Team Nova Scotia Honoured at Province House

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia brought home the gold, silver and bronze from this summer’s Canada Games. Medal winners, their coaches and managers, flag bearers and mission staff were honoured today, Oct. 13, by Premier John Hamm and Nova Scotia Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald at Province House in Halifax. “Every Nova Scotian has reason to be proud of the accomplishments of Team Nova Scotia at this summer’s Canada Games,” said Premier Hamm. “Our athletes, coaches, managers and supporters represented our province in an exemplary manner. It’s our pleasure to recognize them here today.” Team Nova Scotia came home with 46 medals and many new personal bests. Medals were won in athletics, canoe/kayak, rowing, women’s basketball, rugby, sailing and swimming. “Today’s reception is to celebrate a job well done,” said Mr. MacDonald. “These athletes inspire all Nova Scotians to strive for their goals, and make physical activity a part of their lives through sport.” Team members were introduced in the legislature and attended a reception in honour of their performance at the Games.last_img read more


SC declines urgent hearing of PIL on doctors safety security

Posted On Oct 20 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined an urgent hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought safety and security of doctors, observing that the medicos have already called off their strike in West Bengal and other states. A vacation bench, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant, said there was no urgency now in the case and it should be listed after the summer break before an appropriate bench. Petitioner Alok Srivastava insisted the matter needed urgent attention, contending that effective measures have not been taken regarding doctors’ safety and security at government hospitals. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The court rebutted, saying: “We are not against doctors’ security but we cannot pass an order on it now.” Srivastava persisted on an urgent hearing on the matter and urged the court to issue a notice. The court however, declined to entertain the matter, stating it cannot pass orders apprehending a situation. “Tomorrow we pass an order nobody should be murdered?… We only pass orders which could be implemented,” it said. The court said it was well aware that security of doctors was paramount, but it cannot pass an order at the cost of others. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The counsel representing the Indian Medical Association (IMA) contended that doctors’ safety and security is an extremely important issue, and “we seek a central legislation on this matter, although some states have laws”. The court replied: “We need a holistic view on the matter” and listed it for regular hearing. A PIL was filed on June 14 seeking direction for the Centre and the West Bengal government to provide a secure environment for doctors to perform their duties. A junior doctor at NRS Hospital in Kolkata was attacked on June 10 by relatives of a patient who had died in the hospital, allegedly due to medical negligence, triggering protests by doctors in West Bengal. On June 14, several doctors boycotted work across the country as a sign of solidarity with their counterparts in West Bengal. The petition cited media reports of the brutal attack on the junior doctor identified as Paribaha Mukherjee who sustained severe injuries. The petition cited a study by the IMA, stating that more than 75 per cent of doctors across the country have faced some form of violence. This study concluded that 50 per cent violent incidents took place in the Intensive Care Unit of hospitals, and in 70 per cent of the cases, the relatives of the patients were involved. Srivastava said the petition has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution. He claimed that it was his public duty to move the apex court and seek its urgent intervention to address issues which led to the strike and protests by doctors of various medical colleges and hospitals across India. The petition sought government-appointed uniformed security personnel at every government hospital in India for the safety and security of the doctors. It also demanded strict action against the perpetrators of the attack on the doctor in West Bengal. In the aftermath of the Kolkata incident, junior doctors in several states reportedly boycotted work affecting medical services in various parts of the country. The strike was called off on Monday.last_img read more


New school program gives Baldonnel School students handson building skills

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgTo watch the progress of the build; CLICK HERE BALDONNEL, B.C. – Grade 5 and 6 students at Baldonnel Elementary are being given an opportunity for hands-on learning with the construction of two sheds at their school.School District #60 has partnered with Petronas on a tool trailer that is taken out to schools to work on hands-on projects. This new Applied Skills and Technology curriculum is about project-based learning and takes students learning outside of the classroom.Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education, shares schools are embracing the new curriculum.The storage sheds at Baldonnel are a great example of this.  Students are learning math in the classroom and then going outside and applying their learning.  Tradespeople from the school community are also coming in and lending a hand as well.  Having the involvement of the parent community also gives the students valuable career exposure, shared Campbell.Christine Todd of Baldonnel School shares the kids are loving the experience and accomplished a lot on their first day. The plan is for the school to keep one shed and auction the other off. Proceeds from the sale of the second shed will go back into the school to help continue to fund project-based programs.Rona has helped with donating some of the building materials, and AAA Safety has helped provide safety equipment the students are using.Campbell shared, everyone, is looking forward to seeing the finished product.last_img read more


Lebanon UN blue helmet killed while clearing unexploded ordnance

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

The incident occurred when a UNIFIL team was clearing unexploded ordnance in a valley south of Shama.UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that UNIFIL medical and explosives teams were sent to the location immediately, and an investigation is underway. 25 July 2007A peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) died today from the explosion of ordnance, a spokesperson for the world body said.


