Restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées levées à léchelle de

first_imgLes restrictions sur les activités et les déplacements dans les régions boisées annoncées la semaine dernière ont été levées à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ces mêmes restrictions ont été levées au Cap-Breton le 15 août dernier. « Après tout le travail des pompiers et grâce à la pluie, nous sommes maintenant en mesure de permettre aux gens de se déplacer dans les régions boisées en toute sécurité, affirme Lloyd Hines, ministre des Ressources naturelles. Je remercie encore une fois les Néo-Écossais pour leur coopération et leur compréhension pendant la période de restriction. » « Je sais que cette semaine a été difficile, et nous apprécions grandement la patience et l’attention des gens à l’échelle de la province. » Grâce aux précipitations reçues, les interdictions de brûlage ont également été levées à l’échelle de la province. Il est maintenant possible de faire un feu de camp ou de broussailles en toute sécurité. Toutefois, tous les feux doivent être complètement éteints avant 8 h. Les gens sont maintenant en mesure de profiter des régions boisées et des sentiers, mais on les encourage tout de même à prendre les précautions nécessaires et à consulter la carte des interdictions de brûlage au La section de la route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, qui est fermée depuis la semaine dernière est maintenant ouverte, mais on demande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence en raison des véhicules d’urgence qui sont toujours sur place. Le gouvernement provincial continuera d’offrir des mises à jour jusqu’à ce que les feux de forêt qui font l’objet de patrouilles soient éteints. Pour les mises à jour : read more


first_imgJUSTIN BIEBER FREAKS OVER BEING RELATED TO RYAN GOSLING & AVRIL LAVIGNE: ‘THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFEAfter doing a search on, Justin Bieber is claiming he’s related to fellow Canadians Ryan Gosling & Avril Lavigne — posting that the findings seem ‘super legit.’According to Justin Bieber, his family just got bigger! The 25-year-old pop star did a genealogy search on, and discovered that, apparently, he’s related to fellow Canadians Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne. “I also just found out that I’m related to both Ryan gosling and Avril Lavigne this is the best day of my life..,” Justin posted on his Instagram Saturday, August 31. “it seems super legit it’s on” The website claims to have “world’s largest collection of online records” — which is 20 billion. READ MOREJustin Bieber is seen on Aug. 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)JUSTIN BIEBER GIVES GOSPEL PERFORMANCE AT CHURCH SERVICEJustin Bieber recently gave a gospel performance at Churchome in Beverly Hills and shared the experience on Instagram. “Sang at church last night,” Bieber wrote. “God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But he is faithful to complete what he started.“I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season…” the Sorry singer continued. “It says in the bible count it ALL JOY when you face trials of various kinds. READ MORE Advertisement STEPHEN BALDWIN REVEALS WHY DAUGHTER HAILEY AND HER HUSBAND JUSTIN BIEBER WANT A RELIGIOUS WEDDINGStephen Baldwin said he’s very excited for the upcoming “very fun wedding” in South Carolina. The actor, 53, gave updates on the couple’s wedding plans to TMZ, saying: “I just think that as Christians and as believers they understand that if you don’t have the God’s spirit working in your marriage it just makes it more and more difficult to make it work and have peace and find happiness.”Baldwin added, “Weddings and marriage are supposed to be a holy commitment, one onto another.” READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Business Highlights

___From corn to Apple: The cases behind the US-China standoffWASHINGTON (AP) — To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines. China has stripped the arm off a T-Mobile robot, the U.S. says, and looted trade secrets about robotic cars from Apple. The alleged victims are American companies, whose cases lie behind the U.S. complaints in the current trade talks. Beijing denies the charges and counters that the U.S. is just trying to suppress a rising competitor.___Facebook removes 783 fake pages, accounts tied to IranNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.” That means misrepresenting who is running the accounts with the intent of disrupting politics and elections.___S&P 500 index delivers biggest monthly gain since 2015NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got its mojo back in January after finishing 2018 with its worst December since 1931. Stocks finished higher Thursday, closing out the month with the best monthly gain for the S&P 500 index since 2015. A series of strong corporate earnings helped power the monthlong rally, which followed a dismal December that nearly brought the benchmark index into a bear market, meaning a decline of 20 per cent from a recent peak.___How will bankrupt utility deal with wildfires from now on?LOS ANGELES (AP) — When California’s Pacific Gas & Electric comes out of bankruptcy, it will face the same danger that put the company in financial peril in the first place: wildfires. The question is: How will it respond to that threat as it reorganizes under Chapter 11 protection?___Natural gas prices slump despite US winter weather blastLOS ANGELES (AP) — Strong production, healthier stockpiles and forecasts calling for milder temperatures next month are keeping natural gas prices from rebounding from a two-month skid even as demand surges as a massive weather system blankets much of the Midwest and Northeast with frigid temperatures.___Trump order asks federal fund recipients to buy US goodsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at encouraging government contractors to “buy American” as part of the administration’s efforts to boost U.S. manufacturing. The new order asks federal agencies to encourage those who receive federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects to use American materials and products. Trump says he wants American roads, bridges and railways to be built with American iron, steel, concrete and hands.___As Wall Street spasmed with fear, 401(k) savers held steadyNEW YORK (AP) — While professional traders scrambled to sell stocks amid a fear-fueled, nearly 20 per cent drop for the S&P 500 late last year, most people at home remained pretty calm when it came to their own retirement savings. So say numbers from Fidelity Investments, which show that the vast majority of 401(k) participants continued to sock savings away in their accounts during the last three months of 2018 and refrained from the perhaps-tempting choice to abandon stocks and hide out in the safety of cash.___Trump casts doubt on US-China trade deal hopesWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is casting doubt on whether the U.S. and China can reach a comprehensive trade deal to keep a steep tariff increase from kicking in against Beijing in March. American and Chinese negotiators are meeting in Washington this week to try to make progress toward a deal by a March deadline. That’s when U.S. tariffs against Chinese goods are scheduled to bump up to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.___Companies hope vests will ease burden for assembly workersFLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and other manufacturers want to help their workers take a load off. Or at least make it easier to lift a load up. Ford is among several companies providing wearable technology to elevate and support workers’ arms. Nicholas Gotts wears an EksoVest during his shifts building Mustangs at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit. He says the exoskeleton makes his job “a whole lot easier and a lot less strenuous.” The vest provides lift assistance for 5 to 15 pounds per arm.___US wages and benefits up 0.7 per cent in Q4WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers saw their annual wages and benefits rise by 0.7 per cent in the final three months of last year, a moderate gain that was down only slightly from the third quarter. The Labor Department says that the seasonally adjusted October-December gain was down from a 0.8 per cent rise in the third quarter.___The S&P 500 index rose 23.05 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,704.10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,999.67. The Nasdaq composite climbed 98.66 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,281.74. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 12.48 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,499.42.U.S. crude oil fell 0.8 per cent to settle at $53.79 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 0.4 per cent to close at $61.89 per barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline fell 1.4 per cent to $1.36 a gallon. Heating oil slid 1 per cent to $1.88 a gallon. Natural gas dropped 1.4 per cent to $2.81 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press read more

Massive scaleup needed in Pakistan flood relief operation says UN

12 August 2010While assistance is being provided to hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis affected by what has been called their country’s worst flooding in living memory, the United Nations humanitarian wing says the relief operation needs to be massively scaled up. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 14 million people – almost one in every 10 Pakistanis – have so far been affected by the flooding, which began late last month in the wake of heavy monsoon rains.More than 1,200 people have been killed, and at least 2 million left homeless, by the disaster which has also destroyed homes, farmland and major infrastructure in large parts of the country, most notably the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).The monsoon season could last for at least another month, worsening the flooding that has been seen so far, including in parts of country not so far affected. Yesterday in New York, UN aid agencies and their partners requested almost $460 million to help Pakistan address the needs of flood-affected families, including by providing food, clean drinking water, tents and other shelter and non-food items, as well as medical supplies. So far, donors have committed or contributed $47 million to the response activities of the UN and its partners, and a further $99.5 million has been pledged. At least $300 million is, however, still urgently needed. The funds requested under the initial floods emergency response plan will be revised within 30 days to reflect assessed needs as the situation evolves. “We have a huge task in front of us to deliver all that is required as soon as possible,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said during the launch of the emergency response.“The death toll has so far been relatively low compared to other major natural disasters, but the numbers affected are extraordinarily high. If we don’t act fast enough, many more people could die of diseases and food shortages,” Mr. Holmes added. read more

Despite progress worlds poorest countries still being marginalized – UN envoy

“While the least developed countries are being marginalized by the international community, it is heartening that their special needs are gradually being noticed,” Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury said yesterday, referring to the recent G8 meeting of the world’s most industrialized nations, which adopted a communiqué on trade recognizing the least developed countries (LDCs) and their specific problems.“Their statement reiterated their commitment to the objective of ‘duty-free and quota-free market access for products originating from LDCs,’” said Mr. Chowdhury, who is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.Addressing a one-day Workshop at UN Headquarters in New York of National Focal Points from the 50 LDCs on the 2001 Brussels Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, he stressed that the world needed to focus on the LDCs “simply because this most vulnerable group of countries have the least capacity to face the challenges of a globalized world.”Mr. Chowdhury underscored the encouraging developments and a positive step by donor countries in honouring their commitments by increasing the total official development assistance flow to the LDCs to $23.5 billion – a 31 per cent increase in nominal terms in 2003 as compared to the previous year. “This represented the highest one year increase of official development assistance (ODA) to the LDCs.”Referring to the commitment made by donor countries in 2001 at the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries in Brussels, he called on the international community “to expeditiously meet the target of 0.20 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as ODA to the least developed countries.”Concluding the workshop, Mr. Chowdhury called on the LDCs to conduct inclusive, broad-based dialogue with a range of partners, particularly in civil society and the private sector. read more

Canaccord Genuity says RIM shares are overpriced and puts a sell on

TORONTO – Shares in Research In Motion are overpriced and the BlackBerry maker’s new operating system likely won’t return the company to profitability, says an analyst who has put a “sell” rating on the stock.Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley has set RIM’s share price at US$10 — substantially lower than estimated share prices issued by other analysts in recent weeks.Shares in Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) were down 10 cents to $11.49 after the report by Cannacord Genuity was issued.While the BlackBerry 10 operating system is more competitive with Apple’s iPhone and Android smartphones, there will be limited consumer demand, analyst Michael Walkley said Monday.“Our checks do not indicate the consumer pull, carrier push, or developer excitement necessary for BlackBerry 10 to reverse the challenging trends faced by RIM in order to return the company to sustained profitability,” Walkley wrote in a research note.“As a result, we downgrade to ‘Sell’ based on our $10.”BlackBerry 10 will be unveiled on Jan 30 and is widely considered a make-or-break product for the Waterloo, Ont., smartphone maker.Walkley said RIM will not be able to continue as it is.“Given our belief that BB10 smartphones will struggle to gain sustainable traction in the highly competitive smartphone market, especially with a launch date post the important holiday season, we believe RIM may eventually sell assets, sell the entire company or materially change its business model to a smaller niche supplier.”A sum-of-parts analysis attempts to calculate what a company would be worth if some or all of the business were sold, rather than continuing as an independent entity.Walkley said he values RIM at roughly US$5.27 billion or the sum of $2 billion for the enterprise subscriber base and server architecture and $3.27 billion for its patents, resulting in a $10 price target per share.Other investment firms such as National Bank and CIBC have increased their share price targets to US$15 and $US17 respectively. Montreal-based MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier increased its share price to $10 from $7.But analyst Brian Blair of New York’s Wedge Partners has said rising expectations for BlackBerry 10 have provided false hope for RIM’s investors.Blair has said he believes RIM is better valued at US$7 to US$8 range, given the uncertainty of its profitability next year and the “high likelihood” of weak sales of BlackBerry 10 devices. Canaccord Genuity says RIM shares are overpriced and puts a ‘sell’ on its stock AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2012 11:42 am MDT read more

Brigham Young bookstore removes Hallmark greeting cards celebrating samesex marriages

SALT LAKE CITY – Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading “Mr. and Mr.” and “Mrs. and Mrs.” were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn’t want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.It wasn’t immediately clear when they were placed, but Jenkins said they weren’t up long. BYU staffers have spoken with the company about leaving similar cards off university store shelves in the future. The school doesn’t plan on ending its contract with Hallmark.“This was just someone stocking the shelves who wasn’t aware,” she said. “We’ve been able to work with them.”Asked why they were removed, Jenkins referenced the BYU honour code. It states that while being attracted to people of the same gender doesn’t violate the honour code, acting on those feelings is a violation.“Homosexual behaviour includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings,” it states.BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has stood behind its belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman despite a growing societal movement in support of legalizing gay marriage.Calls to Hallmark weren’t returned Wednesday.Samy Galvez, president of the group Understanding Same Gender Attraction (USGA) and a senior at BYU, said changes to the honour code in 2007 and 2010 allowed students to talk about their sexual orientation without fear of being expelled.Though he declined to comment on the greeting cards, calling it an accident, Galvez said he’s generally found a welcoming environment at BYU.“I was really amazed to see how welcoming and how loving people are,” he said. “Even though you know people adhere to a standard of conduct of not advocating for same-sex marriage, at the same time that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of showing empathy.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brigham Young bookstore removes Hallmark greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 12:52 pm MDT read more

