Road Improvement Contract Awarded in Cape Breton County

first_imgA road improvement contract awarded in Cape Breton County will result in smoother, safer travel on one of the Sydney area’s busiest interchanges. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded an $830,282 contract for repaving of the Highway 125/Trunk 4 interchange at Sydney River from Greenhill Drive to west of Keltic Drive. The contract was awarded to Municipal Ready Mix Ltd. and involves 1.9 kilometres of paving. It is scheduled for completion by the end of August. “This is an important intersection for traffic going to and from the Sydney area,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “This project will result in a safer interchange for all drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Adah thrilled about playing a man

first_imgMumbai: Actor Adah Sharma is thrilled about playing a man in a comedy film on sex reassignment surgery. The story of the film, Man to Man, revolves around actor Naveen Kasturia’s character falling in love and marrying Adah’s character and later realising that she was biologically a man and became a woman after going through a sex reassignment surgery. “I try to pick different characters from my debut 1920 to Commando 2 and Commando 3. This is the first time I’m playing a guy,” Adah said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaNaveen said it’s the right combination of entertainment and a social message. “This film is a very different and an interesting take on the burning issue of gender acceptance.” It has been written and directed by Abir Sengupta. Sengupta said: “Working with Adah and Naveen has been a phenomenal experience. I am sure that the audience will not just get entertained but will also take back the message that I am trying to convey through the film.” Jay Sahni, owner of Vivid Arthouse, has joined hands Anushree Abir Entertainment to produce the film.last_img read more

Losing six in a row really hurt us Kohli

first_imgBengaluru: Losing half a dozen matches at a stretch did hurt his team but Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said the players have now decided to just enjoy the game and not take any pressure. RCB beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an IPL encounter on Wednesday night here to keep slim chances of making the IPL play-offs alive. “The only focus was to play well as a team. Losing six in a row really hurt us. Literally no one in the team has been part of such a streak. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh RCB have won four out of their last five games and there is an outside chance of their play-off qualification if they can win the remaining three games. “Yeah, we’ve won four of the five. Could have been five out of five. We were just looking to enjoy the cricket and tonight was a great example of having fun. We know how we play. The world knows how we play,” Kohli said. Man of the Match AB de Villiers, who scored an unbeaten 82 off 44, credited RCB bowlers for winning the match for the team. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I really just try to stay calm. It’s not easy. Game is happening quickly. But you have your team-mates around you to share the load (death-overs batting). We know our home ground pretty well. It hasn’t been a great hunting ground at the start but if we can keep going with this momentum, we’ll do well. “And you can see it, lots of smiles on the faces. I still thought the par score was 180. I actually felt it was 160 but it got better to bat in the second innings. So the boys bowled really well,” said de Villiers. Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin said his team failed to deal with the pressure moments. “There can be so many places where we feel we lost the game. But at the end of the day, a T20 game is all about pressure moments and we haven’t been able to do that in the last few games,” said Ashwin. KXIP have lost four out of their last five matches but Ashwin insisted that one win can change the course and his side can also get on a roll just like RCB. “If we had more experience in the middle order, we could have done something. We are right into it (playoffs). It’s all about getting one win and we’ll get on a roll. Like RCB. It’s important to keep trust in the players. “We’ve held on to the same batting order through the tournament. Giving players a chance. It’s really important to back the players. We were always in the game. We haven’t been outplayed by any opposition,” he said. “The one area we need to work on is Powerplay bowling and the death others. It’s time the bowlers stood up there,” added Ashwin.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon says progress slow in achieving targets of Ivorian peace accord

The overall security situation in the country continued to improve, “largely owing to the favourable atmosphere engendered by the Ouagadougou Agreement,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which covers developments since 1 October 2007. That agreement, struck in the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso in March 2007, sets out a series of measures to deal with the crisis which first divided Côte d’Ivoire between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north in 2002. They include creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; dismantling the militias and disarming ex-combatants; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI. Two supplementary agreements were signed last November to help resolve issues related to the implementation of the 2007 accord. Contributing to the improved security situation is the fact that the national armed forces and those of the Forces Nouvelles have shown “an increased willingness to collaborate,” Mr. Ban states, adding that the overall risk of a return to hostilities by the two groups is “low.” However, “systematic factors of instability” continue to pose a potential threat to the future of the peace process, he warns. These include the lack of significant progress in unifying the defence and security forces and the dismantling of militias, as well as a rise in criminal activities linked to the prevalence of weapons in the country. The Secretary-General notes that achieving the goals set out in the various agreements will require a redoubling of efforts by the parties and their international partners, including the provision of the required resources for a number of key processes, including the identification of the population, voter registration, disarmament and the re-establishment of State authority. Mr. Ban adds that the holding of credible, free, fair and transparent elections will be crucial for lasting peace in Côte d’Ivoire, as will the fight against impunity. “While there are indications that human rights conditions have improved, I remain concerned about continued cases of abuse and other violations, and call on the Ivorian parties to protect the civilian population, particularly women and children,” he writes. In light of the limited progress made in the past three months with regard to the redeployment of State authority and the disarmament of militias, the Secretary-General recommends that the mandate of UNOCI be extended for another year, until 15 January 2009, at its current strength. Progress in the peace process should, in due course, lead to proposals for a gradual drawdown of the UN presence, he notes. 9 January 2008While security and political conditions in Côte d’Ivoire have improved in recent months, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cautioned that these are fragile gains given the slow progress in achieving key benchmarks of last year’s peace agreement, including dismantling militias. read more

