Cause of Formula Powell Trucking fire likely accidental

first_imgDeputy Fire Chief and Public Safety Director Darrell Blades said that the fire was sparked inside of a storage shed on the property before spreading to several pallets containing bagged drilling mud mix.Blades said that the shed was completely burned out, making it difficult for fire investigators to pinpoint an exact ignition source, but that the shed did not have any electrical power nor did it have any other apparent ignition source inside.He added that at this point, the fire has not been deemed suspicious due to the relatively low value of the shed compared to other items on the property, and investigators are leaning towards labelling the fire as accidental.Blades explained that the fire was sustained by consuming the paper and plastic wrap of the pallets, which contained bags of barium sulphate used to make drilling mud for the oil and gas industry that is not flammable.At this point, damage to the business is estimated to be at least $10,000, while the value of the barium sulphate lost in the fire and response has not yet been determined.A fire at Formula Powell Trucking 10 years ago caused the City to enact a new bylaw to limit the proximity that hazardous materials could be stored from residential neighbourhoods, which have expanded towards the business ever since. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the Fort St. John Fire Department say that the cause of a fire that erupted at Formula Powell Trucking over the weekend has not yet been fully determined, but was likely accidental.Firefighters were called to the trucking company’s storage yard in the 10200-block of 116 Street at approximately 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Firefighters battling a blaze at Formula Powell Trucking on Saturday. Photo by Stephen Beard Blades said that while fire officials are continuing their investigation today, at this point it appears the business is in compliance with all applicable bylaws.last_img read more

All 737 Max 8 planes in India grounded

first_imgNew Delhi: All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft being operated by Indian airlines have been grounded, Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola said here on Wednesday. Thursday will be a “challenging” day, he told reporters. Lifting the ban on the aircraft will be based on inputs from various agencies and it will not happen soon, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief B S Bhullar said. The DGCA announced its decision to ground the aircraft on Tuesday night. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day SpiceJet has 12 such aircraft in its fleet and Jet Airways has five, which have already been grounded. Kharola said SpiceJet will adjust most passengers in its own flights. If the need arises, other operators will pitch in. Operators have also agreed not to indulge in “predatory pricing”, he said. The decision to ground the aircraft came days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians.last_img read more

Pitrodas comments on IAF air strike unfortunate blessing for Pakistans narrative Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley Friday slammed Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda for his comments on IAF’s air strike on a terror camp in Balakot following the Pulwama attack, terming his statement as “unfortunate” and a “blessing for Pakistan’s narrative”. “There is no country that has criticised the surgical strikes or the air strikes conducted by India except for one nation, Pakistan. The fact that senior Congress leaders are speaking the same language is unfortunate and also hurts the sentiments of the country. To say that the Pulwama attack was self-engineered is a blessing for Pakistan’s narrative,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Pitroda had reportedly said that post the Mumbai terror attacks, India could have responded with air strikes, but “according to me that’s not how you deal with world.” He had also said he wanted to “know more” about the Balakot air attack and number of terrorists killed in it. Saying that Pitroda’s statement was “erroneous”, Jaitley asserted that it was based on the assumption that Pakistan state actors and non-state actors were different. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Their (Pakistan’s) reaction to terror attacks has pointed out that non-state attackers are just an extended limb to the state actors of Pakistan,” Jaitley told reporters on the sidelines of a function where former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP. He said, “The security doctrine of India has changed now. We attack at the point of origin of terror now. This is now an ideological battle between those who want to defend India using all possible measures or those who want to fight for India with their hands tied behind their back.” Days after the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans, the Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed terror group JeM training camp near Balakot inside Pakistan on February 26.last_img read more

Tim Hortons franchisee group accused of leaking information served notices of default

