SD 60 K12 support workers reach tentative agreement

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A tentative agreement has been reached with K-12 support workers in School District 60 on June 19 following a two-day session.CUPE 4653 President, Maureen Hummel, says it was a productive bargaining session.She also says she is proud of the Union’s bargaining team to ensure that no one was left behind when reaching any agreements. “It was a productive bargaining session with professionalism and respect shown on both sides. I am extremely proud of our bargaining team for their dedication and passion as they worked to make sure that ‘no one was left behind’.”The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019 and once the new agreement is ratified, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.CUPE 4653 represents more than 500 members who provide services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities within the North Peace.For more information about CUPE members working in K-12, you can visit read more

Morocco Seafood Exports Up 4 in First 3 Quarters of

Rabat – Morocco’s seafood products exports recorded a 4 % increase during the first 3 quarters of 2014, Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhannouch said.Akhannouch, who was speaking Tuesday at the House of Councilors, added that the overall volume of seafood exports during this period reached 400,000 tonnes, worth MAD 11.3 billion.The minister attributed this growth to record maritime products exports in 2013 which reached 535,000 tons (MAD 15.7 billion). He also noted that since the implementation of the Halieutis strategy in 2009 up to 2013, the Kingdom’s seafood exports grew by 6 % year-on-year. read more

Muslim Woman Slams Donald Trump Gets Like from Mark Zuckerberg

Rabat – A California Muslim woman has hit back at Donald Trump’s plans to force American Muslims to register on a national data base, in a letter posted on Facebook. The post has gone viral.Marwa Balkar, 22, posted the letter on her Facebook account last week, along with a picture of herself wearing a peace sign on her shirt.‘I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself,’ she began in the post. ‘I am not easily identifiable as a Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am. I chose the peace sign because it represents my Islam.’‘The one that taught me to oppose injustice and yearn for unity. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity.’The 22-year-old girl went on to invite Trump to spend the day with her since he plans to ‘track’ Muslims.“I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school… You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J [Peanut Butter and Jam] sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome,” she wrote. “Maybe then you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are. Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are,” Marwa concluded.Marwa’s post has gone viral on Facebook. It has so far been shared over 158,884 times and  amassed almost 600,000 ‘likes’, including one from the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.Marwa’s post has gone viral, amassing almost 600,000 ‘likes’, including one from the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.Marwa told ABC 7 that she wrote the post because she felt she needed to stop Trump from ruining ‘people’s perspectives’ on who Muslim Americans are. read more

UN hails Global Fund approval of 29 billion to fight AIDS TB

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved new grants totalling $2.9 billion, drawing immediate praise from the United Nations.”We believe that the grants that were approved today will be a significant step forward to helping millions of people around the world to cope with the world’s worst epidemics,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.He noted that the new funds would help push forward the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria by putting 932,000 people on antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS, and financing 123 million Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACT) anti-malarial treatments, 44 million impregnated bed nets and Directly Observed Therapy Shortcourse (DOTS) treatment for 640,000 new tuberculosis patients.This is the fourth round of grant approvals since the Global Fund was established in 2002 at the initiative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In total, $3 billion has been disbursed for 310 grants in 129 countries.More than 85 per cent of the grants announced today will go to low-income countries, the Global Fund said. Just under half will be for HIV/AIDS, while 40 per cent will be spent on malaria.The Fund’s Executive Director, Richard Feachem, said the grants, while only a start, would have a measurable impact. “We expect to see a noticeable reduction in mortality in a few years, in particular from malaria,” he said.The Global Fund is a public-private partnership involving governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities. It works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. read more

Liberia UN report calls for ending sometimes deadly cultural practices that violate

“Liberia’s human rights obligations must take precedence over any local practices considered to be ‘cultural’ or ‘traditional’ where such practices are incompatible with human rights principles,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said as his Office and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) released a report on the issue.The study, based on in-depth interviews with victims, family members, community leaders, Government officials and civil society between January 2012 and September 2015, shows that violations disproportionately affect women, children, elderly people, the destitute and those with disabilities, with criminal offenses going unpunished due to their perceived cultural dimensions.Some 58 per cent of Liberian women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) – generally without anaesthesia – a practice widely used by a secret society called Sande and affecting poor households twice as much as wealthy ones.“In addition to the extreme pain…the lack of medically sterilized equipment and facilities increases the likelihood of infection and lasting physical damage, and may even lead to death,” the report stressed.It also documents abductions, forced initiations, torture and rape by members of another secret society called Poro. Non-members considered to have transgressed its rules, for instance by ‘trespassing’ on its sacred ground or remaining outdoors during Poro activities, have also at times been forcefully initiated, tortured and, in two documented cases, gang-raped.“Accusations of witchcraft are common in Liberia, and often have devastating consequences for the accused, who may be subjected to trial by ordeal, ‘cleansing’ or ‘exorcism’ rituals, expulsion, ostracization, and even death,” the study reported, also citing many cases of trial by ordeal that amounted to physical and psychological torture, and in some cases even led to death.“The authorities often hesitate to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal, due to the perceived cultural dimensions of the practice,” it noted. “This has generated widespread culture of impunity among traditional actors.”The report documents nine cases of suspected ritualistic killings, including three last August and September, in one of which a motorcycle driver in Ganta was killed, allegedly for ritualistic purposes. This sparked riots during which a man accused of this alleged ritual murder was killed by an angry mob.“These events illustrate the lack of faith many Liberians have in the capacity and willingness of local authorities to take action in cases of ritualistic killing, and of the formal justice system to hold perpetrators accountable,” it said. “This situation raises serious concerns in view of the 2017 national elections when the number of ritualistic killings is likely to increase.”Mr. Zeid called on State authorities to act to prevent these violations, ensure the prosecution of alleged perpetrators, and provide victims with all necessary medical and psychosocial support and access to redress.“While the report takes note of the progress made by the Government in combatting such practices, the recent incident in Ganta shows the urgent need to strengthen the formal justice system,” UNMIL chief Farid Zarif said.“If Liberia wants to make a good and positive use of its rich and abundant culture and traditions, it has to align some of these practices with its international human rights obligations,” he underscored. read more

