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Raise voice against unemployment CM tells youthsRaise voice against unemployment CM tells youths

first_imgKolkata: A day after slamming the Centre for highest unemployment rate in the country in 45 years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the youngsters to raise questions on growing joblessness. Banerjee also assured support to the youth on the occasion of the International Youth Day. “Today is International #YouthDay. In #Bangla, we celebrate Youth Day on January 12, Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. I appeal to the youth, the students & the new generation: be strong and ask for answers. There is no answer to unemployment problems,” she tweeted on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaReferring to Central government data that put Bengal at the top of the states with highest GDP growth, Banerjee said unemployment in the state has dipped by 45 percent under her rule. “Our State #Bangla has brought down unemployment by 45%. The GDP growth of #Bangla is highest in the country. My support is always with the youth, students and the new generation. May you be inspired to reach new heights,” she said. As per the data, Bengal has registered a GDP growth rate of 12.58 percent in 2018-19 while unemployment rate was 6.1 percent during the period. Banerjee had written on Facebook on Sunday: “Our achievement is in sharp contrast to the state of deep recession and complete policy paralysis perpetrated by Central government leading to significant decline of overall growth rate of the country and highest unemployment in 45 years”.last_img read more

UN counterterrorism body to continue as special political mission for three moreUN counterterrorism body to continue as special political mission for three more

The resolution to extend the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) through 31 December 2013 was adopted unanimously following a separate meeting today in which the outgoing chair of the Committee, Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey, briefed the Council on its work.The Counter-Terrorism Committee was established in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States by resolution 1373, which obliges all States to criminalize assistance for terrorist activities, deny financial support and safe haven to terrorists, and to share information about groups planning terrorist attacks.CTED, which carries out the policy decisions of the Committee, conducts expert assessments of each Member State and facilitates counter-terrorism technical assistance to countries.In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Apakan said that he had tried to make the work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee more visible around the world, and to look into “the evolving nature of terrorism” to identify issues and the regions that need more attention. The Committee has adopted a more strategic and focused approach, held thematic discussions on all key areas and organized regional discussions. “As a result of all these, we now have a clearer picture of the thematic and regional challenges and what steps need to be taken,” he stated, adding that more transparency has been another priority for the Committee.“The Committee should continue its strategic, focused and more transparent approach. This will help better monitor the full implementation of the relevant resolutions, identify the specific needs of each region or Member State, and enable the Committee to more intensively interact and cooperate with all Member States.” Mr. Apakan added that the Committee should dwell more on issues such as incitement to terrorism and prevention, as well as continue to focus on capacity building which is one of the challenges for many countries. The four other outgoing members of the Council – Austria, Japan, Mexico and Uganda – also briefed the 15-member body on the work of the subsidiary bodies they chaired during their two-year tenure. 20 December 2010The Security Council today decided that the expert body providing advice to the Counter-Terrorism Committee assisting States to prevent terrorist acts both within their borders and across regions will continue to operate as a special political mission for another three years. read more

Tamil Nadu fishermen stage protest on Sri Lankan issueTamil Nadu fishermen stage protest on Sri Lankan issue

The agitation was to draw the attention of the Centre and State Governments to the plight of fishermen, who faced threat to their livelihood, P. Sesu Raja, leader of a fishermen association, said. The Lankan navy continued to harass and arrest them and confiscated their boats whenever they ventured into the sea for fishing in the Palk Bay, he said. “The Governments should secure our traditional fishing rights in the Palk Bay or retrieve Katchatheevu islet and ensure peaceful livelihood,” he said. “It was unfortunate that both the State and Central governments continued to ignore the demand for compensation to the owners of 18 boats, which were impounded by the Lankan authorities last year and could not be salvaged after they suffered extensive damage due to months of neglect and disuse, he said.“No attempt was also being taken to secure the release of 104 mechanised and country boats presently in the custody of Sri Lanka, he said. As there were no signs of the Centre arranging talks with their counterparts in Sri Lanka, they would launch an indefinite fast from September 12 in front of the Rameswaram bus stand, he added. A day after launching an indefinite strike, more than 300 fishermen, including leaders of various fishermen associations staged a protest demonstration in Tamil Nadu after entering to the sea, demanding peaceful solution to their vexatious issue and release of fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy and boats confiscated by it, The Hindu newspaper reported.Aggrieved that there was stalemate after they participated in the ‘internal stakeholders’ meeting chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi on July 29, the fishermen staged the demonstration, holding black flags entering into the sea near the fishing jetty in Rameswaram. read more

National Bank posts improved Q1 profit adjusted earnings above estimatesNational Bank posts improved Q1 profit adjusted earnings above estimates

