‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more

UN envoy warns of profound deadlock in IsraeliPalestinian peace talks

26 July 2011The political process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in “profound and persistent” deadlock, a senior United Nations envoy warned today, calling on the parties to work towards a two-State solution and on the international community to help them find a credible way forward. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told a meeting of the Security Council that efforts to find the necessary common ground for resumed negotiations have proven extremely difficult, given the differences and lack of trust between the parties. “Political leaders on both sides are frustrated, as are their publics,” he said at the start of a debate that was expected to hear from over 35 speakers. “This is particularly acute on the Palestinian side, in the absence of a credible political horizon for ending the occupation that began in 1967. Israelis remain concerned about achieving lasting security and end of conflict.”Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since late September following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. “The political process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in profound and persistent deadlock,” stated Mr. Serry, who along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been calling repeatedly on the parties to re-engage in direct talks.“We continue to urge the parties to find a way forward at this sensitive and important time. We hope that the international community can help by shaping a legitimate and balanced framework,” he added.The envoy noted that both Mr. Abbas and Mr. Netanyahu continue to reiterate their desire to negotiate. However, in the absence of a framework for meaningful talks, and with Israeli settlement activity continuing, the Palestinians are actively exploring approaching the UN.“President Abbas states that he remains committed to negotiations, and that efforts in the United Nations would help to preserve the two-State solution. Israel opposes this course of action, stating that it will make negotiations for a two-State solution more difficult to achieve,” he said.“We hope that the international community can be united in fora of collective decision-making– now, in September, and after September too – and shape a legitimate and balanced way forward that helps the parties overcome their differences and ultimately return to negotiations.”Noting the gains made in the West Bank, Mr. Serry said that the Palestinian Authority has, in key areas, reached a level of institutional performance sufficient for a functioning state and is ready to “assume the responsibilities of statehood” at any point in the near future.“Real security and economic gains have been made, benefiting both peoples,” he said, pointing out that better governance, increased investment, improvements in movement and access and donor engagement have strengthened the West Bank economy in a difficult global environment over the past two years.“However, as we have often warned, this agenda is reaching the limits of achievement without more political and physical space. This requires Israeli steps to roll back measures of occupation and continuous donor support.”Meanwhile, on the ground, demolitions of Palestinian structures have surged, settlement activity continues and the calm between Israel and Gaza that was restored in early April has been challenged by the firing of rockets into Israel and air strikes and incursions carried out by Israel in Gaza.“I cannot but describe the situation where Palestinian statebuilding has matured in the West Bank, but the political track has failed to converge, as dramatic,” stated the envoy. read more

Redbox ramps up Canadian expansion with plans to install 300 kiosks in

TORONTO — Redbox plans to install up to another 300 movie and video game rental kiosks in Canada during the second quarter as the U.S. parent company turns its gaze north in search of room to grow.The kiosk operator has signed an agreement with Petro-Canada that will see Redbox kiosks installed at gas stations, while more kiosks are planned at existing partners which includes Loblaws, Giant Tiger and Walmart Canada.“This partnership along with our growing footprint of existing retail partners fuels our national expansion in markets across the country,” said country manager Ron Cihocki in a release.The announcement comes after Redbox owner Coinstar reported Thursday that profits plunged 58 per cent in the first quarter, as more Americans utilized services like Netflix to watch movies, rather than leaving their homes to rent them.But the rollout in Canada has been much slower than the company planned when it launched last May with machines which rent movies and video games for $1.50 each.Last year, the company said it planned to have as many as 2,500 kiosks in Canada by the end of 2013, though so far it only has about 350 locations in Ontario and Western Canada.Coinstar plans to change its name to Outerwall at its annual meeting in June, which the company says will better reflect its expansion beyond coin-counting machines and into its kiosks that rent movies, serve coffee and sell concert tickets.Redbox is one of the most popular entertainment options in the U.S., with about 43,000 kiosks.The Illinois-based company also has kiosks in select Shoppers Drug Marts, Safeways and convenience stores operated by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.The Canadian Press read more

