Cyclone Fani caused loss of Rs 24k to Odisha report

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Odisha government in collaboration with a number of international agencies has estimated that the state suffered a total loss of Rs over 24,000 crore due to Cyclone ‘Fani’ that had ravaged its coastal districts and killed 64 people in May. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday released a report that pegged the total loss at Rs 24,176 crore across 15 sectors and estimated that the state required Rs 29,315 crore for recovery. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Patnaik appealed to international agencies, NGOs, civil societies and the private sector to join hands for reconstruction of the state. He said Cyclone Fani caused extensive damage to the state and impacted life and property of more than 1.65 crore people in 14 coastal districts of Odisha. The report “Cyclone Fani – Detailed Damage And Loss Needs Assessment (DLNA)” was prepared by the state government in association with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and 10 agencies of the United Nations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The assessment spanned over a period of 20 days comprising a team of more than 100 multi-sectoral experts from various agencies along with officials from various departments and local NGOs. It covered the 14 most affected districts prioritised by the state government. The estimation of the damage and losses by the assessment team is based on the data made available by various line departments, that was validated by field visits in five most affected districts, said Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi. The infrastructure sector was the hardest hit and constitute about 42 per cent of the total needs while the social sector which includes housing, constitutes 36 per cent of the total needs, the report said. UN Resident Coordinator in India, Renata Lok- Dessallien, was present at the programme. The state government had said on June 6 that the cyclone caused a total loss of Rs 9,336.26 crore, but in that case the calculations were based on the basis of the norms of the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), official sources said. The cyclone that made landfall at a wind speed of about 200 kmph near Puri affected 14 districts involving 20,367 villages. It affected 1.6 crore people and 1.88 lakh hectare of crop areas.last_img read more

Baloney Meter will legalizing pot keep it out of the hands of

first_imgOTTAWA – “We are moving forward to ensure that we keep … cannabis out of the hands of young people.”— Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on May 1, 2017.———During the 2015 election, the Liberals campaigned on a plan to greenlight marijuana for recreational use to keep it of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals.The party’s election platform said Canada’s current approach — criminalizing people for possession and use — traps too many Canadians in the justice system for minor offences.Last month, the government spelled out its plans in legislation, setting sweeping policy changes in motion.The new law proposes setting the national minimum age to legally buy cannabis at 18 years old. It will be up to the provinces should they want to restrict it further.Is it true, as Wilson-Raybould and the Liberals suggest, that legalization will in fact keep cannabis out of the hands of kids?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Here’s why:THE FACTSThere is no doubt cannabis is in the hands of young people today.In fact, Canada has one of the highest rates of teenage and early-age adulthood use of marijuana, says Dr. Mark Ware, the vice-chair of the federally-appointed task force on cannabis and a medicinal marijuana researcher at McGill University.“We don’t anticipate that this is going to eliminate it; but the public health approach is to make it less easy for young adolescents, young kids, to access cannabis than it is at the moment,” he said.Bonnie Leadbeater, a psychology professor at the University of Victoria who specializes in adolescent behaviour, said as many as 60 per cent of 18-year-olds have used marijuana at some point in their lives.The aim of a regulated, controlled system of legalized cannabis is to make it more difficult for kids to access pot, Ware said, noting the principle goal is to delay the onset of use.So will a recreational market for adults coupled with a regulatory regime really keep pot out of the hands of kids?THE EXPERTSPublic health experts — including proponents of legalization — say that probably won’t happen.“I don’t exactly know what they are planning to do to keep it out of the hands of young people and I think some elaboration of that might be helpful,” Leadbeater said. “It is unlikely that it will change … it has been very, very accessible to young people.”Benedikt Fischer, a University of Toronto psychiatry professor and senior scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, agrees the expectation that legalization will suddenly reduce or eliminate use among young people is counter-intuitive and unrealistic to a large extent.“The only thing we could hope for is that maybe because it is legal, all of a sudden it is so much more boring for young people that they’re not interested in it anymore,” he said.Increasing penalties for people who facilitate access to kids will help discourage law-abiding Canadians from doing so, says Steven Hoffman, director of a global strategy lab at the University of Ottawa Centre for health law, policy and ethics.“That being said, when there’s a drug, there’s no foolproof way of keeping it out of the hands of all children,” Hoffman said. “For sure, there will still be children who are still consuming cannabis.”Cannabis will not be legal for people of all ages under the legislation, he added, noting this means there may still be a market for criminal activity for cannabis in the form of selling it to children.In Colorado, officials thought there would be an increase in use as a result of legalization, according to Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer at the Department of Public Health and Environment, but he said there’s been no increase among either youth or adults.Nor has there been a noticeable decrease.“What it looks like is folks who may have been using illicitly before are using legally now and teens or youth that were using illicitly before, it’s still the same rate of illicit use,” he said.THE VERDICTDonald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said the Liberal government could provide a more nuanced, realistic message about its plans to legalize marijuana.“To suddenly go over to the rhetoric … that strict regulation is going to keep it out of the hands of young people doesn’t work,” he said.“There’s a better chance of reducing the harm to young people through a … public health, regulatory approach. That’s ideally what they should be saying.”Careful messaging around legalized marijuana — like the approach taken by the Netherlands — could make cannabis less of a tempting forbidden fruit for young people, said Mark Haden, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.“What we know is that prohibition maximizes the engagement of youth, so if we did it well and skillfully and ended prohibition with a wise approach and made cannabis boring, it would keep it out of the hands of kids,” he said.“It isn’t completely baloney, it just hasn’t gone far enough in terms of a rich, real discussion. It is just political soundbites.”For this reason, Wilson-Raybould’s statement contains “a lot of baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurate—with files from Laura Kanelast_img read more

