Mike Duffy to Speak at Export Achievement Awards

first_imgNova Scotians will have the opportunity to hear from a familiar Canadian face. Mike Duffy, host of Mike Duffy Live on CTV, will be the guest speaker at the 2008 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards (EAA). The awards gala will take place on Thursday, May 22, at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. Mr. Duffy is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards as well as three honourary degrees from the University of P.E.I., Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario. Mr. Duffy has also been nominated twice for the Best in Business award by the Washington Journalism Review, and was selected by Chatelaine magazine as one of Canada’s 10 sexiest men. The awards, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, are designed to honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume, and to recognize contributions exporters make to the economy. “Nova Scotia has been recognizing its top exporters for the past 25 years through the Export Achievement Awards,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency . “The annual EAA gala underlines the value our governments place on exporting, while promoting exporting to a broader audience.” Mr. Duffy has been exporting his knowledge of Canada’s political life across the country and is considered an Ottawa insider. “Mr. Duffy is an excellent addition to this year’s Export Achievement Awards,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We’re excited to have a person with Mr. Duffy’s knowledge and experience join us for this year’s event gala.” The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards ceremony is the province’s foremost annual exporter-recognition event, attracting more than 500 people. It showcases the successes of Nova Scotia’s talented export companies. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Drunken man fined 496 after falling asleep in strangers bed

first_imgLA PECHE, Que. — Police in Western Quebec say a man was fined $496 after he was found snoring in a stranger’s bed early Sunday.The MRC des Collines police say an older woman returned home about 2 a.m. in the village of Wakefield to find the strange man, half her age, in a deep sleep in her bed.The woman didn’t rouse him and instead went to the police station nearby to notify authorities.When officers woke up the man, he thought he was in his own home.Police say the man had been drinking and had mistaken the woman’s house for his own, which was actually 18 kilometres further north.Sgt. Martin Fournel says the fine was for being on private property without good reason.Fournel says the man didn’t break in — the door was unlocked — and the woman declined to file a criminal complaint. The intruder was taken home by police.Police did note the man’s good manners: he removed his shoes at the front door before slipping under the covers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jerry Garcia Foundation Promotes Butterfly And Bee Preservation

first_imgThe Jerry Garcia Foundation will once again take part in Dead & Company’s Charity Outreach Initiative at the Participation Row Charity Village as part of this summer’s concert tour.Butterfly Study: Watercolor by Jerry GarciaThis year, the nonprofit organization hopes to inspire butterfly garden plantings and interactive art in partnership with the Save Our Monarchs Foundation.The Jerry Garcia Foundation will distribute free butterfly garden seeds and pollinator seeds to the first 300 people at each concert who visit their tent at the Participation Row Charity Village on the concert tour. The audience is invited to participate in a new interactive art project by posting photos of their gardens and nature on the Jerry Garcia Foundation Facebook Page. The photos will be added to a visual art collage and shared on social media with the tags: #SaveOurMonarchs #SaveOurBees #RippleEffect.“Save Our Monarchs has generously donated thousands of Non-GMO milkweed seed packets and pollinator garden seeds to the Jerry Garcia Foundation. We are sharing these seeds in hopes that gardens will be planted to nourish butterfly and bee populations across the US,” said Keelin Garcia, Jerry’s youngest daughter and Co-Founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.The Save Our Monarchs Foundation is a grassroots organization devoted to the preservation of the Monarch butterflies, primarily by planting milkweed plants, which are the Monarch caterpillar’s only source of sustenance.Participation Row is a charity outreach program initiated by the nonprofits REVERB and HeadCount. The program invites environmentally and socially responsible organizations to highlight their charitable activities in a tent village at each concert on the tour.“We are grateful to Dead and Company, Reverb and HeadCount for their continued support and the invitation to participate in this charity outreach program. Jerry was an environmentalist who advocated for the preservation of the rainforests and the coral reefs. It is a blessing to continue this work in his honor,” said Manasha Garcia, Jerry’s wife and Co-founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.The Jerry Garcia Foundation has invited the following nonprofit partners to attend Participation Row as charity guests: Alive Inside Foundation, Bread and Roses Presents, Fender Music Foundation, Friends of the Uptown, Hard Rock Heals Foundation, HoneyLove Urban Beekeepers, One Percent for the Planet, Playing for Change Foundation, Psylodelic Gallery, Save Our Monarchs Foundation, Shimer College Great Books, WildCare and WhyHunger.The Dead & Company Band features the Grateful Dead musicianship of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann along with guitarist/vocalist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.Bob Weir, Grateful Dead Co-Founder, is an advisory board member of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.last_img read more

