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Trans Tasman Survey

first_imgIf you attended the recent 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee, we would love to hear your thoughts. We are committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at Touch Football events and participating in our surveys with greatly assist in this regard.There will are two surveys, one developed by Destination NSW and one developed by TFA. The different surveys will concentrate on different aspects of the event. If you would like to pass on some feedback of your experience you can do so through the Destination NSW survey which can be accessed from – http://ensw.customerdirect.com.au/ensw/start.aspx?meetingid=3877 The TFA survey goes further into some event logistics and is available from  – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-OTTTS Related LinksTrans Tasman Surveylast_img

a month agoHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool draw

first_imgHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes as they came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park.The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross.The second then came when Jones met another Longstaff cross to head home. The Gunners were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard pleased with England U21 call for Hudson-Odoi

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with England U21 call for Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is happy with the England U21 call for Callum Hudson-Odoi.The winger made his England debut last season before injury struck. “That is a good shout,” says Lampard. “I spoke to Gareth (Southgate) and all I can do is say what I see from a Chelsea end and it is Gareth’s choice. Callum has probably not played enough games and the international games will do him good. “It is England Under-21s and he should be proud of that anyway.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Huge Halifax convention centre officially opens five years after first proposed

first_imgHALIFAX – Following years of controversy and delays Halifax’s new convention centre officially opened its doors Friday, with officials voicing confidence the massive development can attract the needed business to keep it afloat.The convention centre is part of an estimated $500-million construction project that dominates downtown Halifax.Taxpayers are spending $169.2 million for the convention centre as part of a deal with the developer that is cost shared by three levels of government.First announced in July 2012, the entire one-million square foot development known as the Nova Centre, includes a hotel, office tower and public plaza. The Halifax Convention Centre, about the size of an entire city block, is to host its first event — the Canadian weightlifting junior nationals — on Jan. 20.“When we first announced the project I thought I knew the meaning of perseverance,” Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments, told a crowd of invited guests during a ceremony in the facility’s giant ballroom.“In hindsight at that point our journey had just begun and I had much to learn.”The convention centre was originally slated to open in January 2016, but Ramia signalled as early as November 2014 that the date would be pushed back to September of 2016. That date was later revised to spring of 2017 before it too was changed in a November 2016 announcement to December of 2017.At the time, Ramia said the delay was to allow for design changes and mechanical upgrades to the building. That cost the convention centre 22 events that had been booked for 2017.The project was also the focus of intense debate within the city with opponents calling it a misuse of public money and too big for the location. At one point surrounding businesses fed up with the noise and dust from construction launched and eventually abandoned a lawsuit intended to recoup some of their financial losses because of a lack of customers.On Friday, a small group of protesters stood outside the building and handed out leaflets as those invited inside filed in.“The new convention centre is still the wrong use of public money, the wrong development, the wrong location and will continue to eat up a significant amount of public money in the coming 25 years,” the leaflet from Halifax Sane Development states.Ramia took the criticisms in stride.“Well, you can’t always satisfy everybody. All you can do is the best that you can,” he said. “Everybody has a voice and we respect all voices.”Ramia said overall construction was about 98 per cent complete with the finishing touches expected to be ready by March. He said an announcement would likely come within a couple of weeks regarding an operator for the facility’s hotel.In late 2012, criticism was also levelled by the province’s then auditor general Jacques Lapointe, who said projections for the project “lacked appropriate analysis given the size of the proposal.”Lapointe also questioned whether enough convention business could be wrestled away from larger cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.Convention centre CEO Carrie Cussons wouldn’t address the auditor’s concerns, but said that 90 events had already been booked for the first year of operations.Cussons said that number included nearly three times more national and international events than have ever been hosted at the city’s much smaller convention facility.She also expressed confidence the facility could thrive over the long term despite doubts expressed in some quarters about the viability of the convention business.“Halifax is a unique and interesting destination that a lot of convention goers want to come to. I’m not really concerned about filling it (the convention centre) for the future.”Premier Stephen McNeil said he wasn’t worried about the facility’s future viability.“I’m very confident … it will continue to be able to support itself,” McNeil said.The convention centre’s 25-year lease with the province is expected to be inked by the end of January.last_img read more

Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

first_imgA private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm.Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the St. Louis area, said he issued a written report for the company in August 2017. It explained why the boats’ engines — and pumps that remove water from their hulls — might fail in inclement weather.He also told The Associated Press that the tourist boats’ canopies make them hard to escape when they sink — a concern raised by regulators after a similar sinking in Arkansas killed 13 people in 1999.The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches.“If you have the information that you could have rough waters or a storm coming, why ever put a boat on that water?” Paul said.A witness’ video of the duck boat just before it capsized suggests that its flexible plastic windows might have been closed and could have trapped passengers as the hybrid boat-truck went down. It does not show passengers jumping clear.“The biggest problem with a duck when it sinks is that canopy,” Paul said. “That canopy becomes what I’ll call a people catcher, and people can’t get out from under that canopy.”A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the company operating the duck boats in Branson, did not respond Saturday to telephone and email messages seeking comment. Spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala has noted that Thursday’s accident was the only one in more than 40 years of operation.An archived version of Ripley’s website said it operates 20 duck boats in Branson and described them as “built from the ground up under United States Coast Guard (USCG) supervision with the latest in marine safety.”In central Wisconsin, Original Wisconsin Ducks in the Dells has no plans to change how it operates after 73 years of safe rides, general manager Dan Gavinski said. But his company operates World War II-vintage boats, not the modified modern version.Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike. Their height can obscure cars, pedestrians or bicycles from a driver’s view, and maintenance problems can be severe.Paul said he won’t know until the boat that sank is recovered from the lake whether it’s one of the two dozen he inspected for Ripley Entertainment in August 2017.The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat that sank was built in 1944 and had passed an inspection in February, The Kansas City Star reported . But Paul said the boat would have been heavily modified to make it longer so that only part of it dates to World War II. He said it would still have the design flaw he identified in his report.He declined to share a copy of his report with The Associated Press but said he said he is willing to make it available to authorities.“I’m sure eventually it will be subpoenaed,” he said.Paul said the duck boats he inspected — which the company had just purchased or repaired — vented exhaust from the motor out front and below the water line. He said in rough conditions, water could get into the exhaust system, and then into the motor, cutting it off. With the motor off, he said, its pump for removing water from the hull would not operate.“If you watch that video, that water is definitely being slammed up into that exhaust without a doubt,” Paul said.After the deadly sinking in Arkansas in 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended doing away with the canopies and adding more floatation capacity so duck boats could remain upright and keep floating even if they took on water.The industry took little heed, said Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney who has represented victims of duck boat crashes. The canopies can protect customers from rain or sun, he noted, and closed windows allow companies to heat the cabins, extending operating hours.The NTSB called the industry’s response to the recommendations disappointing, saying companies cited the cost of engineering and installing additional flotation capacity as prohibitive.“The duck boat is notoriously unstable and unsuited for what they were attempting to do with it,” said Daniel Rose, an attorney whose New York-based law firm has represented victims in several accidents. “It tries to be a boat and a car and does neither, really, except under ideal circumstances.”State officials said the Coast Guard regulates such craft; its officials did not immediately respond to requests for more information. Spokesmen said the Department of Transportation doesn’t regulate duck boats because they’re amphibious, and the Department of Public Safety doesn’t in this case because it’s a commercial vessel, as opposed to a recreational one.It’s also not clear that any agency had the authority to keep boats off the lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built it in the late 1950s, but its officials said they don’t have such authority.Witnesses have said the weather appeared calm before a storm suddenly whipped up strong waves and spray.But nearly eight hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the western and central Missouri counties.A severe thunderstorm warning that went out at 6:32 p.m. specifically mentioned Table Rock Lake. The first emergency calls over the accident occurred just after 7 p.m.Meteorologist Elisa Raffa of KOLR-TV in Springfield said in a phone interview Saturday that her station was forecasting the threat of severe weather all morning.“This storm didn’t come out of nowhere,” she said. “That is what pains me. I feel like we did everything, at least we tried to do everything, by the book as meteorologists and we still had this horrible tragedy on our hands.”___Hanna reported from Topeka, Kansas. Johnson reported from Seattle. Jim Salter in St. Louis; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; Roxana Hegeman in Wichita, Kansas, and James MacPherson in Bismarck, North Dakota, contributed.last_img read more

Ombudsman sends notices to Pandya Rahul for deposition in sexist remarks controversy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on chat show “Koffee With Karan” before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul’s respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of teh April 11 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a gruelling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer, made it clear that for the matter to reach its logical conclusion, the duo needs to depose. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said. It is understood that both players have to appear in person and not through their legal representatives. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to him for the completion of inquiry. Jain has also received a complaint about former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s alleged ‘Conflict of Interest’ in his dual role of being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and an adviser to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. “I am supposed to receive a fresh set of complaints on various issues today. I don’t know whether the issue (Ganguly’s Conflict) is in this lot or not. As and when I get the details, I will have a detailed look into the matter,” said Jain.last_img read more

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic admits he contemplated quitting football

first_imgAtalanta star midfielder Josip Ilicic has revealed how he had considered in many times of quitting football especially when he was sick and in hospital.Earlier, the Slovenia international spent most of the summer in and out of the hospital as a result of a bacterial infection at his lymph nodes.“As a man, the illness changed me a great deal,” Ilicic told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia, after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Parma.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I want to thank everyone who stood by me during this difficult time. I look at the world differently now. I thought many times that I might have to give up football, especially when I was in the hospital.“I’m glad that Atalanta are doing well and it’s not about me, but the team. Finally, we’re getting the goals that we deserved to score earlier in the season.”The Atalanta midfielder missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup but made his debut for the national side in a friendly match against Australia in August of the same. He scored his first international goal against Cypruslast_img read more

Emery warns Arsenal not to underestimate opportunists Blackpool

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is wary of taking the lowly Blackpool lightly ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup matchThe Spaniard, who replaced the competition’s most successful manager in Arsene Wenger last summer, will have his first FA Cup game at Bloomfield Road this weekend.Currently, Blackpool are 10th in the English third division and have had over 4,000 of their own supporters recently protest against the club’s owners.But, in light of their hard-fought 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackpool in November, Emery refuses to underestimate Terry McPhillips’ side.“When we played here against them in the Carabao Cup, we knew this history of this club,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They aren’t in the best moment for that. But here against us at the Emirates they played very competitively and gave us a lot of difficult moments.“I have big respect for each team and I know they are one team now not in the best moment but the respect is there because it’s a very big opportunity for them to play against us with their supporters and live this important moment, finding the chances against us.Dinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe have returned to training at Arsenal but remain doubts for this Saturday.Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil also remain unlikely to return to competitive action after sitting out of yesterday’s team training session.last_img read more

