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first_imgThe Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Haryana Election Watch (HEW) on Sunday released a report on performance of MLAs. It revealed that in Haryana’s 13th Legislative Assembly, of the 91 MLAs, only 75 have asked questions.According to the report, there are 16 MLAs who didn’t ask even a single question during the sessions.Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress MLA from Kaithal Randeep Singh Surjewala are the prominent names in the list. The report has been generated from the responses received by the Haryana Assembly Secretariat under the Right to Information Act.The report says Kiran Choudhary (Congress) from Tosham topped the list by asking 225 starred questions, and Indian National Lok Dal’s Naina Singh Chautala from Dabwali found second spot with 180 questions to her credit. Congress MLA Kehar Singh from Hathin asked 124 questions and is third on the list.This report also includes the analysis for the MLAs who had resigned or got elected through by-polls.170 Bills passedThe report said 174 Bills were tabled in the 13th Assembly, of which 170 were passed.Information pertaining to the attendance of the sitting MLAs, which was sought under the RTI, was not given stating that sharing such data would be a breach of rule 118 of rule of procedure and conduct of business in the Haryana Assembly and Section 8(1)(c) of the Right to Information Act. 2005.last_img read more


first_imgAmid the concrete jungle, where do you find the luxury of being close to nature? Thanks to the art of growing Bonsai, having a backyard garden is no more a problem. The art is increasingly becoming popular in Gujarat and catching on it many Bonsai hobbyists flaunt their lush green,Amid the concrete jungle, where do you find the luxury of being close to nature? Thanks to the art of growing Bonsai, having a backyard garden is no more a problem. The art is increasingly becoming popular in Gujarat and catching on it many Bonsai hobbyists flaunt their lush green and colourful Bonsai art pieces.Dinesh Patidar’s tiny terrace garden in a tenement society of Vadodara, reflects the beauty of the Bonsai. His terrace is jam-packed with more than 1000 Bonsai, some covered in a deluge of tiny, colourful flowers, some with miniature oranges and sweet limes dangling from branches not more than half-a-foot in length. Dinesh Patidar at his terrace gardenAn electrical engineer by training working with the Indian Railways, Patidar’s love for plants found expression in the large gardens of the railway quarters he occupied until he moved in his own home with its limited spaces, where the possibility of a garden was next to impossible. He found a worthy and satisfying solution in cultivating bonsai plants. Later, he joined the Indo-Japanese Bonsai Society in Mumbai and trained himself in the patient art of the bonsai.Today he has one of the largest collections in Vadodara of flowering bonsai plants including bougainvillaea of different colours, the lovely candle hibiscus, nicoderia with lavendar flowers and the adeniums with different coloured flowers on the same tree. He also cultivates the Mame Bonsai which is the miniature Bonsai. Another Bonsai lover, Chanda Agrawal, president of the Banyan Bonsai Club, is passionate about her immaculate terrace garden. She plays music for them so that they grow well and healthy. Chanda Agrawal”I am quite sure they are not unhappy with me,” she laughs. Agrawal is supported by her husband who has offered her the Surya Palace Hotel infrastructure to host the Banyan Bonsai Club’s monthly workshop and annual exhibition. “Every time we have the workshop, Agrawal explains, “we also put up a small stall selling all the materials, implements, fertilisers, wiring that we bonsai-lovers need and sometimes cannot easily get in Vadodara. The Club has an enthusiastic membership of more than 150 active bonsai-growers. Subhash Uttekar and Sangita Rathod of Baroda are also Bonsai lovers. Together, they have designed a sprawling Bonsai garden spread at the Rathod Bungalow in Alkapuri. The Garden sports many popular as well as unusual Bonsai plants, a few imported from South-east countries, others painstakingly cultivated with prudent grafting. These Bonsai lovers are encouraging many to create more green spaces.  The pine printMiniaturisation: Bonsai is a tree kept small enough but fostered to have a mature appearance.Proportion among elements: Small trees with large leaves must be avoided.Asymmetry: Discourage strict radial or bilateral symmetry in branch and root placement.No trace of the artist: The cultivator’s touch/identity/intervention must not be apparent to the viewer.Go for Bonsai workshop on 19-20 January at Banyan Bonsai Club, being organised by Indonesian Bonsai masters, Mufti and Abdul Karim.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgRudy said the session would discuss Railways demand for grants and the Finance Bill.”There will also be discussions on Development of North Eastern region, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Skill Development and Enterpreneurship, Social Justice and Empowerment, Civil Aviation and Tourism,” he said.The Sikh Gurdwara Amendment Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill 2016 and Compensatory Afforestation Bill 2015 and the considerations made by the Rajya Sabha on Enemy Property Bill would be other legislations to be taken up during the session, he said.The Minister said a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee is slated at 1 PM tomorrow, in which time will be allotted to various issues.RJD leader Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said his party raised the issue of drought and water crisis in the country and demanded a discussion, besides the issue of grant of special status to Bihar to ensure its speedy development.TRS leader A P Jithender Reddy raised the issue of Odd-Even scheme in Delhi due to which some members face problems and sought relief from the Speaker.Leaders of a number of parties attended the meeting, including NCPs Tariq Anwar, AIADMKs P Venugopal, Lok Jan Shakti Partys Ramchander Paswan, TDPs Thota Narasimham, Shiv Senas Anandrao Adsul, AIMIMs Asaduddin Owaisi, INLDs Dushyant Chautala, BJDs Bhartruhari Mahtab and IUMLs E Ahamed. PTI SKC PRMlast_img read more


