HONOLULU — The U.S. military’s land-based Aegis missile defence system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.The Missile Defence Agency said Monday’s test showed an interceptor missile the military is developing with Japan is ready to be manufactured.Defence contractor Raytheon says the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor has larger rocket motors that will allow it to defend broader areas.An Air Force C-17 launched the target missile. The Navy tracked it and launched an interceptor missile from Kauai.The U.S. first developed the Aegis ballistic missile defence system for ships and then adapted it for land.The U.S. has an Aegis Ashore site in Romania and is developing another in Poland.Japanese navy ships have the Aegis system and Japan is installing Aegis Ashore.The Associated Press
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country’s net foreign debt fell by $41.1 billion to $66.2 billion by the end of the third quarter.It says this marks a third consecutive quarterly decline despite an ongoing current account deficit.The agency says the third quarter decline mainly reflected the impact of stronger foreign equity markets, which pushed up the value of Canada’s international assets more than that of international liabilities.It says the gains were moderated by the downward revaluation effect of a stronger Canadian dollar on international assets and liabilities.Canada’s international assets rose $86.4 billion to $2.66 trillion by the end of the third quarter, with capital gains leading the increase.The country’s international liabilities increased $45.3 billion in the quarter, reflecting ongoing foreign investment in the Canadian corporate sector as well as an increase in Canadian stock prices. Net foreign debt down $41.1B in Q3: StatsCan by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 3:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new poll from CIBC says nearly half of Canadians will need to dip into their savings or take on debt in the coming months as they look to make the most of the warm summer weather.Of those surveyed, 40 per cent said summer is the most expensive season, while 36 per cent said they spend the most in winter.Another 17 per cent singled out spring as the costliest season, while only six per cent said their household spending spikes in autumn.The poll says the average amount that Canadians plan to spend on summer fun — which includes everything from travel and recreational activities to goods such as sporting equipment and barbecues — is $1,766.Households in Atlantic Canada say they plan to spend the most on average — $2,694 — while Quebec households were the most frugal, planning to spend an average of only $1,288.The online survey of 1,503 Canadians was conducted by Angus Reid between June 17 and 18. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.The poll says nearly half — 45 per cent — of respondents have tried to save for summer festivities but expect they’ll have to put extra costs on their credit cards.Another 29 per cent said they tend to stick to their budgets over the summer, while seven per cent said their budgets go out the window during the warm weather months and 19 per cent said they have no household budget.Christina Kramer, executive vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC, says many Canadians tend to underestimate how much they will spend on holidays and other seasonal events.“Expense creep,” which occurs when you spend a little more than planned over a period of time, can leave consumers with massive credit card bills at the end of the summer, says Kramer.“Having a budget and sticking to it is the best way to enjoy the holidays worry free,” Kramer said in a statement.“Canadians should treat these expenses the same as all others and make them part of your overall annual financial plan.”— Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Nearly half of Canadians expect to blow their budgets on summer fun: poll
Galen G. Weston named CEO of George Weston, company his father led for decades Galen G. Weston, Executive President and Chairman of Loblaw Limited poses for a photo at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Weston has been appointed to succeed his father as CEO of George Weston Ltd. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 6:21 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Galen G. Weston has been appointed CEO of George Weston Ltd., a business his father led for decades before stepping aside last year as part of a staged succession plan at the company that controls the Loblaw grocery chain.The younger Weston has been chairman of George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) since last September, when his father W. Galen stepped aside at age 75. His 76th birthday was on Oct. 29.Galen G. Weston, 44, will also remain chairman and CEO of the company’s largest subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), which bought the Shoppers Drug Mart chain several years ago.Luc Mongeau has been appointed president of Weston Foods, one of Canada’s largest bakery companies. Sarah Davis, who was chief administrative officer at Loblaw, will become president at the business.Paviter Binning, who had been CEO of George Weston Ltd. since March 2016, has been appointed a special adviser to the Weston family’s private Wittington Investments Ltd.Galen G. Weston said in a statement that Binning has played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s strategic direction and has provided strong support through the leadership succession process.“Our family looks forward to continuing to benefit from his valuable experience and insight with our other business interests,” he said.The Weston family is among the wealthiest in Canada, both because of their holdings in the publicly traded companies and because of extensive private holdings including the Holt Renfrew chain of upscale department stores.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Sarah Davis. An earlier version said Galen G. Weston was succeeding his father as CEO of George Weston Ltd. In fact, Galen G. Weston is succeeding Paviter Binning.
