17 developing countries receive UN grants to battle violence against women

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) which administers the Fund, said the problem of gender-based violence “only deepens with war.” In all, 17 groups in developing countries will receive the latest grants including community leaders in the DRC who will be trained to address the communal impact of violence against women. In the Southern Sudan the capacity to document the war’s impact on women will be enhanced and used to influence post-conflict reconstruction, and ensure better access for women to services and training to participate in peace processes. In the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, medical practitioners and health care workers will develop a Code of Ethics for assistance to survivors of violence while government officials in Georgia and Azerbaijan will receive training to promote the use of violence prevention and prosecution mechanisms at institutional and policy levels. In Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, research and investigation into the scale of gender-based violence will be used to influence reform of legislation and public policies, and encourage greater collective action to end impunity. The Fund, a unique multilateral mechanism established by the UN General Assembly in 1996, has granted $8.3 million to 175 initiatives in 96 countries since then. Demand continues to outstrip supply. UNIFEM has received up to $17.5 million in requests, with only about $1 million to give out each year. “For every project funded, there are at least 10 turned away,” Ms. Heyzer said. “Our biggest obstacle is not a lack of ideas. It is a lack of resources.” read more

TSX slips on lower commodity prices US retail sales power advance in

TSX slips on lower commodity prices; U.S. retail sales power advance in New York TORONTO – The Toronto stock market turned lower Thursday amid falling commodity prices and a warning by the Bank of Canada about ongoing risks to the economy as a result of low oil prices and high debt levels.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 58.16 points at 14,830.88, while the loonie retreated 0.08 of a U.S. cent to 81.47 cents.On the commodity markets, the July crude contract closed down 66 cents at US$60.77 a barrel, while the August gold contract fell $6.20 to US$1,180.40 an ounce.American markets were modestly higher after major gains Wednesday that saw the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average shoot up more than 230 points.Enthusiasm in New York was helped by a report from the U.S. Commerce Department showing shoppers returned to stores in a big way in May, with retail sales rising a seasonally adjusted 1.2 per cent last month after a 0.2 per cent gain in April.The Dow added 38.97 points to 18,039.37, while the Nasdaq advanced 5.82 points to 5,082.51 and the S&P 500 gained 3.66 points to 2,108.86.“I think the main data point for the day globally was basically U.S. consumer sales, retail sales,” said Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.Although many economists pointed to the breadth of uptick in consumer spending, Blais said he felt it was just the fact that the overall gain came in line with expectations.“I think there has been a lot of confusion in the marketplace where the U.S. economy stood,” as a result of the weak start to the year, he said.Now, with retail sales added to last week’s strong employment numbers, it’s giving investors confidence. “The assumption that the U.S. economy can continue to gain traction is coming back to the forefront,” Blais said.That has some economists predicting U.S. gross domestic product will come in better than expected in the April-June quarter.“I think the estimates are sort of in the mid-twos,” Blais said.In Ottawa, the Bank of Canada said in its latest financial system review that the oil slump on its own is unlikely to set off considerable systemic stress and that the probability of a severe recession remains low.But it warned that the weakness caused by cheaper crude has put the Canadian system more at risk to any event that would lead to widespread job losses and falling incomes. Part of the risk to the system is historically high debt levels in Canada.Blais said the warning came as no surprise, adding that the central bank wants to see “some normalization when it comes to credit formation, housing prices, borrowing trends.”“I don’t think there is any need to panic but I do think the Bank of Canada is using messaging to encourage some normalization within balance sheets as well as asset levels. The last thing they want to do is actually have to use interest rates or other measures to try to contain the risks.” by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2015 7:13 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Aug. 24-30 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 1:27 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 24-30. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.34 million.2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.53 million.3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 8.46 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.39 million.5. “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC, 8.18 million.6. Exhibition Football: Arizona vs. Oakland, NBC, 7.51 million.7. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.25 million.8. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.73 million.9. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.46 million.10. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.37 million.11. “Zoo,” CBS, 6.18 million.12. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 5.83 million.13. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 5.67 million.14. “Mom,” CBS, 5.65 million.15. “Bachelor in Paradise,” ABC, 5.58 million.16. “Dateline NBC Mystery,” NBC, 5.54 million.17. “NFL Post-Game Show,” Fox, 5.47 million.18. “NFL Pre-Game Show,” NBC, 5.43 million.19. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.31 million.20. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.07 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. read more