Rookie Josh Adams becomes answer for Eagles at running back

PHILADELPHIA — An undrafted rookie who began the season on the practice squad kept the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoff race.Josh Adams helped the Eagles overcome deficits of 12-0 and 19-3 in a 25-22 victory over the New York Giants that moved the defending Super Bowl champions within one game of the Redskins and Cowboys in the mediocre NFC East.The Eagles (5-6) host Washington (6-5) next Monday and visit Dallas (6-5) on Dec. 9.Coach Doug Pederson has been searching for an answer at running back since Jay Ajayi sustained a season-ending knee injury in October and veteran Darren Sproles injured his hamstring in Week 1.Adams emerged from a backfield that includes Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. He ran for a season-best 84 yards on 22 carries against the Giants, including a 1-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion. Adams also had a 52-yard TD run negated by a holding penalty.“To his credit, with taking advantage of some of the injuries, he has just kind of slowly worked himself into this position,” Pederson said Monday.“It’s not to discount or discredit Corey and Wendell because they do a lot of great things as well. It’s just that Josh now has kind of taken that lead, and we continue to grow and try to increase his touches each week.”Adams signed with the Eagles after playing three seasons at Notre Dame but was among the final cuts. He returned to the team on the practice squad and was promoted to the roster after the second game.“It felt good to be out there,” Adams said after his breakout performance against the Giants. “Obviously I got the start, but I just try to take it one play at a time, not looking past anything, relying on the guys in front of me, and taking one play and trusting what we were doing.”Despite trailing New York most of the game, Pederson stuck with the run and relied on Adams running behind the offensive line instead of putting the burden on Carson Wentz’s passing arm. The Eagles are 5-0 this season when they run more than 25 times, 0-6 when they don’t.“Any time we stay balanced as an offence, good things happen and you’re able to score points and sort of control the ball,” Pederson said. “I think you look around the league, the common theme of teams that have that balance are winning games. I think that’s a formula you can carry moving forward.”___More AP NFL: and Maaddi, The Associated Press read more

Almost 3000 extra young people were signing on last month

first_imgJUNE SAW AN extra 3,000 young people signing on the Live Register – bucking the trend of decreases across the board.Figures released by the Central Statistic Office (CSO) today show that 2,932 more people under the age of 25 were signing on last month, bringing the figure to 61,448 – up from 58,516 in May.However, there has been an annual decrease of 9,861 young people signing on – down from 71,309 in June 2013.In the year to June 2014 the number of people aged 25 and over on the Live Register decreased by 26,683 (-7.3%), and the number of those aged under 25 decreased by 9,861 (-13.8%), partly due to emigration. Source: CSOThe National Youth Council has expressed concern at the monthly increase.James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director, noted: “While seasonal factors may be at play with regard to some of the increase, we should all be concerned at the high number of long-term unemployed young people. Recent figures from the Department of Social Protection indicate that over 24,000 young people have been on the live register for one year or more.”Doorley added that the Council was concerned with “the slow pace of implementation of the Youth Guarantee” and called on the Government “to demonstrate its commitment to tackling youth unemployment”.Overall reductionOn a seasonally adjusted basis the number of people on the Live Register dropped by 4,400 in June to 386,200 – down from 36,200 the previous month.This marks the 24th consecutive month of decreases and 36,544 less people signing on since June 2013, when the figure stood at 435,357.In unadjusted terms terms there were 398,813 signing on. Source: CSOThe CSO noted that the standardised unemployment rate in June 2014 was 11.6%, down from 11.7% in May 2014.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton welcomed the overall decrease.Month by month through the Pathways to Work strategy to reduce unemployment, we are continuing to help people back to work, as demonstrated again by today’s figures. These are welcome and very encouraging, but there remain far too many people on the Live Register and it’s clear we have much more to do to resolve this problem.The number of male claimants decreased by 28,240 (-10.4%) to 242,697 in the year to June 2014, while female claimants decreased by 8,304 (-5.1%) to 156,116.The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in June 2014 was 188,858 – 47.4% of all claimants.There were 76,561 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in June 2014, which represents 19.2% of the total number of claimants. This compares with 20.3% one year earlier when there were 88,322 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register.There were 32,875 new registrants on the Live Register last month.WagesResponding to the figures, Mark Fielding, CEO of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, said that a wage freeze was essential for job creation and economic recovery.Employers, both private and public, are facing increased wage pressures in light of unreasonable Union demands. There is simply no room for manoeuvre on wages at present and no justification for such demands in a low-inflation economy.“Jobs will be lost unless Government and employers hold the line on wages for at least the next twelve months. Ireland is already a high-wage economy with the social welfare trap making it difficult to fill necessary low-skilled jobs.”Read: Live Register: Far more men than women are dropping their claimslast_img read more

