The GRAMMY Foundation will host Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — on Feb. 7, 2013, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif.In conjunction with the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape.Performers include GRAMMY winners Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, current 55th GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran, and singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas. More performers will be announced shortly. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org or here, or contact 855.235.2867.Source:Grammy.org
A United Nations-backed report confirms the link between climate change and current trends in extreme weather such as floods and heat waves, and warns that existing measures, even in developed countries, are not enough to cope with the severity of these events.The report, whose summary was approved today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Kigali, Uganda, reveals that high and low daily temperatures have risen on a global scale due to the rise of greenhouse gases, causing an increase in floods, heat waves, droughts, and other extremes associated with damage caused by high sea levels and heavy precipitation.The report also states that extreme weather conditions have become more powerful and dangerous as a result of climate change, increasing the vulnerability of densely-populated regions in coastal zones as well as populations that live in conditions of poverty and have limited ways to cope with natural disasters.“The world has entered a deadly new age where today’s extreme weather events are likely to become the norm,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “Those who are already vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition, living without access to clean water and sanitation, and living in informal settlements have the least capacity to cope and adapt. The IPCC special report is a plea to governments worldwide to ensure that disaster risk reduction is at the heart of sustainable development during this century of climate change,” she said.The report forecasts that hot days will become even hotter and occur more often on a global scale.“For the high-emissions scenario, it is likely that the frequency of hot days will increase by a factor of 10 in most regions of the world,” said Thomas Stocker, co-chair of one of the report’s working groups.“Likewise, heavy precipitation will occur more often, and the wind speed of tropical cyclones will increase while their number will likely remain constant or decrease.”The summary of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) also warns against the catastrophic costs of inaction on climate change, stating that currently no country is fully prepared to deal with the effects of global warming, while also providing governments with adaptation tools and guidelines to tackle this issue.“This summary for policy-makers provides insights into how disaster risk management and adaptation may assist vulnerable communities to better cope with a changing climate in a world of inequalities,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC.The report points out that although there are many options for decreasing risk, most have not been implemented. “We hope this report can be a scientific foundation for sound decisions on infrastructure, urban development, public health, and insurance, as well as for planning – from community organizations to international disaster risk management,” said Chris Field, another co-chair of one the report’s working groups.“The ability of the world to become more climate-resilient will largely depend on the speed with which emissions can be decreased, and the extent to which the poor and vulnerable populations in developing countries are provided with necessary finance and technology to adapt to the inevitable,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).To keep track of developed countries’ financial support developing countries’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the UNFCC launched today an online portal that allows governments, institutions and individuals to access information on these contributions, making the process more transparentDeveloped countries pledged to give $30 billion between 2010 and 2012 to help developing countries tackle climate change, a commitment that was reiterated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun last year.In a statement released by UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres called on governments to step up their efforts towards this cause at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban at the end of the month.“When governments meet in 10 days’ time for the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, it is important that they understand the extent to which climate finance has been provided by developed countries,” Ms. Figueres said.“This allows for transparency and trust-building among governments on the fulfilment of financial commitments and the projects supported by the funds which benefit people in developing countries.” 18 November 2011A UN-backed report confirms the link between climate change and current trends in extreme weather such as floods and heat waves, and warns that existing measures, even in rich countries, are not enough to cope with the severity of these events.
The portfolios were earlier held by D.V Upul. President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed a new Southern Provincial Minister of Fisheries, Livestock, Environment, Electricity and Rural Industries.The President appointed H.W. Gunasena as the new Southern Provincial Minister of Fisheries, Livestock, Environment, Electricity and Rural Industries.
A U-Haul cube van was reported stolen from a rental agency east of Simcoe this week.The van was rented Feb. 8 at the Renton Esso and was supposed to be returned Saturday, Feb. 9. The theft was finally reported to police on Tuesday.The missing vehicle is a white 2018 Chevrolet cube van with a 10-foot box. The van is fitted with an Arizona licence plate numbered AH84421.Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Preliminary reports suggest a note has been found along with the body of an honorary consul for Canada, who the attorney general’s office for Quintana Roo state says was killed “with violence.”The Yucatan Times reports Daniel Lavoie, 62, was found wrapped in a sheet after being slain at his residence in the Mexican resort city of Cancun — the message next to his body reportedly read, “This happened to you for raping children.”The office has not yet discussed a possible motive.A longtime acquaintance of Lavoie, a retiree from Quebec, said he’s shocked by the death of his artistic friend.Marc Vin, a retired Cancun restaurant owner, said Monday that he had known Lavoie for decades, and they often sat together enjoying a glass of wine and talking about “everything and nothing.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Vin said he was disturbed to hear the violent details reported in local Mexican media. While Lavoie hadn’t discussed the details of his personal life, Vin said he’d seen nothing to indicate his friend was in danger or connected to the wrong people.“Like a lot of people, I’m wondering what happened for someone to kill him,” he said in a phone interview from Cancun.Like a lot of people, I’m wondering what happened for someone to kill himWhile some details in media reports have led him to believe the killing could have been personal, Vin notes there has been an overall increase in “banditry” in Cancun, and he believes the area is becoming more dangerous.The government of Canada advises travellers to Mexico to exercise a high degree of caution throughout the country “due to high levels of criminal activity and occasional illegal roadblocks.”Vin, himself a dual French and Canadian citizen, said he met Lavoie several decades ago, when Vin owned a French restaurant and Lavoie was working for a Quebec-based travel agency.In recent years, Vin said Lavoie had served as an honorary consul for the Canadian government, dabbled in poetry and taught French lessons.He described his friend as intelligent and a good conversationalist, with a dark but funny sense of humour, who loved good food and wine and swimming in the sea.“Above all, he was an artist,” he said. “In the interactions I had with him, or on Facebook, he was an excellent photographer. It was often about photos of animals, of birds especially.”Global Affairs Canada offered their “deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Canadian citizen who has been murdered in Cancun, Mexico,” and said they were providing consular services to the victim’s family.Barbara Harvey, a spokesperson for the department, said honorary consuls are private individuals who provide consular and other services on behalf of the government, including advocacy, passport services, logistical support for visits by Canadian officials and representing Canada at diplomatic and ceremonial events.She said consuls are appointed representatives of the government but are not considered employees of the government of Canada.— With files from The Associated Press
Meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the margins of the 28th African Union Summit, the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the UN, held a joint consultative meeting on South Sudan.According to a joint press statement issued after the meeting, the participants expressed their deep concerns over the continuing spread of fighting, and risk of inter-communal violence escalating into mass atrocities, and the dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan. As such, they reaffirmed their continued and collective commitment in the search for lasting peace, security and stability in the country. Stating that there can only be a political solution to the conflict, within the framework of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), the AU, IGAD and UN reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and urged the parties to ensure an inclusive political process, both in the proposed National Dialogue and in the implementation of the peace deal.The AU, IGAD and the UN reaffirmed their commitment and determination to further enhance their cooperation in support of the South Sudan peace processFurther to the press statement, the participants commended the important work performed by the Chairperson of the Joint Ministering and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) – responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the Agreement – and encouraged the AU High Representative for South Sudan to undertake active shuttle diplomacy towards ensuring the inclusivity of the National Dialogue and the implementation of the peace accord, in close consultation with the JMEC Chairperson, the UN and IGAD.The AU, IGAD and the UN reaffirmed their commitment and determination to further enhance their cooperation in support of the South Sudan peace process, the statement added.The meeting, chaired by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of IGAD, was also attended by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission; and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President Alpha Oumar Konare, and the Chairperson of the JMEC, former President Festus Mogae briefed the meeting.Also in attendance, were the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, and other senior officials of the three organizations.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of South Sudan.
Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Friday, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, to normalize bilateral relations between the two countries.According to a statement, his spokesperson said that Mr. Guterres “encourages the parties to implement the agreement in good faith, with a view to restoring friendly relations and cooperation between the two neighbouring States, in the interest of peace, stability and sustainable development in the region”.The UN chief also recognized the important role of the Angolan and Democratic Republic of the Congo Presidents João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, respectively, in facilitating the MoU signing. “The Secretary-General stands ready to support the momentum generated through this and other initiatives to advance peace, cooperation and integration in the region”, the statement concluded.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 23 August on Soundcloud: A surge in “deliberate” attacks against students, teachers and schools in West and Central Africa has led to a tripling in school closures in the last year and left almost two million youngsters “robbed of an education”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.In a new report detailing threats of violence against schools across the region and issues as a ‘Child Alert’, the UN agency warned that a generation of children risks being denied the right to learn. Former Syrian refugee and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan sounded the alarm in Geneva: “Nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict”.Here’s our full coverage.Sudan flash-floods leave 54 dead, nearly 200,000 affected A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far.“Civilians with whom we spoke still raised numerous concerns that they feel are barriers to sustainable peace,” said Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, reporting from Juba on the panel’s seventh field mission, currently under way through 29 August and which includes South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya.Here’s our story.UN chief welcomes Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda Fifty-four people have died in Sudan because of flash-flooding since last month, and nearly 194,000 people have been affected across the country, humanitarians have said.Citing an alert from the Sudanese authorities, the UN’s humanitarian coordinating arm, OCHA, reported that 15 out of 18 states have been hit, and more than 37,000 homes destroyed or damaged.Here’s spokesperson Jens Laerke: “The affected people are in need of emergency shelter, food, health services and clean water and sanitation. There’s also an urgent need for vector control to limit the spread of waterborne diseases by insects, and drainage of stagnant water.”With the rainy season expected to last until October, and more rainfall forecast, humanitarians are concerned by the high likelihood of more flash-floods.Of the $1.1 billion required to respond to all aid needs in Sudan this year, only 30 per cent has been provided by donors. Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the Ebola virus outbreak continues to prove hard to pin down, but UN health experts remain positive that they can eradicate it.Speaking in Geneva, Michael Ryan from the World Health Organization (WHO) explained that two of the biggest challenges were daily security risks in the north-east, along with the massive movement of people – all potential carriers of the virus.“At the peak of this outbreak we were tracking 22,000 contacts every day; tracking 22,000 different people every day in an area where people, hundreds of thousands of people move in the province every day, has been a huge challenge”, said Dr. Ryan.While the disease has spread in the last two weeks, to Mwenga in South Kivu, he insisted that one of the biggest steps forward was the development of vaccines and therapeutic medicines. Latest data shows that the outbreak has led to total of 2927 cases of infection and 1961 deaths.South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire
L’origine du chien confirmée : il descendrait du loup grisÉtats-Unis – Le meilleur ami de l’Homme descendrait des loups ayant peuplé le Moyen-Orient il y a de cela 12.000 ans, selon une étude génétique de chercheurs américains.Ils étaient alors très probablement une nuisance et non pas les adorables compagnons que nous connaissons aujourd’hui. Cette découverte confirme l’hypothèse selon laquelle la domestication des chiens et la montée de la civilisation au Moyen-Orient ont été contemporaines. Les preuves archéologiques de cette hypothèse sont principalement des rituels funéraires : par exemple, un homme a été retrouvé enterré avec son chien dans les bras. À lire aussiPourquoi les chats ont-ils des pupilles verticales ?Le Moyen-Orient d’il y a 12.000 ans, aujourd’hui appelé Croissant Fertile, était constitué de la zone que constituent aujourd’hui l’Irak, le Liban, la Syrie, Chypre, la Jordanie… Ces régions ont également connu la domestication des chats, qui protégeaient alors les plantations des souris et des rats, ainsi que les débuts de l’agriculture. L’étude, dont les résultats sont publiés sur le site du journal scientifique Nature, a porté sur 900 chiens de 85 races différentes et sur environ 200 loups gris en provenance du monde entier. Les scientifiques ont examiné plus de 48.000 marqueurs génétiques. Il en a résulté que la plupart des chiens possèdent des marqueurs communs aux loups du Moyen-Orient, bien que des ressemblances aient aussi été notées chez les loups européens. Toutefois, l’étude a été basée sur une petite partie du génome, correspondant aux mitochondries. La domestication des chiens aurait été un processus long, prenant probablement des centaines d’années. Au début, ils pouvaient s’avérer nuisibles mais au fil des ans, ils apportèrent protection, aide lors de la chasse, puis plus récemment, compagnie. C’est à partir de l’époque victorienne, durant laquelle l’évolution des races a littéralement explosé, que 80% des races de chiens sont apparues.Le 18 mars 2010 à 17:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
Steve Jobs présent sur scène pour la présentation de l’iPad 2Le PDG d’Apple est bel et bien présent sur scène à l’occasion de la présentation de l’iPad 2. Ses problèmes de santé et son retrait temporaire des affaires de la société avaient suscité les doutes.Le boss d’Apple est bien là ! Alors que des doutes ont été émis quant à la présence de Steve Jobs en raison de ses problèmes de santé, le PDG de la société est apparu sur la scène du Yerba Buena Center, à San Francisco, pour la présentation de l’iPad 2. “On a travaillé trop dur sur le produit pour que je manque ça”, a-t-il lancé à l’assistance dès son arrivée.Après des applaudissements nourris, Jobs a annoncé qu’environ 15 millions d’iPads ont été vendus en 2010, soit “plus que toutes les tablettes PC jamais vendues”. Ces ventes ont généré en neuf mois près de 10 milliards de dollars (7,2 milliards d’euros) de chiffre d’affaires l’année dernière. “L’une des clés du succès de l’iPad, ce sont les Apple store”, estime le leader du groupe.Le 2 mars 2011 à 19:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington received the Excellence Award for Impact for its diabetes program.The Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington honors a nonprofit or one of its programs, “whose performance and delivery to the community sets a high standard of quality and outcomes,” according to a Free Clinic press release.In 2015, Free Clinic volunteer physicians recognized there were an increasing number of diabetes patients coming to urgent care. The Free Clinic launched a program to coordinate services for the patients.“A patient is seen by the Diabetic Caregiver Team and all diabetic medications and supplies are provided at no charge,” the press release states.Partnerships have been formed with Washington State University Vancouver to provide healthy eating classes, provide vouchers for fruit and vegetables at farmer’s markets and with Clark County Food Bank to bring the Fresh Food Truck to the Free Clinic in the summer.“It’s an honor to receive the award on behalf of our staff and volunteers who spearheaded this cross-disciplinary program,” said Ann Wheelock, executive director at the Free Clinic.
South Korea revolves around Son Heung-min, but is he all on his own?FIFA Ranking: 57World Cup history – Just as many other second or lower tier teams that have hosted a World Cup, South Korea also had its biggest success when it had the honour to welcome opponents on its home terrain back in 2002. After surprisingly topping Group D ahead of the United States, Portugal and Poland, the South Koreans defeated Italy in the Round of 16 through a 117th minute golden goal by Ahn Jung-hwan, then took the scalp of another giant Spain on penalty kicks, before losing to Germany in the semi-final in Seoul. They eventually finished fourth after getting beaten by Turkey in the third place playoff match.Otherwise, South Korea has been eligible to participate as such since the 1950 World Cup. Its very first participation in 1954 wasn’t a memorable one, as the inexperienced Taegeuk Warriors were thrashed by both Hungary (9-0) and Turkey (7-0) in the group stage. Its next appearance was in 1986. South Korea has been a part of every World Cup since that year, but other than 2002, it has managed to progress past the group stage only one other time (in 2010).How they qualified? – South Korea wasn’t convincing during the AFC qualification process, managing to earn a mere 15 points from 10 matches. It finished second behind Iran, which was enough to ensure direct promotion.Full 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe) Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka) Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande) Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo) Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu) Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC) Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United) Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu) Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai) Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu) Go Yo-han (FC Seoul) Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)Son Heung-Min refuses to raise panic button after Spurs loss Andrew Smyth – August 25, 2019 Son Heung-Min has called on his team-mates to remain positive and move on following a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe) Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC) Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg) Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona) Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)Forwards: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg) Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)Coach: Shin Tae-yongSouth Korea’s Group F fixtures: South Korea – Sweden (18 June), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium South Korea – Mexico (23 June), Rostov Arena South Korea – Germany (27 June), Kazan ArenaOther than Tottenham forward and South Korean superstar Son Heung-min, South Korea has a couple of other valuable contributors. Augsburg’s Koo Ja-cheol, Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng and Red Bull Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-chan are all European-based footballers who know what it takes to compete with the best. Nevertheless, this Korean squad does not appear to be as dangerous as some of the other South Korean squads in previous World Cups. Expectations are low, which means getting past the group will be a remarkable accomplishment.Star player: Son Heung-minPlayer to watch: Hwang Hee-chan
KUSI Newsroom, San Diego native becomes an international NBA trainer 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ryan Razooky is an international NBA trainer, San Diego native, and SDSU alumnus. Razooky opened his own private gym called The Hoop House in El Cajon.Razooky said he’s hosted basketball camps and clinics across the globe, from Dubai to Kenya, to Mexico. Locally, he has players traveling as far as Temecula to train with him.For more information click here. August 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 27, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Myanmar on Friday freed two newsmen for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said.Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe – a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair – and driver Hla Tin were released from a prison at Yamethin, near the capital Naypyitaw.Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station and the two Myanmar men on 27 Oct, when they attempted to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament building.A court last month sentenced them to two months in prison under the colonial-era Anti-Aircraft Act. All four were until this week also facing an additional charge for importing the drone, and the two foreigners were also facing immigration charges.”We released Aung Naing Soe and the crew at 7:20am today because immigration and police have dropped the charges,” said Aung Myo Chun, chief of Yamethin prison.”They have served their two-month prison sentence under the Anti-Aircraft Act.”A police officer told Reuters on Tuesday he had been ordered to drop the charges because the four had not intended to damage national security and to improve Myanmar’s relations with the journalists’ home countries, Singapore and Malaysia.A local photographer said the two foreign nationals left Yamethin prison by car but Aung Naing Soe and Hla Tin walked out of the prison compound.Later, Aung Naing Soe told Reuters by phone that the release was a surprise.”We have been arrested unexpectedly, and now we are so glad to be unexpectedly released like this,” he said. “We didn’t know that we would be released in the morning until last night.”The case came amid tensions between Buddhist majority Myanmar and mostly Muslim countries like Turkey and Malaysia over Myanmar’s treatment of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority.In early September, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Myanmar of genocide in the western state of Rakhine, a charge that Myanmar denies. The United Nations has said an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown on militants in the state in late August.Two Reuters journalists, who had covered events in Rakhine, were arrested on 12 Dec and are still in detention over accusations they violated the Official Secrets Act, also a hangover from British colonial rule in Myanmar.Their families said at a news conference on Thursday that the reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by policemen who had invited them for a meeting.
Map of RajshahiA college student was hacked to death in Rajshahi city early Tuesday while going to his village home in Dinajpur to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with the family, reports UNB.The deceased was Fardin Ashariya Rabbi, a honours second-year student of Rajshahi City College from Dinajpur’s Parbatipur upazila.Golam Ruhul Kuddus, additional deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said police recovered the body from a road connecting Hekem Kha and Bornali of the city around 6:00am and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy.The body bore injury marks on the head, he said, adding that it is not clear whether it was a planned killing or the outcome of a mugging attempt.Police also found his mobile phone on the spot and talked to his family members using it.Family members said Rabbi started from his college hostel for home in the early hours and talked to them before leaving the hostel.Police said he might have been killed on his way to local railway station.
The Excellentia Equitation Center, New Delhi presented the sixth edition of The Equestrian Series, from December 12-14, sponsored by the Ashok Piramal Group. The series is a unique extravaganza of the Olympic sport of Equestrian (show-jumping and dressage), bringing together riders from all spheres and age groups. In addition, it offered the finest display of a lifestyle sport with the perfect environment created by the combination of the horse, the rider and a true and healthy competition spirit. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Teams from top civilian riding establishments went up against the top riders from army units such as The Presidents Bodyguard, the 61st Cavalry, which are two of the only horse mounted military regiments in the world, as well as teams from various paramilitary establishments. The event was not only the best in the sport present, but also newer and younger participants with events for children from all age groups. The Excellentia Horse Show offered the perfect ambience for a lovely day out on the field with a sport as royal and unique, associated with horses. The event had more than 200 entries with over 100 horses taking part with two days of action packed equestrian competition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixExcellentia Equitation Centre is a professional riding school, providing the finest training in horseback riding, the sport of Equestrian (comprising of Show-Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) as well as Polo. Situated in an area of 5 acres in Vasant Kunj, rite in the centre of the city, it clearly is the most centrally located and easily accessible riding establishment in the capital. Set up with the background of professional riders who have been competing at the national and international level for many years.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » An error in Uber’s systems on Wednesday led to people being charged 100 times what their ride should have cost. One user was charged $2,053 dollars on a ride that should have cost $20.53.The problems first surfaced in Washington, D.C. and San Diego but have since been reported as far afield as Paris. Similar issues have been reported for the UberEats service. Some customers received alerts from their banks about the charges or had their credit cards put on hold.Uber says the issue has been resolved and apologized for the problems caused, reports the Washington Post: “We understand that this has been frustrating. There was a known issue that caused your authorization hold to be very high. Our team has already fixed this issue. Thank you so much for your patience.”The inflated fares will be corrected to the right amount, so customers don’t need to call their bank to dispute the charges. However, the charges will continue to appear on credit card or bank statements “temporarily.”However, customers aren’t happy about the charges or about Uber’s lackluster customer service response:S/o to @Uber for the $1,400 charge on my account and shit for customer service. A phone number would be easier than Twitter don’t you think @Uber @Uber @Uber— Ceej (@cjlaiche) July 17, 2019Trying to find a number to call @Uber to dispute a charge of $1027. Apparently there is a “blue icon” in the app to contact 24/7 support but here I can’t see the icon nor can I a find a number to call @uber. Please look into this matter ASAP! #uber pic.twitter.com/sDSNiFiwx3— Parth Khadilkar (@ParthKhadilkar1) July 17, 2019WTF @Uber @Uber_Support a 1791.00 pending charge? How can a company this big not have an actually help desk number to call someone? pic.twitter.com/IfjlVpHUjR— Philip Cronin (@chitownphil) July 18, 2019 July 18, 2019 This story originally appeared on Engadget Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read
Maharashtra Tourism has signed a MoU with Airbnb to promote affordable accommodation and genuine local experiences to boost tourism in the state.Airbnb and the Government of Maharashtra will come together to boost tourism in the state by utilising Airbnb’s global lodging platform. Airbnb would assist home stays across Maharashtra by bringing them onto its global platform and would also help provide information to its users on less-explored but high potential destinations in Maharashtra.Commenting on the MoU Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Tourism is a key pillar for the State of Maharashtra and we are committed to increasing the number of global travellers to the State who could benefit our’ local communities. In a bid to attract foreign tourists, we have announced 2017 as ‘Visit Maharashtra’ year. As our alternative accommodation partner, we look forward to working with Airbnb to achieve the goals of the Visit Maharashtra campaign. Through this partnership, we aim to create at least 50,000 micro-entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector in the next five years, build the homestay ecosystem in the State and improve hospitality standards of homestay owners.”Nitin Gadre, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra, stated, “We are excited about working together to promote Maharashtra’s tourism potential through joint promotion of Maharashtra destinations, and bringing an ever-increasing number of homestays and other unique accommodation options to Maharashtra.”Amanpreet Bajaj, Country Manager – India, Airbnb, said, “Airbnb and Maharashtra’s connection goes back to our roots. The first ever guest hosted by Airbnb’s co-founders came from Pune in Maharashtra. In the last few years, that connection has continued to strengthen through the State’s growth as a high priority market. It is extremely heartening to see the State government’s vision to develop and promote tourism in the State. We are honoured and delighted to partner with the Department of Tourism and MTDC in this journey.”
Brazil’s visa waiver policy announced in March is already generating positive results as Americans responded positively to the action of the Brazilian Federal Government to end visa requirements. Recent data from a study done by Amadeus Group shows a significant increase in the number of reservations made in the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan and Australia, the other three countries benefiting from the new policy.Amadeus is one of the 10 largest technology companies in the world and one of the three largest in the travel segment. In the United States, the increase was 53% in the number of trips confirmed for June and 97% in July compared to the same period last year. In Canada, growth was 86% for June, 54% for July and an impressive 135% for August this year.“The numbers show that visa exemptions for strategic countries are a good measure, which generates jobs and income in Brazil. It is time for the country to take advantage of all its tourism potential,” said Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, the Brazilian Minister of Tourism.
April 27, 2017 668 Views The prices on luxury homes have jumped more than 4 percent since this time last year, according to a Luxury Housing Market Report released by Redfin on Thursday. The average luxury home price hits $1.65 million for the first quarter of 2017.In total, luxury house prices—which include only homes in the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in a city—increased 4.2 percent in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016, though they decreased 1.6 percent for the quarter-over-quarter. According to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin, President Trump’s promises to cut taxes for the wealthy may have a lot to do with the annual uptick in luxury purchases, especially coming off a slow year for luxury sales in 2016.“After tepid price growth in the luxury segment throughout 2016, the luxury market rallied at the start of the year, following big gains in the stock market,” Richardson said. “Luxury buyers may be acting on their optimism about the economic outlook thanks to President Trump’s promises of large tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.”Growth in the luxury home market was particularly strong in Washington, D.C., which saw luxury prices rise 32.6 percent over the year. The average sale price on a D.C. luxury home was $2.7 million for the quarter. According to Redfin, this is likely due to wealthy political appointees and employees moving into the area.Other cities to see high year-over-year luxury home price growth were St. Petersburg, Florida (28.5 percent); Portland, Oregon (23.5 percent); Paradise, Nevada (22.4 percent); West Palm Beach, Florida (21.4 percent); and San Francisco (19.9 percent).Still, despite growth in the luxury sector, non-luxury homes came out on top. With an average sales price of $307,000 for the quarter, non-luxury property prices were up 7 percent over 2016’s Q1 numbers. This marks the ninth consecutive quarter that non-luxury price growth has outpaced that of the luxury market.Non-luxury homes also sold above their listing price more often than luxury ones, with 20 percent of non-luxury properties going for higher than they were originally put on the market for. Only 1.2 percent of luxury homes sold above listing price.Luxury homes also took longer to sell in Q1 of 2017, with an average of 91 days on the market, up from 89 days in 2016. Non-luxury homes averaged 69 days on the market—six days faster than one year ago.See the full report at Redfin.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies Luxury Homes Prices Up; D.C. Sales Spike DC luxury home prices Prices 2017-04-27 Aly J. Yale Share
Go back to the enewsletterPassengers flying with Oman Air are now able to purchase sleepwear, an exclusive amenities kit and other Oman Air-branded merchandise on a select number of routes.The new amenities will be available on all long-haul flights to and from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The product offering reflects Oman Air’s commitment to provide all guests with the best in luxury and comfort.The elegant Business Class Amouage amenity kit, designed especially for Oman Air, contains a set of luxurious travel essentials including hand and body moisturiser, face cream, a sleeping eyeshade and shaving razor. A dental kit and mouthwash are also included in the kit.Oman Air is also introducing comfortable, yet stylish, sleepwear on selected flights which can be bought at a nominal price. The new sleeper suits will provide Oman Air guests with plenty of comfort and ease when travelling on long-haul night flights. A set of soft slippers is also included to guarantee comfort when resting or moving during the flight. Go back to the enewsletter