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Vermilion Energy to acquire Spartan Energy in deal valued at 14B

first_imgCALGARY – International oil and gas producer Vermilion Energy Inc. is taking advantage of low valuations for “unloved” Canadian energy assets in a $1.4-billion deal to buy a Saskatchewan-focused rival, its CEO said Monday.The company will issue $1.23 billion worth of Vermilion shares and assume about $175 million in debt to buy fellow Calgary-based producer Spartan Energy Corp. in a transaction expected to close in June.CEO Tony Marino said Vermilion has been watching the Saskatchewan energy sector for about five years and first entered the field in 2014 because it of its light oil-producing wells and good pipeline access to markets in the United States.“The Canadian sector continued to be more and more unloved over time, especially in the past year in the capital markets, and with our evaluation methodology and criteria we had, we found it came to represent better and better value,” he said on a conference call.“Spartan is probably the best example of this out there in that you have a company that is quite capable of rapid production growth.”In January, Vermilion bought an unnamed private company with production of about 1,150 barrels of oil per day from wells near the southern Saskatchewan-Manitoba border for about $91 million in cash.The Spartan deal is expected to add about 23,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, taking Vermilion’s overall output to about 95,000 boe/d.The deal is an opportunistic one for Vermilion and allows Spartan to escape “an increasingly frustrating” market where investors haven’t rewarded its operational expertise with a fair stock price, said analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets in a report.He said he doesn’t think a superior bid will emerge, despite Spartan getting only a five per cent premium over Friday’s closing price, noting there is a $40-million break fee if the deal isn’t completed.Both company’s boards of directors have endorsed the deal but it must receive at least two-thirds approval from shareholders to be finalized.Marino said the deal will increase Vermilion’s percentage of production from North America to about 60 per cent from 46 per cent but it will continue its strategy to have geographically diverse holdings.The company has European production from operations in Ireland, France, Netherlands and Germany and also produces oil from an offshore project in Australia.Vermilion said it is increasing its overall 2018 production guidance to a midpoint of 88,000 boe/d from 76,000 boe/d previously — it reported about 72,800 boe/d in the fourth quarter.It said it will increase its 2018 capital budget to $430 million from $325 million to reflect spending planned for the acquired lands.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:VET, TSX:SPE)last_img read more

Six get bail 34 further remanded in Jaffna

The police had arrested 130 people after a protest rally they took part in, against the rape and murder of a Tamil girl from Kayts, turned violent. The judge then ordered that six of the suspects be given conditional bail while the remaining 34 be further remanded. The protesters had pelted stones towards the police and the Jaffna Court Complex, damaging parts of the building. (Colombo Gazette) Six suspects produced in court today over the recent attack on the Jaffna court, were freed on conditional bail while 34 others were further remanded.A group of 40 suspects of the 130 who were arrested following the recent violence in Jaffna were produced in the Jaffna court today.

UN urges calm as supporters of Haitian presidential candidate claim victory

MINUSTAH said that demonstrators have erected roadblocks in several parts of the capital, and UN-formed police units have been deployed to manage the demonstrations, adding that they have not become particularly violent at this stage, although they have managed to disrupt the functioning of the city.The latest results announced by Haiti’s provisional electoral council, known by its French acronym CEP, show that 90 per cent of the election tally sheets have been tabulated, but 1,000 tally sheets have yet to be entered into the system.Preval leads the tally with 48 per cent of the vote that has been counted so far, according to the CEP.The Council said final results won’t be available until all sheets are tabulated, which it predicts will happen either today or tomorrow.If needed, a second round of elections will be held on 19 March, the new President sworn in on 29 March and municipal and local elections will be held on 30 April.Last Tuesday’s election was the first nationwide exercise in voting since an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile two years ago, as Haiti celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence from France. read more

Moldova UN expert urges greater social inclusion of people with disabilities Romas

