View post tag: 2012 USA: Chicago Navy Week 2012 Kicks Off August 15, 2012 View post tag: Chicago View post tag: week Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Kicks Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Chicago Navy Week 2012 Kicks Off View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Training & Education The Chicago Navy Week 2012 portion of the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 officially kicked off Aug. 13 with a noon performance by the Navy Band Midwest Brass Quintet in downtown Chicago.According to organizers, the War of 1812 event is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought in the conflict, those who served in all of our nation’s conflicts since then and those who serve today. Chicago Navy Week 2012 is an opportunity for Sailors and Marines to engage the public and raise awareness of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the role the services play in the defense of the nation and maritime security.“I look forward to our Navy and Marine Corps team visiting this region to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and showcase our ships as well as our men and women who are on watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, keeping our sea lanes open and protecting our way of life,” said Commander Carrier Strike Group Two Rear Adm. Gregory Nosal.Two U.S. Navy ships, USS Hurricane (PC 3) and USS De Wert (FFG 45), two Canadian ships HMCS Moncton (MM 708) and HMCS Summerside (MM 711), and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) will moor in and around Navy Pier in Chicago for the commemoration.There will be activities throughout the week including: ships that will be open for public visiting, official visits from regional dignitaries and Navy leadership, as well as community service projects. The 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show, which will feature performances by the Blue Angels will serve to wrap up the commemoration in Chicago. “The Great Lakes region is as important to our Navy today as it was 200 years ago,” said Nosal. “Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo are some of the many cities in the region that continue to inspire and support our maritime forces.”Today, as it was 200 years ago, the majority of the world’s population lives near the seas and depends on goods being shipped from around the world. The seven-day celebration of the sea services is scheduled to conclude Aug. 20.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 15, 2012 View post tag: off
Regardless of which destination it is a matter of natural beauty, the picturesqueness of the place and the hospitality of the population were rated by the respondents with the highest marks (excellent and very good). Opportunities for sports and recreation are rated much better: 60 percent of respondents give them a rating of very good or excellent. Respondents, however, suggest that we should arrange more bike paths, that bike paths should be separated from pedestrian ones, and that there is a lack of diving offers. The most common complaints of tourists are too high prices – from the accommodation itself, the price in restaurants to the price of services such as bicycle rental. So some of the respondents say that we should adjust the price-performance ratio, offer more hotels with all-inclusive service, renovate rooms, and some warn that apartments should be cleaned more often. Thus, the highest marks – excellent and very good – Austrian tourists rated the natural beauty, picturesqueness of the place and the hospitality of the population, regardless of the destination. The average rating for a gastronomic offer on a scale of 1 to 5 is 3,8. Traffic jams and environmental (un) awareness Of the 23 rated characteristics of the destination, we received the worst average rating (3,1) for environmental awareness. Some respondents resent that waste is not taken away often enough, that streets and beaches are dirty, and that we do not pay enough attention to environmental protection. Still, the cleanliness of the beaches, and especially the cleanliness of the sea, on average they get high grades (from 3,9 to 4,1) and it would be important for them to stay that way. For the offer of sports and recreational content, 60 percent of respondents give a grade of very good or excellent. As many as 17 percent of respondents believe that prices in local stores are very high. The traffic segment was rated as bad or very bad by 17 percent of respondents, mainly due to congestion and lack of parking spaces. “The results of the research confirm that investments in tourism pay off, ie that those who regularly invest in the development of the offer can expect that their investment will return, while others will find it increasingly difficult to cope with the demands of guests. This is true both for individuals and for local communities, which could certainly solve many of these problems on their own, instead of waiting for solutions at the state, region or county level. ” concludes Senka Brajović from the Improve agency Research & Analytics. Tourist destinations on the Croatian Adriatic should pay more attention to accessibility, decoration and cleanliness. Of the 23 rated characteristics of the destination, we