12 Oct
2019

VVIP Chopper deal case Court dismisses alleged defence agents bail plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe agency had said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here.last_img

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7 Oct
2019

Research conference focuses on the path to the marketplace

New discoveries, whether it’s the development of new drugs or the design of new techniques and inventions, follow a circuitous route before we can find them on the shelves of our pharmacies or in our day-to-day workplaces.The long road to take research from the laboratory to the marketplace will be explored March 3 at Research Café II, Curing What Ails Us – from Discovery to Market. Researchers from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Business, and Mathematics and Science will lead the café journey – from the cutting-edge world of science to testing and trials, and from acquiring funding and capital to marketing and promotion.This is the second of two research cafés presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock Research and the Graduate Students’ Association as part of the 2009-10 Mapping the New Knowledges conference.The free event takes place in Pond Inlet, starting with a reception and light refreshments at 4:30 p.m. The presentations will take place between 5 and 6:30 p.m., to be followed by group discussion.Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, says this is a unique opportunity to follow the motion of new discoveries as they make their way to important commercial applications.“We always talk about research that makes a difference to the health and well-being of communities around the world – how does that happen? It’s an interesting conversation to have given the recent H1N1 situation,” she says. “This café will highlight the multiple perspectives and stages of research to market. It’s a journey that involves the commitment and dedication of research partnerships connecting faculty, graduate students, industry and business.”The café will be moderated by Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research. It will feature the following lead researchers: Martin Tammemagi, associate professor, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dirk De Clercq, associate professor, and Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, assistant professor, Faculty of Business Jeff Stuart, associate professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Science Yousef Haj-Ahmad, professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, and founder of Norgen Biotek Corp., a biotechnology company based in St. CatharinesSeveral graduate students will take part in the presentations, including Ellen Robb, a PhD student who works with Stuart. Robb is pursuing studies into the cellular mechanisms underlying the positive health effects of resveratrol, an active ingredient in red wine. Last year, she received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her work.“There is a strong health objective to Ellen’s work and it’s very relevant to the wine industry,” says Stuart. “Her research is a good example of the role of graduate students in driving discovery and innovation.”For information on the research café or to register, send an email to mapping@brocku.caThe 2009-10 Mapping the New Knowledges conference will wrap up on April 22 with a full-day program featuring oral and poster presentations from Brock graduate students. The deadline for master’s and doctoral students to submit oral and poster proposals is March 8.For more information on the student conference day, which includes GSA workshops, visit the call for proposals page.The first café in November, “Research for a Changing World,” offered a diverse menu of research topics that address the challenges of today’s world and the impact on daily life – from how we play and learn to how we sleep and function. read more

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6 Oct
2019

Chief of UN mission in Liberia leaves post this week

Mr. Klein, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and chief of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), was appointed to the post in July 2003. The UNMIL deputy for humanitarian affairs Abou Moussa will take over while discussions on a replacement for Mr. Klein, a former US general, took place, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York.

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2 Oct
2019

Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Abyei for six

Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member body also extended, for the same duration, the tasks of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) set out in the resolution that authorized the deployment of UNISFA in 2011. Further, the Council extended until 15 April 2018 UNISFA’s support for the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism, which was established by the two countries as part of the negotiations on South Sudan’s secession from Sudan in July 2011. In doing so, however, the Council decided that this renewal of UNISFA’s support for the Mechanism will be “the final such extension” unless Sudan and South Sudan ensure the free, unhindered and expeditious movement to and from Abyei and throughout the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone of all personnel, as well as equipment, provisions, supplies and other goods, including vehicles, aircraft, and spare parts, which are for the exclusive and official use of UNISFA. The Council further decided to maintain the authorized troop ceiling of 4,791 until 15 April 2018, but the ceiling will decrease to 4,235 unless the Council decides to extend UNISFA’s support for the Mechanism. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Buckeyes part ways with head coach John Markell

