October 13

Hawaiis low unemployment rate masks underlying problems

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 per cent, the answer is yes.Employers are frustrated by their inability to find workers. And unfilled jobs may be slowing the state’s economic growth.A low unemployment rate is certainly better than a high one. And many employers are responding to the worker shortage by offering higher pay.Still, Hawaii’s experience serves as a cautionary tale for the nation as a whole: Low unemployment can mask underlying problems. Nationwide, the jobless rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent, and economists forecast it could drop another half-point by next year. That would bring the rate to a half-century low.U.S. employers are already complaining about their struggles to find qualified employees. The number of open jobs nationwide reached the highest level on record in January.Like the rest of the country, Hawaii has an aging population, and its unemployment rate has been held down in part by retiring baby boomers.The state also has unique challenges, such as an economy long dominated by tourism. Many of Hawaii’s available jobs are in the service sector and don’t pay enough to cover the state’s high housing costs. And economists say Hawaii’s ongoing economic sluggishness could make it harder for the state to pay its public pension obligations in the future, and fund highways and other expensive infrastructure.U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat, cited the deceptively rosy jobless rate when she launched her campaign challenging a sitting governor from her own party in this year’s election.“We cannot wait as more and more of our young people, discouraged by the future they see for themselves here, leave Hawaii in hopes for better opportunities on the mainland,” Hanabusa said in January. A recent poll conducted for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser gave her a 20-percentage point lead over Gov. David Ige in the August primary.Hanabusa was pointing to a trend reflected in census data: People are moving away from Hawaii even as employers here clamour for workers.Last year, the state suffered a net loss of more than 1,000 people. On Oahu, home to Honolulu and major military installations like Pearl Harbor, the population declined an average of 11 people per day. The median price of an Oahu home tops $770,000.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 47 per cent of Hawaii’s residents spend more than a third of their monthly income on rent. That’s greater than any other state. About one-quarter of renters put half of their income toward housing.The personnel squeeze is forcing employers to offer incentives to attract workers.Maui Divers Jewelry, a retailer in the old whaling town of Lahaina, offers employees extra money to cover the cost of driving to its stores from Maui’s bigger cities.Star of Honolulu Cruises and Events has raised the hourly wage for servers on its boat cruises to $12 from $10.“They can be picky now, I feel like. The ball is in their court,” Sheridan Andres, the company’s human resources manager, said of job applicants. Star of Honolulu is also advertising for kitchen staff, boat maintenance workers, bus drivers and supervisors.Hawaii Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers, is pursuing a pilot program to train medical assistants at five public high schools so they’ll be ready to walk into jobs when they graduate. The company has 7,000 employees, along with 44 openings for medical assistants and more than 400 openings overall.The demand for labour is driven by a tourism surge that brought a record 9.4 million visitors to the islands last year. Strong hiring and income gains in the Western U.S. mean more Americans can make the trip. And Japan and Canada, where most of the state’s overseas visitors come from, also are experiencing solid growth.That’s led to an increase in low-paying hotel and restaurant jobs, which accounted for 60 per cent of Hawaii’s job growth in 2017, according to data compiled by Moody’s Analytics. Hotels and restaurants employ about one of every five workers in the state, double the proportion in the rest of the U.S.Adam Kamins, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics, says the state has had little success in luring better-paying tech jobs from western states such as California or Washington, because of high housing and business costs. Tech firms are instead moving to cheaper states such as Utah, Colorado and Idaho.An economy with an unemployment rate as low as Hawaii’s should be growing about 3 per cent a year, said Eugene Tian, the state’s chief economist. Instead, it’s growing at about 1.5 per cent.“We don’t have enough housing. We don’t have enough trained labour. That’s limiting the growth,” Tian said. “They are connected.”Paul Brewbaker, an economist with consulting firm TZ Economics, said Hawaii’s growth rate has lagged the nation’s for the past decade. On average, Hawaii’s economy has grown just 1.6 per cent per year compared with the national average of 2.1 per cent since 2009.On a per-capita basis, gross domestic product in Hawaii was one-third higher than the national average 40 years ago, Brewbaker said. It’s now the same. The trend could have profound consequences for Hawaii in the long term.“Where do we go from here? If we’re on this road, how do we pay for the public employee retirement system? If we’re on this road, will we ever be able to build another freeway, not to mention a mass transit system?” Brewbaker said.___Rugaber reported from Washington.last_img read more

