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Tenders Called for Guysborough County Paving ProjectTenders Called for Guysborough County Paving Project


first_imgA scenic highway section around Chedabucto Bay will be smoother and stronger after the completion of a paving tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving of Route 344 from the intersection of Trunk 16 at Boylston for 6.6 kilometres east to the intersection of MacPherson Lake Road. Also included is repaving of Trunk 16 from the intersection of Larrys River Road for 2.5 kilometres northerly to Church Street. “Improving this connection to Trunk 16 will benefit residents and visitors alike,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s part of our aggressive plan to upgrade Nova Scotia’s roadways.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more


Ricky Gervais And Moby Help Launch Animal Defenders International Online StoreRicky Gervais And Moby Help Launch Animal Defenders International Online Store


first_imgAnimal Defenders International (ADI) has joined forces with comedian Ricky Gervais and musician Moby to give shoppers a great way to raise money for animals in need, with the launch of ADI’s new online store.Moby poses in one of ADI’s new T-ShirtsMoby poses in one of ADI’s new T-Shirts, sporting an image of Pepe the Spider monkey, one of over 100 animals rescued by ADI earlier this year from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in South America. Ricky’s cat Ollie, famous in his own right with 35,000 Twitter followers, can be seen happily ‘lion’ atop a T-Shirt of Rey, the ex-circus lion from Peru. The full range of gifts, ideal for animal lovers of all ages, can be found here with 100% of the profits going towards ADI’s work to save animals.There are gifts and accessories to suit all budgets and interests, from fashion items, such as hats and T-Shirts, to Christmas cards and canvas prints of rescued animals.Jan Creamer ADI President said “The ADI store has some great items, perfect for Christmas presents, so you can not only look good, but do good with your money. The proceeds help ADI end the suffering of animals in captivity.”Shoppers will also be first in line to pick up the multi-award winning film ‘Lion Ark’ out on DVD in November. The critically acclaimed documentary follows the story of the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia.The Lion Ark DVD also carries short films about this year’s rescue, where over 100 wild animals had been saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. ADI is raising funds for a huge natural habitat construction project for the lions costing over $250,000.Timed with the release of the DVD, Lion Ark is hitting the road, screening at theaters across the US. Each event includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescuers, giving the inside story on frontline rescues.See tour schedule and book tickets here.Find out more about Lion Ark at www.lionarkthemovie.com.last_img read more


Natural gas bills will go down about 29 a year Enbridge saysNatural gas bills will go down about 29 a year Enbridge says


first_imgTORONTO – Enbridge Gas Distribution Ltd. says its typical Ontario residential customer’s natural gas bill will go down about $29 a year.The gas distribution company says its received approval from the Ontario Energy Board for new rates starting next month.The Ontario government’s cancellation of the cap and trade program will decrease rates by $80.Higher transportation costs and natural gas prices, among other things, will partially offset those savings.The company says the typical residential customer’s annual bill will be about $873.Enbridge distributes natural gas to more than two million customers in Ontario.last_img


She Writes Her Future in MoroccoShe Writes Her Future in Morocco


Rabat – Lancôme, the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics house, recently launched the “Write Her Future” project as a global commitment to fight illiteracy among women.76 million young women around the world are illiterate—a staggering number that has not changed over the last two decades. This what has inspired Lancôme to light a candle in illiteracy’s darkness, with a pledge to invest a sum of two million euros to fund international literacy programs and to develop local support communities.Lancôme’s International President, Françoise Lehmann, remarked that, “Today, 76 million young women lack basic reading and writing skills. Often hidden, this handicap causes young women to face exclusion and becoming dependents, creating  serious consequences for themselves, their families, and their loved  ones. This is why Lancôme is  committed to ?ght against young women’s illiteracy and to lend a voice to this invisible reality. There is a natural draw  for Lancôme to help with this cause, because  since the very beginning, our goal has always been to help women in their quest for self-ful?llment and expression of what makes them unique. “Write Her Future,” Lancôme’s very ?rst global philanthropic program, is a civic and long-term commitment that  aims to  raise awareness, implement concrete actions in the ?eld, and to initiate a movement in favor of women.” In addition to increasing self-confidence and opening up career prospects, the brand believes that literacy also allows people to lead longer and healthier lives. “Knowing how to read and write means having the freedom to express yourself fully and build your own future freely,” affirms Lancôme.To fulfill its mission, Lancôme has also joined hands with Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian agency that delivers emergency relief and long-term international projects.Morocco will witness this project’s first steps as a pilot literacy program. Two other programs in Guatemala and Thailand will follow in suit . Together, these three programs aim to help around 8,000 women, who will directly benefit from educational resources, while more than 40,000 people are expected to benefit from educational training.To help further this ambitious campaign, Lancôme evoked its Ambassadors, which include A-list Hollywood stars such as Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz, who will work alongside the brand’s employees and CARE workers to develop social networks and help build the vision of global literacy.“Literacy is one of the most defining human skills. We need to be able read and write—that’s how we communicate, share, express our feelings and opinions, and how we learn to understand the world. To not have that accessible to everyone is a crime. It’s so great that  Lancôme is getting seriously involved and supporting young girls in the world through the work of ‘Write Her Future,’”  remarked  Julia Roberts. read more


