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first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati has slammed the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for proposing a hike in power tariff. Mayawati said that the proposed hike would have the biggest impact on families living below the poverty line (BPL). “The BJP is turning its ‘Saubhagya’ scheme (free power connections to BPL families) into a ‘Durbhagya’ Scheme. The party has just won the elections and is now targeting those who voted it back to power,” she said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Mayawati said that the BJP government had ensured its success in elections by giving free power connections to BPL families but the proposed increase in power tariffs will hurt this class the most. The BSP president said that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has hit rock bottom and crime against women has touched an all-time high. “Instead of focusing on crime control, the Yogi government is preparing to add to the burden of the common man,” she pointed out. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) proposal for an increase in power tariffs, if implemented will mean a 53 per cent increase in power rates for the BPL consumers, 23 per cent increase for domestic consumers and a 25 per cent increase for agricultural consumers. The UP Power Consumer Council has also stated that after the proposed hike in power tariff, the income of the UPPCL will rise substantially. “The total revenue of the UPPCL at present is Rs 58,403 crore and after the hike, this will rise to Rs 65,923 crore, which implies an increase of Rs 7,520 crore,” Council chairman Avadesh Varma said. The Council said that domestic consumers will contribute Rs 4,117 crore and farmers will give Rs 787 crore which means that the biggest impact of the increase will be felt by domestic consumers and farmers. Janata Dal (United) has also decried the proposed hike in power tariff. JD(U) spokesman Prof K.K. Tripathi has demanded that the proposal should be withdrawn at the earliest and the consumers should not be made to face additional financial burden.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Cox & Kings stock further fell 5 per cent Tuesday to hit its lowest trading permissible limit for the day following a payment default. The scrip dropped 4.91 per cent to Rs 32.95 — its 52-week low and also its lower circuit limit — on the BSE. At NSE also, the stock plunged 5 per cent to hit its 52-week low and the lower circuit limit. On June 27, the company said it defaulted on payment of commercial papers due to cash flow mismatch. Cox & Kings was required to pay Rs 200 crore, however, it was able to pay only Rs 50 crore and defaulted on Rs 150 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The travel services firm Monday said it is taking steps to resolve the “temporary” cash flow mismatch and will approach lenders to work out a “time-bound” solution to this emergency. In a regulatory filing, Cox & Kings said,”the company is taking all required measures to resolve the temporary cash flow mismatch.” The working capital situation at Cox & Kings stretched in the past few months and was further impacted due to its inability to replace the short-term loans with long-term loans, it said. “The company will also be approaching its lenders to work out some time-bound programme to meet this emergency,” it said, adding that Cox & Kings is evaluating each business and identifying ways to improve operational performance.last_img read more

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5 January 2009Ambulances and medical workers in Gaza are facing increasing difficulty in reaching the wounded, some are being killed in doing so, and a “humanitarian breathing space” is vital to ensure that food and medical supplies reach those in need as Israel’s offensive entered its 10th day, the top United Nations relief official in the area said today. “Large numbers of people including many children are hungry, they are cold, they are without ready access to medical facilities, they are without access to electricity and running water, above all they are terrified. That by any measure is a humanitarian crisis,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard told a news briefing in Jerusalem.“There is an overall atmosphere of fear. More than half of the population are children. The spectre of internal displacement is emerging with growing numbers seeking shelter and already there are several thousand civilians in UNRWA’s seven shelters,” he said, referring to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.The UN has raised its concerns with the Israeli authorities at the highest levels, in particular the need for humanitarian access for fuel and food into the Gaza Strip and medical patients leaving the Strip, he added, noting: “We are receiving regular cooperation from those authorities. They are in contact with us not just on a day-to-day basis but even more regularly and we are in contact with them.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a staff meeting at UN Headquarters in New York that the situation in Gaza and southern Israel has worsened dramatically in the past 48 hours since Israel added a ground offensive to its air attacks. Civilian suffering was already alarming but the ground operation has only made it worse, he said.The UN estimates that Palestinian deaths have reached 500 and are rising, and some 2,500 have been injured in the offensive which Israel says it launched to end Hamas rocket attacks against its southern cities and towns. Mr. Ban, who is meeting with members of the Security Council, which was unable to reach a consensus during an emergency session on Saturday to bring about an end to the violence, as well as with Arab leaders, has already spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to voice his extreme concern and disappointment, and to stress the need for Israel to do everything possible to protect civilians and allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need. He said there must be an immediate end to violence on both sides.Speaking by video link from Gaza where he had just managed to arrive from Israel, UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza John Ging told a news conference in New York: “It’s a shocking state of affairs. The first thing you will be struck by is just the emptiness. The streets are empty, nothing’s happening, except intermittently you see a family running with their suitcases obviously looking for safe haven somewhere. It’s really a horrible existence for the people here at all levels.”The drones are ongoing continuously, the shellings are incessant, and now there is the major ground operation, he said, adding: “The people here I can only describe to be terrorized… they’re traumatized, they’re continuously now telling me that they feel trapped. If this were another conflict people would be fleeing, but they can’t flee in Gaza, there’s nowhere to flee to.” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told the same news conference the humanitarian crisis was “increasingly alarming,” with the people of Gaza becoming more cold, hungry, often lacking power, water and other basic services as well as facing the constant threat of bombing and shelling, while UNRWA food distributions are becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous.Asked about Israeli statements that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Mr. Holmes replied: “This is in our view a humanitarian crisis, it’s very hard for me to see any other way you could describe it, given the conditions in which the population are living. It’s not only a humanitarian crisis, it’s one which is worsening day by day as the violence continues, which is why it’s so important that that violence should stop.” Mr. Gaylard said electricity and communications were down over much of the Gaza Strip due to the lack of fuel and damage to critical infrastructure. “Over a million people are currently without power, and over a quarter million without running water, some for up to six days,” he added. The fuel crossing from Israel at Nahal Oz was opened today for urgently needed industrial fuel and “we hope that this crossing will now remain open in order for sufficient supplies to enter over the coming days, and for the Gaza power plant to continue to operate on a more sustained basis,” he said.He stressed the power supply crisis has been exacerbated by damage to 10 transformers and at least 6 electricity lines coming in from Israel and Egypt as a result of collateral damage during fighting. Major priorities include the need to bring in wheat grain in bulk through the conveyor system at the Karni crossing and industrial fuel through Nahal Oz, he noted.“We need a humanitarian breathing space to operate and to ensure that assistance particularly food and medical [supplies] reaches the people,” he stressed. “Ambulances, staff, patients must be able to move freely. This includes the ability to leave and seek medical treatments unavailable in Gaza. International medical emergency teams need to be allowed in to support emergency capacity at Shifa hospital.”Cash also needs to be replenished in Gaza. “Without cash people cannot procure food, even when it is available. Without cash, UNRWA cannot pay its suppliers and contractors, let alone its 10,000 staff, all of whom are essential if distributions are to take place, shelters to be managed, and operations to be maintained,” he added. read more

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Ontario service fees, including vehicle registration, will rise with inflation by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2016 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The elimination of the $30 Drive Clean fee grabbed the headlines from Thursday’s Ontario budget, but the fiscal plan also contained increases in virtually every other government service fee, including vehicle registration.Starting next year, fees for driver and vehicle licensing, camping in provincial parks, fishing and hunting licences, liquor licences, event permits and court applications will be adjusted every year to keep up with inflation.The government says automatic indexation will protect the sustainability and quality of the services, and ensure that the costs of providing them are borne by those who use and benefit from them.“This is consistent with what many other jurisdictions already do,” the government said in the budget.But Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli said the Liberal government is desperate for cash, and is making life more expensive for almost everyone by planning to increase service fees every year.“When you’re into that, you’re really down into the couch digging for nickels and dimes,” Fedeli said Friday. “And that leaves less disposable income for people, which means less consumer spending, which means fewer jobs.”NDP critic Catherine Fife called the move “contradictory.”“It’s interesting that the government is tying these service fees to inflation, because they’re not doing that with the cost of health care,” she said. Hospital base funding rose one per cent in the budget, after four years of freezes.The province raised $2.1 billion in fiscal 2014-15 from service fees, and plans to review all of them with an eye to making sure services intended to help low-income residents don’t become more expensive.“As the review proceeds, the government will continue to identify additional opportunities to update fees to remove hidden subsidies,” declared the budget.Thursday’s budget also eliminated licensing fees for adoption agencies and increased the threshold for waiving fees for mediation in family courts.Eliminating the Drive Clean fee will cost the province $60 million a year to pay private garages to conduct the emissions tests, and drivers will have to cover the cost of a diagnostic test if they fail and any repairs needed to bring the vehicle up to code.Cars and light-duty trucks over seven years old must have an emissions test every two years.The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association said eliminating the fee is a good first step, but it said the Drive Clean program has amassed a $50 million surplus and should be completely eliminated.“The entire program is still a relic of the 1990s and does little for the environment,” said Trillium spokesman Frank Notte. “The Drive Clean program is well beyond its best before date.”Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