New UN report highlights bleak economic situation for Palestinians

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

The International Labour Organization (ILO), in its annual publication on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories, attributes the improvement to an accelerated growth rate and a slightly higher rate of employment – roughly 15 per cent in both Gaza and the West Bank.The agency adds though that the higher rate of employment is still very low by international standards. Furthermore, the unemployment rate of nearly 40 per cent in Gaza is among the highest in the world. In addition, the three-year-old blockade which Israel imposed on Gaza after Hamas ousted the Fatah movement and took control of the Strip in 2007 has led to uneven economic growth between that area and the West Bank. “The longer the closure continues, the more it undermines future prospects of workers and their families, in particular of the younger generation,” states the report, which was prepared for ILO’s International Labour Conference which opened in Geneva on 2 June.The report stresses the crucial issue of access in the economic situation of the occupied Palestinian territory.“Restrictions on access and movement in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, which include the separation barrier, checkpoints and other physical obstacles, together with an increasingly sophisticated permit system, continue to strongly undermine economic activity, the Palestinian social fabric, enterprises and the well-being of workers,” it states.“The ILO has always maintained that improvements in access and movement have a positive impact on economic development and employment in the occupied Palestinian territory,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia writes in the preface to the report.“A lasting solution to the conflict rests on building an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living in peace and security with all its neighbours,” he adds.The report also notes that East Jerusalem is becoming more isolated from the rest of the West Bank due to a policy of reducing the proportion of Palestinians living and working there. In this connection, it voices deep concern about the recent announcement by Israel that it will continue with the expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem.Meanwhile, impediments to movement and access constitute the most important barriers to economic development and the establishment of a normal social fabric in the occupied Syrian Golan, according to the report. Mr. Somavia also points out that “the bleak economic, social and humanitarian situation in the occupied Arab territories creates an environment in which workers’ rights and human dignity continue to be violated on a daily basis.”In response to critical needs, ILO has further expanded its technical cooperation programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, giving special attention to supporting social partners and promoting dialogue among the Palestinian Authority, workers’ and employers’ organizations. 10 June 2010The economic situation in the occupied Palestinian territory has seen some improvement but remains precarious, particularly in the Gaza Strip, where the continued Israeli blockade undermines prospects for employment and growth, says a new United Nations report. read more


DHX Media Alibaba ink deal to sell childrens TV programs like Teletubbies

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

The Alibaba Group will distribute children’s programming such as “Teletubbies” in China through a deal with DHX Media.It’s the first deal between the Halifax-based entertainment company and Alibaba, a major e-commerce company that operates primarily in China.The DHX-Alibaba agreement covers more than 2,500 half-hour episodes of content for Alibaba’s video-on-demand service, which is available through set-top boxes, smart televisions and other devices.The titles include “Teletubbies” — a British series that DHX distributes globally — as well as “Caillou,” “Paddington Bear,” and “Johnny Test.”DHX Media didn’t provide financial details of the agreement.The Canadian PressCorus Entertainment snaps up Disney content from DHX Media, plans to launch Disney channel in Canada read more


Markets update at midmorning

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 85.29 points to 15,234.86, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 25.86 points to 21,600.59. The S&P 500 index added 6.94 points to 2,467.55 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 29.23 points to 6,373.54The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.41 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 79.19 cents US.The September crude contract was up 57 cents to US$47.16 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was unchanged at US$3.09 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down 70 cents to US$1,241.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was down one cent at US$2.72 a pound.