Despite progress food insecurity remains pressing challenge – UN official

While there has been significant progress in recent years in combating global hunger, food insecurity is still a major challenge and eliminating it will require strong leadership and concerted action, a top United Nations official stressed today.“The only effective answer to food insecurity is political commitment at the national level, and reinforced at the regional and global levels by the international community of donors and international organizations,” the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, told a high-level meeting in Madrid on the UN vision for a post-2015 strategy against world hunger.One of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seeks to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. Among the other Goals, to be achieved by 2015, are improving education, gender equality, child and maternal health and environmental stability. “The Millennium Development Goals have pushed us forward. But with 870 million people still suffering from hunger, the war against food insecurity is far from over,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. Also addressing the meeting was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who stressed that much more needed to be done to eliminate hunger, especially with 1,000 days until the 2015 MDG deadline. “We must keep the millennium promise that world leaders made to the human family’s poorest and most vulnerable members,” he stated. Mr. Ban noted that “spectacular” economic growth in some countries has made it possible to cut extreme poverty in half. “But the tide of prosperity has not lifted all boats,” he added. “To succeed before the end of 2015, we need a concerted effort focused on support for smallholders and better nutrition for women and children.” Beyond 2015, it will be necessary to transform virtually every aspect of food production and consumption, the Secretary-General continued. “Farmers, fisher folk, pastoralists, indigenous groups and young people all need to be empowered, and granted equal access to assets and resources.” Mr. Graziano da Silva pointed out that since the world produces enough food to feed everyone, emphasis needs to be placed on access to food and to adequate nutrition at the local level. Such progress will require significant public and private investment in rural areas, where over 70 per cent of the hungry live, and where millions of people depend on agriculture for food and employment.However, he warned that despite the primary responsibility of national governments to ensure their citizens are fed, today’s globalized economy means that no country acts alone. “Actions taken by one country or company may affect the food security of others [while] conflicts can lead to instability in neighboring countries and regions,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “Impacts on environmental and natural resources are not purely national and it is virtually impossible to regulate markets and activities at the national level alone.” Multilateral efforts are needed to reduce hunger and make development more sustainable, he said, citing the Committee on World Food Security and the Zero Hunger Challenge launched by Mr. Ban as successful examples of international cooperation. Public policies should also create opportunities for the most disadvantaged, including subsistence and small-scale producers, women, youth and indigenous people, he added. read more

