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Another farmer commits suicide in West Bengal

first_imgDespite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s announcement that her government would buy the potato required for social security schemes from the farmers hit by falling prices, yet another potato farmer allegedly committed suicide in Bardhaman district after sustaining heavy losses.The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) alleged that with the latest case, at least four potato farmers had committed suicide in the State in the last one-and-a-half months. Speaking to The Hindu, State’s Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu, however, said he was not unaware of any potato farmer committing suicide due to losses. “Being a potato farmer is not the only reason behind someone committing suicide,” he said.On Friday, potato farmer Chandan Paul (40) died after he consumed pesticide in the Memari area of Bardhaman district, following heavy losses. According to the district CPI(M) leaders, Paul was under severe pressure as he had incurred a debt of nearly ₹50,000 for cultivating potato on 2.80 acres of land.Last week, another potato farmer, Swapan Hajra (45), allegedly committed suicide in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block . Two other farmers committed suicide in Paschim Medinipur district.Potato farmers are facing severe financial crisis this year as its prices have fallen due to high production.last_img read more

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China Promises to Ante Up Nuclear-Monitoring Data

first_imgAfter North Korea announced that it had conducted its third nuclear test in February, few doubted the regime had pulled it off: Seismic signals registered around the world clearly showed that a massive explosion had occurred. In the hours after the blast, the U.S. military and others scrambled to catch whiffs of radioxenon leaking from the test site that might indicate whether North Korea had detonated a plutonium bomb or a uranium bomb. Identifying the fissile material would help intelligence agencies size up North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. To the frustration of the United States and its allies, however, too few radioxenon atoms were detected to make that determination.Next time may be a different story. Yesterday, the world’s main nuclear weapons monitoring organization announced that China has agreed to begin sharing data from 10 stations on its territory. Seven stations register seismic waves and infrasound waves; three stations in Beijing, Lanzhou, and Guangzhou detect radionuclides.  Data from the stations would be fed into the International Data Centre (IDC) maintained by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna. The additional information “will help us further refine our analysis” of events around the world, says CTBTO spokesperson Thomas Mützelburg. 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China is one of eight CTBT signatories whose ratification would bring the treaty into force; other holdouts include the United States and North Korea. (So far, 159 countries have ratified the treaty.) Analysts don’t expect China to ratify before the United States, and few are optimistic that the United States will move on the treaty any time soon, despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to do so in 2009.Observers applaud China for opening the spigot on data that would stream into the IDC. Because the CTBT has not entered into force, China, like other signatories, “has no legal obligation to provide data to anybody,” says one analyst who formerly worked in CTBTO and asked to remain anonymous. Over the past decade, as China built up its monitoring stations, it was especially leery of providing radionuclide data. “They’ve come around,” says the analyst. CTBTO now must certify the Chinese stations. “Their data would be the first step in the necessary testing and evaluation,” says Mützelburg, a process that he expects will begin “in the next couple weeks.”last_img read more

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Fast and furious: Adelaide curator promises green pitch for 1st India-Australia Test

first_imgIndia will be greeted with some grass at the Adelaide in the first Test against Australia, according to curator Damien Hough even though the encounter will be a day affair.For the past three seasons, Adelaide has hosted three day-night Tests and to increase the durability of the pink ball for such Tests, Hough had kept an extra layer of grass.However, he does not feel the need to make any changes for the day encounter between India and Australia, starting December 6.”We won’t do anything differently. The preparation will be the same. The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier,” Hough told The Weekend Australian.”We do the same preparation for red-ball cricket and pink-ball cricket at Shield level. The best way to get an even contest is to leave some grass on there and get that balance between bat and ball. Right now, we really feel that this is where it’s at for the pitch,” he added.The inaugural day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval had ended in three days while the second one was extended to four days. The third Test at the venue ended in the first session on day five.If the curator rolls out a green top, it could suit the fast bowlers of both India and Australia and the outcome of the first Test might as well just set the tone for the four-match series.India are eyeing their maiden series win in Australia while the hosts would want to get back to winning ways after enduring a prolonged dismal run in the absence of suspended Steve Smith and David Warner.advertisementZAHEER KHAN BACKS UMESH YADAV FOR 1ST TESTZaheer has backed Umesh to play in Adelaide ahead of seasoned campaigner Ishant, who found fame taming the Australian batsmen in the 2007-08 tour.Like a lot of other experts, Zaheer is not tempted to chose Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his batting skills, considering the conditions Down Under that may not suit the Meerut pacer’s style.”I think [Jasprit] Bumrah, Umesh and [Mohammed] Shami should play in the first Test. No doubt we have seen a lot of improvement in Ishant’s bowling and he has experience of playing there as well. But I think if these three play, it would be good for India,” Zaheer told India Today.In the only tour game in Australia before the four-Test series kicks off, Indian bowlers conceded 544 runs against Cricket Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, Zaheer does not read too much into the tour game scoresheet and rates India’s bowling resources at par with Australian battery comprising of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon.”If you compare the two sides, the bowling sides of the two teams are even. But India’s batting looks stronger, taking into consideration experience and other factors. I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series,” the left-arm pacer said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David Warnerlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: New Zealand better prepared this time for the final, says Ross Taylor

