Mortal remains of CRPF men to be flown to their homes today

first_imgThe mortal remains of the CRPF personnel killed in an audacious terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, will be sent to their homes across the country this afternoon, officials said on Friday. While a majority of the 37 bodies have been identified, some of them have been mangled beyond recognition. A home ministry official said arrangements have been made to hand over the bodies to the families. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is visiting Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation in the wake of the terror attack, Governor Satya Pal Malik, DG of CRPF R R Bhatnagar will pay their last respect to the departed souls in Srinagar before the bodies are flown out of the state. At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama on Thursday. More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar, officials said.last_img read more

Relief for Marathwada as Jayakwadi gates opened

first_imgBringing some relief to the parched Marathwada region, eight sluice gates of the Jayakwadi dam have been opened to discharge water thanks to heavy rain in north Maharashtra.The current discharge of around 4,500 cusecs from the dam has been prompted due to incessant showers in Nashik district and other parts of north Maharashtra, causing the Godavari river to swell and fill up the dams there. The release of water from these upstream dams has in turn led to the accumulation of more than 2 lakh cusecs in Jayakwadi’s Nath Sagar reservoir.Authorities said the discharge from Jayakwadi was prompted after the dam filled up to 92% of its live storage capacity. At the same time last year, the dam had barely 28% of its live storage capacity.While Nashik and Nandurbar in the north and Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Pune in western Maharashtra have been reeling under the onslaught of excess rain, the eight districts of Marathwada continue to remain arid despite two months of the monsoon season drawing to a close.Jayakwadi dam is the chief water source for industries in Marathwada, mainly in Aurangabad. The water discharge is expected to benefit areas in at least four districts in the region — Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Parbhani — and help resolve the water situation in talukas near the Godavari river bank.This is the first time in two years that the dam’s storage capacity has exceeded 90%.Till Thursday, authorities were releasing 1,200 cusecs of water from the Paithan left bank canal, 900 cusecs from the right bank canal, and 1,589 cusecs from the hydropower project towards the Apegaon and Hiradpuri barrages.The eight districts of Marathwada have collectively received over 75% of the average rainfall till now, with the region as a whole facing a rainfall deficit of more than 20%. Acute potable water scarcity still prevails in several villages, which continue to be supplied by tankers.last_img read more

Honda workers protest ‘forced long leaves’

first_imgMore than 2,000 contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited sat on a dharna inside its Manesar plant in Sector 3 here on Tuesday — a day after 200 workers were told to proceed on a three-month leave citing economic slowdown.Around 150 police personnel were deployed inside the plant premises to prevent any law and order situation, said DCP (Manesar) Rajesh Kumar.HMSI employees’ union chief Suresh Gaur said that talks were on with the labour department and the management officials to work out a solution. “The company’s management has been illegally sacking contractual workers, asking them to go on leave for 3-4 months using slowdown as an excuse. The workers have families to support, they cannot survive without work for so long. If the management fails to find a solution, the permanent works will also join them in the protest,” said Mr. Gaur.The affected workers also staged simultaneous protest outside the plant. They claimed that around 2,000 employees had been told to go on leave over the past few months, and none of them were recalled.“It is a conspiracy to relieve the contract workers with higher wages and hire workers at lower wages. The three other plants of the company in Bangalore, Gujarat and Rajasthan are running smoothly, how come only the Manesar plant has been hit by the slowdown?,” Gulvinder, a protesting worker., demanded to know.Another worker Ajay Kumar said the workers should be suitably compensated if the company wanted to relieve them. “We must be paid one lakh rupees for each year of service offered in the company. It is difficult to get a new job at this age. Most of the workers are in their late 30s,” said Mr. Kumar.The protesters claimed that the contractual workers were given a 15-day service break every year, but this time they were being told to go on a long leave and were not being recalled. Most of the workers told to go on leave were employed for 5-10 years and worked on frame assembly.A delegation of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, led by its Haryana president Satbir Singh, met the workers and extended support to them.In a press statement, the company said that 200 contractual members, whose term had completed, were relieved based on demand fluctuations and production adjustment. It further said that necessary recruitment would be considered on the basis of future market requirements.Additional Labour Commissioner (NCR) Manish Kumar said talks were on till late in the evening and the contractual workers were still holding a peaceful dharna inside the company premises. He said the talks were held with the plant’s head through video conferencing since he was in Switzerland, but no conclusion could be reached.last_img read more

