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Mayor of Maple Ridge BC cuts appearances after threats city official

first_imgMAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – The mayor of Maple Ridge, B.C., has cut her public appearances following online harassment, says the city’s chief administrative officer.Ted Swabey says in an emailed statement that officials recently received “credible information” about a personal threat to Mayor Nicole Read.He says Read has “curtailed her public appearances” while the RCMP investigate.Ridge Meadows RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment.Swabey says the situation has been difficult for Read and her family and that the mayor is hopeful she can resume her duties soon.He says all elected officials and staff should feel safe and be able to do their work free of harassment.last_img

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Suspected impaired driver stripped of keys to Lamborghini by Victoria police

first_imgVICTORIA – The owner of a high-end sports car in Victoria has learned it’s best to keep the vehicle well maintained to avoid attracting unwanted attention.Police say a 31-year-old man was at the wheel of his black Lamborghini Gallardo near the downtown core late Saturday when he was pulled over when a patrol officer noticed flames shooting from the exhaust.The two-seat coupe was fine but the driver appeared to be impaired and received a 90-day driving prohibition.The vehicle, which has a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour and can accelerate from zero to 100 in 3.4 seconds, has also been impounded for 30 days.In an email, Const. Matthew Rutherford says the two penalties are permitted under the Motor Vehicle Act when a driver’s blood alcohol exceeds 0.08.The Gallardo is one of Lamborghini’s more affordable models, with one automotive website listing the price at about $200,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Gallardo in paras 2 and 6.last_img read more

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79M for buses in BC as part of federal provincial municipal investment

first_imgVICTORIA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined British Columbia’s premier in announcing funding for 118 new transit buses across the province to replace those at the end of the lives.The prime minister and premier announced a joint investment of $79 million among federal, provincial and municipal governments that will also allow for 10 long-range electric buses that would provide greener transportation options in Greater Victoria.Trudeau told a crowd inside a BC Transit bus body shop in Victoria that the buses will be more energy efficient and have improved accessibility and safety features as part of a public system that needs to keep pace with growing communities.Premier John Horgan says a strong transit system is essential to making communities more affordable and to greening the province’s transportation infrastructure.The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $31 million for the new buses while municipalities are pitching in $16 million.Trudeau was in Montreal earlier today, meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and he’s hosting a fundraising event later in Victoria.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ban welcomes RussianUnited States agreement to cut nuclear arsenals

7 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the accord between Russia and the United States that commits the two countries to significantly reduce their nuclear arsenals. The Joint Understanding for a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed yesterday in Moscow by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama, commits the two States to cut their strategic warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 and their strategic delivery vehicles to between 500 and 1,000.“This agreement is consistent with the disarmament obligations by the two largest nuclear-weapon States under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT),” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General believes that this agreement will make a significant contribution to the process of nuclear disarmament, as well as nuclear non-proliferation, during the lead-up to the 2010 NPT Conference and eventually to achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”In May Mr. Ban told the Conference on Disarmament that he was encouraged by recent remarks by the leaders of both Russia and the US, and he urged the broader international community to undertake a new multilateral approach to ensure sustainable progress towards disarmament. read more

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Cara Operations to go public through stock sale