Ohio State will not renew the contract of John Markell, the coach of the men’s hockey team. Athletic Director, Gene Smith, made the announcement Tuesday that the university will part ways with Markell after 15 seasons.The decision was announced to the team Tuesday morning, to the surprise of some of the players.“We weren’t exactly sure what was going on. You throw that idea around but we were a little bit surprised,” Sergio Somma said. “We’ve got to turn over a new leaf and start fresh with a new coach next year.”The search is to begin immediately for OSU’s next coach. Chris Schneider, associate athletics director for sports administration, said the search for the next coach will be nationwide.“We’ll post the position by the end of the week,” Schneider said. “We’ll leave it open through the end of the Frozen Four. At that point, we will evaluate the pool of candidates that we have and begin the interview committee process. We hope to have somebody in place by early May.”Schneider added that the decision to not renew Markell’s contract came from a lack of consistent success throughout his tenure at Ohio State.“What we’re looking for in our men’s ice hockey program is a coach that is consistently successful, consistently competing for collegiate championships and ultimately performing in the NCAA tournament,” Schneider said. “Coach Markell has done very good things with our student-athletes. And he’s done some good things with our program in the past. [The decision] goes back to being consistently successful.”Somma indicated that Schneider’s expectations for the program are not unrealistic.“The facilities and the opportunities here at this school are bar none, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t compete every year. I still think we have the personnel and the talent to have a great team next year.”Markell finishes his career with a record of 280-267-56 and led the program to its first Frozen Four appearance in 1998.“I appreciate the opportunity I had to coach at Ohio State,” Markell said. “I’m proud of the young men I had a chance to coach and watch grow up both as hockey players and in life. I’m proud of the accomplishments we had as a team over the years. I wish nothing but the best for the Buckeye hockey program and the people around it.” read more

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25 Sep
2019

Romanian murderer tried to stab woman to death in street weeks after

first_imgI saw my wife on the floor covered in blood… I managed to punch him in the face between the eyesNicursor Gheorghe Describing how he managed to stop Mihai from killing the woman, Mr Gheorghe said: “I saw my wife on the floor covered in blood. I went after him and managed to punch him in the face between the eyes.”The case was adjourned and Mihai was remanded into custody until sentencing on March 12.Judge Amjad Nawaz told him he faced up to 20 years in prison and would be deported on his release.He said “You are somebody with a predisposition to act in a violent way and a lengthy sentence awaits you.” Friend Gama Bobi told the court: “He told me he was going to kill someone and go to jail for ten years. I thought he was joking because he had drunk too much.”The court heard Mihai then staggered across the road to where his half-brother and Mrs Mihai were waiting for a bus. A Romanian murderer tried to stab a woman to death in the middle of a busy street just weeks after being allowed into the UK following a seven-year prison sentence, a court heard.Gheorghe Mihai, 38, told a friend he wanted to kill again moments before knifing his sister-in-law in the face when he turned into a “man possessed”, a court heard.He repeatedly stabbed Roxana Mihai, 23, after she interrupted a conversation he was having with her husband Nicursor Gheorghe, who was also his half-brother.Mihai chased the woman down a street in Wolverhampton, before catching up to her when she tripped over on the pavement. Mihai then repeatedly stabbed her five times in the face, back and arm.She was only saved when her husband managed to wrestle Mihai off her and punch him in the face. Mihai, of Wolverhampton, then ran to a garage, where he was arrested by police on August 7 last year. Wolverhampton Crown Courtcenter_img 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. The case was heard at Wolverhampton Crown CourtCredit:Google Street View A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court took two hours to find Mihai guilty of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.The court heard Mihai was jailed for seven years after murdering a man in his native Romania in 2006.He moved to the UK early last year and, on the day he attacked Mrs Gheorghe, he had been drinking and boasting to friends about how he was going to kill again.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

Cocaine cannabis crystal meth and a gun seized in Longford

first_imgA MAN IN his late 20s is due to appear in Athlone District Court this morning at 10.30am, charged in relation to the discovery of a firearm and drugs at a house in Edgeworthstown, County Longford.Gardaí carried out a planned search of the house yesterday afternoon  at about 4pm.SeizureDuring the course of the search they discovered a 9mm pistol and a small quantity of drugs, believed to be cocaine, cannabis and crystal meth.A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene and detained at Longford Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act, 1939.Read: Three arrests as €650k of heroin and ‘various drug paraphernalia’ seized>Read: Cannabis worth €490,000 seized as gardaí target drugs gang>last_img

