APTN National NewsAPTN’s Iman Kassam has a quick profile of the candidates of the Northwest Territories federal riding.Well, two of the main three, at least.One candidate wanted nothing to do with the story.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City’s buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.The Department of Buildings is investigating possible “illegal activity” involving applications that sought permission to begin construction work at 13 of the developer’s buildings, according to public records maintained by the regulator. The AP reported Sunday that Kushner Cos. stated in more than 80 permit applications that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds.The false filings were made while Kushner Cos. was run by Jared Kushner, now senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. The false filings were all signed by a Kushner employee, sometimes by its chief operating officer. None were signed by Jared Kushner himself.The false documents allowed the Kushner Cos. to escape extra scrutiny during construction at 34 of its buildings, many which showed a sharp decline in rent-regulated units following the work. Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group that uncovered the false filings, says that made it easier for the Kushner Cos. to harass the low-paying, rent-regulated tenants so they would leave, freeing up apartments for higher-paying tenants.The Kushner Cos. said Wednesday that it is the victim of “politically motivated attacks.” It said it values and respects its tenants and operates under “the highest legal and ethical standards.”In earlier statements the company said it outsourced preparation of its permit applications to third parties, and described the wrong information as “mistakes or typographical errors.” It also said it corrected mistakes as soon as it spotted them.The buildings department confirmed on Wednesday that its building marshal’s office had launched investigations into possible false paperwork.“Our building marshal is a key part of our Tenant Harassment Task Force,” spokesman Joseph Soldevere said. “And when they inspect a building they look into everything from the roof to the cellar to find illegal construction, and that’s what they are doing.”The agency has disciplined a contractor involved in false filings at two Kushner buildings, he said.The Kushners Cos. filed more than one permit application at many of the buildings under investigation. At least 10 of the 29 applications under investigation were filed by prior owners.On Monday, the city council launched a joint investigation with Housing Rights Initiative into the false filings.The heads of the joint investigations, Councilman Ritchie Torres, a Democrat, and Housing Rights Initiative founder Aaron Carr, said in a statement that they were encouraged by the buildings department probe, but that more needed to be done.“The predatory practices of Kushner Companies is symptomatic of a systemic failure in DOB enforcement,” it said.
With two blockbuster British royal weddings this year and an enduring fascination with the Brits, American brides craving a regal look with personal twists can find plenty of inspiration.While royal wedding fashion will have an influence on bridal trends in the United States, American brides are continually looking for ways to personalize their wedding to reflect their own style. The royal brides, the former Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie, did just that.“Today’s bride really wants to make her wedding her own,” said Lisa Gooder, executive director of Brides. “She doesn’t want something that she’s seen other people do. She wants something that can feel personal to her.”“The royal weddings gave women examples of how to do that, and also perhaps some of the confidence to go and make this decision,” she said. “These royal trends that we saw from the weddings will be repeated, but today’s bride really wants to look unique and like herself, and the personalization elements are the takeaways she can bring to her own wedding.”Shelley Brown, fashion and beauty editor at The Knot, also noted the personal touches these royal brides incorporated into their day — their second gowns for evening that hit a fashion high note, and beauty and accessories choices that spoke to a bride looking like herself.“Both of these brides infused their classic looks with their own personality, and I think that’s a trend that will be influential,” Brown said, adding that their example shows “you can personalize even a classic wedding-day look.”Here’s a closer look at their fashion and beauty choices that might prove influential:Even before nearly 30 million people in the United States tuned in to watch Meghan marry Prince Harry in St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19, she was a fashion force, driving sales and sellouts. Since the former “Suits” actress became the Duchess of Sussex, bridal gowns inspired by her wedding dresses — the Givenchy ceremony gown with three-quarter-length sleeves and bateau neckline, and the custom, high-neck Stella McCartney number she donned for her evening reception — have turned up on the bridal runways in New York.