Alberta investigators eye alleged Winnipeg serial killer as possible key to cold

first_imgAPTN National NewsAccused serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb lived all across the Western provinces, including Alberta, where he became known to police in three jurisdictions.And that has project KARE investigators intrigued.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the details.last_img

Colonial jewel in Perus capital to be restored with UN help

“This is the first programme, both in scope and magnitude, tackling the dangerous problems that low income urban families face,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Jorge Chediek said. “For the first time in history, the precarious conditions in which people live are being addressed.”Located in downtown Lima, a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site and once capital of Spain’s lavish Viceroyalty, Rimac has suffered from centuries of precarious housing conditions although it has the oldest bullfight arena in the Americas and other colonial architectural jewels.Seeking to improve the situation and diminish disaster risks, UNDP has been working with the Peruvian government since 2004 in a programme to revitalize landmarks and poor urban communities. The programme “Rimac Renace” (in English Rimac Reborn) aims to grant dignified living conditions to nearly 200,000 people.It has produced an assessment of the risks incurred by the population and, in 2010, it will begin registering property titles and working with Rimac’s Municipality to restore the historical landmarks.The coast of Peru, where Lima lies, experiences frequent earthquakes. Living in collapsing historical landmarks leaves the poor community even more vulnerable to natural disasters.Founded in 1532, Lima was almost fully rebuilt after a massive earthquake in 1746. To respond to mid-18th century natural disasters, masonry construction with bricks and stones bound by mortar was forbidden and replaced by native techniques that used mud and straw.The mud houses, though resistant to earthquakes, decay easily if not properly renovated. Rimac is almost entirely built with such rapidly degenerating materials. During the 20th century, Lima’s downtown was progressively abandoned by affluent landlords. Houses were left to poor migrants paying very low rent, but receiving no infrastructure maintenance nor formal contract. Sanitation facilities and pipes are rotten beyond repair, and water access is limited. To further exacerbate the situation, despite rapid urbanization, Rimac lacked a development plan.At the request of the municipality UNDP in 2005 implemented a property assessment, which declared 96 per cent of the households at risk of collapse and showed a vicious cycle – tenants lack financial means to invest in properties, that in some cases have been with the families for several generations, but to which they were not entitled to. This October, the Peruvian Congress passed a new law enabling property rights claims. Rimac tenants now will be legally entitled to their properties – and some may even receive bank loans to buy the houses. This is crucial because legal ownership will be an incentive for tenants to maintain and restore historical houses.In the third phase of the project, UNDP will support the Municipality in implementing a registration mechanism. Starting in 2010, about 15,000 people will register their property titles, requesting financial assistance and restoring the places they have inhabited for generations.As a result of this long-term initiative, Rimac will be revamped, but keep its cultural identity. Deep rooted religious traditions and emblematic stories of colonial time scandals also feed this eclectic neighbourhood’s fables. The “Reborn Rimac” will be an added attraction to Lima’s growing downtown touristic circuit. 31 December 2009As part of a United Nations-backed plan to restore historical architectural gems that have deteriorated into slums, residents of Rimac, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Peru’s capital, Lima, will start registering property titles as of 2010 in an effort to restore the priceless landmarks. read more

Highlevel UN meeting focuses on need to reverse desertification

20 September 2011Participants have gathered at a high-level United Nations meeting today to highlight the need for stronger action to protect the world’s drylands, which are home to two billion people, stressing that doing so will help reduce poverty and improve development prospects. More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost due to desertification every year, the equivalent of losing an area the size of South Africa every decade, according to the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). While the term desertification often conjures up visions of land turning into barren tracts of sand, it actually refers to a less dramatic but equally destructive process – the loss of the capacity to grow crops or raise livestock in arid, semi-arid or dry sub-humid areas, the so-called drylands. While productive land becomes scarcer, providing food for the nine billion people predicted to live on Earth in 2050 will require a 70 per cent increase in global food production. “Drought and land degradation must therefore move to the centre of policy development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the meeting, one of several high-level events taking place this week on the margins of the 66th session of the General Assembly. “By refocusing our development agenda to include the potential of drylands, we can break the links between poverty and desertification, drought and land degradation,” he said. Mr. Ban drew attention to the drylands of the Horn of Africa, which are experiencing the most severe food crisis in the world, leaving more than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in urgent need of humanitarian aid. “Drought does not have to become famine,” he stated. “Too often the international community reacts too late. Too often decisions are taken based on false economies. In the end, we count the cost not just in human lives but in the extra expense of responding to crises that could have been averted for a fraction of the price. “The world’s drylands are too often an investment desert – seen by governments and the international community as a lost cause. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he added, noting that drylands hold the potential to drive national economic growth and sustainable human development. The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said that desertification is one of the most complex challenges today, with serious environmental, economic, political and social impacts that affect people, most of whom are poor. “The economic, social and human cost of desertification is tremendous and I call upon the international community to take immediate and decisive action to address its impacts and to take measures for both its prevention and reversal,” said Mr. Al-Nasser. He highlighted the need for major innovative policy interventions and shifts in sustainable land management strategies to address the impacts of desertification, which must be done with the active engagement of all stakeholders and local communities. “Effectively addressing desertification and land degradation can only be done in the context of other major global challenges, such as climate change, poverty eradication, food security, deforestation and biodiversity loss,” the President added. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment, development and the promotion of healthy soils. The convention’s 194 parties work to alleviate poverty in the drylands, maintain and restore the land’s productivity and mitigate the effects of drought. UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told the meeting that this is the first time that the convention’s core issues are being taken up by such a high-level political gathering since its entry into force in 1996. “Among the main challenges in implementing the convention, low political recognition and lack of mainstreaming in national strategic plans come first,” he noted. “However, addressing land degradation is not a burden for public budgets, but rather a driving force for sustainable and inclusive economic development.” He said that “to sustain life on Earth, we must build a land degradation-neutral world,” which will involve a global commitment leading to effective action at all levels. “I urge you as the leaders of our planet to take policy measures which will lead to a paradigm shift in the way we manage our land resources.” Speaking to reporters later in the day, Mr. Gnacadja noted that many people used to believe that land degradation and desertification were problems that only affected a few people in some remote places, but that has changed thanks in part to the convention.“Land degradation is happening everywhere in the world,” he stated, stressing that attention at the highest political levels must be given to this issue.As the day-long meeting came to a close, Mr. Al-Nasser stressed that “we must act on what we know: that prevention is the most effective way to cope with desertification.”Efforts to reduce pressures on drylands and combat desertification need to go hand in hand with efforts to eradicate poverty and will contribute to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he added, referring to the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. read more

No tentative deal between GM and Cami assembly workers talks still ongoing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No tentative deal between GM and Cami assembly workers, talks still ongoing by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 2:26 pm MDT INGERSOLL, Ont. – The union representing 2,900 workers at a General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it needs more time for negotiations.The Canadian Auto Workers union originally wanted to present a tentative agreement to its members at a meeting scheduled for Sunday, but it has cancelled the gathering to give negotiators more time to reach a deal.Local 88, which represents the workers at Cami Automotive Inc., have been in talks with General Motors for the past several weeks.Local president Dan Borthwick, who said negotiations are expected to continue next week, added he was confident a deal will be reached before the current contract ends in September.The CAMI plant produces the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover vehicles.Earlier this month, GM announced it was investing $250 million in new equipment at the plant so it could build a wider variety of vehicles at a lower cost. read more

Applications now open for BioLinc program to support young Niagara entrepreneurs

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years.Applications for this year’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program can be submitted through BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator until Sept. 25.Matt Clarke, an accounting student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, has experienced the value of the KSE program.Last year, Clarke founded Express Deliveries, a local delivery company that has already served over 8,000 customers in Niagara with the help of the program.“It helped us a lot,” Clarke said. “They teach you about marketing, accounting, finance – and actually help you get through the beginning stages of your business. They provide you with mentorship, and some competitions we were part of us really taught us how to talk to investors and present ourselves.”Born out of a class project, Danielle Speck, a second-year student in Niagara College’s Business – General program, founded Mojo Hydrotherapy, an artisanal bath bomb social enterprise. In under six months, Danielle won the Entrepreneur Challenge, a Niagara College business plan contest supported by ncTakeOff, received a $3000 Summer Company grant via the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and has established a distribution network with local markets and retailers, including Niagara College’s Benchmarket.“After my entrepreneurship class project, I had so much support from my teacher, Rachel Crane, and couldn’t have imagined the umbrella of opportunities and guidance that would come from her and Niagara College,” Speck said. “ncTakeOff connected me with shop owners, photographers, media, local business support centres, business social events, grant opportunities and more I even thought was available to us.”There will be several signature events co-hosted by Brock University and Niagara College, as well as standalone resources which will be offered on respective campuses and tailored to meet the unique needs of each student population.Planned for Nov. 4-6, the annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend will see young entrepreneurs form a team, build and pitch a business idea all in one weekend. The weekend will also include a keynote speaker, business development training, and mentorship opportunities for youth aged 18-29 who are technically skilled or curious about entrepreneurship.Other key events include Entrepreneurship Week in March which will feature pitch competitions and networking opportunities, and a showcase in April to celebrate student entrepreneur successes. read more

