Auto Insurance Review Interim Report Available for Comment

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgAn interim report from an independent review of the automobile insurance system, to ensure Nova Scotians have access to appropriate coverage and premiums that are fair, stable and affordable, is available for public comment. The report has been prepared by review lead Ron L’Esperance. “We want to make sure that the voice of auto insurance consumers is heard,” said Graham Steele, Minister for the Insurance Act.”This opportunity for input will ensure that any potential changes to Nova Scotia’s automobile insurance system meet the needs of today’s families.” People can visit www.gov.ns.ca/autoinsurancereview/ to access the interim report and provide comments. The deadline for feedback is May 17. Government decisions about auto insurance reforms will be made after the final report is released at the end of May and the results are known from actuarial work this summer.last_img read more


Ban Kimoon urges timely resolution of Kosovos future status

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

3 October 2007Any delay in determining the future status of Kosovo could threaten the gains made by the United Nations in the Serbian province it has administered since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The UN peacekeeping mission in the province, known as UNMIK, has mostly achieved what it can, and “further progress depends on a timely resolution of the future status of Kosovo,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the Mission.He warned that a “further prolongation of the future-status process puts at risk the achievements of the United Nations in Kosovo since June of 1999.”The Secretary-General pledged the UN’s support for discussions between the two sides led by the Troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States.“No effort should be spared to reach an acceptable solution to the question of the status of Kosovo in accordance with the guiding principles” of the Contact Group of the US, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, he said.During the 120-day period of Troika-led engagement, “the parties need to engage in construction and genuine discussions,” Mr. Ban noted. “The sides should be encouraged to make concrete and realistic proposals and be given ample opportunities to do so.”However, due to the substantial gap between the parties regarding the future status of Kosovo – where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one – consideration must be given to what to do if the sides cannot come to an agreement by the end of the engagement period, he said.“Momentum in the process to resolve the status of Kosovo must be maintained until closure is reached,” the Secretary-General stated. “Otherwise, there is a real risk of progress beginning to unravel and of instability in Kosovo and the region.”He also called for Kosovo Serbs to fully take part in the upcoming election scheduled for 17 November. “The status determination process continues to polarize the Kosovo Serb political community into those who see a future in working with the international community and the Provisional Institutions and those who do not,” he said.Although the participation of Kosovo Serbs in both the political process and in the Provisional Institutions is “minimal,” Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the emergence of several new Kosovo Serb parties that support joining in the elections. read more


UN invites countries to tune in for first World Radio Day

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

The role of radio as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate will be celebrated as World Radio Day is observed for the first time on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).In a joint statement marking the Day, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said that in a quickly changing world, it was “we must make the most of radio’s ability to connect people and societies, to share knowledge and information and to strengthen understanding.”With the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population, radio is the most prevalent mass medium which has the ability to reach remote communities and marginalized groups at a low cost. It has also proven to be highly resilient as its scope and distribution platforms have grown with the development of new technologies.“Radio is the mass medium that reaches the widest audience, especially the most marginalized parts of our societies,” said Ms. Bokova. “Free, independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies, it is vital for advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms.”The observance of they day on 13 February also marks the anniversary of UN Radio, which was launched in 1946. UNESCO stressed the importance of radio as a vital source of information during natural disasters, and as a central instrument in community life with the potential of mobilizing social change.However, UNESCO noted that worldwide, up to one billion people still do not have access to radio. In Nepal, for example, almost one fifth of the people live in areas without radio coverage.“There are hundreds of radio stations in Nepal and we hope that they will use 13 February to celebrate their power,” said Axel Plathe, head of the UNESCO office in Kathmandu, the capital. “Radios have a crucial role in creating access to information in remote areas, especially in the mountainous regions where they are often the only media available.”To encourage public broadcasters and the public to celebrate the Day, UNESCO has created a website with audio messages in several languages and handbooks for community radio stations. The site also provides free access to UNESCO’s audio archives showcasing interviews with renowned figures such as Nelson Mandela, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre. 10 February 2012The role of radio as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate will be celebrated as World Radio Day is observed for the first time on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more


Home sales across Canada fall 67 per cent biggest monthly drop in

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

Home sales across Canada fall 6.7 per cent, biggest monthly drop in seven years OTTAWA – Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday, the latest evidence that a cool-down in the housing sector is taking hold.Transactions last month were down 6.7 per cent compared with May on a national basis, the third consecutive monthly decline, with the Greater Toronto Area registering a 15.1 per cent drop.Home sales are down 14.1 per cent from the record level set in March.“Changes to Ontario housing policy made in late April have clearly prompted many homebuyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region to take a step back and assess how the housing market absorbs the changes,” CREA chief economist Gregory Klump said in a statement.“The recent increase in interest rates could reinforce a lack of urgency to purchase or, alternatively, move some buyers off the sidelines before their pre-approved mortgage rate expires. In the meantime, some move-up buyers who previously purchased a home before first selling may become more motivated to reduce their asking price rather than carry two mortgages.”Sales were down from the previous month in 70 per cent of all local markets measured by CREA, including the Lower Mainland in B.C., Montreal and Quebec City.The Ontario government moved earlier this year to cool the Toronto real estate market, bringing in more than a dozen measures including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers. Since then, sales in Canada’s largest city have slowed.Separately, mortgage interest rates have started to rise in recent days. That came after the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate last week by 25 basis points to 0.75 per cent, a move that prompted the big banks to increase their prime rates. Rates for new fixed-rate mortgages also ticked up in anticipation of the central bank rate hike.Compared with a year ago, national home sales in June were down 11.4 per cent.TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said that after growing this year, home prices are expected to fall next year.“Much of that weakness will be concentrated in markets in Ontario and B.C., where households are particularly sensitive to higher mortgage rates given the stretched affordability,” Petramala wrote in a note to clients.“Elsewhere in the country, the improving economic conditions should help offset some of the impact of gradual interest rate hikes, with home prices and sales expected to trend higher.”The national average price for a home sold in June was $504,458, up 0.4 per cent from a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the national average price was $394,660, up 5.8 per cent.The aggregate composite Multiple Listing Service home price index for June was up 15.8 per cent compared with a year ago. A “For Sale” sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes Sunday, April 9, 2017. Home sales in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years, driven by a plunge in the Greater Toronto market, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday, the latest evidence that a cool-down in the housing sector is taking hold. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


EU Commissions CO2 plans cast a cloud on the horizon

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

‘We recognise the importance that cars play in climate change but everybody has a role to play in reducing CO2 emissions. It is important to put this in context and if the Commission is intent on placing the onus onto car manufacturers, then we see serious difficulties ahead. There is a huge threat to employment and the economy. Not only will the choice of cars be reduced by these measures if we are to meet the limits, but independent estimates place a projected increase in the region of £2500 to the sale price of each new car.’ The motor industry is a world leader in many fields of expertise, based on a long tradition of innovation and fulfilling consumer demand. Preserving the environment is always a key consideration for car manufacturers and the technological solutions are available, but at a cost. New markets and jobs are only created when there is clear demand and an economic basis to back this development. ‘The industry is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products and we have proven that we are doing our bit by hitting interim targets of our voluntary agreement. We have also already produced and brought to market cars that can meet the 120g/km limit – the problem is that motorists do not buy them!’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. While the motor industry accepts that it has an important part to play in the climate change debate, it has grave concerns over the impact of proposals made today by the EU Environment Commissioner, Stavros Dimas. For more than a decade, car makers have voluntarily made significant progress in reducing CO2 emissions from their vehicles, but this proposed legislation is likely to result in less choice for the motorist and higher prices on the dealer forecourt. Car makers believe that a concerted drive by all the stakeholders – Government, oil companies, suppliers and motorists – would not only be the quickest and most effective solution to reducing CO2 but also the cheapest. The motor industry has shown its willingness and capability to produce technological solutions. What is now required is an integrated approach from all stakeholders to work towards these important aims of the Commission, without causing a negative impact on consumer choice and the economy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Gallery Ohio State vs UNLV

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scores in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor


The Great Ireland Run featuring world champs Bressie and our boy Leo

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgA FIELD OF more than 10,000 adults and children will take part in the Mini, Junior, Mile and 10km Great Ireland Runs at the Phoenix Park this Sunday.Favourite in the men’s 10km race is Kenenisa Bekele, the defending champion and course record holder, triple Olympic gold-medallist and world record holder at 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres.Not too shabby. However, our money is on Minister for Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, who has signed on and, rumour has it, stretching his calf muscles with a steely grimace in the vicinity of the Dáil. ‘Leo’s doing what now?’ Bekele looks worried. (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)If Minister Varadkar, last seen [sportingly] taking part in Hell and Back trials in February, fails to keep pace with the impressive Bekele, former Leinster rugby player and The Voice talent-spotter Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin can take up the challenge.The midfield battle for supremacy will, no doubt, feature Keith Barry, Matt Cooper, Brian Kennedy and Keith Duffy.Bekele will be strongly challenged by his Ethiopian compatriot and current world 10,000 metre champion Ibrahim Jeilan. Both men are seeking places on their national team for the World Championships in Moscow in August.Elite womenGemma Steel of Great Britain will defend her title against Irish gold medal winning European cross country team member and defending national champion Linda Byrne.Both will be pushed hard by Spanish number one Diana Martin, British Olympian Julia Bleasdale and Italy’s Elana Romagnolo.Two other faces to look out, and cheer, for on the day include Irish Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O’Sullivan and television host Grainne Seoige.Our money is on the serious-looking chap, Ibrahim Jeilan. (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)RTE Two television will broadcast the run, sponsored by SPAR Ireland, live in a special programme.Personal late entries for the event will be accepted at Life Style Sports in Blanchardstown on today (until 7 pm) and Saturday, 13 April (10am to 4 pm) subject to availability.Spanish and German heavyweights kept apart in mouth-watering Champions League draw‘No doubt about it, Paul O’Connell is going on the Lions Tour’ – Shane Byrnelast_img read more


Oblivion is getting a sequel Elder Scrolls V though to be in

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgBethesda Softworks did a great job with the follow-up to Morrowind and the publisher/developer won itself a lot of fans releasing Oblivion across PC and consoles. But talk of a sequel to Oblivion, which would be Elder Scrolls V, was quashed by Todd Howard in 2009 when he said there were no plans to make it.Jump forward to the end of 2010 and rumors are surfacing that Elder Scrolls V is now in advanced development. A source speaking to Eurogamer Denmark (translated) has said he’s seen official game documents while also mentioning “Dragon Lord” and “The Blades” as featuring in the game. Voice actor recording is also thought to be underway.Recording voices means the game is is likely pretty far along in development. Comments made by Howard during Quakecon this year also suggested the game is in an advanced state even though he wouldn’t confirm what the game was:One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it’s out will be the shortest it’s been for us. It’s pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there’s a lot of game there to play right now. This is one rumor a lot of gamers will be hoping is true as a sequel to Oblivion is almost guaranteed to be hit.Read more at Eurogamer, via 1UP.comlast_img read more


La suite bureautique QuickOffice se met à jour pour sa version mobile

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgLa suite bureautique QuickOffice se met à jour pour sa version mobileLes tablettes tactiles peuvent devenir des machines de production avec cette nouvelle version de la suite bureautique QuickOffice. Au programme, une ergonomie repensée pour l’iPad et les systèmes Android.Qui a dit que les tablettes sont incapables d’être utilisées à l’instar de machines de bureau plus classiques ? Avec QuickOffice, les Ipad ou autres Galaxy Tab peuvent tout à fait se comporter comme de vrais ordinateurs. Ce logiciel permet de créer et d’éditer des documents au format le plus répandu dans les entreprises, autrement dit compatibles Microsoft Office.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Tandis que QuickOffice est déjà présent sur tous les systèmes mobiles, aussi bien smartphones que tablettes, on apprend, selon Clubic, que l’éditeur prépare une version 5.0, qui comportera de nombreux ajouts. Au programme, une ergonomie totalement repensée pour les tablettes, permettant de profiter au mieux de la taille de l’écran. Au lancement, il sera donc affiché trois volets permettant de naviguer entre des documents et de les classer via un simple glisser-déposer. Également, la suite apportera le support complet des fichiers Microsoft Office 2010, soit les extensions .docx ou .pptx pour Powerpoint. Les modifications possibles seront nombreuses, y compris dans l’édition d’images intégrées aux documents, et seront effectuées en temps réel, rapporte Clubic.com.L’autre ajout majeur sera dans l’intégration des différents services web au sein même de l’application. Dropbox, Boxi ou Google Docs seront donc à portée de doigts. Ainsi, vous pourrez chez vous créer des documents sur votre machine, puis les stocker en ligne pour les récupérer à tout moment sur la tablette ou le téléphone.Cette importante mise à jour est attendue sur les différents App Store dès le mois de novembre. Le 25 octobre 2011 à 15:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Valverde feels red card cost Barcelona

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde feels that Sergi Roberto’s sending off proved to be the turning point in their 2-2 draw against Celta VigoThe Catalan giants took the lead twice at the Estadio Balaidos on Wednesday night, only for the hosts to come back twice and cause Barcelona to settle for a point.While Valverde had made a lot of changes to the lineup, Barcelona did manage to maintain their unbeaten record in La Liga this season.”I thought that we were the better side, then came the red card and we had to change things,” said Valverde, according to Marca.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…”Afterwards, we didn’t have the capacity to form an attack that would have pushed them back completely, and thus the equaliser came.”It is one more point and now we need two victories to be champions. We would like to get them, but we’ll see.”Next up for Barcelona is the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Saturday, before a trip to Deportivo in La Liga.last_img read more


Top 10 most read stories 29 March4 April 2018

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_imgThe 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 29 March and 4 April 2018 were:Royal Mail to proceed with pay and collective DC pension scheme dealThe tax and legislation changes impacting reward from April 2018Direct Line Group to introduce new minimum salary and award free sharesSunderland Association Football Club reports an 85.1% mean gender pay gapTPR prosecutes Workchain for opting employees out of workplace pensionRyanair reports a 67% mean gender pay gapApple reports a 5% mean gender pay gapIkea reports a 6.9% mean gender pay gap for retail employeesTerryberry acquires CottrillsRewardEXCLUSIVE: FinTru hosts health and wellbeing month to promote new benefitslast_img


Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All “Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B,” Wilander said. “The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.”No peeking, ChromeOne notable aspect of Apple’s proposal is that it would keep the browser maker from knowing what ad activity the browser is measuring. “The browser vendor should not learn about the user’s ad clicks or conversions,” Wilander said. That would keep Google from knowing what its billion-plus Chrome users are up to.Firefox maker Mozilla gave Apple’s idea a warm reception and said it’ll participate in discussions about it.”We believe ad click attribution is an important use of cross-site measurement on the web today. In fact, we’ve identified it as such in our antitracking policy,” said Steven Englehardt, Firefox privacy engineer. “We’d like to explore solutions that allow for it without putting users’ privacy at risk, and believe Apple’s proposal is one possible solution.”Privacy has become a high priority in tech with Facebook’s Cambridge analytica scandal, the growing use of facial recognition, the abundance of digital traces we leave online and the unceasing data breaches and leaks. “The future is private,” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg declared at the company’s developer conference in April.Millions of people use ad blockers in their browsers, but browsers are getting more assertive about blocking tracking, too. Brave blocks all ads and trackers by default, Mozilla has begun a shift to blocking some trackers, and Safari has its Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Earlier this month, Google’s Chrome team announced its own effort to curtail tracking using cookies.Do Not Track lives on, sort ofAn effort called Do Not Track, through which you could set your browser to tell website publishers and advertisers that you didn’t want to be tracked online, fizzled in part because advertisers didn’t like it. Newer browser approaches to dealing with tracking are taking unilateral action.The Interactive Advertising Bureau, which represents online advertisers and publishers, doesn’t like what’s happening, calling for clear federal regulations governing personal data — an idea it calls “Do Not Track Plus.” “The work being done by big platforms and browser makers is useful, because it will contribute to a federal or global solution. But it won’t substitute for it,” IAB Chief Executive Randall Rothenberg and public policy leader Dave Grimaldi said in a May blog post. “We shouldn’t have a thousand different methods for managing digital privacy, confusing consumers and sowing chaos among businesses. And we shouldn’t make consumers push endless consent buttons on websites and apps, or burrow deep into browser tools to manage who’s doing what with their data.”Originally published May 22, 8:38 a.m. PT.Update, 11:29 a.m.: Adds comment from IAB and Mozilla and further background. Internet Advertising Privacy Safari Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 reading • Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you in Safari Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors A new standard to keep advertisers from tracking you across the internet is built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview.Apple has built new browser technology designed to let advertisers figure out when their ads successfully convinced you to buy something — but without tracking you across the internet and harvesting personal details to do so.The plan, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution and detailed Wednesday, is now built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview 82. And Apple is proposing it become something all browsers can embrace as a standard.”As more and more browsers acknowledge the problems of cross-site tracking, we should expect privacy-invasive ad click attribution to become a thing of the past,” said John Wilander, the Apple programmer behind Safari’s earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention project, in a blog post about the new technology.The move increases Apple’s pressure on tech companies to protect privacy — and spotlights its ability to profit from that push, in contrast to giants like Facebook and Google whose businesses rely on online ads.Apple angered the ad tech industry with its earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology, which reins in cookies — especially third-party cookies that ad companies place on websites they don’t operate.Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Today’s ad technology often tracks you as you go from one website to another, a process that relies on small text files called cookies that an advertiser or website can instruct your browser to store. Cookies can record that you saw a particular ad on one site and then bought the advertised product on another site, information that’s very useful for advertisers but that can harvest huge amounts of data about online behavior.Apple’s approach, in comparison, measures whether ads were successful within the browser instead of leaving it to advertising companies that track you online. It reports its result, but with a randomized delay between 24 and 48 hours so advertisers can’t track people by pinning down the timing of their actions. Apple 1:25 Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more


Tesla shows interest in building large ebattery plants in India

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgTesla Electric CarTesla MotorsMajor companies like Tesla and Amperex Technology Co. Ltd have shown interest in India’s plan to build large factories to produce lithium-ion batteries. The Indian government had earlier announced an investment of Rs 50,000 crore to build battery manufacturing plants in the country.Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s initiative to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components has been luring the global investors. India is currently the world’s third-largest crude oil importer. If India can slash crude consumption it can save precious foreign exchange, besides controlling pollution in major cities.As per the LiveMint report, the expenditure finance committee (EFC) has approved the proposal to set up 50-gigawatt hour factories. The final tender is expected to be declared by February. The successful completion of one such project can power 50 million homes for an hour and around 1.5 million electric vehicles. Representative ImageReutersTesla is the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles. According to a report in Forbes, the market share for EVs is stagnant without the inclusion of Tesla auto. But the Elon Musk-run company is still stepping back when it comes to a launch in India, citing reasons like ‘challenging government regulations’ and extremely high import duties in the country.The federal policy think tank, Niti Aayog, has been pushing the idea to build the plant to achieve similar results as of Tesla through its Gigafactory in Nevada, US. The project aims at releasing the technology in the market and let the users decide what’s best suited for them.  Tesla GigafactoryReutersThe report clarifies that the programme aims at building 12 gigawatt-scale facilities, having a potential of 10GWh each by 2030. It further states that the government will be focusing on tax incentives for manufacturers and a basic customs duty safeguard from 2021 to 2030 to encourage private sector investment for making advanced chemistry cells and batteries in India.The 2019 budget proposed by Nirmala Sitharaman has already announced tax rebates of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for customers on interest paid on loans to buy EVs, with a total exemption benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh over the entire loan period to encourage the sales of electric vehicles. The Goods and Services Tax Council has also announced the tax cuts on electric vehicles and chargers from August 1.last_img read more


95pc youths use Facebook

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_img.Facebook remains the most popular social networking site among Bangladeshi youth by a fairly wide margin.The other popular social networks are imo, Youtube, WhatsApp, and Viber, says a survey conducted by Org-Quest Research Ltd and initiated by Prothom Alo.The survey was conducted on 1,200 youths, who are15 to 30 years old. Of them, 494 use social networks regularly.When asked about their favourite social network, 95 per cent youths said their first preference is Facebook.Among the 494, a total of 468 youths have only one social networking site account, Facebook, indicating 94 per cent youths consider Facebook their social network.The 494 survey participants spend 52 minutes on average on Facebook every day.Of them, 80 per cent give 30 minutes to 1 hour daily and the rest spend more than 1 hour on Facebook.The second choice of the youths is imo as 57 per cent of them use the app based site regularly.Youtube stays in the third position among Bangladeshi youths. Among the survey participants, 33 per cent youths regularly use Youtube. The video-sharing site is more popular among boys than girls.WhatsApp is in the fourth and Viber in the fifth position among youths’ choice list of social networks.Social network expert Fahim Masroor told Prothom Alo, young people are losing their depth of thought because of this Facebook addiction.This addiction is triggering off social unrest, intolerance and militancy, he said.Fahim Masroor thinks the authorities should give the youth reading rooms, sports facilities, and other recreational activities so that technology cannot control them. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more


Bangladesh faces AIDS boom

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgHealth minister Mohammad Nasim addresses a programme on World AIDS Day arranged on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Photo: PIDWhile AIDS contagion is dropping globally, in Bangladesh it is on the rise. This year 869 people have been diagnosed with HIV AIDS. Last year 148 died of the disease.This was revealed during a programme on World AIDS Day, organised on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.Speaking at the programme as chief guest, health minister Mohammad Nasim said the target that has been set to eradicate HIV/AIDSfrom the country will certainly be achieved by 2030.He said that youth should be kept away from drugs as AIDS was spread by sharing needles by drug users.Public awareness must be mobilised, he said, adding that an initiative had been taken to involve the home ministry and social welfare ministry to this end.The latest scenario of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh was presented by the line director of HIV/AIDS programme, professor Mohammad Samiul Islam.He mentioned that till now 869 infected patients have been diagnosed since December last year and 148 had died in that time.Physicians pointed out, the percentage of CD4 in the blood of HIV infected persons decreases.The infected persons lose their appetite, their weight drops drastically and other physical symptoms become apparent. These are the symptoms of HIV AIDS.It was said that the first HIV infection in Bangladesh was diagnosed in 1989. Since then, 6,455 have been identified and there have been 1022 deaths in this connection.At present, there are around 13,000 HIV affected patients in Bangladesh, though all of them could not be identified.UNICEF representative Edouard Beigbeder said that the government has been depending less on the donors and more on its own resources to run the HIV/AIDS control programme.He mentioned that the rate of HIV infected is decreasing in the whole world but not in Bangladesh.He highlighted the treatment provided to the HIV infected community.The president of PL HIV (People Living with HIV) Network Hafizuddin said that the HIV infected people face discrimination in the society.They should be brought within the reach of health insurance, he added.The president of STI Network Abu Yousuf Chowdhury said that the people have to dispel the assumption that the prevalence of this infection is less in Bangladesh.It has to be kept in mind that the prevalence is steadily increasing.The discussion was presided over by additional general director of the health directorate professor Nasima Sultana.Before the programme, government officials and NGO activists took out a procession in front of the National Assembly.last_img read more


Dengue patients exceed 50000

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgThe pediatric ward at Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in Dhaka is overcrowded with dengue patients. In this picture taken on 16 August 2019 children are seen at the corridors of the hospital. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe number of dengue patients in the country has exceeded 50,000. Hospitals are overflowing with this unprecedented influx of dengue patients.Last year a total of 10,148 dengue patients had been admitted to hospitals all around the country. That record was broken in July this year with the admission of 16,253 patients to various hospitals. And just in the first 16 days of August, over 31,500 patients were admitted.Dengue season begins in April and ends in October, with the highest number of patients generally being affected in September. Given the present weather conditions, entomologist Manzur Chowdhury told Prothom Alo, “It is not likely that the incidence of dengue will decrease any time soon. All measures must be stepped up to keep people away from mosquitoes.”The health directorate’s health emergency operations centre and control room has said that according to information from 10 government and semi-government hospitals, 30 private hospitals and civil surgeons around the country, a total of 1719 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals on Friday. They put the number of dengue patients this year at 49,999. Of the, 42,243 have been released from hospital after treatment.Given the burgeoning number of patients, the health ministry has opened a special dengue ward at the national orthopaedic hospital (better known as pangu hospital).Coordinator of the ward AHM Akhteruzzaman on Friday, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, a 14-year-old girl with dengue was admitted to the ward on that day. Two children with dengue were admitted to Mahanagar Shishu Hospital on Friday too.These two hospitals are not on the government’s list. Referring to this, assistant director of the health emergency operations centre and control room, Ayesha Akhter, told Prothom Alo that the number of dengue patients in hospitals exceeded 50,000.The actual number of patients, however, is much higher. Not all information from hospitals around the country comes to the health emergency operations centre and control room in Dhaka.There is also no record of how many patients are being treated at physicians’ private chambers. Almost all government and semi-government hospitals are providing outdoor treatment to dengue patients too.At Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University alone, this year 5,300 dengue patients have been treated so far at the outdoor department. There is no collective record of all this information.According to government records, so far 40 patients have died of dengue this year. However, Prothom Alo reports put this number at 145, based in information from various hospitals, civil surgeons and families of the patients.Of the 40 persons who died of dengue according to official records, 27 died of dengue shock syndrome. Last the year the main cause of dengue deaths was dengue haemorrhagic fever. This year it is dengue shock syndrome.Dengue has increased exponentially this year due to the failure of the two Dhaka city corporations to tackle the Aedes mosquito menace.Virologist Nurul Islam, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “This is the first time in Bangladesh’s history that so many people have been admitted to hospital for a disease in such a short span of time.”* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more


2013 Legislature Scrutinized in Texas Redistricting Trial

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share Graphic by Todd WisemanAs the week-long trial on Texas’ redistricting battle nears its finish line, testimony Wednesday washed the 2013 Legislature — the body of lawmakers who adopted the court-drawn state House and congressional maps still in place — back to shore. Here’s what you need to know: • It’s been a legal squabble years in the making. Did the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2011 intentionally discriminate against Latino and black voters in redrawing the state’s House and congressional maps? That’s what the state of Texas and minority groups have gone back and forth over for six years. A panel of federal judges this spring ruled they did, but here’s the catch — those maps never took effect. Instead, the same judges created temporary maps before the 2012 elections, and with the backing of then-Attorney General Greg Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry, the Legislature in 2013 eventually adopted them.• Some big-picture items: A couple things could happen if the judges find the state intentionally discriminated minority voters. For one, such a ruling could place Texas’ election laws back under the federal government’s watch — and the San Antonio court has previously ruled in a way that’s raised that possibility. More immediately, the state’s largest argument — that it can’t be knocked for following the court’s wisdom and adopting its temporary maps — would be weakened. • There’s still more to go. Republican lawmakers are expected to testify before the panel later this week, and the trial is set to end Friday or Saturday. Follow Texas Tribune reporter Jim Malewitz for updates out of San Antonio. last_img read more


Queer musicians drown in tragic accident in Atlanta

Posted On Aug 29 2019 by

first_imgKiwan Benson (R) and Montell Newton drowned near Atlanta. | Photo: Facebook/SFCP Atlanta’s queer community is in mourning after two of its brightest stars drowned in a tragic accident. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Both meant so much to the Atlanta queer community – and to SFQP… They will be missed deeply,’ SFPQ said in a statement.‘Two bright lights in our community have flickered off and we’re processing this new darkness.’Through SFPQ Newton met other advocates and formed the CLUTCH underground party. Newton wanted a festival where music and activism came together.‘I wanted CLUTCH to feel more communal versus just coming to see folks perform,’ they told Creative Loafing in June.‘I wanted there to be food and STD testing and all that so it would feel like a family reunion of sorts, where people could be exposed to artists that looked like them and shared lived experiences.’Newton also wanted CLUTCH to represent the diversity of the community.‘Essentially, I just wanna present queer folks, especially those of color, in a way that accurately represents the diverse pool of talent in the community,’ the told Q Magazine.Pope described Benson as a sweet person.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Fire and Rescue found the bodies of Montell Newton, 24,  and Kiwan Benson, 31, two days after they went missing off Tybbee Island near Savannah.The pair went missing on Monday at the south beach sandbar which has notoriously brutal tide shifts and currents.Newton – who went by the stage MonteQarlo – and Benson were prominent members of Atlanta’s DIY, punk and queer music scenes.The two were also inseparable, described often as ‘almost twins’.‘When you saw one, you were bound to see the other,’ gay Atlanta musician Corey Pope told Project Q Atlanta. ‘Kiwan is the only person that called Monte by their real name (Montell). They had a tight bond and a mutual respect for each other. I really admired that about them.’Atlanta’s music, activism and artBoth used their work to uplift the LGBTI people of color (POC) communities.Newton also helped organize the Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFPQ) – a queer and trans, arts and advocacy organization and festival.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Gay guy attacked with rocks after leaving queer festival Mighty HooplaIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsEveryday moments of gay history captured on new websiteRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-musicians-drown-in-tragic-accident-in-atlanta/last_img read more


Another American arrested at airport with illegal weapon

Posted On Aug 29 2019 by

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Another American has been arrested at the Cancun International Airport after being found in possession of an illegal firearm.The incident took place Saturday at 10:00 a.m. when a passenger from Sun Country Airlines was found carrying a pistol-type firearm, caliber .380, Taurus TCP Mark with six cartridges. The passenger has only been identified as being from Indianapolis.The passenger was detained and placed at the disposal of the Public Ministry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img


Annual fest in Austin promotes Central American music in the US

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:‘Psychotropic’ Sonámbulo readies for US Lineup announced for Envision 2014 The Doors’ drummer John Densmore to play concert with Costa Rica’s Sonámbulo Jacó Happenings “Music has no borders,” says Central American singer-songwriter Flor Urbina. Courtesy of Mauricio Callejas AUSTIN, Texas – The numerous Spanish-language radio stations in the United States rarely play music from Central America despite more than four million immigrants from this region.To fill this void, Salvadoran songwriter Mauricio Callejas created the website “Centroamericanto” in 2003, displaying podcasts of music, interviews and news about Central American musicians. Callejas has dedicated all his efforts to promote musicians from the region after moving to Austin, Texas, in 2002.One of these efforts is the organization since 2011 of the annual Centroamericanto Fest. The festival showcases independent Central American artists in Austin, the so-called Live Music Capital of the World, due to its variety of music festivals and venues. This year, the festival runs Sept. 26 to 29 and highlights a lineup with Costa Rican band Rialengo, songwriter Flor Urbina, and a set of 10 other artists. Last year, Honduran Guillermo Anderson played the fest.The festival showcases Central America as a region with a specific culture that is part of the American culture. This year, Centroamericanto Fest offers free music shows at Zilker Park, the same venue as the popular Austin City Limits music festival. Adults also can enjoy night shows at Dougherty Arts Center for $20, and the festival includes traditional foods and customs.Sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and the Texas Commission of the Arts, the festival still lacks major sponsors such as airlines, hotels or food vendors, therefore, participating artists paid for their own trips to Austin.“Artists believe in this project,” Callejas says. As a result, some Central American artists have participated in a different internationally renowned festival, South by Southwest in Austin, including Sonámbulo Psicotropical from Costa Rica, and Culeta Sound Machine from Nicaragua.“Most artists from the region are independent and they only become famous after moving to Mexico or the U.S. where there are many record labels,” Callejas says, citing examples of Nicaraguan Luis Enrique, the “Prince of Salsa,” and Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno. Costa Rican cumbia band Rialengo will perform this weekend’s Centroamericanto festival in Austin, Texas. Courtesy of Mauricio Callejascenter_img Callejas is an example of what the festival embodies. He composes trova music, a genre that is barely known in the United States.“Many people think that Latin music is only danceable,” he says.Recently, Callejas incorporated dance beats into his trova songs, and local radio stations started playing his latest album, “Helado Pop.”“I believe that music needs to carry a message beyond love and heartbreaking lyrics,” he says.His newest album combines bachata, cumbia and salsa rhythms.Central American immigrant groups are larger in major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C., however, many local festivals in those areas highlight traditional dances and foods rather than current independent musicians.Music production from Central America has a wide variety of styles in a region troubled by gangs and the highest murder rates in the world.“Society must write its own music about its own reality, issues and feelings,” Callejas says. At the same time, regional music reinforces the idea that there is a fellowship among people from Central America, and people from Costa Rica embrace Panamanian or Nicaraguan artists, he says, adding, “That [fraternity] is our inspiration.” Learn more about Centroamericanto Fest or follow it on social media at: http://www.centroamericantofest.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more