Cong slams Modi govt over election commissioner Lavasa recusing himself from meetings

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Saturday hit out at the Modi government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from EC meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala cited a media report which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), has since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues. Lavasa has reportedly insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission. “The Election Commission or Election Omission! Another Dark Day for Democracy!” Surjewala tweeted, tagging the media report. “Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes,” he said. Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala alleged. “SC Judges going public, RBI Governor’s resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports, Now dividing Election Commission!” the Congress leader said in another tweet. Will EC save the embarrassment by recording Lavasa’s dissent notes, he asked.last_img read more

Sudan UN agencies and aid partners discuss how to speed up relief

The meeting, which was convened by Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, agreed to expand the humanitarian capacity on the ground in Darfur, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters at the daily briefing in New York.More than 500 international staff are currently in place in Darfur, and participants at today’s meeting agreed there needs to be at least 1,000 staff operating in the vast, impoverished region in Sudan’s west.WHO released a survey yesterday that indicated that more than 200 displaced people are dying every day in North and West Darfur from diseases caused by crowded, unhygienic conditions in the dozens of makeshift camps there – diarrhoea was the biggest killer – or from violent attacks.Mr. Eckhard said today’s meeting identified improving water, sanitation and public health services as priorities, as well as better managing the camps for displaced persons.More than 1.2 million people have been uprooted from their homes because of brutal and deadly attacks by militias allied to the Sudanese Government, which is fighting an armed conflict with two rebel groups in Darfur. Another 200,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Chad.Meanwhile, the United States, which is sponsoring a draft Security Council resolution on the Darfur crisis, scheduled another meeting of experts this afternoon to discuss the latest version of the text. read more

Loonie closes higher amid weatherimpacted housing data interest rate forecasts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday as traders speculated about the pace of U.S. interest rate hikes and digested data showing how severe winter weather has impacted the American housing sector.The loonie was up 0.28 of a cent at 89.61 cents US.Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, told CNBC he sees the federal funds rate at three per cent at the end of 2015 and four per cent at the end of 2016.The current target range for the federal funds rate is between zero and a quarter point.Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen caught markets unawares last week when she said that the Fed could start upping rates from near zero six months after the end of its bond buying program.Plosser said the reaction of the markets surprised him, adding that Yellen’s timetable “wasn’t a wildly unexpected timeframe”.Cold weather continued to limit buying last month as U.S. new home sales dropped by 3.3 per cent in February.The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite also indicated that U.S. home prices ticked down 0.1 per cent in January in a third month of declines, with 12 of 20 tracked cities posting drops. On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices in January rose 0.8 per cent.Elsewhere on the economic front, business confidence in Germany has slipped back from a 2 1/2-year high as tensions over Ukraine cloud companies’ outlook for the next six months. The Ifo institute said its monthly confidence index dropped to 110.7 points this month from 111.3 in February. That was slightly worse than the 110.9 economists had predicted.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed that she wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Russia’s actions in Ukraine but has made clear she won’t shy away from economic sanctions if the situation there escalates.Commodities were higher as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early gains to decline 41 cents to US$99.19 a barrel.April gold bullion inched up 20 cents to US$1,311.40 an ounce while May copper was up six cents to US$3.01 a pound. A Canadian dollar, or loonie, sits on top of its American counterpart in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Loonie closes higher amid weather-impacted housing data, interest rate forecasts by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 6:29 am MDT read more