SNL World Exploration Trends report sees market continue to struggle

first_imgThe latest World Exploration Trends report from SNL Metals & Mining, a group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, reveals that the global exploration sector continues to struggle against strong market headwinds. Key findings of the report include a 19% decline in worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets in 2015 compared with the previous year, as well as the lowering of the sector’s aggregate market capitalisation to levels not seen since early 2009.The mining industry’s estimated total budget for nonferrous metals exploration in 2015 was $9.2 billion, less than half the record $21.5 billion budgeted in 2012. An increasing number of junior companies are moving out of the sector by seeking opportunities in non-mining industries. As any future upward shift in market sentiment towards metals and mining is likely to be gradual and uneven, it could be some time before the juniors derive any practical benefit from an eventual upturn.Despite the troubles facing the junior sector, the number of active projects with drilling activity has remained stable over the past two years, with significant drill results remaining well above the levels reported in 2008-2009. Over the past 15 years exploration budgets have been shifting away from the grassroots work upon which new discoveries largely depend. With risk aversion continuing to plague the sector, companies are focusing their exploration activity on existing or developing mines to ensure an adequate level of reserves to support production.Early indications suggest that 2016 is unlikely to produce a rebound for the exploration sector; the research therefore projects about a 15% decline in exploration budgets for the year.last_img read more

MORE THAN HANDBALL PolishHungarian handball friendship

← Previous Story Ivano Balic extends contract with HSG Wetzlar! Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE: France and Denmark win! friendshiphandballhandball tvveszprem wisla fansWisla TV Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem beat Polish Orlen Wisla Plock at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase last weekend, but one match in which all were the winners at the end was this one among the fans of two teams. WISLA TV made a story about fans friendship of these two teams…

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3269406 1 Comment Mar 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM Mike Pence Source: Andrew Harnik#ROD STEWART: The Scottish singer has apologised for staging a ‘mock beheading’.#POLAND: A Polish MEP has said that ‘women must earn less than men because they’re weaker, smaller, and less intelligent’.#FINE FOR ME: US Vice President Mike Pence used a private email (and was hacked) while Governor of Indiana.PARTING SHOT Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeShe was right. Historian Catherine Corless speaks about the day when her research into the history of the Tuam mother and baby home was proven correct. Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Mother and Baby Homes Commission finds children’s remains at Tuam site – it’s the Fix. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A memorial at the site of the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway Source: RollingNews.ieThe remains of young children and babies have been found in sewage chambers at a Tuam mother and baby home. The nuns who ran the home had no comment on the revelations. Meanwhile, this is how amateur historian Catherine Corless uncovered what happened at the home.Sinn Féin is faring very well in the Northern Assembly elections.The Bus Éireann strike planned for next Monday has been called off.€1 million is on the line as a Lotto winner has failed to claim the prize.Maurice McCabe has filed a lawsuit against Tusla and the HSE over a false sexual abuse claim.Vera Twomey has reached Kilkenny while battling tonsillitis on her cross-Ireland walk in aid of her daughter Ava.Just 28% of Irish people are in favour of abortion as an option in Ireland.The weekend weather forecast is pretty miserable.INTERNATIONAL Share Tweet Email Short URL 11,616 Views Get our daily news round up: By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

