LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it’s starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets.The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related inventory reductions shaved an estimated 2 percentage points off its underlying net sales growth in the three-month period.Brown-Forman, like other large spirits companies, stockpiled inventories in bracing for the effects of tariffs imposed in the European Union that targeted American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum. In the first quarter, Brown-Forman estimated stockpiling contributed about two to three points of its underlying net sales growth.“While we are largely absorbing the tariff costs during fiscal 2019, we are confident in the long-term growth potential for our brands as we continue to build awareness with new consumers and increase our global distribution,” said COO Lawson Whiting, the company’s incoming CEO.Brown-Forman maintained its full fiscal-year earnings projection of $1.65 to $1.75 per share on projected underlying net sales growth of 6 per cent to 7 per cent. The earnings prediction assumes tariffs will remain in place the full fiscal year, it said.For the first half of its fiscal year, underlying net sales in developed international markets grew by 5 per cent, driven mainly by volume gains, the company said. But the tariff-related stockpiling momentum from the first quarter largely evaporated in the second quarter.“As anticipated, the developed international markets, and more specifically Europe, experienced substantial giveback during the second quarter associated with the first quarter’s wholesale and retail level tariff-related buy-ins, effectively reversing the incremental benefit from the first quarter,” Brown-Forman said in its earnings release.Foreign markets account for slightly more than half of Brown-Forman’s overall sales. EU countries represent slightly more than one-fourth of total sales.In the U.S., underlying net sales grew by 3 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal year, Brown-Forman said.Its Woodford Reserve bourbon brand was the biggest contributor to U.S. sales growth. Another growing bourbon brand, Old Forester, also posted a strong second-quarter performance, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey sales in the U.S. also accelerated in the quarter, it said.Emerging overseas markets posted another round of strong growth in underlying net sales, the company said.Brown-Forman reported net income of $249 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter ended Oct. 31. That’s compared to $239 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago. Quarterly net sales were essentially flat at $910 million.Brown-Forman shares have fallen 12 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has declined 5 per cent in the last 12 months.Among its brands, the entire Jack Daniel’s lineup had underlying net sales growth of 5 per cent for the first six months of the fiscal year, the company said. It reported 25 per cent underlying net sales growth for Woodford Reserve. Among its tequilas, Herradura was up 15 per cent and el Jimador rose 11 per cent.___A portion of this story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap ) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BF.A at https://www.zacks.com/ap/BF.ABruce Schreiner, The Associated Press
Toronto’s black business leaders have met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss how the federal government can further help the city’s youth.Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri hosted the meeting on Saturday, as well as a practice for youth with some members of the playoff-bound basketball team.Joining in on the practice was Xavier Trudeau, the prime minister’s 11-year-old son.Ujiri says nearly a dozen prominent leaders in the black community expressed with Trudeau their concerns, struggles and successes.He later told 20 invited youth that they can succeed in life even if they don’t become professional athletes.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen says the black leaders talked about entrepreneurship and access to money for innovation and startups.Hussen says they also talked about an incubation system to help everyone, not just a few.The Canadian Press
Specifically, Mr. Annan says the country’s political instability has limited preliminary work on a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, which was to be prepared by the Haitian Government following a recommendation by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in September 1999. Once completed, the Paper will set out the conditions under which Haiti can access financing under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, and obtain debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. The Paper is part of a multi-pronged approach to identify the country’s development priorities, along with the preparation of a UN Development Assistance Framework – a programming exercise based on a Common Country Assessment (CCA), which was prepared by some 200 people representing the main sectors of Haiti’s development partners. “The importance of the [Paper] goes without saying and requires as much participation as the CCA/UNDAF in order to strengthen international action by means of a homogeneous and complementary strategy,” the Secretary-General writes. Referring to a letter from Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in which he expressed the desire that the post of the Secretary-General’s Representative should be retained to facilitate dialogue between the political parties, the Secretary-General says he is currently engaged in consultations with various parties – in particular the Friends of Haiti (Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, United States and Venezuela) and the Organization of American States (OAS) – to assess the best way to respond to the request. Mr. Annan’s report came in response to a July 2000 request by the UN Economic and Social Council for updates on “steps taken by the Haitian Government, the United Nations system and the international community towards the elaboration of a long-term programme of support for Haiti and practical modalities for its implementation.”
