Polish climbers hit by BC avalanche call home for help spark farflung

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first_imgMCBRIDE, B.C. – Two mountaineers from Poland unintentionally sparked an international rescue effort after being caught in an avalanche in eastern British Columbia.The men were climbing Whitehorn Mountain in the Canadian Rockies on Monday when they were hit by a major avalanche that tumbled them “quite a distance,” said Dale Mason, manager of Robson Valley Search and Rescue.“I’m amazed that they were even able to retrieve the satellite phone out of their pack. I’m surprised they still had their packs on. I fully expected them to be ripped right off them,” he said from his home in the Robson Valley community of McBride.But the only call the men were able to make was to a colleague in Poland, said Lukasz Weremiuk, first counsellor at the Polish Embassy in Ottawa.The colleague in Poland immediately dialled the embassy and Weremiuk picked up.He said the Polish contact reported that his friends, professional mountaineers and members of the Polish Mountaineering Association, were badly injured with multiple fractures.“They were in need of assistance, they couldn’t move, they couldn’t descend,” Weremiuk said.The caller was able to supply vital information that helped launch the rescue.“We had some kind of approximate location, altitude, side of the mountain, but at some point we were also able to get the GPS co-ordinates from Poland,” said Weremiuk.That clarified which Whitehorn Mountain was involved, because Weremiuk said maps showed two — one in B.C., the other in Alberta.He called 911 and the embassy was put through to B.C. Emergency Health Services.“It was a very unusual routing of the call,” said emergency health services spokeswoman Shannon Miller.“When I talked to the dispatchers they were like, ‘You know, I’ve worked here a lot of years and I have never had a dispatch call quite like this.’ “Every call, its origin and details, had to be noted, Miller added, including calls to dispatch three separate rescue teams from the Robson Valley, Jasper and Banff national parks, and two air ambulances from different airports.“It was a high level of co-ordination by our provincial agency, but fascinating,” she said.Back on the phone in Ottawa, Weremiuk realized another drama was unfolding at exactly the same time.A van driver was targeting pedestrians on a street in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring many more.“So I imagine 911 was really busy at that time, but none of this affected the assistance that we received, ” he said, offering the embassy’s gratitude to Canadian emergency services and, in particular, to emergency services in British Columbia.The first call from the embassy reached B.C. at about 11 a.m., and the men were rescued and receiving treatment in a Kamloops hospital in just over seven hours, a credit, Miller said, to the well co-ordinated emergency services available in British Columbia.From his vantage point in the Robson Valley, Mason agreed.“The fact that it went through Poland is kind of remarkable, but the entire system worked,” he said.— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver.last_img read more

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Bill Nighy 650000 Malawians With HIV Dont Get The Medicines They Need

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first_img“David Cameron deserves ever more credit for sticking to his guns in the face of an onslaught by critics,” says actor Bill Nighy. “As long as the UK keeps its promises, it makes it harder for leaders in other developed countries to explain why they can’t deliver on theirs.”Recently returned from Malawi, Nighy had met with recipients of aid and saw for himself what 23 pence per day can deliver. In the case of many, it’s life.In an op-ed in The Independent, Nighy wrote, “Enoch, a farmer in his 60s who was diagnosed with HIV 10 years ago, told me, ‘If you’d seen me three years ago, you wouldn’t think I was the same person. I was very sick, I couldn’t stand up. I’m alive today because of the medication I receive.’ Mara Banda told me, quietly and simply, that she would be dead today if it were not for the medicines paid for by our aid.“Five years ago, virtually no one could access these medicines and HIV/Aids was a death sentence. The Global Fund has been a modern-day miracle, using aid money to get nearly four million on to life-saving medicines. But the Global Fund can barely afford to keep funding existing treatments. Enoch is lucky he did not fall ill this year – the Global Fund has no money for new patients.”Nighy says despite government agreements that by 2010 everyone would have HIV medicines paid for, about seven million people, mostly children, do not, two years after the mark.“I choose not to listen to the armchair cynics, whose philosophical opposition to aid bewilders me,” he says. “650,000 Malawians with HIV don’t get the medicines they need. We can and should be helping more people like them.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Save The Children Applauds Obama For Taking Steps To Protect Children

