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Bihar encephalitis toll climbs to 113

Bihar encephalitis toll climbs to 113

first_imgMuzaffarpur (Bihar): Fresh deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) have been reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, taking the total number of casualties to 113.The deaths took place at the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where 20 fresh cases were brought since Tuesday night. The number of children admitted to the hospital with AES is 372 since June 1, the district administration said. The SKMCH has reported 93 casualties so far and only 118 children have been discharged after treatment. The rest are undergoing treatment or referred to hospitals in the Patna in a critical condition, it said.last_img

To the Moon and back 50 years on a giant leap into

To the Moon and back 50 years on a giant leap into

first_imgWashington DC: The first four days of Apollo 11’s journey to the Moon had gone according to plan, but just twenty minutes before landing, the atmosphere grew tense as the crew encountered a series of problems. It was July 20, 1969, and as the world followed the spacecraft’s progress, it briefly lost radio contact with mission control in Houston. Then, as the lunar module Eagle was in the middle of its descent, piloted by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and mission commander Neil Armstrong, an alarm bell began ringing. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingEagle had detached two hours earlier from the main part of the vessel, the command module, Columbia, where the third crew member Michael Collins remained in orbit. It was an anxious moment for Armstrong. “Give us a reading on the 1202 Programme Alarm,” he radios to mission control. They are told to keep going. Houston realizes the onboard computer is experiencing an overflow, but all systems are functional. Below them, the Moon’s craters are zipping by fast. Too fast, realizes Armstrong: at this rate, they will overshoot the landing site by several miles. He switches to manual control and starts to scope out a new landing site from his porthole. But there’s trouble finding the perfect spot, and it’s going to be tight. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangAldrin continues to tell him speed and altitude readings from the computer. “Coming down nicely,” he says. Meanwhile, the fuel is rapidly depleting. Houston continues to announce the number of seconds left to the “Bingo fuel call” — the point at which Eagle will have 20 seconds left to land, or abort the mission. It is now 30 seconds left to Bingo. Armstrong, summoning all his experience, is silent as he concentrates. The module comes to a rest on the ground. “Contact Light,” says Aldrin, meaning one of the leg’s foot sensors has touched down. The engines are switched off. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed,” announces Armstrong. “We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot,” replies Charlie Duke, the CapCom or capsule communicator on the ground. In 1961, President John F Kennedy called upon his vice president Lyndon Johnson to beat the Soviets in space. Johnson reaches out to the godfather of NASA’s space program: Wernher von Braun. The former card-carrying Nazi was the inventor of the V-2 rockets that rained destruction on London in World War II. Toward the end of the war, he surrendered himself to the Americans, who brought him and a hundred of his best engineers to Alabama, as part of the secret “Operation Paperclip.” Braun told Johnson that while the US was well behind, they could conceivably beat the Russians if they immediately started work on a giant booster rocket. Eight years later, Richard Nixon was president when the goal was realized. Between October 1968 and May 1969, four preparatory Apollo missions were launched. Armstrong was chosen in December 1968 to command the eleventh. Months from launch, Armstrong told Aldrin he was pulling rank and would be the first to set foot on the lunar surface. When the monstrous rocket designed by Braun launched with the Apollo 11 capsule at its summit on July 16, 1969, one million people flocked to the beach to watch. But many had doubts that they’d succeed in landing on the Moon on the first attempt. For those in America, the final descent would take place on Sunday evening. In Europe, it was already nighttime, but everyone was glued to their televisions, though they could only hear crackling radio communications until Armstrong set up his black and white camera ahead of his first step.last_img read more

Thirteen people plead guilty in municipal fraud scheme in Laval near Montreal

Thirteen people plead guilty in municipal fraud scheme in Laval near Montreal

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Thirteen people pleaded guilty Tuesday in a fraud scheme involving the awarding of municipal contracts in the Montreal-area city of Laval.Twelve of the 13 received sentences to be served in the community.Businessman Luc Lemay was sentenced to 21 months in prison.Meanwhile, reputed ringleader Claude Deguise, who previously pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.Initially, 37 people were charged in 2013, including Gilles Vaillancourt, who served as Laval mayor for 23 straight years until he quit politics in the fall of 2012.Vaillancourt eventually pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and breach of trust. He also agreed to reimburse $8.5 million and was sentenced to about six years in prison.Some of the 37 accused have since died, while others have had their charges dropped because of the length of time it was taking for their cases to get to trial.(Cogeco News)last_img read more

