Open to flexibility Rahul Gandhi on AAP alliance

first_imgNEW DELH: Just as possibilities of a Congress-AAP alliance looked more and more unlikely, Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the first time on Tuesday shed clarity on whether a tie-up was possible in the next few days. “There is no confusion on this, the situation is clear. We have constructed alliances and are constructing alliances, and are open to flexibility”. Interestingly, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had told reporters just on Monday that Rahul Gandhi said ‘no’ to an alliance with AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite Gandhi saying that the situation is clear, the two sides remain as far apart as ever when it comes to joining hands. Gandhi had a meeting with the two warring sides in Congress — the pro-alliance lobby led by PC Chacko and the anti-alliance lobby led by Sheila Dixit. While Dixit remained silent after the meeting, Chacko simply indicated that options were open. Earlier, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit met party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday triggering fresh speculations on the party’s possible alliance with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe meeting, which last for around 20 minutes was also attended by All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Delhi PC Chacko. Dikshit, who has been opposing an alliance with the AAP, had said on Sunday that the decision on tie-up for Lok Sabha polls will be declared in a few days. The decision from Rahul Gandhi on an alliance is expected “anytime” now, sources said. The Congress is learnt to have discussed a 3:3:1 (three seats for both Congress and AAP and one mutually accepted candidate) or a 4:3 (four seats for AAP and three for Congress) formula in Delhi. This, though, remains unacceptable to AAP. The AAP, sources said, is slowly veering to the position that an alliance with the Congress just in Delhi is not worth the price. AAP is clearly indicating that it wants space beyond Delhi. AAP sources indicate that the party is willing to give 2 seats in Delhi, if Congress is also willing to give 2 in Haryana, and may consider giving 3 seats in Delhi, if Congress adds 3 seats in Punjab.last_img read more

Four dead in Kenyan bus blast

first_imgNAIROBI- At least four people were killed Saturday evening and 36 injured in an explosion on a minibus in Kenyan capital Nairobi.“A group of assailants threw a grenade into a bus with 32 seats,” the interior ministry said on its Twitter account.Police said the 36 injured were admitted to nearby hospitals with multiple injuries following the incident. The death toll is expected to rise due to the nature of injuries.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img

The Latest American cuts revenue estimate due to Max

DALLAS — The Latest on the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets after two fatal crashes (all times local):9:44 a.m.American Airlines is cutting a key revenue estimate partly because of cancelled flights due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets.American said Tuesday that it cancelled 1,200 flights during the quarter that ended March 31 because regulators grounded its 24 Max planes.Over the weekend, the airline removed the plane from its schedule through June 5 — six weeks longer than before — underlining that airlines think the Max will be parked longer than previously expected after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.American says revenue for each seat flown one mile will be flat to up 1 per cent, down from its initial forecast of flat to up 2 per cent.It also blames the government shutdown and 940 cancellations due to work on other Boeing planes.The Associated Press read more

Chad UN agency offers assistance after floods strike southeast

About 70,000 Chadians are homeless because of the floods, which follow torrential rains over the past two months, according to Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).As many as 150,000 people are classified as affected by the floods, including thousands of refugees living in the region, Mr. Mahecic told journalists in Geneva.Two refugee camps in the southeast, Yarounga and Moula, have been particularly hard hit, with recently cultivated crops and fields wiped out. Many shelters and latrines have also collapsed.Mr. Mahecic said the start of the school year, scheduled for 1 October, may have to be delayed because the refugees have temporarily occupied the schools until they can find new shelter.UNHCR has identified two sites to relocate about 4,000 refugees in the camps, but distributing food and other relief items is proving difficult because the roads are in such poor condition.The agency has provided about 15,000 people across the region with basic survival kits that comprise blankets, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and bed mats.It is also raising awareness about the importance of basic hygiene practices in the wake of the floods. The collapse of so many latrines means waste may resurface, raising the risk of disease outbreaks.At least 41 Chadians have died in a nationwide cholera outbreak, and malaria is also seen as a potential threat in the region. 17 September 2010The United Nations refugee agency sounded the alarm today about the situation facing thousands of residents of southern and south-eastern Chad, where the heaviest rains in 40 years have destroyed homes and infrastructure, wiped out cropland and cut off access to towns and communities. read more