first_imgEmboldened by the stunning win over fancied India in the semifinal, New Zealand’s seasoned batsman Ross Taylor says the team is better prepared this time for the title clash of the World Cup.Four years ago, New Zealand were hammered by Australia by seven wickets in the final, overawed by the occasion.At Lord’s on Sunday, Taylor believes the Black Caps will know what to expect and be better prepared to cope with the challenges of an ICC World Cup final.”I’d be lying if I said we weren’t a bit overawed by the change of scenery. I think we know what to expect, the pressures that come with it, we’ve been there before,” Taylor was quoted as saying in the ICC website.”You just have to enjoy it, it’s the Home of Cricket, I can’t think of a better place to play a final.”Whether it’s England or Australia, we have to enjoy the moment, put our best foot forward and hope for the best.”Taylor played a crucial role in New Zealand reaching the final, top-scoring with 74 in an 18-run victory over India at Old Trafford in a semi-final played over two days.After battling to 239 for eight, Matt Henry and Trent Boult combined to reduce India to 24 for four, and despite a fightback from Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50), the target proved beyond India with Jimmy Neesham taking a stunning catch to remove Dinesh Karthik and Martin Guptill effectively sealing it with a sensational run-out of Dhoni.advertisementHe added: “I woke up at three in the morning so I didn’t know how I was going to go out and bat. It was such a strange one, it was a Test match feeling almost, being not out overnight and being a bit restless.”But we talked about 240 being what Kane (Williamson) and I thought was a very competitive total. I don’t think a lot of people believed us. It was a really slow wicket and if anything it got better to bat once it rained.”The big boys up front were fantastic getting those three wickets and from there it was nice to be ahead of the game. Jadeja and Dhoni nearly took it away from us. There was some brilliance out there, the catch of Neesham, the run-out of Guptill without even the keeper there. Those highlights in a few years’ time will be something the team will never forget.”Prior to the tournament, Taylor had spoken of trying to emulate Chris Gayle and appear in a fifth World Cup at the age of 39.However, he admitted after this one that the final at Lord’s may well be his final appearance on this stage.He said, “I’ve said that Chris Gayle is my inspiration, he’s 39 and still playing but it’s probably a bit too far-fetched for me to still be playing.”Never say never but probably more than likely (it will be my last World Cup game).”Apart from the All Blacks, most New Zealand sides are underdogs, no matter what sport they play. It’s something we have embraced. It doesn’t sit well when we’re the favourites, we try to talk it down as much as possible.Also Read | Is MS Dhoni changing nationalities? If he does, we will consider him for New Zealand team: Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma must be feeling terrible, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

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Video: Tom Herman Comments On Being Linked To LSU

first_imgTom Herman walking off the field with his wife.ABC. Tom Herman is going to be linked to the LSU job until it’s filled.Tom Herman, Houston’s young star head coach, is reportedly one of the top choices for LSU, which fired longtime coach Les Miles earlier today.The former Ohio State assistant commented on the opening, saying he hasn’t been contacted by LSU, at practice tonight.Here’s video, from Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.. @UHCougarFB @CoachTomHerman says he and his agent haven’t been contacted by #LSU— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) September 26, 2016Who should LSU hire? And would Herman leave Houston?last_img read more

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Sindhu Srikanth make impressive start to Indonesia Open

first_imgJakarta: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made impressive starts to their campaign, progressing to the second round of the Indonesia Open with contrasting wins at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament here Wednesday.Rejuvenated after a month-long break from a hectic BWF schedule, Sindhu and Srikanth prevailed over Japanese shuttlers Aya Ohori and Kenta Nishimoto in women’s and men’s singles respectively.Fifth seed Sindhu, who is looking for her first title of the season, staved off a challenge from Ohori with a 11-21 21-15 21-15 win, while eighth seed Srikanth, who had entered the finals at India Open this year, beat Nishimoto 21-14 21-13 in 38 minutes. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhile Sindhu extended her stranglehold over Ohori with seventh straight victory, it was Srikanth’s fifth win over Nishomoto, who had defeated the Indian only once in their six meetings.While World No 5 Sindhu will face either Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt or Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin next, World No 9 Srikanth meets the winner of the clash between France’s Brice Leverdez and Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus.B Sai Praneeth, who had reached the Swiss Open final this year, bowed out of the competition after losing 15-21 21-13 10-21 to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, an opponent against whom he had a 2-2 head-to-head count before the match.last_img read more

