16 days agoSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’

first_imgSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’by Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel says Xherdan Shaqiri “behaved like a child” over the Switzerland captaincy row.Liverpool ace Shaqiri reportedly missed Switzerland’s last two Euro2020 qualifiers because he was annoyed over Granit XhakaThe Arsenal midfielder was open to discussing it with Shaqiri, who has been criticised by Schmeichel.”I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” the Manchester United legend said.”I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.”Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.'”Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Solo A Star Wars Story falls 65 per cent in second weekend

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 per cent in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theatres, according to studio estimates on Sunday.“Solo” has now earned $148.9 million domestically, which is still shy of “Rogue One’s” December 2016 opening weekend of $155.1 million and over $135 million short of where “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.The 65 per cent drop off is one of the highest in recent “Star Wars” history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise’s last film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which slid 67.5 per cent in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $220 million debut.Internationally, “Solo” added $30.3 million, and globally the film has netted $264.2 million.Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.“Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie’s bottom line.”He noted that in comScore’s audience survey, most of the over 1,000 people polled “really liked” the movie.“Solo’s” tumble brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theatres and still managed to reel in an estimated $23.3 million to take second place. With a domestic total of $254.7 million and a crowded marketplace with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” surrounding it, “Deadpool 2” is still only about $30 million behind where the first film was in its third weekend.Shailene Woodley’s lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” ”Adrift,” from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($6.8 million), and “Action Point,” which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $2.3 million.This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” became its highest grossing film ever with $7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with “Overboard,” which is now up to $45.5 million.Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2 per cent as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” ”Incredibles 2″ and “Jurassic World.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $29.3 million ($30.3 million international).2.”Deadpool 2,” $23.3 million ($41.6 million international).3.”Adrift,” $11.5 million.4.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $10.4 million ($24.3 million international).5.”Book Club,” $6.8 million ($1.1 million international).6. “Upgrade,” $4.5 million.7.”Life of the Party,” $3.5 million.8.”Breaking In,” $2.8 million ($300,000 international).9.”Action Point,” $2.3 million.10.”Overboard,” $2 million ($1.5 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Deadpool 2,” $41.6 million.2. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $30.3 million.3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $24.3 million.4. “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island,” $23.7 million.5. “How Long Will I Love U,” $15.8 million.6. “Believer,” $9.2 million.7. “Happy Little Submarine 20000 Leagues,” $8.9 million.8. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $3.3 million.9. “Truth or Dare,” $2.5 million.10. “A Quiet Place,” $2.4 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Media French PM to announce delay to fuel tax hikes

first_imgPARIS — French media say Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized.Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio say the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.The prime minister is expected to announce the move later Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img

Alaska Highway open between Coal River and Yukon Border

first_imgThe Lutz Creek #BCwildfire is ~4,000 ha and ~5 km south of Lower Post which is 200 km northeast of Dease Lake and 20 km southeast of Watson Lake, Yukon. Structure protection is set up and operating in that community. Firefighters, heavy equipment and air tankers are responding. https://t.co/VUTqh2FmKt— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 22, 2018 FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is open again between Coal River and the Yukon Border.The Highway was closed Tuesday after a forest fire near Lower Post caused officials to close the highway. Highway 97 is open to single lane alternating traffic and is pilot car controlled.Lower Post remains under an evacuation order due to the Lutz Creek Fire.  The fire is now 5,000 hectares and 33 firefighters are working to fight the fire.last_img read more