National Bank posts improved Q1 profit, adjusted earnings above estimates by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 7:36 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA) had $497 million of net income in the first quarter, nearly double its profit of $261 million in the comparable period the previous year.That was when the Montreal-based bank was hit by a $236-million writeoff of its investment in another financial group.Net income equalled $1.34 per share, up from 67 cents per share in the first quarter of 2016.After excluding certain items, National Bank earned $502 million in the three months ended Jan. 31, up from $427 million last year.The bank’s adjusted earnings amounted to $1.35 per share, up from $1.17 per share a year earlier and above the estimate of $1.26 per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.National Bank also benefited from strong revenue growth at its wealth management and financial markets segments, moderate revenue growth from banking and improved efficiency across its main Canadian business operations.Revenue rose to $1.63 billion from $1.29 billion. read more

In Lebanon UN officials get firsthand look at plight of Palestinian refugeesIn Lebanon UN officials get firsthand look at plight of Palestinian refugees

Senior United Nations officials learned about the many hardships facing Palestinian refugees from Syria during a recent visit to a camp in southern Lebanon, as well as the difficulties facing the UN agency assisting them owing to lack of funding. The families in Ein El Hilweh refugee camp in Saida fled the long-running conflict in Syria, which has uprooted millions of people since fighting began between Government forces and opposition groups in March 2011. During the 11 July visit, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Robert Watkins, accompanied by Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and Ann Dismorr, the Director of Operations in Lebanon for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), met with Palestinians currently residing in collective temporary accommodation. “The families, wishing for an immediate end to the violence in Syria and a speedy return to their homes, told them about the difficult conditions they face in Lebanon, the high cost of living and the trauma of war and displacement,” said a news release issued by UNRWA. The UN officials also met with Palestinian refugee children from Syria who are enrolled in UNRWA schools, a number of non-governmental organization representatives and the Palestinian popular committees. Ms. Dismorr briefed her colleagues on UNRWA efforts to alleviate the suffering of the 71,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria that are now in Lebanon, as well as the challenges facing the Agency as it works to address their urgent needs in housing, food, water, camp infrastructure, health and education. “The conflict in Syria is one of the greatest challenges UNRWA has seen since it was established, in 1949, to provide relief to Palestine refugees,” she said. The UN envoys were also informed about the shortfall in the UNRWA relief fund for Palestinian refugees from Syria, and the Agency’s efforts to raise the funds to cater for their needs. On 7 June, UNRWA appealed for $65 million to cover the needs of Palestinian refugees from Syria from January to December 2013. Of that sum, the Agency has received over $25 million, and has confirmed pledges of an additional $3 million. “We are committed to providing vital services and support to the refugees who have come to Lebanon,” Ms. Dismorr said, reiterating the refugee families’ wish for a swift end to the violence in Syria. read more

Justin Rose looking to defend his Memorial Tournament titleJustin Rose looking to defend his Memorial Tournament title

Justin Rose returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club as the defending champion of the Memorial Tournament, and looks to build on his well-rounded performance from last year’s tournament. Rose, a native of England, won his first PGA Tour event last year at the Memorial at age 29. Rose’s final-round, 6-under-par 66 proved to be enough to mount a comeback against rookie Rickie Fowler. “Obviously, it’s really nice to come back to a tournament that I have had great memories from last year,” Rose said. “(The Memorial has) always been one of my favorite stops.” Rose’s success last year started at the tee. He hit 82 percent of fairways during the four-day tournament last year, which tied for 10th best in the field. “I felt like I drove the ball much, much better than I have done recently in the last month or so,” Rose said. “What I love about this golf course is that you can hit the driver, and you feel like it’s not taken out of your hands. But if you do miss, you’re going to be in trouble.” Last year, Rose hit 74 percent of the greens in regulation, which tied for 14th in the field. Rose also avoided bunkers last year, finding himself in only eight during the weekend. “My short game is turning around, chipping,” Rose said. “Bunker play is feeling really, really sharp.” In 2010, Rose was on fire with his putter, averaging 27 putts per round, which was good enough for second best in the field. “I believe I’m a good putter,” Rose said. “Deep down, I believe that’s why I have high expectations in my putting. I know I can make a lot of putts, but I’m being a little bit streaky.” Rose led the field with 14 putts from outside of 10 feet. “Making the right putt at the right time, which is what I managed to do in this stretch last year,” Rose said. “That’s what gets it done.” Rose said he likes his chances of defending his Memorial title. “My chances are good, and it’s going to be a matter of making putts,” he said. “What better course to come to than this with the greens the way they are. If you roll the ball well here, you can get on a great run.” read more

