Dame Shirley Bassey Puts Her Best Foot Forward For Barnardos

first_imgWelsh singing icon Dame Shirley Bassey is supporting Barnardo’s and asking women to put their best foot forward for the Barnardo’s Shoe Appeal.Shirley Bassey’s Cowboy HeelsCredit/Copyright: Barnardo’sThe Cardiff-born diva has joined the mass shoe de-clutter event, aimed at encouraging women all over the UK to free themselves from their unworn or unloved shoes and help raise thousands for the most vulnerable children.Shirley Bassey’s Emporio Armani ShoesCredit/Copyright: Barnardo’sDame Shirley, a Barnardo’s supporter, said: “Like most women I have shoes that I certainly don’t wear anymore. By giving them to the stock appeal, it’s given me the perfect chance to clear out my shoe rail, donate the forgotten footwear and support a great cause. I’m urging everybody to ‘step up’ for the Shoe Appeal and donate their shoes to Barnardo’s.”The international singing star has donated ten pairs of her favorite footwear, including elegant Emporio Armani sandals, glamorous chunky cowboy boots, peep toe Stuart Weitzman shoes and vintage style TTxTT evening shoes. Six pairs of shoes including the Armani sandals are currently on sale in the Cardiff Albany Road store. Anyone wishing to purchase shoes and not able to visit the store should contact Alex Corsi or Connie Pretty on 029 2048 8513.Research shows British women adore their shoes. Recent figures indicate the typical woman has now amassed a collection of 39 pairs. It also revealed that 47 per cent of women bought a new pair of shoes every month and 15 per cent every fortnight.Barnardo’s is encouraging local ladies to donate the pairs of shoes they are no longer ‘in love with’ and are particularly in need of ladies shoes and accessories:• The glitzy, glamorous shoes you bought for a friend’s party and only wore once • The boots you bought in a sale, but never really fitted properly • The high heels that you can’t walk in • The bag that is just too big … if that is possible! • The belts that are looped over the back of the door in the spare room?Donated items will be sold through Barnardo’s stores and profit from the appeal will go directly to supporting the charity’s services. All stores are also happy to take donations of men’s and children’s shoes.David Howells, Barnardo’s Retail Area Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to donate pre-loved shoes and help children and young people throughout Wales.”last_img read more

Watch the paper airplane world record attempt in Fort St John LIVE

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  If you can’t make it to the Pomeroy Sport Centre to watch the world record attempt, you can watch it online below.John Collins and Joe Ayoob are at the Pomeroy Sport Centre attempting to break their own record by flying a paper airplane further than 226 feet and 10 inches. They will have ten attempts to fly the plane so conditions have to be almost perfect.The video will start at 8:45 a.m. with the first attempt at around 9 a.m.last_img

Rashan Charles whose death after police chase caused violent protest did not

first_imgMakeshift road blocks in fire at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles  Municipal staff clean the trashed streets following a demonstration demanding justice after the death of Rashan CharlesCredit:Anadolu Agency  Stafford Scott, who stood next to Mr Charles and spoke on behalf of the family, directly addressed the young people who protested the night before, and said that they understand their anger and frustration.”Don’t feel that the family don’t feel that anger and that frustration too. But what the family knows is that taking it to the streets doesn’t give you justice,” he said.Mr Scott said the family have found the best legal support they can and are now asking the community to “support them in their struggle” but with “peace on the streets”.Those in the crowd at the vigil could be heard chanting “no justice, no peace” as they called for the police officer who arrested Mr Charles to be suspended.  Municipal staff clean the trashed streets following a demonstration demanding justice after the death of Rashan Charles The watchdog said IPCC staff met with Mr Charles’s family on Wednesday afternoon to update them with the results of the forensic analysis. Last week, the IPCC said the evidence it had seen so far suggested that Mr Charles was detained by a Metropolitan Police officer who had followed him on foot into a shop on Kingsland Road after an earlier attempted vehicle stop. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) watchdog, which is investigating the events leading to the death of Mr Charles, said: “The IPCC has now received results of forensic analysis of an object that was removed from Rashan’s airway by paramedics.”The object did not contain a controlled substance.”The IPCC said its investigation into the circumstances of Mr Charles’s death following contact with police in Hackney is “ongoing and making good progress”, adding: “Our independent investigation is thoroughly examining all aspects of police interaction with Rashan prior to his death and has already undertaken a large number of investigative actions.”center_img 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. A man who died after swallowing an object during a police chase was not concealing a “controlled substance” according to forensic analysis.Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain Rashan Charles, 20, on the floor of a shop in east London before he died later in hospital on July 22.His death sparked violent clashes with police in Hackney on Friday as demonstrators hurled bottles and fireworks at officers. Makeshift road blocks in fire at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan CharlesCredit:Lauren Hurley  The officer restrained Mr Charles, with the help of a member of the public, and he was handcuffed.After he was detained, attempts were made to remove an object from his mouth or throat.His condition deteriorated, and the officer called for a police medic who provided assistance prior to the arrival of paramedics, according to the IPCC.Weyman Bennett, co-convenor at Stand Up To Racism, claimed: “We now know that the initial statements put out at the time of Rashan’s death were misleading or outright lies. Justification for his death looks increasingly at the hands of those people that forcibly restrained him.”The attempt to smear Rashan as somebody involved in drugs was an attempt to assassinate his character. We hold the police wholly responsible for these false statements that were put out, and we demand justice for Rashan.” Mr Charles’s family made a fresh plea for “peace on the streets” at the weekend following the violent clashes.Demonstrators blocked Kingsland Road in Hackney with wheelie bins, mattresses and debris on Friday afternoon – with bottles and fireworks later being thrown at officers as the growing anger bubbled over into the night.Outside Stoke Newington police station on Saturday, his father Esa gathered with the family of Edson Da Costa – who died last month, six days after being detained by police – for a vigil organised by Stand Up To Racism.last_img read more