Efforts of UNled global antimalaria partnership save a million lives in a

13 September 2011Global malaria deaths have dropped by about 38 per cent over the past decade, saving the lives of more than one million people, mostly children, through the efforts of a United Nations-led global partnership that put emphasis on prevention and treatment, particularly the use of insecticide-treated nets, according to a report unveiled today. Some 43 countries, 11 of them in Africa, have seen malaria cases or deaths drop by 50 or more, according to the report by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) entitled “A Decade of Partnership and Results.”With approximately $5 billion mobilized in a decade, coverage has risen across all interventions to prevent and treat malaria, especially the insecticide-treated nets used to prevent people from being bitten by the mosquitoes infected with the malaria-causing parasite.Enough nets have been distributed to cover nearly 80 per cent of the population at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the RBM report.At a news conference to launch the report at UN Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned that more remains to be done.“Although the successes of recent years are remarkable, they need to be sustained and expanded, to prevent the disease from resurging. That is why our future goals are even more ambitious – near-zero deaths by 2015 and the elimination of malaria in 10 additional countries.“The international community needs to go beyond business as usual, and all sectors of society will have a role to play – governments, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), researchers and health professionals, businesses and philanthropies, celebrities and ordinary individuals,” said Mr. Ban.According to the report, it is expected that all countries in the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Region will have eliminated malaria by 2015.Roughly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that killed almost 800,000 people in 2009, primarily young children and pregnant women. Over 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, where the disease also costs the continent an estimated $12 billion annually in lost productivity.Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of RBM, stressed that fighting malaria is crucial to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight social development targets that aim to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.“The return on investment in malaria control and elimination is high,” Ms. Coll-Seck told the news conference. “Malaria control is one of the greatest health interventions and accelerates progress [towards] several UN Millennium Development Goals.”She also cautioned that while the achievement in rolling back malaria has been remarkable, it remains fragile.“We cannot afford to let the gains we have made to slip away. We need to sustain the universal coverage where we have [had] success and increase availability and access of diagnostics and treatments, particularly in high burden endemic countries,” Ms. Coll-Seck said, adding that it is critical that financial commitments be maintained and funding gaps be closed.Geeta Rao Gupta, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), also underlined the need to consolidate and sustain the successes in the fight against malaria.“We must continue to integrate malaria interventions with maternal and child health interventions, distributing bed nets at routine maternal and child health contact points,” she said.International funding for malaria has seen a more than 15-fold increase since 2003, jumping from $100 million to $1.5 billion annually in 2010.Malaria prevention and treatment benefited from the development of new, more effective drugs, rapid diagnostic tests and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, all of which did not exist 10 years ago. Other products to combat the disease are under research or development, including a possible vaccine, according to RBM. read more

Central Bank urges public to be vigilant when using ATMs

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Lanka Clear (Pvt) Limited and licensed banks have initiated several measures, in addition to measures that are already in place, to mitigate such situations and enhance the security of customer funds while ensuring the safety of the banking system.Efforts of banks, payment card issuers, acquirers and regulators need to be supported and recognized by customers in order to safeguard any payment system.In order to strengthen the security of ATM transactions, customers are required to use EMV enabled payment cards. Payment cards provide customers the convenience of withdrawing cash through ATM network and transacting through merchants worldwide. However, there is a possibility that ATM and card reading machines can be abused by criminals in order to steal customer funds from their accounts. The EMV enabled cards carry an electronic chip which is visible at the front of the card. If the card used by a customer is not EMV enabled, a request can be made from the relevant bank to issue an EMV enabled card. (Colombo Gazette) To mitigate such incidents, international payment card security standards and best practices have been adopted in Sri Lanka’s ATM and payment card network, such as issuance of cards with increased security which have an electronic chip (EMV) and provide for SMS alerts for all electronic transactions.Few incidents of fund withdrawals using fraudulent payment cards were reported in the recent past. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has urged customers to exercise due care and vigilance when using payment cards and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in order to ensure the safety of ATM transactions.The Central Bank said that any unidentified or unauthorized transactions and lost or misplaced cards should be notified to the relevant bank, immediately. read more

UN refugee agency begins repatriation of Sudanese in Central African Republic

Refugees from Sudan have begun returning home from the Central African Republic (CAR) thanks to a new agreement signed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Governments of the two countries, the agency announced today.The accord, endorsed yesterday in Bangui, paved the way for the voluntary repatriation of some 16,000 Sudanese refugees currently residing in the land-locked nation. The new agreement is one in a series signed between UNHCR and African countries hosting Sudanese refugees. These pacts follow on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in January, 2005, which ended 21 years of civil war in Sudan.The first flight of refugees was scheduled to take off this morning, bringing an initial group of Sudanese. The first phase of the operation will be conducted by air, and is expected to bring back 5,000 refugees by April, with the organized return of the remaining refugees expected to be completed by the end of this year. Most Sudanese arrived in the country around 1990, and settled in the area of Mboki, where an estimated 12,000 live today despite severe humanitarian problems. Throughout this time, UNHCR has cared for the refugees, including by providing primary and secondary education, and a functioning hospital. “The CAR is today faced by a humanitarian crisis, bound to turn into a humanitarian disaster unless significant international funding is received,” said Maurizio Giuliano, a UN spokesman in the impoverished country.Despite its own severe difficulties, war-torn CAR currently gives refuge to over 28,000 refugees from a dozen nationalities. Jean-Marie Fakhouri, UNHCR Director of Special Operations for the Sudan and Chad, thanked the CAR Government and people “for having generously welcomed Sudanese refugees over more than 15 years.”“The hospitality extended to these people by Central Africans despite all their difficulties, has been truly touching. This teaches us that, even when resources are scarce, human beings are capable of great solidarity and generosity.” read more

DPINGO Environmental challenges – a forceful argument for global citizenship

While global citizenship means many things to many people, discussions at the sixty-sixth United Nations/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference maintained that cultivating empathy, a scientific appreciation for the natural world and responsibility towards future generations must be at the core of education for global citizenship.During a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Global Citizens as Stewards of the Planet: Energy, Environment and Climate Change,’ Alexander Leicht, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) section chief of Education for Sustainable Development, saw challenges posed against the environment as a strong argument for global citizenship. “Political agreements, technological solutions or fiscal incentives are not enough. We need a change of mindsets and actions that only education can bring about,” he said from the dais. In today’s era of global pollution, natural resource depletion and threats to biodiversity, societies are reassessing the value placed on the natural environment and exploring how formal and informal education, training and grassroots advocacy can strengthen humankind’s capacities to exist on the planet. Mr. Leicht underscored the importance of understanding the scientific facts of climate change and the economic processes that bring it about. He urged all to “participate in societal and political processes that address climate change, and take steps in the local environment to mitigate it.” While global education has, for years, been taught in schools under the social sciences, the voices and teachings of indigenous cultures are helping to identify the values and skill sets necessary for sustainable production and consumption to protect all life. According to Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad, indigenous peoples can impart vital knowledge on protecting the environment. She considered Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, as the most important of the 17 SDGs , because it serves as the basis for all the others. “Indigenous peoples have used their knowledge to keep their communities healthy. They have been properly managing natural resources for centuries with ideologies that have been developed over generations,” Ms. Ibrahim pointed out. She explained that the rules defined by indigenous populations can help. “People must respect Mother Nature first. They must respect the water, respect the trees, respect the animals.” Indigenous teachings affirm reverence for all relations, the kinship of all life. “Our elders and we have been observing changes in the planet for a long time – sadly of our own making. We noticed that the glaciers in the Andes were disappearing and that animals in the north were moving to the south because of the changing weather,” said Leonzo Barreno, a Guatemalan Mayan, who moderated the discussion. Mr. Barreno expressed gratitude that the UN is leading the combat against climate change. “Now people around the world can see nature as part of themselves. When we indigenous used to say ‘Mother Earth’ or ‘Father Sun’ people would laugh, but for us it was real. This is why so many indigenous people around the world would defend the land with their lives. There was no disconnection between us and the earth, between us and the animals, between us and the lakes and the rivers.” Youth Ambassador for Native Children’s Survival Ta’Kaiya Blaney shared a similar perspective. “Having a deep connection of belonging and a kinship with both each other and the land is a founding principle of indigenous ideology,” she said. “This concept is severely lacking in our current society and there are many untold indigenous stories that are crucial in changing the narrative, which can change the mainstream perspective of the truth of this world.” Ms. Blaney also asserted that indigenous peoples had a valuable part to play in combating climate change, since the majority of corporate industrial operations – most likely to contribute to climate change – were on indigenous territory. read more

Pac12 South champ Utah looks to extend win streak over BYU

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah had to travel a rocky road to finally claim the school’s first Pac-12 South title.The No. 18 Utes navigated a tough conference schedule and survived season-ending injuries to quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Still, Utah did not stumble before the finish line in November like in past seasons.Now the reward is a chance to play for a Pac-12 championship on Nov. 30 against either Washington or Washington State.“Our guys never backed down from anything,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “They just kept fighting and kept swinging. It’s great to see them write this chapter of Utah football history, because that’s what it is. The first South Division championship and these guys are the ones that did it.”An immediate challenge for the Utes is surviving an upset bid from in-state rival BYU on Saturday night. The Holy War will be played as the regular-season finale for both teams for the first time since 2010, their final season together in the Mountain West Conference.Both teams have travelled in opposite directions as the season has progressed.Utah (8-3) bounced back from a 2-2 start on the strength of a stifling defence and an improved offence.The Utes lead the Pac-12 in rushing offence (201.7 yards per game) and red zone offence (.905). They generate 30.5 points and 423.6 yards per game.Utah tops the nation in red zone defence (.594). The Utes also lead the Pac-12 in several other categories, including total defence (312.1 yards per game), rushing defence (95.5 yards per game) and turnovers forced (18).Utah has fielded tough teams that were in the divisional title mix before. This Utah team has had more staying power than those predecessors.“I don’t know exactly what’s different,” punter Mitch Wishnowsky said. “There was just a lot of belief. Everyone knew what we could do this season.”BYU (6-5) has fallen off the map since a 3-1 start propelled the Cougars into the Top 25. They needed back-to-back wins over Massachusetts and New Mexico State to get bowl-eligible.The offence has experienced growing pains since freshman Zack Wilson took over as starting quarterback midway through the season. Wilson has shown flashes of game-changing potential, but has also struggled with holding the ball too long and taking drive-killing sacks.As a team, BYU has struggled with slow starts. The Cougars have been outscored 31-14 in the first quarter over their last three games.“We are always working constantly to try and get the perfect game and it will be a good opportunity to start fast and finish strong,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “I think it will be a good time for us to play a complete game and maybe our best game of the year.”Other things to note ahead of the meeting between BYU and Utah:TARGETING QUESTIONS: Whittingham did not mince words over his displeasure with the way Pac-12 officiating crews are handling targeting penalties after Utah linebacker Chase Hansen was ejected from the first quarter of the Utes’ 30-7 win over Colorado for a targeting penalty. The call stirred up controversy because Hansen appeared to make a clean tackle when he dropped Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez in the backfield.“Targeting really seems to be an arbitrary call and capricious and random,” Whittingham said. “It was very frustrating and it’s so impactful. It takes one of our best, if not our best, defender off the field.”DOWN TO THE WIRE: Close finishes have turned the Holy War into an exciting rivalry. Seventeen of the last 20 games between Utah and BYU have been decided by seven or fewer points. The Utes’ 54-10 rout of the Cougars in 2011 is the last time either team won by a double-digit margin.TURNOVER TROUBLES: Coughing up the ball is a problem on both sides when BYU and Utah face off. Over the past three games between the two rivals, the Cougars have totalled 11 turnovers while the Utes have totalled eight.DEEP THREAT: Redshirt freshman Jaylen Dixon is emerging as an outside receiver who can get behind defences that Utah lacked earlier in the season. Dixon has tallied 161 yards and a touchdown on five receptions in his last two games. He leads the Utes with 27.4 yards per catch.RUNNING BY COMMITTEE: Injuries have forced BYU to dig deep into the depth chart in the backfield. The Cougars have six different players who have rushed for at least 100 yards this season — a group that includes a wide receiver and a converted linebacker. Redshirt freshman Lopini Katoa leads the way with 427 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.___More AP college football: and Coon, The Associated Press read more

May slams sickening terror attack on London mosque as suspect named

first_img 68,528 Views By Paul Hosford Short URL Image: Yui Mok Jun 19th 2017, 7:15 PM Monday 19 Jun 2017, 7:15 PM Share835 Tweet Email Image: Yui Mok Updated 7.15pmA MAN HAS been arrested after a suspected terror attack in London that saw a van crash into pedestrians outside a mosque.The van crashed into a footpath where an elderly man had collapsed. He later died, though it is unclear if he was killed in the attack.British media have named the suspect in today’s mosque attack as 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father of four who was living in Cardiff, Wales.Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but were not aware of the suspect prior to the attack near a north London mosque.“What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right,” said Wallace.Earlier today, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “sickening”.May this afternoon met with religious leaders at the Finsbury Park mosque. She promised extra police resources to protect places of worship.Counter-terrorism police are investigating the incident, which occurred after 12.20am this morning.Police were called to the incident on Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park area of the city. They have confirmed that the attack is being treated as terrorism.One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.Another eight people were injured and taken to three area hospitals. At least two are being treated for “very serious” injuries.The driver of the van – a white man aged 48 – was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment.A number of armed police units are on the scene.RamadanMuslim leaders said worshippers were specifically targeted after leaving prayers near Finsbury Park mosque in north London shortly after midnight and linked the incident to a recent rise in anti-Muslim hate crime.Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van “drove at people” and some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a “horrific terrorist attack,” calling it “deliberate” and aimed at “innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan”.It comes after two deadly Islamist attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians — one earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge.SickeningIn a statement this afternoon, Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “sickening”.“It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives – this time British Muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year.Today we come together – as we have done before – to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.“Today’s attack falls at a difficult time in the life of this city, following on from the attack on London Bridge two weeks ago – and of course the unimaginable tragedy of Grenfell Tower last week, on which I will chair another meeting of Ministers and officials later today.But what we have seen throughout – whether in the heroism of the ordinary citizens who fought off the attackers at London Bridge; the unbreakable resolve of the residents in Kensington; or this morning the spirit of the community that apprehended this attacker – is that this is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people.“It is home to a multitude of communities that together make London one of the greatest cities on earth.“Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate.“These are the values that define this city.“These are the values that define this country.“These are the values that this government will uphold.“These are the values that will prevail.”May said that she had chaired a meeting of the British government’s emergency committee Cobra earlier today.With reporting from APComments have been closed for legal reasons. May slams ‘sickening’ terror attack on London mosque as suspect named A man has been arrested. 142 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Portraits unveiled at book launch

first_imgGreek Australian journalist Vivienne Morris launched her bilingual book, Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes, in Melbourne on Sunday. The novel is a series of portraits of first and second generation Greek Australians, aiming to represent the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in “its true essence and dimension,” the author says.The novel is a series of portraits of first and second generation Greek Australians, aiming to represent the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in “its true essence and dimension,” the author says. Ms Morris said it was her realisation that first generation Greek immigrants were diminishing that prompted her to write this book and relay the individual stories, struggles and triumphs of Greek migrants. Born in Lesvos, where she completed her secondary schooling, Ms Morris migrated to Australia in the 1960s and continued her studies at the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classical studies and Modern Greek. Among her achievements Ms Morris is a founding member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), a founder and former executive director of the Australian Hellenic Centre of Education (Open University), and a former Cultural director of the Greek Festival of Melbourne. Ms Morris is a recipient of the Hellenic Award for her contribution to Journalism and in 2007 she received the Victorian Government Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs (in journalism). ‘Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes’ was launched on Sunday November 14 in East Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Superfund success means its OK to play over polluted water feds say

first_imgFederal environmental regulators are keeping a close eye on plans to develop a new complex of sports fields in Hazel Dell.However, officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that they don’t expect the ballfield development to affect a contaminated plume of groundwater deep below the surface. Health risks would be negligible for players and spectators who gather on the future ballfields along 78th Street, they said.“The plume is 50 to 90 feet below the ground surface,” said Judy Smith, a community outreach coordinator with the EPA in Portland. “The vapors were monitored in the area in the mid-’90s, when the concentrations were at their highest. Vapor intrusion wasn’t a problem then.”Smith noted that the EPA generally encourages redevelopment of former Superfund sites.In the case of the Boomsnub/Airco cleanup site, a pump-and-treat system has been humming day and night for almost a decade. The system of 24 extraction wells, with 10,000 feet of underground pipe, send 160 gallons per minute through an automated treatment plant on the former Boomsnub chrome-plating facility in east Hazel Dell.The contaminated plume, which once reached nearly a mile west to 30th Street, has receded steadily.“It’s an amazing groundwater cleanup success story from our perspective,” Smith said. “The size of the plume and the contamination in the groundwater is orders of magnitude less.”Some neighbors remain concerned about the county’s plan to develop sports fields on the 20-acre site.“To us, this is an experiment and an accident waiting to happen,” said Naomi Davis, who bought a house near the site with her husband, Jack, in 2007.last_img read more

ACC bans foreign trip of 7 bankers

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a ban on the foreign travel of seven officials of The Farmers Bank Ltd over approving Tk 40 million loan against fake documents and depositing the money into former chief justice SK Sinha’s account, reports UNB.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya on Wednesday told UNB that a notice was sent to superintendent of police (Immigration) of special branch of police in this regard.The officials are former managing director and chief executive officer AKM Shameem, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, assistant vice-president Shafiuddin Askaree Ahmed, former SVP Ziauddin and executive officer Umme Salma Sultana.Meanwhile, six of the seven officials were quizzed on Wednesday in this connection.Earlier on 6 May, ACC grilled two businessmen named — Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chadra Saha — for allegedly taking Tk 40 million in loan from The Farmers Bank Ltd using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.last_img read more

