Wentworth Road Roundabout Nears Completion

first_imgThe $2.1-million Wentworth Road Roundabout is still under construction, but open to traffic. When completed, it will provide safe access between Exit 5A on Highway 101 and a busy commercial area in Windsor. Modern roundabouts are intersections with traffic circulating around a central island. Drivers in roundabouts yield when entering and travel in a counter-clockwise direction. Roundabouts have a proven track record around the world for reducing the number and severity of collisions, and for keeping traffic moving smoothly. An information sheet and diagram of the Wentworth Road Roundabout, describing the rules for roundabouts in Nova Scotia, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/roundabout/wentworthroad.pdf .last_img read more

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Traffic on top of the world

first_imgWhen discussing Mount Everest, the first image that flashes past one’s mind is that of Tenzing Norgay atop the greatest mountain of the world in 1953. The photograph has become an enduring symbol of human spirit.Some decades down, now, in 2019, the only image circulating the internet is of a “human traffic jam” comprising around 320 mountaineers queued up at the Khumbu icefall and death zone near the summit. 11 people have already died while summitting this year. So, what changed in the journey to Everest, in these 66 years? Also Read – A race against timeSherpa Tenzing Norgay had failed six times before successfully reaching the summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Just a year before, in 1952, he and Swiss climber Raymond Lambert had successfully climbed to 28,210 feet – a bare 900 feet from the summit – when they were forced to abandon their climb and return.Much has changed atop Everest since then. Gone are the days of responsible climbing and camaraderie. Fierce competition, attempts at breaking records and racing are the rules of the day. There have been incidents when climbers have refused to share their oxygen and water with ailing fellows. Also Read – A Golden Loot”The Government of Nepal has to restrict the number of climbers and also set a strict system to decide who can attempt. Too many rookie climbers are attempting and increasing the fatality count,” said mountaineer Jamling Tenzing. Jamling, son of Tenzing Norgay, has successfully summitted Everest and was also a part of the first team making an IMAX film in 1998 on the peak. He had even assisted in rescue operations during the May 1996 disaster atop Everest which had left 14 climbers dead. Many blame the crisis on over-commercialisation. Nepal charges foreign climbers $11,000 for the permit alone. The total cost of the six-week long expedition, including guides, equipment, food and lodging, ranges between $45,000 and $60,000. The permit charge for Nepalese climbers is $700. “There is too much competition among operators. They are now compromising on the quality of service to cut down upon costs and decrease rates. It has become a commercial venture,” Jamling added. One can even find operators charging $30,000 per person for the expedition. Eager to grab dollars, these operators are ready to guide just about anyone to the top. “It is more of a guided tour these days where everything is done by the Sherpa,” says Jamling. More than 800 people climbed Everest from Nepal this year with 11 deaths on record. Around 300 climbed from the Chinese side (where rules are much more stringent) with two deaths on record. Under Nepal’s current rules, a climber needs to submit a copy of their passport, bio-data and health certificate, assuring that the climber is fit enough to make it to the 8,848 m summit. There is, of course, no verification system in place. “This system has to change. The Government of Nepal should have a system to check the credibility of a climber. The government of a climber’s country or at least a reputed mountaineering institute should certify that the mountaineer is fit to climb. There are many climbers who lack basic knowledge and are ready to climb as soon as they save the required money. This is a very dangerous trend,” Jamling lamented. “Earlier too, there were many climbers waiting in Camp 3 or 4 for a suitable window period (with favourable weather and wind speed) to start for the summit. However, the recent traffic jams on the summit ridge are very dangerous. Because of them, climbers are dying. With 1/3rd oxygen, climbing continuously for more than 12 hours, no sleep and no food, the climber is already facing death challenges from the last camp to the summit. On top of that, if a climber has to wait for hours, perched precariously on the rope to make it to the summit or while returning back, death is almost inevitable. In these hours of wait, the canned oxygen further depletes and the body starts giving up,” Jamling explains. Two separate routes, one for ascending and one for descending would be a great option but it is next to impossible to lay a new route near the summit, added the ace mountaineer. He further suggested that commercial operators should get together at the base camp and conduct coordination meetings so that the number of climbers could be divided among the number of days that the window period offers. This would ease the traffic and rate of casualty. ‘Chomolungma’ (as Mount Everest is called by Sherpas) is not a killer mountain. Lack of fitness and training, inexperience and overconfidence have all contributed to the steady rise in casualties. The climbing Sherpas, despite being born in the mountains, spending most of their time in the mountains and being physically adapted to mountain life, do not take Mount Everest for granted. Instead, they revere the mountain, stay fit and train hard to meet the challenges it presents. Jamling stated, “Even my father would not be happy to see how mountaineering has changed. It was about teamwork and discipline but these days everything is done by Sherpas ensuring that mountaineers climb peaks successfully. The more I witness garish displays of ego and individualism, the more I am disheartened. The whole essence of mountaineering is lost.” According to Jamling, a Sherpa can usually climb from Camp 4 (7940 m) to the summit (8848 m) in six to eight hours. A fit mountaineer will take 12 hours, but the unfit, inexperienced climbers take 16 to 18 hours. Usually, each mountaineer consumes four bottles of oxygen (two for the ascent and two for the descent). If a climber is unfit and climbs slowly, they land up using three bottles on the ascent with only left for the descent. This further increases risk. Many climbers are on a budget and compromise on quality facilities. “Slashing prices means reducing services as well. It can be fatal. One must choose their climbing agency carefully without compromising on facilities and services,” advised Jamling. “Nepal needs to review its Everest policy. The number of permits has to decrease,” stated Kusang Sherpa. Kusang is associated with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He is the first mountaineer in the world to have summitted Mount Everest from three sides. He has summitted twice from South Col, twice from North Col and once from the challenging Khangsung face. At present, around 50 groups have permission and each group consists of around 16 persons. “With a window period of around two days this year, one can imagine the rush. Not more than 25 groups should be permitted to climb in a year,” advised Kusang. He also reiterated that two ropes (routes) would be a great option, one for ascending and one for descending. “Nothing can be done on the razor-sharp edge where one has to place one foot at a time. Below 8,200 ft, two routes are feasible but a herculean task. It takes around 13 to 14 hours to fix a 45-metre rope at that altitude,” added Kusang. “As long as Everest is there it will attract climbers. However, the onus is on Nepal to make it safe. Safety should be given priority over commercial gains. The numbers of permits issued need to come down drastically to avoid human traffic jams,” stated Group Captain Jai Kishan, Principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling. The successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, gave a major boost to mountaineering in India. One year after this historical accomplishment, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 – a personal initiative by Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BC Roy, then Chief Minister of West Bengal – to promote mountaineering in India. The world-class mountaineering institute has trained thousands of mountaineers, many of whom have become mountaineering greats. With Nepal Government’s policy coming under the scanner of the global mountaineering community, the country said it was considering a change of rules. “We are discussing reforms. Certain criteria will be put into place for all Everest aspirants. The issue of inexperienced climbers has been discussed,” said Mira Acharya, a Nepal tourism official. The Nepal Government, in the past, had made such commitments but failed to translate them into action. After all, climbing dollars are a major contributor to Nepal’s tourism coffers.last_img read more

