Anxiety fear and grief normal at this stage for van attack witnesses

first_imgTORONTO – Konstantin Goulich had only travelled steps from his apartment building before he saw the first dead body.The second one lay a block or two to the south. Nearby lay a third, draped like the others in an orange blanket that only drew attention to the horror that had just transformed countless lives.The bustling but peaceful streets Goulich had planned to stroll on a balmy, sunny April day had become a grisly crime scene in the wake of a deadly rampage allegedly carried out by a 25-year-old man behind the wheel of a rented van.While Goulich was not among the 10 people killed or the 16 others injured that day, he said he’s struggled to come to grips with the “terrible” sights he saw.“I’m definitely not getting much sleep, that’s for sure,” Goulich said. “On the first night I couldn’t sleep at all. I just had the image of the person under the blanket.”Stories like Goulich’s will be common as the events of April 23 truly sink in, experts said, adding the witnesses to the violence that took place on Yonge Street should be considered victims of the attack in their own right.Dr. Katy Kamkar, clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said the carnage that resulted from Alek Minassian’s alleged rampage would be genuinely traumatic for everyday residents to take in.The sights and sounds that filled the streets that day not only lodge in people’s minds but also tear at their belief systems, she said, adding such events can leave people questioning fundamental pillars of their life such as the safety of their society and the foundations of their faith.In the immediate aftermath of such developments, Kamkar said it’s entirely normal for witnesses to struggle with the new information they’ve been forced to take in.Symptoms such as sleeplessness, anxiety, recurring mood swings, fear and grief are all normal at this early stage, Kamkar said, adding there is no single appropriate way to process such “horrific images.”“It’s important to expect all those and also not to be afraid of the symptoms, she said.Coping mechanisms may vary, Kamkar said, adding what works for one person may have an entirely different effect for another.Many mourners have congregated at the site of the attack in the days since it happened, and revisiting the scene proved unhelpful for one witness.Mandana Kanani was sitting outside her dry cleaning shop across the street when she saw the van speed along the sidewalk and run over a fire hydrant before continuing southbound, leaving four bodies in its wake.Since then, she said it’s been hard to shake the images and the sense of guilt she felt for being unable to help.“I was obliged to go to that side (of the street) and I felt really bad walking over there,” she said.But one person’s struggle can be another’s salvation.Dainis Cevers admitted to being in a state of shock after finding himself behind the van Minassian was allegedly driving and witnessing one pedestrian being hurled at least five metres through the air.Days later, Cevers returned to the scene after paying tribute at a makeshift memorial that sprang up since the attack.While there, he said he connected with the family of one of the victims. The exchange they had, he said, allowed him to commiserated and share his perspective on what happened.“It was good to meet them,” he said. “I was explaining that this could happen to anyone. There’s nothing to be done. It could happen to me, to anyone.”Such closure has not yet come to Mario Martella, who saw the body of an elderly woman lying just outside the neighbourhood hair salon he owns.“It’s terrible, terrible. It will remain in my mind for I don’t know how long,” he said. “But you can’t think about it.”Dr. Sylvain Roy, president of the Ontario Psychological Association, said that approach may not be best for everyone.He said that while the symptoms many people exhibit in the days after a traumatic event dissipate in most cases, some people see them intensify until they interfere with daily functioning.“Whoever witnesses directly will probably be impacted for life in one way, shape or another,” he said. “Some of these individuals will need to talk to somebody. The idea of connecting with family and friends, but also accessing professional help if needed, I think that’s going to be something we need to focus on.”Kamkar agreed, saying people with escalating symptoms may find themselves on the road to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological conditions without the right interventions.Both urged people needing help to reach out to the community supports in their area.In the meantime, Kamkar said witnesses struggling to come to terms with Monday’s traumatic events may want to concentrate on slowly re-establishing a normal routine.“Focus on setting goals, setting activities,” she said, adding they could be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk or making one phone call to a friend or loved one “Any kind of routine that helps us to go one step forward.”— With files from Peter Goffin and Liam Caseylast_img read more