Extinction du mammouth due à un sevrage trop tardif

first_imgExtinction du mammouth : due à un sevrage trop tardif ?Publiée récemment dans la revue Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, une étude canadienne montre chez le mammouth un sevrage très tardif des jeunes : une des causes de la disparition de l’espèce, selon les chercheurs.En comparant la structure de dents fossiles de mammouths laineux adultes et juvéniles du Yukon, Jessica Metcalfe et le Pr Fred Longstaffe, de l’Université de l’Ontario (Canada), ont montré que l’alimentation végétale n’intervenait qu’à l’âge de 2 à 3 ans chez ces animaux. Un sevrage tardif lourd de conséquences, selon les chercheurs, qui proposent, s’appuyant sur la biologie des éléphants actuels, une conjonction de paramètres pour expliquer la disparition des mammouths.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?L’environnement boréal, aux ressources végétales mesurées, dans lequel évoluaient les mammouths au nord du cercle polaire, était peu compatible avec une lactation prolongée : effort métabolique important demandé aux mères et carences en lait pour les bébés pouvaient affaiblir et tuer nombre d’individus, comme c’est le cas chez certaines populations actuelles d’éléphants, en Birmanie.D’autre part, les longues nuits boréales étaient propices aux attaques des prédateurs tels les félins à dents de sabre, qui devaient prélever leur tribut de nourrissons – comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui en Afrique chez les lions prédateurs d’éléphanteaux –, contraignant les mères à un maternage long et fatiguant.Partout chassé, aussi,  par l’homme, et soumis enfin au réchauffement global survenu il y environ 10.000 ans (fin de la dernière période glaciaire), le mammouth s’est éteint à peu près à cette époque.  “La compréhension de leur écologie, de leur adaptation et de leur comportement nous éclaire non seulement sur leur extinction, mais nous donne aussi, potentiellement, une meilleure compréhension des mammifères modernes et de la façon dont ils pourraient répondre au réchauffement climatique actuel”, conclut  Jessica Metcalfe.Le 25 décembre 2010 à 10:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

U.K. spy bill, ‘snoopers’ charter,’ to become law

first_imgLONDON — In Britain, Big Brother just got bigger.After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.The law requires telecom companies to keep records of all users’ web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers.Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom.Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, tweeted news of the law’s passage with the words “Dark, dark days.”The Investigatory Powers Bill — dubbed the “snoopers’ charter” by critics — was passed by Parliament this month after more than a year of debate and amendments. It will become law when it receives the formality of royal assent this week. But big questions remain about how it will work, and the government acknowledges it could be 12 months before internet firms have to start storing the records.last_img read more

AK Before Orlando and after Orlando

first_imgIn gay communities all over the country, there is a before and an after. A before June 12th, and an after. The shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, killed 49 people and was the largest act of violence against the LGBTQ community in US History. And it happened as Pride events were taking place all over the country, including a reception at Juneau’s Northern Light Church mere hours before. KCAW’s Emily Kwong was there and has this story of how lives in Juneau have been changed.Download AudioArtist Ricky Tagaban organized a Two Spirit Pride Reception to begin Juneau’s pride week, held on June 11th. Speakers included Freda Westman, former Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp President. The next day was the Orlando shooting. (Photo by Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka)The reception on June 11th was organized by artist Ricky Tagaban. He wanted to create a space for others who are two-spirited, embodying both a male and a female person. Like writer Vivian Mork. She was amazed that over 100 people came.“We gathered at the Northern Lights Church to celebrate two-spirited people – gay native people,” Mork said. “It was the first time I’ve ever known of that happening in Juneau.”Tagaban set out pilot bread and salmon spread, coffee and tea and an open mic. Rick Peterson, President of Tlingit and Haida Central Council, talked about how  the council authorized same-sex marriage in February of 2015 — months before the Supreme Court ruling. The media went crazy. He did 20 interviews in one day and a reporter kept asking, Why are you doing this?“If you’ve all watched the movie Princess Bride, there’s a marriage scene in there and the Rabbi, or whatever, he’s like, “Love, Love.” And that was my answer to everything,” Peterson said. “She’s like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Love. ‘Why are you doing this?’ Love.”Love, it seemed, was the answer in the room that day. Other speakers reflected – some cautiously, some joyfully – on how far America has come. Gay people can get married now. Come out in school. Tribal Court Judge Debra O’Gara, who grew up in the era of the Stonewall Riots, marveled at how the next generation has less to be afraid of“I came out forty years ago and it was the native community in Seattle who shunned me,” O’Gara said. “And to stand here and see my community is great.”It’s not perfect, she said, but every year it gets better. A lot of people came away from the reception with the same feeling. And then, the next morning, it was June 12th.News coverage of people running. Chaos desrcibed as slaughter. One person on the scene said, “It was just bang!”“My heart sank when I saw the headlines the next morning,” Mork said. “I so wanted it to be horrible Facebook hoax. I didn’t want it to be true. But it was.”Mork was up early to catch a plane the Louisiana. James Hoagland, who was at the reception and organized Juneau’s Pride Week, is a well-known drag queen in Juneau. Two of his friends were performing at Pulse that night. Over the phone, he learned how one got out quickly and the other hid in a dressing room for hours, only escaping after a SWAT team removed an air conditioning unit – creating an escape portal for hostages in the wall. He identified, strongly, with the victims.“Young people who were just out to dance and be in community and have a good time,” Hoagland said. “And that so easily could have been us.”The reception was hosted at the Northern Lights Church in Juneau and sponsored by SEAGLA, the Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. (Photo by Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka)If the Two Spirit Pride reception affirmed safety and acceptance, Orlando violently asserted an opposite claim: that being gay in America is still dangerous.“I’ve had nightmares all week about being shot on stage while performing,” Hoagland said. “Somehow, I had to put that aside enough to go forward with the biggest show that we’ve ever had in Juneau on Friday night.”That drag show, called Glitz, packed Centennial Hall with 500 people. While the shooting was in Hoagland’s words, the “elephant in the room,” it didn’t stop people from coming out for Juneau’s Pride Week. Quite the opposite.“I think people felt even more comfortable and confident being loud and proud because we know we have an obligation too,” Hoagland said.But after pride week is over, what do you do? What kind of courage do you need to get up in the morning and continue to be yourself? Hoagland’s husband recently said to him, “I may be killed for being gay in my lifetime. And I’ve found peace with that.”“The victims in Orlando didn’t die for no reason,” Hoagland said. “I hate that they lost their lives, but the fact that they did has changed the world.”As for Mork, she spent her plane ride writing and recorded this message from her hotel room in Louisiana.“This is pride month and odds are there is a gay person near you who is hurting over this,” Mork said. “Tell them you support them. Tell them you love them. Gunalchéesh.”Soon after the shooting, the Juneau Assembly took hearings on an anti-discrimination ordinance, for gender and sexual identity. And in a city with no gay bars, the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ Alliance, or SEAGLA, plans to make the rounds at Juneau business with rainbow stickers for the windows. So, that way, those in Juneau can be assured that if they enter that bar or restaurant, they will be treated with respect inside, no matter who they love.last_img read more

