Trinamool leader Anubrata Mondal admitted to Kolkata hospital

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and strongman Anubrata Mondal underwent a minor surgery at the state-run SSKM Hospital here on Sunday, the hospital sources said. According to the doctors, Mondal, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President, has been kept under observation as he is also suffering from high diabetes and high blood pressure. “Mondal was admitted to SSKM on Friday (July 5) with high diabetes. Today he underwent a fistula operation. We kept him under observation for the first two days as he had high blood sugar and blood pressure,” said the doctor monitoring Mondal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Noting that the operation was successful, the doctor said Mondal was expected to be released from the hospital in the next 48 hours if his condition remained stable. Mondal, who shares a cordial relationship with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, has been in news many times for making controversial statements in public, including asking the party activists to “hurl bomb at the police”. During the 2019 general elections in the state, Mondal was kept under strict surveillance on the polling day in Birbhum after he allegedly threatened the poll officials to work in favour of his party. However, the firebrand leader remained largely away from public eye after the 2019 poll results were announced. Though Trinamool Congress managed to hold on to the two Lok Sabha seats in Birbhum, the BJP, went ahead in a number of Assembly segments.last_img read more

RCMP charges another official in connection with alleged shipbuilding leak

first_imgOTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a second public official with breach of trust over the alleged leak of cabinet secrets around a $700-million naval shipbuilding contract.The police force says it charged Matthew Matchett today with one count of breach of trust, saying he illegally disclosed government information to unauthorized parties.RCMP spokeswoman Stephanie Dumoulin says Matchett worked for Public Services and Procurement Canada.Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended as the Canadian military’s second-in-command in January 2017 and is also fighting a charge of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding.The RCMP says the charge against Matchett comes after an extensive investigation that began more than three years ago.Matchett is to appear in court March 5.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ontario professor studies the science behind spark in microwaved grapes

first_imgPETERBOROUGH – Aaron Slepkov and his buddies first tossed grapes into a microwave back in the mid-1990s.Within seconds, the fruits spark like lightning.He was hooked and broke out the trick at parties.Now, the Trent University physics professor has published his examination of the phenomenon’s underlying mechanism in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study went viral.“The project went from ‘WTF’ to ‘A-ha!’ in about five years,” said Slepkov. “It’s really discovery science, really curiosity based. Nobody starts a project and gets some undergrad to microwave grapes because they have designs on some big grant somewhere.”Well into his physics education, Slepkov began thinking more seriously about the grapes experiment.Later on he searched for more information on the phenomenon. There was no scientific literature, but he found the trick had gained popularity on YouTube with hundreds of videos and millions of views. YouTubers thought the grapes sparked due to conductivity on its surface, but there was nothing to back that up.In 2013, a young, keen student pestered Slepkov to volunteer in his lab.“He was young and untrained so I certainly wasn’t letting him near my expensive lasers,” Slepkov  said. “He was so persistent, I said for the cost of a microwave oven of $100, put him in the lab and have him microwave some grapes and find out what other conditions it works — other fruits, other shapes, that kind of thing.”That summer, they discovered the grapes didn’t need to be cut.“There have to be a pair of spheres or hemispheres — a single grape doesn’t spark, it heats up,” he said.“Then we put two grapes on a concave watch glass so they couldn’t roll away, then they spark all the time.”So, he thought, if you don’t need the “skin bridge” connecting the grapes, does he even need the skin, or the grapes?“What if a grape isn’t a grape?” he thought. “What if a grape to a microwave was just a ball of water?”So they tested hydrogel beads, the absorptive material found in diapers.“When we dipped them in salt water to make ions that ionize, they spark,” Slepkov said. “We realized it wasn’t grapes held together by a skin bridge, this is about balls of water.”The team found that a microwave — with a wavelength of 12 centimetres in air — is the exact same size of a grape in water due to what’s known as water’s high index of refraction, Slepkov explained. That’s when something interesting happens, he said.Microwaves accumulate and become trapped inside the grape, he said, and those light microwaves pack themselves in the centre and the grape begins to heat up. When a second grape comes in, or the other half of a cut grape, the microwaves concentrate at the sides near each other creating an intense electrical field.“The microwave light senses the other grape and wants to move there,” Slepkov said.The electric field becomes so high, he said, that it begins stripping electrons off sodium and potassium molecules, creating ions.“Once you have an ion of sodium or potassium, then all hell breaks loose and the rest of microwave oven is feeding that spark, ionizing the air and turning it into ball lightning,” he said.Slepkov gives a lot of credit to Hamza Khattak, the final undergraduate student to work on the project who also helped with imaging because of his burgeoning photography skills, along with Pablo Bianucci, a physics professor at Concordia University, both co-authors on the study.The internet loved the team’s work, especially its accessible and lively writing.One favourite is the opening line of the paper: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.”It is an homage to the opening line in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”Up until a week before publication, the article was titled “Grape Balls of Fire,” but the journal balked at it.“The paper was written with a lot of lighthearted humour,” Slepkov said. “We do try to take an attitude of work as play.”He said one potential application is antenna design for cellphones or wireless routers.“We’re hypothesizing maybe you can change antenna design because the grapes are acting as a concentrator for wireless radiation or cellphone radiation — effecting how we design antennas to help act as a signal booster,” he said.“This was such a silly project I didn’t tell anyone for the first three years because I thought I’d be laughed at. We do serious research, but it turns out there is some serious science at work here. I have students funded to microwave fruit because our gut tells us the answer will be interesting. And it is.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN regional advocates call on Governments to protect human rights defenders