Minecrafts Notch working on new game called Scrolls

first_imgWhen Minecraft first appeared for download no one could have foreseen how popular it was going to be. The one man developing it, Markus “Notch” Persson, certainly didn’t, but now he could sit back and relax watching the money roll in from his block world sandbox.But like all talented game designers, he’s not going to work on the same project forever and gets itchy feet, so it doesn’t come as a great surprise that the first details of his next game have appeared on the web. That game is called Scrolls and it couldn’t be more different from Minecraft.Unlike Minecraft this next game is not being created by a single person. It’s a team effort consisting of two people, the other person being Jakob Porser who is listed as lead designer on the new project.Scrolls is at its core an interactive collectible card game that has spent the last five years being created as an idea that could be turned into a game by the duo. It takes elements of both battle card games and board games to form a new strategy game with an emphasis on tactical gameplay.What both Notch and Porser want is an ever-changing strategy battle that allows you to compete against another opponent using a range of battle templates. They also want it to scale to allow for tournaments to take place and leagues to form around it. If nothing else it sounds as challenging and audacious as Minecraft did on paper.The game is in the very early stages of development at the moment with only concept art available to view. We can assume that this will be a digital card game, and there’s sure to be online gameplay elements. What game ships without them these days? And as Scrolls requires opponents it suggests that online will be a core prerequisite if the game is ever to work.Read more at the Scrolls website, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Its a crowded field but Canada Jetlines says it wants PVR CUN

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Canada Jetlines, Jetlines VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines says it intends to provide future service to several sun destinations in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancun.The start-up ultra low-cost carrier, currently aiming for a summer 2019 launch, says it has reached agreements with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico to provide future service to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), as well as Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) to provide future service to the Cancun International Airport (CUN). “We are thrilled to announce future service to these airports,” says CEO Javier Suarez. “I have worked in this market extensively and have a deep understanding of how to operate successful routes in and out of Mexico. We look forward to providing Canadians with ultra-low fares for their vacation plans. With the money saved, Canadians will have the ability to spend more at their destinations; staying longer or in nicer resorts with their friends and family members. Our low fares will also encourage Mexicans to visit beautiful Canada.”Suarez joined Canada Jetlines in June 2018, first as Chief Commercial Officer and later as CEO, from Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus where he was Vice President, Network Planning, Revenue Management, E-Commerce.Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico CEO Raul Revuelta says, “We at GAP are pleased to welcome Jetlines at our Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos airports. During 2018, for the first time in history, we received a combined traffic of 10 million passengers at both airports; this due to the growing number of hotel rooms and the high quality of the touristic products offered at these amazing destinations. I am sure that our Canadian friends will have a wonderful time while visiting Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, and we at GAP will continue to work to provide them with the best airport experience.”And ASUR’s Customer and Route Development Director Alejandro Vales said, “ASUR is delighted to welcome Jetlines to our Cancun airport. A brand-new Canadian airline bridging new origins from Canada to our world-class destination will be a recipe for success indeed.”The long list of carriers flying Canadian vacationers to Mexico got even longer this month with low-cost carrier’s Swoop’s new service to Cancun, Mazatlzan and Puerto Vallarta.Suarez says Canada Jetlines’ ability to service these routes is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. It’s a crowded field but Canada Jetlines says it wants PVR, CUN & SJD Thursday, January 17, 2019 center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sabres streamlined sales system

first_imgSabre Pacific has integrated its Sabre Explore and Sabre Agency Manager, producing what the company has described as a superior and efficient bookings solution. Data entered by users in Sabre Explore, such as personal details or segment type, is now automatically imported into Sabre Agency Manager. Costing is presented, followed by a range of documents detailing itineraries, vouchers and client statements for the agent. Sabre Pacific’s general manager sales, Carl Frier praised the new integrated system as an effective way to save agents time. “All Sabre Explore bookings made in the past few months have been automatically downloaded to our mid-office system, Sabre Agency Manager,” Mr Frier said.“This change has effectively saved agents around 15 minutes per transaction through automating a range of time-consuming manual processes.” CrazyFlights director Mustafa Elsadik believes the new system is saving his staff time “and making an enormous difference to our overall efficiency and bottom line.” “The new changes are collectively saving our agents over 12 hours of work a day, giving my employees more time to service our clients,” Mr Elsadik said.All agents using both Sabre Explore and Sabre Agency Manager are able to access this refreshed system. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Confident in Earnings Less So in Spending

first_img October 11, 2018 574 Views The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data released its September 2018 Survey of Consumer Expectations. The survey indicates there is no little to change in expectations regarding inflation in the short- or medium-term. Labor market expectations improved, however, with earnings growth expectations increasing and household fears of unemployment on the decline. But expectations about household income and spending growth are both on the decline too.   Regarding inflation, expectations for both the one-year and the three-year remain stable at 3.0 percent. Inflation expectations have been relatively flat since April 2018. The number of those expecting inflation decreased in comparison to last month, but not significantly so. Median home prices are also believed to have held steady in September at 3.6 percent. This follows a decline over the preceding two months from 4.9 percent in June, a three-year high. Uncertainty regarding home price fluctuations also held flat.Labor market expectations show growth up by 0.3 percent in September—the highest the series has yet reached since the survey began. This increase is credited to survey respondents making between $50,000 and $100,000. Mean unemployment expectations concerning the year ahead decreased 1.2 percent, to 34.1 percent and closer to the 2018 average of 34.0 percent. The mean probability of losing one’s job increased to 16.0 from 13.8 percent—the highest it has been since August 2016—but the mean perceived probability of finding a job if one’s current job is lost also increased to 59.3 percent, up from 57.8 percent in August. This brings expectations which track this metric above its 12-month average of 58.9 percent.Regarding household finance, the median expected household income growth has shrunk slightly, down a fraction (0.3) percent to 2.5 percent, its lowest level this year. The drop was most noticeable among respondents above 60 years old and possessing an annual income below $100,000. Spending growth expectations for median households continued its three-month trend of declines, falling from 3.2 percent to 2.9 percent in September to bring it below its 2018 average of 3.1 percent.Overall, those who believe their current financial situation has improved has also declined, with those feeling that they are better off than they were a year ago falling to 34.9 percent, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points—its lowest level since October 2017. Those who expect their financial situation to get worse in the coming year also increased 1.1 percent to 12.0 percent. The percentage of respondents who believe credit standards have grown laxer has also increased 0.8 percent, while those who believe it will get harder to get in the next year went up 0.6 percent. Those who fear missing a minimum debt payment in the next three months also went up 0.9 percent, hitting 13.7 percent, the survey’s high since January 2017. This rise in fears was fueled by respondents who make less than $50,000 a year and have no college degree. Share Confident in Earnings, Less So in Spendingcenter_img in Daily Dose, News Consumer Expectations credit rate Housing Market Housing Market Expectations Interest Rate Unemployment 2018-10-11 Staff Writerlast_img read more

How safe are we from a measles epidemic

first_imgThe lack of a national database, unreliable surveys and the disconnect between the private and public health sectors mean we do not actually know.As measles epidemics sweep through Europe and the US, the health ministry has no real idea how vulnerable Cyprus is to having its own.Ninety-five per cent of a population must be vaccinated against measles so that a ‘herd immunity’ can be created and prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus.The health ministry says 90 per cent of the population has been administered the necessary two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.But one private paediatrician told the Sunday Mail that he estimated that Cyprus’ vaccination coverage against measles was just 75-80 per cent, much lower than the health ministry’s figure.“The issue with measles is that the virus is so contagious that even if a small percentage of the population is not vaccinated against it, epidemics can break out,” said paediatrician Andreas Kouzalis.In the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) European region, 82,600 people in 47 countries contracted measles last year, three times more than in 2017, and the highest number this decade. Of those, 72 cases were fatal.In the first two months of 2019 alone, 34,300 measles cases have already been reported in 42 European countries.So how safe is Cyprus? The lack of a national database, so far unreliable surveys and the disconnect between the private and public health sectors mean we do not actually know.Since 1991, the population’s vaccination coverage has been calculated through a survey conducted by the health ministry every three years and which evaluated the vaccination coverage of toddlers between the ages of 17 and 24 months.The results are also sent to WHO which keeps tabs on the vaccination developments of its 61 member-states.But the survey “did not provide accurate results”, the head of the health ministry’s vaccination programme, Maria Koliou, told the Sunday Mail.Even so, the health ministry boasts a high immunisation coverage to the tune of 97 per cent of children covered with a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP3) and 90 per cent covered by the MMR vaccine.Following a visit by WHO experts last year, the health ministry this month announced that it will be using a revised survey methodology and carry out the survey once a year.Researchers will choose a random selection of children aged between 17 and 24 months from the civil registry, after which staff of the health visitor services will receive details on their vaccination coverage from parents or guardians, if they consent to participating in the survey. The results are expected to be ready by the end of June.But the random and voluntary nature of the survey will still limit its accuracy.According to a study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in 2011, an accurate measurement of a vaccination programme requires that data collected from surveys is cross-examined with administrative data, which, according to Koliou, is non-existent in Cyprus’ healthcare sector.“Our immunisation coverage records are based solely on the survey,” she said, adding that the health ministry “cannot” receive numbers directly from hospitals and doctors, either public or private.This means there is no national database where records of vaccine administrations by medical professionals of either sector are kept.“The private sector as a whole does not keep records of how many vaccines are administered, but each doctor has records for their own patients,” said the private paediatrician Kouzalis.He expressed confusion as to why the health ministry seeks out parents through a survey rather than seeking the records kept by paediatricians.“It may have something to do with personal data,” he said, though paediatricians would not be required to give the names and details of patients, only figures relating to the number of patients vaccinated, and against which diseases.The wide use of private paediatricians, none of whom have to register their vaccinations clearly impacts the accuracy of any survey. According to a European Commission report in 2018, it is estimated that in Cyprus 42 per cent of parents have their children vaccinated in the public sector and 58 per cent pay for the injections in the private sector. The measles epidemics in Europe and the US are largely due to a growing number of parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children.The driving force of the anti-vaccination movement is a widely and repeatedly debunked paper that was published in 1998, and which linked the MMR vaccine with autism.WHO has labelled “vaccine hesitancy” among the top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019, even though the vaccine has been proven to be 93 per cent effective against measles after one dose and 97 per cent effective after two doses.In the US, from January 1 to May 17, 880 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 24 states, constituting the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994 and since measles was declared medically eliminated in the continent in 2000.On Wednesday, the head of global vaccine alliance Gavi referred to how misinformed doubts about vaccines have spread across social media “like a disease” and called for false information that “kills people” to be taken down by the companies running digital platforms.Although information on immunisation levels in Cyprus may be sketchy, both Koliou and Kouzalis are confident the anti-vaccination movement in Cyprus is extremely small.“I can count on one hand the number of my patients’ parents that refuse to have their child vaccinated,” he said.According to Koliou it is about two per cent of the population.“Though it appears to be growing,” she added.Yet there is some evidence that under or non-vaccination for other reasons could be a problem.“Cyprus has also seen several micro-epidemics this decade,” Koliou said.In 2010, measles was carried to Cyprus from Bulgaria, which was at the time experiencing a severe epidemic. The island recorded 17 measles cases, of which 82 per cent were unvaccinated persons.In 2014, Cyprus saw 10 cases of measles, all of which were unvaccinated. Indicating a climbing rate of measles outbreaks, WHO figures show that Cyprus saw 14 cases of measles in 2018.This year, three cases of measles have so far been recorded, Koliou said.“These are small numbers, but what we have seen is that the ages of unvaccinated persons who experience an outbreak of measles are rising to ages such as 18 or 25, with the oldest person so far being 39 years old,” Koliou noted.Both Koliou and Kouzalis dismissed the price of vaccines or forgetfulness as factors that deter parents from adequately vaccinating their children.“Those who take some make sure to take all of them,” Kouzalis said. “Those who don’t want vaccines, simply take none.”Koliou said that under the existing state health care system – before the national health scheme (Gesy) – all essential “vaccines are administered free of charge for all members of the public, even illegal immigrants, at all 63 island-wide state health centres.”But with 58 per cent of parents prepared to pay high prices for vaccinations in the private sector, it indicates that perhaps the health ministry has failed to properly communicate to the public the option of receiving certain vaccinations for free at state health centres.As a private doctor, Kouzalis said that he informs any of his patients that certain vaccines are offered for free at public hospitals and health centres.Perhaps the vaccine that was most eagerly pushed by the ministry in recent years is the HPV vaccine. Since the school year 2016-17, the ministry launched a large-scale campaign and have gone to both private and public schools to administer free HPV vaccines to thousands of girls as a protection against cervical cancer, with which around 30 women are diagnosed annually in Cyprus.Why was there not a campaign on a similar scale for the MMR vaccine, or to raise awareness among the public regarding the administration of vaccines for free in state health centres?Vaccines are not constitutionally mandatory, Koliou noted, and so keeping up with vaccines is left up to the individual or parent.With Gesy, vaccination coverage rates are expected to improve.“Each patient will register with a specific paediatrician or GP who will be responsible for keeping their patients up-to-date with their vaccines,” Koliou said. Recommended vaccinationsAccording to the health ministry’s immunisation schedule, drafted in 2012, by 24 months children should be vaccinated against Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP vaccine), Polio (IPV vaccine), Haemophilus Influenza type b (Hib vaccine), pneumococcus (PCV vaccine), Hepatitis Β, Meningococcal disease (Men-C vaccine), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR vaccine) and Varicella, commonly known as chickenpox.The same applies with the schedule of the private-sector paediatric society, which however also includes a vaccine against rotavirus infections, administered to toddlers aged 2-6 months. You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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