CLEANING THEIR MESS

first_imgMy dog rubs herself against my clothes every day. Is there any way to get dog hair off my clothes. I don’t want to wash them every day. Here are some suggestions for your clothes, carpets, sofas, bed linen: Soak the palm of your hand. Wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. The hair will ball up and stick to your damp hand. This works because the hair becomes wet, therefore heavier. This results in it being unable to stick to your pants (or whatever surface you’re dealing with) in response to static electricity. Also Read – Feel what you fear Slightly dampen a clean, regular kitchen sponge. Use a sponge mop if you’re removing pet hair from a low-pile carpet, in which case the floor should be thoroughly vacuumed first. Rub the fabric, upholstery, or carpet with the sponge. The fur should roll up into clumps that you can pick off by hand. Rub Velcro curlers on the surface to catch the hair. If the curler has a metal inner form, it can be bent to reach corners. Use sellotape to peel off some fur. Just wrap some around your hand with the sticky, adhesive part sticking out and tap it on the fur-covered areas. Use masking tape. It’s relatively cheap and you can tear off a piece, tape the ends together, and then rotate the tape while removing pet hair from clothing or other surfaces Also Read – Homecoming Put on a latex glove. Rub the surface wearing it. The pet hair should stick to your glove. This also works with rubber gloves or cloth gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. A rubber bristle push broom can work in the same way on floors. Dampen the glove or rubber section of the glove for increased effectiveness. You can use dishwashing gloves. If you lightly dampen them and rub them over your clothes, the static they create and the texture of the palms will cause the stray hairs to cling to the gloves. Once they become covered with hair, give them a rinse and start again. Using the gloves for hair collection also works great on upholstered furniture. Inflate a balloon. Rub it across the surface that has pet hair on it. The static on the balloon’s surface will attract the hair, which you can collect and then re-use the balloon to get more hair. Use a rubber broom. This is effectively for especially stubborn pet hair that sticks to a surface. The bristles work with static electricity and the hair jumps onto the brush. Use rubber soles. Use a pair of shoes with a rubber sole, like a trainer for example. Wearing the shoe(s) (the easiest option), drag your foot along the rug or carpet and watch all the hair bunch up! Simply lift up the hair. Buy a lint brush. These work on most types of dog and cat hair. Keep it by the door for quick touch-ups before going out. To clean quickly, rub the lint brush in the “wrong” direction with a damp washcloth Keep several clothes brushes handy for a quick clean up before leaving home. If you have woollen clothes that are covered with hair, use a clothes steamer or even hang them in a steamy bathroom before using the clothes brush. The dampness will help the fibers release the pet hair, making it easier to brush away. A sticky clothes roller is often best for removing pet hair. If you don’t have one (or can’t find it), use some sturdy packing tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out. Vacuum your home and furniture often. Much of the pet hair on your clothes comes from the furniture. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

Premier Leagues Crystal Palace FC to Hold Training Camp in Morocco

Agadir – The English Premier League’s Crystal Palace FC is expected to kick off on Sunday in Agadir a training camp, which will be running through March 9.The whole players of the club, where former Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh was playing, will be present in this camp under the coaching of manager Samuel Allardyce.Several well-known players play with the Eagles, notably Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, Daniel Young, Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend. Crystal Palace FC sits 18th in the Premier League table, but are now level on points with the side above them.

