Nova Scotia has answered the call to help fight wildfires in Ontario. A 21-person crew of wildfire fighters is leaving Halifax on Friday, July 5, and will spend two to three weeks on the fireline near Thunder Bay. Nova Scotia’s assistance was requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Current fire conditions in Nova Scotia allow for resources to be shared. The Department of Lands and Forestry will ensure proper firefighting resources are maintained within the province. Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big to handle. The affected province covers the costs of the jurisdictions sending help. In May, Nova Scotia sent 21 firefighters to help fight wildfires in Alberta. NOTE TO EDITORS: The crew will arrive at the main terminal of Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Friday, July 5 at 4:30 a.m. for their flight to Toronto. The airport is located at 1 Bell Blvd, Enfield. Media will need to show proof of identification.
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Cairo – Morocco’s delegate minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, renewed on Wednesday the Kingdom’s condemnation of Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians.“Morocco strongly condemns the latest violent aggression by Israeli terrorist against a Palestinian toddler”, said Bouaida at a meeting in Cairo of the Arab peace initiative.Morocco considers this aggression as a crime against humanity and calls for prosecuting its authors, she stressed, noting that keeping silent on this massacre is a shame for the entire international community.It is important to get out the deadlock in the Palestinian issue, said Bouaida who also deplored that international powers have been unable to make pressures on the Jewish state to make it return to the negotiation table to reach comprehensive and fair peace to the Israeli occupation and establish a Palestinian independent state within the pre-June 1967 borders. She also argued that media and political efforts should be intensified to stand up to the Palestinian cause, before reaffirming Morocco’s readiness to adhere to all efforts meant to end the conflict and maintain stability in the region.Held under Egyptian chairmanship, the meeting is looking into the recent Israeli aggressions, including the burning alive by Palestinian extremists of a toddler in the West Bank.
Rabat- Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the latest appointment signaling his continued push for more female representation in the country’s top leadership positions. Just last week, Ethiopia swore in the country’s first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.Meaza previously served as a high court judge in Ethiopia, going on to found the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association. She was also an advisor on gender and women’s rights at the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Abiy Ahmed’s chief of staff praised Meaza’s appointment, saying, “She brings a track record of competence and relevant experience to the role.”Meaza’s name gained international notoriety for a 1996 court case which was later turned into the movie “Difret” written and directed by Zeresenay Mehari and produced by Angelina Jolie. Difret tells the true story of Aberash Bekele who, in 1996, at the age of 14, was kidnapped as she returned from school by a man who intended to marry her. In an attempt to escape her captor, Aberash shot and killed him, leading her to be charged with murder. Meaza represented the girl in court pro bono and succeeded in getting the charges dropped. The trial set off a debate in Ethiopia regarding the tradition of kidnapping for marriage. In presenting her nomination, Ahmed said Meaza had the background needed to improve the court’s implementation of reforms and justice in the country. Ethiopia’s Parliament approved her nomination unanimously.
