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AUDIENCES RUSH TO SECURE HAMILTON TICKETS BEFORE HIT MUSICAL PREMIERS IN TORONTO

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Howard and Esther Borer are avid theatre-goers but this is the first year they have bought a subscription to Mirvish Productions. And there’s one reason only — Hamilton: An American Musical is coming to Toronto next year.“I’ve heard about Hamilton, I’ve read about it. Everybody who we know that has seen it has loved it,” said Howard Borer after leaving a matinee performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Advertisement Advertisement The Borers have already seen several shows at Toronto’s Mirvish theatres this year, but didn’t want to leave getting tickets to the upcoming Hamilton production up to chance, so they bought a subscription to the whole 2019-2020 Mirvish season.Hamilton takes the stage in February 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the biggest venue Mirvish has with 2,200 seats — double the size of the Royal Alexandra Theatre.“We thought it was a good time to become subscribers,” said Esther Borer.47,000 subscriptions sold outAnd they’re not the only ones who’ve made this move.Tens of thousands of people, it turns out, have bought Mirvish subscriptions, causing them to sell out early.center_img Facebook Twitter Okieriete Onaodowan and the cast of Hamilton: An American Musical perform a moving medley at the Tony Awards. The hip-hop show won several awards. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsHis name was never revealed during the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation high school students in Thunder Bay, but his story raised the chilling spectre that something more sinister lurks behind the “epidemic” of tragedies that led First Nation leaders Wednesday to call for an RCMP investigation.It was October 2008 and the young man, who was from an undisclosed northern First Nation, was attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty school—the same school attended by six of the seven students whose 2000 to 2011 deaths were being examined by the inquest. He was walking alone at night by a river in the city when he came across a group of young men who attacked him after a short conversation. The young man was then thrown into the river and forced to swim to the far shore to escape his attackers. He left Thunder Bay for home and never returned.The young man was never identified during the inquest, but his story was read into the record during an April 2016 hearing. Five of the seven student deaths examined by the inquest occurred in the city’s waterways. The cause behind three of the five water deaths were found to be “undetermined.” Thunder Bay police closed all the files.However, this story has taken on added weight following a recent and separate eye-witness account from a Thunder Bay restaurant owner who told APTN National News Wednesday evening she encountered a First Nation man on Oct. 22, 2016, who said he had barely survived a similar attack.Tara Lewis said she was closing up her restaurant, In Common, at about 11 p.m. when she encountered a First Nation man, she estimated to be in his 30s, who was soaked. Lewis said he told her that had just been beat up by a group of white men who were driving around in a blue truck. Lewis said the man told her they beat him up, threw him into a river in the city and then came back for another assault when they saw he had managed to crawl out of the water.Lewis said she called the police and the man filed a statement with officers. She said she never heard back.Lewis said the incident recently began to weighed as a result of a resurgence of news coverage triggered by the deaths of a First Nation boy, 14, and a girl, 17, who were found in the city’s waterways in May.A coroner’s inquest was held into the deaths of students (clockwise from top): Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse.During a press conference in Toronto Wednesday morning, First Nation leaders from northern Ontario called on the RCMP to intervene and investigate three additional deaths of Indigenous individuals who were found in the waters of Thunder Bay.Nishanwbe Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard want the Mounties to investigate the deaths of: Tammy Keeash, 17, who was living in a group home and found dead in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7; Josiah Begg, 14, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18; and Stacy DeBungee, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015, and whose death was immediately declared accidental by Thunder Bay police before conducting any serious investigation.Posters seeking help in finding Josiah Begg, 14, when he first went missing. Tammy Keeash, 17, was found dead in a Thunder Bay waterway.The chiefs said they have no faith left in the Thunder Bay Police or the OPP.“In the face of the OPP’s refusal last fall to support our communities with an independent investigation into the Stacy DeBungee death, the logical next step is to bring in the RCMP with respect to the three latest river deaths including the DeBungee case. With all that has transpired to date, it is painfully obvious that the Thunder Bay Police cannot credibly investigate the river deaths,” said Kavanaugh.Ontario’s Office of the Independent Review Director has already launched a probe into systemic racism within the police service as a result of the DeBungee case.The chiefs also released a letter from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission which announced Tuesday it had opened an investigation into allegations the Thunder Bay Police Services Board was failing to provide adequate oversight of the Thunder Bay Police.“The river deaths are an epidemic that urgently needs to be addressed by law enforcement before further tragedies occur. Alternating silence, denial, and contempt of evidence-based Indigenous concerns about a widespread and racialized policing crisis is not in fulfilment of the statutory obligation to provide adequate and effective police services,” wrote the three chiefs in the complaint letter to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.The city’s police service was recently rocked after its police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice by the OPP for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.jbarrera@aptn.a@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Philippines UN helps local officials prepare for imminent eruption of volcano

