Veszprem easily beat Montpellier

Montpellier HB: Gerard, Portner, Rubens – Villeminot 2, Causse 1, Truchanovicius, Bos, Guigou 1, Pettersson 2, Richardson 9 (2), Kavticnik 1 (1), Bonnefond 1, Faustin, Porte 2, Bingo, Mamdouh Telekom Veszprém: Sterbik, Mikler – Manaskov 4, Ilic 2, Tonnesen 1, Gajic 1 (1), Nilsson 6, Nagy, Marguc 1, Strlek, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Nenadic 5 (2), Mahé 1, Mackovsek 3 3.Vive Kielce10604314:30312 2.Vardar10613284:27713 6.Kristianstad10217284:3345 8.Montpellier10118265:2953 Montpellier handballTelekom VeszpremWomen’s EHF EURO 2018 4.Rhein-Neckar10604312:29412 Telekom Veszprem made a good finish of the first part of the season. David Davis finally has found the rhythm of his squad which was visible in win over Montpellier Handball 25:19.The Hungarian champions stayed in the race for position No.2 in Group B.Telekom Veszprém – Montpellier HB 25:19 (15:11) STANDING: 7.Meshkov Brest10217277:3155 5.Telekom Veszprem10604288:27412 1.Barcelona10901351:28318 ← Previous Story HBC Nantes 14 minutes without goal for draw in Celje Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2018 – Day 5 read more

Irish people switch car insurance provider more than any other service

first_imgCONSUMERS IN IRELAND are more likely to change their car insurance provider than any other service, according to a report out today.The National Consumer Agency found that fully one-quarter of us told our old car insurance provider to hit the road in the last 12 months.This is compared with the 17% who switched electricity provider, and 15% who got tired of their gym membership, among others.At the other end of the scale, we appear to be most loyal (or least apt to change over) when it comes to financial services.In the last year, the report found, a mere 1-5% of Irish consumers cashed in on their credit, savings, mortgage, or credit card providers, and found a new one. Source: ConsumerHelp.ieOverall, nearly half of us (43%) switched one product or service provider, and the vast majority of those (80-90%) say it ended up saving them money.Looking around for a new health insurance provider looks to be the most lucrative, with the average monthly savings being €34.51 after making the switch.By contrast, throwing out the trash when it comes to your bin provider only saved an average of €8.66 per month. Source: ConsumerHelp.ieDespite the number of Irish consumers being proactive about getting better deals, there is still a sizeable proportion (36%) who “tend to stick” with the same companies.Those over the age of 65 are particularly unlikely to switch things up, the report found, and perhaps not surprisingly, the under-35s are more apt than any other age bracket to kick unsatisfactory companies to the kerb.The largest single group, however, is the 38% of us who generally stay with their current service providers, but do “look around” for better offers.Scroll down to read the report, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes, in full.Read: Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Greyhound among companies pursued by consumer agency>Poll: Have you ever made an official complaint about a company?last_img read more

Why do we pay more VAT on hairdressing than we do on

first_img leave VAT as it is? (124) Introduce a single rate with a rebate for low-incomes? (247) reduce the standard rate to 22 per cent? (633) Poll Results: leave VAT as it is?reduce the standard rate to 22 per cent?Increase reduced rates?Introduce a single rate with a rebate for low-incomes?VoteThe floor is yours. Let us know what you think in the comments… Read: There are just 66 days until the next Budget so let’s talk about how much we should cutRead:  “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 — Noonan Increase reduced rates? (168) THERE ARE 59 days to the Budget with much debate still to take place between now and 14 October on what the government should spend and cutback on. But in the second in a series of articles Dr Daragh McGreal, an economic advisor to the independent TD Stephen Donnelly, drills down into the issue of Value Added Tax, which most of us know as VAT, and whether there is scope for cuts or changes to the way it is levied… ANYONE WHO HAS watched Only Fools and Horses remembers ‘no income tax, no VAT’ from the jingle.The boys belonged to a grey area of the economy outside the prying eyes of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and were loved for their wheeler dealing. But when you’re not dealing with the Del Boys of this world, VAT is unavoidable.In Ireland, consumers pay VAT on most goods and services, apart from food and some other exceptions, and its purpose is to raise revenue. At the height of the boom in 2007, we took in €14.5bn through VAT, but this had fallen to €9.7bn by 2011. The recession had hit our wallets and we hadn’t started spending again.Because of the big budget deficit, the government needed to raise revenue and to show the Troika that Ireland was serious about its deficit. So in early 2012 it changed the standard VAT rate from 21 per cent to 23 per cent.This change made the rate one of the highest in the world and was the tenth rate change since 2000. As consumers, we face fluctuating rates more often than consumers in any other EU state. This makes consumption more dependent on government decisions and out of the hands of the consumer.Increasing and decreasing rates can lead to greater or less tax intake, but it is a fine balancing act. Increased revenue can accrue if consumers really need the goods or are prepared to pay more.When the rate changed in 2012, VAT intake increased from €9.7bn to €10.2bn because people were more prepared to buy the goods than they were put off by the increase in VAT by 2 per cent.Economists call this inelastic demand.But who is most affected by inelastic demand?TASC says that 98 per cent of the taxes paid by the poorest are taken up by taxes such as VAT and excise duties. This is in spite of in-built structures aimed at protecting lower income groups: no VAT is paid on food, as people need to eat; no VAT is paid on children’s clothes, as children need to be clothed; and no VAT is paid on medicines, as people need to be cured.These goods are ‘zero-rated’ to lighten the load for the less well off. But as the ESRI says that the most recent change to the VAT rate increased spending by the poorest by 1 per cent and by the richest by 0.4 per cent, the system is still weighted in favour of the well-off.VAT in Ireland is also unusual because of the high number of reduced rates or exemptions. This sets us apart from other EU states. VAT on hairdressing services is charged at 9 per cent, VAT on works of art is charged at 13.5 per cent, and VAT on the supply of greyhounds is charged at 4.8 per cent. This makes the system haphazard and unpredictable.So how could the Government make VAT fairer and clearer?The first option could be to reduce the rate again. TASC says the rate could fall to 22 per cent this year, at a cost of €350m, and to 21 per cent in 2016. This would bring Ireland more in line with other EU countries and would ease the financial strain on poorer people.On the other hand, it would cost the state money at a time when it needs to save, and it wouldn’t address the holes in the system.The second option could be to increase some of the reduced rates to the standard rate. This would mean more money for the state and could be done progressively. With this stability, the standard rate could be reduced in time.Alternatively, the state could apply a uniform rate to all goods and service and provide a tax rebate to low income households. VAT would be the same on all products but the poorest would be able to reclaim a portion of the amount they pay.This would be progressive and would make the system more coherent. But such a system would require greater administration and would need time to be implemented, neither of which solves the immediate budget deficit.Over the past decade, VAT has accounted for about 30 per cent of total tax intake, despite the messiness of the system and the frequency with which our governments have tinkered with rates. The system could be made more stable.Dr Daragh Mc Greal is an economist and human rights consultant currently working with Stephen Donnelly TD on Budget 2015 and other policies.Poll: What would you be in favour of the Government doing? Do we… last_img read more

