Notorious Congolese militia leader begins disarmament but demands amnesty – UN

“I want peace, as does the DRC Government,” Peter Karim, commander of the Front des Nationalistes and Intégrationnistes (FNI), told MONUC in a rare interview.However, he stated that neither he nor his senior deputies would surrender without a definite official pardon. “If an amnesty was guaranteed for us, I would be willing to surrender tomorrow.”Of the 170 troops that laid down their arms under the supervision of UN blue helmets yesterday, MONUC Bunia’s Child Protection division and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ascertained that 42 are children. These children will be looked after at a special camp where they will be identified before the UN agencies try to reunite them with their families.The remaining adult troops were taken to by a Government-run disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and reinsertion camp.This week’s surrender was made possible in large part by MONUC, which facilitated three weeks of negotiations with Mr. Karim.The disarmament of the troops is “a good sign, but we have not yet solved the problem,” said MONUC Bunia Political Affairs officer Jacob Mogeni. “The issue of Peter Karim’s demands for amnesty as a condition of surrender is critical, but it’s the responsibility of the DRC Government to decide.”Mr. Mogeni expressed optimism that the Government is resolute in ending the conflict and added that he anticipates further negotiations.For his part, Mr. Karim also told MONUC that the FNI has no plans to militarily engage the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC), which has weakened his group significantly through encirclement and cutting off supply lines.MONUC has overseen the DRC’s transition from a six-year civil war – widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II – costing four million lives, to gradual stabilization, culminating in the first democratic elections in over four decades last year, the largest and most complex polls the UN has ever helped to organize. 28 February 2007In a hopeful development towards peace in the war-torn northeastern Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the notorious leader of the a local militia group has ordered the surrender and disarmament of 170 of his troops – including numerous children – while demanding amnesty, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, announced today. read more

Stocks rise on hopes Greece will seek a loan extension

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Tuesday amid positive corporate news and hopes that Greece and its creditors will soon come to an agreement on the country’s debt.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 19.8 points to 15,284.61 after the Wall Street Journal reported that Greece will seek an extension to its bailout deal from the rest of the eurozone on Wednesday.The Canadian dollar rose 0.56 of a cent to 80.81 cents US.The Dow industrials gained 28.23 points to 18,047.58, the Nasdaq edged up 5.43 points to 4,899.27 and the S&P 500 index moved up 3.35 points to 2,100.34.Worries about a possible Greek exit from the eurozone grew after talks between the country’s finance minister and his 18 eurozone counterparts broke down Monday.Greece was told it had to ask for an extension to its bailout program. But Greece’s new Syriza government countered that it had a strong mandate to reject the austerity measures that have kept the country from financial collapse.Without some sort of financing arrangements in place when the current bailout ends after Feb. 28, Greece could face difficulties meeting its obligations and a potential exit from the euro would loom once again.However, the mood is much different from a few years ago when the Greek debt crisis first roiled markets as concerns about other vulnerable eurozone countries are well in check this time.“One of the big question marks is, if indeed no compromise is reached and Greece was to exit or be kicked out of the eurozone, what does that look like?” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But if we just use the debt markets as a reflection, it’s clear that the panic and the crisis hasn’t yet extended itself to some of those other peripheral countries (such as Spain and Portugal) that we saw in 2011.”Gold was also a good barometer of market concern over Greece: the April bullion contract dropped $20.60 to US$1,208.10, taking the gold sector down about 3.6%.The energy sector slipped 0.23% even as oil prices moved higher for a third consecutive day. The March crude contract in New York closed up 75 cents at US$53.53 a barrel.March copper was two cents lower at US$2.58 a pound but the base metals component moved up one per cent.Meanwhile, Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR), the company behind Burger King and the recently acquired Tim Hortons, posted a quarterly loss of US$514.2 million or $2.52 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $66.8 million or 19 cents per diluted share a year earlier. But revenue totalled $416.3 million, up from $265.2 million and its shares gained $3.90 or 8.1% to $52.15.Home renovation retailer Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) beat expectations as its adjusted profits rose to $17.3 million in the fourth quarter from $4.6 million a year ago, helped by six per cent growth in same-store retail sales. Its shares were ahead $1.01 or 7.8% at $13.93.Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) was also a major gainer, up $7.83 to $239.68 after the railway and the Teamsters union agreed Monday to binding arbitration just hours before striking employees were to be legislated back to work. read more