Earle Bruce leaves St John Arena for the final time

Wide Receivers Coach Zach Smith, oldest of Coach Bruce’s 12 grandchildren, speaks about the valuable lessons he learned from his grandfather at a memorial service honoring former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce in St. John Arena on April 25, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Lantern PhotographerAbout 300 steps away from the stadium he coached nine seasons in, on the other side of a road named in honor of his mentor, in a historic arena he watched reels and reels of film in, Earle Bruce was back at Ohio State Wednesday. It was an overcast day, drizzling on and off. But inside St. John Arena, Bruce’s light shined bright as family, friends and fans gathered to celebrate the life of the former Buckeye football coach who died Friday at 87. Bruce had Alzheimer’s, the damned disease that took his father, took his two sisters, took his mind, took him. But it did not take his spirit, his light, his legacy of passion, loyalty and love. They live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him, who loved him, who played for him, who coached under him, who were in that aging arena Wednesday. Often those groups of people overlapped, said Zach Smith, Bruce’s oldest grandson and Ohio State’s wide receivers coach. For Bruce, it didn’t matter which role he was in — family man or football coach — because he treated them identically — with love, passion and loyalty. Whether you were his player, his fellow coach, one of his four daughters or nine grandchildren, “It was the same to him,” Smith said. As Smith spoke on a small stage in the middle of the hardwood court, Bruce was there in front of him in a closed, gray casket with a scarlet Ohio State flag draped over top — which was only appropriate for a man who many say loved the Buckeyes more than any person. Family sat in the three rows of scarlet chairs on the arena floor, as did those who would speak during the memorial ceremony. Speakers included head coach Urban Meyer; running backs coach Tony Alford, who played for Bruce at Colorado State; former head coach Jim Tressel, who was an assistant under Bruce for three seasons; and Matt McCoy, a radio announcer at WTVN 610 who broadcasted Buckeye games for 23 seasons with Bruce after his college coaching career ended. Among the hundreds of people in the arena’s wooden seats was Mark Dantonio, Michigan State’s head coach who worked as a graduate assistant under Bruce at Ohio State in 1983 and 1984.  Those who spoke — which also included emcee Dom Tiberi, a longtime Columbus sports broadcaster and friend of Bruce — shared what Bruce meant to them, and shared their memories with him. There was all the film Tressel said he watched with Bruce inside St. John Arena, dissecting play after play, game after game. Or there was Bruce’s patented finger point, which Alford said anyone who had been in an intense conversation with Bruce knew very well. And there was that time McCoy was with Bruce while watching Ohio State play Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016. Early in the second half, despite the Buckeyes leading by two touchdowns, Bruce grew upset with Meyer’s decision to throw the football. When quarterback J.T. Barrett threw an interception, Bruce, known for his affinity of off-tackle runs, stood up in anger. Bruce pulled out his cell phone, McCoy recalled, and began looking through his contacts. When McCoy asked what he was doing, Bruce responded, “I’m calling Urban.” Meyer was a little busy, McCoy said, and probably didn’t have his phone with him — but even if he had it, McCoy said there was no way he was going to answer a phone call in the middle of a game. “He’ll answer if it’s from me,” McCoy remembered Bruce saying. St. John Arena was filled with laughs, including some from Meyer. The story indicated Bruce’s passion for Ohio State, which is part of what endeared him to Buckeye fans even if his teams never achieved the success of his predecessor and mentor, Woody Hayes. “You couldn’t take the Buckeye out of him,” said McCoy, who also noted how involved Bruce was in Alzheimer’s research before he was diagnosed with the disease. Bruce and his beloved late wife, Jean, collectively have raised more than $1.2 million, McCoy said. If there’s any way to honor Bruce, besides treating people with love and loyalty, McCoy said it’s by supporting a cause that touches you.Urban Meyer shares stories about working with Coach Bruce over the years at a memorial service honoring former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce in St. John Arena on April 25, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Lantern PhotographerMeyer spoke last, after about 30 members of the Ohio State Marching Band played “Hang On Sloopy,” during what Tiberi called “the fourth quarter” of the memorial. “Heaven got a little more intense recently,” Meyer said to laughs, standing in the same building he met Bruce in for the first time. The year was 1986, and Meyer, who grew up watching Bruce’s Buckeye teams, came to interview for a graduate assistant role. He got the position — the interview was short because it was interrupted by a top recruit calling, Meyer said, which was fortunate because he was so nervous he was sweating. Meyer stayed until 1987, when Bruce was fired. They reunited at Colorado State in 1990, when Bruce hired Meyer to coach wide receivers. Bruce was fired in 1992 and Meyer stayed until 1995, but the two remained close. In his speech Wednesday, Meyer reiterated that outside of his father, no man had more of an impact on his life than Bruce. Meyer said Bruce taught him the importance of knowing about and caring for his players, and that there is no gray area between right and wrong. One of the biggest lessons Bruce passed on to Meyer was about opportunity. “When given an opportunity, you swing as hard as you can and give it everything you’ve got,” Meyer said Bruce taught him. “You never know when the next one is going to come.” After Meyer spoke, Tiberi offered a few closing thoughts before asking everyone to stand while the marching band played “Carmen Ohio.” That marked the end of the memorial service, and the pallbearers approached Bruce’s casket. They slowly wheeled it toward the ramp in the arena’s southwest corner, before lifting it up and walking toward the gray skies. Then, for the final time, Earle Bruce — whose love, loyalty and passion for his family, his friends and his Buckeyes will shine eternally — left St. John Arena. read more