At the end of her first fact-finding mission to the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, said Moldova has strengthened its legal system in recent years by adopting important legislation, but more needed to be done to ensure such measures were implemented. “Even small steps taken to strengthen social inclusion in Moldova will have a major impact on empowering the most disadvantaged in the country,” Ms. Sepúlveda said, noting also the limited available resources available and additional challenges imposed by the current global economic crisis. The Moldovan Government boosted economic growth, and reduced poverty from almost 70 per cent of the population in 2000 to 26 per cent in 2004. However, she warned, after 2005 the economic growth and development models have not been shared by all members of society.“There is a widening gap between urban and rural areas and some groups of the society still remain at the margin of social, political and economic processes,” said Ms. Sepúlveda.She drew special attention to troubling rates of educational attainment in general mandatory education, with children in rural areas, children with disabilities and Romani children particularly affected.The human rights expert called for a number of reform measures aimed at integrating persons with disabilities fully into the life of the community, including reform of the guardianship system and adoption of a comprehensive adult deinstitutionalization plan, in accordance with Moldova’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Ms. Sepúlveda also visited some Romani communities, where she highlighted high levels of stigma and discrimination preventing the members of the communities from lifting themselves out of poverty. She commended Moldova on introducing the body of Roma community mediators, but warned that “local authorities must ensure that the selection of mediators is carried out in full compliance with the human rights principles of transparency, meaningful and effective participation of the relevant communities, access to information and accountability.”During her week-long mission, the UN Special Rapporteur met with senior Government officials, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and communities living in poverty in Chisinau, Balti, Drochia, Calarasi and Briceni districts, as well as Bender and Tiraspol on the left bank of the Nistru.Ms. Sepúlveda will present a comprehensive report with her final findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Murder investigation launched after middleaged woman found dead with stab wounds in

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. A middle-aged woman has been found dead in a back garden, police said. The victim, thought to be in her 50s, suffered apparent stab wounds and was confirmed dead at the scene, according to the Metropolitan Police.Her body was found in the garden of a house on Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, southeast London, following emergency calls at around 11.30am on Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Police.A man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and is in custody at a south London police station.He is believed to have known the victim, but the incident is not thought to be domestic, police said.A post-mortem will take place at Greenwich mortuary on Sunday, and officers are in the process of informing the victim’s family.Anyone with information is asked to call murder detectives on 020 8721 4054.In a separate incident the London Air Ambulance was called to a stabbing in Harrow, northwest London, police said.The victim’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. read more

Swift expands digital contract at Western Areas Forrestania nickel operation

first_imgAmong a number of resource-sector contract wins, Swift Networks Group has expanded its previous agreement with nickel miner Western Areas at its Forrestania operation in Western Australia.The existing contract, originally signed in 2014, was to provide in-room digital services to the 465-bed accommodation village at Forrestania. The new pact expands Swift’s contract by 68 rooms to 533 rooms and includes an on-site phone network upgrade in addition to Swift’s entertainment and communication services.Swift, which calls itself a diversified telecommunications, content and advertising solutions provider, says it delivered consistent growth in the resources market over 2018, both through direct contract wins and new clients secured by the company’s network of reseller partners.“The company continues to view Resources as an attractive growth opportunity in light of the significant pipeline of new mining exploration, construction and development projects currently underway throughout Australia,” Swift says.Forrestania is Western Areas’ flagship asset and consists of the Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll mines, the Cosmic Boy concentrator, a regional tenement package considered highly prospective for further nickel discoveries, and significant site infrastructure; including the accommodation village, grid-connected power, water management network, airstrip and nickel concentrate export facilities.Based on 10-year production targets, Forrestania is expected to produce an average of 25,000 t/y of nickel concentrate.last_img read more