Nokia baisse les prix de ses smartphones

first_imgNokia baisse les prix de ses smartphonesLa firme finlandaise aurait sensiblement réduit le prix de ses smartphones depuis le début du mois pour endiguer le recul de sa part de marché dans ces terminaux, selon plusieurs sources.”Il n’y a pas de très grosse réduction pour chaque modèle, mais ces réductions, faites sur l’ensemble de la gamme, cela ne s’était plus vu depuis très très longtemps”, a déclaré à Reuters l’une des sources qui travaille pour un opérateur européen, à propos des smartphones de Nokia. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Toujours d’après les informations de l’agence de presse, le modèle phare du groupe finlandais, le N8, le C7 et l’E6 connaîtront les plus fortes baisses de prix : environ 15%. Les autres baisses seront plus faibles, d’après deux sources de Reuters, qui précise que Nokia devrait publier des pertes aux deuxième et troisième trimestres de cette année.Le cabinet d’études Gartner indique que les smartphones de la firme finlandaise ne cessent de perdre des parts de marché (25,5% au premier trimestre contre 39% au même moment l’année d’avant). Plusieurs analystes prévoient même que cette tendance perdure cette année…Le 6 juillet 2011 à 09:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Confident Mark Hughes looking forward to Newcastle test

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes is confident this team can build on their last weekend performance at Bournemouth as they prepare to face Newcastle on Saturday.Mark Hughes was impressed with Southampton’s last weekend performance despite their goalless draw result at Bournemouth.On Saturday, they will host struggling Newcastle United at the St Mary’s Stadium, and Mark Hughes will be hoping to compound their woes and also build on their impressive performance from last weekend.“It’s been a good week,” Hughes said on The Saints website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we had a lot of confidence from how we played.“The disappointment on the day clearly was that we didn’t take the chances that we created because they were good chances – chances that we need to take if we’re going to get the points that we feel our performances deserve. So that was the only negative.“In terms of the performance, I thought it was really good, really accomplished. Everybody understood what we needed to do to stop Bournemouth really getting into a frame of mind or a mindset that they were going to play really well.“I think we frustrated them. Not by being negative, but just by virtue of our game plan and being on the front foot and being positive in what we were doing, so on the day I thought we were the better team.”last_img read more

