Mishap averted as fire broke before office time

first_imgKolkata: Residents of the fire-ravaged building at 60, Chowringhee Road feel that the timing of the fire had contributed in averting a major disaster at the building.The building is commercial and the three blocks in the establishment houses more than a dozen offices with a banquet hall located at a lane in the same address that leads to Bishop Lefroy Road, the residence of Satyajit Ray. “The incident took place around 9.20 am. I was using the lift when the fire alarm inside the lift started blinking. I went to the top floor of the building where I live with my family and found that a column of smoke has started engulfing the space outside our room with the top floor of the B Block on fire. I told my family members as well as another family who lived just adjacent to our flat to come down immediately and we came down using the staircase,” said Gautam Singh, who lives with his wife and three children. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I had just switched on the air conditioner and it made a strange sound. I heard the fire alarm in the building and immediately came down. There would have been a stampede if it was after 10 am as around that time people come to office,” said Shreya Das, who works at a private computer training institute located in the third floor of B Block. It is just the floor above this institute that had caught fire, she said. “The fire alarm was ringing. I came out of the room to find that my adjacent flat was on fire. I used the staircase and came down immediately. It was extremely difficult to breathe in that floor,” said Sarala Khanna, who lived with his brother-in-law just in the adjacent apartment beside the fashion designing institute that caught fire. “We are not sure whether the things in our room are intact or not. But we are lucky to have escaped the disaster,” she said. Apart from the Khanna family, the premises owner Dipak Mukherjee has an apartment in the B Block. All other apartments are commercial.last_img read more

UN antiracism conference winds down amid NGO expulsions for bad behaviour

23 April 2009The ongoing United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva concluded its general debate today after hearing statements on new forms of racist discrimination and expelling three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for disruptive behaviour. A number of the UN agencies spoke at the five-day Durban Review Conference, which comes to a close tomorrow, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), which warned that saying no to racism in the work is key to promoting respect, tolerance and inclusiveness.For its part, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlighted its own role in countering pseudo-scientific theories of racial superiority. In a related development, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in her capacity as Secretary-General of the conference, took steps to banish three NGOs as a result of unacceptable behaviour inside UN premises “in clear violation of the rules laid down regarding the conduct of NGOs during the conference,” according to a press release.The ousted Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF) participants were “extremely prominent” during disruptions that took place on the opening day of the Conference.“There has, in the view of the organizers of the Conference, been a clearly orchestrated effort by members of this NGO, possibly in league with others, to disrupt the conference,” the release sad.Two delegates from the Neda Institute for Political and Scientific Research were intercepted with inciting materials, possibly in coordination with other organizations, and the distribution of any materials, especially offensive ones, outside designated areas is clearly prohibited. The third group to be kicked out of the conference was COEXIST for similar behaviour as UEJF, during several of the same incidents. On the Conference’s opening day, delegates of several nations walked out of the room during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said were intended to “accuse, divide and even incite” and are a roadblock to tackling the scourge of racism.On Tuesday, the conference unanimously adopted an outcome document, emphasizing the need to address all manifestations of intolerance with greater resolve, calling on States to take effective, tangible and comprehensive measures to prevent, combat and eradicate all forms of racism, and urging countries which have not yet done so to create and implement national plans to combat intolerance, among other steps. read more

Annan strongly condemns heinous suicide bombing in Jerusalem

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing that took place today in Jerusalem,” a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He extends his condolences to the Government of Israel and the families of the victims and wishes speedy recovery for the wounded.”The Secretary-General urges the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary measures to put an end to terror and to bring to justice the organizers of such heinous crimes,” the statement added. read more