Mosques launch legal challenge against an councils bid to ban halal meat

first_imgMosques have launched a legal challenge against an English council’s bid to ban “cruel” halal meat in schools.Lancashire County Council was due to introduce a new contract next month which will require schools to serve meat from suppliers that pre-stun animals before slaughter.But the move has been put on hold as Lancashire Council of Mosques is now seeking a judicial review, claiming the authority did not consult adequately over the decision.Abdul Hamid Qureshi, CEO of the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), said that if the council refuse to backtrack, he will call for a “region wide boycott” of school meals.He told The Daily Telegraph: “They reached the decision without any consultation. They should have communicated with the community that are most affected by it. They did not follow the correct process.”Mr Qureshi added that the Muslim community is “very angry” that the council has branded their faith as “cruel”.“We can’t accept that position. It is hurtful and negative. Our community really objects to that,” he said. “We will be calling for a boycott of school lunches if the policy goes forward.”The proposal to ban the practice was introduced by Cllr Geoff Driver, the Conservative leader of Lancashire county council, who has argued that it is “abhorrent” and “really, really cruel” to slaughter animals without stunning them first. Lancashire currently supplies 27 schools with “unstunned” halal meat, catering for up to 12,000 children who are served 1.2m meals a year.Cllr Driver said: “We are due to put on hold the new contract for supply of Halal meat to schools. We will continue to supply Halal meat under the terms of the current contract while the legal matters are resolved.”If it is felt that we haven’t consulted appropriately before we made the decision we will do that because we clearly don’t want to either break the law or cause the county council any unnecessary expenditure.”During a previous attempt by the council to ban non-stunned meat, the LCM urged parents to boycott school meals.A council report about the found that the 2013 boycott led to a “significant drop in meal uptake in schools serving both Halal and non-Halal menus and thus income and contribution”.   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. It added: “The effect was particularly damaging in the east of the county and the central Preston area where school meal uptake decreased by over 7 per cent”.British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat.There is no single defined standard for halal in the UK but there are a range of halal accreditation agencies which inspect and accredit firms involved in the production and handling of meat in order for that meat to be described as halal. The Food Standards Agency carried out an animal welfare survey in abattoirs across Britain in 2013 which found about 84 per cent of animals slaughtered by the halal method were stunned before being killed.The Department for Education’s guidance states that schools should make reasonable adjustments for pupils with particular requirements. This could include providing food menus which are suitable for the cultural needs of the majority of the school population. A halal butchercenter_img British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat Credit: Rex Features British law requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Halal and Kosher meat  A halal butcherCredit: Julian Simmonds In October, a meeting of the full council backed a move not to provide meat to any of its kitchens “unless the animal was stunned before it was slaughtered”.last_img read more

Fans Created A 3D Render of An Upcoming One Punch Man Fight

first_img Fans are ridiculously excited for the next season of One Punch Man, and it really shows. The hotly-anticipated round of new episodes have fans seeking out just about anything they can find online to whet their appetite for all things Saitama, up to and including creating their own art. In particular, fans have taken the fight between Garou and Gyoro Gyoro from the Monster Association and turned it into an impressive 3D animation. It could end up surpassing that of the actual anime’s scene, which is a testament to how impressive the animation is.Shared by Twitter user @TheGoldenSmurf, the video teases the upcoming fight that just occurred in the newest chapter of the manga. After the Monster Association kidnapped Garou, they tried to also turn Garou into a monster himself to bring him around to their side. He isn’t one to turn easily, however, and as such there’s an epic showdown between him and the Monster Association. You can see the precursor to the fight unfold in the clip, which looks just like something that might be in a triple-A One Punch Man game. It’s not enough, that’s for sure, and we can’t wait to see the real thing.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The new season of One Punch Man is coming soon, though we don’t have a concrete date just yet. VIZ Media has gone ahead and licensed the second season, as the company officially announced not too long ago, but we don’t know when we can expect the first episode to air. The chronicles of Saitama, the real name of the hero One Punch Man, will continue soon — an everyday hero who decided he’d just become one because he was bored. There’s a lot of wackiness to take in with the show, and if you’re into shounen series, it’s certainly not one to miss. With the third season of Attack on Titan around the corner, it’s a good time to be an anime fan.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

Finn Balor wins the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 35

first_img Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Finn Balor is the new Intercontinental Champion after defeating Bobby Lashley.The conclusion of the match saw Balor with an incredible powerbomb on Lashley. Balor goes up top and connects with Coup De Grace. Balor hooks the leg and gets the win.Make sure to tune in to Adam Martin’s live WrestleMania 35 results.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Finn Bálor Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Movement brews to renounce paper coffee cups

first_img56 billion: Number of paper cups Americans go through every year, according to International Paper.3 billion: Number that Starbucks alone gulps up each year.Less than 2 percent: Percentage of Starbucks beverages served in reusable cups.SEATTLE — Along with whalebone corsets and mimeograph machines, another anachronism will be displayed in museums of the future if Karin de Weille has her way: the disposable cups that fuel today’s culture of coffee and convenience.Against odds that would discourage a less optimistic soul, de Weille recently launched a campaign in the heart of caffeine country to get people to kick the paper habit.“I think Seattle can push the frontier,” she said at Seattle Green Festival, a two-day celebration of eco-friendliness where the effort got its official start.Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin endorsed the initiative, which urges participants to whip out their own reusable cups for mochas on the go or “for here.”“Let’s show that we can do this, and our success will be duplicated in other cities,” Conlin said in a statement.Americans go through 56 billion paper cups every year, according to statistics compiled by International Paper. Starbucks alone gulps up 3 billion.The thin plastic coating that keeps most cups from turning to mush complicates recycling. Only a handful of cities try, including Seattle. But even if cups are recycled, it still requires enormous amounts of energy and resources to manufacture and ship them, de Weille said.last_img read more