Stockpiles of supplies have been pre-positioned for the estimated 120,000 people living in the danger zone who are being evacuated, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.OCHA has already helped carry out an assessment last month in Albay province, where the Mayon volcano is situated, and is working with officials from the National Disaster Coordinating Council and the regional government, which have being organizing the evacuations.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are also working with local officials to provide targeted assistance to those in need once the volcano erupts.Yesterday volcanologists and seismologists raised the alert level for Mount Mayon to level 4, which means an eruption is expected within hours to days. 21 December 2009United Nations humanitarian officials are working with authorities in the Philippines to prepare for what scientists believe to be the imminent eruption of Mount Mayon, an active volcano within close reach of tens of thousands of people. read more

Unilever to close Bramalea plant and move production to US putting 280

TORONTO — A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont., that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.Most production is expected to finish by the end of next year with the final plant closure expected in March 2016.John Le Boutillier, president and CEO of Unilever Canada, said the majority of the plant’s production will end up in the U.S. “The decision to close the Bramalea plant came after a strategic review of the dry mix category in North America,” Le Boutillier said in a statement.“As more than 80% of the volume produced at Bramalea is shipped to the United States, Unilever made the strategic decision to make its investment closer to where the bulk of the product is consumed.”Le Boutillier said part of the decision was based on the large infusion of money into the dry-mix supply chain that would be required for the company to meet quality standards, customer service levels and future packaging innovations.Production of the dry mixes from the Bramalea plant under the Knorr and Lipton brand names will move to Unilever’s plant in Independence, Mo.The decision to close the plant will affect about 280 salaried and hourly employees.Le Boutillier acknowledged the closure will hurt both employees and the community but said Unilever Canada is making significant investments in Canadian facilities which manufacture ice cream, margarine and mayonnaise products.Those investments include upgrades and enhancements at other Ontario sites.Amsterdam-based Unilever is one of the world’s major suppliers of food, home and personal care products, such as Dove soaps, with sales in more than 190 countries. The company reported lower revenues for its first quarter due to the effects of the euro and a decline in North America. It also said its foods arm, with Knorr soups and sauces and Hellmann’s mayonnaise, lagged. read more

Goodman School of Business to honour Niagara wine visionary Len Pennachetti

Len Pennachetti, founder of Cave Spring Cellars and prominent supporter of Ontario’s wine industry, has been selected as the 2015 Distinguished Leader of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.The Goodman School of Business’s Distinguished Leader Award honours prominent Canadian business leaders and connects the recipients with current undergraduate and graduate business students through the annual Distinguished Leader Lecture Series.Past recipients of the award include Ned Goodman of Dundee Corporation, Michael McCain of Maple Leaf Foods, Paul House of Tim Hortons, Galen Weston of Loblaw Companies Limited, Donald Ziraldo of Ziraldo Estate Winery and John McCall MacBain of McCall MacBain Foundation.On January 13, Pennachetti will spend a day on campus speaking with small groups of Goodman business students. He will also deliver the annual Distinguished Leader Lecture to students, faculty and members of the Brock community.As co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars, Pennachetti was part of a group of winemaking pioneers that first established the Niagara’s wine region. Now, 29 years after its founding, Cave Spring Cellars is internationally recognized as one of the foremost producers of Riesling in North America. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Pennachetti is also an advocate for the entire Ontario wine region. He played an influential role in the founding of the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) and has served as the organization’s President and Chair from 1994 to 2005. During his tenure with VQA, he oversaw the 1999 passing of the provincial Vintners Quality Alliance Act. He is the vice-chair of the Wine Council of Ontario, a past director of VQA Ontario and on the board of directors of the International Riesling Foundation. He is also a past board member of the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA).Pennachetti was selected as Goodman’s 2015 Distinguished Leader in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, leadership skills and the positive impact he has made in the Niagara community.“Since the moment he planted his first vines in the Beamsville Bench, Len’s leadership has been transformative. He has succeeded in elevating Ontario’s wine industry to new levels and his revitalization of the Jordan Village has created another high end tourism destination in the region,” says Don Cyr, dean of the Goodman School of Business.“Len has unparalleled credentials as an entrepreneur, a visionary and as a powerful voice in the Ontario wine industry. We are honoured that he will share his wisdom and knowledge with our students as our 2015 Distinguished Leader.” read more

