2 militants killed in Shopian encounter in Kashmir

first_imgTwo militants are believed killed in an ongoing encounter between security forces and a group of militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday.An official said encounter broke out during a predawn operation of security forces at Hend Satioora village.”Militants opened fire when security forces zeroed in on their hiding place. Two to three militants were hiding in the area. We believe two militants were killed but the bodies are yet to be recovered,” said the official.Preliminary reports suggest the militants believed to be trapped included Basharat Ahmad of Nikloora and Tariq Ahmad of Khasipora. Both belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ahmad was a special police officer before joining militancy on April 26 when he decamped with the service rifle.However, the police have not divulged any details about the identity of the trapped militants so far.Meanwhile, internet service has been stopped in the area as a precautionary measure.last_img read more

Ambassador Marks Launches Jamaica Roots Competition

first_img Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at nationals in the US who have lost connection with their homeland. Story Highlights Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at nationals in the US who have lost connection with their homeland.The competition, which will run from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, provides the opportunity for Jamaican-Americans to win a trip to the island. Monthly draws will be broadcast on Facebook Live.Ambassador Marks pointed out that Jamaica Roots, as the name suggests, is about reconnecting Jamaicans to their heritage and culture.It is a chance for persons to re-establish links and to learn more about the country from which their family originated.She said the ultimate objective is to encourage members of the diaspora to invest their time, talents and resources for Jamaica’s development.Ambassador Marks explained that under the pilot programme, winners will receive a one-week free accommodation at a hotel, or stay with a family member; travel the island on guided tours; learn about their family history; and experience life in the community of their roots.She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of travel; have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild of a citizen); have a valid passport; and have lived outside of Jamaica for at least 10 years.Entries can be submitted at http://s.heyo.com/c9ca7e. All rules and requirements can also be found on Facebook @AmbassadorMarks. The competition, which will run from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, provides the opportunity for Jamaican-Americans to win a trip to the island. Monthly draws will be broadcast on Facebook Live. She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of travel; have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild of a citizen); have a valid passport; and have lived outside of Jamaica for at least 10 years.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Harmony Hoy has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Harmony Hoy.According to RCMP, Hoy was last seen in the Grande Prairie area in late March and was reported missing on April 3, 2019. Hoy is described as:CaucasianMixed coloured hair, possibly green and purpleHazel eyes5’5″/ 126lbsThere is a concern for her well being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information on Hoy’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Burnaby mayor wants more action on pipeline after meeting with Trudeau

first_imgHe characterized the meeting as a good start but said an initial discussion with Trudeau has to be backed up by concrete measures from the federal government, which is expected to announce a decision on the future of the project later this month.“I want to sit down and talk about the real issues in depth with people who are experts in that field to ensure that we’re getting the protection for our residents that we need,” Hurley said. “The prime minister and I talking about it doesn’t really produce anything.”Trudeau attended a street festival in Burnaby immediately after meeting with Hurley but did not take any questions from media.The Prime Minister’s Office said only that the meeting included representatives of the fire department and focused on local issues such as housing.Hurley said he told Trudeau that Burnaby is bearing the brunt of the risk for a twinned pipeline that the federal government purchased for $4.5 billion and the Alberta government is pushing to have built.“Everyone’s willing to put our community at risk to fulfil their needs and we need some answers,” Hurley said about the pipeline that would more than triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing from the Edmonton area to a port in Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. _ The mayor of Burnaby, B.C., says he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss his concerns about the risk of a fire at a tank farm in his city, which would be the terminus of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline.Mike Hurley said he told Trudeau on Saturday that the facility on Burnaby Mountain is within five kilometres of forests and a residential area that would put thousands of lives in danger.“I said, ‘If it goes ahead, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t, we have to have some serious discussions around safety and protecting our residents,”’ said Hurley, a former firefighter. The National Energy Board endorsed the pipeline expansion earlier this year after reconsidering its effects on marine life off the coast of British Columbia.Last month, pro-pipeline protesters rallying outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi chanted “build the pipeline.”Sohi told reporters the government is working toward getting the pipeline built and has also said officials have been consulting with Indigenous communities.The proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline was first approved by cabinet in 2016. The Federal Court of Appeal rescinded that decision in August, saying neither an environmental review nor Indigenous consultations had been properly completed.center_img “Any time you’re dealing with flammable liquids like oil there’s always a chance there can be a rupture of the tank, there can be a boilover of some sort within the tank that can cause really dangerous chemical reactions, not to mention fires that would come along with that.”Hurley said he doesn’t agree with Alberta’s ad campaign launched last week in an effort to sway people in favour of a pipeline that he and many residents of Burnaby do not support.He said the province’s focus on a future based on oil is “a fantasy.”“The good old days of the oil industry are over and they need to start preparing for a new economy,” he said.last_img read more