first_img Asian News International New DelhiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 20:42 IST MSK Prasad said the squad that the selection committee will announce will win the World Cup (AP Photo)Indian Cricket Selection Committee chairman MSK Prasad on Sunday hoped that his team will definitely win the World Cup which is scheduled to be held in England.Prasad while showing his confidence in the India team also said that the squad for the 2019 World Cup will be announced on or before April 20.”I had a good ‘darshan’ of the God along with my family. So far as Indian cricket team is concerned, we will be announcing our team for the World Cup on or before April 20,” he said.”I am confident that we are going to announce a good team. We have worked on this for almost one and a half years. We have observed all the players, tested good combinations,” he said.”We are confident that the team we will announce, will definitely win the World Cup to be held in England in 2019,” Prasad told reporters during his visit to the temple of Lord Sri Kalahasteeswara at Srikalahasti town.Prasad even appealed the people to use their right to vote as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching. Prasad said: “India is going for elections from April 11. AP is going for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the first phase itself.””Vote is the right that the Constitution has given to us. The electing proper candidate is our moral right. I suggest all of you utilise your boring right and let the country and the state go ahead in the path of development.”The 2019 World Cup will commence on May 30 when the host will compete with South Africa.advertisementAlso Read | Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk drivingAlso Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow India world cup squadFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow India chief selectorFollow MSK Prasad India will win 2019 ICC World Cup: India chief selector MSK PrasadTeam India chief selector MSK Prasad is confident that Virat Kohli & Co. will win the 2019 ICC World Cup. He also announced that India’s squad will be announced on or before April 20.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgzoom John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator Frontline has started initial discussion with crude oil tanker firm DHT Holdings for a potential business combination.Frontline proposed the acquisition of all of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock in a stock-for-stock transaction at a ratio of 0.725 Frontline shares for each DHT share. The proposal is subject to usual and customary conditions for transactions of this nature.Together with its affiliates, Frontline has also acquired 15,3 million shares of DHT, representing around 16.4% of DHT’s outstanding common stock based upon 93,366,062 common stock outstanding.“A combination of Frontline and DHT is expected to create the largest public tanker company by fleet size, market cap, and trading liquidity,” Frontline said.Assuming significant cost synergies are achieved, as well as superior access to debt and equity capital markets, Frontline believes a combined entity would generate significant free cash flow and maximize value for both companies’ shareholders.However, no specific arrangement has been reached, and there can be no assurance as to the certainty or timing of any potential business combination.last_img read more


The first protection shelters by the Government was established in 2012 and subsequently several others have been established at provincial level. Private shelters are also maintained with the assistance of Government hospitals, police and NGOs. The guidelines for maintaining such protection shelters were presented by Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, and has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) A new set of guidelines are to be issued to shelters for abused women, the Government said today.In addition to providing legal assistance, counselling and medical services, to women victimized by domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse there is a need to maintain temporary protection shelters.