Easter travel chaos as Network Rail plans to carry out £100m of

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Artist impression issued by HS2 of the proposed HS2 station at Euston Elsewhere on the West Coast main line further sections of track will be completely replaced over both bank holidays, as well as upgrades to overhead lines, signals and points meaning services around Preston and Glasgow will also be severely affected.The line between Birmingham International and Coventry will be closed at Easter, while Services to and from London St Pancras International will be amended. Gatwick Express services will not run on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and trains between Manchester and Liverpool Lime Street will terminate at Hunt’s Cross on Easter Sunday, with buses completing the journey.There will also be significant electrification work between Cardiff Central station and Severn Tunnel junction from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April which will see buses replace trains between Bristol/Chepstow and Newport.Greater Anglia say that on Easter Sunday, buses will replace trains between: Colchester and Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Harwich Town and Norwich and Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth.Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail said: “This Easter we are strongly advising passengers to plan ahead while we deliver essential upgrades to the rail network to improve their journeys.“We know that our railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays so doing work at this time of year minimises our impact on passengers who, as research shows, understand the need for such activity.” London’s Euston station is undergoing upgrades to be ready for HS2, as pictured in this artist’s impressionCredit: Grimshaw Architects Holidaymakers have been warned of travel chaos over the Easter weekend as Network Rail plans £100m of upgrades over the bank holiday.Hundreds of thousands of passengers across the UK face delays and disruption as 13,800 engineers are scheduled to work “around the clock” to make improvements to the network.London’s Euston Station will be most heavily affected, as it closes over the Easter weekend (19-22 April) and the early May bank holiday weekend (4-6 May) with no trains in or out of the main line station on those days.  This will have a major impact on journeys including alternative routes, longer travel times and busier trains than normal, say Network Rail.The improvements at Euston are in preparation for HS2, Britain’s controversial new high-speed railway and includes work to clear additional concourse space to help customers move more freely around the station. read more

Bera Bera has taken precedence in Spain

← Previous Story PGNiG Super League started: Wisla strong for Kwidzyn! (VIDEO) Next Story → F.C Barcelona Intersport win Catalonia Cup! Bera BeraBera Bera handballItxakoSpain handball After long period, some another team has taken precedence in Spain from Itxako. Bera Bera showed the difference in the “class” over the biggest rival, Itxako 42:18 in the Super Cup Final clash.Bera Bera 42 – Itxako 18Bera Bera 42 (18+24): Zoqbi, Altuna (6), Rubio (1), Cuña, Núñez (4), Elorza (2) y Ziarsolo (5, 2p) –titular- Pinedo (2), Menédez (8), Dunay (3, 1p), Castro (6), Ederra (4), Arizaga (1) y Yamiley (p.s.)Asfi Itxako Navarra 18 (9+9): Maestro, Badea (2), Alina (2, 1p), Selene Sifuenes (4), Barrios (3), Arrechea, Saray Urdiain, Vera do Carno (1), Lidia Jiménez (6, 3p) y Tania Serrano (p.s.PHOTO: read more