“There were a few dresses inspired by the Givenchy dress, but the Stella McCartney dress seemed to resonate with bridal designers,” Brown said, adding that its mock turtleneck is a more unique silhouette in bridalwear. “That was a style we saw a version of in pretty much every collection.”The evening gown is a wearable look, Gooder said, which may appeal to brides jetting off to a destination wedding. “The halter neckline makes it a little bit sexy but still covered up, and that kind of chiffon fabric is always flattering and pretty,” she said.Both brides wore a second gown on their wedding day. (Eugenie wore a blush Zac Posen dress for evening.)Gooder said that’s a trend, noting that the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, changed for her evening reception in 2011. “I think that Meghan putting that out there in such a public way really made it something that every bride wants to do,” Gooder said.For her ceremony on Oct. 12, also at St. George’s, Eugenie wore a long-sleeve Peter Pilotto gown with a deep V neckline in the back, a design feature she requested to reveal her scar from childhood scoliosis surgery.“Eugenie felt her scar was an important part of her story,” Brown said. “That probably does speak to a lot of brides who don’t want to fit into a certain mould and don’t feel like they have to.”It’s the idea of being true to yourself, a theme also expressed through accessories. The duchess’ veil had hand-embroidered flowers from the Commonwealth countries, along with the California poppy to represent her home state.Eugenie made the choice to forgo a veil, possibly to showcase the back of her dress, and wore a diamond-and-emerald tiara, which stood out for the unexpected choice of the brilliant green gems, Brown said.The duchess wore minimal, natural makeup and unfussy hair on her wedding day.Said Brown, “That fact that you could see her freckles, her hair wasn’t in a perfect updo — is reflective of trends we’ve seen in bridal beauty and what we’ll see going forward.”___Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in New York. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook .Lisa A. Flam, The Associated Press
Amethi (UP): More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was “ensuring booth capturing”.According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf. Voting began at 7 am. Officials said the maximum turnout was in the Muslim dominated Salon assembly segment which recorded 44.6 per cent polling till 3 pm. This was followed by Jagdishpur with 41 per cent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIrani, who crisscrossed the area from early morning, visiting booths to meet party workers, accused Gandhi of capturing booths. “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” the Union minister said on Twitter. She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on the ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol. There is no written complaint on the matter. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIrani also questioned the absence of the Gandhi scion from Amethi. In his stead, local Congress leaders moved around the constituency. The fierce battle between Gandhi and Irani seemed to push voters to come out to vote despite the scorching heat. Women appeared to outnumber men in the initial hours of voting. Amethi witnessed a bitter battle between the two leaders in the 2014 general elections as well. Gandhi won the seat with a reduced margin of one lakh votes compared to three lakh votes in 2009. There are five assembly segments in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency — Amethi town, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur, Tiloi and Salon. Of the five assembly segments, four are represented by the BJP and one by the SP. Salon and Jagdishpur are reserved constituencies.
Rabat – The Almeria-based cooperative Murgiverde, one of the largest Spanish agricultural companies in terms of turnover, has planned to move to Morocco in search of lower labor costs, according the Spanish News Agency EFE.Manuel Galdeano, the president of Murgiverde, said that some vegetables, like green beans, are no longer being harvested in Almeria or have been reduced to insignificant volumes.The same source added that the Spanish growers have decided to produce tomatoes in Morocco to benefit from the country’s “cheap labor force”, given the fact that tomato growing requires a large number of workers. The president of the Spanish cooperative said that in the case of tomatoes, competition from Morocco “has increased noticeably”, especially since the introduction of the new entry prices for imports.He added that the Almerian grown tomatoes are facing fierce competition as imports from Morocco have grown increasingly higher.Another reason behind the decision of the Almeria-based cooperative is to enjoy the abundance of water in certain regions of Morocco.“Morocco is a country that, in some agricultural areas, has even greater water availability than Almeria”, Galdeano said.Galdeano admitted that the tomato growing conditions in Almeria are not favorable for good production, stating “Here we are not constructing the necessary infrastructure and rains are more scarce every year”.Faced with increasing competition from Morocco, Galdeano said his cooperative has to show “a commitment to innovation, quality and service” in order to cover the expensive labor costs in Almeria, otherwise, “we will face great difficulties in the future”.Morocco is known internationally as one of the largest exporters of tomatoes.Tomatoes constitute one of Morocco’s main fresh agricultural product exports and are a key revenue earner.In recent years, Morocco has exported an average of 414,277 tonnes of tomatoes annually, accounting for 33% of production.Europe remains the kingdom’s primary trading partner in this sector, absorbing about 350,000 tonnes of the crop annually.
