Senior UN envoy in Somalia welcomes plan to hold key meetings on

13 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Somalia said today he was encouraged that two key committees set up as a part of a June accord aiming to bring peace to the war-torn country are set to convene this weekend. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a press release that the Joint Security Committee and the High Level Committee will meet in neighbouring Djibouti for three days starting this Saturday.Under the Djibouti Agreement, reached by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) on 9 June, the Joint Security Committee is tasked with implementing security arrangements while the High Level Committee deals with political cooperation, justice and reconciliation.The TFG and the ARS agreed to end their conflict under the deal, which is trying to resolve the long-standing issues that have left Somalia without a functioning national government since 1991.Mr. Ould-Abdallah said the two sides will have delegations participating in both committee meetings, while many representatives of the international community will also attend. Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein and opposition leaders Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan are among those slated to participate.The Special Representative called on the Somali Parliament to suspend its work on certain issues over the next week so that some of its members can attend the committee meetings in Djibouti.“I would like the parliamentarians to show their full support for the peace process and for the plight of the Somali population,” he said. read more

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2019-10-12

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Dollarama may be forced to raise some prices due to Canadian retaliatory

MONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. may be forced to raise prices on food and other goods imported from the U.S. because of Canada’s plans to impose tariffs in retaliation for American duties on aluminum and steel, the company’s CEO said Thursday.Neil Rossy said he’s not worried about the discount retailer losing its competitive edge because other Canadian retailers will face the same pressures.“It won’t be fun for any retailer in the country and I guess the saving grace is that it will affect all retailers in Canada the same way,” he told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting.“That being said the customer may suffer if the changes are extreme but they will suffer across all retailers because retailers can only do so much.”Rossy later told reporters that it’s a complex task to assess the potential impact on hundreds of items, especially if consumer goods can’t be sourced from other countries.“So if I’m buying plastic-moulded items I have options all around the world for them. If I’m buying a Mars bar or a Hershey bar made in Pennsylvania I don’t really have too many options.”Dollarama can’t rule out raising prices but wouldn’t do so on items that aren’t directly hit by higher costs in order to remain competitive, Rossy said. It also has no plans to increase its maximum price of food items beyond $2 or add a higher category of prices beyond $4.The retailer said it has also tried to absorb the cost from a rise in minimum wages and would welcome the Ontario Progressive Conservative party’s promise not to increase the level to $15 in January should it be elected Thursday.“I think it’s good for everyone. You never like to have inflation,” said chief financial officer Michael Ross.Dollarama announced Thursday that it plans to test its e-commerce strategy to sell full boxes of select items to consumers in Quebec by Christmas before rolling out the program across the country.The company said there’s a healthy appetite for its retail model in Latin America. But it wouldn’t indicate if it plans to exercise an option in 2020 to buy a majority stake in Dollar City, which operates more than 100 smaller stores in several Central American countries.Dollarama shares fell 6.4 per cent in Thursday trading after the discount retailer missed analyst expectations as cool spring weather hurt sales of seasonal goods that are a key driver of revenues in AprilIts shares lost $10.07 at $146.41 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Dollarama earned $101.6 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the first quarter. That compared with $94.7 million or 82 cents per share in last year’s fiscal first quarter.Sales for the 13 weeks ended April 29 were $756.1 million, up 7.3 per cent from $704.9 million in the comparable period a year earlier.The company’s adjusted earnings also came in at 92 cents per share, just short of the 93 cents per share it was expected to earn on $776.6 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Comparable store sales grew 2.6 per cent from last year, while the number of stores grew by 62 locations to 1,170. Excluding the impact on seasonal goods such as gardening items, same-store sales were within its forecast of four to five per cent.Many retailers would be happy with those numbers but investors have become accustomed to higher comparable sales from Dollarama that have ranged from 5.2 to 7.3 per cent over the past three years.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the results are best viewed as a blip on Dollarama’s consistent trajectory of 15 to 20 per cent earnings per share increases.“We remain confident in Dollarama’s ability to continue to deliver EPS compounded growth approaching 20 per cent over our forecast horizon,” she wrote in a report.Shareholders on Thursday approved a three-for-one stock split effective June 19, designed to make the company’s shares more accessible to retail investors.The annual meeting saw Dollarama founder Larry Rossy step down as executive chairman, although he is expected to remain a mentor and continue showing up at the company’s headquarters, said his son Neil who is chief executive. read more