“Efforts to undermine yesterday’s constitutional referendum demonstrate that there are actors that remain determined to derail the political process,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council, reporting that three UN peacekeepers were injured in cases of violence and intimidation in Bangui, the capital, and in Bria.“With only two weeks until the first round of (presidential) elections, time is of the essence to further contain such attempts by the spoilers. The entire international community must remain united in its uncompromising message rejecting any attempt to derail the political process from any quarter and to demonstrate that there will be consequences for those that seek to undermine the political process,” he said.“We must not allow attempts by a few, as demonstrated yesterday, to disrupt the hopes and aspirations of many for a successful electoral process that will return their country to constitutional order,” emphasized Mr. Ladsous.Voting has been extended today in places where it was impeded as the electoral calendar moves into high gear to complete the transition in CAR after more than two years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups. The first round of presidential and legislative elections is scheduled for 27 December.Mr. Ladsous said efforts to undermine the referendum by elements of both groups were reported in parts of Bangui and outside, although preventive steps by the UN integrated stabilization mission in CAR, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, allowed voting to proceed in at least some polling centres in Bangui and Bria, despite localized security incidents. In Birao, Bossangoa, Ndele and Kaga-Bandoro “spoilers resorted to violence and intimidation of voters and electoral staff thereby preventing the holding of the referendum despite the actions of MINUSCA,” he added. “Looking ahead, we must be reminded that as important as they are, these elections are not an end in themselves,” he stressed. “In order to truly address the root causes of the crisis, we will need to support the new Government in working in a spirit of unity, inclusivity and reconciliation.’ “To address these as well as other priorities such as the humanitarian situation or economic recovery, key to the stability of the country, the sustained support of this Council and key partners will be essential. The people of the Central African Republic who have experienced such tragedy for so long deserve nothing less,” he said.Mr. Ladsous highlighted the unprecedented registration of nearly two million voters, 95 per cent of the estimated electorate, demonstrating “the strong desire for change,” and vowed that MINUSCA and the UN system will continue technical, logistical and security support. He noted that Pope Francis’s visit to Bangui last month brought new hope for easing inter-communal tensions, citing the “remarkable image” of unity afforded by the Pope’s presence at a mosque, showing that religion is not at the heart of the country’s challenges.He pledged MINUSCA’s continued commitment to a “robust posture” to protect civilians and called for strong action to ensure that the perpetrators of serious human rights abuses are brought to justice.MINUSCA, set up in April 2014 to help restore stability peace after a breakdown of governmental authority, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country.
New car registrations fall -6.4% in August to 76,433.AFV demand surges 58.3% as more motorists switch on to alternative powertrains.Year-to-date market holds steady, down -2.4%, with 1.64 million cars joining British roads in 2017.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe UK new car market reported its fifth consecutive month of decline in August, according to figures published today by SMMT. Registrations fell -6.4%, after a record August in 2016.However, with more than 76,000 new cars registered, the performance still represents the third biggest August in 10 years.1 Year to date, the market remained broadly in line with expectations, down -2.4%, with 1,640,241 new cars joining British roads in the first eight months.Superminis and small family cars remained the most popular types in August, accounting for more than half (58.3%) of registrations. However, SUVs, larger family cars and executives were the only segments to grow, up 7.9%, 2.2% and 1.1% respectively.Meanwhile, more people chose to get behind the wheel of an alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) than ever before in the month, accounting for a 5.2% share of the market.2 Demand for petrol hybrid and pure electric battery powered cars increased substantially, up 74.9% and 62.5%, while plug-in hybrid registrations rose 38.5%. Conventional petrols grew 3.8% and diesels fell -21.3%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,August is typically a quiet month for the new car market as consumers and businesses delay purchases until the arrival of the new number plate in September. With the new 67-plate now available and a range of new models in showrooms, we anticipate the continuation of what are historically high levels of demand.NotesAugust 2016: 81,640; August 2015: 79,060; August 2007: 77,649The previous AFV record market share for August was 3.1% in 2016Download the press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The results of the sting caused alarm, with Newham Council demanding the Government urgently bring forward legislation to introduce a total ban on the sale of corrosive liquids to children, 5 Live reports.The Home Office told the programme, which aired the report on Sunday, that it was considering responses to its consultation on a proposal to ban sales of corrosive products to under-18s, and creating a new possession offence. A schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children amid a spate of acid attacks, an investigation has revealed.BBC’s 5 Live Investigates was present during an undercover sting led by Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police this week, in which a 14-year-old girl was able to buy bottles of household cleaning bleach from three out of five high street retailers in Newham.The London borough had been dubbed the “acid attack capital of Britain” in reports after Met Police figures showed it had the highest rates of attacks in the UK.The Government is currently reviewing the regulation of sales of corrosive substances.Retailers are currently being encouraged to sign up to voluntarily self-regulate sales of corrosive substances to minors.In Newham, 182 retailers reportedly signed up to a voluntary scheme preventing such sales shoppers aged under 21. Photo of Lauren Trent and Sophie Hall taken just hours before they were victims of the acid attack in the Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east LondonCredit: Metropolitan Police 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. The programme also obtained new figures from 25 of 46 police forces asked for their data; showing acid attacks were three times higher in 2017 than in 2013 – with 646 attacks recorded in England and Wales last year.The majority of the attacks were recorded in London, with 464 incidents in 2017, followed by Greater Manchester, with 44.Met Police told 5 Live there was evidence of a reduction in the number of attacks during the second half of 2017, with last December recording as having the lowest monthly number since November 2015.
