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All Saints Collaborative Emergency Centre Providing Springhill with Better Care Sooner

first_imgPeople in Springhill now have shorter waits for emergency and primary care. Premier Darrell Dexter officially opened the province’s second collaborative emergency centre at All Saints Hospital today, April 10. “The grand opening of the province’s second collaborative emergency centre is a key part of government’s commitment to ensure Nova Scotians and their families receive better health care, sooner,” said Premier Dexter. “By bringing emergency departments and local family practices together to work as a team, we are fulfilling that commitment in a way that makes sense.” Collaborative emergency centres keep emergency rooms open, reduce patient wait times and provide a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This ensures patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue turns into a health crisis. “The highly trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and other health-care professionals at this collaborative emergency centre are doing an exceptional job, and I want to thank them for their admirable work and support,” said Premier Dexter. “These committed health-care professionals are working diligently to ensure that this facility will continue to be a trusted, integral part of the community.” The services at the collaborative emergency centre in Springhill include: During the day, doctors and nurse practitioners are available at the collaborative emergency centre to treat patients. Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a team, including a primary care paramedic and two registered nurses, staffs the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An EHS oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “Based on our experience with the first CEC, we are confident this new model will meet the health care needs of this community, as has been the case in Parrsboro,” said Bruce Quigley, CEO of the Cumberland Health Authority. “As we ultimately make the transition to overnight care being provided by two registered nurses in collaboration with the online oversight physician, it will be an opportunity to introduce yet another model of emergency care that builds on the training and expertise of our highly skilled nurses.” The province will announce at least four more collaborative emergency centres this year. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner. access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency carelast_img read more

Article 15 wins big at London Indian film fest

first_imgLondon: Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer “Article 15” has picked up the Audience Award at the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF). The 10th edition of the UK and Europe’s South Asian film festival, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI), opened with Anubhav Sinha’s hard-hitting thriller “Article 15” on June 20. The film won the Audience Award on June 29. “Article 15” aims to remind people about Article 15 of the Constitution which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and how its value has been forgotten. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The investigative thriller features Ayushmannn as a police officer, with Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar and Manoj Pahwa in key roles. The film is distributed globally by Zee Studios International. “I am delighted to have won the LIFF Audience Award,” Sinha said in a statement. “So happy that the film actually connected with Indians abroad and with non-Indians alike, who are not facing this version of inequality on a daily basis,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot To this, Vibha Chopra, Head-Global Syndication and International Film Distribution, ZEE Entertainment, added: “While the film is so rooted in the heartland, we were always confident that the film has a global resonance and winning at the prestigious LIFF showcases that the film has found its audience and appreciation outside of India as well. “The validation at LIFF only reinforces our belief that good content is geography agnostic and drives us to take our cinema far and wide.”last_img read more

Two dozen Porta Potties destroyed in suspicious fire in Erin Ont

first_imgERIN, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police say they’re investigating after two dozen portable outhouses were destroyed by a fire in a storage yard.Investigators in Erin, Ont., say the fire is suspicious.They say 24 Porta Potties were destroyed in the blaze, and several others were “affected by the heat.”Police say they believe the toilets were clean at the time of the fire.Damage is being pegged at $40,000.last_img

Holby City Star Helps Open Kings Variety Childrens Unit

first_imgOn 14th October, Hugh Quarshie, star of the BBC One medical drama Holby City, met with patients, doctors and nurses at King’s College Hospital, to officially open the new Paediatric Short Stay Unit (PSSU).Holby City Star Opens King’s Variety Children’s UnitThe new six-bedded unit is part of the Variety Children’s Hospital, based at King’s College Hospital, which cares for 50,000 children every year.The unit cares for young patients who need up to 48 hours of care, treating those from our local community who are admitted via the Emergency Department. Whilst these patients need to be in hospital, they often do not need be on a specialist ward, so the new unit can offer general paediatric care for the children with conditions.Hugh Quarshie, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and known for his roles in the films Highlander and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, has starred as Dr Ric Griffin in Holby City since 2001. He has supported Variety for the last year across a number of their events and initiatives, with the opening of the unit being a fitting new venture for the star to champion.“I’m delighted to be here at the opening of this special unit and to see the great work of the real medics at King’s,” said Hugh. “I’m also very honoured and humbled to be a celebrity ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity.”Dr Mo Akindolie, one of the Paediatric Consultants on the new unit, added: “I know PSSU will make a huge difference and help us to make the care we provide to all our patients even better. It was great that Hugh took the opportunity to step out of character and join us to officially open our unit – hopefully he picked up a few tips from our team to take back to Holby!”Trevor Green, Chief Barker of Variety – The Children’s Charity, added: “We are extremely honoured to be able to unveil this new unit as part of the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s. The Charity and its fundraisers are absolutely dedicated in continuing to ensure that places such as King’s can make life a more positive experience by providing emotional and practical support to sick children and their families.”last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs Minister launches probe into Blackstock spying affair

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs is investigating whether department officials broke privacy rules in their surveillance of First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Thursday during question period that he asked his department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick to investigate the Blackstock “spying” affair.“I have my deputy minister to report whether privacy rules were respected in this case,” said Duncan, responding to a question from NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan.Duncan wanted to know why department officials had dug into Blackstock’s Indian status file and other information.“Why is this government spying on Cindy Blackstock?” said Duncan.As first reported on APTN National News, the department has amassed a large file on Blackstock, who heads the First Nations Child and Family Caring society, according to documents obtained through the Access to Information Act.The file contains emails and notes about Blackstock’s personal information, critical briefings on her activities and evidence that department officials looked into her Indian status records.Blackstock said they looked at her Indian status records twice. The records also contain information on her family, her mother, brothers and sisters.“They have found it necessary to not only put one employee onto tailing, but if you look at the records there are numerous employees on the government payroll who are being asked to comment on what I am doing or to violate my privacy by going on my personal Facebook pages,” said Blackstock, in a recent interview with APTN National News.Blackstock has for years been pushing for equity for First Nations children caught up in the welfare system.In 2007, her organization filed a human rights complaint against the federal government claiming discrimination against First Nation children.She says the lawsuit changed her relationship with the department. She said she was barred from a departmental meeting she had attended with Ontario chiefs.“They barred me from the room,” said Blackstock. “And had a security guard guard me during the time I was there.”The incident led Blackstock to file an Access to Information request about herself, to see what information the department had on her.It took a year and a half for her to receive the file and, to her surprise, they watched her every move.“Not only had they been on my personal Facebook page, but they had a government employee go to their home at night and log in as an individual, not as the government of Canada…and go onto my Facebook page and take a snapshot of it and then have that in a government of Canada log,” she said.Aboriginal Affairs staffers also monitored Blackstock as she made presentations about the state of First Nations child welfare across the country.The file contains briefing notes with critical details of the topic and her speeches.last_img read more

Samarasinghe notes importance of power devolution under 13A

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, speaking at the Constitutional Assembly in Parliament today, noted the importance of devolving powers to the provinces under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.He said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has expressed its views on the proposed Constitution. The SLFP member said that there is a broad agreement on the need to devolve powers to the provinces.However he noted that devolution of powers must not go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WatchSamsungs new Galaxy S10 and Fold do some awesomely strange things with

For everyone not interested in spending US$2,000 on a smartphone, Samsung’s strategy is making S10 at many sizes, and prices. There are enough variations to overwhelm Goldilocks:– The S10 e is the US$750 entry-level option, priced to compete with Apple’s iPhone XR. It measures 5.8 inches on the diagonal, and cuts a few corners such as a fingerprint reader that’s built into the side power button.– The S10 is the US$900 standard option, measuring 6.1 inches and comes with three back cameras. (More on them below.)– The S10 + costs US$1,000,and measures 6.4 inches. It adds a second front-facing camera.– The S10 5G measures 6.7 inches, supports next-generation networks (that have yet to arrive most places) and adds a fourth camera on the back. Its price hasn’t been announced and it won’t arrive until some point later in the year.DJ Koh, Samsung President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, talks about the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during an event Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The question is whether any of these hardware evolutions are enough to reignite a smartphone market that’s as mature as a “Friends” rerun. People are holding on to phones for three, four or five years now, and with good reason. Old Samsung and Apple phones hold up pretty well, and the tech giants haven’t done a great job of addressing more fundamental concerns, like uncrackable screens and distracting, privacy-invading software. Eric Risberg/AP Photo There’s a hole new look about Samsung’s Galaxy S10.The camera on Samsung’s new flagship smartphone literally punches right through the screen, doing away with the need for borders, notches or other weird cutouts. There’s a fingerprint reader in the screen, too, hidden behind the pixels. Flip the screen over and it becomes a wireless charging station for headphones — or a friend’s dying phone battery.I got to spend a little time with the US$750-and-up S10 ahead of its unveiling Wednesday, an annual ritual that’s become as much about marketing upgrades as showcasing new technology. Samsung’s goal: make other smartphones look dated.And it accomplished that — with new details for the Galaxy Fold, its flip phone that opens up to the size of a 7.3-inch tablet. It arrives in April for an eyebrow-raising US$1,980. Samsung just announced a new folding Galaxy smartphone. It costs almost $2,000 Samsung, Google smartphones leave Apple’s iPhones in the dust when it comes to internet speeds Samsung phone users get a shock: They can’t delete Facebook But in the meantime, the S10 succeeds at making a statement. Samsung hasn’t ever had Apple’s luxury sensibility, even though this year’s model is available in high-end ceramic finishes at prices well over US$1,000. Samsung’s advantage is hardware engineering — doing awesomely strange things with screens and squeezing more tech into less space.That punch-hole screen is a statement: Look what we can do. Many phones now have two cameras on the back, so the S10 comes with up to four. The S10 packs more processing power than some gaming laptops. And its battery weighs in at up to 4,500 mAh, one of the largest I’ve seen in a flagship phone.An attendee grabs a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S10 smartphone during the Samsung Unpacked launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg David Paul Morris/Bloomberg David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Come April, the Galaxy Fold promises to offer a phone that’s both more comfortable to carry, and offers a big surface to watch video or do work. It’s a technological accomplishment, but it has challenges as a product. Apps from Google, Microsoft and others have been tweaked to let you start on the smaller exterior display and open up into tablet mode to continue working. That interior screen also lets you run up to three apps at once.A Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S10+. Samsung’s biggest innovations are in the screen. Forget the notch that Apple uses to hide front cameras — Samsung laser cut circles for its front-facing cameras. The usable screen goes pretty much all the way to the edge on all four sides, so Samsung can finally declare victory in its decade-long war on phone bezels.The biggest reason to celebrate is the triumphant return of the fingerprint reader. To go for a full-screen design, Samsung banished the reader to the back of the phone in 2017; Apple got rid of it entirely for FaceID. But on the S10 and S10 +, the fingerprint reader comes back on front where it belongs, buried inside the screen with no visible button. Samsung’s Chinese rivals did this trick first, but Samsung’s version uses some ultrasonic tech that should be more reliable. (Just note, if you like screen protectors, you’ll need a special compatible one.)Apple and Samsung fans with undoubtedly bicker over whether a fingerprint reader or FaceID is a superior way to unlock a phone. I conducted a few unlocking duels, and it was a tie.There are two other hardware evolutions worth noting: Samsung hid a tech inside the phone to make you a better friend. Switch on a wireless powershare mode, and the phone will charge any other Qi-charging compatible devices you put on top of it — even iPhones.A Samsung Electronics Co. S10 smartphone with Wireless PowerShare is charged by another S10 smartphone during a demonstration. And on the back of the phone, there are so many cameras it’s starting to look like spider eyes. All of the models have one lens for standard shots and another for extra-wide-angle shots. The S10 and S10 + add a third lens for zoom shots. The S10 5G coming later adds one more on the back and the front, both to measure depth.Now that Samsung phones have all those lenses and sensors, what is it doing with all that data? Not as much as I’d hope. The S10 + comes with an extra depth camera on its front, but the phone still can’t read your face to unlock securely. (Samsung used to include an iris reader on the front, but dropped it this year.)What I found missing from Samsung’s Galaxy lineup was discussion of what rivals like Apple and Google say is one of the next big things in tech: augmented reality. That’s the ability for phones to scan the depth of the world around them, and overlay digital information on to of the physical world. Only the S10 5G model comes with Samsung’s 3-D depth camera on the back, which it says allows the phone to measure physical spaces and add blurry depth effects to video.It highlights the biggest problem with Samsung’s pitch: software. The S10 will sport Samsung’s redesigned “One UI” interface which looked much more elegant than its predecessors. Yet Samsung’s artificial intelligence assistant Bixby remains an also-ran.And the competition is proving software and services can be more important than hardware tricks. Google’s Pixel phone has gained a toehold in the market for its tightly integrated AI Assistant, faster Android updates, and software-driven camera features such as Night Sight. Apple is locking in loyal customers with a growing array of services like Apple Music and, expected soon, news and video subscriptions.The S10 is available for preorder Feb. 21 and in stores March 8.The Washington Post read more

VIDEO Why you shouldnt drive up somebodys a

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChJArINLABEYouTube/John Feitelberg via RedditYOU KNOW WHEN someone’s driving really close behind you, and it makes you uncomfortable and a little bit angry?Maybe give this a try, courtesy of Taiwan.NB: Works much better if you are (a) terrifying and (b) wearing fingerless gloves.VIDEO: I’m just waiting for a mate, officer>This? Just a car doing a backflip>Classic movies recreated in 60 seconds…. with clay puppets>last_img

Chinese Great Firewall bottlenecks Gmail download speeds

first_imgChina’s not exactly friendly to the concept of a free and open internet. Google‘s public spats with the Chinese government have been making headlines for almost a year now, after the search giant first accused the Chinese government of hacking into the Gmail accounts of activists, and then of programming their firewall to make it appear that Gmail was having technical issues, even when it was fine.Now the Chinese government is taking a new tack to stop people within China from using Google’s popular webmail service. According to benchmark tests done by Greatfirewall.biz, the download speed of Gmail in china has dropped to just 34kbps, even while the Chinese government’s officially condoned webmail service QQ mailbox gets an average of 1514kbps. That’s forty five times slower.AdChoices广告You’d think that these numbers would completely end the lie that China isn’t interfering with Gmail access in China, but China has dismissed all of Google’s recent accusations that Gmail services on the mainland are being disrupted. We all know that Google has the pipe to serve up Gmail as fast as they can, so these numbers strongly argue that China is trying to gimp Gmail.For what end? Fearing a so-called “jasmine revolution,” China’s recently been cracking down on dissidents online. Since most of China’s local webmail providers fully comply with China’s censorship offices, going through Gmail is one of the only dependable ways to write emails criticizing the government without being dragged out of your home in the middle of the night. By making Gmail so slow as to be nearly unusable, though, China’s making that a less appealing option.Of the western webmail providers, Yahoo still gets decent download speeds of about 267kbps. Of course, Yahoo fully complies with local Chinese laws on censorship, so you can’t spread dissent through their service or they’ll hand you over… but if all you want to do is send your emails quickly within China, it’s your best bet.Read more at Greatfirewalllast_img read more

Parliament guards to be reduced by a third

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of guards assigned to protect the Greek Parliament is expected to be reduced by 130 officers, out of 360 currently in service.The decision was taken by Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis in tandem with the House’s sergeant-at-arms and Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and is expected to save about 10 million euros.Meanwhile, about 75 special guards hired as administrative staff are expected to come under the jurisdiction of the sergeant-at-arms.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

DiAntalvic lanalgésique disparaîtra des pharmacies françaises en octobre 2011

first_imgDi-Antalvic : l’analgésique disparaîtra des pharmacies françaises en octobre 2011France – D’ici quinze mois, les analgésiques du type Di-Antalvic contenant du dextropropoxyphène seront retirés du marché européen.Délivrés sur ordonnance à plus de 8 millions de Français, les médicaments contenant du paracétamol (PC) et du dextropropoxyphène (DXP) peuvent s’avérer dangereux pour la santé. Les derniers sont des analgésiques, c’est-à-dire des médicament visant à supprimer la douleur, quant les antalgiques ne font que l’atténuer. Prescrits lorsque les anti-douleurs classiques ne fonctionnent pas, les célèbres Di-Antalvic et Propofan ne sont pourtant pas anodins. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?En effet, d’après l’Agence européenne du médicament (EMA), le rapport risque-bénéfice n’est pas satisfaisant. Le DXP utilisé seul serait suffisamment efficace au regard des risques de décès en cas d’utilisation combinée avec le paracétamol. Chez nos voisins suédois et britanniques, les médicaments contenant du DXP avaient déjà été retirés des officines depuis plusieurs années, alors que les Français demeuraient les plus gros consommateurs de ce type de produits en Europe. Si l’Afssaps affirmait que le nombre de décès lié n’était pas très élevé, elle s’est finalement pliée aux décisions européennes. En octobre, de nouvelles recommandations devraient être données pour le traitement des douleurs. Les patients seront alors invités à consulter, sans urgence, leur médecin traitant. Le 22 juillet 2010 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le groupe Anonymous aurait tagué lentrée des locaux de la Hadopi

first_imgLe groupe Anonymous aurait tagué l’entrée des locaux de la HadopiLes Anonymous auraient tagué l’entrée des locaux de l’Hadopi. Une action que condamne le secrétaire général de la Hadopi, Eric Walter. Le pas de la porte des locaux de l’Hadopi, situés dans le XVe arrondissement parisien, auraient été tagués par le groupe d’hacktivistes Anonymous. Les graffitis étaient accompagnés du logo des Anonymous et porte l’inscription suivante, écrite en majuscules et en lettres rouges : “We are legion”.Le blogueur Grégory Gutierez relate sur son blog : “vers 10h, l’entrée était barrée par des plots et des employés d’une société de nettoyage se préparaient à enlever le logo au pochoir et le tag écrit sur le trottoir, juste devant l’entrée.” Eric Walter, secrétaire général de l’Hadopi, a déploré cet acte de “vandalisme”. Plus tard, M. Walter a réagi sur Twitter : “numérique ou IRL le vandalisme anonyme reste ce qu’il est : lâche et méprisable. Les bouteurs de feu en ont pour leur argent today”.Enfin, l’aphorisme “nous sommes légion”, tiré de l’Evangile selon Saint Marc est la signature grâce à laquelle les activistes revendiquant leur appartenance au groupe Anonymous.  Le 31 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

After Area 51 silly people say theyll storm Loch Ness

first_img 4 Area 51 gets wacky US Air Force stands ready to protect Area 51 Bud Light: Free beer for any alien that escapes Area 51 Secrets of Area 51: The alien controversy This is a prop Nessie that appeared in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. It was later found on the lakebed of Loch Ness during a 2016 survey by Kongsberg Maritime. Kongsberg Maritime If the hunt for aliens is too crowded for your liking, perhaps I could interest you in a different kind of futile search: the hunt for Nessie, the famously elusive Loch Ness monster of Scotland. A Storm Loch Ness Facebook event is following on the heels of the Storm Area 51 phenomenon that (jokingly) suggests people should gather on Sept. 20 to run en masse into the gated US military compound in Nevada to “see them aliens.”The Nessie event details for Sept. 21 are summed up by a single sentence: “The time is now for us to find dat big boi.” Nearly 2 million people have signed up to storm Area 51, so it’s no wonder a similarly fantastical copycat event has emerged. The Storm Loch Ness Facebook event now has 19,000 people who say they are going and another 40,000 who say they are interested in attending. The event host, Bryan Richards, appears to be a Californian who is obsessed with hamburgers and pizza on Facebook. Comments Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:center_img 13 Photos Yetis and UFOs and sea monsters, oh my! (pictures) Online Facebook users are having fun with the concept of storming Scotland’s frigid lake. One person suggested we should dive into the water with a UFO stolen from Area 51. Others are warning potential visitors of the dangers of the Scottish midge, a biting fly that is a serious pest around watery areas.The volunteer-staffed Royal National Lifeboat Institution that provides rescue services at Loch Ness is hoping thousands don’t show up on Sept. 21 at the cold, deep lake. “Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat has an impressive survivor-carrying capacity, but even that will be stretched by the ‘attendees’ of this event,” a RNLI representative told the BBC.There is one Nessie that was found in Loch Ness, but it wasn’t a real sea creature. Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime surveyed the lakebed in 2016 and discovered a Nessie prop that was used in the 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.The Storm Loch Ness movement may peter out as just an online joke, but any actual attendees are sure to be disappointed when they discover a complete lack of sea monsters at Loch Ness. Tags 5:27last_img read more

Prince Harry angry and upset with the Queen might end up doing

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry doesn’t seem to be happy with his family. Apparently, Prince Harry is “angry and upset” and needs to start working “in partnership” with Meghan Markle, while supporting the Queen and his father Prince Charles, claimed former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter.Prince Harry would be “angry and upset” over newspapers’ criticism of Meghan Markle, claimed a former palace press secretary. Dickie Arbiter advised Harry should “keep his head down” and wait until the birth of his baby to “really start afresh.”We have to say, that does seem like the case as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been making moves to break away from the Royal Family and make their own name as it were. And it seems that people are blaming Meghan Markle for this supposed change in Prince Harry.Referring to reports royal staff nicknamed Meghan “Me-Gain”, Mr. Arbiter told Nine News Australia: “He would be angry that something like this is coming out. You have got to remember too, I mean you were here for the wedding and you saw how the media were operating. They were putting Meghan and Harry right up on a pedestal. Since the end of summer in the autumn, they have been chipping away at those pedestals and really having a go.”Every one of them is guilty of having a go, at finding fault, and it’s very easy to find fault. It’s very easy to be negative, very difficult to actually be positive for them. Being negative sells newspapers at the end of the day.  Meghan MarkleGetty Images”He will be angry, he will be upset, he will want to keep his head down and he will want to protect Meghan. He will want to get the baby born and present it to the world, and then eye a really start afresh.””They are in a bit of limbo at the moment, they are sort of living at Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage is being overhauled and until such time they can settle in there.””Once that is out of the way they can really work together as a partnership, as a double act, and support the Queen and support his father, which is what he’s there for.”Prince Harry might be buckling under the expectations put on him, but we hope both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle survive whatever comes their way.last_img read more

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US hands Venezuelas bank accounts to Guaido

first_imgThe logo of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA, is seen at a gas station in Caracas, on 29 January 2019. The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela`s state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled president Nicolas Maduro`s power base. — Photo: AFPThe United States said Tuesday that it has handed control of Venezuela’s bank accounts in the United States to Juan Guaido, the opposition leader whom Washington has recognized as interim president.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the order last week for Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks, the State Department said.”This certification will help Venezuela’s legitimate government safeguard those assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.The United States has been pressing all countries to part ways with President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist firebrand presiding over a crumbling economy and rising street protests, and recognize Guaido, the head of the National Assembly.Palladino called on all nations to “take similar steps to protect Venezuela’s patrimony from further theft by Maduro’s corrupt regime.”Venezuela, which is struggling to provide basic services, has some $8 billion in foreign reserves around the world.A major chunk is around $1.3 billion in gold held by the Bank of England, which Guaido has asked Britain to put under his control.The United States on Monday announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company, further trying to squeeze Maduro’s cash-strapped government.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking Tuesday to the Fox Business Network, said that more economic pressure could be coming.”We will always look at additional sanctions to make sure we protect the assets of the country for the people of Venezuela,” he said, while adding that the United States wanted to ensure that medicine and other humanitarian goods can still go through.Major Latin American powers including Brazil have backed Guaido but Maduro still enjoys economic and political support of Russia and China.last_img
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Killed in gunfight with BGB police reject drug suspect claim

first_imgAlleged gunfight victim Prashanta Kumar Das. Photo: CollectedA local videographer, Prashanta Kumar Das, was killed in an alleged gunfight between a team of Border Guard Bangladesh and drug traders during an anti-drug drive near Bibir Bazar border in Cumilla early Sunday (28 June).The BGB said Prashanta, from Mogltuli in the city, was a drug suspect but local police said he was neither a listed drug trader nor was there any case against him at the police station.The deceased’s family alleged Prashanta was shot to death after being tortured for an entire day.BGB-10 commander Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin did not answer any phone call from Prothom Alo or answer the SMS sent to him in this connection.BGB director general Maj Gen Md. Shafeenul Islam, however, on Sunday told newsmen at an event in Rajshahi that Prashanta was involved in drug dealing. “Otherwise how were yaba tablets found in his possession?” he asked.BGB said the incident took place near the river Gumti dam in Sangraish of Cumilla Adarsha sadar upazila around 3:00am on 28 June.The law enforcement claimed Prashanta was a drug trader and a smuggler. It also claimed to have recovered 2,185 yaba tablets from him.Cumilla Kotwali Model police station officer-in-charge M Abu Salam Mia, however, said there was no case or GD or complaint against Prashanta with the police station.Prshanta’s brother Shamu Chandra Das said a certain Nazmul Hasan from Housing Estate area of Cumilla called Prshanta from the house that day.Around 3:30 in afternoon they were informed that Prashanta and Nazmul had been kept at Ekbalia BGB camp, adjacent to Lakshmipur of Cumilla Sadar Dakshin upazila and went there.“The men at the BGB camp were taking photos of Prashanta and Nazmul. We were not allowed to talk to them. We again went there in evening but could not meet them. Later we went to BGB headquarters in Kotbari, Cumilla but were not allowed to enter there as well,” Shamu Chandra Das said.The family claimed Prashanta had fallen all following the torture. He was shot in the head and killed, fearing he might die due to the torture, Prashanta’s family suspects.“Prashanta used to shoot videos for various government and private events in Cumilla. We never heard anything bad about him,” said Prashanta’s cousin Shipon Chandra Das. Local people also said the same.Former general secretary of Cumilla bar association, Syed Nurur Rahman termed the incident as extrajudicial killing.Father of the 26-year-old Prashanta, Badal Chandra Das yesterday said, “I have five sons. The youngest one has been killed. The lives of my other sons might be in danger if I file a case for this murder. It’s better just to pray to the Almighty.”last_img read more

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Dengue outbreak lingers 1719 more hospitalised in 24 hrs

first_imgDengueA total of 1,719 people infected with dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday, reports UNB. However, no death was recorded during the period.Of the new infections, 759 were recorded in Dhaka alone, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,929 on Thursday while 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,200 on Tuesday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.The DGHS said 49,999 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 42,243 had made full recovery.Currently, 7, 716 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue. Dhaka, the densely-populated city, has been at the centre of the outbreak.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one per cent.last_img read more

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Vietjet Listing honored as The IPO Deal of the Year 2017

first_imgVietjet Listing honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017”Vietjet Listing honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017”Vietjet’s public listing in the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange in February has been honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017” and “The Company with Best M&A Information Disclosure” at the M&A Awards 2016-2017. As a highlight of the Vietnam M&A Forum 2017, the awards were adjudicated by a panel of independent and renowned M&A experts through nominations by consultation organizations and researchers.Leading “a series of successful deals” in 2016-2017, Vietjet was highly rated by the panel which named the Vietjet listing as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017” and “The Company with Best M&A Information Disclosure”. Vietjet’s IPO was professionally conducted following consultations with world-renowned law firms and financial institutions in around 800 days (due on the listing date) in accordance with international IPO standards of Regulation S.The adjudication panel also lauded the airline for its information disclosure. Vietjet has performed well in building investor relations, attracting intentions of investment funds and the public as well as bringing transparent, detailed and internationally-standardized information to investors and the public.Vietnam M&A Forum, an annual event for companies and investors from Vietnam and other countries was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10, 2017 under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Investment. With the theme “Seeking a Big Push”, the Vietnam M&A Forum 2017 was held as a platform to exchange suggestions and introduce opportunities as well as experience sharing for breakthroughs in the market.Earlier, Vietjet’s 2016 annual report was also honored with a Platinum Award, ranked the 4th among the Asia Pacific region’s awardees and 11th out of 100 worldwide at the Vision Awards 2016 presented by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). Themed as “the flight to the future”, the 150-page annual report was graded with almost top scores under the criteria of First Impression, Letter to Shareholders, Report Financials and sustainable development programs.Headquartered in the US, LACP was set up to create a forum within the public relations industry that facilitates discussion of best-in-class practices within the profession while also recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary communications capabilities. The Vision Awards honors outstanding and informative annual reports globally following international standards. Vietjetbook flights hereSource = Vietjetlast_img read more

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Recovery Not in These Markets Yet

first_img Eight years after the crisis, many national housing metrics such as existing-home sales, new home sales, and home price appreciation are experiencing post-crisis highs. Some markets are lagging behind in the recovery, however.Using data from FHFA’s Q2 Home Price Index, HSH.com calculated the markets that are most and least recovered from the housing crisis. The list of least recovered markets included four in California (Bakersfield, Stockton-Lodi, Fresno, and Riverside-San Bernardino) and two in Florida (Cape Coral-Fort Myers and Orlando-Kissimmee). The market at the top of the “least recovered” list was Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, where HSH found homes to be an average of 44.6 percent below peak values.“It is important to note that many markets, even the 10 that have recovered the least, have made significant price recoveries since hitting their bottom values,” HSH.com Vice President Keith Gumbinger said in the report. “However, home prices in areas like Las Vegas may have been inflated to such a degree that even when they return to a ‘normal’ value they may still be well below their previous price peak.”As far as the 10 metros that make up the least recovered group in Q2, there were no changes from Q1, though some of them did switch positions on the list, according to HSH.As far as markets that are the most recovered, 46 out of the 100 largest metros reached new highs above their peak home values in Q2, and another four are on the cusp of reaching new highs, according to HSH. The “most recovered” market in Q2 was Denver-Aurora, Colorado, where home prices were 53.1 percent above their peak. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, was second at 49.3 percent. Texas had four of the top six most recovered markets, with Dallas coming in at third, Houston placing fifth, and Fort Worth ranking sixth. San Antonio ranked ninth, giving Texas five markets in the top 10 for most recovered.Click here to view the report. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing Markets 2016-08-30 Seth Welborn August 30, 2016 688 Views center_img Recovery? Not in These Markets Yet Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Patagonian cruise line

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterPatagonian cruise line, Australis, has revealed it will build a new ship tailor-made for ‘bottom of the world’ voyages.To mark the announcement of the bigger vessel, scheduled for launch in late 2017, Australis is offering 30% discounts on six end-of-season sailings this March and April, with fares now available from only US$832 per person.The new, as-yet unnamed, 200-passenger ship for Australis will replace the smaller, 136-passenger Via Australis, which was built in 2005 and will be sold to Lindblad Expeditions on completion of the current summer season in Patagonia. Meanwhile, Australis’ other ship, the 200-passenger Stella Australis, launched in 2010, will continue to offer expedition voyages through the channels and fjords of southern Chile during the next 2016/17 summer season until her new fleet-mate joins her for Australis’ 2017/18 programme.“This represents a great opportunity for Australis to increase our offerings, with a faster, leaner and more modern ship, similar to the Stella Australis,” said Australis Market Manager for Australia, Michelle Mohaupt.“More Australians are travelling to South America so the three- to seven-night Patagonian cruises Australis offers are an ideal add-on to an itinerary on the continent, with our sailings providing the only way to see the remote and spectacularly untouched scenery at the southern-most tip of South America, including Cape Horn,” she said.Australis is the only operator to offer regular cruises through the region, with the family-owned Chilean cruise line also offering more opportunities for travellers to step ashore on fabled Cape Horn than any other line.From September to April each year, Australis operates regular three- to seven-night expedition cruises from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas – the two southernmost towns in the world – through the mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel. Included in fares are zodiac excursions ashore to places like Cape Horn, named 400 years ago this year by Dutch explorers, as well as Wulaia Bay and Pia Glacier. An average of seven massive tidewater glaciers can be seen on most Australis sailings while wildlife along the way includes elephant seals and Magellanic penguins.Australis’ ships offer lounges, gym facilities and cabins with panoramic windows (almost floor to ceiling). All guests enjoy complimentary, guided excursions and nature lectures as well as a free open-bar. Cuisine aboard includes local dishes as well as Chilean and Argentine wines.Last minute 30% discountUntil 11 March, a 30% discount is available on six sailings of three or four nights this March or April from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas aboard Stella Australis or Via Australis. These include a three-night, round-trip ‘End of the World’ sailing on 1 April 2016, from Ushuaia, including a visit to Cape Horn, on 1 April from US$832 per person, twin-share, including the 30% discount. Also discounted is a four-night ‘Patagonian Explorer’ sailing from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, including Cape Horn, from 4 April 2016 from US$1008 per person, twin-share.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more