NCPA accused of pushing children back into the hands of abusers

“This also raises questions as to why the state continues to promote an organisation that is being investigated for allegations of child sexual abuse. As of today, the inefficiency of the Probation Department and NCPA has deprived these children of schooling for three months. We condemn this negligent and callous attitude of the Probation Department and the NCPA for failing to provide justice for children who are economically and socially vulnerable – many of whom have suffered recent trauma. This entire incident would not have happened if the Probation Department which is tasked with monitoring children’s homes had mechanisms to identify child abuse occurring within institutions. We condemn the Probation Commissioner of the Western Province, the Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority, and the Secretary and the Minister of the Women and Child Affairs Ministry for not performing their roles responsibly. The conduct of the State institutions in this case also raises concerns about the welfare of other children in Probation Certified Homes who are under the overall care of these Institutions,” the statement said. Local civil society have condemn the actions of the Probation Department and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) accusing them of attempting to send children back to Darun Nusra, a children’s home where sexual abuses of children have taken place.Civil society also condemned state institutions for their inaction in finding suitable Government schools for the affected children to continue their education. Local civil society have demanded that the Probation Department, NCPA and the Ministry of Education work together to immediately find Government schools with an English medium curricula for the 13 children in this case.They also demanded that the two children having special educational needs be enrolled in a suitable educational institution and that children transferred to a home located in Bandaragama, be relocated together immediately, as all parents who have visited it, have expressed deep dissatisfaction with the treatment of their children in this home. (Colombo Gazette) Despite ongoing investigations into the allegations of abuse, which not only include the alleged abuser but also the matron and the Coordinator of Al-Muslimaath, the Probation Department has vehemently opposed calls by activists for the children to be transferred out of Darun Nusra for their own safety.Officers from the Probation Department have consistently engaged in victim blaming in Court by portraying the two main victims of abuse as mentally unsound. One of the first children to be transferred out of Darun Nusra due to Court orders was sent by the Probation Department to a home which the Probation Officers themselves later admitted in Court as unsanitary, lacking in running water,and unsuitable for children. During the police investigations it was revealed that a male staff of this home was allegedly committing these offences and both the Matron and the Coordinator of Al-Muslimaath the charity managing Darun Nusra were reported about these incidents but did not take action. A statement signed by civil society organisations and individuals noted that in June 2017, an anonymous phone call was made to the NCPA that sexual abuses were being committed on the children residing in Darun Nusra. Further in March 2018, an NCPA report found Darun Nusra to be unsuitable for children to live in and the institution requested court to transfer the children out. However, in May 2018, the NCPA backtracked on this and sought to transfer some of the children back without explanation.Furthermore, the Courts instructed the Probation Department and the NCPA to find suitable government schools for the children, yet for around three months both institutions have taken no concrete action. Instead, we are informed that at a meeting called by the NCPA with the guardians and Probation Officers in June 2018, the guardians were either pressured to take the children back home or return them to Darun Nusra if they want their education to continue.Local civil society said that this raises many questions on why the state has been unwilling or unable to find suitable government schools in a country which has a tradition of providing free quality education. read more

Kosovo Serbian sides hold third round of status talks under UN chairmanship

Delegations from Kosovo and Serbia today ended a third round of direct talks on decentralization in the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the United Nations has administered ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting. The talks in Vienna were held under the auspices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the future status of Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari. The parties agreed to meet again in Vienna on 4 May. Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence and Kosovo’s Serbs have been boycotting the province’s provisional institutions.After the first direct talks in Vienna in February, Mr. Ahtisaari said he was using “a bottom-up approach,” starting the process by dealing with practical and ‘status-neutral’ issues.“Apart from decentralization, we will run parallel discussions on cultural and religious heritage, minority rights and economy,” he added then.He has appealed to Serbian leaders to encourage Kosovo Serb leaders to participate in the province’s institutions. “If you people don’t participate, it will be very difficult for any administration to create conditions where people can live together,” Mr. Ahtisaari told them during a visit to the province last month. read more

Eurozone economy starts 2017 with steady growth

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 3:28 am MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eurozone economy starts 2017 with steady growth LONDON – A survey shows that the economy of the 19-country eurozone began 2017 with relatively strong growth.The so-called purchasing managers’ index, a gauge of activity in the manufacturing and services sectors, edged down to 54.3 points in January from the previous month’s 54.4, which was the highest level since mid-2011.The survey, published Tuesday by IHS Markit, showed exports doing well and employment enjoying its biggest monthly rise since February 2008. Prices were also shown to be on the rise, largely due to higher commodity prices.Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, said the “the eurozone economy has started 2017 on a strong note.” He estimated that it pointed to a quarterly economic growth of 0.4 per cent. read more

UN chief spotlights potential offered by cooperation among countries of Central Asia

