3 days ago​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clash

first_img​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

We can be really proud of Muskrat Falls megaproject Williams tells inquiry

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Former premier Danny Williams told the Muskrat Falls inquiry on Monday that the wildly overbudget megaproject was in Newfoundland and Labrador’s best interest — and critics who attack him for championing it are “reckless.”Williams maintained “good intentions and good faith” were behind the planning of the hydroelectric dam that has doubled its estimated cost, leaving the province’s ratepayers worried the endeavour might be paid out of their pockets.“This is something we can be really proud of,” the boisterous former Tory premier said of the Labrador project.“The fact that the project is getting disparaged reflects on all the people who worked so hard in order to put this together.”The independent inquiry, led by provincial Supreme Court Justice Richard LeBlanc, is looking into cost and schedule overruns of the $12.7-billion dam on the lower Churchill River.The 824-megawatt hydroelectric dam, being developed by the Crown-owned Nalcor Energy, will send power to Newfoundland and later Nova Scotia through subsea cables.During his term, Williams championed Muskrat Falls as a form of energy independence from Quebec, before retiring from politics shortly after announcing the plan in 2010.The dam near Happy Valley-Goose Bay has since been described as “the greatest fiscal mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history” by current Liberal Premier Dwight Ball.Williams, a businessman and lawyer, was comfortable and confident on the stand on Monday – but he didn’t mince words when addressing criticisms from his detractors.Commission co-counsel Barry Learmonth asked Williams to respond to criticisms that he pushed the megaproject through for the sake of his own ego and legacy.Williams called such criticisms “reckless, irresponsible and shameful.”“Nothing, I’m under oath, could be further from the truth,” said Williams.Williams maintained that his government “turned over every stone” by researching financial and legal options before his successor as Tory leader and premier, Kathy Dunderdale, sanctioned Muskrat Falls in December 2012.Williams also praised a paper that historian Jason Churchill presented to the inquiry last month. It found that Quebec’s stronghold on the Churchill River’s resources has long blocked Newfoundland and Labrador from accessing elusive energy markets.Williams detailed his own frustrations with Quebec, including the long-standing debate over Labrador’s borders — which, according to commission exhibits, are not reflected in some Quebec maps.Williams also referred to former premier Jean Lesage’s 1965 comments that any electricity passing through Quebec territory would “become property of Hydro-Quebec.”“They will do whatever they can to cut us off, it’s shocking,” Williams said. “(But) I need to point out that we still tried.”Learmonth asked Williams about testimony from megaproject scholar Bent Flyvbjerg, who said last month there can be an increased risk of cost overruns when those overseeing the project have less experience in hydroelectric projects.But Williams said he was “not at all concerned” the Nalcor Energy team was underqualified to oversee a hydroelectric project, despite mainly being experts in oil and gas projects.He said he had no reason to believe Nalcor staff had misrepresented cost estimates in communications with him.Williams also dismissed the “rumours” that he continued to influence Muskrat Falls management decisions after he resigned as premier in 2010, attributing such comments to “Danny haters.”“The day I went out the door, I was done,” said Williams. “Whoever is putting that out there is putting it out there for the wrong reasons.”Williams said concerns over doubled power rates are the result of “fear-mongering,” and the project’s long-term benefits will outweigh rate increases that Williams said were on the horizon anyway.“Critics can’t throw all of this on the back of Muskrat Falls,” said Williams. “I can guarantee the people of this province that these rates will not double as a result of Muskrat Falls.”The former premier said Nalcor will become more profitable over time, and its profits will help mitigate the costs.“There was never an understanding that we would get this for free,” Williams said of Muskrat Falls.Williams will continue his testimony Tuesday.last_img read more

Investors farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown.The announcement Friday left investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA planned to release the reports Jan. 11 but said that even if the shutdown ended immediately, the agency wouldn’t have time to release the reports as scheduled.Grain market analyst Todd Hultman says the situation will worsen if the shutdown continues.The lack of information comes amid the uncertainty of trade with China, where tariffs led to an abrupt drop in U.S. exports to the country. There were indications that China was beginning to resume purchases of U.S. crops, but because of the government shutdown it’s unclear what’s happening.Scott McFetridge, The Associated Presslast_img

Rescued canine makes it to dog squad of WB Police

first_imgKolkata: A stray canine, rescued by the police, has become the first street mongrel to join the elite dog squad of West Bengal Police. Asha, as named by the Kolkata Police officers who rescued her from stone-pelting kids on the city streets, has been trained in the last one-and-half years to become member of the dog squad of the West Bengal Police Training Academy, Barrackpore, deputy inspector general of police Dipankar Bhattacharya said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Initially, we did not have plans to train her or include her in our dog squad as we never had any street dog in the squad. But the then inspector-general (Training) K Jayaraman thought of providing training to the stray dog and see if she could be included in the canine squad,” Bhattacharya said. Asha who will be joining “pedigreed” members such as German Shepherds and Labradors in the dog squad, has proved to be a good sniffer dog in detecting explosives, the DIG said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “I am happy that Asha has proved that not only pedigreed dogs can be part of a police dog squad. She has proved herself to be as smart and intelligent as pedigreed dogs. “We are proud that we are successful in training a stray dog to handle situations. She is ready for work and will join the squad soon,” the IPS officer said expressing his willingness to try to include more street mongrels in the squad after training them. “Asha is a well-mannered dog. She picked up very quickly and started following instructions on how to heel and walk, crawl, lie down, roll over and salute just like others pedigreed dogs,” another senior officer in the West Bengal Police’s dog squad said. “But if you ask me, I will tell you that Asha was very good at training and most of the times, she was better than the pedigreed dogs. She is the fastest runner dog in our squad and quite clever. That’s her mettle,” the officer said.last_img read more