TORONTO — The company that owns Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet and several other restaurant chains is planning a return to the public stock market after an absence of more than a decade.Financial details have yet to be determined, but Cara Operations announced Friday that it’s planning to sell subordinate shares through a public offering.Cara, Fairfax’s Prime Restaurants to mergeCara to buy Prime RestaurantsCara’s multiple-vote shares will be owned by members of the Phelan family and Fairfax Financial Holdings.Cara — which has restaurants under banners that also include Milestones, East Side Mario’s, Casey’s, Kelsey’s and Montana’s — was taken private in 2004.The number of shares to be sold and the offering price has not been determined, but a preliminary prospectus filed with Canadian securities regulators says the money raised will be used primarily to reduce Cara’s debt. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2012 5:23 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,980.10, down 8.85 points):Baja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 33.33 per cent, at 38 cents on 12,520,003 shares.Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain-handler. Unchanged at $15.91 on 6,989,251 shares.Cline Mining Corp. (TSX:CMK). Miner. Down six cents, or 6.74 per cent, at 83 cents on 6,316,885 shares.Mitec Telecom Inc. (TSX:MTM). Telecommunications. Unchanged at 0.5 cents on 4,652,525 shares.Cinram International Income Fund (TSX:CRW.UN). Audio manufacturing. Unchanged at 0.5 cents on 3,881,657 shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 19 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $31.30 on 3,671,325 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,365.77, down 5.26 points):Oro Mining Ltd. (TSXV:OGR). Miner. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 6,797,179 shares.Madalena Ventures Inc. (TSXV:MVN). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 11.11 per cent, at 50 cents on 4,440,406 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down one cent, or 1.19 per cent, at 83 cents on 157,109 shares. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has removed Air Canada from its CreditWatch but has a negative outlook for the airline’s bookings and revenues because of unresolved labour disputes.Fibrek (TSX:FBK). Pulp and paper. Unchanged at 95 cents on 1,210,350 shares. The company says it isn’t ready to wave the white flag to a hostile takeover bid by Resolute Forest Products, which still hasn’t secured a majority of the pulp producer’s shares. Montreal-based Resolute, formerly known as AbitibiBowater (TSX:ABH), up one cent, or 0.08 per cent, at $12.90 on 2,786 shares, said Tuesday that it holds about 48.8 per cent of Fibrek shares after adding 2.66 million as of Monday.Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC). Retail outlet. Unchanged at $13.58 on 4,105 shares. Sears Canada has signed a deal to sell its Cantrex Group operations to Nationwide Marketing Group as it continues to restructure its operations. Terms of the deal were not immediately available, however Sears said it would maintain its ownership of appliance retailer ownership of Corbeil Electrique Inc., which is a Cantrex member. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Director named for Coop Career Services and Experiential Education

Brock’s new Director of Co-op, Career Services, and Experiential Education is a familiar face to many at the University.Cara BoeseCara Boese will assume the role on June 1, and will be responsible for Brock’s significant co-op program along with overseeing Brock’s career services and experiential education operations.“We welcome Cara’s experience and expertise in this role ” says Anna Lathrop, Vice Provost Teaching and Learning, to whom the position reports. Lathrop said Boese brings to the position knowledge of co-op and career development, and broad experience in strategic and operational change management.Boese came to Brock in 2006 as a Senior Relationship Manager in the Co-op Programs Office, after working in on-campus recruiting in the corporate realm. Since 2012 she has held the position of Manager, Talent Acquisition in Brock’s human resources department.Outside of Brock, Boese’s experience includes serving as a national director with the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers, and co-founder of the Niagara Employment Crawl. She has also received a 40 under 40 Niagara Business Achievement award for her work at Brock and in the community. read more

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Up to 100 schoolchildren armed with bats and knives involved in mass

