Meizu A5 with with 4G VoLTE, 3060mAh battery announced

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Meizu has announced a new smartphone dubbed as A5 in China. This is the first smartphone announced in the company’s new A series of affordable smartphones.The Meizu A5 features a 5-inch HD screen and weighs 140g. The device is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clubbed with 2GB of RAM and Mali T720 GPU. The smartphone comes with 16GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs  Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Meizu’s Flyme OS on top.The Meizu A5 dons a metal unibody design with a physical home button on the front. The device is seen having broad bezels at the top and bottom while the sides are marginally thin. The rear camera is placed at the back of the device with company’s branding below it. The volume rocker and power button are given on the right while the SIM slot is present on the left. The Meizu A5 is backed by 3060mAh battery and will be available in gold, silver and  matte black colour options. The connectivity options given in Meizu A5 are 4G VoLTE, dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, WiFi, GPS and A-GPS.On the photography front, the Meizu A5 is expected to sport  an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture while on the front there could be a 5MP selfie-snapper. The device is currently listed on Meizu’s  China website at 699 Yuan which is approximately Rs 6675. The device is seen without any fingerprint scanner which is common in every  smartphone launched now a days.advertisementThe Meizu A5, if launched at around Rs 6000 will compete against the likes of Redmi 4, Redmi 4a, Intex Elyt and even the Nokia 3 which is currently falls under the price bracket  below Rs 10,000. There is now word on the India availability of the Meizu A5.last_img read more

Junior National Equestrian Cship in Bhopal from tomorrow

first_imgBhopal, Dec 22 (PTI) German Warmblood breed horse named “Frenchman” is expected to become cynosure at the Junior National Equestrian Championship (JNEC) beginning here tomorrow.Frenchman, a robust horse worth Rs 75 lakh has recently won the FEI World Jumping Challenge Grand Finale organised by the Embassy International School in Bengaluru.Retired Lt. Col Sandeep Deewan, who owns the horse, rode Frenchman in the 120-130 cm category at Bengaluru.Deewan said, “Frenchman is worthy for an Olympic. I bought it from France. It is a German Warmblood breed horse. This breed has been developed for equestrian sports in Germany”.A horse of this breed costs Rs 75 lakh in Europe, he claimed.He said he is hopeful that Frenchman like in Bengaluru would win the gold medal in the nine-day junior championship.”I am training Frenchman for Olympic and other international championships,” he added.However, he said a good chemistry between a jockey and a horse brings victories in tournaments.Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Equestrian Academy chief coach Bhagirath Singh said 158 jockeys from across the country are expected to showcase their talents at the tournament.Around 258 horses are going to be bridled in the JNEC, he added. PTI LAL MAS NRB BASlast_img read more

India thrash Pakistan in Kabaddi Masters opener

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Dubai, Jun 22 (PTI) Favourites India began their campaign on a rousing note crushing arch-rivals Pakistan 36-20 in the inaugural Kabaddi Masters Championship, here this evening. At the packed Al-Wasl Sports Complex, Indian skipper Ajay Thakur’s brilliance found India opening up a commendable 22-9 lead at the break and there was no looking back. Thakur scored 15 raid points and was equally strong in tackle which fetched the team 12 more points. It was a clinical performance by India in the first-half of that opening game. After a rather sedate start for the first 10 minutes, the Indian team switched gears to completely destabilise Pakistan, taking a 13-point lead at the half-time. Giving full credit to Thakur for his incisive raids, India coach Srinivas Reddy said: “He broke both their corners and dismantled their defence early on.” Pakistan were no match to India once they built the momentum and their coach rued it on their late arrival after the team faced some Visa hurdles. “We arrived only at 7am here today and got hardly anytime to practice. We hope to improve in the coming matches,” coach Nabeel Ahmed said. PTI TAP KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Rohit more talented but Kohli has left everyone behind with hard work: Harbhajan

first_imgHarbhajan Singh heaped praise on the top two batsmen of the world after their sensational display in the first ODI against the Windies on Sunday in Guwahati.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are No.1 and No.2 in the ODI rankings for batsmen currently, slammed centuries to help India cruise home in their chase of 323 in the first ODI.While Kohli made an aggressive 140, Rohit saw his team home with an unbeaten 152. The pair stitched together a 246-run stand for the second wicket and batted Windies out of the game completely. The stand was their fifth 200-plus run stand in ODI cricket — the most by any pair in the history of the game.And their one-time teammate was just bowled over after seeing their dominance on the field.”Rohit Sharma is a player of a different level. When Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma play, it is difficult to judge who is better. The No.1 and No.2 ranking is justified for them and for me…both of them are No.1. The pair is No.1 and whenever they bat together, they dominate.Also read – Stats: Rohit breaks Tendulkar and Warner’s joint record for most 150-plus ODI scoresWhen India were playing a home series against Australia, they won’t allow anybody below No.3 to bat. These two showed again that they dominate whenever they bat together and not that they give chances while batting. They are exceptional players,” Harbhajan said.He also praised Kohli for his outstanding show on Sunday. Kohli scored his 36th ton in ODIs and 60th overall and became the fastest to reach the landmark. And, Harbhajan feels that Kohli’s game is so strong that it is difficult to get him out if he doesn’t make a mistake.Also read – Always a pleasure to bat with Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli after record partnershipadvertisement”It looked like Virat Kohli was batting on a different wicket altogether. It looked like he came to dominate and won’t stop. The amount of hard work Virat has put in on his game, he doesn’t’ give chances. He plays down the ground mostly, doesn’t play much lofted shots. So, his game is so strong that to get him out, you need to bowl a really good delivery,” an awestruck Harbhajan said.”Virat Kohli is getting better day-by-day and nobody knows how to get him out really and I feel, when he stops playing, nobody can break them that easily,” he added.Also Read – Rohit Sharma becomes 4th Indian batsman to smash 20 ODI hundredsHowever, he went on to add that if there’s one player in the Indian team, who is as good as Kohli, it has to be Rohit.”Virat’s numbers have grown over the last couple of years and if I say there is anybody near him, I’ll have to say Rohit. If I say Rohit isn’t as good a player as Virat, it’ll be unfair on him. Both are No.1 players,” Harbhajan said.When asked about how these two guys were when they made their international debut for India, Harbhajan said: “Virat’s hunger has grown over the years compared to when he came in. The hunger for runs was there from the U-19 days and there was no deficiency in terms of talent. But, his hard work has taken him where he is now. There was a time during the Test series versus West Indies long back when he was getting out constantly while trying to hook and it seemed like he will never get selected again. But, he showed through hard work that someone can achieve anything through hard work,” Harbhajan said.Also Read – Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, fastest to 60 international hundreds”If I speak of Rohit, he hit three-four sixes off Morne Morkel in the T20 World Cup in South Africa on a bouncy Durban track. I understood then only that he has a special talent. And, if I just speak of talent, he will be above Kohli but with hard work, Kohli left everyone behind.But, if Rohit works a tad harder, he can leave Kohli behind with the amount of capability he has. But, it is great to see two of the world’s best batsmen are from India and they are dominating the game,” Harbhajan added in his assessment of Rohit.The 38-year-old is not wrong actually. While Kohli has been raking in the numbers with his consistent show over the years, Rohit has also been scoring runs for fun. On Sunday, he registered his sixth 150-plus score to overtake Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner, who have five each.advertisementThe 30-year-old also went past Ganguly’s tally of sixes in ODIs. Ganguly has hit 189 sixes while Rohit now has slammed 194 maximums which puts him third in the list amongst Indians. Only Tendulkar (195) and MS Dhoni (210) are ahead of him.Rohit hit eight sixes in the match and this was the sixth time he has achieved the feat of hitting 6 or more maximums in a game.last_img read more

Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in Auckland

first_img2nd T20I Brief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level the three-match series. Rohit 50, Pant 40 not out. Full ScorecardIndia’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is now joint second on the list of India captains with most wins in T20I cricket. After India’s seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland on Friday, Rohit has 12 wins from just 14 matches while Virat Kohli has 12 wins under his belt in 20 matches.World T20-winning former skipper, MS Dhoni is on top of the chart with 41 wins from 72 matches.Meanwhile, Rohit also has the most number of wins (12) alongside Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and former Australia captain Michael Clarke in the first 14 matches as captain. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Afghanistan’s Ashgar Stanikzai had 11 wins from 14 matches while former South Africa and Sri Lanka captains, Graeme Smith and Mahela Jayawardene had 10 each from their first 14.Rohit has proved his worth as a captain in the shortest format of the game both at the international level and at the Indian Premier League. While he had led Mumbai Indians to three IPL titles, Rohit also captained India to a memorable win in a T20I tri-series the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.#TeamIndia win by 7 wickets. Level the three match series 1-1 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/kudlWM0r9XBCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019On Friday, Rohit led India’s come back in Auckland after they were hammered by 80 runs, their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in the shortest format of the game in Wellington on Wednesday.advertisementRohit led from the front with the bat as he scored a 29-ball 50, which included four sixes and three boundaries in India’s successful chase of 159. Trusting his playing XI despite the heavy defeat in Wellington, Rohit had gone in with an unchanged unit for the must-win T20I.Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early as he picked up the wicket of dangerous New Zealand opener Tim Seifert before left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya struck twice inside the powerplay overs, repaying the faith his captain had shown in him.Rohit marshalled his troops well as India bowlers were able to pick up regular wickets and restrict New Zealand to 158 despite a quickfire fifty from Colin de Grandhomme.Rishabh Pant, who had failed to get going in Wellington, smashed a 40-ball 28 and scored the winning runs for India. MS Dhoni also chipped in with a 17-ball 20 as India crossed the finish line with seven balls to spare.Rohit’s move to send Rishabh Pant at No. 3 ahead of Vijay Shankar, who had batted at the spot in Wellington worked wonders as the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman had enough time to pace his innings to perfection.With the series level at 1-1, India and New Zealand will meet in the decider at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, February 10.Also Read | Controversy rocks India’s T20I vs New Zealand in Krunal Pandya’s 1st overAlso Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane WilliamsonAlso See:last_img read more

Mourinho questions United mentality

first_imgJosé Mourinho Matic was an island of personality – Mourinho questions United mentality Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:49 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) José Mourinho Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Videos Despite seeing Manchester United progress into the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Brighton, the manager was annoyed by his side Jose Mourinho singled out Nemanja Matic as an “island of personality” as he criticised the mentality of his Manchester United players despite booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Romelu Lukaku and Matic converted United’s only two efforts on target in a 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday to set up a trip to Wembley.Mourinho had told his players to “grow up” following Tuesday’s surprise defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League and the Portuguese left Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez as unused substitutes against Brighton. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Luke Shaw was hauled off at half-time despite playing a role in Lukaku’s opener, with Mourinho unimpressed with United’s performance in a dour display against the Seagulls.”I didn’t like the game,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I think we deserved to win because I think the game was in control for the majority, we scored two and they didn’t score, so we clearly deserved it but we didn’t play the way I want.”I had a reaction from some. Some players were mentally strong enough with football quality and that was the reason we won, but a team of 11 must have six or seven performing and wanting responsibility to play. I’m not happy with the performance, I’m happy with the result.”When I spend two days with faster build-up and ball arriving earlier between lines and in attacking areas it depends on decisions in possession and movement in attack, I spend two days working on it but attacking players don’t want the ball, defenders taking square passes, I have to feel frustrated.”The biggest frustration is not a bad result because this can happen, it’s when I work on the [training] pitch and don’t see the situations on the pitch.”Many, many times Matic was an island of personality and desire and control, surrounded by a lack of personality, class and desire.”[Scott] McTominay lost more passes than in all his games altogether but he was a Manchester United player, he gives to the team.”It was a question of mentality. The perfect Manchester United player has quality and personality and is consistent. When you play bad you must have personality.”#MUFC in the @EmiratesFACup this season:Played Scored Conceded Bring on the semi-finals  pic.twitter.com/Ryci0MgS6e— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 17, 2018Although Mourinho did not single out individuals for criticism, Shaw’s withdrawal for Ashley Young at half-time was a sign the United manager remains doubtful over the left-back’s qualities.”It was a decision, one player for another in the same position,” Mourinho said. “I wanted to defend better, I want my defensive line to be more solid in response to some situations and I want more personality in the team.”last_img read more

Steven Price Wrote the Book on Los Angeles Luxury Living

first_imgTrousdale Estates is both the title of a gorgeous new book written by Steven Price and the name of a 410-acre development tucked into the northern tip a little city you may recognize called Beverly Hills.I say gorgeous because Price’s book is, first and foremost, a coffee table book filled with stunning photographs of breathtaking homes.  But to think of Trousadale Estates: Midcentury to Modern in Beverly Hills ($50, B&N) in the same manner one tends to attribute to the coffee table book — that is to say, a large tome to be leafed through and looked at but not truly read — is to do this book a disservice.Let’s be clear: this book demands to be looked at. Before you get to the 25-plus page introductory section (accurately titled Prehistory) you will probably flip to a great number of the hundreds of pages filled with lurid images of lavish homes. Whether you’re a longtime aficionado of Midcentury design and drool over the architecture included in the book, or if you just want to see what people like Richard Nixon (who apparently got his home there for a third of its price…), Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Jennifer Aniston (to name only a few indeed) have called home, this book will not disappoint, even though some of the homes therein may offend with their opulence. Indeed Price initially considered naming his book Over the Top, which refers to much more than the lofty location of Trousdale Estates there in the hills and canyons between The Valley and Sunset Boulevard.In other words, yes, it’s OK to gawk.But don’t skip the writing, both in the longer initial introductory section or in the several pages that lead into each era the book covers (such as Launch Pad: 1950s or Helter Skelter: 1970s – 1990s), for in Price’s measured prose, which is backed by lifelong passion for architecture and deep study for this project, you will learn more than a few details about this or that multi-million dollar home, but can in fact glean information about larger trends — both architectural and social — that seem to play out over and over again as the generations proceed.Price was generous enough to spend some time on the phone with me and our conversation proved revealing as I came to understand his motives for creating this book.Trousdale Estates is much more than just a documentary resource covering a neighborhood in Los Angeles County, but is a love letter to an era now fading into the past and at risk of fading from memory. And this is a man who has long loved architecture–LA’s homes and buildings in particular. Born in Tarzana, Price spent his childhood and youth exploring Los Angeles at large, from Malibu to Hollywood to Beverly Hills and beyond. He came of age roughly at the same time as Trousdale Estates flourished and you can sense his genuine affinity for the masterpieces erected therein. Indeed architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and A. Quincy Jones designed homes there.But tastes and times change.In Price’s words, new developers are “not only disassembling the past, but dismantling the present and future” of the area. In recent years, many original Trousdale homes have been leveled and replaced with larger, less-original residences that cater to modern tastes. The new “bling box” tends to contain a checklist of features, such as the media room and the wine cellar, yet lacks the character that defined not only the classic homes of Trousdale Estates, but that were emblematic of the era.In the 1950s and 60s, when most of the homes in the neighborhood were built, developers and clients alike valued openness and individuality. Most residences in Trousdale were large ranches with plentiful windows, expansive courtyards, and varied architectural stylings. You may find a Greco-Roman inspired mansion complete with colonnade in the lot next to a sleek and stripped-down modernist affair. The 410-acre Trousdale development was graded and prepared in one fell swoop in the 1950s, but first homes were being built there well into the 70s, thus the varied styles of the many residences there that, until Trousdale fell out of popular favor in the 1980s, defined its eclectic character.There’s no need for me to discuss this or that included residence in detail, Mr. Price already wrote a book doing that. And while any great admirer of architecture will find himself or herself lost in the pages of Trousdale Estates, one need not be have a subscription to Architectural Digest to appreciate this volume. This book contains much more than the specs of a random mansion, and tells much more than the biography of a given home, though the celebrity resident stories do add much flavor to the pages. Trousdale Estates richly colors in the history of Beverly Hills, greater Los Angles, and, in many ways, the cultural history of the last six decades of American life.We are, after all, in many ways revealed by the ways in which we live, or in the ways in which we aspire to live. If Trousdale Estates–the neighborhood–is anything, it is certainly an aspiration; that’s as true today as it was back when Paul Whitney Trousdale first developed the land. If Steven Price aspired to hold onto a piece of history while also revealing a few things about the zeitgeist, he has succeeded. 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UnCruise Adventures Offers Access, Adventure and Early Bird Savings with 2020 Alaska Sailing Season

first_imgSmall ship cruises in Alaskan wilderness include all adventure activities  Seattle, WA, May 21, 2019 — With 23 years’ experience operating Alaskan adventure cruises, UnCruise Adventures announces its schedule of Alaska cruises for 2020 with 117 departures on seven inclusive itineraries throughout Southeast Alaska. Five itineraries visit Glacier Bay National Park and all itineraries include daily adventures for varying interests and abilities. An early bird savings rewards those making advanced vacation plans with a savings up to $1,200 per couple. The offer is good until December 13, 2019 for weeklong 2020 Alaska sailings aboard the Legacy, Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer. From April through September, boutique yachts and expedition ships sail adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 90 guests to enable up close and personal adventures in wild areas. Every vessel is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, a launch platform, and other adventure amenities. UnCruise will begin spring 2020 sailings in April, offering early access to Alaska’s awakening landscapes. Alaska Awakening highlights the benefits of spring and encourages visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. With few or no port calls, every Alaska cruise includes daily adventure activities in remote wilderness—hiking, bushwhacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. Flexible itineraries and the small group size facilitate unimpeded exploration and time to search for and watch wildlife. Trained expedition guides, many with advanced degrees in marine biology and environmental science, lead adventures and provide expert nature and cultural interpretation along the way.  “Adventure is at the heart of what we do, and we want to make sure our guests experience the real Alaska,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Including every activity and offering a variety of excursions each day allows people to touch, feel, and connect with this wild land.”  Each cruise is inclusive with inspired cuisine, and all drinks and snacks to support daily adventures and excursions. A pastry chef on every ship bakes all breads, desserts and pastries fresh each day. Sustainable seafood is sourced locally in Alaska. Alaska’s Glacier Country The 90-guest Legacy, 22-guest Safari Quest, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer, and 88-guest Safari Endeavour sail 32 departures roundtrip from Juneau with one day in Glacier Bay National Park. The itinerary also explores Icy Strait, Endicott Arm with Dawes Glacier, Fords Terror Wilderness Area, as well as searches for humpback whales in Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound. Northern Passages & Glacier Bay The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 20 departures on a weeklong cruise from Juneau to Sitka (or reverse). Areas explored include Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows.  Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise  The 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails 24 departures roundtrip from Juneau with two full days in Glacier Bay National Park for travelers intent on exploring lesser visited nooks and crannies with more opportunities for hiking and kayaking in the park. It also explores Icy Strait and spends a day in Haines. Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales The 88-guest Safari Endeavour sails six departures from Juneau to Sitka and explores the twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm, Baird Glacier in Thomas Bay, and LeConte Glacier. Other areas explored include Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Sergius Narrows and the native village of Kake. Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers The 88-guest Safari Endeavour sails six departures on an upper Inside Passage itinerary from Sitka to Juneau. This route explores Krestof Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island and Lynn Canal. A day in Haines includes a guided hike and bikes for riding into town. Combined with the Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales itinerary, it becomes a two-week Alaska Glacier Cruise – Ultimate Expedition. Alaska Fjords and Glaciers The 90-guest Legacy, 22-guest Safari Quest, 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer, and 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 25 departures from Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse) visiting Misty Fjords National Monument, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Thomas Bay, Stephens Passage, Wrangell Narrows and a stop in Wrangell for a visit to the totem park and Chief Shakes Tribal House. Travelers may combine it with the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay cruise for a two-week Fjords of Alaska Cruise – Ultimate Expedition.  Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise The 88-guest Safari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer sail four departures on this 14-night itinerary that travels from Seattle to Juneau or reverse. The route explores Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands and Canada’s Inside Passage before arriving in Ketchikan, Alaska. Continuing through Alaska’s Inside Passage, areas explored include Misty Fjords National Monument, Chatham Strait, Fredrick Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Petersburg and Haines. Rates for weeklong Alaska cruises begin at $3,195 per person based on double occupancy and include fresh, innovative meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise; hot tub; and fitness equipment. A six-night pre-cruise package is available to Denali National Park and Talkeetna. To book or to request additional information, contact a travel advisor or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com.  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-90 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica and Panamá.last_img read more

Energy Plan Will Provide Relief and Savings

first_imgA $35-million plan to help Nova Scotians adjust to rising energy costs will provide immediate financial relief for those with the greatest need, while helping everyone, including government, conserve energy and save money in the future. “Energy costs are rising everywhere in the world, due to global market forces, and the trend of higher energy prices is likely to continue,” Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said today, Oct. 12. “We’ve developed a fair and reasonable plan that includes targeted measures to help those facing real hardship, practical measures to help everyone adjust to the new reality of higher energy prices, and stringent measures to get government’s own house in order.” Government will invest $25 million to expand Keep the Heat, a home heating rebate and efficiency program for low-income Nova Scotians. “The changes mean that more Nova Scotia families who need help will get it,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The program combines immediate help with long-term energy and financial savings. We’re confident that our program is one of the most generous of its kind in Canada.” Families with incomes under $25,000 and single people with incomes under $15,000, will now qualify. Rebates for those who heat with oil or propane will increase 25 per cent over last year, to $250. Users of other fuels and electricity will be able to apply for a $100 rebate. Everyone eligible for a rebate will receive a free energy savings kit, valued at $50, to help them achieve permanent energy savings. Oil users may also be eligible for a furnace tune-up voucher. Also, as part of a Keep the Heat pilot program, 3,000 electricity users will qualify to have thermostats in their homes replaced with more accurate models that reduce electricity use. An estimated 73,000 Nova Scotia households are eligible for the Keep the Heat program, roughly double the number last year. Applications will be available in mid-November. Government will invest another $10 million in programs and incentives to help all Nova Scotians, including businesses and government, use energy more carefully and economically. “With global energy forces as they are, no government can afford to buy its way out of higher prices,” said Mr. Clarke. “But smart government investments can be targeted to help Nova Scotians adapt to the rapidly changing energy environment.” Among the $10 million in programs and incentives is an energy efficiency and conservation program. The program will invest $4.5 million to increase the amount of assistance available for retrofitting homes under the federal EnerGuide for Houses program. All Nova Scotians who carry out a home energy audit under this program will receive a free energy savings kit from the Department of Energy. The province will also match the federal grant, up to a maximum of $1,000. About $2 million of the $4.5 million will be earmarked to help seniors with modest incomes take advantage of this program. In addition to the incentives available to all Nova Scotians, senior couples with incomes less than $40,000 and single seniors with incomes less than $25,000 will receive a free audit and qualify for an extra $400 grant. Provincial assistance for the EnerGuide for Houses program will apply to audits carried out after today, Oct. 12. Purchasers of selected high-efficiency heating equipment — such as furnaces, wood pellet stoves and EPA-certified wood stoves, solar water heating systems, and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs — will share in $3.5 million worth of rebates and other incentives. There will also be an energy-efficient lighting incentive for businesses and institutions, and expansion of the existing LED traffic signal replacement for municipalities. A $1-million public education initiative will help Nova Scotians better manage rising energy costs. This program will include awareness campaigns linked to various new incentives, an enhanced toll-free EnerInfo line, web-based information, school-based programs, and other community-based programs to encourage Nova Scotians to make smart energy choices. Government will seek proposals from non-government organizations with energy conservation or environmental protection mandates to promote the use of energy-efficient vehicles. An energy tips campaign will begin in late October. The remaining $1 million will help government improve the energy efficiency of its own buildings, vehicles, and operations. Government has already taken steps to get its own house in order by: adopting tough energy-efficiency standards for new government buildings, including schools and hospitals; initiating policies that require the purchase of energy-efficient office equipment, and; training more than 200 staff in environmentally responsible vehicle operation and maintenance. In addition, government will conduct energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings, implement green purchasing policies, encourage opportunities to use alternative and “green” energy, and introduce an awareness program to help employees use energy more wisely in the workplace. “Rising energy costs affect the whole province, including government,” said Mr. Clarke. “We must share in the same solutions. A preliminary review immediately following Hurricane Katrina indicates that energy costs for the province have the potential to increase by an estimated $14 million to $25 million. “Our plan is realistic and affordable. It won’t jeopardize the good work that this government — and the taxpayers of Nova Scotia — have done to get our finances in order. We’re not trying to buy our way out of a situation beyond any government’s control,” said Mr. Clarke. “Instead, we will lead by example, while helping all Nova Scotians do their part to be more energy conscious.” Details and applications for Keep the Heat will be available in mid-November. Further information on other programs will be announced when details are finalized, in the weeks and months ahead. Background information is available on the programs by following the Smart Energy Choices link on the website at www.gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

World Premiere of Sgt Stubby An American Hero to Benefit Variety the

first_imgFun Academy Motion Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming animated family film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected and generous non-profit institutions, are co-hosting the world premiere of the animated family feature as a fundraising event to benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights on Tuesday, March 27 at the Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13Red carpet is 4:30 p.m.; with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and screening at 6:00 p.m.Tickets and event sponsorships are available to allow kids from underserved L.A. communities to attend the premiere. All net proceeds will be donated by Fun Academy to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, which has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1941.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Stubby is the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.On March 28th, the day following the world premiere, Fun Academy and Variety – the Children’s Charity, will co-host screenings in 14 cities across the U.S. and Canada – a first in the charity’s 90-year history – to further benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.“We are delighted to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity to host the world premiere screening and multi-city tour of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” said Richard Lanni, director of Sgt. Stubby and founder of Fun Academy. “We are excited to host 500 children and their families from organizations supported by Variety SoCal, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights, at our world premiere to enjoy this dog’s eye view of American history that kids will love, parents and educators will appreciate, and all ages can enjoy together.”“Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California is honored that Fun Academy Motion Pictures will premiere this heartwarming story to benefit children with special needs in our community. The children whom Variety supports overcome adversity every day. The inspiring story of Sgt. Stubby is one that the kids will really enjoy,” added John C. Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California.The March 28th screenings locations are spread across North America and benefit causes selected by each local chapter (or “tent”) of Variety – the Children’s Charity:UNITED STATES:• Cathedral City, California – Variety Tent #66: D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre 14 • Redwood City, California – Variety Tent #32: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 • Deltona, Florida – Variety Tent #70: Epic Theatres of West Volusia • Wheaton, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Studio Movie Grill • Gurnee, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Marcus Gurnee Cinema • Grand Rapids & Lansing, Michigan – Variety Tent #27: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North / Celebration! Cinema Lansing • Chesterfield, Mississippi – Variety Tent #4: Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine • Downtown, Nevada – Variety Tent #39: Brendan Palms 14 • Williamsville, New York – Variety Tent #7: Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 • Brooklyn, New York – Variety Tent #35: National Amusements Linden Blvd. Multiplex • Harker Heights, Texas – Variety Tent #17: Cinemark at Market Heights • Fairfax, Virginia – Variety Tent #11: Cinema Arts TheatreCANADA: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero• Alberta, British Columbia – Variety Tent #61: Westhills Cinemas • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Variety Tent #58: Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg • Vancouver, British Columbia – Variety Tent #47: Scotiabank Cineplex TheatreOpening on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) and Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Thor, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin III, Tom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the true story of Sgt. Stubby will resonate with parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.last_img read more

Alberta chiefs councillors lead the way in pay

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-A First Nations band politician in Atlantic Canada has pulled in nearly $1 million in yearly pay, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The tax watchdog group has released a second round of documents outlining the levels of pay chiefs and band councillors receive across the country.The documents show that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more money than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009.In Atlantic Canada, one reserve politician made $978,000 that year.The Atlantic Canadian band chief or councillor is from a community with a registered population of 304, the documents show.The documents obtained by the organization have the names of individuals blacked out.Alberta has the highest paid chiefs and councillors in the country, according to the documents.In Alberta, home to the largest oil reserves in the world outside Saudi Arabia, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister in 2008-2009.British Columbia had the second highest number of band politicians making more than the prime minister with 18, followed by Atlantic Canada with nine, Manitoba with five, Saskatchewan with two, Ontario with one and Quebec with none.A Saskatchewan Conservative MP recently tabled a private members bill to make all chief and band councillor salaries public.Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau issued a statement Monday saying the recently released numbers show the need for the bill to become law.last_img read more

Trump threat hovers over NAFTA as Ottawa talks end with no major

OTTAWA — The third round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped Wednesday with the spectre of a U.S. withdrawal by President Donald Trump looming ever larger, thanks to slow progress on major issues.The languid pace of the talks is being widely blamed on the lack of concrete proposals being brought by the U.S. — fuelled by internal U.S. divisions — but there is also grumbling about a lacklustre showing by some Canadian negotiators.That is stoking broader fears that an impatient Trump could trigger NAFTA’s withdrawal clause if he doesn’t see a win for the U.S. by the end of the year.The lead ministers for Canada, Mexico and the United States congratulated themselves for modest progress in signing off on one chapter on small and medium-sized businesses. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said they expect to complete the competition chapter prior to the next round of talks two weeks from now in Washington.No substantive progress was made on the investor state dispute settlement process; opening up Canada’s supply-managed dairy and poultry industry; or the U.S. demand for greater American content in automobiles manufactured in North America.Nonetheless, Freeland was doing her best Wednesday to sound a positive note, calling the progress “astonishing.”“Really significant, speedy progress has been made on a number of fronts,” she told a news conference.“On some of the hardest issues, proposals have not been tabled, so we haven’t gotten to those. That is standard practice in a trade agreement.”A rift also emerged Wednesday with unions saying Canada was facing opposition from the United States and Mexico on its proposal to raise labour standards, targeting what is seen as anti-union practices in more than two dozen U.S. states and improving the plight of Mexican workers.All three ministers acknowledged that difficult issues lay ahead for the fourth round. Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo took a shot at the U.S., which has not tabled written proposals on the most contentious issues.“As the negotiations move forward, it is important we have the will to table positions that encourage constructive discussions,” he said.Sources close to the talks, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the U.S. is demanding an eight-fold increase in Mexico’s minimum wage, which is currently less than $1 per hour. The Mexican delegation flatly rejected that idea.Guajardo also appeared to bristle at the American and Canadian focus on labour standards, saying Mexico won’t accept any proposal that will “restrict any possibilities to create work or trade.”Freeland held firm on her push for enforceable, progressive labour standards, drawing a link between it and lost Canadian jobs.Freeland said the proposal was meant to address “the very legitimate concerns of Canadian workers that trade agreements can sometimes expose Canadian workers to competition with workers who function in an environment of lower labour standards.”U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer said “some very difficult and contentious issues” lie ahead, including the inevitable showdown on Canadian dairy practices, which Trump has loudly blamed for lost jobs on Midwestern farms. The U.S. would continue to push for “reciprocal market access for American farmers, ranchers and businesses.”Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade lawyer who represents companies in both U.S. and Canada, detected a decidedly pessimistic mood among the stakeholders and negotiators who attended a reception in Ottawa on Tuesday night.“The universal view is that this is going down in stunning glory,” Ujczo said in an interview.“In that room of 250 people, I didn’t hear one positive comment about what was happening in these negotiations.”In addition to failing to provide detail on its position on some of the most contentious issues, Ujczo said the U.S. has signalled it intends to take a hard line on matters like government procurement and dispute resolution.“Everything the U.S. is adding are those types of measures that will restrict trade,” he said, adding that stakeholders are already preparing for the demise of NAFTA, with some who made investment decisions based on the pact even getting ready to launch litigation against the U.S.The talks ended a day after the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent countervailing duty on jets manufactured by Montreal’s Bombardier, further straining the Canada-U.S. trading relationship.Freeland said she discussed the Boeing-Bombardier dispute in her meeting with Lighthizer, but she considers the matter to be separate from the NAFTA talks, in part due to the fact the action was not taken by Lighthizer’s department. She said she would be talking soon with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.The Bombardier developments had a “sobering” impact on stakeholders, who are bracing for the ongoing talks to fall apart at some point, Ujczo said.“It fits the narrative that this is a U.S. that is very serious about restricting trade.”Freeland reiterated her oft-repeated message that the U.S. enjoys a trade surplus with Canada in variety of areas, citing the statistics on steel, manufacturing and auto parts. She also made no bones about the fact the Trump administration is “unconventional” and “protectionist.”“We have a highly productive relationship,” she noted. “We want to keep it that way.”A top Mexican business leader echoed the “do no harm” approach to the talks in an interview with The Canadian Press.Mexico is deeply worried about the possibility of Trump making a move to unilaterally withdraw from NAFTA, said Moises Kalach, a leading member of the private-sector group that advises the Mexican government on the negotiations.“We take it very seriously. He is the president of the United States,” Kalach said in an interview.Like Canada, Mexico has mounted its own full-court press on various levels of U.S. government and business. Kalach cited 200 stakeholder meetings in the U.S. and meetings with 22 state governors. Mexican business leaders also planned meetings with 20 Canadian businesses and associations this week.The overarching take away from all of that consulting, said Kalach, is this: most are on a different page than Trump and see NAFTA as essential.Most companies don’t agree with Trump’s threats to NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute resolution process, he said.“It seems like the only voice out there that does not agree with some of the things we’ve been doing is President Trump and his team. So yes, we’re worried about withdrawal.” read more

Metals and energy shares lead TSX higher as oil and gold prices

TORONTO — Rallying metals and energy shares led a broad-based advance on Canada’s main stock index today.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 64.97 points to 15,807.17.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average added 30.71 points to 22,871.72. The S&P 500 index inched up 2.24 points to 2,553.17 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 14.29 points to 6,605.80.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.08 cents US, down 0.10 of a centThe November crude contract advanced 85 cents to US$51.45 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up one cent at US$3.00 per mmBTU.The December gold contract rose $8.10 to US$1,304.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$3.13 a pound. read more

April mini heatwave 2018 how long we can expect warm British weather

Temperatures are set to soar to 28C (82F) in some parts on Thursday, making it the warmest April day in nearly 70 years.The South East will enjoy the best of the weather, while most of England and Wales should see the temperature rise into at least the low 20s, the Met Office said.Conditions will be mild across the UK, with Northern Ireland likely to push 19C (66F) in some parts and a peak of 20C (68F) possible in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, the forecaster said.The hot weather far surpasses the average maximum temperature for April, which sits at 11.4C (53F).The summery spell comes as a result of warm air from the Azores, off the coast of Portugal, being dragged up towards the UK by the combined efforts of an area of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe. Swimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London Hayfever sufferers hit by high pollen countsSome hayfever sufferers could be affected by high pollen counts, he added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. How long will the warm temperatures last?Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of the warm spell, with weekend temperatures dipping slightly before showery outbreaks on Sunday.Competitors in the London Marathon can expect hot and humid conditions with a forecast of between 21C (70F) and 23C (73F), Mr Burkill said.”There could be a shower but it’s not very likely. It’s not great conditions for running. In fact if any showers do come they might be very welcome,” he said.  For the latest UK weather news, click here. Swimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in London’s Hyde Park, on ThursdayCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters When was the previous warmest April day?A high of 28C would beat the 2001 April high of 27.8C (82F), the Met Office said.The warmest April day on record was 29.4C (85F) in 1949.Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “There’s a fairly good chance of 28C, there’s about a 60 per cent chance.”Quite widely we are going to see low 20s, and for many it will be a little warmer than Wednesday.” Temperatures will climb even further tomorrow in the #sunshine, with possibly 27 ºC being reached somewhere in SE England, which will make it the #warmestdayoftheyear so far…again! pic.twitter.com/RBgPggGEf0— Met Office (@metoffice) April 18, 2018 A high of 25.3C (78F) was recorded in St James’ Park in London on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Whilst pollen levels will be high across much of the UK, only hay fever sufferers who are affected by birch and ash tree pollen will feel the impacts 🌳 pic.twitter.com/2vUHiqgtG7— Met Office (@metoffice) April 19, 2018 Mr Burkill said: “For anyone who suffers from tree pollen they will probably be feeling the effects, but that’s only about 20 per cent of hayfever sufferers. Grass pollen season comes later in summer.” The highest temperature of the year so far was recorded as 25.7C at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.Met Office forecaster Graham Madge said the mercury was expected to soar past that later, pointing out that Wednesday’s peak temperature was recorded at around 3pm.He said: “We are not expecting that that is the maximum temperature – it will go higher than that. It is already warmer than any April temperature last year.” Weather forecast for Thursday and the week ahead read more

THE END HSV Handball to 3rd Bundesliga

← Previous Story Aron Palmarsson with three years contract in Veszprem from 2015! Next Story → Qatar 2015 qual. warm-up: Norway beat Germany German handballHSV Handball HSV Handball are refused once again by licence comission which means that EHF CL winner in 2013 and DKB Bundesliga champion 2011 will have to be relegated to the 3rd German Bundesliga.  There is no way that team from Hamburg solve financial problems in short period of time after former president and the biggest sponsor Rudolph decided to leave handball.HBW Balingen will have chance to play again at the DKB Bundesliga despite relegation, while Sarlouis could save his place at 2nd Bundesliga….Eagles have already began to catch HSV’s stars. First of them, Joan Canellas will sign a deal with THW Kiel… read more

Nuns assaulted in burglary at convent

first_imgTWO NUNS WERE assaulted during a burglary at a convent on the Falls Road in Belfast, the PSNI has said.One of the nuns needed to be hospitalised for shock after the burglary during both both women were forced into a room by the burglar.The incident – described by the PSNI as a ‘distraction burglary’ – happened at the convent on Tuesday afternoon.A man entered the convent, attacked one of the nuns and forced her to empty her purse. He then assaulted her and another nun before searching the building for more cash.The women were forced into a rear room in the property before the assailant left.One nun was treated at the scene for minor injuries while the other was brought to hospital. The PSNI said both were left badly shaken.The man was described as being around 6 feet tall, in his 40s, of stocky build and with a Belfast accent. Police have asked anyone with information to contact them.last_img read more

Russia is not only supplying weapons to rebels but is also firing

first_imgRUSSIA FIRED ARTILLERY on positions inside the Ukraine overnight in support of rebels in the warring east of the country according to the Ukrainian army.The fire from the Russian side came in clashes at between rebels and the Ukranian military at a border crossing.Ukrainian forces are trying to close in on the rebels, cutting them off from the border with Russia which Kiev believes is the source of arms and reinforcement.The claims are backed up by the US who say they have evidence that Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops.US officials called a “clear escalation” of the conflict.Moscow is also planning to “deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers” to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.The evidence was based on “intelligence information” indicating arms were “continuing to flow across the border” into Ukraine since the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 on board, Harf said.But she refused to reveal the evidence behind the allegation or give further information.“They’re firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military,” Harf told reporters.Washington, however, was still looking into the downing of two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday. Kiev has alleged the warplanes were hit by missiles fired from Russian territory.The shelling by Russian forces against Ukrainian positions had been “going on for several days,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren.“It’s a clear escalation,” Warren told reporters.The Pentagon did not specify the precise location of the Russian artillery units or the artillery fire.The Russian shelling has taken place “within the last 14 days,” according to a statement issued by US intelligence agencies.Russia has continued a troop build-up near the border of Ukraine and kept up deliveries of arms and equipment to separatists since the downing of the Malaysian airliner, US defense officials told AFP.The Russians have sent at least one battalion a week to the border area in recent weeks, raising the troop level to 15,000 forces, up from about 12,000 last week, said two defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.“It looks like a steady increase,” one official said.Military hardware has also continued to arrive at a large base set up near Rostov, which is used as a staging and training area before the equipment is transported to the rebels in Ukraine, according to defense officials.US intelligence officials said this week that artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems recently arrived at the southwestern base in Rostov.Moscow has vehemently denied a role in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government troops which has left more than 400 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Associated Press Read: Ukraine’s Prime Minister has resigned >Read: Bodies of MH17 victims keep arriving in the Netherlands >last_img read more

Weddings and Botox have injected 163 more jobs into Galway and Mayo

first_imgWeddings and Botox have injected 163 more jobs into Galway and Mayo The Knot Worldwide and Allegan both announced investment today. A TOTAL OF 163 new jobs are to be created in the west of the country following two significant investment announcements today.Wedding planning company The Knot Worldwide is to establish an operations centre in Galway creating 100 jobs, while Botox manufacturer Allergan is to increase its Westport presence with the addition of 63 more jobs.The Knot Worldwide currently operates in 15 countries and its website has helped more than 40 million couples around the world plan their weddings.It does this by allowing couples access to planning tools and connecting them with local goods and services. Roles to be filled at the Galway base include writers and community forum support staff.Pharmaceutical firm Allergan already employs almost 2,000 people in Ireland and has laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Westport, Co Mayo and Clonshaugh in north Dublin. The Westport campus was first opened in 1977 and is now the company’s most complex global base. It is where Allergan produces its flagship Botox product.The company today announced a further investment of €65 million into the Westport facility that will support the addition of 63 more jobs.The investment will focus on new manufacturing suites in the Westport biologics facility and will also support the completion of a new microbiology and cell-based laboratory.  Allergan’s Westport facility. Source: Allergan“This €65 million investment further cements Ireland’s strategic role in Allergan’s global network,” Allergan’s vice president and plant general manager Paul Coffey said today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 29 Apr 2019, 5:44 PM 15,328 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4611197 Westport is the home of Allergan’s botox manufacturing. (File photo) Continued investment of this scale builds on the €50 million investment programme in 2018 and €42 million in 2017, which allows us to apply world-class technology to Allergan’s leading innovation and product development strategy.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Allegan’s decision demonstrated the strength of FDI investment in Ireland:“This is great news for Westport and for Mayo and reinforces the region’s deserved reputation as a location for investment and innovation. It is further evidence of the confidence international companies like Allergan continue to have in Ireland.” Apr 29th 2019, 5:44 PM Image: Shutterstock 6 Comments Westport is the home of Allergan’s botox manufacturing. (File photo) Image: Shutterstock Share Tweet Email3 By Rónán Duffylast_img read more