Text Your Friends From Facebook With HeyWire’s New App

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Another company in the very crowded but very popular messaging space, HeyWire is launching a Facebook app today that will allow users to send both texts and tweets from within Facebook. Like other text-messaging services, HeyWire gives you a real phone number to use in order to send and receive text messages. Messages that are sent also sync with the company’s iOS and Android apps, so you can read and respond via multiple devices. Tags:#Facebook#web There is no per-message charge, but it does cost 20 Facebook Credits per month to hook you up with a U.S. phone number and that unlimited texting access to any mobile phone in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China and to most phones in the Caribbean and Central and South America. (The iPhone and Android apps are free, but are ad-supported). While 20 Facebook Credits per month isn’t a huge fee, it may be a big hurdle for some people to overcome in order to use this service. After all, if you’re on Facebook, you might just chat with people using Facebook Messaging rather than sending an SMS. Of course, there are a few folks who still aren’t on Facebook.HeyWire recently partnered with Twitter to launch HeyTweet, a service that lets users send tweets for free via SMS. That service seems a lot more practical than this Facebook app. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… audrey watters A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Increase In Indian Asylum Seekers Crossing Into US From Mexico: Report

first_imgThe number of Indians crossing into the US from Mexico and seeking asylum has been increasing in the recent years, a media report has claimed.Indian citizens are among thousands of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia who are trekking across Latin America through travel routes forged by Latino immigrants, The Los Angeles Times reported.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Rookie Bosox Hurler Beats Yanks

first_imgBOSTON — The game ball that Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will treasure from his major league debut wasn’t the one from the final out in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.Instead, his teammates made sure to save the ball he threw to strike out Derek Jeter in the third inning — Ranaudo’s first major league strikeout.“I think that’s pretty cool,” said Ranaudo, who grew up in New Jersey rooting for Jeter and the Yankees. “That’s something that will be part of my life the rest of my life.”Ranaudo (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings while winning his first start in the majors. He made a few mistakes, including a solo homer Carlos Beltran hit into the New York bullpen in the fourth, but scattered them well enough for Boston to hang on after taking a 2-0 lead in the third.“He did a good job keeping the game under control,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.Ranaudo walked four and struck out two. The first was against Jeter, who followed up with a homer off reliever Junichi Tazawa over the Green Monster to pull the Yankees within 4-3.The Red Sox, mired deep in last place in the AL East after losing eight of nine, have won three straight over the Yankees.“We’ve got to win games this time of year,” New York third baseman Chase Headley said. “That’s where the frustration comes.”Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.Boston got to Chris Capuano (1-2) in the third when Brock Holt hit a one-out triple down the right-field line, then scored when Dustin Pedroia followed with a drive over Jacoby Ellsbury’s head in center. The ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double and Pedroia scored easily from second on a single by David Ortiz.After Beltran’s 13th homer of the season cut the lead to 2-1, the Red Sox got an RBI single from David Ross in the fourth and added an insurance run in the seventh when Pedroia singled home Mookie Betts, who led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice.Capuano pitched 6 1-3 innings for New York, allowing four runs and eight hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AA: Pulisic shines as Dortmund struggles

