Elderly Ottawa man dug out by police after spending winter snowed into

first_imgOttawa Police say they helped dig an elderly man out of his home Thursday after discovering he had been snowed in and unable to get out all winter.The police say the man’s neighbours called Thursday evening asking them to check on him because they hadn’t seen him for a while.Officers found a “winter’s worth” of snow in the driveway, with no sign that anyone had been in or out for some time.After digging their way to the front door, the man answered their knock and told them he had been snowed in and had spent the winter living off what he had in the house.He had heat and power and a working phone but police say he decided he would just wait out the winter rather than calling for help.The police cleared his driveway and are bringing him groceries and the City of Ottawa helped remove mounds of ice that built up at the end of his driveway.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Matt Damon Goes On Toilet Strike

first_imgMatt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, has held a press conference where he announced that to protest the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet or basic sanitation, he will be going on a “toilet strike.”Water.org’s Matt Damon holds up a toilet seat in protest of the 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to clean water and sanitationDamon remained afterward to make appearances in videos by top talent on the YouTube platform designed to bring awareness and activism to the global water and sanitation crisis.Video: Matt Damon Goes On Strike!At the news conference, Damon pointed out that “780 Million people, that’s twice the population of the United States, lack access to clean water.” He then announced his “toilet strike,” declaring: “In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everyone has access to clean water and sanitation… I will not go to the bathroom.”Damon challenged reporters to tell him how they celebrated World Toilet Day; observed annually on November 19th, it aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. Hearing no meaningful responses, Damon asked the press: “[Does] anybody have any idea what invention has saved more lives than any other in the history of humankind? …The Toilet.” To underscore his point about the sanitation component of the water crisis, Damon added “More people have cell phones than toilets.”Damon is also working with a group of YouTube creators on appearances scheduled to debut on each creator’s YouTube channel, including ShayCarl, EpicLloyd, WheezyWaiter, LivePrudeGirls, Smosh, Stan Lee, Lisa Schwartz, and John Elerick.Gary White, Water.org co-founder and CEO said: “Matt’s strike announcement and the vlogger videos are designed to start an online conversation that can engage people across the digital landscape, and we hope people will share the video, and respond to it with their own thoughts…” Gary added, “I’ve been working on the water crisis for over 25 years and the interest and excitement for our work against one of the world’s most solvable problems has never been more real. We are confident we will solve this crisis in our lifetime.”“Water.org’s latest public awareness campaign shows how nonprofits can use video to raise awareness about important issues. YouTube is committed to helping more nonprofits reach global audiences with important messages and is thrilled that Water.org is leading the way.” – Jessica Mason , YouTube for Good Manager.Water.org invites viewers to visit StrikeWithMe.org where they can “Support the Strike,” subscribe to upcoming videos, and donate to the cause. The site supports integration with YouTube, Facebook Connect, Twitter OAuth, bitly, and Instagram.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UN Hosts Special Event On Crime Prevention And Sustainable Development Through Sport

first_imgThe United Nations can make its voice heard on the power of sport in promoting both peace and development, a senior UN official said last Monday, urging participants at a special Headquarters event to “bring out our inner sports fans,” and harness sport as a force for positive change.“Fair play, tolerance and team spirit – sports have a unique potential to help develop and reinforce positive life skills and values, and expand prospects, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),” told a Headquarters event on ‘Crime Prevention and Sustainable Development through Sport.’He underscored that sports offer a practical, cost-effective means to help prevent violence and crime, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015 as a blueprint to achieve a healthy planet where people can live free of poverty and hunger by 2030.“This event is a wonderful opportunity to further advance awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and its vital message,” he continued. “Let us take this chance to engage with sports champions and young men and women around the world. Working together, we can harness sport as a force for positive change.”The Executive Director highlighted the importance of major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup, saying they “have the power to inspire and build bridges.”“We must take these events as golden opportunities to raise awareness, to promote tolerance and respect, and advance efforts towards peace and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” he asserted.Opening the event, Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, stressed that tackling crime is essential to changing the world for the better by 2030.“That is why the 2030 Agenda draws a link between combatting crime and sustaining development,” he stated. “And, that is why I am so glad we are here to examine a driver of both: sport.”Citing sport as a tool for crime prevention, he noted that research supports the assertion that sport participants have a better chance to reject crime and contribute to achieving the SDGs, saying that teams and associations can build strong social networks, and that sport can boost self-esteem and help communities put their differences aside, “to cheer for the same team.”He elaborated that sports as educational or community-based activities, help “prevent crime or radicalization.”While the vast majority of youth are not involved in crime, he asserted that too many become trapped in cycles of violence and criminal activity.“When we are talking about the role of sport in preventing crime – young people should be leading the discussion,” he said.Recalling the recent Olympic Games in Pyeongdhang, Republic of Korea, Mr. Lajčák noted that despite months of high tensions, athletes from north and south of the Korean Peninsula had participated together – “under the same flag.”“This is not yet a success story. But it is a sign that we are moving in the right direction,” he explained, saying “it tells us that our work to strengthen sport, as a tool for development and peace, can, indeed, make a difference in the world outside of these walls.”Mr. Lajčák concluded by saying: “We need to bring out our inner sports fans! And we need to shout even louder in support of this initiative!”Former National Basketball Association All Star player Dikembe Mutombo, Olympians and other distinguished athletes and sports personalities participated in the event, which featured panel discussions on how sport can promote development and crime prevention strategies, and youth programmes.The event was organized by UNODC and the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Italy, Monaco, Qatar and Rwanda to the United Nations to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which is commemorated annually on 6 April.last_img read more