Better blasting – increase performance and production lower costs

first_imgMaptek’s BlastLogicTM drill and blast management system harnesses under-used information to enhance dig rates and improve blast performance. We all know how better fragmentation can save millions of dollars in less explosive use and less energy use in comminution plants. Drill and blast is fundamental to the cost effectiveness of a mining operation, given its inter-relationship with downstream processes.Digging rates, toe and wall control and loss or dilution provide a good measure of blast performance. Aside from operator ability, material digability is the fundamental factor affecting production of excavators and shovels. A shovel productivity gain of more than 9% has been attributed to consistently easy digability, of which drill and blast is the key enabler.Geology and structure aligned with targeted blast objectives determine the drill and blast design. Many sites already implement quality checks on drilling and charge placement. However, efficient use of this data is restricted as it is often manually compiled into spreadsheets or tabular QA systems.Maptek BlastLogic drill and blast decision support system assists engineers to harness existing underutilised information to enhance dig rates. Identifying areas of a pattern that can lead to toe or oversize due to poor execution of drilling is difficult.Ambiguity associated with the actual placement of charge can result in sub-optimal dig rates.BlastLogic focuses on getting the fundamentals of drill and blast right every time. This leads to improvement on bench performance in critical areas like pattern preparation, hole depth variation, charging and stemming compliance.Blast damage is another factor that can lead to significant performance loss. The extent of in-situ coal loss can vary from 5-20%, attributed to the damage of the top seam and loss of coal during mining, or the burial of coal beneath overburden.In coal mines, a lack of adherence to the blast plan in the field is cited as a key factor in coal loss. Operations require a standardised, replicable approach to overburden blasting and excavation to protect the coal seam. This is the essence of the BlastLogic solution.Drill and blast inaccuracies can have other costly downstream effects. Blast oversize affects load and haul productivity, safety and crusher performance. The additional higher cost and effort in secondary blasting and rehandling of material must be considered. The overall cost of blast performance is kept to a minimum by achieving the right result the first time.Balancing blast effort and cost factors can provide an insight into the critical processes that underpin a mining operation. The value in BlastLogic is that key drill and blast information is immediately available in a usable format so it can be acted on. This provides a platform for more logical planning and execution of blasting activities.last_img read more


4.Kiel131003383:33220 7.Goppingen14806368:33916 8.Hamburg13715373:34515 12.Leipzig13526342:36012 Rhein Neckar Lowen suffered first defeat in the DKB Bundesliga season. MT Melsungen beat the “Lions” 25:23 (12:14) in Kassel with Michael Muller with seven goals in the main role. Even 11 goals of Uwe Gensheimer weren’t enough to stop one of the biggest positive surprises of the season together with HSG Wetzlar.STANDINGS: 5.Fuchse Berlin14833408:36719 6.HSG Wetzlar14914375:36119 3.Flensburg-H.141112424:34223 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten122010322:3674 2.MT Melsungen141121411:34424 10.Gummersbach14626376:38414 13.Lemgo14428380:42910 17.Bergischer132011324:3794 9.SC Magdeburg14626388:39214 14.TVB Stuttgart141310366:4275 15.Eisenach142111370:4605 18.N-Lübbecke140212365:4272 11.Hannover-Burgdorf14545374:39114 1.Rhein-Neckar141301398:30126 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Derby matches in Paris and Skopje Next Story → EHF CL: Strong Flensburg and Wisla – Routine win for Veszprem read more

EVE Online is about to be invaded by alien supercarriers and a

first_imgAlthough it’s always daunted casual players like me, EVE Online has always been one of the largest and most epic of scope of all of the MMOGs, but the latest updates might be the biggest envelope push yet: EVE Online players are getting a whole trilogy of expansion packs over the next couple of months.The trilogy of updates is called the Incursion Update and it will add large scale PvE gameplay in which players are expected to band together to fight off fleets of invading supercarriers piloted by an evil civilization from outside the gallery.The first part of this update launched earlier in the week and included 80 new storyline missions and the Noctis salvaging ship, as well as ammo rebalancing and UI improvements. Two weeks later, another patch will land, bringing a holiday gift to Eve Online players… but its the final update, launching early next year, that is the real one to look forward to, bringing the aforementioned invasion to Eve Online as well as an in-game social network and more:Incursion 1.0.2 will be available mid-January and includes the stunningly realistic character creator based on CCP’s avatar technology, a precursor to next year’s “Incarna” release. The web-based social networking platform for EVE players, EVEGate, will see a large upgrade with integrated forums. The Planetary Interaction feature will also see significant improvements based on player input. The following week, a vengeance-fueled Sansha’s Nation will invade the EVE universe, causing chaos as pilots join together in twenty to forty person fleets to beat back the new “Revenant” supercarriers, their fierce fighter bombers and the fleets at their command. Victors against these “incursions” will reap tremendous rewards for their bravery. This is a hell of a holiday season to be an EVE fan, that’s for sure.Read more at Eve Onlinelast_img read more

