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Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersstrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more


Security Council approves expanding international force to outside Afghan capital

The vote on the new resolution, which extended the force’s mandate another 12 months, was unanimous.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 11 August, had recommended that the troops move out from the capital but said that Council authorization would be needed.The resolution passed today stressed “the importance of extending central government authority to all parts of Afghanistan” and authorized expansion of ISAF’s mandate “to allow it, as resources permit, to support the Afghan Transitional Authority and its successors in the maintenance of security in the areas of Afghanistan outside Kabul and its environs, so that the Afghan Authorities as well as the personnel of the Untied Nations and other international civilian personnel engaged in particular, in the reconstruction and humanitarian efforts, can operate in a secure environment.”The Council also noted that the Afghan Foreign Minister had also asked for the assistance outside Kabul. read more


How Jules Verne Invented NASA

first_img“A hundred years ago, Jules Verne wrote a book about a voyage to the Moon. His spaceship, Columbia, took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean after completing a trip to the Moon. It seems appropriate to us to share with you some of the reflections of the crew as the modern-day Columbia completes its rendezvous with the planet Earth and the same Pacific Ocean tomorrow.”Those are the words Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong recited for an entranced public as his ship returned from its mission to the moon. Armstrong was right to mention Verne’s 1865 sci-fi classic. There are, in fact, some oddly prescient details in From the Earth to the Moon–even for an author so forward thinking as Verne.Armstrong points out the similarities between its name and the name of the Apollo 11’s command module–that part’s actually only part right. The name of the space cannon used to launch the ship was the Columbiad, named for a real U.S. cannon that was used heavily in the war of 1812.Verne estimated that the mission would have cost his day’s equivalent to $12.1 billion. Surprisingly spot on–the Apollo program up through Apollo 8 (the first manned vehicle to circumnavigate the moon) cost $14.4 billion. As with the book, that mission also a crew of three astronauts. Verne’s were named Ardan, Barbicane, and Nicholl–Apollo 8’s were Anders, Borman and Lovell.The launch occurred 132 miles from the site of Verne’s prediction. As the above shot illustrates, the two ships also shared a number of physical properties.last_img read more


Sarri aims to make Chelsea the best club in England

first_imgBut the Italian manager knows it doesn’t take one month to be the best. His team is on top of the English Premier League with a perfect runEnglish Premier League club Chelsea is on top of the standings thanks to a perfect run.With five weeks played in the English tournament, The Blues have beaten all their rivals.They have scored 14 goals, receiving only 4 during the course of these victories.But Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is aiming high, not only he wants the team to excel at the top, he also wants them to be the best in England.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think that at this moment Liverpool and Manchester City are in another step compared to us,” Sarri told reporters as quoted by Calcio Mercato.“I think we can improve.”“My target is to be the best team in England, but it’s not going to take only one month,” the manager said with much confidence.“Maybe one season, maybe a little more but our target is this one.”“At the moment for me, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us,” he added.last_img read more


Chinas GAC is bringing its Entranze concept to the Detroit Auto Show

first_img Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star China’s latest crossover is GAC Motor’s GS5 The GAC GS5 SUV is meant to be a “medium-to-high-end” SUV with a 1.5-liter engine. We don’t hate how it looks and we’re curious how it drives. GAC For the past few years, Chinese car company GAC has had a significant presence at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit despite not offering any vehicles in the US. This year, GAC is back with a new concept called the Entranze, announced Friday, as well as the North American debut of its latest minivan and SUV.The Entranze concept was developed by GAC in its Advanced Design Center in Los Angeles and is meant to be a self-driving modern family vehicle. GAC’s press release doesn’t give us much more than that and the teaser image is also fairly vague, but given GAC’s previous concepts, we could be in for something weird.The GM6 minivan got its world debut recently in China, but this is the first time we’re seeing it in the Western hemisphere. It’s packing 99 cubic feet of cargo space and what GAC is calling a “five-star safety package” and an AI-enhanced intelligent driving system.The GS5 SUV was unveiled in Paris last year and we actually kind of like how it looks. GAC is calling it a “medium-to-high-end SUV,” though with just a 1.5-liter engine under its hood, the driving experience may not live up to that description.While it’s easy to be skeptical about Chinese car companies’ repeated claims that they’ll be entering the US market in the very near future, the GAC vehicles we’ve seen in the past seem, at least in terms of design and materials quality, like they could be successful here as budget-friendly alternatives to more established brands. We’re looking forward to seeing if the GM6 and GS5 follow that trend. Comment May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 24 Photos Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice reading • China’s GAC is bringing its Entranze concept to the Detroit Auto Show More From Roadshow See All 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Detroit Auto Show 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2019 Concept Cars SUVs Crossovers Minivanslast_img read more


Facebook Twitter to attend disinformation event at federal elections office

first_img Share your voice Tags Comment Facebook and Twitter say they’ll take part in a Federal Election Commission symposium about fake news. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook and Twitter plan to attend an event this month at the Federal Election Commission’s office in Washington, DC, about digital disinformation, the companies said Thursday.  The FEC is co-hosting the Sept. 17 event with the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and with PEN America, a nonprofit that advocates for free expression. The companies didn’t say who’d represent them at the event. FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub invited Facebook, Google and Twitter to attend the event, according to Politico, which cited a note sent by her office to the companies. “The goal of the symposium will be to identify effective policy approaches and practical tools that can minimize the disruption and confusion sown by fraudulent news and propaganda in the 2020 campaign,” the note reportedly said.Google declined to comment. Thomas Melia, the Washington director at PEN America, confirmed that the nonprofit is planning an event about disinformation but said the list of speakers hasn’t been finalized. The groups are hoping to bring together a variety of experts including tech companies, policy makers, political organizations and journalists to discuss how disinformation works, where it comes from, its impact and what stakeholders can do ahead of the 2020 election. Invites to the general public haven’t yet been sent out. Social media companies have been under more pressure to combat disinformation, especially after the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook has seen Russians, Iranians and Americans exploit the social network to spread hoaxes and sow discord.This week, Facebook said it was tightening rules about political ads ahead of the 2020 election. Those changes include asking advertisers for more identification information, such as an FEC ID number or a government or business email that matches their website domain.CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.  Politics Tech Industry 1 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Talks fail banks going ahead with August 22 strike

first_imgREUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriServices at public sector banks may take a hit on Tuesday (August 22) as unions under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) have reiterated their earlier decision to go on strike against the government’s proposed consolidation move.A Business Standard report said on Sunday that most banks have already informed their customers that functioning of branches and offices will be impacted if the employees go ahead with the strike on Tuesday.AIBOC General Secretary D T Franco was quoted by Business Standard as saying, “As the conciliation meeting before the Chief Labour Commissioner failed, unions are left with no other option but to go on strike. There was no assurance from the government and the management of banks.”Franco said that all attempts to hammer out solutions to the demands raised by the unions bore no fruit, and hence, UFBU which claims a membership of nearly 10 lakh across banks, decided to proceed with the proposed strike on August 22.Besides calling for a rethink by the government on its bank merger plans, a host of other demands raised by the bank unions include a no write-off policy for non- performing assets (NPAs) of corporate loans, declaring wilful default of loans as criminal offence and implementation of recommendations of teh Parliamentary Committee on recovery of NPAs.UBFU has also called upon the government to reimburse the banks against costs incurred by them in implementing the demonetisation policy from November 8 last year.Noting that banks should not pass on their corporate NPA burdens on to their customers, AIBEA General Secretary C H Venkatchalam said the government should abolish the Banks Board Bureau and ensure stringent measures to recover bad loans and fix accountability on top executives, Business Standard reported.Operations at private lenders like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank are expected to be normal except for delays in cheque clearances, the report said.Public sector banks currently control 75 percent of the total banking business.The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) is an umbrella body of nine unions, including the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).last_img read more


