Pellegrini hails Hammers resolve in Cup triumph

first_imgManuel Pellegrini has hailed his players for keeping calm after going a goal down at AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup ahead of turning the tie around.Joe Pigott headed the League One side into the lead after just two minutes and hung on until the break despite Rodney McDonald’s dismissal for two yellow cards on 18 minutes.Issa Diop restored parity just after the hour mark before Angelo Ogbonna scored the visitors’ second, with Javier Hernandez sealing the 3-1 win in injury time.“Yes, I was worried because you play against these teams that defend really well and then you are losing 1-0 in the first minutes, after working the whole week not to suffer those kinds of goals,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports News at full time.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“The most important thing was our application to win this game. I was sure if we continued playing that we would score those goals. The best thing the team did tonight was we kept calm, we continued moving and creating space.“It’s important to win. If we lose this game, that’s another consequence – it’s very important. We need to continue working and I hope on Saturday we can have our first victory in the Premier League.”The third-round draw for the EFL Cup will take on Thursday night from 7pm onwardslast_img read more

Fitch gives TCI AA rating SP results still to come

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jun 2015 – Standard and Poor’s ratings are likely due in soon for the Turks and Caicos; this is the group which last year gave the TCI a BBB+ rating, which ranks as a leader in the region. But ahead of that information coming, a published report from Fitch says it has affirmed the “UK Government Guaranteed Turks and Caicos Islands’ USD170m 3.20% notes at ‘AA+’. This is an extremely positive prognosis as the country next year seeks to refinance that UK guaranteed loan and in recent weeks welcomed in a team from the S&P to give a 2015 assessment of the islands fiscal performance. All indicators are that the Turks and Caicos will get a good re-finance deal next year; better repayment terms and that will mean less strain on TCIG to repay the monies which were borrowed to manage government expenditure and to pay off a colossal debt said to be created and left behind after the Mike Misick led PNP Administration. Related Items:a++ rating, fitch, s&Plast_img read more

You are not alone Suicide Awareness And Prevention

first_imgIn addition, KPBSD was awarded a three year Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Postvention (SAPP) grant from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The three year grant proposal targets high risk populations of students in grades 7-12 at Homer Flex, Marathon School, and Kenai Alternative School. And, in year two and three of the grant, additional KPBSD middle and high schools. One of the organizations seeking to offer resources to those in need is within the Kenai Peninsula  Borough School District. The district launched the “You are not alone” suicide awareness and prevention program. More than one thousand students from Kenai Central High School, Kenai Middle School, Nikiski Middle-High School, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Prep, and Soldotna High School attended assemblies about suicide awareness. Student leaders at KCHS received additional training about suicide awareness. Everyone received yellow wristbands with a Care line that anyone can call, anytime: 877-266-HELP. Another program offered by the district is Sources of Strength. “While suicide is sometimes a difficult topic to discuss, it is also paramount that we as a community address it head on,” said Sean Dusek, superintendent. “Programs such as Sources of Strength are critical components of our commitment and dedication to support our students through the myriad of issues they may experience throughout their lives.”center_img Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. Many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Problems contributing to suicides include stresses over relationships, housing, money, health, employment, substance abuse, or legal woes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As suicide rates continue to increase across the United States and on the Kenai Peninsula, multiple programs and organizations seek to raise awareness about the trend and offer resources to those who need it. Students learned that many people think that openly talking about suicide raises the risk. The fact is that asking someone directly usually lowers their anxiety, opens up lines of communication, and also lowers the risk of an impulsive act.last_img read more

Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.August 25 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmsGaouette FarmSeafood Express CoCupcake City-ReadingPurple Carrot Bread Co.EJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoTewksbury HoneyHawaiian Jim’s Shave Ice & Co.Guilday GlassKittredge CandlesGrateful TastesSusan Anton, LMTAdditional Attractions:Visit 4-H Science Pirates, Wilmington Minutemen, Wilmington Kiwanis Club, and the Global Children School at the Community TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”last_img read more