Brexit fate now in Britain’s hands: EU

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament. “We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London,” Barnier said as he arrived at EU headquarters in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the bloc with envoys from the other 27 member states. Hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalise a deal with the EU on Monday, but a European source these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress. With time running out, May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29. Instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone, with both sides agreeing to stay in touch. “No further meetings at political level are scheduled, but both sides will remain in close contact this week,” Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. “We are committed to ratifying this deal before March 29. It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week,” he added. British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the deal when it was first put to them in January — with many citing the controversial Irish “backstop” clause. A second parliamentary vote will take place on Tuesday. The backstop would keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the land border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further. Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce. But this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”. The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop. This would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations. To assess the document, British MPs are awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the May government’s top lawyer who took a lead role in the negotiations with Barnier last week.last_img read more

Two minors rescued from being married

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Delhi Police on Monday said that they have prevented the marriage of two minor girls in Dwarka district. Samrah Mirza, member, DCPCR, told Millennium Post that they got the information from their volunteer regarding the crime and without wasting any time the child rights body shared the information with other stakeholders regarding the incident.”Soon the police personnel reached the spot and stopped the marriage,” said Mirza adding that one girl is aged between 17 and 18 and other 15 years. Investigation revealed that one of the girls was a few months away from attaining the age of majority and the age of other girl is being verified. One of the family told the cops that they will only marry the girl once she attains major age group. “The other family (groom) belongs to another state we have created awareness related to child marriage,” added officer. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, the Delhi Police created awareness among the families regarding the menace and law related to child marriage. The child rights body had started mapping the city to know whether child marriages prevails in National Capital. According to DCPCR, the areas of New Delhi, North West, South West and Northeast districts are being studied. They have also held meetings with concerned stakeholders regarding this. According to official during the study, the DCPCR will identify the communities where the evil of child marriage still prevail and also the ill effect on health will also be studied. The parents will also be made aware of the crime and the importance of intervention during child marriage will also be part of the awareness programme. “We are creating awareness in community to report such kind of crime so that it can be curb quickly,” said Mirza. DCPCR official will also give focus on the clusters in national Capital to make sure that such type of evil did not prevails there.last_img read more

