first_imgYou can’t put your arms around a memory, the song tells us, and this is true.It’s still nice to have a keepsake in your possession, however. Something physical, something concrete. Something you can touch. A memento. The box in which those memories were gifted, as it were. Advertisement Twitter The Matador was — is, I should say, since it seems premature to pronounce the 103-year-old ballroom at 466 Dovercourt Rd. completely dead just yet — a catalytic “container” for the memories of countless Torontonians. Hazy memories, a lot of them, to be sure. But memories nonetheless. And those memories have value. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When it became common knowledge this past week that the Matador was sold last Saturday to a “private buyer” with connections to a prominent local condo-development company after a heroic, nine-year effort on the part of former owner Paul McCaughey to reopen the one-time Dovercourt Assembly Hall and First World War-era dance hall as a public venue of some sort, a lot of those Torontonians with fond memories of the place were understandably baffled, saddened and worried for its ultimate fate. We know what happens to sacred spaces in this city when they’re sold: they become condominiums or a drugstore. Or both.Maybe the Matador will be fine. Maybe the new owner is a dreamer, too. I’d love to talk to him about his plans. But I know for a fact there’s an offer already in from someone on at least one other property along the adjacent block to the immediate south on College St., and when one takes into account the amount of real estate the Matador “footprint” occupies behind that strip — kitty-corner to the busy West End YMCA — it’s easy to make assumptions. And if it goes the way everyone assumes it will and the Matador and everything around it are subsumed two or three or four years from now into a stylish and shapely new four- or five-storey luxury condo, that’ll be a bummer. That’ll be the city of Toronto’s failure. Login/Register With: Facebook The Matador’s famed sign in 2002. Richard Lautens *p66 x / TORONTO STARlast_img read more

Morocco Tops 2014 Arab Democracy Index

Rabat – Morocco took the first place in the 2014 Arab Democracy Index which measures the level of democracy, freedom of expression and the rule of law in Arab speaking countries.Morocco came ahead of Jordan and Algeria in the Index published by the Arab Reform Initiative.The Index was based on a survey in which 55.9% of respondents considered as important the political reforms undertaken by Morocco. The index also takes into account indicators relating to the rule of law, transparency and the performance of governmental institutions.

The Latest Judge denies Nevadas plutonium injunction bid

RENO, Nev. — The Latest on a federal court battle over the shipment of weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada (all times local):11:15 a.m.A federal judge has denied Nevada’s latest request to immediately block all future shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a national security site north of Las Vegas.U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du denied the state’s request for a temporary restraining order on Thursday, a day after the Energy Department revealed it already has shipped one-half metric ton of the highly radioactive material from South Carolina to Nevada.The judge in Reno says she will allow to proceed on a regular schedule proceedings related to the merits of a lawsuit Nevada filed in November seeking to block plans the Energy Department approved in August to transfer a full metric ton of plutonium to Nevada.The department disclosed for the first time Wednesday it secretly trucked half that much to the site near Las Vegas sometime before November and said it doesn’t intend to ship any more there._____10 a.m.A federal judge has denied Nevada’s initial request to block the shipment of weapons-grade plutonium that the Energy Department has revealed already occurred months ago.The judge in Reno is now considering a new plea from Nevada for another injunction to prevent any further shipments from South Carolina to a site north of Las Vegas.Nevada’s attorney general is asking Judge Miranda Du to schedule a status hearing Monday on the growing controversy.Gov. Steve Sisolak says the state is considering seeking a contempt of court order after he says the government lied about the transfer of the plutonium.Energy Department officials say they had to keep the shipment secret until now for national security reasons.Deputy Attorney General Marta Adams says in a new affidavit Justice Department lawyers assured her no shipment would occur before Jan. 21.The Associated Press read more

Business report with Mike Eppel

by News Staff Posted Oct 22, 2013 7:43 am MDT apple|business report|microsoft|mike eppel|nokia The latest tech products from Nokia and Microsoft, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. The Apple announcement is later Tuesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business report with Mike Eppel