Cygnus Freezes Salaries

first_imgThe long-anticipated sale of Cygnus by ABRY Partners could be announced later this month, the company said. Cygnus Business Media employees were notified Monday that their 2009 salaries have been frozen. The salaries will be locked at the amount they were earning in 2008, according to an internal memo.Maintaining salaries at 2008 levels better enables Cygnus to avoid other cost-cutting initiatives such as layoffs, a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. In fall 2006, Cygnus slashed employee salaries by 7.5 percent and put hourly workers on a 37-hour workweek. Some salaries were restored early last year in the form of a special bonus payment, representing about 70 percent of the initial reduction.Cygnus has not implemented a hiring freeze, the spokesperson said, indicating that the company is hiring several positions, including sales and editorial. Cygnus’ 401K contribution program remains in place, the spokesperson said.The news comes days after Cygnus said co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien were stepping down. The pair have been replaced on an interim basis by Charlie Carnaval, an executive with Zolfo Cooper, a New York-based firm that specializes in corporate restructuring and interim management solutions.last_img read more

Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill Falls Through The Cracks

first_imgErin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)A bill requiring school districts to implement sexual abuse education seemed poised to become law during the recent Alaska Legislature. Gov. Sean Parnell supported Erin’s Law, the Senate passed it, and the House version had 21 co-sponsors.But House Bill 233 got stuck in committee.Download AudioHouse Finance Committee co-chair Bill Stoltze says he’s not sure why Erin’s Law didn’t get heard in his committee. He calls it “a casualty of a hectic session.”“I guess I’ll call it falling through the cracks because it wasn’t one that I had any animus toward or any interest– I was dealing with so many crime bills and I don’t know how that one slipped through. I can’t even tell you much of the content of it because I didn’t really look at it,” Stoltze says.HB 233 unanimously passed the House Education committee at the end of March and went on to House Finance. House Speaker Mike Chenault says he doesn’t recall why he referred it there since the bill had no fiscal note.Chenault was the last of 21 representatives to sign on to co-sponsor the bill. He doesn’t know why it was held up.“Sometimes it’s inner turmoil. Sometimes it’s just not the right time. Sometimes it’s somebody doesn’t like it. If it ever got to the floor, it probably would’ve passed,” Chenault says.Of the roughly 380 bills introduced on the House side, Chenault says only 68 House Bills passed this year.“People were concentrating on the big issues that affected the state versus other issues that didn’t quite get to the top of the pot,” he says.Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr, who introduced Erin’s Law, says teaching kids to speak up when someone touches them inappropriately is a big issue for the state.“This is a transformational legacy type of legislation where 10, 20 years down the line you’ve made a difference in the lives of thousands of Alaskans and we should’ve done it this year,” Tarr says.She says she was shocked and embarrassed the bill died.“We could’ve done the right thing and given kids a voice on a very important issue. That effort will be delayed by at least a year now. We’ll come back and we’ll be ready to work on it again next year. The sad news is there are kids that need the information now,” Tarr says.Erin’s Law is named after 29-year-old Erin Merryn from Illinois, who was sexually abused as a child. Merryn travels around the country advocating for sexual abuse education in schools.She spent a week in Alaska in March. She talked to lawmakers, testified on the bill, and participated in the governor’s annual Choose Respect rally.Merryn wonders why the bill died, especially since it had support from both sides of the aisle. While the House version of the bill was sponsored by a Democrat, the Senate’s version was carried by Republican Senator Lesil McGuire.“It’s a bipartisan issue. I’m not sitting here arguing abortion or death penalty. I’m arguing protecting kids. And the only ones who should be against this bill are the ones that have something to hide, the perpetrators themselves,” Merryn says.Erin’s Law has passed in 12 states. Most recently, Merryn testified in Rhode Island, and will soon take her campaign to Canada, then to Australia.But she says she’s not done in Alaska.“I’m not going away. You can vote this down all you want. I’m going to continue to come back and pound on your doors and get others to support this bill until you pass it,” Merryn says.The Alaska Legislature declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to the resolution, one in four girls and one in six boys will report being victims of sexual assault. Speaking out against sexual assault is an important first step toward eliminating the crime.last_img read more