Then-redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) and then-redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett celebrate during the College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith a new recruiting class signed and sealed, coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff have an idea of who the Buckeyes will have available next season.On offense, OSU returns eight players listed as starters on the final two-deep of the season, which was ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship, in addition to another eight listed as second string. And to top it off, the 13 of the Buckeyes’ 27 new recruits are set to play offense for the Scarlet and Gray.Oh, and don’t forget that final two-deep didn’t include J.T. Barrett, Braxton Miller or Dontre Wilson.QuarterbackIt’s no secret that Meyer and the Buckeyes have a plethora of talent at quarterback. Barrett and Miller have both come in fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones won the national title as the starter.Then add freshmen Torrance Gibson and Joe Burrow into the mix, and OSU seems set not only for next season, but at least the next four or five years.Going into spring practice, Jones is the only of the three returning starters who is expected to be fully healthy, so he’ll have an early leg up on Barrett and Miller to win what is likely to be an open competition in fall camp. But with Barrett’s eye-popping numbers as a redshirt-freshman, and Miller’s obvious ability, neither can be counted out.Looking past 2015, either Barrett or Jones — if he comes back for a fifth year in Columbus — will start, but 2016 will be the year to keep on eye on Gibson and Burrow. If either develops early on, they could push for playing time sooner rather than later.Unfortunately for redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier, his window to become a starter seems almost nonexistent, and a transfer might make the most sense.Running backJunior Ezekiel Elliott will start in 2015, then he’ll most likely leave for the NFL.After that, sophomore Curtis Samuel will take over. While that’s not a guarantee, he showed off an impressive skillset and even unseated Elliott as the starter for one game in 2014. Spring practice and fall camp will be a chance for Samuel to prove his worth, and earn a bigger part in the offense.After Samuel, redshirt-junior Bri’onte Dunn is running out of opportunities to earn playing time. Without Rod Smith, he might be able to sneak into the fold as a power back in goal-line situations, but beyond chasing Elliott and Samuel, Dunn will have to look over his shoulder for freshman Mike Weber.Weber — if he decides to keep with his OSU commitment after Stan Drayton bolted for the NFL — is a highly-rated back who won’t redshirt in Columbus. He’ll see carries in garbage time, and a couple when it matters, and has a chance to push Samuel for the starting spot after Elliott moves on.Wide receiverWide receiver is the position the Buckeyes took the biggest hit this offseason, but they have the talent to fill the gaps.Devin Smith and Evan Spencer have moved on after each were weekly starters last year, but redshirt-junior Michael Thomas was already the best all-around receiver on the team. After Thomas, redshirt-senior Corey Smith should be a regular in the lineup next season, while redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon will be looking to prove his worth after sitting out the majority of last season with a leg injury.Georgia Tech transfer Jeff Greene and his 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound frame should have something to say as well as he gets set for his redshirt-senior season. And don’t forget about K.J. Hill, whose signing day commitment was a big boost to the Buckeyes’ new freshman class.At H-back, the Buckeyes are overflowing with talent once again, with junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt-sophomore Jalin Marshall both making big contributions last season. Sophomore Noah Brown saw playing time late in the season as well, and his 240-pound frame brings an added element to the offense that Marshall and Wilson can’t.Tight endJeff Heuerman is off, most likely to the NFL, but the Buckeyes still return arguably their best tight end.Redshirt-senior Nick Vannett caught 19 passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns last season, including a score in the title game win against Oregon. He’s a polished receiver who should focus on blocking this offseason, but the offense won’t miss a beat with him getting the majority of the tight end reps.Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Baugh will likely be the second man on the depth chart, and he’s scored a touchdown on catch pass as a Buckeye. Granted, he’s only caught one pass, but if he can fight through some off-field issues that have limited his playing time, he should make an impact in 2015.The Buckeyes also signed on two freshmen in A.J. Alexander and Rashod Berry who will likely see playing time both on offense and special teams this season.Offensive lineWith seniors Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren, redshirt-junior Pat Elflein and redshirt-sophomore Billy Price all returning, Elliott can expect similar holes to run through next season.Four out of five returning starters is nothing to scoff at, and a couple strong recruiting classes in a row mean the Buckeyes should have the talent to fill that final spot.Redshirt-senior Chase Farris — a converted defensive lineman, just like Darryl Baldwin — will probably win the starter job initially, but sophomore Jamarco Jones, among a few others, will have a chance to earn increased playing time, and even a starting spot.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.