Toyota to Launch Next Gen Etios at Auto Expo 2016 Report

first_imgThe next generation Toyota Etios is likely to make its debut at the Auto Expo 2016, claims a new report.Toyota Etios sedan, which has been on the Indian roads since 2011, is now reportedly going to get a new model in India, reported AutoCar India, citing sources. The report also said that the new Etios is likely to make its debut at the Auto Expo 2016.The upcoming Etios 2016 is expected to carry on the design philosophy of the Toyota Corolla Altis and is likely to come with the same 1.2 and 1.5 litre petrol engines and the 1.4 litre diesel engine of the current model. However, the new generation Etios will do away the boxy-styling of the current model, which the company thinks is one of the reasons for the poor demand for the car in India. With the next gen Etios, Toyota is reportedly looking to offer the current gen Etios’ fuel efficiency, space and durability in a better form.”Design is one issue and you will see that the new version will have a much better design,” ACI quoted Hisayuki Inoue, CEO Asia-Pacific operations, Toyota.Meanwhile, Toyota will bring its much-anticipated Corolla Altis to India in May 2014. The car, which was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, will come in both petrol and diesel options in the domestic market. While the petrol model is powered by the 1.8 litre petrol engine, the diesel model will come with 1.4-litre four-cylinder D-4D diesel engine.The new Altis measures 4,620 mm in length, 1,776 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm.The car will come packed with premium features like push button start, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, LED Daytime running lights, Rear view camera, 7-inch touch screen infotainment system and an 8-way adjustable seat for driver.last_img read more

Drunk man lynched to death for raping 11yearold girl in Jalandhar

first_imgA case under IPC Section 376 (rape) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) has been filed against the accused. (Representational Image)A 39-year-old man was lynched to death for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in Punjab’s Jalandhar district on Sunday, June 2.The accused, Pappu, was reportedly drunk when he barged into the girl’s house. At that time, the girl’s parents, who hail from Nepal, were at work.The neighbours were alerted by the girl’s cry and entered the house to find her profusely bleeding. The accused was also inside the house. He was then thrashed by the mob.Both the girl and the accused were rushed to a nearby hospital. Pappu was declared brought dead on arrival.A case has been filed under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act. The police identified Pappu through his Aadhaar card and are trying to contact his family. He used to live alone in Jalandhar.The police are yet to file a case over Pappu’s death.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Rochelle Rao on Nach Baliye 9 I am a competitive person

first_imgInstagramThough they both had done a lot of work before, it was Rochelle and Keith’s chemistry on Bigg Boss that made them household names. The spark in their relationship and their honesty was what kept them going for long in the show. Though the duo couldn’t take home the trophy, they did win everyone’s heart and continue to do so with their lovey-dovey pictures on Instagram. International Business Times spoke to the couple exclusively on their journey in the show and are they in it to win it or enjoy it. Take a look.Who is a better dancer between the both of you?Rochelle: I think that we have both figured out that we kind of are the non-dancer people, and we have a lot to learn. Though I think that Keith is better with being more disciplined with working on his body and staying healthy. Keith is also someone who doesn’t forget something once he learns it, though coming to me, I have a little bit more of the flare but tend to get distracted easily. I also tend to get a bit emotional when I dance. So both of us do have a lot to learn and a long way to go.Keith: We have been going back and forth about this but I feel that Rochelle is the better dancer here. She has got a lot of talent and groove when it comes to dancing so yes, it’s her.What would you say is your USP as a couple that sets you apart from rest of the contestant couples?Rochelle: I think for this show, every couple’s USP is of course the intricacies of their relationship. And what I love the most about Keith and myself is that we always try to protect each other and help each other, no matter what. And our goal in life is to always be united. It’s also very refreshing to experience life with somebody who is always on your side. So for us, that probably is our USP! We want to have fun together as well as learn something new together, and keep the balance.Keith: I think that in terms of us as a couple, we are very real which we can effortlessly put across. Exactly what you see is what you get with us, and that is honestly what people have always loved us for. And it is also something we will be showcasing on the show.Who do you think would turn out to be your biggest competitor on the show?Rochelle: The competition is really strong this time around, though I don’t see anyone as my personal competition as such, but as far as the fan following is concerned I feel that girls like Anita and Shraddha have a lot of it as they are really big on TV. Prince and Yuvika as well, who are the only two who have a perfect balance of having a strong fan base and being good dancers. Though the surprise package till now has been Vishal and Madhurima, who have a lot of grace and confidence while dancing.Keith: It’s tough to say anything at this point in time, as firstly we don’t really look at everybody as competitors. Though everyone here has their own unique style of dance. Aly and Natasha, Prince Yuvika, and even Shraddha are all great at what they do, including their fan base which is quite huge.Are you in it to win it or enjoy it?Rochelle: You cannot enter any reality show without being in it to win it! And coming to me, I am a competitive person so once I get into something I definitely want to win it! But this time around enjoying Nach Baliye is the main part of the process. You have to be enjoying yourself to specially keep the audiences entertained as well as keep your own energy high to perform at that particular level on screen.Keith: Eventually you have to first enjoy the competition, otherwise you are just going to end up putting a lot of pressure on yourself. Though at the same time you are there to win this, so each performance has to ideally outdo the previous one!last_img read more

Haley calls Suu Kyi defence of journalist jailing unbelievable

first_imgMyanmar`s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is seen while she waits for a meeting with Vietnam`s president Tran Dai Quang (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam on 13 September, 2018. Photo: ReutersMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday the jailing of two Reuters journalists had nothing to do with freedom of expression and that they can appeal against their seven-year sentences, prompting a sharp rebuke from the United States.Suu Kyi, in her first public comment on the case since the two, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted last week, referred to the colonial-era law under which they were charged.“They were not jailed because they were journalists, they were jailed because … the court has decided that they have broken the Official Secrets Act,” she said at a conference of the World Economic Forum in Hanoi.US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley described Suu Kyi’s remarks as “unbelievable,” in what appeared to be the sharpest direct public rebuke of the Myanmar leader by a US official.“First, in denial about the abuse the Burmese military placed on the Rohingya, now justifying the imprisonment of the two Reuters reporters who reported on the ethnic cleansing. Unbelievable,” Haley wrote on Twitter on Thursday.Speaking at a later news briefing, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington disagreed with many of the comments Suu Kyi had made and added that the journalists should be released immediately.“That verdict calls into question press freedom in Burma (Myanmar),” she said.“The fact that those journalists were convicted despite testimony by police that they were ordered to frame those journalists, that in our view raises serious concerns about the judicial independence and the fair trial guarantees they are supposed to have in that country,” Nauert said.“We continue to urge the government of Burma to take action immediately to correct this injustice.”Suu Kyi made her comments in response to a question from a forum moderator who asked whether she felt comfortable about the reporters being jailed.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted on official secrets charges on 3 Sept in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy.The two reporters, who had pleaded not guilty, were investigating the killing of 10 villagers from the Muslim Rohingya minority by the Myanmar security forces at the time of their arrest. The military later acknowledged the killings and said it punished several soldiers.The United Nations, human rights and press freedom groups and various governments criticised the convictions. US vice president Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have called for their release.The United States was a strong backer of Suu Kyi as she emerged in the 1980s as a pro-democracy icon who endured years of house arrest for standing up to military rule and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle.But Western criticism has mounted of Suu Kyi’s failure to speak out against military treatment of the Rohingya and of her attitude to the treatment of the journalists.In Hanoi, Suu Kyi questioned whether people were aware of the details of the case against the reporters.“I wonder whether very many people have actually read the summary of the judgement which had nothing to do with freedom of expression at all, it had to do with an Official Secrets Act,” she said.“If we believe in the rule of law, they have every right to appeal the judgement and to point out why the judgement was wrong.”Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay was not immediately available to comment on Suu Kyi’s remarks. He said last week the court was independent and followed due process.Reuters, in response to Suu Kyi’s comments, said in a statement: “We continue to believe that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did not violate Myanmar’s espionage law, and at no point in time were they engaged in activity to hurt their country.”PRESSUREDuring eight months of hearings, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo testified that two policemen they had not met before handed them papers rolled up in a newspaper during a meeting at a Yangon restaurant on 12 Dec.Almost immediately afterwards, they said, they were bundled into a car by plainclothes officers.On 1 Feb, a police witness said under cross-examination that information in the documents had already been published in newspapers.In April, a prosecution witness testified that a senior officer had ordered subordinates to plant secret documents on Wa Lone to “trap” the reporter.Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said Suu Kyi was wrong when she spoke about the verdict.“She fails to understand that real ‘rule of law’ means respect for evidence presented in court, actions brought based on clearly defined and proportionate laws, and independence of the judiciary.”The convictions came amid mounting pressure on Myanmar over a security crackdown sparked by attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on security forces in Rakhine State in west Myanmar in August 2017.Earlier on Thursday, Suu Kyi said that in hindsight, her government could have handled the Rakhine State situation better.“There are of course ways in which we, with hindsight, might think that the situation could have been handled better,” she said. “But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides … We cannot choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law.”More than 700,000 stateless Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh, according to UN agencies. Myanmar has denied accusations of atrocities made by refugees, saying it conducted a legitimate counterinsurgency operation against militants.UN investigators said last month that Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with “genocidal intent”, and that the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted under international law.Haley said last month that findings of a yet-to-be released State Department investigation into the crisis were “consistent” with those of the UN report.However, Washington, which has been competing for influence in Myanmar with its strategic rival China, has so far spared the Myanmar’s top generals from sanctions.last_img

Researchers use quantum properties to create jammerproof radar

first_imgSchematic of our quantum-secured imaging experiment. Polarized single-photon pulses from a HeNe laser are reflected from the object and imaged onto an electron-multiplying camera (EMCCD) through an interference filter (IF). A half-wave plate (HWP) and a polarizing beamsplitter (PBS) are used to make the appropriate polarization basis measurement. Four images corresponding to the four measured polarizations are obtained. The angle of reflection is exaggerated in the figure for clarity but is less than 5 deg. in reality. The object consists of a reflective stealth aircraft silhouette. Credit: arXiv:1212.2605 [quant-ph] (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers from the University of Rochester in New York, has created a radar system based on polarized photons that they describe as jam-proof. The new system relies on the fact, the team writes in their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, that any changes made to such a photon stream would be recognized as false by the system. More information: Quantum-secured imaging, arXiv:1212.2605 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1212.2605AbstractWe have built an imaging system that uses a photon’s position or time-of-flight information to image an object, while using the photon’s polarization for security. This ability allows us to obtain an image which is secure against an attack in which the object being imaged intercepts and resends the imaging photons with modified information. Popularly known as “jamming,” this type of attack is commonly directed at active imaging systems such as radar. In order to jam our imaging system, the object must disturb the delicate quantum state of the imaging photons, thus introducing statistical errors that reveal its activity. Citation: Researchers use quantum properties to create jammer-proof radar (2012, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-quantum-properties-jammer-proof-radar.html Traditional radar systems work by shooting photons at a target and then measuring the reflections that occur as a result. Images of objects constructed using such a system can help discern the difference between a large bird and a small plane, for example. But, researchers have also developed ways to circumvent such systems, e.g. using flak, or generating false photon streams. This new system is an attempt to confound the latter.Quantum theory suggests that because of the unique nature of quantum particles, measuring them causes them to be changed. Thus, if a pilot in a war plane responds to radar signals by trying to send back a false pattern, he or she (their equipment actually) would have to know what the original photons looked like, which means they would have to be observed – a form of measurement. Doing so would cause them to be changed. Because of that, the photon stream that is sent back in reply would be obvious to the recipient because it would no longer match the properties of the stream that was sent.In their trial system, the researchers sent out a photon stream that had been polarized in one direction, then measured the photons as they were reflected back. They found an error rate of less than 1 percent. But when they set up a system to modify the photons before sending them back, the error rate jumped to close to 50 percent. This they say is more than enough to indicate that someone was attempting to jam their radar.The researchers acknowledge that more testing is needed, particularly in a real-world environment where it’s possible that natural elements might interfere with the polarization of photons, negating their results. Also, they note, there’s the problem of systems with multiple photon streams allowing for siphoning off of photons that go undetected by the system. On a more positive note, they also point out that technology currently exists to implement such a system in the real-world, and because of that, those that wish to, could build one right away if they chose to do so. Explore furthercenter_img © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv Hi-fi single photons This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Wearing it wrong

first_imgSometimes men don’t pay much attention to their personal styling or the way they dress up. When it comes to fashion, most men simply try to avoid looking ridiculous. Sheena Agarwaal from Urbanista Image Consulting picks out a few faux pas that are being made all too often:White socks with dress shoesTeaming white socks with dress shoes may have enjoyed brief popularity in the mid-’90s, but there’s a good reason this combo has failed to make a strong comeback. Dress shoes should only be worn with dress socks, which are wool or cotton socks in dark hues.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Buttoning blazers incorrectlyFastening the wrong number of buttons on your blazer can cause it to pull and stretch in awkward directions. Double-breasted jackets should nearly always be buttoned. With a two-button suit, fasten the top button and with a three-button suit, you have a choice between fastening the top two buttons or the middle one only. No matter what kind of blazer you’re wearing, always unbutton it when you sit down.Stuffed pocketsYour pants pockets are a place to put your hands, some spare change and perhaps a slim wallet. Bulging pockets detract from an otherwise streamlined look, so if you notice any square lumps in your pants, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to get a bag. Mismatched suit and shoes Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMen too frequently select shoes in shades that don’t complement their dress clothes, like brown-hued footwear with black trousers. Pair black suits with black shoes; gray suits with black or camel shoes; brown suits with brown or camel shoes; and navy suits with black, camel, tan or oxblood-colored footwear.Wearing running shoes outside the gymActivewear should not be day wear. For a just-as-comfortable alternative without the ‘ick’ factor, pick a pair of sneakers or slip-on loafers for  your casual ensembles.last_img read more

How to protect your walls in monsoon

first_imgDuring rainy days, the dampness and moisture together could prove to be disastrous for interiors. There are plenty of solutions that can come to ones rescue to protect ones house.Experts tell how:-To begin with, one should thoroughly check walls, windows and ceilings for any leakages or cracks. A burgeoning crack in the wall could be the result of compromising on the quality of the paint that does not offer any protection against water, consequently leading to leakages. A simple way to escape this is to guard your house from the ill-effects of rain by choosing paints with water-proof technologies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Primer paints are also a good investment during this time as they prevent alkali and efflorescence attacks. Primers also prohibit the formation of salt (white) patches on walls. Monsoon also brings with it a lot of dust, which can be inhibited by using clear paints for exterior. Clear paints with silicone technologies serve the dual purpose of preventing the accumulation of dust along with curbing water absorption by making the surface non-porous. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Roof tiles get the most affected during the season and should be treated with a solution to close gaps and prevent leaks. Tiles can also be protected with a coat of active water repellent technology. Such agents form a thin but continuous layer that does not allow water to permeate the paint film. Water repellence with anti-fungal and anti-algal formula must be used to resist black spots on tiles. -Use light cotton drapes instead of heavy fabrics that complement your wall paint colours. These will let maximum sunlight into the house, while also allowing in the breeze and cross ventilation.-Ensure that electrical appliances like lamps and switches that are close to windows and doors are secured and kept dry.-Get a vibrant or funky doormat outside the house to keep out the mud and slush that this season will bring in.last_img read more

Egypt Air black box located President Obama to meet Pulse victims families

first_imgBritish parliament member shot in Leeds has died. (BBC)Tributes paid to Jo Cox MP, from across British politics https://t.co/97iUgfkAZR pic.twitter.com/m89yqaCehw— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 16, 2016 Apple Smashed by magnets.Apple Destroyed By Magnets pic.twitter.com/O7kqcExxr3— Destroying Stuff (@DestroyingClip) June 16, 2016 David Cameron pays tribute to Jo Cox MP https://t.co/Zg8cSkEfIA— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 16, 2016 Santa Barbara wildfire rages. A few seconds of Scerpa fire near Santa Barbara #scherpafire #fire #santabarbara #elcapitan #refugio #highway101 pic.twitter.com/Wu9iKwGFqK— Charles Kirkby (@chksb10) June 16, 2016Crying Wales fan will likely never live this down. Wales fan so drunk he’s crying and can’t remember the name of his country.. pic.twitter.com/pvhws6NMeH— talkingbaws (@talkingbaws) June 16, 2016 Black box from downed Egypt Air flight located. (Boston Globe)UPDATE: #EgyptAir plane black box found, pulled out of water https://t.co/BohtU5tjwF— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 16, 2016President Obama to meet Orlando victims and families. (L.A. TImes)Wheels up for Orlando. pic.twitter.com/Hr6ziV9uTi— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 16, 2016last_img read more

Costa Ricas foreign minister skeptical about Nicaraguas ambitious canal dreams

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The proposed transoceanic canal being hyped by Nicaraguan PresidentDaniel Ortega could benefit Costa Rica, but Manuel González, Costa Rica’s foreign minister, warned it could also wreak unintended environmental damage on both countries.In an interview with The Tico Times last Friday in Washington, D.C., González said the Ortega government’s insistence on building the 278-kilometer waterway with Chinese funds is a $50 billion gamble shrouded in secrecy.“I’m skeptical about the project. I have my doubts about how real and how serious it is,” he said. “But I have nothing against the project itself as long as Nicaragua respects the rule of law.”González, speaking to us at the Costa Rican Embassy immediately following his first official meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, explained why Costa Rica’s relationship with Nicaragua is “tense” – even without the proposed canal.For one thing, about 10 percent of Costa Rica’s 4.9 million inhabitants are immigrants from Nicaragua. “A lot of them have been in Costa Rica illegally for many years. That has put a lot of pressure on our economy,” he said.Added to that economic strain is what González says is a growing military threat from Costa Rica’s neighbor to the north, aided by the Kremlin.“This is serious. If it were just a discussion about borders, it would be different,” he said. “Nicaragua has been buying heavy military equipment from Russia. They just publicized the purchase of MiG-29s, supposedly to fight drug trafficking. Well, we’ve been very effective in fighting drug trafficking, and we don’t need MiGs to do that.”At the moment, Costa Rica and Nicaragua are arguing three legal disputes at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. One involves the invasion by the Nicaraguan military of Isla Calero, a small, protected wetland that both countries claim as their own.Nicaragua then filed a counterclaim against Costa Rica for the construction of a 160-kilometer border road that runs parallel to the Río San Juan, which separates the two countries. Costa Rica then filed another claim over maritime limits. That case was prompted by Nicaragua’s efforts to grant oil-drilling concessions in a disputed area.Pointing to a map of Costa Rica’s border with its northern neighbor, González offered an analogy of sorts: “Some people talk about sitting down and having a dialogue and lots of nice things, but one has to recognize the origin of the current conflict,” he said. “This was an invasion by one country, Nicaragua, of another, Costa Rica. It’s like if your neighbor enters your house and robs you. Are you then going to invite him over for drinks?” Nicaragua’s proposed canal route. (Screengrab from the “Proyecto de Desarrollo Integral del Gran Canal de Nicaragua”)Who is HKND?The little-known consortium behind the canal project, Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND), says its waterway will be able to accommodate ships of up to 23,000 Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units, or TEUs, once it’s finished in 2019 (if it’s finished). That compares with the 13,000 TEUs that the Panama Canal will be able to handle after its $5.2 billion expansion is completed in 2016.But shipping experts question whether the Nicaraguan waterway is economically viable, and others wonder who’s behind HKND, which generally avoids the media.Last month, a Nicaraguan delegation representing nearly 40 civil-society groups and political parties traveled to San José, Costa Rica, during the annual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Their mission: to galvanize opposition to the proposed canal’s construction. The group criticized the project’s lack of transparency and the threats it may pose to indigenous land rights as well as Lake Nicaragua, also known as Lake Cocibolca.Like the protesters, González worries that Costa Ricans will also be affected by the environmental consequences of the project on the two countries’ shared watershed.“Whatever happens in the lake may affect the Río San Juan, which will eventually affect the Río Colorado,” he said. “It’s a cascade effect and that’s our main concern. We do have a base for environmental concerns.”He added: “We have a right to request environmental studies, which we have done twice already last year, but no response. So I understand the justification of the Nicaraguan people to be concerned – not just for Costa Rica, but the whole area.”On the other hand, Costa Rica could benefit from the canal “if the conditions are there,” said González, leaving the phrase open to interpretation.“Nicaragua uses our port on the Atlantic to export 80 percent of their goods,” he told The Tico Times. “We have nothing against prosperity for Nicaragua if it helps Costa Rica. We want the Nicaraguan people to be in a better position so they could buy more goods. We’d have less immigration, and we could sell more products there.”See also: Driving the Nicaraguan riot police Facebook Comments Related posts:A canal across Nicaragua: Is this for real? Costa Rica asks Nicaragua for environmental impact studies on proposed interoceanic canal Nicaragua Canal opponents call on Costa Rica to join fight to save lake Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canallast_img read more

New Greek prime minister to undergo eye surgery

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek authorities say the country’s new prime minister, Antonis Samaras, will undergo eye surgery this weekend for a detached retina discovered during a routine examination.The prime minister’s office said Friday that the test revealed Samaras has the early stages of retinal detachment and that surgery is the best option. Samaras will be operated on Saturday morning in Athens’ Attiko Hospital. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Samaras was sworn in as Greece’s fourth prime minister in eight months on Wednesday, ending a protracted political crisis that had raised fears of Greece being forced to leave the eurozone. Such a scenario would have global repercussions.He heads a three-party coalition government formed after his conservative party came first in June 17 elections, but without enough votes to form a government on its own.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

THAI wins Skytrax Most Improved Airline

first_imgMrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho (3rd from left), THAI Acting Vice President of Ground Customer Services Department,Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira (Center), THAI President and Mr. Narongchai Wongthanavimok (3rd from right), THAI Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting Department.Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) was presented two prestigious and coveted awards at the Skytrax 2016 World Airline Awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow, as the World’s Most Improved Airline and the World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility.THAI also placed in the top three in three categories: Best Economy Class Onboard Catering – for the quality of meals, quality of food, beverage selection, and visual presentation;Best Airline Staff Service in Asia – for staff service efficiency, friendliness and service hospitality and overall consistency; and World’s Best Airport Services.In receiving these awards, Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, said, “These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at Thai Airways International, devoting great attention to detail in providing service to passengers and having such determination to better ourselves for improved customer satisfaction.“It is a testament that we are on the right path – growing and expanding sustainably to serve every customer, whom we value greatly.  I am indeed very proud of THAI to have achieved this recognition.”World’s Most Improved AirlinesTHAI’s focus is on being a full-service carrier – a carrier of choice with a touch of Thai identity building on traditional strengths of warm and hospitable service, a key differentiator and is considered the carrier’s DNA. THAI has made a number of changes in product offerings and services onboard and at the airports.  Since the end of 2015, route by route, THAI has been continually rolling out New Royal Silk Service for Royal Silk Class passengers.This new service concept can be herald as the icon of service.  As well THAI has embarked on an operational makeover with the decommissioning of a number of older aircraft in order to offer newer product and smooth experience onboard THAI. THAI is determined to be one of the top airlines in the world in terms of products, services, and customer experience.World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa FacilityFor the second consecutive year, Thai Airways International has won in the category of Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility.  THAI’s Royal Orchid Spa is located at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, with the spa facility and services primarily designed for THAI Royal First Class and Royal Silk Class passengers departing on international flights operated by THAI.The range of spa services, performed by professionally-trained masseuses, for Royal First class passengers include full body oil massage, neck & shoulder or foot massage, steam rooms, sauna rooms, and shower rooms in tranquil ambience.  Royal Silk Class passengers have a choice of the neck & shoulder massage or the foot massage.World Airline AwardsSkytrax World Airlines Awards are coveted quality accolades for the world airline industry.  Travelers from across the globe take part each year in the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners.  The World Airline Awards are a global benchmark of airline excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards.  The airline that achieves the highest upward rating improvement across the different survey categories is awarded as the Most Improved Airline. Fly THAISource = THAIlast_img read more

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first_imgFlybe will introduce as many as 12 cheap flights to Frankfurt a week from Glasgow later this summer.The year-round route will commence on August 1st, with overall travel time from Scotland’s largest city lasting for three hours and 45 minutes.All flights will make scheduled stops at Southampton, with the new route complementing Flybe’s existing services to Frankfurt from Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire city.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said the domestic airline recognises how important it is to provide “convenient and cost-effective” travel to key European hubs.”Our new service connecting this major economic centre to Glasgow illustrates our commitment to not only developing leisure options but also to helping link UK business with key business destinations across Europe affordably,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that the carrier is looking forward to welcoming the route’s first passengers in August.Last month, Flybe celebrated the first anniversary of its daily flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer scheduleFlybe intends to increase capacity on flights between Cardiff and GlasgowFlybe has confirmed that it will ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flightlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2018 5:35 am PDT Last Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email James Patterson donating $2 million to classroom libraries NEW YORK, N.Y. – James Patterson is stepping up his game.The bestselling author has increased his annual donations for classroom libraries from $1.75 million to $2 million. Scholastic Inc. told The Associated Press on Monday that Patterson is distributing 4,000 gifts of $500 each to teachers around the country, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to Cheney, Kansas. The so-called “Patterson Pledge” was launched in 2015 and is run in co-ordination with Scholastic Book Clubs, which adds book club points to Patterson’s contribution. More than 80,000 teachers applied for donations.“I can’t underscore enough how important books and reading are to a child’s development — better readers make better people, and ultimately better citizens,” Patterson said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the teachers who are doing imperative work with students every day, in every school in the country. These grants are my way of acknowledging their extraordinary efforts.”“Teachers often have to find their own funds and use their personal money to buy books and build fresh classroom libraries. This is why we at Scholastic Book Clubs are truly inspired by James Patterson’s commitment to offer real help to teachers in this work,” Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs, said in a statement.Over the past few years, Patterson has also given millions of dollars to bookstores and literacy programs and endowed thousands of college scholarships for teachers.last_img read more

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