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first_imgScouts and guides have better mental health in later life, a new study has shown. Children who participate in the organisations which aim to develop qualities such as self-reliance, resolve and a desire for self-learning are likely to build up resilience and skills which helps them through tough times.On average, scouts and guides were 15 per cent less likely to have developed mental illness or depression by middle age, even those from poorer backgrounds whose initial risk was higher.  Organisations like the Girl Guides encourage outdoor activity, which helps mental health Scouting provides young people with an opportunity to develop the skills they need to be resilient and deal with what life throws at them.Bear Grylls, Chief Scout The Duchess of Cambridge with Chief Scout Bear Grylls “It is quite startling that this benefit is found in people so many years after they have attended guides or scouts,” said lead researcher Professor Chris Dibben, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.“We expect the same principles would apply to the scouts and guides of today and so, given the high costs of mental ill health to individuals and society, a focus on voluntary youth programmes such as the guides and scouts might be very sensible.”Around one-quarter of study participants had been in the scouts or guides, and those were found to be around 15 per cent less likely to suffer from anxiety or mood disorders, compared with others.Researchers say their findings suggest programmes that help children develop skills such as self-reliance and teamwork, and encourage being active outdoors, may have lifelong benefits.Attending the guides or scouts may help build resilience against common stresses in life, or it may increase a person’s chances of achieving more in life, so that they are less likely to experience such stresses, researchers suggest. The Duchess of Cambridge with Chief Scout Bear GryllsCredit:Rex 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.center_img Organisations like the Girl Guides encourage outdoor activity, which helps mental healthCredit:PA Professor Richard Mitchell, of the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the University of Glasgow, said: “Governments and health services around the world struggle to do something about the health gap between richer and poorer people, so this new evidence that being a scout or guide can help is very important.”Bear Grylls, Chief Scout of the Scout Association, added: “I am really proud that scouting provides young people with an opportunity to develop the skills they need to be resilient and deal with what life throws at them.“Through initiatives such as our A Million Hands Campaign, the Scout Association is helping give young people the ability to develop mental wellbeing throughout their lives.”The study, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Princess Elizabeth in the Sea Rangers  Researchers looked at 10,000 people from across the UK who were born in November 1958, and who took part in the National Child Development Study which aimed to follow people through their entire lifespan.Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, who analysed the data, found that those who had belonged to the scouts or guides tended to have better mental health at age 50. Princess Elizabeth in the Sea Rangers last_img read more

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In a letter to the Guardian they warned: “Lead is a potent neurotoxin and presents health risks to people who eat game shot with lead ammunition frequently – especially children and pregnant women. “Alternative non-toxic gunshot is available, effective and comparably priced. Indeed, legislation has required its use in Denmark since 1996. How much longer will it take for UK policymakers to catch up?”The Lead Ammunition Group concluded in 2015, after five years’ research,  that 10,000 children were growing up in households where they were regularly eating sufficient game shot with lead ammunition to cause them “neurodevelopmental harm and other health impairments”.  Waitrose, which has seen record sales of game, is to ban the sale of birds shot with lead, it emerged tonight.The move was welcomed by the Lead Ammunition Group, the government’s independent expert group, which has warned that the only way to reduce the risk to human health and wildlife is to use alternative, non-toxic ammunition instead.Waitrose will begin phasing out the use of lead shot on the estates from which it sources game during this winter’s shooting season, according to the Guardian.By the 2020-21 shooting season, all of the supermarket’s game will be “brought to bag” without the use of lead ammunition.John Gregson, Waitrose’s senior manager of agri-food communications, said: “We expect high standards from our game suppliers and have been really pleased with their support.”Several scientists and experts, including the former government adviser Prof Lord John Krebs and the Oxford academic Prof Christopher Perrins, have called on the government to take action on lead shot.A Waitrose spokesperson said: “From season 2019/20, we will begin phasing out the use of lead shot on the Estates from which we source game, requiring instead that the estates require their guns to use lead alternatives such as steel or bismuth. By season 2020/21 all of our game will be brought to bag without the use of any lead ammunition.” 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

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– criticises him for not holding a press conference for more than one yearFormer President and current Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo has slammed President David Granger for failing to hold a press conference since October of 2015.According to Jagdeo, the President’s reluctance to face an open media corps is his way of hiding from scrutiny and rigorous questioning from the press.Former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and current President David GrangerThe Opposition Leader called the President out on the issue while hosting his own weekly press conference at his Church Street office on Thursday. He was at the time pointing to attempts by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) to secure a meeting with the President.“I’ve seen the miners; they’re trying to meet the President. I hope he meets with them. But I have a major issue with the President and his accountability to the nation. He hides behind these prepackaged interviews and I think it’s time now the media said to him, we’re not going to be complicit in this.”“Because by doing that, you create the impression that he is facing a free, independent media corps and is accountable to them. And that people can’t rigorously contest your views. He has not held press conferences because I think he does not want to be held accountable on several matters that are happening in his government.”Jagdeo expressed confusion over several aspects of Government policy. One issue he highlighted was the President’s rationale in asking Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Chairman, Retired Justice Cecil Kennard to resign. Granger, who is 71 years old, had stated that the former Chancellor of the Judiciary was too old. This is despite the proliferation of retirees within the Cabinet and on State Boards and Commissions.“So he packages these things and he deals with safe subject, in a safe environment. Now I hope that he meets with the miners, that he doesn’t take the safe road again like he has done with so many other things.” Jagdeo’s challenge follows criticism from other public figures about the President’s lack of accessibility to the full media corps. Former Speaker of the House, Ralph Ramkarran, had stated in a post on social media that the President ought to face scrutiny on the subject of hydropower.Ramkarran had questioned the conflicting contents of the Final Report of Norconsult’s “Review of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project in Guyana”, and the Government’s position on the issue. On the subject of press conferences, Ramkarran made comparisons with the period when former President Janet Jagan faced an outcry after one year without a press conference.“I recall that long before a year had elapsed of Mrs Janet Jagan’s presidency, an outcry arose regarding her failure to hold a press conference. She eventually held one about one year into her presidency,” Ramkarran had posted on his Facebook page last month.“The voices calling out Mrs Jagan in 1997-8 are still around, but have gone silent on President Granger’s failure to hold a press conference despite having been elected to office one and a half years ago.”When Granger was challenged about this trend late last month, he had stated that he was not opposed to holding a press conference. However, he had spoken of a busy schedule as precluding him from doing so. At present, the President is questioned by the media when he is interviewed on the “Public Interest”, a televised show which features a moderator, one journalist from State media and one journalist from the private media.The show usually lasts for half an hour and is aired weekly. There is a preamble where the President addresses a topic introduced by the moderator, and then the reporters are invited to begin the question-and-answer segment. When questioned, the President defended this system.“It does not mean that my engagement of one or two persons is inferior to my engagement of four or five persons or 10 or 20 persons. I am not going to fight it.” “If you want a ‘mass games’, I can have it, but the important thing now is that you have access to the Head of State and he will answer your questions. So, there is nothing wrong with my meeting with you in this format,” he said.Asked whether he was opposed to meeting members of the media, via a press conference, the President responded in the negative, stating that when the need arose, he did not mind engaging the entire press.“I don’t have an objection to having a large press conference. I have a very busy schedule and it is difficult to spend a lot of time in the media, but I try to make it possible every week. But if that is the desire of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), then that could be arranged with my press team,” he said.Since then, no press conference has been held by the President. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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first_imgMINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Joan Burton has been defending inspections carried out by her department at the homes of widows receiving payments from the state.It’s after it emerged that over 1,000 such visits were paid to homes in the past year to check on the status of people in receipt of a widow’s or widower’s contributory pension. The law states that a person ceases to be entitled to the pension should they remarry or begin to cohabit.The issue has been in the spotlight after People Before Profit TD Joan Collins raised the case of a 76-year-old woman who had her pension stopped after she refused to engage in a survey being carried out by Social Protection officials, as she felt they were prying into her affairs.The payment was restored after the issue was raised by Collins in the Dáíl.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Minister Burton said she regretted any upset caused to the woman in question, but that it was something her department was required to do.“These are randomised surveys and they’re carried out to check if a person is still in the country and that they are who they say they are.”Burton said that the Department had “made huge savings” through a crackdown on welfare fraud and that such practices were “important for a good social welfare system” which ensured that “people who are entitled to payments get them”.Speaking on the same programme, Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said that such inspections should be carried out more sensibly, without impacting on vulnerable groups.Read: ‘Political carpets have been infested with maggots’: 5 winners and 5 losers from the political weeklast_img read more

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first_imgInternet : 24% des Européens n’ont encore jamais surféUne enquête publiée mercredi par Eurostat révèle que 24% des Européens n’ont encore jamais utilisé Internet. Un chiffre qui peut surprendre tant l’usage du web s’est démocratisé, mais qui ne cesse de diminuer. En 2006, ils étaient 42%.L’office statistique de l’Union européenne, Eurostat, a publié hier une enquête sur l’usage du web par les habitants de l’UE. Cette étude nous apprend qu’en 2011, près d’un quart des Européens âgés de 16 à 74 ans n’ont jamais utilisé internet. Un taux qui passe à 18% en France, 54% en Roumanie, et seulement 5% en Suède. Il existe donc encore une part importante d’européens privés de l’expérience du web, mais elle est en constante diminution. En 2006, elle atteignait 42%.Près des trois-quarts des ménages avaient un accès à Internet au premier trimestre 2011, contre près de la moitié au premier trimestre 2006. Quant au pourcentage des foyers bénéficiant d’une connexion internet à haut débit, il a plus que doublé en cinq ans, passant de 30% en 2006 à 68% en 2011. L’enquête d’Eurostat souligne une importante disparité de l’accès à internet des ménages entre les 27 Etats membres. Les Pays-Bas arrivent en tête avec un taux de 94%, et sont suivis du Luxembourg et de la Suède (91% chacun), et du Danemark (90%). En bulgarie, la part des foyers ayant un accès au web ne dépasse pas 45%, tandis qu’en Grèce, elle n’est que de 50%. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Des disparités similaires sont constatées en matière de haut débit. En Suède, au Danemark, aux Pays-Bas, au Royaume-Uni, comme en Finlande, plus de 80% des foyers ayant accès à Internet disposent d’une connexion à haut débit. Ils sont seulement 31% en Roumanie et 40% en Bulgarie. Toutefois, cette part a augmenté dans tous les États membres en 2011 par rapport à 2006.L’enquête s’est également penchée sur le commerce électronique dans les différents Etats de l’UE. En 2011, 58% des internautes européens ont commandé des biens ou des services sur Internet, les plus fortes proportions étant observées au Royaume-Uni (82%), au Danemark, en Allemagne (77% chacun) et en Suède (75%). En France, le taux passe à 67%. Outre la vente en ligne, la consultation des sites web des pouvoirs publics est très répandue. Près de la moitié des internautes de l’Union Européenne ont en effet utilisé internet pour y obtenir des informations. Le 15 décembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket center_img “Alexa, turn on my jacket.”Boston-based fashion company Ministry of Supply wants to keep you toasty all winter with new high-tech outerwear.A first of its kind, the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket automatically warms to your optimal temperature, while repelling wind, snow, water, and odors.Designed with multiple pockets, wireless phone charging, and a removable hood, the durable coat even responds to voice commands via a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa.And it can be yours for an early-bird price of $280 (which is cheaper than the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard—Google’s $350 smart sheath).Right heat at the right time, controlled by your smartphone (via Ministry of Supply)Five years after debuting on Kickstarter, Ministry of Supply this week made a triumphant return, tripling its crowdfunding goal in just one day.More than 735 backers have already purchased a Mercury Jacket (or the sleeveless vest version), expected to ship anywhere in the world this November.“Mercury creates a microclimate for your body using real-time reactive and proactive heating to constantly adapt heat and optimize your body temperature,” according to the project page.Three built-in carbon-fiber heating elements deliver 10 watts of nearly instantaneous power, reaching up to 135℉—the same temperature as a steaming cup of coffee.Mercury’s tech specs make it the most technically sound jacket on the market today (via Ministry of Supply)“Using the accelerometer, body temperature, and outside temperature, Mercury triangulates the perfect amount of heat, so you don’t have to worry about overheating,” the company promised.An added machine-learning capability allows the jacket to improve with wear; it automatically detects and adjusts to fit your preferences.Starting at a discounted $280, the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket comes in black or navy; the combination vest-and-jacket package costs $460. For $1,950 you can add a company logo to 10 vests; do the same on ten jackets for $2,650.“Mercury comes programmed to respond to temperature and motion,” the campaign said. “Just plug the battery in and you’re good to go—whether you’re commuting, walking the dog, or taking that vacation to the North Pole.”last_img read more

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first_imgGonzalo Higuain joined AC Milan after spending two years at Juventus and winning two Scudettos – and his new coach, Gennaro Gattuso, insisted that he is very happy to have such a quality player in the squad.The Italian coach insisted that Higuain will be a great addition to the squad and even though the transfer wasn’t easy, he is happy that it was successfully done and the attacker can help the team.Gattuso spoke about the new signing of the Rossoneri as he said, according to Football Italia:“I am happy. They are important players.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Mattia is an interesting young player. We all know Gonzalo, but we are a team. We need to make them feel at home and feel part of the group.”“Then, I am sure they will help us to have an important season. For us, it should be a source of pride. When you speak to players, nobody tells you they don’t want to come.”“This is a club with great history and organisation. We’ve gone through four or five years where we haven’t found consistency.“But I think that with this team, these young boys and players like Higuain and Caldara, we can do well.last_img read more

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first_imgAlan Shearer has heaped praises on Gabriel Jesus following his performance against Everton.The Brazilian striker scored a brace as Manchester City recorded a 3-1 victory over Everton in the Premier League.Jesus went into Saturday’s matchup with only one goal to his name in the league this season, but the Brazil international caught the eye with an impressive performance with his two goals, along with a Raheem Sterling header which saw Pep Guardiola’s team pick up all three points at the Etihad Stadium.Shearer insists the presence of Sergio Aguero provided extra motivation for Jesus to succeed.Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer, said, as quoted by Daily Mail: Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m a big fan of his. I like the way he plays, his aggression.”“He’s got a lot to his game. He makes it very difficult for defenders in between the centre-halves. Centre-halves hate that.”“The goal is a brilliant finish and a superb run. He slots it past Pickford with superb confidence.”“Every time he goes out onto the pitch he knows he has to perform because he’s got Aguero on the bench.”Jesus has been an impressive addition to City since joining from Palmeiras in January 2017, scoring seven goals in his first 11 games for the club. Before finding the back of the net 17 times in 42 appearances last season.last_img read more

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first_img The Official Disability Guidelines logo It is unclear whether Hearst intends to change ODG to meet updated federal criterea and re-enter the database.  While Hearst is known primarily for its consumer magazines like Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, the Hearst Business Media division includes B2B information services in the areas of health, finance, and automotive. In October, Hearst Business Media acquired CAMP Systems International, Inc., a service which tracks maintenance in the aviation field. This acquisition falls on the heels of MCG Health’s launch of the MedInsight Guide Analytics, a software designed in partnership with Milliman MedInsight. The software is intended to “identify inefficiencies in the way that care is delivered at a population level,” by helping organizations aggregate claims data, according to a release. Phil LeFevre, SVP of business development at WLDI, will join Hearst in a leadership role that reports to Shreve. Phil Denniston, president and CEO of WLDI, has stepped down but will continue to work with Hearst as a consultant along with WLDI co-founder Pat Whelan.center_img In June, ODG was removed from a federal database of approved clinical practice guidelines on Guideline.gov, a website run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Denniston told Business Insurance that WLDI had opted out of the database, despite claims from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that ODG was removed due to changes in criterea for what counts as evidence in guidelines.   “We are excited to bring these two leaders in evidence-based guidelines development together to further broaden our solutions and capabilities by addressing workers’ compensation, disability and return to work issues,” Hearst Business Media President Richard P. Malloch said in a statement. Hearst Business Media has acquired the Work-Loss Data Institute (WLDI), a workers’ compensation data and guidelines provider. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. WLDI is the publisher of the web-based Official Disability Guidelines (ODG), a treatment guide for workers’ comp and disability in the U.S. The product is primarily used by insurance companies, employers, healthcare providers, and state-run agencies, according to the release. WLDI will join MCG Health in the Hearst Health network, led by president and CEO Jon Shreve.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Less than one week after nomination papers became available, Selectmen Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel have already pulled papers, indicating each man will be seeking re-election to a second term to the board.On the School Committee side, incumbent Jo Newhouse, who was appointed to her seat in August, has also pulled papers quickly, as has last year’s runner-up Jesse Fennelly. Incumbents Julie Broussand and Tom Talbot have not pulled papers to date.Longtime Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Robert Peterson Sr. has also pulled nomination papers to seek re-election.According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how things stand as of January 7:Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year termsGreg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yetKevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetWilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year termsJo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetJesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — has not returned yetShawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year termRobert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yetTo get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Broussard & Talbot Will NOT Seek Re-Election To School CommitteeIn “Government”ELECTION UPDATE: Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Daryn Marsh Join Selectmen RacesIn “Government”last_img read more

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first_imgAn investigation continues into what caused a tourist train to derail along a mountain pass north of Skagway yesterday, injuring 19 passengers.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgKollapur: Irrigation officials at Yellur in Kollapur mandal of Nagarkurnool released water into Yellur reservoir of Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy Lift Project by lifting water from the Srisailam backwaters on Friday.The irrigation officials switched on three motors of KLI first lift at Yellur and lifted 1.29 cusecs of water and leased it into the Yellur reservoir. From there, the water would be pumped into Singotam reservoir through the Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation main canal and fill up the reservoir. From there, using the KLI second lift, the water would be moved to Jonnala Bogada reservoir. Later, using the KLI third lift, the water would travel through the main gravity canal from Gudipally towards Kalwakurthy and supply water to the parched lands. After a wait of more than two months, the farmers in Nagarkurnool district have expressed happiness that at last they got irrigation water released from KLI. With this, over 13,000 acres of farmlands in both Kollapur and Kalwakurthy would irrigation waters from the KLI project.last_img read more

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first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said there was no lack in the security of professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, who came under a knife attack at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet on Saturday.”There was no lapse in the security measures during the incident of attack on Zafar Iqbal….Police have already arrested an attacker,” he said, speaking at a function in city’s Purbo Rajabazar on Sunday.The function was held marking the annual sports and cultural competition of Naznin School and College.The minister said, “Police are investigating the incident…The motive of the attack will be known soon.”Renowned writer and educationist Zafar Iqbal, head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) of SUST, came under a knife attack on the campus of the university.He was initially treated at the MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital in Sylhet where he was administered 27 stitches. He was later flown to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka last night.last_img read more

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first_imgSince I’m more robot than human, I asked a friend to express all the precious emotions that come from viewing this lovely new video full of squeaking sloths that will surely brighten your day (if your human and not a robot). Here’s what she had to say.From Jandi:Oh my God. Oh my god.I cannot begin to describe how many warm fuzzies this video gives me every time I watch it. As one would assume from the title, there are plenty of sloth squeaks. While these would most likely be annoying if taken out of context, in this video, where baby sloths keep coming at you until you can’t handle the cuteness, they only add to the adorableness (there has got to be a better word for that). If you’ve never held a sloth nor have had the desire to hold a sloth in your arms, this video will introduce you to a whole new world – one where you wish your life were full of furry, slightly grimy, smiling, darling creatures crawling towards you making squeaky noises. Also is the sloth in the final frame doing a stripper stretch?Couldn’t have said it better myself. By the way, the sloth’s iconic stripper pose already has been commodified in T-shirt form.This video comes from Lucy Cooke of Slothville, the home of the Sloth Appreciation Society. Cooke, made the video celebrate the U.K. publication of her book “The Power of Sloth” (called “A Little Book of Sloth” in the U.S.). Sloths in the video are from sanctuaries in both Costa Rica and Colombia. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Wildlife rescue center saves mother and baby sloths with C-section 11 little-known sloth facts PHOTOS: Every Costa Rica sloth image you will ever need to see PHOTOS: Paralyzed baby sloth thrives in Manuel Antonio rescue centerlast_img read more

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first_imgCosta Rica made international news in 2015 when a family court judge recognized thefirst same-sex common-law marriage in Central America. Later that same year, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced a robust anti-discrimination policy for public sector workers employed by the executive branch. But since then, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage here has stalled under the weight of hundreds of amendments tacked on by evangelical lawmakers.The Ombudsman’s Office, with assistance from the Dutch Embassy, invited Human Rights Watch’s LGBT Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich to visit Costa Rica in March to assess the situation. Here he met with government officials and members of the LGBT community.Dittrich, a former member of the Dutch Parliament, introduced legislation there in 1994 that would eventually make the Netherlands the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage, in 2001. Since then, Dittrich has advocated for LGBT rights around the world, from Argentina to Russia.The Tico Times spoke with Dittrich about the state of the LGBT movement in Costa Rica, the role of businesses in promoting LGBT acceptance, what Europe could learn from Latin America, and his own experience as a legislator fighting for marriage equality. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Excerpts follow:TT: Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognize a same-sex common-law marriage. Is this is an isolated incident or the sign of a bigger change?BD: I would call it an incident. There are some problems with the internal regulation of the [Legislative Assembly] where one member of [the Assembly] can stop the legislative process. That’s why a lot of issues stall, because usually an evangelical member doesn’t want to see progress on these subjects. But that doesn’t mean progress isn’t possible.There are so many countries in the Americas that already have same-sex marriage, so the human rights community is looking to Costa Rica and asking, ‘Where’s Costa Rica?’ Costa Rica prides itself on being very human-rights oriented. It has the reputation for being progressive, so why isn’t Costa Rica on the list? I think that now that members of the [Assmebly] and the government realize that the international community is monitoring the situation and asking questions, that might lead to a greater willingness to address this issue.After speaking to the groups you met with, what is your sense of LGBT acceptance in Costa Rica?Well, I’ve only been to San José but they tell me that the city is different than the countryside. Life is quite open for lesbians and gays, there are lots of gay bars. But there is the family structure and of course the influence of the church, which is also an obstacle to acceptance.It was very interesting to talk with the business community. They are very adamant about introducing LGBT friendly workplace policies both in their own companies and nationwide. They realized that once they started implementing these policies, their LGBT employees felt safe, were less sick, worked harder and were better motivated. That helped push other employees to work harder, too. There’s a business case to be made to have a diverse workforce. I could really see the NGO and business community getting together and creating momentum with collaboration from universities. It starts with social recognition to move toward legal recognition, which is the most important. It started with U.S. companies but it’s becoming part of the agenda for Costa Rican businesses too.Should marriage equality be the main priority for the LGBT community here or are other issues like housing or employment discrimination more pressing?It’s up to them. When I came here, I asked them, what is your priority? They had a wish list but legal recognition of their relationships was on top. In many U.S. states there are no laws protecting gay or lesbian people from getting kicked out of their home or being denied services. There was so much focus [in the U.S.] on marriage equality, people forgot about other issues. Now the LGBT community is diverting its attention to other issues. But here, they’re asking for legal recognition of their relationships.Some LGBT activists here have pointed to international human rights treaties Costa Rica has signed that include LGBT people in the definition of discrimination as an argument to recognize same-sex marriage. Do you think that’s a valid legal argument?I think it’s definitely a real argument. When you sign an international treaty you cannot pick and choose what you like. Otherwise you should do like Venezuela and withdraw from the [Inter-American Human Rights] Court. Human rights are for everybody and if the international court says these are rights everyone is entitled to, you have to live with it.What are some of the main hurdles facing LGBT rights here?Well, one of the main ones is that one person in the legislature can hold up a piece of legislation. That’s not just a problem for the LGBT population but other groups too. The government is fed up with it. I would say it’s a top priority for the country to change those rules. Many on the human rights committee also said that they couldn’t get their work done.Of course, the Roman Catholic Church is also very influential and does not support the rights of LGBT people. In every religion there are progressive people and you need to identify them, reach out to them and explain why it’s important for everyone to have the same rights. That way the public can see that religion is not a monolithic block. When I worked on marriage equality in the Netherlands and a bishop would say that gay people should undergo conversion therapy, another person in the congregation would stand up and push back against those statements. That way, people can see that there’s more to it than one vision.What are some specific recommendations from your talks with the government?The Ombudsman’s Office, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and LGBT groups want to move forward but weren’t sure how. We talked about having input from non-LGBT actors, whether its businesses, academia, artists or allies of LGBT people. For some people that was a refreshing, new element to the discussion.The Ombudsman’s Office has a wonderful campaign that uses family members of LGBT people to tell people that they have the same rights as anyone else. That has proven to be very persuasive in the U.S. When you talk about yourself and your own position, people tend to ignore it. But when other people start to talk about non-discrimination it’s a new perspective. It’s a way to say this is urgent and can’t wait another 10 years.Is there an experience from your time advocating for same-sex marriage in the Netherlands that you shared?Many opponents to marriage equality said looking back that they were motivated by fear. They thought the world would collapse or that God would punish the Netherlands, all kinds of disasters. But after having attended gay weddings, they said they saw that it was about love and commitment, taking care of one another, responsibility. Those are values that everyone supports. People evolve. President Obama evolved on this issue and Christian lawmakers do, too.Does Latin America stand out to you as a progressive place for LGBT rights in the developing world?Compared to Africa, there is a huge difference. Actually, a lot of people in the West were very surprised to learn that places like Argentina and Uruguay are more progressive than Western European countries when it comes to the rights of transgender people. Argentina has the best gender recognition bill in the world. Western Europe could learn a lot from Latin American countries. Facebook Comments Related posts:Pope Francis prays at 9/11 Memorial after UN speech Pioneer US economist uses data to take on homophobia PHOTOS: Costa Rica waves its rainbow flag Netherlands now coordinates entire Central America program from San José embassylast_img read more

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first_imgThe Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Cipa) presented the Cyprus start-up visa programme at the largest start-up conference in Asia in July, promoting Cyprus as an attractive destination for start-ups in Asia.The  programme allows talented entrepreneurs from third countries, outside the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), to enter, reside and work in Cyprus in order to establish, operate and develop a start-up with a high growth potential.Cipa participated in the international conference ‘Rise’ in Hong Kong, in the framework of which more than 500 start-ups were given the opportunity to present their products and services to more than 15,000 attendees from 100 countries.Among 350 speakers from all over the world, Kyriacos Kokkinos, Invest Cyprus board member, participated in the panel discussion ‘How do giants emerge’ along with Wan Shamilah, chief digital officer of Petronas and 85B energy company and Edith Yeung, partner of 500 start-ups in China. The discussion was moderated by Sid Shah, partner and managing director of BCG Digital Ventures.Kokkinos explained the importance the organisation attributes to digital economy, while stressing the value and collaborative role of start-ups and organisations in the effort to transition to the digital era. He especially highlighted Cyprus’ innovative start-up Visa programme as a key example of how countries promote and support their start-ups ecosystem to collaborate and co-create with the wider global start-up community.“This programme is a brilliant national initiative for bringing start-ups together, promoting cross-fertilisation in knowledge creation and sharing at global scale towards digital economy”, he said.Key themes promoted by start-ups at the conference were digital economy, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, autonomous driving and Blockchain, presented to a distinguished audience of entrepreneurs and investors from some of the world’s biggest companies and major global media.“Rise was an excellent platform for fruitful discussions as well as extensive networking opportunities with key players in the innovation and tech ecosystem,” said Marios Giogoudis of Invest Cyprus, who participated in the conference with Kokkinos.  “We were positively surprised by the very strong interest demonstrated by participants in Cyprus’ programme.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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