In light of a number of reports stemming from the auto industry in relation to a number of issues, the Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) on Wednesday made a call for the Hire Purchase (HP) agreement to be reviewed.The call was made by the Chairman of the Department, Attorney-at-law, Ronald Burch-Smith during the launch of its first website.He explained, “One of the things about the auto industry is that many of the dealers offer payment terms (and) the contracts aren’t standard and they are sometimes unfair…I think one of the things that would make a big difference is a revised hire purchase agreement that gives clearer provisions and maybe set standard terms so that everyone is regulated by the same terms”.The Chairman alluded to the fact that while customers are allowed to make complaints against unscrupulous auto dealers, the legislation also safeguards them against “unscrupulous customers”.Chairman of CCAC, Ronald Burch-SmithAccording to him, the CCAC is at this time only responsible for giving suggestions as it relates to the reviewed laws, while the Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin will in this case be responsible for throwing the matter on the table before the Attorney General, Basil Williams.“We make recommendations, and the issue has popped up a few times, but the new legislation would have to come from the Attorney General, perhaps at the request of the Ministry of Business. As far as I know there is no actual plan to do so, it’s just something we would have observed that will be helpful, that if there was a revised hire purchase agreement and perhaps standardized terms for contracts such as auto sales, it would make a big difference,” Burch-Smith clarified.One auto customer, who was at the event, told the gathering that he feels he was exploited since his transmission, (part of the vehicle which changes gears) was damaged in a mere six months.Though persons ridiculed that he was a bad driver, the man maintained that the warranty period of vehicles ought to be extended from the present six months.He argued that “a vehicle isn’t a cell phone” especially since so much money is generally spent to make the purchase, the customer would look forward to some form of assurance.His concern was timely addressed by one of the CCAC representatives there who informed that “Currently we have up to six months (in our policy for warranty) but it is something under review that we would like to look into based on used vehicles, new vehicles because they have different things that should be applied (or) different periods that should be applied”.The woman explained that the CCAC currently has a vehicle inspection checklist which should be used by potential buyers to ensure they get the best of their cash.She added, “You (can) take a mechanic, a competent mechanic to check this out for you because a vehicle is a very important purchase, it’s expensive”.At the event held at the Herdmanston’s Lodge in St. Peter Rose Street, Georgetown, the CCAC highlighted that auto dealers across the country have been selling inferior products to their customers. This was evident in the number of reports the Department received which reportedly increased when compared with last year’s reports. INews was told that some 27 reports were made by customers of vehicles through the period January 2017 to June 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsumer Affairs mulling new regulations for auto industryJanuary 28, 2019In “Business”CCAC to develop list of qualified contractorsNovember 28, 2018In “Business”Most customers being exploited in electronics sector – CAUApril 26, 2019In “Business”
TWO MEN IN their 20s are due in court charged in connection with a spate of burglaries across Dublin’s southside.The first man is due before Dun Laoghaire District Court today, while the second will be called before Cloverhill District Court on Monday.Six other people who were all arrested as part of the major garda investigation into the burglaries have been released without charge. Gardaí said files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Gardaí set up a dedicated operation to combat a high number of burglaries in the Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock, Dundrum and Cabinteely areas of Dublin.Jewellery, clothing, computer equipment and a car have all been recovered so far.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At 11.46 Australian time today, the United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to the banned chemical weapons attack earlier this week, believed to be Sarin.Wednesday’s attack has reportedly killed at least 100 people including 25 children, according to the U.S. military’s briefing. The United States Defence Department has conformed two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea, the USS Ross and the USS Porter, fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Shayrat Airfield in Homs province in western Syria.Shayrat airfield is believed to be the base from where the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons.The Pentagon said people were not targeted, and there was no immediate word on casualties. U.S. officials told NBC News that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps.U.S. President Donald Trump is in Florida for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinpeng. Defense Secretary James Mattis accompanied by the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.Vice President Mike Pence and two dozen Congress members were briefed by administration officials and monitored the events from the Situation Room at the White House.Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson told reporters on Thursday that “there is no doubt in our minds” that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack while the Defense Department called the strike a “proportional response to Assad’s heinous act,” saying it was “intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.”Syrian television on the other hand characterised the missile strike “as American aggression” on Friday morning. But Ahrar Al Sham, the largest Syrian armed rebel group, told NBC News it “welcomes any U.S. intervention through surgical strikes that would deter the Assad regime capabilities to kill civilians and shorten the suffering of our people.The Defense Department Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Defense Department, said initial assessments showed that the airfield was severely damaged, reducing Syria’s capability to deliver chemical weapons.Meanwhile in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a press conference, declaring the nation’s support.