Many disabled students could effectively be barred

first_imgMany disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to the minister for employment.The seven MPs and peers, all members of the all-party parliamentary group for disability, have joined the new chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Kamran Mallick, in writing to Damian Hinds to ask him to change the universal credit regulations.The seven – who include the new disabled Labour MP Jared O’Mara and disabled peers the Countess of Mar and Lord Addington (pictured) – say the move to universal credit, which is gradually being rolled out across the country, could make university unaffordable for many young disabled people.At present, disabled full-time students who receive either PIP or DLA are automatically treated as having “limited capability for work” and so can receive both employment and support allowance (ESA) and housing benefit during their studies.Although income-related ESA is often paid at low levels during term-time – as it can act as a means-tested top-up to student loans – it can be particularly useful during summer vacations, when disabled students are often unable to secure employment.And claiming housing benefit is often the only way a disabled student can move away from home for the first time.But the same rules that applied to ESA do not apply to universal credit, which is slowly replacing several means-tested benefits, including income-related ESA and housing benefit.DR UK says that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that only disabled students who receive DLA or PIP and have had their limited capability for work confirmed by a work capability assessment (WCA) are eligible for universal credit.But DWP rules also bar disabled students in a universal credit area from undergoing a WCA to determine whether they have limited capability for work.This means that if a student has not yet had a WCA – even if they are currently receiving ESA – and move to an area where universal credit has been introduced, they will not be able to receive support from universal credit at university.DR UK has been campaigning to raise awareness of the issue for several months, and fears the current regulations will increase the gap between the proportion of non-disabled people (30 per cent) and disabled people (16 per cent) with a degree.Because universal credit has only been introduced in some parts of the country, DR UK says the government has created “a postcode lottery where some disabled students can still claim ESA and housing benefit but others can only claim and be refused universal credit”.It wants all full-time disabled students who receive DLA or PIP to be eligible for universal credit.Ken Butler, DR UK’s welfare rights adviser, said: “We are concerned that the UC system does not allow a disabled student to be assessed as to their limited capability for work.“It puts them in a Catch 22 situation – they cannot be entitled to universal credit unless they have a WCA but they cannot have a WCA unless they are entitled to universal credit.”He added: “The DWP’s belated confirmation that many existing disabled students legitimately being paid ESA are barred from universal credit makes an unfair situation even worse.“Disabled students may have made their decisions on undertaking courses away from home partly on their ability to claim housing benefit.“If their college or university is then included in a ‘full service’ [available to all types of claimant] universal credit area this may mean them abandoning a course before they even start it.”DR UK also says the rules which prevent many young disabled people from claiming universal credit were not subject to an equality impact assessment, and were not referred to in extensive notes published alongside the universal credit regulations in 2013.Most disabled students are also excluded from other ways of claiming universal credit, because they are not carers, are not lone parents with young children, and cannot actively seek work. A DWP spokesman said: “I can confirm we have received the letter, and will respond to Disability Rights UK directly.”last_img read more

Airtel Uganda Google confirm partnerships with 2016 CMS Africa Summit

first_imgAdvertisement We have just got confirmation that Airtel Uganda and Google will be part of the upcoming 2016 CMS Africa Summit that will take place 1st – 2nd April at GEMS Cambridge International School in Kampala. Whereas this is Airtel Uganda’s first time to get on board for the Summit, Google has been a partner for 3 years already.As part of their partnership with “Africa’s premier web and mobile summit”, Airtel will provide a Fiber Optic internet connection that will be available to all delegates and will also provide 4 premium devices to the winners of the Hackathon.Speaking about the partnership, Airtel Uganda’s Digital Manager, Charity Kamusiime said, “CMS Africa is a great platform for internet users in Uganda and we would like to offer them the fiber optic experience that we offer to our customers at Airtel”. – Advertisement – Mr Oduor Jagero, the CMS Africa Lead welcomed Airtel’s partnership saying, “Airtel is a strong regional telecommunications network and by partnering with CMS Africa Summit, it reinforces their commitment to development of ICT in Africa. We are glad to have them on board and I know that bringing a fiber optic experience will make the summit better for everyone.”Commenting on Google’s partnership, Mr Oduor said, ”Google has been our partner for the last three years and their expertise and the quality of speakers they have always brought to the summit have been of great value to our delegates. Additionally, their financial support has helped us run the summit smoothly.”Google will be sending in their Expert Eugene Mutai, a Software Engineer at Andela as part of their partnership, and he will speak on the topic “Progress Web Apps”. Progressive Web Apps use modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience. They evolve from pages in browser tabs to immersive, top-level apps, maintaining the web’s low friction at every moment.You know the saying “all work and no play…”, and the CMS Africa Summit has got you covered in that area, with a gaming booth for delegates, set up by Airtel Uganda. You can expect to catch up with all your online gaming tournaments and get back on top of the table![related-posts]Airtel will also bring the “Yoola Amajja” money game where participants stand a chance to win up to UGX 2 million.If you haven’t already, you can book yourself a slot at the Summit website. Expect to network with the best in the industry, both from the local scene and global players.Julie Auma, Training Manager Huawei Device, Kenya had this to say about the summit, “CMS AFRICA SUMMIT offers a platform for ICT companies, financial companies, and many other organizations a chance to reinforce strategic relations and brand awareness amongst a relevant audience.”Download the Summit app for Android for the full Summit Schedule and lots of other information.last_img read more