TORONTO — A group representing frustrated Tim Hortons franchisees says its board members have been accused by the company of helping leak confidential information.The Great White North Franchisee Association said its board members have been served with notices of default.In a letter to the company posted on the association website, association president David Hughes denied the allegations and accused the company of trying to intimidate franchisees. “We have no knowledge as to how the Globe and Mail came into possession of any confidential information, assuming that it did,” he wrote.Tim Hortons’ franchisees claim the chain’s Canadian culture is under attackTim Hortons owner posts weak sales amid ongoing franchisee revoltAs troubles brew in Canada, RBI plans to expand Tim Hortons to SpainHughes also threatened legal action as he said the company was “interfering with franchisees’ right to associate and directly or indirectly penalizing or threatening franchisees who choose to associate.”Tim Hortons did not immediately return a request for comment.The franchisee association was formed in March amid complaints by members that the parent company was using its power to extract more profit from franchisees.Tim Hortons has said that the company is focused on working with its elected franchisee advisory board.A Tim Hortons franchisee moved to launch a class-action lawsuit earlier this year alleging Tim Hortons corporate parent Restaurant Brands International is improperly using money from a national advertising fund. The allegations have not been proven in court.RBI has said in a statement that it vehemently disagrees with and denies all of the allegations. read more

Burundi deadly clashes between Government rebel forces spread deeper into capital

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), clashes between the Palipehutu-Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL- Rwasa) rebel faction and the Armed Forces of Burundi (FAB) erupted in southern neighbourhoods of Bujumbura on Monday morning.Mortar rounds that exploded in densely populated locations, including the main Market Place, the Central Bank of Burundi and Prince Louis Rwagasore Hospital, have killed at least two civilians, according to OCHA.While the fighting is believed to have killed up to 20 civilians, injured as many as 1,000 and displaced some 5,000 people from their homes, Sunil Saigal, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi, said no accurate figure existed for the total number of injuries or deaths. “As many as 200 people have been admitted to hospitals and clinics run by national authorities and international non-governmental organizations,” Mr. Saigal said.OCHA said civilians in Bujumbura reported that both the rebels and military had actively encouraged civilians to flee the conflict areas. An estimated 2,000 displaced people, mostly women and children have been temporarily located in the grounds of the Burundi Life Museum (Musée Vivant). They have received high-protein biscuits from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), water from the International Committee for the Red Cross, and medical support from the NGO Médecins Sans Frontiers.The spread of fighting into Bujumbura punctuates a marked deterioration of security in Burundi. Now, 16 of Burundi’s 17 provinces are subjected to sporadic fighting, looting and armed banditry. At this time last year, only six provinces were subject to frequent conflict, while the other 11 were open to and in need of rehabilitation and development. Almost one in six Burundians continues to live away from their homes. read more

Airlines should disclose ticket change and cancellation fees seat sizes consumer panel

Airlines should disclose ticket change and cancellation fees, seat sizes, consumer panel says by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.Hotels should also be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates, the Transportation Department’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections recommended.Some hotels have begun adding mandatory resort and other fees to bills even though customers say they weren’t informed of them when they booked their rooms. The panel’s recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so called drip pricing.Likewise, the four-member panel heard testimony that passengers must search to find the cost of change or cancellation fees that airlines hide in a ticket’s fine print. The fees can run hundreds of dollars, especially on international flights. The Transportation Department should require the fees be spelled out clearly so that passengers are informed before a ticket purchase, the panel said.The panel also recommended that the Transportation Department permit airlines to choose whether to allow passengers to make wireless voice calls from planes during flights.Airlines have also shrunk the distance between a seat and the one in front by as much as 6 inches in recent years. It used to be that 34 inches between the seats was standard for economy class seats. But now 31 inches is typical and some airlines have wedged in so many seats that there is as little as 28 inches of room.The width of seats is typically 18 inches but has been reduced in some cases to 17 inches, and there are indications some airlines may shrink them even more, said Charlie Leocha, head of Travelers United, the consumer advocate on the panel.Seat shrinkage has raised concern that passengers may get blood clots if they sit for a long time without the ability to move around, and that passengers may not be able to quickly evacuate a plane in an emergency.The Federal Aviation Administration requires that aircraft makers demonstrate that all passengers on an airliner can be evacuated within 90 seconds with half the emergency exits blocked in order for the plane to be certified. There have been no evacuation tests of airliners with seats 28 inches apart, Leocha said.The panel recommended the FAA conduct more realistic evacuation tests, including of planes with seats as close as 28 inches apart.Leocha said he was disappointed the panel didn’t recommend the FAA issue regulations establishing a minimum amount of personal space that must be allotted per passenger. There are already regulations that set a minimum amount of space that pets on planes must be allotted, he noted.Panel member Dave Berg, an attorney with Airlines for America, a trade group for major airlines, said he objected to the notion that the government should establish a minimum amount of space per passenger. Difference between seat sizes “goes to the heart and soul” of airline competition, and it would be inappropriate for the government to interfere in such competition by a deregulated industry, he said.The FAA is not required to act on the recommendations. The airline passengers advocacy group FlyersRights has filed a petition asking the FAA to establish a minimum amount of personal space per passenger.___Online:Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections Joan Lowy on Twitter at FILE – In this June 13, 2011 file photo, a fee sign is seen at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) read more

