US fast food brand ChickfilA announces plans for Canadian expansion

first_imgTORONTO – A controversial fast food company that is known as much for its role in U.S. politics as it is for its chicken announced Wednesday that it will expand its Canadian presence over the next five years.Chick-fil-A Inc., which currently has a single Canadian location at Calgary International Airport, said it will open a restaurant in Toronto next year and has plans to establish about 15 locations around the Greater Toronto Area over the next five years.The Atlanta-based company’s expansion comes as a handful of foreign fast food chains are proving that they’re no chickens when it comes to Canada. In recent years, Filipino brand Jollibee and American chains Five Guys Burger and Fries, the Halal Guys, Wahlburgers and Blaze Pizza have entered the already-crowded Canadian market.Foreign brands are likely attracted to the country and Toronto because of the large population, international reputation and close proximity to the U.S., said food industry expert Robert Carter, who expects other large companies will watch Chick-fil-A’s expansion to guide whether they should head to Canada too.“Toronto is considered one of the more multicultural cities in North America, if not the world, so it is a great platform for brands expanding international to test out the Canadian market and then start to fine-tune some of the differences from the U.S. business model,” said Carter.“Chick-fil-A is a very beloved brand down in the U.S. with strong consumer loyalty and I think some of that brands’s awareness will translate for Canadians as well… When you look at loyalty, it is almost on par with a brand like Tim Hortons in Canada.”However, Chick-fil-A is unlike most of the homegrown fast-food brands or foreign ones that have come to Canada because it’s known for its religious and conservative values.The company is owned by the Cathy family, a billionaire evangelical Southern Baptist clan, which attracted plenty of attention in 2012, when its president Dan Cathy said he believes in the “the biblical definition of the family unit” and said those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation”.When the Supreme Court chose to support same-sex marriages in the U.S. a year later, Cathy posted on Twitter that the “founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation” and pronounced it a “sad day for our nation.”His remarks caused politicians to call for the chain to boycotted, but Carter suspects the furor will be a “non-issue” for Canadians because he said once issues like these “fall out of the consciousness of consumers, it is business as usual.”He thinks Canadians will find it “curious” if the company sticks to its U.S. policy of keeping its locations closed on Sundays as a way of giving staff time off, but he doesn’t believe it will bother customers too much because he said there are many smaller restaurants that also don’t open that day of the week.To resonate with Canadian audiences, Carter mused that Chick-fil-A could make some changes to its menu items, perhaps rolling out a coffee program or more breakfast offerings, which have proved to be a boon for McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in Canada.Breakfast is the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012, according to research companies NPD Group and Nielsen, and breakfast sandwiches make up a third of all orders placed during that time of day.Chick-fil-A will only boost the competition for morning meal dollars in Canada, Carter said, because the company offers a chicken breakfast sandwich, which he hasn’t seen other restaurants in the country roll out.He also considers Chick-fil-A’s expansion to come at an advantageous time because he has seen chicken recently become a “hot” and “go-to” menu item for Canadians.Chick-fil-A offers chicken nuggets, wraps and strips at its 2,300 restaurants in the U.S., which collectively brought the company more than $9 billion in revenue in 2017.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version claimed that Chick-fil-A would open its first Canadian restaurant in Toronto in 2019.last_img read more

Mexican border strikers win agreements at 27 of 45 plants

MEXICO CITY — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros say they have reached deals with 27 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 per cent.The strikers in Matamoros, south of Brownsville, Texas, have now reached deals with a majority of the plants where more than 25,000 walked out Friday.The factories make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods. More than one-third of the city’s 130 border assembly plants were affected.The Union of Maquiladora Industry Industrial Workers of Matamoros said Tuesday about 20 companies with a total of 27 plants agreed to raise wages and pay workers a one-time bonus of about $1,685.The strike was apparently triggered by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to double minimum wages in border areas.The Associated Press read more