“The chemical weapons attack earlier this week was a cry that called out for a swift response and the U.S. have responded,” Mr Turnbull said.“The effect of the American response has been to reduce the ability of the Syrian government to deliver more attacks of this kind. We have discussed the matter as a coalition partner and the Australian government strongly supports the American attack. It sends a strong message.We have been consistent in our condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere in the world as a war crime and violation of the international law (…) such actions violate the very principles of humanity. The perpetrators must be held to account.”Mr Turnbull reassured that the U.S. conducted a highly targeted strike, and that no Australian assets were involved in today’s operations. However, he did confirm that Australia will be “reinforcing our air-force protection in the Middle East,” without explaining what that will entail.“This was a single strike designed to reduce the ability of the Syrian regime to deliver more chemical weapon attacks from this airfield. The retribution has been proportionate and swift; we support the U.S. in its decision (…) it sends a vital and important message to the Assad regime.” The Prime Minister went on to stress the Russian government’s responsibility in Syria’s predicament.“Russia a supporter of the Assad regime; needs to assume responsibility; to ensure that its client, the Assad regime, complies with the rules of war. There is a solemn obligation for Russia to play its part and help end the use of chemical weapons…”When asked if the coalition is at war with the Assad regime, Mr Turnbull was quick to point out that the American attack was not designed to overthrow the Assad regime and repeat that the aim was to prevent the use of chemical weapons again. “We are not at war with the Assad regime,” he said. “However, the political solution in Syria is a complex one, and raises real questions as to whether there can be any role for the Assad regime in the region.”In the regard of Australia being further involved in military actions targeting the Syrian regime in the wider region, the Prime Minister’s response was equally vague but it came across as an affirmation. “President Trump has asked for all civilised nations to join his efforts. We have been engaged in a dialogue over the Eastern Syria territory for quite some time. There is no doubt the chemical attack on its own is asking for a resolution. That requires all of the strong players, including Russia to bring this conflict to an end. This is the time. Now that the U.S. have shown their full force in response. Surely now is the time for the nations of the world to come together and bring this war to an end.”
L’Afssaps veut rassurer les porteuses de prothèses mammaires PIPSuite au décès d’une femme porteuse d’implants PIP et qui souffrait d’un lymphome, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) rappelle qu’il n’existe pour elle, aucun lien avéré entre ce type de cancer et la pose des prothèses concernées. Le 24 novembre dernier, l’association des Porteuses de prothèses connues sous le nom de Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) a annoncé qu’une femme, justement porteuse de ses implants mammaires défectueux était décédée des suites d’un lymphome. Pourtant, depuis le scandale de 2010, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) maintenait que le port de ses prothèses nécessitait une surveillance accrue mais ne présentait pas de risque établi pour les patientes. Une déclaration que l’association a contredit en affirmant que la femme décédée avait contracté le lymphome au contact des prothèses. À lire aussiLes conseils de l’Afssaps pour se protéger du soleilAujourd’hui, l’Afssaps a ainsi décidé de renouveler son avis pour rassurer les porteuses de prothèses PIP, précisant qu’elle n’avait pas “eu connaissance de signalement faisant état d’un lymphome survenu chez une patiente porteuse de prothèse mammaire”. Dans un communiqué, elle ajoute : “à l’heure actuelle, la Food and Drug administration (l’Agence fédérale américaine des produits alimentaires et médicamenteux)estime qu’il n’est pas possible de conclure statistiquement quant à un lien de cause à effet entre ce lymphome et la pose d’implants mammaires. La FDA conclut qu’au vu de la fréquence extrêmement faible de ce type de lymphome et des éléments collectés à ce jour sur les implants mammaires, la sécurité de ces produits n’est pas remise en question”. Néanmoins, l’Afssaps met à disposition des femmes concernées un numéro vert : 0800 636 636 qui leur permettra du lundi au samedi de 9H à 19H de parler à des spécialistes pour répondre à leurs interrogations. Une série de questions/réponses (lien non disponible) est également consultable sur le site de l’Afssaps. En outre, l’agence précise qu’une évaluation est actuellement effectuée par ses experts afin de déterminer si les recommandations de suivi sont à modifier. Si tel est le cas, les informations nécessaires seront rapidement communiquées. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 19:32 • Maxime Lambert