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22 Sep
2019

How important is alcohol to Irish agriculture

first_img2 pm: Minister Frances Fizgerald will be answering questions related to the Department of Justice. Her predecessor probably won’t be making any speeches this week. 3.36 pm: The Taoiseach will answer questions related to his department.4.36 pm: The Order of Business will be read.5.06 pm: Four Topical Issues will be discussed where everything and anything could come up.Following this, three Bills we be debated:The Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013 is a technical piece of legislation that will see the HSE funded through the Office of the Minister for Health, as opposed to separately, which is currently the case. Focus will then turn to the government’s much-discussed Housing Bill that seeks to introduce a scheme where tenants can purchase local authority housing and revise how authorities can recover possession of a house if the occupants have seriously breached the tenancy agreement.The third Bill looks to provide for the development and promotion of forestry in line with the principles of sustainable forest management.7.30 pm: Fianna Fáil will propose a motion that examines the beef sector in Ireland and makes a number of proposals including ensuring that “there are no barriers to the transport of live cattle to Britain directly from this State”.9 pm: The Dáil will adjourn for the day.Everything happening in the Seanad 2.30 pm: The Order of Business will be read.3.45 pm: Health Minister James Reilly will come before the Seanad to discuss his plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.Afterwards, Matters on the Adjournment will complete the day. WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on European Affairs Committee Jobs Committee 2.15 pm, Room 4: Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Volunteer Ireland, will discuss community development and volunteering with the committee. Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesEnvironment and Local Government Committee 11 am, Room 4: Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan will attend the committee’s meeting to discuss a Bill that looks to dissolve the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) and transfer all of its functions, staff and assets to the Environmental Protection Agency. 5.15 pm, Committee Room 2: Caroline Sloan, whose 14-year-old daughter Emma died on O’Connell Street last December after suffering an allergic reaction will make a submission to the Health Committee on the provision of EpiPens in public places. Dr Michael Byrne from the Irish Medicines Board will also attend.Everything else happening in the Dáil 1.30 pm, Room 2: The committee will debate a number of issues, including the reduction or elimination of customs duties on goods originating in Ukraine; trade within the EU; and measures to create jobs in town and village centres. 2 pm, Room 1: Professor Gail McElroy from the Department of Political Science at Trinity College and Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent with the Irish Times, will address the committee on the outcome of last month’s European elections. Environment and Culture Committee At 3.30pm, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre will make a submission on the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014. 2 pm, Committee Room 3: The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland will come before the Agriculture Committee to discuss the importance of alcohol to the agricultural sector. Representatives from the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association and Macra na Feirme will then make submissions on agri-taxation.3.15 pm, Dáil: Fresh from his chat with Gay Byrne, Enda Kenny will have what’s likely to be a less pleasant conversation with the Opposition during Leaders’ Questions. Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

A pilot in China has been suspended after telling delayed passengers to

first_img Dec 3rd 2016, 9:30 AM 5 Comments By AFP Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 9:30 AM A CHINESE PILOT has been suspended, his airline said, after social media footage showed he told passengers to deplane and protest against a flight delay, the latest outburst over the country’s notorious air transport services.The flight, operated by Lucky Air, was scheduled to leave the tourist destination of Xishuangbanna for the southern city of Kunming at 12 midnight on Monday.Thirty minutes after the scheduled departure, the captain told passengers that a plane operated by a larger carrier had jumped the queue and caused the delay, according to a passenger who posted a video on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.The passenger on the video quoted the pilot as saying:I am very angry. Please get off the plane. We won’t depart for now. Let’s put some pressure on the airport, go and vent for me.Passengers got off and started yelling on the tarmac:Explain the queue-jumping! A plane scheduled behind us took off first!People began taking selfies and kicking around shuttlecocks, the passenger said. Buddhist temple in Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province, China. Source: ShutterstockFlight delay leaderChina leads the world in flight delays, with the average flight delayed 21 minutes last year, according to the country’s Civil Aviation Administration.Much of the country’s airspace is under military control, restricting availability for civilian flights.In recent years airports have often seen tense confrontations between stranded passengers and airline representatives.Some time later the Lucky Air pilot asked the passengers to return to the plane for take-off. “I hope you can cooperate and do me a favour,” he said over the intercom.Thank you very much. I am so sorry for holding you up until this late.But some passengers refused to do as they were requested.The plane finally departed around 3am.Lucky Air said in a statement that the pilot had been suspended, adding the delay was caused by a “misunderstanding during communication between the crew and the airport”.“The captain’s misconduct wrongfully led some of the passengers onto the tarmac and caused the delay of the flight,” the statement said.- © AFP, 2016Read: ‘Terrific guy, fantastic country’ – Trump’s phone call to Pakistan leaderRead: 65-year-old Australian surfer escapes serious injury after shark attack Share2 Tweet Email1 11,513 Views http://jrnl.ie/3113145 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Paul Vinten A pilot in China has been suspended after telling delayed passengers to mount a protest “Let’s put some pressure on the airport, go and vent for me,” he was quoted as saying, after another airline jumped the queue. Image: Shutterstock/Paul Vinten Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