Geek deals 150 off Dells UltraSharp 27inch professional display

first_imgWhat happens when you combine a love of high-end monitors and a passion for deals? You get today’s hot deal on the new flagship Dell UltraSharp U2713H monitor. We’ve pontificated on the benefits of a premium monitor before, with the extra size and resolution offering great benefits in efficiency and multi-tasking.This new-for-2013 model goes above and beyond just being a large, high-resolution monitor; the U2713H competes against professional-level displays that typically run over $1,000. These models are aimed at anyone who needs highly accurate color representation, like graphic designers, photographers, or anyone who simply demands the best image quality.The U2713H covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color standard and 100% of sRGB with a delta E (measure of color uniformity) of less than 2. Translation: it will display all of your images with a very high degree of color accuracy, to ensure you are seeing everything was it is supposed to be viewed. Lower end monitors have a habit of tinting, over-saturating, or under-saturating colors and models like the U2713H are designed to prevent that from happening. This model also can display up to 1.07 billion different colors, compared to the usual 16.7 million we see in most displays.Of course the rest of the U2713H is top of the line as well. You get nearly every video input possible, with support for DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI. The stand is fully adjustable for tilt, swivel, pivot, and height, along with being easily removed to allow the U2713H to be mounted on a wall.Being such a large, high resolution display, Dell includes their Display Manager software that allows you to easily control all this extra desktop real estate, allowing easy setup of things like window arrangement, picture-in-picture, and more. The entire package is backed up by a 3 year advance exchange warranty with a bright pixel guarantee to boot.Not only is this an impressive new monitor, but it is priced competitively at $999.99. The best part is that for a limited time you can grab it with $150 instant savings.Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27″ 2560 x 1440 LCD Monitor for $849.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | ends Feb. 13 or sooner)Our other top deals:Western Digital 3TB Green SATA III Internal Hard Drive for $119.99 + free shipping (reg. $159.99 | use coupon ATJANDR | ends soon)Adobe Photoshop CS6 Upgrade Software for $165 + free shipping (reg. $199.99)Logitech Z553 wall-mountable 2.1 speaker system w/ control pod & multiple inputs for $109.89 + free shipping (reg. $129.99)last_img read more

Xbox Exclusive Crackdown 3 Delayed to Spring 2018

first_imgCrackdown 3 has been in development for some time now. It was set to release alongside the Xbox One X on November 7. For many, this was Xbox’s biggest holiday title. It appears this is no longer the case. Microsoft has just announced Crackdown 3 will now release sometime in Spring 2018.Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager, Shannon Loftis, explained the situation to Polygon.“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” said Loftis. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game, and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”She continued by saying:“Crackdown 3 is an incredibly ambitious project that pushes the technological envelope with immersive true 4K gameplay, cloud-computing competitive multiplayer and a sprawling and futuristic open world. The team has been working extremely hard to deliver a great experience for fans and this extra time will help us do just that.”Crackdown 3 received some criticism about its visual presentation after this year’s E3. A demonstration during San Diego Comic Con last month didn’t help matters either. Because of that, this area is getting the most attention from the developers.“What we showed at E3 was a preview of the game, and is a great indicator of the level of mayhem and vertical platforming action you can expect from Crackdown 3,” Loftis said. “Among other items, we are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world. We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combating crime and collecting orbs.”This delay makes it harder to justify purchasing an Xbox One X on launch day. While the $500 mid-gen upgrade console is certainly worth the price, it lacks any powerhouse exclusives. Right now, Forza Motorsport 7 is the de facto showcase title for the system. While Forza 7 will certainly be a hit among racing enthusiasts, it lacks the mass appeal of Crackdown 3. Microsoft will hold a conference at this year’s Gamescom. Hopefully, the company will announce more exclusives for its console.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler hosting phone-in Q&A

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will host a telephone Q&A session at 5:25 p.m. Monday.Residents of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District can sign up to receive a call to join the teleconference by calling the congresswoman’s Vancouver office at 360-695-6292 and providing their contact information, or by visiting herrerabeutler.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3247.Residents can also join the call by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365 at any point during the event.last_img

WISHH Africa Staff Meets in Ghana to Discuss Future Projects

first_imgWISHH Regional Director Josh Neiderman visits Dr. Nortey at the University of Ghana poultry farm. Also present were WISHH Director of the Africa Division, Erica Morrow, and several USDA representatives. The poultry farm receives funding from the University of Georgia.American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) staff met in Accra, Ghana this week to discuss pending projects in the area.Erica Morrow, director of the Africa Division at the ASA’s WISHH program and  Josh Neiderman, regional director of the Africa Division met with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) officials.Neiderman also hosted Daniel Keefe of Cooperative Businesses International (CBI), who is studying commodity trade and markets for U.S. agriculture exports. They met with multiple feed mills, including Seaboard Corporation which imports combined cargos of U.S. wheat and soybean meal. There is a growing market for feed stuffs in Ghana, driven in part by demand for poultry.last_img read more