By MUHAMMED S. BAHReport of the Committee of selection on the composition of the committees and international Parliamentary delegations of the National Assembly for the year 2017-2022 was adopted with amendments by the members of the National Assembly on Thursday 20 April 2017 after 3 hours of debate.During the intervention of deputies most of them pointed out that the selections should be based on expertise and experience towards national interest but not on party lines.Hon. Saikouba Jarju member for Busumbala pointed out that changes should be made on the proposed list of people who served in the 9 committees to be able to give chances to other people.This was also reiterated by several other members including Hon. Ousman Touray member for Sabach Sanjal.Fatoumatta Njai Banjul South Constituency also said that in the committees they shouldn’t only consider experience and select former parliamentarians but rather give chance to new members to serve in those committees.She pointed out that some people might never serve as parliamentarians but rather had served in various fields of expertise.She also put emphasis on considering women in those committees, to create that gender balance.Hon. Ya Kumba Jaiteh nominated member also dilated on the importance of considering women to be part of the committees.She further suggested that the house should consider including a constitutional reform committee as part of the committees set.Hon. Ndey Yassin Secka nominated member also reiterated the need to join the two committees which is the constitutional reform and standing order committee.Hon. Alhagie S. Darboe member for Brikama North in his part gave a recommendation for people with experts and experience to be part of the Standing committee of the national Assembly.“It is good that Hon. Halifa Sallah member for Serrekunda be part of the standing committee because he is conversant with the standing orders, so therefore it will help as a guidance,” he underscored.Hon. Darboe further reiterated the importance of putting National interest forward, rather than partisan interest.He also called for representation of all parties in the committees if experience and expertise permit. He further suggested that people in 9 committees be considered as their effectiveness and efficiency will be questioned if they want to participate in all these committees.He called for the number to be reduced to at least five committees.He added that this will help to reduce the work load and allow others to be able to participate in order committees.Musa Amul Nyassi Foni Kansala also raised issues of importance on the consideration of expertise and experience in the selection of members to be part of the standing committee of the National Assembly.On his part Hon. Halifa Sallah member for Serrekunda pointed out that some committees that are mentioned in the constitution didn’t reflect on the proposed committees, therefore he suggested that those committees be considered.Hon. Sallah also pointed out the importance of parties despite their minority to reflect on the committees.On his part Hon. Sidia Jatta, member for Wuli West, also put emphasis of equality in representation of all parties in the committees, despite their number either majority or minority.Hon. Jatta cited some of the international parliament’s criteria for e.g. the Pan African and ECOWAS parliament which indicate that there must be a member of the opposition party of a particular country as well as a woman.He further noted that there is a possibility of equality despite the numbers, because he said, “If country representation was to be determined by size and numbers then China would have dominated the UN, but in such China has only one vote as Gambia, and he also said in the Pan African parliament there are five representatives for each country despite the size or population”.He further expressed his gratitude towards the participation of parliamentarians in expressing their views to serve the country.He said after 15 years of experience, he has never attended a parliament of such nature in the Gambia, where people feel free to express their opinions.The adoption was made with several amendments on the proposed list of committee members and set committees which are expected to be dealt with by National Assembly members on Monday 24 April 2017 by 10 am as agreed.This motion after the debate was moved by Hon. Sainey Touray member for Jarra West, seconded by Hon. Demba Sowe member Naimina West.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season has played a big role in his new role this seasonThe 22-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer following an impressive World Cup campaign for England, while starring at Palace on loan last term.After initially struggling for minutes under coach Maurizio Sarri, Loftus-Cheek has steadily become an integral member of the Chelsea team.“After a season at Palace I felt I really matured, I got to see what the Premier League was like playing week-in, week out,” said Loftus-Cheek, according to BT Sport.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“At Palace, we had to fight a lot. I really think I learned the way to fight and grind out games.“After the World Cup, I was ready to come back and fight for a place at Chelsea.“The start of the season was difficult but I’m getting chances now and I’m just looking to do the best I can.”Loftus-Cheek played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final win against Bournemouth on Wednesday.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An armed robber held up a pawn shop in Miami, injuring one person.According to police, an armed crook held up a pawn shop, located along of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 74th Street, Tuesday.A number of police vehicles were spotted around the building after the robber fled the scene.Although no shots were fired, one person did suffer injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Patanjali Ayurved, the FMCG company promoted by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, slipped to the sixth position in the list of top 10 brands for the week ended May 20 (week 20) as measured by television audience measurement agency BARC India.The company, which sells a range of consumer products such as toothpaste, noodles, wheat, naturals and ayurvedic items, was the top-rated brand for four weeks in a row in February this year, but has seen its popularity decline gradually since then in the list published by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India every week. For week 20, it was ranked below multinational brands, with the top slot occupied by Dettol, Honda, Lifebuoy, Harpic and Lakme.Patanjali Ayurved’s 2015-16 sales stood at Rs. 5,000 crore, up from Rs. 2006 crore in the previous