Hunger Campaign Featuring Viola Davis Raises More Than 55 Million

first_imgThe Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced they have raised more than $5.5 million through customer donations to Hunger Is, a joint charitable initiative designed to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America.Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation to End Childhood Hunger.Now in its second year, the campaign raised funds throughout April 2015 in a month-long, in-store fundraiser in more than 1,600 Safeway and Albertsons stores across the U.S. Additional funds continue to be generated through online donations at HungerIs.org. This national campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving this widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed. According to the USDA, one in five children in America lives in a household without consistent access to adequate or healthy food. Three out of five public school teachers in kindergarten through grade eight classrooms report that they regularly see children coming to school hungry.Through 2015, Hunger Is continues to be supported by award-winning actress and ambassador Viola Davis, who has shared her compelling personal story about growing up hungry, not only publicly, but in the initiative’s public service announcements that appear on television, in print, online, and out-of-home media.“I am so thrilled with the ongoing success of this critically important initiative. Millions of children continue to go to bed hungry every night and continue to arrive in school hungry every day. This is a national problem and is not what the future generation of Americans deserves,” Davis shared. She went on to say, “I am grateful to everyone who continues to give childhood hunger the attention it deserves and to give so generously. We have the opportunity to change so many young lives for the better and I look forward to the day when this is no longer an issue in our country.”“We are grateful to all of the Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Tom Thumb and Randalls customers, who recognize they can make a difference in the lives of children,” said Christy Duncan Anderson, executive director of The Safeway Foundation. “We appreciate the exceptional results so far in 2015 as we continue our Hunger Is efforts in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Viola Davis, who is a passionate champion in the fight against childhood hunger.”Thus far, Hunger Is has awarded grants to 214 organizations throughout 20 states across the country. Funds raised through the campaign will support efforts to fight childhood hunger, to increase access to healthy foods and improve health-related and education outcomes.The work of Hunger Is and award of grants is supported by the Hunger Is Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the most respected hunger advocacy organizations in the U.S., including The Center for Hunger Free Communities (Drexel University); Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity; Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, the internationally renowned biomedical research institute focused on pediatric health; the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) – the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the U.S.; Growing Power, the national nonprofit organization and land trust helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities; New York City Coalition Against Hunger which operates the national hunger hotline and sponsors the nationwide Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps AmeriCorps VISTA program operating in 32 states; No Kid Hungry – a campaign which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and WhyHunger, supporting grassroots solutions to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious and affordable food. The committee provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.“We are so thankful for the generous support for this campaign from the Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Tom Thumb and Randalls customers, employees and the general public throughout the U.S., who agree that providing our children with the fuel they need to succeed is a priority,” said EIF President & CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Hunger is too widespread in every county in America, rural to urban. Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with The Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that.”More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.last_img read more

