Andy Serkis Gives Voice To Lonely Suffering Chimp

first_imgIt’s not Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong: it’s a new PETA US video, narrated by Andy Serkis, that shares the story of Louie, a chimpanzee who has apparently lived in isolation from his species at a roadside zoo in the US state of Michigan for six years – nearly all his life.Video: Caged Most of His Life-Louie the Chimpanzee Needs Your Help“Male chimpanzees like me usually stay with their families their entire lives, but I never even got to know mine”, says Serkis, as Louie, in the video. “Share my story, and tell the DeYoung Family Zoo to release me to an accredited sanctuary where I’ll finally be able to meet other chimpanzees and live the way I was meant to live. And please don’t support businesses that keep animals like me behind bars.”In an exclusive interview with PETA US, Serkis also reveals what made him take on the role of Louie: “I’ve obviously over the years become very connected to stories and the lives of the great apes in our world, and this story really blew my mind”, he says. “The fact [is] that here we have a chimpanzee shipped to a small family zoo, where he’s now kept in a cage, completely isolated, unable to socialize, living a very lonely and miserable existence, and it just broke my heart. It’s the same as treating a human being the same way – it really is.”Earlier this month, PETA US sent an official notice to the DeYoung Family Zoo – where Louie and a second chimpanzee, Tommy, are apparently being kept in isolation – warning the facility of its intent to sue under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which requires plaintiffs to inform potential defendants at least 60 days prior to legal action. In its letter, the group contends that denying highly social primates the opportunity to lead active, stimulating lives and engage in species-specific behaviour – as well as allowing visitors to yell and gawk at Louie – all constitute violations of the ESA, which makes it unlawful for chimpanzees to be harmed or harassed.PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – has offered to arrange for the transfer of both chimpanzees to an accredited sanctuary at no cost to the DeYoung Family Zoo.last_img read more

BMO fined 125M euros by Irelands central bank for breaching licence conditions

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal’s Irish subsidiary has been fined 1.25 million euros by Ireland’s central bank for breaching a condition of its banking licence.The central bank says the Bank of Montreal Ireland plc. failed to establish and maintain processes and controls to ensure the submission of certain reports regarding operational risk.It said BMO has admitted the breaches in full.BMO was not immediately available for comment.The central bank says the appropriate fine amounted to 1.78 million euros but this was reduced by 30 per cent, as per its procedures for early settlements.It added that this was the Canadian lender’s second reprimand and fine for deficiencies in regulatory reporting. Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)The Canadian Press read more

Malaysian tiger girl wins UNletter writing competition to save the planet

28 August 2007Assuming the mind of a tiger cub, a young Malaysian girl has won a United Nations letter-writing competition, beating out over 3 million other youngsters from around the world who were asked to put themselves in the position of a wild animal whose habitat is threatened by environmental or climate change. “I want to congratulate you all. Many of you have good education and live in your so-called world of modernization. Does this mean that humans are civilized?” 14-year-old Sze Ee Lee wrote, taking on the role of the cub living in the endangered rainforest. “Yet, why do humans still need to invade our jungle besides hunting us like in those primitive days? Dear people of the World, don’t burn our homes and occupy the area, our natural habitat. We have no other place to go.” It is the first time that Malaysia has won the international competition sponsored by the UN Universal Postal Union (UPU) since it began in 1972. “We are helpless. We depend on you – the People of the World to save us,” the letter concludes, winning unanimous praise from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) jury. “With her sensitivity and imagination, the young Malaysian successfully conveyed the urgency of the situation and sent us a message: we must unite to save our planet,” the jury said. For next year’s 37th competition, the UPU is inviting youngsters to write a letter explaining why the world needs more tolerance, a particularly relevant theme in an age of globalization, migration and other trends bringing ever more people from different cultures into contact with each other. “Creating a world in which all people live in harmony is a noble goal to which each of us can aspire,” the UPU said. Predating the UN by seven decades, the UPU was founded in 1874, the second-oldest international organization after the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is the primary forum for cooperation between postal services, setting the rules for international mail exchanges among its 190 members. read more

