UN agencies mount response to help thousands in Nigeria displaced by violence

After a just-completed joint UN and Nigerian Government assessment revealed urgent needs for food, water, health care, and grants for income-generating activities in and around Bauchi and Nassarawa, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided some health kits, medicines, food items and chlorine powder.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has mobilized $50,000 for supporting the humanitarian operations. The assessment also revealed that internally displaced persons (IDPs) need enough tents for some 5,000 families, roofing supplies for temporary houses, blankets, mats and education programmes for displaced children.The Government’s emergency management agency has provided food, blankets and other supplies to assist the Bauchi State government, while the Nigerian Red Cross Society has provided food, mats, blankets, medical care, drugs, volunteers, and assisted with data collection. read more

Domtar looking to get closer to consumers with incontinence products

Domtar looking to get closer to consumers with incontinence products AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Domtar could expand its personal care business by adding more consumer incontinence products as part of a plan to transform from a traditional pulp and paper maker to a fibre innovator, the company’s CEO said Wednesday.Chief executive John Williams told shareholders that the strategy of transforming itself will be “an evolution and not a revolution.”The company’s goal is to eventually bring in US$300 million to US$500 million of pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA) from alternative segments, including personal care products.The Montreal-based company acquired adult diaper producer Attends HealthCare last year and added the European business early in 2012.The deal cost US$551 million and added 850 employees on both sides of the Atlantic, or about 10 per cent of Domtar’s global workforce.More than 60 per cent of Attends business is to institutional customers, rather than consumer buyers of adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene or baby diapers.“If we can find other things that have compelling value in that kind of area getting closer to the consumer we may well do that,” Williams said after Domtar’s annual meeting.Aging populations should drive strong demand in the US$8 billion a year global market that is growing at five to six per cent annually.Domtar (TSX:UFS) has said it hopes to double the Attends business over five years.The opening of a converting facility in China is designed to expose it to the world’s most populated country and could lead to new opportunities for its Attends business.“Let’s find out what it’s like to do business there and then are there opportunities for example for our Attends business on the ground, which is a much lower capital investment business,” Williams told reporters.The Chinese operation is small, employing some 50 workers and costing about $40 million after working capital.Proceeds will initially be minimal as it studies the market over about two years.Domtar has pursued several initiatives to offset the three to four per cent annual decline in paper use. These include investing in the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration facility in Windsor, Que., purchasing Attends to increase the use of fluff pulp and investing in its Plymouth, N.C., mill to extract lignin from black liquor currently burned in its recovery boilers.Domtar also signed a long-term, $3-billion supply deal with specialty paper producer Appleton Papers that will direct paper to a growing market.Domtar announced Wednesday that it is increasing its quarterly dividend by 29 per cent as it continues to share its success with investors.“(It’s) further proof or our confidence in the future prospects of Domtar and our commitment to return a majority of free cash flow to investors,” Williams said.The 10-cent increase to 45 cents US per common share would raise the yield on the company’s stock to about 2.1 per cent from 1.6 per cent based on Tuesday’s closing price of C$86.05 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The stock was up 27 cents at $86.45 in midday trading Wednesday.Domtar said it will spend about US$65 million a year on dividends.Over the past two years, the company has increased its dividend by about 80 per cent and committed to repurchase $1 billion of its shares.It repurchased about 14 per cent of its stock last year and spent US$543 million to return 73 per cent of free cash to shareholders.Dividend payment will be made July 16 to stockholders of record at the close of business June 15.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the dividend increase was expected by the market.Domtar earned US$1.1 billion of pre-tax earnings and US$740 million of free cash last year.Domtar manufactures and distributes a wide variety of fibre-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2012 1:45 pm MDT read more

Managing national borders cannot be based on any form of discrimination –

“Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.The UN chief made a particular mention of Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, that, he noted “for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations.”Further stating that countries have the right and the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations, Mr. Guterres cautioned that this cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality, noting that doing so “is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based.”He also warned that it could “trigger widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organizations we all want to fight against” and that “blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.”At the start of the regular noon-briefing at UN Headquarters, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Mr. Guterres is currently on his way back to New York from the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and he had had the opportunity to express his disagreement with the United States Executive Order on refugees.The statement follows President Donald Trump’s signing last Friday of an Executive Order that, among things, suspends the US refugee programme for 120 days and, according to the media, bars entry of refugees from several mostly Muslim countries, including Syria, until further notice. VIDEO: Statement read by the spokesperson of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. read more

Tough Decision Dwight Howard Meets With Lakers While Houston

Dwight Howard has met with the Houston Rockets in the first formal meeting in Los Angeles on Sunday night, but Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made two unexpected pleas to the all-star player leading up to his second engagement with the Rockets.The first meeting came on Saturday, where Kupchak and Howard discussed the future in Los Angeles and why he belongs in the star-studded town.Kupchak made another visit on Sunday night, when he gave Howard a brief well-wishing just minutes before the Laker headed out for dinner with the Rockets’ representation.According to sources, the Rockets also plan to get general manager Daryl Morey, coach Kevin McHale, owner Les Alexander, Hakeem Olajuwon and  James Harden to help in the process of recruiting Dwight Howard.

Joanna Trollope receives apology after London Book Fair speaker says hed like

first_imgA speaker at the London Book Fair has apologised for his “crass and offensive” language after introducing Joanna Trollope as a woman he would like to “snog”.Tony Mulliken, chairman of the fair’s public relations firm, was condemned for making the “abhorrent” remark in front of an audience of writers and Trollope fans.Trollope was attending the event as ‘Author of the Day’ and taking part in a panel discussion. Mulliken reportedly opened proceedings by saying he had once read that Trollope was “always looking for a great kiss”.He went on: “I often see her in Kensington and think I’d like to give her a snog.”Clare Mackintosh, the best-selling thriller writer, was in the audience and tweeted her outrage in a series of posts widely shared on social media. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I’m still reeling. I can’t believe anyone would see this as anything other than what it was: an attempt to humiliate a talented professional author in front of an audience. Makes my skin crawl.— Angela Clarke (@TheAngelaClarke) April 10, 2018 “What kind of message does that send to the audience, about how female authors are treated? We live in an age where sexual harassment and discrimination have never been more important, where the gender pay gap is headline news, and #MeToo victims have finally been given a voice.“It was a grossly inappropriate way to introduce an author, and while Joanna dealt with it in an incredibly professional manner, she should never have been placed in that position.” “So angry about this. He was addressing a roomful of authors: what message is that giving them about how women are valued? No wonder there’s a bloody gender pay gap!”Mackintosh, a police officer for 12 years before becoming an author, made a formal complaint to the Book Fair management. She was supported online by other women.Mackintosh later told The Bookseller: “I find it abhorrent that someone introducing an author would gloss over their professional achievements in favour of their sexual attributes, particularly at an event design to inspire authors. At #AuthorHQ #LBF2018, revolted to hear Joanna Trollope being introduced as someone the (male) host would ‘like to snog’. Reductive and inappropriate.— Clare Mackintosh (@claremackint0sh) April 10, 2018center_img This is completely unacceptable. The host should make an immediate and unreserved apology. I am horrified, Clare.— Alison Barrow (@alisonbarrow) April 10, 2018 I know Joanna and I’m 100% certain she’d be bloody furious. She’s a women of such poise and dignity – how DARE he seek to diminish her in such a way. Hope you get somewhere with calling him out on it.— Joanna Frank (@Joannask331) April 10, 2018 Mulliken is chairman of Midas PR, which manages publicity for the London Book Fair. The session he was introducing followed one on ‘everyday sexism’.He said in a statement: “I was wrong to introduce Joanna Trollope as I did yesterday. I have the utmost respect for her and I was trying to reference a recent interview Joanna Trollope gave in an irreverent and light-hearted way but I realise that what I said not only missed that mark, but it was crass and offensive.“I am sorry I offended Joanna, many in the audience, as well as my colleagues. I have apologised to Joanna directly and unreservedly. I have also spoken to Clare Mackintosh and apologised.”A spokesman for the London Book Fair said: “The London Book Fair was deeply disappointed to hear about this issue and thanks Clare Mackintosh for bringing it to our attention so that it could be addressed. As ever, when any third party at The London Book Fair causes offence we apologise unreservedly.” Trollope declined to comment.last_img read more

Man attempts Post Office robbery armed with knife

first_imgUpdated 22:17A MAN HAS been arrested following an attempted Post Office robbery on Collins Avenue in Dublin.At 3.30pm a lone male entered the Post Office, which is located in a shop, on Collins Avenue and demanded cash. He was armed with what was described as a knife.The man, who is in his 40s, left the scene empty handed in the direction of Swords Road. A garda unit responding to the call arrested him a short distance away on Swords Road and recovered a knife.There was no one injured in the incident.The arrested man is currently detained at Coolock Garda Station.Originally published 17:39Read: One arrested after armed robbery at bank in Stillorgan>last_img

Everything you should know before shopping online

first_imgWITH THE SALES now underway, more of us will be taking to the web as well as the streets when searching for a bargain.Since online shopping is now worth €4.1 billion here, more and more retailers have embraced the web to sell goods and that’s great for both buyers and sellers.However, while shopping online is easier to do, the risks involved are different. While it’s now safer than ever, it’s better to take a number of precautions first before you purchase anything.Know who you’re buying fromWhen you’re dealing with an outlet that you’re not entirely familiar with, it pays to do a little bit of research first. Search for reviews, find out what people have said about it, and look for details about the retailer you’re dealing with. Anyone selling goods online must provide specific details such as:- Their identity and address.- Description and price, including any taxes, of the item you want to order.- Delivery costs (if there are any).- Information on how to cancel the order, if you can cancel it.- How long the offer or price remains valid for.- Confirmation letter or email about your order.- A geographical address where you can send complaints to (A PO box number on its own is unreliable and is usually a sign that you shouldn’t trust the retailer).- Details of any guarantees or after-sales services.Knowing who you’re dealing with exactly is important if any problems arise. Chances are if you come across an offer that’s too good to be true, it probably is.Only shop on secure sitesFor obvious reasons, you want to make sure the site you’re shopping on is secure since you don’t want your details to be out in the open. The easiest way of checking this is through the URL address used on your browser.If the checkout page URL begins with https://, and has a padlock icon beside it, then you’re shopping on a secure connection. If it doesn’t, then it’s best to stay away.Don’t save information on sitesPractically every online retailer out there gives you the option to create an account and save your info so that you don’t have to enter in your details the next time you purchase. While it’s handy, it’s better to avoid doing this because if a site ends up getting hacked, your details are under risk.In the case of smartphones and tablets, this is just as important if more than one person uses them. The chances of someone paying for apps, music, movies or in-app purchases is higher than you would expect so sign out of your account first before you hand your smartphone over to someone.Use different passwords for different sitesRelating to the last point, sometimes you will have to log in to a site, but don’t use the same password for every site.It’s recommended that your passwords are at least seven characters in it, and should include a capital letter and a number or symbol to make it harder to crack.Use a credit card if possibleWhile the majority of retailers accept debit cards, it’s better and safer to use a credit card when shopping online. If you can use a disposable credit card, that’s even better.The main reason is that by their very nature, credit cards provide protection against fraud. If you use a credit card, your bank will help you out since it’s their funds that were used. Paying through debit card means you’re practically on your own if you have to resolve a payment issue.(Image: Shutterstock)Know your rightsEven though you’re shopping online, you still have the same rights on the web as you do on the high street. Before you purchase something, you should check the guarantee first so you know how many days you have if you wish to make a return.An important thing to remember is that from the date you’ve purchased something online, it’s covered by a cooling off period of at least seven working days. Before the end of this period, you can cancel the order and return it and get a refund. This cooling off period only applies to EU-based sites.If you cancel an order because you changed your mind, you will have to pay the cost of returning it. If the goods are faulty, then you won’t have to.If the seller doesn’t provide you with the required information under distance selling, this can be extended to three months.Just remember that certain items such as customised or perishable goods aren’t covered by the cooling off period. This also includes any services which have already begun, with your consent, before the end of the cooling off period.Read: The beginners’ guide to using a smartphone >Read: Smartphone users are 33% more likely to fall victim to identity fraud >last_img read more

Was the Megaupload takedown an attempt to win back Hollywood

first_imgYesterday news broke that the Feds had taken down popular file sharing site Megaupload. One of the biggest file sharing sites on the internet getting taken down would have been big news on any day, but that it came hours after an organized internet protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act is curious, to say the least.Until more facts come in, we’re left to merely speculate about what happened. Of course we know that Megaupload hosted tons of pirated content on its servers, but so do thousands of other sites. The site’s executives claimed that it was operating within the law, and that it complied with DMCA takedown requests. So what happened? And how does this relate to SOPA?It’s possible that this was an attempt by President Barack Obama to play both sides of the issue. Specifically, after taking a stand against copyright industries last week, the Megaupload takedown was his attempt to “honor the other side,” so to speak.In general terms, Obama isn’t a politician who takes a firm stance on an issue, fighting tooth and nail to bring it into fruition. He more often listens to both sides, and tries to find some sort of solution that will make everyone happy. When he does champion an issue — like his health care push during his first year in office — we’ve seen him compromise away its boldest points until the final product is a shadow of what was originally proposed.You could argue that a fiercely divided congress makes this approach necessary, but, even then, it still tells us something about Obama’s leadership style. He can be pragmatic and practical, but an uncompromising combatant he is not.So when Obama sat down with his advisors to discuss SOPA, it’s possible that he took a position as Mediator-in-Chief. This side wants this, and this side wants that: what solution will work for everyone? He looked, first and foremost, at how voters would react. That part was easy: many voters — particularly the all-important independents — would hate Obama for supporting SOPA.Opposing the bill, however, was risky because it painted his administration as an antagonist to the copyright industries. Politicians like big donations, and — particularly in this election year — Obama is no exception. Hollywood was pro-Obama in the 2008 election, and he’s banking on similar support to fend off Mitt Romney (or whoever comes out of the GOP primaries) in 2012.Another factor likely at play is Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is a longtime champion of the copyright industries. From 2002 to early 2009, he sponsored five pro-copyright bills in the Senate, and co-sponsored three more. One of these was the (killed in committee) 2006 Perform Act, which tried to restrict the recording and playback of songs from satellite and internet radio. You could say that, if Biden had his way, it would be illegal for Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM to exist in their current states.So Obama looks for a way that he can be strong on copyright issues, while still opposing the politically toxic SOPA and PIPA. Ordering (or “influencing”) the Feds to take down Megaupload — which, next to The Pirate Bay, is probably the website most vilified by Hollywood — would be a good start. Of course, something like this takes weeks to plan (especially with the overseas arrest of Kim DotCom) but the moves could have been ready and simply put into motion at a chosen time.Does this set a precedent? What — or who — comes next? Only time will tell, but the Megaupload takedown won’t quench the bloodthirst that copyright industries have for file sharing.last_img read more

Découverte dun nouveau moustique vecteur du paludisme

first_imgDécouverte d’un nouveau moustique vecteur du paludismeEn Afrique, les scientifiques ont identifié un nouveau type de moustiques susceptible de transmettre le paludisme. Une découverte qui pourraient avoir d’importantes conséquences dans la lutte contre la maladie.Encore inconnu jusqu’ici, le moustique est un nouveau sous-groupe de l’espèce Anopheles Gambiae, responsable majeur de la transmission du paludisme en Afrique. Cette maladie, qui fait chaque année plus de 700.000 morts, est causée par un parasite du genre Plasmodium transmis à l’homme par les piqûres de moustique. Pendant quatre ans, les chercheurs de l’Institut Pasteur ont collecté aux abords des villages du Burkina Faso des larves et des spécimens adultes d’un type d’Anopheles. Et c’est en réalisant des analyses que ceux-ci se sont aperçus que les insectes collectés étaient génétiquement distincts des autres sous-groupes. Selon eux, la nouvelle variété pourrait même être issue d’une évolution récente du moustique.Pour en apprendre davantage, les chercheurs français ont donc élevé en laboratoire des générations de ce sous-groupe. Ils ont alors découvert que celui-ci était beaucoup plus vulnérable au parasite Plasmodium que tous les autres connus. Une sensibilité accrue qui pourrait affecter non seulement la transmission de la maladie mais aussi son contrôle. Pour autant, “la responsabilité de ces moustiques reste à établir”, souligne dans la revue Science le Dr Ken Vernick, membre de l’équipe de recherche. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Une équipe qui a également insisté sur le réexamen des mesures de contrôle des insectes. “Pour lutter contre le paludisme, on a besoin de savoir précisément de quoi se nourrissent les moustiques, où et quand et surtout s’ils sont contagieux. Et pour cela, des moyens efficaces de contrôle sont indispensables”, explique à BBC News le Dr Gareth Lycett, un spécialiste de la School of Tropical Medicine à Liverpool. D’ici peu, d’autres spécimens adultes du nouveau sous-groupe devraient donc être capturés pour continuer les tests et évaluer si oui ou non, celui-ci est impliqué dans la transmission du paludisme.Le 4 février 2011 à 13:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Community throwing goodbye party for Jemtegaard Middle School building

first_imgWashougal – With a replacement Jemtegaard Middle School set to open for the start of next school year, the Washougal School District is saying goodbye to the old Jemtegaard building, which was dedicated in 1981.The event will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jemtegaard Middle School, 35300 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Washougal. There will be tours of the building, and a barbecue and bingo from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will cost $5 per person or $20 per family, and the tickets include the barbecue, bingo and a tour. The event is a Jemtegaard Middle School Booster Club fundraiser.last_img

Kluivert thinks Roma is a great club for development

first_imgJustin Kluivert completed his transfer from Ajax to AS Roma for a bit more than 17 million euro plus potential 1.5 in performance bonuses.He explained he chose Roma for his next stop in the journey because he thinks the club offers great opportunities for development of the young players like him and is a great club overall.“If feel good. I am at an unbelievable club and I love this club, so I cannot wait to start,” Kluivert said, according to Football Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think it’s a great club for my development as a young player. Roma are a great club for me and I think they can make me a bigger, stronger player and I can do some good things here.”“I was a very young player last season, but now I know how football really works at a high level. I like it and feel that now I can go higher, I need that and this club is a great opportunity for me and that’s why I chose Roma.”“I did it to challenge myself and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a great team with lots of different styles, as some guys are very talented with the ball, others are very good at getting the ball back and that makes a good team. We can do great things this season,” Kluivert went on to add.last_img read more

Antonio Conte finally out as Chelsea boss

first_imgAfter numerous rumours trailing the exit of Chelsea club boss, Antonio Conte has finally left his position as head coach of Chelsea.The 48-year-old Conte who has widely been expected to lose his job at the end of last season, because he only succeeded in leading the club to a finishing in the fifth position in the Premier League table. A position that is greatly a disappointment for Chelsea.Amidst the rumours of his exit, the Italian remained in charge of the club when they resumed pre-season training earlier this week, but according to Sky Sport, he has now been relieved of his duties.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.At the start of the week, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis reported that Maurizio Sarri was close to sealing a move to Stamford Bridge, and an announcement was underway.Even though Conte’s contract with Chelsea was supposed to expire in 2019, the Italian man would have been due for a pay-off by owner Roman Abramovich. He led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first year in charge, before landing the FA Cup last term with a 1-0 win over Manchester United.The Blues will begin their pre-season with a clash against Perth Glory on July 23.last_img read more

Who is Priti Patel UKs first Indianorigin Home Secretary

first_img Boris Johnson Elected Next UK Prime Minister IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Priti Patel is the first Indian-origin UK Home SecretaryReutersBritain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Priti Patel as the Home Minister on Wednesday, July 24. The appointment marks her comeback after she resigned as International Development Minister in 2017.The Indian-origin Brexiteer, known for her outspoken criticism of former prime minister Theresa May, said that she is ‘looking forward to Britain leaving the European Union’ after her appointment was announced.I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Home Secretary by our new Prime Minister @borisjohnson. Looking forward to working @ukhomeoffice to prepare our Country for leaving the EU, leading on matters of national security & public safety & keeping our borders secure.— Priti Patel MP (@patel4witham) July 24, 2019She was born to Ugandan Indian parents who fled to the UK in the 1960s and established a small business in Britain. Having pursued her education at Keele University and the University of Essex, she worked for a public relations consultancy firm before shifting to politics. She also contested from Nottingham North at the 2005 general elections but was unsuccessful.Patel’s rise in political career began after she was elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010. Under former prime minister David Cameron’s government she championed the cause of the Indian diaspora. The 47-year-old’s prominence increased after she became the Treasury Minister in 2014, Employment Minister in 2015 and later the Secretary of State in the Department for International Development in 2016. She resigned from the Development Minister’s position in 2017 after her undisclosed meeting with Israeli officials violated diplomatic protocol.Patel led the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign in 2016 referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from the EU. She also supported “Back Boris” campaign.”With Boris Johnson leading the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister, the United Kingdom will have a Leader who believes in Britain, will implement a new vision for the future of the country and a roadmap to move forward and thrive as a self-governing nation that re-establishes our ties with our friends and allies around the world such as India,” she told PTI after Boris won the 2019 UK elections. With reference to improving UK-India ties she said that Boris is “committed to securing new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share – the rule of law, democracy, and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage”.She is also known as one of the keen supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK. In a report on ‘Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties’ released last month, she said that Uk is looking forward to ‘bridge’ relations and previous ‘missed opportunities.'”This should be a special relationship based upon the living bridge between our two great countries and a partnership we should be nurturing. The report covers many of the missed opportunities where the UK should be proactively and bilaterally enhancing our ties. We are soon to have a new PM in the UK, which will provide a welcome change in how we engage India’s re-elected PM Modi,” she said.Born to Indian parents, Patel launched the “Save the British Curry” appeal in the EU referendum campaign that argued the immigration system help challenges faced by immigrants outside the EU and will help fill in the absence of chefs in Indian restaurants in the UK.Patel’s new appointment also marks her return as the senior-most Indian-origin member of the UK Cabinet.last_img read more

Japan Also Sends Out Then Retracts A False Missile Warning

first_img Share Kim Kyung Hoon/ReutersJapan’s public broadcaster NHK sent out a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday.Japan’s public broadcaster sent out a false alert warning of a North Korean missile on Tuesday, just three days after Hawaii residents received an erroneous message about an incoming missile.“North Korea appears to have launched a missile … The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground,” the message read, according to a translation from Reuters.The false warning went out just before 7 p.m. in the evening, through broadcaster NHK’s Japanese mobile app and website. It was corrected less than 10 minutes later.NHK has apologized, adding that there are no reports of problems caused by the mistake. The broadcaster blames a “switching error,” without elaborating.An NHK spokesperson told Reuters that the broadcaster is “still checking” on the cause.Early Saturday morning, people in Hawaii received the following push notification: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”It took another 38 minutes for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to send an additional message that the message was a false alarm.“Our focus has been getting the notification out to the public,” said Vern Miyagi, the administrator of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, as NPR’s Colin Dwyer reported. “One thing that we have to work on more is the cancellation notice in this event.”Both Hawaii and Japan have been increasingly concerned about North Korea’s continued weapons testing.As NPR’s Scott Neuman reported, North Korea “routinely conducts test launches of its ballistic missiles over Japanese territory.” Last month, Hawaii began monthly tests of its nuclear attack warning system, the first since the Cold War.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Lack of GST auto verification system has hurt exports

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra said that overall exports from the country has gone down due to the non-implementation of auto verification system in the sphere of GST network introduced by the Centre.While addressing the media on the sidelines of a workshop on the promotion of exports at a city hotel on Monday, Mitra said that the exports are not getting refunds, which in turn is affecting the working capital of various small-scale exporters across the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNearly one year after the GST was introduced in the country, the Centre is yet to come up with an auto verification system, through which the exporters can upload various information and submit their taxes. In reality, they have to do all the processes manually.Other than submitting application and closure, no other activities are done online. The small-scale exporters have been greatly affected.”Around 3 lakh applications from across the country have been filed by the exporters, seeking refunds worth Rs 25,000 crore from the GST council. But they are yet to get any refund. It has not only been affecting the working capital of the small-scale exporters, but also leading to a sharp dip in the overall exports from the country,” Mitra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedEarlier, before the introduction of GST, the exporters had to fill up a form called ‘M’ but now the Centre is receiving taxes from the exporters with a promise that they would be refunded with the money paid in excess. But the Centre has stopped the refunds, thereby affecting the working capital of these small-scale exporters, which is also having a huge impact on employment generation.This is despite the fact that Bengal has done significant improvement by increasing the growth rate in exports in the last two years, Mitra reminded.Before the introduction of the GST, the Centre had promised that all the procedures would be done online, but all the verifications are now performed manually due to the want of an auto verification system.The Finance minister also said that the state government would take up the issue with the GST council, so that it could be resolved.”We would take up the issue with the Centre on behalf of the exporters from the state, who are not getting their refunds after paying taxes due to due a lack of auto verification system in the GST network. This has an adverse effect on the overall exports from the state,” Mitra maintained.last_img read more

Keep Your Site Up During Times of Crisis

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » An earthquake that struck Bellevue, Washington, over two years ago turned into a wake-up call for Smooth Corp., an operator of several e-commerce companies that sell flooring products–DIYFlooring.com, iFLOOR.comand RugArea.com.”While we had limited disruption of our operations, it made us think about what else could go wrong,” says Steve Simonson, 35, CEO and founder of the 90-employee company, which expects 2006 sales of about $80 million.As a result, Simonson says, the IT department suggested they set up backup web servers at a separate location, or “co-location facility.” This would allow continuous internet connectivity in the wake of disasters that could cause prolonged power outages, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. In May 2005, Smooth signed on with a facility in Seattle.Co-location facilities offer a secure place for companies to physically house their hardware and equipment. Most offer high security, including cameras, fire-detection and extinguishing devices, multiple connection feeds, filtered power, backup power generators and other items to ensure high availability. If necessary, the servers can run at co-location facilities for months, says Simonson, adding that these facilities “are far less vulnerable than we are.”How do you prepare for a disaster? Consider these tips from Chris Kivlehan, sales and marketing manager at INetU Managed Hosting, which offers a Business Continuity Hot Site service that places internet servers in geographically diverse data centers and synchronizes the data between the two locations according to a customized schedule. Should a crisis occur, the disaster recovery site can come online in short order and keep operations running smoothly.Establish a written policy that explains how a disaster should be handled. Says Kivlehan, “In a time of crisis, this will cut down on confusion.”Regularly review your plan to make sure it’s up-to-date.Have a backup website in place, and test it regularly. Says Kivlehan, “All you want to have to worry about in the time of a crisis is flipping the switch.”Create an “after the disaster” plan. Many people forget they may have to make some changes following a major disaster. Says Kivlehan, “Make sure [these changes are] spelled out somewhere.” March 1, 2006 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Crazy ExGirlfriend confirms another main character is bisexual