financial year. The company had said it was hoping to double revenues to Rs. 10,000 crore in the current fiscal.If the company manages to achieve the revenue target, it would put Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved ahead of rivals such as Nestle, Colgate and P&G in India.Also read: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Group compels FMCG firms Hindustan Unilever and Dabur to expand portfolioThe company, which had posed a formidable challenge to many established FMCG companies such as Dabur India and Hindustan Unilever, according to analysts, was recently pulled up by advertisement industry watchdog Advertising Standards of Council (ASCI) for placing “misleading” advertisements in different product categories during March 2016.”The advertisement’s claim, ‘mineral oil is carcinogenic in nature and may cause cancer’ was false and misleading by ambiguity and by gross exaggeration,” the ASCI’s Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) said, referring to Patanjali Kesh Kanti Natural Hair Cleanser and Oil.Claims in advertisements for other products such as Patanjali Herbal Washing Powder, Cake and Dishwash Bar, Patanjali Kachi Ghani Mustard Oil were also declared as “misleading, false and unsubstantiated” by the ASCI, according to a press release issued on Thursday.In all, the watchdog had upheld complaints against 90 out of 156 advertisements that were referred to it, 32 of which pertained to education, followed by 30 in healthcare and personal care, 10 in foods and beverages.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comLawmakers and advocacy organizations are condemning and calling for the resignation of Maryland’s Harford County Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti (D) after she reportedly used a racial slur in regards to Prince George’s County at an after-hours gathering at a cigar bar in Annapolis.Lisanti allegedly flippantly told another White lawmaker that when she campaigned in Prince George’s County on behalf of another candidate, he was reaching out in a, “ni***r district.” According to NBC News, she told The Washington Post earlier this month that she did not remember using the word, yet was sure, “everyone has used it.” Since her first defense of the racial slur, justifying the word as a term in quotidian vocabulary, Lisanti apologized for her blunder in a statement.“I deeply apologize to the citizens of my district, people of Maryland, all of my colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly and everyone reading this for my word choice several weeks ago,” Lisanti said. “I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth. It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is in my heart.”Despite her apology, Lisanti was stripped of her chairwoman positions on House subcommittee and joint committee on unemployment insurance.“While I believe her apology was heartfelt, the damage among her colleagues and the public has been done,” House Speaker Michael Busch wrote in a statement. “I met with her this morning and expressed my extreme disappointment and concern over her irresponsible and hurtful actions. I informed her that she would no longer chair the Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee, as I believe that leaders in the House need to be able to bring people together- not tear them apart.”According to Busch’s statement, Lisanti has agreed to do “sensitivity training,” in hopes of her developing, “a greater understanding of the impact that she has had on her fellow legislators and the entire House of Delegates.”“Like anyone who has made a mistake, she has the opportunity for redemption – but it is her responsibility to do so and earn back the trust of her colleagues,” Busch wrote.However, organizations such as the ACLU are not interested in giving Lisanti a chance to redeem her verbal faux pas.“We join Marylanders from across the state who are calling for Del. Mary Ann Lisanti to resign immediately. The ACLU is committed not only to defending people’s rights but also to calling out and upending systems that perpetuate white supremacy in our institutions, like the General Assembly. We should never accept blatant racism from anyone, much less our elected leaders,” ACLU of Maryland Executive Director Dana Vickers Shelley wrote in a statement.Shelley challenged Lisanti’s defense of everybody using the n-word.“No, Del. Lisanti, not everyone uses that word. It’s the most pernicious, vile, and hateful word of all. That word is part of a legacy of intentional violence and oppression perpetrated by white people for centuries, especially here in Maryland,” Shelley added.The Maryland ACLU executive director explained that Lisanti’s usage and superficial defense of the use of the n-word proved her lack of ability to serve as a leader.“Del. Lisanti not only said the racial slur publicly, denigrating the majority Black constituents of her colleagues from Prince George’s County, but also does not seem to think it is unusual to use the slur. This raises grave concerns about her ability to honorably represent Black residents of Harford County, and all residents across the State who care about fairness and racial equity,” she wrote.“Del. Lisanti, you must step down.”Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown (D), who represents Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties and served as former Prince George’s lieutenant governor, also released a statement calling for Lisanti’s resignation.“Ms. Lisanti’s use of a racial slur and her inability to fully grasp the offensiveness of the word has demonstrated that she clearly cannot represent the voters in Harford County who put her in office,” he wrote.Brown explained that Lisanti’s use of the n-word was debasing and has no place in any vocabulary.“In 2019, we should not have to explain the seriousness of using this epithet. This hateful word was, and is still callously used in an effort to dehumanize black Americans,” he said, before emphasizing his desire for Lisanti to step down.“I am honored to represent the people of Prince George’s County, and I am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland in their call for Delegate Lisanti to resign.