Apples streaming music service hasnt launched because it wants dirtcheap rates

first_imgYou’d think that negotiating rights deals with record labels would be easy for Apple, which opened the floodgates on digital distribution profits when it launched iTunes. In reality, however, not so much. According to anonymous inside sources, Apple can’t get the deals done because it’s not willing to pony up.Right now, Apple pays something in the neighborhood of 33 cents per 100 songs streamed from the cloud for iTunes Match users. That’s for music that people have already purchased and theoretically have some kind of corresponding fair use rights.For its long-rumored streaming service, Apple reportedly wants to pay about 6 cents per 100. If this really is a Spotify or Pandora competitor that Apple is brewing up, then that 6 cents per 100 tracks is supposed to cover songs you don’t already own. That hardly seems like the kind of deal record execs are likely to sign.Spotify reportedly pays about 35 cents per hundred songs, while Pandora has a much sweeter deal that runs it only 12 cents. Yes, Apple would bring a huge, loyal user base to the party, but do the record companies really want to agree to such a low-ball offer? Based on the fact that the deal isn’t done yet, the answer is a resounding no.That’s not a surprise, either, given the popularity of Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, et al. It’s a bit early for industry bigwigs to agree to Apple’s miserly 6 cent figure, because it would make it tricky to keep their streaming revenue at the current “comfortable levels” come renegotiation time.Let’s hope Apple doesn’t get its way. It already takes an artist 1,000 plus plays to earn a single dollar from Spotify. With Apple reportedly wanting to pay the labels around 1/6 of that rate, lesser-known artists would be getting seriously shafted.last_img read more

PWD takes up repair work of Diamond Harbour Road after rain subsides

first_imgKolkata: The state Public Works department (PWD) has taken up the repairing work of the stretches on Diamond Harbour Road that got badly damaged due to heavy downpour.The department has started repairing the roads adjoining Taratala Flyover. Braving rains, the engineers of PWD worked throughout the night on Tuesday to complete the work.Engineers feel the Mastic Asphalt coating that has been used to repair will keep the roads protected for the next six to seven months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe road was heavily damaged due to the incessant rainfall. The top surface of the road got washed away, resulting in potholes and craters.The potholes pose a serious threat to the two-wheeler and auto rickshaw drivers as they often fail to gauge the depth of the crators. Recently, two autos overturned near Taratala intersection causing injuries to the passengers. PWD has also started covering up the potholes near Behala Chowrasta and once the sunny spell starts, through repairs will be carried out. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe engineers said the entire stretch of Diamond Harbour Road upto Joka has been damaged due to construction of BBD Joka Metro railway. The drains have been clogged resulting in waterlogging.Meanwhile, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has started filling up the potholes on eastern Metropolitan Bypass as it has slowed down traffic movement from Monday and many airport-bound passengers have missed their flights.Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has begun repairing roads in Sector V that got damaged due to rainfall. High-level meeting has been held between senior NDITA officials and police to chalk out the plan.In sector V and its adjoining areas, the construction of East-West Metro has resulted in waterlogging. People can now lodge complaints in respect of damaged roads, bridges, culverts and buildings belonging to PWD for early repair on Whatsapp — ‘9073362000’.last_img read more