October 12

Repatriation of former Rwandan Hutu fighters from DR Congo picks up UN

4 February 2009The United Nations has repatriated 335 former Rwandan Hutu fighters and their dependents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past month alone as part of an effort to end a source of conflict since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “As of today, another 219 Rwandan nationals are awaiting repatriation at UN-run facilities in north-eastern Congo,” the UN peacekeeping force in DRC (MONUC) said. Last month, in a move supported by MONUC, the DRC and Rwanda launched a joint military offensive against the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), which consists of Rwandan Hutus who fled after the Hutu extremist genocide of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus and have since contributed to the turmoil in strife-torn eastern DRC. MONUC said the number of former Rwandan Hutu fighters willing to go back home continues to increase daily, adding that its doors remain open to those willing to join its voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme.Most recently, the FDLR has been involved in the flare-up of clashes since late August mostly in North Kivu province, where the Congolese national army, the mainly Tutsi militia known as the CNDP and other rebel groups such as the Mai Mai have fought in shifting alliances, uprooting some 250,000 civilians on top of the 800,000 already displaced by violence in recent years.MONUC today welcomed the increasing number of children leaving the ranks of Mai Mai fighters since the start of the accelerated integration of armed groups into the national army. During the past week, the Mission’s child protection section separated 195 children from these groups in North Kivu. read more

October 7

Ontarios new health care super agency can save costs — by spending

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott’s plans for a sweeping reform of Canada’s largest health-care system includes a promise to streamline services and reduce costs, while improving patient care. As an innovator in this sector, I welcome the government’s focus on patient-centric care. But realizing long-term cost savings demands a larger reorientation of health-care spending — from an emphasis on cost-per-procedure to funding based on patient outcomes.Currently, Canada operates in a siloed, single-service delivery model. In this system, health-care providers are incentivized to deliver the best care at the lowest cost — for each service. But patients may require more than one service from more than one service provider to address a health problem or to ultimately end up with an acceptable outcome. Add up the costs of these services, of what is called a patient’s “episode-of-care,” and the price tag can look quite different. Innovation Nation: What Canada’s cutting-edge health tech startups need to get to the next level Innovation Nation: When privacy stands in the way of patient care Can blockchain give us back our privacy? Take, for example, total hip replacements (THR). Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that 8.3 per cent of patients require a second surgery to revise implanted joints. Among younger patients, this is because joints prove unstable. In Alberta alone, according to a recent CBC report, these repeat surgeries come at a cost of $16 million per year.These statistics should be alarming to both patient advocates and government funding bodies, particularly since approaches that yield better results have been around for decades. Surgical navigation tools pioneered in the 1990s allow for greater accuracy and precision in the selection and alignment of implants. However, orthopaedic surgeons have resisted them, arguing that they add significant expense, complexity and time to each operation. An overwhelming majority instead rely solely on their training and judgement to determine the correct size and alignment of implants in THR.While it is true that surgical navigation adds to the cost of hip replacement procedures, there is an increasing body of evidence that suggests the improved outcomes it delivers during a patient’s episode-of-care can actually save the health-care system money. A recent review of over 300,000 hip replacements by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York found that surgical navigation resulted in a 13.5 per cent improvement in complication rates and a 12.6 per cent improvement in readmission rates compared with conventional approaches across a 90-day episode-of-care.Unfortunately, Ontario’s hospitals do not receive any financial benefit if they save our health-care system money. The province’s proposed health care “super agency” needs to change that, by embracing innovation and reevaluating procurement.Instead of a silo-based system that works to keep each service as inexpensive as possible, we need a value-based procurement system that focuses on delivering best outcomes for the lowest price across an episode-of-care. Canadian medical technology innovators, who create tools for surgeons and hospitals around the world, need to be part of this transformation here at home.We need to rethink the status quo to deliver the consistent, high-quality care patients deserve.Armen Bakirtzian is CEO and co-founder of Intellijoint Surgical. He is also a member of the Council of Canadian Innovators and part of the federal government’s Health/Bio-sciences Economic Strategy Table. read more