Dakshineswar Skywalk develops gap after tile pops up

first_imgKolkata: A floor tile popped up creating a gap on Dakshineswar skywalk triggering tension among a section of the devotees who visited the temple on Wednesday afternoon.The hawkers, who have put up their stalls on the skywalk, expressed their concern in this regard. Kamarhati Municipal Chairman Gopal Saha said there was nothing to worry about as the floor tile popped up probably because of the excessive heat. At times, similar incidents take place during summer at other places too. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaExperts and engineers rushed to the spot to assess the situation. The damage will be repaired soon. Security personnel and the local authorities put up a barricade around the damaged portion of the skywalk. The reason behind the incident is yet to be confirmed. Local residents questioned how could a floor tile in the newly constructed skywalk pop up. Some local resident said around 1 pm they heard a loud thud. Many devotees were on the skywalk on their way to temple when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPeople saw the floor tile coming out creating a wide gap on the skywalk. The security personnel deployed at the skywalk rushed to the spot and cordoned-off the damaged portion. According to Saha, the skywalk remained operational after the incident as experts said there was no risk. Firhad Hakim, the State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, said there was no crack in the floor of the skywalk and possibly there could be some welding problem.last_img read more

Six passengers who arrived from Sri Lanka arrested in Dhaka

All six are Bangladesh nationals and were arrested by customs sleuths on arriving at the Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. Customs Intelligence said the Pakistani products are used in ‘beautification and skin care’.The arrested passengers had not obtained the necessary clearance from the BSTI as required by the import guidelines.The kind of bags they were using also cannot be used for the purpose, customs officials said. Six passengers who has arrived from Sri Lanka were arrested at the Dhaka airport today, bdnews24.com reported.The six passengers who arrived from Sri Lanka reached Dhaka via Pakistan and were arrested by customs officers with 370 kilograms of cosmetic items. Customs Intelligence Director General Moinul Khan told bdnews24.com that all six were travelling from Colombo via Karachi.“They had made no declaration about carrying any commercial cargo in line with the baggage rules. Twenty-three bags belonging to them were identified when they landed at the airport. Then when crossing the Green Channel, they were questioned and searched leading to the find,” he said. They were identified as Shaheen Alam, Dalim Hossain, ‘Babul’ and ‘Minar’ from Comilla, Md Mosharaf Bapari from Madaripur and Md Sheikh Khurshid from Narayanganj. Clearance from the Office of the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports is mandatory for carrying commercial quantities of goods. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Millions of Facebook records found on Amazon cloud servers in plain sight