Seasoned official appointed to coordinate UN efforts to curb sexual abuse by

The appointment is part of a series on measures being taken following reports of abuse by international peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), the latest of which surfaced last week with the UN Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) identifying seven new possible victims. The High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic submitted its report on 17 December 2015. The Secretary-General is committed to ensuring that the systemic issues, fragmentation and other weaknesses identified are fully addressed in a timely manner and, in so doing, to uphold the trust that must underpin all international engagements,” said a note issued on Ms. Lute’s appointment as Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse. “During 2016, Ms. Lute will support the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and the leadership of UN Offices, Departments, Funds and Programmes to better align our peacekeeping and human rights systems and to strengthen United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse,” said the note. Ms. Lute, currently Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a globally recognized independent, not-for-profit organization on best-practices in cybersecurity, as well as Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq, served from 2003 to 2007 as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to all UN peace operations worldwide. From 2007 to 2008 she supported the Secretary-General’s establishment of the Department of Field Support serving as acting UN Under-Secretary-General. From 2008 to 2009, she served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, responsible for coordinating efforts to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict. Before joining the UN, Ms. Holl Lute was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation and the Better World Fund. read more

NFL suspends Jags running back Fournette 1 game for fight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and throwing punches at Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.NFL Vice-President of Football Operations Jon Runyan handed down the punishment Monday, saying “sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the league will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it.”Runyan sent a letter to Fournette detailing his wrongdoing.“Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight,” Runyan wrote.“Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.”Fournette and Lawson were ejected in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 24-21 victory and continued jawing at each other as they exited the field and entered the tunnel to the locker rooms.Fournette has three days to appeal the suspension.The second-year pro will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster next Monday. Jacksonville, which has lost seven in a row, hosts Indianapolis on Sunday.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

5member team from GWI in Netherlands undergoing training

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI says it invested $48M for equipment to swiftly service wellsAugust 7, 2018In “Business”GWI training gov’t engineers on waste water management strategiesJanuary 10, 2017In “Local News”GWI working to resolve water woes in LindenDecember 23, 2015In “Business” (From left to right) Craftsman, Timothy Sutton; Well Maintenance Engineer, Kerene Gordon; Driver/Expeditor, Sean Moore; Operations Director, Dwayne Shako; Q-Flow Director, Martin Bloemscheer and Maintenance Manager, Peter Barkoye.A five-member team from Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is currently in the Netherlands undergoing a three-week well regeneration training which will enable the utility to better maintain its wells, while reducing the effects on customers during such exercises.Those participating in the training are: Operations Director, Dwayne Shako; Well Maintenance Engineer, Kerene Gordon; Maintenance Manager, Peter Barkoye; Driver/Expeditor, Sean Moore and Craftsman, Timothy Sutton.GWI had earlier this year announced the procurement of equipment for well maintenance, which included a regeneration vehicle which was sourced from Dutch company, Q-Flow International and which is equipped with the necessary well maintenance tools.According to a release from GWI, the training, conducted by Q-Flow International, equips the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to adequately utilise said vehicle for well development, regeneration and capacity increasing. The practical component of the training sees the participants utilising that very vehicle.According to Dutch newspaper, Tubantia, upon completion of the training in the Netherlands, the regeneration vehicle will be shipped to South America and a second round of training will take place in Suriname.GWI has 141 wells countrywide and the company’s Operations Director, Dwayne Shako is quoted by Tubantia as saying “Guyana is a water-rich country, but we must be able to guarantee sufficient clean water and this means that all wells must be in excellent condition to be able to extract enough water. Our country and the company have invested a lot for this. They rely on us now.”The newspaper also quotes Engineer, Kerene Gordon, the only female team member as saying “Work is done very structured in the Netherlands – I love it. And the way in which maintenance takes place in Guyana, is basically the same. Only the methods here are much more developed. We will soon apply in Guyana what we have learned here.”As a result of the new equipment and the training of the utility’s key personnel to operate same, GWI will be able to prevent a reduced level of service and disruption of the water supply to citizens during the maintenance of its wells, the release added. read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 4:52 PM Apr 18th 2019, 4:52 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #TRUMP: A redacted version of the Mueller report was published today with US Attorney General William Barr telling reporters there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. 2. #REPUBLIC: Today marks the 70th anniversary of the day Ireland officially became a republic and left the Commonwealth.3. #RACE: AIB has been criticised after a student claimed staff made an assumption about her race in a Dublin branch when she tried to set up a student account.4. #RUGBY: Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best has confirmed that he will retire from rugby after this year’s World Cup. 5. #METROLINK: The National Transport Authority has released a series of drawings which give an artist’s impression of what a number of the proposed Metrolink stations will look like. 6,653 Views Image: Shutterstock/HT-Pix No Comments Share1 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/HT-Pix By Conor McCrave Short URLlast_img read more