9 December 2008Human rights defenders continue to pay a high price – including death, disappearance and torture – 10 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a declaration enshrining their protection, rights advocates said today, calling on governments to ensure their safety. “A climate of impunity for violations committed against defenders prevails in numerous countries of the world,” five UN and regional rights representatives said in a joint warning on the anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.“In every region of the world, defenders, and often their beloved ones, continue to be subjected to threats, killings, disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, surveillance, administrative and judicial harassment, defamation, and more generally, stigmatization by State authorities and non-State actors,” they added, while noting achievements such as regional mechanisms set up in Africa, Europe and the Americas to closely monitor the situation.These steps have significantly contributed to implementing the Declaration in their respective regions, by raising awareness on the work of defenders, designing protection frameworks and strategies, and promoting their human rights activities.But rights defenders still face illegitimate restrictions on the exercise of their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, access to information, access to funding, and freedoms of association, including registration, peaceful assembly, and movement, the five said. “Of particular concern for the signatories of this joint statement is the plight of defenders who, due to the sensitivity of their work, are most exposed to attacks and abuses,” they added. “These include women defenders, defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights, on rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons, on rights of indigenous peoples and persons belonging to minorities, and fighting impunity for serious crimes and corruption, as well as youth defenders.“They need specific and enhanced protection as well as targeted and deliberate efforts to make their working environment a safer, more enabling and accepting one,” they declared.Calling on States other stakeholders to recognize the defenders’ activities as legitimate human rights work, ensure the removal of all obstacles, and take proactive measures to support such work, they stressed that the primary responsibility for such protection lies with Governments.“Very often firm public stands in support of human rights defenders can transform a situation of vulnerability into one of empowerment for defenders. The new decade ahead must be one in which the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders are made a reality worldwide,” they concluded.The joint statement comes ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be commemorated worldwide tomorrow.The five are: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya; Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Reine Alapini-Gansou; Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg; Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Janez Lenarcic; and Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Santiago A. Canton. read more

Severe thunderstorm alert for Niagara June 17

Brock officials are keeping a close eye on a severe thunderstorm watch for all of Niagara today.According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain. There is also a risk of a tornado.The threat of severe thunderstorms exists until this evening.Environment Canada Alerts for Niagara (June 17)Brock officials will continue to monitor the weather and make any information relevant to this storm available to the Brock community.Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.For more info: read more

SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship

first_imgApplication period opens December 1. Successful candidate will affect public policy in Washington, D.C. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is offering a seasoned mining expert the chance to apply his or her industry knowledge to positively affect change in the laws that govern the US mining and minerals industry in Washington, D.C. The second SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellow will be placed on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee during the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Fellowship runs from September 1, 2015 to August 30, 2016. The purpose of this mining-specific Fellowship is to provide an opportunity to make practical contributions to the development of environmental, natural resources, science and public policy issues. The first SME Congressional Fellow, Dr. Joshua Hoffman, P.E., began working as a mining resource adviser to the staff of the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on October 1, 2014. His responsibilities involve conducting legislative and oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, preparing briefs, conducting research and writing speeches. The application period for the 2015 -‘16 SME Congressional Fellowship program runs December 1-31, 2014. Applicants must be a member of SME at the time the Fellowship term begins and have either a Doctorate in geology, mining, metallurgical engineering or mineral processing, or a Master’s degree in mining or metallurgical engineering with at least three years of professional experience. Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director – Public Affairs and Government Relations, 303-948-4250,, or Jackie Dorr at more information on SME’s Congressional Fellowship Program, visit read more

Top management rotation at Robit

first_imgJussi Rautiainen has stepped down as CEO of rock tools major Robit PLC after overseeing 11 years of successful growth. On January 2 2016 he began a new role “focusing on planning and execution of Robit PLC’s future structural growth.” Rautiainen states that after a long period of a strong growth, he wanted to take an initiative to the job rotation. As a listed company Robit Plc can now direct itself to a significant growth also structurally.The new CEO is Mikko Mattila, who has already had a 15 year career at Robit. He has been responsible for the take-over and integration of the South Korean operation and lately has headed up the Finnish manufacturing company and acted as a Group Executive VP. Mattila also has over 10 years of experience in international sales management in the company.Chairman Harri Sjöholm thanked Rautiainen “for the excellent managing of the company and for the exceptional successful growth.” During Rautiainen’s period in charge the company’s net sales grew seven fold and expanded Robit from a local actor in the rock tools market to an international one. Sjöholm also wished the best possible success to new CEO Mattila in his new tasks.last_img read more

Dagur Sigursson extends contract with Fuchse for two more years

Fuchse Berlin has been the hot team in this Toyota Bundesliga season as they have 6 wins out of 6 games. One of the reasons for this is their coach, the Islandese Dagur Sigurdsson. He arrived in 2009, and transformed the ‘Foxes’ into a respectable team with possible high-ending position ambitions this year. Now they binded him to stay in Berlin for two more years by offering him attractive contract, which expires in 2013.The satisfaction was mutual, as both Dagur and managing director Bob Hanning were delighted with the prolongation of the contract. Dagur said that “he was happy to stay in Berlin more, and that this team can even make bigger successes”, while Mr Henning added that “its wonderful that Dagur is staying, and that now they can in peace concentrate on the future tasks”. ← Previous Story Lino Cervar won’t be a coach of Macedonia NT Next Story → Rutenka to play for Belarus again read more

Animal rights group to contact schools after cats killed with firecrackers in

first_imgANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP ARAN has said it will start contacting schools in Drogheda first thing tomorrow morning in relation to reports of children in a housing estate using firecrackers on two cats.It is understood that the incident took place last week but the bodies of the cats were only found over the weekend and the group described reports of the violence against the cats – one of which was a kitten – as “horrendous”.The group said in a statement today it wants teachers to open up their doors for its campaigners to visit the children in the local area “in order to bring light on the cruelty of animals and the importance of treating them with respect and kindness”.The group recently made a public appeal after the popular RTÉ drama Love/Hate featured a scene in which a cat was shot, causing an uproar among animal lovers, with the broadcaster receiving more than 40 complaints.ARAN’s John Carmody said cats are “classed as vermin” and that the group is “absolutely heartbroken to see that some children turned on the most vulnerable animal for a few moments of “fun””.“We are calling on teachers across Drogheda to let our experienced campaigners into the schools in order to show children that cruelty to animals is not cool or fun, but is nothing more than a cowardly act on those weaker than us,” he added.Related: Animal rights charity calls for Love/Hate boycott after cat shooting scene>Read: Over 40 complaints lodged over Love/Hate cat shooting scene>last_img read more

Your baby dolphin making the most of the Wexford winter sunshine pics

first_img[Image: Myles Carroll Photography]THE SOUTH EAST coast has long been a popular spot for whale and dolphin spotters — and last weekend was a particularly rewarding one for enthusiasts, with a 30 to 40 strong pod of dolphins sighted off Hook Head in Co Wexford.Amongst their number was the dolphin pup pictured above — photographer Myles Carroll snapped a variety of action shots featuring the mammal, swimming alone and in the company of its older ‘school-mates’.January and February are a busy time for whale watching in the area; in recent days several fin whales were also spotted. Second only to the blue whale in terms of size, the mammals were seen around three miles off Brownstown Head.“The area’s definitely grown in popularity over the last few years as more people hear about it,” the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group‘s Deirdre Slevin told“The whales tend to follow the herring which is why you’d have an increase in sightings in January and February as there would be more herring around.”The IWDG is organising a whale & dolphin spotting expedition off Hook Head this Saturday aboard the Celtic Mist — Charlie Haughey’s former yacht, which was donated to the group by the former Taoiseach’s family in 2012.You can email for further information.last_img read more

Viewers for ESPN special on XFL Former Impact star at WWE tryout

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Could make a nice tag team. Still waiting for Kong to show up. Everyone immediately on notice. Starting with Nikki Bella. Pinterest Well, considering that everywhere except WWE he is known as Rey Mysterio, Jr., that he is constantly referred to as second generation by all announcers outside WWE and that it is well known that his uncle is Rey Mysterio, Sr. (a fact that is also noted by all announcers outside WWE), I beg to differ. WWE doesn’t like for wrestlers to use the suffix Jr. because they don;t want it to look like they’re living off their father’s name. If WWE allowed it, we’d hear Jr. and Sr. quite often. Jr. would have followed the names of Hall of Famer Bob Orton, Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Ted DiBiase, Manu (who is actually Afa Anoai Jr., son of WWE Hall of Famer Afa of the Wild Samoans), and the aforementioned Rey Mysterio. Jr. would also follow the name of current WWE Champion John Cena. Sr. would follow the names of WWE Hall of Famer Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Chavo Guerrero (aka Chavo Classic), the aforementioned WWE Hall of Famer Afa of the Wild Samoans. Wayne Martin Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR February 5, 2017 at 11:36 pm Wayne Martin Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wayne Martin February 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm Names of female performers that took part in a tryout in the UK for WWE over the week Joey Styles for next ROH commentator! XFL announces multi-year television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games starting in 2020 I do. February 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning More viewers than the average XFL game. February 5, 2017 at 4:04 am Now Playing Up Next Viewers for ESPN special on XFLLast night’s ESPN “30 for 30” documentary about XFL drew 917,000 viewers according to a report by WWE posted this clip to Twitter from the show.“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS THE XFL!” Nobody said it better than @VinceMcMahon himself… @espn @30for30— WWE (@WWE) February 3, 2017Former Impact star at WWE is featuring an article (with photos) about a tryout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando this week which featured former Impact Wrestling star Lei’D Tapa.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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TheCyberZon TheCyberZon February 6, 2017 at 1:25 am Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 2nd generation sort of, and similar size as Nia, wouldn’t surprised me she got hired There’s no sort of about it. She’s the niece of The Barbarian which makes her second generation period. Second generation means you had a previous generation of your family (that could be parent, aunt, or uncle in the business (in this case wrestling) before you. It would also apply If none of of them were in the business before you but a grandparent, great aunt, or great uncle was. In that case it’s referred to as second generation with one skipped. no one considers Mysterio 2nd generation part of me wishes the xfl was still around considering how soft the nfl has gotten. JFJ Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. February 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm Wayne Martin February 6, 2017 at 1:34 am Now Playing Up Next no one in ECW or WCW called him Jr because its not his dad who’s the wrestler, i’m well aware of all the 2nd generation stars but if you’re a niece or nephew you’re not 2nd generation in my book, some may agree some may not, but neither are wrong I meant no 1 called him 2nd generation, typed wrong thing sorry February 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm True, it was one of Vince McMahon’s million dollar ideas, but he had let it go because of $$$$$$$$$ issues. I mean I can arguably understand that, I mean running a billion dollar company, film and TV studio, TV shows, PPVs’, hotel, website, having hectic schedules, etc., and making budget cuts.I mean everyone can understand that. February 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm February 4, 2017 at 1:29 am Gary Michael Cappetta and David Penzer always introduced him as Rey Mysterio Jr. in WCW and announcers Tony Schiavone and Mike Tenay would also refer to him as Rey Mysterio Jr. as seen (and heard) here, here,and here. Yes but I said AVERAGE XFL game. The viewership of later games & especially towards the end brings down the average from that opening day number substantially. Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon ok OC O February 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm Wayne Martin is just trying to save face after being proven wrong. His book needs to be rewritten. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the sole real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred during the week of February 10, 2019:Address: 11 Beech StreetPrice: $782,500Buyer: Tamara E. WardSeller: 3 Holly Street LLCDate: 2/15/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,454sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Real Estate Transactions (Week of August 20, 2019)In “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Free for a limited time For Honor PC

first_img Some of the best games of 2018 2 Share your voice 1:18 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Get your gladiator on in For Honor. Ubisoft Today, because reasons, I wouldn’t mind wreaking some (virtual) havoc with a sword. So the timing here couldn’t be better: For a limited time, Ubisoft is offering the awesome action game For Honor Standard Edition (PC) for free. Regular price: $40. See it at UbisoftI haven’t installed it yet, but you can bet I’m going to. Here’s what GameSpot had to say about For Honor: “It’s an incredibly entertaining fighter that’s satisfying both in single and multiplayer, even despite the narrative flaws of its story mode.”To get the game, you’ll need the Uplay software client and a Ubisoft account (both free as well). That requirement aside, this is a flat-out freebie, no strings attached. The game is yours to keep even after the giveaway window ends on Aug. 28.Don’t have enough PC horsepower to run such a graphics-intensive title? Here’s a list of some great games for your nongaming laptop. Video Games Now playing: Watch this: Comments Tags The Cheapskatelast_img read more

Chinese Icebreaker Set for Sixth Arctic Expedition

first_imgDrift ice camp in the middle of the Arctic Ocean as seen from the deck of icebreaker XueLong, July 2010. Photo: Timo Palo via Wikimedia Commons.China’s icebreaking research vessel Xuelong, orSnow Dragon, will soon begin another summer in the arctic.Chinese state media Xinhua reports the Snow Dragon is set to leave its Shanghai base next week to embark on a sixth summer expedition to the North Pole.A crew of nearly 130 scientists and other crew members will take part in the 76-day trip, which will mostly focus on environmental research in the polar region, officials from the Polar Research Institute of China said.The team will set up eight short-term and one long-term observation stations on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, setting up what one scientist called the largest on-ice observations in China’s arctic expeditions so far.The project is also seeking information as to how El Niño might affect the polar region, especially with regard to ice coverage.The trip figures into what has become an increased presence in the arctic by China and other non-arctic nations. The intergovernmental agency known as the Arctic Council has granted China and 11 other nations permanent “observer status” as of 2013. As early as 2010, China was sending ice breakers through the Arctic Ocean, following a route that could cut shipping times to northern Europe by up to two weeks when compared to the current route through the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal.The Xuelong is China’s only functioning ice breaker, but Chinese media The China Daily reports the country is expecting to build a second icebreaker by 2016.last_img read more

Is comedian Ali vexing Nagababu to get MLA ticket from Pawan Kalyans

first_imgComedian Ali and Pawan KalyanFacebookComedian Ali, who recently joined YSR Congress Party, is said to have now requested actor Nagababu to lobby for an MLA ticket from his brother, power star Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party.After a 20-year-long association, Ali recently quit the Telugu Desam Party. He alleged that the party was not announcing his candidature. Hence, he changed his mind and resigned from the party. He joined the YSR Congress Party in the presence of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence 10 days ago.Ali is a close friend of Pawan Kalyan, who used to force directors to create roles for the comedy actor in his movies. After he quit TDP, many expected him to join Jana Sena Party. Talking about it, he had said, “I prefer to keep our friendship separate from politics and cinema. Besides, Pawan didn’t invite me to join his party, so I didn’t.”Ali said that he has joined the YSR Congress party unconditionally and he would accept whatever comes his way. He might not contest the elections and would campaign for the party. But now it is rumoured that Jagan Mohan Reddy had given him some assurances and he expected Jagan to give him party ticket. However, the YCP chief followed the surveys strictly and rewarded hard working leaders.The buzz in the media is that Ali, who is upset with YCP, is said to be ready to join the Jana Sena Party if he gets the assembly ticket. It is reported that the comedian spoke to Pawan Kalyan over the telephone on Wednesday and requested him for a party ticket. But the latter told him that it was too late for him to ask for it.It is said that Ali would have got a party ticket, if he had approached Pawan Kalyan a week ago. Without losing hope, he has requested his elder brother Nagababu to lobby for a party ticket for him. It should be seen whether the Jana Sena Party would change his mind to close friend.last_img read more

Budget 2017 will focus on encouraging public private spending Arun Jaitley

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the next budget (expected to be presented in the first week of February 2017) will focus on encouraging additional public as well as private spending to boost economic growth. Jaitley also said that the country is aspiring to become a developed economy and at present a 7-7.5 percent GDP growth does not satisfy its requirements.”Therefore spending more and now” is the focus, Jaitley said and added that infrastructure spending “certainly needs a booster. Therefore, the areas where we were lacking, whether in terms of encouraging investment by the private sector and so on, I think these are going to be the areas where the budget should concentrate on.”   For the budget session next year, the central government has planned to prepone the budget presentation date to the first week of February (Feb 1) from the annual practice of presenting the budget in the last week of February every year. Additionally, the 2017-18 budget would be the first time that the railways budget is merged with the Union budget. Talking about the central government’s demonetisation move, the finance minister said “altering the normal is extremely disruptive but in the long run you will have a higher GDP, a higher revenue and probably far cleaner economy and far cleaner public life,” as quoted by a PTI report.Further, while talking about the rollout of the contentious Goods and Services (GST) bill, Jaitley said that while the opposition and other political parties have been trying to postpone the implementation of the bill, he has assured that the GST will be implemented before September 2017. “I am conscious of the fact that the current political attitude of some political parties is to delay the implementation of GST but the constitutional mandate is very clear,” he said, adding the old taxation regime can continue for one year from the date of notification, which was September 16, 2016.According to media reports, he also said that “nobody has the luxury of time to be in the position to pressurise, if not blackmail, and say it will be deferred. The Constitution today mandates that the GST has to come in place before September 16, 2017, and states who do not do it will lose the right to collect taxes.”last_img read more

