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IWAI urges state to spruce up road connecting Kolaghat jetty with NH41

first_imgKolkata: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has urged the Bengal government to spruce up a 4 km long road leading to the highway from the Kolaghat jetty in East Midnapore, to facilitate the transport of cargo through it.”We have finalised the design of the loading structure at Kolaghat. The only problem is a 4 km road connecting the place with NH 41 that needs reconstruction. We are inclined to do this with the Bengal government, which is happy to re-construct the road. We have got permission to operate our jetty at Kolaghat. It might need some dredging. Once the road is constructed, we hope to start operation before December,” said IWAI chairman Pravir Pandey, speaking at the Inland Waterways Summit, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with IWAI. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaKolaghat has been declared as an extended part of the India-Bangladesh protocol (route) and IWAI expects a lot of fly ash movement from Kolaghat to Bangladesh with Indian vessels being able to load it, once the Kolaghat jetty becomes operational. Tata has already approached IWAI for movement from Kolaghat. Pandey said that the government has identified 36 National Waterways to be developed in the immediate future. He felt that the country can benefit more, both socially and economically, by developing the inland waterways. He cited that inland cargo has increased from 3 million tonnes to 7 million tonnes between 2014 and 2018. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to Pandey, Nepal is keen on exploring new waterways for “cleaner and greener” bilateral trade with India and has proposed the Gandak river route for cargo transport. Under the current arrangement between the two countries, cargo reaches Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kalughat in Bengal or Sahebgunj in Jharkhand via National Waterways-1 on the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system, before being transported to the Nepal border on road, covering over 170 km.last_img read more

Scheer blames Trans Mountain pipeline situation on lack of leadership in Ottawa

first_imgConservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer spoke in downtown Calgary on Friday at the Calgary Chamber lunch.Audience members were able to ask the leader of the Official Opposition a question, and they ranged from why he wanted to become the leader of the Conservative Party to his stance on the legalization of marijuana.The main topic that was discussed, though, was the Trans Mountain pipeline and the hurdles that the project has and continues to face.Scheer told reporters that the Kinder Morgan problem is the backdrop to a much bigger issue.“We have to go back to the Northern Gateway project cancellation; we have to talk about Energy East and the fact that the conditions of that were changed in such a way that they were no longer viable. We have to talk about the carbon tax, which is a huge competitive disadvantage,” Scheer said.One of his main points was that he does not believe the project would be in the position it is had Ottawa stepped in sooner.Scheer said back at the start of the year, the Conservative Party asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring in Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan to have a sit-down conversation, a conversation which did not happen until just a couple of weeks ago.“The fact of the matter is, there has been a lack of federal leadership on this issue that has got us here.”He said his focus is now on letting Albertans know that this would not have happened under Conservative Party leadership and he hopes that it is a situation that can be figured out and fixed.“I sense the frustration here in Calgary and here in Alberta. It is an emotional response because it is their friends and neighbours who have been affected by this, it is people who have been out of work for months, and they see the government who drags their heels, and it has caused a lot of hardship,” Scheer said.Scheer added that he believes Trudeau needs to do what is best in the national interest and find a way to work with Kinder Morgan on making the Trans Mountain pipeline go ahead.last_img read more

Cashless consumers face tipping quandary for overthecounter service

first_imgConsumers who pay with plastic for their coffee to go are increasingly finding themselves in a quandary as digital payment devices nudge them to add a tip of as much 30 per cent for counter service.Digital payment systems now prompt customers for tips on all sorts of transactions, but people shouldn’t necessarily feel guilty for opting to tap “no tip” when ordering food or a beverage to take away.Lisa Orr, a Toronto-based etiquette expert, is unsure that the cultural practice around tipping has changed. Whereas it’s still standard to leave a gratuity after a sit-down meal, manicure or haircut, it’s not as common to leave 15 per cent or more for food or drinks to go.But technology seems to be attempting to change that by allowing any vendor to solicit gratuities no matter how little service is required.“I’m seeing it everywhere now and I think part of it is because it’s so easily built into our payment gateways,” she said, referring to the rise of tip prompts in coffee shops and other places where patrons usually take their orders to go.Square Inc., which provides digital point-of-sale systems, was founded nearly 10 years ago and allows any retailer with a smartphone or tablet to process credit card payments.The San Francisco, Calif.-based company’s hardware and software is ubiquitous at small-scale operations including market booths, ice-cream shops and coffee spots, and allows proprietors to decide whether or not to prompt buyers for a tip.Nearly 90 per cent of retailers that enable tipping rely on the company’s “smart tip amounts” feature, said spokesperson Leslie Jackson in an email. When consumers spend less than $10, they can choose between no tip, $1, $2, or $3. When they spend more than that, they can choose between no tip, 15 per cent, 20 per cent or 25 per cent.When retailers choose to input custom options, the highest custom percentage a Canadian seller has set is 30 per cent, she said.In 2018, Canadians tipped an average of 13.4 per cent using Square at food and drink sellers, according to the company’s data. That includes an average 13.7 at coffee and tea shops, 13.1 at food trucks, 12.9 at bakeries and 11.9 at quick service restaurants.The use of digital payment terminals encourages consumers to be more generous than they would be if they were using cash, Orr said.For a $2.75 cent coffee bill, for example, a patron may pay with $3 and leave behind the quarter in change as a tip. For the same bill paid digitally, a 15 per cent tip is more than 40 cents.“If the cashless options were replicated … you might feel less sort of upset about it,” she said, referencing the guilt and shame some people feel upon seeing the auto prompts asking for tips.But, in an increasingly cashless society, the autoprompts give patrons the option to leave a little something despite not having cash on hand, said Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president for Western Canada for Restaurants Canada, a not-for-profit association representing more than 30,000 food-service industry businesses.Consumers can choose to ignore the values put in by the owner and input their own choice, he said.People likely choose to leave less in tips at a quick-service restaurant than a full-service one with a professional wait staff, von Schellwitz added.“Ultimately, it is the customer’s choice whether they tip or not,” he said.It’s not necessary to leave a tip for over-the-counter service, said Orr, whose personal preference is not to do so.Still she recognizes there are some instances where people may choose to leave a gratuity.One example is if a patron develops an ongoing relationship with a barista, who may know their complicated order by heart and welcome them by name, she said. Orr would tip an employee who regularly made her matcha latte order.“It would literally be ready before I was ready to pay,” Orr said. “So, that kind of service is why I left her an additional tip.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Clarification Iowa businessman confirms revival of Cape Breton call centre that laid