Mourinho advises Arsenal on how to get the best out of

first_imgJose Mourinho knows all about Mesut Ozil and warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery that unless he finds the “right balance” in his approach then he will likely never get the best out of the GermanThe unsettled star has missed several key games over the last few months at Arsenal, which has prompted talk of a possible exit.Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit has even gone as far as to suggest that Ozil’s lost his motivation after winning everything he set out to do and added that his retirement from international football has likely had a bad impact on him.And things appear to not be improving soon for Ozil at the Emirates Stadium after being left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Now Mourinho, who Ozil starred for at Real Madrid, believes Emery must find a way to not take either a too soft or hard approach when it comes to dealing with the 30-year-old.“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ The Portuguese coach told beIN Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”last_img read more

Fire rescue put out Davie construction shed blaze

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A construction shed caught on fire at a Davie strip mall.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the construction shed, located on the roof of the strip mall in Davie, as it burned, Monday.Davie Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Griffin Road and University Drive.They tweeted pictures of the smoke and flames and managed to put the fire out quickly.No one was hurt. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Firefighters Helicopters Working On New Fire Outside Sterling

first_imgThis helicopter was diverted back when winds kicked up activity on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, according to DOF officials. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters and helicopters are aggressively working on a half-acre fire burning southwest of the confluence of Killey and Kenai rivers. It was reported at 3:20pm, Sunday by firefighter personnel aboard an aircraft guiding water-scooping airplanes flying between Skilak Lake and the Swan Lake Fire. In a release from DOF, they are busy cutting in a saw line around the fire that is burning in heavy dead and downed trees from the 2014 Funny River Fire. Two helicopters were dropping large buckets of water on the fire, including one that was pulled from the nearby Swan Lake Fire. The Killey Fire is burning in a full protection area east of Browns Lake and to the west of the Killey River near Sterling.  A Division of Forestry Kenai – Kodiak Area helitack crew with four firefighters responded and three other Division of Forestry firefighters traveled by four wheelers to reach the fire. Firefighters reported the fire is burning deep underneath surface layers and was proving to be resistant to suppression. They will continue overnight into Monday  to work toward fully suppressing the fire.For more information, contact the Alaska Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511. More details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Zombieland 2 trailer shows the crew heading to the White House

first_img Post a comment Tags 0 Zombieland: Double Tap trailer shows the group has made its way to DC.  Sony Pictures Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel many zombie fans have been wanting since the original came out in 2009. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are returning in a new adventure in a post-apocalyptic US.  A new trailer Thursday for Zombieland: Double Tap shows the survivors made their way to Washington, DC, to take over the White House. It seems like the four have a new place to call home, but Little Rock runs away and meets Berkeley (Avan Jogia). The rest of the group sets out into the zombie world to go find her.  Share your voice When out searching for Little Rock, Columbus meets another survivor, Madison (Zoey Deutch). It appears there might be some romantic tension as he and Wichita were an item. Also in the trailer is Rosario Dawson (Clerks II, Sin City) as Nevada, though there’s nothing in the clip explaining her back story. At the end of the trailer, Luke Wilson (Old School, Idiocracy) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) show up and appear to be bizarro versions of Tallahassee and Columbus. There’s no explanation given in the trailer and the Zombieland: Double Tap IMdB page has no name for their characters. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters on Oct. 18.  TV and Movieslast_img read more

UNICEF appeals for 761m for Rohingya children

first_imgUNICEF is launching a US$76.1 million appeal for its emergency humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.The appeal will cover immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities.Such number, according to a UNICEF news release, is 720,000 children in all.Up to 60 per cent of the 500,000-plus Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since 25 August are estimated to be children, said the UNICEF.Most are now living in harsh and insanitary conditions in makeshift camps and settlements spread across the district of Cox’s Bazar, observed the global body.“Desperate, traumatised children and their families are fleeing the violence in Myanmar every day. We are scaling up our response as fast as we can, but the magnitude of need is immense and we must be able do more to help them,” said UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake, who is visiting Cox’s Bazar.“These children are being denied a childhood. They need our help now and they need our help to have a future.”Expanding the provision of safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene for Rohingya children is the overriding priority of the appeal, amid concerns over a possible outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases, according to the UNICEF.It said the majority of Rohingya children are not fully immunised against diseases such as polio.An earlier UNICEF appeal for US$7 million has been expanded to reflect the fast-growing scale of the crisis.last_img read more

