Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy giving

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good.The couple says they’re not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving. It’s come in high-profile moments at the World Economic Forum and the shifting political conversation about taxes and socialism.Melinda Gates told The Associated Press that the attacks are about wealth, not philanthropy.The latest criticisms challenge whether their level of wealth is good for society and whether it’s functional to rely on the generosity of the very rich to fix its problems. The couple’s non-profit work relies on the tax-exempt fortune they hand to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Gateses have released their annual letter Tuesday reviewing their work and vision.Sally Ho, The Associated Press read more

Marburg virus has killed 244 but fatalities are decreasing UN health agency

Speaking to reporters from Angola – the epicentre of the current outbreak – as well as Geneva, experts at a teleconference on Saturday cautioned against complacency.“In the last week we have seen the average number of cases drop from about 35 per week to 15,” said Dr. Fatoumata Binta T. Diallo, WHO’s representative in Angola. “This is good news, but it doesn’t mean that the outbreak is over.”She warned that the apparent progress could foster careless behaviour. “In past outbreaks, we knew that the perception that the battle has been won had led to people lowering their guard,” she said. “As long as there remains one single case of Marburg virus in Angola, we will not be able to say that the situation is completely under control.”Dr. Diallo credited the regional and international response mobilized by WHO with slowing down the spread of the virus. Experts from Brazil, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Kosovo, have travelled to Uige, the main region hit by the epidemic, while lab work has been done in Canada.At the same time, she praised Angolan health professionals for their ever-increasing role in battling the virus. Dr. Nestor Ndayimiridje, the team leader for Marburg epidemic response in Uige province, said the main difficulty had been trepidation among the local population. “The community is in fear, they have a lot of questions, and we’ve been trying to work with them,” he said.There is currently only one neighbourhood where there remains “some hostility vis-a-vis the technical teams,” he said. Others have come to understand the importance of responding to the outbreak thanks to community groups, provincial authorities, and traditional leaders who have joined forces to help the population better understand the outbreak. Dr. Pierre Formenty, who is also working in Angola, said experts had been able to draw on experience gained during the Ebola outbreak in the DRC a few years ago. One critical lesson involved the behaviour of medical teams in handling dead bodies in front of the relatives concerned. “Within the team, we have sessions in which we are shown how to be more friendly and compassionate with the families and with the patients,” he said.Experts also learned that plastic sheeting is associated with death, so they are using fences in the isolation wards instead. “These fences are 1.50 metres high so that people can come and see what we are doing and see that we are not killing the people,” Dr. Formenty said. “Also we give protective gear and we allow one person per family to come with us in the isolation ward where we have Marburg cases to visit them, talk to them, like any visit.”This “humanizing approach” has prompted a positive response among the local population, he said. He said he had a “a gut feeling that maybe things are going to be better.” read more

Gruelling lean season ahead for areas of Sahel impacted by Boko Haram

“Women displaced by conflict have lost their husbands, walked for days to safety and rely on the support of already-vulnerable communities,” said Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West Africa, stressing that “the lean season is upon us, and as local granaries are emptying, women tell of their families going hungry.” The current lean season – when food needs among the most vulnerable are typically at their highest – which coincides with the rainy season and greatest hunger needs, is also sparking extra health risks.According to WFP, the new displacement is being fueled by Boko Haram violence. In the past few days, thousands of people in Niger and Chad have been forced to flee their homes for safety. In Cameroon, the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) has tripled in the past four months, while the number of IDPs in all three countries is nearly equal to that of Nigerian refugees.“No one is untouched by the Boko Haram violence,” said Ms. Brown, adding that “crises involving refugees, displaced people, food and nutrition are converging on the poorest parts of West Africa.”In the first quarter of 2015, WFP provided food to more than 100,000 refugees, returnees, internally displaced and vulnerable people, and treatment to more than 30,000 children. It is also assisting nursing mothers suffering from malnutrition in Cameroon, Niger and Chad. However, due to a lack of funding, less than half the people WFP planned to support have received life-saving assistance. In Cameroon, displaced people and host communities were without food assistance for four months. Only in April was WFP able to provide food assistance, but only to some displaced and with reduced rations.“WFP is ready to scale up its response rapidly to meet growing needs if we have sufficient funding to do so,” said Ms. Brown, warning that “vulnerable communities in dire need of help in these three countries cannot afford to have less than half the support that they so urgently need.” Meanwhile, WFP is concerned about the precarious nutrition situation of new arrivals in countries bordering on northern Nigeria, especially as malnutrition rate has surpassed the 15 percent emergency threshold among children under five and nursing mothers. read more