Facebook Inc. user data is still showing up in places it shouldn’t.Researchers at UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, found troves of user information hiding in plain sight, inadvertently posted publicly on Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing servers. The discovery shows that a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed how unsecure and widely disseminated Facebook users’ information is online, companies that control that information at every step still haven’t done enough to seal up private data.In one instance, Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva, openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names. The records were accessible and downloadable for anyone who could find them online. That database was closed on Wednesday after Bloomberg alerted Facebook to the problem and Facebook contacted Amazon. Facebook shares pared their gains after the Bloomberg News report.Another database for a long-defunct app called At the Pool listed names, passwords and email addresses for 22,000 people. UpGuard doesn’t know how long they were exposed, as the database became inaccessible while the company was looking into it.Facebook shared this kind of information freely with third-party developers for years, before cracking down more recently. The problem of accidental public storage could be more extensive than those two instances. UpGuard found 100,000 open Amazon-hosted databases for various types of data, some of which it expects aren’t supposed to be public.“The public doesn’t realize yet that these high-level systems administrators and developers, the people that are custodians of this data, they are being either risky or lazy or cutting corners,” said Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard. “Not enough care is being put into the security side of big data.”Related Stories:Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica rowJudge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed, calls company’s views ‘so wrong’Big tech probes could break up firms, result in huge fines, or neitherCultura Colectiva is a digital platform that posts stories about celebrities and culture and largely targets a Latin American audience. The company’s website says it creates content through data and technology and has more than 45 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.Facebook for many years allowed anyone making an app on its site to obtain information on the people using the app, and those users’ friends. Once the data is out of Facebook’s hands, the developers can do whatever they want with it.About a year ago, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was preparing to testify to Congress about a particularly egregious example: A developer who handed over data on tens of millions of people to Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm that helped Donald Trump on his presidential campaign. That one instance has led to government probes around the world, and threats of further regulation for the company.Last year, Facebook started an audit of thousands of apps and suspended hundreds until they could make sure they weren’t mishandling user data. Facebook now offers rewards for researchers who find problems with its third-party apps.A Facebook spokesperson said that the company’s policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database. Once it was alerted to the issue, Facebook worked with Amazon to take down the databases, the spokesperson said, adding that Facebook is committed to working with the developers on its platform to protect people’s data.In the Cultura Colectiva dataset, which totaled 146 gigabytes, it was difficult for researchers to know how many unique Facebook users were affected. UpGuard also had trouble working to get the database closed. The firm sent emails to Cultura Colectiva and Amazon over many months to alert them to the problem. It wasn’t until Facebook contacted Amazon that the leak was addressed. Cultura Colectiva didn’t respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment.This latest example shows how the data security issues can be amplified by another trend: the transition many companies have made from running operations predominantly in their own data centers to cloud-computing services operated by Amazon, Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and others.Those tech giants have built multibillion-dollar businesses by making it easy for companies to run applications and store troves of data, from corporate documents to employee information, on remote servers.Programs like Amazon Web Services’ Simple Storage Service, essentially an internet-accessed hard drive, offer clients the choice of whether to make the data visible to just the person who uploaded it, other members of their company, or anyone online. Sometimes, that information is designed to be public-facing, as in the case of a cache of photos or other images stored for use on a corporate website.These Are the Worst Corporate Hacks of All TimeOther times, it isn’t. In recent years, information stored on several cloud services — U.S. military data, personal information of newspaper subscribers and cell phone users — has been inadvertently shared publicly online and discovered by security researchers.Amazon in the last two years has beefed up protocols to keep customers from exposing sensitive materials, adding prominent warning notices, making tools for administrators to more simply turn off all public facing items, and offering for free what was formerly a paid add-on to check a customer’s account for exposed data.“Originally I would have put a lot of this on AWS,” said Corey Quinn, who advises businesses that use Amazon’s cloud at the Duckbill Group, a consulting firm. But since Amazon has taken steps to address the issue, companies like Cultura should be aware, he said. “With all of this in the news, and all of this continuing to come out, if you’re still opening AWS buckets [to the public], you’re not paying attention.”Amazon isn’t the only company that periodically gets caught up in cases of private records mistakenly made public. But it has a wide lead in the business of selling rented data storage and computing power, putting a spotlight on Seattle-based company’s practices. An Amazon Web Services spokesman declined to comment.Bloomberg.com read more

Sessions focus on interpersonal communication

The Student Development Centre is hosting sessions about interpersonal communication over the next two months.The sessions, called Foundations in Interpersonal Communications, are part of the Foundations in Leadership Practicum Series. They are being offered to staff at a “bronze” level in the series.This level consists of six two-hour sessions, which with between-session tasks amounts to 15 or 16 hours. The sessions will be Thursdays on Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Dec. 8 and 15. The cost is $45.For information, contact Les McCurdy-Myers at 905-688-5550 x4123 or lmccurdy@brocku.ca. Register at the Human Resources training sessions page.Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday read more

Ban condemns attacks in Jakarta says absolutely no justification for such acts

“[The Secretary-General] extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, in which the UN chief expressed his solidarity with the Government and people of Indonesia.According to news reports, the attacks took place at a busy commercial thoroughfare in the city, leaving at least two people dead and wounding perhaps more than two dozen others.Mr. Ban in his statement reaffirmed that there is absolutely no justification for such acts of terrorism, and he expressed the hope that the perpetrators of today’s attacks “will be swiftly brought to justice.” read more