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At UN island and landlocked States urge concerted action against climate change

2 October 2007At the annual high-level United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today, leaders of small island and mountainous landlocked countries alike called for intensified measures to tackle climate change. “The Maldives, as a low-lying small island State, is particularly vulnerable to the perils of global climate change, a point brought sharply into focus by the recent sea swells which submerged a large part of the country,” the Indian Ocean nation’s Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said.Despite myriad conferences, summits and plans aimed at combating climate change, rhetoric exceeds implementation and “the past 20 years has been an era of missed opportunities,” he noted.Underscoring the importance of “collective responsibility” in addressing the issue, Mr. Shahid expressed optimism that the upcoming major climate change summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December provides an occasion to make up for lost time.Kiribati, another small island developing State (SIDS), stressed that it, too, is greatly threatened by the prospect of sea level rise.Natanaera Kirata, the country’s Minister of Public Works and Utilities, pointed out that most of Kiribati’s islands are barely two metres above mean sea level, making global warming a crucial security concern.He called on the international community to adopt a unified response to the challenges posed by climate change and for the issue to receive increased political support and commitment at the UN.“There is no more time to debate on the issue as climate change is now a fact of life,” Mr. Kirata said. “It is now time to put words into action so that this living planet is protected from complete destruction and is preserved for use by our many generations to come.”Although a mountainous country, Bhutan – situated in the Himalayas – is also severely affected by climate change, its Foreign Secretary said. The small nation’s agricultural sector, which is the mainstay of nearly 80 per cent of the population, is jeopardized by global warming.“More serious and more immediate” is the speed at which Himalayan glaciers are receding, Yeshey Dorji told the debate. Of Bhutan’s 3,000 glacial lakes, 24 have been identified as potentially dangerous, and glacial lake outburst floods, which have devastated the country in the past, could be much more destructive in the future.“Our capacity to carry out research, monitor developments, forecast outbursts and take mitigation measures are severely constrained by lack of scientific, technical and financial resources,” he said, adding that climate change must be confronted within the context of sustainable development and on the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.”Also calling for sustainable development measures was the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.In the long term, “sustainable development depends on the stability of human relationships based on knowledge of how to use resources available for current socio-economic development and at the same time conserving for future generations,” Foreign Minister Ednan Karabaev noted.He stressed the importance of the convening of the Second Global Mountain Summit to establish a sustainable development policy for mountainous regions.“The strategy of every single country should contain social responsibility as a basic characteristic for elaborating approaches toward regional and global coordination thus improving the environment and reducing energy shortages,” he said. read more

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UN Security Council renews group monitoring arms embargo against Somalia

The action came in a unanimously adopted resolution which called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to re-establish the group within a month to identify and report on violators and recommend ways of strengthening compliance with the measures.Noting the 11 August report on the situation that the experts recently submitted, the Council said their recommendations would be given “due consideration” so that steps cam be taken to improve compliance with the embargo.The resolution called on the experts to “continue refining and updating information on the draft list of those who continue to violate the arms embargo inside and outside Somalia, and their active supporters, for possible future measures by the Council and to present such information to the Committee as and when the Committee deems appropriate.”The August report recommends postponing the deadline for submitting names of alleged violators to be considered for a blacklist while they work out the duration of the violations by both previously named warlords and faction leaders and the new violators, who are businesspeople. The report carries some names from all three groups.Also to be decided is whether accountability should date back to 2002, when the first Monitoring Group was formed, or to 1992, when the embargo was first imposed.Difficulties could arise from imposing travel bans, or freezing the assets of violators, since most have family members outside Somalia and their finances were yet to be definitively determined, the report says, adding that some of the people who could be on the list may carry multiple passports, or have several nationalities, in addition to the fact that they have hardly ever been in Somalia.The report recommends that the Council draw up a highly confidential draft “watch list” of Somalis who possibly contravened the embargo, including those whose names have consistently appeared in previous reports. Subsequently, a draft list of non-Somalis who have had a part in the illicit arms trade should be compiled.Those who continued to transgress should have sanctions imposed on them, while other names should be dropped from the list, it says.The frontline and neighbouring states – Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen – should implement anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorist measures to strengthen the capacity of their financial institutions to trace client funds that might be linked to trafficking and smuggling, according to the report.Dhow traffic in the region should be regulated, while the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in consultation with neighbouring countries and related organizations, should develop a practical monitoring programme for Somalia’s 3,200-kilometre coastline, the second longest in Africa.Though arms transfers by air had dropped in number, Somalia’s neighbours should put all their airstrips under the control of their national airport regulators and should more closely monitor their own borders and their vehicular traffic, the report says. read more