Mens Hockey No 15 Ohio State gets two wins against No 17

The Ohio State men’s hockey team celebrates a goal from Freddy Gerard in a game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Credit: Ric Kruszynski | Ohio State AthleticsNo. 15 Ohio State (8-3-3, 3-3-0-0 Big Ten) took two crucial conference victories on the road against rival No. 17 Michigan (6-6-2, 2-4-2-1 Big Ten), winning a narrow 3-2 game Friday, then opening up the floodgates with a 5-1 victory Saturday.Major scoring came from some unlikely faces for the Buckeyes. Junior forward Freddy Gerard scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the first matchup. Senior forward Christian Lampasso matched his teammate with a pair of goals in the second game.Game OneThe Wolverines started the game with some early momentum, and found the back of the net first on a shot by senior defenseman Tony Piazza. The shot came from the blue line, but a deflection off an Ohio State player allowed the puck to find its way past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.Michigan held its one-goal advantage through the end of the first period, and led 14-9 in shots. But the Buckeyes took only a minute in the second period to even up the score on a shot in front of the goal by Gerard. Sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski found Gerard right in front of sophomore goalie Hayden Lavigne, and Gerard buried the chance, knotting the score at one.Ohio State increased the pressure immediately in the third period, and was rewarded with a power-play goal by junior forward John Wiitala less than 8 minutes into the final frame. Wiitala fired the shot from the point and beat Lavigne top shelf to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game.Less than a minute later, Gerard scored his second of the night, picking the pocket of sophomore forward Nick Pastujov right in front of Lavigne, and burying the easy chance. The two-goal performance was Gerard’s first career multi-goal game.From there, the Buckeyes played solid defensive hockey and were boosted by great goaltending from Romeo, who had 31 saves on the night. Lavigne had 33 saves for the Wolverines. Michigan freshman forward Josh Norris scored a goal to pad the stats with under 15 seconds to go, but the Buckeyes held on for the victory and grabbed the crucial three points in the standings.Game TwoOhio State won the second game in a more dominant fashion, but the game began relatively even. Lampasso gave the Buckeyes the lead on a slap shot from an off-angle that found its way past sophomore goalie Jack Lafontaine on an assist by junior forward Brendon Kearney.Michigan tied the scoring in the second period on a wrist shot by junior defenseman Joseph Cecconi. Junior forward Cooper Marody and junior forward Brendan Warren earned the assists on the play.From there, Ohio State piled on four unanswered goals, smothering any chance Michigan had to even the series. Laczynski started the trend with a goal less than a minute after Cecconi’s on a pass from behind the net by senior forward Matthew Weis.Weis added another assist, this time on a one-timer by junior forward Mason Jobst on the power play that doubled the lead. Laczynski added the other assist on the play.Laczynski returned the favor, assisting Weis’ goal off the faceoff, giving Ohio State a commanding 4-1 lead. Lampasso added another power play goal right at the end to secure the Buckeyes a massive 5-1 victory over their rivals up north.Romeo played lights out in Game Two, giving up only one goal while making 34 saves, including all 21 Wolverine shots in the third period.Ohio State returns to Columbus for a series against Penn State. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Pink Star diamond sells for world record €61 million

