Beheaded body of woman found in house husband absconding

first_imgKolkata: The beheaded body of a 42-year-old woman was recovered from her house in Narendrapur area of South 24 Parganas district on Saturday. The husband of the victim, Krishna Baidya, has gone missing since the murder.According to police, her husband, Bapi Baidya who is a driver, suspected her of having an extramarital affair and tortured her for money. He has been married thrice. Krishna’s daughter from a previous marriage was the first person to find the body. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Her daughter revealed that she was supposed to visit her house. When she couldn’t contact her on phone, she rushed to her house. She found her mother’s body in the house and called police,” said a police officer. Her beheaded body was found below the bed. It was taken to a nearby hospital for post mortem. “When and how she was killed will be ascertained after the post mortem report,” said the officer. “The husband is the prime accused,” said another officer. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Locals told police that for the last 20 to 25 days, Bapi had stayed home to get his car repaired. “Local residents told us that he would fight with Krishna in this period, but both looked normal the next day. However, none of the locals noticed him when he left home. It is possible that he made her consume something poisonous and than killed her,” the second officer said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Change is needed to encourage women to enter politics says Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Thwarting inappropriate behaviour amongst those who wield power and building on international trade agreements are both essential elements to creating a better country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday as he rallied his party’s caucus a day before Parliament was set to resume sitting after its six-week winter break.Trudeau told Liberal MPs that change is needed to encourage more women to enter politics.“Add women, change politics is how we will make a better country,” Trudeau told the gathering as he referenced a social media campaign the prime minister said was more than just a hashtag.“Sexual harassment is a systemic problem. It is unacceptable.”His comments came as the recent movement against sexual misconduct, which saw the resignations since Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia, was felt within the federal Liberal caucus room.Absent from the meeting was Trudeau’s former sport and persons with disabilities minister, Kent Hehr, who resigned last week after being accused of sexual misconduct while he was a member of the Alberta legislature.Liberal party whip Pablo Rodriguez confirmed Sunday that he had received another complaint about Hehr and passed it to the person in charge of the inquiry into the former minister’s behaviour.Meantime, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan was to formally take on Hehr’s portfolio Monday at a Rideau Hall ceremony and retain it at least until the investigation is complete.While Hehr remains a member of the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office said he decided not to attend the meeting.Had he been there, however, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said she wouldn’t have felt uncomfortable because of his presence.“Sexual harassment on the Hill is a very serious issue, and we need to take it seriously,” she said.“But we also need to make sure that we’re allowing due diligence.”Other Liberals, however, struggled over questions of why Hehr was allowed to remain in caucus while a fellow Alberta MP, Darshan Kang, resigned from the caucus last summer after being accused of sexually harassing two female employees in his office. Kang has denied the allegations and a PMO staffer said he resigned voluntarily.Members of Parliament were expected to debate legislation Monday designed to strengthen sexual harassment protections for federal employees, including those working on Parliament Hill.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who acknowledged there is a “whisper network” operating around the Hill, said part of the goal of Bill C-65 is to prevent misconduct. But she suggested it won’t be easy.“We’re in an environment where we have high degrees of power, with parliamentarians, and often staffers who have very little power and are in often precarious work,” she said outside caucus. “So it sets up an environment that is ripe for this kind of behaviour.”As Sunday’s caucus meeting began, Trudeau also boasted about last week’s signing of a new, comprehensive international trade agreement — known as the CP-TPP — that he said included significant gains for Canada over the former Trans-Pacific Partnership approved by the previous Conservative government.The prime minister said his government hopes to make similar gains during negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico.As the sixth round of talks to reach a deal were wrapping up in Montreal, Trudeau also set aside non-partisanship over NAFTA, accusing the Opposition Conservatives of being willing to bend to U.S. demands for changing the pact.“They wanted us to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership with no improvements,” Trudeau said of the Tories.“And if they had their way, we’d give into American demands on NAFTA.”While visiting Washington earlier this month, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said his party was united with the Liberals in seeking an updated NAFTA. Scheer has in the past, however, accused the Trudeau government of not properly spelling out a plan for the NAFTA talks.The Conservatives said the resumption of Parliament will give Scheer an opportunity to once again pounce on the prime minister over his 2016 vacation with the Aga Khan.Mary Dawson, whose tenure as federal ethics commissioner ended last month, found that Trudeau violated four provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and members of his family stayed on the billionaire religious leader’s Bahamian island.last_img read more