first_imgBundesliga Americans Abroad: Pulisic shines through as Dortmund struggles Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 01:46 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josh Kimmich Christian Pulisic Bayern Dortmund Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München Freiburg v Schalke 04 Hamburger SV v Stuttgart Sheffield United v Hull City Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen Freiburg Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Eintracht Frankfurt Hull City Werder Bremen Hamburger SV Schalke 04 Stuttgart Sheffield United Championship Not much has gone right for the Bundesliga side over the last month, but the performance of the teenager has been one of the bright spots Turning heads in defeat — it seems like deja vu all over again for Christian Pulisic.After the failed U.S. 2018 World Cup qualification campaign that saw the teenager frequently shine, Pulisic could at least take heart in his situation at Borussia Dortmund. He was in a three-way battle for playing time for a team that sat on top of the Bundesliga after a great start to the campaign.Things have gone downhill since for Dortmund. The club has won just one game since September ended — a DFB-Pokal victory over third-division Magdeburg. That run includes a pair of draws with Cypriot side APOEL in the Champions League, which has all but seen the Bundesliga club eliminated from the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The situation did not improve this weekend against Bayern Munich, as Dortmund was consigned to a 3-1 defeat. However, Pulisic emerged from the game as one of the bigger storylines.He was aggressive in the contest, attempting 12 one-on-ones and successfully completing eight. That’s a high for the league season, according to Bundesliga.com. But perhaps the highlight of the match was when he took on two Bayern defenders and nutmegged Arjen Robben, creating the chance that led to Marc Bartra’s consolation goal in the 88th minute.But Pulisic told Bundesliga.com after the game that while he may feel good, it doesn’t mean a whole lot if his team is struggling.“It doesn’t mean much,” Pulisic said when asked about the one-on-ones statistic. “I felt pretty good out there. I feel confident at the moment. Unfortunately, things at the moment as a team aren’t going [well], which is the most important thing.”Christian Pulisic quote gfxThe performance drew one of the few plaudits Dortmund manager Peter Bosz handed out post-game, saying: “There was one moment during the game where I thought to myself, while sitting on the bench, that Christian Pulisic was our man of the match — together with the supporters. They were still supporting us when we were 3-0 down.”And Bayern great Lothar Matthaus was impressed enough he thought Pulisic should follow in the footsteps of some other Dortmund players, like Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, and join the Bavarian giants one day.”If Bayern Munich someday looks for a replacement for Robben and [Franck] Ribery, then they have to put out their feelers for Pulisic,” Matthaus told Sky.”He is 19 years old and has high quality.” Matthaus continued. “With his confidence and his speed, he is called to higher [things].”Pulisic clearly faced competition this season from the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Maximilian Philipp. But the form of Yarmolenko has fallen off a bit after a hot start as has Philipp’s. The good news for Pulisic is that it entrenches him in the starting XI. The bad news is it leaves him isolated as one of the few spark plugs Dortmund has.And so, like with the United States, Pulisic finds himself impressing coaches, fans and observers but is left with team results that are difficult to stomach.WOOD LOSES PLACE AT HAMBURGBobby Wood HamburgBobby Wood’s road from 2.Bundesliga to quality Bundesliga striker drawing interest from bigger clubs has been a pretty remarkable one. But the sweet story has now turned sour.While Wood did manage some heroics for the U.S. squad that ultimately fell short of getting to Russia, his form at Hamburg has been disappointing. He has just one goal in nine Bundesliga starts this season — a poor return for a player who received a lucrative extension this past summer.With Hamburg struggling, manager Markus Gisdol ultimately was pressed into making a change.“In the end, the performance principle also applies to him,” Gisdol told reporters. “It all falls together. He’s descended into a negative spiral from which he has to free himself. He has the potential to be a good forward, but he is not in any sort of form right now. He might give it his all, but things are not going well for him somehow.”Wood was dropped this weekend for 17-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp, who bagged a goal in a 3-1 win for Hamburg over Stuttgart. It is worth adding that Hamburg was a man up for 77 minutes, but that’s the type of performance Arp needs to make Wood’s displacement permanent.Given his wages, and his strong performances last season, Wood seems likely to get another chance. But for now, the days of Wood being one of the few Americans with a lock-down starting spot for a team in a top European league are over.JOHANNSSON LOGS FIRST MINUTES SINCE AUGUSTMarius Wolf Aron Johannsson Frankfurt Werder BremenTo say Aron Johannsson’s time at Werder Bremen has not gone as he would have liked is an understatement. After a move from Eredivisie side AZ, the striker has made just seven Bundesliga starts in parts of three seasons.And things have gotten worse this season. Derailed by injury before, Johannsson simply has not been the manager’s choice for most of the campaign, usually not even making the bench for Bremen. He had played a grand total of three minutes in the Bundesliga prior to this past week, and that cameo came back on Aug. 28.A move away from the club never materialized, and he was even dropped down to the German third tier to play 90 minutes with Werder Bremen II in late September.However, after a poor start to the season which sees the club in 17th, Bremen dismissed manager Alexander Nouri on Oct. 30. Florian Kohfeldt led the side on Friday against Eintracht Frankfurt.Johannsson made his first bench since August in the contest and saw the field for a brief cameo in stoppage time of the 2-1 loss. It’s not much, but it’s better than what he had been getting under Nouri.A coaching change can provide new life to players as a fresh set of eyes looks over the roster. Johannsson still has a long way to go to even consistently crack the rotation at Bremen but the opportunity may be there, if he can seize it.STANKO MAKES BUNDESLIGA DEBUTCaleb Stanko FreiburgCaleb Stanko being in Freiburg’s lineup has been something of a rarity.Having joined the German side rather than go to college, Stanko has been in the club’s system for seven years. However, Stanko was not usually found in Freiburg’s team, even when the club was in the 2.Bundesliga. He made just five league appearances in 2015-16 for the club, with one start.Last season, he went out on loan to Swiss Super League side Vaduz, making 26 appearances and 20 starts.This year, despite impressing in the preseason, Stanko had not been heard from much at all. He made the bench for a Europa League qualifier but did not play. He played one game for Freiburg II in September. But that was it for the 24-year-old midfielder.“He plays a part in every single training session and takes responsibility for teammates by translating for the English players,” manager Christian Streich said in quotes published by the Detroit News last month. “He has bad luck in that other players are ahead by a nose in his position. It is important for him to play.“There we have to find a solution.”The solution appears to be versatility as Stanko, a defensive midfielder by trade, lined up as a member of a back three to start against Schalke for his Bundesliga debut on Saturday. He replaced Caglar Soyuncu, who was suspended, as Freiburg fell 1-0.”It was great how the two, Bartek [Kapustka] and Caleb, who had barely played before, came in and played,” said Streich in quotes published by Kicker.”Caleb dared to play. If you never play — and he’s rarely in the squad — then you may think you have to take this chance and make something special, but he did not. He had a calm first half.“There were one, two situations where I thought it could have been better, for example, he did not quite handle a pass from Alexander Schwolow, but has done well overall.”Since Soyuncu was suspended, it doesn’t seem that likely Stanko will keep his place when the club returns from the international break. But perhaps he has done enough to warrant a spot in the 18, and a chance in the rotation on a more consistent basis.ASSIST FOR CARTER-VICKERSCameron Carter-Vickers Sheffield UnitedCameron Carter-Vickers certainly was involved in the action this past weekend for Sheffield United.The 19-year-old, starting on the right side of a back three, had the Hull City opener happen on his watch. Kamil Grosicki hit an absolute rocket from outside the area that found the back of the net, right in the face of the teenage defender.It may be hard to find fault with Carter-Vickers there as he stepped up, albeit perhaps a half-second late, and the shot was masterfully struck with perfect power and precision.But if he did take any blame for the opener, Carter-Vickers would go on to make up for it. Bombing forward on the overlap in the second half, he delivered a low cross that teammate Leon Clarke put home to equalize the proceedings at one. Sheffield United would go on to a 4-1 victory with Clarke having himself a day, scoring all four of the goals for the Blades.The most important thing for Carter-Vickers is playing and he’s done that now at Sheffield United, having started nine of the club’s last 10 games in the Championship.He’s played well enough that there was even a rumor, reported by The Sun, that Sheffield United fears Carter-Vickers could be recalled by Tottenham.Take those rumors with a grain of salt — most turn out to be nothing and it would be surprising to see Spurs recall him given how strong their defensive unit is. But it certainly suggests the youngster is turning heads in England and may receive opportunities in the Premier League, with Tottenham or elsewhere, next season if he can keep it going.last_img read more