French President Emmanuel Macron Wraps Up Morocco Visit

Rabat – French president Emmanuel Macron and his first lady Brigitte Macron left Morocco this Thursday morning, after a two-day work and friendship visit to the kingdom at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.The visit, the second of the French President outside the European Union since his election on May 7 to the presidency of the republic, attests to the excellent relations between the two countries.“This visit to Morocco reflects the kinship of the relations between our two countries, based on a common vision and a desire to pursue our joint interests not only in Morocco but also in the region and in Africa,” said Macron at a press conference on Wednesday in Rabat. While this visit was mainly a “personal” one, the two leaders also addressed the privileged commercial and human relationship between France and Morocco.The relationship “reflects the depth of bilateral relations based on a strong partnership in the common will to consolidate the multidimensional ties between the two countries,”  the Ministry of the Royal House, Protocol and of the Chancellery wrote in a statement announcing the visit.The Moroccan head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani escorted the Macrons to the Rabat-Sale International Airport, bidding farewell to the French presidential family. read more

Polling Stations Open in Egypts Presidential Elections Easy Win Expected for

Cairo- Voting officially began across Egypt on Monday, March 26, for the three-day presidential election, in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to win a second term in Egypt’s third presidential elections since the 2011 revolution. Almost 60 million eligible voters are expected to head to the poll centers from Monday to Wednesday, to choose between the incumbent Sisi and his only and little-known rival, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who had previously offered his support to Sisi and stepped in as a presidential candidate right before the close date for applications. According to some political experts, Moussa, leader of the tiny liberal Al-Ghad party, is unlikely to garner a significant number of votes. Skeptics claim he  joined the race at the last minute to give the election a certain legitimacy and “to spare the government the embarrassment of a one-candidate election,” after some of Sisi’s potential contenders were dismissed, imprisoned, or discouraged from participating. Less than two weeks after he announced his intention to run for president, Egypt’s former chief of staff, Sami Annan, was arrested last January over charges of forging documents that would allow him to take part in the election and “incitement” against the military. His arrest appeared to be a calculated move to force out a potentially serious challenger to President Sisi, who is himself an ex-general.  Prominent lawyer and figurehead for Egypt’s left, Khaled Ali, also dropped out in January, saying the authorities harassed and intimidated his supporters. “The opportunity for hope in this presidential election has gone,” Ali said during a press conference after announcing his withdrawal from elections, becoming the latest would-be candidate in the March 26-28 balloting, which appears to be a little more than a one-candidate referendum.In a televised interview broadcast last week, the general-turned-president said the lack of serious rivals was not his fault.“Really, I swear, I wish there were one or two or even 10 of the best people and you would get to choose whoever you want,” he said. “We are just not ready.”President Sisi was among the first to head to polls as soon as they opened at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, in a high-security school located in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis, according to Egypt’s media outlets.While some opposition leaders are calling for boycott, the Egyptian government has relentlessly hastened efforts to urge people to go out and vote, portraying voting as a national duty, required to protect the country against foreign conspiracies.Several banners and posters, of different sizes, hailing Sisi were displayed all over Cairo’s streets and across Egypt, while advertising for his challenger Moussa could hardly be seen. From Tahrir Square to Sayyida Aisha, many Egyptian shops, restaurants, and even small grocery stores are hanging banners in support of the certain winner, Sisi. “With all love, we support Sisi’s reelection,” one poster reads. “Think it right, Sisi is right.”These billboards, which have widely stirred up sarcasm among Egyptians, are believed to be funded by individuals and entities, from private businesses and loyal political groups to lawmakers, trade unions, and state-owned companies. “Sisi doesn’t need an official campaign, Esha’b (the people), will take care of it,” one citizen told Morocco World News, ironically. “Today we are celebrating democracy,” he added. Ahead of the elections, Egyptian authorities have deployed thousands of policemen and soldiers to protect polling stations across the country and secure the main roads leading to them. The result will be announced on April 2, according to the National Election Authority. read more

UN anticrime official and Pope Benedict XVI confer on global challenges

8 June 2011The United Nations’ lead anti-crime official and Pope Benedict XVI conferred today on ways to expand common efforts in the battles against drugs, crime and other social and health challenges throughout the world. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a press statement that its Executive Director Yury Fedotov and the Pope focused on “drug prevention, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, crime eradication, human trafficking and migrant smuggling” during their meeting at the Vatican.“With over a billion followers, the Catholic Church – as with all religions – has a special link to people across the globe and is in a unique position to spread key messages in helping prevent drug use and crime,” Mr. Fedotov said.“UNODC looks forward to expanding our relationship with all religions as we work together in addressing social and health challenges of drugs and crime in every part of the world.”Mr. Fedotov “noted the need to further the links between the efforts of the Catholic Church and UNODC in reaching out to the world’s most vulnerable whose lives are adversely affected by criminals every day, particularly in the developing regions of Africa and South America,” UNODC said. The Pope and Mr. Fedotov also “discussed the importance of inter-faith dialogue in a bid to look at root causes of terrorism across the world.”Yesterday Mr. Fedotov met with several senior Italian officials to discuss drug and crime-related matters, including migrant smuggling into Southern Europe on the back of the recent and ongoing events in North Africa, UNODC said. read more

