SLOVAK rolling stock manufacturer ZOS Trnava paid 140m dinara for the Serbian state’s 77·5% stake in wagon and carriage supplier Gosa on January 26. ZOS Trnava plans to use the Gosa factory in Smederevska Palanka to relieve capacity constraints at its plant in Slovakia. It expects to invest a further €4·5m in the company, and says none of the 630 staff will be laid off. In another sale, Trieste-based Friulexport has paid €15m for the Vagonka, Lokomotiva and Special Vehicles units of Nis-based MIN Holding group. The Italian firm will invest €1·3m modernising production processes at the three companies, which will continue to be operated separately. In the next stage of the Serbian government’s privatisation process, investors have until March 30 to bid for a 70% stake in the Zelvoz rolling stock plant in Smederevo. Purchasers must have at three years experience of rolling stock production or maintenance and annual revenues of more than €10m. Serbian Railways is the main customer of Zelvoz, which reported revenues of €6·1m in 2005.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Rolling stock manufacturer Škoda Transportation and national operator ČD unveiled the first of 14 long-distance EMUs at the Velim test circuit on June 25. ČD had ordered the fleet in August 2014 at a cost of KC2·6bn.Branded ‘InterPanter’ following a public competition organised by ČD and Škoda which attracted more than 5 000 responses, the dual-system aluminium-bodied EMU shares basic dimensions and key components with the RegioPanter EMU that Škoda has been supplying to ČD since November 2011. The operator has ordered 10 five-car sets and four three-car variants capable of operating from 25 kV 50 Hz and 3 kV DC power supplies at up to 160 km/h.Passenger amenities include a PRM TSI-compliant accessible interior, air-conditioning, power sockets and wi-fi. The trains also feature compartments designed to suit families travelling with children and an electronic seat reservation system. To reflect the needs of the inter-city market, the trains have only a single wide double-leaf door per side, rather than two on the RegioPanter fleet.‘Customers expect fast and comfortable travel’, said Pavel Krtek, Chairman & General Manager of ČD. ‘Trains must be wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned. Passengers want to be able to recharge their laptop or other electronics during the journey, they want to be connected to the internet. We are now also going to offer this to passengers on another two express lines, where the InterPanter units will be used.’
Algeria ranked Africa’s ‘happiest’ country Police officers prevent demonstrators from marching during a May Day protest on Labour Day in Algiers, Algeria, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina Police officers prevent demonstrators from marching during a May Day protest on Labour Day in Algiers, Algeria, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi BoudinaAlgeria’s army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the military will ensure the country does not descend into violence as mass protests continue, according to state TV.The protests, which resulted in President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s removal from office on April 2, have not abated despite a number of measures taken by the ruling party.On Tuesday, the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) elected businessman Mohamed Djemai as its new leader replacing Moad Bouchareb.50-year-old Djemai is seen as a relatively youthful figure at the top of the FLN. Most of the party’s senior officials are in their 70s.Additionally, at least five tycoons, some close to Bouteflika, have been detained and accused of involvement in corruption scandals.Protesters are demanding the entire ruling elite be done away with completely. They also want a switch towards democracy and action against systemic corruption and cronyism.The country’s ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), endorsed Salah’s approach and called on protesters and opposition parties to pursue dialogue to end the crisis.The army is still the most powerful institution in Algeria having influenced politics from behind the scenes for several years.It has so far restrained itself while monitoring the largely peaceful protests that at times have seen numbers reach hundreds of thousands of people.Related Algeria the safest country in Africa Tunisia TV threatens football blackout after violence
UN chief condemns Sri Lanka attacks UN chief condemns Burkina Faso attacks UN chief condemns Mali attack that left 95 dead Moussa Faki Mahamat pledged the African Union’s support in the fight against militancy in the Sahel region./ GettyThe African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned the recent attacks in Mali that left at least 25 Malian soldiers dead.Armed militants on Monday stormed two army outposts in the towns of Boulkessy and Mondoro near the border with Burkina Faso, also wounding scores of soldiers.“African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on the Malian Armed Forces and one of their Force Battalion on 30 September and 1 October 2019 G5 Sahel in the Boulkassi and Mondoro regions,” a Wednesday statement from the SUC said.“The President of the Commission offers his deepest condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.”Malian forces said they had launched a joint operation with Burkina Faso and French forces to hunt the militants.The two attacks are considered among the deadliest against government troops this year.“The President of the Commission stresses that these attacks are a reminder of the urgent need for strong and effective support from the international community for the efforts of the countries of the region to fight terrorism,” the statement from AUC continued.Mali has been dogged by jihadist violence and ethnic rivalries since 2012 when Islamist militants took over the north of the country.Mahamat said the fight against militancy in the Sahel region will continue with the full support of the African Union.(With input from AU and BBC)Related