Putins Banker Sergei Pugachev on Interpols Wanted List

first_imgPutin’s one time close friend and banker, Sergei Pugachev, is on Interpol’s “Wanted Persons” list for “misappropriation or embezzlement”.Pugachev, who was once close to the Russian President, is wanted by the government for prosecution on allegations of swindling money from banks for his personal use. The government accuses Pugachev of large scale fraud but he maintains that the allegations are “politically motivated.””Mr Pugachev faces a formidable challenge if he is to successfully argue that the case is politically motivated. Interpol is an unaccountable organisation that is slow to act and any appeal that he makes will take months, if not years, to reach a conclusion,” Richard Elsen, reputation management expert at Byfield Consultancy – a specialist legal PR agency, told The Daily Mail.The Interpol warrant means great personal and business damage for Pugachev. He will be under constant media and he will be unable to conduct any business dealings.Pugachev fled Russia soon after claiming some forces were trying to seize his business. He went to live in London and presumably splits time between London and Monaco, according to The Associated Press.The 51-year-old businessman was once worth $2 billion. He was close to former President Boris Yeltsin and later became an associate of Putin. He would give the president advice on a wide range of portfolios like construction, shipbuilding and banking as well.Pugachev also became a senator in the Russian cabinet but things started to go downhill from 2010 when his bank defaulted on debts and lost its license.Pugachev has since been critical of Putin and his ways. In several interviews he has ridiculed Putin’s frugal understanding of economics.”Vladimir Putin does not understand economics. He does not like it. It is dry. It’s boring to hear these reports, to read them. He likes clear things: Russia’s moving ahead; how great everything is. He does not have a deep understanding of what is happening,” Pugachev said in an interview with Time Magazine.According to The Guardian, Pugachev’s bank account was frozen in July this year by a London court after a dispute with a Russian liquidator and since then, he has been flying under the media radar.last_img read more

Brent Crude Prices Fall to FiveYear Lows at 57 Despite Libyan Output

first_imgBrent Crude prices slid to a new five-year low hovering at $57 on Tuesday even though output disruptions in Libya put a temporary hold on the global supply glut.For February delivery, Brent fell 25 cents to $57.63 as of 0528 GMT, after sliding to $57.37 in the previous session, its lowest level since May 2009, according to Reuters.Oil prices rose to $60 on Monday after supply was disrupted in Libya. A fire caused by political clashes destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude — two days worth of the country’s oil output.The scale of damage is reportedly being established and the government has contacted a US firefighting firm that will help put out the fire. Repair work at the oil storage facility is slated to start in the next five days.Minimal Libyan ImpactLibya produces about 385,000 barrels per day and analysts say that the temporary stop of supply is just a small fraction of the total OPEC output of 1 million barrels per day, which wouldn’t have much impact on the prices.”The loss of a couple hundred thousand barrels from Libya will have a minimal impact on the global supply balance. There’s about 2 million barrels a day of excess production right now, so this will just tighten things a little,” Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.”A year ago this kind of headline ( the Libya fire) would have spurred a $3 to $4 rally. The market is so oversupplied right now that it can’t muster a rally on what are bullish headlines,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group told the agency over the phone.Future of Oil PricesOil prices are expected to witness their steepest decline since 2008 and the second biggest annual slump since the 1980s.Especially with the OPEC refusing to reduce output this time, oil prices are at free fall. Previously experts predicted oil prices to fall to $60 and stabilise there but the recent developments have sprung a surprise and some say that won’t stop there.”A prolonged period of low oil prices is also likely to result in durable economic, political and geopolitical changes that, not so long ago, would have been considered remote, if not unthinkable,” Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE wrote for Bloomberg View.Expect oil prices to keep falling in 2015.”In the immediate term we think the stage is being set for that reduction in production. That’s going to take some time but we believe that in January you’re going to hear more announcements about reduction in drilling and production,” Dan Heckman, a national investment consultant at U.S. Bank Wealth Management told International Business Times.”Sometime in the second half of 2015 we’ll finally see some relief and prices moving up a little bit … but I don’t see us going back up to $100 a barrel over the long term — I’m talking about in the next 18 months to two years,” he added.last_img read more

Stop attacking lets work together Khaleda tells AL

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves Chittagong Circuit House for Cox`s Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday condemned the attacks on her motorcade in Feni and alleged that the attackers are known to the government, reports UNB.”We’ve come here to visit Rohingyas and give them some assistance, but on our way, my convoy came under attack leaving many journalists injured,” she said.The BNP chief further said, “I would like to say the government knows it very well who made the attack. Their photographs have already been published…”She came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after distributing relief materials among displaced Myanmar nationals at Moynargona Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila.Khaleda urged the government to stop this saying that such incidents will not bring any good to the government. “Instead, it’ll make you completely isolated from people. So, stop such acts.”She urged the government to come forward to work together for the welfare of humanity.On Saturday morning, Khaleda set out for Chittagong and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.The attackers damaged a good number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, Ntv and Baishakhi Television, and beat several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar.last_img