EU provides emergency relief to flood victims in Sri Lanka

Following the devastating floods and landslides which have struck Sri Lanka over the last weeks, the European Commission gave €160 000 (approximately LKR 29 million) in humanitarian funding to bring emergency assistance to the communities affected by the recent floods.Some 17,500 people in the seven most affected districts of the country will benefit from aid. Priority will be given to those who have been displaced. The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This EU funding supports the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering relief assistance to those families who are currently living in temporary shelters or evacuation centres. They will receive cash grants which will enable them to purchase essential households items. Priority will be given to access to clean water and sanitation, particularly through the cleaning of wells with contaminated water. First aid and medical services will also be provided, together with hygiene awareness sessions to avoid the spread of waterborne diseases. Since May 19, the southwest monsoon weather conditions have caused heavy rainfalls in the southwest parts of Sri Lanka, triggering floods and landslides in various locations.  According to information released by the national Disaster Management Center, close to 175,000 people have been affected across 19 districts, and 26 people killed. Puttalam, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Colombo, Kurunegala, Kalutara and Kegalle are amongst the worst affected districts. read more

200G for Waterford skateboard park

Waterford’s vision for a skateboard park is coming into focus.A location has been selected and a budget has been set.The challenge for the community now is to come up with the $300,000 required to pay for its share of the facility. For its part, Norfolk council this week pledged $200,000.“Seems like a big number,” Kerry Bockenholt, chair of the Waterford Skateboard Park Committee, told council.“But we are a driven group determined to make this happen. Our fundraising committee has developed an ambitious strategic plan which includes amazing community commitment, various events and ongoing grant applications.“In the short time we have been planning, $48,000 has already been raised. We are determined.”Nine locations in Waterford were investigated. Two were selected as candidates: 28 Deer Park Rd., east of Lions Park, and 159 Nichol St., beside the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum.Jars were placed at both locations where community members were encouraged to register their preference. In a report to council, Bill Cridland, Norfolk’s general manager of community services, says the Nichol Street location was the “overwhelming” choice.“Heritage and culture staff are excited for the potential synergies for all partners involved,” Cridland said.Construction is scheduled to begin next year. It will be designed for skateboards, trick bikes, scooters and roller blades.Jean Montgomery, formerly of Waterford and now of Simcoe, confirmed that there is strong community backing for the installation. Nearly 40 individuals, youths, businesses, and organizations are committed to making it a reality, she told council.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman said the chosen location is dark at night and will need to be well-lit for after-hours enjoyment.“It’s not like it’s going to be near a tennis court or a ball park that would have lighting,” Huffman said. “Lighting will be a very important component of this going forward.”The county’s commitment is pencilled in for 2020. Cridland said these projections are flexible and that – if the project has to wait till 2021 or 2022 – the county money is portable and will be allocated accordingly.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

