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Rahul mania grips Wayanad despite heavy rain

Rahul mania grips Wayanad despite heavy rain

first_imgMalappuram (Ker): Braving heavy rains, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took out a roadshow in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Friday, thanking voters for electing him with a massive majority. Gandhi, who travelled in a special open vehicle along with state Congress leaders, criss-crossed through the narrow lanes of Kalikavu in the district and waved to the huge crowd. Thousands, including women and children, overcame the downpour to catch a glimpse of the leader who arrived in the high range constituency on a three-day tour for the ceremonial thanksgiving to the electorate. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC This is the first time that the AICC chief is visiting his constituency after he was voted to the Lok Sabha with a majority of about 4.31 lakh votes. Gandhi, who also contested from his pocket borough of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, had lost to Union Minister Smrithi Irani. A large number of people could be seen patiently waiting for hours for Gandhi on either side of the water-logged roads and on the terrace and balconies of nearby buildings to welcome their new MP. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations As the vehicle carrying the Congress President inched its way through the crowded road, frenzied party workers literally danced waving tri-colour flags and posters with the pictures of their party chief, chanting “we are with you.” Beating drums, they also greeted him shouting “Rahul, Rahul.” The green flags of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a coalition partner of the opposition Congress-led UDF, could also be seen fluttering in the crowd. The roadshow put the security personnel in a tizzy as Kalikavu is considered to be a naxal-infested area. A heavy security blanket by the SPG, anti-naxal squad and the Kerala police was in place as part of the VVIP visit. Gandhi, accompanied by State Congress leaders Mullappally Ramachandran, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, MLA A P Anil Kumar, among others, was seen waving at the crowd from an vehicle, the roof of which was kept open. “I will fight for the people of Wayanad. I will take up the issues of Wayanad inside and outside Parliament.I will work for the constituency, work with you, listen to you. I will speak for the people of Wayanad.Thank you for all the love and affection shown towards me,” Gandhi told the crowd that surrounded the vehicle. He said even though he is a Congress man, he will work beyond politics, and for people from all walks of life. Gandhi said since he is an MP of Kerala, he will raise issues not only of Wayanad but also of the people of the entire state in and outside Parliament. After two more receptions at Malappuram district, he will travel to Kalpetta in Wayanad district through road for an overnight stay. The Congress president arrived at Kozhikode airport in the afternoon and is scheduled to participate in at least 15 public receptions across the constituency, spread over in the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, in the next two days. Thousands of party workers and leaders were at the airport to receive Gandhi, who is attending the first public function after the party’s drubbing in the general elections. The Congress chief had a meeting with senior UDF leaders, including Ramesh Chennithala and P K Kunhalikutty. A senior Congress leader from the constituency told PTI that Gandhi’s visit will be a morale booster for the party workers to fight the Assembly bypolls. “He will also take part in road shows at Nilambur and Eranad,” senior Congress leader and Wandoor MLA A P Anil Kumar said. Gandhi will be accorded receptions at Kalpetta, Kambalkadu, Panamaram, Mananthavadi, Pulpally and Sultan Batheri and will also attend a roadshow in Kozhikode Assembly constituency on June 9, before leaving for Delhi. Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted, “I will be in Wayanad, Kerala, starting this afternoon and till Sunday to meet citizens and Congress party workers. It’s a packed schedule with over 15 public receptions planned over the next three days.last_img read more

Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police say officers took a suspect into custody 20 minutes after issuing an Amber Alert Friday that a teenage girl had been forcibly abducted by a man who could be armed and dangerous.The 14-year-old girl was found unharmed and was being interviewed by child protection officers.Police said that a 47-year-man was being held at police headquarters as part of an investigation into an alleged abduction.The man’s name was not released, but earlier Friday police identified the suspect as Jacques Sennesael.According to police, students from a school told a police officer about a suspicious man talking to a girl around 3 p.m.There were also reports that the man had a gun and forced the girl into a car.Police said they then issued the Amber Alert.A few minutes later police said they got a phone call from a witness who reported the direction the car was driving in.Police said it was that tip that allowed officers to quickly find the girl and the suspect.There was no word on charges.last_img read more

Hurricane watch in parts of Atlantic Canada as Dorian moves up US

Hurricane watch in parts of Atlantic Canada as Dorian moves up US

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — Hurricane Dorian has moved off North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and is on a path that would take it into Atlantic Canada on Saturday.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says a hurricane watch is in effect for all of Nova Scotia and tropical storm watches are in effect for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and western Newfoundland.The most likely track projection brings Hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, with the storm pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night, and then over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence or western Newfoundland by Sunday morning.The forecast is calling for severe winds and torrential rain, with a major impacts for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and Quebec’s Lower North Shore.Large waves are expected for the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and for eastern portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while a storm surge, combined with large waves and pounding surf, may cause flooding in parts of Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands.Tropical storm force winds of 90 to 110 kilometres per hour are expected Saturday morning over southwestern Nova Scotia and in the afternoon over eastern parts of the province before moving on in the evening to P.E.I., the Magdalen Islands and southwestern Newfoundland.The highest rainfall amounts — 50 to 100 millimetres — are expected over Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and the Magdalen Islands.last_img read more