Saudi King Salman Arrives in Tangier for MonthLong Holiday

Rabat- King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia arrived to the northern Moroccan city of Tangier on Monday around 6 p.m., for a month long stay.Arriving at Tangier’s Ibn Battuta airport from Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi King was greeted by head of government Saadeddine El Othmani and the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima’s region Wali, Mohamed El Yakoubi.Regional president Ilyas El Omari and Tangier mayor Bashir Abdellaoui were also present, as were the Moroccan ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdeslam Baraka, and the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Morocco, Abdulaziz bin Moyheddin Khoja. It has been reported that 924 rooms have been reserved across the city’s most prestigious hotels for the Saudi King’s delegation, while 453 cars have come from Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech for their use.On July 19, a plane arrived at Tangier’s airport carrying 143 staff to serve the delegation.Located in Jbila near Achkar beach, King Salman’s residence is grown and renovated each year. It has space for helicopters to land, and all furniture is Italian-made.For security, surveillance cameras have been installed near the residence, as well as on the beaches in the area.While the 81-year old Saudi King is in Tangier, his 32-year old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will rule in Saudi Arabia, reported the country’s official press agency, Spa. He will “manage the affairs of the state and defend the interests of the people.”This is the first time Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has officially assumed the role, since he replaced his 57-year old cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in June. read more

At UN Assembly States urge attention to terrorism and other security threats

Ghana’s President John Kufour warned that “the persistent mayhem and carnage from terrorism” is challenging to the limit the world’s collective resolve to fight the scourge.He also voiced concern on other questions of security, particularly the proliferation of small arms, the use of child soldiers and the lack of progress on nuclear disarmament.Outlining his Government’s efforts to defeat domestic terrorism, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez said the State must be strong in dealing with the problem so that its citizens can live in peace.He said there can be no justification for terrorism. “Facing a democracy that is deep and without ambiguities, no violent action can have overtones of legitimacy.”For her part, Sri Lanka’s President, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratonga, referred to her countries struggle against the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “I tend to doubt that the Security Council’s recent identification of this group on account of child conscription would suffice to deter such activities,” she said.“Targeted sanctions such as those proposed by Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his report to the UN Security Council should be imposed on those armed groups who undermine national and international peace and violate human rights,” she stressed.Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Laila Freivalds, said the Summit should have called for the implementation of disarmament commitments and compliance with non-proliferation undertakings. “The countries in possession of Nuclear Weapons have a special responsibility to disarm,” she said. “At the summit, there should have been decisions to strengthen verification. There should have been commitments to make the NPT and other arms conventions universal. Negotiation processes should have been given a boost by the Summit. Nothing of all this actually happened.”Echoing this view, Ivan Gašparovic, the President of Slovakia, voiced regret that the Summit’s Outcome “leaves us with more questions than answers” on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation.He stressed that in order to address the issue, “it is crucial to strengthen the supervisory competencies of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and to control more effectively the stages in the nuclear fuel cycle that involve uranium enrichment and plutonium processing.” “Sixty summers have passed since Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered the indescribable horrors of nuclear devastation,” Japan’s Foreign Minister, Nobutaka Machimura, said. “Japan again calls upon all Member States to renew their determination to realize a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.”He said that Japan would submit a General Assembly resolution “presenting a concrete agenda to strengthen the disarmament and nonproliferation regime, including a call for an early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.”Kurmanbek Bakiev, President of Kyrgyzstan, said the UN system is more engaged with development than security, and he called for the UN’s work in security to be strengthened.But Mr. Bakiev added that development has an important link to security. “It is no accident that exactly in the poorest regions of the world, the most serious regional conflicts arise,” he said. read more

