Students Celebrate Stand Up Against Bullying Day

first_imgSchools across the province are celebrating Stand Up Against Bullying Day today, Sept. 10. Since 2007, government and education partners recognize the second Thursday in September as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Students, teachers and administrators wear pink to support putting a stop to bullying and cyberbullying. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey joined students and staff at John MacNeil Elementary in Dartmouth to participate in anti-bullying celebrations. “Schools have really embraced anti-bullying and have worked hard to make progress on this very important issue,” said Ms. Casey. “While it is important that we reaffirm our commitment to stop bullying, I commend the students, teachers and staff that work to end bullying all year round.” To help combat bullying and other unacceptable behaviours, government introduced a provincewide Code of Conduct Policy which came into effect on Sept. 1. The code strengthens a school’s ability to respond effectively to unacceptable behaviours, including bullying and cyberbullying, violence, and all forms of harassment. Parents and students can watch a short video about it at http://dvl.ednet.ns.ca/videos/provincial-school-code-conduct and can read the full policy at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/educationreview/ . Teachers, parents, students and community members can report incidents of cyberbullying to CyberSCAN by calling 1-855-702-8324 (toll-free) or 902-424-6990. More information can be found at http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca/. For more information on bullying and cyberbullying, where to go for help, and ways to report visit www.antibullying.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Raises Over 25 Million

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio hosted his first gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation last month.Bono and Leonardo DiCaprioThe Gala – co-chaired by Philippe Cousteau and Jared Leto along with the presenting sponsor Julius Baer and co-sponsor Chopard – raised over $25 million for The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.Leonardo DiCaprio opened the evening with an impassioned speech about the Foundation’s work and stated, “Today we stand at the 11th Hour – facing a tipping point of environmental crises unprecedented in human history. Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time. We must now make an effort to protect the rich biodiversity that could allow nature to eventually recover. The good news is there are solutions to these massive problems. Efforts like tonight will start addressing them.”DiCaprio proceeded to open the live auction with his own Harley-Davidson Motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and himself.Bono took the stage with Julian Lennon, and took down the house with their own rendition of “Stand By Me.” Bono stayed on stage to auction off his personal guitar for $1 million.The highest bid of the night was for a Damien Hirst sculpture, “Golden Myth” which was sold to Len Blavatnik for over $6 million.Source:LeonardoDiCaprio.comlast_img read more

WHAT HAS CARLY RAE JEPSEN BEEN UP TO SINCE EMOTION A GUIDE

first_imgCarly Rae Jepsen’s fourth studio album, Dedicated, will be out on May 17, 2019. (Getty Images) After four long years, Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen is set to return this Friday, May 17 with her brand new album, Dedicated.The highly anticipated followup to 2015’s critical hit — and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted contender — Emotion, Dedicated promises to be another collection of love songs that will make listeners swoon, cry and definitely dance. (She recently told Rolling Stone that the original concept for Dedicated was “chill disco” songs, a theme that a single like “Julien” still adheres to.)Four years is a relatively long time between albums, but Jepsen has spent much of that interim keeping busy with various projects. Fear not, though, if you haven’t been paying close attention: below, we’ve detailed every important thing Jepsen has done since releasing Emotion and leading up to Dedicated. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Executive directors from the region travel to Victoria for meeting with Minister

first_imgIn an update to their FB page, the CCCR share, Minister Donaldson confirms section 11 will not be signed until the partnership agreement is signed.The CCCR follows with, ‘we must participate when consultations begin.’To view CCCR’s FB Page; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – Executive directors from the region have travelled to Victoria today in regards to an update on the caribou recovery plans.The group, Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery (CCCR), posted to their FB Page, Executive Directors from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd are in Victoria today for a meeting with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FB post goes on to share the meeting is in regards to update on the Caribou recovery plans and the potential impacts to not only our region but the entire province.last_img read more

Moroccan Law Enforcement Extradites ISIS Suspect to Russia

Rabat – Morocco has extradited a Russian ISIS suspect arrested in 2018 to Russia, said the Center for Public Relations of the Russian Federal Service Security (FSB).Russian media reported that the Office of the Prosecutor General in Russia announced the extradition of a member of an armed group from Morocco.Moroccan and Russian news outlets quoted FSB saying, “The law enforcement agencies of the kingdom of Morocco arrested a Russian citizen, Salamov Ramazan Magomednuriyevich, born in 1970, who was wanted for his involvement in the activities of international terrorist organizations.” FSB said that Salamov tried to settle in Casablanca in 2018 after ISIS lost significant portions of territory in Syria in 2016.The suspect also promoted religious extremist ideology among residents of Dagestan, a Russian province on the Caspian Sea.Moroccan police arrested the suspect in July 2018 at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.The suspect has been the subject of an international warrant for alleged terrorism and extremism issued by Interpol at the request of the Russian authorities read more