Katee Sackhoff Wants You To Be A Hero For Dogs

Katee Sackhoff Wants You To Be A Hero For Dogs

first_imgClutching her pup, Vargas, a star-spangled Katee Sackhoff flies to the rescue in a new comic book–style PETA ad that proclaims, “When the Heat Gets Too Much, Be a Hero and Rescue Dogs From Hot Cars.”Katee Sackhoff on Dogs in Hot CarsIn an exclusive video interview with PETA, the Battlestar Galactica and Longmire star shares why dogs should never be left in hot cars. “In under 15 minutes, an animal can succumb to brain damage, and within 15 minutes, they can die,” she says. “And it doesn’t matter if you’re parked in the shade, if you have the windows cracked, if you leave them water. It doesn’t matter. You’ve left your animal in an oven.”That’s why Sackhoff urges anyone who spots an animal in danger to write down the license plate number, try to find the animal’s guardian, call the authorities, and, if necessary, remove the animal from the vehicle. “I would break into a car — I’ve seen people do it before,” she says. “It’s no different than the fire department going into your home when your dog is stuck inside if there’s a fire in your house.”This year alone, PETA has already received reports of 41 dogs who have died after being left alone in cars, even on relatively mild days: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes. On a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes.last_img read more

UN World Court sets deadline for US submissions in Mexican executions case

UN World Court sets deadline for US submissions in Mexican executions case

Mexico brought the case against the US, charging that the five men were not allowed Mexican consular services after they were arrested, in violation of international agreements signed by both parties. The court had earlier ruled that the US was in breach of its international obligations but some US authorities ignored the ICJ ruling on technical grounds, prompting Mexico to file a request for interpretation.Last week, the ICJ ordered the US to delay the executions of the five prisoners until the court issues a final ruling on the matter, and to inform it of the measures it is taking to implement the order. Judgments of the ICJ, also known as the World Court, are binding and cannot be appealed. A 2004 ruling by the court on the same issue found that the US had been in breach of its international obligations because authorities did not inform 51 Mexican nationals of their right to contact their consular representatives “without delay” after being arrested.Mexico applied to the court last month for a stay in the executions of five of the 51 nationals. One man, José Ernesto Medellín Rojas, is scheduled to be executed in Texas on 5 August. Four others – César Roberto Fierro Reyna, Rubén Ramirez Cárdenas, Humberto Leal García and Roberto Moreno Ramos – could soon receive execution dates.Mexico said requests by the men for review and reconsideration of their cases have repeatedly been denied. 22 July 2008The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today said that the United States has until 29 August to file written observations on the request for interpretation submitted by Mexico regarding the five Mexican nationals held on death row in US prisons. read more

Several students admitted to hospital after wasp attack

Several students admitted to hospital after wasp attack

Several students were admitted to hospital following a wasp attack in Maskeliya today.The wasp attack took place at the Saman Eliya Navodya Vidyalaya in Maskeliya injuring 25 students. The wasps had attacked the students when they were playing during the interval. (Colombo Gazette)