UN expert cautions Latvia to keep a close eye on threats to

31 October 2008The sexual exploitation of children is a matter for concern in Latvia despite the low number of reported cases, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that continued vigilance is needed from the State to protect its young. While noting that Latvia had taken clear steps to guard against child abuse, exploitation and violence, Najat M’jid Maalla, the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, stressed continuing threats to children in the country.Ms. Maalla highlighted the increase of pornography and child sex tourism and the use of the internet by paedophiles, abusers and sex tourists, as well as the growing number of families facing difficulties in the Baltic State as forces eroding the safety of young people.During a six-day visit that ended yesterday, Ms. Maalla met with State associations, the media and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and toured seven centres and organizations involved in child protection, according to a press release issued by the Special Rapporteur.She was encouraged to see first-hand Latvia’s efforts – in legislation, law enforcement, social and health-care support, and education and prevention programmes – to reduce the exploitation of children. However, Ms. Maalla expressed concern that the increasing cost of child-care had resulted in the closure of some centres and a reduction of staff in others. She also urged the media to be more active in raising awareness, providing information and shaping public opinion on issues concerning the sexual exploitation of children.Ms. Maalla, a paediatrician in Morocco, has served as an independent and unpaid Special Rapporteur since May and reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. read more

Somalia Security Council speaks out against recent suicide bombing

The blast at a hotel in Beledweyne, north of the capital, Mogadishu, reportedly killed 35 people.In a press statement read out by Ambassador Baki Ilkin of Turkey, which holds the rotating Council presidency for June, the 15-member body offered “their sincere condolences to the families of those murdered or injured in the attack, as well as to the Government and the people of Somalia.”The Council reiterated its support for the Transitional Federal Government, its efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation in Somalia through the UN-facilitated Djibouti process, which aided the formation of the new government in February, as well as the creation of a newly-expanded Parliament and election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. The body also expressed its continued backing for the work of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its statement, while condemning the recent flare up of deadly violence in the Horn of Africa country. 19 June 2009The Security Council today strongly condemned the suicide car-bomb attack in Somalia that killed the national security minister, Omar Hashi Aden, and a number of innocent civilians on 18 June. read more

Hammersmith stabbing 39 people marched out of house party and arrested

Police in attendance Officers said early on Tuesday morning that 20 males and 15 females, aged between 16 and 22, were released under investigation.Two 18-year-old men and two boys aged 16 and 17 were released on bail.One witness, who asked to remain anonymous and covered half her face with a scarf, claimed she had seen the victim being tended by paramedics.She said: “I was looking out of the window. I heard a man saying ‘leave him, leave him’ and then ‘get him’, and the person who must have done the stabbing shouting, ‘come on then, come on then’.“Then I heard someone say, ‘no, don’t do it’. It was a girl’s voice. She was the only one talking sense there.” Dozens of suspects were arrested after party-goers allegedly refused to cooperate with policeCredit:Mason El Hage Police were first called at 1amCredit:@koshmiah 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. Forensic teams arrived to examine the flat on Greyhound Road on Monday afternoon “I started to cry because I just couldn’t believe it – there is one man and there is 30 of [them].” A year of bloodshed on the streets of London was rounded off by the dramatic arrest of 39 people in connection with a stabbing on Monday.Police took the unusual step of detaining dozens of suspects at a house party in the early hours of New Year’s Eve, after being met with a wall of silence about the attack, which happened nearby.It was thought several assailants had chased and knifed a man outside a branch of Sainsbury’s, before running to the flat on Greyhound Road, Hammersmith, which was yards away.The victim, believed to be in his mid 30s, was taken to hospital where he remained in a critical but stable condition last night.Scotland Yard said the violence started with a “minor argument” in a shop on neighbouring Fulham Palace Road. Witnesses described seeing about 50 police officers, including dog handlers, arrive at the party at around 1am. They marched the occupants out of the building in single file and lined them up for questioning against a wall. The woman said she had seen the group run into the building, where someone allegedly kept watch through a window.“I made a call to the police, I said someone is going to get stabbed and at that moment that man got stabbed,” she said. “I was then on my way to my boyfriend’s house. As I got to the corner I saw the guy on the floor and he was stabbed right here [slightly below the chest].“He was in some burgundy boxers. He was breathing and paramedics were around him. I could see he was skinny. Forensic teams arrived to examine the flat on Greyhound Road on Monday afternoonCredit:Guilhem Baker/London News Pictures Dozens of suspects were arrested after party-goers allegedly refused to cooperate with police “Whilst it is unusual for so many people to be arrested in the early stages of an investigation such as this, due to a lack of cooperation and the necessity of securing essential evidence following a serious assault, this action was appropriate,” said Supt Mark Lawrence. Mason El Hage, a 23-year-old graphic designer who lived in the flat next door to the party, said he initially thought that the police were carrying out a drugs raid. He said: “Three riot vans rocked up and about 50 police officers marched up the road, went into the address next door and brought around 30 to 40 people and lined them up against the wall.“They were interrogating them for around an hour. They were young males, females.”Mr El Hage described it as a “very, very swift operation”.All suspects were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to several police stations. Officers recovered two blades close to the scene. Knife violence cast a long shadow over the capital last year, as politicians faced mounting pressure to bring the epidemic under control.Scotland Yard confirmed there had been 134 homicides in 2018, the highest number in London for a decade and a 13 per cent increase on the total for 2017, when there were 118, excluding the London Bridge and Westminster terrorist attacks. There were 110 homicides in 2016. read more

