Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Japans Nikkei dives as yen rebound discourages investors other Asian stock markets

BANGKOK – Japan’s stock market dived Monday after the yen reversed some of its recent fall against the U.S. dollar. Stocks elsewhere were mixed as investors tried to sort out conflicting indicators about the health of the global economy.The Nikkei 225 shed 3.2 per cent to close at 14,142.65, after its stalwart export sector was hit with wide-ranging losses. The benchmark in Tokyo has been on a tear, rising 36 per cent since the beginning of the year. The yen’s steady fall against other major currencies has been a major market propellant but it reversed some of that decline Monday after reaching 103 to the dollar last week.The yen’s recent weakness has been a byproduct of the economic stimulus policies embraced this year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has embarked on an aggressive campaign to lift consumer prices and encourage borrowing and spending. As part of that effort, Japan’s central bank is flooding its financial system with money, helping reduce the value of the yen.Nissan Motor Corp. dropped 6.8 per cent. Yamaha Motor Co. tumbled 7.9 per cent. Sony Corp. slid 6.3 per cent.In early European trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.7 per cent to 8,365.43. France’s CAC-40 advanced 0.9 per cent to 3,992.02. Markets in Britain and the U.S. were closed for public holidays.Hopes for a global economic recovery were undermined last week when a survey on China’s monthly manufacturing pace showed a bigger-than-expected decline. Less-than-clear indications from the U.S. Federal Reserve on whether it might scale back its aggressive bond-buying program, dubbed quantitative easing or QE, also caused investors to curb their enthusiasm.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng reversed early losses to rise 0.3 per cent to 22,686.05 after pledges by China’s leaders to pursue sustainable growth helped push up alternative energy stocks. China Everbright International jumped 5 per cent. Anton Oilfield Services, which is pursuing shale gas development in China, surged 8.3 per cent.“We have seen a lot of funds buying into shale gas, wind power and environmental protection,” said Jackson Wong, vice-president at Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong. Wong also said that a recovery in mainland Chinese stocks helped the Hang Seng.South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3 per cent to 1,979.97. Benchmarks in mainland China and Taiwan rose. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.5 per cent to 4,959.90. Benchmarks in the Philippines, New Zealand and Indonesia fell.Benchmark oil for July delivery was down 60 cents to $93.54 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 10 cents to $94.15 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday.In currencies, the euro rose to $1.2942 from $1.2934 late Friday in New York. The dollar was at 100.86 yen down from last week’s high of more than 103 yen per dollar.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2013 5:13 am MDT Japan’s Nikkei dives as yen rebound discourages investors, other Asian stock markets mixed read more

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UN chief voices support for arms trade treaty ahead of upcoming conference

“I am confident that Member States will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on this landmark treaty,” the Secretary-General said in a statement.“It is our collective responsibility to put an end to the inadequate regulation of the global trade in conventional weapons – from small arms to tanks to combat aircraft.”The UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which starts on 18 March in New York, brings Member States together to continue negotiations on what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the UN.“I reiterate my support for an Arms Trade Treaty that regulates international transfers of both weapons and ammunition and provides for common standards for exporting States. These standards are important for assessing the risks that transferred weapons are not used to fuel conflict, arm criminals or abet violations of international humanitarian or human rights law,” Mr. Ban said in today’s statement. He added that adoption of the ATT “is the only path to more accountability, openness and transparency in the arms trade.”At the end of 2010, an estimated 27.5 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, while millions more have sought refuge abroad. In many cases, the armed violence that drove them from their homes was fuelled by the widespread availability and misuse of weapons.“A robust ATT will help alleviate the plight of the millions of people affected by conflicts and armed violence and enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandate to promote peace, development and human rights around the world,” Mr. Ban noted. Four weeks of negotiations ended in July of last year without agreement. Disappointed, Mr. Ban described it as a “setback” but also noted that States had reached considerable common ground that can be built on. “Adoption of this treaty will also provide much-needed momentum for wider disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the international community,” he reiterated today. read more

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UK automotive supply chain receives welcome boost with Nissans decision to build