“Regional cooperation offers opportunities to address common concerns, including counter-terrorist financing, improving border security, fostering dialogue with religious institutions and leaders, and countering human trafficking and drug smuggling,” said the Secretary-General, briefing a Security Council meeting on building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Convened by Kazakhstan in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of January, the ministerial-level debate was chaired by the country’s Foreign Minister, Kairat Abdrakhmanov. The debate was addressed by other senior ministers from the region, including: Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan; Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan; Sirodjidin Aslov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan; and Hekanat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. The day-long session will focus on the link between security and development and the need to integrate the economies of Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbours. Kazakhstan’s ‘concept note’ outlining key factors for success in Afghanistan and wider regional integration can be found here“With greater regional cooperation and investment, Central Asia and Afghanistan have the potential to become symbols of dialogue, peace, and the promotion of contacts between cultures, religions and civilizations,” Mr. Guterres continued. The Secretary-General also highlighted significant opportunities for intra-regional trade and said that even “modest” improvements can result in substantial gains for all the people of the region. In that context, he noted ongoing recent intensification of cooperation between Central Asian governments on water resources through bilateral water commissions and agreements. “These developments hold important lessons for Afghanistan, where water-dependent farming and agriculture make up nearly half the economy,” he said, noting also developments in energy cooperation and projects on strengthening trade and transport connectivity. Mr. Guterres went on to underscore the importance of sustainable development to enable communities and societies flourish and fulfil their potential and in that context, urged Governments to make education, vocational training and jobs “an absolute priority” in national and regional development cooperation. Only by addressing the root causes of crisis, including inequality, exclusion and discrimination, will we build peaceful societies resilient to terrorism and violent extremismSecretary-General GuterresInclusive and sustainable development, he underlined, is vital to preventing and ending conflict, and in sustaining peace. “Only by addressing the root causes of crisis, including inequality, exclusion and discrimination, will we build peaceful societies resilient to terrorism and violent extremism,” added the Secretary-General. Concluding his remarks, Mr. Guterres also spoke of the work of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in supporting the region and countries.“The entire UN family stands ready to assist in promoting greater cooperation and integration among the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, toward achieving the goals of peace, sustainable development, stability and security,” he said. read more

Senior UN adviser sees rare victory for humanitarian diplomacy as aid convoy

Mr. Egeland painted a harrowing picture of the situation in the desert region, where the UN has been trying to reach 40,000 to 50,000 since early this year. Calling it one of the most “desolate places on earth”, he said that between 3 and 8 November, 78 trucks were able to navigate through “some of the most dangerous areas of Syria,” to deliver food, health and sanitary items, and water purification for all the population for at least a month.At the same time, he said that despite “some rare moments of feeling that we achieved, through humanitarian diplomacy, what we have so many times before failed to,” he had learned of the “horrific protection challenges” people living inside the camp – close to the border with Jordan – faced during a meeting of the UN-backed Humanitarian Task Force in Geneva. “It really stuck with me the story of the 13-year-old mother […] who was pregnant again. She had delivered once in totally substandard conditions, there is not a single trained doctor active that I know of in the camp.” “I cannot think of a worse place on earth now for women and children,” he lamented, responding to a question regarding the status of families in the region.Aside from supplying aid, key conversations and negotiations must take place between the Russia, the United States and Jordan to begin the end of armed resistance in order to “unlock this trap which is now for too many civilians in Rukban,” he urged.Mr. Egeland shifted to discuss the desperate situation in Idlib, also controlled by armed opposition: “We now celebrate two months without air raids. I feared that this month of November would be the most horrific war month […] it’s been the [quietest] two months for the last five years in Idlib.”With tension still looming, he added there is uncertainty of “whether this is quiet before the big storm or this is quiet before peace.”The “forgotten” military campaign in Syria’s east, he said, still sees hundreds of air raids in the Hajin area. He noted there are many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levans (ISIL) fighters, but also 10,000 civilians in this region, where 27,000 have been displaced since the start of the campaign.One concern for the displaced is that they may end up trapped near a battle zone once they arrive at screening camps, Mr. Egeland explained. “At least once, Islamic State fighters have come and torched such a camp. We told again the coalition to work to immediately have these camps moved out of harm’s way…”Civilians held by terrorist groups have the same protection under humanitarian law, he said, calling for more action to put a stop on civilian casualties.During his discussion with reporters Mr. Egeland pleaded: “I ask these armed men: don’t take with you the civilian population as you go down, let’s have sanity prevail for once in Syria.” read more