Prince Harry Visits Charities And Community Organisations In Leeds

first_imgOver two days, Prince Harry has met a number of local organisations, companies and charities who work in various ways to support the surrounding Leeds community.Prince Harry visits LeedsCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe visit began at the ‘Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds’ event – a charity fair and panel discussion addressing the mental wellbeing of the city’s young people.The event, hosted by the Leeds Community Foundation, brings together a range of mental health projects to celebrate the important work they are delivering across the city.At the event Prince Harry was able to meet local charities, and learn more about their work with young people and mental health.At the beginning of the panel discussion, HRH gave a speech about the importance of mental health.“We all have mental health – just as we all have physical health,” said Prince Harry. “It is so important that we look after our mental wellbeing in the same way that we look after our physical health, but too often people choose to ignore it. On average, it takes someone who is struggling with their mental health about ten years to admit they have a problem.“What this means is that, something which may start as a minor issue will spiral downwards over time to become a serious and persistent problem, perhaps even requiring professional help.“William, Catherine and I started the Heads Together campaign because we saw through our work that the stigma around mental health – was preventing people from seeking help.“Those who had been working in this space for many years told us we could really help by shining a light on the power of conversations and thus help break down the stigma.“This year there has been a lot spoken about mental health, not just by the Heads Together campaign but by many other organisations and initiatives focused on mental health. The many voices that we’ve heard from across the country have helped to normalise the discussion about mental health, taking it away from a presumption of mental illness to a broad ranging and, most significantly, positive conversation.“Since the London Marathon two months ago, I have spoken to many people who now feel able to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and discuss what they have been feeling. But what has struck me most is the number of people I’ve met, who have direct experience of mental health challenges, either themselves or those close to them. So many of these stories could have been very different if awareness was better and help had been sought sooner.“I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I am that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles.“But let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done – there is much much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as common place as those about physical health. For example, we need to better equip our young people with the tools they need to cope with this increasingly complex and fast moving world we live in.“I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day – I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next. I won’t dwell on this point as I’m sure the panel will have more to say around our mental fitness.“I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions.“I have just met some of the organisations you have supported; they are working across such a broad range of groups from young people coping with the stresses of life and school, women facing domestic abuse, the LGBT community and those caring for loved ones; each group requiring a unique kind of support.“It is this kind of dedicated support which not only helps people to tackle their personal challenges but enables them to go on and flourish. If we invest in supporting our young people now, they will be better placed to succeed in all areas of their lives from work to family and in their communities.”On day two of the Leeds visit Prince Harry undertook two visits in support of the charity WellChild, of which he is Patron. The charity works with children suffering from illnesses or life-altering conditions.His Royal Highness visited the home of five year old Oliver to help WellChild makeover his garden through ‘Helping Hands’ project. The garden transformation will allow Oliver to access his garden safely, which enables him to develop his physical skills and encourage independence. The transformation of Oliver’s garden marks the 300th Helping Hands project.At Leeds Children’s Hospital Prince Harry was introduced to WellChild nurse Helen Tooby. Helen provides specialist care and support to help families get their children home from hospital quicker.Prince Harry was able to meet a group of children, and their families, who have benefited from WellChild and Helen in their journey from hospital to home.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

TCI Tourism features in London

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 13, 2017 – Turks and Caicos continues to take seriously the potential of the European market, and though the Air Passenger Duty tax imposed by the UK on people flying over 2,000 miles is reported as increased slightly to £73 per person over the age of 16 years,  still interest in European tourists has not waned.  Courtney Robinson is the Marketing Executive for the TCI Tourist Board in London and represented the country at the recently held, Destination Holiday Travel show.   Over 70 tourist boards attend the event, billed as the UKs biggest and longest running travel show.  Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Destination Holiday travel show was on in London at the Olympia Exhibition Center from Feb 2-5, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The TCI Tourist Board said by exhibiting at the prestigious event, many potential vacationers had a chance to learn more about the Turks and Caicos including world renowned Grace Bay Beach.   Also highlighted in the exhibit were the award-winning luxury accommodations and some of the more picturesque scenes from around the country.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

NIB continues 25 Years commemoration with International Symposium

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The National Insurance Board 25th Anniversary Investment Symposium where some 40 delegates from 13 countries are represented opened today at Beaches Resort with the help of TCIs children and its country leader.The TCI Cadet Corp executed a stellar flags and national anthems parade, Youth Explosion champions from the Wesley Methodist School gave a riveting show of culture including song, dance and costumes, a prayer for singleness of heart among the nations and delegates was brought by Fr. Tellison Glover of the Anglican church, there was a warm welcome by Deputy Chairman of the NIB, Floyd Seymour and the event was chaired by Obrien Forbes, well known charismatic MC.In her keynote address, Premier and Finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson shared that while the NIB is performing outstandingly well today and is the country’s largest owner of assets at well over $200 million, it needs to live a long life and that will demand, she explained, that innovative strategies be instituted now for the future.Premier Robinson points out that the NIB, operating as it is today would run out of resources by 2050 and therefore committed her administration to seek out ways for the National Insurance Board to be bolstered and built so that it is not depleted and is always able to respond to the social needs of its contributors.National songs were brought by the NIB Choir with remarks coming from Reginald Thomas, who flew in from Mexico and is the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies.   The Vote of Thanks was proudly delivered by CEO of the NIB, Walter Gardiner.#MagneticMediaNews#NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