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,482.57 up 51.19 points):Colossus Minerals Inc. (TSX:CSI). Miner. Down 22.5 cents, or 52.33 per cent, at 20.5 cents on 24.70 million shares.Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO). Oil and gas. Down $1.27, or 48.47 per cent, at $1.35 on 7.9 million shares. Second-quarter net loss totalled US$149 million, up from US$59 million.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up 10 cents, or 2.20 per cent, at $4.64 on 5.53 million shares.Southern Pacific Resource Corp. (TSX:STP). Oil and gas. Down 13.5 cents, or 26.47 per cent, at 37.5 cents on 5.18 million shares.Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE). Oil and gas. Up 30 cents, or 1.56 per cent, at $19.51 on 4.65 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (934.07 up 2.45 points):VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd. (TSXV:VPT). Medical equipment. Down 10.5 cents, or 70 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 6.81 million shares.Entrec Corp. (TSXV:ENT). Lift and crane services. Down a penny, or 0.68 per cent, at $1.47 on 5.09 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX). Private equity. Up $1.11, or 1.96 per cent, at $57.71 on 154,194 shares. It earned US$399 million in the third-quarter, or $3.22 per share, which was significantly higher than year-ago profit of $98 million or $1.50 per share. The jump in profit came as Onex recorded a $551-million recovery of income taxes compared with $89 million last year. Revenue grew 16 per cent to $7.13 billion.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Dairy. Up 38 cents, or 0.78 per cent, at $49.08 on 194,134 shares. Saputo raised its offer for an Australian dairy company to $9 per share in Australian currency from AUD$8 per share. Saputo’s new offer values Warrnambool Cheese and Butter’s equity at about AUD$499 million, or about C$487 million.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Media. Down three cents, or 0.52 per cent, at $5.71 on 31,715 shares. The company is reorganizing the advertising sales operations at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and moving them to an affiliated company. About 80 jobs are being cut.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up 14 cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $27.45 on 201,592 shares. Canada’s second-biggest carrier announced it will begin flying to Ireland next summer, the airline’s first transatlantic route. WestJet currently flies to destinations across North America, Central America and the Caribbean. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2013 3:35 pm MDT read more

People who misquote the Bible will have their comments deleted from Churchs

There is also a digital charter which the church hopes will try to foster a more positive online atmosphere.The charter is centred on five principles of truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness, with an opportunity for people to sign up in support, the church said.The social media guidelines include principles such as ensuring the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults, being honest and not misleading others.Being kind also features, as does taking responsibility and being accountable for what each person does, says and writes, as well as respecting copyright and always crediting where it is due.He noted that users often seem to forget they are publishing and also talking about people when they post things on social media.He suggested that a question they could ask themselves could be, “Is this something that you would say to someone you care about whose humanity you respect?”The Church of England said that while the guidelines are written specifically for all users who engage with the church’s and archbishop’s national social media channels, the guidelines are built on universal principles.The guidance states: “Social media is a very public way of enabling us as Christians to live out our calling to share the good news of Jesus Christ. A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “Our new Social Media Community Guidelines explain that, in some circumstances, we may remove inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive material posted to our national social media accounts.“We have no intention of deleting comments simply for being confusing and there is no suggestion whatsoever that a comment would be removed if it were simply deemed to misquote the Bible.” “One of its many joys is that it is immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended.”This opportunity comes with a number of downsides if users do not apply the same common sense, kindness and sound judgment that we would use in a face-to-face encounter.”Both the charter and guidelines have the backing of the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.He said: “While there is a time and a place for complaint and criticism, too often today this takes place not to encourage improvement but to vilify an individual or group.”Sometimes it’s about counting to 10 and asking whether a spiteful statement on social media will change a situation for the better.”Today, we are saying that the church wishes to be present in the digital sphere and the same force for social cohesion which it strives to be in the real world, and we want to work alongside social media companies in their work to make social media a safe and enlightening space for all.”The church said it is hoped that all faiths, as well as those who do not follow religion, will use the charter to consider how their online interactions can affect others, both in a positive and negative way. Churchgoers who misuse the Bible will have their comments deleted from posts on the official Church of England Facebook page, the Archbishop has said.The Church of England is launching a new set of “social media commandments” this week, to ensure followers of the religion act in an appropriate way online.Speaking at a live Q&A session at Facebook’s UK headquarters in central London, the Most Rev Justin Welby said: “We are offering them as guidelines and within our own social media platforms, they will be enforced, there will be moderation which ensures that people don’t lie, act with cruelty or use religious jargon in a way that ontologically results in an epistemological confusion.”So people know what’s being said and by whom and that they understand what it means to say something.”He also said that anyone caught lying will have their posts removed, adding: “When you put something out on social media, put the truth out.”Frankly there is no such thing as an alternative fact. There is truth. There is absolute truth. There is opinion and there is truth.”When you are expressing an opinion, show kindness. Don’t go for the person rather than for the issue.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Nielsens Events Group Reports Solid First Quarter