Saputo boosts dividend but warns of challenges from Canadian competition

LAVAL, Que. – Dairy and cheese giant Saputo boosted its dividend Tuesday but warned that stagnant domestic growth and intense competition will eat into the benefits of a recent acquisition in the United States.“We’re used to seeing year over year increases in profit, but Canada is very, very challenging and we’re fighting every single day to keep our markets and to keep our margins so it will be a challenge going forward,” said chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. in an interview at the company’s annual meeting.With limited per capita consumer growth for decades and several key players fighting to steal market share, Saputo has been fighting back to preserve its leading position.The company cut costs by closing two Canadian plants last year and is opening a new large distribution centre in Montreal to replace several smaller facilities. Additional efforts could be considered over the coming year depending on volumes, cross-border shopping and competition, he said.“I think the low-hanging fruit, we’ve picked them. Right now we don’t have anything else to announce but I guess we’ll have to be creative to see where else we can cut. Sometimes it could be just synergizing a couple of activities together.”The Quebec-based company had also been expected to benefit from its US$1.45 billion acquisition in January of Morningstar Foods, a subsidiary of Dean Foods Company.However, the most recent quarter also saw higher non-cash charges related to the Morningstar deal, as will as higher interest expenses. The company’s income tax rate was also higher than last year, rising to 29 per cent from 28.1 per cent.Saputo (TSX:SAP) raised its dividend 9.5 per cent or two cents per share to 23 cents per share as it earned $136.7 million in the first quarter. This was up from $121.8 million for the same period last year.The company earned 69 cents per diluted share, up from 60 cents a year earlier, on both a net and adjusted basis.However, Saputo missed analyst forecasts as its adjusted profit was expected to surge to 73 cents per share, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Saputo’s revenue did slightly better than analysts expected — rising to $2.17 billion in the three months ended June 30, up from $1.7 billion a year earlier and $2.05 billion in the quarter ended March 31.Saputo said he is evaluating several acquisition opportunities but declined to say if any are imminent or will materialize. The company has $2.7 billion in financing to support one or several deals. The United States remains a focus for expansion, along with Latin America and Oceania.“We have an appetite for acquisitions, but it has to be the right acquisition at the right time (and) at the right price.”Even without a transaction, Saputo’s U.S. division hasn’t yet fully capitalized on Morningstar, which produces dairy and non-diary products, including creams and creamers, ice cream mixes, whipping cream, aerosol whipped toppings, iced coffee, half and half and value-added milk.Saputo’s global expansion has reduced the contribution of its Canadian operations to about 48 per cent of revenues, from 85 per cent when the company went public. Those numbers should continue to dwindle, the CEO noted.With a large processing capacity on both sides of the U.S. border, Saputo stands to prosper and adjust to stagnant consumption if the Canadian government adjusts the milk supply management system. But Saputo said it’s tough to make decisions while several trade deals remain unresolved.“There is still a lot of uncertainty there and a lot of the rules of the game that have not been specified to us yet,” he said.Earlier, Saputo reassured shareholders that the company’s future remains bright despite the challenges in Canada. He also said the company has turned around its Vachon operations and has no plans to sell the bakery division.“What the future holds in five years or 10 years from now, I don’t know, but at this present time we’re holding onto that division and we’re going to continue to exploit its resources.”Saputo is Canada’s largest dairy processor and among the top 10 in the world. Its products are sold in more than 40 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares lost 45 cents at $47.24 on Tuesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saputo boosts dividend but warns of challenges from Canadian competition by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more