AL leaders control public transport sector

first_imgThe photo shows chaotic situation on a road. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) ministers, parliamentarians, leaders and their relatives are largely responsible for the chaotic situation prevailing in the public transport sector, bus owners and experienced drivers say.The situation has worsened after the officials of law enforcement agencies started doing business in the sector buying buses and minibuses in the name of other persons, they claimed.The ruling party leaders and their relatives control the bus owners and workers’ associations in the capital, which restricts the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and law enforcement agencies to take effective actions against the vehicles without fitness and route permit, and the drivers who drive recklessly, they say.There is no more rule of law in the roads, they observed.The chaotic situation of the transport sector came to the fore after school and college students began a demonstration demanding punishment to those responsible for 29 July accident on Dhaka airport road, which killed two of their fellows, and resignation of the shipping minister for his comments on the accident.Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim, class XII and XI students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, were killed on the spot after an Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ lost control and ran over the students standing beside the road around 12:00 noon.Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s brother-in-law Syed Nurul Haque alias Nannu was one of the directors of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus service. He, however, told Prothom Alo that he is no longer involved with the company and sold his buses three years ago.Shahjahan Khan is the president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. Some 70 buses of Kanak Paribahan, owned by his brother Hafizur Rahman, operate in three routes in the capital.The minister encourages the transport workers to stage demonstrations whenever citizens demand safety on roads or courts take action against reckless driving. He advised the workers from a meeting at his home to enforce strike after a court handed down death sentence to a driver and lifetime imprisonment to another one in February 2017.Bangladesh Road Transport Samity president and state minister for cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga was also present in the meeting.Shipping minister, however, on Wednesday told Prothom Alo that slowly the transport sector is being disciplined and the number of road accidents is waning as he is in leadership.Another influential person of this sector is Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association general secretary Khandaker Enayet Ullah, a vice-president of AL’s Dhaka north unit.Mentioning that he is in the business for the last 35 years, he said, there is no such law in Bangladesh that bars people from a certain profession to do politics here.AL MPs Pankaj Nath, AKM Shamim Osman and two former MPs Shahida Tarekh Dipti and Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf (Swapna Services) are also involved in the transport business.Swechhsebak League general secretary Pankaj Nath-owned bus service company ‘Bihanga Paribahan’ began its journey in 2009. The transport committee of the government gave permission to 240 buses of Bihanga Paribahan to operate on five routes in and around the capital.Shamim Osman’s bus service company is ZN Corporation. Some 50 AC buses of this company were permitted to operate between Dhaka’s Gulistan and Narayanganj.Besides, MPs’ family members, Dhaka city Awami League leaders and associate bodies of the ruling party, Dhaka city corporations’ councillors are also involved in the business.Officials of the government and law enforcement agencies are also found to be involved in the business. Relatives of a few high officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) do the business jointly with several companies. Several persons of a certain district have opened public transport companies in the last few years.Most of these ministers, MPs, and influential persons have become owners of bus companies after the Awami League came to power in 2009. Earlier, ministers and MPs, including public works minister Mirza Abbas, of BNP-Jamaat alliance government used to do the business.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Juba League, youth wing of Awami League, president Mainul Hossain Khan alias Nikhil is the chairman of Chalan Paribahan. Mohona Paribahan is the company of MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder’s brother Anwar Hossain Majumder, also Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Awami Leagu’s information and research secretary.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Swechhasebak League general secretary and DNCC councillor Faridur Rahman alias Iran is the chairman of Desh Bangla Paribahan.Glory Express is owned by former Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque’s brother AKM Ismail Haque. He is the president of Shariatpur district unit of Awami League and chairman of Naria upazila.Awami Motorchalok League joint general secretary and Dhaka north metropolitan unit Sramik League organising secretary Kalu Sheikh has got permission to operate three bus companies in the city in the last three-four years. They are Welcome, Moumita Transport and Swajan Paribahan.VIP Classic is the company of AL’s Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit organising secretary Zahirul Haque while Swechhasebak League’s central joint general secretary Gazi Mesbaul Hossain’s sister Parvin Hossain is the managing director of Cantonment Paribahan. Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Ajay Kar Khokon’s company is AK Paribahan.Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that the ruling party men could have played a positive role in developing the transport sector’s chaotic condition.But they’ve been using it against the people’s interest. This is why death toll and chaos on the roads is on the rise, he added.*The piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more

WarnerMedia Reorg Gives Otter Medias Tony Goncalves Oversight of Streaming Service Development