US woman charged with murder of newborn son 38 years ago

first_img Image: Minnehaha County Jail via KELO via AP Image: Minnehaha County Jail via KELO via AP Mar 9th 2019, 1:36 PM US woman charged with murder of newborn son 38 years ago Theresa Rose Bentaas was 19-years-old at the time. Share17 Tweet Email A US WOMAN has been charged with the death of a newborn baby who was found abandoned in a ditch 38 years ago, with police saying they used DNA and genealogy sites to determine she was the baby’s mother.South Dakota resident Theresa Rose Bentaas was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in the 1981 death of the infant, known as Baby Andrew.The 57-year-old told authorities last month that she’d hidden her pregnancy from her friends and family and gave birth while alone in her apartment, according to a court affidavit.Bentaas allegedly said she then drove the baby to the area where he was later discovered, a cornfield ditch in an area called Sioux Falls.She said she was “young and stupid” and felt sad and scared as she drove away, according to the document.The baby died of exposure.Bentaas, who was 19 when the baby died, later married the infant’s father and has two living adult children with him, the Argus Leader reported.Retired Detective Mike Webb said authorities used DNA from the baby exhumed 10 years ago and DNA obtained from Bentaas through a search warrant. Webb said the father won’t be charged because he wasn’t involved.“I couldn’t be more pleased with the results today and the arrest and the closure that we find, as well as the hard work and dedication for the pursuit of justice for Andrew,” Chief Matt Burns said.In South Dakota, authorities submitted a DNA sample from Baby Andrew to a specialised lab, which found two possible matches using the public genealogical database GEDmatch.Police constructed a family tree and performed a “trash pull” to collect beer and water containers and cigarette butts at Bentaas’ home.Results from a cheek swab sample show there’s “extremely strong evidence” to support a biological relationship between Bentaas and the child, according to the affidavit.With reporting from the Associated PressComments are closing for legal reasons https://jrnl.ie/4532260 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Sean Murray Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 1:36 PM No Comments 28,469 Views last_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

Les épidémies de grippe favorisées par La Nina

first_imgLes épidémies de grippe favorisées par La Nina ?Le phénomène climatique La Nina favoriserait l’apparition de nouveaux virus de la grippe. En changeant le trajet des oiseaux migrateurs, ce phénomène les mettrait en contact avec des virus qui se répandent ensuite à travers le monde.Lors des épisodes du phénomène La Nina, les épidémies de grippe seraient favorisées partout dans le monde. C’est ce qu’affirment des chercheurs américains dans une étude publiée par les Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Ce phénomène, qui refroidit les eaux de surface du Pacifique et engendre d’importants dérèglements climatiques, modifie en effet les trajets de migration des oiseaux. Ceux-ci entreraient alors en contact avec de nouveaux virus contre lesquels ils ne sont pas immunisés, et qu’ils répanderaient à travers le monde, estiment les chercheurs. À lire aussiSperme, lumière bleue et cosmonaute les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 19 mai”Nous pensons que La Nina amène des oiseaux, qui habituellement ne se croisent pas, à se rencontrer. Cela permet la naissance de virus réassortis”, à savoir un mélange de deux virus de grippe, expliquent-ils. Les scientifiques américains qui ont mené cette étude ont constaté que quatre pandémies ont eu lieu après des épisodes La Nina au cours de ces dernières décennies : la grippe espagnole qui a commencé en 1918, la grippe asiatique de 1957, la grippe de Hong Kong de 1958 et la grippe porcine de 2009. Toutefois, les chercheurs demeurent prudents car tous les épisodes du phénomène n’ont pas été suivis d’épidémies. S’ils pensent que La Nina favorise les épidémies, d’autres facteurs entrent en jeu dans leur apparition.”Il est certain que l’alternance La Nina-El Nino affecte le climat, les précipitations et l’humidité dans le monde”, affirme Jeffrey Shaman, professeur à l’université de Columbia à New York. “Mais les effets sont très variés selon les régions, il n’y a pas de conséquence unique”, souligne-t-il.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 18:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Complaints Commission takes legal effect August 1

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jul 2015 – The final institution for protecting good governance will be established officially come August 1, 2015… the Governor has moved to see the Complaints Commissioner in full legal operation in a matter of weeks. Cynthia Astwood had been introduced since last September as the head of this constitutional body.“We are an independent body; as an independent body our decisions are final.”Along with six others, which includes the Integrity Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, the Complaints Commission is a tenant of good governance with the mandate to investigate any action taken by a public body, including: grievances and conflicts in the workplace; performance issues, discrimination; harassment; corruption; maladministration, such as delays, bias, negligence, abuse of power, failing to give reason for a decision, not following through on a commitment and has the powers of a magistrate. When questioned on the necessity of this office, Astwood who had to meet certain qualifications including not being a former member of the House of Assembly explained.“That is there to protect good governance, and to ensure that Public Servants and other persons have other avenues to go to in case they have a concern or they feel they have not been fairly dealt with or an area needs more investigation to be carried out.”In that March interview, Mrs. Astwood added the commission is not set up to fire people from their jobs or functions in government but it is empowered to enter or inspect any Government office; the focus would be more in line with bringing resolution to complaints. While there is a full office set up in Grand Turk, Astwood said a significant goal for her is to establish a Providenciales place where a deputy Complaints Commissioner would take cases from Provo, North and Middle Caicos. There are some limitations for the Commission as explained in a news release from the Governor’s Office: “The Commission cannot investigate complaints about the Governor, Cabinet, House of Assembly, Justices, Magistrates, the Police or Chief Auditors, because separate complaints arrangements are in place.” MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Governor lauds Bien-Aime & Integrity Commission at anti-corruption meeting TCI’s Community College’s Dismercy Lugo wins Integrity Commission’s College Speak Off Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:complaints commission, cynthia astwood, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, integrity commissionlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Three SDUSD educators honored with Teacher of the Year award

