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In the news today Oct 30

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 30———FEDS REWORK APOLOGY FOR HOLOCAUST INCIDENTThe killings of 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on the weekend has reframed the prime minister’s plan for an apology on Canada’s decision to close its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to deliver the apology next week for a federal decision in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax. Five survivors from the boat, the MS St. Louis, are scheduled to be in the House of Commons next week to hear an apology 79 years in the making.———HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VIGILSHundreds of people in Montreal and Toronto paid tribute to the 11 Jews shot and killed over the weekend in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Surrounded by a heavy presence of police cruisers and security guards, members of Montreal’s Jewish community, politicians and other mourners gathered at Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue for the vigil. At the vigil in Toronto’s Mel Lastman Square, 20 family members of Joyce Fienberg, a 75-year-old who died in the shooting and had previously lived in Toronto, were among those gathered.———SARAH HENSTRA WINS GOVERNOR GENERAL’S FICTION PRIZEToronto author Sarah Henstra says she thinks her win at this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction signals that Canadian readers are hungry for literature that tackles thorny cultural issues. Henstra is among the winners announced today for her first foray into adult fiction, “The Red Word,” set at the epicentre of the polarized debate about sexual assault on university campuses. The novel follows 19-year-old Karen Huls, a Canadian student at a prominent U.S. college in the 1990s, who is awakened to the ambiguities of gender politics after moving in with a group of radical feminist activists while dating a member of a fraternity notorious for drug-fuelled misogyny.———AIRLINES CUT SEAWORLD TIES AMID WHALE BIDAir Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. are joining a growing wave of companies that have cut ties to SeaWorld, in sync with the spirit of a federal bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity and in the wake of concerns raised by animal rights advocates. The Senate passed legislation last Tuesday that would make captivity and breeding of cetaceans such as dolphins and whales a criminal offence. Air Canada says it stopped offering SeaWorld tickets for purchase on its website last week, calling the move a “commercial decision.” WestJet dropped the tickets — previously available as part of vacation packages — last August.———CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS FOR PINE BEETLE FUNDINGThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has asked for immediate federal funding to stop the spread of the destructive mountain pine beetle. CEO Perrin Beatty says in a letter sent to Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi that warmer winters have allowed the beetle to spread east and that the threat is at a critical juncture. The pine beetle will have a clear path to spread across the rest of Canada if it breaches the forests that border Alberta and Saskatchewan, says Beatty. He calls on the federal government to provide $100 million to help fund Alberta’s efforts.last_img read more

All parties to conflicts must be held to account in protection of

14 January 2009Citing the “dreadful beginning” of 2009 for civilians caught up in armed conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that strict respect for international law by all parties to fighting was critical to end the suffering. “Violations of international humanitarian law by one party to a conflict offer no justification for non-compliance by other parties,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said, as he opened a debate in which some 50 speakers took the floor and which culminated in a statement by the Council’s President condemning violations against civilians during conflict and revising Council guidelines for consideration of the topic to reflect current conditions. Mr. Holmes stressed in his statement that, “Allegations of violations must be fully investigated and those responsible held to account.” In addition to the growing number of civilians killed in Gaza and those terrorized by rockets in southern Israel, he spoke of civilians executed, brutalized and displaced by rebels in the eastern DRC, the use of human shields and random fire in Somalia and the 40 per cent increase of civilians killed – for a total of some 2,000 – during hostilities in Afghanistan in 2008. Regarding the carnage in Gaza, he said constant care must be taken to spare the civilian population in the context of military operations and that neither party seemed to be measuring up to such requirements. “Can we look at what has been happening in Gaza in the last three weeks and say that either Israel or Hamas has come close to respecting these rules? I think not,” he said. It was relatively straightforward, if not always easy or productive, for the UN to engage with national or international forces, he said, but humanitarian actors could not only talk to one side in a conflict. “If we are serious about sparing civilians from the effects of hostilities, about obtaining access to those in need and seeking to ensure that humanitarian workers can operate safely, humanitarian actors must have consistent and sustained dialogue with all parties to a conflict, be it the Taliban, Hamas or Al-Shabaab,” he said, naming groups in Afghanistan, Gaza and Somalia, respectively. It was important to talk to those groups to explain the requirements of international law, to speak out for their victims or communities they endangered through their mere presence and by storing weapons in homes, schools and places of worship and to call them to account when they violate international humanitarian law. “It is simply not sufficient to oppose such engagement for fear that it will confer a degree of recognition on these groups,” he said. read more