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — In a story that moved on Friday, Dec. 21, The Canadian Press reported that businessman Anthony Marlowe suggested in a text message that managers of a closed call centre his company acquired buy their employees a beer and send him the bill. The placement of the quote in the story allowed for the interpretation that the comment was made in the context of making up for lost wages, which was not the case. A clarified version has moved.The Canadian Presslast_img

New Book Highlights Stigmas Against Muslim Schoolchildren in France

Taroudante – On January 7, sociologist Beatrice Mabilon-Bonfils and historian François Durpaire published their book entitled “Fatima less rated than Marianne” where they highlighted stigmas against Muslim schoolchildren in France.After analyzing the image of Islam in 15 history schoolbooks from the first grade, second grade, and in high school, the researchers concluded that Islam is often associated with terrorism or strangeness.The two researchers pointed out in their book that the term Islam is often associated with the word “terrorist”, “Islamism”, “terrorism”, “September 11”, “bin Laden” and “Al Qaeda” in these schoolbooks .They also noted that Islam is a religion being presented as “foreign to France.” Durpaire wanted to emphasize the dangers of this standardized stigma.“Such a representation of Islam can lead to fuel a phobia and to caricaturize this religion – Islam,” he said.He added that the Islamophobia and caricature of Islam are already present in the French society.The book also talks about the daily prejudices targeting Muslim students within the French school system.After years of investigation, the authors of the book revealed that Muslim students tend to be punished more for the same behavior and graded lower for the same answers.“Fatima is always less rated than Marianne for the same test, and Issam and Kader are punished more than Mathieu for the same misbehavior at school,” the book says.The authors say the depiction of Islam creates resentment against Muslims in France.“These resentments are fed and encouraged by students’ books, asking what image French youth will have regarding Islam today and tomorrow,” the book says.Edited by Iliana Hagenah© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN concerned over Kenyas forcible return of Somali asylumseekers

On 31 March, 31 asylum-seekers – nine men, eight women and 14 children – traveling by bus to refugees camps in Dabaab, in north-eastern Kenya, were sent back to Somalia. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that it has received information from a government official that the military intercepted the bus and took the Somalis to the police station, later escorting the vehicle back to Dobley, a centre near the Somali border. “When we requested intervention, we were informed that the police and military continue to return asylum-seekers to Somalia acting on instructions from the authorities in the Provincial Headquarters in Garissa,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters today in Geneva. Dabaab police have also confirmed that a similar incident occurred on 23 March, when 61 asylum-seekers were arrested by military officers and later returned to Liboi, near the border. In January, three Somali asylum-seekers were also forcibly returned to their country. Somalia, which has been beset by factional strife since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991, has witnessed a number of positive developments in recent months, including the creation of an expanded Parliament, the election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the formation of the Unity Government. At the same time, the UN estimates that over 3 million people, a third or more of the total population, will remain dependent on humanitarian assistance this year. Mr. Redmond said that UNHCR has formally protested the forcible returns to the Kenyan Minister of Immigration and Registration. “Our concern is that despite bringing such cases to the attention of the Government, no action has been taken,” he said. “UNHCR reiterates that the Kenyan Government must adhere to and show full respect for the principle of non-refoulement, as enshrined in Kenya’s Refugee Act and International Law, with regard to Somali asylum-seekers in particular.” In a related development, the agency announced that the first convoy of Somali refugees is being relocated from a transit centre in Dolo Ado, near the border between Somalia and Ethiopia, to the new Bokolmanyo camp some 90 kilometres inside Ethiopia. Ten buses, carrying 157 refugees who escaped the renewed fighting in central and southern Somalia in the past few months, and they are part of a group of 5,000 Somalis who have recently been recognized as refugees by the Ethiopian Government, with the support of UNHCR. An additional 5,000 Somalis, who are waiting to be screened, are sheltering with the local community, many of whom are ethnic Somalis, in Dolo Ado, they claim also to have fled the stepped up clashes. “The opening of the new camp and subsequent extension of international protection and assistance might encourage thousands of others living with the community to apply for asylum,” Mr. Redmond said. Local authorities provided the land for UNHCR’s new camp site at Bokolmanyo, which can accommodate up to 20,000 refugees, with the agency and its partners intensifying the efforts to expand basic infrastructure. Building schools and other facilities are also in the pipeline. Upon arrival at the camp, the refugees will spend three days in a reception area, where they will be allocated plots of land and given materials with which they will build their huts, as well as food, blankets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and other supplies. Ethiopia’s Somali region already hosts over 33,000 Somali refugees in three camps, and with the new arrivals, that number is expected to top 40,000 shortly. At the peak of the Somali refugee crisis in the early 1990s, the region hosted nearly 630,000 refugees in eight camps, and the overwhelming majority of them returned to their country between 1997 and 2005 and only one camp was left. However, renewed fighting in southern and central Somalia led to the creation of two new camps in 2008 and 2008 to accommodate new refugees fleeing the violence. 3 April 2009The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its concern over the increasing trend by Kenyan authorities to forcibly return Somali asylum-seekers back to their war-torn nation. read more