Ban urges corporations to enhance partnership with UN for social development

23 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight urged corporate executives to strengthen their engagement with the United Nations in its efforts to help countries achieve the internationally-agreed social development and poverty alleviation goals before their target date of 2015. “Let us recognize that investments in the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] are investments in sustainable economic growth. Business will flourish only if people do,” Mr. Ban said as he welcomed heads of corporations and government officials gathered in New York for a summit of the Global Compact, a UN initiative that seeks to foster socially responsible business practices.Mr. Ban said the UN, governments and businesses should agree on what he called a “Development Compact,” in which companies work even more actively with the UN to scale up measures and projects that improve people’s lives.“This is a moment of transition and uncertainty. The private sector knows this as well as anyone. Your businesses are on the front lines. From Wall Street to Main Street, from boardroom tables to kitchen tables, from national capitals to capital markets, people look for sustainable growth and sustainable development.“With your engagement, with your recommitment here at this summit, we can build a new era of sustainability,” the Secretary-General added.The number of companies participating in the Global Compact has risen from 40 initially to more than 8,000, Mr. Ban observed, saying that it was an indication that more business leaders accepted the idea that principles and profits complement each other. However, the vast majority of companies around the world had not committed themselves to the tenets of corporate responsibility, he stressed.“The global economy raises further concerns. Many countries have shown great resilience and remain engines of tremendous dynamism. Yet there is also great pain. People everywhere are losing jobs and livelihoods. None of us can say whether we are fully on the road to recovery or still in the eye of the storm. Meanwhile, new threats loom… climate change, conflict over increasingly scarce resources, environmental catastrophe.“We will take stock of where we stand and chart a way forward, building on what works, challenging ourselves to do more, wanting global integration work for business and people alike,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General will chair the two-day summit, which gets under way on Thursday, to discuss how to build a new era of sustainability – a time when environmental, social and governance issues will be deeply integrated into business based on both material and ethical rationales.More than 1,000 corporate chief executives, government ministers, heads of civil society and the UN are attending the gathering. read more

Google Street View Goes Where Cars Cant

first_imgIn its attempt to map the world up close and personal, Google has been pedaling its Trike all around the world, taking Street View to places it has never been before. It recently added images of these previously reachable places to Street View in Google Maps.Introduced in 2009, the Trike is a modified bicycle outfitted with Street View equipment that someone literally needs to pedal around, up, and down paths and sidewalks. With the Trike, Google is able to collect imagery from places its Google car can’t go, such as Champs-Elysées in Paris and Times Square in New York City. If you’re jealous of the images from the gardens at the San Diego Art Institute and other locations that were previously off limits to the Google Street View cams, don’t be. Goggle offers a solution on its blog: If you are the owner of a private property and would to make your location available for users to explore in Street View, you can invite the world to explore your property through its partner program. So you’ll be able to get your own little garden on the map. Check out a video of the Trike in action after the jump.last_img read more

