Arunachal govt to hand over MLA killing case to NIA

first_imgItanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to hand over the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an official said on Monday. The state Cabinet in its first sitting on Sunday night unanimously decided that the case be handed over to the NIA as thorough investigation needs to be carried out in a time bound manner and justice be delivered expeditiously to the bereaved family members by booking and nabbing all the culprits, the official said. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu also condemned the killing of the MLA and 10 others by suspected NSCN militants.The cabinet approved for providing a Group C post in the government to the next of kin of the deceased and provide Rs 20 lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.last_img read more

Change in politics society on sexual misconduct not fast enough says Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he believes society is still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make on Parliament Hill when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.“We recognize that this particular workplace that is Parliament Hill is one that is rife with hierarchies and power dynamics wrapped up in and around an institution that for centuries has been the purview of a certain type of person — older, male, successful,” Trudeau said this week in a roundtable interview with The Canadian Press.That, however, has started to change, the prime minister suggested, with the election of a more diverse group of MPs and political staff — although the consequences of that long-standing, male-dominated hierarchy have clearly not disappeared overnight.“We have a system that has changed, but a society that is changing not fast enough, and that is going to lead to difficult situations.”Trudeau, who self-identifies as a feminist and says he has zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment or other forms of misconduct by his employees or caucus colleagues, was asked to address the fact that allegations surfaced last year involving someone in the Prime Minister’s Office.Claude-Eric Gagne, who is deputy director of operations for Trudeau, has been on a leave of absence Nov. 1 pending an investigation into allegations that came to the attention of the PMO. Gagne says he challenges the veracity of the allegations, but is co-operating fully with the third-party investigator.The PMO hired high-profile employment firm Rubin Thomlinson LLP to examine the case.Without commenting specifically on the case, Trudeau said he hopes to set an example in how he responds to the situations.“I think the measure of it must be how we are changing and how we are responding to allegations, how seriously we take them,” he said.“The fact that we have no tolerance for this — that we will not brush things under the rug, but we will take action on it immediately — is part of the modelling that we hope to see taken on elsewhere across the Hill, but also throughout workforces and workplaces in Canada.”The Canadian Press surveyed current female MPs from all political parties last month to find out the extent to which they had been the targets of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct of all kinds, including during their time in elected office.Some 58 per cent of respondents to the voluntary, anonymous survey reported having personally experienced one or more forms of sexual misconduct during their time in politics.The results also suggested the problem also hits other players in the parliamentary system.Seventy-six per cent of respondents said they had either witnessed, or been told about sexual misconduct targeting another woman, including a staffer, page, intern, House of Commons employee or MP.Thirty-eight of the 89 female MPs participated in the survey.— Follow @smithjoanna and @kristykirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Ford and Cadillac SUVs Toyota sports car star at auto show

first_imgDETROIT — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.Press days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show startsThe most popular vehicle of the bunch is the Ford Explorer, revealed ahead of the show Wednesday night at Ford Field, the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions.Cadillac will show off its XT6, a smaller-than-a-truck, three-row family hauler at an event Sunday night. Toyota brings back the high-performance Supra on Monday. The sports car developed a cult following when it was on the market from 1978 to 2002. Nissan and its Infiniti luxury brand plan to show two concept electric vehicles on Monday as well.This year’s North American International Auto Show will take place in January for the final time. In 2020, it switches to June to escape the cold weather and show off more products outside, including autonomous vehicles.Here are the big unveils coming up for the show, which opens to the public from Jan. 19 through 27:CADILLACThe marketing folks at General Motors’ Cadillac brand are hoping the new XT6 big SUV will carve out a niche in the crowded market for utilities with three rows of seats but aren’t so huge they’re considered trucks. The six- to seven-passenger XT6 has a chiseled Caddy look and unique premium luxury materials to set it apart, but it’s going against well-appointed luxury versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, as well as entries from BMW, Audi and other automakers. It’s also got the same engine as the other brands, a 3.6-litre V6 that puts out 310 horsepower, and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The XT6 has a suite of standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. It goes on sale in the summer as a 2020 model in the U.S. Price and gas mileage weren’t announced.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Federal revenue agency targets 26B in missing taxes over five years

OTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency is boosting its efforts to hunt down tax dodgers — including those who shelter cash offshore — under an expanded plan expected to recoup $2.6 billion in unpaid taxes over the next five years.The agency shared some specifics Monday on how it will improve detection, auditing and prosecution of tax cheaters with help from a five-year, $444-million government commitment — an investment nearly one-sixth of the anticipated return.“We really want to put the axe into everything that touches tax evasion,” Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier told a news conference.“There are people today, I imagine, who must be nervous.”Details of the agency’s plan follow media reports on the so-called Panama Papers, a leak of 11.5 million records from a Panamanian law firm that shed light on the use of offshore tax havens around the world.The extra government funding to fight tax evaders was announced in last month’s budget.Under the plan, Ottawa will intensify its detection work abroad by examining all international funds transfers over $10,000 to and from Canada. So far, the agency said it has already collected information on all such exchanges since January 2015.The agency will also zero in on four selected international jurisdictions this year for deeper scrutiny.The first on the list is the Isle of Man, which saw $860 million worth of electronic transfers with Canada over a 12-month period. The agency said it has assessed the risk for all 3,000 transactions involving about 350 individual taxpayers and 400 companies.Lebouthillier declined to release the names of the other three jurisdictions that will go under the microscope. She said she didn’t want to tip off tax dodgers and give them the opportunity to transfer their offshore assets to avoid being caught.The agency will also launch a special program aimed at stopping groups that create and promote tax evasion and tax avoidance schemes for the wealthy. It said it will be able to increase its investigations of such schemes 12-fold.The new government money will allow the agency to hire more auditors and specialists, who will focus on “high-risk” individuals and multinational corporations.“It’s unthinkable and it’s also intolerable that people can pay specialists to allow them to evade taxes,” Lebouthillier said.“There are people who defraud the government, who do not pay their part.”Her agency also reiterated that it will begin work to estimate the so-called “tax gap,” the difference between what is owed in taxes and what is actually collected.Lebouthillier has indicated Canada will work with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which uses the tax gap measure to help develop policies that target evaders.She said she will attend an OECD meeting this week in Paris that will address the issue of tax shelters. Ottawa plans to collaborate with international partners on the matter.Lebouthillier also announced that a new advisory committee has been created to explore the issue of offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.The committee will be made up of seven experts and chaired by Western University law professor Colin Campbell. The vice-chair will be Dalhousie University professor Kimberly Brooks.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the Panama Papers highlighted the concerns people around the world have about political leaders and other powerful figures using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.So far, about 350 Canadian interests are mentioned in the leaked documents and there’s no indication any of them have broken the law.Last week, Canada’s financial intelligence agency announced it had fined a Canadian bank more than $1 million for failing to report suspicious dealings and transfers. The agency has refused to say which bank was fined.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Federal revenue agency targets $2.6B in missing taxes over five years by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, listens to a question as she makes an announcement on new initiatives to combat aggressive tax avoidance and offshore tax evasion during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Monday, April 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Libya senior UN official calls for independent probe into migrant deaths at

According to the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), the four detainees sustained fatal gunshot wounds and 20 more were injured on 1 April during and in the aftermath of an apparent escape attempt from the detention centre, where conditions are reportedly inhumane, with severe overcrowding and shortages of food and other basic necessities, including medical care. A guard was also injured in the incident.UNSMIL’s Deputy Special Representative, Ali Al-Za’tari, which is also the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator called for independent, impartial and full investigations into their deaths. HE also wished a speedy recovery to the injured guard and wounded migrants.The al-Zawiya prosecution opened an investigation into the incident, and questioned a number of witnesses. Welcoming the investigation, Mr. Al-Za’tari said: “This incident yet again highlights the deplorable conditions endured by migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya; many of them fleeing persecution, abuses or poverty in their own countries.” He went on to express the hope that the Government of National Accord will urgently address the dire humanitarian situation of particularly vulnerable groups in Libya including migrants. “In the meantime, all those with effective authority of the ground should protect migrants from abuse and exploitation and put an end to their prolonged detention in horrid conditions,” he said. read more