Al Quds, key to peace, beating heart of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas

first_imgMarrakech – The city of Al Quds is the key to peace, the beating heart of the State of Palestine, and its eternal capital, which should be the foundation and the basis of the ties of Arab and Islamic countries with the different countries of the world, said President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas.Speaking, Friday in Marrakech, at the opening ceremony of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Palestinian president warned against the severity of threats facing Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing the duty of all the parties in the defense of the holy city.“Al-Aqsa has never been threatened this way before, the Israeli occupation has unprecedentedly stepped up, what it sees as its ultimate battle in its war aimed at removing the Arab, Islamic and Christian character of Al Quds,” he said. Abbas said Israel seeks to expand the Jewish presence by setting up more settlements and impoverishing the holy city through the destruction of its infrastructure and its economic resources.He emphasized the importance of strengthening the infrastructure of the holy city by carrying out projects dedicated to support schools, social and cultural institutions, and health facilities.Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is holding its 20th session from January 17 through 18.Foreign ministers of the committee member-states, the OIC secretary general, High-level emissaries representing the UN Security Council permanent member-states, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league are attending the Marrakech meeting.last_img read more

Somalia UN says humanitarian situation worsening faster than expected

11 April 2008The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating faster than expected, owing to an unusually harsh dry season, rising insecurity and soaring inflation rates, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The UN has revised upwards the number of those living in a state of humanitarian emergency from 315,000 to 425,000, and the number of newly displaced people from 705,000 to 745,000. The total number of those needing assistance in the country is estimated to be around 1.8 million, but that figure could increase to 2 million once current assessments are concluded, OCHA said in a news release.Somalia has experienced an extremely dry season from January to March with high temperatures and unusually dry winds. The dry conditions have also affected other countries in the region, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and parts of Kenya. In addition, the country – like many others – has witnessed a dramatic increase in food prices over the past year. The prices of locally produced maize and sorghum have increased by 300 to 400 per cent, while imported foods such as rice and vegetable oil have increased by some 150 per cent. At the same time, the Somali shilling has depreciated by 65 per cent.Along with the dry weather and rise in food prices, there has also been a diarrhoea outbreak in the Sanaag region, which has claimed seven lives among the 300 cases recorded since 10 March. Meanwhile, further clashes were reported last week between Ethiopian/Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and anti-Government elements in many parts of south-central Somalia. Deteriorating security in recent months has made it more difficult for aid workers to assist those in need in the strife-torn East African nation, which has not had a functioning government since 1991. read more

Closing Bell Toronto stock market little changed amid mixed earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders sorted through a mixed run of earnings reports from some of Canada’s biggest corporations.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,755.92 -5.67 -0.04%S&P 500 — 1,509.39 -2.73 -0.18%Dow — 13,944.05 -42.47 -0.30%Nasdaq — 3,165.13 -3.35 -0.11%The S&P/TSX composite index was off 5.68 points to 12,755.92 while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 5.61 points to 1,206.11.The Canadian dollar finished the session down 0.25 of a cent to 100.2 cents US as the greenback strengthened against other currencies, particularly the euro, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to keep a close eye on the recent rise of the continental currency. Some of the region’s leaders worry the advance has the potential to weaken the region’s economy further.The dollar also fell amid a worse than expected report from the housing sector and ahead of the January employment report coming out Friday morning.Statistics Canada said that Canadian building permits fell by 11.2% in December. That was much worse than expectations for a 2.5% rise.U.S. indexes were negative amid data showing productivity contracted at an annual rate of 2% in the October-December quarter, the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2011. Other reports showed lower jobless insurance claims and a positive reading on same-store sales from American retailers.The Dow Jones industrials lost 42.47 points to 13,944.05, the Nasdaq composite index was 3.35 points lower at 3,165.13 and the S&P 500 index edged down 2.73 points to 1,509.39.Markets have moved largely sideways this month following a strong start to the year, with the TSX gaining 2% and the Dow jumping 6% in January.“Overall, I think the market run-up is probably one of the best Januarys we have seen in years, especially in the U.S.,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“The January effect hopefully will work again this year. As goes January, so goes the rest of the year and that’s correct 80% of the time.”On the Canadian earnings front, Teck Resources Ltd. was a major drag on the TSX even as the miner reported earnings for the latest quarter were $354 million or 61 cents per share, 13 cents above the consensus estimate. But its shares fell $2.19 or 5.98% to $34.45 as Teck also warned that copper production is expected to fall to 340,000 to 360,000 tonnes in 2013, compared with 373,000 tonnes in 2012. It cited declining output at the Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile and lower ore grades at Highland Valley Copper in Canada.In the meantime, improved economic performance in China, reflected in recent data showing stronger expansion in the country’s manufacturing sector, should help the miner in the future.“Teck is going to move a lot with respect to China and as China grows, so will the share prices at Teck,” Small said.“Teck will continue to have challenges moving forward (but) over the long term, it will be fine because China will continue to get better but there will be ups and downs.”Telecom BCE Inc. said adjusted earnings rose at a more moderate 4.8% to 65 cents per share, a penny short of analyst estimates. BCE also raised its dividend by six cents to $2.33 per common share annually and its shares dipped nine cents to $44.43.Manulife Financial Corp. gained 14 cents to $14.55 as the insurer’s net profit soared to $1.06 billion in the fourth quarter, more than double analyst expectations. However, Manulife’s core earnings were disappointing at $537 million or 28 cents per share in the quarter, which was four cents below the consensus estimate. All-in revenue, including investment and other items, was just under $7.2 billion, $2.5 billion below analyst estimates.Air Canada edged a penny lower to $2.44 as the carrier posted a fourth-quarter profit of $8 million, or three cents per diluted share, reversing a year-earlier net loss of $60 million. Operating revenue rose to $2.84 billion from just under $2.7 billion.The metals and mining sector was the leading decliner. It was down almost two%, reflecting Teck’s decline, while March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave up early gains and was down one cent at US$3.73 a pound. Elsewhere in the sector, HudBay Minerals declined 35 cents to C$11.22.The energy sector dropped 0.42% with the March crude oil contract down 79 cents at US$95.83 a barrel. Cenovus Energy lost 48 cents to C$32.90.The tech sector was the leading advancer with BlackBerry ahead 93 cents or 5.82% to $16.91, reflecting high hopes for the new Z10 smartphone and an upgrade in the stock to outperform from market perform from U.S. bank Wells Fargo.Consumer staples stocks gained 0.45% with Shoppers Drug Mart ahead 46 cents to $42.10 after Canada’s largest pharmacy retailer reported its net income was $175 million in the fourth quarter, or 85 cents per share, down slightly from $176 million in the year earlier period. Shoppers is also raising its quarterly dividend by 7.5% to 28.5 cents per share.The gold sector was up about 0.4% as April bullion finished the session down $7.50 to US$1,671.30 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. improved by 24 cents to C$36.06.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Why David Einhorn is taking Apple to courtTransCanada says east route eases oil discountMark Carney moves the pound in testimony that damps stimulus expectationsThis big shareholder who sold BlackBerry too earlyON DECK FRIDAYTranAlta CEO Dawn Farrell speaks to Toronto Board of Trade at First Canadian Place ECONOMIC NEWSRBC chief U.S. economist Tom Porcelli speaks at Economic Club in Ottawa CANADA8:15 a.m.Housing starts (Jan): Economists expect 195,000 starts, down from last month 8:30 a.m.Employment report (Jan): Economists expect the economy to gain 5,000 new jobs and the jobless rate to tick up to 7.2% Merchandise trade balance (Dec): Economists expect a deficit of $1.45-billion, less than last month UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods and Services trade balance (Dec): Economists expect a deficit of US$46-billion 10 a.m.Wholesale trade (Dec): Economists expect 0.4% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADACameco Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share UNITED STATESMoody’s Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ read more

In Central African Republic more children will die from malnutrition than bullets

