Morocco Top Buyer of French Weapons in the Maghreb

Rabat – Morocco purchased more French arms than any country in the Maghreb, far exceeding Algeria. According to figures released by the daily Akhbar Al Yaoum in its weekend edition, Morocco spent 723 million euros (MAD 80 billion) from 2010 to 2014 on French weapons.Morocco comes ahead of Algeria, which spent only 247 million euros during the same period. Morocco also ranks highly in the Arab world in terms of French weapons purchases. According to the same source, Morocco ranks among the top ten Arab customers of the French defense industry, alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Egypt.The frigate FREMM Mohammed VI, acquired in January for 450 million euros, is among the most important Moroccan acquisitions from the French defense industry.While France remains one of Morocco’s most important arms suppliers, the country has made an effort to diversify its sources. According to Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Morocco also imports its weapons from other countries, mainly the US, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and China.Another report from SIPRI published last March showed that Morocco is Africa’s second largest importer of arms, behind Algeria. Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, Morocco’s arms purchases accounted for 26 percent for Africa’s overall imports.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to resume talks after constructive day UN

Video of Mr. de Soto’s remarks Speaking to reporters after the parties met in direct talks with the Secretary-General, Alvaro de Soto, Mr. Annan’s adviser for Cyprus, said, “It was a constructive discussion. The Secretary-General has asked them to stay on and to take the morning off for reflection” before meeting again Wednesday at 4 p.m.Last week the Secretary-General wrote to the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, inviting them to resume negotiations on the basis of his settlement plan. The objective is to submit a completed text to separate referenda in April, in time for a reunited Cyprus to accede to the European Union on 1 May, along with nine other countries.The talks began this afternoon with brief separate calls – first by the Greek Cypriot side, then the Turkish Cypriot side – on the Secretary-General, followed by a joint meeting with Mr. Annan. Delegations of the three guarantor parties – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – were also on hand, as Mr. Annan requested, in support of the process.”What we hope to establish is the commitment by the two parties to reach an agreement,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing earlier Tuesday. “If that commitment is forthcoming, the assumption is that detailed technical talks would resume as soon as possible involving both sides.”Asked if today’s talks were “a one-day thing,” the spokesman said it was hard to predict. “It’s our assumption that following a single session with the Secretary-General here in New York that the detailed nuts-and-bolts negotiations” could proceed with Mr. de Soto representing the Secretary-General in a good offices function, Mr. Eckhard said. read more

CAI IndustriesGauleyRobertson RSL Fiber Systems to provide safe fibre optic lighting

first_imgEnvisioning the potential to “revolutionise” and elevate the role of lighting technology in the design and operation of major mining equipment – thereby enhancing both safety and productivity – CAI Industries and sister company Gauley-Robertson (CAI/G-R) have entered into an exclusive agreement with Connecticut-based RSL Fiber Systems to market the company’s safe, durable fiber optic lighting technology to the mining industry. “As a leader in the manufacture and distribution of mining equipment and parts, we take great pride in seeking out new technologies that improve productivity, reduce downtime, and increase miner safety,” said CAI/Gauley-Robertson President Chuck Lilly. “We believe RSL’s groundbreaking fibre optic lighting technology has every potential to revolutionise our traditional notions of lighting for scoops, continuous miners, roof bolters and more. With RSL, we plan to introduce lighting in a whole new way to the industry.”The landmark three-year agreement represents a key milestone in RSL’s ongoing commercial business thrust and reinforces CAI/G-R’s commitment to innovation and safety. It includes exclusive US sales and distribution rights of designated RSL lighting products tailored to the mining industry, RSL training of CAI/G-R sales and technical staff, and joint efforts in marketing, trade shows, and advertising.Another major milestone RSL expects to achieve shortly is federal approval by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) of its fibre optic mine equipment outlining system. This innovative equipment lighting approach will enhance safety and equipment visibility during mining operations, and will support the industry’s efforts to reduce man-machine accidents.The versatile RSL system efficiently produces safe, non-electrical light and is capable of reliable light delivery in the harshest environments. The system can be used on scoops, continuous miners, and most other major pieces of mining machinery.  RSL has several other mine lighting products in development as well.“This proven, rugged technology is a key component of the US Navy’s most advanced warships and is a natural fit for high-demand applications such as mining,” said RSL President and Chief Technology Officer Giovanni Tomasi. “We envision a wide variety of ongoing, innovative product and technology development opportunities and applications in the months and years to come capable of significantly enhancing mine safety and operations.”CAI Industries is a leading manufacturer and rebuilder of mining machines, including continuous miners, scoops, bolters, feeder-breakers, conveying equipment and battery operated vehicles. The company has plants in West Virginia and Illinois. CAI Industries has repaired, designed and developed equipment and machinery for use in all types of mining operations including conventional, continuous and longwall.Gauley-Robertson is a worldwide distributor of replacement parts, chains, mechanical and electrical components for the high-wear areas of the underground mining industry. The company has facilities in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Utah, Europe and South Africa.RSL Fiber Systems is a market leader in advanced remote source fibre optic lighting systems solutions and comprehensive engineering services for military and commercial markets. RSL systems are aboard the world’s most sophisticated warships, including the US Navy’s LPD 17 Class and its newest advanced destroyer, the DDG 1000. Last year, the company secured its first international contract, with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, to supply fibre optic remote source lighting systems for the Italian Navy’s FREMM class frigates.last_img read more