(PhysOrg.com) — In a marketing strategy that can only be described as brilliant; brilliant enough to win the Media Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, advertising agency Cheil Worldwide Seoul, conceived the idea of taking life size photographs of a clients grocery store items, pasting them on subway walls to make them look like grocery store shelves, and then allowing prospective shoppers to shop via snapping Quick Response (QR) codes with their cell phones, while waiting for their train. The current system is part of a three month advertising campaign, one which resulted in a 76% increase in registered members, and was meant to trim the lead rival E-Mart holds in the marketplace. No doubt the system will be expanded to full time if the increase in sales carries past the cost of placing the enormous billboards in the subway stations.If the strategy continues to pay off, it’s likely the same approach will be adopted by other vendors around the world and applied in a myriad of ways to entice buyers into buying goods wherever they may happen to be, standing, sitting or waiting. The client, Tesco’s, Home Plus, in South Korea, the second largest grocer in the country, found that after covering the walls of a single subway station with sharp clear pictures of their goods, their online sales increased 130%.The whole thing works using existing technology. First photographs are taken of entire grocery store sections; the photographs are then blown up to life-size renditions; then QR codes are applied. Next the photographs or billboards are pasted to the plastic back-lit wall sections already in place in a subway station. Home Plus members then simply walk up to a billboard and snap a picture of the QR code with their smart phone, which automatically adds the item to the customer’s virtual grocery cart. When finished shopping, the customer pays at the virtual checkout counter. The purchased items are then delivered directly to the customer’s home at the end of the work day, thus relieving them of having to stop for something on the way.The idea merges QR code technology, which has been in use for several years, chiefly as a means to allow customers to redeem virtual coupons, with online grocery shopping, which has been around for some fifteen years, taking what must assuredly be, a first step into a truly innovative marketing strategy. Explore further Citation: Grocery store chain mixes high and low tech to increase sales (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-grocery-chain-high-tech-sales.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Google QR codes to appear in a store window near you (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon introduce mobile food testing laboratories where citizens can get suspicious food samples tested at a nominal cost. The move is aimed at strengthening the civic body’s drive to ensurequality food.Atin Ghosh, member Mayor-in-Council (MMIC), health said: “We are introducing these mobile food labs in the city as a measure towards food safety. Citizens can now call on a toll free number and get any suspicious food samples tested at these mobile labs. Food samples could include a range of edible items both cooked and uncooked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne can get milk, spices, meat and other edible ingredients instantly tested in order to remove doubts on their minds regarding theconcerned item.”A senior food safety official said it will not only give teeth to our drive in checking the quality with this mobile unit but also help common people check the quality of food through the infrastructure available at this mobile vehicle. However, the common people have to pay a fee for checking their food stuff,” the official added. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAs per sources at the KMC, it was FSSAI who had given the proposal to the state government for using such mobile vehicle for checking the quality of food.The proposal was then forwarded to the KMC’s health department, which has been conducting drives against inferior quality of food and the later had accepted it gleefully.The Centre has stated that they will be providing Rs 5 lakh a year for the infrastructure in the vehicle.For three years, they will be providing Rs 15 lakh.”If somebody wants to assess the quality of food from a hotel or a restaurant,he can do it from the mobile vehicle. The rates will vary according to the types of food,” a senior food safety officer said adding that the rates will be available with thevehicle itself.
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday that his department has sought a video footage of the alleged assault on Jadavpur Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das to find out who are behind the incident. The minister met Das at a private hospital in Dhakuria in the morning where he has been hospitalised since Tuesday after the alleged ‘manhandling’ and said that the entire matter will be probed.”We have asked for a video footage of the incident. We want to find out who all are behind. The Vice Chancellor is still in a state of shock,” he said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseStating that Das was subjected to ‘verbal abuse’ he said: “I have heard about the entire incident from the Pro-V-C and registrar. I will certainly report the matter to the Chief Minister. JU is a matter of pride for all of us.” The incident occurred when Das was came out after attending the executive council meeting of the university and was about to board his car on Tuesday afternoon. A section of the students in the university held a rally on the university campus to Golpark in demand of student election. They had staged an indefinite sit-in demonstration before Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMembers of Trinamool Chatra Parishad organised a counter rally condemning the manhandling of the V-C. A hospital spokesperson informed that Das is in stable condition and is expected to be discharged on Thursday. “Doctors have decided to keep him under observation for one more night since he did not have sound sleep on Tuesday. He got admitted on Tuesday with some injuries to his right shoulder, chest and hip, for which he underwent X-ray and other investigations,” a release from the hospital said. It added that Das has a history of hypertension and high blood sugar levels, his BP had shot up and he was feeling unwell when he was brought to the hospital’s Emergency ward on Tuesday evening. “He was administered necessary medicines and he underwent X-ray of his right shoulder, chest and the hip on Tuesday night,” the spokesperson said.
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Share TORONTO — World Animal Protection, which has been featured on CTV and Canadian Geographic, is an organization that’s trying to put an end to unethical wildlife tourism. Hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the globe are taken from their natural habitats, forced into captivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit. Some activities, such as riding an elephant, walking with lions or swimming with dolphins, may not seem cruel to the naked eye but, in fact, they are as the animal is taken from its natural habit and forced to endure mentally and physically painful training in captivity as they learn new, unnatural behaviours to excite tourists. Plus, the confines in which they are kept often do not offer them sufficient space and are rarely kept in an adequately sanitary state. According to Melissa Matlow, World Animal Protection’s Campaign Director, the organization’s research indicates that due to a lack of awareness and education, many animal lovers are visiting tourist attractions that cause animal suffering and threaten a species’ existence in the wild. Yet, a trend is being witnessed among leading travel companies to move towards a more animal-friendly approach as it’s the right thing to do from both a business and moral perspective. More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTravel agents have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the success of such initiatives by promoting animal-friendly attractions in lieu of unfriendly ones, she says. “Tourists are unknowingly causing harm to the animals they love. As public awareness grows, tourists are starting to ask their travel agents more questions. They are looking for responsible travel companies that can provide them with more ethical experiences that align with their values,” said Matlow.World Animal Protection’s latest campaign, ‘Wildlife Not Entertainers,’ pushes tourism-related companies to protect wild animals from cruelty. For example, it partnered with TripAdvisor after amassing 558,000 signatures requesting the company to stop selling tickets to wildlife attractions that are considered cruel. In addition to ceasing ticket sales for some of the world’s cruelest tourist activities, TripAdvisor has added a new education portal to its website that educates about animal cruelty in tourism. Other travel organizations, like Expedia, have followed suit and removed cruel attractions from their offerings. Elephants at a sanctuary in ThailandG Adventures is another travel company that is taking the initiative seriously. “Protecting animal welfare is an essential component of G Adventures’ commitment to responsible travel. We have invested in developing a world-leading Animal Welfare Policy in partnership with World Animal Protection and others,” said Jamie Sweeting, President of Planeterra Foundation and Vice President of Social Enterprise & Sustainability at G Adventures. “At G Adventures, we’re thoroughly committed to animal welfare and aim to provide opportunities for our travellers to responsibly enjoy and experience wildlife in their natural environment. We are big supporters of World Animal Protection and will continue to work with them getting the travel industry involved in safeguarding animals impacted by tourism.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn 2017, World Animal Protection launched a ‘Wildlife Selfie Code’ campaign that successfully influenced Instagram to educate its users about how posting pictures with wild animals can be supporting animal cruelty behind the scenes. Instagram now has a dedicated advisory page to educate users. It’s important to note that World Animal Protection is not suggesting that tourists shouldn’t interact with animals at all while on vacation. Instead, it proposes animal-friendly interactions that cause less harm to an individual animal or species. For example, there are ethical elephant-friendly venues that don’t include forced and dangerous interactions with elephants. Or, instead of swimming with dolphins, travellers can see them in the wild from a safe and respectful distance with a responsible dolphin-watch tour company. For more information see WorldAnimalProtection.ca. Monday, April 15, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> World Animal Protection leading crusade to protect animals from tourism Tags: G Adventures By: Chris Kinasz
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/234cd/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Australian passengers traveling to the US and Canada should be prepared for stringent security measures, following the Christmas day terrorism scare on Northwest Flight 253. Extra security staff have been put on by Qantas to cope with the new rules imposed on all airline passengers travelling to the US and Canada. The tough new rules include mandatory physical pat downs and inspections of all hand luggage. Under the new rules, passengers are not allowed to leave their seats – even to access overhead baggage compartments – in the hour before landing in the US.Australian Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said Australian security authorities were reviewing the incident.”We will examine the facts surrounding this incident and we will make whatever changes are required and recommended by the security agencies.””What we need to do is to make sure high risk items, be they weapons or explosives, aren’t able to get through, rather than concentrate on whether nail clippers are on a plane or not.”Airlines have informed passengers flying to Canada and then onto the U.S that they are now limited to one personal carry-on item (such as a purse, computer bag, diaper bag or small backpack). In order to facilitate these changes, Air Canada is waiving excess baggage charges for checked baggage until the end of the year for U.S.-bound passengers travelling from Canada. Air Canada recommends passengers travelling to the U.S. arrive early for their flight in order to allow enough time for additional personal searches.”Air Canada staff are doing everything possible to ensure that flights operate as closely to their schedules as possible and we are reprotecting passengers affected by cancellations as quickly as we can, including by adding larger aircraft on key routes,” said Duncan Dee, Air Canada’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Air Canada recommends passengers travelling to the U.S. from Canada check the status of their flight before going to the airport and arrive early for their flight in order to allow adequate time for additional personal searches. “Under new rules enacted by Transport Canada and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, passengers and their carry-on baggage will be subject to full searches at airport screening points.”Due to protracted waits for customer security clearance at Airports, Air Canada and Jazz are also being forced to cancel select short-haul flights to the U.S. These cancellations will be implemented primarily on short-haul trans-border routes with multiple daily flights between Toronto and the north-east U.S.