The state has asked Twitter to block 13 accounts in Ireland this

first_imgTHE IRISH STATE, through the courts and other government agencies, has requested that Twitter withhold tweets from a total of 13 accounts so far this year.Twitter said no in all cases.The figures come from the microblogging site’s twice-yearly Transparency Report, which was published last week.It found that, between January and June this year, Irish courts and government agencies made two separate applications to have accounts removed from the streams of users in Ireland.These requests, had they been granted, would have blocked a total of 13 accounts from appearing  to Twitter-users with Irish IP addresses.Twitter sometimes withholds content on the basis of a formal request from an authorised party (a court, police force, or government agency) on the basis that the content might break the law of a given country.That might mean, for example, an account that impersonates a real individual, or tweets that constitute harassment or threats.Responding to questions from TheJournal.ie, a Twitter spokesperson declined to give any further details on the latest report, including details on the accounts and tweets that would have been affected by the requests.Similarly, a spokesperson from An Garda Síochána would not comment on whether or why the force has made such requests to Twitter, and a spokesperson for the Courts Service was not available for comment.When content is withheld, however, it looks something like this on your Twitter feed, according to the company’s guidelines:When an account is being blocked, it will appear like this:Interestingly, the Irish government has also made three requests for information on four different accounts, according to the report.One of the three requests was successful.According to Twitter, government requests for user information typically revolve around criminal investigations.A spokesperson for the Data Protection Commissioner, which was set up to monitor the private information of members of the public, told TheJournal.ie that requests for information like this had to strike a balance between the needs of criminal investigations and the rights of internet users: The Data Protection Commissioner has consistently stressed that proportionality in relation to law enforcement/intelligence access to personal information is vital…Read: Irish government asks Twitter for some users’ account details>Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security>last_img read more

Opera compte plus de 100 millions dutilisateurs

first_imgOpera compte plus de 100 millions d’utilisateurs Le navigateur Internet norvégien a dépassé la barre symbolique des 100 millions d’utilisateurs de ses versions mobiles.Opera est bien le navigateurs Internet pour smartphones le plus utilisé de la planète. Avec 105 millions de fidèles, soit 90,4 millions se servant d’Opera Mini et 15 millions pour Opera Mobile, l’éditeur norvégien s’est taillé la part du lion dans le secteur. Les derniers chiffres de StatCounter ne trompent d’ailleurs pas puisque Opera pèse 21% de parts de marché, contre 18,17% pour le navigateur de l’iPhone, 15,52% pour celui de Nokia, 14,85% pour les Blackberry et 14,19% pour les smartphones Android. Loin de se contenter de cela, Opera présentera lors du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone, le salon mondial de la téléphonie mobile, une version pour iPad de son Opera Mini ainsi que des mises à jour importantes des éditions Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Java, et Symbian. Sa place de leader ne risque pas de lui échapper de sitôt.Le 11 février 2011 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Viewers again decline on May 1, NBA Playoffs dominate cable

first_img WWE Smackdown Live ratings are in for May 1, 2018.This week’s episode from Montreal, the go-home show for Backlash, drew an average of 2.44 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.55 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 4 for the night on cable, with two NBA Playoff games dominating the night on cable drawing 5.652 million (Pelicans/Warriors) and 5.587 million (Cavs/Raptors).Per a report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, this was the lowest rated episode of Smackdown Live on the USA Network so far this year.Demographic ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown, headlined by Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Asuka vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella and The IIconics in a six woman tag team match, averaged a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.80 rating last week. FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Google+ Pinterest Twitter WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday center_img WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