67yearold Greek grandmother gives birth to grandchild

first_imgAfter 43-year-old Constantina Ontou had to remove her uterus following a cancer diagnosis, she never thought she would experience the joy of having her own child. But Christmas came early for Constantina this year, welcoming her baby girl into the world on Tuesday 20 December thanks to the generosity of her mother and a successful court ruling. Sixty-seven-year-old Anastassia Ontou from Larissa offered to carry her daughter’s baby, and has since become the world’s oldest surrogate.“This is a heroic grandmother,” supervising obstetrician and director of GENESIS Athens, Constantinos Pantos told ERT.Ms Ontou carried the baby for seven-and-a-half months with few complications, and was born via caesarian, weighing 1.2 kilograms.“I feel more like a grandmother than a mother,” Ms Ontou said, adding that she never hesitated to help her daughter in her time of need.“It was an easy decision for me – my daughter was heartbroken after not being able to carry the baby herself.”Following seven failed pregnancy attempts and the removal of her uterus, doctors managed to successfully collect Constantina’s eggs, fertilise them with her husband’s sperm and freeze them as embryos.Despite wishing for a child however, Constantina admits to thinking her mother was “crazy” to make such an offer, but is over the moon with the birth of her daughter.“I told her she’s crazy… we haven’t cried like this in years,” she said.While the Guinness Book of Records lists 66-year-old Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara from Spain as the oldest mother, according to Dr Pantos the record has once again been broken.“Based on international records, this is the oldest surrogate mother who is also a grandmother, based on her daughter’s medical condition,” he said.While Dr Pantos admits to initially having had reservations about the pregnancy, he says he decided to go ahead with it following its approval by a court in Larissa. With the surrogate and baby said to be in good health following the pregnancy, this is a world breakthrough for the team of GENESIS Athens. “For us, this case was another great scientific challenge and one more boundary to surpass. Unique success stories, like the one presented today, are the reasons why Greece has become the starting point of the dream for many reproductively challenged couples from around the globe,” Dr Pantos said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adorable Bats Track Weather for Migration

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Bats can be creepy, sometimes they’re cute, but now, it seems, migrating bats might basically be fluffy, flying weather radars. A new paper suggests that they can detect things like wind speed and air pressure, and they use that information to select when the best time to make their trek would be.The study, published in Biology Letters, asserts that bats have several systems that allow them to track changes in the seasons and weather. This is similar, in many respects, to the mechanisms birds use to figure out when they need to migrate, for example.To be clear, though, most bats don’t migrate. Only a handful of species travel more than a few dozen miles from home. But some set out for massive journeys in the spring to find better insect-hunting grounds in the summer.Studying these patterns, researchers captured the common noctules, one species of migratory bat, in 2012, 2013, and 2016. They took basic data like weight and measurements, then attached radio transmitters to each of them to see if they went anywhere, and, if so, where. Then, that information was combined with weather data to check for patterns.While science for science’s sake is definitely a thing, the main focus of the research was to understand how females bats make decisions on where and when to migrate. Since females are typically pregnant during the spring migration, they need everything to go well, or they could die. The extra weight of their offspring, plus the additional weight they need to pack on as energy reserves makes flight taxing, but having favorable conditions like a tailwind, can really help ease the long flight.“Early on in the migration season, having really strong tailwinds is important,” Teague O’Mara, a researcher at the Max Planck School of Ornithology and one of the authors of the paper, said in a statement. “Later on, it is important to have nights with high pressure and clear nights regardless of the wind conditions. They only migrate on nights with low pressure and bad weather if there are favorable tailwinds and weak headwinds.”This is also particularly interesting because it represents a relatively complex decision. Weighing weather wind conditions and the like against the time of year and knowledge of when the bats need to make it to the next feeding ground is tough. Even more so when you’re trying to decide whether to brave a storm because of strong tailwinds.“Future work should target the social or physiological sources of the variation in this flexibility to resolve the many iterations in migratory strategies found in birds and bats,” the researchers wrote. In time, this may allow power plant operators to shut down wind turbines when bats have a known migration. This could help save many bat-lives in time, as the wind turbines claim thousands of bats each year.Plus, it’s just cool to see more evidence of nature finding ways to perform complex tasks — like analyzing the weather and making risk assessments based on that data — for the purposes of migration. This isn’t something humans figured out with technology until last century, really. Which… is really amazing, if you think about it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Valencia midfielder ped off at Fellainis goal despite handball

