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Despite bad weather Morsi backers stage fresh Friday rallies

first_imgCAIRO – For the last 169 days, pro-democracy demonstrators have staged rallies on an almost daily basis to denounce what they describe as the July 3 “military coup” against MorsiDespite bad weather conditions, supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged fresh rallies on Friday to show support for student demonstrators.For the last 169 days, pro-democracy demonstrators have staged rallies on an almost daily basis to denounce what they describe as the July 3 “military coup” that unseated Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president. Fresh pro-democracy rallies were staged in Cairo, Giza, the northern province of Alexandria and the central Beni Sueif province.Protests also set out in the canal city of Suez and the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya.Friday’s rallies were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi’s main support bloc, to show solidarity with student protesters.In recent weeks, Egyptian universities have been rocked by student protests amid clashes between security forces and student demonstrators opposed to Morsi’s overthrow.last_img read more

Woman who lost gender bias suit against Silicon Valley firm says she

SAN FRANCISCO – The woman who lost her high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm said Thursday that she is dropping her appeal and ending the case that became a flashpoint for inequality in the technology industry.Ellen Pao said in a statement that she cannot afford the risk of incurring additional costs to fight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. A jury in March found that the firm did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao when it fired her in 2012.“This battle has been painful for me personally and professionally, and also for my family,” Pao said. “It is time to move on. I look forward to continuing the conversation about workplace equality and to building great companies in the technology industry.”Pao’s lawsuit went to trial amid an ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms, where women are grossly underrepresented. Industry observers said during the trial that the case had led some companies to re-examine their workplace cultures and practices for possible obstacles to hiring and promoting women.Pao’s decision to drop the lawsuit won’t weaken her impact on gender inequity in Silicon Valley, said Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute, which aims to increase diversity in the technology sector.“(Ellen’s lawsuit) has completely reshaped the conversation about bias — both overt and subtle — in Silicon Valley,” she said.In her statement, Pao said she had not reached a settlement with the firm and will pay some of its legal fees. A judge ordered her to pay Kleiner Perkins $275,000 in legal fees.Kleiner Perkins said in a statement that it was glad to put the case behind it.“There is no question diversity in the workplace is an important issue. KPCB remains committed to supporting women and minorities in venture capital and technology both inside our firm and within our industry,” the company said.Pao recently left her position as interim CEO of online discussion forum and news site Reddit amid anger among some users over the firing of a popular staffer and new policies intended to fight harassment. Pao said in an email Thursday that she is currently reconnecting with old friends and colleagues and “taking time to figure out what is next.”During the trial, Kleiner Perkins attorney Lynne Hermle tried to portray Pao as someone only interested in money. She said Pao, whose lawsuit sought $16 million in lost wages and bonuses, failed as an investor at the company and sued to get a big payout as she was being shown the door.Pao’s attorneys said she was an accomplished junior partner who was passed over for a promotion because the firm used different standards to judge men and women, and that she was fired when she complained about discrimination.Pao told jurors that her lawsuit was intended in part to create equal opportunities for women in the venture capital sector. Woman who lost gender bias suit against Silicon Valley firm says she is dropping appeal by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2015 12:14 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email File – In this March 27, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco. Pao, who lost her high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, that she is dropping her appeal and ending the case that became a flashpoint on inequality in the tech industry. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) read more

Consumers complain most about TV services to Canadas telecom watchdog

Consumers complain most about TV services to Canada’s telecom watchdog by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2016 3:06 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The country’s telecom watchdog says in its annual report that it received more consumer complaints about TV services than any other, despite those gripes falling outside its purview for nearly another year.The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) says it received 8,678 complaints about TV issues between Aug. 1, 2015, and July 31 of this year. That’s up from 7,294 similar concerns during the same period a year prior.But TV complaints won’t fall under the CCTS’s mandate until September when it will begin to assess, accept and help resolve consumer beefs about these services.Currently, the CCTS can only address complaints about cellphone, land line, Internet and long-distance (including prepaid calling cards) services, as well as operator services, directory assistance and white pages directories.The watchdog says it accepted 8,197 individual complaints, which addressed an average of 1.9 issues each. All together, it dealt with 7,931 issues about wireless, 4,177 issues about Internet and 3,086 issues about local phone services.Billing was the No. 1 consumer grievance in each of the three categories.The largest number of complaints were registered against Bell (35.9 per cent), followed by Rogers (10.5 per cent) and Telus (seven per cent). Freedom Mobile, the company formerly known as Wind Mobile, and Virgin Mobile both represented 6.1 per cent.This represented a decrease in the number of complaints for each company except Telus, which received 22.3 per cent more complaints against its services. read more