16000 travellers stranded after massive volcanic eruption in Bali

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4098566 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 29th 2018, 8:27 AM Friday 29 Jun 2018, 8:27 AM 16,000 travellers stranded after massive volcanic eruption in Bali Mount Agung last erupted in November. Bali’s economy has taken a pounding over the chaos caused by the volcano. By AFP 32,150 Views Tourists wait at Ngurah Rai International Airport during the eruption Source: Firdia Lisnawati/PA ImagesTHOUSANDS OF TOURISTS have been stranded as Bali shuttered its international airport following a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island that shot a thick plume of ash and smoke thousands of metres into the sky, officials said.The early morning closure of Ngurah Rai airport sparked the cancellation of nearly 280 flights to and from the tropical paradise with some 15,700 passengers affected, according to revised figures from an airport spokesman.The initial numbers given were nearly 450 flights cancelled and 75,000 travellers affected. The spokesman did not give a reason for the dramatic revision.A striking orange-red glow could be seen at the top of Mount Agung’s crater after it shot smoke and ash some 2,000 metres into the sky yesterday evening.The airport was closed early this morning after a pilot flying overhead detected traces of volcanic ash as high as 23,000 feet. Mount Agung’s crater glows red during yesterday’s eruption Source: AP/PA ImagesAshAsh is dangerous for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.Bali’s main international gateway will be closed until at least this evening, according to officials, who added that two other domestic airports were also shut.The fresh activity threatens to create travel chaos after an Agung eruption in November stranded thousands and pounded Bali’s lucrative tourism industry and wider economy.Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year’s eruption.The volcano is about 75 kilometres from Bali’s tourist hub in Kuta.Australian visitor Rod Bird came early to the airport only to be told his flight back to Perth had been cancelled for the second time.An earlier flight on AirAsia was called off before the airport was shuttered early this morning.“They told us the volcano is going off so they rebooked us for this morning and we got here at 5am only to be turned away again. So we’ve had two cancelled flights,” Bird told AFP.“Well it’s Bali, these things happen and we are fine with it. We just miss the kids,” he added.StrandedThousands were stranded at the airport or area hotels today, but it was not immediately clear how many tourists were unable to leave the island.Despite the eruption, Agung’s status remained on alert status, the second highest danger warning.There is a four-kilometre (2.5 mile) no-go zone around Agung’s peak.Bali’s governor said officials were working on getting visitors on their way.“We will try our best to find a solution so all visitors can continue their trip,” Made Mangku Pastika said.Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life last year.Its last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.Indonesia is the world’s most active volcanic region and lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activities.© – AFP, 2018 20 Comments Share541 Tweet Email10 last_img read more

Gun violence concerns discussed at MDC Kendall town hall

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – People from across South Florida voiced their concerns in the wake of the Parkland school shooting at a town hall meeting held at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus, Sunday evening.Attendees met with local leaders and state lawmakers, including Florida Sen. Annette Taddeo, who hosted the event alongside Miami-Dade School Board member Lubby Navarro.“I want people to know that, not just as a senator, but as a mom, I am making sure that we do everything in our power to keep our kids safe,” said Taddeo.The lawmaker also called for a ban on assault weapons.“Yes, there’s mental health. Yes, there is security. There’s all kinds of issues, but the one common denominator is assault weapons and the AR-15 [rifle],” she said. “We should be banning those, and we are going to continue to fight.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

COMING TO THE SHRINERS Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association is holding its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10am to 2pm, at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.The parade will start at Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and travel through North Reading and Wilmington ending at the Shriners Auditorium. Flea market vendors will be setup inside along with hand drawn apparatus and model builders.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Antique Fire Engine Parade Held In WilmingtonIn “Fire Apparatus Parade”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show How an SMS got Shakti Kapoor in trouble with

first_imgShakti Kapoor on The Kapil Sharma ShowTwitterIf there’s any actor in Bollywood who would make you roll on the floor laughing with his crazy wild stories, it is none other than Shakti Kapoor, a villain who became the rhythm of heartbeat to millions. And if you invite him to The Kapil Sharma Show, he will shed all his inhibitions to spill out some of the mad incidents of his life on the table.Recalling one such mad but funny incident to Kapil Sharma, Shakti Kapoor, who appeared on the show with his sister-in-law and actress Padmini Kolhapure, revealed how he had gotten into trouble with his wife Shivangi Kolhapure because of a typographical error (Typo) while sending an SMS.”I had bought a small house in Goa and I was looking after the interiors while my wife was in Mumbai at that time. This SMS is a very bad thing. One spelling mistake can make your life a living hell. I messaged her that “I am having a super time. I wish you were her.” I had forgottne to put the last ‘e’,” Shakti Kapoor said on The Kapil Sharma Show.Shakti Kapoor further went on to list the number of problems associated with mobile phones adding that people of his generation were very happy since phones didn’t exist during that time.He said, “Sometimes what happens is that you are supposed to send a message to someone but you send it to another person. Nowadays you have an option to delete the message that you had accidentally sent but most of time it doesn’t work. You keep playing with it on your phone like anything. We people were really happy when there were no mobile phones. Trust me, it has ruined by life.”Meanwhile, The Kapil Sharma Show has been struggling to get back on the list of top 10 TV shows because of the falling TRPs.last_img read more