12 more killed in alleged gunfights toll crosses 100

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwelve more suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies early Monday as anti-narcotics crackdown continues across the country.Of them, two were killed in Cumilla and Pirojpur respectively and one each in Dhaka, Natore, Pabna and Chandpur.Besides, two drug traders in Satkhira and one each in Jhenaidah and Munshiganj were killed in reported gunfights between two groups of drug traders.According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, a total of 105 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since 12 May.Read more: ‘No innocent person killed in gunfights’In Cumilla, two suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of gunfights in Sadar Dakhshin and Debidwar upazilas early in the morning.Enamul Haque Dolon, 35, son of late Abdullah Bhuiyan aka Babul Miah of Bhinglabari area, and accused in 12 drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bhinglabari Beribadh area of Debidwar upazila.Police recovered 10kg hemp, 100 yaba tablets, one pipe gun and a cartridge from the spot.Besides, Nuru Miah, 55, son of late Abdul Ohab of Kalikapur area of Sadar Dakhshin upazila, and accused in 13 drug cases, was killed in another gunfight with police in Goliyarai area.Read more: ‘Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue’Police recovered 40kg hemp, one pistol and bullet from the spot.Three policemen were injured.In Pirojpur, a suspected drug trader, Wahiduzzaman Ohid, 50, from Nesarabad upazila, accused in eight drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Kourikhara village of Sadar upazila around 2:00am.GM Abul Kalam Azad, additional superintendent of Pirojpur police, said that police recovered one pipe gun, 175 yaba tablets, 50gm hemp and four cartridges from the spot.Read more: NHRC worried at ‘gunfight’ killingsBesides, Mizanur Rahman, 35, an accused in six cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Gotichara village of Mathbaria upazila around 1:30am.Police recovered 2kg hemp, 50 yaba tablets and four sharp weapons from the spot, said Mostafa Swapan, additional superintendent of Mathbaria.Three policemen were also injured in the incident.In Dhaka, an unidentified drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Mirpur area of the capital.Read more: Fakhrul fears if anti-drug drive to be used to eliminate oppositionThe DB team recovered a pistol and five thousand yaba tablets from the spot, said SI Mizan of Rupnagar.In Natore, a suspected drug trader, Khalekuddin, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Baghnagarkandi in Singra upazila around 2:00am.Police recovered several drugs, one pistol and some bullets from the spot.Read more: ‘Drug dealers in parliament itself’Two RAB men were injured in the incident.In Satkhira, police recovered bullet-ridden bodies of two suspected drug traders from Bankal-Agunpur area at Alipur union in Sadar upazila around 7:00am.One of the deceased was identified as Khalilur Rahman Puti, 35, son of Azgar Ali, of Bhomra village.Prabir Kumar Das, sub-inspector of Sadar police station, said that on information, a team of police recovered the bodies from the area.They also recovered a one shooter gun, one bullet, a bottle of liquor and 105 bottles of Phensidyl.Read more: Law enforcers use firearms in self-defence: Home ministerThe SI said the drug traders might have been killed in a gunfight between two groups of drug traders over sharing drug money.In Jhenaidah, Farid, 27, son of late Mohammad Aliof Paglakanai in the district town, and also an accused in nine drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Jar village around 1:00am.Emdadul Haque Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said on information about a gunfight between the groups, a petrol team reached the spot.Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the drug traders fled the scene.Later, police recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot.Besides, police recovered a foreign pistol and 20 bottles of Phensidyl.In Pabna, Ejjat Ali Pramanik, 28, an accused in 14 cases, including that of murder, robbery, abduction and extortion, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Teghori Mahalla in Bera municipal area around 1:30am.Zihadul Kabir, superintendent of Pabna police, said police recovered a local shutter gun, four bullets and some drugs from the spot.Five policemen were injured in the incident.In Chandpur, a suspected drug trader, Abu Sayeed Badsha aka Lal Badsha, 45, son of Absur Rashid, of Purba Gobindopur village in Faridganj upazila was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Boichatoli around 2:00am.Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Faridganj police station, said police recovered 111 yaba tablets, a one-barrel pistol, three crude bombs and four bullets from the spot adding that Badsha was an accused in 10 cases with different police stations.Four policemen were injured in the gunfight.In Munshiganj, Sumon Biswas aka Kana Sumon, 36, son of Babul Biswas, an accused in 25 cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two group of drug traders at Murma village in Sadar upazila around 2:30am, said Gazi Salauddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.The law enforcement’s version of these events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