Representing UN agency Princess Haya heads to Malawi to spotlight hunger

Acting as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is headed to Malawi today to spotlight the food crisis in the country.“Much of the world’s attention is focused on major crisis areas, but Malawi experiences food shortages every year and the cameras are not always there to tell the world,” said Princess Haya, the agency’s second Goodwill Ambassador and the first Arab and first woman to assume the position.She observed that causes of Malawi’s food crisis are complex, with the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS exacerbating the suffering of its people.“I want to talk to people and understand what they are going through so I can speak to the world on their behalf,” she said. Months before the lean season began this year, spiraling maize prices, the worst dry spell since 1994, chronic poverty and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS had combined to send the country’s malnutrition rates soaring, according to WFP, which anticipates that nearly 5 million people in Malawi will need food assistance through April. WFP expects to distribute food to more than 1.3 million people in Malawi this month and 2.4 million people in January. The daughter of the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan and the wife of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Princess Haya was appointed WFP’s Goodwill Ambassador by the agency’s executive director, James Morris, two months ago.Mr. Morris said it was a great honour for WFP to have such a prominent advocate on behalf of hungry and poor people.“Her Royal Highness’s philanthropy, dedication and distinguished record of public service, and her outstanding commitment to humanitarian causes will undoubtedly help us reach out to more people, not only in the Arab and Muslim world, but across the globe,” he said. Princess Haya created the first food aid non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Arab world, “Tkiyet Um Ali,” an initiative that she founded in Jordan to provide food aid and social services to the poor. read more

TMX Group sees sharp drop in listings trade volumes due to market

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2013 7:28 am MDT TMX Group sees sharp drop in listings, trade volumes due to market uncertainty AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A drop in new listings, financings and trade volumes hurt the operator of Canada’s largest stock exchange in the first quarter.And Thomas Kloet, chief executive officer of TMX Group Limited (TSX:X), says market uncertainty is expected to continue in the near term.“We are continuing to carefully manage our costs,” Kloet said Friday during a conference call to discuss the company’s earnings.“Our company has deep experience in managing effectively through economic ups and downs. So I am confident that we will successfully move through the external challenges we face today.”There were only 40 new listings on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange in the quarter, compared with 86 in the same period last year. Total equity capital raised was down 42 per cent from a year ago.The resources sector saw the largest drop in new listings and financings. The number of new listings in the mining sector went down 59 per cent from a year ago, while the number of new oil and gas listings dropped 50 per cent.Equity capital raised in the mining sector fell 63 per cent from the same 2012 period, while oil and gas financings dropped 76 per cent.Kloet said the real estate and technology sectors showed some strength.Total volumes on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, Alpha and TMX Select were down 22 per cent from the same year-earlier period. Those declines were slightly offset by the Montreal Exchange, which saw its volume increase by one per cent.TMXGroup said reported first-quarter net profit of $37.8 million, or 70 cents per share. Revenues were $172.2 million for the three months ended March 31.In the same 2012 period, the TMX reported a net loss of $4.4 million, but the results were not comparable because of a change in ownership late last year and the consolidation of various platforms.The TMX Group was acquired by some of Canada’s largest banks, pension funds and other financial services as members of what was known as the Maple Group.Adjusted diluted earnings per share were 78 cents in the latest period, excluding three cents per share of Maple transaction and integration costs, 16 cents per share of amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions and 11 cents per share related to reduction in income tax expense due to recognition of deferred income tax asset, the company said.Kloet said significant progress had been made in the quarter to expand the group’s product portfolio and broaden its customer base.He said the integration of the Canadian Depository for Securities and Alpha Trading Systems continued to be an important focus. The company also recently concluded its acquisition of Equity Financial’s transfer agency and corporate trust services business. read more

100 years on UN labour agency mission focussed on growing inequality says

The ILO chief’s message coincides with the launch of an interactive campaign promoting the work of the organization.Founded by 44 countries in the aftermath of the First World War, the organization’s mission was to address growing and potentially explosive discontent with poor working conditions in Europe.Today, that objective is shared by ILO’s 187 Member States, Mr Ryder maintained, in a statement to mark 100 years since the body was founded on 6 June, 1919.Noting that the nature of work “has changed out of all recognition” in many parts of the world since 1919, thanks in large part to technological advances, Mr Ryder warned that many people have not seen the benefits.“Hopes and fears are unevenly distributed,” he said. “Uncertainty is high and the levels of trust are all too low. And this tells us that the ILO centenary matters. It matters to us all, whatever the country you live in.”From the number of hours we work to the principle of a fair wage and protection for injured or sick workers, these and many other social benefits and workplace rights that people from many nations take for granted, are the fruit of ILO’s intervention on the global stage.Its work to improve labour laws and standards worldwide is symbolized by a triple-locking gate at its former headquarters in Geneva – now the home of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – whose keys are marked separately with each partner: governments, workers and employers.Mr Ryder recalled that ILO’s role in promoting international peace through social justice was seen by some as a “wild dream” – a phrase first used by US President Franklin Roosevelt, ahead of the US decision to join the body in 1934.Here’s what President Roosevelt said at the time: “I well remember that in those days the ILO was still a dream. To many it was a wild dream. Who had ever heard of governments getting together to raise the standards of labour on an international plane? Wilder still was the idea that the people themselves who were directly affected – the workers and the employers of the various countries – should have a hand with government in determining these labour standards.” Born out of war and unrestIn 1919, the task of drafting the ILO Constitution was entrusted to a Labour Commission that was set up by Member States who took part in the Treaty of Versailles, which demanded reparations from a defeated Germany after the First World War.The Commission met between January and April to write the Constitution, whose preamble highlights “unrest so great that the peace and harmony of the world are imperilled” – a reference to workers’ demands that the peace settlement should include measures for fairer working conditions, promoted through labour legislation and trade union rights. Amid such fears of potentially explosive social unrest – and with ILO’s place in the maintenance of peace clearly defined – the first International Labour Conference attended by 40 countries – was held in the U.S. capital, Washington DC, from October to November 1919.Then, as now, international labour standards were adopted and crafted into international treaties, spelling out the actions to be taken and the principles to be respected by the countries that ratify them.These standards are one of ILO’s principal means of action and influence in the world of work, helping to create a level playing field in which governments, employers and workers compete fairly, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder believes.“It is surely not beyond our capacities to build the future of work that we want, a future with decent jobs for all,” he said.This vision “and the political will that goes with it” are needed as never before, Mr Ryder insisted, “because for too many people, the world of work falls far short of their reasonable expectations”.  Noting that the ILO has “100 years of accumulated experience and expertise” and “decades of experience” in bringing about improvements in the world of work for many decades, Mr Ryder added that he believed “that (political) determination is very much present in the ILO’s constituents”. read more