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MTS Allstream reports firstquarter profit and revenue down from year ago

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) said Wednesday it earned $30.9 million in its first quarter, down from $45.4 million a year ago, as revenue fell more than five per cent.The telecommunications company said the profit amounted to 46 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of 69 cents per share a year ago.Revenue was $406.7 million, down from $435.1 million.“Our ability to move quickly to take costs out of the business in response to changing market conditions helped offset declines from our MTS wholesale wireless revenues, and legacy revenues at Allstream,” chief executive Pierre Blouin said in a statement.The company said its MTS business earned operating revenue of $243.5 million, down slightly from $243.7 million a year ago, while its Allstream business saw operating revenue drop to $171.7 million from $200.2 million.Included in the MTS operations was $91.5 million, up from $89.8 million in the first quarter of last year as total wireless subscribers grew to 493,216 from 488,571 a year ago. Average revenue per user was $60.25, up from $59.78.Local access revenue, the company’s traditional telephone business at MTS, fell to $64 million from $66.9 million a year ago, while long distance and legacy data revenue fell to $18.1 million from $19.1 million.MTS provides telecommunications services for home and business customers in Manitoba including wireless, broadband, IPTV, voice services, and home security, while Allstream offers services to business customers across Canada. MTS Allstream reports first-quarter profit and revenue down from year ago by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 4:59 pm MDT read more

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Higher minimumwage proposals gain ground in New York and California 15 an

Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground in New York and California; $15 an hour is the goal FILE – In this June 15, 2015, file photo, demonstrators rally for a $15 minimum wage before a meeting of the state Wage Board in New York. The New York state Wage Board is expected to recommend a higher minimum wage for the industry during a meeting Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in New York City. Board members say they support an increase, though they haven’t offered a specific amount. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) SAN FRANCISCO – The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.“How we support our workers and their families impacts Californians who might never set foot on one of our campuses,” said UC President Janet Napolitano, who oversees 10 campuses, including UCLA and Berkeley. “It’s the right thing to do.”The 240,000-student University of California becomes the nation’s first public university to commit itself to the $15-an-hour wage that has become the rallying cry of many labour groups in recent months.So far, the cities of Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have approved phased-in increases that eventually will take their minimum wage to $15 an hour, or about $31,200 a year. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous county, voted to craft a law to do the same over five years.In New York, the state Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations. The increase would be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere.Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has the final say, and he has signalled his support. New York would become the first state to single out a specific industry for such an increase. The state minimum wage is now $8.75.“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 a year in the state of New York — period,” Cuomo said at a New York City rally celebrating the proposal. “This is just the beginning. We will not stop until we reach true economic justice.”Restaurant owners warned that higher wages could force them to raise prices, cut employee hours and hire fewer workers, and they said they may challenge the move in court.“Singling out fast-food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory,” said Jack Bert, who owns seven McDonald’s restaurants in New York City.But Rebecca Cornick, a 60-year-old woman who makes $9 an hour at a Wendy’s in Brooklyn, said, “If I made $15, I could pay my rent on time, I could put food on the table, I could hold my head up.”At the University of California, the hourly wage earners include students and full-time contract employees who work in dining halls, dorms and bookstores or labour as gardeners, housekeepers and custodians. Many start at the state minimum wage of $9 an hour.Napolitano said she will boost that to $13 in October for employees who work at least 20 hours a week and will raise it some more in stages to $15 by the fall of 2017.About 3,200 UC employees and a much larger but undetermined number of people employed by outside contractors at the university will receive the higher wage, UC said. The university is California’s third-largest employer, with a staff of 195,000.“I just thought it was important for a public university to plant the flag here for low-wage workers and a more livable wage,” said Napolitano, who was President Barack Obama’s homeland security secretary before she assumed leadership of the university nearly two years ago.Napolitano’s plan does not need approval from the university’s governing Board of Regents.The higher minimum-wage argument has gained traction amid concerns over the shrinking middle class and rising income inequality.Supporters argue a higher wage floor will help lift the working poor into the middle class. Opponents warn higher wages will kill jobs and lead to higher prices. Sixteen states have passed laws barring local governments from setting their own minimum wage.Democrats, including presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, have said they support a higher federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.Vice-President Joe Biden promoted a higher minimum wage of at least $12 an hour during a stop Wednesday at a washroom equipment manufacturer in Los Angeles, where he chatted with employees as they assembled soap dispensers.Biden said the wage hikes approved by the city’s mayor and county supervisors would be “life-changing” for some 700,000 workers in the Los Angeles area.“Maybe you’ll be able to have meat on the table a couple of times a week instead of once a month,” Biden told workers at Bobrick Washroom Equipment, whose CEO backed the city’s wage ordinance.Other public university systems, including ones in Washington state, Indiana and Tennessee, have adopted minimum wages higher than those set under state or federal law. But none have committed to going as high as the University of California.University officials estimated that the raises for workers directly employed by UC will cost $14 million a year, a fraction of the system’s $12.6 billion annual payroll. UC said it also expects contractors will pass some of the cost of higher wages onto the university.The Republican leader of the California Assembly criticized the university’s plan to extend the higher wage to outside contractors.“The university should be teaching engineering, not spending student dollars to practice social engineering by limiting who campuses can do businesses with,” Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen said.In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, election officials approved the language of a proposed ballot measure that would make the nation’s capital the first East Coast city to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Supporters will have to gather about 23,000 signatures to get the proposal on next year’s ballot.___Klepper reported from Albany, N.Y. Associated Press writer Robert Jablon in Los Angeles contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that the number of affected university employees is about 3,200 instead of 4,200. by Lisa Leff And David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2015 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories Review: iPhone 7 feels very different from previous versions Blurring effect comes to iPhone 7 Plus with software update Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability — the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects in the foreground.Apple’s “portrait mode” feature was announced in September but was unavailable until the company released its iOS 10.1 software update Monday.It replicates an effect typically limited to larger cameras known as SLRs.Portrait mode requires an iPhone 7 Plus because it uses the phone’s two lenses to sense depth. Other iPhones have only one camera lens.The software update will still be available for other iPhones because it also comes with bug fixes and other improvements.The update comes three days before Apple holds a product event in Cupertino, California, during which the company is expected to unveil new Mac computers. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 12:33 pm MDT apple|iPhone 7|iPhone 7 Plus|technology read more