first_imgA PLUM-SIZED diamond known as the “Pink Star” was auctioned in Geneva Wednesday for €61 million, a world record for a gemstone.David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewellery division in Europe and the Middle East, brought down the hammer in a Geneva hotel after an intense, five-minute bidding race.Set on a ring, the 59.60-carat pink internally flawless diamond is measures 2.69 by 2.06 centimetres and weighs 11.92 grammes. Pic: Sean Dempsey/PA WireThe winning bidder, a bearded man apparently in his sixties sporting a Jewish skullcap, was pitted in a one-on-race against a telephone competitor.The bidding in Geneva was conducted in Swiss francs, starting at 48 million and working its way upwards million-by-million.There was a long silence as the price reached 67 million Swiss francs, before the in-room bidder came back with the winning 68 million.Commission included, the final price was 76 million francs — the equivalent of €61 million euros. There were up to 150 people in the auction room who erupted into applause as the theme tune from the “Pink Panther” was played as a tongue-in-cheek gesture.The winning bidder declined to identify himself to AFP but confirmed that he had been representing another individual, whose name and location he refused to reveal.The diamond had been estimated at €40 million.© – AFPRead: Sold! Francis Bacon painting sells for $142 million – the most expensive ever >Read: Getting engaged? This pink diamond ring is being auctioned at over €40m >last_img read more

Road deaths have increased by 30 so far this year

first_img Share217 Tweet Email Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 4:39 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell 13,464 Views AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA has issued an appeal to the public to be safe on the roads after initial figures for the year indicate that there’s been a 30% increase in the number of road deaths.Of the 34 people who have lost their lives in fatal road traffic collisions so far this year, 25 have either been a driver or passenger. There’s also been an increase in detections of intoxicated drivers, people not wearing their seatbelts and people using their mobile phones.Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, said today’s figures “affect all parts of the country”.“I call on every road user to play their part to make the roads safer. Think road safety every journey, and do everything you can to make the roads safer for all road users.”Analysis from 2018 reveals that nearly 1 in 3 of vehicular fatalities had no safety belt on at the time of the collision. Early investigations indicate this trend is continuing into 2019.Other factors such as speeding (or inappropriate speed due to weather or road conditions) and intoxicated driving are also significant factors in fatal road collisions, the Gardaí said.An Garda Síochána said that “non-compliance creates risk on the road to all road users”. Short URL Mistakes on the road cause collisions, preventing mistakes prevents collisions. Please note this significant increase in road deaths and Think and be safe every journey.center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha 77 Comments Mar 7th 2019, 4:39 PM Road deaths have increased by 30% so far this year There’s been an increase in detections of drink driving, people not wearing their seatbelts and people using their phones. https://jrnl.ie/4528991 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

John Cena set for LIVE with Kelly Michael on July 14th

first_img Google+ John Cena Is Done With The WWE John Cena Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Now Playing Up Next Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Vin Diesel Videos Articles Charlize Theron The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scenecenter_img Facebook Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded ABC’s “LIVE with Kelly & Michael” passed this along:Just wanted to give you a heads up that WWE’s JOHN CENA stops by tomorrow’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to chat about the film “Trainwreck.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

TCIG completes PreAssessment Training in preparation for its Mutual Evaluation Assessment by

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 24, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands has undertaken Pre-Assessment Training in preparation for its Mutual Evaluation Assessment by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) procedures that requires each country’s money laundering and terrorist financing risks to be assessed.    The mutual evaluations process is the mechanism used to conduct assessments.  The Pre-Assessment Training is a requirement in the mutual evaluation process.The assessment of the effectiveness of the legislative and regulatory infrastructure of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ financial sector has started by the delivery of a Technical Compliance Questionnaire which was received July 20, 2017 and to which the TCI responded on October 17, 2017.    Another desk-based assessment whereby the TCI will have to provide to CFTAF Secretariat responses on the effectiveness of the anti-money laundering and combating of terrorism framework (AML/CFT) will have to be submitted.   This will be followed by a two-week On-site evaluation by a CFATF assessment team early next year which will be followed by the publication of the Mutual Evaluation Report.Around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors convened for a three-day workshop at the Sands Resort in Providenciales on 18-20th of October 2017.    The workshop facilitated provision of comprehensive information needed for the country to prepare for all the stages of the assessment process.   The training was divided into two sections with the first two days being geared towards the public sector and the last day for the private sector.Announcing the completion of the Pre-Assessment Training, Chair of the lead agency, the Anti-money laundering Committee (AMLC), Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE said: “National cooperation and coordination are the keys to a successful outcome.   This is major step in the preparation process here in the Turks and Caicos Islands which provides stakeholders with the necessary understanding of the Mutual Evaluation process, particularly the On-site visit.   It will assist the country in being prepared to receive the Assessment Team and create awareness of the demands of the process.”The Hon. Attorney  General also expressed special thanks to CFATF Deputy Executive Director Mr. Carlos Acosta and Legal Advisor Mr. Rommel St. Hill who led the training sessions.   The TCI is also very grateful to the Government of Canada that facilitated the CFATF’s attendance and conduct of this training.For more information on the Mutual Evaluation Assessment process, please contact the TCI Attorney General’s Chamber.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Legislative Assembly passes bill banning Macau casino workers from gaming floors