Qatar abolish exit visa system

first_imgThis file photo taken on February 6, 2018 shows workers on the construction site at Al-Wakrah Stadium, a $575 million (465 million euros) World Cup venue seating 40,000 designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, some 15 kilometres on the outskirts of the Qatari capital Doha. Qatar has approved legislation to scrap controversial exit visas which require all foreign workers to obtain their employers` permission to leave the country, according to official statements published on September 4. AFPQatar has approved legislation to scrap controversial exit visas which require all foreign workers to obtain their employers’ permission to leave the country, according to official statements published Tuesday.There are some two million foreign workers in Qatar, many employed directly or indirectly on vast infrastructure projects for the football World Cup, which will take place in the Gulf in 2022.Under the new law, only a maximum five percent of each company’s workforce — thought to be those in the most senior positions — will still need permission to leave Qatar.The law change “regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates” was issued as an Emiri decree by the country’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, reported the Qatar News Agency.No further details were given by the government and it was not immediately clear when the new law will come into force.”The adoption of this law is another step in our continued drive to provide decent work for all migrant workers in Qatar and to ensure their protection,” said labour minister, Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi.The move was immediately backed by the UN’s International Labour Organization, which opened an office in Doha this year as part of a three-year agreement to oversee labour reform.”The ILO welcomes enactment of (the law), which will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of migrant workers in Qatar,” said Houtan Homayounpour, head of the ILO’s Doha office.”This first step towards full suppression of exit permits is a clear sign of commitment by the government of Qatar to labour reforms.”Critics of Qatar’s labour practices have long called for abolition of the exit visa, viewing it as a cornerstone of the derided “kafala” — or sponsorship — system.last_img

Whats The Future For Contaminated Areas Of Houston

first_img Share On this edition of Houston Matters: What lies ahead for contaminated areas in the Greater Houston region under the Trump Administration? A coalition of local advocacy groups question the future of some of the most polluted areas in Houston. We talk with Tracy Hester who teaches environmental law and emerging technology at the University of Houston Law Center about Superfund sites, and the future of these contaminated areas under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.last_img


Why a drop of oil bounces in a waterethanol gradient and eventually

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters A team of researchers working at the University of Twente has solved the mystery of why a drop of oil bounces repeatedly when dropped in a water/ethanol gradient but eventually falls to the bottom of a jar. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their study of the odd behavior. Credit: Y. Li et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2019)/ via Physics © 2019 Science X Network Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img In physics, the Marangoni effect describes differences in surface tension between liquids that can lead to seemingly strange behaviors such as “tears” forming in a glass of wine with a lot of alcohol in it. In this new effort, the researchers explored the Marangoni effect as it applies to the bouncing of oil drops in a jar containing a water/ethanol gradient.To set up the experiment, the researchers carefully poured ethanol into a jar of water, avoiding too much mixing, such that a density gradient formed naturally. Then, they introduced a single drop of oil, in this case, anethole, into the container. The drop sunk slowly through the mixture before rapidly rebounding straight back up. The drop does this several times before eventually sinking all the way to the bottom of the container. After careful study of the whole scenario, the researchers discovered what was actually happening.At the onset, the drop falls due to gravity—the researchers found that as it does so, the surface tension on the drop is different on the top and bottom (the Marangoni effect), resulting in an energy buildup. Once it reaches a tipping point, the energy is released, pushing the drop back up toward the surface. But each time it falls and rebounds, the amount of stress that builds up lessens, likely due to the mixing of the water and ethanol as the drop moves down and up repeatedly. Eventually, the amount of energy released is not sufficient to propel the drop upward, and it falls to the bottom of the container. The researchers note that the same scenario can be replicated using other types of oil and liquid density gradients. More information: Yanshen Li et al. Bouncing Oil Droplet in a Stratified Liquid and its Sudden Death, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.154502 . On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.01498 Special surface manipulation forces dropped liquids to spiral when they rebound Citation: Why a drop of oil bounces in a water/ethanol gradient and eventually falls to the bottom of a jar (2019, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-oil-waterethanol-gradient-eventually-falls.htmllast_img read more


8th Theatre Olympics Presenting folktales and modern dilemmas

first_imgTo treat theatre lovers with the theatrical extravaganza, 8th Theatre Olympics, finally marked its start on February 18. The 51-day long festival is being hosted by the National School of Drama.The first play to be presented was based on Shikhandi, perhaps one of the earliest transgender mythological characters. The play is a comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of this character from the epic Mahabharat. Directed by Faezeh Jalali, the play blends the traditional with the contemporary and questions the concepts of maleness, femaleness and everything in between. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt was followed by ‘Caesarean Section: Essays on Suicide.’ The play talks about the human impulse to commit suicide and the urge to survive that pulls them back from the brink. The play’s music, composed by Eric Satie, is based on polyphonic Corsican songs blended with songs from Bulgaria, Romania, Iceland, and Chechnya,. Director Jarosław Fret dons many hats – he is the founder and leader of TeatrZAR, a renowned theatre director, and actor as well as the curator of the theatre programme of Wrocław: European Capital of Culture 2016. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe third performance was Jagdev Kankali, a play built on the lore of Jagdev Parmar, one of the Parmar rulers of Malwa, as conveyed through the oral bardic tradition in Rajasthan. The play follows ‘Kuchamani Khyal’ style of storytelling where songs are an important part of the story and the narration. Director Rohit Mathur worked on the form for two years to bring it to the formal theatre arena. To enthrall the audience in the upcoming days, the festival will be showcasing plays like Doodhan, The Method of National Constellations etc.last_img read more