Noted plays to enthrall Delhi

first_imgA 21-day-long theatre festival in Delhi is treating the capital’s theatre enthusiasts with a vibrant palette of productions, including those by Harold Pinter, Rhishikesh Vaidya, and others. If you are in Delhi, keep your day free and enjoy some fabulous performances. Here is a list of plays that will be held on February 9:SAPTAPARNEE Shri Ram Centre 4.00pm Playwright: Sadhana Ahmed Director: Sohag Sen and others Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGroup: Rangakarmee, Kolkata Language: Hindi & Bengali Duration: 1 hr 30 mins THE DUMB WAITER LTG 5.30 pm Playwright: Harold Pinter Director: Thawai Thiyam Group: Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal Language: Manipuri Duration: 1 hr 13 mins MORPHOSIS Kamani 7.00 pm Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePlaywright: Rhishikesh Vaidya Director: Bapi Bose Group: Circle Theatre Company, Delhi Language: Hindi Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins AN ILIAD Abhimanch 8.30 pm Playwrights: Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare Directors: Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden Group: Prague Shakespeare Company, Czeh Republic Language: English Duration: 1 hr 45 minslast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more December 12, 2012 — Nearly 12 months after their first collaborative medical outreach project, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and GE Healthcare are in rural northwest India again to utilize advances in cardiovascular ultrasound technology to enhance medical education for healthcare providers caring for underserved populations.An organized team of ASE member sonographers and physicians has traveled to New Delhi to train Indian physicians in image acquisition while testing the possibilities of remote medical education. The educational event is a collaboration with Medanta – The Medicity, one of India’s largest multispecialty medical institutes, located in Gurgaon in India’s National Capital Region. An additional team of ASE sonographers is assisting in training via the Internet and StatVideo’s EchoBoxes, equipment designed to stream cardiac ultrasound images over the Web. Twenty Indian physicians are receiving training on-site, while half of the physicians are also benefitting from additional training by ASE sonographers providing real-time instruction remotely from the United States. This technology is assisting them to see the images the Indian physicians scanned, providing the ability to instruct the physicians on improved acquisition in real time.After a successful medical camp in January 2012, healthcare providers on this year’s project have included two new corporate sponsors, CoreSound Imaging and StatVideo, to expand the reach from the rural setting with long-distance, Web-based technology to the remote sonographers. The project was organized by Partho P. Sengupta, M.D., FASE, a New York-based cardiologist, member of ASE’s board and the India liaison for ASE, and local training was coordinated by Ravi Kasliwal, M.D., and Manish Bansal, M.D., FASE, of Medanta – The Medicity.“This educational activity sets a benchmark in delivering innovative Internet-based teleconsultation and tele-education program to physicians,” said Sengupta. “The physicians registered for a novel training module: ASE-VISION (Value of Interactive Scanning for Improving Outcome of New Learners). This program ushers newer training possibilities in integration of tele-echocardiography with activities that range from real-time online assessments, long distance consultations, information sharing and education of physicians in remote areas of the world.”Clinicians will leverage GE Healthcare ultrasound technology, including the laptop-sized Vivid i and Vivid q, plus the Vscan pocket-sized visualization tool, to facilitate the acquisition of the images and provide an educational and awareness vehicle for India-based physicians. The systems will be used on loan from GE Healthcare, which also provided an educational grant for the project to help support travel for sonographers. Vscan leverages ultrasound technology to provide clinicians with an immediate, noninvasive method to help obtain visual information about what is happening inside the body. In remote areas, as well as in today’s clinical setting, the ability to take a “quick look” inside the body may not only help clinicians detect disease earlier but also better triage patients.“Based on the positive impact and success of the medical camp in January 2012, GE is honored to help provide education to local physicians and improve the care provided to citizens in India once again,” said Al Lojewski, general manager, cardiovascular ultrasound, GE Healthcare. “Through the use of portable GE ultrasound technology and the collaboration with local healthcare providers, ASE and its physician members are helping improve the overall quality of care for thousands of people in this rural part of India.”StatVideo’s five EchoBox devices enable real-time ultrasound video images to be streamed over the Web from Medanta Hospital in India to the United States. When needed, the consultants can view these images in real-time with physician participants at Medanta.Core Sound Imaging is delivering Studycast, a cloud PACS (picture archiving and communication system) that allows physicians to view and report on ultrasound images that have been performed. Studycast provides physicians access to the exams and reporting package from across town, or across the globe. Studycast makes a comprehensive reporting solution available for everyday use or occasional collaboration.“ASE’s Global Initiative efforts are a natural fit with Studycast. Studycast is about bringing innovative solutions to physicians, wherever they are,” said Laurie Smith, chief operating officer of Core Sound Imaging. “Vision, compassion and enthusiasm in the ASE leaders have driven this project and inspired Core Sound Imaging to collaborate with GE and ASE to deliver this education and outreach initiative to those in India.”For more information: www.asecho.org, www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 12PreviousNextcenter_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | December 12, 2012 ASE, GE Healthcare Return to India to Educate on Use of Ultrasound in Remote Areas Medical outreach partners with local hospital to bring innovative technology and education to India read more last_img read more