UK automotive suppliers welcome business certainty.28,000 UK automotive supply chain jobs supported by Nissan – from a total of 78,000.Opportunities for growth in the UK supply chain worth £6 billion – Automotive Council.UK skills shortage needs addressing for growth potential to be fully realised.Thousands of jobs in the UK automotive supply chain received a significant boost last week with the announcement by Britain’s second largest car manufacturer that it will build two of its next generation models in Sunderland.28,000 supply chain jobs in the UK are currently supported by Nissan, among a wider 78,000 dependent on all British-based vehicle manufacturers. The announcement that the next generation Qashqai as well as the new X-Trail, currently produced in Japan, will both be made in Sunderland provides certainty and confidence to invest for existing UK-based companies. It should also act as an incentive to companies not operating here already.John Barnett, VP Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Calsonic Kansei, which supplies a variety of automotive components for car manufacturers worldwide, said,We are a key supplier to Nissan in the UK and globally, with 1,400 staff in the North East alone, so the decision to build two new models in Sunderland is excellent news. Today, a significant proportion of the components used to manufacture cars at the plant originate from us. In future, the opportunities are now there for us to win even more business. It means we can look at reshoring some of our own supply chain back to the UK and gives confidence to global suppliers that the UK is still a good place to invest. 1 Growing the automotive supply chain – local vehicle content analysis, Automotive Council UK, September 2015.2 Employers’ Views of the Jobs and Skills Required for the UK Automotive Industry, Automotive Council UK, February 2016.3 Poll of 112 of SMMT’s 220 Automotive Components Section members conducted online by independent polling agency ComRes during May 2016. Respondents ranged from micro companies employing fewer than 10 people to large firms employing more than 250.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The news will also boost supply chain reshoring efforts to the UK, where there is an estimated £6 billion opportunity for component manufacturers as British-based vehicle makers increasingly look closer to home to pursue manufacturing efficiencies. Billions of pounds have already been invested in domestic supply chain networks to fulfil just-in-time production needs and cut the cost of logistics. This trend is having an impact, with the content of British-built cars rising from 36% to 41% over the past five years with the potential to reach 50% in the near future.1However, the sheer rate of the industry’s recent growth has resulted in a skills shortage, and for success to continue this needs to be addressed. According to the Automotive Council up to 5,000 vacancies exist in UK automotive manufacturing, which have a significant impact on business operations.2 Two in five (41%) respondents to a recent SMMT supply chain member survey said that the availability of skilled workers, apprentices and graduates could impede their company’s growth over  the next three years.3 A worker at a UK automotive component supplier. British-based based suppliers have welcomed news of continued investment into vehicle manufacturing in the UK. Mike Matthews, Managing Director of Stockton-on-Tees-based Nifco, a plastic component supplier to major automotive manufacturers, said, This news sends a strong message that the UK is an attractive investment choice for all vehicle manufacturers. Though we supply many leading brands, 25% of our total sales go to Nissan and the decision to invest in Sunderland safeguards our 650 employees. It is exciting that the new X-Trail will be manufactured here as this presents new opportunities for us to win work supplying components to make it – I am delighted. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Nissan’s announcement is good news for the UK Automotive and supply chain jobs, confirming Britain as a leader in automotive production, with the comments made last week by the Secretary of State and Prime Minister also greatly encouraging. It is important Government makes it a priority to safeguard the competitiveness of this important sector as we leave the EU. This means maintaining a competitive business environment, ensuring talent can be recruited from abroad and securing the benefits we currently enjoy in the single market – including tariff free trade unhindered by any customs bureaucracy. read more

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Brocks new associate university librarian coming home to Niagara

Brock University Library is set to welcome a new associate university librarian to the team.Originally from St. Catharines, Nicole Nolan has spent the past decade at Western University Libraries, where she played an instrumental role in organizational development.“Nicole brings such a wealth of experience having worked for many years in academic libraries and in library leadership,” Brock Librarian Mark Robertson said. “Brock Library is fortunate to attract such a forward-thinking and experienced librarian for this role.”Nolan comes to Brock from serving as research and instructional services librarian in the C.B. Johnston Business Library at Western. She has served in a number of administrative roles at Western including as acting assistant university librarian from 2013-2016 and acting director of the Business Library from 2011-2012. More recently, she was a co-lead on the Libraries’ Workforce Analysis Planning Initiative, and a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Team.“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work as an associate university librarian at Brock University,” said Nolan, a Western alumna with an academic background in Organizational Behaviour. “It is a really exciting time in academic libraries, and I am looking forward to being a part of the library community at Brock as we navigate new technologies, publishing models, scholarly communication platforms, and library services.“I’m happy to be moving to the Niagara Region with my family. I have roots in this community and am delighted to be back,” she said.Robertson extended his thanks to associate university librarian advisory committee members Ian Gibson, Evelyn Smith, Elizabeth Yates and Jonathan Younker, and to Patricia Mosca from Human Resources for facilitating the search process, as well as Laura Birkett for assisting with candidates’ visits.Nolan begins her tenure at Brock on Oct. 9. read more

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Over 1B approved for Legal Affairs Ministry

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver $100M in supplementary funding approved for SARA under Legal AffairsAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Govt breached FMAA in appropriating funds for SARA- EdghillAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Attorney General pleads guilty to unapproved spending, says it was ‘mistake’December 14, 2016In “latest news” – Gov’t forced to defend increased allocations A scrutiny of the government’s fourth budget, in particular allocations for the Ministry of Legal Affairs, shows that the bureaucracy has gotten more expensive with each passing year. It is a fact that the parliamentary Opposition criticized on Tuesday, as government defended the increases on the grounds of more programmes…and rent.During the examination of the 2018 budget estimates, the Legal Affairs Ministry came under intense scrutiny. Attorney General Basil Williams was forced to defend the increase of certain provisions when compared to expenses under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government.When the National Assembly came to programme 523, which is the Attorney General’s  chambers, the parliamentary Opposition also probed the details of contract employees under line item 6116. Line item 6241 was also probed, with former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noting that there has been a progressive increase in the provisions for rental over the years.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and current AG Basil WilliamsFor budget 2017, the sum allocated for rental of buildings was $5M. This was subsequently revised upwards to $8.4M. In light of the fact that by 2018 this had increased to a sum of $10.2M, Nandlall called for the Minister to explain.Williams admitted that the monies were for a Robb Street premises that would house the Law Reform Commission. After some back and forth between Nandlall and his successor, Williams finally clarified that the building was being rented for $850,000 per month, for a period of 12 months. There were also provisions for operationalising the Justice Improvement Programme.The allocation of $305M under the line item ‘other’ was also confronted by Nandlall, who noted the ambiguous nature of the item. According to Williams, the cost relates to paying the legal fees of law students at the Hugh Wooding Law School, expenses for holding consultations for Legal Affairs Ministry and costs associated with Guyana currently holding the chair of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).“There’s no discrimination in relation to the students in the Hugh Wooding Law School. Because of the hardships that exist for students who study in Trinidad, the government has decided to contribute some part of their (fees).”“That is the $18M and that is shared by all the students who graduated… the 25 students. Both the first and second year. So it means then that if you graduated this year, the 25 that were identified would benefit. If someone came out of the programme and are reentering it, they would not benefit because it would be more than 25(grandaunts),” Williams explained.Williams also explained that monies were allocated to pay for overseas lawyers and special prosecutors. Williams also revealed that $50M would be put aside for overseas lawyers. With regards to special prosecutors, Williams said that funding for this classification could be between $40 and $50M.With regards to the team of Ministerial Advisors, Williams emphasized that members get a small stipend of $20,000, while the Chairman will be getting $25,000.The Justice Reform programme, which was catered for under the Capital Expenditure component of the Ministry, was also probed by the former Attorney General. Williams explained that the issue of pretrial detention is addressed. He noted that the provisions include those for a pilot Legal Aid programme. Reminded that a legal aid programme already exists, Williams reiterated that the government is launching a new one.After much scrutiny, the over $1B in budgeted estimates for the Legal Affairs Ministry, was passed by the National Assembly. This includes $867M for current expenditures and $200M for capital. (Jarryl Bryan) read more