You Must Get the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection to Stand a

first_imgStay on target For a minute there it looked like Capcom might be the next Sega (or worse, Konami), a once-venerable Japanese game publisher seemingly on the downswing despite its immense legacy. And to be fair they don’t seem quite out of the woods yet. We’re looking at you, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. But recent comebacks for Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and even Mega Man have given us hope.And now its Street Fighter’s turn for some much needed extra love. At this year’s Capcom Cup tournament Capcom revealed the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, celebrating three decades of the landmark fighting game series. Check it out!There are a whopping twelve classic games in this collection: Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Granted, some of those games are just mild updates of others games. And no one should replay the original Street Fighter. But that’s still a lot of value, especially from a historical standpoint. And since this ends before Street Fighter IV, this is nothing but exquisite 2D sprite work, not a polygon to be foundFour games also include online play: Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. While we would have liked to see every game include online, these are good picks. And hopefully the netcode is as good, or even improves upon, previous GGPO online re-releases.Since it wasn’t co-funded by Sony like Street Fighter V, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is coming to all consoles and PC. That includes Nintendo Switch. In hindsight, this deal makes Ultra Street Fighter II on Switch, with its minimal updates like HD art and Violent Ken and first-person fireballs, seem like a bit of a rip-off. But the success of that game is probably what convinced Capcom to support the console further. Still, it’d be nice for USFII owners to get some kind of discount, or maybe a free 8bitdo arcade stick.Along with honoring Street Fighter’s past, Capcom is also preparing for its future. Although the initial launch was pretty bungled, Street Fighter V is in a healthier spot than it has ever been. We got a nifty new trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition as well as new info on the upcoming third season of characters. Soon we’ll be able to throw down with Sakura, Sagat, Blanka, free Cody, and new characters Falke and G. The hunt for E. Honda continues.Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection launches next May while Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition arrives January 16. So start training.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne…‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games last_img read more

Panasonic releases wireless solar charging table

first_imgvia Japantrends Explore further More information: Citation: Panasonic releases wireless solar charging table (2011, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Most of us forget how much our cell phones are a part of the day-to-day of our lives until we don’t have access to them. I’m not just talking about when you leave it at home, in a callous act of irresponsibility. An event as simple as a dead battery can mean that you miss an important call that creates ripples in your whole week. © 2010 NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger So when you are out and your battery suddenly goes to red what are you going to do about it? Unless you happen to have an outlet in your pocket, in which case you are probably a robot, you are short on options. Or, at least you used to be. In the near future Panasonic may have a solution to your problem. They were showing off a prototype of a solar-powered inductive charging table at the Retail Tech Expo in Tokyo. The device would be able to wirelessly charge any device with a Qi battery simply by setting the device down on it. This not the first wireless charging station on the market. In 2010 Energizer put out a similar pad that relied on being plugged in to a power source. Various companies have created solar chargers for mobile devices, though most of these have been too unwieldy or too expensive to become popular. Panasonic is the first company to date to combine the two ideas and create a wireless solar charger. Panasonic did mention that these units would be on sale by the end of this year in Japan. No word has been given yet on when this device will be on sale in the United States.last_img read more