Communal forces enemies of the nation

first_imgAwami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader speaks at a rally at Palashi intersection in Dhaka on Friday, 23 August, 2019. Photo: UNBRuling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the enemies of the country’s Hindu community are also the enemies of the nation, reports UNB. “Those who are your (the Hindu community) enemies and hostile to you are communal forces … They’re the enemies of the state,” he told a rally at Palashi intersection in the city on the occasion of Janmashtami. Quder, also the road transport and bridges minister, said there is no reason for the Hindus to worry about their safety as long as the incumbent government, under leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, is in power. He said the Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is at an all-time best. “We’re enjoying the best relation with India,” he said. He mentioned that the prime minister will visit Delhi in October to meet her Indian counterpart.last_img read more

Unifor head supports Air Canadas bid for Transat citing stability

first_img MONTREAL — The largest private-sector union in the country says Air Canada is employees’ best option when it comes to the purchase of Quebec tour operator Transat A.T.Unifor president Jerry Dias argued in an open letter Wednesday that while takeovers can work against employees’ best interest, his union is backing the option that offers the most stability and job security.Last month Transat’s board of directors approved a takeover offer by Air Canada over other bidders, though the $520-million deal faces legal and regulatory scrutiny along with resistance from major Transat shareholders.The announcement came three days after Ottawa greenlighted Onex Corp.’s proposed $3.5-billion acquisition of WestJet Airlines Ltd. on June 24.Dias said in a phone interview Wednesday that hedge funds have little stake in protecting companies in the long-term and frequently wind up selling off profitable parts before abandoning ship.“They bust up the company, they sell off the assets,” he said. “At least a company like Air Canada has a long history, and they’re not going anywhere.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“For me it’s about stability. It’s about a common-sense business model that keeps people employed instead of an industry that’s based on making a quick buck,” Dias said.Unifor represents more than 4,000 sales and customer service agents at Air Canada, but no employees at Transat, where about half of the 5,000 workers are unionized.Other unions representing machinists, flight attendants and pilots on both sides of the pending purchase say it is still too early to weigh in.The two companies say the deal will likely close early next year. It must pass the scrutiny of the Competition Bureau and win over major Transat shareholders.Letko, Brosseau and Associates, the Montreal-based travel company’s largest stakeholder at just under 20 per cent, has stated its opposition to the $13-per-share purchase price.The Quebec Federation of Labour Solidarity Fund and the Caisse, which hold 11.56 per cent and 5.83 per cent, respectively, have not yet made their opinions public. Thursday, July 18, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Press Unifor head supports Air Canada’s bid for Transat, citing stability Share Tags: Air Canada, Air Transat, Uniforlast_img read more