NBS employees charged with 8 counts of false imprisonment

NBS Republic Avenue head officeThree employees attached to the New Building Society (NBS) were on Wednesday slapped with eight counts of false imprisonment when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Anil Kishun, Anil Beharry and Dika Tularam all pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.The court heard that on January 23, 2018, the trio confined eight persons- identified as Shawn Kalicharan, Alex Green, Goodish Singh, Patrick Higgins, Martin Brown, Jire Arjune, Ganesh Herah and Joseph Allen- against their will in the NBS, Republic Avenue branch.The accused were granted self bail and asked to return to court on March 26, where they will appear before Magistrate Dylon Bess.INews had reported that on the day in question, Lawyers representing former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society (NBS), Maurice Arjoon – who was recently awarded over $59M in judgment from the High Court over his wrongful dismissal case- in the company of High Court Marshals, descended onto the NBS headquarters to levy on the company’s assets in a bid to recoup the pension owed to Arjoon.The bank, which is appealing the $59M award, allegedly locked its doors to the institution, trapping the persons outlined above inside.Following the standoff, a cheque to the tune of $59.3M was made out to Arjoon after the Police had to intervene. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriminal charges against NBS Directors dismissedSeptember 13, 2019In “Business”Detained NBS officials on bail, Society says it will ‘safeguard’ $59.3M chequeJanuary 24, 2018In “Business”Legal challenge filed by NBS sees High Court quashing Parking meter by-lawsDecember 16, 2017In “Court” read more

Talarius launches staff recognition portal

first_imgTalarius has introduced an employee recognition portal to encourage employee suggestions and reward staff for sharing ideas.The Adult Gaming Centers operator, which owns brands Quicksilver (pictured) and Silvers and Winners, has launched the portal to demonstrate to its 1,000 employees that they could make a genuine difference to the organisation by voicing their ideas.The senior leadership team also wanted staff to see their ideas come to life and to know that their suggestions could have a positive impact on the business.The portal, Call the Slots, which is provided by P&MM Employee Benefits, allows employees to input their suggestions against Talarius’ core organisational values.The site uses ’Las Vegas’-style colours and imagery, combined with elements of gamification, to link to the brand and boost staff engagement.Ideas are evaluated on a monthly basis and staff are rewarded with points that can be redeemed against a selection of merchandise or vouchers. Employees are also encouraged to put forward as many suggestions as they wish, with winners announced each month. Employees can be rewarded even if their idea is not implemented. More than 100 ideas have been accepted and implemented to date.Beth Jones, internal communications manager at Talarius, said: “We are really pleased with how the system works and it’s very easy for all our colleagues to use.“Employees can access this from their home or via our intranet making it accessible 24/7.“We hold a national conference once a year and have now incorporated a ‘call the slots: best idea’ award into the evening awards ceremony, which shows just how much this scheme means to both the organisation and our employees.”last_img read more

Deliveroo to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage

first_imgTakeaway delivery organisation Deliveroo is to face legal action over the entitlement of its riders to employment rights such as holiday pay and the minimum wage.The legal action argues that riders are not contractors and that they should be entitled to employment rights, such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay, which they do not receive as self-employed contractors.Approximately 200 riders to date have joined the claim against Deliveroo, which is being led by law firm Leigh Day. The first group of 20 riders has started the process of bringing a claim by contacting employment dispute public body Acas.The legal action will contend that riders are required to wear a Deliveroo-branded uniform and use a Deliveroo-branded box when performing their job, that they are given specific instructions about how and where they work, are subject to performance reviews, and have their terms and rate of pay determined by Deliveroo. The legal claims will therefore argue that riders are not self-employed contractors, and should instead be entitled to employment rights and protections.The legal action will also feature age discrimination claims for riders aged under 18 who were dismissed after Deliveroo introduced a new minimum age requirement.Annie Powell, lawyer in the employment team at Leigh Day, said: “The idea that Deliveroo riders are self-employed contractors in business on their own account and that Deliveroo is a customer of each rider’s business is absurd.“Deliveroo riders carry out the sole function of Deliveroo, to deliver food and drink to customers, and are tightly controlled by Deliveroo in what is clearly a dependent work relationship. We will argue that Deliveroo has no reasonable ground to argue that its riders are self-employed contractors and that it should immediately ensure that its riders are paid at least the national minimum wage and receive paid holiday.“We will also argue that Deliveroo’s dismissal of young riders who do not meet Deliveroo’s new minimum age requirement is a clear case of unlawful age discrimination for which the riders should be compensated.”A spokesperson at Deliveroo added: “We are proud to offer flexible, well-paid work to over 15,000 self-employed UK riders, and receive over 10,000 new applications every week. Riders choose when and where to ride with us, and for how long, giving them the flexibility and freedom to work with us around their other commitments such as studying, running a small business or working for another [organisation]. We will continue to work closely with our riders to ensure that as the [organisation] continues to grow in the UK, our riders continue to benefit from that growth.”Read more about worker-status cases in Tribunal rules Excel bicycle courier is entitled to holiday pay and Tribunal rules Uber drivers are entitled to workers’ rights.last_img read more