Things starting to heat up for Ohio State mens golf Teek KellyThings starting to heat up for Ohio State mens golf Teek Kelly

The Ohio State men’s golf team is set to compete for the program’s 24th Big Ten title in the 2015 Big Ten Golf Championships this weekend in Newburgh, Ind., at the Victoria National Golf Club.The five-man squad consists of sophomore Clark Engle, redshirt-junior Grant Weaver, redshirt-senior Logan Jones, junior Tee-k Kelly and senior Boo Timko.While the Buckeyes started the spring season with three straight match play losses, Kelly said OSU is starting to turn its season around.“Our spring season always starts out a little slow, but ever since the middle of March we’ve been playing really well. We finished top five in our last five events of the spring,” Kelly said. “We’ve been playing some good golf and we feel like we’re getting better every time we step on the course.”Kelly has consistently excelled throughout the season, averaging 73.42 strokes per round. A native of Wheaton, Ill., Kelly has been a key contributor to the Buckeyes since his freshman year.In his freshman campaign, Kelly participated in all 12 tournaments and notched a 75.31 average, with three top-20 finishes.In 2014, the then-sophomore was one of only two Buckeyes who played in all 36 rounds, averaging 73.92 strokes. Kelly also contributed 32 points to the team tally and finished in the top three among Buckeyes in nine of 12 events.The now-junior has been competing in golf competitively since he was 9 years old and has collegiate golf in his blood.“Golf is deep in my family tradition,” Kelly said. “I’ve been around the sport of golf my whole life. My mom was a collegiate golfer for the University of Tulsa and my little brother will be playing for Florida Gulf Coast University as a freshman next fall.”Kelly’s mom, Blue, was a member of the Tulsa golf team from 1986-90 and was a part of the 1988 NCAA Championship squad.The Buckeyes are ranked at No. 54 in the Golf Stat rankings and as Kelly enters the 2015 Big Ten Championship, he was quick to emphasize that the team is motivated to come out on top.“Things are heating up now because our game is starting to get good,” Kelly said. “We don’t think we are the underdogs, but everyone else thinks we are. We know how good we are, we are just going to go down there, do what we do and hopefully pull out a big win.”The Big Ten Championship is set to be played in four rounds with the first two played on Friday as 36 continuous holes. With at least a 10-hour day on Friday and a long weekend ahead of him, Kelly said patience and confidence are going to be key aspects for him.“Patience is a big thing because you never know what’s going to happen next,” Kelly said. “You have to have a swagger, an inner belief in yourself. You have to know how good you are, that you’ve practiced and prepared enough to play well.”Kelly went on to explain that in golf, the game is much as much mental as it is physical.“You have to learn how take yourself away from it for a little bit and focus in certain spurts,” Kelly said. “You have to learn how to escape from the moment a little bit and kind of relax because you can’t be so mentally focused for 10-straight hours, you’ll get burnt out.”The tournament is set to start Friday with the first tee times scheduled for 7 a.m. Round three tee times are set for Saturday at 9 a.m., and round four is set for Sunday at 8 a.m. read more

Iron Age skeletons may have been the victims of ritual human sacrificeIron Age skeletons may have been the victims of ritual human sacrifice

Iron Age skeletons dug up during work on a new water pipeline may have been the victims of ritual human sacrifice, archaeologists believe. The remains date from around 3,000 years ago, before the Romans had invaded Britain, and the people were probably linked to the well-known Uffington white horse, a prehistoric figure carved into a nearby hillside. Few graves survive from the period, because most communities engaged in ‘sky burials’ with bodies allowed to decompose naturally in the open… 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. Some 26 human skeletons were found in pits at Childrey Warren, near Wantage, Oxfordshire, alongside evidence of dwellings, animal carcasses and household items including pottery, knives and a decorative comb. read more

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first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Championship match Facebook Twittercenter_img WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Smackdown Highlights from the July 10, 2018 episode from Manchester.Team Hell No on MizTV sets up a 10-Man Tag Team main eventAJ Styles vs. Shinsuke NakamuraAJ Styles and Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and RusevTeam Hell No and The New Day talk strategyTeam Hell No and The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers and SAnitY in 10-Man Tag Team Main Event Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