United boss Solskjaer plans to learn more about Red Devils players

first_imgManchester United will challenge Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to use the match to learn more about his players.Reds Devils will be clashing with third-placed Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium in today and United coach adds that his team are capable of beating anyone.“Of course it will be tough but, then again, we can make it tough for them,” said Ole, when speaking to MUTV during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They [Spurs] have got strengths and weaknesses, as have we, so it’s one of those games that we’ll need, and the cup game against Arsenal, before we go into the Champions League against PSG because that’s the ultimate test.”So, for me, the Spurs game isn’t the be all and end all. Of course it’s important, but it’s preparation for the rest of the season and the way going forward. We’ve won five games and you learn so much by winning but, when you get these tougher games, then you learn more about the personalities and how they deal with these situations.“last_img read more

MSLO Reports 73M Loss

first_imgDigital ad revenue increased 35 percent year-over-year, the company said.Adjusted third quarter publishing division EBITDA was $3 million, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year’s quarter, the company said. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia reported its third quarter financials today, announcing a $3.7 million net loss, down slightly from a $4.4 million loss for the same period in 2007. The company generated $66.5 million in revenue, down from $69.2 million during the same period last year.Year-to-date, MSLO reported a $7.3 million net loss, down from the $23 million loss it reported through the first nine months in 2007. Revenue, however, was $211.4 million, up slightly from $209.4 million during the same period last year.Meanwhile, MSLO’s publishing division posted $121.6 million in revenue year-to-date, down roughly 9 percent from $134.3 million during the same period last year. Those losses were offset, in part, by the company’s gains in its merchandising ($43.9 million, up 26 percent) and broadcasting ($36.2 million, up 28 percent) businesses.MSLO attributed third quarter publishing declines to “lower advertising pages, a shift in timing of special issues and the absence of Blueprint [which shuttered late last year].” Those losses, the company said, were partially offset by rate gains.last_img read more

OBITUARY Shirley Jean Nutt Nolan 72

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan, age 72, of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2019 at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.Shirley was born on June 16, 1946 in Arlington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Ellen V. (Trombley) Nutt.Shirley married her “sweetheart” Robert Nolan over 50 years ago; the couple lived in Wilmington before moving to Tewksbury. Shirley loved her home and she took pride in raising her children Keith and Dawn-Marie. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother; she was the “glue” of the family and she cherished all the great times they had together.After Shirley’s children went to school, she went to work as an administrative assistant. Shirley loved her job; she was a “jack of all trades”; her endearing personality and great people skills made her a favorite among her co-workers as well as her customers. Shirley retired from Dell several years ago to take a position as a full time “Nana,” for her only granddaughter Makayla Jean; this was her most favorite job.Shirley will be remembered as a simple yet strong lady; she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Shirley was the beloved wife of 50 years of Robert J. Nolan, devoted mother of Keith W. Nolan and Dawn-Marie Nolan, loving “Nana” of Makayla Jean Nolan all of Tewksbury, dear sister of Dorothy Alcott and her late husband Joe of CT, Trudy Ann Wade & her husband Frank of Milford, NH and the late Cynthia Wilson, sister-in-law of William Nolan of Wilmington. Shirley is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Philanthropy Office, Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Chinas lowcost carriers add more routes