Butler Floyd lead Holy Cross over Fairleigh Dickinson 6749

WORCESTER, Mass. — Austin Butler scored 14 points with seven rebounds and three steals, Jehyve Floyd added 12 points, 13 boards, six blocks and four assists, and Holy Cross pulled away in the second half to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 67-49 on Saturday for the Knights’ third straight loss.Jacob Grandison scored 13 points with seven boards and Caleb Green scored 10 with six assists for the Crusaders (5-3), who held the Knights to 30 per cent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.Butler’s layup capped a 16-8 run for a 40-33 Holy Cross lead early in the second half and the Crusaders led by 10 on his free throw. The Knights went scoreless for 5:28 and the Crusaders pulled away on a 10-0 run for a 54-35 lead on Grandison’s jumper with 4:26 to play and led by double digits from there.Holy Cross led 14-6 on Kyle Copeland’s 3, but Mike Holloway Jr.’s free throw tied it at 16 and the Knights scored seven straight for a 23-16 lead on Xzavier Malone-Key’s dunk. The Crusaders finished on an 8-2 run and trailed 25-24 at halftime on Grandison’s layup.Elyjah Williams scored 11 points, Darnell Edge and Jahlil Jenkins added 10 apiece, and Holloway grabbed 13 rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (3-4).The Associated Press read more

Pushy parents should leave children alone during school holidays headmaster says

first_imgPrince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Children should be left to play during school holidays Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit: REUTERS Children should be left to play during school holidays Beeston Hall, a co-educational preparatory school for children aged four to 13, sends it alumni to the country’s leading public schools such as Eton College, Harrow School and Radley College. Pushy parents should leave their children alone during school holidays so that they can develop resilience and independence, the headmaster at one of Britain’s leading preparatory schools has said.  Rather than forcing youngsters into “tightly controlled schedules” full of CV-building activities such as musical instrument lessons, parents should let their children to entertain themselves.  Fred de Falbe, headmaster of the £23,000-a-year Beeston Hall School in Norfolk, said that it would be far better for a child’s personal development to allow them to become bored, so that they can then find creative ways to occupy their time. Writing in the summer edition of Attain magazine, he said: “Practising the violin swells the heart of every ambitious parent, but doodling with a diabolo or yoyo, seeing if you can make a glass sing with your index finger or if you can raise a single eyebrow are not yet – as far as I know – skills that are proudly added to the CV.”    It was thought to be under consideration by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a potential school for Prince George, had they decided to live make Amner Hall in Norfolk their permanent residence.   He suggests instead that children should be left to play with paper darts, unicycle, stilts, or a Rubik’s cube.  “Not only does this add into the broth of resilience…it can prod problem-solving and self-esteem too – further totems of successful personal development,” he said.“Those left-field activities are often the consequences of boredom (rather than a tightly controlled holiday schedule) and evidence of it as a necessary motivational process. “Boredom drags children into territory where they are obliged to think for themselves, to confront a kind of loneliness and to tackle a task independently.”   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

Father and son who forgot to pay for Fortnum Mason champagne in

Jack Vallender told the court: "By sheer accident we walked out the store and we forgot to pay." 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. Jack Vallender told the court: “By sheer accident we walked out the store and we forgot to pay.”Credit:Brais G. Rouco/Central News Jack, who lived in Stroud in Gloucestershire with his mother at the time and attended Marling Grammer School, said: “JP Morgan is one of the top firms for investment banking. If I could get my foot in the door, that would really help me.”If I could get that internship, that would be massive – it was the one thing I wanted to do. I was worried about not having enough time to do the application.” Douglas Vallender owns Valle Construction and Valdon Developments based in St Ives, Cornwall and also owns two coffee companies, Kwick.Coffee and Exspesso (corr).Douglas and Jack Vallender, of St Ives, Cornwall were each cleared of one count of theft. A father and son have been cleared of stealing champagne from Fortnum & Mason after the younger man told a court he was rushing to complete a JP Morgan job application. Douglas Vallender, 52, and Jack Vallender, 18, were alleged to have swiped champagne from the famous Piccadilly department store in London’s West End on 1 May 2017.The Cornwall based businessman and his son walked out with the bottles of bubbly worth £348 without paying. The jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts for the pair after just 48 minutes of deliberations.It was claimed they entered the upmarket store at about 12.15pm and between them smuggled out the box of champers before being stopped in the street.Prosecutor James Cartwright said that it was a “thought out and planned theft” but the Vallenders insisted they had simply forgotten to pay.Jack told Southwark Crown Court that he was in a rush to fill out an application for an internship with banking giant JP Morgan. David Campbell, defending Douglas Vallender, told jurors that the pair admitted walking out of the shop with the bottles but they simply “made a mistake”. ‘The fact is that they are human,’ Mr Campbell said.Addressing the jury, judge Michael Howard QC said: ‘You have come to your verdict extremely quickly.’Both of them are, of course, entitled to be released immediately.’Speaking outside the courtroom, Douglas Vallender said: “We are very grateful that the correct decision was reached and can’t thank our legal team enough. It has caused a lot of hurt and upset to the family.”Asked if Fortnum & Mason should apologise, Douglas Vallender said: ‘I think they should, it’s because of them that this has come about.’A tearful Jack told reporters: ‘I used to love coming to London but now it seems like the only reason I have come up really is because of this. People see it and they just assume the worst.” If I could get that internship, that would be massive – it was the one thing I wanted to do. I was worried about not having enough time to do the applicationJack Vallender He said: “By sheer accident we walked out the store and we forgot to pay.”Referring to his son, Douglas Vallender said: “He was getting in a bit of a flap and I said, “okay, okay,” and we walked straight out of the shop, never batted an eyelid and all the rest of it.” read more

Thousands of children descend on Westminster for second school strike

School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Edinburgh, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe Thousands of young people, including those of primary school aged,  marched in central London over climate changeCredit:Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Images Show more Thousands of young people, including those of primary school aged,  marched in central London over climate change Thousands of school children descended on Westminster today for a second strike demanding the government change its environmental policies.More than 15,000 youngsters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to call on politicians to declare a “climate emergency” to deal with the “ecological crisis” threatening the planet.They marched from Parliament square at midday to the gates of Downing Street, before congregating around Buckingham Palace where they were met with a heavy police presence.A few of the placards read: “By the time we’re in charge it will be too late”, “we want you to panic” and “the greatest threat to the planet is the belief someone else will save it”.Some of the other students formed a sitting protest on Trafalgar Square and climbed onto Nelson’s Column.The demonstrations caused traffic to be severely hampered along Westminster Bridge and Parliament Square, as well as Waterloo Bridge Roundabout.Youngsters have also today staged events in other British towns and cities including  Edinburgh, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge. It began when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, from Sweden, skipped class to sit outside government buildings in September, accusing her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement.However, school leaders have warned of the dangers of pupils missing valuable lesson time and have voiced their opposition to the protests. School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sueleen Deelan, an 18-year-old studying her a-levels at Mill Hill County High School, arrived at the demonstration late because she had an exam earlier in the morning.She said: “We need to take priority in conserving our environment and that’s why all the young children who are going to be the most affected by this are out today on a cold, windy Friday to show that young people are paying attention to current affairs and we care about the future.“I take Geography and Politics so my teachers were hugely supportive of my decision. I know from an academic perspective that there is a big problem and my school was quite proud of me for coming here because I was actively taking a role.”The action is part of a much wider global movement- spanning from Germany to Australia- known as Schools 4 Climate Action. Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said it would be reasonable to expect students to make up any missed work during lunchtime detentions.Mr Barton said: “The more we say climate change is such an important issue that young people can go and protest about it, well the more you open up other issues.“What about fracking, what about homelessness for example, what about knife crime? It seems to me that we patronise children ultimately by saying ‘yes, well done’. It is a sentimental response.“They should be learning in school about why climate change matters and learning how political processes work.”Some headteachers have also expressed their suspicions about the march being used as a cloak by some students to play truant from their lessons.But, the protesters hailed the day as a success and pledged to come back every month “until the Government listens”. The Youth Strike 4 Climate in the UK follows action taken by 15,000 students last month, which was criticised by Theresa May for wasting lesson time and increasing teacher’s workloads.But, Anna Taylor, 17, from north London, co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network and one of the organisers of the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement, said the Government was failing to recognise the severity of the crisis. She said: “We’re here because we feel betrayed and we don’t feel we can trust them to protect our future, which is why we’re having to go on strike to make our voices heard, and let them know that unless they change something we will keep striking until they consider our demands.”The crowds were full of school children of all ages who missed lessons in order to show their support for the campaign. 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. read more