Geek Picks the Best VPNs

first_imgIf you’re looking for a user-friendly option, VPNs don’t come much simpler than TunnelBear. TunnelBear is bullish on user privacy and based in Canada, which is a bit of a double-edged sword. Canada has strong privacy laws, which is good. Canada is also one of the Five Eyes countries that share intelligence info, which isn’t so good. That’s not something most folks need to worry about, but the truly privacy-minded may find it problematic. Like other good VPN providers, TunnelBear offers iOS and Android apps. They’re well-designed and very easy to use. There’s no shortage of companies that will connect you to the Internet. While they’re happy to provide connectivity, you’re usually on your own when it comes to security and privacy.Jump on the WiFi at a coffee shop, hotel or airport and your connection might not even be protected by the most basic encryption. You don’t have to just accept that’s how it is, however. You can enjoy a secure, private link to the ‘net no matter how you get online. All it takes is a VPN.For the uninitiated, VPN stands for virtual private network. A VPN acts as a connection within a connection. It creates a secure “tunnel” that all your Internet activity passes through. What happens in the tunnel stays in the tunnel (for the most part anyway — we’ll get into the specifics later). All ISPs or WiFi providers can see is that your VPN is connected. They can’t tell what’s going on inside it.There are a few key benefits that a VPN offers. For starters, there’s the added privacy. That leads to a couple of big bonuses. One is that you can access content that might be blocked (either because of your location or blacklisting). Another is that Internet providers can’t throttle whatever it is that you’re doing. Believe it or not, some companies that provide connectivity slow down traffic to certain services (like Netflix) or certain types of apps (like BitTorrent).VPN tunnels are also encrypted. That means your data is secure even if you’re connected to an open WiFi network. You know, like the kind that just ask you to type your last name and room number to gain access.Show Me The LogsPreventing prying eyes from tracking what you’re doing online is only one way a VPN can help protect your privacy. Good VPNs also try to minimize the amount of data they keep in their log files. What they do store they try to store for as short a time as possible. Your current ISP does pretty much the exact opposite — they generally log as much as they can for as long as they can.There Has To Be A Down Side, Right?There are definitely some negatives to using a VPN. Running a connection in a connection tends to slow things down a bit. How much things slow down will vary from VPN to VPN. It’ll even change depending on which of a VPN provider’s servers you connect to.That’s not a huge deal for most Internet activities. You probably won’t notice much of a difference browsing, streaming video, chatting, or downloading files. Where you might see a difference is online gaming.Switching on a VPN connection increases latency. Even a really good VPN is going to add several milliseconds, and that extra lag could be the difference between you being the last player standing or the last player to go down.Not everyone is cool with VPNs, either. Some streaming services, like Netflix, for example, will block your access if they see that you’re using a VPN. Why? Because VPNs can let you avoid geoblocking and copyright holders aren’t keen on that.A speedy, reliable, trustworthy VPN provider is also going to charge you for using its service. The cost can vary quite a bit based on the specific features a provider offers. While there are free VPN services, they tend to be slower — and some track (and monetize) user activity the way an ISP would.Is It Worth Paying For A VPN Subscription?It’s up to you to decide if the pros outweigh the cons. For me, it’s a no-brainer. I’m stuck connecting to unsecured wireless networks on a regular basis… and there’s no way I’d do it without using a VPN.There are plenty of good VPN providers out there to choose from. Picking one can be an exhausting task, so we’ve put together a list of five that we think stand out from the crowd.Full disclosure: I have a NordVPN subscription that I pay for myself and that I chose after a lot of research. NordVPN earned a 5-star rating from our pals at PCMag, and with good reason. It ticks all the right boxes. They offer hundreds of connection points all over the globe and some offer special functionality like stronger encryption, anonymity, or better P2P performance. Their connections are incredibly secure, speeds are good and latency is low. The company is also based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction, and logging is minimal. There are mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, and NordVPN’s pricing is hard to beat. You can snag a sub for about $3 a month. Looking for a VPN provider that’s more of a household name? Freedome is owned and operated by Helsinki-based F-Secure. They’ve been developing quality security software for years and recently started offering VPN connectivity. Freedome delivers some of the fastest connections around, and F-Secure also builds in phishing and malware protection and a tracking blocker. The software features a polished interface and is dead simple to use. Freedome is a bit more expensive and doesn’t allow you to connect as many devices as some service, but it’s still a very solid VPN product.Still not sure if you need a subscription to a VPN service? Most good VPN providers will let you take their service for a test drive. Just create an account, install the software, and start browsing. If you’re not digging it, just cancel your account and remove the software before the trial ends.Need more information? Visit our sister site PCMag for everything you need to know about VPN.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target PIA is one of the best-known names in VPN. They offer strong encryption, log minimal information about customers’ connections, and offer thousands of servers in more than two dozen countries. You can connect up to five devices and plans start at just over $3 a month. PIA is also P2P-friendly. The company is based in the U.S. and its software is a bit on the minimal side, but those are minor downsides given PIA’s focus on privacy, security, and low cost. Dedicated apps for iOS and Android are available, too. Planning on using your extra-private connection to download a few torrents? Not all VPN providers are excited about peer-to-peer traffic on their networks. TorGuard is not one of them. You’re free to torrent to your heart’s content. TorGuard is based in the U.S., which isn’t necessary great from a privacy standpoint… but its connections are among the fastest you’ll find. TorGuard’s app isn’t quite as slick as some of the others on our list, but it gets the job done. You can use TorGuard for both iOS or Android. This VPN and Firewall Combo Keeps Your Browsing Under Wraps for Just $30Get Over 95 Percent Off Lifetime Subscription to Fastest VPN last_img read more

Eyman’s $30 car-tab initiative headed to Legislature

first_imgSEATTLE — An initiative that would cut car tabs to $30 will go to the Legislature for consideration, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office.Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s spokesman Erich Ebel said Tuesday that Initiative 976 brought by anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman was certified after collecting enough signatures.The Legislature will decide whether to approve the lower vehicle registration and renewal fee as written in the initiative, but if it declines, the initiative will go to voters in November 2019.The Legislature also could write an alternative and put that on the ballot along with Eyman’s initiative.The measure would stifle Sound Transit, which relies on substantial car-tab taxes to fund light rail and bus service expansion throughout the Puget Sound region.It also would deal a financial blow to over 60 cities and towns that charge an additional vehicle-registration fee to fund transportation projects.While voters in the Puget Sound region imposed Sound Transit’s taxes on themselves by repeated approval for Sound Transit ballot measures, Eyman’s initiative would give voters statewide the ability to undo those taxes.last_img read more

My natural habitat is winning Mourinho

first_imgThe former Manchester United manager believes that people learn more by winning that by losing in the world of football.Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has always been very charismatic and controversial.And after he was sacked by Manchester United, he started working for TV channel DAZN.“People used to say that you learn more with defeat. Maybe there is some truth in it,” he told The Telegraph.“I feel my natural habitat is winning. This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months. Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.”“Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming. I know it is coming. It hasn’t come yet because what has come along, I didn’t want,” he explained.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I want to work in a club that understands there is a structure in place. I don’t want to work in a structure of no coincidence [unity] in the thinking.”“People sometimes say ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with a football director’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with chief scout’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with an owner’; ‘this manager doesn’t like to work with the president’,” he commented.“During my career, I have been working in every possible circumstance. The most successful situations are not because of the structure but because of the empathy in the structure.”“People who work well together. People who share the same kind of ideas. This is the fundamental thing,” he added.“You now have a generation of players who are not just players but the whole package. You have the player, the family, the agent, the entourage, the director of communication. You sometimes have the individual’s medical people and in an extreme situation you even have what they call their ‘personal fitness guys’.”“When you have a player you have all these distractions. And if there is no empathy in the structure of the club you get into so many contradictions that it is really, really difficult to work.”last_img read more

Local pilot killed in small plane crash near San Francisco

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FALLBROOK (KUSI) — A pilot from San Diego County, and vice commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Pacific region, was believed to have been killed while flying his small plane in bad weather north of San Francisco, deputies said Saturday.Carl Morrison, 75, was flying his 1990 Mooney M20J propeller-driven plane from Petaluma Municipal Airport to his home field at Fallbrook, north of San Diego, after working Friday as a consultant with the Sonoma County Water Agency, according to a Facebook post from his family.“We are so saddened by the passing of our husband, father, and friend,* the family’s Facebook post read. Morrison had been studying atmospheric rivers, the type of storm that hit the Bay Area Friday, according to the Santa Rose Press-Democrat newspaper.The retired Marine had donated hundreds of hours to searching for lost civilian pilots in the CAP, a volunteer agency.At about 6:40 p.m. Friday, Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from the U.S. Air Force that a small plane’s emergency radio beeper was pinging from east of Petaluma, a city about 40 miles north of San Francisco.Deputies rushed to the coordinates, on Sonoma Mountain, but couldn’t immediately locate the plane, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum told City News Service.At about the same time, a woman from San Diego County called the Petaluma Police Department to report that her husband was supposed to have left the Petaluma Municipal Airport in his Mooney M20 to head back to Southern California, and was overdue home, Crum said.More than three hours after the initial report, sheriff’s deputies spotted a small fire in a remote ravine near the 3600 block of Manor Lane, outside Petaluma. Deputies hiked to the location and found the downed aircraft and the body of the man believed to be the pilot, Crum said.The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to investigate the crash.According to the Santa Rosa newspaper, Morrison was an attorney and often flew his plane to business meetings around the country.Morrison was a 20-year member of the Marine Corps., retiring as a lawyer and public affairs officer in 1986 in the rank of lieutenant colonel, according to his law office website as quoted by the Press-Democrat. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966 before obtaining a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1976, the newspaper reported. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 7, 2018 Local pilot killed in small plane crash near San Franciscolast_img read more

DID YOU HEAR… Detox Facility Proposals Public Hearing With The ZBA Has

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Public Hearing for the Detox Facility Proposal slated for the Wilmington Board of Appeals meeting on Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm at Town Hall has been POSTPONED, again, to Wednesday, September 12 at 7pm at Town Hall.The applicant (Bettering LLC) requested a continuance. Their representatives will NOT be at the meeting and there is expected to be no discussion on the matter.The public hearing began back on February 14 when approximately 200 residents packed the Town Hall Auditorium. Attorney Mark Bobrowski and project engineer Ben Osgood received heavy criticism from three Board of Appeals members and more than 20 speakers from the audience, most of whom expressed a concern over a lack of answers and information, particularly surrounding the facility’s security procedures.After 3.5 hours of discussion, the board unanimously voted to continue the public hearing to its Wednesday, April 25 meeting.  The hearing, however, has been subsequently rescheduled multiple times as the Board of Appeals waits for the Planning Board to complete site plan review.Bettering LLC is next scheduled to be in front of the Planning Board on Tuesday, August 7, after its public hearing for site plan review and a stormwater management permit was continued from Tuesday, July 10.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDID YOU HEAR?… The Detox Facility Proposal’s Public Hearing Has Been Postponed To June 13In “Government”Concerned Citizens Of Wilmington Reminds Residents Of Public Hearing On Proposed Drug Treatment Center On Sept. 12In “Government”Town Proposes New Rules & Regulations For Subdividing Land; Public Hearing Set For September 10In “Government”last_img read more

Duronto passengers protest against stale lowquality food

first_imgKolkata: In a startling incident, passengers of Sealdah-bound Duronto Express complained of stale and low quality food served by the pantry staff, on Sunday. A section of the passengers of the train first agitated inside the running train, as it was travelling from Puri to Sealdah, claiming that they had been served stale food for dinner on Saturday night, leading to some people falling ill.According to the passengers who were travelling in the train, 23 persons, including some children, fell ill after consuming the chicken in the dinner. Passengers staged agitation at Sealdah station after the train arrived there early on Sunday morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey also demonstrated in front of the station manager and also lodged a complaint with the senior railway officials. It has been learnt that around 23 passengers, who were from Baduria and Swarupnagar area in Basirhat, had alleged that the chicken curry that was served to them was half cooked. The chicken was not cooked well, while the chapattis were rotten, alleged the passengers.It was also alleged that many of them, including children, started vomiting after having the food. Some of the elderly passengers who had consumed the food, had complained of upset stomach, they claimed. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThey urged the on-duty pantry staff to give them curd and rice, which they refused. As a result of this, some of the passengers lodged a written complaint with the Eastern Railway authorities, after the train reached Sealdah at around 4 am.Senior officials tried to pacify the passengers, who were staging demonstration at platform number 9A.Railway police and RPF rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The senior officials assured them that the matter would be looked into.”An enquiry has been ordered into the complaint and action will be taken against the food supplier if the allegation of serving stale and cold food is found to be true,” a senior official of Eastern Railways said.last_img read more

