China swim king demands open hearing in doping case Report

first_imgBeijing: Under-fire swimming superstar Sun Yang has asked for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Chinese state media reported Saturday, where he will mount a defence against explosive doping allegations. Sun is one of the biggest names in the sport, the only swimmer to capture Olympic gold over 200, 400 and 1,500 metres, but has been plagued by scandal throughout his career. A leaked report by swimming’s world body FINA claimed Sun, the sport’s pantomime villain, destroyed his own blood samples with a hammer last September. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFINA cleared Sun to compete but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appealed the decision at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which will hold hearings in September, with the swimmer’s career on the line. Sun’s lawyers released a statement on Friday demanding a public hearing “to be fully transparent and to clear his name”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported in a dispatch from Geneva. The explosive contents of the FINA report were published by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph, and Sun’s lawyers accused the newspaper of publishing “an incomplete and biased account of the drug testing on Sun Yang” and of defaming the swimmer, Xinhua said.last_img read more

Canada to keep paying for F35 development during fighterjet competition

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior official at the Department of National Defence says Canada will remain a member of the F-35 stealth fighter program until the government knows which jet it plans to buy to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s.That means Canada will continue to pay tens of millions of dollars over the next couple of years to help pay for development of the fighter jet even though it may end up buying something else.DND’s head of procurement, Patrick Finn, says staying on as one of nine partner countries makes sense so Canada can compete for billions of dollars in contracts associated with the F-35.Partners also get a discount when purchasing the plane.Canada has so far invested roughly half-a-billion dollars in the F-35 over the past 20 years, even as successive federal governments have wrestled with whether to buy the plane or not.The Trudeau Liberals are scheduled to launch a competition to pick a new fighter jet this spring, a winner won’t be identified for several more years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) July 7, 2018TMZ reported Bieber and Baldwin appeared to have become involved again after Justin broke up with long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez.Baldwin has appeared in American Vogue, Marie Claire and Spanish Harper’s Bazaar.She has also appeared in a number of modelling campaigns, music videos and television shows.Baldwin, pictured in May, and the singer reportedly attend the same church. (Reuters)She is the daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the actor and producer who has starred in films like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.She is also the niece of actor Alec Baldwin, who has starred in films like The Hunt for Red October and is known more recently for the television series 30 Rock and his portrayals of US President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.But while this is obviously happy news for the future Mr and Mrs Bieber, many social media users appear to be less thrilled:If Justin Bieber really is engaged to Hailey Baldwin. My heart breaks twice, once for myself and once for Selena— Kait Pennington (@kaitpennington) July 8, 2018 Bieber and Baldwin only recently reunited, having dated in the past.Bieber’s father, Jeremy, posted a photo of his son on Instagram, saying he was “Excited for the next chapter”, while his mother Pattie Mallette expressed her excitement on Twitter. If Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin are engaged, everything I’ve worked for since I was 12 was FOR NOTHING— Ellie (@elliefogel) July 8, 2018 Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is engaged to US model Hailey Baldwin, US media report.The 24-year-old popped the question at a Bahamas resort, according to TMZ. His security staff reportedly asked restaurant patrons to put away their phones before the star proposed.CNN and E! News confirmed reports of the engagement, which Bieber’s parents also appeared to celebrate online. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Hervé Renard Staying Mum on Belhandas Substitute

Rabat – Morocco’s National Team coach, Hervé Renard, has reportedly decided not to reveal the name of the player who will replace injured offensive midfielder, Younes Belhanda during the 2017 African Cup of Nations (CAN), scheduled to take place in Gabon, January 14th.Renard is staying mum despite the negative reaction from Moroccan fans over his decision to exclude AFC Ajax’s superstar, Hakim Ziyech, who just awarded Holland’s best player for 2016.The injury to Belhanda’s left foot occurred during Nice’s match against Toulouse on December 4th and was confirmed Sunday via an announcement by the administrative office for France’s team. 19-year-old Nantes midfielder, Amine Harit is rumoured to be a potential replacement for Belhanda. Renard is looking to place Harit among the national team players, acknowledging the desire of many international clubs, such as Liverpool, Bayern and AC Milan, who have shown a keen interest in Harit.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Focus on the Markets

by News Staff Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:26 pm MDT Focus on the Markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at 101.95 cents U-S, up 0.45 of a cent from Wednesday’s close.The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index jumped 105.99 points to 12,338.85.Volume at 4:20 p.m. ET was 318.41 (m) million shares, valued at 4.35 (b) billion dollars.In New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 72.46 points to 13,485.97.The Nasdaq composite index was up 42.90 points at 3,136.60.The New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures price for December climbed 26 dollars, 90 cents U-S to 1,780 dollars, 50 cents an ounce.The crude contract for November jumped one dollar, 87 cents U-S to 91 dollars, 87 cents cents per barrel.(The Canadian Press, The Associated Press)—JDT read more