Altrons Netstar invests in technology to make mine operations safer

first_imgEnsuring safe working conditions for the mining sector is a challenge, particularly when it comes to complying with regulatory standards such as the Department of Mineral Resources’ collision avoidance system requirements for mine vehicles.Pierre Bruwer, Group MD of Altron subsidiary Netstar, explains how the company has stepped up to the plate and developed a unique and fully compliant solution that helps mitigate some of the potential for accidents for mine fleets.“Our system for surface vehicles in mining operations was developed by us and is a first for South Africa. We are proud to be able to offer such a solution to the mining industry and be part of finding solutions to ensure safe conditions for people working on the mine site.”Netstar’s fleet solution for mines, unveiled at Electra Mining Africa, the largest convention of its kind for the industry, benefits mines across South Africa and the globe, and speaks to Altron’s vision of creating innovative technology solutions that aid in creating safe, compliant and secure working environments for all.The solution was developed following the Department of Mineral Resources’ 2015 legislation amendment of the Chapter 8 Act, which made it mandatory for all vehicles on mines to be fitted with collision avoidance proximity systems. This law was enacted to improve safety on mines, especially when vehicles as tall as 30 metres are in operation, such as in open-cast operations, as well as aiding in the reduction of injuries associated with pedestrian mining accidents.Bruwer adds that the system provides drivers with a 360 degree view, via an in-vehicle display, of the proximity of other vehicles as well as pedestrians and is particularly effective in dusty conditions and at night, when visibility is significantly reduced.“The system works by alerting drivers audibly and visually ahead of potential issues, which not only reduces accidents, but also improves operational efficiencies. Furthermore, the system provides real-time data and connects through a variety of options, including cell networks, WiFi, Bluetooth and radio,” as additional fail safes.As the Department of Mineral Resources’ requirements ramp up, so will the system be upgraded to ensure compliance. By June 2019 the solution will have the added functionality to be able to take over control of a vehicle and slow it down if the operator does not acknowledge the presence of a vehicle, person or object, referred to as a level 8 intervention, and by June 2020, the solution will be able to automatically come to a stop without human intervention, a level 9 intervention.In addition, when coupled with Netstar’s other fleet functionality, the solution enables companies to optimise their fleets as it monitors driver behaviour, which aids in cutting down on excessive fuel usage, alerts managers as to when maintenance services are required, and provides valuable data that will aid in the event of an insurance claim.“By incorporating telematics and collision avoidance software into our current toolkit, we have created a fleet solution that makes mining – a core part of South Africa’s economy – safer,” adds Bruwer.The real-time solution, however, is also relevant to other sectors, such as warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and logistics.“No matter what vehicle you use, our solution will be fit for your purpose,” Bruwer concludes.last_img read more

War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor

first_img(Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)For Sullay Turay, who lost a hand and a foot to Taylor-backed rebels, the outcome “showed that no matter what you do, justice will finally catch up with you and this is what has happened in Taylor’s case.”Civil warThe former warlord, who was jailed initially for 50 years for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal 1990s civil war, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars, possibly in a British jail.He sparked a 13-year civil war in his own country when he led a rebellion in 1989 to oust President Samuel Doe which deteriorated into one of Africa’s bloodiest conflicts.His National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) earned a reputation for extreme violence, conscripting child soldiers and terrorising citizens of certain ethnic groups. (Image: Peter Dejong/AP/PA)VICTIMS OF THE bloody regime of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone was upheld by an international court today.The final verdict handed down by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) draws a line under a seven-year trial of the 65-year-old former Liberian president, sentenced in May last year for “some of the most heinous crimes in human history”.“As a government, we believe that justice has been done and impunity is over,” Sierra Leone government spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay told AFP.“The message for sitting heads of state not only in Africa but beyond is that when you are in power you must exercise it judiciously, have respect for the rule of law and human rights and uphold the dignity of others.”Around 100 people, including human rights activists and survivors of the Sierra Leone civil war, watched a live broadcast of the ruling in the capital Freetown. (Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)After taking Monrovia, Taylor was elected president in 1997, but violence again erupted in 1999 when another rebellion started and he lost control of much of the country, fleeing in 2003 to Nigeria.The conflicts resulted in 270,000 deaths, with many civilians displaced and several thousand becoming victims of atrocities, according to the United Nations.As Liberia’s president from 1997 to 2003, Taylor supported Revolutionary United Front rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone by supplying them with guns and ammunition as they waged a campaign of terror during a civil war that claimed 120,000 lives between 1991 and 2002.‘Let Taylor rot in jail’He was finally arrested and transferred to The Hague in 2006, where he was convicted in 2012 of aiding and abetting the rebels during the conflict, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves, trial judges found.“Full justice has now been done and the victims should move on with their lives. The violations they suffered have been addressed through the judicial process,” said Ibrahim Tommy, chairman of the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law campaign group.“The government now should work to strengthen the justice system and work for the socio-economic prosperity of the victims.”Some victims of the conflict remain bitter and voiced frustration that Taylor had not received the 80-year sentence requested by the prosecution.“Let Taylor rot in jail. I only wish he would have served his sentence in an African prison to suffer the more,” said Freetown taxi driver Andrew Lebbie.But there was also a note of reconciliation among the crowd gathered for the ruling in Freetown.“Forgiveness is all I would ask for. The court should have tempered justice with mercy,” said vicar Sam Fergusson.center_img (Image: Enric Marti/AP/PA)Taylor has only ever been tried for his part in Sierra Leone’s bloody history and Amnesty International called for justice for the Liberian people for human rights violations and war crimes committed during its own conflict.“All parties to the conflict committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murders, torture, rape and other crimes of sexual violence, abductions, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers,” said Stephanie Barbour, head of Amnesty’s Centre for International Justice in The Hague.The Liberian government welcomed the verdict.“We hope that as he serves his jail sentence he will be treated in line with the law,” said deputy information minister Isaac Jackson.- © AFP 2013.Related: Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years for war crimes>More: Taylor verdict hailed a ‘victory for victims’>Read: Naomi Campbell and blood diamonds: key moments of the Charles Taylor trial>last_img read more

