first_img the importance of improving safety culture getting leadership commitment from all organizations education and training inspection and enforcement performance measures solutions for small and medium-sized businesses “I found the process to be very accessible and open,” said Jeff Brett, safety co-ordinator with the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. “Throughout the process we were made to feel like our points of view were valued and ideas were welcome. I am pleased to see government and the WCB are listening.” The province is already acting on the input. A review of administrative penalties was launched in November, after employers and businesses voiced concerns with the penalties, their effectiveness, and inconsistent assessing. This review is part of the workplace safety strategy. “We are committed to creating good jobs and growing the economy, and providing safe workplaces plays a major role in achieving that goal,” said Ms. More. “We are seeing improvements in our safety record, but there is still much work to be done. I am looking forward to the feedback we receive from Nova Scotians, and to finalizing this important strategy in the next couple of months.” The province wants to hear from more Nova Scotians on how to make their workplaces the safest in the country. The province and the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) are in the final stages of developing a five-year Workplace Safety Strategy. More than 1,000 people and groups have participated in consultation sessions across the province and the province would like input from more people. The deadline to share to make workplaces safer is Jan. 22 at http://workplacesafetystrategy.ca. “Workplace safety is a priority, and all Nova Scotians should come home safe at the end of the work day,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Over the past several months, we have gathered excellent insight and information from hundreds of employees, employers and safety partners on how we can make our workplaces safer. Before this important strategy is finalized, we want to be sure Nova Scotians had more opportunity to provide suggestions.” “We support the province and the WCB’s ambitious vision to work towards becoming one of the safest provinces in the country,” said Jamie LeBlanc, director of human resources with Sobeys. “We are pleased with the efforts to use a collaborative approach to build a strategy that is focused on creating safe workplaces for all Nova Scotians.” There were 30 consultations across the province. Key findings include: last_img read more

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — JTI-Macdonald Corp. says it’s been granted creditor protection following a Quebec Court of Appeal decision upholding a landmark judgment ordering it and two other companies to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers.The tobacco firm says the protection under the federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) will allow it to continue its business activities while it’s liable for up to $1.77 billion to smokers who fell ill or were addicted.Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and Rothmans-Benson & Hedges had appealed a ruling that found the companies chose profits over the health of their customers.In June 2015, Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the companies to make payments of more than $15-billion to smokers. At the time, the ruling was believed to be the biggest class action award in Canadian history.Rothmans-Benson & Hedges denounced the judgment and said it would seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.JTI-Macdonald says the appeal’s court decision forced it to take the legal step to protect 500 Canadian jobs and continue its business with minimal disruption while it takes all appropriate measures to defend its business against a ruling it fundamentally disagrees with.It says Canadians have had a very high awareness of the health risks of smoking since the 1950s that has been reinforced by printed health warnings on packages for 47 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner.Nearly 200 teams from 40 countries around the world jumped at the chance to become the latest winner of an XPRIZE, a coveted international award funded by future-looking entrepreneurs, billionaires and philanthropists who have banded together with the goal of making the world a better place through technology.After 15 months of building software, putting it on tablets and having thousands of children in 141 remote villages in Tanzania test it, judges narrowed the competition for the XPRIZE For Global Learning to five final teams from New York City; Pittsburgh; Berkeley; London; and Bangalore, India.The winner, to be announced Wednesday, will take home both the money and a mandate to develop plans for putting that cash to work getting tablets into the hands of children in impoverished places all over the world. And by Thursday the winner must upload to the internet the code they created for the technology so anyone can have free access to it.All five finalists developed functional software that will go on the web, said Emily Musil Church, XPRIZE’s executive director of prize operations. It was an accomplishment, she acknowledged, that stunned both her and other XPRIZE leaders who fretted for a time that no one would be able to pull it off.“From the beginning we weren’t sure any would work at all,” she said, adding with a chuckle: “All our experts said, ‘Are you sure about this?’”While it was a tough decision to pick a winner from that field, she said, some technology did rise above the others.Not that any XPRIZE competition is easy.