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  • Elton Johns Message On World AIDS Day 2015

    first_imgIn support of Media Planet’s #InfectiousDiseases Campaign 2015, Sir Elton John has written a powerful piece which explains why we need to focus on ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.“This World Aids Day, there’s a target and a prediction we should all focus on: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 or facing a return to the darkest days of the disease,” he wrote on World AIDS Day 2015 in The Independent. “I have been part of the fight to end AIDS for 25 years. In that time there have been so many predictions, deadlines and targets. Some have been wrong: AIDS did not become a universal killer as was once feared but it did tear through the heterosexual community in Africa, which still accounts for the majority of AIDS deaths worldwide. The global response didn’t manage to put three million people on HIV treatment by 2005 as WHO challenged us to, but that target accelerated progress and today ten million people around the world have been saved by antiretroviral medication.“This World Aids Day, there’s a target and a prediction we should all focus on: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 or facing a return to the darkest days of the disease. At the United Nations General Assembly this year, world leaders committed themselves to the 2030 target. Why? The medicines we now have, as multiple clinical trials prove, are cheap and effective enough to return patients to normal life expectancy and reduce their infectiousness to others by up to 96 per cent. Add to this pre-exposure prophylaxis, male circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission, paediatric care and support, and we have the arsenal to reduce AIDS from the headline of infectious diseases to a footnote.“If we don’t deploy the arsenal now, we risk a mutation of the HIV virus and the long, hugely costly road to new medical formulations. At the same time, a global population bulge amongst youth who, with or without their consent, are becoming sexually active means the next generation is at risk. Indeed AIDS is the second largest killer of adolescents in the world.“And finally, and always, there is stigma.“Compounded more recently by homophobic laws in many countries, the spectre of shame that hangs over HIV and how it’s transmitted is still enough to keep the most vulnerable – LGBT, drug users, sex workers, people in prison – cowering in the shadows.“The Elton John AIDS Foundation will do everything we can to help reach the 2030 target. This year, we launched a new $10m fund in partnership with the US government’s PEPFAR programme which will support thousands in LGBT communities across Africa with HIV testing and treatment. We’ve also established an initiative called Young Survivors to link all adolescents living with HIV to medical care in five major cities.“I am heartened by the amazing work of so many agencies and institutions around the world, some featured in these pages, and the governments, grant makers and individuals that support them to defeat AIDS. I’m truly hopeful that 2030 is a target we can achieve. I’d give anything to be an old man in an AIDS-free world!“Please help us change the course of history by joining the fight.”To donate, click here.last_img read more

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  • Senate Dems GOP reach agreement for spending bill vote

    Senate Dems, GOP reach agreement for spending bill vote AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2014 5:43 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached agreement for a final vote on the $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday.The long-term funding bill was the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. Once passed, the bill will head to President Barack Obama for his signature.The $1.1 trillion spending bill provides funds for nearly the entire government through the Sept. 30 end of the current budget year.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the agreement to move ahead. read more

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  • Stop and listen to victims of terrorism UN chief urges in message

    As UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated, their courage in the face of adversity is a lesson to us all.“Supporting victims and their families is a moral imperative, based on promoting, protecting and respecting their human rights,” the UN chief said.His comments came in a message on Tuesday to mark the International Day of Remembrance of, and Tribute to, the Victims of Terrorism.“Caring for victims and survivors and amplifying their voices helps to challenge the narrative of hatred and division that terrorism aims to spread. We need to provide victims with long-term assistance, including financial, legal, medical and psychosocial support”.Terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security, and Mr. Guterres pointed out that the UN, too, is regularly targeted.He recalled that this week marked the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the organization’s compound in Baghdad in which 22 people were killed, while some peacekeeping operations are under constant threat.Although more countries are being affected by terrorism, the UN said most victims can be found in just a handful, namely Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria. “But after terrorist attacks, we rarely hear about those who were killed and injured; the ordinary women, men, girls and boys, who were going about their daily business when their lives ended or were changed forever,” Mr. Guterres continued.  “We rarely hear about their surviving families, friends and communities, who must learn to live with the burden of terrorism for their entire lives.”The UN chief said the international day therefore serves as a reminder “to stop and listen to the victims and survivors of terrorism, to raise up their voices and recognize the impact terrorism has on their lives.” read more

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  • Confucius Institute at Brock to mark Chinese New Year Saturday

    It will be a sea of colour and culture Saturday, Feb. 6 as the Year of the Monkey is celebrated in St. Catharines.The annual Chinese New Year event, organized by the Confucius Institute at Brock University and the Chinese Cultural Association of Niagara, will be held at the Ukranian Black Sea Hall on Welland Ave. in St. Catharines.Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. and the Chinese Cultural show from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The show will include Chinese dragon and lion dancing, singing, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy and a tea ceremony.Tickets are $15 or $10 for kids 10 and under. For more information, email qyin@brocku.ca or phone 905-688-5550 x5811. read more

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  • Legends Sir Viv Lloyd backing Windies Women for title

    Windies captain Stafanie Taylor during the ICC Women’s Championship against Sri Lanka Women at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. @CWI Media/Allan Crane of CA Images(CMC) — Two of the greatest players in the game’s history have thrown their full support behind West Indies women, in their bid to win the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil.Sir Viv Richards, who is listed among the top five greatest cricketers of all time and Clive Lloyd, regarded worldwide as one of the best captains of all time, have given their backing to Stafanie Taylor’s team as they go in search of their second global title.“Congrats to captain and members of the team for reaching the semis and wishing them all the best in pursuit of a second consecutive World T20 title. So far, they have shown great skill and professionalism. Even when they were in tight situations they fought well and battled back,” said Lloyd, who oversaw West Indies’ capture of the 1975 and 1978 50-overs World Cup in England.“We have seen grit and determination to be the number one team in the world. They’re unbeaten (in this tournament) at the moment, and to win the title they will have to play unbeaten throughout … that would be a remarkable feat.”Sir Viv, who was on hand for the team’s training session at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday, backed the defending champs to repeat their 2016 performance, which saw them beat Australia in the final in India.“I’ve come here today to wish you all the best in the semi-final against Australia and urge you all to push on to the final and make us proud. As a matter of fact you have already made us proud … we are so proud of you,” Sir Viv told the players.“You are two steps away from that great moment. You have done it before and we know you have it in you to do it again. Don’t change a thing, keep pushing on.”West Indies will face three-time champions Australia in the first match at 4:00 pm at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, while England meet India at 8:00 pm in a repeat of last year’s 50-Over World Cup final, which was played at Lord’s.Lloyd, who moulded West Indies men into one of the great units of the 1970s and 80s, said he has been especially impressed with the spirit of the players.“I’m sure they will be able to defend the crown and I wish them the best and I hope they reach the zenith,” he added.“I like their professionalism … when they were down they defended well … we saw that against South Africa. They have brought back that spirit of the 70s and the 80s and have been a credit to the West Indies.”And Sir Viv, a National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda, urged fans to come and support the Windies historic bid.Ticket sales information from organisers suggest that Thursday’s semi-finals could be a full house, with close to 13,000 spectators expected to attend.“This is a truly grand occasion and the whole world will be watching the semi-finals and final,” said Sir Viv, who has remained an iconic figure in the cricket world.“To have it being played in my lovely country is something truly magnificent and I want to urge all my brothers and sisters in Antigua and Barbuda to come out and show your support for the West Indies and for the great game of cricket.“We are a cricket-loving nation we will show the world how we celebrate the sport on this wonderful part of the world.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Viv says batting improvement crucial for WindiesMarch 28, 2018In “Sports”Guyana to host some ICC Women’s World T20 matchesJanuary 22, 2018In “Sports”Clive Lloyd believes all-rounders will have biggest rolesMay 20, 2019In “latest news” read more

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  • Fire destroys 1000yearold Tibetan town

    first_imgA TEN HOUR inferno has raged through an ancient Tibetan town in China’s southwest Yunnan province that’s popular with tourists.There is no immediate report of casualties and the cause of the fire is unclear.Fire fightersThe Deqen prefecture government said the fire broke out at 1:27 am, local time, in the ancient Tibetan town of Dukezong. It says more than 1,000 fire fighters responded to the blaze and brought it under control after 11 am.The official Xinhua News Agency says more than 100 houses were destroyed.The state-run China Central Television says most structures in Dukezong are made of wood and the fire spread easily because of dry weather.Photos and video footage show the town engulfed in a sea of fire that turned the night sky red.(AP/YouTube)Read: Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committee> Read: Bodies of 5-year-old boy and 7-month-old baby found in London>last_img read more