Nektar DXC Technology plunge Yelp News Corp rise

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Symantec Corp. (SYMC), up 7 cents at $22.99The security software company is selling its enterprise security unit to chipmaker Broadcom for $10.7 billion.DXC Technology Co. (DXC), down $15.74 at $35.91The information technology company cut its profit and revenue forecast for the year, partly citing deal delays.Nektar Therapeutics Inc. (NKTR), down $8.65 at $20.92The drug developer told investors that a study involving an experimental cancer treatment faced some manufacturing issues.Avnet Inc. (AVT), down $1.59 at $41.32The distributor of electronic components gave investors a weak profit forecast for the current quarter.Mattel Inc. (MAT), down $2.12 at $11.31The maker of Barbie, Hot Wheels and other toys cancelled a debt offering after receiving a letter from an anonymous whistleblower.Yelp Inc. (YELP), up $1.82 at $36.77The online business reviews company beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts and reaffirmed its revenue outlook for the year.News Corp. (NWSA), up 67 cents at $13.70The publisher of the Wall Street Journal beat analysts’ fiscal fourth quarter profit forecasts.Axon Enterprise Inc. (AAXN), down $10.32 at $58.09The maker of stun guns and body cameras reported weak second quarter profit and revenue.The Associated Press read more

Youngsters in Asia face alarming HIV risk due to high drug use

UNICEF said young people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS infections worldwide. Intravenous drug is fuelling much of these infections, with amphetamine-type substances increasingly becoming the drugs of choice.”We are witnessing a human tragedy unfolding at an alarming pace affecting our children and young people,” Robert Bennoun, UNICEF Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS, said at the International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Chang Mai, Thailand, where he highlighted the urgent need for more effective and coordinated policies to tackle this growing problem.Asia is home to approximately 33 million users of amphetamine-type substances, with approximately two-thirds of them living primarily in Thailand, Philippines, Japan and Taiwan Province of China. Children and young people account for the majority of new users, UNICEF said.”That short but invaluable window of opportunity – that eagerness and ability to learn and to excel – is at best interrupted and at worst destroyed by drug use and closed for good,” Mr. Bennoun stated, adding that programmes aimed at preventing drug use should be complemented with those to reduce the risk to young people presently using drugs.UNICEF is developing global, regional and national strategies to deal with this growing threat to young people, both in and out of schools. The UN agency said youngsters have a right to information, skills and services to help protect themselves from the harm associated with drugs. UNICEF is calling for an overall increase in investment in education, community services and parental support to better protect young people from drugs. read more

Primary school bans homework after pupils and parents voted to read books

first_imgA primary school has scrapped homework after the move was backed in a poll by parents and pupils.Children at the 193-pupil Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics.Nearly 80 per cent of pupils and 62 per cent of parents supported the move at the Highland school, while the 10 teachers were split down the middle.The school carried out a six-week trial last year during which pupils were given no homework so that they had more time to play. Pupils were then sent home with slips that asked their parents to respond with a simple “yes” or “no” to a no-homework policy.One father, Barry Hutchison, 38, a children’s author, said homework stressed pupils and their parents. He added: “Kids have so many things outside school, like clubs. They just need time to be kids.”Mr Hutchison, whose daughter attends the school, said parents who wanted to give their children homework could find material online. Last month King’s Road Primary in Rosyth, Fife, scrapped homework, leading to complaints from parents that they had not been consulted.A spokesman for EIS, the teachers’ union, said: “It is important that all pupils develop their abilities to study independently and homework is one, but not the only, method of supporting this type of independent learning.” Susan Campbell, 30, whose eight-year-old son is a pupil, also voted for the change. She said: “It takes up a lot of time and quite often he has after-school clubs and things like that and it can be left until 8pm at night. “He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of night. “So we voted ‘no’ and we’ll do reading with him instead.” Show more He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of nightSusan Campbell, parent 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.last_img read more

Dramatic EHF CL Final – Buducnost Podgorica writes history

Buducnost handballBudućnost PodgoricaEHF Champions League winner ← Previous Story Bundesliga: THW Kiel wins in Hamburg again! Next Story → Polish Play Off Final: Kielce VS Wisla 2:0! In dramatic second match of the Women’s EHF Champions League Final, HC Buducnost Podgorica wins trophy after triumph over ETO Gyori 27:25 (13:12), because of more scored goals in away match (first match won Gyori 29:27). In fantastic atmosphere in front of 5.000 crazy fans, Popovic, Bulatovic and other girls made historical success for sports in Montenegro, something what was a dream of many handball generations before.BUDUCNOST – GYORI 27:25 (13:12)BUDUCNOST: VOLTERING (13 saves), Barjaktarovic, Vukčevicć, MILJANIC 7, Djokic 1, Radovic 1, A. Bulatovic, SAVIC 3, Jovetic, POPOVIC 3 (1), Cakalije, K. BULATOVIC 9 (1), CVIJIC 1, Gjorgijevska, KNEZEVIC 2, Lazovic.GYORI: LUNDE-HARALDSEN (one save), Palinger (9 saves), RADICEVIC 3, LOKE 2, Verten, Kuruc, GORBITZ 9 (5), KOVACIC 3, AMORIM 5, Orban, Hornjak, Gros, LEKIC 3. read more

