Hard Rock International Collaborates With WhyHunger On New Bruce Springsteen Signature Series

first_imgHard Rock International is partnering with WhyHunger to release the brand’s latest limited-edition merchandise line on Oct. 2.Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 Merchandise CollectionThe Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 collection supports WhyHunger’s work to invest in grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. The collaboration further reinforces Hard Rock’s commitment to its guiding principle – “All is One,” and its abiding passion to make the world a safer, healthier and better place to live.“As a founding member of WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, Bruce has made a major impact on our efforts to find community-driven solutions to help farmworkers, food banks and more,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director, WhyHunger. “We are thrilled to once again have Bruce lend his voice to advocate for social and food justice.”Hard Rock will donate a portion of the retail price from the sale of Bruce Springsteen Signature Series merchandise to WhyHunger through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The limited-time, Signature Series: Edition 36 collection features a pin, hat and tee emblazoned with the song title “Land of Hope & Dreams.” The new merchandise is available for purchase online and in Rock Shops at select Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world. Signature Series: Edition 36 Tee – Heather red short-sleeve tee with “Land of Hope & Dreams” printed in navy blue across the front and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the sleeve ($29.50/ £24.95) Signature Series: Edition 36 Hat – Black adjustable hat with “Land of Hope & Dreams” embroidered in white across the front panel and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the left side($24.50/£19.95) Signature Series: Edition 36 Pin – Red and navy guitar-shaped pin with “Land of Hope & Dreams” and Bruce Springsteen’s signature on the front ($14/£11.95)“As part of Hard Rock’s ‘All is One’ motto, we want to do our part to help fight hunger and poverty,” said Edward Deutscher, senior vice president of merchandising and eCommerce at Hard Rock International. “We are honored to collaborate with WhyHunger for a second time to create a new Bruce Springsteen Signature Series collection that directly benefits people impacted by hunger and poverty.”More than 25 years ago, Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create imaginative designs that are converted into limited-edition merchandise and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide. A portion of the retail price from the sale of the merchandise benefits the artist’s preferred charity. Music icons including Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, U2, KISS, Eric Clapton, The Who, Jon Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Shakira and Ringo Starr have all been part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series and Artist Spotlight programs, which have raised millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.Visit www.hardrock.com for additional details on Hard Rock’s Signature Series program or www.rockshop.hardrock.com to purchase the new Bruce Springsteen Signature Series: Edition 36 merchandise.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Investigate Video Depicting Animal Abuse

first_imgRCMP continue to work with partnering agencies in an effort to hold the responsible parties accountable.The investigation is ongoing.No further updates are available at this time.  RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.If you have any information regarding this incident and have not previously reported it, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie Rural RCMP are investigating into a video that depicts animal abuse.On November 18, 208, RCMP was made aware of a video posted online, depicting the inhumane death of a coyote.RCMP have identified the parties involved, but are unable to release the names of the individuals due to their age (youth).last_img

Pakistan UN calls for probe into abductions and killings of journalists

Since 2007, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received numerous reports of such human rights violations, spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. In the past week alone, it received reports on the killing of one journalist, Munir Shakir, in the western province of Balochistan on 14 August, and the disappearance of another journalist, Rehmatullah Darpakhel, three days earlier in North Waziristan on 11 August. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke out back in March about the escalating trend of violations against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists in Balochistan. “We are very concerned that such incidents are not abating in Pakistan,” Mr. Colville said. “We call on all responsible parties to immediately stop such violations of human rights, and we urge the Government to take immediate steps to independently investigate these cases.” He noted that Pakistan is cited by various journalist groups as one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, places for media professionals, with at least 16 journalists killed in 2010. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), nine journalists have been killed in Pakistan so far this year. “None of the cases have been investigated to the full,” said Mr. Colville. He added that in Balochistan alone, there were reports that 25 people, including journalists, writers, students and human rights defenders, have been subject to extrajudicial killings within the first four months of 2011. A report issued in June by Pakistan’s human rights commission revealed 143 cases of disappearances in Balochistan, including journalists, as of May this year. The same report listed 140 missing persons who were found dead in Balochistan between July 2010 and May 2011. 19 August 2011The United Nations human rights office today urged the Pakistani Government to investigate numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings, particularly of journalists. read more