CFO recommends bypass of Cabinet House of Assembly for 21 million spending

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Aug 2015 – The Governor is pulling constitutional rank and will go ahead and give $2.1 million dollars for security listed under the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force in the new Budget Supplementary. A special or extra edition of the Gazette reveals that because the Cabinet and by extension the House of Assembly are unlikely to grant the resources, the Governor, Peter Beckingham and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Turnbull have agreed that in keeping with the CFO Ordinance section 4 (3) and the Constitution, section 72 (1)b and with the approval of the Secretary of State, in London, they will go ahead with the supplementary – already rejected by Cabinet Ministers – which includes millions and millions of dollars for extra security. It is unclear and not stated who the security is for. During a recent post cabinet press conference, Premier Rufus Ewing said his team rejected the request for $4.3 million in security money for the Helen Garlick team and the Finance Minister, Washington Misick admitted that their decision not to approve that money could be vetoed, so to speak.This Budget Supplementary will next be sent on to London and if approved as is, then it could be passed in an Order in Council by the Governor… never even having to go the House of Assembly for wider debate. This decision to make a constitutionally executive decision, which bypasses the elected government, underscores what the Premier said in House of Assembly last week as he expressed frustration at not getting immediate approval for funds for a second Reverse Osmosis Plant for Grand Turk to help the water shortage predicament there. Hon Sharlene Robinson, Opposition Leader: “I’m still asking who or what presented these difficulties…”Hon Rufus Ewing, Premier: “This country knows who we talking about, my Minister of Finance is the minister responsible for Finance but he ain’t in charge of finance!” It was also explained to Magnetic Media that this request for security under the Police, never came to the Appropriations Committee of the House of Assembly. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Related Items:appropriations committee, CFO ordinance, grand turk, hon. rufus ewing, reverse osmosis, sharlene robinson Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for youlast_img read more

Holeness sworn in as Jamaicas 11th Prime Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Jamaica’s New Prime Minister, Andrew Holeness is sworn in now. The Ceremony was held Thursday March 3, 2016 on the lawn of King’s House in Kingston; the Governor General’s residence. On February 25, now Prime Minister Holeness led the Jamaica Labour Party to victory over the incumbent PNP in a tight race, which gave the JLP 33 of 63 seats in Parliament. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Andrew Holeness, jamaica labour party, jamaica prime ministerlast_img read more

Sullivan Takes Oath Tomorrow Rep Young Misses First Week Due to Death

first_imgA new Congress begins tomorrow and former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan will be sworn in as Alaska’s eighth U.S. senator since statehood. Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says guests for the event include Sullivan’s family, Gov. Bill Walker and several state legislators.Download AudioOn the other side of the U.S. Capitol, the entire House of Representatives is to be sworn in tomorrow, but Alaska Congressman Don Young won’t be present, says spokesman Matt Shuckerow.“Unfortunately, the congressman – his older brother just recently passed away. It was something unexepected and very sudden. We are saddened to hear that news and unfortunately the congressman will be absent this first week of the new Congress,” he said.84-year-old Russell Young of Meridian, California, died a few days ago after a brief illness, Young’s office says. The Congressman’s younger brother in 2010. Shuckerow says Young will take the oath of office next week, likely on Monday.“I think Alaskans understand that he’s dealing with a personal family matter and he’s excited to return here next week and to be sworn in and to get back working on the issues that are of concern to Alaskans,” Shuckerow said.Young will miss the vote selecting the Speaker of the House. Republican John Boehner is expected to retain the gavel in what could be a close vote. Some of the more conservative Republicans have turned against Boehner, primarily for not fighting harder against President Obama on immigration. Shuckerow says Young would support Boehner over the other names that have surfaced as potential rivals.With the Republican takeover of the Senate, Alaska’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski, becomes chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She’ll immediately be in the national spotlight because the Republican leadership has decided the first bill it will take up is the Keystone XL pipeline. Murkowski has scheduled a hearing on the bill in her committee on Wednesday and, as chairman, she’ll manage the debate on the Senate floor. In November, a bill to approve the Keystone Pipeline fell one vote shy of the 60 needed to advance in the Senate. Proponents gained at least two Senate votes in the election.last_img read more

Kenaitze Indian Tribe opens new elder center expands campus in Old Town

first_imgA remnant of blond wood from the old Kenai fish cannery serves as a mantle over the fireplace in the main room. There’s also a library, a commercial kitchen and offices. The building can hold over 100 and serves as a hub for transportation, meals, advocacy and activities for Alaska Native and American Indian people 55 and over. Frankie says the Center has needed a new space for a long time.“In our old building, we got shut down because there was some maintenance issues and it became a hazard for elders to be in so we shut it down, moved out really quickly, jumped over there and started operating out of that center, Fort Kenai, and then we started construction on this one,” said Franke.The Elder Center, which was built with funds from the Indian Health service, opened in March. It’s part of their development of the Kenaitze Campus in Old Town Kenai. That also includes the Dena’ina Wellness Center, which opened in 2014, and a social services building; as well their new tribal court. There’s also a new property they acquired in March that will soon house their environmental and security offices.The Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Tyotkas Elder Center, pictured Monday, March 21, 2016, is located in Old Town Kenai, adjacent to other tribal operations, including an integrated healthcare. (Photo courtesy of Scoot Moon with the Kenaitize Indian Tribe)Jaylene Peterson-Nyren is Executive Director for Kenaitze Indian Tribe. She says taking care of elders is a core Native value so the project was a high priority for the tribe.“I like to say that we are all elders in the making, when you really think about it,” said Peterson-Nyren.Petersen-Nyren said it’s part of a plan for the tribe to be more proactive and visible.“The Dena’ina people here on their land here on the Kenai Peninsula really became invisible in a way with all of the outside influence and other peoples coming in and what we’ve tried to do is really partner well with the community and to really show that we are here and I think that we’ve had a lot of success partnering in locally with the state and federal programs and services,” said Peterson-Nyren.Peterson-Nyren said the development of the Kenaitze campus creates a sense of community that is both practical and also symbolic.“Old Town Kenai was one of the original village sites. There were many village sites with many different names and locations around the Kenai Peninsula. This was a space that was primarily a summer camp but it was also where the tribal members had permanent dwellings and this was one of the original village sites where folks fished down in the dip net fishery,” said Peterson-Nyren.Retired school counselor, Marylou Bottorff sits at a table in the main hall looking through a book of Alaska history, much of which she was present for. Bottoroff says she’s been coming to the tribe’s elder center in Kenai for about 20 years, in the older buildings, and she says she loves the new space.“Well it’s very roomy, airy, very bright. The colors are – they’re easy on the eye. Beautiful library and there’s more new elders coming in now that have never been here before. I notice that they’re starting at $2 a meal – can’t beat that,” said  Bottorff.Nearby, William Segura is deep into his crossword puzzle.“I go by William most of the time, but here they call me Bill,” said Segura.Segura, who once worked in the local fishery, says he was born 71 years ago, across the street from where the new elder center now stands, so it feels like home.“We never had nothing like this before, you know. I like it. I like to visit. I’m what you call a blabbermouth,” said Segura.He says he’s there for the socializing.“We never had nothing like this before, you know. I like it because I like to visit. I like to talk to people,” said Segura.The elders had always advised the tribal council that they would like to return to the site in Old Kenai, says Peterson-Nyren.“We coined [a] phrase when we moved into the Dena’ina Wellness Center and the term in Dena’ina is naqantugheduł. Naqantugheduł means that the tide has been going out and away from us for many, many years – including our people and our culture; and now the tide has turned and is coming back in to us. We are coming back to ourselves in this space, in this time,” said Peterson-Nyren.A grand opening celebration for the Kenaitze Tribe’s new Elder Center is planned for June. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe recently opened their new elder center near their Dena’ina Wellness Center in the heart of Old Town Kenai. Officials say it’s part of a larger strategy to restore the tribe’s original village site and bring better services to tribal members and other Alaska Natives and American Indians living in the area.Download AudioSharon Isaak (bottom right, grey jacket) leads members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Elders Committee in a closing prayer after the group toured for the first time the tribe’s new Elders building on Feb. 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Scott Moon with the Kenaitize Indian Tribe)The high-ceilinged multipurpose room has a wall of windows overlooking the Kenai River and the tribe’s traditional fishing grounds. The interior, in hues of chartreuse, tan and teal; matches the colors outside of the trees, beaches and the water that flows in the Kenai River. And that’s intentional, says Shayna Frankie the Manager for Tyotka’s Elder Center with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai. “We got together with our architect and told her what we wanted and they came up with a couple of displays and the elders actually had an opportunity to choose out what they wanted to see in the building,” said Frankie.last_img read more