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- AND NOW, seeing that Maria Valencia Perez has found a serious girlfriend and just have those adorable heart eyes around her! I am FLOORED! I already love this show to the core but seeing this character grow from competing with women to BEING IN LOVE WITH ONE i love it even more!— Zena aka MARIA VALENCIA PEREZ’S GAY BITCH (@ladyzna) 3 February 2018 I’m not even being dramatic. Thank you SO MUCH to whoever listened to us and gave Valencia a girlfriend. As a gay woman, this is like…everything I want??? #CrazyExGirlfriend— vicky (@audralevines) 3 February 2018 ‘You’ll see going forward, Valencia is in a voyage of her own self-discovery of her place in the world and Beth is a big part of that. Identity means a slightly different thing for her than it means for Daryl.’Fans applaud Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writers It’s safe to say fans were very happy with the decision.Are they… are they giving Valencia a girlfriend? HERE FOR IT #CrazyExGirlfriend pic.twitter.com/6qAEzamCbs— Caralynn Lippo (@caralynn_marie) 3 February 2018 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend just made a third character bisexual and fans are loving itQueer Eye star Tan France makes acting debut in Crazy Ex-GirlfriendWe need to talk about bi erasure in media: ever heard of the Unicorn Scale?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/crazy-ex-girlfriend-confirms-another-main-character-bisexual/ Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the musical comedy-drama, now has the best bisexual representation likely in the history of television.Viewers were introduced to Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz)’s girlfriend Beth in the episode that aired yesterday (2 February). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) #CrazyExGirlfriend really went and gave Valencia a girlfriend, I feel #HumbleAndBlessed— Harry (@imgayharry) 3 February 2018And they know what they want next.where’s Valencia’s reprise of I’m Getting Bi? #CrazyExGirlfriend— saira sighs (@sairasighs) 3 February 2018Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs on The CW on Fridays. Season 3 is also airing weekly on Netflix for international audiences.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna has confirmed to fans Valencia is bisexual, making her the third bi character alongside Daryl and Maya.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Valencia is biBeth, played by gay comedian Emma Willmann, was introduced as a potential business partner for Valencia.And then Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had an eight month time skip. In that time, Valencia and Beth formed a loving relationship.Thanks for watching! And how beautiful is my gf @emmawillmann?! Love hard y’all. #CrazyExGirlfriend #bethencia pic.twitter.com/lP87U3sNAr— Gabrielle Ruiz (@gabrielleruiz) 3 February 2018When McKenna told Ruiz about her character’s new girlfriend, she was very excited.‘My first gut reaction was, “Oh my gosh Valencia found someone. She found someone that loves her.”‘It wasn’t, “Oh my gosh Valencia is going to be love with a woman”.’McKenna said they wanted to introduce a real love interest for Valencia after she dated Josh, played by gay actor Vincent Rodriguez III.‘Why wouldn’t it be a woman?’‘As we started to think about that person, we were like, “Why wouldn’t it be a woman?”‘ McKenna told Bustle.‘It’s different from Daryl’s story because Daryl discovering his bisexuality was a big part of his identity. For Valencia, the stakes of her having a lesbian relationship, which makes her bisexual, is more about the personal investment in this specific person.‘She’s a Bethsexual. So it doesn’t come up as an issue of self-proclaimed identity as it does for Daryl, because Valencia really knows who she is.’‘Daryl saying that he was bisexual and naming it was very important for the show and also for Daryl in his quest to find his authentic self. We’re very aware of the tendency to erase bisexuality as a term, the tendency towards bi-erasure. It’s very important to us that we not do that,’ she added.‘If Daryl were to talk to her about it, she’d say, “Yeah, I’m bisexual, obviously. I’m in a relationship with a woman now”.’ McKenna added.last_img read more