first_img Melco Resorts launches latest Cyprus recruitment drive The bill will target employees working in a range of positions in Macau casinos including dealers and EGM workers, cleaners, security personnel, cashiers and even some public relations staff. Those workers found to be in a casino outside of work hours would face fines of between MOP$1,000 and MOP$10,000.However, employees would be allowed to enter casinos on the first three days of the Lunar New Year and for work-related activities such as training.One issue yet to be resolved in regards to the bill is how the ban on workers entering casinos outside of work hours will be enforced. There are also some concerns over the bill infringing on the rights of workers, including accessing non-gaming facilities that happen to be located on or alongside a casino floor, such as restaurants or bars. SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend Load More Macau’s Legislative Assembly has approved a draft bill banning local casino workers from entering Macau casinos outside of working hours.The bill, which will now head to committee for further deliberations and refining of policy details, is aimed at curbing problem gambling among casino employees. It was revealed by the Deputy Director of Macau’s Social Affairs Bureau, Hoi Wa Pou, earlier this year that around 30% of all individuals who ask for assistance in dealing with a gambling problem work in the casino industry. MGM China, Melco Resorts become latest to offer special award to Macau workforce RelatedPostslast_img read more

Exclusive Jessie Reyez Says She Is A Singer First Songwriter Second

first_img Twitter Facebook Jessie Reyez Shares Her Artistic Priorities exclusive-jessie-reyez-says-she-singer-first-songwriter-second Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 10, 2018 – 4:59 pm Jessie Reyez Shares Her Artistic Priorities Exclusive: Jessie Reyez Says She Is A Singer First, Songwriter Second Reyez’s most recent collaboration is represented by two tracks on Eminem’s Aug. 31 album release Kamikaze, duetting on the songs “Nice Guy” and “Good Guy” with a co-write on both. Back in Chicago for Lolla, she has fond memories for the city’s Chance The Rapper and King Louie, both of who helped her rise from unknown status. Nostalgic reflections go back to the multi-cultural streets of Toronto, Canada where she spent most of her childhood, as well as the sense she had growing up of her parents’ native Colombia.”Canada has this really cool way — specifically Toronto —  of encouraging you to wave both flags, if you’ve been born there, like wave your flag and then wave your parent’s flag too and be proud of it,” she reflected. “Some people’s parents listened to the Beatles … but my family is Alquimia, Celia Cruz and Carlos Vives, this old, rich Colombian music. I loved hearing that while I was growing up.” Her expressiveness brings unusual passionate stylings to a blend of R&B and hip-hop that’s distinctively her own and still evolving.”It wasn’t perfect, but it was cool,” was Reyez’s description of her Lolla set, emphasizing that she is “Hella meticulous.” That focus on detail has her questioning the 50-50 balance of being a songwriter as well as a performer, because from her point-of-view, her many successes from songwriting and collaborating have been “like this beautiful byproduct, because it’s not even like I’m focusing on that, but it’s just a default of having so many songs written.” Her desire for even greater focus is leading her toward giving 100 percent to everything she does, but as a rising star she is still growing in experience while transforming. Her 2017 EP Kiddo has given fans a taste of what’s to come under the Jessie Reyez banner, but with so much going for her and going on with her creatively, it seems likely surprises are in store.What So Not’s Round-The-World Journey To His Debut AlbumRead more With heavy-hitter collaborations that include two tracks on Eminem’s album ‘Kamikaze,’ the creative powerhouse with Colombian roots by way of Toronto says her primary focus is as a performer Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 10, 2018 – 4:58 pm The Recording Academy spoke with Jessie Reyez about what’s on her mind, backstage after her performance at Lollapalooza 2018. With many influences and a bicultural background, she insisted on the primacy of performing as a singer, in spite of her growing success and reputation as a songwriter. News last_img read more