President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela said that condemnation of terrorism in all its forms needed to be accompanied by a denunciation of the causes of terror, which had made the world a kingdom of injustice, poverty and inequality. The only path to peace was through justice, he said, and the world’s leaders must resolve to acknowledge that the current economic situation acted as fuel for the fires of terrorism. Unbridled neo-liberalism had led to great poverty and despair among the peoples of the earth. Urging the creation of an international humanitarian fund, President Chavez suggested that it could be fed from a variety of sources: from a percentage of the military expenditure of the world’s countries; from a portion of the funds annually transferred from the developing to the developed world by poor countries servicing an external debt that seemed eternally to rise; from a portion of the monies that stemmed from the drug trade; from the billions stolen from poor countries by the corrupt; or from a tax levied upon major speculative transactions.Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Maher El Sayed, said the Palestinian people continued to suffer under an oppressive occupation that adhered to policies reminiscent of the ages of darkness and chaos. If Israel had a genuine desire for peace, it must stop its aggression against the Palestinian people and agree to withdraw from all Arab territories occupied in 1967 in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The discussion on peace and security in the Middle East also related to the situation in Iraq, which must be dealt with in the context of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. He affirmed Egypt’s rejection of inflicting military strikes against Iraq, but said the country must respect the legitimate will of the international community.Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said Kuwait believed that “full and scrupulous” implementation by Iraq of all relevant Security Council resolutions and allowing UN weapons inspectors back into the country would save the region from the horrors of war, which his country did not want. “Such a war would lead only to the aggravation of the suffering of the brotherly people of Iraq and to the escalation of tension and instability in the region,” he said.Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan of China said that the international security situation was undergoing profound changes and therefore his country stood for a new security concept featuring mutual trust, benefit, equality and cooperation. Within the spirit of that new mechanism, the international community should actively undertake dialogue and cooperation to tackle the major security concerns, such as global terrorism and regional hotspots – particularly the Middle East, Kashmir and Afghanistan – while strengthening exchanges among different civilizations in order to prevent them from turning into conflicts or confrontation.Igor Ivanov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, noted that the priority task in combating terrorism consisted of strengthening the international legal framework by securing a genuine universal character of the existing antiterrorist treaties. He said the Russian Federation was concerned over the absence of real progress in negotiating a comprehensive convention on combating terrorism as well as a treaty to suppress acts of nuclear terrorism. Differences between countries were quite “reconcilable” and should not overshadow the task of laying a legal basis for counteracting terrorism in all its manifestations.Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Brian Cowen, said that there has been substantial progress across the key areas of implementation of the Good Friday Agreement for Northern Ireland over the past year. The political institutions were operating on a “positive and inclusive” basis, brining tangible benefits across the board. The Governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom remained absolutely committed to the accord and to its full implementation, he stressed. Its core principles – constitutional stability, partnership politics, inclusive political institutions and structured North-South cooperation in Ireland – represented the only viable basis for a workable political accommodation. In her statement, Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear of Chile told the Assembly that the political stability achieved by Latin American countries with so much effort might now be threatened. The economic crisis in the region was a paradoxical situation – while countries in the region have responded to the challenge and adopted many of the structural reforms that were asked of them, the developed world was sending contradictory signals that tested the faith of those who believed in globalization and the system of free trade as the basis for further development.Also addressing the Assembly were Foreign Ministers S. Jayakumar of Singapore, Choi Sung-hong of the Republic of Korea, Jorge Castañeda Gutman of Mexico, Sükrü Sina Gürel of Turkey, and Guillermo Pérez-Cadalso Arias of Honduras.
“School fees are keeping children out of the classroom, and many of these are the most vulnerable children in our societies,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Education Chief Cream Wright told high-level education officials currently meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.The School Fee Abolition Initiative, sponsored by UNICEF, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International development (USAID) and other partners, aims to help countries develop education systems that are inclusive, equitable and sustainable.At the Nairobi meeting, education officials from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana are sharing their experiences in abolishing fees with colleagues from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which have recently agreed to take that step. Haiti is also participating as are experts from development agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academics. “Fees consume nearly a quarter of a poor family’s income in Sub-Saharan Africa, paying not only for tuition, but also indirect fees such as PTA and community contributions, textbook fees, compulsory uniforms and other charges,” Mr. Wright said. “The increasing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS or trapped in domestic labour, makes it imperative to abolish fees.” But ending school fees is no magic wand, and experience shows that the surge in enrolment after abolition brings immense challenges to the entire learning infrastructure, from the physical building, to the class size and materials, to the hygiene facilities (if they exist at all) and to the teachers.With more than 115 million primary school aged children out of school, progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goal of universal access to a complete quality primary education by 2015 has stalled, Mr. Wright said.“We need to accelerate and significantly scale up progress on education with bold policy measures,” he declared. “We need to move from words to deeds, from promises to results. The promises of school fee abolition should no longer elude so many countries that are willing to embark on such a bold initiative.”