After drug ban appeal Peru captain cleared to play in RussiaAfter drug ban appeal Peru captain cleared to play in Russia

first_imgPeru captain Paolo Guerrero has been cleared to play at Russia World Cup that is 2 weeks away after a Swiss court on Thursday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while considering his appeal against a ban of a year and two months.In a statement released following the lifting of his ban, the Swiss Federal Tribunal said that the 34-year-old would suffer “if he saw himself prevented from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career as a footballer, given that he did not act intentionally or with significant negligence” according to RTEsport.Earlier, Guerrero tested positive for cocaine – contained in a tea he drank – following a World Cup qualifier away to Argentina in October which resulted to an initial 12-month ban by FIFA.  Starting from November, but was later reduced to six months on appeal, which now returns into the tournament.EnglandMichael Owen lashes out against Fabio Capello in his book Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 5, 2019 Turns out that Michael Owen has been holding grudges against everybody in football, this time he lashed out against Fabio Capello.It’s safe to say that…But World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) believes six months sanction is too lenient which led the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport’s highest tribunal, to increase the ban to 14 months, again ruling out of the finals.The lifting will now allow Guerrero to lead his country in their first World Cup appearance after 36 years. They are scheduled to face France, Australia, and Denmark in Group C at the finals which start in 15 days.last_img read more

Taxation amid slowing economy is killing markets animal spirit D SubbaraoTaxation amid slowing economy is killing markets animal spirit D Subbarao

first_imgThe logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts. ReutersRecently, the former Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao said the government’s attempt to squeeze out RBI reserves is a sign that it is desperate. This “desperation” could well be killing the animal spirit of the financial markets.Of late the financial markets have borne the brunt of multiple taxes amid an acute slowdown, which has almost killed the investors’ risk-taking appetite. The controversial tax-surcharge on super-rich proposed in the Budget caused an outflow of Rs 12,419 crore in the month of July.According to the NSDL data, this July outflow is one of the worst in the history of Indian financial markets. There has been only four occasions — all of which came around acute financial distress — when the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) pulled out in excess Rs 12,419 crore.Taxation on long-term capital gains (LTCG) proposed in 2018 Budget, was re-introduced after 14 years which caught the markets by surprise.Besides, the securities transaction tax (STT) has already caused an increase in trading cost. The Dividend Distribution Tax has also disrupted hampered the sentiments of investors at large.Further, the tax on buyback, a way in which companies pay their shareholders, was introduced at 20 per cent in 2019 Budget, which experts noted, played as another disruption. Buyback offers of over Rs 50,000 crore were announced in the year 2018 alone.The logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts.To top the local issues the global cues have not been providing any support. The Fed’s hawkish remark and the heightened trade war between the US and China have roiled the financial markets globally.last_img read more

These Technologies Could Power the Next Pokemon GoThese Technologies Could Power the Next Pokemon Go

