The SNF is a Proud Supporter of the Special Olympics

first_imgThe Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is proud to partner with Special Olympics in supporting their mission of empowerment through sport and education.A three-year, $10 million grant by SNF aims to increase the impact of Special Olympics’ school-based inclusive sports and education programming in expanding it to more schools around the world. In September, SNF representatives attended the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, which brought together youth leaders from over 40 countries with representatives from the worlds of sport, business, philanthropy, and government.Supported by the SNF and others, the Forum is one of the flagship events marking the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.The forum brought together 250 youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities. In this simple model, Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver sees an antidote to social division. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Shriver advocates for unified sports teams in elementary, middle, and high schools, seeing potential for a fundamental shift that benefits everyone.The genuine human connections formed through the simple act of finding common ground on the playing field can lay the groundwork for broader social unity.Thank you letter from the Special Olympics Chairman, Dr. Timothy Shriver.Source: Shareslast_img read more

6 BJP workers held for assault on Trinamool activists

first_imgKolkata: Six BJP workers have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in an attack on Trinamool Congress activists.The incident took place at Kanksa area in West Burdwan district on Sunday night. It has been learnt that the local Trinamool Congress leaders had organised a meeting in the area, as a result of which many Trinamool Congress workers went there from different places. When a Trinamool Congress delegation was going to attend the meeting, some miscreants attacked them. The TMC men were passing through Bankati Panchayat area, when the miscreants stopped their way and started beating them up. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe district Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the saffron party had engaged miscreants to disrupt the meeting. They were equipped with arms and assaulted the TMC workers, many of whom sustained serious injuries in various parts of their bodies. Around seven Trinamool Congress supporters suffered serious injuries and they have been undergoing treatment at Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital. Some of their condition is stated to be serious. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed the incident a result of intra-party clash between two factions within the ruling party in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA huge contingent of police swung into action following the incident and brought the situation under control. However, the attackers managed to flee from the spot before the police reached. The district Trinamool Congress leaders lodged a complaint with the police station against BJP late on Sunday night. After initiating a probe, the police have arrested six BJP workers from different parts of the district on Monday morning. They have been remanded in police custody after being produced before a district court. Police are conducting a detailed probe to identify the other accused involved in the incident. Raids are being carried out to nab the other culprits.last_img read more

Uzbek woman gang raped in Delhi case registered

first_imgNew Delhi: A case has been registered at Vasant Kunj police station against three people who allegedly gang raped an Uzbek woman in a moving car, police said. The police said that an investigation has been initiated. However, no arrests have been made so far. Police said that an Uzbek woman (31) has filed a complaint against a 25-year-old, who along with his two accomplices allegedly gang raped and assaulted her on August 10. Both, the prime accused and the victim, know each other. The victim has been living in Delhi for last six months whereas the prime accused is a resident of Gurugram, said police.last_img

Z100 Announces Lineup For 2015 Jingle Ball

first_imgZ100, New York’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, has unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015, presented by Capital One, taking place on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.Z100 Jingle Ball 2015Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Dallas, San Francisco/Oakland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 will mark Z100’s 20th year of bringing cheer to New York City with the holiday season’s biggest annual music event.Z100’s on-air personality, Mo Bounce, officially announced the all-star performers for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 which will include The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell and DNCE. Special guest hosts will also include Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” alongside the entire Z100 family, with more to be announced.Capital One will sponsor the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour and as part of this partnership Capital One cardholders get exclusive first access to high demand tickets through a special iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale will begin tomorrow, October 6 at 10 a.m. local and will run through October 9 at 10 a.m. local or while supplies last. Tickets will be available at Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 12 at 10 a.m. local, and will be available at“Its amazing to celebrate Z100’s incredible legacy with the 20th annual Z100 Jingle Ball,” said Mark Medina, Program Director, Z100. “This year we’ve put together the hottest lineup for another amazing Z100 Jingle Ball concert so we can celebrate this monumental milestone with our listeners.”“It always amazes me how the Z100 Jingle Ball talent gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Elvis Duran. “This year’s show will be mind-blowing. It’s such an honor to be part of such a huge institution.”For the first time in Z100’s Jingle Ball history, Z100 is proud to announce its partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. By putting children first, UNICEF has helped save more lives than any other humanitarian organization. Starting later in October, Z100 listeners can make a donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, giving them a chance to win tickets to Z100’s Jingle Ball.Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 will kick-off with the action-packed Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge, the official pre-event celebration. The event, which is free to the public, will include performances by Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, R. City and Conrad Sewell, followed by meet-and-greets with fan favorites. Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge will feature music as well as interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products. The event will take place from 12 – 6 p.m. EST at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., New York, NY and will welcome fans of all ages.Every year, Z100’s Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s official charity for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is proud to team up with Jingle Ball for the third year in a row, allowing us to raise more funds and awareness for our work with children’s hospitals across the country,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We love being a part of this concert tour and are truly grateful for all iHeartMedia does to help us lift the spirits of young patients and their families.”The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 Tour is presented by Capital One. Additional proud partners of this year’s national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour event(s) include: Allstate Insurance Company, Macy’s, The CW Network and Verizon. Multimarket partners include: Ulta Beauty. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 is also sponsored locally by Mercedes Benz, P.C. Richard & Son, Twix, Ari by Ariana Grande, Key Food, Fujifilm and Hornblower Cruises.Z100’s Jingle Ball will video stream exclusively on Yahoo for fans nationwide live and broadcast live on iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations across the country on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. EST as well as be featured as an exclusive nationwide 90 minute broadcast special on The CW Network on Thursday, December 17, at 8 p.m. EST/PST, giving music fans across the country the opportunity to experience the highly anticipated annual event.last_img read more