HeartStopping Sex Forget About It

first_img(Credit: Shutterstock)During sex, the heart races, blood pressure rises and the breath quickens, sometimes to a pant. Muscles tense and euphoric feelings flood the brain.This is not a time to be thinking, “I hope my heart doesn’t stop.”But according to cardiologists, male patients over 50 during checkups sometimes ask what the chance is of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest during sexual intercourse. The concern is based on the heightened physiology experienced (racing heart, contracted muscles, etc.), but also the misconception that sex, even the steamy kind, is physically demanding. A 2013 study in PLOS One discovered that people tend to think they expend more energy during sex than they really do.Is sex comparable to, say, performing strengthening exercises for 40 minutes, or walking a treadmill for 30 minutes? Not quite. Sex involves moderate exertion for a brief period, says Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist and coauthor of a study on cardiac arrest and sex published in November in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Sex is “comparable to climbing two flights of stairs,” he says.Sex won’t keep you physically fit, but it does have physical consequences. The study in PLOS One, which involved young adult men and women, equated the energy expenditure of sex to moderate intensity for a short duration. Men in the trial burned on average 101 calories and women 69 calories during sex (including foreplay and intercourse), which is about the number of calories in one or two whole-grain bisquits. These same men and women burned 276 calories and 213 calories, respectively, during 30 minutes on a treadmill.So sex is marginal exercise and won’t make you thinner, but the good news is that it’s unlikely to stop your heart, either – regardless of your age, the study in American College of Cardiology found.The paper looked at results from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study that examined sudden cardiac arrests, or SCAs, in the region of Portland, Ore., from 2002 to 20015. SCAs involve a short circuit in the heart causing “electrical chaos” and is lethal 90 percent of the time, Chugh says. In the United States, 300,000 people die each year from SCAs. The condition is different from a heart attack, which involves a plumbing problem in the organ.Of the 4,500 adults suffering SCA, 34 occurred during or minutes after sex. Thirty-two were men, mostly middle aged and with a history of heart disease. These were more likely to be African-American men when compared to the overall SCAs in the study.Among people having a SCA, 1 in 100 men and 1 in 1,000 women might experience the attack during or soon after sex, the study found. “We expected low risk, but our findings indicate that risk of sudden cardiac arrest with sexual activity is extremely low — a most reassuring finding that will help healthcare providers communicate with concerned patients based on real data,” Chugh says.Though this study looked only at SCAs, other studies have shown that the risk of having a heart attack during or soon after sex is also very low.“The individuals most at risk are those who have some severe form of heart disease and who are not habituated to exercise,” Chugh says. “Mostly this includes patients over 50.”An additional risk for SCA or heart attack involves the sexual circumstances, though this wasn’t part of Chugh’s study. A cheating spouse wining and dining his lover ups the ante of a heart episode.“A large proportion of these encounters occur with extra-marital partners and often happen in the setting of alcohol and food intake,” Chugh says.last_img read more

Saving lives with her precious blood

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Buyiselwa Lushaba is a regular donor at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic.She made her 13th blood donation at the clinic on Monday morning last week.She lives in Bergville, but says that distance is not a problem to her, as she is willing to travel for a good cause. “It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to save lives, so what’s a few kilometres here and there when you are ultimately doing something so important for your fellow human being,” she explains.With her O-Positive type blood, Buyiselwa feels strongly about helping others and would like to issue a challenge to the public…“Come and donate blood today! If I can do it, so can you!”One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so it is of vital importance that blood gets donated, as there is no other way to get blood to help those in need.To see if you qualify to donate your life-giving blood, please visit the Blood Donor Clinic at San Marco Centre.You don’t need to be a hero to save lives; just give up a bit of your time as you sit in a comfy chair!You don’t have to look when they put the needle in your arm – they know what they’re doing, so you don’t have to worry at all!DID 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. Join us there!last_img read more