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We want to get past these road-based representations,” he said. What’s more, traditional maps are largely static, and only get updated every few months at best. AR maps on the other hand change all the time. “You need to have a highly accurate live model of the world,” he said.That’s why Niantic is using all of its users to continuously update its own mapping data, something that will ultimately allow the company to determine locations of people “down to the centimeter,” according to Finman. He didn’t elaborate on what kind of data Niantic is exactly collecting, but claimed that Niantic’s mapping efforts could be key for AR applications far beyond gaming. “All of AR will need a fundamental layer of the world,” he said.What does all of this mean for the future of “Pokemon Go,” or for the features the company will bring to “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite?” That’s pretty much anyone’s guess at this point; Hanke and his colleagues didn’t comment at all on the Potter game during Wednesday’s press event. The company also didn’t answer any questions from reporters, which  made it challenging to evaluate how advanced Niantic’s technology truly is when compared to similar efforts from Facebook, Snap and others.But it’s easy to imagine that Niantic could use similar social AR mechanics for some of its upcoming titles. In fact, it’s hard to look at the Neon demo and not imagine wizards casting spells against each other.Hanke also said Wednesday that the company plans to continuously improve existing titles, so we may even see more advanced AR tech find its way to “Pokemon Go.” The ultimate goal of the company was to build and power experiences that could last for decades, he said. “In this world, the games never really have to end,” he said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Niantic So how does this future look like? Attending journalists had a chance to try out one of the demos Niantic engineers have been developing internally, a multiplayer AR game code-named Neon. In it, users sync up their phones and then collect glowing orbs that are added the AR camera view of their phone. Once collected, these orbs can be used to battle opponents.The game was powered by something that Niantic’s AR platform manager Diana Hu described as low-latency P2P networking, which she said enabled phones to communicate with each other with a latency of less than 10 milliseconds, compared to the typical cloud-based gameplay that would come with latencies of 100 milliseconds or more. In the demo, this was done over Wifi; Hu claimed that it could use cell towers as well, but didn’t share any further details on the company’s networking technology. (Niantic didn’t respond to follow-up questions about the subject.)Matrix Mill chief research scientist Gabriel Brostow explained that his startup has been working on using machine learning for augmented reality. Part of this work has been around occlusion, or making AR objects blend more naturally into real-world environments. Currently, “Pokemon Go” players can add AR Pokemons to the camera view of their phone, but the cute monsters are always placed on top of everything. Matrix Mill has been working on recognizing real-world obstacles, and placing AR objects in relationship to them. In other words, in the future, Pokemons could hide behind bushes.Brostow explained that it was necessary to collect lots of good training data to get occlusion right. “If you have bad training data, that leads to bad machine learning,” he said. “This is basically our special sauce.”Niantic has also been doing a lot of work on AR object recognition, according to the company’s chief scientist Hansong Zhang. Advanced AR games and apps need to understand a person’s environment, and for example know that an object is a chair in order to have a Pikachu sit in it. “Without understanding of the world, it’s like you’re blindfolded,” he said. And to truly understand the world, systems powering AR need to have their own taxonomy, or vocabulary, of common objects. “The larger the vocabulary, the richer AR will be,” Zhang said. Niantic, the company behind “Pokemon Go,” announced the acquisition of the U.K.-based computer vision and machine learning startup Matrix Mill Thursday to further build out its augmented reality (AR) technology. In preparation of the announcement, Niantic invited journalists to a press event in San Francisco Wednesday, where it provided a first behind-the-scenes look at some of its work in the AR space.At the event, Niantic CEO John Hanke announced that the company was looking to release a major update to its “Ingress’ game later this year. Niantic is also set to release a new AR game called “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” this year, and Hanke said that the company would reveal additional games in the coming weeks. And later this year, Niantic plans to give a small number of developers direct access to the platform powering all of these games to build their own games and experiences. “We really see this as the future of entertainment,” said Hanke. Finally, Niantic has been working on perfecting its own mapping data to build more powerful AR experiences. Spun out of Google in 2015, Niantic originally began its work with Google Maps data. However, the company’s AR research lead Ross Finman explained that this wasn’t enough to build AR experiences around public places that aren’t necessarily meant for commuting. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Prototype Pokemon 3DS game sees Pikachu copy your facial expressionsPrototype Pokemon 3DS game sees Pikachu copy your facial expressions

first_imgCopies of Pokemon X and Y are still flying off store shelves, but Nintendo isn’t standing still when it comes to producing that next game carrying the Pokemon name. But the game I’m talking about isn’t the next core Pokemon game, it’s a more niche title that sees Pikachu take center stage.Japanese public broadcasting organization NHK recently conducted an interview with Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokemon Company. That interview is due to air on October 28. However, NHK has advertised the interview and with it given us a glance at an as yet unannounced new Pokemon game for the 3DS.Apparently the game has been in development since the summer and takes advantage of the front facing camera on the 3DS. The game is able to detect your facial expressions and then recreate them on Pikachu’s face. And yes, it does look very strange to see Pikachu performing such expressions.It’s unclear what kind of game this actually is, but from watching the video I’d guess it will sit somewhere between Nintendogs and Tamagotchi, with the player interacting and looking after Pikachu. There’s also speculation that this Pikachu game will somehow be linked to Pokemon X and Y.This looks to be a niche title aimed squarely at the Japanese market, but then Pikachu is such a well know character I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game head to western markets. If it is just about looking after Pikachu, though, it would need to carry a budget price point to sell well.last_img read more

Hakim looks to bring maintenance of all roads under KMC flyovers underHakim looks to bring maintenance of all roads under KMC flyovers under

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim, who is also in charge of the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, will send a proposal to the state government to designate Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) for maintenance of all city roads and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) for maintenance of all city bridges and flyovers.The proposal will also contain the appeal to designate the state Public Works Department (PWD) to carry out maintenance of bridges and flyovers in the districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In recent times there have been issues, particularly over maintenance of roads and flyovers in the city and passing over responsibility to one another. If the entire maintenance work is done by KMC for roads and KMDA for the flyovers, then work can be done quickly and in a smoother way. So we will be sending a proposal to the government,” Hakim said after attending a high level meeting at the KMC headquarters with officials from KMDA, PWD, Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), West Bengal Pollution Control Board etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHowever, KMC or KMDA will collect maintenance charge from the respective agencies which own different roads or flyovers. It may be mentioned that during the monsoon season this year, when the roads in the city had developed potholes at a number of places, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed KMC to carry out road repair and later charge fees from the agencies. Apart from KMC, there are roads in the city that are maintained by the state PWD, state Irrigation department, KMDA, HRBC etc. Kolkata Port Trust is also responsible for road maintenance in a large part of the Port area.last_img read more

April Fools 4 Apps for Office PranksApril Fools 4 Apps for Office Pranks

first_img It’s April Fools’ Day and offices around the country will be rife with jokes and pranks. If you’re looking for a little light-hearted office fun, or payback from a co-worker who “fooled” you this morning, try one of these pranking apps Apple’s iPhone, and start practicing your straight face.1. Prank MeThe only thing more unsettling than a call from the police is a call from the IRS around tax time. Prank Me has more than 1,000 voice clips pre-recorded by professional actors that you can use to create a phony phone call. The app hides your caller ID, then lets you guide the conversation with a list of pre-set responses. Price: 99 cents2. PunkSMSYour co-workers will be green with envy when they see you texting back and forth with their favorite celebrity. Type in any name, then start texting and PunkSMS will send a text back.To make the conversation more convincing, use the Magic Words feature to pre-set personalized responses. Your friends might actually believe you’re texting with Beyonce if the conversation includes details of your personal life. Price: 99 centsRelated: 4 Love-Related Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs3. Fake NewsWant to convince your co-workers that all Fridays are now legal holidays? Or that excessive cell phone usage causes the growth of a third ear? All you need is some official-looking proof, like a news story created with Fake News for the iPhone.Upload a photo, create your own headline and teaser text, then take a screenshot of your work to share with your friend. If you found it on the internet, it must be true. Price: 99 cents4. Dude, Your Car! Personalization is the key with Dude, Your Car!, a photo manipulation app for iOS that makes it look as if something terrible has happened to your co-worker’s car.Begin by photographing his or her car, then use the app to add “damage” such as dents, broken glass and scratches. If your know a co-worker is behind on paying speeding tickets, you add a virtual “boot” to picture to make it seem as though the city has come to collect its fees. Price: $2.99Related: 13 Business Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs (Infographic) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 1, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