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHundreds turned out at De Portola Middle School Tuesday night to honor San Diego’s top teachers.The event is called “Day of the Teacher,” and pays tribute to one elementary, one middle school and one high school teacher in the San Diego Unified School District who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.The teachers were selected from 140 school sites, representing 110,000 students. Posted: May 8, 2018 May 8, 2018 Three SDUSD educators honored with ‘Teacher of the Year’ award KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

TSA provides travel tips ahead of holiday season

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – The Transportation Security Administration is reminding travelers what not to bring on flights as the busy holiday season nears.While it may seem obvious to some what is and isn’t allowed, TSA said they often need to remind passengers because they frequently see banned items.The agency said thousands of people forget certain rules every year, like liquids being limited to 3.4 oz., among other prohibited items.“Make sure you do not have knives, guns, grenades or other items that could be considered bludgeons in your suitcase,” said TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz. “We know that terrorists still consider aviation a prime target, therefore we have layers of security and we have people, processes and technology to keep you safe every day.”TSA also said that breaking these rules results in checkpoint lines being slowed down, which in turn increases the possibility of missing a flight.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

Samsung Adobe Partner for Papergarden Magazine Service

first_imgSamsung has developed a new magazine app service called Papergarden and only publishers that have built their digital magazines using Adobe’s DPS, such as Condé Nast, Hearst and National Geographic, will be viewable in the app.The service, integrated with Adobe’s native Android Viewer, will be available in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Papergarden, essentially a mini-Newsstand, comes pre-installed on the tablet. The service allows a unique sampling function for potential subscribers, enabling them to browse articles before purchasing a title. Purchase options are also automatically shown to the viewer, including whether that person is a current subscriber. And consumers can purchase issues or subscriptions without having to first download the magazine app.The Samsung partnership was announced as part of a broader upgrade of Adobe’s DPS, which includes an enhanced push notification function that supports deep linking. Through Adobe Analytics, publishers can set up reader segments and target specific push notifications, directly linking them to a pre-selected article, for example.Also part of the upgrade is DPS integration with CRM soutions like Salesforce, which lets sales teams track and record which content is being viewed during meetings with clients.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

6 Barisal cops withdrawn over case against UNO

first_imgUpazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Gazi Tariq Salman was produced before a Barisal Court on 19 July. Prothom Alo file photoSix policemen who were on duty on the court premises when UNO Gazi Tariq Salman was sent to jail in a defamation case were closed to the District Police Lines on Saturday, reports news agency UNB.Assistant Police Commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police Nasir Uddin Mallick said the six police personnel—sub-inspector Nripen Das, assistant sub-inspectors Sachin and Mahabub, and constables Jahangir, Selim and Sujan—were closed for administrative reasons.On 19 July last, a Barisal CMM court sent upazila nirbahi officer Salman to jail after he surrendered before it in compliance with its order and sought bail in a defamation case filed by a local Awami League leader on charge of publishing a ‘distorted’ photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the invitation card issued on the occasion of Independence Day.Salman was granted bail on a bond of Tk 10,000, hours after he landed in jail.As the incident sparked off huge public outcry throughout the country, Awami League suspended plaintiff Obaidullah Saju, religious affairs secretary of Barisal district unit of the party, on Friday for filing the Tk 5-crore defamation case overenthusiastically.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