40 Percent Of The NFL Is Real

San Francisco 49ers15291324-204 Dallas Cowboys15901457-133 (For those new to FiveThirtyEight, Elo is a system for ranking NFL teams that assigns them strength ratings based on how likely they are to win in the future. Each team’s rating is calculated using the scores, locations and opponents from its games, plus a prior based on how good Elo thought the team was the last time its rating was calculated.)We know some of what we’ve seen thus far is real. But some is an illusion, the product of injuries, personnel changes and the random variance that can occur in the small sample of a half-season. So what’s a football fan to think? How much stock should be placed in what we think we’ve learned over the past two months, compared with what we thought we knew before any games were played?We can get a sense for how much we’ve really learned by looking to past seasons2I used data from NFL seasons since 1978 that featured a 16-game schedule (in other words, excluding the strike-shortened 1982 and 1987 seasons). and searching for the mixture of preseason Elo and season-to-date Simple Rating System3Converted to Elo’s scale. that does the best job of predicting games from Week 8 on. Since 1978, 40 percent of what we think we’ve learned through seven weeks is real. That is, after the first seven weeks of the NFL season, roughly 40 percent of a team’s deviation from its initial outlook should be preserved going forward. The rest tends to fall away in due time, as teams see corrections in health, coaches make adjustments (and counter-adjustments), and teams see aberrant feats regress their way to the mean.That fraction should be enough to change our opinions about the extreme outliers: The Colts are probably closer to average than to a top-five team,4Yes, they were missing Andrew Luck for two starts. But they also went 2-0 under Matt Hasselbeck in those starts and are 1-4 under Luck. while the Jets are likely an above-average squad on the verge of being in the league’s top third. But at the same time, it can’t really help us with the nuances of teams that look like they belong in a tier adjacent to where they started. For instance, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers are both 6-0 despite being in the league’s middle third before the season. We can think of them as top 10 teams, but it’s difficult to know where in the top 10 they fall.Despite our proximity to the season’s halfway marker, there’s still a lot left to be learned about the NFL this year. And that means plenty more surprising outcomes, both real and illusory. Oakland Raiders13891449+61 Houston Texans15051282-223 Philadelphia Eagles15451642+97 Baltimore Ravens15771484-93 ELO RATING Seattle Seahawks16781604-73 Denver Broncos15951597+1 Washington Redskins13711459+88 Miami Dolphins14841439-44 Minnesota Vikings14791492+13 Cincinnati Bengals15401739+199 Tampa Bay Buccaneers13771244-132 New York Giants14801527+47 New York Jets14401734+294 St. Louis Rams14771552+75 Tennessee Titans13391337-3 Cleveland Browns14221389-33 Green Bay Packers16011692+91 Buffalo Bills15341522-12 New Orleans Saints14861457-30 San Diego Chargers15231409-113 Pittsburgh Steelers15631662+99 It’s Week 8 of the 2015 season, which makes it a weird time on the NFL calendar. Almost half the schedule has been played, so it feels like we should have a decent grasp on which teams are good and bad. But this is the NFL, where we don’t know anything and we never will.For instance, the New York Jets, who were not supposed to be very good according to our in-house rating system Elo, have played like one of the NFL’s best teams1According to’s Simple Rating System (SRS). I took each team’s SRS, multiplied it by 25 (as commanded to by Nate Silver), and added it to 1505, which is the average team’s Elo in the NFL. so far. And the Indianapolis Colts, who were supposed to be one of the league’s best teams, have played like one of its worst. Arizona Cardinals15411777+236 Jacksonville Jaguars13571269-87 Chicago Bears14191302-117 Detroit Lions15381302-237 Atlanta Falcons14621612+150 TEAMPRESEASONHAS PLAYED LIKE …DIFF Indianapolis Colts15811399-182 New England Patriots16641907+243 Kansas City Chiefs15401464-75 Carolina Panthers15361634+99 read more