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Lastday uncertainty for three teams in Group C

← Previous Story “We’re ready to come back to the top”, says Nikola Karabatić Next Story → Omeyer is back in the game: “I am ready and hungry” aarhuschampionship handballDenmark HandballEHF EURO 2014handballresultssports handball Last Preliminary Round matches to be player the EHF Euro 2014 today, with Group C – labeled one of the strongest, prior to beginning of the championship, staying true to it’s predictions.The NRGi Arena in Aarhus saw anunexpected turn of events, as the slight underdog, Russia beat Serbia on Wednesday to find themselves within a chance of reaching the Main Round.Poland vs RussiaRussia will hope for good performances from Evdokimov and Igoropulo(sporting 7 and 6 goals, respectively) today, as well as Poliakov who emerged as a leading scorer with 8, with one point being sufficient for them to take two points into the Main Round.Poland’s ‘White and Reds’ are without any points from two matches in the Championship, but they will have a chance to earn the most valuable two so far,in a direct duel to battle-out the Main Round berth.The experienced Polish team will have to do all they can to secure the victory, and still be uncertain for their place under the sun of the Main Round, hoping for France to defeat Serbia. ‘Polish Eagles’are led by the ever-present SlawomirSzmal on goal, with their attack boasting intimidating firepower, such as that provided by MariuszJurkiewicz (8), their best scorer on the Euro so far.Serbia vs FranceSerbian team will wake up today feeling well hard done by, as they will have to get something from the match against convincing France to keep their hopes alive. With France the only straightforward participant, this will be a decisive day for no less than three teams in based Aarhus.With as much as six active scenarios on how this Championship could unfold, Serbia will have to hope their goalkeeper Stanić has ‘one of his days’ to increase their chances against high-scoring France. Marko Vujin (scoring 9 goals so far) will be no different, as THW Kiel’s right-back will have to go from strength to strength followed by the likes of Nenadić and Ilić, to improve the lacking attacking presence forfor his team today, when they throw everything they have on the Olympic champions.France have shown an incredible variety so far, with Karabatić, Nyokas and Guigou netting 14, 11 and 10 goals respectively, with Anić showing he can also be a match winner in a team of stars such as the above-mentioned Karabatić and Narcisse. With Dumoulin boasting 26 saves so far, thriving in absence ofOmeyer, who is still to play his first match of the EHF Euro 2014, France will have no real weakness in their team, as Serbia will be looking to avoid the ignominy of going home the Preliminary Round.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com read more

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Robot uses 32 actuators and custom C code to dance to Gangnam

first_imgWith more than 500 million views on YouTube, Gangnam Style has earned itself a permanent spot in viral video history. In three short months it became one of the top five most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Add in the many other identical videos of the same song and you’ll probably eventually hit one billion views.Of course this means one thing and one thing only — the flood of copycats, imitations, and parodies is inevitable. It takes something especially quirky or fascinating to really draw the attention of the online video-watching public in the vast sea of videos trying to grab onto some of that Gangnam Style gold.And sometimes a human just isn’t up to the task. Enter CHARLI-2, a robot who apparently is also unable to resist the urge to get up and dance when it hears the recognizable Korean pop beat. Complete with cowboy-style lassoing and galloping gyrations, the humanoid contraption mimics the dance moves with perfect precision.The history of musically-inclined robots is surprisingly vast and varied. Creations that could give CHARLI-2 a run for its money are things like the intoxicatingly viral breakdancing robot and the very well-balanced dancing bot Sacros. Then of course there was the Creepy singing robot.When he isn’t getting his groove on, CHARLI-2 actually has designs on a more important task. Built by Virginia Tech scientists, the robot could soon be working on board Navy ships as an automated assistant to extinguish fires and respond to other emergency alerts. There’s nothing wrong with gaining a little fame before that, though.last_img read more