Relief for startups CBDT lays out plan for pending angel tax assessment

first_imgNew Delhi: Giving a relief to startups, the government has laid out a procedure to address pending angel tax assessments under which action would be taken only after approval of a supervisory officer. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a circular, said that no verification will be done by an assessing officer if a startup has been recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the case is selected under limited scrutiny. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, it said the applicability of angel tax would not be pursued during the assessment proceedings and “inquiry or verification with regard to other issues in such cases shall be carried out by the assessing officer only after obtaining approval of his/her supervisory officer”. If a startup is not recognised by the DPIIT, then too the inquiry would be carried out after the approval of a supervisory officer. The circular followed the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Budget. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostShe proposed a host of incentives, including a special arrangement for resolution of pending assessments of income tax cases, with a view to encouraging startups. “To resolve the so-called ‘angel tax’ issue, the startups and their investors who file requisite declarations and provide information in their returns will not be subjected to any kind of scrutiny in respect of valuations of share premiums,” she had said. The issue of establishing the identity of the investor and source of his/her funds will be resolved by putting in place a mechanism of e-verification. Commenting on the issue, Amit Maheshwari, Partner, Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP said that CBDT has come out with a framework to tackle pending tax assessments. This clarification will help startups which are facing questioning in their assessments and will also give a clear direction to assessing officers on what to do in such cases, he said. “Contention of startups having DPIIT recognition will be accepted on section 56(2)(viib) of Income tax act and therefore, there would not be any tax adjustment additions on this account,” he said. He added that startups which do not have DPIIT recognition will still have to substantiate the valuations of the assessing office, if they question them. “However, as a safeguard this enquiry/verification will be after obtaining prior approval from the supervisory officer,” he added. Nangia Advisors (Andersen Global) Managing Partner Rakesh Nangia said, “Directions of the CBDT that the tax officer will have to summarily accept the contentions of the startup on valuation of its shares shall provide the relief intended to be provided to the startups.” While the recognised startups stand relieved, the ones that are yet to receive a nod from the DPIIT may still have to face the inquiry from tax officers and the procedure to be followed by the tax officers in such cases would be crucial to note, Nangia added. An angel investor puts funds in a startup when it is setting up its business. Normally, about 300-400 startups receive angel funding in a year. Their investment in a unit ranges between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 4 crore. After claims being made by several startups that they were receiving tax notices under section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to pay taxes on angel funds received by them, the DPIIT in consultations with CBDT resolved the issue. Section 56(2)(viib) of the I-T Act provides that the amount raised by a startup in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent. Touted as an anti-abuse measure, this section was introduced in 2012. It is dubbed as angel tax due to its impact on investments made by angel investors in startup ventures. More than 540 startups have received an exemption from angel tax so far.last_img read more