first_imgXia Lili, marketing chief at a privately-owned Shanghai software firm, switched to flying with Spring Airlines after China’s first low-cost carrier took off in 2010. Her company has since made it mandatory for staff to use budget airlines when available, and has cut its travel costs by a fifth.Xia and her colleagues are among an increasing number of Chinese who are fuelling fast growth in what is often called the “last” big market ripe for low-cost carrier penetration.Since late 2013, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has encouraged budget airlines as Beijing has seen how they have taken off elsewhere. Freeing up new routes for low-cost carriers also helps develop economic growth in western China.Low-cost carriers account for 7% of China’s domestic air travel market, and that’s expected to more than double by 2020, according to OAG, an aviation data and analytics company.China, the fastest growing major air travel market, has overall passenger volume of 392 million, rising at more than 10% a year, according to official data, and planemaker Airbus predicts it will leapfrog the United States as the world’s largest domestic air traffic market within 10 years.”Low-cost travel has become a life style. Many of my colleagues would start chatting about how to get those 9 yuan ($1.41) or 99 yuan ($15.48) special offer tickets,” Xia said.As Europe’s pioneer no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet mature and move more upmarket, they are attracting business travelers as a way to stand out in the budget crowd.China’s four budget airlines offer sharply discounted air fares to full-service carriers.For example, West Air, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines’ parent HNA Group, offers a round trip from Chongqing to the popular southern resort of Sanya and a 3-night stay in a five-star hotel for just 999 yuan ($156), for bookings made well in advance. That compares with 770 yuan for the cheapest one-way ticket offered by full-service carriers, according to Ctrip.com.In Europe, the cheapest budget airline return ticket for a similar flight — from Luton in England to Barcelona — without accommodation, costs 98 pounds ($148) on cheapflights.co.uk.All of China’s low-cost carriers, except newest entrant 9 Air, are profitable. Much of that is down to severe paring of their costs.At China United, flight attendants clean up inside the plane between flights. The airline has squeezed more seats into its fleet of Boeing 737 planes, and turned one of the jets into a flying billboard, advertising Huangguoshu waterfall, China’s biggest, said executive vice president Zhang Lanhai. With money from the local government, China United passengers are offered big discounts on hotels and tours in the area.Spring Air, China’s first and largest budget carrier, took out nearly all the light bulbs on the corridor to chairman Wang Zhenghua’s office, and staff must turn off the lights when they leave for the day. Both the chairman and president eat at the staff cafeteria, and flight attendants share hotel rooms on trips.The carrier on Thursday said it signed a $6.3 billion deal to buy 60 A320neo jets from Airbus to help it meet rising demand, tap new markets and improve fleet fuel efficiency. Spring Air has halved the size of the kitchen on some existing A320s to accommodate extra seats.Attracted by the sector’s growth potential, some state airlines have converted to low-cost carriers, and others are likely to follow suit.This year alone, China Eastern Airlines converted its China United unit into a budget carrier, and Juneyao Airlines set up a low-cost subsidiary in Guangzhou. West Air converted in 2013, and Lucky Air, another HNA carrier, is also going through that transition. China Southern Airlines is also considering setting up a budget subsidiary, executives said.The budget carriers have grown in part by flying routes that aren’t covered by the bigger airlines.China United, for example, flies to nearly a dozen cities in Inner Mongolia, more than any other carrier including Air China, which even has a branch there, said Zhang.Because Inner Mongolia’s transport network is still patchy, the quickest way to travel from one city to another is often to fly around 500 kms (311 miles) to Beijing with China United and connect there to a flight to the Inner Mongolian destination.”More and more people are doing this because it’s faster and cheaper,” said China United’s Zhang.Spring Air, which also flies to popular Asian leisure destinations, started flights in late October to Dongyin, an oil-rich city in eastern China whose only connection to Shanghai was previously by a lengthy bus trip and then by high-speed rail. The maiden flight was packed, a company executive said.Frustrated at not having enough slots at Beijing International Airport, Spring Air offered passengers free high-speed rail tickets to Shijiazhuang airport nearly 300 kms away, where it has better slots and offers more flights.As more Chinese take to the skies, one challenge for the budget airlines is to manage passenger expectations.Air travel has always been seen as a mode of transport for the privileged in China, and some passengers have been unhappy about meals and leg-room or when asked to pay for luggage or in-flight drinks.But, 9 Air’s marketing chief Huang Hui says, “Some passengers who initially complained keep coming back.”last_img read more