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Trois nouveaux smartphones Nokia

first_imgTrois nouveaux smartphones Nokia ?Ce ne sont pas un mais trois nouveaux modèles de smartphones de la marque finlandaise qui entretiennent les rumeurs sur le Web.Nokia pourrait bien frapper un grand coup prochainement. En effet, Internet relaye des rumeurs sur trois nouveaux modèles de la marque finlandaise. Le Nokia SeaRay, le premier de la gamme à être équipé de Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, serait doté d’un écran tactile AMOLED 3,7 pouces, d’un capteur 8 megapixels (auto-focus), de 16 GB de mémoire interne, d’un processeur cadencé à 1,4 GHz ou encore d’une batterie 1540 mAh.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Toujours sous Mango, le Nokia Sabre serait de son côté doté d’une coque arrière interchangeable, de SkyDrive (25 Go offerts ?), d’un écran tactile LCD 3,7 pouces, de 8 GB de mémoire interne, d’un capteur 5 megapixels (auto-focus) ainsi que d’un processeur cadencé à 1,4 GHz. Enfin, l’énigmatique Nokia Ace serait lui équipé d’un écran AMOLED 4,3 pouces, d’une batterie 1800 mAh, d’un capteur 8 megapixels, d’un processeur cadencé à 1,4 GHz ainsi que de 16 GB de mémoire interne, le tout, encore une fois, sous OS Mango. Normal quand on se souvient de l’accord Microsoft-Nokia conclu avant l’été. La grande offensive a donc, semble-t-il, commencé…Début des hostilités : le 26 et le 27 octobre prochain pour le Nokia World (lien non disponible).Le 3 octobre 2011 à 13:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Japon alerte au tsunami après un violent séisme de 73

first_imgJapon : alerte au tsunami après un violent séisme de 7,3Vendredi, à 18H18 heure locale, un violent séisme de magnitude 7,3 s’est déclenché au large du nord-est du Japon. Une alerte au tsunami a été émise pour la préfecture de Miyagi.La côte nord-est du Japon est en état d’alerte, suite à un violent séisme qui s’est déclenché vendredi en fin d’après-midi, à 18H18 heure locale. De magnitude 7,3, la secousse a été largement ressentie dans une vaste région comprenant la ville de Tokyo où des bâtiments ont fortement vacillé. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Face à la puissance du phénomène, une alerte au tsunami a ainsi rapidement été lancée. Selon l’agence météorologique japonaise, une vague pouvant aller jusqu’à un mètre pourrait se former et toucher la préfecture de Miyagi. D’après les données de l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS), l’épicentre du séisme est situé au large du Japon, à 245 kilomètres au sud-est de la ville de Kamaishi et à 462 kilomètres de Tokyo. Sa profondeur est de 36,1 kilomètres.Bien que le séisme ait été largement ressenti, aucun dégât, ni victime n’ont pour l’heure été recensé. Les autorités ont toutefois alerté les personnes résidant sur la côte de rester vigilant et de surveiller le large. La préfecture de Miyagi est l’une des zones touchées par le catastrophique séisme de magnitude 9 survenu en mars 2011. Le 7 décembre 2012 à 09:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mourinho always believed in me Luke Shaw

first_imgThe Manchester United defender has performed very well recently and he is thankful that his manager never lost confidence in himFor Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, his manager Jose Mourinho has been very patient.The 23-year-old defender is developing into a great player, but he thanks his boss because of this.“He put his trust in me at the start of the season. I think at times if he didn’t trust me it would’ve been easy for him to say he wanted to sell me,” Shaw told Goal.“I think he always believed in me and I always believed in myself and just needed to get back to what I needed to do. He’s played a big part but I’ve done a lot too to get back into his team and earn his trust back.”“It’s been a tough two years but mentally it’s made me stronger and made me want to prove to him that I can do what sometimes in the last couple of seasons he said I couldn’t,” he said.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’m feeling positive and feeling good and focused on what’s to come.”“I think at times he got frustrated with me because he knew I could do better. Maybe he was right but I don’t want to keep focusing on that,” he added.“We had a chat before the season and he said he wanted me to stay. That motivated me a lot and obviously, I’ve come back and played games in pre-season and got my fitness fully and everything is good.”Shaw has been with the Red Devils since 2014 when he was transferred from Southampton.He has only managed to appear in 47 occasions for the team, scoring his only professional goal with United.last_img read more

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FLOW Assists With Communication Services To Residents PostHurricane Irma

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Scores of residents have lined up at the FLOW office in Providenciales to take advantage of the free internet and electricity services that the telecommunications company has been providing to residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Darron Hilaire, Marketing Manager at FLOW TCI said, “Persons have literally been camping out here for the past two nights and we opened our doors for the first time today from 9-1 to assist customers, just providing wifi hotspots, charging hubs as well as top-UP, credit and data activation. We’ve seen an increase in customers actually changing their sims from the other provider and coming over to our network.”Mr. Hilaire also stated that services are now up in Kew, North Caicos, so persons can be contacted there. FLOW is also looking to restore services in South Caicos and Grand Turk which have both had State of Emergencies declared due to hurricane damages. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Cops foil Opposition rally to Secretariat

first_imgHyderabad: Intensifying their protest against the State government’s plan of building a new Secretariat and Assembly, the opposition parties on Thursday organised a dharna and tried to take out a rally to Secretriat which was foiled by the police. Police took the agitating leaders into preventive custody and released all of them after few hours. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Earlier, politicians and activists held a protest meeting at Dharna Chowk, Indira Park. Addressing the meeting, TJS chief Prof Kodandaram emphasized on upping the ante on this issue by involving people from all sections. Public money should be spent on the needs of people and not for luxurious purposes, he said. Senior BJP leader D K Aruna lashed out at CM K Chandrashekar Rao for his unilateral decision to demolish Secretariat buildings. She warned that opposition parties would not relent until the government withdraws its plans which would only lead to waste of public money. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us T TDP president L Ramana felt that demolishing structurally strong buildings to construct new ones was nothing but waste of public money. He felt there was some conspiracy going on to demolish heritage structures in the name of new constructions. Another senior leader Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy said that the government was not in a position to answer questions raised by the High Court on this issue. Advertise With Us BJP senior leader Chintala Ramachandra Reddy warned the government that opposition’s fight was not yet over, but it’s just the beginning. Former MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy asked the government to come clean on new Secretariat plans and explain on whose insistence they took the decision. TPCC spokesperson Addanki ­Dayakar lamented that there was no chance to hold even democratic protests in the new Telangana State, because of autocratic rule of the TRS government. G Vivek, who conducted the protest felt that KCR’s plan was to print his name on all things in Telangana and hence he was taking such decisions without involving anyone. He informed that the Union Home Minister was made aware of this issue and was asked to intervene as the rights of Secretariat and Assembly buildings are with the Governor under Section 8. After the dharna, leaders tried to hold a march from Indira Park to Secretariat but police prevented them. Vivek, Ramachandra Reddy and 30 others were shifted to Musheerabad police station.last_img read more

