Milahas Net Profit Up in Q1 2018

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Milaha Qatar Navigation (Milaha) has booked a net profit of QAR 260 million (USD  71.4 million) in the first quarter of 2018, up from QAR 236 million posted in the same quarter last year.The company’s operating revenues were up year-on-year as well standing at QAR 698 million in the first quarter of this year against last year’s equivalent of QAR 648 million.The increase was driven mainly by the company’s maritime and logistics business amid better operating margins in the container shipping market and growth marked by the company’s ports business. These developments boosted the business arm’s net profit by QAR 29 million.However, low shipping rates in the gas and petrochemical shipping sector and their knock-on effect on vessel valuations put further pressure on the company’s profit. Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue decreased by QAR 5 million and net profit by QAR 54 million. The company’s offshore business also saw a dip in revenue by QAR 29 million and bottom line by QAR 13 million.Revenue and net profit increase were posted by Milaha’s capital and trading arms with net profit increase by QAR 65 million and QAR 3 million respectively amid higher dividend income from Milaha’s equity portfolios and decreased margins on equipment and bunker sales.last_img read more

Dispute with China carbon tax expected to dominate Parliament sitting

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – MPs are returning to Parliament Hill for their last sitting before the fall election, and the first one in the new House of Commons. But that will be overshadowed by the latest controversies in the dispute with China.It’s supposed to be a special day, with the temporary House of Commons opening in West Block.But the spotlight will be on China and the forced resignation of ambassador John McCallum over the weekend.The prime minister is expected to take a grilling from the opposition after McCallum twice broke ranks with the government by weighing in on the legal case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest at YVR Airport in December. McCallum suggested it would be good if the U.S. dropped its extradition request.RELATED: John McCallum fired as ambassador to China after comments on extradition caseCritics say those words undermine our closest ally and could be political involvement in a court case Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted would be free of interference.Conservatives also question if this was really just words of a rogue ambassador or if it’s actually a failed political strategy to appease the Chinese government as it holds two Canadians in detention and has a third sitting on death row.In his statement, Trudeau offered no explanation for asking the ambassador to resign. But on Monday, the opposition will be looking for answers.RELATED: Partisan elbows sharper as Parliament resumes for last sitting before electionBut this won’t be the only contentious topic in the spring. Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes says the federal carbon tax will also be in the cross-hairs, as both the Liberals and Conservatives use it as wedge for their voters.“A test for the government: Can they sell that thing? A point of test, for the opposition: Can they successfully frame it as a bad thing for Canadians?”Your pocketbooks will also be on focus, as the Liberals unveil a pre-election budget that will likely have goodies and a lot of heated rhetoric, as MPs prepare for their campaigns.last_img read more

UN Indigenous peoples rapporteur expresses deep concern over Attawapiskat housing crisis

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The UN official tasked with monitoring the situation of Indigenous peoples around the world has contacted the Canadian government to express “deep concern” over the housing crisis in Attawapiskat, a northern Ontario First Nations community on the shore of James Bay.James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, said he would be monitoring the situation in Attawapiskat “closely” while keeping an “open dialogue” with the Conservative government.“I will be monitoring closely the situation of the Attawapiskat First Nation and other Aboriginal communities in Canada,” said Anaya, in the statement. “Keeping an open dialogue with the government and all stakeholders.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office blasted Anaya’s letter, saying it had “inaccuracies” and lacked “credibility.” A spokeswoman for Duncan said the minister would be responding.“We will correct the inaccuracies in this letter, beginning with the fact that the special rapporteur could not name Canada’s minister of foreign affairs,” said Michelle Yao, a spokeswoman for Duncan. “Anyone who reads the letter will see it lacks credibility.”Yao said the Conservative government was “focused on the needs of the residents of Attawapiskat, not publicity stunts.”The Conservative government is also “focused on addressing deep-rooted issues that have plagued Canada’s First Nations communities for generations,” she said.Attawapiskat, a Cree community of about 1,800 people, has been suffering from inadequate housing for years. A recent YouTube video filmed by NDP MP Charlie Angus depicting families living in tents and in shacks with no running water or insulation propelled the community to the top of the national debate for several weeks.Canadians from coast to coast witnessed the dire living conditions in the community which have been described as inhumane and life-threatening.The Conservative government responded by blaming the housing crisis on financial mismanagement by the band, which had been in co-management for several years.Duncan took control of band finances away from the chief and council and handed it over to an outside consultant, called a third-party manager, at a cost of about $180,000.Attawapiskat has since taken the issue to Federal Court seeking a judicial review of the minister’s decision.The federal government has also committed to sending 22 modular homes to the community, but the announcement came after the Canadian Red Cross intervened in Attawapiskat to provide immediate aid.Anaya said in a statement that he contacted the Conservative government on Monday asking what programs it had in place to deal with the gap in social and living conditions between First Nations communities and non-Aboriginal communities.“The social and economic situation of…Attawapiskat seems to represent the condition of many First Nation communities living on reserves throughout Canada, which is allegedly akin to Third World conditions,” said Anaya, in the statement. “Yet, this situation is not representative of non-Aboriginal communities in Canada.”Anaya said he wanted the government to respond to information the special rapporteur has received indicating that First Nations communities are “systematically underfunded” and that “unequal funding” is “allegedly rooted” in the formulas and policies used by Aboriginal Affairs.Anaya said he wanted to government to clarify information that showed this systematic underfunding made things worse in already stressed communities.“It does not appear that the government is responding adequately to requests for assistance,” said Anaya.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution during a meeting earlier this month in Ottawa calling on the Assembly of First Nations to ask the UN to appoint a special agent to monitor Canada’s response to housing and infrastructure woes in First Nations communities.The AFN could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

