China blocking market access IT majors tell Goyal

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian IT majors like TCS, HCL and Infosys have raised concerns regarding market access issues and non-tariff barriers in China with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, as they are creating hurdles for them to set up business in that country. During the discussions, the representatives of the companies informed the minister that India’s investments and business have not been able to grow in China due to various non-tariff barriers and challenges faced by Indian companies to set up their entity in China, said an official statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOne of the major focus area of the discussion was market access issues as it creates hurdles for Indian companies to open their business in China. Chinese IT services market is the third largest in the world. The meeting held here on Wednesday was attended by senior managers of TCS, Satyam Venture Engineering, HCL, NIIT Tech, Infosys, Invento Robotics, Tech Mahindra and Wipro. Goyal asked the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the senior managers of the companies to share specific data regarding non-tariff barriers being faced by them in China and other East Asian markets. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Government of India will give all support for the global growth of India’s flagship industry and will make all efforts to facilitate the IT service industry and for that it is ready to engage with China and also Japan and Korea”, Goyal said during the meeting. Sangeeta Godbole, DG of Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and President of NASSCOM, Debjani Ghosh, were also present during the discussions with Goyal. The focus of the meeting was also on exploring opportunities for IT companies to invest and grow their business in new markets like the Nordic countries, Eastern and Central Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa. India’s IT industry contributed 7.7 per cent to the country’s GDP in financial year 2016-17 and is expected to contribute 10 per cent of India’s GDP by 2025. According to IT industry body NASSCOM, the aggregated revenues of the sector stood at $160 billion in 2017. The United States account for two-third of India’s IT services exports. India’s IT and ITeS industry grew to $181 billion in 2018-19. Exports from the industry increased to $137 billion in fiscal year 2018-19 while domestic revenues (including hardware) advanced to $44 billion. The minister also asked the IT services companies to explore other markets and not be inhibited in operating in countries that are non-English speaking. He urged the top five Indian IT firms to create a corpus that will be spent on training manpower in languages like Mandarin, Japanese and Korean for accessing the markets in these countries. India is the largest exporter of IT services in the world and exports dominate the Indian IT industry and constitutes about 79 per cent of the total revenue of the industry.last_img read more

Officials considering rescuing ailing killer whale for medical treatment

first_imgVANCOUER, B.C. – Capturing and treating an extremely sick killer whale off the West Coast may be the next step in an attempt to nurse her back to health, say officials leading the operation in Canada and the United States.If the young killer whale known as J50 is stranded on a beach or separated from her family, officials say they are laying out steps that would involve capturing and treating her before returning the animal to the wild.Chris Yates of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. said the goal is for J50 to survive in the wild and contribute to the recovery of southern resident killer whales, which are an endangered species as only 75 remain.“We do not intend to intervene or capture J50 in a manner contrary to that objective or when there is a negative impact to her pod or the wild population,” he told a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.“We are preparing along with our partners to rescue J50 if she is ultimately separated from her family unit or stranded and rescuing her is the only alternative before us.”Officials don’t intend to intervene if she is with her pod, said Yates, the assistant regional administrator for protected resources with NOAA Fisheries.Andrew Thomson, regional director of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said it’s a difficult situation.“A lot of logistical challenges to consider, ensuring everyone is prepared for what can happen. We are trying to be in the best prepared position should a rescue be required through separation or stranding.”The latest aerial photos of the whale show a noticeable loss of fat behind the head, which creates a ‘peanut head’ appearance.Veterinarian Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc Society, a marine wildlife program at the University of California, Davis, saw J50 most recently and said she was in poor condition.“She was the thinnest killer whale I’ve ever seen. But at that same time, she was still keeping up with her brother. Her mother was in the area. She was like this little Energizer Bunny that just keeps going and going.”He said body fat in a whale provides insulation and food, and also helps the animals swim more efficiently by providing a torpedo shape.“So, she’s reached a point now where she’s working harder to move through the water than an animal in good condition. It’s a very sick animal right now.”She’s been given antibiotics twice, in August and September, but plans to give her a dewormer have not been successful. Officials are still hoping to administer a dose of dewormer.A hands-on medical intervention would include doing a hearing test, an endoscopy, blood work and ultrasound, among other things.Lynne Barre, the southern resident killer whale recovery co-ordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said should J50 be rescued and treated, one option would be rehabilitating her in a net pen for a period of time before she is reunited with her family.last_img read more

Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveils Revitalized Brand

first_imgThe Muscular Dystrophy Association, the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America with telethons, celebrities and cause marketing, today unveiled a revitalized brand reflecting a renewed commitment to accelerate treatments and cures for the kids, adults and families it serves.Video: Jerry Lewis MessageMDA fights muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that take away everyday freedoms such as walking, running, hugging and even breathing.To mark the occasion, the Chicago-based charity with nearly 100 local offices in hometowns across America returned to New York, the city where it was founded by families for families and the birthplace of its legendary telethon supported during the years by a “who’s who” list of Hollywood celebrities led by Jerry Lewis. MDA is today launching its revitalized brand with sponsors, TV personalities and MDA-supported families at Carnegie Hall, the site of the first MDA national telethon.As part of its renewed mission focus, MDA will double spending on research toward drug development and clinical trials, and increase the number of families who receive MDA care and support by 50 percent to 150,000 individuals annually by the year 2020. In the next five years, MDA also plans to send 20,000 kids to its highly acclaimed, weeklong MDA Summer Camps, at no charge to their families.“Our families spoke and we listened,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Just as kids and adults with muscular dystrophy must start a new fight each day, MDA is starting a new era in our fight on their behalf, building on our rich heritage. The result is an MDA determined to accelerate progress against the harmful effects of these diseases as we engage a new generation of supporters.”MDA was started in 1950 by a prominent New York business leader fighting muscular dystrophy. In 1956, its longtime, iconic volunteer leader extraordinaire Jerry Lewis and fellow actor Dean Martin did their first telethon at Carnegie Hall. The event began MDA’s rise to relevancy and spurred an annual Labor Day telethon tradition that captured the hearts of Americans for decades. MDA held its last telethon in 2014.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.“I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline — we’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jerry Lewis. “Today, there are signs of real progress — and progress can’t come fast enough for my kids and our MDA families. Our work is not done.”In recent weeks, the first possible treatments for the most prevalent form of muscular dystrophy, called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have come before the federal government’s Food & Drug Administration. Fueled by $200 million in MDA research investments during six decades, MDA said more new treatment options and clinical trials are expected in the next five years than in the previous five decades.To commemorate its new brand, MDA rolled out a new logo, website and campaign called “Live Unlimited.” The logo features warm iris blue and marigold colors and shows a heart in the middle of the “D” in “MDA,” an overt symbol of the families who are at the very center of its mission. MDA also introduced a new tagline, “For strength, independence and life,” underscoring its purpose.“The MDA brand is iconic and now has a fresh identity that matches our passionate commitment,” said Steve Ford, MDA’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “The new campaign is inspired by the courageous kids and adults we serve who model strength, break down barriers and defy limits, overcoming in many cases formidable health struggles. MDA families are the inspiration behind everything we do.”To promote its mission, MDA is energizing its base of supporters by showcasing individuals and families affected by muscle-debilitating diseases on its new website who are demonstrating inspiring can-do moments — whether it’s crossing the street in a wheelchair on their own, graduating from college, living and working independently, or even skydiving.MDA is inviting supporters to share their live unlimited moments on a new digital hub being launched today at The “Live Unlimited” theme will extend throughout its fundraising programs. MDA also is planning a new cause marketing campaign this summer, hoping to spur through digital channels more fundraising and corporate partnerships based on the same theme of defying limits.A Bold Five-Year PlanBeyond plans to double its research spending for treatments and cures and assist 50 percent more MDA families, MDA will introduce a new MDA Family Resource Center so individuals can call or connect online with trained neuromuscular disease specialists to obtain one-on-one information and support. It will open by the summer.The organization will implement higher standards of care at more than 150 MDA Care Centers (formerly called MDA clinics) to ensure everyone has access to early diagnosis, highly specialized care and promising clinical trials. MDA also plans to expand its offerings for teens and young adults transitioning into adulthood and seeking to live independently.A New National SpokespersonTo signal a new era in which people with muscular dystrophy are living longer than ever with diseases once only considered pediatric, MDA has named a young adult as its new National Goodwill Ambassador. This is the first time in the ambassador program’s 64-year history that a child hasn’t been selected to serve in this role. Past U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, all have hosted sessions with MDA ambassadors.Joe Akmakjian, 24, from Fort Collins, Colo., is MDA’s new 2016 National Goodwill Ambassador. Akmakjian was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months old; his parents were told he would likely not live past his 12th birthday. Last year, leaving his wheelchair behind, Akmakjian went skydiving to celebrate a special milestone when he doubled his life expectancy.As MDA’s most visible spokesman, Akmakjian will deepen MDA’s reach among millennials and help champion the need for improved public policies and support for young adults with disabilities.“My dream is to inspire all types of people — not just people with muscular dystrophy or ALS — to live beyond their perceived limitations and achieve the success inside them,” said Akmakjian. “People often see my wheelchair and my physical limitations and ask me what I could do if I could walk. The truth is, we’re redefining what’s possible … with high hopes to inspire the world around us.”last_img read more

UN sends medical supplies to help Afghanistan bombing victims

“UNAMA has learned with great sadness of the casualties that have occurred yesterday,” Manoel de Almeida e Silva said at a press briefing. “We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and all those that were affected by this tragic incident.”The Mission has offered the Afghan authorities any assistance that might be needed, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. Last night the UNAMA office in Kandahar met with the provincial governor to discuss specific contributions and has helped to arrange a government convoy to Tirin Kot, capital of Uruzgan, with medical supplies provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.That convoy is carrying supplies donated by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) for the hospitals in Kandahar and has also been joined by a truck from the International Office of Migration (IOM), the spokesman said.“We have taken note of the joint investigation under way by the Transitional Administration and US forces,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. “We expect that it will provide full clarification on the circumstances of the incident.”Meanwhile, UN deminers were at work clearing unexploded ordinance from last week’s explosion at an ammunition dump near the Pakistan border.About 60 persons from the Mine Action Clearance for Afghanistan (MACA) were working at the site in Spin Boldak, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said, adding that the entire area would be cleared within the next 10 days. The ammunition compound itself will take up to one month to clear as Afghan soldiers were working in close cooperation with UN and non-governmental organization staff. read more

Zimbabwe UN agree to keep working on new draft for humanitarian appeal

The UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it expected to have news on the outcome of this process towards the end of the week.The arrangement follows a news briefing in New York last week by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, who said that the two sides could not agree on wording to describe how many people were affected by the evictions.Zimbabwe’s two-month-old Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order) urban eviction programme, described by senior UN officials as an ongoing violation of human rights, has forced an estimated 650,000 to 700,000 people into conditions much worse in many cases than before they were evicted, Mr. Egeland said.He also said that the world body has been using funding from an earlier appeal to provide some aid to 170,000 people affected by the evictions. But a much broader programme is sorely needed to address the larger-scale emergency in the country which has seen life expectancy plummet from around 63 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s to 33.9 years in 2004.The complex emergency in Zimbabwe comprises a combination of widespread food insecurity, high unemployment and a 25 per cent HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. read more

UN envoy condemns attacks targeting dozens of protesters in northern Iraq

“Such attacks aim to heighten tensions in this particularly sensitive region of Tuz Khurmatu,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler. According to media reports, two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a tent packed with Turkmen protesters, killing at least 11 people and wounding 55 others. Among the injured are Turkmen leaders, Ahmed Abdel-Wahed and Ali Hashem Mukhtar Oglou. The protesters were calling for more protection and security in the town, which is regularly hit with attacks.Mr. Kobler urged Iraqi leaders to ensure that communities are protected and to take all necessary measures to defuse such an alarming situation. He also reiterated his condemnation of all forms of violence, and extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.The past couple of months have been some of the deadliest on record in the country. In April, 712 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,600 injured. In May, the death toll increased to 1,045 and more than 2,300 were wounded, according to figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). read more

Ohio State remains at No 2 in AP Top 25 Poll

The Ohio State Buckeyes stayed put at No. 2 in Sunday’s latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. OSU remained among the undefeated teams in the country following a comeback 30-23 victory over the now-No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers.Alabama claims the top spot by even a greater margin after dispatching Tennessee 49-10 on the road. The Crimson Tide earned 60 out of 61 first-place votes. The other team to earn the only other first place vote was Michigan who moved up to No. 3 after its bye week. The previous third-ranked team, the Clemson Tigers, held on in overtime at home to unranked North Carolina State. The Tigers dropped to No. 4 and Washington was ranked No. 5 for the second straight week. Nebraska jumped to No. 8 after the losses by Wisconsin and Tennessee. The Cornhuskers defeated Indiana 27-22 on the road.This is the second week in a row that four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10.OSU battles Penn State on the road on Oct. 22 at Beaver Stadium at 8 p.m. read more

Over 300000 Guyanese have access to the internet Telecoms Minister

“The Internet penetration rate in Guyana today stands at 305,007 persons. That means that 39.6 per cent of the current population of this country are using and connected to the Internet. It might sound low, but it’s over 300,000 persons.”Cathy Hughes, Minister of TelecommunicationThese were the words of the Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes as she recently defended in the National Assembly the frequent statements in the public domain regarding Guyana’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.“I know in the press, I’ve been carried talking about our drive to provide connectivity. We’ve connected all the Ministries at this point in time. Over 150 government agencies, over 195 schools and we’ve created and opened in communities over 125 ICT hubs where there’s free Internet access,” she said.Hughes stated that while persons may say there was an absence of a strategy, it actually has not been put out for consultation. But according to the Minister, that does not mean that things are not happening, as she believes there is enough indication and discussion about a strategy.“It’s my pleasure to say that the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is close to completing and bringing an ICT strategy out for consultations,” she related. “But in the meantime, I want to say that almost four or five times a month we demonstrate in a tangible way how that strategy is working.”Earlier this month, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had hosted a road show in collaboration with the Ministry in various regions across Guyana. Some of the activities that were featured included an e-agriculture workshop, community outreaches, a cyber-security workshop, and an ICT youth fair.At a recent press conference, Hughes had announced that the Government would be formulating a policy framework expected to bridge the gap which exists between the hinterland and coastal communities and steer Guyana into the 21st Century.The Bureau of Statistics, in the census conducted in 2012, had listed Guyana’s population count at “746,955.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedICT Initiatives to transform Guyana in 2017 – HughesDecember 7, 2016In “latest news”GRIF Project Grant will increase connectivity in Hinterland communities – Minister HughesAugust 11, 2017In “Internet”High-level Telecoms team heads to ChinaAugust 26, 2016In “latest news” read more

Democrats investigate Pence stay at Trumps Doonbeg hotel

first_img Short URL By Cónal Thomas Sep 6th 2019, 9:55 PM THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT Committee in the United States is investigating Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay at the golf resort in Doonbeg owned by President Donald Trump. Pence stayed at Doonbeg resort last weekend, 290 kilometres from Dublin, during his two-day trip to Ireland. Pence’s spokesman said they decided to stay at the Trump International Golf Links at the “suggestion” of the president, rather than using a hotel in Dublin.Democrat Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said it appeared that Trump was profiting personally on the Vice President’s trip, given all the government funds spent at the resort to house his sizable entourage.“The committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Cummings said in a statement. Cummings said the bill for the trip could be “significant,” given the estimated $3.6 million (€3.2 million) of taxpayer money spent when Trump stayed at the Doonbeg resort in June.It was the second probe opened in the past two weeks of the White House’s official use of the President’s properties.Pence has defended as “logical” his decision to stay at Doonbeg. His great-grandmother grew up in Doonbeg and Pence says that he visited the area when he was 22. “I understand the political attacks by Democrats but if you have a chance to get to Doonbeg, you’ll find it’s a fairly small place and the opportunity to stay at Trump [International] in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel made it logical,” Pence told reporters here on Tuesday. “We checked it with a state department, they approved us staying there and I was pleased to have the opportunity to return to that family home town.“It’s deeply humbling for me to be able to come back to Ireland and have the opportunity to go to the very home town of my mother’s grandmother,” he said.  The US President resigned as the director of the golf course and resort on 19 January 2017, the day before his inauguration as US President, RTÉ reported at the time. The hotel is located around 290 kilometres from Dublin where the official meetings between Pence and figures such as Leo Varadkar and Michael D Higgins were held this week. With reporting from – © AFP 2019   38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Tuesday. Image: Sam Boal/ Share1 Tweet Email center_img Democrats investigate Pence stay at Trump’s Doonbeg hotel Pence has defended as “logical” his decision to stay at Doonbeg. Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Tuesday. 20,880 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Friday 6 Sep 2019, 10:20 PMlast_img read more

Giving Valentines Day a new meaning

first_imgA family from Greece will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this Sunday for a completely different reason. Mary Tserga, Antonis Bouzinos and their daughters found a new home on 14 February four years ago, 15,182 km away from Athens. “I don’t know if I’ll be celebrating with all my heart, but I’m getting there, one year at a time,” fashion designer Maria, who has for the first time moved away from her birthplace, tells Neos Kosmos.“It was a huge step to move from Greece to Australia.”“I will never forget saying goodbye to my family and friends at the airport back then; grabbing my four children and hopping on a plane to the unknown.”Maria doesn’t miss Greece itself as much as her loved ones. She misses the idea of Greece and the laid-back more vibrant lifestyle.“I am so sad to say this, but seeing what is happening in Greece, I feel lucky, mostly for my children.”“I believe they would have moved abroad anyway after a while and we would have been separated. Now, the whole family is together.”Maria set up her business again in Brisbane and within three year’s time she managed to build a sustainable clientele. Despite the alienation and the hurdles she first encountered, in retrospect, she feels grateful to have been offered this opportunity. “In the Lucky Country, there are no beds of roses, but if you work hard enough you can succeed,” she stresses.“Even if you just manage a small business, it is possible to survive and evolve even. In Greece, you will drown in red tape.”Her husband, Antonis, who was born in Germany and grew up in Athens, believes that as a family, they had completed their circle there.The ongoing crisis since the Olympic Games back in 2004, had led them through some very difficult economic situations.They felt they needed to find a path for growth and be productive professionally instead of stagnating amidst political and financial turmoil. “Even though Athens is a big city, it’s not much different to the Australian urban life,” Antonis, who is a geologist, adds.“However, we don’t live in the temple of Democracy anymore. We see the Acropolis every day unfortunately we don’t live in the way people think.”The crisis first started affecting Antonis’ work back in 2005, one year after the Olympics. “Construction started dropping. I was working at a geological lab. Jobs were declining and slowly affecting other industries. We could see the eminent catastrophe,” Antonis explains.“At some point we started thinking that there would be no future for our children a few years down the line. Even if they went to uni they still wouldn’t get the same opportunities in life.”Maria was also experiencing a decrease in orders in her business, and after several discussions, they decided to make the move and migrate.Antonis began to apply for jobs abroad, but as he told ABC’s radio in Brisbane, “At the time I thought I’d prefer to move to another European country.”Before he signed with his current employers, he was asked to come and experience firsthand the Australian reality, in order to make the right decision.“Down Under is a geologist’s paradise. When I came to Brisbane I realised it was beautiful, the people were kind, more relaxed.”“Another wonderful thing about Australia I tried to convey to my wife is the deep links it has with the Greek people, something that would make assimilating easier regardless of the distance.”“We have to move on,” they thought, and left frosty Athens to land in scorching hot Queensland on Valentine’s day.“I held my daughter when we arrived and told her ‘this is the day you’ll fall in love.”“In love with Brisbane.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ouragan Irène le bilan saggrave à 32 morts aux EtatsUnis

first_imgOuragan Irène : le bilan s’aggrave à 32 morts aux Etats-UnisLa tempête Irène a quitté lundi les Etats-Unis pour s’attaquer au Canada. Les autorités américains ont fait part d’un nouveau bilan qui recense 32 morts et de nombreuses inondations, qui ont particulièrement touché le petit Etat du Vermont. “Il va nous falloir du temps pour nous remettre d’une tempête de cette ampleur”, c’est ce qu’a déclaré lundi le président Barack Obama après le passage d’Irène. Alors que la tempête quitte à peine le territoire américain, les autorités relèvent en effet de nombreux dégâts, notamment en Nouvelle-Angleterre et dans le Vermont, victime de graves inondations. “Nous n’avons pas vu de telles inondations dans le Vermont depuis 75 ans”, a déclaré le gouverneur de l’Etat Peter Shumlin à la radio Vermont Public Radio.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageDans ce petit Etat montagneux de 600.000 habitants, parcourus de rivières et parsemés de villages, plusieurs ponts ont été emportés, des centaines de routes coupées, rendant impossible l’accès à certains villages, rapporte l’AFP. Par ailleurs, au moins deux personnes y ont trouvé la mort, dont l’une emportée par une rivière alors que près 30.000 foyers y ont été privés d’électricité. Désormais, les autorités font donc état d’un bilan aggravé depuis ce week-end : 32 personnes seraient mortes dans neuf Etats suite au passage de la tempête Irène. Les plus touchés sont l’Etat de New York qui compte 6 morts, tout comme la Caroline du Nord par où est arrivée Irène et la Pennsylvanie. Et si la ville de New York a été relativement épargnée, des milliers d’Américains se retrouvent actuellement sans toit dans les autres villes côtières, a souligné lors d’une conférence de presse Charley Shimanski, un responsable de la Croix Rouge en charge des situations d’urgence.Selon la société de gestion du risque Eqecat, les dommages causés par la tempête Irène sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis pourraient s’élever au total à une somme comprise entre 5 et 7 milliards de dollars, a t-elle indiqué lundi à l’AFP. Très affaiblie, Irène a balayé lundi le Canada. Le 30 août 2011 à 09:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man sentenced in prostitution case

first_imgA Vancouver man said he was seeking vengeance against his wife when he met up with a teen for sex at a motel room. But his plan backfired when the girl and her friends robbed him at gunpoint instead.Alvino Soto-Arriaga, 31, told the judge Thursday that he should have never met up with the 17-year-old girl, who he thought was of legal age, and he should not have called the police.Soto-Arriaga pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to patronizing a prostitute in connection with the bizarre twist of events and will serve 26 days on a work crew. He initially faced commercial sex abuse of a minor and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, Deputy Prosecutor Colin Hayes said.“This was a very unusual and specific set of facts that led us to where we are,” Hayes said after the hearing.Soto-Arriaga was robbed at gunpoint at the Guest House Motel, 11504 N.E. Second St. in Vancouver, on May 26, 2015. Two of the robbers, Cinthya Araiza, then 17, and Selina Quitugua, then 16, had arranged to meet with him so he could pay Araiza for sex, according to court records.However, the girls and Robert E. Mitchell, then 19, and Tylor M. Myers, then 21, all of Vancouver, planned to rob Soto-Arriaga instead, a probable cause affidavit states.last_img read more

Frustrated Wagner reflects on Bournemouth defeat

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner has slammed his side’s performance for “giving away presents” in the pitch after their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.Christmas came early for Bournemouth as Huddersfield Town visited bearing presents, according to Wagner.Poor defending were the presents they gave to Bournemouth as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser scored to give Eddie Howe’s side a 2-0 lead, but the visitors managed to pull a goal back thanks to Terence Kongolo.“This is very frustrating,” Wagner told Sky Sports.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It is very disappointing. To make it totally clear I don’t think we deserved anything out of this game because you need your defence and offence to work.“It was Christmas for Bournemouth because we gave away presents at both ends of the pitch, even if performance-wise it was another top-class away performance.“We controlled big parts and we dominated them. We had enough opportunities to score at least two.We needed to score three or four today but we didn’t take them and that is why we have no rewards in terms of points.”last_img read more

UPDATE Pie Me Over Set To Open In Wilmington This Fall

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In an update to a February 2019 story, Wilmington Apple has learned that Pie Me Over, a gourmet chicken pot pie shop, will be opening in Wilmington this fall.“Due to contractor delays, we estimate the shop will be open in late September or early October,” owner Marje Hammond told Wilmington Apple.The shop, located at the former Fantastic Sam’s location (217 Main Street) inside the Wilmington Crossing plaza, will sell not just chicken pot pies, but other savory pies, including veggie pies, beef pies, and quiches. Pies will be cooked daily and sold in three different sizes (Individual, Duo, & Large) and with four different types of crust. A gluten free chicken pot pie option will also on the menu.The shop is take-out only and will follow the “take and bake” model — customers take home the fresh or frozen pies and bake in their own ovens.Pie Me Over originally opened in Las Vegas in 2014 and received strong reviews from customers, food critics and the local press. The sop, for example, is a prefect average score of 5 stars on Yelp with 122 total reviews.The shop closed in the spring of 2018 after its owners, Marje Hammond and Feliciano Savilengo, relocated to Massachusetts. They’ve selected Wilmington for Pie Me Over’s new home.“Pie Me Over is the first retail pie shop of its kind in Massachusetts and across the country selling unbaked fresh & frozen pies with a variety of crusts,” reads the company’s website. “We felt that most Chicken Pot Pies and other savory pies lacked flavor, and were much too salty. We also strived to perfect the Traditional crust and introduced our own special crusts such as Cheddar, Habanero Cheddar, and fresh Garlic.”Follow Pie Me Over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedChicken Pot Pie Shop To Open In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NEW RESTAURANT ALERT: Habit Burger Grill To Open Its First New England Location Right Here In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Did you know Salman Khan has given major number of debutants to

first_imgSalman KhanInstagramSalman Khan is not just a superstar in the industry for his acting but in real life too as he has often encouraged newer talents in Bollywood. Thus, many actor, actresses, music composers, and directors go to him at the beginning of their career.Salman has been a ‘Bhai’ to many in Bollywood and has a huge circle of friends. The actor, who has been consistently playing the lead hero since more than 31 years now, still holds his place among the top stars of the film industry with almost 100 percent success rate. The actor also mentors and launches several new faces in the industry.Let’s check out the number of people Salman has launched since the past couple of years.With his latest release, he introduced Pranutan and Zaheer Khan. Last year he introduced Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain with Loveyatri. Before that, the actor introduced Athiya Shetty and Suraj Pancholi with Hero, Daisy Shah in Jai Ho, Sonakshi Sinha with Dabbang, Zareen Khan in Veer, Sneha Ulla in Lucky: No Time for Love, Katrina Kaif in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Bhumika Chawla in Tere Naam, singer and music composer Armaan Malik and Amaal Malik. In future he will be launching Ashwami Majarekar in Dabaang 3 and Isabel Kaif in her upcoming film.The actor is currently busy with his upcoming film Bharat, in which he co-stars with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. Bharat has been shot in various locations such as Abu Dhabi, Malta and Punjab. The actors have in the past shared a number of pictures and video clips from the film’s shoot. For one of the shoots, the Wagah border in Punjab was recreated. The film will see Salman play multiple roles. Bharat is the official Hindi remake of 2014 Korean drama Ode to My Father.last_img read more

Shaifali Nagpal gives an amazing makeover to this acid attack survivor Video

first_imgShaifali Nagpal and acid attack survivorInstagramShaifali Nagpal, who is a fashion and beauty influencer on social media, was thrilled when an acid attack survivor approached her for a makeover. She used this opportunity to show her talent.Shaifali Nagpal has glammed up many women with her fashion and styling. She aspires to do more than make-up and beauty tips on her blog. She recently had opportunity to do something different, when she came across an acid attack survivor. She grabbed this chance and gave an amazing makeover to the women. She was all thrilled to share the makeup video on her Instagram page.Shaifali Nagpal also wrote, “Makeover very close to my heart, for the strongest girl I hv ever met, dear NASREEN @jahanasreen u r a fighter girl❤❤ m so glad I could meet u and got this opportunity to do ur makeover #acidattacksurvivors #mtvroadiesx4#mtvroadies @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh #chaapaak ➡ song — @lalala @nehakakkar @arjunkanungo.”Her fans were amazed to see the video of Shaifali Nagpal giving a makeover the woman and they could not stop going gaga over her work. A follower named Jhankar2117 replied, “Fantabulous wrk Mam. She is bful indeed. Although U made her luk more bful.”These days, Instagram has proved to be a boon for a lot of people, who are successfully running their business or getting an exposure for their art and talent. Shaifali Nagpal is one of those people. she has made sure to use it to show her spectacular make-up and fashion work to the world.Shaifali Nagpal has more than 72.7K followers on her Instagram page and she often interacts with her fans. With her passion and love for beauty, make-up and fashion, she truly wants to make sure she makes a remarkable contribution to help women make themselves look more stunning.She is one of the most followed and trusted fashion bloggers on the internet. People are in awe of her work and how convenient she makes it to don different looks and make-up tricks. She personally loves doing challenging makeovers and comes up with more challenging makeups, which leave everyone surprised.Shaifali wishes to come up different make up and skin care tricks and tips. She also plans to start sharing international ideas for bridal and engagement makeovers. Considering her popularity and following, she is sure to rule the world of beauty and fashion soon.Watch the video of Shaifali Nagpal giving a makeover to the acid attack survivorlast_img read more

AL govt may also stop Khulna city polls BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPA senior BNP leader on Monday expressed apprehension that the government may now try to get the Khulna city corporation election suspended by the court.BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said  they witnessed a popular wave in Khulna in the BNP’s favour like that in Gazipur, election to which was stayed by the High Court on Sunday.”The election to Gazipur has been stopped. Electioneering in Khulna city is going on, and a huge wave has been created there in favour of the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’,” the BNP leader told a discussion.He further said, “The current government is suffering from a sense of fear due to a popular wave. So, we apprehend it may now try to stop the election there as it doesn’t want to get defeated.”Islamic Party, one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, to mark the third death anniversary of its ex-chairman Abdul Mobin.Nazrul Islam said their party is likely to come up with harsher action programmes changing their current soft line of action to force the government to ‘restore’ democracy and hold the next polls under a non-party administration.”We’re carrying out a peaceful democratic movement as per the directives of our chairperson (Khaleda Zia) and acting chairman Tarique Rahman. But it doesn’t mean we’ll tolerate whatever the government does at will,” he added.The BNP leader also said their grassroots leaders and activists are mounting pressure on them to change the course of their current movement.He alleged that their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been subjected to inhuman attitude in jail for lack of treatment.Nazrul said Khaleda is unlikely to be freed soon even if the Supreme Court grants her bail on Tuesday if she is shown arrested in other cases.He feared that the government may resort to various tricks to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail.last_img read more

Houston LGBTQ Community Mourns African American Transgender Woman

first_img Share Photo via FacebookPolice have identified the victim as 22-year-old Tracy Single.Houstonians are mourning the death of an African American transgender woman. Tracy Single was found dead in a parking lot in the Memorial area on July 30, according to the Houston Police Department. An autopsy revealed the incident was a homicide.“We are devastated by the loss of Tracy,” HPD sergeant Alexa Magnan, who works closely with members of the LGBT community, said. “We’re here and we are pursuing every lead in this case to try to bring justice for Tracy.” The 16th trans murder this year has happened here in Houston. Rest In Peace Tracy Single. We have lit City Hall and the Bridges over Hwy 59 in trans colors in her honor tonight/tomorrow. As we #sayhername we remain committed to creating a City where #translivesmatter 💙💕— RustinBrother (@HarrisonGuy) August 15, 2019At least 22 transgender people were killed in the U.S. last year and 82% of them were women of color, according to the national advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.“Transgender people are disproportionately affected by violence. Every year it’s consistent,” Magnan said. “Transgender women of color all across the country are victimized at much higher rates.” All HPD officers are receiving mandatory training with Equality Texas this year to educate them on working with transgender Houstonians, Magnan said. And she’s encouraging members of the transgender community to report any information that could be related to the incident. Houston City Hall and several highway bridges were lit in the trans pride flag colors — blue, pink and white — this week in Single’s memory, according to Harrison Guy, the chair of the mayor’s LGBTQ task force. “I was hoping to let the trans community specifically know that we see you, that this is your city as well, that you have a place here, that we’re working to make this a city that is safe for you, a place where you can thrive,” Guy said.In Dallas, police have been investigating the murders of two black transgender women, Muhlaysia Booker and Chynal Lindsey, earlier this summer.last_img read more

Ramp up Your Redesign

first_imgGet more from your business’s websiteWebsite Maintenance Musts 6 Website Fixes to Make Now8 Tips for Working With Web Designers13 Website Marketing Turnoffs Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 1, 2009center_img Confronted with a dumbfounding 90 percent drop-off in revenue at his high-end, custom bicycle business in San Antonio, Texas, Kevin Saunders could easily have closed his shop and resumed a career in finance or aircraft component design. Or he could have put KGS Bikes into retrenchment mode, suspending its marketing and promotional activities until the economy rebounded, and with it, the market for bikes priced more like cars–in the $10,000 to $30,000 range.Instead, Saunders did just the opposite–he came out swinging.”I could have taken a breather,” he says. “But instead I saw this as an opportunity to jump ahead of competitors who are crying in their beer. I decided to turn the website into a world-class site, to make the internet the center of the business and to really focus on social networking to attract people from around the world to the site. That, I believe, is what is going to put me ahead of the competition when things do turn around. Plus, I’ll have a really strong social network and a world-class web site.”Saunders knew he needed to spend money to revamp the KGS Bikes site. But unlike many small to mid-size businesses, which overhaul their sites under the cover of darkness, with little to no fanfare, he recognized an opportunity to turn the relaunch of his site into a “happening.” By making it an event, he could leverage the dollars spent updating the site to attract additional attention, traffic and ultimately, paying customers.Using traditional and non-traditional public relations and marketing channels, he created a buzz around the site’s June relaunch. What’s more, he did it with no additional cash outlay beyond the $15,000 he spent to improve the site.Turning the relaunch of a web site into a public happening–by making a dedicated public relations and marketing push to tout new site features, or by packaging the relaunch with a special promotion or the roll-out of a new product or service–is an often-overlooked but potentially rewarding undertaking for small businesses seeking new ways to get noticed.”It’s a positive opportunity to engage your partners and the public,” says Rob Davis, vice president of business development at Akavit, an interactive marketing firm in Denver. “In most cases, though, it’s a nonevent, because the average entrepreneur is so focused on everything else happening in their business, it’s one of the last things that gets attention.”For Saunders, the relaunch, plus all the time he invested in the preceding months to build a presence and a following via his blog, an e-zine and social media vehicles such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, are paying major dividends. “Last year, I had this massive website that nobody saw and I was somebody nobody had heard of. Now, people who follow cycling think I’m some sort of rock star.”Saunders says his goal is to convert that newfound name recognition into a three-fold increase in site traffic within a year of site relaunch.”As a business owner, you want to always be doing what you can to get people to your web site,” explains Jay Bower, president of the Crossbow Group, a marketing and communications agency in Westport, Conn. Trumpeting the relaunch of a web site “is a good context in which to do that. You can do it with very simple tweaks to a site. Usually there’s no need to fully reinvent your site or its navigation system, for example. So a relaunch can have a huge impact at a very low cost.”Ajay Goel figures the superficial site redesign his e-mail marketing software company, Chicago-based JangoMail, unveiled in June has already paid for itself with the additional leads it has generated. Simply incorporating a “free trial” button on each of the site’s pages has helped yield a 30 percent increase in leads during the first month following relaunch. Bundling the relaunch with the unveiling of a new feature on the company’s e-mail marketing platform also has helped the cause, he says.Packaging a site relaunch with a product launch or a promotion can effectively enhance the impact of the relaunch “event,” asserts Bower. “If you’re a retailer, offering discounts on whatever you sell, or doing something like a one-week sale [timed with the relaunch] can draw people to the site. Really, whatever your business is, some kind of promotion makes sense.”There’s no shortage of channels through which to create a buzz around a relaunch. For consumer brands in particular, says Bower, “you probably want to lean more on new Web 3.0 social media tools,” such as by setting up a Facebook storefront or page dedicated to the site relaunch. Tirelessly working social media channels proved fruitful for KGS Bikes. First Saunders focused on creating a following on networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Then, having succeeded in building a solid following on each, he announced the site relaunch to his followers. “I think the social networking can be the difference between wasting your money and time and being successful [with a site relaunch]. The Internet is the great equalizer,” Saunders says.In a similar social vein, entrepreneurs looking to maximize the impact of a web site relaunch should consider using a communal approach to revamping the site, says Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.”Most launches go about it in the wrong way, where they try to emulate the opening of a restaurant,” he says. “That might create curiosity, but it doesn’t build community. A really powerful way to build community, and the customer loyalty that comes with it, is to involve existing customers in the process. Make it a communal design of the site, where you ask them a few questions about how to improve your site, so they feel like they have a stake in the outcome. It not only gives you a chance to communicate with people, it establishes instant loyalty if their suggestions are implemented.”Further, Michalowicz says, don’t be shy about leveraging that community good will by asking Twitter followers, Facebook friends or allied bloggers to help spread the word about a site relaunch.Social media may be sexier, but don’t overlook traditional PR, marketing and media tools–print advertising, search-engine-optimized press releases issued on the Web and sent to media outlets via e-mail, etc.–in efforts to create buzz for a site relaunch. “There are plenty of sites you can use to send out a press release at little or no cost,” Bower says, “and local newspapers are dying for content right now.”Search engine optimization is vital not only to drawing attention to a press release announcing a site relaunch, but to attracting traffic to the site itself once it’s relaunched, says Davis. That puts a premium on consistently updated site content and key words. Goel says that one of the goals in redesigning the JangoMail site was to “show the search engines we have dynamic content.”Will it be worth your while as a business owner to take the extra steps to transform a humdrum web site relaunch into a “happening?” The determining factor in that decision usually is not money but time, Michalowicz says. “You don’t have to break the bank, but you definitely need to break a sweat.” 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Young Entrepreneurs Are Applying the Power of Big Data to the Real

first_img Much is written about the vital role of big data for corporate decision-making. In my own state of Utah, companies like Domo and Omniture (now Adobe) spin the cash register with breathtaking advances using big data for more accurate and timely executive action.Related: You Can Become a Data Scientist. Yes, You.Even my iPhone fitness app just alerted me of its use of big data to customize a more effective experience to my needs and goals. But while data has been collected for centuries, only in the last few decades have we had the computing power to harness and put the data to practical use.My recent attendance at a big data conference in New York City prompted me to consider the future applications of fresh technology that harnesses vast data repositories. Experts from Under Armour, The New York Giants, Notre Dame, The Women’s Tennis Association and Stanford University unfolded the future of professional sports and healthcare. While these experts in prescriptive analytics, clinical risk intervention and predictive analytics spoke of current and future applications, a dozen or more young entrepreneurs sat in the back of the room creating big data dreams of their own.Two 15-year-old students from Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH) in Queens, New York dazzled me with big-picture thinking about the social implications of harnessing big data while protecting our future. The teens shared very entrepreneurial thoughts of how to deliver genomic big data solutions without diminishing individual self-worth.One young man used the example of applying genomic big data to people to create a “Superman” in the future. Yet, he noted that if everyone were Superman, no one would be.  In other words, no one would be unique, stand out from the crowd. Wow! That’s big picture thinking that reminds me of a science fiction novel. Related: Indirect Data Is the Travel Industry’s Secret WeaponAlex Torres, a 20-year-old entrepreneur studying at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, represented the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship  (NFTE) at the event. As an alumnus of the NFTE program, which is focused on teaching the entrepreneurial mindset to under-resourced youth, Torres has taken the classroom experience and started his own organization.He’s interested in big data that benefits the mental health industry. His non-profit startup, You’re Not Alone, focuses on encouraging young people suffering from depression. His early-stage business interfaces with school districts that recognize the magnitude of this growing problem in today’s schools. He wants to make sure that while digital-data explosion and personalized technology continues to ramp, we remember that people still need to connect with people one on one, face to face, in real time.Sarah Currid, Development Director for NFTE, says SAP (Systems, Applications and Products) has been a great corporate partner for the student entrepreneurs her organization serves. She indicates NFTE has impacted more than 600,000 young people to date with an eye on entrepreneurial futures around the world.In a world where 74 million young people are currently unemployed, NFTE believes exposure to their project-based learning program makes youth more career-ready and prepared for employment by high-skill industries and by cutting edge companies like SAP. Currid says thousands of new businesses have grown out of the students’ participation in the NFTE program. Companies like SAP collaborate to provide new solutions for big business and emerging leaders in healthcare and sports. Since their native language is digital, it seems apparent that we are wise to give a listening ear to young entrepreneurs thinking outside the big-data box for solutions of the future.If big data is accessible to these enterprising teens, there’s no longer any excuse for small business owners the world over not to use this resource for their own advances. With inexpensive online tools, you can integrate your consumer data with massive collections of information about your target market, general mobile usage, specialized industry data and so much more.Related: Multicultural Marketing Is All About the MetricsBasically, the only limit to the use of big data for young entrepreneurs and small companies is your imagination.  Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 1, 2016last_img read more