“The majority of families have been unable to plant their crops or earn a living, and also due to poor access to safe water, sanitation and health care,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told journalists in Geneva.Almost 680 children during the first quarter of this year were treated at the Bangui Paediatric Hospital, the city’s largest in-patient centre, compared with 214 children last year.“Here in CAR, more children will die from malnutrition and related diseases than from bullets,” said UNICEF Representative in CAR Souleymane Diabaté. “Malnutrition is even more deadly in the rainy season, when diarrhoea and malaria are at their peak. Both diseases put the lives of already malnourished children at risk.”An estimated 28,000 children could suffer from acute malnutrition this year, Mr. Boulierac said citing figures from partners working on nutrition.The UN agency has requested $11 million for this year to fund therapeutic and preventive nutrition programmes for children in the country, with $3.8 million raised so far.Also today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reiterated its request for $47 million to fund its operations in the country through the end of August, where its staff and partners have now transferred over 1,800 metric tonnes of food despite insecurity constraints. Violence in central CAR continued this week with confrontations between armed groups and direct attacks on villages, the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Spokesperson Jen Laerke said some 5,300 people have fled their homes and taken shelter in religious sites.OCHA’s Director of Operations, John Ging, is due to arrive tomorrow in Boda, a town located in the southern part of CAR, for a four-day visit to the country.Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.Two independent UN human rights experts today warned that amidst the fighting, evacuating religious minorities should be used only as a measure of last resort and implemented in full consultation with them and in accordance with international standards. The Special Rapporteurs on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani, and on minority issues, Rita Izsák, stressed that – even in such an extreme situation – it is important to ensure that the communities concerned are enabled to take their own decision. “The dilemma to either stay and risk one’s life or be evacuated is enormous for religious minorities in the Central African Republic,” they said, noting that the individuals have to be able to decide for themselves and be guaranteed a safe return.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week reiterated his appeal to the people of CAR to build a unified country through peace, turning once again to the radio to disseminate his address as he had done in February.Strongly concerned about the situation in the country, the Security Council agreed to deploy a peacekeeping mission there, although the military and police components of the mission will not be operational until mid-September. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Feb 8 2018

All newsletters neil:This kind of lays the blame for slow free agency at the feet of tanking:The Rising Storm That Froze Baseball’s Hot Stove MarketI wonder, though, how much more teams really are tanking now than in the past. We could compare Fangraphs’ preseason forecasted wins this year to forecasts from the past and see where the distribution is differentPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetJason Kelce is a madman We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeTeams to watch in PyeongchangTomorrow the Olympic Games kicks off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For the U.S., we’re going to see a number of winter Olympic staples — Lindsey Vonn is back at it again — but there are a few newcomers to watch. Nathan Chen of Salt Lake City won the last two U.S. titles in figure skating and is poised to be a serious competitor this year. And the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team is hot off a pay raise fight and is the favorite to win gold. [The Atlantic]Five weeks in, a barrier gets smashedKim “Geguri” Se-yeon, a South Korean Overwatch off-tank, will be the first woman to sign with a professional Overwatch team as the Shanghai Dragons try to shake up their line up. The Dragons are in dire need of a pace reset, as they’re currently at the bottom of the esports league and are winless five weeks into the inaugural season. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?OWL first round playoffs this SaturdayThe first round of the Overwatch League comes to an end this Saturday, with the 7-1 New York and London teams definitely in the playoff and several other teams — including the Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Valiant, Seoul Dynasty — in the hunt today and tomorrow for that last spot. Houston has a major tiebreaker advantage over Seoul and Los Angeles, but is a game back and still has to face two imposing rivals. Once the favorites, Seoul has been in a tailspin recently and was blanked by Los Angeles Wednesday. [ESPN, ESPN]Drafted a winThe Philadelphia Eagles have the sixth highest weighted draft value on their roster of all Super Bowl champions since 1993. They had the most impact players who were drafted high than any team since the Ravens in 2000, with six of the nine starters on the offensive and defensive lines taken in the first two rounds. [FiveThirtyEight]NHL not represented in OlympicsGiven the league’s decision to not allow players to participate in the Olympic Games, who on earth is actually playing hockey in Pyeongchang? Old timers, it turns out, with plenty of former NHL players suiting up to represent their countries. Canada leads when it comes to aggregate NHL experience, with its team having played a cumulative 5,444 games in the league. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners nail down JimmyJimmy Garoppolo signed a five year $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, $90 million of which is guaranteed in the first three years, and instantly making a player who has seven NFL starts one of the league’s best paid players. [ESPN]Big Number3 tradesThe Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off three explosive trades in the final hours ahead of the NBA trade deadline, first trading Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers, then trading Dwayne Wade to Miami, then trading Iman Shumpert to Sacramento and Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah in a three team deal. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: See more NBA predictions read more