Globalization must be transformed from a process that creates winners and losers into one that benefits all countries and regions, Jamaican Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh told the General Assembly today.Speaking at the annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Baugh stressed that more needs to be done by nations rich and poor if the world is to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.Official development assistance (ODA) should be increased, debt relief widened, private capital flows encouraged and the global trading system reformed, he said, calling for a “global partnership for development” between the North and the South.“We must recognize that progress and upliftment of the poor benefits all of us,” he said. “It can mean the difference between conflict and stability, between hope and despair.”He warned that the processes of globalization and economic liberalization have exposed many poor and vulnerable nations to external economic forces over which they have little control. “We should refuse to accept that globalization creates winners and losers. What we should strive for is a win-win and inclusive process in which the benefits and opportunities are more widely enjoyed across countries and regions.”Patrick Pillay, Foreign Minister of Seychelles, echoed those remarks in his address to the high-level debate.“Globalization has the potential to advance human development throughout the world. But this is not automatic. For globalization has also increased our vulnerability, insecurity and the possibility of marginalization,” he said.Mr. Pillay said small island developing States (SIDS) deserved special treatment in multilateral trade negotiations because of their specific structural handicaps, adding that the effects of climate change were leaving those countries ever more vulnerable to economic shocks and problems.Grenada’s Foreign Minister Elvin Nimrod also called for SIDS to receive special treatment given their combination of economic and environmental vulnerability.He said the UN system, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) need to draw up “a new set of metrics, a new set of rules and a new level of support” to assist these nations.S. R. Insanally, Guyana’s Foreign Minister, expressed dismay that many industrialized countries were practising “misguided ‘beggar thy neighbour’ policies which effectively preclude developing countries from satisfying the aspirations of their peoples to a better life.”The Foreign Minister said such nations continue to advance the thesis that free trade will guarantee prosperity for all. “The reality is that most countries, such as my own, simply cannot compete successfully in fully liberalized markets unless they are assisted in making a gradual transition. Instead of assistance, however, some of the preferences which we have enjoyed hitherto in some markets are being summarily withdrawn.”Mr. Insanally said this indicated how critical it is that the Doha round of global trade negotiations produce a solution that pays due regard to the development challenges facing small and poor States. 2 October 2007Globalization must be transformed from a process that creates winners and losers into one that benefits all countries and regions, Jamaican Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh told the General Assembly today.
Edmond Mulet, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Haiti, handed the keys to the building – an initiative of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – to the President of the Senate, Kelly Bastien, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday. The new facility will enable the new session of Parliament to reopen on 27 April.The temporary parliament offices are made up of five air-conditioned units, including chambers for both houses of Parliament, offices for Government officials, rooms for parliamentary committees and offices for presidents of both houses. MINUSTAH allocated nearly $700,000 for the construction of the block.Mr. Mulet urged the newly-elected members of Parliament to use their session productively and show commitment to strengthening the rule of law. He encouraged them to “be creative” and find solutions to Haiti’s economic, social and political problems, while helping to revitalize and modernize existing laws.He called upon them to “exercise self-denial [as] demanded by the difficult circumstances” and act with a “sense of reconciliation so that beyond the differences, the common good of this nation, proud and courageous triumphs.”Mr. Bastien thanked MINUSTAH for the initiative and praised the “effective support that the mission has provided to the Parliament.” The gesture was an indication that the mission’s tasks are not limited to providing security. The mission is also playing a role in capacity-building, he added.“I want to thank the mission and the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti for their dynamism and their constant willingness to help find solutions,” said Mr. Bastien.Since 2007, MINUSTAH’s Parliament Support Unit of the Civil Affairs Section has provided technical assistance to facilitate Haiti’s legislative agenda and helped with logistical support in organizing conferences and training. 21 April 2011The United Nations envoy for Haiti has handed over to the president of the country’s senate a prefabricated building that will temporarily house the Parliament until the one destroyed by the earthquake in January last year is rebuilt.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that he had also urged the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure talks aimed at reaching a solution over the issue continue, the President’s office said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena and representatives from Indian fishermen associations held talks today on the fishing dispute involving Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen.The President had told the Indians that he would like to see the issue resolved through negotiations and also ensure that the dispute does not harm Indo-Lanka ties.