Prince William takes a shot at the Army as he asks why

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Comedy Carpet along the promenade  The helpline would be for UK troops to call if they have anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The line has received more than 1,500 calls, averaging 34 calls a week.However earlier this year a report by the Defence Select Committee criticised the UK’s lack of forces family-specific specialist mental health care as campaigners called for more to be done.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Comedy Carpet along the promenade  Blackpool Housing Company has since bought them at a market rate of about £40,000 each, renovating them completely before renting them out as warm, safe, family homes to clients including Christina Jackson, who invited the Duke and Duchess into her home for a tour.The couple also got a glimpse of the lighter side of the seaside town, with a walkabout and a trip to the Blackpool Tower the Duchess promised to bring their three children back to. “It’s taking time to catch up but we are getting it right but I think we still have a way to go yet.”But if the blue light community can really grapple with this and set a very good example, it will come across through to society much quicker than it has.”In the last couple of years the army has increased its efforts for those experiencing mental health problems.Last year, the armed forces launched a pocket guide to help those struggling with their mental health, created by the Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence which is spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for serving personnel. In February 2018, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline. The Duke and Duchess were asked to walk on planks so as to avoid dangerous rotting floorboards, while water dripped from a ceiling in the living room.Since falling out of use as B&Bs, the house is one of many that has subsequently been used as multiple occupancy homes, falling into disrepair in a broken market which has seen them take set housing benefit without maintaining properties to a habitable level. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool Tower Show more “Because I never really understood why the army, for instance, only recently started putting mental health training in.“They talk about being the best the whole time. You’re physically trained to do all the stuff you do, but never once in the process was the mental aspect of what you were going to see at war time or war fighting… never was that actually processed through ‘how do we actually train people physically and mentally be the best soldier?’ The Army must demand both mental and physical fitness if it wants to legitimately claim to “be the best”, the Duke of Cambridge has said, as he suggests it has been slow to implement full mental health training.The Duke, who will one day be head of the Armed Forces, said he has “never really understood” why the Army had not always matched its physical training with mental health provision, ensuring soldiers are at their peak in all senses.During a visit to Blackpool, in which he and the Duchess raised concerns about the plight of families living in squalor, he focused on the key issue of mental health throughout society.Speaking to members of the emergency services, the Duke said more needed to be done around supporting their mental health and suggested he felt the both the “blue lights” and army have been historically slow to act.“It’s totally understandable that those who work in the emergency services would at some point mental health issues build-up, because of the stuff that you see, the stuff you have to deal with and sort out,” he said.“If we can get the blue light community, the army and others to kind of be able to say ‘this is essential’. An Army spokesperson said: “We take the mental health of our personnel extremely seriously, and resilience training is an important part of our duty of care.”The MOD has increased spending on mental health to £22million a year, and we are working hard to tackle the stigma around coming forward and asking for help.”The Duke and Duchess had been visiting a programme in Blackpool Library, where health visitors, nurses, drug and alcohol counsellors and former addicts convened to discuss the challenges faced by the town.The Royal couple also visited houses in one of Blackpool’s most deprived areas, where children recently lived in squalor at the mercy of unscrupulous private landlords.Said to have seemed shocked by what they saw, the Duke and Duchess were “clearly unhappy about the fact that children had been living there”, according to the official who showed them round. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Blackpool Tower In a speech at the start of the day, the Duke spoke of the “dispiriting” challenges facing the town, which has gone from the “jewel in the crown” of seaside resorts to “testing times” after British tourists went elsewhere.“Unemployment remains quite high, skilled professionals continue to leave faster than they arrive, and Blackpool has become a transitory town for many without the right employment opportunities,” he said. “Against this backdrop, mental health issues and social problems have risen. “And a unique problem has also arisen as a result of falling demand for tourist accommodation, which has created an oversupply of what the council now perceive to be extremely low-quality private-rented accommodation.”The Duke and Duchess were later given a tour of a former B&B on Kirby Road, was covered in black mould and graffiti, with debris littering the floor and children’s toys  left behind. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEvery morning brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#CALLIN’ JONES’ ROAD: Garth Brooks says he wants to play five nights in Croke Park. If he doesn’t, however, here’s how you can get a refund, that is of course if Leo Varadkar doesn’t come to the rescue.2.#CALLED OFF: A proposed meeting between leaders from Dublin and Belfast has been cancelled after unionists walked out of talks on parades, flags and the past.3.#PLANE SAILING: Which countries landed military aircraft at Shannon Airport last year? Some of the names on the list of 35 will surprise you.4.#LABOUR: Either Joan Burton or Alex White will become the leader of the Labour Party at around 4.30pm today. The leadership contest ends today, with counting set to begin at 12.30pm. Here’s what both candidates told they would bring to the job.5.#DUE NORTHERNERS: Trinity College Dublin is looking to increase the number of Northern Irish students it takes in. The college is changing eligibility criteria for Northern students in a bid to attract hundreds of students.6.#ISRAEL: Israel has responded to rocket fire from Gaza by moving troops to the border between the two. Israel says, however, that was a defensive measure.7.#COMPLAINTS: The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission handled 5,000 allegations against members of the force last year. Here’s who complained and why.8.#BRAZIL: Two people are dead after a bridge collapsed on top of a bus in Belo Horizonte in Brazil. The city is due to host a World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.9.#TIMON EVERYBODY: It’s Friday, so here are some pictures of Dublin Zoo’s new meerkat pups. You’re welcome.last_img read more

Applications are Now Being Accepted for the Valent and ASA Ag Voices

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is now accepting applications for the Ag Voices of the Future program, sponsored by Valent USA. This program is for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The Ag Voices of the Future class will be held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 9-12, 2018, in Washington, D.C.The U.S. agriculture industry needs more leaders in Washington, D.C. who understand the needs of farmers and the agriculture industry, especially as it relates to the development of policies and regulations that impact farm productivity. The proportion of rural Congressional districts is at its lowest point in history. More than half of the U.S. population currently resides in 39 of the nation’s largest cities. As a result, positions on Congressional staffs, regulatory agencies and services groups within the Federal government are often filled with individuals who have a very limited understanding of farming and the needs of the agriculture industry.The Ag Voices of the Future program is designed to expose young people, with a connection to the farm, to an education on major policy issues and advocacy. The program will also encourage these future young leaders to consider careers within agriculture associations and industry, as well as government regulatory and legislative positions.Application InformationTo apply for the Ag Voices of the Future program, students must be at least 18 years old and have an interest in learning more about advocacy and policy issues that impact U.S. soybean farmers and career opportunities in Washington, D.C. and the agriculture industry. This program may be especially appealing to students majoring in agriculture, political science, communications and business. Program sponsors will cover all travel, lodging and meal expenses for the students selected for this program.Class size for this program is limited. Visit ASA’s website and find Ag Voices of the Future under the “learn” tab or click here for more information and to complete an online application. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 1.last_img read more

Tata Steel UK agrees to sell 2 plants in Scotland

first_imgTata Steel UK said Thursday it had reached an agreement to sell two of its steel plants to the Scottish government. The value of the deal is not known, since the company is still in negotiations.The deal involves sale of the Clydebridge and Dalzell steel plants in Scotland. In October 2015, the company announced it would stop its European plate production, which led to mothballing of the two plants towards the ending of the previous year, Reuters quoted Tata Steel UK as saying in a statement.”Rather than closing the facilities, Tata Steel has continued to maintain them to enable plate production to potentially restart in the future,” the company said in the statement.The Dalzell plant transforms a slab of steel into a steel plate, whereas the Clydebridge facility processes the steel plate.Tata Steel in January 2016 confirmed it would cut 1,050 jobs across the UK, as a result of falling European steel prices, caused by cheap imports from China, BBC reported.In addition, Tata had announced hundreds of UK jobs cuts last year.”When Tata Steel mothballed the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants, I said we would leave no stone unturned in the quest to find an alternative buyer. That is why we established a Scottish steel taskforce and why I am delighted that our support for the steel industry has paid off,” Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.last_img read more

Come up to protect constitutional rights Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain speaks at the inaugural session of Gonoforum`s fifth national council in the capital`s Mohanagar Natya Mancha on Friday. Photo: Dipu MalakarGonoforum president Kamal Hossain on Friday urged people to play the role of a watchdog as owner of the country to protect their constitutional rights and make the government accountable.”The constitution has guaranteed people’s rights as owner of the country. We must get organised and guard our rights,” said.Kamal came up with the remarks while speaking at the inaugural session of Gonoforum’s fifth national council.He said no one, including the president and the prime minister, is above the constitution. “We must register our protest if anything is done beyond the constitution. We must make the government accountable. Or else, we’ll lose our ownership of the country.”The Gonoforum chief said people must remain aware about the way the country is being run. “We’ll have to be careful so that the police play its due role. All must discharge their duties obeying the constitution.”Kamal said the police can help ensure democratic and constitutional rule in the country by playing its proper role.As the owners of the country, he said people have some responsibilities to enjoy their ownership “We must get organised and play an active role in ensuring good governance and the rule of law in the country.”The Gonoforum president said people will have to force the government to run the country as per the constitution with their united efforts.Depicting the country’s overall situation, Kamal urged people not to get frustrated. “The victory of people is certain.”The council began at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the morning with party president Kamal Hossain in the chair.Kamal together with party senior leaders inaugurated the council by hoisting the national and Gonoforum flags around 10:00am.Several hundred party delegates from across the country joined the event.The last council of Gonoforum was held on 10 December, 2011.last_img

Sheikh Hasinas 39th Homecoming Day being marked

first_imgAwami League president Sheikh Hasina returns home after six years. UNB File PhotoThe 39th Homecoming Day of Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina is being observed on Friday, reports UNB.On 17 May 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members by a cabal of army officers on 15 August 1975.However, both the daughters of Sheikh Mujib — Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — survived as they were in Germany at the time.Hasina was elected president of Awami League in her absence in the party’s national council held on 14-16 February 1981.Awami League and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes, including milad, doamahfil and discussions, to mark the day.President Abdul Hamid issued a message on the occasion.last_img read more

Houston Gets Ready for Super Bowl LI

first_img Share X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:44center_img Ed MayberryMayor Sylvester Turner, with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. “Are you ready for some football? All right, all right!” Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Super Bowl host committee discuss the city’s preparations for Super Bowl 51, which takes place at NRG Stadium on February 5th.“I want all of you to know that our city departments, from police, fire, emergency management and special events, have been working tirelessly for some time to make sure that our city is prepared for the big game,” said Turner.  That includes the rail system. The Red Line was new with the 2004 Super Bowl, handling some 65,000 passengers. METRO’s chair Carrin Patman said now there are three lines visitors can use.“Please know that we are getting our game plan together to make transit the best option for getting to the Super Bowl and all the wonderful events surrounding this mission,” Patman said. Houston Police delegations have been visiting other Super Bowl cities to see how security measures are implemented, according to HPD’s Matt Slinkard.“To see how their command and control operations work and how they respond to the various challenges that you face during Super Bowl week. Anything related to security, as well as traffic, transportation, mobility, how you move people in and out of events and around your city in such a busy time,” said Slinkard, Assistant Chief of Homeland Security at the Houston Police Department. In the days leading up to the big game, several events will be part of the Touchdown Tour, bringing interactive games, food and music into neighborhoods.“Not many citizens will be able to attend the Super Bowl, so we’re bringing the excitement of the game into 11 Houston neighborhoods. This unique experience happens over two days in each of the 11 targeted neighborhoods,” Mayor Turner said. The tour launches this weekend at Mason Park, and will be at other locations each weekend until the big game. last_img read more

It May Soon Be Illegal For NYC Bosses to Contact Employees Out

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After a long, hard day at the office, the last thing you want is the boss interrupting your wine-sipping, binge-watching evening with an urgent email.Which is why New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr. wants to establish the “right to disconnect.”The Brooklynite is set to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require staff to access work-related electronic communication outside of their regular hours.AdChoices广告“After leaving the office, many of us are glued to our phones refreshing our Instagram feeds, but often times we are also keeping up with our work and bosses,” Espinal said in a statement. “While technology has increased access to people and ideas, it’s also made it possible for employees to be on-call 24/7.“We need to establish clear boundaries for employees so they can maintain a healthy work-life balance and live without fear of retaliation for not answering work communications after work hours,” he continued. “The right to disconnect has proven effective in other countries and it is time NYC take this protective step to protect workers’ rights.”If passed, the law allows people inundated with out-of-hours calls, texts, and emails to file a complaint with the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, which can dole out civil fines up to $50 per accuser.“This bill protects work-life balance, and, for employers, ensures that their employees are working at their optimal level,” according to Espinal.The Council member has received “an overwhelming amount of positive feedback” from working New Yorkers excited for the possible reprieve.Others, however, believe that in the city that never sleeps, neither should laborers.“There was a time when New York was still the city that never sleeps, but we weren’t reachable,” Espinal contended. “Now it’s impossible to get away from your work because of advancements in technology.”The proposal protects only “private” employees; folks working in the public sector—military, police, infrastructure, transit, education, healthcare, etc.—are not covered.Espinal is scheduled to present his bill to the City Council on Thursday, Time Out reported. He hopes to hold a hearing on it during a meeting of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing before the summer.Editor’s note: This article was updated on March 29 with comment from Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr. Stay on targetcenter_img Senator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media FunctionsSan Francisco Is First U.S. City to Ban Sales of E-Cigarettes last_img read more

How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles

first_img More information: Retrading, production, and asset market performance. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print November 9, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517038112AbstractPrior studies have shown that traders quickly converge to the price–quantity equilibrium in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, but they produce speculative price bubbles in resalable asset markets. We present a stock-flow model of durable assets in which the existing stock of assets is subject to depreciation and producers may produce additional units of the asset. In our laboratory experiments inexperienced consumers who can resell their units disregard the consumption value of the assets and compete vigorously with producers, depressing prices and production. Consumers who have first participated in experiments without resale learn to heed their consumption values and, when they are given the option to resell, trade at equilibrium prices. Reproducibility is therefore the most natural and most effective treatment for suppression of bubbles in asset market experiments. © 2015 Commodity market volatility more perception than reality Other examples include the so-called dot-com bubble of 1995-2000, the stock market bubble of 1922-1929, and there was even a bubble in the uranium market in 2007. Often, speculative bubbles occur in the markets for durable goods, defined as an asset that does not quickly wear out. By contrast, studies have demonstrated that price-quantity equilibrium prevails in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, like milk shakes and haircuts; this is because the buyer and the seller never trade places, and the consumption value of the good is very high.A group of economics researchers at Chapman University in California, curious about production and trade in a stock-flow market for durable assets, treated the issue as a pure abstraction in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They developed a model of a reproducible durable asset with several conceptual elements: First, the asset provides use value to its owner (dividends) through use.The asset depreciates over time. And suppliers can profitably sell newly manufactured units if the price is below the market price.They tested this model in two conditions: In the baseline treatment (BL), they suppressed the asset units’ option risk by requiring units to be held until they depreciated. The second condition was the resale treatment (RS), in which consumers were allowed to freely sell their units to each other, thereby competing with the manufacturer. The researchers found that the RS condition hindered prices from converging to equilibrium and degraded market efficiency. Additional sessions under the RS condition used participants who had prior experience in the BL. These sessions with experienced participants were referred to as RSX.The researchers found that there was much less resale in RSX than RS, and that resale in the RSX increased market efficiency more frequently. Consumers in the RS condition failed to optimally specialize as buyers, competing with the manufacturers by reselling their units. Resale was much more efficient when the consumers were experienced. The reason? Experienced buyers understood the consumption value of the asset. “Our statistical analysis gives us strong confidence that consumers were more focused on the consumption value of their units in the RSX than in the RS and consequently captured more gains from exchange,” the authors write. “This affected price and production convergence, as well as efficiency…”Other results: Prices converged to the short-run equilibrium in the BL and RSX, but diverged from it in RS. Production converged to the steady state in BL and RSX, but diverged in the RS. And the efficiency was the lowest in the RS, according to a measure of global efficiency for each period. The researchers conclude, “Resale alone—although destabilizing—does not generate price bubbles. Over the past quarter century, numerous real estate bubbles have occurred around the world, with serious economic consequences. Our design with reproducible assets suggests that these markets should be stable unless other factors such as credit, cash infusions, and limitations on production disrupt market equilibrium.” Citation: How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles (2015, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (—Over the last decade, many people got a tough primer on the effects of economic bubbles, as the bursting of the 2007-2008 housing bubble sent shockwaves through most of the major world economies. But property isn’t the only asset class that experiences economic bubbles; any asset valued at a price or a range that deviates sharply from its intrinsic value is said to be experiencing a bubble.last_img read more

BJP supporters vandalise Gurap police station

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters allegedly vandalised Gurap police station on Thursday in the name of submitting deputation regarding an incident, which took place on Wednesday night.According to the police, several police personnel were injured as BJP supporters pelted stones at the police station. According to sources, on Wednesday night, the on-duty officer at Gurap police station was informed about a person who suffered a head injury after a clash broke out between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress at Bathangaria village. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the clash, a Trinamool worker reportedly suffered a head injury and was rushed to Chinsura Imambara Hospital. After the police was informed, a team from Gurap police station went to Bathangaria to investigate the case. While going to the village, the police saw a bike parked on a narrow road blocking vehicle movement. When a policeman asked the owner of the bike to remove the vehicle, he allegedly used abusive language to address the officer. The police officer warned the man who called local residents stating that police were harassing him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSoon, several villagers gathered and started assaulting police personnel. It is alleged that when a villager tried to snatch the service revolver from the police officer, a bullet was fired accidentally. The bullet hit the chest of a man identified as Joychand Malik. As soon as villagers saw Malik falling on the ground, they started beating up the police personnel and vandalised the police van. After a while another police van reached the area to rescue their colleagues. This van was also vandalised. Police personnel somehow managed to run from the spot. Later a huge police force went to the spot brought the situation under control. On Thursday, the BJP alleged that the police intentionally fired and went to Gurap police station to submit a deputation. They started pelting stones on police personnel and police station. Two police vans were vandalised. At least seven police personnel were injured. Later huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) fired tear gas shells and brought the situation under control. No one has been arrested till Thursday night. “We are probing the matter. The bullet was fired accidentally when some villagers tried to snatch the service revolver from the officer,” said Sukhendu Hira, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Hooghly (rural) District Police.last_img read more

Bill Belichick breaking down the film from the Patriots Week 1 win

first_imgBill Belichick is notoriously tight lipped when it comes to talking to the media, and famously divulges next to zero insight about strategy and players while mumbling his way until the merciful end of a presser.That’s why the relatively little known Belichick Breakdown segment produced by the New England media team is absolute gold. In the segment, the greatest coach of all time painstakingly breaks down the film on the past week’s game, giving fans the ability to see the game through the greatest set of football eyes that god has ever bestowed upon a human.In the segment, Belichick looks at the tape of the Pats Week 1 win over the Texans, and runs through the X’s and O’s of how the Pats torched the Houston D, and the schemes he used to baffle Deshaun Watson in his return from injury.Even if you’re a New England hater, this is a free football education and will make you a smarter football fan. Watch the Genius do what he does. Love this. Before you send @’s about this being from Week 1, he hasn’t cut the segment from the Week 2 loss to the Jags. Maybe Bill will call in sick for the segment this week. Advertisementlast_img read more

Colorants Market Anticipated to Grasp 64 Billion by 2023 – Allied

first_imgGlobal colorant market was valued at $41 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $64 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 6.5% from 2017 to 2023. Colors are added to products to enhance their appeal. Pigment and dyes are the most common colorants added to food items, clothes, paper, and beverages, in liquid, liquid gel, gel paste, and powder form. Dyes can be natural or synthetic. Natural dyes are available from plants, animals, and minerals.Increased demand from end-use industry such as plastic, paints & coatings, automotive, and packaging drive the market. However, ban on trade of artificial colorants hampers the market growth. Oversupply of dyes, leading to its decreased prices also restraints the market. Technological advancement is seen as a major growth opportunity for colorants manufacturers.Download PDF Report Sample with statistical info @ or combination of ingredients used to offer the required appearance to any products, such as clothes, paper, and beverages are termed as colorants. The most widely used colorants are dyes and pigments. Dyes are water soluble and are available naturally or are processed synthetically. Natural dyes are obtained from flora, fauna, and minerals. These are used in packaging, building & construction, automotive, textiles, paper & printing, and others.Rise in the plastic, paints & coatings, and cosmetics industry in the emerging economies such as, India, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. Moreover, the increased consumer spending on packaged food boost the market growth. In addition, the ever-growing technological advancements and easy availability of dyes from plants and animals support the growth. However, the market growth for colorant is restricted by the ban on the usage of artificial colorants. Technological advancements offer food colorant manufacturers numerous growth opportunity.In 2016, the packaging segment accounted for the highest share, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, owing to the increased consumption of packaged food & beverages in almost all the regions.Key Findings of the Colorants Market:Asia-Pacific was the leading region in the global colorants market in 2016, followed by EuropeThe pigment segment generated the highest revenue in 2016, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast periodThe packaging segment dominated the global market accounting for approximately one-third share in 2016The Asia-Pacific food colors market is anticipated to register the highest CAGR of 7.2%, followed by LAMEANorth America accounted for approximately one-fifth share in the global market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9%.Asia-Pacific and Europe collectively contributed about 5% share of the global market in 2016 owing to the increased consumption of colorant from packaging, textile, and paper & printing industry. The key players operating in the global food colors market are BASF SE, Sun Chemical Corporation, Clariant AG, Polyone Corporation, E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Lanxess, Huntsman Corporation, Dystar, DIC Corporation, and Cabot Corporation.Make an Enquiry @ Leading industry players:The key players profiled in the report include BASF SE, Sun Chemical Corporation, Clariant AG, Polyone Corporation, E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Lanxess, Huntsman Corporation, Dystar, DIC Corporation, and Cabot Corporation.The other key players in the value chain (not profiled in this report) include Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited, The DOW Chemical Company, The Chemours Company, Flint Group, and Archroma. About Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

CloudBleed check if you visited sites affected by CloudFlares security issue

first_imgCloudBleed: check if you visited sites affected by CloudFlare’s security issue by Martin Brinkmann on February 26, 2017 in Security – 36 commentsCloudBleed is the unofficial name for a security issue discovered on February 17th, 2017 that affected CloudFlare’s reverse proxies.CloudFlare is a large provider that is used by more than 5.5 million Internet properties according to the company’s website. It offers CDN and DDOS protection, optimization technologies for websites, dedicated SSL and a lot more.The basic service is offered for free, but webmasters and organizations may upgrade to a paid plan for additional features and better protection.The security issue at hand caused the servers to “run past the end of a buffer” which returned memory that contained private information. Among other things, it might have included HTTP cookies, authentication tokens, HTTP Post bodies, and other sensitive data.The issue was disclosed by Google’s Project Zero, and has since been fixed by CloudFlare.CloudbleedThe main issue for Internet users is that their authentication cookies or data may have leaked. Search engines may have cached the data, and attackers may have exploited the issue as well to gather the data.Since there is no record whether individual user data was leaked or not, some experts suggests that users change passwords on all sites and services that use CloudFlare. This is a difficult thing for most users however, as it is quite time consuming to find out whether services and sites use CloudFlare.The Firefox add-on and Chrome Extension CloudBleed changes that. Designed by the NoSquint Plus author, it is parsing the browsing history of the browser to reveal any site or service that uses CloudFlare.This enables you to go quickly through the listing to identify sites that you have an account on.The extensions work identical in both browsers. Simply install it in your browser of choice, and click on the icon that it adds to the main toolbar of the browser.The page that loads includes a short explanation, and a search button that you need to click on. The extension goes through the browsing history then, and checks whether sites in the history were affected by the issue.Some sites may appear multiple times in the listing. An option to filter sites by domain, or subdomain, would have been useful.The author notes that all processing is done on the local system. All that is left afterwards is to go through the list to identify the sites with accounts.Closing WordsCloudBleed is a handy browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. You may use it to reveal sites affected by CloudFlare’s recent security issue quickly, provided that you did not delete the browsing history in the meantime.Now You: Have you changed account passwords of affected sites?SummaryArticle NameCloudBleed: check if you visited sites affected by CloudFlare’s security issueDescriptionCloudBleed is a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that reveals sites affected by CloudFlare’s recent security issue.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more