Success of INJAZMoroccos Entrepreneurship Masterclass

Success of INJAZMoroccos Entrepreneurship Masterclass

first_imgBy Courtney Haueter – Zaio, MoroccoOn Friday, March 28, 29 students successfully completed INJAZ-Morocco’s Entrepreneurship Masterclass workshop at the Dar Taliba in Zaio. The workshop, which was for women, began on the evening of Thursday and continued Friday afternoon. The workshop was designed to familiarize Morocco’s youth with the world of entrepreneurship and develop their skills and talents.INJAZ-Morocco is a non-profit association that works with the private sector on behalf of the youth to help a growing and newly emerging generation of entrepreneurs. Established in October 2007, INJAZ Morocco is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, which has been involved in entrepreneurship education since 1919. Mr. Abdelaziz Askitou, a youth development volunteer and a facilitator at the workshop said that “Youth development implies that efforts should be made to help young people develop the necessary skills and competencies that will help them function effectively in their lives. Therefore, one of the main goals behind the Entrepreneurship Masterclass workshop is to engage Moroccan youth in thinking about their business ideas by providing them with information about what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.”The primary objectives of INJAZ-Morocco’s Entrepreneurship Master workshops are to help the participants understand business challenges, acquire key entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, and test their entrepreneurial skills and strengths.“It seems almost axiomatic that the development of organizational skills among young people will contribute to the development of both character development and community development.” To that end, “Moroccan youth need to be equipped with the necessary tools, mechanisms and strategies that would help them become able to accommodate themselves to meeting the relentless changes taking place in today’s world. To succeed in this, the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills among Moroccan youth then becomes a key issue,” Mr. Askitou stated.The workshop started with a discussion of the participant’s goals and aspirations. The discussion focused on some challenges and obstacles facing women in entrepreneurship and ways in which to solve them. The participants went on to create a card-making company, which included their business name and logo. After identifying the main departments of a business, the participant-entrepreneurs identified their skills and strengths in order to determine their roles within the company.Five businesses then competed to create a greeting card after having determined the direct and indirect costs of their production. They presented their products to a jury, which chose a winning company based on the criteria of price, creativity, and quality.Special thanks went to INJAZ-Morocco for providing the materials and training, the Dar Taliba for providing the locale, and Peace Corps Morocco for facilitating trainings.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Regulator urged to push companies to set targets for women on boards

Regulator urged to push companies to set targets for women on boards

TORONTO — Canada’s biggest securities regulator says it may be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on boards — with some corporate leaders calling for companies to be forced to set specific targets — after glacial progress in the past three years.At a panel in Toronto on Tuesday, Ontario Securities Chair Maureen Jensen said progress has been slow, with women holding just 14 per cent of board seats compared with 11 per cent in 2015.Jensen noted it has been three years since the OSC introduced a comply-or-explain rule, which requires most companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange to disclose annually how many women are on their board and in executive officer positions.She said it may be time to supplement this rule with guidelines, or revise existing provisions and possibly take other regulatory action such as disclosure enhancements.“After three years of focusing on this, it’s not much of a needle that we’ve moved,” Jensen said.This comes after the Canadian Securities Administration released a report earlier this month which showed that 61 per cent of 660 TSX-listed companies have at least one woman on their boards, up from 49 per cent when the report was first published in 2015. Overall, just 14 per cent of all board seats are held by women. When boards do have a vacancy, just 26 per cent of those seats are filled by women, the report showed.At this rate, Jensen said, it would take three decades to reach parity between men and women on corporate boards.The OSC does not have the authority to impose a specific target or quota — that would be up to government authorities — but the regulator can compel companies to adhere to certain disclosure requirements.Judy Cotte, RBC Global Asset Management’s vice-president and head of corporate governance and responsible investment, was one of several panellists to recommend that the OSC build into its corporate governance guidelines that firms must set a specific gender diversity goal.“Companies should set a target and disclose progress against that target,” Cotte said. “It still allows them to set a target that is appropriate for them, both at the management and board level, but I think that would be a very powerful signal to set that as the standard.”She acknowledged that some firms in industries may have difficulty recruiting women, and allowing them to set their own targets will give them some flexibility. However, Cotte noted that research which indicates at least 30 per cent female representation is needed to ensure women’s voices are heard.TMX Group Ltd.’s president of capital formation Ungad Chadda also said pushing companies to set targets was “the next logical step.”Eileen Mercier, the chair of the Canadian Payments Association and former chair of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, called the progress “glacial.”“People who have power give it up exceedingly reluctantly… That’s where targets and quotas actually become necessary,” she said.Jensen said the OSC will continue to solicit input, and plans to meet with the CSA to discuss options and later publish their findings for public consultation. Options on the table include setting targets and adding in measures to corporate governance guidelines to call out specific behaviours.“We are considering changes to our policy… It’s a very important topic that were not giving up on,” Jensen said. read more