received the worst average rating (3,1) for the ecological category. As many as 22 percent of Austrians who spent their summers in Croatia this year believe that our environmental awareness is at an unsatisfactory level, ie bad or very bad. We need a better price-quality ratio We also get high marks for the gastronomic offer, especially for the selection of indigenous local gastronomy and the appearance and atmosphere of the restaurants visited. The average score is 3,8 (on a scale of 1-5). Slightly worse (3,5) Austrian tourists rated the value they got for their money. Some have complained about the insufficient supply for vegetarians. It is about offering content or activities for children, offering cultural events in the place (such as concerts, exhibitions, performances), nightlife (clubs, bars), opportunities to learn about local culture and customs and offer organized trips to the surrounding area. Good offer of sports and recreational activities Many of them have been coming to Croatia for years and would recommend to their friends and relatives to visit Croatia. But 18 percent of Austrians who were vacationing in our country for the first time this year would not recommend the destination they were staying to, the survey showed. According to the eVisitor system, Austrian tourists were third behind German and Slovenian tourists in the first eight months with 6,3 million overnight stays. We resent the crowds at the border and on the highways, the lack of information boards in German, poor public transport… These are problems that should be systematically addressed. The aim of the research was to get an answer to the question: How do Austrian tourists see Croatia? Source: Agency Improve Research & Analytics One of the major problems facing tourists in Croatia is traffic jams and lack of parking. 17 percent of respondents rated the traffic segment as bad or very bad, as well as the traffic connection of the destination. We received significantly worse marks for traffic connections, traffic and parking from Austrian tourists who were in Croatia for the first time this year, than from those who came more than once. We should also consider offering content for entertainment and recreation. This category includes six elements very important for a quality, complete tourist offer. However, we did not get particularly good grades for any of them – “threesome”. Austrian tourists are attracted to Croatia by its natural beauty, clean sea, they also love our gastronomic specialties and indigenous dishes, the hospitality of the local population and the appearance and picturesqueness of the place on the Adriatic coast and coast. They are less satisfied with the ecological awareness of the destination, the orderliness of traffic and parking, the offer of cultural events, organized excursions and facilities for children and the prices in local stores, an online survey showed agencies Improve Research & Analytics. Agency IMPROVE Research & Analytics conducted an online survey on a sample of 108 Austrian tourists who visited the Croatian coast or coast this year from April to September. Respondents are satisfied with the possibilities of non-cash payment and purchase of local products, souvenirs and delicacies, which are rated very good on average (3,8). But the average rating for the adequacy of prices in local stores is only 3,3, and 17 percent of those surveyed think prices are very high. The largest number of Austrian guests who participated in the survey stayed in 4 or 5 star hotels (39%) or in private accommodation (27%). Although most rate the quality of accommodation highly, one in three was less satisfied, and more than 40% do not consider the value for money to be particularly good. Photo: Pixabay.com
Read also: Jakarta sees rising COVID-19 hospitalizations“We will announce the alternative date later,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Previously, the fire agency’s head, Satriadi Gunawan, had confirmed the plan, despite failing to explain the purpose of attaching a face mask to the statue. He was also unable to confirm whether Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan would take part in the mask installation.“It is still a tentative plan,” Satriadi said, adding that the agency would conduct the installation using its fire and rescue equipment.Topics : The Jakarta administration has postponed a plan to put a face mask on the landmark statue of Gen. Sudirman on Jl. Jendral Sudirman in Central Jakarta.Previously, the administration had said that it planned to install the face mask on the statue. However, there was no further information as to when the activity would take place.Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency (Gulkarmat) spokesperson Saepuloh said the rescheduled date for the installation would be announced later. The agency was set to assist the administration in doing the job.