7 policemen killed in jihadist attack in Egypt

first_imgMap of Egypt locating El-Arish, near where seven police officers have been killed in a jihadist attack. Photo: AFPSeven police officers have been killed in a jihadist attack in restive North Sinai, Egypt’s interior ministry said Wednesday.The attack near the regional capital El-Arish targeted an “assembly centre” for police, according to the ministry.Four assailants died “during clashes” following the attack, one when he detonated an explosives belt, it said.North Sinai has long been a centre of insurgents and Egyptian authorities last year launched an offensive against the jihadists.Hundreds of militants have been killed along with dozens of soldiers, according to official figures which cannot be verified as Sinai is largely cut off to journalists.Egypt is currently on high alert as it hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, although none of the games are taking place in Sinai.A month before the tournament kicked off, a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb near the famed pyramids of Giza.A similar attack in December killed three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide.The country’s security forces and Christian minority have also been targeted by jihadist attacks.last_img read more

Passwordcracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo

first_img Explore further Researcher Jeremi Gosney, the founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group, was the thinker behind the hardware and software setup that could make 350 billion guesses per second. The result was that eight-character passwords could fall in hours; some passwords could be had in minutes. The deployment that was capable of 350 billion guesses per second was a five-server computer cluster with 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards and virtualization software. The password-penetrating design was able to unleash unexpected speed, ripping through Windows passcodes. Security Ledger runs a detailed account of the rig’s specs and results. According to reports, his approach was enough to brute force eight-character passwords containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols, in just hours.The brute forcing algorithms went to work at speeds that are remarkable. He showed that with the right improved software and powerful hardware, such attacks are quite feasible. His setup is only relevant toward offline attacks, where the thief has already retrieved a password database or file. The cluster that he used would not be relevant to online attacks against a live system. His scenario applies to exploits involving collections of leaked or stolen passwords.Gosney’s success, however, in ripping through eight character passwords will only make security professionals that much more aware of what they already know, that older algorithms and shorter length passwords are vulnerable to attacks. System breaches leading to substantial password leaks have been part of news headlines for some time. Gosney said in an email to Ars Technica that “We can attack hashes approximately four times faster than we could previously.” Gosney has been working on clustering approaches for the last four or five years.The GPU cluster in his recent presentation uses a cluster platform to let each card function as if on a single desktop plus ocl-Hashcat Plus.The general rule for computer users is to think about long and strong passwords, between 13 and 20 characters, if possible. If worried about choosing words that are too “common,” users can turn to password management tools, which are designed to help a user create passwords that are less vulnerable. Are you any good at creating passwords? Citation: Password-cracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-password-cracking-feats-blistering-shown-oslo.html More information: passwords12.at.ifi.uio.no/Jere … _HPC_Passwords12.pdfsecurityledger.com/new-25-gpu- … asswords-in-seconds/www.overclockersclub.com/news/33354/center_img (Phys.org)—Remember when the running advice for password setup was to avoid using your name backwards? My how we have smelled the coffee. A new rig-and-burn presentation for an audience of academics and security professionals at the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway, earlier this month, demonstrated that password-cracking is an easy game with crippling amounts of password theft capable of happening at crippling speed. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Researchers find nematode incites defense response in plants that benefits itself

first_imgAn infective Heterodera schachtii worm enters a wildtype Arabidopsis root. The brown DAB stain indicates accumulation of hydrogen peroxide that is produced due to the activity of NADPH oxidases. Credit: Siddique et al., 2014 © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Science Signaling Explore further Citation: Researchers find nematode incites defense response in plants that benefits itself (2014, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-nematode-incites-defense-response-benefits.html Banana plant fights off crop’s invisible nemesis: Roundworms (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of Bonn has discovered that a certain species of nematode actually does better when exposed to defensive chemicals made by plants. In their paper published in the journal Science Signaling, the team describes how they found that disabling the production of a defensive chemical in a flowering plant caused nematodes that invade it to fare less well. Baomin Feng and Libo Shan offer a Perspective Piece on the work done by the team in the same issue.center_img More information: “Parasitic Worms Stimulate Host NADPH Oxidases to Produce Reactive Oxygen Species that Limit Plant Cell Death and Promote Infection,” by S. Siddique et al. Science Signaling, 2014. The research suggests that it might be possible to reduce nematode infestations in vegetable crops by modifying them to produce less ROS, though that would likely mean having to add more antibacterial agents at the same time. A Heterodera schachtii infective worm enters a mutant Arabidopsis. At the site of nurse cell induction, it releases effectors in the selected cell. Due to the lack of RbohD activity to produce ROS, cells that had been affected earlier produce large amounts of callose depositions and undergo cell death. Credit: Siddique et al., 2014 Prior research has shown that plants produce chemicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) to ward off fungal and bacterial infections. But now it appears that the same defensive mechanism in some plants allows a certain type of nematode to thrive.H.schachtii, a type of nematode invades many types of plants—its larvae burrow into roots and take up residence near the cylinder that transports nutrients to the rest of the plant. The worm chews on cells causing them to combine, then eats the result while growing into an adult. The worms don’t kill the plant, they simply use it as a place to live and eat. To better understand how it is that the worms withstand the release of ROS when they enter a root, the researchers genetically modified an Arabidopsis plant so that it would not produce ROS when attacked. To their surprise they found that when they introduced the nematode to the root, the worm actually did worse in the absence of the defensive chemicals.Normally ROS does its job by killing plant cells in the vicinity of an attack—without live cells to attack, bacteria die as well. But with the nematode, the researchers found, ROS cell killing is controlled, or managed by the parasite, which allows the worm to fuse the cells it’s after and grow large and healthy. Without the ROS, they found it more difficult to get to the root cylinder, created a smaller fuse cell and as a result didn’t grow as large or as healthy as they did in non-modified plants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New theory to explain why suns surface rotates slower than its core

first_img Explore further Citation: New theory to explain why sun’s surface rotates slower than its core (2017, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-theory-sun-surface-rotates-slower.html Scientists have known for some time that the surface of the sun spins more slowly than its interior but have no good explanation for it. In this new effort, the researchers were able to take a better look at what was occurring and by doing so discovered what they believe is the source of the slowdown.To gain a better understanding of what is happening with the sun, the researchers started with images collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory—a probe that has been circling the sun since 2010. By processing three and a half years of images using filters, the researchers were able to get a detailed look at multiple layers of sun depth, which allowed them to calculate the circulation speed of each. In looking at their overall results, they found that the outermost layer spun more slowly than all of those below it, which spun approximately 5 percent more than the rest of the photosphere.Taking a cue from prior research that has shown that space dust is slowed as it collides with solar photons due to losses from angular momentum, the researchers created a model of the sun in which photons moving outward through interior layers of plasma eventually encounter plasma that is much less dense at its outermost layer. As those photons collide with the plasma, which is moving, angular momentum is exchanged, which results in a net loss of plasma angular momentum. That net loss results in the plasma slowing as the photons that cause the slowdown escape into space. The massive number of such collisions over the course of 4.5 billion years, the team theorizes, has resulted in the slower rate of spin of the outer layer that we observe today. More information: Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun’s Surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 051102 – Published 3 February 2017 , doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.051102 , On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1612.00873AbstractThe Sun’s internal rotation {Omega}(r,{Theta}) has previously been measured using helioseismology techniques and found to be a complex function of co-latitude, {theta}, and radius, r. From helioseismology and observations of apparently “rooted” solar magnetic tracers we know that the surface rotates more slowly than much of the interior. The cause of this slow-down is not understood but it is important for understanding stellar rotation generally and any plausible theory of the solar interior. A new analysis using 5-min solar p-mode limb oscillations as a rotation “tracer” finds an even larger velocity gradient in a thin region at the top of the photosphere. This shear occurs where the solar atmosphere radiates energy and angular momentum. We suggest that the net effect of the photospheric angular momentum loss is similar to Poynting-Robertson “photon braking” on, for example, Sun-orbiting dust. The resultant photospheric torque is readily computed and, over the Sun’s lifetime, is found to be comparable to the apparent angular momentum deficit in the near-surface shear layer. Journal information: Physical Review Letters , arXiv The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of Hawaii, Ponta Grossa State University in Brazil and Stanford University has found what they believe is the reason that the surface of the sun rotates more slowly than its core. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team explains how they used a new technique to measure the speed of the sun’s rotation at different depths and what it revealed about the speed of the sun’s outer 70km deep skin. Researchers report possible solution to a long-standing solar mystery © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata calls up Sovan over pitiful condition of roads waterlogging woes in

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called up Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and expressed her discontentment over the condition of some roads in Behala and reports of waterlogging in certain pockets of the area.Prodded by the Chief Minister, Chatterjee asked Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh to fast track the process of the ongoing projects in parts of Behala, to prevent water accumulation.Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The work for a Rs 700 crore project for drainage overhaul taken up by Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP), is underway at James Long Sarani and near Rammohan Road (Tollygunge Karunamoyee). The work for the Metro project is also going on, which is deteriorating the condition of the roads. We are repairing roads but within a few days, they are getting Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killeddamaged again due to repair work.””We are taking all possible measures and situations will improve soon,” he added.It may be mentioned that due to heavy rain in the city a few days ago, there was waterlogging in certain pockets of Behala, including areas in and around Behala Flying Club, Sakher Bazar and Silpara to name a few. There was a day last week, when in half an hour there was more than 100 mm rain and in three hours, the average was 80 mm. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”The infrastructure for the pumping station near Behala Flying Club is being overhauled. Five pumps will soon be installed for drainage of water through Begor Khal. We hope to have things in place by July 10,” Singh added.At present, there are at least three places, where the Diamond Harbour Road has been dug up, the most prominent one being near the Old Dog Race Course Housing Estate, close to Ajanta Cinema. The two other sites are at Kolkata Blind School crossing and Kadamtala.last_img read more

Fire engulfs 13 shops at Sandhya Bazar none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at the Sandhya Bazar at Lords Bakery Mor on Sunday morning.At least 13 shops were reduced to ashes due to the impact of the fire. Fortunately, there were no casualties and no one was hurt in the incident. Fire fighters suspect that the fire occurred due to short circuit. However, some local residents allege that the market might have been set on fire by some persons because of their vested interest. According to sources, around 4 am on Sunday some local residents experienced a strong burning smell while they were sleeping. When some of them went to check what happened they saw the market was ablaze. Immediately, Jadavpur police station and fire brigade were informed. Soon, five fire tenders were pressed in to action. But as the intensity of the fire was quite high and it was spreading, five more fire tenders were called. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe fire was controlled approximately after two hours later. But till then several shops were burnt completely. Fire fighters had faced some problem controlling the fire due to inflammable articles stored inside the shops. Mainly there were some shops where furniture accessories were being made. For that huge quantity of cotton was stored. Meanwhile, some shop owners came to know about the fire and rushed to save their belongings. They alleged that earlier multiple times fire occurred in this market. Businesspersons are suspecting a foul play behind the incident though nothing could be confirmed during the preliminary investigation by the police. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from furniture accessories shops, several more shops, including restaurants, chicken shop and other shops were burnt down. A cycle rickshaw also burnt due to the fire. The rickshaw puller, Shankar Halder, expressed his fear that how he will bear the expenses of his family now as the rickshaw was the only source from which he used to earn. Local sources informed that this market has been set up unofficially a long time ago. As the market was not a legal one, it had no permissions or clearance and as a result no fire fighting management system was in place. It is suspected that the amount of damage might reach nearly several lakhs of rupees as shop owners had stored material keeping Poila Boisakh in mind. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. After the fire doused completely, Kolkata Municipal Corporation workers cleared the spot.last_img read more

Heavy smoking may damage vision

first_imgSmoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage your vision by affecting blood vessels and neurons in the retina, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop. The participants were between the ages of 25 and 45 and had normal or corrected-to-normal vision as measured by standard visual acuity charts, said researchers from the Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey looked at how participants discriminated contrast levels (subtle differences in shading) and colours while seated 59 inches from a 19-inch cathode-ray tube monitor that displayed stimuli while researchers monitored both eyes simultaneously. The findings indicated significant changes in the smokers’ red-green and blue-yellow colour vision, which suggests that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemicals, such as those in cigarettes, may cause overall colour vision loss. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found that the heavy smokers had a reduced ability to discriminate contrasts and colours when compared to the non-smokers. “Cigarette smoke consists of numerous compounds that are harmful to health,” said Steven Silverstein, director of research at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. “It has been linked to reduction in the thickness of layers in the brain, and to brain lesions, involving areas such as the frontal lobe, which plays a role in voluntary movement and control of thinking, and a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that processes vision,” said Silverstein. Previous studies have pointed that long-term smoking doubles the risk for age-related macular degeneration and causes lens yellowing and inflammation. “Our results indicate that excessive use of cigarettes, or chronic exposure to their compounds, affects visual discrimination, supporting the existence of overall deficits in visual processing with tobacco addiction,” Silverstein said.last_img read more

Apple Applies for iWatch Trademark in Japan

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Apple Inc. has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan, a patent official said on Monday, signaling the iPhone maker may be moving ahead with plans for a watch-like device as gadget makers turn their attention to wearable computers.The trademark application, submitted on June 3 and released on the Japan Patent Office website on June 27, would cover computers, computer peripherals and wristwatches, the official said. He said it was unknown how long the application process would require.An Apple spokesman in Japan could not immediately be reached for comment.Speculation has mounted that Apple is preparing to launch an iWatch and CEO Tim Cook told a gathering of tech and media executives a month ago that wearable products were ripe for exploration, but added he was skeptical, including about Google Inc.’s recently unveiled Glass, which combines a mobile computer and eyeglasses.”There’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch to wear one, or at least I haven’t seen it,” Cook said.Wearable devices are considered a potential area for hit products as smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy series are losing their ability to impress consumers and investors.Samsung, which has leapfrogged Apple as the world’s leading smartphone maker, is also developing a wearable device similar to a wristwatch, a source with knowledge of the matter has said.The New York Times reported in February that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same iOS platform as its iPhone and iPad and would be made with curved glass.Related: Apple’s Next ‘Wild Card’ May Not Be What You Think(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; Writing by Edmund Klamann; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » July 1, 2013last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Privacy Matters to Your Business Your Brand and Your

first_imgMay 9, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The FCC, Congress and the Trump Administration recently reversed proposed rules curtailing internet providers from gathering and selling sensitive customer data to marketers. This new freedom that allows companies like Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink to enjoy the same data access as internet giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter has increased concern among Americans around internet privacy. What is the impact on entrepreneurs and businesses?Here are three serious considerations:Privacy matters to your customers.Consumers have become increasingly connected and are constantly sharing information online. They are researching, purchasing and using online products and services, via any number of connected devices. They are also opting in to share their preferences as part of interactions on social media and search sites. All of this customer data is being collected by device manufacturers, desktop and mobile apps, internet providers and mobile operators for their own purposes or to sell to other businesses.Related: The Weirdest Things People Agree to in Terms of ServiceIn many cases, consumers are happy to share information like photos, opinions and locations over Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. But, when it comes to other, often highly personal aspects of their life — health, wealth and family — they are more protective.According to a recent survey conducted by my company, AnchorFree, a staggering majority of Americans — 95 percent — are concerned about businesses collecting and selling personal information without permission. Additionally, over 80 percent are more concerned about their online privacy and security today than a year ago.This means that your customers are thinking about privacy when they visit your website, use your app, and purchase your products and services. What are you doing to demonstrate to your customers that their privacy is important to your company?Privacy matters to your brand.Most businesses today are connected to other business partners in our highly interdependent world commerce. Businesses may be using a hosted webstore, a separate email marketing provider and a different website hosting operation. All of them deploy different ways of dealing with customer’s information.The same goes for other business partners, like affiliate marketing and associations. When businesses offer or receive customer referrals, that information is coming and going and potentially exposed and treated differently by each entity.Related: How to Protect Your Internet Browsing Data (Since It’s for Sale Now)This distributed approach to information exposure means businesses need to think more broadly and deeply about privacy. Privacy isn’t just a few paragraphs that are buried deep in a terms and conditions of use page in your website. Privacy is embedded in everyday interactions with customers. Privacy is something that can impact a brand, disrupt the customer experience and potentially damage a company’s reputation.According to a Harvard Business Review study, 72 percent of Americans are reluctant to share information with businesses because they “just want to maintain [their] privacy.” And Deloitte, as a part of a study about consumer trust and data protection, explains that data privacy and security is not just a risk management issue, but a “potential source of competitive advantage that may be a central component of brand-building and corporate reputation.”Privacy should be a product issue, not just a policy issue. Protecting user privacy will enable you to drive more revenue and gain more customers.Privacy matters to the growth of your business.Safeguarding customer privacy is more than a protective measure; it is also a strategic opportunity for brand growth and a potential business opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as large companies.Now that the Administration and Congress are clearing the way for ISPs to collect and sell customer information, more than half of Americans are saying they will investigate additional ways to safeguard their personal information, according to the survey.Related: How Do Google, Apple and Others Stack Up When It Comes to Protecting Your Privacy?Much of that concern may stem from the increased number of connected technology devices that contain personal information. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected devices — everything from phones to new household devices swept into the internet of things market —  will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.This increase in connected devices, combined with the increasing consumer concern around security and privacy breaches, will further drive the already substantial market opportunity around privacy. While the previous billion-user companies like Google and Facebook have been built on collecting data, it’s projected that the next billion user companies are going to be built around protecting user data.Entrepreneurs and startups have an opportunity to build new business as a result of this emerging reorientation around privacy and trust. Business opportunities will surface around privacy platforms and services for businesses and consumers.Related: 4 Reasons Why You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Your Tech TeamsDemonstrate your commitment to customer privacy.There are steps that any business can take to incorporate best practices for protecting customer’s information. First and foremost, start incorporating privacy into your products, not just into your privacy policy.To show that your business takes privacy seriously, provide customers with tips on safeguarding their own privacy when conducting business, such as:Change passwords often and use complex passwords.Use two-step authentication for critical logins like financial or health data.Check privacy settings on key apps.Integrate VPN for privacy protection right into your app.These steps and considerations will go a long way in protecting customers’ privacy as well as protecting your business.last_img read more

Sunwing announces new points promo on the heels of Mazatlan FAM

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, October 17, 2018 TORONTO — Following the success of its first ever mega FAM trip to Mazatlan earlier this month, Sunwing has announced double STAR points for agents on all new bookings to this Pacific Mexican destination.The promotion runs until Oct. 23 and is valid for departures from Nov. 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.The new comes just days after 161 top-selling agents from both Toronto and Montreal travelled to Mazatlan on Oct. 11 on Sunwing’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane. Over the following three days, they visited the destination’s most popular hotels, toured its historic downtown, enjoyed a special performance at the historic Angela Peralta Theatre, and attended a formal dinner at El Cid El Moro Beach hotel. Accommodations were provided by Riu Emerald Bay, where agents were welcomed with a cocktail reception and a private dinner on the beach.“We would like to thank the local tourist board and our hotel and destination partners for their assistance and warm hospitality during the FAM trip,” said Andrew Dawson, Chief Operating Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, who was present on the trip. “With the introduction of our new direct flight service from Montreal this coming winter, we will be offering Mazatlan from eight different airports coast to coast. We look forward to introducing even more Canadians to this authentic Mexican destination this season.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaVice President of Sales Deana Murphy also expressed her thanks to agents, adding, “This is the first time that we have ever brought so many agents down to explore the destination of Mazatlan at any one time. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase the destination with our top-selling agents as we increase the number of flights we offer to Mazatlan this winter.” Sharecenter_img Sunwing announces new points promo on the heels of Mazatlan FAM Tags: Mazatlan, Promotions, Sunwing Posted bylast_img read more

Mediasetowned Italian freetoair channel Retequa

first_imgMediaset-owned Italian free-to-air channel Retequattro is to air a one-hour block of programming from the BBC Knowledge channel every Sunday at 09:00 for 12 weeks from March 3 thanks to a new deal between the channel and BBC Worldwide.The BBC Knowledge channel is currently available exclusively on the Mediaset Premium pay TV package in Italy. However, the deal with Retequattro will give free-to-air viewers access to shows including Earth Machine, Dangerous Roads and Expedition New Guinea.“It is a great opportunity for Retequattro viewers to experience BBC Knowledge, a channel that is normally available exclusively to Mediaset Premium package subscribers,” said Marco Leonardi, Mediaset Premium head of content and strategic development. “I trust that after being amazed and entertained by these programmes, viewers will want more of this great channel and will subscribe to our platform. Mediaset Premium offers the best content in various genres to suit all tastes, and is available not only through TV but also on demand, via PC, iPad, X-Box and Smart TV.”last_img read more