After sealing drive Mayapuri traders meet Tiwari and Puri

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the violence that erupted during a sealing drive in Mayapuri, traders from the area met with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday to discuss issues troubling them. Tiwari said that Arvind Kejriwal’s reaction to the sealing drive shows that he wants to mislead traders in Delhi by turning them against the saffron party. He said his party always has and always will stand by traders. Levelling accusations against the Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi, Tiwari said that the Chief Minister pressurised officials to conduct the sealing drive. The North-East Delhi MP said, “Kejriwal uses all the types of tactics to mislead the traders but they know the reality and they also know that whenever the traders faced any problem the BJP solved it.”last_img

Buckeyes field hockey flash past Kent State 82

It took the Ohio State field hockey team seven games to score nine goals. Against Kent State, the Buckeyes almost matched their season total for goals. OSU (5-3) beat Kent State (4-6) on Wednesday, 8-2, at Buckeye Varsity Field. After back-to-back road wins at Ohio University and Bucknell, OSU returned home and extended its win streak to three games. Senior forward Danica Deckard helped lead OSU to the win, tallying a hat trick and an assist. Deckard now has eight of the team’s 17 goals this season. By game’s end, six different OSU players had scored and four had posted an assist. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said her team now has the look of a “hungry” squad. “I like the way we are playing together, our timing is a lot better,” Wilkinson said. “We’re distributing the ball and off second effort we are able to finish our opportunities.” Deckard agreed. “We were just really connecting passes and making stuff happen. So, it was really good to get a game like this where we made each other look good,” Deckard said. Kent State struck first 10 minutes into the game and held onto the lead until the 23rd minute when Deckard scored two unassisted goals in less than three minutes to give the Buckeyes their first lead. OSU wouldn’t look back. A goal from senior forward Berta Queralt, assisted by junior back Nora Murer, brought the score to 3-1 with five minutes left in the first half. OSU struck first in the second half with the first career goal from sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold and an assist from Deckard nine minutes in. The Golden Flashes countered with a goal of their own less than a minute later making the score 4-2. After giving up a second goal, junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker turned away three shots and OSU held Kent State scoreless in the last 25 minutes of the match. “Emma played great, Emma made some great touches on it,” Wilkinson said. “All the support players in that corner defense played really smart, really proud of them.” OSU continued to pull away from the Golden Flashes with consecutive goals from veteran players in the span of almost five minutes. First, it was junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque who won possession of the ball in front the net and put it past the goalie for her second goal of the season. Next, Deckard completed the hat trick with a goal off an assist from sophomore forward/midfielder Carly Mackessy. The Buckeyes kept the pedal to the metal despite their 6-2 lead and scored two more goals in the last five minutes of the game. OSU’s seventh tally came from freshman forward Peanut Johnson with an assist from fellow freshman forward/midfielder Annie VonderBrink. It was Johnson’s first career goal and VonderBrink’s first career point. “It was exciting because I’ve been working hard but it was a complete team effort,” Johnson said about her first goal. The scoring barrage ended with a second goal from Frommhold with 3:17 left in the game. The Buckeyes will continue their home stand and start Big Ten play Friday versus No. 10 Northwestern. “It’s going to be a great game, like every team in the Big Ten you can’t take any of them lightly,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a really tough, we just have to fight for all 70 minutes.” read more

Gerrard warns Rangers players to prepare for a fight

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has warned his players they have to be prepared for a fight if they’re to pick up a win against Hamilton.The Gers travel to the New Douglas Park this Sunday to face Hamilton on the back of a disappointing league defeat to Livingston.Gerrard is planning to deliver one of the shortest team talks in history and will use as few words as possible to highlight the dangers of dismissing the opposition lightly.Instead, he will let the memory of the team’s poorest performance since he took over simmer into the player’s minds hoping to elicit a positive response from his players.He said, according to Daily Mail: ‘I’ll just put up a sign saying “Livingston 1 Rangers 0 – what are you gonna do about it?”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Because if you turn up and play the same way, the same will happen. So, it will be easy, the team talk.”“It’s a great test for the players. They’ve had some criticism in terms of the away form and sometimes in football you have to forget about the nice bits, the tactical side.”“Sometimes you just have to go out and do the basics well; turn up and just empty it for your club and your supporters – and more often than not that will get you where you want to go.”“We’ll have a game plan. It’s a similar fixture to Livingston and we had a game plan there, but we never carried it out – we never turned up.”“So the players have two options: Go and empty it and fight for the shirt and the fans – or put in a Livingston performance, and let everyone talk about your away form for a bit longer.”last_img read more

Cognizants focus shift to banking and financial services to affect Indian staff

first_imgMost of these job cuts were likely to happen in India, the largest offshore delivery location for the company, the reports said citing another person in the know. “As part of our realignment programme, the management is evaluating various strategies, including a further employee separation programme. The timing, nature, and magnitude of the initiatives are yet to be not finalized,” Cognizant said in a note.Cognizant last week slashed its revenue guidance by nearly half ranging from 3.6 to 5.1 percent for 2019 and new chief executive officer Brian Humphries flagged concerns with regard to execution and gave an indication of immediate cost-optimization steps, including slashing of jobs. “I believe, cost equals growth. We will improve our cost structure as a means to invest in growth,” Humphries said in the post-earnings call. “Our headcount growth has exceeded the rise in revenue in the past two quarters,” he said. Chief financial officer Karen McLoughlin spoke of employee pyramid optimization, sustaining a higher level of utilization and improvement in pricing as some of the options available for expanding the margin.While most IT services firms around the world added more staff in the past one year to meet growth projection, it has apparently not worked for Cognizant because of the loss of a few clients and project ramp-downs. “Cognizant has just seen growth slowdown and not negative growth. It is still growing. Perhaps, the new CEO wants to start on a clean slate, which can be one of the possible reasons for this guidance and pyramid optimization,” the report quoted Pareekh Jain, an IT outsourcing advisor and founder of Pareekh Consulting, as saying. “Cognizant is rather very transparent with regard to employee issues.”No tall tales here: Listen to true stories about the unprecedented efficiency and accelerated outcomes our IPA solutions deliver. #automation https://t.co/7Ux1IHhnFg pic.twitter.com/QoEriGgUFV— Cognizant (@Cognizant) May 6, 2019 IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The Chennai office of US-based IT services Cognizant. The company’s shift in growth strategy is likely to affect jobs in India where 70 percent of its employees are based. FlickrIndia will be worst hit as US-based IT services company Cognizant is reportedly considering a shift in strategic focus to banking and financial services, reports say. About 70 percent of the New Jersey-based company’s 281,600 employees are based in India.The company expects its dollar revenue to grow 3.9-4.9 percent in 2019 against the target of 7-9 percent growth it set in February. This is the worst projection in history of the company Francisco D’Souza and Kumar Mahadeva co-founded in 1994. The company had given a voluntary separation package to about 400 senior executives in 2017 in a cost optimization move, according to reports.The company may force even more broad-based job cuts now covering different levels of employees, a report in Business Standard said. “While last time, the job cuts were limited to senior-level staffers. This time, even non-billable mid-level executives such as managers and even staffers in the consulting vertical with low utilization levels are likely to be affected,” a person familiar with developments in the company told the paper.last_img read more

2 killed in gunfights with law enforcers

first_imgTwo persons were killed in separate incidents of alleged gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies early Monday.Of them, one was killed in Tangail and the other in Mymensingh.According to news agency UNB, a man was killed in an alleged gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Dainna Chowdhury Madhyapara in Tangail’s Sadar upazila.The RAB has identified that the deceased was Sharif aka Farhad, 33, a resident of Gala village of the upazila and district unit president of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party.Tipped off that Sharif along with his associates was staying in the area, a team of RAB conducted a drive there around 2:00am, said major Robiul Islam of RAB-12.Sensing presence of the elite force, Sharif and his cohorts attacked the team in a bid to protect them, triggering the gunfight.After the gunfight, the RAB team recovered the body and one foreign pistol, one magazine and four bullets from the scene.In Mymensingh, Sharifur Rahman Sharif, 32, a suspected drug trader and son of late Nazim Uddin of Kristapur area in the city, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Kalibari By-lane area around 1:45am.Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police, said on information that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area to distribute contraband drugs, a team of police conducted a drive.Sensing the presence of police, the gang hurled brick chips and opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.The gunfight left Sharifur dead on the spot.Two policemen were also injured, said the OC adding that they recovered 100 yaba tablets and five kilograms of hemp from the spot.last_img read more

4 technocrat ministers quit

first_imgMotiur Rahman, Nurul Islam, Yafes Osman and Mustafa JabbarHours after prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked them to step down, four technocrat ministers of the current cabinet resigned on Tuesday evening, reports UNB.Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, religious affairs minister principal Matior Rahman, science and technology minister Yafesh Osman and posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar rendered their resignation letters to the prime minister through the cabinet division.Nurul Islam’s personal secretary Abul Hasnat Humayun Kabir submitted his resignation letter to the cabinet division around 6:30pm, said his assistant private secretary-2 Niaj Morshed Niru.Matior’s personal secretary Anwar Hossain said he submitted the religious affairs minister’s resignation letter to the cabinet division around 7:15pm.Meanwhile, science and technology minister submitted his resignation letter through his personal assistant Ujjal Chowdhury after 6:00pm.Mustafa Jabbar’s resignation was submitted to the cabinet division, said a source at the division.Earlier in the day, the prime minister directed the four technocrat ministers to quit the cabinet, said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader while talking to reporters at Ganobhaban after the Cabinet meeting.He, however, said the other ministers will remain there as usual in their respective posts.last_img read more

Govt lax on syndicate controlling labour market

first_imgFile PhotoMalaysia, the second largest job market for Bangladeshi workers, has not been recruiting new workers for more than eight months on the allegation that a syndicate is controlling the labour market.As a result, more than 100,000 potential workers lost opportunities to work in Malaysia and it may leave a negative impact on the country’s remittance flow.The Bangladesh government, however, did not take any meaningful action against the syndicate.The crisis could not be settled even after several bilateral meetings of the Joint Working Group (JWG) were held to begin an interim process to recruit Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, according to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.The independent committee formed by the Malaysian government to investigate the matter has already made a draft report. On the contrary, the High Court in Bangladesh has asked the ministry to submit a report within six months after investigating the matter. The deadline has already expired, and now the ministry has requested for an extension.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had formed a probe committee last year, but they did not carry out an investigation.Rather, the organised syndicate are trying to control the market again, according to many.The syndicate was comprised of 10 recruiting agencies and they have misappropriated Tk 47 billion, which irked the Malaysian authorities.According to Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, the government is more concerned about resuming the worker sending process than taking actions against the syndicate.A ministerial level meeting between the two countries is scheduled to begin in Kuala Lumpur on 14 May. The Bangladesh delegation will be led by state minister for expatriates’ welfare Imran Ahmad.“The authorities will be on high alert to prevent forming of such syndicates again and those who are responsible will be punished,” said expatriate welfare secretary Rounak Jahan.Only 55 people recruited in 3 monthsAccording to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Malaysia has not issued any visa to any Bangladeshi worker since September. However, workers who received a visa before September went to Malaysia. As many as 175,927 people went to Malaysia in 2018.In the first three months of 2018, 38,065 people went to Malaysia whereas the number decreased to only 55 in the first three months of this year.The remittance will fallA Bangladeshi worker earns around Tk 20,000-22,000 in a month.World Bank’s chief economist Zahid Hossain told Prothom Alo, “A worker usually takes 8 to 12 months to send money home. So the number of employees going abroad does not affect the flow of expatriate income immediately.”But in the long run, this may result in lesser remittances sent.Preparations almost doneMalaysian Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran said the process of recruiting new workers from Bangladesh and Nepal will begin soon.Last year, the Malaysian government formed an independent foreign workers’ committee headed by a judge. The committee has proposed an integrated structure to recruit new workers.The committee, in its draft report, recommended opening an online job portal. The employers can publish their requirement on the portal where the workers can apply.The employer must get registered by making a security deposit of RM 250,000.If the salary and allowances of an employee are due or if any compensation is needed, the money will be adjusted from the security deposit. MRA will reply within 48 hours of submission of a job application. Experts say the process will eliminate the problems caused by the middlemen.However, a number of senior businessmen and several officials in the ministry have alleged that no action had been taken against the syndicate as they are ‘very powerful and influential’.Migration expert and director of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) CR Abrar said, “The government had promised to take actions against those reposondible for the crisis. But effective measures to solve the problem are not visible. The country will suffer in the long run if such a potential source of income goes under any syndicate’s control.”* This report appearing in Prothom Alo’s print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Political Roundup Sessions Testifies And Rep Green To Retire

first_imgIt’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.The stories we discuss this week include: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Pres. Trump’s tour of Asia, and Congressman Gene Green announcing he wont seek another term.This week, our panel includes: Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Nancy Sims, lecturer at the University of Houston’s political science department; and Andrew Schneider, New 88.7’s politics and government reporter. X 00:00 /19:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img