October 7

Montana mines buoy firm beset by deaths strike in S Africa

BILLINGS, Mont. — After a prolonged strike and a string of workplace fatalities in South Africa, executives at Sibanye-Stillwater are leaning heavily on its Montana platinum mines to turn things around at one of the world’s largest large precious metals mining companies.The firm posted a $19 million loss for the first half of 2019, driven largely by a five-month strike at its South Africa gold mines that resulted in $193 million in costs and lost revenue. It’s also recovering from 24 fatalities in 2018 that drew scrutiny from industry regulators.Chief Executive Officer Neal Froneman said in an interview that the difficulties in South Africa haven’t slowed investments in the company’s Montana operations, including the only platinum and palladium mines in the U.S., where there hasn’t been a fatality in almost eight years.Carved into the ancient rocky crags of south-central Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, the underground mines will take on about 300 new workers and support staff by the end of 2021 as digging enters new areas, Froneman said. That will bring the Montana workforce to almost 2,000 employees.Within a few years, the mines are projected to increase production by about 70 per cent compared with when Sibanye bought them two years ago.“Sibanye is putting a whole bunch of money into this place,” said Ed Lorash, who works at the south-central Montana mines and is the local chapter president of the United Steelworkers union. “This is their sugar daddy right now.”Since the Stillwater purchase, there have been no repeats of the contract disputes that occurred under previous owners. The company also is honouring a “good neighbour” agreement signed in 2000 with local conservation groups to avoid lawsuits and protect waterways against environmental damage from mining.Froneman says the company has been spending at least $100 million annually to expand its flagship Stillwater mine near Nye. The company’s Montana assets now account for the majority of the company’s earnings.“We had a very tough 2018,” Froneman said, characterizing last year’s deaths in South Africa as anomalies. Most of the deaths occurred in its gold mines, which extend miles beneath the surface and suffer earthquakes and other problemsThere were two fatalities company-wide in the first half of the year.The Montana mines and a palladium recycling facility in Columbus generated more than $200 million before taxes for the company in the first six months of the year, helping offset steep losses in gold division.High metals prices are also helping blunt the impact of the gold miners strike that ended in April with a new wage agreement. Palladium is trading at more than $1,500 an ounce — roughly twice the price of two years ago. Platinum prices also have been trended up in recent months.The metals are used in electronics, jewelry and to build catalytic converters that help reduce pollution from vehicle exhausts. The Trump administration last year listed platinum, palladium and related metals as minerals considered critical to U.S. security and the economy.Prior to its acquisition by Sibanye, Stillwater Mining Co. gained attention when General Motors cancelled its supply contract with the Montana company in 2009 after the car maker went into bankruptcy. The move drew sharp criticism from the state’s congressional delegation and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and the companies renewed ties the following year.In 2013, Schweitzer became the public face of a shareholder takeover of Stillwater that ended with the ouster of its CEO and Schweitzer as the chairman of its board. The Democrat left with Sibanye’s $2.2 billion purchase of Stillwater.The expansion underway at the Nye mine was in the works prior to Sibanye’s purchase. Work was recently slowed by unstable ground conditions as the company had to put in extra support to prevent accidents.Lorash said there have been no compromises in workplace safety as the issue has been dealt with. The stability problems had a small impact on production volumes and should be resolved by the end of the year, Froneman said.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more