Japans Limited Edition Banana KitKats Look Absolutely Delicious

first_imgKit-Kats are all the rage in Japan, and if you’ve ever tried one of the special-flavored Kit-Kats over there, then you know why. Even the green tea flavor is simply to die for. So imagine a special banana version. Delicious, right? All that chocolatey goodness and flaky wafers? Mmm! I mean, if you’re not counting carbs like I am it sounds delicious and sugary and awesome. If you are, just, look at what you might want to nom on a special day.There’s a brand new Tokyo Banana Kit-Kat that’s only available via Tokyo Station as of Nov. 15, and customers have been falling all over themselves to try one of the special treats. The Tokyo Banana is more than just a banana, but a bite-sized banana flavored cake with banana custard. It’s a souvenir that people typically buy at Tokyo Station. The Kit-Kat version features both milk chocolate and banana cream between the yummy wafers, and the chocolates themselves are stamped with the distinctive Tokyo Banana ribbon and logo.The actual Kit-Kat logo appears joined together on the chocolate, so it looks a little different than any Kit-Kat you might have seen before, almost like eating a pair of bananas. According to RocketNews24, they’re absolutely delicious, but how couldn’t they be? They’re practically tailor-made to be yummy, right?If you’re in Tokyo Station and head over to Tokyo Okashi Land (Tokyo Sweets Land) you can pick up a couple of these delicious banana themed sweets, and you’ll definitely want to if you fancy yourself a Kit-Kat connoisseur. Then make sure you go back and try all the other various kinds, too! Don’t miss out on strawberry and green tea! Those may be the two best, but there are so many you may not be able to choose just one. Yum! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NXT Highlights Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future Baszler vs Ripley Pete Dunne

first_imgFacebook How Carcinogens Got Into the Generic U.S. Drug Supply Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte William H. Macy Google+ Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Trade hopes lift Wall Street Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Twitter Now Playing Up Next The Binge: Googleboxer Isabelle shares what TV shows she hates WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFelicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission ScandalVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 97.98%0:05Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s NXT.last_img read more

CM KCR to visit MLA Rojas house

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will be visiting Kanchipuram on Monday. During the visit of Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy temple, KCR will also visit YSRCP Nagari MLA RK Roja’s house on the way. The breakfast and lunch arrangements for CM are made at MLA’s house. On the occasion of CM KCR’s tour, the district administration and the police have made tight security arrangements.last_img