Dude Cards rookie QB Rosen relates with Packers Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Josh Rosen abides by “The Dude,” and he’s not referring directly to the character from the film, “The Big Lebowski,” either.Instead it’s the nickname that the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback has given to Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers, for some reason.“It was just he’s that guy, that man,” Rosen said about Rodgers’ resemblance to the laid-back movie character. “I guess I thought it was funny.”The Cardinals’ rookie and the two-time NFL MVP have struck up a friendship that seems to go beyond football.Come Sunday, the Packers hope to teach Rosen a lesson when Arizona visits Lambeau Field.Green Bay (4-6-1) desperately needs a win to keep alive their fading playoff aspirations. The beleaguered Cardinals (2-9), who have the worst offence in the league, might just be the foe that they need to face to get going.“We’ve put ourselves in this hole, and now we’ve got to find a way to climb out,” Rodgers said.Green Bay limped through its past five games having lost all four on the road and beating Miami at home. Coach Mike McCarthy’s club finishes the season with three of five at home. Four of the opponents have losing records, so a glimmer of hope remains especially if the Packers can win out.But they can’t afford to look that far ahead, especially with nagging problems on offence.Of particular concern are problems with third down conversions (37 per cent), where the Packers are just 24th in the league. They could use veteran receiver Randall Cobb, who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, to help in those situations.Now Green Bay has to face a defence that leads the NFC with 37 sacks, with a line hit by recent injuries. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and left guard Lane Taylor (quad) were each on the injury report during the week.Yet even in what’s considered a down year for the Packers, coach Steve Wilks is wary of Rodgers.“Is he a first-ballot Hall of Famer? Yes, he is,” Wilks said. “We’ve got to do a great job on the outside of disrupting timing with their receivers … trying to throw off some timing and make him hold on to the football.”Maybe Rosen will even get some tips from Rodgers after the game. He doesn’t mind being called “The Dude.”“It’s right at the top of compliments,” Rodgers said.Other notes and things to watch:RODGERS VS. CARDINALSThey probably aren’t his greatest memories, but Rodgers played a pivotal role in two of the most dramatic Cardinals playoff victories.Back in the 2010 wild-card game, Rodgers and Kurt Warner staged a memorable passing duel in Arizona’s 51-45 overtime victory. In a 2016 divisional playoff game, Rodgers somehow converted two desperation passes in the final seconds to force overtime. But Arizona won the coin toss in OT and Carson Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on a 75-yard play that set up a 5-yard shovel pass to Fitzgerald for the winning touchdown.RECORD WATCHSpeaking of Fitzgerald, the veteran receiver with 1,278 catches needs four to pass Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,281 with 49ers) for most receptions in NFL history with one team. Rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander, who was seven when Fitzgerald broke into the league 15 seasons ago, might have to cover the veteran.“So I mean it’s pretty wild to think about it. But I’ve got my young legs under me so I’m good,” Alexander said.AT THE BOTTOMRosen took over as the starter in Week 4. Wilks said that the rookie has been a little inconsistent but “making strides.” He’s completing 55 per cent of passes with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Cardinals have the 32nd and worst offence in the league.“He’s moving forward, he’s progressing. Do we need more consistency? Yes,” Wilks said.SACK MASTERSThe game features the top pass rushes in the NFC. The Cardinals’ Chandler Jones is fourth in the NFL with 11 sacks, including 4 1/2 over his past three games.“He jumps off the tape,” McCarthy said. “So obviously he’ll be a focal point for us.”The Packers might have backup Jason Spriggs protecting Rodgers’ blind side if Bakhtiari can’t play.SECOND CHANCEZane Gonzalez will get a second chance as an NFL kicker when he takes over the job for the Cardinals on Sunday after veteran Phil Dawson was placed on injured reserve. Gonzalez was an All-American kicker at Arizona State and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round and earned the kicking job in training camp. But he was released after two games this season after missing two field goals and two extra points against New Orleans.___AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGenaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens basketball Sam Thompson on Big Ten Tournament Weve all

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe college basketball season is a grind.Teams play 30 or so games during the regular season from November until early March, but once tournament time comes around that intensity grows dramatically.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team (23-8, 10-8) to achieve its goals in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, it will have to play in four games in four consecutive days.Junior forward Sam Thompson said Wednesday that although winning the championship could be tough, the team is ready for the challenge.“We’ve all packed to play through Sunday, and we all expect to play four games in four days so that’s what we’re going down to do,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday against Purdue (15-16, 5-13), a team they have beaten twice already this year. If OSU can get past the Boilermakers they will face Nebraska in the second round Friday.Each of the last five seasons OSU has played three games in three days, at least making it to the Tournament final in each of those seasons, but this year the team doesn’t have a first round bye that will allow for one less game.Senior guard Aaron Craft said the lack of a first round bye is something the players on the team have never experienced, but that they will just continue to play how they have all season.“Hopefully we can play a few games,” Craft said. “Obviously we’re in a new situation we haven’t been in since I’ve been here … It’s just another opportunity to play basketball and I hope we take the opportunity and make the most of it.”Thompson said at the end of the three day run of games players were tired, but that he has no doubt that the team will step up if given the opportunity to play on Sunday.“It’s been a little difficult,” Thompson said. “I remember last year when we played Wisconsin some guys legs were pretty heavy, there was a lot of fatigue going on. … We have the players that can do it, we’re tough enough to do it, if we’re fortunate enough to play four games in four days we will bring our best basketball then.”Craft said getting to the tournament final itself will be the motivating factor to help OSU plays its best basketball, even on tired legs.“If we’re fortunate enough to make it that far, the adrenaline and excitement of making it that far would overcome being tired or anything like that,” Craft said. “It’s at a point where you’ve just got to suck it up and get the job done and that’s what it’s going to be like if we are able to win tomorrow and able to win on Friday. We’ve just got to keep going and put yourself behind the team goal.’A big factor in tournament play is the one-and-done aspect of play, where one bad game can result in the end of a season or a career for certain players. Craft said the raised stakes raises the pressure on the players.“There’s no more second chances,’ Craft said. “If you go out and play lackadaisical you’re going to go home and no one likes to go home, there’s still basketball to be played.”Coach Thad Matta said the preparation for games doesn’t change, even with the increased pressure.“In terms of preparation, in terms of pregame speeches, in terms of what we eat it’s kind of always the same,” Matta said.The Buckeyes swept Purdue this season, winning 78-69 Dec. 31 and 67-49 Feb. 8. Thompson said the familiarity with a team like Purdue means the battle will come down to execution.“Well anytime we play Purdue we know it’s going to be a battle. They’re one of the toughest playing teams in the Big Ten,” Thompson said. “They’re going to rebound, they’re going to play in transition, they’re going to play hard so we know that we have to bring our best basketball, we know that it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Despite their record we know that we’re in for a 40 minute basketball game. We have to execute, we have to come out and play our best basketball. This is the third time we’ve played them, there’s going to be no surprises, they know what we want to do, we know what they want to do so it’s about executing.”Matta said records no longer matter because any team can beat any team.“It’s a new season for everybody right now in terms of this tournament. We have seen them (Purdue) over the last couple of weeks play some unbelievable basketball,” Matta said. “They’re a team that we know what they’re going to do defensively, we’ve got a real good feel for them offensively … They’re going to pressure you and do all of those things but we can’t give up easy baskets in transition. We got down here early because we weren’t as ready as we needed to be.”The first round game is set to tipoff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, 25 minutes after the finish between Indiana and Illinois. read more