Reports found that Apple would end up with 21% of the market by year-end, while Google, with its AdMob acquisition, would drop from 27% to 21% as well.According to mobile ad firm Medialets‘ chairman and CEO Eric Litman, “2010 was the year the advertising industry awoke to mobile, with iAd and a host of other innovations driving the change. It set the stage for brands to consider mobile as a separate line item in their advertising budgets for the first time at meaningful scale.”Competing firm Greystripe’s Director of Marketing Dane Holewinski agrees that iAd’s launch was significant. “Apple’s launch of iAds has solidified mobile’s place as a critical brand advertising channel by generating much deserved attention to mobile’s ability to deliver engagement to the fingertips of a brand’s target audience,” he said, while noting that “advertiser criticism of iAds has highlighted the importance of being able to reach a cross platform audience, give brands and their agencies creative control and share campaign data.”Crisp Media VP Marketing Tom Limongello, also pointed out that iAd promoted the use of HTML5. “First, the launch of iAd was like a debutante ball, introducing major advertisers to mobile with much pomp and circumstance,” he said in explaining its significance. “Second, it validated that the best mobile ad experiences come from self-contained rich media units created in HTML5, rather than in separate micro sites or applications. Previously, advertisers were stuck with building separate sites or apps, which made it harder for brands to reach consumers on their mobile devices.”LTE While cellular technology advancements aren’t a major focus of this blog’s coverage area, leaving LTE off this year-end list wouldn’t make sense. The technology, described as delivering a 4G network (despite the technicalincorrectness of that terminology), delivers faster speeds for mobile users. That’s good news for consumers, considering our ever-increasing appetite for mobile data (40 exabytes by 2014!), especially mobile video, which had already reached 90 petabytes per month in February. According to Cisco, mobile video will grow at a compound rate of 131% between 2009 and 2014, a report found, thanks to streaming videos from Netflix, YouTube and others.Says Michael Manzo, chief marketing officer for subscriber optimization software Openet, “Long-term evolution (LTE) or 4G is absolutely the best mobile innovation of 2010. With wireless networks stretched to capacity, this new infrastructure will increase speed and capabilities of mobile devices, as well as provide some relief to existing networks. Though the technology was discussed some in 2009, LTE has become a vital component of the year as wireless operators made large scale deployment announcements, and 4G devices started becoming available to consumers – expect to see even more LTE news in 2011.”What’s more, LTE will succeed over WiMax, says Forrester’s Charles Golvin. “2011 will be the year that the WiMAX window of opportunity slams shut, as LTE establishes itself as the default next generation network technology, becoming even more dominant than GSM.”Foursquare Despite report after report after report with actual, hard data proving that location-based check-in services were only used by a niche group of early adopters, this is one trend that couldn’t be stopped… from being reported on. And no one service this year generated as many headlines as media darling Foursquare. Representative of the ever-expanding group of check-in apps, Foursquare lets users register their location at a particular venue, earn points, badges and mayorships and sometimes even discounts or rewards. But even as Foursquare grew its numbers over 2010, a second wave of arguably more useful location-based services began to emerge. Services providing things likegeo-fencing, travel rewards, new opportunities for location-based ads, and evenservices that use location to fight identity theft are now arriving on the scene. Still, a portion of the population remains unconvinced of the power of the checkin. Plus, with privacy advocates tapping into users’ fears surrounding location-sharing this year when a site called Please Rob Me launched, the check-in may give way to other location-based services in 2011.Says CEO and Co-founder of app recommendation site AppStoreHQ, Chris DeVore, services like Foursquare providing ‘check-ins-for-check-ins-sake’ have “stalled before crossing over to the mainstream.” However, “the idea of location-based CRM and just-in-time local offer delivery have real traction among both consumers and local business owners,” he explained. “Groupon-style local offers are the revenue engine that’s powering this business right now, but the long-term economic value of Groupon to SMBs is still in question. The company that can combine high-volume, offer-powered lead generation with a stickier customer value proposition that truly drives repeat business will have a real hit on their hands.”Forrester analyst Melissa Parrish agrees that location-based services are still just hitting their stride. “Although Forrester data from mid-2010 showed that only four percent of US consumers have ever used a Location-Based Social Network, consumer adoption will continue to grow as the services add utility for users through partnerships as well as product development.”Barcode Scanners Barcode scanning using mobile phones was a huge trend this year – even if it’s about to be phased out thanks to developments in NFC technology. Consumers apparently craved the technology leading to an increase in its use. Mobile barcode scanning was up 700% in 2010, a report released this fall revealed. But