TORONTO – Toronto’s status as the lone Canadian contender in the race to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters could give the city a competitive advantage, one of the key players behind the bid said on Thursday.Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, who helped spearhead Toronto’s proposal to host the multibillion-dollar headquarters, dubbed HQ2, said the city is the only one of the 20 remaining competitors who can draw upon the resources of an entire country in order to land the coveted prize.“Frankly, it’s helpful that we’ve now got it down to one city,” Clark told The Canadian Press. “We ought to have a Team Canada approach here, and so I think you have to make sure that the city, the province and the federal government are working hand-in-hand together to say, ‘let’s have a win for Canada.’”Amazon released its short list of candidate cities on Thursday, revealing that Toronto was the only Canadian city left in the running after it whittled the competition down from 238 to 20 bidders.Clark, who has agreed to help guide the city and surrounding municipalities through the next phase of the selection process, said inclusion on the short list is a validation of the pitch that emphasized talent, diversity and quality of life in stead, not financial incentives.Word that Amazon planned to open a second North American headquarters sparked a torrent of proposals from cities eager to land the $5-billion investment and lure the projected 50,000 jobs to go with it.Bids poured in from Canadian cities from coast to coast as both major urban centres like Montreal and Halifax vied with smaller dark-horse competitors such as Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.In the end, however, only Toronto made the short list, where it stands alongside American metropolises such as Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta.Some Canadian mayors expressed disappointment that their cities did not make the cut, but at least one was prepared to rally behind Toronto in solidarity. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage announced he intended to display a banner in his city reading “Go Toronto.”Toronto Mayor John Tory celebrated the city’s triumph at a news conference, in which he likened the inclusion on the short list to “making the playoffs” in a sports tournament.“We’re excited to have this opportunity and to be able to tell Toronto’s unique story,” he said. “There is no other place in North America that can boast the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy, the same economic strength.”Toronto Global, the group that compiled the city’s bid, said it will speak to Amazon in the coming days to find out what the next phase of the bidding process will look like.Chairman Mark Cohon said they will take the time to lay out more arguments as to why it should call Canada home.The initial bid focused on the features of the Toronto region and surrounding municipalities such as Guelph, Waterloo, Durham, Mississauga and York, he said. Subsequent conversations will map out ways in which higher orders of government could benefit the company.“What we’ll obviously talk to them about is things that the government has created in terms of initiatives, so…talking to them about how we could work closely with the federal government on the immigration pipeline and helping them get in temporary workers,” Cohon said. “Those are all the type of things that really, I think, make our bid really compelling.”Tory noted that Toronto attracted Amazon’s attention without resorting to tax breaks and other financial incentives offered by some of the U.S. competitors that also made the short list. The city of Boston’s bid includes $75 million for affordable housing for Amazon employees, while the city of Newark, N.J. proposed to give the company $2 billion in tax breaks.Tory said the strength of Toronto’s bid lay in other factors.“I’d be very surprised if we’re suddenly going to switch course now and say that we found some pot of money that we frankly didn’t think was worthy of putting in in the context of what really was going to make this the best place for Amazon to locate,” he said.The sentiment was echoed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who said the depth of Ontario’s talent pool combined with government supports unique to Canada would make the province an ideal home for the new headquarters.“No competing U.S. city comes even close to offering this level of talent, nor can they measure up in the ways we are supporting both workers and businesses, be it through universal public health care, a strong system of publicly funded education, expanding access to quality and affordable child care, or the magnitude of our commitment to public infrastructure,” Wynne said in a statement.Amazon did not immediately share details of the next steps in the process, but said it would make its final decision later this year.In the bid it submitted to Amazon last October, Toronto was quick to point out that it met all the criteria the company specified in its search for a second corporate home.The company’s wish list included proximity to a metropolitan area with more than a million people; ability to attract top technical talent, a location 45 minutes from an international airport, direct access to mass transit, and the capacity to expand the headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres over the next decade.Toronto also touted diversity as one of its strengths alongside its lower business costs relative to similarly sized American competitors, expanding infrastructure and low crime rates.The city’s pitch also took what could be construed as a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump and his administrations anti-immigration policies.