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first_imgSave the Children President and CEO Carolyn S. Miles has released a statement applauding President Obama for taking proactive steps to protect children.“Save the Children applauds President Obama for introducing a package of proposals and executive action today aimed at keeping America’s children safe.“Proactive policy initiatives that ensure the safety and well-being of our nation’s children are critical not only to a child’s development, but to the health and stability of our country.“We’ve always said that a comprehensive approach is needed, and that’s what we saw today from the President with efforts focused on not just gun control, but also law enforcement, mental health and school safety. Requiring criminal background checks and a ban on assault weapons are steps we need to take as a country. And we are pleased to see the President also push for a national dialogue on mental health and a commitment to mental health parity regulations. The time is now for these and other measures.“Child protection has been a top priority for Save the Children throughout our nearly 100-year history. Our programs in the United States and across the globe focus on the needs of the most vulnerable children, while aiming to keep all children free from abuse, neglect ,exploitation and violence.“That’s why Save the Children is partnering today with Children’s Health Fund, Every Child Matters, First Focus, Harlem Children’s Zone and Share Our Strength to urge the Obama Administration to take this dialogue one step further by establishing a National Commission on Children. This new Commission should be tasked with creating a national policy on children, setting goals for protecting children’s wellbeing, including reducing poverty and violence as well as monitoring progress against those goals.“When tragedy struck in our backyard of Newtown, CT on December 14, we all felt heartbroken as 26 lives were lost, 20 of them bright, young children. We sprinted into action, deploying staff to provide emotional support to the children of Newtown and the greater community.“Now, the entire country must come together to find bold, new ideas to ensure all of America’s children are safe and protected. We can do more, and we must do more. We’re asking everyone to join our urgent call for a National Commission by signing this petition today.”last_img read more

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Jennifer Lopez To Be Honored With GLAAD Vanguard Award

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first_imgGLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor global superstar Jennifer Lopez at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 12, 2014.The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The Los Angeles event is presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light.Lopez will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Past recipients include Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Hutcherson, Janet Jackson, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone and Elizabeth Taylor.Jennifer Lopez is a musician, actress, entrepreneur and television personality. She is one of the Executive Producers of ABC Family’s The Fosters, which is a GLAAD Media Award-nominated drama series about a lesbian couple raising a family of biological, adopted, and foster children. Lopez’s inspiration for producing The Fosters came from her late aunt, who faced prejudice because of her sexual orientation and was unable to have her own family. She saw the series as an opportunity to create change and tell the story of an authentic and loving family that happens to have two moms at its helm.She can currently be seen as a judge on American Idol, which, for the first time, featured an openly gay competitor, MK Nobilette.Jennifer Lopez has been a strong advocate of LGBT visibility in entertainment media, as well as a strong supporter of marriage equality, saying “when it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love. I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together with all the same benefits and privileges as everyone.”“Through her work to bring The Fosters to life and by consistently speaking out as a powerful ally, Jennifer Lopez has not only sent a message of acceptance to LGBT adults and young people, but inspired new support for our community among her many fans around the globe,” said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. “Family is about love, and that’s a message Jennifer has shared with millions through her groundbreaking work on The Fosters.”Additional special guests for the Los Angeles event include: Kelly Osbourne; Sherri Saum, Teri Polo (The Fosters); Shane Bitney Crone, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Bridegroom); Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere (Call Me Kuchu); GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. Additional honorees, presenters, and LGBT advocates will be announced.In January, GLAAD announced 93 nominees in 20 English-language categories, and 37 Spanish-language nominees in nine categories. Nominees for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards can be found here.The New York GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. They also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York and Los Angeles bring together more than 3,000 advocates and allies to raise critical funds for the organization’s work.last_img read more

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Toby Keith Announced for Dawson Creek

