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IMF Managing Director Lagarde resigns in advance of ECB post

WASHINGTON — Christine Lagarde is resigning as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in light of her nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank.Lagarde has already given up her day-to-day duties as head of the IMF, and the international lending agency has named a top deputy, David Lipton, as acting managing director.Legarde said in a prepared statement Tuesday, “I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund, as it will expedite the selection process for my successor.”Lagarde said her resignation will be effective on Sept. 12.Lagarde took over the IMF after her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was ensared in sexual assault allegations. As managing director, she co-ordinated large bailout loans for Greece in concert with the ECB and European Union.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Economy tariffs cloud retail outlook as 4Q approaches

NEW YORK — The weakening economy has made Kim Hawkins’ bridal customers hesitant about splurging, even for their big day.“They’re getting some of the more simple centerpieces, like glass vases or candles rather than the more extravagant centerpieces,” says Hawkins, owner of Events Wholesale, a Watkinsville, Georgia-based company that sells decorative items for weddings, parties and other events.Hawkins has also noticed that more people visit her website but don’t buy. Given the slower spending, she’s stepped up her marketing to companies that put on events; she’s gotten a “pretty good” response that has helped replace her lost business from consumers.As independent retailers and other small businesses prepare for the fourth quarter — the busy season for many of them — consumers have become more conservative. The economy has slowed this year, and the latest retail sales report from the government was disappointing; sales were unchanged in August from July when car, truck and gas purchases were subtracted. And confidence in the economy fell sharply this month, according to the Conference Board, which released its latest survey of consumer attitudes on Tuesday.Meanwhile, retailers have other issues including the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports from China that have made merchandise more expensive. They’re also dealing with consumers’ increasing preference for online shopping.Annie Rupani began seeing shoppers becoming conservative around Valentine’s Day, even though it’s one of the busiest holidays for her Houston chocolate business.“Our average sale value last year was $33.95, whereas this year the average is $29.10,” says Rupani, owner of two Cacao & Cardamom shops and an online store. Customers have gravitated toward the smaller boxes of chocolates she sells.Rupani is adapting to the changing environment by developing products that can be sold at lower prices and that will appeal to chocoholics as well as gift-givers. In her online business, she’s negotiating better rates with her shipping company.“Ours is a luxury product, but it’s as important now as ever to be accessible to everyone,” Rupani says.The retailers that management consultant Carlos Castelan works with are planning for a possible recession, keeping their inventories lean and being cautious about hiring. He advises them to also think long term, responding to consumers’ changing attitudes toward shopping.“Americans are spending less time shopping,” says Castelan, managing director of Minneapolis-based Navio Group. “But when they are coming in to shop, you need to help them, to answer their questions so they can overall have a memorable experience that keeps them coming back for more.”Retailers are learning how to cater to different consumers. Rupani finds that customers searching for fine chocolates on the internet know what they’re looking for, while people who stop in at her shops may not understand that her chocolates are artisanal, not mass-produced. She’s focusing more marketing dollars on the internet, hoping to double her online business to 20% from the current 10%.Eileen Mockus is finding ways to appeal to customers who want upscale organic linens and clothes but don’t want to spend top dollar, especially during the holidays. So Coyuchi, which sells sheet sets that cost into the hundreds of dollars, will be offering items under $50 that will appeal to gift-givers.“We want to be able to have a broader offering for the customer,” says Mockus, CEO of the company that has a store in Point Reyes Station, California and also sells online and through other retailers.The company has also started a program that gives discounts to customers who return their used Coyuchi linens, which are then recycled.The economy has been a factor in OC Facial Center’s shifting its focus away from traditional spa services and to acne treatments. For the company’s customers, dealing with troubling skin issues is a necessity, while massages and facials can become expendable when the economy looks less solid.“If we only focused on the facials, I think we’d be seeing there are some ebbs and flows year over year,” says Daniel Robbins, chief marketing officer for the company that has locations in Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, California.OC Facial Center lost some business several months ago when the stock market tumbled, taking the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 2,000 points.“Being here in Orange County, where the cost of living is so high, people get scared,” Robbins says. But the company’s business treating acne keeps growing, he says.Tariffs are an issue for many retailers; new duties against Chinese goods that President Donald Trump ordered into effect Sept. 1 included tariffs on clothing, linens, glasses and other tableware and jewelry, all of which are big sellers during the fourth quarter. Earlier tariffs have sent prices of thousands of industrial and consumer goods higher.Cacao & Cardamom’s packaging comes from China, and Rupani has seen the prices she pays rise by 50% over the past year. While she packages her chocolates in boxes and paper designed to give an upscale impression, “it is something that we may need to reconsider,” she says.The tariffs have led Hawkins to look for vendors who can sell her wedding and party goods at a lower price. But many candles, vases and other items will still have to be bought in China.“I have been reaching out to different suppliers who might have resources in China that might more reasonable — but they’ll still have the tariff added to that,” Hawkins says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Interpol to allow 2 airlines to check passports against its database of