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Lightning kills 2 in Sunamganj

first_imgTwo farmers were killed in separate lightning strikes in Chhatak and Jagannath upazilas of Sunamganj district on Tuesday.The deceased were Abdur Rahim, 55, hailing from Kharai village of Chhatak upazila, and Jamir Ali, 45, of Subidpur village in Jagannathpur upazila.Locals said Rahim was hit by a thunderbolt around 9:00am while fishing in a haor and died on the spot.On the other hand, lightning struck Jamir at the same time while he was working by his house, leaving him dead on the spot, said Raniganj union parishad chairman Shahidul Islam.last_img read more

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UPDATE FX Cuts Ties With Louis CK Ending 4 TV Shows

first_imgTwitter User @variety ___ 5 a.m.Jenny McCarthy says actor Steven Seagal sexually harassed her during an audition in 1995.The former Playboy model recounted her encounter with Seagal during a tryout for “Under Siege 2” on her Sirius XM radio show Thursday.She says she was alone in the room with Seagal when he asked her to sit next to him on a couch. After she declined, she says Seagal asked her to take her clothes off even though the part required no nudity. McCarthy says she walked out of the audition, but Seagal followed her and warned her not to talk to anyone about the encounter.McCarthy told the same story to Movieline in 1998.A representative for Seagal didn’t immediately return a request for comment Friday, but a Seagal spokesman has denied the McCarthy’s accusations to The Daily Beast.___ 10 p.m. The Los Angeles Police Department says it is no longer investigating a sexual assault report filed by actor Corey Feldman. The LAPD said in a statement Thursday that the events were so long ago that the statute of limitations has expired on Feldman’s allegations and detectives have no further avenues to pursue. The 46-year-old appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” last week to say he was sexually assaulted as a child actor and witnessed sexual abuse of other young performers. Feldman said in a lengthy online post Wednesday that he is grateful to the women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein because the story has resurrected interest in Feldman’s own reports of abuse. A spokeswoman for Feldman did not immediately respond to a request seeking further comment. ___ 8:30 p.m. The nonprofit advocacy group Women in Film is launching a help line for sexual harassment victims in the entertainment industry. The group said Thursday that the help line will serve as a crisis center and centralized information source for anyone seeking help. It is expected to be operational by Dec. 1. There will also be a pro-bono legal aid panel of specialized attorneys to help advise victims. Women in Film Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer says their phones have been ringing off the hook since the sexual harassment stories began to break. Schaffer says victims who call express feelings of isolation and fear of retaliation and potential legal costs of coming forward. ___ 8:05 p.m. A former writer on “Mad Men” tells the website The Information that series creator Matthew Weiner harassed her at work. The allegation by Kater Gordon was reported Thursday, and denied in a statement released by Weiner’s publicist. The statement says Weiner does not remember making the comment to Gordon and it does not reflect a comment he would say to a colleague. Gordon couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. She told The Information that the alleged incident occurred when she and Weiner were working late one night at the office. She claimed that he told her she “owed it to him to let him see me naked,” the website reported. Gordon said she “froze,” tried to brush it off and continued working. She started as a staff writer on the AMC drama before becoming a writers’ assistant, and then shared a writing Emmy in 2009 with Weiner for an episode of the show. Gordon said she was let go from the series a year after the alleged incident and lost her passion for writing. ___ 7:45 p.m. FX Networks, which airs several shows created or starring Louis C.K., says it has received no complaints of harassment about the comedian but is reviewing its relationship with him. The statement issued Thursday evening says the network is troubled by allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the comedian in a New York Times story. The statement says FX will take all appropriate measures to protect its employees. The network has produced five shows over the last eight years with C.K., including his comedy “Louie” and the current series “Baskets” and “Better Things.” He is also developing another series for FX called “The Cops” in which he’s set to star opposite Albert Brooks. ___ 7:15 p.m. HBO says Louis C.K. will not appear on its upcoming autism benefit show “Night of Too Many Stars.” The cable network also says it is removing all of C.K.’s past projects from its on demand services. The move came hours after The New York Times detailed five women’s allegations of sexual misconduct by the comedian. A representative for C.K. had no immediate comment on the allegations. The small distribution company that is handling the release of Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” said Thursday that it is reviewing the situation and giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film. ___ 6:55 p.m. Los Angeles prosecutors say they’ve launched a task force to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. District Attorney Jackie Lacey says in a statement Thursday that the task force will include specially trained prosecutors who will evaluate cases once they are referred to the district attorney’s office for prosecution. She says the task force is comprised of veteran sex crimes prosecutors who will review cases as they come in. But Lacey says so far there have been no cases sent to the DA’s office for criminal charges. Lacey said earlier Thursday that her office was in touch with Los Angeles police and police in Beverly Hills as they investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing against Harvey Weinstein. She declined to comment further on the status of the investigations. ___ 6 p.m. The Television Academy says it stands by women making allegations of sexual misconduct, though it is not commenting specifically about allegations against Louis C.K. In a statement Thursday after a New