in its power button, and speedily logs you in. The XPS 13 and MacBook Pro also use their power buttons as fingerprint readers, while the Spectre 13 doesn’t have one. Display The vibrant 3000 x 2000-pixel display on the Huawei MateBook X Pro provided plenty of detail and brightness. Watching a trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, I appreciated the vibrant green laser blasts, the eye-popping red of Emilia Clarke’s cape and the warm glow of a fire reflecting upon Alden Ehrenreich and Woody Harrelson. I also noticed crisp details in the mask of a raider and a leather holster. The MateBook X Pro’s display emits up to 458 nits, making it one of the brightest laptops to ever cross my desk. The MateBook X Pro’s screen produces 124 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which exceeds the 113 percent premium laptop average. The MacBook Pro earned a similar 123 percent and the Spectre 13 measured a lower 111 percent, while the XPS 13’s 1080p screen (117 percent) and its 4K screen (130 percent) straddled the MateBook X Pro’s rates.   The MateBook X Pro’s display emits up to 458 nits, making it one of the brightest laptops to ever cross my desk, and its powerful enough for colors to stay strong at 80 degrees to the left and right. The category average is a dimmer 300 nits, while the MacBook Pro is tied at 458 nits. The XPS 13’s 4K screen is a slightly dimmer 415 nits, while its 1080-pixel screen is even less bright, at 372 nits. The Spectre 13 measures a dim 247 nits. MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness The MateBook X Pro’s 14-inch touch screen responded to my touch accurately as I navigated the desktop. It also speedily registered edge-swipes for navigating Windows 10. Keyboard & Touchpad As I wrote this review, I noticed how comfortable it is to type on the Huawei Matebook X Pro. Taking the 10fastfingers typing test, I hit a rate of 78 words per minute, coming close to my 80 words per minute average. This rate of success is pleasantly surprising, considering the keys measure a shallow 1.1 millimeters of vertical travel (we look for at least 1.5mm); the 69 grams of force required to actuate each key makes up for that. The comfortable typing experience is another major leg up that the MateBook X Pro has on the MacBook Pro, which uses butterfly-mechanism switches for its incredibly shallow keys. Not only has that keyboard been a pain to type on, but some have found the reliability issues with the MacBook Pro’s keys. Neither the XPS 13 nor the Spectre 13 have annoying keyboard issues. The comfortable typing experience on the MateBook X Pro is another advantage over the MacBook Pro, which has incredibly shallow keys. The MateBook X Pro’s 4.7 x 3.0-inch touchpad accurately tracked my input as I clicked around Chrome and Windows 10. It also smoothly responded to two-finger window scrolling and three-finger gestures for window management. Audio The Huawei MateBook X Pro pumps out a lot of sweet sound, enough to fill a medium-size conference room. Listening to TV On The Radio’s “Young Liars,” I was happy to hear accurate vocals, crisp, jangly drum cymbals and solid thumping bass. MORE: Buying Headphones: Pros and Cons of Every Type The included Dolby Atmos Sound System utility can be ignored. Its default Music setting provides a solid balance for all kinds of media, including interviews, trailers and your favorite tunes. The Games preset will muddy instrumentals, while the Movie setting overemphasizes them, as if to provide more gravitas to a score. Performance The Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and 16GB of RAM in the Huawei MateBook X Pro provides tons of speed for nimble, seamless multitasking. After splitting my screen between a 1080p YouTube video and 12 Chrome tabs (including Giphy, the Google Doc for this review and Slack), I saw not a stutter or pause when scrolling through pages or opening new tabs. The MateBook X Pro earned a solid 12,913 on the Geekbench 4 general performance test, crushing the 9,930 premium notebook average. That’s close to the 13,090 from the Spectre 13 (1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U with 8GB of RAM), higher than the 9,213 from the 13-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i5-7267U with 8GB of RAM), and lower than the 14,180 from the XPS 13 (Core i7-8550U with 8GB of RAM). The Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and 16GB of RAM in the Huawei MateBook X Pro provides tons of speed for nimble, seamless multitasking. The 512 NVMe PCIe SSD in the MateBook X Pro copied 4.97GB of multimedia files in 18 seconds, for a rate of 282.7 MBps. That’s faster than the 279.3 MBps category average, but slower than the 508 MBps SSD in the XPS 13, the 727 MBps NVMe SSD in the MacBook Pro 13-inch and the 339.3 MBps M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD in the Spectre 13. The