“National borders cannot stop the disease from spreading,” warned Joseph Domenech, Chief of the FAO Animal Health Service. “Only regional cooperation is likely to achieve success.” The Southeast Asia network, covering Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Viet Nam, was launched at a three-day regional meeting of veterinary officers and laboratory experts that ended in Bangkok today. Two similar networks for South and East Asia will follow soon.FAO is providing $1.2 million for the creation of these subregional platforms, which will offer training and information exchange for national laboratories and surveillance teams from 23 Asian countries, bringing together affected and non-affected countries to better coordinate the control and prevention of bird flu. “Our aim is to improve the quality of diagnosis and epidemiological data,” Mr. Domenech said. “This will help countries to judge the effectiveness of their control campaigns, identify weaknesses or share success stories. Therefore, the region will be in a much better position to respond to the avian influenza threat.” Earlier this month China, Thailand and Viet Nam reported new outbreaks in chickens of the H5N1 bird flu virus that at the beginning of the year killed at least 22 people and led to the deaths or culling of 100 million birds in nine countries across Southern and Eastern Asia. The network for South Asia will include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In East Asia, China, Japan, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea will participate.
Condylome : acuminé, plan, papuleux, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les condylomes, ou verrues génitales, sont des lésions cutanées bénignes au niveau des organes génitaux causées par le papillomavirus. Définition : qu’est ce qu’un condylome ?Les condylomes, ou verrues génitales, sont des lésions cutanées bénignes au niveau des organes génitaux. Ils sont causés par le papillomavirus ou papilloma virus humain (HPV). Il s’agit de l’infection sexuellement transmissible (IST) la plus courante après la chlamydia. Environ 30 millions de personnes seraient porteuses du virus. Les condylomes apparaissent principalement lors du début de l’activité sexuelle. Types de condylomeOn distingue trois types de condylomes. – Condylomes acuminés : Ce sont des lésions bourgeonnantes situées au niveau de la vulve, de l’anus ou du pénis. On parle alors de “crête de coq”. Il s’agit de petites masses légèrement rosâtres ou blanchâtres. – Condylomes papuleux : Ce sont des papules (bouton sec sans liquide) de la couleur de la peau ou légèrement rosées. En cas de profusion, on parle de papulose bowénoïde. – Condylomes plans : Ces verrues sont le plus souvent invisibles à l’œil nu mais peuvent apparaître sous la forme de taches rouges ou rosées. Elles sont redoutées car les risques de contamination sont très élevés. Les condylomes plans peuvent être à l’origine d’un cancer du col de l’utérus. Transmission des condylomesLes papillomavirus humains, responsables des condylomes, sont très contagieux. Ils se transmettent lors des rapports sexuels par contact direct. Une transmission indirecte par du linge ou du matériel contaminés est également possible. En effet, le virus est relativement résistant aux conditions environnementales.Traitement des condylomesLes condylomes peuvent être traités à l’aide de crèmes et de produits à appliquer localement pendant plusieurs semaines comme la podophyllotoxine. Attention, il est important de bien suivre la prescription du médecin car il s’agit d’un produit extrêmement irritant. Si le traitement médical ne suffit pas à faire partir les condylomes, des traitements chirurgicaux sont possibles. La cryothérapie consiste à brûler la verrue par le froid par application d’azote liquide. Plusieurs séances sont nécessaires pour éradiquer les lésions. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Les condylomes peuvent également être carbonisés à l’aide d’un laser CO2 ou par électrocoagulation au bistouri électrique. Ces deux méthodes nécessitent une anesthésie locale ou générale selon les cas. A noter qu’il est impératif de toujours utiliser un préservatif lors des rapports toute la durée du traitement afin de limiter les risques de contamination. Chez la femme, un frottis de contrôle régulier est conseillé. Le 12 février 2016 à 08:40 • Maxime Lambert
Most cybersecurity research that involves penetration testing doesn’t actually focus on things that are commonly used for actual, ya know… penetration. But this is 2017, and sometimes it totally does.What exactly is the device that’s perched on the model’s hand up there? It’s the Svakom Siime Eye, and the name ought to give you some idea about its advanced functionality. But just in case you’re still in the dark, it’s sort of like a dashcam. Except that it’s meant to look inside vaginas, not out windshields.The Siime Eye is a Wifi-enabled vibrator, purpose-built for giving interested onlookers a truly up-close look at the user’s private parts. It retails for about $249, and despite the fact that it’s small enough to fit inside ladybits it’s got a fairly large attack surface.PenTest Partners decided to check out a Siime Eye in the wake of the dildo data harvesting scandal that made headlines last year. Their researchers found numerous problems with the default setup of this vibrator, too, from a hard-coded IP address