first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The NFL said Jan. 23 it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away.The league said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Jan. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts.It issued a statement that the Patriots have pledged full cooperation and have given the league information it requested and made personnel available upon request. Quarterback Tom Brady said Jan. 22 he had not been contacted at that point.The NFL said it began its investigation Jan. 18 and expects cooperation from other clubs. It hired an investigatory company to help review electronic and video information.Patriots owner Robert Kraft said investigators were in Foxborough for three days this week after he received a letter from the league Jan. 23 informing him of the probe.“We provided access to every full- and part-time employee the league’s representatives requested to speak with and produced every communication device that they requested to search,” he said. “I very much support the league’s desire to conduct a complete investigation.”The Patriots are preparing to meet the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.The league said its conclusions will be quickly shared when reached. “Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise,” the statement said.NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss are leading the probe.Wells was the investigator in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. His report last February detailed widespread harassment in the team’s locker room that extended beyond the two players at the center of the probe.It said guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey followed Richie Incognito’s lead in harassing offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.The NFL requires game balls to be inflated to between 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 pounds per square inch. It wants to find out why footballs were underinflated during the first half and whether “deliberate action” caused it.“We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence,” the league said.The balls were properly inflated for the second half and remained properly inflated after the game, the statement said.Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson declined to comment. “Everything, I’m sure is going to come out in the investigation,” he said when asked if the Colts alerted the NFL to the underinflated balls. “It’s in the league’s hands.”A former NFL ball boy said it’s easy to remove air from a ball discreetly with a small pin that fits in the palm of a hand.“This isn’t a big deal. Everyone does it because each quarterback likes a different grip,” Nader Kawash, a Philadelphia Eagles ball boy from 1996-2000, told The AP.“I’m not saying a ball boy or equipment guy did anything on purpose to cheat. Sometimes the balls are overinflated so it’s easy to take some air out on the sideline without the referees noticing. You can use a helmet pin. Players can stand around in a circle. Anybody can do it.”Brady and coach Bill Belichick said they had no explanations for how the footballs were underinflated.“I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” said Brady, who said he likes footballs pumped to exactly 12 1/2 pounds per square inch, the lower limit. “I have no knowledge of anything, any wrongdoing.”Belichick said that before this week, he didn’t give air pressure in footballs much thought.Softer balls are generally considered easier to throw and catch, and quarterbacks, specialists and equipment managers are known to have very individualized preferences in how footballs are readied for games.Under league rules, each team provides balls for use on offense. Referees approve the balls more than 2 hours before game time, then keep the balls until they’re turned over to ball handlers provided by home teams just before kickoff.“The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games,” the NFL said. “We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay.”Patriots players said they believed Brady and wouldn’t let the investigation disrupt their preparations for the Super Bowl.“Tom is a big boy,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “He knows how to handle all situations, so he’ll handle this with class, like he always does.”Safety Devin McCourty said the team trusts Brady. “We’ve learned this year that it can be a lot going on outside of this building, but if everything’s right inside of this building we give ourselves a chance to win,” McCourty said.___By Howard Ulman, AP Sports Writer. 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first_imgPARIS — The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France’s government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn’t let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France’s economy and politics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

1 November 2007Responding to the damage caused when Tropical Storm Noël swept over Haiti on 29 and 30 October, blue helmets from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) helped to evacuate thousands of people, distribute meals and provide medical assistance to those affected. Responding to the damage caused when Tropical Storm Noël swept over Haiti on 29 and 30 October, blue helmets from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) helped to evacuate thousands of people, distribute meals and provide medical assistance to those affected.Persistent heavy rainfall and strong gusts of wind caused 18 deaths, 14 injured, two missing and rendered over 3,300 people homeless while destroying and damaging scores of homes, MINUSTAH said in a news release, citing official figures. The Government of Haiti immediately began organizing the relief effort, with support from the mission, which helped evacuate thousands of people in Cité Soleil and elsewhere in the country who were threatened by rising waters.Overall MINUSTAH helped evacuate 8,000 people, distributed 4,500 meals, and provided medical assistance to 280 patients, mostly in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne, Jacmel and Les Cayes.“In these difficult circumstances MINUSTAH and the United Nations system reaffirm their total solidarity with the storm victims and remain ready to continue assisting the Haitian authorities with all the resources they have available,” the mission said. Tropical Storm Noël also hit the Dominican Republic, where flooding and landslides reportedly killed more than 50 people and displaced tens of thousands more, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which dispatched a Disaster Assessment and Coordination team to the area. OCHA also provided an emergency cash grant of $50,000 to purchase relief supplies and warned that casualty figures could rise as some areas remain cut off while heavy rains are expected to continue through Friday. read more

A Toronto man is facing 12 charges after a police chase that closed down the QEW for hours on Saturday.22 year-old Dillon Benzies has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and theft of a motor vehicle, among other charges.He was due in court Sunday.A female OPP officer remains in hospital after her car was rammed by the suspect.The officer’s car was pushed up on to the guardrails after trying to box in the vehicle Benzies is alleged to have stolen. OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt says she suffered serious injuries.“She was involved in a pretty significant collision, she went up onto the guardrails. She was tossed around and banged around in the vehicle pretty hard and sustained injuries, fortunatly they’re not life threatening at this time”It all began around 9 a.m. Saturday when police attempted to pull over a Saturn Ion for driving illegally in the HOV lane.When the driver wouldn’t stop there was a brief chase that was called off for safety reasons according to the OPP.The car was spotted further up the road and police attempted to block him in. That lead to a collision involving a third car. The Saturn took off again but lost control at Highway 10. Benzies fled on foot and was tracked by the canine unit says Schmidt.“He was located inside the garage of a residence and Peel canine (unit) went in and took him out of the garage space”Benzie is also charged with break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime.The QEW was closed for about 7 hours causing gridlock on the highway. read more

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) was formed by the UN-backed Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Gates Foundation in response to the critical need for new tools to detect infectious diseases.”The biotechnology advances of the past 20 years provide an opportunity to transform the way that we diagnose and treat disease in the world’s poorest countries,” FIND Executive Director Giorgio Roscigno said. “We look forward to helping usher in a new generation of diagnostics that will greatly improve the tracking and treatment of deadly infectious diseases.”The Gates Foundation has committed up to $30 million over the next five years to enable FIND – in collaboration with the diagnostics industry and other organizations – to apply the latest biotechnology innovations to develop and validate affordable diagnostic tests for diseases of the developing world.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) – which together with the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) comprises TDR – said the biotech revolution has yielded important progress in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect affluent societies, but these advances have not been applied to diseases that kill millions each year in developing countries. As a result, many diseases go undetected and untreated in these poorer countries, accelerating their spread.FIND will initially focus on speeding up the development and evaluation of new tuberculosis tests, WHO said. TB kills one person every 15 seconds, in large part because of lack of diagnosis and treatment. More sensitive diagnostics will open the possibility of treating the less contagious cases before they infect others.WHO said the standard tuberculosis detection method, examining sputum under a microscope, was developed over a century ago and is time-consuming and frequently inaccurate. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2014 3:04 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,260.72 up 81.88 points):Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Up 10 cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $33.70 on 19.7 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 21 cents, or 4.71 per cent, to $4.67 on 9.4 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Communication equipment. Down 65 cents, or 6.53 per cent, to $9.31 on 7.1 million shares.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Retail. Down 42 cents, or 0.89 per cent, to $47.03 on 6.2 million shares. The company said Friday it has closed its $12.4-billion cash-and-stock deal to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) Retail. Down 24 cents, or 0.39 per cent, to $61.10 on 412,414 shares. Under the agreement, which limited the amount of cash available, Shoppers Drug Mart shareholders who chose to receive cash will be paid $49.22 in cash and 0.2592 Loblaw shares for each share. Shoppers Drug Mart shareholders who did not make a choice will receive $26.53 in cash and 0.7363 Loblaw shares for each share.Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:CLL). Oil and gas. Up 1.5 cents, or 5.66 per cent, to 28 cents on 4.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down two cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $4.06 on 4.1 million shares. Brazilian prosecutors are seeking the arrest of 13 foreign executives, including one from Montreal-based Bombardier, for alleged involvement in a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo. Eleven of the 13 executives work for Siemens of Germany, one for Bombardier and another for South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem.Toronto Venture Exchange (989.73 up 4.38 points):Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSXV:SL). Biotechnology. Up 0.5 cents, or 8.33 per cent, to 6.5 cents on 22.4 million shares.Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (TSXV:KGL). Unchanged at two cents on 9.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Augusta Resource Corp. (TSX:AZC). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $3.45 on 271,493 shares. The company, which is fighting a hostile takeover bid by HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) Miner. Up 10 cents, or 1.20 per cent, to $8.45 on 229,735 shares, says nine potential buyers have signed confidentiality agreements and have been reviewing its books. The company said it will start site visits to its Rosemont copper project in Arizona next week and expects them to take place over the next three to four weeks. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

← Previous Story SWEET REVENGE: Metalurg beat Vardar in Macedonian derby! Next Story → EHF CUP: Hlohovec win in Norway – Kristianstad smash Bacau EHF CupRK MetalurgRK Vardar The EHF match of the Week at VELUX EHF Champions League in Skopje between two city rivals – RK Vardar and RK Metalurg 18:26 was full of emotions as always when two Balkan teams facing eachother. However, some things went out of control during the clash, when one Vardar’s fan obviously frustrated because of poor performance of his team, decided to give a chance to the “8th player” – a chair!In that moment (52nd minute), Metalurg was in lead – 19:16. This “help” had opossite-effect as it is known that Metalug made 7:2 series until the end… read more

← Previous Story Montenegro second semi-finalist in Budapest! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2014: Scandi battle for the final in Budapest! Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Fantastic Spanish handball girls gave an amazing lesson to Denmark 29:22 (15:12) in the decisive clash for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 semi-final in Debrecen! In the way in which Danish girls crushed host nation out from the battle for the final weekend in Budapest, Barbosa (6), Navarro (12 saves) and their team-mates presented 60 minutes of outstanding rhytm and energy.Spain will try to reach their second EHF EURO final against Montenegro on Friday in Budapest. The biggest success of Spanish female handball is silver medal from EHF EURO 2008.STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Norway 8Spain 6Hungary 6Denmark 5Romania 5Poland 0 read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Credit rating agency Moody’s upgraded the Greek banking system this week from negative to stable, and said the country’s economy would return to growth this year after a six-year recession.“The outlook for the Greek banking system has been changed to stable from negative, reflecting expectations of a return to growth of the domestic economy in 2014-15 after six years of contraction,” the agency said in a note.It added that the Greek economy will register real GDP growth of 0.3 per cent in 2014 and 1.2 per cent in 2015.The agency said that “structural reforms are progressively transforming Greece into a more competitive export-oriented economy from a consumer-led growth model.”Greek banks in recent weeks have succeeded in raising fresh private capital after a damaging rollover of state debt in 2012.Furthermore, the government hopes to begin debt relief talks soon with its EU-IMF creditors after achieving a primary surplus last year.EU data agency Eurostat last week confirmed that Athens had achieved a 2013 primary budget surplus – the balance before interest and stripping out bank support and other payments – equal to 0.8 per cent of GDP.In early April, Greece returned to medium-term international bond markets for the first time in four years.However, Greek bonds still carry junk status, more than 25 per cent of the workforce is unemployeed, and the country is still left with a debt equal to 175 per cent of GDP, according to Eurostat. Source: AFPlast_img read more

first_imgEurope’s inland and coastal waters have become cleaner and nations such as heavily-indebted Greece and Cyprus boast some of the most pristine bathing spots, according to this year’s EU report on water quality.Compiled annually by the European Environment Agency, the latest report on bathing waters finds six nations rated “excellent”: Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and Malta.The three nations with the highest number of poor sites were France and Spain (3 per cent of sites in both) and Italy (1.9 per cent). In percentage terms, the worst countries were Estonia (6 per cent), Ireland and the Netherlands (both around 5 per cent).Some 95 per cent of sites surveyed met minimum standards in the report for 2014, an increase of 0.5 percentage points compared with 2013.Overall the report monitored 21,000 inland and coastal bathing waters across the European Union and in EU neighbours Albania and Switzerland.Less than 2 per cent were rated as having poor bathing water quality, associated with pollution from sewage or agricultural waste, which could cause illness if people swim in it.A remaining 3 per cent were not classified because of insufficient data.While Europe’s waters have become cleaner, the overall state of nature is a major challenge. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Psychedelics have been around for years, but scientists are now studying how ‘microdoses’ of these drug substances might play a role in human creativity.The study, which was conducted by a group of researchers from the Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands and published in the journal Psychopharmacology, set out to explore how microdosing (taking a smaller amount of a normal dose) psychedelics yielded potential cognitive-enhancing benefits for healthy adults.At a microdosing event held by the Dutch Psychedelic Society, researchers analyzed the effects of consuming psychedelic truffles on two creativity-focused tasks. The Picture Concept Task involved convergent thinking (the brain’s ability to give correct answers without creativity), while the Alternative Uses Task leveraged divergent thinking (the brain’s process of applying creativity to problem-solving solutions). Plus, researchers had participants take a short version of the Ravens Progressive Matrices task, a reasoning test that detected changes in fluid intelligence, before and after taking the psychedelic truffles.Results showed that fluid intelligence was unaffected, while convergent and divergent thinking performance increased after participants took a non-blinded microdose of psychedelic truffles. Even though more testing will need to be conducted on these preliminary findings, researchers speculate that these psychedelic truffles might help optimize the balance between cognitive flexibility and persistence. Researchers hope that this initial study will inspire other scientists to test psychedelic truffles in more controlled settings in the future.More on Geek.com:Doctors to Start Prescribing ‘Museum Art’ for Better HealthMagnetic Nanobots Are the Future of HealthcareResearchers Produce Healthy Babies From Same-Sex Micelast_img read more

first_imgFacebook He came back defeating Johm Cena and he leaves once again losing to John Cena. Truth be told his second run with the company was a letdown compared to his first one. His paring with Zebb Colter was just as bad as his feud with his former manager Ricardo. Overall,his second run had potential but in the end it was just a great big letdown. Pinterest Videos Articles Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next September 1, 2016 at 8:29 am Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next justice Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Erick Rowan September 4, 2016 at 8:00 am Videos Articles Glenn Wolf August 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next September 1, 2016 at 2:18 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR wonder what impact this will have on Paige. John Cena He should have never come back, now no doubt he has soured his relations with AAA, being that he walked out on them while still being their world champ. He better hope Japan or TNA are interested. But with his asking price I’m sure Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes would be better fits, plus his attitude is a lil questionable if you ask me. Concerning AAA, Del Rio wanted to return to drop its Mega Championship in a match but WWE wouldn’t let him, so WWE deserves the blame for that, not Del Rio. He could return to Ring of Honor (where he appeared before) once he’s free and clear to wrestle in other American promotions again. Aaaaannnd… that’s the end of that. *shrugs*Well… Goodbye WWE, hello again Lucha Underground. Twitter Now Playing Up Next August 31, 2016 at 11:15 am Meh.Hopefully they replace him with a new talent. There are some who would deserve to be in the main shows. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Google+ Stephan B. 7 COMMENTS John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury Christopher Jimerson August 31, 2016 at 11:31 am Cameron Huff The Northwesterner Alberto Del Rio (Jose Alberto Rodriguez) has been removed from all upcoming WWE live events and is not expected to be returning to the company after his 30 day suspension concludes in September according to new reports on Tuesday.A report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online states that Del Rio and WWE have already come to terms on a release making him a free agent immediately and allowing him to work dates in Mexico. He would be able to work in the U.S. within a few weeks. Attempts to reach out to WWE for comment were not returned as of Wednesday morning.WWE announced the 30 day suspension of Del Rio back on August 17 (effective the following day). Del Rio was let go by WWE back in August of 2014 after a backstage incident with a WWE staff member in what they cited as “unprofessional conduct.” After returning to Mexico and working a series of independent dates in the United States, Del Rio returned to WWE last October at the Hell in a Cell PPV defeating John Cena to become the new WWE United States Champion. He was paired with Zeb Colter in a storyline that only lasted a few weeks. Del Rio was then paired with Sheamus, Rusev and Wade Barrett to form The League of Nations group. That angle was also later dropped by WWE. Del Rio was drafted to Smackdown Live during the 2016 WWE Draft and main evented the August 16 episode against John Cena. His 30 day suspension for violating the company’s wellness policy, his first violation, was announced the next day.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Comments are closed. Seth Rollins HE will back to AAA / Lucha Underground , and i hope he bring paige with him ….. The King of Kings WhatsApp Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced August 31, 2016 at 6:02 pmlast_img

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday proposed an ambitious package of legislation aimed at tackling climate change, including eliminating fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal from the state’s electricity supply by 2045.Eyeing a 2020 White House bid and undeterred by repeated setbacks in getting major climate legislation passed in his state, the Democratic governor once again made reducing greenhouse gas emissions central to his agenda. He has said he wants to elevate climate change as a front-burner issue in the next presidential election.Last month, voters in the progressive state rejected by a 56-44 percent margin a second attempt on the ballot to put a price on carbon pollution. Initiative 1631 was closely watched nationwide as a test for whether states could pass a carbon tax or fee. The oil industry spent $30 million to defeat the measure in the state’s costliest initiative campaign fight.Inslee, who has been a vocal critic of Trump administration climate policies, said people in the state want action on climate and want their elected leaders to step up to prevent further harm to forests, air and communities.There was no carbon tax or fee included in the governor’s slate of proposed legislation and budget provisions that he said would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035.last_img read more

first_imgThe ball could soon be in play again for a Brush Prairie golf course’s controversial push to become part of Battle Ground.Applicants seeking to add The Cedars on Salmon Creek golf course to the city narrowly missed the needed number of signatures in August. Now, they are seeking annexation again, only this time the application does not include the property of residents of a neighborhood vehemently opposed to the move.Golf course owner Gordy Jolma and the course’s former owners, Saunders LLC, will bring a new annexation petition before the Battle Ground City Council during the Oct. 3 meeting. Should the council accept the 10-percent petition, the applicants would then need to gather signatures from owners of 60 percent of the land they are annexing. Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick would need to certify the petition before the applicants could bring the matter before the council a second time.It was at the 60 percent petition where the golf course’s first annexation request went into the rough.The applicants received 59.64 percent of signatures from owners of properties on the submitted annexation map. Residents of Northeast149th Avenue in Brush Prairie chose not to sign the petition due to concerns about the applicant’s long-term plans and how a move to Battle Ground would benefit them.Why the applicants included the residents on Northeast 149th Avenue in the first place remains unclear.“That’s a good question,” said Robert Maul, Battle Ground’s community development director.A question for which Jolma said this week he did not have an answer.“I wasn’t aware we didn’t leave them out,” Jolma said, noting he had no intention to include anyone who opposed annexation. “It was a lack of communication. When we discovered it, it was too late.”Residents have previously questioned how Jolma would not know what was on his own petition. They claim Jolma included them to create islands that would make it easier for Battle Ground to annex other areas of The Cedars, which is in Battle Ground’s urban growth boundary. Battle Ground officials have denied any such plot existed.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Cellphone video captured a reptile swimming in Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami, but the people who recorded it did not know if it was a crocodile or alligator.The reptile was spotted in the water off Brickell Bay Drive.The video sparked reactions from social media users. Some called the reptile “The Lochness Monster,” while others commented that it was just another day in Miami.Wildlife experts believe the reptile is a gator.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAllwyn Colony: Local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud was the chief guest at the TRS membership campaign taken up on Sunday in Shamsiguda under the leadership of Ward Member Kashinath Yadav. Goud handed over the membership receipts to new members.Speaking at the event, Goud stated that the widespread membership programmes have been taking places in all colonies of the Allwyn Colony division. Among those present, along the corporator, were TRS leaders Ramesh, Ravi, Virender Yadav, Yadagiri, Gurunath, Yedupayala Srinu, Amaranth,Kashappa and Karan Singh.last_img read more

first_imgNational Human Rights CommissionThe murder of Nusrat could have been avoided had the local administration and madrasa management council duly acted, National Human Rights Commission said in its investigation report.The commission said both the police officials concerned and the district administration showed negligence in performing their duties.NHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday disclosed the report at the commission’s office in the city’s Kawran Bazar area.NHRC director (complaints and investigation) Al-Mahmud Foyzul Kabir and deputy director (complaints and investigation) M Rabiul Islam carried out the investigation.On 27 March, the student’s mother filed a case against the principal on charges of sexually abusing her daughter.On 6 April, the student had gone to Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa to take the Alim examination. She was set on fire after being tricked into going to the rooftop of the madrasa, after refusing to withdraw the case against the principal. She was admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.On 10 April, Nusrat died at the hospital. Her death triggered huge outcry across the country, demanding justice. Many of the accused have been arrested.According to the NHRC report, principal Siraj Ud Doula had abused Nusrat sexually at his room. People loyal to him had poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.The report said the police station asked immodest questions to Nusrat, and they tried to show the matter very lightly.The video of Nusrat’s interview with police was posted on social media. Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge discharged his duties in an irresponsible manner. It went against the Digital Security Act, the report further said. Nusrat Jahan RafiThe report said, “Siraj Ud Doula was the super at a Doulatpur madrasa in 1995. He had gay relationship with madrasa students. A number of fraudulent cases against him are going on in the court.”Students and guardians lodged complaints against the principal to upazila nirbahi officer, additional district magistrate, madrasa governing body and police station, NHRC said in its report adding that local administration and madrasa authorities did not take any steps.It is unbelievable how someone gets appointed as a madrasa principal despite having so many allegations against him, NHRC commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said.He said an investigation should be carried out to find out people behind his appointment.Reazul Hoque said, “Nusrat’s soul will be in peace if her killers are punished duly.”The NRCH chairman said the members of police have already been closed. Their punishment has to be ensured if they were found guilty, he added.The NHRC report has made a seven-point recommendation. It recommend taking action against those police and admin officials who showed negligence in their duties. It also recommended taking action against those who assisted the madrasa principal.The madrasa governing body has to be reconstituted, the NHRC report observed, adding that the security of the family members have to be ensured as well.last_img read more

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comDr. Kelsi Bracmort was bothered that many of the children’s books that she read to her young mentees were so divorced from real life that she decided to do something about it.Bracmort, a native of the District of Columbia who resides in Ward 7, made a decision to become an author. Her first book, Simone Visits the Museum, is a story about a young girl living in Southeast.“Simone Visits the Museum” is a book about a young girl who lives in Southeast D.C. having an exciting day of adventures with her parents. (Courtesy Photo)“Too many times the people who know very little about Southeast have the loudest microphone,” Bracmort said. “Uninformed rhetoric hurts people. This book shows a side of D.C. that few people outside of Southeast are aware of such that Black family life in this city is real and it is beautiful.“The book goes beyond the news headlines, and digs deeper into everyday happenings of family life.”Bracmort holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and bio-systems engineering from North Carolina A&T University and a master’s of science and doctorate in agriculture and biological engineering from Purdue University. She is a reading mentor for Everybody Wins! a District program that promotes literacy.Simone Visits the Museum is the first in a series about Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant fourth grader who lives with her parents, her older brother, Scott, and their dog, Sophie. The book follows Simone through an exciting day with her mother with the highlight being visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she misplaces an item of value.Bracmort said Simone Visits the Museum is about responsibility, paying attention to her surroundings and the importance of family, the type of children’s book that she rarely came across.“I wanted to do a book on an angle that is fresh and a story not told before,” she said.Bracmort said it took two years to complete the book and worked closely with the illustrator, Takeia Marie. She named the main character “Simone” after famed entertainer and activist Nina Simone.Bracmort said she wanted to show the bonds and interactions that African American children often have with their families and present a Black child that was well-behaved.“I wanted to reflect the conversations that curious young girls in D.C. have,” she said. “I want girls to take advantage of all that D.C. has to offer.”Bracmort will have readings and book signings on “Ward 7 Day” on Sept 8, Sept. 22 at the East City Book Shop near Capitol Hill and Sept. 23 at Mahogany Books in Anacostia. Her book already has generated positive reviews.“Simone Visits the Museum is an awesome book,” Melissa Bradley, managing director at Project 500, a business development group in the District, said. “As a parent, I am thrilled to find a book whose character resonates with my children. As someone who has been in D.C. for over 30 years it is refreshing to see a story that reflects a positive experience of a young brown girl.“The book depicts the city and all it has to offer in a realistic and engaging way. As an entrepreneur, I am so proud of Kelsi for her persistence, commitment and integrity throughout the process.”last_img read more

first_imgSometimes we can’t let go of memories because they are constant reminders of a great time that we never expect to end. Durga Puja is undoubtedly one of those kinds. In my childhood, my father never encouraged us to buy new clothes during Pujo and instead, he insisted us to buy as and when required. It was austerity, the no.1 indulgence that my father used to believe in. But we were very much pampered by my grandmother and it was great fun to go out for Pujo shopping with her. She was in her 70s with a broken leg but full of life and energy and she used to accompany us in our maternal uncle’s minibus for pandal hopping in and around the city. And still, I just can’t seem to forget the way we used to savour the delicacies of Kolkata, mainly streetfood, as it was strictly prohibited at home. Those were the most amazing days for sure. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeI truly believe that for any Bengali the amazement and excitement for Durga Pujo is something eternal. It brings a happy festive atmosphere all over. It is just not an event that brings the city of Kolkata to a halt but is a festival that unites people. During the time of Partition of Bengal in 1905, Rabindranath Tagore rightly portrayed the harmony amongst all religions during Durga Puja and I must say, it’s still pretty much the same.The textile industry of Kolkata plays a significant role in the economy of Bengal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedI met the proprietor of Saha Textile, Kanti Saha, years back in Barasat where I was looking for a textile store. Our bond strengthened over the years. When the beautiful showroom was inaugurated at Hindustan Park, my joy knew no bound as I was aware of its popularity and of course the much-desired proximity.Saha, a true connoisseur of art and culture with his innovative work and business module, has acquired a different place in Bengal’s textile industry. He has made Barasat as the unique centre for his praiseworthy activities, which I am extremely proud of. Restoration and revival of tradition and culture in the field of textile has always been his aspiration. I have witnessed that Puja shopping at his shop is fun and I really look forward to those times.last_img read more

first_img Listen Now 6 min read January 25, 2011 The secret to surviving this Great Recession may turn out to be how you manage working capital–the difference between the money you’ve been paid and the cash you owe.The good news is that clever startups are coming to market with big new ideas intended not only to change the way small businesses handle money, but in some cases to also cut out big, bad, TARP-grabbing traditional banks altogether.”The market is beginning to understand how much value there is in unlocking what is not working in the financial infrastructure,” says Aaron Patzer, vice president of the Personal Finance Group at Intuit and founder of Mint.com, the online personal finance site Intuit purchased last year.Here then, is how to get the most out of next-gen working capital.1. Put future sales to workThe old-school small-business dynamic of paying a bill by the agreed-upon due date or face usurious late fees is disappearing. BillFloat, based in San Francisco, is launching micro-credit for small business. Using investment and tech backing from online giant PayPal, BillFloat will provide as much as $1,000 of unsecured credit for 30 days to pay any bill.BillFloat charges a flat rate for each micro loan. Fees during the current beta period, for example, are $4.99 per bill for a $50 loan and as much as $14.06 to pay a $225 bill. This fee combines a 3 percent monthly interest rate and a flat service charge per bill. Lendees have 30 days to repay and can extend terms as long as they notify BillFloat. Interest continues to accrue while the balance is outstanding.Traditional banks also are morphing into financing innovators. Capital Access Network has created a product called AdvanceMe that provides working capital based on a company’s estimated future credit card transactions. The outfit also reviews other factors–including whether a company has a minimum monthly credit volume of $5,000–before agreeing to provide a lump sum. The Scarsdale, N.Y., company says the approach lets firms with lower credit scores qualify for loans.Clearly, new financing options like these will strain some small businesses. For example, as low-cost as BillFloat might be compared with charges for bounced checks, 3 percent per month works out to a near-Sopranos level of 36 percent annually. And financing tools like those offered from Capital Access Network require sophisticated accounting because, technically, the cash is not a loan, but a form of accelerated sale. Companies will need to think through options to be sure these deals make business sense.2. Get your money fasterConsidering all the innovation in digital technology and the web, small-business billing is still almost ludicrously old-fashioned snail-mail paper bills and paper checks or fast but pricey web-based billing and payment services. Now third parties are offering new ways to expedite inbound cash.Invoicera, based in New Delhi, provides services like international billing, multiple payment gateway support, fiscal team management and automatic billing. Basic tools are free, and $10 a month buys access for as many as 25 users and more features. The system requires at least a working knowledge of accounting to use properly.Bill.com in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a near-enterprise-grade billing and invoicing tool that extends to managing payroll and billing options via the web. “Small-business owners are beginning to demand the kind of controls they have in their personal banking tools from the business tools,” says Jeff Schultz, Bill.com’s vice president of marketing.Traditional financial service firms are not far behind. Charge card giant American Express is betting on a new payment service that ties web payment options, financing and other services to small-business invoices.The rub with all these is cost. American Express charges to manage receivables. Fees are complex and vary by amount and product used, but entry-level accounts cost 2.89 percent of each bill, plus 15 cents per transaction. Bill.com’s service starts at $20 per month, plus 99 cents per check and 49 cents per electronic transaction. So firms must be careful not to get buried by these costs.3. Lose the payroll, the paper and even the branchBankSimple is angling to offer all the services of a bank without the actual building. The Brooklyn, N.Y., firm is establishing a web-based financial system that will offer free ATMs, automated money management, smartphone bank deposits and free online bill payment with what the firm claims are no hidden fees and far lower costs than traditional banks.New banking hybrids are springing up fast. Austin, Texas-based MPOWER Ventures, through its prepaid debit card brand Mango Financial, recently opened its first “Mango Store” in Austin. A lower-cost alternative to high-priced check cashing, Mango’s new retail location provides prepaid MasterCards, mobile money transfers and free alternatives to many financial transactions. The service gives small businesses not only new payroll options, but also lets their employees cash checks less expensively. Mango will offer payment options for small businesses looking to pay employees in cash. It hopes to open stores across the country on a march to become the Starbucks of next-gen banking.PayNearMe is looking to do away not only with paper checks, but paper money, too. The Mountain View, Calif., company has pioneered the use of bar-coded vouchers, which any desktop imaging device can produce and which can be used to pay for anything from goods at 7-Eleven stores to rental cars from firms like Avis.There are risks for these services. Fees are higher for working through third-party ATMs, and the tax implications are significant. The IRS likes to know where your money is.4. Smarter point-of-sale For sheer innovation, it’s tough to beat the changes coming at the point-of-sale. One of the most cutting-edge is Palo Alto-based Bling Nation, which is trying to deploy a system that lets small firms create on-the-fly loyalty programs. The cash-back and points system works through BlingTag, a fob that attaches to the back of any mobile device–no cash or credit card needed. The BlingTag lets merchants track purchases, reward customers and offer discounts almost automatically.Firms like Plastic Jungle, meanwhile, are in the $30 billion market of uncashed gift cards. The San Jose, Calif., firm buys the remaining balances on unused or unwanted gift cards both from users and businesses, then resells this purchasing power to buyers using its Gift Card Exchange. Spreads range from 30 percent to 92 percent of face value, depending on the retailer and value of the gift card. “If you have gift cards on your books, this is a new way to get working capital,” says Bruce Bower, CEO of Plastic Jungle.Again, there are drawbacks. Bling Nation must work with existing credit card vendors, which can be challenging. And gift cards face steep competition from prepaid debit cards that replicate the gift card experience but can work with any retailer.”All this activity does bring excitement to the market,” says Patzer of Intuit, in Mountain View, Calif. “But getting from a good idea to a good business takes awhile.”Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article misidentified the maker of AdvanceMe in its second reference. It is Capital Access Network. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more