WatchMaker Nation How Canada convinced the world to eat engine lubricant

WatchMaker Nation How Canada convinced the world to eat engine lubricant

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.Maker Nation looks at the untold stories behind key discoveries and inventions made in Canada. Canola is one of the world’s most popular edible oils, but 50 years ago you would have found it only in mechanics’ shops Maker Nation: A Canadian invented the computer language that runs everything Maker Nation: How Canadians revolutionized bras Watch more Maker Nation videos read more

Scrappage scheme comes to an end

Scrappage scheme comes to an end

Commenting on the scheme’s closure, business secretary Lord Mandelson said, “The scheme was always time limited and today as it closes I am pleased to see scrappage has delivered the results we aimed for – not just for manufacturers, but for the whole industry and its supply chain. The figures show that this scheme gave vital support, boosting demand when the industry needed it most, helping to position the auto sector to meet the challenges of building a strong low carbon future.” SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said, “The Scrappage Incentive Scheme has given a much needed stimulus to the UK motor industry boosting sales and production volumes, protecting thousands of jobs in retail and manufacturing. Around 20% of all new cars bought over the last ten months came through the Scrappage scheme demonstrating the significant impact it had in bringing new vehicles with lower CO2 emissions and improved safety technology onto the UK roads. Scrappage will continue to impact registrations data for a couple more months and while a slight dip in the market is expected, recent growth in business and fleet demand will soften the impact of the scheme’s closure.” The UK Scrappage Incentive Scheme has ended today, 31 March 2010, having generated nearly 400,000 new car registrations according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Over the past ten months, 20.4% of all new cars registered in the UK came through the scheme, providing a vital stimulus for the UK motor industry, boosting the market and protecting jobs throughout the supply chain. The scheme, launched in May 2009, was designed to deliver a boost to the UK motor industry through the offering of a £2,000 consumer incentive to scrap an old car in exchange for a new one.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Castleview Hospital Eastern Utah Family Medicine Welcome Chaz Davis NP

Castleview Hospital Eastern Utah Family Medicine Welcome Chaz Davis NP

Castleview Hospital Press ReleaseCastleview Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Chaz Davis, NP, to the staff of Eastern Utah Family Medicine. Chaz joins as an alumni of the USU Eastern Nursing Program, University of Utah and Indiana State University. He chose an emphasis in family practice as he enjoys the all-encompassing scope of care and interaction with patients of all ages.“Eastern Utah Family Medicine is pleased to announce Chaz Davis as a new nurse practitioner in our clinic,” said Greg Cook, CEO of Castleview Hospital. “He is excited to be back in a familiar area where he closer to family. Chaz received his bachelors in Nursing from the University of Utah, and his Masters (FNP) from Indiana State. His qualifications and patient focus will make him a wonderful addition to our team.”Davis is a family man who is proud to say he has two children, one on the way and a beautiful wife who happens to be an Emery County native.“I truly enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and racquetball,” Chaz explained. “That’s how we knew that Eastern Utah was the perfect fit for our family who loves the outdoors. With family already in the area, we knew this was the right choice for us.”With the expansion of staff at Eastern Utah Family Medicine, Dr. Matthew Brady expressed his excitement. “We are happy to have Chaz join Adam Callahan and I at Eastern Utah Family Medicine,” he said. “In the short time he has been with us, he’s already been busy seeing patients. He’s intelligent, capable and patients are happy with his thoroughness and comprehensive approach. With his family ties to the area, I’m confident he’ll be with us a long time.”Davis joins Dr. Matthew Brady, MD, Adam Callahan, PA-C, and Castleview Urgent Care to provide timely, quality, reliable care from sun up to sun down. Chaz has been impressed with the Castleview Urgent Care facility and is pleased to join the Eastern Utah Family Medicine practice. He is now accepting new patients.About Castleview HospitalPart of LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to making communities, healthier, Castleview Hospital has been serving surrounding communities since 1980. It is a family of approximately 400 associates, physicians and volunteers. Castleview Hospital is a 49-bed facility and includes Emery Medical Center. Our mission is to make our community healthier and provide high quality health care close to home. For more information, please visit our website at www.castleviewhospital.net.Eastern Utah Family Medicine is located at 317 E. 100 N. in Price, Utah. To learn more, please call (435) 637-3584 or visit CastleviewHospital.net. read more