Canadian manufacturing index signals recovery in May after two weak months: RBC by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 12:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – An index of Canadian manufacturing intentions rose to an 11-month high in May, rising by 2.1 points to 53.2.The May reading on the RBC PMI was the first strong advance since February.A reading above 50 on the RBC purchasing managers index signals expansion in Canada’s manufacturing sector.The index fell below 50.0 in March for the first time since the survey was created 2 1/2 years ago and improved only slightly to 50.1 in April.RBC chief economist Craig Wright says the manufacturing sector showed renewed vitality in new orders and job creation in May.New order growth was at an 11-month high in May while job creation hit a nine-month high, with additional staff hired at 22 per cent of the firms surveyed.“As we navigate through the remainder of 2013, we expect the sector’s performance to improve further, boosting Canadian growth,” Wright said in a statement.The RBC PMI is compiled by Markit, which does similar indexes in several countries, in co-operation with the bank and the Canadian Purchasing Management Association.
“Liberia has shown the world its commitment to lasting peace – and the world has shown its commitment to peace in Liberia,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Karin Landgren, told the Security Council.“The resilience Liberians have demonstrated and their commitment to moving the country forward is inspiring, and bodes well for the hard work that still lies ahead.”Liberia’s civil war lasted 14 years before it ended in 2003. Some 150,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed during the war, and some 750,000 became either internally displaced or fled the country amidst the violence and instability. Since the war ended, the UN has had a peacekeeping presence in the country to bolster a ceasefire agreement and help restore the rule of law and democratic processes, as well as facilitate humanitarian assistance. The security transition in which the Government will progressively take over UNMIL’s responsibilities began in October, marking a new phase for the country.Ms. Landgren said that while Liberia has made great strides, there are still various areas that need to be addressed. “Lasting peace will require fairness and inclusion for all Liberians in their country’s progress. It is more important than ever, as UNMIL draws down, to move swiftly to address the historic – and current – cleavages that are so widely acknowledged,” she said.In her briefing to the Council, Ms. Landgren said UNMIL is currently supporting the country on a number of critical initiatives, including the conduct of a participatory process to reform the Constitution, the electoral reform process to ensure the independence of the National Elections Commission, carrying out public consultations on land rights policies, and launching the country’s first Justice and Security Hub to ensure better access to justice services for Liberians.Ms. Landgren said that while there have been efforts to improve accountability, issues of corruption and tensions between branches of the Government remain at the forefront of political life. These issues affect the country’s long-term stability, and Ms. Landgren noted that they particularly affect the area of natural resource management, where concessions, abuse and allegations of corruption are a potential catalyst for conflict.Investing in the development of Liberia’s justice and security sectors is therefore essential, she said, adding that the UN and all of Liberia’s partners will continue to stand by and support the democratic aspirations of Liberians.As part of its transition process, UNMIL also announced today the deployment of a new Nepalese Formed Police Unit (FPU) comprised of some 120 officers to support peace and stability. The FPUs are an armed component of UNMIL’s police personnel, and they conduct joint patrols with the Liberia National Police, providing rapid response capabilities for crowd control and demonstrations, protecting Government facilities and providing security at prisons.