Share Share 68 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Clear Harbor’s expansion plan on schedule by: – July 31, 2014 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Clear Harbor’s Chief Operating Officer Brian Lambert at the January 2014 press conference (file photo)Clear Harbor has announced that its growth plan rolled out in January 2014 is on track and on schedule. The company announced plans to hire over four hundred employees at a press conference on January 31, 2014.Part of that goal included bringing back all of the staff, including the two hundred and forty-three who were made redundant in September of 2013. “To date, we have accomplished this goal by re-hiring all redundant staff that was available to return to full time employment with Clear Harbor,” a press release issued by the company on July 31, 2014 states. This brings the current number of Clear Harbor associates to five hundred and sixty-eight (568). “In addition, over the next month, we will add another 130 employees to the organization; and before the end of 2014 we project to hire 110 employees which should bring our total staff complement to the greatest number of Associates ever employed by Clear Harbor in Dominica,” the release further states. “It gives me great personal pleasure to announce that we have met the rehire commitment that we made to employees who were made redundant in September of last year,” Clear Harbor’s chief operating officer, Brian Lambert said.“We are proud of the success that each of our Associates has had over this past six months as they have helped us expand our presence here in Dominica”.“With such a great team in place we are very optimistic concerning continued growth now and in the years to come,” Lambert continued.Dominica Vibes News
“We remain committed to providing Dominicans with the mean to access new information and knowledge. Reading is still a most reliable way of educating our people and ensuring that they are developed intellectually to become productive citizens. Share Sharing is caring! Share The donation comprises five thousand, three hundred and sixty-three (5363) titles of varying subjects under themes such as Children and Primary (852 titles); Development (102 title), Leisure Reading (1087 titles), Teenage Fiction (315 titles) Adult Fiction (1708 titles), Medicine and Health Care (401 titles), Higher Education (168 titles), Vocational, Teacher Training, Secondary, Reference, Professional Business and Law. On May 23, 2019 the Dominica Library and Information Service (DLIS) received a donation of twenty three thousand eight hundred and forty (23,840) books from Book Aid International. “This significant donation from Book Aid will assist us in that regard as we continue to foster a reading population in Dominica,” Hyacinth said. 51 Views no discussions LocalNews Press Rlease :DLIS Receives Second Donation from Book Aid International by: – May 28, 2019 Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Chandler Hyacinth welcomed the donation, saying it was a major boost to efforts to restock the library. Chief Librarian, Mrs. Vernanda Raymond expressed “deepest gratitude for this donation” and informs that over the next two months staff of the DLIS, past chief librarians and volunteers will process the donation to make them available to users of the public at libraries, mobile units, community and schools libraries and early childhood institutions. Book Aid International is the UK’s leading book donation and library development charity and has worked in partnership with the library services for over 60 years. Book Aid provides books, resources and training that have supported millions of people with the resources they need to develop their skills and read for pleasure – from children to adults, students and professional and famer to medical staff. The Charity is funded entirely through the support of individual donors, trusts, foundations and corporate sponsors with their work supported by committed volunteers who hold fundraisers in their local communities. In April 23, 2018 the DLIS received a first donation of two thousand one hundred and thirty-one (2,131) books after signing a Partnership Agreement on January 5, 2018. The books were placed in immediate circulation at all public libraries to provide reading materials for clients post hurricane Maria. A new partnership agreement was signed on 24 January 2019 to effect Book Aid International’s commitment of late 2017 to assist with replacing the twenty-five thousand books lost during hurricane Maria. Tweet Share Book Aid International has honored its commitment to support restoration of library services on the island.