Rafael Nadal wins second straight Rogers Cup mens title

Rafael Nadal has added a fifth Rogers Cup title.The tournament’s top seed made quick work Daniil Medvedev in the men’s final Sunday, defeating the Russian 6-3, 6-0 at IGA Stadium in just 70 minutes.Nadal, 33, won last year’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he also triumphed in 2008.The Spaniard’s other two victories on Canadian soil came in Montreal back in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi — his first-ever hardcourt conquest — and against Milos Raonic in 2013.Currently ranked second in the world, Nadal improved to 41-6 in 2019 and raised his third trophy of the season at the US$5.7-million ATP Tour Masters 1000 series event after also winning on clay in Rome and at the French Open.He advanced to Sunday’s showdown with Medvedev after Gael Monfils withdrew from their scheduled semifinal with an ankle injury.The Frenchman was forced to play a quarterfinal delayed more than 18 hours by inclement weather against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday afternoon. Monfils only had a short time to recover before the subsequent match with Nadal, and decided against risking further damage.Nadal fought off a break point in the first game of Sunday’s opening set before going up 3-1 when Medvedev double faulted. Then leading 5-3, the Spaniard sealed the set with a great passing forehand shot down the line after Medvedev came to the net.Medvedev, who was playing Nadal for the first time, was broken again to open the second set. Despite clearly being second favourite in the eyes of the crowd, fans tried to spur theRussian on down 2-0, but his shaky performance continued as he was broken again to fall behind even further when his shot went long on another break.Then trailing 4-0, Medvedev was broken again when his shot went into the net. Nadal served out from there to clinch the 83rd tournament win — and 20th on a hardcourt — of his singles career.The Spaniard also defended a hardcourt title for the first time in walloping an opponent that hadn’t lost a set all week before Sunday.The 6-3, 6-0 score was the most lopsided men’s final at the event since American star John McEnroe defeated countryman Vitas Gerulaitas 6-0, 6-3 in 1984.Seeded eighth at the tournament and starting the week ranked No. 9 in the world, Medvedev was the first Russian to play in a men’s Rogers Cup final since Marat Safin won back in 2000 when it was called the du Maurier Open. Andrei Chesnokov was also victorious in 1991, while Yevgeny Kafelnikov lost the 1999 final.The 23-year-old Medvedev defeated countryman Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the only semifinal to be played Saturday, and will jump over his fellow Moscow native into eighth in the overall rankings when the new list is released Monday.Medvedev entered Sunday with a 4-4 record against top-10 opponents in 2019, including a quarterfinal victory in Montreal over world No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria. A four-time winner on tour, Sunday marked his fifth final of the year, including last weekend’s loss to Nick Kygrios in Washington.Fans in Montreal were invited to arrive at IGA Stadium early to watch the women’s final from Toronto on the television screens placed around the venue’s grounds, but many didn’t make it time to see Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu’s victory over Serena Williams because the American star retired trailing 3-1 in the first set due to injury.The Rogers Cup alternates the men’s and women’s tournaments between Montreal and Toronto every year.With the victory, Nadal stretched his lead atop the all-time Masters 1000 series title list to 35, two more than world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He also reached his 51st final, moving past No. 3 Roger Federer for top spot.Medvedev fell to 1-7 all-time against the Big 3, with his only victory coming against Djokovic at Monte Carlo back in April.Djokovic and Federer both skipped this year’s event in Montreal, but are scheduled to participate at the upcoming Cincinnati tournament as preparations swing into high gear for the U.S. Open.Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, playing together for the first time, defeated Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands 7-5, 7-5 to win the men’s doubles final at the Rogers Cup.Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said even with all tickets being refunded for the previous Saturday’ night session after Monfils bowed out — and a draw minus Djokovic and Federer — the 2019 edition in Montreal would eclipse the previous high of 216,000 spectators that went through the turnstiles in 1997.He added that while a roof on IGA Stadium is a long-term goal, there are other areas where the fan and player experience can improve.“Some things might need great investments, but the way we are doing things with our team is to look at the details,” Lapierre said. “People love the site. All week they’ve been telling me how beautiful it was.“But we do see the small details that are wrong, and we take notes, and we are going to improve them for next year.” read more

Alan Major joins Ohio State mens basketball team in noncoaching role Kyle

Former Charlotte head coach Alan Major, right, hired by Ohio State. Courtesy: TNSAfter three seasons of not meeting expectations, it appears Ohio State coach Thad Matta is bringing back another member of his staff that brought him some of his best teams.Alan Major is returning to Matta’s staff for the 2016 season, but this time in a new role. The team said he will serve the role of director of recruiting and player development.Major has spent plenty of time working under Matta. He was an assistant coach to Matta at Xavier University from 2001 to 2004 and went on to OSU to coach under Matta again. From 2004 to 2010, Major helped to recruit and develop big men. He left after the 2010 season to serve as the head coach of UNC-Charlotte for five seasons where he accumulated a career record of 67-70 before leaving the team due to health issues during the 2014-2015 season.Prior to his time with Matta, Major served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 1992-95, Pacific from 1995-98, Southern Illinois from 1998-99 and Pacific again from 1999-2000.“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in an email. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”Major is no stranger to developing players. In his vast college basketball career spanning 23 years serving as either assistant coach or head coach, he has coached such players as former OSU first round NBA selections Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner as well as former Xavier star and first rounder David West and Pacific No. 1 overall selection Michael Olowokandi. Nearly everywhere he has gone, Major has found success. While Major worked with Matta both at Xavier and OSU, he contributed to a 234-77 record in his nine years. He reached the NCAA a total of seven times, once at Xavier reaching the Final Four (2004) and once going as far as the national championship game (2007). In 2008, the pair won the National Invitation Tournament title.Along with Major, OSU announced that former manager and graduate assistant Kyle Davis has been promoted to the video coordinator position vacated after Jake Diebler left for an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt.Davis served as recruiting coordinator for the summer until Major was hired. As a graduate assistant in 2015-16, Davis helped the coaching staff with coordinating recruiting visits and preparing nearly all video footage used for game preparation. This is his first coaching job. read more

Buckeyes seeking lucky No 7

Six years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes were at the end of arguably their most disappointing season under coach Jim Tressel. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Buckeyes were 6-4 and looking ahead to what would be the first non-January bowl game of the Tressel era. Then one game changed the outlook of not only the entire season, but also the entire OSU football program. On Nov. 20, 2004, the Buckeyes stunned the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium behind 391 yards of total offense from quarterback Troy Smith. In one game, the Buckeyes went from a disappointing team that lacked an identity to a team with a quarterback of the future who provided them with just that. It was also the start of a streak of domination in the rivalry for the Buckeyes, who have won six straight contests against the Wolverines, outscoring them 181-101 in that stretch. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is hopeful that a win Saturday against the Buckeyes will provide a similar reversal of fortunes for the Wolverines. “It’d mean an awful lot, certainly for our fans and for our university, but more importantly for our seniors and our players because they haven’t had the chance to win that,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve got to perform better and get some wins to make us feel better and make our fans feel better.” In his first two seasons as Michigan’s coach, Rodriguez’s teams have lost 42-7 and 21-10 to the Buckeyes. This year’s Wolverine team is the most formidable — at least offensively — that Rodriguez will bring into “The Game.” Unlike Rodriguez’s first two seasons, Michigan’s offensive personnel now fit its spread scheme. The Wolverines have found success behind dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson, an early-season Heisman candidate who fell out of contention because of injuries and a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Robinson has rushed for 1,538 yards and 14 touchdowns and has thrown for 2,229 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Wolverines to a 7-4 record that will land them in their first bowl game under Rodriguez. Tressel said Robinson’s ability to both run and throw the ball makes him difficult to prepare for. “It’s impossible to simulate him because there’s no one like him,” Tressel said. “It’s a tremendous challenge because it gives you all of the problems that a Wildcat offense gives you with a great running back back there. But along with it, it has all of the passing problems.” Robinson has played a critical role in Michigan’s offense, which is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, with 257.4 yards per game, and 15th in the nation in points scored, with 36.8 points per game. Michigan’s defense has failed to find the same success that its offense has, as it is ranked 99th in the country in scoring, giving up 33.5 points per game. Despite the statistics, Robinson said he hasn’t lost confidence in his team’s defense. “I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation,” Robinson said. “I don’t care what nobody say. We play against them every day, and they help us get better.” Tressel agreed that the statistics don’t necessarily tell the tale of the Michigan defense. “They’ve given up too many big plays, but the thing I love about them is I see them flying around and I see a lot of young guys who aren’t young anymore,” Tressel said. The longest streak in the rivalry thus far came from 1901-1909, when the Wolverines got the better of the Buckeyes for nine straight years. A win on Saturday would move OSU two games away from matching that streak. “There’s been pressure every year. It’s something that comes with it,” OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Nobody wants to be the team that breaks the streak.” With a share of the Big Ten title and a potential sixth straight trip to a BCS bowl game still within grasp, the Buckeyes have more than just pride to play for. OSU defensive end Cameron Heyward said the Buckeyes understand the high stakes. “A lot. A share of the Big Ten title and our biggest rival,” Heyward said. “Michigan is always going to play their best against us. We wouldn’t have it any other way to go out against a quality opponent. It’ll be a rough one, but we’re ready for it.” Regardless of bowl game implications, the Buckeyes remain focused on extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to a lucky No. 7. “The Ohio State-Michigan game is the focus,” Tressel said. “There are tons of by-products for everybody, but the single most one everyone knows that’s ever coached or played at Ohio State is that you’re defined by your Ohio State-Michigan games.” read more

Commentary Bengals looking to bounce back against the New England Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals return home to face the undefeated New England Patriots this Sunday in a game that has great implications.If the Bengals pull out the win, last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns will be viewed as an anomaly. But with a loss and perhaps another weak outing by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals may find themselves searching for ways to salvage their season.At home, the Bengals (2-2) are undefeated and performed much better against the pass than they have on the road. They have held Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in check, forcing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two interception performance and limiting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to 278 yards of total offense.Meanwhile on the road, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Brian Hoyer of the Browns were able to find the holes in Cincinnati’s secondary to help their respective teams win. Bengals fans can only hope that this pattern continues in week five when they face three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.However, the Patriots, though undefeated, have question marks of their own. Brady began the season with a significantly inexperienced group of receivers who have struggled to stay on the same page as their quarterback. But the wide receivers have shown recent signs of improvement as both Kenbrell Thompkins (127 yards receiving) and Julian Edelman (118 yards receiving) had strong games last week against the Atlanta Falcons.On defense, New England must deal with the loss of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork who sustained a season-ending injury (achilles) against Atlanta. Wilfork is key to the Patriots’ ability to stop the run. Over the last five seasons, New England is ranked ninth against the rush with Wilfork on the field and dead last without him.But the Bengals cannot concern themselves with their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses at this point. They have the talent to beat almost any team in the league, as evidenced by their comeback victory over the Packers. But when they fail to execute on offense, they are capable of losing to any opponent, including a team depleted of its starting quarterback, just like the Browns.While Hoyer gave an inspired performance, Cincinnati’s lack of offense was the biggest factor in the loss. The Bengals converted only four of 14 third down attempts against Cleveland and gained only 16 first downs. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost to the Patriots in week four despite picking up 26 first downs. If offensive coordinator Jay Gruden cannot make the proper adjustments and Dalton continues to miss open receivers, the promise that surrounded the Bengals before the season will quickly vanish. read more

LNH Furious PSG win in Chartres

3.Nimes4301130:1266 20:00St. Raphael31 – 23Ivry 20:45Nimes32 – 28Toulouse 9.Toulouse4112113:1123 STANDINGS: 20:45Cesson Rennes32 – 29Nantes 10.Nantes4112132:1293 7.Aix4121120:1214 1.Paris SG4400135:1068 12.Tremblay410395:1012 Paris Saint Germain are still unbeatable in the FRENCH LNH! Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic guys beat the newcomers in the French elite – Chartres 32:20 in comfortable 60 minutes which gave a chance to all players to get some minutes.Three teams still keep rhythm with the leaders, Saint Raphael, Nimes and CESSON Rennes, while MOntpellier have a chance to be fourth if win in Chambery tonight.RESULTS: 4.Cesson Rennes4301111:1116 5.Creteil4211112:1195 6.Montpellier320193:844 20:00Aix27 – 26Tremblay 13.Dunkerque4103100:1012 20:30Chartres20 – 32Paris SG 20:00Dunkerque23 – 25Creteil 2.St. Raphael4301112:1046 LNHPSG Handball 11.Ivry4103109:1232 ← Previous Story Interesting start in Baltic Handball League Next Story → VIDEO: Where are you going? 8.Chambery Savoie311188:863 14.Chartres400490:1170 read more

Teen appears in court after Vancouver hitandrun crash Tuesday

first_imgUPDATE: Ivone Garcia-Campuzano pleaded guilty during arraignment May 22 in Clark County Juvenile Court and was sentenced to six days in juvenile detention, with credit for time served, and 24 hours of community service, according to court documents.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________A teenage girl allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a mother carrying her infant son made a first court appearance Wednesday.Ivone Garcia-Campuzano, 16, appeared in custody in Clark County Juvenile Court on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in bodily injury. Judge Robert Lewis ruled that she remain in custody at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Facility, according to court records.Vancouver police were dispatched at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday to 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Verania Torres, 17, was walking across the street while holding her 18-month-old son, Emanuel, according to an affidavit of probable cause. While they were crossing, a car turning from McLoughlin Boulevard struck them and continued northbound, the affidavit said.Torres was in a marked crosswalk, but traffic lights and signage in the area were in the process of being installed and were not operable, according to the affidavit. Witnesses told police the driver of the car sped off without making an effort to stop as Torres and Emanuel fell to the ground, the affidavit said.Another witness chased the car, and when it stopped, pulled the driver out of the driver’s seat, according to the affidavit. The driver, later identified by police as Garcia-Campuzano, was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.last_img read more

Rebound clinic wins 265000 knee research grant

first_imgVancouver-based Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery has received a $265,000 grant to explore whether robotic procedures are more effective in knee replacements and resurfacing than traditional manual methods.The three-year grant comes from MAKOplasty, Rebound’s vendor for robotic knee replacement equipment and is intended to prove what now is only anecdotal: that robotic surgical procedures produce better outcomes than traditional methods. Those include a smaller incision, less blood and scarring, less impact to bone and tissue, a quicker recovery and a reduced hospital stay, said Michelle Braunsten, Rebound’s marketing director.“For now, it’s anecdotal,” Braunsten said.The grant money will pay for two research studies. The first study, over a period of 10 years, will compare health outcomes of robotic-assisted partial knee resurfacing with a manual total knee replacement. A second study will examine over a three-year period the costs of robotic-assisted surgery versus the traditional kind.In robotic-assisted knee resurfacing and replacement, a surgeon uses 3-D imagining of the patient’s knee to program a surgery on an interactive robotic arm. During the procedure, the surgeon guides the robot and receives feedback on positioning as the robotic arm carves off damaged parts of the knee, according to the MAKOplasty website.About 150 patients are expected to participate in the research. They don’t get to choose which kind of procedure they receive, Braunsten said. Few patients are eligible for the robotic procedure because they have to be in the early stages of knee degeneration. Most patients don’t go to see a doctor until their knee pain is so advanced that replacement is needed, she said.last_img read more

Zedd Announces Tour With Jax Jones

first_img Zedd Announces Tour With Jax Jones Email Facebook “Insanely excited to show you this brand new tour !!!!” the GRAMMY-winning DJ tweetedJennifer VelezGRAMMYs May 1, 2019 – 3:49 pm GRAMMY-winning DJ/producer Zedd has announced a tour that will take him and DJ Jax Jones across parts of the U.S. and Europe.The Zedd Orbit tour will kick off in Seattle on Sept. 13 then head to Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis as well as other cities before going to London in November.  https://twitter.com/Zedd/status/1123588070681350149 News Zedd Announces Tour With Jax Jones zedd-announces-tour-jax-jones Twitter “Insanely excited to show you this brand new tour !!!!” Zedd tweeted. The DJ was recently announced as one of the acts at the Life Is Beautiful festival happening in September in Las Vegas. His latest single, “365,” features GRAMMY-nominated pop star Katy Perry. Fans can register for presale tickets at the Tunespeak website. New L.A. Recording Studio Residency To Help Develop Emerging Artistslast_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

Police Ananias Jolley Student Stabbed at Baltimore High School Dies

first_imgThis undated file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department, shows Donte Crawford. Crawford was charged as an adult with attempted murder in the stabbing of a schoolmate at Renaissance Academy High School in Baltimore. Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said in a statement that the student died Sunday, Dec. 21, nearly a month after the Nov. 24 stabbing. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — A 17-year-old student who authorities say was stabbed by another teen in a Baltimore high school classroom has died.Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said in a statement that the student died Sunday night, nearly a month after the Nov. 24 stabbing at Renaissance Academy High School.Lt. Jarron Jackson, another police spokesman, identified the slain student as Ananias Jolley.Seventeen-year-old Donte Crawford is charged as an adult with attempted murder in the attack. Smith says investigators are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office to file additional charges.Police said Crawford, a 10th-grader, went into an occupied third-floor classroom, stabbed the 11th-grader and ran away. Crawford was arrested a short time later at home. Police said it wasn’t clear what prompted the attack.___This story has been corrected to show that Jackson is a lieutenant, not a sergeant.last_img read more

Late SI Amitava Malik to receive CMs Bravery Award 2017 posthumously

first_imgDarjeeling: Late Amitava Malik, Sub-Inspector of Police, will be awarded the Chief Minister’s Bravery Award 2017 posthumously. Other police personnel will also be receiving the Bravery Award and Shourya Padaks. Incidentally, the Darjeeling Hills had been in the grip of agitation since June 8, 2017 which included a 104-day bandh which had ended on September 26. There were incidents of violence, arson, explosions and rioting. As the agitators locked horns with security personnel, 13 lives were lost during the period of agitation. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn October 13, 2017, a police team had raided the jungles of Shirubari forest on the banks of Chota Rangeet river, 25 km from Darjeeling, in search of GJM president Bimal Gurung. There was an alleged exchange of fire between the police and Gurung’s supporters. SI Malik, who was in hot pursuit, fell prey to a bullet allegedly fired by Gurung’s supporters.A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered by the police from the spot. His wife was later given a job in the police department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlong with Late Malik, other awardees of the Chief Minister’s Bravery Award include Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling; Soumyajit Roy, IC Sadar, Darjeeling and SI Abhijit Biswas of Sadar PS, Darjeeling.The recipients of the Shourya Padak 2017 include Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Commandant, SAP (10th Battalion;) Amarnath K, SP (Operations,) Darjeeling; Rahul Pandey, DSP (HQ,) Darjeeling; Kiran Tamang, Assistant Commandant, 2nd IRB and Shyamal Barman, Constable, SAP.Assistant Commandant Kiran Tamang was critically injured on June 17 during sporadic clashes between the GJM supporters and the security forces. The Army had to be deployed on that day to bring the situation under control. The list was notified by Alok Kumar Bhaumik, OSD and Ex-officio Joint Secretary to the government of West Bengal.last_img read more