JK developments Trade ban will hurt Pakistani traders more than Indians

first_imgThe Attari-Wagah border is the most important land crossing between India and Pakistan. The suspension of bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries by Islamabad will hit Pakistani traders and farmers more than Indians, reports indicate. ReutersPakistan’s decision to snap off trade ties with India over the New Delhi’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir will hurt Pakistani traders more than it will affect Indians, according to trade observers. Apart from the sizes of the two economies, the liberal trade environment that Pakistani traders enjoyed until recently by way of the most favoured nation (MFN) is also a factor that could cause more pain to business from across the border.India’s exported goods worth $452.5 million to Pakistan in the first quarter of 2019-20 financial year and the imports totalled $7.13 million, a report in the Economic Times says. In FY19, the total exports to Pakistan amounted to $2.06 billion, while imports were $495 million.India has low dependence on exports to the neighbouring countries including Pakistan, Indian officials point out, according to media reports. India’s $2.72-trillion economy is said to be in a better position to absorb regional trade shocks better than Pakistan’s economy estimated at $288 billion.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Islamabad is breaking off trade ties with India to protest India’s action of changing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by partly abrogating Article 370 and Article 35a of the Constitution. Pakistani exporters had been hit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s withdrawal of the MFN status to Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack. The stoppage of all bilateral trade will deal a fatal blow to many export houses in Pakistan that have an India-centric trade strategy.Indian traders will still have the option to access the Pakistani market indirectly through the United Arab Emirates where a lot of unaccounted trade happens through Dubai. On the other hand, India does not import much other than petroleum products from the Middle East, denying Pakistan traders an alternative route. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in one of the rare one-to-one meetings. Khan’s decision to snap bilateral diplomatic and trade ties will have a symbolic effect.MEAWhile the ban on cross-border trade will hit the traders, it could also affect the people of Pakistan even more. The ban could push up the price of many essential commodities and pharmaceutical products in Pakistan.The nature of products imported by India and Pakistan also indicates a higher human cost for the latter. Imports to India from Pakistan are mostly agricultural produce that has a direct impact on the lives of the small and marginal farmers of Pakistan. Pakistan imports mostly steel, heavy machinery and pharmaceuticals products whose makers are industrial houses with more staying power and wherewithal to find alternative markets. Indian exports also include organic chemicals, cotton, plastics, and dyes.”Trade was practically closed for some time. So, there will be no impact especially on agricultural products,” the report quotes an unidentified official. “The suspension of trade relations will hit Pakistan more as our exports to them have a very limited profile because they did not give us MFN status and violated global trade rules,” the report quoted Ajay Sahai, director general, Federation of Indian Export Organisations, as saying. Sahai explained that such goods have a ready market in South Asia and the Middle East, which will enable India to divert such exports immediately without much cost.”This is a unilateral move and a unilateral loss,” Mohit Singla, Chairman, Trade Promotion Council of India, said. However, Sahai added that shipments in the pipeline will take a hit and it is not clear whether the goods in transit or lying at the ports would be recalled in such a deteriorating situation, the report added.last_img read more