TCS shares fall after it settles Orange County litigation for 26 million

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) shares fell marginally following news that the company has paid $26 million to Orange County, California to settle a lawsuit. The settlement ended a three-year litigation over the failure of TCS’ US affiliate to deliver a new property tax management system to the county in 2010, the deadline decided between the parties to deliver the software.The county’s litigation alleged that TCS “presented false claims in the form of invoices and reports, provided false and unachievable milestone completion dates, and intentionally understaffed the project to maximize profit.” The county said the company tried to extend what was originally a two-year, $6.4 million contract into a six-year, $17 million project.The settlement amount, according to Orange County, is four times the actual amount of the contract and five times the cost it actually paid to TCS America.As per the initial contract, TCS America was to have delivered the property tax system by July 2010 for $6.4 million. In June 2010, the delivery date was extended for a year and sanctioned $1.2 million. When TCS failed to deliver the software in 2011, the supervisors of the project approved another $2.7 million while deferring the deadline to July 2012. This brought the total cost of the contract to $10.3 million until 2012.In 2013, TCS sought a third extension for two more years while claiming that the company needed an additional $7 million, taking the total cost to $17 million, following which the county sued the company in the same year. When the county terminated its contract, it had paid the IT vendor $4.9 million in total grand for the project.The county claimed that the Indian IT services exporter violated the California False Claim Act and filed a litigation on account of “fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation and breach of contract” among other charges. TCS had filed a cross-complaint asking the US District Court to dismiss claims of fraudulence. In an order dated April 1, 2016, the court turned down Tata’s plea.The county’s statement said if the litigation was not settled, it would have led to a trial on Aug. 2, 2016. It also stated that the county had spent approximately $10 million on legal and expert fees in preparation for the trial.last_img read more

Alien researcher releases footage of UFOs hovering above Wasatch Mountains in Utah

first_imgYouTube: MavixxxConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens from deep space used to visit earth regularly, and most of the time, they will be hiding near mountain ranges and underwater. Adding heat to their claims, an anonymous alien researcher known by the name ‘Mavixxx’ has released a mysterious video that shows two unidentified glowing objects hovering above the Wasatch Mountain ranges in Utah.After uploading the video of the bizarre UFO sighting on YouTube, Mavixxx claimed that the clip was sent to him by a user named Pana Rican. The conspiracy theorist also revealed that the alleged sighting happened on June 04, 2019. In the video which was shot in broad daylight, two unidentified flying objects, one pretty large when compared to the other was seen hovering silently above the ranges.In the same video, Mavixxx has also unveiled several other UFO sightings that happened in the past few months, and out of them, the most interesting one being a clip apparently captured from Edmonton, Canada. In the clip, a jet plane can be seen flying low, and in the meantime, a cylindrical UFO zipped past the flight at an amazing speed.The video uploaded by Mavixxx has already gone viral on the internet, and as of now, it has racked up thousands of views on YouTube. After watching the video, conspiracy theorists outlandishly claimed that these sightings are authentic proofs of alien existence. As per these conspiracy theorists, aliens are building secret bases on mountains, and the activities are carried out with the knowledge of the government and space agencies like NASA.These conspiracy theorists argue that NASA is intentionally covering up the secrets regarding alien life fearing public panic.”The first those are on the other side of those massive mountains and just too far to gain a visual but they are very big and there’s two. In a split second of the frame, I see a fighter jet In the upper right corner. Is there a base nearby?” commented Muttaxe444, a YouTube user.”Thank people like MAVI for creating youtube channels such as this, to tell the truth, that people yearn for,” commented Kalifornia Kid, another YouTuber.last_img read more

Journalists too bat for army deployment in next polls

first_imgSenior journalists join a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital on Wednesday, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections. Photo: Sabina YesminSenior journalists on Wednesday asked the election commission to ensure participation of all political parties in the next 11th parliamentary elections to make it a credible one.Joining a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections, the journalists also asked the commission to deploy military troops and introduce ‘no-vote’ provision.EC’s acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmad disclosed the topic of discussion in the dialogue with journalists at a press conference after the dialogue.He said some of the journalists, however, opposed army deployment in the elections. Helauddin said the election commission will take a decision after completing its talks with the stakeholders.Out of 37 invitees, 25 media persons, including newspaper editors, journalist leaders and columnists, joined the talks with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair at the EC’s Nirbachan Bhaban conference room.Among the participants, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Kaler Kantho executive Mostafa Kamal, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Amader Orthoneeti editor Nayeemul Islam Khan, Jugantor acting editor Saiful Alam, Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamol Dutta, Daily Manobkantha acting editor Anis Alamgir, Jatiya Press Club president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and its general secretary Farida Yasmin, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul and its general secretary Omar Faruk, General secretary of another faction of BFUJ Mohammad Abdullah, journalists Mahfuzullah, Anisul Hoque, Kazi Siraj and Amanullah Kabir, columnists Sohrab Hasan, Mahbub Kamal and Bibhurangan Sarkar, Ittefaq managing editor Ashish Saikat, Jaijaidin editor Kazi Rokunuddin Ahmad and Shaptahik editor Golam Mortuza.last_img read more