A sudden death an encrypted laptop and the missing wallets with 250M

A sudden death an encrypted laptop and the missing wallets with 250M

Quadriga Cotten, a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, launched the online exchange in December 2013. The platform allowed its users to deposit cash or cryptocurrency with Quadriga.Cotten told the MMG media group in 2014 that security was paramount for the company, including using “cold wallets” — a system that stores cryptocurrencies offline to avoid hacking, such as on USB sticks or electronic hardware not connected to the internet.But that’s now part of the problem.“Quadriga was unable to access the cold wallets and/or discovered that the cold wallets contained minimal cryptocurrency units,” the company said in court filings.Robertson said she was not involved in the business while he was alive and the laptop that he used was encrypted.“Gerry ran the business through his laptop, mostly at our home, but also wherever he happened to be,” she wrote, saying home was mostly Fall River, a suburban community outside Halifax.“I do not know the password or recovery key,” she said in her affidavit. “Despite repeated and diligent searches, I have not been able to find them written down anywhere.”She added, “I do not have any records or documents for the companies.”A customer uses a Quadriga Bitocin ATM. A former RCMP inspector skilled in computer and cyber-security has been retained.“To date the expert has had some limited success in recovering a few coins and some information from Gerry’s cell phone and other computer, but not yet from the main computer he used to conduct business. Efforts to recover the business records are ongoing,” she said.Court documents show that Quadriga had been facing liquidity issues over the past year but a major issue arose in January 2018 when CIBC froze roughly $25.7 million of its funds held in the account of a third-party processor.“Without access to the Affected Funds, Quadriga was unable to satisfy withdraw requests of users resulting in significant delays for users receiving funds from Quadriga,” it said in the application.The mysterious circumstances surrounding Cotten’s death have spawned many conspiracy theories, especially on Reddit, where several users have suggested that Cotten is faking his death as part of an exit scam. Some Reddit sleuths and cryptocurrency researchers claimed to have looked into Quadriga’s holdings and found activity from accounts only Cotten had access to after the company said he died.But Robertson provided the court with a copy of Cotten’s death certificate, court records show.Now, the company is looking into selling its operating platform to stay afloat. Robertson is asking the court to buy time while Quadriga tries to access the cryptocurrency tied up in its cold wallets.On Twitter, Jesse Powell, the head of Kraken, a major cryptocurrency exchange, said he was investigating the “unbelievable story of the founder’s death and lost keys” and invited the RCMP to contact him.Christine Duhaime, a lawyer and founder of the Digital Finance Institute, said users would have little recourse to recover the funds.Most assume the typical Bitcoin user is young, with money to burn, but the average age is closer to 45 years old, she added.“People have emailed me and called me saying they’ve lost their retirement money. Because (Quadriga) have been around for so long and they were the largest exchange in Canada, I think people thought their money was safe.” It didn’t take long for the conspiracy theories to start. But then it is a story ripe for such theories.Gerry Cotten, the founder of Quadriga, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, dies suddenly in India, aged 30, while doing charity work.He leaves behind missing cryptocurrency worth about $250 million, an encrypted laptop and a widow unable to find the passwords that would unlock her dead husband’s secrets.“There has been a significant amount of commentary on Reddit and other web-based platforms about the state of Quadriga, Gerry’s death (including whether he is really dead) and missing coins,” wrote his widow, Jennifer Robertson, in an affidavit that added threats and slanderous comments had been made against her.And as for the business: “After Gerry’s death, Quadriga’s inventory of cryptocurrency has become unavailable and some of it may be lost.”On Tuesday, Robertson and Quadriga are due in court to seek creditor protection in the wake of Cotten’s death. Curious about cryptocurrencies? Here’s everything you need to know Terence Corcoran: Blockchain’s groundbreaking, world-shaking, life-changing technology revolution has been cancelled Cryptoassets will revolutionize financial services — for those who play the long game The Vancouver-based exchange will ask the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to appoint a monitor to oversee the proceedings, according to a post on its website, which has been otherwise shut down.Quadriga owes $70 million in currency and an additional amount of cryptocurrency valued at approximately $180 million, based on market prices in December, to roughly 115,000 users, the exchange said in its application.Some have large balances, with the largest affected user claim reportedly valued at approximately $70 million, court filings show.Cotten died of complications from Crohn’s disease while doing philanthropic work in India in early December, according to a post on Quadriga’s Facebook page.“A visionary leader who transformed the lives of those around him, Gerry died due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need,” the company said.However, the company did not announce Cotten’s death until more than a month after he died, and as customers panicked and tried to withdraw their funds, Quadriga’s website went down and the company went off the grid.I think people thought their money was safe read more

Knockoffs gain cachet Vegan leather accents faux fur are popular gifts for

Knockoffs gain cachet Vegan leather accents faux fur are popular gifts for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2013 5:34 pm MDT ATLANTA – Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment.Not this year.Faux is the new black this season for holiday gifts. But this isn’t the “pleather” of the 1980s — that cheap, plastic-looking material made popular by Michael Jackson during his “Thriller” days.A $198 fuzzy brown coat at Banana Republic has a prominently placed tag that reads “faux fur.” Dresses with “vegan leather” accents are flying off virtual shelves at shopbop.com. And at luxury retailer Barney’s, a Marni faux leather three-quarter sleeve jacket sells for $1,900.Faux is gaining popularity in part because there have been advances in technology enabling designers to make better-looking fakes. In a still-shaky economy that has made Americans more frugal, faux also can be seen as a good way to be trendy without breaking the bank. And a movement toward socially conscious shopping makes some people feel better about faux purchases.It helps that some A-listers have given faux their seal of approval. Models have been seen on the runway wearing faux leather pieces in shows for big-name designers like Tom Ford and Rag & Bone. And actresses Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson have strutted on the red carpet in faux leather and fur.While it’s difficult to pin down overall sales for faux goods, retailers say they are benefiting from their growing popularity. Banana Republic’s $69.50 faux-fur neckwarmer and faux-fur leopard vests have been bestsellers. Target says faux fur home goods like pillows and throws are performing “exceptionally well.” And Macy’s says new techniques used with faux leather, like scalloping and quilted stitching, have given tops and jackets “new relevance.”“It used to be that ‘faux’ meant less expensive and quality less than desirable, but not any longer,” said Josh Saterman, vice-president and fashion director for millennials at Macy’s. “Faux is a part of our next evolution to our fashion ‘must-haves.’”Andrew Dent, who is a vice-president at global materials consultancy Material Connexion, says that the trend is being fueled by the fact that faux fur and leather are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing nowadays. He said that’s because designers are replacing older plastic like PVC with improved polyurethane that is more leather-like to the touch. They’re also tapering synthetic fibers to make faux fur seem more luxe and softer.The improved quality is what spurred Brandon Vidal, 28, to buy two faux fur blankets as Christmas presents this year for his mother and a roommate. “They feel great,” said Vidal, who lives in Calgary. “They’re warm and cozy and it is freezing up here in Canada.”In addition to better technology, a growing social consciousness about buying fabric that doesn’t involve cruelty to animals has made faux fashion more acceptable. “The fact that this is the season’s big trend has to do with a social movement toward greater acceptability of faux versus real,” said Alison Levy, senior manager at consulting firm Kurt Salmon. “It’s seen as the right and responsible choice as opposed to cheaper value choice.”That message certainly struck a chord with Kristin Birkey’s 7-year-old son after he asked for a real leather jacket for Christmas.“I explained to him what had to be done to make a leather jacket and he nearly started crying,” said Birkey, 26, a marketing professional in Kokomo, Ind.Birkey happened to be wearing a faux leather jacket at the time. So her son asked for one like that instead.But for others, buying faux is a matter of simple mathematics. A $69.50 faux fur neckwarmer is much cheaper than a designer version with real fur, which can run as much as $1,000. And real leather jackets can be hundreds or thousands of dollars, while department-store faux versions rarely top $100. Kristen Clerkin, 23, from Whitney Point, N.Y., is hoping to get faux pearls for Christmas this year because she thinks they’re classic and classy, not to mention more affordable than real ones.“Even though they’re faux, they look real, and they’re bigger than you can get if they were real,” she said. “Plus, they’re a lot cheaper.” Knock-offs gain cachet: Vegan leather accents, faux fur are popular gifts for the holidays read more