Hey Google order me some chicken from Swiss Chalet

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill will accept voice orders through the Google Assistant App.The restaurant chain owned by Cara Operations Ltd. says the voice order feature allows customers to place an order for pick up or delivery through the app.Users need to open the app and say “Ok Google, order from Swiss Chalet,” which will prompt them to select from menu options or reorder their last meal.Swiss Chalet’s announcement comes as the company has been making a concerted effort to integrate technology into its operations.The company partnered with Google’s navigation app Waze to allow commuters to order ahead through the app before hitting the road.It has also partnered with The Weather Network to use weather pattern data to serve up specific targeted ads to potential customers. read more


TimorLeste UN envoy calls for an expanded mission

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

Ian Martin said the Council should not see the request as a reversion to an earlier stage of engagement with the tiny South-East Asian nation, which the UN shepherded to full independence from Indonesia in 2002.“Timor-Leste is today a sovereign State which struggled hard for its right to self-determination and its independence,” said Mr. Martin.He told the Council that the violence that rocked the country earlier this year revealed a central failure in the area of security. Dozens were killed and 155,000 people forced to flee their homes after clashes broke out when the government dismissed some 600 soldiers who had gone on strike. In a report last week, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the Council to establish the new mission in Timor-Leste to help rebuild its institutions, bring about national reconciliation and assist in national elections scheduled for next year.The Special Envoy echoed this call, saying the Council should “send a strong message to the people of Timor-Leste that the renewed determination of the international community to stand by them will indeed be a sustained commitment.” Also addressing the Council, which heard today from some two dozen participants, was Timor-Leste’s foreign minister, who offered his full support of the Secretary-General’s plan, including the call for an additional force of 1,600 civilian police officers.“Many guns remain in civilian hands, and the underlying causes of the conflict remain to be fully addressed,” Jose Luis Guterres told the Council. “It will take time for us to reconstitute the defence and the police force. It will take many more years for these institutions to regain the confidence and trust of our people.”Mr. Guterres also said that the new mission should play an important role in promoting economic growth and achieving development goals.“Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the world,” he said, adding that high unemployment, especially among young people, contributed to the recent unrest.Currently, the United Nations has a special political mission carrying out peace-building activities in the country. The mandate of the UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), which the Security Council established last year, expires on 20 August. read more


Standard Poors 500 index reaches a record high leve1 led by technology

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2013 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Standard & Poor’s 500 index reaches a record high leve1, led by technology stocks NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is pushing through its previous all-time high set in October 2007 as stocks climb in midday trading on Wall Street.The benchmark index is up 16 points, or 1 per cent, at 1,585, breaking its high of 1,576 set before the financial crisis.Other indexes also rose Wednesday, led by technology stocks.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 125 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 14,799. The Dow was on its way to another record high close, having set its latest one the day before. Intel was the biggest gainer in the Dow, up 3 per cent.The Nasdaq composite index, which is heavily weighted toward technology stocks, rose even more than the Dow and S&P. The Nasdaq rose 1.6 per cent, or 52 points, to 3,290. read more


Bells CraveTV grows to 1M subscribers ahead of Shomis shutdown on Nov

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 6:28 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell’s CraveTV grows to 1M subscribers ahead of Shomi’s shutdown on Nov. 30 TORONTO – Weeks before TV streaming service Shomi is set to shut down, BCE Inc. said Thursday its CraveTV streaming service recently hit one million subscribers.The Montreal-based company said it reached the milestone by the end of September, nearly two years after it launched CraveTV in December 2014.At the time, the streaming service was only available to subscribers of certain TV providers. This January, Bell Media expanded availability to all Canadians with an Internet connection.Bell Media hasn’t provided total subscriber numbers since August 2015, when it said the service had roughly 730,000 customers.In a conference call Thursday with investors, BCE president and CEO George Cope suggested that the demise of Shomi, a video-on-demand service Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Shaw (TSX:SJR.B) launched in November 2014, can boost CraveTV’s performance.Shomi, which recently said it was nearing a customer base of 900,000, will pull the plug on Nov. 30.“We think the Canadian development recently probably positions that product a little stronger in the marketplace,” Cope said.Still, CraveTV has a long way to go to match the reach of Netflix. Solutions Research Group, a Toronto consumer research firm, says the U.S.-based streaming company has about five million Canadian households subscribing.BCE (TSX:BCE) also announced Thursday that Fibe TV now is available on Apple TV.BCE said CraveTV’s performance helped drive its media division revenue up 3.5 per cent in the third quarter ending Sept. 30. Bell Media revenues grew to $716 million from $692 million, also thanks to subscriber growth from The Movie Network, which Bell made nationally available earlier this year, and TV Everywhere.BCE’s revenue and profit were up from the same time last year as Bell Canada added subscribers to specialty TV, digital TV, Internet and wireless services — offsetting lower revenue from advertising and conventional phone service.The telecommunications giant had $5.41 billion of operating revenue, up 1.2 per cent from $5.35 billion in the third quarter of 2015.Net earnings for common shareholders totalled $752 million, up 1.8 per cent from $739 million a year earlier, although net income per share was flat at 87 cents because of an increase in the number of BCE shares since last year.BCE’s adjusted earnings declined by nearly one per cent, to $784 million from $790 million, and adjusted earnings per share declined to 91 cents per share from 93 cents per share.Bell’s wireless services contributed $1.85 billion of revenue, up 4.3 per cent from $1.77 billion, while revenue from its wireline services such as conventional phones, digital television and Internet was little-changed at $2.75 billion.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said BCE had $5.34 billion in operating revenue in the third quarter of last year. A previous version also incorrectly identified the TV service available on Apple TV. read more


International Bulletin March 2013 Edition

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

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Prince Harry cheers up tearful boy as he takes part in sports

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

first_imgPrince Harry cheers up Kavya Patel Prince Harry cheered up a tearful boy by giving him a royal spin at a sports day. The Prince took a shine to six-year-old Kavya Patel after the youngster burst into tears when he was unable to get the ball during a game of handball as he visited an east London park.Harry had been watching from the sidelines at Central Park in East Ham, but quickly gave the little boy a friendly rub on the head and then swung him around to cheer him up. Prince Harry cheers up Kavya PatelCredit:Getty Kavya said of the royal visitor: “Prince Harry loves to play.”The six-year-old said he got upset after failing to get the ball during the game but he enjoyed being swung around by Harry as a consolation. Prince Harry plays handball with children at Fit and FedCredit:Getty Prince Harry plays handball with children at Fit and Fed After earlier declining to join a game of football, telling one of the coaches he was not wearing boots, the Prince happily joined in the handball game.When he was thrown the ball by a coach, he held it aloft and the young players, all aged six to eight, put their arms up in anticipation.Harry picked one lucky girl to receive the pass and start the game, and she ran off, chased by her team-mates and the opposition. He said with a laugh: “It was exciting. I was flying around, then I felt dizzy.”Harry was joining children taking part in a session of the Fit And Fed campaign, which gives youngsters in the borough of Newham free sporting activities and lunch throughout the summer holidays. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


Simulator and field training supporting Freeport Indonesia student operators

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgOctober’s issue of International Mining includes the third in a series of articles on Freeport – focusing on initiatives to develop local people and their skills. Following this, there is news of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Nemangkawi Mining Institute continuing to support sustainable development, especially for Papuans, near the company’s area of operation. This training facility currently has 60 students in its heavy equipment (haul truck) operator training program, with all of them taking turns learning to operate a haul truck through simulator training and field training. “They must undertake some 250 hours of training, 100 of which using the virtual and Immersive Technologies simulators,” said Firdaus Effendy, a senior instructor at Nemangkawi. Subandi, another instructor who has been with PTFI for 32 years, explained that there are six levels of training for the both virtual simulator and Immersive simulator. “For the virtual simulator students must learn control familiarisation, corridor driving, quarry driving, dumping, loading, and complete haul cycle. The six levels of the Immersive simulator starts with testing the function of the vehicle and equipment, safely manoeuvring and parking heavy equipment, operating a haul truck day and night, operating equipment during day and night mining cycle, and ends with the most difficult scenario, which is responding to breakdowns and emergencies day and night. All these competencies are in line with current competency standards at PTFI.”Currently, Nemangkawi has four CAT virtual simulators and two Immersive simulators for operator training. “We also plan to bring in four Western Star simulators in order to maximise this training program for our operators. Nemangkawi Mining Institute is one of the most up-to-date and high-tech training facilities in the world,” stated PTFI Senior Manager – Organisation Development, Peter Mosel.“To date, Nemangkawi has produced 549 operators through its training program, 294 of whom are currently working at Grasberg as permanent employees. 70 female operators have also taken the training program, 40 of whom are now working at Grasberg and 12 of them are permanent employees,” added Effendy.last_img read more