The Tico Times Circulation Department and a lost newspaper way of life

first_imgRelated posts:At 60, The Tico Times celebrates tradition — and reinvention The Tico Times Circulation Department and a lost newspaper way of life Two US journalists killed during live TV broadcast Part of the Berlin Wall stands in Costa Rica, 26 years after its fall We are proud to share this reflection from our former Editor and Publisher Dery Dyer, daughter of Tico Times Founder Elisabeth Dyer and Publisher Richard Dyer, as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary.A classmate from my U.S. prep school recently sent me the following comment after I’d thanked her for sending me photos of our 50th class reunion:“What would have been unimaginable 50 years ago is that you saw my photos in a computer (what is that?) and that you sent me a missive from Costa Rica via a cloud of electrons that reached me within 5 minutes on a crosstown bus in New York, and that I read the missive on a telephone.”Just as unimaginable 60 years ago — or even 10! — was that someday The Tico Times would be reaching its readers via that same cloud of electrons. So, on the TT’s 60th birthday, I’d like to offer a toast: not only to the newspaper, but also to the memory of its Circulation Department.After making sure you received your paper week after week for so many years, this once-essential department vanished overnight — deleted as swiftly and as totally as if a key had been pressed — when The Tico Times went online-only in 2012.It was hard to believe. Circulation had always been the department that made all the others’ work worthwhile. It got the news into the readers’ hands and spread the word about Costa Rica around the world.It also bonded us with our readers. Every subscriber — whether in Alajuela or Afghanistan (yep, we had readers in Afghanistan!) — was a real person who had become part of our worldwide community. Our readers turned into friends: they’d write chatty little notes on their renewal notices, send us comments, photos and articles, and drop by the office to say hello.In the beginning, there was no Circulation Department. Everybody at The Tico Times did everything. When wearing our Circulation hats, we worked with little file boxes containing each subscriber’s address and subscription status typed on index cards.Every week we spent hours typing labels on sheets of paper, cutting them out with scissors and sticking them on the newspapers with white glue. Before long we were photocopying the sheets of paper so we didn’t have to type all the addresses each week, but we were still cutting and pasting.Then we acquired a nifty little machine which printed address labels from metal plates that had to be laboriously engraved on another little machine, and the Circulation Department was born. It had its own staff and was required to keep track of subscriptions, sales, and press runs in order to generate the all-important Circulation Reports.Little by little, computers arrived, making everything a lot easier. But as the paper grew, so did the circulation challenges.Every day there were subscriptions to be processed, renewal notices to be sent out, sales points to be checked and restocked… all of it leading up to Thursday nights, the Circulation Department’s adrenaline-fueled equivalent of the newsroom’s deadline, when the team worked feverishly all night manhandling piles of freshly printed newspapers so that the world could read us.Staffers loaded bundles of papers onto waiting trucks bound for sales points in the provinces. Then they bundled papers for the home-delivery guys waiting with their motorcycles and route lists; counted stacks of papers to give drivers for distribution to sales points around the Central Valley; and labeled, stamped and sorted piles of papers into color-coded batches for the mail subscribers. These were rushed to the Post Office to be sent all over the country and to the many different areas of the world — the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania — where our subscribers lived.Over time, the number of subscribers in the United States and Canada grew so large that we started air-freighting packages of papers to Miami and mailing them in bulk from there, which meant tearing to the airport as soon as they came off the press to get them on the earliest possible flight.Later it made more sense to print the North America-bound papers in the U.S. This required making an extra set of page negatives and another frantic airport dash on Thursday evenings to get them ASAP to our U.S. printer.Once again, computer technology eventually speeded things up, enabling us to ship the pages electronically; however, the Thursday-night marathon in Costa Rica continued for all the papers going elsewhere.The entire circulation routine was so tightly coordinated that the slightest glitch along the way — if we were late getting on or off the press, if a plane couldn’t land, if a holiday meant the Post Office was closed, if a delivery guy was out sick — provoked a whole chain of chaos and an avalanche of complaints the following week, each of which had to be answered with a personal letter, phone call or e-mail, as well as with replacement copies rushed out by messenger or first-class mail.The Circulation Dept. ended up being the most dramatic casualty of The Tico Times’ switch to digital delivery because an entire busy, hard-working world went extinct without leaving a single trace of its existence. There’s simply no equivalent in the newspaper’s online incarnation to remember it by. (The dinosaurs, at least, left fossils.)So here’s to its memory! We could never have imagined a newspaper without paper, or without a Circulation Department to circulate it. But then, can any of us imagine how people will be getting their news 60 years from now? Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Sabre unveils sneak peek of new next generation agency platform