aluzinc simplifies and speeds up Shaw Controls MCC manufacturing process

first_imgThe replacement of steel by aluzinc in the manufacture of Shaw Controls motor control centres (MCCs) has brought with it a range of benefits, Shaw’s Senior Manager Operations, Anderson Kohler, says.“Traditionally, we used only steel for our MCCs, which needs to be powder coated in order to protect it from corrosion,” Kohler said. “This made it necessary to follow quite a long process in completing our products – a process which aluzinc can now simplify and speed up.”The usual process of preparing MCC panels includes welding, grinding and prewashing before the powder coating painting process can take place. These phases can now be bypassed by using aluzinc; a material that resists corrosion without a protective coating being applied.Kohler highlighted the extended lifespan of aluzinc, which comprises 55% aluminium, 43.5% zinc and 1.5% silicon – manufacturers of the product guarantee it will last for about 35 years before any major maintenance is required.He said the powder coating of steel panels complicates the earthing requirement on an MCC, as the paint layer insulates the panel and prevents conductivity. “This means that technicians and installers must take special care to ensure that proper contact is made between the unit and the earth connection,” he said.For instance, the use of star washers must be strictly enforced among installation staff. Alternatively, certain areas of the MCCs are left unpainted to allow for earth connections. This does raise the concern that it only takes a small oversight and the earthing will not be fully effective, Kohler pointed out. The use of aluzinc eliminates this issue as there is no longer a paint layer between the earth connection and MCC panel, he said.Shaw Controls said: “There is also the possibility of painted parts being scratched or damaged during transport and installation. When this occurs, it leads to the time consuming task of being returned to the factory for proper powder-coating, further delaying the installation and commissioning process. Indeed, if there is a need to weld again for any reason, then there is a repeat process of grinding and pre-washing before painting again.”Kohler said the corrosion-resistant properties of aluzinc allowed parts to be kept in stock, ready for quick assembly; something not possible with mild steel due to corrosion.“By introducing the use of aluzinc in the manufacture of our MCCs, we can reduce the lead time on components by as much as two to three weeks, and this is a time-saving that we can pass on to our customers by delivering more quickly,” he said.There are also environmental benefits to using aluzinc as a replacement, said Kohler. No welding means a saving on gas and electricity, for instance, while no pre-washing obviates the need for harsh chemicals. In the painting process, there is invariably waste created through surplus paint that must be carefully disposed of in terms of environmental regulations.Shaw Controls, a Zest WEG company, has over 30 years’ experience as a manufacturer of MCCs, distribution boards, medium voltage switchgear, control desks, PLC and instrumentation enclosures, portable and containerised substations, E-Houses and various other electrical enclosures.last_img read more

Grand Turk remains popular clean up ongoing post Joaquin

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk, popular, ralph higgs Premier attends town hall meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – Grand Turk tourism is cleaner again following battering by category four Hurricane Joaquin. Magnetic Media spoke to Ralph Higgs, the TCI Tourist Board director who assured that the country’s cruise and dive capital is fine. “So in time, Grand Turk as I said will be restored and people will continue, particularly our cruise passengers, will continue to patronize Grand Turk. Grand Turk is still one of the most popular cruise destinations…” Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Changes Made To Workplace Smoking Ban Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 63, the Smokefree Workplace bill, advanced out of the House Rules Committee last night, with a few adjustments. The House Rules Committee advanced a rewrite of the smoke-free workplace bill that would allow communities to opt out via local elections and excludes e-cigarettes and marijuana from the definition of smoking. The original bill had widespread support, but House Rules Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux refused to schedule it for a vote on the House floor. She said the state should not force municipalities into a program they may not want. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is the sponsor of the bill that was introduced in 2016 that ultimately failed after clearing the Senate. If the bill passes the House, the Senate must decide whether to accept the new changes.last_img read more

Smart card distribution in Rangpur from 7 Oct

first_imgSmart card. File photoThe distribution of machine-readable smart national identity (NID) cards will begin in Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) area on 7 October.Election Commissioner (EC) Mahbub Talukdar will inaugurate the distribution at Rangpur district council community centre at 11:00am, Communication Officer of the EC secretariat, NID Wing Ashiqur Rahman told BSS on Tuesday.Acting secretary of the EC secretariat Helaluddin Ahmed and RCC mayor Sarfuddin Ahmad will take part in the function, said Rahman.To facilitate the voters with any information related to NID, the NID wing of the EC has launched a help desk, he said, adding that voters can know update of their NID by calling to 105 from any telecom operator.Voters can also know about the date and place of their smart card distribution through sending SMS from any mobile operator. One needs to text-SCNID17-digit national ID> — to 105 to know about his or her date and place.last_img read more

