first_imgThis month, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the 4th Annual Remember Me Thursday.2016 Remember Me Thursday Official Spokesperson Pauley Perrette with rescue pups, Rosie, Grace and BugHonored on the fourth Thursday of September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. Grassroots candle-lighting ceremonies and a global avalanche of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of homeless animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year. Now some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including CBS’ NCIS star, Pauley Perrette, who has been named the 2016 Official Spokesperson for the campaign. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the world to join with these philanthropic celebrities and to be a part of this very special day, Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.Video: Remember Me Thursday 2016 Spokesperson – Pauley PerretteAs the campaign’s 2016 Official Spokesperson, Pauley Perrette is best known for her role as the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist “Abby Sciuto” on CBS’ NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. She is also a published writer, singer and civil rights advocate, in addition to co-owner of the “Donna Bell’s Bake Shop” in Manhattan, which is named after her late mother. But it is Perrette’s passion for rescue pets that drew her to the campaign.“It is so important that we give homeless animals loving forever homes,” stated the star. “We save them, but they end up saving us. The greatest joys I’ve experienced in my life have been from my rescued pets. As Official Spokesperson of the Remember Me Thursday campaign I have the opportunity to give a voice to these beautiful creatures.”Perrette leads an impressive list of celebrity supporters also aligning themselves with Remember Me Thursday. Notable personalities, professional athletes, pet behaviorists and social media pet stars have signed on as “luminaries,” committing to share their thoughts on pet adoption in videos and via their social media accounts throughout the campaign. At press time, 50+ influential luminaries have joined the cause, including:Notable Film, TV and Stage Personalities: Alan Cumming, Adam Gaynor, Andie MacDowell, Ashley Bell, Bellamy Young, Beth Stern, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Carrie Ann Inaba (2015 Official Spokesperson), Christian Siriano, Coco Austin, Courtney Lopez, Diane Keaton, Elaine Hendrix, Emmy Perry, Eric Roberts, Holly Madison, Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, J.R. Martinez, Katherine Heigl (2014 Official Spokesperson), Kathy Najimy, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Kristin Chenoweth, Lou Wegner, Mark Steines, Pauley Perrette (2016 Official Spokesperson), Stephen Kramer Glickman, Wil Wheaton, Wynonna Judd, and Zach Ward.Professional Athletes: Anze Kopitar (LA Kings), Bryan Bickell (Chicago Blackhawks), David Backes (Boston Bruins), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays), Jeff Carter (LA Kings), Joey Logano (NASCAR), Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays), Liam Hendriks (Oakland A’s), Mark Buehrle, Ryan Newman (NASCAR).Animal Specialty Celebrities: Jackson Galaxy, Dr. Marty Becker, Tamar Geller, and Victoria Stilwell.Animal Celebrities: Alien Cat Matilda, Choupette Lagerfeld, Cole and Marmalade, Justin Fire Survivor, Lil BUB, Norbert, Paddington, Pumpkin the Raccoon, Sauerkraut Kitty, Tuna, Vito Vincent, Wolfgang2242, and Worried Cat.Remember Me Thursday was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. Moved by the staggering statistic of the 3.4 million homeless pets who lose their lives each year in the U.S., Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program (placing over 12 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.Now in its fourth year, Remember Me Thursday has been supported by 164 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 500 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle. The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 500 million social media impressions.To be a part of the 2016 Remember Me Thursday campaign, individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 22nd, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.NEW THIS YEAR: Animal-lovers can win life-saving funds, toys and food for adoptable pets looking for forever families at their favorite non-profit, pet adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday Social Media Contest, simply upload your rescue pet’s photo and story to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall for a chance to win!last_img read more

first_imgJoe Fresh to Launch Extended Sizes for Fall 2017 (CNW Group/Loblaw Companies Limited – Joe Fresh) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement About Joe FreshEssential Style. Exceptional Value. Founded in 2006, Joe Fresh offers accessible, modern design in lifestyle collections for women, men and children. Today one of Canada’s leading fashion retailers, Joe Fresh brings a contemporary point of view to everyday wardrobe favourites full of colour, polish and thoughtful details. In categories spanning apparel, accessories, footwear and beauty, Joe Fresh provides quality and style for the entire family. In Canada, Joe Fresh products are available in more than 1,450 retail locations; including over 350 Loblaw locations, 1,100 Shoppers Drugmart locations, 11 freestanding Joe Fresh stores and JoeFresh.com. Joe Fresh is also available internationally through local partners in countries such as Mexico, the Philippines and the United States. For more information, please visit joefresh.com TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2017  – Joe Fresh is pleased to announce their expansion into extended sizes with their Fall collection. Women can enjoy Fall’s must-haves in everything from polished floral pieces to modern moto jackets. The collection of bold designs will launch online and in-stores on August 11th and will offer sizes 0-22 (XS – 3X); with all sizes at the same great price.“We are thrilled to expand our womenswear line and now offer a selection of our favourite styles in extended sizes,” said President Ian Freedman. “As our brand continues to evolve, we are committed to providing our customers with products that suit their needs while delivering the same style and value.”The brand’s Fall campaign celebrates the relationships we cherish most, whether it is the bond between mother and child, as seen with model Tara Lynn and her infant son, or the close-knit friendship between models Arlenis Sosa and Toni Garrn. Family is at the core of the Fall campaign and collection, delivering wardrobing solutions for women, men, kids and baby at this busy time of year.center_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – Energy firm BP announced Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire.Svanberg took the post in April 2010 — just months before the disaster, which killed 11 people and led to an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.