Nintendo chief rules out Wii price cuts promises return to operating profitability

Nintendo chief rules out Wii price cuts, promises return to operating profitability, new games by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Nintendo’s president Thursday ruled out price cuts for its new Wii U home console as a way to boost sales, vowing to become profitable again in its core businesses as smartphones and tablets increasingly threaten specialized game machines.Satoru Iwata, speaking at a Tokyo hotel to investors and reporters a day after earnings were released, acknowledged the sales momentum for the Wii U, as well as the 3DS hand-held game machine, had run out of steam during the key year-end shopping season, especially in the U.S.But he said no price cuts were in the works. Price cuts are common in the gaming industry to woo buyers, but the move can backfire by trimming revenue. The Wii U now sells for about $300 in the U.S. and 25,000 yen in Japan.“We are already offering it at a good price,” he said.Iwata said he expects operating profit of more than 100 billion yen in the 12 months ending March 2014, promising that as “a commitment.”But he acknowledged more work was needed to have consumers understand the Wii U, which went on sale globally late last year, as well as producing more game software to draw buyers.All game machines have suffered in recent years from the advent of smartphones and other mobile devices that have become more sophisticated and offer games and other forms of entertainment.Nintendo returned to net profit for the April-December period of 2012 from deep losses the previous year, but that was due to a perk from a weaker yen, which helps Japanese exporters such as Nintendo.Its operating result, which removes currency fluctuations, was a loss of 5.86 billion yen ($64 million), and Nintendo expects that to swell to a 20 billion yen ($220 million) loss for the full business year ending March 2013 as sales of its game consoles fall short of expectations.Iwata said Nintendo is preparing more game software, including those developed in-house, for the end of this year.Kyoto-based Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, lowered its full year sales forecast Wednesday to 670 billion yen ($7.4 billion) from 810 billion yen ($8.9 billion). It also said it was going to sell fewer Wii U consoles for the fiscal year through March than its previous projection. The Wii U has a touch-screen tablet controller called GamePad and a TV-watching feature called TVii.The company forecasts it will sell 4 million Wii U consoles for the current fiscal year, ending March 31, down from its earlier estimate of 5.5 million units. The Wii U, which went on sale late last year, was the first major new game console to arrive in stores in years.Nintendo, also behind the Donkey Kong and Zelda games, lowered its full year sales forecast for Wii U game software units to 16 million from 24 million.Iwata said last year holiday sales quickly dissipated in the U.S. and some European nations, including Great Britain, the key market. He said the U.S. home console sales were the worst for Nintendo in nearly a decade.He said Nintendo needs hit games to push console sales, and the company remains confident Wii U will prove more popular with time.“The chicken-and-game problem has not been solved,” he said of the need for both game software and machine hardware.“I feel a deep sense of responsibility for not being able to produce results for our year-end business,” said Iwata.He declined to say what he would do if the company failed to attain the promised operating profits.Nintendo sank into a loss the previous fiscal year largely because of price cuts for its hand-held 3DS game machine, which shows three-dimensional imagery without special glasses. That machine is also struggling in most global markets.Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s famed game designer, said what was missing were games for the Wii U that made its appeal clear. The progress in smartphones has also posed a challenge for Nintendo, he said.“People have to try it to see it is fun,” Miyamoto said of Wii U.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at read more