first_imgNielsen reported its first quarter results this morning and overall revenue was up 7 percent to $1.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA grew 8.5 percent to $320 million compared to Q1 2010. The company’s exposition group contributed $56 million, a small chunk of the company’s revenue total, but it grew a solid 14 percent versus same period 2010-the largest increase of the company’s five segments.Nielsen CEO David Calhoun said in a conference call that he felt the quarter was solid and the results reflected “a fully invested company. In other words, the best that we’re making around the world on expanded footprints we continue to make on a very robust pace.” Results in the developing world, he said, were plus 19 percent in the first quarter. Those markets-rural China, rural India and Africa-said Calhoun, will be a key focus moving forward. “As everyone knows, that is my focal point in terms of investment and results.”The exposition segment also performed will in profitability, again returning the highest growth percentage out of the five groups for the quarter. Expos grew profitability 27 percent, to $33 million in adjusted EBITDA, when compared to same period last year. According to CFO Brian West, the revenue and profitability increases were attributed partly to key property performance and acquisition, plus the first quarter is traditionally a strong one for Nielsen’s show segment. Nielsen’s IPO in January also helped release pressure on financial performance. “It was a big event for us,” said Calhoun. “It helped unleash a natural cashflow. We accomplished all of our objectives and then some with the IPO.”Proceeds from the IPO were used to retire $1.75 billion of debt, with net debt as of the end of March standing at $6.5 billion, with a net debt leverage ratio of 4.5x.last_img read more

Unintended deceleration NHTSA probes Nissan Rogue over autobrake reports

first_img More about 2018 Nissan Rogue Review • 2018 Nissan Rogue Review: ProPilot Assist tech improves a winning formula Recalls Nissan Enlarge ImageStarting with the 2019 model year, active and passive safety systems (including AEB) are standard on all Rogues, save for the base trim. Nissan When NHTSA receives a volume of complaints about an issue, it can investigate further and, if necessary, compel an automaker to initiate a recall. That might end up happening with the latest investigation, which involves a popular Nissan SUV.NHTSA has opened an investigation focusing on the 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue represents a good chunk of sales volume, so it’s no surprise that this investigation covers an estimated 674,742 vehicles from just those two model years.The problem stems from the automatic emergency braking system, which is capable of stopping the vehicle if the driver doesn’t react to a perceived threat in time. NHTSA has received 87 complaints about the Rogue’s AEB system — specifically, these complaints allege that the AEB kicked on when there was nothing in front of the vehicle. Of course, this represents a big safety concern, as a vehicle slamming to a halt for no reason can cause accidents on the road.According to NHTSA’s documents, it appears Nissan might be trying to address the issue on the back end, as Nissan apparently issued a technical service bulletin and other measures related to the AEB system. A technical service bulletin, or TSB for short, is a set of procedures recommended for repairing a specific vehicle defect that usually doesn’t rise to the level of requiring a recall. The person who wrote the petition, according to NHTSA’s documents, “alleges that Nissan’s actions do not represent an adequate long-term solution to the problem,” which is why NHTSA was asked to investigate and, if necessary, tell the automaker to officially recall its vehicles. Nissan did not immediately return a request for comment, but the automaker told Reuters in a statement that it “will continue to work collaboratively with NHTSA and Transport Canada on all matters of product safety.” The 2019 Nissan Rogue is a tech leader among compact crossovers 11 Photos 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Share your voice Tagscenter_img 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box Car Industry Crossovers Post a comment More From Roadshow 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout 0 Nissanlast_img read more

Troubled BSNL may get DoT package nod for 4G services rollout

first_imgThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may soon offer a bailout package to troubled public-sector telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).Facebook/BSNL IndiaThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may offer the struggling public sector telecom provider Bharat Sachar Nigam Limited (BSNL) a massive Rs 13,000 crore bailout package. The BSNL’s financial situation is so bad that it has failed to pay the 1.76 lakh employees their February salary while there are reports even the March pay may be delayed.The DoT proposal, which is in the final stages of deliberation, may include the allocation of 4G spectrum allotment through Rs 6,767 crore equity infusion, a long-standing BSNL demand amid intense competition with private telcos that have been offering pure-play 4G service.The DoT package may also include Rs 6,365 crore voluntary retirement package, and monetisation of real estate assets. The state-owned BSNL that was a monopoly operator across much of the nation has extensive real estate assets in almost all cities and villages that are worth in thousands of crores.The package is being considered as banks are reportedly reluctant to give even short term loans to the BSNL, DoT sources said. The company’s losses in FY’19 are likely to be top Rs 7,000 crore, including Rs 4,000 crore in operational costs account. The company reported Rs 8,000 crore loss in FY18, compared to Rs 4,786 crore in the previous financial year. Its losses are showing no signs of tapering off, a report says.Though DoT had approved the BSNL’s request for 4G spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to launch fourth-generation (4G) services across the country, it is yet to get the Union Cabinet’s nod. The BSNL in 2017 submitted a detailed project report for acquiring spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, seeking Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. A man speaks on his mobile phone as he walks past a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) advertisement painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata on August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe BSNL has got 16 years to pay for the spectrum after the Telecom Commission, the highest telecom policy-making body, extended the duration for spectrum payments to 16 years from 10 following an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow the spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava told ETTelecom last month. He expressed the hope that the telco would be able to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon. LTE is the contemporary technology standard for high-speed wireless communication services for mobile devices.Employees unions say the BSNL should have already launched 4G services, considering the nation is getting ready to move on to 5G later this year. The BSNL’s efforts to compete with market leader Vodafone Idea, second-placed Bharti Airtel and aggressive Reliance Jio have been hobbled by its failure to provide 4G services. They blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s bias favouring private players for the delay in decision making.Shrivastava had said that the telco was planning to roll out 4G services on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas (LSA) except Rajasthan where it held airwaves in the 800 MHz range. “We have already rolled out 4G in Kerala and Karnataka on a pilot basis and can concurrently run 3G and 4G services if an additional 5 Mhz is allocated in the 2100Mhz band,” the report quoted Shrivastava as saying.last_img read more

Child exploitation rife in Rohingya camps

first_imgAzimul Hasan, 10, a Rohingya boy, serves plates at a roadside hotel where he works at Jamtoli, close to Palong Khali camp, near Cox`s Bazar. Photo: ReutersRohingya children from Myanmar are working punishing hours for paltry pay in Bangladesh, with some suffering beatings and sexual assault, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has found.Independent reporting by Reuters corroborated some of the findings.The results of a probe by the IOM into exploitation and trafficking in Bangladesh’s refugee camps, which Reuters reviewed on an exclusive basis, also documented accounts of Rohingya girls as young as 11 getting married, and parents saying the unions would provide protection and economic advancement.About 450,000 children, or 55 per cent of the population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.Afjurul Hoque Tutul, additional superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, near where the camps are based, said 11 checkpoints had been set up that would help prevent children from leaving.”If any Rohingya child is found working, then the owners will be punished,” he said.Most of the refugees have arrived in the past two and a half months after attacks on about 30 security posts by Rohingya rebels met a ferocious response from Myanmar’s military.Described by the United Nations human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, Myanmar’s government counters that its actions are a proportionate response to attacks by Rohingya “terrorists”.The IOM’s findings, based on discussions with groups of long-term residents and recent arrivals, and separate interviews by Reuters, show life in the refugee camps is hardly better than it is in Myanmar for Rohingya children.The IOM said children were targeted by labour agents and encouraged to work by their destitute parents amid widespread malnutrition and poverty in the camps. Education opportunities are limited for children beyond Grade 3.Rohingya boys and girls as young as seven years old were confirmed working outside the settlements, according to the findings.Boys work on farms, construction sites and fishing boats, as well as in tea shops and as rickshaw drivers, the IOM and Rohingya residents in the camp reported.Girls typically work as maids and nannies for Bangladeshi families, either in the nearby resort town of Cox’s Bazar or in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second-largest city, about 150 km (100 miles) from the camps.One Rohingya parent, who asked not to be identified because she feared reprisals, told Reuters her 14-year-old daughter had been working in Chittagong as a maid but fled her employers.When she returned to the camp, she was unable to walk, her mother said, adding that her daughter’s Bangladeshi employers had physically and sexually assaulted her.”The husband was an alcoholic and he would come to her bedroom at night and rape her. He did it six or seven times,” the mother said. “They gave us no money. Nothing.”The account could not be independently verified by Reuters but was similar to others recorded by the IOM.Most interviewees said female Rohingya refugees “experienced sexual harassment, rape and being forced to marry the person who raped her”, the IOM said.PAID A PITTANCE, IF AT ALLAcross Bangladesh’s refugee settlements, Reuters saw children wandering muddy lanes alone and aimlessly, or sitting listlessly outside tents. Many children begged along roadsides.The Inter Sector Coordination Group, which oversees UN agencies and charities, said this month it had documented 2,462 unaccompanied and separated children in the camps. The actual number was “likely to be far higher”, it said.A preliminary survey by the UNHCR and Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission has found that 5 percent of households – or 3,576 families – were headed by a child.Reuters interviewed seven families who sent their children to work. All reported terrible working conditions, low wages or abuse.Muhammad Zubair, dressed in a dirty football shirt, his small stature belying his stated age of 12 years old, said he was offered 250 taka per day but ended up with only 500 taka ($6) for 38 days work building roads. His mother said he was 14 years old.”It was hard work, laying bricks on the road,” he said, squatting in the doorway of his mud hut in the Kutupalong camp. He said he was verbally abused by his employers when he asked for more money and was told to leave. He declined to provide their identities.Zubair then took a job in a tea shop for a month, putting in two shifts per day from 6am to past midnight, broken by a four-hour rest period in the afternoon.He said he wasn’t allowed to leave the shop and was only permitted to speak to his parents by phone once.”When I wasn’t paid, I escaped,” he said. “I was frightened because I thought the owner, the master, would come here with other people and take me again.”FORCED MARRIAGEMany parents also pressure their daughters to marry early, for protection and for financial stability, according to the IOM findings. Some child brides are as young as 11, the IOM said.But many women only became “second wives,” the IOM said. Second wives are frequently divorced quickly and “abandoned without any further economic support”.Kateryna Ardanyan, an IOM anti-trafficking specialist, said exploitation had become “normalised” in the camps.”Human traffickers usually adapt faster to the situation than any other response mechanism can. It’s very important we try to do prevention.” Ardanyan said.”Funding dedicated to protecting Rohingya men, women and children from exploitation and abuse is urgently needed.”last_img

Escobar meme lands Kolkata police in hot water

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata police has landed in hot water after posting on its Facebook page a meme of Colombia footballer Andres Escobar’s infamous own goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US which cost him his life days later. The post was an awareness campaign for June 26 — the International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking — by exploiting the frenzy that the ongoing edition of the World Cup in Russia has generated. The photo showed Escobar rolling the ball into his own net in the 34th minute of the Colombia-USA group league game past the wrong-footed goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba. Beside the photo was another image of a person — whose midriff and a hand are only visible — injecting a drug. The meme came with the slogan in a medley of English and Bengali “Same Side goal bhuleo noi” (Never ever score a same side goal). Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Escobar’s slip had proved crucial as Colombia succumbed to the pressure and eventually lost the match 1-2. Romania then went on to defeat the US, which pushed Colombia out of the World Cup. Ten days after his blunder, Escobar went out with friends for the first time since his return from the USA despite being advised against it. After a fallout with a few anti-socials, he was fired upon six times with a .38 calibre pistol. Eye-witnesses said the assailants shouted “goal” after each shot, apparently alluding to Escobar’s same side strike. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Although Kolkata Police refused to comment, the Facebook post got flooded with comments condemning it as many said it was in bad taste. “I understand there is a World Cup going on and police want to cash in. But there are better means to spread awareness. This is in bad taste as someone lost his life because of the incident,” an active social media user said not being wanting to be named. Days earlier, Kolkata Police had posted a similar post on Argentine star Lionel Messi’s penalty miss against Iceland in the World Cup, urging two and four wheelers not to break traffic rules as “every penalty is not missed.” Messi fans lambasted the post while those who support his old adversary, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, shared it tongue firmly in cheek.last_img read more

The instigators are murderers says Partha

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Sunday alleged that those who are instigating violence are ‘murderers’. “It is important to find out those who are trying to deteriorate the law and order situation across the state,” he said. On the same day, the Union Home Ministry issued an advisory note to the state government over the law and order situation. Later, Chatterjee criticised the step of sending the note.On Sunday night, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his concern over the incident of Sandeshkhali. He also expressed his sympathy for the families and near ones of the deceased and appealed to all concerned to see to it that no violent incidents take place further. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the advisory note, the Centre has asked Bengal to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to maintain law and order across the state. The state government has also been requested to take strict action against the officials who are found delinquent in discharge of their duties. After the advisory note was received, Chatterjee protested the step and stated that when there is peace in the state, the Centre is deliberately sending such advisory notes. He also raised questions about why any advisory note was not issued for the Gujarat government, despite several instances of violence there. Chatterjee slammed the saffron party without mentioning their name during a programme. He stated that the BJP’s aim is to take over the state and for that they are resorting to violence and murdering Trinamool workers. “There will be resistance but it will be non-violent. They have no words of development and they are planning to murder Trinamool workers to create an unstable law and order situation,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Hurricanes wildfires volcanoes oh my From Mexico to Indonesia

first_imgHurricanes, wildfires & volcanoes, oh my! From Mexico to Indonesia << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, August 3, 2016 center_img Posted by Tags: China, Indonesia, Mexico, Travel Alert MEXICO CITY — Mother Earth is wreaking havoc in several destinations around the world, with everything from hurricanes and volcanic eruptions putting a dent in travellers’ plans.Tropical Storm Earl is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall, probably in Belize, forecasters said Wednesday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Earl  was threatening to bring heavy rains, flooding and high winds to Mexico, Belize and Honduras, and was likely to blow past Honduras’ Roatan Island, a popular tourist destination, on Wednesday afternoon.All three of those countries issued tropical storm warnings for some areas, and a hurricane warning was issued for part of Mexico.Early Wednesday, the storm was centred about 120 miles (105 kilometres) east of Roatan, with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph (100 kph) and was moving west near 14 mph (22 kph).In California, locals and travellers are dealing with another kind of natural disaster: wildfires. A deadly wildfire that continues to spread near California’s scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal campfire, a fire official said Tuesday.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFire information officer Deborah McClain said investigators determined the blaze started July 22 in a day camping area of Garapata Park where campfires are prohibited. Officials are still trying to determine who started the fire and are asking for information from campers who were in the area before the massive blaze charred more than 69 square miles and destroyed 57 homes, McClain said.More than 5,400 firefighters from across California are fighting the blaze that is threatening 2,000 structures. It was 25 per cent contained Tuesday.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimated it will take until the end of August to extinguish a blaze that also led to the rescue of 11 hikers.All California state parks in the area were closed until further notice.Finally, in Indonesia, eruptions at three volacnoes have darkened skies in parts of the archipelago and disrupted some flights.Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island near Bali, the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands have all erupted in the past couple of days.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNo one has been injured, but flights at two airports have been disrupted. Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, was closed Wednesday and Lombok’s international airport was closed for several hours on Tuesday.last_img read more

Safe travels in Costa Rica aiming for the sweet spot

first_imgTalking about this issue with tourism business owners and service providers over the past year has confirmed my opinion that if those of us who interact with tourists are as open as possible about safety in this country – the good, the bad and the ugly – we increase everyone’s chances of hitting that sweet spot, that balance between alertness and relaxation.In that spirit, we asked four people who have fielded thousands of visitor questions in their respective roles to offer some of their top safety tips for a visit to Costa Rica. We’ll be publishing their responses online tomorrow (and you can find them in our March print edition, available now nationwide).My own top tip? I think it’s simply to listen. The panelists we consulted emphasized the importance of asking for safety information from people in the know, particularly the hotel, restaurant or other staff. However, it’s equally important to note that this only works if you then take their advice seriously.Most of the people you encounter, whether they are tourism specialists or just the Costa Rican family playing next to you at the beach, want you to have a great time while you’re here. I’ve seen many visitors hear cautions – whether it’s “No, really, don’t explore that neighborhood without a guide,” or “No, the riptide is too dangerous today” – and brush them aside. Sometimes the visitor draws on previous information, such as what a ‘dangerous neighborhood’ looks like in a U.S. city, or what a riptide looks like on a beach back home, and overrules the advice he or she has received. I’ve done it myself. It’s often a big mistake.Of course, not all the advice you get will be great. If you’re told to avoid an entire city or province, for example – which has happened to me – take it with a grain of salt; if you can, probe a bit further to discover where the speaker is coming from, literally and figuratively. My first host mother made me take off all my jewelry, including my virtually worthless earrings, before visiting major landmarks in downtown San José, which I now know was a wee bit excessive. But in general, it’s important to retain some humility and know that the people who live and work in the places we’re visiting have insights that we don’t.Even better, those conversations we start while finding out where we should park the car or whether it’s ok to walk across that river might lead to an exchange about more profound things. It might lead to a chat that allows you to learn what it’s like to live and work in the country you are visiting – one of the most remarkable countries on the planet. It might lead to some interaction with the people who make this place so special – and for any trip to Costa Rica, that’s the biggest sweet spot of all.For more information about living and traveling in Costa Rica, visit Costa Rica 101, our special section for how-to guides, cultural information and more. What safety tips would you like to share with us and our readers? Let us know at story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times  Traveling in Costa Rica is one of life’s great privileges, and The Tico Times has been proud to inspire, guide and report on hundreds of thousands of readers’ voyages since 1956. In that role, we have a responsibility to provide as much useful information as we can about topics both big and small – practical minutiae such aswhere to catch the bus to Santa Teresa, and bigger issues such as what safety issues visitors should be aware of when they come to Costa Rica.The issue of safety is one many of our readers have commented on or contacted us to ask about during the past year, especially following high-profile crimes involving tourists. I’ve fielded many such questions professionally as well as personally, when friends who are visiting the country ask for my assessment.It’s always a balancing act. I would never want to dissuade anyone from experiencing a country I love, or from fully experiencing its incomparable destinations. At the same time, I do want to be honest about the country’s significant problems, as well as to instill a certain wariness: to urge visitors not to leave their common sense and radar at home.It’s possible to stay alert and avoid some obvious pitfalls while also letting go and allowing for the spontaneity that marks the very best Costa Rican adventures. It’s possible to bliss out at the beach while keeping one hand on your bag (a bag that does not contain your passport or, you know, your diamond-encrusted toothbrush collection). It’s possible to go off the beaten path, even way off as I’ve done as a reporter and longtime resident, by asking around and finding guides or companions you can trust. It’s definitely possible to walk through San José at a brisk pace and wearing what’s known as “bitchy resting face,” erring on the side of rudeness in ignoring comments or requests that might come your way, while also taking in the sights and sounds that make it one of my favorite cities to explore on foot. Costa Rica will ramp up police presence after tourist murders Related posts:Tips for meaningful travel in Costa Rica What should I pack on my trip to Costa Rica? Costa Rica 101: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’center_img Facebook Comments First-time mistakes to avoid when visiting Costa Ricalast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2018 8:21 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email List of winners at the 2018 American Music Awards Kane Brown poses in the press room with his awards for favorite male country artist, favorite album for “Kane Brown” and favorite song for “Heaven” at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) center_img A list of the winners at the 2018 American Music Awards, held Tuesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.— Artist of the year: Taylor Swift— New artist of the year: Camila Cabello— Collaboration of the year: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug— Favorite pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift— Favorite pop/rock male artist: Post Malone— Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Migos— Favorite pop/rock song: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug— Favorite pop/rock album: “reputation,” Taylor Swift— Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Cardi B— Favorite rap/hip-hop song: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Cardi B— Favorite rap/hip-hop album: “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone— Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Rihanna— Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Khalid— Favorite soul/R&B song: “Finesse,” Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B— Favorite soul/R&B album: “17,” XXXTentacion— Favourite country female artist: Carrie Underwood— Favourite country male artist: Kane Brown— Favourite country duo or group: Florida Georgia Line— Favourite country song: “Heaven,” Kane Brown— Favourite country album: “Kane Brown,” Kane Brown— Favorite alternative rock artist: Panic! at the Disco— Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes— Favorite Latin artist: Daddy Yankee— Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle— Favorite electronic dance music artist: Marshmello— Favorite social artist: BTS— Favourite music video: “Havana,” Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug— Tour of the year: Taylor Swift— Top soundtrack: “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diddy’s former girlfriend and mother to 3 children dies by The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 2:27 pm PDTcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Kim Porter, Diddy’s former longtime girlfriend and the mother of three of his children, has died.A representative for Sean “Diddy” Combs confirmed the death of the 47-year-old on Thursday. No further details were immediately available.Diddy and Porter, a former model, were a couple on-and-off from 1994 until they split for good in 2007.Their children are a 20-year-old son and 11-year-old twin daughters. Combs also has three other children with other women.Porter also has a 27-year-old son, Quincy Brown, from a previous relationship with singer Al B. Sure. Quincy Brown appears on the Fox series “Star.”___This story has been corrected to show Porter’s death was confirmed Thursday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgDespite President Nicos Anastasiades’ stated belief there is still time to salvage the faltering Cyprus talks, confidence in his commitment to the peace process among the Turkish Cypriot side has been fading, sources with access to the negotiations have told the Sunday Mail.A series of incidents and the president’s overall behaviour has caused Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, once a firm believer in Anastasiades’ genuine desire for a solution, to question his original assumptions.Suspicion, sources have said, first started to creep into the Turkish Cypriot leader’s perception of his interlocutor last September, when the two had agreed to jointly ask then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to define a roadmap to an international Cyprus summit with the guarantor powers.“In September I went to New York to explain the agreement we had reached with Mr Anastasiades on the process until the five-party conference,” Akinci, who has been called many things but not a liar by Greek Cypriot politicians, said in November.“But once there, Mr Anastasiades changed his position.”Anastasiades’ subsequent boasting that he came away from the Ban meeting “without deadlines” seemed to add insult to Akinci’s injury.The roadmap was eventually agreed, and at what came to be known as Mont Pelerin One – that is, the first meeting between the two sides in the Swiss resort to discuss territorial adjustments – Akinci made a daring overture, going out on a limb by more or less agreeing to hand back more than a fifth of now-Turkish occupied territory to Greek Cypriots as part of a solution.And then, as verified by sources on the Greek Cypriot side, Anastasiades ventured into the land of alternative facts.Asking for a one-week break at what seemed like the worst possible time – just as a breakthrough on one of the thorniest of issues seemed imminent – Anastasiades cited ironing out some differences with decisively pro-solution leader of main opposition Akel, Andros Kyprianou, as one of the reasons the break was necessary.Of course, as evidenced by the subsequent turn of events, Kyprianou never had any issues with anything discussed and – almost – agreed at Mont Pelerin, and it was not long before Akinci found out.“The president did drop Kyprianou’s name when asking for the break,” a source said on condition of anonymity.“In fact, he told the Akel leader as much once he got back from Switzerland, but didn’t explain why. Perhaps it’s because he knows that Kyprianou’s name carries weight with Turkish Cypriots and he used this fact to secure the break he wanted.”During the break, Anastasiades went to Greece and met Tsipras.It was at this time that Greece rolled out a precondition for participating in an international conference on Cyprus – for Turkey to accept that the agenda of any such conference would comprise only the abolition of guarantees and the full withdrawal of Turkish troops.Days later, at Mont Pelerin Two, Greek Foreign minister Nicos Kotzias’ famous “non-paper”, which reversed a decades-old balance faithfully adhered to by both Greece and the Greek Cypriots – succinctly codified as ‘Cyprus decides and Greece supports’ – asserted that Greece would not attend an international summit on Cyprus unless Greece and Turkey first agreed the outcome between them bilaterally. The non-paper was retracted hours later, but the Mont Pelerin talks were over.Despite reports in Greek Cypriot press that Anastasiades had been enraged by Kotzias’ behaviour, which were persistently denied by the government, Akinci and the Turkish Cypriot side believe the Greek FM may have not been acting alone.Fences were mended at the infamous December 1 dinner, where the international conference on Cyprus was agreed, with the participation of the two sides and the three guarantor powers, but, even there, Akinci remained suspicious of the only condition raised by Anastasiades: that the summit be open-ended.Kotzias at the Geneva talksSubsequent leaks to the Greek Cypriot press that there would probably be “several, Iran-type” summits did not go unnoticed in the north, either.Sources have told the Sunday Mail that the recent doubling-down by the Turkish Cypriot side on fleshing out political equality and the Turkish Cypriots’ effective participation in government reflects their quo for the quid of accommodating the Greek Cypriots’ demand for abolition of guarantees and withdrawal of troops.In the Geneva conference last month, one source claimed, Akinci submitted a map of territorial adjustments, as promised, markedly not including Morphou, which he pledged he would agree to hand back at a later stage in the talks.At a tete-a-tete with Anastasiades in Geneva, the same source added, Akinci also made another daring proposal that included the abolition of guarantees, the rapid withdrawal of troops (with as much as half departing on day one), and the remaining Greek (950) and Turkish (650) troop contingents stationed in Cyprus under the 1960 treaties to remain, but to be mandated with addressing external threats only and their status to be reviewed 10 years later.In return, he asked for stronger terms of Turkish Cypriots’ effective participation in government.But then, the Turkish Cypriots claim, Kotzias came in and called the whole thing off.“The demand to postpone the Geneva summit did not come from Turkey, it came from Greece,” Akinci said earlier this week, referring to the Greek FM’s insistence that technical-level committees could not begin discussions there and then, asking for a few days to prepare.Once more, the Turkish Cypriot side’s initial ire with Kotzias gave way to suspicion toward the President of the Republic of Cyprus.Trust in Anastasiades, once considered by the Turkish Cypriots the most ardent pro-solutionist among Greek Cypriot leaders, has faded dramatically in the last few months.In truth, the president is right that the recent Enosis vote by the House of Representatives was merely the excuse Akinci had been waiting for, except he might be wrong as to the Turkish Cypriot leader’s motives.Amid stalled talks and no way in sight to kick-start them, it could well be that Akinci is trying a high-risk, high-reward move – analogous to what is known as a hail-Mary pass, or perhaps the kind of wake-up call that is brought on by near-death experiences – jolting the talks either back to life or to their final resting place.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. 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