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Nova Scotia Companies to be Celebrated at Provincial Export Awards

first_img Acadian Seaplants, Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafood Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Nova Scotia companies will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards. On Thursday, May 21, nine businesses from across the province will be recognized, and one will receive the Exporter of the Year award. “On behalf of the government, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work and contribution to growing our economy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business. “The One Nova Scotia Commission identified increasing the value of our exports by 50 per cent as key to building a better economic future, and the efforts of these nominees are helping Nova Scotia achieve that important goal.” The nominees for exporter of the year, who have already been recognized in their communities by their regional chambers, are: “The Export Achievement Awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally,” said Laurel Broten, Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO. “Congratulations to all the nominees on this important achievement.” This year’s keynote speaker is Julia Rivard, senior partner at Norex. And, for the first time, companies attending are invited to participate in export information sessions. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs will be held for seasoned exporters by Birgit Matthiesen, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After the luncheon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Going Global session for first-time exporters. The luncheon awards ceremony will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards, the export information sessions and to purchase tickets, visit .last_img read more

Mounties in Dawson Creek seize stolen pickup and guns from Mile Zero

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – One man was arrested in Dawson Creek late last week after police recovered a pickup truck and a number of firearms that were found to have been stolen.Cst. Jaime Ekkel with the Dawson Creek RCMP said that on Friday, July 6th, officers were conducting a proactive patrol in the Mile Zero Trailer park when officers noted a pickup truck parked in front of a home which had an incorrect license plate attached.After officers ran a search on the truck’s vehicle identification number, the truck was confirmed to have been previously reported stolen. A man and two women were located inside of the home, and the man was subsequently arrested. The two women were requested to leave the property.A search warrant was executed at the home, where police located multiple stolen firearms, ammunition and knives.Prohibited items such as 15-round pistol magazines and a homemade ‘stun gun’ were also located inside the home.Weapons and stolen property were also found inside the pickup truck.Cst. Ekkel said that the man is still in police custody. His identity has not been released since no charges have yet been laid.last_img read more

SriLankan Airlines operates first all female crew flight

Processed with MOLDIV In recognition of International Women’s Day, SriLankan Airlines operated its first all female crew flight from Colombo to Singapore and return.UL306 of 8th March ’19 landed in Singapore carrying more than 170 passengers onboard. The flight was piloted by Captain Simran Ghumman, First Officer Maneesha Nambuge accompanied by purser Miranda Rodrigo and the cabin crew Lakmini, Sumudu, Onella, Shehani and Dushmanthi.

Creditor Protection deadline for US Steel Canada extended until March

A Toronto judge has granted the extension of the creditor protection deadline for US Steel Canada to March 31st 2017, which was set to expire today.United Steelworkers Union Local 1005 members boarded a bus this morning from the Union Hall on Kenilworth Ave. N. which took them to the courthouse at 330 University Avenue in Toronto to hear the motion at 10:00am.According to Gary Howe, President of Local 1005 here in Hamilton, USS asked for a shorter stay however the judge granted the stay until March.Back in 2014, US Steel Canada entered bankruptcy protection under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The Stay Period has been extended numerous times, most recently, until today. The reason for an extension once again, is to provide more time for a sale agreement to be reached.A Monitor’s Report that came out yesterday, states US Steel Canada is sitting on $237-million dollars in cash. The union has continuously questioned why the company can’t pay benefits for pensioners.Earlier this month, American-based investment firm Bedrock Industries reached a deal with the Province of Ontario and US Steel Canada to buy the company. That deal still needs to be approved. Howe tells me the Union has still not seen the particulars of this so-called ‘secret deal’, but says it will not be one of the things heard today in court. Howe says the union is not in a position to agree to that deal at this time. read more

European Roma live in abject conditions far behind general population – UN

“These conditions are unacceptable in countries that are part of the European Union or aspire to be,” Andrey Ivanov, Human Development Adviser at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bratislava Regional Centre in Slovakia said. “We need action now to close the appalling development gap that separates the Roma from the majority populations in this region.”Conducted in 10 countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia – as well as Kosovo, the survey, the most accurate picture ever compiled, shows that:Five times more Roma live below the poverty line than do the majority populations surveyed in Bulgaria and Serbia; three times more in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania.In Romania, 7 out of 10 Roma do not have access to running water, while 8 out of 10 Roma cannot afford essential prescription drugs.In Kosovo, only 1 out of 10 Roma aged 12 and above has finished primary school. In all other countries surveyed except the Czech Republic, fewer than 2 out of 10 Roma have completed primary education.The Roma in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia owe in electricity bills more than seven times what they earn in a month. And their debts to the water utility amount to more than four times their monthly income.In Romania, only 2 out of 10 Roma households have a telephone compared with 7 out of 10 for the majority population living in close proximity.The data release is timed to coincide with the launch of the “Decade of Roma Inclusion,” a 10-year effort to integrate the Roma into the European mainstream. The decade aims to provide a policy framework for governments to set their own goals for Roma integration. The current dataset provides a strong analytical backbone to future policies. read more