Small businesses to lose jobs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Retailers, fast food chains and pharmacies may be forced to axe their staff or reduce hours if the ‘modernisation of award rates’ for employees goes ahead.The new award conditions, outlined by the Australian Industry Relations Commission (AIRC) are to come into effect from January 1, 2010 and will see retail and pharmacy employers pay higher penalty rates, such as double-time on Sundays instead of time-and-a-half as it is currently. “It is a bit of a blow to small business,” says Dora Tsolakis of Meli Market in Northcote to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “Hopefully customer service doesn’t lack as employers can’t afford to keep people on and perhaps small business may consider closing doors on Sundays to avoid paying penalty rates.” The Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president Kos Sclavos predicts that this action will impose total wage increases of up to 22 per cent in the pharmacy sector and has called on Julia Gillard and the AIRC to make amendments to the legislation.He believes this issue will affect the Greek community, adding that eight per cent of pharmacies are owned by Greek Australians. “It is a tough fiscal environment so if there is an increase in wages we will be forced to sack people, reduce our trading hours or reduce our services,” he said. “The award rates need to reflect the industry- our trading hours are not normal. We call on Julia Gillard to extend her intervention to ensure that the high service sector and long trading hours of community pharmacy remain.”He referred to the letter that Julia Gillard sent last week to the AIRC with the request to treat restaurants, cafes and catering businesses separately from hotels as part of its overhaul of industrial awards. “Cafes and restaurants can increase their prices to make up for the wage increases but 70 per cent of pharmacy remuneration is from prescriptions in which we can’t change the prices.”Whilst the Government has encouraged the AIRC to use a five-year transition period with the aim of allowing businesses to absorb extra overtime payments, Sclavos also indicated that the union had called for the transition period to be reduced to under a year.last_img read more

Greeces student population in decline

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recently released report by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) documents an alarming reduction in Greece’s student population and highlights the estimated implications on the education sector overall if the downward trend is not reversed.Primary schools have recorded the largest drop over the last five years, with 102,000 students enrolled in 2017 compared to 108,500 in 2012, accounting for a decline of 6 per cent.Overall, the country’s total student population dropped from 1.49 to 1.44 million during the period 2009-2016, a development attributed to several factors, including a rapid decline in the country’s birthrates since the beginning of the financial crisis amounting approximately to 30 per cent.More specifically, births in the nation fell from 118,300 in 2008 to 88,500 in 2017, with the drop manifesting in a reduction in both kindergarten and elementary school enrollments.According to the IOBE study, a temporary reversal of the downward trend was observed in 2014, due to children born in 2008 – the last year of a mini-boom in births – transitioning to primary education.Experts behind the study estimate that at this rate the number of students will drop almost 30 per cent by 2035, with Greek schools accommodating for 423,000 less pupils than today.This could mean a reduction in school units by 30,8 per cent as well as teaching staff, with 70,000 to 80,000 less positions needed should the above scenario prove true.As for the impact on tertiary education, by 2035 the number of students admitted to universities would drop to 51,800 compared to 71,800 in 2008.It is worth noting that another study conducted by the National Center of Social Research (EKKE) in collaboration with a special parliamentary committee on demographics and social affairs highlighted the negative implications of Greece’s rapid ongoing population decline, associated partly with the low birthrate, on the country’s economy and welfare system.last_img read more

Free Nokia Siemens comme constructeur de réseau

first_imgFree : Nokia Siemens comme constructeur de réseau ?France – Le quatrième opérateur mobile français Free serait en négociation avec Nokia Siemens pour la construction de son futur réseau. Le contrat avoisinerait les 200 millions d’euros.Après sa nomination en tant que quatrième opérateur mobile en France, Free est passé à une nouvelle étape cruciale : la construction de son réseau. Pour cela, Iliad est en négociation avec Nokia Siemens Network. Un accord préliminaire aurait même été signé. La prestation est évaluée à un peu plus de 200 millions d’euros. L’équipementier devra s’occuper du cœur du réseau alors qu’Alcatel-Lucent aurait été sollicité dans une moindre mesure. L’opérateur devrait pouvoir proposer ses premières offres commerciales dès 2012 (on parle d’un peu moins de 20 euros pour 3 heures de communication) alors que l’objectif de couverture de population est de 27%  pour atteindre 90% en 2018. Grâce à sa base de clients, Free espère conquérir 10 à 15% du marché mobile entre 2015 et 2020.Le 16 février 2010 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