The Health Care Industry

first_img 6 min read Register Now » When a client checks out a health care site, he is looking for information on physicians, insurance policies the health care provider accepts and medical information about the health concern he has.The EssentialsA health care site should provide easy access to information via menus designed consistently throughout the site. Redesign is a good idea if it’s not been updated for two to three years. Ask your web professional for a fresh design using “CSS” (cascading style sheets) rather than “tables.” This will not only make you sound like an expert, it will help you later on as you focus on improving your site’s search engine optimization (SEO).Have a statement on the home page that also lets the customer know why they should use your business. What sets your services apart and why should they visit your site again? A medical news feed with RSS subscription capability should exist on the homepage as well as the medical facility’s news.Make sure to have complete and up-to-date information on all physicians and health care providers, preferably including contact information for each, a photo and basic background info. This should be on a separate page or pages separating physicians by specialty/department. Also, if different physicians accept different insurance policies, make sure to include that information.Your site needs to become a health resource for the community it serves. Make this a main objective of your site’s concept, strive to become a local authority on health care issues and your traffic will increase exponentially.Update the content on your site monthly especially the homepage. As a rule of thumb update the look and feel of the site every one- to-two years. Don’t get stuck in a hosted content management system with limited capabilities–make sure your web developer is able to add functionality to the site easily as your organization grows, and that he or she is willing to consider other options besides a content management system.Hire an SEO professional with a proven record and ask that he or she concentrate on location(s) to drive searches in the area along with the specialties of the business in order to drive searches by longer-distance customers.Mistakes to AvoidMost medical websites that are not successful in converting customers and not successful on the web have the following issues:Bad design. Messy layouts and inconsistent menus cause visitors to feel lost in your site and surf away in frustration. The site needs to be easy-to-read and aesthetically pleasing (e.g., if your customers are older, consider using white background and larger text). Consult with a web development firm and have them tell you what they can do to improve your site, these services are often complimentary.The site development included “frames.” This is frowned upon by the majority of the search engines out there. A site redesign and SEO is highly recommended.A good site is updated regularly and visitors will notice if it’s not. They won’t feel the need to come back, and repeat website customers relate directly to conversion numbers. Empower people in your organization–make them a part of updating the site rather than having a single individual responsible for the entire site.If your content is insufficient and inaccessible or if most of your content consists of bulleted lists, it’s time to look at reorganizing it and adding more content. There’s no such thing as too much content when it’s properly organized. Make sure each physician has a photograph, contact info and basic bio added to the site. If needed, consider using a professional copywriter who specializes in website copy and can work with your SEO specialist.No search engine visibility. From content to design issues, SEO professionals are often able to tell you what your site really needs. Consider this just as important as having a site designed.Poor marketing. Just like in traditional marketing, you need to have a web marketing plan in place and make sure it drives the customers to the site and provides you with web traffic statistics so you know what’s driving traffic.Places to BeDefinitely promote your site and blog to the search engines and most of the web directories including DMOZ. Stay out of link farm sites. Your SEO specialist will also recommend local sites and blogs where a listing or comments may be beneficial.Look for forums where specific conditions you specialize in are being talked about and offer advice without making it seem as though you’re trying to win business in doing so. In your signature on the forum response add the address of your site and blog as links if permitted. There’s a fine line between a well-crafted response and one that will be perceived as trying to spam the forum.”Medical News” with RSS feed, and “Company News” with an RSS feed should be on the homepage of the site. A blog not only will help promote the site, it will also help provide content for feeds (the homepage company news could use the feed provided by the blog). Feeds like these are great as they can then be syndicated by other sites giving you a much larger exposure or footprint. E-newsletters are fine but the ROI is definitely lower than a blog. Press releases should always be included in the company news as excerpts and/or blogged about and a link given to the page or pages on your site where the full text of the release should exist.Keep in mind that the blog will be read by your customers and not medical professionals, so try to keep their interest up with catchy titles and don’t get hung up on medical jargon.Ask you SEO professional to make sure that your blog has the social networking links shown after each post so your readers can help promote your site. And always ask your employees to frequent and comment on your blog and site, as sometimes their input can be very valuable.Researched and written by Liz Wilson. Additional information provided by UrbanVerve, a leading web development and SEO solutions company and CI Web Design Inc., an innovative web design and development company. 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30 Aug
2019