Tennis champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

Tennis champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

first_imgAdditional reporting by John Kite Boris Becker stretches to make a diving backhand return during the Men's singles semi final at Wimbledon in July 1985 In 2001 he was landed with divorce and paternity settlements totalling more than £20 million to his first wife, Barbara, and Angela Ermakova, the Russian model who had his baby following an encounter in the broom cupboard of a London restaurant.The following year Becker received a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and was ordered to pay £2.5 million in back tax, fines, and costs after claiming Monaco as his main residence while spending much of his time in Munich. To a generation of tennis fans he will always be ‘Boom Boom’ Becker, the explosive young German who won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon three times – the first in 1985 as a mere 17-year-old.But after a sparkling tennis career, followed by one as a TV pundit for the sport, he has now added a rather less than glorious chapter to his CV, that of bankrupt.Becker, now 49, was declared bankrupt on Wednesday over undisclosed sums of money he has owed to the London-based private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co, since October 2015.And it must have come as little comfort to him that the judge who handed down the ruling reminisced over seeing him in action on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. And in 2012 a Spanish court judge ordered a house Becker had built for him in Majorca should be auctioned to pay a debt of £225,000 he owed a local landscape gardening company.In a separate civil court hearing, also in Palma, a judge ordered him to hand a further £345,000 to a local building firm that complained its bills for carpentry, electrical and plumbing jobs, and the laying of a basketball court, also went unpaid.Yesterday Arbuthnot Latham’s barrister Matthew Abraham argued there was a lack of evidence backing up Becker’s claims that the remortgaging of his current Majorcan property would shortly go ahead and enable him to pay his debts.Ms Registrar Derrett concluded, “with a degree of regret”, that there was a lack of credible evidence that his “substantial” debt would be paid soon and she refused to adjourn the case for a further 28 days.Agreeing to make an immediate bankruptcy order, the judge said: “I am not persuaded on the evidence before me that it can be described as credible evidence.”“It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment (debt) outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt. Then in 2011 the Dubai property development to which he had lent his name, the Boris Becker Business Tower, went bust. Ms Derrett added of the former champion: “One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand.”When she was told during the hearing that Becker was now a television commentator, Ms Derrett replied that she knew perfectly who he was, adding: “I remember watching him play on Centre Court, which probably shows my age.”But even her memories of seeing Becker in his prime were not enough for her to allow for what his lawyers described as “a last chance” to pay the debt.When Mr Briggs argued that someone in Becker’s position would not benefit from being declared bankrupt, as it would have a detrimental impact on his professional image, she commented: “He should have thought about that a long time ago.”Becker himself questioned why Arbuthnot Latham were pursuing the claim against him, saying he would have paid the debt next month. In a statement he said: “My earnings are well publicised and it is clear that I have the means to repay this debt.  ​ The value of the asset in question far exceeds the debt owed to Arbuthnot Latham.​”​I intend to make an application to have this order set aside immediately. ​ ​ In the meantime, I will concentrate on my work and in particular my presenting duties at Wimbledon for the BBC and other international outlets. ​” John Briggs, Becker’s advocate, told the bankruptcy judge, Christine Derrett, that it was expected the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in around a month.”I don’t want to play around in court. It is clearly in the interests (of Arbuthnot Latham) for there to be refinancing,” said Mr Briggs.Becker, who was the youngest player to win the men’s singles championship and went on to win it again in 1986 and 1989, was once estimated to be worth upwards of £100 million.But Mr Briggs conceded: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances.”Indeed Becker’s abilities when it comes to financial matters have not been on a par with his skill on the court. Boris Becker, the German former tennis player  Following the bankruptcy declaration Becker’s remaining assets and property will be disposed of to pay his creditors.There is also the possibility they will seek any earnings he makes as a commentator at next month’s Wimbledon Championships to be used as payment towards his debts.The Bankruptcy and Companies Court heard that Becker, who has a home in Wimbledon, had offered to remortgage his €6 million property (£5.2m) in Majorca as part of a deal to pay off the debt. Boris Becker stretches to make a diving backhand return during the Men’s singles semi final at Wimbledon in July 1985Credit:Bob Martin/Getty Images Boris Becker, the German former tennis player Credit: EPA/JASON SZENES 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