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Chaos on the trains with mass cancellations on day of timetable change

The usual nightmare on @GNRailUK @hitchincommuter this is my journey home from London to Hitchin on the first day of your new timetable after many trains cancelled today already due to lack of drivers, could you tell me why you have a lack of drivers on your first day? #rubbish— tallestrob (@tallestrob) May 20, 2018 ⏰🚉 Our new expanded timetable starts this today. With up to 18 trains an hour through central London. Check your trains now 👉— Thameslink (@TLRailUK) May 20, 2018 Service levels improved slightly through the day but by 6pm more than 170 of 1,280 trains across the network had been cancelled or arrived at least half an hour late.Last week GTR chief executive Charles Horton said: “We are introducing the biggest ever change to a rail timetables to significantly boost capacity on the UK’s most congested network. “We don’t want passengers to get caught out and so we strongly advise them to look up the times of their trains as they will find that from 20 May each and every one of them has changed.“Due to the sheer scale of the changes, we will have to redeploy a large number of trains and crews and services may not run at normal times during the introductory phase, although the impact on peak time services during the transition will be minimal.”Emily Yates, founder of the Association of British Commuters (ABC) said: “GTR has been short-staffed since the beginning of its contract in 2014, as two independent reports have confirmed.“For weeks ABC has been hearing from GTR sources that there would not be enough drivers for the new timetable, and that driver trainers were having to be redeployed to drive trains.“If the company is still so short of train crew that it is unable to run the full ‘Rail 2020’ timetable, then we are entering the first week of a whole new era of chaos.”A GTR spokesman said: “We are introducing the biggest change to rail timetables in a generation and, as we have been informing passengers, we expect some disruption to services in the initial stages. Wow @TLRailUK you’ve surpassed yourselves. The 1st train out of #Streatham (no longer 5.48 but 6.03, which will make me late for work) is CANCELLED! So the 1st train tomorrow is at 6.18. Half an hour later! And this new timetable is an improvement?! This is a joke @ChukaUmunna— Catherine Russell (@catherinerusse2) May 20, 2018 By 9am Great Northern had announced a “short term amended timetable” had been put in place.It said: “This is resulting in a reduced service operating with trains being cancelled or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.”A GTR source told The Telegraph: “What angers me is they’re telling the paying public it’s just short term timetable amendments, but it’s actually because they haven’t got organised in time and are trying to hide the driver shortage.“I haven’t seen the figure this high for ages. I shudder to think what will happen on Monday morning.”A GTR spokesman said the company had sufficient staff but was working to match driver skills to work rosters.By midday, twenty percent of GTR’s trains had been cancelled or had arrived more than 30 minutes late, including nearly 40 percent of Brighton services. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A train timetable revolution is in disarray after dozens of trains were cancelled on day one, with chaos for commuters set to continue for up to a month.On Sunday the times of more than 3,000 trains operated by the UK’s largest rail franchise changed.Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – which runs Southern Rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern – have said that the timetable overhaul will mean there are 400 more trains a day and will allow 50,000 extra passengers to get to London during morning peak hours.However, on the first day of the new timetable dozens of trains had been cancelled before 9am.The company has apologised, but last week Thameslink admitted on Twitter that it anticipated it will be June 11 before the new timetable is fully operational on its routes. Train drivers and commuter groups have warned that the worst is yet to come.It also has been claimed by commuter groups that while GTR is advertising that the cancellations are the result of “operational incidents”, the problem is actually that GTR has insufficient drivers for its services. “This is a significant logistical challenge as we make rolling incremental changes across more than 3,000 daily services.“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused during the initial stages of the timetable change.“The improvements we are making will lead to a significant boost in capacity with a 13 per cent increase in services across the GTR network immediately.” An internal GTR email sent at 7.30am on Sunday warned of 66 “potential cancellations” across the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express routes due to “train crew position”. Remember folks @TLRailUK have changed the timetable so your regular trains will now be cancelled at a different time.— Lee Sparey (@grooveyardmusic) May 20, 2018 read more

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A car crash caused by texting while driving caught on camera

first_img FMPDADMIN)POLICE IN FLORIDA released a video of a car crash caused by texting while driving to warn of the dangers of using a phone and the road at the same time.“Texting and driving is a serious epidemic” at the moment, according to Fort Myers Lieutenant Victor Medico.“We hope the in-car video in this incident is a wake-up call to those that text and drive.”Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the incident. But the driver, Michael James Woody, was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.As he travelled down Veronica Shoemaker and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr boulevards on 4 January, Officer Ivan Moorer noticed some unusual behaviour from the vehicle in front of him. The driver was swerving and slowing for no apparent reason, he said.His dashcam caught the whole episode, including when the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am accelerated across the inside lane, drove up onto the path and violently struck a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree before rolling over.Woody eventually got out and crawled to safety before telling the officer that he had been texting on his mobile phone.Read: Woman fined because her puppy wasn’t wearing a seatbeltlast_img read more

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From Bud to GoDaddy The best and worst Super Bowl XLVII commercials

first_imgIt’s by far the most expensive commercial minute in broadcast television, and those breaks in the action are often the most talked about things for days after they air. Especially this year, where the Super Bowl broke viewing records, the most important part of your commercial is to be good or bad enough that you’re on everyone’s mind. This year was no different, with commercials that hit every kind of consumer for the four hour long spectacle that is the Super Bowl.Team spiritNo one knows the outcome of the game, so when you write commercials that play on team spirit you have to be careful not to ruffle the feathers of either team’s fans. The Tide Commercial was easily the best of the game, making sure to give fans on both sides of the coin toss a reason to cheer.Upcoming moviesThe commercials you see during the Super Bowl for movies that are about to hit the theaters are almost always blockbusters. This year was no different with Oz: The Great and Powerful, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, and a hilarious “extended look” at Iron Man 3.Just plain wrongThe team responsible for GoDaddy’s commercial minute had a decision to make — they could either make a commercial that made people laugh, or they could make a commercial that made people cringe. While their commercial was by far the most disturbing, at least people aren’t talking about their involvement in SOPA anymore. GoDaddy’s objectification of women, and now geeks, knows no bounds.Samsung vs. BlackBerrySamsung and Blackberry both offered commercials for the Super Bowl this year. Samsung thought theirs was so good that they teased a prequel a few days before the big game. BlackBerry’s Z10 commercial focused on confusing as many people as possible for most of their commercial, but ended it with just enough to pique interest for the new phone.Food and drinkTaco Bell, Doritos, and Pizza Hut all put their best foot forward to give you something to laugh about, but only one of these commercials featured a goat with a mean streak.Budweiser managed to release more commercials for the Super Bowl than any other company, but their best commercial features one of their oldest staples, the Clydesdales.While Pepsi and Coke battle back and forth to convince you that their flavor is the one you really want in your mouth, there was a Milk commercial featuring The Rock that targeted more age groups than you’d think possible in a single commercial.For most people, Super Bowl commercials are the only advertisements of the year that they go and watch on purpose. There are plenty other commercials worth watching, and fortunately Hulu and YouTube have all of them ready for you to watch for free.last_img read more