These 6 Industries Are Using Blockchain to Gain a Competitive Advantage

first_imgMarch 30, 2018 8 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While people debate the benefits and pitfalls of cryptocurrency, the blockchain technology that underlies these currencies is taking the main stage.That’s understandable, as blockchain is a must-have in and of itself for creating competitive advantage.Related: 5 Ways Blockchain Technology Will Change the Way We Do BusinessFor some companies, blockchain-based security applications are enticing; others are simply excited about blockchain’s potential for helping them create transparent marketplaces for their customers.Whatever the motive, the immutable and transparent nature of the blockchain is what has so many people racing to incorporate it into their IT strategies. Joe Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum, interviewed by Newsweek  explained why more and more companies are taking note: “There won’t ever be a single powerful entity that controls the system or controls gatekeeping into the system the way blockchain does,” Lubin said.As a decentralized platform for innovation, blockchain technology, over time, will revolutionize virtually every industry. First movers will have the distinct advantage of figuring out how blockchain can get their business to the next level. They’ll also figure out earlier than their competition does the challenges that come with any new IT integration.Following are examples of industries that are already adopting blockchain solutions with a great degree of success.Fund administrationThe challenges associated with fund administration are extensive. Currently, most companies rely on outdated software or ungainly paper processes. Gary Markham, CEO of aXpire a blockchain-based solution for expenditure management, described the traditional challenges in this company white paper. “Normally,” he wrote, “businesses have to spend a lot of time sorting through paper, PDFs and spreadsheets to process documents by hand.Related: 15 Crazy and Surprising Ways People Are Using Blockchain”Smart contracts use software code to automate tasks, thereby shaving hours off a range of business processes.”One of the biggest challenges in fund administration is tracking and managing expenditures. Blockchain solutions could solve that issue completely by reducing data inaccuracies, improving interoperability of various enterprise applications and creating more transparent expenditure tracking.Continued Markham: “For fund managers, financial industry leaders or any regulated group, the ability to show a regulator a report of [expenditures] in real time, having spent far less time and money gathering that data relative to legacy solutions, is immensely powerful.”Information servicesAs the internet has become inseparable from everyday life and been transferred to our mobile phones whose access is at our fingertips, users have sought instant access to their favorite websites. According to this report by Shopify, page-load speed is one of the most important factors for consumers buying something online.Even Google decided to incorporate website speed into its algorithm ranking factors as explained by TechCrunch. The world’s most popular search engine considers a page to be “slow” if it takes longer than 1.5 seconds to load!Miao Zhicheng, a blockchain developer for NOIA Network, believes that blockchain will transform the global internet infrastructure as explained in that company’s white paper.“The problems of latency, low internet availability and sluggish pace of digital-content progress due to high content delivery costs will soon be over,” Zhicheng wrote. “NOIA Network is solving them by creating a widely dispersed and decentralized content delivery network. This network is formed by household computers and data centers around the globe.”Participants can share their idle bandwidth and storage resources in exchange for NOIA tokens,” Zhicheng wrote, claiming that, “Every single transaction is automated and seamless only because of smart contracts enabled by blockchain technology.”Other technology experts, too, believe that blockchain will power us into Web 3.0, by offering the fast speed and decentralization they say should have been developed at the beginning of the internet age. Real estateReal estate is an incredibly complex industry with a lot of moving parts. The participation of buyers, sellers, agents and brokers, and the processes of title and escrow make real estate transactions slow and potentially risky.Blockchain can reduce that risk and increase trust in a number of ways. With home purchases, most people rely on title companies to verify real estate transactions and ownership. There has been much debate about how blockchain could solve this problem, but a recent Newsweek report detailing the example of a home title being issued on the Ethereum blockchain showed a solution: It’s only a matter of time, the article said, before government agencies start embracing blockchain as a valid alternative to existing title processes.The technology can also be used to conduct transactions using various cryptocurrencies. Recent reports, including this Los Angeles Times article, have detailed how all types of homes being placed on the market for cryptocurrency rather than fiat currencies. This demonstrates a demand for the option to buy homes with digital assets over traditional ones.BankingAt this point, banks that remain somewhat skeptical about the new technology are only slowly changing their tune regarding cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Barclays, J.P. MorganChase, Goldman Sachs and other big players are investigating potential applications.In Europe, the banking industry is shifting from closed unilateral systems to a more decentralized “bank as a platform” approach. The process, Open Banking, is explained in this Medium article. Recent legislation has forced banks to allow third-parties access to client data via APIs.Different banks, deposit and insurance accounts, crypto holdings and exchanges can now be reached using a single interface. From the consumer’s perspective, this degree of access decentralizes banking services, in a secure and user-friendly manner.While other platforms suggest direct blockchain usage, ORCA, a customizable open-banking platform connecting crypto and fiat services, reverses things, aggregating only third-party services, but storing no data. “It’s the first time in history when open banking allows [us] to combine traditional banking and cryptocurrency services, “ Natan Avidan, CEO of the ORCA Alliance, told Medium.EscrowBlockchain can also make escrow a thing of the past, not just for real estate, but for all industries that work with any kind of escrow middle man.New York City Department of Education attorney Tsui S. Ng recently explained the benefits to the American Bar Association. “In securities trading,” he said, “it currently takes several days to transfer assets, thereby increasing counterparty risk. Smart contracts that use blockchain technology could shorten settlement times and mitigate such risk.”By creating an automated, incorruptible and instantaneous contract, blockchain solutions will be able to eliminate costly intermediaries and the risks associated with drawn-out transactions.LegalBusinesses are getting more comfortable with the idea of digitally secure contracts, to facilitate deals in real time. This means law firms will need to become intimately acquainted with the technology to advise clients on the best ways to structure various transactions on the blockchain.That’s precisely why the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has worked so hard to get law firms invested in the technology. To date, the alliance has added over 14 firms as members, according to this Coin Telegraph article, to help drive development and adoption of blockchain solutions for the legal industry.As Aaron Wright, chair of the alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group, told Coin Telegraph, “Lawyers are poised to serve as the catalysts for blockchain technology, and the Legal Working Group will serve as a neutral space to explore blockchain-based legal technology, develop standards for ‘smart’ legal agreements, support emerging enterprise use cases, and tackle important policy issues raised by this new, impactful technology.”What business owners should knowBusiness owners in any of these industries need to start incorporating blockchain into their strategies so as not to fall behind. One of the best ways is to hire a firm that has blockchain built into every aspect of its service offering. Just make sure the company knows the technology through and through. Larger companies might consider hiring a chief blockchain officer or placing a blockchain director under the CTO.They should ensure that blockchain development is an integral advantage for their businesses — not just a cool-sounding tech phrase.Related: 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond CryptocurrencyWhatever strategy you deploy, you can be sure that tbeing a first mover on blockchain in your industry will give you an edge over your competition. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Australian hotels strangest situations