first_imgMy lovely home town of Northumberland Heath pic.twitter.com/BiWYb55ExJ— Yamborghini (@Shane_Newman1) September 19, 2016 Seven males, aged between 15 and 21, were arrested and taken to police stations in south London. The two teenagers taken to hospital were 15 and 19, and suffered “non-life threatening injuries,” a police spokesman confirmed.A spokesman for the borough of Bexley said they were still trying to “establish the facts” of the fight, adding: “We are obviously dismayed by the incident.”Police were still at the scene of the fight nearly 24 hours after the brawl took place. Police vans were seen parked up at various points around the community, while uniformed officers lined the streets as students left school on Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses described “absolute pandemonium” as the fights spilled onto the roads of Northumberland Heath, near Erith.And a local landlady yesterday said it was a “miracle” that no one had been killed in the fight, which prompted police to deploy a helicopter and dogs.Footage understood to have been filmed during the brawl showed dozens of young people punching and kicking a young person who had been beaten to the floor. Some of his attackers appeared to have been armed with sticks as they launched kicks to his body and head. Another eyewitness added: “In 30 years I have never seen anything like it.”Police yesterday began an investigation into the brawl, which prompted more than 40 calls to the emergency services.They had been able to disperse an earlier disturbance nearby, a spokesman said, but the same group of people were believed to have been involved in the larger fight that took place shortly after. Riot police were called to south-east London after around 100 schoolchildren believed to have been armed with bats and knives were involved in a mass brawl.Two teenagers were taken to hospital and seven were arrested after every available police officer within the area was sent to combat the violence on Monday evening.Panicked residents locked themselves into their homes and shops as the youths, many of whom were wearing school uniforms, caused chaos on the streets of Bexley. She said she believed gangs in the area clash over racial divides, and added that a boy of 12 took refuge in the pub after he made a racist taunt towards teenagers outside.Barmaid Bonnie Lampard, who locked and bolted all of the pub’s doors, said she saw a group of white boys wearing balaclavas and Halloween masks running out of the park before “around 50 young black boys in school uniform came down the road.”She added: “One of them had a knife and was waving it around. They had metal bars, knuckle dusters and knives. Youths at the scene of the mass brawlCredit:@Shane_Newman1 Some of them were armed with sticks as they kicked and punched the person on the floor Police on the scene of the mass brawl Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is believed the fight began at the local recreation ground, but soon expanded onto the streets of Northumberland Heath.Sharon McHattie, a landlady at the Duchess of Kent pub, said many of the children – some of whom were reportedly as young as seven – were armed with knives and bats, while there were also reports that some were brandishing concrete slabs as weapons.“It’s a miracle no one was killed,” she said. “They all had their hoods up and balaclavas on. How they never got killed I don’t know. They were all standing in the middle of the street.” “The police were completely outnumbered. If it had all kicked off then the police would not have been able to contain it.”A resident said she was afraid to leave her house as the stand-off with police lasted for more than two hours.“There were a lot of kids outside, both black and white in uniform,” said 39-year-old Kerry Duggan. “They were pushing the police and there was a lot of shouting. There were more than 100 kids just outside and the white kids were fighting with police.” Some of them were armed with sticks as they kicked and punched the person on the floor Police on the scene of the mass brawlCredit:@Shane_Newman1 Youths at the scene of the mass brawllast_img read more

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West Ham check Man Uniteds title charge

first_imgTheir lead is now 13 points, but while a late collapse appears unthinkable, manager Alex Ferguson will be concerned by the apathy that has crept into his team’s play.West Ham, meanwhile, climb one place to 11th — one point short of the 40-point mark — and their top-flight status seems all but secure. Booked following a tussle with United goalkeeper David de Gea early in the second half, Carroll came close to exacting swift revenge with a dipping half-volley that narrowly missed the Spaniard’s right-hand post.If United thought they had survived the West Ham storm, they were wrong, as Diame put the hosts back in front with a fine goal 10 minutes after the interval. Collecting a pass from Guy Demel near the United byline on the West Ham right, he span away from Rooney and set himself before bending a sweet left-foot shot into the bottom-left corner from outside the box.United’s push for an equaliser drew the best from the hosts, with O’Neil hacking a shot from Rooney off the line and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen producing a superb one-handed save to deny Van Persie.West Ham’s luck was to desert them in the 77th minute, however, as Van Persie slammed home the equaliser after Kagawa’s deflected shot struck both posts.Jaaskelainen then saved from United substitute Javier Hernandez, but defeat would have been cruel on the home side.(Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images)YouTube credit: TOPFotballGoalsHDYouTube credit: FanBarcaMessiYouTube credit: BestGoals BestRecorderDavid Luiz scored another wonderful goal tonight>Fergie never asks anyone to snub England – Carrick> West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is eager to tie on-loan striker Andy Carroll to a permanent contract and the Liverpool man demonstrated his worth with a brilliantly uncompromising display.The West Ham number eight was the first player to threaten at either end, showing great footwork to shield the ball from a posse of defenders before dispatching a low shot that grazed the right-hand post.James Collins glanced a Gary O’Neil corner over the bar, before the hosts’ positive start received its reward in the 17th minute.Carroll was the key link in the chain at the end of a swift counter-attack, nodding the ball down for Vaz Te to score with a diving header after Matt Jarvis surged past Rio Ferdinand on the left.United’s frustration told with a hopeful shot off target from Wayne Rooney, restored to a striker’s role after his stint in midfield at Stoke City on Sunday, but in the 31st minute they levelled.It was the first piece of quality in attack the visitors showed, but it was devastating with Van Persie slipping a pass inside to Shinji Kagawa, whose shimmy took him past a defender and allowed him to centre for Valencia to tap home.In reply, Diame hit the side netting for the hosts, while home skipper Kevin Nolan had a penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Nemanja Vidic just inside the United box. ROBIN VAN PERSIE struck a late equaliser at West Ham United for the second time this season as champions elect Manchester United scraped a 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday.Just as he had in the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Upton Park in January, van Persie found the net in front of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand to rescue United from being penalised for a sluggish display.West Ham had looked set to earn a hard-fought win through a vicious strike from Mohamed Diame, who restored the hosts’ lead early in the second half after Antonio Valencia cancelled out Ricardo Vaz Te’s opener.With second-place Manchester City having beaten Wigan Athletic, United now require six points from their final five games to secure a 20th English league title.last_img read more

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Apple iPad 2 Where and when to buy

first_imgIf you’ve spent the whole morning reading the mass of iPad 2 reviews that flooded the Web last night, you’re probably convinced you want to buy one. The next step is figuring out where and when you can do that.Of course, you’ve heard that the iPad 2 is available tomorrow starting at 5 p.m., but Apple just announced that it will begin selling the tablet via its online Apple Store starting at 1 a.m. PT tomorrow, Friday, March 11.According to the press release, customers who buy the iPad 2 at the Apple Store will be offered a free Personal Setup service, which includes helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up e-mail, and loading new apps from the App Store, among other things, so that “they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before leaving the store.”If you don’t want to deal with the hordes of Apple fanboys, some of which started camping out on Monday, you can visit a Best Buy or Target, both of which will be selling the tablet at 5 p.m.According to PCMag, Best Buy said it will be selling the iPad in-store only, and a pre-order will not be available. In addition to returning home with a shiny new iPad 2, Best Buy is also offering two Geek Squad Black Tie Protection plans: standard and accidental damage from handling. These are both good for three years, and pricing varies by the plan.The retailer is also making the iPad 2 eligible for Best Buy’s Buy Back Program. For $69.99, the customer has a two-year insurance policy where he or she can get up to 50 percent off the iPad’s original purchase price paid in the form of a Best Buy gift card. If you’re one of the gadget-hungry iPad fans who’s already ready to ditch their old iPad for the iPad 2, this may be a good idea for you. The iPad 3 is probably not too far away. Also, if customers buy the GSBTP and Buy Back plan at the same time, customers will save 50 percent on the price of Buy Back.Besides Target and Best Buy, the iPad is also available at Walmart, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and select Apple Authorized Resellers.One retailer who’s missing from the group is Amazon. Why isn’t the iPad 2 available there? According to a forum on Amazon, Amazon customers are wondering the same thing, but no one seems to know the answer yet.last_img read more

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Randy Orton set to appear at WWE Battleground, new title matches announced for PPV…