CANCUN, Mexico — Mart’e Grays scored 23 points and Chante Stonewall had a double-double as No. 16 DePaul rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Princeton 82-67 in the Cancun Challenge on Thursday.Trailing most of the game but getting even after three quarters, DePaul (2-1) outscored the Tigers 24-9 in the final quarter that included 3-pointers by Grays, Stoneman, Sonya Morris and Rebekah Dahlman.Princeton (1-4) built a 15-point lead early in the second quarter before Grays scored five points to end the half to get DePaul within four. Two free throws by Kelly Campbell tied the game with five seconds left in the third quarter.Greys was 9 of 13 from the floor with three 3-pointers while Stonewall had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Dahlman added 11 points with three 3-pointers.Carlie Littlefield, with three 3-pointers, and Sydney Boyer, with four treys, both scored 16 points to lead Princeton.The Associated Press
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 16 prefeasibility studies, 4 feasibility studies, 18 projects in development, four new mines that have gone into production, six existing mines that are expanding, seven merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 36 gold projects, 15 copper, 12 silver projects, 9 iron ore, seven coal projects, four uranium, rare earths, and zinc projects, three tungsten and nickel projects, two projects on graphite, molybdenum, lithium, diamonds and lead, and one project each on anorthosite, manganese, cobalt, sulphur, niobium, tin, potash, vanadium, titanium, phosphate, mineral sands, ferro alloys and PGMs. Contact Emma@im-mining.com for a trial.Rio Tinto Coal Australia has declared a significant increase of its managed thermal coal reserves and resources in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, compared to the previous estimates reported in Rio Tinto’s 2013 Annual Report. The ore reserve has increased by 546 Mt from 1,331 Mt to 1,877 Mt.Rio Tinto Coal Australia Managing Director Chris Salisbury said “The coal assets managed by Coal & Allied in the Hunter Valley are truly world class and offer a large, contiguous footprint within the most attractive sections of the coal district”.“An extensive drilling program over many decades means we have high confidence in our increased understanding of our coal assets and their quality, which is characterised by shallow, thick seams with little geological faulting. This discovery of greater coal reserves and resources is the result of more than a year’s work and forms part of our wider efforts to deliver greater value to our shareholders. We continue to examine our asset base for further opportunities. Our extensive reserve and resource base, further amplified by this latest announcement, provides many options to sustain and grow our business in the Hunter Valley for many decades to come.”Southern Arc Minerals has announced that it has entered into a binding Memorandum of Agreement with PT Genesis Sumber Energi to form a joint venture to advance the West Lombok project. Under the terms of the Agreement, PT GSE can earn a 25% interest in the West Lombok project by funding and obtaining Government approval of an environmental impact study and feasibility study for small-scale underground gold mines and processing plants on the property. PT GSE must also obtain Government approval to convert the West Lombok exploration permit into an exploitation permit, thereby securing tenure on the property for a further 20 years with the option to extend.South Boulder Mines has commenced pilot testing of the Colluli process design at the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon, Canada. The testing is being conducted under the supervision of Global Potash Solutions. This work follows prefeasibility design testwork, which was done as bench scale testing.The pilot plant will provide the following critical information:1. Confirmation of the potassium sulphate (SOP) tonnes per seawater tonne2. Confirmation of decomposition kinetics3. Confirmation of precipitation kinetics and retention time4. Enhancement of particle size5. Samples for marketingImportantly, the pilot plant will use potassium bearing salts from the Colluli resource. Samples were dispatched to the test facility and preparation for pilot plant testing has been completed.South Boulder Managing Director, Paul Donaldson, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to develop the test program and commence its execution well ahead of the pre-feasibility study completion. This will allow a seamless integration of the pilot plant data with the definitive feasibility study design and final costings.“Given the process is relatively simple, and commercially proven, the pilot plant is simply an exercise to ensure all of the plant equipment is correctly sized for the final process.”