As election in Nepal nears UN envoy says security appears under controlAs election in Nepal nears UN envoy says security appears under control


2 April 2008On the third stop of his tour of Nepal ahead of historic elections, the United Nations’ top envoy in the south Asian country said that security appears to be under control for the poll, despite recent political violence. “All the officials that I have talked to with security responsibilities – chief district officers, police, Armed Police Force – have expressed the view that they are able to make adequate security arrangements,” Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Nepal, told journalists after he visited a cantonment site for Maoist rebels in the west of the country.“And in my contacts with representatives of political parties, of civil society, of national election monitoring organisations, almost no one has suggested that the election cannot or should not go ahead, although, of course, there is concern,” he added.As he has at previous stops, Mr. Martin reiterated that the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and its regional offices will exert their utmost efforts to make the current electoral process successful.He also repeated the message that all political parties must respect the code of conduct they all agreed to, which affirms the right to campaign freely without obstruction in any district or village.In that regard, he welcomed the agreement signed yesterday by the leaders of the three major parties of the governing Seven-Party Alliance. The agreement commits to hold the historic Constituent Assembly election in “a free, impartial and fearless manner.”Responding to questions about recent reports that some of the Maoist combatants had violated agreements and come out of the cantonment site to campaign, he said that UNMIN investigations had confirmed that “that while there was a problem a little time back, the situation has now improved and free campaigning is going on in the area around the cantonment site.”He stressed that “UNMIN will do the most it can through its arms monitors to monitor compliance” by both the national and Maoist forces, with their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the decade-long civil war in 2006.Mr. Martin travels to the hill district of Baitadi in the far-western region tomorrow where he will meet local electoral officials and UNMIN electoral advisers before returning to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. read more


Hundreds of millions in South Asia face growing water stress UN reportHundreds of millions in South Asia face growing water stress UN report


South Asia is home to one-fourth of the global population, including some of the world’s poorest people, who have access to less than 5 per cent of the planet’s freshwater resources, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” a new report produced by UNEP and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), examines the state of freshwater resources in selected major river basins in the region, identifies key threats to water resources development and management, and assesses the challenges in coping with these threats. The three transboundary river basins assessed in the report include the largest in South Asia: the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basin (which spans Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal), the Indus river basin (in Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan) and the Helmand river basin (which covers Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan). “Water is a vital resource for people’s health and livelihoods, especially in South Asia where these three transboundary river basins sustain about half of the region’s 1.5 billion people, and some of the poorest people in the world,” said Young-Woo Park, UNEP Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, as he launched the report today at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. The report calls for urgent policy attention and more research into the impact of climate change on water resources, infrastructure and management practices, as well as improved cooperation among the affected countries and integrated basin management.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner stressed the need to invest in the sustainable management of these vital river basins.“These river systems are major economic arteries as well as social and environmental assets for South Asia,” he stated. “Investing in sustainable management is thus an investment in the current and future prosperity of Asia and will be a central and determining factor underpinning the transition to a resource efficient, sustainable green economy.” The report is the first of a series produced by UNEP that covers three sub-regions, North-East Asia, South Asia and South-East Asia. A similar assessment was completed for selected river basins in Africa. They are intended to complement the efforts of Governments, non-governmental organizations and development agencies engaged in improving the status of water systems in Asia. 6 February 2009Hundreds of millions of South Asians face growing water stress due to over exploitation, climate change and inadequate cooperation among countries, which are threatening river basins that sustain about half of the region’s 1.5 billion people, the United Nations warns in a new report. read more


China keeps mum over Sri Lanka rejecting submarine dockingChina keeps mum over Sri Lanka rejecting submarine docking


The remarks came as China gets ready to host Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wicikramasinghe for the high-profile silk road summit on May 14-15. “What I can tell you is that China and Sri Lanka enjoy traditional friendship. The two sides maintain sound cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and military to military exchanges,” Geng said. The Chinese Foreign Ministry today parried questions on reports that Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request for its submarine to dock at Colombo next week after a similar visit in 2014 triggered a strong protest from India, the Press Trust of India reported.“I have just read the relevant information. I suggest you raise it with the defence ministry for more details,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said when asked whether China has expressed dissatisfaction to Sri Lanka for refusing to let its submarines to dock in Colombo port. China has made about USD eight billion investments in Sri Lanka in the last few years, specially in port projects like Hambantota and Colombo ports. It continues to pressure the island nation for docking its submarines despite assertion by Sirisena government that it will not permit them due to concerns from India. India has expressed concern over the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for permitting a Chinese submarine in Colombo harbour in 2014. China’s request to dock its submarines coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Colombo.China says it wants docking facilities for its submarines to take part in the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. In February this year, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku told the media here that Colombo will not permit any military activity by China in any of its ports including Hambantota where a Chinese firm plans to acquire 80 percent in view of India s concerns. However, China is happy that Wickaramansinghe has consented to take part in its Belt&Road Forum. Significantly, Wickaramansinghe and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are the only two top leaders from South Asia to attend the conference in which India is yet to confirm its participation owing to its objections to the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The other South Asian countries would be represented by either ministerial and official level delegation. China is yet to release the list of delegates participating in the event. During his visit, Wickramasinge is expected to finalise the Hambantota Port deal as well as a Chinese free trade zone in the area which were stalled by public protests.Saddled with heavy Chinese loans, Sri Lanka offered to lease 80 per cent of the loss making Hambantota port for 99 years lease. The two sides are also expected to finalise Free Trade Agreement. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Football Ohio State wide receivers relying on JT Barrett as he dependsFootball Ohio State wide receivers relying on JT Barrett as he depends


Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State redshirt quarterback J.T. Barrett is a confident player and has never been one to say he doubts his wide receivers.Through the issues in the passing game, Barrett has remained steadfast in critique of himself and timing difficulties with his targets. But his confidence in his receivers hasn’t faltered. Likewise, the trust the wideouts have in Barrett hasn’t wavered.Now, it seems that mutual conviction is becoming legitimate with Barrett’s confidence in his arm and his receivers growing with each throw. It has manifested itself in a third different wideout — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and now Binjimen Victor— emerging as a potential go-to target for the third straight week.“Not a jump, but a steady incline [from the receivers],” head coach Urban Meyer said. “Very pleased with their attitude and they’re making plays.”Four throws in Saturday’s 62-14 Ohio State victory against Maryland exemplified the strengthening connection between Barrett and his receivers.On Ohio State’s first offensive series, Barrett rifled a third-down pass between two defenders to Dixon to move the chains. Barrett later connected with the 6-foot-4 Victor on third-and-6 from the Maryland 8-yard line in the back of the end zone for a score. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack caught a back-shoulder fade for 20 yards on the following drive, and then hauled in a touchdown reception with a defender on his back while getting two feet in bounds with 10 seconds left in the half.Barrett deserves credit for his play — including 20-of-31 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns Saturday — and the play-calling has improved. However, the wide receivers have also managed to get open more recently, which has allowed the quarterback to build confidence and compete at a tempo the team will need in a showdown with Penn State in three weeks.“It’s great seeing [Barrett] make those passes and having confidence in us to make those contested catches,” Mack said. “Shoot, keep it coming.”Both Campbell and Dixon recorded more than 100 yards and a score in one of the two most recent games, displaying their potential to be the go-to playmaker at receiver. Saturday, Barrett turned to his big target in Victor for four catches and a team-high 55 yards. Campbell and Dixon each had three receptions during those weeks, but their play was significant enough to be noted by opposing coaches on scouting reports.Victor’s five targets were all against man coverage and thrown to a spot where Victor can elevate above the defender and be the only one to come down with it.“Down in the red zone, top shelf, I mean that’s where the ball has to be,” Barrett said. “Based on coverage, I think that was something good.”Victor is a different receiver than Campbell and Dixon. Campbell is used over the middle or on bubble screens when he can use his speed in the open field. Dixon is a deep-ball threat.Victor might not be more than a red-zone target, but he’s Ohio State’s tallest receiver and its best option in jump-ball scenarios.The trio of Campbell, Dixon and Victor all bring something different to the table for defenses that have to design a scheme to minimize their impact. And Mack, who showed Saturday he can be another option for Barrett, might be the best route runner on the team with less speed than Campbell and Dixon, but more than Victor.The competition hasn’t been great. And it is uncertain whether Ohio State’s wideouts can be difference-makers against the Penn States of college football, but they deserve recognition for finishing the plays Barrett makes and giving him options — two elements of the offense which weren’t present in early September.The next logical step: consistency.“I wouldn’t say we’re where we need to be,” Campbell said. “But I like where we’re at.” read more


Takeaway worker caught up in west Dublin shooting incident while trying toTakeaway worker caught up in west Dublin shooting incident while trying to


first_img Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Takeaway worker caught up in west Dublin shooting incident while trying to deliver food The woman escaped the incident without injury. May 4th 2019, 12:10 AM A TAKEAWAY DRIVER was caught up in a shooting incident Thursday night as she went to deliver food to the home of an individual involved in the escalating west Dublin gang feud.It is understood a motorcycle carrying two men pulled up beside the delivery driver’s car outside a house in the Ratoath area of Finglas. They fired shots over her car at the house.The woman, who had not yet left her car to bring the food into the targeted house, managed to escape without injury and there was no damage to the vehicle.Gardaí are now investigating this incident, as well as a number of other reports of shots fired in the west Dublin area over the past week.On Wednesday night gardai were alerted to anothet incident connected to the feud at a house on Warrenstown Drive, in Corduff.A garda spokesperson said it is alleged that two men carrying hammers smashed front windows of house and also vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.And on Tuesday a loaded semi-automatic shotgun concealed in undergrowth was found in the Sheephill Estate in Blanchardstown. So far this year 17 firearms have been recovered around Finglas and Corduff, all believed to be linked to this tit-for-tat feud. In recent weeks, the homes and property of innocent brothers, sisters, uncles and cousins of the gangland figures have been targeted by vandals. Family members of the gangs’ main players have all been informed that their safety cannot be guaranteed and they may end up being targeted.TheJournal.ie understands there will be checkpoints in these areas over the bank holiday weekend and increased armed patrols. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan also paid a visit to Blanchardstown garda station yesterday to get an update on the operations targeting the feud and to offer his support.  By Michelle Hennessy There will be increased armed support in west Dublin over the weekend. center_img There will be increased armed support in west Dublin over the weekend. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4619297 72,776 Views 42 Comments Saturday 4 May 2019, 12:10 AM Share21 Tweet Email1 last_img read more