first_imgNew research suggests Australian hotel staff often suffer strange requests and awkward situations, while attending to the needs of guests.A survey conducted by lastminute.com.au in conjunction with Australian hotel partners highlighted some wacky facts about the zany guests hoteliers have checked-in.One respondent said a female guest requested a male staff member deliver a bottle of Coca Cola to her room where she proceeded to open the door in her birthday suit.Adult services was a common point of enquiry among Australian hotel guests, while one female traveller asked for a pole to be installed in her room for dancing.Staff agreed couples were better guests than families, males more welcome than females and corporate guests trump leisure visitors.“When it comes to out-there requests and situations, our Australian hotel partners have seen it all,” lastminute.com.au general manager Kirsty La Bruniy said.“When it comes to accommodating requests, they do have to draw the line somewhere, like when a guest wants McDonald’s and the closest one is 70 kilometres away, or a booking for two adults turns out to be for four adults and six children.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. New survey reveals zany customer queries.last_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

WEST HOLLYWOOD Calif – The phone call telling Ch

first_img WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome — but she admits she wanted to get it earlier.The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, whose ABBA-tribute album “Dancing Queen” was just released, acknowledged she’d long hoped for that call. She said she “wanted to get it so badly” during the Obama administration.Now she will, at age 72, during the Donald Trump administration, which might make for an awkward gathering. A regular at anti-Trump rallies and marches, Cher ranks among the most outspoken celebrities against the U.S. president. The White House said no decisions had been made on whether Trump would participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors program.The Kennedy Center prize is given to those in the performing arts for lifetime contributions to American culture. This year’s other recipients are composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music entertainer Reba McEntire, and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The co-creators of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” will receive a special award as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.Cher missed out on the first wave of ABBA-mania, which began to sweep most of the rest of the planet with the Swedish quartet’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo” and was confirmed by the successes of “SOS” and “Mamma Mia” a year later.“I was most Americans,” Cher commented. “I knew ‘Waterloo,’ ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Mamma Mia.’ And that’s pretty much it. And then I became a fan with ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’” she continued, referring to the 1994 Australian dark comedy that played a key role in reviving interest in ABBA recordings.After the 1999 West End debut of the jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” as well as subsequent productions around the world and the 2008 first film “Mamma Mia!,” ABBA-mania was back — and now included the U.S. The band’s 1992 greatest hits album climbed to No. 25 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart this year.Cher appeared in the movie sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” and she met lyricist Bjorn Ulvaeus and composer Benny Andersson from ABBA.Recording the album of covers gave Cher greater ABBA insight. “I was a little cranky with Bjorn because of the way he writes, and then I realized he writes this way because he doesn’t write in English. So, he tells the story in a more interesting way. He has to get to the story.“And I didn’t realize how intricate the music was,” she continued. “I thought, ‘Whoa! Benny has really got some stuff going on there: all these lines, and riff over riff over riff. And so I had more respect for them.”It’s a busy period for Cher, whose latest world tour began Sept. 21 and runs through May, ending in Minneapolis. She’s co-producer of a jukebox musical about her life, “The Cher Show,” with previews set to begin Nov. 1 on Broadway. And the Kennedy Center Honors will be taped Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.Through it all, Cher no doubt will be paying attention to other happenings in D.C., keeping her eye on the Trump administration. “We’ve got to watch out,” she noted. “There were signs at other times in world history and some people didn’t watch them.”___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report. by Michael Cidoni Lennox, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2018 8:26 am PDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, Cher speaks during a women’s march rally in Las Vegas. Authorities say a man living at Cher’s home in Malibu, Calif., has been arrested on suspicion of providing fentanyl to someone who died of an overdose. NBC Los Angeles reports that 23-year-old Donovan Ruiz was arrested by Ventura County sheriff’s investigators. Authorities say he is the child of someone who works at the home.(AP Photo/John Locher) center_img Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honour during Obama yearslast_img read more

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