Russian opposition leader arrested at Moscow protest

first_imgPolice officers detaining Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during an unauthorised anti-corruption rally in central Moscow. Photo: AFPHundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption.Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of nonprofit organisations.The report has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, but so far Medvedev has made no comment on the claims.Sunday’s march in Moscow was one of the biggest unauthorised demonstrations in recent years, with police putting turnout at 7,000-8,000 people.Police detained Navalny, who has announced plans to run for president in the 2018 election, as he was walking to the protest, putting him in a police minibus.The crowd briefly tried to block it from driving off, shouting “Shame!” and “Let him out!”“Guys, I am all right, go on along Tverskaya,” Navalny tweeted from the van, referring to Moscow’s main central street.Police said about 500 people had been arrested in Moscow, while OVD-Info, a website that monitors the detention of activists, said at least 933 had been detained, as well as dozens in other cities.The Interfax news agency said 130 people were arrested in Saint Petersburg, where about 4,000 people gathered in the city centre.“We’re tired of the lies, we have to do something,” Sergei Timofeyev, a 23-year-old protester in Saint Petersburg, told AFP.A spokeswoman for Navalny’s Anti-corruption Foundation (FBK) said on Twitter than he would be held overnight before being brought before a judge on Monday.He will face charges of calling a rally that disrupted public order, and could be held for up to 15 days.From his cell, Navalny posted on Twitter that he was “proud” of the protesters and said the mass detentions were “understandable”.“The thieves defend themselves this way. But you cannot arrest everyone who is against corruption. There are millions of us,” he wrote.The United States condemned the arrests as an affront to democracy.“Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values,” acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.‘They steal and lie’Thousands of people filled central Pushkin Square, some shouting “Russia without (President Vladimir) Putin”. Some climbed on to lamp posts and the monument to poet Alexander Pushkin, shouting “impeachment!”Dozens of police vans and rows of riot officers were lined up as a police helicopter hovered overhead.“We have all seen the movie, it gives specific examples of corruption, and there has been no reaction,” Nikolai Moisey, a 26-year-old factory worker, said of the claims against Medvedev.“They steal and they lie but still people will be patient to the end. The protest is a first push for people to start acting.”Police officers moved to detain protesters and clear the square, with some using truncheons and pepper spray to disperse the crowd, AFP correspondents said.Police also searched FBK offices over alleged incitement to hatred, and “Everyone was detained and brought to the police,” the organisation’s spokeswoman Kira Iarmych said.‘99 cities’Despite the dramatic scenes in Moscow, state TV did not cover the protests, instead showing soap operas and nature films.“The whole country is tired of corruption on such a scale,” 50-year-old Natalia Demidova said. “Medvedev should be fired once such exposes come to light.”Elsewhere, about 2,000 gathered in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, carrying signs such as “No to corruption,” according to local news website Sib.fm.Some held up images of yellow rubber ducks, following reports that Medvedev has a special house for a duck on one of his properties.Local media estimated about 1,500 people turned out in each of the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk and Omsk.The Russian constitution allows public gatherings, but recent laws have criminalised protests unauthorised by city authorities, who frequently refuse to grant permission for rallies by Kremlin critics.Navalny said on his website that 99 Russian cities planned to protest, but that in 72 of them the local authorities did not give permission, citing reasons such as street cleaning, a bell-ringing concert and rival events by various pro-Kremlin groups.There were also protests in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg, according to local reports.Navalny, a 40-year-old lawyer by training announced plans to run for the presidency after he won a surprise 27 percent of the vote in the Moscow mayoral election in 2013.But he has been the subject of several legal prosecutions in recent years, and in February he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence which could make him ineligible to run in next year’s vote.last_img read more

UPDATE List Of Charities And Steps To Donate As Harvey Relief Grows

first_imgUnited Way Relief Fund:To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood or text UWFLOOD to 41444 BarkerRipley:Working in collaboration with other agencies, BarkerRipley picks up after the initial emergency responders and work on helping people restart their lives. To donate to BarkerRipley visit their site here. The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some charities and things you should consider. Share Red Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help.last_img read more