Off the eaten path Don Doner

first_imgRelated posts:Off the eaten path: La Tacopedia Off the eaten path: Taj Mahal Off the eaten path: Lidia’s Place Off the eaten path: Cebolla Verde While Don Doner is named after the doners it sells, the french fries here are quite possibly the best in the country. Most places around Costa Rica serve the same, generic, frozen french fries, but Don Doner has daily hand-cut fries that are dunked in the fryer twice. They do this at different temperatures, to get the perfect fry. I’m talking crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. They’re also seasoned with a house blend of lemon salt that makes an already great french fry even better. The fries are served with a side garlic mayo for dipping. The blend of flavors makes for a very satisfying combination. Whatever you do, make sure you get an order. They only cost 900 colones (about $1.50).   Some of the best french fries in Costa Rica. (The Tico Times / William Ayre)You’ll find these delicious fries across from the Delta gas station in Pavas. They also have other food. Don Doner has been specializing in Mediterranean foods such as the doner kebab, donair, gyro and shawarma for the past ten years. Actually, they claim to have been the first in the country to offer these foreign delights. I’d normally call this fast food because it’s a cheap and greasy spot, but when they’re busy, the service is not fast at all. When I have a craving, it’s worth the wait though. If you’re impatient, just make sure to visit during non-peak hours and you won’t have a problem. The location is a small, no-frills kind of spot, with seating for about 10 or 15 people. It’s fine for eating in, or it’s just as easy to take your food to go. The menu at Don Doner has about 15 different items to choose from, most of which you can order as a sandwich in pita bread — which is my recommendation — in a tortilla wrap, or as a salad. Almost all of the different pita sandwiches sell for around 3,495 colones (about $5.73) as a combo, which includes french fries, those delicious french fries, and a drink. The most expensive option, the lamb pita, goes for 4,495 colones (about $7.40) as a combo. The donair at Don Doner. (The Tico Times / William Ayre)As a Canadian living abroad, the main reason I go to Don Doner is to have what they call a Halifax Donair. Now, in fairness, if you are actually from Halifax (I am not), or Canada in general (I am), you probably won’t allow this to pass as what you know to be a really good donair back home. But in Costa Rica, when you’ve been deprived of donair and hockey for months or years at a time, it does the trick. Whether it’s truly authentic or not, at the end of the day, it tastes good and that’s what matters.Slices of grilled beef are laid on top a generous bed of fresh lettuce, onion and tomato, which is all packed into pita bread. Then it’s topped with Halifax sauce; a sweet, creamy sauce with a hint of garlic. The sauce is probably the only thing about this sandwich that would resemble a Halifax donair back home.Personally, I add a fearless serving of their house-made hot sauce. You can find a bottle of this on every table, but if for some reason you don’t, ask for some. They also sell bottles to take home. Buy one. If you like the hot sauce, ask for some. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)The doner kebab, falafel pita and shawarma are also very good by local standards. Especially when you’re drunk – or stoned – and have the munchies for this kind of food. Skip the baklava, though. It didn’t taste right at all. But you should be full enough by this point anyway, that dessert isn’t necessary. As I mentioned before, the service here can be very hit or miss. It depends on who is working that day and how busy they are. Actually, social media is full of negative reviews by people who swear Don Doner was better before they moved locations. They were just a few doors down, on the same street, until about a year and a half ago. Then they moved to their new spot.I can’t comment on the old place, but I have eaten at the new one a few times recently and it tastes perfectly fine to me, especially for the low price. I’ve seen them get busy too, so you can be reassured that they sell enough to have a proper rotation of ingredients. What they’re serving is generally going to be fresh. If on some rare chance you do get a stomach ache, well, you knew what you were signing up for when you walked in and saw that mystery meat rotating on the vertical broiler. It would be no different at a donair shop back in Canada. That being said, I have never had a bad experience. Don Doner is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and then 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. on Sunday. Major credit cards are accepted. Vegetarian options are available, but alcoholic beverages are not. All prices include taxes. Street parking available directly in front of, and along both sides, of the restaurant. Search Don Doner in Waze or Uber to arrive conveniently, or call them at 2231-7057 to order delivery.When you visit, let them know The Tico Times sent you. William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Construction has begun on the 2nd Modern Riverboat

first_imgConstruction has begun on the 2nd Modern RiverboatAmerican Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the second modern riverboat in the series of five. The second riverboat is the sister-ship to state-of-the-art American Song, the first modern riverboat available in the U.S., which will make its inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River this October.The Line’s commitment to building only new ships has given it a decided advantage in the U.S. market, where most other companies refurbish older ships which do not offer the same spacious design and innovative technical advancements.“American Cruise Lines revived U.S. river cruising in 2010 and is now is transforming U.S. cruising with these innovative new riverboats. They are unlike anything other cruise companies are doing and the interest has been phenomenal,” says Timothy J. Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines.Itinerary details will be released soon, but American Cruise Lines has said that the second new riverboat in the series will be available in the summer, 2019. Work has already started at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, in Salisbury, MD, where the American Song is also being built.About American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines is the largest cruise line in the U.S. and the premier leader in the industry. The Line has become the gold standard for cruising in the U.S. through a focus on ship innovation and a tradition of introducing only brand new ships. In 2018, with 10 ships, the Line operates the largest modern fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, small coastal cruise ships and the only modern riverboat in the country. With over 35 itineraries to 25 states, the Line cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.For reservations or to learn more about American Song and the Modern Riverboat SeriesPlease visit: AmericanCruiseLines.com or call 1-800-814-6880.Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/americancruiselinesFollow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/American_CruiseSource = American Cruise Lineslast_img read more

Stress Test Shows GSEs Would Require Another Sizable Draw on Treasury

first_img April 30, 2015 495 Views Stress Test Shows GSEs Would Require Another Sizable Draw on Treasury Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would likely need another sizable draw from the U.S. Department of Treasury should an economic downturn occur, according to data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Thursday.The Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests (DFAST) – Severely Adverse Scenario report indicated that the two GSEs would need a second taxpayer bailout, this time of up to $157.3 billion, under hypothetical adverse economic conditions that included a rise in the nation’s unemployment level up to 10 percent by the middle of 2016; a decline in real GDP as large as 4.5 percent by the end of 2015 before recovery begins in 2016; and long term interest rates drop significantly while short-term rates remain near zero.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received a $187.5 billion taxpayer bailout in 2008, at which time they were taken into conservatorship by the FHFA. The fact that the Enterprises remain in conservatorship of the FHFA has been a contentious topic among lawmakers and housing industry stakeholders in recent months. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac returned to profitability in 2012, but those profits declined substantially from 2013 to 2014. Recent reports, including one from the FHFA Inspector General, have warned that the profitability of the GSEs might not continue even though the conservatorship probably will.Since 2012, all GSE profits have been swept into Treasury. The GSEs each have a capital buffer of $1.8 billion, but it is required to be reduced by $600 million per year until it reaches zero by 2018. Should the GSEs’ losses exceed their capital buffer, they would require a draw from Treasury.U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said the results of the DFAST offer further proof that GSE reform is necessary. Corker co-sponsored legislation along with Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) in 2013 to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a private insurance company system with a government backstop. The bill, known as the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014 (S.1217), passed in the Senate Banking Committee by a vote of 13 to 9 in May 2014.”Today’s FHFA stress test is yet another stark reminder of the need for Congress to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reform our housing finance system,” Corker said. “With control of both houses and with the amount of effort that has been put forth to develop a bipartisan, bicameral consensus, this Republican-led Congress has the opportunity to demonstrate it is serious about protecting American taxpayers, and I hope we will not let this opportunity pass us by.”According to the DFAST results released Thursday, the combined remaining funding commitment for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements was $258.1 billion.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and all financial institutions with more than $10 billion in assets, are required by a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 to take an annual stress test to determine if they can absorb losses when adverse economic conditions strike. The findings of the FHFA’s report are not expected outcomes, but rather modeled projects in “what if” scenarios based on assumptions about operations at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, loan performance, macroeconomic and financial market conditions, and house prices. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Taxpayer Bailouts U.S. Department of Treasury 2015-04-30 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgBunnik ToursCentral AmericaSouth Americaspecials If your clients want to experience the incredible history and diverse cultures of this fascinating continent, Bunnik Tours has just released a spot special with up to $500 per person off selected travel dates between 25 February and 31 March 2019.There are 3 South American adventures to choose from with a saving of $500ppSouth American Discovery –Tour date: 31 March 2019Tour length: 36 daysPrice: from $18,495Colombia & Ecuador –Tour date: 25 February 2019Tour length: 24 daysPrice: from $13,175Cuba, Peru & the Galapagos –Tour date: 8 March 2019Tour length: 28 daysPrice: from $17,785There are also 2 Central American tours with a saving of $300ppMexico, Guatemala & CubaTour date: 17 March 2019Tour length: 29 daysPrice: from $17,165Costa Rica & CubaTour date: 23 March 2019Tour length: 23 daysPrice from $13,895This spot special is ending on 21 December 2018, in line with the South & Central America earlybird discount. IMAGE: Machu Picchu, Peru/Bunnik Tourslast_img read more

