first_imgMexico’s president sells himself as lifelong champion of the rights of women, who he calls “more honest” than men. To stress the point, he made history upon taking office in December 2018 by putting women in half his cabinet posts.But Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s prickly reaction to criticism of the government over brutal murders of women in recent weeks has riled feminists and undermined support for him among female voters, helping to fuel protests and calls for a massive walkout next week.Support for an unprecedented women’s “strike” on Monday has swelled, even as Lopez Obrador has tried to paint the event as a cynical attempt by political opponents to discredit him and capitalize on problems he says they created. Topics : Such comments strike many as tone-deaf and lacking empathy, exposing a weak spot for a government already battling to tackle gang violence, impunity and a stagnant economy.”As a woman and a citizen, I feel outraged,” said Claudia Calvin, a consultant on gender and technology. “It’s despicable that the head of this country has been unable to understand the importance of women and the impact of violence.”Allies of the president reject such criticism.Irma Sandoval, head of the Public Administration Ministry, which monitors federal employees, described Lopez Obrador as “the most feminist president in modern history.”center_img Polls suggest women are increasingly skeptical.Lopez Obrador remains popular. But support for him has never been lower ahead of the strike, in which women will withdraw from work, school and public spaces.A survey by pollster Consulta Mitofsky showed his approval rating among women fell some 3 percentage points from January to February to 52.7%. Among men, it dipped 0.6 points to 59.2%.UncomfortableThe president’s tendency to dismiss criticism and the women’s protests has caused unease inside the government.Saying he would put “the poor first”, Lopez Obrador took power pledging to tackle chronic inequality and violence.The row over women has been uncomfortable for him, because Mexico still has more basic problems to address than in advanced economies, where debates over gender equality are more prominent, said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Lopez Obrador described himself as a “humanist” on Friday when asked at a daily news conference if he was a feminist, and pointed to deeper-rooted problems in Mexico.”Because of corruption, we’ve given rise to monstrous economic and social inequality,” the 66-year-old said.Interior Minister Olga Sanchez has tempered assertions that the popular ferment, including a massive march planned on International Women’s Day this Sunday, has ulterior motives.”As far as it being a movement by women, for women, with women and against violence, it is,” she said last week.An intervention by Mexico’s first lady on the issue also caused embarrassment to the government. First, she came out in support of the strike – then quickly changed her mind.”What would they do without us?” Beatriz Gutierrez wrote on Instagram on Feb. 20 next to an image promoting the strike.Later that day, she backed a counter-demonstration in support of her husband that urged women to be visible on the streets. Lopez Obrador said he did not know why she had reversed course.Mexico holds mid-term legislative elections next year, and if the president cannot stem the slide in support among women, it could cost him control of Congress.Murders of women for reasons of gender known as femicides surged to 976 cases last year, more than double the total five years earlier. At a time of increased scrutiny, critics feel Lopez Obrador has often downplayed their concerns.They bristled at his announcement that tickets for a raffle to recoup money spent by his predecessor on a presidential jet would go on sale on Monday. He later reversed that decision, saying he did not realize it was the day of the women’s strike.Others say Lopez Obrador is waking up to the discontent.On Thursday, six of his female ministers held a news conference to express support for women and their rights.”It’s still not quite on his radar,” said Vivir Quintana, a musician who wrote a song against femicides. “But I think he can help us a lot, that he’s a sensitive person.” last_img read more

first_imgA 1,068 TEU containership, owned by Maersk Line, has been detained in Tunisia in relation to claims on Maersk Honam fire, the Danish shipping major informed.“We can confirm that on September 10, 2018 the vessel Alexander Maersk was detained in the Port of Sfax, Tunisia,” a spokesperson from Maersk said.The spokesperson added that the detention is related “to different claims cases which we are looking into and have informed our insurance company about. We cooperate with all relevant authorities to resolve the matter as quickly as possible”The Danish flagged container vessel Alexander Maersk, deployed on a SeagoLine-service in the Eastern Mediterranean, arrived in Tunisia on September 8 and was subsequently arrested in relation to claims on losses shippers suffered in the Maersk Honam fire.The ultra large boxship was hit by a serious fire on March 6, while it was sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.Maersk Honam, which was carrying 7,860 containers at the time of the incident, spent over two months at sea before berthing at Jebel Ali port on May 27.At the time, Maersk Line said that “containers which have been declared sound and for which all General Average and Salvage securities have been submitted” were released and loaded on other vessels for transport to their final destination.The company added that the condition of the vessel was to be further evaluated, confirming Maersk Line’s earlier announced plans to repair the fire-stricken Maersk Honam.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgJuan Mata declared that Chelsea are determined to be crowned world champions following their 3-1 win over Monterrey in Japan.Mata’s opening goal helped the Blues to victory in a one-sided Club World Cup semi-final.They are likely to be given a sterner test by Corinthians of Brazil in Sundays final.