York Times report in which several women accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct, the academy says that all television professionals deserve to be “treated with dignity and respect, free of predatory harassment.” C.K., the Emmy-winning star of FX’s “Louie,” is among the latest Hollywood figures to be accused of misconduct in a wave that began when dozens of sexual harassment allegations were reported last month against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. ___ 4:15 p.m. The small distribution company that is handling the release of Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You Daddy” says that it is reviewing the situation and giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film. The Orchard released a statement Thursday after a New York Times story reported the accounts of five women alleging sexual misconduct from C.K. The film had been set for a limited theatrical release on Nov. 17. The statement also said there is never a place for the behavior detailed in the allegations. Earlier in the day, the company canceled the New York premiere of the film. The Orchard acquired C.K.’s film at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year for $5 million. In the film, C.K. plays a successful TV producer whose 17-year-old daughter begins a relationship with an older director. It spawns a kind of crisis for C.K.’s character, who has his own issues with how he treats women. ___ 3:00 p.m. The New York Times has published a story about Louis C.K. in which several women accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of them. A publicist for C.K. did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Another publicist told the Times the comedian would not respond to their reporting. Five women — including comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov and Rebecca Corry — allege C.K. either masturbated in front of them, asked to do so or did so over the phone. The Emmy-winning star of FX’s “Louie” is known for his candid, warts-and-all personal humor, which also involves bodily fluids and sex. ___ 1:15 p.m. The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been canceled amid swirling controversy over the film and the comedian. The distribution company The Orchard said in a statement that the Thursday cancellation was “due to unexpected circumstances.” C.K.’s scheduled Friday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” also has been scrapped. The Woody Allen-esque film tells the story of a successful TV writer-producer that attempts to stop his 17-year-old daughter’s growing admiration and relationship with a 68-year-old filmmaker. Allegations of questionable sexual behavior have long dogged C.K and he said this summer that he and co-writer Vernon Chatman wanted to make a movie about beloved artists who are trailed by murmurs of scandal. ___ 10:15 a.m. Director Alfonso Arau is dismissing Debra Messing’s charge that he demeaned her on the set of her first film, “A Walk in the Clouds.” He accused the “Will & Grace” star of “following fashion” with her accusation but that it had “nothing to do with reality.” He added that she owed him her career because he picked her from “many, many” actresses. Messing spoke up in February about her experience on the movie, a romance released in 1995 co-starring Keanu Reeves. She had said that Arau and producers had surprised her with a nude scene that she hadn’t agreed to in advance. When she complained, she says he told her, “Your job is to get naked and to say the lines. That’s it.” Arau spoke Wednesday at the premiere of Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.” The 85-year-old actor and director voices the character of Papa Julio in the film. ___ 7:30 a.m. “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper is denying allegations that he forced himself on a costume designer in 1992. Designer Susan Bertram told The Hollywood Reporter that Knepper sexually assaulted her while filming “Gas Food Lodging.” She alleges he grabbed her and pushed her against a wall in the actor’s trailer. She says she managed to escape. Knepper responded to Bertram’s allegations on Instagram, saying “I am shocked and devastated to be falsely accused of violence against a woman. That’s just not who I am.” Knepper is the among the latest Hollywood figures to be accused of misconduct in a wave that began when dozens of sexual harassment allegations were reported last month against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. ___ 2:30 a.m. Kevin Spacey is getting cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters. People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly say Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. According to the report, all of Spacey scenes will be reshot. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate. Scott is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date. The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey. Spacey has also been fired from “House of Cards.” Share The Latest on sexual harassment and abuse allegations against men in the entertainment and media industries (all times local):Photo via Twitter Christine 💋 @USAloveGODThe New York premiere Thursday of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been cancelled amid swirling controversy over the film and the comedian.4:50 p.m.The financial fallout to Louis C.K.’s acknowledgement of sexual misconduct has begun, with FX Networks and FX Productions announcing they will cut ties to the comedian, stripping his title as executive producer and taking away any compensation for the four projects they were working with him on.In a statement, FX Productions says it will cancel a deal it had with C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton. The four projects in the works were “Better Things,” ”Baskets,” ”One Mississippi” and “The Cops.”FX Networks and FX Productions say C.K. was a “professional” partner over the past eight years but “now is not the time for him to make television shows.”The announcement came hours after C.K. said recent allegations of sexual misconduct are true and he released a statement expressing remorse about using his power “irresponsibly.”___3 p.m.Photo via Twitter Peter Davis‏Verified account @PeterDavisNYCAnthony Edwards said he was molested by Gary Goddard when he was 12.