SIPO investigation into FF senators council expenses postponed

first_imgUpdate: 5.45am, Friday THE STANDARDS IN Public Office Commission (SIPO) has announced the indefinite postponement its public hearing into Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill’s alleged wrongdoings.In a statement this evening, SIPO said the public sitting “for the purpose of its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics Acts by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, former member of Donegal County Council, has been postponed sine die (ie indefinitely)”.The allegations against Ó Domhnaill relate to travel and subsistence expenses paid to him in 2006 and 2007, before he was appointed to the Seanad by then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Ó Domhnaill has denied any wrongdoing, and a previous internal Fianna Fáil inquiry found no basis for the allegations.Note: This article previously stated that Ó Domhnaill is a former Fianna Fáil Senator when in fact he is a current Fianna Fáil senator. Read: Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator’s council expenseslast_img read more

Apple en deuil Steve Jobs est mort

first_imgApple en deuil, Steve Jobs est mortMercredi, le comité de direction d’Apple a annoncé la mort de Steve Jobs. Le cofondateur qui venait tout juste de quitter son poste de PDG est décédé des suites du longue maladie. “Nous sommes triste d’annoncer que Steve Jobs est décédé aujourd’hui”. C’est la sombre nouvelle qu’a annoncée mercredi le comité de direction d’Apple dans un bref communiqué, déclenchant une vive réaction chez les fans. Depuis l’annonce, les messages se multiplient à travers le monde pour rendre hommage au co-fondateur de la firme à la pomme mort des suites d’une longue maladie à l’âge de 56 ans. En effet, Steve Jobs souffrait depuis plusieurs années. En 2004, il avait été opéré d’un cancer du pancréas, une maladie très sérieuse qui s’avère en général fatale. Mais atteint d’une forme rare, il avait tout de même pu être opéré. Suite à l’intervention, la santé du PDG semblait alors s’être améliorée et celui-ci était parti reprendre ses activités au sein de la firme. Néanmoins, deux ans plus tard, des rumeurs circulant sur la Toile évoquaient un retour de la maladie alors que Steve Jobs était apparu bien amaigri. En janvier 2009, les rumeurs se confirmaient : le PDG annonçait qu’il était contraint de prendre un second congé maladie, en raison d’un déséquilibre hormonal. Quelque temps plus tard, il subissait avec succès une greffe du foie. Mais marquée par des hauts et des bas, sa santé l’obligeait à nouveau début 2011 à prendre un autre congé maladie. Ce sera le dernier. Le 25 août dernier, il pose sa démission du poste de directeur général du groupe et cède sa place à Tim Cook. Toutefois, pendant toutes ces années, Steve Jobs est resté fidèle à la firme qu’il a fondé le 1er avril 1976 avec Steve Wozniak. Particulièrement charismatique, il créait l’évènement à chaque keynote, conférences durant lesquelles il présentait les produits innovants qui ont fait d’Apple ce qu’elle est devenue aujourd’hui. “L’esprit brillant de Steve, sa passion et son énergie furent les sources d’innombrables innovations qui ont enrichi et amélioré nos vies. Son plus grand amour était pour sa femme, Laurene, et sa famille”, a confié Apple.   À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le décès de Steve Jobs est intervenue un jour à peine après que Tim Cook ait donné sa toute première keynote et présenté la dernière mouture du smartphone à succès de la firme, l’iPhone 4S. Très émue, la firme a décidé de rendre hommage à son père directement sur son site à l’aide d’une photo en noir et blanc. Elle a également indiqué qu’un site Web sera mis en ligne pour permettre à tous les internautes de laisser un hommage. Hommage qu’a également rendu Google sur sa page d’accueil. A Tokyo, les Apple store ont décidé d’observer une minute de silence.  Redécouvrez en images les 35 ans de carrière de Steve Jobs de la fondation d’Apple à sa démissiondu poste de PDGLe 6 octobre 2011 à 09:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man injured in leg after firearm goes off in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A possible accidental firearm discharge in Miami Beach sent a man to the hospital, Monday evening.Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue responded to a reported shooting at a garage on 5401 Collins Ave., at around 6:45 p.m.Officials believe the guard on duty may have been showing his firearm to a friend when it accidentally went off, wounding the friend on the leg.The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. His injury is not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bizarre chimera fossil reveals platypus of the crab world