Peru unveils new Peru the richest country in the world

first_imgPeru unveils new ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’On Monday 6th November 2017 at World Travel Market, the UK’s most prominent tourism trade exhibition, Peru’s tourism body, PROMPERÚ, officially unveiled their new international marketing campaign – ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’.‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ embraces a new concept for the term ‘wealth’, and reimagines what ‘being rich’ is really about. The campaign moves away from one-dimensional destination advertising and aims to disrupt the marketplace by presenting a contemporary creative strategy based on a current trend – the new perception that being rich is based on experiences, including travel, not acquiring more material possessions.The marketing campaign is presented in the form of a documentary-style film following Peru’s “trail of riches” to enjoy Peru in all its glorious guises; ancient history, adventure, nature and culture. The campaign’s promotional film will be rolled out via digital and social media advertising, with teaser trailers to entice viewers to watch the full inspirational video.Peru is a country blessed with an abundance of natural, cultural and historical attractions offering visitors genuinely fulfilling experiences. The goal of the “Peru, the richest country in the world” campaign is to further position the country as a multifaceted and diverse world within a world where wealth is not measured in cash, but in experience, discovery and happiness. Peru’s ‘neo-wealth’ proposition fits into the premise that the most valuable things in the world are those hardest to come by.‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ capitalises on the reputation the country has already gained as a world-class cultural and culinary destination. The campaign is part of a long term international tourism promotion strategy which began in 2008 with the campaign ‘Peru, live the legend’. Peru then launched ‘Peru, empire of hidden treasures’ in 2012 and ‘Peru, land of hidden treasures’ in 2015 with the slogans “Don’t watch the movie, live it for real” and “Discover the you you never knew, discover Peru.”The new campaign went live in 20 countries across the globe: United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Japan, Australia, Korea and China.For more information on ‘Peru, the richest country in the world’ visit: www.perutherichestcountry.comFor more information on Peru visit: www.peru.travelSource = PROMPERÚlast_img read more

Maldives launches global advertising campaign with BBC

first_imgMaldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) have launched a global advertising campaign with BBC in order to promote the Maldives as a tourism destination and the upcoming Visit Maldives Year 2016.The campaign that would run from September 1 to October 31, 2015 would feature the unique aspects of the Maldives tourism product in a new 30 second commercial under the tag line“Sunny side of life”, along with 4×15 sec teasers reaching a worldwide audience across important regional markets of Europe and Asia Pacific.In addition, the advertisement will also be screened on the website, video on demand section, with a target impression of 1,020,400.The advertising campaign intends to raise the profile of the Maldives as a world class destination appealing to affluent travellers by reminding them of Maldives as a holiday destination and promote the upcoming Visit Maldives Year 2016.The Visit Maldives Year 2016 is a marketing campaign by MMPRC, with an objective to reach the goal of increasing tourist arrivals to 1.5 million with a significant increase in tourism receipts. The vision of the marketing campaign is to market the destination by strengthening the brand and positioning Maldives as an exclusive tourist destination by showcasing the islands’ diversified tourism product. This would also foster better solidarity, harmony and well-being for the people of Maldives.last_img read more

June 16 2008 This weekend was filled with won

first_imgJune 16, 2008 This week-end was filled with wonderful music during the JUNETEENTH 2008 Jazz Splash Festival. Images of the performances will be posted on 6/18/08. Today’s report gives a few glimpses of some of the preparation for the event. We reported on 1/18 through 1/25/08 about the removal of the old tent that covered the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area. [photo] David Tollas and Jeff Buderer are on top of scaffolding, errected on the stage of the theater, to secure the mid-point of a parachute. [Photo & text: sa] An interim solution for shelter from the intense sun during this 3-day event, was worked out by Director Tomiaki Tamura. Maintenance crew custom cut and trimmed pieces from good parts of the old tent and installed them over the stage area. Construction crew, and many volunteers from other departments, installed a very large parachute to cover the seating area. [Photo & text: sa] The parachute was folded in half, each cord lined up and linked with its opposite and strong rope tied to the individual cords. With the crew distributed along the third floor of the west side of the East Crescent and along the roof of the east side, the ropes were slowly tied in tandem to have clean and even distribution over the stepped seating area. A smaller parachute was installed over the keystone area to give shade to some of the vendors [photos on 6/18]. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Three Macomb County judges join Rep Lucido to support amendment

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township was joined by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Carl Marlinga, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski, and 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc to speak in support of House Joint Resolution G on Tuesday.A letter was also submitted from 41-B District Court Judge Linda Davis in support of the resolution.House Resolution G proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to remove the age limit in order to serve as a judge, currently set at 70.“Over the course of over 30 years in the courtroom, I have seen many fine, skilled judges who are forced off the bench while still in the prime of their lives due to an arbitrary age limit,” Lucido said. “The voters can exercise their discretion through the election process, and the state has options if a judge has any medical issues which would preclude continued service. I am proud to join these judges in supporting this constitutional amendment.” 23Feb Three Macomb County judges join Rep. Lucido to support amendmentlast_img read more