Mining firm receives stones of shame from Quebec Innu

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chiefs of two Innu communities in northern Quebec took an unusual action Wednesday in the middle of downtown Montreal.The chiefs come from communities more than a 1,000 kilometres northeast of Montreal. They came to the head office of the Iron Ore Company to return gifts they received from them in 1970: two very heavy iron stones.Now they call them “stones of shame” for the destruction to their land caused by the mining company over the last 60 years and for ignoring Innu rights by refusing to sign an impact benefit agreements.last_img read more

Markets Right Now: Strong earnings send US stocks higher

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors welcomed some strong earnings reports from U.S. companies.Estee Lauder jumped 11.3 per cent and Ralph Lauren climbed 10.2 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. Both reported earnings that came in well ahead of what analysts were expecting.Health insurer Centene rose 4.4 per cent after reporting strong growth in membership.The S&P 500 index rose 7 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,731.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 104 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 25,343. The Nasdaq added 34 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 7,382.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Press read more

As presidential poll approaches Côte dIvoire will continue to need UN support

“Much has been accomplished since the last election, which was marred by terrible violence. Stability is being progressively maintained. The economy is growing, and Ivoirians are able to pursue their affairs in a peaceful environment. While political disagreements remain, there is more and more national consensus for constructive dialogue,” explained Aïchatou Mindaoudou, who heads the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).Indeed, following the 29 January talks, concrete measures were taken to fund, on an exceptional basis, opposition political parties that do not hold a seat in the National Assembly, she noted.Dialogue resumed on 26 May, Ms. Mindaoudou continued, bringing together 16 opposition political parties that were focused on crucial issues. UNOCI has also been informed that meetings between the Government and the opposition will be held on a monthly basis. Such advances in political dialogue have contributed significantly to improvements in the overall security and stability of Côte d’Ivoire, she acknowledged.“However, there are still some political stakeholders who have given in to the temptation to use inflammatory rhetoric, who must continually be encouraged to act responsibly, and in accordance with the law, throughout the electoral period,” observed the Special Representative, who regretted the “political posturing” of some “hardliners.”But if the Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) party and the Parti Démocratique de Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) are currently experiencing dissidence among their numbers, plural political views and positions are generally being expressed peacefully, according to her.“In my recent visit of western Côte d’Ivoire, I heard from local stakeholders their genuine commitment to peaceful elections, and the recognition that electoral violence would have negative consequences for the region,” underlined Ms. Mindaoudou.In preparation for the election, the amended Electoral Code was adopted on 2 April, she reported. Voter registration will go from June 1 to 30 in over 2,000 centres, with the final voters list expected to be ready by 31 August.June 30 has also been set as the deadline for completing the process of some 64,000 former combatants. “Support will be needed beyond the closure of the programme, as a significant number of them will still be undergoing the reinsertion process, which is expected to last into early 2016.”Finally, June 30 is also the date of expiration of UNOCI’s mandate, which the Security Council should renew at this “critical juncture” to consolidate Côte d’Ivoire’s achievements since the 2010 post-election crisis, stated Ms. Mindaoudou.Despite a number of improvements in the security sector, the UNOCI chief indeed expressed concerns at the lack of equipment among Ivoirian law enforcement and security institutions for the maintenance of public order, “which poses a major challenge to their operational capabilities to ensure democratic crowd control.” Despite the fact that there is an “overall downward trend in criminal activities” since January 2015, armed robberies and banditry continue to pose a challenge for the country, noted the Special Representative.“Sustaining a peaceful and enabling environment in the lead-up to, during, and after the presidential election will require continued progress,” she added, arguing that “our combined support – the Security Council, Member States, international and regional partners, and the UN system in Côte d’Ivoire – remains essential.” read more