Hackers are selling Alaska Air other airline miles for cheap on the

first_imgAn Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport on March 3, 2003. (Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto)Hackers are using various forms of digital skullduggery to steal frequent flyer miles from customers of Delta, Alaska and other airlines. The thieves then resell the miles on the dark web.Listen nowTech writer Paul Bischoff learned the extent to which this is happening when he went looking for black market airline miles and points in the anonymous, hidden part of the internet known as the dark web.“It’s basically like Craigslist,” Bischoff explained. “There are a bunch of listings for all kinds of stuff.”Bischoff discovered that piles of Alaska Airlines miles could be bought in exchange for bitcoin or another difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency called Monero. Hackers most commonly listed Delta SkyMiles and British Airways points.“Usually, people won’t find out that their accounts have been hacked until many months after when they are ready to spend down those points,” Bischoff said in an interview Thursday.Bischoff, based in Victoria, wrote about how you can protect yourself in an article for the online site Comparitech. He advises you choose a strong, unique password for your frequent flier account and follow common sense cyber hygiene practices.  He also suggested protecting your airline loyalty account number by shredding boarding passes after flights and not using public Wi-Fi hotspots to access your account.In a brief emailed statement, the PR department at Seattle-based Alaska Airlines said the carrier is aware of unpermitted trafficking in mileage plan miles.“Our fraud team monitors the dark web and takes action to protect our customers’ accounts whenever possible,” the statement read. “This is a good reminder for our customers to monitor their frequent flier account and if you ever see unusual or suspicious activity, contact us right away.”The fine print of all major frequent flyer membership agreements includes a clause that prohibits selling miles for cash. If an airline discovers you using stolen miles or selling miles, it reserves the right to wipe out your entire account balance.In 2015, American and United Airlines notified thousands of customers that their frequent flyer accounts may have been compromised by hackers. Airline spokespeople said the carriers would replace any stolen miles in those cases.Bischoff said he doubts the buyers of stolen air miles redeem them to book flights or hotels because those purchases require a person to show picture ID when checking in.“Usually they are used to redeem different types of rewards,” Bischoff explained. “Gift cards are especially popular because they are difficult to trace.”Bischoff was not able to confirm how the individual purveyors he found on three dark web marketplaces obtained the air miles they offered for sale. His leading theory is that hackers take over personal accounts by tricking owners to reveal their account numbers and passwords with “phishing” emails (i.e., a fake email inquiry from airline) or through a wholesale data breach.“Some of these vendors have miles in such great quantities that we think that there might be some other means that they’re using to get them,” Bischoff said. “Maybe they have some back channel through the frequent flyer programs because they seem to just have an unlimited amount.”Bischoff said dark web vendors sell credentials to access individual frequent flyer accounts or may choose to transfer miles to a newly created mileage account advertised as “clean.”A table published on the Comparitech website showed a wide range of prices for the stolen loyalty points. Fifty-thousand Alaska Airlines miles could be bought for the equivalent of about $96, a fraction of how much it would cost to buy that many miles legitimately from the carrier. Forty-five thousand Delta SkyMiles ranged from $101 to $884 after converting the price listed in cryptocurrency.last_img read more

5th UZ polls begin Sunday

first_imgelectionThe 5th Upazila Parishad elections will begin in the country Sunday with balloting in 80 upazilas in 12 districts under four divisions in the first phase, reports BSS.The polling will take place tomorrow from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break.“All preparations have been completed for holding the elections in a peaceful manner. All kinds of directives have been given to the officials concerned for holding the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner. No irregularities will be tolerated during this election,” election commission (EC) secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told BSS today.Besides, general holiday has been announced for Sunday in the respective upazilas on the occasion of the election.Electioneering has ended on Friday midnight while huge enthusiasm has been noticed among the voters centering this poll as the election is being held with party symbols.Restrictions on vehicular movements have been imposed in the electoral areas while additional law enforcement agencies have been deployed for five days, including two days before and two days after the election along with the voting day.On the polling day, 14 members of law enforcement agency will be deployed in every general polling centre while 16 will be deployed in the risky polling centers.Although the EC declared election schedule for 87 upazilas in the first phase, polls will be held in 80 upazilas. The EC postponed elections in three upazilas – Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat, Purbadhola in Netrokona and Jamalganj in Sunamganj districts – on Friday.Besides, elections will not be held in three upazials – Molahando and Madarganj upazilas of Jamalpur district and Natore Sadar – as all candidates in the upazilas have been elected unopposed.The court, however, has postponed the elections in Paba upazila of Rajshahi district.In the first phase of the upazila parishad elections, a total of 29 candidates, including 16 chairmen, six vice-chairmen and seven women vice-chairmen, so far have been elected unopposed.About 894 aspirants, including 273 for chairman, 406 for vice-chairman and 273 for women vice-chairman posts, are contesting in the first phase polls. About 1.53 crore voters will exercise their franchise tomorrow at 39, 159 polling booths in 6,219 polling centers in 80 upazilas.In the first phase, the elections will be held in five upazilas of Panchagarh district, six in Nilphamari, four in Lalmonirhat, nine in Kurigram, five in Jamalpur, eight in Netrokona, 10 in Sunamganj, eight in Habiganj, eight in Sirajganj, five in Jaypurhat, five in Natore and eight in Rajshahi districts.The upazilas are: Panchagarh Sadar, Atwari, Boda, Debiganj and Tetulia under Panchagarh district, Nilphamari Sadar, Domar, Dimla, Jaldhaka, Saidpur and Kishoreganj under Nilphamari district, Lalmonirhat Sadar, Patgram, Hatibandha and Kaliganj under Lalmonirhat district, Kurigram Sadar, Bhurungamari, Phulbari, Ulipur, Nageshwari, Rajarhat, Rajibpur, Chilmari and Raomari under Kurigram district.Jamalpur Sadar, Baksiganj, Dewanganj, Islampur and Sarishabari upazilas under Jamalpur district, Netrokona Sadar, Barhatta, Durgapur, Kalmakanda, Kendua, Khaliajuri, Madan and Mohanganj upazilas under Netrokona district, Sunamganj Sadar, Derai, Bishwamvarpur, Chhatak, Dakshin Sunamganj, Dharamapasha, Dowarabazar, Sullah, and Tahirpur upazilas under Sunamganj district, Habiganj Sadar, Bahubal, Madhabpur, Chunarughat, Lakhai, Nabiganj, Ajmiriganj and Baniachong upazilas under Habiganj district.Sirajganj Sadar, Belkuchi, Chauhali, Kazipur, Raiganj, Shahjadpur, Tarash and Ullahpara upazilas under Sirajganj district, Joypurhat Sadar, Akkelpur, Kalai, Khetlal and Panchbibi upazilas under Joypurhat district, Bagatipara, Baraigram, Gurudaspur, Lalpur and Singra upazilas under Natore district, Tanore, Godagari, Mohanpur, Bagmara, Puthia, Durgapur, Charghat and Bagha upazilas under Rajshahi district.As per the election schedule, elections will be held in 129 upazilas on 18 March in the second phase and in 127 upazilas on 24 March in the third phase.Besides, the fourth and fifth phases of the Upazila Parishad elections will be held on 31 March and 18 July respectively.last_img read more