Police investigating Libby Squire disappearance given more time to question suspect

A digital police poster in the centre of Hull as the search continues for 21-year-old student Libby SquireCredit:PA A digital police poster in the centre of Hull as the search continues for 21-year-old student Libby Squire Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby SquireCredit:PA 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. Detective Superintendent Matthew Hutchinson said: “I can confirm that the court has granted us a further 24 hours to question the man.”We are still treating Libby’s disappearance as a missing persons inquiry. I have said previously that we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and that is still very much the case.”Our number one priority is to find Libby Squire and we are still conducting extensive searches and appealing for any information from the public.” Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire Earlier this week, Miss Squire’s parents, Lisa and Russ, issued a statement thanking people for their support in trying to find their daughter.A JustGiving page set up to help them has since raised more than £4,000.Craig Hopkins, who set up the page, wrote: “Libby’s parents obviously have a tremendous amount to deal with at this time and the last additional problem they need is any financial concerns, especially as their daughter is a student in Hull, which is a considerable distance from the family home in Buckinghamshire.”Even if you can only spare a few pounds, please do so, as all money raised will be sent to Libby’s parents to assist them financially at this emotionally challenging time.”Students at the University of Hull have been told the student wellbeing team is available for anyone who needs support. He leaves the car and, a minute and a half later, a man then is seen opening the front passenger side door and moving around before getting behind the wheel and driving away at around 12.09am on February 1. Miss Squire, who is originally from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, was last seen on Thursday January 31 when she got a taxi from a nightclub.Officers have said Miss Squire was dropped off near her home at 11.29pm and was seen around 10 minutes later near a bench on Beverley Road, where a motorist stopped to offer help.Police are believed to be examining CCTV footage which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting of the student.The footage, obtained by ITV News, appears to show a man sitting with his legs out the driver’s side door of a parked vehicle in Hull, close to where the philosophy student is thought to have disappeared. The force also unveiled digital missing posters, featuring pictures of Miss Squire and an appeal for information, in the city centre.Detectives said they were still treating her disappearance as a missing persons investigation. Police investigating the disappearance of university student Libby Squire have been given more time to question a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her abduction.Miss Squire, 21, was reported missing in Hull more than a week ago and an intensive search has been mounted by police and volunteers since then.Paweł Rełowicz, a 24-year-old Polish father of two, was arrested on Wednesday night at a house on Raglan Street, about half a mile from Miss Squire’s home.Humberside Police said they had been granted another 24 hours to question the man.A force spokesman said: “A further extension has been granted by the courts for officers to question a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of Hull student Libby Squire.”The extension allows officer to continue to question the 24-year-old until 9pm tomorrow, Sunday February 10.”Police continued to search for the University of Hull student on Saturday, with officers using sticks and cameras to scour gardens and alleyways in the area around her home on Wellesley Avenue. read more