The Connected Home A Huge Opportunity But Slow to Catch On

first_img Register Now » January 8, 2014 LAS VEGAS — Smart thermostats. Smart appliances. Motorized blinds and shades. Glass-break sensors. Asset-protection sensors. You name the task or function in the home and someone is bound to create an internet-connected version that you can control remotely from your smartphone.Yesterday at the International CES, for example, home improvement giant Lowe’s announced a new wave of products and services associated with Iris, the company’s tool that allows you to customize and monitor your internet-connected home devices — like, say, a water shut-off valve that cuts supply when a leak is detected — from a single app on your smartphone or computer.But while the number of smart home devices continues to grow, the industry still faces hurdles as it matures. “In the appliance market, the number of connected devices is still very small and we’re still several years away from greater adoption,” John Taylor, vice president for public affairs at tech company LG. Taylor spoke at a panel discussion hosted by Lowe’s on the future of the smart home.Related: What You Can Learn From Michael Bay’s Embarassing Mishap”With smart devices, it’s been an easier sell with entertainment products,” he said. “Because of the higher prices, smart home devices are still considered a premium product.””We’ve got to bring the prices down, but we’re still on first base here,” said Kevin Meagher, vice president and general manager of the Iris project from Lowe’s. “We have to move the mindset [for customers] from ‘Why should I pay a premium price?’ to ‘Why shouldn’t I?'”Besides the convenience many of the devices provide, extra security and safety should be major selling points, said Jay Yanko, a managing principal at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Say you have a family with children, and you don’t want the oven turned on while you’re not home,” he said, referring to smart devices or appliances that can do things like that. “I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job communicating that to customers.”Despite a slower adoption rate than other smart devices, Taylor is optimistic for significant growth in connected home devices. “But starting from such a small amount, you double what you have now and it’s still relatively low,” he warned, “but definitely growing.”Related: Intel Wants Computers to Think More Like Humans 3 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more


The Maker of an InternetConnected Garage Door Disabled a Customers Device Over

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » There’s a new, dystopian risk to using internet-connected gadgets: If you complain, the company that made it might remotely kill your product.This is what happened to one customer who bought Garadget — an internet-connected garage door opener. It lets you remotely lock or unlock your garage with an app, or see if it’s open.But after they complained about it online and left a negative review, he got an unpleasant surprise — Garadget had bricked their device. (We first heard the news via Ars Technica.)The customer had left a comment on the support forum complaining about technical issues, asking “wondering what kind of piece of shit I just purchased here.” They then followed it up with a negative Amazon review, saying:”Junk — DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY — iPhone app is a piece of junk, crashes constantly, start-up company that obviously has not performed proper quality assurance tests on their products.”Well, Garadget did not like that one bit.The company disabled the disgruntled customer’s device by denying it access to its servers — and announced it had done as such on its forum (emphasis ours):”Martin,”The abusive language here and in your negative Amazon review, submitted minutes after experiencing a technical difficulty, only demonstrates your poor impulse control. I’m happy to provide the technical support to the customers on my Saturday night but I’m not going to tolerate any tantrums.”At this time your only option is return Garadget to Amazon for refund. Your unit ID 2f0036 … will be denied server connection.”Garadget defended itself in a subsequent post, saying it took action to “distance from the toxic individual”:”Ok, calm down everybody. Save your pitchforks and torches for your elected representatives. This only lacks the death threats now.”The firing of the customer was never about the Amazon review, just wanted to distance from the toxic individual ASAP. Admittedly not a slickest PR move on my part. Access restored, note taken.”A quote from a random guy.”PS: Anybody has Streisand’s phone number?”But the company has come under heavy criticism on the support forum — and elsewhere online — as a result of the action. “I don’t own your product, so I can say this without fear of retribution: What a terrible way to do business. I’ll leave an Amazon review, too, just because I can,” one poster wrote. “P.S. Please don’t change my locks while I’m at work.”The Garadget device.Image credit: Garadget”Ironically it seems you have much poorer ‘impulse control’ and are much more prone to ‘tantrums’,” said another. “Maybe you should stop working in customer support. Doesn’t seem like you’re much good at it.”Garadget did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment, though Grisek told Ars Technica that “there isn’t much more to add.”The whole incident raises a broader issue with the “internet of things”: If your devices rely on someone else’s servers to run, and they can be remotely disabled at any time, do you really own them?In 2016, smart-home company Nest decided to discontinue a line of products built by Revolv, a company it acquired — bricking customers’ devices. The decision sparked outrage from customers, and raised questions about consumer rights in the internet age.”When software and hardware are intertwined, does a warranty mean you stop supporting the hardware or does it mean that the manufacturer can intentionally disable it without consequence?” one disgruntled Revolv customer wrote. “[Then-Nest CEO] Tony Fadell seems to believe the latter. Tony believes he has the right to reach into your home and pull the plug on your Nest products.”Nest subsequently offered compensation to affected customers to make amends. But what’s happening with Garadget shows the issues around internet-connected devices is only just getting started. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Business Insider April 5, 2017last_img read more


Family shocked by UK suicide bombers reported death in Iraq

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The vital role family plays in society “He looks at peace,” Malik said. “It’s like he’s ready to go and meet his maker. This is a clear indication of just how successful the evil (Islamic State) groomers have been in poisoning and brainwashing Talha and kids like him.”British officials say roughly 700 Britons have traveled to Syria and Iraq in support of extremists there.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LONDON (AP) — Members of the family of a teenage British boy who reportedly killed himself in a suicide bombing in Iraq say they are devastated by his death.The statement from the family of 17-year-old Talha Asmal was released by police at the family’s request.“Talha comes from a close-knit, hardworking, peace-loving and law-abiding British Muslim family,” the statement read. “The entire family unreservedly condemns and abhors all acts of violence.” His family said he and a close friend had been recruited online and left Dewsbury in northern England in March to link up with the extremists.They said his naive nature was exploited by unidentified people. The family said the Islamic State group commanders who ordered him to conduct a suicide attack were “too cowardly to do their own ‘dirty’ work.”If Asmal’s death is confirmed, he would be the youngest known British suicide bomber to have died in the conflict.Police said Monday they cannot confirm the boy’s death, which was reported by a website associated with IS.The website said Asmal detonated a vehicle laden with explosives in a suicide bombing Saturday. It carried photographs believed to show him before the attack.It was claimed that Asmal’s attack was one of seven carried out in the city of Beiji. Details are sketchy, but IS claimed the attacks led to “tens” of deaths and injuries.Asmal is given the nom de guerre Abu Yusuf al-Britani on the website. Police say the family is convinced their son is the teen in the photograph.Shahid Malik, a family friend and former legislator, said it is “disturbing” to see how relaxed Asmal appears to be in the photographs taken just before his suicide mission. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more


Rugby League World Cup 2017 establishes official travel office

first_imgRugby League World Cup 2017 establishes official travel officeThe Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) today announced the establishment of an Official Travel Office for the tournament which will be staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from 27 October to 2 December 2017.Mummu Sport, global sports travel and event firm, is the Official Master Travel Agent for the sport’s pinnacle international tournament and will operate the “RLWC2017 Travel Office”.RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the appointment of Mummu Sport marked an important milestone in the global promotion and delivery of the RLWC2017.“With less than 500 days until the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup 2017, the Organising Committee is entering an exciting phase in the delivery of the event.“We will soon unveil the official tournament draw and release ticketing details and hospitality programs on what we believe will be the greatest ever Rugby League World Cup.“To have the Rugby League World Cup 2017 contested in three countries provides an exciting dimension to the tournament and we look forward to working with Mummu Sport on delivering a fan experience beyond expectation.”Fan packages offered by the Official RLWC2017 Travel Office will enable rugby league supporters to access unrivalled experiences during and outside of game days. An extensive range of international and local packages will feature competitive airfare and accommodation deals, and include other exciting event elements such as VIP experiences, official merchandise, functions and hospitality events.“Mummu Sport is delighted to be partnering with the Rugby League World Cup 2017 in the establishment of the tournament’s Official Travel Office,” said Marcel Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Mummu Sport.“We share the Organising Committee’s fan-focused vision for the Rugby League World Cup and are passionate about delivering a range of unmatched travel packages that feature once in a lifetime experiences.” RLWC2017Source = Rugby League World Cuplast_img read more


New Zealands first online travel store to launch in China

first_imgNew Zealand’s first online travel store to launch in ChinaNew Zealand will be front of mind for millions of keen Chinese travellers following a partnership between Tourism New Zealand and China’s largest online travel agency, Ctrip.The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the development of specialised travel products based on travellers’ needs and preferences further promoting New Zealand to Ctrip’s 300 million members.“China is New Zealand’s second biggest tourism market and our top priority is to continually improve the travel quality and experience for Chinese travellers. Ctrip delivers high quality services to both group and individual travellers and we believe this partnership will provide a more in-depth and high-quality travel experience to Chinese travellers,” said Gregg Wafelbakker, Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager Asia.“Our partnership with Ctrip will see the launch of the first online flagship store for New Zealand-based travel providing Chinese travellers with all the information they’re looking for about our country, activity and accommodation recommendations, and reservation capacity.”Founded in 1999, Ctrip.com is now China’s leading provider of travel services including accommodation reservation, transport ticketing (including flights, trains, and long-haul buses), package tours, corporate travel management, and destination services (including car rental, insurances, visa services, and attraction tickets). It has offices in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Ctrip’s mobile app, launched in 2013, has been downloaded more than 1 billion times.“In the past year (to June 2017) 296,336 Chinese nationals holidayed in New Zealand. More than half of these visitors were independent travellers, rather than being part of a tourist group. Our Ctrip online store will make it easier for independent travellers to learn more about New Zealand, and plan and book their holiday here,” says Mr Wafelbakker.“We know from experience that safety, climate, and adventure activities are high priorities for Chinese travellers. We will be able to promote our range of activities and uniqueness of New Zealand directly to this audience through Ctrip and show travellers that there is a lot to see and do in New Zealand, safely, without travelling far.”Source = Tourism NZlast_img read more


10 Most Affordable Cities for Teachers

first_img May 9, 2018 992 Views 10 Most Affordable Cities for Teachers in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img Affordable Employment homes HOUSING loans Median Price mortgage Teachers 2018-05-09 Radhika Ojha Teachers across the country might be winning the right to earn higher wages, yet housing affordability remains a huge concern for the nation’s educators according to a study by Redfin. According to the study, In 2018, 11.5 percent of all homes for sale across 28 metros were affordable on an average teacher’s salary of $62,860. This is a decrease from 19.7 percent homes being affordable for teachers in 2016.For the study, Redfin used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the average salary by metropolitan area for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers. Based on these average salaries, the study then looked at all multiple listing service (MLS) listings active on the market in each metro as of May 1, 2018, along with the estimated property tax rates. These data points along with current homeowners association (HOA) dues, and the property tax rate for each listing were used to calculate the estimated monthly mortgage cost and determined the percentage of homes where the monthly mortgage payment was equal to or less than the max monthly mortgage payment possible on the average teacher’s salary.So which cities are the most affordable for teachers? The study found that 39 percent of homes for sale were affordable for teachers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, making it the top ranking city for teachers in terms of home affordability. This was despite the overall affordability of homes going down 12.4 percent since 2012. The median sale price of homes in this city were $164,000 and teachers could afford homes priced at around $210,000 in Pittsburgh.Detroit, Michigan earned the second spot on this list with a median sale price for homes at $127,000 and teachers being able to afford homes valued at an average of $237,000 in the Motor City. Average teacher salaries in Detroit were $68,500 and 35.4 percent of all homes were affordable for educators in this city. Coming in third was Cleveland, Ohio where 33.4 percent homes were affordable for teachers who earned an average salary of $62,000. The median sale price for homes in the city was $127,000, while the maximum home price that teachers could afford here was pegged at $210,000.However, home affordability in both Detroit and Cleveland has seen a steep decline since 2012. While affordability in Detroit decreased 24.2 percent, it fell 20.8 percent in Cleveland.With 29 percent homes that were affordable to local teachers earning a salary of $53,800 and a median home price of $170,000, St. Louis in Montana earned the fourth spot on the list. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rounded off the top five with 25 percent homes affordable to local teachers earning a salary of around $70,000.Joining these five cities were Baltimore, Maryland; Kansas City, Montana; San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Atlanta Georgia.Denver, Colorado was at the bottom of this list with only 0.3 percent of homes affordable for local teachers earning a salary of $54,500, the study found. Joining Denver were Oakland, California; and Phoenix, Arizona.In fact, the study revealed that the recently approved 20 percent raises in teachers’ salaries in Phoenix, would increase their maximum home-buying budget from $130,000 to $170,000, and would more than double the share of Phoenix homes affordable to them from 0.5 percent to 1.1 percent.last_img read more