“The first couple of years were incredibly challenging for us all as we navigated an unusually complex corporate crisis,” Svanberg said in a statement. “Through that turbulent period we stayed focused on saving and restoring the company. Today I can say with confidence that BP is back and ready for the future.”Svanberg will preside over the next annual general meeting in May and remain in position until a successor is chosen.BP’s current CEO, Bob Dudley, credited Svanberg with the company’s comeback from the brink following the disaster, from which it is still recovering.“Together we were able to honour our commitments to the Gulf while rebuilding BP into a safer, stronger company,” Dudley said in statement. “We devised a strategy to weather the downturn in the oil market while returning to growth. And we committed to playing a leading role in the energy transition while delivering oil and gas more efficiently.”The oil spill has cost the company dearly, with some $63.2 billion in costs related to the accident. The spill leaked more than 3 million barrels into the Gulf in 2010.More recently, oil companies like BP have been cutting costs and selling assets after oil prices plunged to 12-year lows in January of 2016. Brent crude, the international benchmark, averaged about $44 a barrel last year, down from more than $100 as recently as September 2014.Brent traded at $57.48 a barrel on Thursday in London.last_img read more

The initial draft which was presented to Parliament last month has been amended based on proposals submitted to the Government. The vote on the proposed Constitutional Assembly which was to be taken on Parliament tomorrow after a two day debate, has been postponed.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is to meet this week to have more talks on the proposals and the cabinet will then meet next week to decide on the proposed draft of the Constitutional Assembly. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella briefed Parliament today on the amendments proposed so far after which Parliament members gave their views.

According to a statement released from UNMEE headquarters, Italian media first reported last week that an unidentified former member of the Italian contingent was being investigated in Italy by a military prosecutor for allegedly having sex with underage girls while serving in the Mission area. The Italian units serving during the alleged incident have already been rotated out of the Mission and replaced by new Italian peacekeepers.Noting that the allegations had never been previously reported to the mission, UNMEE said it considered them “very serious” and pledged to investigate the incident. “The Mission has zero tolerance towards such acts and will do its utmost to quickly and thoroughly establish the facts. UNMEE will strive to respect the laws, culture, traditions, customs and practices of the two host countries,” the statement said. It added that once the information has been gathered and assessed, the head of the Mission, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, will determine the scope and depth of appropriate measures to be taken.”All UN peacekeepers are bound by their Code of Conduct which reminds them that they should not indulge in immoral acts of sexual, physical or psychological abuse or exploitation of the local population, especially women and children,” UNMEE said. read more

According to a UN spokesman, while in Vancouver Ms. Fréchette will participate in a meeting of the Board of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, which deals with current social science and humanities issues.On 19 October in Beijing, she will address the opening of the general assembly of the tourism group, where one of the main issues will be the agreement that will make the World Tourism Organization a specialized agency of the United Nations system, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. While in China, the Deputy Secretary-General will also have meetings with government officials as well as the UN country team, he said.In its website, the Trudeau Foundation says it “seeks to promote outstanding research in the social sciences and humanities, and to foster a fruitful dialogue between scholars and policymakers in government, business, the voluntary sector, the professions and the arts community.” read more

He recalled last month’s horrendous attack against Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh who were gunned down while praying, stating: “It was an unspeakable act – yet I was struck by the voices that emerged. The local Muslim community, for example, raised tens of thousands of dollars to help the victims.”According to Mr. Guterres, “the Alliance is not a feel-good initiative.”He explained its mission as “fundamental to peace, to security, to sustainable development, to the world we need to build,” while underscoring the need to promote conditions where people of different identities, faiths and cultures “can live in harmony, free of discrimination and persecution.”The UN chief stressed that this is not the case today, citing the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingyas and Iraq’s Yazidi, whose men are slaughtered, and women and girls sold into slavery.“These peoples, and many more around the world, are guilty of nothing except being different from their persecutors,” he stated, calling it “unacceptable” and “a source of deep shame.”He also pointed to the resurgence of Neo-Nazis organizations and anti-Semitism; vitriol directed at refugees and migrants; homophobia; and violence against women as reasons why “we must all work together to build societies that are truly respectful and inclusive, where diversity is seen as a richness, not a threat.”We must all work together to build societies that are truly respectful and inclusive, where diversity is seen as a richness, not a threat – UN chiefTo do this he set out a list of activities that began with engaging in inclusive dialogue.“I am particularly pleased that the Alliance of Civilizations is providing a global space for religious leaders to exchange views and explore how to amplify their role,” he said.Second is the creativity of young people, for which his youth strategy creates an environment for young people to engage with the UN – and with each other to promote understanding.Finally, he argued that all efforts be “anchored” universal human rights, where societies are based on “true respect for the diversity of humankind.”