CALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel.In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities.Wilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 per cent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim cease trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States.Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BAD)
Mumbai: Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti was transferred on Sunday after the Election Commission (EC) asked the Maharashtra government to shift him, an official said. Bharti became the city’s joint commissioner of police (law and order) in April 2015 and was the longest serving officer on the post. The Maharashtra government had earlier sent a proposal to EC for continuing Bharti on the post, but it was rejected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The EC directed the state government on Saturday to shift Bharti following which he transferred, a senior official told PTI, adding that his new posting was yet to be decided. Meanwhile, a search for Bharti’s successor was on, he said, adding that the post will be filled soon. The 1994-batch IPS officer conducted investigations in several high-profile cases, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and journalist J Dey’s killing. He was also instrumental in breaking the backbone of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen in the state.
Rabat – Forbes Travel Guide included Marrakech’s sophisticated hotel, the Royal Mansour, on its list of the 58 most luxurious hotels around the globe.For the first time, the magazine created a verified list of the world’s most luxurious hotels.The travel guide included 58 hotels and 30 spas. The list includes Marrakech’s Royal Mansour, which celebrates Moroccan architecture at its finest.The hotel features fancy private riads surrounded by gardens and fountains. At night, small candles illuminate the ground like stars.In 2017, the Royal Mansour was named the best hotel in Africa at the ceremony awards “Prix Villegiature 2015.”Forbes selected its list based on luxury standards, according to “sumptuous comfort, as well as extravagant choices and conveniences afforded to guests.”The magazine described the Moroccan hotel as a space for royalty.“Live like royalty at Five-Star Royal Mansour Marrakech, which offers 53 one-of-a-kind riads, or residences built around courtyards.”The magazine added that every detail of the riads respect the privacy and comfort of the guests.“Expect the utmost privacy — a series of underground tunnels ensures that the staff will not intrude upon your stay,” Forbes wrote.The list also includes Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico, Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, and Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico.Forbes standards also take into account weather, hotel surroundings, and interior design.
Niagara police are warning the public about a new scam that targets local businesses in the Niagara region. The victim receives a phone call from a person who claims they are a representative of the Grimsby Fire Department. The scammer demands the victim give a cash donation for a ‘firefighter book.’Police say the Grimsby Fire Department does not solicit for donations over the phone. Anyone who is a victim of this scam or who may have information about this crime is asked to contact Niagara police at 905-945-2211 ext. 5400.
Gene bank collections of the world’s key food and forage crops came under the control today of an international treaty established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).About 600,000 samples of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, housed at international agricultural research centres, will now be available for use to plant breeders, farmers and researchers from around the world.The agreement ensuring open access comes amid increasing debate about the sharp decline in agricultural biodiversity, thanks to the effects of modern agriculture, environmental changes and increasing population density. Today just four crops – rice, wheat, maize and potato – provide more than 60 per cent of humans’ total dietary energy from plants.FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said countries can draw on the collections to help deal with such problems as climate change and pest diseases and to tackle challenges such as feeding a rapidly expanding population.“These genes are the building blocks for the development of new plant varieties that are better suited to our needs and to the constraints of our ecosystems,” Dr. Diouf said.The new system follows a deal signed by the agricultural research centres and the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which was approved by the FAO membership in 2001 and entered into force in June 2004.