“Very saddened by the horrific news of the bombings in Sri Lanka. Such senseless violence has no place in our world. My heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and the people of Sri Lanka. May you find love, strength and peace,” Celine Dion tweeted. Hollywood has come out in support of Sri Lanka following the deadly bombings in which over 300 people were killed.Top stars Celine Dion and Mariah Carey were among the many stars who expressed shock and sadness over the loss of lives in the terrorist attack. Mariah Carey tweeted saying “Sri Lanka, my heart is with you. I’m praying for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Stay strong.” Sri Lanka, my heart is with you. I’m praying for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Stay strong — Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 21, 2019 Singer Richard Marx who has performed in Sri Lanka said that he was heartbroken for Sri Lanka.“When I performed there three years ago I found it a beautiful place with beautiful people. This is insanity,” he tweeted. Very saddened by the horrific news of the bombings in Sri Lanka. Such senseless violence has no place in our world. My heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and the people of Sri Lanka. May you find love, strength and peace – Celine xx…https://t.co/RxcY47Uw2K— Celine Dion (@celinedion) April 21, 2019 Singer Ciara said that he was also crushed to hear the news.“Sri Lanka, my heart is crushed. I can’t stop thinking of you. Praying for your country & the families of loved ones lost. Praying for the world. May we all somehow become more united through the many trials and tribulations we’re facing around this world. You are not alone #SriLanka,” she tweeted.Singer Dan Reynolds also tweeted saying “heartbroken for the people of Sri Lanka. there are no words that could possibly bring comfort or understanding at times like these – I can only offer my deepest sorrow and love along with the millions of others mourning today.” (Colombo Gazette) read more


first_imgIt will come as no surprise that Nintendo’s latest duo of Pokemon games, namely Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, have been flying off the shelves in Japan. After selling 2.63 million units in the first 2 days on sale, they have now set a new sales record.As of January 9 their combined sales in Japan have reached 5,036,724 units. Four other DS games have sold more than 5 million copies, but Black and White have gone past the 5 million mark faster than any other game, taking just 17 weeks.We’d like to point out that this could be seen as cheating, though. Two games shipped, but they are being classed as one here for sales. Avid Pokemon fans will no doubt be buying both, but I suspect if this was a single game we’d still have some way to go to the 5 million sales mark.The good news for Nintendo is the company still has a U.S. and European launch for both games. That means a few million more sales and probably some more records getting broken.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more


first_img YouTube’s top earner surprisingly isn’t a beauty maven or gaming enthusiast. It’s a seven-year-old boy named Ryan who made $22 million from reviewing toys.On Tuesday, Forbes published its Highest-Paid YouTube Stars of 2018 roundup and announced that this little guy stole the top spot on the list. Ryan ranked above other famous YouTubers, including Canadian gamer Evan Fong and makeup artist Jeffree Star, for his 2018 earnings.Ryan, the mini starlet of Ryan ToysReview, has a whopping 17,369,653 followers on his YouTube channel. He launched his channel in 2015, and since then, has posted numerous videos of himself playing with popular toys. In addition to offering his take on playroom must-haves, Ryan also has educational and science experiment videos for kids.How did Ryan become a YouTube celebrity overnight? Well, according to a recent NBC interview, it’s all about having a good personality. “I’m entertaining and funny,” Ryan told NBC.YouTube also isn’t Ryan’s only business milestone. The seven-year-old also has a collectibles line at Walmart that features figures, plush stuffed animals, and more.If you’re in need of some cute commentary on Jurassic Park dinosaur toys or Transformers cards, check out Ryan’s YouTube channel here.More on Geek.com:Disney Unveils New ‘Star Wars’ Animated YouTube ShortsMost Extreme Anime Makeup Tutorials on YouTubeYouTuber Proudly Reveals $200,000 Sex Doll Collection PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Paul L. Giordano, Sr., age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2019.Paul was the beloved husband of the late Helen K. (Malek) Giordano, devoted father of Linda A. Brown & her husband Norman of Milford, NH, Michael Geer of Florida and Paul L. Giordano, Jr. of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Kristina Pelczarski & her husband Robert of Paxton, Norman Brown IV & his wife Keri of Lynnfield, Matthew Brown & his wife Jessica of Ayer, Joseph Giordano of Wilmington, Karissa Skotedis & her husband Tom of PA, Kristoffer Geer of UT and great-grandchildren Brennan, Kailey, Isabella, Sophia, Spencer, McKenzie, Addison, Arabella, Kristoffer and Christian. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Laura (Axworthy) Giordano, dear brother of Catherine Young of Nashua, NH, David Giordano of Duxbury and the late Barbara Giordano. Paul is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a large extended family in Canada.Paul proudly served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga during Korean War.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 24th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.Paul L. Giordano, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Doors open at 2:30pm.  The action begins at 3pm with Boston Common vs. Central Maine, followed by the Cosmonaughties vs. Wicked Pissahs at 5pm, followed by Nutcrackers vs. Harbor Horrors at 7pm. An After Party will take place at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the double-header, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_imgFriday, the Alaska State Legislature gaveled out, five days after they were supposed to. It’s the end to a grueling session that involved legislation on education and a major gasline project.Download AudioSo, first off, what took them so long?Gutierrez: Honesty? Politics. The most obvious fight was education funding. In the background, minimum wage.  Major personal bills from leaderships were held up, especially on the House side. We saw Knik arm bridge fail on Wednesday night.What caused the breakthrough?Gutierrez: Well, once people have dug in their heels, there’s no point in dragging out a stalemate that will be unpopular with voters. Basically went down the middle with the education compromise. Plus staying long is unpopular with legislators themselves. Chenault in launchair, golf, John Wayne movies. They’re sitting around doing nothing and unhappy about it, and so are voters.Are there any consequences for going longer than 90 days?Gutierrez: Probably not. In the past when they’ve gone a little long, laws still stand. Constitutionally, can go until 121. But they are ignoring the statute and that was passed by voters. Spoke with the governor and he says he’s worried about the precedent, but was simply glad to be done. And quite frankly, everyone’s pretty glad to be out of here, including the press corps.last_img read more