Minor boys save train

first_imgHeroes of the day: Sihabur Rahman, 6, and Titon Ali, 7.Two minor boys saved a train from an accident at Bagha upazila in Rajshahi district on Monday. They are Sihabur Rahman, 6, son of Sumon Ali, and Titon Ali, 7, son of Shahidul Islam.Nayan Ahmed, station master of Arani stattion at Bagha, said there was a bang when inter-city train the Silk City moved past Jhina Rail Gate.Sihabur and Titon, who were returning home from the field, rushed to the spot and found that the rail tracks had severely been damaged.Another train was soon approaching the rail gate and the brave kids started waving their scarfs over their heads.”I did not take them seriously at first,” said KM Mohiuddin, the locomaster. “I was getting very close, but they did not look like stepping aside. So, I had to stop in the end.Mohiuddin’s goods train was transporting oil from Khulna to Rajshahi.Station master Nayan was immediately informed and he had a few workers repair the rail tracks soon.State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, who is the local MP, has announced a monthly stipend of Tk 1,000 for both the boys. He has also declared to bear their educational expenses, should they choose to go for higher studies on completion of the higher secondary level.last_img read more

Former SC judge Amirul Kabir no more

first_imgAmirul Kabir Chowdhury. File photoFormer chairman of National Human Rights Commission and retired Supreme Court judge Amirul Kabir Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday evening. He was 78.The retired Appallate Division judge, Amirul Kabir, was admitted to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital due to old-age complications on 25 March, said his son-in-law Rajib Ahmed.Amirul Kabir was survived by a son and two daughters.His first namaz-e-janaza is scheduled to be held on Eidgah Mosque premises on Tuesday night.His last namaz-e-janaza will be held at Chandgaon residential area mosque in Chattogram after Zuhr prayers on Wednesday, according to family members.He will be buried there.last_img read more

Viqarunnisa closed amid growing student protests

first_imgStudents take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of a student named Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation.Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates, she added.Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamEarlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree.Meanwhile, the probe body, formed by education ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.last_img read more

AL anxious with managing strategy BNP pins hopes with freshers

first_imgElection campaign of Awami League and BNP candidates. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) began electioneering, with a challenge of how to address party fueds in many constituencies before the 30 December ballot.The AL camp has kept more candidates, especially from major ally Jatiya Party to manoeuvre electoral games in critical constituencies while the BNP is struggling with internal criticism over fielding candidates apart from facing ‘fictitious’ cases. Despite enthusiasm about the elections after securing party symbol sheaf of paddy, the BNP candidates were allegedly facing obstructions in different parts of the country, including the latest case of attack on the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Seeing the opposition in ‘disarray’, the AL camp has allowed Ershad’s Jatiya Party to continue with many candidates outside the alliance and in cases its leaders as rebel candidates. They all are contesting with either JaPa polls symbol plough or as independent candidates.This, ruling party leaders believe, is part of the AL’s strategy to use them if needed and possible or persuade them to pull out of race at the last minute if they threaten the prospects of the AL candidates contesting with boat symbol.However, there are apprehensions among the leaders that such strategy may fail and in that case the party would have to pay a high price.Meanwhile, there is anger and dissatisfaction among many BNP leaders about seat-sharing with allies and choice of the party’s own candidates.The AL still believes the opposition parties including the BNP may eventually boycott the elections on the plea of absence of level-playing field.So, the ruling party gave JaPa the go-ahead to keep its candidates in various constituencies so that the party can emerge as the official opposition party should the BNP alliance pull out of the race.The AL encouraged the religion-based parties to contest with their own party symbols, so that they are not tilted to the opposition camp.The AL camp further wants to exploit the presence of more candidares by appointing more agents in its favour. The AL, if required, wil provide its own leaders and activists as polling agents for JaPa candidates.However, the leaders think the party should take action against any candidate within the coalition, who poses threat to its candidate or the one of the grand alliance.Several leaders of the 14-party alliance and JaPa admitted that many of the parties in the alliance gave nomination to party leaders only to keep them happy.There were also allegations of ‘nomination trade’ against the JaPa leadership and many JaPa leaders were given nomination on that consideration. The JaPa has fielded candidates in 148 constituencies, going outside the AL fold.The AL has endorsed 29 JaPa candidates as those of its alliance. However, the list of candidates of the grand alliance suggests the JaPa has got only 26 seats for contesting the polls.The AL has dearth of confidence in HM Ershad. The AL policymakers believe that JaPa may create trouble in some constituencies and that is why efforts will be made to tame the stronger candidates of JaPa.JaPa candidates in at least 20 constituencies in the northern region and in more 15-20 constituencies throughout the country, have the capacity to challenge the AL candidates, said a senior leader.“HM Ershad can do anything, since he is completely unpredictable,” the leader added.The opposition BNP, however, has raised its hopes by fielding young and new candidates despite some criticism about the policy, party leaders said.New faces constitute one-third of 242 candidates the BNP has fielded in, out of 300 constituencies. The party has shared 58 seats with the 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front partners for the contest.Critics within the party claimed that the BNP has nominated some controversial and weak candidates in some constituencies. They cited the example of nominating Chattogram city leader Abu Sufian in Chittagong-8 dumping former foreign minister and vice chairman of the party M Morshed Khan.There are 89 candidates who never contested the national polls before. Some of these candidates are wives and family members of the BNP leaders who could not participate in the polls for various reasons.Several senior leaders of BNP said dissent over nomination is natural. This time around, the party has issued a special directive to its dedicated leaders at the grassroots to welcome the new faces.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP had to make some unavoidable compromise to accomodate the demands of the 20-party alliance and Oikya Front.“The BNP has nominated more young leaders, women and dedicated leaders from the grassroots this time. I think the nomination has been very good. There are many eligible faces along with the senior leaders,” he added.last_img read more