I felt like I had a mountain to climb How these young

first_img Nov 27th 2016, 9:00 PM 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share418 Tweet Email3 Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 9:00 PM By Sean Murraycenter_img “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work The Career LEAP initiative sees young people receive training and work placements to boost their career prospects. A NEW EDUCATIONAL programme designed to equip young, unemployed people in Dublin’s north inner city with the skills they need to get ahead in the workplace has seen its first participants succeed in finding work. Source: Maura HickeyA programme which is unique internationally according to researchers, Career LEAP managed to bring together businesses and community groups to recognise the value that these young people could bring to the workplace.Designed for young people who may have been left behind by formal education or personal circumstance, participants on the programme have excelled in recent months.Leon Fay, aged 19 from Dublin 1, had completed his Leaving Certificate and attended a PLC course in 2014 but did not complete it. Apart from some voluntary experience at his local youth club he had never worked prior to taking part in Career LEAP.“It was really hard,” he told “I was applying for jobs and being told I needed so many years experience. I was sceptical at first about this course, but it’s made a massive difference.”Specifically looking at young people in Dublin’s north inner city, Career LEAP aims to take a collaborative approach in helping those into the world of work who had experienced difficulties finding a job. Leon Fay receiving his certificate of completion of the Career LEAP programme. Source: Maura HickeyLeon was lucky to get involved at all, having only completed his application and sending it on the final day for submissions. “I’m very glad I did it,” he said.He successfully completed the training and completed his three weeks work placement with Arnotts. He praised the interactive elements of the course, and said he really benefited from the approach to learning that was completely different from secondary school.He said: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb, but it’s given me such a confidence boost. I’ve learned so much from it.”While Leon had his eye on working in retail, he said that the course was beneficial to all involved, no matter their career prospects.Leon received excellent feedback from his workplace supervisor and was offered a full-time contract with Arnotts, which he accepted.“I really can’t emphasis enough how great it was,” he added. “It was a massive success for me, and for others.”Carlos Donovan, aged 23, is also from Dublin 1. He’d been unemployed since 2015, and was unable to find work until he enrolled on Career LEAP.“It was a different type of course,” the told “It was all about how you prep yourself for work. It was fantastic.” Carlos Donovan receiving his certificate of completion Source: Maura HickeyThrough the course, Carlos was able to develop crucial skills, particularly in networking, that he used to get a job with EIR after completing the programme.He said: 17,473 Views It really gave me confidence. Everybody who did it is flying now.It was a course where hard work was rewarded, according to Carlos. He explained that it equipped him with the mindset that he is now able for the world of work and hopes to continue using what he’s learned to excel.“I would definitely recommend other people to do it. It’s really helped me.”Years of workCareer LEAP was put together by Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, head of the school of education at Trinity College Dublin, and a resident of Dublin’s north inner city.She was conducting research into how businesses interact with communities in the area and, through her research, decided to design a programme based on what she had learned and see how beneficial it could be to young people in the area.“Just getting a job doesn’t sustain young people,” she explains. “We know that traditional communities can be alienated and left behind. We needed to develop these young people to create their own career identity.”The result was a thoroughly researched, strongly evidence-based programme, that trained both the young people on essential work skills and equipped businesses with a different mindset on how approach young people from different backgrounds.“The results surprised us in their impact. These young people were able to think critically and creatively to workplace situations that they may not have been able to before.”The pilot of this programme was successful, and further interventions are planned. “We’re going to incorporate what we’ve learned into a full study,” O’Sullivan said.We recognise that people need different forms of education, and hope to refine and get it absolutely right next time.The initiative has been popular in the local area, with many more eager to take part.“I live here and I love my community. I meet some of the young people here and they’re saying to me “What’s this LEAP thing?”. I’d love to do it. I’ve been hearing that feedback.”CeremonyThe eleven young people who completed Career Leap were awarded with certificates of participation by Minister Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the programme in Trinity Chapel last Wednesday.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform commended those who had taken part and said the initiative “provides a valuable route for young adults into the rewarding and fulfilling world of employment and/or education.”He added that, in recent months, “the government has put a major initiative in place to further support the development and regeneration of this area”, and that Career Leap has built on that. Minister Donohoe meeting participants from the programme Source: Maura HickeyDirector of Swan Youth Service, Mairéad Mahon, added that the programme “will greatly enhance their progression routes and their employability prospects”.Mutual BenefitsBusinesses that took part in the scheme hailed the “very strong impact” on their own workforce, for those who engaged with the young people while on placement.The head of human resources at Bank of Ireland, Julie Sharp, said taking part was positive for both the bank and its workers, contributed to team-building and boosting motivation. “It was very rewarding for colleagues,” she added.The Career LEAP programme was developed by Professor O’Sullivan, in conjunction with Swan Youth Service, East Wall Youth, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), along with 18 prominent businesses in the area. Community group representatives alongside participants Source: Maura HickeyCommunity groups were quick to praise Career Leap as a shining example of businesses coming together with community organisations and youth services in a way that was beneficial to all involved.The chief executive of the BITCI, Tina Roche, said that, through programmes like this, “we can build stronger more inclusive societies which is good for both society and business.”A&L Goodbody expressed similar sentiments. Corporate responsibility manager, Sinéad Smith, commented: “We are also very keen to support the collaborative nature of the project which will measure the impact of what organisations can achieve together.”With the positive results reported so far, Trinity College has said that many more are looking to sign up for another Career Leap course, which it’s hoped will run in 2017.Read: Decision time: How to decide on the career that’s (hopefully) right for youRead: Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experiencelast_img read more