September 25

Life expectancy falls in Scotland for first time in 35 years

However, those figures remain lower than in many comparable countries internationally and the figures were described as “concerning” by Janet Morrison, chief executive of the charity Independent Age. “More must be done to understand what is driving this,” she said. “These figures starkly highlight the need for health and care services to adapt to our ageing population, and the government must ensure that these services can support people to live long, healthy, happy lives.”New statistics also showed yesterday that the number of Scots living to be 100 years old is at near record level, with the country having an estimated 900 centenarians in 2017 – an increase of 45 per cent in the past decade.Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s health spokesman, said the last time life expectancy had fallen was in 1983, when Tory Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, adding: “That is a statistic which should shame both the Tory and SNP governments.“After more than a decade of the SNP in charge of the country’s health service, Scotland has the lowest life expectancy rates of any part of the UK.”Annie Wells, Scottish Conservative public health spokeswoman, said the decrease was a “wake-up call for everyone involved in public health improvement in Scotland” and that education, health and economic activity all had their roles to play in raising life expectancy.Alex Cole-Hamilton, Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said the change should ring alarm bells “at the very top of government” and called on the SNP government to step up efforts to improve Scotland’s health. anas sarwar The first drop in life expectancy in Scotland for 35 years should “shame” both the Scottish and UK governments, it has been claimed.Official figures revealed that life expectancy for men had fallen slightly from 77.07 years for boys born in 2014-16, to 77.02 years for those born in 2015-17. Over the same period, the figure for women fell from 81.15 years to 81.09 years.Opposition parties said the data from the National Records of Scotland was a “wake up call” for the SNP administration and all those involved in public health.The decline followed three years in which there was little change in life expectancy and NRS said it indicated a “stall in life expectancy improvements” north of the border.Life expectancy has increased by 7.9 years for men and 5.8 years for women over the last 35 years, but the figures show Scotland still has the lowest life expectancy of the four nations in the UK.Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that life expectancy for the UK as a whole was unchanged, with a girl born between 2015 and 2017 expected to live for 82.9 years, and boys expected to live for 79.2 years. 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. Anas Sarwar said the figures should shame the Scottish and UK governmentsCredit:Getty He added: “Ingrained unhealthy lifestyle choices are having a devastating impact on our physical wellbeing and causing an obesity epidemic. Meanwhile, mental ill health is at crisis levels.”These figures show the urgent need to make a transformative investment in mental health and for public health interventions on the scale of the smoking ban introduced 12 years ago, this time focusing on Scotland’s poor diet and lack of activity.” He said a slew of statistics revealed a worrying diagnosis, including two thirds of adults being overweight or obese, a third of men drinking to levels described as hazardous or harmful, and 10 per cent of adults not consuming any fruit or vegetables in the course of a day. That is a statistic which should shame both the Tory and SNP governmentsAnas Sarwar read more

September 22

PSG Handball extend Veszprems agony

6. Orlen Wisla Plock8215207:219(-12)5 ← Previous Story IN MEMORIAM – Goran Suton Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce are again at the TOP of the Group 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen8107210:249(-39)2 4. THW Kiel8404202:207(-5)8 4. Telekom Veszprém8323210:211(-1)8 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…8701248:213(35)14 1. FC Barcelona Lassa8701233:198(35)14 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg8206203:228(-25)4 Paris Saint Germain celebrated a new win over Telekom Veszprem 28:24 (14:12) just a week after Uwe Gensheimer turned lights off at Veszprem Arena.Now, only FC Barcelona Lassa can chase team from the City of Lights on the way of winning group which gives direct place at quarter-finals.Paris Saint-Germain Handball – Telekom Veszprém 28:24 (14:12)Paris Saint-Germain Handball: Skof, Omeyer – Gensheimer 6, Mollgaard 1, Stepancic 5, Remili 3, Abalo 3, L. Karabatic 1, Hansen 4 (2), Narcisse, Nielsen, N. Karabatic 5Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Iváncsik 2, Schuch, Ilic 2 (2), Palmarsson 5, Nilsson 3, Nagy 4, Kopljar 3, Ugalde 1, Marguc 3 (1), Chema, Terzic, Sulic, Lékai 1STANDINGS: 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt8413204:192(12)9 read more

September 22

BCD engineering firm creates 40 new jobs in Cork

first_imgENGINEERING COMPANY BCD announced the creation of 40 new jobs resulting from a new multi-million euro vaccine plant project in the Asian market.The north Cork company celebrated 30 years in business this year and currently employs 190 staff.The jobs will be a mix of engineering and trades roles in the company’s design and manufacturing divisions. The announcement comes after recent pharmaceutical and biotechnology project wins in the Irish, UK and Belgium markets.CEO Sean McGowan said the roles will be a mix of high value engineering positions working in the company’s process design areas, as well as a number of skilled crafts roles, including the recruitment of a number of apprentices across a variety of trades.He said that it was a great boost for the company and the north Cork area, bringing the company’s head count to 230 employees.“We continue to enjoy strong working relationships with some of the largest Irish players in the market that provide the backbone to our business,” said McGowan, who revealed the company is in advanced negotiations on a number of large Irish and European projects in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.Despite the good news, the CEO highlighted how the scarcity of available engineers in Ireland may force the company to look overseas to fill a number of the roles.He said: “These new contract wins will create high value roles for the area however, the industry as a whole is encountering problems in filling these types of positions. There is a widespread problem caused by emigration resulting in indigenous engineering companies like ourselves struggling to fill the roles due to an industry engineering skills shortage.”Burton confident about Youth Guarantee despite concernsDonnybrook Fair opening fifth store near new Facebook officeslast_img read more

September 20

Les licences 4G disponibles début 2011

first_imgLes licences 4G disponibles début 2011France – L’Arcep a déclaré que les fréquences 4G seront attribuées au plus tard en mars 2011. Les opérateurs pourraient ainsi les exploiter dès l’été prochain.L’Autorité de régulation des télécoms en France (Arcep) a assuré que les licences de quatrième génération seront attribuées au mois de mars 2011. Les candidatures pourront être déclarées à partir du mois de décembre. Les fréquences 2,6 GHz seront délivrées à cette date mais il faudra attendre l’été prochain pour obtenir celles de 800 MHz : “En tout cas avant les vacances estivales de 2011” a précisé Jean-Ludovic Silicani, président de l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et postales. L’organisme a fixé pour objectif de “couvrir 90% du territoire afin d’éviter que des zones rurales soient en décalage avec les métropoles.” Samsung lancera le premier mobile compatible avant la fin de l’année 2010.Le 13 septembre 2010 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 19

Vince McMahon Triple H remember George The Animal Steele

first_imgFacebook Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Google+ TheCyberZon Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list #RIPGeorgeTheAnimalSteele – my first time backstage, he scared me so badly I ran into my father’s arms – a true character & a wonderful man pic.twitter.com/kvC9tpeXG2— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) February 17, 2017 Got the privilege of traveling the world with George ‘The Animal’ Steele and enjoyed every minute of it. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/UnbhTaY9Qt— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) February 17, 2017 Videos Articles I feared him as a kid.I cheered him as a teenagerI became friends w/him as an adultNever be another likeGeorge the Animal Steele pic.twitter.com/TdrIfod68i— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) February 17, 2017 Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience?center_img YOU!! NICE!! WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next February 18, 2017 at 1:34 am Comments are closed. Triple H WhatsApp Video: Triple H on preparing talent for TakeOver shows, NXT to FOX Sports, if he is next in line 1 COMMENT …I worked with him a lot when I first got to @WWE and was able to learn so much. My condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/wKbo1WCnzb— Triple H (@TripleH) February 17, 2017 Twitter WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award WWE.com is featuring an article with reactions to the passing of WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele on Friday morning.You can check out some of the reactions on Twitter below.George Steele was only an animal in the ring. He was one of the truly nice men in the world. #RIP pic.twitter.com/uOvnlztlOs— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 17, 2017last_img read more

September 16

Downtown abbey tests limits

first_imgThey use no gasoline. They don’t require insurance or a license. They’re inexpensive to buy and maintain. And, in an interesting twist, they’re helping to underwrite an unusual Anglican congregation in downtown Vancouver.David Knudtson is selling imported electric bicycles to support the Arnada Abbey at 2001 Broadway.Is that a church? Despite the prayer circle, altar, murals of Jesus, prominent wooden lawn sign, website, a recent visit from an Anglican church official and a regular schedule of services and events, Knudtson insists it’s not.“It’s not a church. It’s a religious house,” he said. “The Anglican church itself would call it a ‘hybrid ministry.’”Knudtson might be the leader — he’s identified as pastor on the website — but he’s not a priest, and his property isn’t a formal religious institution, he said. What it is, he said, is a rental property that hosts informal religious gatherings.The matter arises because Knudtson, 52, a successful local real estate agent, has had “many friendly conversations” with Vancouver code enforcement and community development officials, he said, who’ve questioned everything from the use of his property — church or residence? — to the lack of a street-sale permit for his e-bike business.Knudtson appears to be threading several legal needles as he struggles with the city. So far, he’s succeeded.Home or church?Although there’s no code enforcement case open against Knudtson now, the paper trail provided by Chad Eiken, Vancouver community and economic development director, makes clear the city’s skepticism about Knudtson’s statements regarding what’s really up at t he Arnada Abbey. And the relationship has been anything but friendly: Knudtson has accused the city of harassment and violating his civil rights; the city has said itlast_img read more

September 3

Young man found dead in Magura

first_imgA young man was found dead at Nobogram in Sreepur upazila of Magura on Monday morning, reports news agency UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Locals spotted the body of a young man in the Nabogram ground early in the morning and informed police, said Sreepur Police Station officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Magura hospital morgue for autopsy.Police suspected that the youth might have been killed last night after abduction and killers dumped the body here.A case was filed and investigation is going on.last_img read more

September 3

OIC representatives visiting Rohingya camps

first_imgThe theme of this year’s council is ‘Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development’. OICA high-profile delegation of representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is visiting Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Friday, reports BSS.A 53-member delegation of representatives of OIC-member countries arrived at Cox’s Bazar Airport around 8:45am and went to a hotel in Inani.Later, they went to visit the Rohingya camps around 11:30am, said Mohammad Kamal Hossain, deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar district.The delegation includes foreign ministers, state ministers from 38 countries.They are vising the campus just a day before beginning of the 45th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM) in Dhaka. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to open the two-day event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Saturday morning.last_img read more

September 3

Tax return deadline extended to 2 December

first_imgThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to extend the deadline by two more days until 2 December for filing income tax returns for individual taxpayers, reports UNB.The decision came as 30 November, the last day of submitting the tax returns, is Friday, a weekly holiday, and the next day is also a weekly holiday.According to the NBR officials, services offered at the weeklong Income Tax Fair, which ended on 19 November, will be available at all field-level offices until 2 December starting from 22 November.The NBR arranged the tax fair across the county to provide various types of services to the taxpayers.Divisional cities, including Dhaka, held the tax fair for seven days while the fair took place for four days in 56 districts, two days in 32 upazilas and one day in 70 upazilas.According to the NBR, it fetched Tk 24.69 billion from the fair across the country, which is 11.35 per cent higher than that of the previous year. Last year, the deposited amount of tax in the seven day-long fair was Tk 22.17 billion.This year, some 1,636,266 people took various kinds of tax-related services from the fair across the country against 1,169,569 of the last year.Last year, some 335,487 taxpayers submitted their income tax returns while the number stood at 487,573 this time whereas the number of new electronic Tax Identification Number (e-TIN) takers is 39,743 this year against 29,254 last year.Some 3,770 taxpayers submitted their income tax returns while some 1,160 taxpayers paid their tax through e-payment that accumulated Tk 10,048,685.NBR chairman M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan asked the field-level officials to extend all-out supports to the taxpayers so they could submit their returns without any hassle.He also warned that any negligence on the part of the NBR officials will not be tolerated.last_img read more

September 1

Racial Profiling and Teaching While Black at VCU

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMediaFormer Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder was forced to wonder aloud – on social media and his own website – about racism at a prominent commonwealth school after a black professor was questioned regarding whether she really was a faculty member.“The recent experience at [Virginia Commonwealth University] is shocking,” said Wilder, who expressed his displeasure on Twitter and on his own website, Wilder Visions.Caitlin Cherry, an African American visiting professor at VCUarts, had campus police called on her while eating breakfast two weeks ago. (Photo: Caitlin Cherry in her studio. Brooklyn Museum “Raw/Cooked: Caitlin Cherry,” June 7 – September 1, 2013, Photo by Pierce Jackson)Caitlin Cherry, a black VCUarts visiting professor, said a colleague called campus security on her while she ate breakfast in her assigned classroom earlier this month.The professor said Javier Tapia, a white-Hispanic professor, walked into the classroom and did not respond to her greeting before leaving. Minutes later, a security guard entered the room and asked her if she was a faculty member, and to see her identification.The entire episode was first reported in a Wilder Visions column written by contributor Sara Elson.Cherry said she told Shawn Brixey, the school’s dean, what happened. She said Brixey apologized and promised an investigation, according to Elson’s column.VCUarts then turned the investigation over to VCU Equity and Access Services, a university spokesperson confirmed — the investigation is ongoing.Tapia declined comment on the situation.“Had I not have had my ID … I don’t know what could have happened,” Cherry said.“I feel a lot of different ways about this, particularly as a black woman, because now the situation escalates to the point of people dying.”Elson pointed out that the event has since prompted outrage among students, and an apology from the arts department.It comes amid a string of incidents — some of which have gone viral on social media — in which white people called the police on black people for ordinary activities like sleeping in their university dorm and holding a barbecue in a public park.On Oct. 30, five days after the dorm and barbecue incidents, VCUarts apologized on its Instagram page and website.“VCU and the School of the Arts value and celebrate diversity in all of its forms; support thoughtful, informed and inclusive action; and are committed to empowering community values in which individuals of different perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and social identities feel safe and are welcomed,” department officials wrote.School officials also sent out a department-wide email to students and faculty apologizing and providing links for reporting incidents and providing support resources.Prior to publishing Cherry’s incident on his website, Wilder reflected.“I recently spoke at the Ribbon Cutting for the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU,” said Wilder, who served in the Virginia Senate from 1970 to 1986 before being elected as lieutenant governor and then winning election to governor in 1990.Later, Wilder would also serve as mayor of Richmond from 2005 to 2009.“At that time, I said I remembered when I could not come into the building and be seated at the soda fountain,” he said.“The recent experience of Teaching While Black at VCU is shocking. Is this what we have 50 years after the school was founded?”last_img read more

August 31

Coral vibgyor on the ramp

Playing all the way with colours and shapes, KhusiZ’s collection was a brilliant celebration of life, under the ocean and up above it. While the flowy silhouettes matched the water flow, the prints were more about the vibrant colour of the corals. From sweeping gowns to short dresses, fitting pants and jodhpurs – the collection was a burst of colour from head to toe – matched up brilliantly by the footwear. It wasn’t pop art on the ramp mind you – make no mistake – no fuschias or popping oranges. More the fresh delectable colour of the breathing sea corals in aquas, purples, yellows and soft pinks. We also spotted some interesting collars that seemed to be the new age pop version of Elizabethan ones. read more

August 31

Drink up

first_imgBHANG INFUSED RABRI PANNA COTTAIngredients Quantity Fresh Cream 300 MlMilk 200 MlSugar 50 GramsGelatin 3 SheetsRabri 100 GramsBhang 35 GramsMethodSoak the bang in ½ cup of water over night.Make the Bhang paste to use in panna cotta. Soak the gelatin in iced water. Luke warm the cream and milk together with sugar add the gelatin in it now add the bhang paste mix it well until well combined let it infuse for couple of minutes than pour this mix in shot glasses refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours pour the thin layer of fresh Rabri equally over the panna cotta sprinkle few chopped almonds and pistachio on top before serve. Enjoy your Holi with this wonderful home made dessert.Mango Mint CoolerBlend mango juice (120 ML) with fresh mint leaves and crushed ice. Top up with lemonadeCoconut delight      Blend 60 ML Fresh coconut water with coconut puree and crushed ice. Garnish with red cherry and serve frozen.Vanilla symphonyMix 300 ml Vanilla flavor cold milk with Roohafza and top up with whipped cream and chocolate flakeslast_img read more

August 31

Sweatproof your makeup this season

first_imgSummer is full of wonderful things – but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here one need to adopt best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you. So here is the checklist of skin care habit to adopt in this summer to prevent melting makeup. Slather the sunscreen Skipping the sunscreen is a cardinal sin on any given day. But the effects of it are even harsher on days when the sun is at its brightest. Look for sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and make it a part of your daily skincare routine before you step out of the house. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHack to ensure you apply sunscreen everyday is to find a moisturiser that has a generous amount of SPF in it. Apply It generously not just on the face but also neck, arms, and chest or any part of the body that may be exposed to the sun. Scrub with care It’s during warmer months that your skin need exfoliation the most. Gentle exfoliation during the warmer months saves you from clogged pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads, which in turn gives your skin a chance to breathe. As with any skincare product, it’s best to scan the label beforehand for red flags such as fragrances and alcohol. For sensitive skin, explicators with micro-beads work best. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Lighten the lotion Moisturisers don’t have to be banished to the back ends of your beauty drawer with the dawn of spring. In fact, using light, water-based moisturisers will keep your skin soft and nourished during these months. This holds especially true for these with sensitive skin as water-based moisturisers get absorbed easily and don’t leave a tacky layer behind the same theory applies to body lotions. Using oil- or glycerin-based body lotions can cause acne on your back and upper arms bringing your noodle strap top dreams to a resounding halt. Chuck out your old make-up We all have a soft corner for that limited edition blush or that perfect shade of lipstick we bought a few years ago even though our minds tell us to bin it. But you need to start listening to your logic and follow the expiry dates.This includes filtering the stash and getting rid of lipsticks that smell wired, foundations that have separated and blushes that have damaged bristles. (inputs by Yashu Jain, MD, Mattlook cosmetics)last_img read more

August 30

This New iPad App May Help People With Schizophrenia

first_imgAugust 3, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Reuters A “brain training” iPad game developed in Britain may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at home and at work, researchers said on Monday.Scientists at Cambridge University said tests on a small number of patients who played the game over four weeks found they had improvements in memory and learning.The game, “Wizard”, is designed to help so-called episodic memory — the type of memory needed to remember where you left your keys several hours ago, or to remember a few hours later where you parked your car in a multi-storey car park.Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of psychological symptoms, ranging from changes in behavior through to hallucinations and delusions.While some psychotic symptoms can be reasonably well treated with medication, patients often still have debilitating problems with memory and cognitive function, meaning they struggle to get back to work or stay in education.There is increasing evidence that computer-assisted training can help people with schizophrenia overcome some of their symptoms, with better outcomes in their daily lives.This study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, found that 22 patients who played the memory game made significantly fewer errors and needed significantly fewer attempts to remember the location of different patterns specific tests.They also improved their scores on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale, which doctors use to rate the social, occupational and psychological functioning of adults.Importantly, the patients also said they enjoyed the game and were motivated to play it across the eight hours of cognitive training. The researchers said this was important, since lack of motivation is a common feature of schizophrenia.”We need a way of treating the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as problems with episodic memory, but slow progress is being made toward developing a drug treatment,” said Barbara Sahakian from the department of psychiatry at Cambridge University.”This proof-of-concept study…demonstrates that the memory game can help where drugs have so far failed. (And) because the game is interesting, even those patients with a general lack of motivation are spurred on to continue the training.”(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Angus MacSwan) Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more

August 29

Surprised and saddened Robin Wright breaks silence on Kevin Spacey

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… She said the whole production was ‘surprised’ and ‘ultimately saddened’ by what transpired.Wright and Spacey co-starred in the Netflix political drama since it first premiered in 2013. The streaming giant announced the series would be moving forward with a sixth and final season following Anthony Rapp’s allegations against Spacey.Wright spoke with TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie.[embedded content]‘We were co-workers, really, we weren’t… never socialized outside of work,’ Wright said when Guthrie asked her if anything made her think this was possibe.‘A respectful, professional relationship. He was so great with me… never disrespectful to me. That’s my personal experience, that’s the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about.’ Robin Wright discussed the sexual abuse allegations against Kevin Spacey and departure from the Netflix series House of Cards while on NBC’s TODAY Show. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/robin-wright-breaks-silence-kevin-spacey/ Spacey is now facing numerous criminal investigations across London, New York, and Los Angeles.Respectful to ‘back off’Wright further commented about Netflix’s decision to cut Spacey.‘I don’t know how to comment on that,’ she said at first. ‘But I think at that time, the shock was so intense all over the nation, for many reasons, for many stories, many people… I think everybody felt that it was respectful to back off.’Guthrie also asked Wright if she’s experienced harassment in this industry.‘Of course,’ she responded. ‘Who hasn’t?’In fact, a recent report revealed 94% of women in Hollywood have experience sexual harassment and/or assault.‘This is a bigger, broader issue, I think. Seduction — I don’t care who you are — is about power. And once you overpower someone, that person becomes vulnerable. This last year has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new converstion. So we just need to shift the paradigm.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Wright speaking to Savannah Guthrie | Photo: YouTube/TODAYlast_img read more

August 10

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The prize was wrong: Man turns down trip to Manitoba won on game show by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2018 1:06 pm PDT WINNIPEG — A New Hampshire man who won a trip to Manitoba on “The Price is Right” has declined to make the journey because the taxes were too high.Lee Norton won a six-night stay at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg on the Dec. 4 episode of the game show.The trip also included a one-day visit to Churchill, Man., to see polar bears.The hotel told CTV Winnipeg that Norton declined the trip because of the taxes he would have to pay.The game show promised contestants “a winter they will never forget” with a chance to “watch polar bears in their natural habitat in beautiful Canada.”Norton was seen clapping and smiling at the prospect before winning the prize. (CTV Winnipeg)The Canadian Press A polar bear eats a piece of whale meat as it walks along the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Man., on August 23, 2010. A New Hampshire man who won a trip to Manitoba on “The Price is Right” has declined to make the journey because the taxes were too high. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick last_img read more