Dianah Shaw Installed as 2019 President of DC Association of Realtors

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterDianah Shaw of POWER Consulting and Real Estate was installed as President of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors at the New Hampshire Avenue Northwest Headquarters this month- promising to continue connecting the industry, the people and the government together.“I’m excited,” Shaw said in an interview with the AFRO. “I’ve been on the board for a few years and decided that I would step up. I am excited because of an opportunity to bring the state Association (DCAR), this industry and my love and passion for the community together.”D.C. Council member Anita Bonds swearing in Dianah Shaw as the President of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors. (Courtesy Photo)District of Columbia Council member Anita Bonds swore in Shaw at the ceremony. Also on hand was Elizabeth Mendenhall, the past president of National Association of Realtors who installed new Board members and executive committee for 2019.Shaw will be responsible for directing the internal and external activities of the Association, attend all meetings of the DCAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee, represent the organization at important meetings and business functions as well as serve as the official spokesperson for the Association on issues relating to the local housing market and real estate industry, according to a press release.“Our goal this year is to be in the community,” Shaw said. “We want to hit every ward and leave something there – installing a bench, planting a tree, something that represents the DCAR and something that has longevity.”A Springfield, Massachusetts native, Shaw owns and operates POWER (People Organizing With Economic Resources) Consulting and Real Estate an independent, woman and African-American owned firm doing business primarily in the Washington, D.C. metro region.  POWER specializes  in the property management, residential sales and services and investor acquisition and support categories. The firm plans to expand operations in Shaw’s native Massachusetts as well as other markets in the coming years.While showing up is one thing Shaw wants to accomplish for the community, education is another touchstone for the new President.“It’s really important that we are educating the public,” Shaw said. “Education is powerful. As a service provider your clients depend on you. You help them get educated about what it is you can do for them as a professional – that is critical. Especially folks who are in the market today.”Shaw spoke about the current real estate and the need for liaisons in the field.“Rent rates are out of control,” Shaw said. “I say that only because your average family who is thinking to rent or buy in this area. The area has grown up. We function as a big city being the Capital although we are geographically limited.”“I try to encourage more young people to look at non traditional ways of living, like shared living spaces. There ware ways to be creative to be affordable.”Another important issue Shaw wants to tackle is collaboration of resources.“From the community side, we are working with nonprofits and other organizations so we can address some of the issues of affordable housing,” Shaw said. “We want to be in partnership with D.C. government and the community about the things they’re concerned about.”Shaw begins her year long term January of 2019.last_img read more

Depression anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking

first_imgLos Angeles: Anxiety and depression may significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and arthritis, comparable to smoking and obesity, a study warns.Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US looked at the health data of more than 15,000 older adults over a four-year period.The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, found that 16 per cent (2,225) suffered from high levels of anxiety and depression, 31 per cent (4,737) were obese and 14 per cent (2,125) were current smokers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfParticipants with high levels of anxiety and depression were found to face 65 per cent increased odds for a heart condition, 64 per cent for stroke, 50 per cent for high blood pressure and 87 for arthritis, compared to those without anxiety and depression.”These increased odds are similar to those of participants who are smokers or are obese,” said Aoife O’Donovan from UCSF.”However, for arthritis, high anxiety and depression seem to confer higher risks than smoking and obesity,” O’Donovan said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnlike the other conditions investigated, the researchers found that high levels of depression and anxiety were not associated with cancer incidence.This confirms results from previous studies, but contradicts a prevailing idea shared by many patients, researchers said.”Our findings are in line with a lot of other studies showing that psychological distress is not a strong predictor of many types of cancer,” O’Donovan said.”On top of highlighting that mental health matters for a whole host of medical illnesses, it is important that we promote these null findings. We need to stop attributing cancer diagnoses to histories of stress, depression and anxiety,” O’Donovan said. The researchers discovered that symptoms such as headache, stomach upset, back pain and shortness of breath increased exponentially in association with high stress and depression.Odds for headache, for example, were 161 per cent higher in this group, compared with no increase among the participants who were obese and smokers.”Anxiety and depression symptoms are strongly linked to poor physical health, yet these conditions continue to receive limited attention in primary care settings, compared to smoking and obesity,” said Andrea Niles from UCSF.”To our knowledge this is the first study that directly compared anxiety and depression to obesity and smoking as prospective risk factors for disease onset in long-term studies,” Niles said.last_img read more

Bitcoin Breaks 1000 for First Time Ever

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Listen Now How Success Happens 3 min read Bitcoin continued its stellar rally on Wednesday, breaking above $1,000 for the first time and marking a rise of over 7,600 percent so far this year.Many analysts and investors have labeled bitcoin’s unfettered rise a bubble, yet greater awareness of digital currencies and relief following last week’s U.S. senate hearing have paved the way for fresh gains.Bitcoin traded as high as $1,030 on the Mt. Gox exchange, up 7,661 percent year-to-date from its December 31 close of $13.27.Digital currencies cleared a major hurdle when U.S. authorities signaled a willingness to accept them as legitimate payment alternatives at a November 18 U.S. Senate hearing on virtual currencies. The outcome allayed concerns that the government would take steps that could undercut mainstream adoption.”What we’re seeing is governments publicly announce and show that they recognize Bitcoin as a factor in the financial system and that they are considering how to regulate it – which is good for the currency,” Zennon Kapron, managing director of KapronAsiam, told CNBC.Comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were also seen as supportive. In an open letter to Senators before the Senate hearing Bernanke echoed comments from former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder who spoke about digital currencies at a House of Representatives hearing in 1995.”Vice Chairman Alan Blinder’s testimony at that time made the key point that while these types of innovations may pose risks related to law enforcement and supervisory matters, there are also areas in which they may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system,” Bernanke wrote.With much of the recent surge in Bitcoin demand coming from China, the U.S. senate hearing outcome has raised expectations that Beijing may steer away from heavily regulating digital currencies.”If either government were going to ban the currency outright, they would have made the decision now rather than later as it would really serve no purpose to delay beyond fueling speculation. So overly heavy-handed government regulation looks unlikely,” Zennon added.The digital currency has risen around 30 percent since its open on Tuesday, November 19, one day after the U.S. Senate hearing.Greater awarenessIncreased awareness also underlies bitcoin’s continued rise following a surge in mainstream media coverage and the preponderance of bitcoin-related events globally.Web-based searches for the term ‘bitcoin,’ which was added to Oxford Dictionaries Online this year, have seen a sharp increase since September according to Google data. On the day of the U.S. Senate hearing on virtual currencies, ‘bitcoin’ was the most popular search term, Google Trends showed.India will hold its first official Bitcoin conference in mid-December. According to a report in the Economic Times, the event is expected to see participation from the Reserve Bank of India – India’s central bank – as well as State Bank of India – the country’s largest bank.Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said last Friday that his commercial space flight venture will accept bitcoin as payment.A test of whether the digital currency is being accepted more broadly could come with the second annual ‘Bitcoin Black Friday’ this week. The event will be held one day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. According to the official promotional website for the event, merchants selling everything from web hosting to organic beer will offer special deals to anyone paying in Bitcoin. November 27, 2013 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