Losing the war of the rhododendrons HealyRae says invasive weed in Killarney

first_img Monday 4 Mar 2019, 6:10 AM By Christina Finn Mar 4th 2019, 6:10 AM Share10 Tweet Email1 ‘Losing the war of the rhododendrons’: Healy-Rae says invasive weed in Killarney is getting worse Last year Healy-Rae said the army should be sent to Killarney National Park. 12 months on, he says the situation is getting worse. 35,854 Views Short URLcenter_img We all know Killarney is the tourist capital of the world. There is no place better than Killarney, or its National Park. We should be proud of it. The government is not doing enough to maintain it. Millions being spent on national park But the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht takes a different view to that of Healy Rae, saying it has “invested heavily” and is committed to tackling the spread of invasive species in Killarney National Park, most particularly Rhododendron ponticum.A statement to said that dealing with the plant is “difficult, costly, and labour intensive”, adding that the management of the dynamic and aggressive Rhododendron ponticum is “a long-standing on-going programme in the National Park”.They said there a robust management programme by experienced National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).Since 2011, the department said it has invested over €700,000 to tackle rhododendron clearance in Killarney National Park.In 2017, the Department spent over €2 million in Killarney National Park, which included monies spent on Killarney House.This figure includes a spend of some €228,355.30 on the eradication of Rhododendron in Killarney National Park, it added, stating that it represents a large proportion of the department’s overall budget for National Parks and Reserve. In 2018, the department spent €223,972.84 on eradication within Killarney National Park.Staff dedicated to the plant eradication An updated Strategic Rhododendron Management Plan has been finalised and the department said it has suitably qualified vendors to carry out works over a four-year period. The department said it employs a number of specialist staff for the park, and this includes one person who is specifically dedicated full-time to its Rhododendron problem. The statement added that “new invasive alien species legislation” is at an advanced draft stage in the department. This new law will update and strengthen current restrictions around invasive alien species and will also deal with outstanding issues concerning trade in invasive alien species, said the department spokesperson.This new legislation will bring into force a number of important national measures on foot of the introduction of EU regulations, which deals with invasive alien species across the union, and will provide officials with clear functions and powers in tackling such invasive plants, particularly where these species may have an adverse effect on National Parks and protected sites. Source: LAST YEAR, Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae raised concerns about the rhododendron problem in Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park is being neglected because not enough resources are put into the maintenance and care of it, the Kerry TD claimed at the time. He told the Dáil that the rhododendrons are “taking over completely”, despite efforts to cut them back. “The rhododendron situation has gotten so bad in Killarney National Park, minister, that nothing short of calling in the army would put it right,” he claimedRhododendron ponticum was introduced to Ireland as a form of hunting cover in the late 19th century. It thrives in the temperate, humid climate and poses a significant threat to Irish woodlands by starving native flora of light and food and preventing regrowth.It has firmly taken root in the national park and efforts to manage it have been ongoing for more than 30 years.In a bid to get a hold on the situation, volunteers from the Men’s Sheds from around Ireland descended on the park in 2018 to help tackle the rampant rhododendrons. It was the second year Men’s Sheds members from 23 sheds across Ireland had to travel to Kerry to help combat the pernicious plant. One year on…One year on since Healy Rae raised the issue in the Dáil, is it any better? No, according to the Kerry TD. “In fact, it is getting worse by the week,” he told “Despite the best efforts from the Men’s Shed’s volunteers last year, the situation with the weed is getting worse. It is widespread in the park, and it is doing untold damage. He said nothing is happening to deal with the problem, stating that while employees of the park are doing their best to get a handle on it, a lot more dedicated staff are needed in the park, “or else we will lose the war of the rhododendrons”.Healy Rae said: 49 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