and root password to a default Wifi key of 88888888.Anybody within range could easily gain access to the camera’s stream, and if that’s not creepy enough, PenTest also discovered that some of the surveillance cam code that ships with the Siime Eye could allow an attacker to save images to a remote directory. They can even send a text or Skype notification when motion is detected.Just to make things a little creepier still, consider the fact that most users aren’t going to bother changing the AP name. That means it’s trivially easy to use a web-based scanning tool to see where a Siime Eye might be in use. The little red dot on the map is one active vibe that PenTest spotted… along with 101 others.The situation might not be as dire as PenTest made it out to be, however. The Internet of Dongs weighed in with their analysis, and their thoughts may put your mind at ease if you or someone you enjoy watching bought a Siime Eye.The most important thing to consider is likely the range of the Wifi signal. It’s likely not packing a very powerful radio like an actual wireless access point would, so someone wanting to snoop would likely have to be so close that you’d have other more serious concerns. Like how they managed to sneak into your closet/under the bed or how long they’ve been hiding in the bushes waiting for the vibe to get switched on.While the sloppy code is definitely concerning, IoD notes that since the Siime acts as an AP and not a client, it’s not able to send any data directly via the Internet by default. As for the hard-coded encryption key, Siime does alert users to change the defaults when they first launch the companion app.If you’re so eager to take your spycam vibe for a test ride that you can’t be bothered to change the defaults, well… you need to re-examine your own attention to security before you complain about the company that made your uberdildo. Stay on target These Panty Pillowcases from Japan are More Useful Than You’d ThinkNokia Dumb Phone Emerges as Smart Vibrator
Stay on target Hubble Captures Mature ‘Pinwheel’ Galaxy in Stunning ImageCool, Gassy ‘Disk’ Spotted Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Not much is known about the Milky Way’s formation, however, researchers are now suggesting that an important chain of events transformed the galaxy 10 billion years ago. According to a new study, the Milky Way “ate” Gaia-Enceladus, after the nearby dwarf galaxy collided and merged with our galaxy in the past.In the study, which was published in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) shared their findings on how Gaia-Enceladus slammed into the Milky Way roughly 10 billion years ago and over the years, the Milky Way eventually “devoured” the nearby dwarf galaxy, Engadget reported. Additionally, the researchers learned that the Gaia-Enceladus and Milky Way collision added to gas and star formation, which eventually settled to develop a “thin disk” that goes through the Milky Way’s center.This collision most likely didn’t die down for millions of years, however, it could have given the Milky Way new star material and added to its current appearance, including its unique halo, USA Today noted.“It’s a very gradual process – it’s not something like a car crash,” Carme Gallart of the Universidad de La Laguna in Spain and the study’s lead author, told AFP. “It’s very massive so it happens slowly in human terms, (but) not so slowly in cosmic time.”Ten billion years ago, a galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus was gobbled up by the Milky Way. But its stellar crumbs are still scattered throughout our skies. #SummerofSpacePBShttps://t.co/gxueCG8hMx— NOVA | PBS (@novapbs) July 23, 2019Previously, astronomers thought that the Milky Way was made of two separate sets of stars, but no one knew how they merged together in the past. With the help of the Gaia space telescope, the researchers obtained more accurate measurements of the brightness, position, and distance of approximately one million stars. The team also studied the density of elements without hydrogen or helium (metals), in the stars. Researchers concluded that both sets of stars are roughly the same age, however, evidence of a massive galaxy collision was present following analysis.This isn’t the only time the Milky Way has collided with other galaxies in space: Newsweek reported that the Milky Way could have “cannibalized” many tinier galaxies in the past. Right now, the Milky Way is merging with the Canis Major Dwarf galaxy, an irregular galaxy located 25,000 light years from Earth. The Milky Way is also expected to merge with the Andromeda Galaxy, in about 4.5 billion years.More on Geek.com:Cool, Gassy ‘Disk’ Spotted Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole See the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Planets in Our Own Milky Way GalaxyHubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Living Fossil’ Galaxy Outside Milky Way
WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Updated RAW Preview: Clash of Champions contract signing, new Firefly Funhouse segment As mentioned on RAW, Braun Strowman will now face Brock Lesnar one-on-one for the vacated WWE Universal Championship at Crown Jewel.The event, which has received lots of media backlash regarding WWE’s involvement, is still scheduled for November 2nd in Saudi Arabia airing live on the WWE Network.The match was previously scheduled as a triple threat match. However, former champion Roman Reigns was forced to vacate the championship after revealing on RAW last night that he is battling leukemia and will need to take time off.It will now be ONE-ON-ONE for the vacant #UniversalChampionship at #WWECrownJewel as The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman goes one-on-one with #TheBeast @BrockLesnar! #RAW pic.twitter.com/JZmsvJVUpQ— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018 Pinterest Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15
OYO RoomsReutersThe latest unicorn in the Indian start-up segment, Oyo is all set to enter the Japanese hotel market. The startup is targeting a pie from Japan’s budget hotel share ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, financial daily Mint has reported.Oyo has planned an aggressive global expansion plan as the company entered the Japanese market only within a year after launching its operations in China.In the early part of this month, Oyo had secured $800 million from Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund including other investors. The fresh round of funding has taken the valuation of the company to around $4 billion.Oyo is expected to invest around $600 million out of $800 million to consolidate its position in China. Interestingly, its website already offers at least two properties in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The startup has also started its hiring spree in Japan.The Japanese experts are of the opinion that Oyo may have to face a bumpy ride in its Japanese operations as several local, as well as international companies, are entering into the hotel business which may lead to an oversupply of the hotels in the Japanese markets. The companies are seeing the Tokyo Olympics as an opportunity to grow their businesses.After performing handsomely in the Indian market, Oyo which is run by Oravel Stays Pvt LTD is eyeing global markets. In the last 12-18 months, the Gurugram based company has kicked off its operations in five countries which include India, China, Malaysia, the UK and Nepal.Recently it announced its operation in 26 Chinese cities including Hangzhou, Xian and Guangzhou and it has been employing more than 1,000 people in China.Oyo was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal and has been one of the breakout startups from the funding boom of 2015; the same year it managed to raise $100 million from Japanese Softbank. It aggressive plans were slowed down by poor service by hotels. Initially, starting as a marketplace, Oyo, today controls room inventory and is bullish on its new brand, Townhouse.
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert The United States has acknowledged that thousands of Rohingya refugees created a “difficult situation” for Bangladesh.“I know it is a difficult situation for Bangladesh, as it is for any country, to absorb refugees,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a regular press briefing in Washington on Thursday.The US State Department published the entire proceedings of the press briefing of its spokesperson on its website.“What we’ve seen there has been very concerning to the US government as we care about what is happening to the population there. We care about what is happening to the population there [in Rakhine],” said Nauert.Asked if the US might slap a sanction on Myanmar for human rights violations, Nauert declined to comment saying the US was currently having “diplomatic conversations at this point”.“Any potential sanctions are just not something that I could comment on this time. Either – assuming that they might happen, or might not happen,” she said.“We are deeply concerned by the troubling situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state,” she said, adding there has been a significant displacement of local populations, following serious allegations of human rights abuses, including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians.“We, again, condemn deadly attacks on Myanmarese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further violence and protect local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights,” she said at the briefing.She said the United States is working through the United Nations and other international organisations to assist tens of thousands of civilians who have fled to southeastern Bangladesh since 25 August.“We call on the authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” the spokesperson said.“We are also communicating with Myanmar’s neighbours and other concerned international partners on efforts to end the violence and assist affected communities there,” she added.About access of aid workers and journalists to the Rakhaine state, the spokesperson said, “We’d like to certainly call on the government of Myanmar to allow better, greater access for reporters and journalists to be able to enter that country and be able to provide accurate information about what’s going on the ground.”“There also remains a humanitarian situation, where it is very difficult for humanitarian aid groups to be able to get in and provide the supplies and the support that is necessary. We are continuing to have conversations with the government, not only about the violence there, but also about those issues of journalists and also, perhaps more importantly, the humanitarian aid situation,” she added.