Chaos erupts in Missouri town after police shoot dead unarmed black man

first_img QuikTrip burns in Florissant. #MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/B6j11oE7NV— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) August 11, 2014 Source: Robert Cohen/Twitter We’re only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors. Source: Antonio French/Twitter Contributing to the unrest that is going on is not going to help… Mother appeals for death penalty for police officerBrown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said she didn’t understand why police didn’t subdue her son with a club or Taser, and she said the officer involved should be fired and prosecuted.“I would like to see him go to jail with the death penalty,” she said, fighting back tears.The killing drew criticism from some civil rights leaders, who referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges.With additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Protests across US as George Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder>America’s history of racial killings and failed convictions> There’s nothing productive from this.As the investigation of Brown’s death progresses, “we understand people want to vent their frustrations. We understand they want to speak out,” Knowles added. “We’re going to obviously try to urge calm.” Source: Antonio French/Twitter THERE WAS LOOTING and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis last night, after an unarmed young black man was shot dead by police over the weekend.The tensions erupted after a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot several times on Saturday afternoon,His death followed a scuffle involving an officer, whose race has not been disclosed, Brown himself, and another person in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city.The night’s progress, from a peaceful – albeit emotional – candlelit vigil, to confrontations with police, and then widespread looting, was captured by local politician Antonio French in this series of Vines.https://vine.co/v/MVV6HxiOLFnhttps://vine.co/v/MVYipYmaXOLhttps://vine.co/v/MVYg6IhUzQthttps://vine.co/v/MVYHJUgKVa9After the vigil, the QuikTrip convenience store was looted and later burned down, and several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store.People also took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.TV footage showed streams of people walking out of a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters were standing atop police cars or taunting officers who stood stoic, often in riot gear.Other witnesses reported seeing people vandalize police cars and kick in windows. Television footage showed windows busted out of a TV station van.It wasn’t immediately clear how many arrests were made. Authorities set up some blockades to try to keep people from the most looted areas.center_img In #Ferguson right now pic.twitter.com/qAOH7Ha8xk— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 11, 2014 #ferguson pic.twitter.com/B2gXqjXAlb— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 11, 2014 Source: David Carson/Twitter The shooting of Michael BrownCounty Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday occurred after an officer encountered two people — one of whom was Brown — on the street near an apartment complex in Ferguson.Belmar said one of the men pushed the officer back into his squad car and a struggle began.Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer’s gun inside the police car.Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said authorities were still sorting out what happened inside the police car. It was not clear if Brown was the man who struggled with the officer. “Right now, the small group of people are creating a huge mess,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told local television station KTVI. Right now in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/McsrsIjKVv— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 11, 2014 The struggle spilled out into the street, where Brown was shot several times. Belmar said the exact number of shots wasn’t known, but “it was more than just a couple.”He also said all shell casings found at the scene matched the officer’s gun. Police are still investigating why the officer shot Brown, who police have confirmed was unarmed.Jackson said the second person has not been arrested or charged. Authorities aren’t sure if that person was unarmed, Jackson said.The officer in question has been placed on paid administrative leave.last_img read more