“We build doors, not walls,” reads the cover letter from the group co-ordinating the bid from Toronto and several surrounding municipalities.The effort to bring the new headquarters to Canada was spearheaded by none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who penned a letter to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the bids were flooding in.The letter, which did not single out any particular city, positioned Canada as “progressive,” “confident,” and a natural home for “forward-thinking global leaders.”Trudeau did not immediately offer comment on Toronto’s inclusion on the HQ2 short list.At least one industry watcher said Toronto has cause to celebrate even if it ultimately does not land the coveted headquarters.“I actually think Toronto has already won in some sense,” said Sean Mullin, executive director of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Six months ago we were not being included in the conversation about what are the top five or top seven tech industry destinations in North America…Now Toronto is on that list, and I think it’s going to continue to be thought of from that perspective.”— With files from the Associated Press
“While many areas are still beyond reach, in Borno and Yobe states, the picture of suffering is shocking,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.He said that numerous reports of human rights violations, including deaths, sexual violence, disappearances, forced recruitment, forced religious conversions, and attacks on civilian sites, have been received. Some 800,000 additional internally displaced people have been identified as needing help.“Severe malnutrition on a wide scale is being reported, and the needs are growing with each day,” he said, noting that in Borno state, 51,474 people are on the refugee agency’s critically vulnerable list, 21,912 of these being children – more than three quarters of whom have lost one or both parents.An additional displacement complication has arisen from the knock-on effect of the military activity and the resulting further spread of insecurity to the north and west across the borders and into parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The violent attacks against military personnel in the town of Bosso in south-eastern Niger on 3 June resulted in the worst displacement there since the beginning of the crisis in 2013.Amid this, some 106,000 Nigerian refugees have been pressed back into homeland, with Borno receiving 67,000, Adamawa 22,000 and Yobe 17,000. These people, who became new internally displaced people in the process, need reception, registration and other protection help, plus shelter, psycho-social support and material assistance, Mr. Edwards said.UNHCR is responding by scaling up its operations, he said, explaining that the immediate focus is the needs of some 488,000 highly vulnerable people in critical condition and now concentrated in ten newly liberated local government areas in Borno state, as well as the needs of the returned refugees.The insurgency in northeast Nigeria has mutated into a vast regional crisis confronting Nigeria and its three Lake Chad Basin neighbours – Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Insecurity has driven more than 187,000 Nigerians across the border, but incursions by Boko Haram into the surrounding countries have generated growing numbers of internally displaced people too. There are 157,000 internally displaced people in Cameroon, 74,800 in Chad and over 127,000 in Niger.As of the most recent available date there are 2,066,783 internally displaced persons in Nigeria.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spencer Ware lost his starting job with the Chiefs after a devastating injury in a preseason game.He got it back after Kareem Hunt’s devastating fall last week.Ware answered the call on short notice, too, carrying 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown while helping the Chiefs to a 40-33 win in Oakland last Sunday.The performance came despite Ware getting only about 10 per cent of the first-team repetitions in practice, and only 48 hours after Hunt was stunningly released follow the release of a video that showed him assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February.Now, the 27-year-old Ware gets a full week of practice as the Chiefs’ starting running back before taking the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. And he just may need it — the Chiefs are preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens, who have the league’s best defence.“I’ve been battling all year, 18 months, to get back fully,” Ware said. “The Chiefs came in, the training staff, they’ve been supporting me. They’ve been behind me every single play.“That’s been building my confidence,” he said. “I thank my teammates and the organization. It makes it easier for me when I’m out there and I can play with people behind me.”This is hardly the first time the Chiefs have had his back.Ware had put on weight and moved to fullback when he joined the Seattle Seahawks out of college, but he only appeared in two games for them before being released. The Chiefs took a chance on Ware and he made the most of it, earning a spot on the roster and slimming back down to play running back.He wound up starting two of the 11 games he played during the 2015 season, and all 14 he appeared in the next season, when former starter Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending injury.Ware was supposed to be the starter last season, even after the Chiefs selected Hunt in the third round of the draft. But he tore ligaments in his knee in a gruesome preseason injury, and Hunt took his opportunity and ran with it — quite literally — to the tune of an NFL rushing title.When he returned in training camp, Ware was suddenly thrust into a backup role.It was probably for the best, at least early on, because Ware acknowledged his fitness and game-readiness wasn’t quite on point early this season. But he ran eight times for 59 yards against Cincinnati in a game that got out of hand early, he finally reached the end zone for the first time this year in a game against Arizona, and he played well in a tough environment last week in Oakland.