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has insisted that no one has to pay the 2014 property tax until next year as the controversy around payment options for the charge continues.Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin raised the matter at Leaders’ Questions today with Micheál Martin calling for an amendment to the property tax legislation to ensure no one has to make the payment until next year.“The policy is wrong because the legislation was rushed,” Martin told the Taoiseach.Responding, Enda Kenny insisted: “There is no legal obligation for anyone to pay any property charge for 2014 in the remaining weeks of this year”.He said that the Minister for Finance has made it clear that the preference for government is that it receive payments for 2014 in 2014 and said that a number of options for paying the tax have been set out by Revenue.Kenny said that letters from Revenue that have been delivered in recent weeks refer to the filing date this year – 7 November for postal returns and 27 November for online – and do not have a statutory basis.He said they are just a reminder to people that the 2014 property tax is due next year.He said the filing date is not a statutory date for payment and said that there are seven different options for paying the property tax next year.“There was no intention of executing some sort of government money grab before the end of 2013, Kenny told Adams in response to the Sinn Féin leader’s questions about the controversy.Tánaiste on property tax: It’s important the taxpayer is facilitatedOpen thread: What do you want to know about paying the local property tax?Read: Revenue promises more staff to deal with property tax issues after Noonan meeting
Anesthésie : une première par vidéoconférenceMonde – Un patient italien a été anesthésié dans le cadre d’une vidéoconférence par des praticiens se trouvant à Montréal. Une première mondiale. La téléanesthésie demande beaucoup de moyens humains : des médecins, des chercheurs, des ingénieurs… Les moyens techniques nécessaires sont également conséquents, avec notamment un cockpit d’anesthésie et une station de travail aux appareils performants (caméras, écrans de contrôle, etc). L’anesthésique est administré au patient par intraveineuse, la surveillance est ensuite entièrement automatisée. À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiCette technique constitue un espoir pour de nombreux patients. En effet, ceux qui vivent dans des régions isolées n’ont pas toujours l’opportunité de consulter et d’être opérés par de grands spécialistes. Il pourrait désormais en aller différemment. En outre, cette technique pourrait également être utilisée dans un but pédagogique, afin de former de nouveaux médecins anesthésistes. Cette première mondiale a été rendue possible grâce aux professeurs Hemmerling de l’Université McGill et Zaouter, de l’université de Pise, le 30 août dernier. Elle annonce sans doute de nombreuses autres utilisations. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
ST. LOUIS (March 7, 2014) – In a submission to the Food and Drug Administration today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) officially submitted its comments on the FDA’s proposal to further reduce trans fat consumption by rescinding the generally regarded as safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), including partially hydrogenated soybean oil.While urging FDA not to withdraw GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils, ASA noted the almost 70 percent reduction and continued downward trend in consumption of trans fats over the last decade, and touted the work of the soybean industry to develop high oleic soybean varieties. These varieties can replace the functionality of partially hydrogenated soybean oil in certain applications like baking, frying, and other food processing without the addition of trans fats. Current projections from QUALISOY indicate that approximately 1.3 billion pounds of high oleic soybean oil will be extracted from the 2016 crop of high oleic soybeans and available for use by the food industry in 2017, with increasing quantities available in subsequent years.”We are confident that high oleic soybean oil can replace a substantial portion of the between 2 and 2.5 billion pounds of partially hydrogenated oils that are still in the market,” wrote ASA in its comments. “But that cannot happen without FDA’s recognition of the importance of ensuring a sustainable domestically-produced food supply.”ASA further encouraged the agency to take into account the time needed to ramp-up domestic high oleic soybean oil production; and urged FDA to pursue alternative strategies that have already aided in the dramatic reductions in trans fat consumption over the last decade. These include education, revisions to the nutrition fact panel, and limits on the amount of trans fats that food products can contain to be labeled free of trans fats.The association also registered serious concerns that FDA’s proposal would have the unintended consequence of raising saturated fat consumption as a result of manufacturers opting to substitute higher saturated fat palm oil for PHOs as it waits for high oleic soybean production capacity to catch up with current demand. “This would replace our domestically-grown and sustainable soybean oil with palm oil,” ASA wrote. “The saturated fat profile of palm oil is 6.7 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, compared to just 2 grams for soybean oil. The result of this trade-off