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Veterans write to Prez express outrage over using armed forces for political

first_imgNew Delhi: Eight former service chiefs and 148 other military veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing outrage over what they termed using the armed forces for political purposes. The signatories of the letter included former Army chiefs General (retired) SF Rodrigues, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury and General (retired) Deepak Kapoor, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) NC Suri. Three former Navy chiefs Admiral (retired) L Ramdas, Admiral (retired) Arun Prakash, Admiral (retired) Mehta and Admiral (retired) Vishnu Bhagwat also signed the letter, which was sent to Kovind on Thursday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We refer, Sir, to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and even going so far as to claim the armed forces to be ‘Modi ji ki sena’,” the veterans wrote. The military veterans said it was a matter of considerable concern and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel that the armed forces are being used to pursue political agenda. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently referred to the armed forces as “Modiji ki Sena” at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, triggering strong reactions from the opposition parties. The Election Commission too also took strong objection to the comments. In the letter, the military veterans also expressed disappointment over the usage of photos of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and other soldiers at election campaigns.last_img read more

In annual address Guyana urges UN Assembly to focus on border issues

Unresolved border issues “are often used to retard the development of countries, preventing them from improving the quality of life of their own peoples and the promotion of the welfare of the regions to which they belong,” Donald Ramotar told the high-level 69th debate.He cited the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as well as Ukraine and the “apartheid-like situation that exists in Palestine” as continued threats to the world. Turning to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda that will follow, President Ramotar stressed that the transformative agenda must be flexible and take into account the specific circumstances of countries, such as the small island developing States.He stressed that a new development framework must include time-bound commitments, mange intellectual property rights, recognize economic asymmetries in global trade, and include private sector investment. The President also cited the negative role of migration, which siphons educated, trained citizens to other countries.Some 196 speakers are expected at this year’s annual debate. Meeting on the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda,” the speakers include representatives from the 193 UN Member States, as well as the Observer State of the Holy See, the Observer State of Palestine and the delegation of the European Union. read more

Who Gets To Lose To The Warriors In The NBA Finals

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s new basketball podcast, a weekly conversation about the NBA that will come to you all season long. Last week, FiveThirtyEight writers Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner broke down the Western Conference’s projections and made their predictions for how the season would play out. In this week’s episode (Oct. 11, 2017), the squad is back and telling you what to make of Adam’s Silver recent comments about playoff reseeding. Then we go through every Eastern Conference team: the few potential champs at the top, the large chunk of maybes in the middle, and a couple at the bottom that we’re not expecting much from.Subscribe to the show in your favorite podcasting app, or use the links in the player above.Here are links to what we discussed this week:This year’s ESPN NBA preview ranks all the teams and asks the question on everyone’s mind: Can anybody beat the Warriors?The Ringer dove into all the important, very serious questions facing each team in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