Interpol to allow 2 airlines to check passports against its database of stolen, lost passports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 4:41 am MDT LYON, France – Interpol is allowing two airlines to check passenger passports against its vast database of lost and stolen travel documents — in a test project aimed to let private sector companies help authorities crack down on criminals who travel with fake documents, the police organization’s leader said Tuesday.It’s not known whether stolen passports had to do with Saturday’s disappearance of a Boeing 777 bound from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board. But Interpol on Tuesday released an image of two Iranians who used valid Iranian passports to get to Malaysia, then boarded the flight with stolen European passports.Up to now, only national authorities such as border police have been allowed to verify whether passengers’ passports turn up in the database of some 40 million stolen or lost passports in the computer systems of the Lyon, France-based international police agency — not airlines or other private sector companies.“I have announced today that Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are two airlines that have committed themselves to making sure that all passengers boarding their planes will have their passport data screened against Interpol’s database,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told reporters at its headquarters.In essence, the two airlines will be able to query the database but not gain direct access to it, in a program called I-Checkit for private sector companies — which could one day include financial institutions or hotels too, officials said.While the database has been available to authorities for more than a decade, only a handful of countries actively use it — primarily the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. Noble said that more than 1 billion times last year, travellers boarded planes without their passports being checked against the database.Air Arabia and Qatar were chosen to test the idea because they approached Interpol and expressed an interest, said Michael O’Connell, director of Interpol’s operational police support directorate.The Interpol chief said stolen passports have been a known problem since at least the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center: “We know that the terrorist mastermind in that bombing was carrying a stolen Iraqi passport to cross borders.”It takes less than a second for countries to query the database via Interpol software and an Internet connection, once a passport is scanned. Interpol says some of its 190 member countries have cited a lack of police resources, privacy concerns, or political hostilities for their failure to check passports against the global data.“We are saying: Because of the limitations of access by the national authorities, then should we not consider providing access to the airlines themselves as well in a very controlled manner?” O’Connell said. He said the ultimate goal is to expand the airlines program. Now, “it’s at the embryonic stage,” he said.The database contains passport numbers and nationalities, as well as birthdates. It has no biometric data, Noble said.As for the two Iranians, Interpol said it obtained their identities from its office in Tehran, and neither man had a criminal record. In a statement, Noble said the task now is to identify the criminal network that provided the passports. Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, answers questions after a press conference held at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Interpol has released an image of two Iranians who were traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Noble said Tuesday the two men traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) read more

Ohio State mens soccer set for NCAA 2nd round against No 1

Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion, it is understandable to experience a sort of emotional high.Many coaches might try to temper those feelings, and get their team to simply look ahead to the next one.Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem, on the other hand, wants his players to ride that momentum all the way to South Bend, Ind.“I think it’s good to have it (the emotional high). I think it’s good to just feel great about yourselves after a win like that,” Bluem said.After tying Akron, 1-1, following two overtime periods Thursday night, OSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in extraordinary fashion: winning a 15-round penalty kick shootout.“It was an awesome game,” freshman forward Marcus McCrary said. “Everyone was just super excited when we won the game, we all jumped around. Everybody was just ecstatic, it was a top game that night I was able to compete in.”Junior midfielder Zach Mason scored in the 15th round of the shootout to clinch the 13-12 penalty kick victory. The co-captain said after the game that he could not believe how long the shootout lasted.“It was just getting to the point where we were like ‘something’s got to happen, or we’re going to be out here all night,’” Mason said. “But it was exciting that we were able to come out on top after that.”OSU’s reward for moving past Akron is meeting the defending national champions and No. 1 seed in the tournament, Notre Dame. The Buckeyes faced Notre Dame in an exhibition game last season on Aug. 26, 2013, something sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell said he does not look back on too fondly.“Last year we played them preseason, and it was probably the biggest domination game I’ve ever been a part of,” Kidwell said. “They had a bunch of shots on us, we couldn’t really get the ball moving or anything.”OSU was outshot by the Fighting Irish 25-6 in that game and lost, 1-0.Bluem said OSU’s difficult regular season schedule this year, which included matchups against teams that eventually made the tournament in 10 out of OSU’s 18 games, prepared it for the challenge against Notre Dame.“One thing you have to do in games like this is play for 90 minutes,” Bluem said. “You can’t have lapses, you can’t take breaks in the game, you can’t go to sleep for periods in the game, because you’ll get punished.“So when you’re playing high-level, good teams during the regular season a lot like we have this year, your players are able to focus mentally better throughout the game.”Notre Dame features a dangerous, balanced attack, with 11 different players netting a goal this season. Mason said it will be a challenge for the Buckeyes to deal with so many offensive threats.“They’re a very organized team, dynamic, many pieces that can provide goals for them,” Mason said. “I just think we’re going to have to be clicked on 100 percent, and play our best game.”Kidwell said he believes that OSU has the capabilities to hang with the Irish.“If we can not let them control too much of the game, and hopefully our back line can hold solid as it has been, we should have a really good shot going in there.”OSU’s second-round matchup against Notre Dame is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Unbeaten Wichita State not forgotten by Ohio State mens basketball

Senior guard Aaron Craft directs the offense during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRemember this?A total of 333 days ago, Wichita State topped Ohio State, 70-66, in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight March 30. The Buckeyes, given the No. 2 seed after ripping through the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and taking home the title, were halted by the No. 9-seeded Shockers for the duration of the game, trailing by 20 at multiple points before storming back behind 15 second half points from then-sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross to cut the lead to four.But a second straight Final Four trip would not be realized by the Buckeyes, as the Shockers held on and advanced, only to lose to eventual national champion and top overall seed Louisville a week later.The Shockers haven’t lost since.Sitting unscathed at 30-0, No. 2 Wichita State is the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I college basketball this season.The Buckeyes appear aware of that, too.When asked about what he thought about this year’s version of the Shockers, senior guard Aaron Craft wasted no time responding.“And we lost to them last year,” Craft said Friday, looking across the room.Craft had an answer for the next question too, an inquiry into whether he and the rest of the now No. 22 Buckeyes knew how good Wichita State would be this season before everyone else did, simply because their season ended at the hands of the Shockers almost a calendar year ago.“It’s not a moral victory if that’s what you’re hinting at,” Craft said with a grin. “It doesn’t feel any better that they beat us now that they’re having this success.”But despite being unbeaten, the Shockers have not been given the nation’s top spot in the polls this season, likely because they play in a mid-major conference, The Missouri Valley Conference. But the Shockers’ success so far this season doesn’t surprise OSU’s coach either.“I felt going into the game (last year) they were playing, just with what they had done through the tournament to (No. 1 seed) Gonzaga in the second round — they were rolling,” Matta said Friday. “And obviously they’ve done a great job of continuing that momentum going forward.”Craft agreed, saying that even though the Shockers lost two of their three leading scorers after last season — senior guard Malcolm Armstead and senior forward Carl Hall, who scored 14 and eight points respectively against OSU in the Elite Eight — it’s clear why they’re playing well after beating the Buckeyes last year.“It’s very easy to see why they’re successful. They play for each other, and they play for a cause — and that’s what it takes,” Craft said. “They’ve been down, they’ve found a way to fight back and that’s what they do. They have guys that are experienced and they have been in big games, have played in the Final Four. Wouldn’t expect anything less.”Wichita State only has one game remaining on its regular season schedule — Saturday’s season finale when they are set to host Missouri State (19-10, 9-8) — so the odds of it finishing unbeaten are in their favor.But with the way the college basketball landscape has been this season — especially in the Big Ten — with perennial powers losing close games to teams typically in the bottom half of the league, nothing surprises Matta anymore.“I think that’s what it’s become. We use the word parity,” Matta said. “I think one of the biggest things, if you don’t have the star-studded one and done freshman class, the next greatest thing is probably fourth and fifth year guys that have been in the program, have been together. I think that’s where it kinds of lends itself to, the next phase of having a great run if you will.”Wichita State has two juniors and four seniors on its current roster, while the Buckeyes have seven juniors and a pair of seniors in Craft and guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Last season, the Shockers had five seniors and three juniors while OSU had one senior and five juniors. One of those juniors, forward Deshaun Thomas, left early for the NBA and two others were walk-ons.Each team’s makeup this year, thought, hardly has anything to do with how it looked last year, Craft said.“There’s very little carry over. Obviously you would think we’re probably different than people would have expected us to be based off of what happened last year and who we have coming back,” Craft said. “Every year is different, every team is different. You don’t look back and say ‘That was great. We did a good job last year.’ That doesn’t put the ball in the basket and that doesn’t stop anyone this year.”Craft and the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) are slated to visit Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday, looking to avenge a 71-70 overtime setback Jan. 29 and stay in the hunt for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Two handball players died in Turkey