12 people who had an unbelievably close call

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Revenue demanded €200000 in unpaid tax from Paris Bakery

first_imgCertainly red lights should have been going offWorkers from the Paris Bakery have been engaged in a sit-in protest at the former premises of the business since last week, and are alleging non-payment of wages of up to €55,000.The owner of the bakery is due to take part in talks with the workers this afternoon.Paris Bakery workers visit owner’s home calling for unpaid wages>“I don’t think we will see the money.” – Dublin bakery staff staging sit-in over back wages> THE COMPANY WHICH owns the Paris Bakery in Dublin was issued a final demand letter by the for Revenue Commissioners €193,106.98 in outstanding taxes last year.The letter from Revenue to the Paris Bakery and Pastry Limited company demanding payment was sent on the 7th of May 2013, requesting payment within seven days.A copy of the letter has been seen by schedule of sums owed by Paris Bakery and Pastry Limited attached to the letter shows that the vast majority of the monies owed were in relation to employee PAYE and PRSI.Sums owedA total of €164,301 was owed under these two categories, with the remainder being demanded for non-payment of VAT.Twelve instances of failure to pay PRSI and VAT are identified by in the schedule, covering a range of dates from 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2013.PRSI, or Pay Related Social Insurance, is a contributory payment paid by employers for their employees, while PAYE or Pay as You Earn is an employee’s own income tax, collected and paid on their behalf by an employer.The largest outstanding payment is for €129,446 and covers the entire year for 2012.The letter warns that the matter could be the subject of Court proceedings for recovery of the debt, or could be referred to the Sherriff or County Registrar.It warns that “any such action will be taken without further warning”.Revenue blamedSpeaking to, general secretary of plasterers’ union OPATSI Billy Wall said that the letter shows how deeply in trouble the business was as far back as two years.One of the workers staging the sit-in is an OPATSI member, and Wall vowed to back both him and others engaged in the occupation.Wall said that the Revenue Commissioners should have seen the warning signs and acted sooner to make sure that the company was acting appropriately.last_img read more

Roman Reigns not medically cleared Update on Nia Jaxs WWE status

first_imgFacebook 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Google+ Mumps sounds like such a silly name for what is quite a horrible viral infection. Good job there’s a decent vaccine available. Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Xavier Woods 1 COMMENT Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Roman Reigns not medically clearedWWE officials have confirmed Roman Reigns is not medically cleared to return to the ring and will not be part of the upcoming UK tour according to a report by Dave Meltzer.As reported earlier, Triple H was added to the tour as the company was already preparing for the possibility that Reigns would be unavailable to travel overseas.Reigns is targeting to make a return to WWE on November 13 in Atlanta for RAW. He was diagnosed with the mumps days before TLC and was pulled from the ring as result.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineUpdate on Nia Jax’s WWE statusNia Jax is confirmed for the upcoming UK tour as is Bray Wyatt.Jax made headlines a few weeks ago when she stopped appearing on WWE television. While various wrestling media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, claimed it was due to a disagreement with booking, Jax was already scheduled for time off.Alexa Bliss told The New York Post that Jax was simply taking time off adding, “We all take them once in a while.” Reports that Jax walked out on WWE were described as “overblown” and that she was always scheduled to be part of the European tour.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns WhatsApp The Miz Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NJ Louch Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next October 31, 2017 at 7:01 am Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed.last_img read more