Coalition confers as SYRIZA ups ante

first_imgWith the cohesion of the tripartite government still fragile following austerity votes in Parliament earlier this month, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met his coalition partners on Monday for talks that reportedly focused on an anticipated reshuffle as well as on Greece’s efforts to secure crucial foreign rescue loans. The leaders agreed to the creation of a committee with officials from all parties to better coordinate the work of the coalition and discussed candidates for the reshuffle, which will not happen until after a decision on rescue aid. Speaking to reporters after talks with Samaras, socialist PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos said the country needed a “new start” and hit out at the opposition, remarking that “those who have invested in the death of the country will be sorely disappointed.” The leader of Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis stressed the need for a “viable economic and social program” to be put into place once aid has been secured. The head of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, whose party is leading in the polls, repeated calls for early elections and indicated that SYRIZA was open to cooperation with other parties. He also lashed out at the government for introducing two legislative acts – emergency legislation that does not require parliamentary approval – imposing stricter supervision on ministries and state bodies and the payment of privatization revenues directly into an escrow account. “The country is turning into a debt colony,” Tsipras said, describing the government as dangerous and Samaras as a “cheerleader” of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Responding, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accused Tsipras of engaging in “obsolete party politics” and of trying to “bring the country to its knees” while the government tries to put it back on its feet. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Glaucoma – the thief of sight

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Glaucoma is known as the ‘Thief of Sight’. And so, World Glaucoma Awareness Week is an important initiative that aims to bring attention to this ‘devious’ disease, which can sneak up on a person without their knowledge and take away valuable sight. If left untreated, this lost vision cannot be returned.In fact, glaucoma is the number one cause of irreversible blindness in the world.Melbourne ophthalmologist Dr Alex Ioannidis of Vision Eye Institute encourages everyone to ask a friend, loved one – or themselves – this simple question: have you had an eye examination in the past two years?“It’s extremely important for people over the age of 50 to have regular eye examinations, especially if there’s a history of glaucoma in the family,” says Dr Ioannidis, who speaks fluent Greek and Spanish. “The reason for this is simple: the sooner glaucoma is detected and treatment begins, the better chance you have of retaining good quality of vision.”Dr Ioannidis, a glaucoma specialist, has recently adopted new technology for the treatment of glaucoma.The iStent is a 1mm titanium implant, which is inserted into the eye during cataract surgery. “Studies have shown that this amazing implant, which to the human eye looks like a grain of sand, can reduce intraocular pressure in patients who have mild glaucoma.”The device works in this way: the trabecular meshwork is an area of tissue located at the front of the eye near the cornea and is responsible for draining fluid, called the aqueous humour, from the eye. If the natural outflow from the area is inhibited, the intraocular pressure builds up. This can lead to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending visual messages from the eye to the brain, being irreparably damaged. “By inserting the iStent, the natural outflow of the aqueous humour can bypass the affected meshwork, via a silicone tube, thus allowing reduction in pressure on the optic nerve.”At this stage the device can only be implanted in a glaucoma patient during cataract surgery. However, Dr Ioannidis has been using the iStent for five months now. “I’ve seen some great results,” he says. “The problem with people who have mild glaucoma is that they sometimes forget to use their drops. For patients who have had the iStent implanted, they can reduce the frequency of drops – some can even go drop free for a period of time. However, it is still vital to monitor this on a regular basis.”He also points to a recent development in glaucoma drops. “Unfortunately, some people are reluctant to use their drops because they can irritate the eyes. This reluctance greatly concerns ophthalmologists because drops are vital for retaining vision.”“Recently, preservative free drops have come on the market, which makes the experience far more comfortable for patients.”Even with these developments, the fact remains that glaucoma doesn’t discriminate. This World Glaucoma Awareness Week, make sure you or a loved one don’t become a statistic.last_img read more

Press Talk No way on BK but …

first_img Thanks, but no thanks.For me, that’s the obvious, correct answer to this cluster frenzy surrounding the Senate’s confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Frankly, it should be a no-brainer. Easy-peasy.Unfortunately — barring an epiphany — Republican senators won’t follow the sage advice I’ve occasionally dispensed to those in power: Don’t do stupid stuff. The conservative darling drunk, the man with the hands, the boys-will-be-boys poster boy, is about to get supremed. (I just made that word up.)So how did we get to this dark place? It’s easy to blame Donald Trump because, well, he’s to blame. But despite Trump’s bringing Kavanaugh’s name forward, rejection of this character should have been easy. But here’s where — step by step — Kavanaugh’s supporters got it wrong.• • •First, there are too many attorneys and attorney wannabes in the Senate. Why is that a problem? Because they wanted to turn this process of vetting the soon-to-be Supreme Court bad boy in a trial.Am I right? The Republicans bring in an outside prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford — one of the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. That sure feels like a trial. Then that prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, exacerbates the issue even further by concluding that a “reasonable prosecutor” would not bring a case against Kavanaugh. Huh? Bring a case? What case? Again, it’s feeling like a trial. But there is no defendant. So if it’s not a trial, what is it? And why is that important? Read on. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

5G is safe says the FCC

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment US regulators say there’s no evidence that cellphones harm health and they’re not changing current safety limits.  Pau Barrena / AFP/Getty Images Cellphones — old and new — are safe, including those that’ll use new 5G technology. That’s according to a new proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated Thursday. It would keep the agency’s current safety limits for radio frequency exposure the same as they’ve been for 23 years.  Following more than six years of public input and review, the agency said the current exposure levels for cellphones, wireless towers, Wi-Fi routers and all other devices emitting RF signals are safe. Agency officials added that they don’t have any concern for new gear using 5G technology, including gear that uses millimeter wavelength frequencies.The FCC, which sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the Food and Drug Administration and other health agencies, said that the other agencies were also in agreement on keeping the current limits in place.  “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”Rally Against 5G Networks In PolandThe FCC says that current RF safety levels are sufficient. And that 5G poses no risk to health.  NurPhoto There have been concerns and questions about the safety of mobile devices for years. In 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphones might cause some brain cancers, leaving open the possibility that a link exists between cancer and cellphone radiation.But most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease. Concerns have grown recently as mobile carriers throughout the world race to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G. Specifically, there have been concerns that the high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths, or mmWave, used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Adding to the concern is the fact that 5G deployments require many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school. The growing fear about the health effects has caused lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world to start putting on the brakes. But FCC officials on Thursday reiterated there’s no reason for concern. An FCC official told reporters during a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G.” They added that the scientific evidence to date indicates that 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G in terms of causing health effects. They also added that the higher-frequency signals used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, and that the existing RF exposure guidelines are still applicable to 5G, regardless of the spectrum band used to deliver the service. The officials also emphasized that current RF exposure limits apply to any device emitting a radio frequency signal and are not limited to phones. Also, as part of the proposal, Pai recommends the agency establish a uniform set of guidelines to ensure companies making devices comply with the limits regardless of the technology that’s being used.  The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass. While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations since the 1990s, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEE recommended the safety levels remain about the same as they have been since 1996.The FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.  Mobile 0 FCClast_img read more

Murkowski Jewell Spar Over North Slope Oil And Gas Development

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell faced off in a Senate hearing Tuesday morning in Washington.Murkowski repeated accusations that the Obama administration is shutting off development on the North Slope, starving the trans-Alaska pipeline of oil. And Murkowski says the process has already started in the western Lower 48.“Interior’s decisions are hurting Alaskans. You’re depriving us of jobs, revenue security and prosperity,” Murkowski said. “But Alaskans aren’t alone in this. And I want my colleagues to understand, I think what we’re seeing in Alaska is a warning for those in the West. And the fact is almost every other Western state has multiple legitimate complaints against the Interior.”Jewell suggests the low throughput of the pipeline is not solely the government’s doing.“I am fully committed to supporting the efforts in the North Slope of Alaska to keep the trans-Alaska pipeline full,” Jewell said. “As you know I worked on that pipeline as a college student. As a petroleum engineer I understand how fields peak, and Produhoe Bay oil field and related oil fields have been passed their peak production for some time, I’m aware of that.”Jewell says her department has left a lot available for development, particularly in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, where Jewell says 72 percent of the estimated recoverable oil is in areas open to leasing.“And we have recently approved Conoco-Phillips’ preferred proposal for drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve,” Jewell said. “Offshore, 90 percent of the estimated recoverable oil and gas will be available for leasing in the Beafort and Chukchi Seas.”Jewell was defending her proposed budget before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Murkowski chairs.last_img read more

Refugee children vulnerable distressed

first_imgRohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar. ReutersThe government and development agencies have no information on over half the child refugees entering Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent times. Around 240,000 children have entered Bangladesh this time, but not all of them are being registered. The persons and agencies working with children there, say that these children will face even further hazards if they are not registered.With support from the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Bangladesh government is registering the refugees coming in from Myanmar. However, children under 12 years of age are not eligible for biometric registration as their fingerprints change. Without registration, their rights cannot even be ensured.Teacher of Dhaka University’s disaster management department Gowher Naim Wara yesterday, Monday, told Prothom Alo that the UN charter for children lists the right to birth registration as the first right of every child. That is an acknowledgement of the child’s existence. Without registration, the child is lost in the masses. Such children can be easily forced in child labour or child marriage, can face sexual abuse or trafficking. Wara said, fingerprints cannot be an excuse not to register the children.It has been a month since the Rohingyas were attacked and driven out of the Rakhine state, to flee into Bangladesh. Yet yesterday children were seen at the refugee camps, waiting in long queues for relief, bringing water from far, wandering around without guardians, begging, and sitting by the roads in hope of relief. Most of them were scantily dressed and barefoot. Many of the children have reportedly been subject to sexual abuse.In a UNICEF report on the condition of the refugee children, it was said that the Rohingya refugee children were situated in Cox’s Bazar, the district with the most backward indicators for child rights in Bangladesh.Immigration expert Asif Munir told Prothom Alo, the government can instruct the organisations providing health care to the children, to include the names of the children, their parents’ names, their address in Myanmar and the address of the camp where they reside at present, on the immunisation or health cards. If the UN agencies are involved in this, then no questions about the children’s identities will arise during repatriation.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 21, 2017. ReutersThe state of childrenThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 23 September finalised a report on the state of children. A survey was run of the 128,000 refugees in five temporary camps and the newly formed camps. A total of 57 per cent of this refugee population were children. Of them, 9 per cent were one-year-old and 23 per cent below the age of five. And 28 per cent of them were between 6 and 18 years old. UNICEF has identified 512 children who have no guardians. Another 167,040 remain unidentified, with no information about their names, ages, parents, addresses in camps here or back in Myanmar.Those working in the refugee camps are reeling under the tough challenge of tending to the refugees, particularly as a burgeoning number of them are children. Children have a variety of requirement. A Myanmar government health and demographic survey of 2015-16 reveals that the Rakhine state has the highest number of children suffering from extreme malnutrition. And this is worst in Buthidong and Maungdaw, the two areas which came under army attack. A large number of the children entering Bangladesh are severely undernourished and have not been immunised.At the initiative of the government, UNICEF and WHO, 100,000 children of the 5 to 15-year-old age bracket arriving in Bangladesh, have been vaccinated against measles and rubella. And 19,795 have been administered polio vaccines.Children unprotectedBRAC is working with children at a field level. The organisation’s emergency response expert Mahmud Hossain said, many of the children entering Bangladesh, like the women, were sexually abused in Myanmar. The temporary camps are very unsafe, particularly the recent camps at Kutupalong and Balukhali. Three sisters, who lost their parents in the violence in Myanmar, have been sexually abused in the camp where they are living at present. There are over 2000 such allegations till now, but the number is likely to be much higher as not many want to speak out about sexual harassment.It is the parentless children who are the most vulnerable. The prime minister’s office recently issued 20 directives regarding the Rohingya issue. One of them was to run a survey on orphaned children. This survey so far has found 570 such children in Ukhia and Teknaf. However, officials of the social welfare department were unwilling to say what will be done with these children and whether they would be provided with any special protection.last_img

Death toll rises to 17 in Delhi hotel fire

first_imgDelhi Fire Services (DFS) and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after extinguishing a fire that broke out on its premises in New Delhi on 12 February 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.”We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child,” Sunil Choudhary, a fire brigade official, told AFP.Local media reports said the woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window.G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours.”There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate,” another fire officer told reporters.Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of four-storey hotel, popular with budget travellers.Police said they were investigating the cause.The blaze was extinguished in the early hours with the help of at least 25 fire engines, with the top floors being gutted.Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy.Fire disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, India’s financial capital where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.last_img read more

Apps That Can Help Your Web Team Get More Done

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5. TrelloIf you’re looking for a free, easy-to-use alternative to project management platforms such as Basecamp, Trello may be the answer. Although somewhat similar to Remember the Milk, the tool’s collaboration features distinguish it from competitors.Trello makes it easy for managers to add colleagues and remote workers to individual projects, as well as assign them tasks and specify due dates. It also can help professionals break down large projects into manageable chunks. 6. SaneboxA tool that aims to restore sanity to Gmail and other email accounts, Sanebox ties in to your existing account and automatically creates a “SaneLater” folder. Once it’s set up, Sanebox will automatically direct messages it deems unimportant — newsletters, sales messages and account statements, for example — into this area, freeing up your inbox for the messages that matter most.Sanebox estimates that it saves users at least two hours of wasted time a week. It costs $4.95 a month and offers other fee plans, as well. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3. Remember the MilkA free “to do” list manager, Remember the Milk lets you create multiple lists for different aspects of your work and life. You can prioritize items within lists, tag them with relevant keywords and add notes to individual tasks.But what really sets Remember the Milk apart from other “to do” programs is its wide-ranging integrations. Remember the Milk syncs with Microsoft Outlook, BlackBerry, Siri, Twitter, Gmail, Google calendar and more. Specific apps for Android, iPhone and iPad devices are also available for a $25 annual fee. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7. Focus BoosterYou may be one of the many professionals who use what’s called the Pomodoro technique, in which short blocks of productivity are interspersed with breaks of various lengths. If so, the Focus Booster app can help you manage the process.This free tool tracks Pomodoro cycles and provides notifications of where you are in each series. The program also tracks the number of sessions completed and lets you modify Pomodoros to match your preferred work cycle and break lengths.Related: How Google’s ‘Content Experiments’ Can Simplify Website Testingcenter_img 4. LeechBlockEven the briefest distractions can result in significant productivity loss because of the time needed to mentally switch between tasks. That five-minute break you take to watch cute cat videos on YouTube can mean much more than a five-minute loss of productive time.If you need help turning off the fluff to remain productive, check out the LeechBlock extension. Available only for the Firefox browser, LeechBlock can help keep you on the straight and narrow by automatically blocking access to the sites you specify during working hours. For an added reminder to get back to you work, you can set the program’s “page blocked” notification to redirect to your Remember the Milk profile.Related: Why Free Apps Can Be Time Wasters, Not Productivity Boosters 4 min read July 19, 2012 Running a successful website can be a hectic operation. In addition to publishing regular, high-value content, you need to promote your site, engage with followers, manage conversion rates and handle whatever other tasks come your way.Considering the number of competing priorities, staying productive should be a top priority for any webmaster. These seven online and mobile apps can help you make the most of your time:1. NotableWhether you work in web development, web design, graphic design or another visually oriented field that requires client feedback, the Notable app may be a good fit for you.The program offers a simplified format for soliciting comments on digital design work by allowing users to take web screenshots via a browser plugin and then add notes using a simple point-and-click system. It can be an easier option for gathering feedback than requiring contacts to write paragraphs describing proposed changes.Notable is free to try, with paid options ranging from $19 to $99 a month for users requiring more screenshot storage space or additional team management tools.Related: 3 Ways to Create More Engaging 404 Pages2. YastAs management guru Peter Drucker once said, “What gets measured gets managed.” And that is especially true about how you use your time.To ensure that your hours of website building and monitoring are being appropriately allocated, consider a time-tracking tool such as Yast. It offers what might be the most intuitive, easy-to-use time-tracking interface of all the online time management programs.There’s a free version, as well as paid options for teams that require additional features. You can give the program a try before committing to a paid plan, which will run you $14 per month per user. Register Now »last_img read more

Five students brutally murdered in Liberia

first_imgFive university students were found Thursday morning in a studio apartment in Liberia with their throats slashed in an apparent multiple homicide.Ranging in ages 22 to 24, most of the three female and two male victims were tied up by their hands and feet and also gagged. All of them suffered fatal wounds to their throats from a knife attack before being found around 7 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).At a press conference, OIJ Director Walter Espinoza said a 14-year-old girl is the lone survivor of the attacks. As of Thursday afternoon, she was in stable condition at the hospital in Liberia receiving treatment for a severe cut to the throat, according to Espinoza.The five slain students were all enrolled at the University of Costa Rica and were originally from Upala, Alajuela. At least one of the students was renting the studio apartament, located behind a house in the La Victoria neighborhood of Liberia.Espinoza said that only one of the victims was not found gagged. No weapon was found inside the small room.According to the OIJ report, a neighbor found the bodies Thursday morning when he or she found the apartment door open and looked inside the room. The neighbor found the 14-year-old girl still alive, and she was immediately rushed to the local hospital.OIJ and local reports have identified the five victims as: Stephanie Hernández, 24; Dayanna Martínez, 24; Ingrid Mendéz, 24; Joseph Briones, 22; and Ariel Vargas, 24.Espinoza and other authorities said Thursday that they have no suspect and are unaware of any possible motive for the homicide. A local prosecutor told the Spanish-language daily La Nación that nothing was stolen from the house.The National Police Force released a brief statement via social media Thursday morning indicating that it was ramping up search efforts for a potential suspect throughout Guanacaste province. Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata said in a public statement that more officers would be sent to the border with Nicaragua, less than an hour’s drive from Liberia, to prevent a possible escape from the country. Facebook Comments Related posts:Arrests made in case of murdered Dutch couple and laborer Slaughter of five students in Liberia was likely done by one suspect, says OIJ director Attempted robbery goes awry when burglar gets caught in window Accused serial killer ‘Wild Bill’ Holbert asks forgiveness for murders of U.S. expatslast_img read more

FCm named top travel management company

first_imgFCm Travel Solutions can add yet another accolade to its line-up of achievements in 2012 after being named Australasia’s Leading Travel Management Company (TMC) as part of the World Travel Awards.FCm accepted the prestigious accolade at a World Travel Awards Ceremony held 18 October at the InterContinental Singapore.During the awards ceremony, FCm was also named Asia’s Leading Travel Management Company.FCm currently holds the mantle of ‘World’s Leading Travel Management Company’ and earlier this year was also confirmed by the 2012 World Travel Awards program as the Leading Travel Management Company for Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. This year FCm also took out the award for Africa’s Leading Corporate Travel Company.FCm Global Leader Gregory Lording congratulated FCm’s teams around the world for their efforts, which had been broadly recognised by the World Travel Awards during 2012.“These new titles for our operations in Asia and Australasia cap off an outstanding performance on the world awards stage for FCm,” Gregory said. “So far FCm has taken out eight awards for being a corporate travel market leader as part of the 2012 World Travel Awards program and I’d like to congratulate our travel and account management teams for their hard work and commitment.”FCm General Manager New Zealand Simon McKearney said the Australasia award was testament to FCm’s success in the Australian and New Zealand corporate market.“Our corporate business in New Zealand has gone from strength to strength in the past year, recording strong client growth and high retention rates,” he said. “Our ability to offer strategic account management that drives long-term value and service that generates efficiencies at every stage of the booking and buying process has been key to our success.” Source = FCm Travel Solutionslast_img read more

Churchill Mortgage Expands Into Missouri

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Churchill Mortgage Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2014-02-05 Matt Coffelt in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Churchill Mortgage Expands Into Missouri February 5, 2014 470 Views center_img “”Churchill Mortgage””: announced the opening of its first brick and mortar location in Missouri.The new branch is in Kansas City, Missouri, and will be headed up by Joanna Redden. Having previously worked as a mortgage professonal at several other institutions, Redden brings 19 years of industry experience to her new position.””Expanding into Missouri allows us to serve a new population of borrowers and Joanna’s expertise ensures that they have the most direct route to the American dream of homeownership,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. Sharelast_img read more

agentsAlaskaCruise STARS 2019Incentive

first_imgagentsAlaskaCruise STARS 2019Incentive Cruise STARS 2019 will be inviting top-tier selling agents from across wholesale cruise brands including; The Cruise Team, Seven Oceans Cruising and GO Holidays.Steve Brady, National Sales Manager, said that the Cruise STARS 2019 reward was one of the most impressive he can remember. “We know our Cruise STARS will be treated to an absolutely amazing experience on the Crystal Symphony heading to Alaska, there is no doubt it will be a trip of a lifetime.“Our agents from across Australia and New Zealand will be super excited to be invited and they have 11 months to try and make that happen.” IMAGE: The Global STARS 2018 Gala Awards last weekend in Hamilton Island was the venue for a whole host of announcements including the 2019 destination for the awards – Dubai – and that Global STARS Cruise STARS will be awarded with an Alaska cruise in 2019!With thanks to Crystal Cruises, attendees of Cruise STARS 2019 will be treated to seven days on board Crystal Symphony in September 2019, cruising from Vancouver to Alaska and experiencing the best of Alaska cruising. last_img read more

July 4 2011In the evening of the 2011 summer sols

first_imgJuly 4, 2011In the evening of the 2011 summer solstice, and Paolo Soleri’s 92nd birthday, Arcosanti celebrated the annual Burning Tongue event.Residents, friends and workshop participants gathered in the Vaults for a night of incredibly spicy dishes and hors devours.The fare ranged from Ghost Pepper Popsicles to full entrees awash with hot spices. Two very typical faces: Chugging a water bottle, and preparing to burn one’s tongue. “Burning Tongue” is the brainchild of architect and 3D Master Young Soo Kim, who is part of the Arcosanti Planning Department.last_img