PBO wont issue analysis on Ottawas finances blames government secrecy

by Julilan Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2012 5:23 pm MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s budget watchdog will not issue a mid-year report on the Harper government’s finances, citing lack of co-operation from the vast majority of departments.Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page posted a partial analysis on the government’s $5.2 billion spending cuts plan Tuesday, but said a complete report that would be useful to parliamentarians is impossible because he just hasn’t been given enough information.He is seeking legal advice on whether he can sue Ottawa for the information, saying he will have an opinion this month.“We’re just saying show us the plan. This is not just a PBO issue, Parliament needs to see this and if they do see it and start scrutinize these plans, the chance of hitting objectives goes up,” he said.“But to say: We are not giving you the plan, totally undermines Parliament.”Page said he has been begging departments and other governmental organizations to report to his office their plans for personnel cuts and their impact on programs and services for seven months, but in many cases has received only a perfunctory response.To date, the PBO has received responses to requests about budget cutbacks from 91 per cent of government departments.However, most have supplied inadequate information, he said.Only one-quarter of departments, representing three per cent of the $5.2 billion in budgeted cutbacks, have provided data on personnel losses or the impact on services to Canadians, he said.“The lack of disclosure will prevent the PBO from providing parliamentarians with independent analysis on the state of the nation’s finances and the estimates of the government,” the budget officer said in the analysis.On Monday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty reiterated his position that he does not believe Page is entitled to the information he is seeking.“My concern is his mandate is to look at government spending,” Flaherty told CBC’s Power and Politics program.“What’s he’s proposing to do now is look at government non-spending. I don’t see that in his mandate. I wish he would stick to his knitting, quite frankly, he has enough to do.”Treasury Board President Tony Clement took a different tack Tuesday.“All I can say is we continue to co-operate with Mr. Page,” Clement said outside the Commons.“We have done so in the past. We’re doing so in the present. We’ll do so in the future.”He said the government has a number of competing obligations,“so this process is quite all-encompassing in terms of our reporting.”Flaherty is expected to issue the government’s economic update on the fiscal year so far later this month.Page said his counterparts in other countries have no such difficulties, noting that his mandate is to scrutinize the estimates of the government, which would include both higher and lower levels of spending. He has the backing of the opposition parties on the interpretation.But Page said he doesn’t want to go to court, and once he receives a legal opinion, he hopes the dispute can be resolved.“The solution we want to achieve is a change in culture where transparency is the norm,” he said.“The PBO cannot hold anyone to account, it’s only Parliament that can. It’s Parliament that needs this information. Wouldn’t our fiscal plans be better if we had front-end due diligence by parliamentarians? That’s their fiduciary responsibilities under the Constitution.”Page gave no date when he will offer his next analysis, saying it will come “as further data is provided.”Based on information he has received so far, he said the government will achieve most of its cost savings from cutbacks to international, immigration, defence and social programs and general government services.Reductions in internal operations, or overhead, only represent about 15 per cent of the overall package, he said, but added that he has no information how service to Canadians is being impacted.Clement, who has claimed most of the savings would come from “back office” operations in government, maintained that’s the case.“I think we stand by our numbers,” he said.“Our calculation is 70 per cent of expenditure reductions are in the back office certainly and we took special care to make sure that core services delivered to Canadians were not affected by any of our budget decisions.” PBO won’t issue analysis on Ottawa’s finances, blames government secrecy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Geek deals 200 off the Alienware M11x r2 and M11x r3

first_imgYou’ve seen the TV commercial by now. There is a hip looking younger guy, really getting into his video game. He’s blasting away, racking up points, when his gaming psychosis is interrupted by a waitress delivering his recently ordered coffee, showing off his shiny new (Dell) laptop that is clearly not some 17-inch monstrosity. His gaming experience would not have been possible even a few years ago, as “gaming” laptops were either 17-inch pseudo-desktops or woefully underpowered 14-15 inch models that had little real world gaming cred.No stranger to gaming machines Alienware, now a subsidiary of Dell, has been working on making more portable gaming laptops the past few years. The new M11x is based around a relatively tiny 11.6-inch screen that weighs just 4.39 lbs with a slightly chunky 1.29 inch thickness. On the inside of this small chassis you get a beefy NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M 1GB graphics card, backed up by a Pentium U5400 processor, capable of meeting most gaming desires on its 11.6-inch 720p display.AdChoices广告Connecting your external monitor is no problem thanks to both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and of course you get the trademark over-the-top Alienware design with accent lights and keyboard backlighting. The M11x also retains its portability with good battery life thanks to switchable graphics and a relatively large 64Whr 8-cell battery.But what makes this undersized beast the deal of the day is that this model starts at just $599, including those beastly NVIDIA graphics and 4GB DDR3 RAM. If you’re itching for a more powerful processor, you can step up to the “r3” model with Core i5 or Core i7 processors starting at $949. A Core i3 version is available at $699, but the Core i3 only gains Hyperthreading over the Pentium chip, so count your pennies wisely.Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Alienware M11xlast_img read more