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Twitter Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road WhatsApp Videos Articles Seth Rollins Following RAW on Monday night, WWE has announced a series of championship match for the upcoming WWE Battleground PPV on July 24 from Washington, DC.Randy Orton, who will make his in-ring return to WWE at SummerSlam on August 21, will join Chris Jericho as part of a special Highlight Reel segment..@RandyOrton will be the guest of @IAmJericho on a special #WWEBattleground edition of The #HighlightReel! #RAW pic.twitter.com/VF7KmmEt1s— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2016Also announced for Battleground is two title matches featuring Rusev defending the WWE United States Championship against Zack Ryder and The Miz defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Darren Young.Here is the updated card two weeks from now.WWE Championship – Triple Threat MatchDean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman ReignsKevin Owens vs. Sami ZaynJohn Cena, Big Cass and Enzo Amore vs. The ClubWWE United States Championship MatchRusev (c) vs. Zack RyderWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Darren YoungBecky Lynch vs. NatalyaPlus, Highlight Reel segment with Randy OrtonWrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE Battleground 2016 on Sunday, July 24.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Indias oil demand growth rate continues to outpace Chinas for third successive

first_imgIndia’s oil consumption growth rate is likely to rise seven-eight per cent in 2017, surpassing China’s domestic demand growth for the third consecutive year. IMF bumps up US and China growth outlook, downgrades India on note banEven though demand may remain subdued temporarily following the government’s move to demonetise more than 80 per cent of its high-value currency in November last year, analysts believe India will remain a driver of Asian growth in 2017, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.”For the third year in a row, India’s oil demand growth will outpace China’s demand growth,” Platts Analytics said in a note, adding that India’s oil demand would grow at about seven per cent to 4.13 million barrels per day in 2017, compared with three per cent in Chinese oil demand to 11.5 million barrels per day.The Indian government hopes to propel the country’s manufacturing-led GDP growth through the “Make in India” initiative and analysts feel gains in oil demand from manufacturing will more than offset the negative impact of the note ban. “If successful, the effects of demonetisation are expected to be temporary, and indexes are expected to bounce back,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, as reported by Platts Analytics. “We believe that H2 2017 oil demand will see limited impact from demonetisation as the initial economic impact peters out and government spending, particularly on infrastructure, rises from increased tax collection. Indeed, if implemented correctly, demonetisation will lead to a jump in private investment and more public spending on welfare measures,” she added. Analysts also projected that the government’s push for clean energy and growth in air as well as land transport demand will boost oil products to a record close to double-digit growth in 2017.”We are seeing a series of government initiatives to enhance LPG penetration in the rural areas. This should help to sustain growth rates for the clean fuel at double-digit levels for several months in 2017,” said Sri Paravaikkarasu, head of oil, East of Suez, at Facts Global Energy.Paravaikkarasu also added that gasoline sales would be boosted on account of higher motorcycle sales in the second half of 2017 while passenger vehicle sales continue to grow as usual.Analysts expect gasoil demand to grow by about 4.5-5 per cent in 2017, slightly lower than 2016 levels. But naphtha demand is expected to show a double-digit growth. At the same time, India is also making a concerted effort to lower its reliance on imported crudes as the government strives to reduce crude imports by 10 per cent by 2022.India imported 197.5 million metric tons or 4.33 million barrels per day, of crude oil in the first 11 months of 2016, up 10.5 per cent year-on-year.last_img read more

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EC giving importance to Gazipur Khulna city polls CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said the election commission (EC) is giving utmost importance to the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations scheduled for 15 May.”The parliament election is nearing…So, we are giving importance to the upcoming polls to two city corporations like the national polls,” he said, speaking at a meeting with law enforcement agencies to discuss security issues of Khulna and Gazipur city polls at the Nirbachon Bhaban in city’s Agargaon.Election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and retired brigadier general Shahdat Hossain Chowdhury and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, among others, were present in the meeting.The CEC said, “We have already held some elections successfully with the help of law enforcement agencies…I hope the next polls will also be completed peacefully.”last_img read more