first_imgMarouane Fellaini’s late effort in the first group match between Valencia and Manchester United is still creating controversy.Despite a handball by Fellaini in the build-up, his goal gave the Red Devils a 1-0 win over Valencia in their first group meeting. The Spanish squad will be playing their final group game against Manchester United for a chance to make it to the Europa League next year.Valencia’s Carlos Soler said the team got mad at the situation, but they want to move forward.“It’s true that the hand of Fellaini if he hadn’t scored, we would have the opportunity still intact, so I have no more comment for this,” the midfielder said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Obviously, we are a bit p***ed off with the situation, but we cannot change it so we will have to look forward.”Pressure is mounting on Valencia boss Marcelino, with his side currently in decline in all competitions.“I know how the club thinks about me and the feelings they have for me, so I’m not doubtful in this aspect,” Marcelino said.“I feel absolutely sure about my position in the club and also I think that coaches should always have their priorities clear, and my experiences as a coach tell me my priorities should be trying to improve our results and I am convinced this will happen, that we will get better.”last_img read more

House Armed Services Pledges Intense Schedule of Hearings in Runup to Drafting

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House Armed Services Committee will commence a “pretty intense” schedule of hearings in preparation for drafting the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill after the Obama administration delivers its new budget request next week, Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters Monday.The committee’s goal will be to complete work on the annual policy bill before appropriators start marking up annual spending measures, Thornberry said.“We’re going to be working pretty steadily over the next few weeks,” Thornberry said.The hearings will cover all aspects of DOD policy, including benefits for military personnel, which became a point of contention during House-Senate negotiations over last year’s policy bill, reported CQ Roll Call.“What we have to do  . . .  is look at the whole package of pay and benefits and try to get the best balance,” Thornberry said of the military’s “very complex package of different pay and benefit authorities.”The committee is expected to mark up the new defense authorization bill on a similar timeline as last year, although the chairman did not disclose the markup schedule. On Friday, Politico reported the panel would mark up the measure on April 27, citing multiple sources. The committee is expected to provide more details shortly.last_img read more

3 students drown in lake in Nizamabad

first_imgThree students accidentally slipped into a lake at Nagaram in Nizamabad outskirts on Friday. According to the police, the students came out from their class for namaz in the afternoon and found dead in the lake near the government playground. As they did not return to the class, the school teachers informed their parents who launched a hunt for the children. Also Read – Kukatpally: Anna Prasada programme held Advertise With Us During the night, locals noticed the body of a student floating on water and alerted the police. The police fished out the bodies of the other children on Saturday morning. Of the three, two were pursuing Class 4 and another was a Class 3 student. The police registered a case and launched an investigation.last_img

33rd anniversary of Jagjivan Ram observed

first_imgPatancheru: Executive Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Uday Kumar called upon people to strive for realising the aim and aspirations of great and eminent persons. He was speaking after participating in the 33rd anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram under the auspices of BHEL SC, ST Association on Saturday. Kumar garlanded Jagjivan Ram’s statue here. Addressing the gathering, he lauded the services of Ram, describing him as a stalwart in politics well-known for his social service. Kumar desired that “everyone should make efforts for achieving success in social service”. After the event, Uday Kumar gave away cash prizes and mementos to ranking students of a local government school.last_img

