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  • UN aviation agency adopts biometric identification to improve travel clearance

    Biometric-enhanced passports and other machine readable travel documents (MRTDs) will enable rapid comparison, either one-to-one with the person and document, or one-to-many using a database to positively identify an individual, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said.According to ICAO, the added technology will mean travellers can more speedily go through airport controls. It will also increase aviation security as well as enable authorities to detect those travelling under stolen passports. In addition, the blueprint will assist its 188 Member States to implement a worldwide, standardized system of identity confirmation.“I encourage all Member States to cooperate fully in the implementation of this global identification framework that can significantly enhance public confidence in air travel security, encourage people to fly in greater numbers, and expedite the flow of passengers through airports,” said the President of the ICAO Council, Assad Kotaite.ICAO said countries would have the option of using one or two secondary biometrics to supplement facial recognition for personal identification. In a comprehensive analysis of various available biometrics, the face rated highest in terms of compatibility with key operational considerations, followed by fingers and eyes.Border control authorities and airline staff at airports have long used the face to confirm identity with a document photo. Facial recognition technology automates this process, using a camera to capture the image of the face, while a computer validates facial characteristics.ICAO has led the development of biometric-enhanced MRTDs since 1997, in close collaboration with the air transport industry and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). read more

  • Icahn pushes counterproposal for Dell to add warrants to previous offer of

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 10:36 am MDT Icahn pushes counterproposal for Dell to add warrants to previous offer of $14 per share NEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is proposing that Dell shareholders get a chance to own a bigger stake in the struggling computer maker in hopes of thwarting an attempt by the company’s founder to buy it for $24.4 billion and take it private.Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 per cent stake in Dell, now wants shareholders to receive warrants in addition to the cash he previously recommended be given to shareholders.Icahn previously proposed that Dell “self-tender” 1.1 billion shares of its stock for $14 per share. His revised proposal adds one warrant for every four shares. The warrant would give shareholders the right to buy one Dell share for $20 over the next seven years. Dell’s shares haven’t traded above $20 since September 2008.In a letter to shareholders, Icahn values his counterproposal at about $15.50 to $18 per share.Meanwhile, Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have offered to buy the entire company for $13.65 per share. Shareholders are set to vote on that offer at a meeting Thursday.But Icahn argues that Michael Dell’s offer undervalues the company and earlier this week asked a judge to assess its fairness.The activist investor has proposed a variety of alternatives to keep the company publicly traded, but none have swayed the board from its support of the deal with Michael Dell and Silver Lake. What’s more, Dell’s board says its representatives contacted more than 70 potential suitors without finding any willing to ante up more than $24.4 billion.In a late Friday statement, Dell’s special board committee overseeing the company’s sale said it’s reviewing the merits of Icahn’s latest offer. For now, the committee is still recommending that shareholders accept the offer from Michael Dell and Silver Lake.“We have been and remain willing to meet or talk with Mr. Icahn about his various proposals, including at a meeting scheduled earlier this week which he requested and subsequently cancelled,” the board said.Round Rock, Texas-based Dell that has fallen on hard times as more consumers and companies buy smartphones and tablets instead of laptop and desktop computers.Michael Dell is betting that he will be able to revive the company that he founded in 1984 by cutting costs, overhauling the sales force and diversifying into more profitable technology niches, such as business software, data storage and analysis and consulting services. The changes are likely to lower Dell’s earnings, the main reason that Michael Dell wants to engineer the turnaround away from the financial pressures of Wall Street.Dell shares slipped 3 cents to close at $13.32 Friday. read more

  • Enbridge boosting security after recent cases of pipeline sabotage

    Enbridge boosting security after recent cases of pipeline sabotage by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge says its Line 9 pipeline was offline for about 90 minutes this morning after three activists locked themselves to a valve site east of Sarnia, Ont., Monday, Dec.21, 2015. Enbridge is boosting security after recent cases of pipeline sabotage, THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO CALGARY – In a field on the outskirts of Sarnia, Ont., there’s a big blue wheel surrounded by a chain-link fence.Attached to the fence and nailed to a nearby wooden post is a warning: high pressure petroleum pipeline.Early one December morning, a trio of anti-pipeline activists managed to get to the other side of the fence. Photos show them smiling broadly as they turned the wheel, to which they then locked themselves.While the incident caused no injuries or significant service disruptions, the owner of the pipeline — the newly reversed and expanded Line 9 between southwestern Ontario and Montreal — said that incident and others have raised “serious concerns.”“Enbridge sites are locked, secured and monitored for the safety of people and the environment. As with any vital infrastructure or service, they can be made dangerous if tampered with or sabotaged,” said Graham White, a spokesman for Calgary-based firm Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB).“We are assessing and employing various additional, permanent measures to enhance our security and safety at these sites to help prevent these types of tampering activities in the future. As part of ensuring the effectiveness of these measures, we will not provide details or discuss them publicly.”Lindsay Gray, speaking on behalf of the “land defenders” in an interview on the day of the Sarnia protest, said there wasn’t much stopping them.“Anyone could have done this,” she said. “Anyone.”Line 9 was offline for about 90 minutes while the protesters were removed from the site and Enbridge inspected the line for damage. Though the protesters took credit for the shutdown, Enbridge says the line was shut off remotely from its control room.There was a similar disruption two weeks earlier on another segment on Line 9 in Quebec. And then in early January, Enbridge’s Line 7 near Cambridge, Ont., was shut down due to sabotage.Kelly Sundberg, an associate professor at Mount Royal University who specializes in environmental crime, shakes his head at those tactics.“It’s just so dangerous,” he said. “They risk causing damage to the line. There are so many possible negative outcomes that could come both from a security perspective, but also from an environmental damage perspective.”On that score, Gray retorted: “Every second that it’s flowing, we’re in danger.”Martin Rudner, professor emeritus at Carleton University who is an expert in security and critical infrastructure, said the industry has a variety of measures in place to secure their sites and respond when they are breached — and generally they seem to be working.“It’s hard to make an overall judgment, but I think the best way to judge it is the fact that no major interruption has taken place,” he said.But, he said: “Needless to say, they can’t be everywhere all the time.”Many companies hire security guards to patrol sites, but Rudner said the use of drones could be a much more effective approach — though there are regulatory hurdles to that.Warren Mabee, director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University, said he sees the rash of pipeline tampering as a “blip,” with the anti-pipeline movement emboldened by recent wins like the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL project.“It’s not a good tactic. I think that it backfires because I think that the broad public, although they may not like the pipeline, they see that as beyond the pale.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. read more

  • SIFCO Process used to repair dragline gear insitu

    first_imgBy repairing the pinion gear of a mining dragline in-situ with the SIFCO Process, industrial gearing manufacturer Horsburgh & Scott says it was able to return the crane to service with minimal downtime and extend the working life of the gear components. This in turn has improved the time between failure rate of the part and saved significant cost compared to alternative repair methods.Horsburgh & Scott is based in Cleveland, Ohio and designs, manufactures, services and rebuilds industrial gearing and gear drives for industry-specific needs. The company has a long-standing relationship with SIFCO ASC and has been working with them to solve various component repair issues for 20 years. The pinion gear is an essential part of a gear train assembly. In this application, the pinion gear was part of the boom driveline of a dragline excavator crane used in the surface mining of coal. If not maintained regularly, lubricant in the pinion gear can leak out of the seal and potentially cause the bearing to seize and gall the bearing journal. Removal of the seized bearing often results in additional gouging damage to the bearing journal surface.When Horsburgh & Scott approached SIFCO ASC with this problem, they worked together to look for a solution that would minimise the downtime as well as the cost of the repair. The bearing journal in question had incurred a deep gouge measuring 0.030 in depth, 0.75 in wide and 12 in long, and was 0.012 in undersize. Traditionally, this type of damage is rectified by component replacement or by repairing the damaged area. Typical repair options include sleeving, welding, metal spray and tank plating. Component replacement can be costly and result in a four to six week lead-time. Welding can weaken the strength of the substrate. All of these repair processes require the part to be removed from the equipment and taken off-site for both pre-processing machining operations to remove the defects in the journal (making the journal a minimum of 0.060 in undersize) and then post-processing machining operations for dimensional restoration.Using the SIFCO Process, a portable plating process used to selectively electroplate localised areas, defects are typically repaired with one or more layers of copper, and then covered with a wear resistant deposit. In this instance, a nickel in the 30 Rockwell hardness range was selected as the final deposit because it was close to the hardness of the original base material and it provided the necessary wear properties. Copper was chosen for the fill material because it has excellent “throwing power” (the ability of the plated deposit to reach into deep grooves or other defects), it is easy to reactivate when building up multiple layers, and as a softer fill material it is easy to dress back down in between layers.For this application in which the gouge in the journal was filled with copper, no machining was required and only one layer of nickel was plated to achieve the desired journal dimension. This resulted in a repair that was significantly less expensive that other alternatives requiring pre and post-process machining. The bearing journal was first plated with 0.001 in thickness of copper and then masked for the defect repair. The gouge was filled with three layers of copper and hand finished in between each layer. Once the gouge was repaired, the outside diameter was plated with a 0.006 in thickness of nickel using an ID plater.Dave Niederhelman, Chief Metallurgist, Horsburgh & Scott said: “SIFCO ASC is a well-established partner of Horsburgh & Scott and their ability to work on-site is highly attractive. Over the years they have helped us to find the most efficient ways to repair and maintain our customers’ equipment and this has added up to thousands of dollars, hours of downtime, and manpower time saved. In this application the SIFCO Process has extended the working life of the gear and improved the failure rate due to the nature of the nickel coating on the journal. The cost of manufacturing and material to replace the gear would have been expensive in comparison, as well as causing weeks of downtime.”Lee Shelton, Managing Director of SIFCO ASC concludes: “At SIFCO ASC, we understand the inconvenience caused when critical components fail and need urgent repair. The portability of the SIFCO Process makes it a versatile solution used for numerous demanding repair and OEM applications. The localised plating process works well in an industrial environment. The plated deposits withstand considerable stress and strain, while maintaining excellent adhesion.”last_img read more

  • Good jobs news Pharmaceutical company announces 42 hightech jobs for Dublin

    first_imgA GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICAL company has announced 42 jobs for Dublin.The jobs at Aspen, which is one of the biggest generic drugs companies in the world, will be in Citywest in Dublin.The IDA, which supported the expansion, said that nine out of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies in the world are now located in Ireland.Aspen has had a base in Ireland in 2010 and established its European operations centre here in 2012. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton welcomed the expansion and said Ireland had deliberately targeted pharma as a key sector for jobs.Stephen Saad, the chief executive of the South African company, said that Ireland’s workforce had the specialised skills required by the pharmaceutical industry and praised Ireland’s “strong regulatory and business environment”.Read: Subway to serve up 1,800 new jobs in Ireland > Read: Will you get a pay rise in 2014? Over half of employees don’t think they will >last_img read more

  • President Higgins says Irish still face life draining impediments

    first_imgWe know that, in recent years, we Irish failed so frequently to ensure that policies were centred on what was good or necessary for the citizenry as a whole and allowed much of the economic decision making to focus instead on the advancement of private interests which often undermined the very basis of our society.Looking back on this, he said he hoped that Ireland had learnt that an over-reliance on “unregulated markets” would not produce “either a social economy or a space of citizenship”.“Instead that public space of citizenship will become subsumed to the private demands of consumption,” he said.‘Trust has been sacrificed’Higgins said that a lot of trust had been sacrificed “at public level” in recent decades, giving particular mention to a failure to regulate Ireland’s banking system.In finishing, he praised the continuing work of the SVP:I would like to conclude by thanking those who give so freely of their time, skills and experience to ensure the legacy of that great humanitarian Blessed Frederick Ozanam continues two hundred years after his birth and one hundred and eighty years after he uttered those far reaching words ‘Yes, let us visit the poor’.Read: President Higgins: We cannot ignore the suffering of European citizens > PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS has said that Ireland needs to foster a “new connection between economy, society and the person – one based on ethics.”Higgins made the comments during today’s conference of the St Vincent de Paul, which marked the bicentenary of the birth of the organisations founder, Blessed Frederick Ozanam.Praising the non-profit organisation, Higgins said that their work had always tried to “challenge the root causes of poverty and social injustice.”Speaking of those who are currently struggling, Higgins said that poverty, homelessness and mortgage arrears were “serious obstacles to a genuinely inclusive citizenship”, believing that these “life draining impediments” created barriers between these people and society.‘We Irish failed so frequently’Ireland’s president went on to say:last_img read more

  • Pourquoi lalcool augmente til le risque de fractures des os

    first_imgPourquoi l’alcool augmente t-il le risque de fractures des os ? Selon une nouvelle étude, les personnes qui boivent beaucoup d’alcool auraient un risque plus important de fracture sévère. En raison évidemment de chutes ou d’accidents plus violents mais pas seulement. L’alcool aurait un effet direct sur la fabrication et la régénération des os.En soirée, alcoolisé, vous tombez mais vous ne sentez rien. Le lendemain matin, en revanche, la douleur est bien là. Depuis de nombreuses années, les chercheurs ont constaté que les personnes qui boivent beaucoup d’alcool ont un risque plus élevé de présenter de graves fractures que ceux qui ne boivent pas. “En tant que chirurgien orthopédique, je vois régulièrement des personnes qui arrivent avec des fractures alors qu’ils sont visiblement sous l’influence d’alcool”, explique Roman Natoli, docteur à l’Université Loyola, à Chicago, au Smithsonian Mag. Les statistiques suggèrent, en effet, que le risque de fracture chez les personnes alcoolisées est équivalent à celui d’une personne sobre mais âgée de 10 à 20 ans de plus. Sans surprise, ce risque plus élevé est dû au comportement des personnes qui ont bu qui ont davantage tendance à prendre des risques inconsidérés. S’en suivent des chutes ou des accidents plus sévères que si les personnes avaient été sobres. Toutefois, l’impact de l’alcool ne se résume pas à ça. Car en effet, comme l’ont découvert les scientifiques, l’alcool a des conséquences directes sur la physiologie des os.Des os qui peinent à se régénérerJusqu’ici, les mécanismes impliqués dans le lien entre alcool et fracture sévère restent flous mais les chercheurs ont des pistes. Certains estiment que l’alcool interfère probablement dans l’activité des cellules qui synthétisent et régénèrent le tissu osseux. Plus précisément, il empêcherait les ostéoblastes, les cellules responsables de la synthèse de la partie non-minérale des os, d’agir comme elles le devraient. En revanche, l’alcool n’empêcherait pas les ostéoclastes, celles qui sont responsables de la dégradation de l’os, de fonctionner normalement.Ceci créerait la formation de petites cavités dans les os qui ne seraient pas combler par du tissu nouveau comme elles le devraient. En découlerait alors une plus grande fragilité de l’os et un risque de fracture plus élevé. Et lorsqu’une fracture se produit, ces modifications empêcheraient l’os de se régénérer, augmentant la durée du processus de guérison. Néanmoins, ce processus pourrait dépendre de la quantité d’alcool ingérée. Pour en savoir plus, des chercheurs ont donc décidé de mener une nouvelle expérience sur des souris.   Au cours de leur étude, ils ont mesuré les effets d’un excès intense mais unique d’alcool sur des souris souffrant d’une fracture. Pour cela, le taux d’alcool dans le sang (alcoolémie) des souris a été élevé à l’équivalent de 0,20% par volume d’alcool pour un humain (soit 2 grammes par litre de sang). Cela reviendrait, pour un homme, à boire entre 6 et 9 verres en une heure et entraînerait confusion, désorientation, nausées, exagération des émotions et risque sévère de blessure. Résultat, les chercheurs se sont aperçus que chez les souris ayant consommé de l’alcool, le cal osseux (masse temporaire osseuse formée par les ostéoblastes entre deux morceaux d’os cassé) était moins dense et plus souple.Plus de stress dans les cellules Les scientifiques ont observé que l’organisme des souris générait correctement un nouveau tissu osseux en utilisant des cellules souches immatures amenées à l’endroit de la fracture. Les cellules se changeaient alors en ostéoblastes puis en cellules osseuses matures. Néanmoins, l’une des protéines destinées au transport de ces cellules vers les fractures, l’ostéopontine (OPN), a montré des concentrations bien moindres en cas d’injection d’alcool. Ajouté à cela, les souris alcoolisées ont semblé davantage souffrir de stress oxydant. Ce processus résulte en l’accumulation dans les cellules de molécules oxydantes comme les peroxydes ou les radicaux libres qui peuvent endommager différents constituants dont les protéines et l’ADN. La consommation d’alcool conduirait donc à une augmentation de ce stress et perturberait la capacité du corps à s’en débarrasser, notamment dans le foie. Ce stress pourrait également freiner le développement de l’os et le processus de guérison.Permettre aux fractures de guérir correctement À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si les résultats sont vérifiés sur les humains, cela pourrait aider au développement de nouveaux traitements pour accélérer la croissance des os chez les personnes souffrant d’alcoolisme, mais aussi peut-être chez les non buveurs. “Le but final est de permettre aux fractures de guérir correctement”, explique le docteur Natoli. L’une des possibilités évoquées et bientôt testées chez les souris sera d’injecter des cellules souches afin que le tissu osseux puisse se régénérer et les fractures se réparer, même lorsque l’ostéopontine est en moindre concentration.Néanmoins, cette étude pourrait aussi servir d’avertissement : en buvant une grande quantité d’alcool, les os deviennent beaucoup plus fragiles et mettent plus de temps à se ressouder en cas de fêlures ou de fractures. Mais le processus est réversible. L’arrêt de la consommation d’alcool permet aux os de retrouver leur densité originelle. Le 9 octobre 2013 à 13:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Declan Rices future with England

    first_imgDeclan Rice currently occupies a central place in an international contention, as he is omitted from the latest Ireland list while he is considering playing for England.The 19-year-old West Ham defender, who was born in London, has already played for the senior side of Ireland. But, neither of the appearances can stop him from featuring on the English side as these were all friendlies.According to Herald, Rice has been doing well for his club side and his manager over there, Manuel Pellegrini, while not being in doubt about his talent, accepts that he has a big decision to make concerning his international sides:“Maybe for him it can be more easy to play for Ireland but if you trust in yourself and you feel that you are an English player… it is a personal decision.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is very difficult to give advice but I am always speaking with him because he is young.“When you are 19 you need to be strong – he is a strong player, he is a good technical player. I think he has a big future.“With England he will have big competition but I think he is able to take that challenge, without giving him a decision.“He must take the decision himself.”last_img read more

  • Ranieri Fulham fans love my playing style

    first_imgClaudio Ranieri is certain he has the Fulham supporter’s confidence with his new style of football, despite his low-key start at the clubThe Italian coach was brought in to replace Slavisa Jokanovic in the dugout following a dreadful start to life back in the Premier League for Fulham.Under Jokanovic, the Cottagers had only managed a single win and were on a seven-match losing streak at the time of his dismissal.The Serbian’s attacking possessive style of football had served them well in gaining promotion to the English top-flight, but club owner Shahid Khan felt that it just wasn’t enough anymore.So in came Ranieri, who famously led underdogs Leicester City to the 2015/16 Premier League title with his counter-attacking style of football that emphasised more on the defensive side of things compared to Jokanovic’s.Although, with just one win in seven matches so far, results suggest that things at Craven Cottage haven’t really changed.But Ranieri is certain that his methods will help Fulham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think they love this kind of football,” he told Sky Sports on what Fulham fans think of his playing style.“To stay together, to stay tight and try to make our [attacks] when we get the ball.“I am always happy and satisfied. I think this system [five at the back] is much better for my players.“Yes, I think [I am settled on it]. But, of course, we can change during the match. It’s important the players understand the shape, the system and what we have to do.“I think we have to improve our fitness. Because now we are used to pressing, which means you need a high level of fitness.“I have my style of training. My assistant Scott Parker follows me. In Scott, I’ve met a very good friend, a very good assistant.”Fulham will take on bottom-placed Huddersfield Town on Saturday hoping to kick-start their bid to move out of the relegation zone with victory.last_img read more

  • Lethal sharp objects not allowed in Ashura processions DMP

    first_img.The law enforcers have taken multi-tier security measures in the capital to ensure smooth observance of Holy Ashura scheduled to be held on Friday.“Although there is no specific threat targeting Imambara of Husaini Dalan, taught security measures have been initiated,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia told reporters after inspecting the security arrangements in the old part of the city on Tuesday.Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), grandson of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed across the country on Friday (21 September).Members of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), SWAT, bomb disposal units and dog squads will remain alert alongside other law enforcement agencies including plainclothes police in these areas, said the DMP chief.The processions which will begin from Imambara will be cordoned off by police and no one will be allowed to join a moving procession from outside, he said, adding that this initiative has been taken to prevent any kind of sabotage act.Lethal and sharp objects like knives and sword will not be allowed in the procession as well as firecrackers will remain banned during the event.Everyone has to enter Hoseni Dalan area only after security screening through hand metal detectors and archways, he added.Meanwhile, the DMP commissioner requested people to cooperate with the law enforcers and volunteer groups to make the procession successful.last_img read more

  • Houston City Council Rejects CenterPoint Rate Hike

    first_imgDave FehlingCenterpoint power station downtown HoustonCenterPoint has filed a rate hike request with the Texas Public Utility Commission. The energy company says the $60.6 million a year increase is necessary because it has had to spend millions on new power lines and other equipment in Houston.It would mean $1.07 per month more for the average home (87 cents per month for the first year).But the City Council didn’t like the idea. It voted unanimously to deny CenterPoint’s application with the city.“The action today was simply saying that we need to take time to challenge it and we’re not agreeing to it,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “because we’re still making a determination.”In 2011, the Texas Legislature voted to allow electricity providers to increase rates in between their regular rate case proceedings that happen every few years.CenterPoint declined to make anyone available for an interview. In an email to News 88.7, a spokesperson said the decision will ultimately be made by the Public Utility Commission.The same happened last year when the commission granted a negotiated rate hike after Houston and others had denied it. But that was a substantially lower increase.A hearing is set for next month. 00:00 /01:12 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

  • Fewer US Teens Smoke Have Sex Do Drugs Or Drink Milk CDC

    first_img Share Photo by David Sutherland/Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourDaily marijuana use among youths age 12 to 17 slightly surpasses that of daily cigarette use, according to a survey out this week from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan.A large government survey finds that fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days.Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too.The survey out Thursday found less than one-third of high schools students drink a glass of milk a day. About two decades ago, it was nearly half.The survey asked about 100 questions on a wide range of health topics, including smoking, drugs and diet. Researchers compared the results to similar questionnaires going back more than 25 years.It found that not as many teens are having sex as in the past, and cigarette, alcohol and illegal drug use is trending down.The survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducted every two years.last_img read more

  • Alipurduar administration holds meet with 1500 tea garden workers

    first_imgKolkata: In a bid to disseminate information about the various development projects of the Mamata Banerjee government among the tea garden workers, the Alipurduar district administration on Sunday held a meeting with more than 1,500 such workers and their family members.”The meeting titled ‘Apnar Baagane Proshashon/Sarkar Baagan ke Duar’ (government at your tea garden), aimed at grievance redressal and awareness among the tea garden workers, is the brain child of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who held the administrative meeting at Alipurduar on July 11. She had advised us to take the administration closer to the public and to bridge the information and awareness deficit which was prevailing in the tribal and tea garden belts of the district,” said Nikhil Nirmal, District Magistrate, Alipurduar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that there are 60 tea gardens in Alipurduar district, among which 28 are stressed, including six closed gardens.”We will first hold these programmes at the stressed gardens and then do the same in the open ones,” Nirmal said.The meeting venue at one of the closed tea gardens in the district consisted of the entire administrative machinery of Alipurduar, comprising 16 line departments who set up stalls where flagship schemes of the government such as Kanyashree, Rupashree, Anandadhara, Mission Nirmal Bangla, Banglar Awas Yojana & Manabik Pension Schemes were advertised. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBeneficiaries enrolled and grievances, if any, were addressed on the spot. Pamphlets and banners highlighting the schemes were put up in Hindi and Bengali language.In addition, a beneficiary distribution programme was held where SC/ST certificates, disability certificates, cycles, medicated mosquito nets etc. were distributed.As most of the tea garden workers are Adivasis who speak Sadri language, the DM even tried his hand at the language during his address and later spoke in Hindi which is very similar to Sadri.last_img read more

  • Fire breaks out at Krishnanagar terminus four buses gutted

    first_imgKolkata: Four buses were burnt to ashes after fire broke out at Krishnanagar bus terminus on Thursday night. Two more buses were damaged partially in the incident. The cause of fire is still unknown.According to sources, around 40 buses were parked at the said bus terminus on Thursday night. Later at around 12 am, some drivers and staff members saw a bus inside the terminus catch fire. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. But before firefighters could reach the spot, fire had spread to three more buses. Three fire tenders were pressed into action and the blaze was brought under control after two hours. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSome locals alleged that the burning of the buses might have been intentional but police have not found any clue which can substantiate the allegation. Firefighters suspect that the fire might have occurred due to heat in the engine or short-circuit in the battery. Some bus drivers stated that before the fire broke out, staff members of the said bus were cooking food inside the bus using a kerosene stove. From there, the fire somehow touched the bus and burnt it down. However, the exact cause of fire can only be ascertained after a mechanical checkup. Sources have informed that a forensic test will be done for the same.last_img read more

  • Paul George is the key to getting LeBron to the Lakers

    first_imgAlso:– Buy, Sell or HoldGuests:Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys quarterback joins the show to talk about roster changes; and the steps he wants to take this season.Eddie House – FS1 NBA Analyst and NBA world champion is in-studio on the difference between the Heat and Celtics locker rooms; and why he’s taking Kawhi’s side in the Spurs divorce.Larry Coon – NBA salary cap expert joins the show to discuss how some of the prospective mega trades could go down; and why the Lakers have a great cap situation.Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio discussing NBA free agency and why Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving could team up with the Nets in 2019. Paul George is the key to getting LeBron to the LakersOther than breadcrumbs about LeBron James free agency leanings. Kawhi Leonard’s reported demand to be traded from San Antonio. Although Paul George has become an afterthought in the discussion, Colin thinks he’s the key to getting LeBron to the Lakers.Colin doesn’t see LeBron agreeing to leave for L.A. without any superstar teammates in place, and with any Kawhi deal not likely to get done until closer to the start of the regular season, the Lakers landing George early in free agency will clear the path for LeBron to join. Once George and James are in place, Magic can pull off a trade for Leonard and to complete the new superteam. Kawhi had a bad year, but he’s not a bad guyKawhi Leonard has been getting trashed in anonymous media stories since demanding a trade from the Spurs. Colin isn’t surprised that the stories have leaked, but he’s not buying that Leonard is the locker room cancer some are making him out to be.Until last year, Leonard was the embodiment of a softspoken winner, who preferred to let his play do the talking rather than talking to the media. This season was ruined by injury, and by Popovich and teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili blindsiding him by publicly questioning his commitment. He can’t be both, so which is it? Colin thinks there’s a difference between a bad guy, and a guy that had a bad year. He thinks Leonard is the latter, and doesn’t expect the same drama at his next stop.last_img read more