MateBook X Pro finished our Excel VLOOKUP test (matching 65,000 names to their corresponding addresses) in 1 minute and 49 seconds. That’s longer than the 1:41 category average and the 1:08 time from the XPS 13. MORE: The Best Laptops for Every Need The MateBook X Pro needed 27 minutes and 18 seconds to finish our video transcoding test in Handbrake, which downscales a 4K video to 1080p. The XPS 13 finished it in 16:00. The Nvidia MX150 graphics card (with 2GB of memory) earned a 116,359 on the Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test. That score not only wallops the 82,931 category average, but beats the 85,616 from the XPS 13 (integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620) and the 75,114 from the Spectre 13 (integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620). The MateBook X Pro also ran the Dirt 3 racing game (set to mediumgraphics at 1080p) at a super-smooth 117 frames per second (fps). That’s faster than the 65 fps category average, the 41 fps rate from the MacBook Pro (Intel Iris Plus 650) and the 57 fps rate from the Spectre 13. Battery Life The Huawei MateBook X Pro provides close to all-day battery power. The system lasted an impressive 9 hours and 55 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing at 150 nits). This runtime is over an hour longer than the 8:53 category average and obliterates the Spectre 13 (5:16), and it’s in between the times from the 1080p XPS 13 (11:59) and the 4K XPS 13 (8:23). Webcam I hope you like the look of your knuckles and torso. Because the Huawei MateBook X Pro’s 0.9-megapixel webcam is hidden inside the button between its F6 and F7 keys, it shoots at an angle that focuses on your fingers, and not your face. While this is a boon for security-minded users, the system’s microphone is still usable when the webcam is tucked away, so you’re not completely safe from the chance of being spied on. I hope you like the look of your knuckles and  torso. Because the Huawei MateBook X Pro’s webcam is hidden inside  a button between the F6 and F7 keys. I was able to fix this (slightly) by elevating the laptop to a spot on my standing desk, but at that distance, its keyboard became difficult to type on. Regarding photo quality, though, there’s nothing to complain or boast about. The graininess of the image was to be expected — most integrated webcams are not good — nearby lights look blown out (again, nothing new), but the tone of my skin comes through rather accurately. Heat If you use your laptop in your lap, we hope you like a little warmth. After we streamed 15 minutes of HD video on the Huawei MateBook X Pro, its underside measured 103 degrees Fahrenheit and its keyboard measured 101 degrees, temperatures that broke our 95-degree comfort threshold, though its touchpad stayed a cool 88 degrees. Neither the XPS 13 nor the MacBook Pro got that warm, but the underside of the Spectre 13 hit a hot 109 degrees. Software The Huawei MateBook X Pro features a pretty normal set of pre-loaded applications, with one exception. On the up side, the PC Manager utility provides ways to check your system’s health, review your warranty status and ask for help. However, while I’m used to seeing fistfuls of free-to-play games (Bubble Witch 3 Saga, March of Empires) in the Start menu, this machine does not need App Explorer, an app store that’s wholly useless when the Windows Store is already there. Bottom Line The Huawei MateBook X Pro is a speedy machine with a gorgeous display, comfortable keyboard and solid battery life. We would easily recommend this over the 13-inch MacBook Pro, if it were easier to buy this machine in the U.S. And while the MateBook X Pro’s high import price was once a dealbreaker, that’s no longer the case. The $1,399 Core i7, 1080p XPS 13, which gives you more than 2 hours of extra battery life and even faster performance, but you’re trading away the brightness and sharpness of the MateBook X Pro’s display. The $1,999 13-inch MacBook Pro costs more money, but its keyboard isn’t as comfortable and it has an outdated 7th Gen Intel CPU. But with the MateBook X Pro’s new U.S. availability, and lower prices, it’s not only the laptop I wish Apple would make, but it also might be my next laptop. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The system requires only a fraction of the radiation dose that systems previously required to scan even the tiniest anatomical details faster than ever before, according to Siemens. The SOMATOM Definition Flash featuring two X-ray tubes that simultaneously revolve around the patient’s body. The fastest scanning speed in CT (i.e., 43 cm/s) and a temporal resolution of 75 ms, enable for example complete scans of the entire chest region in 0.6 seconds. Thus, patients are no longer required to hold their breath during the exam the way they had in the past. At the same time, the SOMATOM Definition Flash operates at an extremely reduced radiation dose. For example, a spiral heart scan can be performed with less than 1 millisievert (mSv), whereas the average effective dose required for this purpose usually ranges from 8 mSv to 40 mSv.Siemens will present its new SOMATOM Definition Flash CT scanner at the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2008) from Nov. 30 – Dec 5 at McCormick Place (Booth #922, East Building/Lakeside Center, Hall D) in Chicago. This new generation of dual- source CT scanners, featuring two X-ray tubes and two detectors, will provide a genuine innovation boost to dual-source technology. The speed of the SOMATOM Definition Flash reportedly offers decisive advantages, especially regarding examinations of moving structures, such as the thorax and the heart. The gantry (i.e., the X-ray detector system surrounding the bore) rotates about its own axis in just 0.28 s. It is this extraordinary rotational speed that enables a scan speed never before attained in CT (i.e., up to 43 cm per second) and temporal resolution of 75 milliseconds, said Siemens. The patient is moved through the CT tube more than twice as fast as with any conventional system. At the same time, scans acquired with the SOMATOM Definition Flash require a much lower radiation dose than conventional scans. While the average effective dose for a heart CT scanner ranges from 8 mSv to 40 mSv, the new Siemens CT scanner gets by with less than 1 mSv. In comparison, the X-ray radiation that everyone is exposed to each year from natural sources amounts to 2 mSv to 5 mSv. The dose values of the new Siemens CT scanner lies below those of an intracardiac catheter examination, thus opening up possibilities for using CT scanners for routine cardiological examinations, according to the company. 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Microsoft MWC Mobile World Congress Day 1 HoloLens 2 Azurepowered Kinect camera

first_imgThe ongoing Mobile World Conference 2019 at Barcelona, has an interesting line-up of announcements, keynote speakers, summits, seminars and more. It is the largest mobile event in the world, that brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than two thousand leading companies. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ which comprises of the combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things ( IoT), artificial intelligence ( AI) and big data. Microsoft unveiled a host of new products along the same theme on the first day of the conference. Let’s have a look at some of them. #1 Microsoft HoloLens 2 AR announced! Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2 AR device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This $3,500 AR device is aimed for businesses, and not for the average person, yet. It is designed primarily for situations where field workers might need to work hands-free, such as manufacturing workers, industrial designers and those in the military, etc. This device is definitely an upgrade from Microsoft’s very first HoloLens that recognized basic tap and click gestures. The new headset recognizes 21 points of articulation per hand and accounts for improved and realistic hand motions. The device is less bulky and its eye tracking can measure eye movement and use it to interact with virtual objects. It is built to be a cloud- and edge-connected device. The HoloLens 2 field of view more than doubles the area covered by HoloLens 1. Microsoft said it has plans to announce a  follow-up to HoloLens 2 in the next year or two. According to Microsoft, this device will be even more comfortable and easier to use, and that it’ll do more than the HoloLens 2. HoloLens 2 is available on preorder and will be shipping later this year. The device has already found itself in the midst of a controversy after the US Army invested $480 million in more than 100,000 headsets. The contract has stirred dissent amongst Microsoft workers. #2 Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise The Azure-powered Kinect camera is an “Intelligent edge device that doesn’t just see and hear but understands the people, the environment, the objects, and their actions,” according to Azure VP, Julia White. This AI-powered smart enterprise camera leverages Microsoft’s 3D imaging technology and can possibly serve as a companion hardware piece for HoloLens in the enterprise. The system has a 1-megapixel depth camera, a 12-megapixel camera and a seven-microphone array on board to help it work  with “a range of compute types, and leverage Microsoft’s Azure solutions to collect that data.” The system, priced at $399, is available for pre-order. #3 Azure Spatial Anchors Azure Spatial Anchors are launched as a part of the Azure mixed reality services. These services will help developers and business’ build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications. According to the Azure blog, these mixed reality apps can map, designate and recall precise points of interest which are accessible across HoloLens, iOS, and Android devices. Developers can integrate their solutions with IoT services and artificial intelligence, and protect their sensitive data using security from Azure. Users can easily infuse artificial intelligence ( AI) and integrate IoT services to visualize data from IoT sensors as holograms. The Spatial Anchors will allow users to map their space and connect points of interest “to create wayfinding experiences, and place shareable, location-based holograms without any need for environmental setup or QR codes”. Users will also be able to manage identity, storage, security, and analytics with pre-built cloud integrations to accelerate their mixed reality projects. #4 Unreal Engine 4 Support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 During the  Mobile World Congress (MWC), Epic Games Founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney announced that support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be coming to Unreal Engine 4 in May 2019. Unreal Engine will fully support HoloLens 2 with streaming and native platform integration. Sweeney says that “AR is the platform of the future for work and entertainment, and Epic will continue to champion all efforts to advance open platforms for the hardware and software that will power our daily lives.” Unreal Engine 4 support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will allow for “photorealistic” 3D in AR apps. Head over to Microsoft’s official blog for an in-depth insight on all the products released. Read Next Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) Microsoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’ Microsoft joins the OpenChain Project to help define standards for open source software compliancelast_img read more

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Sydneys convention sector sees million dollar upgrade

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/141da/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Wednesday saw the New South Wales government commit $1 million dollars to upgrade the current Sydney convention and exhibition facilities at both Darling Harbour and Olympic Park.The investment has already been welcomed by major tourism bodies, with the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) noting that both sides of the NSW government appeared to be taking the meetings sector more seriously.“I am pleased that the government has recognised that Sydney needs a world-class Conventions and Exhibition Centre,” said Matt Hingerty, ATEC Managing Director.“Sydney’s existing convention infrastructure, including the Darling Harbour Convention Centre has served us well for many years. However now is the time for us to invest in the future and build something that will put Sydney back at the head of the pack in global terms.”Already this year, Sydney’s meetings sector has secured 45 events which would contribute more than $220 million to the state’s economy.“We have 105 events already booked right up until 2017 representing an estimated $638 million for the city – but with better facilities, we can win even more business,” adds Jon Hutchison, Business Events Sydney CEO.“Global competition for business events is extremely fierce which is why it’s important for Sydney to demonstrate its commitment as a leading and long-term destination for business events.”This year has seen a renewed focus on the Meetings Incentive Conventions and Events sector (MICE), with Melbourne launching a purpose-built conference centre early in the year.last_img read more

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Buyer Education Programs Liked In Theory Not In Practice

first_img April 4, 2017 650 Views Buyer Education Programs Liked In Theory, Not In Practice Buyer Education Home Prices 2017-04-04 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Do programs designed to teach low-income buyers actually help? According to Fannie Mae the answer is, not really. But they’re fixable.On Tuesday, Fannie released the results of its look into pre-purchase homeownership education programs geared toward making sure first-time and low-income buyers are “financially and emotionally prepared” for homeownership, and found the effects of such programs “unclear.”