Renewed appeal for 16yearold whos been missing since November

first_img Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 7:22 AM 20,001 Views Short URL GARDAÍ HAVE MADE a renewed appeal for information that will help find the whereabouts of a missing 16-year-old.Missing from Sandyford in Dublin, Ned Cash Connors was last seen on 29 November 2017 boarding a Luas at the Kilmacud stop.He is described as being 5’3″ with blue eyes, sandy hair and of slim build. Feb 27th 2018, 7:23 AM Renewed appeal for 16-year-old who’s been missing since November Gardaí believe Ned Cash Connors may be in the Athlone/Mullingar area, or the Bray/Dublin area. 7 Comments center_img Share60 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Source: Garda Press OfficeWhen last seen, he was wearing a grey tracksuit and runners.A number of appeals have been made for information about the missing teenager, including around Christmas time.Gardaí believe that Ned may be in the Athlone/Mullingar area of Westmeath, or in Bray/Dublin.Anyone who has seen Ned or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Gardaí renew appeal for teenager missing since last month http://jrnl.ie/3873980 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Boost for health literacy for multicultural Victorians

first_imgMaking informed healthcare choices for Victoria’s multicultural communities was showcased in a report released by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).Minister for Ageing David Davis launched the report entitled An Investment Not an Expense: Enhancing Health Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and said the government was committed to empowering people to “maintain their health, and to make informed choices about the most appropriate healthcare for their needs”.He said an important component of this is improving health literacy for the community. “More than simply ensuring that people can read and understand basic health information, health literacy is about building competence in decision-making, and the ability to critically analyse and use health information.”In 2006, 59 per cent of Australian adults were identified as having a low health literacy level. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Chine un million denfants de moins de 5 ans meurent de la

first_imgChine : un million d’enfants de moins de 5 ans meurent de la pollution domestique chaque annéeChine – Selon une étude du Centre chinois de prévention et de contrôle des maladies, la pollution domestique tuerait plus de 2 millions de Chinois chaque année. La moitié d’entre eux seraient des enfants de moins de 5 ans. En Chine, où la pollution atmosphérique est déjà très élevée depuis que le pays connaît une croissance accélérée, le niveau de pollution des logements peut être jusqu’à 5 à 10 fois plus élevé qu’à l’extérieur. Cet état de fait provoque de sévères maladies respiratoires qui tuent chaque année environ 2,2 millions de personnes, dont un million d’enfants de moins de 5 ans.Les substances notamment mises en cause sont le formaldéhyde (formol) et le radon dont les risques cancérigènes sont élevés, ainsi que de l’ammoniaque. Une exposition à ces produits, le plus souvent provenant des matériaux de construction  et du mobilier, peut entraîner des maladies respiratoires, des cancers, ainsi qu’un retard mental. Les personnes pour lesquelles ils comportent le plus de risques sont les fœtus, les bébés et les personnes âgées. Le 17 mai 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pi Case for OtterBox uniVERSE Connects Your iPhone to a Raspberry Pi

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Want to use a Raspberry Pi with your iPhone? Well, you’re in luck. OtterBox pre-engineered a Raspberry Pi case just for that. The OtterBox uniVERSE smartphone case system not only protects your iPhone from drops, it allows you connect all manner of phone accessories. The OtterBox uniVERSE case system is available for iPhone 6-8, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro (9.7”). They even made their own Raspberry Pi Enclosure for the uniVerse case system, available on YouMagine for free download. You can download and 3D print it yourself or hit the Print on 3DHubs button to find a local maker who can print it for you.There are a host of offerings from 3rd party companies for the uniVerse case system, many of which would be very useful to makers and DIYers. Tripod mounts make it easy to photograph your projects like a pro. The Square adapter allows you to take payments on the go, when you sell your awesome creations. Thermal camera mounts, slim wallets with tool cards, battery pack and flash card mounts help you get more utility from your phone.There’s definitely room for the inventive maker or mad scientist to come up with their own wild creations to attach to their iPhone or iPad. In addition to the Pi Enclosure, OtterBox also released other free CAD files for the uniVERSE case system. They run the gamut, ranging from simple integrated phone stands and bottle openers, to a mini-drone case, so you can keep your drone with your phone and protect them both. And if you have some ideas of your own for interesting accouterments, OtterBox released the CAD files for the uniVERSE connector through YouMagine so that you can create your own accessories.last_img read more

Tide rising for Vigor in Vancouver

first_imgAs economic development director for the city of Vancouver, Chad Eiken knows that opportunities don’t happen often like the one that walked through the door in late November.“Dropped in our lap,” Eiken said.At that time, two representatives for Vigor, the Portland-based shipping and metal fabrication company, met with Eiken and City Manager Eric Holmes.Here’s the deal, the Vigor representatives said. They had a contract for about $1 billion with the U.S. Army to build a next-generation landing craft and several other marine projects. They envisioned the manufacturing facility would employ about 130 workers to start and likely ramp to 400 after three years or so. These would be family-wage jobs, both union and nonunion.Could the city help?“It happened so fast there weren’t a lot of things we had to coordinate on,” Eiken recalled last week. “Their angle was mainly focusing on the workforce — how to connect (Vigor) with workforce training.”Eiken and Holmes would meet face-to-face with the Vigor officials on only one other occasion — Jan. 22, when the city officials were told they were the winners of a contest they really hadn’t known they’d entered. Portland and Seattle had tied for second place. Don’t tell anybody, one of the Vigor officials said, because the company would first need to tell several employees who would be affected by the Vancouver choice.last_img read more

UN Slow Down Save Lives Movement Gains Momentum in Bahamas Local Olympic

first_img Related Items:#slowdownsavelives Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Nassau – They held up signs with lines like “Race Drivers Say Don’t Race” and “You Drink, I Drive.” They were the recruits joining the movement to reduce the number of road deaths and they took the pledge at the Mall at Marathon Saturday during the United Nations Road Safety Week May 8-14. This is the fourth year the United Nations program has aimed at slashing the startling statistics that include the road crash death of a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. However it is the first year The Bahamas has participated, thanks to funding from the FIA, the World Governing Body of motor sport, and the presence and organization of FIA Bahamas Development Director David McLaughlin. “Speed is still the number one cause of road deaths but there is increasing alarm at the number of accidents caused by distracted driving,” McLaughlin said. “In 2016, for the first time in three decades, the number of fatal accidents in the U.S. increased after all those years of declining and the main reason was distracted drivers, people texting, posting, checking e-mail or Facebook or otherwise paying more attention to their phone than to the road. All it takes is a split second of being diverted, taking your eyes off what’s ahead and you could end your life or someone else’s. At only thirty miles per hour your car covers forty-four feet every second so a momentary glance down at your phone can cost a life. That’s why awareness campaigns like this are so important. It is about saving lives. And when you hear some of the lines in the campaign they really make you sit up and take notice, lines like ‘My car is made of metal, pedestrians and children are not.’ That’s a powerful message.” The UN goal is ambitious – to save five million lives by the year 2020.Bahamas Olympic Committee President Wellington Miller was on hand for the pledge event at the Mall at Marathon.“This is so important,” he said, moved by a video that showed the brutal impact of speed and carelessness wiping out one innocent life after another. Miller was also aware of the value of the EduKarting program that takes place in week-long sessions at two schools in Nassau and teaches youngsters discipline, skills and responsibility while allowing them the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a kart and participate in team and individual racing. “I am proud to be part of this,” Miller added as he signed his message ‘You drink, I drive.’The weekend event also marked the launch of signing up for EduKarting Summer Camp  and applications are available on the EduKarting Facebook page. Curt Thompson, who spent three years with the program, first as student, later as assistant, said it had a “huge impact” on his life. Thompson is now a pilot with Dove Wings Charter.  In addition this week marks the FIA Celebration of Volunteers in Motor Sport and along with Curt the Mall activity was organized by EduKarting ‘Graduates’ Megen and Mya Curry, Samuel Johnson and Breanna Major.Sponsors of the “Save Lives, Slow Down” road safety program include JS Johnson, Oasis Furniture, Phillips Sailmakers & Awning Manufacturers, Aquapure, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Juan Bacardi, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre, Bahamas Waste and Custom Computers.   #slowdownsaveliveslast_img read more

CBI court refuses to cancel Nonbailable warrant against Ratul

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to cancel the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ratul Puri in the money laundering case relating to the AgustaWestland deal. Dismissing the plea, Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar said, “I don’t find any ground for cancellation of NBW against accused Ratul Puri. The application is dismissed.” The court said Puri failed to join the probe despite repeated notices of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday rejected Puri’s anticipatory bail plea. “Granting of pre-arrest bail would stall effective investigation in the case,” said Justice Sunil Gaur. “Gravity of the offence committed can be judged from the contents of the aforesaid statement recorded under section 50 PMLA. This court is of the prima facie opinion that custodial interrogation of petitioner is required for an effective investigation,” the Delhi HC said. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us “Mere attachment of property would not justify pre-arrest bail to petitioner who is not only evasive in his replies, but is also trying to influence the witness. It’s evident from the statement of the witnesses recorded by the ED and provided to the court in the sealed cover,” the court said. During the hearing of the NBW cancellation plea on Monday, ED counsel Special Public Prosecutor D.P. Singh had said the agency had called Puri but he didn’t join the probe. Opposing the claim, Puri’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal said the agency called his client at 11.55 a.m. on Monday, but Puri was stuck in a board meeting. Advertise With Us Singh said the agency tried to send summons to Puri, but he was unavailable and the summons were received by his mother. The agency didn’t receive any communication about his joining the probe and also that he was in Delhi, the ED counsel said. On Saturday, the court refused to stay NBW against Puri. During the hearing, Aggarwal had said, “I got interim protection from the high court on 13th, sent them a mail on 14th mentioning that I am willing to join the investigation on 15th. We sent a similar mail today also.” “If they would have called me and I would have sat there, as far as my understanding goes the warrant would have lapsed,” he added “When I am calling him everyday, he didn’t come. Now he wants to come on August 15, a national holiday. This is just an attempt to confuse the court by filing multiple applications,” said Singh countering Aggarwal’s submissions. “If they have an interim protection from arrest by the high court, what’s the need to stay the NBW,” Singh said.A On July 26, when Puri was being questioned in the AgustaWestland VVIP case he sought permission to go to washroom, but slipped away, an agency official said. When he didn’t return, agency officials tried to reach him on his mobile phone but it was switched off. But Puri denied the ED allegations saying he was granted a lunch break by the officials interrogating him. Puri,Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew, is under the investigative agencies’ scanner for allegedly receiving kickbacks in AgustaWestland deal through his companies. The agency has alleged that accounts associated with firms, owned and operated by Puri, were used to receive kickbacks and launder the deal money.last_img read more

Foodpanda cuts 500 jobs to shut delivery services in six cities

first_imgOnline food ordering firm Foodpanda India has reportedly cut nearly 500 jobs and shut down delivery operations in as many as six cities.Foodpanda’s layoffs come at a time when other players in the online food delivery space are taking up similar restructuring measures. Last month, Mumbai-based online food-ordering startup TinyOwllaid off 112 employees in just three months after cutting 160 jobs in September.Foodpanda will discontinue food delivery operations in six cities including Kolkata, Chennai, Nagpur and Coimbatore, from next month onwards, sources close to the developments told Mint.In October, a report said that Foodpanda Group was planning to sell its Indian arm as the competition has become fierce in the food-ordering business. Founded in 2012, Foodpanda currently operates in 40 countries. It is facing intense competition from TinyOwl, Swiggy and Zomato in India.While Foodpanda handles only 20% of total delivery orders on its own, the rest of the orders are delivered by vendors of restaurants listed on the site.”As a result of the many technological innovations, we have achieved over 98% automation in order processing. This resulted in lesser manual interventions, thereby leading to surplus manpower, which was not benefitting the business or our people’s careers,” said Saurabh Kochhar, chief executive officer (CEO) of Foodpanda India.”Therefore, unfortunately, we had to let go of around 250-300 people from our total manforce,” he added. Foodpanda has “disputed” the number of job cuts it has undertaken, while sources familiar with matter said that layoffs are close to 500.”We have burnt through a lot of money this year on marketing and hiring; so, it is not surprising that Rocket Internet and Goldman Sachs have cracked the whip,” said the source.Foodpanda has raised funds worth nearly $310 million from the Samwer Brothers of Rocket Internet and Goldman Sachs.”So we were 180 people in February 2015. Today, we are at 1,300-odd people. That’s how fast we have grown. So these are not exact numbers but roughly we have fired 60 people in sales, 80 in vendor service, 10 in marketing, 20 in customer delight, 12 in finance, 5 in on-boarding, 25 in automation and about 250 people from the in-house call centre,” the source explained. Foodpanda’s move to stop operations in the six cities will result in delivery boys, who are not on its payrolls, losing jobs. The delivery is outsourced to contractors.”Foodpanda has reduced overall work force by about 15% over the last months,” said Ralf Wenzel, co-founder and CEO of Foodpanda (global).last_img read more

Bolly Meets Sufi at Qutab

first_imgMusic lovers in the Capital can gear up for their annual date with folk and Bollywood. Delhi Government announced the annual Qutub Festival on Wednesday. This time too, the festival that features modern contemporary music against the backdrop of the magnificent Qutab Minar, is going heavy on Bollywood.   The five-day music fest will feature top Bollywood singers like Shan, Hariharan, Shreya Ghosal, Mohit Chauhan along with Pakistani Sufi singer Arif Lohar who shot to fame with his song Jugni which was incorporated in the Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone starrer Cocktail. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Right from its inception, Qutub Festival has elucidated euphoric response from the people of Delhi. Held on the backdrop of the world famous Qutab Minar, the festival has a unique character and gives soul-stirring experience,’ said Rawail Singh, secretary, Punjabi Academy which is organising the festival along with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. ‘Big names from the Bollywood music industry in different genres will perform under one roof. We are confident and sure that the audience will appreciate and welcome this musical extravaganza with open arms. This festival will showcase a different musical marvel every day,’ he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first day of the festival will also feature the band Astitva, a multi-genre Hindi band formed in 2007. Their songs are a blend of rock, jazz and Hindustani classical, with Hindi and Urdu lyrics. The event is a part of the ongoing Delhi Celebrates, an initiative by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to showcase the culture of India and the national capital. Entry to the festival is through free passes that will be available in Dilli Haat (both Pitampura and INA), Delhi Tourism Office in Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Punjabi Academy in Pahargunj 12 November onwards. Schedule:15 November:Shaan & Astitva16 November: Hariharan17 November: Shreya Ghoshal18 November : Arif Lohar19 November: Mohit Chauhanlast_img read more

Home Sales Inventory Weaken in November

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-12-19 Tory Barringer December 19, 2014 472 Views Home Sales, Inventory Weaken in Novembercenter_img After two straight months of annual increases, home sales reversed course in November among the country’s major metropolitan markets.Home sales last month were down 5.2 percent year-over-year in 53 of the country’s biggest markets, RE/MAX said this week in its latest National Housing Report. The drop, which the company said is normal for this time of the year, followed gains of 0.9 percent in September and 2.6 percent in October—the only two months so far this year to have seen year-over-year improvements.Compared to October transactions, activity in November was down 22.5 percent, RE/MAX reported.”As expected, sales cooled off in November and remained below the level we saw last year. But with prices rising moderately, this market appears to be recovering at a more sustainable rate,” said RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger. “The story of the next cycle will be revealed as we move from winter into spring next year.”Ten metros surveyed in November posted higher sales than a year ago, led by a 10.1 percent increase in Tampa. Other top markets included Burlington, Vermont (7.9 percent); Orlando (7.3 percent); Nashville (6.4 percent); and Albuquerque (3.4 percent).For all homes sold last month, the median sales price was $195,151, marking a 1.4 percent increase over October and a 6.1 percent increase over last year.November was the 34th consecutive month to see the national median sales price climb year-over-year, RE/MAX said.”Because inventory has generally moved in a positive direction this year, home prices are not rising as rapidly,” the company said in its report. “In November 2013, prices were growing nearly twice as fast, at 11.8 percent year-over-year.”While inventory has trended upward for much of this year, supply was tighter in November, falling 9.2 percent year-on-year and 9.9 percent month-over-month.However, due to slower sales, the months’ supply of inventory still rose, hitting 5.6 from 4.9 in October. A six months’ supply is considered a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Sharelast_img read more

Bases and government urged to do more to protect birds updated

first_imgApproximately 2.3 million birds have been killed in Cyprus in autumn 2016 alone, a new study by BirdLife Cyprus found.From August to October more than 850 mist nets were confiscated, the highest number in the past six years, and more than 3,500 limesticks were seized by enforcement agencies.The latest findings of the BirdLife Cyprus surveillance programme, released Thursday, show that 21 kilometres of mist nets were active during autumn 2016 within the survey area, which covered the Larnaca to Famagusta and the Ayios Theodoros to Maroni areas, both traditional areas for poaching.“Illegal bird trapping is a serious and persistent problem both in the Republic of Cyprus and the SBAs [British bases],” BirdLife said in their report, calling on the government and the British bases to take urgent action.“In the Republic, the use of limesticks is widespread and there are restaurants illegally offering ambelopoulia, while in the SBAs there is extensive mist netting activity and widespread use of calling devices to draw in birds to their death.”The figures make it very clear that joint action is necessary to address this persistent issue, the report says. As in the Dhekelia SBA area mist netting remained at record levels last autumn, the Bases need to do more to tackle the problem.The bases said they have stepped up enforcement, managing to halt the rising trend.“The UK is committed to tackling illegal bird trapping and are pleased that the RSPB has recognized the significant increase in enforcement activity which has led to a record number of arrests, equipment seizures, prosecutions and fines. “For the second year running we have halted the rising trend in numbers of birds killed and continue to work with RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus to implement a long-term strategy to significantly reduce this number of the coming years,” a British bases spokesman said.BirdLife Cyprus also criticised the government for a lack of political will, as a strategic plan for the selective hunting of blackcaps from 2015 needs to be implemented and there are a number of loopholes in the existing legislative framework. As well, serious action against restaurants illegally serving the birds need to be taken, the group said.“As well as the urgent need to deal with the restaurants which illegally serve ambelopoulia in the Republic of Cyprus, it is necessary to address the supply coming from the SBAs,” Jonathan Hall, Head of UK Overseas Territories Unit of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) commented. “The RSPB, as the largest nature conservation organisation in the UK, is calling on the UK government to crack down on this activity and end the illegal killing of songbirds in Dhekelia. This is an issue about which British people care passionately, so we expect the UK government to take firm action”.An efficient way to trap the birds is to use a net between acacia bushes, which are a rooting spot of the birds. Poachers play fake birdsong to attract the birds. Removing the acacia bushes, an invasive species, does much to stop the wildlife crime.“A key measure to stopping industrial scale illegal bird trapping within the SBAs is the acacia clearance programme that the SBA Administration started in December 2014. Unfortunately, this was halted by large protests organised by the local pro-trapping community in October 2016,” BirdLife said.The operation to remove the bushes was stopped last year when trucks were used to blockade the main road in and out of the base.This is not the first time the poachers defended their illegal actions. They have repeatedly attacked activists and police who were trying to remove trappings over the years.Selling ambelopoulia is a business worth some €16m million per year according to the Game Fund.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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