← Previous Story PSG Handball with 17.400.000 EUR to attack EHF CL title Next Story → VIDEO: Du Rietz saves “Lions” in Szeged – Routine Vardar win in Sweden 9.TVB Stuttgart4202104:1014 5.Fuchse Berlin330094:686 dkb bundesligaViktor Szilagyi 18.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten401390:1041 2.Kiel5401149:1168 6.Erlangen5302133:1366 Crisis of results of Bergischer HC, but first of all bunch of injuries, forced legendary Austrian playmaker Viktor Szilagyi to come back on the court once again, and he did it in a classy way! Experienced playmaker, director of the “Lions”, couldn’t watch struggling of his players, and netted seven goals in important first season win in Wetzlar 22:20.Here are the results of DKB BUndesliga matches on Saturday:VfL Gummersbach – SC Magdeburg 30:27 (17:16)VfL Gummersbach: Ernst (8), Kühn (5), Schmidt (4), Schröder (3), Schroter (3), Schindler (2), Von Gruchalla (2), Bult (2), Pevnov (1)SC Magdeburg: Weber (9/2), Musche (5), Grafenhorst (4), Damgaard (4), Zelenovic (2), Lemke (2), Christiansen (1)HSG Wetzlar – Bergischer HC 20:22 (9:8)HSG Wetzlar: Weber (7/6), Kohlbacher (5), Berggren (3), Klesniks (2), Mirkulovski (1), Björnsen (1), Kneer (1) Bergischer HC: Szilagyi (7), Thor Gunnarsson (4), Oelze (4/2), Babak (3), Artmann (2), Vilovski (1), Hoße (1)FA Göppingen – HC Erlangen 22:24 (13:12)FA Göppingen: Fontaine (7), Pfahl (4), Schöngarth (3), Barud (2), Schiller (2/2), Halén (2), Kaufmann (2)HC Erlangen: Theilinger (6), Rahmel (4/1), Stranovsky (4/1), Thümmler (4/1), Haaß (3), Horak (2), Link (1)STANDINGS: 1.Flensburg-H.5500146:11010 14.Minden5113124:1513 8.Leipzig5212131:1235 10.HSG Wetzlar5203118:1214 13.SC Magdeburg5113125:1273 7.Hannover-Burgdorf5302125:1346 4.Gummersbach5401149:1308 16.Coburg 20005104124:1472 15.MT Melsungen5104128:1412 11.Lemgo5203130:1424 3.Rhein-Neckar5401132:1108 12.Goppingen5203127:1394 17.Bergischer5104112:1412
Short URL 13,963 Views Image: Apaydin Alain/PA https://jrnl.ie/3344202 THE TWO FRONTRUNNES in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, are staging rival rallies in Paris today, seeking to stay ahead of a fast-chasing pack just days before the vote.After weeks of twists and turns, the unpredictable race has narrowed dramatically, with surveys suggesting four candidates are in contention to win one of the top two spots in the 23 April vote and progress to the run-off election a fortnight later.Scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon and radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon are steaming up behind the two frontrunners, and with around one in three of the French electorate still undecided, candidates are scrapping for every vote.Le Pen and Macron, who have both scored as high as 25 percent in voter surveys, stood at 22 percent in the latest IPSOS poll, while Melenchon has surged to 20 percent and Fillon stands at 19.EU ‘protected us’ Melenchon’s late surge – and the possibility he could square off against Le Pen in the 7 May decider – has sparked alarm over the future of the EU, as both candidates advocate withdrawing from the bloc for different reasons. Presidential election candidate for the leftist coalition La France Insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchon. Source: Rondeau Pascal/ABACAOutgoing President Francois Hollande weighed in on Saturday, saying Europe has “protected us against war” in the decades since World War II.“Let us preserve it instead of scapegoating it,” he said at a World War I centenary event in northern France.Macron plans his biggest rally yet at the Bercy sports and concert hall, a venue with a capacity of 20,000.The location near the economy ministry serves as a reminder that the relatively inexperienced Macron held the key economy portfolio for two years under his mentor Hollande.The 39-year-old former Rothschild banker quit the Socialist government last year to form his “En Marche” (“On the Move”) party and launch his bid for power as a candidate “neither of the left nor of the right”. French centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron. Source: ERIC FEFERBERGEnMarche says it has planned “1,000 events a day” including 163 public rallies until the official end of campaigning at midnight on Friday.An aide to Macron said he would use Monday’s event to hit back at Le Pen’s accusation he is soft on Islamists.