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March on Aboriginal Affairs office marks floods fourth anniversary

first_imgAPTN National NewsProtesters were in the streets of Winnipeg marking the fourth anniversary of the historic floods that destroyed two Manitoba First Nations and severely damaged a third.Now, former residents say they’ve become invisible victims of that disaster.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img


Alberta construction jobs to bottom out in 2018 shortage expected in 2027

first_imgAs the province continues its economic recovery, there are some sober numbers for construction workers, at least in the short term.New data predicts Alberta’s construction industry will shrink by 5,200 jobs through to 2019.BuildForce Canada Executive Director Bill Ferreira noted Alberta is coming off some historic highs with regards to construction employment.“It’s what we would call a return to a more normal level of activity,” he said. “It basically will bottom out we anticipate in terms of employment by 2019, and then you’re going to see some growth again.”It won’t be until 2021 when residential construction employment levels recover to 2014 levels.As oil sands construction recovers, Ferreira believes up to 2,500 jobs should be restored in the next decade, but there won’t be new investment until about 2024.“We’re probably looking at one of the busiest peak periods, one of the busiest periods frankly the industry has seen in some time, this spring when it comes to shutdown and maintenance work,” he said.He said the real problems start in a couple years, dealing with the anticipated retirement as things pick back up.“We are expecting that the industry will probably over the next ten years, lose about 40,000 workers to retirement,” he said.That means with increased demand, the industry could be 6,000 workers short by 2027.last_img read more


Yemen UN refugee agency voices alarm at increasingly bloody violence

Two Somali refugees, a 14-year-old boy and a young woman, were killed last week during fighting between armed tribesmen and security forces near the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, according to Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Media reports stated that the presidential residence had come under mortar attack today as fighting raged in Sana’a.“We’re also seeing Yemeni families fleeing in the south and renewed displacement to the north,” he said. Dozens of refugee families have fled the al-Hasaba area near Sana’a and UNHCR and partners are encouraging them to move in with relatives and friends until the situation calms down, Mr. Edwards said.The agency has so far provided 150 refugee families with emergency funds to relocate, as well as water and relief supplies. For those without any support, UNHCR is exploring other shelter options such as renting a building for temporary accommodation.The violence has also affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the earlier conflict in Sa’ada in the north, with more than 80 IDP families having fled fighting in al-Hasaba and returned to Sa’ada city and the surrounding areas. UNHCR has managed to locate 43 of the families and is providing relief in the form of shelter and basic supplies.In southern Yemen, ongoing clashes between Government forces and gunmen in Abyan governorate have displaced an estimated 20,000 people. Hundreds of families have fled the city of Zunjubar to the surrounding areas, according to Mr. Edwards.“UNHCR, our partners and local authorities are also helping 982 families hosted in seven schools in Aden city. The majority of IDPs are being hosted in small villages near Zunjubar. Aid agencies are working with the local authorities to assess the situation and provide urgent help to these newly displaced people,” he said.In addition to the new IDPs, the agency has been assisting nearly 200,000 refugees and over 300,000 displaced people in northern Yemen and the escalating conflict is affecting UNHCR’s ability to offer protection and assistance. 3 June 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm over the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, where hundreds of people have died in clashes pitting Government forces against peaceful demonstrators and armed groups seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh. read more


UK encourages Government to deliver on its commitments

Britain has encouraged the Sri Lankan Government to deliver on its commitments to the people of this country and to the international community.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that there remains a lot to do and, as a partner with a firm commitment to working with Sri Lanka, the UK is supporting the rebuilding process as well as encouraging the Government to deliver on its commitments to the people of this country and to the international community. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. The GBP 1,000,000 (US$ 1.3 Million) project will directly support more than 2,500 people returning to their homes in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa Districts. The project will help those returning to their homes in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa districts by supporting livelihood opportunities in fisheries, agriculture and livestock, and facilitating access to local government services. It will also help families to rebuild their lives by promoting entrepreneurship through training in small business management, and by assisting in re-establishing community support structures and local civil society organisations.The Sustainable Resettlement project will prioritise empowering women and youth, promoting diversity and inclusion, and reaching vulnerable and marginalised communities. Under this agreement, UNDP Sri Lanka will work in close collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka to facilitate sustainable return, resettlement and integration of conflict-displaced persons, whilst strengthening institutions for equal and transparent access to services. The overall intended impact is to improve the wellbeing of conflict-affected communities in line with the Sri Lanka Peacebuilding Priority Plan, agreed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN to support long term peacebuilding and reconciliation, and the National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict Affected Displacement. Speaking about this project, UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen stated, “UNDP is pleased to join hands with the UK Government to support families to resettle and reintegrate back into their communities. Through this project and beyond, we remain fully committed to helping build a more inclusive, peaceful, and resilient Sri Lanka, to advance sustainable human development.” (Colombo Gazette) read more