Police continue search for missing Marathon man

first_imgPolice are on the lookout for a man who’s been missing for months.Seventy-two-year-old Albert Bosco vanished from Marathon without a trace.He hasn’t been seen or heard from since his daughter reported him missing in September.Detectives said they found the boat he lived on but no sign of Bosco.Anyone who has seen Bosco is urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2351.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

This free Chrome extension can Simplify your Gmail

first_imgA former Gmail design lead believes his Chrome extension makes Gmail easier to use.  Chesnot/Getty Images As the old saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself. Michael Legget, a former design lead for Google who now works for Nori, has put that into practice when it comes to Gmail’s interface. Scrolling through his inbox was “like Lucky Charms got spewed all over the screen,” he told Fast Company in an interview published Thursday. To solve that problem, Legget created Simplify Gmail, a  free Chrome extension meant to, well, simplify Gmail. Here are a few tweaks you’ll see in Simplify:Left and right sidebars hidden behind menu buttons. A minimized search bar. Compose in the bottom right, similar to mobile interface.Calendar, Keep, Tasks condensed in the bottom right. Gmail logo in the top left gone.Google wasn’t immediately available for comment. Gmail launched in 2004, and since then has amassed more than 1.5 billion users per month. Earlier this month, Gmail became Google’s sole focus when it retired Inbox. Originally published April 26, 11:52 a.m. PT.Update, 12:12 p.m PT: Added more details. Internet Internet Mobile Comment 1center_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Spaces mysterious fast radio bursts What the heck are they

first_img “That’s weird isn’t it? You’d expect to find FRBs where there are more stars … more stars means more neutron stars,” Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University and the discovery team said at the time. Burstin’ We’re already picking up more signals from deep space. Danielle Futselaar Comment “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Avi Loeb, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics theorist, said in a press release back in 2017. At least one case of an FRB was later explained by someone at an observatory opening a microwave oven door while it was running. At this rate, we might soon be able to stream FRBs live as they arrive at our planet. Podcasts are fun, but I now look forward to a golden age of (tiny) bite-sized alien radio broadcasts. It should really be no surprise that, as with most space stuff that can’t yet be explained without a doubt by some natural phenomenon, aliens have been proposed as a possibility, including by Loeb himself. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” he says. 26 Photos Notably, one of the repeating FRBs picked up by the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) appears to be much closer than the first couple observed. While those came from somewhere billions of light years away on the other side of the universe, this newly heard one could come from the edge of our own galaxy. Space FRBs are essentially just what they sound like — radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. In addition to neutron stars, there’s also exploding black holes, magnetars and hypothetical blitzars that could be throwing off radio emissions that eventually make it to us. Originally published May 26, 2017. Updated Aug. 20, 2019, with additional information. Best places in space to search for alien life But after the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia came online in late 2017, scientists had a new and highly valuable stream of FRB observations at their disposal. As of August 2019, a total of a dozen repeating fast radio bursts have now been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed. An (extraterrestrial) intelligent explanation? center_img Tags Since then, an “FRB Theory Wiki” hosted by the McGill Space Institute has grown to include over four dozen possible explanations ranging from “annihilating mini black holes” to “alien light sails,” although most explanations at this point have something to do with pulsars or neutron stars.  1 One aspect of FRBs that has made them so hard to trace back to a source is that they rarely seem to repeat. For the first decade of FRB research, they were all just detected and never heard from again. Then, in January 2017, researchers announced they’d finally identified that FRB 121102 repeats. But new radio telescopes in Australia and Canada are already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far. Few encores Sci-Tech Researchers have also been able to integrate artificial intelligence with one telescope in Australia to detect FRBs in real-time as they arrive at Earth. That could rapidly speed up the work of studying the odd signals, which previously required combing through past observations taken months or even years previous. Loeb and his colleagues worked out how much power would be needed to send such signals across the universe. Turns out it would require covering two Earth-size planets with energy collectors, leading Loeb to theorize that such a massive project might be used not to communicate, but to propel starships using high-energy beams. As more new observing equipment comes online, our understanding of FRBs could begin to crystallize very soon.  Share your voice This allowed them to trace the blinking signal to a surprising source: a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years beyond the Milky Way. Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 12 years ago and, up until very recently, almost nothing was known about them and where they come from. While aliens might be the most exciting possible explanation, that doesn’t mean they’re the most probable. There are, after all, natural phenomena in the cosmos that could generate such signals and are known to actually exist, which is more than we can say for extraterrestrials. Or maybe there are different types of FRBs out there or different explanations we haven’t even thought of yet. The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled Mysterious deep-space signals can now be picked up in real time More mysterious signals from deep space detectedlast_img read more