Spotify launches its own app platform

Spotify launches its own app platform

first_imgLast week we were told that a Spotify event would be held today. The invitations teased of a new direction for the company, and some speculated that it would add an MP3 store. The event has come and gone, and there is no store; instead the company announced the opening of its platform to third-party apps.The Spotify API will be open to developers, who can integrate HTML5 apps with the music streaming service. The new Spotify desktop client will add a marketplace, App Finder, to the left sidebar. At launch, the company has lined up deals with Rolling Stone, Billboard, last.fm, Pitchfork, and The Guardian.Each app will integrate with Spotify’s library to add informational content. The Rolling Stone app, for example, lets you play a full song or album while reading its review. The TuneWiki app displays lyrics. Last.fm connects saved history and favorites from its stations with Spotify’s library. MoodAgent lets you find playlists that correspond to your mood, be it happy, angry, or sensual (expect loads of Marvin Gaye there).In addition to supporting third-party apps, Spotify will also be adding a social feature to its own desktop app. It bears a resemblance to Facebook’s ticker, and will tell you what your friends — and designated close friends — are listening to.If you expected Spotify app support to mean that standalone mobile and desktop apps will integrate with the service, think again. There are no separate third party apps: all are tied to the streaming service’s desktop software. There is also no support for mobile apps. Rather than adding itself to established third-party applications, Spotify is creating its own closed ecosystem.Beta versions of the first Spotify apps will launch today. You can find out more in this video:via The Vergelast_img read more

Fury erupts over Anzac fabrication slur

Fury erupts over Anzac fabrication slur

first_imgWith the Turkish Government describing witness accounts of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides written by WWI Australian soldiers as fabrications, NSW MP Reverend Fred Nile has spoken out condemning the allegation. Mr Nile moved the original motion recognising the genocides that was unanimously adopted by the NSW Parliament in May, much to the consternation of Turkey – who as a result, threatened to ban the state’s parliamentarians from visiting Gallipoli. Premier Barry O’Farrell last week described recent comments made by NSW’s Turkish Consul General on the matter, as “a terrible indictment … of the freedom that was fought for on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915”. The Consul, Ms Gulseren Celik, said in a letter to state parliament that accounts of the Ottoman genocides by Australian soldiers based in Anatolia at the time were fabricated. In a speech to the NSW Parliament last week Reverend Nile reaffirmed the validity of the accounts, quoting from verified historical sources, including documents from official Anzac records. Reverend Nile said the crux of the debate was “the individual and collective right to memory”, and said that Turkey’s allegations that his actions were an incitement to hate were baseless. “Is it recalling hatreds, real or imagined, to commemorate the Shoah, the Jewish genocide, or Timorese or Papuan suffering under the Japanese in World War II?” said Mr Nile. “Historical debate often involves offence being taken by individuals, especially when entrenched positions are being undermined.” Mr Nile told Neos Kosmos he was shocked by the Turkish Consul’s description of Anzac records as fabrications, and that the NSW Government was looking at a number of options in order to respond to Turkey’s threat to ban parliamentarians from Gallipoli. “We should not forget these genocides happened, to ignore them as historical fact is kicking the relatives and survivors of subsequent generations,” he said. Having recently returned from a tour of Armenia with a cross-party delegation, Reverend Nile said Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr should intervene in the situation. “It’s disappointing that the Federal Government seems to be acting in a cowardly way, and the threats from Turkey are having an effect on our Federal Government. It’s ridiculous,” said Mr Nile. “The government should do what’s right and what’s truthful, and not be blackmailed.” Twenty-one countries around the world have passed formal resolutions recognising the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides by the Ottoman empire. Along with Australia, Britain and the United States have not, although 43 US states have. Consul Gulseren Celik told reporters she is confident the Australian Government has no intention of following what she describes as the “outrageous” NSW motions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa affects Tourism