first_imgBookings for the much-anticipated Maruti Suzuki Celerio have officially begun in India with an advance payment of ₹10,000.The company that has started the promotion of its upcoming Celerio through ads on TV and its webpage, announced the booking in the country. Maruti Celerio, India’s first car with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), dubbed Celerio EZ Drive has already created buzz in the auto market.Maruti, a trusted name in the small car segment will unveil its next offering Celerio at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 and the car is expected to reach the dealers soon after that. The vehicle is likely to fall in the price brackets of sub ₹5 lakh. If reports are to be believed, the auto aficionados can behind Celerio’s wheel by the end of February.What We Know So FarAccording to rumours, the Celerio measures 3600mm in length, 1600mm in width, and 1560mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2425mm. Under the hood, it packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. The company claims a mileage of 23.1 km per litre.The Celerio is expected to come in in six variants which include LXi, VXi, ZXi, LXi Auto Gear Shift, VXi Auto Gear Shift and ZXi Auto Gear Shift. The LXi variant of Celerio is speculated to feature Manual AC, Power Steering, Tachometer (AMT) and gear-position indicator (AMT), while VXi is expected to come with power windows and Central Locking System in addition to the slew of features offered in the LXi model.The top variant, ZXi is likely to host an audio system with CD, USB, AUX and Bluetooth capability, audio controls on steering wheel, keyless entry, tilt steering, foglamps (AMT), ABS (AMT) and alloy wheels (AMT).last_img read more


first_imgThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is expected to earn revenue of more than Rs 49,200 crore from spectrum auctions, spectrum usage charges and licence fees in the next fiscal year, up 10 percent compared to its estimated revenue in 2015-16.A major chunk of the revenue is expected to come from spectrum auctions, a senior official in the Communications Ministry told the Economic Times.The department is estimated to garner Rs 25,486 crore from spectrum auctions and Rs 14,464 crore from licence fees.”We’re expecting upwards of Rs 49,200 crore from 2016-17… instalments from last year’s auction would be a sizeable amount,” the official, who did not want to be named, told the daily.The DoT may get over Rs 8,800 crore from spectrum usage charges in 2016-17, according to the government’s estimates.Nearly Rs 9,486 crore is expected as instalment payment for auction of 418 MHz of airwaves across bands held last year.Fierce bidding by telecom companies saw the spectrum auction concluding at Rs 1.10 lakh crore in March 2015. The carriers were required to pay about 33 percent of the final bidding amount to the government within 10 days of the auction. The remaining amount was asked to be paid in 10 annual instalments beginning 2017.The department is expected to get Rs 16,000 crore as upfront payment for the next phase of the spectrum auctions, which is likely to be held in June this year.The estimated revenue for the DoT in the next fiscal year will be about Rs 4,000 crore higher than that of the projected amount for the current fiscal. By the end of December last year, the government had collected over Rs 37,000 crore in revenue.However, the figure excludes spectrum liberalisation fee paid by Reliance Communications for 16 circles and the Rs 2,450 crore paid by Vodafone India for the merger of its subsidiaries.last_img read more