UN health agency launches new panel to fight social causes behind illhealth

The United Nations health agency today launched a new global Commission to tackle the social “causes behind the causes of” ill-health, such as poverty, social exclusion, inappropriate housing, shortcomings in safeguarding early childhood development, unsafe employment conditions and lack of quality health systems. “Social standing plays a big part in whether people will live to be 40 or 80, whether they will be treated for a curable disease, and whether their children survive their fifth birthday,” World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-wook at the official launch in Santiago, Chile, with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos Escobar. “People should not die young because they are poor. This commission will assist countries, no matter how rich or poor, to implement strategies that will help people who are poor and marginalized live longer, healthier lives. This effectively places the needs of the disadvantaged first on the health agenda in the 21st century,” he added. The 17-member Commission on Social Determinants of Health includes leading global experts on health, education, housing and economics. Commissioners will work to recommend the best ways to address health’s social determinants and safeguard the health of poor and marginalized populations, and to break the “poverty equals ill-health” cycle. The core of the Commission’s work will be to identify, evaluate, adapt and distribute effective strategies to address social determinants, with the aim of supporting governments to scale-up action. It will operate for three years. “A great share of health problems is attributable to social conditions, and this is why the poor carry the greatest burden of ill-health,” Commission Chair Michael Marmot, Director of the International Centre for Health and Society at University College London, said. “On a global scale, we must ensure that health policies move beyond exclusively disease-focused solutions and include the social environment. “We will arm policymakers with the best evidence to ensure that poverty does not sentence a person to a shorter, unhealthy life,” he added. Social determinants are a significant reason behind the world’s vast difference in average life expectancy, ranging from 34 years in Sierra Leone, the lowest in the world, to 81.9 in Japan, the highest. Social determinants also account for the majority of health inequalities within countries. In Indonesia, under-five mortality is nearly four times higher in the poorest fifth of the population than in the richest fifth. In England and Wales, the latest data shows a 7.4-year gap in life expectancy between men in professional occupations and men in unskilled manual occupations. read more


Increased USUK crisis funding for Africa could answer millions of prayers –

“Additional funds from the United States for the World Food Programme’s work in Africa will answer the prayers of millions of hungry mothers and children,” said James Morris, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “It comes just in time to avert massive loss of life from hunger, especially in Ethiopia and Eritrea.”This past Tuesday United States President George Bush and United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair called on the international community for increased emergency funding for “people in acute need in many parts of Africa,” with the US specifically pledging approximately $674 million of additional resources, and the UK pledging some $300 million.Before the announcement, the WFP was nearly $1 billion short of its $2 billion target for relief operations in Africa this year. According to the agency, its country directors in Sudan, Burundi and Sierra Leone have faced a “heart-wrenching choice” of cutting either the number of people receiving food relief or the size of the rations.In addition to the dollar increase in aid, Mr. Morris was sanguine about the increased concern over hunger in Africa shown by the US and UK leaders. “They understand how crucial it is to fight hunger if we are to succeed in the other Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty, cutting child and maternal mortality, promoting education for all children, empowering children and combating AIDS,” he said.In his role as special envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for humanitarian needs in southern Africa, Mr. Morris just completed an 11-day tour of the region that included stops in Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, where he saw the deadly inter-relationship of hunger, AIDS, and low government capacity.”People across Africa are telling us they can’t fight HIV on an empty stomach. As more and more people receive antiretroviral treatment, thanks to donations from G-8 countries, we hope that they and their families will have the food they need to stay healthy,” he said. read more


Rightmove apologises after sex for rent advert appears on site

“Rightmove will know this and so should be actively looking for warning signs, not waiting for the public to raise the alarm.” Bad move: the advert offered ‘reduced rent for special favours’ The advert She told The Telegraph: “Rightmove is a site I use myself and is well-respected by most people who would be horrified to think that it was being used like this. It is a huge breach of trust.”A spokesperson for the Rape and Sexual Violence Project said: “There’s no doubt that listings sites like Rightmove ought to be doing more to regulate their adverts. There are exploitative landlords abusing their financial control over people for sexual gain.”This is sexual exploitation, pure and simple. ‘Sex for rent’ is not new, but it does seem to be increasing. However, the company admitted that adverts were moderated after being set live on the site – not before – and that it is up to agents and businesses to ensure their listings comply with the terms.The spokesperson added: “All Rightmove advertisers must ensure their property listings are fully checked before they go live on Rightmove. All businesses are vetted in person before they can become a Rightmove advertiser.”Accommodation service Student Tenant said the advert had been reported to police and removed as soon as they became aware of it.On its website, the company says it offers “a fantastic platform for landlords to advertise their properties, and given students the tools to easily find and book them online.” The advert Rightmove has apologised after a “sex for rent” advert appeared on its website, causing an outcry among charities and MPs.The advertisement was aimed at a female student, and said “reduced rent is available for special favours to be discussed.”The two-bedroom terraced house in Birmingham was priced at £100 per month, and posted by Student Tenant on Rightmove’s site.After widespread outrage that the advertisement has been placed on a seemingly reputable lettings website, Rightmove said it will be reviewing its vetting process.Local MP Jess Phillips, who used to work for a domestic violence charity, said Rightmove needed to tighten its regulations so exploitative prospective landlords could slip through the cracks. A Rightmove spokesperson said: “As soon as we became aware of this property listing we immediately removed it from Rightmove. We’ve spoken with the agent advertising the property who have confirmed that they’re carrying out a full investigation, and we’re carrying out a full review of this agent as this is in breach of Rightmove’s terms.”We’re carrying out a full review of our vetting process. This property listing is clearly unacceptable.” The advert offered "reduced rent for special favours" 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