Huge payout for painting destroyed in Clandon House fire

first_imgThe owner of a £4m painting by Johann Zoffany destroyed in a fire which devastated Clandon Park is set to be reimbursed the full amount by the Government.The payment would be the largest payment ever made for a lost or damaged work of art in Britain under the government’s indemnity scheme, which insures works on loan to public venues.The fire tore through the National Trust owned stately home in Surrey after breaking out in the basement on 29 April last year.The flames, caused initially by an electrical fault, tore quickly through a lift shaft and ceiling voids, destroying 95 per cent of the building, including the roof and most of the floors. The aftermath of the fire at Clandon House The aftermath of the fire at Clandon House Among the most valuable works of art in the house was Zoffany’s The Mathew Family at Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex, which hung in the morning room.The painting, from the mid-1760s, was on loan from the descendants of George Mathew – the boy shown in the painting seated on his mother’s knee.It had been commissioned from the German-born artist, who worked mainly in England and was patronised by the royal family.The picture was indemnified by the government under the scheme run by Arts Council England and the owner’s claim is reportedly now being processed. Work has been carried out to secure the structure and salvage material from the rubble since the blaze caused such devastation. Although rebuilding work could start in 2017 it will be several years before Clandon Park can reopen to visitors.A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport said: “The loss of the Zoffany is being dealt with in accordance with the Government Indemnity Scheme Guidelines. We do not comment on the value of individual items covered by the GIS”. “The claim is in the process of being processed and if the money is paid out it would be one of the largest reimbursements ever paid under the indemnity scheme,” said an arts industry sourceAccording to the Arts Newspaper the total value of loans indemnified in 2015/16 was £6.5bn, which saved museums and other public venues from having to pay for commercial insurance to borrow works.Unfortunately other works owned by the National Trust which were destroyed in the fire were only insured against damage and not total loss.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The fire at Clandon Park, Surrey, in April 2015 These included the porcelain and furniture bequeathed in 1968 by Hannah Gubbay, Onslow family portraits and a set of 1640s Mortlake tapestries.Of the 2,000 items in the mansion’s inventory, only 400 were removed from the house in time to save them from the flames.Many of the rest were lost, although some have been salvaged and are now being conserved.The trust’s insurance claim, mainly for the building, could be well over £50m and is now being dealt with by Zurich Municipal.It hopes to rebuilt Clandon Park from the proceeds. The rooms of the main floor are to be brought back to the original 1720s design of the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni. The upper floor, which had much less of its original decoration, is to be converted into modern rooms for exhibitions and events. The fire at Clandon Park, Surrey, in April 2015Credit:Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Imageslast_img read more

EUPHORIA Slovenia to clash Germany in front of 12000 fans

Handball euphoria in Slovenia could break all the records in following months. The Slovenian Handball Federation announced a start of tickets selling for the first match in 2017 against Germany in qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.The venue, Stozice Arena, is the biggest one with capacity over 12.000 for handball events. More than 1.500 tickets are already sold and intention to sold-out hall is visible as prices going from 6 to 18 EUR.Slovenians would like to keep flying on the wings of bronze medal won at World Championship 2017 in France. The clash with European champions is the perfect moment to do that. ← Previous Story DIRECTION UNKNOWN: Sanja Damnjanovic to leave ZRK Vardar Skopje Next Story → Slovenians publish “Gusko-Repkin” dossier from Zagreb match

Android app packager for BlackBerry revealed in video

first_imgAfter the very public humiliation RIM suffered when a faulty switch took its services offline around the globe, the company needs to reveal some pretty amazing things at DevCon Americas this week. CEO Jim Balsillie has already promised that we’ll be impressed by what’s unveiled — and it looks like BlackBerry Android integration will be on the menu. It’s been a long time coming and is due soon in PlayBook OS 2, and we’ve already seen a leaked version of the Android App Player make the rounds on the web.We’ve got our first clue of what to expect via YouTube, where RIM posted a not-too-cleverly hidden introduction video that shows how the re-packaging process works. An Android .APK is tested against the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, and if its features are fully supported a BlackBerry-friendly .BAR can then be signed and uploaded to AppWorld. RIM also provides a plug-in for the Android Developer Toolkit that allows devs to quickly and easily disable features that won’t play well with the BlackBerry platform.The demo, unfortunately, only shows off the most basic of conversions — using an app that merely outputs “Hello, Android” to the PlayBook‘s display. Whether it’ll work this well on apps you actually want to install on your PlayBook remains to be seen. There’s also the issue of convincing big-name developers that it’s worth the trouble. RIM’s cleverly-timed discount on the PlayBook has put loads more tablets in end-user hands in the last couple weeks, so there’s a much bigger audience waiting for new apps. That larger audience could be enough to encourage porting.It’s also interesting that RIM talks about the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps without adding PlayBook to the mix. QNX — which provides the foundations for the PlayBook OS — will be powering up new BlackBerry phones in early 2012, so the process shown in the video will eventually be pushing Android apps into AppWorld for RIM’s small-screen devices as well.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Government digs in heels against troika