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Wildfire forces evacuation affecting about 1100 people east of Kelowna BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – An evacuation order affecting about 1,100 people living east of Kelowna, B.C., was issued Thursday because of the threat of a wildfire.Fire crews from the Joe Rich, Kelowna, Ellison and Lake Country departments along with the BC Wildfire Service were fighting the blaze that was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m.The wildfire service says the blaze located roughly 25 kilometres from Okanagan Lake has grown to about 380 hectares in size. It’s suspected to be human-caused.A reception centre for evacuees was being set up at a church in Kelowna.Elsewhere, calmer weather and continuing progress battling some of the other wildfires in the province means more people can return home while campers and hikers will be able to access more of the backcountry in the Interior.The Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operation Centre said evacuation orders in the Maeford Lake, Tatla Lake and Kleena Kleene areas were downgraded to alerts late Thursday.The B.C. government said select campsites and trails in the Cariboo fire centre were scheduled to reopen at noon on Friday.It follows a decision on Wednesday to rescind a sweeping ban on access to Crown land in the region.“We wanted to get a return to normalcy as soon as it was safe, as soon as it was practical,” said Kevin Skrepnek with the wildfire service.The sites were closed July 13, one week after a lightning storm tore across the central Interior, sparking dozens of separate wildfires that forced 45,000 people from their homes.The number of evacuation orders has declined over the last two weeks and Emergency Management BC said earlier Thursday about 2,500 people remained out of their homes as 154 fires continued to burn.Although some backcountry areas will reopen Friday, the ministry said other trails and recreation sites remain closed.People are encouraged to check the websites of the wildfire service, sites and trails, and BC Parks for the latest information on closures.The extent of the damage caused by a record-breaking year of fires that have scorched more than 10,000 square kilometres of land is still being tallied.But Chief Richard William of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation said at least 10 wild horses were killed by a massive blaze in the Cariboo region that has consumed an area more than 2,300 square kilometres in size.A photo circulating on social media, taken by rangers in the area, shows the carcasses of several horses surrounded by blackened trees in the Chilcotin southwest of Williams Lake.William said the total number of wild horses lost is unknown, but the discovered carcasses have his community worried about loss of other wildlife, particularly moose that they rely on for hunting.As situation continues to be volatile, a campfire ban remains in effect throughout the Cariboo fire centre, which covers most of central B.C. including Williams Lake and Quesnel, the closest commutes to a 4,600 square kilometre wildfire that is the biggest ever recorded in the province.The campfire ban is also in effect for most of the southern half of the province.Skrepnek said although weather conditions have improved, dry conditions across the province are unprecedented, leaving it unclear when the campfire ban can be lifted.There are scattered showers in the forecast for some fire-affected areas, but Skrepnek said there is still no sign of significant rainfall coming.last_img read more