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BNP is doing illpolitics over Khaledas treatment Hasan

first_imgHasan MahmudInformation minister Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said BNP is doing ill-politics over the health of its chairperson Khaleda Zia who is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital.“BNP is continuously doing ill-politics over the health and treatment of Khaleda Zia. Actually, the government is making its all-out efforts to ensure the best medical treatment for her,” he said.The minister said this while replying to the questions at a ceremony to award fellowship certificate to journalists on menstrual health management at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.Hasan said Khaleda Zia is being treated at the country’s highest medical educational institution, the BSMMU. Now BNP leaders are saying Khaleda’s health condition is very bad though she suffered from toothache only, he added.The minister said BNP leaders are making themselves ridiculous by making such statements at a few days’ interval.Hasan said the way BNP is presenting Khaleda Zia before the people is not fair. It is BNP’s political bankruptcy, he added.Replaying to another question, the minister said many people are being infected by dengue but it has not turned into an epidemic yet.He said the government is making all-out efforts to control the dengue. Dengue is not only spreading in Bangladesh but also in other countries in Asia.last_img read more

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High Water Locations Reported Across Houston Flash Flood Warning Issued

first_img Share – / 24The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for western Harris County, northern Fort Bend County and northeastern Wharton County as thunderstorms produced heavy rain and flooding across the Greater Houston area Wednesday morning.The Flash Flood Warning was in effect until 10:15 a.m. The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for Keegans Bayou at Highway 59 in southwest Houston.The weather service reported 4 to 6 inches of rain fell between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.Thirty-seven high water locations were reported across Houston as of 9 a.m. Metro said high water shut down HOV Lanes and rail operations, except the Purple Line. Metro also reported that some buses had been detoured. The Houston Fire Department reported over 65 water rescue calls since early Wednesday morning, mostly from residents whose vehicles were flooded on roadways across Houston, according to the city.  Locations expected to experience flooding included Sugar Land, northwestern Missouri City, Rosenberg, Stafford, Bellaire, Humble, West University Place, Katy, Richmond, Jacinto City, Hunters Creek Village, Bunker Hill Village, Piney Point Village, the Astrodome Area, Spring Valley, Greater Fifth Ward, Spring Branch West, Neartown/Montrose, Second Ward and Near Northside Houston. National Weather Service HoustonAdditional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches were possible in the warned areas, the weather service said. A second round of rain was expected in the afternoon hours as the first round began to shift to the northeast. Residents were urged to avoid bayous, streams and creeks, and to delay traveling until the threat passed.Closures/Delayed Openings: The Houston Independent School district announced a two-hour delayed opening due to flooding, but asked employees to arrive as usual if possible.  Fort Bend ISD delayed school openings and bus service for two hours due to the weather conditions.  Texas Woman’s Houston University campus delayed classes until noon. Houston Community College, Texas Southern University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston delayed opening until 10 a.m. Episcopal High School in Bellaire and the Presbyterian School of Houston announced closures for the day. More information:High Water Locations: traffic.houstontranstar.orgNational Weather Service Houston/Galveston forecast updates: weather.gov/houston.Harris County Rainfall Totals: www.harriscountyfws.orgCity of Houston Emergency Information Site: houstontx.gov/emergency.last_img read more

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Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosions Blamed On Samsung Going Too Thin

first_img When it comes to your smartphones, many of you would probably trade a few fractions of a millimeter in overall thickness for a bigger battery. Apparently, that’s something Samsung should’ve strongly considered with the Galaxy Note 7.According to a report from the engineers at Instrumental Technology (who supplied the image above), Samsung got a little too aggressive with the design of the Note 7. They shaved down the gaps around the Note’s sizable battery to dangerously thin margins. That, Instrumental believes, is ultimately what caused numerous Note 7s to explode.It’s perfectly normal for “jelly roll” lithium-ion batteries like the ones Samsung used to swell during use. Engineers and designers take that into account when they’re cooking up a new product. Instrumental notes that the Note 7’s battery “sits within a CNC-machined pocket,” which should have afforded it protection from other internal components.With expansion gaps ranging from .1 to .5mm, though, Instrumental says that Samsung pushed the balance between safety and capacity too far. On the device that they disassembled, Instrumental actually didn’t even see a measurable gap, and they believe the battery may have already been under stress.They also believe that’s what led Samsung to scrap the Note 7 completely rather than, say, retrofitting a different battery.Samsung, you may recall, offered a different explanation for why so many Galaxy Note 7s were exploding. President Koh Dong-jin blamed a “tiny manufacturing error” in the batteries that made them more likely to overheat and burst.Whichever explanation is true, the flawed Note 7 ended up burning a $5 to $8 billion hole in Samsung’s corporate pocket. Stay on target Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyGalaxy Note 7, Fan Edition ‘Same Phone’ with Different Batte… last_img read more