No step to crack down on money launderers

first_img-No step has been taken as yet to crack down on money launderers, and no progress has been made either to recover the siphoned-off money.Although Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) unearthed a number of money laundering incidents, there has been no progress in addressing the matter so far. The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has not recovered any money after it recovering the Tk200 million (20 crore) laundered by late Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in 2013.Activities on recovering laundered money are on hold. In his budget speech of 2016-17, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith told the parliament that money laundering had become a global phenomenon.The National Board of Revenue (NBR) was to create an independent unit to tackle illicit financial flows.Although money laundering increases, NBR is yet to create it.  Muhith recently criticised the media reports on the money laundering by Bangladeshis to Swiss banks.The finance minister in the parliament said business transactions between Bangladesh and Switzerland had increased significantly, which is in no way money laundering.Muhith also admitted, however, that a certain amount of money is siphoned off.     According to the annual report of the Swiss National Bank in 2016, Tk55.60 billion (5560 crore) from Bangladesh was deposited in Swiss banks. It was Tk46.27 billion (4627) in 2015.  In the parliament, Muhith revealed a report prepared by Bangladesh Bank and BFIU.According to the report, 93 per cent of the money from Bangladeshi banks was deposited in the Swiss banks, which amounts to Tk 51.60 billion (5160 crore).Only Tk3.99 billion (399 crore) was deposited by individual Bangladeshis.However, the import-export data shows Bangladesh paid Tk36.87 billion (3687 crore) to Switzerland for import purposes in 2016.  Bangladesh earned Tk10.22 billion (1022 crore) through export to Switzerland during the period. So deposits of Bangladeshi banks in Swiss banks do not tally with the export-import records.The head of BB intelligence unit and one of the deputy governors Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hassan said many expatriate Bangladeshis also do business, their deposits were shown in the annual report of Swiss National Bank.Speaking to Prothom Alo, former BB governor Salehuddin Ahmed said the trade between Bangladesh and Switzerland is not large.BB should find out who are depositing money in the Swiss banks, he suggested.According to Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization, Tk728.72 billion (72872 crore) was siphoned off from Bangladesh in 2014.A lion’s share of the amount was laundered, hiding the real figures during export and import. The activities of BFIU were questioned as it did not take any step to tackle money laundering. The unit could not find the deposits of individual Bangladeshis in Swiss banks.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hassan claimed the deposits of Bangladeshis in Swiss banks were decreasing. Most of the money was deposited through banking channels, he defended.He, however, he admitted BFUI failed to find out who deposited money in Swiss banks. About the GFI report, Hassan said, “We do not agree with their report. After investigation of money laundering cases, we are sending reports to ACC which will bring back the money”.According to BB, there is no study as to how many ways the money is siphoned off in name of trade.The central bank has started working on it.A committee headed by general manager of the financial stability department of BB Kabir Ahmed has been formed. The committee will formulate a policy to tackle money laundering after carrying out a study.  *This report originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian firms

first_imgThe United States imposed sanctions Thursday on five Iranian companies it alleges are working on part of the Islamic republic’s illegal ballistic missile program.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin linked the measure to recent anti-government protests, arguing that Iran ought to spend more on public welfare rather than banned weapons.“These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” Mnuchin said.“As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist groups, and human rights abuses,” he added.“The United States will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime’s malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses.“We will not hesitate to call out the regime’s economic mismanagement, and diversion of significant resources to fund threatening missile systems at the expense of its citizenry.”The five designated companies are all subsidiaries of Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG).Under the sanctions, any assets that the firms hold in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen and US citizens are forbidden from doing business with them.And, perhaps more importantly, foreign institutions who work with the companies could be locked out of the US financial system—a risk that European banks, for example, would be loathe to take.Earlier, the State Departament had warned that Iranian officials involved in the arrest or killing of protesters would be held to account.“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the deaths to date and the arrests of at least one thousand Iranians,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.“We have ample authorities to hold accountable those who commit violence against protesters, contribute to censorship, or steal from the people of Iran,” she said.“To the regime’s victims, we say: ‘You will not be forgotten.’”Popular unrest flared in Iran last month and at least 21 people are known to have died in clashes between demonstrators and the Islamic republic’s security forces.Washington, a long-standing foe of Tehran, has stood up for the protesters’ right to be heard, and Nauert has now gone further in endorsing what she said were their demands.“We support these legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people, and call on the government to allow the free exchange of ideas and information,” she said.“All of us should be able to enjoy the same basic economic and political freedoms, including the right to peaceful demonstration.”Iranian officials now claim to have the crisis under control and state television is carrying footage of pro-government counter demonstrations in several cities.last_img read more

Meet Viv the AI that wants to read your mind and

first_imgThe CEO and co-founder of Viv, Kittlaus is an AI startup which started three years ago when $30m financed it.This support, including finance from Iconiq Capital assisted the startup in managing the wealth of the likes of Mark Zuckerberg.The office building of the company is based in downtown, San Jose where it works on ‘global brain’, as Kittlaus like to refer it.This is a fresh sort of voice controlled virtual personal assistant.Viv can perform various jobs as it is integrated within such things as cars and electronics. Thus, it will prove quite handy.The project may be new but Kittlaus is not entirely new to innovative projects.Previously, he had a part to play in the invention of Siri. Apple acquired Siri Inc for $200m in 2010.The world was familiarized with a new way to interact with their mobile devices after Siri became part of Apple iPhone in 2011. Microsoft and Google did not take too long to follow it up with their software.Now, companies like Amazon and Facebook have also pounced on the opportunity with Echo and M, respectively.Kittlaus does believe that virtual assistants do have their limitations.Mathew Wong is a research analyst from CB Insights, who believes that big corporations are battling it out with virtual assistant software.Automation of processes is on the rise because of how lucrative this business is.The head of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Oren Etzioni is of the view that we would soon be conversing with computers.Viv is not only competing with big internet corporations but also various other startups who bring their own concepts to the market.The question is, would this also be a case of another product sold to a tech giant.For now, Kittlaus is open to all options.Source: TheGuardianlast_img read more

Truck on fire on the N3 outside LadysmithTruck on fire on the

first_imgTwo trucks collided on the N3 close to the Bergville Plaza off-ramp at around 2am. One of the trucks was carrying flammable chemicals which ignited, resulting in the truck bursting into flames. The N3 was closed at Bergville, both southbound and northbound lanes. A single lane has, however, since been opened. Emergency services are on scene. Drums of chemicals were burning on the road. We will update this story. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Swissport to pay Tiger S47 million in damages

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/18fcb/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Tiger Airways Singapore said on Friday it had been awarded S$4.7 million in a lawsuit against Swissport Singapore.Tiger had filed for the damages after Swissport prematurely terminated a ground handling contract with the carrier.Swissport told the carrier in January last year it was unilaterally terminating its ground handling service agreement with Tiger, effective 1 April 2009 – two years earlier than the stated expiration date of the agreement.In March, Tiger commenced legal action against Swissport, arguing that the breach of contract forced the carrier to renegotiate a new and more expensive deal with another ground-handler.The High Court of Singapore ruled in favour of Tiger awarded the full claim of S$4.7 million to the carrier.last_img read more

Is your weight program personalized to each player or is it

first_imgHitting the weight room hard in the off season is one thing that all high school, college, and NFL programs have in common. What differs dramatically from program to program is their approach in the weight room. No one way is more right, or more effective than any other way, which is what makes this area so interesting to so many coaches and strength staffs.For the most part, approaches in the weight room can be fit into one of two categories. You have your programs where everyone does the same lifts (with varying weights), and then you have an individualized approach where the program is adapted and tailor made to each player’s needs. Of course, there are always programs that fall somewhere in between on that spectrum as well.Dwight Galt and Penn State are in that second group that personalizes their approach based on the needs of each individual player. As Galt notes, there is nothing cookie cutter about their approach. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “We sit down as a staff and the one thing that we really try to do is we want to train these guys for what they need. So we don’t do a cookie-cutter deal where you put all 95 guys in the pot, stir it up, and here’s your program.”“So we’re trying to be as individualistic as possible, and really give them what their need set is, so that’s where your three tiers come in.”Gault goes on to explain the three tier system that they use at Penn State. Here is a summary of them.Tier 1 – These are for guys who have “strength as their biggest need.” These guys just have to get strong. Not just made up of freshman. Gault notes that there are 29 guys on Penn State’s roster currently in this groupTier 2 – Regular, all encompassing program where they “crush it in the weight room” as well as ladders, plyometrics, flexibility, core work and a variety of other things. “Real good general, be a great football player, be an athlete category” Gault notes.Tier 3 – This is for the elite guys on the roster. 9 players on Penn State’s roster currently make up this tier. This is for guys who already have tremendous strength that the strength staff is now focused on some other things. Galt notes that they want 16-17 guys in Tier 3 next season, and 20+ in year 4.While there are clearly advantages to both approaches in the weight room, Galt and his staff’s plan has a lot of upside.Hear more from Galt below.last_img read more