Lavender has last chance to leave her ideal legacy

In her first three seasons at Ohio State, Jantel Lavender has accomplished almost everything one could expect from the Cleveland-native center. But OSU coach Jim Foster thinks her career is yet to be defined. “I think Jantel’s career will be measured by championships more so than points scored,” Foster said. Postseason success is the biggest element missing from Lavender’s resume. In Lavender’s time at OSU, only once has her team advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “We haven’t had the postseason run that we need to,” Lavender said. “Our team just has to be more strong and more together and, you know, more cohesive, for us to go far.” Lavender enters the 2010-11 season as one of the most decorated players in college basketball. She was selected to the Associated Press Preseason All-American team and the watch list for the Wooden Award, which is awarded to the best male and female athletes in college basketball. She was also named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Should Lavender win her fourth straight Big Ten Player of the Year award after the season, she would be the first in conference history to do so. Lavender said she has her sights set beyond just earning all-conference honors. “The goal is to be a national player of the year,” Lavender said. She has all the tools to earn that honor. In her first three seasons at OSU, Lavender has averaged 20 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and is 534 points shy of Katie Smith’s OSU career scoring record, as well as 63 rebounds short of Tracey Hall’s OSU career rebounding record. Lavender said individual accomplishments come second to team goals. “If my team needs me to get 30, or if my team needs me to get 18 points and 25 rebounds, then that’s what I’m trying to do,” she said. Lavender’s career has gotten help from junior point guard Samantha Prahalis, who is on pace to break the school’s career assist record this season. “Sammy in the open floor is very, very talented, she really is, and you like a complement to that,” Foster said. “Not often is that complement a (center). Usually you see guards finishing plays. To have a center who can run like that, catch like that and finish like that, I think that’s a little different.” Foster compared the chemistry between his point guard and center to that of NBA Hall of Fame members and former Utah Jazz teammates Karl Malone and John Stockton. “That’s a fair one,” Prahalis said when asked about the comparison. “He always says that.” Lavender said she agreed with the evaluation but offered her own comparison for the duo. “I always try to say, you know, (Steve) Nash and (Amar’e) Stoudemire,” Lavender said. “I think that his comparison is just something to make us see where we are in our game.” After this season, Lavender will take her professional-ready game to the next level, where she is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. But first, she has some unfinished business. “I don’t think that we’ve gotten to the place that I want to be, you know, as a far as a team,” Lavender said. “I want a national championship.” read more

After Rashid another Afghan leggie at the CPL

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: Warriors’ Chris Green expected to light up National StadiumAugust 27, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2018: Chris Green to cover for Delport in Warriors first 4 matchesJuly 31, 2018In “latest news”Steven Smith named as marquee player for Canada T20 tournamentMay 25, 2018In “latest news” You might have seen Sir Viv Richards getting up on his feet and screaming “Roston!” after he had struck his maiden Test century in his second match, leading West Indies to an improbable draw against India at home. You might have heard of the nickname “Crisis Man”. But you might not have watched him play T20 cricket. Roston Chase has played a grand total of two T20s since making his debut in 2012. In his second and last T20 in 2013, he was out hit wicket for 18. He is set for his CPL debut this season, but does he have the power game to succeed?Glenn Phillips (Jamaica Tallawahs)The next Brendon McCullum is a pretty heavy tag to wear but that is what Glenn Phillips had to deal with after a table-topping 369 runs in the 2017 Super Smash, New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition. That performance earned him a call-up to New Zealand’s limited-overs squads and even earned a CPL gig that year with Jamaica Tallawahs, whose assistant coach is Mark O’Donnell, also head coach of Auckland Aces. He had a lean run, managing 176 runs in seven innings at a strike-rate of 113.54 and later fell out of favour at New Zealand. Tallawahs, however, have shown faith in him by snapping him up for the upcoming season as well. It’s time for him to remind everyone why there was so much excitement around him last year. Qais Ahmad savours Afghanistan’s win in their opening game IDI via Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo- Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams are shining examples of relative unknowns going on to make their West Indies debuts and earning T20 contracts elsewhere after successful CPL seasons. The tournament is replete with a number of such stories. Ahead of the 2018 edition, ESPNcricinfo picks five players worth looking out for:Chris Green (Guyana Amazon Warriors)Only 24, Chris Green is already a worldly and well-traveled character. He was born in Durban to a South African father and English mother. He then moved to Sydney for his father’s work. He holds a British passport. This year he captained Surrey’s second XI in the South division T20s. He has been part of the Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars rosters in the Pakistan Super League. He has played four List A matches for New South Wales and is Andre Russell’s team-mate at Sydney Thunder in the BBL. He will be on the other side of the fence, playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors against Andre Russell, who will lead Jamaica Tallawahs, in CPL 2018. And oh, he also played collegiate-level tennis in the US.Green is primarily an offspinner who bowls non-turning offbreaks in the Powerplay. But he is also a powerful batsman, as he showed during a 27-ball 49 at No. 5 in the Sydney Derby in January. Green was bumped up the order on a suggestion from Thunder’s Director of Cricket Michael Hussey. He joins wristspinners Imran Tahir and Devendra Bishoo in Guyana’s spin attack.Qais Ahmad (St Lucia Stars)For once Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will not be the biggest Afghanistan attractions at a T20 league. The pair are set to be on national duty, and so the spotlight will fall on yet another Afghan prodigy, the legspinner Qais Ahmad. You’ll recall his feats as the second-highest wicket-taker in Afghanistan’s run to the semi-finals in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year. Ahmad is a traditional legspinner, but he also has a fizzing slider up his sleeve. What he lacks is experience: he has played just one T20 so far, taking 0 for 32.Dominic Drakes (Barbados Tridents)You may remember Vasbert Drakes, the perennially overlooked West Indian allrounder who hit the most important 27 in Caribbean history . Get acquainted with his son Dominic Drakes, a left-arm fast bowler. He’s highly thought of, even though he’s yet to play T20 cricket, having been fast-tracked into the West Indies A side after playing only six List A games and a solitary first-class match. In four List A games in England in a tri-series involving England Lions and India A, Dominic took three wickets but went at 6.68 an over. He had also been part of the Cricket West Indies fast-bowling camp alongside his West Indies A team-mates Oshane Thomas, Chemar Holder, and international Keemo Paul in Antigua this year.Glenn Phillips gets down for a scoop Getty ImagesRoston Chase (Barbados Tridents) read more