first_imgSabre unveils sneak peek of new, next-generation travel agency platform www.sabreredworkspace.comSabre unveils sneak peek of new, next-generation travel agency platformGlobal travel technology leader Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has given travel consultants and suppliers across the airline, hotel, rail, cruise and car rental industries a sneak peek at its game-changing Sabre Red Workspace. The software solution will harness the changes in the industry and provide both retailers and suppliers with a content rich marketplace, intelligent decision support tools and predictive data insights that enable agents and suppliers to more easily create personalised experiences for travellers.Developed on Sabre’s merchandising platform providing access to its award-winning GDS, travel consultants around the world will benefit from a more intuitive way to book travel, while airlines, hotels and other industry suppliers are now empowered to market their brands in the same way they market in other channels.“Data, analytics, personalisation and mobile have been trending in the marketplace for some time and offer exciting opportunities for buyers and suppliers to meet changing traveller needs,” said Sean Menke, president of Sabre Travel Network. “Travellers want more than an itinerary; they want to feel confident about their purchases and expect a trip built around choice. That’s why in addition to a superior user experience, our new Sabre Red Workspace provides travel consultants with data insights, relevant offers and price transparency. Data and analytics are critical assets to increase productivity and efficiency in the retail world, and our travel insight engine will help drive decision-making, revenue optimisation and true personalisation.”Sabre will begin upgrading travel agency customers to the new solution in early 2017, after a pilot later this year.“Despite the South Pacific having a mature travel market, the impact of big data, social media and easier access to extensive travel information online over recent years has resulted in rising traveller expectations,” commented Richard Morgan, regional director for Sabre Travel Network South Pacific. “Travellers are expecting more choice, flexibility and personalisation – all while clinching an even better ‘deal’ each time. The new Sabre Red Workspace will help everyone – from the travel suppliers to the retailers – respond to these new demands.”Agents and suppliers who have been involved in the development of the innovative solution have helped drive the user interface of the new travel marketplace solution, combining the look and feel of a consumer-focused website with insights, tools and features that help drive more personalised offerings to sell travel more effectively.“This solution will position my travel consultants as the experts by providing them with unprecedented levels of data, in an easy to read way through the decision support bar. This will enable us to focus on person-to-person retailing which is key for us in this evolving industry,” commented Jen Micklethwait, Team Leader at CT Connections.What’s New? The combination of data-driven booking trend information with intuitive design and a consumer-grade user interface, smart product differentiation for air extras and Branded Fares, and inspirational shopping are among the many new features enabling agents to deliver personalised experiences and invaluable consultancy to their customers.The new Sabre Red Workspace intelligent platform features innovative integration of Sabre Dev Studio APIs, to equip travel consultants with a unique Decision Support Bar providing market data and intelligence services for fare trend and range, travel seasonality and alternate airports. Just imagine if a travel consultant could advise on the best time to book to get the best price, predict the best days of travel, or even offer more options to choose from including alternate airports displayed in interactive maps. That’s travel consultancy at its best, with simplified comparison shopping to cleverly serve the specific needs of travellers.The user-friendly interface of the new end-to-end solution also integrates revenue maximisation tools, including unique indicators that alert the travel consultants about opportunities to increase sales and commissions while offering differentiated options that cater to the traveller’s preferences. The enhanced product information, especially for air extras and Branded Fares, simplifies the shopping experience and reduces training times for newly hired travel consultants.Value for Suppliers The new Sabre Red Workspace is also an enhanced platform for suppliers. The Sabre platform features advanced merchandising capabilities with enhanced product information through images, video and more, enabling airlines, hotels and other travel providers to leverage the Sabre travel marketplace for an omni-channel marketing strategy. The graphically-rich workflow supports ancillary and branded fares sales, and enhanced hotel capabilities.“Sabre Red Workspace was designed with both supplier and agent needs in mind. Suppliers can count on improved consistency across channels while agents can work wherever and however they want, moving seamlessly between command and graphical interfaces,” said Menke.The new Sabre Red Workspace will provide a consistent user experience across multiple operating systems and devices, including desktop, Sabre Red Mobile for consultants while on-the-go, and Sabre Web Services powering the world’s leading online travel agencies. The new merchandising platform is an upgrade that proves continuous innovation to provide stability, speed and performance in travel commerce transactions.About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements herein are forward-looking statements about trends, future events, uncertainties and our plans and expectations of what may happen in the future. Any statements that are not historical or current facts are forward-looking statements. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “promises,” “guidance,” “expect,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “intend,” “believe,” “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Sabre’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the timing and effects of the implementation of the platform described herein, dependency on transaction volumes in the global travel industry, particularly air travel transaction volumes, the financial and business effects of acquisitions, including integration of these acquisitions, adverse global and regional economic and political conditions, including, but not limited to, economic conditions in countries or regions with traditionally high levels of exports to China or that have commodities-based economies, risks arising from global operations, exposure to pricing pressure in the Travel Network business, the implementation and effects of new agreements, dependence on maintaining and renewing contracts with customers and other counterparties, dependence on relationships with travel buyers, changes affecting travel supplier customers, travel suppliers’ usage of alternative distribution models, and competition in the travel distribution market and solutions markets. More information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect our business and results of operations is included in the “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 19, 2016 and in the “Risk Factors” section in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on April 28, 2016. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future events, outlook, guidance, results, actions, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Unless required by law, Sabre undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events after the date they are made.Source = Sabrelast_img read more