Simplifying ICO Terms for the Mainstream Entrepreneur Yes It Can and Should

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Blockchain marketing — unlike hyped-up pump-and-dump initial coin offerings (ICOs) — is lucrative only if it delivers actual value for a project. And the numbers don’t lie: If you’re a blockchain marketer, any company you work with that’s launching an ICO will know exactly what results can be credited to (or blamed on) you.Related: Why Marketers Need to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrency — NowSimply put, either your campaign will be a success or a flop. So, how do you control which outcome you’ll see?Information overload: you’re doing more harm than good.The point is that, nowadays, analytics are so advanced that a company will be able to check the statistics that a marketing campaign was able to garner. A company that hires a marketing agency will be able to know exactly how many new clicks, views, interactions, etc.  the marketing company hired was able to get them.And that leads to my main point about what everyone needs to know about effective ICO marketing: We need to cool it with the technical talk; we need a time-out on all the tech buzzwords; instead, we need to ease people into this burgeoning new field. The reason is that for mainstream audiences, one of the main barriers to entry is the amount of technical knowledge required, to begin to grasp what blockchain technology is and what exactly it does.At this point, many of those reading up on blockchain and cryptocurrencies have become jaded with tech jargon like hashes, blocks, mining, smart contracts, cryptographic proof, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake — the list is mind-numbingly endless.What some observers fail to understand is that the initial information a viewer encounters about a project, usually through a website, then becomes part of the user experience. So, if all this jargon is too hard to understand and too intimidating from the beginning, there’s a good chance that our viewer will dart over to the exit button on the web page and hit “click.”Related: 5 Trends In Cryptocurrency Entrepreneurs Need to KnowExpress; don’t impress.When I was young, I had a journalism advisor tell me that my mission as a writer was to express, not impress; and this especially holds true for blockchain communications. Explaining a field that is already complex on its own is no place to be showing off your tech vocabulary.Sometimes, your audience members won’t even need to know all the technicalities of the project. They’ll just need to know the essentials. Of course, you still have to provide technical documentation for those who want to analyze it. But it’s best to save that advanced content for those who can understand it — meaning the tech crowd, software engineers, blockchain developers and analysts.One thing you as a blockchain marketer need to convey, then, and quickly, is what you do and what that means for a reader. Why should he or she care?This is why there’s something called a lite paper. A lite paper is a version of the white paper for those who don’t have the time, the patience or the technical capability to understand the full version.Substance trumps sales talk.Compelling and captivating science and tech communicators have a special place in marketing; yet they are in scarce supply. This is why blockchain marketing is an industry that PR professionals shouldn’t dismiss getting into, especially at a time when the market is busy.Why would a company want to take on risks in a relatively unknown market like blockchain and cryptocurrency when it has been servicing traditional markets it knows well? The answer is that bockchain marketing  is full of opportunities and can be quite lucrative — so PR professionals should not overlook these opportunitiesI’m not going to lie; the pressure is  high. But there’s a FOMO interest for companies here because lots of technically proficient minds have invested themselves in blockchain projects.These people include the early adopters of Bitcoin and those who “speak code.” Understandably, the expectations (and, again, the pressure) for marketing firms has been raised several notches. Because of this, sales talk alone won’t cut it; marketers need to show a deep understanding of tech concepts, too.There are a lot of challenges ahead; but if you’re a marketer, yours is not a lost cause. First, you need to understand what you’re talking about, because you can’t explain something you don’t understand.And you shouldn’t jump in head-first unless you do understand it.Cryptocurrency marketers are starting to sound generic.Apart from the tech jargon overload, I’ve noticed that marketing companies are starting to sound generic — using terms like disruptive, decentralized, distributed, immutable, global cryptocurrency and … “this will change everything.” These words and this phrase have been thrown around so many times that at this point they no longer mean anything.To the untrained ear, sure, you might get nods of approval. But when you’re talking to well-versed investors — people who have been investing in the space for a while, people whose attention and consideration are highly valuable to the project you’re working on — you aren’t adding anything new to the conversation, and your knowledge will look superficial.For a professional, there’s no more embarrassing mistake.The art of science and tech communicationJudging from a recent pool of about 600 ICOs (and counting, according to Etherscan, a search engine, like Google, but for cryptocurrency transactions), the work of PR professionals and marketers appears to be getting harder. How do you get something to stand out when everything and everyone is looking the same?Admittedly, not everything can be salvaged, even by the world’s greatest marketers. Value has to come from within the project itself. Afterward, we do the best we can to convey and exude the core values of the project to the outside world.Scientists and developers are best left to do what they do best: build things. But marketing and communications is a job that has to be done, and that’s what we’re here for. We have people who understand these things and are proficient in simplifying technological concepts and architecture into laymen’s terms.Storytelling for science and technology is an intellectual art — one that can’t be easily replaced — even by AI. Communicating complex topics to the general audience can get quite difficult, not just for blockchain tech, but for science in general.Related: 10 Companies That Are Getting Creative With CryptocurrencySomeday, we may be able to relay messages telepathically instead of verbally. At that point, information transfer and comprehension may become instantaneous. By then, storytellers like me, and maybe you, will be out of a job; but until that happens, we’re happy to do the work. August 31, 2018 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Hundreds of gay couples sign up for expanded health insurance coverage in

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to reach population of 5 million by 2018 Taboo on LGBT blood donation lingers, according to survey Costa Rica to extend same-sex couples equal rights for public health insurance, care access Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination Hundreds of same-sex couples have successfully applied to insure their partners after the Costa Rican Social Security System board of directors votedto expand health care benefits, a policy that went into effect a year ago Tuesday.From Nov. 10, 2014 to September 2015, the Social Security System, also known as the Caja, accepted 221 applications to cover same-sex partners. Some of the highest acceptance rates occurred in rural parts of Costa Rica, according to data obtained by The Tico Times.In addition to access to insurance, the Caja board also voted to cover reforms that allowed same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples in public health care matters, including visitation rights and the ability to make medical decisions, among other benefits. Those health care benefits can be accessed at public hospitals and community clinics, known as Ebais.“I saw gay patients dying in hospitals alone or not getting access to medicine they needed because they didn’t have health insurance,” said Geovanny Delgado, an LGBT activist and Caja employee who was involved in the fight to recognize same-sex partners in the public insurance system. “People don’t understand what a change that was for gay couples, for the dignity of the patient in the institution.”San José is the site of Costa Rica’s annual gay pride parade and other LGBT activism, but rural parts of the country saw the greatest interest in the new coverage in the last year. Guácimo – a Caribbean canton better known for banana fields than LGBT issues – had the single largest number of inscriptions at 32. The northern canton of La Fortuna followed closely with 30. Delgado said that the agrarian parts of the country would have fewer opportunities for formal employment that would offer insurance benefits, increasing the need for these benefits in places like Guácimo. Geovanny Delgado, a Caja employee and member of the Diversity Movement, speaks at a vigil in front of the Costa Rican Supreme Court in May 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesDelgado said that the Costa Rican government’s move to recognize a same-sex relationship for insurance purposes is a major step forward. A legislative bill to recognize same-sex civil unions has been bogged down by amendments from conservative lawmakers, but President Luis Guillermo Solís has taken a more aggressive stance on LGBT issues. In May, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public institutions overseen by the executive branch.Delgado said that the next battle for gay and lesbian couples in the Caja would be advocating for the right to pass on pensions to surviving partners.“Think about how many people have been able to insure their partner, to stay by their side at the hospital during the most trying moments of their life,” Delgado said. “That wasn’t possible before.”How do you register?The process for ensuring that an unmarried partner of either sex enjoys equal benefits is as follows:Visit an Ebais or Caja clinic or hospital and register at the Registro de Parejas de Convivencia (Registry of Cohabitant Couples).Present identification for both parties.Fill out a “Beneficio Familiar” (Family Benefits) form.Present proof that you have lived together for at least three years (this can include sworn testimony by third parties, or documentation that you are co-owners of real estate).The Caja will interview and prepare a socioeconomic study to establish your financial codependency.The process should take no more than 10 days.Related: Costa Rica files criminal complaint against same-sex couple who married due to clerical error Facebook Commentslast_img read more