Cabinet approves extension of port city agreement for 6 months

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management had recommended allowing resumption of the project subject to limitations and conditions stipulated in the EIA report.Accordingly, a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to extend the project agreement for a further period of six months from 15 March 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) The Cabinet has approved the extension of the agreement on the Port City project for six months, the Government said.The project was suspended from February 2015 over environmental issues and a comprehensive environmental impact assessment was later sought. read more

UN refugee agency has repatriated over 10000 Liberians since October

In a sign that Liberians believe that peace has returned after years of civil war, the United Nations refugee agency totalled the number of them who have gone home from neighbouring countries since October at more than 10,000 and the number of internally displaced who have resettled at nearly 100,000. Three convoys carrying 963 Liberians from Guinea last week brought the number repatriated to 10,566, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva.“We hope to assist the return of some 150,000 Liberian refugees in the course of 2005,” Marie-Helene Verney said.Returning refugees receive start-up assistance of food rations, household items and agricultural tools. With UNHCR help, returnees and their local communities have cooperated in repairing houses, roads, water points, schools and clinics, providing much-needed jobs. read more

The Islanders Shouldnt Be This Good

It’s been a long time since the New York Islanders were any good. Despite a few playoff berths here and there, the Islanders’ past decade has been defined more by venue changes, managerial shakeups, another venue change, and losing John Tavares, its franchise player and captain to free agency. From the middle of the 1970s through the middle of the 1980s, the Islanders were among the NHL’s elite franchises, but they’ve mostly been a punchline since. But that narrative could be shifting this season.The Islanders currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan division, two points behind the Washington Capitals with a game in hand and a superior goal differential. In fact, they’ve already gained more points in 65 games this season than they did during all of last season. Any team would be expected to struggle immediately after failing to re-sign a player of Tavares’s caliber — only five players have scored more points than Tavares since his rookie season in 2009-10 — but the Islanders have somehow flourished.Goaltending has been key to that success: Isles netminders Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss have split time almost equally and boast the NHL’s third and fourth best save percentages, respectively, while their combined save percentage paces the league. Goaltending is as bad as it’s been in a decade across the NHL, but apparently no one sent the memo to Lehner or Greiss.The exceptional play between the pipes has been bolstered by an emphasis on improving the defense by new coach Barry Trotz — who was hired fresh off a Stanley Cup win with the Capitals — and new president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello, who won three Stanley Cups in New Jersey with a similar, defense-first philosophy. In 2017-18, the Isles gave up a league-high 296 goals. So far in 2018-19, they’ve given up a league-low 157. At their current rate, the Isles will surrender nearly 100 fewer goals in 2018-19 than they did just a season ago.But Tavares is missed on offense: The Islanders rank in the bottom third of the league for goals scored, and none of their players rank among the top 65 point getters. Last season’s rookie of the year Mathew Barzal is having a solid second season, leading the Islanders with 52 points.This doesn’t necessarily rule out the Islanders from winning the biggest prize: Defense can still be enough to prevail in this sport. The 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks ranked 17th in goals scored and second in goals allowed during the regular season, and things ended up working out pretty well for them.Whether the Islanders finish the season as Stanley Cup champions remains to be seen, but what is clear is that for the first time in a very long time, they’re at the very least the kings of the New York metro area (yes, New Jersey Devils, we’re counting you). This isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory — the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1979-80 to 1982-83 — but it’s territory they haven’t set foot in for a while. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. the Islanders haven’t been the outright best team in New York/New Jersey since 1992-93. New York/New Jersey preeminence notwithstanding, the Islanders still have major problems on the business end of their operation. The team has the worst attendance in the NHL. The Devils and the Rangers might both be bad (and they are), but at least their fans are still showing up to watch hockey games (attrition can be fascinating, after all). Islanders fans have been notoriously absent for the last 20 seasons, but that’s because they were constantly given a reason to be absent. The team is good now, yet still the Barclays Center in Brooklyn had thousands of empty seats whenever they played there. (Attendance at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale has been far better, suggesting the Isles should probably play every game at that arena — and they will the rest of the regular season.)It’s hard to predict what the Islanders are capable of in the playoffs. They’re currently ranked 3rd in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage, which might suggest they’re in the position they’re in because they’ve been more lucky than good. Puck luck is real, and it might be favoring the Islanders so far this season. But that doesn’t mean it’ll hold for the playoffs.Lucky or otherwise, if they continue winning at their current rate they’ll amass 102 points. That would be the franchise’s best total since the 1983-84 season, which is also the last time the Isles reached the Stanley Cup final. That team lost to some 23 year-old kid named Gretzky.Neil Paine contributed research to this article. read more

Romney says risk in Middle East has increased under Obama

first_imgTHE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE for US president, Mitt Romney, has said the risk of conflict in the Middle East “is higher now” than it was when President Barack Obama took office – proposing that the US take a more assertive role in Syria.In a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy, Romney claimed Obama’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq has jeopardised US interests in the Middle East and wider world.Declaring that “it’s time to change course in the Middle East” and accusing Obama of “passivity,” the Republican presidential nominee called for the US to work with other countries to arm the Syrian rebels to help them defeat President Bashar Assad’s “tanks, helicopters and fighter jets”.Romney aides said he is not calling for the US to directly arm the rebels, but said he would support helping other countries provide the opposition with enough weaponry to force Assad from power.Romney said American gains in Iraq — won during the war started by President George W. Bush — have eroded. “America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence,” he said.In a speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney looked to paint the Democratic incumbent as a weak leader who has limited America’s influence on global affairs.Obama’s campaign dismissed the Republican challenger’s address as a rehashed attempt to rewrite what they said is his record of past blunders and said he hardly differentiated himself from the president.US should wield power ‘wisely, with solemnity’While Romney took a hawkish tone during the GOP primaries this year, today’s address highlighted the work of “patriots of both parties” and looked to cast the Republican nominee as a statesman and part of a long and bipartisan tradition of American leadership in the world.He said the U.S. should use its power “wisely, with solemnity and without false pride, but also firmly and actively.”In the speech, Romney emphasised Iran’s ties to the Syrian government and insisted that the US, through allies, should “support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran rather than sitting on the sidelines.”This would allow the US to “develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East”, he said.Romney also called for tougher sanctions on Iran than those that exist, though he did not say how he would strengthen them. He said he would condition aid to Egypt on continued support for its peace treaty with neighbouring Israel. Current law already includes such a condition.The Republican nominee also emphasised his commitment to a two-state solution for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, a process he dismissed during a secretly videotaped fundraiser in May. He also criticised the administration for its handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.“As the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others,” Romney said.Read: Observers give Romney the victory in first US presidential debateMore: Obama mocks his own debate fiascolast_img read more

Red hot nickel ball brings the heat when it meets Silly Putty

first_imgMany of us probably spent time playing with Silly Putty during childhood, and maybe beyond. What? Silly putty is neat. This blob of synthetic silicone polymers (PMDS) was created by accident decades ago through research into rubber substitutes. Since then it has been sold as a toy, and now it comes down to this. Silly Putty meets the Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB).Silly Putty is so popular because it has such odd properties. It bounces when thrown, tears when pulled quickly, and is pliable when tugged at slowly. It can even drip if left over an opening or at the edge of a table for long enough. These properties make it probably the most commonly available non-Newtonian fluid available. But the RHNB cares not for physics, be they Newtonian or not. All it cares about is being red hot and burning stuff.When the RHNB is introduced to the Silly Putty, there is no instantaneous melting like you might expect. Silly Putty is basically a very viscous liquid. It slowly deforms as the RHNB pours heat into it. The Silly Putty catches fire and the bonds in the PMDS are broken down. Parts of the mass get flaky and crumble, but the bulk of the putty not in direct contact with the RHNB continues to flow a little easier.We can certainly still call the RHNB the winner here. After a quick dip it’ll be good as new. The Silly Putty is much less silly now. Still, it held up pretty well.last_img read more

Bullying perpetrators to face six months behind bars

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bullies could face a minimum six-month prison term if found guilty if a special provision drafted by Greek Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos becomes law.The provision, which the ministry says was expected to fill a legal vacuum, is being drafted as part of legislation regarding the abolition of C-type maximum security prisons.The provision was announced following the death of student Vangelis Giakoumakis who took his own life on February 6 a few hundred meters away from his Dairy School dormitory in Ioannina, northern Greece.An investigation surrounding the circumstances of his disappearance and death led to evidence that he had been repeatedly and violently abused by students at the farming college.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Fleur Chocolate is a delicious diversion in downtown Vancouver

first_imgWhy: At Fleur Chocolate, gourmet chocolates are made daily with the finest ingredients and according to European tradition. With a rotation of more than 30 varieties, there is something for everyone who shares the love of chocolate. In addition to chocolate, the little French-style cafe has coffee, tea, ice cream, fudge and fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies and a few pastries procured from Marci’s Bakery.What I tried: I tried an assortment of chocolates and a vegetable smoothie. I had originally planned on having a three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, but when I got to Fleur Chocolate, I was told that this was taken off the menu because the making of chocolate was consuming most of the time and it was no longer feasible to offer the sandwiches.My chocolate truffle selection included a peanut butter dream, Irish cream, mint, blood orange and peppermint. Some were milk chocolate and some were dark chocolate.All the chocolates were enjoyable — some more than others, based strictly on personal preference. They were not bursting with their respective special flavors but were instead more subtle, than say, Godiva or See’s brands. Each had a significantly thick chocolate exterior. The center of the truffles varied from super-thick ganache to a more creamy consistency.The vegetable smoothie contained carrots, spinach, kale and banana. The concoction was blended to an evenly smooth consistency and tasted healthful.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: There are eight different ice cream flavors to choose from and four loose-leaf teas. Smoothie ingredients include cucumber, beets, carrots, kale, spinach, peaches, mango, pineapple, banana, strawberry and blueberry; almond, hemp, skinny or whole milk is available as the base. A full espresso menu provides a selection of coffee beverages.last_img read more

Security Guards Protest Allegedly Unfair Labor Practices in Harbor East

first_imgEmployees of Brantley Security marching around the Katyn Massacre Monument in Harbor East. (AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Security guards fighting for their right to organize went on strike in Harbor East to protest what they said were unfair labor practices by their employer, Brantley Security. Arbitrary disciplinary actions on the job, refusal to recognize the guard’s right to form a union, retaliation for attempting to organize and poor working conditions were among the grievances aired at the demonstration.David Carter, a security guard who started working for Brantley about 11 months ago, said he decided to join the organizing effort—being led by organizers for 32BJ SEIU, a property service workers union—after seeing a fellow guard be interrogated in the aftermath of a security breach that occurred after she was left to control a crowd of 150 people with just one other guard. Carter says that although company policy supposedly requires a verbal warning for a first offense, followed by a written warning and then a final, this is not what happened in the case of his colleague.“They gave her a final warning for her first offense,” said Carter. “It wasn’t a verbal, or written, or anything, straight final. And right then and there that just triggered an alarm off in my head like, ‘OK, we have to do something.’”David Carter, a security worker for Brantley Security, trying to organize with 32BJ SEIU. (AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Carter said guards are routinely tasked with controlling large crowds with little assistance and subject to arbitrary disciplinary action if something goes wrong.The AFRO sought information about the protestors’ working conditions and wages, two issues raised in the press release announcing the demonstration, but union officials prevented the workers from addressing those issues, saying they feared retaliatory firings.Jaime Contreras, vice president of 32BJ SEIU, did, however, address those issues when he spoke to the gathered workers at the demonstration.“We’re going to show Brantley that we’re not going to tolerate unfair labor practices against the officers that work so hard every day to maintain their families on poverty wages. . . . They don’t pay you enough. And when you try to organize so you can fight for a better wage or a better standard of living, what do they do? They break the law and violate your rights,” he said.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

15 Titanfall maps confirmed in leaked screenshots

first_imgWith less than two weeks remaining in the countdown to Titanfall, a series of leaks has exposed the maps that will be available with this game at launch.Titanfall is without a doubt the biggest game launching in March, and it’s got more than enough potential to be one of the biggest games in 2014. Microsoft is putting an incredible amount of weight behind this new title, and if the two map beta that concluded a few weeks ago is any indicator this game will be met with a ravenous frenzy.We now know that the full version of Titanfall will launch with 15 maps, and a number of game types available within map.Unlike Battlefield or Call of Duty, the world of Titanfall demands extreme variety on each and every map. The complex dance between small spaces and long flat surfaces for Pilots, mixed with the wide open spaces needed for Titans to move around, offers a degree of complexity that isn’t currently available in most first person shooters.The 15 Titanfall maps that have leaked along with several in-game screenshots, which include the two that were available during the beta, all seem to offer that combination in their own unique ways. Surprisingly missing from the lineup is a deep jungle or heavy overgrowth map, but it’s likely that such a map would be difficult to pull off without more data from actual players.Leaks have also confirmed what we’ve seen regarding the Regeneration system, which is looking more and more like the Prestige system in Call of Duty. Regeneration gives a sci-fi spin to resetting your character and boosting your ability to collect XP, as well as setting you up with a whole new level of player combat.The Regeneration system will likely have some other features that have not yet been leaked or explained, but then it’s only 8 days until the game launches so that’s not long to wait to find out exactly how it works. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY TitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfallTitanfalllast_img read more

Write with your gut Makenzy Orcel

first_imgHaitian novelist and poet, Makenzy Orcel feels, that a good writer is also an avid reader. Born in Port-au-Prince in 1983, the author constantly travels between Haiti, the US and France where his publisher, Zulma Publishing house, is established. He received the Prix Thyde-Monnier from the “société des Gens de lettres” for his first book ‘Les Immortelles’ (The Immortals / Under the Peepal Tree), which is a very moving work of fiction about the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Through his third and latest novel, ‘L’Ombre animale’, the author gives  voice to the voiceless and the deprived, and creates a powerful chorus of love, violence and hope. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhat inspires you to write?Life. My travels. My readings. My anxieties. My questions. My childhood in Martissant, an area in Haiti where I grew up with my mom. Writing is an ambiance, a celebration, a melting pot of imaginary worlds. How do you develop your plots and characters?In the process of writing, the concept of a character – even though he’s a central one and impacts all situations – might be a secondary concern, it depends on the writer’s goal. As far as I am concerned, my priority is to create a new language, a space where poetry embraces the novel. The plot, the protagonists, the surroundings, everything is at the service of the language.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTell us about the protagonist in your latest book. Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?The protagonist is a mirror through which the reader can see himself. If he doesn’t, it means there is a problem. We don’t write without the reality. The “literature creator” is made to make us dive into the deep layers of the reality, give us the world to see, to sense. The narrator in my latest novel ‘L’Ombre animale’ (Animal Shadow) speaks from the other side. Death is here, it’s always been here since the world was born. But what does death have to say about life? What space to give to the memory of those who left? Can the visible and the invisible inhabitate the same body? These are a few questions my novel tries to answer, among many others.   How many hours a day do you write?I write all the time in my head. I think of sentences, characters, of everything and I take notes. The book I am writing never loosens its grip on me. Which books/ authors have influenced your writing?Many of them have– Jacques Stephen Alexis, Garcia Marquez, Joyce, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Céline… My books are like dialogs with them. A book that had an impact on you is a book that helped you write better. I humbly inherited all great pieces of literature that I have read. No God, no master. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?Sometimes I do but I don’t have to do anything about it. Once published, the book doesn’t belong to its writer. The reading of the same book won’t be the same, depending on its reader and the time… The most important thing for me is to know that it is read and it sparked off emotions and debates. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?To read, read, read, to live with books. Doubt, dream, surpass yourselves, put all your heart into it, and write with your gut.last_img read more

University of North Bengal comes up with courses to cater needs of

first_imgDarjeeling: In order to make it easier for students to get jobs easily, the University of North Bengal is all set to introduce new courses from the current academic session. Along with this, the university has approached the State Government to sanction a post placement officer.”We are introducing courses, which are in great demand in the job market. There is 100 percent placement guarantee for a student pursuing these courses,” said Dr Subires Bhattacharyya, Vice-Chancellor, University of North Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe university will start M. Pharm and Master degree course in food processing from this academic year. For the M. Pharm course, the Pharmacy Council of India has already given the necessary go ahead. This year, 18 seats have been allotted for the M. Pharm course. “This course is not taught in North Bengal. We have many pharmaceutical companies in Sikkim. They usually approach our university in search of M. Pharm students. Till now we have been sending students from the Chemistry department. However, with the M. Pharm course to commence in the university from this academic session, we will be able to meet up to their requirements,” added the Vice-Chancellor. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTen teachers have been recruited for this department. “The teachers are doctorates hence PhD courses will also be offered,” said Dr Bhattacharyya. Specialisation in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics will be offered for the M Pharm course. The V-C stated that the university will apply for B. Pharm course from next year. “There is no B Pharm course in North Bengal. It is in great demand. We will try to introduce this course from next year,” said the V-C. For the Masters Degree in Food Processing, 24 students will be allowed to pursue this course in the present academic session. Last year, the university had started an integrated course in Geology (5 year long course, including B Sc and M Sc.) “We are starting a similar integrated course in Anthropology from this academic year,” said the V-C. Two new buildings are coming up for science and humanities streams. “Both the buildings will be six-storied. Each floor in the science building is 15000 sq ft. The new disciplines will be housed in the science building,” the V-C said. To ensure that students get proper placement, the university has approached the state government to create a post of a full-fledged placement officer. “The placement officer will liaison with different companies and help students get placement. Till a post is sanctioned we will tie up with some agency or individual on contractual basis,” added Bhattacharyya. The University of North Bengal in Siliguri was founded in 1962.last_img read more

A sexstarved employee put a camera in the mens bathroom at ASOS

first_imgProbation officer Patrick Acres said Hendy had previously been in a relationship, but its end ‘sent him into a spiral of anxiety’.He continued: ‘One way of coping was to self-medicate with drugs, including ketamine and crystal meth. These drugs lower inhibitions quite drastically and there was some use of pornography, and with the drugs, that led him down this route of setting up the camera.’Acres revealed Hendy ‘now feels quite sick about it’ and would never do it again.H/t: Evening StandardMore from Gay Star NewsLGBTI employees who aren’t out at work suffer professionallyBusinesses perform better with LGBTI leaders, says studyFrom Grindr to Kindr? The release of a nicer alternative: KindrGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A hair stylist for the fashion retailer ASOS pled guilty to voyeurism after planting a camera in the men’s bathroom at a summer work party. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) LGBT activist wants apology for transgender tweetTory MP calls transgender women ‘he/she’ and says they should use men’s bathroomsUganda LGBT Pride Week Marred by ArrestsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/a-sex-starved-employee-put-a-camera-in-the-mens-bathroom-at-asos-party/ People didn’t have privacy in a place where they expected to | Photo: Unsplash/HelpStaycenter_img GAYSTARNEWS- Dominic Hendy, 28, said he placed the camera there due to being ‘sex-starved’.On 12 July, the company held a party at Hawker House in Canary Wharf, hosting 2,000 people. Hendy placed a camera in a single-person stall and disguised it under rolls of toiler paper.According to prosecutor Chidi Ikwuakolam, the camera displayed full-frontal views of people for Hendy’s own sexual gratification.A cleaner was the one to find the camera and he turned it into a manager, believing it was lost property. That’s when they realized it was a camera.ASOS placed Hendy on suspension. He also faces a 12-month community order, including 150 hours of community service, and must pay fines.Finally, he also has to register as a sex offender.‘Not thinking straight’Hendy’s lawyer and a probation officer explained his actions.‘He was without sexual contact for a year and felt stressed and was not thinking straight,’ said lawyer Alexander Goscimski.Goscimski further added Hendy struggles with anxiety and depression and is on medication. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Budda Baker the secondround pick of the Arizona

first_img Budda Baker, the second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, is a confident guy.Thursday, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics game at Safeco Field, he made a bold social media prediction.Watch this 70 mph ball I’m about to throw at this mariners game! #FirstPitch— Budda Baker (@buddabaker32) July 7, 2017We don’t know if there was a radar gun on Baker’s first pitch, but let’s just say it had a little pop and pretty good location. Baker fared much better with his pitch than another recent Valley draft pick. We’re looking at you, Josh Jackson. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Washington safety Budda Baker, who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2017 NFL football draft, throws out the first pitch of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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