Judges and lawyers in the Maldives are not sufficiently independent from external pressures and interferences, a United Nations independent expert warned today wrapping up a visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago. “The concept of independence of the judiciary has been misconstrued and misinterpreted in the Maldives, including among judicial actors,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, told journalists in Malé. Ms. Knaul noted that a power struggle which ensued from a “lack of understanding in the delimitation of the respective competences” of the Parliament, the Government and the judiciary had “serious implications on the effective realization of the rule of law.” She added that the separation of powers is “the bedrock upon which the requirements of judicial independence and impartiality are founded” and represents an essential requirement of the proper administration of justice. Presenting her preliminary findings on the functioning of the justice system in Maldives, Ms. Knaul said there was insufficient dialogue, respect for the new Constitution created in 2008, transparency and access to information, and accountability to allow the judiciary to function property. She also noted a relatively low number of sitting female judges, lack of education and training possibilities for persons in the judicial sector, and the lack of trust the general public has in the country’s judiciary. Multi-party presidential elections were held in the Maldives for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule. Preparations are now underway for the next presidential elections, scheduled for 7 September. Ms. Knaul said the challenges she highlighted should be addressed as a matter of great urgency in line with the Constitution and international human rights standards. “In the longer-term, the Maldivian people should consider reforms to the Constitution, with the view to improving the tools and measures at the disposal of the State,” she added, to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the delivery of fair and impartial justice. During the visit which began on 17 February, Ms. Knaul met with President Mohamed Waheed and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Samad Abdullah, as well as other representatives of the Government, Parliament and the courts. She also spoke with members of national and international non-governmental organizations based in Malé and Addu atoll. She will present her written report at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this summer. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Unrelated, Ms. Knaul’s visit comes as former President Mohamed Nasheed has taken refuge from a court summons inside the Indian High Commission in Malé.
The remainder include 68 stabbings, 12 shootings and two deaths involving a knife and a gun.A third of the cases (42) involved victims aged 16 to 24, while 20 were teenagers.Among the victims aged 16 to 24, 30 were stabbed, nine were shot, two died in attacks involving a knife and a gun, and one died in a fall. For the teenagers aged 15 to 19, six were shot and 14 were stabbed.Enhanced stop and search powers to be introducedHow police can tackle the issue has been a subject of fierce debate. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, is expected to announce enhanced stop and search powers for police within the next few weeks.He has said police should feel empowered to use the tactic irrespective of whether they are black, brown or white in efforts to combat the “disease” of knife crime.Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said last week the Home Office had “stepped back a lot” and needed to show “greater leadership”. Police have pointed to links between violence and so-called county lines drug networks, where urban dealers force children and other vulnerable people to courier illegal substances to customers in more rural areas. The only higher peak was in June 2017 when there were 20, a figure that includes eight people killed in the London Bridge terror atrocity.If this is excluded, the previous monthly peak was in April 2010 when there were 16.In total, 111 homicides were recorded in 2016 and 122 in 2015 in the capital, according to Home Office data. In an interview with The Telegraph, she said the failure to introduce laws which allow officers to use facial recognition technology to catch “bad guys” has left her officers “hamstrung”. She added that the battle against violent crime would be easier with funding for more officers.Violent crime levels a ‘concern’ after second highest number of homicides since 2010Levels of violent crime in the capital have remained a concern throughout the year, with monthly highs in February and March, when 18 homicides were recorded each month.These were the second highest monthly totals recorded since April 2010. Before this the number of police-recorded homicides in London had been falling, from 164 in 2007 to 91 in 2014.Looking at official figures for financial years, there was a peak in 2003/4 when there were 212, and then, bar one rise in 2010/11, the total gradually decreased until 2017/18 when it rose by 36% to 146.Middle class cocaine users blamed for crime riseIn response to the bloodshed this year, the Metropolitan Police Violent Crime Task Force was set up, seizing 340 knives, 40 guns and 258 other offensive weapons in its first six months of operation, and making more than 1,350 arrests.Mayor Sadiq Khan also announced plans for a Violence Reduction Unit that would adopt the public health approach to tackle violent crime that was successfully used in Glasgow. The number of murders in London so far this year has now matched the total in the whole of 2017, a grim milestone that will fuel the debate of how to tackle rising crime. After a series of violent deaths in the capital, including the week from October 31 when there were five stab murders, the tally of homicides has reached 118.This is equal to the number in the whole of 2017, according to Home Office figures, excluding the 13 victims of the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.The latest incident involved the death of a 35-year-old woman who suffered an abdominal wound at an address in Ilford, east London, on Monday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.The official Metropolitan Police tally of violent deaths this year is 120, but the figure takes in two cases that are being treated as self-defence. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They are also known to take over innocent people’s homes to use as a base for crime.Middle class cocaine users have come under fire from a number of public figures, including Ms Dick, who pointed to the misery caused by the drugs trade.Drill music, where rappers taunt rivals with lyrics laced with violence and threats, and the role of social media in escalating disputes have also come under the microscope, as have cuts to youth services and the police.On Monday Home Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that police officer numbers were “an important part” of the fight against violent crime.
Joanna MacGregor, the conductor, pianist and composer who is serving as one of this year’s judges, said readers should not be put off by Ellmann’s experimental style.“The thing to know is that it’s extremely funny. So although it looks very dense and worrying on the page, actually every single page is full of puns and jokes. And there is a plot in there.“You just have to read as much as you can of it and then put it down and come back to it,” she said. If you’re looking for a long read, the Booker Prize has just the thing.Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, one of 13 novels in the running for the literary award, consists of a single sentence running over 1,000 pages.It is the interior monologue of an Ohio housewife ruminating on everything from dinner party menus to the dark side of Trump’s America, a stream-of-consciousness written without paragraphs or full stops.The 426,100-word sentence is broken only a handful of times, by a parallel story written from the perspective of a mountain lion.Ellmann’s usual publisher, Bloomsbury, turned down the novel but it was picked up by the comparatively tiny Galley Beggar Press.The Booker Prize judges called it “extraordinary” and “like nothing you’ve ever read before”. Atwood’s novel, The Testaments, is a soon-to-be-published sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, with a plot so secret that the judges had to sign a “ferocious” non-disclosure agreement.Eight of the 13 writers are women. There has been grumbling in previous years over the number of American writers on the list – the rules were changed in 2014 to make American novels eligible – but this year only Ellmann is US-born. She moved to the UK as a teenager and now lives in Edinburgh.”There were so many great books this year, of such a high standard, that we simply didn’t have to worry about having enough women writers, or whether writers from other countries were being represented properly. We were inundated with books by very gifted writers,” MacGregor said.The shortlist of six will be announced on September 3 and the winner on October 14.Peter Florence, chair of the judges, said: “These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really – read all of them.” Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Familiar names on the longlist include Margaret Atwood for The Testaments, Jeanette Winterston for Frankissstein and Salman Rushdie for Quichotte. The list includes one debut novelist, Oyinkan Braithwaite, with My Sister, The Serial Killer.
A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Mine As good as it gets?, shows that while revenues of the top 40 mining companies grew by 32% in 2007, costs increased by 38%, thereby reducing margins. The fifth annual report provides a comprehensive analysis of the financial performance and position of the global mining industry and also discusses current trends in the global mining industry. During 2007, the global mining industry did not see the effects of economic slowdown that hit other regions or sectors of the economy. With explosive growth continuing, especially in emerging economies, mining companies were struggling to keep up with demand. The findings of the analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers include:Market capitalisation of the industry grew by 54%, with noted strength from the diversified giants and emerging market companiesFor the first year since 2002, the initial year analysed, cash flows from operations were insufficient to cover the increased levels of investment activities; significant external financing has been obtained to fund the various growth ambitionsTotal shareholder returns for the top 40 averaged 119% in 2007, compared to 55% in 2006.Tim Goldsmith, Global Mining leader, PwC said: “2007 continued to be great for the global mining industry. Record commodity prices and continued growth in emerging economies have let the top mining companies avoid the slowdowns that we have seen hitting other sectors.“While most indicators are still showing strong performance and continued growth, we have seen a decrease in margins due to cost increases. And with continuing issues with skills shortages, it is ever harder to bring new supply to the market. For some industry participants, this may be as good as it gets, however, for those companies operating low cost long life mines the future looks very bright.”With volatile commodity prices, mining companies are well placed to exploit the growth in certain regions, and this is reflected in the fact that the diversified majors, particularly those with iron ore and coking coal assets, were by far the most profitable players.Despite this growth, certain challenges are facing the industry today, both from external and internal influences. A new breed of CEO has to deal with these challenges and they have been quick to capitalise on the increased operating cash in-flows. Many young CEOs (both in age and tenure) have undertaken dramatic transactions within months of taking on top positions. How well they can maintain these so far impressive growth rates will ultimately determine their survival.Goldsmith: “To help achieve growth, all CEOs must now more than ever be attuned to managing the 3Ps: people, power and procurement. With constraints in these critical areas, planning and project management are essential to ensure success.”The composition and ranking of the top 40 companies analysed continues to change, especially with respect to global diversification and emerging markets presence, noting another year of strong performance. Companies from emerging markets have shown particularly high growth and now comprise 36% of the top 40’s market capitalisation, demonstrating the importance of these economies to the industry as a whole. Although companies are now facing increased risk as they look to further expand into and compete with emerging markets. With greater significance of operations and companies in these markets, the geopolitical landscape for global mining companies has shifted.But the boom for mining companies does not come without local challenges, especially for those living and operating in mining towns. Higher costs of living and a shortage of skilled labour are proving to be challenges for those living and operating in these cities and towns. The report looks at the specific difficulties that exist in Perth, Australia as an example of a mining boom town. IM commented on this in the leader in November 2007 – The toll of the boom.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Premier Robinson during her Ministerial today updated the House on important policy initiatives being undertaken by her Office and Ministry. The Public Consultation Policy was flagged as critical to ensuring standards and consistency. This will aid all stakeholders in consultation processes.The Refurbishment Policy in the draft is aimed at standardizing any concessions and increasing transparency in the grants. The Investment Policy Statement will capture the Government’s vision on investment in TCI citing areas of priority, incentives, and improvements to creating an enabling environment.The beginning of Talks and a possible signing of a MOU with Air BnB is a major initiative taken by this government to capture lost revenue from vacation rental properties.The Government also is engaged with CDB to receive technical assistance to create a solid waste policy to address management of landfills, littering and indiscriminate dumping: Emphasis on management which will include fines and public education. Technical assistance is also being sought to address sea defenses and coastal protection in light of the impacting impact as a result of climate change. The Government is also engaging CDB on a Transport Study to aid with planning for road networks, ports, and airports in TCI.The Premier also told all that her government has developed a Policy Agenda and will continue to keep the public informed through Town Halls, Press Releases, Press Conferences and social media. She announced that over the next two weeks her Government would be making scheduled radio and tv appearances to keep the people informed. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on proposed policies and draft regulations that would require occupational pension schemes that offer money purchase benefits to publish transaction costs and charges information.The consultation, which launched on 26 October 2017 and will run until 7 December 2017, seeks views on policy proposals and draft regulations for pension trustees and managers of occupational pension schemes which have money purchase benefits to publish cost and charge information so that it is accessible for members. The policy proposals and draft regulations would also require trustees and managers of occupational pension schemes with money purchase benefits to provide information about investment funds if a member requests it.The regulations would require pension trustees and managers to publish transaction cost and charges information in line with a scheme’s annual chair’s statement and alongside the scheme’s annual reports and accounts. The published information would include the costs and charges for each default arrangement, as well as for each alternative fund option that members can select, and also feature an illustration of the compounding effect of the costs and charges affecting members’ pension savings.The published cost and charges information would need to be published online to enable public consumption, and be published alongside the chair’s statement relating to the default investment strategy and value for members information. The regulations would require each member who receives an annual benefit statement to also be provided with a web address where cost and charges information for their specific scheme could be found.The published information would need to be disclosed to members, beneficiaries of the pension scheme and other interested parties, for example, recognised trade unions.In addition, the regulations would place a duty on pension trustees and managers to disclose information about how a member’s pension is invested. They would need to disclose on request the top level funds for which public information is available in which members are directly invested. Trustees and managers would also be required to disclose the fund holdings over the scheme year, preparing the information within seven months of the scheme year-end date. They must respond within two months of receiving a request for information. Members who receive an annual benefit statement would be notified that they can request this information, which focuses on the first layer of underlying funds.The regulations propose that the existing penalty regime for pensions non-compliance should be extended to cover these regulations.The call for evidence, which covers England, Wales and Scotland, is looking for feedback from members of occupational pension schemes, employers, consumer groups, service providers, investment managers, independent financial advisors and advisor firms, trustees and managers of pensions schemes and any interested members of the public.Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said: “It’s important that all charges associated with pensions of all types are publicly available. We now have regulation around how to calculate fund level transaction costs, allowing this last remaining gap to be filled. As the DWP and FCA [Financial Conduct Authority] recognise, cost and charges information is particularly important and relevant to decision-makers such as trustees and IGCs.“While some members may also take an interest, it would be counter-productive to engagement to force feed every member extensive, detailed and often complex facts and figures. The DWP is striking the right balance by proposing trustees should ensure members who do want to engage with this information know where to get it. Such information needs to be presented with a clear explanation so that people understand how to use this to make the right decisions.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “[While] full transparency was inevitable to mirror wider efforts from the [Financial Conduct Authority], the benefit of providing this data to members will be at best non-existent and at worst counterproductive. Many workplace pensions do not offer much in the way of investment choice. Members could end up being more aware of what they are paying in charges, but unless the government allows employees the opportunity to choose their own pension scheme, they will be unable to do anything about it even if they feel so inclined.“There is a widening gap between modern day workplace pension schemes and legacy, old-fashioned pensions which are typically far higher in cost and less well managed.”
Citing mechanical issues that affect the Carnival Miracle’s maximum cruising speed, Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled 15 of that ship’s port calls in Ketchikan this summer.According to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, the cancellations affect scheduled Sunday port calls beginning May 25th, and include all sailings during the months of June, July and August.The first three calls, on May 4th, May 11th and May 18th, will remain as scheduled, KVB reports. In addition, the last two calls in September have not been cancelled, but will experience a slight change in arrival and departure times.The ship carries 2,124 passengers and the cancellations will reduce the number of passengers arriving in Alaska’s First City by about 30,000, based on pre-season estimates.That brings the total expected cruise passengers coming through Ketchikan down to about 850,000.
Celebrities 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 Sarfarosh
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordoned off a house in Chourabali area in Ashulia of Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, since early hours of Sunday suspecting it to be a militant den.RAB media and legal wing director Mufti Mahmood Khan told reporters on Sunday morning that the elite force men have fenced off the house since 1:00am on Sunday.The suspected militants started firing and threw explosives after the RAB men had asked them to surrender, he added.The RAB media and legal wing director further said, “The area has been evacuated. We will begin a drive shortly.”
Esther Dyson/Flickr Getting ready to explore Texas this weekend? Planning your getaway can be a whole lot easier with apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet before hitting the road.The Trip.com app lets you design your own itinerary, from booking a hotel, checking out local events and dining options and leaving a review when you’re done. You can tailor your experience with the app by selecting your interests – they call them tribes. Are you looking for family-oriented activities, something artsy or maybe nightlife? Simply select the relevant interests for your excursion, and the app will customize suggestions for you.Foodies and picky eaters alike will love Trip.com’s restaurant ideas. To learn more about a restaurant, just click its listing. You can view hours of operation, and take a look at the menu. Some restaurants give you the option to book a table right from the app. When you’ve decided where you want to go, tap the map. It’ll automatically route you there from your current location.You can earn “scout status” by creating a few postcards from the pictures of your adventures on your phone.Want to live like a local? Try the Airbnb app. Live in someone’s home, condo or apartment rather than a hotel. In some homes, you can cook for yourself instead of dining out for every meal. This is especially great when you’ve got the kids in tow. Some less expensive Airbnb options include renting one room in a larger house while the owners are still in residence. Really, you just have to decide what works best for your needs.If you travel a lot, check out TripIt. It keeps all of your hotel reservations and confirmations – your flights, and anything else you may need, all in one convenient place. Real-time updates mean that if something changes, you’ll be alerted right away. If there’s a flight delay, a gate change or a cancelled flight, you’ll get a notification from Tripit. It’s a free app but you can upgrade to Tripit Pro for more features.Spend less time planning and more time enjoying on your weekend trips. Share
Related posts:Researchers find specimen of Costa Rican frog believed to be extinct Could seaweed be Costa Rica’s food of the future? Costa Rican researchers want to use nature sounds in healing therapies Mysterious rock that fell in Costa Rica is a meteorite ‘of great scientific interest,’ UCR says A group of microbiologists from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) has discovered a new type of bacteria belonging to the Rickettsiae group, considered one of the most harmful to humans.Researchers have reported the new species to the international community with the scientific name “Candidatus Rickettsia nicoyana.” The name refers to its discovery on a tick found on a bat in the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Guanacaste.Adriana Troyo, a researcher with the UCR’s Center for Research on Tropical Diseases, said in a public statement that Rickettsia is a group of bacteria potentially pathogenic — deadly — to humans.“We still don’t know whether the Candidatus Rickettsia nicoyana can make people sick, but identifying it is the first step in the process of studying it,” she said.The UCR research center said there are currently 32 species of Rickettsiae registered in the world. Of these, 22 are dangerous for people and can cause illness and some can even be deathly. Microbiologists are now conducting tests on the newly found species at different temperatures.One of the tests’s goals is evaluating its behavior at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 °F), the average human body temperature, to determine whether it can be deadly. Facebook Comments
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has taken over the rotating presidency of the Vanilla Islands organisation, with the Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Luc Duval vowing to use his mandate to “further strengthen the regional grouping.” Duval was handed the Vanilla Islands flag during the 2015 Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands held at Balaclava’s Westin Resort in Mauritius.The meeting saw the participation of tourism ministers from Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion, Madagascar and Mayotte. The points discussed which included working to increase cruise ship business in the region, hotel classification, the events calendar for the Vanilla Islands and the uniting of forces at Tourism Trade Fairs.The Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister, Duval managed during this Ministerial Meeting to pave the way forward and he emphasised the spirit of togetherness for the islands of the Indian Ocean. Duval confirmed that a Golf Tournament based a bit on the ‘Ryder Cup’ would become the annual event for Mauritius that should now appear on the Vanilla Islands calendar of events alongside the Carnaval International de Victoria of the Seychelles, the International Tourism Fair of Madagascar, the Culinary and Arts Fiesta of the Comoros and the Festival Liberte Metisse of Reunion Island.“This is a great day for the Vanilla Islands. In unity we are strong. Creating a new tourism region is no easy feat, but together we shall continue to work as a region as brothers and sisters to grow our tourism industry for the benefit of our respective islanders and for the economy of our respective islands,” Minister Alain St. Ange of the Seychelles said as he congratulated Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, and as he assured him of the total support of Seychelles.
November 20 , 2018 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned consumers not to eat Romaine lettuce after an E. coli outbreak that has so far sickened 32 people across 11 states.This is the second E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce so far in 2018, following an outbreak that sickened more than 190 people and killed five at the beginning of the year. The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased.In addition, restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown, and no matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix.Of the ill people, 13 have been hospitalized. No deaths have yet been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Oct. 8 – 31, with symptoms typically taking two to three weeks to appear.Most illnesses have been registered in California (10) and Michigan (7). Cases have also been reported in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and states are working to trace back Romaine lettuce that ill people ate in the current outbreak. No common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has yet been identified. You might also be interested in Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken …
Beyond TravelCroatiaCruise Croatia The Beyond Travel Group has officially launched Australia’s only dedicated Croatian cruise holiday brand, Cruise Croatia.The impetus for the brand creation has been the burgeoning demand from agents and clients for the destination in the past four years.General manager of business growth Peter Smith said it was time to create a unique and separate brand, adding that Cruise Croatia will “… champion the destination in a way that has never been done before in Australia, … already offering over 60 cruises of varied itineraries and styles.“Croatia has come of age as a cruising destination and the best way to see it is on a small ship allowing you VIP access to the harbours, islands and inlets as well as mooring right where you want to be in the historic towns of Dubrovnik and Split. In true Beyond Travel style, we have built a team of dedicated handpicked travel professionals who, with their extensive knowledge, will offer exceptional service to our Cruise Croatia customers and travel agents,” said Smith.