Adiyaman Belediyespor Two people died and 12 were injured after a bus carrying Turkish handball team Adiyaman Belediyespor players crashed on Saturday along Kahramanmaraş-Kayseri highway.The bus was reported to have toppled overnear Sarız district in the central province of Kayseri as its driver lost control of the steering wheel.The bus was carrying Adıyaman Belediyespor handball team’s players. The sports club is based in southeastern Turkey and was reportedly on its way to Kayseri to play an away match.The 21-year-old player Sadın Ünlü lost his life at the scene of the accident, wheras the 20-year-old player Ahmet Öztürk succumbed to his injuries at Erciyes University Hospital. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 SCORERS: Hansen on 100, Ilic losing trophy! Next Story → PARTILLE CUP STARS: Gensheimer, Maqueda, Syprzak, Palmarsson… read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEvery morning, brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA STRIP The PLO has backed demands by Hamas for a truce under specific terms. Meanwhile, a ‘die-in’ protest against the ongoing situation will take place in Dublin tonight, and will feature several speakers including ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan.2. #MH17 A national day of mourning is being marked in the Netherlands today for the victims of the MH17 tragedy. Meanwhile, the plane’s black boxes are being sent to British aviation investigators for analysis.3. #HOMELESSNESS There has been a sharp rise in the number of homeless people turning to Focus Ireland for help. Its annual report, out today, says that it dealt with 10,000 people last year – that’s an increase of 25% since 2012.4. #TRAGIC The teenager who died in yesterday’s quad crash has been named as Kenneth Ryan (17). He died after the quad bike he was driving crashed on a public road in east Limerick. His uncle was one of the emergency service members who attended the incident, says the Daily Mail.5. #PEACHES GELDOF The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof will take place today in Gravesend Town Hall. The daughter of Paula Yates and Bob Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent in April.6. #LEFT ALLIANCE Independent TDs deny that they are setting up a new political party that could be called ‘Left Alliance’. Despite reports suggesting this, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy said “there isn’t a party being formed called the Left Alliance that I am involved in”.7. #SEA FOG The Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from areas affected by sea fog, after a number of people had to be rescued because of it. Three girls were rescued from Sandymount Beach last night, while a woman was also taken to hospital after she fell on rocks in Dalkey.8. #BANKING A takeover bid of Ulster Bank by a management-supported private equity firm is being considered by Royal Bank of Scotland, the Irish Examiner reports. The price for the bank would be in the rage of €500m to €2.5bn.9. #LET IT BE A pine tree planted in memory of Beatle George Harrison has to be replanted… because the original was killed by beetles. It had grown to 10 feet before it was struck down by an insect infestation.last_img read more

Evolution of the cell phone depicted in papercraft

first_imgThe cell phone as we know it today is a small device thin enough to slide into a pocket, yet with a screen big enough to watch video and play games on. But it wasn’t always like that. The first phones were carried like a heavy bag, with the battery several times larger than the handset itself.UK artist and designer Kyle Bean has seen fit to depict the evolution of the cell phone in papercraft. As the handsets have gotten progressively smaller, he chose a matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll) approach to the evolution, putting each generation of phone inside the last.There’s a video available to watch taking you through the whole evolution over at Kyle’s website.We hope Kyle decides to make this work available to buy either finished or as a flat-pack kit. It would look great on a shelf or as a way of wrapping a new smartphone as a present for someone.See more images at Kyle Bean’s websitelast_img read more

SSHFC Staff decry suspension of their Board Rep

first_imgBy Nelson MannehStaff of Social Security Housing and Finance Cooperation (SSHFC) yesterday the 23rd of August, 2018 expressed their disaffection with the suspension a staff member, Mr. Modou Camara, who serves as the staff representative at the board level.SSHFC Staff membersMr. David Gomez a senior staff of SSHFC said the problem between the staff of the SSHFC and the Managing Director (MD) Mr Manjang has been going on for the past six months or so and what they are more concerned about this time is the issuing of a suspension letter to one of the staff who they have chosen to represent them at the level of the board.He said this has raised an alarm because if, Modou Camara, their voice at the board level, is suspended for three months who is going to take charge and represent them?“Earlier on we wrote a petition as a staff body and Modou Camara was not the one who wrote the petition, he was just the staff representative and not necessarily doing everything on our behalf. When this petition was taken to the executive we were told to stay calm and investigation will be taking place with regard of the whole thing,” he said.Mr. Gomez added that the letter issued to Modou Camara is an insult to the whole staff body because they elected Modou Camara to represent them at the board level. “And if somebody is elected to do so why should he be penalized for such?” he retorted.“What have we done for us to be subjected to all this torture? The suspension letter is not clear because it just indicates that ‘I am being directed’ but is not specific. Though it is signed by the Director of HR we cannot say directly who wrote it,” he said.He queried: “The allegations made against the MD is yet to be proven either right or wrong, so why are they issuing suspension letters?”Mr. Kebba Touray another staff member said that the authorities are aware of the issue at hand and should intervene to see how best to solve it.“For us at our level we have been doing what they asked us to do but there is no progress,” he noted.He added that they are still waiting.The staff in their numbers could be seen standing saying that if Modou Camara is to be suspended then all of them have to go because he has not done anything to harm the Corporation. They called for the matter to be given urgent attention.This reporter was informed by the staff that the Managing Director is on leave while the HR Director who signed the letter was out. Foroyaa will endeavour to get his views on the matter.last_img read more

Schuster tips Joachim Low to become Madrids boss

first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has tipped current Germany coach Joachim Low to take over this summer.Schuster enjoyed a successful stint at the club as a player and manager where he won League titles in both cases. And has gone further to anoint his German compatriot for the position.Schuster further claimed he recommended Low to club president Florentino Perez. According to quotes cited on Football Espana.“I spoke with him (Perez) at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He reacted by looking at me oddly as if I had surprised him.“Germans are very highly regarded at Real and it would not surprise me if Real tried to sign Low this summer.”The club confirmed Santiago Solari as their new head coach in October, following the departure of Julen Lopetegui, with a contract up until June 2021.However, there are rumours circulating that the club may make moves for another manager if results don’t pan out well, with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino both linked.last_img read more

Ajiths next movie Are Pushkar–Gayathri directing Thala 61

first_imgA picture of Ajith Kumar in Viswasam.PR HandoutAjith is currently working on Nerkonda Paarvai, directed by H Vinoth and funded by Boney Kapoor. After this flick, he will be working with the same director and producer. Now, the actor, who is fondly called as Thala by his fans, is rumoured to have given his consent for his 61st film.There have been a lot of rumours about Ajith’s upcoming movies. From AR Murugadoss to Vishnuvadhan, many filmmakers had reportedly thrown hats in the ring to direct his film. But in the end, director duo Pushkar–Gayathri of Vikram Vedha fame has bagged the opportunity to direct him.Rumours are rife that the director duo had approached Ajith and there seems to be a possible development on the project, which is presently referred to as Thala 67.However, the proposed film will not take off in the near future as the directors and the actor are busy with their own projects at this stage.H Vinoth’s next movie after Nerkonda Paarvai will keep him busy for the next 10-12 months, while Pushkar-Gayathri are gearing up to direct the Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha, which starred Vijay Sethupathi and R Madhavan.On the other hand, Nerkonda Paarvai, which has Shraddha Srinath and Vidya Balan playing important roles, will be ready for release in August, possibly on the Independence Day.last_img read more

SpiceJet to give hiring preference to employees of Jet Airways Chairman

first_img SpiceJet crew slams carrier for alleged strip-search Close WikimediaIndia’s SpiceJet said on Friday (April 19) it will prioritise hiring employees of Jet Airways who are losing their jobs after the crisis-hit Indian airline halted all flight operations indefinitely this week.”We have already provided jobs to more than 100 pilots, more than 200 cabin crew and more than 200 technical and airport staff,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet. “We will do more.”Hundreds of Jet Airways employees protested in Delhi and Mumbai on Thursday to push its management for answers about their future after the airline shut down all flight operations on Wednesday having failed to secure new funding from its lenders.Jet Airways has lost many employees as the crisis unfolded. About 400 pilots have moved to other airlines, leaving Jet with about 1,300 pilots, a senior Jet pilot told Reuters. About 40 engineers have also left, a senior engineer said.Lenders, led by State Bank Of India, say they are hopeful of a successful bidding process for Jet. The carrier is saddled with about $1.2 billion in debt.Low-cost carrier SpiceJet, which pledged to add 27 planes over the next two weeks to help to fill in the slots left vacant by Jet’s grounding, said that it is making all possible efforts to minimise passenger inconvenience.The government plans to form a committee to temporarily allocate takeoff and landing slots left vacant by the grounding of Jet’s flights, a senior official said on Thursday. Local airlines including InterGlobe Aviation Ltd and state-run Air India are likely to benefit.Air India on Thursday offered special fares to passengers stranded in international routes due to Jet’s grounding.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:45Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

53 of People Who Access Pirated Content Agree Its Wrong to Do

first_imgSome 60% of consumers admit they have streamed or downloaded illegally shared movies, TV shows, or music — and at least half of them realize it’s wrong.That’s according to a recent survey of British adults conducted by Muso, an antipiracy tracking and consulting firm, which found 53% of users of piracy services agree that accessing such content is wrong.So why do people do it anyway? Around 35% of pirated-content users cited cost. But 35% also said they turn to illegal services because the content they want isn’t available on services or TV channels they subscribe to. And 35% said the content is not available through legitimate sources in their country (in this case, the U.K.).And check this out: Of those who admitted to accessing pirated material, 83% claimed they try to find content through legal avenues first, according to Muso’s survey. About 91% of those who admit to accessing illegally shared content said they pay for a subscription service such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify or Apple Music. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The results should be taken with a grain of salt. First, the behavior is self-reported, and people don’t always accurately or honestly respond on such surveys (especially when it comes to illegal activity). Muso conducted the survey of 1,000 U.K. adults via CitizenMe, an app that gives users cash for completing questionnaires.But one of Muso’s takeaways from the survey is that many people wouldn’t engage in piracy if there were legal alternatives. The London-based company’s services for content owners include tools for using piracy networks to market legitimate content, in addition to monitoring for copyright infringement and issuing takedown notices.“We want to fundamentally challenge the perception that piracy audiences will not pay for content,” Paul Briley, Muso’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “If content owners accept that these are high-intent audiences, they can explore new ways of making their content more readily discoverable, engage these audiences, and create new revenue opportunity in the process.”It may be true that some portion of the piracy-going public would fork over money if only they had easier, or cheaper, access to premium content. But there will always be people who want to get something for nothing — or pirate movies, TV series and music just for the thrill of it.The rise of inexpensive, broadly available streaming-media services like Netflix and Spotify hasn’t put the brakes on piracy. In 2017, consumers worldwide made some 300 billion visits to internet piracy sites, up 1.6% from 2016, according to Muso. The firm found that illegal streaming and downloads of TV shows and music increased last year while the volume of film piracy actually declined.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