One dead in Niagara Falls apartment fire

One person is dead following an apartment fire in Niagara Falls.Crews were called to the Buckley Towers building on Buckley Avenue near Victoria Avenue and Simcoe Street just before 2:30 a.m. Flames were coming from a 15th floor apartment.A body was found inside.  The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified.

Annan and other officials pay tribute to UN staff after a rollercoaster

Speaking of the high points and low points of the year at the assembly, he said the Organization had drawn the right lessons from the revelations of sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers and the investigation of the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme.At the same time, he recounted the UN World Summit in September, and the other accomplishments staff could be proud of in the past year.”Whether it is responding to the tsunami and the UN leading the coordination of that major effort, whether it is reacting and responding to the quake in Kashmir effecting Pakistan and India, or sounding the alarm on avian flu, or organizing successful consequences, I think we have been a very busy organization,” he said.Acknowledging the work of both personnel in the field and at various headquarters at the wreath-laying ceremony, he said: “As I travel around the world, I am always struck by the courage, the dedication, and the determination of our colleagues.”Mr. Annan recalled from his recent trip that morale among staff members in Iraq was high two years after the attack on the UN Baghdad headquarters and that a UN military observer was determined to continue his work on the Indian-Pakistani border even after he lost his wife and three children in the October earthquake.”These are the types of courage our colleagues have,” he said.Also speaking at the ceremony, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said of the fallen UN staff: “It is a tragic and sad observation that so many people can die in this wonderful cause of peace and understanding.”We must not give in to that violence, and we must deal with it in a way which is effective,” he added, expressing satisfaction that the General Assembly’s legal committee had agreed to extend the scope of the Convention on the Safety of UN Personnel to cover staff involved in humanitarian and development work.In that light, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security David Veness said that since last January his new Department for Safety and Security had worked hard to bring the United Nations security procedures and standards in line with today’s needs, adding “all staff must be able to perform their duties with the full assurance of security and safety.”This is only right, he said, for “the women and men who tirelessly dedicate themselves to the work of the United Nations, often travelling to the far corners of the world, leaving behind family and friends” to support the ideals of peace, security, human rights and freedom.” read more

Osborn wins orders for apron feeders

first_imgOsborn has received a record number of orders for its machines this year, including 27 new apron feeders to be fabricated and delivered during the course of 2010. Orders include 21 new apron feeders for an iron ore mine expansion in the Northern Cape of South Africa, four machines for a gold mine in Mali, one for a coal operation in Turkey and two new apron feeders for a copper mine in the DRC.The feeders for the iron ore mine expansion in the Northern Cape will be used in the second and third stage of the mine’s expansion, explains Scott. It has previously supplied 13 apron feeders for Phase 1 of the expansion, and Scott says the latest order is based on the success of these machines, as well as the client’s need for interchangeability of parts and spares.Osborn Product Specialist, Francois Scott said these orders reflect the growing reputation of Osborn’s apron feeders as the machine of choice among customers in the African mining industry. A range of apron feeders is offered, available in sizes from 900 mm to 3,500 mm wide.In addition to apron feeders, Osborn is also taking orders for other machines, including large screens, a range of jaw crushers and cone crushers and various other vibrating feeders. “Despite the economic downturn, we achieved a record number of machine sales during the past year,” notes Marketing Director Martin Botha.Based in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, Osborn is a manufacturer of bulk materials handling equipment and specialist turnkey materials handling contractor for mobile and fixed crushing and screening plants and conveyor systems.last_img read more

Newcrest offloads Bonikro gold mine in Côte dIvoire

first_imgNewcrest has signed an agreement to sell its 89.89% interest in the Bonikro gold operation in Côte d’Ivoire to a consortium consisting of F&M Gold Resources Ltd and Africa Finance Corporation, for consideration comprising $72 million cash payable on transaction completion, part of which is contingent on the successful progression of the Akissi-so pit extension; and net smelter royalty on future ore mined at the Bonikro lease, with an estimated value of $9 million.The sale of the Bonikro operation follows a strategic review of the asset by Newcrest. Newcrest Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, commented “following this extensive review we are pleased to be able to announce the sale of Bonikro to a consortium having the operating experience of the Forbes & Manhattan Group and the financial backing of the Africa Finance Corporation. This outcome delivers value for Newcrest shareholders and provides a clear future path for the Bonikro mine for the benefit of its employees, the community and all our Côte d’Ivoire stakeholders.”The royalty applies to the first 560,000 oz of gold production from the next pushback of the Bonikro pit following the completion date, at a rate of 2.5% for gold prices above $1,251/oz, increasing by 0.5% for every $50 increase in the gold price upto 4.5% at $1,450/oz or above. The economic effective date for the transaction will be 1 October 2017. Production until transaction completion will be included in Newcrest’s production results but the economic interest for the period after 1 October 2017 will be to the benefit ofthe acquirer. Newcrest’s guidance for FY18 will be updated following transaction completion.Completion of the transaction remains subject to conditions precedent, including Côte d’Ivoire government approval, renewal of the Bonikro Mining Investment Convention which expired in May 2017, and no material adverse change in the business. It is expected that the transaction will complete in the March 2018 quarter. Subject to completion and the timing thereof, Newcrest expects to recognise a small net profit on sale after taking into account the sales proceeds less written down value of the assets sold, transaction costs and a foreign currency translation reserve gain.Newcrest retains its exploration tenements within Côte d’Ivoire outside of the Bonikro/Hiré area, including the Séguéla project where drilling is underway at the Antenna prospect to confirm the extent of discovered mineralisation. Newcrest continues to see the country as both highly prospective for near surface gold discoveries and an attractive jurisdiction for mining investment.last_img read more

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital for exploratory operation

first_imgBRITAIN’S PRINCE PHILIP has been admitted to hospital.The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 92 next week, was admitted to the London Clinic for what Buckingham Palace called “an exploratory operation”.It said the operation had followed “abdominal investigations”.The prince is expected to remain in hospital for up to a fortnight.Earlier this week Philip had taken an active part in engagements to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of his wife, Queen Elizabeth.As recently as this afternoon he was photographed, appearing to look well, as his wife presented him with New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, at Buckingham Palace as part of the coronation celebrations.However, Buckingham Palace’s Court Circular, which tracks public appointments for the members of the royal family, did not list him as having any scheduled appearances for the rest of this month.The prince has previously been hospitalised with bladder infections in June and August of last year, and with chest pains at Christmas 2011, when he underwent a coronary angioplasty.last_img read more