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa affects Tourism

first_imgBy Sailu Bah The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa has affected not only Tourism in the Gambia, but the business sector as well. This was revealed by entrepreneurs in the business sector and staffs from different hotels during an Ebola sensitization Forum organized by Tango in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health on Friday 28th November 2014.Speaking at the Forum, Macoumba Njie, Sunset Hotel Human Resource operation officer said the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa has affected the Tourism sector in the Gambia. He said though Gambia is Ebola free, it is still affected. He revealed that they recorded only 25% of tourists in their hotels because of the Ebola outbreak in the region. “We have very little tourists visiting the Gambia this year and we don’t know what January will bring; if the trend continues, most of these hotels will ultimately close because of high expenses with low income,” Mr. Njie opined. Njie further suggests that government should help in waiving taxes for the hotels hence they are not making any profit in order to meet their operation cost and retain their employees. He lamented that the cost of operating a hotel is very high, that the cost of electricity goes up to D200, 000 and not mentioning other expenses.He said that the hotel association has been discussing with the GT Board for the way forward, and the GT Board has also been conducting series of campaigns abroad to encourage tourists to visit the Gambia. He expressed hope that things would go well.Some of the hotel workers also expressed similar remarks expressing fear that some of them may lose their Jobs. They say most of the hotel workers are breadwinners of their families. They also noted that the Ebola outbreak in the region does not only affect the hotels, but affects local businesses in the Tourism Sector such as craft market vendors, taxi drivers and local fruit sellers, restaurants and others.The staff of various hotels revealed that most of the hotels staffs are seasonal workers and have still not been called because of the low tourist season. “Compared to this time last year, our hotels were booked and we even transferred others to other hotels, but this time we do not even have 25% or 30% of guests,” explained the staff.Lyndia Lena Renner Human Resource Manager Elton patrol station, said as at now their business is going down because of the low turnout of tourists visiting the Gambia this year. She said if the trend continues, it would in future affect their businesses. According to her, if more tourists visit the country, the hotels would require consume more fuel since they would use their machines.“We are working very hard in sensitizing the general public on Ebola especially our customers, and we always urged them to disseminate the information to others,” she explained.Peter Gomez, a Marketing Official at Galp station said they sell a lot of gas to the hotels which is use for cooking purposes. “Whenever tourists are around a lot of businesses would sell their products to the hotels. As we all know, tourism is a multi sectoral industry and one of the main sources of our economy, if it goes down, business goes down as well,” noted Mr. Gomez.AlhagieTambajang, a public officer said the fight against Ebola is a collective responsibility for everyone to take part in. He also explained the major and minor signs and symptoms of Ebola and urged that any one who has a suspected patient should call this number: 1025.He revealed people are now abusing the 1025 hotline, adding that some would call the number just to crack jokes or give false news. He said people should do away with such kinds of attitude and be serious about Ebola.OusmanYabo said prevention is the most effective tool in the fight against Ebola. He said Tango has been engaged in a massive sensitization exercise with a view to creating awareness on Ebola.“We are doing this sensitization programme to ensure that every one is aware of Ebola as it is the best way to prevent oneself from the dangerous and deadly disease. Some of the affected countries were not aware of Ebola, that is why it is getting worst,” he opined.]]>last_img read more

Banks asked to obtain PAN or Form 60 of all bank accounts

Banks asked to obtain PAN or Form 60 of all bank accounts

first_imgThe Union Finance Ministry has asked all banks – both private and public sector – in India to ensure that they obtain the Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) or Form 60 of all the accounts they have, with the exception of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts (BSBDAs). The banks have to provide this information to the ministry before February 28.The ministry has said in a statement: “In this connection, it may be mentioned that the RBI vide circular dated December 15, 2016, has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance or deposits if PAN or Form No 60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No 60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No 60 to the bank by February 28, 2017.”Why are these details important?There are two reasons why the finance ministry may be asking for these details. First, these would ensure that all bank accounts have been opened legally and there is no duplication of it anywhere. This will help root out accounts that may have been created illegally to hide black money.Second, it will also give the government an idea of the income of an individual, and whether this tallies with the income that was claimed in the income tax returns forms. This could be an excellent indicator of if anyone had deposited black money in banks, or had had someone else’s black money depisted in their bank accounts.Why are BSBDAs exempt?BSBDAs are essentially no-frill accounts, where although ATM cards and some other facilities are free, the maximum annual deposit is capped at Rs 1 lakh, and the maximum bank balance should not exceed Rs 50,000. These conditions make BSBDAs ill-suited for the needs of black-money holders who might want to launder their haul through the banking system.last_img read more

Ansarullah Bangla Team man held in India

Ansarullah Bangla Team man held in India

first_imgAbdullah. Photo: NDTVBangladesh national, Abdullah, suspected to be linked to ‘militant outfit’ Ansarullah Bangla Team was arrested on Sunday from India’s Muzaffarnagar, reports UNB.Investigators say he was recruiting young men for terror activities and providing them with logistic support.Sources at the Anti-Terror Squad, which made the arrest, said Abdullah had been living in Uttar Pradesh since 2011. Initially, he lived in Deoband.Last month, he moved to Muzaffarnagar’s Kutesara area, according to NDTV, a New Delhi-based news channel.Abdullah was allegedly involved in recruitment of terrorists, said the anti-terror officials. He was also providing fake identity cards and arranging safe hideouts for Bangladeshi terror recruits in India.last_img

Youth hacked dead in Gopalganj

Youth hacked dead in Gopalganj

first_imgA youth was hacked to death by rivals over previous enmity at Paschim Bahara village of Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district on Friday night.The deceased is Mahbub Mollah, 30, son of one Seken Mollah of the village.Muksudpur police station officer-in-charge Azizur Rahman said some miscreants swooped on Mahbub in the area around 8:30pm and hacked him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.Later, locals rushed to upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead around 9:15pm, the OC said.last_img