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Not to glorify war

first_imgThe raging frenzy against Pakistan following Pulwama massacre after a suicide bomber rammed in an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convey leading to the death of 40 soldiers on February 14, had toned down considerably and was nearly put to rest until Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed in a statement that based on their intelligence report, India is planning another attack on Pakistan. The western neighbour’s “reliable intelligence” specifies the time of this attack to be in between April16 and April 20. The foreign Minister’s concern was shared with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a matter of fact – and politics – the retaliation to Pulwama came with the widely-sensationalised Balakot air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed establishment in PoK just two weeks later. The relation between these nuclear-armed nations nose-dived to unprecedented lows after successive events of aggression. Qureshi did not give any comprehensive point on the evidence Pakistan had or the basis on which he could be so specific with the timing, but confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country. Such a stunt in politics deserves an independent and elaborate commentary. Prime Minister Khan blames Indian establishment for whipping up war hysteria over claims of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff. India’s accomplishment in the Air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp, however, is given to doubt after satellite images betrayed little evidence of damage. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIndia refrained from making a statement immediately but eventually replied befittingly and politically correctly that it rejects the statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister and termed it as irresponsible and preposterous. Also, that his statement comes with a “clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” the spokesperson of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. War hysteria was, in fact, whipped up a fortnight earlier when Pakistan sponsored the suicide attack on Indian soldiers. War-mongering is deployed as a political tool. Both sides have a pressing need to focus on development over politics at the cost of development and welfare. The possibility of war between two nuclear-armed nations is a serious international concern and will end up affecting sovereignty and integrity of especially India, given how it has carved an image in the global arena in the past 5 years. Elections happen routinely but the impact of war is suffered for generations together.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Invites Ghanas President to Visit Morocco

Casablanca – The Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, has invited the Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to visit his “second country” at his earliest convenience.Earlier on Thursday, toward the end of his official visit to the Republic of Ghana, King Mohammed VI sent a letter to Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, asking him to pay an official visit to Morocco.“With my belief that you share with me the same impression and orientation, I am pleased to extend to your Excellency an invitation to visit the kingdom of Morocco, at your earliest convenience,” stated King Mohammed VI. The letter adds that the Ghanaian President’s visit to “[his] second country, Morocco, will represent an opportunity to continue the political discussion around issues pertaining to the continent, and will consolidate the gains realized” during the King’s official visit to the republic of Ghana, which began on February 16.The Moroccan Monarch further asserted that his first visit since his coronation to Ghana “has opened wide and promising horizons” ahead for the Moroccan-Ghanaian relations.“The in-depth constructive talks that we conducted, and the identical views that characterized them, in regards to the diverse bilateral and regional issues, and the important agreements that were signed, has enabled us to lay solid bases for the work of the economic operators in the two countries,” asserts the letter, noting that these will improve bilateral relations in various fields.During the visit, the Moroccan Monarch and the Ghanaian President chaired the signing of 27 agreements pertaining to government in addition to public-private agreements. read more

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UN atomic agency helps developing countries considering going nuclear

Twenty of these nations could have nuclear power programmes in place by 2030, according to the IAEA, which is currently holding a workshop, bringing 50 experts from 40 countries together to discuss long-term energy planning.The agency expects to help 38 national and six regional nuclear programmes over the next two years, marking a three-fold increase from the previous two years, as countries seek to boost living standards.“A national energy policy should involve a proper assessment of a country’s energy needs,” said Yury Sokolov, IAEA’s Deputy Director General of Nuclear Energy. “Based on this analysis, nuclear’s role can be defined.”He said converting to nuclear power is a 100-year-long commitment, stressing that countries must take a “holistic” approach to designing nuclear schemes, taking into account infrastructure needs and energy planning.The four-day workshop, under way at IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, wraps up tomorrow. 22 July 2009Many of the 60 developing countries considering whether nuclear power is in their future are turning to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess their readiness to embark on the nuclear path for their energy needs. read more

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Liberian President credits UN for 16 years of unbroken peace outlines plan

