Wifeson conspired to kill auditor three held

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has solved the murder of Anand Singh (43), who was working in the I.A & A.D Department, IP Estate. Deceased’s wife Sunita Devi (36), resident of Meethapur, Jaitpur and Rishab (20), resident of Faridabad, have been arrested and the son of deceased (CCL) has been apprehended in the case. One knife used in the offence has been recovered.The body of Anand Singh was found at Om Nagar, Meethapur, Jaitpur on July 7 on the floor of a room of the said house in a pool of blood with injury marks on his body. There were stab injuries on the back of the deceased. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDuring further examination, contradictions were found in the versions of the wife and the son of Anand Singh. On sustained questioning, Sunita broke down and confessed her role in the murder. Sunita disclosed that her husband was an alcoholic and he used to ill-treat her and children. Fed up, she along with her son conspired to eliminate Anand Singh, so that they can live peacefully. They both contacted one Vikas, who lives in their neighborhood and was a friend of the deceased’s son. They promised to give Vikas 1.5 lakh rupees, if he helped them to eliminate Anand Singh. Vikas roped in one of his friends namely Rishabh who agreed to the conspiracy to eliminate Anand Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the fateful evening of July 5, accused Sunita along with her son called Vikas and Rishabh to their house and hid them on the roof of the house. At around 11:30 pm, Anand Singh returned to the house and was under the influence of alcohol. At around 2:30 am, when everyone was asleep both Sunita and her son went up to the roof and signalled Vikas and Rishabh. They all came down and went to the room where Anand Singh, was fast asleep. There, both Vikas and Rishabh stabbed Anand Singh with knives while Sunita and her son kept guard outside the room to keep watch on other family members. “Further investigation is in progress and raids are being conducted to arrest the co-accused Vikas,” said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East.last_img read more

Controversial Joan Rivers Wakes up from Coma May Remain in Wheelchair

Rabat – Controversial comedian, Joan Rivers, is still fighting for her live after she underwent throat procedure last Thursday.Doctors say her condition remains “serious.” The American celebrity who suffered heart and respiratory arrest last Thursday, remains under medical sedation.River’s daughter released a statement Sunday saying: “Thank you for your continued love and support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement today. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.” According to the New York Daily News, doctors at New York’ Mount Sinai Hospital lifted River’s medically-induced coma on Sunday.The same source added that the waking up process will take until Tuesday and might leave the comedian either as “as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair.”The 81-year old native of New York was the target of harsh criticism in August after she made a controversial statement about the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.While the world public opinion expressed wide sympathy towards the civilian population in the Gaza who came under heavy attacks from the Israeli army for 50 days, Rivers put the blame on the Palestinians.“You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. You started it. You started it. Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that” Rivers said in a clip published on U.S. entertainment website TMZ.“They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low IQs,” she added then.Rivers was forced to backtrack after the controversy sparked by her statement. read more

Cenovus to triple amount of crude moved by rail by end of

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. is looking to triple the amount of crude it ships by rail between the end of this year and next.The Calgary-based oil company is expecting to finish 2014 by moving 30,000 barrels by rail — up from the 10,000 it’s anticipating by the end of 2013.As part of the strategy, Cenovus has signed multi-year leases for 800 railcars.Of those, 500 will be equipped with heated coils so that they can carry thick oilsands bitumen.Cenovus and many of its peers are looking at rail as an alternative to get their oil to the most lucrative markets, as environmental opposition has led to delays in building pipeline projects such as Keystone XL and Northern Gateway.CEO Brian Ferguson says trains have been carrying materials much more hazardous than oil through North America for decades, so he doubts there will be much public outcry to increasing crude transport by rail. read more

Goodyear retiring blimps rolling out new more manoeuvrable model of the cigarshaped

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The fabled Goodyear Blimp, which has been seen floating over American sports events for generations, is retiring.But that big, cigar-shaped dirigible will remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won’t be, technically, a blimp.From the ground it won’t look much different from Goodyear’s Spirit of America, which was deflated and disassembled earlier this month after a farewell flight across California.“It’s a brand new design. It is a much larger airship. It’s a semi-rigid dirigible,” Goodyear’s Priscilla Tasker said of the new fleet of non-blimps replacing the company’s three aging U.S. airships.In air-speak that means the new model has a fixed structure holding its big, gassy balloon in place. That’s unlike a blimp, which goes flat when the helium is removed.“But the most impressive features are the glass cockpit that is all fly-by-wire, the most state-of-the-art avionics in airships today,” Tasker said.The first of the new models, Ohio-based Wingfoot One, took to the sky last year, replacing the 14-year-old Spirit of Goodyear. The last of the old ones, Florida-based Spirit of Innovation, will fly to California next month to replace Spirit of America while its replacement is being built. After that, Spirit of Innovation will be retired.The new ships, with three engines instead of two, will be able to hit freeway speeds of 73 mph (118 kph) and make less racket getting from place to place. They’ll also be more manoeuvrable. And they’ll still be carried aloft by helium.The overhaul comes on the 90th anniversary of Goodyear’s entry into the dirigible business, but there’s more than a birthday bash involved.Most people who see the iconic blimp hovering overhead are at a sporting event or major entertainment show like the Academy Awards.But the ship isn’t there just to show off. The people inside its gondola are filming the bird’s-eye-view scenes you see on television, and they say they’ll be able to do that better with a faster, more manoeuvrable craft.With quieter engines you might not hear the new one coming. But it will be harder to miss once it gets there: The replacement models are 246 feet (75 metres) long, nearly the length of a football field and 50 feet (15 metres) longer than the old ones. by John Rogers And Jae C. Hong, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 10:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new, more manoeuvrable model of the cigar-shaped craft read more

New car registrations fall for first time in a year in July

·        The 2010 new car market is forecast to total 2.018 million units, 1.2% above the 2009 market. Whilst stable over the full year, volumes are expected to fall by some 15% over the remainder of 2010. The outlook is difficult to predict due to uncertainty over the state of the economy, impact of VAT changes at the start of 2011, levels of pent-up business demand and manufacturers’ ability to build on the past growth momentum. “A drop in private registrations compared to the scrappage-fuelled months of 2009 was expected and has brought the first market decline for 12 months,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Subdued consumer confidence and a still fragile economic recovery make the outlook for the remainder of 2010 challenging, but a stronger than expected first half means full year volumes are still forecast to exceed 2009’s total.” ·        MPV and dual purpose (SUV) segments rose accounting for one in eight new cars registered in July, whilst supermini and mini segment volumes fell sharply. ·        New car registrations remain up 163,004 units, or 15.1%, over the first seven months of 2010. However, the market in July fell by 13.2% or 20,703 units, reflecting in part the aftermath of the scrappage scheme, which had contributed to robust volumes over the previous 12 months. ·        New car registrations fell 13.2% in July, following 12 successive monthly rises.·        Market remains up 15.1% over the first seven months of 2010 compared to 2009.·        2010 new car market expected to total 2.018 million units, 1.2% above 2009 market, according to SMMT’s revised forecast.·        Diesel share hits record high of 50.6% in July, whilst AFVs also hit a record 1.4% share.·        Market expected to slow in second half of 2010, but remain broadly stable over full year. Market slows in July, as expected. Full year market set to better 2009 level. ·        The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in July, as it was over the year-to-date.   ·        Alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) and diesel-fuelled cars both achieved record market shares in July, with AFV volumes rising by 52.6% to take a 1.4% market share and diesel volumes up 11.8% to take a market share of 50.6%. Petrol car registrations, which had benefitted most from the scrappage scheme, were down sharply. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State adds Musa Jallow eligible to play 201718 season

Incoming freshman guard Musa Jallow has signed with Ohio State and will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday. A team spokesman confirmed Jallow will join the program in late August when the rest of the student body arrives at school.Originally a prospect scheduled to begin college after graduating high school in 2018, Jallow committed to Ohio State July 7 with the intention of reclassifying and becoming eligible to play in the upcoming season.“Musa is a physical, athletic, versatile player and defender,” coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement. “He possesses a high motor, intelligence and a college ready body despite his young age. We are excited about his arrival here in the fall and his continued development throughout his career here.”The Buckeyes now have 11 scholarship players, including fellow freshmen forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young, another late addition to Ohio State.The 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard is the No. 120 overall player in the 2017 recruiting cycle and the eighth-best player from his home state of Indiana. His late addition to Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class improved it to the No. 1 class in the conference, according to 247Sports. read more