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first_imgPLUS the Moose FM presale would be a perfect surprise for any last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers. Sign-up for the EnergeticTickets.ca Newsletter to access the presale for the show of the year – www.energetictickets.ca/newsletter.  All this week, Moose FM will give you the chance to win tickets.  Make sure to listen for chances to win.About Toby KeithThe familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn’t begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era’s most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith’s most recent months are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. At the close of 2018, he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut No. 1 single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” with the re-release of his debut album (remastered with the addition of three vault tracks), a week of events in Nashville including a BMI event to commemorate the milestone, two shows at the historic Grand Ole Opry, and a performance at the Nashville Symphony Ball where he received the prestigious Harmony Award.Keith also released a new song, “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which was inspired by a conversation he had with Clint Eastwood and was later featured in Eastwood’s movie, “The Mule.” Rounding out the year full of music-related accomplishments was his 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic which raised more than $1 million, bringing the annual event’s total funds raised to $12.4 million, to support the charitable endeavours of The Toby Keith Foundation which includes aiding sick children and their families in Oklahoma. Toby also honoured the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut single with his aptly-named tour “Should’ve Been A Cowboy XXV Tour.” From the moment that song was released and shot up the charts to become his first No. 1, the engine driving everything has been the music. He writes it. He arranges and produces it. And he releases it on his own record label, Show Dog Nashville.About The ReklawsRaised in rural Ontario, The Reklaws are comprised of the brother-sister duo Jenna and Stuart Walker. The Reklaws (Walker backwards) began to turn heads in 2012 when they were awarded the CCMA Discovery Artist title followed by the 2013 Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase title. Since then, they have shared the stage with some of country’s best including Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett and more. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Straight from his Big Valley Jamboree appearance, TOBY KEITH will make his way to Dawson Creek on Saturday, August 3, 2019. With over 40 million albums sold and two-time winner of the ACM Entertainer of the Year, Toby brings over 25 years of hit songs like ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “Red Solo Cup” and will provide a great night at the Encana Events Centre.Joining Toby Keith on the stop will be Canada’s very own The Reklaws. This Rising Star of the Year Award-winning brother-sister duo includes Jenna and Stuart Walker. With the most streamed single of the year “Long Live The Night”, The Reklaws are soon to be the superstars of Canadian country music.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $119.00, $99.00 and $79.00 plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek or the Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John.last_img read more

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Last Syrian Pediatrician in Aleppo Killed While Saving Lives

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Taroudante – The last pediatricians in the embattled city of Aleppo was killed in airstrikes in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city, leaving the children of the city dying without any help from health experts.Muhammad Waseem Maaz was killed in a wave of bombings that destroyed Al Quds Hospital and left dozens of civilians dead, drawing special attention to the quickly deteriorating situation in the city after. The air raids in the city late Wednesday left at least 50 dead, including patients and staff at Al Quds hospital, which was supported by international aid groups. The Wednesday night’s attack reduced the building into rubble, with footage showing children’s bodies being pulled from the rubble shocked the international public opinion.However, a post on Facebook by Dr. Hatem, the director of the Children’s Hospital in Aleppo, on April 28 went viral, drawing people’s attention to the massacre that is taking place in Aleppo.“Like so many others, Dr. Maaz was killed for saving lives,” Dr. Hatem said, paying tribute to his “humanity and his bravery”.The emotional post, a tribute to the death of the pediatrician, has been shared more than 87,528 times.Most of the comments on the post condemned the war in Syria, calling on all international leaders to act immediately to stop the bloodshed and save the Syrian people.“Disgusted with the regime and the major world powers for doing nothing to stop this war! Ashamed to be British….so sad this committed brave doctor had to die,” reads a comment.Another comment raised the question “When will the world stand up to stop this insanity?”The doctor concluded his Facebook post with a touching sentence that invites everyone to imagine how hard life is in Syria, particularly in Aleppo.“The situation today is critical — Aleppo may soon come under siege. We need the world to be watching,” Dr. Hatem said.The war in Syria has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands since the outbreak of the civil war and the international powers’ involvement in 2011. read more

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Charges laid in Calgary disappearance

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There are some shocking new developments in the disappearance of a Calgary couple and their 5-year old grandson. Police have arrested a man and say this is no longer a missing person’s case but a homicide investigation.Calgary police held a press conference this afternoon. There they announced that they now have a suspect in custody who is facing two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the case of Kathyrn and Alvin Likness and their grandson Nathan O’Brien.Police have not recovered the bodies, but say they came to the conclusion that they were deceased on Sunday.They arrested the suspect at 1:30 this morning, in the Airdrie area. Police will not release his name until he goes before a Justice of the Peace. They also say they are not seeking any other suspects. Here’s the latest from the authorities.Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson: “In meeting with the crown prosecutor assigned to the case and in reviewing all the evidence in it’s entirety, the decision was reached that this is now a homicide investigation, and the charges would be appropriate against an accused individual, who will be named later. The preponderence of evidence is such that it has led our investigators to believe that they are dead. We’ve kept them apprised the whole time. I think it’s safe to say that even as the days went by, there’s always a glimmer of hope. And unfortunately, with the laying of the charges, we have taken that hope away from the family — so they are devastated”.Investigators they are asking land owners and businesss to check their property to see if they spot anything unusual. They say they are confident they will find the bodies. They also say that they are now laying a very complicated case before the courts and can only say so much. read more