Pogoplug leaves the hard drive integrates Amazons Glacier cloud storage

first_imgPogoplug has introduced a new service for families and small businesses that will compete directly with titans like Dropbox and Google Cloud Drive for safely storing your important files. In order to enter such a competitive market, it needs to bring a differentiating factor to the plate, and it does in the form of Amazon’s new Glacier backup service.The biggest draw for Pogoplug has been that it offered remote access to a physical hard drive in your home. The real promise with the cloud is that if you left an important document on your computer at home, it shouldn’t matter. The cloud is all about having access to your content wherever you are. By introducing Amazon’s super-cheap Glacier backups, PogoPlug offers the best of both worlds — physical storage in your home combined with an offsite cloud store that automatically syncs with your files.Plans for individual or family users start at $29/year for unlimited private cloud storage and 100GB of Amazon Glacier-provided offsite cloud storage. That offers up access for up to 3 users.  That goes up to $99/year for a terabyte and up to 7 users. For small businesses, and more data-intensive customers in general, Pogoplug offers up Pogoplug Team, with monthly rates starting at $19 for 5 users and going up to $99 for 5TB and 25 users.One final feature added this week, which existing users have been demanding, is the ability to drag and drop files into their Pogoplug store. Now you can, simply by dragging files into your browser.More at Pogopluglast_img read more

Mokbel risks losing millions in drug money

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prosecutors are applying to seize the $4 million sum drug lord Tony Mokbel had made selling drugs. The money was made while Mokbel was on the run from his cocaine trial between July 2006 and Jun 2007. Mokbel had run his speed business as a legitimate business, naming it The Company and detailing his accounting in a ledger document called Raymond Wiel. The money was used to pay for his trip to Greece on a luxury yacht and filled his overseas bank accounts to finance his life there. He was extradited from Greece in 2008 on drug trafficking charges. The Court heard last week that Mokbel, who has not been given legal representation, had not received the affidavit informing him of the court order application. The application will be postponed until October 20 to allow Mokbel to read through the documents. Mokbel pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and is due to face a pre-sentence hearing later this month.last_img read more

Man accused of murder arson a regular customer at Sifton store

first_imgThe suspect in the Sifton Market homicide and arson was a frequent customer who told detectives he went there Sunday to rob the clerk.Mitchell Heng, 21, made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and first-degree arson.The former Heritage High School student was arrested Thursday at a relative’s apartment in the vicinity of the burned-out strip mall.According to court documents, Heng admitted to police that he went to Sifton Market early Sunday morning to rob Amy Marie Hooser, 47, who was the store manager.Heng told detectives he followed Hooser to the back of the store and robbed her, taking $80 and a carton of cigarettes — then started the fire and fled.last_img

Crocs to close all of its manufacturing facilities CFO resigning

first_img(WSVN) – They’re a comfortable shoe option for those who spend hours on their feet at work, but Crocs have never been considered fashion-forward. Now the footwear company’s future is unclear.Crocs Inc. said in a press release on Tuesday that it has already closed its manufacturing facility in Mexico, and plans to shutter what it says is its “last manufacturing facility” in Italy.The company says the move is their way to “simplify the business and improve profitability,” but did not give details on where their products will be made in the future.Crocs also announced the resignation of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Carrie Teffner. She will be replaced by Anne Mehlman, the current CFO for Amazon-owned shoe retailer Zappos.Just last month, Crocs debuted a high-heel style of its rubber footwear, which retails for $50 a pair.“Our clogs and sandals continue to perform well, and we are well positioned for the back half of the year,” CEO and president Andrew Rees said in a statement.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of December 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, December 9, 2018:Auction — Burlington Self Storage181549 — Land Court — Pickett — 19 Crescent Street181557 — Williams — Estate — Wilmington(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

The deadly passage to Europe

first_imgOne such man, now in Libyan jail, is Ashraful Ambia from Jakiganj in Sylhet of Bangladesh. His brother told Prothom Alo that, agents took Tk 800,000 initially and claimed another Tk300, 000 after one month he reached Libya.“Ashraful called us from Libya and said if we did not pay the amount, they would kill him,” he added.Ashraful’s brother said that as many as 46 youths from Jakiganj were in Libyan jail.Ashraful’s brother Akhlaq named a certain Shahin Ahmed who allegedly, along with some other agents from Jakiganj, has been cheating people with false promises of sending them to Europe.Among the others arrested, there are migrants from Madaripur, Shariatpur, Faridpur, Noakhali, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria. Some of them are either missing or jailed in Libya.“We sent the names of the jailed Bangladshis to the special branch of police for verifications. The agents will be arrested very soon,” said the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan.Bangladesh embassy in Libya investigated the matter and found that around 146 Bangladeshis were arrested by the Libyan coastguard on 17 and 23 June and handed over to the country’s migration agency.Other migrants went missing after a boat carrying capsized on 19 June.The traffickers use the Dhaka-Abudhabi- sharjah- Alexandria-Benghazi air route and then take the Benghazi-Tripoli-Jowara route till the Meditarrenean coast. Migrants huddle in the compartment of a cargo vessel. AFP File PhotoAt least 280 Bangladeshi nationals are in Libyan jail as illegal immigrants who arrived there via Sudan, Egypt, Aljeria, Dubai and Jordan across the Mediterrenean from April to July, says a letter sent to Bangladesh foreign ministry by Sheikh Sekandar Ali, the embassador to Libya on 6 August.Manpower recruitment agents in Bangladesh say, illegal agents charge almost Tk 800,000 to one million to send a man to Europe via Libya. As soon as the man reaches Libya, the agents in Bangladesh forcefully extract the full payment from the family.The agents then hold the person hostage in Libya and try to extract more money as ransom.Notably, none of the 280 men arrested in Libya have Libyan visas as the Bangladesh government has stopped sending manpower to Libya since 2015.Libya has become a ‘safe route’ for the human traffickers over past few years, according to manpower exporters.Most of the migrants seek to enter Italy, Greece and Spain with the help of these traffickers using the passage through Mediterrenean. Illegal immigrants thus reach various European countries, crossing the Meditarrenean.According to Eurostat, a statistics organisation of European Union, around 100,000 Bangladeshis are living illegally in various countries across Europe.A quarter of the total illegal immigrants using the passage through the Meditarrenean to Europe are Bangladehsis, according to the latest report of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.*This report, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

School Vouchers Top Legislative Priority List But Will It Pass This Session

first_imgRYAN POPPESen. Donna Campbell speaking at 2015 school choice rally.When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools.   Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program.  Supporters tend to call it school choice.  And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.LISTEN: As heard on Texas Public RadioIn a small coffee shop on the west side of Round Rock Leslie Polvado takes a break from her hectic schedule.   The 42-year-old mom runs a non-profit that promotes independent living for people with special needs.  She also home schools her 12-year-old autistic son, Grayson.Round Rock mom, Leslie Polvado CREDIT RYAN POPPE“By looking at him, you would actually probably never know it, unless you knew what to look for,” Palvado says.Polvado says Grayson used to attend public school but the teachers couldn’t handle his disruptive behavior – like talking to himself and others in class.“His school would call me up and say, ‘He is doing this, and I would say, well is anyone in danger? No. Is he causing a major disruption? No.  But, he’s not doing his work. Well, he does have on-task reminders as an accommodation and if he’s balking it, send it home for homework. I’m certified to teach, I can help him with his homework,’” Palvado explains.Polvado says she quit her job as a special education teacher and began homeschooling because she couldn’t afford tuition at a private school which would cost up to $10,000 a year. “Unless you have the funding for private school or you can get past the wait list and get in a charter your options are pretty much possibly an inter-district transfer or home schooling,” Palvado says.State Sen. Donna Campbell, a New Braunfels Republican, believes public school dollars should be used to educate children like Grayson in the program that suits their needs,  even if it’s in a private school.“Traditional public schools do the best they can, but we all know that if you have a specialty of care or a specialty of education for one type of specific student you’re likely to have a better mastery of how education needs to be administered,” Campbell says.The state gives a public school an average of $5,200 each year for each child it educates.  Campbell plans to file legislation that would allow that money to follow a special needs child to whatever school the child decides to attend. “Those dollars are attached to that child whether it’s in a traditional public school or a special needs school, so the state would still be doing their duty but at least the child would be put into an education system that would be best for that child,” Campbell says.The Texas State Teachers Association has consistently opposed shifting public dollars away from traditional public schools. “If Texas was were fully funding public education and they wanted to use additional resources for this, then I don’t know if we’d have much of a problem with this, but the problem is we’re already starting from a deficit for funding public education in Texas,” says Noel Candelaria, the association’s president.Candelaria is a former special education teacher and says he’d be in favor of allowing local school districts to decide if a voucher program like Campbell’s would benefit their local communities.Melissa Bodenger, West Lake Hills mom CREDIT RYAN POPPEBut many parents with special needs children, like Melissa Bodenger, who’ve struggled with traditional public schools see a need for Campbell’s bill. “He did not understand the most basic of concepts, there was no categorization of the world for him, so he could organize his world,” Bodenger says.Bodenger is talking about her 9-year-old autistic son, Josh.  He became agitated with the active, noisy environment of his public school in West Lake Hills.  He’d scream, kick, hit and bite others.“We ended up having to change him to a school that specialized in helping kids with speech language and developmental disorders but it’s what he needed,” Bodenger says.Josh, Bodenger’s nine year old autistic son. CREDIT RYAN POPPEThat private school costs Bodenger over $9,000 a year.“If you take a regular middle class family and they have an autistic child, they are now no longer a middle-class family, their standard of living drops enormously,” Bodenger explains.The Conference of State Legislatures says 11 states allow school vouchers to be used  for special needs or low income children.Sen. Donna Campbell is among Texas lawmakers who want this state to become the 12thCopyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Stretchable Nanotube Films May Advance Medical Electronics Update

