A dozen men have been arrested in connection with the lynching of two persons on suspicion of cattle theft in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal.The incident took place on Thursday in Mathabanga area when Rabiul Islam and Prakash Das were taking two cows in a van. They were stopped by the locals and beaten up. The police admitted them to a hospital but they died of their injuries.The State Assembly has recently passed the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, and it is awaiting the Governor’s assent.
Published on cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL The 50-over India versus Bangladesh contests have never been short of drama. File photo of Champions Trophy warm up match between the two teams. – Reuters COMMENT RELATED Bangladesh are standing at the cusp of what could be the biggest day in their cricketing history, if they manage to pull off a victory. Professionalism will be pitted against passion when defending champions India square off with Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy, here tomorrow.On paper, India are overwhelming favourites against the next door neighbours but in a game of glorious uncertainties, it will be foolhardy to count Bangladesh out of equation. Especially after their inspirational ‘come from behind’ victory against New Zealand that paved the way for their semi-final berth.India, after a clinical performance against South Africa, would like to maintain the same intensity against a team that could prove to be a proverbial banana peel for them.Batsmen in form, bowlers on target and fielding top notch — Virat Kohli’s men have covered all bases so far and Mashrafe Mortaza’s men — after their entry into semi-finals — will have to pull off something really special at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground tomorrow.For India, nothing short of a place in the summit round will satisfy them while Bangladesh are standing at the cusp of what could be the biggest day in their cricketing history, if they manage to pull off a victory. A victory for India will be par for the course for which they won’t possibly get the credit that one gets for beating Australia, South Africa or England.But a defeat will lead to unparalleled criticism from fans and critics alike with some of the uncomfortable behind the scene happenings (like the alleged Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift) again raising their head.It will be interesting to see if India retain Ravichandran Ashwin or bring Umesh Yadav back as his pace scared the Bangladeshi batsmen during their 240-run thrashing in a warm-up game. In case of Bangladesh, their aim will be to repeat the performance of the 2007 World Cup of opener in Port of Spain — still a ‘Red Letter Day’ in cricketing history.Four members of that side — skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal — are stars of this current line-up.One day cricket is one format where perhaps Bangladesh have the best chance of beating India. This is a format which is neither too long like Test cricket where temperament is challenged nor too short like T20 where quick-on-the-feet innovation is required. Fifty overs is adequate time in which the tiny nation have gained its mojo in the past 3 years building a reasonably good unit that can put up a fight.They have shown they could do that during the 2015 home series which they won 2-1, thanks to the then teenage sensation Mustafizur Rahaman and his deadly cutters.But the 50-over India versus Bangladesh contests have never been short of drama — thanks to the overtly passionate fans and media.‘Tigers’, as they are referred to have such a passionate following that their country’s media has been successfully able to ‘marry’ nationalism with cricket taking it to an altogether different level.An interesting anecdote will reveal how cricket and nationalism has been inter-linked in Bangladesh’s social life and even cricketers have been voluntarily a part of it. It is learnt that the entire Bangladesh team was watching the England versus Australia game together. Once England’s victory ensured Bangladesh’s qualification, their strike bowler Taskin Ahmed started singing a popular song with others joining in chorus. The song is the extremely popular Bengali rendition ‘Amra Korbo Joy’ of Pete Seeger’s iconic ‘We Shall Overcome’ The entire team joined in chorus and they uploaded the video on facebook, which acquired millions of hits.The 2015 World Cup quarter-final against India at the MCG still sticks out like a sore thumb for the Bangladesh players and fans alike. They still believe that Rohit Sharma was out as Rubel Hossain bowled a perfectly legal delivery. One can’t justify that given that even if 40 runs were deducted from Rohit’s final score of 137, Bangladesh would have still lost that game.They believe that Mahmudullah Riyadh could have won them the match had Shikhar Dhawan’s contentious claim for a catch at the boundary line not been upheld by the umpires. The one-run defeat at Bangalore in a ICC World T20 match last year still hurts them bad — a testimony to which was Mushfiqur Rahim’s classless tweet after India’s semi-final departure.The former skipper had to delete it after instructions from the Bangladesh Cricket Board. While coach Chandika Hathurusingha tries to instill some sense of calmness playing the ‘underdog card’, there are people in Bangladesh camp, who already, in their dreams, have set their foot in the final.The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are far better than Tamim Iqbal or Soumya Sarkar. However, Tamim has been in good form in the tournament despite a strike-rate in mid 70s. No one in their dreams would compare Imrul Kayes or Sabbir Rahaman with Virat Kohli’s class. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a legend in 50-overs cricket where Mushfiqur Rahim is still an inconsistent player. Mahmudullah Riyadh is a gutsy match-winner but Yuvraj Singh playing his 300th match is in a different league.Mashrafe, Taskin, Rubel and Mustafizur are a good attack on a given day and that’s Bangladesh’s best chance to upset India. But even there, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya have more quality.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami.Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahaman, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahaman, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hossain Miraz, Mossadek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Shafiul Islam.Match starts at 10:30 am. null June 14, 2017 Don’t think we need to change anything for final: Kohli The 50-over India versus Bangladesh contests have never been short of drama. File photo of Champions Trophy warm up match between the two teams. – Reuters × SHARE COMMENTS
Royal Challengers Bangalore is fast “running out of time” and needs to win the “small moments” to reverse its fortunes in the ongoing Indian Premier League, feels the team’s bowling coach Ashish Nehra.RCB lost by seven wickets to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive loss in the tournament. The Virat Kohli-led side is yet to open its account and has just 10 games in hand to turn things around in the tournament.”If you keep winning small moments then only you will win matches. The only problem for us is that we are running out of time as there are only 14 games,” Nehra told reporters here after the match.The former India left-arm pacer, however, said the RCB will find its mojo if its wins a few close encounters.”If you win two close encounters, you will have two wins and two loses, which is fine. There is not much of a difference between the top and bottom teams. In this tournament, we have seen teams needing six wins to qualify and they qualify and go on to win the tournament,” Nehra said.”Every week the points table changes, such is the nature of the tournament. It’s a matter of winning one or two games and we will be very close.”You need get the basics right. We need to win close games. We had two close games out of four so far. Our first game was a turning pitch and we got all out for 70. If we had scored 100 it could have been a close game,” he added.advertisementSent into bat on Tuesday, RCB made 158 for 4 on a difficult wicket, a target which the hosts chased the target down with one ball to spare, losing just three wickets in the process.RCB was also undone by fielding and dropped a number of catches, including that of Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. Nehra admitted that the dropped catches cost them dearly.”Since the last two game, we have been dropping a lot of catches. In this format if you drop two, three catches that makes a big difference,” he said.”When the game was close, in Chahal’s bowling we dropped a catch. Virat Kohli dropped a catch and in the end Moeen Ali also dropped a catch. But still it became a close game. If you don’t drop the catches, things would have been different.”Talking about RCB’s batting effort, Nehra said in the end the team was 10-15 runs short of a winning score.”This wicket was not a 200-run wicket. But Kohli and de Villiers got out together. The start we got and in between those 2-3 overs in the middle. You also have to give credit to Shreyas Gopal, he bowled well. Despite all these, we reached a total of 160,” he said.”We were 10-15 short but to sum it up we didn’t batted well. While bowling also, if you take your catches because the margin of error is less and the line between win or loss is thin. You need to be on top of your game.”Nehra also admitted that RCB didn’t play to potential in the four matches so far.”For now, we are not playing to our potential and we will have to play better whether it’s batting or bowling,” he said.Also Read | Great feeling to get Purple Cap but sad we didn’t win: RCB spinner Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Virat Kohli after RCB crash to 4th successive defeat: We were competitiveAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal after dismissing Kohli, de Villiers: One of the biggest moments of my journeyAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers
A bill that would allow people with enhanced concealed carry permits to bring guns into the South Dakota Capitol is headed to Gov. Kristi Noem.The House voted 44-19 for the bill.Majority Leader Lee Qualm, a co-sponsor, says constitutional officers in the Capitol would benefit most from the self-protection.House Minority Leader Jamie Smith opposed the measure during a recent hearing, saying he supports the Capitol’s current safety system.The measure would require notifying security before carrying in the Capitol.It wouldn’t extend to the Supreme Court chamber or private offices that have controlled access, like the governor’s office.Last year, 1,615 enhanced permits were issued in South Dakota.They come with requirements that include completing a training course.Noem signed a bill in January to let people carry concealed pistols without a permit.