Ivanka Trump plays big role even without White House title

by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2017 6:24 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Ivanka Trump plays big role even without White House title WASHINGTON – Even without an official White House title, Ivanka Trump is proving to be a power player.Just this past week, the first daughter joined President Donald Trump at a policy meeting with business executives and accompanied him on a trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base to honour the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen. She hosted CEOs at her home to talk policy and used her influence behind the scenes at the White House.These efforts have focused attention on the role Ivanka Trump, 35, expects to play after resigning executive positions with the Trump Organization and her own lifestyle brand, and moving to Washington. For now, though, it’s her husband, Jared Kushner, who is officially working in the administration.“My father will be president, and hopefully, I can be there to support him and to support those causes I’ve cared about my whole professional career,” Ivanka Trump told ABC’s “20/20” last month.There are no models for a member of the first family with a prominent policy role on the outside — or for a first daughter with this much influence on the inside.Ivanka Trump has tried to end speculation that she will serve as a fill-in first lady, which has only been heightened by stepmother Melania Trump’s decision to continue living in New York City, where son Barron goes to school. Ivanka Trump told “20/20” that “there is one first lady.” But joining the president on the Dover trip was the kind of duty that usually would fall to the president’s spouse.“That’s a typical scene you usually see played out with the president and the first lady, not the first daughter,” said Katherine Jellison, who heads the history department at Ohio University.In Washington, Ivanka Trump has continued her efforts to gather information about workplace policies for women. She hosted a dinner at her home for many of the business leaders attending a White House meeting, including the top executives at Wal-Mart, General Motors and Johnson & Johnson, according to people with knowledge of the event. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss a private dinner.Ivanka Trump also weighed, behind the scene, on a policy matter. Along with Kushner, she discouraged a possible executive order that would have affected LGBTQ workplace rights and she supported a White House statement pledging to leave intact a 2014 executive order that protects workers for federal contractors from anti-LGBTQ discrimination, according to a person with knowledge of Ivanka Trump’s role in the discussion. Her involvement was first reported by Politico.She also hit a few bumps and learned about the bigger spotlight for the first family.She drew criticism on social media last weekend when she posted a picture of her and Kushner in formalwear a day after her father announced an executive order barring refugees from certain countries.Nordstrom announced it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories, creating some questions about the future of the brand elsewhere. The Seattle-based department store chain said the decision was based on the sales performance.Rosemary K. Young, senior director of marketing at Ivanka Trump, said in a statement that the brand “continues to expand across categories and distribution with increased customer support, leading us to experience significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016.”A brand spokesperson said Nordstrom did order shoes and clothing for spring and moved forward with the purchase of clothing.Last month, Trump said she will take a “formal leave of absence” from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her company, which will be run by the current president and a board of trustees.The process of unwinding those roles is complicated.The Trump Organization has not filed paperwork yet to remove Ivanka Trump from its liquor license for a company tied to the Trump Soho hotel in Manhattan, according to New York State Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley. He said companies must update their licenses within 10 business days of any management changes, and that requires agency review and approval first, and that process has not even begun because the agency has not received a request yet.Alan Garten, chief legal officer for the Trump Organization, said Friday that all paperwork had been filed to separate Ivanka Trump from the businesses. He said it was a lengthy process and took several weeks. He did not immediately answer questions about that specific liquor license.___Associated Press writer Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report. read more