New taxi drivers face knowledge test if they want a licence from

first_imgWhen driving in a built up area with street lights what is the maximum speed limit (unless otherwise stated)? Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailASPIRING taxi drivers will be required to demonstrate their abilities to speak English and navigate Stafford’s roads as part of a “knowledge test” set by the borough council. The written and oral test for new taxi licence applications is part of a new policy which aims to “promote excellent standards of customer service and ensure that customers can be confident they can travel safely”, a report to Stafford Borough Council’s full meeting said. Last week councillors approved the document, which brings together existing policies and conditions. It follows a formal consultation with the Hackney carriage and private hire trade in the borough, including licensed operators and drivers, as well as organisations including Stafford and District Access Group, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards department. Councillor Jeremy Pert, cabinet member for communities, said: “I want to recognise the vital role taxi drivers play in making sure vital information is passed through to the relevant authorities, so nowhere can be seen to be immune from issues such as child sexual exploitation, gangs, modern day slavery, radicalism and extremism. “They are so close to the communities, and having that understanding and being able to come back to the council and police to share issues is really important. They play a really important role in the safety of the borough. “They are key to the success and health of the night time economy and they ensure people get home safely after a night out.” Opposition group leader Councillor Jack Kemp said: “I would like to ask about the medical exemption for carrying assistance dogs. “When I was at the Local Government Association conference the Guide Dog Association asked how many taxi drivers have this exemption. They say there is an awful lot of taxi drivers saying they don’t want to carry dogs in their cab. I wonder how many in the area have this exemption. “Also I am sure some of you will have had the email from a man about the knowledge test. He said it’s almost like doing a GCSE. Next question 20 miles per hour30 miles per hour35 miles per hour40 miles per hour Question -1 of 5Score -0 of 0center_img Traffic on a road Thanks for taking part in this quizYou scoredReplay quiz “There are a lot of things in there about driving on the roads of Stafford Borough, if they get closed off and the locations of popular destinations.” But Councillor Chris Baron said: “The drivers have to apply for a medical exemption through a professional. I do accept assistance dogs are very important but I also understand that some people are allergic to animal fur.” Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health said: “Councillior Baron is right, it is about anyone who suffers from an allergy and I understand there is one taxi driver in the borough who suffers from that. Stoke-on-Trent cabbie hit with fine – after picking up passengers in Stafford “With regard to the knowledge, it is nothing like the London knowledge test. I think it is only right and proper drivers should have the right knowledge to get people to places in the quickest possible way. Big Issue: Should Uber lose its licence to operate in North Staffordshire? “For new visitors to the town, their first point of contact is very often a taxi and it is of vital importance the taxi drivers and services they give are of the highest order. “I think we have achieved something that has been done by consensus.”last_img read more

Wiretaps in Guatemala corruption scheme name top justice

first_img Sponsored Stories Then he mentioned Supreme Court Justice Blanca Stalling.“Blanca Stalling is behind it and they have very good communication,” Mendizabal said.Stalling is a member of Guatemala’s supreme court. Repeated calls to Stalling for comment went unanswered on Sunday.The tax fraud scheme has rocked Guatemala’s political class since it was announced in April and has become the largest corruption scandal for a sitting president. It already has cost Guatemala’s vice president her job. Roxana Baldetti resigned Friday and gave up her immunity from possible prosecution, a move lauded by President Otto Perez Molina.Baldetti’s former private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, is alleged to have been the ringleader of a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars by taking bribes in exchange for lower customs duties. Monzon is a fugitive whose last known whereabouts were overseas, and he is currently being sought by authorities.In a separate but related case in which Mendizabal is named, five lawyers were arrested on Friday for allegedly bribing a judge to free suspects jailed in the corruption case. Prosecutors and a U.N. investigative commission said the attorneys paid Stalling’s sister-in-law, Judge Marta Sierra de Stalling to release three suspects on bail, including Ortiz. He was later re-arrested after authorities learned of the bribery scandal. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img Protesters demand the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina near Congress in Guatemala City, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Perez Molina’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned on Friday amid a customs corruption scandal that has implicated her former private secretary. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Wiretappings in a Guatemala tax corruption case indicate that a judge-bribing scheme to free some of the accused from jail may have reached the country’s supreme court.Recorded telephone calls obtained by The Associated Press show backdoor negotiating between businessman Luis Mendizabal, lawyers and suspects to free those detained in a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars in customs payments. In a call dated April 16, Mendizabal tells detainee Javier Ortiz to remain calm because he will be out soon. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sierra de Stalling has not been charged because of judicial immunity, but prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to revoke her immunity.Authorities say Mendizabal ran a clothing boutique where the leaders of the fraud ring met to plan the operation. He also is a fugitive.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vatican 2014 deficit rises with new accounting standards