New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA Tuesday suspended flying licences of two SpiceJet pilots for six months after an aircraft operated by them damaged runway edge lights during landing at Kolkata airport, a senior official said. The incident happened on July 2 when the plane was operating Pune-Kolkata flight. In recent weeks, the watchdog has been taking strict action against individuals and entities for various violations. The official told PTI that flying licenses of the two pilots of SpiceJet – Aarati Gunasekaran and Saurabh Gulia – have been suspended for six months. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) decision came after replies provided by them to the showcause notice were not satisfactory. Investigation into the incident found that the aircraft touched down approximately 1,300 feet from runway threshold point, the official said. This resulted in the plane “further veering to right of runway centerline and damaging runway edge lights,” the official added. The six-month suspension of flying licences is effective from July 2, the date when the incident took place. A response from SpiceJet was awaited.
VANCOUVER – Transport Minister Marc Garneau says efforts to protect Canada’s coastlines from vessel spills includes an “unprecedented level of collaboration” with Indigenous communities.Garneau announced a pilot project under the $1.5-billion ocean protection plan to help Indigenous communities monitor vessel traffic while speaking to the Chamber of Shipping in Vancouver on Tuesday.The project is being launched this fall in 10 communities including Haida and Gitga’at Nations on British Columbia’s north coast to test and develop new maritime awareness information systems in order to have a better understanding of the traffic around them.“The second step, of course, is that the First Nations will be involved in the response because very often they’re the first ones there anyway and they have an intimate knowledge of the local waters,” he said.Exact plans on how to improve emergency response, protect ecosystems and managing vessel traffic are being developed between government agencies and First Nations, he said.“We value and need their knowledge and expertise to be successful,” Gauneau said.Responding to questions about how the new Indigenous rights framework announced by the government in February should be approached by sectors working with both parties, Garneau told the shipping industry to be “open-minded.”“It’s not just a question of respect, it’s a question of actually acting,” he said. “Some organizations will be involved more than others … but it really, literally, is a new way of thinking about how we achieve reconciliation in this country.”Garneau said $1.2 million has also been awarded to Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc. of North Vancouver for equipment to support the coast guard in spill clean-up.The announcement comes days after thousands of people in B.C. protested the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would increase tanker traffic to the Burrard Inlet.The project must already adhere to 157 conditions put forward by the National Energy Board, Garneau said, and the oceans protections plan will also contribute to increased marine safety.Garneau said the pipeline expansion has been approved by the federal government, and while it doesn’t have unanimous public support, most Canadians want to see it built.“We think the majority of British Columbians are in agreement with us,” he said.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today issued notice on the Chief Minister of the Uva Province, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, to appear before the commission on Thursday, February 1st.HRCSL had last week conducted inquiries on the incident where the Chief Minister had allegedly forced a principal from a school in Badulla to kneel before him. The inquiries were conducted for over 10 hours and statements were recorded from several people over the incident, including the school principal. The Chief Minister had rejected the allegations. (Colombo Gazette) The Chief Minister had reportedly summoned the principal of Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla to his residence and made her kneel on the floor because she had refused to enroll a student recommended by him.
The village was named after Bhagat Singh, a famous Indian freedom fighter and youth icon, whose martyrdom day falls on 23 March. About, 20 such projects are currently under progress. The overall development portfolio of Government of India in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion out of which US$ 560 million are in grants. (Colombo Gazette) India today handed over 98 houses built under the Indian Housing Project to the beneficiaries at Helboda Estate in Nuwara Eliya.In a special event held at the Helboda Estate in Nuwara Eliya today, 98 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera in the presence of Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Gayantha Karunathilake, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, and Radhakrishnan, Minister of Special Area Development. Minister Mangala Samaraweera described India as a true friend, always ready to assist Sri Lanka during emergencies and crisis situations.The High Commissioner in his remarks on the occasion, congratulated the proud owners of the newly built independent houses. Several Members of Parliament and Central Provincial Council, senior officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), Implementing Agency – Habitat for Humanity, Sri Lanka, Pusellewa Regional Plantation Company and a large number of people from the region attended the function. He underscored that the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million (close to 50 billion LKR), was the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad. He also recalled that out of the total commitment of 63,000 houses, 47,000 houses had already been built.Expressing India’s support for realization of Sri Lanka’s developmental priorities, he reiterated Government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards prosperity and development.India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skill development, infrastructure, vocational training among others, all across the country.
Canadian execs rosy on hiring, but September jobs report expected to be weak by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2012 4:00 am MDT TORONTO – Many Canadian senior executives expect employment levels at their companies to rise, according to a new report released ahead of the latest snapshot of Canada’s employment situation coming later Friday.The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ third-quarter Business Monitor found that nearly half, 46 per cent, of CEOs, CFO’s and other top players surveyed said they expect the number of employees at their companies to increase in the next year. That’s up slightly from 41 per cent who said so in the second-quarter survey.In addition, a growing number, 34 per cent, of executives said they are optimistic about economic performance in the next 12 months, up from 21 per cent in the third quarter.Most of the executives, 55 per cent, said they were neutral about coming economic performance. And the survey suggests the biggest sources of concern are the state of the U.S. economy, the European debt crisis and general economic uncertainty.The survey of 230 senior executives was conducted by Harris/Decima between Sept. 6 and 21. The margin of error is plus or minus 6.5 per cent.The hopeful findings come amid expectations for a muted Labour Force Survey for September, coming later Friday morning.Economists estimate an average of 15,000 jobs were added to the Canadian economy last month.And while the figure is below the average 19,900 jobs per month created since the beginning of the year, it would at least indicate that jobs have not been shed as the economy shows signs of slower growth.August’s jobs report was particularly strong, with the addition of some 34,300 jobs.However, there were some discouraging underlying trends. All the gains in the August jobs report from Statistics Canada were part-time jobs. As well, there were heavy losses in the goods producing sector, which generally pays higher wages.With the latest gains, Statistics Canada said employment in Canada has increased by one per cent, or by 177,000 jobs, over the past year, with most of the gains in full-time work.But global conditions have deteriorated and the domestic economy is also faring worse than expected amid a sharp slowdown in home construction and sales and poor exports.“Under these circumstances, the chances of disappointing employment growth in September seem fairly high,” said a report from Desjardins Economics, which expects only 5,000 jobs were added.“That said, given how volatile the results of the labour force survey are, we could get another surprise.”Meanwhile, CIBC Economist Emanuella Enenajor â€”who expects an addition of 10,000 jobs for September â€” suggests the economy may have to pay back some of the strong job gains it has seen so far this year.“A reckoning may be around the corner, with hiring set to track a slower tempo in the months ahead,” she said.“Tame demand could see limited need to boost headcounts, while continued government spending cuts will likely weigh on public sector payrolls.”Economists at TD are even more bearish about the jobs picture in September, expecting to see a loss of some 10,000 jobs.“After two months of outsized swings in hiring that left the longer term trend in employment effectively unchanged, slowing global growth paired with domestic fatigue is forecast to have contributed to the loss of 10k jobs in September,” it said.TD Economics expects details of the jobs report to show a more pronounced correction in the service sectors, while the goods producing sectors are expected to remain under pressure from the manufacturing and construction industry.The unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7.3 per cent.CIBC says the unemployment rate could track above seven per cent both this year and next.“We see economic growth as too slow in the quarters ahead to spark a measurable decrease in the jobless rate,” Enenajor said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 12:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Environmental Society wants Husky Energy to face provincial fines over a major oil spill last summer that jeopardized the drinking water of thousands of people.About 225,000 litres of oil spilled last July when ground movement caused a Husky (TSX:HSE) pipeline to leak near Maidstone, Sask.About 40 per cent of the oil made its way into the North Saskatchewan River.Peter Prebble, an environmental society spokesman, says the company violated provincial law by discharging a substance that could hurt the environment.The society is urging the province to improve the Pipeline Act by ensuring more frequent inspections, upgrading pipelines near water and improving communication with affected communities if there’s a spill.The government introduced amendments to the act last week to create new inspection audit powers and raise penalties to as high as $500,000 a day.Prebble says the province also needs to ensure pipelines crossing waterways are improved.“It’s also important that pipelines that intersect important water bodies all be equipped with latest spill-detection technology and all be equipped with automatic shut-off valves that are able to respond if there are pressure anomalies on the line,” Prebble said Monday.The society would like an independent investigation into the spill that would look at whether the initial emergency response was adequate.The cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort were forced to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.(CJWW, The Canadian Press) Saskatchewan environmental group says Husky should face fines over oil spill
Its Reality Check service will expand to combat the rise of “fake news”, fact-checking the “most popular outliers on social media and refute claims if they are found to be false” and working with Facebook to build trust.Highlights coming up on-screen include a year-long season of science and technology programming, and the relaunch of Civilisation for a new generation over a nine-part series.Lord Hall said: “This year will be a year of great British creativity, where the unique value of the BBC to UK audiences, the creative economy and Britain’s place in the world should be clear to all to see.” As younger people watch less television and listen to less radio, the report said, the BBC must work out how to make Facebook, Twitter and the “techniques of the mobile world” to keep audiences with them.“Online innovation has slowed the decline seen across all traditional media companies,” Lord Hall wrote in the report. “It has not reversed it.“If this trend continues, by the mid-2020s a significant minority of licence fee payers would no longer be a part of our shared national conversation, and might not be getting value to justify their licence fee either. BBC News must keep up with the social media generation Newsreaders have already embarked on a more engaging, relaxed style “And we will need to use all the tools and techniques of the mobile world – like alerts, notifications and live feeds – to reach audiences where they are in the way they expect it.”Other future plans could include developing virtual reality and personalising iPlayer services to bring about the “simple, frictionless discovery of BBC content” powered by “sophisticated, intelligent search”.In particular, the report said, the corporation would use social platforms to reach target audiences “including women and the young and show them that we are relevant to their lives”. “We have already made significant changes to re-cast our presenter lineup and we will build on this to deliver a more modern, diverse, relaxed and engaged style across bulletins and programmes,” it said. “Most of all, we would be failing to give them trusted information, education and entertainment. “So every major part of the BBC will need to contribute to meeting this challenge.”He added: “BBC News Online, on PC or mobile, or on Twitter or Facebook, is essential to our strategy.“But we will need to work harder to maximise the visibility and value of BBC News on third-party sites such as social media platforms. The corporation had already announced investment in children’s services, with a range of digital activities to capture them young and halt the domination of American television.On television news, the report stated, the BBC will “refresh the tone” of its programmes on air to make it more engaging for audiences. iPlayer and mobile are key to the BBC’s plans The BBC will not be able to justify the licence fee within 10 years unless the corporation masters new ways to deliver news and programmes to the social media generation, Lord Hall has suggested.Lord Hall, the director-general, warned that if the current trend away from linear television and radio continues, a “significant minority” of licence fee payers would “no longer be a part of our shared national conversation”.Saying that would leave the BBC failing them, he argued the corporation would no longer be able to justify the requirement to make them pay their licence fee.In the BBC’s annual plan, released today, Lord Hall specified how he hoped to see the corporation take on the challenge of the social media era, “reinventing” themselves to match new consumption habits.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Wednesday alone, The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) recorded 36 violations of Greek national air space with one of the violations escalating into a mock fight.The violations took place over the southeast, central and northeast regions of the Aegean Sea with all Turkish aircraft being identified and intercepted by Greek fighter planes.Greek forces acted in accordance with the international rules of engagement, abiding to GEETHA, AP reported.Nine of the violations were carried out by three formations of Turkish F-16 jets, four of which were armed, and the other 27 by two CN-235 planes while in five recorded instances Turkish jets infringed upon airspace which belongs to the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR).
Fini les disques de Mozart dans les crèches : écouter de la musique classique ne rendrait pas plus intelligentAutriche – Contrairement aux croyances, écouter du Mozart ne rendrait pas plus intelligent. C’est ce qu’ont récemment prouvé des chercheurs de l’université de Vienne. Au début des années 1990, une étude avait démontré qu’écouter les œuvres du prodige améliorait le quotient intellectuel. Les étudiants soumis à l’étude réussissaient mieux les tests après avoir écouté la sonate pour deux pianos en ré majeur de Mozart que ceux étant resté dans le silence ou ayant écouté autre chose. Cette étude avait porté sur trente-six étudiants, la marge d’erreur était donc importante.Cet “effet Mozart” vient récemment d’être infirmé. Les chercheurs de l’université de Vienne ont analysé les résultats de tests menés dans le cadre de quarante études portant sur 3.000 individus à travers le monde, et n’ont trouvé aucune preuve de l’effet Mozart.D’une manière générale, les personnes ayant écouté de la musique avaient de meilleurs résultats, mais qu’il s’agisse de Pearl Jam ou de Mozart, les résultats étaient sensiblement les mêmes. La musique stimule l’activité cérébrale, quelle qu’elle soit. Le 16 mai 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIWhaleWatch #MagneticMediaNews #TCIWhaleWatch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, February 8, 2017 – Experience the migration of humpback whales off the coast of Grand Turk and Salt Cay this winter. Winter brings much excitement to the quiet, tropical islands of the Turks and Caicos (TCI). The destination welcomes ‘snow birds’, winter weary travelers, from the northern hemisphere and the surrounding waters welcomes one of nature’s most dramatic shows – the migration of magnificent humpback whales; a real treat for whale watchers, adventurers, and local water sports operators.Whale watching is said to be one of the most amazing experiences to live. Every year at this time these magnificent humpback whales travel through the Columbus Passage from as far away as Iceland and Greenland to give birth on the Silver Banks southeast of TCI and north of the Dominican Republic. This migration occurs from late January until early April.While these graceful and majestic giants are a wonder to behold, and come close by all of our islands, the shores off Grand Turk and Salt Cay offer the best viewing. Getting to Grand Turk and Salt Cay is easy. Local airlines offer daily flights (about 30 minutes one way) and once there, you can take a trip with a local excursions operator. You can even go snorkeling or scuba diving to see the whales! Hotel accommodations are available on both islands, too.If you’re unable to take a visit to Grand Turk or Salt Cay, you may still be in luck. Scuba and snorkel operators in Providenciales see the whales every year as they gently surface and glide through the waters just off Grace Bay Beach. Divers and snorkelers delight in the long and complex songs of the male whales as they presumably sing mating songs to their better halves.Humpback whales are very social and regularly travel in groups of two or more. On special occasions, especially near the end of the mating season, you may see the whales returning home with their calves. Observing the migration of humpback whales is one of the many fantastic activities the Turks and Caicos has to offer and reason enough to pay us a visit between January and April, which is when they visit us. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Investigators work the scene of a multiple shooting at an area business in an industrial area on 5 June, 2017 northeast of downtown Orlando, Florida. Photo: AFPA man who had been fired in April from his job at a Florida company opened fire Monday at the Orlando business, killing five people before taking his own life, authorities said.Four people were killed at the scene, while a fifth died at the hospital, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters. Seven people survived the ordeal.The business, Fiamma, makes awnings for recreational vehicles.Demings said the incident was being treated as a “workplace violence incident” and did not appear to have any links to terror.The 45-year-old shooter, who was not yet identified by the authorities, had both a gun and a knife in his possession. All of the dead were former co-workers.The assailant allegedly beat up another employee at the business in 2014, but no charges were filed, the sheriff told reporters.“It is a sad day for us here once again in Orange County,” Demings said.A year ago, Orlando-a hub of Florida’s resort industry popular with tourists-was the scene of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.
Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, who earned $746,000.Robert Duncan, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, who earned $716,583. Greg Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin, who earned $762,220. Fenves turned down a salary offer of $1 million when he was hired in 2015. Bob Daemmrich/Via The Texas TribuneTexas’ seven university system chancellors gathered outside Gov. Greg Abbott’s office in 2015.The chancellors of Texas’ largest university systems were among the top five highest-paid public university leaders last year, according to a national survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education.The former chancellor of the University of Texas System, Bill McRaven, and John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, earned a respective $1,500,140 and $1,285,147 in combined base pay, bonuses and other financial benefits in the 2017 fiscal year.McRaven, who stepped down in May, was the third highest-paid leader in the Chronicle’s annual report. Sharp was the fifth.The heads of the University of Louisville, Auburn University and Temple University were also among the top five highest-paid, with former Louisville President James Ramsey topping the list with $4,290,232 in compensation. Ramsey, who left the school less than a month into the fiscal year, received the bulk of his pay from a $3.55 million deferred payout and $687,683 in severance.Other top-earning Texans were: Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, who earned $913,351. Michael Young, president of Texas A&M University, who earned $1,000,000. Share Lee Jackson, former chancellor of the University of North Texas System, who earned $750,838. Karen Adler, a spokesperson for the UT System, said in a statement that the “chancellor’s salary is funded entirely through private contributions,” and that their board of regents “strives to be as competitive as possible when recruiting leadership.”The average pay among public college leaders surveyed was around $560,000 — five percent more than the year before, the Chronicle found — and 12 earned $1 million or more. The Chronicle surveyed 220 public colleges and university systems for the report; the highest-paid Texas executives were around the median of public college leaders in terms of their pay compared to their institution’s total expenses.“Generally, there’s always a pressure pushing wages upward for executives,” said Dan Bauman, a data reporter at the Chronicle who compiled the report. “Cost-of-living obviously plays a role. Additionally, for executives, those who negotiate with boards of trustees tell us those trustees feel they need to meet certain wage demands to remain competitive.”McRaven, Sharp, Young and Fenves’ compensation held relatively constant from the 2016 fiscal year; McRaven’s pay ticked up by $140 — longevity pay, according to the Chronicle — and Young’s remained unchanged. But Jackson and McCall both saw their total compensation rise by about $16,000; Duncan’s increased $30,000; and Khator received a $62,000 pay bump on fiscal year 2016, largely stemming from an added $50,000 in bonus pay.Bauman, speaking about national trends he observed, said that “bonuses may reflect certain institutional goals being met, like a successful giving campaign, or a carrot to keep a president from taking a job at another university.” On the other hand, severances “come up when an institution wants to get rid of someone and is willing to pay a price to avoid legal liability. And to keep presidents long-term, boards use deferred compensation packages to entice CEOs to stay with an institution – thereby providing it stability and consistent vision.”Texas university leaders saw their pay climb quickly between 2012 and 2016, increasing about 70 percent for the state’s chancellors and for presidents of its flagship schools. At the time, the rising compensation was criticized by lawmakers, but deemed necessary and justified by governor-appointed regents who oversee the university systems and are in charge of setting and approving pay rates.“We believe Chancellor McRaven is worth the investment and that the people of Texas will benefit from his time at the UT System for generations to come,” the then-chairman of the UT System’s board of regents said in 2016.The chairman of the University of Houston System’s governing board wrote the same year that Khator’s salary “is appropriate based on her stellar track record,” and her dual role as a president and the chancellor of a system that’s budget now tops $2 billion.The Chronicle’s analysis also notes benefits a chancellor or president receives, including retirement, house, car, personal services and social club perks. McCall and Khator were the only Texas chancellors who received benefits associated with all of those categories as part of their total compensation. McRaven had access to a house and personal services; Sharp a house; and Duncan a house, car and entry to a social club.The “personal services” category includes compensation for house-cleaning and yard-keeping — chancellors’ residences are often used to host work functions — and Bauman said it could cover amenities like a “maid, chauffeur, security service, or chef service that is paid for by the university.”Though above the national average, the pay of some Texas university presidents was far outmatched by the compensation doled out to their football coaches. Not including financial perks, for example, Khator’s base salary of $704,983 and her $200,000 bonus is about $300,000 less than what was paid to the University of Houston’s head football coach in the 2017 fiscal year, Major Applewhite. Young was paid about one-quarter the salary of Texas A&M University’s football coach at the time, Kevin Sumlin, and Fenves earned less than one-seventh of then-head coach Charlie Strong’s pay.Disclosure: The University of Texas System, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University System, University of Houston, University of North Texas, Texas State University System and Texas Tech University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.
Jinx (often stylized as J!NX), a clothing brand long dedicated to fielding more fashionable geek-inspired clothing, is launching two new product lines. The first is essentially a rebranding of their current offerings. It will focus on comfortable; relaxed streetwear like hoodies and casual tees. The latter, Jinx Pro is aimed more at professional gamers and esports fans.“J!NX was created to celebrate gaming culture and lifestyle. Video games are not just something we do; they are woven into who we are,” said Sean Gailey, Jinx co-founder, and CEO. “That passion and expertise uniquely position us to establish the J!NX Brand and J!NX Pro lines as the gold standard for core and competitive gaming apparel at an unprecedented scale.”The pro line specifically will use sweat-wicking materials and focus on clean looks and styles. Jinx hopes that this will bring professional esports wear in line with those of mainstream sports. “It’s striking how underserviced professional esports players are compared to their counterparts in the NBA or NFL regarding professional-grade performance wear,” said John Nite, Jinx’s new vice president of creative/product and a former design director at Under Armour. “The J!NX Pro line is a direct response to that, with high-quality styles designed with pro gamers’ unique needs and tastes at heart.”Jinx has long been one of my favorite clothing companies. I’ve still got a steampunk skeleton hoodie from almost ten years ago that I regularly wear. I first learned about the company through G4TechTV back when that was still a thing, and I got caught up in their advertising. But they’re still some of my favorite bits of clothing, and they’ve really held up over the years.Though, with that, said, I can’t say I’m convinced by the… necessity of professional esports gear. I get it; esports is a rapidly growing sector of gaming — it’s exciting, and with Blizzard’s commitment to forming a professional Overwatch league, we’re likely to see that sector grow and develop in some really awesome ways. At the same time, besides high-performance mice or maybe a custom controller, I’ve never felt like I needed anything particularly special. Especially since so much of these logos seem a bit too “gamer-y” and over the top, but maybe I’m just old and out of the loop. Maybe there’s a market for this kind of gear. What do you think? <><>
Seeing his son download apps on his mobile phone, this Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officer had a brainwave – to create an app for Delhi’s monuments, both well-known and obscure, so that tourists could keep this information ‘handy’ as a ‘self guide’. The 3.92 MB app ‘ASI Delhi Circle’ has been available since April but has somehow not been promoted by the ASI.‘Those days are gone when people would carry their laptops or guide books to look for a place. When your phone has convenient applications to make your search easy, I thought we (ASI) too should have something like this to offer,’ the circle’s superintending archaeologist Vasant Kumar Swarnkar said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘This app is made for tourists and the best way to describe it is as a self guide,’ he added.This fascination for convenient technology led Swarnkar to his friend, Vijay Bharadwaj, whose expertise lies in software development. After several brainstorming sessions and understanding what a tourist would be looking for, the ‘ASI Delhi Circle’ app was created.‘The idea was to expose tourists to other monuments that are not so popular but have traces of our history,’ said Swarnkar.The app can be downloaded for free on smart phones.There are four sections in it: monuments; gallery; plan your itinerary; and information about ASI.Within the monument section, there are two sub-divisions: popular and all, Swarnkar said.‘There are around 158 ASI-listed monuments in the city and they come under the ‘all’ section, whereas monuments like Qutab Minar make it in the popular section,’ he said.
The end of Opera VPN by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2018 in Opera – Last Update: April 18, 2018 – 25 commentsOpera Software announced today that it will retire the company’s Opera VPN applications for Android and iOS on April 30, 2018.Opera Software launched Opera VPN for Android in 2016 and Opera VPN for iOS some time before that. The service launched as a free offering initially which users could use right away without forced registration of an account or any form of payment.Opera VPN Gold was introduced in 2017 as a way to earn revenue from the VPN service by offering more features to paying customers. The Gold version unlocked new regions that users could connect to and provided paying customers with other benefits besides that.Opera Software wants to appease affected customers of Opera VPN by offering free or discounted subscriptions to SurfEasy Ultra and Total VPN plans.Existing Opera Gold users get a free upgrade to SurfEasy Ultra and free users of Opera VPN an 80% discount on SurfEasy Total VPN instead.SurfEasy offers more features and better functionality when compared to OperaVPN. SurfEasy Ultra supports unlimited usage on up to five devices, supports Windows, Mac and Amazon devices next to Android and iOS, and offers access to servers in 28 different regions. The company has a strict no-logging policy and allows P2P traffic. The regular price of of SurfEasy Ultra is $6.49 per month.SurfEasy Total VPN supports fewer regions and does not come with torrent servers. SurfEasy Total is available for $3.99 per month, and a 80% discount for the first year would reduce the price to less than $1 per month if paid annually.The company notes that Opera VPN Gold customers on iOS will be able to migrate using the latest version of the Oprea VPN application. Free Opera VPN users will “be able to redeem an 80% discount” through the latest version of the Opera VPN application on Android and iOS.It is unclear at this point in time how that is going to work and how Opera VPN Gold for Android users can take advantage of the offer.A quick check in the Opera VPN application on Android was unsuccessful. No announcement or option to get the discount was displayed in the application on first use after installation.Opera VPN Gold was available for about $30 per year when it launched.A free Starter version of SurfEasy is also available that is good for 500 Megabytes of free data.Particularly interesting from a user’s point of view is that Opera Software owns SurfEasy, and that it is SurfEasy that operates Opera VPN.The move looks as if Opera Software wants to consolidate its VPN offerings, maybe, because Opera Gold was not as successful as the company hoped it would be.Opera Software sold SurfEasy to Symantec in November 2017.Opera VPN is the second mobile application that Opera Software discontinues after retiring Opera Max back in August of 2017.Note that the retiring of Opera VPN for Android and iOS has no impact on the VPN integration in the web browser.Now You: Are you affected by the change?SummaryArticle NameThe end of Opera VPNDescriptionOpera Software announced today that it will retire the company’s Opera VPN applications for Android and iOS on April 30, 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement