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Trudeau pays visit to Vietnam with trade and human rights on theTrudeau pays visit to Vietnam with trade and human rights on the

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific region began Wednesday in Vietnam, a fast-growing country with a deep cultural connection for many Canadians.Trudeau landed in the busy capital of Hanoi for an official visit to a country that offers significant business opportunities. However, the pursuit of a more-open trading relationship with Vietnam comes with pressure to have frank discussions about the serious concerns over the communist government’s human-rights record.Trudeau will hold meetings Wednesday with civil society leaders, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Communist Party secretary general Nguyen Phu Trong, before joining President Tran Dai Quang in the evening for a state banquet. On Thursday, he’s scheduled to travel to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the stock exchange, hold a roundtable with business leaders and appear at a university event.He will head to Danang on Saturday for the two-day leaders’ summit for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation bloc, which includes the United States, China and Russia, before moving on to the Philippines to attend the annual meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.At both events, Canada is expected to push its trade agenda forward. It’s already engaged in exploratory trade talks with the ASEAN countries as well as negotiations to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, which many believed would fall apart following the U.S. withdrawal earlier this year.When it comes to the members of the 11-country TPP, much of the focus remains on Japan, the world’s third-largest economy.But Vietnam is also at the TPP table and it’s an ASEAN member. This means it could become a key partner for Canada, which is trying to increase its presence in the region.Vietnam, projected to see economic growth this year of 6.3 per cent, features a sturdy consumer base, an emerging business class and an expanding footprint in supply chains.Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., said in an interview that the rapid changes in Vietnam’s key cities remind him, in some respects, of what Shanghai went through less than two decades ago.Barton, who also chairs the Trudeau government’s economic growth council, said Vietnam is an example of why Canada must be “motoring ahead” into Asia, particularly with so much uncertainty around the renegotiation of the North American Trade Agreement.“We’ve got to go hard on those Asian relationships,” said Barton, who headed McKinsey operations in Asia and South Korea for nearly a decade.“I think we just have to have irons in many fires.”Dan Ciuriak, a former deputy chief economist for what is now known as Global Affairs Canada, believes an updated TPP pact is closer to fruition than Canada’s potential deals with ASEAN or China.“Vietnam and Japan would be the two biggies for Canada in terms of diversifying trade,” said Ciuriak, who is now the director of Ciuriak Consulting Inc.“So, that’s probably the No. 1 priority for Canada and that’s where I think you’ll see the effort being put in.”Former Quebec premier Jean Charest, who is honorary chair of the ASEAN-Canada Business Council, said Vietnam not only shows real economic potential, it also has strong people-to-people links to Canada.Both countries have French heritages and both are members of La Francophonie, he said in an interview.But Charest said it’s the story of the Vietnamese refugees, or boat people, who came to Canada in the late 1970s that really forged the bond.By 1980, around 60,000 people from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos arrived in Canada after fleeing violence in their homelands. Today, about 240,000 people in Canada have Vietnamese roots.“Certainly, the story of the boat people in Quebec, I can tell you without hesitation that it resonates positively in the minds of Quebecers as being a good example of integration into the broader Quebec society,” said Charest, who added the community is thriving in Quebec.However, when looking at today’s Vietnam, Charest said the promising economy is accompanied by negatives, such as the fact “it is a communist regime and everything that comes with it.”Human Rights Watch calls the Vietnam’s record “dire in all areas” because of the Communist Party’s firm grip on political power. The group also said the government has harassed, intimidated, physically harmed and jailed its opponents.Earlier this week, Conservative Sen. Thanh Hai Ngo urged Trudeau to use his face time with Vietnamese leaders to raise Canada’s “serious concerns” about human-rights abuses in the country.“Vietnam’s record of international human rights violations, its crackdown on rights advocates and its suppression of a growing democratic movement have significantly worsened leading up to APEC 2017,” Ngo said in a statement.“Prime Minister Trudeau must demand greater respect for international human rights standards in tandem with the progressive trade agenda he wishes to promote with Vietnam and other APEC economies.”The Prime Minister’s Office said Canada and Vietnam have a “constructive dialogue” on human rights. Canada has also advocated for the rights of women, freedom of expression, association and religion in Vietnam, it said.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Queen Latifah Donates Star Spangled Banner To CharityQueen Latifah Donates Star Spangled Banner To Charity

first_imgIn an effort to support America’s military, Veterans and their families, Queen Latifah has gifted her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung during the 2015 NBA All Star game, to Fisher House Foundation.“Our military and their families sacrifice for us every day, often in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Queen Latifah. “I’m honored to give back through an organization that I admire that has been supporting the military and Veterans for the past 25 years – Fisher House Foundation. The homes that they build at military and Veterans’ hospitals have served hundreds of thousands of families, allowing them to be near their loved ones while healing in nearby Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs medical centers.”Fisher House Foundation has made the song available to the public on iTunes, Google Play and other on-line outlets. Thanks to Queen Latifah, all the proceeds will benefit military families through the Foundation’s programs. Additionally, last Veterans Day, she gave a shout out for the Hero Miles program on her nationwide talk show. The Hero Miles program uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members.“We are so grateful for this unique opportunity provided to us,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “Queen Latifah is a talented actress, and beautiful international model – not to mention a great singer. This is not only an honor for us, but also a sincere way to say thank you to our country’s military, Veterans and their families.”The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Queen Latifah, is available for digital download on iTunes, Google Play, and streaming services.last_img read more