  • Sands China Celebrates 10 Years of Extraordinary of The Venetian Macao resort

    first_imgSands China Ltd. celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Venetian® Macao Monday, highlighted by a ceremony at the outdoor lagoon of the iconic integrated resort.The company’s anchor property on the Cotai Strip quickly became a must-see landmark destination that redefined the Cotai skyline, where it still draws millions of visitors from around the world 10 years later.With a vision to establish a world-class business, leisure and family destination on the Cotai Strip, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd. Sheldon G. Adelson brought his successful integrated resort model to Macao with the launch of The Venetian Macao.Ten years on, The Venetian Macao has been joined by three interconnected sister resorts – The Plaza™ Macao, Sands® Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao – forming an integrated resort city on Cotai attracting nearly half a billion visitors over the last 10 years.With The Venetian Macao leading the way, Sands China continues its long-held strategy of offering a diversified mix of attractions and services to its visitors and to develop Macao into a world centre of tourism and leisure while diversifying the city’s tourism economy.“This property has a very special place in my heart,” said Adelson. “It was my wife, Miriam, who first had the inspiration to recreate Venice in Las Vegas, and opening The Venetian Macao in 2007 marked the beginning of my vision for the Cotai Strip. I’m extremely grateful to every person who helped bring this reality to life and I’m humbled by the dedication and support we’re still receiving 10 years later.”Dr Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd., said: “Sands China is so grateful to the Macao government, to the local community, and to our team members as we commemorate this important milestone for The Venetian Macao, for our company, and for Macao. It is our honour and pleasure to serve and operate in this vibrant community, and it is our hope to continue to grow with Macao and work in tandem with the Macao government to further support Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure.”last_img read more

  • Teddy Perkins right congratulates Bill Hader as

    first_img Teddy Perkins, right, congratulates Bill Hader as he gets ready to walk on stage to accept the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “Barry” at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Creepy character from ‘Atlanta’ appears in crowd at Emmys by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 10:30 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A creepy, whiteface character from the FX hit series “Atlanta” has been seated in the front row and taking selfies at the Emmy Awards.Teddy Perkins appeared Monday night at the Microsoft Theater in the same attire as worn on the comedy-drama on the show, sporting red velvet dinner jacket, heavy white makeup, prosthetics and a bob cut wig. The character was played by the show’s star Donald Glover, but it’s unclear whether the actor-singer dressed up as Perkins who became a main attraction in the crowd and social media taking selfies during commercial breaks.Perkins congratulated Bill Hader, who won an Emmy for best actor in a television comedy over Glover — last year’s winner.Even Hader had no idea who was dressed up as Perkins.“I don’t know who it was, but I know it was that guy from ‘Atlanta,’” Hader said backstage.When Glover was shown in the crowd, Perkins was not around.Perkins became one of the most intriguing figures during “Atlanta’s” second season because of his eerie appearance. The character tricked Darius, played by LaKeith Stanfield, into visiting his home.last_img read more

  • Repeat bird trapper caught red handed using limesticks

    first_imgA Paralimni bird trapper was caught red-handed for the sixth time, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (Cabs) and the SPA (Stiftung Pro Artenvielfalt Foundation) said on Monday.According to Cabs, he was caught on Friday in possession of 12 limesticks and two freshly killed blackcap birds.The NGOs said the man is facing a fine of more than €8,000 for “hunting or trapping outside the permitted season”, which ended back in February.“This person is a well-known and notorious poacher who is known to repeatedly target birds in his fenced property every year and during every migration season,” Cabs operations officer Andrea Rutigliano said.The two NGOs noted that the suspect has been previously prosecuted at least five times. In spring 2012 the suspect was prosecuted for using nets and limesticks; then again just three days later he was found in possession of 130 limesticks. In autumn 2014, he was caught with 360 limesticks and a decoy. In autumn 2015, he was caught twice by the police with 107 and 118 limesticks respectively.“This latest case just goes to prove the point that he simply does not fear any retribution and is happy to continue illegally trapping without concern,” Rutigliano added.CABS and SPA welcomed the high fine due to “trapping outside the season”, but noted that there are many similar cases of repeat offenders who continue to trap birds despite being legally convicted.“These people still take the risk because the fines for the use of limesticks are ridiculously low,” Cabs president Heinz Swartz said.“We therefore urge the government to review and increase the current fines for convictions against the use of limesticks and repeat offenders.”You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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