10000 raised for family in need

first_imgA fundraiser held for the grieving family of Athanasia Mazarakidou, held this week in Melbourne, raised $10,000. The family, who are new migrants from Greece, lost Athanasia a day before Easter. She was only 34, and leaves behind her young daughters Kalliope and Theodora. Since her tragic passing, the Greek community have banded together to help support the young family in need.The fundraiser, organised by Philhellene restaurateur’s John and Susie Rerakis, was held at St Dimitrios church hall due to overwhelming support from the community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sondage les Français très favorables à leuthanasie

first_imgSondage : les Français très favorables à l’euthanasieUn sondage publié en intégralité dans Sud Ouest Dimanche indique que 94% des Français sont favorables à une loi autorisant l’euthanasie. Selon le sondage Ifop, paru samedi et réalisé les 21 et 22 octobre derniers, les Français approuvent ainsi quasi unanimement une législation qui permettrait l’euthanasie. Une adhésion qui augmente nettement par rapport à 2001 (+6 points).Parmi eux, 36% considèrent que cette loi devrait s’appliquer “à toutes les personnes atteintes de maladies insupportables et incurables”.Le sondage montre que la préférence religieuse des personnes interrogées est un facteur de différenciation. Parmi celles qui se déclarent “sans religion”, 97% sont favorables à une loi sur l’euthanasie. Le refus de cette mesure culmine en revanche parmi les musulmans. Il y a aussi davantage d’opposition chez les catholiques pratiquants.Chez les jeunes (18 à 24 ans), l’opposition à l’euthanasie est aussi marquée : 11% sont défavorables à une loi qui l’autoriserait.Hier, le président de l’Association pour le droit à mourir dans la dignité (ADMD), Jean-Luc Romero, a réclamé dans un communiqué “l’ouverture d’un débat parlementaire” sur l’euthanasie.L’Assemblée avait rejeté en novembre 2009 une proposition de loi du PS. En juin dernier, les sénateurs ont annoncé leur intention de déposer à leur tour une proposition de loi sur la légalisation de l’euthanasie à l’automne. Le 1 novembre 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sony Releases a Surprise Ghostbusters VR Game

first_imgStay on target It’s very rare to see a company release a game without any sort of promotion. Usually, a title’s existence and release date are known months ahead of time. Surprise releases just don’t happen that often. That’s why it’s surprising that Sony has today released a brand-new Ghostbusters PlayStation VR game on the PlayStation Store.The game is called Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse. It is the first entry in a planned series of Ghostbusters games for PlayStation VR. The game takes place in the same Ghostbusters universe from the eponymous 2016 reboot movie. It is being produced by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality with creative input by series producer, Ivan Reitman. As you may already know, Reitman directed the very first Ghostbusters film back in 1984.Players take on the role of a newly-minted Ghostbuster. They will be guided by a ghost called Mooglie, who is voice by Patton Oswalt. Users will get to walk around the Ghostbusters firehouse and try to capture a ghost. Before doing that, they’ll have to assemble a proton pack and ghost trap in order to get the job done. The game promises to have a ton of hidden goodies, so exploration is encouraged. One of the surprises includes the iconic Slimer, who is hanging out inside of a hotdog cart (obviously).Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse is available now for $6.99 on the PlayStation Store. It is also available on the Google Play and iOS App Stores. There’s no date set for the second episode, but the developer said it should be released soon. $7 for a ten-minute experience seems a bit pricey. But if the game contains as many secrets as the product description says, then it may be worth it. At the very least, PlayStation VR users will finally have an excuse to dust off their VR headsets to play this game. Toy Tuesday: The Best Playmobil SetsToy Tuesday: The Coolest Car Toys last_img read more

Gattuso says Milan is aiming higher

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is currently in fourth place in the standings and might be able to get to third in the next weeksItalian Lega Serie A team AC Milan is currently in fourth place in the table.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, the aim is high, but they got to focus game by game.“Are we pushing for third place? I’m not sure, it seems that more than a year has passed since we’ve been here,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If there have been improvements it’s because we need to stay on this path forward, with the desire to grow and improve. I’ve noticed this in many players, I want to see that desire, this venom.”“The pitch will tell us if we can play with everything the same, tomorrow we’ll have a difficult challenge,” he explained.“We must pay attention, I think that we’re on the right road mentally and as a group. It’s normal to have to grow a lot, but we have leadership who wants to do the important things.”“If we put everything together and stay on the same path forward, great things could happen,” he added.last_img read more

Earlymorning robber targets Woodland motel

first_imgA man wielding a gun and claiming to be carrying a bomb robbed a motel in Woodland early Saturday morning, according to the Woodland Police Department.The robbery occurred about 3:20 a.m. at the Quality Inn, 1380 Atlantic Ave., police said.The robber confronted a desk clerk with a gun and threatened that a small black package he was carrying contained a bomb, according to a police bulletin. He took a small, undisclosed amount of cash from the register, tied up the clerk and left.Surveillance video shows the man was wearing a tight-fitting blue long-sleeve shirt, black slacks and a blue winter hat with the ear flaps pulled down over a white hockey-style mask, police said.A police tracking dog followed the robber’s scent to where investigators believe he got into a waiting vehicle and left. It is not known if the robber had an accomplice.Police asked that anyone who has information on the robbery or thinks they recognize the suspect contact the Woodland Police Department at 360-225-6965 or 360-225-8981.last_img read more

SPSCC To Accept Second Installment From AndeavorTesoro Foundation Award

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Tesoro Foundation awarded the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center, $225,000 towards their renovation project. The funds are set to be released in three installments of $75 ,000 each December for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The project also includes replacement of the existing and damaged anti-static tile flooring with new anti-static carpet tiles, reconfiguration of AC power as needed to meet power requirements of the new stations, and reconfiguration of data, radio, and any other low voltage cabling as needed to support the new stations. According to a letter from the Borough Assembly, the second installment will go towards replacing  six existing antiquated and end-of-life dispatch stations at the SPSCC with eight new stations that meet current industry standards. The total estimated cost for this project is $491,000, which requires $266,000 to beappropriated from the Boroughs General Fund.center_img The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be accepting the December 2017 installment of $75,000 at the assembly meeting on Tuesday, January 16. The SPSCC  will remain fully functional and services will not be disrupted during the remodel. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-SPSCC.mp3VmJennifer-on-SPSCC.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Nissan and Infiniti dealers crippled after power outage shuts down key systems

first_img Nissan Infiniti 2020 Nissan Versa finds modernity, retains value More From Roadshow News • 2020 Nissan Versa: Still America’s least expensive new car? 2 40 Photos Share your voice Preview • 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Now playing: Watch this: Comments 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economycenter_img Infiniti Nissan Five things you need to know about the 2020 Nissan Versa 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? Tags More about 2020 Nissan Versa 2:32 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm Enlarge ImageIt’s likely been a rough week for Nissan and Infiniti dealer employees. Chris Paukert/Roadshow Personnel at Nissan and Infiniti dealerships are having a rough week after a power outage on Sunday knocked out key systems used to perform essential tasks at each franchise. According to an Automotive News report on Tuesday, the power outage happened in Denver, Colorado, where the Nissan data center resides. Since then, the outage has taken down what Nissan calls its NNA Net system that dealers use. Some systems were restored earlier this week, but as of Wednesday, the company said it’s unsure when the whole network would be entirely back online.What’s affected? Nissan and Infiniti dealers were reportedly unable to order new cars or parts for vehicles, or even check incentives and rebates for vehicles. This last outage makes it rather difficult when a customer is ready to pull the trigger on a new car. Other problems dealers have dealt with include the inability to file warranty claims, check for recalls and even determine how much a customer owes on a current Nissan or Infiniti loan or lease.Tim Hill, who owns a Nissan dealership in Winter Haven, Florida, told the website the situation will grow far worse if the system does not come back by the end of the week; typically, when dealers receive incentive payments. He also called NNA Net Nissan and Infiniti dealers’ “lifeblood.”Most dealers in the United States, Canada and Mexico have been affected, and the automaker told Automotive News that it’s continuing to restore the essential systems as quickly as possible. If your heart is set on a new Nissan, maybe it’s best to call the dealer first before walking into a potentially difficult situation. Car Industrylast_img read more

India is diverse impossible to factor veg nonveg into

first_imgNew Delhi: After Zomato executives in Howrah went on an indefinite strike against delivering beef and porks, the company on Sunday said it was looking to resolve the matter but it was impossible to factor vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences into delivery logistics. “In a country as diverse as India, it is impossible to ensure that vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences are factored into delivery logistics. Delivery partners are unequivocally made to understand the practical nature of the job as they choose to enter the workforce,” said spokesperson of Zomato in a statement. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “All our partners understand this fully. There is a small group of partners in Howrah, who have raised concerns. We are looking to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,” added Zomato spokesperson.Zomato’s statement came after its executives went on an indefinite strike protesting against delivering beef and pork, saying doing so hurt their religious sentiments.A few days back, the food delivery app was in the news after a customer declined to receive an order which was being delivered by a non-Hindu rider. The company had supported its employee.last_img read more

Azam Khan apologises in Lok Sabha Rama Devi not happy

first_imgAzam Khan said he had been Parliamentary Affairs Minister twice and Minister four times.IANSSamajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday apologized to BJP’s Rama Devi for his objectionable comment against her in the Lok Sabha last week but the latter did not seem mollified.As the House assembled, Speaker Om Birla asked Khan, elected from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, to speak.”The whole House knows my speech and conduct. Despite that if the Chair feels that I had done a wrong, then I apologize for that.”He said he had been Parliamentary Affairs Minister twice and Minister four times. “I have been MLA nine times and have been a Rajya Sabha member too.”Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi requested Speaker to ask Khan to apologize in a “proper way”.Noting that Khan’s words had “insulted all women across the society as well as women members” of the House, Joshi said: “I appeal that he (Khan) should apologize in a proper way and end the issue.”Birla then asked Khan to apologize again.Reiterating his earlier statement, Khan said: “I had said it earlier too that Rama Devi is my sister… It is not possible for me to disrespect the chair. Despite that … I apologize.”Participating in a discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 on July 25, Khan made a remark directed at Rama Devi, who was presiding over the House, drawing objections from the treasury benches and others too.Rama Devi, a member from Bihar’s Sheohar, herself objected to the sexist remark and ordered it be expunged from Parliament records. The next day, Lok Sabha members unanimously condemned Khan’s comment and demanded “exemplary” action against him.On Monday, the Speaker asked Rama Devi to speak.Still upset over Khan’s remark, she said his comments had hurt both women and men across the country.”Azam Khan will not understand the pain I felt because he keeps passing such comments outside too. His conduct is not good. But we want betterment in Azam Khan’s conduct.The Samajwadi Party leader, she said, cannot say anything to the Chair. “I am not here to hear such comments.”Rama Devi also slammed SP member and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for supporting Khan.The Lok Sabha Speaker then said that the House belongs to all and it runs on the support of everyone and urged that the “members must refrain from using any language that affects the dignity of the House”.last_img read more

Quaders life support removed Physician

first_imgRoad, transport and bridges minister and Awami League general secretary, Obaidul Qauder. Photo: UNBThe artificial life support of ailing road, transport and bridges minister and Awami League general secretary, Obaidul Qauder has been removed after the improvement of his health condition, reports UNB.The minister is now can talk to his family members and doctors, said Abu Nasar Rizvi of the neuromedicine department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday morning.He said this quoting a member of the medical board treating Quader at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.His blood pressure is now normal, heart and kidneys are also functional. Infection is also under control and there is no neurological problem now, he said.Obaidul Qauder will be shifted to a cabin from the ICU within two days once he overcomes his physical weakness.Earlier, cardiothoracic surgeon Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, a member of the medical board, held a briefing on treatment of the ailing minister.Later, the BSMMU physician informed the media about the progress.The minister was flown to Singapore on 4 March for better treatment following the advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.He was admitted to the CCU of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the capital on 3 March last following his breathing complications.last_img read more

British PM regrets Jallianwala Bagh massacre

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday expressed regret for a massacre by British troops in India in 1919 but stopped short of a full apology.”We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for “a full, clear and unequivocal apology”.The 13 April, 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters, remains an enduring scar from British colonial rule in India.Colonial-era records show about 400 people died in the northern city of Amritsar when soldiers opened fire on men, women and children in an enclosed area, but Indian figures put the toll at closer to 1,000.Former British prime minister David Cameron described it as “deeply shameful” during a visit in 2013 but also stopped short of an apology.A ceremony was due to take place at the site of the massacre on Saturday.last_img read more

Oh WoW Blizzard unveils Hearthstone trading card game at PAX

first_imgAt the Penny Arcade Expo, Blizzard surprised the assembled gamers by announcing its new video game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Despite the name, this is not a traditional World of Warcraft game, but a free-to-play combat trading card game in the mold of Magic: The Gathering. The one-to-one online matches will be powered by BattleNet.Like many games on mobile devices, Hearthstone can be played without spending any money at all. You can earn new cards and build a deck for free if you spend enough time playing. Spending real-life money will accelerate matters, though. Cards will come in 5-card packs that range from mediocre and common, to powerful legendary ones. Each pack will run you $1. With over 300 cards promised at launch, you can go on buying for quite some time if you so choose. There will be a crafting system that allows players to trade in duplicate cards, as well.Building a deck can be done automatically, or through meticulous examination of stats. It’s totally up to the player. You will have to pick a hero before embarking on any card shuffling. This determines what kind of minions and special attacks you have access to. Blizzard promises a ranking system of metals similar to the one in Starcraft 2. The entire game is also very 3D and animated, in contrast to some similar games.Blizzard claims to have created a completely new 15-person team to develop this, and other games that don’t fall into Blizzard’s usual range. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be available on PC, Mac, and iPad when it arrives late this year. If that seems like too long a wait, you can try to get into the limited beta this summer. Blizzard is already accepting registrations for the beta.last_img read more

Global initiative offers exclusive LGBT benefits

first_img“Our members are at the forefront of LGBT tourism development in our region and it is clear to all that travel is a global concern and adding access to a global network and the industry-leading international resources delivered by ONBC and makes a lot of sense to our organisation – and most importantly for our members,” GALTA president Rod Stringer said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich The latest research results from the LGBT2020 Study have shown that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities are travelling large and spending up big, causing a significant surge in the growth of global tourism. Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA) has announced a joint initiative with Out Now, the organisation behind the world’s leading global LGBT tourism network, to forge an alliance with Out Now Business Class (ONBC), a trade networking association with over 900 industry members and 1,400 hotel members globally. The partnership will offer GALTA members complimentary 12 month memberships with ONBC, including unlimited inline staff training as well as allow them to connect with key industry decision makers who share the same global interest in developing LGBT tourism.last_img read more