5 numbers to note in Vancouver supplemental budget

first_imgThe city of Vancouver approved its second 2017 supplemental budget Monday evening. These supplemental budgets occur annually to reflect any changes to revenues or expenditures after the biennial budget is approved.The 2017 supplemental budget included an expenditure adjustment of $38.9 million and an additional 2.75 full-time employees.Of the $38.9 million adjustment, $22.6 million is attributed to the city’s operating budget with the remaining balance related to the capital budget. The net impact to city resources is $5.9 million while the impact on the general fund is $2.1 million.Here are five numbers of note from this budget:$4.6 million: The city is allocating general fund money to purchase the former state Fish and Wildlife building at 2018 Grand Blvd. with the intent to convert the facility into a day center for homeless people. The center could open as soon as January. City staff indicate that while the initial financing of the purchase will come from the general fund, Vancouver expects Community Development Block Grants, Affordable Housing funds and real estate excise tax funds to make up the financing.$0.7 million: Tower Mall was purchased by the city in June for $5 million. While a moratorium on development was extended through May 2018, the city needs to invest in the site’s upkeep. Allocated funds will pay for safety assessments, including fire alarm testing, mold abatement and HVAC repairs. The financing comes from on-site lease revenues.2.75 FTE: The Community and Economic Development department has used a consultant to fulfill its needs for a grant associate planner. One FTE or full-time equivalent position will be allocated to CED to hire its own staffer rather than continue to pay a consultant.last_img read more

Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux believes change is inevitable for Maurizio Sarri if he is to become a success story in the Premier League.Upon arriving from Napoli last summer, Sarri enjoyed a dream start as Chelsea coach by winning his opening five Premier League fixtures and remaining unbeaten for up to 12 games.But things have quickly changed at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea dropping out of the title battle and even the top-four in the standings on the back of five defeats in 12 league games.Things hit a new low for the Italian coach on Wednesday night when Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth, which left a “frustrated” Sarri unable to explain what had happened.Speaking of Sarri’s current struggles at Chelsea, Le Saux suggested that he’s playing system has now been sussed out and added that the former Napoli boss must learn to “adapt” in a similar way to what Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done.“The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes,” Le Saux told the Daily Express.“That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise, his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum.“So now teams drop a player onto him as Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will host bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge for their next Premier League match on Saturday.🇮🇹 Maurizio Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with his @ChelseaFC players after the 4-0 loss to @AFCBournemouth.😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.📝 @MichelleOwen7 pic.twitter.com/RkaYva0Jgn— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Right lane remains closed on I84

first_imgInterstate 84 eastbound still has the right lane closed 11 miles west of Cascade Locks 34 after a commercial tanker truck crashed Sunday night. Oregon State Police troopers continue to investigate the truck that had ODOT, cleanup crews, fire and hazardous materials response teams out all night and this morning, according to a press release.The tanker collided with a guard rail about 5 p.m. and rolled onto its side, blocking both eastbound lanes. It was reported to be carrying 3,000 gallons of gasoline. The gasoline began to leak and equipment had to be used to pump the remaining fuel out of the damaged trailer.The driver John T. Rollins Jr., of Portland suffered minor injuries. The estimated traffic delay this morning is about 20 minutes, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website.last_img read more

Employment tribunal rules on comparability of roles in Asda equal pay case

first_imgA Manchester Employment Tribunal has ruled that female employees based within Asda supermarkets can compare themselves to male staff who work in the retailer’s distribution centres.Around 7,000 former and current Asda employees are bringing an equal pay claim against the retailer. The claimants, who are mostly female, argue that they the value of the work they carry out in stores is equal to that carried out by employees based in depots, who are largely male, and that they should be paid accordingly.If successful, the claimants could recover more than £100 million in back payments stretching back to 2002.Lauren Lougheed, employment lawyer at Leigh Day, the law firm representing the Asda claimants, said: “This is a dramatic victory for the workers we represent. Asda tried to argue that because the shops and distribution centres were in different locations, with different pay arrangements, that Asda could pay the men what they liked.“However, the employment tribunal found that Asda, the employer of both men and women, could have made sure that there was equal pay between men and women if they wanted to, but chose not to. This judgement will have far reaching implications on other supermarket equal pay claims.”An Asda spokesperson said: “This decision by the employment tribunal does not determine the eventual outcome of the case. It relates to a technical preliminary issue of whether jobs in different parts of the business can be compared. The tribunal has yet to consider whether the jobs are of equal value in terms of their demands and if some jobs are, only then will the tribunal move on to consider the reasons for the differentials, including the existence of different market rates in different industry sectors. “We continue to strongly dispute the claims being made against us. We believe that the demands of the jobs are very different and are considering our options for appeal.“At Asda, hourly-paid colleagues doing the same job in the same location are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our retail stores are paid the same. Men and women doing the same job in our distribution centres are paid the same. Pay rates in stores differ from pay rates in distribution centres for legitimate reasons, including the different market rates for different jobs in different sectors.”last_img read more

Manleen Puris wonderful touch in makeup makes her celebritys favourite artist

first_imgManleen Puri knows very well how to enchance one’s looks even more with her wonderful make up skills. She is a renowned make up artist who has an eye for every type of make-up or make-up trends.She is student of Hotel Management holding a degree in BA HONS. Before working as a make-up artist, Manleen used to work as a Chef in London. When she returned to India, Puri worked in the hotel industry as a manager for sales, marketing and reservations for at least 4 years.When she gave birth to Keyan, she gave up everything and started her own clothing line. But it didn’t succeed. However, Manleen Puri didn’t give up. Three and a half year ago, she started working as a make-up artist and realised she has a great knack for it.Because of her amazing work, Manleen got a lot of customers. From models to celebs, everyone approached Manleen for several events to get their make-up done. With all the appreciation and success, Manleen never looked back and is one of the top make-up artists.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Attention Please

first_imgWhen we asked these alternate rock band artistes about the inception of the band, they excitedly narrated a fairy tale. And just as their story, this band believes in making original compositions and are fun and power packed as their performances. Here are excerpts from a candid conversation we had before they went on to perform at Hard Rock Cafe this weekend . Read on…What is the story behind the inception of the band? Once upon a time, in a land far far away (St.Xaviers college) Rohan and Ankit met in a bathroom during the college fest- Malhar. Later, Ankit asked Rohan to join the Jai Hind band that he was a part of and today we are here with a couple of line up changes here and there. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A band usually go through its set of ups and downs, how is your experience so far?We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but we feel we’ve had it pretty good for the last 2 years. Even though we’ve had a recent lineup change, we feel we’ve recuperated fast and it has given us a whole new perspective. We’re glad we can finally get back to doing what we love to do the most – playing gigs, everywhere.Tell us about the chemistry you guys share off stage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe started out with the band being the main connecting point between us. But over 2 years of being a band we’ve grown to become friends. Usually bands form due to friendship getting together to play music but we kind of did it in reverse.Why there is no girl in the band, have you ever thought of including one?We’ve had a female guest vocalist Vasuda Sharma, who is awesome and hyper-talented. But the band just fell into place so quickly that we didn’t really put a lot of thought into genders and the possibility of a female member. Tell us about your EP Attention Please?Attention, Please! is a four track extended play (EP) that we released in January 2013, and is our first proper release. We’re still pretty excited about it, it got the four songs that we were most confident about at the time. It was recorded at YRF with the Shantanu Hudliker and mixed by KJ Singh.How has the response been?It’s been great. We did a little tour to promote the EP in January for it too. We got favorable reviews from critics from major publications. It was also great to see a lot of musicians we look up to like Bruce Lee Mani, Rahul Ram, Koco, Warren Mendonsa among others, supporting and encouraging feedback us with the piece.What are the inspirations behind the tracks you make?Well, it differs from track to track. But each track has its own vibe and the lyrics usually come from a personal place. We put up in a way that tracks are  relate-able to our audience.What message you want to put across to the listeners by your music?As commonly said, audience and artistes alike, we write and produce our own composition, we’re very excited about being in the indie music scene right now. It’s a time of change and we’re very grateful to be part of it. We make music for the listeners and as an artiste it is important to have an audience to perform to. The more connected to audience we are, the better it gets. With more and more people supporting Indian Indie by buying songs, attending gigs and festivals its at a very interesting place and will make more interesting compositions.Tell us about winning Best rock Artist by Radio City Freedom Awards?It was exhilarating, we are still pretty kicked by it. K.J Singh, who produced the EP won the Indian Recording Artists Association award for Best Produced Band at the Palm Expo too.Where are your next shows, any new tracks you guys are working on?We’re working on a couple of tracks with our new drummer, Joshua Singh. Apart from this gig we’re playing for The Scene gig at Arc Asia in Pune with some other well-known bands.last_img read more

Soon SSKM to get clearance to conduct heart lung transplants

first_imgKolkata: SSKM Hospital may soon get clearance from the state Health department to conduct heart and lung transplants.The hospital authorities have already built adequate infrastructure in this regard. If everything goes according to plan, the SSKM will get the nod from the Health department in the next few months. A senior official of the hospital said: “We have so far witnessed heart transplants at a government hospital but the idea of lung transplant is not only new in the city but also in the entire Eastern region. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalCalcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is the only government-run hospital in the state that has obtained clearance from the department to perform heart transplants. CMCH has already conducted two heart transplants. But no government hospital has the permission to perform lung transplants. “Necessary infrastructure is being built at the hospital in this regard. A lung transplant is at a very early stage in the country. Some acute COPD patients often need to undergo lung transplants. Children with Cystic fibrosis also require the same,” a senior official of the SSKM Hospital said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSSKM had applied for clearance in August 2018. It has also submitted a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan before Puja this year. A survey was carried out in this regard considering various aspects. As a part of infrastructure revamp, a heart failure clinic has also been operating at the Cardiology department of the hospital since last year. The doctors at the Cardiology department of the hospital would examine and treat heart failure patients at the clinic. A senior official said the doctors would try to cure heart-related problems of the patients through medicines but those who would require heart transplants would be referred to the same unit that is to come up at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) department of the hospital.last_img read more

Security Vulnerabilities identified in Washington Georgia and North Carolinas voting systems

first_imgSecurity gaps have been identified in both Washington State’s and North Carolina’s voter registration systems. Spotted by cybersecurity experts, these vulnerabilities could potentially be exploited to interfere with citizens’ eligibility to cast ballots in last week’s elections. Fortunately, it seems like that hasn’t happened. Officials in both Washington and North Carolina expressed confidence they would spot any widespread tampering with voter registration records. According to The Seattle Times, “cyber experts said Washington appears to have failed to plug all the holes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned last year that Russian cyber operatives had downloaded voter records from Illinois’ database in advance of the 2016 presidential election and attempted to do so in 20 other states.” Washington Secretary of State Kim Whyman assures voters systems are secure Washington Secretary of State Kim Whyman was keen to stress that the Washington electoral infrastructure is secure. In a statement on her website, she said “voters can rest assured that Washington’s election system is secure.” It was only in May that the Senate Intelligence Committee alleged that in “a small number of states,” cyberattackers affiliated with the Russian government “were in a position to” alter or delete voter registration information during the 2016 election. As part of that report, the Committee urged “federal grant funds to improve cybersecurity by hiring additional Information Technology staff, updating software, and contracting vendors to provide cybersecurity services.” However, cybersecurity experts have been quick to pick up on vulnerabilities that still haven’t been tackled. Susan Greenhalgh, policy director for the National Election Defense Coalition, said “the gaping vulnerability found in Georgia should be sending shock waves, not just in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, but in all the other states that are using the same technology. The vendor left a door wide open that allows an attacker, anywhere in the world, to execute a voter suppression operation using election technology.” The vendor who installed Georgia’s computer programming has been identified as PCC Technologies, at the time a Connecticut-based firm. Cyber experts examined four states’ registration sites for McClatchy, including North Carolina and Washington, because PCC had listed them alongside 15 other states for whom it had performed work. Officials in both Washington and North Carolina said PCC did not program their voter registration databases, but the cyber experts said they still could see vulnerabilities. According to The Seattle times, “[cybersecurity experts] said hackers could get around authentication requirements in the voter registration system for Washington’s statewide vote-by-mail operation.” This would mean that “if data were deleted, the affected voters would not be mailed ballots, creating significant challenges, especially if the voter failed to act before Election Day.” Georgia’s online registration system is out of date, cybersecurity expert claims Harri Hursti, a New York-based cybersecurity expert who monitored Georgia’s election on Tuesday, said the design of its online registration system was acceptable 15 years ago. But today, he said, it would violate “every single manual” because it exposes “critical information” to any viewer. Erich Ebel, a spokesperson for Kim Wyman, said “the state has a very robust election security protocol, both physical and electronic. Our firewalls are state-of-the-art, and we have a number of other measures in place to identify, block and report suspicious activity”. “Bernhard and a prominent cyber expert who evaluated Washington’s security on condition of anonymity said there’s still a way for a bad actor to manipulate the system.”, according to Seattle Times. A group of computer geeks created a website named Highprogrammer.com, which can easily obtain driver’s licenses for residents of Washington and a number of other states to show how easily systems can be breached. Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for North Carolina’s elections board, also acknowledged that a North Carolina law makes state’s voter registration data widely available. This includes personal information such as ages and addresses and could allow anyone to pluck names off the list, fill out a form and mail fake address changes to state or county officials.last_img read more

