Robbers have made off with gems worth 300,000 euros ($370,000) snatched from two Indian diamond traders as they were entering a Paris metro station, a source close to the investigation said Friday.“The two traders were coming back from a business meeting and were attacked Monday afternoon by two men,” the source said, confirming a report by French magazine Le Point.“A bag containing several precious stones — but no diamonds — was stolen,” the source added. “Early indications are that it could have been a premeditated attack.”Read it at India Abroad Related Items
TOTAL Excellium revs up for the second leg of the Toyota Vios Cup MOST READ Also included in Reyes’ tweet were Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose, Kobe Paras, and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger to suit up in the sessions two weeks from now.Gilas is gearing up for the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA have yet to reach an agreement when it comes to the availability of the pool members in the coming international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide In a short tweet on his Twitter account @coachot, the veteran mentor called up 15 names to participate in the Gilas practices.Gilas resumes practice June 20 & we’re calling in Jio,Mike,Almond,Ed,RR,Matt,Von,Kev,Carl,Mac,Fonz,Kief,Reymar, Kobe & Christian to actionFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Chot Reyes (@coachot) June 9, 2017Pool members Jio Jalalon, Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag, Roger Pogoy, Matt Wright, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Fonzo Gotladera, and practice player Almond Vosotros were named in the post. With less than two months left for Gilas Pilipinas to prepare for the upcoming international tiffs, coach Chot Reyes has already sent his message loud and clear to cadet members and a number of amateurs to join the national team practices to begin on June 20.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
With the bilateral relations deteriorating, BCCI on Friday decided that India will avoid playing Pakistan even in the multi-nation tournaments and asked the ICC not to place the teams of the two countries in the same group in the future.The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting here against the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army. (Also read: Please don’t go to war: Shahid Afridi’s message to India and Pakistan)”Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.If the two countries reach the Semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can’t be avoided, he added.The next multi-nation tournament is the Champions Trophy to be held in the UK about seven months from now. Considering the traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan, the ICC generally puts the two teams in the same group in multi-nation tournaments to attract more spectators. (Also read: Can’t play Pakistan till they stop cross-border terrorism: Sourav Ganguly)India is already not playing a bilateral tournament against Pakistan because of the unabated terror attacks emanating from the neighbouring country.After the Uri attacks, the situation has worsened.advertisement
Director Ruben Ostlund walked away with the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honour as his The Square, an art world satire that stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, won this year’s Palme d’Or.When Ostlund did not get an Oscar nomination in 2015, he released a video that included what he called a “worst man cry”.On Sunday night, the Swedish director took a different tack as he rejoiced in his Cannes win. He asked photographers in the pit below the stage at the Lumiere Theatre to turn their cameras on the audience and led all attendees in a primal scream “of happiness”.He said, “I can direct you now, after all I won the Palme d’Or.”Other winners included Diane Kruger as Best Actress for her first German-language turn in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade, a timely story of the aftermath of a terrorist bombing, reports deadline.com.The actress, who works largely in French and American cinema, gave a shout-out to those affected by terrorism, particularly the folks left behind.To those “who have to go on living” after losing someone, she said, “please know you are not forgotten”.Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Actor for You Were Never Really Here. He sported Converse sneakers, apologising that his proper shoes already had been sent home.The Amazon Studios title also won Best Screenplay for writer-director Lynne Ramsay, who shared that nod in a tie with Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.Actress Nicole Kidman was awarded a special 70th anniversary award. She sent a video message from Nashville saying she was “devastated” for not being present at the event.advertisement”Last week was like a dream. This is a lovely way to come back to the dream,” Kidman said.Among her acknowledgements was Sofia Coppola, in whose movie The Beguiled Kidman starred.Coppola, also absent from the Palais gala, was named Best Director for the film. She sent a message honouring, among others, her mother and father, director Francis Ford Coppola who made The Godfather trilogy.This is the second time in the festival’s history that a woman has won this prize, following Yuliya Solntseva for The Story of the Flaming Years back in 1961.In other big wins, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, won the Jury Prize. And, Robin Campillo’s AIDS activist drama “120 Beats Per Minute” picked up the Grand Prize.ALSO READ: India going gaga over Aishwarya and Sonam, but no Indian film in competition at Cannes ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor reveals whom her psychedelic saree at Cannes Film Festival was dedicated to WATCH: Deepika talks about Cannes, her Met Gala outfit and selfies
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will be weeding out drugged drivers in a special enforcement operation planned for this Friday, April 20th.The operation will include troopers working overtime to reduce the potential for crashes related to marijuana impairment.So far in 2018, Nebraska state troopers have seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana during traffic stops.That figure outpaces the amount seized in the each of the last several years.Friday’s drugged driving operation is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $4,200 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office .
TORONTO — Kraft Heinz has acknowledged a rather unexpected potential Cree translation of its latest buzzy condiment to reach Canada.Mayochup, the crowd-sourced name for its pre-mixed mayonnaise-ketchup mashup, can mean something entirely else in some Cree dialects.Arden Ogg, director of the Cree Literacy Network, says that around Moose Factory, the name can be heard as, “shit face.”She says that mayo sounds like the Cree word “meyiwi,” which means feces, while the second half sounds like eye, which in parts of Northern Ontario is also used to mean face. Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen says the company has heard of the “unfortunate translation,” adding that “the only thing we want our consumers, whichever dialect of Cree they speak, to have on their faces this summer is our newest condiment mash-up.”Cree was reported as the most widely-spoken Indigenous language in Canada in the 2016 census with 96,575 speakers, though heavily concentrated in the Prairies. The Canadian Press
On Saturday March 25, 2017, Chef Nik Fields, a Culinary Arts graduate, better known as “Nik the Chic Chef” or “Foodie with a cause” is hosting a Roaring 20’s gala fundraiser to benefit Waste Not Want Not Inc.Celebrity co-hosts include: Shar Jackson (Moesha) & Cherie Johnson (Punky Brewster, Family Matters), as well as Christian Bishop from “The Bachelorette”. This star studded event will include a fashion show, live music, dancing, VIP gift bags, endless heavy appetizers and endless premium drinks.Nik Fields, founder of Waste Not Want Not Inc., launched the “Love Food, No Waste” campaign on January 1, 2017. The campaign seeks to raise $50,000 or more. Proceeds from the organization will be used to establish a food kitchen for individuals that are less fortunate so that they have a place to go and experience 3 healthy meals daily. WNWN Inc. is depending on the added support of individuals and the business community to support with donations, sponsorships and and ticket purchases to the Gala fundraiser, which are tax deductible.Waste Not Want Not Inc. (WNWN Inc.) is a 501c3 government approved nonprofit organization that will bring awareness to worldwide food waste and shortages. WNWN Inc. will be advocating fighting hunger and malnutrition by preventing the discarding of food that could be used to provide healthy meals for low-income families and the homeless population in need. WNWN Inc., will also provide education services and sustainability techniques to households and restaurants on how to limit food waste.For more information on donating, sponsorship, or becoming a volunteer please visit the offical website: www.nowasteco.org and www.chicchefco.com.For tickets and more info, click here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Stars
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Saturday, December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down.The adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.RCMP say the death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday, December 7 and into Saturday, December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.
OTTAWA, O.N. – The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has released the agenda for the upcoming second meeting on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy.From May 27 to the 29, expert witnesses will be in Ottawa to appear before representatives from at least 11 countries to give testimony on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data.Witnesses appearing at the testimony include: Roger McNamee, Author of Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook CatastropheShoshana Zuboff, Author of The Age of Surveillance CapitalismMaria Ressa, Journalist, Author of From Bin Laden to Facebook:10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of TerrorismJim Balsillie, Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Retired Chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerryEllen Weintraub, Chair of the United States Federal Election CommissionDaniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of CanadaJoseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, United NationsProfessor Heidi Tworek, University of British ColumbiaJason Kint, CEO Digital Content NextTaylor Owen, McGill UniversityIt is said that representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and the Mozilla Foundation will also be in attendance to provide testimony. The only company not to have confirmed its attendance is Apple.M.P. and Committee Chair, Bob Zimmer, says he is looking forward to hearing from the testimonies of global tech experts about how to protect the privacy of citizens in the digital age. Zimmer also expects Facebook executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, to comply with the Committee’s recent subpoena.“I look forward to hearing from this list of global experts as they identify not only the issues surrounding big data and democracy, but also how we, as lawmakers, can work to find solutions to protect the rights of our citizens. Further, I expect Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg to comply with our subpoena, respect the will of lawmakers representing over 373 million citizens, and show up.”A link to the agenda can be found here.The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy takes place May 27 to the 29, 2019 in Ottawa.
Jayasuriya said that the applications were rejected on the basis that they were part of two army brigades which are facing allegations of committing human rights abuses during the final stages of the war. Major General Jagath Dias and Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe had applied to attend the military programme but the application was rejected. Report by Easwaran Rutnam The army today said it was disappointed that two senior military officers were refused permission by the US to attend military programme over human rights allegations.Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that one officer had already been cleared for the US government sponsored programme after it was rejected on an earlier occasion but yet it was rejected again this year. He said that some groups were attempting to paint the wrong picture about Sri Lanka and the US move could be seen as a result of those attempts.General Jayasuriya also said the intelligence agencies in Sri Lanka were on alert of any attempt to disrupt the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka directly or indirectly. (Colombo Gazette)
The IMF had in November decided to suspend funding for Sri Lanka as a result of the political crisis. Sri Lanka’s three-year extended arrangement was approved on June 3, 2016, to the amount of about US$1.5 billion, or 185 percent of quota in the IMF at that time of approval of the arrangement. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera will visit Washington next week for talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).He will be in Washington from 14 – 16 January 2019 to resume negotiations with the IMF on the Extended Fund Facility, the Central Bank said today. The IMF program for Sri Lanka is on the condition that Sri Lanka implements key economic reforms proposals of the IMF. (Colombo Gazette)
It’s like something out of a Star Trek episode: a suit that cools down when the person who wears it gets hot.But unlike a prop in the sci-fi show, research for this suit is happening now, and the place it will be worn is on Earth — or more specifically, far under the Earth’s surface.Brock University Professor of Kinesiology Stephen Cheung has partnered with Sudbury-based mining company Jannatec Technologies to create a vest for miners with the technology to monitor and control body temperature.“The idea is to develop a smart, personal cooling system miners can wear that will get feedback on their internal physiology,” explains Cheung, who is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics.The vest is aimed at ‘ultra-deep miners,’ workers who mine copper, nickel, tin and other minerals as far as three kilometres below the Earth’s surface.As a person moves deeper underground, rock temperatures can range from 40 up to 60 degrees Celsius. Added to that is high humidity generated from water needed to lubricate drill bits that results in what Cheung says is “essentially a steam bath.”Working in such hot, humid environments is not only uncomfortable, it can be dangerous.The human body regulates temperature by controlling skin-blood flow. When the body’s core is hot, blood travelling through arteries and veins transports heat to the skin’s surface, where it is released through sweat, evaporation, radiation and other processes.The cooled blood then returns to the body’s core, reducing overall temperature.This process works best in air temperatures just below 30 degrees Celsius. The higher the air temperature, the more overwhelmed the body’s systems become. Workers in hot environments often experience heat stress that could lead to a variety of heat illnesses.Traditionally, core body temperature is measured using invasive methods, such as probes inserted in the esophagus or rectum to directly measure the internal temperature. But these methods are “not practical in the mining environment,” explains Steffon Luoma, senior research scientist with Jannatec Technologies.Usually, it’s up to the miners to determine how hot they are, taking breaks in air-conditioned rooms and vehicles to cool down, says Luoma. But they may not always realize the symptoms of heat illness until it’s too late.Chueng says the goal is to “develop a personalized cooling system that will adapt to how hard they’re working, how hot it is, and what they’re doing at the time to generate different levels of body heat.”Non-invasive sensors will be built into the vest to record and monitor a variety of bodily activities such as heartrate and skin temperature. Sensors will also monitor air temperature and humidity levels,Signals from the sensors will activate a battery that will provide power needed to cool the body to certain levels through electronic modules.Part of the research involves refining the understanding of the human body’s patterns of skin-blood flow, sweat, heat loss, core temperature and other physiological functions.And the research will be part psychological.“There may be preferred places to put the cooling modules,” says Cheung. “You can have that same amount of cooling, but it will feel a lot better if it’s, say, around your head and neck as opposed to it being around your torso and arms, even though physically it may be just as effective.”Cheung explains that the personal cooling systems on the market currently are limited in their cooling levels; essentially an “on-off switch or half on,” not taking changes in body temperature or the intensity of body movements into account, he says.Jannatec Technologies is excited to be partnering with Cheung, says Luoma.“Stephen Cheung is one of the world’s experts in human thermophysiology; he is a very unique resource,” he says, adding that the innovations will increase safety and productivity in the mining industry.“One of the top expenses in a mine operation is ventilation, and part of ventilation is cooling,” says Luoma. “Cooling the workers directly is more efficient than cooling an area and will lead to a decrease in costs.”Luoma and his company also credit the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Center of Excellence in Mining “for assisting Jannatec in achieving its goals.”
A NOVEL by Irish author Colum McCann has been selected to help surviving students overcome the grief and trauma they suffered after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in one of the worst school massacres in US history.McCann said the selection of his novel ‘Let the Great World Spin’ by teachers and psychologists in Newtown, Connecticut, where the December 14 killings took place, was “possibly the greatest honour of my life.”“It was so moving,” he told AFP while passing through Paris ahead of the release in France of his latest book “Transatlantic”.The novel, which in 2009 won the National Book Award in the United States, revolves around French acrobat Philippe Petit’s crossing on a tight-rope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974.With the backdrop of the 2001 attacks which would kill thousands of people in that same symbolic place a quarter of a century later, McCann builds a story that centres on people’s ability to find meaning and how to handle great losses in life.McCann said 70 copies of the book had been given to the high school and he described the emotions when he met with four classes of students aged between 16 and 18.“Some of them had a small sister or brother killed last December,” he said. “Another one was the babysitter of a victim. We spoke about grief and resilience. One of them told me he read my novel four times, another one that he couldn’t.”Aside from the novel, the author also said therapy dogs have been brought in to the school as therapy for the traumatised children.- © AFP, 2013Read: Four days after massacre, children return to school in Newtown
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The retirement age in Greece will be extended meaning Greeks wanting to retire from next year will have to work between six months to three years, due to provisions of a pension reform law passed in 2010. As of January 1, civil servants and private sector workers will have to complete 37 years of full employment – an extra year than they do now) and be no younger than 59 (as opposed to the current age of 58) to qualify for a full pension.Those working in professions officially classified as unhealthy and hazardous will have to complete 10,500 working days and be at least 56.5 years old (rather than 54.5) to claim a full pension.Source: Kathimerini
Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh April 22, 2019 Convention Center expansion must overcome major hurdles Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: April 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The lodging industry is in the process of developing a strategy to get two-thirds of the voters to support Convention Center expansion, which will be on the primary ballot in March.Expansion will have to overcome some major hurdles, including a past history of failure, and a two-thirds vote.There have been two attempts to raise the hotel tax since 1998, both failed.The San Diego Chargers wanted to increase the tax to build a stadium Downtown. It was opposed, and defeated by the hoteliers who wanted those funds for themselves. The second failure was when the hotel owners assessed themselves a two percent room tax, which the courts killed saying tax increases require a public vote.Expansion has been a priority for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, but time is running out before he’s termed out next year.California has more delegates than any other state, which became a major factor to move move up its primary. This will likely be a contested primary between Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and possibly Joe Biden.
Vancouver’s Miles Hewitt has been appointed to the inaugural class of literary ambassadors for the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.The honor came during the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.Hewitt, 17, is a student at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. He is one of five students across America to receive the award. He is the son of Scott Hewitt, a reporter for The Columbian, and Sue Peabody.The young poets program, a signature initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, honors, promotes, and celebrates young people as makers and doers who can inspire their peers to achieve excellence in their creative endeavors.In a press release, the organization noted that Hewitt is a musician and songwriter who was looking for a form of writing that kept him untethered to rhyme or rhythm: enter poetry. At the arts school, he was admitted this past year to the Focus (highest level) Literary Arts class. There, he’s a member of a small group of writers who come together to workshop one another’s pieces and offer support. Hewitt is the president of the Young Democrats of Clark County, and founded and served as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. He’s considering a career in political communications or speechwriting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved spending up to $55 million nationwide to purchase up to 68 million pounds of surplus cranberry products, a move that will boost Washington cranberry growers, members of the state’s political delegation said Monday. Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, and Reps. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, and Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican, applauded the decision. The four political delegation members last week asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to authorize the agency to buy surplus foods from farmers for use in food and nutrition programs.Washington is the fifth largest producer of cranberries in the U.S., and is expected to produce 162,000 barrels this year. The lawmakers, citing industry numbers, said the state is home to 110 farms on 1,700 acres, which provide 165 direct jobs.
Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Singapore’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry was responsible for 22% of the city’s tourist receipts, worth SG$2.2 billion, in 2018, according to a report by Colliers International.Marina Bay Sands played a significant role, hosting around 1.4 million delegates to the Sands Expo & Convention Center. They comprised 3,600 MICE events including 700 new ones. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase RelatedPosts Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Load More “With a new 15,000 capacity conference center at Marina Bay Sands recently announced and The MICE 2020 Roadmap, Singapore will continue its focus on improving delegate experience through interactive technology, experience, convenience and thought leadership,” the report said.Asia-Pacific proved to be the fastest growing region for MICE in 2018 after generating 28.4% of global revenue at US$229 billion, with Colliers pointing to the fact that MICE visitors spend around 1.7 times more than leisure tourists as a major reason MICE was seen as key to boosting tourism.
Organizers say many racers, including first-time Mount Marathon contenders, were “waiting at the stroke of midnight on March 1” to apply for a lottery spot. Applications can be made on the race’s website, where winners of the lottery spots will be announced in early April. Seward Chamber of Commerce officials said Thursday in a statement. “People who have run Mount Marathon and completed 10 or more races overall will also receive a spot, if one is available when they do so.” Last year, Allie Ostrander recorded her first victory on the full course; Ostrander set a personal best time of 49:19 and posted the second-fastest time ever in the women’s division. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The one-month registration period for the 91st annual Mount Marathon Race started on Thursday, March 1. The top 225 finishers from the last years race are guaranteed spots in this years event if they register before the March 31 deadline. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-mnt-marathon-registration.mp3VmJennifer-on-mnt-marathon-registration.mp300:00RPd