Fossil Tapestry rise while Stamps Etsy fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Inc., down $46.49 to $36.90The online postage provider slashed its full-year profit forecast because of contract changes between its partners and the U.S. Postal Service.Fossil Group Inc., up $1.69 to $14.51The watchmaker reported solid sales in China and India and its first quarter loss was narrower than Wall Street expected.Green Dot Corp., down $16.71 to $46.56The bank holding company expects revenue to fall short of forecasts this quarter and it gave investors a weak profit forecast for the year.Tapestry Inc., up $2.61 to $33.36The maker of Kate Spade and Coach handbags beat first quarter profit forecasts and announced a $1 billion stock buyback plan.Fox Corp., up $1.08 to $38.50The TV broadcasting company, which operates Fox News, beat Wall Street’s first quarter profit and revenue forecasts.Etsy Inc.., down $7.32 to $60.76The online crafts marketplace reported first quarter revenue that fell just shy of Wall Street forecasts.Roku Inc., up $18.25 to $83.17The video streaming company’s first quarter loss was narrower than Wall Street expected and revenue also beat forecasts.Vishay Intertechnology Inc., down 95 cents to $17.88The chipmaker’s revenue forecast for the current quarter fell far short of analysts’ expectations.The Associated Press read more

Actress Drew Barrymore becomes advocate for UN World Food Programme

Ms. Barrymore, 32, becomes the latest Ambassador for the WFP, joining Kenyan world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat, himself a former recipient of school feeding programmes, among others. Last year WFP fed 19.4 million children across 71 countries through such projects.“I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry,” Ms. Barrymore said after today’s announcement in Washington. The actress recently visited WFP-supported school feeding projects in Kenya.“Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles,” she said. “I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” adding that school feeding schemes have a proven record of boosting enrolment rates and academic performance.Ms. Barrymore, Mr. Tergat and senior WFP officials have been in Washington this week to raise awareness about school feeding programmes and to advocate for legislation that would expand and regularize United States funding for such activities.Currently WFP estimates that more than 112 million school-aged children around the world are undernourished and live in poor nations.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran welcomed the announcement of Ms. Barrymore, who has been involved in the Artists for the UN initiative since 2004, as an Ambassador for the Programme.“Her passion and commitment to changing the world for the better – and of course the respect and admiration she commands – will make her a wonderful champion for school feeding,” Ms. Sheeran said. 9 May 2007The American actress Drew Barrymore was named today as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and charged with the task of using her celebrity as a film star to advocate for school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest countries. read more