HAL Tejas vs PakistanChinas JF17 Will Indias LCA emerge as the favourite

first_img#LIMA2019 : The tempo is up, the spirits are high & we are ready.IAF contingent along with RMAF & LIMA ground support personnel have set up the flying complex for flying operations at Langkawi, Malaysia.@DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD @hcikl @HALHQBLR @DRDO_India— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 24, 2019 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:03Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … #DidYouKnow : India’s indigenous supersonic Light Combat Aircraft(LCA)-Tejas & the world’s lightest supersonic fighter which has already joined IAF, is for the 1st time taking part in aerial displays during 05 day Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition.#LIMA19 — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 24, 2019Tejas has already had its share of aero show participation experiences when it first took part in the Bahrain International Air Show 2016 and most recently in the Aero Show in Bengaluru.The IAF is expected to place an order of Rs 50,000 crore to buy at least 83 Tejas M1A variants over the next two months. It will have advanced radar and electronic warfare features. Last year, the IAF had said that it may also purchase 201 advanced Tejas MK2 fighters subject to the aircraft’s performance. Closecenter_img Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? India’s supersonic fighter jet, Tejas will participate in the upcoming Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.Twitter/ IAFMalaysia is likely to buy India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas after it requested the Narendra Modi government to send the aircraft for the biannual Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), which begins on Tuesday, March 26. Tejas, the smallest and lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft of its class, was developed to meet the diverse needs of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.Malaysia is planning to buy at least 36 light combat aircraft to complement the Air Force’s heavy larger jets. Tejas is competing with the JF-17 Thunder, a lightweight single-engine aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. South Korean F/A-50 fighter is also up for sale.Royal Malaysian Air Force General Tan Sri Affendi Buang told Aviation International News that the country has received information on multiple fighters, including Tejas. “Tejas is comfortably the favourite amongst the contenders,” Anirudh Chauhan, defence attache at the Indian High Commission in Malaysia, told The Times of India.India has sent two Tejas along with an IAF team of 50 personnel to Langkawi. The Indian delegation also comprises Secretary, Defence Production, who is likely to hold key talks with his counterparts.Tejas has already got a thumbs up from IAFThe Tejas fighters, manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was up for final practice sessions by IAF before participating in the Malaysian Aero Expo. The IAF posted various videos and photographs of the LCA during the session on Twitter.The IAF has also projected the Tejas designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in a big way by saying that it is “the world’s smallest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft. It is of tailless, compound delta-wing design.”The IAF said that Tejas will show its super manoeuvrability skills in Malaysia.#DidYouKnow : Some of ‘Tejas’ design features are interesting. It is the world’s smallest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft. It is of tailless, compound delta-wing design. The aircraft will be showcasing its super maneuverability at Malaysia. #LIMA2019— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 25, 2019Watch Tejas – the world’s lightest combat aircraft in a practice session by IAF here:#LIMA2019 : Today was the final practise session before the opening display for LIMA 2019, commencing 26th Mar 19. IAF’s Tejas (LCA) during the practise session today at Langkawi International Airport, Malaysia.@SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @LimaExhibition @hcikl — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 24, 2019last_img read more

Munshiganj bus plunge kills 3

first_img-Three people, including two women, were killed and three others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Raushunia in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Kazi Maksuda Lima, senior assistant superintendent of Munshiganj police, said the Tongibari-bound ‘SF Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka skidded off the road and fell into the ditch around 4:00pm as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving six people injured.The injured were taken to Sirajdikhan Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared three of them dead and referred one to a Dhaka hospital for better treatment.last_img

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya

first_imgRohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Myanmar two days earlier, walk after they received permission from the Bangladesh army to continue their way to Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoMyanmar’s army chief denied his forces committed rape and other sexual abuses during a crackdown he ordered on Rohingya Muslims, as he addressed UN Security Council delegates in the capital Naypyidaw.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing heads an army accused of “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations, including the widespread rape and murder of civilians in its “clearance operations” ostensibly targeting Rohingya militants.Launched in August 2017, that campaign drove around 700,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, fleeing burnt villages and army atrocities.Denied access to Myanmar in the months immediately after the crisis, a UN Security Council delegation is making a belated first visit to Myanmar to ratchet up pressure for a safe and dignified return of the Muslim minority.Late Monday they met the army chief, who controls all security matters in the country without oversight from the elected government.”The Tatmadaw [army] is always disciplined… and takes action against anyone who breaks the law,” he told the delegates, according to a post late Monday on his official Facebook page.Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence — reports verified by conflict monitors — but Min Aung Hlaing said his forces have “no such history of sexual abuse.””It is unacceptable according to the culture and religion of our country,” he said, adding anyone found guilty of crimes would be punished.He also repeated the official line that Myanmar was ready to take back the refugees who could be verified as residents as per a repatriation deal with Bangladesh.Several months after the deal was signed, no refugees have returned.That has enraged Bangladeshi officials, who accuse Myanmar of pretending to co-operate for the benefit of the international community.Calling the refugees “Bengalis” — official shorthand for illegal immigrants from over the border — Min Aung Hlaing blamed “terrorists” for causing the violence.The UN delegates will travel by helicopter Tuesday over the scarred landscape of northern Rakhine state and give a press conference back in the capital Naypyidaw later in the afternoon.Their visit to Myanmar comes after an emotionally-charged stay in Bangladesh where Rohingya refugees told delegates of their trauma including sexual abuse.Myanmar denies the Rohingya citizenship and the accompanying rights.It has driven two thirds of its roughly 1.5 million Rohingya population out since 2012.But the country is under mounting pressure to respond to a humanitarian crisis of its making.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi also met the UN delegates on Monday afternoon, urging their understanding of a complex, festering conflict and vowing to repatriate the refugees.last_img

Modi visits Nepal to restore neighbourly ties

first_imgNepali prime minister KP Sharma Oli shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the Janaki temple in Janakpur, some 200 kms southeast of Kathmandu on 11 May. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi prayed at a renowned Hindu temple with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on Friday as he started a visit aiming to reset strained relations between the neighbours.“Nepal has welcomed me here as the prime minister of India, but this grand welcome is in honour of thousands of years of tradition between our two nations,” Modi said at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita.“This will act as a foundation for our economic development, cultural ties and a strong people to people contact between the two nations.”Modi has cast the visit as part of his “neighbourhood first” policy. It is the latest in a series of goodwill gestures by New Delhi, which has been alarmed by China’s growing influence in Nepal.In 2017, Chinese firms pledged more than $8.3 billion in investment, dwarfing Indian commitments of $317 million. In May last year, Nepal signed up to Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative.Modi is due to fly to Kathmandu later where he will inaugurate construction of the India-backed $1.4-billion Arun Three hydropower plant.The plant is the first of five mega hydropower projects, two of which are backed by Chinese companies, to begin construction, which marks a diplomatic win for India.“Historically India-funded projects, while they seem generous, have struggled to show progress, while the Chinese do it quicker and gain on public opinion,” said Kathmandu-based analyst George Varughese.Religious overtonesThe five hydropower plants have been in the works for over a decade and could be a game-changer for Nepal.The Himalayan nation has enough water to be a hydro powerhouse but it has so far harnessed less than two per cent of that potential, according to estimates.Ties between the neighbours dived in 2015 when Nepal passed a controversial new constitution that sparked deadly protests, triggering a months-long border blockade.Kathmandu blamed New Delhi for the blockade that caused a crippling shortage of fuel and goods as the country struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake earlier that year.Oli, then serving his first term as prime minister, won huge public support as he stoked nationalist anti-India sentiment over the blockade. He used the platform again during his reelection campaign last year.Many in Nepal remain suspicious of India’s “big brother” attitude, and the hashtags #ModiNotWelcomeInNepal and #BlockadeWasACrimeMrModi trended on Twitter as the Indian premier touched down.Oli, who needs India-Nepal’s largest trading partner-to realise his ambitious plans to kickstart economic growth, has opted for a more pragmatic approach to relations since he took office again in February.In April, he travelled to New Delhi for his first foreign visit.Modi will visit a second Hindu pilgrimage site near Nepal’s border with Tibet on Saturday. Analysts say the strong religious overtones are intended to send a message to his Hindu nationalist base at home where Modi is fighting a key state election in Karnataka state.last_img read more

Australian City Spends 280K on Toilets for Instagrammers

first_imgThe project won’t be cheap, though.Perth’s first “stand-alone” toilets powered by the sun are expected to cost $401,280 AUD ($279,000 USD) to build, plus $20,000 AUD ($14,000 USD) per year for upkeep.With construction set to begin this month, the restrooms should be completed by the end of August, CNN reported.More on Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Researchers Have Invented a Quieter, Less Terrifying Airplane ToiletThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom Routine Snake Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Researchers Have Invented a Quieter, Less Terrifying Airplane Toilet “There has been an increase over the past few years of visitors to this area, with tour buses as well as self-driven visitors stopping here for photo opportunities,” Perth city council said.And while you wouldn’t know it from the cool look on subjects’ faces (or the sheer number of Instagram images tagged there), the boat shed is not an obvious pit stop.As noted by CNN, folks have to hoof it across the busy Mounts Bay Road. And there are no toilets nearby.The closest public facility, according to the council, is at the Narrows Gardens—1.5 miles away. Stay on targetcenter_img So when nature calls, tourists often utilize the bathrooms at Zafferano’s restaurant (located within the nearby Old Swan Brewery).The boon in pedestrian traffic, however, is disrupting the fine dining experience; Zafferano’s manager has raised several complaints of verbal abuse, vandalism, and increased costs associated with additional use of his toilets.“The construction of the proposed facility, with appropriate signage at strategic locations, will allow visitors to the area the respite they need, without exhausting the current business facility’s capacity,” the council promised.A public lavatory near the boat house—which would also serve visitors to the Old Swan Brewery and Eliza statue—has been identified as a “priority.” There is no limit to the lengths some people will go for the perfect picture.Just ask the Perth city council, which is spending nearly $280,000 to build solar-powered toilets near a small boat shed to cater to Instagrammers.The unassuming blue hut, which sits at the end of an equally modest pier, is the Western Australian capital’s most-photographed building.Like the hot springs of Iceland, lochs of the Scottish Highlands, and billboards of Times Square, the Crawley Edge Boat Shed on the Swan River provides a beautiful backdrop that’s become a popular destination for shutterbugs.last_img read more

Emirates posts significant drop in profits at 237 million

first_img Share Emirates posts significant drop in profits, at $237 million By: The Associated Press Thursday, May 9, 2019 DUBAI — The Middle East’s biggest airline, Emirates, said on Thursday that profits were down almost 70% in the past fiscal year, reaching lows of $237 million, compared to last year’s whopping $762 million.The Dubai-based airline’s parent company Emirates Group also posted lower profits at $631 million, down 44% from last year.Despite the dip in profits, revenue reached record highs of nearly $30 billion for Emirates Group. Revenue for the airline was slightly up at $26.7 billion.The company said operating costs had increased substantially as it footed its biggest-ever fuel bill at more than $8 billion on the back of oil prices that climbed 25% higher over the last year.The company said a strengthened U.S. dollar, lower airfreight demand and weakened travel demand also contributed to eroded 2018-19 earnings.HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairmand and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group, acknowledged in a statement that the past fiscal year “has been tough, and our performance was not as strong as we would have liked.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe company released its earnings in a statement, saying it invested about $4 billion in new aircraft and equipment, the acquisition of companies and other initiatives compared to the previous year’s $2.5 billion in similar spending.Among the major purchases was a commitment for 70 new Airbus planes worth $21.4 billion at list prices to be delivered over the next five years. The company also made slight increases in its total workforce, employing a total of about 105,300 people.Emirates Group additionally operates the global DNATA – or Dubai National Air Transport Association – ground and travel services provider. That division of the company had revenues of close to $4 billion and profits of $394 million.“It’s hard to predict the year ahead, but both Emirates and dnata are well positioned to navigate speed bumps, as well as to compete and succeed in the global marketplace,” Al Maktoum said in a statement.Al Maktoum is also chairman of budget carrier flydubai, which has a codeshare agreement with Emirates. While the two airlines operate independently, both are owned by the state-owned Investment Corporation of Dubai.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthEmirates Group said it declared a dividend of $136 million to the Investment Corporation of Dubai from its latest fiscal year earnings.The aviation, travel, tourism and leisure industries are key pillars of Dubai’s economy, which has seen a slowed down pace of growth, declines in real estate prices and companies cutting costs either by firing employees or freezing hiring as non-oil businesses struggle with delays in payments down the supply chain.Emirates airline’s aggressive expansion and growth has helped transform its hub at Dubai International Airport into the world’s busiest for international passengers. The airline said it carried 58.6 million passengers this past year, nearly the same as the year before. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Dubai, Emirates, Profit Report, United Arab Emirateslast_img read more

Katikies Hotel in Santorini Named 1 Resort Hotel in Greece

first_imgLeft: Katikies Hotel; Right: Nathan Lump, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure, Poses with Katikies Hotel TeamKatikies Hotel in Santorini Named #1 Resort Hotel in Greece for Third Consecutive YearKatikies Hotel in Santorini was named last week the #1 Resort Hotel in Greece for the third consecutive year, and ranked among the Top 100 Hotels in the World as part of Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2018. The awards ceremony took place on July 24 in New York City, where Editor in Chief, Nathan Lump, presented the hardware to Katikies Hotel team members including Christina Vogli, Director of Hotel Management, Roula Kormpou, Director of Sales & Revenue Management, and Nikos Georgiadis, Director of Sales & Marketing (pictured above).Katikies Hotel also received the #1 honors for Resort Hotels in Greece in 2017 and 2016. The popular hotel is widely known as the original luxury hotel in Santorini. With a prime location in Oia, the hotel boasts 34 rooms and suites, three infinity-style swimming pools and three restaurants. Katikies Hotel is part of the Katikies Resorts & Club portfolio. Katikies Mykonos, the hotel’s sister property, opened in June.“We are incredibly proud to be named the #1 Resort Hotel in Greece as part of Travel + Leisure’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the third year in a row,” says Nikos Georgiadis, Director of Sales & Marketing of Katikies Resorts & Club. “We are grateful to our guests for being inspired to share their experiences with the magazine, and to our staff for their continued dedication to providing exceptional guest service year after year.”For more information about Katikies Hotel, visit  www.Katikies.comAbout Katikies Hotel – Santorini, GreeceAn icon in Santorini and premier hotel in Greece, Katikies Santorini is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the picturesque village of Oia. Featuring an intricate design of bright white cottages, stairs and infinity pools, the hotel is perched on the cliffs of the caldera showcasing stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Known as the first luxury hotel on the island, Katikies Hotel boasts 34 rooms and suites, three infinity-style swimming pools and three world-class restaurants. The hotel is part of Katikies Resorts & Club portfolio.How the World’s Best Awards are determinedThe annual honors are determined each year by a reader-driven survey where discerning travelers rate and reveal their top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe.Top Hotels in the World 2018Top Resort Hotels in Greece 2018 Source = Katikies Hotellast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Like Hopkins, Floyd had myriad mediocre quarterbacks … a mediocrity melee … a morass of mediocrity … throwing him passes last season in Arizona. After Carson Palmer was hurt, Floyd was left to work with Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley — and yet, Floyd succeeded. Larry Fitzgerald still gets the headlines in the desert, but Floyd is the Cardinals’ WR1. Also, unlike many wideouts, he can block. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals’ issues at quarterback hindered the team’s entire offense, and Floyd was no doubt a victim.There were rumors around the time of the NFL Draft that the Cardinals were interested in trading Floyd, though it seems like that isn’t much of an option at this point.Having picked up the fifth-year option, the Cardinals are looking for Floyd to go from breakout candidate to broken out star, which would then remove him from any underrated lists. – / 16 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Michael Floyd was expected to have a breakout season in 2014, cementing himself as the Arizona Cardinals’ top option in the passing game.Things did not work out that way.Instead, Floyd had an inconsistent campaign, finishing with 47 catches for 841 yards and six touchdowns. He topped the 100-yard receiving mark just three times, and was held to two or fewer catches eight times.Even so, there is still optimism surrounding the 25-year-old as he enters his fourth NFL season, as’s Elliot Harrison placed the receiver on his All-Underrated Team, as the second receiver along with Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins.last_img read more