Why we should be concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic

first_imgRead more articles by Eoin Lynch> EARLIER THIS WEEK Christophe de Margerie CEO of the French oil giant Total announced that the company would not be drilling for oil in the Arctic as an oil spill “would cause too much damage to the company”.Unlike other oil executives who are desperate to get the black gold flowing up north, de Margerie has clearly not forgotten the Deep Horizon blowout. In April of 2010 an explosion on the BP rig Deep Horizon killed 11 men, caused unprecedented damage to the ecosystem around the Gulf of Mexico, and was a public relations disaster for BP.It is quite a drastic step taken by the Frenchman – one for which his shareholders may not thank him in the short term – but if the coastline of western Europe is hit by an oil spill in the next few years he can justifiably say, “I told you so”.Should a blowout occur in the Arctic region, oil would likely be deposited into the North Atlantic Current of the Gulf Stream which runs right up the northwest side of Ireland. How likely is a blowout? According to a study carried out in the UK for the House of Commons it may be one of the “unavoidable impacts” of Arctic drilling.What is not in doubt is that over the next 15 years the Arctic will overtake the Middle East as the world’s biggest oil and gas producing region. Under the UN’s Law of the Sea, the five Arctic States of America, Canada, Russia, Greenland (Denmark) and Norway each have an exclusive economic zone which stretches 200 nautical miles from their respective shorelines and gives them rights to any resources in the sea area and under the seabed.“Now haggling”Russia has the longest Arctic shoreline and therefore holds rights to the largest area, with the other four dividing the remainder between them. A massive area of the Arctic Ocean is outside of this 200 NM boundary and is therefore an area of international waters that belongs to no particular country. Russia, America and Canada are now haggling over their entitlement to the unclaimed far north, a region where conditions are so severe that Russia and America used it as nuclear dumping ground for years, both content that the waste would not be disturbed for centuries to come.China is now also looking for rights in the international waters too, claiming to be a “near Arctic state”. China will undoubtedly have an interest in the estimated 160 billion barrels of crude oil, 1.65 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 883 million barrels of liquid gas around the Arctic, but what will be of perhaps even greater interest to the oriental giant is the so-called Northern Sea Route. This channel is the shortest possible route between China and Europe/America and will save China, the world’s largest exporter, a fortune when it becomes a dependable summer shipping channel by the end of the decade. Beijing to Hamburg via the Northern Sea Route is 6,400km shorter than China’s current passage to Europe through the Malacca Strait and the Suez Canal. The channel, which passes through the North Sea, will also become a major route for three oil tankers heading eastwards.Separate to the Arctic States is the Arctic Council which includes the five states as well as Iceland, Sweden and Finland. There is also a mix of observer states such as the UK, France and Japan. The Council is an intergovernmental body which ensures that the Arctic States all get on with each other and that the indigenous people are fairly represented. It is here, at the Arctic Council, that countries have the ability to question the safety of oil drilling and make sure that inherent risks of oil production are minimised.“Who will clean it up?”This is the place where you would expect to find Phil Hogan asking some very basic questions such as – if oil pollutes the Irish coast as a consequence of an Arctic blowout – who will clean it up?To date the drilling in the Arctic has been exploratory. Despite the newfound accessibility to the region drilling is still both very difficult and expensive. Engineers are finding that most wells will be in relatively shallow waters of between 40 to 500 metres of water. However the melting pack ice is unreliable, and there are fears about the potential damage that could be caused to rigs by massive icebergs breaking off the Petermann Glacier. Earlier this year a satellite picked up an iceberg floating south of Greenland which had an above-waterline surface area that was twice the size of Manhattan Island.There will of course be an opportune time for the oil companies to tap the oil and gas. The longer oil stays in the ground the more valuable it will become and a sudden surge in availability would see a drop in oil prices, not something that the oil companies want. However, there are signs that the oil companies are reading themselves to get things rolling.Shell made significant efforts, $4.7 billion worth, to tap wells. Their efforts were hampered by the US Coast Guard who has concerns over how an emergency response would be conducted in the area. Shell were also hindered by Greenpeace and the oil giant are in the process of suing the organisation with the intention of securing the right to fine them $1 million every time they protest within 500 metres of Shell property.“Seven months before ice melts to allow rescue units access to leak”Should an oil spill occur in the Arctic Ocean the US Coast Guard would be the principle authority in coordinating a response within the area. The biggest concern around a spill is accessibility. Should a disaster similar to the Deep Horizon spill occur during the frozen winter, it may be up to seven months before the ice melts away allowing rescue units get to the leak. When they do get there, facilities such as deep sea ports and airports are scarce. As the commandant of the Coast Guard Robert Papp points out he would be responsible for “feeding and housing 4,000 people, there would need to be a hospital near the location, all sorts of facilities would need to be in place. At the moment they do not exist”.Oil spills are never a good thing, but the Arctic is the last place on earth, bar possibly the Antarctic, that you want an oil spill to occur. Unfortunately oil companies have no clear idea how to prevent spills or a definite plan of action when one does occur.Since the Deep Horizon blowout there have been 19 separate incidents which have polluted the world’s oceans with 215,000 tonnes of crude oil. With the level of drilling expected in the Arctic over the next 10 years it is likely that a blowout will occur at some point. Despite the oil executives’ rush the oil is not going anywhere and what is vital at this stage is that oil companies put in place watertight safety and clean up plans before they start drilling, and that governments, including Ireland, are entirely satisfied that there is no risk to the environment.Eoin Lynch tweets at @Eoinlyncholast_img read more

Agora une nouvelle tablette à moins de 120 euros

first_imgAgora, une nouvelle tablette à moins de 120 eurosUne semaine après l’annonce de l’Aakash, une autre tablette commence à faire parler d’elle pour les mêmes raisons : l’Agora dispose d’un prix défiant toute concurrence puisqu’il s’établit à 115 euros ! Si Datawind peut se targuer d’avoir créé la tablette la moins chère du monde, la firme Kogan, elle, peut se réjouir d’être l’une des premières à rejoindre ce nouveau mouvement de marché. La firme a présenté trois tablettes nommées Agora. Une disposant d’un écran de 7 pouces (17,5 cm de diagonale), une autre avec un écran de 8 et la dernière arborant un large panneau tactile de 10 pouces.À lire aussiCES 2011 : Xoom, la réponse de Motorola à l’iPadLa première Aurora (lien non disponible) s’affiche à un prix de 159 dollars, soit 115 euros environ. Mais ce prix est trompeur vis à vis de ses possibilités :  elle dispose d’un processeur central de 1 Ghz, de 512 MB de mémoire vive (DDR2), d’une capacité de 4GB, d’une connectivité Wifi (b et G), d’un port Micro SD, d’un capteur 2 Mpixels, d’un micro et de ports Mini-HDMI, USB et écouteurs.Bref, rien ne semble lui manquer, car, sans être une bête de course, elle propose l’ensemble des services de base que l’on peut demander à une tablette, comme on peut le voir sur cette vidéo. Le 14 octobre 2011 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Point Loma residents fighting to save historic community from possible changes

first_imgPoint Loma residents fighting to save historic community from possible changes KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Port of San Diego has big plans up and down the coast and Point Loma is part of the plan. Residents are concerned with what this means for their cherished community. KUSI’s Dan Plante is in Point Loma with more on the story. July 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