Churchill The rebirth of a Tico classicChurchill The rebirth of a Tico classic

first_img Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Facebook Comments The pristine combination of shaved ice and bright red syrup that vendors traditionally offer in parks and streets around Costa Rica is the formula that businesses of all sizes are cashing in on now with new Churchill-inspired products including popsicles, milkshakes, gelato, cake and waffles.Copos or Granizados, as they are commonly known, evolved into the “Churchill” in Puntarenas province. According to popular legend, in the 1940s, a shopkeeper in Puntarenas became known at local restaurants and food stalls for always requesting the same concoction of shaved ice, syrup, condensed milk and other sweet toppings. The locals thought the shopkeeper looked like British then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and started calling his frosty beverage a Churchill.Recommended: Have you tried a Costa Rican Churchill?Today, Churchills are a symbol of Puntarenas and are available from small vendors along the beach as well as big restaurants and hotels. The main ingredients are still shaved ice, the unique “cola” syrup (not what one from the U.S. might think of as cola-flavored), condensed milk and powdered milk. Additional toppings include ice cream, fruit, candy, marshmallows and more.Combinations vary depending on the creativity of the many businesses that offer them to tourists in the Pacific province and at other spots around the country.Coperos, street vendors of copos and Churchills (which, for many Ticos, are the same thing), are part of the landscape in almost every Costa Rican town and even on the most crowded capital streets. And now, the country is in the midst of a Churchill-mania, with a wide variety of businesses capitalizing on the nostalgia of Ticos and others who have embraced the super-sweet Costa Rican treat. Here are some of the latest creations:The Churchilleta Los Paleteros’ Churchilleta popsicle has condensed milk on the inside and powdered milk on the outside. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesCurrently, the most popular Churchill-flavored creation is the Churchilleta, a cola syrup popsicle filled with condensed milk and dusted in powdered milk. Just a few months since its debut, the popsicle is already a marketing and social media phenomenon, boosting the traditional Tico treat’s popularity and inspiring other syrup-flavored products.The Churchilleta is the creation of three young entrepreneurs: Enrique Artiñano, a business administrator; Daniel Phillips, a graphic designer; and Édgar Berrocal, an attorney. The old-time friends fulfilled their dream of having their own business, Los Paleteros, which means “popsicle-makers” in Spanish.The business is almost too popular. The windows in the storage room that serves as office and factory for “Los Paleteros” at an industrial park in Heredia are covered with paper to discourage people from forming lines outside the doors to buy the company’s frozen treats.Lines, sometimes long ones, do form outside the six locations in San José and Heredia that sell Churchilletas and the other five popsicle flavors the company makes. The popsicles are often sold out less than an hour after being delivered by their makers.One of the distributors, a coffee shop in downtown San José, even considered stopping selling them because customers were getting angry when store owners told them they’d have to come back the next day. If they do decide to halt sales, there’s a growing list of businesses — 800 of them — waiting to take their place.The Churchilleta origin storyPopsicles were one of three ideas that the entrepreneurs pondered in early 2015 before undertaking the challenge of opening their own business. As soon as they agreed on the product, they began thinking about flavors and combinations.“We have millions of possible flavors in our heads, but we are doing this one step at the time,” Artiñano told The Tico Times.The final recipe of the Churchilleta, Los Paleteros’ flagship product, took four months to develop. They thought about using powdered milk as filler, “but we couldn’t figure out where to use the condensed milk, until Daniel [Phillips] suggested using it as filler and sprinkling the popsicle with powdered milk,” Artiñano said.They used their personal savings to buy equipment and set up shop at Phillips’ house. Phillips was also responsible for designing the company logo and product packaging. With Berrocal’s support, they tried to register several names for their company, but they were already taken. Last November, Los Paleteros was finally approved.On Nov. 5, they started selling their popsicles that now are available in six flavors: Churchilleta, ChocoMenta (Chocolate-Mint), Coco Loco (Coconut), Chocolate y Dulce de Leche, Banano Nutella and Cookies & Cream.The corporate cafeterias for two companies in Heredia became their first customers — and the start of an unexpected popularity that still surprises the entrepreneurs.“We have not invested a single colón in advertising, and we are not even considering it in the short term,” Artiñano said. He already quit his job at an international company to work full time for his company.“We believe our success is because of the quality of our products. Our only advertising is by word of mouth and through social media,” he said.Buying a Los Paleteros popsicle, particularly a Churchilleta, became something people started bragging about on social media. Hundreds of people everyday proudly share photos of themselves eating a Churchilleta.Los Paleteros opened their official social media profiles on March 4 and just a month later they had reached 10,000 followers on Instagram and over 60,000 on Facebook. Thousands of messages using #Churchilleta and #LosPaleterosCostaRica hashtags made the entrepreneurs realize the quick success of their popsicles.The complaints on the company’s Facebook profile are almost entirely from people upset because they’ve been unable to buy a popsicle, either because they’re sold out too fast, or not sold in enough locales.Last week the company got new equipment that will allow it to boost manufacturing and, the owners hope, meet the outsized demand.The friends behind Los Paleteros have lofty goals: “We don’t want to be just another popsicle brand here, we want to become the popsicles in Costa Rica,” Artiñano said. “We want to be able to distribute them all across the country … and beyond, of course.”Churchill gelato Da Noi’s Churchill gelato is served in cups and customers can have all the condensed and powdered milk they want, at no extra charge. (Courtesy of Da Noi)Gelateria Da Noi is another company riding the Churchill boom. General Manager Alberto Krakov said the company, which was founded eight years ago by three Tico-Italians, actually created a Churchill-flavored gelato way before the snack’s newfound fame.Two of the owners graduated as Master Gelato chefs in Italy and they developed the flavor that was available for a limited time at some of their eight shops. They brought the flavor back in April thanks to the recent Churchill craze.“We saw a good opportunity and our customers’ response has been great, both in sales and in social media interaction,” Krakov said. The Churchill has been the gelato chain’s top-selling flavor for the past month, he said.Da Noi even looks to recreate the traditional experience of buying a Churchill: condensed and powdered milk are poured on top of the cola-flavored gelato.“Customers can have all the condensed and powdered milk they want, at no extra charge. We want to recreate the experience of asking a Churchill vendor to add a little more condensed milk or a little more of both,” he said.Churchi Queque The creator of the Churchi Queque, pastry chef Ximena López, is now receiving requests to sell the product in major retail chains. (Courtesy of Ximena López)Ximena López Ruiz was working as a graphic designer when she decided she needed a change. She travelled to Argentina in March to take classes at a pastry school.Upon her return, she created Migas Cakes, selling cakes and other desserts.In April, Lopez’s brother brought home some “Churchilletas” and the siblings started talking about the product’s success. That conversation inspired López to create a new cake following Los Paleteros’ idea of using the basic Churchill ingredients.“One day, after finishing all pending orders, I decided to get to work and started mixing ingredients. That was the day the Churchi Queque was born,” she said.The result was a cola syrup-flavored cake with a filling of condensed and powdered milk. The gloss is also made of powdered milk.López recommends “enjoying it cold to maximize the Churchill experience.”She launched the Churchi Queque (“queque” means “cake” in Costa Rican Spanish) on her Facebook page, giving a shoutout to Los Paleteros for the inspiration. At first, she received a couple of orders a day. Within a month, López said, she was selling eight Churchi Queques a day on average.Sales of her other products, all of which she makes at home, also increased. “My agenda for May is pretty much full,” she said.López said she recently received an order for 900 cakes. At first, she told the customer she didn’t have the capacity to fullfill the order. “But the person was so interested that she told me she could wait, so I’m hoping I will be able to deliver an order like that,” she said.Recently she got calls from companies interested in producing or distributing her cake, but she said she’s still considering her options. López also received an invitation to display her products at the Expo Café in July.Los Paleteros recently showed their support for the Churchi Queque on their Facebook page. López says she hopes to thank them by sending them a Churchi Queque.The Churchiffle and ChurchillFreak The one-liter ChurchillFreak shake is enough for two people — or more. The Churchiffle is a Tico version of a Belgian waffle. (Courtesy Jacob’s Gourmet Coffee Bar)Last month, Chef Yuzdra Cristiá, one of the owners of Jacob’s Gourmet Coffee Bar in Heredia, was also pondering how to cash in on the Churchill craze.Her brainstorming resulted in two new products: a milk shake and a waffle.The Churchiffle (Churchill + Waffle) is a Tico-Belgian waffle with syrup, condensed milk, powdered milk, ice cream and whipped cream.The ChurchillFreak is a milkshake with cola syrup and condensed and powdered milk, whipped cream and one ice cream cone on top.“The one-liter shake is enough for two people because we want them to come here and share it like people used to share Churchills at Puntarenas kiosks,” the chef said.Cristiá said both products aim to recreate an experience of Tico flavors in a fusion with European ones.“We use modern cooking techniques with traditional ingredients, and that results in a very different product, with a very Tico flavor,” she said.The coffee bar opened in October and Cristiá said business is going very well — aided by its new Churchill-inspired menu offerings. “In recent weeks some 90 percent of our new customers came attracted by either the Churchiffle or the ChurchillFreak,” she said.Just like the other new Churchi-products, social media played a key role in the success of those offered by the coffee bar. Cristiá said customers were increasingly sharing info about the coffee bar and recommending the new Churchill-flavored products.She said pregnant women had posted online that they got cravings for the goodies from the company’s social media posts. People have also expressed their delight in not having to go all the way to Puntarenas for Churchill flavors, Cristiá said.Churchill’s own festivalThe Churchill craze seems to be benefiting makers of the treat in its more traditional form, as well. One of the main local makers of cola syrup organized a Churchill party, the Siropeando Festival, on Thursday at San José’s La Sabana park. The festival featured traditional coperos and businesses that sell the ingredients that go into Churchills.Some 20 coperos were there, displaying their unique creations and preparation techniques, and selling them to a large crowd of people who descended on the park to enjoy a Churchill in its classic form.See photos of the Siropeando Festival:  Related posts:Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world, one ice cream cone at a time Selling ice cream is good business in Costa Rica Dippin’ Dots ice cream comes to Costa Rica Yo Emprendedor gives entrepreneurs a startlast_img read more