Solo But Not Alone

first_img Solo, But Not Alone Headed to New York City? Airbnb lists a fully equipped studio apartment with a view of the Empire State Building for $169 a night. Traveling to Paris? There’s an airy apartment in Le Marais for $140 a night. There are also cheaper, and less cushy, options: nightly rentals of spare bedrooms, sofa beds, futons and–yes–air mattresses, for less than $100 a night, in more than 1,000 cities worldwide. Add to Queue Next Article David Port –shares A new generation of entrepreneurs is congregating in ‘co-working’ spaces across the country. Magazine Contributor This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » September 17, 2009 Entrepreneur Contributor David Brunelle was living the dream: He’d shucked his 9-to-5 office job, liberated himself from the cubicle farm and started his own business. He was working from home, being his own boss . and before long, wallowing in freedom.”More often than not, I’d find myself on the couch, playing Xbox at 1 in the afternoon,” says Brunelle, a Seattle web developer. “It became pretty clear that to be productive, I needed structure, I needed to set boundaries between my work and my home life, and I needed to be around other people who are serious about their work.” Fortunately, Brunelle, who launched his web design company last November, discovered Office Nomads, a 5,000-square-foot collection of work spaces designed for people just like him: sole proprietors, freelancers, artists, consultants and other independent workers who have emerged to work and connect under the same roof.Their search for a workplace that combines the best of a home office, an internet cafe and a traditional office has given rise to a whole new movement, with an awkward but apt name: “co-working.” It’s a dramatic U-turn in the quest for the perfect work environment–a migration back to the cubicle from the often-idealized home office, but a cubicle reimagined for a time when the line between domestic and professional life has never been more blurred.Co-working spaces–which cost anywhere from $25 a day for occasional drop-ins to $500 or more a month–only began popping up a few years ago in places like New York and San Francisco. Now they are slowly becoming a national and international phenomenon. The potential is huge: More than 10 million Americans are self-employed, up from about 8 million in 1980. Freelance job sites are booming, too: Elance.com had postings jump 40 percent in the first half of this year, while Guru.com saw its total membership grow by 15% over the year before.The appeal of co-working seems clear: It provides people like Brunelle a professional and social package that most alternatives can’t match. For starters, there’s the real-live-human camaraderie you can’t get from Facebook or text messaging, as well as the potential for networking and uncovering new business opportunities. A co-working office can also offer a sounding board for ideas in an informal setting. And it relieves, for the most part, the energy-sapping world of office politics–not to mention blood-draining commutes.All that, plus a basic support system that typically includes dedicated spaces for working and for socializing, high-speed internet, a kitchenette and, naturally, some type of caffeine-dispensing appliance. Printers and fax machines could also be available. Some spaces sweeten the package with lockers, showers and yoga classes. Others offer audio-video equipment, organized social outings, consulting services–and one of the newest services: child care.Capitalizing on the fact that co-workers may have small children in need of supervision, Cubes&Crayons in Northern California has added onsite child care at its locations in San Francisco and Mountain View. What the company calls “professional, developmentally appropriate” care for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years is provided during regular business hours. There’s flexibility in choosing a plan–full-time, part-time or drop-in. Rates for members range from $17 an hour for occasional drop-ins to a flat fee of $600 per month for 60 hours of care. Cubes&Crayons may be the first, but it is unlikely to be the last, to start grooming the next generation of co-workers.But for most people, what makes co-working alluring isn’t the child care or the yoga but the cooperative spirit and community vibe fostered by the people who populate those spaces.Take Tony Bacigalupo. “I was working from home for a web consulting firm and realized I needed to be around other people and out of the house,” he explains. “The local café wasn’t great as a work environment either. Then I discovered there was already a burgeoning movement for people like me.”Similar disenchantment with working from home prompted Andrew Luter, a private equity investor in Denver, and Susan Evans, an environmental consultant in Seattle, to turn to co-working at around the same time.”Isolation,” Evans says, “is an inconvenient byproduct of the concept of home-office convenience.” For Luter, the problem with working from home “wasn’t just the distractions, it was the sense of physical and mental separation.”Having met enough like-minded people to believe co-working was more than a passing fancy, Bacigalupo, Evans and Luter were soon investing in the business and helping propel the movement in their respective cities. In April 2007, Luter opened the Hive in Denver. Seven months later, Office Nomads, the brainchild of Evans and business partner Jacob Sayles, began welcoming members in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. And a year after that, Bacigalupo opened New Work City in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Meanwhile, co-working spaces also were debuting across the country–and not just in the largest cities but in smaller urban areas and university towns with thriving populations of entrepreneurs and independent workers.Now, less than a year after opening, New Work City hosts anywhere from 40 to 50 full- and part-time members on a given day. To be there, they can pay a $25 daily drop-in fee or $500 a month for a full-time membership, which affords them 24/7 access to the space. The Hive, meanwhile, has roughly 20 members who use its 4,000-square-foot space, paying $199 per month for 24/7 access. Brunelle is one of about 25 full-time members at Office Nomads; for $475 they get “resident” status, which comes with a dedicated desk and 24/7 access. There are also part-timers and drop-ins.Graphic artists and business consultants, architects and publicists, authors and code-writers: As diverse and colorful as the co-working crowd is, there are unifying threads. “No one in here wants to work by themselves; everyone is here because they want to be here,” Evans says.And, Bacigalupo adds, co-workers tend to be personable types. “The jerks rarely stick around, if they come here in the first place, and they rarely do. These are offices spaces without all the sucky parts of an office.”He explains that people spent most of the 20th century figuring out how to go from blue-collar to white-collar jobs. “Now we’re looking for a new kind of personal workplace beyond the white-collar environment,” he says. “I think what we’re seeing now is a resurgence of interest in the possibilities of the virtual office–a healthier, more sustainable version of telecommuting.”The variety of people working in complementary fields can make co-working spaces fertile ground for new business opportunities, too. “There’s certainly work being passed to and fro among members,” Evans says. “That is definitely a consistent theme across co-working spaces. It’s a huge benefit.”In the end, it is camaraderie, community and connectedness that fuel this trend. “It is what members make it,” Evans says, “and they have made it pretty awesome.”So awesome, in fact, that Brunelle says he has “no complaints and no regrets” after six months as an Office Nomads full-timer–even though it’s meant sacrificing those pajamas-and-Xbox afternoons. 8 min read Small Business Heroes Airbnb was launched in 2008 after three San Francisco entrepreneurs recognized the need for lodging in the city. Roommates Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky decided to offer up their place, along with some breakfast and local hospitality, to a few friendly strangers attending a conference. It was a success, and with help from their tech-savvy friend Nathan Blecharczyk, the three launched a website, found a few guests and Airbnb was born. The fully automated site handles secure online credit card transactions, and includes rich user profiles and user reviews. -Kara Ohngren Co-Working With Benefits Here’s an unexpected perk of the co-working movement: A co-working website that offers overnight accommodations in some of the world’s great cities, for the fraction of the price of a hotel room. Your Branch OfficeSo, how do you go about finding your nearest co-working space? Check out http://coworking.pbworks.com/CoworkingVisaor search Google using your city name and the word “co-working.”And if business takes you on the road, there are dozens of work spaces in the U.S. and abroad that have open-door policies for co-workers from out of town. as part of a loosely structured “visa” program. This means you don’t have to hole up in a hotel room to conduct business or you can rub shoulders with co-workers in other cities, Co-working spaces in at least 17 states and 13 countries have signed on to participate in the program, which invites co-workers to drop in and work at little or no cost.”If you’re a member of a co-working space, come on in, take a seat and work here as many days as you like,” says Susan Evans, co-founder of Office Nomads in Seattle. Terms, such as whether to call or e-mail ahead to confirm space availability, vary by organization. For an updated list of visa-friendly spaces and their requirements, check http://coworking.pbworks.com/CoworkingVisa. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more