Superhero WSUV student ready to soar

first_imgWhen balancing college, raising two boys and running a business overwhelms 43-year-old Anne Murray, she remembers something her mother used to tell her: “You can do anything for a short period of time.”Murray and more than 1,000 students will graduate from Washington State University Vancouver this weekend. In some ways, Murray exemplifies what the suburban campus is all about.She’s a nontraditional student who transferred from Clark College. She’s a single mother, raising two active boys. And, as is the case for so many college graduates, Murray leaves school this week feeling like her life has changed.“I walked out of there with so much confidence, feeling so empowered in what I can do,” she said.Murray on Saturday will receive her bachelor’s degree in digital technology and culture. She plans to pursue a career in graphic design. And while it may have been a short period of time, like her mom would say, it’s certainly been a busy one.She’s already freelanced for companies, including Battle Ground’s Silagy Sauce. Right now, she’s helping develop apps for Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and Corwin Beverage Company. She was recently nominated for The Columbian’s Best of Clark County competition in the graphic design category (voting is over and winners will be announced in June).last_img read more

Clark County economic recovery begins to clock in

first_imgJANUARYo Lacamas and iQ credit unions, both based in Clark County, agree to merge by July.o Sparks Home Furnishings prepares to close after four generations of family ownership.o Everyday Deals and Natural Grocers are coming, but Albertsons closes two stores.FEBRUARYo Nordstrom announces plan for January 2015 closure of Vancouver mall store.o Plans set to demolish iconic Steakburger in Hazel Dell this summer.o United Grain’s lockout of Longshore workers at Port of Vancouver passes one-year mark.MARCHo Clark County recovers all of the 10,000 jobs it lost to the Great Recession.o Vancouver-based Papa Murphy’s files for public stock offering.o A majority of Vancouver City Council members oppose proposed oil transfer terminal.Ever since the Great Recession was declared officially over on Sept. 20, 2010, economists have talked about the slow pace of recovery in comparison to past recessions. In Clark County, where a largely middle-income, commuter-driven economy took a deeper dive than most in the Portland metropolitan area, it sometimes felt like the rising tide of that slow recovery would never raise our boats.But in the year’s first quarter, long-suffering Clark County residents finally had a recovery milestone to celebrate. State employment data released in March showed that the county had, in January, surpassed by 1,000 the number of jobs that existed at the start of the recession. In addition, the state Employment Security Department reported, the county’s annualized growth rate of 4.2 percent was double that of the state as a whole.State employment economist Scott Bailey added an important caveat: when the county’s 1 percent annual population growth is factored in, the county would still need 5,000 more jobs to reach pre-recession employment levels. Still, the steady stream of new jobs was one of many signs in the first quarter of significant progress in the long slog toward a healthy economy.Other numbers from the first quarter reveal a welcome decline in the number of families in financial distress. Foreclosures dropped by more than half from one year ago, while personal bankruptcies declined by 14 percent.The overall improvement in county employment was a highlight in a fiscal quarter that was marked by big comings and goings in Clark County’s retail sector; a dispiriting one-year anniversary of United Grain Corp.’s lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at its Port of Vancouver export terminal; and growing questions about an oil transfer terminal that Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build at the Port of Vancouver.last_img read more

TRS membership drive is like a festival MLA Kamalakar

first_imgKarimnagar: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is striving hard for the wellbeing of all sections of people present across the State, said Karimnagar MLA Gangula Kamalakar, participating as a chief guest at the membership drive held in 1st division in Karimnagar city on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said the membership drive is going on like a festival in every division in Karimnagar city and in the State. Many people voluntarily taking the membership of the TRS. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Stating that the party’s target is to register 50,000 people as members from every constituency by July 10, he said it seems the target will cross in Karimnagar district after observing the enormous response from the people here and may record highest membership in the State. All sections of people including women, farmers and students are showing interest to join the TRS. It is happy to see many women asking for membership to them, he informed. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us MLA Kamalakar said that there is no alternative for TRS in the State. Every person in Telangana treating TRS as their own party, which is striving hard by introducing number of welfare schemes for all. Former corporators Sunil Rao,G Kalyani, Srinivas, Deputy Mayor Guggilla Ramesh and Challa Harish Shankar were present along with others.last_img read more

At Patterson Park Laundromat Diverse Service Offerings and a Helping Hand to The storefront of the Patterson Park Dry Cleaners and Laundry on E. Fayette St. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Louis Monk spent much of the past year growing the service offerings of the Patterson Park Dry Cleaners and Laundry, a business he purchased and took over last December. Running the laundromat has provided Monk with a crash course on how multiple revenue streams can buoy a business in difficult circumstances and allow helping neighbors in need.Monk, whose background is in recruiting and sales, said he wanted to go into business for himself for some time. “I knew I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what it was,” Monk said. “So when this came up [for sale] I was like, that’s just kind of a sign.”Monk purchased the laundromat from the previous owner and added dry cleaning pick-up and delivery to the business’s offerings. “The dry cleaning is going to be the key, because there’s no overhead,” said Monk of the operation. The dry cleaning is outsourced, allowing Monk to be the face to his customers without requiring the capital and operating costs of all the necessary equipment.Because there are many small business operators – daycare providers or home healthcare aids – in the area but no copy-centers, Monk offers copying and fax services, noting that many residents rely on him to get their time-sheets in on-time. “These are the ways I generate more revenue,” said Monk of the strategy. “Multiple streams of income.”Those various streams are a necessity for a small business in a neighborhood where residents cannot afford regular laundry service, which is competing with a chain laundromat nearby, and is fighting stereotypes about Black-owned businesses. “On one hand I’m proud to be a Black small business owner, and I love it and I love the neighborhood, but on the other hand it seems like it’s kind of hard because there’s a perception out there where people think that just because you’re a Black small business owner that you’re not going to be as good as mainstream guys,” said Monk.Louis Monk, owner and operator of Patterson Park Dry Cleaners and Laundry on E. Fayette St. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)To overcome challenges such as these, Monk has enlisted his sales background, reaching out to nearby luxury developments to establish regular dry cleaning delivery, and fold and wash services.These relationships and additional services are the foundation for the assistance he gives to those in his community.  To this end, Monk has made arrangements for students attending some of the area schools to get discounted laundry services. “I don’t want [not having clean clothes] to be an excuse where you don’t come to school,” said Monk. “How could I own a laundromat in good faith and you go to school with dirty clothes?”For customers who cannot pay full price, Monk puts his quarters into the machines so they can finish their laundry, believing he will get the quarters back at the end of the night and that the additional revenue streams will make up the difference. “I don’t get that many people where I think it’s going to be a big deal, and I get to sleep good at night too, knowing that I helped somebody out,” said Monk.last_img read more

Final Fantasy Ride Coming to Universal Studios Japan

first_img Japan always seems to get the best things. Starting on January 19, those who visit Universal Studios Japan will have a chance to check out the Final Fantasy XR Ride. This (virtual) roller coaster ride will give patrons a chance to live out their Final Fantasy… er… fantasies by immersing them in a unique virtual reality experience. According to Kotaku, the ride is Space Fantasy The Ride but repurposed with VR headsets. The ride is for a limited time only, so you may want to plan a quick trip to Japan in order to check it out.The Final Fantasy XR Ride is part of Universal Studios Japan’s yearly Cool Japan event. A trailer for the ride was released. We see a woman riding on a futuristic-looking vehicle as she witness Cloud and Sephiroth having a duel in mid-air. Sephiroth then gets in the woman’s face because, well, he’s Sephiroth. We also get to see shots of Final Fantasy VII‘s Midgar city and a flock of Chocobo running across an open field. I’m not sure if this trailer accurately depicts what attendees will get to experience, but it certainly looks intriguing.Below is an excerpt from the press release (via“Universal Studios Japan will be holding the Universal Cool Japan 2018 event for a limited time only, from January 19, 2018 to June 24, 2018. At this event, the worlds of five top Japanese entertainment brands chosen from internationally-praised manga, anime, games, music, and fashion will come together and be reproduced on an unprecedented scale with intense reality and world-class quality. Furthermore, the world’s first “XR” Ride will be introduced at this event, offering an super real experience. Universal Studios Japan will popularizes world-class Japanese entertainment across the globe, while delivering the best entertainment in the world to its guests.”To learn more, head on over to the official Universal website. The site is in Japanese, so unless you are fluent in the language, you may want to have Google translate or a Japanese-speaking friend help you out. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tab Mix Plus WebExtension Development Build is out

first_imgTab Mix Plus WebExtension Development Build is out by Martin Brinkmann on February 04, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: February 05, 2018 – 79 commentsThe author of the popular Firefox add-on Tab Mix Plus released the first version of the upcoming WebExtensions-based version of Tab Mix Plus yesterday.The extension is available under a new URL on the Mozilla Add-ons Store to separate the classic add-on from the new.The extension is a complete rewrite of the legacy add-on using the new WebExtensions system that Firefox supports. Mozilla dropped support for the classic add-on system in Firefox 57 Stable.Tab Mix Plus WebExtension first lookThe only functionality that the first development build of the Tab Mix Plus WebExtension offers is the Links functionality. You can use it to control links and link opening behavior only.It is required to modify several preferences on about:config for much of the functionality provided as WebExtensions cannot modify existing Firefox preferences anymore.The options of the extension list five Firefox preferences that users are asked to modify to unlock all available options.Once done, the following options are provided:Open links that open in a new window in: new tab, new window, current tab.Use separate preference for links from other applications.JavaScript and Popup restrictions: allows resize popups, open all popups in tabs, allow all popups.Open tabs with middle-clicks.Start downloads with Alt-Click.Prevent blank tabs when downloaded files.Force to open in new tab: all links, links to other sites.Open links with a target attribute in current tab.Open links with target to existing frame in the current tab.Single window mode is not implemented yet. The WebExtension lacks support for events, sessions, mouse, display and menu functionality.Closing WordsThe release is an early development build and users of Tab Mix Plus should not get their hopes up just yet as it lacks pretty much all the functionality of the legacy add-on.The author of Tab Mix Plus is held back by missing WebExtensions APIs. Many features of the legacy version of Tab Mix Plus are simply not supported by WebExtension APIs.While some APIs exist already, others are still in development or not decided upon yet at all by Mozilla. Users of Tab Mix Plus are asked to vote for bugs on Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug tracking website.Still, the release of the WebExtensions-based version of Tab Mix Plus is a sign of life. While it is uncertain whether the WebExtensions version of Tab Mix Plus will support all the functionality of the legacy add-on, it appears that the developer of the extension will release a stable WebExtensions version eventually.Now You: Do you think that a near feature complete WebExtension-based version of Tab Mix Plus will be released in the future?Related articles:Firefox will only support WebExtensions by the end of 2017Mozilla audited Tab Mix Plus for WebExtensions compatibilityMozilla: WebExtensions are great for developersTab Mix Plus Firefox ExtensionSummaryArticle NameTab Mix Plus WebExtension Development Build is outDescriptionThe author of the popular Firefox add-on Tab Mix Plus released the first version of the upcoming WebExtensions-based version of Tab Mix Plus yesterday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Destination weddings on the rise study

first_imgNearly one in four couples are now saying ‘I do’ to destination weddings, a new survey has found.According to the study, conducted by and, 350,000 destination weddings took place in 2011, reflecting 24 per cent of all marriage ceremonies and an increase of four per cent since 2009. With 70 per cent of destination weddings occurring in the continental US, up from the 60 per cent who opted for Stateside nuptials in 2009, Florida (18% of all weddings) California (13%) and Nevada (9%) were found to be the most popular places to exchange vowels.Outside of the continental US, the Caribbean (39%), Mexico (24%) and Hawaii (20%) were revealed as the top destination wedding spots.Surveying 3,000 US couples who had a destination wedding in 2011 or 2012, The Knot Market Intelligence Destination Weddings Study found that destination weddings had an average 86 guests, which was up from 77 guests in 2009. Unsurprisingly, destination-wedding couples were shown to spend considerably more on their guests, with bride and groom coughing up an average US$404 per guest internationally and $225 per guest domestically – compared with the national wedding average of just $137 per guest.  Less predictably, 86 per cent of those tying the knot still planned to take a honeymoon after their union, with 70 per cent choosing to honeymoon in their wedding locale.  “The idea of having a destination wedding is growing among our brides, and it goes hand in hand with the fact that most people no longer live where they grew up,” said Carley Roney, co-founder of XO Group Inc, the parent company of and “When family is spread all over the country, a destination wedding is the perfect way to bring everyone together.”When asked why they chose a destination wedding, 66 per cent of international brides and 45 per cent of domestic brides said they wanted a ‘special, fun or exotic locale’ for their ceremony, while 65 per cent of globetrotting brides admitted to wanting ‘a more intimate affair with fewer guests’. Image Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

Sunshine Coast Air New Zealand launch new campaign

first_imgSunshine Coast Destination in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, has launched a new campaign with Air New Zealand to support the launch of direct services between Auckland and Sunshine Coast Airport over the summer holiday season.Air New Zealand’s General Manager Market Development and Retail Sales, Annabelle Fowler says True Treasures is an innovative digital marketing campaign that encourages Kiwis to dig below the surface to discover the Sunshine Coast’s wide range of attractions.“The True Treasures promotional campaign will run from today through to 15 November, and will involve extensive banner advertising on high traffic websites to attract consumers to the ‘True Treasures’ interactive game on”Some 30 Sunshine Coast activities, attractions and experiences can be uncovered through the interactive game, which aims to highlight that there is even more to the Sunshine Coast than just its spectacular beaches.Consumers who ‘dig for treasure’ and uncover three Sunshine Coast experiences will then go into a draw to win a trip to the Sunshine Coast.CEO of Sunshine Coast Destination, Simon Ambrose, said that the campaign would build on the success of direct flights during the winter months, with Sunshine Coast now an established favourite with the Kiwi market.“New Zealand has been consistently the Sunshine Coast’s most popular inbound market in recent years with double-digit growth in the past two years,” said Mr Ambrose.“The region’s reputation as being laid-back, chilled out and with a diverse range of attractions makes it a perfect fit for the New Zealand market.“The campaign will build on these strengths and introduce Kiwis to a range of experiences on the Sunshine Coast that they might not be so familiar with.“In addition we have a host of music, food and sporting events scheduled over the summer which will provide even more incentive for New Zealanders to come and enjoy our hospitality.” View the campaign hereSource = Sunshine Coast Destination Ltdlast_img read more

Anastasiades addresses horrendous crimes in Easter message

first_imgThe murder of a number of immigrant women, manly Filipino that has surfaced over the past two weeks is unprecedented in Cyprus and is something society cannot tolerate, President Nicos Anastasiades said in his Easter message on Saturday.In his televised address, the president said that during a day when the feeling of love should be what prevails, “we have unfortunately witnessed a series of horrendous crimes” involving people who had to seek employment abroad, just as tens of thousands of Cypriots had done in the past during difficult times, he said.“This is an unprecedented (case), which neither our conscience nor our society can tolerate,” Anastasiades said.He said he would have liked to extend his Easter wishes from Cyprus but his duty to the country dictated his attendance to a very important summit in China – the second Belt and Road forum – “aiming on the one hand to promote and strengthen efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and to further strengthen our bilateral and multilateral partnerships that we have developed over the last few years with many benefits to Cyprus.”This, he said, is his duty. “I owe to all of you, who, through your hard work, perseverance and sacrifices, have helped deal with one of the biggest economic crises that our country has experienced.”But despite the recovery and steady growth, he said, there is still a lot to be done. “I am sure, however, that, as in the past, political forces and social partners will show the same responsibility to create a modern and efficient state that meets the expectations of every citizen.”This is a responsibility that dictates the implementation of reforms, he said, among other things, in the fields of education, public service, justice, local government and support for vulnerable populations.A sample of the cooperation between the political forces and the social partners is one of the major reforms in the health sector, he said, which will be implemented from June 1.Anastasiades welcomed the mass registration of citizens in the national health scheme’s (Gesy) electronic system and called on all the actors involved “to assume their share of responsibility in order to minimise any initial problems that might arise from similar reforms.”The president also said that the message of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ “strengthens our will to seek a solution that will end the Golgotha that our country has been experiencing over the last 45 years.”This will be achieved through a sustainable and functional solution that will create prospects for a peaceful future for all the residents of the country, he said.The Greek Cypriot side is seeking, through initiatives and new ideas, to create the conditions for resuming a creative dialogue with a prospect of a successful outcome, he said adding that the unacceptable current situation “continues to be an open wound, with all the adverse consequences it entails.”He said he has and would continue to convey the determination, political will and the sincere desire of the Greek Cypriot community for the reunification of the country at every opportunity, both to the UN Secretary-General and to his international contacts, “as I did this week during my meetings with the presidents of China and Russia.”Anastasiades said he would like “to once again call on our Turkish Cypriot compatriots to understand that the unacceptable situation that currently prevails does not negatively affect only the one, but both communities.”He reiterated that “demands for domination of one community over the other through privileges not met in any other internationally recognised state do not lead to a modern, viable and completely sovereign state.”This is why, above all, the fundamental principles of international law, the principles and values ​​of the European Union must be respected, he said, to ensure the human rights of everyone and the creation of conditions for peaceful coexistence.“Even if our long-suffering Golgotha ​​disappoints us, the determination to fight for the resurrection and well-being of our homeland makes us even more stubborn,” he said.“I wish everyone a Good Easter,” the president said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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