Metso Metrics digital offering expanded in collaboration with Rockwell Automation

first_imgMetso is expanding its digital Metso Metrics offering with the launch of a new predictive maintenance solution for mining equipment, aimed to help maximise the uptime and performance of comminution circuits. The solution will be introduced at Automation Fair, hosted by Rockwell Automation, on November 14 in Philadelphia.Metso Metrics is designed to provide global mining customers improved visibility and new insights into their equipment and processes with analytics, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance – all backed by expert support from Metso. “The combination of advanced technology and expertise will bring Metso services closer to customers by improving collaboration, asset reliability and optimisation.”“Optimisation of existing assets and processes is now the key to drive productivity at mine sites. This is where digitalisation coupled with expert support really comes into play – connecting the right data with the right people,” says Jani Puroranta, Chief Digital Officer, Metso. “With innovative digital tools like Metso Metrics, minerals processing plants can shift from reactive-mode to being proactive and focused on continuous improvement.”The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution is built on the Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Cloud platform, powered by Microsoft® AzureTM. It securely collects data from hundreds of sensors within Metso equipment all used to assess process performance, as well as predict component wear and failure. Metso performance teams analyse the data with the support of advanced machine learning algorithms, to help customers optimize equipment operations and processes.“Mining companies need more visibility to their processes, equipment performance and supply chain to improve safety and efficiency, reduce energy usage and, ultimately, inform better business decisions,” says Blake Moret, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “This connected mine solution allows mining companies to derive measurable business value from their operations, allowing for better collaboration and increased productivity.”The new mining solution is the latest addition to Metso’s digital services. It covers Metso’s primary gyratory crushers, cone crushers and vibrating screens. In the future, other types of minerals processing equipment, such as mills, will be addressed. The first generation of Metso Metrics tools were launched in 2017 to help optimise aggregates production in quarries and at contractor sites. Metso has also developed a similar solution for waste recycling equipment.last_img read more

In Bercy BIG final France – Croatia

Bercy handball tournamentFrance handball At the traditional tournament in Paris Bercy in the semifinal, favorites, France and Croatia beated their opponents and scheduled the final for Sunday.Croatia – South Korea 27:24South Korea:Ch. Lee, Park, D. Lee, Jeong 4, Sim 1, Eom 2, Jung 4, J. Park 4, Kim 2, C. Park, Lim 1, J. Lee 3, Oh 1, Yo, Yoon 2, Na.Izbornik: Young- Shin ChoCroatia: Šego, Alilović, Marić 1, Balić 4, Duvnjak, Lacković 3, Zrnić 5, Kopljar 3, Vori 3, Gojun, Matulić 1, Vuković, Buntić, Valčić 2, Štrlek 3, Ninčević 2.France – Argentina 30:27 ← Previous Story Тoledo terminated the contract with Dragan Marjanac Next Story → Austrian disaster in Serbia – 27:39! Andersson – “I am shocked” read more