Build Java EE containers using Docker Tutorial

first_imgContainers are changing the way we build and deliver software. They are also the essential glue for DevOps and the way to take CI/CD to another level. Put them together and you will have one of the most powerful environments in IT. But can Java EE take advantage of it? Of course! If an application server is an abstraction of Java EE applications, containers are an abstraction of the server, and once you have them built into a standard such as Docker, you have the power to use such tools to manage an application server. This article is an extract from the book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. This article will show you how to put your Java EE application inside a container. Since day one, Java EE has been based on containers. If you doubt it, just have a look at this diagram: Java EE architecture: https://docs. oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/bnacj.html It belongs to Oracle’s official documentation for Java EE 6 and, actually, has been much the same architecture since the times of Sun. If you pay attention, you will notice that there are different containers: a web container, an EJB container, and an application client container. In this architecture, it means that the applications developed with those APIs will rely on many features and services provided by the container. When we take the Java EE application server and put it inside a Docker container, we are doing the same thing— it is relying on some of the features and services provided by the Docker environment. This recipe will show you how to deliver a Java EE application in a container bundle, which is called an appliance. Installing Docker First, of course, you need the Docker platform installed in your environment. There are plenty of options, so I suggest you check this link and get more details: And if you are not familiar with Docker commands, I recommend you have a look at this beautiful cheat sheet: You’ll also need to create an account at Docker Hub so you can store your own images. Check it out. It’s free for public images. Building Java EE Container To build your Java EE container, you’ll first need a Docker image. To build it, you’ll need a Dockerfile such as this: FROM openjdk:8-jdkENV GLASSFISH_HOME /usr/local/glassfishENV PATH ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/bin:$PATHENV GLASSFISH_PKG latest-glassfish.zipENV GLASSFISH_URL https://download.oracle.com/glassfish/5.0/nightly/latest-glassfish.zipRUN mkdir -p ${GLASSFISH_HOME}WORKDIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}RUN set -x && curl -fSL ${GLASSFISH_URL} -o ${GLASSFISH_PKG} && unzip -o $GLASSFISH_PKG && rm -f $GLASSFISH_PKG && mv glassfish5/* ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && rm -Rf glassfish5RUN addgroup glassfish_grp && adduser –system glassfish && usermod -G glassfish_grp glassfish && chown -R glassfish:glassfish_grp ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && chmod -R 777 ${GLASSFISH_HOME} COPY docker-entrypoint.sh /RUN chmod +x /docker-entrypoint.shUSER glassfishENTRYPOINT [“/docker-entrypoint.sh”]EXPOSE 4848 8080 8181CMD [“asadmin”, “start-domain”, “-v”] This image will be our base image from which we will construct other images in this chapter. Now we need to build it: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 . Go ahead and push it to your Docker Registry at Docker Hub: docker push eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 Now you can create another image by customizing the previous one, and then put your app on it: FROM eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8ENV DEPLOYMENT_DIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/glassfish/domains/domain1/autodeploy/COPY app.war ${DEPLOYMENT_DIR} In the same folder, we have a Java EE application file (app.war) that will be deployed inside the container. Check the See also section to download all the files. Once you save your Dockerfile, you can build your image: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook . Now you can create the container: docker run -d –name gf-javaee-cookbook -h gf-javaee-cookbook -p 80:8080 -p 4848:4848 -p 8686:8686 -p 8009:8009 -p 8181:8181 eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook Wait a few seconds and open this URL in your browser: http://localhost/app How to work with Dockerfile Let’s understand our first Dockerfile: FROM openjdk:8-jdk This FROM keyword will ask Docker to pull the openjdk:8-jdk image, but what does it mean? It means that there’s a registry somewhere where your Docker will find prebuilt images. If there’s no image registry in your local environment, it will search for it in Docker Hub, the official and public Docker registry in the cloud. And when you say that you are using a pre-built image, it means that you don’t need to build, in our case, the whole Linux container from scratch. There’s already a template that you can rely on: ENV GLASSFISH_HOME /usr/local/glassfishENV PATH ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/bin:$PATHENV GLASSFISH_PKG latest-glassfish.zipENV GLASSFISH_URL https://download.oracle.com/glassfish/5.0/nightly/latest-glassfish.zipRUN mkdir -p ${GLASSFISH_HOME}WORKDIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME} Here are just some environment variables to help with the coding. RUN set -x && curl -fSL ${GLASSFISH_URL} -o ${GLASSFISH_PKG} && unzip -o $GLASSFISH_PKG && rm -f $GLASSFISH_PKG && mv glassfish5/* ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && rm -Rf glassfish5 The RUN clause in Dockerfiles execute some bash commands inside the container when it has been created. Basically, what is happening here is that GlassFish is being downloaded and then prepared in the container: RUN addgroup glassfish_grp && adduser –system glassfish && usermod -G glassfish_grp glassfish && chown -R glassfish:glassfish_grp ${GLASSFISH_HOME} && chmod -R 777 ${GLASSFISH_HOME} For safety, we define the user that will hold the permissions for GlassFish files and processes: COPY docker-entrypoint.sh /RUN chmod +x /docker-entrypoint.sh Here we are including a bash script inside the container to perform some GlassFish administrative tasks: #!/bin/bashif [[ -z $ADMIN_PASSWORD ]]; thenADMIN_PASSWORD=$(date| md5sum | fold -w 8 | head -n 1)echo “##########GENERATED ADMIN PASSWORD: $ADMIN_PASSWORD##########”fiecho “AS_ADMIN_PASSWORD=” > /tmp/glassfishpwdecho “AS_ADMIN_NEWPASSWORD=${ADMIN_PASSWORD}” >> /tmp/glassfishpwdasadmin –user=admin –passwordfile=/tmp/glassfishpwd change-admin-password –domain_name domain1asadmin start-domainecho “AS_ADMIN_PASSWORD=${ADMIN_PASSWORD}” > /tmp/glassfishpwdasadmin –user=admin –passwordfile=/tmp/glassfishpwd enable-secure-adminasadmin –user=admin stop-domainrm /tmp/glassfishpwdexec “$@” After copying the bash file into the container, we go to the final block: USER glassfishENTRYPOINT [“/docker-entrypoint.sh”]EXPOSE 4848 8080 8181CMD [“asadmin”, “start-domain”, “-v”] The USER clause defines the user that will be used from this point in the file. It’s great because from there, all the tasks will be done by the glassfish user. The ENTRYPOINT clause will execute the docker-entrypoint.sh script. The EXPOSE clause will define the ports that will be available for containers that use this image. And finally, the CMD clause will call the GlassFish script that will initialize the container. Now let’s understand our second Dockerfile: FROM eldermoraes/gf-javaee-jdk8 We need to take into account the same considerations about the prebuilt image, but now the image was made by you. Congratulations! ENV DEPLOYMENT_DIR ${GLASSFISH_HOME}/glassfish/domains/domain1/autodeploy/ Here, we are building an environment variable to help with the deployment. It’s done in the same way as for Linux systems: COPY app.war ${DEPLOYMENT_DIR} This COPY command will literally copy the app.war file to the folder defined in the DEPLOYMENT_DIR environment variable. From here, you are ready to build an image and create a container. The image builder is self-explanatory: docker build -t eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook . Let’s check the docker run command: docker run -d –name gf-javaee-cookbook -h gf-javaee-cookbook -p 80:8080 -p 4848:4848 -p 8686:8686 -p 8009:8009 -p 8181:8181 eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook If we break it down, this is what the various elements of the command mean: -h: Defines the host name of the container. -p: Defines which ports will be exposed and how it will be done. It is useful, for example, when more than one container is using the same port by default—you just use them differently. eldermoraes/gf-javaee-cookbook: The reference to the image you just built. So now you’ve successfully built a container for your Java EE application, in Docker. If you found this tutorial helpful and would like to learn more, head over to the Packt store and get the book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. 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St Kitts announces expanded Air Canada service at culinary event

first_imgMost notable new offering? Expanded Air Canada service, with a second weekly nonstop from Toronto on Tuesdays from Feb. 11 through April 14, 2020. The added flight complements already existing nonstops on Saturday and extends Air Canada’s service to St. Kitts to six months of the year.According to Paul Minich, Market Consultant for The St. Kitts Tourism Authority in Canada, the extra flight is a reflection of growing demand by Canadians for the destination: “We are experiencing strong growth from Canada and this expansion of service is very significant to the destination. We are thrilled.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upRacquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added: “Following its extension of service to St. Kitts to six months of the year for winter 2018-2019 and the upgauging of the majority of those flights from a 136-seat Airbus A-319 to a 200-seat Airbus A-321 aircraft, Air Canada’s addition of mid-week flying from Toronto for the first time in our history is a huge benefit for us. Allowing more flexibility in travellers’ length of stay, it provides one more building block to help up to continue our momentum of strong arrivals growth from Canada that we are achieving through targeted marketing to the affluent traveller in the golf and lifestyle niche markets.”For the first four months of 2019, air passenger arrivals from Air Canada increased over 60% compared to the same period in 2018. Its new Tuesday flight will significantly increase the amount of available seats to carry travellers to the island, thereby reinforcing the island’s potential air arrivals growth for 2020.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAir Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island’s only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In 2018, service expanded from peak season only to operate for a six-month period starting in November 2018 through the end of April 2019.The new Tuesday flight will operate on a 136-seat Airbus A-319 with 12 Premium Rouge and 124 Economy class seats. Flight AC1730 will depart YYZ at 11:20 a.m. and arrive at SKB at 5:05 p.m, while return flight AC1731 will depart SKB at 5:55 p.m. and arrive at YYZ at 10:05 p.m. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Air Canada, Culinary Tourism, St. Kitts TORONTO — It was all hands on deck at St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s second annual culinary event where travel agents helped prepare mouthwatering recipes from popular Kittitian restaurants.Taking place at Toronto’s Cirillo’s Culinary Academy last week, the second annual, sold-out event included a full house of Tripcentral travel professionals who were given an update on what’s new on the island. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 St. Kitts announces expanded Air Canada service at culinary event Travelweek Group last_img read more

Turrialbas treasure Hacienda Tayutic

first_imgFrom the print editionVestiges of the past pop up everywhere at Hacienda Tayutic. Ornate dishes that hang on the walls date five generations back. Two swords used as a centerpiece were handed down to owner Federico Ortuño from a great grandfather who owned a farm in Guanacaste. The sofas arrived via another great grandfather, Gaspar Ortuño, who came to Costa Rica from Spain and helped found the Central Bank of Costa Rica. An armoire gifted by two great aunts who were nuns has been transformed into a liquor bar. “I’m an antique hunter,” Ortuño said matter-of-factly.He seems to have inherited those skills from his parents, who left their own exquisite touches on the Turrialba plantation east of San José, in a village called Sitio de Mata. Ortuño’s idiosyncrasies coupled with the hotel’s wonderful mountain setting make for a soothing stay at Tayutic. Ortuño and his brother Felipe began turning his family’s home into a quaint luxury hotel with just six cozy rooms in the mid-2000s. Even as the Tayutic plantation maintains its primary purpose as an organic sugar mill, the home always seemed destined to be a guesthouse. Newlyweds have weddings at an old Roman Catholic church reconstructed in the hacienda’s backyard. Both the sanctuary’s stained-glass windows and the piano were picked up by Ortuño’s family members after previous owners discarded them. The stained-glass came from another church. The piano once entertained guests at a San José bordello.Beyond the charming artifacts is a stunning view of the town below. Lights flicker in the city of Turrialba, forests grow up around the mountain, and in the distance, the Turrialba Volcano fumes. The landscape looks magnificent at all angles, whether it’s from the swimming pool, the splendid wood patio or the chapel, where non-Roman Catholic weddings are performed. Decades ago, the Ortuños constructed their home in a distinctive British colonial style with airy spaces that keep the inside of the building fresh. The roof is held in place by an intricate spire that Ortuño’s father collected after it fell off a truck into the middle of the highway.The place fits together like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, and almost every piece has its puzzle, which contains its own engrossing backstory. The origin of the house itself includes its own tale. The Ortuños grew coffee in San José until the Irazú Volcano erupted and killed their crops. Looking for a new place to start up the business, the family learned about land in the hills of Turrialba. They began producing both sugarcane and coffee. In 1992, Felipe Ortuño jumped on the organic food trend beginning in the United States. With some guidance from Germans interested in exporting the product, the sugar mill began producing granulated organic brown sugar. The Ortuños export 2 million kilos of organic sugar a year now. Tours of the mill became popular with cruise ship travelers over the years, long before one tourist suggested: “Why don’t you have a place where we can stay?”Hotel guests now receive meals served with organic ingredients grown at the hacienda, such as coffee, macadamia nuts and herbs and spices. The Tayutic staff includes community members who have worked at the hacienda for almost 40 years. Ortuño returned two months ago after a four-year stint as Costa Rica’s ambassador to Italy. His work there included paying off a $15 million debt Costa Rica owed to the Italians. After the deed was finished, the Italian government rewarded Ortuño with the highest decoration a non-military foreigner can receive. But after so much time away from home, Ortuño is pleased to be back at the hacienda. He appreciates the uncomplicated calm. No massive debts to repay. Just plants to water. Sugar candies to sample. Guests to check in on. “I really love this job,” Ortuño said. “I feel proud.”nGoing thereFrom April 15-Dec. 20, the regular rate (which includes breakfast) is $295 per night, plus tax. The all-inclusive rate is $355. Hacienda Tayutic is located 53 kilometers from San José, about a two-hour drive. From the capital, drive to Turrialba town towards Limón, and pass over Reventazón River.On the road that leads to La Suiza, turn left. Drive five minutes and after the Boveda Cemetery, take a right. That road leads up to Sitio de Mata town. Drive 2.5 kilometers on the dirt road, and turn right at the sign: “Tayutic: The Hacienda Experience.” For more info or reservations, visit www.tayutic.com. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more