would be a ‘lose-lose’ for both the government and American consumers.”A further consequence of this substitution, according to ASA, is the loss of more than $1.6 billion in farmer income as a result of the immediate switch from soybean oil to higher saturated fat palm oil.ASA also noted its concern that the FDA’s proposal addresses the process of hydrogenation, rather than the end product of the oil itself. “We believe that the FDA’s proposal is so sweeping in its application that it would stymie technological advances in oil processing that aren’t even envisioned today,” ASA commented. “As there is no definition of ‘partially hydrogenated,’ and as we know that the term encompasses a whole spectrum of oils, we are concerned that new technologies would be a casualty of the FDA’s proposal.”Finally, as an alternative, ASA cited the successful approach taken by other nations including Denmark in setting a limit on daily consumption of trans fats in food. Through that approach, Denmark has reduced its per capita intake of trans fat to only 1 gram per day, a level at which trans fat is no longer a significant source of fat intake. “This approach seems a more common-sense way to approach the goal of further reducing trans fats consumption in the U.S. diet than the FDA’s current proposal, which we see as likely to lead to increased saturated fat consumption, increased reliance on imported oils in the U.S. food supply, diminished ability for food manufacturers to adopt innovative technologies, and costly in terms of U.S. production and jobs.”[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/FDA-PHO-comments-3-7-14-docx1.pdf”]
Are You Ready For MTV’s “Crash Karaoke”? mtv-set-crash-new-karaoke-game-show Twitter “‘Crash Karaoke’ is an innovative twist on the traditional game show,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “We’re excited to disrupt everyday life in some of the most unlikely locations and pass the mic to the most fearless performers — from the great, to the outrageous and cringeworthy — and bring our audience along for the ride.””Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A ClassicRead more MTV Set To Crash In With New Karaoke Game Show Facebook The network’s latest game show will be co-hosted by Dylan Landon and feature karaoke battles in unsuspecting locationsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 12:19 pm GRAMMY.comThere’s a new sing-along show coming to town, and it could crash into your life when you least expect it.MTV’s “Crash Karaoke” will literally pop up in various locations, such as fast food restaurants, and “challenge people to karaoke battles for cash.” They’ll seek out brave volunteers to sing it out and deem a winner based on the crowd’s reaction, sans judges.”Contestants will be asked to spin the crash wheel to randomly select a style of music to perform,” said MTV. “A mix of hit songs [will] serve as the soundtrack for the series, from current tracks and global anthems to the most iconic karaoke throwbacks from the ’80s.”The show will be hosted by Hannah Rad and Dylan Landon, and the 30-minute format has been given an initial run of 10 episodes. It will roll out on MTV International later this year. News Email
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Dell Inc is set to announce an agreement on Monday to sell its non-core information technology consulting division to Japan’s NTT Data Corp for $3.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Announcement of any agreement is subject to NTT Data’s board approving the deal when it meets in Tokyo, the people said, asking not to be identified because the transaction is not yet official.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, the people said. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Dell declined to comment, while NTT Data did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Excutive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.
Alfred Street Baptist Church, located at 301 S. Alfred St., is scheduled to continue their 2018 January Saturday Bible Study Series: Subversive Readings of Scripture on Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. Rev. Dr. Obery Hendrick Jr. of Columbia University will speak and deliver a message titled “The Politics of Jesus: Good News & the Political Realm.” A free continental breakfast will be offered prior to the session at 8 a.m.
Whale and Dolphin FestivalOne of the most magical events in Costa Rica is the arrival of humpback whales off the coast of Puntarenas – an advent so beloved that the area is called “Costa Ballena,” or “Whale Coast.” This mammalian migration is the perfect excuse to take a road trip along the Pacific coast, sign up for a whale watching tour, and join thousands of visitors as they celebrate all things cetacean. Encounter dolphins, whales, and gorgeous weather during this remarkable two-week fiesta.The festival continues through Sept. 14 on the Costa Bellena, Puntarenas Province. Tours take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and cost ₡10,000-20,000 ($20-40). Info: Festival website.Rugby TournamentThe Rugby Federation of Costa Rica holds the final matches of this year’s National Championship, including 120 young players ages two to 18.Tournament takes place Sept. 7 at the French-Costa Rican School, Concepción de Tres Ríos. Free. Info: Rugby Federation website.Exhibit: “Toys, Memories, and Friends”Feel the rush of nostalgia as you peruse vintage toys at the National Gallery.“Juguetes, Recuerdos, y Amigos” continues through Sept. 30 at The National Gallery, downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website. Related posts:Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica Comedy homage, massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica Caribbean parade, hot rod workshop, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica Music: Stranger Than FictionCosta Rican blues-rock band plays Jazz Café.Concert takes place Sept. 5 at Jazz Café, Escazú. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Jazz Café website. Theater: “Shark Smile”Theater company ExÁnimo and The Shark Project join forces to create this kid-friendly show about marine biodiversity.“Sonrisa de Tiburón” performs Sept. 10 at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: Theater website.Theater: “Sushi’s Journey”In this case, “Sushi” is a cat – whose life is full of adventure. This children’s show by Pedro José Sánchez is an enlivening afternoon excursion.“El Viaje de Sushi” continues through Sept. 14 at the Juan Enrique Acuña Theater, Barrio Escalante. Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: RedCultura. Music: Sight of EmptinessCosta Rican hard rock band plays from their albums “Trust is a Disease” and “Absolution of Humanity.”Concert takes place Sept. 7 at Mundoloco El Chante, San Pedro. 4 p.m. ₡3,500 ($7). Info: Mundoloco Facebook page.Theater: “The Collection”Did Stella and Bill hook up on their business trip? The National Company presents this classic 1961 play by Harold Pinter, here in Spanish translation.“The Collection” will be performed Aug. 28 – Sept. 21 at Teatro 1887, CENAC building, San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. ₡4,000 ($8). Info: RedCultura.“House and Street” FestivalFourteen artists present multimedia works at this creative cooperative in Barrio Escalante.“Casa y Calle” continues through Sept. 20 at Casa Batsú, Barrio Escalante. Free. Info: Batsú website.Art: “Dirty Game”Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series. Read our review here.“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website.Theater: “Amadeus”Peter Schaffer’s masterpiece about the life of Mozart (and his bitter rival, Salieri) receives an epic production at Teatro Espressivo.“Amadeus” plays Aug. 7 – Oct. 12 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Art: “The Day We Became Contemporary”The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design celebrates 20 years of cutting-edge arts with a comprehensive, retrospective showcase.“El Día Que Nos Hicimos Contemporáneos” continues through Sept. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Residents ₡1,000 ($2), foreigners ₡1,500 ($3), students ₡500 ($1). Info: MADC website.Enamoráte de tu ciudadYes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website and Facebook page. Facebook Comments
Milan, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAmongst brick walls and 200-year-old vaulted ceilings in a 15th century former convent, renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has created a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere removed from the hustle and bustle of the world’s fashion capital. The new Four Seasons Hotel Milan Spa, which recently opened its doors in mid-July, is a serene retreat housing seven treatment rooms, a lap pool under an original brick ceiling, an authentic Turkish bath, sauna, Scottish shower, fitness studio and signature hair spa.Under Urquiola’s direction, the interior design incorporates materials native to Italy that showcase some of the region’s classic design motifs, from warming stones to wooden walls etched with beautiful silkscreen patterns. Through a combination of warm colors and design techniques like serigraphy, the exceptional arrangement ensures a de-stressing atmosphere.Four Seasons Hotel Milan Spa invites its guests to experience luxury product houses La Prairie and Sodashi. La Prairie combines the science and innovation of the modern century with the time-honoured art of cosmetics and thermal spa experience to develop offers that extend beyond temporary or surfaced rejuvenation practices and instead, impress long-lasting effects on the vitality of skin make-up. Such treatments include the very exclusive caviar firming treatment, which uses caviar pearls to firm the skin and make it soft and silky. La Prairie products will also be used in a range of massage and relaxation techniques.Sodashi is the ideal choice for those seeking a holistic and organic approach to beauty, as these products offer a combination of natural elements, plant extracts and essential oils that tender a healthy and motivating effect on the skin. One of such treatments available is Samadara, an anti-age ritual that takes advantage of the Ayurvedica philosophy, which stresses balance of three elemental humours, to reactivate the vital energy of the skin and uses Sodashi products to hydrate, regenerate and nurture. In effect, the elasticity and consistency of the skin improves, diminishing the signs of age.In addition to these products, the spa features a contemporary hair spa by the renowned Rossano Feretti, creator of the innovative “Methodo” cut. The fitness area, which offers a personal trainer and yoga lessons, is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym’s Excite line, a dedicated stretching area with stretching machines, circuit training from Arkè, a weight lifting area and a Kinesis Personal Heritage system with an accompanying video for self-instruction.www.fourseasons.com/milan