Cambodia must move forward with judiciary land and electoral reforms – UN

Cambodia must move forward with judiciary land and electoral reforms – UN

“Cambodia has come a long way, but that there is still some way to go in promoting and protecting human rights, strengthening good governance, enhancing the independence and capacity of State institutions responsible for upholding people’s rights,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi at the end of his ninth fact-finding mission to the country. Mr. Subedi noted that progress on judiciary reforms “remains very slow” but was encouraged by the fact that his recommendations to strengthen the parliament’s role in protective human rights appear to be under active consideration by the National Assembly and Senate.Regarding land reform, Mr. Subedi pointed out that two of his recommendations – a moratorium on economic land concessions and more speedy land titling – were moving forward.The current land titling programme, he said, “is a unique opportunity to address the tenure security of many families, including those excluded from this and previous titling efforts, and those in conflict with more powerful individuals and private sector interests.”However, he stressed that further implementation of the existing framework on land rights and strengthening of land management institutions is necessary for gains to be sustainable.Recommendations on electoral reform are also being considered, and Mr. Subedi urged all parties and the National Election Committee to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the upcoming national elections in July. “All sides should play by the rules, demonstrate maturity in debate, and not engage in insulting games. All sides must be able to play on a level playing field,” he said.The independent expert also expressed concern at the restrictions of freedom of expression in the country, and impunity for a long list of crimes for which no one has been brought to justice. “I urge the Government to expedite its investigation of such cases and bring to justice the perpetrators,” Mr. Subedi said. During his visit, Mr. Subedi met with Government officials, as well as members of the National Assembly and the judiciary. He is also held meetings with human rights defenders, representatives from civil society organizations and communities as well as the donor community. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Mr. Subedi will present his next report to the Council at its September 2013 session. read more

Central African Republic UN deplores death of protestor following attack against Mission

Central African Republic UN deplores death of protestor following attack against Mission

In a press release issued today, the Mission reported that UN peacekeepers tried to hold back a mob of some 300 to 400 people as they attempted to break through the barrier of the base’s entrance by setting it on fire earlier this morning. At the same time, the crowd, armed with stones and knives, hurled projectiles at the ‘blue helmets’ who responded with warning shots. The incident resulted in the death and injuries of a number of assailants. “MINUSCA deeply regrets this incident and has decided to immediately open an investigation to determine the exact circumstances in which a Central African citizen lost his life and others were injured,” the Mission said in the press release in which it also expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased. “MINUSCA reaffirms its commitment to the population in order to calm the situation.”More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR. According to UN estimates, nearly 440,000 people remain displaced inside the country while some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders.At the same time, more than 36,000 people remain trapped within the landlocked country in enclaves across the country, hoping to find asylum in neighbouring States.Moreover, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recently reported that some 1.5 million people in CAR remain food insecure amid ongoing hostilities throughout the country and cautioned that the figure was likely to rise should immediate support not be provided. read more

Geek deals Pay what you want 2017 WordPress hero bundle

Geek deals Pay what you want 2017 WordPress hero bundle

first_imgIf you’re looking to start your own blog, kickstart a career developing sites for others, or brush up on the latest and greatest in the world of WordPress, you should definitely check out this pay what you want bundle from StackSocial. For less than the cost of dinner and a movie, you can learn how to get the most out of one of the world’s most popular content management systems. • Pay what you want 2017 WordPress hero bundle (List price: $1243)Beat the average, and you’ll get the following courses: • E-commerce WordPress website: The complete course (a $297 value) • The complete WordPress course: Build your own website today (a $199 value) • Become a WordPress and WordPress nirvana expert course (a $50 value) • The complete WordPress plugin development course: Build 8 plugins with PHP (a $199 value) • Create a custom responsive WordPress website for a client (a $149 value) • WordPress academy: Master WordPress step by step (a $150 value) • Learn how to build an e-commerce website using WordPress from scratch (a $199 value)While buying all of these courses separately could cost upwards of $1243, you won’t have to pay anywhere close to that figure. When you pay more than the average selling price (currently under $15), you can get all seven courses for a small fraction of the sticker price. And even if you’re only willing to pay a dollar, you can still get something out of it: Learn how to build an e-commerce website using WordPress from scratch (a $199 value).Note: 15-day satisfaction guarantee available. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