first_imgAgriculture affairs minister Abdur Razzak. File PhotoAgriculture affairs minister Abdur Razzak on Wednesday trashed media reports on the manufacturing of plastic rice in Bangladesh, saying it was impossible, reports news agency UNB.”News reports on plastic rice are baseless. The rice in question has been cooked and also made into puffed rice. Claims about it being plastic rice aren’t realistic,” he told newsmen at secretariat after meeting US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller.Media reports on “plastic rice” in Gaibandha triggered widespread criticism of the people.When asked whether the rice had been sent to Dhaka for tests, minister Razzak said agriculture experts affiliated with the government had examined the product.”That is not plastic rice. It’s impossible,” he said.Razzak said Bangladesh had attained self-sufficiency in producing food grains. “The challenge is how we can supply the people with nutritious food and increase food security,” he said.He said the prime minister had announced the establishment of a big, modern laboratory in Dhaka where adulterated foods can be detected quickly.”Eight laboratories will be built in eight divisions. Trained manpower is required to run the machines. We have sought cooperation from the US,” Razzak said.The minister said the ambassador had assured him of continuing assistance in agriculture sector.last_img read more


first_imgMany restaurants in India are now serving this delicious cheese, eggs and chilli sandwich – Eggs Kejriwal. Invented by the Willingdon Club in Mumbai, this dish has nothing to do with Arvind Kejriwal and has been named after Devi Prasad Kejriwal. Devi Prasad Kejriwal who frequented the Willingdon Club, belonged to a strict vegetarian community wherein consumption of non–vegetarian dishes including eggs was forbidden. An egg lover, Kejriwal chose to secretly bring his taste buds to satisfaction, and would order his favourite eggs on toast sprinkled with spicy green chillies at the club. This delicious recipe gained popularity over the years, not just among his friends but outside the club too. Restaurants nowadays, serve a refined version of this dish, with cheese and tomatoes.Serving this dish are: SodaBottleOpenerWala (Delhi), Dude Food (Delhi), The Daily Bar & Kitchen (Mumbai)last_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:Tech support company Motif closes operations in Costa Rica, laying off 90 workers President Solís seeks meeting with Intel reps during US trip San José business group including former fugitive Luis Milanés closes 103-year-old hotel and 2 casinos Bacardí opens regional service center in Costa Rica StarTek, a U.S. provider of business outsourcing services, will close its call center in Costa Rica on Aug. 30, according to MarketWatch, part of The Wall Street Digital Network.The closure would mean the dismissal of the company’s 550 employees at their America Free Zone facilities in the province of Heredia, who managed customer relations and technical support calls, primarily for U.S. telecom companies.“The difficult decision to close our Heredia site was made as part of our strategic plan to optimize our capacity and continue building upon the efficient solutions we provide our clients,” said Chad Carlson, StarTek president and CEO. “This decision was not due to performance of our employees in Costa Rica, and we are grateful for their service to StarTek and our clients,” the news outlet quoted Carlson as saying, citing a press release from StarTek headquarters in Denver.Attempts on Friday by The Tico Times to confirm the announcement with Startek were unsuccessful. A local Startek representatives said company General Manager Paola Herrera will issue an official statement next Tuesday.“StarTek will be holding job fairs and offering assistance to the employees to find other jobs in Heredia,” the press release from Denver said.The company’s yearly financial report stated that “during the year ending December 31, 2013, we recognized important losses in our Latin America segment associated with the furniture, fixtures and leasehold improvements at our site in Costa Rica after an impairment analysis indicated estimated future cash flows were insufficient to support the carrying values.”StarTek launched its Costa Rica operation in 2010. At the time, Vice President Luis Liberman attended the opening of its facilities.The closing adds to those by Intel’s manufacturing center, Bank of America financial services center, PET Packaging,  and appliance manufacturer and distributor MABE. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/24bd5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> An agreement between Best of Australia Travel Centres (BOATC) and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) will see Sydney and New South Wales product sold across the country.“This deal will mean tourism products in Sydney and broader New South Wales will be sold at BOATC outlets in Melbourne and Perth, as well as to the one million people that visit the Foreshore Authority owned and managed Sydney Visitor Centres each year,” SHFA General Manager Egle Garrick said.“Eighty tourism suppliers will immediately benefit from this agreement,” Ms Garrick said. SHFA expects the current tourism revenue of AUD1.5 million to grow through the promotion of New South Wales by BOATC.“We believe this opportunity to work with the Foreshore Authority and Sydney Visitor Centres will lead to an increased visitor spend and a greater conversion rate of those travellers coming into the centres,” said BOATC General Manager Laurence Schulz.There is also the expectation of increased jobs as a result of the agreement.“Through this deal with BOATC, more than ten new retail and tourism positions will be created at the visitor centres in The Rocks and Darling Harbour,” said Ms Garrick.Responsibilities of BOATC will now grow to include the provision of New South Wales accommodation, tours, transport and hire service bookings as a free service to tourists who are travelling through Perth and Melbourne.last_img read more