Unharvested crops wet spring causing headaches for Prairie farmers

Unharvested crops, wet spring causing headaches for Prairie farmers When Humphrey Banack looks out the window on his farm, he can’t see some of the fields he depends on to put food on the table and pay his bills.Water from rain and melting snow is soaking grain and oilseed crops that the farmer near Round Hill, Alta., couldn’t harvest last fall due to bad weather.And fields he did manage to harvest are too sodden to walk on, let alone seed, due to a cold and wet spring.“I haven’t seen this much water lying around in all of the years I have farmed,” Banack said. “We are looking at another two to three weeks before we can plant any crops or deal with the old crops.”Removing and disposing of last year’s unharvested grains will be a challenge across much of the Prairies for many farmers who are eager to start spring seeding.Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. says there are about 400,000 hectares of insured unharvested crops left over from last fall. A similar amount of uninsured crops remain in fields.Farmers want officials to move quickly to assess and process crop insurance claims.Any delay in seeding will push the growing season back, which could put new crops in jeopardy of frost damage this fall.Some of the old crop may be salvageable. But for the portion that has to be written off, farmers hope governments will be flexible on how it can be disposed of.Banack said some can be chopped up with harvesters, but burning it makes the most sense. Fields are too muddy to plow the material back into the ground.“I know we don’t need a big prairie fire running from Edmonton to Regina, but we are going to have to burn some of this crop. It has no value and it is going to be the best way to manage it.”Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said some farmers in his province face the same challenge.Lewis said conditions are expected to push seeding back weeks in many areas.“Over a million acres didn’t get combined last fall in the province of Saskatchewan,” Lewis said from his farm near Gray.“As a rule of thumb, May 1 is a good barometer for some seeding being done generally across the province. We are not going to see that this year.”Manitoba estimates about 40,000 hectares were not harvested last fall, mainly in the southwest. Parts of the province will be able to begin seeding soon, but some farmers are reporting the wettest spring they have seen.Bill Campbell, who owns a mixed farm near Minto, said it could be a month before he can sow his fields.Campbell figures he will need a few weeks just to clear off his unharvested crop and prepare his land.In the meantime, he is hoping for warm, dry conditions.“If we had three weeks of 20-degree weather that would be my wish,” he laughed.“It has just been a rough fall and a rough winter. Pray to God that 2017 is better than 2016.” by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2017 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The political version of the Electric Picnic is happening in a small

first_imgPOLITICIANS, ACADEMICS AND commentators from across Irish society are gathering in the Donegal village of Glenties for the annual MacGill Summer School this week.The 34th annual event will play host to the Tánaiste Joan Burton later this morning with a number of other government ministers and familiar faces due to make an appearance in the coming days.These include the controversial former Rehab chairman Frank Flannery, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, and the acting garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan who are all slated to speak this week.Many of the lectures and panel discussions will focus on the main question: ‘Without fundamental reform of our institutions can we meet the challenges ahead?’Participants are also due to discuss the “loss and legacy” of the poet Seamus Heaney who died in August of last year.The summer school was officially opened last night by the British ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, with Dr Maurice Hayes, the former senator and Northern Ireland Ombudsman, delivering the 14th annual John Hume lecture.This morning Burton is due to participate in a discussion on how to restore trust and credibility in our institutions. The talk will focus on the recent scandals in the Catholic church, mother-and-baby homes and the garda whistleblower controversy.Flannery, who resigned from roles at Fine Gael and Rehab earlier this year over controversy about his lobbying work, is to participate in a discussion on the political landscape in Ireland later this afternoon.Fitzgerald, who was appointed justice minister in the wake of Alan Shatter’s departure in May, will participate with McDowell, one of her predecessors, in a session on law and justice tonight.The summer school is named after a writer from Glenties called Patrick MacGill who wrote about social conditions in Donegal and the plight of migrant workers in Britain in the early 20th century.The full programme of events and speaking times can be found here. 2013 at MacGill: Gerry Adams: The institutions of the State have their backs to the border2012 at MacGill: Kenny promises new political corruption laws, with up to 10-year jail terms will be bringing you rolling coverage from the Glenties all this week and you can follow @oconnellhugh for updates. last_img read more