“And that is why we need the Alliance of Civilizations – so people of all faiths and cultures and identities, can live together peacefully, safely and free of fear,” concluded the Secretary-General.For her part, General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa flagged that the world is facing “a complex global juncture marked by multiple crisis,” including poverty, inequality, climate change, forced migration, conflicts, terrorism and intolerance, for call for “a strong collective action and global agreements.”“To build those agreements, dialogue is the most powerful mean,” she maintained.On migration, she reminded the Forum that in December, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which is the first international cooperation framework encompassing a comprehensive and balance vision, will be adopted.“As representative of 193 States who have different histories, cultures, languages and models of development, but who share the aspiration of coexisting in peace and developing in a sustainable manner,” Ms. Espinosa expressed her confidence that the Forum’s debates “will contribute to create innovative solutions to prevent conflicts, maintain peace and promote reconciliation, acknowledging that diversity is the greatest source of wealth that humanity has.”The Alliance’s, High Representative, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also spoke at the opening ceremony of the two-day event, along with Alliance co-sponsors Deputy Prime Minister of Spain Carmen Calvo and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.The Alliance’s High Representative, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, highlighted that despite notable achievements in key areas of work – such as in preventing hate speech, supporting intercultural and interfaith dialogue, empowering youth and strengthening peace education – “inciters of hate take pride in driving a wedge between different ethnic groups and civilizations.”“For them, culture is a source of division, instead of a basis for dialogue and richness,” he said, adding that these challenges “require our collective resolve.”The High Representative urged the Forum, over the next two days, to take stock of its achievements, identify challenges, and forge new and innovative partnerships “in pursuit of peace, justice and human dignity.”The Alliance co-sponsors Deputy Prime Minister of Spain Carmen Calvo and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu also addressed the group. read more

The Telegraph can reveal that Emma Fairweather, 45, was the passenger in the Kia car last Thursday when it struck the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Friends and relatives described Ms Fairweather as a “warm and caring woman”, as well as a devoted mother of two teenage children…. A mother of two whose wrist was broken when the car she was in collided with Prince Philip’s Land Rover has told friends she is “unhappy” with the way Buckingham Palace has handled the accident. Ms Fairweather has since complained of feeling “overwhelmed” by the experience of being involved, firstly, in a crash and, secondly, in one involving the husband of the monarch.

first_img By Cianan Brennan Share2 Tweet Email A schoolgirl writes a message on a wall for the victims of, and in support of those affected by, the massive fire in Grenfell Tower, London Source: Alastair Grant#GRENFELL TOWER: Police say they may be unable to identify all victims of the tower block fire. Meanwhile, as Theresa May orders a full inquiry into the blaze, the cladding on the tower has been linked to a similar fire in Melbourne.#COSBY: The jury in the comedian’s trial for sexual assault has announced that it is deadlocked.PARTING SHOTTonight, the bat signal will shine into the LA skies one last time (first time?) in honour of actor Adam West, who played the Caped Crusader in the 1960s Batman TV series, who passed away last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Adam West as Batman in the 1960s TV series Source: 20th Century Fox TelevisionComments are disabled for legal reasons Get our daily news round up: Sinn Féin TDs were at Leinster House today to demand speaking timeWe’re in for a scorcher of a weekendA man was charged with the murder of Dublin woman Patricia O’Connor, whose remains were discovered at several remote locations in the Wicklow MountainsFrom September, only VHI customers will be able to use VHI SwiftCare clinicsThere are 79 unemployment blackspots in Ireland, with Limerick the worst county affectedA 14-year-old boy was seriously injured in a crash in Co Kildare Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Tributes paid to Ann Louise Gilligan, and full inquiry ordered into Grenfell Tower blaze – it’s the Fix. http://jrnl.ie/3446005 Short URL NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan (right Source: Graham Hughes/Rollingnews.ieTributes have poured in for Ann Louise Gilligan, the late wife of Minister for Children Katherine Zapponecenter_img Jun 15th 2017, 9:09 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 9:09 PM 8,510 Views Graham Dwyer has taken a case to the High Court over the use of mobile phone records in his trial WORLDlast_img read more

first_imgOn a rainy Sunday afternoon, a dramatic 92’ equalizer by Andrea Masiello is how a game with 12 yellow and 2 red cards between Atalanta and Milan ended.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini sent the same lineup that drew 1-1 at Lazio last weekend. There was only change, as Caldara replaced Palomino at the back. 19-year-old Musa Barrow was leading the attack, accompanied by shadow striker Alejandro Gomez. AC Milan’s last fixture was a painful 4-0 loss in the Italian cup final against Juventus. Gennaro Gattuso decided to switch his center forward, giving the advantage to Nikola Kalinic over Patrick Cutrone. There were two other changes. Lucas Biglia was back from injury and started in the midfield instead of Manuel Locatelli, whereas experienced Ignazio Abate was the right back, as youngster Davide Calabria was left on the bench.Rain was pouring down in Atalanta as referee Marco Guida blew the opening whistle. Masiello and Abate were the recipients of the first yellow cards in the game in the 13th and 17th minute, respectively. Much like in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus, Milan was the team that was forcing the issue and dictating play, yet had nothing to show for it. The players were doing their best not to allow the rain to affect them, but it was falling so heavily that it was impossible to ignore it. Everyone on the pitch was soaking wet.The teams were even opponents during the second part of the first half. There was a certain amount of tension because of a couple of controversial decisions by the referee and several reckless fouls. Atalanta was putting more and more pressure on the visitors as the half was nearing its conclusion. In the 41st minute, Gasperini’s men had three successive attempts at goal from inside Milan’s box and they were all blocked. It was a threatening situation. We went into the half-time break goalless.Rumour: Monaco have expressed an interest in Kessie George Patchias – August 22, 2019 Monaco has asked AC Milan about the availability of Kessie.According to Football-Italia.net, Monaco has opened talks with AC Milan, with a view to signing Franck…Ricardo Montolivo replaced Lucas Biglia at the half. It’s quite possible that an unfortunate knee-in-the-back challenge by Gomez late in the first half was the reason why. Atalanta had by far the clearest chance of the game in the 53rd minute. Cristante got his head on a corner kick. Donnarumma made the save, but the ball came to Mattia Caldara, who wasn’t ready for it and reacted poorly, missing the net from two meters out. Experienced Slovenian international Josip Ilicic came in to replace Musa Barrow a minute after that. Cristante was everywhere during the opening 10 minutes of the second period.A wonderful strike by Atalanta’s own Franck Kessie gave AC Milan the lead 60 minutes into the contest. What a bomb! Atalanta seemed to be getting closer to a goal when Milan scored. Then, things went horribly wrong for the home side when center back Rafael Toloi was sent off in the 64th minute. His initial challenge earned him one yellow card and his sarcastic clap of hands after the decision earned him an immediate second. Cristante had one more shot at scoring before being lifted from the pitch so 22-year-old Nicolas Haas can come on in the 71st minute.The card-happy referee kept awarding bookings and in the 75th minute he reduced Milan to 10 men as well. It was actually the right decision, since Montolivo’s two-footed challenge was very dangerous, irresponsible, illegal and well-deserving of a straight red. Atalanta suddenly received an opportunity to get back into a game that it was unjustifiably losing anyway. And then it happened. 90 seconds into injury time, Andrea Masiello was at the end of a lovely cross by Ilicic. He headed the ball and Donnarumma looked to have his hands on it, but didn’t manage to keep it out. Another poor reaction by Milan’s goalkeeper, as it was the case in the cup final. It was a huge goal for Atalanta, as it dramatically increases its chances of Europa League qualification.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 24, 2016 – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is appealing for pregnant women to visit health centres for the necessary prenatal checks in order to ensure a safe delivery.He noted that there are expectant mothers who are going through nine months of pregnancy, and only turn up at the hospital when they are ready to give birth.He said in such instances, the doctor is left to perform a delivery without knowing the health risks, as there is no profile of the mother.  “The doctors won’t know whether the baby is premature, or if the baby is turned the wrong way, or the mother has a particular health condition,” he pointed out.“We need to start taking responsibility for our health in this country. It is very important,” Dr. Tufton said.  He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the Drug Serv Pharmacy at the Kitson Town Health Centre in St. Catherine on Wednesday (November 23).Dr. Tufton noted that the family doctor, obstetrician or certified midwife at the clinic provides expectant mothers with competent care from pregnancy to birth that takes into account their particular health needs.last_img read more

first_img o What: Prayer service, candlelight vigil and community meal to honor the victims of Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting.o When: Prayer service begins at 6 p.m. Thursday; vigil at 8 p.m. followed by a community meal.o Where: Guru Ramdass Gurdwara, 3600 O St., Vancouver.o Information: Guru Ramdass Gurdwara website.Living in the Pacific Northwest has been little but a pleasure for local Sikhs like Pawneet Sethi. At least, that’s how he spins it at first.“I love it, man,” said the Camas resident and businessman, 32, who serves as spokesman for the largest Sikh temple in the region — the Guru Ramdass Gurdwara in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood.“Seriously, I moved here when I was 16, I grew up here and lived in the area. I’ve never really had any complaints about this society. People have been very kind and understanding.”That’s despite the traditional beard and turban — which makes for a surface resemblance, in the minds of the ignorant and angry, to fundamentalist Muslim terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. Apparently that was enough to set off Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist and former soldier who walked into a Wisconsin Sikh temple on Saturday and murdered six congregants. He fatally shot himself after being wounded by a police officer.“Everybody recognizes that the root cause is ignorance,” Sethi said, “and people are angry, of course. Why does it have to be us?”Vancouver’s Guru Ramdass congregation isn’t just shocked and angry that Sikhs have been caught in what seems like a summer wave of massacres, Sethi said; it is nervous about security, too. Which presents a dilemma for a congregation that’s all about openness and inclusion, Sethi said. “People have been very kind and understanding,” Pawneet Sethi said about life in the Northwest. However, he did say that he encountered prejudice as a teenager in Portland.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A volunteer emergency medical technician came to the rescue of a driver after, officials said, his car caught fire along Interstate 95, in North Miami-Dade, Tuesday afternoon.Officials said the blaze sparked along the northbound lanes, between Miami Gardens Drive and Ives Dairy Road, at around 4:15 p.m.A 7News viewer who works as a volunteer EMT said he saw the car owner grabbing two propane tanks out of the back of the vehicle to prevent a bigger fire. In the process, the EMT said the motorist had cut up his hands.The volunteer EMT pulled over and treated the car owner as firefighters showed up to put the flames out. He also recorded video of crews extinguishing the fire.7Skyforce HD captured the car’s charred wreckage on the side of the road.Everybody is expected to be OK.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAn alleged securities trading fraud that market watchdog is investigating has been getting graver with more firms likely to get implicated, a report says.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has found that as many as 62 broking firms may have enjoyed access to the National Stock Exchange Ltd (NSE) servers while Sebi has served show-cause notices to only three, the report says.Sebi had commissioned EY India Ltd, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Llp and International School of Business (ISB) to do the forensic audits, a Mint report says.The case relates to broking firms gaining preferential access to NSE’s algorithmic (algo) trading platform through a co-location service, the report says. Sebi has issued show-cause notices to OPG Securities, its associate GKN Securities and Way2Wealth Brokers Pvt Ltd.The audit reports say the average turnover and profits of these 62 brokerages were higher during 2010-14, the period when they allegedly got unfair access. The turnover and profits dippedafter NSE strengthened its infrastructure. The reports, however, say the profits could have also increased because of their trading calls.When the NSE switched to the IP multicast model in 2014 from the TCP/IP model, profits of these firms dropped, or losses worsened. In certain cases, losses rose when infrastructure was changed, the reports said.Among the brokerage houses that had gained most and showed a marked difference after the switch were Motilal Oswal Securities, SMC Global Securities, Religare Securities, IKM Investors, Kotak Securities, Barclays and Goldman Sachs, according to the report.”All these firms were hitting the less crowded secondary servers for faster access to market information and made profits due to the said access,” a source told Mint.Sebi is now probing if these firms violated fraudulent and unfair trade practices norms, the sources said. Sebi will be trying to ascertain whether the firms the report named violated the norms with intent or these were inadvertent lapses.NSE referred some of these firms to its disciplinary action committee in 2017-18. Apparently, the report names the firms that continued to hit the secondary servers even after the NSE warning. The report found that the average overnight loss of one of the firms rose from Rs 2.3 lakh to Rs 32 lakh after the system became more robust.A spokesperson said the brokerage has not received any communication from the regulator or the exchange. Another brokerage house suffered a steep fall in average profits from Rs 90.74 crore to Rs 1.98 crore after the 2014 change in the system. Another brokerage firm reported a 15 parts’ fall in profits after the system switch, the report adds.last_img read more

first_imgNational flag of Bangladesh. Photo: Asia TimesDisappearance of an academic, a journalist and a former diplomat in Bangladesh has created a culture of fear in an election year, reports Hong Kong-based Asia Times.It says the state is the prime suspect in these ‘enforced disappearances’.“Media outlets who report on the regular abduction of political dissidents or critics in Bangladesh also face retaliation, amid claims that the government pressures companies not to advertise with them,” writes the Times.It says while enforced or involuntary disappearance is considered a “heinous violation of human rights and an international crime” by the United Nations, it is not an unusual occurrence in Bangladesh.Apart from cases of academic Mubashar Hasan, journalist Utpal Das, and former diplomat Maroof Zaman, 15 other alleged abductions were reported over the last six months, although most of these people later turned up, according to the report.“Enforced disappearances instill a great fear and a chilling effect,” political columnist Afsan Chowdhury was quoted to have said.The report also quoted history professor Syedd Anwar Hussain as saying that most of the enforced disappearances are suspected to be state-sponsored and the government naturally “doesn’t want these to be reported”.“Not surprisingly,” the report said, “the country’s government denies any role in media censorship.”It referred to information minister Hasanul Haq Inu who said “the country’s media enjoys press freedom and the government does not interfere.”However, Bangladesh was ranked 146 in the World Press Freedom Index in 2017, the report pointed out.Meenakhsi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told Asia Times that the Bangladeshi government “appears unwilling to address the problem of enforced disappearances, often engaging in outright denial.”last_img read more

first_imgNintendo Switch Online service doesn’t guarantee cloud game backups if membership to the service expires. Nintendo Entertainment System games free with the paid service will require a once a week check-in to play offline. We won’t know the full list of games that will require the service to play online nor which games support cloud saves until the service’s launch next week.While Thursday’s Nintendo Direct didn’t offer a lot of new information about the paid Nintendo Switch Online service, digging through the official website and multiple support pages did unearth some new, important information.Save Data Cloud BackupNintendo’s paid online service includes the ability to create a backup copy of save data for most Nintendo Switch games. It’s the only way a person can transfer game saves between devices. Nintendo said the save data can be accessed from any Nintendo Switch console by signing in with a user’s Nintendo Account and downloading the data. Those are created automatically, though Nintendo said that each game does have the ability to allow users to adjust when and if data is saved to the cloud.Beginning Sept. 18, when the service launches, games that require a Nintendo Switch Online membership for online play will be identified in Nintendo eShop and in the game’s product information on http://www.nintendo.com. Additional online features (such as Nintendo Switch Online app and Save Data Cloud backup compatibility) will also be displayed there. Future games, Nintendo said, will show this information on the back of box.Nintendo also notes that it can’t “guarantee” that cloud save data will be retained after an “extended period of time” from when a membership is ended and local save data backups remain unsupported on the Switch, though it sounds like that could change in the future.“While we have nothing additional to announce on this topic, please be assured that we listen carefully to the feedback from our customers,” the company writes on a support page. “We are constantly working on ways to further enhance the experience of using the systemFamily GroupsIndividual plans for Nintendo Switch Online cost about $20 for the year, but a family plan — which supports up to eight accounts — only runs $35 for a year. Here’s how that plan works.One member of a family plan has to be set as the administrator and they are the ones who can add other people to the account and it appears anyone can be added to a family, even if they don’t live in the same country. The admin can remove and add family members whenever they want, it appears. Removing a family member, though, instantly removes all of those Nintendo Switch Online benefits to that member, including those backup saves. Also, if the admin decides to close the membership, everyone in the group is out of luck. Nintendo notes that everyone doesn’t have to live in the same household to be a family member, but that a person can only be in one “family” at a time. The administrator also seems to have the ability to transfer admin rights to other members, but only one person can hold them at a time. Nintendo Entertainment System gamesOne of the better perks for the online service is access to a library of NES games with added online play. The service includes 20 games at launch, with new games added regularly. But there’s a bit more to the plan than Nintendo has talked about.The games, for instance, can only be played for seven days offline before needing to check back in on your membership, according to Nintendo. NES games also support online play that either allows two players at once or taking turns in single-player games. Nintendo also notes that “When playing online, you can display a hand-shaped cursor on your friend’s screen. Use it to give hints or point out strategic locations. You can even clap to congratulate them.”The smartphone app, which also requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership, will allow players to chat during NES gameplay as well.Finally, Nintendo detailed the what appears to be the full release schedule for NES games in 2018.At launch players will have access to:SoccerTennisDonkey KongMario Bros.Super Mario Bros.Balloon FightIce ClimberDr. MarioThe Legend of ZeldaSuper Mario Bros. 3Double DragonRiver City RansomGhosts’n GoblinsTecmo BowlGradiusPro WrestlingExcitebikeYoshiIce HockeyBaseballNintendo also listed upcoming releases for October, November, and December with a promise that the schedule will be updated with games for 2019 once they’ve been selected. OctoberSolomon’s KeyNES Open Tournament GolfSuper Dodge BallNovemberMetroidMighty Bomb JackTwinBeeDecemberWario’s WoodsNinja GaidenAdventures of LoloOnline playThe paid service will support online play for games like “Splatoon 2,” “Arms,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Mario Tennis Aces,” and “Sushi Striker: The Way of Sishido.” This means that the free online play enjoyed by some games will be going away. Nintendo hasn’t released a full list yet of which games, besides those listed here, will require a subscription to play online. The company said it will publish that information on Sept. 18. It did note that “Fortnite” won’t require a subscription to play online and “Arena of Valor” publisher Tencent said its game won’t either. DealsNintendo said that membership will also include deals. So far the company only notes two such deals. One is the ability to purchase a pair of wireless NES controllers. The other said members get download codes for special gear in “Splatoon 2.”center_img Popular on Variety Free trialThe service will come with a seven-day free trial for all Nintendo Account holders once service begins. Nintendo said it plans to discuss more details about the features and pricing of Nintendo Switch Online during a Nintendo Direct on Thursday. The official website for the service notes that it will cost $4 for a month, $8 for three months and $20 for a year. A family membership, which supports up to seven others in a family group, will run for $35 for a year.Still freeSome online features will also remain free including the Nintendo eShop, Friend registration and management, the sharing of screenshots over social networks, Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, system and software updates, and Nintendo Switch News. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img 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. Citation: Research trio suggest intergenerational fertility correlations could reverse low birthrates (2014, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-fertile-future.html The models the scientists designed suggest that fertility rates are likely to rise with average family sizes increasing. Credit: comedy_nose Explore further (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers at Stockholm University is suggesting that the current worldwide trend of low birth rates could reverse itself due to intergenerational fertility correlations. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they built mathematical models that use correlations between family size and birth rates to illustrate population growth rates in the future. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Human history has shown over thousands of years that there is a correlation between family size and birth rates—people that come from large families tend to have more kids than people who come from small families. Over the past 200 years, however, that trend has been altered—birth control and societal roles has led to radically smaller family size in most countries of the world (the lone exception being sub-Saharan Africa). If the trend continues, it could spell trouble for modern societies as older people begin to outnumber the young—it’s young people, after all, who generally do most of the work in a society. But low birth rates may change, the researchers suggest, due to natural tendencies. They’ve created mathematical models that indicate worldwide population is likely to take one of two paths.In the first scenario, if people from large families have more kids, even if there are far fewer of them, eventually, a shift will occur as each generation produces more offspring than average—at some point they would overtake the lower birthrate people, causing a growth in population.In the second scenario, societal barriers appear that override intergenerational fertility correlations—similar to those that have caused low birth rates today. If the population grew too large for the planet to support, for example, natural processes would cause lower birth rates (or higher death rates) to occur—people would ignore the size of the family they were born into and intentionally choose to have fewer kids, causing population growth rates to slow.Obviously no one knows if societies of the future will keep adding disincentives for having larger than average families–overriding intergenerational fertility correlations—but the models make it clear that if nature is allowed to take its course, it’s very likely that several generations into the future, fertility rates may climb again, presenting governments with a whole new set of problems. The researchers suggest it’s time that other researchers and governments stop ignoring such correlations, as the evidence for it is overwhelming. More information: Martin Kolk, Daniel Cownden, and Magnus Enquist.” Correlations in fertility across