“I’m so glad with the way we won and for us this is a very important tournament,” Mata told the BBC.“We want to win this trophy and to be world champions, and on Sunday we will do our best to win.“I’m very happy with my goal and the result. We started really well and were really focused – 3-1 is a very good result for us.“We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America and have a lot of supporters here.”Click here for Thursday’s Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea stroll to victory in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgIberia will offer a premium economy product on its long-haul fleet from next year in a move that brings the Spanish airline’s widebody cabin configuration in line with the other IAG airlines flying long-haul. The first premium economy-equipped Iberia aircraft will enter service next summer on routes connecting the airline’s Madrid hub to Chicago O’Hare in the U.S. and to Buenos Aires, Bogota and Lima in South America.The oneworld carrier said it will offer premium economy class on 37 of its long-haul aircraft. It will retrofit eight of its current Airbus A330-300s and 13 of its A340-600s with the new seats, while its 16 new Airbus A350-900s will come factory-equipped with the new cabin. Delivery of the A350s will begin in 2018. The remodeling of its to A330s and A3430 will take place next year and in 2018.Iberia did not specify how many premium economy seats it intends to install on its aircraft but said the seats would be 19 inches wide with a 37-inch seat pitch between rows, compared to 17- or 18.1-inch width and 31 to 32-inch seat pitch on its A330/ A340s in standard economy.  Seat-back entertainment screens will be 13 inches wide, as opposed to the 9-inch screens in standard coach. Iberia says the new seats recline by an additional 40 per cent over those in its standard economy cabin.Customers flying in premium economy class, or turista premium, will also enjoy adjustable head and foot rests, get noise-cancelling earphones, a blanket and an amenities kit. In addition, premium economy passengers will have priority in boarding and leaving the aircraft, better food options and an increased baggage allowance.Iberia may be one of the last European legacy carriers to introduce a premium economy, but it will be the only airline with the concept flying between Spain and Latin America, according to its  Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini.“Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market,” he said.Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to come up with the concept of a premium economy class in 1992 as Mid Class, a service aimed at the cost-conscious business traveler who travelled economy but still required extra space in which to work or relax. The product was rebranded as Premium Economy in November, 1994.Premium economy is well established with full-service international carriers in Europe and Asia, but it is rare in the Middle East and U.S. legacy airlines are only now jumping on the trend.American Airlines, a partner of Iberia in the oneworld alliance, will introduce premium economy on its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with cabins featuring 21 leather seats with a 38-inch pitch and an increased width with a 2-3-2 arrangement. Premium economy passengers receive priority check-in and boarding, enhanced meals with complimentary wine, beer and spirits and amenity kits.The airline’s first 787-9 was delivered Sept. 13 and it will have four by the end of the year, from an order for 22. But it will only start selling a seat in premium economy from early 2017.Delta Air Lines will introduce premium economy when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350,  due in Spring next year.last_img read more

first_img24 June 2010Initial research shows that Cape Town restaurants, informal traders, hotels and shopping malls are experiencing better than usual business over the winter period, as foreign football fans flock to the city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.Spike in salesOverall, business activity in Cape Town has picked up since the arrival of the first team in the country, said Mansoor Mohamed, executive director of economic and social development and tourism for the City of Cape Town.“The V&A Waterfront shopping mall has seen a record increase in the amount of visitors in the first week of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Mohamed said. “Suburban shopping malls in Cape Town like Cavendish, Century City and Tygervalley have also seen a spike in sales. The restaurants in Cape Town are also doing better than expected trade, with some even beating their actual Christmas figures.”Most of the municipal markets in Cape Town, for example Greenmarket Square, the Grand Parade, Green Point and Mitchells Plain, have seen a significant boost in trading activity since the start of the World Cup on 11 June.“Informal traders have been well prepared by the City of Cape Town’s economic unit to take advantage of the World Cup visitor numbers,” Mohamed said.‘Still a bumper season’Initial surveys are showing that the accommodation numbers for Cape Town thus far are generally lower than expected, except for budget accommodation, which is looking promising.Although the more expensive hotels in Cape Town are experiencing lower than expected occupancy (under 20% to 40%), it is still a bumper season compared to last year, said Mohamed.The city is expecting higher accommodation numbers towards the end of the World Cup, as people come down from Johannesburg to enjoy the last part of their South African holiday in Cape Town.“Cape Town has won the ‘Oscars’ of the Travel Industry (World Travel Awards) as the leading tourism destination on the African continent for two consecutive years in a row. More recently, it won the prestigious award of being the best destination worldwide for Responsible Tourism (2009 Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards).“These awards are the culmination of strategic partnerships between the city, its tourism agencies and the tourism industry. This is why Cape Town has been a destination of choice for many of the international visitors in the country for the World Cup and we expect an increase in the number of international visitors as the tournament progresses,” Mohamed added.Tourists staying longer, spending moreEven though less people than expected seem to be coming to Cape Town during the tournament, early economic research suggests that tourists are staying for longer periods and are spending more. A recent Grant Thornton Study on the economic impact of the World Cup supports these findings.“If visitor numbers are down 20% from our initial estimates, but those who do come spend 20% more and stay three days longer than originally anticipated, we will see an increase of nearly 40% in the expected economic impact that the tournament will have, which is very encouraging,” said Mohamed.Comprehensive research to followMohamed emphasised that these findings were based on initial surveys and that the true economic impact of the World Cup would only be established by comprehensive research following the end of the tournament.He is, however, confident that Cape Town will benefit from the World Cup in the next few decades to come.“The World Cup is the single most important event for South Africa and the African continent in recent time. It is positively changing the world’s perceptions about Africa.“The socio-economic benefits of the World Cup will be felt for a very long time, and it is therefore important that government and businesses develop strategic partnerships to reap the benefits of this tournament over the next 20 years.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgA new Y Combinator funded startup called GraffitiGeo has just launched with a fresh spin on user-generated reviews. The mobile application is somewhat like a mashup of review site Yelp, mobile social network Foursquare, and social news site Digg. The Digg-like element of the application is the easiest piece to use: like that restaurant? Vote it up. You can also leave more detailed comments to go along with your vote, if you so choose. To encourage people to participate in the “game” aspect to the app, GraffitiGeo also introduces a point system whose concept is borrowed from mobile app Foursquare…but is a bit more confusing. What’s more interesting than the mobile application launching now is the second GraffitiGeo app which is right around the corner. The next app will be an augmented reality application for the iPhone which takes the above elements and layers them over your iPhone’s viewfinder.Yelp + Digg + Foursquare = GraffitiGeo GraffitiGeo’s first mobile application will initially suffer from all the usual problems of sites and services that rely on user-generated reviews. Until enough people start using the service, there won’t be much value to it. While the concept behind the mobile review app is solid, its focus primarily on restaurants at the moment means it’s not likely to attract a large user base right off the bat. There are already a large number of mobile restaurant applications out there, not to mention there’s Yelp, which does restaurant reviews and a lot more. The GraffitiGeo team acknowledges they have competition in this area, but are quick to point out the others’ shortcomings. For example, Yelp reviews are too long – especially in “the day and age of Twitter,” they write on their blog. They also incorporate the Digg-like voting element for fast rankings (which Yelp does not), offer Facebook Connect integration for easy sign in, introduce nifty heatmaps to highlight the hotspots, and let you leave a comment with only 2 taps (Yelp takes 5-6). In short, they feel they’ve designed an application specifically for the mobile platform where Yelp just ported their successful website to mobile instead. The Digg-like voting aspect is probably the app’s killer feature. Instead of star ratings or lengthy reviews, you can simply vote “thumbs up” in order to rate a restaurant positively or a “thumbs down” if you’re not so pleased. This ease-of-use makes the barrier to entry that much lower and could encourage more participation from casual users.Another element to GraffitiGeo is the game aspect. This may or may not be a plus, in our opinion. With inspiration obviously borrowed from mobile social network/game Foursquare, GraffitiGeo awards points for any activity, whether that’s a vote, a comment, or anything else. After reaching 100 points (aka “street cred”), you can start or join a “mob.” Not a violent mob, of course, just a “mob.” Mobs can claim territories which, in turn, unlocks more features in the application. There are also badges which can be earned. The entire setup is explained here. It’s a bit complex and frankly, we’re not sure if this is the sort of app that needs a gameplay element. If you’re trying to find out if a restaurant is worth trying out, you’re probably more interested in reading reviews and checking ratings than you are in playing with a bunch of online friends. Even Better: An Augmented Reality VersionThe real trick up GraffitiGeo’s sleeve, however, is the app that’s yet to come. Basically, the next app from GraffitiGeo is an augmented reality version of what’s described above. That sounds much more appealing, to be honest. With the iPhone’s viewfinder, you scan the restaurant in question and GraffitiGeo comments will float across your screen. What’s really cool about the AR app, though, is that you don’t necessarily have to have a restaurant in the viewfinder to see these ratings. Because the app is location-based, it knows what’s nearby. In the demo, they aim the app down the street from where they’re standing and GraffitiGeo displays the ratings for all the restaurants on that block. If you’re ever just wandering around looking for a place to eat, this could be a real timesaver. We