“For consumers looking to buy a home, pre-purchase homeownership education should help them to make informed decisions,” Fannie reported. “However, research results about the outcomes and effectiveness of pre-purchase homeownership education vary considerably.”Fannie’s study was designed to “identify gaps and opportunities to optimize participation.” Researchers found that while buyers and agents tends to think pre-purchase education about what the homebuying process is in theory valuable, almost no consumers and few professionals know what’s actually available in terms of education programs and materials.Fannie found that buyers overwhelmingly hold an “only when required” mindset, meaning they tend to stay away from anything they don’t have to do when in the purchase process. Borrowers frequently considered the programs “’another hoop to jump through’ during an already stressful time,” the report stated. Also from buyers: “It sounds like school and involves coming up with more money if a fee is involved.”Loan officers and real estate agents didn’t think much kinder toward the programs. According to the report, loan officers tend to see pre-purchase programs as just more work‒‒and more paperwork‒‒to deal with. Agents, similarly, feel like it’s just more to do and is not really their job to educate buyers in-depth about the mortgage process. Both sets of professionals said they worried that subjecting borrowers and buyers to the programs would just drive them to other offices.Theoretically, again, loan officers and agents see the value in educating borrowers. Because of this attitude, Fannie recommended not disposing of the programs, but rather smarter use of them. Better timing, at the prequalification phase, could go a long way, as could providing incentives for borrowers to take a program, Fannie said. Consumers who take the classes said they did so because they felt they had to, but not because they wanted to.Fannie also recommended that the onus be shifted to the loan officer and away from the agent, who steer buyers toward pre-purchase education programs. But agents, Fannie reported, “have no concrete incentive or motivation” to do so. “They view loan officers or mortgage brokers as experts on loan-related steps and process,” the report stated. “While it’s easy enough to suggest that [homeownership education] could be beneficial to some clients and seem caring and supportive in so doing, they have no leverage to require it.” Sharelast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals are looking to bolster their offensive line this offseason, and they may have already set their sights on one player particular.According to triblive.com, the Cardinals are one of the teams who have shown interest in unrestricted free agent Ramon Foster.The offensive guard’s agent, Joel Segal, talked to the Steelers about a contract, and the team could make an offer once they determine their offseason budget, the report said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories But Foster may wind up pricing himself out of the Steelers plans.However, an offer may come too late and under market value. Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee have shown interest in the 27-year-old guard.The Cardinals’ interest in Foster shouldn’t come as a surprise, since new head coach Bruce Arians has ties in Pittsburgh.But whether he ends up in the Valley or not, his days with the Steelers could very well be numbered. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Related Birmingham becomes Ryanairs latest baseBi

first_img RelatedBirmingham becomes Ryanair’s latest baseBirmingham International Airport will become Ryanair’s latest European baseRyanair launches new Dusseldorf routeRyanair will be launching a new flight to Dusseldorf from Birmingham for the winter season.New Ryanair Flights from Bologna baseNew Ryanair Flights from Bologna base Ryanair has announced new flights to Prague from Birmingham International Airport.The airline will launch the new route in October, to coincide with the introduction of nine other new flights at Birmingham.This announcement follows news from last week that Ryanair plans to launch several flights from Birmingham over the next year as part of the terminal’s new status at the carrier’s latest European base.Commenting on the flights to Prague, Ryanair airline spokesperson Bridget Dowling said: “The people of the West Midlands have a lot to celebrate this month as Ryanair announces a 10th new route from Birmingham.”The new flight to Prague which starts on October 26th will operate five times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will carry an additional 70,000 passengers p. a. to and from Birmingham.”In July, the airline will add flights from Birmingham to Bratislava, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Olbia, Perpignan, Stockholm and Trapani.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Strong maritime cluster helps keep island on the shipping map