Union Budget 201314 Entrepreneurs Vs Lawmakers

first_imgFinance Minister Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14, which was presented in Parliament on Thursday, evoked both praises and scorns with Indian entrepreneurs expressing their satisfaction while the lawmakers are far from appreciative.Most corporate heads from India described Chidambaram’s Union Budget as a balanced one and praised it for focusing on infrastructural development which could help boost investments.Here is what Indian entrepreneurs have to say about Finance Minister’s Union Budget 2013-14:Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon: “I rate the #Budget2013 between 6-7. The directional intent is positive, hence 7/10. However, I am cautiously optimistic about achieving the projected fiscal deficit of 4.8% of GDP next fiscal. The huge impact of the fertilizer and Food subsidies of ₹65,000 crore and ₹85,000 crore respectively, will, in my view, be difficult to offset from revenues.””The disinvestment plan of ₹55,000 crores next fiscal is unrealistic hence 6/10. There is no strong impetus to drive investment into manufacturing other than the 15% investment allowance on ₹100 crore projects which in my view is inadequate,” she tweeted.Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII): “CII welcomes the Budget 2013-14, which is growth and investment oriented. While addressing fiscal consolidation, it focuses on inclusive and sustained human development. Commendable initiatives have been taken in critical sectors such as agriculture, investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, MSME growth and capital market development among others.”CII official website also quoted the statements of the following corporate heads:-R K Agrawal, Chairman, CII Eastern Region & Managing Partner, S R Batliboi & Co.: “The Budget 2013 is a balanced and inclusive in nature. Particular attention has been given to infrastructure, affirmative action, the housing sector, warehousing, roads and Skill development which are commendable.”Rajiv Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Corporation Ltd: “The Budget proposals will have a positive impact on the manufacturing sector. The increase in planned expenditure will boost supply to a large extent. With Rs 100 cr minimum limit for investment allowance, large investment has been taken care of. I feel overall the Budget has sent a positive indication which will give the much-needed confidence to the industry.”Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director, Patton International Ltd: “The proposals are quite promising. The Budget has provided a definite indication for presenting the much-needed GST bill as early as possible. The budget has laid emphasis on growth, education, health and social sector.”Dr Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Hospital: “The health sector has been given a priority with a proposed allocation of ₹37,333 cr.” “I personally appreciate the focus on special sectors like SC, ST along with the women and children.”Rajan Vaswani, Chairman and Managing Director, Wesman Engg. Co Pvt Ltd: “From the capital goods market point of view, the budget is a very creative one with everything in the right balance. The Finance Minister has come up with some new ideas which can lend credence to the country’s growth story.”Ms Pallavi P Kaul, MD, Nicco Ventures Ltd: “Focus on skill development and education from Central level is a progressive step. Sustainability has been ensured by proposing conversion of garbage waste into energy by local municipality. The stress on renewable energy sector will go a long way in lessening the existing power shortage in the country.”Malvinder Mohan Singh, Chairman, CII (NR) and Executive Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Limited: “There is something for all sectors. The theme of high growth and inclusive development has been maintained. There is a strong focus on the social sector with a 30 % additional allocation, emphasising Health and Education. Outlay on Rural Development is up 46 % and Infrastructure has been given a significant boost. The initiative for a women’s bank, a first in the world, is laudable.”Meanwhile, political parties have slammed Chidambaram’s budgetBJP leader Arun Jaitley told CNN IBN: “The Finance Minister and the UPA had pushed the economy into a corner and therefore, given this helpless situation, the best argument that can be said in its favour is, he was faced with this helpless situation, he had very little elbow space, and therefore he did a little of what he could.”Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters on Thursday: “This budget has completely ignored the farmers. It is only meant for 10 per cent population, while the interests of 65 per cent engaged in farming have been ignored. SP will oppose the Budget in Parliament.””They are in power for the last 10 years and if there is no leverage for the Finance Minister to go for a big ticket or big direction budget, it is entirely because the elbow room constraint is because of his own creation. Now in the paragraph 9 of the budget, the FM says investment is down, sentiment is down, everything is down, nothing has been done today to pep up that confidence in the investors,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told CNN IBN.Other politicians like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Janata Dal (Secular) State president H.D. Kumaraswamy, BJP national general secretary and MP Ananth Kumar, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief Jayalalithaa and several others have slammed the Chidambaram’s budget.On the contrary, Congress leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have lavished praises on the Union Budget. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) is an ally of the BJP, is perhaps the only politician from a political party, which is not an ally of UPA government, to praise Chidambaram’s budget openly.last_img read more

Pearle Maaney ties knot with Srinish Aravind check out pictures from wedding

first_img FacebookPearle Maaney and Srinish met during the Bigg Boss Malayalam reality show. Both of them soon fell in love, and their romantic relationship played a crucial role in elevating the TRP of the show. However, many people criticised the duo stating that they were faking love to win the reality show.But Pearle Maaney and Srinish continued their relationship even after coming out of the house, and a couple of months back, they got engaged. The duo recently worked together and released a web series named ‘Pearlish’ which went viral on YouTube.Pearle Maaney entered the entertainment industry by hosting over 250 episodes of the music show Yes Jukebox on the Malayalam television channel Yes Indiavision. She became a popular face among Malayalam television viewers after hosting GumonD2.She forayed into acting with the movie ‘Neelaakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi’ in 2013. Her latest release was ‘Who’, a time travel sci-fi thriller directed by Ajay Devaloka. The film was a critical success, and Pearle’s performance garnered positive responses from every corner.Srinish Aravind made his acting debut in 2014 through the Tamil short film ‘Uyir Ezhutu’. He became a popular face among Tamil audiences after he played a pivotal role in the movie ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’. YouTubePearle Maaney, a popular television anchor from Kerala who recently shot to ultimate fame through Bigg Boss Malayalam, tied the knot with TV actor Srinish Aravind on Sunday, May 5. The wedding ceremony was conducted at the Chowara church and was followed by a grand reception at the CIAL convention centre in Nedumbasserry.Parents and friends of both Pearle Maaney and Srinish attended the nuptial ceremony, while most of the celebrities in the entertainment industry including Mollywood megastar Mammootty attended the reception which was hosted in the evening.It should be noted that another wedding ceremony will be conducted on May 8 at Srinish’s residence as per Hindu traditions.last_img read more

Facebook as an election weapon from Obama to Trump

first_img.The use of Facebook data to target voters has triggered global outrage with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the concept is nothing new: Barack Obama made extensive use of the social network in 2008 and stepped up “micro-targeting” in his 2012 re-election effort.The unauthorised gathering of data on 50 million Facebook users by a British consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump has sparked intense debate on how politicians and marketers — appropriately or not — use such personal information.But Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of the firestorm, has stressed it is far from alone in using data gleaned online to precisely target voters.”Obama’s 2008 campaign was famously data-driven, pioneered micro-targeting in 2012, talking to people specifically based on the issues they care about,” the British firm said on Twitter.Former members of the Obama team fiercely dispute any comparison to the Cambridge Analytica case, in which an academic researcher is accused of scooping up a massive trove of data without consent using a Facebook personality quiz, and transferring it improperly to the firm.”How dare you!” tweeted Michael Simon, who headed Obama’s micro-targeting team in 2008, in response to the firm.”We didn’t steal private Facebook profile data from voters under false pretenses. OFA (Obama’s campaign) voluntarily solicited opinions of hundreds of thousands of voters. We didn’t commit theft to do our groundbreaking work.”Jeremy Bird, a member of the 2012 Obama team, echoed those sentiments, warning: “Do not use the Obama campaign to justify your shady business.”But while Cambridge Analytica’s methods for acquiring data are in dispute, the underlying goal — using social media to take the pulse of voters and find those who are persuadable — was common to both campaigns.So-called micro-targeting, which borrows techniques from the marketing world, is as much about mobilizing voters and getting them to the polls as about changing minds.And micro-targeting long pre-dates the internet, with campaigns as early as 1976 using this method, according to Victoria Farrar-Myers, a political scientist and researcher at Southern Methodist University.Everyone who uses social media makes a decision to share some personal information, she says, although they “may not be fully aware of how people can utilize that.””Being able to micro-target a voter down to what magazine they read and what issues might make them turn out does have an advantage for a candidate when they’re running for an election.””The Trump campaign did quite a good job at micro-targeting,” she said, noting that it put a heavy focus on seemingly marginal localities that were identified as potentially winnable thanks to socal media, and ended up tipping Republican.According to documents released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Trump’s new choice of national security advisor John Bolton also hired Cambridge Analytica to conduct profiling work for his Super PAC fundraising group in support of Republican congressional candidates.- Waking up to problem -What remains unclear is whether the techniques made a difference in the 2016 US election.Chirag Shah, a Rutgers University professor of information and computer science, said the data gleaned could have been instrumental to Trump’s campaign.”We know from other applications, not just in the political domain, but also all kinds of marketing commercialization domains that these things are very, very instrumental,” Shah said.”It is however speculative to say this really change the outcome of the election. All we can say is that, yes there were people who were influenced or targeted using this data.”Experts also stress that neither the Obama nor the Trump campaign broke any laws on the protection of private data — or even Facebook’s internal rules — which were tightened in 2015 to prevent developers from collecting people’s data without explicit consent.Shah noted the concerns about improper use of personal data are not new.”The problem is once people access the data from Facebook, for which they often pay, that data is out of Facebook’s hands and out of Facebook’s users hands.”And there’s no way that Facebook will be able to track all of the data being shared by third parties, fourth parties.”Rayid Ghani, a University of Chicago researcher who was chief scientist for the 2012 Obama campaign, defended his team’s use of Facebook data while arguing for a need for better information that would allow users to know when and how their personal information is collected.”The public needs to be aware of what data is being collected about them, what it is being used for, who it is shared/sold to, and what they’re doing with it,” Ghani said in a Medium blog post.”We need to push corporations to make their privacy policies and terms of use more human-friendly, and less fine-print. “last_img read more