first_imgUnder a reorg at AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media, will now lead the development of the forthcoming WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer service.In addition, Andy Forssell, most recently COO of Otter Media and former CEO of Hulu, will move into the role of EVP and GM of the new, as-yet-unnamed streaming service, reporting to Goncalves.With the changes, Brad Bentley is exiting WarnerMedia Entertainment group as EVP and GM for direct-to-consumer development after six months in the role.The executive reshuffling comes as WarnerMedia has moved Otter Media under the oversight of the WarnerMedia Entertainment group, headed by Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer. Goncalves, who continues to oversee Otter’s existing brands and services, now reports to Greenblatt; previously he reported up to WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, a longtime AT&T exec who took over the reins at the former Time Warner. How an Economic Downturn Could Ravage Hollywood Related Kevin Reilly, president of TBS, TNT and TruTV and chief content officer for the direct-to-consumer service, will remain in that position, reporting to Greenblatt.Last November, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey had appointed Bentley, previously a longtime DirecTV exec, into the GM role overseeing all aspects of the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. The exit of Bentley, who played a similar role in the launch of DirecTV Now, suggests the WarnerMedia subscription VOD product may have been missing deadlines or other targets.WarrnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer SVOD service will pull together content from HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner cable networks as well as original programming. It’s slated to debut in the U.S. in a beta form in the fourth quarter of 2019, with a full launch in Q1 2020.“I’m confident that with Tony and Andy leading our product and operations, Kevin and HBO’s Casey Bloys guiding our content strategy, and with Bob at the helm, we have a formidable team creating a curated streaming service with a winning combination of content and features,” Stankey said in a statement.About Bentley, Stankey added, “I also want to thank Brad for his leadership in bringing the project to this point in record time.”AT&T has set big expectations for the new WarnerMedia SVOD service, which will vie against not only Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video but also Disney Plus, slated for a Nov. 12 launch. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, at an investment conference this month, said it will “become a significant driver of our growth over the next few years as we stand this product up… We think this is in the tens of millions of subscribers that we will have on this.”Otter Media’s business comprises Fullscreen, focused on branded content and influencer marketing; anime streaming service Crunchyroll; Rooster Teeth, focused on sci-fi, gamer and anime-style content; and VRV, a subscription VOD aggregation service.Greenblatt, in a statement, said, “The thriving Otter Media businesses are important to this company and I’m happy to welcome Tony and Andy to our direct-to-consumer team. This group’s expertise will be invaluable to our new streaming service as we aim to bring content from the best storytellers in the world to an audience that expects the highest quality digital experience.” Popular on Variety center_img Goncalves joined Otter Media as CEO last year, when it was still a joint venture between AT&T and Chernin Group. (AT&T announced the deal to buy out Chernin Group’s stake in the venture in August 2018.) Previously, Goncalves was CEO of AT&T’s Digital Brands and head of strategy and business development. He came to AT&T with the telco’s acquisition of DirecTV, where he had held various management roles, most recently as SVP of the digital entertainment products group.Forssell came to Otter from Fullscreen, where he had served as COO since 2015. He previously served as CEO of social-video startup ShowYou (acquired by Vevo), after stepping into the CEO role at Hulu with the exit of founding CEO Jason Kilar in 2013. Forssell had been at Hulu since 2007, shortly after its formation.WarnerMedia had already taken several steps to restructure Otter Media. The changes included shifting Machinima from Warner Bros.’s aegis to Otter Media — which then effectively shut down Machinima and folded some remaining staff into groups at Fullscreen and Rooster Teeth. Otter Media also folded the Fullscreen Live in-person tour group and the Fullscreen Direct fan-engagement service.In addition to its operating business units, Otter Media’s portfolio includes a majority stake in digital-first studio Gunpowder & Sky and minority stakes in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine content company for women and Mars Reel high school athletes. Style Icon Jenna Lyons on Launching New Unscripted Series on Turner TV ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Governor releases ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi today said there is increased realisation on quality of education at school level. Delivering his address at the ‘ASSOCHAM EduMeet 2018’ here, Tripathi said, Centre is working on certain focus areas like school curriculum, teachers skill with the intention to develop new ways and “create an eco-system which is self-sustainable and ever evolving.” “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard on creating a framework,” Tripathi said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The Governor said, “There is increased realisation on quality of education at school level with both government and private participation.” Stating the government was giving focus on pre-school, Tripathi said right to pre-school education was essential to help build up the formal education system. “In this regard private and government partnerships can help in sharing resources, experiences and help build a strong foundation,” he said. Pointing out India had immense potential to be an education hub and attract students and faculties across globe, Tripathi said, “In ancient days we had centres of excellence which attracted foreign learners.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “Time has come up again in the present age to build modern centres of excellence which will put increased focus on learning outcomes,” he said. Talking about various methods of education in modern world, Tripathi said “education has evolved with times. Technological interventions will help to take education to masses,” propel economic and social growth and expand the educational social system. Tripathi said quoting a study that “We have 497 million people in education seeking category within the age of 5-24 years or 37.1 per cent of country’s total population.” “They form an important segment in accelerating economic growth,” he said. Tripathi also released the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on the occasion. Heads of different educational institutions from all over the country and ASSOCHAM Education Council members were present at the one-day meet.last_img read more

Official WhatsApp group on road repair works created

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has found a unique way of communicating with the road repairing agencies in case urgent repairing work needs to be done.The Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police, Amit Javalgi created a whatsApp group, where working members and engineers from agencies like PWD, NKDA, NHAI and others were added.According to the officials, this step was found to be the fastest way to reach the agencies which are directly connected to road Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal liferepair works.It has been informed that during the month of June some officials came up with the idea to create a common platform for the purpose of staying updated with road repair works.During rainy season, major roads often get damaged that hampers the normal vehicular movement with high chances of accident.Following the creation of the whatsapp group — ‘Bidhannagar Road Update’ all the ‘Traffic Inspectors’ (TI) are to post any problem regarding road repairs and other related problems. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey have been ordered to give updates along with photos of the damaged areas whenever it is identified.As engineers and other members from road repairing agencies are there in the group, they can easily get the necessary information such as the location and the extent of damage which will help them to actquickly.The schedule of the work will also be shared in the group.”Our aim is to provide service to people. We have to ensure smooth and safe journey for them. For this, we need a fast communication process. This step is found to be very much useful,” said Javalgi.last_img read more