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras is determined to distribute the bulk of a projected primary surplus to vulnerable social groups as promised, Kathimerini understands, despite reports that the troika has shifted its stance on the matter, putting the government on a possible collision course with the foreign inspectors as negotiations resume.According to sources, Samaras is determined to stick to his guns and give 70 percent of the primary surplus for 2013 – the size of which will not be determined until April – to low-income pensioners and members of the police and armed forces, as he has repeatedly promised. The troika is understood to object to this plan, proposing instead that the handouts be drawn from the amount by which Greece overshoots its primary surplus target for 2014, which is 2.9 billion euros. The alleged shift has irked the government, which is preparing for local and regional authority elections in May and cannot afford to be seen to be breaking promises.The foreign creditors’ insistence on a deal in negotiations by Sunday has also annoyed Greek officials who note that a deadline should not be imposed before a deal is reached.A key sticking point in the talks is the enforcement of certain structural reforms, which are aimed at lifting barriers to competition and are set out in a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and have rattled special interest groups. The government is pushing back against troika demands for supermarkets to be given the right to sell non-prescription medicines. Also, as regards demands for an extension to the shelf life of milk, the Greek side has said it will not consent to reforms that harm the interests of Greek producers.Troika mission chiefs are due back in Athens on Thursday to resume talks following a three-day break prompted by Monday’s Eurogroup summit in Brussels, where eurozone officials urged Athens to quickly conclude a long-running review of its economic review.In a speech in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn praised Greece for the extent of its fiscal adjustment, referring to “tangible signs of growth” and noting that the country was on course to post a primary surplus for the first time in years.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pakistan des déchets sources dénergie pour les ménages

first_imgPakistan : des déchets sources d’énergie pour les ménagesUn nouveau programme du PNUE (Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement) permettrait d’utiliser les déchets agricoles accumulés dans une région du Pakistan pour produire de l’énergie assurant l’approvisionnement des ménages voisins.Réalisant que Shanghar, la zone agricole de la province de Sindh, au Pakistan, représentait une source riche en déchets agricoles, le Centre International de Technologie Environnementale du PNUE, basé au Japon, a décidé de travailler sur un projet visant à transformer les déchets agricoles en énergie propre et durable. Cette région est auto-suffisante en nourriture puisque l’on y cultive le blé, la canne à sucre, le riz ou encore le maïs mais l’accès aux sources d’énergie fiable reste difficile. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDans les maisons de Shanghar, les femmes chauffent l’eau en brûlant du bois ou de la biomasse dans des fours rudimentaires rejetant une fumée noire asphyxiante. Les déchets ne sont pas recyclés, ou presque pas. Seulement 20% des déchets issus des champs de cannes à sucre seraient utilisés pour nourrir les animaux, alors que les 80% restant sont brûlés dans les champs. Le Centre a notamment travaillé en collaboration avec l’Université de Mehran à Jamshoro, afin de déterminer la quantité de déchets agricoles utilisables dans la région. Une de leurs études a ainsi montré que près de 2,5 millions de tonnes de déchets issus du coton, de la canne à sucre, du riz, des bananes et du blé étaient produites dans la zone. Bilan : le potentiel d’énergie dérivable de ces déchets disponibles équivaudrait à 1,07 millions de tonnes de bois, soit près de 910 millions d’unités d’électricité. Si ce potentiel d’énergie était pleinement effectué, les déchets transformés pourraient assurer l’accès à l’énergie pour près de 400.000 foyers. La transformation énergétique se fera donc dans une usine de biogaz. Elle permettra ainsi de fournir du biogaz propre aux familles avoisinantes et de rendre un bon approvisionnement en compost pour les engrais. Construite pour 23.000 dollars, l’usine à biogaz a ouvert le 1er août 2011. Elle produit 50 mètres cubes de biogaz par jour, utilisant 400 kilogrammes par jour de déchets agricoles. Elle produit également 200 kg par jour d’engrais liquide, et 150 kg par jour d’engrais solide.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 10:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGeneva, Switzerland, 14 Oct 2014 – Members of the Bahamas Investment Authority are in Geneva, Switzerland attending the World Investment Forum (WIF). Under the theme “Investing in Sustainable Development” the forum will be held from October 13th thru 16th, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Minister Khaalis Rolle is expected to speak on the topic of how to finance the sustainable development goals. The World Investment Forum (WIF) is a high level, biennial assembly that provides a global platform to engage policy makers, the private sector and other stakeholders in discourse on Foreign Direct Investment policy formulation and promotion. Minister Rolle and Minister Darville are leading a delegation that includes the Director of Investments at the Investment Authority (BIA) in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Candia Ferguson and Project officers Melissa Forbes and Leslie Dorsette from the Ministry of Grand Bahama. In addition to the forum, the BIA will conduct presentations on investment opportunities in the Bahamas generally and in particular Grand Bahama.Other countries participating at the forum include United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, The Netherlands, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe among others.WIF commenced in Ghana in 2008; its past editions have brought together approximately four thousand participants from more than 140 countries across the world, including Heads of State, Global CEOs and heads of international organizations and civil society. It is anticipated that WIF 2014 will bring together an excess of two thousand Government and business leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and policy solutions with respect to Foreign Direct Investment and its contribution to sustainable and inclusive development. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, Bahamas Investment Authority, geneva, leslie dorsett, melissa forbes, minister darville, minister rolle, world investment forum Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

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Northbound I95 closed at Miami Gardens Drive due to rollover crash

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 had to be shut down at Miami Gardens Drive due to a rollover crash, Wednesday.All but one lane was reopened by 11:30 a.m., after an armored truck was moved to the side and then removed about a half hour later, clearing the way for drivers after nearly three hours.One person was transported to the Jackson Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.It appears that the armored truck violently struck a wall, knocking the concrete barrier wall on the highway to the ground.There was cash in the armored vehicle, so as a precaution, police and other law enforcement agencies were called to the scene to ensure the safety of those involved.Officials could be seen letting vehicles into the HOV lanes to try to ease the congestion. However, traffic could be seen going as far back as 135th Street.The highway is now clear. last_img read more

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CES Reports One Fatality In Sterling Highway Collision

first_imgThe name of the individual has not been released while next of kin is notified. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services in Soldotna responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 5:20 a.m., this morning. According to CES Chief Dan Grimes there was one fatality as a result of the collision. The accident occured on the Sterling Highway just north of  Fred Meyer by Kleeb Loop Road.center_img The two vehicles involved sustained major damage. Traffic was rerouted through Kleeb Loop Road while respondents remained on scene.last_img

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Def Comedy 25 Dave Chappelle Martin Lawrence Kevin Hart More

first_img Twitter Email ‘Def Comedy Jam 25’ Hits Netflix def-comedy-25-dave-chappelle-martin-lawrence-kevin-hart-more Facebook ‘Def Comedy 25’: Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart & More A quarter century after its inception, the HBO hit comedy series enlists big names for Netflix anniversary specialNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 24, 2017 – 5:33 pm Netflix has announced a reboot of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary.According to a new trailer, the program will be at no shortage of star power and jokes, as the lineup includes comedians Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Epps, and Martin Lawrence, who earned a GRAMMY nomination for 1995 for his hit comedy album, Funk It!Created by music industry icon Russell Simmons, “Def Comedy Jam” is known for edgy comedy specials, as well as launching the careers of Chappelle, Morgan and Bernie Mac, among others. Def Comedy Jam 25 hits Netflix this fall.Read More: New Doc To Go Deep On Legendary Rapper Notorious B.I.G. News last_img read more