Ford 3Dprinted the manifold for Ken Blocks 900hp F150 Hoonitruck

first_img This is the largest 3D-printed metal car part Ford Share your voice News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ More about 2019 Ford Ranger More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img While 3D printing has been working its way into the industry mostly via plastic, 3D-printing metal objects is gaining popularity, too. BMW has already invested in the tech, and Bugatti used it to build a gnarly titanium brake caliper. HRE, an aftermarket wheel company, used 3D printing to assemble some of the wildest wheels I’ve ever seen, too.The build process for Block’s intake manifold took five days to complete, and if you’re interested in seeing how everything came together, be sure to check out Ford Performance’s video below. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Culture Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 3D printing Ford 2:26 Tags Enlarge ImageThis is an aluminum monster, not to be confused with the other Aluminum Monster. Ford Ken Block has been doing wild stuff behind the wheel of Ford vehicles for years now, and one of his latest cars required him to lean on the manufacturer’s work in 3D printing.In the process of building his 900-plus-horsepower “Hoonitruck,” which stars in Block’s new Gymkhana 10 video, it was determined that they’d need a big, complex intake manifold to supply the truck’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with air. Off-the-shelf solutions clearly wouldn’t be able to handle the air required to make all that power.Thus, Ford Performance came to the rescue. Working with Ford’s own engineers in Europe, as well as RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the team designed and 3D-printed an aluminum intake manifold that could handle the required volume of air. Ford claims it’s the largest 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a functioning vehicle. Post a commentlast_img read more

Our galaxys black hole spewed a super bright light and scientists dont

first_img Here’s a timelapse of images over 2.5 hr from May from @keckobservatory of the supermassive black hole Sgr A*. The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far. It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night! pic.twitter.com/MwXioZ7twV— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 11, 2019 Scientists aren’t quite sure why this strange flash occurred, but it’s apparently nothing to be concerned about. Speaking to ScienceAlert, Tuan Do (an author on the study which spotted the bright light) said the flash could be the result of another star (S02) passing close by, thereby changing the way gas flows into the black hole. Another working theory is the flash was caused by G2, a gas cloud which also recently passed close (36 light-hours) to the black hole in 2014. There is a possibility this is a delayed reaction to that event. 3 Other teams and telescopes, such as Spitzer, Swift, Chandra, and ALMA, have also been observing Sagittarius A*. Do is curious to see if they too spotted the strange emission. Perhaps that data can help shed new light on this strange burst of infra-red light. Taken when I was @keckobservatory, this raw image shows the brightest Sgr A* has ever been observed in the infrared (center). The emission associated with the black hole also changed by a factor of 75 over that night. Is Sgr A* waking up? Will we finally see 🎆? pic.twitter.com/lX7ZO2PhX2— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 8, 2019 16 Photos What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsterscenter_img Tags Sci-Tech Culture Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science In news that reads like the beginning of a dire science fiction novel Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, has emitted a large burst of infrared radiation brighter than anything ever produced by that black hole. The black hole is well-known to scientists, and was one of the subjects of our first ever efforts to image the cosmic beasts, but its still throwing up new mysteries all the time.After observing for over four days using the Keck II Telescope in Hawaii, a team that has been studying Sagittarius A* for 20 plus years noticed the infrared light increased by 75 times.  Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

CM to take part in IndependenceDay fete in Vizag

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The district is gearing up for Independence Day celebrations scheduled on August 15. District Collector V Vinay Chand directed the officials to make all the necessary arrangements for the festival on Thursday which will be held across the State in a grand manner. He along with GVMC Commissioner G Srijana, Joint Collector L Siva Sankar and other officials visited Andhra University Engineering Grounds to supervise the arrangements, where Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, secretaries and other prominent officials will be participating in the celebrations. Vinay Chand said that arrangements should be in tune with the arrival of Chief Minister and other State-level officials for the event. Facilities such as parking lot, transportation, toilets, gallery, among others should be in place, he stated.last_img read more

Residents evacuated from tilted building in Kamrangirchar

first_imgA five-story residential building tilted at Khalifaghat in the city’s Kamrangirchar area on Monday, reports UNB.Dana Mia, an operator of Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said being informed by locals, a team of firefighters went to the spot around 12:44pm and all the residents of the building were evacuated.UNB Keraniganj Correspondent reports that residents of four more adjacent buildings of the area were also evacuated fearing danger.Shahin Fakir, officer-in-charge of Kamrangirchar police station, said the five-story building was built in the area six months ago and one Samad Mia bought the building from its previous owner Shaheen in January.The firefighting unit members said the building was built without doing the pilling work properly.last_img

You Need To Be Reading Power Rangers from BOOM Studios

first_img There is no better time to be a Power Ranger fan than now. Today sees the release of the Power Rangers movie, and you can check out Geek.com’s review from MovieBob here, and the comic series,  launched a little over a year ago from BOOM! Studios have been perfectly capturing the spirit of the show. Luckily, with the release of the movie, Comixology is having a sale on the main series, which you can find here. So in anticipation for the movie, we’re gonna take a look at the great series that BOOM! has been putting out over the past year.The main series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, by writer Kyle Higgins and primary artist Hendry Prasyeta, follows the team after Tommy, the Green Ranger, has recently joined their ranks. Jumping right into the lore of the Power Rangers, and their villains, the series quickly set out to establish its place in the Power Ranger continuity with the introduction of the Evil Ranger, known as Lord Drakkon, in its second arc. Higgins and Prasyeta do something special with the Power Rangers franchise here, blending the characters and mythology of the show with more western superhero comic ideals. I don’t want to talk about it too much out of fear that I’ll spoil something, but just know that if you’re a fan of the Power Rangers series, superhero comics, or just a fun story, Mighty Morphin’ is the book for you.Writer Kyle Higgins is underrated to me, always putting out stellar work. He worked a lot on the Batman family during the New 52 relaunch, and his Nightwing run never got the love that I felt it deserved. His recent works for Image, C.O.W.L. and Hadrian’s Wall, showed that he could do a lot with a story and not rely on the bombastic energy of a superhero comics to keep readers interested.  Higgins’ tone and Prasyeta’s art find a balance between western superhero art and more manga-influenced eastern comics, which is super appropriate given that they are adapting a TV show that was brought to America by splicing up clips of a Japanese children’s show. The artwork always reminds me of a slightly grittier Legend of Korra, which I am not complaining about. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers legitimately feels like special, though, unlike many other licensed series, so Higgins and Prasyeta must be fans of the franchise for this book to be as good as it is.via BOOM! StudiosLaunched in June of last year, about six months after the main series started, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink followed the original Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart, as she struggles with her identity as both a superhero and as a member of the team. Written by Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Tini Howard, with art by Daniele Di NiCuolo, it was a mini-series only lasting six issues, with the book being consistently enjoyable. It felt like it shared the same passion and energy for the characters/franchise as the main series. The six issues have since been collected into a trade paperback, both of which are available in print or online.via BOOM! StudiosLastly is Justice League/Power Rangers, the first crossover that has been released since BOOM! took over the series. Written by Tom Taylor and with art by Stephen Byrne, the series follows the two teams colliding after their respective villains accidentally cause their universes to merge. Tom Taylor, the writer of the Injustice comic book based on the video game, seems to have a knack for getting his hands in a toybox and running wild with it, which clearly shows here. Artist Stephen Byrne is one of my favorite creators in comics, with a great style that lends itself especially well to the colorful chaos that this series has. The first three issues are out so far, and available in stores and online at Comixology. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Stay on targetlast_img read more

Valve video shows the Steam Controller in action

first_imgValve was met with quite a bit of skepticism when it unveiled the Steam Controller that will be at the heart of its upcoming Steam Machine push. The controller has a plethora of buttons and two clickable trackpads positioned for the thumbs. It is supposed to make PC games playable in a console sort of context, but that’s hard to picture. Valve has decided to help us understand what it’s doing by demoing the Steam Controller playing some real games.The demo starts with Portal 2 running in so-called “legacy mode” with no modifications made to the game for Steam Controller support. The left trackpad is divided into four active zones so each one takes over for a WASD key on a keyboard. The right trackpad uses 1-to-1 touch detection for aiming. This looks like a reasonably good implementation, but aiming might be a little tough with such a small trackpad at 1:1.Next up is Civilization 5, which is heavily mouse-driven. The left trackpad in this one controls the camera with the arrow keys, and the right one is a 1:1 trackpad. Zooming is handled by the back-facing buttons. You’re going to be swiping your thumb around quite a lot in this game — it seems less optimal than the first-person controls, which you get a better look at in Counter Strike. This is similar to Portal, but faster and more dependant on precision. It seems to work well, but the fellow in the video might just be a pro at using the controller already.Lastly, Valve shows off how the Steam Controller works in a game that’s entirely point-and-click oriented with Papers Please. Here, both trackpads work as mouse controls, and you can use them in tandem to move the cursor faster. That sounds hard to get used to, but potentially saves this game category if it works.Valve is soliciting requests for other games to show working with the Steam Controller, so hit the YouTube comments to submit a suggestion. And don’t say Half Life 3 — they hate that.last_img read more

This Medieval Woman Used One of the Greatest Bluffs of All Time

first_imgThe historic town of Monção is situated on the northern border between Portugal and Spain, a region well known for its distinctive, refreshing wines, Vinho Verde. This peaceful Portuguese frontier town boasts thermal baths, traditional cuisine, and a 14th century fortress with a surprising history. The town’s crest of arms depicts a woman, standing on Monção’s medieval ramparts, her arms outstretched, brandishing two loaves of bread. According to local legend, this woman is Deu-la-Deu Martins, the medieval leader who protected the city from a Spanish attack in the Middle Ages.Deu-la-Deu. Photo by Nmmacedo CC BY-SA 3.0According to the Algarve History Association, in 1369 the Portuguese were at war with the neighboring kingdom of Castile. The demise of Peter the Cruel, king of Castile and León, had sparked a succession crisis, and the Portuguese king Ferdinand I was one among several contenders who laid claim to the Castilian throne. In fact, the crown was held by Peter’s illegitimate half-brother, Henry of Trastámara, and he was not pleased by Ferdinand’s efforts to usurp him.The year 1369 was consequently one of political turmoil and a number of small-scale campaigns. As part of a strategic move against Ferdinand, Henry decided to attack a number of fortified frontier towns on the Castilian-Portuguese border.Ferdinand IMonção was such a town, an important fortified settlement designed to protect the Portuguese from attack from the north. However, when Henry’s army arrived at the gates, the town was ill prepared for a siege, and the lord of Monção, Vasco Gomes de Abreu was away from home. According to the Algarve History Association, his wife, Deu-la-Deu Martins, was left to lead the defense of the fortress.Monção was a well-fortified town, and its high walls could resist an enemy attack for a significant length of time. However, surviving a siege required extensive preparation to ensure that the town’s inhabitants had enough food, water and supplies to wear their attackers down. When food began to run short, Monção’s residents began to suffer and an increasing number of people called for surrender.Azulejos representing archangel Michael in Messegães, Monção, Portugal. Photo by Joseolgon CC BY-SA 3.0However, a siege could also be costly for the attacking side. Henry’s forces continued to attack the walls of the fortress, incurring some loss of life with each assault, and still failed to penetrate the castle. Furthermore, his army needed to be fed and watered, and a long siege could cause his men to become restless. Henry knew he could not wait outside Monção indefinitely.This was something that Deu-la-Deu realized too. As the people crammed inside the fortress neared the end of their supplies, she decided to stage a bold bluff in the hope of tricking the Castilians. She gathered together all the scraps of remaining flour that she could find in the town, and ordered two loaves of bread to be baked.Taking the bread, she stood at the top of the castle ramparts and taunted the Castilian troops. She flung the loaves from the top of the ramparts, shouting “Deus lo deu, Deus lo há dado!” In other words, God had given the people of Monção so much bread that they were able to offer some to their attackers.Monçao 25-9-2010. Photo by lomarper CC BY-SA 3.0Believing the town to be well provisioned for a long siege, and concerned about his own diminishing food stores, Henry decided to cut his losses and withdraw. In one bold strike, Deu-la-Deu had saved the town. The story of her clever trick soon spread and she became a local legend.Read another story from us: “Dazzle Ships” – The Strangest Sea Camouflage EverEven today, Deu-la-Deu is honored on the town’s crest, and a statue of her was erected in the 19th century in the central square. Although historians debate on the concrete historical evidence for her life and actions during the siege of Monção, her legend is a core part of the town’s modern identity. In Monção, Deu-la-Deu will always be remembered as the woman who defeated the Castilians with just two loaves of bread.last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Solís travels to New York to address United Nations General

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís travels to New York Saturday as part of a week of actives in the Big Apple, including his first address at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.Solís will attend the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 23, where he will give a speech about Costa Rica’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The U.N. has billed the summit as the first time in five years that world leaders will come together to plot a “bold, new course of action on climate change.” The president will be joined by Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Luis Felipe Aráuz. That evening, the president is scheduled to attend a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.Solís said that his U.N. address would reflect Costa Rica’s respect for international law, nonviolence, post-2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goals, and international security concerns including South Sudan, Ukraine, the Middle East, and his position on the new violence flaring in Iraq and Syria from Islamic State militants.“It gives me a great personal feeling to present before the U.N. I had been in the audience before as a young diplomat accompanying grand figures in Costa Rican politics to this forum during the 1980s under President Óscar Arias and the debate over his peace plan. To do it now as a head of state gives me great personal satisfaction. It’s an honor,” the president said.On Wednesday, Solís will lunch with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, before making his first speech at the United Nations during the 69th General Assembly.In addition to meeting with world leaders on social and environmental issues, Solís has several meetings scheduled with multinational businesses, investors and financial media. Solís’ first trip to the United States in June was billed as a way to reassure international investors that Costa Rica is still open for business after his election and after Intel announced it was closing its manufacturing facility here.This time, Solís will likely be on the defensive over Moody Investor Services’ decision to cut Costa Rica’s sovereign debt rating to junk status. The president will meet with 100 business leaders Monday in an event organized by the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, and the Financial Times. Despite the recent move by Moody’s, Solís said that Costa Rica remains an attractive place for foreign investment. On Thursday, Solís mets with more businesses at an event organized by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.Solís will also have bilateral meetings with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and President Ould Abdel Azi of Mauritania and current head of the African Union.Keeping with his populist image, the president will fly on a commercial United flight to New York. Solís will also meet with Costa Ricans living in New Jersey to celebrate a belated Independence Day. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict Presidents Obama, Solís meet in New York Landmark Arms Trade Treaty spearheaded by Costa Rica’s ex-President Óscar Arias goes into effectlast_img read more

Imagine a meeting that doesnt feel like A Meeting

first_imgSource = Marriott International Imagine a meeting that doesn’t feel like “A Meeting”Planning a well-crafted, creative and inspiring meeting has become an art form with limitless possibilities.  Marriott International hosts thousands of meetings every year and has drawn on the company’s brand differentiation, expertise and talent to launch an industry first, Meetings Imagined, a new set of tools to help any planner design and manage the perfect meeting experience. No matter the budget, size, or location of the meeting, planners have more choices and concepts to draw upon than ever before.  “After thoroughly researching and analyzing over 40,000 meetings and events, we discovered that today’s meeting attendees are looking for something that goes beyond ‘a meeting’ and creates an experience where people feel connected, inspired, and accomplished,” said Brian King, Global Officer – Marriott Signature Brands & Global Sales.  “Meeting planners and attendees alike told us a fresh and disruptive point of view in the meetings and conventions industry desperately needed.”Key to the new approach is MeetingsImagined.com, the first visual, social and collaborative website designed to change the way meeting planners plan, shop and buy meetings and includes:Marriott’s Meeting Purpose Methodology  – A proven process to help planners zero in on what’s important for meeting success and to design the perfect attendee experience.The Inspiration Gallery – A stunning visual library with thousands of set-up, food & beverage and décor images to spark the imagination.Tips & Trends – Expert stories and articles with the latest trends in the meetings business that is continually updated with fresh and engaging content.Hotel Ideas – Easily browse by brand, country, hotel, meeting size or amenities and find exactly what you’re looking for.Our Story – Pulls it all together for planners with Marriott’s trusted expertise, industry-leading digital tools and hotel brands that support MeetingsImagined.com.Today’s always-connected culture demands that meeting planners be plugged in too. Marriott gives planners access to digital resources that make their job easier:Meeting Services App- Connects planners with Marriott’s event team before, during and after their meeting.  Planners can make real-time requests for coffee refills, room temperature changes and tech needs from their mobile device.ResLink Direct – Acustomized interactive Web page that allows attendees to easily book their group rate online, provides hotel information and allows planners to add information.The Marriott Mobile App – It’s the perfect travel companion. Marriott Reward members who book with the app or on Marriott.com are able to check in before they arrive; receive room-ready notifications; and enjoy an enhanced arrival experience. The app also reminds guests to check out, triggering a copy of their bill to be sent via email.Participating brands worldwide that offer unique Meetings Imagined experiences include JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Gaylord Hotels® and Courtyard®. Stay with Marriottlast_img read more