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2019-10-07

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UN expert concerned USPeru free trade accord could deprive poor of medicine

“I am concerned that the US-Peru free trade negotiations could lead to higher protection of patents than is currently required under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO),” the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt, said.”Higher protection of patents could restrict Governments from taking action to protect the right to health in the future,” he added in a statement, calling for an express safeguard in any FTA recognizing the right and duty of countries to protect human life and health.”A year ago, I indicated my deep concern that the US-Peru trade agreement would water down internationally agreed health standards, leading to higher prices for essential drugs that millions of Peruvians would find unaffordable. I continue being concerned today as negotiations on key issues draw to a close.”Mr. Hunt warned the Peruvian Government of the effects of the FTA on the right to health, in particular through introduction of patent protection stronger than required under WTO rules, and said it should ensure that it can introduce complementary measures to protect the poor from bearing the costs of the FTA.Over 50 per cent of Peruvians live in poverty, while almost 25 per cent live in extreme poverty, and Mr. Hunt noted that a Peruvian Health Ministry study on the potential effects of the FTA on access to medicines showed that between 700,000 to 900,000 people would be excluded without a ministry budget increase or a rise in household income for the poor.The first year of the FTA would require additional increase in spending of $34.4 million, of which $29 million would fall on families and the rest on the ministry. He said the Government should ensure that it can introduce complementary measures to protect the poor from bearing the costs of the FTA.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently noted that while patents are not the only barriers to access to life-saving medicines, they can play a significant, or even dominant, role since they grant the patent holder a monopoly on a medicine for a number of years.”Any standards introduced under the FTA on intellectual property protection – and patents more specifically – should include an express safeguard recognizing the right and duty of countries to protect human life and health,” Mr. Hunt said.The right of countries to adopt measures to protect public health and nutrition is enshrined in the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). read more

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2019-10-06

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High marks for Brock on research funding national report

Brock University scored third place out of 18 universities in its category for corporate research income growth according to a national company that tracks the country’s research and development performance.Funding from industry partners for research at Brock jumped 69.1 per cent from 2013 to 2017, says Research Infosource’s latest report, released Thursday, Oct. 25.This funding totalled nearly $2.9 million over the five-year period, placing Brock 13th in the undergraduate tier. Industry income made up four per cent of Brock’s total research income, according to the Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2018 report.Although Brock has had graduate programming for more than a decade and offers nearly 50 master’s and doctoral degrees, the ranking agency places Brock and other comprehensive universities in its ‘undergraduate’ category, which Research Infosource describes as “universities with mainly undergraduate programs.”Brock also scored highly in the not-for-profit research income categories, which refers to funding in the form of research contracts and grants from not-for-profit organizations and foundations.The University’s not-for-profit research income was valued at $6.4 million for this five-year period, ranking seventh in the undergraduate category in terms of overall amount and growth. This comprised 8.8 per cent of Brock’s total research income between 2013-2017, says the report.“The fact that Brock’s corporate and not-for-profit income have both expanded rapidly is a sign of growing engagement with the community and excellent evidence of research impact,” says Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource.Brock Interim Associate Vice-President, Research Michelle McGinn says forming partnerships with a wide array of community partners is key to Brock’s research success.“Research exists to make a difference,” she says. “The support of industries, non-profit organizations and other partners is vital to ensuring that innovations and insights will improve the lives of people dealing with real-life situations.”Research Infosource Inc. tracks post-secondary institutions’ research performance in a wide variety of areas.Brock’s total research income for fiscal 2017 is listed as being $14.2 million, placing the University 10th in the undergraduate category and 39th out of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities in Canada. read more