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Perry Farrell Announces First Solo Album In 18 Years Kind Heaven

first_img Facebook Email Perry Farrell Announces First Album In 18 Years perry-farrell-announces-first-solo-album-18-years-kind-heaven Twitter The new album will feature a collective of musicians called Perry Farrell’s King Heaven Orchestra,plus contributions from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor HawkinsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Mar 29, 2019 – 12:09 pm GRAMMY-nominated frontman Perry Farrell, most popularly known for leading ’90s rock gatekeepers Jane’s Addiction, has shared the first single from his first solo album in 18 years.Kind Heaven will be out June 7 and is the follow-up to Song Yet To Be Sung, released in 2001. The first single, “Pirate Punk Politician,” is “a protest song about the rise of autocratic strong men around the world,” Farrell tweeted On Tuesday. The hard rock sound is complemented by lyrics calling out politicians. Lollapalooza 2019: Childish Gambino, The Strokes, Ariana Grande, More Added To Lineup”Ask me any simple question/ I’m an information contradiction, go/ Ask me any simple question/ I’ll bash you with my fiction diction,” Farrell sings. “Pirate, punk, politician/ I got you in a bad position/ Pirate, punk, politician/ I don’t need nobody’s permission.” Perry Farrell Announces First Solo Album In 18 Years, ‘Kind Heaven’ At the time of the tweet, the singer said the video for the single was being shot and due to the nature of the song, the video would include “my dancer friends and I did some free forming, and some choreography (which seems daunting but it’s really fun).” The new album will feature a collective of musicians named Perry Farrell’s King Heaven Orchestra, plus contributions from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, according to Pitchfork. Outside of making music, Farrell, who is the founder of the Lollapalooza festival, took the time to highlight the diversity of the festival’s lineup this year, which includes Ariana Grande, The Strokes, J Balvin and more: “Trying to imagine partying with all these people.. It is going to be Quite interesting wouldn’t you agree? Let me say that diversity thrives “@Lollapalooza and diversity is the spice of life that gives one the appetite to bite (how tasteless life would be w/ only 1 tribe)?Thx god!”Behind The Board: Get Into The Vinyl Groove With Producer/Engineer Jeff Powell News last_img read more

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Government committed to disinvestment of Air India Civil

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is committed to the disinvestment of national carrier Air India and the plan is to make it more operationally viable before disinvesting it, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Rajya Sabha Wednesday. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, the minister said there has been a steady improvement in finances of Air India and the airline is set to make profit during the current financial year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He said Air India is currently making revenue of Rs 15 crore every day. “Our plan is to revive Air India, make it more operationally viable and then to disinvent it. So far as Air India is concerned, the government is committed to the privatisation of Air India. Let there be no ambiguity on that,” he said. Puri said the costing and overall calculations of an Airline depend on a large number of factors, including external factors like closure of Pakistan air space, but should end the current year in profit after which it will be disinvested. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “There has been a steady improvement in Air India’s finances. It has been my expectations that in the current financial year, we are hoping to make a profit. But, the year that has concluded the figure shall show a loss,” he said. The Minister said in April, the airline has improved but there are certain external factors, like closure of airspace of Pakistan, that have affected its profitability. Advertise With Us “Our expectations is that in the coming months, in the current year, we will make a profit and turn Air India around and then privatise the airline,” Puri said. “It is customary for situations like this for employees and stakeholders in the process to put pressure on the government. We have increased the Air India profitability by 7 crore revenue per day. We are doing all that we can,” he said. The Civil Aviation minister also rejected as “motivated” certain news reports that the airline did not have enough finances and was unable to pay up salaries up to this October. He said there is an overall debt of Rs 59,000 crore and there was a proposal to retire Rs 29,000 crore into a special purpose vehicle when an attempt was made to privatise Air India. “Now when Air India’s alternative mechanism is established, we will take a view on these. “After all, Air India is a viable airline and it has some prized assets and when we go for disinvestment, we will also take care of this. But, the press report was motivated in order to put pressure on the government not to disinvest in Air India,” he noted. Air India by itself and many of its operational assets are very prized assets and the Nariman headquarters are a case in point, he said. Responding to another query on rising airfares, the minister said the disruption or the uncertainty caused on account the cessation of operation of Jet Airways in so far as the domestic air travel is concerned has been almost completely corrected. “In so far as the international airfares are concerned, we have for a three-month period allocated the slots to other domestic carriers. “In so far as the domestic sectors are concerned, airfares on the trunk sectors like Delhi-Mumbai which is on an average Rs 5,100 has not increased over a 20 year period. That was the fare in 2001, that was the fare in 2011 and now,” he said. As far as international sector is concerned, he said because Jet Airways used wide-bodied aircraft and some of the others do not possess wide-bodied aircraft which they are in the process of acquiring and for three-month period slots of Jet have been given to them and the resolution process on Jet Airways proceeds have to be seen. Air India is incurring losses, but those losses are being incurred not because it is not a prized asset, it has some excellent assets and has a fleet of aircraft which travels to 80 destinations domestically and 40 internationally, he noted. “But, it has over a period of time undertaken debt and that debt servicing is becoming unsustainable. We are incurring losses of Rs 15 crore a day and therefore Air India would have to be disinvested,” he said. Air India, the minister said, also had a shortage of 20 aircraft on account of certain cost-cutting measures which were undertaken. We are hoping to bring these 20 aircraft back into operation by October, at least 17 of them. Air India has also been given many of the slots vacated by Jet Airways domestically and also for its low-cost carriers like Air India Express and Alliance Air, he added.last_img read more

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Afghanistan suicide attack kills dozens

first_imgAfghan security forces inspect the exterior of a car after a suicide bomb blast in Paktia Province, Afghanistan June 18, 2017. Photo: ReutersDozens of people were killed or wounded when as many as five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began around 6:30am (0200 GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.Four more attackers stormed the gate after the blast, with at least two quickly killed by police. The others held out against Afghan special forces that had responded to the attack, he said.Danish put the toll at two police killed and five wounded.However, doctors at the city hospital said they had received the bodies of at least five police, as well as at least 30 wounded people, including 20 civilians.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reporting more than 100 police were killed and wounded. The Islamist group often exaggerates casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces.Insurgent groups like the Taliban and Islamic State have launched a string of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks.Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a mosque in Kabul on Thursday.A massive truck bombing and later suicide attacks left hundreds dead and wounded at the end of May and beginning of June, raising political tensions for the Afghan government, which is struggling to combat rising violence and corruption.Thousands of international troops remain in the country to train and assist Afghan security forces as well as carry out counterterrorism missions.American defence officials say in coming weeks they will decide whether to send between 3,000 to 5,000 more troops as requested by military commanders.last_img read more

The Story of Sequoia Capitals 64 Billion Revenge on Mark Zuckerberg

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 22, 2014 He’s become a successful CEO and a generous person, but ten years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used to have something of an attitude.For example, he used to carry a business card that read, “I’m CEO…Bitch.”Once, back then, Zuckerberg played a pretty nasty prank on top venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.It was 2004, and Zuckerberg still wasn’t convinced that he wanted to run Facebook forever. He thought maybe another startup idea of his, called Wirehog, would be a bigger success.So he was out talking to venture capitalists about raising money.Sequoia Capital reached out to him.Zuckerberg had no intention of considering an investment from Sequoia. That’s because Zuckerberg had hired, and become friends with, Napster co-founder Sean Parker. Sequoia had invested in Parker’s startup Plaxo, and it hadn’t gone well. There was bad blood.But even though there was no way Zuckerberg was going to take Sequoia money, he took the meeting anyway. He had a prank in mind.There were three elements to it:First, Zuckerberg showed up intentionally late to the 8 a.m. meeting.Second, he showed up late wearing … pajamas.Third, Zuckerberg walked to the front of the room and presented a PowerPoint deck titled “The Top Ten Reasons You Should Not Invest.”In the style of David Letterman, he began to tick his way down the list.Some of those reasons:”We have no revenue.””We will probably get sued by the music industry.””We showed up at your office late in our pajamas.””Because Sean Parker is involved.””We’re only here because [a Sequoia partner] told us to come.”Obviously, Sequoia did not invest in Wirehog.It never invested in Facebook either.Even by 2010, Zuckerberg felt bad about the prank. He told David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” “I assume we really offended them and now I feel really bad about that.”Yesterday, Zuckerberg made amends.Yesterday, Facebook announced that it would acquire messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion.Guess who was WhatsApp’s sole venture investor — according to Forbes, owner of about 40% of the company?Sequoia Capital.The firm Mark Zuckerberg pranked when he was a kid will make about $6.4 billion dollars on the deal.Thanks to CityNotes CEO Dan Frommer for reminding me of the Sequoia prank, and to David Kirkpatrick for telling the story of the prank so well in “The Facebook Effect.” This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Business Insider 3 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Costa Ricas Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Mondays strike

first_imgCosta Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís on Wednesday denied that he or anyone else from his administration had previously reached an agreement with public unions over anational strike held last Monday.The president was prompted to make the statement following a slew of rumors circulated by leaders of the political opposition, on social media and in opinion columns, alleging that Monday’s strike was staged by Solís and leaders of Patria Justa, a collective of public-sector unions.At a public event on Wednesday, Solís said that some of the agreements with union leaders were reached because of prior negotiations aimed at preventing the strike. He adamantly rejected rumors that his administration had promoted the strike during those meetings as a publicity stunt.“Only a very vivid imagination would think that a responsible administration – mine – would plot with unions to stage a strike than could have serious consequences for our national production and citizen peace,” Solís said.The president posted a video message on Casa Presidencial’s website and on social media downplaying the strike’s results, saying it failed to have the impact that unions had promised “because it was unjustified.”In a news release, Patria Justa also denied any agreement with the executive branch.“We radically reject the vile and despicable attack on the transparency of our protest,” the group stated.Patria Justa is an umbrella group of unions from the National Association of Public and Private Employees, the Costa Rican Oil Refinery, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the Atlantic Port Authority and municipalities.Official promisesNegotiations between union leaders and government officials started Monday afternoon and lasted over 10 hours. Following the agreement, the parties signed a document in which unions agreed to lift the strike under the government’s promise to address their demands.The agreement received strong criticism from lawmakers and other political party members – including Ottón Solís, the founder of the ruling Citizen Action Party, who said it was a step back for the government.Among the agreements by executive branch officials is a promise to file an appeal against a Public Services Regulatory Authority decision that forbids the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE) from including costs for extra salary benefits in fuel price increase requests.In its price increase requests, RECOPE includes expenses for covering collective agreement benefits for employees ranging from funds for loans, daily food subsidies, school supplies, parties and scholarships for workers’ children, among others.The government pledged to reevaluate collective agreements for other public agencies and to submit to the Legislative Assembly by Dec. 1 a bill to set minimum wages to equate private-sector salaries with those from the public sector.Officials also promised to promote the participation of union leaders in discussions to amend the pension system of the Social Security System.Watch President Solís’ message: Facebook Comments Related posts:Underwhelming Costa Rica strike mostly affects health service access For Solís, next key issue is striking workers in essential public services President Solís lifts veto on Labor Procedures Bill, promises to ban strikes in essential public services Costa Rican lawmakers go to battle against President Solís’ reversal of labor reform vetolast_img read more

Virgins business class good for Atlantic

first_imgUpper Class passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic from domestic cities will experience full service offerings with the roll out of Virgin Australia’s new business class. In the past passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic Upper Class from domestic cities around Australia were experiencing an inconsistent level of service, having to travel economy class into Sydney and then switching to Upper Class once on-board their Virgin Atlantic flight.Virgin Atlantic Sales and Distribution Manager Gia Acitelli said the new business class offering will provide a consistent level of service. “With Virgin Australia rolling out business class domestically we have now unified through business class product offerings on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fares to London and Hong Kong,” Gia Acitelli said. “This is great news for Virgin Atlantic customers, especially for our corporate travellers. Passengers can expect a more streamline, full service offering when they choose to travel with us.” Ms Acitelli said agents should check their GDS and fare sheets for booking class instructions or contact the airline directly. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Virgin’s new business class offers Virgin Atlantic superior service through and throughlast_img read more

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