Promoting fashion accessories

first_imgAjay Tamta,  Union  Minister of  State for Textiles, Government of India declared open the 9th edition of the Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2016) on July 21, at  state-of-art  India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida  in a colourful ceremony.   The fair is being organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts from July 21 – 23.Dinesh Kumar, Chairman- EPCH, Sobinder Kohli, President of the fair,  Neetu Singh, Vice President, fair, O.P. Prahaladka, Vice Chairmen – EPCH, members of committee of administration were present on the occasion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While inaugurating the show, Tamta  said that Handicrafts in India pre-dominantly comes from the cottage, micro, small and medium sector.  Handicrafts sector plays a very important social and economic role of providing employment at the village and town levels to women and economically weaker sections of society.The Minister further said that Indian exporters have shown good performance in increasing the exports of fashion jewellery and accessories, yet they need to do more hard work in maintaining quality, price and delivery of their  products to face  competition as well as to promote exports from the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe applauded the efforts of the exporting community for providing employment to the artisans and craftpersons in villages and livelihood to their families. He also suggested that new crafts other than being practised in the craft clusters in villages should  also be introduced in order to generate sustained employment opportunities. He further stressed for development of crafts in the Himalayan region on the basis of good work being done by EPCH for promoting  North East region by bringing products made by artisans and craftpersons of NER on this platform where large number of International buyers are visiting to source their requirement. The Minister of State for Textiles complimented EPCH for creating an important marketing event not only for exporters but also for the International  buying community under one roof. Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH  apprised the Union Minister of State for Textiles about the activities being undertaken by EPCH  for promotion of Handicrafts sector and future course of action with the hope that Handicrafts sector will be getting all support from the office of Minister of State for Textiles.  Over  250  exhibitors  drawn from all over the country will be displaying fashion jewellery, scarves, wallets, beads, hair accessories and fancy footwear.last_img read more

What Would Make Mark Cuban Combust If He Ran Box

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 25, 2014 1 min read Mark Cuban is dishing out a little advice for Box in advance of its IPO: Focus on the financials.Box, the content-collaboration company, filed to go public last night, and the deal could fetch the company a valuation of $2 billion.Cuban, the billionaire investor and entrepreneur, was Box’s first outside investor back in 2005. But a change in strategy at the company made him sell his stake about a year later.Despite missing out on what could have been a nice payday when the company holds its initial public offering, Cuban seems unperturbed — on Twitter at least — and is warning about focusing on results. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global I wish @BoxHQ the best but I would combust if 8 years in I was responsible for $169mm in losses against less revs.I hope IPO gets them going— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) March 25, 2014According to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Box lost $168 million last year. Register Now »last_img read more

