US stocks trade lower amid trade worries various data

first_imgNew York: US stocks traded lower on Friday, as investors digested various data that came below market expectations and remained worried over US-China trade tensions. At midday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 230.77 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 26,352.65. The S&P 500 slid 28.61 points, or 0.97 per cent, to 2,924.95. The Nasdaq Composite Index decreased 125.93 points, or 1.55 per cent, to 7,985.19, the Xinhua news agency reported. Nine of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors traded lower around midday, with the information technology sector down nearly 2.3 per cent, leading the losers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The majority of the 30 blue-chip stocks in the Dow also suffered losses, with shares of Cisco Systems down nearly 4.1 per cent, among the worst performers. More specifically, shares of Caterpillar and 3M, both sensitive to global trade, fell 2.12 per cent and 1.74 per cent respectively. Shares of Intel lost 1.36 per cent. Yet shares of Pinterest rose nearly 20.5 per cent, as the mobile application firm reported higher-than-expected revenues for the second quarter, despite a quarterly loss of profit. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On the economic front, US consumer sentiment index registered 98.4 in July, higher than the 98.2 in June, the University of Michigan said on Friday. However, the reading came below market estimate of 98.5, according to economists polled by financial data provider Refinitiv. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1,64,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 per cent, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The job growth came shy of the forecast of 1,65,000 by economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal. July’s reading was in line with the average employment growth in the first six months of the year. Yet it was lower than the average monthly pace of 2,23,000 in 2018.last_img read more

Celebrate patriotism at The Imperial

first_imgCelebrate 73rd Independence Day with patriotic fervour at 1911 Restaurant over a Freedom special lunch buffet, offering tricolor themed treats. The menu includes an array of signature dishes featuring the likes of Hariyali Bunno – chicken marinated with mint and coriander, Basanti Jheenga – jumbo prawn marinated with hung curd and cheese, Ajadi ke Gole – cottage cheese dumpling served with saffron gravy, Tiranga Pulao – trio colors of rice and much more, complemented with a dessert like Kesaria Phirni – saffron rice pudding flavoured with cardamom. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWhen: August 15 Where: 1911 Restaurant Timings: 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm Buffet Price: INR 6000 + taxes for two peopleSavour hand-crafted thalis like Maharani Thali featuring vegetarian specials and Maharaja Thali offering non- vegetarian favourites. Enjoy these curated Thalis inclusive of a four- course menu with family and friends at our Pan Indian restaurant Daniell’s Tavern, to commemorate the occasion. Where: Daniell’s Tavern Timings: 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPrice : INR 3500 + taxes per Maharani Thali and INR 4500 + taxes per Maharaja Thali The experience gets more indulgent when you take on a culinary journey inspired by the flavours of India with regional Thalis specially put together by the chefs of 1911 Restaurant along with a mocktail, for an irresistible dinner. Feast on the traditions of our country with Rajasthani Thali on August 15, Punjabi Thali on August 16, Kerala Thali on August 17, Kashmiri Thali on August 18, Delhi-6 Thali on August 19, South Indian Thali on August 20 and Lucknowi Thali on August 21, 2019. Celebrate the spirit of freedom and satiate your dining experience at in the midst of unique Indian history and heritage, only at The Imperial. Where: 1911 Restaurant Timings: 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm Price : INR 3000 + taxes per Thali with mocktaillast_img read more

UN refugee agency starts helping Congolese return from Mozambique

13 June 2007The United Nations refugee agency has announced the start of its airlift of Congolese refugees from Mozambique, pledging to help all those who want to go back. The United Nations refugee agency has announced the start of its airlift of Congolese refugees from Mozambique, pledging to help all those who want to go back. Over 100 people headed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week by air from the north of Mozambique via Kigoma in Tanzania, where they were scheduled to embark on a ship crossing Lake Tanganyika to their homeland, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which said talks are underway to facilitate direct flights to DRC for about 170 additional Congolese seeking to return home.“I am overjoyed that the registered refugees are finally able to return,” said UNHCR Representative in Mozambique Victoria Akyeampong. “I hope this movement will encourage others in the camp to also register for voluntary repatriation. DRC needs her people to rebuild its economy and society.”The repatriation was organized by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the cooperation of the various governments involved. The Congolese comprise about 3,500 out of the total refugee camp population of some 5,000 in Mozambique. Most of the refugees are from Africa’s Great Lakes region, according to UNHCR, which said in a news release that its office in Mozambique “will continue to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees wishing to return to their countries.” read more

Parachutist hits hydro pole

A parachutist managed to escape unharmed after free falling and hitting a hydro pole in Flamborough on Sunday.Police say it happened between 3PM and 4PM Sunday afternoon at Highway Five and Sydenham Road.The 36-year-old man was jumping from over 10,000 ft, but misjudged his landing and free fell for 35 seconds.There was a small fire, but the man managed to escaped without injury.He was assessed by paramedics and treated at the scene.He was reportedly associated with the company Skydive Swoop, a volunteer-run skydiving club.No one from the company could be reached for comment. read more

Lamar is a firstweek star

Even without the “AWOL” Chris Williams, it’s been a case of many happy returns for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. And rookie Lindsey Lamar is the man providing the returns.The 23-year old Tampa native is the CFL’s special teams player of the week. In his first professional regular season game last Friday against the Argos, Lamar returned the first kickoff he handled, 104 yards for a TD. He finished the game with six kickoff returns for 224 yards and four punt returns for 18 yards. Lamar played college ball at South Florida.Other stars of the week in week 1 are Ricky Ray of the Argos. He is the offensive star after passing for 368 yards and 4 TD’s in Toronto’s 39-34 win over the Ticats. Calgary Stampeders running back, Jon Cornish, last year’s most outstanding Canadian, is the Canadian player of the week. He had 24 carries for 172 yards and two TD’s in the Stamps 44-32 win over the B.C. Lions. And Calgary defensive lineman Charleston Hughes is the defensive player of the week. He had 4 tackles and 3 quarterback sacks in the victory.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

German central bank chief warns against excessive pessimism

BERLIN — The head of Germany’s central bank is warning against taking an overly pessimistic view of the economy, days after the bank cautioned that Europe’s biggest economy could enter a recession in the current quarter.The German economy contracted by 0.1% in the April-June period and the central bank, the Bundesbank, said Monday that it “could decline slightly” again in the summer. But Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that he sees “no reason to panic.”He noted that Germany is coming off a long upswing with record employment and said “the outlook is particularly uncertain at the moment,” citing political factors such as Brexit and international trade conflicts.He added that the response shouldn’t be pessimism or taking action for the sake of it.The Associated Press read more

Woods spared penalty because of hightech video evidence

NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods avoided a penalty for hitting the ball twice because of an 18-month-old rule that limits the use of advanced TV replays.Woods was in a palm bush right of the 18th fairway Friday in the Hero World Challenge when he took a short back swing and tried to punch the ball back into play. Questions arose whether the ball stayed on the club too long, and PGA Tour officials reviewed the shot.Chief rules official Mark Russell says only when they used high-definition replay in slow motion were they able to detect that Woods hit the ball twice. Woods says he didn’t feel the club make contact more than once.The decision from May 2017 says that when penalties are not applied when a violation could not reasonably be seen with the naked eye.Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State softball swept by Michigan

Michigan’s offense struck early and often to help the No. 20 Wolverines sweep the Ohio State softball team in a three-game series at Buckeye Field over the weekend. The Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes, 27-11, and out-hit them, 32-16, on the way to three key wins in Big Ten play. Both teams entered the series with a 5-1 record in the conference. Game three was the most tightly contested of the weekend, but it didn’t look that way early as senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott dug herself a hole in the top of the first inning. Endicott threw 60 pitches, walked five batters and gave up four runs before OSU ever had a chance to step to the plate. She credited the Wolverine batters for the length of her first inning. “I just kept attacking them, mixing things up,” Endicott said. “It was a battle and I was just trying to keep them off-balance and throw my game.” Trailing, 4-0, the Buckeyes responded quickly in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single followed by two hit batters loaded the bases with no outs and Evelyn Carrillo took advantage of the opportunity. The sophomore first baseman hit a grand slam over the right field wall to tie the game. Carrillo said she had a good idea of what pitch she would see. “I was expecting change-up all day today because I knew they had gotten me the previous day on a change-up,” she said. “I was like something up, I’m just gonna hit it, and that’s what it was.” The Wolverines added one run in the second and one in the third to make the score 6-4 and the Buckeyes couldn’t overcome the deficit. OSU scored once in the bottom of the fifth on a Michigan error, but that was it as OSU fell, 6-5. Despite the third loss to Michigan in two days, senior shortstop Alicia Herron found some positives in game three. “We came out a lot better the second game in comparison to the first two games,” Herron said. “We played tougher, we made adjustments, we were better at the plate. Overall it was just much better.” In game two, OSU built an early lead, but saw it disappear quickly. The Buckeyes batted through the order in the bottom of the first and took an early 3-1 lead. The Wolverines’ potent offense answered in the top of the second with five runs and never looked back. They added one run in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and finished the game with 16 hits to defeat the Buckeyes, 11-4. OSU coach Linda Kalafatis said it wasn’t the physical aspect of the game that caused her team problems. “A lot of this was mental and we had some breakdowns,” Kalafatis said. “A great program like Michigan isn’t gonna let you get away with a whole lot.” On Friday, game one started and ended the same way as game two. The Buckeyes scored two in the first inning thanks to a Herron home run, but could not muster another run the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Wolverines blasted Endicott for nine runs in three innings of work to build a 9-2 lead before tacking on one run in the seventh off freshman pitcher Olivia O’Reilly to post a 10-2 victory. OSU fell to 23-14 on the season and 5-4 in the Big Ten while Michigan improved to 27-10 and 8-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes finish up a six-game homestand Wednesday at 6 p.m. versus Dayton at Buckeye Field. read more

Dr Pantos leads IVF in Greece

first_imgMore than 250 Australian kids were born in Greece with the method of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) that Greek Australian doctor Kostas Pantos has adopted in the Clinic of the Human Reproduction “Genesis” in Athens. Dr Pantos is a famous scientist whose innovations have many times occupied Australian and international press. Dr Pantos was born in Melbourne but went back to Greece with his parents when he was six years old. During the years of the Greek dictatorship, his family returned to Australia, where he stayed to attend college. After finalising his studies he returned to Greece where he now lives and works. His studies and his good connections in Melbourne and Athens still help him work with many Australian institutes and scientists. Dr Pantos said to Neos Kosmos that many couples from Australia go to Greece with their own gene to take a foreign ovum because in many cases they haven’t found an appropriate one in Australia. “The Australians also prefer coming to Greece,” said the scientist, “because in Australia the child by law can find out who his biological mother or father is after he/she turns 18. “Additionally, the donor has the right to have access to the child. In many cases neither the couples nor the donors feel uncomfortable with this arrangement. These regulations, though, do not apply in Greece. The donors are anonymous. As a result of this Greece became a popular country for Australian couples to become parents through the IVF method.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Migrant centres slated for islands

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Authorities have decided to set up four new reception centers for immigrants on islands of the Aegean to tackle a rising influx of would-be migrants into Greece by sea that has been prompted by more effective policing along the Turkish land border.The decision to set up the centers — which, Kathimerini understands, will be located on Chios, Lesvos, Samos and Rhodes — was taken during a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and Merchant Marine Minister Costas Mousouroulis. The aim is to prevent the incoming migrants from traveling to the mainland until they are deported.Government officials also reportedly decided to intensify inspections by coast guard vessels and members of the European Union border monitoring agency, Frontex, along the sea borders.Dendias also presented to Samaras a plan code-named Ioni aimed at dealing with an anticipated influx of refugees from Syria. According to sources, the plan outlines three scenarios, foreseeing the refugees’ arrival in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. In either of the latter two cases, Greek authorities would help the neighboring countries. In the event that the migrants arrive in Greece, the plan is to temporarily detain them on Crete. Turkey is believed to be accommodating 83,000 Syrian refugees though authorities have indicated they cannot host more than 130,000. Reports suggest that around 250,000 Syrians have fled their homeland.“There is a big issue in Syria,” Dendias said. “It is turning into an outflow of refugees. They haven’t arrived in large numbers in Greece. But the country must be ready,” he added.Migrants are also continuing their efforts to leave Greece. Coast guard officers in the western port of Patra have detained around 10 suspected people smugglers in the past two weeks, Kathimerini understands.According to sources, the 10 suspects include Albanians and Romanians but also nationals from Syria and Afghanistan — two of the main countries of origin of would-be migrants traveling to Greece. One of the suspects is being sought by police in Italy, according to the same sources who said authorities seized forged travel documents with which 55 would-be migrants had planned to travel to Italy.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

35 000 défibrillateurs cardiaques potentiellement défectueux

first_img35 000 défibrillateurs cardiaques potentiellement défectueuxSelon l’agence des produits de santé (Ansm), la société Schiller Medical procède à des corrections sur 35.000 de ses défibrillateurs, publics et professionnels, suite à une série de dysfonctionnements.Alors que chaque minute compte en cas d’attaque cardiaque, c’est une découverte préoccupante que vient d’annoncer l’agence des produits de santé (Ansm). Celle-ci a indiqué que la société Schiller Medical avait rappelé ses défibrillateurs cardiaques Fred Easy suite à une série de dysfonctionnements. “Les anomalies détectées consistent en l’apparition aléatoire de messages bloquant l’appareil”, ce qui “empêche la délivrance des chocs et représente un risque de perte de chance pour le patient”, précise l’Agence.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Elle signale également le “défaut de qualité d’électrodes” de marque Nessler concernant ces appareils, qu’ils soient automatiques ou semi-automatiques, qu’ils soient installés dans des lieux permettant au public de s’en servir ou qu’ils soient destinés aux professionnels. D’où le besoin de remplacer ces électrodes qui seront vraisemblablement changées pour celles d’une autre marque, Leonhard Lang, ce qui devrait prendre au moins trois mois. La société Schiller doit intervenir “sur l’ensemble du parc de défibrillateurs installés en France, soit environ 35 000 appareils, dont 29 000 d’accès public (institution publiques, entreprises privées, centres sportifs…) et 6 000 en milieu professionnel (pompiers, hôpitaux, cliniques privées)”, indique l’Ansm citée par l’AFP. Une “mise à jour du logiciel des défibrillateurs” doit notamment être réalisée. “Malgré des défaillances occasionnelles, l’utilisation d’un défibrillateur permet d’augmenter considérablement les chances des victimes en arrêt cardio-respiratoire”, estime l’Ansm. En attendant leur réparation l’Agence indique donc que le maintien de l’utilisation de ces appareils et leurs accessoires  est “justifié, notamment sur les sites dotés d’équipements sportifs”, où leur présence est d’ailleurs obligatoire depuis février 2009, ajoute-t-elle.Le 8 juin 2012 à 16:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lyft to pay 50 San Diego residents to participate in Ditch Your

first_img September 26, 2018 Posted: September 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Lyft will pay more than four dozen San Diego residents to use public transit in lieu of their personal vehicles for 30 days, the ride-hailing service announced Wednesday.Lyft selected 100 Chicago residents for its first “Ditch Your Car” challenge in August. Responses to the challenge were so positive that Lyft is broadening the challenge to 35 more cities across the country, including San Diego, San Francisco and New York, according to the company.Lyft will select 50 registered San Diego residents at random and provide them with nearly $600 worth of credit for public transportation services, including $300 in Lyft credit, a free monthly pass for the Metropolitan Transit Service and a free Zipcar membership and $100 of driving credit, according to Hao Meng, market manager for Lyft San Diego.Starting today (Sept. 26), San Diegans will be able to register for the challenge. Then, 50 people will be chosen at random to participate and provided with:$300 Lyft Shared CreditMTS Premium Express monthly pass ($102 value)Zipcar membership and free activation, plus $100 drive credit ($132 value)Discover Bike San Diego one month membership ($50 value)“The way that people move around cities is changing faster than ever, and we are excited to challenge San Diego residents to change their everyday habits and give up their car for a month,” Meng said. “Lyft alone is not the overall solution to overcome transportation hurdles, but by partnering with MTS, Zipcar and Discover Bike San Diego, we are able to create a full menu of mobility options for San Diego residents.”Residents can register at ditchwithlyft.com/SanDiego from Wednesday until Sept. 30 to enter the drawing. The challenge runs from Oct. 8 to Nov. 6. Lyft to pay 50 San Diego residents to participate in ‘Ditch Your Car’ challenge KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

With Extension Passed ASA Calls on 113th Congress to Commit to a

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… With a vote of 257-167 late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate in passing a package to avert the “fiscal cliff” that includes an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, funding and authorizing key farm, research and nutrition programs through the end of the 2013 fiscal year in September. American Soybean Association (ASA) President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., releases the following statement on the vote:”As we have been working with our colleagues on Capitol Hill for more than two years on a comprehensive, five-year bill, we are very disappointed that Congress was not able to come together and pass a new bill in the best interests of farmers. However, the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill allows important foreign market development, disaster assistance, and farm safety net programs to continue.”ASA is also pleased that the larger package passed by both the House and the Senate to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’, of which the extension was a part, included a meaningful solution to the estate tax challenges faced by farm families and many other small businesses. The deal provides for a tax rate of 40 percent on estates with a value greater than $5 million, or $10 million per couple, and is indexed to inflation. All changes to the estate tax under the fiscal cliff package are permanent.”Additionally, ASA welcomes the extension of the biodiesel tax incentive of one dollar, included in the fiscal cliff deal, and retroactive to 2012 and on through 2013. Both the estate tax solution and the extension of the biodiesel tax incentive are top priorities for ASA.”While the extension is certainly preferable to the alternative of no bill at all, and prevents outdated permanent agricultural law enacted in the 1930s and 1940s from going into effect, it is only a stopgap measure, which does not provide the long-term certainty and stability that farmers need. Once the extension expires at the end of the fiscal year in September, we will be left at the same impasse we’ve had since the House Agriculture Committee passed its farm bill in July unless our elected leaders can find a way to come back to the bargaining table with a renewed focus on what’s important, not just for soybean farmers, but for all of agriculture and for the nation as a whole. It’s imperative that our members of Congress in both chambers and in both parties move past party politics and get the job done this time.”As always, ASA is ready to work with the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to craft and pass a new farm bill before the current extension expires at the end of September.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

CNET Asks Are there too many videostreaming services

first_img Amazon Prime Disney Hulu Netflix Apple reading • CNET Asks: Are there too many video-streaming services? 6:05 Apple It seems like today everyone is trying to hop on the video-streaming-service bandwagon. Disney, NBCUniversal, AT&T and Apple are all making their way into the paid streaming game, and they’re surely not the last. These hugely successful corporations want to stake their claims in this already crowded entertainment sector. Disney’s service, Disney+ is set to unveil this year and will take advantage of its overarching ownership of many franchises, such as Star Wars, Marvel and the Pixar movies. AT&T’s service well presumably use everything under the Warner umbrella. NBCUniversal’s will include original content as well as licensed titles. Apple’s service is a bit of a mystery as to what will be included with its streaming service, but a company of that size is sure to be competitive. These are just the ones yet to debut. Think about how many are already available. When does it end? Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, CBS All Access (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company), HBO Now and more are already available, each with original and licensed content. How do we choose between them? It can really be quite the headache. In addition to these, there’s live-TV streaming services such as DirecTV, YouTube TV, Hulu with live TV, Sling TV and others, each of which allows you to view live shows sans a cable company. There are so many options today for cord-cutters. Originally labeled as an alternative to cable, video-streaming services now seem comparable in price, depending on how many you sign up for. So, with such a crowded landscape, how do you decide? Is it originals? Their catalogs of non-original shows and movies? Maybe it’s price? Or, maybe we should we just sign up for them all so we don’t miss out? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to vote in the poll so we can see how you feel. Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea.  Comments CNET Asks Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img • Read more: Best live TV streaming services for cord-cuttersRead also: Don’t want to pay the Netflix price hike? Check out these 10 free alternatives instead 23 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Culture Home Entertainment Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s streaming service could take on Netflix See All Tagslast_img read more

Nalgonda Accused in Pranay murder case shifted to Gujarat

first_imgNalgonda: Based on the directions of Gujarat court, district police under the supervision of In-charge Superintendent of Police Ravirala Venkateshwarlu shifted Asgar Ali, an ISI terrorist and accused in the murder of Haren Pandya, former Gujarat Home Minister and also in the murder Pranay Perumalla of Miryalaguda, to Gujarat.A Gujarat court has recently awarded lifer to Asgar Ali in Haren Pandya’s murder case. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Ali who was one of the main accused in Pranay Perumalla murder case was arrested under Preventive Detention Act and sent to Warangal jail. However, he was released recently on bail. District police who put an eye on the movements of Asgar Ali after release from Warangal jail on bail, came to know that he did not change his attitude and has been threatening people demanding money. Recently, the police arrested Ali in connection with a ganja smuggling case and have been interrogating him. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Meanwhile, a Gujarat court informed the district police about the verdict and ordered them to produce Asgar Ali before the court. In-charge SP R Venkateshwarlu informed that following the Gujarat court directions, the district police have shifted Asgar Ali to Gujarat and produced him before the court in Ahmedabad for future course of action.last_img read more

Meghan Markles shocking gesture to sister father to avoid the past from

first_imgMeghan, Duchess of SussexGetty ImagesIn what can be said as the most talked-about father-daughter row since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, the ongoing emotional drama between the Duchess of Sussex and her family seems to have finally ended in the name of the royal baby.One of Meghan’s friends told the Mail on Sunday that the Duchess of Sussex seems to have realised that all the harsh words and exchange over the past few days should end. As she welcomes her first child, the Duchess wants to start on a fresh note with her father and sister. “Meghan hopes and prays that the baby will bring her family back together,” the friend revealed.Her friend further revealed that Meghan would be inviting her family over to Frogmore residence, once the child is born. “She plans to extend an olive branch to the family.” Meghan understands that there are complications in this direction and that her family is under extreme pressure. Meghan is reportedly saddened by what her family had to endure in the past few months.Even, Meghan’s father is aware of the fact that their daughter has been “busy and (they) have always supported her efforts in the past, despite it leaving her little time to spend with them,” the friend said.This news about their potential reunion has come as a shock to many people, especially Meghan’s fans, after the rude behaviour she had to endure from her own family. Meghan Markle and Samantha MarkleGetty/TwitterRecently, in January, Samantha spewed some more accusations and once again reminded her that she should stay grateful to her father (Thomas Markle). “Thank him for your college education, your career, building every stage you set foot on, but really appreciate the people that care about you,” she said to Meghan Markle, in public, to make sure that everyone knows about the rife.Samantha even did not spare Meghan when the latter visited New York for the ‘expensive’ baby shower, that was attended among others by high-profile celebrities. She reminded her sister that  she did not visit her father despite being the in same country.”Setting all personal things aside, I understand a baby shower is an exciting time – it’s about getting with friends, getting things ready for the baby. But you are on this continent Meghan and I would just really love to see her have contact with my dad while she’s here,” she told DailyMailTV.Now that Meghan has extended an olive branch, it remains to be seen whether her family reconciles and reunites for the sake of the royal baby in their midst soon.last_img read more

339 killed in road crashes during Eid holidays Jatri Kalyan Samity

first_imgBangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury speaking at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday, 29 June 2018. Photo: UNBA total of 339 people were killed and 1,265 others injured in 277 road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays this year, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare platform, said on Friday, reports UNB.Besides, at least 25 people were killed, 55 went missing and nine others injured in accidents on waterways while 41 killed in train accidents during the period, according to a report prepared by the organisation.Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of the association, came up with the statistics at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.He said the number of casualties came from accidents that took place between 11 June and 23 June.Of them, 52 were killed and 150 others injured in 16 road accidents in a span of just 12 hours on 23 June alone, the platform secretary general said.“The number of accidents is rising alarmingly day by day mainly for the lack of proper monitoring on the roads,” Mozammel said.The report was prepared based on different reports published on national dailies, regional newspapers and news agencies, he said.The plying of vehicles without fitness, nonstop driving, reckless driving, unskilled drivers, plying of slow-speed three-wheelers on highways, poor road conditions and speeding tendency of bus drivers to get more trips are the main reasons behind the accidents, the platform leader said.The Samity also put forward some recommendations to reduce the road accidents.These include building National Road Safety Council as an effective body to check road crashes, setting up a driver training centre at the national level to create skilled drivers, auditing road safety regularly, arranging adequate quality transport to deal with overcrowding, arranging separate lanes for slow-moving and high-speeding vehicles on highways, implementing the government decision to stop the plying of battery-run vehicles on highways, repairing damaged roads, taking steps to stop the plying of risky vehicles and ensuring the movement of passersby through creating footpaths, underpasses and overpasses on highways.The secretary general also urged all concerned to follow the directives given by prime minister Sheikh Hasina to reduce road crashes.last_img read more

11 of a family suffer burn injuries

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationAt least 11 members of a family received burn injuries in a fire that was ignited reportedly from gas line leakage in Haq Bazar of Fatullah early Wednesday.Among the injured, nine are identified as Srinath Chandra Barman, 35, his wife Orchona, 28, daughter Anamika, 15, son Arpit, 10, mother Chaya Rani, 60, sister Sumitra, 27, Sumitra’s husband Narayan, 40, Pramit, 10, and Shawon, 10.The injured were admitted to the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said sub-inspector Bacchu Miah, in-charge of the hospital police outpost.Abdullah Al Arefin, deputy assistant director of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defense, said the fire broke out around 5:30am.Hearing the screaming, locals rushed in and rescued the victims, he said.The fire service official said the specific reason behind the fire incident could not be known immediately. “It was suspected that the fire originated from gas line leakage,” he added.A fire service team reached the spot and was working to find out the actual reason behind the incident, he said.last_img read more

7YearOld Gun Victim Taylor Hayes Memorialized

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROHugs Don’t Shoot volunteers stood at the entrance to Empowerment Temple in bright yellow tee shirts offering encouragement.   The sanctuary was awash in bright white, purple and pink balloons alongside life size replicas from the Disney movie, “Frozen.”  Children and their parents wore purple tee shirts and headbands bearing her name and image as they passed by a small purple casket inscribed with the word “Princess.”Hundreds of family, neighbors and friends spent the morning of July 28 saying goodbye to Taylor Hayes, the spunky 7-year old with an infectious smile and the “biggest heart which she shared with everyone she met” according to her obituary.Pastor Stephen Lawrence of Abundant Harvest Church gives eulogy during services for Taylor Brown at Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore. (Photo credit: Shantivia Brown)Hayes, who would have entered second grade at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School this fall, died July 19, two weeks after she was shot in the backseat of a car being driven through Southwest Baltimore.In a city that has seen more than its share of deaths by gun violence this year, including six children, the Rev. Jamal Bryant – who offered his sanctuary for the service after the outpouring of sentiment from the community – asked those gathered in the sanctuary to repeat with him: “Enough is enough.“This is a day that should not be,” said Bryant. “A 7-year-old should be at a park…should be at a pool…should be doing back to school shopping.“We can cry together, but will we stand together, will we lift our voices together?” Bryant said as he implored those gathered to make a commitment to end practices that advance violent crime.  “Today will mark the death of a stop snitching culture in Baltimore.”The individual who shot Hayes has not been apprehended, but community leaders believe Hayes’ death will change the trend of unsolved murders.Bishop Bryant Martin prays for children who attended memorial service for Taylor Hayes at Empowerment Temple AME Church Saturday. (Photo Credit: Shantivia Brown)“She is a spark from the community the Lord has used to draw us together,” said the Rev. Willie Ray in remarks before Hayes eulogy.“We need to go back to Edmondson Village and say enough is enough,” added the founder of Save Another Youth, a community organization that connects churches and community.“This message is for Baltimore, Maryland,” said Shirley Calloway Hubbard, friend of Taylor’s grandmother, during remarks. “If the violence don’t stop and peace be still, God is going to crack the sky wide open.”Rev. Stephen Lawrence, pastor of Abundant Harvest Church, where the Hayes family attends, appealed to Baltimoreans to learn from Hayes’ death.“This is a teaching moment for Baltimore City; I declare this day there shall be no shootings, there shall be no killings,” Lawrence appealed.“This day is set aside for Taylor; she’s Baltimore’s baby. Taylor could have been one of our kids. Shame on Baltimore City that we can’t put down guns,” Lawrence added.After the eulogy, Lawrence held an altar call and requested prayer for more than 100 children who gathered at the front of the sanctuary as the audience applauded and Bishop Bryant Martin of Freedom Baptist Church delivered a passionate exhortation.“We’re not afraid of any devil. We’re not afraid of any gang or any terrorist. We declare the Devil can’t have our children. They will not go to jail, they will not be on drugs. Taylor has been an inspiration to us,” Martin said.“I just don’t want any other child or family to go through this,” said Nakyah Carter, 12, who attends Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School, after the service.  “I just want to feel safe.”last_img read more

The Evolution of Famous Fictional Cars

first_imgTraversing different fictional worlds require specific vehicles made to do get the job done. It doesn’t matter if you’re in an apocalyptic wasteland where gasoline is the currency that could save your life…actually, it probably does matter. In all the of fictional worlds we’re going to present, Mad Max‘s car-driven desert hellscape that men created is probably the world you’d most want Max‘s V8 Interceptor, but that doesn’t mean that these other cars aren’t specifically designed for their purpose over multiple pieces of fiction and/or iterations of the same theme.We’re talking about picture cars that were designed specifically for a film or television show that go beyond just normal cars the everyday person can buy. Except James Bond’s Aston Martins, which you could theoretically own all of if you were James Bond villain rich or – say – a Republican Super PAC who is coming to term with your candidates poll numbers and would rather own some cool spy cars.With all the reboots, remakes and sequels going on the guys over at gearheads.org put these morphing GIFS together, let’s take a look. The Aston Martin DB Mark III is name dropped by James Bond’s creator, author Ian Fleming in Goldfinger, by the time the film adaptation came around, the DB5 had been released and the producers decided to update Bond’s car. Thus began a long line of movies featuring James Bond driving an Aston Martin (eleven to date) with a hiatus on team-ups between the car company and the super spy between On her Majesty’s Secret Service and The Living Daylights (something against Roger Moore?).<><>last_img read more