Todd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bidTodd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid


first_imgTodd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Todd Gloria FacebookTwitter May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced her endorsement Monday of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, in his run for mayor of San Diego.Elliott is the first elected official in the city to endorse a candidate in the mayoral race, which also includes City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Elliott, who is currently running unopposed for re-election, is the only other elected official in San Diego that represents the city in its entirety.“I know Todd has the unmatched experience and unwavering values San Diego needs in its next mayor,” Elliott said. “Todd will deliver on the priorities that matter to San Diego families, and that’s why I’m endorsing him for mayor.”Elliott and Gloria have yet to serve in the city of San Diego’s government together, although the two have collaborated to improve ordinances like the city’s minimum wage increase. Elliott was first elected as city attorney in 2016, the year Gloria left the San Diego City Council for the Assembly.Gloria has racked up multiple local, state and federal endorsements in recent weeks, including the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and a handful of local labor unions.“Mara Elliott has been a remarkable city attorney for San Diego and I am greatly looking forward to working with her as the next Mayor,” Gloria said. “With Mara as city attorney, I know we can move San Diego forward and build a new San Diego that works for all of us.”Bry called the endorsement “no surprise,” contending that Gloria and Elliott have both made attempts to weaken governmental transparency while in office.Bry noted Gloria’s since-discontinued practice of deleting city emails older than one year while he served as acting mayor and Elliott’s co- sponsorship of a state bill earlier this year that would have gutted enforcement of the California Public Records Act. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, withdrew it in March.“If San Diego voters want a mayor who is afraid of transparency and accountability in city government and who is more interested in currying favor with other politicians than in standing up for the public, then I would agree with Mara Elliott — I am probably not their best choice,” Bry said in a statement.In addition to Gloria and Bry, the mayoral race includes attorney Cory Briggs and activist Tasha Williamson. A Republican has yet to enter the race for the technically nonpartisan position.Gloria and Bry have, to date, garnered the most high-profile endorsements since announcing their respective campaigns in January. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, is among Bry’s supporters. last_img read more


Emmis Posts Flat YearEnd RevenuesEmmis Posts Flat YearEnd Revenues


first_img“Our Emmis team delivered great results during our fiscal fourth quarter under very difficult operating conditions,” said chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. “Through innovative efforts to architect media’s digital future … Emmis is continually investing in new ways to reinvent media.”In March, FOLIO: learned that Emmis had put its lone non-regional magazine product, the Country Sampler Group, on the block . When contacted recently about the sale an Emmis spokesperson declined to comment. Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications—publisher of regional titles such as Atlanta, Cincinnati and Texas Monthly—today reported its fiscal fourth quarter and year-end (2008) results, with the period ended February 29. Revenues were $361.2 million, flat over the prior year. Fourth quarter revenues were $85.8 million, up 9 percent over the same period last year. The company reported a $13 million loss for the quarter, down from a $3.9 million gain during the same period last year. Emmis’ publishing group reported year-end revenues of $83.5 million, up from $79.3 million during the prior year. In addition to its magazine operation, Emmis owns several radio stations across the country and abroad.last_img read more


Respected elders drown In Yukon River near MarshallRespected elders drown In Yukon River near Marshall


first_imgTwo elders drowned this weekend in Marshall when their vehicle suddenly slid into the Yukon River. The couple left a legacy of sharing traditional knowledge with their community.Download AudioFishing skiff in Marshall, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Ringer / Alaska Department of Fish and Game)According to the Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Angelina Coffee, 76, and her husband Frank Coffee, 80, were launching their boat Saturday evening. Frank was driving when the vehicle suddenly plunged down a steep bank into the water. A nearby man dove into the river to pull out the couple. Bystanders began administering CPR and transported the elders to the community clinic. The couple was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident.Clara Shorty was in the clinic lobby, praying with the Coffee family when the pronouncement came. Afterwards she blessed the bodies with holy water. Clara worked with Angelina at the Marshall Catholic Church for more than 20 years and said the couple stood as respected elders among the community.“They both contributed to our community by sharing our native way of life. They showed their children and grandchildren how to gather off the land, prepare and preserve fish for the winter, [and] how to hunt off the land,” Clara said.Clara said Angelina also instructed students at the Marshall school—telling traditional stories and teaching skills like crocheting and fur boot-making. Clara said the elder mentored everyone.“She was my mom’s friend. And when my mother passed away, she became a mother figure for me. She was my elder,” Clara said. “If I had troubling questions about life problems, I would go to her, and she would give me advice.”Clara and Angelina served as Eucharistic ministers at the church and would hold services and funerals in the absence of a priest, which Clara said happened more times than not. With the women’s close relationship, Clara said she won’t be able to lead the Coffee’s funeral. The emotion would be too great. She said the Sunday service the morning after the accident was the hardest she ever did.“Because knowing her that she wouldn’t be with me anymore during the services was hard. But I made it through with the parishioners. They came to pray with me, so that gave me a lot of support. Family members were there, and that made me happy, too,” Clara said. “That made me able to go through the service.”Angelina worked as the school cook until retirement. Frank hunted, trapped, and worked as a mechanic. They are survived by eight children and many grandchildren.The family will decide the funeral date once the bodies return from the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage.last_img read more