2 more killed in alleged gunfight with law enforcement

2 more killed in alleged gunfight with law enforcement

first_imgDeceased Hasan Ali (L) and Mohammad Kamal. Photo: CollectedTwo people were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Katabunia of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar early Sunday.The law enforcement suspects deceased Hasan Ali, 24, and Mohammad Kamal, 24, were drug traders, reports UNBAccording to Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, about 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.Hearing gunshots in Jhau Bagan area, a team of patrolling police rushed there, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the gang members opened fire to police, prompting them to fire back.After the brief gunfight, police recovered two bullet-hit bodies from the spot.Three policemen sustained injuries during the gunfight, said the OC.Police recovered six firearms and 25 rounds of bullet from the spot.last_img read more

Television actress alleges molestation

Television actress alleges molestation

first_imgKolkata: A television actress was molested inside her residential apartment at Jadavpur on Friday night while in a separate incident Bidhannagar police have arrested a person who had allegedly given indecent proposals to a woman posing himself as a short-film director.According to the police, the television actress residing on the first floor of an apartment on Jadavpur Central Road with her family was allegedly molested by a person who owns a flat on the third floor of the building. The victim has been staying at her apartment for the last four years. She told the police that apart from the molestation, she was also attacked by the man and some of his associates who frequently visited his house. The incident also sparked tension among the other residents of the flats. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt was also alleged that the attackers heckled the policemen who reached the spot following the incident. On the basis of the complaint lodged by the woman, police have started a probe. However, she has told the police that this was not the first time that such a thing has happened. However, this time the man went to an extent of molesting her. The woman, a part-time television actress, has been living in the apartment along with her husband and two children. The victim and her family members are apprehending that there may be some more incidents of attack on them as they have brought the matter to the notice of the local police station. In the other incident, one Arnab Roy who had given indecent proposals to a woman posing as a short-film director has been arrested by the Baguiati police. According to the cops, Roy had tried to force the woman into an extra-marital relationship with false promises that she would be given an opportunity in his next film. A complaint has been registered with the Baguiati police.last_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

