Several initiatives taken to nab Thak Thak gangs

first_imgNew Delhi: In order to save Delhiites from Thak Thak gangs, Delhi Police has taken several initiatives. According to police, they have ensured maximum visibility on road through integrated picket checking, foot patrolling, PCR vans and GPS fitted Raftaar Motorcycles, whose movements can be monitored, for effective crime prevention. Delhi Police said that they busted many Thak-Thak Gangs in the recent past. “These measures supervised regularly by senior officers, have yielded extremely positive results, in the form of a downward trend in heinous crimes, crimes against women and heinous crimes against senior citizens. These statistics are a part of the computerized record, and cannot be disputed,” police said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”Delhi Police has time and again issued advertisements and released radio jingles to alert people and make them aware about the tactics of such miscreants, who divert the attention of the person at the wheel with an intent to lift belongings,” added senior officer. In April, Delhi Police arrested a Trichi based Thak Thak thief in Mandir Marg area. Police said that the accused attempted to commit theft of toys from the vendor. Last year city police busted a Thak-Thak gang from Rk Puram area on December 7.last_img read more

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The top 10 audiobooks on Audiblecom

first_imgAudible.com bestsellers for week ending November 16:Fiction1. Have a Nice Day by Billy Crystal & Quinton Peeples, narrated by Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, Auli’l Cravalho, Billy Crystal, Rachel Dratch, Darrell Hammond, Christopher Jackson, Kevin Kline, Robin Thede & a full cast (Audible Studios)2. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci, narrated by Brittany Pressley & Kyf Brewer (Hachette Audio)3. Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich, narrated by Lorelei King (Penguin Audio)4. The Retreat by Mark Edwards, narrated by Simon Mattacks (Brilliance Audio)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)6. The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Hachette Audio)7. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee (Macmillan Audio)8. The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham, narrated by Michael Beck (Random House Audio)9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)10. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate & Patricia Castelao, narrated by Adam Grupper (HarperAudio)Nonfiction1. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)2. Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets: An Audible Original by John Woolf & Nick Baker, narrated by Stephen Fry (Audible Studios)3. Twain’s Feast by Audible Originals, narrated by Nick Offerman (Audible Studios)4. Strong Ending: A Journey from Combat to Comedy by Audible Originals, narrated by Mary-Louise Parker (Audible Studios)5. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins, narrated by the author & Gabe Wicks (Zondervan)6. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, narrated by the author (Thomas Nelson Publishers)7. Everyday Meditation by Aaptiv, narrated by Ceasar F. Barajas (Aaptiv)8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic: The Official Audio Documentary by Pottermore Publishing, Mark Salisbury & Hana Walker-Brown, narrated by Dan Fogler (Pottermore Publishing)9. Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente & Peter McDonnell, narrated by Paul Holes & Jim Clemente (Audible Studios)10. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)—–The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Work messaging app Slack takes next step for IPO

NEW YORK — Work messaging platform Slack is taking the next step in filing to go public, the latest in several highly anticipated tech IPOs.In documents posted with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Slack Technologies Inc. says it posted a loss of $138.9 million on revenue of $400 million in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2019.In February Slack filed a draft registration statement with the SEC. Slack is pursuing a direct listing rather than a regular initial public offering. In a direct listing, a company doesn’t hire underwriters or sell new shares, just existing shares. It plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “SK.”Slack’s IPO comes after Pinterest, Lyft and Zoom went public. Uber and Postmates are due up next.The Associated Press

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Buckeyes earn shot at No 1 Stanford in NCAA Final Four

Ohio State men’s volleyball is back on the big stage with its third-consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals.The Buckeyes (22-7) are one game away from competing for the NCAA National Championship. First, though, they must face No. 1 Stanford Thursday night.OSU will have to play on Stanford’s home court, a challenge the Buckeyes look forward to.“It’s going to be the most fun match for us this year,” senior Steven Kehoe said. “Playing on a national stage, in front of the biggest crowd of the year, it’s going to be intense.”The Buckeyes and Cardinals square off at 11 p.m. in a nationally televised match on ESPNU.“Playing on ESPN, it doesn’t get any better than that,” senior John Klanac said.The positive attitude comes from experience for the Bucks, having made it to the national semifinals the past two seasons.Coach Pete Hanson said the past two seasons should help his team when facing tough competition.The experience “helps you come back from a deficit, make extraordinary plays when you need to,” Hanson said.That experience helped OSU get by Loyola-Chicago (20-6), which earned the Buckeyes a trip to the national semis.OSU was down 2-1 before it gained momentum in games four and five, winning the match 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 26-30, 30-20, 15-11).Sophomore Shawn Sangrey started the comeback by “rattling them,” Hanson said, winning four of five serves that gave the Buckeyes control of the fourth set.Sangrey later blocked three straight balls, described by Hanson as “demoralizing” for Loyola-Chicago.“Sangrey boosted our entire team,” Kehoe said.That boost gave the Buckeyes the momentum to close out the match.“We became more relaxed and started playing our game,” Klanac said.Sangrey said he looks forward to the challenge on Thursday night. He said he expects a rowdy crowd, but said if they prepare as if it is any other game and play their best volleyball, they will be able to get the momentum on their side and play for the national championship.“We need to dig down and play with all we got,” he said. read more

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Chocolate price to rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hershey and Mars, which together account for about two-thirds of US chocolate sales, are hiking prices. Hershey cited the rising cost of cocoa, dairy and nuts when it announced an 8 per cent increase in the average wholesale price of its candy this summer. Those higher costs weighed on the chocolate maker’s most recent earnings, which fell 4 per cent.Hershey CEO, John Bilbrey, said in an interview with CNBC earlier this month that shoppers wouldn’t see a price increase this year because his company negotiated prices for its holiday items well in advance. However, consumers would notice an impact next year.Mars, a privately-held company, said this summer that its prices would rise by about 7 per cent because of a need to support its marketing spending and “manufacturing capabilities.” The company said that it last increased prices in 2011.GLOBAL SWEET TOOTHPeople in the developing economies of Asia and Latin America are acquiring a taste for chocolate. While North America and Western Europe still account for more than half of global chocolate sales, demand is growing faster in emerging markets. That’s raising concerns that demand for cocoa beans, the key ingredient in chocolate bars, will outstrip supply.Chocolate sales in Asia are forecast to grow by 23 per cent over the next five years and by almost 31 per cent in Latin America, according to London-based research firm Euromonitor International. That compares with growth of 8.3 per cent in North America and 4.7 percent in Western Europe over the same period.Those forecasts helped push the price of cocoa beans as high as $3,371 a ton in September, the highest level since March 2011. The price has since fallen back to $2,923 a ton, but it is still 23 per cent higher than it was two years ago.SUPPLY PROBLEMSWest Africa is the world’s biggest cocoa producing region and accounts for about two-thirds of the global crop. Unlike large, modern farms in the US and other developed economies, about 80 to 90 per cent of the world’s cocoa crop comes from small, family-run operations, according to the World Cocoa Foundation, a trade organisation.The small-scale production makes it more challenging to introduce modern farming techniques that boost productivity from season-to-season to faster match demand. The WCF, which is backed by companies including Mars and Hershey, is sponsoring farmer training to encourage more efficient use of water resources and better soil management to improve crop yields.West Africa is also at the centre of the Ebola outbreak. But concerns that cocoa production would be hampered by the virus’ spread have proven overblown, so far.The Ivory Coast, which produces about 40 per cent of the world’s cocoa crop, has yet to register a single case of Ebola, despite sharing a western border with Liberia and Guinea, two of the nations at the centre of the epidemic.FOOD HIKESChocolate-covered bacon, anyone? It might be a hit to more than just your waistline. Bacon prices have climbed 7 per cent this year after a fatal virus swept through the nation’s pig herds. Coffee prices jumped after a drought in Brazil damaged the crop. Milk prices have also risen.The retail price of chocolate has climbed to an average of $5.93 a pound in 2014 from $4.92 five years ago, according to estimates from the National Confectioners Association, an industry group that represents candy and chocolate makers.In total, Americans will spend about $1.5 billion this Halloween filling bowls with chocolate, according to the NCA. That makes the last day of October the industry’s most important holiday for sales – ahead of Easter, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day.The timing of Halloween could make this week a big treat for candy companies.“We’re optimistic on Halloween because it falls on a Friday this year,” said Larry Wilson, vice president for customer relations at the NCA. People “will celebrate it later into the night, and they’ll celebrate it all weekend.”For consumers, that party will cost a little more next year.Source: APlast_img read more

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Les femelles chimpanzés accouchent comme les Humains

first_imgLes femelles chimpanzés accouchent comme les HumainsEn suivant des femelles chimpanzés enceintes, des scientifiques japonais se sont aperçus que leur accouchement se déroulait exactement de la même manière que chez les Humains. C’est d’abord la tête puis les épaules du petit qui sortent en premier et face à la mère.La découverte révolutionne toutes les théories établies jusqu’ici. Au Japon, des chercheurs du Hayashibara Great Ape Research Institute de Okayama sont partis observer en captivité des femelles chimpanzés sur le point d’accoucher. Suivant les primates jour après jour, ils ont alors pu assister à trois naissances. Des observations qui les ont grandement étonnés. En effet, les chercheurs ont découvert que les femelles accouchaient exactement comme les Humains. Autrement dit, le bébé sortait face à sa mère d’abord par la tête, puis par les épaules pour finir par le reste du corps. Une technique que les scientifiques pensaient unique à notre espèce.À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteDétaillée dans la revue Biology Letters, la découverte a donc révélé un aspect totalement inconnu de ces grands singes. Jusqu’ici, les théories suggéraient plutôt que cette “position de naissance” était une évolution de l’Homme moderne par rapport à son ancêtre primate. “Les anthropologistes argumentaient que le fait que les bébés humains naissent en faisant face à leur mère avait conduit à un besoin “obstétrique”. Mais nos recherches nous indiquent que ce n’est pas vrai”, a déclaré le Dr Satoshi Hirata, principal auteur de l’étude. Pour deux des trois naissances, les chercheurs se sont en effet aperçus qu’une fois la tête sortie, la mère n’aidait pas le bébé à émerger complètement.Chez les singes, cette position permettrait en fait à la femelle “de soulever en toute sécurité le nourrisson et de dégager ces voies respiratoires tout de suite après la naissance”, ont expliqué les chercheurs dans leur publication. Néanmoins, ces observations sont inédites et n’ont porté que sur 3 naissances. Ainsi, le Dr Hirata et ses collègues n’ont pas exclu que ces cas soient des “exceptions à la règle”. Mais au vu des grandes similitudes lors des naissances, ils ont expliqué que cette forme d’accouchement était sûrement “normale” et indiquée par l’anatomie des chimpanzés.Le 24 avril 2011 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Japon des rejets en mer trois fois plus importants quannoncé

first_imgJapon : des rejets en mer trois fois plus importants qu’annoncéSelon la presse nippone, le total des substance radioactives rejetées en mer serait trois fois plus important que ne l’estimait Tepco, l’opérateur de la centrale de Fukushima accidentée en mars dernier.  C’est une nouvelle préoccupante mais pas si étonnante que cela qu’a annoncée aujourd’hui la presse nippone. Selon les chercheurs japonais, les rejets en mer provoqués par l’accident nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima entre mars et avril seraient trois plus importants que ce qu’avait estimé son opérateur Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco). À lire aussiLe lac Chagan, ce lac créé par une puissante explosion nucléaire il y a plus de 50 ansEn effet, les bâtiments des réacteurs, qui ont été arrosés massivement pour être refroidis, ont laissé échapper d’importantes quantités d’eau contaminée par les voies souterraines, tandis que des émissions radioactives ont accompagné les explosions d’hydrogène qui se sont produites dans plusieurs bâtiments de réacteurs durant les premiers jours suivant le désastre survenu le 11 mars, rapporte l’AFP. Des particules radioactives sont alors arrivées en mer par divers canaux, tandis que les autres, rejetées dans l’atmosphère, sont également retombées dans l’océan.  Ainsi, début avril, les prélèvements effectués en mer avaient estimé les rejets à 4.700 térabecquerels d’iode et césium radioactifs. Mais une équipe de chercheurs, dirigée par Takuya Kobayashi de l’Agence japonaise de l’Energie atomique, a décidé de réaliser de nouvelles estimations, fondées cette fois-ci sur d’autres données, provenant notamment d’échantillons d’eau de mer pris entre le 21 mars et le 30 avril. Selon les résultats obtenus, la quantité d’éléments radioactifs dispersés dans l’océan Pacifique atteindrait en vérité les 15.000 térabecquerels, laissant craindre une contamination bien plus importante que ce que Tepco n’a laissé entendre.Le 9 septembre 2011 à 20:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Great games for your nongaming laptop

first_img Imagine if the web had never outgrown the lo-fi, low-rent adolescence of the 1990s, but had advanced to the point where you could jack in to that booping, beeping pixel hell while you slept. You play an employee of the Facebookish company that owns the Geocities-like online community, tasked with sleuthing your way around to police the neighborhood. It’s a relatively small download — only 500MB — and runs on Mac and Linux systems as well as Windows. Be warned, though: a little of that 8-bit music goes a long way. Mixing elements of Lovecraft and D&D, this 2D dungeon-crawling RPG is more about keeping your team safe and sane than it is about fighting monsters (although it’s about that, too). Think of it as a chance to put all your team-building and project management skills to good use.  See at Steam One of the best tabletop games of the current board game revival has an excellent digital version as well. Scythe is a deep game of resource management and conquest set in a sci-fi-tinged, alternate history 1920s. Other key tabletop games, like Pandemic and Ticket to Ride, now have PC game versions as well. Giant Bomb Devolver Digital Josh Miller/CNET There’s no doubt that we’re living in a golden age of PC gaming. The 4K, HDR graphics on games like Metro: Exodus and The Division 2 put their console counterparts to shame, and amazing new hardware from Nvidia and AMD, led right now by Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards, and even new RTX “Super” GPUs, are blowing away previous performance benchmarks. But most of us are stuck with basic integrated Intel graphics. That’s what’s found on most laptops without a dedicated GPU, which is pretty much any work laptop. If that’s your scenario, the options narrow considerably. Trying to run a high-end game on a pedestrian laptop is like watching Doom played via PowerPoint. Fortunately, there is hope. Many recent games, especially creative, critically hailed indie games, play just fine on your work laptop, and we’ve collected some of the best here. Below are five of our current favorites, plus a link to a further list of 25 more.  Why is Fortnite so incredibly popular? Probably because you can play it on anything this side of a scientific calculator. Besides Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch consoles, iOS and Android devices, and the all-important Monopoly platform, Fortnite is also extremely forgiving of your low-end laptop, as pointed out in our original games for nongaming laptops feature. That means it’s probably playable on your work PC, but keep in mind your screen refresh rate and frames per second aren’t going to be much help against serious competition. But at least you’ll have an excuse as to why you suck.  A throwback 2D mystery/adventure, think of Thimbleweed Park as a Twin Peaks episode set in a county fair. If you get hit with some deja vu for lost LucasArts classics like Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, that’s because some of the same team worked on this. See at Steam Asmodee Digital See at GOG Hypnospace Outlaw Share your voice Scythe: Digital Edition Thimbleweed Park See at HumbleBundle Comment Cuphead Tags Subset Gamescenter_img See at Steam Into the Breach A game that earned a huge fan base long before it was released, Cuphead is notable for having an incredible hand-drawn art style, and for being insanely difficult. Originally found only on the Xbox One, the PC version has the added benefit of being very forgiving of low-end PC hardware. It’s still not any easier, though.  See at Amazon 25 Photos See at Steam Nominated by my colleague Lori Grunin, Gris is a side-scrolling adventure from the Limbo school of moody, evocative design. Instead of Limbo’s monochromatic shadow world, Gris is painted with muted pastels, but that doesn’t mean it’s any more cheerful in the end.   In our previous roundup, FTL, or Faster Than Light, was our pick for a simple, easy-to-run game that even serious PC gamers could get into. The developers have made an entirely different, but still familiar-feeling game in Into the Breach, which trades the engineering diagram of a spaceship in trouble for an isometric view of a city under alien siege. If sneaking a few games onto your work or school laptop isn’t enough, then check out our ranking of the most powerful gaming laptops today. Or, for about two dozen more great games for nongaming laptops, see our entire collection in the gallery below.  See at Steam The perfect laptop game, Steamworld Heist is a lightweight, turn-based shooter that’s sort of like Firefly. With robots. And hats. And a game mechanic that let you bounce bullets (or whatever the current projectile is) off surfaces like you’re playing pool. It takes up minimal space on your drive — only 200MB — comes in versions for Mac and Linux as well as Windows, and runs well on even the pokiest of slowpoke systems. If you’re on the road, you can pop off a quick mission between meetings, too. More games that will run an (almost) any nongaming laptop Gris Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Darkest Dungeon Steamworld Heist 1 Bonus: Fortnite (Obviously) Computers Laptops Gaminglast_img read more

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BlackBerrys Staff Count Shrinks by ThreeFourths in India Many Seniors Quit

first_imgStruggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry might be trying hard to reposition itself better in the global handset market, but its operations in India seem to have taken a hit, as exodus at the top as well as lower levels has shrunk its employee count by three-fourths in the country.The number of employees working for BlackBerry in India has now been reduced to nearly 15 compared to 70 people last year, according to sources close to the developments.”It’s been a tough ride for all those in the company. People are moving on for better career options,” a source told The Economic Times.BlackBerry’s head of India operations Sunil Lalvani, who resigned from his job in June, has now moved to Qualcomm’s India unit. Following his exit, Matthew Tonkin, vice-president, carrier sales and distribution, APAC region, is overseeing the India operations on an interim basis.Advait Vaidya, head of product management at BlackBerry, has also quit after a long association with the company. Sameer Bhatia, director of sales and distribution for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, left the company in June and now he is the head of retail branding at Seagate Technology.Similarly, Manoj Khilani, head of enterprise marketing, quit the company in January to lead marketing and communications division at Kronos, according to his LinkedIn profile.Varghese Thomas, BlackBerry’s director of corporate communications and social media (India & SAARC Region) too resigned from his post recently, sources said.”As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on capitalising on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all businesses. This includes recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth in India,” said a BlackBerry spokesperson.last_img read more

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Apple asks developers to stop using memory in app titles

first_imgWhen it comes to naming an app before it gets submitted to the App Store, you have to be careful not to choose a title that infringes a trademark. That’s relatively easy when trademarks are multiple, distinct words. But what if a single, commonly used word has been trademarked?Ravensburger is a German gaming company that specializes in jigsaw puzzles, but has also expanded into other areas such as children’s books and games. The company owns the trademark to a board game called Memory and has demanded Apple stop offering apps that have the word ‘memory’ in their title or as a keyword associated with an app.It may seem ludicrous such a common word can be trademarked, but apparently this is a valid claim as Apple is now serving notices to app developers. The choice an infringing app developer has is to either rename their app or remove it from the App Store.Ravensburger owns the trademark in 42 different countries, but not in the US. That may limit the number of developers impacted by this, but you can guarantee some US developers are offering apps with memory in the title in some of those countries.In total, there are thought to be more than 50 games this trademark will force to change names. Alternatively they will just disappear from the App Store.While I understand Ravensburger defending its trademark against anyone offering an app simply called Memory, using it to block apps with names like Preschool Memory Match seems more than a little unfair.As is pointed out in the comments on Gamasutra, Memory is also the name of a card game that is public domain. That doesn’t override the trademark Ravensburger holds, but it does show there is a question mark over what should and shouldn’t be allowed to be protected under law.More at Gamasutralast_img read more

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Secessionists call for independence of Kenya coast

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix After Kenya’s 2007 elections, violence in most parts of the country killed more than 1,000 people and displaced at least 600,000 others after a dispute over who won the presidential vote. The chaos greatly damaged the economy and destroyed Kenya’s image as a stable democracy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – A series of violent attacks on the Kenyan coast blamed on a separatist movement called the Mombasa Republican Council highlights a growing feeling on Kenya’s sandy shores that the country’s rulers have long neglected the region and taken its resources as their own. The tensions could mean more violence, especially as the country’s March elections approach.A separatist leader in Mombasa says the group will not allow the coast to take part in general elections if their succession demands are not met.last_img read more

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Etihad Airways named best longhaul airline at Belgian Travel Magazine

first_imgSource = Etihad Airways Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won Best Long-haul Airline at Belgium’s 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards, held in Antwerp.This is the first time Etihad Airways has won the prestigious Belgian travel industry award, beating five other long-haul carriers operating to and from Brussels International Airport.The judging panel consisted of approximately 400 Belgian travel industry professionals, tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, and cruise lines.Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner, said the airline was delighted to win the coveted title.“This award cements us as the airline of choice for long-haul guests travelling to and from Brussels, a strategically important market for Etihad Airways.“It is testament to the strength and success of our whole product experience, whether it be Diamond First, Pearl Business, or Coral Economy.  The award also recognises our success in inspiring our guests from the moment their journey begins, right through to journey’s end – in the air and on the ground.”Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner over Brussels, Brussels Airlines won the award for Best Short-haul Airline.Organised by Travel Magazine – a Belgian travel trade publication, the 31-category Travel Magazine Awards have established themselves as a highly respected annual celebration of achievements within the Belgian travel industry.Etihad Airways operates eight times a week between Brussels and Abu Dhabi, offering onward connections to more than 80 destinations.last_img read more

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TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her Absen

first_img TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard.The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Dugard was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard.The opportunity came up for Katic and Dugard to meet “in a social setting,” the actress said in a recent interview, noting it happened not as part of her research for “Absentia” but “just because.”A photo of the two of them together can be seen on Katic’s Facebook page in a post from July 2016.“She’s a beautiful human being,” Katic said during a stop in Toronto to promote season 2 of “Absentia,” which premieres Wednesday on Showcase.“She is, in so many ways, fully realized. After having come from a situation where her identity was stripped away from her in so many ways, for her to unfold into this authentic and fully realized woman — she’s got a great sense of humour, she’s a good person — I admire her.”Katic said she didn’t use Dugard specifically as a reference point as she crafted her “Absentia” character, former Boston FBI agent Emily Byrne, who is trying to return to “normal” life after being kidnapped and presumed dead during a risky hunt for a serial killer.But she found Dugard’s story left an impression on her.“In no way can I say emulated it or anything like that, because that experience is, to me, I have to completely respect it and protect that,” said the former “Castle” star.“Her ability to recover and her resilience as a human being and the growth that she’s had since that, I honour and respect that woman so much. However, reading her story, hearing about her and meeting her in person, I can’t say that it didn’t leave granules of information for me.”At the start of season 2, Emily is in a dark place as she tries to bond with the son she had in her former life before she went missing. She’s also researching her troubled childhood at an orphanage and starting to remember snippets from her time in captivity.The new season was shot in Bulgaria and explores themes of identity, finding a sense of self and having dominion over yourself, said Katic, noting it also delves into the lives of other characters surrounding Emily.Overall, Katic feels her character is like Odysseus from Greek mythology and an antihero going through psychological challenges in order to find her way home.“That’s the kind of character that I am drawn to in my own TV and movie-viewing experience,” Katic said.“For instance, I love Tom Hardy in ‘Taboo,’ I love Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders,’ and of course Tony Soprano…. Humans are imperfect and so why wouldn’t a female character be … a version of an antihero?”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 12:39 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stana Katic arrives at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on February 21, 2015. In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard. The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Jordan Strauss ‘Absentia’ star Stana Katic on meeting kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugardlast_img read more

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Gesy sabotage claims anger accused parties

first_imgJust days before the House heath committee is set to begin an article-by-article discussion of the regulations concerning the work framework of personal and specialist physicians as well as their fees within Gesy, political parties on Tuesday denied they were trying to sabotage the new health system.As the dispute over the future of private practices within Gesy began aligning into party camps, socialist Edek denounced reports that its leader Marinos Sizopoulos held a back-door meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades seeking government backing for a legislation amendment in favour of private doctors.Sizopoulos, himself a dermatologist, is accused of trying to bring an amendment to the Gesy legislation, which would introduce a right for private doctors to continue their medical practice once the scheme is launched ostensibly in a matter of months.Deputy director of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Andreas Papakonstantinou said on Tuesday that the organisation “is willing to discuss with private doctors and clinicians the subject of private medical practice within Gesy, but will not be adopting a plan that provides unequal healthcare opportunities to all beneficiaries.”As deliberations intensify between the Cyprus Medical Association (CMA) and the HIO, the dispute moved into the political arena after former health minister George Pamboridis pointed the finger at Sizopoulos on Sunday, by claiming on Twitter that he was among a group with two other party leaders who were attempting “to overturn Gesy, under the supposed pretext of improvements to the system.”Pamboridis’ accusations appeared to be confirmed by a parliamentary source who told some media outlets that Sizopoulous, along with Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, had approached Anastasiades, asking that the amendment allowing private practice be backed by the government, with the president replying that the government would not go back on existing arrangements.In its official response, Edek said the reports “do not correspond with reality and only serve political interests.”According to the announcement, Sizopoulos only met the president on October 25 after which he informed media that he had expressed reservations regarding Gesy’s viability under the current framework, and his concerns regarding the scheme’s possible economic collapse in the future.Reiterating claims by the CMA regarding Gesy’s inevitable future failure due to lack of funds and planning, Edek said that under the current framework, “public hospitals run the risk of being sold to private interests.”On Tuesday, Papadopoulos also rejected through his personal Twitter account his alleged involvement in efforts to alter the current design of Gesy, claiming that “Diko had voted in favour of every Gesy law and budget that has crossed parliament… Gesy must go on.”In view of the escalating dispute, Pamboridis called out in a tweet on Tuesday the “mediocre to inadequate self-satisfied political opportunists. These are the scourge of our time. Enough. Go home!”In another tweet on Sunday, Pamboridis claimed that Sizopoulos “went beyond himself to persuade the dermatologists to say a thundering NO to Gesy.” On Tuesday, Edek spokesperson Maria Panayiotou told the Cyprus Mail that this was not true.Under the government roadmap, contributions for Gesy will begin as of March 2019.The first phase of the scheme is to be rolled out on June 1 of the same year. This concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.Gesy will come into full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitol

first_img Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, welcomes campers from the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority’s Double Digit Day Camp to the House floor today. The kids, ages 5 through 14, visited the state Capitol building and spent time with their state representative during the trip.### 17Jun Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitollast_img

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Iden receives committee assignments

first_img16Jan Iden receives committee assignments Categories: Iden News State Rep. Brandt Iden has been named to four House committees for his first term.Iden will serve as the vice chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, as well as serving on the Workforce and Talent Development, Tax Policy and Regulatory Reform committees.“I’m honored to have been appointed vice chair of a committee as important to the economic growth of our state as Communications and Technology,” said Iden, R-Oshtemo. “I appreciate the confidence Speaker Cotter has placed in my ability to be a leader in this committee during my first term in office, and I look forward to working with this committee to create a brighter future for Michigan and Kalamazoo County.”House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether to the full House should take up the bills.  Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.###last_img read more

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Rep Kahle announces proposal to honor fallen state trooper

first_img08Feb Rep. Kahle announces proposal to honor fallen state trooper Categories: Kahle News,News State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced a proposal to honor fallen Trooper Byron J. Erickson by designating the portion of M-52 from Curtis Road to M-50 as the Trooper Byron J. Erickson Highway.Trooper Erickson served with the Michigan State Police for four years before giving his life in the line of duty.“Trooper Erickson was a true hero and this memorial highway will recognize his dedication to our state and our county,” said Rep. Kahle, of Adrian. “This will be a symbol of gratitude and acknowledgement from the community for which he gave the ultimate sacrifice.”On the afternoon of July 2nd, 1993, Trooper Erickson responded to a tip regarding a stolen 1993 Mustang that had been spotted in a Tecumseh subdivision. As he entered the subdivision in an unmarked car, Trooper Erickson spotted the Mustang leaving the area and began to follow the suspect. He requested marked Michigan State Police units to assist in a felony arrest, however, the suspect realized he was being followed and accelerated in order to leave behind Trooper Erickson.In an attempt to keep the suspect in sight until MSP patrol cars arrived, Trooper Erickson followed in pursuit. After a five-mile chase Erickson was forced to perform an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting a civilian vehicle. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed, suffering a severe spinal cord injury.On July 31st at about 3:30 a.m., after 29 days in the hospital, Trooper Byron J. Erickson passed away as a result of complications from his injuries. He was 36 years old.Trooper Erickson is survived by his son, Severin, who now serves as the Director of The Thin Blue Line of Michigan.“I never knew my father. I only know him through the many stories of his bravery, honesty and joyful nature,” Severin Erickson said. “The thing I hear the most is how he loved his community. He became a trooper to protect those around him. I know he and my mom would be honored to have this reminder of his sacrifice.”The bill will have no fiscal impact on the State or local government.#####last_img read more

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4 Elements of Successful Crowdfunding Drawn from Digital Marketing

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares April 25, 2014; MarketingProfsRob Wu of CauseVox has written a simple yet brilliant post about what crowdfunding can learn from digital marketing. He believes that crowdfunding “is disrupting how donors want to give and shifting their preferences fundamentally. As a nonprofit, you have to change your approach to online fundraising just to keep up.”He thinks that some of the necessary ingredients for digital marketing also apply to crowdfunding. Those ingredients include:Brand advocates: Wu says, “Savvy marketers know that they can reap huge rewards by cultivating brand advocates. Brand advocates amplify your reach, drive word of mouth, and get products sold.” Nonprofits, he says, need to look first at the “community of individuals and organizations that are excited about your cause.”He calls this a “tribe of supporters” and divvies them up into three categories:Promoters: People that will share your crowdfunding campaign via email and social media. They’re your megaphones; think of them as your own publicity team.Fundraisers: People that will create a mini-crowdfunding campaign via peer-to-peer fundraising. They’ll ask for donations from their friends and family on your behalf.Donors: People that will pledge to give money to your campaign.These people, he says, are the “engine” of a crowdfunding campaign and he thinks it is very hard to get traction without their commitment.A focus on storytelling: Wu cites the research of Keith Quesenberry and Michael Coolsen of Johns Hopkins, who studied Super Bowl commercials over a two-year period. They found that effective storytelling predicted success. Wu says, “Stories give context and meaning to data and facts. They allow a donor to intimately and emotionally connect to your organization.”Continual testing: Don’t rely on intuition but test your approaches and validate your assumptions if you are serious, says Wu. “A/B testing is an easy way to figure out how to optimize for better results. Marketers constantly test their ads, emails, and offers to see what small changes can lead to more clicks, opens, and purchases.”Someone else’s audience: What if you are relatively new? One can take a bit of a shortcut by approaching other people’s communities. “As part of your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign, you can identify social media influencers with large engaged audiences, journalists who report in your area, and community leaders who care about your cause. That gives you access to their audience, and it can help you build a list of supporters quickly.” This is a tried and true method in direct mail, of course.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

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Apparent Conflicts of Interest in Newark NJs Development Structure

first_imgShare14TweetShareEmail14 SharesSeptember 15, 2014; Newark Star-LedgerIn northern New Jersey and beyond, Baye Adofo-Wilson has long been a star among community-based developers. His leadership of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, a nonprofit community development organization serving a neighborhood adjacent to downtown Newark that for many people was known as a crumbling but historic area, anchored by the underutilized but beautiful Newark Symphony Hall. His role as executive director of the Cultural District brought substantial regional and national attention to the area as well as investment in the organization’s affordable housing and green development plans. The new mayor, Ras Baraka, quickly made Adofo-Wilson one of his top lieutenants after the election, appointing him director of the Department of Economic and Housing DevelopmentReporting for the Star-Ledger, Naomi Nix points out that Adofo-Wilson’s new role will include overseeing the city’s redevelopment agency—the Brick City Development Corporation—which had given the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District a loan which the nonprofit was unable to repay. In fact, according to Nix, Lincoln Park defaulted on a very large loan from Wells Fargo, defaulted on a smaller loan from Brick City, and “settled” a loan it had received from the Community Loan Fund of New Jersey, but only after the Star-Ledger began making inquiries about the loans.Adofo-Wilson offered explanations of the nonprofit’s delinquent and defaulted loans, including problems securing a tax abatement from the City of Newark, causing Lincoln Park to incur six-figure losses. In addition, some of its residential development efforts reached fruition during and after the real estate collapse of 2008, which devastated the already weak Newark housing market and undoubtedly made Lincoln Park’s plans for selling homes difficult in terms of sales prices and timing.Nix wasn’t able to get comments about the delinquent loans from either Brick City or Lincoln Park, but Adofo-Wilson made it clear that he will recuse himself from anything concerning his old organization now that he is a city department director, and Mayor Baraka said that there is no conflict of interest because Adofo-Wilson doesn’t work for the community development group any longer.Anyone who has experience with community-based development in Newark knows that the city bureaucracy has frustrated even the best of nonprofit entrepreneurs, and Adofo-Wilson is no exception. Under former mayor and now senator Cory Booker, the operations of the city’s Economic and Housing Department improved immeasurably with Michael Meyer’s leadership (though we thought the department was called Housing and Economic Development under Booker). However, Adofo-Wilson’s story about the travails of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District ring true, as nonprofit community developers in the city have to navigate multiple departments controlling different elements of the financing and construction of development projects, not to mention the political roles of the mayor and city council.Nonetheless, the history of delinquent and defaulted loans incurred by Adofo-Wilson during his leadership of LPCCD will be a cause for difficulty—for him and for Mayor Baraka. Changes Adofo-Wilson might want to make in the city’s provision of development financing and development guarantees through the Brick City Development Corporation and its awarding of tax abatements for development projects might come to be seen by critics as self-serving, putting the blame on Brick City and other city departments rather than absorbing some responsibility for what might have been misjudgments made at the nonprofit itself about its development agenda and the potential progress of the Newark real estate market. Recusal from activities concerning LPCCD won’t necessarily clear the air for Adofo-Wilson, even though there is nothing legally wrong with the Mayor’s appointing him to direct the department.Because Adofo-Wilson is essentially a participant in and witness to the past dysfunction of the Newark development process, especially as it has affected nonprofit community developers, both Adofo-Wilson and the mayor would have benefitted from an important procedural step. The city really needed a thorough overhaul of its development operations and policies, a top-to-bottom review of what worked and what clearly didn’t in Newark’s approach to community-based development, and a clear agenda of recommendations for comprehensive change. That would have provided Adofo-Wilson and the mayor a solid agenda for change, generated by an independent third party review, that Adofo-Wilson would have then tasked to implement. Simply recusing himself from dealings involving his old Lincoln Park group isn’t sufficient for someone with the profile and experience of Adofo-Wilson.—Rick CohenShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

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