Advised not to sing in Hindi Mawkin

first_imgHe has been around the Capital’s music circuit for quite a while and is a name known in a good few circles of music lovers who frequent haunts that belt out unique talent.Meet Nikhil Mawkin. A professional musician for 10 years and counting, Mawkin has been around in the truest sense possible. With no formal training in music, Nikhil took on singing and the guitar when he was taking a break after school. A performance in a restaurant that happened to him by chance changed the game for him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He has performed on and off in India and abroad, spending a lot of time in Boston where he says he learned the most about music. Looking back, Nikhil says: ‘I was stereotyped for performing Elvis’ songs for the longest time.’ He used to host Elvis tributes for almost four years and it stuck on. It took Nikhil quite a while to break the mould.‘If you have enough conviction in what you do, you will find the right people,’ says Nikhil talking about the innumerous ups and downs that the last decade has shown him. Right from the time he started in small joints across the Capital to a music project for a theatre embassy from Amsterdam and then his stint in Boston and finally to Red Mawkin. This vocalist, guitarist and drummer has indeed come a long way. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe released an album last year and another is due by August this year, he announces. A part of the Red Mawkin project that he is working on, the latest album is made up of songs he defines as groove rock. While his first album was an eclectic mix of different genres, Nikhil says he has finally defined a strain for this album.A bit of drums, jazz, pop-rock and a lot of Indian music influences, Nikhil is also working on what he calls Bolly Jazz. So does he sing mainstream Bollywood songs? Nikhil laughs it off saying, ‘I have been adviced not to sing in Hindi,’ but he collaborates with other singers to produce some soulful jazz renditions of Bollywood songs and he is also not adverse to teaming up for something more commercial. He’ll take it as it comes, he says. While he works with a number of musicians, the team — Shikhar Prasad (Guitar), Clarence Gonsalves (Bass), Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums), Sarthak Mudgal (Percussion), Praachi Kumar (Vocals) and Sayontani Chatterjee (Vocals) — he performed with at Hard Rock Cafe on 14 February is a team that he has worked with for the last six months. Nikhil explains that musicians need to work together for a while to get used to each other, so the teams he gets together stick on for a year or more. Comprising people he has worked with before and new faces as well, Nikhil is on a steady path ahead. And optimism is on a high. If you misssed them on Thursday, keep an eye out for the next performance. It is totally worth it.last_img read more

Microsoft Cloud services DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database

first_imgOn January 29, Microsoft Cloud services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 suffered a major outage. This resulted in customers experiencing intermittent access to Office 365 and also deleting several database records. This comes just after a major outage that prevented Microsoft 365 users from accessing their emails for an entire day in Europe. Users who were already logged into Microsoft services weren’t affected; however, those that were trying to log into new sessions were not able to do so. How did this Microsoft Azure outage happen? According to Microsoft, the preliminary reason behind this outage was a DNS issue with CenturyLink, an external DNS provider. Microsoft Azure’s status page read, “Engineers identified a DNS issue with an external DNS provider”. CenturyLink, in a statement, mentioned that their DNS services experienced disruption due to a software defect, which affected connectivity to a customer’s cloud resources. Along with authentication issues, this outage also caused the deletion of users’ live data stored in Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) databases in Microsoft Azure. TDE databases encrypt information dynamically and decrypt them when customers access it. As the data is stored in encrypted form, it prevents intruders from accessing the database. For encryption, many Azure users store their own encryption keys in Microsoft’s Key Vault encryption key management system. The deletion was triggered by a script that automatically drops TDE database tables when corresponding keys can no longer be accessed in the Key Vault. Microsoft was able to restore the tables from a five-minute snapshot backup. But, those transactions that customers had processed within five minutes of the table drop were expected to raise a support ticket asking for the database copy. Read more about Microsoft’s Azure outage in detail on ZDNet. Read Next Microsoft announces Internet Explorer 10 will reach end-of-life by January 2020 Outage in the Microsoft 365 and Gmail made users unable to log into their accounts Microsoft Office 365 now available on the Mac App Storelast_img read more