Offers They Couldnt Refuse Weird Alternative Casting Choices for the Godfather

Offers They Couldnt Refuse Weird Alternative Casting Choices for the Godfather

first_imgRanking second on the AFI’s list of 100 greatest American movies of all time, The Godfather is a flat-out masterpiece — a compelling story brought to life with unforgettable performances. It’s impossible to imagine the saga of the Corleone family with anyone but Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and, of course, Marlon Brando.But if the big-wigs at Paramount had their way, we might be watching Laurence Olivier meeting with the Five Families, Burt Reynolds getting gunned down at an abandoned Long Island Parkway toll plaza, and Robert Redford hiking through the Sicilian countryside.American actors Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004) (left) as Don Vito Corleone, and Lenny Montana (1926 – 1992) as Luca Brasi in a scene from ‘The Godfather’ directed by Francis Ford Coppola. New York, New York, 1972. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesIn fact, the casting of the 1972 film was a battle. “The cast was always up in the air and there was a lot of controversies,” recalled director Francis Coppola at a cast reunion at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Reportedly, Paramount Pictures would spend over $400,000 on screen tests. But in the end, the actors and actresses Coppola wanted were hired. Noted James Caan (Sonny Corleone in the movie) at the Tribeca event: “Francis knew who had it and who didn’t.”Don CorleonePhoto by Getty ImagesSure, Marlon Brando seems like a no-brainer for the role of Don Vito Corleone. But at the time, Paramount execs weren’t buying it. For one thing, they thought the 47-year-old actor was unreliable.What’s more, Brando was coming off a string of box office stinkers. (1969’s Burn! anyone?) In fact, when Coppola brought up Brando’s name at a meeting, Paramount president Stanley Jaffe hit the roof, telling him, “Francis, as the president of Paramount Pictures, I must tell you now that under no circumstances will Marlon Brando appear in The Godfather. And, as president, I no longer wish to waste the company’s time even discussing it.” Anthony Quinn, George C. Scott, Laurence Olivier, and Ernest Borgnine were just a few of the names being tossed around.Francis Ford Coppola in 1976.Coppola finally got Paramount execs to agree on Brando…on one (make that three) conditions: the actor work for a percentage of the film’s profits (rather than getting a salary), he promise to behave himself, and he agree to a screen test. Yeah, about that last bit… Coppola would end up meeting Brando at his home for a kind of “improvisation,” as he called it. Brando slicked back his hair, stuffed paper into his cheeks, and became the legendary Don Corleone. Coppola would call the transformation “miraculous.”Michael CorleoneMichael (Al Pacino) & Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) in ‘The Godfather’.Pretty much no one, other than Coppola, wanted Al Pacino, a theater actor with just two big-screen roles to his credit, to play the pivotal role of Michael Corleone. The studio was set on a star (Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman were among the big names being bandied about).Photo by Getty ImagesParamount executive Robert Evans was keen on Robert Redford, but Coppola couldn’t see the WASP-ish, blonde-haired actor as a member of the Corleone clan. (The ever-crafty Evans suggested that perhaps Redford might simply be taken as Northern Italian.) A conga line of up-and-coming young actors tested for the part, including Martin Sheen, James Caan, and Robert DeNiro.Al Pacino (pictured above in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel) was chosen to portray Michael Corleone in The Godfather.Poor Pacino was put through the ringer and would recall, “It seemed like I was always testing. I kept testing after I got the part.” Short and pale, he simply wasn’t anyone’s idea of the head of a crime family…except for Coppola’s. “Every time I read [the script], I always saw his face,” said the director. Marcia Lucas, then-wife of director George Lucas, who was tasked with editing the screen tests, may have cinched the deal, telling Coppola that Pacino “undresses you with his eyes.” Coppola agreed and eventually wore down studio execs to get his man.Sonny CorleoneJames Caan, 1976.Rumor has it that Burt Reynolds was one of the actors considered for the part Sonny, the brutish Corleone son with a hair-trigger temper. James Caan would ultimately nab the role, but in the 1994 memoir, The Kid Stays in the Picture, studio executive Robert Evans claimed that Coppola originally favored actor Carmine Caridi.Evans, however, lobbied for Caan because a) he was a “known” actor — thanks to the 1969 movie The Rain People, and b) unlike the towering 6’4” Caridi, Caan (clocking in at 5’9”) was closer in height to the diminutive Pacino. Coppola’s instincts were spot-on. Caan played the part so well that people mistook him for his character. Not only did the Jewish actor win the title of “Italian of the Year” in New York, Caan was turned down by a country club because board members thought was a “made” man.Tom HagenDuvall with Diane Lane at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989. Photo by Alan Light CC BY SA 2.0To play the role of the Corleone’s German-Irish adopted son and family consigliere and fixer (severed horse’s head, anyone?), Coppola tapped Robert Duvall, who had appeared in The Rain People with his off-screen buddy, James Caan.Originally, the actor auditioned for the role of Sonny, impressing the director with his “unusual” approach. Ultimately, though, Coppola thought he was better suited to the more low-key role.Kay Adams-CorleoneAmerican actress Diane Keaton. Photo by Ruven Afanador CC BY-SA 3.0Diane Keaton might have seemed like a left-of-center choice to play Michael’s WASP girlfriend and wife, Kay. But the actress’s eccentricities — on full display in the 1970 comedy Lovers and Other Strangers — are precisely why Coppola gave her the part.“She was written as this New England WASP in the book and she was pretty straight,” said Coppola, who figured Keaton would give the character more “texture,” as he put it. Keaton viewed herself as something of an outsider in the movie, but admitted (modestly), “I had a couple of good scenes with Al.”Connie CorleonePhoto of Talia ShireThe casting of Talia Shire, Coppola’s real-life kid sister, as Vito Corleone’s daughter might seems like a case of nepotism. But when Shire asked her brother for an audition, he was actually cool to the idea, because he couldn’t imagine her in the role of Connie — a character he envisioned as an unattractive girl who could only nab a handsome husband because she was wealthy and well-connected. “I thought Tally was so beautiful that anyone would want to marry her,” said Coppola. “It was Bob Evans who championed her.”Read another story from us: Al Pacino Descends from the Little ‘Godfather’ Town of Corleone in SicilyFiguring he was on shaky ground with the Paramount powers-that-be, the director decided, “If I’m going to get fired, my sister should at least get the chance.”last_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22 2018 730

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22 2018 730

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2018 7:30 am PDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Birding memoir ‘Birds Art Life’ among Trillium Book Award winners TORONTO – Toronto writer Kyo Maclear’s meditative memoir, “Birds Art Life,” is among the winners of this year’s Trillium Book Awards.The English-language Doubleday Canada title, about Maclear’s urban birding expeditions, took one of two $20,000 prizes for best book Thursday.The other $20,000 prize winner was Toronto-based Aurelie Resch for the French-language “Sous le soleil de midi” (Editions Prise de parole).Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards book promotions.The poetry winners, who each get $10,000, were Pino Coluccio for “Class Clown” (Biblioasis) and Sylvie Berard for “Oubliez” (Editions Prise de parole).Their publishers receive $2,000 each.The Trillium Book Award honours Ontario-based writers and is billed as the province’s highest literary honour.last_img read more