reaching this momentum didn’t occur without a few stumbles – Google ran a fairly unsuccessful campaign placing QR codes in newspapers, for example. But later on, magazines like Entertainment Weekly and others had more luck with its embrace of the cross-platform Microsoft Tag to link to movie trailers and ads from the pages of its glossy magazine. Allure magazine also found that their Microsoft Tag campaign resulted in 444,572 scans.Retailers got in on the action too: both Amazon and eBay launched mobile applications that included barcode scanning features this year, Amazon through an update to its mobile app, and eBay through the acquisition of Red Laser. Best Buy launched its own consumer electronics scanning app, Bing’s iPhone app added the functionality in June and Google launched Google Shopper.Alexander Muse, Co-Founder of mobile scanning app ShopSavvy has seen major growth over 2010 as well. “Our year-over-year growth rate is north of 300% ,” he said. “What started as a novelty in 2008 has become a standard way to shop for millions of users across the globe.”Blake Scholl, Co-Founder and CEO of Kima Labs, makers of the barcode-scanning app Barcode Hero, has seen similar trends. “The first generation of barcode scanning apps was all about comparing prices — but we’re already starting to see a smarter, second generation of apps that connects in-store shoppers with their social networks and community experts to help compare products and find the best item — not just the best price.”NFC Most of the advances in NFC came at year-end, but they came fast. Apple quietly recruited an NFC expert in August, but hasn’t made any announcements about the technology yet. RIM did the same in November. However, Google’s Android mobile operating system – the latest version known as Gingerbread – now supports the data transfer technology, short for near-field communications. Although limited for now, full support is arriving soon. Also, over the course of the year, we’ve seen preliminary initiatives, programs and announcements involving NFC from PayPal (via a partnership with NFC-related startup Bling Nation), Bank of America, Visa and others. As 2010 draws to a close, Visa has officially launched In2Pay, an NFC-enabled mobile payments solution, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have teamed up on Isis, a carrier-led NFC mobile payments service and the technology got an official trademark.Vishal Jain, a mobile analyst with The 451 Group says that NFC and location-based services “will together drive mobile advertising into an entirely new dimension unlike web based performance advertising that has always focused on generating awareness. The effect would be seen in how loyalty programs, advertisers and POS terminals work in tandem. Availability and understanding of geo-targeted data, and NFC tags will enable the end to end reach and conversion process of a campaign.”And Thomas Husson, a research analyst at Forrester, agrees that NFC means more than mobile payments. “It will enable a range of applications and services from various industries, linking together mobile marketing, mobile CRM, and mobile commerce.” He, however, may disagree with it appearing on this list, saying that NFC “had some traction in 2010 but still suffered from the lack of a critical mass of devices,” but that next year, “the market will finally move away from the trial stage in regions where NFC infrastructure is in place.”Jeff Miles, director of mobile transactions at NXP, definitely believes this was NXP’s year. “Although NXP co-invented NFC jointly with Sony in 2002, 2010 was clearly the year that NFC made its entrée into the heart of the consumer’s world,” he said. “With almost all the world’s top manufacturers and carriers backing the technology and developers accessing open source NFC implementation, 2010 opened the gates for new ways of extending the reach of mobile devices, driving creative applications and adding real value to consumers.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Mobile technology has seen major advances over the course of 2010, with new platforms, new services and new usage trends all taking hold to spread the adoption of not just the mobile Web, but the Web itself. The number of smartphone owners are increasing, mobile operating systems are proliferating and apps have become the new go-to tools for accessing mobile content on the go.When you look back at the past 12 months, it’s almost hard to narrow a list down to only 10 top products, in fact – there’s so much innovation happening around mobile today. But we think the list below stands out as representative of the most important products from the year.iPhone 4 In June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the newest iPhone at a packed press event in San Francisco. The iPhone 4 introduced a number of mobile innovations, including front-facing cameras for the phone’s new Facetime video chat feature; gyroscopic controls that let developers create more advanced games and other apps using location and the position of the device in 3D space; an updated OS that introduced multi-tasking; app folders; and more, and perhaps most memorably, an updated design where the antenna wrapped around the outside of the phone, leading to degraded performance. Ah yes, Antennagate 2010, which only showed that not only can Apple make mistakes, doing so has no impact on its sales whatsoever. iPhone 4 sales reached record numbers, despite the buzz around its signal issues.“Apple’s continued success proves 1) apps and the Web are becoming more important than the ability to make a voice call; 2) consumers have little problem with Apple’s heavy handed control of the end-to-end experience, in fact they appreciate it; 3) no one has come close to matching Apple’s alchemy of great hardware, software, and marketing,” explains Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research. iPad Apple’s introduction of the iPad in March, to put it simply, has forever reshaped the mobile computing landscape. The iPad is part mobile (it runs the iPhone operating system, now called iOS instead of iPhone OS), and part “real” computer (you can do actual work on it using Apple’s office suite). In other words, the iPad is a device that straddles two worlds. Some, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberberg, have said “iPad isn’t mobile” and we mostly agree – it’s more computer than smartphone, despite the apps it runs. But to leave it off a year-end list of mobile products? Sacrilege! The iPad has completely changed what mobile computing means to us – it’s a worthy replacement to notebooks and netbooks, even eating away at the latter’s sales. And it has prompted competitors to make major changes in their own device offerings, too. Next year, we’ll see more Android-based tablets, tablets from HP-Palm running HP’s newly acquired Palm webOS and even new Microsoft tablets running Windows.But is the iPad mobile? Maybe, maybe not. Says ?Michael Mullany, VP of products at mobile app builder Sencha, “The iPad is the Starbucks of computing devices – a third device between your phone and your laptop that you didn’t even know you wanted. But once you get that first hit, you’re hooked (and it doesn’t even have caffeine).”Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps puts it more simply: “The Pad is the right product for the right time.” She also noted its dual uses. “Consumers are primed for mobile media consumption and casual couch computing, and the iPad delivers on both fronts. One-quarter of iPad owners use their iPad for work, too – it’s becoming the must-have accessory at meetings and events.”Android This was Android’s year. The mobile operating system from Google has seen dramatic increases in terms of phone sales, market share, adimpressions, apps, you name it – any way you measure the mobile landscape, Android is there, climbing higher and higher. In September, analyst firm Gartner made waves with its prediction that Android would become the number two mobile OS worldwide by year-end. By November, Android reached the top spot in the U.S., and yep, number two worldwide based on shipments.“Android swamped the market in 2010 and in 2011 it will become the share leader via lower cost, entry level smartphones,” says Forrester’s Golvin.HTML5 Although not even a fully ratified standard yet, HTML5 was a booming technology this year. Much of its growth can be attributed to Apple’s decision to not support Adobe Flash on its mobile devices, most notably its iPad computer. As the debate over the decision reached a fever pitch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally detailed the reasons for his decision in a long missive posted to Apple.com. Flash is proprietary, has poor security and doesn’t perform well on mobile devices, Jobs said. By May, 46% of Web users were ready for HTML5, a study revealed, and plenty of major Web properties were too, including YouTube, Vimeo and a host of online publications that Apple touted in its “iPad-Ready” list of websites. Technically, these sites, which included news organizations like CNN, The New York Times, Reuters and others, were HTML5-ready, which made them “iPad-Ready.”“After 5 years of hard work by the working groups, HTML5 hit critical mass, giving developers and designers a slew of rich Web technologies for media, graphics and storage that are built right into the browser,” says Mullany. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for since the birth of the Web 20 years ago.”Mozilla’s Vice President of Products Jay Sullivan agrees with the impact HTML5 has had on mobile this year, as well. “New, emerging technologies like HTML5 are enabling the Web to bring the same rich, compelling experiences users are used to on their desktop to mobile devices. Users are able to view crisp video and play interactive video games on their mobile devices using HTML5 technologies,” he said. “In addition, HTML5 increases innovation by saving developers the time and resources they would spend testing and optimizing their native applications for multiple devices by allowing them to build beautiful applications for one platform – the Web.”App Stores Apps Stores are a product, but their proliferation is also a trend – in fact, it even made our list of top trends of 2010. In addition to stores for mobile operating systems (iTunes, Android Market, Ovi, Windows Phone Marketplace), other stores came into their own as well, including carrier app stores, third-party stores like GetJar, device app stores, tablet app stores and