imagine you’ll then be able to interact with the app in other ways, too, but that’s hard to tell from the YouTube video demo. GraffitiGeo’s first effort may or may not be worth your time, especially considering its already robust competition, but the AR app definitely looks worth the wait. Tags:#Features#mobile#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais Read Next (From L) USA’s Kerron Clement, Philippines’ Eric Cray and Kenya’s Boniface Mucheru Tumuti compete in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray, the face of Philippine athletics, will need even stronger legs for Tuesday’s “killer schedule.”The Philippine-born, Texas USA-based Cray will vie in the heats of 100-meter dash at 3:30 p.m. and 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. He won both events two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If successful, the 400m hurdles and century dash finals will be at 8:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., respectively.But the 28-year-old Cray doesn’t mind the tight schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said he will “just go out there and run” as the SEA Games’ centrepiece sport goes full blast at 85,000-seater Bukit Jalil National Stadium.Joining Cray in the century dash heats is three-time US NCAA sprints champ Anfernee Lopena. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Fil-American Zion Nelson Corrales will take up the cudgels for the Philippines in the women’s century dash as last SEAG champ Kayla Richardson decided to skip the event to focus on the 200m and hurdles.Aries Toledo will also take the spotlight when he competes in men’s decathlon, while Rosie Vilarito and Evalyn Palabrica see action in women’s javelin throw.The country won five golds two years ago and is eyeing seven this time, with one already chalked up by marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAs the curtains came down on the 16th edition of the Asian Games, China once again showed what it takes to be a superpower. Surprisingly, despite a combined medals tally of 416 – 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze – the hosts were still unhappy. On Saturday, some of the Indians at the Main Press Centre were shocked to hear some Chinese journalists lamenting that their country failed to notch up a double century of gold medals. At a time when the Indians are making a song and dance about the 14-gold haul, these Chinese journalists showed where we stand. Like the previous Asian Games, this one too has become a contest between China versus the rest, and not surprisingly, a lot had to do with mindset. When Beijing got to know it would be hosting the 2008 Olympics, the whole of China was in a state of euphoria. In every aspect, their preparations began years in advance with no room for excuses. It is this kind of approach which scares the world when people talk of China as an emerging sporting nation which can one day overtake the US in the Olympics medals tally. So what is it about the Chinese system that they produce such strong world beaters?The other day, a top Sports Authority of India official at the Aoti shooting ranges in Guangzhou gave an explanation as to “how the Chinese system is so good”. The official had no hesitation in admitting that we are way behind China in terms of a sporting culture. That’s the secret of China’s prowess. Sample these cold facts. China invests in sport in such a big way that the athletes don’t have to worry about their future even if they fail. Contrast this with India where failure could not only be the end of an athlete’s career but the person may be consigned behind a desk for the rest of his/her life. THE difference lies in how China nurtures talent from a very early age. There are over 3,500 staterun athletics programmes alone where over four lakh athletes strive for excellence. But only a few make the grade.advertisementCompare this with India, where sporting programmes are yet to be broad-based. The nurseries of hockey are on the wane and if you talk in terms of sheer numbers as to how many synthetic tracks or hockey pitches we have, there is just no comparison. At a time when we are debating the corruption in CWG, it is the clean system in China which matters. Official estimates say the Chi-nese government spends between $750 million-$1 billion a year on sports and the result is for everyone to see. In contrast, our sports budget was below `500 crore, which is around $10 million a year. Unless the budget in India is increased manifold, athletes would continue to be produced despite the system.It is well known that China used the Guangzhou Games as a build-up for the 2012 London Olympics. Of the 970 Chinese athletes who took part in Guangzhou, 650 were new and are being groomed for the next Olympics. Talk about planning and surely China knows how to do it well.last_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Taapsee Pannu recently addressed the controversy surrounding the age of her and co-star Bhumi Pednekar’s characters in Saand Ki Aankh, saying they have been bombarded with questions whereas male actors are often hailed as risk takers for playing roles beyond their age or of different sexual orientation. In a long post on social media, the actor questioned why they should be called to justify their stand when the likes of Aamir Khan and Anupam Kher escaped the negativity for their roles in 3 Idiots and Saaransh in the past. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Have we really lost the shoulder along with our spine to support people who venture out of their comfort zone to bring about a change? Or it’s just reserved for two females, who, at the relatively nascent stage of their career, venture out to do something, which we were told, most of the people turned down?,” Taapsee wrote. The trailer of Saand Ki Aankh, sparked a debate on social media about why Taapsee and Bhumi, were playing women double their age. Actor Neena Gupta, 60, also weighed in on the controversy.last_img read more