Times running out to become a Club Med Specialist win prizes

first_img TORONTO — Club Med is reminding agents that time is running out to become a 2019 Club Med Specialist and win prizes.By viewing six of the company’s eight webinars before Aug. 31, agents are eligible for 2019 Club Med Specialist certification, an email signature with the designation, and the grand prize of 20,000 Great Advisors points, which will be drawn on Sept. 1.Participants of each webinar will also be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card.The complete program consists of eight webinars that showcase why travellers should choose Club Med. Each online session highlights the diversity of the Club Med portfolio, and allows travel agents to deepen their expertise on the different aspects of Club Med products worldwide.All webinars are available in French and English. Five of the webinars are now available in recorded version online, and the next three webinars will offer two live sessions at different times for each language.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerTo become a Club Med Specialist, go to https://en.clubmedagents.ca/training-tools-benefits/become-club-med-specialist-webinar-calendar/. There agents can access previously recorded webinars and register for upcoming live sessions. Posted by Travelweek Group Time’s running out to become a Club Med Specialist & win prizes << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Tags: Club Med Sharelast_img read more

Safe for now Labor denies passenger tax hike

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Labor has denied Coalition claims that it plans to increase the Passenger Movement Charge, despite agreeing “in principle” to a recommendation which would see the tourism sector fund its biosecurity plans.The Coalition yesterday alleged Labor would hit Australia’s tourism sector with an increase in passenger taxes, pointing to a Government announcement in 2008 when they agreed in principle to all recommendations of an independent report on Australia’s biosecurity measures.Recommendation 73 of the Beale Review advocated “an adjustment to the Passenger Movement Charge” to fund a “significant” part of a AUD260 million per annum investment on biosecurity.Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke yesterday denied any moves by Labor to increase the Passenger Movement Charge, saying the Government “has no plan to introduce such a policy”.“A Gillard Labor Government will deliver tax relief to help make our tourism sector even more globally competitive,” Mr Burke said.Shadow Minister for Tourism, Steven Ciobo demanded Labor reveal its funding plans. “Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson must come clean and reveal exactly to the tourism sector how much money his government is planning to once again rip out of the industry to pay for this measure,” Mr Ciobo said. “The tourism industry will have paid around $1.2 billion in extra taxes (over the forward estimates) since the Rudd/Gillard Government whacked [the Passenger Movement Charge] in 2008,” he added.The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Matt Hingerty said the still struggling tourism industry would not broke an increase in passenger tax, regardless of which party wins Saturday’s Federal election.last_img read more

Sunshine Coast celebrates magic millions in latest National Visitor

first_imgSunshine Coast celebrates ‘magic millions’ in latest National Visitor SurveyThe Sunshine Coast attracted three million domestic visitors in the year to March 2016, the highest figure for the region since March 2008, according to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) figures released today by Tourism Research Australia.The three million milestone was reached as a result of an overall increase of 3% in visitors for the year, with 8% growth in holiday travellers (to 1.7 million) and 18% growth in business travel, reflecting strength in the Sunshine Coast’s leisure, conference and commercial sectors.The surveyed period covers the start of Qantas’ direct business-friendly services to Sunshine Coast Airport.The regional statistics follow an announcement last week of record passenger movements by Sunshine Coast Airport, whichset a new 12-month passenger record with 959,282 people flying in and out in the year to May 31 2016, beating the previous record set in January 2009.  With new Jetstar services from Adelaide, and increased capacity from Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland over the next six months, Sunshine Coast Airport is confident of reaching its own ‘magic million’ mark by the end of the year.The significant growth in domestic visitors was built on 6% growth in intra-state travel, with the Southern Queensland area a stand-out (up 20%). Of interstate markets, Victoria delivered 25% more travellers, with Melbourne up 17%.Domestic tourism produced $1.7 billion in expenditure for the Sunshine Coast in the year to March 2016.“The figures reflect the success of the Sunshine Coast’s marketing efforts and particularly our events strategy, supported by dynamic growth in capacity at Sunshine Coast Airport,” commented Visit Sunshine Coast acting CEO, Simon Latchford.“Sunshine Coast Council and Airport, Tourism and Events Queensland and all our operators have contributed strongly to us reaching the three million milestone, and with new flight routes opening and added capacity over the winter we are confident that we will break the all-time record domestic tourism figure within the next year. It represents a massive turnaround in the region’s performance, and it is encouraging to see that the solid holiday tourism is now being complemented by even stronger business travel and conference growth. We are a complete destination with a very diverse set of attractions.” Sunshine Coast Destination LimitedSource = Sunshine Coast Destination Limitedlast_img read more