42 years at the head of the class in Camas

first_imgMore than four decades ago, Gail Welsh vowed to herself she would quit teaching the day she woke up and didn’t enjoy it anymore. There was no point putting on an act. Her students would see through it, she thought.Over the years, Welsh never had to front. Her iconic persona was always genuine, those who know her said.Her mile-a-minute speech never slowed. Her inventive teaching methods never failed to captivate. Her trademark high heels never went out of style. And her love of teaching, regardless of the subject, burned as brightly her last day as it did her first.Welsh retired Wednesday after a 42-year career teaching middle school students in the Camas School District. She started her career at the now defunct James David Zellerbach Middle School and finished it at Skyridge Middle School.“I’ve actually had the privilege to be a teacher my entire life,” Welsh, 63, said. “Not many people can say that. It’s been absolutely my pleasure.”While Welsh’s passion for teaching never waned, she felt it was time for “another chapter in my life.”She hopes to use her diverse knowledge teaching either community college or after-school classes. She and her husband, Stephen Stipe, who live in Vancouver, also purchased a home in Phoenix.last_img read more

Miami Beach king tides return Thursday morning

first_imgIf you see standing water for more than 48 hours, report it by calling 305-674-7625.For more information, visit of Miami Beach king tides schedule:Oct. 13 7:10 a.m., 7:32 p.m.Oct. 14 8:02 a.m., 8:20 p.m.Oct. 15 8:52 a.m., 9:08 p.m.Oct. 16 9:42 a.m., 9:56 p.m.Oct. 17 10:32 a.m., 10:45 p.m.Oct. 18 11:23 a.m., 11:35 p.m.Oct. 19 12:16 p.m.Oct. 20 12:29 a.m., 11 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Miami Beach is expecting the return of king tides on Thursday morning.The annual tides will bring heightened sea levels during the month of October. They occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth align.Tides are already over one foot above the levels predicted by the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, according to the city.The city warned residents that street closures could occur periodically because of flooding. Drivers should avoid flooded streets and parking in low lying areas. The city encouraged drivers to wash the undercarriage of their cars if they do drive through flood water.Additionally, flood water in the streets will pick up pollutants, so anyone who comes in contact with flood water is encouraged to rinse off immediately with soap and hot water.The city also encouraged buildings in low lying areas to use flood panels and other flood protection such as sandbags.Boaters should be aware that high tides can cause lower clearances under fixed bridges. last_img read more

5 families displaced after fire in Lauderhill apartment building

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Five families have been left without a place to stay after a fire in a Lauderhill apartment.At approximately 11:15 p.m., Saturday, Lauderhill Fire Rescue responded to a fire on the second floor in an apartment building located in the area of Northwest 19th Street and U.S. 441.One person was transported to Florida Medical Center suffering from smoke inhalation.Five apartments have been affected directly, with two receiving most of the damage from the fire and the others sustaining water and smoke damage. About 25 people were affected in total.Officials are unsure as to what started the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Salman Khan insults Katrina Kaif on Super Dancer 3 Heres what happened

first_imgSalman Khan matches steps with Katrina Kaif and Shilpa Shetty on Super Dancer 3.InstagramBollywood superstar Salman Khan who is not known to spare anyone if he’s in a bad mood, yet again made actress Katrina Kaif uncomfortable with his behaviour. In the promotions of their film Bharat, Salman Khan has been reminding Katrina Kaif time and again that she has Priyanka Chopra to thank for because the role went to Katrina after the Quantico actress quit the film.Katrina Kaif has not been happy with Salman rubbing salt on her wounds. The new insult episode happened on Super Dancer 3, even as judge and their Bollywood counterpart Shilpa Shetty watched exasperated. It so happened that a choreographer of Super Dancer 3 was praised by Katrina Kaif, him having worked with her on the Suraiyya song from Thugs of Hindostan. The choreographer in turn praised Katrina for her hard work, saying she practised for a month.Hearing this, Salman Khan demanded to know the step from the Suraiyya song that required so much practice. Since it was a step to do with the knees, Katrina asked Salman not to do it, as he apparently was having some problem with his knees. Salman insisted on doing the step, and followed the choreographer, learning the step in a jiffy. After doing it a few times, he went up to Katrina and pointed his finger insultingly at her, saying that he did the step in “one take”, obviously taking a jibe at her “hard work”.Seeing him behave like this, Katrina Kaif was looking embarrassed and sad, but did not say anything. Also, when Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif went on the Super Dancer 3 stage to shake a leg, Salman Khan made it a point to yawn and go to sleep, showing no interest in their performance. He then joined them and matched steps, showing that only he could add masala to the act. Katrina and Shilpa couldn’t do much but High Five each other in the end.Shilpa Shetty was also at the receiving end of Salman Khan’s jibe, when he interrupted her while she was speaking to a Super Dancer 3 contestant. As Shilpa got praising the young contestant and his act that included the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu, questioned her as to the correct pronunciation of Kalaripayattu.”Is it Kalaripayattu or Kalaripattu?” Salman asked Shilpa, as the visibly irritated actress replied in a sarcastic tone, “It’s pronounced as Kalaripattu…” Shilpa went on to explain that she knows the right pronunciation because, “I’m a south Indian”, which finally made Salman go silent.While all was well towards the end of the episode, for some time, there was this uncomfortable vibe, even as a viewer we could understand it. We are not sure of the other judges, director Anurag Basu and choreographer Geeta Kapoor, but the ladies Katrina Kaif and Shilpa Shetty were definitely not amused with Salman’s behaviour.All this can go in the category of “pulling a leg” but it did not seem like that. Thankfully, Salman Khan was good with the little contestants Rupsa and Tejas, and praised them for their outstanding acts. Watch what happened here.SUN LO “SALMAN BHAIIII SB KUCH KA SAKTY HAI “Salman please don’t do it, it’s really unnecessary for your knees” ?❤️#Bharat#SalmanKhan#BookBharatTicketsNow #KatrinaKaif #SuperDancerChapter3— Sallu Khan (@sallukhanbeing) June 1, 2019last_img read more

Harvey Adds Pressure To HISD Already Under Threat of State Takeover

first_img 00:00 /01:07 HISDHISD Trustees Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Wanda Adams visited a northeast Houston neighborhood after Harvey, where homes and schools were damaged.Even before Harvey hit Houston, the state’s largest school district faced one of its biggest challenges: to improve 10 chronically failing schools, or face a state take-over.Now the recovery from Harvey will help decide the future of the district. That threat hasn’t gone away, even as Harvey’s floodwaters have receded and students head back to class.Ten Houston schools have missed state standards for so long that the entire school board could be replaced — or the schools could be shut down — if they don’t improve this year. Those are the consequences set up in the law known as House Bill 1842.Now the Houston Independent School District also has to fix flooded buildings, make sure displaced students are enrolled and find new locations for nine schools that Harvey hit the worst. At least one of those nine — Hilliard Elementary — is one of those already struggling schools.Superintendent Richard Carranza said that he’s still committed to improving them.“So those schools for us, there is no option but to actually show what we can do academically,” Carranza said. “But you see, the board and I cannot do this alone, the communities and I cannot do this alone, we need our partners to be in this fight for us.”At a back-to-school press conference, Mayor Sylvester Turner pledged his support in the effort and hinted at a major initiative in the works — but didn’t give details.“Just like we’ve conquered Harvey, we will conquer the fact that we have 10 schools that need be significantly improved,” Turner said. “This is a can-do city and I know it will happen and I’m prepared to join with the HISD in doing that.”A spokeswoman at the Texas Education Agency, DeEtta Culbertson, said that administrators still need to discuss if they will relax any sanctions. X Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Consumer optimism remains low in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Dollar exchange rate maintains slight upward trend this year Dollar exchange rate reaches highest price in seven years Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcement Costa Rica enforces new methodology for calculating dollar exchange rate Consumer confidence in Costa Rica’s economic outlook showed slight improvement over the past quarter but remains low, researchers from the University of Costa Rica (UCR)’sSchool of Statistics have found.The conclusion is part of the results of the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC) survey, that the UCR released Wednesday.The ICC is currently at 39.1 points, on a scale of 1 to 100. According to UCR researcher Johnny Madrigal, that figure indicates consumers are pessimistic and uncertain regarding the future of the country’s economy.“Pessimism, however, is not as severe as in past evaluations,” he said. The current ICC is 1.5 points higher than in the previous quarter, and 3.1 points higher than that recorded in August 2016.Negative forecastThe report states that a majority of consumers surveyed expect increases in interest rates of bank loans, in the exchange rate of dollar and in fuel prices.In addition, people’s expectations of getting a wage hike this year fell 9 points from the previous quarter, from 35.7 to 26.5 percent.Consumer’s pessimism also reflects in people’s responses to other questions of the UCR survey. Most respondents, for example, gave negative responses to questions about whether they are considering buying long-term assets like a car or a house.Only two in ten said this is a good time to buy property, and only four in ten said it’s a good time to buy a car. Eight of ten believe that fuel prices will keep going up in coming months.Madrigal believes that these results are directly linked to the low percentage of people who do not expect any improvement in their income in the short term. The negative trend of results towards the purchase of long-term goods has stayed low since the last ICC survey.New U.S. policiesJust over half of consumers polled —55.7 percent— said they believe interest rates on bank loans will increase over the next 12 months. More than 70 percent expect the dollar exchange rate to continue to rise over the same period.Researchers believe these results show some of the first direct influences of the new U.S. administration on local consumers .Madrigal said that people’s expectations about the exchange rate and interest rates “likely are the result of changes in the U.S. government and its recent economic policies.”The UCR conducted its survey using a representative sample of 706 households across the country from Feb. 1-15. In most cases, researchers interviewed the family’s main economic provider.The university calculates its Consumer Confidence Index survey every three months. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recently certified the study as a national survey as part of Costa Rica’s process of seeking admission to the trade bloc. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Amnesty Indiscriminate attacks maiming Syrians

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) – The Syrian government has carried out indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes on residential areas that do not target opposition fighters or military objectives, and instead appear aimed solely at punishing civilians seen as sympathetic to rebel forces, Amnesty International said Wednesday.Much of the recent fighting has centered on the contested city of Aleppo, but the London-based group said hundreds of civilians in other parts of northern and central Syria have been killed or injured in recent weeks, many of them children, in attacks that struck people in their homes, in the street or while trying to shelter from the bombings. Comments   Share   The report said unguided bombs dropped from the air and imprecise artillery shells and mortars are now being used daily against residential areas, significantly increasing the number of civilian casualties.“Such indiscriminate attacks violate fundamental provisions of international humanitarian law, as they fail to distinguish between military targets and civilian objects,” it added.The Amnesty report detailed incidents of indiscriminate attacks in other parts of northern Syria that killed civilians in areas where there were no armed confrontations or activities by opposition fighters at the time of the attacks.In an incident on Aug. 14, four children aged 18 months to 11 years, were killed when an aircraft dropped a bomb on their home in the village of Shellakh, near Idlib, collapsing the second floor onto the first floor, where the children were sleeping and playing.With nowhere safe, villagers often shelter in old, overcrowded caves for protection from the air bombardments and shelling, Amnesty said. Some families have been digging makeshift underground shelters near their homes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The conclusions were published in an Amnesty report that followed a visit to Syria by senior crisis researcher Donatella Rovera, who traveled to 26 towns and villages in the Jabal al-Zawiya area and other parts of the northern Idlib and north Hama regions between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11.The 18-month conflict between the regime of President Bashar Assad and his opponents began with peaceful protests that were attacked by government security forces, and has since evolved into a civil war. Activists say at least 23,000 people have died, many of them civilians who fell victim to the regime onslaught, although rebel factions have also been accused of summary executions and other abuses.Assad’s regime, which has been subject to international condemnation, says it is fighting terrorism led by foreign fighters. The regime counts Iran and Russia among its few allies.The Amnesty report included criticism of opposition fighters for alleged violations of human rights, saying both sides have operated in and launched attacks from residential areas, thereby increasing the risk to civilians. But it focused mostly on the conduct of the regime, noting that random bombardments suggested that the aim of the strikes “may be to punish residents of towns and villages which are now under the de-facto control of opposition forces.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision? 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Bangkok Airways expands codeshare agreement with Jet Airways

first_imgBangkok Airways expands codeshare agreement with Jet AirwaysBangkok Airways expands codeshare agreement with Jet AirwaysBangkok Airways, Asia’s Boutique Airline and Jet Airways, India’s premier full-service international airline today announced expansion of their existing codeshare agreement to provide more choice and convenient travel connections for guests travelling between key destinations across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India.This expanded partnership will offer guests enhanced connectivity and seamless access when travelling throughout the combined networks of both the airlines.Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Bangkok Airways’ flights beyond Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Sukhothai and Trat in Thailand, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap in Cambodia and Da Nang, Phu Quoc in Vietnam.Bangkok Airways will also place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ flights beyond Mumbai to key destinations like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa and Chennai; as well as beyond Delhi to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.This is in addition to the existing arrangement, which has been in place since October 2013, whereby, Jet Airways places its code on Bangkok Airways’ flights between Mumbai and Bangkok while Bangkok Airways places its codes on Jet Airways’ flights between Bangkok-Mumbai and Bangkok-Delhi.Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways said “Jet Airways is a leading international airline with a major presence in India and across the world. We are pleased to expand cooperation with Jet Airways to strengthen our respective route networksand offer business and leisure travelers with unprecedented and convenient access to new gateways. Moreover, Jet Airways’ codeshare passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access and in-flight meal.Mr. Gaurang Shetty, Whole-time Director, Jet Airways, said, “This is a continuation of our efforts to offer our guests more choice and connectivity options across key markets around the globe. Jet Airways and Bangkok Airways have been codeshare partners since 2013 and with this enhancement we will for the first time, now be able to offer our guests seamlessly connectivity on codeshare flights to seven key tourist hot-spots across Thailand, as well as growing markets in Cambodia and Vietnam, thus helping to further boost tourism and trade between India and these nations.For more information about Bangkok Airways, please visit or contact Call Center 1771 (24 hours) or +66(2) 270 6699. About Bangkok AirwaysBangkok Airways (, with the ASIA’S BOUTIQUE AIRLINE slogan, is the first private airline established in Thailand since 1968. Taking off daily with about a hundred flights per day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways flies travelers from around the world to more than twenty five exquisite destinations across Thailand and Asia. To name a few; Samui, Phuket, Trat (Koh Chang), Maldives are amongst the most popular beach selections; whilst Sukhothai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap (Angkor), are of the world heritage personalities, each of which possesses her unique flair. Currently, Bangkok Airways’ fleet consists of 39 aircrafts; 15 A319s, 9 A320s, 6 ATR72-500s and 9 ATR72-600s.Source = Bangkok Airwayslast_img read more

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