first_imgWith the 11th largest flag in the world, Cyprus has a well developed industry that services companies from around the world reports Andria KadesLocated at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has historically played a role in the region’s trade, which has been built on in more modern time to create a shipping industry that is now the 11th biggest in the world.Currently employing about 4,500 people on the island, with some 140 shipping companies registered here, Cyprus is one of the biggest shipping centres in Europe, Eberhard Koch, German CEO and partner at Oesterreichischer Lloyd, told the Cyprus Mail.Contributing approximately €1bn per year, shipping accounts for seven per cent of Cyprus’ GDP with a fleet of 1,000 ocean going vessels of a gross tonnage exceeding 23 million.See also: A history of forward planningThe department of merchant shipping (DMS) says it took a lot of work to get Cyprus to where it is today and the hard work continues maintaining and improving those standards.While the industry started in the 1960s it was around 30 years later that a lot of work was involved in making sure there was a quality fleet attached to Cyprus’ flag. Shortly after the creation of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), comprised of well-organised professionals, the relationship between the department of merchant shipping and the industry went from strength to strength.Cyprus is already one of the biggest ship management centres, which provides a sufficient incentive to draw other companies to consider setting up operations here, said Prabhat Jha, Group Managing Director of Cyprus-based MSC Shipmanagement Limited.“There is a strong maritime cluster,” Jha said.Tax in cyprus is based on how much is being carriedThe tonnage tax system applied in Cyprus is one of the key attractions for shipping companies. Tonnage tax is a method of calculating tax based on the tonnage of vessels, rather than on corporate earnings and Cyprus is one of many countries that have such as system.According to Koch, Cyprus’ flag is appreciated worldwide, spanning from the US to Australia and other major ports.Additionally, the fact that the registry is done in a government department offers companies a sense of security, the DMS said.“It’s a guarantee from the state and not a private company. Although it might require a longer procedure, overall it poses a lower risk compared to other countries.”Furthermore, companies are also attracted to Cyprus’ broader tax system, with a corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent.Cyprus also has a supportive government, legal and audit firms aplenty and a healthy supply of talent for recruitment into shipping companies, Jha said and it helps that the people on the island are very friendly too.It is quite telling that after the financial crisis hit the island in 2013 the shipping industry emerged quite unscathed.See also: Our View: Shipping industry robust because ignored by politiciansThis is largely because shipping companies are well known for planning ahead for all eventualities, Jha said.“It is a very proactive industry. We have to be prepared for bad weather. You don’t just decide on what action to take when the bad weather hits. You prepare beforehand.”Comprehensive risk management teams helped many shipping companies survive the financial crisis that hit the island, particularly in the aftermath of the bailout.“At MSC we manage nearly 200 ships from our Limassol office which are all over the world. We don’t have exposure to the local market and thus were not affected at all,” Jha said.“Shipping was the probably the only industry hiring when others were firing.”Looking to the future, Koch believes Limassol “could be the bright star of the Mediterranean.”“Cyprus is at a crossroad of three continents. It is also the first EU country next to the Suez Canal and this could make it a huge hub in the future – possibly why Dubai is investing in the port,” he added.Comprehensive legal frameworks covering all facets, including pirate legislation is available to companies registering on the island.“We have a good system here,” Koch said, which includes that when passing through Cape Horn through the Indian Ocean approaching the ports in Sri Lanka or India, there are armed guards on board to protect the crew, vessel and cargo from pirates, in addition to UN ships in the area.“There are companies in Cyprus that are offering armed guards,” Koch said, however this is not something unique to Cyprus.What would really push the industry would be a lifting on the Turkish embargo on the Cyprus flag, he added. A long-standing problem, the industry believed this would have been resolved with a solution to the Cyprus problem “but that’s off the table now.”“What we need to do more of is to promote Cyprus abroad more.“It saddens me that in northern European they don’t even know what Cyprus is,” and this is really where the government should be pushing to promote the island to,” Koch said.As of right now, Cyprus faces strong competition from Shanghai and Dubai, he added.See also: Seeking growth in stormy waters, ‘We compete with other countries not each other’You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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