What you need to know about saving on the cloud

first_imgAS FAR AS buzzwords and jargon go, the cloud has to be one of the most confusing names out there. Thrown around with wild abandon, it’s a term that is regularly used by services yet never properly explained.Chances are you’re already relying on one service already, companies such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft have released products that require syncing to the cloud, so what exactly is it and how much should you depend on it?Ok, so what exactly is ‘the cloud’?It’s best to think of it as an online hard drive, where your data is saved on the internet instead of on a physical hard drive.While the origin behind the name isn’t clear, the most popular reason given is during the early days of network design, the symbol network engineers used to describe the internet was a cloud, because it represented more than just networks and the web.Unlike physical hard drives which are either fixed in the one location or require you to carry around, you can access cloud storage anywhere that has an internet connection, and over a wide range of devices, most of which can be synced together so each one stays up to date what any changes made.Many people use it as a backup for photos, documents and other important files, while others use it as an easy way to access certain files from different devices like their work computer or smartphone.For lower-end smartphones which don’t have much storage in the first place, it’s a handy option to have. Also, smaller businesses which don’t want to spend large amounts on hard drives and their own storage use it as a cheaper option to save data.Normally, you can access cloud services (and any files you have saved) through the web, but you can also connect them to your smartphones and tablets, all the major services have their own dedicated app, and manage your files remotely.What services are out there?The answer is quite a lot, each one has its own strengths and uses or work better with certain products. For this, we’re going to focus solely on consumer products and the free storage each one offers so here are some of the more popular services out there. Dropbox is one of the more popular cloud storage services out there, although it facing increasing competition from the likes of Google and Microsoft. Source: DropboxiCloud – Apple’s own cloud service designed for iPhone/iPad users. Unlike the other services, iCloud only saves information you would usually store on your phone or tablet so its use is limited. New users start off with 5GB of storage.Google Drive – While best used by those who rely mostly on Google products like Docs or Gmail, Drive can be used by anyone who has a Google account. New users start off with 15GB of storage.OneDrive – Previously known as SkyDrive, Microsoft’s offering is most useful if you’re a regular user of Office, Outlook and similar products. New users start off with 7GB of storage, but can increase the amount of space available by completing actions.Dropbox – One of the more popular third-party cloud services out there although is beginning to be overshadowed by rivals offering larger storage. New users start off with 2GB, but like OneDrive, you can earn extra space (up to 15GB) by recommending friends to the service or following accounts.Amazon Cloud Drive – The online retailer has been developing its web products and cloud storage is no exception. Users start off with 5GB of storage.Box.com – Not to be confused with Dropbox, Box.com was created with professionals in mind, but it’s still handy for those who use the cloud for personal reasons. New users get 10GB of space for free.CloudMe – Another alternative which is growing in popularity, CloudMe is based in Sweden and therefore your data is protected by EU laws. New users start off with 3GB of storage.SpiderOak – Its focus solely on privacy – a ‘zero-knowledge’ policy means it doesn’t know what your passwords or encryption keys are – makes it one of the most secure cloud services out there. New users start off with 2GB of storage.All services allow you to pay for extra storage, the majority requiring you to pay a subscription fee to avail of it. This would only be useful if you’re heavily reliant on one particular service.What if I choose more than one service?Considering how many options there are out there, and how different the amount of storage space each one offers new users, there’s nothing to say you can’t sign up and rely on two or more services to avail of all that free storage space.However, it’s worth keeping in mind that the more services you sign up to, the more complicated it is to manage them.There are services which can help you manage certain accounts together. One good example would be Primadesk, which can allow you to manage ten accounts, including Dropbox and Google Drive, for free. If you don’t mind spending a bit of cash, Otixo might be a better bet and offers a 14-day trial to get you started. Source: 0tixo/YouTubeHow does it work on smartphones/tablets?In general, just as well as you would expect. Some services allow you to set up your devices so that any new photos or videos – usually the most common reason for syncing – are automatically uploaded to cloud storage, but for those worried about racking up a large bill from doing this, all services require a WiFi connection first before it uploads automatically. Usually, you’re asked what methods you want to use to upload the first time you open an app (always choose WiFi unless you have an amazing data plan), but if there’s any uncertainty, it’s best to check the settings for whatever app you’re using first to make sure.What are the drawbacks?Like all things, there are cons to any service, the biggest one being security and privacy. Since your information is online, this becomes more important than ever and you should check up to see what precautions a service offers first before signing up.Companies like Dropbox have been criticised of not letting users know about certain security vulnerabilities, while one hacker recently found a security flaw in Apple’s iCloud allowing a hacker to unlock a stolen iPhone, which doesn’t inspire confidence if you’re considering saving more than just text files and photos.In some cases, like for Apple or Microsoft, you’re required to sync and backup your products to the cloud. If privacy is a concern, then you need to be aware that if it’s online, then there’s always a possibility of a security breach occurring.That said, each service offers encryption to make sure your data is safe but on the users’ end, the best thing to do is to create a strong password (make it as long as possible, use different characters, don’t use the same password for different accounts, etc.) and don’t store sensitive information like bank account details on it. Apple’s iCloud service has recently come under fire after a hacker discovered a security flaw that allows anyone to bypass iCloud’s security system and unlock a stolen iPhone. Source: Apple.comWhat if I prefer to keep files offline?Considering how much you can now store on hard drives now, and their price, having one can work well in conjunction with cloud storage, both serving different roles.The price of physical hard drives has fallen in recent times – a 1TB hard drive cost between €70 – €90 depending on where you look – so there’s no reason not to look into getting one.The obvious problem is the lack of accessibility – you either have to leave it at home or carry one around with you – meaning it’s better for significantly larger files or files you don’t need to access to immediately.Read: Facebook to offer its 1.28 billion users a privacy check-up >Read: Have an eBay account? You need to change your password right now >last_img read more

Poverty There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for

first_img 23,098 Views Short URL 143 Comments Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Share236 Tweet Email By Dr Tricia Keilthy http://jrnl.ie/4059378 Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 7:00 AMcenter_img SVP POVERTY IS A very real and pervasive issue that affects the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland today. The latest CSO figures show that over 780,000 people are living below the poverty line. Particularly stark is that there are now 70,000 more children growing up in consistent poverty when compared to 2008.This is unacceptable in a rich country like Ireland. But poverty tends to be an issue that is pushed down the political agenda and attempts to work towards change can be undermined by unhelpful media narratives, stereotypes and misunderstandings about the issues.There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances; the result of a history of poor choices. But the reality is choices are dramatically different for people living in poverty compared to those with access to resources.Resources, be they financial, social, cultural or educational, give people the freedom to make real choices about their future. Poverty rarely allows you to plan for the future, as your thoughts are consumed by how you will make your budget stretch to the end of the week, or how you will put food on the table today.What do we mean when we talk about poverty?Relative poverty, which compares how people are faring relative to the society they live in, is the internationally recognised standard measure of poverty.In Ireland, relative poverty is defined as having an income less than 60% of median income in the state or living on less than €237 per week. One problem with using this measure is that, during the recession when many people’s income decreased, rates of income poverty stayed the same, but that didn’t mean that those of the lowest incomes didn’t suffer or were actually any better off.DeprivationThat’s why the second measure – deprivation – is also important as it indicates the number of basic essentials people are forced to go without such as heating, suitable clothing and nutritious food. During the crisis, deprivation increased by 75% for those on the lowest incomes but the rate has only fallen by 6% since 2013.While these measures give us some sense of the scale of the issue, they don’t show how poverty is an exhausting and endless struggle to make ends meet. It is the stress of having to choose between whether to pay the rent, the electricity bill, or pay for food.It is the daily worry about whether the car will break down or someone will get sick, and then deciding which necessity will have to be sacrificed to pay for an unexpected bill.These measures also do not tell anything about the impact. Research is clear that poverty is one of the greatest threats to children’s well-being. Data from the nationally representative Growing up in Ireland study shows that experiences of poverty increases a child’s risk of poor educational outcomes, physical health, and social and emotional well-being.We need to change the narrative and build support for changeThere is a need to find better ways of articulating and communicating that people’s opportunities and choices are created or constrained by systemic and environmental factors. Your postcode, childhood experiences of (dis)advantage and the educational opportunities available to you all determine your later life outcomes.By focusing the narrative on individuals and not on the structures and polices that create and perpetuate poverty, we create unnecessary divisions that are hurtful for all groups and communities in society.Social and economic policies should be based on the belief that everyone should have equal rights and access to healthcare, social services, education and culture. This approach would provide the basis to address the structural barriers to quality employment such as low educational attainment, the lack of affordable housing and childcare, discrimination in the labour market and the issues of low paid and precarious work.An adequate social protection floor that protects the unemployed and retired from undue hardship, that values caring work and that supports those who cannot access employment due to an illness or disability ensures people fulfils the basic human right of living with dignity.Economic caseAs well as the moral argument for addressing poverty, there is also the strong economic case. By investing in citizens through good quality public services that provide a pathway out of poverty, everyone benefits.The OECD agrees that economic models which promote equality not only reduce inequalities in income and wealth, they also promote full employment, improve living standards for all, and contributes to economic growth.Finally, and importantly, we need to include the voice of people who are experiencing poverty and marginalisation in decision making. Listening to real-life situations changes our attitudes and understanding of poverty.This will make for a more inclusive and diverse national discourse on the type of Irish society we all want to live in.Dr Tricia Keilthy is Head of Social Justice at St Vincent de Paul. SVP launch its Pre-Budget Submission ‘Paving a Pathway out of Poverty’ today. Poverty: ‘There is a dominant narrative that seeks to blame people for their circumstances’ But the reality is choices are dramatically different for people living in poverty compared to those with access to resources, writes Dr Tricia Keilthy. Dr Tricia Keilthy Jun 12th 2018, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greece to abolish capital controls