Facebook launches free WiFi and data calling for US iPhone users

first_imgFacebook has updated its Messenger app, making free calling over WiFi and data connections available for all US iPhone users. In so doing, the social network provides users with another alternative to making phone calls if their regular cellular signal drops, but their data or WiFi connection remains stable. If you already have the Messenger app, you won’t need to update it in order to have the new feature available, as it’ll just be there, as if by magic.In order to call another Messenger user, you simply have to begin or navigate to a conversation with said user, tap the “i” button, then hit the “Free Call” button. Easy peasy.The feature doesn’t let you call anyone, as the calls are made between the two apps and can only access other Facebook users. However, most people have a Facebook account nowadays — whether they actively use it or not — which means that Facebook might have just taken a huge step into the VoIP arena, as an initial install base of “all Facebook users with iPhones” is a ridiculously large market.Currently, there isn’t any word regarding if or when the feature would roll out to other mobile platforms, such as the Android Messenger app, or if it would even roll out to the website. It’s probably a safe bet that these features are either coming soon, or at least in a development phase. We would hope that whenever the feature does roll out to other platforms, it will allow cross-platform calls, which would help make the feature more competitive with other VoIP services, such as Skype.via CNN Moneylast_img read more


The Pan Hellenic spirit shines at games

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pan Hellenic Games of Oceania were concluded yesterday after a three-day sports and cultural celebration that saw scores of young Greek Australian descent on Melbourne. The Games, which were organised by the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) of Oceania and Far East, were heralded as a big success as more than 700 athletes from across the country and New Zealand took part. The Victorian Minister for Sports and Youth, James Merlino said that he felt honoured for being the patron of the Games. “The Games are the biggest multidiscipline sporting event outside Greece involving Greek communities… so it’s a major event and it’s quite fitting that it’s being hosted here in Melbourne,” Mr Merlino underscored. He pointed out that Melbourne has recently been awarded as the best sports city and further argued that Melbourne is the “modern day Olympia of the southern hemisphere.”“These Games really send a very important message not only to young people in terms of healthy active life-styles but also coming together as a community,” Mr Merlino added. The Pan Hellenic Games, he highlighted, are a celebration of sport, of youth and a celebration of Melbourne’s cultural diversity.Mr Merlino recognised the organisers of the event and especially the President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, Stefanos Tamvakis who came to Australian and particularly Melbourne for the Games.The 450 men and 250 women competed in 12 sporting events including football, basketball, swimming, diving, track and field, judo, pankratio, taekwondo, wrestling, water polo and weight lifting. last_img read more


Neuropathie périphérique diabétique sensitive de quoi sagitil

first_imgNeuropathie : périphérique, diabétique, sensitive, de quoi s’agit-il ?La neuropathie désigne un trouble touchant le système nerveux périphérique. On distingue plusieurs types de neuropathie selon la cause ou le nerf touché : neuropathie périphérique, neuropathie diabétique, neuropathie axonale…Définition : qu’est ce que la neuropathie ?La neuropathie, ou neuropathie périphérique, désigne un trouble touchant le système nerveux périphérique. Ce dernier est un vaste réseau de nerfs permettant de relier le système nerveux central (qui comprend l’encéphale et la moelle épinière) au reste du corps. Ce sont ces nerfs périphériques qui véhiculent les informations motrices et sensitives.En cas de neuropathie périphérique, ces nerfs ne fonctionnement plus correctement. La neuropathie peut atteindre un seul nerf ou en endommager plusieurs. Types de neuropathieOn distingue différents types de neuropathie selon la cause ou le nerf touché. – Neuropathie diabétique : C’est une des complications chroniques du diabète les plus fréquentes. L’hyperglycémie (excès de sucre dans le sang) est la principale cause d’apparition de neuropathie diabétique. Un contrôle du taux glycémie est donc indispensable pour prévenir la maladie car plus son équilibre est mauvais, plus les risques sont importants.- Neuropathie sensitive : Elle atteint un neurone sensitif. Elle peut affecter différents types de sensibilité en fonction du nerf touché comme la sensibilité de la douleur, la sensibilité fine ou la sensibilité thermique. – Neuropathie optique : L’affection a lieu sur le nerf optique. Elle peut être responsable d’une perte partielle ou totale de la vision. – Neuropathie axonale : Elle se localise au niveau des axones. Ce sont les prolongations des neurones qui portent le signal électrique, et donc l’information. Elle peut résulter d’une atteinte violente sur le nerf ou faire suite à une maladie.- Neuropathie alcoolique : C’est une complication de l’intoxication alcoolique chronique. Elle est favorisée par une association à une consommation de tabac. – Polyneuropathie : On parle de polyneuropathie en cas d’atteintes multiples de nerfs périphériques.  Symptômes de la neuropathieLes symptômes de la neuropathie périphérique dépendent du nerf atteint. Les premiers signes sont généralement des sensations de brûlure et de picotement au niveau des bras ou des jambes. On constate généralement une perte de force musculaire ainsi que des crampes ou des spasmes. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Ces dégâts nerveux peuvent également causer de nombreuses complications comme une tachycardie, une pression sanguine anormale, des troubles de la respiration, des problèmes sexuels, de la constipation…  Traitement de la neuropathieLa première étape du traitement de la neuropathie périphérique est de traiter la cause des lésions nerveuses. En cas de neuropathie diabétique, contrôler le taux de glycémie peut mener à la guérison. De la même manière, en cas de neuropathie alcoolique, il est impératif d’arrêter de boire de l’alcool et de fumer. Une thérapie physique peut aider à renforcer les muscles des bras ou des jambes. Dans certains cas, une opération chirurgicale est indispensable pour réparer les nerfs périphériques.  Le 19 janvier 2016 à 16:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Confirmed Robert Lewandowski to remain at Bayern Munich

first_imgRobert Lewandowski will remain at Bayern Munich for this season, confirmed manager Niko KovacThe Polish superstar has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Manchester United over the past year with his agent, Mino Raiola, announcing earlier this summer that Lewandowski wishes to leave the Allianz Arena in pursuit of a new challenge.But Bayern have been determined to hold on to their main goalscorer, even though Kovac had conceded that the 29-year-old had expressed an interest in leaving.But the new Bavaria boss has now announced that, after face-to-face talks with Lewandowski last week, that he will remain at Munich for the upcoming season.Kovac told SportBild: “It’s true that Robert and I had a conversation last week.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Robert knows how I think about him and what I think of him. The whole club knows the qualities he owns.“He is certainly among the top three strikers in this position worldwide. We certainly will not give it up.“That’s the statement I gave him. Robert accepted that. I really enjoyed that.”Lewandowski has scored 151 goals in 195 games for Bayern.last_img read more


Arjen Robben says he might retire in June

first_imgArjen Robben recently announced he is leaving Bayern Munich when his contract ends at the end of the season. Now, the Dutchman is considering retiring by June.Arjen Robben, 34, confirmed to Kicker that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. With his 35th birthday coming up in January, he feels like it’s the right choice.“Of course it’s a big step, which you don’t just make in one day,” he told Kicker.“I thought about it a lot, and it feels good that it’s now out, also for the fans and the club.“It was the right point in time.”Robben could make his return to the pitch when Bayern take on Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday. He missed the last couple of games with a thigh injury.Both Bayern and Ajax are already through to the next round, and the German giants only need a draw in Amsterdam to win Group E.Despite scoring two amazing goals two weeks ago when Bayern demolished Benfica 5-1, Arjen Robben says now is the perfect time to leave the club.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The game against Benfica was a nice confirmation that I can play at the highest level.“On the other side, the club wants to change the face of the team, and I want to prepare my future.“I am simply happy and grateful that there is clarity for both parties.”Robben added that he has no plans for when the season ends and is even thinking about leaving the game for good.“That’s not entirely clear, perhaps I will stop playing – it’s about waiting and seeing what possibilities there are,” he said.“If offers come in, I’ll really consider them 100 percent, and if it’s something nice, I’ll play on, but if no ideal offers come, then that could be it.“I have three children, and they also must be happy, so it’s not just about offers from China or places in the desert.“The family plays a very important role in every decision of mine.”last_img read more


ASA NBB Discuss Biodiesel Tax Credit RFS and Other Policy Priorities

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) attended a meeting held by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss policy priorities and strategies.During the governing board meeting, items discussed included enactment of a restructured biodiesel tax credit, upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), legislative challenges to eliminate or reform the RFS, trade issues and increasing levels of imports and legal proceedings relating to RFS implementation.ASA representative and NBB Governing Board member Mike Cunningham (IL) attended the meeting, along with ASA Washington staff and several other soybean farmers who are NBB Governing Board members.The biodiesel tax credit is a primary focus for the industry at this time. The biodiesel tax credit expires again at the end of 2016 and efforts continue to shift from a blender’s to a producer’s credit to address the issue of increasing imports. In addition to the tax credit, the EPA is expected to issue a Proposed Rule later this spring on the volume requirements for the overall Advanced Biofuels category for 2017 and the Biomass-based diesel category for 2018.ASA remains actively engaged on the biodiesel policy priorities and the Washington staff is coordinating with NBB to follow-up on questions and comments received from Congressional offices during the ASA board member Hill visits earlier this month. These meetings have resulted in several commitments from Members of Congress to cosponsor and support the extension and restructuring of the biodiesel tax credit.last_img read more


ICJ verdict Heres all you need to know about Kulbhushan Jadhav case

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:01Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … In picture: Kulbhushan Jadhav.Twitter/Doordarshan NewsThe International Court of Justice will deliver its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, July 17. India has objected to the death sentence given to Jadhav on charges of espionage by a Pakistani military court.Jadhav, who was a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested by Pakistan in March 2016 and was sentenced to death a year later after being labelled a “spy” and “terrorist”. His execution has been restrained by the ICJ till the adjudication of the case.Pakistan has asserted that Jadhav was arrested in a counter-intelligence operation in 2016. He was accused of working with Indian intelligence operators in Balochistan. The disputed region bordering Afghanistan has been known to be the place where India allegedly backs anti-Pakistan militants.Pakistan has argued that Jadhav was conducting “unlawful activities” that were “directed at creating anarchy in Pakistan”, particularly targeting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The ICJ will deliver its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case today India has rejected all the claims and said that Jadhav has no linkages with intelligence agency RAW. The government also claims that he is being targetted for serving in the defence forces and doing business in Iran.Representing India before the ICJ, senior advocate Harish Salve said that the case is “farcical” and Pakistan’s accusations are based on “malicious propaganda”. Indian lawyers have argued that Jadhav’s trial in Pakistan had “hopelessly failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process”.India has also claimed that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention by failing to provide consular access to Jadhav, which is the ability to consult embassy officials of their own country in a foreign nation. Pakistan has countered the claims saying that since Jadhav was an Indian spy who illegally entered Pakistan. They claim that he is not entitled to receive consular access.The ICJ had reserved its verdict in the case after the conclusion of arguments from India and Pakistan on February 22.India-Pakistan relationsAnalysts say that the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is crucial to the future of relations between India and Pakistan. The verdict in Jadhav’s favour will be linked to Pakistan’s sincerity in improving ties with India.Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated in February when both the countries engaged in aggressive military airstrikes following a suicide bomb attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in J&K.last_img read more


Tulip seals big win in UK polls

first_imgTulip Rizwana Siddiq (C)Bangladeshi-origin Tulip Rizwana Siddiq has been re-elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Britain’s snap elections. Tulip, granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and niece of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, received 34,464 votes while her nearest rival Claire Louise Leyland received 18,904 votes.Tulip Siddiq was elected as the Labour Party MP for the first time in 2015 receiving 23,977 votes while her nearest rival conservative party candidate Simon Marcus got 22,839 votes.last_img


CCI struggles to defend itself against Compats rap

first_imgWith Compat coming down heavily on some Competition Commission members for passing an order without being present for hearings, CCI chief Ashok Chawla on Friday said such instances do not result in “great miscarriage of justice”.The comments came against the backdrop of Competition Appellate Tribunal recently saying that two Commission members signing an order without being present for hearing amounts to “flagrant violation of the basics of natural justice”.  “The members look at written submissions which are equally important in addition to the oral submissions. We don’t think there is any great miscarriage of justice but we respect the judgement and we will try to adhere to it more strictly in the future,” Chawla, who is the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI), told reporters here. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHe noted that Compat’s remarks are based on a particular hearing where some CCI members were not present. “But it is also a fact that hearings go over a long period of time. They are not essentially related to one particular day, it is possible that on some day some member may not be present,” Chawla said. Compat had made the observation while passing an order on an appeal filed by All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists against a CCI ruling. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“It deserves to be mentioned that two of the five members who signed the impugned order had joined the Commission after more than 1-1/2 months of the date of hearing. “Therefore, the only possible inference which can be drawn is that they had mechanically signed the order and such an order cannot but be treated as vitiated due to flagrant violation of the basics of natural justice,” Compat had said in its order in April. Meanwhile, on the net neutrality issue, Chawla said it is a policy issue which the telecom regulator is looking into. About alleged cartelisation by airlines in fixing airfares, Chawla said CCI has again started investigating the matter after receiving some fresh complaints. In previous investigations, the regulator had not found anything adverse, he added. Approves acquisition of Birla Textile Mills The Competition Commission has approved the Rs 233-crore deal for the acquisition of Birla Textile Mills (BTM) by Sutlej Textiles and Industries. “The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has communicated to us their approval,” Sutlej Textiles and Industries said in a filing to the BSE. Birla Textile Mills is the textile division of Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals, located at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. “The consideration for purchase of BTM from Chambal works out be Rs 232.63 crore (including net current assets) subject to closing and other adjustments, if any,” Sutlej Textiles and Industries had earlier said.last_img read more


Whats New in the Digital Media Game

first_img 5 min read If you want to keep up to date on the latest developments in digital media, there’s really no better place than the annual Digital Life trade show that takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City each fall. This year’s show featured more than 150 exhibitors with state-of-the-art technology for people who spend as much time in the digital world than they do in the real one.Yes, all the video game people were there, and from the looks of the crowd, just about every 13-year-old boy in the metropolitan New York City area showed up. You could preview “Final Fantasy XII,” the latest installment of the “Final Fantasy” game series (one wonders if, after 12 versions, this will truly be the final “Final Fantasy”), and check out tools for improving the appearance of your “avatar” on MySpace.com or creating more realistic looking aliens for the digital animated movies you’re creating in your basement.All kidding aside, there were some really cool new things being introduced at the show, especially from the smaller businesses who couldn’t afford the prime booth space (which, since this is a small-business column, I focus on whenever I go to a trade show). Here are some of the new products you’ll be reading more about in the coming months:Frustrated with Bluetooth wireless headsets that won’t work with anything but equipment made by the same manufacturer? The Parrot people (http://www.parrot.biz) have come up with Bluetooth headsets that will work with just about any mobile cellphone or smartphone.Hey, all you Baby Boomer geezers out there: Remember Dick Tracy and his “wristphone”? It’s now here–a Bluetooth wireless headset from Blue Voice http://www.bluetoothwatches.comwith a wristband you can wear as a digital watch and talk to your friends at the same time. They come in five designer colors.Want to listen to your iPod in your living room but don’t want to wear the geeky-looking earphones? Soundcast, from Soundcast Systems (www.soundcastsystems.com), makes a cool-looking box that “syncs” wirelessly to your home stereo system. You stick your iPod into this thing and . . . voila! Your MP3 files play on your stereo.Got some old scratchy 32 or 78 r.p.m. records you want to convert to digital format so you can listen to them on your iPod? InstantMusic, from ADS Tech (www.adstech.com), makes a “magic box” that not only converts your beloved old LPs into digital files but edits out the scratches as well.Want to download some really cool artwork and use it to make your own customized greetings cards, T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise for your customers without the hassle of having to negotiate the licensing fees, deal with the printers, etc.? Zazzle (www.zazzle.com) does it all for you. Choose from any of their thousands of licensed images, design your own one-of-a-kind product using their software, pay Zazzle to produce the stuff for you, and there you go! They’ll even put your stuff up for sale on their online store and give you a percentage of whatever they make.Remember that lovable robotic dog from Japan that was a big hit a couple of holiday seasons ago? WowWee Products (www.wowwee.com) has come up with robotic dinosaurs, astronauts and pets-of-no-known-species that can be controlled remotely by a handheld device. It’s the perfect thing to scare the wits out of your kid when he’s hogging the bathroom.Looking for a favorite photo but can’t remember whether it lives on your cellphone, your digital camera or your laptop? Gaviri Technologies (www.gaviri.com) has a local search engine that will wirelessly search all your mobile devices looking for that one elusive thing you really, really need right now.Want to self-publish your own book but don’t want the hassle of dealing with printers, choosing paper stock, etc.? Blurb (www.blurb.com) has software that takes you through the process–editing, layout, cover design–from beginning to end, and then sends your book to one of their authorized printers.You’ve heard of internet radio. Now there’s internet television at www.blip.tv, where you can create your own TV show. You come up with the show idea, shoot the videos, and send them to blip.tv from your computer or cellphone. They post the show, distribute it throughout the internet to blogs, iTunes, Flickr, del.icio.us and more. If anyone wants to advertise on your show, blip.tv splits the ad revenues with you.One last thing. The day after the show, The Wall Street Journal had the following front-page story: “Electrical demand is growing faster in the U.S. than investment in supply, and that could shake the grid’s reliability.” Hmmm . . . I wonder why?Cliff Ennico is a syndicated columnist, author and host of the PBS television series MoneyHunt. His latest book is Small Business Survival Guide (Adams Media). This column is no substitute for legal, tax or financial advice, which can be furnished only by a qualified professional licensed in your state. Copyright 2006 Clifford R. Ennico. Distributed by Creators Syndicate Inc. 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4 Enterprise Apps to Help You Build a Stellar Mobile Strategy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global We live in a technology-driven world, where mobile devices are an essential part of our lives. In the span of just one year (2015-16) the App Store and Play Store recorded 18.5 million app downloads, proving the fact that we are getting increasingly dependent on apps.Related: Why Your Small Business Needs a Mobile AppIt comes as no surprise, then, that enterprises are adopting mobile strategies for their businesses in order to connect better to their target audiences, improve their bottom line and enhance their productivity. Speaking of that, a survey by Apperian found that enterprise apps fueled mobile strategies for several firms.An outstanding mobile strategy involves choosing an app that helps companies reach their goals, streamline their workflow, collaborate easily and securely handle communication and data sharing. Here are some of the top enterprise apps to help you achieve a stellar mobile strategy.Susie by ZuznowOne of the best technologies we have seen in the recent past is the introduction of virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, Alexa and Cortana. Without a doubt, these make our lives easier, especially when we are on the fly and could do with some assistance.Similarly, enterprises can do with some help from speech-recognition software. They can leverage the potential of virtual assistants to solve complexities, enhance efficiencies, reduce operational costs and increase customer engagement. The only drawback they might face is high costs and limited resources, which are required to develop an AI-based software.Enter Susie. This integrated Siri-like plugin for enterprises, developed by AI-based mobile app development platform Zuznow, can be used to create a conversational user interface (UI) for any enterprise mobile app within a few hours. The tool is easy to use, incredibly useful and easily adopted by any enterprise without the need for specialized resources or skills.It’s also a great add-on for enterprises that want to give an extra edge to their existing mobile app and, therefore, enhance their customer-engagements. TunnelBearNeed remote access to internal networks and security assurance? Turn to TunnelBear, which simplifies the process of setting up a virtual private network (VPN) for free.Available for both Android and iOS devices, the app connects you to an independent network that enables you to securely browse the internet, with privacy from hackers, ISPs etc. Even when you are browsing by using wifi hotspots, you can be assured that the data will be encrypted. Also, TunnelBear offers super speedy connections in more than 20-plus countries, so speed issues are nil.The best thing about this app is that businesses can scale it according to their requirements. And that’s not all. The app also offers 500 MB of free data every month to users, which is a great incentive!Related: 5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should UseMoietyCreating customized schedules for the entire workforce becomes simplified with Moiety.This new app on the block is helpful for seamlessly handling a number of schedules at a time. Enterprises can use it to:Create unlimited, customized groups or “crews” and invite people to join.Create custom events, tasks, contacts and locations.Use it without any distracting texts, calls or emails.Get alerts and status updates for each event.Keep calendars private and allow contacts access only to specific events to which they are invited.Apart from all these features, the app offers the biometric/touch ID login option to keep all the information private and safe. It is still the early days for Moiety, but the app can be counted on to add some exceptional features in the future.GSuiteEnterprises have been using Google’s cloud-based services and apps for a long time now. So, it’d be a tad bit unfair to the search engine giant to exclude G Suite from this list.A part of Google’s rebranding efforts, G Suite includes apps that meet a major chunk of your enterprise needs. Divided into four major sections, these are:Communication — Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google+Storage — Google DriveCollaboration — docs, forms, slides, sheets, sitesManagement — Admin, VaultIn essence, G Suite is an apt choice for workplace support.  The free-trial period of 30 days (no software download or credit card usage) makes it a must-try for all enterprises, large and small.Related: 5 Mobile Apps for Modest Business OwnersHaving a mobile strategy that aligns with your firm’s goals and customers’ demands can significantly contribute to your enterprise’s success. If you are new to the field and don’t know how to start, begin with the basics these apps offer. Before you know it, you’ll ace your mobile strategy. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 26, 2016last_img read more


Pampering Ladysmiths lovely ladies

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Lapis Lazuli Health & Beauty Centre owner Sarah Reddy, along with her sister Jerusha, thought of hosting an evening showcasing businesses that need more awareness in our esteemed town.A large crowd of ladies gathered at the Hamilton School Hall on Friday evening to be pampered by this friendly and dynamic team.Different businesses were there to promote themselves, and the ladies were treated to massages, a great Zumba workout and motivational talks.A fashion show put on by Milady’s and Foschini was also a highlight in the well-planned programme.There were many great prizes up for grabs, and every woman walked away with vouchers and a goody bag. The ladies were also treated to free makeup.Supper was served to all who attended, along with refreshments.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more


San Josés Municipal Police increase patrols to remove unlicensed street vendors from

first_imgUnion leaders and a group of street vendors met Tuesday at San José’s Central Park to outline plans for getting permission to keep using the capital’s streets and sidewalks.Alberto Font Related posts:New San José bus terminal for routes to Nicaragua, Nicoya Government has no funds to build road to San Ramón Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’ Porteadores announce more street blockades across Costa Rica next week The meeting was held at the capital’s Central Park, where many vendors continued selling their goods while listening to Zúñiga’s speech.In January 2012 the Sala IV ordered the municipality “to take all necessary measures to clear the capital’s streets and sidewalks of street vendors,” in response to a lawsuit filed by Rafael Ángel Paniagua, a citizen who claimed that street vendors obstruct pedestrian traffic and affect the transit of seniors and people with visual and other disabilities.“Street vendors infringe on the environment, public health and safety of both residents and visitors of the capital,” the court ruling stated.In May, the Sala IV resolved a similar case and ordered the municipality, the Public Security Ministry, the Immigration Administration and the Labor Ministry to take steps to prevent street vendors from blocking traffic in San José. The court also ordered the agencies to take steps to address the social causes of the problem.The court ordered the agencies to present, every six months, a report on all measures implemented to comply with the ruling.Then-mayor of San José and current presidential candidate Johnny Araya said the ruling was “exaggerated, as ordering the municipality to ensure the welfare of the vendors is completely out of [the municipality’s] hands.”On Tuesday, Zúñiga said last October the union sent a proposal to the municipality with a list of possible solutions grouped in a project called the “Rice and beans operation.” The list included 15 proposals that could be implemented mainly during the Christmas period, he added.Among the proposals is the construction of a new market in the capital, as well as small markets in other cantons of San José.Other recommendations included creating “truce zones,” or areas where vendors could use sidewalks and public spaces, allowing special schedules for sales on the capital’s streets, and hosting weekly fairs similar to farmers markets that take place in several locations across the country.The union also asked for permits to sell door-to-door in neighborhoods on the outskirts of San José.Zúñiga acknowledged that many of the proposals were short-term solutions, but they could be “a valid option, especially for this time of the year.”Municipal Police officials, however, said the proposals are not feasible, “as the Sala IV’s rulings are clear and the country’s Penal Code guarantees free transit for people,” Solano said. “The obstacles street vendors cause in streets and on sidewalks are completely outlawed.”Insufficient solutionsFollowing the Sala IV’s 2012 ruling, Araya said the municipality had already implemented solutions for street vendors, but they never accepted them.Araya’s plan involved building markets in downtown San José. But without customers, the vendors abandoned the new markets just a few weeks after their opening.The Paso de la Vaca market and another built in the former facilities of the Civil Registry aimed at removing vendors from the streets, but the idea failed. The only one that remains is located at the Coca-Cola market.Zúñiga said the two markets failed because they were located in high-risk areas with little police presence. Assaults and robberies occurred daily, driving customers away. The director of San José’s Municipal Police, Marcelo Solano, said this week there will be no truce for street vending in Costa Rica’s capital.Solano issued the statement after learning the Union of Street Vendors (SINTRACOPEA) is asking for permission to allow vendors to keep selling on the streets of San José, especially during the holiday season.December traditionally sees the largest number of unlicensed vendors on the streets and sidewalks of Costa Rica’s capital, and the San José Municipality is currently working with other government agencies to remove them, following an order from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV.Municipal Police have been conducting patrols and confiscating merchandise from vendors who do not have a valid permit. Currently only those occupying kiosks on the corners of several street blocks in the capital are authorized.Members of SINTRACOPEA met Tuesday to plan a response to the police actions, including collecting signatures for an appeal at the Sala IV “that would allow them to make a living,” the union’s president, Randall Zúñiga, told The Tico Times.center_img “The government promised to relocate several bus terminals near the markets to increase customers, but it never happened,” the union’s vice president, Rafaela Obregón, said.“For each of us accepting a spot at these new markets, there were two more vendors taking our spots on the streets,” Obregón said. “Municipal officials never were able to control the streets.”Representatives of government agencies appointed by the Sala IV this week presented the new plan to increase security in the capital.Solano said seizures of illegal goods would continue through the holiday season, with the support of the National Police.“We will try our best to comply with the [Sala IV] rulings, despite the fact that we do not have sufficient resources to perform our duties,” Solano said.Last year, Municipal Police conducted some 12,000 seizures of merchandise, but this year’s numbers are expected to be greater.And no new markets will be built anytime soon, Solano added: “There are no funds for that. Besides, two markets were built and they are not using them.” Facebook Comments Kiosks at several corners on the capital are the only ones authorized to sell on the streets.Alberto Fontlast_img read more