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first_imgSydney Airport delivered record traffic in January, welcoming a 4.4 percent boost in domestic travel up from 1,896,000 in January 2010 to 1,980,000 this year. The post Christmas month also saw an increase of four percent in international visitors passing through the airport to 1,141,000 from 1,097,000 the same period last year. Map chief executive Kerrie Mather contributed Sydney Airport’s results to added flight frequency over the period. “This was the best month ever for traffic and best January on record for domestic traffic,” Ms Mather said in an online statement. “International traffic growth was driven by capacity increases from Qantas, United Airlines, China Southern and Air New Zealand in particular.” Tourism from China saw the largest growth in Sydney, with up a 66 percent increase in visitors. Ms Mather said the increase from China was pushed by “capacity increase from Chinese Airlines, the recent Amway China Conference for more than 8,000 delegates in NSW and pre-Chinese New Year travel”.While Sydney saw added visitors from Korea and India by percent and the UK by one percent, popular destinations like the US saw a four percent drop as well as a three percent decrease in travellers from New Zealand. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgPolice on Thursday briefly closed Vyronos Avenue in Nicosia as the National Guard unloaded old armour the outfit had used over the years as part of a decision to found a war museum.The fleet includes a Russian-made T-34 (on the left in photo), the National Guard’s main battle tank that saw action during the 1974 Turkish invasion, and US-made M-47 captured from the Turkish army.A Marmon-Herrington (pictured) will also be on display, as well as a track-propelled armoured vehicle fabricated during the intercommunal strife in the 60s.The armour will be displayed outside along with artillery pieces and other exhibits.The decision to create a war museum was taken by the cabinet in August last year. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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