“ER’ actor Anthony Edwards has revealed that he was molested as a child by a director and producer, staying quiet because of emotional manipulation.The actor accused Gary Goddard of molesting him when he was 12 years old. He alleges a friend was raped by the older man but he and his friends remained silent about the abuse. Alan Grodin, a lawyer for Goddard, said Goddard has been out of the country and “and will have a response shortly.”In the post Friday on Medium, Edwards said he’s been in therapy for years over the assault and confronted Goddard over it 22 years ago at an airport, in which “he swore to his remorse.”Edwards urged society to break the stigma of childhood sexual abuse and hopes the abused with stand up and tell their stories. He added: “My abuse may always be with me, but it does not own me.”___2:45 p.m.Ellen Page says director Brett Ratner outed her in front of “X-Men” cast and crew when she was a sexually unsure 18-year-old, leaving her feeling violated and ashamed.In a Facebook post Friday, Page said Ratner used a pre-production meeting for the 2006 film “X-Men: The Last Stand” to make the comment she called “horrific.”According to Page, she was standing next to a woman 10 years her senior when Ratner pointed to Page and told the other woman, “You should (expletive) her to make her realize she’s gay.”“He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” wrote Page. The “Juno” star came out publicly in 2014.Page, who started acting as a child, recounted being harassed or assaulted as an underage teen by other people in the industry whom she didn’t identify.She’s worked with many “honorable and respectful collaborators,” Page wrote, but called misbehavior in the industry “ubiquitous.”The flood of accusations by others who have been abused represents a “long awaited reckoning,” she said.An attorney for Ratner, who has been accused by at least six women of sexual harassment, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.___Twitter via @ABCWorldNews1:30 p.m.Comedian Louis C.K. says recent allegations of sexual misconduct are true and it expresses remorse in a statement in which he admitted using his power “irresponsibly.”The comedian issued a statement Friday saying the sexual misconduct claim by five women against him “are true” and he “can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them.”He apologized to the cast and crew of several projects he’s been working on, his family, children and friends, his manager and the FX network.The 438-word statement ends with the comedian vowing to stop talking and leave the spotlight, stating “I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”___1:25 p.m.A freelance writer has accused Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner of sexual harassment, saying Wenner offered a writing contract to the man if he spent the night at the publisher’s Manhattan townhouse.Wenner says in a statement that he did attempt to have a sexual liaison with Ben Ryan, who was 27 at the time of the incident in 2005. But Wenner denied offering a writing contract for sex and said that another one of his magazines, Men’s Journal, published a piece he had earlier assigned Ryan.Ryan told BuzzFeed about the incident. Ryan said it didn’t necessarily surprise him that after fixing a drink, Wenner kissed him. Ryan said, “I went along for a second but then said something to the effect of, ‘oh, please, I’m not that kind of girl.’”Wenner said he “respected” that Ryan turned him down. He said, “I had no intention of making him feel uncomfortable.”___11:35 a.m.Netflix has scrapped plans for an upcoming Louis C.K. stand up special in light of five women’s allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian.The streaming service says it finds the allegations in the story published in the New York Times on Thursday “disturbing.”Netflix on Friday cited “unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues” as the reason for not producing the special. It would have been the network’s second stand up special with C.K.Numerous projects have been shelved due to the accusations, including release of C.K.’s feature film “I Love You, Daddy,” and HBO has removed his work from its on demand video streaming service.C.K. has not commented publicly on the allegations.___11:10 a.m. Actor Jeremy Piven has responded to another allegation of sexual misconduct against him by saying he hopes the string sexual harassment allegations sweeping Hollywood will lead to “a constructive dialogue on these issues.”Piven made the statement on Twitter while denying an accusation made against him from an advertising executive. Tiffany Bacon Scourby tells People magazine Piven held her down while he performed a sex act at a hotel 14 years ago. She says she came forward to back up the claims of two other women who accused Piven of sexual misconduct.Piven says that accusations against him “are absolutely false and completely fabricated” and added “continuing to tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level.”___10 a.m.Indie distributor The Orchards says Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” will not be released, following a report on sexual misconduct by the comedian.The film was set for release on Nov. 17. The film’s New York premiere was also canceled on Thursday.The Friday announcement came after The New York Times on Thursday reported that C.K. has masturbated in front of five women comedians and actresses.C.K. has not responded to the allegations.___9:45 a.m.The BBC says it is pulling a new Agatha Christie adaptation from its television schedule because of sexual assault allegations against actor Ed Westwick.Westwick appears in mystery thriller “Ordeal by Innocence,” which had been due to run over the Christmas period.The BBC said Friday that “these are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied. The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ in the schedules.”The broadcaster said Westwick has also paused filming on the 1980s-set sitcom “White Gold.”Police in Los Angeles said Thursday they are investigating a sexual assault report filed against former “Gossip Girl” star Westwick.In a Facebook post on Monday, actress Kristina Cohen said that Westwick sexually assaulted her three years ago. Westwick has denied the allegation. A second actress, Aurelie Wynn, also accused Westwick of sexually assaulting her in a Facebook post on Thursday.___5:30 a.m.Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning team, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Nov. 14.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.___last_img read more