Myanmar UN rights expert urges Government to probe reports of Muslim deaths

“If deaths and injuries have occurred, the Myanmar Government must, under international law, conduct a prompt, effective and impartial investigation and hold the perpetrators of any human rights violations to account,” UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana said in a statement. “Quick and transparent action can help to prevent further violence.”The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides money for both sudden-onset and chronically neglected crises, today released $5.5 million to allow UN agencies in Myanmar to maintain humanitarian operations in Rakhine and Kachin states to support thousands of families displaced by fighting.Mr. Ojea Quintana said he has received reports of Rohingya Muslims being killed and injured as well as a security official being killed following a security operation in Du Chee Yar Tan village in Maungdaw, and of Rohingya men, women and children being arrested following the clashes.“Myanmar authorities must respect the due process rights of anyone arrested and detained, which includes access to legal counsel, and address the specific risks faced by women and children in detention,” he stressed.“Given the previous concerns I have raised about torture and ill-treatment of persons in detention in Maungdaw, I urge the authorities to provide access to independent monitoring groups to assess the treatment of those being detained.” In his last report to the UN General Assembly in October, Mr. Ojea Quintana said the serious human rights situation in Rakhine state is posing one of the most serious threats to the process of democratic reform and national reconciliation in Myanmar, which has seen the release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, greater media freedom, an active Parliament and efforts to reach a ceasefire with various rebel groups.Inter-communal violence erupted in the Rakhine state in June 2012, when 75,000 people were uprooted. A further 36,000 were displaced by a second wave of riots in October of that year.Special Rapporteurs serve in an independent and unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, by whom they are appointed. read more

Surface Pro 2 ups battery life 75 percent adds Haswell performance

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 2 today, and it’s a very worthy successor to what was already a pretty solid device. It’s miles ahead in one key area where the original Surface Pro fell short: battery life.The Surface Pro 2 reportedly lasts 75% longer on a single charge than its predecessor. So while the first-gen Pro could squeeze out somewhere around 5 hours from its battery, the Surface Pro 2 should be closer to 8 (Microsoft says more than 10).It’s also cooler and quieter than the original. If you’re thinking this has something to do with a Haswell upgrade, then you’re exactly right. Just as it has done for other company’s ultrabooks and convertibles, Haswell has done wonders for the Surface Pro 2.Microsoft says that the new chip makes the Surface Pro 2 lightning fast — and up to 95% faster than other PCs on the market. That’s a bold claim, but who knows which machines Microsoft is actually referring to. Still, the on-stage demo of the Surface Pro 2 handling raw 6K video was impressive. You may never need to do that, but it’s good way to demonstrate how powerful the Surface Pro 2 really is.While battery life and processing power are obviously incredibly welcome upgrades, Microsoft has made a number of other tweaks, too. The Surface Pro 2 has a two-stage kickstand now. That means you’re not limited to the 20° angle of the Surface Pro, and that should be welcome news for anyone of above-average height. There have been changes on the other side of the tablet, too.The display is still a 10.6-inch 1080p panel, but Microsoft has improved color accuracy by 50%. If you do plan on working with raw high-def video, color reproduction shouldn’t be an issue.As for when you can purchase one, Microsoft has set launch day as October 22.last_img read more

Opinion The robots are coming and men should be more worried than

first_imgOpinion: The robots are coming – and men should be more worried than women The rise of automation is threatening widespread job destruction – especially for men. Short URL 26.08.18 ‘Precarious work becoming the norm’: How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire THERE IS A growing anxiety about the rise of robots in today’s world – and new research has revealed that men should be more worried than women.While the fear of automation is nothing new, its impact is becoming more and more evident in our economy. Given the relentless drive of companies to reduce costs, it seems inevitable that automation will become more prevalent throughout all industries over the next few decades.Many multinational companies now run a good portion of their IT, call centres, back office operations and other ‘knowledge services’ in countries where wages are lower – and they are continuing to look for even cheaper alternatives.But why should men in the Irish labour market be more fearful of the imminent robot takeover?Human vs RobotTwo out of five Irish jobs are likely to be “substantially impacted” by automation, according to recent research published by the Irish Government Economics and Evaluation Service (IGEES). The research further revealed that the sectors most impacted will be those in transportation and storage, construction and agriculture. Those in education, health and social work are the least at risk of losing out in a robot takeover.The research showed that the sectors most at risk of automation are largely male dominated. The construction sector is comprised of 94% male and 6% female workers, whereas the education sector is 74% female and 26% male.According to the IGEES report, the construction sector could suffer around 111,000 job losses while education might see automation-related losses of about 23,000 jobs.As a result, the automation-related job losses for people working in construction are about four times those seen for people working in education.Considering the large discrepancy in gender ratios in these two sectors, this is concerning for men. Resistance is futile—but adaptation will be necessarySo what can we do to save our men from the looming robots?One approach would be to encourage men to pursue jobs in historically female-dominated sectors. This may require a rethink of status, both social and financial.The government would also need to introduce a public policy aimed at early intervention such as career guidance for young men. Short-term financial incentives might also encourage men to consider entering these female-dominated fields.Ideally, this would be a movement similar to the encouragement women into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.An influx of men into jobs in the sectors of education, health and social work would also introduce new perspectives, similar to the contributions women have made by being more equally represented in science and business.Traditionally, these labour market revolutions tend to entail brutal dislocations of workers.As seen in the shift from a predominantly agricultural economy to a largely manufacturing economy, the move to a services sector economy will mean a change in the nature of the jobs we work.If we want to soften the blows of these inevitable frictions, we need to have forward-looking policies.You will be assimilated … into job securityRegardless of whether or not policy is put into place to encourage this, the transition of men to these sectors will likely be impacted by current demographic trends.Ireland has both the highest birth rate and the lowest death rate in the EU, according to Eurostat, so there will be an increasing demand for nurses, teachers, and home caregivers over the coming decades. In the medium-term, male-dominated sectors remain the most vulnerable to the economic cycle.For nearly all of the last 12 years, the male unemployment rate has been higher than the female unemployment rate.From the peak in employment in 2007 to its trough in 2012, about 153,000 construction jobs were lost.Over the same time period, jobs in the education sector remained relatively unchanged, actually increasing by about 300 jobs.If men wish to ensure some stability in their employment, their best bet may be in “pink-collar” work. Shawn Britton is an Economist at KBC Bank who is researching the potential socio-economic issues of automation on employment in Ireland. Sep 9th 2019, 7:00 AM Related Read 23,881 Views 45 Comments center_img Shawn Britton Share16 Tweet Email2 By Shawn Britton Monday 9 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PM considers cuts to ABC and SBS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to break a key election promise by cutting funding to SBS and the ABC in the May budget.Mr Abbott said on the night before the 2013 election: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”However, as revealed by Fairfax Media this week, the Prime Minister and his colleagues on the expenditure review committee are considering a number of proposals for reducing the ABC’s and SBS’s budgets. One of the options discussed involves introducing an efficiency dividend to the ABC budget – an annual funding reduction used to achieve deep and continuous cuts to government agencies.The ABC was allocated $1.03 billion in the 2013 federal budget. The ABC is one of only three government agencies, along with SBS and Safe Work Australia, currently exempt from the efficiency dividend.The Abbott government does not consider an efficiency dividend on the ABC to be a broken promise, since nearly every other government department has one. Government ministers such as Treasurer Joe Hockey and Communications Minister Mr Turnbull have refused to repeat in the recent past Mr Abbott’s promise not to cut ABC funding. Mr Turnbull also refused to commit to maintaining ABC funding when asked directly by the ABC Friends lobby group in a meeting earlier this month. Source: Fairfax Medialast_img read more

ExDoubledown Media President Faces 100M Lawsuit Over Book

first_imgA spokesperson for Lane did not immediately return a request seeking comment.Back in 2008, Dykstra sued Doubledown Media—the the once-rising publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite—accusing Lane of breach of contract and for control over the Player’s Club, a magazine Dykstra launched with Doubledown. The now-defunct publishing company struck back soon after with a suit of its own, alleging that Dykstra owed it more than $500,000 in unpaid bills. In February 2009, Doubledown Media closed down after it ran out of money. Failing to sell its assets—including Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, Corporate Leader and the Cigar Report—at an auction, DealFlow Media Acquisitions Inc., a provider of independent research and analysis of alternative assets markets, later acquired the customer lists for those titles.In July 2009, Dykstra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The petition claimed he had $50,000 in assets and between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities. Randall Lane, the former president of failed Doubledown Media, is facing a $100 million lawsuit after claims in his new book suggest shady business practices by a former partner: baseball star, stock market player and one-time magazine entrepreneur Lenny Dykstra.In the book, called “The Zeroes:  My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane,” Lane [pictured] claims that Dykstra, who produced a column and premium e-newsletter on, received $250,000 from vending machine technologies company AVT to plug its stock on the financial site. Lane says he is sure that CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, who owns and operates TheStreet, “had no knowledge of Dykstra’s ‘pay to plug’ scheme—an arrangement that could well lead to a Securities & Exchange Commission investigation. He was just a dupe.”As a result, AVT has filed a lawsuit against Lane in California Superior Court, claiming libel and false statements. “We are simply not going to allow anyone to publicly defame AVT in this matter without taking action against them,” AVT founder Shannon Illingworth says in a statement.last_img read more

Virtual taste simulator enhances and restores flavour

first_imgClose Cups and cutlery that simulate virtual taste sensations have been developed, enabling flavours to be delivered to users through electric pulses sent to the tongue. Engineers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the Taste+ device in the hope of enhancing the flavour of food, as well as restoring taste to those who have lost it as a result of old age or through cancer treatments.We wanted to come up with a digital method to activate the taste sensation, so this is the result, Nimesha Ranasingue, a research fellow at NUS who worked on the Taste+, told IBTimes UK at the Smart Nation Innovations conference in Singapore this week.We used electrical stimulation on the tongue to conduct studies and try to come up with a model saying using these parameters we can activate these primary taste sensations.By using silver electrodes we apply controlled and brief electrical impulses to the tongue while you are drinking something, or with the spoon while you are eating something in order to augment or alter the existing taste sensations.For example, you can drink lemonade and you can virtually control the sour intensity using this kind of technology.Working prototypes of the Taste+ were on show at the conference, demonstrating how sour, bitter and salt taste sensations can be generated by altering a dial at the bottom of the Taste+ cup, or by pressing a button on the handle of the spoon.The sense of taste diminishes as people get older, beginning at about the age of 50. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy also cause damage to taste buds, which can lead to a complete loss of taste.Both of these groups are complaining about diminished taste sensations and diminished taste experiences, Ranasingue said. So we are trying to work with these patients to see whether we can regenerate or whether we can enhance their taste perceptions using this kind of technology.Ranasingue believes that the technology could also be transferred to a virtual reality context. By implementing Taste+ in headsets like the Oculus Rift, users would be able to taste objects within a virtual environment.The Taste+ is still in development but it is hoped that production will begin on a commercial device within the next 12 months.last_img read more

Gautam Chintamanis political biography Rajneeti to chronicle Rajnath Singhs 5decade BJP journey

first_imgPress Information BureauUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s biography by film historian and author Gautam Chintamani will hit the stands next month. The book ‘Rajneeti’ from Penguin Random House India is also available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.According to Penguin Random House India, Rajneeti chronicles Singh’s career spanning nearly 50 years in which he emerged from the grassroots and made it to the top echelons of power on the basis of their hard work, grit and determination.Like most of India’s present political dispensation, Rajnath Singh, too, emerged post-Emergency, the twenty-one-month period between June 1975 and March 1977, often described as the darkest phase in independent India’s history. Yet Singh stands apart from many of his contemporaries as he continues to remain committed to the ideals of social justice, political equality and civil liberty,” said Gautam Chintamani.”In a career spanning fifty years, Singh has come to embody a certain standard in public life where principles do not change with prevailing circumstances, and he strives to constantly mend bridges as well as find common ground across party lines. What propelled me to write this book was the desire to tell the story of a politician, who, unlike most other politicians, never shied away from doing the right thing, irrespective of the opposition.””As a biographer, in Rajnath Singh’s life, I found a rare instance of a politician in contemporary India who has traversed the entire spectrum of the political journey. In this odyssey, Singh has both witnessed and played a significant role in shaping the history of India. A naturally pragmatic person who rarely dwells in the past, Singh’s life also offers the younger generations great insight into the struggles undertaken by men and women to deliver on the promise of making India a world leader,” he added.Singh had emerged from being a humble swayamsevak in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and even served as a cabinet minister in the Vajpayee government. Jailed during the Emergency, Singh was the president of BJP’s youth wing – Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.A two-term president of the BJP, Singh witnessed the elevation of Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate and delivered BJP’s biggest election victory in 2014. Since then, as the Union Home Minister, he has ushered in a new phase in the country’s security where both internal and external threats have been minimised. Under Singh, the threats from Naxalites and Maoists have significantly decreased and Jammu and Kashmir saw its first local body elections in over a decade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Rajnath Singh released BJP’s manifesto ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.Gautam Chintamani hails from a literary tradition that runs deep on both sides of his family — the late Telugu poet Arudra is his maternal grandfather and the liberal thinker Sir CY Chintamani is his paternal great-grandfather.Gautam ChintamaniTwitter/Gautam ChintamaniGautam’s documentary film SRI: Challenging Traditions, Transforming Lives had won the Best Documentary Award at the Asia Pacific Rice Film Festival, Malaysia. His trilogy, Janam–Aagazh–Parvaaz, on the journey of children with special needs and their parents was screened at the 2011 International Film Festival of India (IFFI). His notable television credits include Siddhanth, a law series which garnered an Emmy nomination in the ‘international drama’ category — a first for an Indian television show.Gautam’s writing has featured in national publications, including a compilation on Dadasaheb Phalke awardees published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Legends of Indian Silver Screen. He was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016.last_img read more

5 of a family die from mysterious disease in Thakurgaon

first_imgFive members of a family died mysteriously in the last 15 days at Bhandardah Nayabari village in Baliadanga upazila, creating panic among local people.Villagers said Taher Ali, 55, son of Fazar Ali of the village, died on 9 February after falling sick with symptoms of breathing problem.Later, his son-in-law Habibur Rahman, 35, died on 20 February while Taher’s wife Hosne Ara, 45, died the following day the same way.Taher’s elder son Yousuf Ali, 30, and younger son Mehedi Hasan, 24, fell sick on Sunday. Yousuf died on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while Mehdi died while he was undergoing treatment.Being informed by the local people, Mosabberul Haque, officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station, visited the house.The OC said doctors at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital told him that ‘brain virus’ might be the reason behind their death. The disease spread from cough and sneezing, he quoted the doctors as saying.”A probe panel is coming from Dhaka today to investigate the cause behind the death,” said physician Shahjahan Newaj, civil surgeon of Thakurgaon, adding that viral attack might be a reason behind the death.last_img read more

Of Dilli and its hues

first_imgThe thirteenth weekend of Dilli Haat Utsav presented a delightful evening for visitors. More than simply being a weekly dose of entertainment, the festival was a conducive opportunity for new talent pool. Dilli Haat Utsav is bringing the unheard voices and unseen dance acts on stage. It is a unique ongoing festival of Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. Artists from different institutions like Punjabi Academy, Maithli Bhojpuri Academy, Hindi Academy, Urdu Academy etc. have been performing at Dilli Haats to charm the audience with animated evenings every weekend. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’December 13 witnessed eventful performances at Dilli Haat Pitampura and Janakpuri. Artists from Sahitya Kala Parishad performed at Pitampura, while performers from Punjabi Academy enthralled the audience at Dilli Haat Janakpuri. Manipuri cultural program at Pitampura attracted people in large numbers and blazing folk dance and singing by Sabrang Group from Punjabi Academy at Janakpuri made the ambiance even more lively.last_img read more

Update Manager for Windows wumgr Review

first_imgUpdate Manager for Windows wumgr Review by Martin Brinkmann on October 15, 2018 in Software – 19 commentsUpdate Manager for Windows, short wumgr, is a free portable program for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system to regain control of updating.Microsoft changed updating in the company’s Windows 10 operating system by removing some control over the update process and making updates more automatic than before.While it is still possible to delay feature updates, install optional updates, or switch over to manual updates on Windows 10, installing updates on Windows 10 machines is not a very pleasant experience if Windows Update is used.Windows administrators who want more control can use third-party tools like the excellent Windows Update MiniTool.Update Manager for WindowsUpdate Manager for Windows looks like a fork of Windows Update MiniTool. The interfaces look almost identical but there are some differences when it comes to the provided functionality. Windows Update MiniTool has not been updated since December 2016.Note: The wumgr project page on GitHub offers no information on its relationship with Windows Update MiniToolThe application requires elevation to run and uses the Windows Update Agent API to display updates, identify missing and installed updates, and provide other update management functionality.The interface lists the update history on start. There you find listed all updates that were installed on the device including the state of the installation.A click on “Windows Update”, “Installed Updates”, or “Hidden Updates” switches to these listings instead. Windows Update displays available updates, installed updates those that are installed, and hidden updates those that are blocked from installation.You do need to activate the check for updates scan first to populate the listings.The program displays each update that it found, its size and status, the publication date, and KB article ID.Select some or all updates in one of the lists and then one of the available action buttons, e.g. to install all selected updates in one go, hide the updates so that they are not installed, or uninstall updates that are installed already.One of the main advantages of wumgr over Windows Update is the flexibility that it brings to the table. While it cannot break up feature updates or cumulative updates into individual updates, it is giving administrators control over all updates similarly to how updating works on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices.Options to customize the entire process and change certain features are displayed in the lower left corner.The following options are provided at the time of writing:Change the update server / method, e.g. from Windows Update to Microsoft Update.Enable offline mode which downloads for offline update management.Enable the manual downloading and installing of Windows updates.Include superseded updates in the update listing.Enable background functionality.Enable “always run as administrator” functionality.Block access to Windows Update servers on the device.Disable automatic updates.Disable Store updates.Include Driver updates.Hide Windows Update options in the Settings application.Closing WordsUpdate Manager for Windows is a useful program that gives administrators who run it more control over the updating process. The application is open source and portable, and updated regularly. A test on Virustotal returned zero hits at the time of writing but there is still some uncertainty in regards to the program’s relationship with Windows Update MiniTool.Now You: Do you use a third-party program to update Windows?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 11 votes Software Name Update Manager for WindowsOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

TypeScript 30 release candidate is here

first_imgAfter the announcement of Typescript 2.9 RC back in May, Microsoft’s TypeScript team came out with the release candidate of TypeScript 3.0 last week, unveiling features such as project references, extracting and spreading parameter lists with tuples, a new unknown type and API breaking changes among others. Let’s discuss the highlights of TypeScript 3.0 RC release. Project Reference functionality It allows TypeScript projects to depend on other TypeScript projects. Once these dependencies have been specified in the tsconfig.json file, you can easily split your code into smaller projects. It also provides TypeScript (and tools around it) a way to understand build ordering and output structure. Extracting and spreading parameter lists using tuples This functionality helps with reducing the overloading amount for functions of varied parameter lengths. Also, there is no need to write different overloads to support functions with different number of parameters. TypeScript 3.0 allows to better model scenarios like these by allowing rest parameters to be generic, and concluding those generics as tuple types. This, in turn, demands for richer tuple types to model scenarios such as optional parameters at the end of a parameter list, a final parameter which can be a rest parameter along with empty parameter lists. A new ‘unknown’ type Apart from these features, the new unknown type feature can accommodate APIs that uses variable of any value but requires type checking. Support for the JSX defaultProps There is also support for the JSX defaultProps used in React. These defaultProps allow the developers to define default values for props during creation of a component, such as a source for an Image component. TypeScript 3.0 RC also supports a new type alias called LibraryManagedAttributes in the JSX namespace. LibraryManagedAttributes is just a helper type that tells TypeScript what attributes a JSX tag accepts. Using this general type helps model React’s specific behavior for things such as defaultProps and propTypes. Apart from these features, there are API breaking changes API Breaking Changes The internal method LanguageService#getSourceFile is removed, after being deprecated for two years. The function TypeChecker#getSymbolDisplayBuilder and its associated interfaces are removed. The deprecated functions escapeIdentifier and unescapeIdentifier are removed. TypeScript 3.0 release is scheduled for sometime later this month. For more information on the latest TypeScript 3.0 RC release, check out the official Microsoft Blog. Read Next How to work with classes in Typescript How to install and configure TypeScriptlast_img read more

Costa Rica cops seize 900 kilos of cocaine at Pacific port

first_imgCosta Rican anti-drug police on Sunday seized 901 kilograms of cocaine and arrested nine members of a drug trafficking crew, among them four Colombians, two Nicaraguans, a Panamanian and two Costa Ricans.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora announced the bust following a three-day police operation in Quepos, on the central Pacific coast 170 kilometers west of the capital.Zamora said the drugs likely came from Colombia and were discovered in a luxury residence 1 km from the center of the port town, hidden underneath mattresses.Officials say drug traffickers used the house as a storage point for shipments north to the United States – the world’s biggest illicit drug consumer nation – via Mexico.Police also confiscated four vehicles and three firearms during the operation.Costa Rica has seized some 5.3 tons of cocaine already this year, officials said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Starwood is moving and shaking – its brand and its executives

first_imgStarwood is moving and shaking – its brand and its executives. The hotels and resorts company announced today sweeping changes in its senior team as it moves to drive its global brand.“I look forward to working with our new Global Brand Leaders as we sharpen the focus on Starwood’s unique and desired brands,” said Starwood’s CEO Adam Aron, commenting on the announcement.Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. said the moves build upon its legacy of brand innovation and demonstrate the company’s commitment to creating unique and compelling experiences for guests across its 10 distinct brands.“Our brands are the heart and soul of Starwood,” said Aron. “Starwood’s reputation for brand innovation is legendary and a key reason we have been able to drive growth. We are investing in our global brand organization to further invigorate innovation, marketing and guest experience across all of our more than 1,200 Starwood hotels around the world.”To lead this effort, Starwood has appointed John Peyton to the new role of Senior Vice President, Brands and Shared Services. Peyton, who most recently led the company’s Global Initiatives team, will combine his expertise in global operations and brand building to drive innovation and ensure Starwood’s 10 brands remain crisp in the eyes of guests, customers and developers. During his 15-year tenure at Starwood, Peyton has held a number of senior operations and marketing positions, and in 2005, he led a significant brand positioning effort for Starwood, called Building World Class Brands – a defining moment in the company’s evolution as a brand powerhouse. In his new role, Peyton will also oversee food and beverage, revenue management and Starwood’s integration strategy for Design Hotels. He will report directly to Aron.Starwood Looks to Strong Bench of Talent for Leadership across Its 10 BrandsSource = Starwood Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Cabinet approves homeowner protection updated