Why do Catholic cardinals wear scarlet for the conclave

first_imgTHE SCARLET VESTMENTS of the 115 cardinals sitting in the Sistine Chapel today are an outward symbol of their rank in the Roman Catholic Church as electors of the pope.The “Princes of the Church” normally wear a black cassock with red buttons, but don the scarlet cassocks, birretas (skullcaps) and mozzettas (short capes) for the duration of the conclave.The colour symbolises blood and the churchmen’s willingness to die for their faith, metaphorically as the “body” of the Church until the new pope is elected.The cardinals also wear a large ring, usually of sapphire.Like the senators of the Roman Empire, who were considered “part of the emperor’s body”, cardinals are the “senate” of the Church and since the 12th century have been considered “part of the pope’s body”.In Roman times, the title “cardinalis” was given to officers of the crown, army generals and prefects in Asia and Africa.Within the Church, cardinals were originally members of the Rome clergy, below the bishop of Rome whom they elected.Under Gregorian reforms in the 11th century, Pope Nicolas II clarified their status and gave them a ranking above other bishops of the Church.In 1181, Rome’s cardinals became the sole electors of the pope.The Vatican newspaper on Sunday published a dress code for the cardinals covering the pre-conclave mass and the conclave itself.The “note” in Sunday’s Osservatore Romano stresses that vestments are outward signs of the Church’s power denoting each clergyman’s rank in the hierarchy from pope down to simple parish priest.Until a new “instruction” in 1969, cardinals wore the galero, a big flat hat with 10 tassels on each side, to the ceremony that creates cardinals, known as a consistory.- © AFP, 2013Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?>Here’s a secret only the new pope will see…>last_img read more

Be wise with Lease Police

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?The Lease Police was founded by Peter Macaulay and I in 2000. It was a direct result of my retail experience, having owned and operated stores for 10 years and Peter’s experience as a centre manager for the big shopping centres. The advocacy fills a dire need for small business operators to have specialist advice specific to retail leasing prior to and during a business’s lease term. We initially operated from home offices for two years and specialised in representing small operators that needed advice and representation against landlords in a cost effective manner which most solicitors can’t provide. The business eventually moved to a full office with a support staff and represents retailers in all major cities around Australia.We have excellent and current information on the Web Site www.theleasepolice.com and our enquiry rate continues to grow exponentially solely based on business referrals, as we have never advertised. The Leasewise Group www.leasewise.net.au was started four years ago to handle the further work of major companies such as Tattersalls, Fernwood, VANA (All Victorian Authorised Newsagents) with their growth and maintenance of Retail Leases whilst the Lease Police specialises in alternate dispute resolution.What is your vision for the future of your business?My vision is to have more interaction for basic enquiries and advice through IT and for our service to be available to every retail business in Australia like an RACV Membership. Each retail site can then call on the ‘break down’ hot line when there is a problem or have an assessment provided prior to entering a lease or buying a business.Has your Greek Australian background played any role in your business?My Greek background is pivotal to my drive and success. Having grown up in the back of shops my parents ran the entrepreneurial drive and work ethic started there. The fact that my parents (like most Greeks) took risks to get ahead is vital to how I approach business.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?Our business is unique in that it does not have any real competition. Some consultant companies have attempted to do what we do but nobody has come close to the spirit and drive and ultimately the results we provide for our clients.How has the Global Financial Crisis impacted on your business?The GFC has probably seen our business grow even further as Australia already has too much retail and rents are already too high therefore the slow down means more people are getting into serious trouble and more people are requiring to use our services.Do you have any advice for businesses facing issues with their leases?Get good advice. Most issues can be addressed. Our business was born as a direct result of “professionals” telling me “you can’t do anything about it”. The worst thing in business in passivity, there is always something you can do. You need to empower yourself and go on the front foot.There are some good lawyers who are well versed in retail leasing legislation, however, their costs may be prohibitive. It costs nothing to send an enquiry through our website and we provide answers and strategies pretty quickly.last_img read more

Scott Hall works with talent at Performance Center Early look at The

first_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ WWE has uploaded a clip of Scott Hall recently visiting the Performance Center in Orlando and working with NXT talent. Hall noted it was his third time visiting and helping.You can check out the clip above courtesy of WWE.Early look at The Rock’s new Disney filmDwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted out a video on set, along with actress Emily Blunt, for the new Disney “Jungle Cruise” movie.https://twitter.com/TheRock/status/1024346816412667904 Facebookcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitterlast_img read more

Gov Walkers budget vetoes total 129B dividend cut in half

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker announced vetoes totaling $1.29 billion at a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Screenshot via web stream courtesy Gov. Walker’s office)Governor Bill Walker cut Permanent Fund dividends Wednesday to $1,000 per person, about half of the projected amount.The cut was one of a series of reductions that Walker made to lower the state’s budget by $1.5 billion.Download AudioWalker says he made the changes to reduce the amount of savings the state must spend to cover the budget. And he says he cut dividends to preserve PFDs into the future. The state is on track to exhaust its savings in four years without cuts.He says he’ll take the blame for reducing PFDs. He expressed hope that this will make it easier for lawmakers to approve his long-term fiscal plan for state government.“So what I’ve tried to do is take away from them the risk that they may suffer in – at the polls, so that’s off the table,” Walker said. “And any excuses now – it’s just pure politics.”Walker vetoed $1.29 billion from the budget.The cuts include a $58 million reduction to schools, including shifting $30 million in bond reimbursement to local schools. The state will delay $430 million in oil and gas tax credits into future years. The University of Alaska will see a $10 million cut.In addition to the vetoes, Walker delayed $250 million in road and bridge repairs, and he shut down two mega projects: the Knik Arm bridge and the Susitna-Watana dam.Walker says the state can’t balance its budget only through cuts.“We’re not cutting our way into prosperity,” Walker said. “We’re using the only tools we have available to us to do all we can to reduce the deficit.”Walker signed the operating, mental health and capital budgets for the fiscal year that starts Friday.He also signed a bill that will restructure oil and gas tax credits, but not by as much as he wanted.Legislators from both parties criticized Walker’s actions.Fairbanks Republican Rep. Steve Thompson said delaying road construction work will cost a lot of jobs.Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski said he’d like to see the legislature override the PFD decision. Three-quarters of the 60 legislators must agree to successfully override any of the vetoes.“The real losers today are working Alaskans, who are really going to suffer,” Wielechowski said. “A family of four is going to lose over $4,000 from this action. And I think there are better ways to do it. I’m surprised the governor took this action and I’m going to encourage fellow legislators to override this veto. ”Nikiski Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault said it’s not clear whether there will be enough votes for override Walker’s vetoes in the special legislative session beginning July 11.“It might have been nicer if early on, at the beginning of session, he would have came in with a smaller budget than what they originally proposed, so, you know, we’ll look at it, determine what’s the right thing to do and try to accomplish that,” Chenault said.Rachel Waldholz of Alaska’s Energy Desk contributed to this report.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra smoking controversy This is how the Chopra sisters reacted

first_imgPriyanka Chopra’s first birthday after her wedding with Nick Jonas has hogged all the limelight for both, good and bad reasons. The actress, who celebrated her birthday with husband Nick Jonas, mother Madhu Chopra and cousin sister Parineeti Chopra in attendance, had a gala time throughout her birthday. While the Jonas duo sang and danced through the night, they were spotted enjoying beach vacation at Miami along with family and friends later.A picture of Priyanka Chopra having a smoke along with mother and husband made its way to the social media and what followed was constant backlash and criticism over Priyanka’s smoking. Priyanka drew ire of the netizens as they reminded her about her ‘asthma’ which she had said she was suffering from since childhood and had urged everyone not to burst crackers on Diwali.When cousin Parineeti Chopra was asked to comment on it, she said in an interaction with India Today, “I respond by saying that I have no right to answer this question, so I won’t.”Priyanka however, gave a royal snub to the haters by acknowledging the good wishes that came her way. She wrote on Instagram, “Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all the wonderful birthday messages and wishes… You have made my day extremely special. Sorry I haven’t responded earlier, was taking a bit of a break from technology… But now I’m back and I just want to say THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH| I hope everyone feels as loved as I do.”Priyanka Chopra who opted to star out of Salman Khan’s Bharat will soon be seen in The Sky is Pink along with Farhan Akhtar. Earlier in an interaction, Priyanka had said that the role in the film took her heart and the director’s passion made her do the film.last_img read more

DU admin flouts rules to appoint loyal teachers

first_img* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print version, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin and Imam Hossain. DU vice chancellor AAMS Arefin SiddiqueMore than 125 teachers have been recruited for Dhaka University in the past eight and a half years in violation of the rules in one way or the other, reveals an investigation into the hiring process.The administration of current DU vice chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique has given appointment to 907 teachers to ‘serve party politics’ and ‘create a pool of loyalists’, stakeholders alleged.This recruitment en masse means almost half of Dhaka University’s 1,992 serving teachers are hired during the tenure of Arefin Siddique, a stalwart of pro-Awami League Blue Panel group of teachers.A series of complaints say at least 78 teachers have been appointed during the period by relaxing required educational qualifications or depriving more qualified candidates.Ten other people have been made teachers in two departments although they did not meet minimum educational requirements for the advertised positions in time of recruitment. Three more persons managed to secure appointment as teachers without having post-graduation degree.Records also show as many as 41 recruitments have been made, exceeding the number of positions for hiring teachers as published in the advertisements.While dealing with any reports of irregularities in recruitment whenever published in the media, the vice chancellor referred the matters to the selection board, chaired by pro-vice chancellor (academic) Nasreen Ahmad, who replaced present National University VC Harun-or-Rashid, as the pro-VC responsible for the board.When contacted, Nasreen Ahmad denied gross irregularities but said there might have been some irregularities in some cases for certain reasons.In recent times, a few members of the university syndicate raised objections to recruitment of six teachers at the International Business department for lack of adequate qualifications. But, the teachers alleged, such questionable recruitment was approved by the committees concerned since the vice chancellor has absolute control over the university.Dhaka University Teachers’ Association president professor ASM Maksud Kamal, elected from the Blue Panel, said he is among many teachers who are concerned about such recruitment.“I told the VC that you and I will not remain forever on the campus…We need to think twice about in whose hands we are leaving the university if the teachers’ recruitment process is like this,” he recalled.Two of the teachers, who were reportedly engaged in a brawl with students during a demonstration at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on 29 July, were allegedly recruited through questionable means.One of them, Abdullah Al Muneem of the Tourism and Management department, has been hired as lecturer although his CGPA in Bachelor’s degree was 3.70 as against above 3.75 required as per advertisement.The other, Ibrahim Mia of Microbiology department, has been recruited, despite there being more qualified candidates and also despite the fact that the then chairman of the department submitted an objection to this in writing.A few recruits at Arefin Siddique’s own department, Mass Communications and Journalism, during his tenure as VC, were also present during the encounter with the students who demanded holding of students’ union elections.The irregularities in teachers’ recruitment were exacerbeted by conflict of interest between rival groups within the Blue Panel — one led by VC Arefin Siddique and the other by Maksud Kamal, according to the findings of the investigation. The issue came to the surface when abortive attempt was made to prepare a VC panel recently.When asked, VC Arefin Siddique said on Monday that the discussions and criticisms on such issues were normal. “I have nothing to say about this.”When he took office in 2009, the number of teachers at the university was around 1200. Of 907 teachers recruited so far during his tenure, at least 110 joined newly opened departments, according to information available with the university’s registrar’s office. The university has over 37,000 students at 83 departments and 12 institutes.The first major allegation of recruitment of more teachers than the advertised number was raised in 2010 when 15 of 17 recruits at the Fine Arts Institute were less qualified and known to be leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League.Following a writ petition challenging recruitment of teachers at the philosophy department, the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the process illegal and void.Securing higher grades, especially standing first, second or third position at the departmental exams, is customarily considered requirement for recruitment.The university syndicate, at a meeting on 17 February 2013, decided to allow recruitment of one teacher more than the number of vacant positions, provided there was recommendation from the department.On 12 July, the syndicate endorsed recruitment of nine teachers at two departments of Business Faculty but six of them did not meet the minimum requirement.A major deviation from the rules was observed at the 16 July 2016 meeting of the syndicate, when 11 teachers were recruited for the Computer Science and Engineering department, against only two advertised positions.Two months later, in September that year, the syndicate recruited nine teachers for the Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology department, three of whom did not have post-graduation degree.On 21 June 2016, none of the four teachers recruited for the printing and publications department fulfilled the requirements whereas there were other candidates did. On the same day, two additional recruitments were made for the statistics department and five for the nuclear engineering department.On 16 June seven teachers were hired for the international relations department, as against the advertised posts of four. Allegations have it that the additional recruitments were made to pave the way for the entry of a former BCL president’s wife.On 24 December 2014, six teachers were hired for the Islamic studies department, against advised posts of two. One of them, who had the merit position 19, got the appointment letter since he was a former vice president of BCL.When asked, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University SMA Faiz said the top priority for recruitment of teacher is merit. “Your likes or dislikes may come later on.” he pointed out.He strongly felt that teachers are the heart of a university. “The university will collapse unless meritorious students are recruited as teachers. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements should not be called for interview,” said professor Faiz.last_img read more

Roles of family important to fight radicalisation

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on prevention of violent extremism through harmony in the Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Sunday. Photo: Sabina Yesmin.Families should instil values of social harmony among the youth to make them immune to radicalisation and militancy, a roundtable observed on Sunday. Stakeholders said while the youth are susceptible to radicalisation for various reasons, a vested quarter of home and abroad is using them for their own interest by spreading misinterpretation of religion. More than one speaker came up with their views that alongside family, educational and social institutions should play their due rule to fight radicalisation of youth. Prothom Alo, in association with Kishor Alo-Manusher Jonno Foundation’s SAMPREETI project organised the roundtable on prevention of violent extremism through harmony in the capital’s Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban. Executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Shaheen Anam said youth should be taught to honour difference of opinion from the outset and there should be practice of harmony in everywhere in the society.Highlighting the need of hearing the youth’s voice, she said, “Unfortunately non-government organisation’s work on youth was inadequate in the past. But the dialogue has recently been started which should continue.”She also said that there was once a stereotype that radicalisation breeds in religious organisations but this has been proven wrong now. Security expert and University of Asia Pacific’s treasurer Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury lamented that there is no serious de-radicalisation programme in Bangladesh.“Some jailed militants are even radicalising inmates by giving sermons,” he added. “We must consider all the terror attacks equally and condemn all those attacks with same vehemence. We should not differentiate between Christchurch and Sri Lanka attack and protest at both incidents with equal force,” Ilahi said. Professor of United International University Hamidul Haque suggested that killing militants without identifying the force behind them would not bear any sustainable results to the problem. Dhaka University’s professor of development studies department Kazi Maruful Islam called for ensuring a democratic environment and freedom of expression in all sectors of society to root out militancy from the society. He also said there should be rehabilitation system of the radicalised youth in the society as the country does not have such facility now. Prothom Alo associate editor and Kishor Alo editor Anisul Haque said that spreading sports, literature and cultural activities among the youth is needed for a long-term solution to the problem. He also urged the guardians not to instil too much competitive attitude in youth. DU’s teacher of peace and conflict studies Md Towhidul Islam said comprehensive strategy is needed to fight radicalisation as they are a heterogeneous group. He suggested that harmony forums should be established in different sectors of the society. Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Securities Studies’ research fellow Shafkat Munir said that technology should be used in a positive way to create social harmony in the society.He also called for awareness programme so that the youths and their guardians become aware of the menace of radicalisation. UNDP’s Foisal Bin Majid, singer Dilshad Nahar Kona, ICT expert AKM Nazrul Haider, SAMPREETI’s deputy programme manager Shahajadi Begum, Youth Club of Bangladesh’s president Arefin Rahman Himel, and Eastern University student Ashrafun Nesa, among others spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum moderated the programme.last_img read more

Houston Sports Rockets Up 21 And The Astros Win Six Straight

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /06:22 The Rockets take a 2-1 series lead into tonight’s Game 4 match up of their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves. And the Astros return home to face the Angels and the Athletics after sweeping the White Sox on the road.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Xlast_img

Get pampered this monsoon

first_imgRecently, a number of spas have sprung up in and around the national Capital, offering a wide range of health and beauty treatments which will help one relax.Our skin accelerates its natural aging process, if constantly subjected to environmental elements. Monsoon shoves summer out, but it can spell doom for your hair and skin. An epitome of luxury, Imperial Hotel has introduced a large variety of luxurious skin and hair treatments at the Imperial Salon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ These include Citrus Drench -body scrub and wrap which is available for resident guests only from July to September. It helps one rehydrate and rejuvenate the skin with the citrus sensory experience which includes exfoliation & a firming hydrating antioxidant wrap. This body treatment prevents the sun damaged skin from premature aging and is ideal to treat stretch marks, leaving your skin radiant and even-toned. Allow 60 minutes at Rs 6,000 plus taxes to get an exhilarating experience.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhereas, Kerastase experience ritual (for both resident and non-resident guests) would help in providing shine, nourishment, protection and resistance for the hair. This treatment is available throughout July and August. This is a ritual which combines a customization of treatments and massage techniques that best suits you to make you feel relaxed and beautify your hair. Kerastase hair product strengthens the hair and seals it internally and reconstructs it while externally sealing your weak hair fibers. One can rejuvenate and pamper oneself at the cost of Rs 3200 plus taxes with an added discount of 15 per cent. A spa can be pampering, rejuvenating, nurturing, caring, and calming. You can regain your inner balance and manage stress, enhance feelings of tranquility and well being, and heal.last_img read more

These 7 Tools Run Our 7Figure Business

first_img 5 min read Enroll Now for Free November 20, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now I frequently advise about the technological automation new businesses can use to hold down early overhead and employee-scaling costs, and to allow workers to operate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.In this vein, I pay close attention to the new tools being introduced that we can leverage here at BottleKeeper, even as we’re scaling and remaining automated.As a foundation to the tools we now use and prefer, we made a big move last July: We had relied on a combination of WordPress and WooCommerce for our ecommerce platform. But as of July, we moved to Shopify, and we couldn’t be happier. Shopify enables us to scale without needing to ratchet up or down our back-end bandwidth or to monitor any server restraints. And that saves us a lot of time and headaches. You can do the same with the suite of seven tools we recommend:1. AdEspressoIncredible returns can be achieved with Facebook video advertising; with that platform, you can intelligently target an enormous number of consumers while tracking both the activity and returns. The difficulty comes when you want to A/B-test your video and/or ads against different target markets, and you realize that five markets with five videos and five tag lines represents 125 videos that must be individually loaded.This is where AdEspresso is amazing. You can easily load the ads, targets or segments and taglines — among many other options — and the system will automatically create the full range of ads and post them into your Facebook ad manager. Then the real magic happens: The amount of data that pours from those ads is overwhelming and nearly impossible to understand in Facebook; so AdEspresso does this task for you and ranks out the best-performing by your particular KPI (key performance indicator). With this data, you can easily optimize — or AdEspresso can optimize for you — and double down on your best-performing ads.2. KlaviyoThis is an app for our Shopify store and can also plug-in to most major ecommerce platforms. In short, Klaviyo is an email flow machine, allowing you to pre-create and load emails that are automatically sent.We leverage Klaviyo for two abandoned-cart messages, one at four hours, which offers customers a 10 percent discount to come back, and another at 24 hours, which offers free shipping. We also have a personal “thank you” email that gets sent to all new customers and is from me, as one of the founders. I also use Klaviyo to reply to personal email (a personal touch people love) and to create repeat-customer emails.Related: 7 Considerations for Finding Your Ideal Customer-Support Structure3. ZendeskUnless you want to set up a call center or answer your cell phone 24/7, you’ll need to rely heavily on technology to offer customer support. Desk.com is a good solution, but over time, I’ve found that it becomes glitchy as more support tickets came in. Accordingly, we’ve recently moved to Zendesk, and it’s been amazing — definitely one of those “why didn’t we do that a year ago?” scenarios. The system is intelligent, easy to manipulate and customize and offers a considerably wider swath of solutions for your online business.4. DelightedFeedback from your customers is really important — not only because you need to keep an eye on how your product(s) are being received, but because feedback offers another opportunity to communicate with customers, to offer help or just say “thanks.” This is where Delighted comes in: We’ve found that the more you can reach out and touch a customer, the higher the likelihood that you can help if there’s an issue — which customers will love your brand for.5. ZapierThis is an amazing tool that allows you to connect nearly any platform to another. One way we leverage Zapier is to send customer information from Shopify to Delighted, then send certain survey responses from Delighted — such as a ticket with a comment — into Zendesk as a new support ticket. This means that we can easily take action on the survey responses, whether good or bad.6. SweetToothWe’re huge fans of rewarding customers for purchases and for sharing our product with the world. Here, we use SweetTooth, which has a number of reward options: One is points for ordering that can be used for discounts on future purchases; another is the sharing SweetTooth offers on Facebook, and referrals for friends and family.We’re particularly aggressive with referrals. If you refer a friend who makes a purchase, you’ll earn a free BottleKeeper — which is motivating enough to work really well.7. StitchLabsIf you’re in a business that carries inventory, keeping track of it is obviously important. This is where StitchLabs comes into play, by linking any number of stores and ecommerce platforms together in a single platform — which then pushes inventory numbers out to those stores. Stitch also has robust reporting, which can be customized very inexpensively.Click here to see how Shopify can help your growing online business. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

EasyAccs Back to School Deals Up to 50 Discount on Wireless iPhone

first_img Share Tweet Submit EasyAcc is not leaving any corners untouched with its latest Back to School deals. There are load of accessories on discount today, and we’ll dive straight into the pond.iPhone X Battery Case, Power Banks, Bluetooth Speaker or Even a Multi-Device Charging Station – EasyAcc Has Discounted it AllIt’s great practice to look around for stuff before you make the ultimate buying decision. You never know where you might end up finding the ultimate deal. But at times, we’ll jump into the scene too, ensuring that you get what you want at a very low price point. Lucky for everyone, EasyAcc approached us and showed us a wonderful list of stuff that is on discount for a limited time, and is aimed towards students who are, you know, going back to school again.There are a bunch of great offers in here, especially on the 5000mAh wireless battery case for the iPhone X which ensures that your device stays juiced up throughout the day while you blitz through your productivity sessions. But that’s not all, if you are not into surrounding your phone with excessive bulk, then you may invest in a power bank too, or fill up your life with some music. Point being, there’s a lot of great stuff here which you should check out, and use the discount codes at checkout to grab the deal with the price slashed off.Buy EasyAcc Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Cases – Starting at $8.99, Use code EANOTE92018 to get 40% offBuy EasyAcc 5000mAh Wireless Battery Case for iPhone X – $4.99, Use code EACC5000 to get 10% offBuy EasyAcc 20000mAh USB-C Power Bank – $49.99, Use code TDRE5WWT to get 30% offBuy EasyAcc 40W 8A Wall Charger – $16.99, Use code GETONE69 to get 30% offBuy EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $17.99, Use code EASPEAKE to get 30% offBuy EasyAcc 4-inch Mini Desktop Metal Fan – $11.99, Use code SST9RIDS to get 50% offBuy EasyAcc Double-Deck Multi-Device Charging Station – $27.99, Use code K55XLPN3 to get 30% offIf you’re all about the modern lifestyle then I highly recommend picking up the USB-C power bank from the list. Furthermore, the wireless battery case for the iPhone X comes with a screen protector too therefore it serves its purpose as a rugged case as well.While you are here, you may also like to check out the following deals:ESR Heavily Discounts Galaxy Note 9 Cases, Screen Protectors and Wireless Chargers for a Limited Time!last_img read more

Cockroach Labs 2018 Cloud Report AWS outperforms GCP hands down

first_imgWhile testing the features for CockroachDB 2.1, the team discovered that AWS offered 40% greater throughput than GCP. To understand the reason for this result, the team compared GCP and AWS on TPC-C performance (e.g., throughput and latency), CPU, Network, I/O, and cost. This has resulted in CockroachDB releasing a 2018 Cloud Report to help customers decide on which cloud solution to go with based on the most commonly faced questions, such as should they use Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure? How should they tune their workload for different offerings? Which of the platforms are more reliable? Note: They did not test Microsoft Azure due to bandwidth constraints but will do so in the near future. The tests conducted For GCP, the team chose the n1-standard-16 machine with Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Skylake) in the us-east region and for AWS  they chose the latest compute-optimized AWS instance type, c5d.4xlarge instances, to match n1-standard-16, because they both have 16 cpus and SSDs. #1 TPC-C Benchmarking test The team tested the workload performance by using TPC-C. The results were surprising as CockroachDB 2.1 achieves 40% more throughput (tpmC) on TPC-C when tested on AWS using c5d.4xlarge than on GCP via n1-standard-16. They then tested the TPC-C against some of the most popular AWS instance types. Taking the testing a step ahead, they focused on the higher performing c5 series with SSDs, EBS-gp2, and EBS-io1 volume types. The AWS Nitro System present in c5and m5 series offers approximately similar or superior performance when compared to a similar GCP instance. The results were clear: AWS wins on TPC-C benchmark. #2 CPU Experiment The team chose stress-ng as according to them, it offered more benchmarks and provided more flexible configurations as compared to sysbench benchmarking test. On running the Stress-ng command stress-ng –metrics-brief –cpu 16 -t 1m five times on both AWS and GCP, they found that   AWS offered 28% more throughput (~2,900) on stress-ng than GCP. #3 Network throughput and latency test The team measured network throughput using a tool called iPerf and latency via another tool PING. They have given a detailed setup of the iPerf tool used for this experiment in a blog post. The tests were run 4 times, each for AWS and GCP. The results once again showed AWS was better than GCP. GCP showed a fairly normal distribution of network throughput centered at ~5.6 GB/sec. Throughput ranges from 4.01 GB/sec to 6.67 GB/sec, which according to the team is “a somewhat unpredictable spread of network performance”, reinforced by the observed average variance for GCP of 0.487 GB/sec. AWS, offers significantly higher throughput, centered on 9.6 GB/sec, and providing a much tighter spread between 9.60 GB/sec and 9.63 GB/sec when compared to GCP. On checking network throughput variance, for AWS, the variance is only 0.006 GB/sec. This indicates that the GCP network throughput is 81x more variable when compared to AWS. The network latency test showed that, AWS has a tighter network latency than GCP. AWS’s values are centered on an average latency, 0.057 ms. AWS offers significantly better network throughput and latency with none of the variability present in GCP. #4 I/O Experiment The team tested I/O using a configuration of Sysbench that simulates small writes with frequent syncs for both write and read performance. This test measures throughput based on a fixed set of threads, or the number of items concurrently writing to disk. The write performance showed that AWS consistently offers more write throughput across all thread variance from 1 thread up to 64. In fact, it can be as high as 67x difference in throughput. AWS also offers better average and 95th percentile write latency across all thread tests. At 32 and 64 threads, GCP provides marginally more throughput. For read latency, AWS tops the charts for up to 32 threads. At 32 and 64 threads GCP and AWS split the results. The test also shows that GCP offers a marginally better performance with similar latency to AWS for read performance at 32 threads and up. The team also used the no barrier method of writing directly to disk without waiting for the write cache to be flushed. The result for this were reverse as compared to the above experiments. They found that GCP with no barrier speeds things up by 6x! On AWS, no barrier (vs. not setting no barrier) is only a 25% speed up. #5 Cost Considering AWS outperformed GCP at the TPC-C benchmarks, the team wanted to check the cost involved on both platforms. For both clouds we assumed the following discounts available: On GCP :a  three-year committed use price discount with local SSD in the central region. On AWS : a three-year standard contract paid up front. They found that GCP is more expensive as compared to AWS, given the performance it has shown in the tests conducted. GCP costs 2.5 times more than AWS per tpmC. In response to this generated report, Google Cloud developer advocate, Seth Vargo, posted a comment on Hacker News assuring users that Google’s team would look into the tests and conduct their own benchmarking to provide customers with the much needed answers to the questions generated by this report. It would be interesting to see the results GCP comes up with in response to this report. Head over to cockroachlabs.com for more insights on the tests conducted. Read Next CockroachDB 2.0 is out!Cockroach Labs announced managed CockroachDB-as-a-ServiceFacebook GEneral Matrix Multiplication (FBGEMM), high performance kernel library, open sourced, to run deep learning models efficientlylast_img read more