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UNCF Releases Report on Black Youths Perception of College

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOn April 26, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) released a report, “A Seat at the Table: African American Youth’s Perceptions of K-12 Education.” The philanthropic organization dedicated to the advocacy and growth of private historically Black colleges and universities released the report at an education summit at its headquarters in the District of Columbia. Dr. Michael Lomax, the president and CEO of the UNCF, said the voice of Black students is more critical than ever.“Before and shortly after World War II, a college education was nice to have but it was not a necessity,” he said. “Today, in the 21st century, our students are competing in a knowledge economy and they are charged with continuing to learn. Our challenge as HBCUs is how do we attract, retain and graduate our students from our colleges. In the past, we have heard the voices of parents, teachers and adult school leaders and now we must listen to the students.”Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the UNCF, says the voice of Black students is more critical than ever. (Courtesy Photo)The report says 66 percent of the Black youth surveyed indicated success in school was a priority most significant to them and 57 percent said the high cost of higher education was a significant barrier to enrolling in and completing college. One in five said they didn’t understand how to pay for college at all.Seventy percent surveyed said there was an adult in their lives who followed their progress and cared about their success. Some have had behavior issues in school and in society with 36 percent saying they have received an out-of-school suspension, 16 percent arrested by the police, and 8 percent were expelled at some point during high school.The author of the report was Dr. Meredith Anderson, who said Black students need to have a better understanding of the college atmosphere and high schools can play a role in doing that. Dr. Rodney Smothers,  president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., said only 18 percent of student teachers in the country are people of color and of those, only 2 percent are Black males, which he said was “a real problem.”“Black male teachers are in high demand now,” he said. “It is quite possible that large numbers of Black males have gone through the education system without ever having a Black male teacher in the classroom.”Dr. Joseph Davis is the superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant Mo., school system. Davis said credit should be given to Black students who are doing the right things. “We have brilliant Black kids who are doing what they are supposed to but we don’t hear much about that,” he said. “Not all Black men are wearing their pants down.”In the report’s “Call to Action” section, it was recommended that Black students get increased access to guidance counselors, investing in school and university partnerships, and creating awareness of HBCUs among African-American students. It was also recommended that cultural training be instituted among teachers and school leaders with the aim of reducing student disciplinary issues and challenging the deficit narrative about the educational aspirations of low income Black youth.last_img read more

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The spirit of joy

first_imgChristmas and New Year are magical times and to usher in the festive season. Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi hosted its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Hotel Lobby on Friday, December 12. The spirit of Christmas was shared by in-house guests and other luminaries from various walks of life. Guests were offered Santa hats as they stepped into the lobby. The imposing Christmas tree was unique. It has been laboriously and artistically made from dried rubber plant leaves, beautifully painted in hues of gold by our in -house florist. The team painstakingly worked for three months to create this gigantic environmentally friendly Christmas tree keeping in line with the Hotel’s green initiative. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Guests were treated to delectable Christmas delights, such as chocolate Santa, plum cake, candies, gingerbread cookies and mulled wine as they immersed themselves in the festive spirit. After the lighting of the Christmas tree by Farhat Jamal and children, Santa came through his chimney and went straight into the Lobby to give out goodie bags to all the excited young ones. The sounds of Jingle Bell Rock’, ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ by young carollers from St. Ann’s choir reverberated through the Lobby as everyone sang along to the popular carols. After the ceremony, guests were invited for a pre Christmas celebration over Christmas delicacies, canapes and wine as they enjoyed the popular tunes being belted out by the live band.last_img read more

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Hundreds left homeless by Costa Rica flooding

first_imgHeavy rains over the weekend stopped momentarily toreveal extensive flood damage across Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. As aid workers and security personnel worked to reestablish connections with isolated communities, President Luis Guillermo Solís said he would consider declaring a national emergency in Limón.Hundreds of people lost their homes and the government canceled classes for students across the province of Limón, and the areas around Turrialba and Sarapiquí, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial. A red alert is still in effect for Turrialba, Cartago; Sarapiquí, Heredia; and Talamanca, Limón, Matina, Pococí, Siquierres, Guácimo in Limón province.Reports from the National Emergency Commission said that 1,585 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed by flooding. There are 745 people living in 12 emergency shelters with the majority in Matina, Limón and Sarapiquí, Heredia, where 380 and 342 people are temporarily housed, respectively.Casa Presidencial reported that 216 communities have been affected by flooding so far; 19 remain incomunicado along the Sucio, Sarapiquí and San Juan rivers.A helicopter from Panama arrived Monday to assist in search and rescue, and survey operations after flooding and landslides severed access between Limón and the Central Valley. More than 20 highways and 11 bridges were affected.The government to date has released more than $200,000 in emergency assistance.The Education Ministry canceled classes from Monday through July 4 in Sarapaquí, Talamanca, Limón, Matina, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo, and Turrialba. The ministry is developing a plan for students to make up the lost time. The Panamanian government provided a helicopter to support search, rescue and survey operations in flooded parts of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on June 29, 2015. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry)See also: Crews continue working to remove debris from Costa Rica’s Route 32, which remains closed on MondayFollow ticotimes.net for updated coverage of this story. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: President Luis Guillermo Solís visits areas affected by floods in Costa Rica’s Limón province High tides flood hundreds of homes along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast High tides expected along Pacific coast this week Costa Rican capital hit by heavy rains, flash floodslast_img read more

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How to vote Ted explains how

first_imgHow to vote, Ted explains howHow to vote, Ted explains howSo how do you know who to vote for in the 2017 NTIA’s?Suddenly we get overwhelmed with emails from suppliers and agents alike with “vote for me” and “you are special” and “We are special” messages.For many, it’s a great time to unsubscribe from as many lists as possible.But for others, votes get cast based on what happens in the last month rather than the past year.So how do you cast your vote?Ted Knows, ask Ted how to vote in this years NTIA’sAbout roomsXML Vote Hereclick here to vote for roomsXML.com Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more

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Govt of India proposes 3D panoramic Google Street View of sites

first_imgThe Indian government has proposed plans of exploring Indian cities, tourist spots, hills and rivers by covering such locations through the Google Street View with certain riders to facilitate a 360 degree, panoramic and street level imagery.The permission is to be granted to the internet services giant to cover most of the Indian Territory excluding sensitive locations like defence installations, nuclear sites and some other high-valued spots. A formal communication is likely to be conveyed to the Google after detailed deliberations by the top officials of the Ministries of Defence, Home, External officials and the Prime Minister’s office.Google Street View, so far, has been extensively used in the U.S., Canada and European countries with limited application in India. It has been launched in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps. Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images. While most of the photography is done by car, some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.last_img read more

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