HSBC Swiss office raided

first_imgHSBC Swiss office raided349 viewsHSBC Swiss office raided349 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00HSBC Swiss office raided349 viewsBusinessThis won’t be the most dramatic raid on a bank you’ll ever see – but the implications of it could be enormous. Geneva’s public prosector, Yves Bertossa, making his way to the lakeside offices of HSBCVentuno Web Player 4.50This won’t be the most dramatic raid on a bank you’ll ever see – but the implications of it could be enormous. Geneva’s public prosector, Yves Bertossa, making his way to the lakeside offices of HSBClast_img read more

46b Indian LoC not good for Bangladesh BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday alleged that the credit deal with India is not ‘good’ for Bangladesh due to its tough conditions and slow disbursement.In a briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, Rizvi pointed out that the projects taken under the Indian line of credit (LoC) are yet to see the light due to imposition of tough conditions.He also said the disbursement of the second LoC of $200 crore signed in 2016 is yet to begin while only $37.6 crore out of the first credit of $100 crore has been released over the last seven years.“The new credit deal which was signed with tough conditions won’t be good for the country,” the BNP said in his reaction to the latest loan deal.On Wednesday, during the visit of Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley, Bangladesh and India signed an agreement on the third LoC worth $4.5 billion.Rizvi said the condition of the Indian credit deal is much harder than any other country and the deadline for payment is also shorter. “Overall the Indian credit is not comfortable.”He said the implementation process of the projects taken under the credit will be very time-consuming one and the interest will be higher due to the tough conditions.The BNP leader came down hard on foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque, now in India, for his reported comment that Bangladesh cannot remain isolated in the name of sovereignty.”His comment has surprised us. His remark has reflected the government’s policy to put the country’s independence and sovereignty at stake.”Rizvi said the government cannot protest at the killing of Bangladeshis along the border by the Indian security force for its knee-jerk foreign policy.He alleged that the government is trying to send chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha abroad after sending him on forced leave in the name of ailment.The BNP also criticised the government for not allowing the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) leaders to meet the chief justice.He questioned why the government is not allowing the SCBA leaders to meet the CJ though the law minister and the prime minister’s international affairs adviser met him. “There might be any conspiracy against the chief justice and that’s why senior lawyers are barred from meeting him.”last_img read more

Connecting yoga with spirituality

first_imgIn the painting, Kendra Within, the birds, represent thoughts, white symbolises good thoughts, black evil and blue, which dominates the centre, stands for enlightenment.It seeks to emphasise that great destinations are found within, at the centre of the self and that this eternal inner destination can be accessed through yoga.An ongoing exhibition, Yoga Chakra-Tradition and Modernity at Sangeet Natak Akademi, seeks to go beyond the conventional belief of yoga being a solely physical exercise and focus on it as something that is “good for mind body and soul.”  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”People, today, are talking about yoga as a kind of physical exercise, which it is, but in addition to that the synergy between mind and body is very important,” said Sushma Bahl, the curator of the exhibition.”To establish this synergy, we have juxtaposed classical and historic art pieces against very contemporary ones,” she added.It was inaugurated last evening by the Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. “The fact that the International Yoga Day was celebrated across the world today is a matter of great pride for India. Yoga is a part of our culture and our ancient culture has found a place worldwide with the celebration of Yoga Day today,” said the minister. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixComprising of about 389 artworks by 150 artistes from across the globe, the exhibition has been divided into three broad segments: Gyan, Dhyan and Karma.”Each section is then sub divided into sections like yogis and yoginis, nature, cosmos etcetra to help people appreciate and enjoy the works,” said Bahl.Jagmohan Bangabni’s The Namokar Mantra represents yoga as a physical, mental or spiritual practice.Accompanied by chanting of the sacred verse or sound symbolises a spiritual experience of the wandering mind, and helps it concentrate inwardly and focus on one’s thoughts. “Yoga, which connects with spirituality, is also about wellness, happiness, and health,” said Bahl. The exhibits which have been loaned from different museums, previous exhibitions and collections, have been put together keeping in mind that they fit the idea of yoga. “We see if the works show something related to yoga as a kind of idea, as a kind of exercise, as a kind of a discussion or as a kind of philosophy,” she added.On the sidelines of the exhibition, the Akademi has also organised participatory public events like dance and music performances and workshops on yoga. The exhibition is set to continue till June 27.last_img read more

Mozilla publishes Firefox Nightly localized versions download page

first_imgMozilla publishes Firefox Nightly localized versions download page by Martin Brinkmann on September 15, 2016 in Firefox – 6 commentsFirefox Nightly is the cutting edge version of the Firefox web browser that sometimes gets updated several times a day.It is not meant for production environments, but is the first version changes are applied to and new features are introduced in.This makes it popular with developers, Mozilla employees, users interested in early-access tech and other enthusiasts.Nightly was offered as a US English version only on the official download site up until today. Users who wanted to grab a localized version of Firefox Nightly had to navigate the Mozilla FTP server to find that version and download it.It comes as no surprise that more than 90% of Firefox Nightly users are using the US English version of the web browser. The main issue with it was that localized versions did not receive the same scrubbing as the US English version, and that some users would not download Nightly because they could not locate a localized version of the browser easily.Until recently, the only way to get Firefox Nightly for desktop was to download it in English from nightly.mozilla.org or, if you wanted a build in say Japanese, Arabic or French, look for the right FTP sub-folder in ftp.mozilla.org. Nightly.mozilla.org is itself a static HTML page based on a script that scraps the FTP site for builds periodically.Of course, as a result, about 90% of our Nightly users use an en-US build. The few thousand users using a localized build are Mozilla localizers and long term contributors that knew where to search for them. We were clearly limiting ourselves to a subset of the population that could be using Firefox Nightly which is not a good thing when you want to actually grow the number of nightly users so as to get more feedback (direct and anonymous).The new Nightly download page changes that, as it makes Firefox Nightly available in fully localized versions right on that page.The page looks similar to the download pages of the other Firefox download channels. Basically, what you get is a list of languages and next to it download buttons for the supported operating systems.These are at the time of writing Windows, windows 64-bit, OS X, Linux, and Linux 64-bit.In case you are wondering why it took so long to get a proper download page for Firefox Nightly. According to Mozilla, one reason why the organization could not offer a download page similar to those of the release, beta and dev channels of Firefox was technical.The API that the Release Management team uses to populate the download pages did not provide information about Firefox Nightly. Mozilla switched to the new API this August which allowed for desktop Nightly data to be pulled and used to populate the download page.The page will be linked to from the Nightly site eventually, but that is not the case currently. Mozilla is working on that though.Closing WordsMaking Nightly available in localized languages, or at least making downloads for these localized builds easier to find, will certainly increase the number of users who will give Firefox Nightly a try.Now You: Which localized version of Firefox are you running, if any?SummaryArticle NameMozilla publishes Firefox Nightly localized versions download pageDescriptionMozilla published a new download page for Firefox Nightly today that lists all supported languages and localized builds on a page.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

López Obrador certified as next president of Mexico

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — The Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation has officially declared president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the next president of Mexico.The tribunal says that López Obrador officially obtained 53.20 percent of the votes, which is equivalent to 30,110,377 votes. The votes were recounted across the country’s more than 300 municipalities where 63.43 percent of registered voters voted.“The election of the president of the United States of Mexico is valid. Citizen Andrés Manuel López Obrador satisfies the eligibility requirements established in articles 82 and 83 of the Federal Constitution, for which he is declared president-elect to hold office from December 1, 2018 to September 30, 2024,” they said in a statement.They say that López Obrador will become the president with the largest number of votes in the country’s contemporary history, a figure that had not been seen since the presidency of Miguel de la Madrid in 1982.On Wednesday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a certificate that accredits him as president-elect for the six-year period.The certificate was presented by president of the Superior Court Room, Janine Madeline Otálora Malassis, who said that the country is experiencing a historic moment in terms of democracy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senators says US must boost Caribbean security

first_img“Clearly, the countries of the Caribbean do not face the same security crisis as Mexico and Central America. Yet we must be prepared as the `balloon effect’ inevitably moves drug trafficking routes back to the Caribbean,” said the report by the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.The senators argue that Washington should have a “more integrated approach to security assistance in the Americas that does not overly support one sub-region at the expense of others.” It also acknowledges that the U.S. must do “significantly more” to reduce demand for drugs within its borders.The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has reported that Caribbean drug seizures diminished 71 percent between 1997 and 2009 as more contraband shifted to Central American routes. But homicide rates have nearly doubled in a number of Caribbean nations since 1995, partly due to frenzied competition between underworld groups fighting for turf.The U.S. State Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration should assess where “sensitive investigative units” can be established in the region, the report advises, while recommending Jamaica as a top candidate due to its chronically high murder rate. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The senators’ report also says the U.S. must both update and strengthen anti-money laundering laws while continuing extraditions of Caribbean drug barons, such as Christopher “Dudus” Coke, a powerful gang boss who was sentenced in June to 23 years behind bars in a U.S. drug trafficking case after a nine-month extradition battle with Jamaica.More U.S. assistance to Caribbean nations is needed to draft asset forfeiture laws and strong support is needed to counter drug-smuggling networks in Haiti, which the U.S. politicians say is “extremely susceptible to drug trafficking in the near future.”The report also recommends that the U.S. should send detailed histories of all criminal deportees back to their native lands in the Caribbean. As it stands now, the countries are only told why the offender was deported due to rules preventing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from sharing more details without permission from federal or state entities that have the records.The deportee issue has topped the Caribbean’s diplomatic agenda for more than a decade.The United States has deported thousands of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be kicked out of the country upon release. In all, the U.S. has been responsible for roughly three-quarters of the region’s returning criminal deportees. Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – A pair of American senators released a new report Thursday detailing their recommendations to prevent a future security crisis in the Caribbean, where numerous unpoliced islets and barely monitored coasts remain near-perfect conduits for drug shipments.California Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley argue that Washington must be prepared to counter an uptick in drug trafficking in the Caribbean when, not if, the pendulum swings back a bit from Central American countries and Mexico. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img

Industry unites to form events calendar

first_imge-Travel Blackboard is poised to release a collaborative events calendar, bringing the travel industry together. Together with the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and the Association of National Tourist Office Representatives (ANTOR), e-Travel Blackboard will launch a unified industry events calendar tomorrow. e-Travel Blackboard general manager Anthony Valeriano is eager to be a part of this much-needed, free service. “The industry is lacking one source to find out what’s happening and where,” he said. ANTOR, AFTA and e-Travel Blackboard have now combined efforts to provide a more comprehensive, detailed and succinct scheduling system. “There have been numerous occasions in the past where industry events had overlapped and clashed. “No one was winning, no one was benefitting and there was a score of missed opportunities,” Mr Valeriano said. The collaborative calendar aims to solve these issues by offering unique services such as the ability to automatically send events to your email inbox, upload images and make changes to events. The online datebook incorporates new innovations, such as providing users the option to RSVP online as well as pinpoint the locations of an event using the calendars portal to Google maps. “Anyone can gain access to this one of a kind service we’re providing,” Mr Valeriano said.People planning an event can go online, check the calendar first and find out whether other industry members have organised functions or meetings to avoid confusion and clashes. The events calendar is expected to be released on 5 January 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J/P.Tlast_img read more

Travelscene Qantas Holidays offer exclusive selections

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T A new program, offering unique amenities to Travelscene American Express customers on Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays reservations for selected accommodations, has been launched.The new program, ‘Selections’, was developed by Qantas Holidays in partnership with Travelscene American Express and provides Travelscene customers exclusive offers such as breakfast boons, room upgrades, late check-out and arrival goodies.‘Selections’ will be available for purchase and use from 1 December 2012 and will be bolstered by a micro-website and an 80-page brochure.“The launch of this program is an exciting development for us,” Qantas Holidays general manager wholesale Michael Londregan said. “It takes our relationship to a whole new level, whilst at the same time provides our key supply partners with an opportunity to join us at the table and strengthen their own connection with Travelscene’s retail distribution network.”last_img read more