first_img( — One of the issues hindering the development of medical electronic devices capable of being implanted in the human body is the lack of suitable materials. Most semiconducting materials are stiff and brittle, while human tissue is soft and pliable. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), appear to have taken a key step forward in implantable electronics research. A nanotube film placed over printed “UCLA” lettering prior to stretching. Image courtesy Qibing Pei. Will carbon nanotubes replace indium tin oxide? Explore further The group studied a very thin nanotube-based material and measured how it responds electrically and optically to extreme strains. As described in the April 22, 2009, online edition of Applied Physics Letters, they found that the material continues to conduct electricity when subjected to strains of more than 700 percent – that is, stretched to seven times its starting dimensions – ceasing to perform only when cracks developed.Implantable medical electronic devices can monitor a variety of bodily functions, including blood pressure, temperature, fluid flow; they can also sense chemical, electrical, and even magnetic properties within the body. But certain devices would require significant flexibility without compromising performance. Currently, the best materials for electronic medical devices develop cracks under less than 10 or 20 percent strain. “Using nanotubes is an obvious solution to the problems that have faced the development of these materials because they have high length-to-width ratios, which means they can bridge the cracked regions to maintain conductivity,” said co-author Qibing Pei, a UCLA materials science professor, to films of randomly distributed carbon nanotubes have been widely studied for a variety of electronics applications. They have displayed a variety of interesting and useful properties, such as very high flexibility, which is key for implantable medical electronics. There have been conflicting studies regarding the toxicity of carbon nanotubes, although recent studies concluded that they are not toxic to mice.The UCLA team first deposited the nanotubes onto a highly elastic substrate so that the films could be properly stretched. They performed the stretching slowly, straining the material both uniformly – with equal strain applied to each end of the film – and non-uniformly. They applied a voltage across the film as it was stretched, measuring the changing electrical response.The group also studied the optical properties of the films, which are transparent before stretching but are rather dark. Prior to stretching, they placed the films over printed letters, observing that the letters appear crisp. As strain is increased the letters became “fuzzy”; simultaneously, the films lightened in color.Using a scanning electron microscope, the group investigated the structural changes that occur during stretching and how they affect the films’ electrical and optical properties. When the nanotubes are spray-deposited, they appear to be uniformly distributed but actually form clusters. As strain is applied the clusters begin to break up, but because the nanotubes are long and thin they form connections between the clusters, which do not disappear but rather become less dense. Thus, the conduction pathways remain intact.The fuzziness that appears in the films is due to the spreading out of the nanotubes, which absorb and scatter light. The color change is due to the thinning of the films, which allows more light to pass through.The researchers say that the films could be made to conduct under even greater strains, with the development of ways to more uniformly deposit the nanotubes onto the substrate or applying a top coat to the films to fill in cracks.More information: Applied Physics Letters 94, 161108 (2009), 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Stretchable Nanotube Films May Advance Medical Electronics (Update) (2009, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

NIA nabs Khagragarh blast accused from MP

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal unit of National Investigation Agency (NIA) has nabbed a Jaamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist from Madhya Pradesh. The terrorist, identified as Jahirul Shaikh, was wanted in the Khagragarh blast case. He has been brought to Kolkata in transit remand on Tuesday.According to sources, since the Khagragarh blast Shaikh had been absconding. He is a resident of Thanarpara area in Nadia and had obtained training from Simuliah madrasa in Burdwan, where several other terrorists used to take shelter. Following his training, Shaikh was given the responsibility of recruiting young men and women and training them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn 2014 October, a blast took place in a house at Khagragarh in Burdwan. During investigation it came to the light that several terrorists used to prepare Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and other high intensity explosives inside the house. During investigation, several JMB terrorists including some top level leaders of the banned organisation were arrested. NIA had also seized a Tata Nano which Shaikh used to drive. Following seizure of the car, NIA officials conducted a raid at Shaikh’s house in Nadia and seized liquid explosive material in huge quantities. Since the last five years, NIA has conducted raids in multiple locations across the country in search of him. However, Shaikh had managed to elude them so far. A few days ago NIA got information about Shaikh hiding in Madhya Pradesh. Based on the information, a raid was conducted and he was arrested. He is being interrogated about his plan and whereabouts of his associates. NIA is also trying to know whether he has any plan to execute during Independence Day.last_img read more

Twilio Flex a fullyprogrammable contact center platform is now generally available

first_imgYesterday, Twilio announced the general availability of Flex. Since its preview announcement in March, Flex has been used by thousands of contact center agents including support and sales teams at Lyft, Scorpion, Shopify, and U-Haul. Twilio Flex is a fully-programmable contact center platform that aims to give businesses complete control over customer engagement. It is a cloud-based platform that provides infinite flexibility in your hands. What functionalities does Flex provide to enterprises? Twilio Flex enables enterprises to do the following: Answer user queries using Autopilot Flex provides a conversational AI platform called Autopilot using which businesses can build custom messaging bots, IVRs, and home assistant apps. These bots are trained with the data pulled by Autopilot using Twilio’s natural language processing engine. Companies can deploy those bots across multiple channels including voice, SMS, Chat Alexa, Slack, and Google Assistant. With these bots, enterprises can also respond to frequently asked questions and if the queries become complex the bots can then transfer the conversation to a human agent. Secure phone payment with Twilio Pay With only one line of code, you can activate the Twilio Pay service that provides businesses the tools needed to process payments over the phone. It relies on secure payment methods such as tokenization to ensure that credit card information is securely handled. Provide a true omnichannel experience Flex gives enterprises access to a number of channels out of the box including voice, SMS, email, chat, video, and Facebook Messenger, among others. Also, agents can switch from channel to channel without losing the conversation or context. Customize user interface programmatically Flex user interfaces are designed with customization in mind. Enterprises can customize the customer-facing components like click-to-call or click-to-chat. It also allows adding entirely new channels or integrating new reporting dashboards to display agent performance or customer satisfaction. Integrate any application Enterprises can integrate their third-party business-critical applications with Flex. These applications may include systems such as customer relationship management (CRM), workforce management (WFM), reporting, analytics, or data stores. Analytics and insights for better customer experience It offers real-time event stream, a supervisor desktop, and admin desktop, which gives supervisors and administrators complete visibility and control over interaction data. Using these analytics and insights they will be able to better monitor and manage an agent’s performance. To know more about Twilio Flex, check out their official announcement. Read Next Twilio acquires SendGrid, a leading Email API Platform, to bring email services to its customers Twilio WhatsApp API: A great tool to reach new businesses Building a two-way interactive chatbot with Twilio: A step-by-step guidelast_img read more

Carnival named Best Cruise Line by USA Today

first_imgCarnival FreedomCarnival Cruise Line took top honors in two categories in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, earning accolades for “Best Cruise Line” and “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” (Carnival Breeze).The awards were based on nominations from a team of cruise industry experts and the winners were determined by an online vote by USA Today readers.Carnival earned “Best Cruise Line” honors for its affordable, high quality vacation experience that offers a variety of onboard features and facilities, from the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to luxurious spas and hilarious comedy shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.Carnival Breeze was named “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” for its wide range of tantalizing culinary options, including Bonsai Sushi, the elegant Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and hand-crafted burgers and fries at Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri.“Receiving this recognition is a wonderful validation of all the hard work our shipboard and shoreside teams put into providing our guests with fun, memorable vacations, which, of course, includes offering an array of delicious dining choices that are considered a highlight of a Carnival cruise,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.“We would also like to thank our valued travel agent partners for their support in sharing the myriad benefits and exceptional value of cruise vacations with their clients,” she added. Carnival Cruise LineSource = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

Matt Martin Real Estate Management Appoints COO

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share In the Dallas area, “”Matt Martin Real Estate Management LLC””: (MMREM) welcomed Jo Ann Kruse as COO of MMREM and its subsidiaries.[IMAGE]Kruse brings three decades of experience to her new post, coming to MMREM from her most recent position at the Impac Companies in California, where she served in several senior positions over the past six years. Under her [COLUMN_BREAK]guidance, mortgage production quadrupled to more than $3.6 billion in annual run rate.Prior to that, she held senior and executive risk management positions at Countrywide, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and KPMG.Matt Martin, chairman and CEO of MMREM, said Kruse’s experience in managing and growing organizations “”will be invaluable as MMREM continues to expand.””””MMREM has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, and as we continue to grow in size and business offerings, we need an executive of Jo Ann’s caliber to keep the operations running at optimal levels,”” Martin said.For her part, Kruse said she’s excited to work with MMREM, “”a very dynamic company with a tremendous future.””””I look forward to bringing my experience to this energetic team and managing the operations as MMREM grows to serve the private and public sectors with the industry’s most effective real estate services,”” she said. New,Matt Martin Real Estate Management Appoints COOcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2014-01-08 Tory Barringer January 8, 2014 479 Views last_img read more