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Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates

first_img Short URL 12,568 Views Image: Leah Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ceimin Burke 42 Comments THE BROADCASTING REGULATOR has rejected three complaints that programmes broadcast on Virgin Media Television in the run up to last year’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment failed to be fair, objective and impartial.Two of the complaints to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) were made against The Tonight Show, hosted by Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates, and the third was against The Pat Kenny Show Referendum Special.The three complaints were all made by Brendan O’Regan and the programmes were broadcast last May when the channel was known as TV3.The complaints against The Tonight Show focused on programmes that aired on 17 and 21 May ahead of the vote on 25 May.Both of the shows involved panel discussions on the referendum with representatives from each side of the debate.Each panelist set out their position at the beginning of each of the programmes and this was followed by an open discussion.Fact-checkingBoth programmes included fact-checking undertaken by a journalist from’Regan complained that the fact-checkers, Sinead O’Carroll and Susan Daly, did not remain impartial and, on occasion, provided their own viewpoints under the guise of providing facts.He said that the panelists should have been given the opportunity to challenge the fact-checkers.The complainant also expressed the view that the presenters put more challenging questions to the panelists advocating a ‘No’ vote. He claimed that the programmes were not fair, objective or impartial and were biased in favour of a ‘Yes’ vote.In responding to the complaint, Virgin Media Television said that the presenters engaged the fact-checkers from with a view to ensuring that the audience was provided with information which was “trustworthy, honest and credible”.It said that on both nights the fact-checkers provided accurate information and answered questions without expressing their own views.The broadcaster added that the presenters also challenged each side fairly and did not express their opinion.In unanimously rejecting the complaint the BAI’s Compliance Committee found that the fact-checking element of the programme was fair, objective and impartial and it found no evidence that the panelists advocating a ‘No’ vote were treated unfairly.The complainant made a similar complaint against The Pat Kenny Show Referendum Special, which was broadcast on 23 May.He said Kenny was “rude” to the ‘No’ panelists and challenged them in a more robust manner than those representing the ‘Yes’ side.O’Regan said this was most evident in Kenny’s treatment of, Iona Institute member, Maria Steen.Virgin Media Television said in its response that the discussion was fair to all sides and gave each of the contributors ample time to make their case. The broadcaster acknowledged that Kenny was “direct and strict” with the panelists and contributors on the programme but maintained that this approach was necessary given the nature of the debate.In unanimously rejecting the complaint the Compliance Committee found that Kenny moderated the debate fairly and found no indication of bias.It also found no evidence that Kenny’s treatment of any of the contributors infringed on the requirement to be fair, impartial and objective.The authority also dismissed a complaint made by the Kerry based company Bio Atlantis against the RTÉ One documentary series A Wild Irish Year.The rejected complaint stated that the show made false and unsubstantiated claims about seaweed harvesting. Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates The three complaints were made about shows broadcast on Virgin Media Television. Mar 21st 2019, 6:22 PM Image: Leah Farrell Share206 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 6:22 PMlast_img read more

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TCI Ministry of Health Advises Persons Traveling to the 2018 FIFA World

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2018 – Providenciales – The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia June 14th to June 28th 2018.  It is a time when people from all regions of the world gather to cheer on their team.  With large gatherings of this kind, disease outbreaks are expected and vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are no exception.The measles virus has rebounded in the WHO European region. In 2017, there were 21,315 cases and 35 deaths caused by measles.  This is an increase from the reports of 2016 which was 5,273.  The World Health Organization (WHO) noted large outbreaks in countries such as Romania, Italy and Ukraine.The Region of the Americas have been certified free of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome(CRS); this certification means that no measles, rubella or CRS can be contracted from within the countries in the Americas.The Region of the Americas has, however, seen imported cases from persons traveling from other affected regions of the world.  Between 2011 and 2017, there have been 58 measles outbreaks between the USA, Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.  In 2018, WHO have already reported 1,115 confirmed measles cases within the region, affecting seven other countries in addition to those already mentioned.  It is important for us to maintain the elimination status by protecting our population through vaccinations.Measles is a highly infectious disease characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat and conjunctivitis (red eyes).  Two to three days after the symptoms begin, tiny spots may appear inside the mouth.  Three to five days later, a red rash will appear which will begin at the hairline and spread downwards to the neck, abdomen, arms, legs and feet. When the rash appears, the fever may increase.  The incubation period for the measles virus is 7 to 14 days.Measles is spread through droplet infection when an infected person coughs or sneezes into the air. The virus can last on surfaces for up to two hours. Infected persons can spread the virus for four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. 90% of persons who are not immunized against the measles virus will contract it if they have an encounter with an infected person. The only way to prevent the measles virus is through immunization.To this end, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to advise persons traveling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup games who have not been vaccinated, or those who are unsure of their immunization status, to be vaccinated with the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) and the Yellow Fever vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel.The vaccines are offered free of charge at the Primary Health Care clinics throughout the TCI.For further information, please contact the following numbers: Strengthen your defense against vaccine preventable diseases and let us keep the TCI Vaccine Preventable Disease free! Senior Public Health Nurse (649) 338-5464Public Health Nurse (Cheshire Hall Medical Center clinic) (649) 338-5474Public Health Nurse (Blue Hills Community Clinic) (649) 946 5613Public Health Nurse (Grand Turk) (649) 338-5462 Related Items:last_img read more