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  • Conceiving within a year of stillbirth does not increase risks for next

    first_img By Garreth MacNamee Approximately 3.5 in every 1,000 births in high-income countries are stillborn, and there is limited guidance available for planning future pregnancies. We hope that our findings can provide reassurance to women who wish to become pregnant or unexpectedly become pregnant shortly after a stillbirth.The study used birth records spanning 37 years (1980-2016) from Finland, Norway, and Australia to investigate intervals between pregnancies and the risk of subsequent stillbirth, preterm birth, and small-for-gestational-age birth.The authors noted that these countries have access to universal health care and free antenatal care, and the populations are primarily white, so the findings might not be generalisable to low-or middle-income countries, countries without access to universal health care, or ethnic minority groups.Overall, the study included 14,452 births among mothers who had a stillbirth in their previous pregnancy. Results were compared with 1,654,289 births following a previous livebirth from the three countries – 536,392 in Finland, 854,999 in Norway, and 262,898 in Australia. Of the 14,452 births in women whose previous pregnancy ended in stillbirth, 14,224 (98%) were livebirths, 2,532 (18%) were preterm births, and 1,284 (9%) were small-for-gestational-age births. Of the 228 stillbirths (2% of the total births), 201 (88%) were preterm and 27 (12%) were stillborn at term.For women who had experienced stillbirth in their last pregnancy, intervals shorter than 12 months were not associated with increased risk of subsequent stillbirth, preterm birth, or small-for-gestational-age birth, compared with an interpregnancy interval of 24–59 months. This trend remained the same when adjusted for maternal age, number of previous births, and decade of delivery. .The authors also noted no difference in the association between interpregnancy interval and birth outcomes based on the gestational length of the previous stillbirth.The authors note the difference in optimal intervals following livebirth and stillbirth.Dr Regan explains: “Although the mechanism linking interpregnancy interval and perinatal health is unclear, previous research offers several hypotheses, including depleted nutrition from past pregnancy, cervical insufficiency, and breastfeeding–pregnancy overlap in closely spaced pregnancies.“Without sufficient time to recover from a previous pregnancy, women may be at increased risk of entering a reproductive cycle with poor nutritional status, which has been linked to increased risk of foetal growth restriction and birth defects.“Such nutritional depletion might not occur to the same extent after a pregnancy loss, and this may affect the optimal interpregnancy interval, explaining why it may be different after stillbirth and livebirth.”The authors note that other factors that they could not study (such as maternal chronic medical conditions, pregnancy intention, use of assisted reproductive technology, cause of previous stillbirth, or socioeconomic status) may have affected their findings. They also add that women who conceive soon after a previous pregnancy might be healthier and more fertile than women who conceive later and therefore could be less prone to adverse birth outcomes. Friday 1 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM CONCEIVING WITHIN A year of stillbirth is common and is not associated with increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth, or small-for-gestational-age birth in the following pregnancy.That is according to new research, published in the Lancet, which compared these pregnancies with an interpregnancy interval of at least two years.The results are from the first large-scale study to investigate the period between stillbirth and a new pregnancy, including almost 14,500 births in women from Australia, Finland and Norway who had a stillbirth in their previous pregnancy. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that women wait at least two years after a livebirth and at least six months after a miscarriage or induced abortion before conceiving again, but there is no guidance for the optimal interval after a stillbirth because there is limited evidence in this area.“Our results consistently showed that an interpregnancy interval of less than one year was not associated with increased risk of adverse birth outcomes in the next pregnancy, compared with an interval of at least two years. Our findings provide valuable evidence for recommended pregnancy spacing after a stillbirth,” says study author Dr Annette Regan of Curtin University, in Australia. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional Short URL No Comments center_img 6,160 Views Mar 1st 2019, 6:06 AM Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional https://jrnl.ie/4517686 Share43 Tweet Email Conceiving within a year of stillbirth does not increase risks for next pregnancy, new study finds The study used data from 14,500 births.last_img read more

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  • Fête de lInternet 2012 une hotline juridique pour répondre à toutes vos

    first_imgFête de l’Internet 2012 : une hotline juridique pour répondre à toutes vos questions Sur le thème « Des services pour tous pour mieux vivre ensemble », la Fête de l’Internet 2012 réunit diverses manifestations autour du réseau des réseaux. Et à cette occasion, une hotline vient de s’ouvrir mettant le grand public en contact avec des avocats spécialistes de la vie privée, confidentialité, Facebook, droit à l’oubli, et autres occurences juridiques à connaître…Ai-je le droit de poster cette image ? Ce site a-t-il le droit de garder mes données ? De les utiliser ? En composant le 01 44 32 47 24 le 22 mars entre 9 h et 19 h, une brigade d’avocat pourra répondre à vos questions. Cette initiative du Bâtonnier de Paris, Me Christiane Féral-Schuhl, entre dans le cadre de la Fête de l’internet 2012, qui durera entre le 17 et le 30 mars 2012.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Un communiqué de l’Ordre des avocats  (lien non disponible)de Paris précise que ces consultations seront entièrement gratuites. « Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le web, sans jamais oser ou savoir à qui le demander… » y annonce-t-ils !Pour la Fête de l’internet, des ateliers d’initiation aux outils de communication sur internet auront lieu un peu partout en France tandis que diverses rencontres seront organisées. C’est un peu le même esprit que les Journées du logiciel libre à Clermont-Ferrand (les 16 et 17 mars), les Journées de l’innovation (les 28 et 29 mars) ou la Semaine des compétences numériques, à Paris (du 26 au 30 mars).La Fête de l’internet 2012 est une initiative de la Délégation aux usages de l’internet et de l’association Villes internet, en partenariat avec le collectif de réseaux d’EPN Créatif.Le 16 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Former WWE Impact star Matt Morgan becomes mayor of Longwood Florida

    first_img Now Playing Up Next Former WWE and Impact (previously TNA) star Matt Morgan became the new mayor of Longwood, Florida on Monday night.Now retired, the 42 year old left the WWE in 2005 which was later followed by a stint in TNA where he went on to become a two time tag team champion. Speaking with News 13, here’s what Morgan had to say about being voted in:“I am humbled and grateful to my fellow commissioners for believing in me. Thank you to Ben Paris for introducing me to politics to begin with, and encouraging me to go out in to the community and be me.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 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 Google+ Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Pinterest Velvet Sky Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience?center_img Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WhatsApp WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remissionlast_img read more

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  • Buffon reckons Neymars absence will be a huge miss

    first_imgWith Neymar set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the Champions League will be quite difficult for Paris Saint-Germain to winThe veteran Italian shot-stopper is not a stranger to Europe’s top-tier competition as his team heads into the crucial stages of the tournament.Neymar who has notched in 20 goals in 23 games this season will miss PSG’s last-16 tie against Manchester United due to a foot injury suffered last month..@neymarjr gives OTRO an exclusive look as he begins his road to recovery. We can’t wait to see you back on the pitch. #OurOtherClub pic.twitter.com/xYMzeZ9mSb— OTRO (@OTRO) February 2, 2019Buffon, 41, is yet to win the top European club competition in his illustrious career and the PSG goalkeeper said Neymar’s absence hurt his side’s chances.“Every year, I always thought it could be the right year. But it is now 24 years since I am trying to win the Champions League,” he said on Saturday and cited via FourFourTwo.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But it’s tough to do so. You have to be a bit lucky. Right now for us, it’s a particular time because Ney got injured.“For us, Ney is a significant player because he did incredible stuff for the team during the last three months.“For us, it’s dangerous not to have him.”With United’s resurgence in recent weeks, Thomas Tuchel knows his side are up for what could be a classic European tie, as the French side battle to land that elusive crown.PSG head to Old Trafford for the first leg of their tie against United on February 12.Gianluigi Buffon is concerned that Neymar’s injury means his 24-year wait for a Champions League title could continue 😱 pic.twitter.com/2KVSeT9JZa— Goal (@goal) February 3, 2019last_img read more

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  • Imperial Beach residents are bracing for high ocean tides

    first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI)- High surf along the Southern California coast was creating hazardous conditions and coastal flooding this weekend. The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the entire shoreline from San Diego County north to the Los Angeles region that was to remain in effect until noon Monday.West to northwest swells were bringing an average surf of four to seven feet to the local beaches, according to the NWS. The surf, combined with morning high tides near seven feet, was causing minor flooding in low-lying beach areas.High tide at La Jolla was set to be at 7:52 a.m. on Sunday and 8:22 a.m. on Monday, the NWS said.Even larger waves caused damage to the Ocean Beach Pier on Friday morning.A high surf advisory was in effect until 4 a.m. this morning, with waves of seven to 10 feet and sets to 14 feet taking place at beaches in southern San Diego County on Friday. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 20, 2019 Updated: 8:18 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Imperial Beach residents are bracing for high ocean tides January 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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  • South Florida celebrates fallen heroes on Memorial Day

    first_imgAt the Sunrise Civic Center, veteran Howard Rudolf showed up in an especially wrapped Jeep Wrangler paying tribute to the victims of Sept. 11. “Every day I start my Jeep, I remember the people who have given their lives and are still heard,” he said.In the City of Miami, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio addressed the crowd.Across South Florida, people gathered to do just what Sgt. White had hoped for, thanking veterans for their service and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida woke up bright and early on Memorial Day to pay their respects to the fallen heroes who served in the military.In Fort Lauderdale, nearly 300 people arrived at Lauderdale Memorial Park to listen to keynote speaker Sgt. Kyle White.White is a Medal of Honor recipient, which is the nation’s highest military decoration. He was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama for a heroic sacrifice he made back in 2007, when he saved several members of his platoon after they came under attack in Afghanistan.White travels the country sharing his story, and on Monday, he took the time to express his gratitude and pay tribute to the U.S. military.“It means something different to everybody,” he said, “but what we need to realize is that there are two important things, and that is to be thankful for their sacrifice and to never forget their sacrifice.”The wife of a U.S. veteran told 7News her husband witnessed his brothers-in-arms perish. “My husband saw his friends die standing right next to him,” said Wendy Leader.Over at Miami Beach City Hall, a Vietnam war veteran shared his experiences on the battlefield. “In my first month in ‘Nam, I lost 34 of my friends, being shot down,” said Robert Martins. last_img read more

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  • Khaleda not returning this month

    first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoThe chief of the country’s principal opposition political party – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, is unlikely to return home by this month from the United Kingdom.Khaleda went to the UK on 15 July for eye and feet (arthritis) treatment and to spend Eid-ul-Azha with her family members there.Her long stay in the UK has given birth to many questions among politically conscious people as to why she is staying there for so long – is it only for treatment or is there anything political behind it?BNP party insiders said the party chairperson is consulting with her son Tarique Rahman about the party’s next course of action.  Besides undergoing treatment there, Tarique who is also the party’s second-in command,  has been in London since 2008.They said Tarique Rahman who is to take the helm of the party after his mother, has some reservations about working with those Khaleda has entrusted with the party’s diplomatic communications. This has caused a rift of sorts between the two top leaders of the party.Party insiders said it has been a setback for the party in expediting its diplomatic communications preceding the next general elections.In the run up to Khaleda’s departure for the UK, there were discussions within and outside the party as to what strategies the party will undertake concerning the next polls.Some senior party officials say a strategy will be worked out during Khaleda’s London trip and some important decisions are likely to be made regarding the party’s organisational affairs.Of them, filling in the three vacant posts of the party’s National Standing Committee and expediting diplomatic relations with the international community, including neighbouring countries, are of crucial importance.Besides, the party will need to prepare a framework for a supportive election-time government which it will propose and a roadmap for its activities leading up to the elections.Party sources said Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj may visit Bangladesh next month and Khaleda will return to the country before her visit.BNP officials said this time Sushma may meet the former prime minister at Khaleda’s Gulshan residence, unlike her previous visit. Previously, Khaleda herself visited Sonargaon hotel to meet Sushma.Her personal secretary Abdus Sattar who is travelling with Khaleda, told Prothom Alo over the phone that Khaleda is scheduled to meet her physician the third week of the current month, and she will return home shortly after completing treatment.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) had alleged at the time of her departure that Khaleda would hatch a conspiracy in London.Its general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader had also alleged Khaleda would never come back. However, BNP leaders denied the allegation and said Khaleda would return shortly after treatment.Party’s Standing Committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury who has just returned from the UK said the BNP chairperson’s UK visit is a personal tour and solely for medical reasons.Meanwhile, the activities of BNP leaders in absence of the party chief have remained centred only on various Day-based activities and giving statements or remarks on certain occasions.Several central leaders said the party’s move to reorganise district committees has come to a halt in absence of the party chief.They also said the success of the party’s nationwide drive to register new members and renew old ones was not up to the mark. The timeline for the drive has been extended twice up to 1 October.When contacted, another party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, “The process of decision making has remained unchanged for the party. In the party chief’s absence, the party secretary general is commenting on necessary issues as needed. Besides, after necessary discussions, we are making unanimous decisions to run party affairs.”The BNP leader claimed that the party is running well.  There were three big occasions during her stay in London – her own 72nd birth anniversary on 15 August, the party’s 39th founding anniversary on 1 September and Eid-ul-Azha on 2 September – but Khaleda joined no programmes, be it organised by the party or a social programme.The party organised several prayer sessions in the country seeking early recovery of the party chief.Senior party leaders were also vocal, making statements and remarks on the much-talked-about 16th amendment annulment verdict and are now speaking out about the Rohingya crisis.Party men said the party is carrying out relief distribution activities among the displaced Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh following persecution by Myanmar security forces, even though the authorities barred BNP’s relief-laden trucks from going to Refugee camps.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has meanwhile written letters to ambassadors and high commissioners in Dhaka of all United Nations Security Council members and  OIC states, asking  for urgent action to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.In her letter, Khaleda urged the international community to form an international tribunal to hold trials of those responsible for the genocide and persecution of Muslim Rohingyas.Khaleda also urged the international community to stand by the side of displaced Rohingyas now languishing in squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh.BNP’s international affairs secretary Nawshad Zamir said the party chairperson sent such letters, but did not say anything more. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Taib Ahmedlast_img read more

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  • Exclusive tourist zone likely in Coxs Bazar

    first_imgBudget illustrationThe work on establishing an exclusive tourist zone for foreign tourists is underway at Sabrang in Cox’s Bazar.Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal disclosed this while placing the national budget in parliament for fiscal 2019-20 on Thursday.He said Bangladesh has many tourist spots, including the world’s largest unbroken sandy sea beach in Cox’s Bazar, which are yet to be fully introduced to the world.”All the potential tourist spots in the country will be gradually made suitable for both local and foreign tourists,” he said.last_img read more

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  • BlackBerry CEO Says Focus Is On Profitability Fewer New Devices

    first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read November 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » BlackBerry, which has completed the first phase of its two-year turnaround plan, is now focused on profitability and will not spread itself thin by attempting to launch too many new devices, its chief executive said.John Chen, who took the reins at the struggling mobile technology company in November 2013, has moved rapidly to try to get the one-time investor darling back on track. The company has sold assets, struck partnerships to lower manufacturing costs and broaden app offerings, and raised cash via the sale of real estate holdings in its hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.”Once we turn this company to profitability again, I will do everything I can to never lose money ever again,” Chen told Reuters in an interview this week. “That is definitely something I am very focused on doing.”The Hong Kong-born executive, 59, made his name at Sybase, a struggling database software firm that he rescued and sold a decade later to SAP for $5.8 billion in 2010.”If you look at my track record at Sybase, I think we made money for some 60 quarters in a row, even when the dotcom bubble blew up we were profitable. I like that philosophy,” said Chen, who added he believes the worst is now behind BlackBerry.”We will survive as a company and now I am rather confident,” he said. “We’re managing the supply chain, we are managing inventories, we are managing cash, and we have expenses now at a number that is very manageable. BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth.”A year ago, the smartphone industry pioneer was in the midst of a painful restructuring, scrambling to find a suitor and trying to play down media reports of its “death spiral.”A year after Chen stepped in as CEO, BlackBerry may have regained some of its lost swagger. The company is hiring again and though it has yet to turn steady profits, Chen has begun acquiring small companies and investing in growth.”He stepped in to catch a falling knife, which is what BlackBerry was at the time losing $1 billion plus,” said Prem Watsa, whose Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd is a major shareholder and which helped bankroll a debt recapitalization that led to Chen’s arrival.”He came in and very quickly stabilized it and very quickly laid out a roadmap to breakeven.”Concerns LingerThe company is not out of the woods yet – even Chen stops short of saying the turnaround has succeeded – but talk of the company sliding into oblivion has faded.”John Chen has succeeded in changing the conversation about BlackBerry, and that is probably true both internally as well as externally,” said IDC technology analyst John Jackson.Despite the progress, many analysts are yet to be convinced. Thomson Reuters data shows that 25 of 37 analysts covering BlackBerry have a ‘hold’ rating on the stock. Only one has a ‘buy’ rating and the rest rate the stock a ‘sell.’ And although its shares have strengthened since Chen’s arrival, its Toronto-listed stock has been bound in the C$6 to C$12.50 range in the last 12 months.”Overall we think John is doing a solid job, but our concern continues to be: how will BlackBerry drive demand for its product,” said Morningstar analyst Brian Colello. “The demand side of the equation is still a concern, both around selling millions of devices each year and converting enterprise software users into paying buyers in a very competitive market.”To spur growth, BlackBerry is launching its latest mobile device management platform, BES 12, this week. The system will allow companies and government agencies to manage and secure not just BlackBerry devices on their internal networks, but devices that run on rival operating systems such as Android, Windows and Apple’s iOS.In December, the company will launch BlackBerry Classic, a device similar to its once popular Bold smartphone.New Device PlansIn September, BlackBerry reported a profit, on an adjusted basis, from its struggling handset business for the first time in five quarters. Tough competition from Apple, Samsung and other rivals has eaten into BlackBerry’s once dominant market share, hurting revenue and profitability in both the unit and company.BlackBerry is “reasonably comfortable” it can keep making money from its handset business, given operating margins, Chen said, noting orders for its new unconventionally-shaped Passport device have increased.”I’m happy in the receptivity of the design. I’m happy that this product is a successful product, but we did not make that many of them, so it is in limited supply almost everywhere.”There is no final decision yet on what new devices will be launched in 2015, said Chen adding that the focus will be on a core set of smartphones that are most likely to succeed. That includes at least one radically new device and product refreshes on its Passport, Classic and its mid-level Z3 touchscreen phone.”I’m not going to build a general purpose device, simply because it is a 5-inch touchscreen,” he said, referring to the wide array of fairly standardized touchscreen smartphones in the market right now. “The Chinese can build one for 75 bucks, I can’t get enough parts together for 75 bucks.”(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Frances Kerry)last_img read more

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  • Watch out for these roadworks across Newcastle Borough this week

    first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Newcastle Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in Newcastle Borough between Monday September 17 and Sunday September 23. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Newcastle Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire (Sep 17-Sep 23 2018) Staffordshire Moorlands M6, A500 and A50 South Cheshire M6 to shut for up to 24 hours Stafford Borough and Uttoxetercenter_img Stoke-on-Trent Full list of roadworks Newcastle Borough Newcastle Borough: B – M Baldwins Gate: Multi-way traffic lights on A53 Newcastle Road near junction with A51 from September 14 until September 18. Balterley: Road closures and roadworks on B5500 Waggon Road between Peel Avenue and Deans Lane (over the M6) – 24 hour closures from September 7 until September 10 and September 14 and September 17 Bradwell: Multi-way traffic lights on Bradwell Lane at junction with Clare Avenue from September 19 until September 21 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Cross Heath: Roadworks and road closures on A34 Liverpool Road near junction of Lower Milehouse Lane until October 12. Kidsgrove: Give and take traffic control on The Avenue in Clough Hall from September 20 until September 24 Madeley: Two way traffic lights on New Road from September 19 until September 29 Madeley Park: Two way traffic signals on Manor Road near entrance to Farcroft from September 14 until September 18. May Bank: Two way traffic signals on Basford Park Road near May Bank Infants School from September 7 until September 13. Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until October 26 Near M6: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of B5500 Nantwich Road at junction with Limbrick Road until October 12 Read MoreOpening date revealed for this AMAZING new cafe bar offering craft ales and light bites N Newcastle: Multi-way signals on Keele Road near Orme Road from September 13 until September 17. Newcastle: Roadworks and lane closure on Barracks Road from September 14 until September 18. Newcastle: Roadworks and lane closure on Barracks Road on September 20 Newcastle: Roadworks and lane closure on Brunswick Street from September 14 until September 18. Newcastle: Roadworks and lane closure on Brunswick Street on September 21 Newcastle: Multi-way traffic lights on Etruria Road near the junction with The Avenue from September 16 until September 23 Newcastle: Roadworks and lane closure on London Road outside Holy Trinity Community Centre from September 17 until September 19. Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Milborne Drive until October 5. Newcastle: Two way traffic lights on Tansey Way from September 19 until September 25 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Whitfield Avenue until October 9. Read MoreMother and two babies rescued after car leaves A50 P-S Porthill: Two way traffic lights on High Street from September 20 until September 24 Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until October 12 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 18 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic signals on Mill Street from the junction with Newcastle Street to the junction with High Street from August 29 until September 25. Silverdale: Roadworks and road closure on Park Road from September 11 until September 17 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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  • Travelzoo to buy hotel booking engine

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travelzoo could be looking to expand on its accommodation offering, with plans to acquire a hotel booking website.Currently in negotiations to buy the booking engine, the company said the additional product would allow its customers to book deals on any night at select hotels.Distinguishing itself from other online travel agencies, Travelzoo said it would limit the selection of properties on its list to those tested and approved by Travelzoo’s Deal Experts.”We continue to be positive about our long-term growth strategy,” Travelzoo chief executive Chris Loughlin said.“But we have found our hotel search offering and the group-buying voucher model not meeting the needs of hotels and users well enough, and therefore plan to adjust our product offering.” The announcement coincides with news that the company expects to earn around $35 million for the third quarter of 2012.last_img read more

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  • Overseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold Coast

    first_imgOverseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold CoastOverseas visitors shatter expenditure record for the Gold CoastThe Gold Coast tourism industry has welcomed news from Tourism Research Australia that the city had a record-breaking financial year, reaching new heights in both international visitor arrivals and international visitor expenditure in 2015-16.The City welcomed 14.3% more international visitors in 2015-16 than the previous financial year, attracting 984,000 international visitors. These visitors injected $1.266 billion into the local economy, a 14.8% increase on the previous financial year.Gold Coast Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Martin Winter said the Gold Coast continues to perform well across a number of its core markets. “This is particularly the case for China (+33.2%), but also Japan (+16.9%), Taiwan (+66%) and Hong Kong (+65.7%).”“Improved aviation connectivity contributed to these record-breaking results; specifically for China with direct services into the Gold Coast Airport and the reinstatement of the Qantas Tokyo-Brisbane service,” he added.In 2015-16, there were 282,000 visitors from the Gold Coast’s largest international source market, China. “China has not been an overnight success story for the Gold Coast,” Martin said. “The local tourism industry has worked tirelessly for a number of years to lay the foundations and build the market to what it is today.”Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the City was reaping the dividends of a collaborative effort, combined with the destination’s increasingly diverse tourism offerings.“We rolled out the red carpet to welcome more international visitors and they’ve taken us up on the offer, in record numbers,” Mayor Tate said.“This has been no accident and has involved a strong commitment between Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Tourism and our key partners in the regions. I applaud everyone involved and know these figures are translating in to jobs for our children right here on the Gold Coast,’’ he said.Martin Winter acknowledged China and Asia’s importance to the Gold Coast, but said the destination’s global marketing footprint also includes New Zealand, the UK, Europe and North America. “We expect to see growth ahead of the Commonwealth Games, particularly as new routes into Brisbane and the Gold Coast Airports are introduced,” he said. Visit Gold Coastfor information, visitSource = Visit Gold Coastlast_img read more

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  • Tourist arrivals exceed 4 millions in Abu Dhabi as new cruise terminal

    first_imgTourist arrivals in Abu Dhabi exceed four millions in 2015. “We have stretched our target and we now expect  4.1 million tourists 2015,” Sultan Al Dhaheri, the acting Executive Director at TCA Abu Dhabi, said on the sidelines of the opening of the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port. He said that the growth in the capital’s tourism sector in the next five years would be driven by infrastructure developments such as the cruise terminal, the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi airport and the completion of cultural attractions, including the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. In June, TCA Abu Dhabi had raised the initial target for 2015 from 3.49 million arrivals to 3.9 million as guest numbers surged by 20% in the first four months of 2015, with key source markets such as the United Kingdom, India, China and Germany contributing to the bulk of the increase.“Further details were released on the growth of the cruise sector. Cruise passengers will increase by 15,000 in the 2016-17 season,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Ports. That works out to a year-on-year increase of more than seven percent as figures from TCA Abu Dhabi and the ports operator show that about 205,000 cruise visitors from 112 ship visits were expected this season. The cruise season starts in September and runs through May.220,000 cruise passengers are expected in the capital next season from 117 ships expected to call on Zayed Port. The ports operator expects that figure to reach 300,000 passengers from 130 ship calls in 2019-20.last_img read more

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  • November 12 2003 LIGHT SCOOP PANEL Continued fro

    first_imgNovember 12, 2003LIGHT SCOOP PANEL (Continued from 10/04): The fourth and final siltcast panel is ready to be placed in Unit 6 of the East Crescent.[Photo: Siobhan Watts & aa & text: kh] (Left) Ron Chandler operates the crane. With help from the construction crew, he lowers the panel into place. (Right) Eli Michael, designer of the panel, makes sure that the fit is satisfactory.[Photo: aa & text: kh] The light scoop has a new beautiful roof.[Photo: aa & text: kh]last_img

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