2day business fair at Indoor Sports Complex

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Over the course of yesterday (May 3) and today (May 4), uThukela held an SMME business fair at the Indoor Sports Complex.Various stalls were set up to give small enterprises the opportunity to showcase what they do best. The fair was held to present these small businesses with the chance to get investors on board.Day one was jam-packed with seminars, entertainment and lunch, and day two dealt with the financial side of the exhibition.last_img read more

Nokia 6 Purchase Right Now Will Land You a Free Mophie Powerbank

first_img Share Tweet Submit The Nokia 6 itself features a 3,000mAh battery, which should last you for a whole day, but if by chance you forget to charge it, the Mophie workstation will come to your rescue on that day. If you want the Nokia 6 for an even cheaper price, you can buy it via Amazon, but that will not mean that you will get a free Mophie workstation powerbank.Our recommendation is to avail the deal where you get the freebie because it is the same smartphone and there is no telling when you’ll be graced with another offer such as this.Buy the Nokia 6 and get a free Mophie powerbankBuy the Nokia 6 from Amazon Nokia 6 is a sub-$250 smartphone that sports outstanding build quality for the price it is being sold for right now. While the future will see that the phone continues to get a wave of discounts, how about a useful freebie in return? If you purchase the Nokia 6 right now, you will get a free Mophie powerbank with that purchase.Latest Deal Gives You a Free 5,200mAh Mophie Workstation Powerbank if You Pick up the Nokia 6Head over to Slick Deals right now and you will see that the Nokia 6 with 32GB of onboard storage carries a price of $229.99. However, that is not the exciting part of this deal because if you read the text given in the image below, you will get a free Mophie workstation 5,200mAh powerbank for no extra cost.Mophie makes premium smartphone accessories but they are sold for a pretty penny, and this one time, you will only be required to spend money on the Nokia 6 and you will be able to charge the device multiple times. A powerbank is going to be your best friend when there is no power brick or power source to charge the device from.last_img read more

Costa Rican court condemns Cuban man on human trafficking charges

first_imgRelated posts:Analysis: Obama-Castro handshake offers hope for US-Cuba ties Freedom eludes Cubans U.S. woman, 64, makes history with Cuba-Florida swim Ties between North Korea, Cuba hinted at in route of seized freighter A Criminal Court in the province of Alajuela on Wednesday sentenced a Cuban man with the last names Montero Delgado to 16 months in prison for helping Cuban nationals to illegally enter Mexico and the U.S. from Costa Rica.Montero will not serve any time in prison in the country as he was given a suspended sentence for three years and will be deported to the United States in coming days, where he is wanted on robbery charges in Miami, Florida. He is a legalU.S. resident, Immigration Administration officials reported.Montero is the first foreigner convicted of human trafficking in Costa Rica, the Immigration Administration reported. The man was arrested Wednesday in a house in Sabana Norte, west of the capital, and pleaded guilty before the court.He was forbidden from returning to Costa Rica for the next five years.Montero’s operation consisted of coordinating transportation for Cuban nationals – usually by air – from South American destinations to Costa Rica, and then sending them to Mexico and the United States using altered passports.Immigration authorities estimate that the man likely helped transport at least 20 people as part of an international trafficking network.Human trafficking in Costa Rica is punishable by sentences ranging from two to six years in prison. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs

first_imgSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — It all started with a phone call. The man on the line said he was part of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and asked for money in exchange for the gang’s protection.Carlos owns a car wash in one of the upper-middle class districts in the western part of the capital. He did not want his real name or the name of his business to appear in print for fear of retaliation.Carlos said he couldn’t afford the $100 per week the gang demanded. The criminals had guessed his income too high.The man kept calling, though, so Carlos went to the police with his phone. The police’s anti-extortion unit listened in on one of the conversations and advised Carlos to change his number and forget about everything. As long as there was no culprit they could catch in the act, there was no case, the police told him.So Carlos painted a new telephone number on the front of his business and waited. It was quiet for 18 months. Then one day a young boy walked in with a cellphone. He placed it on the counter and told Carlos he would get a call in an hour.Carlos contacted the police again, who advised him not to answer the phone. But his employees were scared: It wouldn’t be the first time Salvadoran gangs killed a low-level employee to increase pressure on the boss.So Carlos answered the phone. Indeed, it was a marero again, who asked him politely how he was doing.The phone kept ringing in the following days. The voice, always polite, said it knew when Carlos was waiting at a traffic light or shopping at the supermarket.The voice said the gang knew where Carlos’ son was, and when his wife was at the hairdresser. It asked Carlos threatening questions like: “Would you rather have your picture up on the wall in your house, or in the newspaper?”Constant fear kept Carlos awake. Finally, the voice gave him an ultimatum: Starting the following Saturday, he had to pay. Otherwise the gang would visit him on Monday.In return for the money, the voice on the phone promised to protect Carlos from the rival gang, whose territory began down the street from the car wash.Carlos figured he could afford to pay $50 max per month. But he thought of something else he could offer: free car washes to Mara Salvatrucha members.The man on the phone agreed. Since then, every week someone shows up to collect the $50, and cars are regularly brought for washing. These moments are always scary — Carlos knows he has a car that belongs to a gang whose rivals are not far away.Playing soccer with the maraCarlos’ story is one of thousands of similar anecdotes in San Salvador. The city is controlled by gangs, mainly the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18. According to InSight Crime, an organization that analyzes organized crime in Latin America, there are an estimated 20,000 active gang members in El Salvador.Gang members get much of their money and power through extortion, often killing people who refuse to pay. Carlos has been lucky; he knows business owners who have not been so lucky.There are regular shootouts in San Salvador. Bodies of tortured gang members are frequently found in the streets.The 26-year-old psychologist Alan Henriquez tells how he grew up among gangs.“As an 8-year-old I played soccer with the big guys,” he told The Tico Times. “My friends and I knew they did bad things, but we didn’t understand it. Then one day we heard gunshots. We ran toward the shots and saw a body in the middle of the street, a rival gang member who was first beaten up, then attacked with machetes and finally shot nine times in the back.”As Henriquez grew older, he learned that his community was subdivided into territories where different gangs would recruit the more aggressive boys. Henriquez was never approached. The guys he played soccer with eventually told him not to come any more.Henriquez came from a stable family and had opportunities in life, so he wasn’t the kind of boy they where looking for. Gangs specifically target boys and girls from broken homes, and the gang becomes their family.Most often recruiting is paired with violence: If you’re asked to join and don’t, you risk being killed.“It’s important not to consider the gangs as a free-standing phenomenon,” Henriquez said. “They evolved out of our country’s problems: poverty, corruption, the weapons trade. If we want to face the gang issue, we actually have to work on these problems.”Prison as main officeAlthough many gang members and their leaders are locked up in prison, being behind bars does little to diminish their influence. In fact, most extortion calls come from prison, while gang members on the outside collect the money and kill when necessary.In March, the government passed an anti-extortion law that, among other measures, forbids companies from supplying cellphone signals near jails. Under the new law, a phone company who breaks the law is subject to a fine of $753,000 per day.In the meantime, gangs are part of daily life in El Salvador. Many citizens are confronted with violence and extortion on a daily basis.People who can afford to send their children to private school do so to try and keep them from being recruited by gang members.The daily newspapers report an average of 15 murders per day.Still, because of heavy policing, gangs have become less obvious than they used to be. Members have begun hiding tattoos, and gang-related graffiti is less prevalent.Now, gang members travel through the city invisibly, though in reality they’re everywhere, from poorer districts such as Soyapango to luxurious areas like Escalón and San Benito.Carlos recognizes the good fortune he’s had up until now — in part, because gangs have always been in his life.“I grew up with some of these gang members so they knew who I was and they didn’t kill me immediately,” he said. “But still, this is our sad truth: I’m always afraid something will happen to my children.”Carlos said he has friends living across the border, in Barrio 18 territory, whom he could no longer safely visit.“We live in fear every day,” he said.Read also:From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El SalvadorExperts debate approaches to stemming Central America gang violence Facebook Comments Related posts:El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador El Salvador on pace to become the hemisphere’s deadliest nationlast_img read more