Wipro CEO Abidali Neemuchwala gets 41 salary hike overtakes Infosys chief SalilWipro CEO Abidali Neemuchwala gets 41 salary hike overtakes Infosys chief Salil


first_imgThe new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementWipro CEO Abidali Neemuchwala saw his salary increase by 41 per cent for FY2019. The 51-year-old took home Rs 27 crore, which is Rs 8 crore more than his salary for FY2018. He is now one of the highest paid CEOs in the country.Neemuchwala received about Rs 6.9 crore as salary and allowances, Rs 6.17 crore as commission and variable pay, about Rs 13.85 crore as others and rest in long-term compensation.As per Wipro’s regulatory filings on Tuesday, Neemuchwala has an annual mode of variable pay which is not based on a quarterly performance scheme like other executives. The structure of payment and the hike of the executives depend on the company’s growth, amortisation of their Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) over time and also include performance parameters of the company based on the RSUs.Wipro has hiked the pay for Neemuchwala when it is already facing a downfall in the market due to losing acquisitions and mistakes in company restructuring; with a trust that he would be boosting the company growth. He has been trusted with the responsibility to bring in a speedy recovery and successive growth to the company.”We think we are moving in the right direction. Partly, it is about what we are doing and partly it is about the macro environment. I don’t want to put a time frame for it, but clearly, we are trending in the right direction,” Neemuchwala had told Economic Times in April.Most of the IT firms have been heavily investing in executives with a greater understanding of the technological shift to digital.Let’s see the comparative salary structures of the CEOs of Indian IT firms:TCS, which has shown constant growth in the IT sector, has been paying its CEO Rajesh Gopinathan about Rs 16 crore. TCS recently overtook IBM, which might bring in a better hike for the CEO.Salil Parekh, the CEO of Infosys, has a salary of about Rs 24.67 crore.last_img read more


MailStore Home 97 is outMailStore Home 97 is out


first_imgMailStore Home 9.7 is out by Martin Brinkmann on April 21, 2016 in Email – 11 commentsMailStore Home is a popular email backup and archiving software for Microsoft Windows operating systems.Today’s update brings a massive version jump from MailStore Home 8.3 released in September 2015 to MailStore Home 9.7.The version jump can be explained by the integration of a large number of new features, and reintegration of MailSsore Home into the main development branch.Several hundred fixes and improvements were added to MailStore Home thanks to the reintegration.MailStore Home is an email backup program for Windows that is free for personal use. You can use it to backup emails from local desktop clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird, email files, and email accounts and services.The program ships with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange and Gmail, but works with other services equally good.What makes it attractive is not only its support for various email services and protocols, but also that it provides you with a searchable index of all backed up emails and attachments.MailStore Home 9.7The changelog starts with several notes that provide you with information about important changes that may affect how you are using the program.First, the new version requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5.1 so make sure that is installed before you upgrade or run the installer (you can check for updates when the program is open).Changes were made to how some content is indexed by the program, and it is recommended to verify that iFilters are not missing by loading the Administrative Tools after the upgrade and clicking on the change-button next to “search index.There you find listed supported formats that you can enable right away, and formats that you need to download filters for.To do so click on “download filter” next to the filter you can to enable. This loads a help page on the MailStore Home website that details how you can add the missing filter to the system and have it picked up by the program.The last note mentions that support for Gmail has been improved. You may delete emails from the Gmail inbox now for instance. Support for a new Gmail profile with OAuth support has been added on top of that which improves support for Google Mail even further. Additionally, you may configure the profile to remove messages from the mailbox automatically (after backup)Archiving performance has been improved for Microsoft Exchange 2007 or higher EWS-based mailboxes, and for IMAP-based mailboxes. Both benefit from “a new Firebird-based property cache” and a “new folder contents sync module”.Another new feature is support for importing Outlook PST files directly into the Home version of MailStore.Last but not least, data integrity checks can be run from the Administrative Tools page of the application. The function was only available as a command line parameter previously.As far as feature removals are concerned, MailStore Home 9.7 does not ship with the AVM Ken archiving profile anymore, and you may notice that the integrated backup function has been removed as well.Now you: Do you backup your emails? If so, which program do you use for the job?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 7 votes Software Name MailStore HomeOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BackupLanding Page http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home-email-archiving.aspx Advertisementlast_img read more