“With Mr Macron, it would be Islamism on the move,” Le Pen, 48, said on Saturday in response to revelations that one of Macron’s top campaigners had criticised the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.Le Pen’s own rally will be at the 6,000-capacity Zenith concert hall in northeast Paris, with activists saying they plan protests outside the venue.A protest is also expected in the southern port of Marseille on Wednesday where Le Pen plans another large rally.Canal cruise Melenchon, 65, plans a quirky event that will see him board a barge in a northeast suburb of the French capital and float down a canal, making five stops along the way to meet and greet supporters.The voyage lasting more than five hours will end up at the Francois Mitterrand Library, a nod to the Socialist leader of the 1980s and early 1990s whom Melenchon references frequently in his stump speech as an icon of the left.The founder of “La France Insoumise” (“Unbowed France”) plans another form of multiple appearances on Tuesday, where he will hold a rally in central Dijon while his hologram will speak for him in six other cities.For his part Fillon, dogged by a fake jobs scandal that has seen him charged with abuse of public funds, is vowing to pull off a victory that will “surprise the microcosm” arrayed against him. French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon Source: Claude Paris/PAHe believes a small coterie of detractors mounted a campaign to smear him with the revelations that he put his wife Penelope on the public payroll with jobs that earned her hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars).Fillon, who led the race for weeks before the scandal broke in late January, spent Easter weekend wooing the Catholic and conservative vote.Conspicuous by his absence at the height of the scandal, the 63-year-old former prime minister has revved up his campaign appearances in the past week.- © AFP 2017.Read: ‘Serious mistake’: Le Pen under fire after saying French state did not round up Jews during WW2> 146 Comments Monday 17 Apr 2017, 2:45 PM Apr 17th 2017, 2:45 PM Image: Apaydin Alain/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Latest poll has Le Pen and Macron head-to-head in French presidential race The two frontrunners are staging rival rallies today in Paris. Share Tweet Email By AFP
TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Haiti will not agree to terms laid out by the British and the Turks and Caicos Islands and so a Memorandum of Understanding is not signed and sounds as if one may never be… well at least not in the near future. Minister for Border Control and Labour, Hon DonHue Gardiner confirmed this in the House of Assembly this week and while the Minister would not agree that talks have broken down with Haiti, he did say this.“Having made the best endeavors to reach certain accommodations with the Government in Port Au Prince (Haiti), and having experienced several shifting of the goal posts as and when agreements were thought to have been reached we have – and certainly – this Minister has taken the view that it is unlikely; because no agreement is better than a bad agreement. It is unlikely that we will come to any accommodations with the government in Port Au Prince.”At least two Governors have been involved in this negotiation to get the MOU signed, meanwhile the country continues to spend over a million per year to repatriate Haitians who breach our borders illegally. All costs for towing, housing, feeding, treating and returning Haitians home are borne by TCIG; well except in the case if the Haitians are deceased. The Haitian government after a boat capsized in Christmas of 2013 repatriated the bodies of 17 of their countrymen who died in that tragedy. Related Items:donhue gardiner, haiti, MOU Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation
Related Items:national holiday 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – The 2016 list of Turks and Caicos public holidays is released. There are the usual 12 holidays but all together 14 days off are registered which includes an extended start to the final week of 2016, thanks to Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.See list from TCIG,LISTING OF SPECIAL DAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR 2016TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSNEW YEAR’S DAY JANUARY 1st FRIDAYCOMMONWEALTH DAY MARCH 14TH MONDAYGOOD FRIDAY MARCH 25TH FRIDAYEASTER MONDAY MARCH 28TH MONDAYNATIONAL HEROES DAY MAY 30TH MONDAYHER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S JUNE 13TH MONDAYOFFICIAL BIRTHDAYEMANCIPATION DAY AUGUST 1st MONDAYNATIONAL YOUTH DAY SEPTEMBER 30TH FRIDAYNATIONAL HERITAGE DAY* OCTOBER 10TH MONDAY(Formerly Columbus Day)NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 25th FRIDAYCHRISTMAS DAY DECEMBER 25th SUNDAY***OBSERVED DECEMBER 26TH MONDAYBOXING DAY DECEMBER 26th MONDAY***OBSERVED DECEMBER 27TH TUESDAYNOTE THESE CHANGES**AS OF 2014, OCTOBER WILL BE CELEBRATED AS NATIONAL HERITAGE MONTHRemembrance Day November 10International Human Rights Day December 10Please note that these are not public holidays.
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Nazmul Islam, vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Kushtia district unit committed suicide, not murdered, claimed S M Mahedi Hasan, superintendent of Kushtia police on Thursday.The SP came up with the information at a press briefing at the district police lines in presence of Nazmul’s father Altaf Hossain, mother Nazma Khatun and wife Urmi Khatun.The SP said that Nazmul committed suicide as he had been suffering from severe depression.However, the police official did not reveal the reason behind his depression.Nazmul’s mother said, “After hearing the sound of shooting, I rushed to Nazmul’s room and found his bullet-hit body lying on the floor. Later, we concealed the arms found in the room. Nazmul’s newlywed wife was crying there beside the body.”Nazmul’s bullet-hit body was recovered from his house at Farazi Para in Haripur union of Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Nusrat Jahan RafiThe chief of the probe panel formed by the Police Headquarters to look into whether there was any negligence on the part of police on Thursday said the arson attack on madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa governing body taken necessary measures about the 27 March sexual harassment.While talking to reporters after their two-day visit here, Deputy Inspector General (Police Headquarters) of police M Ruhul Amin also said they found the evidence of fault of former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model police station Moazzem Hossain.He said investigation against the OC and other police officers is on and it will take some time to complete it.Mentioning that Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, had some bad track records and the managing committee was aware of those, the probe panel chief said, “This incident (Nusrat murder) would not have happened had they taken steps earlier.”He also said local politics is also a factor behind the incident. “Two councillors of a party formed human chains in favour and against the principal.”The five-member probe body visited the madrasa on Wednesday and Thursday, talked to its teachers, students, employees and guardians and took their opinions. They also talked to policemen and members of Nusrat Jahan Rafi.Meanwhile, another accused in the Nusrat murder case reportedly confessed before court here on Thursday to his involvement in the incident.Senior Judicial Magistrate Sharaf Uddin Ahmed recorded the confessional statement of Hafez Abdul Quader, a Fazil student of the madrasa who used to teach Quran to junior students, under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, said Chattogram divisional special police super of Police Bureau of Investigation M Iqbal.Quader told the court that he was one of the masterminds of the incident and guarded the main gate of the madrasa to ensure security of the killers on 6 April.Besides, a court here placed accused Mohammed Shamim on a five-day remand in the case.Senior judicial magistrate Sharaf Uddin Ahmed passed the order after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Meanwhile, another accused Abdur Rahim Sharif on Wednesday reportedly gave confessional statement in the murder case.The same judge recorded Sharif’s statement under section 164 from 3:30pm to 9:30pm.He confessed that the murder plan was finalised at a meeting attended by 12 people following an order by madrasa principal Sirajuddoula.They met the principal at the jail on 28 and 30 March. Later, they made the final plan at a meeting on 4 April in presence of 12 people. He was assigned to guard the gate while Nur Uddin and Abdul Quader were with him.Shahadat, Jubayer and Jaber went to the roof wearing burkas along with Kamrun Nahar Moni and Umme Sultana Popy, he said.Abdur Rahim was arrested from Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar area on Tuesday night.Earlier, two other accused Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim gave confessional statement in the case.A total 17 people have so far been arrested in the case. Among them, eight people are FIR (first information report) enlisted.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Sonagazi upazila of Feni, was set ablaze on 6 April allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against principal Sirajuddoula of the madrasa for sexually harassing her last month.After fighting for her life for five days, the madrasa girl died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday laid the foundation stones for setting up four new medical colleges in the state and also inaugurated a host of new projects.The four new medical colleges that are coming up are — Arambag Medical College and Hospital in Hooghly, Barasat Medical College and Hospital in North 24-Parganas, Tomluk Medical College and Hospital in East Midnapore and Jhargram Medical College and Hospital in Jhargram district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe construction of five medical colleges has already been completed and they will be made operational this year giving a huge boost to the health infrastructure of the state. The five hospitals have come up at Diamond Harbour, Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. There will be 300-500 beds in each hospital. The necessary infrastructure is in place and the medical colleges are ready to be operated, a senior health department official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also inaugurated OPD services at Serampore Superspecialty Hospital in Hooghly, Uluberia Superspecialty Hospital in Howrah and also ‘Matri Maa’ (mother and child hub) along with SNCU at Kanthi Sub-divisional Hospital at Nandigram Health District in East Midnapore. Chief Minister Banerjee who is also the health minister of the state announced that a new software would soon be introduced for the better operation of diagnostic and dialysis services in the hospitals across the state under public private partnership model. She also laid the foundation stones for the up-gradation of the Furfura Sharif Primary Health Centre in Hooghly from 10-30 beds and also the up-gradation of a District Reserve Store each at Nandigram District Hospital and Kalimpong District Hospital. Kalimpong Nursing Training School and Hospital in Kalimpong would also be set up the foundation stone of which was laid by Banerjee from the Mati Utsav in Hooghly’s Tarakeswar. The Chief Minister inaugurated a blood component separation unit at Hooghly district hospital, Linear Accelerator Machines at the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital, a thalassemia control unit at Alipurduar District Hospital. A new building at the Lumbini Park Mental Hospital in the city Digital and an X-ray unit under PPP mode in Salt Lake Sub-divisional Hospital in North 24-Parganas were also inaugurated by the Chief Minister from Hooghly. Following the instruction of the Chief Minister, the state health department has already set up more than 40 Super specialty hospitals across the state so that people in the districts can avail best quality treatment particularly in the rural areas.
When modern tablet computers first arrived to market, many people thought they would be primarily used to consume, rather than create, content. And who could argue? Without a keyboard or mouse, and only a stubby finger to flick, creation seemed like it would be troublesome at best.My, how things change. My Apple iPad has quickly become an indispensable tool for work. For the last two years I’ve worked from an iPad on a daily basis. I often tout it as my favorite computer even when I’m asked to compare it to my iMac, a full-fledged desktop, or MacBook Air, a featherweight laptop. The iPad’s portability, day-long battery life, and built-in cellular connection—not to mention the broad selection of apps—only help.As the winter holiday season approaches each year, I find myself more excited for Apple’s iPad event than I am for its iPhone event, which typically precedes it. This year was no different: right on schedule in October, Apple introduced an updated iPad lineup.The improved iPad line comes at a time when Apple has seen a decline in that product’s sales for three consecutive quarters. The decline itself coincides with a trend in which smartphones, including Apple’s own iPhone, are growing in size. The shift blurs the line between phone and tablet, and prompts the question: where should the iPad fit in our lives?The new iPad Air 2 (the most notable model of the new crop) offers a display with improved color and contrast, a slimmer profile, and Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology. It also has a faster processor and more storage.I spent two weeks testing the iPad Air 2, and at the end of my time with the device, I found myself equally impressed and disappointed. The tablet is impressively responsive and smooth when it comes to scrolling through documents or web pages and launching applications. Yet when I set aside the physical keyboard that I used with the device and attempted to use it strictly as a mobile device, I often felt as if the iPad was nothing more than an extra screen offering bigger pictures and larger text than my phone.(It should come as no surprise that I have been using Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus in recent weeks, which I’m sure helped contribute to the feeling.)Instead of picking up my iPad to read an article or watch a video on YouTube, I would find myself remaining with the iPhone, the experience just as pleasant. Anecdotally, friends have told me similar scenarios: since upgrading to the iPhone 6 Plus, their iPad sits on a shelf, collecting dust.The similarities are underscored by the fact that the latest version of iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, is exceedingly similar between the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 6 Plus. For example, there is now enough room on the iPhone for two column-views in landscape mode, something only the larger iPad previously enjoyed.But that’s alright. If the tablet is the new laptop, the blurred line between it and the phone matters less, and there may be room for growth at the other end—certainly from a productivity standpoint. I would love to see Apple release a physical keyboard built specifically for the iPad and with software support for custom interactions and auto-correct. I would love the ability to run two apps in a split-screen arrangement, for example. And going out on limb that’s sure to fall, I’d love to see Apple bring more information to the home screen using widgets. Yes, widgets.Despite these shortcomings, I developed an appreciation for the iPad Air 2. I found the addition of the tablet’s fingerprint sensor for secure access convenient (it works with the handy password manager 1Password) and a productivity boost. The recently released Pixelmator for iPad, an image editor, combined with the new model’s improved graphics performance has helped reaffirm it as a PC replacement for me.But let’s be honest: My use case is far from the norm. I’ve spent countless hours and dollars researching apps and accessories in order to make the iPad work for me. I have forced the iPad to fit into my life. The average person is less likely to invest that kind of time. For those people, that burden lies at Apple’s feet. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 4 min read November 5, 2014
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 16, 2017 From Wi-Fi to domestic travel, there are some things we can’t even think about living without. However, what if you had to choose between Netflix or Spotify? Turns out, most people would give up Spotify.Related Video: How This Private Aviation Startup Found Its Niche in the Luxury MarketA recent survey of more than 1,000 people asked what luxuries people could and couldn’t live without. Unsurprisingly, the first thing people were quick to give up was nice towels. However, when it came to travel, food delivery, Netflix, coffee and more, decisions became more difficult.Overall and without much surprise, people categorized Wi-Fi and their smartphone as the top two “have to have” items. Coming in close behind were pets, a dryer and a nice mattress, which also ranked in the “have to have” category.When it comes to health and wellness, people also prioritized eating out and buying lunch over going to the gym. Between coffee or alcohol, a majority chose coffee.Related: Why Travel Should Be a Top Priority for Every EntrepreneurSo, what would you give up? Check out Thermosoft’s infographic below to find out more. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read
GAYSTARNEWS- Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio | Photo: Twitter Philippines’ president Duterte favors civil unions over same-sex marriageMajority of people oppose same-sex civil unions in the PhilippinesSame-sex marriage case starts in Philippines Supreme CourtRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/supreme-court-justice-says-same-sex-civil-union-is-constitutional/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio made the comments this week during a petition to legalize same-sex marriage.The landmark hearing started last week after lawyer and LGBTI activist, Jesus Falcis III, filed a petition in 2015 to have it heard in the Supreme Court. Falcis is arguing that a ban on same-sex marriage in unconstitutional.Carpio made his remarks during his questioning of the Philippines’ Solicitor General Jose Calida.He asked whether same-sex civil union is based on the constitutional right to freedom of association. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Carpio questioned that if two people have the freedom to associate, they should be able to enter a civil union.Civil union vs traditional marriageThe exchange between Carpio and Calida seemed to shift the debate. People are now asking if the LGBTI community would settle for a civil union.‘We are very happy that there are many people in the movement who support marriage equality per se, they do not want to settle for less, but of course, as advocates, if the Supreme Court rules in favor of civil unions only, we’re also fine with that, but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for equality,’ Falcis said in court.Offering civil union as a compromised could appease conservatives who want to keep marriage between a man and a woman.The Solicitor General was also questioned by the other Chief Justices on Tuesday. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . In the second week of a historic hearing on same-sex marriage in the Philippines, one of Supreme Court Justices admitted civil unions were constitutional.
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Baker, who thrived on special teams in his rookie season while filling in as needed on the first-team defense, will have a far bigger role this season.Related LinksCardinals’ Josh Rosen handling unfamiliarity in first NFL seasonBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCardinals camp notebook: Boston steps into FS role, Bradford readyWith the strong reputation first-year head coach Steve Wilks’ defenses have, it feels like a great fit for the playmaking Baker, along with the fact that Wilks has been an admirer since before the draft.“I worked Budda out, coming out of college, and I was fascinated by him that day,” Wilks said Sunday. “Even going back and evaluating him on film. The guy is extremely physical.”After Baker spent time solely as a strong safety last year, he will now mostly find himself a nickel role, with Tre Boston taking over free safety duties and Antoine Bethea at strong safety.Baker, though, will move around a whole lot.“Coaches have gave me a lot of things to do,” Baker said Saturday. “I’m excited for what I can do. I’m gonna be doing, really, everything.”Baker will spend time playing as the nickel, but in Wilks’ system, that means he will be in more of a linebacker role on some occasions. He will also spend his time moving around the secondary based on certain coverages. 8 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker celebrates a fumble recovery during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Anyone around the Arizona Cardinals knows it’s going to be a challenge for the team to replace a player like Tyrann Mathieu.Despite his ups and downs, Mathieu’s playmaking and versatility as a defensive back were undeniable. With Mathieu off to play with the Houston Texans, there is no replicating him.But, if there was a player tasked with being the swiss-army knife of the defense, it’s second-year defensive back Budda Baker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The good news is that’s familiar ground for Baker. A versatile role is what he specialized in for Washington in his junior year with the Huskies.In that specific spot, the most important thing is it sets up Baker to do what he does best: making plays.“In our system, at that position, you gotta do a great job of blitzing,” Wilks said. “Physicality is there. He can cover. He has good skills on the backend, as far as ball skills, very interchangeable and we are going to be able to move him around as well.”At 5-foot-10, Baker is small to be tasked with picking up some plays as a linebacker, but that’s never been a concern for him.“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” he said. “Little league, high school and college, so I don’t really care.”The undersized bit, and being the interchangeable player on the defense, is where the Mathieu comparisons lie.From Baker’s perspective, he’s only worried about being his own player.“Ty was a great player, but then again, I always tell people, ‘Tyrann is Tyrann and Budda is Budda,’” Baker told the team website in early June. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be trying to make plays.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it will manage a luxury hotel which is under development in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China.Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu, which is slated to open in 2015, will form part of a prestigious mixed-use development located on a prime riverfront site in the Jin-jiang district, close to the city’s key commercial and entertainment areas and opposite the ancient Wang-jiang Park, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.The hotel will be positioned as the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Western China. Located on the top 33 floors of an iconic tower, the property will feature 320 spacious rooms including 41 expansive suites, with outstanding views of the Jin-jiang River, the city skyline and Wang-jiang Park.Hotel accommodation will be designed in an elegant, contemporary style, taking full advantage of the property’s outstanding vistas. Design elements will be influenced by the Group’s oriental heritage with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. Guestrooms and suites will also incorporate the Group’s sophisticated technology and entertainment systems. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge.Offering the finest dining in the city, Mandarin Oriental, Chengdu will have a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from, including a sky-high rooftop bar and tea lounge, a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine, three speciality dining venues and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The hotel will also offer a spectacular 1,200-seat grand ballroom and a 500-seat junior ballroom plus a variety of multi-purpose function spaces, making this the ideal destination for conferences and social gatherings of all sizes.An all-encompassing 2,740 square meter Spa at Mandarin Oriental will feature 10 expansive treatment rooms, offering the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments available in the region. Spa-goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programs as well as specifically developed treatments inspired by Chinese traditions and customs. The hotel will also offer extensive fitness facilities including an indoor swimming pool.The owner and developer of the project is Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd. The Hong Kong based international architectural firm, Aedas, has been appointed as master planner and architect.Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality into Western China. This project presents an ideal opportunity to further grow our brand in the mainland, and we are looking forward to creating the best luxury hotel in this dynamic city, the capital of this important economic and culturally rich province.”“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Sichuan province, and are confident that this opening will significantly add to the area’s appeal,” said Xie Xiangping, Managing Director of a fund managed by CDH Investments, the project’s shareholder.“The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes the Group an ideal partner for this exciting project,” added Chen Dong, Project Founder of the Chengdu Mind River Land Co., Ltd.Chengdu is located in the fertile Chengdu Plain and is one of the most important business and leisure centers in Southwest China. It is fast becoming the city of choice for international investors doing business in Central and Western China, and is also a popular leisure destination and a gateway to a number of prime tourist attractions. These include the Wo-long panda research center, E-mei Mountain, the Giant Buddha of Le-shan and the stunning Huang-long and Jiu-zhai-gou national parks. www.mandarinoriental.com<