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece seems set to leave the days of the imposed capital controls behind, as the government will lift the €5,000 limit to transactions that has been in effect for three years now, as this limit far exceeds the needs of most depositors.The banks in Greece have expressed their concerns in regards to the condition of the bank accounts of many of their clients, as they appear to be struggling financially with the heavy taxes imposed by the Government, including the property tax (ENFIA) and personal income taxes.The lift to the capital controls will also affect citizens travelling to and from Greece, who will now be able to carry up to €10,000 on them upon departure or arrival and withdraw up to €5,000 from abroad, as well as businesses that will see their daily transfer limit to other nations rise from €10,000 that it is today to €40,000, while at the same time there will no longer be any limits for any profits from investments that were made in Greece.Finally, all checks will be paid in cash, putting an end to the practice of having money being transferred to the accounts. This decision could possibly move forward even on the same day it will be published in the Official Government Gazette, however all changes that have to do with foreign transactions will come into effect on 1 October.Meanwhile, international credit rating agency Moody’s released its credit report on Greece on Wednesday, keeping the country’s credit rating level stable at B3 with a “positive outlook”. In its report, Moody’s points out the potential for Greece’s “faster-than-expected” financial development provided the government remains faithful to its agreed upon economic reforms and makes the decision to reduce pensions even further in January. However not all things in Greece are as financially prosperous as these indicators would make them out to be, as the data collected by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue that was presented to the Parliament showed that almost all people who owe taxes have exceeding debts of over €10,000.More specifically, about 3.6 million Greek citizens owe close to 10,000 euros each to the Greek Government, while 3.8 million taxpayers and businesses have a total debt of €101.5 billion. 240,000 others owe amounts between €10,000 and €100,000. Greece’s major debtors are not more than 41,232 but they collectively owe a staggering sum of €91.2 billion to the state. It is worth noting that as the report points out, most of these debts were created after the heavy austerity measures enforced on the country.last_img read more

Apple liPad Mini lancé en octobre prochain

first_imgApple : l’iPad Mini lancé en octobre prochain ?La rumeur tenace faisant état de la sortie prochaine d’un mini iPad ne désemplit pas. Au contraire, elle se préciserait…Selon le site chinois Netease, la rumeur concernant le lancement d’un iPad Mini semble se préciser. D’après ce média, c’est en octobre prochain que l’iPad Mini serait enfin commercialisé. Une excellente nouvelle en somme pour tous ceux qui rêvent d’un iPad low cost, même si, évidemment, il n’y a eu aucune annonce officielle de la part de la firme de Cupertino.D’après la presse chinoise donc, Apple prévoirait de lancer une mini tablette au troisième trimestre 2012, c’est-à-dire au moment ou plusieurs tablettes pourvues du système d’exploitation Windows 8 et son interface Metro verront le jour. La marque à la Pomme compte également frapper un grand coup à ce moment-là et conserver ainsi sa position dominante sur le marché des tablettes tactiles.L’iPad Mini serait une tablette de 7,85 pouces, vendue entre 186 et 223 euros. Elle pourrait être lancée à 6 millions d’unités. Ce qui ferait beaucoup dans un créneau simultané avec une éventuelle arrivée de l’iPhone 5…Le 20 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Warehouse goes up in flames in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A warehouse went up in flames in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.Black smoke could be seen coming from inside a warehouse commercial building, near Southwest 104th Street and 185th Avenue.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene after the occupant of the building unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire by himself. He suffered minor burns to his face trying to save vehicles inside the warehouse.The cause of the fire is now under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Revealed This is why Varun Dhawan Natasha Dalal wont tie the knot

first_imgVarun Dhawan and girlfriend Natasha DalalTwitterAfter a phenomenal 2018 which paved way for much high profile Bollywood weddings, the filmy fans have been waiting with bated breath for their loved up stars couples to tie the knot this year too. Malaika Arora – Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan – Natasha Dalal, Sushmita Sen – Rohman Shawl, Shibani Dandekar – Farhan Akhtar are some of the celebs expected to tie the knot this year.However, this particular piece of news might disappoint you a little. As per reports, Varun Dhawan won’t tie the knot with girlfriend Natasha Dalal this year. Talking to Filmfare, Varun shed some light on his marriage plans. He said, “It’s not going to happen this year. I’m not saying I won’t get married but it’s not this soon. If I’m doing all these movies, I need to find the right time for that.”Varun and Natasha have been childhood friends and also share a great rapport with each other’s families. Talking about it, Varun said, “She and I went to school together. So, she knows my parents for ages. She’s been attending functions with my parents before also but it wasn’t photographed then. She’s my rock, she’s my anchor. She’s the stabilising factor in my life. It’s pretty much like family.””My first love is films and everyone in my life knows that. After that comes Natasha, my family, and my friends. I just don’t make relationships to let go of them,” Varun had said in a previous interview with Filmfare.On the work front, Varun is busy with the promotions of his film – Kalank – made under Dharma Productions. The big banner project has many stalwarts like Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt and also many of Varun’s contemporaries like – Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur etc. The film is slated to release this April.last_img read more

Avendus Capital hires Ambits Andrew Holland fund managers

first_imgTo strengthen its team ahead of the hedge fund launch, investment bank Avendus Capital hired the entire top management of Ambit Investment Advisory comprising fund managers, research analysts, marketing head Bhautik Ambani and chief executive officer Andrew Holland.The move coincides with financial services firm Edelweiss acquiring Ambit Alpha Fund, subject to regulatory approvals. The acquisition of the Fund that manages assets of over Rs. 1,100 crore was made on Thursday. Holland, who had joined Ambit eight years ago, was managing the Fund.Piyush Shah of Merrill Lynch will join Holland and Ambani at Avendus Capital in due course. The trio had set up the Proprietary trading team at Merrill Lynch and were managing and advising $1billion of capital. “We are very excited to have one of the most experienced and respected teams in the Alternative Asset Management Business join us. Andrew has an impeccable reputation and we are fortunate to have Andrew, Vaibhav and team work with us at Avendus. We look forward to working with them on long-short and long-only strategies and taking our business to the next level of growth,” Ranu Vohra, MD & CEO, Avendus Capital said in a statement on Thursday.Holland expressed confidence of the partnership playing a critical role in Avendus Capital’s Hedge Fund to augment its portfolio of Alternative Asset Management businesses.”We believe our partnership will quickly become a formidable and leading Alternative Asset Management business, both local and globally. We expect to leverage KKR’s deep relationships for launching the AIF globally,” he said in the statement.Earlier, in a regulatory filing on Thursday, Edelweiss Financial Services said the acquisition of Ambit Alpha Fund by the company comes at the right time.”We are seeing the financial savings of Indian investors shifting from hard assets like gold and real estate to financial instruments. This movement presents exciting opportunities in the rapidly growing asset management space. Ambit Alpha Fund is one of the market-leading Alternate Investment Funds in the country and allows us to consolidate our market position in this business,” Rashesh Shah, Chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Group, was quoted as saying in the filing.last_img read more

Infosys reports marginal fall in June quarter net profit

first_imgInfosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileIT software services company Infosys reported a sequential dip in consolidated net profit and revenues for the first quarter ended June but raised revenue guidance for fiscal 2018 that buoyed share price on Friday morning trade despite the BSE Sensex trading in the red.The revenue guidance for 2017-18 was raised to 7.1-9.1 percent from 6.1-8.1 percent earlier, according to the Moneycontrol.com while the NDTVProfit said that the consolidated net profit at Rs 3,483 crore was better than Rs 3,335 crore estimated by brokerage Morgan Stanley. Also read: Infosys to hire 2,000 employees at its North Carolina innovation hubOn a sequential basis, consolidated net profit was 3.3 percent lower while revenues saw a drop of 0.2 percent to Rs 17,078 crore, according to the Moneycontrol.com.At around 10.50 am, the Infosys stock was trading at 983 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) though the BSE Sensex was down 119 points at 31,918.”Our persistent focus on execution in Q1 is reflected in broad-based performance on multiple fronts – revenue growth, resilient margins despite multiple headwinds, healthy cash generation and overall business results,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka was quoted as saying by the NDTVProfit. In dollar terms, revenues grew 3.2 percent sequentially while in constant currency terms, it rose 2.7 percent to $2,651 million, according to the NDTVProfit.The company’s COO U B Pravin Rao attributed the performance to overall improvement. “We had broad-based growth across geographical and industry segments. Initiatives on operational discipline led to record levels of utilisation and better realisation during the quarter,” Rao was quoted as saying by the Moneycontrol.com.last_img read more

Going Raw With Soul

first_imgIn The Land of Kush, one can find a vegan style restaurant with healthier options for the Baltimore Community, thanks to owner, Gregory Brown, 44, who promotes health, while keeping the soulful taste of popular foods.In his desire to represent African heritage, Brown decided to give a “modern” twist to its history. “I wanted a name that represented the pre-Atlantic slave trade so that’s how the name came about,” says Brown.The Land of Kush serves vegetarian and vegan foods that keep their flavorful tastes familiar to most people. The restaurant has been open for four years, but Brown has been in business since 2004.Inspired by his vision board, Brown used his aspirations to further his plans. “Through the practice of doing that, the idea of owning my own restaurant came out of that and the fact that I was a vegetarian or just becoming a vegetarian at that time that’s how the concept of the vegetarian restaurant came about.“We consider ourselves as the ultimate vegetarian experience. We specialize in a vegetarian soul food cuisine. We wanted to attract people not only who were vegan and vegetarian, but who weren’t,” says Brown.Despite the disproportional rate of heart disease between Whites and Blacks, Brown advises a slow transition towards veganism. “Here in Baltimore, you have a lot of urban farms, so you’re able to pick up produce and get started and start preparing some fresh produce and bringing that stuff into the house,” says Brown.Brown also suggests including at least one vegan meal a day. In addition, one can also take part in “Meatless Mondays,” a day of meals prepared without using any meats. “When we change our diets or how we eat, it is changing our lifestyle and it is a lifestyle change,” says Brown.As the dietary choices of Blacks shift, so will The Land of Kush’s restaurant goals.“We will like to franchise the restaurant. We really want to take this thing at minimal wide if not worldwide. We’re looking at a second location that we would like to do here in Baltimore, D.C, and Philly,” says Brown.To those who may be skeptical of trying vegan foods, Brown says, “As African Americans, I think we should step outside of what’s comfortable for us because we have to do those things to be successful and to further ourselves in this world. So, don’t be afraid, step outside your box, try some new things and educate yourself.”The Land of Kush is located at 840 N. Eutaw Street in Baltimore and can be reached at 410-225-5874.Check it out on Facebook also.last_img read more

This TI Graphing Calculator Runs Doom

first_imgThose people who went to school in the 90s are probably more used to having a trust TI-80 series graphing calculator in their backpack than an iPhone or iPad, and the things you could do with a TI calculator and a little bit of time were pretty impressive. It was remarkably easy to start programming games, building text-adventure apps, and of course, programming all of your exam notes into an app you could run from the calculator – after all, your calculator was one of the few things you were almost always allowed to have during a test.Some TI enthusiasts over at Omnimaga have taken these basics to the next level though: some of the members there have managed to get the classic first-person-shooter Doom to run on a real calculator, and have video to prove it (behind the jump.) The game reportedly crashes after 30 seconds of play, but the subsequent posters in the thread note that this is a little odd and something that can likely be fixed. Regardless, it’s impressive enough that the game runs at all, let alone looks this good.  [via Kotaku]last_img read more

Going the Indian Ocean way

first_imgThe contemporary fusion music band members, known to drive fans into frenzy, were also present at the event to mesmerize the audience. The author and the band members together revealed the band’s behind the scene story.Formed in the early 90’s Indian Ocean has been one of the spearheads of the Indian Rock Scene. Their unique sound of Contemporary Rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion have earned them a cult following.Their band has managed to maintain this inimitable sound in all their albums and have attained some rave reviews from the critics. Some of the themes of their songs are Sufism, environmentalism and mythology. Definitely exclusive in what they do, Indian Ocean have toured all over India and played all across the globe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Parragon Publishing, which is the largest illustrated non-fiction publisher in the world, will be coming out with a book on the band soon, which is a first of its kind for a music band in India. It is a significant accomplishment for the band, as the publishing house in the past has done such books on iconic musicians like Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and John Lennon among others.The core thought behind the book is the fact that Indian Ocean has a huge, ardent fan following – who would love to know and see parts of the journey of the band, which is more than two decades and still going strong. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe band has had staggering achievements over the years and the book unfolds the unique story of four untrained young musicians making a band. It has been a long, eventful career with an inventory of many firsts. Indian Ocean was the first band to release a Live album – Desert Rain continues to sell even 17 years after it was recorded almost as an afterthought! Indian Ocean is the first band to release a Live DVD.They were the first band ever in India to have a documentary made on them. The film Leaving Home, directed by Jaideep Varma won the National award and is the first ever indigenous documentary film to have achieved a commercial release in the country. Adding to the list of firsts, is the book on them by Parragon Publishing India.last_img read more

VIDEO 12yearold Jamaican sprinter dominates the competition like Usain Bolt

first_imgOlympic legend Usain Bolt is a Jamaican national hero, 12-year-old sprinter Brianna Liston may be the next in line.Liston recently tuned up her competition at the Jamaican Boys and Girls Track & Field Championship in Kingston with a Bolt-like performance. Her 200 meter time of 23.46 is only 2.38 seconds off of the female world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympics.Again, she’s 12.Watch the video. It won’t take you long to figure out which one is Liston:last_img

VIDEO Korean sports anchor fights through gushing onair nosebleed to crush some

first_img Advertisement Athletes fight through injuries all the time, and sometimes sportscasters have to play through the pain, too.One Korean sports anchor was at the desk ready to crush some highlights when “booyah,” he got hit with a gusher of a nosebleed live on the air. It wasn’t just a little trickle, we’re talking a double nostril gusher that had his partner wondering if he was going to bleed out.This guy looks less like a sportscaster and more like he just went 12 rounds with Deontay Wilder. As they say, if it bleeds it leads.오늘자 NBA 혈전 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ그 와중에도 프로다운 자세… #갓현일 pic.twitter.com/wFw6r3Zi8C— SPOTV (@Spotv_sports) December 6, 2018last_img

How to Come Back From an SEO Penalty

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 3, 2018 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global We live in a digital world, where the difference between landing on the first page of a prominent search engine vs. the second could cost you millions in revenue; this is what makes a company’s SEO ranking more important now than ever before. But if you’re the head of that company and you want to play the game, then you need to understand the rules.Related: How to Recover From Any Google PenaltyAnd one of those rules is that when you receive an SEO penalty from Google, your page rank is dropped; this means that your website becomes harder to find on Google, which ultimately translates into a significant decrease in site visitation.Here are several different SEO penalties and how to bounce back from them.Cloaking”Cloaking” is a technique used to show search engines a version of your website which differs from what visitors will actually see when they visit the site. Cloaking can take numerous forms, because different types of content on your website, like photos and text, can potentially be cloaked. Even if this problem occurs because of an accident that you, as the site owner, make, cloaking for any reason is a serious offense, and one that can get you banned on sites like Google.Cloaking also has several nuances, as can be seen in Google’s First Click Free policy. In short, the policy states that websites which show information to Google but fail to show that same information to visitors who don’t have a subscription, can and will be penalized.Luckily, cloaking can be fixed. The first step is to identify what portions of your website are cloaked. There are tons of free tools out there to help you identify this issue. After identifying the page that is cloaked, you can go to Google and fetch the pages from the cloaked portion of your website, compare the content on your web page to the content fetched by Google and then remove any discrepancies or variations. While doing this, make sure to remove any strange links or incorrect redirects.Spam”Spam” means irrelevant or inappropriate messages being sent to a large number of recipients on the internet. Spam is widely viewed as a huge nuisance on the internet, and search engines make sure it is treated as such. Spam comes in many different forms, but the most heavily penalized form is “pure spam.”Pure spam is created by organizations that aggressively engage in spam-based techniques, like the use of poor automated commenting systems and messaging systems, and scraped content and cloaking.The quickest and easiest way to solve spamming issues is to identify the source and remove it. Make sure that your organization isn’t blurring the lines between outreach and flat-out spam; sometimes, this distinction can be accomplished through your choosing the right mass-communication system. When choosing an automated messaging system, make sure to choose one with anti-spam functionality.ValueOne of the most important things that a website can do is it to add value to what its visitors see. Similar to cloaking and spamming, the effort to add value can take multiple forms. Every website should have a particular narrative, of course — a story which lets visitors know what the site has to offer and why they should stay.But much of this “story” depends on there being valuable content on the website. If your website is valuable, you’ll be rewarded with higher SEO rankings; if not, there’s a good chance you may drop a couple of pages in the ranking system.In fact, Google has a due-diligence process of automated web-crawling software and real-life employees; by combining technical and human expertise, the site can identify whether or not your website is truly valuable.Even if you find a way to miraculously trick the software, a human reviewer will likely catch you. So, instead of using tricks or gimmicks, augment your website’s value by improving your site’s content.Related: 4 Dumb SEO Tactics That Will Get Your Site PenalizedCertainly there are some things which are out of your control, like page visits and the length of time that any given user stays on your site’s various pages. However, one thing that is in your control is the content. To increase your website’s value:Provide relevant content. If your website is for dogfood, it shouldn’t include information about candy or fashion.Remove any irrelevant or unnatural reference links from the site. Such links on your site are reasons for one of the most common penalties seen in SEO.Make sure your content has substance, and never plagiarize. Both actions are problematic, and such content should be removed immediately.Related: How to Recover from a Google Penguin PenaltySEO ranking is now more significant than ever before, and it can also be complicated. If you’re new or starting out, remember that everyone makes mistakes; even the largest websites in the world receive SEO penalties.In response, the real injustice you might commit is to fail to rectify the problems that caused those penalities. So, be sure to do routine check-ups and optimize your website whenever possible.last_img read more

KB4020001 and KB4020002 for Windows 10 1703 released

first_imgKB4020001 and KB4020002 for Windows 10 1703 released by Martin Brinkmann on April 26, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 8 commentsKB4020001 and KB4020002 are two new updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) that Microsoft released today.These two updates are released on Microsoft’s Update Catalog website right now, and will not be made available through Windows Update.Both updates are listed as compatibility updates for Windows 10 Version 1703.Note: To make this clearer: these are dynamic updates and not updates that most users will come into contact with directly. They may be added to Windows 10 ISO images or installation sources, and are also provided during installation when the operating system runs an update check.KB4020001 and KB4020002KB4020001 — Compatibility update for upgrading to and recovering Windows 10 Version 1703: April 25, 2017KB4020002 — Compatibility update for upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1703: April 25, 2017KB4020001 makes “improvements to ease the upgrade and recovery experience to Windows 10 Version 1703”, KB4020002 changes “the upgrade experience to Windows 10 Version 1703.Both updates are listed as critical updates, and offered as CAB files right now on the Microsoft Update Catalog website.Windows 10 version 1703 users who want to download the updates right now may do so with a click on the following links:Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (KB4020001) for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 [link]Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (KB4020002) for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 [link]The installation of updates that are offered as CAB files is not complicated, but it is not as easy as double-clicking on the patch file in Windows. Note that KB4020002 cannot be installed this way. It replaces two files in the source folder, so simply unpack the files and put them in the folder of the ISO.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key, and hit the Enter-key to launch an elevated command prompt.The command DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:PATHTOCAB installs the cab update on the system. Make sure you replace PATHTOCAB with the full path and file name of the Cab file.If you have downloaded the cab files to C:\Users\Martin\Downloads\ for instance, you’d install the first cab file in the following way:  DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:c:\Users\Martin\Downloads\windows10.0-kb4020001-x64_c22bae1813b11e357438fd9acf77a6c9c9811441.cabThe update is installed afterwards, and will be listed as one of the updates installed on the Windows machine. You can remove it again, either by opening the list of installed updates and selecting uninstall, or by running the uninstall command from the command line instead.While the updates are listed as critical, it is probably safe to say that there is no rush in installing those right away. Microsoft will make them available through Windows Update as well, and if the company keeps the critical rating for those non-security updates, will be installed automatically on most user systems when that happens. (via Deskmodder)Now You: What’s your take on the release?SummaryArticle NameKB4020001 and KB4020002 for Windows 10 1703 releasedDescriptionKB4020001 and KB4020002 are two new Windows updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) that Microsoft released today.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Montenegro train crash kills 2 injures 28

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Officials say a passenger train has crashed into a railway repair trolley in a tunnel in northern Montenegro, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen.Railway official Zarija Franovic says the two people who died were railway workers standing on the repair trolley when it was hit Tuesday afternoon by the train connecting the towns of Mojkovac and Bijelo Polje.Doctors at a nearby hospital say 28 other people sought medical help, including three who had serious injuries. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more