Get your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper and stand a chanceGet your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper and stand a chance


first_imgThe cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. Even better, we are running a special promotion where you can buy the paper for only R5 from all street sellers. In this way, you won’t have to scrabble around for change when you’re in a hurry.If you haven’t filled in the Readership Survey yet, then you had better do so as soon as possible.You want to win R5000, don’t you? You will find the Readership Survey on page 8, so go on and get your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today.Read our front-page story about a brutal ambush and ensuing crash that resulted in 11 people losing their lives on the N11 just outside Ladysmith. This story is national and has been featured on all news channels, as well as radio.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories.You can also read about local cricket star Kerwin Mungroo, who has been chosen for the Dolphins team. This 23-year-old can bowl up to speeds of 140km/h! Hear how he was part of the team that recently won the Africa T20 Cup.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news, sport and entertainment page.last_img read more


Get The Best Discounts On Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S ASUS Zenfone 5ZGet The Best Discounts On Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S ASUS Zenfone 5Z


first_img Share Tweet Submit If you’re due on a smartphone upgrade, there are pretty solid branded handsets available at a hefty discount. Our today’s list includes the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 6, ASUS Zenfone 5Z, Umidigi Z2, OnePlus 6 and much more. Do take note that the smartphones are available on discounts for a limited period of time, so we would advise you to act fast. Let’s see some more details on the discounts.Limited Time Offer: Best Discounts On ASUS Zenfone 5Z, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, UMIDIGI Z2, OnePlus 6 And MoreAs we have mentioned earlier, the discounts are available at a discount for a limited time and only limited quantities are available. It would be wise to order one as soon as you have decided. Now let’s get to it.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2SThe Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 is the company’s current flagship with a neat all-screen design. The best part about the device is that it does not feature a notch if you’re not a fan of the new trend. The device comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage capacity and all the latest tech packed.If you’re interested, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is available at a 33 percent discount, making the price come down to $409.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProIf you want to save some extra bucks, then Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 6 Pro is the one to go for. The device features a new design with slim bezels.  It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.Interested users should know that the device features a 26 percent discount dropping the price to $179.99. Head over to this link to avail the discount.UMIDIGI Z2UMIDIGI is one of the popular brands which provide high-end build quality and features at a much lower price. The UMIDIGI Z2 is one such smartphone from the company which features a new all-screen design with a notch and minimal bezels. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. You just can’t go wrong with the UMIDIGI Z2.If you’re interested, you can get your hands on the UMIDIGI Z2 at a 23 percent discount making the price come down to just $259.99. Head over to this link to get the device at a discount.Xiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 is the company’s second iteration of the Android One device. It is the perfect device and my personal favorite at the price point. It packs a killer display, solid internals and the stock Android experience which anyone can enjoy. With 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Mi A2 is capable of handling anything you throw at it.Xiaomi Mi A2 is available at a 28 percent discount, down to just $219.99. Use the code: GBA264GBSP to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 6We all know how good OnePlus 6 is with its performance and everything. The device is no slouch compared to the giants of the industry and can even be regarded as the fastest Android smartphones currently. It comes in 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is enough for an average user’s needs.If you’re interested, you can get the OnePlus 6 at a hefty discount of 26 percent coming at only $449.99. Head over to this link to get it.ASUS Zenfone 5ZIf you’re looking for a great smartphone that does all and looks beautiful at the same time, the ASUS Zenfone 5Z should be your call. The device boasts the trending notch design with minimal bezels and a unique shimmering back. The device’ performance is on par with the best smartphones and you will definitely never be disappointed. The ASUS Zenfone 5Z comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Now that it is available at a discount, there is no need to not get it.You can get the ASUS Zenfone 5Z at a 29 percent discount, down to just $499.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of best smartphones on discounts. If you’re interested, be sure to get it as soon as you can since it is a limited time offer. Moreover, only limited quantities are available, so be sure to act fast. As a disclaimer, take note that the discounts are implemented to Gearbest’s list prices and not the official prices.There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more discounts. Are you willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more


Bill Cosbys art collection to remain on view at SmithsonianBill Cosbys art collection to remain on view at Smithsonian