Delhi court summons Ramesh on May 9 in Doval defamation caseDelhi court summons Ramesh on May 9 in Doval defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court granted exemption to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh from personal appearance on Thursday but directed him to be present before it on May 9 in a defamation case filed against him by Vivek Doval, son NSA Ajit Doval.”Accused no 1 Jairam Ramesh has filed exemption application through his counsel Omar Hoda. Considering the grounds mentioned in the application, the same is allowed only for today,” the court said. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted bail to The Caravan’s editor-in-chief and its reporter, who appeared before the court after they were summoned as accused in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the offence of defamation under section 500 IPC is bailable in nature, both the accused are admitted on bail on furnishing personal bond and surety bond in the sum of Rs 20,000 each. Bail bonds furnished and accepted,” the court said. During the hearing, lawyers appearing for the accused told the court that they have received copy of complaint and documents but copy of evidence recorded during the enquiry was unserved. The court then asked the lawyer appearing for Doval and undertook to supply the copies of all the evidence under due acknowledgment to the defence counsels today itself. “Put up for bail proceedings of accused No 1 Jairam Ramesh and for framing of notice under section 251 CrPC on May 9, 2019. All the accused shall remain present personally for the purpose of framing of notice on the next date of hearing,” the court said.last_img read more

Argentina’s Football Association: Messi to Play in Morocco-Argentina Friendly GameArgentina’s Football Association: Messi to Play in Morocco-Argentina Friendly Game

Rabat – President of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia said that he is not questioning Messi’s presence in the friendly game between Morocco and Argentina, which will take place on March 26 in Tangier.“I have no doubt that he will be there, I know how he feels about this shirt, without talking to him, I know he wants to go back, he never left,” Tapisa said as he was quoted by Spanish media.There has been speculation that Messi will finish his national team sabbatical for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia. quoted J former Argentina striker Javier Saviola, who said that Messi is still angry and hurt as he did not manage to clinch the World Cup trophy with his national team.Tapia argued that “football is a collective game, if we think that only one player will win the World Cup, is not right.”While some Moroccans expressed excitement to attend the friendly match, others expressed their discontent for the alleged amount Morocco would need to pay Messi  to attending the match.Some Moroccans started a boycott campaign on Facebook recently, calling for the match to be suspended and the money to be used to improve the lives of needy people.Morocco and Argentina last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1. read more

Connecticut lawmakers urged to spend more on tourism effortsConnecticut lawmakers urged to spend more on tourism efforts

HARTFORD, Conn. — Lawmakers are considering whether to devote more resources to boost tourism in Connecticut after years of tight budgets.Ideas include devoting more hotel tax revenue for tourism promotion and reopening or expanding the hours of the state visitor welcome centres. There’s also a call for overhauling the state’s slogan, “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary.”Democratic Rep. Caroline Simmons of Stamford, the co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee, says there’s a lot of bipartisan support for improving tourism marketing and helping the industry. But she says it has come down to “our difficult budget deficits.”Meanwhile, she says Connecticut is “getting crushed by other states for marketing.”Various advisory groups are pushing for changes, including dedicating 25 per cent of the hotel tax to tourism promotion.The Commerce Committee has advanced various proposals.Susan Haigh, The Associated Press read more

Refugees living in Zambia will receive continued assistance UN official pledgesRefugees living in Zambia will receive continued assistance UN official pledges

21 August 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has assured refugees from several African countries living in Zambia that his agency will continue to assist them in their efforts to either return to their homes or to settle in local communities. During a four-day visit, Mr. Guterres held discussions with Congolese refugees at Kala camp in northern Zambia, as well as with Angolan, Rwandan and Burundian refugees from Mayukwayukwa settlement in the western part of the country. Responding to concerns about the slow pace of repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Guterres emphasized that UNHCR will resume and intensify voluntary return efforts as soon as conditions allow. He also encouraged Angolans willing to return home to do so, despite the official closure of UNHCR’s assisted repatriation programme earlier this year. “UNHCR will continue to assist refugees to return to Angola, even after the closure of the organized repatriation,” he pledged.While voluntary repatriation is the preferred solution for most refugees, the High Commissioner said he was aware of the need to pursue other options, including local integration.He noted that a number of Angolan refugees in Zambia are married to Zambians or were born in the country and wish to remain there. “We are discussing with the Government to consider local integration for these refugees,” he said.While in Lusaka, Mr. Guterres also attended the 27th summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – which Zambia currently chairs – and held meetings with senior Government officials, diplomats and representatives of UNHCR and sister agencies. During a meeting with Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, Mr. Guterres stressed the need for the Government to find durable solutions for the refugees, including favourably considering local integration for some of them, and pledged UNHCR’s support in the development of host communities.As part of his southern African tour, Mr. Guterres is currently in Mozambique and will head to South Africa later this week. read more

General Assembly President holds talks with top Vietnamese officialGeneral Assembly President holds talks with top Vietnamese official

Mr. Kerim briefed Mr. Pham on the priority issues of the Assembly’s current session, particularly climate change, development and UN reform, according to a statement issued by the President’s spokesperson after the two men met yesterday in New York. Mr. Kerim and Mr. Pham, who is also Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister, also discussed the impact of soaring food and fuel prices on economies around the world. They also discussed regional issues, including recent developments in Myanmar, and the role being played by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting peace and stability. 18 July 2008Climate change, the global food and energy crisis, economic development and United Nations reform were among the highlights of wide-ranging discussions between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Viet Nam’s Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem. read more

January will bring changes for bus stops cars and pedestriansJanuary will bring changes for bus stops cars and pedestrians

When the Brock community returns to campus on Jan. 3 after the holidays, they’ll find a new arrangement of bus stops, vehicle routes and walkways in front of the Schmon Tower.During the holiday break, major work on the Goodman School of Business expansion project means construction fences will be extended out on to Isaac Brock Boulevard, preventing traffic from reaching the front of the Tower.Isaac Brock Boulevard will be closed indefinitely to all traffic except transit buses and construction vehicles, and some bus stops will be relocated to nearby temporary locations (see map).Crews will also be marking out new walkways to ensure pedestrians have safe passage around the construction zones.Roads and walkways will be well-signed to help people navigate the temporary system. Here’s how it will work:Transit busesBuses will turn through a new temporary vehicle lane that runs in front of the statue of Sir Isaac Brock.Some buses will use a bus stop in that loop near the statue, while others use bus stops located further along Isaac Brock Boulevard.Paratransit vehicles will use Lot H for pick-up and drop-off access to Schmon Tower, Thistle and Mackenzie Chown complexesParking meters being removed When the changes are instituted, there will no longer be any metered parking on Isaac Brock Boulevard during the life of the construction period.Alternatives for paid parking are in Lot D or on Flora Egerter Way (formerly Meter Road) and University Road West. Other vehiclesDuring construction, only transit buses and construction vehicles will be able to enter Isaac Brock Boulevard. Cars as well as school and other non-transit buses will banned from that loop.Vehicles can drop off passengers in lay-bys located on the east and south sides of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, and also on the south side of Welch Hall. read more

Lions Cut Aaron Berry After 2nd Arrest In ALions Cut Aaron Berry After 2nd Arrest In A

Tired of his off-the-field troubles, the Detroit Lions unceremoniously cut projected starting cornerback Aaron Berry on Monday morning after he was arrested this weekend for the second time in a month, a league source told ESPN.This time, Berry was apprehended, according to Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department, on three charges of simple assault. And, to make matters worse, police said there ”was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident.”That was enough for the Loins, apparently.Less than a month ago Berry was arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts. He was set to enter a diversionary program in that case.His second arrest was the latest bit of bad publicity during a troubled off-season for the Lions, who are quickly moving toward challenging the Cincinnati Bengals for players that get into off-the-field-trouble with the law.To illustrate: Lions’ running back Mikel Leshoure will miss the first two games this season without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Not good. Then there is defensive tackle NIck Fairley, who was arrested twice in two months. Really not good.Berry is entering his third NFL season. He started three games last season for the Lions and one the previous season.”I would just hope that everybody just holds their judgment on this matter,” said Corky Goldstein, Berry’s lawyer. ”There’s a lot more to this situation.  I know Aaron is very upset over this whole situation. Let’s give the opportunity for all the facts to come out.”The Lions released a statement Sunday that hardly was a symbol of support.”We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” the team said. ”We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate.” read more

Children are being killed Hundreds flee to governmentheld districts in AleppoChildren are being killed Hundreds flee to governmentheld districts in Aleppo

first_img Image: Pavel Golovkin AP/Press Association Images 35 Comments Share198 Tweet Email Nov 27th 2016, 3:03 PM Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 3:03 PM Short URL By Associated Press Refugees from Aleppo attend a meeting in Losino-Petrovsky, about 52km northeast of Moscow, Russia. Refugees from Aleppo attend a meeting in Losino-Petrovsky, about 52km northeast of Moscow, Russia. Image: Pavel Golovkin AP/Press Association Images 8,170 Views ‘Children are being killed’: Hundreds flee to government-held districts in Aleppo An estimated 275,000 people are trapped in terrible conditions in the city’s rebel-held eastern districts. This is no way to live, and too many are dying.Activists also reported tens of civilian casualties from a presumed government or Russian airstrike on a village outside Aleppo today.The Local Coordination Committees activist network in Syria reported 15 civilians killed in a Russian airstrike on the village of Anjara, controlled by the opposition in the western Aleppo countryside, and tens of others wounded. Activists usually identify planes by their silhouettes and home base.The British-based Observatory said the strike was accompanied by raids on other opposition-held villages in the Aleppo countryside.Meanwhile, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported today that the Islamic State group used chemical weapons against Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters in northern Syria, wounding 22. The report cited a statement by the chief of general staff’s office. The report could not be immediately verified independently.Read: Six people die from “thunderstorm asthma” in AustraliaRead: France hits the polls to elect who will take on Marine Le Pen, and there’s a clear frontrunner HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE in Syria’s Aleppo have fled to areas under government control, a monitoring group said today, as pro-government forces press on with an assault that has laid waste to the city’s opposition neighbourhoods.The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said around 400 evacuees sought refuge in the Masaken Hanano neighborhood, captured by pro-government forces yesterday.It said an additional 30 families fled to Sheikh Maqsoud, which is under Kurdish control.Syrian state media reported that hundreds of families had vacated areas under rebel control.Syrian state TV broadcast a video showing a teary reunion between a soldier and his family after nearly five years apart, according to the report. It said the family had been trapped in Masaken Hanano.The Lebanese Al-Manar TV channel reported from the neighbourhood this morning, showing workers and soldiers clearing debris against a backdrop of bombed-out buildings on both sides of a wide avenue. Al-Manar is operated by Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group aligned with the Syrian government.Aleppo used to be Syria’s largest city and commerce capital before its neighborhoods were devastated by the country’s more than five-year-long civil war.An estimated 275,000 people are trapped in terrible conditions in the city’s rebel-held eastern districts since the government sealed its siege of the enclave in late August.Children killed and injured Food supplies are running perilously low, the UN warned on Thursday, and a relentless air assault by government forces has damaged or destroyed every hospital in the area.The UN’s child agency warned today that nearly 500,000 children were now living under siege in Syria, cut off from food and medical aid, mostly in areas under government control. That figure has doubled in less than a year.Many are now spending their days underground, as hospitals, schools and homes remain vulnerable to aerial bombardment.“Children are being killed and injured, too afraid to go to school or even play, surviving with little food and hardly any medicine,” Unicef’s executive director Anthony Lake, said, adding: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dix sangliers retrouvés morts sur une plage des CôtesdArmorDix sangliers retrouvés morts sur une plage des CôtesdArmor

first_imgDix sangliers retrouvés morts sur une plage des Côtes-d’ArmorHuit sangliers -trois laies et cinq marcassins- ont été retrouvés morts dimanche près de la plage Saint-Maurice à Morieux (Côtes-d’Armor), fermée en raison de la présence d’algues vertes a-t-on appris lundi auprès de la préfecture des Côtes-d’Armor. Ce matin, deux nouveaux animaux ont été retrouvés.Les “mystérieux” décès d’animaux continuent en Bretagne. Dimanche, trois laies et cinq marcassins, soit au total huit sangliers, ont été retrouvés morts sur une plage de Morieux dans les Côtes d’Armor. Les cadavres des animaux ont été découverts dans la vase, à 400 mètres de l’endroit où deux marcassins avaient été retrouvés morts au début du mois de juillet sur la plage Saint-Maurice, a précisé Marc De La Forêt, sous-préfet de Guingamp cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Plus précisément, les huit sangliers ont été trouvés dans l’estuaire du Gouessant, entre le Pont Rolland et la plage Saint-Maurice, une zone interdite d’accès dimanche par arrêté municipal en raison de la présence d’algues vertes toxiques. Selon un photographe de l’AFP sur place, l’estuaire du Gouessant, à proximité de la plage Saint-Maurice, est également touché par une impressionnante marée verte.Gaz toxiques des algues ou étouffement ?Pour l’heure, la cause de la mort des huit sangliers reste indéterminée, mais plusieurs hypothèses sont envisagées. Des test supplémentaires à l’autopsie des animaux et des analyses de prélèvements d’eau sont en cours. Elles concernent le Gouessant, lieu où se sont abreuvés les animaux. “A ce stade d’investigation, les résultats ne permettent pas d’identifier clairement les causes du décès. En effet, les animaux présentent des tableaux cliniques différents, dont la présence de vase dans les voies aériennes supérieures et des états pulmonaires divers”, a ainsi écrit la préfecture dans un communiqué avant de poursuivre : “des analyses complémentaires vont être réalisées. Elles porteront sur le contenu alimentaire et sur les tissus des animaux et le sang”.L’hypothèse des algues vertes et du gaz qu’elles rejettent n’est donc pour l’instant pas confirmée, ces décès pouvant être dus à un étouffement par de la vase. Néanmoins, Yves-Marie Le Lay, président de l’association Sauvegarde du Tregor, a pour sa part expliqué à l’AFP dimanche que la putréfaction des algues vertes produit de la vase hautement toxique qui se mélange au sable. Par ailleurs, deux nouveaux marcassins ont été retrouvés ce matin sur la plage de Morieux, annonce aujourd’hui Ouest-France. Les corps des animaux vont donc également faire l’objet d’analyses.La particularité environnementale des côtes bretonnesPrès de 32.000 m3 d’algues vertes ont été ramassées, au 18 juillet, en Bretagne, selon le dernier bilan de la préfecture de région.Un rappel récent de l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement au sujet de la prolifération des algues vertes dont la putréfaction génère des gaz toxiques, montrait à nouveau que les activités humaines, en particulier l’agriculture, constituaient l’apport principal des concentrations élevées de nitrates dans les eaux. Or, ce sont ces flux de nitrates combinés à des conditions géographiques et environnementales particulières qui sont responsables de la croissance des algues vertes. Le 26 juillet 2011 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Swoon Thirteenth Doctors Outfit RevealedSwoon Thirteenth Doctors Outfit Revealed

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster GASP — Rachael Stott (@RachaelAtWork) November 9, 2017I honestly can’t stop staring at the photo: She looks like she’s about to step out of whatever magical hilltop she’s on and into my office, hopefully to become my new best friend.(Those mustard suspenders, blue cropped culottes, and rainbow-stripe shirt are giving me serious fashion envy.)Mork from Ork jokes aside (remember: he was an alien, too!), I’m thrilled to see new showrunner Chris Chibnall and the BBC didn’t soften the character’s look.Yes, Whittaker has made history as the first female Doctor in the show’s 50-plus-year history. But that doesn’t mean she needs to wear tight tops, short skirts, tall heels, or a coy smile to prove her worth. Reliably informed that we’re going to be getting a brand new sonic, too! #DoctorWho #Series11— Doctor Who Online (@DrWhoOnline) November 9, 2017Until Christmas (or, more likely, autumn 2018), we won’t really know who the Thirteenth Doctor is. Will she be funny and spirited? Or sullen and enigmatic? Will she welcome her new companions, or shut them out?I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But I must admit, this is one novel I’d instantly grab off the shelf.Now, excuse me while I print out this picture and hang it above my desk, in anticipation of next fall’s series (co-starring Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill).View as: One Page Slides1. “13th Doctor”(via Moga Moka)2. “Who is she?”(via Stephen Byrne)3. “I didn’t even open a fresh page. Just turned some panels off on the page I’m working on.”(via Rachael Stott)4. “I’ve never before been so compelled to draw fan art of an actress. I LOVE her.”(via Toby Allen)5. “YAS!!”(via Miguel Delicado) Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Jodie Whittaker looks so perfect as the Doctor. I think I need to breathe into a paper bag for a minute. #DoctorWho— Christel Dee (@ChristelDee) November 9, 2017 The BBC today revealed its first look at the Thirteenth Doctor’s new costume.And damn, Jodie Whittaker looks cool.Released this morning via the Beeb’s official Doctor Who Twitter account, the unexpected image quickly gained global attention.But without any official comment from the broadcaster, fans are left wondering about the yarn behind the uniform.Yes, please! (via BBC)Some allusions to the show’s long history are clear:Complimentary color scheme harkens back to the Fourth Doctor’s endless scarf and Sixth Doctor’s amazing technicolor dreamcoatHigh-waisted trousers recall Patrick Troughton’s second incarnationSuspenders and lace-up boots take cues from Eleventh Doctor Matt SmithOversized overcoat is long-standing tradition, as seen on almost every version of the titular Time LordBut Whittaker is also rocking her own style, putting a fresh, feminine twist on the 13 outfits that came before. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Burtonbased job hunters offered opportunity to be game masterBurtonbased job hunters offered opportunity to be game master

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although the routine of a nine-to-five office job may offer real benefits to some employees, others are on the hunt for something more unconventional to fulfill their work-life balance and satisfaction needs. For example, locals in Burton, East Staffordshire, are now able to apply for jobs as a game master, an apprentice sign maker, dog groomer or event steward.Local media outlet DerbyshireLive, the online edition of the Derby Telegraph, perused online job board to find the most unusual jobs being offered in Burton. This included the unique job opportunity to be a game master and host at Escape Time, Burton’s new escape room experience. This part-time role for evening and weekend work is ideal for positive and engaging actors with experience in performing arts and a customer-centric outlook.Successful applicants will host themed games for teams of two to six people; this involves engaging with different groups and preparing and resetting the room for the next game. The job advert requires candidates to be able to work within a team, as well as alone, and be prepared to work flexible hours or at short notice.If job hunters prefer pups to people, then the dog groomer role at The Groom Room is instead the ideal job role. Reporting to the salon manager, the new recruit will be required to deliver a “pawsitively outrageous service” at The Groom Room’s salon, boasting excellent communication skills and showcasing previous experience at grooming a variety of dog breeds from start to finish.Football fans, on the other hand, will be compelled to apply for the events steward role with StadiumTM; although the role will involve greeting visitors, offering information, checking passes and directing traffic at concerts, festivals and university open days, the main draw will be working at Burton Albion Football Club. Fans who score this job will also be offered the chance to work at other football stadiums and events across the UK including Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Burnley and Liverpool.Usefully, this role is offered on a casual basis, enabling applicants to manage their new job around their current commitments.Job seekers who are more handy may instead enjoy the apprentice sign maker role at TSC Signs. Applicants will need to be a computer-literate, self-motivated individual, with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, reasonable levels of physical fitness and a consciousness for safety at work. Potential sign makers will also need to have GCSE qualifications of grade C or above, including in English and maths.Here at Employee Benefits, we feel these job opportunities certainly provide scope for job hunters to find exactly what they are looking for, especially with regards to flexible working arrangements. Personally, we love the idea of being a game master because of our prowess on a Monopoly board; we wonder if Escape Time is accepting applicants outside of Burton…last_img read more

Savoonga Post Office Faces Intermittent Closure Until New Postal Worker is HiredSavoonga Post Office Faces Intermittent Closure Until New Postal Worker is Hired

first_imgSavoonga. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome)Savoonga’s only postal worker resigned mid-November, and now the St. Lawrence Island community of 700 has been without regular postal service for almost two weeks. There’s no indication of when a permanent postmaster will be hired to fill the vacancy.Savoonga resident Delbert Pungowiyi said he’s never seen their post office shut down for so long. Community members are waiting for their social security checks, food stamps, and money to pay their bills—not to mention medication and other online orders.“We’re having a hard enough time right now with the elders’ checks, too, that are desperately needed for groceries and paying our bills,” said Pungowiyi. “So we’re really in a hard spot right now. The whole community is really suffering.”And without checks arriving by mail, he said the community is strapped for cash—prompting many to use debit cards, if possible, to make necessary purchases at the local store.“The cash flow is really going down at the store and our grocery supplies…” said Pungowiyi. “There’s a real big concern right now for cash flow.”However, Dawn Peppinger, marketing manager for the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska, said USPS is doing its best to provide temporary relief. Last Monday through Saturday, they flew in a postmaster from Barrow to distribute all the packages that were piling up. And barring any weather delays, Peppinger said a postmaster from Teller was scheduled to fly in Wednesday afternoon to work at the Savoonga office for another week and a half.Peppinger said the closures can be longer than desired because USPS has to find a postal worker willing to leave their work and family to support another community. It’s ideal, she said, if a community has one or two “postmaster relief” workers, who can step in if the full-time postal worker is out of commission.“So that any time we have an unexpected absence—you know, someone’s going to get sick, someone’s going to get hurt, or a family member has an issue or something like that causes them to be unable to work that day, then the backup person would be able to fill in for them,” said Peppinger.The first step, Peppinger said, is getting a couple of postmaster reliefs in each community in rural Alaska. Eventually, they hope to hire a career postal worker for each village, who will have regular hours and benefits. For now, Peppinger said she’s excited that they have a few good applicants for the open “relief” position in Savoonga, whom they’ll interview in the coming weeks.But Pungowiyi’s biggest concern is that it’s taking so long for the Postal Service to solve what he calls a “preventable problem.”“What I’m really shocked with is there was no immediate reaction. This was really a perfectly preventable disaster,” said Pungowiyi. “That’s what it’s really come down to: it’s a postal disaster.”To prevent situations like this in the future, Peppinger encourages anyone interested to apply for postmaster relief positions. You can search open positions online at Peppinger said with USPS closing several facilities in the Lower 48 (and reducing some hours in Alaska), some people may apply for open postmaster positions in rural communities. And anyone who works as a postmaster relief would be eligible to apply for vacant career positions.last_img read more

Stocks to watch on March 8 Jet Airways SpiceJet SBI Bharti AirtelStocks to watch on March 8 Jet Airways SpiceJet SBI Bharti Airtel

first_imgTraders and investors keep a close track after Indian government’s de-monetisation move at Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Wednesday:State Bank of India: The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 40 lakh penalty on SBI for breach of norms on counterfeit notes.Airline stocks: The Competition Commission of India has imposed penalties totalling about Rs 55 crore on Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet for concerted action in fixing fuel surcharge on cargo transport.Telecom companies: Cabinet approved restructuring of deferred payment liabilities of telecom operators and raised spectrum limits.Reliance Infra: The company is seeking shareholder nod for raising up to Rs 2,000 crore via qualified institutional placement (QIP).Gayatri Projects: QIP opens on Thursday at a floor price of Rs 211.65 per share.Strides Shasun: The company said it will launch Ranitidine OTC tablets, used to treat peptic ulcers of stomach and intestine.Sun Pharma: The drugmaker’s Paonta Sahib unit gets good manufacturing certificate from Dutch regulator.Cadila Health: The company has partened with Medicure to launch New Drug Application product, Zypitamag in the U.S.Tata Steel: The company said it was the highest bidder for Bhushan Steel.last_img read more

As Fear Of Deportations Rises Children in Texas Show Signs Of PTSDAs Fear Of Deportations Rises Children in Texas Show Signs Of PTSD

first_img Share 00:00 /04:25 Emil Pakarklis/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)The first few days of the school year are an anxious time for most kids. But there’s a group whose levels of stress and anxiety are so high that they can only be compared to those who have experienced trauma.Silvia Zuvieta Rodriguez is one of them.“Since I was little I always had anxiety when it came to my parents not coming home at a certain time,” she says.Zuvieta Rodriguez is now 18. But her anxiety goes way back“I was like six years old when I knew about immigration and deportation[s] and the possibility about them [my parents] being deported back to Mexico. And I suffered extreme anxiety because of it when I was younger but it wasn’t to the degree of panic attacks – but it was to the degree of calling them every couple of hours before they got home, making sure that they were on their way,” Zuvieta Rodriguez says.What started with the terrifying possibility that her parents could be deported  – climaxed with her dad’s actual deportation four years ago. Zuvieta Rodriguez was 14. That week she attempted suicide.Deportations today are up from years ago. Data from the Department of Homeland Security shows that deportations have risen by almost 38 percent from 2016.This ramping up often translates in elevated levels of stress and anxiety in thousands of Texas childrenRice University researcher Luz Garcini just released a study featured in The American Journal of Psychiatry looking precisely at rising stress among immigrant children.“And we found out that overall, the population has a high level of distress – if we have to speak about specific disorders, major depressive disorders turned out to be primarily prevalent but also the anxiety disorders,” Garcini says.One disorder Garcini couldn’t find among this group was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) She was puzzled, but not surprised.“A lot of the criteria that we developed for PTSD is based on a Western, kind of Anglo culture, of military personnel that was sent overseas and developed trauma symptoms,” Garcini says.Previous studies have been tailor-made for soldiers, not for children who live in fear of losing a parent – or in fear that they could be deported.Garcini says that even so, when it comes to PTSD symptoms, these kids fit every criteria, except one“Because – for example – one of the traditional criteria that needs to be meet {sic} is: “to experience limited functional ability.” And what happens with these immigrants is they will meet criteria for the other symptoms but they have no limited functional ability because they can not afford that luxury,” Garcini says.For instance, Zuvieta Rodriguez is still in school and holding a job. She can not afford to be limited by her mental health.“I’m saving up money so that my mom doesn’t have to buy the necessities that I need to and for college and stuff as well as my dad,” she says “He needs like $500 a month or something like that.”Imagine hauling that level of stress into a classroom, whether the classroom is at an elementary school or at a college campus.Michael Williams has been thinking about that. He’s the former commissioner of the Texas Education Agency.“Think about the adverse learning impacts on the student who leaves that classroom and even on the child who’s left behind – who’s gonna be worried that their best friend is now gone – who’s gonna be worried that perhaps somebody is going to come get them next,” Williams says. “The adverse academic-educational consequences are significant.”They are significant but unknown – up until now there’s very little quantitative data in that regard. And that’s what Garcini is working on next. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

A certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help preventA certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help prevent

first_img © 2017 (—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has found that adding a certain type of salt to liquid pesticides greatly reduces waste due to splashing. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their research and the properties of the salt that help prevent splashing. Explore further Play Description of the process involved in controlling liquid splash with the surfactant Aerosol OT. Credit: Carla Schaffer/ AAAS There is still more work to do, the team notes, before pesticide makers can start adding the salt to their products—tests must be run on a wide variety of plant types and with leaves at various stages of development. If things work out, farmers could significantly reduce the amount of pesticide they must spray on their crops, reducing both runoff and costs. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Water splash with the surfactant Aerosol OT on a tilted superhydrophobic surface. Credit: Song et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602188 More information: Meirong Song et al. Controlling liquid splash on superhydrophobic surfaces by a vesicle surfactant, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602188AbstractDeposition of liquid droplets on solid surfaces is of great importance to many fundamental scientific principles and technological applications, such as spraying, coating, and printing. For example, during the process of pesticide spraying, more than 50% of agrochemicals are lost because of the undesired bouncing and splashing behaviors on hydrophobic or superhydrophobic leaves. We show that this kind of splashing on superhydrophobic surfaces can be greatly inhibited by adding a small amount of a vesicular surfactant, Aerosol OT. Rather than reducing splashing by increasing the viscosity via polymer additives, the vesicular surfactant confines the motion of liquid with the help of wettability transition and thus inhibits the splash. Significantly, the vesicular surfactant exhibits a distinguished ability to alter the surface wettability during the first inertial spreading stage of ~2 ms because of its dense aggregates at the air/water interface. A comprehensive model proposed by this idea could help in understanding the complex interfacial interactions at the solid/liquid/air interface. Play Water splash without surfactant on a tilted superhydrophobic surface. Credit: Song et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1602188 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. Citation: A certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help prevent waste due to splashing (2017, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from When farmers spray pesticides onto crops, the researchers note, almost half of the liquid bounces off the plant leaves and winds up on the ground as waste—such splashing also causes uneven leaf coverage, as well. A lot of research has gone into finding additives for fertilizers that both reduce splashing and are not harmful to the humans that will eventually eat the crops, but until now, the search has been futile. In this new effort, the researchers in China report that they believe they have at long last found the right substance—a type of salt called dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. In the commercial world, it is known as Aerosol OT, and is already used in a variety of products including pharmaceuticals and printer ink.Adding a small amount (one part per hundred) of Aerosol OT to liquid fertilizer, the research team found, caused the liquid to adhere to leaves rather than bounce or splash off of them. Filming the action and replaying it in slow motion revealed that the salt caused the liquid to spread out and adhere to a leaf rather than rebound. This, they noted, was because it caused a change in the wetting ability of the liquid, which is a measure of the degree to which a liquid maintains contact with a solid surface. The researchers also note that Aerosol OT can be easily washed from crops by simply rinsing them with plain water. Also, because of its use in pharmaceutics it has been proven to be safe for human consumption. Journal information: Science Advances PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Crops in France found to thrive despite reduced use of pesticideslast_img read more

Music comes before everything Kavita SethMusic comes before everything Kavita Seth

first_imgA young girl from Bareilly, who would accompany her father to Khanqah E Aalia Niazia (Dargah in Bareilly) to hear Sufi music, had no idea that music would become her life one day. “Music comes before anything for me”, she feels.Sharing her childhood memories, the singer further says, “At dargah, I would find myself lost in the musical trance. back then, I could hardly understand the technicalities or depth of Sufi music (or music in general), but nevertheless, it left an everlasting impression on my soul.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore finding tranquility in Sufi music, Kavita explored various genres like Ghazals, Qawwali and Folk music. But there was always a void…a feeling of incompleteness that haunted her, until she got an opportunity to perform in ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’ (annual concert organised by Muzaffar Ali). “There were Sufi singers from across the world participating in that event, and that’s where I found the missing piece of my life. The charm of Sufi music took over me and I found serenity. Thereon, I started reading about Sufi saints and their writings,” she says, adding,”There could be nothing better than singing for divine power. Jab Aap Khuda ki Shaan me Gaate ho, to Phir Kuch Aur Accha Nahi Lagta” she adds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRecently, Kavita was in the Capital for a musical evening ‘Anandotsav – A celebration of life’. Held at India Habitat Centre, the event was organised on the birth anniversary of her late husband K K Seth, whom she considers her friend, mentor, support system and guiding force. “Every year I try my best to do something in his beloved memory and acknowledge his contribution to my success. Whatever I am today is because of him.” A successful and world acclaimed singer today, Kavita went through a long and difficult journey. “Like any other small town girl, I faced discouragement from my family when they came to know about my aspirations. They told me ‘Shaadi ho jaaye, uske baad agar husband ko tumse gawaana ho toh gaana, We can’t take you to places. Guarantee nahi hai ki success milegi’ – they said. Soon after my graduation, they started looking for a suitable match and all I prayed for was to get married to a person who would support me and my dreams. And it was my good fortune that I found Mr Seth.” “From the day we met, to the day he died, he lived my dreams. The word ‘Impossible’ was not in his dictionary, and that’s the reason I am so positive about everything. He changed me as a person. You won’t believe but within 10 days of his death, I was doing shows. I didn’t cancel a single concert because that’s what he taught me – to be loyal towards work, to accept the changes, and move on with grace,” mentions the singer who has sung chartbusters including ‘Iktara’, and ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’. The time after her husband’s death was the most challenging phase of Kavita’s life, and being a part of the entertainment industry further added to the difficulties. “Working in this industry is nothing less than working like a soldier for BSF or CRPF. You have to hide your pain, look presentable, and be available all the time. There is no weekend for us.” However, despite all the drawbacks, the best thing about this industry is that people are very passionate about their work and that’s the reason why working round the clock is not a headache for them, she feels. In 2014, Seth got married again to a man who was equally supportive. “My husband helps in organising my events, my children are supportive and I have music in my life. What more can I ask for,” she concludes.last_img read more

Faster Broadband Thrill ThrillFaster Broadband Thrill Thrill

first_imgMay 1, 2008 3 min read Register Now » Brought to you by PCWorld We in the U.S., and particularly me in Seattle, Wash., suffer from the heartbreak of slow-broadband-paralysis. A large percentage of U.S. residents can’t obtain speeds that are typical in Japan, South Korea, and some countries in Europe. You can easily buy 100 Mbps connections in Japan at an affordable price, and 8 Mbps ADSL is quite typical and cheap in the UK – it’s thrown in as an extra for satellite TV and mobile phone service, for crying out loud. (BT is about to offer a 24 Mbps DSL flavor, ADSL+, to about a million homes this year and 10 million next.)But broadband speeds and availability are finally starting to accelerate. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others are rolling out 10 to 50 Mbps service across the country using fiber to the node and faster cable standards. Coverage areas for those services are increasing, even while rates below 10 Mbps become more widely available and faster, too.In my home city, a territory controlled by Qwest, we’re finally seeing DSL rates that match or exceed cable service. Qwest has a 14-state region dominated by rural areas, and the company has been in turmoil for several years following allegations about stock sales and financial results.Qwest is now rolling out in 23 of its markets 12 Mbps and 20 Mbps DSL. They’re the last major ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier, formerly known as Baby Bells before mergers) to create a real plan for true high-speed broadband. Qwest charges $105 per month for 20 Mpbs service and $52 per month for 12 Mbps. A bundling discount of $5 per month applies. Upstream speeds don’t seem to be disclosed on Qwest’s site or in reporting on the matter.Qwest isn’t offering IPTV–just plain, fast broadband. This puts them in less conflict with customers who want to choose their own content, too.Of course, neither my work nor home address qualifies yet for this faster service, which uses fiber to the node (an interchange point) rather than fiber to the home, which costs vastly more. DSL is used over the short interchange-to-customer premises link.Our other incumbent, Comcast, has deployed its first 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, charging $150 per month for residential service. They plan to cover 20 percent of their territory by the end of this year. Comcast also said they’ll have 100 Mbps service within two years and 160 Mbps service after that point.None of this puts us rapidly in the same category as admittedly countries with smaller area and even more population in the densest portions. But it’s nice to finally see a bit of motion. The next step is dramatically lower prices. I’m not holding my breath until competition heats up, probably as wireless broadband starts to hit in 2009 and 2010, which could push costs down for sub-10 Mbps service, forcing wireline providers to increase speeds and lower prices. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Brisbane ready for G20 Leaders SummitBrisbane ready for G20 Leaders Summit

first_imgAfter two years of planning and preparation, Brisbane is ready to host the G20 Leaders Summit, with the city having already welcomed 4,000 delegates for the event.The summit, to be held on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, will be the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has hosted.A series of initiatives are underway in Brisbane, all designed to create local experiences for visitors and delegates, ensuring the G20 Leaders Summit will leave a legacy for the city as an event destination.Some of these innovations include: Australia’s reputation for world-class food and wine is growing, and Global Flavours is an international food program casting the spotlight on Brisbane’s exceptional dining experiences and fresh local produce.In the three weeks leading up to the summit, Brisbane has come alive with the G20 Cultural Celebrations program, with hundreds of free events in and around the city and suburbs for the people of Brisbane and the thousands of international guests.Brisbane’s CBD is transformed at night by Colour Me Brisbane with sound and light displays across the city and there are also interactive light and projection installations created by some of Australia’s leading projection artists, showcasing Queensland’s diversity and talent. Tourism Australia managing director, John O’Sullivan said: “Australia’s hosting of the G20 has been a wonderful opportunity to show the world why we are regarded as a leader in delivering business events.“Brisbane is not just hosting a meeting of some of the world’s most important leaders, it has created a total G20 city experience for all summit attendees that is simultaneously showcasing some of the exceptional food, facilities and culture we have on offer here in Australia.”Source = ETB Travel News: Megan Tranlast_img read more