Following earthquake significant road damage around Southcentral

first_imgConstruction began immediately to repair the ramp at the intersection of International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive after it collapsed during a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Friday, November 30, 3018 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)For the latest information on road conditions, visit the Department of Transportation’s website. Significant road damage remains following the 7.0 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Friday.As of Saturday morning, the state Department of Transportation had documented over 40 damaged sites. DOT reports that many aftershocks have continued to cause cracking and settling.DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says there are two areas in particular drivers should be aware of. She points to one area on the Glenn Highway.Cracks in a ramp by Minnesota and International (Photo: Nathaniel Herz – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)“Because we are having these continuing aftershocks, the Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls area, damage is continuing to spread and it’s moving into the driving lanes,” McCarthy said. “We have two detours set up, people can get through, but it is awfully slow.”McCarthy advised drivers to add significant time to their commute if they plan on traveling through those areas.The other area drivers should be especially aware of is the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage. McCarthy said the road is open, but aftershocks are causing rockfall and they are not recommending travel unless it is an absolute necessity.The interchange in Palmer remained shut down as of Saturday morning. There is also a detour in Eagle River to get around the northbound Eagle River bridge.To make matters more complicated, McCarthy said the weather service alerted DOT that poor weather conditions are on the way.“We’re going to get snow, we’re going to get rain, we’re going to get high winds,” McCarthy said. “So this might be a time… just plan on extra time, no matter what.”McCarthy says DOT workers and contractors are working on repairs around the clock, but at this time she did not have a good estimate on when that work will be finished.She also didn’t have an estimate of how much repairs will ultimately cost, but she said it’s safe to say it will be in the millions of dollars.last_img read more

Market week Key factors likely to increase postbudget volatility

first_imgTraders are likely to be risk-averse in the first market session on Monday, February 4, as the stand-in finance minister Piyush Goyal presented feel-good interim budget 2019 provoked some edge-of-the-seat tension because of extreme market volatility.The markets should trade range bound, now that traders have priced in the feel-good factor the budget provided.The corporate world is right in the thick of an earnings season with some key market movers expected to announce their December quarter results during the week.The week is also expecting a key Reserve Bank of India (RBI) policy meeting giving the markets cause to be cautious.The benchmark indices ended up on the day of the budget on Friday, after Goyal announced steps to boost consumer spending. However, the indices sharply slid off the day’s highs amid concerns over the confusing fiscal math.After rising 521 points (1.44 per cent) in intra-day trade, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex ended just 213 points or 0.6 per cent higher at 36,778. The index’s upward momentum was helped by stocks in the automobile, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and realty sectors.National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 swung wildly on Friday, February 1, as parliament’s budget session progressed. It hit a high of 10,983 and slumped to the red to touch a low of 10,813 points. Nifty 50 recovered marginally to end in the green closing at 10,893, marking a change of 63 points or 0.58 per cent.Banking stocks that account for a fourth of the index weightage fell sharply amid a spike in government bond yields that hit investor sentiment.Market observers attributed the early rally to the initial euphoria from the slew of announcements. Motilal Oswal, chairman and managing director of Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said that announcements such as the cut in income tax should help corporate earnings growth.Friday’s gainers like Hero Moto Corp and Maruti Suzuki India that rose 7.5 per cent and 5 per cent respectively could consolidate their gains during the week, but traders could expect some profit-taking.The badly battered banking stocks including YES Bank, State Bank of India, and ICICI Bank may remain under further pressure, according to observers.Concerns over extra borrowing could haunt the market through the week as the massive election-year sops begin to weigh on the fiscal balance. However, the market could find traction in the hope of increased consumer spending from the Rs 75,000-crore outlay for farm sector relief and the rebate declared for middle-income earners by freeing incomes up to Rs 5 lakh from the income-tax.Central bank meetingThe RBI Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting later in the week assumes significance after the interim budget contains steps to boost consumption demand. If the central bank cuts repo rates and CRR to ease pressure on banks the market will react positively.EarningsCoal India (Buy Back), IDBI Bank, IRB Infrastructure, Indian Overseas Bank and Exide Industries will be announcing quarterly results on Monday (February 4).Tech Mahindra, GAIL, HPCL, ACC, BHEL, Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDFC First Bank, DLF, Apollo Tyres, Tata Global and Dish TV will be announcing their results on February 5.Lupin, Cipla, Siemens, Adani Ports, Adani Power, JSW Steel, and Allahabad Bank, will come out with quarterly results statements on February 6.February 7 will see the December quarter results of Tata Motors, Aurobindo Pharma, Britannia, Adani Enterprises, Coffee Day, Cadila Healthcare, and Arvind and Grasim.Mahindra & Mahindra, NHPC, BPCL, and Engineers India will come out with their results on February 8.FII activityForeign investors have turned net buyers and this will augur well for the market. FIIs have bought about Rs 1,300-crore worth of shares so far, according to reports.last_img read more

PEC Ebtedayee exams to begin 18 Nov

first_imgProthom Alo file PhotoThe primary education completion examinations will begin on 18 November, according to an official of the primary and mass education ministry. The official said the examinations will start at 10:30am instead of 11:00am, with duration of two and half hours.This decision was taken at a meeting of the steering committee on exams at the secretariat on Wednesday with primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman in the chair.The official said the exam papers will be evaluated in the respective upazilas. Earlier these were evaluated in different upazilas.In special cases, a candidate will be given an additional 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. The exams will end on 26 November.last_img read more

Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency over attacks

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony`s Shrine in Colombo on 23 April two days after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lanka on Tuesday imposed a state of emergency hours after the government blamed a local Islamist group for a series of suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 290 people, including dozens of foreigners.Twenty-four people have been arrested over the coordinated Easter Sunday assault on multiple churches and hotels in the capital Colombo and beyond, authorities said.The carnage — which also left some 500 people injured — was the worst atrocity since the South Asian country’s civil war ended a decade ago.The attacks were also the worst ever against Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the country’s population of 21 million.Investigators are now hunting for clues on whether the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) group received “international support”, said cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.The spokesman added that it was not possible for such “a small organisation” to carry out such well coordinated suicide strikes.The state of emergency, which gave police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes, came into force at midnight (1830 GMT Monday). Suspects can be detained without a court order.The country was already observing a second straight night-time curfew since the attacks.Officials are also investigating why more precautions were not taken after an April 11 warning from Sri Lanka’s police that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported the NTJ planned suicide attacks on churches.Senaratne said that warning was not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or other top ministers.”Intelligence sections have reported that there are international terror groups which are behind local terrorists,” President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said in a statement.Sirisena was due to meet with foreign diplomats on Tuesday “to seek international assistance to combat terrorism”, his office said.- Toll mounts, tensions high -Tensions remained high, with a bomb detonating as police prepared to defuse it near one of the targeted churches. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.Police also found 87 bomb detonators at a Colombo bus station.The toll rose dramatically Monday to at least 290 dead.A police source told AFP that at least 37 foreigners were killed, while the tourism minister put that figure at 39 and the foreign ministry said there were 31 foreigners among the fatalities.That number was likely to shift again, as the United States reported at least four Americans killed — including a young student — and the Netherlands raised their toll to three.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.The death toll also included eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments.Several of those killed were dual nationals.The suicide bombers hit three Colombo luxury hotels popular with foreign tourists — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury — and three churches: two in the Colombo region and one in the eastern city of Batticaloa.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.Interpol said it was deploying investigators and specialists to Sri Lanka, and the US State Department warned of possible further attacks in a travel advisory.”This is America’s fight, too,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.- Memories of civil war -Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.A memorial service and funeral were to be held Tuesday at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of Colombo, where more than 100 people were killed Sunday.Among the dead were friends of 16-year-old Primasha Fernando, who was at her home nearby when the suicide bomber struck.”When I got to the church, there were people crying and screaming,” she told AFP.”I saw bodies everywhere,” she added in tears. “I saw parents carrying their dead babies.”At a government morgue in Colombo, relatives endured the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones.Janaka Shaktivel, 28, father of an 18-month-old son, sat in shock outside the building waiting for the body of his wife to be handed over.He said he escaped the blast at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo because the baby had started crying and he had to go outside.”I recognised her body from the wedding ring that she always wore,” he said. “I have no words to explain my feelings.”Two leading Muslim groups issued statements condemning the attacks, with the All Ceylon Jamiyaathuul Ulama, a council of Muslim theologians, urging the “maximum punishment for everyone involved in these dastardly acts.”The attacks drew global condemnation, including from US President Donald Trump and the pope.last_img

Taika Waititis Thor 4 Pushes Back Akira

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Update: At San Diego Comic Con this weekend we expect to learn more about what Marvel has in store for its Phase 4 movies and beyond. And now according to The Hollywood Reporter, one of those movies will be Thor 4, written and directed by Taika Waititi, the guy who made people finally care about the God of Thunder with Thor: Ragnarok. While good news for Thor fans, the drawback is this deal will also push back the long-awaited live-action Akira movie, which Waititi was originally slated to direct for summer 2021.A live-action Akira remake is such a bad idea. The original manga by Katsuhiro Otomo is a legendary classic, as is the 1988 anime adaptation, a movie so cool and good it’s okay to like even if you correctly believe anime was a mistake. Plus the story and Neo-Tokyo setting were just so specifically about Japanese cyberpunk anxiety surrounding urban youth culture and nuclear war. ‘Akira’ is just, like, a regular dude’s name, not something weird and mysterious.But because #brands can never be stopped, Hollywood has been trying to make a live-action Akira movie happen for years. And according to Deadline it’s finally happening on May 21, 2021. Fortunately, the project is being handled by Taika Waititi, the talented New Zealand director who turned Thor: Ragnarok into a cool movie despite being the third Thor movie.Along with being a great director who has proven his ability to inject his signature quirky style into big blockbusters, Taika Waititi’s background also gives us hope for his take on Akira. So much of the story is about children oppressed and exploited by uncaring governments. And in the real world these days those children are children of color.Waititi’s Maori racial heritage has informed his New Zealand films like Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Heck, it even informed Thor: Ragnarok and its subtle anti-colonialist bent. So hopefully Waititi can bring that rebellious political perspective to the deeply punk political Akira as well. This is why Jordan Peele was a promising early idea for director years ago. Please just don’t cast white kids as Kaneda and Tetsuo.Taika Waititi’s Akira opens in theaters May 21, 2021. Here’s hoping it’s more Speed Racer than Ghost in the Shell as far as live-action anime adaptations go. And in the meantime, look forward to Waititi’s next movie Jojo Rabbit in theaters this October. He plays an imaginary Adolf Hitler. Really.Watch Akira Stay on targetlast_img read more

Major breakthrough WBSU identifies proteins facilitating entry of JE virus inside brain

first_imgKolkata: The Microbiology department of West Bengal State University played a significant role in a new study conducted by National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), where it has identified proteins which facilitate the entry of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus inside brain cells.The study points out that JE, a leading form of viral encephalitis is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus, which belongs to the same genus as dengue and yellow fever.The research team of NBRC has identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP (Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein) and GKN3 (Gastrokine3) that facilitate the entry of the virus into brain cells. It may be mentioned that JE infection occurs when viral attachment proteins interact with cellular membrane proteins of host cells.”There were around six such proteins that were under consideration on part of the research team. However, analysis of these proteins would have been time consuming and an expensive affair. In this context, NBRC research group collaborated with our research team,” said Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU’s Micro biology department.She further said the department’s bioinformatics section identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP and GKN3 those are present on neuronal cell surface. “These findings helped in identifying their role in the viral entry into the neurons,” added Chakraborty.The experimental work performed by NBRC has been carried out in laboratory mice.The identification of host proteins, important for viral entry into neurons, provided the researcher team with candidates, whose targeting may be useful to block viral infection thus reducingdisease severity.Researchers have found that reducing PLVAP receptor in neurons decreased JEV entry and upregulating (increasing) them increased the viral entry on the other hand. “We are planning to collaborate with some pharmaceutical companies to identify potential drug/drugs which may be able to block this receptor proteins,” Chakraborty maintained.The research team included Dr Anirban Basu, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Irshad Akbar, Noopur Singh of NRBC Manesar, Ankur Chaudhuri and Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU and Arindam Bhattacharyya of Calcutta University and Amol Ratnakar Suryawanshi (Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar).The study has been published in the journal — ‘Scientific Reports’.last_img read more

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