Ohio State alumni Roy Hall and Antonio Smith use past experiences to

Former OSU wide receiver Roy Hall (8) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 18, 2006. Credit: Courtesy of TNSBefore ever donning an Ohio State uniform, and prior to hearing his name called by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft, Roy Hall was a sixth grader with size 14 shoes looking to acquire the new Penny Hardaway’s all his friends were sporting. Except his mother could not afford to grant that wish.Working 10 to 12 hours a day, five to six days a week, new basketball shoes were not in her tight budget. Raising two kids on her own, she could not even afford new shoes for herself, wearing the same pair of boots for seven or eight years.Seeing his friends playing basketball in those new kicks, it did not register with Hall why he could not possess those shoes. It wasn’t until later in life he understood the predicament his mom was dealt raising him and his sister by herself.“You can see how strong an individual can be if they make their life about someone else,” Hall said. “My mom dedicated her life to making sure we had necessities growing up.”Growing up without a father in his life, Hall never really had a mentor of his own until his friends, family and coaches began to notice the potential he had in athletics.When Hall arrived on campus as a freshman at OSU in 2002, the Buckeyes were one of the top teams in the country, eventually winning a national championship, and Hall could not have been more excited to continue his maturation as a football player and a human being under former coach Jim Tressel. But there might have been one person of greater importance to Hall throughout his time at OSU: former cornerback Antonio Smith.“He’s kind of like my offensive coordinator,” Hall said.Smith came from a similar, humble beginning like Hall’s, being raised without a father. Smith was without a mother, as well, and had his grandmother bring him up.After his career ended with OSU, Hall became serious about taking their stories to mentor communities and youth. In Hall’s rookie year in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, he took the values instilled in him by his mother and Tressel and talked to Colts stars Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne about the benefit of using their NFL-player platforms to lift communities and inspire a better life for others.In spring 2008, Driven Foundation was founded by Hall and Smith who used their personal experiences for personal outreach to serve at-risk communities.“We promote perseverance and we try to foster hope through our food outreaches, mentorship programs, specializing in some motivational speaking,” Hall said. “Everything we do is surrounding or pushing the ‘never give up’ mentality.”Now going on its seventh year, Driven Foundation has spiraled into a versatile outreach organization present in multiple areas around Ohio. Numerous people it has served now wish to be servers to the community, which Hall said are unequivocally the highs in this experience.“Those are the stories that you may not read about or may not hear about but keep you motivated,” he said.As one of its main projects, the Driven Foundation has served about 500,000 pounds of free food to more than 4,200 Ohio families since 2008, according to the foundation’s website.The organization strengthens various age groups and communities, and most of the effort is directed toward the younger generation. Hall has constructed three mentorship programs at an elementary school and two middle schools.Once a week he speaks at a high school, and he aims to launch a new program every three months.One of those programs, SUITS, is in conjunction with Marion Franklin High School, where Driven provides free, custom-tailored suits to help teach students life lessons on how to be college- and interview-ready.“Our mentorship program is directed toward maximizing their potential and having them go to the next level, so to speak,” Hall said. “A lot of the things we do is very purposeful.”Denise Lutz, the principal at Holt Crossing Intermediate School in Grove City, Ohio, oversees a preteen student population that lacks counselors and role models. First encountering Hall at Hannah Ashton Middle School, Lutz said she knew Hall could be a positive role model for her students because he “drives right into experience.”A student Lutz referred to as “Jeremiah” appeared sad, almost depressed to the point it appeared he did not have self-worth. Lutz directed the emotionally troubled Jeremiah toward Hall.Recalling having tears in her eyes when Jeremiah told Hall, “he simply couldn’t do it anymore,” Lutz said she was alarmed hearing that from a child not yet in his teens.The principal said Hall sat down with Jeremiah, inculcating life lessons learned from his own past mentors.“Hall is great because he’s very upfront with his experiences as a youth,” Lutz said. “His presence with the kids, he doesn’t beat around the bush.”Hall dedicates much of his time to creating a culture for young people to learn the ways of cultivating an unselfish way of living. He said he believes athletes can be of massive assistance in resolving issues within a community.“These guys that hang up their (college) uniforms actually can do much more than just those four years on the football field,” Hall said. “Every athlete should make the effort to give back to the community not because it’s a good PR move but because no one made it to the level they are at by themselves.”Though Hall endures strenuous hours involved in Driven, it is nothing with which he is unfamiliar. As a kid in his modest home outside of Cleveland, his mother would wake him and his sister up early in the morning for school, head to her job until 6 or 6:30 p.m., help with Hall’s homework, cook dinner, iron their clothes and then do it all over again.“I believe my entire life, the Driven Foundation was embedded into who I was and my character,” Hall said. “Just having challenges growing up and watching what my mother was willing to sacrifice is where it started.”Correction 2/16: An earlier version of the story said Hall arrived at OSU in 2003, when in fact he redshirted the 2002 season as a true freshman and was a member of the 2002 national championship team. read more

Neighbour from hell who waged racist campaign against foreign family spared jail

first_imgSnellgrove also made a comment about “you people coming over here” and in March last year he painted a racially abusive word on his fence that was visible to Mr Rivera, a court heard.The veteran, who served in the Army for 22 years, faced jail after he admitted harassment and racially aggravated harassment when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.Judge David Goodin described his behaviour as “devastating, cruel and spiteful”, but said he would suspend the sentence because of the defendant’s age and service in the Army.Snellgrove was given an 18-month suspended sentence and a 20-week curfew, meaning he will have to remain inside his home between 7pm and 6am.David Wilson, prosecuting, said during one week in February last year, Mr Rivera had been subjected to harassment on an almost daily basis.The court heard that after Mr Rivera and his family moved into their home, Snellgrove had removed some trellis and part of a boundary fence that resulting in Mr Rivera installing CCTV cameras.When police went to talk to Snellgrove, he referred to his Army career and said he would “shoot people of their types”.In a statement read to the court, Mr Rivera described Snellgrove as “a neighbour from hell” and accused him of “emotionally and mentally torturing” his family and making their lives a misery. A veteran who “emotionally and mentally tortured” his Colombian neighbours has been spared jail despite a campaign of racist hatred  because he served in the Army.Stanley Snellgrove was described as a “neighbour from hell” after he spied on Javier Rivera’s family with binoculars, daubed a racist word on his fence and made a throat-slitting gesture.The 87-year-old from Colchester, Essex, took photographs of the family, swore at them and used his hands to imitate firing a gun.The pensioner’s campaign of harassment began after Mr Rivera’s family installed CCTV cameras when they moved into a home that backed onto Snellgrove’s property. Stanley Snellgrove is now planning to move to another area of Colchester, the court heardCredit:Archant He now fully accepts what he did was wrong and should never have happenedFrank O’Toole, mitigating Frank O’Toole, for Snellgrove, accepted the veteran’s behaviour had been obnoxious.He said: “He now fully accepts what he did was wrong and should never have happened. He felt he couldn’t talk to his neighbour and things got worse and worse as time went on.”He said Snellgrove had been injured while on service and now received an Army pension.Mr O’Toole said Snellgrove is planning to move to another area of Colchester to be near his daughter.Snellgrove’s campaign of  harassment took place between February 1 and March 26 last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stanley Snellgrovelast_img read more

Google Testing Groupon Competitor

first_imgGoogle is going to get into the coupon business, damn it–whether that means buying the leader in the field (Groupon) or launching a direct competitor. The former didn’t work out so well–while the company reportedly came really close to securing a multi-billion Groupon buyout, but the coupon site ultimately opted to stay independent.Now Google is apparently starting from scratch with its own Groupon-like site, Google Offers. Mashable managed to grab some info on the yet-to-be-launched Offers. Google confirmed the existence of the site (a welcome change from most companies’ “we don’t comment on speculation” comment), telling the blog,Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways. We do not have more details to share at this time, but will keep you posted. Sounds pretty familiar, huh? The user gets an e-mail and has a limited amount of time to respond to it. Offers will utilize Google Checkout and will have the requisite social connections (Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, and Buzz–remember Buzz?). Google in the process of recruiting businesses to join the upcoming service. In fact, Mashable seems to have gotten its hands on just such a document. And here’s the explanation from the Offers fact sheet,Google Offers is a new product to help potential customers and clientele find great deals in their area through a daily e-mail.last_img read more

Paris police chief fired following yellow vest riots on ChampsElysées

first_imgParis police chief fired following yellow vest riots on Champs-Elysées About 5,000 police were deployed in the capital on Saturday to deal with the protests. https://jrnl.ie/4549098 Numbers downSince the end of December, the number of “yellow vest” protesters has fallen.However, every Saturday thousands would still take to the streets, including far-right and far-left groups as well as anarchists who are responsible for much of the violence.Some have called for French police to be far more active in tackling the protestors. “You have to take responsibility and engage, with the possibility that people will get hurt,” a member of the Alliance police union said. A damaged shop on the Champs-Elysées following a weekend of riots Source: Pauletto Francois/Avenir Pictures/ABACA via PA ImagesAlthough some protesters have been injured by the rubber bullets, so far nobody has been killed in clashes with police. Officials, however, say the risk would increase if officers charged the hostile crowds.‘Less reactive’Critics have said that after more than three months of weekly protests, the government now needed to drastically rethink its approach for stamping out the rioting.Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez admitted on RTL radio today that police “were less aggressive, less reactive than usual” over the weekend, promising a review of the instructions given to officers and their deployment.While seen as too lax on Saturday, French authorities have been accused on other weekends of being too heavy-handed, highlighting the difficulty of managing the crisis for the government. The scenes during the yellow vest protest in Paris over the weekend Source: Pauletto Francois/Avenir Pictures/ABACA via PA ImagesThe UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet called for a “full investigation” into the possible use of excessive force by French police during the protests in an address earlier this month.Since the demonstrations began on 17 November, some 1,900 people have been hurt, including dozens who have suffered serious injuries from stun grenades or rubber bullets fired by police.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Police attended the scene of the yellow vest protest in Paris Source: Boivin Samuel/ABACA via PA ImagesTHE TOP POLICE chief in Paris has been fired following another weekend of rioting in the capital during “yellow vest” protests.About 5,000 police were deployed in the capital on Saturday, far outnumbering the several hundred rioters who caused havoc for more than seven hours on the famed Champs-Elysees.This led to French President Emmanuel Macron cutting short his skiing holiday to meet top ministers to discuss the 18th consecutive Saturday of “yellow vest” demonstrations.“The events of last Saturday, in particular on the Champs-Elysees, were unacceptable and the president asked the government to provide a response that was up to the needs of the situation,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a televised statement.He criticised “inappropriate” instructions on the use of rubber bullets given to security forces. Yellow vest protestors hit French city streets again on Saturday for a 18th consecutive week of nationwide protest Source: Lafargue Raphael/ABACA via PA ImagesPhilippe also announced that the head of Paris police, Michel Delpuech (66), had been fired and that he would be replaced on Wednesday.He added that French authorities would ban demonstrations on the Champs-Elysees and other areas of the country if hooligans were detected there.He also said fines would be increased from €38 to €135 for people attending unauthorised protests.More than 100 businesses were damaged at the weekend in Paris, including dozens of luxury shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees. People walk in front of a damaged newspaper stand after a yellow vests demonstration Source: Sebadelha Julie/ABACA via PA ImagesReacting to Saturday’s events, Macron tweeted: “There are people today who try by all means… to damage the Republic by breaking, by destroying things at the risk of killing someone.” He said that “all those who were there were complicit in” the havoc spread across the Champs-Elysees. 33,720 Views Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Short URL Beaucoup de choses ont été faites depuis novembre, mais la journée d’aujourd’hui montre que sur ces sujets-là nous n’y sommes pas. Je veux qu’on prenne dans les meilleurs délais des décisions fortes pour que cela n’advienne plus.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 16, 2019center_img Monday 18 Mar 2019, 6:29 PM Share188 Tweet Email By Hayley Halpin 42 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 18th 2019, 6:29 PM last_img read more