“For me, a world in which people could know the truth that mattered to them would be a great world,” Freshman says. “We’d have less discrimination and more equity.” In Season One of the TV show The Good Place, Chidi Anagonye, an ethics and moral philosophy professor, faces a dilemma when a colleague asks his opinion about a new pair of boots. Chidi clearly dislikes the boots, which are a garish shade of red and encrusted in crystals, but to spare his colleague’s feelings, he says that he loves them. — Chidi immediately regrets lying and begins obsessing over his moral failings, even as his exasperated girlfriend reassures him, “Sometimes we just lie to be polite.” Eventually, Chidi can no longer bear the guilt and confesses his true feelings to his colleague: “The boots are terrible, and hideous, and I hate them!” The colleague is clearly hurt by the revelation. For Chidi and some other philosophers, the obligation not to lie trumps all other moral imperatives, including not hurting someone’s feelings. Few people actually adhere to such a strict prescription for honesty, however. Lying is an accepted part of daily life, from our automatic response of “good” when asked how we are, to the praise we give when a friend asks if we like her awful new haircut (or pair of boots). We’d also have more hurt feelings. For most of us, a world without lies would deliver an immediate blow to our self-image, says Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University. “Living with the truth means you would get more honest, brutal feedback about your work, the way you dress, the way you kiss – all kinds of things like that,” he says. “You would realise that people don’t pay as much attention to you and you’re not as important and highly qualified as you think you are.” Read the whole story: BBC
Till now, cooking gas (LPG) was available for domestic use in 14.2-kg cylinders. Consumers were entitled to 12 such bottles in a year at subsidised rate of Rs 417 in Delhi.Now the subsidised cooking gas is also available in 5-kg packs, costing Rs 155 per such cylinder in Delhi.Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that consumers can avail of 34 cylinders of 5-kg in a year at subsidised rates. Any requirement beyond that would have to be bought at market price of Rs 351 per bottle. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashLike the 14.2-kg cylinders, the mini subsidised packs are available at the regular LPG dealer or distributors. 5-kg LPG cylinders are available at select petrol pumps but at market price of Rs 351.”Public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) have reported that they are already marketing subsidised 5-kg cylinders up to 34 cylinders in a year per connection. The mini-LPG cylinder gives an option to people with small income to buy a refill at subsidised rate without having to shell out large sum of money. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsHouseholds now have the option to buy 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rate in a year or 34 bottles of 5-kg each at the below-market price per annum. Any requirement beyond that is to be met through purchase of cooking gas at market price – Rs 752 per 14.2-kg cylinder and Rs 351 per 5-kg bottle. Pradhan said there was “no proposal under consideration of the government” to remove the subsidy on 14.2-kg cylinders after introduction of the mini-packs. Oil Ministry officials said consumers with regular LPG connection i.e. those who have enrolled themselves for cooking gas supply with a local distributor/dealer, can avail of either of 14.2-kg or 5-kg cylinders. For convenience of accounting, they will have to give a declaration of availing either of the two at the beginning of the year. Any consumer taking 14.2-kg cylinder cannot midway switch to 5-kg bottle and vice-a-versa. This is because the subsidy entitlement per household is fixed – 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg or 34 bottles of 5-kg each in a year. Midway chances may lead to accounting problems. Unregistered consumers can however avail of market priced 5-kg cylinders from petrol pump without much paper work. These cylinders are available off the shelf and consumers do not have to pre-book a refil or delivery. Pradhan pushes for oil pipeline from Siliguri to Bangla’s ParvatipurOil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday pushed for laying of a petroleum product pipeline from Siliguri to Parvatipur in Bangladesh for supply of fuel. Pradhan met Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, to discuss the pipeline.‘Both sides discussed the need to greatly enhance cooperation in the oil and gas sector to the mutual benefit of people of the two countries,” an official statement said.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read January 29, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When businesses grow from the startup phase to a full-on company, entrepreneurs are faced with a challenge: Which technologies should they invest in?The typical path is to begin with an email provider and website and then develop a lead generation and contact management tool. Within just a few months of starting a company, a business can easily be utilizing nearly a dozen platforms from many providers. While this technology can (and should) make an entrepreneur’s life easier, it can be tricky to get the hang of all the moving parts.Often entrepreneurs end up outsourcing the IT support or hire their own internal team. Either way, a lot of IT professionals don’t have the insight as to how the rest of the company works, making it difficult to effectively integrate the many different apps and platforms business users are leveraging on a daily basis. As a result, a company may spend too much time and money trying to solve IT issues. This doesn’t have to be the case.Related: How to Recruit a Great Programmer as a PartnerFor entrepreneurs looking to disentangle the IT web, here are three questions to ask your IT professional:How can we empower the business user? When looking to hire IT support, you should make sure IT has the end user (aka the person using the technology) in mind. This will not only help the business user but the technology department too.Today’s IT teams are too resource constrained to respond as quickly as business users require, resulting in a bottleneck. As a result, business users are striving to become more self-sufficient as they look for faster ways to connect with customers, launch new marketing campaigns and enter new markets.It makes sense to view technology integration as a business application rather than a developer tool. Once organizations begin to give business users the tools to take over IT tasks like data mapping and the ability to self-provision customers and partners, IT no longer acts as a bottleneck but rather a value-added broker for business users.What do IT processes look like for the non-technical user? With entrepreneurs constantly connected to their company, they have zero time (or patience) for the IT department to fix a problem.Related: Former Software Engineer Takes a High-Tech Approach to FarmingBusiness users want an easy-to-use interface that enables workflow automation — not a platform that requires advanced knowledge of code and an IT request ticket. When shifting lower level IT tasks to the business user, simplicity is key. Integration solutions should allow users with a non-technical background to build these interfaces without writing any code, such as using a drag-and-drop interface. Savvy business users and analysts will then be able to create connections, access data, configure triggers and map data formats using visual, web-based applications.How can we leverage our existing IT infrastructure? Completely replacing existing systems aren’t viable from both a cost and IT standpoint. While integration platforms must provide end users with the functionality and ease of use they require, IT has often already made significant investments in a number of different business applications. Look for integration solutions and platforms that work with your existing IT architecture to avoid costly, time consuming projects.Ideally, IT should implement a platform that can then be deployed to business users for day-to-day use and management. This way, IT can remain in control from a distance, while still empowering business users to take over between 60 and 70 percent of the daily tasks that traditionally fell under IT’s wheelhouse.By enabling business users to take over day-to-day IT tasks, your entire organization wins. Not only does it allow users to make better and faster decisions by utilizing accessible data, but it also frees up IT to focus on high-level tasks that drive value, efficiency, and productivity across the entire business. Related: Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now » August 23, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This month, the first website turned 25. Of course, the internet has its share of milestones. Some trace its birthday to the first message sent from one computer to another in 1969 as researchers developed ARPANET, what would become the Internet. Some call that the web’s “first breath.”And we can hardly ignore March 12, 1989, when an information management system was first proposed to help drive the web’s structure and architecture.But the lives of everyday people — and entrepreneurs — weren’t yet transformed. Those shifts became more possible later in 1991. On Aug. 6 of that year, the first website went live and was publicly available. On this day, like so many big days, there was no ticker tape. There were no formal announcements. Most people didn’t even have computers at home. But by 2000, more than two in five households would have Internet access. This access would revolutionize how we work, play, learn, connect and build our lives.Today, Internaut Day, celebrates the Internet and how far it has come. To mark this great date, we’ve pulled together a special collection of stories. In them, we share screenshots of early homepages that might shock and surprise you. We connect with early online pioneers to find out what they’ve learned — and what they regret. And we round up the moments that helped shape the world in which we currently live.Take a look and enjoy a trip down memory lane — or what we once called the Information Superhighway.Related: The Public World Wide Web Turns 25Founders of AOL, Twitter and More Share the Best and Worst Moments in Internet History13 Pivotal Internet Moments That Forever Changed How We Live, Work and Play15 Throwback Web Pages That Show Us How the Internet Has ChangedWhy the Internet Needs the WayBack Machine, the Site That Archives the Web15 Internet Relics We Miss (and Some We Don’t)
Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The State Department said Kerry will meet Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday. It’s Kerry’s second trip to Russia since taking office.The announcement said Kerry will “discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues, including Iran, Syria, and Ukraine.”The trip is part of an ongoing U.S. effort “to maintain direct lines of communication with senior Russian officials and to ensure U.S. views are clearly conveyed,” the State Department said.After his brief stop in Russia, Kerry will travel to Turkey for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers and return to Washington for a summit of Gulf Arab leaders that President Barack Obama is hosting at Camp David.Kerry last visited Russia in May 2013.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia this week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kerry’s first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began, the State Department announced Monday.Relations between Moscow and the West have been badly damaged over Ukraine, with Western nations accusing Russia of supporting separatists there with arms and manpower — a charge Moscow denies. Russia, meanwhile, has bristled at Washington’s pledge to provide Ukraine with military assistance in the form of hardware and training. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FILE – In this May 6, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti. The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia this week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement