10 months agoCrystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season. last_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Linebackers Joe Burger And Craig Fada Show Off Their Apartment On “OSU Cribs”

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When it comes to college housing, Ohio State football players have it pretty good. Buckeye linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada showed off their apartment on the first episode of “OSU Cribs,” and we must say, they have a pretty nice pad. There is plenty of Ohio State-themed memorabilia around, as you’d expect, but they also show off the strobe light and fog machine set up. And of course, like any good episode of Cribs, we get a look at the players’ cars.Playing football at Ohio State looks like a decent time. Not that we didn’t already know it.last_img read more

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CM announces regularisation of guest lecturers parttime teachers

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced regularisation of services of guest lecturers, part-time teachers and whole-time contractual college teachers, while at the same time coming down on the para-teachers and government employees for resorting to frequent agitation, pressing for their demands.She also made it clear that the service of the teachers would be ensured till 60 years, along with a gratuity hike for the teachers from Rs one lakh to Rs 3 lakh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The state government would designate the guest lecturers, part-time teachers and whole-time teachers of colleges as ‘State Aided College Teachers’ (SACT). They will be divided into two categories- those who meet UGC criteria would come under Category I, while those who do not meet the UGC criteria would come under Category II,” Banerjee announced at the administrative review meeting of Howrah district at Sarat Sadan. In Category I, teachers with above 10 years of teaching experience would get Rs 30,000 per month and those with less than 10 years experience would be paid Rs 26,000. Under Category II, teachers with above 10 years experience would be paid Rs 20,000, while those with up to 10 years experience would be paid Rs 15,000. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPresently, as per figures of the state Higher Education department, there are around 13,500 such teachers in colleges, who will come under the ambit of SACT. “There will be pay protection for the teachers who currently receive higher remunerations. The teachers will get a pay hike in remuneration at the rate of 3 percent every year. Earlier it was 3 percent in three years,” Banerjee added. The Chief Minister made it clear that henceforth colleges cannot appoint any teacher without approval of the state Higher Education department and the teachers would have to take the number of classes as prescribed by the government. “During the Left Front’s tenure, the governing bodies of colleges had appointed these teachers with a paltry remuneration. These teachers had approached us and we have now decided to regularise them,” said Partha Chatterjee, state Education minister. Banerjee also hit out at the para-teachers agitating over demand of wage hike. “These teachers recruited by the erstwhile Left Front government were getting only Rs 4,000 in 2012. We have increased it to Rs 8,000 in 2018. Now, within one year, they are demanding another hike. They are threatening to call a strike. I respect teachers but what kind of educators are they who refuse to attend classes by joining a strike?” she questioned. She also hit out at a section of government employees for their continuous demand for dearness allowance (DA). “Bengal is the only state in the country that provides pension. Tripura used to give pension but it has stopped now. The IPS and IAS officers don’t get pension either. Even after paying Rs 56,000 crore as debt we provide 123 percent DA. Despite doing so much, the demands continue. Should we go on meeting their demands and stop services for common people?” she asserted. Banerjee said that DA will be given to the maximum extent possible, after receiving recommendations from the pay commission.last_img read more

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Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts.The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service.In a blog post , the company says hackers exploited a bug that affected its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. That would let attackers steal the “access tokens” Facebook uses to keep people logged in. Possession of those tokens would allow attackers to “seize control” of user accounts, Facebook said.Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.Facebook says it doesn’t know who is behind the attacks or where they’re based. In a call with reporters on Friday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company doesn’t know yet if any of the accounts that were hacked were misused.Jake Williams, a security expert at Rendition Infosec, said the stolen access tokens would have likely allowed attackers to view private posts and probably post status updates or shared posts as the compromised user, but wouldn’t affect passwords.“The bigger concern (and something we don’t know yet) is whether third party applications were impacted,” Williams said in a text exchange. “Facebook offers a login service for third parties to allow users to log into their apps using Facebook. In other words, Facebook is providing the identity management for countless other sites and services. These access tokens that were stolen show when a user is logged into Facebook and that may be enough to access a user’s account on a third party site.News broke early this year that data analytics firm that once worked for the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, had gained access to personal data from millions of user profiles. Then a congressional investigation found that agents from Russia and other countries have been posting fake political ads since at least 2016. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a Congressional hearing over Facebook’s privacy policies in April.Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide. The company said people do not need to change their Facebook passwords, but anyone having trouble logging on should visit the site’s help centre . Those who want to log out can visit the “Security and Login” section of their settings, which lists the places that people are logged into Facebook. It has a one-click option of logging out of all locations.Ed Mierzwinski, the senior director of consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, said the breach was “very troubling.”“It’s yet another warning that Congress must not enact any national data security or data breach legislation that weakens current state privacy laws, preempts the rights of states to pass new laws that protect their consumers better, or denies their attorneys general rights to investigate violations of or enforce those laws,” he said in a statement.Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said “the most important point is that we found out from them,” meaning Facebook, as opposed to a third party.“As a user, I want Facebook to proactively protect my data and let me know when it’s compromised,” he said. “Shareholders should ultimately approve of Facebook’s handling of the issue.”___An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the day of Mark Zuckerberg’s call with reporters.___AP technology reporter Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Notley says Trudeau promised new timeline on Trans Mountain pipeline in weeks

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a revised timeline within weeks to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Notley says she is satisfied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she says she expects Ottawa to move quickly given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project. The Appeal Court quashed the expansion on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Notley says full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out but says it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact assessment without restarting a lengthy hearing process.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.Notley and Trudeau met Wednesday in Edmonton to discuss the expansion project.Ottawa has already done a lot of work beefing up marine safety on the B.C. coast and it’s Alberta’s hope that this work can be included in the missing impact assessment, Notley said Thursday. In the meantime, Notley has pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, which includes a price on carbon, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the Trans Mountain project is back on track.last_img read more

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Industrial production dips 0.1% in March… lowest in 21 months

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s industrial production contracted by 0.1 per cent in March this year, the lowest in 21 months, mainly due to manufacturing sector slow down, official data showed Friday. Factory output, as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 5.3 per cent in March 2018, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). IIP’s previous low was recorded in June 2017, when output shrank by 0.3 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOn annual basis, IIP growth slowed to three-year low of 3.6 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal as against 4.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. Industrial production growth was 4.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent in 2016-17 and 2015-16, respectively. Meanwhile, Index of Industrial Production growth for February 2019 has been revised downwards to 0.07 per cent from 0.1 per cent earlier. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the IIP, contracted by 0.4 per cent in March as compared to 5.7 per cent expansion in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCapital goods output declined by 8.7 per cent in the month under review as against 3.1 per cent contraction in March 2018. Power sector growth slowed to 2.2 per cent in March as compared to 5.9 per cent a year ago. Mining sector growth also dropped to 0.8 per cent in March compared to 3.1 per cent expansion a year ago. As per use-based classification, growth rates in March 2019 are 2.5 per cent in primary goods, (-) 2.5 per cent in intermediate goods and 6.4 per cent in infrastructure/ construction goods. Similarly, consumer durables and consumer non-durables have recorded growth of (-) 5.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 12 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during March 2019 as compared to same month a year ago.last_img read more

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Millions of Extra Government Revenue to rollover to upcoming Fiscal Year

first_img Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:government revenue, washington misick Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jan 2015 – For the first time in three years, the Turks and Caicos is poised to hear the Budget Communication from the Government on time. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Finance revealed that the preliminary FSPS or Financial and Strategic Policy Statement is being prepared for presentation to the House of Assembly. But that is not what the PNP Administration is touting as the biggest success here; the government explains that strong negotiation from their side has caused the UK ministers to acquiesce to a push to have unspent monies rolled over into this new financial year projected to start on time in April. Finance Minister Washington Misick said: “We are able to do this because of this country’s prudent economic path. Since we were elected in 2012, the TCI has experienced above average Caribbean growth, and improved government revenues. This agreement will ensure that (we)rollover approximately $6m to support our policy commitments, rather than otherwise reallocating these monies to debt reduction.” And there is insight into what the new FSPS will contain including: “the proposed pay and grading review, to address pay anomalies in the public service and (we will) assist in the recruitment and retention of critical front line staff.” There are said to be as many as nine other stand out and priority areas of the Rufus Ewing led government, these falling in line explained Minister Washy with the party’s platform. Those areas were named as: Environmental protection, Environmental cleanliness, Strengthening of Local Governance in the family islands, Marketing and promotion of the family islands as tourist destinations, Cultural and heritage celebration, Youth development, Government information service, Tertiary education – scholarship allocation, increased funding for TCI Community College and Civil Servants training and the monitoring of the existing PPP with Inter-Health Canada to improve value for money. last_img read more

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Army Would Grow Slightly under Services Plan for 2028

first_imgThe Army’s vision statement outlining the challenges it will face by 2028 and how it will overcome them calls for the service’s active-duty end strength to rise to 500,000. The service currently is slated to grow to 483,500 by Oct. 1. The FY 2019 defense authorization bill passed by the House directs the service to add 4,000 active-duty personnel, matching the administration’s budget request. The version advancing in the Senate calls for adding only 2,241 soldiers next year.“I think a vision, by its nature, is aspirational, but we are doing things now to plan, prepare or implement it,” Secretary Mark Esper told Army Times.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Allyson Manners Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Tovala tech is coming to LG smart ovens

first_img $249 Tovala Smart Oven Gen 2 See it Mentioned Above Tovala Smart Oven Gen 2 Share your voice See All The LG LWC3063BD will be compatible with Tovala IQ technology for scanning meals by barcode. LG Just last week, Tovala announced expansion into recognizing grocery store frozen food on its $349 smart countertop oven. Monday, ahead of KBIS 2019, LG announced plans to integrate Tovala IQ technology into its smart ovens and ranges.tovala-still-0The Tovala countertop oven is now in its second generation. Vanessa Salas/CNET Tovala’s countertop oven recognizes Tovala brand meal kits or frozen food items from Trader Joes when you hold the barcode up to the oven’s scanner. Tovala Meals are sold via Tovala’s website as weekly subscriptions ranging from three to 12 meals per week at $12 each. That isn’t cheap, but the meals we tested while reviewing Tovala’s latest oven tasted good and came in large portions.With the LG smart oven integration, you will scan the meal’s barcode on your mobile device’s Tovala app, then place the meal in the oven and press start in the app. From there, the LG smart oven or range automatically preheats and cycles through the temperatures and cooking techniques specific to that meal.LG works with several other recipe and smart cooking partners, including Innit, SideChef and Drop. Those platforms allow users to curate personalized meals from recipes available via the apps and send cooking instructions to their LG range or oven. Innit is coming to LG’s Wi-Fi enabled luxury line, Signature Kitchen Suite, this year.There’s no word yet on the pricing or availability of LG’s new Tovala feature, highlighted in the LG LWC3063BD double wall oven. However, the team at LG told me the feature will work with 2019 smart ovens and perhaps retroactively with 2018 models. CNET Smart Home Ovens Small Appliances Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Post a comment LG Tags CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) • Review • This meal-kit based oven can help you cook with your own ingredients too 0 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected reading • Tovala tech is coming to LG smart ovenslast_img read more

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Eid Mubarak Best quotes wishes images SMS Quran verses to share on

first_imgDo you know the meaning of EID?E – Embrace with an open heartI – Inspire with impressive attitudeD – Distribute pleasure to allMay this Eid be as bright as ever The new moon has been sighted and its the time to celebrate the end of Ramadan season. Wishing you the warm greetings of the festival. Happy Eid 2017 wishes to you and your family. Before the golden Sun rises, let me decorate each of its rays with wishes of success, prosperity and happiness for you and your loved ones! Eid Mubarak! Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant. May the blessings you seek make you a better person. Happy Eid al-Fitr 2017.Images & GIFsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2019123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsQuran verses & HadithTaqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum. (“May Allah accept from us, and from you.”)Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! — (May every year find you in good health!)”O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” — al-Baqarah, 2:183″O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183″The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you.” — Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N100″Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” — Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated by A’isha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari, vol. 8, hadith 471. India to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on June 16 May God send his Love like Sunshine in his warm and gentle ways to fill every corner of your Heart and filled your Life with a lot of Happiness like this EID DAY. Wishing you EID MUBARAK. It’s more than just an Eid wish, more than a message too. For it comes with warm and loving thoughts because it’s meant for you.center_img Close After congregational Eid prayer, Sentiment reciprocated with a deep sense of Gratitude and manifestation. Very very happy Eid to you and your family. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:09Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Eid al-Fitr (Eid ul-Fitr) 2019 has been confirmed in Saudi Arabia, UAE and most of the countries around the world. On this auspicious day, which also marks the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the fact that they were able to fully deliver on their Almighty’s command by fasting for a month and seeking closeness to and forgiveness from Allah. Eid al-Fitr is the big payday for the Muslims who spent the month obeying Allah.Eid al-Fitr (festival of fast-breaking) is one of the two biggest festivals celebrated by Muslims around the world besides Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice). On this day, Muslims who followed Ramadan with absolute faith are forgiven for their past sins. The celebrations of Eid are carried over for three days, during which Muslims greet friends and relatives and an environment of joy and delight is created everywhere.Muslims on this day exchange greetings with each other, in person or over the phone. With the ease of sending instant messages, images, GIFs and more, people can wish their friends and family on Eid. Here are a few messages, quotes, SMS and Quran verses you can use to add that extra affection and personalisation to your wishes. [Representational image]Creative CommonsHope Love & Laughter. Warmth & wishes joy and a Bouquet of Eid Wishes, Especially for you!!! EID MUBARAKlast_img read more

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Despite US sanctions Iran becomes Indias second largest oil supplier

first_imgA gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005 (representational image).Reuters fileIran was the second-biggest oil supplier to Indian state refiners between April and June, India’s oil minister said on Monday, replacing Saudi Arabia as companies took advantage of steeper discounts offered by Tehran.India, Iran’s top oil client after China, shipped in 5.67 million tonnes or about 457,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from the country in the first three months of this fiscal year, Dharmendra Pradhan told lawmakers in a written reply.He did not provide comparable numbers from the year-ago period. Data compiled by Reuters shows that India imported about 3.46 million tonnes, or about 279,000 bpd, from Iran between April and June last year.State refiners, accounting for about 60 percent of India’s 5 million bpd refining capacity, had curbed imports from Iran last year in protest against Tehran’s move to grant development rights for the giant Farzad B gas field to other parties.The refiners – Indian Oil Corp, Chennai Petroleum Corp, Bharat Petroleum and its unit Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals – shipped in 9.8 million tonnes of Iranian oil in 2017/18, about a quarter less than a year ago, Pradhan’s reply showed.For this fiscal year, the refiners had decided to almost double imports from Iran, which offered almost free shipping and extended credit period on oil sales.Iraq continued to be the top oil supplier to India in the April-June period. New Delhi shipped in 7.27 million tonnes of oil from Iraq, while shipments from Saudi Arabia totalled 5.22 million tonnes, making it the third largest supplier, Pradhan’s statement showed.India and other major buyers of Iranian oil are under pressure to cut imports from the country after Washington in May withdrew from a 2005 nuclear deal with Tehran and decided to reimpose sanctions on the OPEC member.Reuters reported last month that India had asked refiners to prepare for drastic reductions or even zero Iranian oil imports. The first set of sanctions will take effect on Aug. 6 and the rest, notably in the petroleum sector, following a 180-day “wind-down period” ending on Nov. 4.”Indian refineries import crude oil from diverse sources including Iran, depending on technical and commercial considerations,” Pradhan said, without elaborating if the refiners would cut imports from Tehran.India’s overall oil imports from Iran in June declined by about 16 percent from May as refiners started weaning their plants off crude from Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions.last_img read more

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Man held for making derogatory remarks about PM on Facebook

first_imgDigital Security ActMembers of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a man from Balirhat in Chattogram early Wednesday on charges of posting ‘derogatory remarks’ about prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.The arrestee was Tofazzal Hossain Helal, 40, son of Md Nasir of the area.Tipped off, a team of RAB-7 conducted a drive at Helal’s residence and arrested him around 5:00am, said Mehedi Hasan, commanding officer of RAB-7 in Chandgaon.A case will be filed with Chandgaon police station in this connection, the RAB official added.last_img read more

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Accused criminal killed in gunfight 7 cops injured

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAn accused criminal was killed and seven members of law enforcers injured on Monday in a gunfight between police and miscreants in Kolabagicha area of Asadganj in Chattogram district town, reports UNB.The deceased is Wasim Parvez, an accused and top criminal, Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Mohsin said.Seven cops among the injured were assistant sub-inspectors Sukumar, 35, Mahbub Alam, 32, Abul Hayat Arefin, 35, and police members Jakir, 40, Shahzahan, 35, Salauddin, 40, and Ranajit.Mohsin said police conducted a drive to arrest accused Wasim Parvez, against whom a warrant was out, and Ashik in the area while the miscreants attacked police and tried to snatch away the accused.For self-defense police had to fire gunshots, during which Wasim sustained bullet wounds and seven police members were also injured, he said.Wasim later succumbed to his injuries after being taken to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital in the evening.last_img read more

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Venezuelans find ways to cope with inflation hunger

first_imgIn this file picture taken on March 15, 2019 a fisherman sits on a boat by Lake Maracaibo in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo. Venezuela is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis due to shortages of food and medicine exacerbated by hyperinflation. People are turning to fishing and hunting to take some food home. AFPFrancibel Contreras brings her three malnourished children to a soup kitchen in the dangerous hillside Caracas slum of Petare where they scoop in spoonfuls of rice and scrambled eggs in what could be their only meal of the day.Part of the tragedy of daily life in socialist Venezuela can be glimpsed in this small volunteer soup kitchen in the heart of one of Latin America’s biggest slums, which helps dozens of children as well as unemployed mothers who can no longer feed them.Some Venezuelans manage to endure the nation’s economic meltdown by clinging to the shrinking number of well-paid jobs or by receiving some of the hundreds of millions of dollars sent home by friends and relatives abroad – a quantity that has swollen in recent years as millions of Venezuelans have fled.But a growing percentage of people across the country, especially in slums like Petare, are struggling to cope.Contreras’s husband, Jorge Flores, used to have a small stand at a local market selling things like bananas and yucca, eggs and lunchmeat – trying to scrape out a profit in a place where hyperinflation often made his wholesale costs double from day to day. Then he was robbed at gunpoint by a local gang. And his brother crashed the motorcycle he used to supply his stand.So Flores abandoned the market stall and looked for other work. He does some plumbing jobs and the family has turned its living room into a barbershop, sheltered beneath a corrugated metal roof held down by loose bricks and planks. It’s decorated with origami-like stars that the family has made out of Venezuela’s colorful but rapidly depreciating bolivar bills.”Our currency is worthless,” Contreras said. “These days, I prefer trading a bag of flour for a manicure or a haircut.”The scarcity of milk, medicine and other basics – along with routine violence – has eroded support for socialist President Nicolas Maduro even in poor neighborhoods like Petare that once were his strongholds. Maduro says there’s an opposition-led plot to oust him from power and says U.S. economic sanctions and local opposition sabotage are responsible for the meltdown.Various local polls show he retains support from roughly a fifth of the population, many of them ideological stalwarts, government-connected insiders or poor voters dependent on government handouts, including the so-called CLAP boxes of oil, flour, rice, pasta, canned tuna and other goods that arrive several times a year.Contreras’ family of four gets those boxes, but it’s not enough to get by on for long. For months, they’ve been relying on the soup kitchen launched by opposition politicians as the main source of protein for their children. On a recent day, her 7-year-old son Jorbeicker played a pickup soccer game in the hilly, dusty streets in front of her home, while her husband practiced styling his mother’s hair.”I’m barely getting by,” Flores said, scissors in hand.The four-day power outage that brought most of Venezuela to a halt this month added to Flores’ misery. He wasn’t able to use the electric clippers needed to give customers the sort of trims they demand.”It hit us in a big way,” he said. “You absolutely need the clippers.”The couple estimates the power outage cost the family the equivalent of $11 in missed haircuts – a significant sum in a country where the minimum wage amounts to $6 a month, even if most people supplement that figure by working side jobs and pooling resources with friends and neighbors.Contreras and Flores charge 2,500 bolivars – about 70 U.S. cents – for a trim. A government-subsidized kilogram of flour can cost almost three times that, and Contreras says that lines for the rationed goods can be endless and she sometimes comes back empty-handed. She also said she feels unsafe in the lines. Dozens of people have been killed in gang crossfires over the years, and some have been crushed to death when lines of shoppers turned into stampedes of desperate looters.Next-door neighbor Dugleidi Salcedo sent her 4-year-old daughter to live with an aunt in the city of Maracay, two hours away, because she could no longer feed her. “My boys cry,” the single mother of four said. “But they resist more than her when I tell them that there’s no food.”After walking back from the soup kitchen, she opened the rusty door to her home of scraped, mint-colored walls. Inside, her 11-year-old son Daniel, who was born partially paralyzed and with developmental disabilities, lay on a stained couch while flies flew over his twisted, uncovered legs.When she took the lid off a plastic container to show her last bag of flour, a cockroach crawled out, making her jump back and scream.”This is so tough,” she said. “I don’t have a job. I don’t have any money.”Salcedo used to sell baked goods and juices to neighbors from the window of her kitchen. Then, her fridge broke down and she couldn’t find the money to fix it.These days, she relies on the kindness of neighbors, or asks a friend who owns a small food shop for credit while she waits for loans from family members in other parts of Venezuela.”This country has never been as bad,” the 28-year-old said. “Just buying some rice or flour is something so hard, so expensive, and often, they don’t even have any.”A few days later, thieves broke into the soup kitchen and stole food. Then, a fire broke out in the slum, burning 17 homes to the ground. It was caused by candles that were apparently being used for light after a power outage – an almost everyday occurrence in many parts of Venezuela. Opposition lawmaker Manuela Bolivar, whose Nodriza Project runs the soup kitchen, said that when firefighters arrived, they lacked water and had to put out the blaze with dirt.”It’s a social earthquake,” Bolivar said.”They lose their homes. They’re left in the open air. The soup kitchen was robbed. It’s so many adversities: It’s the infections, the lack of water and food.”At an outdoor market a short distance from Petare in the middle-class district of Los Dos Caminos, Carmen Gimenez shopped for carrots and other vegetables for a stew. When her 14-year-old daughter Camila asked if they could take some other products, she told her that they would have to stick to the basics.Although she has a job at a bank, she still struggles to make ends meet.”It doesn’t matter where you live. The need is the same,” said Gimenez, 43.”The poor, the rich, and the middle class – we’re all suffering somehow because the government has leveled us all downwards,” she adds with anger. “How did they dominate us? Through the stomach.”last_img read more

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Southern Baptists give greater attention to diversity but acknowledge more needed

first_img Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,In new book, Muslim doctor encourages Christians to ‘love thy neighbor’ Tagsdiversity homepage featured inclusion J.D. Greear racial reconciliation Southern Baptist Convention women’s roles,You may also like By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists re-elected their president, adopted statements on their views about major cultural issues, and discussed how to deal with sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the church.They also brought to center stage questions about church leadership roles that are appropriate for women in the church.North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, who was elected Tuesday (June 11) to a second one-year term as president, had emphasized a “Gospel Above All” theme for the meeting. He said that message was linked to multicultural worship music throughout the meeting and the inclusive approach Baptists took in appointing leaders to the convention’s various committees.“We’re not where we need to be on those things, but I believe a signal has been sent that we believe that’s where we need to go,” he said at a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday.“Now it’s on us to take the right steps at the right time and to move in a way that shows that it’s not words or virtue signaling but it’s something that we mean because we believe the Bible teaches it.”RELATED: Southern Baptists approve amendments dealing with sexual abuse, racismSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said that in the past, issues of diversity were usually discussed mostly in hallways among small groups of church delegates, known as messengers. At this meeting, the conversations were held on the main stage of the gathering, which drew more than 8,000 messengers.A Wednesday panel discussion on the value of women talked about whether a woman could be pastor (no, since the SBC’s doctrine limits that role to men) and whether a woman could one day become a president of the Southern Baptist Convention (maybe, since nothing in the SBC’s governing documents precludes women from that role).A messenger speaks to a motion during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the BJCC, June 12, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. (RNS Photo/Butch Dill)Panelists in a Tuesday discussion on racial reconciliation addressed how the issue affects both local congregations and the larger church. A pastor on the panel mentioned how a church member left his congregation when the congregant disagreed with the minister’s support of Baptists’ vote several years ago to repudiate the Confederate flag. Another mentioned how people of color are not likely to get to executive meeting rooms until they are in the same dining rooms with influential white leaders.“It was definitely a different convention,” said Mohler. “There were more women’s voices and, by intentionality, more voices from African Americans and others who we very much want to be a part of the future of the Southern Baptist Convention.”Pastor Dwight McKissic, a Texas minister who has advocated for more minorities and women to be placed in positions of leadership, agreed the issue of inclusion was highlighted at the meeting.“It was clearly a move in that direction, stronger than I’ve ever seen, and I welcomed it and celebrate it,” he said.Still, McKissic was concerned about a lack of diversity in the leadership of major Southern Baptist entities. He noted that the trustee chairman of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary told messengers the search committee had considered several minority candidates when hiring a new president. But McKissic was disappointed that the board chair of the Executive Committee declined to be as forthcoming about details of its recent hiring process for a new president.RELATED: Southern Baptist historic gavel a reminder of racist legacyAbuse victim advocates noted the many actions Southern Baptists took on the abuse issue — including the introduction of “Caring Well” handbooks and video resources. But they still urged the convention to set up a database to help track abusers and keep them from moving from church to church.Messengers hold up an SBC abuse handbook while taking a challenge to stop sexual abuse during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the BJCC, June 12, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. RNS photo by Butch Dill“A clergy database must be established, documenting confessed, convicted or credibly accused abusers,” said advocate Cheryl Summers at a rally she organized outside the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday. “We have seen some progress, but there is a lot more work to be done.”On Wednesday, Baptists also passed resolutions, nonbinding statements that give a sense of the views of those gathered for the annual meeting. They included:Urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and celebrating “recent bipartisan gains in state legislatures that restrict abortion.”Calling the U.S. government to make religious liberty “a top priority of American foreign policy in its engagement with North Korea and China.”Recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as “analytical tools” but repudiating their misuse.Urging the president and Congress to not include women in the Selective Service military registration, “which would be to act against the plain testimony of Scripture and nature.”Affirming their “commitment to Christ comes before commitment to any political party.” Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

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Titi monkeys use probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Vigilant male titi, standing against a tree. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi Citation: Titi monkeys use probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group (2019, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-titi-monkeys-probabilistic-predator-group.html Journal information: Science Advances PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further © 2019 Science X Network PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A male titi monkey calling to a tayra on the ground. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi More information: Mélissa Berthet et al. Titi monkeys combine alarm calls to create probabilistic meaning, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav3991 Play A male titi monkey calling to an oncilla in the canopy. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi center_img A team of researchers with the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland and the University of St Andrews in the U.K., has found evidence of titi monkeys using probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group to the presence of different kinds of danger. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of several groups of titi monkeys in the wild and what they found. Play A male titi monkey calling to an unknown human observer. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Field study shows titi monkeys convey both location and predator type with vocal alarms Play A female titi monkey calling to a predator on the ground. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi Titi monkeys are small, social monkeys native to South America. They survive mainly by eating fruit, but also consume other vegetation and even small animals occasionally. They also serve as food for a wide range of predators, which has led to the evolution of warning systems. In this new effort, the researchers focused on the black-fronted titi monkeys living in Brazil. Prior studies have shown that their warning system has evolved to the point that individuals can tell others if they have spotted a flying predator (by giving an A call) or a ground predator (by giving a B call). Interestingly, prior research has also shown that they can mix their calls if needed, for instance, if a raptor lands on the ground, or a terrestrial predator climbs into the trees. In this new effort, the researchers have found that the warning calls of the titi monkeys are even more complex than previously thought.To learn more about the warning calls of the titi monkeys, the researchers ventured into their natural forest habitat and observed six families of them as they responded to decoy threats—stuffed predators the researchers placed in watchable locations. They not only recorded the calls the monkeys made, but also noted where they were looking when they made them and when the others listened to them.The researchers found that warning messages were encoded with information based on the proportion of call types. They suggest this indicates that probabilistic meaning was involved in the calls, which allowed the monkeys to add more information for others who were listening. The researchers suggest their findings could lead to better understanding whether human speech evolved from similar types of communications. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A male titi monkey spots a tayra on the ground, calls and mobs. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi 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.last_img read more

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Addressing growing burden of heart diseases

first_imgThe Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”last_img read more

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The advent of wellfunded global content buyers su

first_imgThe advent of well-funded global content buyers such as Netflix and Amazon is not translating directly into more money being available for small and medium sized producers and in some respects it may be more difficult to finance projects still in development, according to film and TV producer Aleksandra Bosnjak, who will be speaking on this topic at the forthcoming TV Connect event in London.“There are more sources of financing out there in the playground. Outsiders would definitely think there is more money and more buyers – with very deep pockets to finance your project,” Bosnjak, producer at Adriatica Films and a former strategic planning manager at Viacom, told DTVE in an interview ahead of TV Connect.“However, this doesn’t necessarily mean there is more money, because content is a high risk business. Even Amazon and Netflix, if they acquire a project, will not give you the money upfront. The money is spread over four to five years, so if you plan to use that to finance your project you have to calculate the interest rate, and then it becomes very difficult to put the financial structures together, especially during the development phase of the project,” she said.Bosnjak said that even global players like Netflix are taking a calculated risk with projects, so even if they acquire something they will calculate their spend against the expected subscriber growth as a result.“It is not much different in terms of risk management from the buyers’ point of view. Yes, there is more money, but it doesn’t mean it is easier. In fact, in some cases it may be even more difficult, unless the story is already filmed,” she said.Bosnjak said that small to medium producers looking to do globally successfully content need partners. Projects need typically three or four partners and pre-sales deals, ideally with “talent attached” to the project, she said.“The distribution challenge is always there. Even if you have a good story you need to have partners. Partners are how anything happens in film.”Bosnjak said producers nevertheless are increasingly looking direct to distribution platforms to help get projects off the ground, and added that she believes social media platforms such as Facebook will play an increasingly important role.“Ideally your project is backed by one of the big super-independents in the US or a studio and they take care of everything and the revenue will trickle down. But increasingly we find ourselves going direct to platforms and there are more of these emerging. I strongly believe that social media players will be big in the world of distribution. I can’t envisage a Facebook not tapping into its huge subscriber base and using it as collateral to back some of the content that resonates with millennials and younger audiences that, frankly, do not watch much TV. It is really that element that will play an important role in the future of content distribution.”Bosnjak said that fragmentation of audiences was having a negative impact on advertising as a source of revenue. She said that in the future content will have to take into account the context of how it is consumed – the level of attention given to it and the type of devices that it is viewed on, for example.“You may be increasing programming spend but not getting a return in terms of ad revenue. That is why we have seen big guys’ contracting in terms of their profit. For me the big challenge comes form social media because that is where the younger audiences are spending their time. We have to adapt content to attention and fragmentation and that will produce new formats and, possibly, more money for smaller producers to get involved in very innovative formats.”last_img read more

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Lagardère Active the part of French media group L

first_imgLagardère Active, the part of French media group Lagardère that houses the group’s TV channels, saw its revenues slide by 3.6% last year to €895 million, with a strong performance from TV being offset by a decline in press advertising and a lowering of the audience for radio service Europe 1.Overall, advertising revenues including TV dropped by 1.8%, with losses elsewhere being compensated by a stronger performance in TV.Lagardère Active’s operating profit was up €5 million at €75 million, with operating margin standing at 8.4%, pushed up by TV advertising sales and cost cutting in the press and radio activities.Despite the relative strength of Lagardère’s TV arm, including flagship kids channel Gulli, the company last month entered into exclusive talks with commercial broadcaster M6 Group for the sale of its TV channels.Lagardère, which has decided to focus on the development of its publishing and travel retail activities and to exit broadcasting, is in exclusive talks with RTL-owned M6 for the sale of all of its TV channels with the exception of classical music service Mezzo. The portfolio comprises kids channel Gulli, youth oriented Canal J, TiJi, Elle Girl TV, MCM, MCM Top and RFM TV.last_img read more

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