Mouni Roy gets replaced in Bole Chudiyan producer accuses actress of unprofessionalism

first_imgBole Chudiyan first lookTwitterIn a shocking turn of events, Mouni Roy, who was roped in as the female lead alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bole Chudiyan, has been replaced.It was only recently that the film’s first look was out and Mouni had garnered praises for bagging the lead role in the film. However, things took an ugly turn with the producer and actress mud slinging on each other. While the producer blamed her for being unprofessional and ill tempered, Mouni’s spokesperson claimed that the actress was highly professional.A source told SpotboyE that Mouni has refused to do the film claiming that she doesn’t like the script now, after having signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and going on record to a newpaper about how much she loved the script.The film’s producer Rajesh Bhatia claimed, “We deny any one has been rude to Mouni, there were 25 people in conference room when she walked in 3 hours late for a reading. Infact she has been irresponsible and busy holidaying and attended only 1/1/2 reading. From the time we have signed her, she and her agency Toabh have been highly unprofessional and irresponsible even after signing the MOU and paying her.”The producer further said that he is amazed to hear Mouni complaining of a full fledged female role that is far superior unlike her other blink and miss roles. “The actor, director, me & Kiran as content head & as producers did our best to reason out with her about lack of her professionalism and dedication but she suddenly lost cool & was ill tempered and started throwing high handed attitude near all seniors which was shocking. We would rather replace now than suffer as ours is one schedule film. Let me ensure that Bole Chudiyan is going ahead as scheduled with a new heroine,” he concluded.Bole Chudiyan marks the directorial debut of Shamas Nawab Siddiqui. Produced by Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia under their banner Woodpecker Movies, the film is going on floors in June end and will now see another actress opposite Nawazuddin. On the other hand, Mouni has a different version of the entire fiasco. Her spokesperson said, “Yes, Mouni is no longer a part of Bole Chudiyan. Mouni has done many films before and has had a successful career, where everyone has vouched for her professionalism. Mr. Rajesh Bhatia on the other hand, is making his second film . His first film has already run into many controversies ,where he has even accused a senior actor of interference. He is now claiming that Mouni is not a professional, whereas there are several emails and text messages proving otherwise, which we will be happy to share. Even the contract isn’t signed because of the discrepancies in it. We don’t wish to say anything more to this. Anyone sensible can see what’s going on. Mouni chooses to maintain a dignified stance and doesn’t believe in mud slinging . She wishes them the very best.” Mouni RoyInstagramlast_img read more

Rohingya villagers blockaded amid fresh tensions in Myanmars Rakhine Residents

first_imgHundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbours in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.Monitors and aid workers worry that violence that has until now been largely confined to the Rohingya-majority northern part of Rakhine, bordering Bangladesh, could erupt in an area where the two communities live side-by-side in much larger numbers.Residents, aid workers and monitors told Reuters that Muslims in the village of Zay Di Pyin had been blocked from going to work or fetching food and water for the last three weeks, although a small number had been allowed through the blockade to buy provisions on Tuesday.Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.The government said it was working to improve security in the area.The stand-off has raised fears of a repeat of the communal violence that broke out in the Rakhine state capital Sittwe in 2012, leading to the killing of nearly 200 people and displacement of some 140,000 – most of them Rohingya.“The concern in Zay Di Pyin is that this could escalate into violence between the two communities,” said Chris Lewa of Arakan Project, a Rohingya monitoring group.Rakhine has long been riven between ethnic Rahkine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Around 1.1 million Rohingya live in the state, but are denied citizenship and face severe travel restrictions, with many Buddhists across Myanmar regarding them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.More than 87,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Rohingya insurgents killed nine police in northwest Rakhine in October. That prompted a military crackdown beset by allegations of rape, killings and arson by the security forces.PENNED INIn Zay Di Pyin, a large, mixed village of some 5,000 people with a mosque and a Buddhist monastery, Rakhine residents have penned about 700 Rohingya inside their neighbourhood by blocking entry points with a fence since late July, preventing access to a market and a pond used as a source of drinking water, according to two Muslim residents and monitors.Local people said tensions had spiked in late July, when a Rakhine Buddhist man from a nearby village went missing. Three Rohingya residents were found killed in the area in the same period.“They accused us of killing the missing Rakhine person and blocked us from going out because of that,” a Rohingya man told Reuters by telephone, speaking on condition of anonymity.A second Rohingya man inside the blockaded area told Reuters the residents were being stopped from going to work at the local river jetty, where many carry loads for a living. They were also prevented from praying at the village mosque, which is outside the blocked area, he said.Rakhine villagers, some armed with swords and sticks, had set up makeshift checkpoints at six points around the Rohingya quarter, the men told Reuters. Both of them said there has been no major violent incidents so far.Police spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe said authorities had received a complaint about the blockade last week and had brokered a meeting on Friday, at which it was agreed 15 Rohingya residents would be allowed to leave their neighbourhood to fetch food twice a week.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesman Zaw Htay said the issue was resolved on Friday and that the “villagers can go out”, adding that the government was planning to provide security for them. He did not give more details.One of the Rohingya men confirmed that 15 people had been allowed to go out to buy food for the community on Tuesday, but said they were still not permitted to move around freely.“They said that 15 people will be able to leave twice a week – but we can’t work so I don’t know how we’ll be able to afford food,” said the man.WILL THE FOOD LAST?Zay Di Pyin is located in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung district, some 65 km (40 miles) north of Sittwe.In another incident that has added to tensions in the area, residents in the neighbouring village of Auk Nan Yar, where the Rohingya are the majority, said they were being prevented from leaving their village by security forces.It follows a confrontation in early August between hundreds of Muslims and security forces who were trying to arrest six Rohingya men accused of raising money for militants. In a separate incident on that day seven Buddhists were killed in a different part of northern Rakhine.In the week following the incidents, Suu Kyi convened a high-level security meeting in the capital Naypyitaw and declared a curfew in the area, while the army sent some 500 soldiers to reinforce around Aug. 10.Police said the military was conducting a “clearance operation” in the nearby Mayu mountain range, where the government suspects Rohingya insurgents have been training.“The nearby villagers were warned to be careful when they go out to the mountains in order to avoid getting arrested by mistake,” said spokesman Myo Thu Soe.Two villagers from Auk Nan Yar told Reuters that they too were now unable to get to a market to buy food or to work.“Now we’re sharing the food we have left with each other in the village,” said one of the villagers. “We don’t know how long the food will last.”last_img read more

AL worries about youth voters this time

first_imgA demonstrating student is being beaten. Prothom Alo File PhotoAttacks by the ruling party men on the students demonstrating for safe road and their harrassment by the police have made them and their families feel insulted, some of the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) leaders believe.Already, they conclude, the state’s treatment of the quota protesters — suppression of their demonstration, lawsuits against them and their arrest, as well as non-fulfilment of the pledge to abolish the quota — left the students and jobseekers in a state of resentment.However, the excesses committed by the ruling AL’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) surpassed the actions of the police at the later part of the 10-day demonstration. The protesters, mostly juveniles, did not expect that the BCL men would really attack them.In such a context, leaders of the AL and its 14-party alliance are now apprehensive if the youth aged between 18 and 24 years would vote for the AL and its allies in the next parliamentary elections.It is the young force that was believed to have presented the AL and allies a landslide victory in 2008.Currently, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the country’s 15 per cent people are aged between 18 and 24, meaning each of the 300 constituencies has approximately 50,000 voters of this age group. And most of them are students.Desperate to win the next general elections, too, the ruling camp leaders want to take remedial measures but do not know what they would be, some of them admitted.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s associate bodies’ leaders and activists attack students demonstrating for safe roads. Prothom Alo File Photo“It’s true that the students demonstrating for quota reform and safe roads returned home with a deep scar. This may profoundly affect the next national elections,” social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon told Prothom Alo.He felt that this issue cannot be overlooked and that the government and the 14-party alliance would have to take certain measures to address their grievances.Menon, also president of Workers Party, said he would talk to the alliance leader Sheikh Hasina and request her to take steps towards that end.The safe road movement began after two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College were killed in a road accident in the capital on 29 July. Some of the protesters came under attack even after the government’s endorsement of a draft law on road transport on 6 August.A number of of the demonstrators were injured and some arrested the way quota protesters were detained earlier. The quota reformists have still been confused about the steps that the government would really take in course of time about the reservation in the public services.A presidium member of Awami League, seeking anonymity, said despite certain misgivings, they believe, the hard-core supporters of the AL would cast vote in favour of ‘boat’, the AL’s election symbol.The AL leader, however, is a bit confused whether the floating young voters would be tilted to the AL candidates.Terming every vote important, the AL presidum member insisted that some actions must be taken to assure the youths. Otherwise, the leader admitted, there could be problems for the AL and the alliance in the next general elections.Some AL and alliance leaders informally expressed their annoyance at the latest arrest of 12 students by the detectives in the capital in this connection.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also president of the AL, would be apprised of the concern for the ruling alliance, the leaders added.*The report has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

Watch the Trailer for Hulus Upcoming VR Comedy Door No 1 EXCLUSIVE

first_imgHulu publicly unveiled the trailer and a behind-the-scenes video for its new virtual reality (VR) comedy “Door No. 1” Friday. The comedy, which was written and directed by Nora Kirkpatrick of “The Office” fame and produced by AOL’s RYOT exclusively for Hulu, is set to debut on the service on May 24.Door No. 1 is a kind of live-action multiple choice comedy adventure about a ten-year high school reunion. The show puts the viewer into the middle of the action by making her or him a protagonist of the show: Alex, one of the former students attending the reunion.Alex doesn’t talk throughout the show, but can decide to take multiple paths through the story, and make many bad decisions along the way — it’s a high school reunion, after all.The cast for Door No. 1 included Steve Little (“Eastbound and Down”), Ravi Patel (“Wrecked,” “Meet The Patels”), Kyle Bornheimer (“Casual”), Missi Pyle (“Another Period”), Mircea Monroe (“Episodes”), Sarah Baker (“Big Little Lies”), Johnny Pemberton (“Superstore”), John Gemberling (“Broad City”), Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Sheaun McKinney (“Vice Principals”) and Barry Rothbart (“The Wolf of Wall Street”). And Snoop Dogg is appearing in a special guest cameo. Most of the actors had never filmed VR before, and they also never had to interact with a character that isn’t really there, directly talking into a VR camera and pretending that someone was reacting to their lines. The cast and crew shared some of their experiences on set in a behind-the-scenes video:“Door No. 1” will be available via Hulu’s VR apps on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, Sony PlayStation VR, Google Daydream and Oculus Rift. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

University physicists study urine splashback and offer best tactics for men w

first_img 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. The importance of good technique when using a urinal illustrated and some advice offered. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream the researchers show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle. The team also report that they also found that many detergents used to clean urinals tend to make the problem of splash-back worse because it reduces surface tension. Thus dirtier urinals might be less messy. Explore further It’s a problem males have dealt with since the advent of clothes and porcelain toilets—letting fly at the urinal inevitably results in some splash-back onto the floor, or worse, trousers. To better understand the problem, the team at BYU set up a water tank and nozzles (emitting colored water) to mimic the natural flow of human urine as it leaves the body. They then filmed the action using high-speed cameras. Scrutiny of the video allowed the team to clearly see which sorts of techniques cause the most, or least splash-back. They also set up another tank to mimic sitting on a toilet to pee, rather than standing at a urinal.In analyzing their results, the researchers found that sitting on a toilet, as most men well know, results in the least amount of splash-back (the contact point is much closer). They also discovered something likely few men have considered—that urine follows what is known as the Plateau-Rayleigh instability—where a pee stream breaks up into drops before striking something else. That’s the worst thing that can happen, the team reports, because each drop creates splash-back. To avoid that, men should stand as close to the urinal as possible they advise. Also helpful is directing the stream to hit the back of the urinal at a downward angle. That creates less splash-back and the drops that do bounce, head downwards into the urinal drain. Conversely, to prevent messing one’s trousers (or angering neighbors) they suggest men not spray directly into the urinal or into the pool that forms at the bottom of the urinal, both cause a lot of splash-back. Citation: University physicists study urine splash-back and offer best tactics for men (w/ Video) (2013, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-university-physicists-urine-splash-back-tactics.html © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img ‘Toylets’ games make a splash in Japan urinals More information: 1. The presentation, “The Hydrodynamics of Urination: to drip or jet,” is at 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Room 333. ABSTRACT: meeting.aps.org/Meeting/DFD13/Event/2025552. The presentation, “Urinal Dynamics,” is at 5:11 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Room 333. ABSTRACT: meeting.aps.org/Meeting/DFD13/Event/2025543. splashlab.byu.edu/4. Press release (Phys.org) —A team of four physicists at Brigham Young University (calling themselves “wizz-kids”) has been studying the physics properties of urine splash-back in a urinal-like environment. Their mission was to uncover the fluid dynamics involved in male peeing and to hopefully discern which approach leads to the least amount of splash-back (and less mess). They will be presenting their results at the American Physical Society Meeting later this month. This stream of water is a simulated urine stream entering a body of water similar to a toilet. The amount of splash is considerable and should make one reconsider standing up to urinate. The repeated impact of the droplets opens up a large and interesting cavity with multiple ridges. Each droplet forms a small cavity wherein the next droplet can pass through and form a cavity an additional cavity creating a chain of small cavity structures. Splash is formed both from the initial impact as well as the collapse of this large cavity. The process repeats itself over and over creating a real mess. last_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 13, 2013 First Commercial Installation of GE’s Optima NM/CT 640 System Announced Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth adds imaging capabilities with high-precision, low radiation dose SPECT/CT technology News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content March 13, 2013 — GE Healthcare announced last month the first global commercial installation of its Optima NM/CT 640 technology, a new performance SPECT/CT (single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography) system that helps physicians balance high image quality with low patient radiation dose and efficiency. The installation is at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.The Optima NM/CT 640 enables clinicians to focus on key needs in diagnostic imaging, including high-quality visuals, low radiation dose and short exam times for patients. The Optima NM/CT 640 allows for hybrid imaging rather than standalone CT use, integrating the latest generation general purpose camera with a newly developed four-slice CT. Available in 2.5 mm and 5 mm slice thicknesses, the CT technology is designed to optimize dose and resolution required for particular procedures, offering clinicians high-quality images with routinely low CT dose at 1-2 mSv for a 40 cm abdomen CT scan.The Optima NM/CT 640 requires minimal renovation and installation costs and can be fully upgraded for future use, expanding its clinical applications as well as offering the potential for research capabilities. When used with the Xeleris workstation, Optima NM/CT allows clinicians to potentially reduce time or injected patient dose by up to 50 percent in most scanning procedures while maintaining image quality.“We are dedicated to pushing nuclear medicine to its full potential and developing equipment that helps customers address the challenges they are confronted with every day — high image quality, low dose and short exam times,” said Nathan Hermony, general manager, nuclear medicine, GE Healthcare. “We are pleased to collaborate with clinical leaders at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth on the first global installation of Optima NM/CT 640 technology as they continue to deliver diagnostic excellence and quality patient care.”Texas Health Fort Worth is a 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center with more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation

first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more July 31, 2019 — SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in China to validate the performance of ShearWave Elastography (SWE) in evaluating liver fibrosis severity in patients with chronic hepatitis B (HBV). SWE enables tissue stiffness to be instantly visualised and measured in kPa. The results of the study were published in two articles that appeared in the peer-reviewed journals, Radiology1 and Gut2.This study collected data from 12 Chinese level 3 hospitals from January 2015 to January 2016. All of the 402 patients included received the same prospective protocol, including a liver biopsy, an SWE examination and a blood test. Some were also assessed with VTCE (transient elastography). All images, measurements and histopathological analyses were subjected to centralized quality control, thus ensuring data reliability and consistency.The analysis published in Radiology in July 2018 followed the recent recommendations of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) pertaining to the care of patients infected with the hepatitis B virus. The patients were divided into two groups: a group with chronic inactive disease, who receive regular monitoring; and a group with active chronic hepatitis who require treatment with antiviral drugs.Results confirm that SWE is superior to other non-invasive tests to assess fibrosis severity, particularly in cases of cirrhosis. In practice, for patients with a chronic inactive hepatitis B infection, a stiffness above 11 kPa could lead to the diagnosis of cirrhosis and thus identifying patients requiring treatment. In contrast, a stiffness below 8.5 kPa could exclude the diagnosis of cirrhosis thus identifying patients requiring monitoring. Although a liver biopsy would still be recommended for a stiffness between 8.5 and 11 kPa, the study demonstrates the SWE examination could have avoided the need for biopsy in 81.2 percent of patients (125 out of 154).“This prospective multicentric study confirmed that two-dimensional SWE is superior to other non- invasive methods in the diagnosis of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. It also demonstrated that 81.2 percent of patients with chronic HBV infection could avoid undergoing a biopsy using SWE.” stated Prof. Ping Liang, M.D., principal investigator of the study, from the People’s Liberation Army Hospital in Beijing.The article published in British gastroenterology journal Gut reports the results of the use of radiomic and neural network techniques to extract quantifiable features from SWE images (DLRE) to predict fibrosis severity.The results of this analysis are very promising, given that the diagnostic performance of DLRE was found to be equivalent to the gold-standard biopsy for determining stages of fibrosis. The DLRE technique could therefore represent an initial step towards standardizing practices between radiologists and clinicians, avoiding operator measurements, and encouraging the adoption of SWE and DLRE by non-radiological users.For more information: www.supersonicimagine.com News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation Chinese multicentric study on patients with chronic hepatitis B confirms diagnostic performance of SWE, evaluates combination of radiomics and artificial intelligence applied to SWE News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more References1. Chauhan A. The Emerging Role of Two-dimensional US Shear-Wave Elastography in Chronic Liver Disease. Radiology, published online July 24, 2018.  https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.20181812812. Wang K., Lu X., Zhou H., et al. Deep learning Radiomics of shear wave elastography significantly improved diagnostic performance for assessing liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B: a prospective multicentre study. Gut, May 5, 2018. https://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2018/05/04/gutjnl-2018-316204 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Gourmet Wine Dine deal new at Cobblers Cove in Barbados

first_imgGourmet Wine & Dine deal new at Cobblers Cove in Barbados Tags: Barbados Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Barbados’ upscale Cobblers Cove has a Gourmet Wine & Dine all-inclusive offer that includes Cobblers Garden Suite accommodation, three meals daily plus afternoon tea and house wines, spirits and soft drinks from the poolside bar and Camelot Restaurant, plus non-motorized water sports, tennis and use of the gym. Also part of the deal: tax and service charge.Pricing for the package starts at US$2,757 per person for seven nights, double occupancy until Nov. 30. Agents can book with Resort To The Best by Aug. 31 for travel to Aug. 12 and again Oct. 15 – Nov. 30. Cobblers Cove is closed from Aug. 13 to Oct. 14 for annual maintenance.Up to two kids under 12 years old stay and eat free to Oct. 31.The 40-suite beachside Cobblers Cove, set on Barbados’ west coast, is a Relais & Chateaux property and one of the best-loved boutique hotels in Barbados, says Resort To The Best’s Lillian Day.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaGarden suites are set on the ground floor or first floor and interconnecting rooms are available for families or groups travelling together. All suites have private terraces or balconies so guests may enjoy the lush views of the hotel’s tropical garden.“There are no clocks, radios or television sets in any of the suites, however, for those needing to stay connected complimentary WiFi is available and the Guest Library is equipped with cable TV and a computer,” says Day.Golf enthusiasts have a choice of three nearby courses and guests can relax and unwind at the Sea Moon Spa.center_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Posted bylast_img read more

Catching up Highlights from yesterdays surprising Costa Rican election

first_imgDespite an Easter Sunday voting date that many had feared would reduce voter turnout, Costa Rica had an unusually low voter abstention for a presidential runoff (32.97 as of 9 pm last night, compared to 39.8 percent in 2002 and 43.5 in 2014, according to the daily La Nación).Enthusiastic crowds followed the candidates throughout the day, as did our reporting teams. Check out our 360 video of the voting station in San José where Carlos Alvarado cast his midday vote. And don’t miss our photos from Election Day.Stay tuned for more in the coming days about the new administration, which now has just one month to prepare for office; the historic achievement of Vice President-elect Epsy Campbell, the first female Afro-Costa Rican ever to hold the position; analysis of what shifts or trends caused this unexpectedly lopsided result; and much more. And read on to get to know Costa Rica’s 48th president-elect. Carlos Alvarado’s victory speech: ‘This election held up a mirror to Costa Rica’ If you’re catching up on your Costa Rican news this Monday morning, here’s a look at some of our favorite photos and videos from yesterday’s coverage of the election of the country’s 48th president.Of course, the news of the day was that, in defiance of most polls that showed a neck-and-neck contest or a lead for the National Restoration Party’s Fabricio Alvarado, Carlos Alvarado, of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), swept to victory in an unexpected landslide. Because only two candidates were on the ballot yesterday, as opposed to the multi-party ballot plus legislative elections on Feb. 4, local voting authorities and Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) officials were able to tally the vote in record time. When the first set of results was added up at 8:05 pm, 90.6 percent of votes had already been recorded: Carlos Alvarado has won the presidency of Costa Rica with 60.7 percent, over 39.3 percent for his opponent. Here was the reaction in San Pedro, east of San José: Facebook Comments Shortly after this decisive announcement, Fabricio Alvarado spoke to supporters on gathered Paseo Colón, in western San José. He called for national unity and pledged to support the new government.Carlos Alvarado then delivered a rousing victory speech at the Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro:center_img Related posts:New poll in Costa Rica: another small Fabricio lead, another statistical dead heat Experience Election Day in Costa Rica with The Tico Times’ first-ever 360 video BREAKING: Carlos Alvarado wins 60.6 percent of vote with 90.6 of votes recorded in Costa Rica Meet Epsy Campbell, the first Afro-Latina vice president-elect Meet Costa Rica’s 48th president, Carlos Alvarado Carlos Alvarado wins Costa Rica’s presidency in a landslidelast_img read more

ICC official Dont impose shortsighted fund cuts

first_imgAssociated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor warned Wednesday that cutting her office’s funding would hurt its efficiency, as the court’s governing body began hammering out the 2013 budget for the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal.Fatou Bensouda’s warning comes as the 10-year-old court is getting busier by the year, but also at a time that governments which fund it are slashing their own budgets due to economic crises. Sponsored Stories The 121-nation Assembly of States Parties should not “be blinded by short-term apparent savings that result in long term losses and greater inefficiencies,” Bensouda insisted.The assembly, made up of the court’s member states, is being asked to approve a total 2013 budget of just over (EURO)118 million ($150 million), a rise of nearly 9 percent over the 2012 amount. Its meeting lasts into next week and negotiations on the budget are expected to be tough.Bensouda’s prosecution office wants (EURO)28.7 million ($36.4 million), an increase of 3.4 percent from this year.Prosecutors are currently investigating and pursuing war crimes cases in nations including Congo, Sudan, Libya, Uganda, Ivory Coast and Kenya and have preliminary investigations underway in countries including Afghanistan and Colombia.Bensouda also urged the court’s member states to do more to arrest indicted suspects, among them Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, and a rebel Congolese general accused of widespread atrocities.Bensouda that that “the promise of ending impunity” will remain a dream unless the court’s member states do more “to ensure the arrest and surrender of suspects is made a priority of the political agenda of all States Parties.” Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Al-Bashir, whose country is not a member of the court, has traveled extensively since he was indicted by the court first in 2009 and again in 2010 for crimes including genocide and extermination in Sudan’s Darfur region,The assembly’s president, Tiina Intelmann, said on the eve of the meeting that member states would discuss cooperation not only on arresting suspects but also freezing and confiscating their assets.The meeting, which ends Nov. 22, also will elect a new deputy prosecutor from a short list of three candidates from Canada, Australia and Finland.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Qantas Frequent Flyer celebrates member milestone

first_imgQantas Loyalty spokeswoman Stephanie Tully said that most Frequent Flyers did not even fly that much, they just used the card to save up for a flight reward. To enter the competition, visit the Qantas website and say how 1 million Qantas points would change your life.  Qantas Airways has celebrated its 10 millionth member, Grant Welsh, joining the Qantas Frequent Flyer program by planning to give away 10 million points to members. Mr Welsh said that joining the program was always something that he had in mind.center_img Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The airline will give one member in each state 1 million points to travel and Australians can join the Frequent Flyer program via the competition without having to pay the fee, News Corporation reported.last_img read more

TravelManagers prove HomeBased no barrier to achieving top sales

first_imgPersonal travel manager Kerrin Poupos (second from left on tram running board) with her mega-famil buddies enjoying an iconic tram ride in San FranciscoTravelManagers prove Home-Based no barrier to achieving top salesBeing awarded one of Qantas Holidays’ top 60 sales consultants during the incentive period 01 September and 15 December 2015, earned personal travel manager Kerrin Poupos representative for Warragul, a place on the prestigious mega famil to Northern California.“We are thrilled to have Kerrin win a place on the Qantas Holidays’ mega famil. With places awarded to top sales consultants it really shows the strength of TravelManagers’ sales volumes and the value home-based agencies have within the industry,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.Participants on the recently held eight-night mega-famil, had the opportunity to fly on Qantas’ reinstated direct service from Sydney to San Francisco. The group was split into four, each enjoying a multi-itinerary famil experience. Poupos visited the iconic and historical sites in Sacramento and the wine region of Napa Valley, with all groups coming together, concluding with a Gala dinner in San Francisco on the final night.“This was my first time to Sacramento and previous to my visit I had never thought of it as a destination to recommend to clients. The itinerary was organised so well by Qantas Holidays we got a great feel for this Californian’ capital city – the people, culture, sounds, smells and sights. The painting class was hilarious at the Painted Cork, I’m just so glad I had a glass of wine – it really helped with my creativity! As a result I can now provide my first hand tips and experience for places to eat, where to shop and must do activities. It’s these personal recommendations that makes all the difference,” says Poupos.For Poupos, the Napa Valley located less than an hour from San Francisco, lived up to its reputation for being America’s premier food and wine destination.“Experiencing wine tasting aboard a cable car is truly unique and was a fantastic way to explore and enjoy the wines of the region. A visit to the legendary Oxbow Public Market is also a must. Showcasing all things culinary Oxbow is foodie central – I highly recommend you visit on an empty stomach!”San Francisco is synonymous for its Golden Gate Bridge and for Poupos it was the bike ride over this iconic landmark, which proved to be her most memorable famil experience.“The bicycle ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito was truly spectacular. Taking time to enjoy the views and do it at your own pace made it really enjoyable – you certainly don’t need to be an experienced cyclist, anyone can do it and I highly recommend this as a must do for anyone visiting San Francisco.”TravelManagers offer personal travel managers a dedicated educational programme in conjunction with preferred trade suppliers. This is backed up by strong state and national support, including a national partnership office and licensed state office with local business partnership managers.“Personal travel managers have access to the broadest and most in-depth support nationwide including virtual office technology, training, marketing, fares and ticketing as well as 24/7 access to all mid and back-office processes. This type of behind the scenes central and local state-based support is crucial,” says Gazal.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Personal Travel Managerclick here to become a PTM Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis June, guests and shoppers at The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai and The Peninsula Beijing can immerse themselves in the art of luxury chic as each hotel presents a celebration of Legendary Artisans. From 1 to 30 June, The Peninsula Hotels’ Arcade is the only place in each city to showcase exclusive collection launches, store animations and culinary collaborations. Guests will also enjoy curated shopping experiences and live demonstrations by the revered artisans that preserve the noble art of luxury.For one month only, The Peninsula Arcade takes shoppers on an ornamented journey into the iconic world of the Legendary Artisans. Customers will gain privileged insights into the enduring passion for excellence that sets apart the world’s most enchanting fashion, jewellery, watch and leather brands. Special showcases go behind the scenes to unveil fascinating stories of the heritage design and peerless craftsmanship of elite brands, together with limited-edition premiers – Ralph Lauren will launch a limited-edition bag and ladies’ watch collection across all three hotels, while Goyard will début an exclusive ‘Peninsula Edition’ luggage collection in Hong Kong.French couture house Chanel will invite guests to discover the brand’s creativity and craftsmanship through the Paris in Rome Métiers d’Art fashion collection, with the latest timepieces demonstrating its watchmaking expertise. An exhibition of the beautiful Graff Butterfly collection will also adorn the hotels throughout June.Fine gastronomy and high fashion also come together in a sumptuous celebration of life’s most refined pleasures. The Peninsula’s own talented artisans, including pastry chefs, maître chocolatiers and dim sum chefs, will prepare special co-branded Afternoon Teas in partnership with Tiffany & Co. Creatively themed gourmet menus with brands including luxury jeweller Harry Winston add fashionable allure to the quintessential pleasure of dining at The Peninsula. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more