Payet ready for final

first_imgMarseille’s Dimitri Payet is certain that he will be ready to play for the side in their Europa League final against Atletico Madrid, despite having suffered recent injury troublesThe French midfielder was left out of the side in their 3-3  draw against Guingamp last Friday due to having sustained a muscle problem.While Payet had acknowledged that he will have to caustious in regards to his recovery, the 31-year-old is now confident that the worse is over and that he will be able to start as Marseille bid to end their 25-year wait for glory in Europe.“I’m much better. I think I will be fit,” said Payet, according to SportsKeeda.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Olympians will be going up against a side that will be participating in their fourth European final in the past eight years, but Payet insists that Marseille have a plan to beat the Spanish giants in Lyon.“They have the experience but we’ve studied our opponents and we’ll know how to take them on,” he said.“We might not be able to play beautiful football throughout but the main thing is to score one more goal than them.”last_img read more

Thousands of SDGE customers without power due to high winds

first_imgThousands of SDG&E customers without power due to high winds KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Gas and Electric shut off the electricity to more than 1,000 customers in East County, as a Red Flag Warning continued Sunday for San Diego and much of Southern California.The warning began at 7 p.m. Saturday, as gusts above 30 miles per hour were clocked in locations like Pamo Valley.Winds of up to 30 mph, with isolated gusts as high as 65 mph, were predicted for today. Forecasters expected the strongest winds to occur along lower mountain slopes and below passes and canyons.Inland areas were expected to face moderate Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels, giving any fires that develop the potential to strengthen rapidly, according to the National Weather Service.As a result, SDGE cut off electricity Saturday night and today for at least 1,300 customers, in the mountainous areas of East County, because of weather conditions. Power was expected to be restored for most customers by 4 p.m. Monday, when the Red Flag Warning will expire.The NWS urged people to avoid outdoor burning for the duration of the warning, and also warned that high winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.Forecasters predicted winds to be strongest on Monday, with humidity at its lowest today and Monday.The winds should start to die down on Tuesday, and humidity will recover slightly Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 28, 2018 January 28, 2018last_img read more

Camas bowling alley burned in training

first_imgA piece of Camas history went up in flames Saturday as part of a training exercise put on by the Camas-Washougal consolidated fire department. The former Riverside Bowl in Camas, once a popular roller-skating rink and dance hall, had sat vacant at 3010 N.E. 3rd Ave. since 2007 and was recently released by its owners for use in a training burn.The drill at the 16,000-square-foot building began with interior training burns and concluded with the destruction of the building.Clear skies meant smoke was visible for miles.About 25 to 30 firefighters from Camas and Washougal took part, as did members of East County Fire and Rescue. A large crowd observed the exercise, including city officials from both Camas and Washougal, said Battalion Chief Mark Ervin.It was one of the largest practice burns conducted in Camas in recent memory, according to Camas Fire Department Chief Nick Swinhart.As of early March, no plans to build a new structure on the site have been submitted to the City of Camas by owners Marwan and Jacqueline Bahu and Howard and Lorena Reser, according to the Camas Post-Record.Mark Bowder: 360-735-4512; http://twitter.com/col_cops; mark.bowder@columbian.com.last_img read more

Woman accused of pouring hot grease on victim during argument

first_imgCINCINNATI (WSVN) — A woman in Ohio was arrested after police said she poured hot grease on another person during an argument.According to Fox 19, 61-year-old Charlene Thompson dumped the grease on another woman, causing severe burns to her back and arms.The victim’s condition is unknown.Thompson was charged with felonious assault and was booked into the Hamilton County Jail.Police say at the time of her arrest, Thompson was wanted on two outstanding warrants.She is currently being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BMI And Ultra Music Partner For 2019 Global Songwriting Camps

first_img Facebook Twitter After an excited tourist tweet, Lost Boy got back to work and tweeted a pic of his all-business workstation at Ten. Ormandy, who is also in Stockholm now, attended a previous Ultra/BMI camp in Palm Springs this year. There is another is camp coming up in Copenhagen later this month, and even more are in-store including Atlanta and Los Angeles in April and Amsterdam in October, with additional 2019 camps expected to be announced.”Ultra has been building a network of powerful writing camps, specializing in combining writers from different cultures and musical backgrounds for amazing results,” said Ultra Music Founder/President Patrick Moxey. “The song placement results have been extraordinary across camps in the U.S., UK, and internationally and we look forward to the next level of growth for Ultra’s writers at the Ultra and BMI 2019 camps.”BMI Vice President of Creative Samantha Cox said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Ultra to expand this initiative and build on our previous successes.”Sony/ATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase TalentRead more https://twitter.com/itslostboy/status/1102331686770171904 The path from songwriting camps to hits is widening as BMI and Ultra Music get together to do more camps worldwide in 2019Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2019 – 2:45 pm The Stockholm studios of Ten Music Group have been hosting more than two dozen artists for the latest BMI and Ultra Music songwriter camp. Names you might not yet know such as Karen Harding, Karra, Lost Boy, OMI, and Neil Ormandy are hard at work trying to come up with great songs that could become big hits.And it wouldn’t be the first time. “High Hopes” from Panic! At The Disco’s 2018 album Pray For The Wicked began at BMI camp and went on to become Panic!’s best-charting single yet, reaching No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in Jan. 2019. It now has more than 210 million views on YouTube. Artists Farina and Tokischa had another 2019 success that emerged from a BMI songwriting camp, “Perras Como Tú.” BMI & Ultra Music’s 2019 Global Songwriting Camps bmi-and-ultra-music-partner-2019-global-songwriting-camps BMI And Ultra Music Partner For 2019 Global Songwriting Camps News Email last_img read more

Job opportunities aplenty in agriculture

first_imgVijayawada: India is an agricultural country and students who opt courses pertaining to agriculture have a wide scope of job opportunities in the government sector, said Venkat A Naidu, managing director of Dr KN Modi University. Addressing the gathering at an awareness programme organised by KN Modi University on various courses offered by the University and job opportunities, Venkat A Naidu on Saturday said there is a huge requirement of researchers to do research on agriculture. Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us However, there is an acute shortage of qualified professionals. He said that the country being agriculture-based, students who prefer to do courses in agriculture have a good job opportunity and to do research. He said that the university was providing UG and PG courses like B Sc Agriculture and M Sc Agriculture. From this academic year, they have started a five year integrated course B Sc Agriculture plus ABM. He said that the campus has a 175-acre agriculture field with various cultivation activity attached to the university which enable the students to do project work simultaneously. He said that the university has a 77-year track record with UGC recognition, said the MD on the occasion.last_img read more

Honda Jazz Mobilio to Undergo Production in India Launch Price Details

first_imgJapanese car maker Honda will commence the production of the company’s next offering Jazz and Mobilio at the local facilities in coming months, claims a new report.AutoCar Professional, citing the industry sources reported that the Honda’s Mobilio MPV will go into production in June 2014 at the company’s Greater Noida plant and the car is likely to reach the market anytime between July and September. Initially, Honda will manufacture 45,000 units of Mobilio.Mobilio MPV will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants in India. The reports suggest that the Honda Mobilio will be the most fuel efficient car in the domestic market in the MPV segment. While the petrol model of the car will pack 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, which can churn out a power of 117bhp and the diesel variant will come with 98bhp, 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. The car which will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia in the domestic market is likely to fall in the price range of ₹6 lakh to ₹8.50 lakh (ex-showroom).The report also said that Honda’s much awaited 2014 Jazz, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo, will undergo production in July this year at the company’s new Tapukara plant in Rajasthan in volumes of 20,000 units per annum. The Jazz which is already on sales in Japan will be offered in both petrol and diesel engine variants in India.The petrol version of the Jazz is speculated to pack the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio, which can generate a power of 87bhp, with a torque of 110Nm at 4800rpm. The diesel Jazz is likely to pack a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, which can pump 100PS of power and 200Nm torque.The car will come loaded with features like power steering with mounted audio controls, front and rear power windows, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, climate control unit and more. The exciting factor of the 2014 Honda Jazz is the addition of diesel engine. Honda Jazz is speculated to come in early 2015.last_img read more

Writers Concern For His Daughters Future Becomes Voluminous Works On Climate Change

first_imgpexels.com Listen 00:00 /12:41 Writer William T. Vollmann is worried about his 19-year-old daughter’s future.“I sort of have a feeling that within her lifetime things are going to get worse,” he says. “And in her children’s or grandchildren’s lifetimes – if she has any – it’s probably going to be a lot worse. And that makes me sad.”He’s talking about climate change.“I don’t expect I can do much about it,” he adds. “But that doesn’t let me off the hook. I might as well try.”So, the writer and meticulous researcher has embarked on penning two voluminous works he calls his “Carbon Ideologies” series. He wants to better understand the many causes of climate change and our human reliance on – and even emotional connections to – fossil fuels.Rich Pedroncelli/APAuthor William T. Vollmann poses in his studio in Sacramento, Calif., in 2005.The first in the series is called No Immediate Danger. It takes a closer look at one of the energy sources often cited as an alternative to fossil fuels – nuclear power. Vollmann traveled inside the no-go zone around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.The second in the series is called No Good Alternative, which digs deeper into the world of oil and gas production and coal.He discusses his work at an event in Houston for Brazos Bookstore and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston on Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Vollmann about his experiences at Fukushima and the way forward on climate change. Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X last_img read more

Is Online Banking Safe

first_img 2 min read April 15, 2010 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Although small-business owners are often encouraged by their banks to use online banking services, recent news about common tools of the trade hasn’t been good.Last November, the FBI issued a warning about a serious uptick in online banking fraud targeting small businesses, especially Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions–which are used for direct deposit of payroll, vendor payments and the like–wire transfers and malware that steals sensitive information, including account numbers and passwords.The problem is so bad that the Better Business Bureau has launched an initiative to help businesses keep all of their data–including sensitive banking information–secure. David Zetoony, an attorney with business law and litigation firm Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C., is the co-author of a free handbook published as part of the program, Data Security–Made Simpler. He offers the following tips for businesses that use online banking services:Work with your bank.”You should question your bank about what they’re doing to protect your account,” Zetoony says. Aside from checking your business accounts daily for unauthorized transactions, you should ask your banking representative whether the bank offers any other protections. Dual authorization–which requires two separate log-ins and authorizations from different people to process a transaction–is popular, he says.Use a dedicated computer.Online banking should be conducted on a dedicated computer that is operated only for the banking transactions and for virus and malware checks, then shut down, Zetoony says. This limits the ability of hackers to access information and makes it less likely that malware can be inadvertently installed and steal sensitive information. The computer should also be password-protected and used only by those who conduct online banking transactions.Keep anti-virus and anti-malware protection up to date.No virus or malware protection is perfect, but it’s important to take advantage of the protection they do offer, Zetoony says. Check for updates each time you open your computer for banking transactions and run the updated software after each session. This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

CANNES WATCH Rossellini presents documentary about mother

first_imgAP10ThingsToSee – Workers hang a banner depicting actress Ingrid Bergman on the Palais during preparations for the 68th international film festival in Cannes, southern France on Monday, May 11, 2015. The festival runs from May 13 to May 24. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) The 114-minute feature uses never-before-seen documents, diaries, letters and personal images from Bergman to tell the incredible story of how a young Swedish girl went on to win three Oscars and become one of the most respected actresses in world cinema. The film artifacts Bergman had handed down to her daughter just before she died of cancer in 1982.“When my mother died, she was very orderly, Swedish. She left a lot of letters, contracts, all the scripts. She said to me ‘I know that this is important, but I don’t know what to do with it,’” said Rossellini.“There is some preciousness,” she added, her face lighting up.–By Thomas AdamsonCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CANNES (AP) — There’s no getting away from Ingrid Bergman at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.The actress’s youthful eyes stare out from the giant poster billboards speckled town, special film screenings celebrate her classic movies, and her daughter, actress Isabella Rossellini, is at the festival as jury president of the Un Certain Regard competition.Tuesday will also see Rossellini, 62, present a documentary, directed by Stig Bjorkman, called “Ingrid Bergman, in her own words.” Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Patients with chronic pain give advice Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories last_img read more

UPDATE Ratings rise best reward as SP Fitch upgrade Cyprus

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTWO leading ratings agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch, upgraded their outlook for Cyprus on Friday, based on better-than-expected performance of the economy and strict adhering to the bailout plan of the Troika, with officials suggesting this is the beginning of a very long road to recovery.President Nicos Anastasiades said that although the problems of the economy have not been overcome yet, nonetheless this was the best reward for the nation that was struggling with the crisis.The two agencies also raised their ratings on Spain and Italy, suggesting the recovery is spreading to the peripheral regions left most exposed to the euro zone’s financial crisis.S&P upgraded the island’s sovereign credit rating to ‘B’ from ‘B-’ with a positive outlook due to better-than-expected economic performance in 2013. This was its second upgrade for Cyprus since it came close to financial collapse last year.Fitch Ratings revised the outlook on Cyprus’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to stable from negative and affirmed the IDR at ‘B-’.The agency has also upgraded the long-term local currency IDR to ‘B-’ from ‘CCC’.A month ago, Moody’s changed the outlook on the Cyprus Caa3 government bond rating to ‘positive’ from ‘negative’, while it also affirmed the island’s Caa3 rating, to reflect the still-elevated risk of Cyprus defaulting on its debt, or undergoing debt restructuring over the medium term.“We remain down to earth and we continue the effort with confidence,” Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Twitter.The main drivers for the upgrades were the better-than-expected performance and the continuing progress in the implementation of the €10bn bailout adjustment programme.“The upgrade primarily reflects Cyprus’ better-than-expected economic performance, based on its resilient tourism and business services sectors, and the fact that consumer spending in the private sector has not dipped as much as we anticipate,” S&P said.“In addition, the government outdistanced its 2013 fiscal targets by a considerable margin, and we anticipate a repeat performance in 2014.”The government also continued to implement the economic adjustment programme as planned, reducing the risks to full and timely payment of its debt service, S&P said.Fitch said the outcome reflects a large fiscal correction and a less severe-than-expected recession.Tight expenditure control contributed significantly to the favourable outcome.Fitch revised its fiscal deficit projections to 5 per cent of GDP in 2014 and 4.6 per cent in 2015, from 7.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent, previously.Risks to programme implementation have eased on recent performance, Fitch said, but remain elevated.The agency said medium-term targets, in particular, were ambitious.Official projections showed a 3.3 percentage point improvement in general government primary balance in 2016 to a surplus of 1.2 per cent of GDP which could prove difficult to achieve.A significant portion of the consolidation also remains outside the programme period which ends in the first quarter of 2016, it said.President Anastasiades said the two upgrades were the best reward for the efforts made by the government and society to tackle the effects of the economic crisis.However, he added in a statement, upgrades on their own did not mean the end of the crisis.“We are not yet in a position to say we have overcome the problems, but the upgrades are confirmation that we are on the right path.”Anastasiades reiterated the government’s determination to carry out the necessary reforms so that the country would never again face the same dead-ends as last year, when it had to agree to shut down Laiki Popular Bank and seize deposits to recapitalise Bank of Cyprus, conditional to receiving a €10bn bailout.He thanked the people of Cyprus for their “patience and maturity and the exemplary manner with which they handled the problems.”“The government’s thoughts are with the vulnerable groups of the population who are experiencing poverty,” the president said.Anastasiades added that “taking into consideration the three successive positive evaluations by the Troika, the significant improvement in the yield of the 10-year Cypriot bond, which dropped from 14.6% in June 2012 to 5.6% today, as well as the laudatory commentaries by the international financial media, we can say that a secure foundation is being established for the prospects that are opening up for the Cypriot economy to return to rates of growth at the earliest possible.”The two ratings agencies also gave a broadly upbeat assessment of the euro zone’s creditworthiness on Friday, contrasting sharply with the reviews of recent years and reflecting growing confidence in the region’s fiscal and economic recovery.On a day of credit updates scheduled for three of the region’s top four economies, S&P affirmed its ratings on France at AA with a stable outlook and Fitch raised its outlook on Italy and upgraded Spain.Borrowing costs for the countries worst hit by the crisis have fallen sharply this year as the European Central Bank’s loose monetary policy encourages investors hunting for returns to bet on their recovering economies, a Reuters report said.Italy’s benchmark 10-year bond yielded 3.12 per cent on the secondary market on Friday, not far from a record low of 3.07 per cent hit last week.Fitch improved by one notch Spain’s sovereign credit rating to BBB+, three steps above ‘junk’.Fitch also boosted its outlook on Italy to ‘stable’, with the sovereign rating affirmed at BBB+. That followed an upgrade earlier this month of its outlook on bailed-out Portugal to ‘positive’ from ‘negative’.In a separate statement about the euro zone as a whole, Fitch said improving public finances were “major achievements,” although still-high debt levels in the region and its weak medium-term growth outlook warranted caution.A wave of euro zone credit downgrades during the financial crisis led policymakers and economists to blame the ratings agencies for exacerbating investor flight from the region – blame the agencies say is misplaced.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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