Investors Wheres our money

first_imgFrom the print edition. Updated at 6:10 p.m. May 18.U.S. investors who put tens of thousands of dollars into a Costa Rican teak company are becoming leery of their prospects, now that years have passed and the company has not paid clients promised investment returns. To add to their doubts, the company recently informed investors that the man charged with managing their investment is dead. The purported business model for Costa Rican corporation Tropical American Tree Farms apparently was to sell clients small teak trees that the company would grow and maintain. Those teak trees were to be harvested years later for wood to be sold on the lumber market, and proceeds returned to clients.Teak is a popular and durable wood ideal for construction and outdoor furniture when it is cut at a mature age.Many clients, especially those looking to support an “environmentally friendly” investment model, were drawn to the company and others like it, which began popping up in Costa Rica in the 1980s. An eight-part Tico Times investigation in 1993 found that as many as 30 tree companies existed in the country by the early ’90s.The Tropical American Tree Farms’ website claims the company is one of the largest teak growers in Costa Rica. According to information provided by the company, the operation spans more than 5,500 hectares – about 0.1 percent of the country, the site claims – and is responsible for planting two million trees on a multitude of farms along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. But the most recent records from the National Registry show the company, under the name TATF S.A., owns only about 1,700 hectares split among 30 separate properties ranging in size and value, as well as industrial equipment and vehicles for its operation. It is unclear if the company owns more properties under different names.The company’s owners, Steve Brunner, a former lawyer from Ohio who specialized in real estate, and his wife, Sherry Brunner, claimed to have had more than 3,000 individuals, companies and trusts enlisted in the project in 2007. Actual figures remain unclear.One thing is certain: Many involved with the company are unhappy about their purchases. Those who have invested said payout dates have passed without the company making good on payments, and angry comments about the company fill online timber-investment forums, with some posters calling it an outright scam. Recent news of Steve Brunner’s death from cancer in late March added further confusion and uncertainty.“You send them about $4,400, and in 20 years down the road, according to the experiences of most [of the] 70 or so people on this board and others, you get back nothing,” one forum member wrote. Other forum posts urged investors to file complaints with the U.S. FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center about the Tropical American Tree Farms’ website, which is used to attract tree purchasers from the United States.A spokeswoman for the complaint center confirmed the agency received about a dozen complaints about the company, which they referred to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. When asked in an email if the complaints had sparked any action or investigation, an SEC spokeswoman responded that as a matter of policy, the SEC declines comment on questions pertaining to investigations.The company also found itself on a Costa Rica Tax Administration list published in February for failure to pay sales tax. The list indicates which companies the administration is pursuing through a legal collection process for unpaid taxes.An agency spokeswoman would not comment on the list or provide any details about the company, but she indicated Tropical American Tree Farms has been submitting sales tax filings since 2007 through the current year, and salary tax filings from 2006 to 2011.While doubt has been cast on the company’s claim to be one of the biggest teak operations in Costa Rica, the company has gained notoriety for being atop another list: Tropical American Tree Farms has failed to pay ₡674 million ($1.4 million) in mandated employee insurance premiums to the Costa Rican Social Security System (Caja).“TATF has been delinquent on payments [to the Caja] for several years, and for us, this isn’t a new case. In fact, they are one of the companies with the biggest Caja debt,” Luis Diego Calderón, the Caja’s director of collections, told The Tico Times. “We’ve known about this case, and we’ve used all the strategies and tools at our disposal to collect from them.” Those strategies include filing 58 separate cases to the Caja’s judicial collection office, which attempts to collect from delinquent companies through a series of punitive actions. Calderón said the Caja also took action against Tropical American Tree Farms for illegally deducting Caja premiums from employee salaries and failing to transfer those deductions to the Caja. “We have filed 34 penal cases [against the company] for withholding ₡165 million [$331,000] from employees for Caja deductions that were never paid to the Caja,” Calderón said.Caja officials also have moved to shut the company down on 12 occasions for failure of payment. TATF was closed four times, while seven other closing orders remain pending, Calderón said. According to Caja regulations, officials can only force a company to close for five days for each request. Caja officials also attempted to negotiate a payment plan for the company – allowed under Caja rules – but those efforts were unsuccessful, Calderón said.Article 74 of the Caja’s charter requires government agencies to verify that companies are not delinquent with the Caja before issuing any type of permits, licenses, concessions or exemptions, among other bureaucratic procedures. Legally, Tropical American Tree Farms is barred from obtaining permits from municipalities, health and environment ministries, or any other government agency, until it cancels its million-dollar debt to the Caja. On Wednesday, Tico blogger and whistleblower Roberto Mora – who has publicly denounced several Costa Rican companies and organizations for accumulating unpaid debt with the Caja – circulated an email stating that two weeks ago, TATF cut “an enormous quantity of teak trees” from a 60-hectare section of farm in Río Naranjo, Quepos, on the central Pacific coast. Mora noted that in order to cut the trees, the company would have required a certificate of origin from the Quepos office of the Environment Ministry (MINAET), and to transport trees, they would need a permit from the Costa Rican Agricultural Engineers Association’s Forestry Attorney’s Office. The Tico Times was unable to independently verify Mora’s statements. But in an email, MINAET’s director of the Central Pacific Conservation Area, Carlos Vinicio, clarified that certificates of origin are not permits to remove trees, but rather to transport them, and they are issued by forestry engineers registered as regents with the Agricultural Engineers Association, not MINAET. “The National System of Conservation Areas [under MINAET] receives the certificate of origin and a report from a registered regent,” Vinicio said. “Therefore, the Agricultural Engineers Association and the forestry regent [handling the case] are responsible for checking to see if [TATF] had a debt [with the Caja]. For this kind of paperwork, which is not a forestry permit, Article 74 of the Caja’s charter does not apply, because we are only receiving information,” Vinicio said.In response to questions about TATF, the Caja’s Calderón said if officials do not abide by Article 74, the Caja could file a complaint with the Comptroller General’s Office to see if government officials broke the rules, in which case the Comptroller General would get involved. “We’ve done that before,” Calderón said.Regardless, the company’s unpaid debt to the Caja is bad news for investors, as it means the company may be legally blocked from marketing clients’ trees until it is no longer delinquent with the Caja.Déjà vu?Some Costa Rican teak companies have run into legal trouble in the past. In 1993, during the teak boom, the SEC filed a lawsuit in a Florida federal court against a Costa Rican teak company, Bosque Puerto Carrillo, an operation of at least 3,000 hectares, for selling unregistered securities to U.S. residents. The SEC accused the company of providing misleading and overly optimistic investment information to investors.Several clients accused the Tropical American Tree Farms of similar practices, but unlike Bosque Puerto Carrillo, TATF is not publicly traded and deals in direct sale of young trees, which it sells by way of certificates. One teak farm owner said the distinction between tree buyers and investors is important, because additional rules regulate investment firms.Tropical American Tree Farms is not registered to make public offerings, according to the Superintendence of Securities (SUGEVAL), Costa Rica’s securities regulatory agency. The company also is not registered with the SEC on their website database, although companies raising less than $1 million are not required to register.Phone calls and emails from a Tico Times reporter to Tropical American Tree Farms went unanswered. A lawyer who represents the company would not comment for this story.A great offerIn the early ’90s, financial planner Virginia Moran, now 78, was one of the first investors in Tropical American Tree Farms, a start-up plantation that had approximately 500 clients at the time, according to company publicity. Moran, from Golden, Colorado, in the U.S., bought 100 teak trees, planted in 1993, for $3,500. The 2011 price for teak, listed on the company’s website, is $5,365 per 100 trees.In exchange for her purchase, Moran received a certificate of tree ownership from the farm.Certificates are only one of the methods used by teak farms to signify a stake in the company. Some firms sell the land the trees are planted on, while others issue shares in the company itself.At the time Moran bought her trees, teak was being used in Costa Rica as a potentially profitable crop to facilitate the reforestation of hundreds of thousands of hectares that had been stripped for cattle-grazing. Statistics show that between 1966 and 1986, one-sixth of the nation’s land – more than 800,000 hectares – was deforested. The idea of reforestation was so popular that high-ranking officials, from former presidents to government ministers, promoted the practice, according to the 1993 Tico Times investigation. In the ’80s, the government offered tax incentives for teak reforestation projects, despite the market being so new and largely untested in Costa Rica.Moran based her investment decision on company projections that promised a final return of $43,000 in 20 years and $60,000 in 25 years. Those figures were calculated based on the assumption that teak prices would increase annually by 6 percent. But even without an increase in market prices, the company promised Moran a minimum $30,000 return in 25 years.Moran was excited about the projections, and spread word to her Colorado clients, friends and acquaintances, as well as other investment planners specializing in “green” projects. She also personally visited the farms three separate times, spending various nights in a cabin on one of the plantations and touring the grounds on horseback.“It all looked pretty good,” Moran said. “Although the projections looked a little optimistic, even if they did half of what they projected it would have been a good investment.”On Moran’s recommendation, up to 30 others bought trees from the company, with some investing more than $15,000, she said. In 1997, Tropical American Tree Farms awarded her 300 additional trees for referring clients. Today, her first batch of trees is nearly 20 years old, but Moran claims neither she nor any of the others she referred to the company has been paid. She said she is having second thoughts about the company and her role in promoting it.“There’s a definite possibility that this has been become a very elaborate Ponzi scheme, and they’re taking the money from the sale of trees,” Moran said. “I have not been suspicious to that level until this year. I had a highest level of trust in [the Brunners].”Moran said that on three trips she visited company-owned tree farms near Uvita, a beach town in southern Costa Rica. She became close with the Brunners, and described them as seemingly trustworthy Christians. She even invited the couple to visit her church in Colorado and give a presentation about their project.She said she’s sorry to hear of Steve Bruner’s death, but that doesn’t negate the years of promises the company made to her. She said almost 10 years ago, she received notice from the company that money was credited to her account from an early harvest, but when she tried to call the company office to collect she was told by a secretary that there was no way for her to receive the payment.She has called the company’s office phone and left messages repeatedly in the past three years, but calls were never returned.“The money isn’t coming as promised, and they have not been communicating,” Moran said. “It’s beginning to not look good at all.”A steady marketTeak industry experts in Costa Rica say there is a way to invest safely and effectively in tropical hardwoods. One tree farm owner in Costa Rica, Fred Morgan, a U.S. citizen who has lived in Costa Rica for nearly a decade, said some of his clients also own trees with Tropical American Tree Farms. Morgan’s Finca Leola, near Arenal, in north-central Costa Rica, is 10 times smaller than the advertised size of Tropical American Tree Farms, and has existed since the early 2000s.Morgan claims to have already paid his early tree buyers, and has a policy to respond to communication from clients within 24 hours. But he worries that some investors’ bad experiences with investing in tropical hardwoods could reflect on the rest of the industry. “If it doesn’t go well, everyone says it’s a fraud and nobody invests in it anymore,” Morgan said. “It’s like someone saying you should never buy a used car. A lot of people have success with buying a used car, but some people get ripped off.”Morgan said selling wood has been difficult after the global economic downturn, which hit the construction sector hard. He said prices for wood dropped by 20 percent after 2009.However, Juan María Solera, president of the Costa Rican Forestry Chamber and manager of teak company Panamerican Woods, touted the teak market as stable and profitable, much more than the stock market.He said recently added regulations on harvesting wild teak in countries such as Myanmar have boosted worldwide demand and increased the profitability of growing the crop in Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s gross wood exports, including teak and other species, valued more than $47 million in 2011, versus $13 million in 2007, according to statistics from the Foreign Trade Promotion Office.Other factors such as rising land prices and the deterrent that forestry is a considerably longer-term investment when compared to pineapple production or other agro-businesses have contained teak industry growth in Costa Rica, Solera said.Solera said according to industry calculations – because no current official surveys exist – about 30,000 hectares of land are devoted to teak in the country. He said about 10 large companies exist here, but the actual number of players in the teak market is hard to estimate, as small-time producers grow stands of less than 15 hectares.He said he had no recent knowledge of Tropical American Tree Farms, but added that the company formerly was affiliated with the Forestry Chamber and used to operate a furniture factory and mill near Dominical. He said he hasn’t had contact with the Brunners for several years.Solera acknowledged the industry was known for scams in the past, but he said the market is generally safe today. “It’s a good market,” he said. “But in my opinion it’s more the responsibility of the shareholder to check where he’s putting his money.”Solera said his company provides audited financial statements to its roughly 400 foreign and domestic shareholders.Left in the darkNot only does Tropical American Tree Farms not provide audited financial statements, it’s hard to get the company to respond to an email, said Hal Brill, an investment coach from Colorado.Brill bought trees from Tropical American Tree Farms in 2002 and referred clients to the company. He said neither he nor his clients have been paid yet, and their faith is dwindling.Looking back, Brill said, there were several red flags.Brill said Steve Brunner refused to disclose his financial information to investors, would not take the proper steps to receive a sustainable forestry certificate and made short-term projections that seemed too high. The projections Brill received from the company included paybacks at years six, nine, 12, 16, 20 and 25.Industry experts explain that in a typical 20- to 25-year teak cycle, a large number of trees are planted, about 800 per hectare, depending on the landscape. As the trees mature and compete for light, smaller trees are cut five to seven times, a process called a raleo in Spanish.If done correctly, only 250 to 300 trees are left for the final harvest. But if thinning is neglected, an entire harvest can be stunted because trees compete for resources, and the economic viability of an entire stand can be lost.Part of Tropical American Tree Farms’ business plan was to create a subsidiary, Raleo Designs, which would sell high-end furniture taken from younger teak trees cut during thinning to boost short-term returns. Brill said the intermediary plan was not sure-fire, but even if Raleo Designs didn’t pan out, and even if half of what was projected in the long-term harvest was returned to investors, he said it still looked to be profitable. Brill and his wife took a trip to visit the farm and were happy with what they saw.So, despite warning signs, the couple bought 500 trees with the company in 2002. They also recommended the company to several other investors.Initially, he said, he and others were enthusiastic about their decision. But recently, he said poor communication has plagued his relationship with the company.Most notably, he said, news from the Brunners dropped off in the past three years, and the couple failed to return Brill’s emails and phone calls. In the past, the Brunners would respond promptly to inquiries, and they sent periodic newsletters to investors, he said.One of the last times investors heard from the Brunners was an email sent in December stating that thousands of trees were damaged or lost during rainy-season floods. Experts say teak trees must be planted on land with proper drainage, as they are susceptible to flooding. Brill said the company didn’t respond to requests for more information about the alleged damage.“I just don’t know if the Brunners are alive or if they’re even in Costa Rica,” Brill said.On April 16, Brill and other investors received an email from Sherry Brunner stating that Steve had died following a lengthy battle with cancer. The email didn’t provide any details of the death. Brill said he hadn’t seen an obituary, and he wondered why the news wasn’t announced earlier.The Tico Times independently confirmed that Brunner died March 25 in Costa Rica.Brill said Brunner’s illness may partially explain the downslide in communication and productivity on the part of the company. He said he hopes tree owners can unite and find a way to reclaim their purchases. Brill said he pins his hopes for some settlement on a four-day trip he took to the farm a few years ago, when he saw the trees he purchased.“That’s what has sustained me through this,” he said. “There are great trees in Costa Rica … with our initials on a sign in front of them.”This story was corrected from an original version to include comments from the Environment Ministry’s director of the Central Pacific Conservation Area, Carlos Vinicio. An original version of the story said Vinicio did not respond by press time. However, Vinicio did respond promptly to The Tico Times, but due to a technical error, a reporter did not receive comments before going to print. Facebook Comments Teak plantations exploded in the 1990s as a way to fight deforestation. Tico Times No related posts.last_img read more

Vices linear TV channel Viceland will launch vi

first_imgVice’s linear TV channel, Viceland, will launch via Liberty Global-owned operator Ziggo in the Netherlands next year.Vice said that the youth lifestyle and culture channel will go live in the first quarter of 2017 – initially via Ziggo, but with “further distribution” due to follow later in the year.Viceland NL will air a mixture of international programming and original, local content produced in the Netherlands and Belgium. All content on the 24-hour channel will be programmed, produced and developed in-house.‘’The arrival of Viceland ensures that we will be present with our content on all screens – digital, mobile en linear – and as such, is a logical step for us in the evolution of Vice,” said CEO of Vice Media Benelux, Thijs Boon.“We have the ambition to tell the most remarkable stories in fresh and innovative ways to millennials, and this step ensures that we raise the bar for ourselves even higher.’’Filmmaker and Viceland co-president, Spike Jonze will oversee the development of the new channel – from show creation, to production, to brand identity.The Netherlands launch will follow the rollout of Viceland in France, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand later this year.Viceland first launched in the US earlier this year and is now also available in Canada, the UK and Ireland.last_img read more