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2019-10-02

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Atlas Copco makes major investment in rock drilling tools capacity expansion

first_imgAtlas Copco has decided to invest about SEK450 million to expand production capacity of rock drilling tools in Fagersta, Sweden, to meet the demand from the mining and construction industries. The investment in modern machine technology will increase the capacity and create around 70 job opportunities locally over the coming two to three years. Björn Rosengren, Business Area President Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique says “the new advanced equipment will increase output and reduce lead times significantly.” Work on the investment will start immediately and the effects are expected to be realised gradually in 2012 with full effect from 2013. Atlas Copco’s plant in Fagersta, Sweden, manufactures rock drilling tools to supply complete drill strings for the global mining and construction markets.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Terex MPS introduces new portable impactor screen and cone plants

first_imgTerex® Minerals Processing Systems has announced the launch of the new CRH1313R portable impactor and screen plant. The CRH1313R delivers high throughput production and has the versatility to handle rock crushing. The highly mobile plant is a complete stand-alone closed-circuit unit with three product capability. The Terex Cedarapids CRC1150 portable cone plant is also a new addition to the range.The plant features a high production Cedarapids IP1313 impactor with a 3 or 4 bar, 1,270 mm rotor powered by a Tier 4, 335 kW diesel engine, direct drive to crusher, and 150 kW generator. Uptime is maximised with a heavy-duty undercrusher pan feeder that protects the conveyor belt from damage by absorbing the high velocity discharge from the crusher. More capacity is possible because of the 1,515 x 4,875 mm patent-pending dual-slope 2-deck screen which handles heavier loads. In addition, the capability to return both screen deck products to the crusher maximises production. A rugged 1,220 x 4,875 mm high-stroke Cedarapids “Advantage” feeder with 1,525 mm grizzly bar or optional stepped tine style grizzly section feeds the impactor. “The new CRH1313R portable impactor/screen plant is simple to operate, quick to set up, and easy to transport.”The highly mobile CRC1150 portable cone plant features the new TC1150 cone crusher that utilises high efficiency roller bearings “and boasts several notable advancements that enhance performance and functionality. New key features include automated cone controls and larger closed side settings.” The crusher is powered by a 300 hp motor and drive, all mounted on a rubber isolated frame. The plant includes an oversize cone feed hopper extension with overflow chute, “straight-line” undercrusher conveyor, metal detector, and service platforms. Easy maintenance features include conveniently located grease banks and a ground access cone lubrication module.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Goldhofer Trail King – moving the world together

first_imgTogether, Goldhofer and Trail King will provide the most comprehensive line of customized hauling solutions and services for every customer as Goldhofer and Trail King Industries, two of the most respected brands in the heavy haul industry, team up to promote and support each other’s products both in the US and around the world.Founded in 1705, Goldhofer has grown to a global company as a manufacturer and distributor of semitrailers and dual lane transporter for on-road special transports, off-road modular trailers and self-propelled units for extremely heavy loads. Trail King Industries has been positioned as the leading North American trailer manufacturer of open deck and materials hauling trailers serving a wide variety of markets for over 40 years.The companies say they “will provide an unmatched level of engineering excellence, manufacturing quality and outstanding customer service unlike anything currently available in the US or around the world. Customers will benefit from an expanded portfolio while continuing to rely on the long term relationships they’ve trusted year after year.“Our experience and innovation have earned us an international reputation for time- and cost-effective solutions in the challenging field of multi-modal transportation. We believe Trail King holds that same reputation in the US and Canada,” says Goldhofer’s General Manager (Transport Technology) and Head of Sales, Rainer Auerbacher. “We are excited to add Trail King’s suite of products to our world-wide customer offering. This alliance puts us in the right position to maintain our standing as quality leaders to meet the various demands of customers in our international markets.”“We are excited to bring our Trail King brand to international customers by teaming up with Goldhofer,” says Trail King’s President, Joe Kolb. “Goldhofer shares the same value system that Trail King has built upon – a reputation for quality, reliability, and performance. We’re thrilled to now offer our US and Canadian customers a complete range of products for all of their heavy haul needs from the best manufacturers in the world.”last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Heinvetter hits on teammates