Global Adefovir Dipivoxil Market Updates Business Players Market Dynamics and Forecast present the report on Global Adefovir Dipivoxil Market evaluates the growth trends of the industry through historical study and estimates future prospects based on comprehensive research. The report extensively provides the market share, growth, trends and forecasts.The Global Adefovir Dipivoxil Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend, by 2025Get comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Global Adefovir Dipivoxil Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report is an exhaustive analysis of this market across the world. It offers an overview of the market including its definition, applications, key drivers, key market players, key segments, and manufacturing technology. In addition, the study presents statistical data on the status of the market and hence is a valuable source of guidance for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Additionally, detailed insights on the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and market shares for key vendors are presented in the report.Get the Sample Copy of this Report @ total market is further segmented based on company, country, and application/type for competitive landscape analysis. On the contrary, information on industry chain structure, emerging applications, and technological developments in the market makes the report a must-read document.The report reveals detailed information about the global key players as well as some small players of the Adefovir Dipivoxil Market  sector.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareGet Discount on this Research Report @ insights help determe the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a leading position in the Adefovir Dipivoxil industry.Additionally, the research provides a detailed analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Adefovir Dipivoxil industry and form strategies to be implemented in the future.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players active in the Adefovir Dipivoxil industry.The key players explored in the industry include:BASFLanxessBayerJiangxi Chenyang PharmaceuticalThe study clearly reveals that the Adefovir Dipivoxil industry has attained remarkable growth since 2024. This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased data on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Report Summary @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

This is the first Pride flag that can stop a bullet

first_imgOne charity has questioned whether it is now time for a shield to defend against the bullets.Fondation Émergence, based in Canada, have come up with an art piece for International Day Against Homophoba, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).The Pride Shield‘Searching for a new way to tackle the issue, we stumbled upon a lot of Pride parade images and footage, always coming from the same countries,’ a spokesperson told Gay Star News.‘This made us realize that in some of the biggest countries in the world, most people can’t even show their colors.‘That’s when we thought of the contraption of a heavy flag. Then we thought that this is a unity issue and then everything fell into place.‘Laws, prejudices, even violence. Something not everyone thinks about when gauging the LGBT situation.’ Too many LGBTI people die needlessly. Too many suffer because of hatred, discrimination and bigotry. This Pride flag can stop a bullet eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Puerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorNew photography exhibit reveals an intimate look at Sierra Leone’s LGBT communityPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The Pride Shield is made up of 193 flags installed on a metal pole. It roughly weighs around 300 pounds.‘The goal is to have this installation be exposed and move around (hopefully the world?) as a sign of hope that if we stand together, we can help end homophobia and transphobia,’ they added.‘We have the power to stop any bullet together’[embedded content]Fondation Émergence’s Francis Viau added in a statement: With 193 flags united in the colors of the rainbow, we have the power to stop any bullet together.‘As a cry for humanity, these words are also a reminder that the fight against homophobia and transphobia must go on.‘For years, many activists and allies have worked together to make this progress possible for LGBT people. However there’s still a long way to go and a lot of work to do in terms of inclusivity.‘This LGBT flag, designed with 193 flags for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, is a powerful testament that ‘we must all unite and take a stand against this injustice.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Jaguar attacks take out livestock in northern Costa Rica

first_imgParts of Guatuso and Alajuela, in north-central Costa Rica, are on alert this week after a series of jaguar attacks left 10 farm animals dead.The daily La Nación reported that Environment Ministry (MINAE) officials are now in the area. The officials verified that the attacks are due to one or multiple jaguars in the area, and have released a list of recommendations for farmers to protect their animals.MINAE told farmers not to harm the endangered jaguars while they search for a solution. This week officials set up motion-activated cameras to determine from where the cats are coming and how to protect cattle.Costa Rica historically has had problems with jaguar and farmer conflicts. The felines require a territory of 40 square miles of forest, an area that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. The destruction of their natural habitat combined with illegal hunting of their primary food sources has driven some jaguars onto farms to hunt cattle for food.The encounters often result in farmers illegally killing the big cats in order to protect their herds.  In June, photos of two farmers posing with a jaguar pelt went viral, alarming the Costa Rican animal rights community. MINAE and nonprofit jaguar protection groups are now devising ways to help farmers safeguard their livestock, while also preserving the lives of the endangered cat species.According to Daniel Corrales, head of Costa Rica’s farmer-jaguar cohabitation project Panthera, farmers have a number of options that don’t involve killing the jaguar.“Our project teaches farms how to make simple changes to deter cats,” Corrales told The Tico Times. “Sometimes all it takes is moving the cows closer to the farmer’s home or building a fence.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Jaguar’s death by hunters alarms Costa Ricans In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport Scientists use Calvin Klein cologne to lure reclusive Nicaraguan jaguars; what might it do for you?last_img read more

Explore Ho Chi Minh City

first_imgOnce the Saigon of French diplomats, English writers as well as American soldiers is now perhaps the prime tourist attraction of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh in itself is one of the most popular tourist destination in Asia.Source: BBClast_img