November 19

RRB NTPC Stage 2 Results 2017 to be released soon at

first_imgThe Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) NTPC Stage 2 examination results are expected to out any time soon on the official website of the Railway board.Earlier, HT reported that the results will be declared by March 15.According to reports, over 3 lakh candidates were qualified for the second stage examination.Steps to check the results:Go to the official websiteClick on the relevant linkEnter your registration number and password in the space providedClick to submitResults will be displayedDownload and take a print out of the same for future referenceThe railway examination was held to fill 8,252 vacancies in various technical and non-technical posts of RRB.The selection of the candidates will be done against the posts of Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Goods Guard, Senior Clerk-cum-Typist, Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist (JAA), Assistant Station Master (ASM), Traffic Assistant and Senior Time Keeper.Meanwhile, the RRB released the answer keys on January 24 and asked candidates to raise their objections till January 30.About Railway Recruitment Board:Railway Recruitment Control Board is a government organisation in India. It was set up in 1998 in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi. The major aims of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) is to appoint employees to work in Indian railways. Railway Recruitment Boards are organisations under the Government of India that manage the appointment of new employees to work in Indian railways. There are 21 boards situated in different parts of India.Read: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per centFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at     advertisementlast_img read more

November 17

BJP leaders should focus on issues concerning peasants: Pilot

first_imgJaipur, Jun 17 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot today took a dig at the ruling BJP leaders, saying they should take care of issues concerning peasants and common people rather than posing for fitness challenges.  It is unfortunate that two farmers have committed suicide recently in Hadoti region and the “insensitive state BJP government” is responsible, he said. “From the prime minister to state leaders, all are accepting fitness challenges, but they should accept other challenges as well,” he said in a statement.  He said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should accept a challenge to take measures to stop farmers’ suicide.  Pilot said that hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the state due to debt burden. Though the state government has announced loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for peasants in the election year, the amount is a drop in the ocean and the government has failed to arrange Rs 8,000 crore to waive loans. He claimed that nine farmers have committed suicide in the past month in Raje’s home turf Hadoti. Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had launched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign in May, underlining the importance of staying fit. PTI AG SMNSMNlast_img read more

November 17

EuroSchool Airoli Hosts 1st CISCE National Speed Roller Skating Meet

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, October 25, 2018/PRNewswire/ –EuroSchool Airoli, a venture of EuroKids International, took pride in hosting the 1st CISCE National Speed Roller Skating Meet under the aegis of the ICSE/ISC Council Sports and Games 2018. The opening ceremony was hosted on 21st October and the skating event was held from 22nd to 23rd October. The Chief Guest of the occasion Commander (Retd.) Abhishek Kankan, recipient of the prestigious Nausena Medal, graced the event with his inspiring presence. Commander Kankan is an avid sports enthusiast, paratrooper, scuba diver, a TEDx & motivational speaker and a corporate trainer.(Logo: )The first CISCE National Speed Roller Skating Meet is an effort to provide a platform to the students to showcase their skills and imbibe values like integrity, sportsmanship, endurance and harmony. The day of the event wore a festive look with flags and banners adding colours to the venue. The occasion began with a graceful rendition of Bharatnatyam, seeking Lord Ganesha’s blessings for a successful event. Over 100 students from 7 different regions across India participated in the championship.EuroSchool Airoli Director Principal Ms. Sudeshna Chatterjee said, “EuroSchool is known for its belief in ‘Balanced Schooling’ that combines academic, co-curricular and sports training for the holistic development of a healthy mind and body. Sports are known to aid the learning process, instil confidence, increase alertness and agility among children. With the best-in-class sports infrastructure and training, we ensure that our students develop expertise in the areas of their interests and hone their talent to match international standards.”advertisementAs a part of the measures taken to promote sports, the Airoli campus of EuroSchool has provisioned for an extensive playground and a professional set up of a skating rink.The closing ceremony was concluded along with the prize distribution ceremony.Maharashtra Zone was adjudged the overall winner while the combined team from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand was declared the runner-up. It is notable that Maharashtra will have the highest number of players participating in the 24 contingent team qualified after this National Meet for the prestigious SGFI (School Games Federation of India) Games to be held at Belgaum in December 2018.About EuroSchoolEuroSchool is a venture of EuroKids International and has 10 K-12 schools spanning across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Surat.EuroSchool sets itself apart with its unique philosophy of Discover Yourself, which highlights the concept of Balanced Schooling that provides a blend of academics and co-curricular development to enable children to explore and identify their interests and strengths. EuroSchool is the 1st network of schools in India to be honoured with the ‘Safe School Certification’ by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in conformity assessment and certification services.EuroSchool curriculums at all schools are in accordance with the CBSE and ICSE Boards. Also, select schools also offer the CAIE, Cambridge Assessment International Education (IGCSE)For more information, please visit the website EuroKids International Pvt LtdPWRPWRlast_img read more

November 17

Samsung Galaxy F foldable phone may cost over Rs 1,25,000, will launch in 2019

first_imgSamsung is planning to launch its Galaxy F foldable phone next year around March. No surprise there. Samsung’s foldable display technology is touted to be as a breakthrough technology in the tech world and thus demands to be one premium for buyers as and when it hits the market. However, to many’s dismay, the phone will be amore concept phone and less of a mainstream one like the other premium Samsung Galaxy phones. Reason? The exorbitant price of the phone.A Gizmodo UK report claims that Samsung’s foldable display phone which is essentially a tablet that folds into a wallet could cost around 2 million Won which is over Rs 1,20,000. This may be the initial price of the phone when it goes on sale in the first half of next year. It will have multiple variants and the top-end variant is expected to cost even more.Samsung has been rumoured to be working on a foldable phone for many years now. The company finally gave us a sneak peak at the device during its developers conference held in San Francisco. The phone was seen sporting an over 7-inch AMOLED display that folded down to reveal an over 4-inch secondary display on the outer side. The idea is to have one large tablet-size device that fits in the pocket after folding. And not just the display, you can also thick body and a large battery inside the phone.Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh in an interview to CNBC had hinted that the phone could launch by the end of this year. That hasn’t happened yet. The phone is now said to launch at MWC next year.advertisement”You can use most of the uses… on foldable status. But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it. But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it,” he said while talking about the phone at the IFA electronics show held in August in Berlin.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy F foldable phone may launch this month: Here’s what we know so farlast_img read more

November 7

VIC – Sale Knockout

first_imgSaturday 14th April 2007 – Mens and Womens divisionsSunday 15th April 2007 – Mixed Divisions Venue: Stephenson Park, Guthries Parade, Sale For all teams that regularly took the trip to Sale for the State Team Titles, enter your team for the Sale Knockout (which has replaced the State event)..It will be a fantastically administered weekend run by the Sale Touch Association, supported by Touch Football VictoriaTeams are asked to send all enquiries to Sale Touch Association President Laurie Smyth: Email: Sale Touch Phone: (03) 5144 2109Mobile:0419 132 824Fax: (03) 5144 2109last_img read more

October 22

Lannée 2004 est proclamée lAnnée de lAcadie

first_imgAFFAIRES ACADIENNES–L’année 2004 est proclamée “l’Année del’Acadie” En l’honneur du 400e anniversaire de la fondation de l’Acadie, lepremier ministre John Hamm a proclamé l’année 2004 “l’Année del’Acadie”. Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, a fait cetteannonce aujourd’hui, le 24 octobre, lors de l’assemblée généraleannuelle de la Société Acadie Nouvelle-Écosse 2004. “Je suis très heureux de commémorer l’arrivée des explorateursfrançais sur les côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui, il y a 400 ans,ont jeté les bases de la future colonie de l’Acadie”, a déclaréle premier ministre Hamm. “La culture acadienne constitue unepart importante de notre patrimoine. L’année prochaine, laNouvelle-Écosse va ouvrir ses portes au monde et accueillir lesAcadiens là où tout a commencé, dans le berceau de l’Acadie”. “Ce grand honneur place l’Acadie au premier plan en 2004″, ditAllister Surette, président de la Société Acadie Nouvelle-Écosse.”Nous sommes très heureux de nous associer à cette commémorationqui nous rappelle l’apport inestimable de l’Acadie à la provincede Nouvelle-Écosse”. La société est l’organisatrice du Congrès mondial acadien, où serencontreront des familles acadiennes du monde entier. Cettemanifestation se déroulera dans toute la Nouvelle-Écosse du 31juillet au 15 août 2004. Les Acadiens viendront dans notre province pour honorer leurpatrimoine et célébrer leur culture. Près de 250 000 personnessont attendues en Nouvelle-Écosse à cette occasion. “Je suis très fier de mes antécédents acadiens et j’attends avecimpatience cette occasion de revoir ou de rencontrer pour lapremière fois en 2004 mes cousins et mes amis acadiens du mondeentier”, dit M. d’Entremont. Lors des deux précédents congrès mondiaux, au Nouveau-Brunswicken 1994 et en Louisiane en 1999, les rencontres de famille ontété au centre des festivités. Le Congrès mondial acadien 2004 est une manifestation de renomméemondiale qui donne aux Acadiens du monde entier une occasion dese rencontrer, de communiquer et de célébrer la cultureacadienne. L’USAGE DES MÉDIAS: L’Acadie célébrera l’an prochain son 400e anniversaire. En l’honneur de cet événement historique, le premier ministre John Hamm a proclamé l’année 2004 “l’Année de l’Acadie”. Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, a fait cette annonce aujourd’hui, le 24 octobre , lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle de la Société Acadie Nouvelle-Écosse 2004. Le premier ministre a dit qu’il était heureux de marquer ainsi le 400e anniversaire de la colonisation française, qui est un jalon important de l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Dans le cadre des festivités, la société organise le Congrès mondial acadien, où se rencontreront des familles d’Acadiens venus du monde entier. M. d’Entremont déclare qu’il attend avec impatience cette occasion de revoir ou de rencontrer pour la première fois ses cousins et ses amis acadiens du monde entier. Cette manifestation se déroulera dans toute la Nouvelle- Écosse du 31 juillet au 15 août 2004. -30- Pour tous renseignements: Réal Samson Affaires acadiennes 902-424-0497 Danielle LeBlanc Congrès mondial acadien 902-424-2220last_img read more

October 17

Food costs fuel availability both concerns for cutoff community of Churchill

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – The company that runs the major store in Churchill, Man., says the cost of some food could end up doubling if the suspension of rail service to the community continues much longer.Omnitrax, the owners of the Hudson Bay Railway line to Churchill, has said flooding damage to the track is so severe that service — the main access to the community — is suspended until at least the winter and possibly next spring.The Northwest Company is currently flying in new groceries twice a week, but says that’s three times as expensive as shipping by rail.Derek Reimer, director of business development for the Northwest Company, tells CTV Winnipeg that for the moment, the company is absorbing that extra cost.But he says they can’t keep doing that if it takes until winter or next spring to get the rail line back on track.As a result, the company “may have to pass along those freight increases to our customers.”Reimer says the size of the cost increase will depend on the weight of the product — a heavy jug of milk that currently costs $6.69 could jump to $13, while a light box of cherry tomatoes would only go from $5.89 to about $6.40.Reimer hopes the situation will be resolved quickly, and adds it has contacted the federal government to see if Churchill can be added to the Nutrition North Canada program, a subsidy that helps to defray costs of providing perishable food to isolated communities.Reimer says Churchill may now qualify.Meanwhile, the province’s emergency measures organization says it has met twice with key stakeholders and is trying to figure out the best way to get essential fuel to the community.“Some of the fuel will have to come in by tanker from the sea,” says EMO spokesman Mike Gagne. “They’re currently assessing the fuel stocks they have on the ground in Churchill, which will impact obviously the operations of the airport, as airplanes come in and need to refuel as they depart back with their passengers and empty loads, as well as the fuel that’s required for the town of Churchill to make its way into the fall.”(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

October 12

Uplifting the poor

first_imgRahul promised justice to the poor and Jaitley criticised the gesture. That is, of course, classic politics with ensuing arguments and counter-arguments being the order of the day. But, what captivates mass interest is the Indian version of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) which Rahul and company have promised to the 20 per cent of poorest families in India. Policymakers, economists, and whoever who can relate to the pros and cons of this Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) or Minimum income guarantee scheme are frenzied over Congress’ novel announcement framed as “final assault on poverty”. While the premise piques curiosity owing to an unprecedented step which has been promised should Congress come to power, the cost, feasibility, scalability, et al, concerns loom large over this ground-breaking idea. Rs 12,000 per month per family to cover nearly 5 crore families and with Jaitley’s courtesy, Team Congress is asserting that Rs 3.6 lakh crore will be the outlay from the exchequer in order to fulfil its crucial electoral promise. One of the many apprehensions is the widening of fiscal deficit which revolves around the inquisitiveness as to where will the money for such a grand scheme come from. The current dispensation has estimated this year’s fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent. Rough estimations cite that Congress’ NYAY will be three times India’s fiscal deficit and six times its Defence budget. Rahul’s claim that calculations have been done and fiscal repercussions have been analysed to arrive at a conclusion that such a poverty-exclusive scheme is feasible. It means that NYAY would not affect India’s fiscal deficit but the massive outlay, then, must be aptly accommodated to not have any impact on the fiscal deficit. There are only two ways to do that – increase revenues or cut expenditure – and Congress went silent on that, for now. If Congress decides to cut expenditure then which sector would suffer a cut-down and their “expenditure-rationalisation” call requires explicit elaboration. Should the revenue be increased, Congress would require to increase taxes for the top income group in which case we may see inheritance and wealth taxes be implemented. The other way is to strictly provide subsidies to the poor and let the rich pay the market amount. This will neutralise the budget. Also Read – A compounding difficultyHaving accepted Rahul’s assertion that this scheme is feasible, the second apprehension circles around identification of the beneficiary. Poorest 20 per cent sounds ambiguous. Moreover, this bracket is below the controversial poverty line, and hence ignores all those who are above its ambit but still below the poverty line. And, not just those but families that are barely above the line and still fall in need of government for economic support schemes. Income data surveys will be needed and extensive identification process will be required to be undertaken to resolve this and the biggest problem that stands tall like a wall to this identification process is the fact that maximum Indians are involved in the informal sector where the income meanders every day. Peculiarities surround NYAY and only discussions will reveal the actual picture. On the other hand, Congress could have tried employment guarantee scheme again – reinvigorating their previous efforts. Surging new life in MGNREGA could have also answered similar questions that exist under the Modi regime. Unemployment, being a direct issue, would also make it an apt manifesto agenda while tackling the monetary issue with regard to poverty. Also Read – An askew democracy NYAY, a derivative of UBI, does provide financial support but nothing else. This support still leaves the poor without work or informal work with the onus of finding one on the beneficiary alone. An income support scheme in this regard gets eclipsed by an employment guarantee scheme because the latter provides for a job, money while implicitly increasing nation’s workforce or asset (as per economics). There are many questions that remain unanswered as far as NYAY is concerned with uncertainty revolving around exactly what will be the compensation for pulling off this unprecedented scheme for the poor in fiscal terms. The other angle is writing off other schemes which will again be contentious. At this juncture, curiosity hovers whether Congress is serious with its “final assault on poor” or is it just rallying around supposedly utopian methods to pull the voters on its side and register a landslide victory, marking an end to NDA’s era. If the latter turns out to be true then it would not be any better than the previous five years for the poor since NDA or UPA, BJP or Congress, it is the same narrative term after term – the poor remains poor with the rich-poor disparity in wealth widening like an obese person!last_img read more

October 12

UN agencies and partners distribute vital aid to Ugandan flood victims

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have distributed more than 1,000 metric tons of food to nearly 82,000 Ugandans, with plans to provide food to an additional 25,000 people.The agency has warned that a major crisis could develop in Uganda, where widespread flooding is worsening road access to key regions in the north and in some places air deliveries are WFP’s only option.Last week the UN launched a $41 million flash appeal for Uganda, of which WFP needs $26.3 million to feed 300,000 flood victims, as well as provide for helicopters, boats and road and bridge repairs.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed emergency health kits to treat 11,000 people for three months, and is providing health care for 48,000 children for one month.The agency is also providing measles and polio vaccines, as well as insecticide-treated nets and water purification tablets. In addition, it has cholera supplies standing by for up to 10,000 cases. 28 September 2007United Nations agencies and their partners are providing food and health care to tens of thousands of people in Uganda, one of several African countries reeling from the aftermath of the worst flooding the Continent has seen in decades. read more

September 25

Police officer spent just 12 minutes interviewing a stalking suspect who then

Michael Lane stalked Shana Grice before murdering her The disciplinary panel sided with him and ruled the officer can only by identified by his rank and surname in order to protect his privacy.A disciplinary panel heard Miss Grice had been “fearful and frightened” after being targeted by Lane.She told police that Lane had stolen a key to her home and let himself in, crept into her bedroom and checked to see if she was sleeping. Michael Lane stalked Shana Grice before murdering her Miss Grice reported him to the police and he was arrested and spoke to by PC Mills – who had been an officer at Sussex Police since 2003.However, despite their being evidence of a history of him stalking his ex-girlfriend, the police interview lasted just 12 minutes.PC Mills later failed to call Miss Grice back after she contacted him to say he had been following her.Louise Ravenscroft, solicitor for Sussex Police, said: “She never received a call back following her call. No further officer contacted her. The effect on Miss Grice is that she did not report continuing incidents of harassment and stalking.”Days later Miss Grice received a notice from Sussex Police saying the case against Lane was closed and no further action was to be taken.As he has already resigned from the force PC Mills will be placed on the police barred list for life. A police officer who spent just 12 minutes interviewing a stalking suspect who went on to murder his ex-girlfriend, has been barred from the force for life.Shana Grice reported her former partner, Michael Lane, to Sussex Police five times in six months, but ended up being fined £90 for wasting police time.In July 2016 Lane was questioned for just 12 minutes before being handed a formal caution.The following month, Lane, 27, slit her throat before attempting to burn her body.Yesterday PC Mills, the police officer who had failed to take her complaint seriously enough, and has since resigned from the force, was barred from ever serving as a police officer again.Before the hearing PC Mills made an application for his first name to be kept from the public saying it would impact adversely on the ‘feelings and welfare’ of his young family. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

September 21

Black Ops Declassified can be completed in under an hour

first_imgNot many people expected Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on the PS Vita to be much good, but no could have predicted how short the single-player campaign would actually turn out to be.According to a review by PocketGamer, the single player campaign can be completed in just 45 minutes, which is a shockingly short amount of time for a game that retails at $49.99. The campaign consists of ten missions and apparently they can be completed in three to four minutes each. That claim is backed up by other reviews, with GameInformer stating they completed it in only 42 minutes.It’s not unusual for a Call of Duty campaign to be short. The console and PC version single player gameplay lasts around six hours, but if Declassified can be finished in under an hour, it makes it one of the shortest retail games ever released. Fans will argue that Call of Duty is played for the multiplayer over anything else, which is true, but for the price you’re paying the single player should at least equal to that of other versions.Black Ops Declassified has got poor reviews across the board (the game’s Metacritic rating is 29), which isn’t good news for the Vita. If this first person shooter had turned out better, it could have really sold the handheld to gamers and COD fans in particular.I would not be surprised to see many copies of the game being returned on the day of purchase. If that happens, Activision will either have to accept Declassified isn’t going to make any kind of profit, or choose to rush out some DLC to extend the single-player experience. Whatever happens, expect to see the game in bargain bins or suspiciously missing from store shelves in the run up to Christmas.via VideoGamerlast_img read more

September 20

Apple empêche Samsung de sortir sa tablette Galaxy 101 en Australie

first_imgApple empêche Samsung de sortir sa tablette Galaxy 10.1 en AustralieFaisant face à une plainte de la part d’Apple qui l’accuse de violation de brevets, Samsung ne commercialisera finalement pas sa tablette Galaxy 10.1 en Australie. Une sortie reportée le temps que la justice australienne se prononce sur l’affaire. Une nouvelle audience est prévue le 29 août.Les Australiens devront attendre encore avant de découvrir la nouvelle tablette de Samsung. Le fabricant coréen a en effet décidé aujourd’hui de ne pas commercialiser sa tablette Galaxy 10.1 dans le pays. Depuis avril 2011, Samsung fait l’objet d’une plainte d’Apple qui l’accuse de violation de brevet et a donc décidé de suspendre la commercialisation de sa nouveauté.À lire aussiGrâce à son sang, cet Australien de 81 ans a sauvé plus de deux millions de bébésDans un communiqué cité par ZDnet,  Samsung annonce : “Apple a déposé une plainte devant la cour fédérale d’Australie, visant une version du Galaxy 10.1 que Samsung n’avait pas l’intention de vendre en Australie. La cour n’a rendu aucune injonction et les parties ont trouvé un accord qui prévoit que la version en question ne sera pas commercialisée en Australie”. Dans le procès en cours, la marque à la pomme accuse la tablette Galaxy Tab 10.1 d’enfreindre dix de ses brevets. Mais selon le fabricant coréen, le modèle de son terminal Galaxy 10.1 destiné au marché australien n’est pas identique à la version américaine qui avait fait l’objet d’une plainte de la part d’Apple.  Malgré une campagne de promotion du Galaxy 10.1 qui avait débuté le 20 juillet en Australie, les avocats des deux parties ont donc convenu que la sortie de la tablette soit suspendue en attendant que la justice ne donne son verdict sur cette affaire de brevets. La prochaine audience se tiendra le 29 août prochain et permettra de fixer ou non, la date d’un procès.  Le 2 août 2011 à 17:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 14

Cygnus Brand Director Resigns

first_imgLongtime Cygnus staffer Shari Dodgen—who was named one of the company’s five brand directors last summer as part of a reorganization—has resigned to become associate vice president of custom media at McMurry Inc., a marketing communications company.”It was just the right time, and it’s a fantastic opportunity,” Dodgen tells FOLIO:. Her appointment is effective next week.As part of the restructuring last July, Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’ Brien created five director positions to oversee the company’s portfolio of 15 brands. Dodgen, who had served as publisher of CPA Technology Advisor, was named director of the Aviation, Services, Transit and Creative Marketing Group.Replacing Dodgen as director of custom marketing is Marco Rodriguez, co-founder of Nuestra Casa International, a national Spanish real estate magazine. Cygnus has not yet named Dodgen’s replacement as brand director, according to a spokesperson. The properties under Dodgen’s responsibility, including Cygnus’ family of aviation magazines, will be reassigned to the remaining brand directors, the spokesperson says.last_img read more

September 9

Ketchikan floods cause some damage have fish swimming on roads

first_imgFlooding at Ketchikan’s Ward Lake Recreation Area. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Paul Robbins)It’s rained enough in Ketchikan the past couple of days that fish are swimming across the road.Listen now“We stopped our truck and watched a salmon swim across the road in front of us at Signal Creek Campground,” Paul Robbins, a Tongass National Forest spokesman, said. “We were not fast enough to get a photo, unfortunately.”Robbins said he and Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District Ranger Susan Howle drove out to the Ward Lake Recreation Area to assess conditions after recent heavy rain.Stopping to let a fish cross the road was a pretty good indication they would need to temporarily close Signal Creek Campground, which is right next to the lake.From midnight Monday through about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Ketchikan received more than eight inches of rain. Rain is expected to continue for at least the next week, and Robbins said the campground closure likely will last seven to 10 days.Other Forest Service recreation spots in that area remain open for now.“So far, it’s just Signal Creek Campground that we’re closing,” Robbins said. “Perseverance Trailhead parking lot is still open, because people can still go up the trails and use the day-use areas. But we really want to encourage people to be cautious. There’s potentially fast-moving water. There could be falling trees, (and) erosion undercutting the roads and trails.”There is water-related damage elsewhere in Ketchikan. On North Tongass Highway sometime early Tuesday morning, part of the shoulder crumbled away, prompting Alaska Department of Transportation officials to issue a warning and redirect traffic pending repairs. There also was flooding on Shoreline Drive.According to the Ketchikan International Airport flight service station, Monday saw a total of 4.39 inches of precipitation. Then, from midnight until mid-day Tuesday, an additional 3.9 inches fell.The total for the month of August so far is 12.28 inches. The majority of that has fallen in the past two days.last_img read more

September 1

The Links and Hopkins University Present the 28th Annual Peabody Concert

first_imgOn Feb. 19 the 28th Annual Peabody Concert performance, featuring talented students from the Peabody Conservatory and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, will take place at Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins Road, Howard County, Md. at 3 p.m. The annual Peabody Concert is the Columbia, Maryland Links Chapter’s signature community event in honor of Black History Month.The concert, inspired by Rosemary Davis, a past president of the chapter, was created to help showcase the extraordinary talents of African-American students matriculating through the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The event is free. For more information contact Sharon Pinder at 443-463-7575 or read more

August 31

SAIL RINL modernising to expand hot metal capacities in a big way

first_img“SAIL and RINL are executing modernisation and expansion plan aimed at increasing their hot metal capacity to 23.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and 7.3 MTPA, respectively by 2016-17,” Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a reply to Lok Sabha.PSUs — Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) and NMDC — are in the process of implementing significant expansion in the crude/finished steel capacities in their respective brown field/greenfield locations, the minister said. NMDC, he said, is constructing a three MTPA greenfield integrated steel plant in Chhattisgarh and the project is in construction stage. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile, SAIL has eight steel plants in states like West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, RINL is operating one steel plant in Andhra Pradesh, he said. Moreover, Iron ore imports have increased sharply to 5.63 million tonnes in 2014-15 till November as against 0.37 million tonnes in previous financial year, the government said on Monday.“The import of iron ore has increased from 0.37 million tonnes (MT) in year 2013-14 to 5.63 MT in the year 2014-15 (April-November),” Minister of State for Steel and Mines Vishnu Deo Sai said in a reply to the Lok Sabha. The minister further said there is no acute shortage of raw material like iron ore. However, there are regional shortages of iron ore due to Supreme Court’s decisions regarding lease renewal in Goa and Odisha and cancellation of mining leases in Karnataka. “Coking coal which is used in steel making is largely imported into India due to its non-availability,” the minister said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsIron ore imports in 2012-13 were at 3.05 MT while in the previous 2011-12 year imports were 0.97 MT, the minister said. He further said that as per the report of the Working Group on Steel for the 12th Five Year Plan for 2016-17, the iron ore requirement is 206.2 MT for crude steel production capacity of 125.9 MT. At present 21 per cent of crude steel production is being done by public sector and 79 per cent of crude steel production is being done by private sector. Meanwhile, mining sector FDI jumped to $657.46 million in the April-December period of this fiscal as compared with just $12.73 million in the entire 2013-14 fiscal, Parliament was informed on Monday. Coal auctions skewed, iron & steel cos tell HCIron and steel companies on Monday argued before the Delhi High Court that the Centre’s decision to club all end-uses, except power, under unregulated sector has led to a “skewed” bidding process in which unequals are competing with each other for mines.The submission was made before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva by Bhushan Steel and Power Ltd, Utkal Coal Ltd and Monet Ispat and Energy Ltd which have challenged the Coal Ministry’s decision to club all other sectors, except power, under one category.The bench listed the companies’ pleas for further hearing on March 4 and also issued a notice to the Coal Ministry and sought its response, on that date, on the plea of D B Power Ltd which has challenged merger of two blocks — Durgapur-II Taraimar and Durgapur-II Sariya — in Chhattisgarh.last_img read more

August 31

Auto driver roughs up exAir Force personnel at Jadavpur flees with gold

first_imgKolkata: The menace of auto drivers still continues in the city. On Tuesday, auto drivers had resorted to hooliganism at Ultadanga. On Wednesday, a similar incident occurred at Jadavpur.Sajal Talukdar, a former Air Force personnel was slapped and scratched by an auto driver, after his car was hit by the auto.According to Talukdar, he was driving his car to Camac Street from Garia on Wednesday morning at around 11:30 am. When he approached the Sulekha crossing, his car got stuck due to traffic congestion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHis car was on the right side of the lane. He alleged that an auto overtook him by driving over the traffic spring posts and hit the car in the front. When Talukdar protested in a loud voice, the accused, identified as Rakhal Das, allegedly pushed him. He also scratched Talukdar in the neck.Following the altercation, Talukdar came back to his car and sat inside. Das followed him and pulled Talukdar out of the vehicle and slapped him immediately after he tried to get back inside. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile the accused auto driver was continuing with his hooliganism, some local residents gathered there. Sensing local resistance Rakhal tried to flee with his auto, when a passenger informed Talukdar that blood was coming out of his throat.When Talukdar put his hand on his throat to check, he found that his two gold chains were missing. Following this, he promptly chased the auto driver. In a hurry, Das gave one gold chain to Talukdar and fled from the spot.”Later, I informed a traffic sergeant nearby and sought help,” said Talukdar. Following first-aid treatment on his throat, Talukdar filed a complaint with the Jadavpur police station.Immediately, police lodged an FIR and arrested Das within a few hours. However, the other gold chain is yet to be recovered.The police are already taking necessary action to curb the auto menace in the city.last_img read more

August 26

Slack has terminated the accounts of some Iranian users citing US sanctions

first_imgSlack has become a mainstay of many industries – when it goes down, you can be sure you’ll know about it. However, for a number of users, Slack access appears to have been revoked. Most of these users have an Iranian background. Mahdi Saleh, a PhD student at the Technical University of Munich, explained on Twitter how Slack had terminated his account “in order to comply with export control and economic sanctions laws and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Treasury.” Slack responded quickly on Twitter, explaining that “our systems may have detected an account on our platform with an IP address originating from a designated embargoed country.” The company then offered to investigate the issue in detail for Saleh. Saleh said that following the exchange he got in touch with Slack, but has not, at the time of writing, heard back from the company. Other Slack users have had their accounts terminated Saleh says that he does not believe his case is unique: “Apparently I am not the only person outside Iran that this happened to” he said. “A lot researchers [sic] and emigrants got the same email from Slack.” A quick Twitter search indicates that this is the case, with a number of users sharing the same message from Slack as the one received by Saleh. “I’m a PhD student in Canada with no teammates from Iran!” said Twitter user @a_h_a. “Is Slack shutting down accounts of those ethnically associated with Iran?! And what’s their source of info on my ethnicity?” The same user also called into question whether the reasons given by Slack are true or accurate. “I’m in Canada. No ties to Iran. No teammates in Iran!” “I wonder how my account was associated with my ethnicity and how/where they digged [sic] this info from,” he said. Amir Odidi, a software developer at said that there was “no way to appeal this decision. No way to prove that I’m not living in Iran and not working with Iranians on slack. Nope. Just hello we’re banning your account.” These aren’t the only cases – there are a huge range of other examples of Iranians based in the U.S. and Canada having their accounts terminated. “Filter coffee, not people”, said one user. Slack responds It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on. We approached Slack to get their perspective; the company provided us with a statement very similar to the one sent to those users who have had their accounts terminated. It reads: “Slack complies with the U.S. regulations related to embargoed countries and regions. As such, we prohibit unauthorized Slack use in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Crimea region of Ukraine. For more information, please see the US Department of Commerce Sanctioned Destinations, The U.S. Department of Treasury website, and the Bureau of Industry and Security website. “Our systems may have detected an account and/or a workspace owner on our platform with an IP address originating from a designated embargoed country. If our systems indicate a workspace primary owner has an IP address originating from a designated embargoed country, the entire workspace will be deactivated. If someone thinks any actions we took were done in error, we will review further.” What does this tell us about how Slack handles user data? With no clear response from Slack, it isn’t exactly clear how this happened. You could take Slack at their word, but given the information given by users on Twitter, there does appear to be a piece missing in this puzzle. However, we probably can say that Slack does have an extensive record that allows them to link accounts to specific countries – whether that’s via IP address or something else. As one Twitter user wrote, the story suggests that Slack has “more data than some customs and border agencies.” This article was updated 12.10.2018 10.25am EST to include Slack’s response.last_img read more

August 20

Doubledigit growth for agencies actively participating in Princess Cruises Princess Academy

first_img Travelweek Group Over the course of a decade more than 9,700 graduation cruises have been redeemed and over 1.9 million courses completed by graduates of Princess Cruises’ Princess Academy.Now marking the program’s 10th anniversary, Princess Cruises is offering a new contest and new Princess Academy enhancements based on input from travel partners.Offered free of charge and accessed online from home or office, Princess Academy lets consultants choose from a range of elective courses to learn about topics most relevant to their business, including categories like sales opportunities, onboard programs, destination expertise like Alaska or Europe, customer service and helpful technology like EZair to book flights.As they move up through four ranks, they gain ‘stripes’ as they successfully complete the course work to earn greater rewards.Princess Cruises spokesperson Brea Burkholz says the cruise line has seen double-digit growth year-over-year for travel agencies that actively participate in Princess Academy and reach Commodore level. “In addition, recent data shows that Commodore agents are more likely to book higher, more lucrative categories and increase bookings as quickly as six months after completing Commodore level,” says Burkholz.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“Princess Academy is free, on-demand learning that allows agents to select the courses that are most useful for them in building their expertise,” she adds. “With more than 40 courses available, consultants may choose from a variety of topics regarding onboard programs and activities, destinations, and booking and sales information. We also offer the best rewards in the industry – including a free cruise for consultants that complete Commodore level and are registered under a producing agency.”In celebration of the Academy’s 10th anniversary, the Commodore Booking Contest offers active Commodores a chance at one of 10 prizes, including a cruise on the new Majestic Princess to the Mediterranean and a cruise aboard Caribbean Princess to the Panama Canal, just for making a booking using POLAR Online. Consultants who make a booking for a balcony stateroom or above receive two entries. The contest runs June 5 – Nov. 1. Bookings not made via POLAR Online are still eligible for entry. See the Princess Academy Dashboard for contest rules.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaPrincess Cruises also recently introduced new enhancements based on travel consultant input, including new dashboard for easier access to courses, personal status information and news; course improvements including interactivity, voiceover on various courses and new design with enhanced graphics; and improved depth of information so consultants can select exactly what they want to view.Princess Academy is approved by CLIA and awards five credits towards Accredited Cruise Counselor, Master Cruise Counselor and Elite Cruise Counselor certifications. For Canadian agents, the program has also been approved by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors for 15 credits that may be applied towards the requirements for the Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) designation.Princess Academy is available through the dedicated OneSource Travel Agent Center portal at << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Princess Cruises Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Double-digit growth for agencies actively participating in Princess Cruises’ Princess Academylast_img read more

August 17

Woman accuses airline of killing her cat

first_img“The airline that killed my pet.” An Indian woman has labelled Jet Airways “the airline that killed my pet” after her cat escaped its holding cage and was run over by a vehicle at Delhi Airport.Ms Preeti Varma was booked on a Delhi-Singapore Jet Airways flight and handed her cat, who was agitated, to airline officials for boarding, the Wall Street Journal reported.Prior to departure Ms. Varma said she was approached by a Jet Airways official who informed her that her cat was “no more” and allegedly encouraged her to hurry up, so as not to miss her flight.Before the cat was loaded on to the plane, her cage opened – it is unclear how – and she leapt onto the tarmac, where she was run over by a vehicle, according to CCTV footage witnessed by Ms Varma.“I want them to apologise… if they are going to have live animals on board, they need people who know how to take care of animals… it’s not baggage,” Ms Varma said.Jet Airways spokesperson A.K. Sivanandan said owners are responsible for the safety of their pets, and that they board them at their own risk.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more