House panel OKs Barrett bill making English the official state language

first_img13Dec House panel OKs Barrett bill making English the official state language Categories: Barrett News,News Measure encourages learning, saves taxpayer moneycenter_img The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett establishing English as the official state language.Barrett, of Potterville, said his legislation will encourage people who do not speak the language to learn English. He said Michigan will join 32 other states that have made English the official language.“We aren’t prohibiting anyone from speaking other languages,” Barrett said. “We are doing this to encourage people to learn the language of the nation in which they live. It will help them better understand the workings of state and local governments.”The bill also allows documents, publications, or other services to be offered in multiple languages if restricting the use of English violates federal law or has a negative effect on the health, welfare and safety of Michiganders.Barrett said an additional benefit will be fewer taxpayer dollars spent for government publications.“Currently state and local government agencies print documents and other literature in a variety of common languages, and this bill only requires the documents be provided in English,” Barrett said. “If a local government chooses to continue offering documents in a variety of languages, they are not prohibited from doing so.”The bill also requires any document originally presented in a language other than English to be translated into English.The bill now goes before the House for consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep Allor invites residents to July office hours

first_img Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced her July office hours for residents of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona, and Iosco counties, and parts of Cheboygan County.“I have made it my goal to always be accessible,” Rep. Allor said. “These local office hours, which I hold in every county I serve on a monthly basis, are a terrific way to keep open communication with the people I represent. I encourage everyone to attend.”Rep. Allor’s office hours schedule is as follows:Monday, July 1511:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.Thursday, July 1611 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Donald Newport Center at Alpena Community College Room 106, 665 Johnson St. in Alpena.Wednesday, July 174:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch, 307 W Main St. in Harrisville.Thursday, July 1812 to 1 p.m. at Au Sable Charter Township Hall, 4420 N US-23 in Oscoda.Monday, July 222:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Wood Winds Restaurant, 2012 Washington St. in Onaway.Residents may also reach Rep. Allor by contacting her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or 12Jul Rep. Allor invites residents to July office hours Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

COLUMN Time to stop playing politics with Line 5

first_img16Jul COLUMN: Time to stop playing politics with Line 5 The attorney general’s quest to shut down Line 5 before a plan is in place to meet the propane needs of Upper Peninsula families is alarming, to say the least.Approximately 65 percent of the propane that heats homes and businesses in the U.P. is delivered through Line 5. Shutting it down before building a replacement is a dangerous move that would leave residents here struggling to pay soaring energy rates.I understand the concerns people have with the aging pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac. Some of the greatest treasures we have here in the Western Upper Peninsula are our pristine water resources. Lake Superior and the other freshwater lakes, rivers and streams that flow through our communities must be protected.That’s exactly why the tunnel agreement state leaders struck with Enbridge last year is the best course of action. The construction of a multi-use utility tunnel under the Straits will allow a brand new pipeline with additional safety measures to continue delivering critical resources to U.P. homes and businesses. The $500 million project – to be paid for by Enbridge, not taxpayers – will also pave the way for improved, cheaper delivery of propane, broadband and electricity.Energy is essential to our everyday lives. And the fact of the matter is that properly maintained pipelines are much safer than transporting gas and oil by truck or rail. Pipeline spills remain less catastrophic and less frequent than those likely during truck or rail transport. A new pipeline buried in a utility tunnel 100 feet below the floor of the Straits is the best and safest option we have for getting crucial energy resources where they need to go.Rather than delaying construction with lengthy lawsuits paid for by taxpayers, the attorney general should focus on accelerating the project to protect our Great Lakes and the economy.As always, please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions, ideas or concerns at (517) 373-0850 or— State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, is serving his first term in the Michigan House representing residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming townships in Marquette County. He previously taught high school civics, history and geography for Baraga Area Schools and served on the Hancock City Council. Categories: Markkanen Newslast_img read more