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Meanwhile, the Holy See, which governs the universal church, reported a 5 percent increase in its deficit to 25.6 million euros ($28 million), up from 24.5 million euros a year earlier, as the Holy See transitioned to international accounting standards.Had the same standards been used in 2013, the Vatican said the deficit in 2014 would have been reduced by nearly half over the period, from 37 million euros in 2013.Net assets rose by 939 million euros, as the Vatican brought on to the balance sheets 1.1 billion euros of previously unreported assets and 222 million euros of previously unreported liabilities. That wider accounting is part of Cardinal George Pell’s efforts to get a clear handle on all of the Vatican’s and liabilities since being named to head the new economic secretariat.Staffing costs weighed most heavily on the Holy See’s budget, costing 126.6 million for a staff of 2,880 at 64 Holy See entities. The Vatican also reported 21 million euros in contributions from Roman Catholic dioceses and 50 million euros from the Vatican bank.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s cultural activities, in particular its museums, helped boost profits by nearly double at the Vatican city-state last year, while the budget to run the Roman Curia continued to show a deficit, according to final budget figures released Thursday.The Vatican city-state, which includes the post office, museums and other activities, saw its surplus surge to 63.5 million euros ($69 million) last year from 33 million euros a year earlier. The Vatican said investments also played a role.center_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

The State of Housing Finance

first_img Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac Government GSE Home HOUSING HUD Legislation Mark Calabria Urban Institute 2019-01-02 Radhika Ojha Share The State of Housing Finance The change in direction at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) would be one of the most important things to happen in housing finance this year, according to experts at the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. “I’ll be watching to see if whatever changes are made will bring more private capital into the market,” said Laurie Goodman, VP, Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.These experts will closely follow the actions of Mark Calabria, who was nominated by President Trump to lead the FHFA. “Though he would be in a uniquely powerful position” to do “something” about the government’s role in the housing finance system, Jim Parrott, Non-resident Fellow at the Urban Institute said, “But we’ll be heading into an election year and possibly an increasingly weak housing market, so it will be interesting to see how that tension between ideology, politics, and economics plays out.”Some of the other questions that these researchers would be seeking answers to during the year include, the future of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) as well as the actions being taken by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to mitigate risks related to the risk profile of its book of business.That, apart from how the “various proposals and policies that are being introduced legislatively and administratively, will affect housing affordability,” would be the key issues that the market will have its eye on in 2019, according to Alanna McCargo, VP, Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.Ed Golding, a Non-resident Fellow at the Urban Institute and former Head of the FHA, said that 2019 could well be the year when home price appreciation “comes back down to earth.””They can’t continue to go up at 7 percent a year in an environment where interest rates and inflation rates are in the 2 percent range,” Golding said. “The tax code increased the user cost of housing in some (upper-end) markets by as much as 30 percent but created little discernable change in house price momentum.”In 2018 the housing market showed early signs of a slowdown in home price growth, softening of the housing markets, and rising inventory in even the hottest markets, like San Francisco and Seattle, according to Bing Bai, Research Associate at the Urban Institute who said that he was interested in seeing the shifting trends in the housing  and mortgage market. “Rising interest rates cut down the refinance volumes, and a slowdown in the purchase mortgage market would put further volume pressure on the mortgage industry,” he said.Senior housing would be another focus area that will be on their radar. “Not only are we about to have more senior renters (many on fixed incomes), but also fewer senior homeowners with any significant home equity (and some with large mortgages, especially compared with their incomes), more in need of structural modifications to be safe in their homes,” said Ellen Seidman, non-resident Fellow at the Urban Institute.To read all the views of these experts, click here.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News January 2, 2019 952 Views last_img read more

The team also as expected placed safety Tyvon Br

first_imgThe team also, as expected, placed safety Tyvon Branch, dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon and right tackle Ulrick John on the injured reserve list.But the special teams shuffle is the focus of the day’s roster moves.Wile was added to the practice squad last week, but Butler remained the punter in Arizona’s 26-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.“Guys that we counted on are not getting it done,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf on Monday. “Chandler (Catanzaro) has to make kicks and he has to show more consistency. Same with Drew Butler. Those positions will obviously be evaluated and if we need to make changes we’ll do it.”The Cardinals additionally re-signed linebacker Reshard Cliett to the practice squad Tuesday. – / 31 Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday made a series of roster moves highlighted by the release of punter Drew Butler and the promotion of recently-signed practice squad replacement Matt Wile to the NFL roster.Additionally, Arizona elevated third-string quarterback Zac Dysert to the active roster and officially added former Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright. Wright, a rookie, was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more