“Our specialty is making sure we frame the problem in a way that is audacious but at the same time achievable and really advances the field,” said XPRIZE Foundation CEO Anousheh Ansari, who funded the first prize, also for $10 million, for private space flight. Elon Musk put up the money for this one.The Ansari prize’s winning team of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan needed nearly a decade to accomplish their space-travel goal, but they created a new industry by sending their privately piloted SpaceShipOne into space in 2004.Since then the XPRIZE Foundation has funded more than a dozen other prizes for those pursuing such innovations as making water for drought-stricken areas by heating air in shipping containers, creating sensors that allow people to track their health in real time and developing advanced ways to study ocean contamination.The five finalists for the latest prize have been involved in literacy programs and some said even if they don’t win they hope to continue the work the competition inspired, adding they want to see the software translated into dozens of languages that can be used all over the world and adapted to smartphones as well as tablets. The languages available are English and Swahili, both widely spoken in Tanzania.The finalist teams had all been working on technologies to benefit learning and had heard about the competition in various ways.They had to develop programs filled with games that could grab the children’s attention and then, like teachers do, use drawings, letters, numbers and sounds to teach them to teach themselves.XPRIZE officials said the teams’ work met with substantial success, noting only 2% of participants could read at least one sentence in Swahili when the work began. Fifteen months later they reported that number was 30 per cent.“And we’re talking on average 9 or 10 years old, not 3 or 4 years,” said Church, adding most of the participants had never been to school, although many said they now want to go.Church said the tablets can fill a void in areas where classes are overcrowded, there are no schools or children from impoverished families believe there’s no point in even attending classes.“There’s something about the transformation of the human spirit,” said Church, adding that’s what she witnessed during the tests. “Really unlocking what these children see is possible. We saw that over and over again.”John Rogers, The Associated Press read more

WHO THEY ARE: Two women from Kitchener are the duo behind a subscription-based app designed to make communication easier for construction workers. Bridgit connects contractors and skilled labourers to a single platform to keep everyone updated on each step — and every hiccup — in a construction project. The app integrates text communications, images and other tools.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Bridgit is already being used on condo projects in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. A beta launch in New York is leading up to a broader U.S. expansion in the new year.WHY THEY’LL GROW: The construction industry can be a complex beast and communication has been one of its greatest challenges. Earlier this month, the founders won the top prize at Google’s Entrepreneurs Demo Day for Women in San Francisco, a competition of 11 startups from around the globe, creating more buzz for what could an industry-wide solution.THE HURDLES: Developers pay Bridgit a flat rate on a project-by-project basis, which means the founders will have to ensure there aren’t any snags in its rollout that sour customers.———HootsuiteHO-Hootsuite/The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s technology sector was a hotbed of activity this year as investors circled a new generation of startups in hopes of getting in early for the next rising star. The steep decline in crude oil prices has offered extra incentive to get behind a different sector in 2016 in the hunt for the next Shopify success story.Here are four growing Canadian tech companies that have the potential to grab plenty of attention next year, from both investors and consumers:ZootlyScreenshot/Zootly.com WHO THEY ARE: With a Canadian at the helm of this New York-based company, and half of its 22 employees in Kitchener, Ont., Zootly is making noise on both sides of the border. The startup wants to deliver a shot in the arm to the moving industry with an on-demand app much like Uber. Zootly works as a logistics operator, connecting reputable moving companies — which generally lack a strong online presence — with people looking to use their services.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Zootly works in New York and the company plans to roll out across the United States and Canada starting in 2016.WHY THEY’LL GROW: Unlike Airbnb and Uber, Zootly partners with movers rather than working against the existing industry, which means pushback should be minimal. So far, they have about 25 moving companies on their side in New York representing about 250 moving trucks.THE HURDLES: Zootly planned to launch as a public company this year but hit a snag when its reverse takeover of Ethos Gold, a gold miner listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, fell apart in the final hours. The move would have sped up Zootly’s IPO process and given the company an ability to use Ethos’ former tax losses to its advantage. At this point, Zootly is looking at alternatives and still aims to go public next year.Canadian startup Shoes.com eyes fall IPO after raising $45 million in funding roundCanada’s tech sector is so hot investors are going to boot camp to get a piece of it———BridgitHandout/Bridgit WHO THEY ARE: Founder Roger Hardy shifted his attention from heads to toes, selling off successful eye-care web business ClearlyContacts.ca and shovelling some of the money into shoes. He paired with a number of financiers to merge two e-commerce shoe retailers — ShoeMe.ca in Vancouver and OnlineShoes.com in Seattle — into a larger business that could trample the competition.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Shoes.com is taking a page from traditional retail by opening physical stores in major cities across Canada. The company wants to mimic pop-up stores by stocking only one brand of shoes each month. Shoes.com is also expanding into new product lines through its acquisition of socks and underwear company Richer Poorer.WHY THEY’LL GROW: Shoes are big business and Shoes.com prides itself in offering 450 brands, about double the selection of its major competitors.THE HURDLES: Retailers who have expanded product lines too quickly often end up overwhelmed by complications. If Shoes.com strays too far from its business model, it might learn that lesson the hard way. WHO THEY ARE: The Vancouver-based social media management developer has built a business on its computer “dashboard” software that links outlets like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn under one profile, making it easier to manage posts across various platforms. Consumers can use a free version of the dashboard while more serious users can upgrade to a premium account for a monthly subscription fee.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Hootsuite is forging more partnerships, most recently with Microsoft’s suite of business tools like SharePoint, Yammer and Dynamics CRM to enhance marketing on social media, offering new insights into consumer activity.WHY THEY’LL GROW: The company is chasing business clients willing to fork out big bucks for the support of account managers and analytics data.THE HURDLES: In early December, Hootsuite laid off about 20 employees in Vancouver, part of its international staff of about 1,000 people, sparking questions about whether the company was tweaking its business to look more attractive for an expected IPO. The company has 1,000 employees across North America. Chief executive Ryan Holmes has spoken about speeding up plans to go public, but so far that hasn’t come to fruition, and representatives for HootSuite declined to talk about its future.———Shoes.comBen Nelms for National Post read more

NEW YORK — The opening of college football’s season was welcome news for ABC in an otherwise quiet week for television.The Nielsen company says ABC won the week’s ratings competition on the strength of games that took over the network’s prime-time schedule on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Auburn had a last-minute win against Oregon on Saturday, and Oklahoma dominated Houston on Sunday.NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is approaching its end for the season but dominated the prime-time landscape with the week’s two most popular programs.ABC’s “World News Tonight” continued its dominance of the evening news ratings.David Bauder, The Associated Press read more

first_imgHe added: “That manoeuvre was not a safe one. The prosecution says she created the situation.”Chair of the bench Michael Sandeman said the prosecution had proved Campbell’s driving “fell below the standard”. She was given a conditional discharge, three points on her license and ordered to pay £680 in costsCampbell, from near Worthing, had pleaded not guilty to driving without due care and attention.The I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! star smiled for photographers as she arrived at court supported by her son Dima.The other Audi driver, Harry Court, told the hearing he had been travelling home from work when the collision happened. Prosecutors said there was no reason for the way Campbell pulled out into the road, calling it an “error of judgement”. Paul Edwards said: “At 4.15pm on May 6 2016, the defendant was driving her vehicle, an Audi A6, near her home at Castle Goring.”The defendant reached the junction of the A27 and attempted to turn left on to the A27. The prosecution says that the defendant failed to give way and pulled out into the path of an Audi A3.”Alcohol and drug tests of all those involved in the collision proved negative, and only minor injuries were sustained, Mr Edwards said. Socialite Lady Colin Campbell has been found guilty of causing a three-car crash by pulling on to a dual carriageway into traffic.Campbell, 67, is said to have performed the unsafe manoeuvre when she pulled out in her Audi A6 estate on to the A27 near Worthing, West Sussex, on May 6 last year.A trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard that as Campbell pulled out, an Audi A3 hit her car and was “catapulted” into a Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction. 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. Lady Colin Campbell arrives with her son at Brighton and Hove Magistrates' Court in Sussex Lady Colin Campbell in I’m a CelebrityCredit:ITV/REX Shutterstockcenter_img I have made that manoeuvre literally tens of thousands of times… without a problemLady Colin Campbell He denied suggestions by Campbell’s lawyer Miles Bennett that he was driving dangerously fast, saying he was doing just under the 70mph speed limit.Mr Court said: “I tried to go round it and that’s all I can remember. I hit the side of the car and that was it.”I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t brake. All I could do was turn my wheel to avoid the car.”Witness Nicholas Ward said he saw the Audi A3 speed by him before the crash, adding: “I thought, ‘What a t–t’. I could see what was going to happen and it did.”Teacher Tessa Millington said she saw a “flash of blue” before Mr Court’s car crashed into her’s as she headed towards Brighton.Campbell sprang to fame on the 2015 series of I’m A Celebrity with her cutting put-downs, but left the show early on medical grounds.Outside court, Campbell laid the blame for the crash on Mr Court as she undermined the authority of the magistrates.She said: “Had this been in the Crown Court, this would have most likely been not guilty.”She added: “Had Mr Court not been going at the speed he was going, none of this would have happened.”I have made that manoeuvre literally tens of thousands of times in my life, not at that exact place, but hundreds if not thousands of times without a problem.” Lady Colin Campbell arrives with her son at Brighton and Hove Magistrates’ Court in SussexCredit: Christopher Pledger Lady Colin Campbell in I'm a Celebritylast_img read more

AG opened Velux EHF Champions League 1/4 Final series with a win over F.C Barcelona 29:23. Three other clashes will be played today:Ademar Leon – Fuchse Berlin (17.30)Cimos Koper – Atletiko Madrid (18)C.O Zagreb – THW Kiel (19.15) EHF Champions LeaguehandballVelux handball ← Previous Story Norway: 108.000 people play Handball! Next Story → Leszek Starczan two more seasons in Schaffhausen

first_imgLe grand emprunt bénéficiera-t-il à la recherche contre le sida ?France – Les chercheurs français sont pour l’instant à la pointe en ce qui concerne la lutte contre le sida. Mais la situation risque fort de changer : en effet, cette recherche a grand besoin de voir ses fonds augmenter de manière substantielle.A ce jour, 150.000 personnes ont été détectées séropositives en France, et beaucoup d’autres ne sont pas au courant de leur séropositivité. Plus de 7.000 nouvelles infections ont été recensées en 2005, sur un total de 2,5 millions dans le monde. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterL’Agence nationale de recherches sur le sida (ANRS) a déclaré que si elle n’obtenait pas plus de fonds de l’État, ses moyens de lutte contre le sida risquaient de diminuer. Le directeur de l’agence a fait cette déclaration alors que la 17e conférence sur les rétrovirus et les infections opportunistes, qui s’est déroulée à San Francisco, a principalement porté sur la prévention. Il a été question d’utiliser les antirétroviraux pour prévenir la transmission du VIH (Virus de l’immunodéficience humaine) lors des rapports sexuels. Les antirétroviraux constituent le traitement le plus efficace contre la maladie à ce jour, un vaccin n’ayant toujours pas été mis au point. Or, les scientifiques ont découvert que les personnes séropositives sous antirétroviraux avaient beaucoup moins de chances de contaminer leur(s) partenaire(s) sexuel(s) que les celles qui ne sont pas sous traitement.Pour continuer la recherche dans ce sens, l’ANRS aurait besoin de 15 à 20 millions d’euros supplémentaires par rapport à son budget actuel de 45 millions d’euros. En effet, le coût des essais de phase III s’élève à plusieurs millions d’euros, selon les spécialistes.Ces derniers espèrent bénéficier du grand emprunt, c’est-à-dire d’une petite partie des 35 milliards d’euros. La somme qui leur sera allouée devrait alors être partagée avec la recherche sur le cancer, les maladies génétiques et la maladie d’Alzheimer.Le 23 février 2010 à 15:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgTACOMA, Wash. — The family of a 16-year-old boy who died from a fall off a Washington state bridge is asking the court to intervene on his official death certificate.Michael Gish on Wednesday petitioned a Pierce County Superior Court judge to review Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark’s determination that his son, Jordon Gish, died by suicide.The family says the boy’s death was an accident and the suicide ruling is affecting benefit claims.The teenager died in July 2017 while playing on a Puyallup bridge with a friend.The lawyer on the Gish case also represented a whistleblower who filed a complaint against Clark this year, accusing the coroner of mismanaging death investigations.A Pierce County spokeswoman in a statement said that the review process can be difficult for loved ones.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Police Department has new boats to aid in water rescues near Miami International Airport.The department unveiled two new 25-foot contender vessels, Wednesday morning, which will be used for the marine patrol unit.The boats were designed to keep Blue Lagoon, near MIA, safer.Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said the vessels will help when it comes to shallow water rescues and enforcement.“Today I’m very proud to announce the City of Miami has been able to produce two shallow draft boats in order to provide better public safety on the waterways,” he said. “This is the first time in recent history of Miami Police Department that we’ve had this equipment to patrol areas that are shallow. ”Thanks to the new boats, officials will have a higher level of security so everyone can enjoy water sports in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of stealing from a Davie gas station has turned himself in to police.Before he surrendered to authorities on Saturday, Rudolph Almeida had been identified through numerous tips in connection to the June 3 theft of a Juul display case at the Tom Thumb in the area of Nova Drive and College Avenue.Surveillance video captured the suspect taking the display case, which is valued at about $800.Police have charged Almeida with grand theft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgPeople gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London on June 19, 2017. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London. Photo: AFPLondoners bearing flowers and messages of solidarity gathered Monday at the spot where a man ploughed a van into Muslims leaving prayers at a mosque, the fourth terror strike in Britain in four months.Eleven people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London, raising fears of retaliation against Muslims after recent assaults by Islamic extremists.One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the van assault.Among the roughly 100 people at the vigil, some carried signs reading “United Against All Terror”.“One of the things that all these terrorists share is a perverse ideology that wants to fuel division and divide our communities. We’re not going to let them,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking after prayers at the Muslim Welfare House on Monday evening.Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police.The driver was later arrested on suspicion of “the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder”, the police said.The suspect was identified by British media as Darren Osborne, a father of four who lived in the Welsh capital Cardiff.As police searched a property, five residents speaking to journalists from the Press Association news agency identified images of the arrested man as their neighbour, Osborne.Security Minister Ben Wallace told BBC radio that the suspect was “not known to us”.Stepped-up police presenceLondon police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims” and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van “drove at people” and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road.“He was shouting: ‘I want to kill all Muslims’,” another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television.The Finsbury Park Mosque said the van “deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers” at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight.Eleven people were hurt, all Muslims, with nine requiring hospital treatment. Two were in a very serious condition, police said.One Algerian man was among those injured, the north African country said.Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating.France and Germany quickly condemned the attack and Egypt’s Al-Azhar institution, the leading authority in Sunni Islam, condemned it as “sinful”.“Al-Azhar affirms its total rejection of this terrorist, racist, sinful act, calling on Western countries to take all precautionary measures to limit the phenomenon of Islamophobia,” it said in a statement.US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka expressed solidarity with the worshippers in a tweet but her father has so far not commented.Community in shockPrime Minister Theresa May, who was heavily criticised for failing to meet survivors of a devastating fire in a London tower block last week, visited Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders.May condemned the assault as “sickening”, saying Britain’s determination to fight “terrorism, extremism and hatred… must be the same, whoever is responsible”.The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month’s London Bridge attack.In that incident, three men slammed a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree—an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.In March London was hit with another car and knife rampage, that one near parliament. It was also claimed by IS.This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police.“Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date,” said Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body.After the London Bridge attack, the mayor’s office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents.Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as “cowardly”.“Our community is in shock,” he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.‘Extraordinary city’It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week’s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died.“This is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people,” May said outside Downing Street after chairing an emergency government meeting.“Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate.”Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Britain’s third city of Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them children.The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in New York on terrorism charges in 2015.Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.last_img read more

first_imgDamage is seen at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka 22 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersAuthorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about 500, but there were warnings more attacks were possible.There was still no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the South Asian nation’s northeast coast.A government source said President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council early on Monday. Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.Sri Lankan military who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for Sirisena’s return found a homemade bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.They disposed of the device in a controlled explosion, the spokesman said.There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.Sri Lanka was at war for decades with Tamil separatists but extremist violence had been on the wane since the civil war ended 10 years ago.The South Asian nation of about 22 million people has Christian, Muslim and Hindu populations of between about eight and 12 per cent.The U.S. State Department issued a revised travel warning that said “terrorist groups” were continuing to plot possible attacks.”Terrorists may attack with little or no warning,” it said in the revised warning, which was dated Sunday U.S. time. The warning level was set at two on a scale where four means do not travel.Possible targets included tourist locations, transportation hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas, it said.ARMED GUARDSThe island-wide curfew imposed by the government was lifted early on Monday, although there was uncharacteristically thin traffic in the normally bustling capital.Soldiers armed with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Centre in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted on Sunday, according to a Reuters witness.Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.Wickremsinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known Islamist group but said ministers had not been told.Sri Lankans accounted for the bulk of the 290 people killed and 500 wounded, although government officials said 32 foreigners were also killed. These included British, US, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.A British mother and son eating breakfast at the luxury Shangri-La hotel were among those killed, Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper reported.One Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of “absolute carnage”.He said he and a travel partner were also having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.”There were people screaming and dead bodies all around,” he said. “Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy.”There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.Three police officers were also killed when security forces raided a house in Colombo several hours after the attacks.Police reported an explosion at the house.last_img read more

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Three Puerto Rican reggaeton stars have come under U.S. scrutiny after recently performing at the wedding of an alleged drug trafficker in Colombia who had been presumed dead, a federal official said Thursday.Singer Arcangel and duo Jowell & Randy were among seven Puerto Rican artists present at the wedding who the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to question, said Pedro Janer, acting special agent in charge of the DEA’s Caribbean division. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img “We’re definitely going to look into it,” he said. “This guy was a pretty notorious drug trafficker.”The artists were performing at the weeklong wedding party of Camilo Torres, who is nicknamed “Fritanga” after a Colombian dish of fried meat. Colombian authorities raided the party in late June just hours after the wedding and arrested Torres, who Janer said had assumed a new identity after someone filed a false death certificate for him in 2010.The party was held on the island of Mucara off Colombia’s Caribbean coast and featured theme nights, fireworks and a bikini-clad bride.The DEA wants to know how the artists were contracted, how much they were paid and how they arrived in Colombia, among other things, he said.“This guy was a significant trafficker, and to find seven guys from Puerto Rico there, even though they claim they were working, or performing, that’s fine, but it’s not the typical venue,” Janer said.The Puerto Ricans know things that “would probably be of very good use to the Colombian authorities,” he added.Uka Green, a publicist for Arcangel and his managing company, Pina Records, said DEA agents are welcome to interview anyone who was at the wedding. She said none of those present knew who was financing their performance. “Of course they did not know the groom or the bride or anyone else,” Green said. “This is a very unpleasant situation for all those involved. Obviously, we don’t want to be making comments that do not contribute to the security and well-being of the employees who were there.”Pina Records issued its own statement denying that someone working with Arcangel had identified himself as a U.S. police officer during the raid as alleged by Colombian media.A man who answered the phone at Vallejo Enterprises, a company that represents reggaeton duo Jowell & Randy, declined to comment and said he did not know whether anyone would issue a statement.Janer said he might ask the IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for help, along with Puerto Rico’s Treasury Department, if the DEA decides to fully investigate the case.“If there’s money involved, we would like to see what kind of finances these performers have,” he said, adding that they typically get paid double or triple what they normally charge.It is rare for singers or other artists to be directly accused of ties to drug trafficking since it’s the promoters and managers who are involved in direct negotiations and sign the contracts, Janer said. Sponsored Stories “The thing is, at what point does the artist or the artist’s manager realize that this is drug money and that people behind it are drug traffickers?” he said. “That’s what they claim they never know.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1a6ad/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X While largely being a domestic US ski destination over the last two years Telluride Ski Resort has also seen growth in interest from international markets, and this year at the annual ski expo, it’s committed to its own dedicated stand.“It’s a great time to reintroduce the Telluride brand internationally,” remarks Estrella Woods, Telluride Ski Resort International Sales Manager.  “Right now 5-6% of our visitors are international travellers.”“We’ve found that the biggest international market is Australia,” she continues.  “Due to interest Telluride had its own stand at this year’s Snow Travel Expo [in both Sydney and Melbourne].”Attending the show for the second time, last year under the Colorado banner, Telluride Ski Resorts also has a raft of travel trade centric promotions scheduled, with agent seminars including the Ski USA event as well as the Tourplan educational evening coming up next week.A 2011 travel agents famil is also in the works, with more information to come in the next few months.“There are a few new products that we’ve recently introduced… one of the major projects has been the Revelation Bowl on the back of the mountain.”Others include new properties both in ski-in/ski-out Mountain Village as well as the township, and new terrain.One of the key messages of this year’s trade mission will be highlighting the ease of access from Australia’s east coast with United Airlines, connecting at Los Angeles and flying to regional airport Montrose, from which the ski village is a one and a half hour shuttle.last_img read more

first_imgOTM Mumbai is the largest travel trade fair in India and Bangladesh has been participating for the last couple of years. The event is important for us since Mumbai is one of the important markets for Bangladesh and also since OTM provides the platform to connect with other foreign markets. We hope to continue our association with OTM in the coming years.last_img

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