With the iPhone 5 is it worth it to trim your SIM

first_imgApple’s latest smartphone has brought with it the need to adopt a new SIM standard across every carrier that supports the device. So far the new nano-SIM is only being used in the iPhone 5, so if you are getting one you’ll need to either get a new SIM from your carrier or trim your SIM to fit the new device. The nano-SIM standard uses all of the same electronics as the previous SIM versions, but the plastic border that holds all of that tech in place is much thinner, to the point of being practically non-existent. So, do you grab a new SIM from your carrier, or take your chances trimming your existing SIM to fit?Trimming your SIM can be a tricky process when trying to get that card down to the right size. If you nick any of the copper panels, you risk the SIM not working at all and wasting your time. There are a few companies out there that have made SIM punches — where you just put your card in and push down to pop out the right sized card. While a great way to get the SIM down to the right shape, most of these stamps start at about $25. Since the new SIMs are free at any carrier, unless you are going to make it a habit to punch out every SIM you see it’s probably not worth it to you. Most people will attack this situation with a pair of scissors or a razor blade, and with this it’s the steadiest hand that will win.Unfortunately, there’s more to the nano-SIM than just trimming the plastic to fit. The nano-SIM is also thinner than a regular SIM card. If you try to fit a trimmed SIM into the tray on the iPhone 5, you’ll notice it’s a bit of a squeeze. In fact, you could risk warping the SIM tray or scraping the copper on the SIM itself by trying to cram it in there. It’s not a huge difference, going from 0.76mm to 0.67mm, but that 15% is enough to cause problems. The least damaging way to shave off that little bit of extra plastic seems to be to rub the back of the SIM against a piece of fine sandpaper . If you rub the card evenly against the sandpaper for a few seconds it should shave off what you need for the SIM to fit neatly in the slot.In the end, trimming your SIM is a lot more work than it has been in the past for previous device, but it’s still doable. Considering the precision and sanding needed in order to do it right, and the expense of a SIM stamp, I wouldn’t say that it is worth it unless you are reaching for the “because I can” achievement for the day. SIM cards are designed to be disposable, especially today with carriers continuously upgrading their networks and adding new technologies. Your SIM card from the last phone you bought could either contain some super secret goodies for a faster network connection, or it could slow your iPhone 5 down if not provisioned correctly.last_img read more

Jackpotting Attacks Cross the Pond to US ATMs

first_img The Secret Service is warning U.S. financial institutions of “jackpotting” attacks hitting ATM operators across the country.As its name suggests, the hack allows thieves to force bundles of cash out of automated teller machines on demand.But while the complicated crime has long plagued banks in Europe and Asia, U.S. operators were left unscathed—until now.The raids, also known as “logical attacks,” require physical access to a cash machine, where muggers can use malware or specialized electronics (or probably a combination of both) to control ATM operations.And once you’ve gained control of ATM operations, what else is there to do but get rich quick?Diebold Nixdorf Inc. and NCR Corp., two of the world’s largest automated teller machine makers, did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.But, according to KrebsOnSecurity, NCR on Jan. 26 sent an advisory to customers regarding Secret Service reports of jackpotting in the United States.“While at present these appear focused on non-NCR ATMs, logical attacks are an industry-wide issue,” the notice said, according to Krebs. “This represents the first confirmed cases of losses due to logical attacks in the US. This should be treated as a call to action to take appropriate steps to protect their ATMs against these forms of attack and mitigate any consequences.”Diebold offered a similar sentiment, telling customers that “the attack mode involves a series of different steps to overcome security mechanism and the authorization process for setting the communication with the [cash] dispenser,” a security alert said.Details are hazy: There is no word on the type of malware used, who has fallen victim, or how much money has been stolen.According to Krebs’ anonymous source, however, organized criminal gangs are to blame; the groups have allegedly been attacking stand-alone ATMs using “Ploutus.D,” an advanced strain of malicious jackpotting software first spotted in 2013.A recent analysis of Ploutus.D by security firm FireEye called it “one of the most advanced ATM malware families we’ve seen in the last few years.” Stay on target Geek Pick: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Is Standalone SecurityAndroid Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit Porn center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Aston Villa to receive significant investment

first_imgEnglish Championship club Aston Villa announced on Friday it will receive a “significant investment” from NSWE, a company jointly owned by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.Forbes estimation of Egyptian Sawiris worth is over £3 billion, while American Edens is the co-owner of NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.Also, Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia held talks with the Egyptian group and continue to be on the board as co-chairman.“I am extremely pleased to have formed a strategic partnership with Nassef and Wes,” Dr Xia said in a club statement.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“We have a common goal of delivering future success for Aston Villa and I look forward to working together to achieve this aim.“To have come so close to achieving promotion last season was a humbling experience. In finding such strong partners as Nassef and Wes we’re gearing up to fight again and bring back the success that this Club deserves and we all so want to provide it with.”Aston Villa has been in a financial quagmire for quite some time now, a financial trouble that almost put the club up sale last month.last_img read more

3rd patient contracts dengue fever in MiamiDade

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Health officials have issued an alert after another person contracted dengue fever in Miami-Dade.Health officials said this is the third case of the illness to be confirmed in 2019. They say the three cases do not appear to be related.Dengue fever is a disease that can cause fever, severe headache, eye pain, muscle and joint pain and bleeding. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.It is recommended that residents take basic precautions to help limit exposure to mosquitoes, such as draining standing water where they may breed.It is also recommended to wear mosquito repellent or long pants and long sleeve-clothing.For more information on the illness, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 23, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Annual Spring Chorus Concert takes place at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Well Read Wednesday Book Group at 10am. Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. First Look Book Group at 3pm. Music and More at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Country Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 9 Wilmington High teams are in action today. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

This HDMI cable makes Nintendo Switch games look better for 100

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET The mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable from Marseille promises to “eliminate jagged edges and shimmering texture without creating blurring artifacts” among other things. The cable also starts at around $100 for a 3-foot version and after being told over and over and over again not to buy an expensive HDMI cable, I originally took this claim as pure marketing, but I was wrong.   The mCable is more than just an HDMI cable, so there’s a good reason why it’s pricier. Inside one end of the cable is a graphics processor (powered by the connected USB cable) that upscales the low-resolution graphics from older or retro consoles, PC games, and the Nintendo Switch. It works with new consoles, too, but since those already have powerful graphics processors, the mCable Gaming’s performance is not as noticeable.  The Switch’s native output is 1,280×720 pixels and it can use some help, especially when it’s connected to a large full HD or 4K UHD TV. And, as I mentioned at the top, it promises to help with aliasing (aka jaggies) on curved lines and punch up contrast and color in addition to the upscaling. It also does all of this without any discernible lag, which you would typically experience with any post-processing.  11 8:34 Comments Computers Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Gaming Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Nintendo Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions The proof is in the pixels First off, “eliminate jagged edges” is an overstatement. However, while the cable doesn’t miraculously create straight lines and smooth curves from jagged edges, the processing does soften them so they appear less severe and it does this without smearing details. What I experienced was definitely in line with the sample images on the company’s site.  What I appreciated most about the mCable is that it generally cleans up the image quality without making the overall picture too soft. Along with the reduced jaggies, color and contrast are improved. The results remind me of the Dehaze feature in Adobe Lightroom, which can help create some additional depth to scenes, like the water in the Splatoon 2 shots above.  The mCable works, but how much it works seems to be dependent on the content and the console. For example, with the Switch, Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 did look better. But other titles like Kirby Star Allies and classic titles from the Nintendo Switch Online service didn’t show a marked difference.  Anyway, back to the initial question of worth. If you want a better picture from your Nintendo Switch games without taking a performance hit, the mCable does work. For me, the improvements aren’t enough to pay $100 to $150 depending on the length you need. On the other hand, I’m not a serious gamer, which is really who will appreciate what this cable can do.  It’s worth mentioning, too, that Marseille’s site is currently promoting an upcoming Kickstarter campaign for an adapter called the mClassic. From the looks of it, the adapter is the brains of the mCable, but it’s BYO HDMI cable instead of an attached one. It’s also apparently been designed by NWA’s Arabian Prince, so there’s that. The mClassic will be $79 for the Kickstarter campaign, but $99 at retail.  last_img read more

Some amazing qualities that make Shillong girl Sukhmani Kaur Bedi a rockstar

first_imgSukhmani Kaur BediPR HandoutSukhmani Kaur Bedi is one of the inspiring talents. She is gaining her name in many fields with her supreme ability. She is gaining massive popularity in many places due to her live performances. Love her or not; one thing is definite, this Shillong girl has something special in her, which is making her famous in young age.Here are the reasons that make Sukhmani Kau Bedi true blue superstar:Sukhmani broke all stereotypes to get where she is: Very few can achieve so many things in different fields, which Sukhmani has managed to do by proving all the critics wrong that women can’t achieve big things in life with her own.She is courageous in her life choices: Sukhmani loves to take challenges in her life, and she started taking challenges from a very early age in her life right after completing studies. Sukhmani showed the world she did what she felt was right for her life and followed her heart and results proves she was, she is always right. Sukhmani Kaur BediPR HandoutShe is a performer: Sukhmani Kaur Bedi is a powerful performer and singer, she has shared the stage with B Praak in Chandigarh. She has performed live with her band Tamasha in many significant events like JK Tyres, Mayo Institute of Medical Sciences. When you see her performing she is magnificent, and her energy is of different level, which is rare to see in ordinary performers.Sukhmani carries herself beautifully: Her dressing sense is stunning, and she carries herself beautifully with supreme confidence in a public appearance, this girls knows how to move.She is multi-talented: Her journey starts with winning Ms Shillong to her fantastic singing voice and now vocalist for Tamasha Band, and she has gained her name as fashion Icon and renowned chef.She works hard: Whether it’s about giving entire energy for performing live or going from one place to another for concerts, she gives more than 100% in her every work. Sukhmani Kaur BediPR HandoutShe is queen of social media: She has a superb fan following on her social accounts. Her growing popularity on Instagram is the proof of it. Her pictures are excellent, and she continuously posts something new and inspiring. She knows how to make the world watch her every post.She is 21st century woman of India: She is a colossal new age woman of India. She is changing the role of women in India with her work, and she is continuously proving her capability and growing as a role model.Sukhmani is stunningly beautiful: Nobody can deny her stunning looks. Sukhmani is one the most beautiful women of India.last_img read more

Digital Security Act rubberstamped despite controversies

first_imgPhoto: BSSThe ‘Digital Security Bill, 2018’ was passed in parliament on Wednesday although stakeholders expressed serious reservations before its passage about some of its provisions that would limit freedom of the press.The just-enacted law has kept a provision of minimum seven years and maximum 14 years of imprisonment and monetary fine of minimum Tk 2500,000 and maximum Tk 10 million or both for illegal access and destruction of any important information related to the state affairs, reports BSS.The Editors’ Council has earlier rejected the draft law.Post, telecommunication and information technology minister Mostafa Jabbar moved the bill in the House which was unanimously passed by voice votes with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.The minister said, “The punishment will be life-term imprisonment and monetary fine of Taka 5 crore (50 million) if anybody is found involved second time or more in the crime.”He said the government will form a digital security agency and a digital security council. A 13-member digital security council will be formed heading prime minister as its chairman.The other members of the council are minister/state minister or deputy minister of post, telecommunication and information technology, minister/state minister or deputy minister of law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry, prime minister’s principal secretary, governor of Bangladesh Bank, secretary of post and telecommunication division, secretary of information and communication technology division, secretary of public safety division, foreign secretary, inspector general of police (IGP), BTRC chairman, director general of defense intelligence directorate and director general of the Digital Security Council will act its member secretary.Earlier, the bill was sent to concerned parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny.Read More:Draconian digital law finalised, press freedom threatenedlast_img read more

Air New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast Airport

first_imgAir New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast AirportAir New Zealand touches down at Sunshine Coast AirportSunshine Coast Air New Zealand flight touched down on Friday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport, bringing the first of thousands of visitors for the season from across the Tasman.In its sixth year of operation, services will be available to and from the Sunshine Coast up to four times per week until October 29, 2017.New Zealand is the number one international visitor market for the Sunshine Coast, with a total of 66,000 New Zealanders visiting the Sunshine Coast in the year ending March 2017, a 5.5% increase on the previous year.Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the regional tourism organisation’s investment in New Zealand was really paying off“We are the only Queensland RTO with a representative in Auckland and that presence is allowing us to focus strongly on driving visitation from our number one international market,” Mr Latchford said.“Our recent Sunshine by Lunchtime campaign with Air New Zealand and Tourism Events Queensland was timed specifically to be in market in the chilly month of May and increase sales in the lead up to the flight services commencing today.“The short direct flight is the perfect avenue for a holiday break to warm up our Kiwi friends and encourage them to enjoy the diversity of experiences, events, food and attractions available on the Sunshine Coast.”Sunshine Coast Council Tourism, Sports & Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the ongoing commitment by Air New Zealand and trans-Tasman alliance partner Virgin Australia had helped build the Sunshine Coast as a favourite destination for Kiwi visitors.“Our visitor numbers from New Zealand continue to grow each year and this is in no small part due to the direct flights available between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast,” Cr O’Pray said.“It is wonderful to see so many New Zealanders making the Sunshine Coast part of their annual winter getaway.”Welcoming the first passengers this morning, Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said the Air New Zealand flights broadened travel horizons for New Zealand residents and Sunshine Coast locals alike.“The flights provide easy access for our New Zealand passengers, allowing them to begin their Sunshine Coast escape the moment they step off the plane,” Mr Pallot saidFast Facts:Air New Zealand Sunshine Coast – Auckland direct flights began in 2012More than 13,500 passengers travelled on the winter services in 2016, a 12% increase on 2015Flights operate between 7 July – 29 October 2017Friday and Sunday flights are available throughout the seasonWednesday flights are available from 12 July to 18 October with additional Monday flights available from 10 to 24 July and 25 September to 9 October 2017Source = Sunshine Coast Airportlast_img read more

Coop workers start pondering voluntary retirement scheme

first_imgCo-op workers now have two weeks to decide whether to accept the voluntary retirement scheme negotiated by the bank with unions, a union leader said on Wednesday.The scheme, which provides for compensations of up to €180,000 depending on a worker’s earnings and years of service, will allow 900 of its almost 2,700 workers to leave the bank before Hellenic Bank acquires the operations of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank as part of an agreement struck in June.“Following the shareholders’ decision to approve the scheme, we are expecting the bank to start informing staffers,” said Savvas Toulouppos, a representative of PEO, one of the unions that negotiated the scheme.The government which earmarked €128m for the scheme is owner of 99 per cent of the Co-op, which became a casualty of its failure to reduce its bad loans fast enough. In 2014 and 2015, it provided almost €1.7bn in two successive capital injections to the bank. On Tuesday, the Co-op’s shareholders accepted the scheme negotiated with the unions.Toulouppos added that that the union, which has started briefing the staff, still has no indication whether staff members are interested in applyingt.“We let them know about their rights so that they can have a better picture of the situation,” he said, adding that it will be up to each worker to decide what to do.According to the terms of the agreement between the Cyprus Cooperative Bank and Hellenic Bank, the latter will continue employing Co-op 1,100 workers while the residual Co-op, which will manage the bank’s €7bn in non-performing loans, will continue employing 500 workers.Touloupos added that the workers are asking questions related to their future with Hellenic Bank and the body that will manage non-performing loans after the Co-op goes out of business.“There are various questions which don’t allow coming to conclusions on whether the staff is interested in the scheme,” he said.Etyk, the bank workers’ union, has already criticised the scheme, including the government for not being forthcoming as well as PEO, SEK and Pasydy for breaking ranks by not insisting on a minimum compensation of €100,000.“After asking for 100 and accepting 10, this reveals the magnitude of the theatrical performance that was given,” Etyk said, adding that while it represented 55 per cent of the Co-op workers, and the other three unions 45 per cent, the government entered an agreement with the latter.Touloupos said that “the scheme is on a voluntary basis and it is up to the people to decide for themselves. Besides, every union is entitled to its own position.”Compensations paid out by the scheme are exempt from income tax, as it has become standard practice in such cases in recent years. The deadline to apply for the scheme expires on August 17. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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