Revealed The growing problem of drunk and abusive fliers – and the

first_imgDuty free shops typically stock vast quantities of alcoholic drinks Boarding planes with alcohol purchased in duty free is also said to be behind the rise in the number of arrests. Cabin crew told Panorama that they found “countless litre bottles of vodka” on planes as well as Jägermeister, Bacardi rum and gin.“The worst routes I would say are Alicante, Ibiza, Palma,” one told the programme, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I know other colleagues who have been punched, kicked, one of them was head-butted by a passenger. Ibiza is among the worst routes for trouble, according to cabin crew Jet2 is the only UK airline to cease selling alcohol on early morning flights in a bid to reduce alcohol-related disruption. In the year running up to its introduction last August, the airline had refused boarding to more than 500 passengers because of disruptive passengers and issued more than 50 lifetime bans.The airline’s managing director, Phil Ward, told Panorama: “I think [the airports] could do more. I think the retailers could do more as well.“Two-litre steins of beer in bars, mixers and miniatures in duty-free shops, which can only be there for one reason. You know, they’re items that are not sold on the high street.”However, Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators’ Association, said it was not the sale of the alcohol that was the problem.“I don’t accept that the airports don’t sell alcohol responsibly,” she said. “It’s the misuse of it and drinking to excess and then behaving badly”Ahead of the airing of Panorama tonight, Ryanair has called on all UK airports to ban the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants before 10am as well as imposing drink limits on passengers waiting for a delayed flight. The worst routes for drunken passengersAlicante, SpainIbiza, SpainPalma, Majorca, Spain CORRECTION: As originally published, this article inaccurately stated that Baroness Mcintosh and the House of Lords Select Committee had helped introduce the voluntary Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers. In fact, the Baroness and the Select Committee did not have a role in introducing it; rather, the Committee criticised the Code during its review of the Government’s Licensing laws at work in airports. The article has been amended. The airline said it had already banned passengers flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing on-board alcohol purchased in duty-free. A spokesperson for the Home Office said it was considering the recommendations of the House of Lords select committee’s report on the Licensing Act 2003. A Government response is expected in the autumn. “People just see us as barmaids in the sky,” said Ally Murphy, a former cabin crew manager with Virgin, “I was pulled into an upper-class bed by a passenger who was feeling particularly lucky I guess.“They would touch your breasts, or they’d touch your bum or your legs, or I mean I’ve had hands going up my skirt before. It’s rage inducing, and you shouldn’t have to deal with that.”Another cabin crew member, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve been cornered in the back galley by somebody trying to kiss me and making sexual moves on me, having to push them away. It can go from anything from banter to sexual assault really.” The number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour on British flights or at UK airports has soared by half in just a year, prompting calls for tough new penalties to curb a rise in “air rage”.A total of 387 people were arrested by police at a British airport in the last 12 months, up 50 per cent on the previous year, according to figures obtained by the BBC’s Panorama.The surge in the number of incidents comes a year after police, airlines and airports announced a crackdown on disruptive behaviour relating to alcohol. One industry source told the Telegraph that airports during busy holiday period were akin to the “Wild West” as fliers took advantage of early morning opening hours at airport bars. Baroness Mcintosh, chair of the House of Lords Select Committee tasked with looking into how licensing laws relate to airports, said the voluntary Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers introduced last year was not working and called on the Government to act.“It doesn’t make any sense at all, we didn’t hear one shred of evidence to show that the voluntary code was either working now or had any possible vestigate of success in working any time soon,” she said.“Meanwhile the incidents of air rage go up daily. I would urge, on behalf of the [House of Lords select] committee, the Home Office to really, really take this problem seriously.”Panorama also found that more than half of cabin crew members have experienced or witnessed verbal, physical or sexual abuse on board a UK flight, while one in five said they had been physically abused. “Obviously we don’t want to stop anyone from having a good time but we want people to be mindful that they’re on an aircraft and it’s not a bar. It’s not a nightclub.”Alexandra Wilms from the Balearic Ministry of Tourism, representing islands popular with British tourists, said “high fines” were needed to deter drunken behaviour.“There must be high fines because at the end these kinds of people don’t understand any other thing than really getting punished by paying a lot of money,” she said. Ibiza is among the worst routes for trouble, according to cabin crewCredit:jarcosa – Fotolia/Jose Arcos Aguilar Duty free shops typically stock vast quantities of alcoholic drinksCredit:Gettylast_img read more

ROMANIA Steaua and Dinamo Bucuresti to fight for the title

Romanian handballSteaua handball The two city rivals – Steaua and Dinamo Bucuresti will start their Play-Off final in Romanian Championship on Thursday – May 17 (BEST OF 3).Steaua had extremely interesting semi-final battle with CSM Bucuresti – 2:1 (21:25, 28:25 after penalty s-o and 25:23), while Dinamo beat Potaissa Turda 2:0 (26:25 and 32:27). ← Previous Story Olympiacos SFP and AEK Athens for the trophy in Greece Next Story → Montpellier still at the top in the Lidl Starligue

Mark Downey the 20yearold Irishman whose gold rush could see him become

first_img Share Tweet Email By Steve O’Rourke Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM Mark Downey after yet another World Cup gold. Image: Mark Downey/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article From then on, seeing this picture made me strive to do my best and become stronger in my age category.”While he continued on the road, he also took up track cycling quite young at Orangefield and was soon taking a place in the Irish team.“The first time I got into the Irish team was just after the Junior Tour at track camp in Belgium and then I took part in the Junior World Championships in Glasgow. That was the first taste of the big stage.“I just continued to race away and I won a silver medal at the Junior Europeans and that was a really big starting point and let me progress into the senior ranks.“There was still a possibility then that we could get a team into the Olympics but it just didn’t happen for us.“I was always really interested in the points race and that was definitely my focus but at the U23 I didn’t really feature at all.“But then last year, when I came second at U23 behind the senior world champion – Jonathan Dibben — well, ever since then everything has kind of fallen into place.” Source: Mark Downey/YouTubeFallen into place is an understatement. Three World Cup events, three gold medals, two of them in the points race.But what is it about points racing — where points are scored on sprints every ten laps — that makes Downey so good at it?“I think there’s obviously a bit of strength involved but I’d be the first to say I’m not one of the strongest out there but I’m very good at reading a race. I can always sense the moment when a group is at its weakest and I’ve always been able to capitalise on that.“So when everyone is maybe feeling it a bit more, I’m maybe not feeling it as much and the moment that makes the difference in winning and losing the race, it’s just a killer instinct that tells you that you need to go now.“It’s hard to explain, it really just happens naturally, you’re not really thinking too much at the time. So for me, when the moment comes, I just go and I leave it until after the race to figure out whether or not that was the right decision.” Source: Mark Downey/TwitterDowney’s gut can be trusted so far, the medal haul above proves that, but what did that first gold in the Netherlands mean to the 20-year-old?“It was huge. I wasn’t really expecting to do it there. I took some time off after the season and I didn’t really feel ready for the Glasgow World Cup so I took an extra week.“My coach was saying it would be great to get the World Championship qualifying time in Apeldoorn (the Netherlands).“But every time I go to the line, I go to win so that nature took over. It was really, really cool to see the guys I’d been watching on TV a couple of years ago, the likes of Morgan Kneisky and all these big guys and there’s this picture of me standing in the middle of them. It was just bizarre.“And to go on from there and do three in a row is just incredible. I was out on the bike with my brother today and it just doesn’t feel real. I think you only start to appreciate moments like that when they’ve passed.”Downey says the manner he won his second World Cup gold in Cali, Colombia — in a more attacking style — means it meant more to him than Apeldoorn. The fact he followed it up with silver in the Madison added to the occasion too. Source: Mark Downey/TwitterDowney and English went one better last week LA — where they reversed a narrow defeat to the Danish team — but now the focus is all on the World Championships in April, something he says would be a lot easier if Ireland had an indoor velodrome.“There are umpteen positive things that could happen if we had one,” he says. “Obviously, kids could start on the track from a much earlier age, and we’d be producing way more champions.“Then just the interest having international meets here would generate and, for the riders, racing in your home nation is huge.  Obviously, Cycling Ireland is in a good place and I think we can go from strength to strength over the next four years and there’s a bit of pressure there now.“We’ve shown we can compete without a velodrome, so what the hell would we do with one?”The 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will take place in Hong Kong between 12 and 16 April and Downey is quietly confident his gold rush can continue.“I feel excited for it. I’m not stressing about it, I’m not putting a huge amount of pressure on myself. I’m still only 20.“But, at the same time, I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m riding races really well at the moment and the Worlds have been a goal for some time now. In August last year, after the Europeans, I told a newspaper I want to be a world champion.“I’ve had three golds so far, so why not make it four?”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! https://the42.ie/3268840 Mark Downey: the 20-year-old Irishman whose gold rush could see him become world champion The Down native has won three gold medals at the last three World Cup events. Follow us: the42.iecenter_img Mar 4th 2017, 8:00 AM Image: Mark Downey/Twitter Short URL 5 Comments THE DOWNEY FAMILY could have been born with pedals for feet.Dad Séamus competed alongside Paul Kimmage at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, while eldest brother Sean was a professional with An Post Cycling, signing with them back in 2011.On top of that, the family own a bicycle shop in Dromore, Co. Down.It should come as no surprise then, that one of Mark Downey’s earliest memories involves cycling, or more specifically not being allowed cycle and sitting in the back of a car crying instead.That desire for competition, to test himself against his peers, has not abated in the dozen or so years since, with the now 20-year-old having won three gold medals — two in points races and a silver and a gold in the Madison team event — in his last three UCI Track Cycling World Cups.He had just finished watching his latest triumph — alongside Felix English — when The42 called this week.“I’m just watching it back for the first time. I’ve seen clips online but this is the first time I’ve seen it all so I’m just trying to see how it all went down,” he says.It’s a long way from tears in back of his dad’s car.“It was really through my brother that I got into (cycling), because obviously he’d be going to races.“I started with mountain biking when I was eight because you weren’t allowed race on the road until you were 11. When I was nine or 10, I used to go to all the races with my brother and they’d say to me ‘sorry, we can’t let you ride.’“So I’d be crying in the car after travelling the whole way to this race and they wouldn’t let me race for 10 minutes.”At the age of 11, Downey showed both his potential and the competitive edge that has him very much in the running for a Track World Championship gold medal and the rainbow jersey that goes with it.At the Irish Championships that year, he won the gold in the time trial and criterium but only came second in the road race. In an interview with Cycling Ireland he points to a picture of him trailing in behind Shane O’Hara: Mark Downey after yet another World Cup gold. 19,219 Views last_img read more

Interhealth Canada Advise Residents to Take Precautions

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Oct 2014 – No Chikungunya and Dengue Fever updates have been given for three months; the Ministry of Health falling way behind in reports to the Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA and it is Interhealth Canada who is advising residents again take precautions and avoid mosquito bites… both Chikungunya and Dengue Fever have been confirmed in the country and a death in Grand Turk raises red flags on the potential dangers… Related Items:carpha, chicv, Chikungunya, denhue, interhealth canada Recommended for you Total Community Involvement Essential to Fighting the Aedes aegypti Mosquito Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOMlast_img read more

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ADDS CARICOM NATIONS TO WATCH LIST

first_img MORE THAN PREGNANT WOMEN need to be concerned about Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airliners spraying for Zika prevention; Zika impacting tourism arrivals Condom use now recommended as a prevention to Zika; sexually transmitted case found in Dallas Related Items:Canadian government issues watch list, CARICOM nations added to Canadian watch list, zika virus Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCARICOM Nations are now added to a watch list issued by the Canadian Government and that includes the Turks and Caicos; again this stems from the outbreak of the mosquito borne and sexually transmitted Zika Virus.  The Bahamas, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago are among the CARICOM member states named; the Turks and Caicos is named in a separate notice from Public Health Agency of Canada where pregnant women and those considering pregnancy are told they should avoid travel to the Turks and Caicos, among others.  While Zika and its threats are causing serious health concern within these territories for its residents, the Zika Virus is also a major blow to travel to the region.  In a PBS News Hour article, the Caribbean Tourism Organization or CTO, Secretary General, Hugh Riley is quoted saying what worries him more than the cancellations is the missed business, ‘That is the unknown number of people who may opt out of booking travel to the Caribbean altogether.”CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. James Hospedales is also quoted in the piece from February with, “We’re very concerned about it. And it’s hard to avoid the media amplification, even a 2-to-3 percent decline in tourism is a huge blow, especially for countries that are already in debt or whose economies are struggling.” The article also shared some statistics on the region:  ‘The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world, it says. Comprised of more than 700 islands spanning 30 territories, the West Indies sees more than 25 million visitors annually and the U.S. is its No. 1 source. About 15 million Americans visit the Caribbean for vacation every year, contributing nearly $50 billion toward the region’s overall GDP.’According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA, 45 Caribbean and Latin American countries are now reporting Zika.  As of August 30, the CARICOM countries were cited in the Canadian travel notice.last_img read more

Biggest Seahawks comeback sinks Bucs in OT

first_imgSEATTLE — More than an hour after watching Steven Hauschka kick the winning field goal in overtime, Russell Wilson stood behind the interview podium after getting beaten and battered again.Overcoming a 21-point deficit, even against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, took another showcase performance from Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the second half.It was an ugly way for Seattle to remain on top of the NFC and for the best start in Seahawks history to continue.“That was a huge win. You think about the deficit we were under and to be able to comeback in that fashion … that’s big time,” Wilson said.Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seahawks overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday.last_img read more

Sandow Media Buys Western Interiors Design

first_imgSandow Media has acquired Western Interiors and Design. While terms of the deal were not released, Western Interiors and Design generates between “$5 million and $10 million” in annual revenue, according to publisher Jennifer Matthews. In 2007, Western Interiors & Design was a leader in ad page growth in a category that included heavyweights such as Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. But by late 2008, with the economy plunging toward recession and shelter and home magazines among the many categories feeling the brunt, the title asked for more funding from its investors, who put “several million dollars” into the magazine earlier this year. Recently, several potential buyers had approached Western Interiors & Design, thinking the investors would be willing to sell for a favorable price in the downturn. Before the sale to Sandow, the magazines planned to launched a series of high-end special focused publications, including Modern Dream Homes, which is set to debut this spring. Western Interiors & Design is also planning to invest in its Web operations, and had a goal of 10 percent of overall revenue coming from online by 2010, according to Matthews.   Western Interiors & Design was represented by AdMedia Partners in the deal.last_img read more

Uneasy calm in markets ahead of expected US Fed rate hike

first_imgAn “uneasy calm” prevails in financial markets about the first increase in U.S. interest rates in almost a decade, which is widely expected later this month, the Bank for International Settlements said in its latest report.The restrained reaction, especially from emerging markets, to the Federal Reserve’s signals has been encouraging, the quarterly update from the Switzerland-based forum for major central banks said, though it expected volatility to return.”Calm has reigned over financial markets, but it has been an uneasy calm,” said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS Monetary and Economic Department.With interest rates in many parts of the world testing “the boundaries of the unthinkable day after day”, Borio said it wasn’t surprising how sensitive markets remained to the actions of major central banks.”There is a clear tension between the markets’ behaviour and underlying economic conditions,” Borio said. “At some point, it will have to be resolved. Markets can remain calm for much longer than we think. Until they no longer can.”Equity trading at a discount to book value by banks in many countries remained a “clear sign of mistrust”, he said, and the level of bad loans at euro zone banks needed addressing “vigorously”.The report also analysed recent investment, lending flows and debt issuance trends.Between June and September, when global markets were rocked by worries about China’s economy, slumping commodity prices and a surging dollar, debt issuance in emerging markets declined the most since the end of the financial crisis in 2009.Across all markets, debt issuance dropped almost 80 percent compared with both the second quarter of this year and the third quarter of 2014.Net issuance by Brazilian and Turkish banks and other financial firms was negative at -$2 billion and -$1.6 billion respectively. For Chinese financial firms, it fell to $300 million from $10 billion the previous quarter.”The financial vulnerabilities in emerging market economies have not gone away,” Borio said. “The stock of dollar-denominated debt, which has roughly doubled since early 2009 to over $3 trillion, is still there.”In fact, its value in domestic currency terms has grown in line with the U.S. dollar’s appreciation, weighing on financial conditions and weakening balance sheets.”A special section in the report said hard-to-measure forward sales of dollars to firms and funds, which are effectively dollar bank loans, meant non-bank emerging market dollar debt could “easily” be 10 percent higher than the $3.8 trillion headline estimate.The report also examined how more countries around the world were selling euro-denominated bonds to take advantage of the record-low interest rates the European Central Bank’s stimulus programme is creating.Emerging markets issued 62 percent of all their bonds in euros between June and September, more than trebling the 18 percent share from March to June.”What is perhaps new is that the euro seems to be taking on the attributes of an international funding currency, just like the dollar,” said Hyun Song Shin, BIS Economic Adviser and Head of Research.”Cross-border bank lending in euros to borrowers outside the euro area shows the telltale pattern where a depreciating euro goes hand in hand with greater euro-denominated lending to borrowers outside the euro area.”last_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg Admits Mistakes Outlines Fixes

first_imgAPFile – In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is having one of its worst weeks as a publicly traded company with a share sell-off continuing for a second day. Britain’s Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told the BBC that she was investigating Facebook and has asked the company not to pursue its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use. Denham is also pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data and if it fails, “we don’t deserve to serve you.”Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.Facebook has already taken the most important steps to prevent such a situation from happening again, Zuckerberg said. For example, in 2014, it reduced access outside apps had to user data. However, some of the measures didn’t take effect until a year later, allowing Cambridge to access the data in the intervening months.Zuckerberg acknowledges that there is more the company needs to do.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said it will ban developers who don’t agree to an audit. An app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who haven’t used that app in three months. Data will also be generally limited to user names, profile photos and email, unless the develop signs a contract with Facebook and gets user approval.Earlier Wednesday, an academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data said that he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Alexandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service, even though Cambridge Analytica ensured him that everything he did was legal.“My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” he said. “Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately, we thought we were doing something that was really normal.”Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political research firm. Facebook shares have dropped some 9 percent, lopping more than $50 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published, raising questions about whether social media sites are violating users’ privacy.The head of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was suspended Tuesday after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage of him suggesting the company could use young women to catch opposition politicians in compromising positions. Footage also showed Nix bragging about the firm’s pivotal role in the Trump campaign.Nix said Cambridge Analytica handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” for the Trump campaign, and used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make the firm’s role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge Analytica’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm, and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Facebook itself is drawing criticism from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for its alleged failure to protect users’ privacy.Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.He said personal data including email addresses and in some cases private messages was allowed to leave Facebook servers with no real controls on how the data was used after that.“The real challenge here is that Facebook was allowing developers to access the data of people who hadn’t explicitly authorized that,” he said, adding that the company had “lost sight” of what developers did with the data.On Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data, but company officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that the company is currently focused on conducting its own reviews.Meanwhile, Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that data protection laws require services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on measures to protect user privacy — or Congress may step in.Kogan’s work involved modeling human behavior through social media. In collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, he developed a Facebook-based personality survey called “This Is Your Digital Life” and paid about 200,000 people to take part. As a result, participants unknowingly gave the researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.Kogan said Cambridge Analytica approached him to gather Facebook data and provided the legal advice that this was “appropriate.”“One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project; I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.“My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on; I have never profited from this in any way personally,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

Pinkathon Running for empowerment

first_imgMarathons sound intimidating. But Milind Soman, with his unique way of promoting awareness through running a marathon has been empowering women to run through his initiative ‘Pinkathon’.Addressing a press conference, Soman announced that ‘Pinkathon’, an initiative by the United Sisters Foundation will be held on September 4 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national Capital. Pinkathon will be India’s biggest women’s run with over 10,000 women participating.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The initiative hopes to empower women across India and create awareness about breast cancer. “‘Pinkathon’ is more than a marathon. It is the beginning of a movement that is to be carried forward by a growing community of empowered women acorss India, who share a belief that a healthy family, and a healthy world begins with empowered women.” said Milind Soman. The panelists who were a part of the conference highlighted the necessity for a better awareness about women’s health. Most panelists spoke of how women are simply relegated to household chores and are constantly stressed out, with little or no time for exercise or even a health check up. “The WHO, World Health Statistics stated that only 1.16% of its GDP was spent on health in India. It is time for everyone to bring health to the forefront and ‘Pinkathon’ will help achieve that,” said Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research and President, Women Power connect.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe primary goal of the marathon is awareness. The campaign aims to encourage healthy lifestyles among women by encouraging them to run. ‘Pinkathon’ is also giving out free medical check ups with the help of their Medical Partner, Apollo, as well as free mammograms to participants above 45 years of age. ‘Pinkathon’ which endeavors to make sure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to achieving social justice, has decided to use the Tsunamika doll as a participatory model. The Tsunamika dolls were made by fisherwomen who lost their livelihoods after the Tsunami of 2004. Before the main event, the team is also organizing a Cancer Shero Trek, a shero is a cancer survivor. The initiative hopes to felicitate them for their inspiration. In addition to this, over 50 visually challeged woman are expected to participate. All proceeds from the event will be used for expenses incurred in organizing and marketing the event, and by the Women’s Cancer initiative in its fight against breast cancer. Interested participants can register at www.pinkathon.in.last_img read more

Tea workers union upset over nonpayment of arrears

first_imgDarjeeling: The Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union (DTDPLU), affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has threatened to stop the dispatch of tea from the factories. “In January 2018, the daily wages of tea garden workers had been increased by Rs. 17.50. However, in most of the gardens in the Hills, the increment took effect from March 2018. A year has passed and still the arrears has not been paid,” Karuna Gurung, president of DTDPLU. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe DTDPLU has written to the Darjeeling Tea Association regarding the issue. She further stated that if the arrears are not paid by March 6 then from March 7 the dispatch of tea from Darjeeling will be stopped. “Out of 87 gardens in the Hills, 70 per cent have not paid arrears yet till now,” Gurung said. There are many gardens that were not depositing provident fund and even giving the fringe benefits to the workers complained the DTDPLU president. “We have no other option than to stop dispatch of tea as all our appeals have fallen to deaf ears,”stated Gurung. The first and second flush are premium tea and the revenue earned from the sale of first and second flush tea sustains the garden throughout the year.last_img read more

Opera 49 Stable launches with screenshot editing VR player

first_imgOpera 49 Stable launches with screenshot editing, VR player by Martin Brinkmann on November 08, 2017 in Opera – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 17 commentsOpera Software released Opera 49 a moment ago to the browser’s stable channel. The new version of the Opera browser introduces new functionality like a player for VR content or VK messaging support.Existing users of Opera may run a check for updates from within the browser by loading opera://about in the browser’s address bar. Opera should pick up the new version and start the download immediately.The new version of the browser is also available as a download for Windows, Linux and Mac on the official Opera website.Opera 49 Stable: What’s newThe snapshot tool has been improved in this release. Snapshot lets you capture screenshots of the browser window.The update introduces editing tools and a selfie-mode to the function. The new edit menu is opened automatically when you capture a snapshot now in Opera 49.You can launch the snapshot interface with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-5, or from the Opera menu.The editing interface displays options to add arrows to screenshots, blur parts of it, use a pencil for some freehand drawing, add stickers, or use a connected cam to add a selfie before saving the image, sharing it or copying it.Opera Software released a video that advertises the new functionVR PlayerOpera 49 comes with VR playback capabilities. Opera Software notes that the browser is the first to support 360° videos played directly in virtual reality headsets.Opera VR is configured to detect VR headsets automatically. Videos will show a “watch in VR” button when that happens, and a click on that button plays the video in 360° mode.The company notes that regular videos, 2D videos or 180° videos, can also be played using the VR player.VK Messenger integrationVK Messenger is the latest service on Opera’s sidebar. It joins other services such as Facebook or WhatsApp, and can be enabled with a right-click on the sidebar and selection of the service.The selected messaging services open in a sidebar in the browser UI. This enables you to keep the chat interface open and use the Opera browser to access sites and services in the same browser window.New messages are indicated with a number on the messenger icon, and if you have configured multiple services, you may use Ctrl-Shift-M to cycle through them.The sidebar can be pinned so that it remains in front even when you switch between tabs.Other changes in Opera 49Opera 49 comes with other changes besides the ones mentioned above:The browser’s currency converter supports the five currencies Ukrainian hryvnia, Kazakhstani tenge, Georgian lari, Egyptian pound and Belarusian ruble in the release. You can set the target currency for conversions under Settings > Browser > User Interface.Extension icons can be rearranged now in the main toolbar using drag and drop.The private browsing mode uses a different design on Windows and Linux.Global history access on Linux and Windows in the Opera menu.Improvements for high resolution monitor systems.New Speed Dial wallpapers.Easy Setup replaces the “Customize Start Page” panel. It features important Opera settings that users can set right from there.The full Opera 49 changelog is available here.SummaryArticle NameOpera 49 Stable launches with screenshot editing, VR playerDescriptionOpera Software released Opera 49 a moment ago, the new version introduces new functionality like a player for VR content or VK messaging support.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Portugals lastsecond draw is US mostwatched soccer game

first_imgRelated posts:Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests As expected, Altidore will not play in US World Cup match vs. Portugal In shadow of Brazil World Cup, a nonprofit builds fields of hope NEW YORK – Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the United States on a last-second goal by Varela Sunday was the most-watched broadcast of a soccer game in U.S. history.The match broadcast on ESPN was seen in 9.6 percent of U.S. homes for an average of 18.2 million viewers, the Walt Disney Co. network said in a statement. That total topped the 18 million viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China on Disney’s ABC.The rating also topped the previous high for a men’s soccer game in the U.S., which had been a 9.5 for the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil. The 1999 women’s final remains the highest-rated game, with an 11.4.The U.S. was leading 2-1 on goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey when five minutes of stoppage time was added to the clock. Late in the final minute, World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to Portugal substitute Varela, who headed it past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to even the score in Manaus, Brazil. The game ended as soon as play was restarted.World Cup games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have averaged a 2.6 rating through the first 32 matches. That’s a 44 percent increase over ratings in 2010, when the event was held in South Africa.Sunday’s match was the most-watched non- U.S. football broadcast in ESPN’s history and it set ratings records in 18 different markets, the network said.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Selects CLARIFIREs Solution

first_img Florida-based CLARIFIRE announced that RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation has implemented CLARIFIRE® as its loss mitigation workflow automation platform. CLARIFIRE is an intuitive workflow software that standardizes and simplifies complex business processes. By leveraging system flexibility and automation, RoundPoint increased efficiency of its loss mitigation processes.“Initially, we selected CLARIFIRE’s solution for our loss mitigation department. The customization and flexibility the tool offers will allow us to utilize it in multiple departments and were key factors in making our decision to partner with the company,” said Brad Johnson, COO of RoundPoint. “We’re excited to work with a like-minded company that shares a focus on technology and provides a modern approach to workflow automation.”Looking for additional bottom-line impact and strategic capabilities, RoundPoint started this business transformation by automating its loss mitigation activities. CLARIFIRE not only provides loss mitigation workflows coupled with a robust workout underwriting calculator, it also offers a workflow platform that seamlessly integrates across systems that helps yield a more efficient process and improved customer experience.“RoundPoint’s modern vision of a more automated, and flexible loss mitigation process, aligns perfectly with our disruptive industry technology, CLARIFIRE. We’re thrilled that our software will play a key part in helping automate their loss mitigation process and offer opportunity to automate other workflows within RoundPoint. RoundPoint’s forward-thinking approach is akin to ours and will continue to set them ahead of the competition,” said Jane Mason, CEO of Clarifire.RoundPoint implemented the CLARIFIRE platform in January. Now that RoundPoint has implemented loss mitigation automation, RoundPoint will begin expanding the use of CLARIFIRE’s platform to propel their customers’ experience to during the loss mitigation process.Founded in 2007, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation is a national co-issue servicer, loan subservicer, and residential mortgage lender. It currently services nearly $90 billion worth of mortgage assets and is authorized to service loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company is headquartered in Charlotte with an office in Dallas.Clarifire is a privately held, women-owned corporation that offers the CLARIFIRE business process automation software through their SaaS model, to the financial services industry. The company has over a decade of experience in both process proficiency and software delivery. Brad Johnson Clarifire Jane Mason RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation 2019-03-15 Donna Joseph in Headlines, News Sharecenter_img March 15, 2019 629 Views RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Selects CLARIFIRE’s Solutionlast_img read more