Seismic air guns found to harm balance organ in rock lobsters

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Prior research has shown that human-created noise can have unexpected impacts on creatures that live in the sea—sonar used by submarines, for example, has come under fire for disorienting whales. In this new effort, the researchers have found that seismic air guns used by survey teams looking for oil or gas deposits can result in damage to the balance organ in rock lobsters.Seismic air guns are devices that release pressurized blasts of air into ocean water—the blasts are strong enough to penetrate the ocean floor, where they propagate as seismic waves. Exploratory teams pull a host of such devices behind a boat, setting off numerous blasts as they travel. As they do so, technicians aboard the boat monitor sensors that take readings of the impact of the blasts on the seafloor hoping to find oil or gas deposits. The blasts from seismic air guns have been described as the loudest human-made sounds in the ocean.To better understand what impact the seismic air guns might have on rock lobsters, the researchers collected several specimens and brought them into their lab for study. They note that in the water, seismic blasts create low-frequency sound waves. To test the impact of the seismic air guns on the lobsters, the researchers piped low-frequency sound waves into their tanks at the same low frequency as those created by seismic air guns. They then examined the lobsters, looking for possible impacts. They report that they found damage to the statocyst—a small organ made of statoliths. The purpose of the organ is to allow the lobster to keep its balance and to assist with orientation. They further report that due to the damage, the lobsters had difficulty righting themselves if turned over. They also noted that the damage remained for the duration of the study, which was a whole year. Explore further A team of researchers with the University of Tasmania and Curtin University has found that seismic air guns used for oil and gas exploration can damage a sensory organ in rock lobsters called the statocyst, which provides balance and orientation. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes tests they conducted with lobsters in their lab and what they found. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Scientists warn Obama of marine life harm from seismic tests More information: Ryan D. Day et al. Seismic air guns damage rock lobster mechanosensory organs and impair righting reflex, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1424 Citation: Seismic air guns found to harm balance organ in rock lobsters (2019, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-seismic-air-guns-lobsters.html California spiny lobster (Palinurus interruptus). Picture taken by Magnus Kjærgaard in La Jolla, California. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Genericlast_img read more

Spanish pay TV provider Ono is offering its custom

first_imgSpanish pay TV provider Ono is offering its customers access to online multiplayer games service PlayStation Plus for €3.99 per-month.The price represents a saving of 40%, with customers billed for PlayStation Plus direct on their Ono bill.PlayStation Plus lets gamers access a collection of free games, get discounts in the PlayStation Store, while PS4 gamers are also able to play against friends online.last_img