generations: can low fertility persist?” Proc. R. Soc. B March 22, 2014 281 1779 20132561; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2561 1471-2954AbstractCorrelations in family size across generations could have a major influence on human population size in the future. Empirical studies have shown that the associations between the fertility of parents and the fertility of children are substantial and growing over time. Despite their potential long-term consequences, intergenerational fertility correlations have largely been ignored by researchers. We present a model of the fertility transition as a cultural process acting on new lifestyles associated with fertility. Differences in parental and social influences on the acquisition of these lifestyles result in intergenerational correlations in fertility. We show different scenarios for future population size based on models that disregard intergenerational correlations in fertility, models with fertility correlations and a single lifestyle, and models with fertility correlations and multiple lifestyles. We show that intergenerational fertility correlations will result in an increase in fertility over time. However, present low-fertility levels may persist if the rapid introduction of new cultural lifestyles continues into the future.Press release Study on human fertility models find those based on economics the most reliablelast_img read more

first_imgFirefox add-on Adblock Plus released as a WebExtension by Martin Brinkmann on November 06, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: November 06, 2017 – 28 commentsAdblock Plus, the — by far — most popular browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, has been released as a WebExtension.Firefox 57 will be released in eight days to the stable channel. The new version of the Firefox web browser breaks the traditional add-on system by supporting WebExtensions exclusively.Any add-on that is not a WebExtension by then won’t install in the browser anymore by then, or deactivated if a legacy add-on is installed already.Mozilla will move legacy add-ons to a new section on about:addons. You find all disabled legacy add-ons listed there, and an option to find a replacement for each add-on. The search redirects to Mozilla’s main AMO website and is a hit and miss kind of experience. One reason for that is that there are legacy add-ons for which no comparable WebExtension extension exists.Adblock Plus WebExtensionAdblock Plus is the most popular Firefox add-on. It has more than 14 million users according to Mozilla; the second placed add-on, uBlock Origin, has 4.1 million users.It would be disastrous for Mozilla but also for the company behind Adblock Plus if a WebExtension version would not be available before the release of Firefox 57.Mozilla would be painted in a bad light if the most popular extension for Firefox would not function anymore in Firefox 57; and the developer of Adblock Plus would likely lose a huge part of the user base, as users would migrate to other content blocking solutions for the Firefox web browser.The release of Adblock Plus 3.0 for the Firefox web browser ensures that none of this will happen. The browser extension is based on WebExtensions which means that it is fully compatible with Firefox 57 and newer versions of the web browser.Adblock Plus 3.0 introduces new functionality, and some regressions and issues as well. As far as positive things are concerned:Performance issues in Adblock Plus 2.9 will no longer be an issue when Firefox 57 is released.The element hiding emulation syntax is supported by the Firefox extension.Firefox users may block WebRTC connections.The following issues and changes are introduced:The icon displays the number of blocked ads. The tooltip is replaced by this. Users may disable this in the options.The toolbar icon opens a popup, and no longer a native menu.The options page is a web page and not a native dialog anymore; it lacks functionality which the development team plans to add in future versions.Issue reporter will collect fewer data points and won’t flag common issues locally anymore.Block element offers less assistance, and may not work under certain circumstances.Closing wordsThe release of the WebExtensions version of Adblock Plus adds another popular — the most popular in this case — add-on to the list of compatible browser extensions. That’s good news for the 14 million users of the browser extensions, and also for Mozilla and the company.Now You: What’s your take on Adblock Plus?SummaryArticle NameFirefox add-on Adblock Plus released as a WebExtensionDescriptionAdblock Plus, the — by far — most popular browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, has been released as a WebExtension.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 13 baby crocodiles were rescued from the clutches of 6 men yesterday afternoon (July 16) on the banks of the Klip River.Local snake expert Fanie Cilliers received an anonymous call from a person who spotted a group of men on the banks of the Klip River near Smartiesville that had a bucket with them. Inside the bucket it looked like they had juvenile African Rock Pythons.Fanie immediately responded to the scene and when the group of men saw his car approaching, they left the bucket and ran away.Fanie went down to the riverbank, which is a well-known fishing spot for many people in Ladysmith, and looked into the bucket.To his shock and disbelief, he found 13 baby crocodiles.Fanie took the bucket and crocodiles home with him. He cleaned them up and kept them in his bathtub, with rocks and a red UV light to provide some heat for them.He then contacted Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who came on Tuesday morning (July 17) and collected the crocodiles from him. They will be taking the little reptiles to St Lucia on Wednesday morning (July 18).Also read: Truck stopped with cargo of 3000 juvenile crocodiles Also read: Update: Two crocs still missingAlso read: Indonesian mob butchers hundreds of crocs in revenge attackThe crocodiles will be released at the croc sanctuary.This is a shocking find in the Klip River and could mean there are many more crocodiles in the river.Fishermen and residents need to be wary when they are near the water’s edge and keep a close eye out for any larger crocs that might be close by.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgStandard AccommodationMaroochy River Resort & BungalowsSunshine Coast Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer GroupTrevor Belz and Beverley Gilligan – Capricorn Coast Visitor Information CentreCapricorn Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) chief executive Daniel Gschwind said this year’s awards demonstrated the resilience of the state’s tourism operators. “It is inspiring to see so many businesses enter the awards again this year, after what has certainly been a trying year for the entire tourism industry,” Mr Gschwind said.