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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Rookie wide receiver Walt Powell survived Saturday’s league-mandated deadline, but unfortunately the sixth-round pick out of Murray State did not make it through the weekend.The Arizona Cardinals announced Sunday that they released the St. Louis, Mo. native after being awarded a waiver claim on outside linebacker Thomas Keiser.Powell caught six passes for 106 yards during the preseason, including a 45-yard reception against the Houston Texans. Keiser, an undrafted free agent out of Stanford back in 2011, has two interceptions and nine sacks to his name in parts of three seasons with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers.He also forced one of Logan Thomas’ two fumbles in Thursday night’s 12-9 victory over the Cardinals.In addition to adding Keiser, the Cardinals signed six players to their practice squad: Anthony Steen, Andre Hardy, Brittan Golden, Jimmy Legree, Jonathan Brown and Kelvin Palmer.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Evan Mathis – No. 80Mathis stepped into Gary Kubiak’s system last season and again showed why he is a top option. He excelled as a run blocker in Denver despite a nagging ankle that eventually required surgery after the Super Bowl. His pass protection sagged some, with three sacks and 19 hurries credited to him, although all of Denver’s O-line numbers were hindered by the QB play in ’15. That said, it’s more of his growing list of injuries and age (he’ll be 35 in November) that prevented him from being even higher on this list. Thanks to Mathis and incumbent starting guard Mike Iupati, the Cardinals should be able to control the ground game. — Chris BurkeThe ground game should see a major increase for the second year in a row, especially with the emergence of David Johnson. Arizona went from 31st in rushing in 2014 to 8th in 2015. The addition of Mathis will also help keep Palmer upright, which is the key to this team’s success. The Cardinals saw first-hand how the team functioned when Palmer went down in 2014. Mathis was named to the All-Bargain Bin Team by The Ringer as the Cardinals seem to have gotten a steal in his one-year, $4 million deal. Sports Illustrated has gathered information from around the league to put together the top 100 players in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals tied for third-most players in the league with six: Calais Campbell (100), Evan Mathis (80), Larry Fitzgerald (76), Carson Palmer (62), Tyrann Mathieu (37) and Patrick Peterson (24).Calais Campbell – No. 100Campbell has been so good for so long, it’s easy to take him for granted, but he had another excellent season in 2015, playing a lot of one-gap tackle in Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s aggressive fronts.With Chandler Jones now on board as the edge rusher the Cardinals have needed for some time, Campbell should be able to make even more of an interior impact in 2016. — Doug FarrarEver since Campbell recorded a career-high nine sacks in 2013, Campbell’s sack total has slowly decreased the following two seasons to seven in 2014 and five in 2015. But as Farrar noted, adding Jones to the outside to rush the quarterback, Campbell might see fewer double teams in the inside of the trenches. The presence of a premier pass rusher on the outside should shift some of the light off of Campbell and allow him to create havoc down in the interior. There’s a lot of discussion as to whether Mathieu is a better safety or slot cornerback, but the point is moot, because he covers both positions so well. More than that, though, he’s a force multiplier in James Bettcher’s defense because he’s a rover in the truest sense of the word.What Mathieu may do best (and what the Cardinals allow him to do that other teams might not) is to guess right in the open field. He’ll bait receivers and then close to pick off passes. He’ll play off-coverage and move in for a tackle with very bad intentions.That bold style leads to the occasional coverage lapse (he gave up five touchdowns last season, per Pro Football Focus), but his team will gladly deal with the occasional negative effects of his playing style because he’s utterly unique in his positional versatility and complete commitment to whatever it is he’s doing on the field. — Doug FarrarBefore Mathieu went down with his second major knee injury in three years, he was experiencing his best season in the league. The 24-year-old compiled five interceptions and had 80 total tackles. Arizona locked up Mathieu with a five-year extension, which was a major story-line heading into the offseason for the Cardinals. Arizona ranked fifth in total defense last season, and adding Jones to the defensive line could cause an impact for Mathieu. Creating more pressure on the opposing quarterback could allow more bad throws that could translate into more interception opportunities. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Patrick Peterson – No. 24Peterson walked into the NFL in 2011 as one of the best athletes in the game at any position, which set an impossibly high bar for acceptable performance that he has somehow met in making three All-Pro teams in his first five seasons. When he gets beat, he gets beat for splashy plays and long touchdowns, but those are infrequent side effects for his eye for the big play, and his lockdown capabilities make opportunities for his marks to solve him a rarity.Peterson hasn’t missed a game in his five-year career with the Cardinals. The 26-year-old has always been in the conversation of ‘best cornerback in the league’ and the three All-Pro selections suggest that. Ever since Peterson intercepted seven passes in 2012, opposing teams have begun to create game-plans in avoiding the defensive back and his interception totals have dropped to no more than three. Not many non-quarterbacks can safely say that their presence on the field affects how their opponents strategize.The SI staff ranked Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt as the No. 1 overall player. The Seattle Seahawks led the league with eight players, and Carolina came in second with seven players. Arizona tied with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots with six players. Comments   Share   Larry Fitzgerald – No. 76In his prime, Fitzgerald was the most feared receiver in the league, with a rare combination of quickness, downfield speed, toughness and intelligence. He enjoyed a renaissance season in 2015 with 109 catches for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns, in part because over the last few seasons he has developed into a great escape hatch for quarterbacks in the Cardinals’ offense as a slot receiver. Last season, he caught 52 of 64 targets from the slot for 606 yards and three touchdowns. When coach Bruce Arians calls vertical routes to one side and timing routes to the other — a common construct for the Cardinals — Fitzgerald will often be asked to run a slant or drag route over the middle to give his quarterback yet another option.It is this versatility and determination that has allowed Fitzgerald to excel in the slot just as he always has outside. — Doug FarrarPrior to 2015, Fitzgerald hadn’t amassed 1,000 or more yards since 2011 when the receiver put up 1,411 yards. Most likely due to poor quarterback play, the veteran had his three-worst statistical seasons of his career from 2012 to 2014. The Cardinals extended Fitzgerald’s contract by another year, which guarantees the receiver will not wear another uniform. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (Photo by: Adam Green) Carson Palmer – No. 62Go figure when it comes to Palmer. He followed one of the best regular seasons in recent NFL quarterbacking history with perhaps the ugliest two-week playoff meltdown in memory. His epic six-turnover performance against Carolina in the NFC title game left you with the distinct impression that he folded under pressure, and nothing he accomplishes this year will truly matter unless he conquers his postseason demons. That said, Palmer played at an MVP Level for the Cardinals and was as consistently productive on a week-to-week basis as any quarterback in the league. — Don BanksPalmer’s first three seasons with the Cardinals have been a series of ups and downs. His first season in 2013, Palmer threw for 4,274 yards, the most since 2007 with the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the quarterback suffered a torn ACL the following year and the team’s Super Bowl aspirations fell off the rails in a Wild Card loss to Carolina. Palmer had his best statistical season of his career last year with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns. If he can vanquish his playoff nightmares, Palmer has a great opportunity to get the Cardinals to Houston in February.Tyrann Mathieu – No. 37last_img read more


Bank of Cyprus revises 2014 loss upwards to €261m

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank of Cyprus’ audited results showed the lender made a €261m after tax loss in 2014 and revised upward its unaudited loss by €5m posted on February 25, the lender said.The loss last year resulted from a €303m loss caused by discontinued operations related mainly to operations in Russia, Bank of Cyprus said in an emailed statement today. In 2013, in which the lender was forced to sell its operations in Greece and use its customers’ deposits to recapitalise itself as part of the bailout, it posted a €2.1bn loss, which was mainly caused by losses on disposals of its Greek units.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more