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Haiti UN official concerned over slow funding response to cholera appeal

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“While we are very grateful for the contributions received so far, both cash and in-kind, so far we only have received less than 10 per cent of what we need,” Nigel Fisher, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti, said yesterday.“Critical supplies and skills are urgently needed. We need doctors, nurses, water purification systems, chlorine tablets, soap, oral rehydration salts, tents for cholera treatment centres and a range of other supplies,” he said.The spread of the disease was accelerated by flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas that hit Haiti on 5 November. Ongoing efforts by the Government and humanitarian agencies to combat the spread of cholera have been impeded by recent riots in the city of Cap Haitien, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).As of yesterday, a total of 50,000 people had sought medical attention and 19,646 of them have been confirmed to be suffering from cholera. The death toll stands at about 1,100.“Cholera is an extremely simple disease to cure, and the case mortality rate of 2.4 per cent in medical facilities shows that almost all patients receiving help are surviving,” said Mr Fisher. “Without medical help, the mortality rate will increase dramatically. Oral rehydration salts or home-made sugar-salt solutions are enough to treat 80 per cent of the cases. If we can provide timely treatment to patients we can save lives,” he added.The Cholera Response Plan for which the $164 million is sought focuses on the need to improve water and sanitation and on public information to help prevent the spread of the disease, as well as scaling up medical capacity by building specialized cholera treatment centres (CTCs), smaller treatment units and oral rehydration centres. The plan includes activities to be undertaken by nearly 50 non-governmental organizations.So far 36 CTCs have already been set up nationwide along with 61 smaller treatment units. There are plans to set up CTUs in every hospital in Haiti.On Friday, humanitarian agencies distributed 40 tonnes of medical supplies. The response strategy also provides for 650 oral rehydration centres where lifesaving rehydration salts can be administered.Distribution of water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and soap is ongoing across the country, as is a large scale public information campaign.“We also need to recognize that this appeal relates to emergency response needs now. In the longer term, effective management of cholera and other communicable diseases that Haitians suffer from every day must mean proper investment in Haitian capabilities, in protected water supplies and environmental sanitation systems across the country, and in proper waste disposal methods. The reality we must all face is that cholera is here to stay in Haiti. We must minimize unsanitary conditions that foster epidemics,” he added. 21 November 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti has voiced concern over the slow response to an appeal sent out nine days ago seeking $164 million to curb the spread of the cholera outbreak that has infected nearly 20,000 people and killed hundreds over the past month. read more

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BCs wildfire season to have longterm implications for logging

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WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Recovering from a historic wildfire season is expected to take British Columbia’s forest industry at least five years, the province’s Forest Ministry said on Wednesday.The ministry said in a statement that although wildfires will likely remain active into the fall, plans to help the industry rebound are already underway.“To better support this process in the light of this year’s unprecedented fire season, a new recovery unit has been established to oversee and co-ordinate government’s cross-ministry response,” said the statement sent to The Canadian Press.Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said at a news conference Tuesday that the logging industry alone will experience lingering implications from the fires.Donaldson said an estimated 53 million cubic metres of timber has burned, which calls for support of harvesters already licensed to collect trees within the fire zone. New licences will also need to be issued to salvage usable wood in burned areas that weren’t previously due to be harvested, the minister said.Those efforts are well underway, along with long-term plans focused on the sustainability of the industry, Donaldson said.“We know there is going to be an extremely high need for reforestation and that’s been planned right now through my ministry in order to ensure that we do have the timber supply in the future,” he said. “But there is no question that there’s going to be an impact from that much timber being burned in the province.”The BC Wildfire Service said on Wednesday that the fires have charred more than 11,500 square kilometres of land this season.The ministry said the full extent of the damage won’t be known until the season is over.But once those areas are thoroughly surveyed, the ministry said it may adjust the annual allowable cuts and determine how much of the scorched timber should be salvaged or left for wildlife habitat.Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Council of Forest Industries, said although mill infrastructure hasn’t been destroyed by fires, the shortage of timber and wood fibre, especially in the Interior, means companies can’t operate.“We’re not able to get into the forest obviously to do logging because of the fire activity so that’s going to have an impact on mills being able to run,” she said in an interview Wednesday.Many companies have been involved in fire suppression efforts and working with first responders to keep employees and their families safe.As fires are extinguished, Yurkovich said salvaging timber and looking at other areas to harvest wood are priorities to allow mills and the communities around them to get back to work.“When they’ve been through this kind of incident, they need to get back to normal, they need to get into their homes and they need to get back to work,” she said.David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association, said even on the coast where fires have been less severe than in the Interior, contractors have seen a decline in work this season.“We can’t estimate how much of the workforce right now is not actually out there on the land working because of the dryness and the hazards but there are certainly contracting communities that aren’t out there in full force.”The BC Wildfire Service said 158 fires are still burning in the province, bringing the total number since April 1 to 1,212 blazes.Yurkovich said the industry is working closely with the provincial government on recovery efforts, and discussions about changing forest-management practices are expected to continue beyond the current fire season.— By Linda Givetash in Vancouver; with files from Laura Kane. read more

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Former NFF MP Muhammad Muzammil arrested by the FCID

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Muzammil was produced in court and remanded till July 4. (Colombo Gazette) Former National Freedom Front (NFF) Parliamentarian Muhammad Muzammil was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today.He was arrested after he appeared before the FCID to make a statement over alleged misuse of Government vehicles when the former Government was in power.

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Half of Burundians displaced in 2002 have returned home UN says

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Some 140,000 IDPs remain out of the 281,000 who fled their homes in 2002, OCHA said after conducting a new survey in March and April of those in the IDP camps with help from the Burundian Ministry for the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Displaced and Repatriated Persons, as well as the National Commission for the Rehabilitation of Disaster-affected People.The rate of return of the IDPs had speeded up near the end of 2003 and some 58 per cent of the 28,679 displaced families surveyed expressed their willingness to return home in the near future, OCHA said.”The reasons they gave for wanting to return were the poor living conditions in the camps, the government’s prodding for them to go home, the IDPs’ desire to reclaim their properties before the arrival of Burundian refugees from Tanzania and because of the improved security situation in their home areas,” OCHA said.Some 44 per cent of the people still living in IDP camps were in the provinces of Gitega, Kayanza, Kirundo, Muyinga, Muramvya, Ngozi and Karuzi, OCHA said.People displaced temporarily because of fighting and IDPs living with host families were not surveyed, it added. read more

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Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Gets into Fight with Teammate

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It doesn’t seem things are back to normal for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. The player who uttered a racial slur on camera earlier in the summer, recently got into two brawls with his teammate cornerback Cary Williams on Thursday morning in practice.The wide receiver made national headlines early in training camp when a video clip hit the web showing him using the N-word during a conflict with a black sercurity guard at a June concert. At the time it happened, Williams was one of several African-Americans on the team who spoke up about what Riley said on the video.According to ESPN, the fight started when Williams was covering Cooper in a non-contact drill. The two locked up and threw fists until they were separated by cornerback Brandon Boykin.Cooper reportedely walked away from the fight and Williams pursued him after dramatically throwing his helmet to the ground. Quarterback Michael Vick grabbed Williams to calm him down. read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the

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OSU junior Kyle Snyder shows off his gold medal at the Welcome Back event for OSU Olympians. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOne of the most decorated athletes in Ohio State history, senior heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder, is adding another accolade to his list Wednesday as he was named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.This is the second time in three years that an Ohio State wrestler has been given the honor, after Logan Stieber won the award in 2015.“I’m honored to win this incredible award, especially because of what Jesse Owens means to the Big Ten and specifically Ohio State,” Snyder said in a press release. “To be in the company of the many exceptional student-athletes who have earned this award in the past is humbling.” Snyder won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, making him the youngest Olympic and world champion in United States history at 20 years old.During the past year, Snyder also won both Big Ten and NCAA titles in 2017, marking the second straight year he finished on top of those respective tournaments. Snyder was a perfect 17-0 over the course of the 2016-17 season. He helped lead Ohio State to a second-place finish at the NCAA championships and to the second Big Ten title in the past three years.Snyder also spent much of the past season traveling, competing in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia at the end of January — where he won a gold medal — and then traveled with the U.S. team to Iran in February, where it came home with the silver medal. From Aug. 21-26, Snyder will travel with the U.S. Senior World Team to Paris to participate in the Paris 2017 World Wrestling Championships. During his last trip to the tournament in 2015, he came away with a gold medal, making him the youngest American to win the highest honor at only 19 years old. “I could not have achieved any of my success without the constant help and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates and friends,” Snyder said. “I love competing for Ohio State and representing my country.” read more

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Saudi Arabia qualifies for the WCh 2013 in Spain

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Asian Handball ChampionshipsKorea HandballQatar handballSaudi Arabia handballWCh 2013 in Spain ← Previous Story Serbia (Round 15): Partizan wins “Eternal Derby”! Next Story → AG Kobenhavn wins Danish Cup! The third National Team qualified for the World Championship in Spain from the Asian Championship is Saudi Arabia. In the crucial match for bronze medal and WCh 2013 VISA, Arabians were clearly better from Japan 25:20. The Asian Gold takes South Korea after win in the Final against Qatar 23:22.SEMIFINALS MATCHES

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Beirut Hellenic bank wins Best of the Best award

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Beirut Hellenic Bank has won ‘Best Term Deposits – Long Term’ and ‘Best DIY Super Savings Account’ in Money magazine’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ awards announced on Thursday. Money’s annual financial guide and awards help Australians find the best financial products in various categories. “The Bank always strived to lead the market in 2011 by delivering the best interest rates for savers and passing on interest rate rises as fast as we could to our customers,” said Beirut Hellenic Bank Managing Director, James Wakim. “Learning that we were judged as Australia’s best in two key savings categories is a great honour for Beirut Hellenic Bank and will only make us work harder in 2012 to ensure we continue to provide our customers with market leading financial products and service,” said James Wakim.For the ‘Best Term Deposits – Long Term’ category, winners were ranked by the average of the current rate and the historical six-month effective interest rate for a $25,000 balance and one-year term. ‘Best DIY Super Savings Account’ category was decided by the winners being ranked by their interest rates for a balance of $50,000. Bonus – but not promotional – rates were taken into consideration and accounts had to be available to a trust. “Beirut Hellenic Bank aims to be Australia’s leading multicultural financial institution and providing superior customer service and banking products is the only way to get there,” continued James Wakim. “I am delighted to receive these two awards on behalf of Beirut Hellenic Bank and can promise customers that 2012 will see us strive to continue to lead the market in these categories and others,” concluded James Wakim.last_img read more

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Hypertension le manque de sommeil pointé du doigt

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first_imgHypertension : le manque de sommeil pointé du doigt Le Comité français de lutte contre l’hypertension artérielle (CFLHTA) souhaite alerter les Français. Les troubles du sommeil sont plus fréquents chez les hypertendus que dans le reste de la population.Le CFLHTA vient de publier les résultats d’une étude réalisée sur 3.718 adultes de plus de 35 ans et vivant en métropole. Elle révèle que les troubles du sommeil sont plus fréquents chez les hypertendus que dans le reste de la population : ronflements, apnée du sommeil, somnolence diurne… D’autre part, quatre hypertendus sur dix déclarent dormir moins de huit heures par nuit. Or, c’est durant le sommeil que la tension artérielle baisse naturellement chez tous les individus. Si le temps de sommeil est suffisant, la tension artérielle se régule donc mieux.À lire aussiLe jaune d’œuf nuirait presque autant que le tabac à nos artèresLe CFLHTA compte lancer une campagne d’information le 14 décembre, à l’occasion de la journée nationale de lutte contre l’hypertension, pour alerter la population sur les risques du manque de sommeil. Le thème sera : “Hypertendus, dormez-vous bien ?”.Plus d’infos sur Comitehta.orgLe 4 décembre 2010 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Im Putting Panasonics Shoe Deodorizer On My Wish List

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first_img Finally, a multinational electronics company that really gets me.Panasonic this month introduced a shoe deodorizer—the creatively named MS-DS100—with “nanoe X” technology that promises to remove “unpleasant shoe odors.”As described by the Japanese firm, nano-sized ions containing hydroxyl (OH) radicals penetrate and dissolve odor-causing substances, leaving the interior fabric unscented.AdChoices广告Originally designed to improve air quality, Panasonic’s next-gen nanoe tech features “10 times more” of the highly reactive OH component; the machine’s six outlets spread particles to every corner of the shoe for “long-lasting deodorizing effect.”As someone whose naturally sweaty hooves regularly leave footwear reeking (sorry boys, I’m off the market!), this product actually excites me.Panasonic’s MS-DS100 shoe deodorizer works from heel to toe (via Panasonic)Unfortunately, it is launching next month exclusively in Japan; there is no word on a worldwide rollout. But, for the sake of anyone in my vicinity at the end of a hot summer’s day, keep your fingers crossed for international sales. And soon.According to Panasonic, one of the leading causes of unpleasant shoe odors is isovaleric acid, a noxious substance produced by foot sweat and bacteria. And while a majority of people (based on a company survey) take measures to remove shoe stink, many are not satisfied with the current methods.MS-DS100 could change that, though: Simply stick the device into a pair of your most fetid sneakers and choose between two operation modes—normal (five hours of application) or long (seven hours).Both cost less than 1 yen (mere pennies) per use, Panasonic said. Plus, it works with a mobile battery, so you can deodorize on the go. (Handy for the office or in a taxi on your way to a fancy-schmancy aromatic event.)There is even a storage case for stylish space-saving.“With the MS-DS100 shoe deodorizer, Panasonic proposes an easy way to remove shoe odors and expects to create new market demand,” a company news release said.Sneaker tech is a fascinating section of the shoe industry, with shoes being printed in 4D and smart shoes replacing wearables altogether. Stay current on all the latest high tech shoe trends here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Adam Devine Faces Evil Siri-Like Assistant in ‘Jexi’ Movie TrailerBosch Brings Smart Tech to Strollers last_img read more

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Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho is one of the best in the business

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first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho’s shut up shop tactics are entirely justified as the United manager received a lot of criticism for his approach to recent Premier League games against Liverpool and Tottenham.Jimmy Hasselbaink, the former Chelsea player who was initially signed for the record fee of 15 million pounds back in 2000, has defended the Portuguese for his tactics as they were criticized despite winning a game and drawing another.“If you want to be successful, you have to have that,” Hasselbaink said, according to the Mirror. “You need to be able to keep the zero and Mourinho knows that.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Out of everybody, he is one of the best at that.”“You are not going to go through a whole season and be pretty. Only Barcelona have been able to do that – and that was a team that has been nurtured for years and years.”“When it is your second year, you don’t have that. You have to be pragmatical at times and Jose is that. You have to be business like and that is what Manchester United have,” Hasselbaink went on to add.last_img read more

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Wagner talks about why Huddersfield was humiliated by City

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first_imgThe Huddersfield boss says the problem wasn’t the tactics, but the quality of the opposition after a 6-1 defeatFor Huddersfield manager David Wagner, tactics alone in the English Premier League don’t win matches.He said the quality of the opposition is key after his team was defeated 6-1 by Manchester City.“I wouldn’t say we waited, but it was clear when we saw the starting XI, the teamsheet, they would change their formation from what they’ve usually done in the past,” said Wagner according to The Examiner.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Then we were able to change our formation as well and we went away from the three back line to a four backline to try and make sure who was defending which spaces.”“I think at the end of the day it wasn’t a tactical decision which decided the game, this was only the quality we faced,” he added.“The problems we had before the game (with Aaron Mooy withdrawing and Jonathan Hogg and Zanka both unfit) didn’t make it easier for us.”“But I think we have to say, first of all, congratulations to City for a great performance and they deserved the win, while on the day we weren’t good enough,” he commented.last_img read more

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Pochettino refuses to rule out Madrid speculation

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out a switch to Real Madrid with his latest outburst in his press conference ahead of the encounter with WolvesPochettino used a relationship analogy to describe the speculation surrounding his future with Spurs according to Caughtoffside.“It is like being with your girlfriend or wife. We are so handsome walking down Regent Street holding hands and she is so proud about you because another woman is looking at you.“Your wife, rather than be worried, is happy to be with you, in love with you. If no-one looks at you, your wife says maybe she is better with another guy.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“For me, I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”The Argentine seems to have focused his entire press conference on reiterating that Tottenham’s exciting plans for future are not dependent on him being at the helm.Pochettino at the end effectively deflected the chance to confirm or deny his future.last_img read more

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WWU president dismayed by weekend melee offcampus

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first_imgSEATTLE — Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard acknowledged Monday that the school is facing challenges when it comes to student drug and alcohol use, but he says an off-campus melee that erupted Saturday is counter to the university’s culture.Three non-students have been arrested by Bellingham police but the investigation continues into an off-campus party that turned into a riot.About a half mile from campus, police squad cars were damaged, street signs knocked down and college-age revelers threw beer cans and other items at police. Police responded with pepper spray to disperse them, Bellingham Sgt. Mike Scanlon said.The university is working with the police to help find any young people who threw things during efforts to break up the riot, Shepard said. If any students were involved in criminal disruptive behavior, they will face university discipline up to expulsion.Shepard is worried Western will gain an unwarranted reputation for being a party school.“We are simply stunned that this would happen in Bellingham,” Shepard said.Bellingham Police said Monday morning that they have several detectives working on the case but had no updates to share.Shepard said the school works hard to avoid a party atmosphere, making sure prospective students know the campus has no fraternities and is focused more on community service than partying.“I really believe the vast majority of our students are actually disgusted by this,” he said.The president of WWU student government said her board planned to vote Monday on an official response to the incident, condemning it.Associated Students President Carly Roberts, who lives a few blocks from the Saturday night party, said she was dumbfounded by the riot.“Prior to Saturday night, it was not something I ever considered in the realm for Bellingham,” Roberts said Monday.The senior studying political science said Western students are anxious to make things right with their Bellingham community.“Parents should rest assured that the whole Western community is coming together in condemnation of the things that happened,” said Roberts, whose hometown is Olympia.last_img read more

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King Resting At Ruby Competitors Close In

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first_imgJeff King is resting at the Yukon river checkpoint of Ruby. The four time Iditarod champion is technically in the lead at this point, but Martin Buser, Aliy Zirkle and Robert Sorlie are closing in, and they’ve already completed their 24 hour layovers. Once teams leave Ruby, they’ll have a chance to take advantage of any remaining speed they have on the flat river miles ahead.Download Audiolast_img

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Good Friday break for equities forex commodities and bond markets

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first_imgIndia’s equity, commodities, forward contract, forex, and bond markets are closed on account of Good Holiday leading to a long weekend after a three-session week.IBT Media/ RaghavendraStock and commodity exchanges and forex and bond markets are closed on Friday for the second time this week, reducing the available trading sessions to just three. The market was closed for Mahavir Jayanti on Wednesday, sandwiching the week’s third trading day between two holidays.Stock markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, France, the UK, Germany, the US, Italy and Spain, among others, are shut on Good Friday marking an extended weekend. Japan, the only major market open for trading on Friday, saw its benchmark Nikkei 225 index rise 0.67 percent or 147 points, to 22,238 in early trade, responding to gains in US stocks the previous day. Overnight Wall Street trade saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average gain 0.4 percent, and the S&P500 advanced 0.2 percent while Nasdaq moves up 0.1 percent.India’s domestic commodity exchanges NCDEX and MCX are shut for both morning and evening sessions. The forex market is also closed on Friday, but the rupee gained 25 paise overnight to touch 69.35. The Indian rupee has finished the week 18 paise down. A pedestrian walks past a stock indicator board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tokyo is the only major share market open on Friday while others are closed for Good Friday. Benchmark Nikkei rose 0.67 per cent in early trade, tracking overnight movement in US markets. (Representational image)BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty ImagesThursday’s trading saw the benchmark BSE Sensex slip 135 points, or 0.34 percent, to 39,140 with 23 of the 30 constituents that make up the index ending in the red. NSE’s Nifty slipped to 11,753, down 34 points or 0.29 percent with 31 shares of the 50-scrip index weakening and 19 gainings. Sensex and Nifty are 0.96 percent and 0.94 percent, respectively, up for the week.The market will open on Monday after the weekend for a full five sessions of trade with Sensex and Nifty teetering on the brink of uncertain territory amid high volatility. NSE’s volatility index India VIX gained another 4.81 percent to close on Thursday at 22.73 points after opening the day at 21.69 points and coming off the intra-day high of 23.04. The high volatility is expected to continue as the general election 2019 is going on with 93 constituencies having gone to poll in the second round on Thursday. Market experts warn of continuing volatility, though the market has been bullish on the belief that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return to power for a second term at the head of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.last_img read more

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Farright tipped to win big as Swedes vote

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first_imgStefan Lofven, leader of the Social Democratic Party arrives with his wife Ulla to a party leader debate with the Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson broadcast by Sweden’s tv-channel TV4 from Linkoping, Sweden on 8 September. Photo: AFPSwedes go to the polls in legislative elections Sunday, with the far-right expected to post a record score as voters unhappy about immigration punish one of the few remaining left-wing governments in Europe.Polling institutes have suggested support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could tick in anywhere between 16 and 25 per cent, giving it significant influence and making it impossible to predict the make-up of the next government.The party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement has called the arrival of almost 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012 a threat to Swedish culture, and claims they are straining Sweden’s generous welfare state.The traditionally two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and the conservative Moderates, were together predicted to win around 40 per cent of votes, down by 10 percentage points from the last elections in 2014.Candidates from the eight parties campaigned down to the wire on Saturday, targeting in particular the 20 per cent of the 7.5 million eligible voters believed to still be undecided, according to pollsters.“I’m still hesitating between the Moderates and SD. SD is quite close to the Moderates but they’re a little more clear in what they want. They’re more direct,” Elias, an 18-year-old voting in his first election, told AFP.Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has repeatedly called the legislative elections a “referendum on the future of the welfare state”.But the far-right has presented it as a vote on immigration and integration, after Sweden took in more than 160,000 asylum seekers in 2015 alone, a per capita record in Europe.Hateful forcesOn the eve of the election, Lofven condemned “the hateful forces” in Sweden.He urged voters to “think about how they wanted to use their time on Earth”, calling on them to “stand on the right side of history”.Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson meanwhile said that after the election, Sweden would need “a strong cross-bloc cooperation to isolate the forces… pushing for Sweden to withdraw from international cooperation”.In southern Sweden, an SD stronghold, party leader Jimmie Akesson campaigned among throngs of supporters as detractors booed him and shouted “No racists on our streets!”“We’re now competing against the Social Democrats and Moderates to become the biggest party in the country,” he said, dismissing the protesters as “communists”.Polling stations open across the country at 8:00am (0600 GMT) and close at 8:00pm, with first estimates expected soon afterwards.Final results are due before midnight (2200 GMT), but the composition of the next government may not be known for weeks.Deal with ‘the devil’Neither Lofven’s “red-green” bloc nor the opposition centre-right four-party Alliance (Moderates, Centre, Liberals and Christian Democrats) were expected to win a majority in parliament.Lengthy negotiations will be needed to build a majority, or at least a minority that won’t be toppled by the opposite side.Lofven, whose minority government made up of the Social Democrats and the Greens with the informal support of the ex-communist Left Party, has managed to hang onto power by sealing deals with the right-wing on energy and migration, among other things.But the opposition is intent on ousting Lofven, with some Moderates willing to go so far as to put an end to SD’s pariah status and open negotiations with them.That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Centre parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with “the devil”, as Akesson occasionally calls himself.In an interview with AFP during the campaign, Akesson stressed he would “lay down his terms” after the election, citing immigration policy, crime-fighting and health care as priorities.He sparked an outcry during a televised debate on Friday when he said foreigners had more difficulty finding jobs “because they’re not Swedes”.“They don’t fit in in Sweden and of course then it’s hard to find a job.”That prompted Centre Party leader Annie Loof to bang her fist on her podium, retorting angrily: “How can you talk that way?!”Akesson’s remarks, and the raw tone unusual in Swedish debates, triggered a wave of criticism in media and political spheres.Meanwhile, refugee aid associations said they have noted “anxiety” among asylum seekers over the far-right’s surge.“I’ve lived here for almost three years, I’ve learned the language. What will happen to me if they enter government or gain influence,” asked Mohammad, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee who spoke perfect Swedish when interviewed by AFP.last_img read more

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Agents Arrest Designer Of Schlitterbahn Water Slide That Killed Boy

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first_img Share flickrSchlitterbahn WaterparkFederal authorities in Dallas have arrested one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy.Trent Touchstone, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, said Tuesday that 72-year-old John Timothy Schooley was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Monday.Schooley will be held in Dallas pending his arraignment and extradition to Kansas on charges that include second-degree murder.A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment alleges Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story Verruckt ride in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.last_img read more

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IHE brings together hospitality stakeholders

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first_imgThe second edition of India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) will be the biggest hospitality expo event in South Asia till date with its astounding line up of trade discussions, conferences, gastronomic demonstrations, master classes, awards night and more. The event was inaugurated on August 7 by Chander Baljee, Managing Director, Royal orchid hotels and Rakesh Kumar, Chairman India Exposition mart Ltd.Eminent personalities like Phan San Chau, Ambassador of Vietnam; Sunil Sethi, Chairman Steering Committee IHE; Hari Dadoo, MD Dadoo Industries and fair president, IHE; Chef Devender Kumar, President, ICF; Ralph Hays trade commissioner, High commission New Zealand; Mercedes Gil, Deputy Chief PERU Embassy; Irvan Fachrizal First Secretary Embassy of Indonesia; Tiffany Landry USA Embassy, Subodh Jindal president All India food processor association were also present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRakesh Kumar, Chairman India Exposition mart Ltd said “The hospitality sector, which is a huge contribution to India’s economy, adding 7.5% to India’s GDP was literally without a world class national level platform that the industry could truly call its own, the need of the hour is to have a platform where the whole industry can meet, learn, share from the experts, engage with the authorities, check out contemporary trends and solutions through the latest products and services. And, IHE 2019 is doing precisely this by getting the full spectrum of vendors who cater to the needs of the sector. India International Hospitality expo is the show of the industry by the industry.”last_img read more

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People Europe Asia specialists join Goways GroupsOnly team

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first_img[People] Europe, Asia specialists join Goway’s GroupsOnly team Share Thursday, December 21, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img VANCOUVER — European destination specialists Antonella (Nella) Pellegrino and Silvia Camolese, and Asia specialist Christine Ji, have joined Goway’s GroupsOnly department.Pellegrino and Ji are based at the company’s head office in Toronto, while Camolese has joined the core Groups team in Goway’s Vancouver office.With over nine years of experience selling Europe, Pellegrino has also taken on the role as the department’s Europe Team Lead. She has travelled extensively throughout the continent, including in-depth touring of Italy, France, Spain, the UK and Austria.Meanwhile Ji has experience in selling both Asia and the South Pacific for over 10 years. She has travelled extensively to the South Pacific, China, Vietnam, France, Italy and Switzerland.Camolese brings a wealth of European destination knowledge to the Groups Department, with 20 years of experience selling special interest groups throughout Europe and North Africa, from pilgrimages to culinary & wine groups, educational, and adventure.Barbara Norton, the Group Department’s General Manager, says she’s thrilled with the new employees: “With Goway now selling Europe along with the huge growth in our Asian Group sales, the expertise these gals will bring both in destination knowledge and tour planning experience will be unparalleled.” Posted by Tags: Goway Travel, Peoplelast_img read more

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