← Previous Story 19th EUROFEST in Slovenia – The best handball holidays at the Sea Next Story → Bundesliga derby: Kiel won satisfaction, HSV champions title After the two friendly games against Norway, in which Germany played without many standard players, the goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter criticized his team mates, saying it’s a “shame that there were so many absences, everyone should question themself if they give the maximum for the national team”.The Fuchse Berlin goalkeeper noted that if the team were complete, it’d give Brandt more chances to try different formations and actions. To note, the games against Norway were missed by Pascal Hens, Sebastien Preuss, Christian Sprenger, Uwe Gensheimer, Holger Glandorf and Michael Krauss, some from personal reasons, some because of injuries.Germany needs three points from the last two remaining games for the European Championship in Serbia 2012, and the matches are to be played in June, first on 8th against Austria, and then four days later against Latvia. read more

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2019-09-22

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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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Haines Mining and Water Forum draws dozens critics question objectivity

first_imgLiz Cornejo, Vice President of Community and External Affairs for Canadian company Constantine Metal Resources Limited, explains the Palmer Project at a public forum focused on mining and water on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KHNS – Haines)The Palmer Project, a potential hard-rock underground mine was the focus of a forum on water and mining attended by dozens of residents at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Haines on Wednesday.Listen nowThey were there largely because they hoped to learn more about a how the project, still in the exploration phase, might affect water and salmon in the Chilkat and Klehini rivers, if it is developed.But not all stakeholders believe the forum has the community’s best interest in mind.The ANB Hall was packed with people eager to learn more about how the nearby mineral exploration could impact water and salmon.“Why do we as a company do water quality sampling?” Liz Cornejo, Vice President of Community and External Affairs for Canadian company Constantine Metal Resources Limited, said. “One, we have to do it for assisting the permitting process and compliance to ensure that we are maintaining water quality for everyone.”Cornejo is also co-chair of the recently formed Chilkat Valley Mining Forum Committee, the group that organized the event.“The Palmer project is still in the exploration stage,” Cornejo said. “We are getting more advanced and we are doing more in-depth studies. And, we are hopefully in the next few years, working towards feasibility. And that information will help answer that question of: is it going to be a mine?”The prospect was discovered in 1969 by local prospector Merrill Palmer, its namesake.Constantine is leasing the claim and partnering with a Japanese company called, Dowa, which is supplying 49 percent of the exploration funds. That partnership has been going on for several years.Exploration shows the sites, located on steep mountainsides above a glacially fed river, are rich in copper, zinc, barite, gold and silver.The economy of the region is largely reliant on fishing and tourism and many are concerned that a large mine could interfere with the existing economies.Meredith Pochardt, Executive Director of Takshanuk Watershed Council, helped organize the event and was one guest at the forum. She talked about copper’s effect on fish if too much gets into the water from mining.“Fish are much more sensitive than humans are to copper,” Pochardt said. “And it impacts a lot of their homing migration, their predator avoidance and their ability to navigate and find food.”Allan Nakanishi with DEC talked about the value of public comment in the permitting process.“When we go out to public notice on a permit, the local community may have fairly in-depth knowledge that wasn’t apparent or available on the application,” Nakanishi said.Besides the mining company, Takshanuk and the DEC, the forum also included a representative from the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, who talked about their water testing programs.Two local stakeholder groups decided not to participate in the forum. One was the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan.“We are a community that literally relies on the return of the salmon,” Tribal President Kimberly Strong said. “All five species run through the Chilkat River. That’s why our people, the Tlingits, survived and thrived over the past thousand or more years in this valley.”Strong says her community had participated in a forum held last fall, but decided against it this time around.“There was concern that if it is being chaired by the mining industry, we wanted our name off to make it clear that we were not part of the group at this point,” Strong said.Elsa Sebastian, Executive Director of Lynn Canal Conservation, says her group also decided not to participate. She says the group was undermined by the fact that “two of the voting members on the forum hold a direct interest in the mine and one of these members represents a Canadian company that is in Haines solely for their financial interest in the mine.”Those two members are the co-chair, Liz Cornejo, who works for Constantine—and a member of the Palmer family.Donald “J.R.” Churchill, a commercial fisherman who recently organized the Haines Fishermen’s Alliance to advocate for salmon and its habitat also stopped working with the forum.“The original intent was a good one. As things moved on, it was decidedly weighted to the mining side of that,” Churchill said. “I get why they pulled out. They didn’t want to be attached to a group that was decidedly pro-mine.”Cornejo with Constantine says co-chairing the 10-member group that organized the forum is a lot of work. But she would be happy to step aside if someone thinks her interest in the mining company is problematic and if someone else is elected to the position by other members of the group.“The Chair does not really have a larger say in anything, it is still one voice in the 10-group committee,” Cornejo said. “We just do a lot of the administrative work in the background to help facilitate the committee work.”But for now, Cornejo says they would like feedback about the most recent forum so they can plan future events.last_img read more

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2019-09-09

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Truck rams into toll booth

first_imgToopran: A goods carrier wreak havoc at Allapur toll gate near here on midnight of Monday. The truck rammed into the toll booth. No staff was injured as they ran out of the booth in time. Sub Inspector Subhash reached the spot and tool the stock of the situation. It became difficult to remove the truck to ease the traffic due to construction work which has been going on for several months. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Babu, a passenger stuck in the traffic expressed anger over the negligence of National Highway Authority officials for delaying the road extension works. Passengers and travellers demanded authorities to take appropriate action to avoid such incidents. It may be mentioned here that The Hans India had already published about the dangers due to the road extension works and narrowing of road at the toll gate.last_img read more

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2019-09-06

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Video Fruit Ninjas IRL

first_imgFruit Ninja isn’t just a popular iOS app any more, these guys gave it a shot in real life. If you aren’t familiar with the game, you basically use swipe movements to cut assorted pieces of fruit in half as quickly as possible while avoiding bombs.In the videos by The Misunderstoods a pair of guys without shirts (why?), picked up a pair of knives, and started chopping flying fruit to bits. This basically sums it up:This looks somewhat amusing, but talk about a mess. Oh yeah, and this can’t be safe. Not only are you wildly swinging knives around while walking all over fruit salad, but just wait until your buddies start tossing pineapples and melons at you. That said, there are no bombs involved so things can’t get that bad.Anyway, this’ll have to do until the Move/Kinect version for Fruit Ninja comes out.via toucharcadelast_img read more

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2019-09-01

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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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Winners must choose their friends wisely

first_imgResearchers have found that friends in high places may get you recognised but ultimately harm your chance at glory. Being friends with an award juror can increase a person’s chance of being nominated but decrease their chances of being selected as the victor, according to the study published in the Academy of Management Journal. “These findings should invite some healthy cynicism among those who still have unconditional faith in the universalistic principles that are supposed to inspire meritocratic institutions, but should also come as hopeful news to those who have long lost that faith,” said Simone Ferriani, Professor at the University of Bologna. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers combined statistical analysis of eight years of decision-making data from the most prestigious Norwegian advertising industry competition with industry member interviews and sought to understand how relationships between jurors and entrants affect competition results. Three relationship dynamics were used to understand how jurors’ decisions are influenced direct ties -– the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates with whom they have worked in the past. Reciprocity – the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates from whom they have themselves been favoured in the past. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCliquishness – the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates who are part of the same network clique as the jury members. The researchers found that while all three dynamics can improve a candidate’s chance of receiving an honourable mention, only reciprocity boosts their chances of being the victor. “Having a direct tie to, or being a part of the same clique as an award juror can help candidates be shortlisted or nominated but then actually prevent them winning,” he said. “This, we believe, is because people in charge of granting prestigious honours may be driven by self-serving relational interests, as much as the genuine desire to signal their moral integrity and deflect potential inauthentic concerns away,” he added.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Mexico leaders popularity hits new low polls show

first_imgRelated posts:Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students Mexico’s Peña Nieto pledge to find students falls short for families Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval rating has hit a new low, opinion polls showed Monday, amid outrage over his government’s handling of the presumed massacre of 43 students.As Peña Nieto on Monday marked two years since he took office, surveys by the country’s two leading newspapers showed that more than half of Mexicans disapprove of the job he is doing.The poll by El Universal showed that only 41 percent approve of his performance, while Reforma found that only 39 percent are satisfied.Reforma said it was the worst approval rating for a president since Ernesto Zedillo in 1995-1996.New protests were planned on Monday over the disappearance, and apparent slaughter, of 43 college students at the hands of a drug gang allied with corrupt police in the southern state of Guerrero in September.Last week, Peña Nieto unveiled a plan to disband the country’s notoriously corrupt municipal police forces and put state authorities in charge of security in towns across the nation.The survey by El Universal and pollsters Buendia and Laredo was conducted among 1,000 people between November 8 and 12. It has a 3.5-point margin of error.Reforma interviewed 1,020 Mexicans between November 20 and 23 and its survey has a 3.1-point margin of error.Related: Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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US wholesale stockpiles post biggest gain in 6 months in May

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The strong increase in inventory building in May could be evidence that businesses are growing more confident about the future. A decision to accelerate inventory stocking would help bolster overall economic growth.The May rise left inventories at the wholesale level at a seasonally adjusted $449.8 billion, 3.8 percent below a year ago.Economists believe sales at both the wholesale and retail levels will rebound in coming months after a slowdown in the first quarter that was caused in part by unusually frigid weather. A pickup in consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, is expected to translate into stronger economic growth for the rest of the year.The government has already reported that retail sales accelerated solidly in May.The big inventory gain in May reflected larger stockpiles of autos and auto parts as well as furniture, lumber and computers.In the January-March quarter, the harsh weather and other factors sent the economy into reverse with the gross domestic product contracting at an annual rate of 0.2 percent. But analysts are forecasting a strong pickup in the current growth to GDP growth of around 2.5 percent.They expect growth will accelerate further in the second half of the year to a rate around 3 percent. WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in May by the largest amount in six months, while sales rose by a modest amount.Wholesale stockpiles rose 0.8 percent, double the gain in April and the largest one-month rise since November, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Sales were up 0.3 percent in May following a 1.7 percent surge in April. That had been the biggest sales increase in more than a year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this photo taken March 31, 2015, Ed Fotta sorts hardwood at the Allegheny Millwork and Lumberyard in Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department issues its May report on wholesale stockpiles on Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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2019-08-18

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Etihad Airways selects SR Technics to manage its B787 fleet

first_imgEtihad Airways selects SR Technics to manage its B787 fleetSR Technics, one of the world’s leading providers of technical services for airlines, today announced that it has been selected to provide Integrated Component Services for Etihad Airways’ new Boeing 787 fleet, and is in advanced discussions on further Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) contracts.The agreement, worth over US$150 million, will see SR Technics provide Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE; with component maintenance support for what is set to be one of the largest Boeing 787 fleets in the world, with 71 aircraft in operation by 2023.The agreement will cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Etihad Airways’ core Boeing 787 components, providing access to SR Technics’ main component pool distribution centre as well as its logistical, technical, engineering expertise and support.James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This agreement confirms our growing relationship with SR Technics, which has already proven its capability when it comes to managing our existing fleet’s component services requirements.“We were confident that SR Technics is the quality provider that best meets the needs of our Boeing 787 fleet on a global scale.”The agreement will lead to a major increase in volume for SR Technics’ existing Boeing 787 component services-related business, demonstrating the competitive offering for this expanding market segment.Commenting on the announcement, André Wall, CEO of SR Technics, said: “This latest agreement significantly reinforces SR Technics’ strategy to become a major provider to leading carriers of Boeing 787 component services in this fast-emerging market.“The Boeing 787 aircraft forms a highly strategic position at the heart of both Etihad Airways’ and SR Technics’ long-term plans.“We are delighted to deepen our long-standing partnership with Etihad Airways with the delivery of flexible and value-added solutions on a global scale. This award is the latest in a series of milestones for SR Technics, and is testament to the quality of our service and the strength of our workforce.”Etihad Airways currently operates three Boeing 787 aircraft on key medium and long-haul routes from Abu Dhabi that include Washington DC, Mumbai, Moscow and Brisbane. This will be expanded to Zurich in July, and Singapore in August, with more destinations being added as the airline takes delivery of more of the type. The airline will also begin taking delivery of Boeing 787s in a two-class configuration from 2016. Fly with Etihad AirwaysSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

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2019-08-17

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AYANA Resort and Spa Bali an awardwinning proper

first_imgAYANA Resort and Spa Bali, an award-winning property perched on 90 hectares of cliff-top overlooking Bali’s ‘sunset coast’, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this November.To commemorate AYANA Resort and Spa Bali and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA are offering a ‘20 Ways to Celebrate’ package. Two people can enjoy an incredible three-night Bali escape with 20 free gifts, including: daily breakfast; sunrise yoga; Aquatonic experience; 20 minute Balinese massage; a special 20th anniversary dinner and cocktails at the famous Rock Bar, to name a few.Following the festivities, AYANA will continue to celebrate with the launch of its new spa offering and unveiling of 120 new rooms at RIMBA in December. Additional new openings will also roll into 2017 with the construction of a brand new beach club set to open on AYANA’s secluded 1.3-kilometre private Kubu Beach, as well as the complete refurbishment of two of AYANA’s exclusive wedding venues.At the helm of the resort and these exciting new developments is long-standing general manager, Clive Edwards, who continues to pioneer AYANA’s elite services and onsite amenities, aiming to lead the property into another 20 years of success.“The secret to AYANA’s enduring admiration isn’t just the assortment of great facilities and remarkably beautiful locations, but the personalisation and genuinely caring approach given to each guest,” said Mr Edwards.last_img read more

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2019-08-11

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NEW YORK NY – Jussie Smollett marked a breakthr

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jussie Smollett marked a breakthrough in 2015 when the TV series “Empire” debuted, launching his career after working in the industry for years, earning Emmy and Grammy nominations, and even getting a record deal with Columbia Records.The anticipation had built around Smollett and his fame, with feverish fans constantly wondering when he would release music apart from his Jamal Lyon persona.But the songs never came, and Smollett said he had to break away from the Sony label to finally have his voice heard.“I was sitting in a room full of old straight white men, playing them the stuff that I’d put my heart and soul and my pain and my joy in and they’re telling me what piece of that should be heard by the people that it actually was created for. I’m like, ‘Well that doesn’t feel like freedom,’” Smollett recalled in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.“And it was in that meeting that I literally was like, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go.’ And I asked Fox to take my contract back and they did. And that was that.”Last week Smollett finally put out his debut album, “Sum of My Music,” releasing the 10-track set independently on his own label, Music of Sound.“This is a marathon not a sprint,” he said, sipping tea with honey comfortably propped on a bed at a hotel in New York City. “There’s no huge company behind me. … Every single cent that’s going into this is mine.”Smollett, 34, talks about his music and performing at Prince’s nightclub in Minneapolis while he filmed “The Mighty Ducks” more than 25 years ago.AP: When you released the song “F.U.W,” and its music video last year, that was on Columbia…Smollett: Was it really, though? They put their name on it, but was it really?AP: You tell me.Smollett: I paid for everything. …There’s no bad feelings at all … (but) I got no support over there. The good thing is that my ego is strong enough that I’m just like, “If you’re not (feeling) me, I just want to go.” And that’s with any situation — whether it’s a business relationship, an intimate relationship, a friend, whatever. Like, if you ain’t (feeling) me, boo boo, I can go. It’s all good. And of course there was a bit of that fear of the perception, that you don’t want the perception to be that you got dropped. ‘Cause the second that that’s the perception, then it’s a thing of like, “Oh my God! People are going to think you’re a loser or you’re not good before they even have a chance to really hear the music that you’re doing.” And it wasn’t that at all. It just wasn’t a fit.AP: Was it easy to get out of the Columbia deal?Smollett: It was. It wasn’t that it was easy, but at the end of the day, Fox was the one that had the power, so once I convinced them, then I was able to just pull it back. Because with every single success or failure of “Empire,” I feel like my stuff was somehow neglected because of it. …And it happened too many times, and it was a thing like, “…This is going to be the time when you’re album comes out.” And I’m like, “So I can announce this?” And I announced it like two different times and it never came out. And I’m like, “What the (heck)?” I’m looking like a (dummy) to my fans.AP: The album opens with the personal song “Insecurities” — what was it like writing and recording that?Smollett: It kind of like talks about the good things I hear people say about me, and the bad things I hear people say about me. And it’s just how you let that affect you. I just always go back to first season (of “Empire”). I remember hearing that the network had a meeting with my reps on how to handle my sexuality. And I’m just like, “What the (heck)? Like, why the (heck) y’all meeting about that (nonsense) and I’m not on that call?” And furthermore, “Why do we have to have a meeting about that?”AP: How do you feel like you’ve grown since “Empire” premiered?Smollett: I want to say that I believe in myself a little bit more. I think that after the first season, if I’m being honest, my self-esteem kind of did a dive. …I had been myself my whole life but I wasn’t used to … the scrutiny that came with fame and that came with being a part of a phenomenon like “Empire,” but also being a part of a phenomenon that is Jamal Lyon. …He’s a groundbreaking character and I was kind of thrust out there. And everybody just wanted to talk about my life, and everybody wanted to know what I was doing. And everybody had these expectations of what I should be, how I should be, who I should be seen with, what I should be doing, who was I dating, who was I (sleeping with). And I just wasn’t used to that. …I know that I believe in myself much more now. I’m much more certain of what I want, and how I want it.AP: You starred in 1992’s “The Mighty Ducks” — what goes through your head when you think about that moment in your life??Smollett: That was four months in the freezing cold in Minneapolis. One thing that sticks in my mind specifically is I remember going to Prince’s nightclub that he had, and performing there when I was 9 years old.AP: At night?Smollett: Yeah. (With) my siblings and Brandon Adams, who played my older brother. Don’t ask me why or how, I don’t even remember how. I’d have to ask my mother.AP: Was Prince there?Smollett: I don’t think so.AP: Well, you never know with him.Smollett: You never know. I think that, I remember someone say, “Oh he’s up in the balcony.” But then being like, but I think that they were lying. I remember it being freezing cold. And then honestly I remember over the last years how, whenever “Mighty Ducks” would show on the television, I knew that … six weeks later I was about to get a $400 check, my residuals. And I’d be calling up SAG with my broke (self) being like, “Uh, run that check, run that check.” Those are the days when I had $17 in my account and I had to find $3 to deposit, so I could take a $20 out. Jussie Smollett finds his voice and builds his own empire by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2018 10:58 am PDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series, “Empire,” poses for a portrait on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) last_img read more

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2019-08-10

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Downton Abbey movie to shoot this summer

first_img‘Downton Abbey’ movie to shoot this summer NEW YORK, N.Y. – Three years after going off the air, “Downton Abbey” is coming back as a movie.Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a “Downton” film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce.The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year. The primary cast members are all set to return.Over six seasons, “Downton Abbey” became a global hit, airing in at least 150 countries, and setting a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the film. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2018 7:36 am PDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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2019-08-10

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