first_img Tags A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Ancient ‘Galagadon’ shark sported teeth shaped like Galaga spaceship This dashing dinosaur rocked a rainbow around its neck Paleontology 0 Callichimaera means “beautiful chimera.” It’s a call-out to the chimera of Greek mythology, a beast made up of parts of a lion, goat and snake. Scientists discovered over 70 fossil specimens of the crab in the Andes Mountains in Colombia, an area that was a shallow sea during the Cretaceous Period. The anatomical details point to a swimming-based lifestyle, unlike the crawling crabs of today. 3dmodelEnlarge ImageThe researchers generated a 3D model of the ancient crab. Javier Luque, et al The fossils are so well preserved, the researchers were able to make a 3D model that can be printed out. “This discovery, from the mid-Cretaceous, illustrates that there are still surprising discoveries of more recent, weird organisms waiting to be found, especially in the tropics,” said Luque.Unlike the mythical chimera, the water-dwelling Callichimaera perplexa didn’t breathe fire. Sci-Techcenter_img Post a comment Callichimaera perplexa is one oddball crab critter. Daniel Ocampo R./Vencejo Films When someone names a creature “Callichimaera perplexa,” you know it’s got to be cool as hell. Callichimaera perplexa is a crab that lived 90 million to 95 million years ago during the dinosaur era, but it’s not like today’s crabs that you might spot crawling around the ocean floor (or sitting on a dinner plate). Paleontologist Javier Luque from the University of Alberta and Yale University likened the crustaceans to platypuses, the famous egg-laying, duck-billed mammal.”We started looking at these fossils and we found they had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster,” said Luque, the lead author of a study published in Science Advances. Share your voice 20 Photos Fascinating fossilslast_img read more

Munshiganj road crash kills police constable

first_imgA police constable was killed as a speeding vehicle hit him on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Anarpura area of Gojaria upazila early Friday, reports news agency UNB. The deceased police constable was identified as Shahidul Haque, 30, driver of a police wrecker.   Md Mostafizur Rahman, additional superintendent of Munshiganj Police, said that the police wrecker was taken in the area early in the morning to salvage a vehicle which was overturned on the highway following an accident. The speeding vehicle ran over Shahidul while crossing the highway, leaving him dead on the spot.last_img read more

Police foil agitation by nonMPO teachers employees

first_imgPolice obstructed teachers and employees of Non-MPO (Monthly Pay Order) educational institutions from starting an indefinite sit-in demanding inclusion in the MPO in the National Press Club on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloTeachers and employees of Non-MPO (Monthly Pay Order) educational institutions have alleged that police obstructed them from starting an indefinite sit-in demanding inclusion in the MPO.The sit-in was scheduled to start in front of the National Press Club on Sunday morning.The agitators also alleged police picked up the president of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Golam Mahmudunnabi and its general secretary Binoy Bhusan Roy.  The protestors are now scattered around the north side of the road in front of the press club.  The organisation’s vice president Shafiqul Islam told Prothom Alo that they started to gather in front of the press club after 9:00am in the morning. Police prevented them from sitting there, he added.Shafiqul said police picked up the president and the general secretary of their organsation.He said their agitation will continue until their demand is fulfilled.    About the detention of the two leaders, Ramna division police’s assistant commissioner Ehsan Ferdous said he has no knowledge of any such detention.The teachers and employees started an indefinite agitation on 26 December for inclusion in MPO.On 5 January, they postponed their agitation when the personal secretary of the prime minister, Sajjadul Hasan, assured them that their demand would be met.In his budget speech in parliament on Thursday, the finance minister did not give any indication of inclusion in the MPO.last_img read more

The DC HIVSTI Crisis Continues for Marginalized Demos

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterHere is the science.The CDC confirmed the study and world view from HIV advocates and professionals that “people with HIV who take HIV medicine as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral load (or stay virally suppressed) have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative partners.”Suppression for HIV+ people can mean taking a prescribed regimen of Antiviral drugs. For HIV-negative people it can mean taking PrEP or Pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is also scientifically effective in stopping the transmission of HIV.DC Care Consortium provides support for people living with HIV/ AIDS and their families. This photo is featured on the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs. (Courtesy Photo)With the science firmly in place however D.C. still faces a problem with HIV rates and STI infections. Last week the AFRO spoke to Activist and Ruby House Executive Director Ruby Corado about opening a wellness center in the Southeast. She unpacked the need for HIV services in D.C. “The D.C. HIV epidemic continues to be worst in the country of a major city,” Corado told the AFRO. “It has become totally accepted that today a young Black or Brown gay or trans kid become HIV positive with no local outcry.”The D.C. Health Department’s 2018 Annual Epidemiology and Surveillance Report seemed to confirm Corado’s fears. But not for everyone.According to Michael Kharfen, Deputy Director of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration at the D.C. Department of Health the number of HIV infection rates overall over time decreased dramatically.“We say 73 percent decrease in HIV infections from 2007 to 2017,” Kharfen said, referring to the  report. “That’s a greater decrease than San Francisco, New York and other cities.”He urged the people to not just look at a year by year analysis, adding, “When you look at public health data and HIV data you tend to look at a span of years because one year to the next is not defining a trend. When you look at the report we’re showing you a perspective.”However for certain pockets of the population, particularly Black Same Gender Loving (SGL) men who have sex with other men (MSM), and African American woman, the picture is different.According to the report:There were increases in new HIV diagnoses among young people ages 13-29 from 134 in 2016 to 150 in 2017Black men through sex with men and Black women through heterosexual contact have the highest proportion of newly diagnosed HIV.About 13,000 people are currently living with HIV, according to the report. This compared to 38,739 new infections in the U.S. in total. The most impacted Wards are 5, 6,7 and 8 according to the data. One in five cases were Black women, and one and three cases were Black men who had sex with men of color.Woman account for 1 in 4 of the new HIV diagnosis, Kharfen said, but of those women diagnosed, 90% are African American women.To compound the issue of HIV, STI’s are on the rise in D.C. The data showed that:There were record numbers and increases among reported STDs with 10,157 cases of chlamydia, a 35% increase from 2013 to 2017; 5,070 cases of gonorrhea, a 56% increase from 2013 to 2017; and 318 cases of primary and secondary syphilis, a 13% increase from 2013 to 2017.The good news is we now know treatment for both HIV negative and HIV positive people is the most effective way to reign in HIV rates.The Mayor’s office along with the Department of Health came out with their 90/90/90/50 Plan in 2016 which is a bold step in eradicating the spread of the virus.In the executive summary the document states that: “Despite years of progress in the understanding and treatment of HIV/AIDS, the District of Columbia still is in the midst of an HIV epidemic. In fact, more than 13,000 people in D.C. are living with HIV, which is equal to 2 percent of the District population. This percentage far surpasses the generally accepted definition of an epidemic, which is 1 percent of the population. For some groups in D.C. the situation is even more severe: 4.6 percent of African-American men, 2.1 percent of Hispanic men, and 1.9 percent of African-American women are living with HIV.2 A recent survey by the DC Trans Coalition suggests that as many as 20 percent of transgender people in D.C. may be HIV-positive.”To combat the high infection rates the Mayor’s office pushed for 6 goals by 2020:90 percent of Residents know their HIV status.90 percent of HIV positive residents are in treatment90 percent of residents in treatment reach viral suppression. This coincides with the goal of undetectable means no chance of passing on the virus.50 percent reduction in new infection rates.But despite the plan’s initiatives the numbers are still disproportionate for people of color.However Kharfen pointed out to some positive outcomes for the city’s overall goals.“Overall I would say we’re making progress,” Kharfen said. “We have multiple goals. We are closer to our three  90 goals.”“Eighty seven percent of persons with HIV know their status,” he said. “Eighty percent of those diagnosed are on treatment. We’re around 84% on treatment achieving viral suppression.”“We know we need to ramp up reducing HIV diagnoses.”The biggest key to that plan is PrEP and also PEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) which occurs after exposure to the virus. The city set a goal to provide the two drugs to 8000 people by 2020. So far it since 2018 they have reached about 2000.“We need a lot more people to consider this as an option,” Kharfen said. “It doesn’t have to be a lifetime option. But an option.”Kharfen said that the cities DC Health and Wellness Center at 77 P Street will be providing PreP and PEP.On Jan. 14 Mayor Bowser will lay out her vision for the city, and the issues that need to be addressed. She is reported to talk about health outcomes for the city as part of her agenda. The AFRO will follow this story.last_img read more

Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still free

first_imgWindows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still free by Martin Brinkmann on December 29, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 69 commentsI had some time at hand recently to run a couple of tests regarding the purchase of Windows licenses on eBay, and upgrades of said licenses to Windows 10.As you may know, Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 licenses are sold on eBay for next to nothing. There is lots of talk about these licenses, how they are not legitimate, that they will not work, or that they will expire after a short period of time.The licenses that I bought in September 2016 are still working fine. Granted, that is not a very long time to go by, and I will keep an eye on those licenses to see how things will evolve in the future.I had some spare time at hand and decided to buy another batch of licenses on eBay. I got my hands on a Windows 7 Professional license for €3.90 (that’s about $4.00). The going rate for keys seems to have dropped from $10-15, and that is not only the case for Windows 7.A Windows 8.1 Pro license starts at about €5.90 currently on the German eBay store, and even Windows 10 Pro keys are available for €4.58 currently.I bought a couple of licenses as I did the last time. The sellers use eBay’s mailing system to mail you the product key and instructions on how to download the particular version of Windows usually minutes after the purchase.All licenses were accepted in test installations, and the products were listed as fully activated. I did not have to go through the phone activation process either.Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still freeOne thing that I wanted to try was to find out whether I could install Windows 10 on a brand new machine using a Windows 7 key.These upgrades were free during the one-year free period, and worked even after the official free upgrade period ended.What I wanted to know was whether this was still the case.I downloaded the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft, and used it to create installation media on a USB device.Connected the USB device to the machine afterwards, made sure it would boot from it, and watched it start the installation.When asked for the product key, I entered the Windows 7 Pro key bought from eBay. This key was accepted just fine during installation. The installation of Windows 10 proceeded fine from that point on.I did check the activation status afterwards using Windows-I > Update & Security > Activation, and it showed as activated using a digital license.This suggests strongly that it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using Windows 7 or 8.1 product keys.Now, I cannot say for how long this system will remain activated. I did some research on the seller before I bought the product key on eBay. The company behind it had more than 24000 reviews, with 99.9% of them positive.It is legitimate in Germany to sell OEM product keys without hardware, and to use these keys on any device the operating system can be installed on.Closing WordsThe main takeaway from the experiment is that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free using nothing but a Windows 7 or — presumably as I have not tested it — Windows 8.1 product key.SummaryArticle NameWindows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still freeDescriptionYou can still upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 for free using a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 product key.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

China sentences man to death for money forgery

first_imgBEIJING (AP) – Chinese state media say a man has been sentenced to death for forging currency worth tens of millions of dollars.The official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that Wu Shengyou was the ringleader in producing 195 million yuan (US$31 million) in counterfeit money in south China’s Hunan province and transporting them to Guangzhou province, where Wu’s group sold 128 million yuan of the fake notes before the rest was seized by police. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Xinhua says Wu plans to appeal the death penalty, which was handed down by a court in south China’s Guangzhou city.Capital punishment is widely used in China for crimes ranging from murders to drug trafficking and tax evasion.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Confidence in travel insurance sales

first_img“Our figures agreed, showing that agents are incredibly knowledgeable about the benefits provided by a range of Australian travel insurance providers.” SureSave’s latest poll has revealed that 77 percent of travel agents are confident they can increase their travel insurance sales in the next 12 months. “Agents cited their increasing determination, experience and customer service skills as driving factors for their ongoing success,” SureSave executive general manager Michael Callaghan said. Two thirds of responding agents said they regularly review and compare travel insurance offerings. SureSave’s poll also revealed that 60 percent of agents sell policies to more than half of their travelling customers.center_img “With almost eight in ten agents aiming to increase their sales in 2014, SureSave is devising a range of new sales tools to support agents’ expertise and knowledge and, in doing so, enhance their bottom line,” Mr Callaghan said. Travel agents have a renewed sense of confidence when it comes to selling travel insurance, according to new research. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palm

first_img The Arizona Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm in a Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and they may now be without backup Drew Stanton.ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Saturday that Stanton suffered a sprained knee in Thursday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He also reported that Matt Barkley, who was with the Cardinals in 2015 and for the 2016 preseason, is expected to be brought back. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Beyond excited to be back with the @AZCardinals! #BeRedSeeRed— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) November 12, 2017If Stanton can’t play at Houston in Week 11, Blaine Gabbert will start, Mortensen reported. Mike Bercovici will remain on the practice squad.Stanton, 33, has been with the Cardinals since 2014 and has started the previous two games for Arizona. He owns a 48.4 completion percentage and 68.9 QB rating with three touchdowns in two interceptions this season.Barkley is a 27-year-old alumnus of USC who has seen NFL playing time with the Eagles and Bears. In six career starts (all last season with Chicago), he has a 61.2 completion percentage and eight touchdowns with 12 interceptions.The Cardinals already lost several players in that Seahawks loss. D.J. Humphries, Tyvon Branch and Ifeanyi Momah are all out for the season due to injuries suffered in that game. 42 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Barkley confirmed the report after posting on Twitter that he was back with the team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Related Bargains of the week Gran Canaria Copen

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Winter sun stars 5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter blues

first_imgPhoto credit: Pixabay This collection of islands has it all; situated off the east coast of Africa, it’s a reasonable six-hour flight from the UK. If you’re thinking of island hopping while you’re there, stop by the cultural music hub of São Vicente and then hop along to Boa Vista for unrivalled beaches – Santa Monica Beach is an impressive 9km long. Once you’ve topped up your tan, jump over to the island of Sal, and head into the warm water for a scuba dive day trip. You’ll have a good chance of spotting Humpback whales between February and March and whatever time of year you visit, you’ll see the beauty of the coral reef and rugged volcanic landscape alongside shoals of tropical fish and stingrays for days. Search hotels in Cape Verde Sitting, staring out of the window dreaming of white sand against bright blue skies? Yeah, us too. But wait, those beaches are not a figment of your imagination – and it’s entirely possible to escape the dreary British weather for one of those exotic, sandy hotspots with long, sun-drenched days. Here’s where to find your tropical heaven this winter. If all else fails, the land down under is guaranteed to give you warm winter sun and glorious beaches. Often voted as Australian’s best, Whitehaven Beach has soft, unblemished white sand, clear seas and views that are like no other. You can only find this beauty by boat (or if you’re feeling lavish, by helicopter or sea plane) with day trips leaving from Airlie Beach. And if you’ve got more time on your hands, take a week-long catamaran around the Whitsunday Islands. 1. Costa Rica Search hotels in Nosara Beach Photo credit: Charl van Rooy on Unsplash Photo credit: Moon on Unsplash Further north lies a lesser-known island that’s equally enticing. Take the ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island and stay with the koalas at Bungalow Bay. From there hire a 4×4 and drive around this tiny island and stop off at each beach you pass. Arthur Bay and Horseshoe Bay are particularly spectacular, plus more often than not you’ll get the beach to yourself – win win! 3. Mozambique Search hotels in Tulum Photo credit: Pixabay 4. Mexico With temperatures hitting the high 20s, January to May is the time to visit  Mozambique. And with over 2,000km of Indian Ocean coastline, there are endless beaches to choose from. Fly into Inhambane (which translates as Land of Good People) and drive over to Tofo, the scuba diving hotspot. There are four diving schools to choose from here and more than enough sea to share; you’ll see Manta rays and white sharks aplenty so charge up the Go Pro pronto. Once you’ve worked up an appetite under the water, make sure you unwind on dry land at Fatima’s Nest, a series of simple thatched wooden shacks and huts along the beach serving traditional fresh fish dishes and Mozambican beer. Search flights to Mexico Search flights to Costa Rica Search hotels in Inhambane Search flights to Cape Verde Mexico really hits the nail on the head with the white-sand-blue-sea vibe we’re all craving of at this time of year. Towering over the turquoise sea, the iconic Tulum ruins should be top of your hit list, and as the only Mayan settlement to sit right on the beach, you wouldn’t have to travel far to get your history fix. Beat the crowds and get to the ruins as they open at 8am, then spend the rest of the day relaxing on Tulum Beach. Or if you’re feeling super keen, arrive early to watch the sun rise over paradise. Search flights to Mozambique 2. Cape Verde Want to find your own dream beach? 5. Australia RelatedExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksExit planet snow: 10 winter sun breaksWhere to go for guaranteed winter sunWith the last bank holiday out of the way, you’ll need some winter sun to look forward to this season. Here are the best places to go in October, November, December and January for escaping the winter blues.In pictures: totally tropical winter sunSun, sea, sand… escape the winter with our stunning collection of beautiful beaches and exotic holiday destinations. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels As luck would have it, the UK’s winter coincides with Costa Rica‘s peak summer months and as the rainy season bids farewell in November, you’ll find this Jurassic-Park-like setting lush and green in January. With the Pacific Sea on the east coast and the Caribbean on the west, the beaches are a world away than at home and you’ll be spoilt for choice. To see the best of what Costa Rica has to offer, visit Manuel Antonio National Park, which shows off the rainforest alongside glistening white beaches. Plus, if you’re an avid wildlife watcher, you’ll often find iguanas and squirrel monkeys on the beach. Search flights to Australia Search hotels in Airlie Beach Just a half an hour drive north along the coast and you’ll find Yal-ku Lagoon, an underwater jungle of tropical fish and the occasional turtle, protected from rough seas. You could spend hours discovering the shallow pools and warm water before venturing further out to where the lagoon meets the sea for the chance to spot larger sea creatures. Finish the day with a coconut (or cocktail) in hand for that all-important holiday snap. For long, undisturbed white sands try Nosara Beach, a tropical paradise home to abundant marine life, tide pools and gentle rolling waves, calm enough for beginner surfers. For a slightly buzzier vibe, head to Playa Guiones, which can be explored on foot or by bicycle and where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and hotels for a leisurely bite, before you escape back to the relatively undiscovered Nosara. Photo credit: Sam Beasley on Unsplash ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more