“From natural disasters to a strong Australian dollar sending holidaymakers offshore, tonight’s winners should be proud of the resilience they have shown, refining their businesses and creating new ways to attract visitors to the Sunshine State.“Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and judges commendations, and a special mention to our two new Hall of Fame recipients, the 2010 Gold Coast Airport Marathon and azjure studio retreat.” Premier and Minister for Reconstruction Anna Bligh said the annual Queensland Tourism Awards were a great way to acknowledge the State’s second biggest export earner. Tourist and Caravan ParksBIG4 Adventure Whitsunday ResortWhitsundays Backpacker AccommodationBrisbane City YHABrisbane “A big congratulations to the world-class tourism businesses recognised this year, and on behalf of all Queenslanders – thank you for the work you do.”Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt congratulated the Queensland Tourism Industry Council for hosting another impressive showcase.”Well done to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council for organising and hosting a fantastic 2011 Queensland Tourism Awards showcase,” Ms Jarratt said.”This night of nights has been wonderful and my congratulations go to QTIC and all of the tourism businesses which have managed to snap up an award or been recognised as a finalist this year. I commend all operators for the effort they put into their businesses each and every day.”Queensland Airports Limited Managing Director Dennis Chant said the company was pleased to be the presenting partner of the awards for the fifth consecutive year.“Queensland Airports Limited would like to congratulate all winners and finalists from this year’s awards and acknowledge their outstanding contributions to the Queensland tourism industry,” Mr Chant said.“The challenges that faced the industry this year have seen us collectively strive to ensure that Queensland maintains its reputation as Australia’s premier tourist destination, and the awards are just recognition of those efforts.”The Queensland Tourism Awards have been running since 1984, and are judged by a panel of senior tourism industry professionals.The 2011 panel of judges includes: Bob Hagley (Chairman), Hagley & AssociatesPip Close, Hyatt Regency CoolumPeter Doggett, In2TourismGreg Holmes, HostPlusGreg Howe, Business Action CentreIan Kean, Tourism Services Pty LtdDeb Lewis, Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association IncRon Livingston, Pinnacle Tourism MarketingSue Mackenzie-Smith, Dept. of Employment, Economic Development & InnovationMike Mahoney, Extra Mile Tourism ManagementAndrew Millward, RACQElizabeth Roberts, Bond UniversityMatt Smith, Tourism NTSue Thomson, Set DirectionsKristine Toohey, Griffith UniversityLiz Ward, Australian Tourism Data WarehouseFabienne Wintle, Untanglemyweb.comGary Young, AFL CairnsMike WilkinsonQTIC produces the awards with the support of the naming rights sponsor Queensland Airports Limited and in partnership with Tourism Queensland and the Queensland Government.The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is the State’s peak body for tourism. The Council is a not-for-profit membership organisation representing members’ interests – both large and small. QTIC has in excess of 3,000 regional members, operating in all sectors of the tourism industry.  Meetings and Business TourismSofitel Gold Coast BroadbeachGold Coast Young Achievers AwardMatthew Simpson – Spicers Retreats, Hotels & LodgesBrisbane The Richard Power Award for Tourism MarketingTourism Whitsundays – Qld Tourism Digital Web ProjectWhitsundays Specialised Tourism ServicesVilla BotanicaWhitsundays “Tourism is a vital driver for the State’s economy and these awards are an important way of giving outstanding tourism businesses the recognition they deserve,” Ms Bligh said.”It has been a very tough year for our operators, but in true Queensland style, they have dug deep and continued to deliver our visitors a shining holiday experience.  They lead the pack through innovation, stand-out business practices and exceptional service, product and experiences,” she said. Source = Queensland Tourism Industry Council Major Tour and/or Transport OperatorsFantasea Adventure CruisingWhitsundays Tour and/or Transport OperatorsFun Over FiftyBrisbane Major Tourist AttractionsSea WorldGold Coast Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable TourismDaintree Discovery CentreTropical North Unique AccommodationRose Gums Wilderness RetreatTropical North Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesCapers at the Beach Bar/GrillWhitsundays Indigenous TourismMungalla Aboriginal ToursTownsville Visitor Information and ServicesIpswich Visitor Information CentreBrisbane Luxury AccommodationSpicers Peak LodgeSouthern Downs Heritage and Cultural TourismThe Workshops Rail MuseumBrisbane The Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame welcomed two more tourism operators tonight as the Queensland Tourism Awards 2011, proudly presented by Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), recognised their enduring contribution to the industry.The 2010 Gold Coast Airport Marathon (Major Festivals and Events) and azjure studio retreat (Deluxe Accommodation) each received Hall of Fame status after taking out their award categories for the third year in a row. Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the state’s largest annual tourism awards proved a tough year did little to deter the industry, as tourism businesses from across the state were rewarded for their outstanding contribution.Now in its 27th year, the largest and most highly regarded tourism awards were again run by the state’s peak industry body, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC). Queensland Tourism Awards recipients in 2011 are: Tourism Education and TrainingAustralian Tourism Data Warehouse – The Tourism e-kitBrisbane Tourism Wineries, Distilleries  and Boutique BreweriesOcean View Estates Winery & RestaurantBrisbane The Marie Watson Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an IndividualTerri Irwin – Australia ZooSunshine Coast Steve Irwin Award for EcotourismParonella ParkTropical North Tourist AttractionsThe Workshops Rail MuseumBrisbane CATEGORY WINNERREGION Major Festival  and Events2010 Gold Coast Airport MarathonGold Coast Adventure TourismEquathonSunshine Coast Hosted AccommodationNarrows Escape Rainforest RetreatSunshine Coast Deluxe Accommodationazjure studio retreatSouthern Downs Festivals and EventsBlues on Broadbeach Music FestivalGold Coast New Tourism DevelopmentSpicers Balfour HotelBrisbanelast_img read more