first_img Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In response to the admission, Walt Disney World removed a statue of Cosby. Bounce TV and Centric networks stopped re-running “The Cosby Show,” and some civil rights leaders called for Cosby’s star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A sexual assault awareness group has petitioned the White House to revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.Some art critics have called for the Smithsonian to stop showcasing Cosby’s art collection. The museum director, Johnnetta Cole, declined to discuss the exhibit.Cole, who is also the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, is close with the Cosbys. At a preview for the exhibition, the Cosbys talked warmly of Cole and recalled how Camille Cosby wrote a $20 million check to Spelman College when Cole was president of the Atlanta school. In December, Spelman suspended its program funded by the Cosbys.The Smithsonian defended the exhibit on its artistic merits.“We certainly don’t condone his behavior,” Kurin said. “We’re just as deeply disturbed and disappointed as I think everybody else. But it’s not about Mr. Cosby. This is an art exhibit.”The Smithsonian is sensitive about changing exhibits. “First and fundamentally, this is an art exhibit,” Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s undersecretary for art, history and culture told The Associated Press. “So it’s not about the life and career of Bill Cosby. It’s about the artists.”About a third of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s 50th anniversary exhibition came from Bill and Camille Cosby’s extensive African-American art collection, and two-thirds came from the museum’s own collection.Most of the Cosby collection had never before been seen by the public. It includes paintings by one-time slaves, pieces commissioned for the Cosbys, a piece by Cosby’s daughter and quilts made in tribute to Cosby and his slain son, Ennis. The exhibit also includes images of Cosby and quotations from him.Even without the assault allegations, the exhibit raised concerns. Some critics frown on showcasing a private collection in a prominent museum because it can enhance the artwork’s market value. Also, Camille Cosby sits on the museum’s board and initiated the loan, which raises questions about conflicts of interest.Now the Smithsonian has revealed to The Associated Press that the Cosbys also funded the exhibition with a $716,000 gift, which virtually covers the entire cost. Museum industry guidelines call for museums to make public the source of funding when an art lender funds an exhibit. The Cosbys’ financial donation was not disclosed in press materials issued by the Smithsonian to publicize the exhibit, nor mentioned on the museum’s website. The exhibit opened in November. The Smithsonian said the information was available to anyone who specifically requested it. WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past seven months, as sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Cosby mounted, a top Smithsonian official met privately with museum directors across the sprawling complex on the National Mall to decide what to do about an exhibit showcasing Cosby’s private art collection.While many companies and universities were distancing themselves from the comedian, Smithsonian officials ultimately concluded the exhibit should continue. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help “The only thing that could possibly be a criticism is that once a private collection is on display in an art museum … it begins to add to its status,” Morris said. “That could potentially add to its value if the collector wanted to sell something, for example, or even give it away to a nonprofit for a tax benefit.”But an art loan could also lead to a donation of artwork to a museum, Morris said.Smithsonian lawyers reviewed the Cosby loan and determined any increase in the artworks’ value was a non-issue, in part because the Cosbys did not intend to sell the art, Kurin said.___National Museum of African Art: http://africa.si.edu/American Alliance of Museums Standards: http://www.aam-us.org/resources/ethics-standards-and-best-practices/education-and-interpretation___Follow Brett Zongker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DCArtBeat.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, ” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution stands firmly behind an exhibition showcasing Bill Cosby’s private art collection, even as many other major institutions have distanced themselves from the comedian following unfolding sexual assault allegations against him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Noah Kupferman, an art market expert at Shapiro Auctions who has taught about the economics of fine art, said such financial arrangements are not unprecedented, but museums must be transparent about them.“It just raises a little eyebrow that a trustee of a museum is lending (her) own collection, funding part of the exhibition and the exhibition is highlighting works … by less well-known artists whose work is considered by some to be undervalued,” he said. “Repositioning these artists’ works as suddenly important could have significant positive effect on their economic value.”The exhibit has drawn 150,000 visitors so far, according to the Smithsonian.A promotion for the exhibit is prominently displayed on Cosby’s website even as his reputation has collapsed in recent months amid accusations of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women. Many of the woman alleged that he drugged and raped them.Cosby, who turns 78 on Sunday, has never been charged with a crime. He has denied some accusations, while declining to comment or respond to others.Court documents obtained by The Associated Press revealed Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona In the past, it has removed some controversial pieces of exhibits under pressure, but “we’ve never taken an exhibit down,” said Kurin, who has worked at the museum complex for decades.In 2010, the Smithsonian was accused of censorship when it removed a video from the National Portrait Gallery exhibit about how sexual orientation and gender identity have shaped American art after complaints from a Catholic group and members of Congress.An outside review concluded that unless there is an error, changes should not be made to an exhibit once it’s opened without a full consultation with curators, museum directors and the Smithsonian’s governing board.For many museum experts and scholars, removing the Cosby exhibit would set a dangerous precedent.“You’d be sort of stomping all over the curatorial integrity of what you’ve put up,” said Jack Rasmussen, director of the American University Museum. “I think if museums had to investigate the morals of every lender, that would be kind of a new and very difficult situation. Really, it’s about the art.”Museums have displayed privately held art collections for decades because they can complement a museum’s own collection, said Martha Morris, assistant director of museum studies at George Washington University. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more


Thailand and Qatar will be official host countries for World Tourism DThailand and Qatar will be official host countries for World Tourism D


first_imgThailand and Qatar will be official host countries for World Tourism DayThailand and Qatar have been selected as official host countries for World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations in 2016 and 2017, respectively, at the 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Medellín, Colombia (17 September 2015).WTD 2016 will be celebrated under the theme “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility” and WTD 2017 under the theme “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”.“I am looking forward to celebrating World Tourism Day in collaboration with these two prominent UNWTO Member States: Thailand, one of the world’s most visited destinations where tourism is a rooted part of society and Qatar, a prominent emerging tourism destination ”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.“Tourism must be in the forefront of national development plans. In 2017 we will arrange an event that will carry this message to the world”, said the representative of the Qatar Tourism Authority.“The Thai government would like to express sincere thanks to the Assembly for the opportunity to host World Tourism Day in 2016 and we will do our best to live up to our slogan and show you the Amazing Thailand”, said the representative of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand.Celebrated annually on 27 September, World Tourism Day aims to foster awareness among the global community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.WTD 2015 will be celebrated under the theme “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities”, highlighting the tourism sector’s vast potential to be an agent for positive change in countries and communities around the world.Source = UNWTOlast_img read more


230 year old warrior fort reopens as Alila Fort Bishangarh230 year old warrior fort reopens as Alila Fort Bishangarh


first_imgSource = Alila Hotels & Resorts – Alila Fort Bishangarh 230 year old warrior fort reopens as Alila Fort Bishangarh230 year old warrior fort reopens as Alila Fort BishangarhAlila is the first international hotel group to open a property in the Aravalli hills between Delhi and Jaipur and Fort Bishangarh is thought to be one of the only warrior forts of its kind to be converted into a unique heritage resort of this stature. It has a remarkable presence, sitting up high on a granite hill with staggering 360-degree views of the Rajasthani landscape, surrounded by hills and dotted with havelis, villages and temples. A tiny village skirts its base and adds to the rural charm. This imposing structure is fortified by two-metre thick stone walls and majestic turrets with wonderfully intricate arched windows and jaalis — a perfect example of the Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by both the Mughals and the British. The use of traditional materials in a contemporary manner is the basic design ethos.The quest in the preservation of this ancient warrior fort inspired the creation of a world-class boutique resort for guests to appreciate the beauty of the Aravalli hills. The project grew out of a love for the heritage outpost and the surrounding landscape, with sustainability as a core commitment. All residential rooms and public areas are within the fort premises. Guests rooms have been created by strengthening the existing structures and adding on partition walls and picture windows to vantage views.The Fort comprises of a tall central structure and the low-level podium, all located within the original premises of the property. One block of rooms was built from the central living area within the main structure that existed in the original fort where the King and nobles stayed. The other block of rooms is housed in the contiguous lower level structure where the soldiers stayed. Each of the 59-suites has been custom designed to make the most of the stunning views from the large openable windows, resulting in 22 different layouts. Rooms come with all the modern conveniences, including expansive bathrooms, footed/inbuilt bathtubs and large day-beds.Within the fort are various exciting F&B options innovatively curated by a renowned chef. There’s Amarsar, an indoor speciality restaurant and Nazara an outdoor grill dining venue on the terrace, with spectacular views. Madhuveni is the hotel’s bar, with a cigar/cognac turret and there is also the Kachhawa Lounge serving the 4 C’s – Champagne, Coffee, Chai and Cakes. The library, amidst old marble pillars is where the Alila journeys begin. Spa Alila, carved out between granite rocks, is located in the dungeon within the main fort. Darbar, a large grand banquet hall, Daawat, the show kitchen cum event dining space and Saheb, the conference room, round off the banqueting experience.Meanwhile, down the hill is the Haveli where some public areas are housed, comprising the arrival courtyard and tent, luxurious banquet lawns, the pool, pool veranda and terrace, a bar and pantry, fitness centre and the Play Soldiers Club for teenagers and toddlers separately.  An organic garden and a greenhouse set up amidst the ravines and various lounging areas located in this rural landscape brings one up close with nature.Bishangarh Village in the Aravalli hills is in the Jaipur district. It is a three-hour drive from New Delhi and an hour’s drive from Jaipur. It is ideally located to explore the charm and beauty of rural Rajasthan with Alila experiences covering five core themes:Cultural LearningDay visits to historic palaces, temples and forts. Amber Fort is a 45-minute driveConscious LivingWellness at Spa Alila, visits to the local communities for farming, seeing marble artisans and carpet weavers, teaching at the village schoolActive SpiritsWalks & picnics, biking, horse-riding, trekking, ATV adventures (All-Terrain-Vehicles), hot-air ballooningCulinary ArtsTraditional cooking school and special food trailsCouples CelebrationFrom grand celebratory events to intimate wedding ceremoniesRates at Alila Fort Bishangarh start from $280 per room per night. Price based on two people sharing, on a room only basis (excluding tax).For bookings CLICK HEREAbout ALILASurprisingly DifferentThe hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalised hospitality, and bespoke learning journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any of Alila’s hotels & resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavours of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila.last_img read more


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first_img Comments   Share   “If that’s not an American Idol-like audition I don’t know what is,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns said of the workout that likely involved Larry Fitzgerald being on the receiving end of some Kolb tosses. “Come on, that is tryout time, right?”Burns and Sports 620 KTAR’s John Gambadoro said it was a good idea if that was in fact the idea behind the workout.“If the price tag was too high for Kolb…I was always of the belief you could wait until next year, get a stopgap,” he said, adding that the Cards could have looked towards next year’s rookie class for a solution. “The only problem with that is I don’t know that Larry Fitzgerald is going to go through another 5-11 season. “You’ve got to appease Fitz now.”Indeed, the threat of Fitzgerald leaving is not only legitimate, but something the Cardinals are probably thinking about as they map out the rest of this offseason.However, the receiver has stated that winning is his top priority, so while he may approve of the team getting Kolb, if the QB struggles and takes the team down with him there’s a good chance Fitz will be wearing a different team’s uniform next season anyway. With news of Larry Fitzgerald and Kevin Kolb working out together in Arizona coming down Thursday, all the attention has turned to whether or not this means Kolb to Arizona is basically a formality.There are probably a few details that need to be worked out so that the Eagles backup can come lead the Cardinals, but at the very least this would seem to show that a certain Cardinals Pro Bowler would be satisfied if Kolb is indeed the choice. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more