Judge accuses RTÉs Joe Duffy of attacking the courts for not sentencing

first_img Image: Sam Boal/Rolling News Share339 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 23rd 2017, 2:58 PM Image: Sam Boal/Rolling News Friday 23 Jun 2017, 2:58 PM Judge accuses RTÉ’s Joe Duffy of attacking the courts for not sentencing people The comments were made by Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis District Court today. center_img Short URL 11 Comments 54,801 Views And then you listen to Mr Duffy and all the great panjandrums of the media and they are attacking the courts for not sentencing people.A panjandrum is defined as someone with self-importance or claims to have a great deal of authority and influence.In court, Judge Durcan told Plechko that he must be punished.He said: “The shop keepers must be protected and I am going to imprison you.”Judge Durcan’s comments on the Liveline broadcaster and others follow him last week accusing radio talk show hosts of whipping up public opinion on a daily basis that courts are not doing enough in dealing with repeat burglary offenders.Before jailing a serial thief John Brennan (46) of Pella Rd, Kilrush for stealing a child’s money box containing €50 in coins, Judge Durcan said:There is a constant outcry by the people who man the media in this country and who man the talk shows and who whip up public opinion on a daily basis that the courts aren’t doing enough in relation to matters of this nature.He said that “the courts don’t respond to the people in the media who whip up public opinion but the legislature does”.Last weekend in press interview when asked to respond to Judge Durcan’s comments,  Joe Duffy said: “If a judge says that, it’s nonsense. He obviously doesn’t listen to the programme.”The presenter said: “I don’t express a view on sentencing. Liveline lets the victims speak for themselves. Liveline is about real people telling real stories …about the impact crimes have on them, including burglary.“It’s also fair to say that I know a number of towns where we highlighted issues, where the Gardai subsequently did something about it.”Duffy went on to say that the public, politicians, and judges “made up their own minds” about crime and sentencing.Read: Houses evacuated after suspicious device is found in BallymunMore: At least four injured as tourist bus hits Paris bridge By Gordon Deegan A DISTRICT COURT judge today accused one of the country’s most popular broadcasters, RTE’s Joe Duffy “and all the great panjandrums of the media” of attacking the courts for not sentencing people.At Ennis District Court today, Judge Patrick Durcan trained his sights on radio talk show hosts for the second time in 10 days when sentencing a petty criminal to a three month jail term for a number of thefts.In the case, Belarussian, Ivan Plechko of Lakeside Close, Mountshannon pleaded guilty to four separate thefts carried out over two days from shops in Ennis.The 32 year old – who has a drink problem and a number of previous convictions – had stolen groceries from Liddy’s Costcutter, Ennis, on 8 June.On 22 June, he stole with a hammer and snips from Jimmy’s Discount Store; a sleeveless shirt from Dunnes Stores and a lighter from the local All Seasons Store.Before jailing Plechko, Judge Durcan said that legislators have introduced schemes where if anyone does anything, “there are a whole pile of trampolines to help people who offend against society”.He said: “Some of this is crazy.”last_img read more

Moustiquetigre détecté à Marseille les autorités craignent la dengue et le chikungunya

first_imgMoustique-tigre : détecté à Marseille, les autorités craignent la dengue et le chikungunya France – Le moustique qui avait provoqué une épidémie de chik en 2006 à La Réunion a été repéré dans deux arrondissements marseillais, La Valentine et Saint Barnabé. Le moustique-tigre, de son nom scientifique Aedes albopictus, est un moustique zébré noir et blanc qui affectionne les eaux stagnantes. Les autorités sanitaires demandent aux habitants de la Côte d’Azur de systématiquement vider les coupelles sous les jardinières et autres arrosoirs pour éviter sa prolifération. S’ils se retrouvent face à l’un de ces fauves volants, ils sont également priés de le signaler à l’Entraide interdépartementale pour la démoustication. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les autorités de santé ont disposé une cinquantaine de pièges dans les Bouches-du-Rhône, afin d’identifier les zones où le moustique-tigre est présent. Heureusement, ce dernier n’aime pas voler sur de longues distance. S’il est amené à être signalé dans d’autres départements, c’est que des touristes l’auront emmené dans leur voiture et la colonisation ne pourra donc être que lente. Le risque de dengue ou de chikungunya est faible mais existe. A ce jour, aucun cas autochtone n’a été détecté. Pour que cela arrive, il faudrait qu’une femelle moustique pique un sujet malade, qui aurait ramené l’affection d’un voyage, et ensuite pique un habitant français. Le 10 juin 2010 à 12:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Northwest Pipe reports 2Q profit of 32 million

first_imgVancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. on Monday reported a second-quarter profit of $3.2 million. That compares with a profit of $5.5 million in the April-to-June period in 2013.The company, which manufactures steel pipe primarily for drinking water systems, posted net sales of $102 million, a year-over-year increase of 16 percent. Scott Montross, president and CEO of Northwest Pipe, said he expects third-quarter financial results to improve as the company sees higher levels of production in its water transmission segment.Northwest Pipe’s stock, which trades as NWPX, closed up 83 cents Monday, at $36.61 per share.last_img read more

Facebook paid teens 20 a month to access their browsing history and

first_img2:09 Did Facebook cross a line with its iOS research app? Facebook Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg James Martin/CNET Some Facebook users have been giving the social network access to their phone activity in exchange for money as part of a research project since 2016, according to a Tuesday report by TechCrunch. Facebook, which critics say isn’t doing enough to protect the privacy of its users, has been giving people between the ages of 13 and 35 a payment of $20 per month plus referral fees for their phone and web activity. Facebook is able to access this data after users install a “Facebook Research” VPN app. The company is able to view web searches, location information, private messages in social media apps, and other data, Guardian Mobile Firewall security specialist Will Strafach told TechCrunch. The study’s participants are even asked to screenshot a page showing what they ordered from Amazon, according to TechCrunch.  Facebook is shutting down the Facebook Research app for Apple iOS users, according to an update to the TechCrunch story. Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the app violated its policies. “Facebook has been using their membership [in Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program] to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple,” it said in an emailed statement. The app is similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned from the App Store for violating its privacy rules, according to TechCrunch. Facebook removed the Onavo app in August. Facebook confirmed that it was running a research program to learn about people’s phone usage.”Like many companies, we invite people to participate in research that helps us identify things we can be doing better,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “Since this research is aimed at helping Facebook understand how people use their mobile devices, we’ve provided extensive information about the type of data we collect and how they can participate. We don’t share this information with others and people can stop participating at any time.” 3 Internet Services Tech Industry Comments Beta-testing services BetaBound, uTest and Applause helped distribute the app, and they don’t initially mention on the sign-up pages for the social media study that they’re letting Facebook access participants’ data. But if minors try to join the study through a page administered by Applause, they have to get their parents to sign a form that mentions Facebook’s involvement in the study.  Facebook said there’s nothing secret or underhanded about the app.”It wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-boarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate,” the spokesperson said. The company said that less than 5 percent of the participants in the research program were teens, and that all of them had signed parental consent forms. Since 2016, fewer than 150,000 people participated in the market research program, according to Facebook. BetaBound, uTest and Applause didn’t respond to a request for comment.CNET’s Zoey Chong contributed to this report.First published Jan. 29, 6:47 a.m. PT.Updates, Jan. 30 at 5:10 a.m.: Adds Facebook’s statement and word that Facebook has pulled the app for iOS users; 7:32 a.m.:  Includes confirmation from Apple that the Facebook app violated its policy; Jan. 31 at 10:10 a.m.: Adds the number of people who participated in Facebook’s market research program. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.Security:  Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. last_img read more

Comcast acquires DreamWorks Animation for 38 billion

first_imgComcast Corp. has agreed to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for about $3.8 billion, reported the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. It was earlier reported that the companies were in merger talks.DreamWorks Animation’s shareholders will get $41 per share in cash, a premium of 27 percent over its share price closed on Wednesday. The shares of DeamWorks which rallied nearly 50 percent in the last six months came to a halt, added Reuters.With this acquisition, Comcast, the cable giant, will emerge as a rival to Walt Disney Co. in the money-making business of family entertainment, as reported by the WSJ.DreamWorks Animation, synonymous with movie franchises such as “Shrek,” “KungFu Panda” and “Madagascar,” was spun off from DreamWorks Studios in 2004. The studio was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, said the news agency.DreamWorks will operate under Comcast’s NBCUniversal in its Universal Filmed Entertainment Group that includes Universal Picture that produced recent successful flicks like “Despicable Me” and “Minions.” However, it’s still a relatively small player in the family entertainment business, said the WSJ.The deal will also add DreamWorks’ classic media library, including “Where’s Waldo,” “Casper,” “Lassie,” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” to NBCUniversal’s portfolioThe new entity to be called DreamWorks New Media will be chaired by Katzenberg, the co-founder CEO of Dreamworks, with its other portfolio businesses such as the 2013 acquired Awesomeness TV and NOVA, said reports.DreamWorks witnessed many box-office flops between 2012 and 2014, forcing the company to lay off 500 of its North American staff, and cut down on its annual releases to two. Katzenberg, it was reported, also sought an exit from the animation studio, holding talks with certain Chinese companies until recently.last_img read more

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Senate staff disputes exCIA officials defense of torture

first_img Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone In last month’s “The Great War of Our Time,” Morell, who retired in 2013, defended the harsh interrogations and denounced the committee’s report as “deeply flawed,” and a disservice to the nation.Morell argued that waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other brutal techniques used on al-Qaida detainees by the CIA produced crucially important intelligence, disputing the Senate report’s conclusion.“I am personally troubled by waterboarding,” Morell wrote of the simulated drowning technique that has long been considered torture. “But here is my moral dilemma…I believe that waterboarding was one of the two most effective of the all the harsh techniques (the other being sleep deprivation).”But the Senate document challenges Morell’s command of the facts. It says that when he was in charge of the CIA’s response to the study, he asserted in a meeting with Feinstein that “I’m not in the weeds” when challenged on specific details. It adds that he told Feinstein he had not read the full, classified report.For example, Morell refers to Abu Zubaydeh, the first detainee who was waterboarded and brutalized, as a “senior al Qaeda figure.” But that characterization is disputed by the CIA’s own experts, who in 2006 published an intelligence assessment explaining that the CIA had “miscast Abu Zubaydah as a ‘senior al-Qa’ida lieutenant.’ “ The Senate document also takes aim at Harlow, who also co-wrote books with former CIA Director George Tenet, who helped create the harsh interrogation regime, and Jose Rodriguez, who helped run it. Harlow helped coordinate a response to the Senate report by former CIA officials.“Both books contain significant inaccurate information on the CIA detention and interrogation program,” the report says. “The Committee Study describes in detail — using the CIA’s own internal records — how the CIA’s representations, repeated in books by Tenet, Rodriguez, and now Morell, are inaccurate.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In his book, the Senate report argues, Morell conflated various terror plots attributed to al Qaida figures.For example, Morell wrote that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was waterboarded and otherwise tortured by CIA interrogators, “was also planning to. send a team of Pakistanis to smuggle explosives into New York to target gas stations, railroad tracks, and bridges.”The Senate report’s fact-check responds: “Morell appears to be conflating several separate accounts,” and it lays out various unconnected plots outlined in CIA records, some of which were dismissed by CIA analysts as wildly implausible.Of Morell’s waterboarding contention, the Senate report cites a CIA interrogator who wrote that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah “held back” despite the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, adding “I’m ostracized whenever I suggest those two did not tell us everything. How dare I think KSM was holding back,” the interrogator said.In April 2003, the Senate document says, a CIA medical official told the agency inspector general that the waterboarding had “not been very effective on KSM.” He also “questioned how the repeated use of the waterboard was categorically different from ‘beating the bottom of my feet,’ or from torture in general.” Top Stories How the public interprets the CIA’s use of torture is not merely a matter of history: At least one Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, recently promised to bring back harsh interrogation techniques if elected.Morell is affiliated with a consulting firm that includes former aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he is often mentioned for possible national security jobs were she elected president in 2016. Former CIA spokesman and co-author Bill Harlow has said that he and Morell stand by every word in the book.In December, the Senate intelligence committee released a 517-page summary of a 6,770-page classified investigation that was scathing in its criticism of the CIA. Based on millions of pages of CIA records, the report concluded that the CIA’s brutal interrogations of al Qaida detainees after 9/11 were harsher than previously thought, and failed to produce the unique, life-saving, otherwise unobtainable intelligence by which they were justified. The report accused the CIA of consistently misrepresenting the program to Congress and to other agencies.The report was the work of Democratic aides to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, then the chairman of the committee. Some of those aides also wrote the critique of Morell’s book.center_img Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The former deputy CIA director made a series of factual misstatements while defending the agency’s harsh treatment of detainees in his recent book, Senate intelligence committee staffers assert in a 54-page document filed with citations from CIA records.The detailed critique of the memoir by Michael Morell shows the extent to which critics and backers continue to try to shape public perceptions of the CIA’s post 9/11 detention and interrogation program, even months after the release of a Senate report that sought to render a final judgment on it. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Trumps Lessons for Travel Agents

first_imgroomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals learn more about here Trumps Lessons for Travel AgentsLove him or hate him we can’t get him out of the news.  But does Trump have lessons for Travel agents?“I know, right?”(If you say that during a meeting with me I might throw my milkshake at you… But I digress)Long before he was elected November 2016, it was impossible to open the paper and not see him somewhere near the front. Regardless of your take on world politics in the last 18 months, there have been some fascinating lessons for the world, including travel agents to observe.Whilst not entirely satirical, he is a top five Trump lessons for travel agents…Unsubstantiated facts are still the truth!For Trump it’s “fake news” and in travel “every hotel is on the beach in Bali”; there has never been a better time to make a fantastic claim and get away with it. Even when you’re incredibly inaccurate claim to fame has been disproven (i.e. W#$J#$ saying agents are expensive) , psychology tells us it’s first in best dressed when it comes to the news.Lesson:  who is going to stop you claiming you are the best travel agent in the world? You can pay people to talk down the oppositionThe theory; Trump staffers worked with Russian Troll armies whose job it was to create a negative digital impression about Hillary Clinton. It worked. The model was proven. He worked the online media like no one else before him. Well, another model is still being proven, a stormy forecast in the future?Like all online models it will propagate and become cheaper and more accessible. We’ve seen our competitors use it against us and even when Google are quick to remove something which breaches their community guidelines, you have to wonder, how many people saw it before I did and how much mud sticks?Lesson: make sure your automated tools are finding out what people are saying about you onlineYour staff will stick with you…. But not foreverLove or hate his staff, for the most part, you have to admire them four sticking to their guns (literally) and toeing the party line. But eventually, they will crack and seek greener pastures, and they may well be desirable for the investigators or the opposition, especially if they’ve survived for over a year in what’s been described as one of the most toxic workplaces in the world.Lesson: treat your staff well and when they leave, they might just be nice to youAppeal to the massesFind out who your supporters are, where they are, work the numbers and zero in for profitability.  If you cant appeal to them to get what you want , scare them into it.  Need more funding?  Tell them the Russians have got a better bomb. Or arm teachers, or something.Truth is he broke the rules, changed the game and won.  The ultimate disruptor. Source = roomsXML.comlast_img read more

US More rain coming to California

first_img U.S.: More rain coming to California … “Depending on the exact location the minimum temps will range anywhere from the low 50s down into the low 40s with temperatures getting progressively cooler throughout next week,” Weathermelon said.”The coldest night of the week will be next Friday, Nov 2 when temps will dip down to 42° in some locations.”For the tomatoes, another important crop in Mexico, growing locations for the northeast and central growing regions will also see cooler weather next week.Meanwhile, Costa Rica is expecting heavy rains over the weekend, with Sunday likely to see up to 3″ of rain in the main pineapple growing regions.In the U.S., California’s  San Joaquin Valley is expected to see temperatures no high than the low 50s, while the Southeast is also set to experience cold temperatures. October 26 , 2018 U.K.: Sainsbury’s cuts down on plastic as supermar … You might also be interested incenter_img Production of fruits including limes and berries in Mexico may be affected by significant rain and cooler temperatures expected over the coming days, according to Weathermelon.The major lime-growing state of Veracruz is set to see heavy rain from Friday through Monday, with the heaviest day due to come on Sunday. Michoacan, an important berry-growing state, is also set to be affected by the weather, with minimum temperatures about 10°F below average over the next ten days. California citrus: “A lot of unusual dynamics” in … Australia: Queensland govt boosts TR4 funding, cal … last_img read more

Sydneybased corporate travel specialist Sue McEv

first_imgSydney-based corporate travel specialist, Sue McEvoy, has been appointed as FCM Travel Solutions’ Head of Sales for Australia, overseeing new client acquisition and sales activities for all teams across Australia for the mid to large corporate travel market.Sue takes up the role after four years in FCM’s global sales team, where she was Director of Sales APAC, focused on new client acquisition in the multinational travel sector. Her appointment further strengthens FCM’s national leadership team with Sue joining former FCM sales leader Melissa Elf in the General Manager’s role and Renos Rologos as FCM’s Head of Account Management.Having worked in the industry for the past 20 years including nine years in multinational and large market sales and a further six years in client account management, Sue has been enthusiastically welcomed into the role.Melissa Elf, FCM General Manager Australia said, “Sue was the logical choice for this role having had extensive experience. Over the years she has also demonstrated the value of forming long term and positive partnerships with our clients,” Melissa said. “Sue steps into the role having held the title of FCM Australia’s top salesperson and then consistently has been in the company’s global top five for new client acquisition. appointmentsFCM Travel solutionslast_img read more


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