“After being devastated by a brutal civil conflict that lasted for 14 years, peace was restored and maintained by what was then the largest peacekeeping force in the history of this Organization”, he explained. “Under the auspices of the UNMIL [UN Mission in Liberia] peacekeepers, Liberians enjoyed 16 years of unbroken peace”.President Weah explained that when the peacekeeping force withdrew two years ago, the Government stepped up to maintain the peace.“However,” he said, “long after the guns have been silenced, the survivors have to live with the collateral damage of the war-wounded, the shattered families, the displaced populations, the resettlement of refugees, and all the other negative consequences of a national socio-economic fabric that has been torn apart”.  Despite the many challenges the country has endured, Mr. Weah proudly said “our country is today a beacon of democracy in Africa”, with the freedom of press, expression, association and other political and democratic rights respected under the law.And yet, there is an emerging threat to the country’s “hard-won peace and stability”, he lamented.“Some individuals, within and outside of our country, particularly those who have lost democratically-held elections, have resorted to incitement, threats of violence, misuse of social media, and hate speech, with the aim and objective of achieving power through undemocratic means”, he detailed, adding “this is unacceptable… we must all learn to respect the mandates of the electorates, even when that mandate is not in our favor”.‘Faith and confidence’ in the UNThe Liberian President pointed to today as “a time of uncertainty and heightened tension in global politics, security, and trade”. And yet, despite a global economy is under stress, security tensions on the rise and trade protectionism and climate change causing consequences, especially on developing countries, Mr. Weah “strongly” believes in the UN’s ability to “maintain international peace and security, foster friendly relations among nations, and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights”.“We continue ‘to have faith and confidence in the United Nations as the best universal institution to guide the nations of the world in peaceful and harmonious interactions”, he spelled out.In closing, President Weah assured those in the Assembly Hall that “Liberia will remain engaged as a responsible member of the international community, on all bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.“We will continue to work with the United ‘Nations and its organizations to foster peace, security and harmony among the peoples of the world”, he concluded. read more

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Shuttle Discovery carrying Camas native ends space mission

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Discovery ended its career as the world’s most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece.NASA’s oldest shuttle swooped through a mostly clear noontime sky to a touchdown at its home base. Among the crew was Mission Specialist Mike Barratt, a Camas native.“To the ship that has led the way time and time again, we say, ‘Farewell Discovery,’” radioed the Mission Control commentator.Florida’s spaceport was packed with shuttle program workers, journalists and even some schoolchildren eager to see history in the making.The six astronauts on board went through their landing checklists with the bittersweet realization no one would ever ride Discovery again. They said during their 13-day space station delivery mission that they expected that to hit them hard when the shuttle came to a stop on the runway.At three minutes before noon Eastern Time — Discovery landed and ceased being a reusable rocketship.“For the final time: wheels stop,” Discovery’s commander Steven Lindsey called out as the shuttle rolled to a stop.Even after shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis make their final voyages in the coming months, Discovery will still hold the all-time record with 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth, and 365 days spent in space. All that was achieved in under 27 years.Discovery now leads the way to retirement as NASA winds down the 30-year shuttle program in favor of interplanetary travel.NASA estimates it will take several months of work — removing the three main engines and draining all hazardous fuels — before Discovery is ready to head to the Smithsonian Institution. It will make the 750-mile journey strapped to the top of a jumbo jet.last_img read more

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North Miami Beach home destroyed in fire no injuries reported

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami Beach home was destroyed after an electrical fire sparked, Sunday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the fire started in the garage of the residence, located near Northeast 163rd Street and 12th Avenue.Crews responded to the scene and extinguished the flames.The house was left uninhabitable. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the residents.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Maharshi impact Mahesh Babus weekend farming leads to AgricultureChallenge trend