Govt wont take profit share on oil gas output in less explored

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major overhaul of oil and gas exploration permits, the government will not charge any share of profit on hydrocarbons produced from less explored areas as it looks to attract the elusive private and foreign investment to raise domestic output. Breaking from the two-and-a-half decade-old practice of having a uniform contractual regime for all sedimentary basins in the country, the new policy provides for different rules for areas that already have producing fields and ones where commercial production of oil and gas is yet to be established. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIrrespective of the basins, producers will get complete marketing and pricing freedom for oil and gas in future bid rounds, said an official notification detailing rule changes approved by the Union Cabinet on February 28. Oil and gas acreage or blocks in all future bid rounds will be awarded primarily on the basis of exploration work commitment, it said. While companies will have to pay a share of revenue from oil and gas produced in Category-I sedimentary basins such as Krishna Godavari, Mumbai Offshore, Rajasthan or Assam where commercial production has already been established, they will be charged only prevalent royalty rates on oil and natural gas in the less explored Category-II and III basins. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”To expedite production, concessional royalty rates will be applicable if production is commenced within four years for onland and shallow water blocks, and five years for deep water and Ultra-deepwater blocks from the effective date of the contract,” it said. India began bidding out oil and gas exploration acreage in 1999 under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) that awarded blocks to companies offering maximum work commitment. But companies were obliged to share with the government profits made after recovery of cost. Two years back, the BJP-government brought in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) that provided for blocks being awarded to companies offering maximum revenue at different levels of prices and production. HELP failed to either raise output or attract new players. The notification said the new policy was being formulated “to increase exploration activities, attract domestic and foreign investment in unexplored/unallocated areas of sedimentary basins, and enhance domestic production of oil and gas”. While blocks in Category-1 basins would be awarded on basis bided exploration work and revenue share in the ratio of 70:30, those “in Category-II and Category III Basins will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bids based exclusively on the exploration work programme.” “The contractor will have full marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis. Discovery of prices will be on the basis of transparent and competitive bidding. No exports will be allowed. There will be no allocation by Government,” the notification said. The Contractor will have liberal freedom to transfer/exit the block provided work programme has been adhered to. However, a suitable penalty mechanism will be devised for non-completion of the work programme. The notification said that in case of the existing contracts, marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis through competitive bidding will be permitted to those new gas discoveries whose Field Development Plan (FDP) will be approved for the first time after the date of issuance of the new policy. In case of nomination fields given to national oil companies, marketing and pricing freedom will be provided subject to the condition that FDP for new gas discoveries is approved by DGH. “To incentivise additional gas production from Administered Price Mechanism (APM) fields, reduction in royalty by 10 per cent of the applicable royalty will be granted on the additional production over and above Business As Usual (BAU) scenario. BAU scenario will be approved by DGH on third-party evaluation,” it said. Existing contracts already having marketing and pricing freedom would continue on the existing terms.last_img read more

Milner reveals key items ahead of Liverpools game against Roma

first_imgLiverpool’s James Milner has taken to social media to show fans what he has packed ahead of their return leg against AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finalsThe midfielder joined Twitter in March and has been quickly gathering followers on the social media account.Milner recently uploaded a picture of his suitcase ahead of the second leg clash with Roma on Wednesday to give fans a look inside.“Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was!” the 32-year-old wrote on Twitter.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was! #incrediblescenes #essentials #willuseHendostoothpaste pic.twitter.com/UIIS5ejOs5— James Milner (@JamesMilner) 29 April 2018Since leaving Manchester City for Liverpool, Milner has impressed with his continued consistent performances at Anfield and recently had to deny rumours that he was on the verge of coming out of retirement for the England squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

MP favours killing rapists in gunfight

first_imgKazi Firoz RashidAn MP of Ershad-led Jatiya Party – an ally of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) yet official opposition in parliament, Kazi Firoz Rashid, on Tuesday favoured killing rapists in law enforcers’ gunfights.“Gang rape can’t be stopped by executing them as per the existing law. People want justice immediately,” Firoz Rashid told parliament while speaking on the point of order.Calling for awarding Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members for killing the rapist of a 9-year-old girl, the Jatiya Party MP also said militancy would not have been resisted in the country had there been no gunfights.The Jatiya Party led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s special envoy Hussain Muhammad Ershad has three members in the current cabinet.   In reference to the rape incident in a running bus at Dhamrai, Firoz said, “A female readymade garment worker got in a bus. Five people raped her on the bus when other passengers got down. Police seized the bus when locals, after hearing the screaming of the girl, informed the law enforcement. Yes, the rapists were arrested, but justice won’t be ensured.””A rapist had gone into hiding after raping a 9-year girl. A gunfight was taken place between the rapist and RAB members. Two RAB members were injured. The rapist was killed. This is what people want to see. These RAB members should be awarded,” he added.Firoz went on to say, “Everyday incidents of rapes will take place and you will resort to the law! This can’t go in this fashion. People want to see whether justice will be ensured right now.”Talking about Rupa killing after rape, the MP said the incident of raping of another girl on a running bus would not take place had a burning example been set up in case of Rupa killing.He said Rupa’s rapists were awarded death in the lower court, but they [rapists] would go to the higher court against the trial court verdict where there would be a discussion on law-point if the capital punishment would be retained.“And then there is Supreme Court [to take the final decision]. And then will come presidential decision. Nobody will notice when they [rapists] will be hanged,” he added.Addressing the government, he said, “How did you curb the militancy? Child militant, woman militant, juvenile militant and elderly militant – all the militants were annihilated in gunfights. Did you bring the militants to the law? Has justice been ensured as of today? Had there been no gunfight, militants wouldn’t have been wiped out.”Alleging procrastination in the justice system in the existing law, Firoz said, “One girl is being raped after another in running bus. Will you claim that there is rule of law in the country? This is not rule of law. This is rather misrule of law. You will take 10 years for sticking to the law. Nobody will notice even if one is executed after 10 years. Many will even go off scot-free using loopholes of the law.”The MP demanded introduction of summary trial to trying rapists.MP’s demand for killing the rapists in gunfights apparently lends credence to the allegation that the law enforcement agencies intentionally kill people in the name of gunfights and crossfire between the law enforcers and the accused. The law enforcers, however, have all along denied the allegation.last_img read more

South Africas struggling ANC elects Ramaphosa as new head

first_imgCyril Ramaphosa.Photo:ReutersSouth African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected head of the ruling ANC party Monday, winning a bruising race that exposed rifts within the organisation that led the fight against apartheid.Thousands of raucous Ramaphosa supporters sang and chanted in the conference hall as rival backers of defeated candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appeared dejected.Ramaphosa won 2,440 votes to Dlamini-Zuma’s 2,261.”We declare comrade Cyril Ramaphosa the new president of the African National Congress,” an official told party delegates in Johannesburg.The victory puts Ramaphosa in line to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been plagued by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and growing anger at the once-omnipotent party.The vote was a long and acrimonious process. Delegates who had travelled from around South Africa cast their ballots after repeated delays caused by disputes over who was entitled to vote.President Zuma was seen as backing Dlamini-Zuma, allegedly to secure protection from prosecution on graft charges after he leaves office.But his loyalists did win senior positions in the vote, including David Mabuza as party deputy chief, meaning Ramaphosa is likely to face strong internal opposition to his pro-business reform agenda.President Zuma stepped down as party chief at the conference but could remain as head of state until the 2019 election.”I hope you will cooperate with the new leadership… as we move to the 2019 elections,” Baleka Mbete, party chairwoman, told delegates.- Falling public support -The ANC, which has ruled since 1994 when Nelson Mandela won the first multi-racial vote, could struggle to retain its grip on power in the next election due to falling public support.”The party will decide if Zuma goes (before the 2019 election),” Mzwandile Mkhwanazi, a delegate from KwaZulu-Natal province, told AFP.”Ramaphosa’s victory is good for the country. We need a stable country, a president able to fight corruption. We think he is up to the task.”Ramaphosa, 65, is a former trade unionist leader who led talks to end white-minority rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.He is often accused of failing to confront Zuma while serving as his deputy since 2014.Dlamini-Zuma was head of the African Union commission until earlier this year and a former interior, foreign affairs and health minister.She had four children with Zuma before divorcing in 1998.”I believe Ramaphosa will work to bring back the principles of liberal politics in the party,” Amanda Gouws, politics professor at Stellenbosch University, told AFP.”The outcome of the vote was not easy to call. What is at stake here is unity — the new leaders need to forge unity and rebuild the image of the party.”Allegations swirled of delegates being targeted with bribes, but ANC spokesman Khusela Sangoni told reporters that the process had proceeded “smoothly”.”I’m bowing out very happy because I think… I made my contribution,” President Zuma said on Monday as he walked through the vast conference centre hosting the five-day event.Soaring unemployment and state corruption have fuelled frustration at the ANC among millions of poor black South Africans who face dire housing, inadequate education and continuing racial inequality.Party veteran Zikalala Snuki told AFP: “It’s democracy. We are happy that we managed to elect the top leadership.”We have Ramaphosa, who may be able to steer the ship in the right direction.”The opposition Democratic Alliance party said that the ANC was “held together only by the glue of patronage and corruption, and Cyril Ramaphosa is just a new face to the same old ANC.”last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Thursday

first_img Share AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump listens during a meeting with retail industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.1. WHAT’S BEEN INEVITABLE IN NEW ADMINISTRATIONSEvery recent president has had a doomed Cabinet nomination or two, and after labor candidate Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal, Trump is no exception.2. THIRD PERSON ARRESTED IN SUSPECTED KIM ASSASSINATIONMalaysian police arrest a third person in the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader who was reportedly poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.3. TRUMP’S PICK FOR ISRAELI ENVOY FACES ROCKY CONFIRMATIONThe son of an Orthodox rabbi, David Friedman is a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, an opponent of Palestinian statehood and staunch defender of Israel’s government.4. DEADLY RAID IN YEMEN RAISES MORE QUESTIONSThe main figure killed in last month’s U.S. raid targeting al-Qaida was a tribal leader allied to the country’s U.S.- and Saudi-backed president and enlisted to fight Yemen’s Shiite rebels, AP learns.5. REPUBLICANS DRIVE TO CRAFT NEW HEALTH CARE PLANHouse GOP leaders are offering options to rank-and-file lawmakers for replacing “Obamacare” with a conservative approach dominated by tax breaks and a transition away from Medicaid.6. CHINA CARFENTANIL BAN A ‘GAME-CHANGER’ FOR OPIOID EPIDEMICThe move closes a major loophole in the global regulation of a substance so lethal it has been used as a chemical weapon and described as a terrorist threat.7. COLORADO WARMS TO POT CLUBS, DESPITE FEDERAL UNCERTAINTYDenver officials are working on regulations to open bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are considering other cannabis-friendly measures.8. PHENOMENON OF ‘DENTAL THERAPISTS’ GROWINGAn increasing number of states are permitting professionals with a lower level of training to do dentists’ jobs, public health advocates say.9. SPARKS FLY OVER MAHER’S BOOKING OF YIANNOPOULOSThe “Real Time” host’s decision to book the conservative provocateur on his HBO show draws quick condemnation from another guest.10. WHO JOINED THE GREAT ONEJaromir Jagr registers his 1,900 career point, joining Wayne Gretzky as the only NHL players to reach the milestone as the Panthers beat the Sharks 6-5 in overtime.last_img read more

Full Show Houston Reacts To Mass Shootings And The Lingering Health Effects

first_imgListen 00:00 /44:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Houstonians gathered at a pair of vigils Sunday to honor the victims of two mass shootings over the weekend — one at a Walmart in El Paso and the other on a busy street in Dayton, Ohio.While the motive of the slain suspect in the Ohio shooting remains unclear, the 21-year-old suspect in the El Paso shooting faces the death penalty and federal domestic terrorism charges.We discuss how Greater Houston has responded to the shootings and what we know about white nationalism and racism on the rise in our community.Also this hour: We learn how extreme weather is affecting our bodies long after the storm has passed.Then, we examine concerns about the I-45 project from local citizens and businesses and learn how TxDOT is responding to critics.And sportswriter Jeff Balke updates us Houston sports. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday September 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including the latest on the police killing of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img

Kaspersky team reveals Stuxnet family of weapons

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: (PhysOrg.com) — The Stuxnet cyber weapon that was designed to cripple control systems in Iran’s nuclear plant was just one of five weapons engineered in the same lab, and three have not been released yet. That is the word from Moscow based Kaspersky Lab. What’s more, according to Kaspersky’s director of global research, Costin Raiu, these Lego-like weapons work as modules, in that they are designed to fit together with each having different functions. They were developed on a single platform whose roots trace back at least to 2007; the creators have used the same software development environment ever since. via Reuters Citation: Kaspersky team reveals Stuxnet family of weapons (2011, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-kaspersky-team-reveals-stuxnet-family.html Explore further Raiu told Reuters about the findings on Wednesday based on the evidence that his team has gathered. He cited Stuxnet–the Iran-targeted weapon– and a related Duqu–the data-scoffing Trojan targeting design documents that showed up this year in Europe– as two of what might be a lethal assembly—three of the weapons have yet to be released.Besides Kaspersky, other anti-virus leaders such as Symantec and Trend Micro incorporated technology into their products to protect systems against Stuxnet and Duqu; Raiu says that these viruses may be more sophisticated than previously known.Kaspersky named the platform “Tilded” because many of the files in Duqu and Stuxnet have names beginning with the tilde symbol “~” and the letter “d.” What Kaspersky recently discovered is that shared components search for at least three other unique registry keys, It is possible that at least three other pieces of malware have been built that use the same platform. It would be relatively easy for the developers of those highly sophisticated viruses to create other weapons.Developers can build new cyber weapons by simply adding and removing modules, he told Reuters, “It’s like a Lego set. You can assemble the components into anything: a robot or a house or a tank.”The Kaspersky team cited 2007 because installed code by Duqu was compiled from a device running Windows on August 31, 2007. Kaspersky sources did not name a country responsible for the cyber weapons. When contacted by the press about Kaspersky’s findings, the Pentagon declined comment. Kaspersky Lab is a vendor of security software. In 1999, Kaspersky Labs, says the company, was the first to introduce integrated antivirus software for workstations, file servers and application servers running on Linux/FreeBSD operating systems. Iran says Duqu malware under ‘control’ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Influential students can help reduce bullying

first_imgEngaging students who have considerable influence over their peers can lead up to 30 per cent reduction in bullying incidents in schools, says a new study.“We think the best way to change social norms is to have these student influencers speak in their own voices. Encouraging their messages to bubble up from the bottom using a grassroots approach can be very powerful,” said lead author Elizabeth Paluck from Princeton University in New Jersey, US.The researchers engaged groups of influential students in 56 New Jersey middle schools to spread messages about the dangers of bullying and school conflict. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using messaging platforms such as Instagram, print posters and colourful wristbands, the selected students were encouraged to discuss in their own voices positive ways to handle conflict, using terms with which their peers could identify. The research team wanted to test whether certain students, who they label “social referents” or social influencers, have an outsized influence over school climate or the social norms and behavioural patterns in their schools. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese social referents were not necessarily the most popular kids school-wide, but rather students who demonstrate influence within their smaller peer group. All activities were designed to test whether, by making their anti-conflict stance well known, these social influencers could shape their peers’ behaviours and social norms.The study was published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).last_img read more

Get paid while travelling

first_imgFrom high-altitude places to spots near the waters, densely populated cities to the dense jungles – there are a lot of travel lovers who wish to explore every corner of the world but arent able to do so due to financial constraints. But there’s a solution.There are some top tips and tricks with which people can earn a living and get their trips sponsored while travelling peacefully around the globe. Experts list how.Put your language skills to use: If you possess leadership qualities, and have commendable knowledge of two or more foreign languages, you will find many opportunities to put all of that to work. You can work as a tour guide for travellers and earn a pretty hefty sum of money in exchange. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnother way to put your language skills to good use is by teaching English online. There are lots of portals where you can teach the language online while you are still travelling the globe, all you need is an Internet connection.Click! Click! to earn big: The scenic beauty of the places close to nature, away from the daily hustle-bustle of the city amplifies many times more from the pictures clicked by an avid photographer. If you have the skills of creating a magical spell with the camera while exploring new places around the world and are receiving huge appreciation for the same. Find the right portals, be it travel magazines, newspapers, or even websites, share the pictures and get ready to earn some handsome bucks to travel more and more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpread the magic through social media: Thanks to the digitalisation wave, an avid traveller is blessed with platforms like Facebook, WordPress, Twitter and Instagram to share their story with travel lovers around the world with some easy-breezy tips and tricks to survive in a new place. The more engaging and helpful your insights are to the audience, the more followers will be there on the wall, ultimately making you a renowned personality of the social media world. And, once this gets done, brands and top-notch corporates will approach you for paid collaborations. First of all, even if you are a semi-decent photographer and shoot pictures of lesser known treks or difficult to see animals during your exploration quest, many magazines and online sites will be ready to pay for your photographs.Next is if you maintain a blog or social profile of your own and post original content (travel experiences) at regular intervals then slowly your follower base will grow exponentially as online travel researchers are hungry to hear first hand experiences.As you grow traction on your blog and social media, there will be many hoteliers, brands, travel companies offering you free trips, free stays or monies in lieu of their promotion. At the same time, you also have to maintain a clear travel niche (trekking, wildlife, homestays, remote countries) of your own and keep delivering original content regularly.last_img read more

Delays expected as wide load set to travel through region

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire are being advised to expect delays as a wide load makes its way through the area on Friday (June 28). The load will be travelling out of Stafford at around 9.30am and travelling up the A34 via Stone and Newcastle before crossing the border into Congleton. Staffordshire Police are warning that ‘minor’ traffic delays are possible as the load travels through the region. A police spokesman said:  “This Friday, 28th June at 09:30 wide load will be moved out of Stafford. Usual route of A34, predominately via Stone, Newcastle and towards Congleton. Minor delays possible.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

A ransomware attack causes printing and delivery disruptions for several major US

first_imgA cyber-attack into one of United States’ biggest media groups, the Tribune Publishing, caused major printing and delivery disruptions for several major US newspapers over the weekend. This cyber attack affected the printing centers operated by the publishing firm and also its former property, the Los Angeles Times. The attack that took place on Saturday seemed to have originated from outside the United States, according to the Los Angeles Times report. This led to the distribution delays in the Saturday edition of the Times, the Tribune, the Sun and other newspapers that share a production platform in Los Angeles. According to The New York Times, “a news article in The Los Angeles Times, and one outside computer expert said the attack shared characteristics with a form of ransomware called Ryuk, which was used to target a North Carolina water utility in October and other critical infrastructure.” According to The Los Angeles Times report, “The Times and the San Diego paper became aware of the problem near midnight on Thursday. Programmers worked to isolate the bug, which Tribune Publishing identified as a malware attack, but at every turn, the programmers ran into additional issues trying to access a myriad of files, including advertisements that needed to be added to the pages or paid obituaries.” “After identifying the server outage as a virus, technology teams made progress on Friday quarantining it and bringing back servers, but some of their security patches didn’t hold and the virus began to reinfect the network, impacting a series of servers used for news production and manufacturing processes”, the report added. By late Friday, the attack was hindering the transmission of pages from offices across Southern California to printing presses as publication deadlines approached. Tribune Publishing said in a statement on Saturday, “the personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients have not been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank our readers and advertising partners for their patience as we investigate the situation.” It was unclear whether company officials have been in contact with law enforcement regarding the suspected attack. Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said “we are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting several news outlets, and are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation”, the Los Angeles Times reported. Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit public interest research group, said, “usually when someone tries to disrupt a significant digital resource like a newspaper, you’re looking at an experienced and sophisticated hacker”. She added that the holidays are “a well known time for mischief” by digital troublemakers because organizations are more thinly staffed. Read more about this news on The Los Angeles Times’ complete report. Read Next Hackers are our society’s immune system – Keren Elazari on the future of Cybersecurity Anatomy of a Crypto Ransomware Sennheiser opens up about its major blunder that let hackers easily carry out man-in-the-middle attackslast_img read more

TICO updates guidelines for trust accounts

first_imgTags: TICO Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — TICO is advising registrants that revised Trust Accounting Guidelines are now available on TICO’s website.The updated guidelines can be accessed here: http://www.tico.ca/files/Trust%20Acctg%20Guidelines%20Final%20073116.pdf.“Although there are no changes to the existing trust accounting requirements, the revised Guidelines provide further clarifications related to the requirements under the Legislation. The revised Guidelines are a consolidated document which replaces the former retail and wholesale trust accounting guidelines which were last updated in June 2013,” says TICO President and CEO, Richard Smart.Any questions regarding the revised Guidelines should be directed to TICO’s Financial Compliance Department at 1-888-451-8426 or email sskrbic@tico.ca.center_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, August 16, 2016 TICO updates guidelines for trust accountslast_img read more

Californias Montecito is devastated by mudslides

first_img Thursday, January 11, 2018 Share California’s Montecito is devastated by mudslides By: Marcio Jose Sanchez and Robert JablonSource: The Associated Presscenter_img MONTECITO, Calif.  — The number of people missing since mudslides engulfed this wealthy coastal town surged to 48 Thursday as hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies. The number of confirmed dead stood at 17.The huge increase in those unaccounted for came as authorities investigated missing-persons reports, said Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson.The number has fluctuated since the disaster struck in the early morning darkness Tuesday and was as low as 16 Wednesday evening. The new count raised fears that the disaster was far worse than authorities imagined.Family members have been anxiously awaiting word on loved ones as the search goes on.“It’s just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven’t heard from them _ we have to find them,” said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents’ home was wrecked. The couple, Jim and Alice Mitchell, did not heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home to celebrate Jim Mitchell’s 89th birthday.As search dogs clambered on heaps of wood that used to be homes, mud-spattered rescue teams from all over California worked their way through the ruins of Montecito, an enclave of 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.It was left covered with thick muck, boulders, wrecked cars, splintered lumber and tree limbs in a scene Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown likened to a World War I battlefield.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAfter a better look at the damage, officials lowered the number of destroyed homes from 100 to 59 and raised the number of damaged ones from 300 to 446.Overall, 28 people were injured. Twelve remained hospitalized, four in critical condition.By Wednesday, some 500 searchers had covered about 75 per cent of the inundated area, authorities said. They had a long slog ahead, filled with hazards seen and unseen.“A lot of the street signs are gone, the roads are impassable. It all has to be done on foot,” said Deputy Dan Page, chief of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rescue team.Rescue crews worked up to 12 hours a day and risked stepping on nails or shattered glass, or being exposed to raw sewage, or dealing with leaking gas, Page said.“We’ve gotten multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes that were covered with mud, swimming pools that were covered up with mud,” said Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief. “The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream. It’s crusty on top but soft underneath, so we’re having to be very careful.”Crews marked where bodies were found, often far away from a home, and used that information to guess where other victims might have ended up as the surging mud carried or buried them.People in Montecito had counted themselves lucky last month after the biggest wildfire in California history spared the town. But it was the fire that led to the mudslide, by burning away vegetation.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“We totally thought we were out of the woods,” said Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped damage in both disasters. “I was frozen yesterday morning thinking, ‘This is a million times worse than that fire ever was.”’The mudslides were already occurring when Santa Barbara County officials first sent emergency alerts to cellphones in the area, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.For days, the county had issued repeated warnings via social media, news media and emails about the potential for mudslides. But county emergency manager Jeff Gater said officials decided not to use the cellphone push alert system until 3:50 a.m. Tuesday out of concern it might not be taken seriously.Only an estimated 10 to 15 per cent of residents fled when ordered, and much of the damage occurred where evacuations were voluntary.It could take days or even longer before the work is finished.“That’s always our mentality: ‘Hey, we’re going to find someone alive,”’ Page said. “You never really know. You never know exactly what the human body is capable of.”In 2014, a mudslide in rural Oso in Washington state killed 43 people. The last body was found four months later. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Avalons 4day A Taste of the Danube leads in at 1449 for

first_img Posted by Tags: Avalon Waterways Wednesday, March 20, 2019 TORONTO — In 2020 Avalon Waterways will be the only river cruise company offering four-, five- and six-day river cruise itineraries including A Taste of the Rhine, Heart of Germany and A Taste of the Danube.The lead-in option, the four-day ‘A Taste of the Danube’ starts at just $1,449 and is ideal for first-time river cruisers and time-starved travellers alike, with visits to Budapest, Bratislava, Melk and Dürnstein. The cruise ends in Vienna.With prices starting at $2,586 (excluding airfare), the new ‘A Taste of the Rhine’ is a five-day sailing along the Rhine River with a culinary walk through Amsterdam, a guided tour of Cologne, a wine-tasting in Boppard and free time in Rudesheim.Formerly a Christmas markets cruise, the new six-day ‘Heart of Germany’ will be offered year-round in 2020. Priced from $2,743, the itinerary features stops along the Main River and Main-Danube Canal with a guided walk through a Bavarian village, time in Würzburg and Baroque Bishop’s residence, sampling Bavarian wines in Kitzingen, an onboard beer-tasting near Volkach and the sites of Bamberg. The cruise concludes in Nuremberg.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAvalon Waterways is introducing three Your Way options in 2020: an Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package; or a Globus escorted touring vacation.“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Pam Hoffee, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways. “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice feature on every itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”All cruise itineraries, short and long, sail on Avalon Waterways’ signature Suite Ships which provide guest two full decks of 200-square-foot Panorama Suites featuring the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies and beds facing the river views.Clients can book a select 2020 Europe river cruise and receive $499 per person airfare from select Canadian gateways and save $1,200 per couple. Avalon’s 4-day ‘A Taste of the Danube’ leads in at $1,449 for 2020center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more