Restaurant owners say 2 percent bank charge on credit debit transactions could

first_imgRelated posts:Finance Ministry submits bill to improve tax collection, reduce evasion Finance Ministry updates income tax brackets, raises tax-exempt salary limit Tax on Costa Rica corporations is unconstitutional, says court Finance Ministry submits tax reform bills to Legislative Assembly Representatives of the Costa Rican Restaurants Chamber (CACORE) warned this week that restaurant owners could face liquidity problems from a 2 percent charge that banks will assess on all dining payments made with credit and debit cards.The measure was prompted in August by a Tax Administration decree and takes effect this month. According to the decree, banks will withhold 2 percent of credit and debit card payments from restaurants as an advance on income tax payments. CACORE criticized the plan during its annual congress of 225 representatives from the sector, who met this week.Chamber executive director Alejandro Madrigal Ramírez on Tuesday said they had requested a meeting with Finance Vice Minister Fernando Rodríguez, and the two sides could begin discussions as early as next week.Tax Administration General Director Carlos Vargas in August said the measure has two goals: To collect advanced income tax payments and to track all payments made with credit and debit cards in the country.CACORE’s congress also held forums to discuss other challenges, including high levels of competition. According to Health Ministry records, more than 20,000 food and beverage businesses operate in Costa Rica.Competition has led to some 1,900 layoffs in the sector this year, but congress attendees said they did not expect more firings for the rest of 2014.Restaurant owners also complained about excessive red tape at public agencies – particularly at municipalities – and dry laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol during certain holidays. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Solar plane starts second leg of epic roundtheworld bid

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Climate change could leave sharks unable to hunt The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history International climate pact has rough draft The aircraft took off from Muscat at 6.35 a.m. local time for what is expected to be a 16-hour, 1,465 kilometer journey over the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad in India. Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls, taking over from fellow Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg.On Monday Borschberg had touched down in Muscat after the first leg of the journey, 13 hours and two minutes after leaving Abu Dhabi.“The adventure has started,” Solar Impulse chairman Bertrand Piccard said just after Borschberg took off in the early morning from Abu Dhabi’s Al-Bateen airport on the historic journey aimed at promoting green energy.Borschberg spoke of an “emotional” trip, telling reporters in Muscat he cruised at 6,000 meters (almost 20,000 feet) because the trip was “short”. Piccard is set to fly higher on the trip to Ahmedabad, Borschberg said.Both pilots wore traditional Omani turbans as they received an official welcome in the Gulf sultanate.U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon hailed the venture and congratulated the pilots.“We take inspiration from their example and efforts to harness the power of multilateralism to address climate change and to inspire the world to achieve sustainable development,” his spokesman said.“With their daring and determination, we can all fly into a new sustainable future.”Research and testingSi2’s takeoff, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday but was delayed by high winds, capped 13 years of research and testing by the two Swiss pilots.Live video streaming on the www.solarimpulse.com website monitoring the unique aircraft’s progress showed the pilot, wearing an orange jumpsuit, breathing using an oxygen mask.“From Mission Control Center in #Monaco the engineers are helping me to perform Oxygen Mask tests from #SolarImpulse,” he tweeted.Borschberg earlier called his wife from on board, according to the live feed. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard (wearing a traditional Omani turban) and Andre Borschberg pose for pictures during an official welcome after Solar Impulse 2 landed in the Omani capital Muscat on March 9, 2015. Mohammed Mahjoub/AFPThe wingspan of the one-seater Si2 is slightly bigger than that of a jumbo jet, but its weight is around that of a family car. From Muscat, it will make 12 stops on an epic journey spread over five months, with a total flight time of around 25 days.Later legs will take it to Myanmar, China, Hawaii and New York. Landings are also earmarked for the midwestern United States and either southern Europe or North Africa, depending on the weather conditions.The longest single leg will see a lone pilot fly non-stop for five days and nights across the Pacific Ocean between Nanjing, China and Hawaii, a distance of 8,500 kilometers (5,270 miles).Intensive trainingBorschberg and Piccard will alternate flying the plane, which can fly on autopilot during rest breaks.“You have to make the cockpit like your own house…you go to the toilet, you wash yourself with wet wipes, you eat, you drink, you recline the seat to have some rest, you turn on the autopilot,” Piccard told reporters.Both pilots have undergone intensive training in preparation for the trip, including in yoga and self-hypnosis, allowing them to sleep for periods as short as 20 minutes but still awake feeling refreshed.All this will happen without burning a drop of fuel.While in the air, the pilots will be linked to a control center in Monaco where 65 weathermen, air traffic controllers and engineers will be stationed. A team of 65 ground staff will travel with the two pilots.“We want to share our vision of a clean future,” Piccard said of the mission, which was ridiculed by the aviation industry when it was first unveiled.But the 57-year-old, who hails from a family of scientist-adventurers and in 1999 became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon, clung to his belief that clean technology and renewable energy “can achieve the impossible.”The plane is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells built into wings that, at 72 meters, are longer than on a Boeing 747 and approaching those of an Airbus A380 superjumbo.Thanks to an innovative design, the lightweight carbon fiber aircraft weighs only 2.3 tons, about the same as a family 4×4 and less than one percent of the weight of the A380.The Si2 is the first solar-powered aircraft able to stay aloft for several days and nights. The propeller-driven craft has four 17.5 horsepower electric motors with rechargeable lithium batteries.It will travel at 50-100 kilometers per hour, but slower at night to prevent the batteries from draining too quickly.center_img MUSCAT, Oman — Solar Impulse 2 took off Tuesday from Oman, launching the second leg of its epic bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world, in a test of its pilots’ endurance.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The National Football League’s Cardinals have played 25 seasons in the state of Arizona. In those 25 seasons, 28 different quarterbacks have started a game for the team. Of those 28 different quarterbacks, just one — Kurt Warner — threw for more than 4,000 yards in a Cardinals uniform (once), and only Warner tossed more than 21 touchdowns in a single season (three times). In the franchise’s history, only two quarterbacks have eclipsed 4,000 yards and just seven times has a passer thrown for more than 21 touchdowns. 0 Comments   Share   Carson Palmer, whom the Cardinals just traded for Tuesday, passed for 4,018 yards and 22 touchdowns last season as an Oakland Raider. If he posted those stats in Arizona, his season would go down in the annals of the team’s history as one of the best of all-time.That right there says two things: one, the team’s history at the position is, well, dreadful. And two, Palmer, at 33, still has quite a bit left in the tank. And for the record, Warner was 33 when the Cardinals signed him back in 2005 (and turned 34 before he ever took a snap for the team). Can lightning strike twice?This is not to say Palmer is guaranteed to become the next Warner, but he arrives with similar baggage. An older QB whose best days appear to be behind him, Palmer was had for conditional late picks because few believe he’s capable of playing at an elite level and leading a team. Warner was available as a free agent for similar reasons. In Arizona, Palmer will have an offense that fits his style of play, a Pro Bowl receiver to throw the ball to and a coach who believes in him. Oh, he’ll also probably have a bit of a chip on his shoulder.The one thing he does not appear to have is a stable offensive line in front of him, though head coach Bruce Arians has expressed great confidence in the group and also has the seventh overall selection in the upcoming draft at his disposal. And note, you do not go out and acquire an old, pocket-passing quarterback without making sure your offensive line can keep him upright. The yardage total would place Palmer 11th on the team’s all-time list; the touchdowns would put him in a tie for eighth. Who wouldn’t take that? – / 11center_img At the very least, you have to once again give the Cardinals credit. Two years ago they paid a hefty price to acquire Kevin Kolb, who was an unproven QB some thought to be the best on the market; now they paid a bargain-basement price for Palmer, who has 29,465 yards, 189 touchdowns and a pair of Pro Bowls on his résumé. For a team that has tried various options in replacing Warner — a high draft pick (Matt Leinart), a cannon-armed former Pro Bowler (Derek Anderson), an undrafted free agent (Max Hall), a late-round pick with a strong arm (John Skelton) or a high-profile player just waiting for an opportunity (Kevin Kolb) — it appears the Cardinals have finally decided the best way to replace Warner is to try and find the next one.And that could be Palmer.While he may not lead the Cardinals to the same heights Warner did, you can’t fault the Cardinals for trying. After all, given what we’ve seen at the position the last three years, mere competence will be a refreshing upgrade that could, get this team back to the postseason. The good news is Palmer has proven himself to be better than competent. Look at it this way: an “average” Palmer season is roughly 3,274 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more