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first_img South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … May 17 , 2019 South Africa: Maluma Symposium has ‘become a highl … If you would like to know more about the latest and most relevant developments in the table grape industry, come to the Global Grape Summit in London on June 5th. For tickets and more information, click here U.S.: LGS enhances summer citrus, Peruvian avocado … In general, she said the most important table grape characteristics for South African consumers are good color, large berry sizes, full flavor and price.Outside of the South African season, Freshmark imports from a few other table grape-growing countries to keep demand satisfied throughout the year. “Spain is our preferred importing partner due to shorter travel time, competitive pricing and bigger varieties,” she said. “Generally there are more varieties to choose from when importing.” The company also brings in fruit from Zambia, where the seasons begins around a couple of weeks ahead of South Africa, as well as limited volumes from Egypt and Israel.There remain some challenges associated with introducing new table grape varieties into the market, Van Der Merwe said, such as achieving a consistent supply of new varieties due to the heavy competition with export markets. In addition, she said that consumer price sensitivity is an ongoing challenge, as well as many growers’ high price expectations. Harvest packouts have also not always been as high as producers had anticipated.Asked what advice she would give the supply side of the table grape industry to help advance the category – based on how consumers are responding to new varieties – she emphasized that quality, consistency and price point were crucial.”Quality remains key for any consumer, are therefore suppliers need to ensure shelf life,” she said. “They also need to ensure consistent harvests annually. The worst for retail is to market a new line for a season and then have limited volumes the next season.””In addition, when launching a new variety, you need to work together with your supplier to ensure we enter the market at the correct price point.”There is a definite ceiling price for new cultivars. Consumers are still uneducated when it comes to different varieties and most consumers only know a red, black or white grape. It is our responsibility as retail, together with the suppliers to educate the consumer and also offer them this “testing” phase at a reasonable price.”Global Grape Summit attendance “extremely important”The upcoming Global Grape Summit will include numerous educational sessions aimed at providing key insights and increasing attendees understanding about most the pressing issues facing the industry, such as how consumers around the world are responding to the wide range of new varieties now on offer. Other sessions include panel discussions on what the next decade holds for the industry, new production areas around the world, and retail opportunities in the U.K. There will also be ample networking opportunities.”As a retailer, it is extremely important to attend this summit,” said Van Der Merwe.”It gives us great exposure to the general international trends. It provides feedback from the various industry players regarding the future of the industry, new product development, environmental responsibility regarding packaging and general farming practices and provides information on varieties being trailed and the successes and failure that has been experienced thus far.” South Africa may be renowned as one of the world’s top table grape exporters, offering a broad selection of new and improved varieties to markets in Europe, North America and Asia, but many of these new cultivars are also finding favor among consumers in the domestic market where they are giving the category a boost.Tania Van Der Merwe, National Procurement Buyer of Stone fruit, Grapes and Exotic Fruit at Freshmark – the fresh produce procurement arm of leading African food retailer Shoprite – said that the introduction of numerous proprietary varieties is having a positive impact on sales and helping to extend the sales season for domestically grown fruit.Van Der Merwe spoke to FreshFruitPortal.com ahead of the inaugural Global Grape Summit taking place in London on June 5, during which she will be a panelist in the session entitled “Consumer Response to New Varieties”. Van Der Merwe has been at Freshmark for 17 years, with the last five years in her current position. Freshmark is a division of Shoprite Checkers Supermarket Group, and supplies fruit and vegetables to Checkers, Shoprite, Usave, and OK Franchise stores in South Africa and throughout the African continent.Although it is taking longer for many new varieties to become household names in South Africa, due to competition with the export price structure the market’s price-sensitivity, there are some notable changes taking place on the domestic table grape market.”Better early varieties have had a positive impact on our sales. We have been experiencing a better eating quality and larger berry size,” Van Der Merwe said.”Meanwhile, better late varieties has given us the opportunity to achieve a better shelf life that is able to extend our season with approximately six weeks. We have also become more accurate with our storage programs, which is needed for late varieties.”For the last two years, she added, there was no need to end the season with seeded varieties, as had been the case in the past, when it was common for table grape sales to drop by around 60% when seeded varieties started. In fact, as in many other markets, demand for seedless varieties has increased so strongly that Shoprite has gone so far as to stop selling seeded grape varieties, with the exception of Red Globe.”The introduction of new varieties has led to more choices and has changed our specifications. We’re still competing with the export market, but there are more newer varieties available for our local market,” she said. This evolution has led to a more flavorful selection of grapes available to shoppers, she added.Some of the newer varieties that are proving particularly popular with South African consumers are Autumn Crisp, Adora, Sweet Globe, Candy Hearts, and Cotton Candy. But she noted that the latter two only sell well at the correct price point, and consumers are often not willing to pay the premium. In addition to the more recent varietal introductions, a couple of more traditional cultivars remain popular, such as Crimson seedless, and Red Globe, which is the highest selling grape in the northern area of the country. Fall Creek opens blueberry nursery in South Africa … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Angsana Spa is introducing an exclusive spa experience for guests to be launched on 1 November 2015. The new 90-minute Coco Renewal package includes a 30-minute Coco Vanilla body polish and a 60-minute Javanese massage.Beginning with a gentle foot wipe, Coco Renewal promises guests a well-deserved break with freshly-compounded body treats comprising locally-derived ingredients. The invigorating Coco Vanilla body polish refreshes and delights the skin, while a Javanese full body massage with strong and nimble strokes follows, targeting pressure points to ease muscle tension.A natural concoction of coconut milk and coco powder, the Coco Vanilla body polish is ideal for guests looking for a soothing and nourishing treatment for dry to sensitive skin types. Widely produced in Indonesia, the vanilla bean is packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins, allowing guests to leave with glowing, radiant skin. An oatmeal blend is also specially included to revitalise and gently cleanse the skin.For guests’ ultimate spa experience, a 30-minute Calm Time of refreshments and relaxation accompanies each a la carte treatment or spa package at Angsana Spa. Pampered to perfection, guests can relax while sipping their choice of soothing tea.Boasting 15 treatment rooms including two air-conditioned outdoor spa pavilions, eight outdoor spa pavilions, three single and two double air-conditioned rooms, Angsana Spa Bintan will heighten the wellness quotient of spa aficionados with a tempting array of treatments.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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