“It was great to get Spencer back in there and working on more of a full-time basis,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “as opposed to being a relief pitcher or a third-down player.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday he doesn’t expect the Chiefs to change their offence with Ware in the backfield. His physical running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is similar to that of Hunt, while his experience makes up for his lack of game action this season.“Really it’s the same offence. You have to defend the plays and the players running them,” Harbaugh said. “They have capable backs. Spencer Ware has been a starter and done a good job in this league.”Damien Williams and Darrel Williams remain the backups this week, though the Chiefs brought back veteran Charcandrick West to provide some depth. West was released in training camp, but is familiar with the Chiefs offence, not to mention the Ravens defence.He ran for 76 yards and a touchdown in a game against Baltimore a few years ago.“We just have to deal with the guys we’re playing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t expect anything new.”Notes: WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and safety Eric Berry (heel) practiced Wednesday, though Reid declined to say whether either will be available. “We’ll just see how they do,” he said. … Reid said the Chiefs are preparing for both Ravens QBs Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson. “You just try to make sure you cover your bases there,” Reid said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDave Skretta, The Associated Press
Some 4.3 million people die every year from exposure to indoor air pollution, according to the World Health Organization.Sure, that’s predominantly in developing area, where folks cook in and heat poorly ventilated homes with solid fuels (wood, coal, dung, crop wastes). But why take a chance?San Francisco-based Clairy is on a mission to “sensitize people towards green ethics and healthcare issues”—with its flowerpot-cum-air purifier.Choose from nine NASA-approved filtering plants (via Clairy)Dubbed “the most amazing natural air purifier,” Clairy combines nature and technology to analyze and eliminate household toxins like benzene, xylene, ammonia, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde—often found in rubber, cleaners, paint, synthetic fibers, and other everyday items.Get headaches and bouts of dizziness at home? Suffer from allergies or asthma? That’s just the half of it: Long-term exposure to certain contaminants can cause cancer.Enter Clairy—a made-in-Italy dual-part ceramic flowerpot. Hiding inside is a technology unit attached to a fan, which directs air from inside your home to the roots of the plant to be detoxified. Sensors test indoor air quality (IAQ), temperature, and humidity and send real-time mobile updates to your smartphone or tablet.Clairy combines nature and technology to analyze and eliminate household toxins (vla Clairy)“The tech unit forces air into the roots of your plant and eliminates toxic agents, making the air you’re breathing better for you,” the firm’s 2016 crowdfunding campaign said.“Clairy can give you tips on how to adjust and improve the quality of your air. So, not only does Clairy help you learn of the problem—it solves it,” the site boasted.The contemporary jardinière can clean 80 percent of a heavily polluted 53-square-foot room in 30 hours.Spruce up your home with the Clairy air purifier (via Clairy)A successful Indiegogo campaign means the addition of a self-watering system and an LED air quality indicator, which lights up to signify the IAQ.Currently in the production stage, all Clairy units are expected to ship to early-bird buyers by mid-November. Everyone else can pre-order the product—available in four original colors (alabaster, blue, aquamarine, coral—for $189) and two “premium” finishes (for $329), with your choice of nine NASA-approved filtering plants.For every post-crowdfunding Clairy sold, the company will donate ten trees via reforestation non-profit Eden Projects, “so that we can all benefit from more trees and better air.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysKickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg
SALEM, Ore. — The rate of unemployed Oregonians fell again in February to 4 percent, marking the lowest such figure the state has seen in at least the past four decades and a full percentage point-drop in just two months, state economists said Tuesday.In January the state’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.February was the second month in a row that Oregon’s jobless rate declined to record lows since the state began tracking local labor data in 1976. Oregon’s jobless rate was notably lower than the 4.7 percent nationwide average, and it managed to drop by one percentage point since December’s 5 percent rate.February’s jobless rate represents about 82,000 unemployed Oregonians out of the labor market’s overall 2 million-plus workers.Nonfarm payrolls also added 8,200 jobs last month, up from the revised gain of 700 in January. More than half of those job gains came from government, helping the sector recover from its loss of 3,400 workers during the prior month.A similar trend took place in the health care and social assistance sectors, which gained 2,400 workers following January’s 1,700 loss. Job gains totaling 900 were also seen in construction, albeit at a much slower pace than its 2,500 new-hires in January. Conversely, transportation, utilities and warehousing purged 1,400 jobs in February.Democratic Gov. Kate Brown took the latest jobs data as another opportunity to criticize the GOP’s federal health care overhaul proposal, which is up for a House vote this week on Capitol Hill.