first_imgMahesh Babu farming in MaharshiTwitterThe weekend farming concept featured in Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi has started making an impact on the lives of the common people and also inspired many of them to take up #AgricultureChallenge.Mahesh Babu is a popular Telugu actor, who is known for his commercial entertainer films. But of late, he is picking up message-oriented films, which bring transformation in society. His recent movies like Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane have brought great impacts and inspired many to do social service. His latest out Maharshi is another such attempt, which has started yielding results days after it hit screens.The Indian agriculture sector is facing many problems, which have led some farmers to commit suicide, which is one of the most burning issues of the country. Mahesh Babu decided to explore the farmers’ problems through his 25th movie Maharshi, which has struck a chord with many film gores. “Farmers don’t need sympathy…They need our respect.” It is the most popular dialogue from the movie.Maharshi has made many realize how important is the weekend farming and it can make a huge difference to the lives of farmers. After watching the film, some people have already headed to villages and started helping the farmers in different activities of agriculture. They took to Twitter to their photos and videos with a hashtag #AgricultureChallenge, which is currently trending on the social media.Interestingly, some celebs are also inspired by Maharshi. Madhura Sreedhar Reddy tweeted, “Farmers don’t need sympathy…They need our respect!. Such a wonderful thought by #Maharshi makers! Appreciate @urstrulyMahesh garu,  @directorvamshi garu and Dil Raju Garu for taking up farmers issue genuinely. I really loved the concept of #WeekendFarming! Because I do! . Madhura Sreedhar ReddyTwitterMahesh Babu was thrilled to see massive impact and inspiration of Maharshi on the general public. He responded to Madhura Sreedhar and Amit’s post and wrote, “#Maharshi… Blockbusters are always special but when the motive of your film impacts & inspire lives the feeling is immeasurable… @directorvamshi #AgricultureChallenge #FarmerIsKing.”Mahesh Babu added, “#WeekendAgriculture has caught up now & this is the beginning for a great future… not just for our generation but for generations to come… Big thumbs up to people like @madhurasreedhar & @amit5284sajane for taking this great initiative on their shoulders. ” After watching Maharshi, viewers headed to villages to take up weekend farmingCollage of photos taken from Twitterశివానంద్ రెడ్డి ™‏ @mr__shivanand The real journey starts now sir….#weekendAgriculture #Maharshi  this movie is going to inspire a lot of people… People are crazy about that heart touching concept…. The Farmer is the only man in our Economy who buys Everything at retail, sells Everything at Wholesale, and Pays the Freight Both Ways.”  I’m pro to Say my Father is a Farmer #weekendAgriculture #Maharshi inspire thank you @urstrulyMahesh sir @directorvamshi #WeekendAgriculture has caught up now & this is the beginning for a great future… not just for our generation but for generations to come… Big thumbs up to people like @madhurasreedhar & @amit5284sajane for taking this great initiative on their shoulders. ?? pic.twitter.com/a1N2CVUqHZ— tollywood tv (@tollywood_tv) May 12, 2019 So Happy to see that the concept of #Maharshi inspired many people #Superstar always inspires us with his movies  no other actor can bring these type of concepts and inspires to make them real other than @urstrulyMahesh #EpicBlockbusterMaharshi #WeekendAgriculture Always fond of rural lifestyle. But a bit shy or feeling of embarrassment always stopped me. With #Maharshi showing Agri in a glorified way, now I got confidence to do what I like. (In below pics I’m spending some quality time in fields) Thanku @urstrulyMahesh @directorvamshi My friend inspired by @MaharshiTheFilm went to farming ? impact of content when delivered by superstar like @urstrulyMahesh ? #weekendAgriculture #AgricultureChallenge @MaheshFanTrends @SVC_official @MBofficialTeam @hegdepooja @ThisIsDSP @directorvamshi ??? pic.twitter.com/PbRYXHlDFb— urstrulysrikanth (@srikanth_1434) May 12, 2019 Inspired by #Maharshi we are planning to start #WeekendAgriculture in selected cities within 2 months. Movie inspired TN people also..All proceeding will go towards betterment of their lives and stock. Soon we will register our Organisation. @urstrulyMahesh @directorvamshiWeekend agriculture by School students .@urstrulyMahesh ????@directorvamshi ???#BlockbusterMaharshi #Maharshi #MaharshiMania #WeekendAgriculture #WeekendFarming pic.twitter.com/GYh2uBhEFp— Venkatesh chowdary kilaru (@kilaruvenki) May 12, 2019 Mahesh‏ @urstrulymahii Viswateja‏ @viswate79136728 Vijay prakash‏ @vijiitd UrstrulyMouli‏ @mouli_mr Prakash Dasari‏ @PrakashDasarii At one point in time no one talks about box office collections . The important thing is only impact that made in society makes difference . I think SSMB   is the torch bearer & the one who creates difference with each of his work #Maharshi #MaharshiEpicBlockbuster Inspiration #Maharshi#WeekendAgriculture @urstrulyMahesh pic.twitter.com/ALMFpDuNqx— MaharshionMay9th (@urstrulysra1) May 12, 2019last_img read more

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Drone attacks target Jizan Airport in Saudi Arabia Report

first_imgRepresentational image.Pixabay CommonsYemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said.The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport, it added.There was no Saudi confirmation of the attacks.last_img

