Argentina national team snub should motivate Dybala – Allegri

first_imgJuventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was chosen Seria A’s best coach for the 2016/17 season over Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri. He shared his gratitude towards his players and had some choice words on Paulo Dybala.The fact that he was not called upon for the next Argentina friendlies has been a huge upset for everybody in Juve and mostly for Dybala himself, as he has been in an extraordinary shape lately and there is no obvious reason for the national coach to snub him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Not being called up by Argentina [for friendlies] should motivate him even more because he’s still got every opportunity of earning a place at the World Cup,” Allegri shared, according to ESPN.“He’s got to be focused on this end of the season and we have all got to be ambitious when we face the best, like Real, as we search for a seventh straight title, which would be an achievement that would be hard for any other club to match.”last_img read more

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2019-09-18

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Men Kings of Valentines Day

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Toast to the men… who also deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – It is Valentine’s Day – the day of love expressed with the purchase of candies including chocolates, marked with elaborate dinners and spa treatments and adorned in bouquets of fragrant fantastical roses.  Here is an interesting tidbit from the society of American Florists; In 2010  an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday and men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Bahamas PM Minnis Officially Welcomes SLS Brand to The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night.   SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.  Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.   The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas.   The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar.   On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort.   I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities.   Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges.   New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products.   The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017.  From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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SELECTMEN NEWS Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance DirectorTown Accountant On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the town’s search for its next Finance Director/Town Accountant.The search has faced some challenges as one of the two original finalists withdrew her name. The screening committee then decided to re-advertise the position to seek additional applicants.“It’s a real struggle in Massachusetts to get individuals who are qualified in municipal finance positions,” began Hull. “The fact that we had only 11 applicants during the first go around and 9 applicants the second time, many having no experience, just goes to show you the challenge we face in replacing some of these key positions.”The screening committee — which consist of the soon-to-be-retiring Town Account Mike Morris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, and Selectman Jonathan Eaton — identified two finalists.The two finalists are Jennifer Finnegan — who currently serves as the Town Treasurer/Collector for the Town of Tyngsboro — and Bryan Perry — who currently serves as the City Auditor for Lowell.Selectmen will interview both candidates on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, beginning at 6:15pm, in Town Hall’s Room 9. The interviews are open to the public. The interviews will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Selectmen will then hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall to make the appointment.“Mike Morris’s last day is July 12. He has agreed to provide some assistsance on a limited basis thereafter,” said Hull. “Clearly, we want to have someone on board as soon as possible. Being able to speak with him and have his help during the transition is going to be key. The applicant is likely going to have to give 3-4 weeks notice to their employer.”“It’s imperative that we move as quickly as we can add,” added Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “The two finalists we have are both very capable of the position.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Finalists For Town’s New Finance Director Position Revealed; Public Interviews ScheduledIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finance Director Appointment, Olin, Indoor Recreational Facility Committee To Be Discussed Tuesday NightIn “Government”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Google Doodle has Santa Claus set for holiday deliveries

first_img3:40 Online 0 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Behold Google 20th anniversary Doodle: Take a look back at popular searches since 1998.Google in 2018: Its workers found voice in protest this year. There will likely be more of that.First published Dec. 23 at 9:29 a.m. PT.Update Dec. 24 at 9:15 a.m. PT.: Adds Christmas Eve doodle and a preview of the Christmas Day doodle. In the hours leading up to Christmas on Sunday, elves loaded Santa’s sleigh with gifts. Google And then on the day of Christmas Eve, Monday, Santa dropped gifts down a chimney.  Google Twas the doodle before Christmas and all through the ‘net, Google’s elves were a-stirring to get us all set.As gift-givers shifted from shopping to wrapping, the holiday turkey began to thaw, and advent calendars got down to their last unopened window, Sunday’s Google Doodle showed us the man of the hour getting ready for his annual mission around the world. The first of several lightly animated holiday doodles showed a trio of elves flinging presents into Santa’s sleigh as the reindeer awaited clearance for takeoff.That image reached many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Greeting folks in the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a static, non-Santa illustration, filled with items including tree branches and flowers, cook pot and teakettle, a lone reindeer and a brace of birds (apparently not turtle doves, though).On Monday, Christmas Eve, Google offered a day-two Santa-themed doodle with an illustration of Santa Claus dropping gifts down a chimney in a snowy suburban landscape. The second-day image for the southern hemisphere shows Santa dropping gifts but not through chimneys. And the image for the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a new, non-Santa holiday illustration.Google is also ready with a Christmas Day doodle, for both hemispheres, featuring Santa and his team napping after their big night. Google has been decorating its homepage with near-daily doodles for 20 years, a tradition that started with a simple line drawing to mark an outing to the Burning Man festival by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Since then, the whimsical and sometimes interactive illustrations have celebrated everything from poets to Pac-Man and from Halloween to Bastille Day. Tags Share your voice Google Doodle Google Post a comment How Google made a Doodle game Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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NASA rover Curiosity fulfills dream drills into Mars clay

first_img Comments NASA Mars rover Curiosity spots peculiar pebbles NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems 2 Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle’s stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater’s “clay-bearing unit.” The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.”Don’t let your dreams be dreams,” the rover team tweeted. “I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come.” “Certain minerals, including some Curiosity may find in the clay and sulfate-rich layers near the bottom of Gale’s mountain, are good at latching onto organic compounds and protecting them from oxidation,” NASA said at the time. Curiosity now finally has its chance for a closer look. This is a time of great excitement for scientists and Mars fans alike. Curiosity has weathered technical glitches and damaged wheels to get here. This new chapter, carved into clay, is just beginning.  “This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site,” wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update. The bedrock target is nicknamed “Aberlady.” Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the rock powder as it seeks to learn more about this region of Mars. When NASA announced in 2011 that Gale Crater would be Curiosity’s home away from home, the space agency highlighted the likely history of water in the region and how it plays into the search for signs of organic compounds. Curiosity explores Mars Tagscenter_img Share your voice 43 Photos Don’t let your dreams be dreams.Back in 2011, before I launched for #Mars, Gale Crater was chosen as my landing site in part because of intriguing clays seen from orbit. I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to comehttps://t.co/eNNcHi4X7f#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/YHk7DZJKig— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 8, 2019 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Sony adds SpiderMan Far From Home costumes to PS4 game

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know Now we just need the costumes from the Amazing Spider-Man movies, along with the homemade and black suits from the Raimi trilogy, and then the PS4 game’s cinematic wardrobe will be complete.That wasn’t the only surprise Sony had for PS4 gamers on Tuesday. It also added Detroit: Become Human to July’s selection of games for PS Plus subscribers.First published July 1 at 8:13 a.m. PT.Update, 9:10 a.m.: Adds more detail. 1:20 Share your voice Comments 28 Photos The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Marvel Spiderman Sony 2 Video Games TV and Movies Spider-Man’s new costumes, like the Upgraded Suit, from Far From Home were added to the PS4 game. Sony Spider-Man: Far From Home arrived in US and UK theaters Tuesday, but also surprised us by leaping into the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man, in the form of two free costumes from the movie. The game, which is the sixth best-selling PS4 title, came out in September, so it’s cool that developer Insomniac Games is still adding stuff.You can swap costumes once you get to the point where Spidey starts wearing the Advanced Suit, the one with the white spider. Tuesday’s update then lets you swing around virtual Manhattan in the Upgraded Suit or the Stealth Suit.So you can see the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, read our postcredits scene explainer, consider how it all impacts MCU’s upcoming Phase 4 and check out the costumes in the game. The game, by the way, takes place in a separate continuity to the MCU.stealth-suitYou also get the Stealth Suit as part of the free download. Sony “While we’re busy working away here at Insomniac Games, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to once again team up with Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel, and Sony Pictures Entertainment to celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home,” James Stevenson, Insomniac community director, said Tuesday in a blog post.These aren’t the first movie costumes we’ve seen in the game: The Homemade and Stark suits (seen in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming) and the Iron Spider armor (from Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame) were in the game at launch. The suit Peter Parker wore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was added since then, as was the one from the Sam Raimi trilogy.last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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BSE closes points 7116 down on Dec 10

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed points 71.16 down to stand at 21249.80. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 31.05 points down to stand at 6,322.85. Hindustan Zinc and Oberoi Realty were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.03% and 5.21% along with Indian Hotels Company Ltd. and MRF Ltd with an increase of 5.05% and 4.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include NTPC and Torrent Power Ltd. with a decrease of 11.26% and 4.83% along with Adani Power Ltd. and Jaypee Infratech Ltd. with a decrease of 4.43% and 4.40% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 11.03 points at 12,455.14, while the banking sector is down 244.17 points at 13,510.63 and the realty sector is down 20.76 points at 1,380.42. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.16 per dollar.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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ITA Awards 2019 winners list Jennifer Parth Erica and others walk away

first_imgCelebrities at ITA Awards 2019instagramThe Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards is one of the most-awaited annual TV awards show that honours talents from the telly world. The ITA Awards 2019 was held in Mumbai on Wednesday, March 20, and saw the presence of several biggies from the television industry. Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan, Divyanka Tripathi, Jennifer Winget and Surbhi Chandna set the red carpet on fire with their outfits.It was a star-studded affair as some of the viewers’ favourite stars took to the stage and mesmerised spectators with their sizzling performances.Jennifer and Nakuul Mehta were awarded the Best Actress and Best Actor title, respectively, while the Best Popular jodi was awarded to Parth Samthaan and Erica for Kasautii Zindagii Kay. In the popular category, Divyanka Tripathi was the choice of the Jury. Zee TV’s Kumkum Bhagya was chosen as the Best serial, while Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai also won in a special category.Check out the complete list of winners of ITA Awards 2019:Best Actress (Popular): Jennifer Winget for Bepannaah Best Actor (Popular): Nakuul Mehta for IshqbaaazBest Jodi (Popular): Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes for Kasautii Zindagii KayBest Jodi (Jury): Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh for Radha KrishnTV Personality Of The Year and Best Actress (Jury): Divyanka Tripathi for Yeh Hai MohabbateinBest Supporting Actor (Female): Anita Hassanandani for Naagin3Best Supporting Actor (Male): Kunal Jaisingh for IshqbaaazBest Actor Negative Role: Rajesh Khattar for BepannahBest Actress Negative Role: Hina Khan for Kasautii Zindagii KayBest Anchor In A Reality Show: Maniesh Paul for Indian IdolBest Actress In Comic Role (Female): Shubhangi Atre for Bhabiji Ghar Par HainJury Special Award For Next Generation Star: Ashnoor Kaur for Patiala BabesFresh New Face Of The Year – Male: Adnan Khan for Ishq Subhan AllahFresh New Face Of The Year – Female: Aakriti Sharma for Kullfi Kumarr BajewalaBest Mythological Show: Radha KrishnBest Serial: Kumkum BhagyaBest Series (Jury): Patiala BabesBest Daily Series (Jury): Kullfi Kumarr BaajewalaBest Continuing Serial: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiSpecial Commendation: Mohit Raina for 21 Sarfaroshlast_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Delhi journalist shot at while driving home eggs thrown on cars windshield

first_imgFacebook/Mitalli ChandolaA Delhi-based journalist was shot at late on Saturday in east Delhi’s Ashok Nagar near Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.The journalist, Mitalli Chandola, recounted her experience, saying that the assailants first threw eggs on her car’s windshield and when she did not stop the vehicle, they fired two shots at her, which pierced through the windshield.The bullets from the shots fired injured Mitalli’s arm. The injuries were given medical attention and she is out of danger.”Prima facie it appears to be a case of a family dispute,” Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), was quoted as saying by ANI. Reports state that Mitalli was not on good terms with her family.However, the police are also investigating if this was a gang-related incident where they target drivers with eggs in order to distract them and rob them.It is not known if the assailants targeted her because of her profession or it was another reason.On June 8, a crew of a Hindi news channel was shot at by two armed men at Barapullah Road in New Delhi. The men were on a bike, came near their car and asked the crew of three (driver, reporter, cameraman) to stop the vehicle. The driver tried driving faster when he spotted a pistol in the bike driver’s hand.”A man on a black pulsar approached the vehicle when we were near the Pragati Maidan cut. When we noticed a firearm in the biker’s hand and tried speeding, the biker then fired three shots at the vehicle. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed,” one of the targets told India Today.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Farmers Banks former audit chief his son among 4 arrested

first_imgFarmers Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty. Photo: Prothom AloAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested four accused including the Farmers Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty on Tuesday in connection with the embezzlement and irregularities in loan disbursement.The others are – the chairman’s son Rashedul Haque Chisty, the bank’s senior vice president Zia Uddin Ahmed and first vice president Masudur Rahman Khan.ACC assistant director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the ACC arrested the accused from different areas of the city.He also said that a case was filed with the Gulshan police station in the morning on embezzlement of Tk 1.60 billion and money laundering.ACC imposed a travel ban on 17 people including several current and former top officials of the Farmers Bank Limited.The top Farmers Bank officials facing the ban include the Bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty, his wife Ruzi Chisty, son Rashedul Haque Chisty, Rashed’s wife Farhana Ahmed, daughter Rimi Chisty, Mazedul Haque Chisty, the bank’s former managing director and CEO AKM Shameem, deputy MD Abdul Motaleb Patwari, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, executive VP Mohammad Jahangir Alam Majumdar, and SVP Zia Uddin Ahmed.The other officials are Lutful Haque and Md Monirul Haque, Md Tafazzal Hossain, Mohammad Shamsul Hassan Bhuiyan, Mahbub Ahmed, and Md Zakir Hossain.The Farmers Bank was established in June 2013 while investigations of Bangladesh Bank found massive irregularities in the bank’s loan disbursement along with a huge amount of default loans in 2017.The bank’s chairman and a former home minister MK Alamgir and Audit Committee chief Mahabubul resigned following the scandal while the central bank in December last year also removed the bank’s managing director.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Youths body found in Joypurhat

first_imgPolice recovered the severed body of an unidentified youth from near a rail track at Koktara in Panchbibi upazila on Sunday evening.Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station said that locals spotted the body of the youth, aged around 30, beside the rail track around 6:00pm and informed police.On information, police recovered the body.Police suspected that the young man might have been crushed under train.last_img

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2019-09-03

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Cyclone Fani may hit Bangladesh Saturday morning

first_img.Cyclonic storm Fani may hit Bangladesh on Saturday morning, state minister for disaster and relief Enamur Rahman quoted a Met official as saying.The state minister held a meeting with Met officials at the conference room of his ministry on Wednesday afternoon.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Enamur Rahman said the cyclone may hit Khulna, Satkhira and Mongla on Saturday morning.  He said the ministry has opened control rooms in 19 coastal districts and 56,000 volunteers have been kept standby.As part of the preparations, 200 mts rice, 41,000 packets dry food and cash Tk 500,000 have been sent to the deputy commissioners of the each 19 districts, he said.Meanwhile, authorities in Chattogram have taken all necessary preparations as the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area.Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No. 4.Chattogram district disaster management committee held a meeting on Wednesday to take all the necessary preparations to face the cyclone.The authorities have taken decisions to open cyclone centres and control rooms and keep medical team standby to fight the cyclone.Water transports from Chattogram to Sandwip and Hatia have been suspended due to the cyclone.Acting district commissioner Delwar Hossain said 2,739 cyclone centres have been prepared to face Fani.  Chattogram’s civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique told Prothom Alo that 284 medical teams have been kept standby to fight ‘Fani’. The storm was centred at 6:00pm Wednesday about 1205 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 1160 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 1060 km southwest of Mongla Port and 1070 km southwest of Payra Port, said a special weather bulletin here this noon.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north or northwesterly direction.Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 160 kph, rising to 180 kph in gusts or squalls, the bulletin said, adding that sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution so that they can take shelter within short notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Humble ISD Board Of Trustees Approves Hiring Elizabeth Fagen As New Superintendent

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Douglas County School DistrictElizabeth Fagen is the lone finalist for Humble ISD’s superintendent opening.The Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved hiring Elizabeth Fagen as Humble’s next superintendent.The measure has sparked some controversy during the past few weeks, with protests and petitions from parents opposing her.Fagen has 20 years of experience in education and will replace retiring Superintendent Guy Sconzo.Fagen will have a base salary of $298,000 and is scheduled to start in her new position on July 5th.Before her move to Humble, she led the Douglas County School District, a suburban district south of Denver, Colorado.Humble board members declined to be interviewed after the vote.Board president Robert Sitton said in a news release that their vision is to continue the culture of the district and added that they are excited about partnering with Fagen.Kate Brown, who has three children attending Humble ISD schools, thinks one of Fagen’s biggest challenges will be restoring unity.“My concerns are how she will bring the community back together. I feel like, when the announcement was made, there was a big divide between people who just automatically trust the board and people who had questions,” said Brown before the meeting where the board approved hiring Fagen.Although the board has assured the community that Humble will not create a voucher system, one of the biggest concerns of some parents is that Fagen designed one when she worked in Colorado.That voucher program, which allowed the use of taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools, was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court as unconstitutional.The Texas legislature could consider a school voucher program next year.A so-called tax-credit proposal is a measure Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick supports. X 00:00 /01:32 Sharelast_img read more

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2019-09-02

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As MEMA Monitors Hurricane Irma Maryland Residents Should Prepare Now

first_imgREISTERSTOWN, Md. — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues to monitor Hurricane Irma and additional tropical weather systems in the Atlantic. While it is still too early to know what impacts, if any, that Irma may have on Maryland next week, residents should prepare now.In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017, at 11;15 a.m. EDT, shows the eye Hurricane Irma just north of the island of Hispaniola. The fearsome Category 5 storm cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. (NOAA-NASA via AP)“I urge all Marylanders to prepare now for the potential effects of Hurricane Irma,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “While we have the benefit of time, review your family emergency plans and ensure you have supplies on hand. As always, Maryland stands ready to support our friends and neighbors in states that will be dealing with the impacts from this major hurricane first.”In addition to continuous communication with the National Weather Service, MEMA is coordinating with local emergency management offices and state partners to ensure that they have the information and resources they need to respond.“Hurricane tracks can shift quickly,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of MEMA. “Everyone in our area should regularly check forecasts, build an emergency kit, and always listen to the directions of local officials.”Before a storm, residents and visitors in Maryland can:Prepare an emergency kit and create a family communications plan. Good supplies to have on hand include bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, and copies of important documents.Check to see if you are in a flood-prone area on our website: mema.maryland.gov.Communicate with friends, family members, and neighbors and make sure that they are up to date with the latest information and weather forecast.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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DC Farmers Market Will Match Money Spent by Food Assistance Recipients

first_imgBy Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFRONow eating fresh and healthy foods is even easier for those receiving government assistance. FRESHFARM Markets, the Washington Metropolitan based grocer, will match every dollar spent by recipients of nutrition benefit programs.  SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps), WIC, and Senior Farmers Market benefits are accepted at all FRESHFARM locations, allowing recipients to double their spending power and bring home fresh fruits and vegetables to their families. Last year, they reached nearly $100,000 in matching dollars.Their Farmer’s Market community is a huge one, made up of fifteen locations throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, and provides consumers with locally produced goods. “On a broad scale, FRESHFARM is working to make sure that there’s fresh, local food available to the entire region across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia,” said FRESHFARM Executive Director Julia Feder.The giveback program is ideal for those interested in healthier eating but aren’t sure if they can afford it on their income. As the majority of the markets are located on metro lines, most low-income singles and families, or those living in shelters can easily access this nutritional resource.Along with their expansive community of markets, FRESHFARM gets up close and personal with the D.C. public school students through their FoodPrints program, where they educate children on the benefits of healthy eating, in addition to teaching them harvesting skills and culinary techniques. “The kids get so excited about eating kale and radishes and we’re able to introduce them to foods they otherwise wouldn’t be interested in,” said Feder.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Democratic Leaders Emphasize the Fight for Justice During Conference

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comReverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network brought the action to the Hill with the Legislative & Policy Conference held November 13 and 14. Over a hundred activists from around the country convened for the conference where politicians discussed the midterm elections, issues plaguing America and a way forward.The National Action Network is a nationwide civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton in 1991. NAN has committed themselves to, “the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression or sexuality,” according to the website.Sen. Cory Booker addresses the crowd at the National Action Network Legislative & Policy Conference on November 13 and 14.The conference was loaded with Democratic politicians that were vocal about their commitment to make urgent changes in policy in order to positively influence the direction of the country. They focused on issues such as immigration reform, affordable healthcare, election reform, environmental justice, prison reform and an array of issues involving social justice and achieving equality in America.When speaking on the urgency for health care reform, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said, “If you need medicine to keep you alive, you should be able to get it, you should be able to take it, you should be able to afford it.”Throughout the program, many of the speakers echoed similar sentiments about the need for affordable healthcare. As Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders firmly stated, “It is a right not a privilege.”The fight for justice that the National Action Network has committed themselves to for the past 27 years permeated through the speakers words. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) said, “We will fight for the causes that have always mattered most to us- .justice, fairness and equity.”Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) captured the audience with his championing of social justice issues in America.“We are dissatisfied because we live in a country right now where kids can find unleaded gasoline either than unleaded water. We are dissatisfied because we have a nation that treats you better, if you are rich and guilty than poor and innocent. We are dissatisfied because we live in a nation right now that pays teacher so little that they have to get extra jobs, just to make ends meet,” Booker told the crowd.Booker became the first African-American Senator of New Jersey in 2013. He previously served as the Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.The New Jersey senator continued to talk about the fight to make America a more equitable and safe place for all its citizens.“We are dissatisfied because we’re not even doing the common sense things to make our community safer…We are dissatisfied because we have a nation right now where young brothers like Jemel Roberson, a security officer that subdued an assailant, was shot and killed like how many other of our young men and women,” he said.“We’re dissatisfied because there are millions of Americans that are Black and White and Latino that work full time everyday but are still below the poverty line.”Instead of focusing on disagreements in politics, particularly with President Donald Trump, Booker emphasized to the audience the importance of focusing on addressing social justice issues.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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eOne and Birdo Studios Cupcake Dino to Air on Netflix Brazil Disney

first_imgToronto-based Entertainment One (eOne) has announced that the animated series “Cupcake & Dino: General Services” will debut on Brazilian Netflix on Nov. 13 and Disney XD Brazil on Nov. 15.Created by Brazilian director Pedro Eboli, the series is an eOne co-production with Brazil’s Birdo studios, the company behind another Eboli series, the Brazilian Cartoon Network smash hit “Oswaldo.”Birdo was founded in 2005 by Luciana Eguti and Paulo Muppet. After designing the mascots for the 2016 Paralympics, the company created its first TV project “Vinicius & Tom: Funny by Nature,” commissioned by Cartoon Network. The series was Cartoon Network’s highest-rated show in 2016 and helped the 2016 Rio games surpass all Olympic licensing records.After selling “Oswaldo” to Cartoon Network Latin America, Eboli co-directed and co-wrote the series’ first season. Recently, he and Canadian Graham Peterson pitched “Monster Pack” as part of the Nick Shorts program, where they were finalists. That project is currently in development. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Cupcake & Dino” follows the oddball adventures of two best friends, Cupcake and Dino. An unlikely pair, the two start their own general services industry, and look to make a name for themselves by doing any number of various one-off jobs. Each job starts off innocuous enough, but the thrills quickly multiply as the two make every task more difficult than it need be. The show’s off-the-wall action, bright colors and goofy voice acting should fit in with young Brazilian audience sensibilities and other popular series like “Oswaldo” and Copa Studio and Cartoon Network Latin America’s “Jorel’s Brother.”In a statement, eOne’s Olivier Dumont, president of family and brands said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring ‘Cupcake & Dino’ to families in Brazil, which is the home territory of both Pedro Eboli and our co-production partner Birdo Studios. The show is full of heart and encapsulates the funny and original creator-driven content that we champion here at eOne which will resonate strongly with its audience.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Using vouchers found to reduce waste when offering health products to the