ADC AUTHOR Task & Purpose lists the active-duty units deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border….The area around Fort Drum, N.Y., has been declared the most politically tolerant community in the country by The Atlantic, based on analysis from PredictWise. “These are places where people can disagree on politics but still, it appears, give one another the benefit of the doubt,” according to The Atlantic, which has an interactive map of all communities’ rankings. The North Country-Fort Drum region is one of five members of the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities.Fort Drum community members at a Jan. 24 celebration of the installation’s civilian employees. Photo by Glenn Wagner, Fort Drum Visual Information
A Syrian man mourns over his destroyed home in the rebel-held besieged town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Monday, following airstrikes. Photo: AFPRegime bombardment killed nearly 30 people in a rebel enclave near Damascus on Monday, as Syria’s seven-year conflict left civilians paying a heavy price.Residents across several Syrian battlefronts have reported escalating bombardment and have accused Syrian troops of deploying toxic chemicals against rebel-held zones.The United States on Monday said there was “obvious evidence” of multiple chlorine gas attacks in recent weeks, including in the opposition-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.On Monday, dozens of air strikes and artillery fire battered Eastern Ghouta, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“Twenty-nine civilians were killed and dozens were wounded,” said the war monitor’s head, Rami Abdel Rahman.The deadliest raids on Monday hit a market in the town of Beit Sawa, killing 10 civilians including two children.Another nine civilians, two of them children and one a local rescue worker, were killed in Arbin.Eastern Ghouta is included in a de-escalation deal agreed last year by rebel ally Turkey and government supporters Iran and Russia.But violence has ramped up there in recent weeks, and this month alone, chlorine is suspected of having been used on two occasions in munitions launched by the regime on Eastern Ghouta.‘Multiple’ chlorineA third accusation of toxic gas use came from Idlib, an opposition-controlled province in the country’s northwest that also falls in a de-escalation zone.Nearly a dozen people were treated for breathing difficulties on Sunday after Syrian government raids on the town of Saraqeb, the Observatory said.Mohammad Ghaleb Tannari, a doctor in a nearby town, said his hospital had treated 11 people.“All the cases we received had symptoms consistent with inhaling the toxic chlorine gas, including exhaustion, difficulty breathing, and coughing,” he told AFP.US ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday that there was “obvious evidence from dozens of victims” to corroborate chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta.“Now we have reports that the (Bashar al-)Assad regime has used chlorine gas against its people multiple times in recent weeks, including just yesterday,” Haley said.The US has proposed a draft statement condemning the use of chemicals as a weapon, but government ally Russia requested that adoption be delayed to provide comments.Russia hit back at the US, accusing it of waging a “propaganda campaign” aimed at falsely blaming Assad for chemical attacks.“It’s completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified,” said Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.The UN has found that Syria’s government carried out chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015, and also used sarin against a town in Idlib last year.Syria’s government has vehemently denied ever deploying chemical weapons in the country’s seven-year war.Canadians releasedMore than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which began with anti-government protests but morphed into an ugly civil war.Thousands of children are among the victims, and the UN’s children agency on Monday decried yet another bloody month for Syria’s children.UNICEF said at least 83 children were killed in conflicts across the Middle East in January, including 59 in Syria alone.In Arbin on Monday, an AFP correspondent saw the lifeless bodies of young children laid out on the floor in the local hospital.And in nearby Zamalka, another devastated Eastern Ghouta town, a man could be seen carrying the body of his child, wrapped in a blood-soaked white sheet, through the streets.In apparent retaliation for Monday’s bombardment, rockets and mortars rained down on government-controlled districts of Damascus, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.One woman was killed and four people were wounded in mortar fire on the Bab Touma neighbourhood and the capital’s Mariamite Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox church, a police source told the agency.Another person was killed in rocket fire on the regime-held part of Harasta district.Also on Monday, two Canadian citizens who were being held by jihadist factions in the country’s northwest were released to Turkish authorities.Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Moore had crossed into Syria in December 2017 from Lebanon, where Bimbachi was fighting a custody battle for her two sons, she told AFP.They were picked up by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance dominated by Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, and handed over to a civilian authority.“They’re going to take us into Turkey, and in Turkey we are going to meet someone from the Canadian embassy,” Bimbachi said.
Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has been successful as much for being a hacking platform than as an Xbox 360 game controller. Even after launch the hacks continued and Microsoft came around to the idea of supporting the Kinect hacking community with an official SDK now planned.A hack Microsoft won’t be too pleased about, however, is one carried out by Shantanu Goel. He has managed to get the motion controller rigged up to work on a PS3. This isn’t a hack for the faint of heart, though, as it requires a re-route through a laptop, data conversion to raw tracking data, and a second conversion for PS3 compatibility.Goel has stated that this really is just a proof of concept at the moment. A lot of work needs to be done to improve performance, in particular to the axis control. The good news is he does take advantage of the existing libraries out there for hacking Kinect (OpenNI, PrimeSense, NITE, DIYPS3Controller). That means as those libraries improve, so should PS3 control, although he does need to do some performance work himself for the PS3 conversion code.Full instructions on how to get this system working are available on Goel’s website. He has also released the source code on GitHub under a GNU GPL v2 license. So even if he doesn’t continue development the code is there for others to pick up and run with.Read more at Shantanu’s Page via TechCrunchBrett’s OpinionThe project shows great potential, but I can see Sony not being too pleased if it means that people would be switching to the Kinect instead of their own Move system for controlling games (though Sony are keen to allow the Move to work on a PC). However, with the price of a Move controller being significantly lower than the Kinect, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem and will only appeal to those who are inquisitive and wanted the freedom that the Kinect system provides.
Google launches “your related activity” mobile search feature by Martin Brinkmann on January 11, 2019 in Google – 13 commentsGoogle announced the rollout of a new mobile search feature called “your related activity” that lets users pick up where they stopped previously according to Google.The feature is being rolled out to Google Search and Google app users in the United States on mobile; when and if it will land in other regions is unclear at this point.Users get a “your related activity” listing at the top of the search results when they perform searches using the Google app or Google mobile search.Activity is limited to searches the user has done in the past or pages that the user visited in the past; a click on a suggestion opens it directly.Google notes that users may find the feature useful to go back to visited pages that they found interesting or re-do searches to discover new results.A long tap on a result provides options to add links to a collection to access it at a later point in time similarly to how “read it later” apps and services provide the functionality.Google users are in control of the feature; they may delete individual suggestions or turn off cards with a tap on the three-dot menu icon.My takeI don’t find the “your related activity” feature useful; first, because it is placed directly at the top of the search results page. You may need to scroll down to see any result on the page as the “your related activity” card takes over most of the screen.Second, because it displays previously visited pages or searches done. A visit to the browsing history would provide similar options without polluting search results even more than they are already.Google’s intention, to keep users on Google and in Google applications for as long as possible, takes priority over usefulness at times.Some users may like this feature and activity tracking; I’m on the other side of the fence on this one and prefer less involvement of search engines and companies, and less tracking.Now You: what is your take on the “your related activity” feature?SummaryArticle NameGoogle launches “your related activity” mobile search featureDescriptionGoogle announced the rollout of a new mobile search feature called “your related activity” that lets users pick up where they stopped previously according to Google.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Share Tweet Submit Anker has revealed its usual weekly deals but this time around things are set to overdrive when it comes to few products.Nebula Mars II, Lightning Cables, Power Banks & More Discounts for a Limited Time by AnkerAnker has a bunch of deals happening right now and all of them are on products which we’re sure everyone is going to love. Kicking things off is the discount on the SoundCore Motion B portable Bluetooth speaker, which is down to just $30.99 from $30.99.If you’re looking to decorate things up with a set of lights, then you will be pleased that the Eufy Starlit Strings Lights are discounted from $12.99 to $6.99. These are 33-feet in length therefore you can cover a lot of area if you like.Wanna go big in the power bank department? Then grab yourself a PowerCore+ 26800 with Quick Charge 3.0 and a bundled charger. It’s price is down to $68.99 from $86.99 and it makes up for an awesome companion if you are out on a hike or into the woods where there is going to be no power.We can’t have enough wireless chargers around and Anker has discounted its famous 5W charging pad to just $7.99 from $13.99. If you think that’s not enough, then you will love to know that the the PowerWave 7.5 Pad wireless charger is discounted to $31.99 from $45.99. This will fast charge your iPhone at full 7.5W speed and also comes bundled with a Quick Charge 3.0 adapter.Anker has also discounted the Eufy Lumi Plug-in Night Light to just $11.89 from $14.99. It comes in a pack of four, which means that you can spread them around the house where lighting is crucial at certain times.Anker’s monstrous new Nebula Mars II portable projector is seeing a discount too this week. It’s price is down to just $429.99 from $539.99. It can output images and video in 720p and is a mighty portable entertainment machine with killer battery life. Pick this one up if you want to see yourself become the go-to member of the human race with all the entertainment.An Anker deal wouldn’t be complete if there wasn’t a Lightning cable in there somewhere. Therefore Anker has discounted its double-braided Lightning cable in both Black and Red options. Usually they retail for $12.99, but they are now down to just $9.49. These are very, very tough and will resist the outdoors like a charm.A 2-pack of Anker’s PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A cables is also discounted today, with the price coming down to just $9.99 from $11.99.Last but not the least, things are wrapped on two deals on the PowerCore. They are not discounts, but rather something interesting. If you go ahead and buy the PowerCore 10000 and apply the code FREE7310, you’ll get a free case. Same goes for the PowerCore 20100 where the code FREE7311 will land you a free case.
Hotel Chadstone taking reservations, opening November 2019Hotel Chadstone taking reservations, opening November 2019Hotel Chadstone Melbourne is now accepting reservations with the first guests to check-in for their stay at the city’s newest luxury destination in November 2019.Accor and Vicinity Centres (Vicinity) have unveiled new details around the $130 million project, currently under construction, including its official name, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel.Guests can now reserve rooms via accorhotels.com with the official Hotel Chadstone Melbourne website online in the coming weeks.The 12-storey, 250-room hotel, including rooftop conservatory bar, swimming pool and wellness centre, will offer panoramic views from Port Phillip Bay to the CBD and across the Dandenong Ranges, setting a new benchmark for luxury accommodation outside Melbourne’s centre.The hotel, targeting a five-star rating, is more than halfway through construction with the interior fit-out underway. Every detail of the design has been considered throughout the lobby, function spaces and suites including a bespoke digital art installation upon entry intended to evolve seasonally alongside Chadstone – The Fashion Capital.Guest rooms feature custom lighting, brass and leather finishes, lavish Appelles amenities and locally-sourced minibar featuring renowned Victorian produce. Hotel Chadstone Melbourne is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating using the version 1.1 rating tool – the first hotel in Australia to target a 5 Star Green Star rating.Neil Scanlan, General Manager of the new hotel said: “AccorHotels is thrilled to be embarking on this landmark hotel project with Vicinity and the Gandel Group. Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will further enhance the internationally recognised Chadstone experience.”Chadstone General Manager Fiona Mackenzie said: “Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will be the leading Australian hotel to integrate some of the world’s best hospitality, lifestyle and luxury offering at Australia’s number one retail precinct. Guests will enjoy an opulent destination to prepare or pamper, depending on whether they’re visiting for business or leisure.”Construction has also begun on ‘The Link’, the covered pedestrian walkway connecting Hotel Chadstone Melbourne with the retail precinct and Tower One – Chadstone’s commercial office tower – to enhance amenity for customers, retailers and office workers, and fully integrate and leverage foot traffic between the buildings.“We’re very proud of what we’re creating as Chadstone transforms into an integrated destination incorporating retail, dining, entertainment, tourism and business – a hub for Melbourne’s south east,” Ms Mackenzie said.“Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will be a world-class destination for luxury accommodation, business and conferences, exceptional dining and indulgent wellness experiences, catering to the current 24 million people, including 450,000 international guests, who visit Chadstone each year, with this number continuing to grow.”MGallery by Sofitel is AccorHotels’ collection of exclusive, design-led boutique hotels. Once open, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will become the 11th MGallery hotel in Australia, and join other iconic addresses including Hotel Lindrum Melbourne, Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney, as well as others in Paris, Amsterdam, Bangkok and Vietnam.Ms Mackenzie said Hotel Chadstone Melbourne will complement Chadstone’s visitor lounge, which opened late last year, designed to accommodate Melbourne’s growing tourism market with 12.8 million domestic and international visitors (year ending September 2018).Hotel Chadstone Melbourne is owned by the Gandel Group and Vicinity Centres. Source = Hotel Chadstone Melbourne
T&G Global, one of New Zealand’s largest apple grower-exporters, says market conditions this year have been slightly better for the country’s fruit than the previous season, despite some challenges in certain countries.Overall the company has experienced a 10% increase in total production over 2017, largely driven by its proprietary apples Envy and Jazz.Staples like Braeburn are flat along with Pacific Queen and Pacific Rose, while Royal Gala is down due to seasonal growing conditions.Darren Drury, T&G’s executive general manager for pipfruit, says while the 2017 frost event across the EU impacted volumes, the market velocity has been good with stronger prices achieved across most varieties in most EU countries.“With the drop in EU production, including French, Italian and U.K. apples, we have seen less EU fruit shipped to Asia and very little overhang of crop, giving New Zealand fruit a better platform,” he said.”Again, sales values and demand have been steady across Asia. The U.K. has been equally steady with values and sales going according to plan.”The U.S. has been more of a challenge this year due to a large volume of small-sized fruit from domestic crops contributing to a flat market for apples in the traditional New Zealand import window.”Growth in China, challenges in TaiwanThe New Zealand apple industry remains buoyant with a 10% increase in production in 2018 over 2017, Darren said. August 20 , 2018 India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date … You might also be interested in “The T&G proprietary varieties continue to grow at faster rates with both JAZZ and Envy significantly up on 2017 volumes,” he said.“We have been very encouraged at the continued growth in Vietnam including a significant launch at retail. Envy, in particular, has been a star performer in Vietnam, but we are excited at the prospect for JAZZ as the volumes continue to grow.”China is also a growth story with 2018 seeing significant increases in Envy and JAZZ volume with a heavy focus on brand development and deepening the distribution channel. Taiwan has been impacted by Chilean and South African Fuji but Indonesia has had good demand for apples despite their quota causing imbalances at end of selling season from August to October.” Darren says the Middle East and Thailand have been slower starting than usual but are picking up well now. “Malaysia is also steadier than previous years and retail is increasingly strong. Singapore and Hong Kong sales are steady for T&G thanks to mainly retail programmes with good Envy growth,” he said.U.S. tariffs and Northern Hemisphere heatwaveOn the potential opportunities presented through increased tariffs for U.S. fruit to China, Darren said T&G has no plans to extend its season. He explained it would prefer to focus on delivering New Zealand fruit in a window that doesn’t clash with Northern Hemisphere supply, including Chinese apples.“We are also pleased at the growth in volume to the Japanese market with the primary focus on JAZZ and strengthening the retail programs that have been put in place through volume and brand/promotional support. This growth is despite a challenging market access protocols,” he said.“The focus for the balance of the New Zealand export season is to ensure we maintain a strong presence across key markets and continue to support customers with greater marketing investment, sampling demos, retail multi packs etcetera to build brand presence with consumers.”The Northern Hemisphere has had an unusually hot period as a pre-cursor to their harvest period and our focus will be to ensure we have sold through our key varieties in a timely manner.”
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By Stelios OrphanidesThailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that it notified Thai anti-money laundering bureau after filing a criminal complaint with Department of Special Investigations (DSI) against a top executive of Group Lease, a listed company at the Thai exchange, in a case which may potentially trigger investigations also in Cyprus.Mituji Konoshita, the chief executive officer of the Bangkok-based Group Lease Plc. Co. Ltd. (GL), associated with Japan’s J Trust Co. Ltd, is under investigation “for committing fraud, misappropriating the company’s assets and falsifying accounting records by executing concealed transactions through several associated companies abroad to exaggerate the company’s operating results,” the Thai SEC said in a statement on its website on Monday. “With reference to the annual financial statements for the year 2016 wherein the auditor made a note on the loan transactions with foreign debtors which subsequently increased GL operating results, the SEC investigated further and found that Konoshita ordered Group Lease Holding Co., Ltd. (GLH), a subsidiary of GL based in Singapore, to issue loans to several foreign companies”.J Trust Co. is together with the Tanzanian former bank FBME Bank implicated in a money laundering case involving Indonesia’s former Bank Century, later renamed to Bank Mutiara and now called Bank J. The Japanese company, in which former Bank of Cyprus vice-chairman and current US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross reportedly owned a shareholding, acquired Bank J in 2014.The SEC said that the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) assisted its investigation and provided “important facts and evidence for the prosecution of the case”. The action taken by Thai authorities follows the publication of a report dated October 11, by a group known as “Anonymous Equity”. The report inter alia documents how GL managed to manipulate the stock market.“GL’s share price increased by more than 1,100 per cent from early 2015 to late 2016,” Anonymous Equity said adding that in December 2016, when the share price peaked at 68.20 Thai (€1.75), the stock was trading at approximately 115 times trailing earnings and approximately 13.2 times its book value.“The share price then collapsed by almost 80 per cent in March 2017, before rebounding and stabilizing at substantially lower levels than before,” the group said.CySEC chairwoman Demetra Kalogerou was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Cyprus Business Mail. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) subsequently suspended the trading of the company’s stock. GL which announced in April that it extended loans worth several dozen million dollars to four Cyprus-based companies, said that it wanted to use the East Mediterranean island as a springboard to expand in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.In April, the Asia Sentinel news site reported that J Trust acquired Mutiara for $363m (€307m), which was six times the Indonesian bank’s book value and believed to be the highest ever paid for the acquisition of a bank in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia’s government injected $104m in order for the bank to comply with a regulatory requirement of $50m in minimum capital. The Asia Sentinel said there is no record that any money left J Trust in 2014 or in the financial year 2015/2016.The Thai SEC said that “evidence showed that GLH had issued loans to four registered companies in Cyprus and another one in Singapore, in the total amount of approximately US$54 million dollars with Konoshita as the controller and the ultimate benefactor”.“After receiving the loan money from GLH, the five debtor companies transferred the money within the companies of the lender’s group to repay for the interest and the principal to GLH in instalment,” the supervisor said. “The amounts of the interests were recorded as income in the GLH’s financial statements, which was considered fabrication of accounting records and exaggeration of GL operating results”.The Thai financial market regulator said that “Konoshita’s misconduct above is deemed an execution of concealed transactions, asset misappropriation, permission of false accounting transactions and preparation of incorrect accounting records”.According to the SEC statement, Konoshita, who faces an up to 10 years prison term and a fine in excess of 500,000 Thai bhat (€12,800), manipulated the GL stock with false statements and information that contradicted information previously disclosed by GL at the Thai exchange on March 13 as well as comments the GL executive made at a press conference on March 14.Konoshita who following the filing of the criminal complaint was deemed unfit to hold an executive or board position was removed as GL’s CEO, said then that “the foreign borrowers were unrelated to him,” the SEC said adding that it is investigating also other persons in relation to this case. “The SEC has therefore informed the Anti-Money Laundering Office for further action regarding relevant matters”.“In any case, filing a criminal complaint commences the criminal justice administration whereby the consideration whether a defendant is guilty is under the DSI’s investigation, the public attorney’s prosecution, and the court’s jurisdiction, respectively,” the SEC said.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 Taboola
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