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Disney Rebrands FamilyFun

first_imgDisney Publishing Worldwide said today it is rebranding FamilyFun magazine into an integrated, multi-platform set of products, and is renaming the print edition Disney FamilyFun.According to group vice president and general manager Aparna Pande, it was important to more clearly connect the FamilyFun brand with the Disney name. “There is real value in uniting ‘Disney’ and ‘FamilyFun’ so that readers and advertisers immediately identify and benefit from our rich legacy and positive association with families.”Disney also said it will change the name of its U.S. consumer magazine publishing division to the Disney FamilyFun Group. As part of the rebranding, Disney expects the FamilyFun Group to roll out a number of branded initiatives this year, including a custom publishing division, a line of family cookbooks and a series of special interest publications, the first being a Halloween-themed book-a-zine.No “material changes” are immediately planned for FamilyFun’s Web site, Pande told FOLIO:. Pande joined Disney last summer after serving as general manager of Meredith’s Parenthood Group.In January, Disney said it would shutter three-year-old Wondertime magazine with its March issue. In February, Disney upped FamilyFun’s rate base from 2 million to 2.1 million.In addition to FamilyFun, Disney publishes 350,000-circ Spanish speaking quarterly Disney en Familia, which launched last fall.last_img read more

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Lionel Richie Will Join American Idol Reboot

first_img Email The next artist to join the lineup, which traditionally consists of three full-time judges, will be none other than four-time GRAMMY winner and 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Lionel Richie.”As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!” Richie said in a press release today.The first season of the rebirthed ‘Idol’ franchise begins filming next Tuesday, Oct. 3.Hip-Hop Reigns King As Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert Explode News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 2:36 am Lionel Richie wins Album Of The Year (1985) Earlier this week, it was announced that Luke Bryan would be joining the show’s lineup as a judge, alongside the previously announced Katy Perry. Lionel Richie Will Join “American Idol” Reboot Lionel Richie Says “Hello” To “American Idol” lionel-richie-will-join-american-idol-reboot GRAMMY winner to join Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as “American Idol” judges for the upcoming new seasonBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 29, 2017 – 5:32 pm ABC’s reboot of the smash-hit singing competition ‘American Idol’ is coming in March 2018, and big news about the show just keeps rolling in. Twitter read more

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Polling officers hacked ballot papers snatched

first_imgMap of NoakhaliBNP leaders and activists allegedly hacked six people including an on-duty presiding office and snatched away election martial including ballots form a polling station at Natershwaor in Sonaimuri Upazila of Noakhali on Saturday night.Among the injured, one is identified as presiding officer Mahmudul Hasan, the upazila family planning officer.The incident took place at Nateswar union’s Maddhya Nateswar Ebtedayii Nurani Madrasa polling centre around 10:30pm, said Elias Faruque, superintendent of Noakhali police.On information, a team from Sonaimuri police station rushed in and fired several rounds of gunshots on the air to disperse the attackers, he said.Police were conducting drives to recover the election materials till filling of this report around 00:30am, said the police super.After rescuing four injured including Mahmudul, police took them to Noakhali General Hospital.Meanwhile, Mahmudul was sent to Dhaka by an ambulance as his condition was critical, he said.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday April 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: the final day of the 2017 Legislative Session in Annapolis, Charles Robinson, reporter for Maryland Public Television’s, “State Circle,” gives us a final report on 2017. Plus, Bryan Sears of The Daily Record, gives us a report on Sen. Nat Oaks, charged with federal wire fraud and facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. WEAA FM 88.9 Listen at WEAA Live Stream: read more

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