First community toilet for transgenders inaugurated in Bhopal

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday inaugurated a toilet in the Mangalwara area for the exclusive use of transgenders. Mr. Chouhan announced awareness of government schemes would be created among them. He said he would convene a ‘third gender panchayat’ at his residence to redress their problems and that the state government would provide an additional assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh to members of the community for constructing houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.“The third gender is yet to get the respect it deserves. My government will ensure equal rights to them. The administration will also be directed to take stringent action against anti-social elements that defame the community,” he said. Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma claimed the toilet, constructed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), was the first of its kind in the country. A senior BMC official said the toilet, built at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, also has a “change room/make-up room.”Different signs for men, women, handicapped and transgender people are emblazoned on the doors of the toilet. Transgender people live in large numbers in the Mangalwara locality.last_img read more

Orthopaedic soft goods market to grow at 15% to 18%: Rajiv Mistry

first_imgRajiv Mistry, founder and managing director, Ascent Meditech Limited, a leading player in Orthopaedics Soft Goods, mobility, wound-care and healthcare products, said on Thursday that the Orthopaedics Soft Goods (OSGs) market will grow at the rate of 15% to 18% in the country. Mr. Mistry was speaking at the launch of the company’s e-commerce portal at Kamala Mills. “We will initially focus on 110 products out of the total portfolio of over 320 products. The product range is segregated into various categories and will cater to the requirements of the consumers,” he said.He said India could learn from global players on how quality must be kept at a par with the changing trends. He said, “Changing trends in fabrics, materials, design, lifestyle trends, should be taken into account. Our research and development team takes inputs from doctors, analyses them and studies their feasibility.” He said the industry was at a nascent stage and that awareness could help change the situation. He said, “Earlier, OSG was prescribed to critical patients by the doctors. Now, people can buy OSGs for pain management at home. There are now products for the knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, neck, and back too. An OSG can be used in injuries caused by fractures, muscle pain, and other orthopedic issues.”last_img read more

Chris Cairns, Sachin Tendulkar, Shaun Pollock shine in Super Selector competition

first_imgPlaying after an interval of a year New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns’ performance in the Brisbane Test against Australia made him the first Player of the Week for November in the ESPNStar Super Selector competition.Cairns’ show pitchforked him ahead of Jacques Kallis and Lance Klusener in the race for the,Playing after an interval of a year New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns’ performance in the Brisbane Test against Australia made him the first Player of the Week for November in the ESPNStar Super Selector competition.Cairns’ show pitchforked him ahead of Jacques Kallis and Lance Klusener in the race for the Allrounder of the Week title.Cairns’ 104 runs and six wickets also took him ahead of Zimbabwe pacemen Travis Friend, the Surprise of the Week, who had reason to feel cheated by the weather which prevented play in the last two days of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.For someone who was valued at 25 points at the start of the month, Friend did very well for himself – and his backers – with his hostility with the ball and, later, with his crafty batting.Little big man Sachin Tendulkar emerged the Batsman of the Week with his brilliant 155 in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein.South African skipper Shaun Pollock, the Player of the Month for October, carried his good form with the ball into the first Test against India by becoming the Bowler of the Week.Adam Gilchrist’s 138 runs and three catches in Australia’s drawn Test with New Zealand won him the Wicket-keeper of the Week crown.Mark Waugh, expected to sizzle in the first Test at Brisbane, managed only to fizzle and became the Wet Cracker of the Week.Valued at 125 points at the start of the month, Waugh’s first innings duck set him in line for the dubious honour. An uneventful week for the junior Waugh who – incidentally the world-record holder for the most catches in Tests – was not even among the five Australians who held catches at the Gabba.There are now 2,65,000 cricket fans participating in the November ESPNStar Sports Super Selector game show. There are prizes to be won, the chance to put your cricket knowledge to the test and the anticipation of seeing your dream team perform. If you aren’t on the Super Selector bus yet, log on to espnstar.com and start the journey.REGIONAL HITSThe ESPNStar Super Selectors for October come from Karachi, Kannur and elsewhereZONESUPER SELECTORINTERNATIONALAdnan AmjadA Wasim Akram fan, Amjad, 25, is a software firm owner from Karachi. Not dissuaded by not getting any prize, Amjad will keep on playing “because it is a good, fun game”.CENTRAL Rehan KhanAn assistant marketing manager with an FMCG company, Khan feels he would have won the Super Selector competition had he been more careful with his substitutions.SOUTHBijunarayananBijunarayanan is a teacher from Kannur whose hobby is quizzing. His favourite cricketer is Tendulkar but Australia – “absolute professionals” – is the team he likes best. advertisementSidhu’s Juggernaut Rolls OnHere’s how celebrity XIs stood at the end of November’s first week. How’s your team doing?CELEBRITYTEAM NAMESCORENavjot SidhuHarsha BhogleSunil GavaskarSalil AnkolaManinder SinghGeoffrey BoycottAlan WilkinsAshish NehraAjay BhambiNaseeruddin ShahJuggernautChinsat ElevenSunshine ElevenScorchersDhamaka ElevenBoycsWilkoAshish’s ElevenZodiacQuestion Marks981785712706644603540468430291last_img read more

Here’s how Harbhajan Singh influenced the Asia Cup final result

first_imgWhile India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is getting all the praise for finishing off the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh in style, star off spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday revealed it was his idea to send the “world’s best finisher” up the order.Walking in at number four with the team needing 22 off 14 balls, Dhoni polished off the chase with an unbeaten six-ball 20 as India won by eight wickets with seven balls to spare in Dhaka on Sunday. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the show-stealer, is back!)Talking about his role in the team as senior pro, Harbhajan said he had suggested to Dhoni to promote himself up the order and finish off the game.”Dhoni asked me if Hardik Pandya should go in, to which I said no, you are best finisher in the world and you should go. These are the little things I share with the teammates,” said the 35-year-old during an open media session here. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni best finisher in the world: Virat Kohli)”I have learnt a lot from my seniors and that has helped me in becoming a better player. So I too try to do the same thing with the juniors, sharing my experience, my knowledge,” he said.Confident of doing well for the team in the World T20, Harbhajan said playing at home was equally a challenge and an inspiration. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants to adopt slow but steady approach) “We have grown up playing on Indian conditions, we know the crowd, what is a defendable score and what is a chaseable target, while playing in home conditions has its challenges especially the expectations of the people, at the same time it also lifts you up to perform better,” he said.advertisementSaying he was unperturbed on the lack of opportunities in the playing XI, the tweaker said he would continue to play the game as long as he could.”I have been working hard on my fitness because if I have to compete with the youngsters I need to be fit,” the off-pinner said.”Playing for India has been an honour and I want to continue doing that. I don’t know anything else to do other than cricket. I want to play as long as I can,” added Harbhajan.last_img read more

Confusion over transfer dealings underlies Chelsea’s woes

first_imgAfter a season in which they dominated the Premier League, winning the title by seven points, Chelsea are looking far from comfortable after just one game of the new campaign.The 3-2 loss to Burnley on Saturday, in a game where Chelsea ended with nine men on the field, was a disappointing start. But the problems at the club go deeper than just one setback on the field.Nor is the standoff with Brazilian-Spanish striker Diego Costa the source of the malaise at Stamford Bridge. It does, however, point towards the possible source of Chelsea’s problems – tension between the manager, Antonio Conte, and the club’s hierarchy.Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, remains, as always, silent in the background. But Conte has done little in his public statements to challenge the view that he is unhappy with the club’s transfer dealings.The club have invested a combined 124 million pounds ($159.59 million) on Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma and Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, but Conte has been clear that he has a “small squad” for the double challenge of a title defence and a Champions League campaign.Reuters PhotoAsked on the eve of the season why more new players have not been bought, he said: “Everyone is trying to do their job but, for sure, I think this question is good for the club — not for me.”What do they tell me? We have to wait for the best moment, the best solution. We have to wait,” he said.advertisementThe sale of midfielder Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United appeared to many a strange decision. Whether the club or the manager wanted him to leave is a matter of dispute.United manager Jose Mourinho – a former Chelsea manager – said on Sunday, after Matic’s excellent debut in a 4-0 win over West Ham, that he had not sought to unsettle his former player and that something happening at Chelsea opened the door for the move.”It depends on what is happening, or what was happening behind doors,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know.”But I didn’t disturb him, I didn’t disturb Chelsea. I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening, and it looked like something was happening because his agent told me, ‘You can have him; you just have to pay’.”Conte was widely reported to be disappointed that his club couldn’t sign Romelu Lukaku, who moved from Everton to United, and there are suggestions that the club is divided over what kind of player they should be targeting.But there are appears to be something of a “briefing war” now under way at the club.A day after Costa gave an interview criticised the club, on Tuesday, The Times quoted unidentified “senior Chelsea sources” as saying Conte wanted only experienced players ready to do a short-term job, but the club was more interested in younger players.Chelsea’s squad may still be too small, but that raises the question of why the club continue to off-load so many of their young players.Nathan Ake went to Bournemouth and Nathaniel Chalobah to Watford. Liverpool signed Dominic Solanke. In addition, the Blues have, this off-season, loaned out Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma, Izzy Brown and Kasey Palmer.The squad will be stretched even thinner for Sunday’s game at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.Captain and defender Gary Cahill and Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas were both sent off against Burnley and will be suspended for the London derby.last_img read more

Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 1-4 series defeat to England

first_imgIndia put up a great fight despite staring down the barrel on the fifth day but in the end fell short by 118 runs to lose the final Test against England at The Oval on Tuesday.Chasing a mammoth 464 and with three wickets down for 58 going into the final day’s play, India ended up reaching 345 thanks mainly to the efforts of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane.Rahul top-scored with 149 runs and added 118 runs with Rahane (37) for the fourth wicket before teaming up with young Pant to add another 204 runs for the sixth wicket.Oval Test: England overcome Rahul, Pant tons to beat India and clinch series 4-1Pant ended up scoring 114, his maiden Test hundred which he brought up with a massive six against Adil Rashid.But once Rahul and Pant fell, it was all over for India, who may have lost 1-4, but the series scoreline doesn’t reflect the true nature of this series.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test series”Credit has to go to both those young guys for stepping up on this stage. From three wickets down, it take guts. It might not show in the scoreline but both sides played in great spirit.Rishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundred”That was an example of two guys not giving up and entertaining the crowd. This has been one of the best series I’ve been involved in, and a great advert for Test cricket,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementNobody gave India a chance in this Test before the final day’s play but Rahul and Pant made sure all three results were possible till the time they were at the crease. Which has been the story of the series throughout the 42-odd days with India coming close but failing to get over the line.Rishabh Pant a work in progress, feel former India wicket-keepersEven at the Oval, for most of the final day, the story was of a spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory but it wasn’t to be after all.Kohli, who ended up as the highest run-scorer with 593 runs in the five matches, also rued the missed opportunities in the final Test and throughout the series which resulted in their downfall at Birmingham, Lord’s, Southampton and Oval.Anderson surpasses McGrath to become 4th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket”We will sit down and think about, if we had taken those opportunities, we missed quite few. When both teams are going for wins, you can have a result that looks like that [4-1], they don’t go for draws.”They played fearless, you hardly have draws in these tense series and that’s what the scoreline shows. I’m not saying it wasn’t a fair scoreline, because they played better than us, but we can take a lot of heart and apply lessons to how we play Test cricket,” Kohli went on to add.Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.The 36-year-old Anderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record Test run-scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.last_img read more

Wallsend High Performance Camp

first_imgSome of Australia’s best coaches and players will pass on their knowledge to the Wallsend Wolves’ talent this weekend as part of the Wallsend Touch Association’s High Performance Program training camp. The camp is being held for Wallsend’s Men’s and Women’s Open teams as well as its Under 20’s teams who will be travelling to Sydney each weekend in the coming months to take part in the New South Wales Touch Association’s Vawdon Cup competition. The Wolves have nominated four teams in this season’s competition, in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League divisions as well as in Division One, which is the first time in the club’s history that this has taken place. Having the opportunity to compete in the Vawdon Cup will help these teams become exposed to elite level competitions on a regular basis in an effort to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in the game.Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell and Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of High Performance, Cathy Gray, will be in attendance at the camp while current National Training Squad members, Kirsty Quince, Jessica McCall (Women’s) and Simon Lang (Mixed), will also take part in the weekend. The weekend will consist of practical and theory sessions as well as team building activities. Wallsend Wolves’ coaching director and junior club president, Mark Andrews says the club is looking forward to the weekend.  “We have been very lucky to have current Australian Women’s Open assistant coach Karley Banks move to the area and take up the role of head coach and instantly get people excited about being involved in something like this.”“We are hoping now to retain local players and help them develop and progress through the representative ranks and be able to still enjoy the chance to play with their friends and stay together. Our club is 100 percent behind the program, its coaching staff and the players see a bright future for not only the Open’s program, but all the players affiliated with the club,” Andrews said. Related LinksWallsend Wolves Camplast_img read more

JAMPRO Commits to Growth of Film Industry

first_img JAMPRO, the national investment and export promotion agency mandated to promote investments in a number of targeted sectors, was instrumental in scouting locations for filming and arranging film permits for working in certain areas. “Our creative product needs much wider and broader expression (of interest) and we need to be supporting the industry more. Our competitors in the region have created film funds, tax rebates and upfront financing for films. JAMPRO will lobby the powers that be to develop a support mechanism for the film industry,” she said. Story Highlights President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the agency is committed to the growth and development of Jamaica’s film industry and will be moving to galvanise support for the sector.Speaking at a pre-event media brunch for the Sundance Film Festival premiere of ‘Yardie’ at JAMPRO’s New Kingston headquarters on January 16, Ms. Edwards said that as part of this commitment, the agency will be lobbying the Government and other stakeholders.“Our creative product needs much wider and broader expression (of interest) and we need to be supporting the industry more. Our competitors in the region have created film funds, tax rebates and upfront financing for films. JAMPRO will lobby the powers that be to develop a support mechanism for the film industry,” she said.Ms. Edwards pointed out that not only is the agency placing focus on securing more jobs for Jamaicans working in the film industry, but also on getting an international place for Jamaican creative outputs such as music and stories.JAMPRO, the national investment and export promotion agency mandated to promote investments in a number of targeted sectors, was instrumental in scouting locations for filming and arranging film permits for working in certain areas.“We had a hand in this film (Yardie) and we are very excited to have that role to play in it. We want to see more movies filmed in Jamaica with Jamaican talent,” she said.Ms. Edwards also wants to see the development of an empowered industry association as well as the implementation of a film licensing regime and a local guide to filming.“There is a huge future for the Jamaican film industry, (and) we think Sundance is a step in the right direction, and, hopefully, it will take us to the next level,” she said.Meanwhile, Film Commissioner, Renée Robinson, explained that discussions for the film began a number of years ago and that initial plans were not to cast local actors.However, after the filmmakers travelled to Jamaica and were introduced to the talent pool and people within the local film industry, a decision was made to involve local actors.Ms. Robinson congratulated the cast of Jamaican actors and actresses in the film, including Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson, Everaldo Creary and Antwayne Eccleston.Meanwhile, Ms. Jackson said she is grateful for being a part of the film and hopes that it will resonate with Jamaicans because of its authenticity.She also hailed the South St. Andrew community of Rose Town, where parts of the movie were filmed.Set in the 1980s and adapted from Jamaican author, Victor Headley’s cult novel, ‘Yardie’ was filmed in London and Jamaica. It is centred around a young Jamaican man named ‘D’, who gets caught up in a life of gang violence and winds up hunting down his brother’s assassin in the streets of London.‘D’ is played by Aml Ameen of the ‘Maze Runner’ and ‘The Butler’, and marks the directorial debut of British star, Idris Elba.‘Yardie’ will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 18 to 28 in Utah, United States, where it will be screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition from January 20.The film has been ranked in the top-25 most anticipated international films by the multiplatform American digital and print magazine, the ‘Hollywood Reporter’. President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the agency is committed to the growth and development of Jamaica’s film industry and will be moving to galvanise support for the sector.last_img read more

Côte dIvoire UN appeals for nearly 40 million to help over 300000

23 January 2009United Nations agencies and their partners today issued an appeal for nearly $40 million to bring humanitarian relief to over 300,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire. The money is expected to fund 17 projects as part of the strategic humanitarian priorities identified for the West African nation for 2009, which are to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) and improve vulnerable people’s nutrition.Aid workers have focused on assisting the uprooted who are returning to their homes, especially in Côte d’Ivoire’s west. They are also working to help children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The 2007 Ouagadougou Agreement, the political accord reached in neighbouring Burkina Faso that aims to reconcile the Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, heralded a new era of political and humanitarian development in Côte d’Ivoire.To safeguard the progress made in the country since the signing of the pact, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force there, known as UNOCI, for another six-month period.“While the country currently enjoys increased stability, the delicate electoral process, including the post-electoral period, and the implementation of the remaining tasks of the peace agreement require that UNOCI maintain its core capabilities,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on Côte d’Ivoire. read more

Local activists call for inquest for murdered aboriginal women

Local women were expressing their outrage Sunday over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to call an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.They sang songs and beat drums but feel their pleas are falling on deaf ears.One Hamilton activist, Whilamina McGrimmond has had enough.“I always want to scream and cry, we really need to put a stop to this. Women are not trash, they cant just be thrown away.”The calls for action were renewed when aboriginal teenager Tina Fontaine was found dead in the Red River in Winnipeg almost a week ago.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is the latest politician to condemn Harper for his refusal to call an inquiry.“I think the Prime Minister is wrong and I will continue to join my voice with the other Premieres as we did last year to call on the Federal Government to call a public inquiry.”Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne has called Harper’s comments “outrageous.”The RCMP estimates there have been over 1100 cases of missing aboriginal women since 1980. Statistics show aboriginal women make up only 4.3% of the population but account for 11% of missing women and 16% of homicides.McGrimmond says if the Prime Minster won’t call an inquiry it’s time for him to go.“We are going to have to vote him out, we have to take control of our own live. Whether we have to start running for government, we really need to start stepping up.”She says she’s encouraged by Wynne’s words. She plans to organize women’s activist groups to bang on the doors of MP’s to demand the inquiry. read more

Ontarios pot Crown corporation lost 42 million in latest fiscal year

TORONTO — Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period.Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.The supply shortages prompted the Ontario government to cap the initial number of retail licences at 25, but the province is in the process of increasing the number of legal pot outlets to 75 by October.The OCS announced last week that chief executive Patrick Ford would be retiring. Cal Bricker, senior vice-president of horse racing at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., was named interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted. The Canadian Press read more

WatchGas prices expected to hit 141 in Ontario this weekend a cent

CALGARY — Motorists in many parts of Canada are expected to see rising gasoline prices as they fire up their vehicles for road adventures on the Victoria Day long weekend.But price direction will vary across the nation, said fuel market analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com, with prices rising in Ontario, the Maritimes, Manitoba and Saskatchewan but actually expected to fall from recent peaks in Alberta and Quebec.He says prices for regular gasoline in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and most of the rest of Ontario are expected to rise by one cent per litre on Friday and another cent on Saturday, reaching an average of 140.9 cents per litre, the highest since June 29, 2014.“We said this would be the highest price (in four years) … but honest to God, I never thought it would be this high,” said McTeague.As of Thursday afternoon, GasBuddy.com showed the average Canadian gasoline price as 134.4 cents per litre, up 2.6 cents from a week ago and 26 cents from the average of 109.4 cents per litre last year.The highest average price it has recorded in Canada was 142.4 cents in August 2008, it says.Higher fuel prices at this time of year are to be expected because increased demand allows retailers to build in bigger profit margins, said Kent Group vice-president Jason Parent.“We’re into the beginning of the summer driving season and demand’s on the rise and supply generally is a bit tighter,” he said. “The general trend at this time of year is upward.”Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which had the cheapest gas prices in the country on Thursday, are expected to see price increases of five to seven cents over the weekend, McTeague said, adding many retailers in the two provinces have been losing money on gas sales.“When you suddenly double the traffic with people heading out for the long weekend, you can’t afford to lose double what you’ve been losing,” he said.“So it’s retailers that tend to drive these prices up regardless of what the (wholesale) market does.”Gas prices in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador went up Thursday by more than two cents, McTeague reported.Quebec prices of about $1.48 per litre are expected to fall by as much as 10 cents over the weekend, while Alberta prices of around $1.35 are to slump by about four cents, in both cases due to local market pressures.McTeague said Vancouver region prices could rise by a cent or two over the weekend from Thursday’s average of about $1.61 cents per litre but will fall back as the workweek dawns.Parent said Vancouver prices are higher than anywhere else in North America because of logistical issues including the inability to transport more refined fuels from Alberta on the fully-booked Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.“They can’t bring enough product from Alberta into the region so they have to go out and get imports and over the last while those have been higher priced because the import market is fairly competitive on the West Coast right now,” he said.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. has threatened to abandon an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline by May 31 because of continued opposition from the B.C. government.Gasoline prices are emerging as an issue in the Ontario provincial election.Earlier this week, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford promised to lower gas taxes by 10 cents per litre by cutting 5.7 cents in provincial taxes and another 4.3 cent from his pledge to eliminate the province’s cap-and-trade system.Gas prices across the country and in parts of the United States have been hovering near record highs, with little relief in sight as the New York benchmark price of oil remains above US$71 a barrel. read more

Amazon starts Black Friday deals early

first_imgOkay, so maybe Amazon is playing with some buzzword rhetoric here, but the online retailer has launched their Black Friday page early nonetheless. The deals page features their lightning deals (which happen year-round anyway), along with some “Early Black Friday deals.”Their Countdown to Black Friday page greets visitors with a message saying “since you’re here, we thought we’d get the deals going a little early.” They have some nice discounts on various products, but they aren’t exactly the hot-ticket items that we’re accustomed to seeing on the day after Thanksgiving.For example, you see $100 off of an LG Infinia TV, $50 off of an HP Envy notebook, and a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on DVD (not BluRay) for $6. They have $5 off of Batman: Arkham City (though the link is mislabeled as Batman: Arkham Asylum) for PS3 and Xbox 360. Will many customers enjoy these deals? Sure. Are you going to drop what you’re doing, whip out your credit card, and tell all of your friends? I didn’t think so.What is most likely happening here is that Amazon is taking some sales that they were already running, and putting them all together on the Black Friday page. Nothing gets bargain hunters excited quite like seeing the words ‘Black’ and ‘Friday,’ so it’s a great way to generate some buzz about sales that otherwise might not get much traction. Is it a little deceptive? Maybe. But hey, if it makes it a little easier to browse Amazon’s sales, it isn’t likely hurting anything.More at Amazonlast_img read more

LEurope impose lautorisation pour la vente du miel OGM

first_imgL’Europe impose l’autorisation pour la vente du miel OGMLa Cour européenne de justice a décidé d’interdire la vente du miel produit à partir de pollen issu de maïs génétiquement modifié, s’il ne dispose pas d’autorisation préalable. Cette obligation s’applique quelle que soit la proportion de matériel génétiquement modifié contenu. Jusqu’ici, les lois européennes imposaient que l’étiquetage des produits mentionne “avec OGM” dans la mesure où le produit contient 0,9 % ou plus d’OGM. Mais les choses sont en train de changer suite à un procès opposant un apiculteur allemand au Land de Bavière, propriétaire de terrains sur lesquels du maïs MON810, un OGM du groupe américain Monsanto, a été cultivé. L’apiculteur estimant que la présence de MON810 avait rendu son miel impossible à commercialiser et à consommer, il avait traîné les autorités bavaroises devant les tribunaux européens.À lire aussiAllergie : reconnaitre et traiter les symptômes pour éviter les complicationsAinsi, selon la Cour européenne, peu importe si le pollen issu de maïs génétiquement modifié a été introduit dans le miel de manière intentionnelle ou non. L’obligation d’autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM) existe “quelle que soit la proportion de matériel génétiquement modifié contenue dans le produit en cause”, a noté le tribunal. Néanmoins, la Cour reconnaît que le pollen issu d’OGM n’est plus, à proprement parler, un OGM puisqu’il ne peut plus se reproduire et qu’il ne peut donc plus transmettre son matériel génétique. Ce qui n’exclut pas le besoin d’autorisation pour autant selon l’arrêt qui précise : “des produits comme du miel et des compléments alimentaires contenant un tel pollen constituent des denrées alimentaires contenant des ingrédients produits à partir d’OGM au sens du règlement” qui impose une mise sur le marché seulement après autorisation. Des lois à réviser ? De nombreuses associations de défense de l’environnement et les Verts européens ont salué cette décision. Le militant Vert José Bové a indiqué que “ce cas montre bien que la coexistence est une escroquerie et que la culture des OGM empêche le choix pour des produits sans OGM. Autoriser la culture des OGM conduit nécessairement à la contamination des autres cultures et des produits alimentaires, comme le miel”, rapporte romandie.com. “La seule façon d’éviter la contamination est d’interdire la culture de ces OGM”, a-t-il ajouté. Pour d’autres comme Mute Schimpf, une responsable des Amis de la Terre, “l’arrêt de la Cour confirme que les lois européennes sur les OGM doivent être révisées”.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Yahoo says data from half a billion accounts was stolen

first_imgHey, guys! So… Yahoo! has something they want to tell you. Something they probably should’ve told you two years ago, really. Data from more than 500 million of their users was stolen in 2014.We’ve seen some big incidents over the years, but half a billion users? That’s one for the record books. On a good note, Yahoo! is finally number one at something again, and, hey, they still had more than 500,000,000 accounts on the books as of 2014.That’s pretty much the only silver lining here (apart from maybe the fact that they did actually notice their network had been compromised, props for that). The fact that it has taken two years for them to publicly confirm what happened? Not good.I hate to be a downer, but come on! They posted the announcement on the official Yahoo! Tumblr blog? Was there really no way you could bounce one syndicated clickbait headline from your front page so that people who go to Yahoo! — not Tumblr — would have a really good chance of seeing it?What kind of data was stolen? Well, it “may have included” your name, email address, security questions and answers (possibly not encrypted) and password. Don’t worry too much about your password, Yahoo! says that the “vast majority” were encrypted with bcrypt. Unless they weren’t, in which case… well, that would really suck. It’s probably a safe bet that many of the people who still had an active Yahoo! account in 2014 were probably guilty of re-using their passwords.Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal number of accounts in a breach. Based on Yahoo’s announcement, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.You half billion affected users, fear not! After two years of preparation, Yahoo! has sprung into action. What are they doing? They’re sending you an email and nuking your security questions. Oh, and they’re recommending that you change your password.Let’s fix that for the Yahoo! folks. Go change your Yahoo password. Now. Even if you’re not in the 500 million-person email blast they’re sending out. Do it before someone meddles with your beloved fantasy football team, because that’s probably the only reason you still go to Yahoo!Yahoo! image courtesy briansjs on Flickrlast_img read more

Ministry of Health to host multicommunity clean up exercise

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#cleanupTCI, #cleanupTCIcommunities, #keepTCIclean, #multicommunitycleanupexercise, #TCIMinistryofHealthcleanupcampaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services will be engaged in a multi-community clean up exercise on Saturday 8th April 2017.   The sites to be engaged will be Dock Yard, Five Cays, Blue Hills, Kew Town, Lower Bight and along Leeward Highway.   The effort is a collaborative exercise with partners inclusive of the Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Haitian Consulate, the faith based community and other entities residing in the identified communities.The clean-up forms part of continued efforts to ensure that gains made in the eradication of the Zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases continue to yield positive results.  The exercise also follows on the heels of other preventative efforts such as fogging, removal of derelict vehicles and waste appliances and the placing of traps along courses that capture larvae.The Ministry remains committed to ensuring that residents and visitors alike, continue to enjoy safe surroundings by minimizing and eventually eliminating major threats posed by vector borne and other illnesses.For more information contact the Health Promotion Unit on 3382772.#cleanupTCI#multicommunitycleanupexercise#cleanupTCIcommunities#keepTCIclean#TCIMinistryofHealthcleanupcampaignlast_img read more

Naked man slaps Houston officer gets tased on train station

first_imgHOUSTON, TX. (WSVN) – A naked Texas man was tased after allegedly assaulting an officer.The man, identified as Kieth L. Dean according to Fox 26 Houston, was caught on camera as the incident unfolded in June. The police officer waited at the Houston train station for the suspect and, once the doors opened, the man was naked.The man appeared to spray the officer with pesticides before slapping him.The subject was then tased twice by police.Dean now faces assault charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Anchorage Great At Taking Care Of Workforce Community Not So Much

first_imgThe panel considered the rates for violent and property crime, alcohol-impaired and driving fatalities per Capita, pedestrian fatalities and determined that Anchorage hit 87th for caring for community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In a survey conducted by WalletHub, Anchorage placed 33 out of 100 cities nationally in a list of 100 most caring cities in the nation. The survey looked at percentages of the population doing favors for neighbors, donating to charities, volunteering hours, and numbers of workers who carpool. Anchorage shines in terms of taking care of its workforce, coming in 11th place. Anchorage tied for first place with Lincoln, Nebraska for most residents working in community & social services per Capita. The number of physicians, nurses, mental health counselors, therapists, and personal care aids per Capita helped the city rise in ranks. Numbers of special education teachers, teacher-student and counselor-student ratios, and numbers of firefighters and paramedics per Capita also added to the score. The city ranked higher in caring for the vulnerable. After considering the child and adult poverty rate, percentage of sheltered homeless persons and rehabilitation centers. They also looked at numbers of adoptions, availability of paid family leave, and how many people are uninsured. Pet shelters and rescue services and animal protection laws added points. After adding in disability-friendliness of Employers, Anchorage came in 27th. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anchorage-great-at-taking-care-of-workforce.mp3VmDorene-on-anchorage-great-at-taking-care-of-workforce.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Britons mark 10th anniversary of London transit attacks

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories The enduring pain of the day was evident in the tears of survivor Emma Craig, who was only 14 in 2005 when she was on her way to a work experience trip to a legal firm in east London.“All of us lost our innocence on that day, our naivety, the thought that ‘something like that could never happen to me’ or even to London,” she said.Trembling, she offered contrast in a day of speeches etched with defiance, delivering a harder truth. She said that while people will say “terrorism won’t break us,” Craig knew only too well that it isn’t so simple.“The fact is it may not have broken London, but it did break some of us,” she said.The attack occurred two years after Britain took part in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. But former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the nation’s leader at the time of the bombings, said Tuesday that terrorism was “a global problem” that affected countries regardless of their involvement in the war in Iraq.Across the city, survivors, transport staff and emergency workers laid flowers at the sites of the four bombings. Flower petals rained from the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a service featuring the first people to respond to the bombed sites. Londoners heeded a call to walk part of the way to work in memory of the day 10 years ago when the city’s transit network stopped. At King’s Cross and other Underground stations, the trundle of luggage wheels stopped as staff and passengers paused for a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m.Among them were paramedics David Tompkins and Drew McRae, some of the first crews to reach the bombed Piccadilly Line train where 26 people were killed. McRae remembered the eerie silence, while Tompkins recalled the “unbearable” heat.“In 15, 16 years, no call has ever come close to that,” Tompkins said.“And hopefully nothing ever will again,” added McRae.Cameron said the slayings last month of 30 British tourists in Tunisia was a reminder that threats remain real and deadly. The gun rampage in the Tunisian resort of Sousse was the deadliest attack on Britons since the 7/7 bombings.Despite the national flavor of the ceremonies, in many ways the day was so personal for so many.Relatives laid yellow gerbera flowers, which are said to symbolize innocence. Several family members leaned over to touch the name of a loved one engraved on a plaque at the base of the memorial.One of them was Marie Fatayi-Williams, whose only son Anthony, died in the bus explosion at Tavistock Square. Fatayi-Williams, who is from Nigeria, gained closure when she walked past the memorial. Solemn ceremonies were held throughout the capital, starting at the memorial in London’s Hyde Park devoted to the victims. Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson walked through the memorial’s 52 pillars — one for each victim — to lay wreaths.At 8:50 a.m., the moment the attacks began, the park fell silent. Families of victims clutched flowers. Some in the crowd bowed their heads.Survivor Sajda Mughal said the memories never really go away.“(The ceremony) drew me back to the very same day, when I experienced the whole traumatic event being down there in the Piccadilly line, hearing those screams, people banging on the carriage,” she said. “And then, as I was watching the wreath being laid, I came back to 2015 and I thought ‘Well, I am alive, thank God I’m alive.’ But unfortunately, we’ve lost 52 lives.”The families organized a service of their own later in the day, a chance for them to remember in a way of their choosing — with music, personal comments and a cup of tea. Prince William asked the families if he could attend, and sat quietly in the front row in solidarity with their grief. “Today has actually sealed it for me to say, ‘goodbye my love. You are never coming back but I know you are alive in my heart,’” she said. “So be, but fly angel. And leave before we meet again.”___Jill Lawless contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that there are 52 pillars, not wreaths.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LONDON (AP) — Britons paused in silence, laid flowers and lit candles Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of suicide bombings on London’s transit system in the worst terror attack on British soil and a day of pain seared into London’s collective memory.Four British men inspired by al-Qaida blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus during the morning rush hour on July 7, 2005, killing 52 commuters and injuring more than 700. The memory of that morning remains raw in this country of 64 million. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more