Assam policeman found ‘awaiting death’ 15 years after disappearance

first_imgAn Assam police constable who went missing from duty 15 years ago has been found ‘awaiting death’ at a crematorium in Guwahati.Police officials said constable Gowresh Bhattacharjee went missing after he was transferred to Karbi Anglong district from the 1st Assam Police Battalion in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district. He was found at the city’s Bhootnath crematorium on Friday.Officials of the Bharalumukh police station, said Mr. Bhattacharjee, found lying at the crematorium for “the god of death to take him away”, appeared to be mentally unstable.Police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath directed the police to take the constable to a care home. Officials of the police station concerned took him to a Missionaries of Charity centre in the locality. A police officer said Mr. Bhattacharjee denied being either an alcoholic or suffering from any psychiatric complication. “He seemed convinced he was dying,” the officer said.“He has had no connection with members of his family besides being absent from duty for more than 15 years,” Mr. Nath told reporters.He said the police would verify if the man was still a constable in the record books.last_img read more

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PRAXIS 3

first_imgA comprehensive list of winners of the National Business &A comprehensive list of winners of the National Business & Service Excellence Awards, 2016:Ar. Vipul Bharti ? Best Architect and Design Consultant in Jodhpur, Ar. Anjanesh Goyal ? Best Emerging Architect in Rajasthan, Sahastraksh Consultant ? Best Architectural Firm in Bhopal, Malik Architecture ? Best Architectural Firm in Mumbai, Ekanshita Builder and Designers ? Best Architects, Builders and Developers in Uttarakhand, Architect Vistasp & Associates (AVA) ? Best Architecture and Interior Design Firm in India, Helping 2 Hands, The AR Foundation ? Award for Service Excellence in Philanthropy and Community Development, Swachh Life ? Most Innovative Home Appliance of the Year, Knock On Wood ? Award for Product Excellence in Wooden Designs, Shipping Exchange ? Best E-Commerce Company in International Logistics, Global Herbitech ? Best Herbal Products Company in Jammu & Kashmir,Vivaana Culture Hotel ? Best Heritage Hotel in North India, ANIKTANTRA ? Best IT and Digital Marketing Company in India, Sai Safety Consortium ? Best Safety Consultancy and Training Services in India, Pollen Cubes ? Award for the Best Visual Teaching Products in India, Sardar Ji Burfi Wale ? Best Food Excellence Award – Sweets in Haryana, The Billu Wala – Billu De Mashoor Pakode ? Best Snacks and Fast Food Joint in Delhi & NCR, Dr. Neha Mittal ? Best Consultant Physiotherapist in Delhi & NCR, Mr.Lokendra Tomar ? Best Weight Loss Consultant in Delhi & NCR, Dr. Prodyut Das (PT) ? Best Consultant Physiotherapist in Uttar Pradesh, Sanoober Clinic ? Best Rheumatology Clinic in Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Sangeeta Sangwan ? Most Promising Cosmetic Dentist in North India, Status Aesthetic Clinic ? Best Cosmetic and Aesthetic Clinic in Maharashtra, Dr. Alok Sharma ? Best Consultant Neurosurgeon in Maharashtra, Skin & You Clinic ? Best Skin Clinic in Maharashtra, Dr. Niraj Goenka ?Best Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon in Surat, Agarwals Multispeciality Dental Clinic, Implant & Laser Center ? Best Multispeciality Dental Clinic in Ahmedabad, Ora Regenesis Spa ? Best Spa and Wellness Centre in Western India, Infertility Institute and Research Centre ? Best Infertility Institute in Telangana, Dr. D. N. U. Annapurna ? Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Andhra Pradesh, Gaudium IVF & Gynae Solutions ? Best Emerging IVF Hospital in India, Strands Salons ? Best Salon Chain in India, KRV Healthcare & Physiotherapy Private Limited ? Best Physiotherapy Services Company in India, Dr. Vinoth Kumar C. ? Young Healthcare Achiever of the Year, NANHE KADAM – A Play School, Ranchi ? Service Excellence Award for the Best Play School in Ranchi, Happy Point Secondary School ? Best High School in Jaipur,New Dimension Group of Foundation Schools ? Best School in Bhopal, Rajaram Institute of Industrial Technology, Margao, Goa ? Best Computer Training Institute in Goa,Ivy World School ? Best Innovative and Quality Education School in Punjab, Keys Dance Academy by Rahul Thahryani ? Best Dance Academy in Madhya Pradesh, DDM Public School, Korba ? Best CBSE School in Chhattisgarh, Kiran Public School ? Best Emerging Public School in Jharkhand, Perfect Career Education ? Best Competitive Examinations Institute in Gujarat, KL Universitys Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship ? Most Promising and Innovative Entrepreneurship Centre, National Board of Computer Education ? Service Excellence Award for Computer Literacy Programs, Fortune Institute of International Business ? Best Business School in North India, National Academy of Fire and Safety Engineering (NAFS) ? Best Fire and Safety Academy of India, BFIT Group of Institutions ? Best College for Food Technology and Agricultural Sciences in India, Mr. Ravi Shanker Jaiswal ? Best Legal Consultant in Madhya Pradesh, Moitrayee Bhadra, Co-Founder & CEO – i2A Global Consulting Private Limited ? Best StartUp Incubator and Entrepreneurship Coach in India, Mr. Aditya Sisodia ? Career and Leadership Coach of the Year The Founder-Director of the company, Mrs. Swagatika Patel Singh was also present at the function and said, ?Each winner have exemplified excellence and typify the very best of business ethics and practices. MORE BusinessWire PSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Hyundai, Kia to recall nearly 1.5 million vehicles over engine issue

