Gurugram: It has now been more than eight years since Gurugram was declared a dark zone which implies to the region having low groundwater reserves.After the concern expressed by the Chief Minister ML Khattar, now government agencies have begun to take measures towards enhancing the groundwater reserves. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan approved by the state government this week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagarrules. Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP. Teams from the DTCP will start inspecting rainwater harvesting facilities in various residential and commercial complexes across the city. There are over 125 pits that come under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, lack of proper maintenance and inability to check encroachments have ensured that these pits have not been of any utility. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLast year with the aid of a private organisation the municipal body had started the process of cleaning the pits. However, in the later months, this exercise gradually fizzled out. The district administration had also directed various private schools that have a large area to create water harvesting pits. However, this action was also not followed up. The push for rainwater harvesting comes in the wake of Haryana chief minister(CM) Manohar Lal Khattar strongly advocating zero rainwater discharge system in Gurugram. Moreover, a project that will be overseen by the Chief Minister wherein sewage water will be treated for usage. HUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs.
Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has come down heavily on the state government for not complying with its order prohibiting slaughter of animals in the open. Slamming the state government, Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma said if it failed to produce an order staying the high court’s prohibition on slaughtering of animals by August 20, sale of all meat in the state will be stopped unless their source was verified. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Warning against non-compliance of court orders, the bench said in case the state fails to produce a stay order when the petition is heard next on August 20, the court may direct senior superintendents of police and district magistrates of all districts to stop sale of any meat which has not been slaughtered in a legal slaughterhouse. The High Court had banned slaughter of all animals in the open in September, 2018 asking authorities to ensure that they are slaughtered only in legal slaughterhouses. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, counsel Kartikeya Hari Gupta informed the court that the state government has already filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the HC order banning slaughter of animals in the open but the apex court has granted no stay against the HC order. The chief justice observed that notices on the petition were issued by the apex court in April but till date the state has failed to show any stay order. In this light, the HC order banning the slaughter of animals in the open stands and needs to be complied with in letter and sprit, the Chief Justice said.
HALIFAX – Nicholas Butcher insisted Monday that the Montreal-born yoga instructor he’s accused of killing actually tried to kill him, as the defence closed its case at the second-degree murder trial.Butcher, the lone defence witness, told the 14-member jury the pair had been sleeping at Kristin Johnston’s home on March 26, 2016, when he awoke to someone stabbing him in the throat with a knife.The 36-year-old law school graduate testified that it was dark and he couldn’t see who it was, but managed to grab the knife and fight back — realizing seconds later he’d killed Johnston.During her cross-examination, Crown lawyer Carla Ball noted wounds on Butcher’s neck were located symmetrically on the right and left sides and in the centre — a pattern she suggested would be hard to achieve if someone had attacked him in the dark.She suggested Butcher’s neck wounds were self-inflicted.“The next thing she knows is that a knife is being plunged repeatedly into her neck by you until you are satisfied that she is dead,” Ball said, raising her voice.“And then you thought, ‘What am I going to do? I have to kill myself’ … and you took that knife and thought, ‘I watched her die by the knife being plunged into her neck so I’m going to use that knife and do the same thing to myself. That’s what you did, didn’t you?”Butcher denied Ball’s suggestions.“She tried to murder me,” Butcher said calmly in a deep voice.Dr. Jonathan Trites, a head and neck surgeon, had testified that Butcher had 13 sharp wounds on his neck.Ball also pointed out that Johnston had 10 wounds on her neck, but Butcher testified he stabbed her about four times. He did not offer an explanation for the discrepancy.She noted Butcher told a police officer “sorry” after they arrived on the scene, and told a doctor at the hospital he had “messed up.”“That’s because you took that knife quite intentionally and plunged it 10 times into Kristin’s neck,” said Ball.Butcher replied, “No. It was not intentional.”Breaking down on the stand last week, Butcher told the jury he tried to kill himself after realizing he had killed Johnston. He said he slit his wrist with the knife, a razor blade, and then cut off his right hand with a mitre saw. His hand was surgically reattached.Medical examiner Dr. Marnie Wood testified that Johnston had “defensive injuries” on her hands and fingers.Butcher was in a relationship with the 32-year-old yoga teacher, but friends of Johnston’s testified in Nova Scotia Supreme Court she had broken up with him hours before her death.Butcher, a graduate of Dalhousie University law school who was having difficulty finding an articling job, acknowledged Monday that he was $200,000 in debt from school.The jury heard messages in which Butcher told his landlord how “stressed” he was over his inability to pay rent on time.The jury heard from 32 witnesses over 14 court days. Lawyers will make closing submissions on Thursday.Butcher has pleaded not guilty.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
“Attacks against places of worship cannot be justified by any political or religious cause,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “These attacks appear to be aimed at provoking sectarian strife and undermining stability in Iraq.”Media reports say a series of bombs exploded within an hour of each other outside five mosques across the city either during or just after Friday prayers.In the statement Mr. Ban appealed to Iraqis to “remain steadfast in their efforts to resolve differences through dialogue and achieve national reconciliation,” and pledged the continued commitment of the United Nations to helping the Iraqi people. 31 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored today’s apparently coordinated series of bomb attacks against five Shi’a mosques across Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, which have killed or injured dozens of people.
“I have deep concerns at the negative consequences that the outcome of the vote will have on the freedom of religion or belief of members of the Muslim community in Switzerland,” Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, stated in a news release. “Indeed, a ban on minarets amounts to an undue restriction of the freedom to manifest one’s religion and constitutes a clear discrimination against members of the Muslim community in Switzerland,” she added, also noting that the UN Human Rights Committee stated a month ago that such a ban is contrary to the country’s obligations under international human rights law. “This vote reminds us that no societies are immune to religious intolerance,” stressed Ms. Jahangir, adding that “it is therefore more than ever necessary to continue raising awareness and educating people about religious diversity, enabling all societies to adopt an enlightened and progressive attitude towards the beliefs of other communities.” Doing so will help to eliminate the grounds for “irrational fears” towards Muslims, which have been exploited in Switzerland for political purposes,” she warned.The Special Rapporteur urged authorities in Switzerland, which has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to take the necessary measures to fully protect the right to freedom of religion or belief for the Muslim community. Ms. Jahangir, who carries out her work in an independent and unpaid capacity, reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. 30 November 2009An independent United Nations expert on religious freedom today voiced regret at the Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets, stating that such a prohibition clearly discriminates against Muslims.
Waiting for an update while Wudwud was in surgery was nerve-wracking for Gabora, but doctors said the surgery went well and, after being kept under anesthesia for a day afterward, Wudwud was happy and asking for her favourite song to be played.“The first time she woke up she was asking for Baby Shark, putting her two fingers together the way she does, so (we) knew then that she was going to be OK,” said Gabora with a laugh. “She started sitting up (and) playing.”Gabora is hopeful Wudwud will soon be able to eat liquid food again — the first time she has swallowed her food since she had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach in February.“Once she can actually take something down and actually swallow again, that would be the best we can hope for right now,” said Gabora. She said Wudwud will likely be released from the hospital in the next week or two, although she will still need to go back to Saskatoon for frequent updates afterward.With severe scar tissue left on one lung and a tiny hole left in her stomach, Gabora said the two-year-old will likely need to be on asthma and stomach medication for the rest of her life. But she believes that is a small price to pay after what her granddaughter has gone through.To help the family cover the cost of frequent trips to Saskatoon, Gabora started a GoFundMe.firstname.lastname@example.org Cyndi Gabora / Submitted More than a year after Hailey Wudwud swallowed a teddy bear eye, the Regina toddler has now come through major surgery and is making a speedy recovery.“It’s turning out better than I expected. I expected months of recovery and it just seems to be going so fast,” said Cyndi Gabora, Wudwud’s grandmother in an interview Tuesday. She noted even the doctors seemed impressed with the two-year-old’s quick progress.Wudwud’s parents first noticed she was having trouble breathing last July. Months of appointments with doctors and specialists followed. In February, she saw another specialist in Saskatoon who called for a bronchoscopy — a procedure that would show the inside of Wudwud’s air passages — to be done the next day. The bronchoscopy revealed a plastic eye from a teddy bear stuck in the lower part of her esophagus.Because the eyeball had been lodged in her esophagus for so long, her tissue had grown around it. The immediate surgery to remove the object left a hole in the airway.Wudwud underwent a 12-hour surgery Thursday at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where surgeons used part of her stomach to replace the torn part of her esophagus.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Two-year-old Hailey Wudwud is making a speedy recovery in Royal University Hospital after a 12-hour surgery. Doctors used part of her stomach to replace part of her esophagus that had torn when she swallowed a plastic teddy bear eye. (Photo courtesy of Cyndi Gabora)
FILE – This Wednesday, April 29, 2015, file photo, shows Dominion Power’s coal fired power plant along the James River in Chester, Va. Dominion Resources announced Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that it is buying Questar for approximately $4.4 billion, a big reach to the West for the East coast energy company. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Dominion Resources buying Questar for about $4.4 billion by The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2016 5:55 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dominion Resources will spend approximately $4.4 billion to acquire Questar in a big reach to the West for the East Coast energy company.Dominion is a power producer in the mid-Atlantic region. Questar is in the Rockies and a principal source of gas supply to Western states.There was a rush of deals last year among energy companies who are bulking up with demand weak and energy prices plunging.That includes utilities, which are increasingly switching from coal to natural gas, as they seek more control over their cost input.Last year Duke Energy Corp., a major power provider in the Southeast, spent almost $5 billion to acquire Piedmont Natural Gas Co.Dominion, with Questar, would serve about 4.8 million electric and gas customer accounts in seven states and would operate more than 15,500 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines.Questar shareholders will receive $25 per share, a 23 per cent premium to its Friday closing price of $20.39. The deal also includes the assumption of Questar’s outstanding debt.Questar Corp. will keep its headquarters in Salt Lake City. Its stock surged more than 20 per cent Monday before the opening bell.The transaction is targeted to close by the end of the year, according to Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. The deal still needs approval from Questar shareholders and clearance from the Federal Trade Commission.The companies said that, if needed, they will file for review and approval from the Utah Public Service Commission and the Wyoming Public Service Commission and will give information about the transaction to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was aiding the investigation. Two serving police officers have been suspended after they were arrested on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs. Greater Manchester Police Pcs Kerry Reeve and Adam Jackson, both 35, were reportedly among four people held in connection with the investigation.Pc Reeve, who serves in a Tactical Aid Unit, was pictured on duty outside a burning Miss Selfridge store in Manchester during the August 2011 riots. Greater Manchester Police confirmed two of the arrested people were serving officers.A spokesman said: “As part of an ongoing operation, officers from GMP executed a number of warrants in Middleton, Haslingden and Bacup.”They arrested two men and a woman, all aged 35, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.”A further arrest of a 29-year-old man was made on February 17. One of the men and the woman are serving officers with GMP. “The officers have been suspended. All four have been bailed pending further enquiries.” Kerry Reeve previously wrote on social media: ‘don’t mess with the best ‘cos the best don’t mess’Credit:Myspace Pc Kerry Reeve is reportedly among four people held in connection with the investigationCredit:Myspace 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. It said in a statement: “We’re supervising an investigation conducted by Greater Manchester Police into allegations against two officers concerning the supply of drugs.”The IPCC is regularly updated on progress and will be informed of the outcome in due course.” Pc Kerry Reeve serves in a Tactical Aid Unit at Greater Manchester PoliceCredit:Myspace In a series of pictures posted on social media, she wrote: “Don’t mess with the best ‘cos the best don’t mess.”The Sun reported that Pc Reeve shouted at its reporter to “f— off” when they visited her home in Middleton, Greater Manchester.Both she and Pc Jackson, of Bacup, Lancashire, have been suspended amid the drugs investigation.The two other arrests were of men aged 35 and 29. All four have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
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Committees: The main event at Leinster House today will be happening behind closed doors — but you can still expect this afternoon’s meeting of the high-profile Public Accounts Committee to generate plenty of media attention. The panel decided on Tuesday that it would hear evidence from a garda whistleblower on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system in private session. [2pm]Dáil: Pat Rabbitte kicks off proceedings in the chamber this morning at 9.30am, answering queries on issues of direct concern to his department. The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is likely to be be hit with plenty of questions on the controversial issue of pylons — he announced this week that a panel would look at the possibility of putting the high-voltage ‘Grid Link’ and ‘Grid-West’ power-lines underground.Dáil: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore gets his weekly grilling from the opposition as he takes Leader’s Questions at midday Order of Business in the upper chamber begins at 10.30am, and at 11.45am we’ll have statements on “The Humanitarian Situation in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic”.Senators have their go at ‘topical issues’ directly afterwards, raising issues of concern to them in ‘Matters on the Adjournment‘.Everything happening in the committees:The issue of plain pack cigarettes will be the main focus of the Joint Committee on Health and Children when it meets at 9.30am. The panel of TDs and senators will hear from the Irish Cancer Society, Ash Ireland and others on the subject. [Committee Room 2]The PAC will also be sitting this morning. They’ll be discussing the business of the committee itself from 10am, before moving on to consider a particular case from the Comptroller and Auditor General 2012 Annual Report, whereby the state was unable to deliver a promised Dublin site to a developer in an affordable homes deal. [Committee Room 1]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.Here’s what we can expect to see happening in the Dáil, Seanad and committee rooms today…Four things we’ll be keeping an eye on: Everything else happening in the Dáil:The legislation paving the way for constituency changes ahead of the European elections on 23 May continues its progress through the Oireachtas from 10.45am: [European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2013 (Seanad) – Second Stage]After Leader’s Questions, it’s down to business once again, as work continues on the European elections Bill and three other pieces of legislation — they concern: reductions in allowances for politicians [The Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Allowances Bill]; the the dissolution of enterprise advisory board Forfás; and new rules for online bookies [Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013]. [From 12.51pm]The Dáil adjourns today at 5.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: It’s a 4.42 start for Topical Issues today, as TDs raise issues they consider to be of concern to them, their constituents, and the country at large. The ongoing pylons debate, the planning of Irish Water, penalty points and the other issues of the week may or may not feature to some degree. Everything happening in the Seanad:
THE NATIONAL RIFLE Association is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre.A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter.Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. But the insurance company MetLife discontinued its discount program with the NRA yesterday. Car rental company Hertz and Symantec, the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same.“We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company tweeted. Sunrise Tactical Supply in Coral Springs, Florida, where gunman Nikkolas Cruz was said to have bought the firearm he used. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesInsurer Chubb said it is ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, but it provided notice three months ago. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.Those defections arrived after car rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.Other companies, including Wyndham Hotels and Best Western hotels, have let social media users know they are no longer affiliated with the NRA, though they did not make clear when the partnerships ended.The swiftness of the corporate reaction against the NRA has differed from that of past shootings, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that claimed 26 lives and the killing of 58 people in Las Vegas last fall, said Bob Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and a scholar on gun politics. Spitzer said the reaction was likely a reaction to the student mobilisation that followed the Florida shooting, but he said it was too soon tell how significantly it will sway the country’s wider gun debate“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer said. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.” Source: DPA/PA ImagesSpitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate. In 2014, Chipotle asked customers not to bring firearms into its stores after gun-rights advocates brought military-style rifles into one of its Texas restaurants. A year earlier, Starbucks Corp. made a similar statement after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting.Larry Hutcher, a lawyer who specialises in commercial law and litigation, said companies are reacting to a perception that public opinion is shifting on gun regulation. Polls show growing support for gun control measures, including 97% backing for universal background checks in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday.“It’s based on the fact that these companies and their marketing officers are reading the tea leaves. It makes economic sense to get on the side of the majority of Americans,” said Hutcher, co-managing partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting.President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA, suggesting some teachers could be armed so that they could fire on any attacker. However, Trump has also called for raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, a move the NRA opposes. By Associated Press Share46 Tweet Email Read: Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooter Feb 24th 2018, 2:46 PM Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 2:46 PM Image: Wilfredo Lee 23,503 Views Short URL 91 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3869973 Image: Wilfredo Lee Companies distance themselves from the NRA after latest school shooting The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Mayurnath Reve Now Playing Up Next Pinterest motosada August 16, 2016 at 12:42 am Triple H or his inevitable interference will somehow have finn come out the victor, or some other screwy outcome (a draw, someone else wins the title, etc, etc). him being involved is so asinine. i get it, he’s a professional wrestling fan, as has been since he was a kid, which is cool, but his involvement is useless, and it makes no sense (even the 1st time he did it). this isn’t going to boost ratings/pay-per-view buy rates at all, so… why bother? ugh, just another lapse in wwe creative’s “brain power”. 4 COMMENTS Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next August 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm WhatsApp Xavier Woods Videos Articles Stewie Just Said That! b d Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 16, 2016 at 6:51 am Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter We need this cuck back on WWE TV why, exactly? Google+ So, the now THIRD match between Cesaro and Sheamus is going to be the FIRST in a best of SEVEN series? Uggggggghhhh…. As much as I want Cesaro to clean this up in four, I know it won’t happen. It’s gonna be a long stretch between SummerSlam and whatever Raw’s September Special Event is. Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE announced on Monday night during RAW that former host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart would be making an appearance at SummerSlam this Sunday night in Brooklyn.Also added to SummerSlam is Cesaro vs. Sheamus in the first match of a Best of Seven Series and Big Cass and Enzo Amore vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.BREAKING: As revealed by #RAW GM @RealMickFoley, #JonStewart will return to @SummerSlam! https://t.co/B3FHdHhP2x pic.twitter.com/rtYA3YWeQe— WWE (@WWE) August 16, 2016Here is the updated card for SummerSlam this Sunday.Brock Lesnar vs. Randy OrtonJohn Cena vs. AJ StylesWWE World Championship MatchDean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerMatch to crown the first ever WWE Universal ChampionSeth Rollins vs. Finn BalorWWE United States Championship MatchRusev (c) vs. Roman ReignsBest of Seven Series – Match #1Sheamus vs. CesaroWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Apollo CrewsWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c’s) vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows)Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin OwensWWE Women’s Championship MatchSasha Banks (c) vs. CharlotteRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Well… I guess Jon Stewart will again interfere in Rollins’ match and screw Finn out of a title shot. WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Facebook The Miz August 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Comments are closed.
Kitchen manufacturing and retail organisation Wren Kitchens has come highest on The 15 UK Top-Rated Workplaces: Best Retailers list, compiled by global jobs website Indeed.The annually published list is based on employee reviews posted on Indeed’s website. Organisations are ranked using factors such as average rating, number of reviews and the history of job openings.Wren Kitchens, which employs 4,400 staff nationwide, replaced John Lewis and Partners at the top of 2019’s list, closely followed by handmade cosmetics business Lush Cosmetics in second place, and bed retailer Dreams in third.Mark Pullan, managing director at Wren Kitchens, said: “We are delighted to have received this recognition, which is a reflection of the great team we have. The success of our business is entirely down to the strength of our team. We are incredibly lucky to have people who are completely customer focused, hardworking and enthusiastic.“The award is a tribute to the team and the culture they have created. The business is continuing to expand, and we are always looking for compassionate, ambitious and committed individuals who want to build a rewarding career with us.”According to Indeed’s list, the 15 top retailers to work for in the UK are:Wren KitchensLush CosmeticsDreamsClarksMarks and SpencerHarrodsAdidasJohn Lewis and PartnersIkeaMaplinSainsbury’sGameShop DirectSuperdrySchuhBelinda Deery, chief people officer at Clarks, added: “We’re very pleased to have been ranked so highly as a top-rated workplace. What’s most pleasing is that it’s based on the reviews and ratings of our employees themselves.“We appreciate the passion and commitment our people bring to our business and are determined to never take for granted the discretionary effort they give. As a family-owned business, family values like responsibility, respect and integrity are an enduring part of our success and are important in making Clarks a special place to work.”Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, said: “These are testing times for Britain’s high street retailers. Not only are [organisations] having to compete with online rivals for customers, the tight labour market means [businesses are] having to fight hard to find and retain good people.“One way [employers] can appeal to jobseekers is through a strong employer brand and compelling digital presence. In our most recent research, 70% of jobseekers said that insight into [an organisation’s] employer reputation is important while considering a job opportunity. It’s clear: [an organisation’s] online reputation has never been more important when it comes to attracting talent.“The brands in our ranking have successfully created a positive and desirable work environment, earning plaudits from their staff and providing an example new can all learn from.”
Keep your eyes peeled for coverage of the 2017 VCAHAH and Animal Eye Guys Hollywood Service Animal’s Free Eye… https://t.co/aoGHBSpMo4— VCA Hollywood A.H. (@The_HAH) May 7, 2017Veterinarian ophthalmologist Rob Swinger administered the eye exams. “What we’re doing is exams for service dog animals. Once a year, during the month of May, the [American] College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists get together and try to do free exams for any working service animal.” — HumaneBrowardAAT (@AATHSBC) May 8, 2017The exams are available to all working service dogs in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida veterinarians are proving to be a sight for dog eyes.The VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital and Animal Eye Guys worked together to provide free eye exams for everyone’s favorite four-legged friends, Sunday.Owners could bring their service dogs to the animal hospital, located near Hollywood Boulevard and Interstate 95. TY @AnimalEyeGuys for your dedication to providing free eye exams for our therapy dogs & @The_HAH for hosting. pic.twitter.com/TMpkvQtMCF
The American Society of Magazine Editors has announced the finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Leading the pack is the New Yorker, with 10 nominations, including nods for general excellence, reporting and feature writing. GQ was nominated for eight awards.Twenty-four other titles received multiple nominations: New York (6), Esquire (5), National Geographic (5), Backpacker (4), Bon Appétit (4), The New York Times Magazine, (4) Wired (4), The Atlantic (3), Harper’s Magazine (3), Mother Jones (3), Newsweek (3), Runner’s World (3), Time (3), W (3), the American Scholar (2), Business Week (2), Fast Company (2), Field & Stream (2), Gourmet (2), Health (2), The Nation (2), Texas Monthly (2). Vanity Fair (2), and Virginia Quarterly Review (2). The winners will be announced on April 30 at Lincoln Center in New York.A total of 1,707 entries were submitted by 350 magazines print and online publications. Finalists were chosen by 275 judges. The New Yorker, a perennial favorite, was nominated for 12 Ellies in 2008. It won just one.Click here for a complete list of this year’s finalists.
President Obama discussed Alaska, climate change, and Arctic issues in a speech May 20. That came after an executive order in January creating an Arctic Executive Steering Committee to coordinate federal Arctic activities. These may be signs Arctic issues are gaining a higher profile.President Obama told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement they’re part of the first generation of officers to begin their service in a world where the effects of climate change he says are so clearly upon us:“Climate change means Arctic sea ice is vanishing faster than ever. By the middle of this century, Arctic summers could be essentially ice free. We’re witnessing the birth of a new ocean — new sea lanes, more shipping, more exploration, more competition for the vast natural resources below.”The president went on to outline Arctic priorities:“In Alaska, we have more than 1,000 miles of Arctic coastline. The United States is an Arctic nation, and we have a great interest in making sure that the region is peaceful, that its indigenous people and environment are protected, and that its resources are managed responsibly in partnership with other nations.”The nation’s first U.S. Special Representative to the Arctic, Admiral Bob Papp, says the U.S. is also keeping an eye on Russian efforts to build military depots all along its northern shore.“Anytime you see a military buildup, yes, we would be concerned. But the buildup is one thing. In other words establishing capabilities, is one thing. Intent is quite another thing. How do you use those things. So we watch both of those. The intent part is a little more difficult to interpret. But in terms of capabilities, while there’s been a great deal of rhetoric and a lot of talk about building things. The economy has not been good and Russia has not been able to fund these things.”Still, Papp says the eight nations that make up the Arctic Council have tackled two critical issues:“When you have maritime traffic, inevitably, inevitably, particularly in the conditions that you find in Alaska, in the Arctic, weather, and seas, rocky shores. There will be an accident some day and you need to be prepared for that. So the agreement for search and rescue was a good first step. The agreement on oil spill preparedness and response is a good first step. Now you’ve got to operationalize that . You have to get out there and exercise those things. Get lessons learned.”But Papp says much more is needed: a U.S. Coast Guard Air station, a deep water port north of the Bering Strait… and icebreakers. Papp says the U.S. is down to one medium and one heavy icebreaker, far behind other nations. But, he says, the Obama administration has not requested funding to build ice-breakers:“I think the administration has juggled a lot of different priorities over the last few years or so. An ice-breaker is amongst those priorities but has not risen to the point where funding has been asked for. There’s been some minimal funding for preliminary survey and design of a new icebreaker. But the real money for building an ice-breaker is not there yet. We’re hopeful that will happen as increased attention is focused on the Arctic.Navigational aids are antiquated:“Some of the depth findings that are used on modern-day charts today were soundings that were taken by Captain James Cook and crew took in 1778 using a piece of lead on the end of rope.”And Papp recommended some other improvements:“Satellite navigation is pretty good because the GPS constellation is, gives good coverage for the entire globe. But communications satellites have over time been optimally positioned for the middle latitudes, not so much for the high latitudes. So, yes, aids to navigation, communications, charting, setting up traffic separation schemes, all things that will help to improve mariner safety would be beneficial to us.”The chairmanship of the Arctic Council rotates every two years and recently came to the United States. Since taking his post a year ago, Papp has been working on organizing that transfer. And , he coordinates Arctic activities among dozens of bureaus and agencies within the U.S. State Department.
Amputees Jal Keat, 12 (L) and Nyagn Thyuong, gunshot wound survivors, sit inside at the physical rehabilitation centre run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Juba on 12 March 2019. Photo: AFPBy the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.After being given medication he lies fast asleep, naked and feverish, attached to a drip, his anxious mother sitting on the bed next to him.Nyachoat could be saved, but others are not so lucky.In South Sudan mind-bending horrors abound of war, ethnic violence, rape, hunger and displacement.But for civilians living in the shadow of conflict, the greatest danger is often being cut off from health services, whether due to violence or lack of development in the vast, remote areas that make up much of the country.According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which supports the tiny clinic where Nyachoat is recovering in Udier village, 70 per cent of all illness deaths are due to easily treatable malaria, acute watery diarrhoea and respiratory infections.In case of more serious illness there is “no place” to go, said Nyachoat’s 22-year-old mother Buk Gader.A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) last year showed almost 400,000 people had died as a result of South Sudan’s nearly six-year war.Half of these were due to violent deaths, and half because of the increased risk of disease and reduced access to healthcare as a result of the conflict.ICRC health field officer Irene Oyenya said the Upper Nile region was particularly affected.”There were (aid) organisations which were supplying primary healthcare, but then during the war, most of the organisations got evacuated” and pulled out of the country, she said.Blocked by swampsUdier is a village with a dirt airstrip whose sun-baked sand, which when not used by twice weekly ICRC flights bringing medicine and supplies, serves as a football pitch for youths. It is also a pedestrian highway for those who come from far flung huts and cattle camps to market.In the tiny market, there is little fresh food available. Villagers can buy red onions or sit for a strong Sudanese coffee, infused with ginger, while in the dry season nomadic Falata herdswomen in flowing dresses sell milk from their cattle.A brick building next to the airstrip, its roof long blown off in a storm, is the village school, but for several days in a row no teacher shows up.In the surrounding villages, women are hard at work mudding their huts and re-thatching the roof in anticipation of the rains to come within weeks.When they do come, swelling the swampy marshlands and rivers for miles around, roads will become impassable.It becomes “difficult for young children to swim or women or men to carry patients to reach here,” said Oyenya.Marginalised for decades prior to independence from Sudan in 2011, and engulfed in war since 2013, South Sudan has seen little development. The healthcare sector is one of many propped up by international aid organisations.However, the country is also the most dangerous for humanitarian workers with around 100 killed over the past five years, according to United Nations figures. Dozens of organisations have been forced to pull out of areas they served due to the conflict.The Upper Nile region, where Udier is situated near the borders of Sudan and Ethiopia, was wracked by conflict in 2017 as government forces waged a major offensive to seize the opposition-held town of Pagak.The ICRC was forced to evacuate patients and staff from its hospital and health centre in the village of Maiwut which was looted, leaving “not even a needle on the ground”, according ICRC’s Oyenya.Many relocated to Udier, which was spared from fighting.A year later in 2018, angry protesters looted around 10 humanitarian agency compounds in the town of Maban, 72 kilometres (44 miles) north of Udier.ICRC’s head of delegation in South Sudan, James Reynolds, said a peace deal signed in September 2018 “has improved security, mobility, and access for humanitarian workers”.But fresh fighting in the southern Equatorias region “has made access to certain areas very difficult.”Women bear the burdenIn opposition-held Udier, the clinic supported by the ICRC provides crucial healthcare support to the region, where like throughout South Sudan, maternal and child mortality is sky-high.Every day a small group of patients sits outside under a fragrant Neem tree, waiting to be helped, some from nearby while others have walked for a day or two.Oyenya says a major challenge is that women, who do all the heavy work and take care of up to 10 children, may delay bringing them to the centre in time. That can be deadly.Sometimes the children come alone: a nine-year-old girl in a purple polka dot dress confidently tells Oyenya she is suffering from bloody diarrhoea and, she thinks, malaria. Her parents are nowhere in sight.For anything more serious, such as pregnancy complications, blood transfusions and operations, the nearest hospital is in government-held Maban, a five-hour drive away or a three-day walk.The other option is a three-day walk to Gambella in Ethiopia.”They may reach there alive, or they may not reach there alive,” said Oyenya.
© 2019 Science X Network A trio of geoscientists with Pennsylvania State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published an an update in the journal Science on the state of weather forecasting. In their paper, Richard Alley, Kerry Emanuel and Fuqing Zhang report statistics demonstrating the increased accuracy of weather forecasting, and their views on where the field is headed. Journal information: Science More information: Richard B. Alley et al. Advances in weather prediction, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aav7274 Credit: George Hodan/public domain Citation: Geoscientists insist weather forecasting is more accurate than ever and could get even better (2019, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-geoscientists-insist-weather-accurate.html Explore further Why the weather forecast will always be a bit wrong 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. Most people have a love-hate relationship with their local weather forecaster—when they are right, we carry on as best we can given conditions outside. But when they are wrong, we cast aspirations on their character and wonder why we listen to them at all. But weather forecasters have become more accurate, the authors claim, noting that today, a five-day forecast is as accurate as a one-day forecast was as recently as 1980. And a 72-hour hurricane warning today is more accurate than a 24-hour warning was 40 years ago. It is also far more accessible. Not very long ago, we had to wait for the morning paper or the evening news to get our report, but now we can fire up a phone app and get not just a forecast, but up-to-the-minute radar images of moving storms.The researchers point out the improvements are mostly due to technology. They note that the same basic tools are used for forecasting, but improvements to those tools have made results far more impressive. Foremost among them are improvements in computer hardware and software. They also point out that forecasting is more than just predicting rain or snow, it also includes things like hints on which way forest fires will move, how much ice will melt in the Arctic, or how much the sea will rise, leading to flooding in the future. It is also playing an increasingly larger role in helping people plan renewable energy projects.Looking to the future, the authors offer a generally sunny forecast. As computers and weather models improve, so will the forecasts they offer. But they also note there is a catch—weather forecasting costs more than it used to, so it is important that investments by both government and private entities continue or even increase. Also, important is data sharing between entities, particularly between different countries. Accurate data, they note, will only benefit everyone.
Opera 51 for Android launches with built-in VPN by Martin Brinkmann on March 20, 2019 in Google Android, Opera – Last Update: March 20, 2019 – 20 commentsOpera Software released Opera 51 for Google’s Android operating system a moment ago. The new version of the web browser is the first stable version that includes VPN functionality.We took a look at the beta version of Opera for Android in February 2019 and the VPN functionality that it included, and most of what we have said back then is still true in regards to the final release.The built-in VPN solution, better browser proxy as it works solely in the web browser, is not Opera’s first launch of a VPN service. The company launched a standalone app called Opera VPN back in 2016 and retired the app in 2018.Opera 51 for Android: the VPNThe built-in VPN in Opera 51 for Android needs to be enabled before it can be used. You can do so in the Settings under VPN.Just toggle the option to get started. You get a couple of extra options that give you some control over the functionality:Set a desired region.Bypass VPN for Search.Use VPN for private tabs only.Search bypassing may require explanation. Basically, what this does is reveal your “real” location to the search engine so that it can serve you with local content. While that may be beneficial if you like to get news from a specific region or search results in a specific language, it does mean that you connect using your “real” IP address and not the IP address of the search engine.Similarly, if you enable the exclusive private tabs use, all regular tabs won’t use the VPN connection.The built-in VPN has advantages but also disadvantages over dedicated VPN applications. On the positive side, it is much easier to use it as you just need to toggle an option to do so. Also, you may trust Opera Software more than some of the companies that published VPN solutions.Last but not least, it may be used directly without registration, and it is free to use without bandwidth or other limitations.One of the main disadvantages of Opera VPN is that it works only in Opera. If you want to use a VPN globally, you need a dedicated VPN solution instead.Closing WordsOpera VPN is a straightforward browser proxy designed specifically for improving your privacy while you are using the Opera web browser. It does not offer perfect anonymity though and lacks some of the features such as automatic disconnects when the VPN connection dies or support for filters that you’d expect from a VPN service.All in all though it is a good addition to Opera, especially since it is free and completely optional to use.Now You: Do you use a VPN service?SummaryArticle NameOpera 51 for Android launches with built-in VPNDescriptionOpera Software released Opera 51 for Google’s Android operating system a moment ago. The new version of the web browser is the first stable version that includes VPN functionality.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Referring to travel agents as “magic makers”, Contiki is showing just how much they value its agent partners with a newly launched contest that includes Europe trips and airfare.To highlight the lasting impact agents make on their clients’ lives, Contiki is asking agents to tell their best ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ story (either about a client or about themselves) for a chance to win one of four new Europe trips, plus airfare for 2018. Should the winning agent be over the age of 35, they will be rewarded with $1,000 instead.Agents have until Dec. 1, 2017 to enter. They can apply via contiki.com/ca/en/activity/travel-creates-a-better-you-agent-contest.“We are excited to launch this new national contest for our loyal agent partners. They are the ones out in the front lines changing people’s lives on a daily basis,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Holidays Canada. “Our new ‘Travel Makes Better Humans’ Europe 2018 campaign celebrates the many reasons why it is so important to travel and seeks to show how travel has the ability to create better humans. We can’t think of any other group of people that better epitomize this statement than our travel agents!”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe winning entrant will have a choice of four new Contiki trips plus airfare:Best of Britain: This 10-day, summer-only itinerary visits London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff, with highlights that include the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour and the option to experience a Free Time Add-On Welsh Banquet in the Cardiff CastleIbiza & Beyond: Spread over nine days, this Spain-based itinerary starts in Barcelona then travels onward to Valencia and Madrid, and includes quad-shared hotel and hostel accommodation, standard breakfasts and all travel throughout.Fiestas & Siestas: This 11-night trip floats through Spain and Portugal and features hotel accommodation throughout and visits to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.Fire & Ice: This six-day itinerary based in Iceland ventures to Reykjavik, Vik, Selfoss and Skaftafell, and is ideal for adventure and outdoor lovers. No Regrets Inclusions offer entry into the Blue Lagoon, while Free Time Add-Ons include horseback riding in Selfoss, buggy and glacier adventures, and caving. Twin-share hotel accommodation throughout, with all breakfasts and three dinners included. Posted by Share Agents can win one of four Contiki trips by sharing travel stories << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contests, Contiki