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Working 9 hours a day increases depression

first_imgWorking for nine plus hours a day could put women at higher risk of depression, but not men, finds a study. Women who worked extra long hours, more than 55 hours a week, had 7.3 per cent more depressive symptoms than women working a standard 35-40 hours a week. However, the same was not the case in men, the study found. “This is an observational study. Although we cannot establish the exact causes, we do know many women face the additional burden of doing a larger share of domestic labour than men, leading to extensive total work hours, added time pressures and overwhelming responsibilities,” said lead researcher Gill Weston, postdoctoral student at the University College London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Additionally, women who work most weekends tend to be concentrated in low-paid service sector jobs, which have been linked to higher levels of depression,” Weston said. For the study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the team included 11,215 working men and 12,188 working women. The study also showed working on weekends was linked to a higher risk of depression among both men (3.4 per cent) and women (4.6 per cent). Two-thirds of men worked on weekends compared with half of women. Those who worked all or most weekends were more likely to be in low-skilled jobs and were less satisfied with their job and earnings. “We hope our findings will encourage employers and policy-makers to think about how to reduce the burdens and increase support for women who work long hours – without restricting their ability to work when they wish to.”last_img read more

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Zynga Hires Microsoft Exec as its New CEO

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Zynga, maker of the FarmVille franchise and other social games, has hired a new chief executive officer, who will take over from co-founder Mark Pincus. Don Mattrick, formerly Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment, will be starting next week in the top job at Zynga, Pincus said in a company blog post.The new CEO no doubt has a mandate to turn around the struggling gaming company.Last month, the company announced that it would be laying off 520 people, about 18 percent of its staff, and closing its offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. And that was only the latest of a string of downsizing efforts. Even with a spike in its stock price over today’s news, Zynga’s market capitalization currently stands at $2.44 billion, far below its IPO valuation of $7 billion.”Zynga has so much more potential ahead, the opportunity to be an Internet Treasure [sic] and deliver on our mission of connecting the world through games,” Pincus wrote. He added that he will continue as Zynga’s chairman and chief product officer, saying he believes he has always best served the company in that role, “developing games that could entertain and connect millions.”Related: Zynga Layoffs: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 1, 2013last_img read more

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IMPORTANT – MSC Divina statement

first_imgSource = MSC Cruises IMPORTANT – MSC Divina statementIMPORTANT – MSC Divina statementHurricane Irma has now been elevated to Category 5 and is strongly affecting ship operations across the entire Caribbean region. The state of emergency has been called across all of Florida and a number of islands in the area.Due to these extraordinary circumstances, as the safety of our Guests and Crew is our number one priority, MSC Divina will now head directly to Miami where she will arrive in the morning of Thursday 7 September (Miami time), ahead of the Port’s likely closure on Friday, to allow guests who wish to disembark to do so. As soon as the disembarkation is completed, the ship will sail to Cozumel (Mexico), beyond Irma’s reach, allowing those guests that wish to remain on board to continue their cruise. She will then stay alongside there until it is safe for her to return to Miami.Due to the timing of Irma’s likely arrival to the South Florida coast, it will be impossible to complete the turnaround operation scheduled for Saturday, 9 September. For this reason, we have taken the difficult decision of cancelling MSC Divina’s next cruise originally scheduled to sail on that day.We are constantly monitoring the situation and are doing all we can to guarantee the safe passage of our clients in the event of this emergency. MSC Cruisesbook your cruise herelast_img read more

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