Medical wait times cost Canadians millions in lost wages study

first_imgOne million Canadians waiting for medical treatment in 2017 lost $1.9 billion in wages.That’s according to a Fraser Institute study which details that it works out to an average of $1,822 per patient.Study author Bacchus Barua said Alberta has the second highest per-patient cost of waiting at $2,290; only British Columbia was higher at $2,360.“Alberta is also very high, higher than the national average in terms of their average wait time it’s about 26.5 weeks compared to the national average of 21.2 weeks between GP (general practitioner) referral to treatment,” he explained.He said this study only looked at specialist appointment to treatment times, but even there Alberta is worse off, with average wait times of 14.4 weeks, compared to 10.9 weeks nationally.Others are doing better.“So for example in Saskatchewan, over the last five or six years they’ve managed to really reduce their wait times throughout the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative where they partnered with third-party private clinics to deliver more surgeries and actually at a lower cost per procedure,” explained Barua.This study also only looked at lost wages.When the value of time outside the traditional work week is included, meaning evenings and weekends minus 8 hours for sleep, the cost of waiting jumps to $5.8 billion which is a little more than $5,500 per patient on average.last_img read more

Historic day in Nova Scotia first Mikmaq woman appointed to bench

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsIt was an historic day for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.For the first time, a Mi’kmaq woman has been appointed to the bench.The Mi’kmaq say this is a huge step toward diversity in the justice system.troache@aptn.calast_img

Green projects in South Africa and Tunisia receive UN aid

The Swiss Government will help fund the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) projects under the accord signed in Bern, the Swiss capital.“South Africa’s energy intensive industry was developed based on abundant and cheap energy resources,” UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said of the project that will help put in place energy management standards, ensure their adoption by industries at large and achieve a significant shift in energy practices by introducing a system optimization approach.“But in 2008, the country experienced an energy crisis with frequent blackouts. The energy shortages directly threaten the growth rate in the country and the region. Taking advantage of its experience UNIDO will contribute to a substantial improvement of energy efficiency in industry.” The Swiss Government will contribute €2 million, while the South African Government will give another €5 million to the project, which will also lead to significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and, at the same time, increase the competitiveness of industries. A separate €1.5 million project, financed by Switzerland, will focus on promoting environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia. It will help increase the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and support the development of a regional network of such centres in the Middle East and North Africa. The project is aligned with a new programme that UNIDO is carrying out in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and will contribute to UNIDO’s Green Industry initiative, which aims to create national capacities in cleaner production, strengthen dialogue between industry and governments, and promote investments for development and transfer of cleaner technology.UNIDO is a specialized UN agency promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. 20 October 2009Boosting energy efficiency in South African industry in the face of economy-threatening energy shortages and promoting environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia are the focus of two new United Nations projects signed today. read more

New module in universities to promote reconciliation

Kumaratunga noted that some students stay at university hostels and move around with only one community and this aggravates the issue. She said that when children grow up while being segregated from other communities issues arise when they join a university. The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and the University Grants Commission today announced long term programmes and the introduction of a new module in universities to promote reconciliation.ONUR chairperson, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that recent incidents at universities in the North, East and South were as a result of some university children being educated in schools which focus purely on one religion. As a result ONUR and the University Grants Commission have decided to work together to promote reconciliation in the university. (Colombo Gazette) read more

College Football Playoff Update 7 Teams Competing For 4 Positions

The college football playoff picture would have become much blurrier had Auburn held on to defeat No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Instead, the Crimson Tide prevailed 55-44. There were some losses to teams ranking behind Alabama — No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Georgia were all beaten — but they tended to clarify how the teams will line up heading into conference championship weekend. Here’s how FiveThirtyEight’s college football forecast model expects the playoff committee’s rankings might look when they come out on Tuesday evening:The top four seem reasonably clear. Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are likely to remain No. 1 through No. 3 in that order. TCU, No. 5 entering the week, will probably be promoted to No. 4 after demolishing Texas 48-10.Ohio State, No. 6 last week, might give the committee more to think about. Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett was injured (and knocked out for the season) late in a win against Michigan. The committee has said it will consider “key injuries that … likely will affect [a team’s] postseason performance.” (The FiveThirtyEight model does not make any assumptions about injuries and so it might overrate Ohio State’s chances of making the playoff.)But the team ranking just behind Ohio State, Baylor, turned in one of the less impressive performances of the week, prevailing over Texas Tech by just 2 points, 48-46. Texas Tech, 4-8 on the season, could have tied the game and probably sent it into overtime with a successful two-point conversion.Michigan State and Arizona, No. 10 and No. 11 entering the weekend, are almost certain to move up in the rankings given the losses ahead of them. But only Arizona has realistic playoff hopes; the Wildcats will face Oregon for the Pac-12 championship after having beaten Arizona State. How far they move up on Tuesday should tell us something about how seriously the committee takes them.Here’s how the FiveThirtyEight model projects the committee’s final rankings on Dec. 7, which will determine the four teams that make the playoff:Even with just one one week to play, the scenarios are reasonably complex. So let’s briefly discuss the playoff from the perspective of the seven teams that are most likely to make it:Alabama (94 percent chance of making playoff). Are the Crimson Tide guaranteed to be in? Not quite. But in addition to catching a few breaks against Auburn, Alabama also benefitted from Missouri winning and advancing to face them in next week’s SEC Championship game. At least according to the computer rankings, Missouri is a weaker opponent than Georgia would have been. And Missouri (No. 17 heading into the weekend) is probably coming from too far behind to leap Alabama in committee standings even with a win in Atlanta. In fact, the model gives Alabama a 67 percent chance of making the playoff even with an SEC Championship loss.Oregon (82 percent chance). Oregon controls its destiny but has less ability to survive a loss in their championship game; the model gives them a 30 percent chance of making the playoff if they lose. That’s, in part, because Oregon’s opponent, Arizona, could plausibly enter the playoff if it wins the Pac-12 championship.TCU (80 percent chance). Although TCU will likely remain behind Florida State in Tuesday’s rankings, the model has them as a safer bet to make the playoff. That’s mainly because TCU’s upcoming matchup is easier. TCU will play a previously-scheduled game against a middling Iowa State team next week (the Big 12 does not host a championship game). Florida State will face a more difficult opponent, Georgia Tech, in the ACC Championship.TCU’s case may be more complicated than the model implies, however, because it lost earlier in the season to Big 12 rival Baylor. But last week’s performance may give the committee a good excuse to ignore the head-to-head result and instead look to factors like results against common opponents like Texas Tech. While Baylor only narrowly escaped Texas Tech, TCU had beaten them 82-27 on Oct. 25.Florida State (70 percent chance). The undefeated Seminoles helped their cause with a win against Florida. But they’re only 65 percent favorites to beat Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship. If the Seminoles lose, they’ll have only a 15 percent chance of making the playoff, according to the model.It didn’t help Florida State that the No. 5 through 7 teams (TCU, Ohio State and Baylor) all won last weekend. The committee isn’t especially fond of the Seminoles, and a loss in the ACC Championship could allow TCU, Ohio State or Baylor to leap frog them.Ohio State (39 percent chance). The model gives Ohio State a 66 percent chance of making the playoff should it beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship (and almost no shot if it loses that game). That doesn’t account for the injury to Barrett — although if backup Cardale Jones is good enough to beat the Badgers, that arguably ought to resolve the committee’s questions. Still, this wasn’t a great weekend for Ohio State. In addition to Barrett’s injury, they would have benefited from more chaos ahead of them in the standings. The Buckeyes could beat Wisconsin and still be left out.Baylor (23 percent chance). The Big 12 doesn’t play a championship game, but the Bears, will have the chance to impress the committee as they’ll face a challenging opponent in Kansas State next weekend. Still, it may be wishful thinking to expect Baylor to suddenly leap ahead of TCU or other teams in the rankings. The committee, to the extent it evaluates head-to-head performance, seems to have decided that Baylor’s win against TCU isn’t enough to outweigh what it sees as TCU’s better resume.Arizona (7 percent chance). This sounds like a real long shot, but it’s partly because the model gives Arizona just a 26 percent chance of beating Oregon. Should they win that game, the Wildcats will have a 27 percent chance of making the playoff, according to the model. The Wildcats might need one or two of the teams ranked ahead of them to lose (in addition to Oregon) to feel great about their chances. Overall, Alabama and TCU were helped the most by the past weekend’s action. Alabama’s chance of winning the national championship — not just making the playoff — is up from 26 percent last week to 32 percent. TCU’s chances improved from 9 percent to 15 percent. read more

UCC student dies after contracting meningitis

first_img 6 Comments UCC campus Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:04 PM Feb 17th 2017, 5:04 PM UCC student dies after contracting meningitis The death has sparked a number of calls to a meningitis helpline. Image: UCC Table of symptoms. Source: Meningitis Research IrelandMRF said it supports people affected by this disease through in-depth information and support.The spokeswoman added: “We want to make the public aware of the symptoms of meningitis so if anyone would like any further information or feels that they could benefit from talking to someone please call our Dublin office on: 01 819 6931, our free-phone helpline on: 1800 41 33 44 or visit our website www.meningitis.org”Read: Tesco painted over pedestrian crossing after complaints about safety during strike >Read: Aggravated burglaries: Men arrested over string of home raids, assault of boy > http://jrnl.ie/3245198 UCC campus Image: UCCcenter_img A CORK STUDENT died today after contracting meningitis.In a statement, University College Cork (UCC) said:“UCC wishes to confirm the sad passing of one of our students earlier today, following a brief illness with meningitis. The University community offers its sincere condolences to the bereaved family, friends, classmates and staff in the school of the student who has died.Information and advice from the HSE (South) Department of Public Health has been distributed to all students via their student e-mail, and is reproduced on UCC Student Health and main UCC social media channels. By Garreth MacNamee 28,977 Views A number of people have called a meningitis helpline since the news emerged locally.The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said a number of calls had been made to its helpline in the wake of the passing of a female student.The group said it was saddened to hear of the student’s death and said it would like offer its sincerest condolences to her family.A statement from MRF read: “We were saddened to hear of the death of a student in UCC from meningitis. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends; our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.”Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It shares many of the symptoms of other, more common, everyday illnesses such as the flu or even a hangover. Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Demetrias Concert of the Hellenes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The lively annual event The Concert of the Hellenes took place on Sunday 26 October at Alphington Grammar, as part of the 2014 Demetria Cultural Festival. Organised by the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, the concert saw over 300 people make the trip for the event.Audiences were treated to traditional theatre and dance performances by the Pan Macedonian, Pan Cretan and Pontiaki Estia’s dancing groups.last_img

WWE attendance 123125 sellout crowd for Royal Rumble

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Cesaro Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Seth Rollins 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Kurt Angle WrestleMania 35 grosses $16.9 million with 82,265 fans at Metlife Stadium on Sunday Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE attendance figures from January 23 to January 25, 2015.* 1/23 live event in Trenton, New Jersey: 4,500 fans.* 1/24 live event in East Rutherford, New Jersey: 7,000 fans.* 1/25 Royal Rumble PPV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: sellout crowd of 14,000.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

Haiti swears in new President Trump officials there

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHaiti, February 7, 2017 – Haiti TODAY swears in a new President; 45 year old Jovenel Moise and his Administration begin work officially now.  It is to be an elaborate ceremony, costing around $1 million which is a paltry sum compared to previous ceremonies.  Among the guests is a Trump Delegation from the US.The Turks and Caicos will not have a delegation at the event, says Border Control Minister Sean Astwood.  Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that attending on behalf of our country is resident Ambassador to Haiti, His Excellency, Captain Godfrey Rolle.#MagneticMediaNews #HaitiswearsinnewPresident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HaitiswearsinnewPresident, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

US legislation implicates Myanmars senior army officers

first_imgUS House Foreign Affairs Committee passes a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya. Photo: foreignaffairs.house.govUS House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya.The BURMA Act (HR 5819) also urged the Myanmar government to cooperate with the United Nations fact-finding mission, provide access to humanitarian aid groups, facilitate the return of the Rohingya, and release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reports UNB.“We commend the House Foreign Affairs Committee, especially the lead co-sponsors, Representative Engel and Representative Chabot, for overcoming this key hurdle,” Francisco Bencosme, advocacy manager for Asia Pacific at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement on Thursday.It reads: “Congress needs to send a signal to the Myanmar military that it cannot act with impunity. This legislation is a crucial step towards addressing the systematic and widespread human rights abuses and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya that have been well documented by Amnesty International.”This legislation also speaks to the urgent need to protect freedom of expression in Myanmar by releasing journalists like Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, according to Amnesty International.Francisco said people should be able to report on atrocities without being put behind bars. “We urge the entire House of Representatives to pass this bill and the Senate to follow suit.”On World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International USA launched a campaign calling for the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.Last February, over 300 Amnesty members and supporters from nearly 40 states met with members of Congress to ask them to pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2018 and the BURMA Act of 2017.last_img read more

Beanibazar youths risking life in pursuit of European dream

first_imgRefugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, north of Libyan coast, on 6 May 2018. AP/UNB File PhotoIn recent times, youths in Sylhet have become desperate to migrate to European countries, without bothering the least about their finances or personal safety. The tendency is particularly acute among the residents of Beanibazar upazila.Recently, four young men of the area went missing while they were crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy via Libya. There are hundreds of their likes who started their trip to Europe via Libya and Turkey. A good number of them went missing before they reached the destination.Surprisingly, their family members are reluctant to cooperate with the authorities.A 28-year-old man named Tuhin went missing on his way to Europe, said, Abani Shankar Kar, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar Police Station. He contacted with his family members for the last time on 6 May.Another man, Abdul Halim Sujon, 32, went missing the same way. He is the son of late Ahmad Ali of Maijkapon village in Muria union.Sujon was an auto-rickshaw driver. He contracted with a broker named Parvej Ahmed about a year back to get to Italy at a cost of nearly Tk 1 million (he paid Tk 983,000). He had started his journey to Italy soon after and reached Libya, said his elder brother Abdul Alim.After waiting in war-torn Libya for a long time, he along with others boarded a trawler meant for Italy via the Mediterranean Sea on 9 May. From then, Sujon is missing. The broker, who sent him on the trip, confirmed to Sujon’s family that he boarded an Italy-bound trawler.Hearing news of the recent boat containing Bangladeshis capsizing in the Mediterranean, killing dozens of them, Abdul Alim expressed his fear that his brother might have drowned in the sea.Earlier, two other people named Rafik Ahmed and Ripon Ahmed went missing in the same way.Three people of Sylhet went missing in the Mediterranean Sea three years ago. They are Imon, 22, Faridul Alam, 24, and Imran, 30. But no case has been filed yet in this regard. The silences may have something to do with the fact that they embarked on their journey knowing full well that their route fell outside the law.A source requesting to be unnamed said that at least 1,200 people of Sylhet are still waiting in Libya, where Bangladeshis cannot go legally since 2014, for migration to Italy, crossing the Mediterranean. Of them, around 150 people are said to be from Beanibazar, who reached Libya via several countries. Just to reach Libya, each of them had paid TK 6-7 lakhs to the traffickers already.Abani Shankar Kar said those who lured them into such danger for luxurious lives won’t be spared, and law enforcers stand ready to take the necessary action if a case is filed.In the last six months, more than 300 youths left Beanibazar hoping to migrate to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal using Libya and Turkey as transit points. Many of their fates remain unknown.Nahid, one of those who survived the hazardous journey to Italy but is now back in Bangladesh, shared his experience of the voyage through the Mediterranean.”A boat with 80 people, much more than its capacity, is floating on the stormy ocean, rollicking in the waves. Sharks are spotted around the boat. If you fall off the boat, they will pounce. The 80 souls are desperate to reach Europe, beckoning like a paradise where their fates will change. But in that moment, a hellish death is closer to them.”last_img read more

Internet Explorer Users Face Security Risks and Issues

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 18, 2012 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now News of the attacks was first reported by Boston-based security firm Rapid7.Related: 3 Tips for Beefing Up Password Security (Infographic)Microsoft says it is working on a security update to address the vulnerability. In the meantime, the tech giant advises users of the affected versions of the browser to implement several workarounds while it finds a permanent solution. Another option is switching to another browser entirely, such as Firefox or Google Chrome.Meanwhile, Google has alerted IE users that, starting November 15, its popular Google Apps will no longer run on IE 8 or earlier versions of the browser. Google said the editions that will be affected include Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Education and Government.That means if you use IE to access Google’s mail, calendars and other applications for business, make sure that you’ve updated your browser to the latest available version.Related: What ‘DDoS’ Attacks Are and How to Survive Them image credit: ZDNetIf you and your employees use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), you may be at risk for having your computers taken over by hackers.Microsoft has confirmed that hackers are exploiting a vulnerability in versions 7, 8, and 9 of the Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft said that it has received reports of a small number of “targeted attacks” that occur when an IE user views a site that’s hosting malicious code. A hacker is able to add that code to your computer and remotely take control over it — adding or deleting files, setting up new accounts or worse.last_img read more

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Takata this week agreed to a broader recall that doubled the number of air bags needing repair in the U.S. to 34 million. Toyota is one of 11 automakers recalling their vehicles.Meanwhile, doubts are growing about whether the Japanese supplier has the financial muscle for such a large task. Producing enough replacement parts will take years.The problem is with the air bags’ inflators. A chemical inside can kick in with too much force, blowing apart the metal inflator and sending shards flying. The defect has caused at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Although exposure to moisture for extended periods appears to trigger the problem, the root cause is still unknown.Japan auto officials stressed Friday that each automaker has a stake in resolving the problem because of the potential dent in their reputation over safety concerns. And the automakers can’t just dump Takata for another air bag supplier because certain car models were designed with the Takata air bags in mind.Takata expects production of replacement inflators to be ramped up to 1 million a month by September. Even so, automakers including Toyota and Honda have been lining up other suppliers to make inflators. Honda is Takata’s largest customer for air bags. Scott Upham, CEO of Valient Market Research in Rochester, New York, and a former Takata employee, estimates the huge recall will cost Takata $4 billion to $5 billion. Lawsuits could add another $1 billion. Takata, he said, has been negotiating long-term payment plans with automakers.Takata was fined $1.2 million (145.7 million yen) by U.S. regulators for failing to cooperate with an investigation. Other U.S. civil penalties are still possible.Toyoda, the Toyota president, was solemn when addressing Takata’s woes Thursday. Toyota went through a similar public-relations disaster over massive recalls eventually reached 14 million vehicles worldwide, for problems including faulty floor mats, defective brakes and sticky gas pedals.“We must aggressively pursue recalls. Otherwise, we can’t go forward,” he said.__Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed from Detroit. Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories FILE – In this May 8, 2015 file photo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda delivers remarks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, as regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) Overall, 11 automakers are conducting recalls. Toyota and other automakers such as BMW AG, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have hired Orbital ATK, an aerospace and defense technology company based in Dulles, Virgina, to conduct testing on Takata air bags. Some companies are separately doing their own testing, as is Takata and the U.S. government.Documents filed by Toyota with U.S. safety regulators show that a recall of Takata driver-side air bags announced last week stemmed from tests on inflators in Toyota vehicles. Investigators found that a seal ring designed to keep moisture out had been twisted.For now, old air bags are being replaced with newer ones, because, whatever the cause, the explosions don’t appear to happen until the air bags get older. This means the replacement air bags could also turn out to be defective, requiring another replacement, depending on what the tests eventually find.The final financial hit for Takata will be determined only after the cause and a solution are identified. The company reported a 5 billion yen ($41 million) extraordinary loss for the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, stemming from costs related to previously announced recalls. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories TOKYO (AP) — Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved.The air bags, made by Takata Corp. of Japan, can deploy with too much force, potentially causing injury or even death.“Recalls are not just about technical problems. If there is a morsel of consumer doubt, then we have to deal with it,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda told reporters on the sidelines of a reception Thursday for the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Lufthansa Groups Super

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of a total of 40 state-of-the-art aircraft for the group’s airlines. The 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft, which will see the company eliminate nearly half of its Airbus A380 fleet. The new planes will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027, with the order valued at the list price of US$12 billion.“By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run. In addition to the cost-effectiveness of the A350 and B787, the significantly lower CO2 emissions of this new generation of long-haul aircraft was also a decisive factor in our investment decision. Our responsibility for the environment is becoming more and more important as a criterion for our decisions,” says Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group.The decision regarding which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub will be made at a later date.The investment in new technology, efficiency and passenger comfort is a continuation of the ongoing fleet modernisation of the group’s airlines. The airlines of the Lufthansa Group currently operate a long-haul fleet of 199 aircraft (as of December 2018), including 12 state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Beginning in 2020, Lufthansa will be introducing the new Boeing 777-9.By the middle of the next decade, the entire long-haul fleet will have been modernised across the Group for more fuel-efficient aircraft. The possible fuel savings alone add up to 500,000 metric tons per year, and will save the airline around 20% of its current operating costs compared to earlier aircraft models.Airbus A350-900After the long-haul aircraft rollover, the company will be offering its customers one of the world’s most modern fleets. This will also involve a significant increase in comfort and reliability.The Lufthansa Group Executive Board also said it wants to sell six of its 14 Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft back to Airbus. Those aircraft will be leaving Lufthansa in 2022 and 2023.The company said: “Lufthansa continuously monitors the profitability of its worldwide route network. As a consequence, the group is reducing the size of its Airbus A380 fleet from 14 aircraft to eight for economic reasons. The structure of the network and the long-haul fleet, fundamentally optimised according to strategic aspects, will give the company more flexibility and at the same time increase its efficiency and competitiveness.”Lead image: Lufthansa livery on a Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Aglantzia fires caused by arson

first_imgAuthorities believe that the fires that broke out in five different locations within Akadimia park in Aglantzia in Nicosia on Monday afternoon were caused by arson.According to the forestry department, five fires broke out in the park at around 2.15pm in different locations within a one-kilometre radius.The fires, that only burned weeds, were put under control some fifteen minutes later, an announcement said.The forestry department said that they are investigating the possibility of arson.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more