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Saturday stuffing Urban Meyer vows to fix goal line offense

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After failing to score on the final play of the first half of its season-opening game against Miami (Ohio), the Ohio State football team is focused on how its goal-line offense can become more effective before its next game Saturday versus Central Florida. With just one yard standing between the line of scrimmage and the end zone, the Buckeyes expected to score on that play. First-year coach Urban Meyer called their failure “the most disappointing part of the whole day.” On the 1-yard line with three seconds left in the half and holding a 21-3 lead, the Buckeyes decided to entrust junior running back Carlos Hyde with the task of rushing into the end zone for the score. Following a timeout, OSU sent out its goal-line package, with seven offensive linemen and one wide receiver on the line of scrimmage, and Hyde lined up behind sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller handed off to Hyde, who attempted to make it into the end zone on the right side of the offensive line, but was stopped on the goal line by Miami senior safety Justin Bowers. Meyer explained what went wrong on the play. “We missed a block,” Meyer said. “The offensive line can’t miss a block down there.” One of the players responsible for the success of that play was senior right tackle Reid Fragel, who made his first start as an offensive lineman on Saturday after playing tight end in his first three seasons with the Buckeyes. Fragel admitted that he could have done a better job on the play. “We got to correct some things on that play,” Fragel said. “Me personally, I got to come down and get up harder on that play, and continue to go to the other (linebacker). That’s just one little thing we’re going to fix, and put it all together for the next game.” Sophomore tight end Nick Vannett was not on the field for the half-ending play, but as the first tight end on the Buckeyes’ depth chart, he could be on the field for similar plays in the future. Vannett also gave his input on what went wrong on the play. “On the right side, they brought more than we could handle,” Vannett said. “We got a huge line, and we’re a power-based team, and that was disappointing that we couldn’t punch that in before halftime. We just got to do a lot better, keep working on the little things to do better.” OSU tight end and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton said he agreed that the goal-line offense must improve. “We didn’t execute as well as we need to,” Hinton said. “My guys got to be very, very physical on it. The running back’s got to drive it up in there … and keep his feet and running speed on contact. Every offensive lineman has got to just get a little bit more loaded in their stances, come of the ball with a mentality that there’s no way we’re being denied.” Hinton explained that the goal-line offense is “as much mentality as it is scheme,” but believes the team will get better in that facet. “We are going to be a physical team, I mean, a very, very physical team,” Hinton said. Meyer explained why the play was such a disappointment. “That was a tempo-setter, that was a timeout, we called them together and I wanted to see something happen, and we should have scored,” Meyer said. Like Meyer, Hinton was also frustrated by the failure to convert that play. “Really, if you look at the whole game, (that) was probably the No. 1 thing we’re all the most disappointed in,” Hinton said. “Three seconds left in the half, we got an opportunity to really put a momentum swing in our favor, and we didn’t do that. And in some other games, you can’t miss that opportunity.” In response to that play’s failure, Meyer said adjustments will be made to the offense’s goal-line package. “Will we change things up down there? Absolutely,” Meyer said. “Will there be times where we have to turn around, hand the ball to your tailback, and get one yard? A lot, yes. We’ll get that fixed.” read more

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Roland Schlinger signs with HBW Balingen two years deal

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8.Großwallstadt36 3.Flensburg-H.48 ← Previous Story Erlend Mamelund back to Norway – Two years in Haslum HK! Next Story → Viborg HK simply the best! 12.MT Melsungen21 18.Düsseldorf10 One of the best individuals in Austria squad at EURO 2010,  “multitask” back player of A1 champion, Bregenz, Roland Schlinger (28) will spend next two years in Bundesliga, HBW Balingen.  Big fighter who can be usefull at lot of positions will leave Austria after six domestic championships title with Bregenz.– I am so excited to play in best League in the world – said Schlinger, who spent one season in Ademar Leon (Spain 2006-2007).HBW Balingen is currently 15th place in Bundesliga and avoid relegation this year.Bundesliga – TABLE: 6.Gummersbach41 15.HBW Balingen-W.18 17.GWD Minden10 7.TBV Lemgo38 5.FA Göppingen44 11.SC Magdeburg22 10.N-Lübbecke22 4.R-N Löwen45 14.TSV H.-Burgdorf20 9.Füchse Berlin36 16.Dormagen13 1.Hamburg57 13.HSG Wetzlar21 2.Kiel56 read more

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We find a body torn into pieces Someone picks up a hand

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first_imgAT A DINGY Gaza ambulance station, paramedics struggle to stay awake during 24-hour shifts that see them coming under fire and dealing with the deaths of civilians and colleagues.The men describe themselves as a family, bonded together by experiences that are difficult to comprehend.They have collected body parts and dead children; they have been trapped between Israeli shelling and Hamas sniper fire; and several of them have been wounded.Shift supervisor Jihad Selim has been a paramedic for 17 years and has no regrets, despite having worked through three wars and the violence of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising (2000-2005).But he wouldn’t want to see his children follow in his footsteps.“The things we see are very hard,” he told AFP.We go into a house and we find a body torn into pieces, someone picks up a hand and gives it to you and says ‘take it’.“But these are things we’re used to.”Adel al-Azbut, 30, is similarly stoical about the horrors they encounter on a daily basis.“To be honest, I just get on with it,” he says.“If I see pieces of a body, my professional responsibility requires that I just deal with situations like that and do it in a professional way.”Adding to the pressure is that fact that they all have families at home, and many admit that their deepest fear is getting an emergency call from their own home.Non-stop callsAzbut decided he wanted to be a paramedic during the second intifada, impressed by the work done by first responders treating people in the Gaza Strip.“The best thing for any human being to be able to do is to help another human being,” he says.“I’m honoured that I’m someone who is able to help people.”In the background, the phone rings constantly.Often it is nothing more than children, bored at home, who ring the emergency service’s toll-free number for fun.“The worst thing that ever happened to us was them making our number toll-free. Now in Gaza, if you want to make sure the sound on your phone is working, you call our number,” Selim says ruefully.But often it is far more serious.Families living in flashpoint border areas sometimes make desperate calls in the hope of being evacuated by ambulance, but Selim can’t send anyone without first coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Palestinian paramedic Hussam al-Kholi, 30, stands with his crutches on the Mediterranean Sea beach in Gaza Strip last year. He says he lost his leg in an Israeli air strike in 2008 while on duty. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLast Sunday morning, paramedic Fuad Jaber was killed in the Shejaiya neighbourhood during an intense Israeli bombardment that killed at least 72 people.A convoy of ambulances escorted his body to the family home, his colleagues weeping openly as his body was carried in to his wife and two-year-old daughter.Brothers in sufferingBut even during wartime, there are more ordinary emergencies.An ambulance speeds through the streets to find an eight-year-old girl who has fallen from the third floor of a building.The paramedics put splits on her legs, her neck in a brace and take her and her frantic parents to Gaza City’s Shifa hospital.“Sometimes it’s shelling, sometimes it’s an accident. During wartime, we get a cocktail,” says the attending paramedic.Selim says the latest conflict, which began on 8 July, has been even worse than the previous two Israeli operations in 2008-9 and 2012.“Every war is more difficult than the one before, to be honest. There isn’t a country in the world that has had to deal with three wars in six years,” he says.But the paramedics pull together to support one another.“We’re like a family here and we treat each other like that, we’re like brothers,” Selim says.We deal with situations together, we help each other out, we sleep and wake up together.For all the suffering they experience, or perhaps because of it, the atmosphere at their ambulance station is lighthearted.The men argue over what they’ll have for dessert with the dinner that breaks the daytime fast observed by Muslims during Ramadan and and who had the hardest shift last night.“We try to keep it light,” says Azbut.“Because we know at any minute a call could come and we’ll all go out and we don’t know who will come back.”- © AFP, 2014 Opinion: In the name of ‘defence’ we are attacking civilians already under Israeli controlIt has been 100 days since the Nigerian schoolgirls were abductedlast_img read more

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Amazon backpedals reinstates Lendles API

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first_imgYesterday, we reported with some degree of exasperation that Amazon had shut down the social ebook lending site Lendle for not “serving the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” Good news, though. Today, Lendle’s back in business… presumably after public outcry caused Amazon to backpedal.Here’s the story. Lendle worked by plugging into your Amazon.com Kindle library. services. It was a free site that did not feature ads. Once you signed up for a Lendle account, you’d sync your Amazon ebook library with it: Lendle would then determine which books were lendable and list them as available for borrowing. If someone wanted to borrow that ebook, Lendle would put them in touch. The idea was that if you lent out one book, you’d be able to borrow some other book you wanted to read from someone else.A couple days ago, though, Lendle’s Kindle API access was shut off by Amazon. In a no-reply email, Amazon explained the move, saying that it just didn’t see how it was making money off of Lendle… even though the entire service was based around the idea that you had to buy Kindle books in order to borrow them from other people.Maddening. Amazon seems to have caved, though. They’re now backpedaling, saying that their issue wasn’t with Kindle profitability, but with Lendle’s Book Sync tool, which syncs a user’s Kindle books with their Lendle account. Amazon informed Lendle that if they disabled this feature, their access to the API, as well as their Amazon Associates account, would be reinstated. That’s great news for Lendle fans, even though the Book Sync tool is pretty much the engine driving the whole service. I think Lendle is taking the right message from all of this, though: it’s folly to try to build a business on a major corporation’s APIs. As Twitter’s recent about-face when it comes to third-party apps shows, building a business off another company’s whims is not a good idea.Read more at Lendlelast_img read more

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New Greek statistics chief promises clean data

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s new statistics agency chief promised swift reforms that would produce reliable financial data free from government interference.Former IMF official Andreas Georgiou took up his post Thursday heading the statistics agency that had been widely discredited last year after the then incoming Papandreou government revealed that budget data had been embellished.The agency now has been placed under parliamentary oversight and not under direct government control.Serious errors in Greek deficit data, revealed last year, helped trigger the European government debt crisis rattled world markets and confidence in the euro.“When there is a deadline, it must be met. We must reach the highest standard … There can be no flexibility on this point,” Georgiou said.Creating an independent agency – renamed as the Hellenic Statistical Authority – was a key step, along with painful austerity measures, for Greece to be granted 110 billion euros in rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and other European Union countries that use the euro.The European Union blamed government interference and shoddy accounting practices for the massive errors, which saw Greece shoot four times above the deficit cap set for the eurozone.The government has promised to work closer with the EU statistics agency, Eurostat, to produce reliable data. Georgiou said the Greek agency required a “shift in mentality” to overcome prevailing negative perceptions and achieve a higher standard.“We face a great responsibility, because problems with statistical data can have negative consequences for the national economy. We must never let this happen again,” Georgiou told an audience of about 200 employees. “We must overcome the negative perception about Greek statistics… Our ascent will not be quick but it will be achieved.”last_img read more

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WWE.com lists the top 10 matches of 2015 so far

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first_img Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon back on Forbes list, Location confirmed for Money in the Bank Seth Rollins Google+ WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE.com has a new article up today where they list what they think are the top 10 matches in WWE so far this year. The list is as follows:10. John Cena vs. Sami Zayn – WWE U.S. Title Open Challenge – 5/4 RAW9. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Title, Ladder – 6/14 Money in the Bank PPV8. Chris Jericho vs. Neville – 7/4 Beast in the East Network special7. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns – WWE World Title – 3/29 Wrestlemania 31 PPV6. Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Intercontinental Title – 3/30 RAW5. John Cena vs. Cesaro – WWE U.S. Title Open Challenge – 7/6 RAW4. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor – NXT Title – 7/4 Beast in the East Network special3. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bayley – NXT Women’s Title – 2/11 NXT TakeOver: Rival2. John Cena vs. Kevin Owens – 5/31 Elimination Chamber Network special event1. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – WWE World Title – 1/26 Royal Rumble PPVWWE.com: The 10 best matches of 2015 (so far)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 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 Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Lucha Libre AAA announces the list of luchadors “Invading New York”, presale on May 5 WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019center_img Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Twitter Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articleslast_img

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Latest MA Report 2007 BtoB Deal Volume Plummets

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first_imgInvestment advisory firm Whitestone Communications released the latest in a series of M&A wrap-up reports from the media banking community Monday, highlighting a fall from M&A grace for b-to-b in late 2007. Whitestone recorded 27 deals last year for that category, compared to 55 in 2006.Dollar value, however, held steady at a little more than $2 billion thanks to a few larger deals, namely Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s purchase of Advanstar for $1.4 billion and Incisive’s acquisition of ALM for $630 million–which leaves scant room for the remaining 25 deals. It’s worthwhile to note, however, that the various media bankers track markets differently. The Jordan, Edmiston Group, for example, tracked 38 deals in the b-to-b category, with a total value of about $3.2 billion. Berkery Noyes also tracked 38 b-to-b deals. But the common theme is deals decreased significantly from 2006: 55 to 38 according to Berkery; and a less dramatic 42 to 38 according to JEGI (but value plummeted 47.4 percent).On the consumer magazine side, Whitestone says that of the deals it tracked, volume decreased slightly from 31 in 2006 to 30 in 2007, but value skyrocketed by 1,000 percent, going from $420 million in 2006 to $4.7 billion in 2007. Leading the charge is the pending $2.8 billion Macrovision-Gemstar-TV Guide deal.last_img read more

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Sivaji Raja seeks revenge against Nagababu to join hands with YS Jagan

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first_imgSivaji Raja with Nagababu familyTwitterActor Sivaji Raja has decided to take revenge against megastar Chiranjeevi’s brother Nagababu aka Nagendra Babu and is apparently seeking help from YSRCP leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.It is known that Sivaji Raja’s panel was defeated by Naresh’s group in the recent governing body elections of Movie Artistes Association (MAA) and Nagababu played a key role in the results. The later had extended his support to Naresh saying that a new person should get a chance to be the MAA president.Nagababu had also taken a dig at Sivaji Raja saying that he could not handle issues of the MAA properly. Nagababu said, “I was disappointed with the last term’s office-bearers. Everybody and anybody would talk about the MAA as they liked and this office couldn’t do anything. I was disappointed with their performance. Naresh and Jeevitha garu came forward to speak for MAA.” Sivaji Raja and NareshFacebookSivaji Raja, who felt insulted by his comments, is said to be fuming and in a mood to avenge his defeat in the MAA elections. The MAA president, whose term will end on March 31, reportedly said that he is going to give 10 return gifts to Nagababu for insulting him during MAA elections.According to the buzz on social media, Sivaji Raja is going to meet YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence and join his party. Suresh Kondi‏, a reporter from the film industry, tweeted, “Actor and former President of #MAA #ShivajiRaja will join #YSRC party. To give return gift to #Nagababu?”Several speculations have been made about Sivaji Raja joining YSRCP. A buzz is that he may be pitted against Naga Babu in the coming elections. He may also campaign against Naga Babu, who is contesting Lok Sabha elections as Jana Sena Party candidate in Narasapuram. It should be seen what role he is going to play in YSRCP.last_img read more

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XMen Dark Phoenix full movie HD print leaked online on torrent Watch

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first_imgX Men: Dark PhoenixInstagramSophie Turner’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie has become the latest victim of the cybercrime as the HD Cam prints are currently available for illegal download on several torrent websites.Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner’s biggest movie till date, Dark Phoenix was released earlier today in all the major countries. Hours after the release, several illegal prints were made available by hackers on the torrent website for illegal downloading. X-Men fans are now opting to download the movie’s HD-720p print rather than watching it in the theatres. This will surely affect the box-office collection of the superhero mutant movie.Over the years, several Hollywood movie has become the victim of illegal downloading. Movies like Aladdin, Pet Sematary, and Venom were downloaded around a million times from the torrent websites. The illegal download is considered as a crime in most of the countries and it directly contradicts the copyright claims. Downloading and sharing the illegal content is a crime and it could lead the viewers in prison.X-Men: Dark Phoenix is based on the Marvel’s X-Men characters. It is the twelfth instalment in the X-Men film series. The film follows the life of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey who must learn to control her telekinesis powers.In the film, we see Jean Grey coming in contact with Professor Charles Xavier, who mentally blocks her earlier bad memories and helps her in honing her psychic abilities. The film then takes us to a space shuttle endeavour where the rest of the X-Men has to come together to put an end to Dark Phoenix’s power which does not seem to get in control with anyone.If you guys remember, it was Wolverine who put an end to Jane Grey in an earlier X-Men movie but since the latest instalment does not bring Hugh Jackman’s Logan, the ending is swiftly different.X-Men: Dark Phoenix is made against a budget of $200 million and many are predicting that it will manage to get big bucks despite the poor reviews by several critics. Several movie experts are calling it a disappointing and anticlimactic conclusion to the X-Men series.last_img read more

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Schoolteacher killed in road crash

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first_imgRoad AccidentA schoolteacher was killed as a bus hit his motorcycle in Poba upazila of Rajshahi on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Abdul Halim, 32, an assistant teacher of Kasba High School in the upazila.Shafiqul Islam, headmaster of the school, said Halim was going to the school riding the motorcycle. When he reached Haripur Dargapara around 9:30am, a bus crashed into the bike, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body, said officer-in-charge of Damkura police station Abdur Latif.The body was sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

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RBU in fix over UGC directive on distance education to seek oneyear

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first_imgKolkata: A recent directive of the University Grants Commission (UGC) that examination for 50 percent of the subjects taught in distance mode should be conducted along with the examination for regular subjects from this year, has landed Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) in a spot of bother.The varsity will write to the UGC, seeking extension for setting up infrastructure to conduct examinations in regular and distance mode together. “We have no affiliated colleges, so there is always a space crunch. The examinations for our distance mode are held during holidays in the varsity or on Sundays. The admission process in distance mode has already been completed for this year and it is nearly impossible for us to make arrangements for holding examinations of regular subjects and 50 percent of the subjects in distance mode at the same time. We will write to UGC to consider their directive and give us at least a year more for setting up this infrastructure,” said RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRBU has as many as 44 study centres in the state, from Alipurduar in North Bengal to the Sunderbans in South 24-Parganas and every year, nearly 20,000 students seek admission in distance mode. It may be mentioned that new regulations of UGC’s Distance Education Bureau will not come into effect for Bengal before the academic session 2019-20, for which the universities need to be accredited by NAAC. However, NAAC is yet to finalise the guidelines for universities that offer dual mode education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We are still not aware whether we will have to submit our self study report for NAAC accreditation separately for regular and distance mode or together,” a senior official of Vidyasagar University said. Apart from RBU, Kalyani University (KU) and Vidyasagar University (VU) also offer education in regular as well as in distance mode. UGC’s regulation in the month of February 2018 had stated that only institutions with NAAC grade A plus (score of 3.26 or above on a scale of 4), would be permitted to offer programmes through distance mode. However, after the intervention of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, the UGC in April 2018 extended its regulation for distance education in Bengal till the academic year 2019-20. “We are preparing ourselves for improving academic standards and infrastructure and are hopeful of getting NAAC nod for distance mode studies,” a senior RBU official said.last_img read more

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Plane in South Africa catches fire no injuries

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first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security system ___Jon Gambrell can be reached at www.twitter.com/jongambrellAP. Top Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – A chartered Boeing MD-82 airplane aborted its takeoff Tuesday in South Africa after its landing gear caught fire when a tire came off its mount, officials said. No one was injured.The Global Aviation Operations Ltd. flight was attempting to leave O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg when one of its pilots saw the landing gear on fire, said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, a spokeswoman for the Airports Company South Africa. The pilot halted the takeoff and stopped the plane on one of the runways at South Africa’s busiest airport, temporarily closing it. The flight’s destination was the southern African nation of Malawi. Check your body, save your lifecenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Rescuers and emergency workers quickly surrounded the plane which had 136 people on board, officials said. The plane had been bound for Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, she said.Global Aviation Operations, which flies charter flights throughout Africa, blamed the fire on a “tire separation.” A statement Tuesday from its CEO Ronald Finger said the company would investigate the cause of the tire problem. Those on the flight were flown out on an alternative aircraft, he said.The McDonnell Douglas MD-82, a jet aircraft often used by airlines for middle-distance flights, is a model owned by Boeing Co. McDonnell Douglas had stopped production of all but one of the models in the series when Boeing bought its smaller rival in 1997, and it closed down that line two years later to focus on newer models of its own popular midrange jet, the 737.The plane involved in Tuesday’s incident was manufactured in 1990 and exported to South Africa in 2009, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records. In April 2007, the airline operating the plane had trouble with the aircraft’s nose landing gear and found packing around a valve cracked, according to FAA records. The packing and gear later were serviced, the records show.last_img read more

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