itravel expand to retail franchises

first_imgNew retail travel franchise network opens in Australia. The franchised retail outlets aim to provide business owners with more control and input over how their business is run, partnered with a dedicated system of support. “The key to our success is that the itravel brand has been built on family principles, when you join our network, you won’t be just another store – you will be part of our family,” Mr Labroski said. Source = ETB News: P.T. Itravel, who have been operating since early 1995, will now consist of two products; the current iTravel Mobile Travel Agent Network and the new itravel retail stores. Retail and mobile travel agency itravel has launched its new retail franchise network in Australia, increasing brand recognition and market presence.center_img “Offering a variety of purchasing mediums to the consumer gives us an opportunity to increase market presence and engage new customer segments.” “The itravel brand has received an incredible amount of positive feedback throughout the industry and it was only natural that we continued to develop new growth opportunities as part of our vision,” itravel co-founder and managing director Steve Labroski said. The itravel vision is to present the brand as a boutique style travel advisor. The new retail travel franchise network will begin by opening stores in New South Wales and then expanding nationally over the next few months.last_img read more

Abu Dhabi Named as One of the Worlds Most Cultural Cities by

first_imgSource = Skyscanner Abu Dhabi Named as One of the World’s Most Cultural Cities by SkyscannerAbu Dhabi Named as One of the World’s Most Cultural Cities by SkyscannerEmirate listed as one of the globe’s ‘capitals of culture’ by renowned travel fare websiteAbu Dhabi has been singled out as one of the most cultural cities in the world in a recent online list compiled by Skyscanner, the popular travel fare website.The UAE capital made the exclusive list after the Chinese-owned website identified its top five destinations for expanding any travellers’horizons with an arts and culture-filled holiday.Coming in at number two, only preceded by Florence in Italy, the UAE capital was singled out for being one of the Middle East’s most exciting cultural centres, featuring the National Theatre and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.The website also highlighted the addition to the emirate of Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, with the museum having been designed by Pritzker-winning French architect Jean Nouvel an additional draw for the UAE capital as a cultural destination.The website added to a description of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s significance as the Arab world’s first universal museum with further information about the emirate’s outstanding dining scene, describing it as being “as diverse as its multicultural population”.The fascinating growth of interest in electronica music in Abu Dhabi was also highlighted, adding a modern element to the cultural appeal of the emirate.“For Abu Dhabi to have been named as one of the most cultural cities in the world reflects positively on the work the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has done to position the emirate at the very forefront of people’s minds when they consider their next great cultural adventure,” said HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.“This recognition also reinforces our resolve to continue to strive for excellence in our efforts to promote our emirate as a destination like no other. Year-on-year we are seeing record numbers come to visit the UAE capital, coming to experience everything from Qasr Al Hosn, to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the heritage sites in Al Ain. Making it onto this shortlist from such a reputable website shows that our ceaseless efforts are having the desired effect.”The Skyscanner website list also included a recommendation for hotel accommodation in the emirate, as well as links to the best hotels and the best deals on flights to the UAE capital.The online list from the Edinburgh-based website also included the aforementioned Florence, which was singled out for being ‘the birthplace of the Renaissance’, as well as highlighting Mexico City, Austin in Texas, USA, and finally Kyoto in Japan.Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages. The news section of the website includes regular news from the travel and flight industry and travel tips for customers.last_img read more

Blend Launches Deposit Account FinTech

first_img April 4, 2019 724 Views in News, Technology Blend recently announced the launch of its deposit account offering. The new product enables Blend customers to offer a digital account opening experience to consumers across desktop and mobile.“By making deposit account opening easier, Blend is enabling banks and credit unions, no matter their size, to deepen consumer relationships and stay competitive in a crowded market,” said Blend Head of Product Olivia Teich. “This is an important step in our journey to build a single platform for lenders to provide exceptional customer experiences across their products.” Blend states that Mountain America Credit Union was able to fully roll out Blend’s deposit account product in one month, with all online account opening traffic now flowing through Blend’s platform. Already, the company has seen 53 percent of applications come through mobile, a channel not previously offered for deposits. Additionally, Blend notes that the time it takes to apply for and open an account has decreased by 46 percent.“From the beginning, we knew Blend shared our vision for a simpler, more transparent consumer lending ecosystem,” said Kelly Albiston, Mountain America’s SVP of Digital Banking, Deposits and Card Services. “By partnering with them on multiple products, including deposit account opening, we are providing a consistent and streamlined experience for our members across the board and taking friction out of the process.” Sharecenter_img blend FinTech 2019-04-04 Seth Welborn Blend Launches Deposit Account FinTechlast_img read more