first_imgThe cabinet on Tuesday approved, Estia, a scheme designed to help struggling households repay their debts, and the entity that will manage bad loans, the government spokesman said.Ministers also accepted the resignations of the co-op bank board of directors who will, however, stay on until the deal with Hellenic is completed, spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said according to the Press and Information Office.Estia provides for an adjustment of the loan balances as part of restructuring “to the value” of the mortgaged residence and an adjustment of interest rates within the range of 3.5 per cent and 2.5 per cent, he said.The scheme also includes a long-term repayment period of the restructured loans and subjects applicants to “strict income and wealth criteria,” Prodromou said. Family income should not exceed €50,000 a year and the net value of other assets should not exceed 125 per cent of the value of the mortgaged residence.Beneficiaries of Estia will have one-third of their monthly repayment subsidised by the government, and have to pay the rest two thirds themselves, the spokesman said. The scheme will not be restricted to housing loans but will also cover business loans which have a residence as collateral.He said that the number of beneficiaries of Estia is estimated at around 15,000.Prodromou said that the Land Development Organisation, a state-sponsored entity tasked with the construction of social housing, will be managing Estia and will apply concrete criteria in selecting beneficiaries.The 2019 budget will allocate “slightly more than €30m” in funds for Estia, Prodrmomou said, adding that the staff of the non-performing loans administration panel will not be appointed by the government.The Land Development Organisation will enter an agreement with the non-performing management body, other banks, and bad loans management entities in the future, after pledging to adhere to Estia’s standardised loan restructurings, the government spokesman added.“Loans will be automatically restructured to become manageable with the state contributing one third,” he said.Prodromou said that the cabinet also approved the establishment of a body that will initially manage the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s non-performing loans, worth €7bn, that will be under state ownership. Assets from other banks could also be added later.The cabinet session took place against the backdrop of a run on the co-op by jittery depositors, spooked by statements that the bank could go under if the deal with Hellenic didn’t go through. Concerned Co-op depositors continue to withdraw funds from their accounts, with some of them already queuing at Hellenic Bank to open accounts amid uncertainty over whether the parliament will give its go ahead.“The Finance Minister informed the cabinet that the board of directors of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank has submitted its resignation which was accepted but the board was asked to remain in place during the transition until the non-performing loans management body is set up,” the spokesman said.He also said that revenue from the non-performing loans management body will help cover the fiscal impact of Estia, the scheme designed to help vulnerable borrowers, and also help reduce public debt.Private equity may also participate in the delinquent loans managing body based on terms serving the public interest, he said, adding that the cabinet authorised Finance Minister Harris Georgiades to go ahead with the procedures required to set up the body.The cabinet also asked Georgiades to immediately task an independent agency, if not the International Monetary Fund, with designing the body’s operational framework and an independent agency to evaluate that agreement or to select a new company to manage the loans, Prodromou said.As a result of the €2.4bn issue in favour of the Co-op in April, public debt, which last year fell to 97.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), once again rose beyond the 100 per cent mark. As part of the agreement signed by Hellenic Bank and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank more than two weeks ago, the government is required to issue €1bn in guarantees in favour of Hellenic to shield it from possible impairments resulting from underperforming assets acquired by the state-owned Co-op.The European Commission said on June 19, that for it to approve the agreement, Cyprus will have to modernise its legislation and judicial procedures to help banks reduce their non-performing loans totalling around €22bn and making up 45 per cent of the total. Opposition parties criticised Hellenic’s deal with the Co-op which provides for the transfer of its operations, including €9.7bn in deposits, for a consideration of €74m, for being unfavourable to the state which recapitalised it with €1.7bn.Diko, the second-largest party in the opposition bloc, with which ruling Disy could form a majority and pass the laws, said that it would do so only with the submission of a bill on Estia and the government agreeing to concessions demanded by its chairman Nicholas Papadopoulos during a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday.Parliament is expected to vote on all the bills on Friday after they are reviewed by the finance committee.With the government reliant on Diko’s support, a spokesperson of the party said earlier that its support should not be taken for granted.While Anastasiades already agreed on Monday in a letter to Diko’s proposals, “written assurances were insufficient,” said Diko general secretary Athos Antoniades. He also said that his party insisted on the immediate assumption of the political responsibility for the co-op’s failure which is directed at the bank’s top executive Nicholas Hadjiyiannis and indirectly at Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, his close friend.With the resignation of the Co-op’s board, which also included Hadjiyiannis, this obstacle appears to have been also lifted.Antoniades also sent a message to Disy chairman Averof Neofytou saying that the latter’s “flattery” was not satisfying Diko.You May LikeTTL HOLIDAYS INCWhich Is The Best Airlines to Fly to India from USA?TTL HOLIDAYS INCUndoFood World MagazineHeart Attack Are on the Rise! Prevent it by Eating These FoodsFood World MagazineUndoJazzy Cash28 Hidden Images in Famous Business Logos (That You Never Noticed)Jazzy CashUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more