NEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.
“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. Small pieces of space debris — usually parts of comets or asteroids — that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites. (Fox news) A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid — about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers). There was no immediate demonstrable connection.
Secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lalith Weeratunga and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita have been admitted to the prison hospital.Weeratunga and Pelpita were yesterday found guilty in the ‘sil redi’ case and were sentenced to three years in jail by the Colombo High Court, and ordered to pay Rs. 2 million each as a fine and Rs. 50 million each as compensation. They are to appeal against the ruling. (Colombo Gazette) They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters during the 2015 Presidential elections.
Despite fears of deteriorating security in parts of Afghanistan voiced by many organizations, including the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the steady stream of refugees going home shows that many Afghans have concluded that their prospects are better in their own country than in the countries that have provided them with shelter since 1980, mainly Pakistan and Iran.“The majority are poor,” said Shahab Zaman, a UNHCR registration clerk at a centre on the edge of Islamabad processing refugee requests for assistance to return. “They say there is work in Afghanistan, the day wages are higher there and the north of the country is comparatively peaceful.”Last year in Pakistan alone UNHCR assisted more than 1.5 million Afghans to leave in the months after the collapse of the Taliban regime.Although well over 2 million Afghans have returned since the start of organized repatriation in March 2002, more than that number are believed to remain in Pakistan and Iran. “It’s been 25 years. It’s going to take time. You can’t just send them home,” Mr. Zaman said as a truck full of refugees pulled out of the registration centre on its way to the Khyber Pass entrance into Afghanistan. “Otherwise we would end up with the same situation – they would just come back.”The latest repatriation season, which follows the harsh Afghan winter, had a slow start because of the regional uncertainty triggered by the Iraq war, but numbers grew steadily until they reached the current level in the past month.With better controls in place, there is greater confidence this year that those going home intend to resettle permanently rather than to return later to Pakistan as some did last year. UNHCR believes the introduction at all locations in Pakistan of iris scanning technology, which detects those trying to receive return assistance a second time, has served as a strong deterrent to any abuse.UNHCR teams in Afghanistan are running programmes to help reintegration, including providing shelter kits, tools and food aid under the UN World Food Programme. The agency plans to construct or rehabilitate up to 60,000 shelters and 40,000 wells this year in cooperation with the Afghan Government.
“The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “but reports suggest the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds, and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000.” Ms. Pillay added that she was deeply disturbed by reports that fighters from the groups, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), and prisoners they had released from jails in Mosul and provided with arms “have been actively seeking out – and in some cases killing –soldiers, police and others, including civilians, whom they perceive as being associated with the Government.”Under these circumstances, she said, “murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture constitute war crimes”. She warned that ISIL would be under “particular scrutiny” given their “well-documented record of committing grave international crimes in Syria.”In March, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria accused ISIL of committing crimes against humanity, in addition to other gross human rights violations, in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.More recently, OHCHR received reports of the summary executions of Iraqi army soldiers during the capture of Mosul, and of 17 civilians on one particular street in Mosul City on 11 June. Addressing everyone fighting in the conflict, the top UN human rights official urged that all feasible precautions be taken to spare civilians from the effects of hostilities, and to respect, protect and meet the basic needs of civilian populations.“I am extremely concerned about the acute vulnerability of civilians caught in the cross-fire, or targeted in direct attacks by armed groups, or trapped in areas under the control of ISIL and their allies,” Pillay said. “And I am especially concerned about the risk to vulnerable groups, minorities, women and children.” She also said humanitarian access and the safety of aid workers are a “prominent concern given the unpredictable nature of ISIL, and the manner in which it creates insecure and volatile environments, which hinder access and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”Local authorities said 300,000 people have sought shelter in the Erbil and Duhok governorates of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, many arriving with little more than the clothes they are wearing.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today that a shortage of shelter is a key challenge for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who fled.“Many people have no money and nowhere to go,” UNHCR said in a news release. The UN agency is working with the government and other partners to pitch tents and provide relief items such as plastic sheets and hygiene kits.UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the rate of new arrivals to the Kurdistan region has slowed over the last day or so, but “the situation remains fluid with fighting continuing on several fronts and further displacement could take place.”
Things That Caught My EyePrepare to feel old and super unaccomplishedRedmond “Red” Gerard won the first U.S. medal of Pyeongchang, taking a gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition. Gerard is the youngest — only 17 years old — male American to take a Winter Olympics gold medal since 1928. [NPR]Team Canada crushed OARThe Canadian women’s hockey team shut out the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0, thanks to Ann-Renee Desbiens making 18 saves over the course of the game. Canada is a juggernaut in women’s hockey, as this is its 21st straight win in Olympic competition. [CBC]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?He probably shouldn’t have said thatSemen Elistratov is one of the 169 athletes who are from Russia and competing under the Olympic banner rather than their country’s as part of Russia’s penalties incurred for operating a massive top-to-bottom doping operation. He’s also the first Olympic athlete from Russia to medal, taking a bronze in the 1500m short-track speed skating competition and used his time in the limelight to dedicate the medal to Russians banned from the game in “a hard and unfair way,” which normally would be standard nationalist jock talk but in this case spurred an investigation given the rules Olympic athletes have about making political statements. [BBC]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping! 1-2-3Congratulations to Norway, which led by Simen Hegstad Kruger took the gold, silver and bronze medal in the 15km + 15km cross country skiathlon event. Kruger was stuck in a collision early on and fell to last place out of 68 but mounted a comeback for the ages to finish first. [BBC]North and South play togetherNorth Korea and South Korea teamed up to play women’s hockey together, a fascinating diplomatic overture. The team fell to the Swiss 0-8 on Saturday, but the stunning display of unity is a potential opportunity for cross-border collaboration. The two countries have been technically at war since a 1953 armistice but proved no effort for the Bronze medalists of Sochi. [Reuters]Reverse sweep!In a decisive playoff series, the London Spitfire defeated the upstart Houston Outlaws and then the powerhouse New York Excelsior in a 3-2 reverse sweep to win the first Overwatch League round one playoff series and the $100,000 that comes with. [Kotaku]Leaks from Slack: micah:can I ask a non-sports fan dumb question: Is John McDaniels turning down that head coaching job basically proof that Belichick is gonna step aside soon?neil:If I had to bet, I would bet there is some kind of succession plan in place – not sure when, but McDaniels basically torpedoed his head coaching chances anywhere else by screwing the Colts at the last secondkyle:yeah doesn’t have to be soon, but that was heavily implied by the salary cap stuffPredictions NBA All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetNice. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions
First baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named Big Ten freshman of the year for Ohio State baseball (25-25, 13-11 Big Ten) Tuesday. Four other Buckeyes also earned Big Ten honors. Dezse led OSU with a .341 batting average and 42 RBIs and also went 4-1 on the mound with a team-high five saves. He is the 10th Buckeye to win Big Ten freshman of the year. Dezse was also named to the All-Big Ten second-team with senior pitcher Drew Rucinski, who led the team as a starter with a 5-3 record and was third in the Big Ten with a 2.88 ERA. It was Rucinski’s first conference honor outside of academics. Dezse, center fielder Tim Wetzel and pitcher Greg Greve made the All-Big Ten freshman team. Wetzel hit .274 and scored 31 runs while Greve finished the year 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA. Rounding out the awards was senior reliever Theron Minium, who was named one of 10 sportsmanship award honorees. OSU will begin the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed when they play No. 5 Minnesota at 12:05 today at Huntington Park in Columbus.
The Swiss-born, French-speaking conductor has been artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009 and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, one of classical music’s highest honours, earlier this year.He did not immediately comment on the allegations and is understood to be on holiday.The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra confirmed it would be speaking to Dutoit whenever possible but said it had received no complaints or claims of inappropriate behaviour relating to his work with the Orchestra.It said: “Based on the information available to us, these allegations were issued without reaction from Mr Dutoit and, to the best of our knowledge, the claimants have initiated no formal legal proceedings. The artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been accused of sexually assaulting four female musicians.Charles Dutoit, 81, is alleged to have physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician, forcing himself onto them in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.The women, who were all interviewed by the Associated Press, claim the sexual misconduct took place on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five US cities – Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.Paula Rasmussen, a retired mezzo-soprano, said: “He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat.”Sylvia McNair, 61, a soprano and two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit pushed himself against her in a hotel lift after a March 1985 rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra.The other two alleged victims were not identified but both claimed they were assaulted in 2006, one in a hotel and the other in his dressing room, while they were in a moving car and backstage shortly before a performance. Dutoit, a two-time Grammy winner, is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, having performed with all of the major orchestras on most stages of the five continents. Paula Rasmussen in 1991Credit: Paula Rasmussen Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011Credit:Alex Brandon/AP The Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine earlier this month after misconduct accusations surfaced.Dutoit is also conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. “Nonetheless, we take this matter very seriously and we will be monitoring the situation closely.”It added: “As a leading international ensemble, the RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour, which it expects from everyone that works with the Orchestra. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment.”The four women all said they resisted Dutoit and escaped.They said they had not filed formal complaints because they were young and he was the maestro but felt inspired to come forward now by all the women speaking out about sexual misconduct by powerful men in other industries.
CONFLICT REFUGEES SUFFER some of the worst human tragedies the modern world knows.They lose their homes, their country and, often, many of their loved ones.But as conflicts play on around them, ordinary and everyday issues continue to wreak havoc on their lives as well.Cancer doesn’t stay away from refugee camps, just because the residents lives are hard enough. It just makes them even more difficult – and tragic.According to a new study, published in The Lancet Oncology, there is currently a “high demand” among refugees from Iraq and Syria for cancer treatment.And somebody has to pay to treat it.Currently, the onus is on the host countries of these refugees to find the money and the medicine to look after their new patients.In the first four months of 2013, Jordan’s Ministry of Health said it spent €53 million for medical care for refugees.The United Nations has recognised this system needs to change and has called for “innovative financing schemes to improve access to affordable high-quality cancer care for refugees”.It also wants better primary care – including screening for common cancers (colonoscopies and mammograms) – and the development of electronic web-based cancer registries to prevent interruption of treatment.Dr Paul Spiegel, the UNHCR Chief Medical Expert, has been examining data from funding applications made to the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee from refugees in Jordan and Syria whose cancer costs were likely to exceed $2,000 per year.He says the findings show that cancer is an important problem in refugee settings. They also highlight the immense costs that “national health systems and humanitarian organisations face when overwhelmed by massive influxes of refugees”.Between 2010 and 2012, the ECC assessed 1,989 applications for treatment, about 25 per cent of which were cancer related (breast and colorectal cancer being the most common).Around half (48%) of these cases were approved and funded. The main reasons for denied funding were a poor prognosis (43% of cases in 2011 and 31% in 2012) or that the treatment was too costly (25% in 2011).The average amount requested from the ECC for cancer treatment was $11,540 in 2011 and $5,151 in 2012, However, the amounts approved were substantially lower—$4,626 and $3,501 respectively.“The countries in the Middle East have welcomed millions of refugees, first from Iraq and then Syria. This massive influx has strained health systems at all levels,” explains Dr Spiegel.“Despite help from international organisations and donors to expand health facilities and pay for additional personnel and drugs, it has been insufficient. The burden has fallen disproportionately on the host countries to absorb the costs.”The problem is very different to other humanitarian crises seen in sub-Saharan Africa in past decades. There, infectious diseases and malnutrition were the priority.“In the 21st century, refugee situations are substantially longer and increasingly occur in middle-income countries where the levels of chronic diseases, including cancer, are higher,” continues Dr Spiegel.“Cancer diagnosis and care in humanitarian emergencies typifies a growing trend towards more costly chronic disease care, something that seems to have been overlooked, but is of increasing importance because the number of refugees is growing.”Since the Syrian conflict began over three years ago, about nine million people have fled their homes. About 2.5 million of them are in the country’s immediate neighbouring countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.Read: Terminally ill woman surprised with amazing flash mob from family and friendsMore: Teen who raised more than £3 million for cancer charity dies
“Can SYRIZA solve the crisis?” was the central question posed at a debate held last Tuesday in Melbourne. The session, co-hosted by the socialist group Solidarity and the New International Bookshop, featured guest speaker Petros Constantinou.Constantinou is an Athens councillor, a member of the leftist political party ANTARSYA (Antikapitalistiki Aristeri Synergasia gia tin Anatropi), and the national coordinator of the movement against fascism and racism in Greece. In light of the events which led up to the election of the SYRIZA government, Constantinou says we should not fail to see the big picture.“Practically, what happened on 25 January was really a political victory of the workers’ movement,” he says. “This was the outcome of at least five years of struggle and resistance against austerity measures, against racism, against fascism. In the last five years we’ve had more than 35 general strikes.” Constantinou concludes that the most important thing during this period was the collapse of the two dominant political parties – PASOK and New Democracy. Starting with a mere four per cent, SYRIZA came to power garnering more than 36 per cent of the vote in the last elections. Constantinou says the main reason people voted for SYRIZA was the hope that it would put an end to austerity. Even before the referendum on 5 July, he says, it was quite obvious that the government was moving towards a compromise with the international creditors. Despite the ‘NO’ vote rejecting the creditors’ demands by an overwhelming 61.3 per cent, this came as a shock to the European establishment, but SYRIZA failed to fulfil the mandate.“SYRIZA promised a program of reconstruction of the Greek economy within the EU and the eurozone, respecting the international agreements.”And that is where the question of the exit from the eurozone fits in, says Constantinou. “Greece cannot expect to revive in terms of its economy without the revival of the European economy, and the European economy is clearly static.“Without an exit from the EU, without a strategy confronting the banks, you cannot save your jobs, your salaries and pensions. It is that simple.” Constantinou stresses that ANTARSYA’s perspective is a strategy of rupture with the EU and is calling for a united front of workers, both in Greece and Europe.ANTARSYA was formed as an anti-capitalist coalition of leftist movements and political organisations in 2008.“When we argued for the debt to be cancelled in 2009, they said ‘you are lunatics’. When we argued for nationalising the banks they said the same. “When we argued against the EU and the euro, only the Communist Party and a very small part of SYRIZA said they agreed on that.”According to Constantinou, the referendum result came from pressure imposed to the Greek people that a ‘NO’ vote translates to an exit from the EU and the eurozone.“Now we are in this situation where the exit from the eurozone has been approved by the mass majority of the population,” claims Constantinou.He says that after SYRIZA’s turnaround, neither the government nor any political power that supported the ‘YES’ vote is expressing the people’s will, and the solution to the crisis lies in social struggle.“Either we force the government to nationalise by occupying, by striking, by demonstrating, or we lose the case.”Commenting on Greece’s plight in terms of the tsunami of migrants washing up on Greek shores, Constantinou says: “For those arguing that we cannot accept all these refugees because we are very poor, the answer comes from the people of Greece.“Greece’s GNP exceeds €200 billion, so there’s enough money for everybody. The real question is who controls the money? Even during this crisis the government spent half a million euros on new .”With 43 MPs either abstaining or voting against the new bailout agreement, Constantinou says that ANTARSYA would welcome the left wing of SYRIZA and any other forces wanting to join them.“ANTARSYA is here for the future,” he says. “We believe that a new process will start within the left front and we are very optimistic about the workers’ struggle.”This weekend Petros Constantinou will be guest speaker the ‘Keep Left’ 2015 conference being held at the University of Sydney www.solidarity.net.au/keepleft Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Pilule de 3e génération : le gouvernement avance la fin du remboursementMercredi, le ministère de la Santé a décidé d’avancer de 6 mois le déremboursement des pilules de troisième génération. La fin du remboursement interviendra dès le 31 mars prochain. Les pilules de 3e génération sont au coeur d’une vive polémique, suite à la plainte déposée par une jeune femme victime d’un AVC. Cette semaine, l’agence nationale de santé et du médicament (ANSM) a débuté des consultations avec ses prescripteurs afin de tenter de limiter l’utilisation de ces pilules contraceptives en raison des risques d’accident thrombo-embolique qu’elles entraînent. Ces pilules (présentes sur le marché depuis les années 90), ainsi que celles de 4ème génération, (plus récentes mais moins utilisées) sont prescrites à 1,5 million à 2 millions de femmes en France.Mais sans même d’attendre les résultats de la concertation, la ministre de la Santé, Marisol Tourraine, a décidé d’avancer de six mois la fin du remboursement de ces contraceptifs, utilisés à l’excès de l’aveu même de l’ANSM. Ainsi, le ministère “a pris la décision de mettre fin au remboursement des pilules contraceptives de 3ème génération dès le 31 mars 2013”. Ce déremboursement était déjà prévu mais ne devait initialement intervenir qu’au 30 septembre. “La période transitoire permettant aux femmes utilisant ces pilules d’adapter [ … ] leur mode de contraception, est réduite de six mois”, signale donc le ministère.Vers un retrait des pilules si l’utilisation ne baisse pas Marisol Touraine a par ailleurs demandé à l’ANSM “que la pilule de 2ème génération [qui présentent deux fois moins de risques d’entraîner un accident vasculaire cérébral] soit systématiquement privilégiée, sauf situations particulières”, et que “les pilules de 3ème et 4ème génération ne [soient] plus proposées en premier choix”. Une demande qui s’ajoute à celle de l’agence qui préconise de ne prescrire les pilules de dernière génération qu’en seconde intention. A l’heure actuelle, ces pilules sont prescrites à environ 50% des femmes qui prennent un contraceptif oral en France. Tandis que le directeur général de l’ANSM, Dominique Maraninchi, envisageait de limiter la prescription à certains spécialistes, le syndicat de médecins généralistes MG-France s’est élevé contre les “fausses solutions de type prescription réservée”. Néanmoins, l’ANSM pourrait aller “encore plus loin” en retirant du marché des pilules de 3e et 4e génération si leur consommation ne baisse pas aussi vite que le souhaite M. Maraninchi.”Il ne faut pas diaboliser la pilule”Tout ce tapage médiatique risque de brouiller le message, estiment certains professionnels. “Ce qui nous inquiète, c’est que l’on jette l’opprobre sur toutes les pilules [ … ] il ne faut pas diaboliser la pilule”, souligne Véronique Séhier, membre du bureau national du Planning familial. De même, l’ancienne présidente de la Fédération nationale des collèges de gynécologie médicale, le Dr Brigitte Letombe, regrette qu’”en secouant le spectre d’accidents thrombo-emboliques, on est en train de balayer la contraception”. À lire aussiContraception masculine : bientôt un bouton pour contrôler l’éjaculation ?Cette spécialiste signale d’ailleurs que les risques de thrombose artérielle (infarctus du myocarde ou AVC) sont les mêmes pour toutes les pilules oestroprogestatives. Ils dépendent essentiellement de facteurs de risques associés tels que la consommation de tabac, le surpoids ou le diabète, rappelle-t-elle. De plus, les risques de thrombose veineuse sont augmentés pour toutes les pilules, ils le sont simplement davantage encore avec les pilules de 3ème génération, “lorsqu’on est porteur de certaines mutations génétiques”. Ce risque reste en outre inférieur à celui que représente une grossesse, soulignent plusieurs spécialistes. Le 3 janvier 2013 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambert
The scope of the damage is not yet fully realized due to active fire suppression efforts. However, substantial damage to private homes, public facilities, and communications and utility lines are anticipated. The wildfires have damaged or destroyed an estimated 83 structures, resulted in mandatory evacuation of approximately 400 residents, and caused intermittent travel delays along the Sterling and Parks Highways and for rail traffic along the Alaska Railroad, according to the declaration. Residents and affected business owners will be notified of how and where they can apply for assistance in the upcoming days. Governor Dunleavy: “In a short amount of time, these wildfires have already cost dozens of Alaskan families everything they own. Many homes, personal belongings, and businesses are completely gone, and the disruption brought to their lives is unimaginable. This declaration frees up financial assistance to help the victims of these devastating fires begin to rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy on Friday issued a Disaster Declaration for the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough for impacts from the McKinley, Deshka Landing, and Swan Lake wildfires. The response to the wildfires has been hampered by conditions affecting the entire southcentral portion of the state, such as drought and record dry fuels, strong winds, and low humidity.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Gradual reduction of extreme danger from existing or new wildfires in some parts of Southcentral Alaska may be creating public confusion about what burning is allowed, and what is still prohibited, a state forestry official said on Friday. Due to the extremely dry conditions and ongoing fire activity in Southcentral Alaska, the Division of Forestry last week extended Alaska’s wildfire season from August 31 to September 30. That means people must have a burn permit to do any open debris burning or use a burn barrel through Sept. 30. The fire season and permit requirement normally expire Aug. 31. Tim Mowry, a spokesman for the Division of Forestry: “We appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to err on the side of caution when it comes to fire, given the summer’s unusually dry weather that’s led to destructive and disruptive wildfires. We want people to enjoy the outdoors, but also keep themselves and their neighbors safe.” There has been confusion in the public about “burn closures” versus “burn suspensions:”During a “burn closure,” all open burning – including all campfires and the use of charcoal grills – is prohibited.During a “burn suspension,” all permitted burning – including open debris (brush) burning and the use of burn barrels – is prohibited. But campfires under 3 feet in diameter with flame lengths less than 2 feet high are allowed, as is the use of charcoal grills. The Division of Forestry evaluates conditions on a daily basis to determine whether a burn suspension is warranted in a specific area, and posts that information on its burn permit webpage at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn under the link titled, “Are conditions OK to burn today?” While a burn closure for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs was rescinded as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, burn permit suspensions remain in effect in those two areas due to continuing high wildfire danger and persistently dry conditions. That means open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are prohibited, but the use of campfires and charcoal grills is allowed. Burn suspensions on the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Valley will likely remain in place until those areas receive substantial rain or snow. While the rain that fell in some parts of Southcentral Alaska dampened surface fuels, it has not been enough to penetrate the deep layers of the forest floor that remain extremely dry and susceptible to burning.
2 min read November 17, 2016 Google has teamed up with India’s Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to develop a toilet locator tool within Maps. The country has a pretty infamous toilet problem, with around 70 percent of households not having access to their own. According to Public Radio International, 60 percent of the 1.2 billion people in the nation still defecate and urinate in the open, leading to serious sanitation issues. Google and MoUD aim to tackle that dilemma by giving people the power to search for toilets within Maps by typing relevant words in English or in their native language, like “toilet,” “lavatory,” “swachhata” and “shulabh.” Maps will then show available toilets in the same way it shows hotels, restaurants and other establishments.A MoUD official told International Business Times that they’re relying on people to let other users know of a particular location’s condition. “The system being put in place relies heavily on crowdsourcing, with people’s feedback helping fuel it,” he said. If a toilet isn’t clean or if it’s already closed, “he or she can give it a bad review or rating.” The tool will be available in Delhi before November ends and will show not just public toilets, but also those in malls, gas stations, hospitals and other places anyone can go to. MoUD wants to expand the program to cover other urban areas, but that could take a while: the ministry doesn’t have a concrete plan or timeline yet. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Engadget Enroll Now for Free
Run the original Windows File Manager on modern Windows PCs by Martin Brinkmann on April 10, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: April 10, 2018 – 34 commentsMicrosoft released the source code and compiled builds of the original Windows File Manager and a modified version with additional functionality to the public recently.Introduced in Windows 3.0 the File Manager allowed Windows users to manage files more efficiently. It supported operations such as browsing, searching, copying, moving, executing, or deleting, and was the predecessor of Windows Explorer and File Explorer that Windows users use today on their machines.The NT version of File Manager supported network file management operations such as changing user or file permissions.Windows Explorer replaced the File Manager as the default file management tool on Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, but the classic program was still included.The original Windows File ManagerDo the following to run the classic File Manager for Windows right now:Head over to the releases page of the Win File Manager project on GitHub (it is an official Microsoft project).Download either WinFile v.10.0 or the Original Windows File Manager from the page.Extract the archive.Run the program.Microsoft created two different versions of the File Manager. The original version is close to the original while version 10.0 includes additional enhancements that make it more suitable for today.The original version of File Manager needed modifications to run on modern versions of Windows. It was a 16-bit application and Microsoft converted the source so that it works with Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017.The source compiles and runs on 64-bit versions of Windows and Microsoft had to make a handful of other changes to get the application to work properly. Internal API references had to be changed to public APIs, and a “few header files” needed to be added on top of that.The modified version of File Manager introduces features that most Windows users expect from a file manager.File Manager Plus supports drag & drop, changes keyboard shortcuts so that they map current functionality (e.g. Ctrl-C to copy and not to change drive), and better search functionality such as setting a date so that only newer results are returned.Is File Manager still a viable solution today?A question that needs to be addressed is whether File Manager is a viable replacement for Windows Explorer or File Explorer.While it is certainly possible to use the program for basic file management operations, I’d say it is not very suitable even though it does support most core features that Explorer supports.File Manager feels a bit clunky to use and it lacks features such as setting favorites or having direct access to all drives in a sidebar. Ultimately, it does not really offer anything that Windows Explorer does not support as well.Closing WordsFile Manager worked fine during tests on a Windows 10 Pro machine. It uses just a little bit of memory (15 Megabytes or so) while running and supports all key file operations.Microsoft released the source code of the application which, at least in theory, could lead to forks that introduce new functionality or change the Windows File Manager in other ways.It is definitely fun to play around with the classic manager and compare it to the current version of Windows Explorer to see all the things that changed in the past two or so decades.Now You: do you use Windows Explorer or another file manager?Related articlesApply custom colors to your Windows Explorer folders with Folder Colorizer 2How to disable tooltips in Windows Explorer (File Explorer)Remove Libraries, Network, Homegroup and other links from File ExplorerWindows 10: load the touch-optimized File ExplorerWindows 10: turn off ads in File ExplorerSummaryArticle NameRun the original Windows File ManagerDescriptionMicrosoft released the source code and compiled builds of the original Windows File Manager and a modified version with additional functionality to the public recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Nikkei’s chairman Tsuneo Kita said he wasn’t that familiar with the FT because his English isn’t fluent.“I don’t have the skill to read it but I do gaze upon it,” he said.The Nikkei newspaper dominates business coverage in Japan, with 3.16-million paid subscribers, of which 430,000 are online. The company also runs the Nikkei 225 index, a barometer for Japanese stocks similar to America’s Dow Jones Industrial Average.“Nikkei wanted to go global but they never succeeded in the way they wanted to succeed,” said Yoshikazu Mikami, a professor of media studies at Mejiro University in Tokyo. “If you want to be a global player you have to have global reach. The only option is to buy something that is global already.”The Japanese newspaper’s full name is the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, which means Japan Economic Newspaper, but it is almost universally called by its abbreviated name, just as the Financial Times is known as the FT.___AP Business Writer Yuri Kageyama contributed to this story.___Online: http://asia.nikkei.com/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home TOKYO (AP) — Nikkei Inc., the Japanese buyer of the Financial Times, pledged Friday to respect the culture of the London-based business daily, while also tapping its digital expertise and global reach.“The FT will remain the FT. Nikkei is Nikkei,” said Naotoshi Okada, the president and CEO of Nikkei Inc., which publishes a namesake newspaper that’s the top business daily in Japan. “The editorial cultures of each will be respected. If there are any problems, we will talk them out.” 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments Share Like many Japanese companies, Nikkei is looking overseas for growth in the face of a stagnant economy and shrinking population at home, a move accelerated for the 139-year-old business newspaper by the globalization of media and competitive pressures as readers shift online.The surprise announcement Thursday that Tokyo-based Nikkei would buy the Financial Times for $1.3 billion from Pearson PLC could jump-start Nikkei’s overseas push, if it is able to realize synergies between two of the world’s leading financial publications.Okada said the purchase fits in with Nikkei’s strategy of beefing up its overseas coverage, especially in Asia.Nikkei launched a new English-language website and weekly magazine in late 2013 in a bid to become a purveyor of Asian news for business readers globally. It also opened an editorial headquarters in Bangkok to boost its coverage of Southeast Asia.“Up to now we have focused on relaying Japanese news for Japanese readers,” Okada said at a news conference at a Tokyo hotel. With Japanese companies expanding in Asia, “we cannot respond to readers’ demands with only coverage of Japan.”He also said the Financial Times has a more advanced digital infrastructure than Nikkei, which is trying to grow its online presence. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Best Western breaks ground on cutting-edge hotel in BangkokBest Western breaks ground on cutting-edge hotel in BangkokBest Western® Hotels & Resorts has celebrated the start of construction of the first trendy Vīb® Hotel in Bangkok.The company held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new property on November 10 2016, in the up-and-coming area of Sanampao, North Bangkok, close to the BTS Skytrain network.Best Western first unveiled its cutting-edge Vīb concept in 2015, promising social engagement, integrated technology and consistent service for today’s connected traveler. Vīb Bangkok Sanampao represents a new era of Best Western hotels in Thailand, and in Asia.Vīb Bangkok Sanampao is being developed by the same company that owns the recently-opened Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel, which is also located in North Bangkok. The new-build Vīb hotel is scheduled to open in late 2017.“We are delighted to be partnering with the owner of Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel once again for another exciting hotel in Bangkok,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations for Asia. “Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel has been a great success since it opened earlier this year, and I am confident that Vīb Bangkok Sanampao will be similarly popular with guests.With its ultra-modern design, state-of-the-art amenities and bright, vibrant social spaces, Vīb Bangkok Sanampao will resonate with Asia’s new generation of travelers. We look forward to introducing this exciting new concept to Thailand in late 2017,” Mr. Berrivin added.Just a few steps away from BTS station, Vīb Bangkok Sanampao will feature a total of 89 modern, functional rooms, all equipped with international power outlets, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.As per the Vīb brand concept, the hotel will feature a social lobby area with free Wi-Fi, “grab-n-go” snack stations, a fitness center and more.Vīb Bangkok Sanampao will join Best Western’s growing portfolio in Thailand, which currently includes hotels in Bangkok, Phuket and Buriram. The company will also enter a series of new markets in the coming years, including Pattaya, Hua Hin and Krabi, as well as adding more hotels in Bangkok. Best Western Hotels & Resortsbook your accommodation hereAbout Best Western Hotels & Resorts Best Western® Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,100* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers seven hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, BW Premier Collection® and GLōSM. Now celebrating 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 26 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including Business Travel News naming Best Western as the best midscale hotel brand in 2014 and Best Western Plus as the best upper mid-price hotel brand in 2014 and 2015, four consecutive Compuware Best of the Web gold awards for best hotel website, and seven consecutive AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year awards. Nearly 60 percent of Best Western branded hotels earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in 2015.* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline. Source = Best Western Hotels and Resorts – Asia
Fed Rate Increase Questionable Among Recent Stock Market Losses The performance of the stock market Monday morning brought about some anxiety among big U.S. businesses and other stakeholders while the Dow Jones dropped by 1,000 points and spent the rest of the day fighting its way back toward the break-even point.The morning started with an 8.5 percent drop in China’s Shanghai Composite Index, which erased all the gains made by the world’s second-largest economy so far in 2015. At 9:30 a.m., the Dow Jones began its 1,000-point drop from 16,459 points down to 15,454, which was completed in just 10 minutes. It closed Monday down 588 points, a decline of about 3.57 percent.”The interesting near-term impact is on the Fed’s September decision to raise rates or not. Market sentiment was split roughly even before this event. Today it’s tilting toward no action in September.”For many, the Dow Jones’ steep decline on Monday removed any doubt as to whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, which have been at or near zero for seven years. Prior to Monday, many pundits predicted that the country’s economy had experienced the growth needed for the Fed to raise the rates; now, they’re not so sure.”The real effect—if any—from the stock market volatility of the last few days won’t occur for a while,” said Sean Becketti, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac. “It will take time for investors to analyze the depth of the economic weakness in China, the effectiveness of the Chinese government’s responses, and the ultimate impact on various sectors of the U.S. economy. The interesting near-term impact is on the Fed’s September decision to raise rates or not. Market sentiment was split roughly even before this event. Today it’s tilting toward no action in September.”Former Director of the National Economic Council and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury Lawrence H. Summers expressed similar sentiments through Twitter. Summers tweeted on Monday based on what happened with the stock market that he believes this is “no time for an interest rate hike” and that “raising rates threaten Fed’s major objectives—price stability, full employment, financial stability.”Summers also hinted that Monday’s activity may be a sign of tumult ahead, since both the Dow Jones and Nasdaq are considered to be in “correction” mode for the first time since in four years after experiencing steep declines on Friday, August 21 (Dow Jones fell 531 points and Nasdaq dropped by 6.8 percent).”As in August 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008 we could be in the early stage of a very serious situation,” Summers tweeted.One economist was not surprised by Monday’s turbulent stock market activity, however.”I think we’ve been expecting a correction in the markets for some time now so it’s not totally surprising,” Trulia Chief Economist Selma Hepp said. “We may expect some of the liquidity seeking refuge in the U.S. commercial real estate and mortgage securities, much less in the residential real estate. On the other hand, however, we will continue to see low mortgage rates as a result of more money going into treasuries.”Click here for updates on the S&P Dow Jones Indices.Click here for updates on the Nasdaq Index. Dow Jones Interest rates Nasdaq Index S&P Dow Jones Indices Stock Market 2015-08-24 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share August 24, 2015 653 Views
Go back to the e-newsletter >Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a multi-million dollar integrated global marketing campaign for the Hyatt Regency brand. “It’s Good Not to Be Home,” the largest campaign in Hyatt Regency’s nearly 50-year history, celebrates ways Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts helps its guests make the most of being away. This goes against the assumption that guests are always looking for a home away from home while travelling.“We heard loud and clear from travellers around the world that while it is good to be home, there is an inherent freedom in travelling and breaking from routine, making new connections and experiencing new things,” said Sandra Cordova Micek, senior vice president global brands, Hyatt. “This campaign lets travellers know that we not only understand, we agree. That’s why we are celebrating the simple human truths about travel that sometimes being away from home can actually be good. The Hyatt Regency brand gives guests everything they need in one place – fantastic hotels and resorts around the world, caring staff, excellent food, and the list goes on.”The Hyatt Regency brand worked with advertising agency Pereira & O’Dell on the global marketing campaign, which is aimed at both consumers and meeting planners. The integrated marketing campaign includes TV, social, digital, out of home and print media, a surprise and delight program, in-hotel activations and conference take-overs that will continue to roll out through October and November.“The best creative work happens when we are in tune with the consumer. We believe that the insight that sometimes ‘it’s good not to be home’ will not only resonate, it will help a well established brand break through in a sea of ‘home away from home’ messages in the category,” said PJ Pereira, founder and chief creative officer, Pereira & O’Dell. “The Hyatt Regency brand does a ton of research and prototyping to innovate and evolve the guest experience. We’re excited to work with the brand to help tell its story.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSotheby’s Hong Kong landmark sale of treasures direct from the legendary Château Lafite concluded this evening with a staggering total of HK$65.5 million / US$8.4 million, tripling the pre-sale high estimate of HK$20 million / US$2.5 million. The sale was 100% sold by value and by lot, adding to the success of Sotheby’s Hong Kong in maintaining the tenth consecutive 100%-sold wine auction in Asia in the last 18 months, the only auction house to achieve this record.Buying from Asia was extremely strong in this sale with very competitive bidding. The parcel of three bottles of Lafite 1869 fetched a stunning total of HK$5,445,000 / US$698,076.The sale featured 284 lots of fabulous Lafite, as well as the other châteaux owned by Domaines Baron de Rothschild, all with direct-from-the-cellar perfect provenance. Prior to being shipped to Hong Kong, none of these wines have left the cellars in which they were placed immediately after being made.Baron Eric de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite, said: “I am delighted that this unique auction brought Lafite to so many true connoisseurs and wine lovers. Our aim was to open our cellar doors to the friends of Château Lafite in Asia so that they could enjoy fabulous vintages in the best possible condition. We are very happy that Sotheby’s took Lafite to new heights with this sale and we toast all those followers of Lafite who appreciate the passion with which we make it.”Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Head of Sotheby’s International Wine Department said: “It was an honour to bring to auction this glorious, and unrepeatable, collection of Château Lafite, direct from their cellars in Bordeaux. The great success of this sale further enhances Lafite’s formidable reputation in Asia, which recognizes the enormous skill it takes to make a wine of this longevity and quality. Wine history was made today.”Highlights of the Sale: • Lot 188, 189, 190 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1869 (1 bottle) Price: HK$1,815,000 / US$232,692 (Estimate: HK$40,000-65,000 / US$5,000-8,000)• Lot 186 and 187 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1870 (1 bottle) Price: HK$1,331,000 / US$170,641 (Estimate: HK$80,000-160,000 / US$10,000-20,000)• Lot 167 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1959 (1 jeroboam-5L) Price: HK$1,331,000 / US$170,641 (Estimate: HK$240,000-400,000 / US$30,000-50,000)• Lot 183 and 184 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1899 (1 bottle) Price: HK$1,210,000 / US$155,128 (Estimate: HK$40,000-65,000 / US$5,000-8,000)• Lot 133 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1982 (1 imperial – 6L) Price: HK$1,149,500 / US$147,372 (Estimate: HK$200,000-420,000 / US$25,000-55,000)• Lot 129 to 130 Château Lafite – Rothschild 1982 (12 bottles) Price: HK$1,028,500 / US$131,859 (Estimate: HK$280,000-500,000 / US$35,000-65,000)