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Disneys Aladdin enters the billiondollar club Earns 1 billion at the global

first_imgDisney’s Aladdin crosses $1 billion. TwitterDisney crosses a new milestone as their venture, Aladdin, has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Despite lukewarm reviews, Disney’s live-action managed to rake in a very good amount at the box office. Well, perhaps the music-infused family drama with its colours and pizzazz brought about such a big feat.Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negabhan, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar in pivotal roles, Disney’s retelling of the classic 1992 animated film has become a big hit. This also marks the first time for Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie to enter the billion-dollar club. The breakdown of the collection goes like this – North American total of $343.1 million and $656.2 million overseas. This brings their collection to a total of $999.3 million. This is the third Disney movie that managed to cross this feat this year. Earlier, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel were the two releases that put Disney at the top position. Disney’s AladdinInstagramThe studio has had quite a few films to cross the $1 billion mark. Aladdin is the fifth film to have crossed the mark after Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and two of the Pirates of the Caribbean instalments. Interestingly, just earlier it was revealed that Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home achieved this feat as it entered the $1 billion club. Avengers: Endgame which was distributed by Disney has already surpassed the $1 billion mark and has, in fact, entered the $2 billion club, surpassing the lifetime collection of James Cameron’s Avatar! Disney’s AladdinInstagramGuy Ritchie’s Aladdin surprisingly enjoyed a good stand at the box office. For the first nine weeks, Aladdin stayed at the top seventh spot. Even at the overseas market, the earnings have been remarkable. In Japan, the film neared a total of $100 million box office collection while in South Korea, the film stands tall at the #4 spot with an all-time record of $81 million. In the Middle East region too, the film has become the highest-grossing of all time!last_img read more

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Snake bite kills two in Narail

first_imgTwo people including a minor were killed in separate incidents of snake bite in Lohagara and Kalia upazilas in Narail on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Samiul Molla, 13, son of Ohidul Molla of Kaldanga village in Kalia upazila and Shanto Dey, 35, son of Bishwajit Dey of Nalia village in Lohagora upazila.Narail General Hospital officials said Samiul was playing with friends near his home in the evening when a snake bit him, immediately poisoning him.He was rushed to the Narail General Hospital but the antidote to the poison was not available there either, forcing another shift to Khulna hospital.On the way to Khulna Hospital, Samiul died.Meanwhile, in Lohagora upazila Shanto was working in the kitchen when a snake bit him and he succumbed to his injuries while going to the hospital, said Naldi Union member Badsha Mia.last_img read more

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Isme Azam Portrait of a researcher

first_imgResearcher Isme Azam. Prothom Alo File PhotoBarnoi is a small river that flows by the Bagmara upazila township of Rajshahi. There was a heap of old bricks by the bank of the river that the local people assumed was an old brick field. Young boys of the village used to hang out there in the afternoon.When Isme Azam was a young schoolboy, he used to live near the site and would often walk around the area. One day he found a figurine of a meditating man in the heap. He talked to local elders and consulted books, later learning that the small statue was of the 11th century Buddhist scholar Srijnana Atisa Dipakara.This inquisitive mind led Isme Azam delve into the history of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. In the last few years, he has discovered much startling information about the people who used to live in the area more than 1000 years ago and the artefacts of that period. The meticulousness of his work and value of his findings have astonished even professional archaeologists of the country.Isme Azam was born in Rangpur but his childhood was spent in different areas of the country since his father was a police officer. He only completed secondary school in formal education, but never actually stopped studying.“Actually, I can’t stop reading. I acquired this addiction to reading from childhood. While staying in Puthia, Rajshahi, I read all the books of the children’s section in the local library. To tell you the truth, I always look for libraries and museums whenever I visit new places,” he said.After giving up academic studies, he engaged himself in various activities. In 2010, he worked with the members of Wild Team, an international conservation organisation which began in 2003 as The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, and went to Khulna in 2012 with them.“While working to preserve the tigers of the Sundarbans I decided to know more about the local people. How would I make them aware if I didn’t know about their lifestyle, professions or their past?”This spark of thought led him to begin reading books on the Sundarbans, its history, life and tradition of the people dwelling in the area. His interest grew as he read more.Archaeologist Mohammad Sohrabuddin of Comilla University is busy excavating settlement traces in the Sundarbans that might be around 1,500 years old. Photo: Ehsan-ud-DaulaFor the first time, he went into the deeper parts of the Sundarbans in 2015 and stayed there for 45 days. He had visited all four administrative ranges of the mangrove forest of the Bangladesh part to have firsthand experience of the forest and collected innumerable artefacts and photos of the area that time.Returning home, he bought many books, consulted specialists and started doing research on his findings. But new questions arose. Once again, Isme Azam took a tour to the Sundarbans for four months in 2016. He made a very significant discovery during the second tour. He found a settlement older than 1000 years old.He said installations of the settlement, earlier covered by forest land, emerged into the open following soil erosion. “This was probably a seaport of ancient times, ruined over the ages.”According to the findings, the largest structures were located around 83 kilometres away from Shyamnagar of Satkhira, along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in Khejurdana, Arpangashia and Shekhertek.More structures were discovered along the bank of the river Kholpatua in the Satkhira part of the Sundarbans and in Katka, in the Khulna part of the forest.Professional researchers collected more data from the site. At the initiative of Prothom Alo, a team of researchers visited the area discovered by Isme Azam. The discovery drew attention of the academics.This year he had stayed in the deeper parts of the Sundarbans for three months. The amateur archaeologist said he has made progress in his research works alongside the survey of tigers in the forest. He has made new discoveries: graves of salt-workers, many earthen utensils, bones of animals and establishments. Azam is hopeful he would be able to draw up a complete map of the salt industry in the area.Being a fieldworker his workplace is near Munshiganj of Satkhira, adjacent to the Sundarbans. There he has been taking his research further alongside his regular professional tasks.Recently Azam has started writing a book. “I have two dreams – publishing a book about my research and establishing a museum and research centre. I hope the book will be published in the next Ekushey book fair. But it’s not possible for me alone to set up the museum and research centre. Government and private help is necessary for their dream to materialise.”He gave hints about the content of the book. “I’ll discuss about the earliest settlements, their geological and ethnological sides, a complete mapping of the salt industry of the area, natural history and folklore of the Sundarbans.”Isme Azam wishes to study the Chattogram Hill Tracts area once these two dreams materialise.*Sajib Mia is an apprentice sub-editor of Prothom Alo. The report, originally published in the special supplement marking 20th founding anniversary of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

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Spinning mill in Cumilla EPZ burnt down

first_imgA fire breaks out at a spinning mill in Cumilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) on Tuesday, on 9 April 2019. Photo: UNBThe fire that broke out at a spinning mill in Cumilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) was brought under control after nine-hour frantic efforts Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The fire broke out at RN Spinning Mill around 9:30pm and engulfed the whole factory including its warehouses, said Ratan Kumar Nath, assistant director of Cumilla Fire Service and Civil Defence.On information, three firefighting units of EPZ fire service rushed to the spot. As it became tough to bring the fire under control, seven more units from Cumilla fire service station joined the advanced team later.The fire was brought under control around 6:00am, said the official adding that it may take two hours more to douse the fire completely.Syed Nurul Islam, superintendent of Cumilla police, said the fire broke out from factory’s acrylic division and quickly spread throughout the factory.However, no casualties were reported.last_img read more

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Criminals have no place in Bengal CM

first_imgBajkul (East Midnapore): BJP has connived with CPI(M) and Congress to create trouble in Bengal with the help of Left-backed goons, alleged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was addressing a gathering here on Wednesday afternoon.She said through a series of movements, Trinamool Congress was successful in putting an end to the misrule of CPI(M). But the goons who used to receive patronage of the party are now working for BJP. She warned them that they will be thrown out just like CPI(M), as “criminals have no place in Bengal.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The CPI(M) harmads have joined BJP to become ustads. They will be thrown out as criminals have no role to play here in Bengal,” the Chief Minister said. “How can the people of Midnapore forget the days of red terror unleashed by CPI(M) in Nandigram and other places? Many people had been killed and their bodies thrown into Haldi river. Fourteen people are still missing,” she said, adding: “I was not allowed to enter Nandigram as CPI(M) goons had put up blockades. I travelled on a motorcycle and finally reached the trouble-torn areas.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee said BJP has ruined the country “economically and socially.” The country is yet to come out from the trauma of note ban. People lost their jobs and small traders were badly hit. Referring to the recent incident in Bulandshahr, she said a police officer who had been investigating an important case, has been killed. “By spreading hate politics, BJP is trying to destroy the social milieu. They have driven people out of Gujarat. In Assam, names of 40 lakh people have been kept out of the National Register of Citizens, of which 23 lakh are Hindus. Their only business is to incite Hindus against the Muslims, Christians against the Sikhs and thus destroy our social fabric. After ruining the country, they have now connived with CPI(M) and Bengal Congress to create trouble here,” she said and urged people not to get swayed by the rumours and canards spread by BJP. She urged people to ask BJP “why 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in their states and why they are inciting one community against the other.” The Chief Minister said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot and in a few years, it will attract more tourists than Goa. Roads have been built and infrastructure improved there. She regretted that the Centre is yet to clear the Ghatal Master Plan meant to control floods. A drinking water supply project at an estimated cost of Rs 2,300 crore has been taken up and superspecialty hospitals have come up in the district. “Midnapore has produced some of the finest human beings. The state government has set up a committee and the bicentenary of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar will be observed in a befitting manner,” she said, urging students to study well and uphold the legacy of the district.last_img read more

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Is This Industry Disruptor Ripe for Disruption

first_imgOctober 14, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine As Salesforce.com shifts its attention to business intelligence and data analytics—a theme that will dominate founder Marc Benioff’s Dreamforce conference this week—rivals are growing more vocal with their challenges to its leadership position in customer relationship management (CRM) software.One would-be challenger attacking from the low-end is Zoho, used by more than 9 million small and midsize companies. Signaling the lead-edge of its push into large businesses, the company last week introduced a service that combines contact management with project management, prospect prioritization, social marketing and a boatload of other applications for $50 per user per month. (The professional edition of the Salesforce CRM service, by comparison, is $65 per user per month.)A far more vocal contender already earning enterprise credibility is Base, a startup backed with close to $23 million from RRE Ventures, Index Ventures, and The Social+Capital Partnership, and advised by senior executives from HubSpot and LinkedIn.Just two years ago, Base had barely 100 accounts. Now, there have been more than 250,000 downloads of its highly mobile CRM application. It’s used by more than 5,000 customers, including sales teams at 3M, General Electric, Merck, NCR, Wells Fargo, Xerox. “Early on, I would speak with VCs and they would kick me out of the room in 10 minutes. One of the nicer things that one of them said is that we were suicidal,” said CEO Uzi Shmilovici when I chatted with him about his company.Many sales team using Base are buying it outside official technology procurement channels, he admitted. But the company recently signed its first 1,000-seat deal and won a government contract over Salesforce and Microsoft.What differentiates Base’s technology so much that Salesforce founder Marc Benioff has met personally with Shmilovici for a better understanding of the product?Aside from being mobile-centric (easier to update in the field and integrated with existing calendars), it helps managers get involved more quickly at critical junctures in a deal. Plus, they also get comprehensive reports that show how individual salespeople are performing against quota and against their colleagues.“Until now, legacy cloud sales and CRM products like Salesforce have been accepted as ‘the norm’ by the enterprise market,” said Shmilovici, discussing recent upgrades to his product. “However, recent advancements in big data, mobility and real-time computing reveal a need for a new generation of intelligent sales software that offers flexibility, visibility, and real-time functionality. If you’re using outdated technology that cannot adapt to the advanced needs of modern day sales teams, your competition will crush you.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Microsofts Windows 10 Search lock already bypassed

first_imgMicrosoft’s Windows 10 Search lock already bypassed by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 22 commentsMicrosoft announced on April 28, 2016 that it implemented a change on Windows 10 that prevents third-party programs from hijacking the operating system’s web search functionality.It took one day to create a solution to revert the change so that web searches on Windows 10 once again open in the default system browser regardless of whether that is Microsoft Edge or another web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.Caveat: The method described below works only for the active session and web results are opened in Microsoft Bing currently egardless of whether it is the default search engine or not.Note: it is highly recommended to create a system backup before you proceed to make sure you can restore the original functionality should the need arise. I use the free Veeam Endpoint Backup for that but there are plenty of other backup programs out there that you can use as well.PreparationsFirst thing you may want to do is download the Cortana Search Override archive from the Winaero website. It is based on code created by Valentin Gabriel Radu which the author uploaded to Gitlab.Download the 27 Megabyte archive and extract its contents to a local directory afterwards.Before you continue, make sure that the browser you want used for web searches is the default system browser.Tap in Windows-I to open the Windows Settings application.Switch to System > Default apps, and check the “web browser” listing on the page that opens.If your browser is listed already close the window again, if not, click on the name of the browser displayed on the page and use the selection menu that is displayed afterwards to pick the browser you want to use.Open the folder you extracted the files of the archive to after you are done with the preparations.Open the x86 or x64 folder based on whether a 32-bit or 64-bit copy of Windows 10 is installed on the device.Run SearchUIMonitor.exe inside the selected folder. A SmartScreen filter warning may be displayed. Click on “more info” and then on “Run anyway” to run the application.A window appears for a split-second and is closed automatically afterwards.If you get an error message stating that a dll is missing, open the vcredist folder and run the 32-bit or 64-bit executable file in there to add the missing dll to your system. If that is the case, go to step 2 and repeat it.Run EdgeAutomation.exe afterwards. You may get another SmartScreen filter prompt. Click on “more info” and “run anway” to execute the program.A new window should flash for a second before it is closed automatically as well.Now it is time to test the implementation. Tap on the Windows-key, type a search term (e.g. test), and select the web search result.What you will notice is that Edge opens shortly but is closed again. The result is then opened in the default system browser using Bing.Closing WordsThe hack needs work before it becomes really useful. While most users may not mind that Microsoft Edge opens for a moment before results are loaded in the default web browser, the fact that Bing is used to display the results will likely make it a deal breaker for users. (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft’s Windows 10 Search lock already bypassedDescriptionMicrosoft’s browser and search lock for web searches on the company’s Windows 10 operating system has been bypassed a day after the announcement.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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