Brock prof becomes first Canadian to win industry game award

Greg Gillespie has devoted much of his life to fantasy role-playing games (RPG) — and now he has some hardware to show for it.The associate professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film became the first Canadian to receive the Three Castles RPG Design Award earlier this month. The award, judged by a double-blind committee of industry professionals, was presented at the North Texas RPG Conference for Gillespie’s game, The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia.The game explores the lost city of Archaia, an ancient ruin sunken into the earth that lies deep in the badlands. Players must face orcs, goblins and other horrors as they go on a quest through the forbidden caves.Forbidden Caverns is the second table-top RPG authored by Gillespie. His first game, Barrowmaze, placed second in the same award competition in 2013.“I started researching the concept of nostalgia as it related to retro games,” Gillespie explains. “Having been an avid Dungeons and Dragons player throughout my life, I thought to challenge myself and grow beyond strict academic analysis and into the game industry.“It has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my career.”In addition to the award, Gillespie has been gratified by stories of the game being used for good causes.“A pastor in St. Louis contacted me because he wanted to find a copy to play with a group of at-risk youth to help get them off the street,” Gillespie notes. “He sent me a lovely picture of them all playing at the table. Also, a gaming group in Oklahoma ran a 24-hour game fundraiser and raised several thousand dollars for a local children’s hospital.”Gillespie also hears from fans who are simply using the game to have a good time.“The nicest thing is when people say that they find your games fun to play with their friends.”He believes that his games are so popular because they are “intellectually stimulating, highly detailed, decidedly challenging, and fun to play.”More information on The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia is available on the RPG Now website. read more

Our NCAA Bracket Will Update Live But Heres Where You Can Find

With so much parity in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tournament this year, one game has the potential to affect everyone else’s odds of advancing. For instance, Dayton’s upset Thursday of Ohio State gives Syracuse an easier potential opponent in the second round and raises the odds the Orange will make a deep run.The FiveThirtyEight NCAA tournament projections will update shortly after the conclusion of each game. The forecasts will also update if there are significant new injuries during the tournament.These updates do, however, create problems with transparency. Shouldn’t you be able to see how our original predictions did? After all, you don’t get to change your bracket after the tournament is underway.We have a solution. If you want to see original numbers — as of Tuesday afternoon before the first “play-in” games in Dayton, Ohio — you can find them in this CSV file at GitHub.We’ll be posting a complete archive of our updates at GitHub. The numbers included in the name of the files indicate how far through the tournament the update took place. For example, the file labeled bracket-05.csv will show our data after the conclusion of the first five games (counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s play-in matchups). read more

Ey up Yorkshire dialect lessons offered to asylum seekers in Bradford to

Yet for asylum seekers living in Bradford, not only has learning how to ‘speak Yorkshire’ has become an integral part of English lessons – it may also be the solution to bridging the north-south divide. Chris Baillie, manager at… ‘Ey up duck’ is not a phrase often associated with inhabitants of Jordan, Syria or parts of Africa. Forster College, which is part of Bradford College, is running 12-week courses in Yorkshire dialect for mature students “to improve their spoken English”. ‘Ey up’, ‘ta love’, ‘I’m off t’shops’, and ‘flippin’ ‘eck’, are just some of the words and phrases which are taught to help them understand everyday conversations and to feel like they fit in with the local community. 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. read more

Bogdan Wenta resigns as Polish head coach

Bogdan WentaPolish HandballVive Targi Kielce Bogdan Wenta resigns from the position of Polish Nationa Team head coach! In official letter he wrote that decision to finish his job with NT was taken in Alicante after missed chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in London.  Wenta will now focus on his job in Vive Targi Kielce, where are most of the NT players.Bogdan Wenta is symbol of a new era in Polish handball. With him on the bench, Poland won silver medal at WCh 2007 and bronze at WCh 2009. However, average results at WCh 2011 and EHF EURO 2012 were signals for changes… ← Previous Story Russian Play-Off (Women): Dinamo beats Lada in Togliati! Next Story → Sebastien Bosquet wants to leave Dunkerque read more