US military developing geolocation system for underground

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. US military satellites provide Global Positioning System (GPS) signals used by millions of gadgets, including car satellite navigation systems and smartphones, but GPS needs line-of-sight to the satellites, which is only available on the Earth’s surface and not underground. At the same time, the presence of US military and intelligence satellites has driven many people of interest underground, especially since subterranean engineering and tunnel building are becoming less expensive and easier. A deep tunnel system shields a group from spy satellites, and also gives them protection against bomb attacks.Scientists from the Pentagon agency DARPA have noted that very low frequency (VLF) radio signals called “spherics” or “sferics” are generated by lightning strikes and penetrate deep underground, and they are therefore studying the feasibility of a system of underground receivers that could possibly built to detect the signals hundreds of miles away. Receiving signals from lighting strikes in multiple directions, along with minimal information from a surface base station also at a distance, could allow operators to accurately pinpoint their position.The system is known as Sferics-Based Underground Geolocation (S-BUG) and early studies found that it may be feasible. DARPA is now planning to hold a conference, which will mostly be classified as secret, with technology companies interested in developing the project further. The project will need to verify that sferic signals received on the surface can be correlated with sferics received underground to provide geolocation with enough resolution. The ultimate goal of the S-BUG project is to design a full navigation and tracking system for underground uses.The project coincides with another DARPA project (Nimbus), which aims to trigger and manipulate artificial lightning. © 2010 Explore further ( — The US military is studying the feasibility of a system that could allow them to accurately navigate in enemy underground tunnels, an environment in which GPS does not work.center_img Citation: US military developing geolocation system for underground (2010, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: DARPA project: First Modernized GPS Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Launchedlast_img read more

Why hereditary diseases are so hard to get rid of

first_imgSome high-risk gene variants, such as those for Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, can persist in the population for a long time without disappearing and researchers have now discovered why these harmful gene variants do not get weeded out by natural section in the course of evolution. The same process responsible for helping us fend off pathogens may help the occurrence of mutations in our genome that predispose us to hereditary diseases, the researchers found. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfScientists describe this process that help harmful genes evade natural selection as balancing selection. It arises, for example, when several alternative variants of a gene confer a survival advantage, and are therefore not eliminated by selection. Studies suggest that the continuous adaptation to new pathogens in the course of evolution has increased the diversity of our immune genes.Diversity in the genome has allowed humans to adjust to changing environmental conditions during the course of evolution. According to the researchers, such diversity also extends to neighbouring DNA segments, where it results in the persistence of harmful gene variants. Occurrence of harmful gene variants could be the price we pay for the genetic diversity that is otherwise highly beneficial to our survival, suggests the study published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“I did expect that higher resistance to pathogens might lead to an accumulation of some harmful mutations. But the extent to which such mutations persist in the population really surprised me,” Tobias Lenz from Max Planck Institute in Plon. “It would be interesting to know how many genetic diseases in humans can be traced back to contact with pathogens we have encountered in the course of our evolution,” Lenz noted. The scientists suspected that balancing selection may sometimes also lead to the conservation of harmful gene variants. They discovered that balancing selection not only increases the diversity of immune proteins but also affects neighbouring DNA segments. It increases the frequency with which these variants occur in the population –even if they are harmful. They then compared the simulation results with data from a genetic analysis of 6,500 people. The analysis confirmed their suspicion.last_img read more

Vidya Balan launches Sencos affordable diamond jewellery

first_imgKolkata based Senco Gold & Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India, announced the launch of ‘Tumhare Diamonds’ – an extremely affordable diamond jewellery collection with prices ranging from Rs 6,000 – Rs 20,000 only. The collection consisting of rings, earrings and pendants was launched by Tumhari Sulu star Vidya Balan alongside Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds. Starring Vidya Balan, the story of Tumhari Sulu revolves around the life of Sulochana (Sulu) who lands herself an unexpected job of a Radio Jockey of a late-night show. Sulu soon becomes very famous and this is when her struggle to maintain a balance between her personal and professional life begins. The story then unfolds to show how Sulu overcomes these challenges. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Speaking at the launch, Vidya Balan said, “It is every woman’s dream to wear diamond jewellery. I am delighted to launch the ‘Tumhare Diamonds’ collection which will make it possible for these dreams to come true. I congratulate Senco Gold & Diamonds for coming up with a range of diamond jewellery which is affordable for the masses as well as elegant in design”. Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said, “The ‘Tumhare Diamonds’ range as part of our everlite collection is a tribute to the modern women of India who, in many ways are similar to Sulochana from Tumhari Sulu; for whom achieving anything is possible. At Senco, we believe that every woman should be able to wear diamond jewellery and be a confident woman just like our brand ambassador Vidya Balan. Also, women today prefer to buy everyday jewellery and we specialise in this segment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Senco Gold & Diamonds, founded in the year 1938 by late Sri MC Sen is one of the oldest jewellery organizations in India. Headquartered in Kolkata, Senco Gold & Diamonds has 85 stores spread across India and is the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India. Senco Gold & Diamonds has an array of products on offer for every occasion, with more than 10,000 new designs being developed every year. Their popular everlite collection has exquisitely designed light-weight jewellery available at extremely affordable prices. Senco Gold & Diamonds exports to countries like USA, UK, Singapore and the Middle East.last_img read more

Sandals announces latest Cash Splash winner August Lets Talk dates

first_img Travelweek Group Share Thursday, August 1, 2019 VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based travel agent is the latest winner in the ‘Sandals Cash Splash’ incentive, designed exclusively for Canadian agents.Monte Elniski from Travel by Design accepted her prize from Winston Change, Business Development Manager, British Columbia & The Yukon, Unique Vacations Canada earlier this week. She joins a long list of Canadian agents who’ve won since the incentive was launched in October 2018.‘Sandals Cash Splash’ is Sandals’ largest and longest-running cash incentive, now in its final stretch. The hotel company is reminding agents that there are still multiple, monthly cash prizes available by booking directly with Unique Vacations Inc. through Sept. 30, 2019.Each new direct booking of three nights or longer to any Sandals or Beaches resort in any room category, for travel now through Dec. 18, 2019, equals one entry for the following monthly cash prizes:• Can$500 for each booking in any room category• $750 for each Club category booking• $1,000 for each Butler category booking.Each new direct booking equals one contest entry, with no limits on the number of entries per person, so more bookings equal more chances to win. Certain restrictions apply and it is not valid in Quebec.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn other news, the August schedule of Sandals’ weekly ‘Let’s Talk’ webinar series has been announced. Conducted exclusively for Canadian agents, the fast-paced online sessions are just 30 minutes long and focus on sales and marketing tips, Canadian-specific booking incentives and product updates directly from the resorts’ management teams in the Caribbean.Sandals Grenada Resort & SpaHere are the August dates:Friday, August 2 – Beaches Turks & Caicos1:30pm – 2:00pm ESTLearn why “The Last of the True Exotics is First for Families”.Friday, August 9 – Sandals Grenada1:30pm – 2:00pm ESTDiscover “The Sandals of Tomorrow, Today” and how this resort defies every convention of traditional design.Wednesday, August 14 – FRENCH – Beaches Turks & Caicos2:00pm – 2:30pm EST Agents in Quebec can register for the monthly French-language webinar which turns the spotlight on the award-winning family resort located in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.Friday, August 16 – Sandals Ochi Beach Resort1:30pm – 2:00pm EST Learn about the most happening resort in Jamaica that’s happening now, including the chic Ochi Beach Club exclusive to Sandals guests.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backThursday, May 22 – Groups12:30pm – 1:00pm EST Join Grant Lawlor, National Groups Manager, Unique Vacations Canada Inc. as he explains the various types of groups available to book at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, as well as the different ways to book a group. It’s easier than agents think.Friday, August 23 – Beaches Negril1:30pm – 2:00pm EST Experience the very first Beaches resort and learn why it’s “Negril’s Ultimate Family Beach Resort”.By simply registering, agents will also receive a recorded version post-webinar that they can play back at their leisure. To register, email with you IATA number.For more information go to or call 1-800-545-8283. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Sandals announces latest Cash Splash winner & August ‘Let’s Talk’ dates Posted by Tags: Prizes, Sandalslast_img read more

NATO invites Pakistan to summit in Chicago

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 It stopped short of saying the supply routes would be immediately reopened but said that talks with the U.S. and NATO over the resumption should be “concluded.” The full Cabinet is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue.State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was cautious, saying U.S. and Pakistani officials were still negotiating in Islamabad on reopening NATO supply routes. She said a deal before next week’s NATO summit would be a “wonderful signal,” but that the alliance decided that Pakistan should participate regardless of whether an agreement is finalized.Pentagon spokesman George Little said the U.S. was hopeful that “in the very near future” the lines would reopen.Pakistan sought to use the deadly American air strikes in November to extract new terms from the United States in what has always been a tense and largely transactional relationship. Noone expected the blockade to be permanent, so the main question became what concessions Islamabad could receive for reopening them.The government has said it wants more money from the U.S. and NATO for hosting the supply routes, something Washington has indicated it could do. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Pakistan has some bargaining power of its own because its cooperation is seen as important to striking a peace deal with the Taliban and their allies in Afghanistan that would allow foreign troops to withdraw without sending the nation into further chaos.The weak government risks some backlash from nationalist and Islamist groups, as well as militants, by reopening the supply lines. But the powerful army, which has influence over much of the country’s media and some of its most firebrand politicians and clerics, is likely to tamp down the outrage.More than 50 heads of state will attend the meeting in Chicago, including President Barack Obama who will be speaking in his hometown.___Lekic reported from Brussels. Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann in Kabul, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Lolita Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistan’s president to the upcoming Chicago summit on Afghanistan, the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to U.S. and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighboring country.Pakistan blocked the routes in November after American airstrikes killed 24 of its troops on the Afghan border. The attack sent ties between Washington and Islamabad to new lows, threatening regional cooperation needed for negotiating an end to the Afghan war. ErrorOK ErrorOKThe developments signal something of a rapprochement between the two countries, but tensions are likely to bedevil what has long been a brittle relationship, scarred by mistrust on both sides. Many in Washington believe Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, making the Afghan War unwinnable.The U.S. expressed regret for the airstrikes and has been quietly pressing Pakistan to reopen the routes over the last two weeks. Washington and NATO stepped up those efforts in recent days, and officials had said Islamabad would not be welcome at the two-day summit beginning Sunday in Chicago unless it did so.NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen phoned President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday afternoon to invite him to the meeting, according to a statement from the Pakistan government and NATO.“This meeting will underline the strong commitment of the international community to the people of Afghanistan and to its future,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in Brussels, where the alliance is based. “Pakistan has an important role to play in that future.”In Islamabad, Zardari’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the president would consider the invitation.Pakistani civilian and military leaders later met to discuss the possibility of lifting the supply line blockade. In a statement, the Cabinet’s defense committee endorsed the invitation to Chicago, suggesting that Zardari would accept it. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The country’s parliament also demanded an apology from Washington for the border incident and an end to America’s drone strike campaign against militants in northwestern Pakistan, but neither appears likely, U.S. officials say. Negotiators from both countries have been discussing the drone strikes, which are unpopular in Pakistan, but Washington has said it will not stop them because they are vital to keeping al-Qaida on the defensive.The defense committee only said the country “would remain engaged” with the United States on the question of an apology and the cessation of drone attacks.By maintaining the blockade, Pakistan’s teetering economy risked missing out on millions of dollars in international development and loans, as well military aid. It was also facing the prospect of being left out of discussions on the future of Afghanistan.The blockade forced NATO to reorient its logistics chain to more expensive routes across Russia and Central Asia. While the war effort has not suffered, the Pakistani routes will be more important in coming months as NATO begins to pull out of Afghanistan, with a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of all foreign combat troops. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Parents say 10000 pupils will be affected if allday school teachers strike

first_imgBy Evie AndreouOrganised parents of primary pupils on Monday urged the association of teachers of optional all-day schools not to act hastily and risk affecting more than 10,000 families, after the educators announced industrial measures to protest against their employment terms.If this happens, the parents said, they would ask the education ministry to fire the teachers involved.The teachers’ association (Pasyppos) said that after the Easter holidays it would launch escalating industrial action to protest against a recent cabinet decision to wait for the upcoming ruling of the administrative court, where the teachers sought legal recourse as to their employment terms, before taking any further steps.The education ministry said last week that the cabinet decided to fully comply with the ruling of the administrative court, whatever that may be.This, angered trade unions Sek and Peo, which said their members were determined to act in a decisive manner “until the unacceptable and unfair employment by purchase of services, which leads to working conditions prevailing in the Middle Ages, is abolished”. Working on contracts instead of being employees, the unions said, means that teachers have no unemployment benefits during the four months or so they are out of work, nor do they receive any salary during the Christmas or Easter holidays.The unions had accused the government of going back on promises made before the presidential election when, during a meeting at the presidential palace last January, there were discussions about teachers of afternoon and evening classes in state schools being restored as employees instead of having to work on contracts.The board of Pasyppos said that they condemned the cabinet decision, which contributes to the continuation of their victimisation and of their colleagues at other afternoon and evening classes offered by the education ministry.They said they have every right to fight for the improvement of their standard of living and will not budge until their requests regarding the abolition of the purchase of services and the recognition of their working experience by the new teacher appointment system are satisfied.They will announce soon exactly when these measures will be launched, they said.The parents’ association said that they will not tolerate more than 10,000 pupils to be held hostage in the dispute.If this happens, they said, they would ask the education ministry to fire the teachers.They also called the teachers’ association to enter into a dialogue and not take any rushed measures.In response, Sek and Peo said that the announcement went “against the just struggle of contract teachers” and was an insult to parents and society in general.The unions said they expected organised parents to support the teachers’ struggle and not threaten to ask the education ministry to deprive them of the right to work.They said it is “unacceptable and shameful” that parents turn against teachers for “seeking and struggling to get out of the misery that the Council of Ministers has thrown them into”.You May LikeHealthWatchThis Incredible Life-Saving Smartwatch Brings Harmony In Your Life!HealthWatchUndoHousediverThis Is What Historical Figures Really Looked LikeHousediverUndotimebucksTake Surveys And Get Paid For Your Opinions, Major Brands Are Seeking Qualified People Now.timebucksUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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