Mickey Mouse and Friends Disney Empire Mickey Mou

first_imgMickey Mouse and Friends: Disney EmpireMickey Mouse and his friends are worldwide phenomenon, which has led to the creation of an entire collection of giant Disney theme parks and resorts across the globe, plus a cruise line, guided tour company and timeshare club. No matter where you go, Disney characters are sure to be found, but for the ultimate Disney experience, travel to one of the biggest tourist Meccas on the planet, (as well as the biggie of all the Disney parks) – Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Find cheap flights to the USAReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map This year is the 50th anniversary of The Adventures of Asterix, the courageous Gaul whose adventures have been translated into more than 100 languages worldwide.Skyscanner pays tribute to the legendary comic by tracking down Asterix, along with some of his fellow animated superstars, on their home turf and in the places where they shine most. Ginger Meggs: Sydney, AustraliaAustralia’s oldest and most notorious comic strip, Ginger Meggs, documents the escapades of a mischievous red-haired boy. The storyline had a suburban setting that was familiar to the author Jimmy Bancks, since he grew up in the Sydney outskirts in Hornsby. In homage to Ginger, a bronze memorial stands not far from a park named in this honour – Ginger Meggs Park. There is also a restaurant named after the red-haired rascal in Sydney. Find cheap flights to AustraliaMcMug: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, ChinaMcMug, a little pink piglet, hails from Lantau Island, a beautiful, relaxing refuge located in Hong Kong. Despite being a comic, the stories often cover adult topics including poverty, death and single-parent families. Fans of the comic cutie can combine a leisurely beach vacation on the pig’s home island with a jaunt into Hong Kong city to catch an exhibition at one of the metropolis’ many art museums. Find cheap flights to to ChinaKrtek: Prague, Czech RepublicKrtek is a little red-nosed black mole which was created in 1956 and has become a pop culture icon throughout the Czech Republic, and especially in the capital Prague. Here, he appears in street art, modern art, children’s museums, cinemas and large toy stores that sell exclusively Krtek merchandise. Immerse yourself in Prague’s beauty and take a stroll down its winding stone streets as you hunt for this famous little mole who has been the star of over 50 films. Find cheap flights to Czech RepublicPersepolis: IranThis graphic novel and subsequent animated film is based on the life of Iranian native Marjane Satrapi and bears the name of the ancient town in Iran that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The film received much criticism from the Iranian government who claimed it “presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution”. Tour the ancient ruins in Persepolis that are still incredibly well preserved. Iranians are renowned for their culture of hospitality towards foreign visitors, and the country offers everything from beaches and bazaars to skiing on snow covered mountains. Find cheap flights to IranThe Adventures of Tintin: Belgium and FranceCreated by Belgian artist Hergé, lead character and hero Tintin is a quiff haired Belgian reporter. Aided by his faithful hound – Snowy – and sea-dog captain Haddock, Tintin continues to be a comic favourite, 80 years since his creation. Stop by the regal Château de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley, which was the model for Captain Haddock’s countryside home, Marlinspike Hall. Inside, a permanent exhibit is dedicated to the Tintin stories. In Brussels, become an investigative journalist like Tintin for the day, and use the walking guide to scope out all sorts of paraphernalia and displays related to the wildly popular character that are scattered throughout the city. Find cheap flights to Belgium and France The Adventures of Asterix: Parc Asterix, Plailly, FranceStill going strong 50 years on, Asterix and friends continue to fight off the Roman Empire as well as embark on adventures further afield. Help the beloved comic hero commemorate his big milestone birthday at a theme park built in his honour. Have your own superhuman adventures as you brave the scariest rides, meet the characters, travel through the ages and experience Asterix adventuring in foreign lands. Find cheap flights to FranceAstro Boy: Tokyo, JapanJapan is well known for its love of manga (comic books) and anime (animated films) and one of its most famous comic creations is Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot who first appeared in 1952. Tokyo is the heart of all things Astro Boy, all over town the little superhero makes his mark: in the Takadanobaba district, Astro Boy adorns the currency, at the Fukutoshin subway station a mural made of train tickets depicts him in action, and the suburb of Niiza City has even registered Astro Boy as an official resident! His newest big screen release is also currently opening up at theatres worldwide. Find cheap flights to JapanWallace and Gromit: Wigan, Lancashire, UKA trip to Wigan will bring you to the hometown of Wallace and Gromit, two of the most well-known British Plasticine pairs ever. It’s the series’ 20th anniversary this year, and the perfect time to make the pilgrimage to the northwest of England. Why not try a little of Wallace’s favourite cheese – Wensleydale – and play some of the duo’s video game spin-offs while you’re at it? Find cheap flights to the UKBatman: Chicago, Illinois, USAGritty Gotham City comes to life in the movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which were both filmed amidst Chicago’s towering skyscrapers in the historical downtown Loop neighbourhood. Retrace the footsteps of the filmmakers using the online guide, and relive all of the best bits from the movies. Next summer, don’t miss the famous animation convention –Comic Con – when it swings through the windy city. And did you know there’s even a Batman Airport in Turkey? Find cheap flights to the USA RelatedWizarding Holidays: World’s Most Wizardly DestinationsSkyscanner goes on a magic trip to reveal the homes of wizards around the worldThe world’s best new theme park ridesSeeking the ultimate adrenaline rush? You’re in luck! This year, some of the world’s top theme parks have created some seriously scream-inducing rides – and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of zombie-filled haunted houses or you want to see how virtual reality is changing the game for…Controversial Cartoons around the worldControversial Cartoons around the worldlast_img read more