Garth Brooks sold one ticket for every 25 people in Ireland

first_imgGARTH BROOKS FANS bought almost a quarter of a million tickets in just 90 minutes this morning, with three dates in Croke Park completely selling out.The total of 240,000 tickets means just under one admission was sold for every 25 people in Ireland, including the North.According to the promoters of the huge comeback event, it is the first time an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one day.Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions said: “In 52 years of business this is the fastest selling concert Aiken Promotions have ever been involved in.”Garth Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle also released a short statement. “We’re thrilled,” he said. Garth Brooks on the pitch at Croke Park, as he announced the date Source: Mark StedmanPromoters announced a third date on Sunday July 27 shortly after tickets went on sale for the Friday and Saturday shows at 9am today.Tickets are already being resold on eBay for as much as €300. Irish classifieds website DoneDeal.ie have said they will remove adverts on their site for tickets being sold at more than face value.last_img read more

Facebook Now Worth 50 Billion Apparently

first_imgYeesh. What manner of ungodly sum is Facebook worth these days? $5 Billion, thanks to a new investment from the deep pockets at Goldman Sachs, who plunked down $500 million for the social networking site.Remember how shocked everyone was when AOL bought Time Warner back in 2000–and not the other way around? Well, you might want to sit down for this–the new valuation puts Facebook’s valuation at more than Time Warner, Yahoo, and eBay.AdChoices广告A number of folks are speculating that such a valuation might end up convincing the company to go public with its stocks earlier than planned. At present, however, it doesn’t appear that Zuckerberg’s company has any plans to do so at least until 2012.last_img read more

Gardaí caught a driver going 148kph on a foggy 100kph stretch of

first_img Naas Traffic arrest driver dangerous driving/charged @ Naas D/C Off to Cloverhill Prison. Driver disq 10 years-car impounded for no Ins/Tax pic.twitter.com/VqI68D2lDC— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 19, 2017 THIS MORNING, GARDAÍ in Cavan caught a motorist speeding at 148kph in a 100kph stretch of the N3 motorway.Three fixed charge penalty notices were served in the area in all this morning, with the 148kph driver the highest speed recorded out of the three.Gardaí noted that conditions this morning were foggy, meaning reduced visibility on the roads and urged all drivers to “respect speed limits”. By Sean Murray Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Read: Driver arrested after caught speeding at 187 km per hour in 120 zone on wet roadRead: Cars seized and court ordered for drivers found speeding, texting and with no seat belts on children 36 Comments Gardaí caught a driver going 148kph on a foggy 100kph stretch of road this morning Gardaí in Naas also caught a motorist driving at 185kph. 39,804 Views Short URL Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 4:36 PM https://jrnl.ie/3247988 Feb 19th 2017, 4:36 PM Share371 Tweet Email In a separate incident this morning, gardaí in Naas arrested someone for dangerous driving, who was clocked in at 185kph.The driver’s car was impounded for no tax or insurance and the person was subsequently disqualified for ten years. Cavan Traffic:Sunday morning speeding on N3 3 fcpn for excess speed in 100kph zone. Highest recorded148kph in the fog. Respect speed limits pic.twitter.com/avCyOGGexY— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 19, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Liverpool players need a break Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool squad needs a break after navigating a hectic schedule that ended with a barren draw against Manchester City.The Reds were lucky to have escaped with a point after Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty despite dominating the majority of the game.Liverpool head into the international break third in the Premier League, with their unbeaten run intact and behind City on goal difference.“I have a little break now, the players don’t, they go to internationals,” he told Sky Sports. “That makes life really complicated.“I know people say they are on a lot of money but people want to see the best football and somebody has to start to give the boys a little break, because we can’t as we play every three days.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Somebody has to start thinking of the players, because without them this game is difficult to play.“Today finishes off a very intense period for us with unbelievable games. I’m fine with it, you always can wish for more but the boys have given everything.“We did really well after seven games in the last three weeks. They were at the highest level so you cannot have a second of a break.“The one time we failed a little bit was against Napoli, that’s it. Coming back like we did today, I’m happy with that.”last_img read more

SoccerCity responds to SDSU West

first_imgSoccerCity responds to SDSU West KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:49 PM January 19, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFor the first time since the developer-backed “SDSU West” group released its plan last fall, backers of SoccerCity today released an analysis of the alternative plan, outlining specifically how taxpayers will subsidize much of the cost.“The bottom line is, ‘SDSU West’ is a terrible deal for taxpayers” said SoccerCity Project Manager Nick Stone Posted: January 19, 2018last_img read more

We Got Your Back Backpack Program Aids Underprivileged Students

first_imgWe had first lady of San Diego and “One San Diego” executive director Katherine Faulconer, and San Diego Unified School District superintendent Cindy Marten in studio to tell us about it. July 31, 2018 Posted: July 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom We Got Your Back Backpack Program Aids Underprivileged Students 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local non-profit program called “We Got Your Back Backpack Program” is getting kids ready for school. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, About 6,000 students in the district experienced homelessness last school year. The program collected over 32-hundred backpacks for underprivileged students. last_img read more

Railway Budget 201415 HiTech Stations Bullet Trains Digital Services

first_imgSocial Media – Even before the session began, Gowda said that he plans to make the railways more interactive, announcing Twitter and Facebook ids for the railways. Green Energy in Railways – In a further step to modernize railways and make them energy-freindly, Gowda promised to bring bio-fuel in locomotives and to harness solar energy. Safety through Technology – The Budget has proposed the introduction of advanced technology for rail-flaw detection to check causes of accidents. A pilot project will be launched on automatic door closing in mainline and sub-urban coaches.”International Standard” Stations – The Budget put a lot of focus on modernizing passenger amenities at stations, stating that the government wants stations to be on par with international ones. The railway minister proposed wi-fi facilities at A1 category stations, food courts at major stations, and lifts and escalators, along with battery-operated cars to make the stations disabled-friendly. Gowda also promised to develop 10 metro stations with state-of-the-art facilities.Office-on-Wheels – Gowda promised internet and workstation facilities on select trains. The railways will also have an IVRS system for feedback on catering in trains. Advanced Railway Booking – Gowda promised expanding the scope of online booking and facilitating ticket booking through mobile phones. He also proposed online reservation of retiring rooms.center_img Indian Railways to go Paperless, Digital Reservation Charts – Gowda said that in the next five years, Indian offices will be paperless, and that reservation charts at railway stations will become digital. As expected, the Narendra Modi government’s first Railway Budget put thrust on technology and modernization to revamp Indian Railways; from wi-fi facilities to bullet trains, and from automated closing doors to workstations-on-wheels, the Budget presented by Union Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday had it all.Prime Minister Modi himself called it a “modern railway budget”.”This budget will prove to be the growth engine of modern India. It is a modern railway budget. It will speed up the development of the whole country,” Modi told the media, minutes after the Budget presentation ended in the Parliament.Here are a few promises made in the Railway Budget 2014-15 that will give a modern look to Indian Railways:High-Speed Trains – Bullet trains will soon be a reality, with Gowda saying that the government will push for one on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector at the earliest. Gowda announced ₹100 crore for a high-speed rail network in the country, and said that speeds of trains in nine sectors will be increased to up to 200 kilometres per hour. The Budget also announced 50 new trains including 27 express trains, five premium trains and six AC express trains.last_img read more

EU envoy 3 foreign ministers visit Rohingya camps

first_imgForeign ministers of Germany, Sweden, Japan and a European Union’s high representative visited the makeshift Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila os Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.They are high representative of the EU Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers Taro Kono of Japan, Sigmar Gabriel of Germany and Margot Wallström of Sweden, reports UNB.With Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, they reached the camps by a helicopter in the morningThey visited the Rohingya camps and heard the horrific experiences of the Rohinya people fled from Myanmar amid persecution.They also monitored the relief distribution works and visited health centers at the camps.At a press briefing after the visit, Sigmar Gabriel said they talked to the Rohingya people and it is clear that the atrocities on the Rohingya people by the Myanmar army are not acceptable and this will be discussed at ASEM meeting.State minister of foreign affairs Shahriar Alam at a press briefing after the visit said the visiting foreign ministers and EU envoy thanked the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to such huge number of Rohingyas.The foreign ministers and the EU envoy will go to Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar for attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and they will discuss there the Rohingya issue, said the junior minister.Earlier in the morning, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met AH Mahmood Ali at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in the capital.last_img read more