LABOUR MINISTER HON DSHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

LABOUR MINISTER HON DSHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:bahamas, department of statistics, shane gibson, unemployment Recommended for you Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 13 Jan 2015 – STATEMENT FROM THE HON. D. SHANE GIBSONMINISTER OF LABOUR, N.I., PUBLIC SERVICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE13th January 2015On latest employment numbersThe Ministry of Labour takes note of but is not surprised by the latest preliminary unemployment report released by the Department of Statistics indicating that the unemployment rate nationally is 15.7%.The government of The Bahamas has been hard at work on behalf of the Bahamian people in securing a brighter future. We have said repeatedly that we were engaged in the necessary preparatory work or heavy lifting and putting all of the necessary pieces in place to ensure a full economic recovery.The government is confident that the economy of The Bahamas is turning the corner and 2015 will be a banner year economically. The opening of multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort is projected to create some 5,000 direct jobs. The opening of Mahogany, a refurbished Holiday Inn and Quality Inn, the refurbishment of the Hilton, the construction of a new Hotel, marine village and boardwalk on Bay Street and other project announcements foreshadowed by the Prime Minister promise will no doubt add to the country’s economic stimulus, creating many more jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamians.During his major trade mission to China, the Prime Minister has met with both the government leadership and leaders in the business community both in Beijing and Shangai. The Bahamas has inked a reciprocal air services agreement between the civil aviation authorities of both countries to facilitate increased airlift to bolster our tourism industry. Additionally, both the tourism and the financial services sectors are expected to strengthen further with The Bahamas becoming a hub for the trading of the Chinese rmb Yuan. Further, Prime Minister Perry G. Christie is in Shangai today along with Baha Mar Chairman Sarkis Izmirlian and other senior executives to meet with major hotel and airline operators with a view to attracting significant business to The Bahamas.The Prime Minister is on record during his New Years interview that his government will make a “substantially strong impact on unemployment” in 2015, pointing out that his government has approved several projects that will result in increased employment and investment opportunities for Bahamians. “You’re going to find more and more jobs created and there will be construction jobs and there will be completion jobs” said the Prime Minister so Bahamians are encouraged to do their part and avail themselves of all job training opportunities through the National Training Agency and other private agencies as we build on the more than 8,800 jobs created over the last 30 months.Job and entrepreneurial opportunities are about to come available shortly in large numbers and Bahamians everywhere must be positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities as we prepare our country for long term growth and prosperity.last_img read more

Couvapalooza rocks a good cause

Couvapalooza rocks a good cause

first_imgOne From Many Couvapalooza’s organizers have never been afraid of thinking big.Heidi Hahn-Troxler and her husband, Michael Troxler, launched the music festival last year after visiting the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. They figured if that area could have a big music exhibition, why not Vancouver?• What: Couvapalooza, a rock festival to support music programs in Clark County schools.• When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.• Where: Outdoors at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.• Cost: $25 at the gate, $15 with a military ID, kids younger than 12 free with a paying adult. Monitored parking available at Clark College’s Red Lot accessed from Fort Vancouver Way for $3.• Info: Event website.Admittedly, the dream of bringing a dozen or so national acts to Clark County for a rock fest seemed daunting, but the couple pulled it off, despite a few weather-related hiccups that led to smaller crowds.• What:Parties and mini-concerts before and after the Couvapalooza showcase.• Where:Pre-Palooza party at Malibu’s, 115 E. Seventh St., with nine bands playing short sets. Post-Palooza parties at Malibu’s and Cascade Bar and Grill, 15000 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.• When: Pre-Palooza party starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Post-Palooza parties both start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.• Cost:All events are $5 cover, free for VIP ticketholders.Bands• Everclear.• Smoochknob.• Winchester Rebels.• Secret of Boris.• Remington.• One From Many.• Bond & Bentley.• Foreign Talks.• Dylan Jakobsen.• The Background.• Peter Chung.• Seth Myzel.• Bella Folly.• Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band.• 7th Street Jazz Band.• In My Car.That didn’t stop them from aiming even higher this year. So they convinced their friend Art Alexakis and his well-known band, Everclear, to headline at their little-festival-that-could.last_img read more

