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Conductor involved in Banff crash fired again for social media posts

first_imgCALGARY – A Canadian Pacific Railway conductor who was fired following a 2014 derailment in Banff and later reinstated has been dismissed again — this time over social media posts that included several sexy modelling photos.Stephanie Katelnikoff says she received a letter from her employer last fall attached to a package of screen grabs from her social media accounts and was told to report to the railway’s Calgary office for a formal investigation.“This investigation is in connection with conduct and actions on Instagram and Facebook and other social media accounts, and the content of and compliance of those postings with company policies,” read the letter.Some of the photos in the package, which Katelnikoff provided to The Canadian Press, show her in cutoff jean shorts and a midriff-bearing top posing on railway tracks. Others are nudes of her shot from behind or the side, or of her in lingerie.The investigation package also had online comments that included a 2016 Facebook post under the name Steph Kat that calls the railway’s code of ethics a “short fictional comedy.”Another profile under the name Stevie Rae says: “Resume: Google Banff train crash,” followed by a laughing emoji.“I was shocked at the length they went to in investigating my personal social media accounts and my off-duty activity,” Katelnikoff told The Canadian Press.“I can’t imagine how long somebody spent combing through absolutely every little bit and piece of my social media.”Katelnikoff, 28, said most of her Facebook feed actually pertains to her charity work. She said modelling is a fun hobby that has allowed her to channel her creativity and boost her self-esteem.“I just can’t see how that affects my employability,” she said.On Boxing Day in 2014, a train Katelnikoff was conducting derailed, sending 15 cars off the tracks in Banff, Alta. A product used to make concrete called fly ash, as well as soybeans, spilled into a creek. The Transportation Safety Board determined that a broken piece of track caused the crash.Katelnikoff had some respiratory symptoms from breathing in the ash, but no one was otherwise injured. She was fired a month later and the company said it was because she violated rules around injury reporting and protecting an accident scene.She had been on the job less than six months and later criticized the training she received in the press.In February of 2016, arbitrator Maureen Flynn found in Katelnikoff’s favour, saying the company’s grounds for termination were “discriminatory” and in “bad faith.”Katelnikoff said the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is grieving her most recent dismissal. The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Katelnikoff said her flippant online comments were a healthy way to process what she went through.“It was a traumatic event and I used humour as a coping mechanism. I don’t think you can fault a girl for doing that,” she said.The investigation package also mentioned a YouTube video critical of CP Rail, which the company said showed “gross insubordination and insolence.” Katelnikoff admits the delivery may not have been appropriate, but stands by her messages regarding the company’s approach to safety and human rights.CP spokesman Jeremy Berry said the company would not comment on an individual case.“All unionized train and engine employees are subject to the same rules and regulations and there is a standardized grievance process in place to deal with individual personnel decisions,” he wrote in an email.Katelnikoff, who is doing some health and safety consulting work on her own now, said she’s not sure she would return to the railway if given the chance.“The job itself and my brothers and sisters out on the rails are wonderful and I really truly enjoy that part of it.”(Companies in this story: TSX:CP)last_img read more

Security Council reform very divisive process: General Assembly President

first_imgUnited Nations: UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa has called the long-stalled Security Council reform process “very divisive” and “contentious” and said that to move forward, it has to avoid becoming a “zero sum game”. The co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for Council reforms, Permanent Representatives Lana Zaki Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates and Christian Braun of Luxembourg, whom she had appointed “are both putting a lot of effort and they are working, engaging with all member states, trying to pull together the different positions, trying to look at the commonalities to see how we can tackle the issue in order to avoid the zero sum game”, Espinosa said on Friday at a news conference here. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Espinosa sidestepped a question if she expected India to become a permanent member of the Council for which it has been campaigning intensively. “It is true that people are getting impatient after 10 years of the IGN,” she said. Giving a downbeat assessment of the main hurdle to reforming the Council, she said: “Perhaps I shouldn’t be saying this because I’m supposed to be neutral, but sometimes we see the security Council reform as an either or and in black and white issue.” Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The reform process has been stuck in a procedural groove unable to even get an agreement on a negotiating text — an agenda-setting document on which to base the discussions on envisioning a Council reflecting the 21st century realities. A group of 13 countries led by Italy that call themselves United for Consensus (UfC) have blocked progress by preventing the adoption of the negotiating text by claiming that it can come only after there is a consensus on reforms, which is elusive without a basic document. Pakistan is also a part of the group whose members each want to prevent a particular country from getting permanent membership. Speaking of the enormity of the task of getting 193 members of the UN to work together, she said, “It is not an easy issue. I want to be very open and frank with you. It is very divisive, it is contentious. “I think we have to make sure that the process continues, that all member states engage and we pull and push and push and pull and walk the extra mile.” She pointed out that “this is very much a member-state driven process” – where the member nations have to decide on the reforms. “My role as president is to accompany, to lead, to make sure the process continues, to make sure that it is an inclusive process, that it is transparent.” While the reform of the structure of the Council may seem distant, she said that meanwhile there were many things that could be done to improve the working of the Council. The 10 non-permanent members of the Council are already working towards this “de facto” by improving the working methods and increasing the transparency of the Council.last_img read more

Lebanon UN Commander meets local authorities to strengthen community ties

The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today held an open meeting with local authorities from the towns and villages in the eastern sector of the mission’s area of operations as part of efforts to strengthen ties with communities. “UNIFIL’s role is to maintain peace and stability in the south and to improve the situation of the civilian population and protect them if there is an imminent threat of violence coming from any party,” Major-General Claudio Graziano told participants. “For those reasons, I consider the relationship between UNIFIL and the communities in the area of operation a high priority. It is essential that these relations are characterized by trust, confidence and mutual respect. “He added that the recent terrorist attack which killed six UNIFIL peacekeepers would not deter them from carrying out their mission. “At this difficult moment I want to stress that all UNIFIL troops remain committed more then ever to its mission and resolve to implement the tasks mandated by the Security Council.” Today’s was the latest in a series of meetings Major-General Graziano has held with representatives from local authorities throughout southern Lebanon. Among those present were the Governor of Nabatiyeh, as well as the mayors and mukhtars of local towns and villages. In addition, members of parliament with constituencies in the areas, representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and UNIFIL peacekeeping contingents deployed in the area also attended. At the start of the meeting, all present observed a minute of silence in memory of the six fallen peacekeepers from UNIFIL’s Spanish contingent who were killed in the terrorist attack on 24 June. 28 June 2007The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today held an open meeting with local authorities from the towns and villages in the eastern sector of the mission’s area of operations as part of efforts to strengthen ties with communities. read more

English cricketers head out to bat in Sri Lanka for UN antihunger

14 December 2007Sri Lankan schoolchildren will have the opportunity tomorrow to learn some tips from some of England’s best cricketers during a special training clinic being held as part of efforts by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to raise awareness about global hunger. Sri Lankan schoolchildren will have the opportunity tomorrow to learn some tips from some of England’s best cricketers during a special training clinic being held as part of efforts by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to raise awareness about global hunger.England’s captain Michael Vaughan, batsmen Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores will conduct a clinic at a cricket ground in Galle in the far south of Sri Lanka. The participating children are recipients of WFP meals at 11 schools in the surrounding area.The clinic has been arranged under the “Cricket Against Hunger” partnership between the WFP and the England and Wales Cricket Board, one of several partnerships the UN agency has formed with sporting organizations or well-known sportsmen and women.Mohamed Saleheen, WFP Representative in Sri Lanka, said the partnership is designed to raise awareness about the hundreds of millions of children worldwide who go hungry on many days.“These players, who are known all over the world, have an important role to play in drawing attention to WFP’s vital work in addressing malnutrition among children,” Mr. Saleheen said.Mr. Cook said it was important to spotlight the hardships faced by so many children around the world.“As international sportsmen, we are in the public eye, and we have an opportunity to tell our fans and followers about the scale of this problem, and the work that WFP is doing to address it,” he said.WFP started its school feeding programmes in Sri Lanka in 2003 in response to high levels of child malnutrition in areas affected by the civil conflict between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). After the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Sri Lanka in December 2004, the programmes were expanded. Today an estimated 350,000 children receive assistance in 15 of the nation’s 25 districts. read more

General Assembly discusses UN humanitarian and disaster relief assistance

The representative of the Netherlands, Koen Davidse, speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU) and associated States, said the issue of humanitarian coordination was at the core of the ongoing debate about improving the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian aid. An effective response to today’s humanitarian challenges required a broadening of views, to include political, military and developmental partners. By better listening to and coordinating with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and affected populations, and by building local capacities, better ownership and participation could be ensured, and the chances for sustainable results could be increased.Qatar’s Ambassador, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 developing countries and China, said the principles of neutrality, humanity and impartiality needed to guide all humanitarian action. It was essential that humanitarian action be apolitical and offered at the request of the recipient government. He also emphasized the need to ensure a more equitable distribution of humanitarian assistance across emergencies, including those of a protracted nature. It had been observed that aid was abundantly provided in humanitarian emergency situations that benefited from wide media coverage. By contrast, as soon as the media spotlight faded away, resources tended to be scarce, especially in some specific regions and when the more difficult task of reconstruction began.Ambassador Ruth Elizabeth Rouse of Grenada, speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), said it was “ironic as well as lamentable” that it took a disastrous hurricane season in the Caribbean region to reinforce the point that the small island developing States needed special and differential treatment because of, among other things, their vulnerability to natural disasters. It was crucial for the UN agencies in the region to have a mechanism that would enable a timelier implementation of programmes and a more rapid disbursement of funds, she said, calling for enhanced cooperation between UN agencies and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.For his part, Ambassador Aminu B. Wali of Nigeria, speaking on behalf of the African Union, said the unenviable record of conflicts on the African continent underscored the importance of policy coherence and coordination among both donors and the UN agencies in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The continent continued to lament the serious gap between relief and development to ensure a smooth transition from humanitarian emergency assistance to post-conflict reconstruction and development. The past decade had witnessed more violent conflicts and more complex humanitarian challenges. read more

Badgers men to host Toronto in basketball quarterfinal

It all comes down to this.The Brock Badgers men’s basketball team face a must-win situation Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts the University of Toronto in an Ontario University Athletics quarter-final playoff game.The winner heads to the OUA Final Four while the loser will see their season come to an end.The Badgers men, ranked fourth in the country with a 15-4 record, earned a first-round bye and will host fifth-ranked Toronto (11-8), which knocked off Lakehead in the first-round Wednesday night.Saturday’s game is Brock’s first quarter-final home game since 2008, which was the last time they won the national crown.The other quarter-final matchups, all being played Saturday, will see Laurentian (7) at Ottawa (2), McMaster (9) at Carleton (1) and Nipissing (6) at Ryerson (3).The 2017 men’s national championships will be held March 9-12 in Halifax, where the Brock Badgers won their first national title 25 years ago.Tickets for Saturday’s playoff games are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and non-Brock students. Tickets are free for Brock students and can be picked up at the Walker Complex welcome desk in advance.Free parking will be provided at Brock in Parking Lots B and S. read more

Buckeyes mens lacrosse goes down 119 in the showdown against Fairfield

In the fourth annual Showdown in the ‘Shoe, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse seniors walked out of Ohio Stadium for the last time in defeat, falling, 11-9, despite making a late run at the Fairfield Stags. The Buckeyes shot early and often, outshooting the Stags almost 2-1, but the ball simply did not reach the goal in the first half. The Buckeyes went into halftime on a 5-2 deficit, even though they led in almost every other respect. The Buckeyes’ shots reached the cage often, but Fairfield junior goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano came up with 12 saves. “They’ve got a great goalie. I think he’s been a key to their season all year,” OSU coach Nick Myers said after the game. “He made some great saves. We had some quality shots on the cage.” The game began on a hopeful note for the Buckeyes, with senior midfielder Mike Pires scoring the first goal of the game early in the first quarter. The Stags of Fairfield, Conn., then scored three unanswered goals, and then matched the only other goal in the first half, scored by OSU sophomore midfielder Dominique Alexander. Alexander led OSU with two goals, along with freshman attackman Tyler Frederick. The second half proved to be more eventful, with OSU scoring seven goals. The Stags countered with six goals, hanging on for the win. Particularly troublesome for the Buckeyes were Fairfield sophomore attackman Sam Snow and junior midfielder Brent Adams, who logged three goals apiece. Senior captain Bryce Woodson, a midfielder, said it was a tough loss at home. “It definitely hurts,” Woodson said. “It is an honor and privilege to be in here, and you definitely want to come out with a win.” Senior midfielder Scott Lathrop said he had mixed feelings walking off the field at Ohio Stadium for the last time. “It is sad and exciting at the same time with not being able to do it again,” Lathrop said. “But it was a lot of fun and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.” The loss puts OSU at 7-7 overall and 2-3 in Eastern College Athletic Conference play. The Buckeyes travel to Louisville, Ky., to face Bellarmine at 3 p.m. Saturday in the team’s last regular-season game. read more

Military covenant at risk from pay cap and lamentable accommodation provision

It is scandalous that as service men and women are fighting for this country, their kids are having cold showers because we haven’t repaired their boiler!Mark Francois, MP Members of J company 42 Commando Royal Marines conducting a multi-national attack to remove Taliban insurgents from Sangin, Afghanistan, April 6, 2007. Credit:Corporal Adrian Harlen/PA The criticism came in the annual Armed Forces Covenant report by the Commons Defence Select Committee, published on the 2018 Armed Forces Day.  The cross-party group of MPs was concerned that the MoD were “marking their own homework” when assessing their effectiveness in the delivery of pledges.The military covenant expresses the moral obligation of the government to former and serving military personnel and their families.The report criticised the sale of forces accommodation to Annington Homes as a “disastrous failure [that] has exposed the Department to considerable risk”. The deal has attracted criticism across parliament. The annual report of the Public Accounts Committee said on Friday the MoD had lost out on billions of pounds as a result of the sale, and a rent review by Annington Homes in 2021 “may well result in the situation getting even worse for the taxpayer”. Members of J company 42 Commando Royal Marines conducting a multi-national attack to remove Taliban insurgents from Sangin, Afghanistan, April 6, 2007.  Ministers have a “moral obligation” to lift the cap on armed forces pay, MPs say.The 1 per cent pay cap for service personnel has had “a negative impact on the morale of, and recruitment to and retention in, the Armed Forces,” says a new report by the Defence Committee.An award limited to 1 per cent would be very disappointing, and risk further undermining morale, the report warns.Chairman of the Defence Committee, Julian Lewis MP, said: “It would be disgraceful if our Service people missed out on an increase in pay while they watched others who work for the Government receive pay awards. What kind of message does that send to soldiers about how much we value the difficult and sometimes dangerous job that they do?”The 1 per cent public sector pay cap, part of the government’s austerity programme, has increasingly been breached in recent months. In March the NHS were offered average pay increases of 6.5 per cent over three years with lowest paid workers enjoying a 29 per cent pay rise. Police and prison officers have accepted rises of 1 per cent with a 1 per cent bonus, and 1.7 per cent respectively. Firefighters rejected an offer of a 2 per cent rise.Teachers and military personnel have received no increase in pay. Critics point out that as the Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast inflation to be 2.4 per cent in 2018, most of these will feel like pay cuts despite the increase.   The Defence Committee’s report additionally highlighted the “lamentable” management of service accommodation by contractor CarillionAmey. The ‘not fit for purpose’ contract had no enforcement measures and had only required “woefully low” standards from the company.Speaking to the Telegraph, Mark Francois MP, a member of the Defence Committee said: “It is scandalous that as service men and women are fighting for this country, their kids are having cold showers because we haven’t repaired their boiler!”The report recommended each government department should explain how they have discharged their particular responsibilities to the covenant in their annual reports and nominate an external board member to monitor delivery of pledges.Giving evidence to the committee in February, Tobias Ellwood, the MoD’s Veterans Minister, said he was frustrated at the lack of cross-Whitehall support:“We require other Whitehall Departments to recognise their duty under the Armed Forces covenant.”“Culturally, that is something that is taking time to change. We are seeing that change take place, but in some cases it is frustratingly slow. We need to see greater accountability across Whitehall.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Gamers spent 25 billion in America alone in 2010

first_imgA new study coming from market research Newzoo puts the pecuniary fortunes of the North American gaming market in 2010 in perspective: gamers spent almost $25 billion on games during the last year alone, but it wasn’t quite a banner year… that number’s down a smidge from 2009’s revenues.According to Newzoo’s report, video games brought in about $24.7 billion in 2010, which is a 2% drop from 2009. AdChoices广告These numbers don’t include device or console sales, but refer to software only. That 2% drop isn’t ideal for game devs, but it’s no cause for concern: games are clearly still bringing in tons of money.More interesting than the actual sales amounts, though, are the way that the pie slices resized themselves compared to 2009. It’s true that console games still take up the vast majority of that $24.7 billion, commanding a 43% slice at $10.6 billion in revenues, but social network based gaming (Facebook games) and mobile devices saw huge increases in revenue over 2009. Social network games alone saw a projected $1.5 billion in total sales within 2010, a meteoric 66% rise over the numbers of the year before. Meanwhile, mobile device saw an increase of 46% over 2009, selling over $1.6 billion.Also chipping away at consoles’ dominance? Game downloads on the PC and Mac through digital delivery services like Steam, which saw sales increase by 60% to a target of $2.5 billion.I wonder how the pie will redistribute itself again in 2011, as the likes of Facebook, the App Store and Steam continue to grow.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

Prefab House Can Be Erected In Just 5 Hours

first_img Sustainability-minded people are very big on prefabricated buildings. Prefabs tend to have a much smaller carbon footprint. Part of the reason why is the speed with which they can be assembled.Take Casa Montaña, for example. It’s a 1,076 square foot two-story home and it took a small crew just five hours to erect it. To be clear, it took much longer than five hours to actually build the house. That part of the process — which took about four months — was done elsewhere, and the resulting pre-built components were then trucked to the construction site for final assembly.Generally, those components would be built and shipped as (more or less) two-dimensional panels. The Casa Montaña was actually built from three-dimensional units. They look a bit like modified shipping containers — which have been used in numerous ready-to-deploy housing projects.Outside, the home features a slate roof and wood cladding as a nod to its rustic setting in the Asturias region in northwest Spain. Inside, whitewashed steel I-beams and corrugated metal decking give Casa Montaña a clean, modern appearance. The home’s open floor plan helped keep onsite construction time to a minimum.Not only was Casa Montaña designed to go up in a hurry, it’s also designed to come back down just as fast. If the owners ever decide they’d like to relocate somewhere else, the house can be disassembled, loaded back onto trucks, and hauled to a new site… where it could be put back together again in a matter of hours.The total cost for the house was about $195,000. Still, for a home that can be put together, taken apart, and moved around with relative ease, that’s not too shabby. Finding the perfect place to live might take you numerous moves over multiple decades… why not buy a house once and at least have that part of the equation solved from the get-go?Images via Barchitects Modular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable HousesAmazing House Goes Up in 6 Hours and Costs Just $33k Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New Sailor Moon Musicals Are On The Way

first_imgStay on target One of the coolest ways to experience Sailor Moon is by seeing one of the 31 musical productions that have seen over 800 performances since starting their run in 1993. “Sera My,” as they’re called are live performances with elaborate stage design, costuming, and original storylines in addition to those culled from the anime and manga. The most recent musical was Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Le Mouvement Final, following 2016’s Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Amour Eternal. But now it looks like there are additional shows being planned for the future, proving you can’t keep a good Moon Princess down.The franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and there are three events coming down the line for summer 2019, with Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live and two other as yet unnamed musicals having been revealed, with a new version, supposedly being “revitalized” for next year. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live will feature performer Takahiro as part of the musical, at the Japonism 2018 event taking place in Paris, France.The idol group Nogizaka46 will also be having a special concert where they “transform” into Sailor Soldiers on their own, so it looks like a pretty jam-packed year for Sailor Moon fans. Maybe we’ll get a chance in the States to see another live Sera Myu performance in the future beyond YouTube videos and DVDs this time, especially since we could always have our own talented troupes do one too!There isn’t a lot of information floating around about the upcoming musical projects just yet, but as we enter 2018 proper we’ll likely be hearing all about what the shows will be called, who’s going to star in them, and where they’re going to be held. Stay tuned and we’ll make sure we keep you in the loop faster than you can say “Moon Eternal Power, Make-Up!” The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

3yearold boy hospitalized after being bitten by rattlesnake in Allied Gardens

first_img Posted: October 5, 2018 October 5, 2018 3-year-old boy hospitalized after being bitten by rattlesnake in Allied Gardens KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized as a trauma patient Friday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in the Allied Gardens area.Dispatchers received reports of the bite about 9:45 a.m. in the 6800 block of Easton Court, located off Waring Road, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital and animal control was contacted to get the rattlesnake, Munoz said. last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima CourierPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Morning Loader & Backup Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkPart-Time Seasonal Apparel & Accessories Team Member at TargetFull-Time Marketing Automation Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Product Marketing Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Business Development Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Senior Production Control Manager at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Did Cheran commit mistake by entering Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house

first_imgCheran.PR HandoutActor-filmmaker Cheran is having tough times inside Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house. His character is constantly being tested in the show and the way he is being treated by the inmates is now gaining sympathy from the audience.On Wednesday’s episode, Reshma had an altercation with Cheran for a petty issue. Apparently, she was not happy for yelling at her as part of the task.Later, Reshma made a disrespectful comment at him and his words that he was doing for the task fell on deaf ears. This has not gone well with the fans of Bigg Boss Tamil. The audience are of the view that the inmates should respect his age if not for his achievements in the film industry.Even Sakshi’s reaction to Cheran when he tried to console her in a different situation made people feel pity for him.Till now, Cheran has never been a people’s favourite contestant in Kamal Haasan-hosted show and he only had the backing of his hardcore fans. But the 48-year old seems to have now gained people’s sympathy after the latest episode.Meera Mitun and Saravanan’s dislike towards him is only making the audience wonder whether Cheran, a four-time National Award winner, committed a mistake by entering the house.The fans are of the opinion that Cheran should not have gone to Bigg Boss Tamil stating that the format is not fit for budding talents. The audience on Twitter have registered their support for the filmmaker.Check out their words below:Qwerty: U r wrong ! Look at the episode again. #Cheran was a character of #Strict Nattama. Where he should not tell that he is strict nattamai! He should with that character which doesn’t even meant to reshma ! But #Reshma created it ! Such a poison #ReshmaSmita Sup: @SmitaSup ·Replying to @BiggBossEnglish If her life experiences are true I’m afraid it has taught nothing to #Reshma. Doesn’t she know what she did to #Cheran is also a form of abuse? She has lost the empathy she gained  AVIANA J: #Kavin #Sakshi #Losliya #Meera #Reshma I already lost respect on them In yesterday’s episode supporting #Cheran and feel pity on him. First time I am supporting for #Madhumitha point. #Sandy is loosing my support if he continue like this. 2/2Riism: Ys. Actually #cheran doesnt pointed directly to #reshma actually..if u watch closely..u ll see..he involved with d character.. watever it is, #cheran dignified person came to apologize but its drag n boom by #reshma.. #reshma is so mean when she,approach #cheran n telling DA &FOOL. #reshma undignified person..sandeep: Loud supporting claps should be given to #Cheran sir this week..IF possible give a standing ovation for his patience.. Mansula Ninnutaru #BiggBossTamil3Hanitha RadhaKrishnan: When first time i knw #cheran sir is one of the contestant on that day itself i thought he is not fit for this house why he cameAnytime he can be insulted like now happening,for me he is one of the great director cant see him like this#BiggBossTamil3Vagula Bharanan : #Cheran Best person in #Biggboss3tamil Why other housemates hurt him and still he apologies to everyone One who gives more today, definitely earns more in future. Cheran.. The simple and humble housemateRaNaSa: #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #meera should ask sorry with #cheran sir… very disrespectful… everyone inside BB are same, but tr should be little respect for his age… from day 1 she shows only attitude… outside BB she is nothing before him..Dr.Sheldon Cooper: To all the people who is saying #Cheran is shouting at #Meera. It is meera who is always triggering cheran by picking on what ever he says or does. She then goes and talks ill about cheran to everyone. At last if he burst out at one point, she will make a scene. #BiggBossTamil3NY: Today more of my votes to #Cheran sir, the inmates need to learn how to respect elders. What his daughterly figure #Losliya doing? Maybe smiling around somewhere in the corner?!Niruba: My mom is a neutral #biggbosstamil3 viewer, everyday she checks whether cheran sir is getting votes or not. Yday episode can be a game changer for him. #cheran sir can go far in BB. I thought he will be eliminated in first few weeks initially, but now he can be a strong contenderSoonapaana: #reshma how may times does she have to self proclaim that it’s her birthday. And whats the need for her to take #cheran personally when it was just a task. She wants all the attention and respect just because it’s her birthdayPrime Gamer: I’m a person who cried watching Solla Marandha Kathai! If i had watched a minute more of #Cheran’s sad face in last episode! I can guarantee that my eyes would have filled with tears! The man had no support! Not even from the one’s he loved It was the heartbreaking moment of this season for me, when #Cheran asked sorry to #Reshma! The man deserves way better respect from the house mates! He was there for everyone when they needed some moral support! Always talked with good intentions!Thaimai: #cheran asked sorry to #reshma is okay..but what #sakshi yelled at him is complete disrespectful…@ikamalhasan must point out this.. think cheran can play his game individually than being wid #losliya a cry baby as she is good for nothing even..Udhayasoorya: She would again nominate him next week saying he shouted at me and later asked sorry but still i couldnt forgive him. She is a person who has no maturity to think or else she wud hav accepted his apology. #Cheran was like vidukadhaya indha vazhkai #BiggBossTamilEnchantress2.0: I don’t know why a seasoned director/actor like #Cheran agreed to be part of this madcap show‍♀️ he just doesn’t fit into this group of sub-standard wannabes. Cud it be money troubles? Rumour has it tat he’s the highest paid with 10lacs for this soirée #BiggBossTamil3.last_img read more

Jet Airways seeks loan moratorium plans to cut more jobs Report

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersCash-strapped Jet Airways is seeking a loan moratorium from the banks in a bid to tide over the liquidity problems, reports said on Tuesday.The embattled airline, where salary payments were delayed on many occasions, is also seeking a fresh infusion of funds, Business standard reported, citing sources.The airline, India’s biggest full-service carrier, has grounded planes, cut pilots’ pay and deferred salary payments in a bid to preserve cash. The latest report also says the carries is planning to send more staff home. The incoming job cuts will be in the non-core areas, the paper said citing sources.Jet Airways hasn’t made a profit in nine of the last 11 years. The launch of Jet Airways in 1993 had marked the opening up of the rusty Indian economy. The carrier now has a debt load of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion).In the year ended 31 March, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. Most of Jet’s debts are dollar-denominated and hence a continued fall in the rupee has worsened the debt problem.Jet Airways, in which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has a 24 percent share, has been looking for suitors ever since it started facing cash flow issues.It was reported last week that the Tata Group has held talks to buy a substantial share in the ailing carrier. Jet however, denied that it is in talks with Tata.It was reported earlier that Etihad was interested in taking a controlling stake in Jet Airways, but Naresh Goyal, who holds 51 percent, had declined the offer. It remains to be seen if Etihad will raise its stake in the current context.Jet Airways had tried to raise loans in the markets but banks have insisted on a turnaround commitment. Loans are unlikely to be approved without significant cost reduction.Bloated costsApart from bloated costs, surging fuel prices and a weaker rupee are hurting Jet Airways. The other reasons cited by senior management in parleys with the staff are an erosion in market share in recent years and the inability to expand into other markets. The rise of Indigo and the launch of Air Asia had also eaten into Jet’s formidable market share.BS said that a Jet Airways representative did not comment on the news that the airline was seeking a loan moratorium. Meanwhile Jet Airways shares rose as much as 4 percent on Tuesday on hopes that a positive move from the banks would shore up the company’s finances.last_img read more

Annisuls first namazejanaza in London today

first_imgAnnisul HuqThe first namaz-e-janaza of mayor Annisul Huq will be held at the central mosque (known as Regent park mosque) of London after Friday’s Jumma prayers.His body will arrive in Dhaka around 11:00am on Saturday.Speaking to Prothom Alo, an official at the Bangladesh High Commission in London confirmed it.The official said a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to take off from Heathrow airport in London at 6:00pm today (Friday).The flight is to carry the body of Annisul to Bangladesh, the official added. If everything goes well, Annisul’s body will reach Dhaka at 11am on Saturday.Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq passed away on Thursday night.   Read more..Mayor Annisul no morelast_img read more

Death toll in Indias Kerala flood reaches 164

first_imgIndian navy and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an boat at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August 2018. Photo: AFPThe death toll from major floods in India’s tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall warning for the battered region.Kerala’s government has described the crisis-one of the worst in decades-as “extremely grave” and rescue operations are underway to help thousands who remain trapped by floodwaters.“The chief minister has confirmed 164 deaths. Around 100 people died in the last 36 hours alone,” an official in the Kerala government’s public relations department told AFP.Local reports indicated an even higher toll with thousands still waiting for relief and rescue across the flood-ravaged state.Prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he had discussed the flood situation with Vijayan as more troops and rescue workers were deployed across Kerala.“Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation,” Modi said on Twitter.The state, famed for its palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is always pommelled by the annual monsoon but this year’s damage has been the most severe in almost a century.More than 150,000 people made homeless across the state have moved into some 1,300 relief camps.Vijayan’s office Friday posted a fresh warning for around 33 million residents of Kerala.“Alert: all districts apart from Kasargod are under red alert… heavy rains may affect these 13 districts. Everyone please be cautious,” his office tweeted.Even before the latest warning, locals like Ajo Varghese have been posting desperate appeals for relief and rescue on social media.“My family and neighbouring families are in trouble with flood in Pandanad nakkada area in Alappuzha,” Varghese said in a viral Facebook post.“No water and food. Not able to communicate from afternoon. Mobile phones are not reachable and switch off. Please help… No rescue is available,” he added.A state official told AFP that apart from the new rainfall warnings, a breakdown of the local communication system was making it difficult for them to reach local people who may be in urgent need in the worst-affected areas.The government says 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) of Kerala roads have been destroyed or damaged and tens of thousands of homes partially or completely damaged.The gates of at least 34 major dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened in the last few days as water levels reached danger levels.North and central Kerala has been worst-hit by the floods with the international airport in main city of Kochi shut until at least 26 August.last_img read more

Its a Twitter War Doctors Clash With NRA Over Gun Deaths

first_imgBy LISA MARIE PANE, Associated PressThe photos from doctors came quickly and in succession: blood-stained operating rooms, blood-covered scrubs and shoes, bullets piercing body parts and organs.The pictures on Twitter were an emotional response to a smackdown by the powerful gun industry lobby, which took issue with the American College of Physicians’ call late last month for tighter gun control laws. The recommendations included bans on “assault weapons,” large capacity magazines and 3D-printed firearms.Glenda O’Neal, mother of of Dr. Tamara O’Neal, shows a photo of her family at their home in LaPorte, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dr. Tamara was one of the three people fatally shot Monday at Mercy Hospital, a Chicago hospital. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP)“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves,” the National Rifle Association tweeted.Physicians across the United States seized on the phrasing, taking to Twitter with 22,000 comments and the hashtags #thisismylane and #thisisourlane, posting photos of their encounters with gun violence and offering their own personal stories of treating such wounds.The debate gained new urgency this week with the shooting death of an emergency room doctor outside the hospital where she worked, as physicians argue shootings are a public health crisis that they must play a key role in trying to stem. Dr. Tamara O’Neal was killed Monday outside a hospital in Chicago in what police say was a dispute with her ex-fiance. The shooter and two other people — a responding police officer and a resident in the hospital’s pharmacy — also died.“It just shows that not only is this is in our lane, but this happens to us,” said Dr. Joseph Sakran, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore who as a 17-year-old was shot in the throat by a stray bullet fired during a dispute at a high school football game.Sakran created a Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane which in just two weeks has attracted nearly 15,000 followers. They include Dr. Peter Masiakos, a pediatric trauma surgeon in Boston, who wrote “The Quiet Room” just hours after the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about breaking the news that a loved one has died.“We need to start talking about this as a public health issue. Politics aside, we have a problem that no other country has, and we shouldn’t,” Masiakos said.About 35,000 people each year are killed by guns in the United States, and about two-thirds are suicides. That’s about 670 people per week and among the largest number of civilian gun deaths in the world.The world’s highest rate of gun deaths is in El Salvador with a rate of 72.5 per 100,00; the rate in the U.S. is 3.1 per 100,000. Among all European countries, the rate never breaks 1 gun death per 100,000, according to Small Arms Survey, a Switzerland-based research organization that examines firearms and violence.“These are not just statistics. These are people, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters that are being killed,” Sakran said. “The worst part of my job is having to go out and talk to these families and to tell them that their loved one is never coming home.”It’s not the first time that medical professionals have taken on powerful industries: auto companies over seat belts, Big Tobacco over cigarettes and toys that posed choking hazards.It’s also not the first time that the gun lobby has pushed back against the medical community or researchers it considers to be biased. In the 1990s, Congress barred the Centers for Disease Control from conducting research that advocated or pushed for gun control; while it didn’t banresearch from being conducted, it did have a chilling effect.More recently, the NRA backed legislation in Florida — eventually overturned in court — that would have barred doctors from asking patients about guns in the home.Dr. Stephanie Bonne, a trauma surgeon in New Jersey, was in the hospital when she saw the dispute playing out on Twitter.“I was reading this, and I was like ‘Stay in my lane’, are you kidding me? Gun violence is something I deal with every day. We’re mopping it up in the hospital every day,” she said. “My second sort of reaction is maybe people ought to see what this lane is really all about.”Bonne works at a Level I trauma center — the top-level hospital for treating the most serious cases. Her hospital sees about 600 gunshot wounds each year, and she described the toll that unfolds: medically, psychologically and financially.“It’s always tragic and it’s always preventable,” Bonne said.Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in the San Francisco Bay area, examines the dead. She took to Twitter to push back at the gun lobby, posting: “Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my (expletive) highway.”“The chutzpah, the gall is what really got to me,” Melinek told The Associated Press. “The NRA seems to think they’ve cornered the market on expertise when it comes to guns. And that’s not correct.”She’s conducted about 300 autopsies involving gunshot wounds, about half of those suicides. She’s seen the damage from bullets and believes more and better research would help prevent gun violence.Would GPS tracking on firearms or high-tech trigger locks make firearms safer, for example?Dr. Arthur Przebinda, director of the gun rights advocacy group Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, said the pushback from physicians is largely driven by more liberal forces within medical academia and based on ignorance about firearms.He described it as old, tired debate that shows a knee-jerk bias against firearms. Rather than stripping away constitutional rights, physicians should focus on finding ways to study the underlying causes of violence, he noted.“These virtue-signaling physicians would be in their lane if they pursued better surgical techniques, better postoperative treatments. They are in the wrong profession if they want to cure society’s ills,” Przebinda said. “If that was their life’s calling, they should have pursued a career path in psychology, criminology or the clergy.”___This story has been amended to correct the first name of Dr. Judy Melinek.last_img read more

Indonesian gay couple flogged 80 times in front of cheering crowd

first_imgAccording to a report by ABS-CBN News, the men were part of a group of 15 who were flogged in front of a vocal crowd.Authorities punished them for having gay sex. Islamic law in the province outlaws such acts. Aceh is the only Indonesian province to enforce such Islamic law.ABS-CBN’s reporter Agence France-Presse noted the crowd grew to about 1,000 people. They were vocal during the floggings, shouting things like: ‘Flog them harder.’‘Hopefully the flogging we’re witnessing today will serve as a lesson for people not to violate sharia (Islamic law),’ said Banda Aceh official Tarmizi Yahya.Other people faced flogging for crimes such as drinking and selling alcohol, and showing affection in public.A reversal of policyLast year, two men were publicly flogged 85 times for homosexuality and having gay sex. Authorities flogged a gay couple more than 80 times each in Indonesia’s conservative province Aceh on Friday (13 July). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay man being flogged in Aceh in 2017 | Photo: Rakyat Aceh/ GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the face of international outcry and condemnation, Aceh decided to make future floggings and canings a private affair. Today’s demonstration, however, proves they are not sticking to that policy.Most parts of Indonesia do not criminalize private, consenual homosexual acts. Though the country at large has no laws protecting LGBTI people from discrimination or hate crimes.Same-sex couples in the country also do not receive protections or benefits.More from Gay Star NewsHas Indonesia’s LGBTI crackdown led to a public health crisis for the community?Vigilantes strike again in Aceh, rounding up a trans woman and manGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Worried about bad PR, Indonesia wants to keep its unlawful canings a secretIndonesian president’s running mate called for LGBTI activities to be LGBT visitors in Indonesia may soon face prison time and caningRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more