more. Some reports even indicate that certain segments of the market are switching from the browser to apps as their primary way to access the Web via mobile devices.The trend prompted tech publication Wired to publish what may have been one of its most controversial articles this year: “The Web is Dead,” a catching headline that immediately prompted a visceral backlash from Web supporters. But some of the article’s content was actually right on: the Web is becoming further and further encapsulated into these mobile apps. It’s not dead, really. But the way we choose to access it from our phones is definitely changing.Application stores have succeeded because they make “downloading and purchasing applications easy for consumers,” says Distimo, makers of an app store analytics tool for developers. “Combined with the increased capabilities of devices, these application stores accelerated the market in both device sales and application downloads. The Apple App Store, for example, grew from 141,331 applications in January 2010 to 323,859 applications in November 2010 (US).”?Forrester analyst Thomas Husson, also noted the large numbers of app downloads we’ve seen over the course of the year. “Willing to replicate Apple App Store success with its 7 billion cumulative downloads, a catalogue of 300,000 applications available, application stores flourished in 2010,” he said. “Android Market and GetJar both passed the 1 billion download market in 2010 while Nokia’s OVI is now delivering 3.5 million downloads a day.” But few stores offer publishers the reach they want, he cautioned.Ouriel Ohayon, co-founder of app discovery platform AppsFire, agreed with that assessment. Although app stores “provide a deep ecosystem of content creation, monetization and distribution,” he said, “they fail in being efficient discovery platforms.”But the app movement is far from over. CEO Ben Keighran of the app discovery service Chomp said that the trend of app stores “is linked to the next great technology movement, the ‘Appification’ of the Web.’ All the innovation currently going on is around this present day movement. The number of IOS apps downloaded per year is 5 billion. Compare that to the 17.1 billion Web searches a month and it’s clear that the demand for apps has exploded at a phenomenal rate.”iAdAlthough not registering as high on consumers’ radar, Apple’s influence on the mobile ad industry was felt this year, too, with the launch of iAd. Announced alongside the new Apple mobile operating system, iOS4, iAd was Apple’s attempt to improve the mobile ad experience through the use of rich media and interactive ads. At its best, iAd represented a push for better, more attractive ads, leading others to launch cross-platform solutions that did the same; at its worst, it treaded dangerously between innovation and anti-competitive behavior when it seemed Apple had begun to boot apps using competing products from the App Store. But as the year drew to a close, it was clear iAd was doing well. Tags:#2010 in Review#mobile#Trends#web#Year in Review Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game,” he said in Filipino.The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his gaudy numbers, Thompson couldn’t get his mind off of his missed floater which would have swung the lead back to the crowd favorites in the final 20 seconds of the game.Still, the Digos City native would rather keep his eye on the positives with Ginebra, at 5-5, has the luxury of rest before going plunging back into action Rain or Shine for its final assignment on March 2. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “It could be a disadvantage that we may be out of our rhythm because of the long gap, but we’re looking at it as our chance to rest and prepare well for Rain or Shine,” he said.Thompson also isn’t putting too much on the Gin Kings’ failure to live up to everyone’s expectations as one of this conference’s top contenders.“Everyone has their opinion on the teams. They might think that we’re contenders, but for us, every team can contend. We don’t think that we’re higher than them. All we want is to work hard and make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.“Again, we have our eyes set on Rain or Shine. Our target is to make it to the top six so that we’ll be in a best-of-three series.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday.Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year’s finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Mercedes ML63 AMGMercedes-Benz India Limited (MBIL) is scripting its growth story in the country through Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). As much as a quarter of the company’s sales here are through SUVs, prompting the car manufacturer to bring its contemporary and entry-level GLA model. Mercedes has been known to be traditionally strong in the sedan segment with its C, E and S Class saloons. With the rising popularity of the SUV segment among buyers here, the company has been beefing up the portfolio of these vehicles. The total market for luxury SUVs (priced above Rs 25 lakh) is about 9,000 units a year and is shared by Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Land Rover.Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO of MBIL, said that the company expects action to continue in the SUV category as companies continue to add newer models. He was quoted as saying, “India is very similar to the US where there is a very high affinity for SUVs. Indians love SUVs as it gives them a good road presence, considering the traffic situation. Also the high-ground clearance helps them have a comfortable drive in poor road conditions.”The German luxury auto maker has already opened pre-bookings for the GLA at a tentative price of Rs 38 lakh, though the car is likely to be priced lower after launch on September 30. The GLA will help Mercedes compete strongly against close rivals Audi and BMW, which already have entry-level SUVs Q3 and X1, respectively.The company’s current range of SUVs starts from around Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ML Class, while the GL Class family is priced upwards of Rs 70 lakh. At a higher level, the top-of-the-line AMG variants are priced higher, with G63 AMG commanding a price of Rs 2.5 crore.advertisement
VANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada’s CEO says construction will start in 2018 on the $40-billion LNG facility.During an LNG conference Tuesday, Andy Calitz was quoted by Reuters news service as saying “It didn’t make sense in July 2016. When (our stakeholders) asked the inevitable question, when will you reconsider the FID? Our answer was: We will be in construction in 2018. I reaffirm that commitment today.”Calitz confirmed a final investment decision was still on target to be made in 2018. Reuters also quoted Calitz as saying anti-dumping tariffs on fabricated industrial steel was no longer an issue for the project and wouldn’t have an impact on the final investment decision.LNG Canada requested an exemption from the 45.8 percent tariffs.LNG Canada is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc, PetroChina Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Corp and Korea Gas Corp. TransCanada Corp will build the pipeline.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face criticism from premiers about the federal approach to pipelines, carbon taxes, oil prices, environmental assessments and a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario, none of which is specifically on the agenda.Notley also said she doesn’t want to spend time listening to what the federal government says it is already doing to try to address Alberta’s concerns.“It just doesn’t make sense … talking about things that have already happened,” she said. “We don’t need federal ministers to explain to us what they’ve already done. We’re all capable of reading their press releases.”In Ontario, Doug Ford’s office said the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from the meeting Friday if it does not include specific discussions on the federal carbon tax. Ford was set to meet with Trudeau in Montreal on Thursday afternoon.Sources familiar with the dispute said Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the first ministers meeting agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness, a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario government house leader Todd Smith said the agenda doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, the GM plant and the oil-price crisis. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting.“There is really no province in the country that doesn’t owe Alberta to some degree for their schools, their hospitals, their roads. The fact of the matter is Alberta has to do well for Canada to do well,” Notley said in Edmonton Thursday before leaving for the meeting in Montreal.She noted that forecasts for Canada’s economic growth are already more muted because of the low price Alberta is getting for its oil in the United States and its inability to move its product to ports for shipment overseas. Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.Asked by reporters in Montreal about the premiers’ dissatisfaction with the agenda, Trudeau refused to engage with the question directly.“I’m looking forward to a productive discussion. I have no illusions that we’re going to agree on everything,” he said.He was to have a private meeting with Ford later Thursday. The formal meeting among all the first ministers is Friday.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On the morning of July 29, at around 10:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant at a hotel in Grande Prairie.According to RCMP, during the search, they located illegal drugs and weapons.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation:Approximately 43 grams of CocaineApproximately 60 grams of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 1.9 grams of HeroinApproximately 51 grams of CannabisApproximately 6.8 grams of mushrooms pillsApproximately 0.74 g of FentanylOne loaded 9mm hand gunOne pellet gunBrass knucklesFour people have been charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Those charged include:31-year-old Alec Levin of Grande Prairie22-year-old Julia King of Grande Prairie35-year-old Joseph Read of Grande Prairie36-year-old Andrew Pysar of CanmoreKing, Read, and Pysar are scheduled to appear in Court Grande Prairie Provincial Court on July 31.Levin is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 7, 2019.