US officials grab Osama Bin Ladens computer equipment

first_imgThe news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan has been topping the news since Sunday, but now that we’ve had some time to process the initial announcement all sorts of other information has been revealed. For instance, tracking down Bin Laden didn’t just lead to the death of the world’s most wanted man, it also allowed U.S. officials to grab all of his computer equipment.The U.S. now has in its possession potentially valuable information as to the movements and whereabouts of Al Qaeda members and groups. The haul of tech found at his house/hideout included multiple PCs, USB sticks, and a bunch of yet to be identified electronic devices. All of this equipment is now being looked at and the data digested to see if it forms any usable intelligence.How quickly that data can be crunched all depends on whether Bin Laden implemented any measures to secure it, for example, did he encrypt the drives? Use passwords? Or is it just data on a drive open for anyone to view? We suspect for a man who has been on the run for years and who spent a lot of time living in remote locations without power (or an internet connection), data security was near the bottom of the list of things he worried about.Having his hardware means that certain U.S. officials and analysts now know the answers to questions such as what operating system Bin Laden used, what his preferred web browser was, his most visited websites, and how much security he used. We’d also like to know if those electronic gadgets included ones for personal use (a tablet, digital music player, or laptop) or simple ones for communications and other organizational tasks. Again, we doubt Bin Laden was a man who stayed up-to-date and we’ve heard he relied on others (including a trusted courier) for spreading the word. It likely he entrusted others with using technology around him.It has also been revealed today that Pakistan authoroties were not told about the raid on Bin Laden’s house because the CIA feared a leak and therefore a window of escape for the man. With PCs found in his home anyone with his email address (or even an active IM account?) could have warned him about the raid. The CIA clearly did the right thing.Knowing that computers, hard drives, and other equipment were confiscated from bin Laden’s compound has clearly given us more questions than answers, but hopefully we’ll learn more as time goes on and data about his equipment, usage, security, and so forth is declassified.Read more at Politicolast_img read more

New car sales on the decrease

first_imgNew car sales have plunged by 2.9 per cent in December 2011 when compared with November 2011 according to the latest ABS figures. In total 86, 947 new vehicles were sold in December 2011 comparing with 84,403 in November 2011. The sales of passenger vehicles decreased by 0.3 per cent while sales of other vehicles decreased by 1.9 per cent in total. Sales of sports and utility vehicles on the other hand, increased by 0.9 per cent. In seasonally adjusted terms, sales of new motor vehicles decreased in seven of the eight states and territories when comparing December 2011 with November 2011. Northern Territory recorded the largest percentage of decrease amounting to 7.4 per cent, followed by New South Wales that recorded a fall by 4.3 per cent and Australian Capital Territory where new vehicle sales fell by 3.9 per cent. Over the same period in Tasmania sales increased by 8.7 per cent. Recent flooding in Thailand may have had an impact on new vehicle sales in Australia due to associated delays in delivery of Thai manufactured vehicles and vehicle parts. Impacts from the flooding could continue to disrupt the supply of new motor vehicles to Australia from Thailand in coming months. The earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Japan in March 2011 had an impact on the number of new vehicle sales in Australia in mid 2011 due to a reduction in supply. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

How Greek parliamantarians react to the Medivac legislation

first_imgFor political observers, Tuesday was a turning point for Australia. The vote for the Medical Evacuation Bill, which allows for asylum seekers in detention to be transferred to Australia to receive medical treatment was seen as the first sign that Australia might be softening its border policy, that has been the target of criticism from human rights organisations – not least among them the United Nations Human Rights Commitee, which has urged Australia to end offshore processing. The ratification of the bill was also seen as a defeat for the Coalition government, which became the first government in 90 years to have lost a policy decision on the floor.“It is a historic event,” Labor MP Steve Georganas says, without seeming to eager to jump on the wagon along with those who see the Medivac bill as a quasi-vote-of-no-confidence.“This question is one for the government to reflect on,” he says. “I suppose that’s the way it is. The Liberals have been continuously chaotic for a number of years now, they are dysfunctional, and they have been divided for five years.“The sooner Australians have their say, the better, but regardless of whether the election is in one month or three, we will keep on developing policies for a better Australia and putting them to the Parliament.“For the Labor and myself, this bill was always about sick people who are within our care, to get the medical treatment they need, while at the same time protecting our borders – that was the main gist of the entire bill. The government must now listen to the advice of doctors – which is normal, anyway.”Labor Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas. Photo: AAP Image/Mick TsikasFollowing the ratification of the bill, Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave a press conference in which he assured that Australia’s border policy remains strong as ever and stated that he’s “not going to be lectured by Labor” on this issue.Steve Georganas refutes this stance as part of a “scare campaign” by the PM. “He can say whatever he likes. This bill doesn’t change anything about our border security. We can be tough on borders without being cruel to sick people who need medical care,” he says, stressing that, if anything “it strengthens our border security. The minister will now be able to deny a transfer, not just on national security grounds, but also on the case of serious criminality – they have the final say.“The amendment ensures that this legislation only applies to the people who are currently in regional processing; this removes any incentive for others to seek their way here.”Senator Arthur Sinodinos begs to differ.“If people are saying that this will not fundamentally make a difference to our border protection regime, why then did they have to pass this legislation?” he says, stressing that “there are extensive medical facilities available in those areas where [asylum seekers] have been located.”“My concern about this legislation that was passed is that it sends a signal that if you can put sufficient pressure on the Australian government, you can make it easier to bring people to Australia and that is the selling point that the people smugglers will use to entice more people to take the dangerous ways over the ocean to try and come to Australia,” he explains.“If we depart from having a strong border protection regime, we can lose control of our borders and our immigration policy; that can undermine support in the community for having a generous immigration program and a generous refugee and humanitarian program.”Asked to comment on the criticism Australia’s border policy has been under, precisely on humanitarian grounds, Senator Sinodinos does not shy away.“We respect the UN and we work closely with international organisations on migration and the fact of the matter is, as we’ve seen in many countries overseas that have lost control of their borders, [when that happens] the public then reacts in becoming even more inward looking and putting up the shutters. We don’t want to do that.“We want to continue to be generous in welcoming new migrants and genuine refugees to Australia but we want to do it in a way which is controlled and which does not infringe on our national sovereignty.“At the end of the day, what is important is that we send the signal that Australia knows how to control its own borders.“Look at what’s happened in Europe, look at what’s happened in Greece.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les indiens Yanomami dAmazonie menacés par les chercheurs dor

first_imgLes indiens Yanomami d’Amazonie menacés par les chercheurs d’orMardi 22 novembre, l’ONG Survival International a diffusé les seules photos aériennes connues d’un village d’indiens Yanomami, une ethnie amazonienne vivant à l’écart du monde moderne, et menacée par la ruée vers l’or de clandestins motivés par la flambée des prix du métal jaune. Sur les photos, quelques huttes, seulement : celles d’une petite quarantaine d’indiens Yanomami, au fin-fond de la jungle de l’état de Roraima (nord du Brésil). Des clichés pris en mars dernier par Morsamiel Iramari, lui-même de cette ethnie, depuis un avion prêté par la Fondation nationale de l’indien (FUNAI). Celle-ci collabore avec l’association Hutukara yanomami et avec l’ONG Survival International, qui a publié ces photos accompagnées d’un communiqué dénonçant les pratiques de l’orpaillage sauvage, menaçant ces indiens.”Les conditions de vie des yanomami se sont considérablement améliorées mais ils sont toujours confrontés à des menaces réelles. Les campements des orpailleurs illégaux sont installés à 15 kilomètres à peine des yanomami isolés”, a dénoncé Stephen Corry, directeur de Survival avant de souligner que l’orpaillage clandestin introduit des maladies comme le paludisme dans la région et pollue les rivières et la forêt avec le mercure utilisé pour amalgamer l’or. Créé officiellement en 1992, le territoire yanomami, en Amazonie, à la frontière brésilo-vénézuélienne, “le plus grand territoire forestier indigène au monde”, était censé préserver l’isolement volontaire de ces indiens sans contact avec l’homme blanc. “Ces photos mettent en évidence à quel point la protection du territoire yanomami est importante contre les chercheurs d’or, qui ont ravagé ce peuple dans les années 1980”, souligne M. Corry, particulièrement inquiet du retour des prospecteurs clandestins dans la région.Les autorités tentent de chasser les chercheurs d’or À lire aussiUne nouvelle espèce de guêpe au dard énorme découverte en AmazonieEn novembre, au moins 800 militaires et policiers ont été dépêchés dans la région pour expulser les orpailleurs. “Une cinquantaine d’entre eux ont été expulsés à ce jour mais ils se cachent dans la forêt”, explique Ailton da Silva coordinateur de l’association Hutukara yanomami pour qui il faut également “couper le bras qui les finance”.Découvrez les photos de ces indiens yanomami capturées dans la forêt sur Maxisciences Le 23 novembre 2011 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Historic 4m road works project in Kew Town Glass Shack first ever

first_img New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed PDM Administration to scrap some projects, hurricane damage cost blamed Related Items:#GoldrayEwing, #sidewalks, kewtown Millennium Highway road works not behind schedule says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 1, 2018 — About one mile of sidewalks is currently being added to the infrastructure of native communities; and the simple addition of these concrete pathways throughout Glass Shack and Kew Town are notably historic.“That roadwork project is a continuation of the Glass Shack round about rebuilding project, it is the second phase.  Now you will notice that all the roads in Glass Shack, including side roads are properly paved.  Right now they are on their last leg in the down town, Kew Town area.  They are actually hold up for the time being for Fortis to move their poles back a little so that they can handle the down town round-about and going into Walter Cox drive into the Kew Town area.”Magnetic Media continues to advocate for greater consideration to be given to the pedestrian public of Providenciales who were seemingly forgotten as roadways and highways were developed in the island.No pedestrian crossings on Leeward Highway.  No pedestrian crossings on Millennium Highway. And there had been no sidewalks anywhere beyond the Blue Hills round about heading northwest… until now.“Sidewalks are also going in place and that is because of our new policy of making sure that pedestrians have some place to walk, instead of walking in the street.  All new road construction from here on in, will be done with sidewalks properly…”Minister Goldray Ewing shared that the concrete work has a dual benefit.  “Roads without sidewalks or curves continue to have these big gouges eaten out of the sides of the road, and to combat that action by heavy equipment we need to put curves and sidewalks on all roads.”The TCI Cabinet on February 28, 2018 agreed to a company to complete the National Physical Development Plan which will mean more infrastructural enhancements nationally for these islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Local Muslims worry that violence overseas taints them

first_imgLocal Muslims definitely feel more vulnerable to hatred — and misunderstanding — every time there’s news of violence by Islamic terrorists or the Islamic group that is trying to create its own state in Syria and Iraq.But there’s really “no such thing as an Islamic terrorist,” said Dr. Khalid Khan, one of the leaders of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, which has a mosque in Hazel Dell. “They are terrorists. They are murderers. It’s as simple as that.” The Quran, Islam’s holy book, would never sanction acts like Tuesday’s attack in Paris — which has been attributed to Islamic extremists. French police have caught one suspect and seeking two others.Responsibility of other kinds was also on Khan’s mind as he heard the news on Wednesday morning. “I certainly am” offended by cartoons, jokes and insults directed at Muhammad, the chief prophet and holiest figure in the Islamic faith, he said. “I don’t think non-Muslims understand how we venerate” Muhammad — and the other prophets of Islam, including Jesus and Moses, he added.Khan said the power of the press comes with a serious burden of responsibility. There are better ways of getting at uncomfortable truths and encouraging dialog than “poking fun and pulling down the pants” of prophets, he said. But that doesn’t mean that retaliatory violence is justified, he said. Even Muhammad unconditionally forgave the people who persecuted him and his family, Khan said.last_img read more

69 make employer pension contributions of 6 or less

first_imgMore than two-thirds (69%) of respondents offer a contribution of 6% or less of earnings to their employees’ pension savings, according to research by Punter Southall Aspire.Its survey of 106 employers also found that 81% of respondents contribute less than 10% of earnings to their employees’ retirement savings.The research also found:Nearly half (46%) of respondents contribute 5–6% of pensionable earnings to their staff’s retirement savings.92% of employees only contribute between 0 and 5% of their salary to their retirement savings.Around half (49%) of respondents determine their level of contribution according to that of their employees.68% of respondents offer pension salary sacrifice, including 82% of organisations with more than 500 employees and 58% with under 500 staff.Alan Morahan, managing director at Punter Southall Aspire, said: “Contribution uplifts are essential if the government is to make further progress with its aim of increasing individual responsibility for retirement saving and reducing the burden on the state.“The auto-enrolment contribution increases will be a step in the right direction but it looks like a sizeable gap remains between actual contributions and the amount people need to put away to retire with a reasonable standard of living, and at a time that suits them.“There is also a danger that some employees contributing at the auto-enrolment minimum levels are lulled into a false sense of security, believing their contributions will be sufficient to deliver a meaningful retirement income.“Employers can help by informing and educating their workforces.”last_img read more

Photographer caught in gunfire in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A freelance news photographer was caught in the middle of gunfire on Sunday morning.Photographer Raffio Storace, who sometimes contributes to 7News, was investigating a shooting near Northwest 36th Street and 27th Avenue in Miami when his car was shot. The bullet struck the car, and Storace thought he was shot.“I hear boom, boom, boom, boom, and all of a sudden, I look through my rear-view mirror and see that it’s spider-webbed,” said Storace. “My rear-view window is spider-webbed, and there’s glass fragments flying through my car hitting me at the back of my head at my neck.”The shooters were reportedly gang members trying to shoot at someone else.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Instagram wants to work with memers after purging accounts

first_img Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay $999 $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments 1 Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img $999 $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Instagram wants to work more closely with meme accounts. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Instagram is apparently looking to strengthen its relationship with meme accounts. The photo- and video-sharing site posted a job description last week for a strategic partner manager who will work with “emerging digital media publishers.” The listing comes after Instagram reportedly suspended dozens of meme accounts last month for violating its terms of service.  As part of the role, the strategic partner manager will find and plan initiatives with up-and-coming media publishers such as meme accounts, according to the job posting. They’ll also strengthen relationships with publishers and help them be successful on the platform. Instagram has faced backlash for purging meme accounts. After permanently suspending accounts in July, users started petitions to have their accounts reinstated. Instagram also shut down several accounts in December. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy See It $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $155 at Google Express Share your voice Rylo Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 See It Boost Mobile $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Brad Pitts reaction to being officially single again a slap in the

first_imgBrad Pitt seems to be not happy with the recent buzz about his reunion with former lover Jennifer Aniston.ReutersBrad Pitt seems excited to be single again. The Once Upon a Time In Hollywood star is glad that finally some progress is being made in his divorce proceedings. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce almost two and a half years ago.Reportedly Brad Pitt and ex Angelina Jolie can now declare themselves as officially single again for the first time since their marriage in 2014 as the former couple was granted the legal status change by a judge in a recent ruling, a source told HollywoodLife, even though their divorce has yet to be finalized. Recently Brad voiced his frustration by pointing the blame at Angelina Jolie for dragging the proceedings, to which Angelina Jolie’s people responded by pointing out that she indeed wants the proceedings to be slow and fair.  Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt pose at the premiere ofReutersBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dated for nearly eight years and were married for two. Brad Pitt seems ready to move on, but it looks like Angelina Jolie still doesn’t want to let go of her ex. Supposedly the legal move that granted them their official single status is called bifurcation and both Brad and Angelina requested it, according to court documents involved in the case.”Brad feels great to officially be single and getting these documents filed was really important to him,” a second source exclusively told HL. The source added that Brad Pitt is ready to move on even though there is still a long way to go for his divorce from Angelina Jolie to be official. Reportedly Brad Pitt feels that the recent change in his status is a step in the right direction.last_img read more

Android CoFounder Andy Rubin to Leave Google

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company.Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products, Google said in an emailed response for comment on a Wall Street Journal report about his move.James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin, the company added.Last year, Google’s browser and applications chief Sundar Pichai replaced Rubin as head of the Android division, bringing the firm’s mobile software, applications and Chrome browser under one roof.Rubin built Android into a free, open-source software platform now used by most of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to HTC Corp.(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bangalore; Editing by Richard Chang) October 31, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 1 min readlast_img read more

Costa Ricas Nayara named 4th best hotel in the world by TripAdvisor

first_imgRelated posts:Condé Nast Traveler ranks 9 Costa Rican resorts in top 15 in all of Central and South America If we had a penny for every timeNayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens won an award, we’d almost be able to afford to stay at Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens.The latest accolade is a big one: Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards called it the 4th best hotel in the world. The world! Although the online travel directory’s perplexing algorithm for determining best hotels doesn’t seem reliable, let’s just go ahead and call this a victory.Tucked into the jungle near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone, Nayara is defined by its flowing saffron curtains, balcony Jacuzzi tubs and intuitive service. We loved it (read our review here). Condé Nast Traveler readers loved it. And so did Travel + Leisure readers. So, it’s practically unanimous.But wait! Some amateur critics from TripAdvisor itself are already taking issue with the world ranking. To them we say, start your own arbitrary contest.Many more hotels in Costa Rica took home awards in various categories. These are apparently the top 25 Costa Rica hotels (which are nothing if not an indicator that TripAdvisor reviewers are spending far too much time in Manuel Antonio and around Arenal). You can also find the winners for top Costa Rican family hotels, romantic hotels and more. Facebook Commentslast_img read more