US Student Freed By North Korea In A Coma Has Died At

first_img Share @CBSNews TwitterOtto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon. He was 22. The family announced his death in a statement released by UC Health Systems, saying, “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.” The family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treating him but said, “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.” They said they were choosing to focus on the time they were given with their “warm, engaging, brilliant” son instead of focusing on what they had lost. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner. The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated from North Korea last week. Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn’t clear what caused it. Parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier told The Associated Press in a statement the day of his release that they wanted “the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime ” and expressed relief he had been returned to “finally be with people who love him.” He was taken by Medivac to Cincinnati, where he grew up in suburban Wyoming. He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at the highly rated high school, and was on the soccer team among other activities. Ohio’s U.S. senators sharply criticized North Korea soon after his release. Republican Sen. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area said North Korea should be “universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior.” Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland said the country’s “despicable actions … must be condemned.” Portman added that the Warmbiers have “had to endure more than any family should have to bear.” Three Americans remain held in North Korea. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government. At the time of Warmbier’s release, a White House official said Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy on North Korea, had met with North Korean foreign ministry representatives in Norway the previous month. Such direct consultations between the two governments are rare because they don’t have formal diplomatic relations. At the meeting, North Korea agreed that Swedish diplomats could visit all four American detainees. Yun learned about Warmbier’s condition in a meeting a week before the release the North Korean ambassador at the U.N. in New York. Yunthen dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier June 12 with two doctors and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.last_img read more

Biker group joins hands with Kolkata Police to spread message of Safe

first_imgKolkata: “Riders And World”, a group of motorcycle riders organised a Safe Drive, Save Life bike rally from Shyambazar to Queens Way, Victoria Memorial Hall, in collaboration with Kolkata Police on Sunday.The awareness campaign was launched as the number of motorcycle accidents is on the rise in Kolkata and its adjoining areas, during monsoon. A 22-year-old management student was killed, when the premium bike he was riding met with a fatal accident on Sunday in Charu Market. As the roads are slushy, a different riding technique is required during monsoon as grip levels from tires are compromised. But there are motorcycle riders who have a tendency to accelerate even on wet roads, which often results in fatal accidents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPamphlets to make people aware of safe riding techniques during monsoon were distributed among two-wheeler riders at Bowbazar, Esplanade and Shyambazar crossings. The group handed over a memento as a token of appreciation for their daily support on the road to Kolkata Traffic Police personnel at Victoria Memorial. Inspector Pijush Sadhukan received the memento on behalf of Kolkata Traffic Police and appreciated the campaign of the riding group. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBollywood star Raja Murad made a surprise appearance at the end of the rally. He met the riders and appreciated them for their campaign at Queens Way, Victoria Memorial. Subhojit Dutta, the founder of the group, stated that Riders And World is trying to promote motorcycle tourism and also working for other social causes. The group has already done a health checkup camp for street children, in association with Medical Bank and Indian Dental Association. Dutta said: “Safe Drive Save Life is a very crucial campaign for us as we have seen many road accidents in recent days. We can avoid meeting with such accidents if we take certain precautions while riding motorcycles and be adequately careful. We have already distributed pamphlets to make people aware of the dos and don’ts in this regard, in three major crossings during the rally.”last_img read more

City of Joy witnesses first Norwester of 2019 train flight services hit

first_imgKolkata: With the weather taking a sudden turn for the worse without warning, the City of Joy witnessed the first Nor’wester of the season on Friday afternoon. Due to the sudden storm and rain, train services were disrupted in the Howrah and Sealdah divisions. Flight services were also suspended for almost half-an-hour due to the storm at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport.According to the Alipore weather office, thundershower is likely to occur on Saturday in Sikkim, Jharkhand, Odisha, Darjeeling and Kalimpong of Sub-Himalayan Bengal, along with East and West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and Jhargram of Gangetic Bengal. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOther districts across the state may witness dry weather. The temperature may increase during day by 2-¬3 degree Celsius during the next few days. On Saturday, Kolkata may witness light rain or thundershower accompanied gusty winds. The maximum and minimum temperature will be around 35 degree and 23 degree Celsius. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperature was 34.6 degree Celsius which was normal and 25.3 degree Celsius which was 2 degree above normal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDue to the sudden Nor’wester on Friday afternoon, train services were hampered in both Howrah and Sealdah sections. In several places of the Sealdah South section, trees got uprooted and fell on the overhead electric wires, suspending train services. Several local and long distance trains commenced late from Sealdah. Apart from train services, flight operation at the NSCBI Airport in Kolkata was also suspended for almost half an hour due to the gusty winds and storm. Traffic across the city also got affected due to the storm as it almost came to a hault, resulting in huge congestion. Following the storm, thundershower also affected traffic movement. In some parts of the city, vehicular movement slowed down to a crawl due to waterlogging. According to police report, traffic movement was very slow on Strand Road and M G Road due to waterlogging. Reports of waterlogging were also received from Sealdah, Judges Court Road and Diamond Harbour Road. Vehicular movement was disrupted in front of Writers’ Buildings after a huge tree got uprooted and blocked the road completely. Kolkata Police and its Disaster Management Group (DMG) managed to clear the road by cutting the tree within a few hours. Trees were uprooted in 11 more places across the city, as per police report. An uprooted tree fell on the empty vehicle of the Additional OC of Muchipara police station, which was parked outside the police station. No one was injured in the incident. Apart from Kolkata, Gangetic districts such as Howrah, Hooghly, Bankura and Burdwan also witnessed storm and thundershower on Friday afternoon. Two firefighters at Budbud in East Burdwan died after being struck by lightning. Another person also died in a lightning strike at Manteswar in East Burdwan district. Hailstorm took place in some parts of Hooghly and South 24-Parganas.last_img read more

Save water drive for New Town residents

first_imgKolkata: The residents of New Town will take a pledge to conserve water on July 12.Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDC), New Town Kolkata Development Authority ( NKDA) and Nabadiganta Industrial Development Authority ( NDITA) will arrange programmes in their respective areas to create awareness on water conservation. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take part in a walk from Jorasanko to Mayo Road on July 12 to create awareness on water conservation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThere will be sit-and-draw competition and essay competition on water conservation in which children and youths will participate. There will be a slogan completion at New Town Business Club. The residents have been contacted to take up the matter and give suggestions to the government agencies. Rallies will be taken out from Kolkata Gate, New Town Business Club and Gate number I and II of Eco Park. The rallies will converge at gate number II of Eco Park where a meeting will be held. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHIDCO will tell the residents what steps it has taken so far to conserve water. It has conserved 30 gallons of water per day by recycling sewer water which is used to water road side gardens. In Café Ekante, no I litre drinking water bottles will be given to the guests. Instead of 500 ml and 200 ml will be given to the guests as a part of the water conservation measures. The guests who will ask for tap water will be given half glass water and the refilling will be done on request as it is often seen that the guests who come for lunch or dinner often waste water. The residents will take a pledge at the meeting not to waste water and create awareness among others to do the samelast_img read more

Mandrill email API outage unresolved leaving users frustrated

first_imgAt the beginning of this week, Mandrill, a transactional email API for MailChimp users, experienced an outage where users were able to send but were unable to receive emails. The Madrill community also tweeted stating that they were also seeing ongoing errors with scheduled mail and webhooks and would resolve the issue soon. Sebastian Lauwers, the VP of Engineering at Dixa, a customer service software tweeted that the issue took too long to resolve. He also asked for the reason why Mandrill was taking so long–nearly 23 hours–to sort the issue. Today, one of the users with the username GuyPostington posted an email received from Mandrill, on HackerNews. The email explains the reason for Mandrill’s outage and how they will be addressing the issue. Mandrill uses a sharded Postgres setup as one of their main datastores. According to the email, “On Sunday, February 3, at 10:30 pm EST, 1 of our 5 physical Postgres instances saw a significant spike in writes. The spike in writes triggered a Transaction ID Wraparound issue. When this occurs, database activity is completely halted. The database sets itself in read-only mode until offline maintenance (known as vacuuming) can occur.” They have also tweeted the same They further mentioned that the database is large due to which the vacuum process takes a significant amount of time and resources, and there’s no clear way to track progress. To address this issue, the community writes, “We don’t have an estimated time for when the vacuum process and cleanup work will be complete. While we have a parallel set of tasks going to try to get the database back in working order, these efforts are also slow and difficult with a database of this size. We’re trying everything we can to finish this process as quickly as possible, but this could take several days, or longer.” The email also states that once the outage is resolved, the community plans to offer refunds to all the affected users. To know about this news in detail, visit Mandrill’s Tweet thread. Read Next Microsoft Cloud services’ DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database records Internet Outage or Internet Manipulation? New America lists government interference, DDoS attacks as top reasons for Internet Outages across the world Outage in the Microsoft 365 and Gmail made users unable to log into their accountslast_img read more

US Homeownership Sinks to 644

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News U.S. Homeownership Sinks to 64.4% Capital Economics Census Bureau Homeownership Rate National Association of Realtors 2014-10-28 Tory Barringer October 28, 2014 535 Views center_img The national homeownership rate dropped to a new 19-year low in the third quarter, sinking further as more Americans opted to rent rather than purchase a home.According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the homeownership rate last quarter fell to 64.4 percent, down 0.3 percentage points from Q2 and nearly a full percentage point from the same quarter last year.The last time homeownership in the country was this low was in the first quarter of 1995, when the national rate was 64.2 percent and rising. Except for minor bumps from time to time, the U.S. homeownership rate has fallen steadily throughout the housing crisis and recovery.Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics, said homeownership is likely to keep slipping.”Our long-held position is that the homeownership rate will bottom out at 64 percent,” he said, adding, “That said, tentative signs that cash-buyers and investors are starting to back away at the same time as first-time buyers are becoming more active mean that the floor for the homeownership rate is within sight.”As of September, first-time homebuyers have accounted for about 29 percent of existing-home sales for three straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors. The group’s historical data suggests first-time homeowners should make up about 40 percent of sales.In recent years, more Americans have taken to renting, even as the costs outweigh homeownership. According to the Census, the vacancy rate for rental homes was 7.4 percent for the third quarter, down from 8.3 percent last year.In a small piece of good news, homeownership ticked up slightly among younger Americans, including the millennial age group that has so far avoided the market. The government estimates the homeownership rate among Americans 35 years old or younger was 36 percent in Q3, up from 35.9 percent in Q2—but still significantly down from 36.8 percent a year ago.Homeownership was mostly down across the other age brackets, falling to 59.1 percent among Americans between the ages of 35 and 44, 70.1 percent between 45 and 54, and 80.0 percent for those 65 and older. Homeownership among those between the ages of 55 and 64 edged up to 76.6, its highest level since the second quarter of 2013. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact So that’s why the Arizona Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer.The veteran quarterback, in his first game action for the team, completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown, which came on a 38-yard pass to Andre Roberts.“I felt okay,” Palmer said. “It is great to be back out there and this is a great place to start the season off. The history and everything here is just awesome. But it was good to be back out there. I just need to keep working, keep getting better and keep grinding.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Palmer also completed two passes to Larry Fitzgerald for 21 yards and one pass to Michael Floyd for 18 yards, but it was the throw to Roberts that will stand out.One play after a Patrick Peterson interception, Palmer dropped back and had enough time to find his receiver down the field. The ball was perfectly placed over Roberts’ outside shoulder, with the receiver making the grab and taking a few more steps before reaching the end zone. “We had a couple of opportunities to take advantage of [the deep ball] and I think we were 2-for-3 in taking shots down the field,” said Palmer. “Obviously you want to be 3-for-3 but if they are going to give us those opportunities we are going to take advantage of them. We need to hit those every time we get a chance.”Palmer, who played in three series, finished with a quarterback rating of 149.3. – / 19last_img read more

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first_imgTurkey said Thursday it will start drilling for hydrocarbons using its own drillship in the Mediterranean later this year.Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Berat Albayrak said the country planned to start drilling in the area later this year or early in 2018.Reports in Turkey said Turkey had acquired a drillship, the Deep Sea Metro 2, from South Korea. The total cost to start drilling will be $200m, the reports said.However, Turkish Cypriot internet news outlet kibrisgazetesi reported that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) office in the north said the ship had not been bought yet and the company’s search continued.If it goes ahead eventually, the move is expected to fuel fresh tension with Cyprus whose sovereignty over its exclusive economic zone Ankara disputes.Turkey does not recognize the Republic, nor therefore the latter’s jurisdiction over its EEZ, and considers that an agreement between Cyprus and Egypt delimiting their respective economic waters is null and void as far as Ankara is concerned.In September 2001, Turkey and the breakaway regime in the north signed a continental shelf delimitation agreement.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the breakaway regime’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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