first_imgHyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) plan to recall 1.48 million vehicles in the United States, Canada and South Korea due to engine issues, the latest blow for two firms already struggling in key markets.The recall could cost the two firms hundreds of millions of dollars each revives quality concerns at a time when Hyundai and Kia face a sharp drop in China sales and sluggish demand in the United States and South Korea.The South Korean companies are recalling 1.19 million cars and sport utility vehicles in the United States, 114,187 in Canada and 171,348 in South Korea due to the engine issue that increases the risk of a crash, according to safety regulators in those respective countries.The U.S. recall involves Hyundai’s Sonata and Santa Fe and Kia’s Optima, Sorento and Sportage.Also Read:Hyundai upgrades the Eon by adding a touchscreenThe recall could hit earnings with the recall costing each company as much as 250 billion won ($220.19 million), said Koh Tae-bong, an analyst at Hi Investment & Securities.The companies declined to comment on the cost of the recall.Hyundai Motor shares closed down 2.4 percent, compared to a flat broader market .KS11. Kia Motors were down 0.9 percent.MORE RECALLSThis is not the first time Hyundai and Kia have been forced to recall vehicles due to defects in their Theta engines, which they manufacture themselves.In 2015, Hyundai Motor recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans in the United States to replace faulty engine parts, prompting quality concerns in its home market of South Korea.advertisementBut Hyundai and Kia said last year that engines produced at domestic factories were not defective. They instead extended the warranty period for five Theta 2-equipped models in South Korea.Also Read:Hyundai rolls out 2017 model year Creta, adds a variantSouth Korea’s transport ministry said on Friday metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible loss of motive power.The recall in South Korea covers Hyundai’s Sonata, Grandeur sedans and Kia’s K5, K7 and Sportage models equipped with a 2-liter or 2.4-liter Theta 2 gasoline engine produced before August 2013, the ministry said.”The recall is related to a manufacturing process problem, not the structural problem of Theta 2GDi engines and we have completed improvements through appropriate measures,” the companies said in a statement.Hyundai will replace a defective engine with a new one after inspection. The recall in South Korea will start on May 22.Also Read: Hyundai Elite i20 given mild updates and an increase in pricelast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka: Shreyas Iyer justifies captain’s faith with stylish 88

first_imgShreyas Iyer struck his maiden half-century in only his second ODI as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka in the second match in Mohali.Iyer, 23, made his international debut in the T20 series against New Zealand last month. He played his first ODI vs Sri Lanka in Dharamsala on Sunday as replacement for Virat Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in Italy.The Mumbai-born Iyer has been a heavy-scorer in Indian domestic cricket and has enjoyed two prolific seasons with the Delhi Daredevils. In 2015, he amassed 439 runs from 14 matches and made 338 runs from 12 matches in 2017.Maiden ODI half century for young Shreyas Iyer. This has been such a calm and composed knock #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/j1iUuN0nqF- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Iyer scored a whopping 1321 runs at an average of 73.38 the 2015-16 Ranji season as Munbai won their 41st title.With India desperately scouting for middle-order batsmen, the 23-year-old grabbed his chance at No.3 with a 70-ball 88 that will be remembered for a long time. He had struggled in swinging conditions in Dharamsala but looked in complete control in Mohali, where he was involved in a mammoth second-wicket stand with Rohit Sharma.In fact, Iyer, for most part, scored at a higher strike-rate than Rohit, who smashed his 16th ODI hundred and sixth of 2017.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour: Everything you need to know

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour: Dates, destinations and everything you need to know Goal 19:20 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Trophy Getty Images World Cup South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium England Poland Senegal Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Goal brings you everything you need to know about the promotional tour, which will traverse the globe before the summer The World Cup is just over five months away and the excitement is slowly building ahead of the summer showpiece event.Russia is the destination for 32 teams from across the globe as they vie for the most coveted prize in football – the unmistakeable gold trophy that has become a symbol of greatness in the game.The groups for the 2018 edition are now known and FIFA has already kicked off pre-tournament festivities, including the World Cup Trophy Tour, which is taking place for the fourth time. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the big kick-off not far away, Goal takes a look at the tour and brings you everything you need to know.What is the World Cup Trophy Tour?The World Cup Trophy Tour is a part of the build-up to the tournament which allows fans around the world to see the original trophy up close and take a photograph with it.Run in association with FIFA’s long-term partner Coca-Cola, the tour is billed as an “exciting and exclusive experience” for lovers of the game, who would otherwise only be able to see the trophy in Zurich at the World Football Museum.The concept was first rolled out ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when the trophy visited 29 countries.It became a bigger attraction as part of the build-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, touching down in 84 countries (including 50 in Africa).Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the tour took in its greatest number of countries to date, visiting 90 destinations over 267 days.The promotional exercise involves World Cup winners and dignitaries from different countries taking the opportunity to pose with the historic accolade.What countries and cities will the trophy visit?World Cup TrophyAs mentioned, the trophy is taken to a number of different countries as FIFA promotes its showpiece event around the world. The 2018 World Cup Trophy Tour began in September 2017 in Russia, where it stayed for 78 days, visiting 16 cities, before moving on to the international leg of the tour.London was the launch-pad for the international leg, which kicked off on January 22 and the trophy is set to touch down in 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents.From London, the tour went to Sri Lanka, then the Maldives and then Thailand before moving on to Laos.It will then travel through Asia, taking in places such as Kazakhstan, China and Azerbaijan at the beginning of February and, on February 10, it will arrive back in Europe when it stops in Malta. Continent Countries Africa Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda Asia Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan Australia Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands Europe Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom North America Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States South America Argentina, Colombia * Note that the tour may stop at a number of different cities in one countryThe tour is due to first arrive in Africa on February 22, starting with Sudan and staying in the continent until March 16, when it returns to Europe via Italy.South America’s first glimpse of the trophy is set for March 27, when the tour stops in Argentina, where it will stay until April 2 before moving up to Colombia and then further up through North America. The trophy will be in the United States from April 16 until April 20.After that, the tour is scheduled to stop off briefly in Germany before embarking on a journey back through Asia for the remainder of the month and it will return to Russia in May ahead of the big kick-off in June.You can see the full list of dates and destinations below.World Cup Trophy Tour Dates and Destinations Destination Dates Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-24 January Male, Maldives 24-25 January Phuket, Thailand 26-27 January Vientiane, Laos 28 January Macau, China P.R 29 January Nukualofa, Tonga 31 January Honiara, Solomon Islands 1 February Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 February Lahore, Pakistan 3 February Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 February Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 5 February Dushanbe, Tajikistan 5 February Tashkent, Uzbekistan 6 February Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 7 February Yerevan, Armenia 7 February Tblisi, Georgia 8 February Baku, Azerbaijan 9 February Valetta, Malta 10 February Vienna, Austria 11 February Minsk, Belarus 13 February Sofia, Bulgaria 14 February Tel Aviv, Israel 15 February Larnaca, Cyprus 16 February Ramallah, Palestine 17-19 February Amman, Jordan 20 February Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February Khartoum, Sudan 22-23 February Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24-25 February Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 February Maputo, Mozambique 28 February Johannesburg, South africa 1-2 March Cape Town, South Africa 3 March Kampala, Uganda 5-6 March Abuja, Nigeria 7-8 March Lagos, Nigeria 9-10 March Dakar, Senegal 11-12 March Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 13-14 March Cairo, Egypt 15-16 March Naples, Italy 17-19 March Paris, France 20-21 March Cologne, Germany 22-23 March Oslo, Norway 24 March Torshavn, Faroe Islands 24-25 March Reykjavik, Iceland 25 March Tucuman, Argentina 27-28 March Berazategui, Argentina 29 March Buenos Aires, Argentina 30-31 March Rosario, Argentina 1-2 April Bogota, Colombia 3-5 April Panama City, Panama 6 April San Jose, Costa Rica 7-8 April Guadalajara, Mexico 9-10 April Monterrey, Mexico 11-12 April Mexico City, Mexico 13-15 April New York, USA 16 April Miami, USA 17 April Los Angeles, USA 18-20 April Frankfurt, Germany 22 April Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 23 April Beijing, China P.R 25 April Shanghai, China P.R 26 April Tokyo, Japan 27-28 April Osaka, Japan 29-30 April Vladivostok, Russia 1 Maylast_img read more

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Safety Advisory Issued

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is warning Nova Scotians of a continued increased risk of local flooding tonight, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 1. Water levels in many parts of the province are high and as much as an additional 30 millimetres of rainfall is expected with this latest weather system. Nova Scotians in low lying and flood prone areas are being advised to take reasonable precautions and monitor local conditions. People should avoid swollen and fast moving waterways where conditions can quickly become dangerous. Drivers are asked to use caution and adjust speed to conditions. For flood preparation advice, go to www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Weather warnings are available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ns_e.html . Check road conditions at www.gov.ns.ca/tran or by calling 511.last_img read more

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The TJ Martell Foundation Announces 2016 Los Angeles Family Day

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced its annual and highly anticipated Los Angeles Family Day presented by Citi. to be held at The Grove in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.The annual event features live music, great food, family entertainment and a bevy of stars from television and music. The event will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation’s pediatric cancer research programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and also honors three leading innovators in entertainment and music.This year’s Los Angeles Family Day honorees are Rob Lloyd, CEO Hyperloop One, Kevin Lyman, CEO & Founder, 4Fini and George Strompolos, CEO & Founder, Fullscreen. Stars from Radio Disney and Hollywood Records are scheduled to appear. Musical performances and celebrity appearances will be announced soon.Rob Lloyd joined Hyperloop Technologies, Inc as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board in September of 2015 after 21 years at Cisco Systems. Prior to joining Hyperloop, he was President of development, sales and the internet and responsible for 45,000 employees operating around the world.Kevin Lyman is the founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., a live event production company and brand strategy firm. His is the creative force behind the live production – Vans Warped Tour, which attracts 750,000 people annually and is the longest-running North American festival concert tour.George Strompolos is an entrepreneur and digital media pioneer. He is the Founder and CEO of Fullscreen Media, a global leader in social-first entertainment experiences serving creators, brands and consumers. The company is comprised of multiple divisions, including the world’s largest network of online content creators, a talent management group, two award-winning production studios, a live events and touring business, a consumer products group, two premium subscription video-on-demand services and an in-house social media agency. Prior to founding Fullscreen Media in 2011, George worked at Google where he co-created the YouTube Partnership Program, enabling people around the world to generate revenue by creating original YouTube videos, and thus giving rise to a new generation of creative voices and stars.The Gibson Foundation will officially launch GuitarTown Kids at Los Angeles Family Day. The project will officially kick off with the unveiling of a 10-foot Gibson Guitar sculpture designed by a local visual artist and autographed by celebrities for charity. GuitarTown Kids will include a collection of regular size guitars which will be designed by local artists and painted and autographed by celebrities and their kids. These guitars will then be displayed in early 2017 and later be auctioned during a GuitarTown Kids gala auction for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s pediatric cancer research program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

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Bird flu UN health agency reports encouraging progress in producing vaccine

Experts meeting over the past two days at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters discussed latest developments, with 16 manufacturers from 10 countries developing prototype pandemic influenza vaccines against the H5N1 virus and five of them also focusing other bird flu strains such as H9N2, H5N2, and H5N3. “For the first time, results presented at the meeting have convincingly demonstrated that vaccination with newly developed avian influenza vaccines can bring about a potentially protective immune response against strains of H5N1 virus found in a variety of geographical locations,” WHO said in a news release. “Some of the vaccines work with low doses of antigen, which means that significantly more vaccine doses can be available in case of a pandemic,” it added. But it warned that in spite of the encouraging progress, “the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global pandemic influenza vaccine demand as current capacity is estimated at less than 400 million doses per year of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine.” To counter this challenge, WHO last year launched the Global pandemic influenza action plan to increase vaccine supply, a $10-billion effort over a decade. One of its aims is to transfer technology to developing countries so they can set up their own influenza vaccine production units, providing them with the most sustainable and reliable response to the threat of pandemic influenza. WHO is currently working with several vaccine producers, mainly in developing countries affected by H5N1 to facilitate in-country influenza vaccine production. There have so far been 273 confirmed human cases worldwide, 167 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. Indonesia has recorded the highest death toll – 63 out of 81 cases. UN health officials have been on constant alert to detect any mutation that could make the disease more easily transmissible in humans. Nearly all human cases so far have been traced to contact with infected birds. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak. At present, more then 40 clinical vaccine trials have been completed or are ongoing. Most have focused on healthy adults. Some companies, after completing safety analyses in adults, have initiated clinical trials in the elderly and in children. All vaccines were safe and well tolerated in all age groups tested. More than 100 influenza vaccine experts – from academia, national and regional public health institutions, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies throughout the world – attended the Geneva meeting, the third that WHO has convened in just two years to review progress in developing vaccines against pandemic influenza viruses and to agree on future priority activities. 16 February 2007The United Nations health agency today reported “encouraging progress” in producing a vaccine against human bird flu, which in a worst case scenario could cause a deadly pandemic that could kill millions, but warned that the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global demand. read more

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UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability.In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed. In the hurry to acknowledge changes, member states of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN as a whole should not let go of the many fundamental challenges that remain. This includes ensuring that any mechanism created to address wartime abuses is defined through genuine consultations with those affected by violations; one that has their confidence and not one imposed on them from the above. To this end the government should be guided by the advice of UN experts that victims be consulted and involved, and it should announce and implement a convincing framework for such a credible process, within a clear timeframe. Given the track record of past domestic inquiries, any mechanism needs to be international, or at a minimum one with a majority of international judges and prosecutors, in order to guarantee its independence and give greater security to those who participate in it. The letter said the government must also keep its promise to the UN and fully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and allow it full access to any new or additional information it may require.The letter was endorsed by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Human Rights Law Centre, International Commission of Jurists, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, International Service for Human Rights and Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. (Colombo Gazette) The human rights groups said the government in Sri Lanka should meet three key tests before September 2015 in demonstrating genuine willingness towards establishing a credible and transparent justice and accountability process. read more

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New eatery offers tastes of Hungary

A new restaurant in Simcoe has the goal of sharing the “legend” of Hungarian food.Katrina Gertner, owner of Legend of Hungary, says she opened her restaurant  to introduce Canadians to Hungarian food, with it being her first restaurant in the country.“We have lots of traditional Hungarian food. I know a lot of people they know of cabbage rolls and chicken paprikash but nothing else. We have other, different food on the menu as well,” said Gertner.Gertner, who grew up in Hungary, has lived in Canada for 20 years, she is currently living in the Port Dover Area.Legend of Hungary officially opened in April in the Best Western on Queensway West, but had its grand opening on Mother’s Day, May 12.Gertner’s father, Gergely Gertner, plays the harp each night that the restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to provide entertainment while people are dining.“More people know about us, they’re coming back and bringing more people, more friends,” said Gertner. “I’m not complaining.”“I like this area,” said Gertner.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Facing the music Sunrise Records to move into 70 closing HMV locations

An HMV outlet is seen at the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, N.S. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Sunrise Records is placing a major bet on Canadian music sales with plans to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Facing the music: Sunrise Records to move into 70 closing HMV locations TORONTO – Sunrise Records is placing a major bet on Canadian music sales with plans to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada.The Ontario-based music retail chain has negotiated new leases with mall landlords across the country.Sunrise’s expansion gives the company a quick foothold in the Canadian music scene just as the industry’s largest retailer closes shop. Stores will begin to open this spring after HMV liquidates and removes its signs.“It’s a good opportunity for us to get a lot more stores open,” Sunrise Records president Doug Putman told The Canadian Press in an interview.“We think there needs to be a great outlet across Canada to buy music.”The 32-year-old executive’s investment comes at a time when many are dismissing physical music sales as more listeners shift to streaming options.Compact disc sales fell 19 per cent to 12.3 million units last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen Music Canada. Meanwhile, on-demand audio streams experienced dramatic growth, rising 203 per cent to 22 billion streams, helped by services like Apple Music and Spotify.Putman isn’t convinced the data signals the end of physical media.“A lot of the younger consumers still love having something tangible,” he argued.Putman has long believed in buying merchandise you can hold in your hands. He grew up working at the family business, Everest Toys, a manufacturer and distributor based in Ancaster, Ont.He bought the Sunrise chain from Malcolm Perlman in October 2014 just as streaming was going mainstream. Perlman had spent the previous few years shutting down most of the Sunrise stores in the Toronto area, often blaming higher rent.When Putman gained control of the company, there were five Sunrise Records stores left. He’s since doubled the number by opening in Ontario cities like Ottawa and North Bay. He said all of those stores are profitable.His approach is a departure from the financials at HMV Canada.In court documents filed last month, HMV painted the image of a hemorrhaging business where sales were projected to slide to $190 million in 2016, after gradually weakening over the previous couple of years.Overall, HMV said it was losing $100,000 a day.“It’s an absolutely huge number,” Putman said.“But we’ve been able to find a way, working with landlords and our suppliers very closely, to mitigate that.”Putman said his company won’t lose $100,000 a day when the mall locations open, and he has set a goal of making all stores profitable in 2018.Former HMV locations factored into the deal represent roughly $100 million in sales, Putman said.Locations included among the new lease agreements are the two-level store in West Edmonton Mall, as well as other malls in Burnaby, B.C., Winnipeg, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ont., and Saint Bruno, Que.The company will outline a more extensive list of stores as the full leases are signed, Putman added.Sunrise Records will invite 1,340 former HMV employees to apply for 700 positions as it prepares to move into the new locations.The company was unable to reach new terms for about 30 of the closing HMV stores, Putman said, including the company’s flagship location at Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto. Some landlords weren’t interested in a “pop culture” chain, he said.Staying ahead of trends will be one of the biggest challenges Sunrise faces as it defines itself as a hybrid music retailer and cultural merchandiser.Aside from CDs and DVDs, Sunrise will hedge its bets with board games, themed toys and a wide selection of music, film and TV apparel.HMV tried that strategy too, but Putman believes he can do it better with a broader selection. He’s also putting a major focus on growing interest in vinyl records, which will be placed at the front of stores.Vinyl sales grew 29 per cent last year to over 650,000 units, and Nielsen figures show growth this year remains steady.Sunrise will also tap into other popular slices of nostalgia, like audio cassettes. Sales of tapes jumped 79 per cent to about 7,000 copies last year.Putman said the company won’t invest much in tapes, which he considers as a “niche market,” but said Sunrise already stocks a number of cassettes and tape players.Yet not every factor will be within the new owner’s control.Record labels are making seismic shifts in their priorities with a stronger focus on how digital sales drive music charts.Some of last year’s biggest hits, including Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Drake’s “Views,” were released under a digital-first strategy. Streaming and download services had the album weeks before record stores.Other albums, like Grammy winner Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” and Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo,” went without a physical release at all.Putman hopes those examples remain anomalies, though he said those hurdles are just part of navigating an evolving industry.“Is the business the same today as it was five years ago? Of course not,” he said.“And it’s going to be very different in three years. It’s up to us to adapt and change.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2017 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Needs remain enormous in typhoonhit Philippine areas senior UN official reports

“We saw the enormity of the destruction that communities in the path of the storm endured. We also saw the great progress that has been made in providing people with food, shelter, and other critical assistance,” said Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho. “But the needs remain enormous.”Nearly five weeks after Typhoon Haiyan struck on 8 November, donors got a first-hand look at the response and progress.Ms. Carvalho, who jointly led the mission accompanied by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman, surveyed the areas with representatives of the Embassies of Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, and representatives of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. At the Palo Central School in Tacloban, they met children signing carols at a temporary learning centre. The group also surveyed a DSWD operations centre for Eastern Visayas region, the logistics hub for aid flowing into the area and Barangay 88, a neighbourhood where a local leader said 1,000 people died in the storm.Secretary Soliman said that in Eastern Visayas region, 420,000 homes were completely destroyed and another 200,000 were damaged, leaving 280,000 families displaced. “The massive relief effort in the region has included the distribution of 3 million bags of food,” she said. “We are grateful for the solidarity and support donors have provided. We need this to continue.” In Guiuan, the delegation saw emergency shelter for families whose homes were wiped out by the storm surge. “I was encouraged to hear that just over a month after the disaster, the communities and authorities in Guiuan were engaged in searching for durable shelter solutions for the displaced families,” Ms. Carvalho said. In Ormoc, the mission saw a crew clear debris from a schoolyard, just one example of the cash-for-work opportunities that are being provided in the aftermath of the typhoon. read more

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Ohio State tops Central Connecticut State 7456

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) flies to the hoop for a score during a game against Central Connecticut State Dec. 7 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternSolid defense continued to be the story for the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 0-0) as they defeated the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (2-6, 0-0), 74-56.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross was OSU’s leading scorer for the second straight game, after posting a career-best 23 points while shooting 9-13 from the field. Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points of his own.Ross had a four-game stretch earlier in the season in which he shot 5-30 dating back to the team’s 79-69 win against Ohio Nov. 12. After the win, he said it was his perseverance that allowed him to again find his shooting stroke.“I think it was basically just me keeping my head in it and not getting down on myself too much, and finally seeing a couple go through and then just building off that,” Ross said.Buckeye coach Thad Matta said though he was disappointed in the way his team played throughout parts of the game, he was thankful to earn the win.“We have to try and keep that edge about us,” Matta said. “This is one that we got to learn from it but by the same token, you gotta wash it down the drain in the shower. We must be a better basketball team on Wednesday than we were today and for all the right reasons of us trying to be the team we want to be.”Defensive stops and a block by junior center Amir Williams helped OSU jump out to a quick 14 point lead. The lead diminished just as quickly however, as a 9-2 run by the Blue Devils made the score 24-17 with 8:07 left in the half. The Buckeyes held a 38-29 lead at the break.Ross said after the game he could tell Matta was upset at halftime.“It was a little bit of sarcasm and anger at the same, he tried to keep cool … because he feels like some of the mistakes we’re making, we shouldn’t have made,” Ross said. “I know for a fact that he was upset and I think the whole team thought we had to play our way out of it, especially with us being an older group of guys.”Up by eight with 13:46 left, OSU used a four minute 10-0 scoring run, led by Ross, to obtain an 18 point lead over the Blue Devils. CCSU was able to cut the lead to 13, but after an inbounds dunk by junior forward Sam Thompson and a 3-pointer by Smith Jr., the Buckeyes were finally able to pull away.Senior point guard Aaron Craft finished the game with seven points, two assists and one steal, while junior guard Shannon Scott finished with seven points, four assists and three steals.OSU scored 26 points off 19 Blue Devil turnovers, yet CCSU kept the game close by out-rebounding the Buckeyes 29-28.Smith Jr. said CCSU’s play wasn’t necessarily the reason the Buckeyes found it hard to pull away, but his own teams playing level.“I just feel like we didn’t do some things well that we normally do, we just didn’t play our game today and it made the game a lot harder than it should have been,” Smith Jr. said. “Just from the jump ball our minds wasn’t ready to play, guys were penetrating but not kicking out so guys trying to get shots in the lane, we gotta a lot of bad shots going up and then we allowed that to transfer over to our defense and we hang our hat on defense the whole year.” read more

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Entire country deserves the good life promised by Govt says PPPC

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Dr Bharrat JagdeoAs the days draw closer for Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12, the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) took their campaign to Region Two (2), Pomeroon-Supenaam.Scores of residents including a large number of rice farmers came out at the Walton Hall, Essequibo Coast to listen to the message of the political Opposition.In his address to the gathering, Opposition Leader and General Secretary for the PPP/C Dr Bharrat Jagdeo called for support noting that the entire country deserves to enjoy the “Good Life” promised by the current Administration.Jagdeo pointed out that Guyana’s economy continues to be brought to its knees and noted that the time is now for Guyanese to act and vote for a change.“What we are seeing is wasteful spending, over 1.6 billion dollars more is being spent on food alone for Government officials which could have gone to the school children grants or water subsidy…I never thought that I would ever live to see hunger again in this country, but when I went to the sugar belt and saw the many workers that were fired from their jobs by Government, they are put on the bread line, I saw it” Jagdeo said.Further the Opposition Leader urged the residents to make the right choice come Monday to avoid all of the “woes” that comes with the current Administration.“ All the NDCs and Townships under their control, taxes are now up by 100 per cent…make the right choice at the polls come November 12th…prevent  heavy taxation on the Guyanese Nation, residents must vote them out of office” Jagdeo urged.Addressing the plights of the rice farmers, the former president expressed his sympathy towards them revealing that his Party is currently negotiating  with banks to lend assistance to them.“We will be meeting with the banks to negotiate a way forward to assist you…the 12% of the sugar workers and the 15% rice farmers who voted for the APNU/AFC  at the last General Election are coming back to the PPP/C and we welcome them all” Jagdeo declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese appreciative now of PPP’s policy direction, says Jagdeo in BarticaOctober 2, 2018In “latest news”PPP LGE campaign: Concerns plaguing Essequibians addressedAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: PPP says it’s contesting 8 constituencies in WakenaamOctober 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Weir Minerals launches three new valves

first_imgWeir Minerals has launched three products from its global BDK range of industrial valves across its European region, which includes North Africa and Kazakhstan. The move sees Knife Gate, Diaphragm and Resilient-Seat Butterfly valves made available in response to demand from customers.Following the roll-out, Weir Minerals expects the products to be used in several countries in a diverse range of applications. Customers across the world use BDK valves to handle slurries in the mining and minerals industries. The BDK valve range will be supported by Weir Minerals’ established service network. Weir Minerals has more than 20 service centres across Europe, North Africa and Kazakhstan, with three openings in 2014 strengthening the on-the-ground expertise available to customers.Tony G. Locke, Managing Director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “BDK valves have a loyal following among customers elsewhere in the world and we feel it is a natural step to respond to demand and make them available in Europe too. They are suitable for a wide range of duties, but are also compact, and because they offer low maintenance costs, the BDK valve range is an ideal choice in its field. The valves are used in a diverse range of sectors, from our core mining and minerals industries to paper, chemicals, water treatment, sugar, steel and fertiliser production”.“We have built an unrivalled network across the region to be closer to our customers and provide the advice and expertise they rightly expect. They can be assured that we will continue to invest in service offering to ensure minimum downtime and maximum efficiency from their Weir Minerals products.”Weir Minerals has planned for significant demand for BDK valves from European customers. The company’s aftermarket team has been trained in servicing the products, wherever in the region the customer is based. Weir Minerals Europe delivers end-to-end solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing, waste-management and comminution processes across a range of industries and in more than 30 countries.last_img read more

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Government reminded local authorities of their obligation to report infant deaths in

first_imgEnteritis is usually caused by eating or drinking substances that are contaminated with bacteria or viruses. The germs settle in the small intestine and cause inflammation and swelling.The circular goes on to remind registered maternity homes that “failure or neglect to comply” with the requirement of notification under the section of the Act would render the home liable for a fine. The Act states that fine should not exceed ten pounds.Read: Here’s how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes inquiry>Read: Here’s a letter giving state approval of Tuam mother and baby home> Source: National Archives(Can’t see the document? Click here) Source: National ArchivesThe circular states: THE MINISTER FOR Local Government and Public health in 1946 warned local authorities to keep up with the administration of mother and baby homes.A circular sent on behalf of the minister at the time, Fianna Fáil’s Seán MacEntee, stated that the minister had received “representations” that many local authorities were not “paying attention” to the administration of the registration of maternity homes under the Maternity Homes Act 1934.center_img Particular attention is drawn also to Section 11 of the Act regarding the obligation imposed on the person registered to report to the chief executive officer of the supervising authority any death which occurs in the home.This requirement is of special importance in view of the incidence of enteritis in new-born infants and because of the possibility of transmission of the disease it is most essential that the public health authority should be in a position to exercise immediate and strict controls…last_img read more

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Trumps national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over

first_img 20,974 Views Share91 Tweet Email Image: Evan Vucci/AP Trump’s national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over talks with Russians Flynn – who once headed US military intelligence – insisted he was honoured to have served the American people in such a “distinguished” manner. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 6:49 AM 60 Comments Michael Flynn Feb 14th 2017, 6:49 AM center_img https://jrnl.ie/3238527 DONALD TRUMP’S NATIONAL security advisor Michael Flynn has resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russian government, a stunning first departure from the new president’s inner circle less than a month after his inauguration.The White House said Trump had accepted Flynn’s resignation amid allegations the retired three star general discussed US sanctions strategy with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak before taking office.Flynn – who once headed US military intelligence – insisted he was honoured to have served the American people in such a “distinguished” manner.But he admitted that he “inadvertently briefed” the now Vice President Mike Pence with “incomplete information” about his calls with Kislyak.Pence had publicly defended Flynn, saying he did not discuss sanctions, putting his own credibility into question.“Regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologised to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” read Flynn’s letter, a copy of which was released by the White House.The White House said Trump has named retired lieutenant-general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to be interim national security advisor.Flynn’s resignation so early in an American administration is unprecedented, and comes after details of his calls with the Russian diplomat were made public — upping the pressure on Trump to take action.Several US media outlets on Monday reported that top Trump advisors were warned about Flynn’s contacts with the Russians early this year.Questions will now be raised about who knew about the calls and why Trump did not move earlier to replace Flynn.Ahead of Flynn’s resignation White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted Trump was not consulted about Flynn discussing sanctions, nor did he task his top national security aide to do so.Asked if Trump was aware Flynn would raise sanctions with the Russian envoy, Spicer said: “No, absolutely not. No way.”Blackmail?A former head of defence intelligence, Flynn’s encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin had already drawn criticism.US media reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the contents of his talks with Kislyak, and that it could make him vulnerable to Russian blackmail.The message was delivered in the last days of Barack Obama’s administration by then-acting attorney general Sally Yates — who Trump sacked after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his contested travel ban.CNN said then director of national intelligence James Clapper and John Brennan, the CIA chief at the time, agreed the White House should be alerted about the concerns.In the hours before his resignation, some Trump aides suggested that Flynn had the full support of the president.Until now, Flynn had been an instrumental player in Trump’s inner circle.He was an early supporter of Trump’s improbable bid for the presidency and has encouraged tougher policies on Iran and a softer policy on Russia.That was a sharp break with the Obama administration, which introduced a wave of sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and what US intelligence says were its attempts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.Washington and Moscow had also clashed over alleged war crimes in Syria, where Russia is accused of aiding the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets. Despite this, Flynn had argued for rapprochement.A few of Trump’s fellow Republicans had joined their Democratic foes in urging Flynn to resign over a situation that had become a major embarrassment for the ruling party.“It is his duty to be fully transparent and forthright in his actions — anything less is unacceptable,” Representative Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, said in a statement.“If in fact he purposely misled the president, he should step down immediately.”- © AFP 2017Read: This photo of an assassination is the controversial winner of the World Press Photo award Michael Flynn Image: Evan Vucci/AP By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Boehner debt plan faces Tea Party ire

first_imgWASHINGTON — Stung by revelations that his plan would cut spending less than advertised, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday postponed a vote on a debt-ceiling measure that was already running into opposition from Tea Party conservatives. The move came just a week before an Aug. 2 deadline for staving off the potential financial chaos of the nation’s first-ever default.With time running short, the speaker promised to quickly rewrite his debt-ceiling legislation after budget officials said it would cut spending by less than $1 trillion over the coming decade instead of the promised $1.2 trillion. The vote originally scheduled for Wednesday is now set for Thursday. That may give Boehner more time to hunt for votes, but it gives Congress and the White House even less time for maneuvering.Meanwhile, public head-butting between Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republicans showed no sign of easing. The White House declared Obama would veto the Boehner bill, even if it somehow got through the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate.For all that, it was the Tea Party-backed members of Boehner’s own party who continued to vex him and heavily influence the debt and deficit negotiating terms — not to mention his chances of holding on to the speakership.Their adamant opposition to any tax increases forced Boehner to back away from a “grand bargain” with Obama that might have made dramatic cuts in government spending. Yet when Boehner turned this week to a more modest cost-cutting plan, with no tax increases, many conservatives balked again. They said the proposal lacked the more potent tools they seek, such as a constitutional mandate for balanced budgets.last_img read more

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Office of religious freedom to be elevated in US says Secretary

first_imgWASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the elevation of the Offices of International Religious Freedom and the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department, saying that the American President Donald Trump has promoted religious freedom like never before in America’s foreign policy agenda. He said that international religious freedom is a top priority for the Trump administration. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The Trump Administration has promoted religious freedom like never before in our foreign policy agenda. Given our own great freedoms, it’s a distinctly American responsibility to stand up for faith in every nation’s public square, Pompeo said in his remarks at the release of the 2018 annual report on International Religious Freedom. He announced the elevation of the Office of International Religious Freedom along with the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the State Department. Effective immediately, each of these two offices will report directly to the undersecretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, he said.last_img read more

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30 injured as a private bus overturned at Kurnool district

first_imgKurnool: In a tragic incident, 30 people injured as a private bus overturned at Kurnool district on Thursday. Going into details, few people who belong to Mahanandi have booked a private travels bus to visit Brahmamgari Matam at Kadapa district. On their way to Brahmamgari Matam, the bus overturned near Pedda Bodhanam village in Chagalamarri Mandal of Kurnool district. With this, the 30 passengers who were traveling on the bus have sustained injuries. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.last_img read more

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