Inaugural G2E Asia Awards nominees to be announced today

Inaugural G2E Asia Awards nominees to be announced today

first_imgInside Asian Gaming and G2E Asia, co-organizers of the inaugural G2E Asia Awards, will announce the official nominees for the 2018 G2E Asia Awards today.The highly-anticipated announcement of the official nominees comes after a total of 277 public nominations were received for the 12 award categories.A panel of 50 publicly named and four anonymous judges will determine the winners of each category during “voting week” between 7 and 11 May, with the winners to be announced at the inaugural G2E Asia Awards dinner, to be held at the Ballroom at MGM COTAI on the evening of Tuesday 15 May 2018.The awards categories are as follows:1. BEST B2B DIGITAL PRODUCT SOLUTION2. BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CONTRIBUTION3. BEST LOTTERY SOLUTION4. BEST INDUSTRY RISING STARS (Maximum of 5 winners)5. BEST VIP GAMING PROMOTER6. BEST B2B DIGITAL PLATFORM AND SOFTWARE SOLUTION7. BEST ELECTRONIC GAMING SOLUTION (Slots and ETGs)8. BEST INDUSTRY INNOVATION9. BEST TABLE GAME SOLUTION10. BEST GAMING FLOOR11. BEST INDUSTRY SUPPLIER12. BEST INTEGRATED RESORTThe inaugural G2E Asia Awards will bring the industry together for a memorable night honoring excellence and innovation within Asian gaming while celebrating the success and outstanding contributions of the gaming and non-gaming aspects of the entertainment industry in Asia.Seats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased by contacting Reed Exhibitions or Inside Asian Gaming and via G2EAsiaAwards.com.A number of sponsorship opportunities have already been taken up for the inaugural official G2E Asia Awards, but some opportunities still remain. Sponsorship opportunities close in the next few days. Visit G2EAsiaAwards.com for more.last_img read more

Antimilitant raids in Gaibandha remote areas

Antimilitant raids in Gaibandha remote areas

first_imgMap of GaibandhaMore than a hundred members of law enforcement agencies began ‘anti-militant’ raids in remote areas of Gaibandha’s Sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.A joint team of counterterrorism unit members and local police began the raids in the Kamarjani and Mollachar of upazila, looking for suspected militant hideouts there.Gainbandha Sadar upazila police station officer-in-charge Mehedi Hassan told Prothom Alo this morning that the raids were being conducted in search of militant hideouts.He also said the raids were being conducted in some places suspected to be militant dens.Neither a militant hideout nor any person was arrested in the raids till 9:00am in the morning, he added.The law enforcers conducted several raids in the remote areas of Gainbandha’s Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghta areas last year. But, the law enforcers found nothing other than some locally-made arms.last_img read more

Trump discloses porn stars payment

Trump discloses porn stars payment

first_imgA combination photo shows Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaking in New York City, and US president Donald Trump speaking in Washington, Michigan, US on 16 April 2018 and 28 April 2018 respectively. REUTERSPresident Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than $100,000 last year, apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show.The disclosure caps a series of contradictory statements from Trump and his representatives on the scandal swirling around lawyer Michael Cohen — which has widened to ensnare major corporations and a Russian oligarch.The documents released Wednesday by a US government ethics body, do not specify the reason for the payments to Cohen, who paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election.Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had a tryst with Trump in 2006 while he was married. The president denies the affair, and initially denied all knowledge of the payment, which Cohen has acknowledged was intended to stop her from going public with the allegations.Trump’s claim began to unravel early this month, however, after Rudy Giuliani, a new member of the president’s legal team, said Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the sum paid to Daniels — and the president himself subsequently acknowledged the repayment.A footnote to disclosures submitted Tuesday to the Office of Government Ethics said Cohen had incurred “expenses” on Trump’s behalf in 2016 of between $100,001 and $250,000.”Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017,” it said.Trump’s filing states that the president was not required to disclose Cohen’s expenses, but was doing so in the interest of transparency.But an accompanying letter to the justice department from David Apol, the acting head of the Office of Government Ethics, said the payments by Cohen were indeed required to be reported, as also argued by an outside government ethics group which had lodged official complaints in March.Apol told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he was providing both Trump’s 2017 and 2018 disclosures, as potentially “relevant to any inquiry” the Justice Department may be pursuing into the president’s filings from last year.Cashing in on access to TrumpStormy Daniels is suing to be released from the hush agreement reached with Cohen, claiming it is invalid because Trump never signed it.The president’s lawyer, meanwhile, finds himself under investigation by federal prosecutors who seized reams of evidence in raids on his home and office last month but have not revealed what crimes he may have committed.Cohen also stands accused of seeking to cash in on his proximity to the president, after it emerged he received millions of dollars from a Russian oligarch and major corporations seeking access to the administration.Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis Wednesday announced the retirement of its top legal expert over the $1.2 million in payments to Cohen, while AT&T has said it made a “big mistake” by paying the lawyer some $600,000.The scandal engulfing Cohen has opened a new front in the legal challenges dogging Trump, grabbing headlines from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ominous investigation into possible collusion between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia.The disclosure of Trump’s payments to his lawyer came the same day a Senate intelligence panel released thousands of pages of testimony from its probe into a meeting between the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer who offered to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.In his testimony released Wednesday, Trump Jr said he did not tell his father ahead of time about the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, also attended by the Republican candidate’s campaign manager Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner.The newly-released financial documents also offered a glimpse of the performance of two of Trump’s flagship hotels: the Trump International Hotel in Washington — which has attracted crowds of lobbyists, lawmakers and foreign governments with business before the federal government, and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, dubbed the “Winter White House.”Trump’s hotel in the US capital, which opened in late 2016, took in $40.4 million during 2017 while the Florida resort had revenues of $25.1 million last year.A prior disclosure made last year covered a 16-month period and showed $37.3 million in revenues for Mar-a-Lago.The report also showed Trump earned between $230,000 and $1.1 million in capital gains income on stock in iPhone maker Apple, Caterpillar, Microsoft and Pepsico.last_img read more

Oumuamua Probably Isnt a Spaceship—But It Could Have Passengers

Oumuamua Probably Isnt a Spaceship—But It Could Have Passengers

first_imgI mean, technically? Yes. But Meech says that a far greater risk to microbial life would be the same cosmic rays that cooked ‘Oumuamua’s outside in the first place. Only if something were buried deep inside of the asteroid (say, at a distance of a few meters) would it be shielded from the harsh radiation of space.“That’s if there are any microbes inside, and I’m not saying there are, and I wouldn’t suspect that there are,” Meech says. Not that she’s against searching the interstellar asteroid for extraterrestrial life—microbial or otherwise. Toward the end of our conversation, she refers back to the scientists with the Breakthrough Listen project and their ongoing interrogation of ‘Oumuamua with the Green Bank Telescope.“I was very excited to see that experiment,” she says. “You know, it’s a long shot. This object is entirely consistent with being a natural object. But on the flip side, there’s nothing in the data that would allow us to disprove that it’s artificial. And if you don’t take the long shot and do the experiments with the radio, you’ll never know. And the payoff could be, potentially, huge.” Robbie GonzalezThe Astounding Engineering Behind the World’s Largest Optical Telescope Sarah ScolesGreen Bank Observatory Embraces Its Alien-Hunting Future More Spacecenter_img Last Wednesday, at 3:45 pm, scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project trained the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia on ‘Oumuamua—the mysterious, oblong space-rock which last month became the first known object to enter our solar system from elsewhere in the universe—and scanned it for signs of intelligent life.For six hours, astronomers interrogated the interstellar asteroid. Green Bank swept across four radio bands and billions of individual channels, searching for transmissions as weak as the signal from your cell phone. Signals that could indicate ‘Oumuamua is not just a rock but a spacecraft, with aliens—or alien technology—aboard.By Thursday, astronomers had reported that their initial observations had turned up nothing. (Surprise!) If ‘Oumuamua is harboring extraterrestrial stowaways, they’re not producing a continuous signal across the frequencies Breakthrough Listen’s researchers have monitored thus far. But Listen’s scientists may have been onto something: Whether there’s life aboard or not, ‘Oumuamua kind of has the makings of an interstellar space vehicle.Today in the journal Nature Astronomy, astronomers report observations that suggest ‘Oumuamua is encased in a dry, carbon-rich crust that could have protected a water-ice core from being vaporized as it made a close pass of our sun earlier this year. You can almost think of it as the hull of a spaceship.Or, if you prefer another analogy: “Basically you have a really nice baked Alaska,” says Queen’s University astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons, who led the investigation. “A flaming baked Alaska of an object with a rather warm exterior, but with a gooey, icy mixture in the middle.”Now, the researchers can’t say definitively that there is ice in ‘Oumuamua’s middle (let alone extraterrestrial life), but spectral observations performed by Fitzsimmons’ team suggest the object could have been icy long, long ago.Different materials reflect light in different ways. By analyzing the spectrum that an object reflects, astronomers can see how the relative amount of light changes, and search for signatures of certain materials, like metals, rock, and ice.Fitzsimmons’ team found that ‘Oumuamua’s material composition seems to resemble that of objects at the outer edges of our own solar system. Astronomers hypothesize that beyond Jupiter, objects are far enough from the sun to contain a lot of ice—including on their surfaces. Billions of years ago, when the biggest, outer planets were forming, many of those objects were flung outward. Some still orbit our sun at the fringes of our solar system, in a thick bubble of icy debris called the Oort Cloud. Others were probably ejected from our solar system entirely.If other solar systems formed like ours, it stands to reason that any object flung from such a system would be icy, too. “That’s why we think it’s more likely to see an interstellar object formed from ice, not rock,” Fitzsimmons says. But when ‘Oumuamua passed by our sun, it didn’t behave like an object made of ice.Oumuamua is the first known object to enter our solar system from elsewhere in the universe. This short video shows the interstellar asteroid moving against a backdrop of stars.ALAN FITZSIMMONS, QUB/ISAAC NEWTON GROUP, LA PALMA“That was a real surprise,” says University of Hawai’i astrobiologist Karen Meech, who has also published findings on ‘Oumuamua in recent weeks, but was unaffiliated with Fitzsimmons’ investigation. Researchers had assumed that the object would vaporize and emit microscopic particles, like a comet. “But many teams have looked very carefully, and there’s just absolutely no dust or gas coming off this thing,” Meech says.To understand why, Fitzsimmons and his team turned to past research. They found that in the 1980s and 1990s, a lot of astronomers investigated what might happen to things like comets when you take them and place them into interstellar space for hundreds of millions, or even billions of years. What they found was that—like a delicious flaming dessert—those objects get baked.Space is essentially a big radiation field with charged particles zipping all over the place. Astronomers call these cosmic rays. Previous research showed that those cosmic rays desiccate icy objects; the ice dries up, and the material that remains (typically carbon) bonds together to form a crust around the object. How thick that crust is, and how quickly it forms, isn’t totally clear, but Fitzsimmons estimates it would take about a hundred million years to form a crust half a meter thick. That might sound like a long time, but the upper limit for the age of ‘Oumuamua is 10 billion years.Fitzsimmons’ team estimates that outer layer might have reached temperatures as high as 300 degrees Celsius during ‘Oumuamua’s closest pass of the sun, but that it would have provided enough insulation to prevent ice inside from vaporizing. Which raises the question: Could it have protected life inside the asteroid, perhaps waterborne microbes, from vaporizing as well? Rhett AllainThe Physics Behind the Strange Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamualast_img read more

LoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network

LoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network

first_imgLoanLogics Launches LoanHD AppQ Network Company News LoanLogics 2014-05-15 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Technology May 15, 2014 446 Views center_img In Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, LoanLogics introduced its newly launched LoanHD AppQ Network, a service designed to provide users with service ordering and delivery interfaces to third-party providers all through the company’s single-source LoanHD solution.“The LoanLogics LoanHD AppQ Network was developed to ensure that lenders and service providers can more easily leverage an ecosystem of services through the LoanHD platform,” explained Brian K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of LoanLogics. “We want to provide clients access to additional service applications that create efficiency, reduce error and enable them to enhance their loan quality management practices to drive to a zero defect rate.”With the industry facing new layers of regulatory scrutiny, the company says the need to improve quality management practices and analytics is greater than ever before—which is exactly what its products seek to address.As of now, current network members include TransUnion, Andrew Davidson & Co., Veros, Platinum Data Solutions, ComplianceEase, DataQuick, and IXI Services. LoanLogics says it is also working with Milliman, MasterServ, and other service providers to continue expanding.“We serve clients from small to large with varying degrees of complexity and needs. After surveying our clients, we designed a network to offer a variety of services that directly address the needs of our clients,” said Terese Campbell, LoanLogics’ SVP of product management. “Our goal is to continue to expand the network as our clients’ needs evolve, while maintaining streamlined vendor management.” Sharelast_img read more

I think that bodes well for us moving forward T

I think that bodes well for us moving forward T

first_img“I think that bodes well for us moving forward.”The Cardinals join the Houston Texans (2012), Detroit Lions (1991), New York Jets (1998) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002) as the only NFL teams to have only one 12-win season.The all-time leader in that category is the San Francisco 49ers, who have had 14 seasons of 12 wins or more, including a 15-win campaign in 1984. The Dallas Cowboys are second with 12, followed by the Green Bay Packers with 11 and the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, who have 10 each.Last year, the Cardinals got their 11th win in Week 15 — a hard-fought 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams in a game that was finished by third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley.But a 12th win eluded them. With Lindley at the controls, the Cardinals lost their final two regular-season games before falling to the Carolina Panthers in an NFC Wild Card playoff game. – / 14 It took 96 years, but the Arizona Cardinals finally got there.Their 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field not only clinched the NFC West, but it was their 12th win of the season.Believe it or not, it’s the first time the Cardinals franchise has ever reached that mark in a single season. They are the last NFL franchise to notch a 12-win campaign.“It feels good,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, said Sunday following the win. “It was nice to do it in this fashion with all three phases playing well throughout the course of the game. To be able to win seven road games on the season, it just shows a lot about the character and the resolve of the men on this football team being able to battle through adversity on the road. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, meets with quarterback Carson Palmer after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. Arizona won 40-17. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) throws for a touchdown as Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun (91) closes in during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6-3.It’s the statistic that has been the most relevant in Arizona Cardinals circles since Carson Palmer broke his arm.The statistic is Drew Stanton’s record as a starter for the Cardinals, in case you hadn’t come across it yet.Winning is winning, but what’s the breakdown of those games specifically?We will give you the inside track on how Stanton performed in those games, by the numbers.8The first stat to start with is the eight games Stanton started for the Cardinals in 2014 when Palmer was dealing with arm and knee injuries. Stanton picked up five of his six wins in that stretch. 19 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 14In those five of eight games that Stanton won in 2014, the most points the Cardinals defense allowed was 14. They did so, in fact, in three of those five games, with the other games being a 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions and a 12-6 win against the then St. Louis Rams. His sixth win in 2016 against the San Francisco 49ers was a 33-21 Cardinals victory, but Stanton went 11-for-28, while a 157-yard, two touchdown performance from David Johnson carried Arizona to a win that week.3In those three games Stanton lost, the defense allowed over 14 points in all of them.6The 2017 Cardinals have allowed more than 14 points in six of their seven games.1In those six wins, Stanton only produced enough touchdowns himself to beat the opponent once. In that aforementioned 14-6 Lions win, Stanton threw for 306 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.4The Cardinals had four return touchdowns in the eight games Stanton started in 2014.270The Cardinals are averaging 270 passing yards per game in 2017. Stanton threw for at least 270 yards twice in his nine starts, and in both outings, Stanton threw two interceptions.61.4Palmer’s completion percentage this season is 61.4 percent. Stanton has reached that mark twice in the nine outings, going 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) in Atlanta and 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) against Detroit. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more