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Sumber: istimewa Maskapai berbiaya murah (Low Cost Carrier/LCC) asal Malaysia, AirAsia meminta maaf atas iklan yang tersebar di Australia yang dilabeli dengan status “berbahaya”. Pasalnya, iklan yang ditempel pada sebuah bus ini menyertakan slogan “Get off in Thailand”, dimana hal tersebut dituding menjurus kepada promosi wisata seks di negara berjuluk Negeri Gajah Putih tersebut. Tidak hanya di bus, iklan yang sama juga dipasang di sejumlah papan iklan di Brisbane, dan di Bandara Internasional Sydney. Padahal melalui iklan tersebut, AirAsia tampaknya ingin mempromosikan rute penerbangan langsung dari Brisbane menuju Bangkok.Baca Juga: Iklan Menjurus Seksis, AirAsia Menuai Kecaman dari NetizenKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, isu ini berawal ketika seorang netizen membagikan foto dari sebuah bus di Brisbane yang dipasangi iklan AirAsia. Adalah Melinda, seorang netizen Twitter dengan nama akun @MelLiszewski, mengunggah sebuah foto bus yang berisikan iklan AirAsia tersebut. Pada caption cuitannya tersebut, Melinda mengatakan, “Get off in Thailand, promosi #sextourism yang dipersembahkan bagi Anda oleh maskapai berbiaya rendah @AirAsia. Bangkok merupakan pusat eksploitasi seksual terhadap wanita dan anak-anak, serta hampir 250.000 turis seks pria asal Barat mengunjungi Thailand setiap tahunnya. #Shame”Sumber: Twitter.comKurang lebih, seperti itulah caption yang dicantumkan Melinda dalam cuitannya yang diunggah pada Jumat (22/3/2019) kemarin. Sontak, hal ini ramai diperbincangkan oleh banyak orang dan menjadi viral. Memang, jika dilihat dari mata orang awam, iklan ini terlihat seperti iklan biasa, dengan latar belakang pemandangan lalu lintas di Thailand – tidak menjurus kepada promosi berbau seksual sama sekali. Namun hal tersebut dipandang lain oleh orang-orang tertentu, seperti halnya Melinda.Senada dengan Melinda, anggota dewan Brisbane, Kara Cook mengatakan bahwa iklan AirAsia tersebut mengerikan. Ia secara pribadi mendesak agar dewan bertanggung jawab atas iklan yang beredar dipublik itu.“Iklan ini benar-benar tidak sesuai dan menyoroti situasi mengerikan yang dihadapi banyak perempuan dan anak-anak, yang menjadi korban eksploitasi seksual di Thailand,” ujarnya.Baca Juga: Dianggap Seronok, Soal Kostum Pramugari AirAsia Diadukan Ke Pejabat MalaysiaMenanggapi hal ini, juru bicara dari AirAsia mengatakan, iklan tersebut telah dicabut dan dipastikan tidak akan beredar lagi. “Kami menanggapi umpan balik masyarakat dengan sangat serius dan dengan tulus meminta maaf atas masalah ini,” ujarnya.“Kami menginstruksikan mitra media kami untuk menghapus iklan tersebut sesegera mungkin dari semua lokasi,” tandasnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIklan Menjurus Seksis, AirAsia Menuai Kecaman dari Netizen01/10/2017In “Featured”Tampilkan Sepasang Gay, Iklan Cathay Pacific Tuai Kontroversi28/05/2019In “Featured”Tingkatkan Pelayanan, AirAsia Gaet Inmarsat Untuk Pengadaan On Board Broadband10/10/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”
Though not quite redemption, it is still an improvement from winning no golds at last year’s worlds with three days of competition remaining at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.Nishiyama, who was making his debut, battled it out in regulation to a scoreless draw with the Greek to force the match into overtime as neither man could find the technique for the kill. But Iliadis reached down in his energy reserves in the golden score period, deploying a sweeping wrap-around throw for an ippon.Japan’s Masahiro Takamatsu lost on points in the semifinals at 81 kg to Kim Jae Bung of South Korea before taking third by beating Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan in the bronze-medal match with an “osotogari” outer leg sweep.In the final, Kim beat Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil with a perfectly executed “ouchigari” for ippon in overtime to claim his first world title after settling for bronze last year.Yoriko Kunihara, who was aiming for her first world title at 70 kg, fell to Lucie Decosse of France in the semis, but battled it out against Cecilia Blanco of Spain to claim bronze. Decosse took the gold after pinning Anett Meszaros of Spain in the final.Earlier, Takashi Ono suffered an upset in the men’s 90 kg to Iliadis in his third match. Ono got through his first two matches in the preliminary round only to fall to Iliadis on a yuko point.“I had confidence and trained hard for this tournament,” Ono said. “But I felt from the first match that I wasn’t moving the way I should. I don’t really know what it was that was missing. I am really upset with myself because I was moving better than last year and was on a better pace. I don’t feel at all like I was a favorite to win a medal.”Takahiro Nakai lost by ippon in the men’s 81 kg to Guilheiro in his third match of the day. Silver medalist Guilheiro bounced Nakai with a “seoinage” throw. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Big-time throw: Greece’s Ilias Iliadis defeats Japan’s Daiki Nishiyama by ippon to capture the gold medal in the men’s 90 kg of the World Judo Championships at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Friday. | KYODO PHOTO Daiki Nishiyama failed to conquer Athens Olympic champion Ilias Iliadis in the men’s 90-kg final Friday, leaving Japan’s men without a top podium finish on the second day of action at the World Judo Championships.After just two days, the men have more medals than the two they brought home in Rotterdam, Netherlands, last year, but the gold eluded them after Takamasa Anai got the team off to a stellar start with his victory at 100 kg on Thursday.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Vic Law scored 17 points, Tre Demps added 16 and Northwestern beat Penn State 60-39 on Saturday afternoon.Alex Olah added 10 points for the Wildcats (13-14, 4-10 Big Ten), who have won three straight after snapping a 10-game losing streak.Geno Thorpe scored 13 points for Penn State, which scored a season-low point total and shot a season-low 27 percent. The Nittany Lions have lost four straight and six of seven.Penn State’s DJ Newbill, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21.1 points per game, finished with three points on 1-for-6 shooting and nine rebounds. He scored his first points on a 3 with 1:25 remaining to cut the lead to 56-39.The Nittany Lions (15-13, 3-12) also committed 14 turnovers and went 1 for 8 at the free-throw line in a meeting of teams in the bottom third of the Big Ten standings.