Seabourn has officially opened its new signature r

first_imgSeabourn has officially opened its new signature restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, on Seabourn Quest.With a menu, wine list and ambience inspired by a classic American chophouse, The Grill is a collaboration between three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany, exclusively for Seabourn.“The opening of The Grill by Thomas Keller marks the start of a new chapter in Seabourn’s long history of award-winning cuisine,” Seabourn President Richard Meadows said.“We are excited for guests to enjoy the restaurant’s top-quality ingredients matched by a tremendous wine list, while travelling the world with Seabourn.”Located on Deck 8, The Grill focuses on updated versions of iconic dishes where guests are treated to chophouse classics as well as a range of other steakhouse favourites. The timeless menu draws on many artisan purveyors, while a wine list featuring more than 90 selections from around the world has been personally curated by Keller to complement each dish.The interior design by Adam D. Tihany enhances the dining experience with spaces that are distinctive to the ship, yet defined by intimate settings with an elegant and warm masculine quality. The Grill by Thomas Keller is located in the newly renovated space formerly occupied by Restaurant 2.Seabourn’s partnership with Thomas Keller began in 2015 and underlines the luxury cruise line’s commitment to offering outstanding guest experiences.The Grill will be open for dinner daily, and guests will have the opportunity to secure reservations online in advance of their cruise. In keeping with Seabourn’s all-inclusive rates, there is no additional charge to dine at the specialty restaurant.The restaurant will also feature on the new Seabourn Encore, which will cruise Australian waters during its first season. When the ship arrives down under in late January, Seabourn Encore will be less than two months old, claiming the mantle as the youngest ship ever to visit Australia, as well as the most luxurious.last_img read more

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first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazieRolls-Royce Motor Cars recently announced that Torsten Müller-Ötvös will join the company as its Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the role at the end of March 2010 from Tom Purves, who will retire after 25 years service with the BMW Group.During his more than 20 years with the BMW Group, Torsten has held a number of management positions in the Sales and Marketing Division and was instrumental in brand and product management for MINI between 2000 and 2003. He successfully re-launched the MINI brand and internationally re-established this quintessentially British marque as the first premium small car brand. In 2004 he assumed responsibility for central marketing and brand management at BMW. Torsten has been running BMW global product management since April 2008, as well as parts of its after-sales business.Torsten will continue to report to Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Group Sales and Marketing and also Chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Ian Robertson said, “Torsten has many years of solid experience in the fields of brand and product management as well as marketing. He is the perfect candidate to lead Rolls-Royce Motor Cars into a period of expansion – having not only a successful track record as a manager, but also a feel for the unique attributes of a traditional brand.”Robertson also took the opportunity to thank Tom Purves: “Tom’s breadth of experience and successful track record over many years with the Group have proven extremely valuable to Rolls-Royce as the company moved through an important stage of its development. He has successfully overseen the launch of our new Ghost model series and hands over the helm of a company in excellent shape for the future. I wish him the very best for a well-deserved retirement.”Purves said, “It has been a privilege and an honor to lead Rolls-Royce, particularly at this exciting point in the company’s history. I have always felt a special connection with Rolls-Royce, having started my career in the car division and it is very special to be retiring having headed this great company. I have every confidence in the future success of the company in the hands of its new CEO.”Purves succeeded Robertson as CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in July 2008. His previous posts included more than nine years as President of BMW North America, LLC and head of the sales region there, where he successfully managed BMW Group activities throughout North and South America. Under his tenure sales and market share more than doubled. He began his career in the automotive industry in 1966 as an apprentice engineer at Rolls-Royce in Crewe before joining BMW Group in 1985.www.rolls-roycemotorcars.comlast_img read more

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