No closure for rape victims

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three Australian women have spoken out about their arduous and lengthy ordeal with the Greek Judicial System after their 2005 rape case is still nowhere near finished. For eight years, they have battled with adjournments, lengthy postponements, absences from lawyers and the accused and on top of that endured a constant back and forth between Australian and Greek judicial authorities. Two of the three Australian victims have broken their silence and are appalled by the lack of follow-through with the Greek justice system. For eight years, the victims have watched their attacker laugh and appear at peace with himself as a free man, while his defence lawyer asks for more and more time. The delays are mostly due to the successive procedural obstacles the defence council has put up. Defence lawyer and SYRIZA MP, Zoe Konstatopoulou has systematically used regular adjournments and appeals on procedural grounds for seven years to stall the case. On more than one occasion, Ms Konstatopoulou has failed to appear in court on her own accord, when she was needed in another case and because she was ill. She has even angered her own party, who pride themselves on fighting for the rights of victims of crime and minorities with her inability to close the case. Since 2006, the case has incurred two postponements due to the absence of victims and witnesses, three strikes and absenteeism from lawyers and judges and six postponements from the side counsel and the accused. One of the Australian victims cannot understand why the Greek system allows for a case to continue like this for no good reason. “Something like this would never happen in Australia,” she says. “I know that when someone is called as a witness they are treated with much more respect. “I can categorically say that this delay would not be tolerated, regardless of the social status of the accused.” For the three women, they have well and truly lost hope for a speedy verdict. For one of the victims, the whole process has left her disillusioned and tired. “It seems there is no part of the Greek judiciary system that respects victims of sexual violence or justice in general,” she says. “It’s very hard to explain how you feel after each court appearance, with the hope that this time the case will be closed. It’s scary to think that this man is free and likely to continue to offend.” During one of the court appearances in 2007, the accused even approached two of the victims outside the court. Allegations of undue delays became known mid last year to the General Secretariat for Equality. Secretary Mary Stratigaki among other expressed “sympathy to the victims of this extreme form of violence, who continue to undergo a painful and traumatic process.” The concerns were not followed up, as they began preparations for the elections. The case was expected to be continued last Friday.last_img read more


15 WWE RAW sees all three hours return to the cable top

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img rachel bloom Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Facebook The 1/5 WWE RAW saw all three hours rank among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 1/11/15. The show came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.The show drew 3.76 million viewers. Only hour three ranked among the top 25 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Google+ The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more


1 dead after shooting in SWMD subject at large

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a gunman after a man was shot dead in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, a verbal dispute escalated into a physical confrontation near Southwest 44th Avenue and Ninth Street. The subject then produced a firearm and shot the 51-year-old victim.The subject then fled and remains still at large.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Amar Ekushey Book Fair begins Thursday

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgPreparations for Amar Ekushey Book Fair are going on in full swing on Wednesday. Photo: UNBThe month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Thursday, reports UNB. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm on the day.Poet Agnes Meadows (UK), Cameroonian poet Joyce Ashuntantang, Ibrahim El Masry (Egypt) and Orne Johnson (Sweden) will be present at the inaugural ceremony as distinguished foreign guests.Cultural minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while the Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman will deliver the welcome speech with its president emeritus professor Anisuzzaman in the chair.At a press conference at the Bangla Academy on Tuesday, its DG said the fair would be more beautiful and aesthetically rich this time than the previous years.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the Bangla Academy Shahitya Puraskar while Bangla Academy will present two books titled ‘Alokchitre Bangla Academir Ithihash’ and Bangabandhur Sath e Marcher Bhashon: Bohumtrik Bishleshon’ to the prime minister at the opening ceremony.Twelve personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy award for 2017.The recipients are – Mohammad Sadik and Maruful Islam (poetry), Mamun Hossain (fiction), Prof Mahbubul Haque (essay), Prof Rafiqullah Khan (research), Aminur Rahman Bhuiyan (translation), Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan and Surma Jahid (literature on Liberation War), Shakur Majid (biography and travelogue), Maloy Bhoumik (drama), Moshtak Ahmed (science, technology and environment) and Jhrana Dash Purokhayshto (juvenile literature).The winners will receive a cheque of Tk 100,000 each this year while the recipients will get Tk 200,000 with the next award.There will be a seminar at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from 2 February to 28 followed by cultural events.Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.Meanwhile, the cultural affairs minister visited the fair venue on Wednesday.The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisatons and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.Last year, the authorities allotted a total of 663 units – 114 at the Bangla Academy ground to 80 organisatons and 549 at Suhrawardy Udyan to 329 organisations.Besides, 24 pavilions (15,536 square feet) have been allocated for 24 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy, while last year, 15 pavilions were allocated for 14 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy.There will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.Publishers from across the country will exhibit huge books on different issues while Bangla Academy will exhibit 141 newly printed and reprinted books.Bangla Academy will organise a two-day International Literature Conference on 22-23 February to build a good bonding among the local and foreign writers, poets, novelists as well as to create a platform to exchange their literary works.At least 15 foreign poets from eight different countries will be present at the conference.A newly launched website and application will provide the information about the fair.Awards will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the month-long ‘Ekushey Boi Mela’.The ‘Chittaranjan Saha Smriti Puraskar’ for the publication of a good number of quality books in the fair while ‘Munier Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar’ will be given for the aesthetic design.The ‘Rokonuzzaman Khan Dadabhai Smriti Puraskar’ will be awarded for publishing excellent books for kids while Qayyum Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar will be given for the best interior design of the stalls.The fairs will remain open every day from 3pm to 8:30pm, except for holidays. It will remain open on holidays from 11am to 8pm and the fair will run from 8am to 9pm on the International Mother Language Day -21 February.last_img read more


AMC Networks Exposed 16 Million Records With Data on Subscribers of Its

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “[W]e immediately took action to close off this access,” AMC Networks said in a statement to Security Discovery Consulting. “We are taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”Sundance Now, $6.99 per month or $59.99 annually, offers a lineup of original and exclusive dramas, comedies, and true-crime series, in addition to movies including foreign-language and documentary features.Shudder is designed to “super-serve” horror fans with films, TV shows and originals in genres including thrillers, suspense and horror. It’s priced at $4.99 monthly or $49.99 per year. AMC Networks has shut off public access to a database for its Sundance Now and Shudder subscription-streaming services that was discovered to be accessible on the open internet, after the company was alerted to the issue by a security researcher.The publicly exposed AMC database included 1.62 million total records with subscriber data, including names, emails, and subscription plan details for Sundance Now and Shudder. The data set didn’t include full credit-card information but did include 3,351 links to Stripe invoices with subscribers’ names, emails and the last four digits of their credit card, according to Bob Diachenko, cyber-threat intelligence director at Security Discovery Consulting, who detailed the issue in a blog post Friday.AMC said it the database in question for used by “internal development” and primarily used for catalog data and “certain other non-sensitive subscriber information.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


Taming makes wave in Indias hair care industry

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgThe beauty and hair care industry in India is witnessing a growth with new products and processes making inroads every season. Hair taming is one such method that seems to have made it big in the “evolved” hair care industry as women are loving the “no side effects and no harmful chemicals” procedure. Talking about the changing trends, experts say: “Earlier, when women used to use heat appliances like straightening iron, blow dryers onto their strands or undergo hair treatments like rebonding, hair smoothening, they faced many difficulties with the texture of the hair, which resulted in dissatisfaction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When hair taming came into the Indian market, people gradually started getting the hold of it. Hair taming gives the desired texture to the hair with its 100 per cent protein treatment known as keratin, which is infused into the cuticles to make hair healthier and shinier.”Speaking further, they revealed how hair taming has become a new age trend in the market as it rejuvenates strands from the roots while relaxing it. “As compared to rebonding or hair smoothening, taming involves more natural protein-based process which uses relatively fewer chemicals. Women prefer hair taming rather than going for artificial hair treatments because it helps them in managing hair easily, without any worries of frizz and damage,” experts told. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe treatment lasts for up to 4 months depending upon quality of the hair. It conditions hair while infusing natural keratin deep into the cuticle of the hair shaft. There is no better treatment than this when it comes to silky, smooth and frizz free hair. Hair taming treatment has been successful so far in delivering these results which is why even the biggest brands are getting into this treatment.The future of hair care industry lies in the products and treatments which restore the hair back to natural state with no side effects, no harmful chemicals and no artificial look, one of the experts, who has been observing the changing trends pointed out. “The changes were less prominent and slow in the beginning as people were in the process of adapting this change. But by the 20th century, keratin treatment became a hype in the market across the globe and that’s how eventually all the big brands and salons started including keratin treatment in their products and services,” experts said.Many brands are focusing on keratin treatments for smooth hair. So how effective is it for long hair and how can one avoid the complications?”After getting the treatment done, one has to be very careful while buying hair products and has to look into the chemicals and ingredients added to it. Try switching to sulphate-free products which keeps the moisture intact. Also, some shampoos will have keratin infused in them. These are great as long as they don’t contain sulphate,” they stated.Also, though there are no hard and fast rules before getting the keratin treatment done, it’s still better if you don’t have any metallic dyes or henna coating on your hair as that doesn’t get you the great results. However, post treatments, you need to take care of a few things for two days — like don’t tie your hair back, stay away from heat and sweat and other little things. Avoiding such factors would help you to get the best results.Also, it is vital that after the treatment, you only use sulphate-free shampoos and the shampoos that are specially created for post-keratin treatment. Doing so elongates the life of the treatment and gives you frizz free hair for a longer period,” said an expert.last_img read more