first_img Getting health products to people in need in Africa involves dealing with a host of issues, one of which is waste—governments and other institutions find that if they just give free products to people, a lot of those products are never used; many are simply thrown away. To deal with this problem, some organizations have taken to charging people for the products under the reasonable assumption that those that do not need them would simply not buy them. But charging for such products as mosquito netting may prevent many who cannot afford them from getting the help they need. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if another type of method might work better, using vouchers that people could redeem for free at a local store.The experiments consisted of going door-to-door in various communities in Kenya offering health products to those who answered. Recipients were given one of three possible options: They could buy the product (a chlorine solution for killing germs in drinking water), they could accept a voucher for it, or they could just have it right there for free. The researchers then followed up later by returning to the homes they had visited earlier, this time requesting to test their water.In analyzing the water samples, the researchers found that those who were given vouchers had just a 1 percentage dip in samples with chlorine compared to those that had received free supplies right away (32.9 versus 33.9). But they also found that they only needed to give out 60 percent as much of the solution when using the voucher system. In sharp contrast, the researchers found that for those who were offered the product for sale, only 12.4 percent had chlorine in their water, indicating that a large percentage of those contacted could not afford the product.The researchers suggest their experiments indicate that adding a small hassle when administering health products can dramatically reduce waste. Not included in the study was the possible emotional impact on the people made to trod to a nearby store to collect their “free” healthcare product. How to deliver drinking water chlorine-free (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that offering vouchers as a means of distributing health products to poor people in Africa resulted in less waste than other methods. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the experiments they conducted, their results and why they believe the voucher method could prove useful in a wide variety of distribution applications. Benjamin Olken with MIT offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. 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. More information: P. Dupas et al. Targeting health subsidies through a nonprice mechanism: A randomized controlled trial in Kenya, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6288AbstractFree provision of preventive health products can markedly increase access in low-income countries. A cost concern about free provision is that some recipients may not use the product, wasting resources (overinclusion). Yet, charging a price to screen out nonusers may screen out poor people who need and would use the product (overexclusion). We report on a randomized controlled trial of a screening mechanism that combines the free provision of chlorine solution for water treatment with a small nonmonetary cost (household vouchers that need to be redeemed monthly in order). Relative to a nonvoucher free distribution program, this mechanism reduces the quantity of chlorine procured by 60 percentage points, but reduces the share of households whose stored water tests positive for chlorine residual by only one percentage point, substantially improving the trade-off between overinclusion and overexclusion. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Using vouchers found to reduce waste when offering health products to the poor in Africa (2016, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-vouchers-health-products-poor-africa.html Journal information: Science Explore furtherlast_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Poster row Cops taking steps against errant youth

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police is taking steps against the youth who put up a poster in the city that has allegedly fanned religious sentiment.The city police have taken immediate step soon after noticing the poster. The poster has been removed.In a Facebook post, the Kolkata Police has stated that necessary steps would be taken after identifying the people, who had put up the poster and “attempts to fan religious sentiments willnot be allowed”.It may be mentioned that police maintain vigil to avoid any sort of rumours so that the law and order situation in the state does not get disturbed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice also create awareness among people by circulating messages through social networking sites and urge people not to give ears to any rumour. Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee has also urged common people to not listen to rumours and inform police in case they find any rumour mongers in their area.It may be mentioned that police take immediate steps in this connection and necessary legal actions to ensure that there is no deterioration of the law and order situation.It may be recalled that a fake notification over Eid holidays had got circulated on social media a few days ago. Hence, police are preparing a video to create awareness and urge thatthey should only forward messages on social media only after verifying the truth.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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