5 apps worth downloading this week

first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a way to remember notes from the day before, a neon-visual shoot ‘em up and a way to help other people.TapPathFor: AndroidCost: €0.69- Tapping links on mobile tends to be a somewhat slow process. Sometimes you will want to open the native app it’s linking to, other times you will want to view it on a browser.- TapPath allows you to choose what app a link should open based on the number of taps you give. Which apps open up depends on your settings.- For example, if you tapped it once, you open the link in a browser, two taps could open up Pocket while triple tap could open up share options- A warning though, you will have to adjust the tap delay first before you get it the way you want. If you’re not opening the right service, that’s probably what’s causing it.- If you’ve tried out other apps like LinkBubble, but didn’t find it to your liking, this could be what you’re looking for. Source: Chris Lacy/YouTubeKindlyFor: iOSCost: Free- Before we talk about this app, we should mention that this is not an app designed to replace therapy or is a crisis helpline. The app states that as soon as you boot it up so if your problems are serious, it’s better to avail of these services instead of an app.- The idea behind Kindly is to create a network that’s compassionate and allows users to talk about what’s bothering them for a few minutes.- Signing up is pretty quick and once you’ve chosen your topics, you can chat anonymously.- Chats are one-on-on last for 15 minutes and if you want them to last longer, you can send a friend request to them.- If you’re able to spare a few minutes and help a stranger out, do. A little help goes a long way. Source: KindlySuper CrossfighterFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: €1.79 (€1.48 Android)- So this is a strange one. A game that was released on Xbox 360 has been re-launched with a slightly different name.- Anyway, Super Crossfighter is retro gaming personified. Neon visuals, shoot-em-up gameplay and a “easy to learn, hard to master” arcade game makes it addictive.- You have the option of different control formats, you could go for the traditional virtual buttons but the option to use slider or tilt controls is there too. You’ll likely stick to the virtual controls to be honest.- The game is packed with content, and the action is frantic. The somewhat 3D camera view tilting can throw you off when you’re not used to it, but it adds to the overall feel.- A game that you will be playing long after you’ve finished the main campaign. Source: radiangames/YouTubeOneStartFor: Windows PhoneCost: Free (€0.99 for Pro version)- Windows Phone 8.1 brings a number of improvements to the table, in both functionality and style, but one of the nicer ones is the ability to use transparent tiles and custom backgrounds.- OneStart taps into this by providing a wide variety of Start Screen background options for you to try out.- The basic versions allow you to change colours and pictures and provides you with a few edit features to play around with too.- The Pro version, on the other hand, gives you access to additional patterns and options to play around with.- If your own photos aren’t doing the job, or other similar apps aren’t doing the job, there’s a lot to like with OneStart. Source: OneStart/Windows PhoneJotFor: iOSCost: Free- Many of us write notes down, where we keep them is another story entirely. Some use traditional pen and paper, others use services like Evernote, but it’s likely these notes are soon forgotten about.- Jot uses email to remind you but instead of sending them one at a time, it emails all of your notes to you the next morning for reminding.- No matter how many notes you write in a day, all of them will be grouped together in the one email the next day.- Obviously, its usefulness depends on how often you check your email. If you check it every day, then it’s perfect for remembering random thoughts.- Useful if you’re looking for an alternative way of reminding yourself about tasks or ideas. Source: Jot/App StoreRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 9 Aug >Read: These Windows Phone features will prevent anyone from looking through your phone >last_img read more

Cardi Bs new single mentions Antetokounmpo Im a freak like Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram American rapper, songwriter and television personality, Cardi B has just released her new song ‘Press’ in which she refers to Greek NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.In her lyrics, Cardi B, is heard singing “I’m a freak like Greek (Like Greek)” making a clear reference to the Milwaukee Bucks Star, who is known all around the world by the nickname “Greek freak”.Admired for his athleticism and his personal story the 24-year-old, is making Greeks across the globe proud with his incredible talent, ball-handling abilities and impeccable character.Born in Athens, the nearly 7ft-tall athlete, whose parents migrated to Greece from Laos, Nigeria, was given the nickname ‘Greek freak’ because he is Greek and he is doing things on the basketball court that people have never seen before.Despite his success, Antetonkoumpo never forgets the country that raised him and talks about Greece with love, nostalgia and fondness.last_img read more

WHATS ON Guide Greekinspired events across Australia 18 July onward

first_imgSAKARAMELA GREEK NIGHT VOL. 2This Saturday 20 July N&B Catering together with Dj Stelio present Karamela Greke Night Volume 2 at the Cypriot Club (8 Barrpowell St, Welland). Go along and party to all the latest Greek tunes together with some of the best laika. Enjoy Greek Happy (long) Hour between 8.30-10.30 pm. Entry fee $10.00 p.p. Wine barrel seating available and complimentary souvlakia throughout the night. To book a table, call Nick on 0404 847 897 or DJ Stelio 0412 399 169. Doors open 8.30 pm.MODERN GREEK LECTURE SERIESThe LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) at 6.00 pm. Free to attend.* If you know of any Greek events taking place across the country, including those organised by Greek community groups, please forward details to anastasia@neoskosmos.com.au VICGREEK TAVERN NIGHT AT ELENI’SEleni’s Kitchen + Bar (28 Anderson St, Yarraville) is hosting a Greek tavern night this Friday 19 July at 7.00-10.00 pm. Experience the best of Greek culture as you warm up to a delicious four-course Greek banquet menu with fantastic live entertainment by Azra the belly dancer and Greek band Aetos. $65.00 per person. To make a booking (essential), call (03) 9943 4233.‘THALASSA’ ART EXHIBITIONStella Zicopoulos-Greig’s latest solo exhibition of oil paintings ‘Thalassa’ explores the artist’s cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea. As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the long voyage from Greece to Australia had a profound influence on her artistic practice, further reinforced by her family’s annual summer holidays spent at the beach. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings. More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. See her work first-hand. ‘Thalassa’ is on show now until 10 August at G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale). Catch Stella giving a talk at the exhibition space this Saturday 20 July at 2.00 pm. Free admission.GREEK DANCE PARTY WITH ZOUROUNACatch Melbourne band Zourouna performing at Open Studio (204 High St, Northcote) this Saturday 20 July at 9.00 pm. Enjoy their upbeat versions of traditional and modern tunes from Greece and all over the Mediterranean region.BYZANFEST FILM FESTIVAL SCREEN & AWARDS NIGHTByzanfest Film Festival is a worldwide online film festival that promotes filmmakers of the Eastern Orthodox faith, and has a large following across the world. It will have its Premiere Screening on Sunday 21 July at St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Parish Templestowe and Doncaster (190 Porter St, Templestowe) from 5.00-8.00 pm, after which Byzanfest will be available for viewing via YouTub. Free to attend.GREEK DANCING WITH RUSHRMIT United Society of Hellenes is hosting Greek dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. Schedule: Friday 26 July: Cretan Dances, 9 August: Lakonian Dances, 23 August: Island Dances. Taking place at RMIT (Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne). Free to attend.MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVALJoin St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church (22 Marsden Crescent, St Albans) for their annual festival on Sunday 28 July at 11.00 am. There’ll be live Greek music and dancing, and delicious food. There will be lots for the kids to do, including an animal farm, photo booth, kids karaoke, the kids ‘zorba till you drop’ competition, games, a baloonologist, and face painting. Free to attend.THE PHILHELLENES LIVECatch The Philhellenes performing at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg) on Saturday 3 August from 9.00-11.00 pm. They will play a mixture of traditional repertoire from Asia Minor and songs composed by Greek refugee musicians from the region, such as Dalgas (Antonis Diamantidis), Panos Tountas and Kostas Skarvelis. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Y9az6OTHE MUSIC OF MANOLIS HIOTISMelbourne Rebetiko Ensemble returns to Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew) next month, Saturday 10 August for a musical tribute to Manolis Hiotis. Considered one of the greatest bouzouki soloists of all time, Hiotis was famous for popularising the string instrument’s modern sound. He was a rebetis and revolutionary who drove the music of the working class into the salons of the rich, embedding it into the wider popular culture of Greece. On from 8.00-9.40 pm. For tickets, visit https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/melbourne-rebetiko-ensemble-music-manolis-hiotisTHE GREEK GRAMOPHONE EXPERIENCEJoin Wayne Simmons and Con Kalamaras on Sunday 18 August at the Merri Creek Tavern (111 High St, Northcote) at 4.00 pm for a unique live performance delving into the rich history of Greek music that was recorded in 1920’s and 40’s Greece. You could call it abrasive, coarse and unrefined, or you could call it an historical, artistic, and social commentary on a rapidly changing country. This performance is a collection of works that paved the way for generations to come, no glitz, no plate smashing … just a collection of brutally honest and achingly beautiful songs. Bring an open mind and heart … your world will change.LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’  up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60sGreek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pmLA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ IN THE 50s AND 60sLa Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) present a lecture by Dr Konstandina Dounis on ‘A Parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s’ on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.COOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FAREExpand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XJ9DZK NSWSYDNEY PENNY MARATHONPenny Marathon is back in its 8th year to help raise awareness and money for animals in need. Taking place this Sunday 21 July, it’s free to take part and you can run, cycle or walk. The route takes place in Brighton Le Sands and includes shorter legs of three and six kms, or the full 22 kms. Funds raised help to save the lives of suffering animals. Registration is essential. To register and for further information, visit http://www.pennymarathon.comTOWARD AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CULT IN A GREEK COLONY IN THE WEST: NEW EXCAVATION IN THE MAIN URBAN SANCTUARY OF SELINUNTEOn Wednesday 7 August see the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens’ (AAIA) sisiting Professor Clemente Marconi present research from new excavations he has directed at Selinunte, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy. Of particular significance are the finds in the area around Temple R, built for a goddess c.580 BCE. This new research makes it possible to fully reconstruct, for the first time, the biography of a temple in Selinunte, and to reconstruct a significant part of the ritual activities in this area of the sanctuary. Taking place at the AAIA Boardroom, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (Room 480, Level 4, The Madsen Building, The University of Sydney).  To book, visit https://bit.ly/2LRcCsQGREEK COOKING CLASSCelebrate Mediterranean flavours with an authentic Greek cooking class. Hosted by Sophie Stokes from ‘In Sophia’s Kitchen’ you will be transported to Greece on a plate, preparing a range of dishes in the morning. Then you will get to sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking beautiful ocean views. It will be a delicious celebration of food and in turn, Greek culture. Taking place on Sunday 18 August at The Corner Pantry (Shop 5/11 Beach St, Harrington) from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2Llt7xICARLOS HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHTDo you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XRtlPccenter_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Stray dog from Pyrgos Greece saves lives of patients in Switzerland

first_imgThe story of Candy, a stray dog from Pyrgos, in the Peloponnese, has gone viral.Candy was found several years ago as a stray pup by an animal welfare group. She was just one of the many pups dumped around Greece.Though Candy was a friendly dog and had many attributes, nobody was found to adopt the stray who lived at a dog shelter for three years.READ MORE: Man from Crete drops everything to take care of 74 stray dogsIn 2016, a Swiss nurse known as Sylvie visited the shelter and immediately fell in love with Candy. Having lost a dog a few months earlier, she decided to take Candy with her back to Switzerland, where she worked at a medical institution near Geneva.The hospital where she works has a programme aimed at using dogs to help improve the physical and mental health of its patients, and Candy managed to pass the necessary tests to be included in the programme.READ MORE: Stray dogs of Athens at the heart of new documentaryCandy was immediately able to adapt to her new life. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le risque de contamination des aliments priorité de lAnses pour 2012

first_imgLe risque de contamination des aliments, priorité de l’Anses pour 2012Le risque microbiologique dans l’alimentation sera l’un des trois thèmes phare de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses) pour 2012. C’est ce qu’indique le programme de travail qui vient d’être présenté.Avec la santé des abeilles et les nanomatériaux, le risque microbiologique (bactéries, virus, parasites) dans l’alimentation sera l’un des thèmes majeurs sur lequel l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses) compte se pencher en 2012. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Une décision qui fait sans surprise référence à l’épidémie liée à la consommation de produits végétaux contenant la bactérie E.coli O104:H4, qui a touché près de 4.000 personnes au printemps dernier en Allemagne. Ainsi, l’Anses a tenu à rappeler la nécessité de “renforcer la vigilance vis-à-vis des risques microbiologiques”. L’agence estime en particulier nécessaire de “porter une attention accrue aux produits végétaux jusqu’ici peu impliqués dans des toxi-infections alimentaires collectives”. Dans cet objectif, un guide destiné aux consommateurs et reprenant l’ensemble de ses recommandations en matière d’hygiène alimentaire sera disponible, “leur permettant de maîtriser les risques dans leur cuisine”. Elle travaillera également à la mise en place du volet sanitaire de l’Observatoire de l’alimentation créé par la loi de Modernisation de l’agriculture et de la pêche. Il permettra de centraliser toutes les données disponibles sur les dangers microbiologiques et chimiques dans les aliments.Le 8 février 2012 à 20:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doù vient lexpression poser un lapin

first_imgD’où vient l’expression “poser un lapin” ?Vous attendez un ami depuis déjà une demi-heure sans avoir de ses nouvelles… Il faut vous rendre à l’évidence, il vous a posé un lapin ! Mais d’où vient cette expression au juste ? Tout le monde a connu ce type de mésaventure. Vous avez rendez-vous avec un ami, vous l’attendez 10 minutes, 15 minutes et toujours rien. Vous lui envoyez un sms, pas de réponse. Pas de chance pour vous, votre ami vous a très probablement “posé un lapin” ! Un mauvais coup qui peut s’avérer encore plus désagréable lorsqu’il s’agit d’un rendez-vous galant… Mais pourquoi parle-t-on de lapin dans ces circonstances ?À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Vous connaissez bien sûr cette fameuse expression, qui signifie ne pas se rendre à un rendez-vous sans prévenir de son absence. Pourtant le lien entre le sens de cette phrase et l’animal aux longues oreilles n’est pas évident au premier abord. En réalité, cette expression nous vient de la fin du 19ème siècle, où elle avait un sens légèrement différent.À l’époque, “poser un lapin” voulait dire ne pas rémunérer une femme pour ses services. Le mot “lapin” était alors synonyme d’un refus de payer, en référence au lapin des jeux de foire qu’il était quasiment impossible de gagner. L’expression a aussi un temps été utilisée pour désigner les voyageurs clandestins, ou encore pour parler d’histoires abracadabrantesques.De ce côté fantasque, le lapin que l’on pose est progressivement devenu un moyen de dire que l’on fait des farces, ou que l’on fixe de faux rendez-vous galants. Ce serait aux alentours de 1890 que l’expression a pris le sens qu’on lui connaît désormais, beaucoup utilisée alors dans le monde étudiant. Quant au verbe “poser” il viendrait tout simplement de “laisser poser”, qui signifie “faire attendre” et “se moquer”.Le 26 novembre 2018 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LimitedEdition Budweiser Brew Celebrates 50 Years Since Moon Landing

first_imgStay on target Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedBudweiser’s Buddy Cup contains a chip linking it to Facebook Nothing says “historic achievement” like an ice cold beer.To celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Budweiser has brewed a limited-edition brewski that’s out of this world.Discover Reserve American Red Lager, made with medium-roast Voyager barley malt, is actually inspired by an old recipe from the time of the Apollo missions.“This Bud’s for those who challenged the odds and made the impossible possible,” Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing core and value brands at Anheuser-Busch.An out-of-this-world brew (via Anheuser-Busch)“Budweiser Discovery Reserve is our tribute to this epic moment in history,” he continued, “one that will certainly continue to inspire generations of present and future explorers.”As well as Budweiser designers: The label’s 11 stars represent the Apollo 11 mission, while alternating bottle caps symbolize Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the Moon and our next frontier—Mars.The Anheuser-Busch logo has also been updated to reflect the Red Planet, with Earth in the background.Boasting a “light hoppy aroma, a toasted barley malt taste with a hint of toffee, and a sharp finish,” the beer is also a nod to the U.S. Air Force, which worked closely with NASA’s 1960s space program.Brewed by former Air Force Captain Karissa Norrington, each case of Discovery Reserve sold earns $1 for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.Since 2011, the brand and its partners have raised nearly $16 million for the charity and contributed to 3,000-plus grants for military families across the country.Look for the lager on shelves through September (or while supplies last). This marks the latest addition to Budweiser’s Reserve Collection, launched in the fall of 2017.Each variant—including Reserve Copper Lager, Freedom Reserve, and Repeal Reserve—was created to develop and debut new recipes and packaging tied to relevant moments in time.* Up to $100,000More on Geek.com:Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedOutdoor Gear company Patagonia Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a Beerlast_img read more

NASA Fits 265,000 Galaxies Into Single ‘Hubble Legacy Field’ Image

first_img NASA astronomers assembled 16 years’ worth of Hubble Space Telescope observations in one stunning image.The deep-sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, provides a comprehensive portrait of the distant universe.Stretching through 13.3 billion years of time—to 500 million years after the Big Bang—the illustration contains 265,000 galaxies, the faintest and farthest of which are just one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see.To the untrained eye, this speckled image might not look like much.But the Hubble Legacy Field is a truly ambitious endeavor, combining observations from several Hubble deep-field surveys to show how galaxies change over time, building themselves up to become giant star systems.“Now that we have gone wider than in previous surveys, we are harvesting many more distant galaxies in the largest such dataset ever produced by Hubble,” team leader Garth Illingworth, of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), said in a statement. “This one image contains the full history of the growth of galaxies in the universe, from their time as ‘infants’ to when they grew into fully fledged ‘adults.’”No image will surpass this one until future space telescopes are launched, according to NASA.“Our goal was to assemble all 16 years of exposures into a legacy image,” data processing lead Dan Magee of UCSC explained. “Previously, most of these exposures had not been put together in a consistent way that can be used by any researcher.“Astronomers can select data in the Legacy Field they want and work with it immediately,” he continued. “As opposed to having to perform a huge amount of data reduction before conducting scientific analysis.”After its launch into low Earth orbit in 1990, astronomers debated whether it was worth sending the Hubble Space Telescope on a “fishing expedition” to take a very long exposure of a small, seemingly blank piece of sky.Spoiler alert: It was.The resulting Hubble Deep Field image in 1995 captures several thousand unseen galaxies in one go; in 2002, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys went even deeper to uncover 10,000 galaxies in a single snapshot.The Hubble Legacy Field is one of the widest views ever taken of the universe with Hubble (via NASA/ESA/University of California, Santa Cruz/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University)Astronomers used exposures taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, installed in 2009, to assemble the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) snapshot in 2012—the deepest view of the universe.This new image, comprising the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field photographs.It contains about 30 times as many galaxies as in previous deep fields, and uncovers a zoo of unusual objects, many of which are remnants of galactic “train wrecks”—a time in the early universe, NASA explained, when small, young galaxies collided and merged.“Such exquisite high-resolution measurements of the numerous galaxies in this catalog enable a wide swath of extragalactic study,” according to catalog lead researcher Katherine Whitaker, of the University of Connecticut. “Often, these kinds of surveys have yielded unanticipated discoveries which have had the greatest impact in our understanding of galaxy evolution.”The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 exposures in another area of the sky.More on Geek.com:Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy 30 Million Light-Years AwayHubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Living Fossil’ Galaxy Outside Milky WayHubble Space Telescope Captures Awesome View of Neighboring Galaxy Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Crab Robot Designed to Search for Ocean Litter Makes First Dive

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Meet the new “garbage collector” of the sea: A new crab robot, designed to sample the waters looking for microplastics polluting the ocean, made its first dive on Saturday, World Oceans Day, in the sea off the Italian coast.The Crab Robot SILVER 2 (Seabed-Interaction Legged Vehicle for Exploration and Research 2), a robot explorer of the seabed created by the Institute of Robotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, supported by National Geographic Society and Arbi Dario Spa, was deployed off the Meloria shoal, in the Ligurian sea.The Crab Robot will adopt an arm that collects bags, bottles and other forms of plastic pollution in the sea. (Photo Credit: Laura Lezza / Getty Images)Soon, the robot will be equipped with an arm that collects plastic bags, bottles, and other forms of plastic pollution.The crab robot has the ability to move, walk, and run on the seabed. The six agile, crab-like legs allow the robot to adapt to the changing seabed soil, bounce on the ground without causing damage, and circumvent obstacles.“This bio-inspired robot can hop and jump in broader areas through a spring-loaded mechanism,” project scientific coordinator Marcello Calisti told Sant’Anna di Pisa magazine.“The spring has a simple structure, energy storage and release, and simple control so the robot can jump through an instantaneous contraction of the spring. The crab-like legs include ankle joints which have good jump performance. Our experiments show that the robot can achieve a smooth jump. Long-exposure images without background blurring demonstrate stability.”The robot is capable of adapting to the changing seabed soil. (Photo Credit: Laura Lezza / Getty Images)Callisti believes the robot can also help provide improved tools for researchers,  due to its use of “legged locomotion to move dexterously on the seafloor, anchor to underwater structures, and gently interact with the environment.”A recent UN report has for called for urgent action to curb the flow of the 8 million tons of plastic pollution going into oceans each year.Many plastic particles are swallowed by farm animals or fish who mistake them for food, and thus can find their way onto our dinner plates, the UN said.They’ve also been found in a majority of the world’s tap water. By clogging sewers and providing breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests, plastic waste — especially plastic bags — can increase the transmission of vector-borne diseases like malaria.While the issue has received increased attention in recent years, there is still no global agreement to tackle marine litter.Watch: Your Biodegradable Bag Might Not Degrade as Fast as You’d ThinkMore on Geek.com:Humans Consume More Than 70,000 Plastic Particles a YearDead Whale Found With More Than 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags in Its StomachTexas Coast Has More Ocean Trash Than Any Other Gulf State, Study Sayslast_img read more

Mosque president: 5 dead in Quebec shooting

first_imgQUEBEC CITY (AP) — Five people have been killed in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, the president of the center said Sunday.Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui reported the number of dead late Sunday in a telephone call from the provincial capital.Yangui said the shooting happened in the men’s section of the mosque. He said five males had died and he worried that some were children. He said he wasn’t at the center when the attack occurred but he got some details from people on the scene.He said an estimated 60-100 people would have been there at the time of the shooting. “We are sad for the families,” he said.Authorities did not confirm the number of fatalities.Quebec City police spokesman Constable Pierre Poirier said two suspects were arrested. Police said the mosque had been evacuated and things were under control.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly took to social media to express his condolences.“Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families,” Trudeau tweeted.He later said on Twitter that he spoke to Quebec’s premier and was being briefed by officials. The prime minister said the government had offered “any & all assistance needed.”last_img read more

Guardiola Van Dijk was well worth £75m

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Virgil van Dijk’s reported record £75m deal to Liverpool was worth itThe Reds signed Van Dijk in January 2017 from fellow Premier League side Southampton by making him the world’s most expensive defender for £75m.The Netherlands captain has since formed a key part of the Liverpool team that has gone their opening 20 league games of this season undefeated with just eight goals conceded in the process.“He’s an exceptional player,” said Guardiola, according to Evening Standard.“When a player costs whatever it costs and it works, it is well worth it.“When you pay less and it doesn’t work, it is so expensive. If he can play every three days with no injuries and plays consistently, it is well worth it.”Liverpool, who are chasing a first league title since 1990, could take a major step forward in the Premier League title race with victory against City tonight.“We know how important it (the match) is,” added Guardiola.“If we are not able to win, especially if we lose – 10 points, goal difference 11 – if they continue that run it will be so difficult.“It’s almost a final for us. For them, nothing changes.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If it is different pressure, we have to live it. We have to handle it. Maybe people expected we would always be top, but we are Manchester City, we are not Liverpool or Manchester United.LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City applauds fans after his team win the penalty shoot out during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)“We are Man City. In that situation, it is quite usual in history. That is why it is nice after what we have achieved in the last decade to still be up there.“My feeling is last season it was a little bit easier to maintain that hunger because 80 per cent of the players had not won anything in our lives.“I can feel what they feel, the Liverpool players. After 29 years not winning the Premier League, to be there to win the Premier League. I understand. And I said to the players, that it’s difficult to handle that.“I know what happened after Chelsea and Leicester won the league, the year after was tough.“We’ve avoided that we’ve got a lot of points, we are fighting, but the opponents have been incredible.“We don’t play every week against Liverpool, that’s why we have to focus when we drop.“During the season we won a lot of things, you forget what you have to do, we’ve done exceptional, we are there, we have a lot of games to go and I think everyone will lose points, even Liverpool.“There are a lot of competitions, a lot of targets and every game will be tough, we’ll see what happens in the future.”The City and Liverpool match will take place at the Etihad Stadium with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE 6AM BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2017. GENERAL SITUATION: A TROUGH STRETCHING OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL GENERATE UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS. SPECIAL WARNINGS: RESIDENTS IN LOW LYING AREAS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE RISK OF LOCALIZED FLOODING DURING HEAVY OR PROLONGED RAINFALL EVENTS. BOATERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF WATERSPOUTS…BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO MODERATE SWELLS, ROUGH SURF AND THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT BEACHES MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES.FOR ALL AREAS: WEATHER:  CLOUDY TO OVERCAST WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME BECOMING HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: LIGHT AND VARIABLE OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET BUT UP TO 8 FEET IN MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS. TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: SEE LATEST NEWS ITEMS ON MARIA AND LEE. Related Items: FORECAST FOR FRIDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: SOUTHEASTERLY AT 10 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS BUT UP TO 11 FEET IN NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS ACROSS ALL AREAS. FORECASTER: PATRICIA WEEKS/ss DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         90°F 32°COVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE     74°F 23°C FORECAST FOR THURSDAY                                   WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.                                                      WINDS: LIGHT AND VARIABLESEAS:1 TO 3 FEET BUT UP TO 10 FEET IN MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS. SUNRISE: 7:01AM                           SUNSET: 7:01PM                                                                                       MOONRISE: 1:23PM                      MOONSET: 12:28 AM THULOW TIDE:  7:20 AM                     HIGH TIDE: 1:45PM                      LOW TIDE: 8:15 PM                       HIGH TIDE: 2:08AM THUlast_img read more

One man killed another injured in Paradise Hills house fire

first_imgOne man killed, another injured in Paradise Hills house fire Updated: 1:20 PM April 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: April 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One man was killed and another man was injured Saturday night in a Paradise Hills house fire, authorities said.The fire was reported at 10:17 p.m. in the 2900 block of Calle Cumbre, San Diego police Officer J. Buttle said. The house was in a subdivision just north of the Route 54 Freeway at Reo Drive.Two victims — both men — were pulled out of the home and taken to a hospital, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said.One of the victims died of his injuries sometime later, Munoz said.Neither of the victims’ identities were immediately available.Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze within about 45 minutes, Munoz said, and investigators determined the fire was accidental last_img read more

Hundreds attend 5K for South Dade High principal

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of people showed their support at a 5K race for South Dade Sr. High Principal Javier Perez, Sunday.The race, which began around 8 a.m., had nearly 800 participants.The objective of the race, held at Amelia Earhart Park, is to raise money for Perez’s medical bills. Perez was struck by an SUV in April while he was coaching a Little League game for his son. The driver of the SUV was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.The 5K comes the day after a Bingo benefit game was held for Perez. “Jav is a great guy in the community, he is a principal in our public schools system, he loves sports, he loves people, he loves to be out in the community, and he’s a great pillar in our community,” said Bingo participant West Perry.Perez’s wife and two children were present at the race, where a proclamation was also made for Perez. The proclamation marks June 5 as Javier Perez day. “Every one of you here today is present for Javi and my family,” said Perez’s wife. “I can never put into words what that feels like. All I can say is thank you, but that doesn’t seem to be enough. Javi and I are truly humble for the generosity and overcome with gratitude.”Many have said that the fundraising isn’t going to stop until Perez’s family has enough money to get the help they need. “We want to make sure that he knows that we’re here to support him and his family knows that we’re here to support him, and no matter what they need, whatever God can’t handle, were gonna help the family with,” said Perez’s friend, Giovanna Blanco.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

4 MustKnow Ways For Music Makers To Succeed In Finding the Money

first_img Facebook 4 Must-Know Ways For “Finding The Money” In Music 4-must-know-ways-music-makers-succeed-finding-money News 4 Must-Know Ways For Music Makers To Succeed In “Finding the Money” Twitter Email The Recording Academy New York Chapter hosted an illuminating, resource-rich discussion on where and how income is generated in today’s music business – here’s what you missedJackie SmileyGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2019 – 3:30 pm Making a living in the music industry has always been tough. In fact, leveraging creativity for profit has challenged artists for centuries. But today’s music professional faces not only the need to create work that has value, but perhaps more the daunting task of identifying where and how income can be generated for their work.To that end, the Recording Academy New York Chapter and their Professional Development Committee held an event titled “Finding the Money” at the Bryant Park Hotel in Manhattan on Mar. 28. New York Chapter Executive Director Nick Cucci welcomed music industry leaders in attendance for a panel discussion on how independent creatives can maximize their revenue and avoid costly pitfalls and miscommunications.Moderated by Chris Carroll a lobbyist for Yoswein New York, the panel discussion included Binta Brown, Founder of Fermata Entertainment and Big Mouth Records; Alex Heiche, Founder and CEO of Sound Royalties; Richard Barone, singer/songwriter and front man for The Bongos; and Neeta Ragoowansi, SVP and Co-Founder of NPREX.With music in their hearts and money on their minds, here are four key takeaways from the panelists and their dynamic and informative discussion.1. Have the money conversation firstArtists and songwriters can sometimes be hesitant to talk business. As we all find out sooner or later, this can cause huge problems down the road. The “money conversation” doesn’t have to kill the creative vibe. Get it out of the way first. Don’t wait to sort it out later when no one remembers as clearly. For instance, before a writing or recording session, creators should agree—in writing!—who is part of this composition, what they each plan on contributing (music, lyrics, instrumentation, etc…), and what they are there to accomplish.Barone offered advice on this occasionally touchy subject. He advocates for splitting credit down the middle whenever possible or when in doubt. “As a solo artist, I had other co-writers come to my apartment in the village for writing sessions. One well-known artist came with a briefcase with an agreement ready to sign. The contract said that everything we write is going to be split 50/50. First, I was offended because I thought we were just playing music in a room, but then I realized later that it was actually a smart thing to do.”      Read More: Richard Barone & More To Celebrate Legacy of ’60s Greenwich Village2. Figure out your income revenue streams Gone are the days when a creator can merely wait for fat checks to come in the mail from their record label and or publisher (of course, this always only applied to a lucky few). Streaming and new digital sources of revenue (SoundExchange, for example) can be valuable sources of ancillary income; however, it’s important to understand the basics first: royalty calculations, copyright, and the monies owed to you from your Performance Rights Organization (PRO, such as BMI, ASCAP or SESAC). Dedicate time to understanding how the business works and educate yourself on how your music makes you money. Ask questions, ask your PRO contact, ask your manager, ask your fellow music creators and take notes.Heiche is an expert in this area and offered up advice that all new artists should follow: “One of the common mistakes we see are songwriters that are collecting from a PRO but never signed up with a publishing entity or created their own pub designee. Creating your own LLC and registering it with the PRO will allow you to collect the other half of the writer’s performance share on the publishing side. It will also open the door for sync licensing opportunities.””The numbers in other countries are huge and are growing, and that’s where the money is going to be.” –Neeta RaggowansiMeanwhile, Ragoowansi focused on income generated by international performance royalties, also known as “neighboring rights,” and the tangible benefits to a more proactive approach of signing up directly in other countries. A publishing administrator (Kobalt, TuneCore or CD Baby, for example) should be able to take care of this. Neeta says, “Don’t sign up with your PRO and then sit back and hope you get paid as a songwriter. Be aggressive and think about your other markets. Often, we are U.S.-centric and miss out on the bigger picture. The numbers in other countries are huge and are growing, and that’s where the money is going to be.”3. Get a designated business manager As the saying goes, artists who don’t manage their business will soon find that they have no business left to manage. Artists who reach a certain income threshold will need a full-time business manager, who typically works on commission. Until then, most artists will find a CPA when tax season comes around, which isn’t enough in many cases.Make sure someone from your team understands all aspects of the music business, including royalties, licensing, publishing and copyrights. Even if your manager is a wizard at understanding contracts, you will still need a lawyer (if not on retainer, then a phone call away).  If you need reminders (and let’s be honest, we all do), set alerts to check your balances and run cash flow reports monthly, quarterly and annually. Above all, you need to know where your money is coming from and how it is being spent.”If you don’t feel comfortable advocating for yourself to be paid, find someone who can do it for you.” –Binta BrownBrown, who currently works with Chance the Rapper, shared her invaluable wisdom and offered a touching piece of advice: “When other people are using your music, remember how much love, effort, energy, and money you put into creating what you created. When they ask for permission so they can use your creation to amplify the value of what they’re doing—whether it’s in a podcast or a retail store or whatever it is—they’re generating value from that. You have contributed to their value, and they owe you! You have absolutely every right to insist on having an agreement that ensures you are going to be paid, and if you don’t feel comfortable advocating for yourself to be paid, find someone who can do it for you.”4. Protect yourself One relatively easy way to protect yourself is to pay attention to your metadata. Make sure it is correct on the label copy and liner notes. Metadata is the information embedded in an audio file that is used to identify content it includes the following information: Artist name, album title, song titles, year of release, genre, ISRC, and UPC. Double check your spelling and syntax and always ask for a final copy. Mistakes with metadata may seem trivial but can be costly.When in doubt, ask questions. The more you know, the less likely you will make mistakes, and the less likely you will be taken advantage of. As always, make sure your team has your best interests at heart and has the knowledge and passion and hustle to make your dreams a reality.More resources…If you need help but can’t afford a lawyer contact Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts here.Check out this handy ‘Finding the Money’ list of helpful links here.Report: How Music Creates Jobs, Drives Tourism, Improves Wellness & MoreRead morelast_img read more

RMG owners emphasise productivity workers higher wage

first_imgRMG workers demonstrate in Ashulia and Savar areas on Sunday. Photo: Sajid HossainThe president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has called on the workers to cooperate with the entrepreneurs in raising their wages as per a government-brokered deal.Despite reservations about ‘poor increase’ in wages in some cases, the representatives of the workers said they have accepted the package for the time being expecting that the prime minister would ensure in near future that their wages are readjusted upwardly.The wages for the workers of the country’s number one export earning sector were revised under a tripartite agreement between the owners, workers’ leaders and the government representatives on Sunday, following a week’s unrest in the sector over the issue of wages.”The wages that were offered in the new structure were already a burden for us, the owners. And in the context of workers’ protest, what has been revised as wages would be a further burden. But we’ve accepted as the prime minister gave us the guidance,” said BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman.He expressed hope that the workers would now go back to the factories peacefully and contribute to increasing productivity so that the new wages could be implemented smoothly.The representatives of the workers, too, said they welcomed the prime minister’s intervention but said the discrepancies should be addressed.”I don’t know exactly when much of this readjustment of the wages would be acceptable to the workers. However, we urge them to resume work,” said Babul Akter, president of Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation.He pointed out that wage hike stood at Tk 15 in grade VI and Tk 20 in the grade V.Nazma Akter, president of Sammilito (Combined) Garments Workers’ Federation, added that wage increase is higher in grade III — Tk 255 and that should have been followed in other grades.She regretted that basic wages had not been raised significantly since 2010 although fringe benefits increased.”When basic salary is lower, the fringe benefits automatically become lower. So, what we need is increase in wages,” she said and expressed the hope that the prime minister would look into the issue of relevance of wage hike in the coming days.The BGMEA president, however, said they would not be able to deliver higher wages, as recommended, unless there is a smooth operation. “Alongside resuming operation of factories, the workers have to think about their productivity,” he said adding that if the workers do not respond to their call, they would conclude that vested quarters are there behind the workers’ demonstration.last_img read more

Kashmir bombing mastermind killed claims India

first_imgA house where suspected militants were holding up is seen in flames during a gun battle with Indian security forces in Pinglan village in south Kashmir`s Pulwama district 18 February, 2019. Photo: ReutersIndian forces on Monday killed three militants, including the suspected organiser of a suicide bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir that fuelled tension between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, police said, with five troops also killed in the clash.The suicide bomb attack on a paramilitary police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir last Thursday killed at least 40 men, the deadliest single assault on Indian forces in 30 years of insurgency in the Muslim-majority region.The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. India accuses Pakistan for harbouring the group. Pakistan denies that.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing an election that must be held by May, is under domestic pressure for decisive action against Pakistan.Modi has promised a strong response and says he has given the military a free hand to tackle cross-border militancy.The three militants killed in the clash on Monday were all Pakistani nationals and members of JeM, two security sources said.”The encounter is still in progress and the security forces are on the job,” police said in a statement.But the 17-hour engagement, that ended shortly before 1330 GMT, came at a cost for India’s security services.Four Indian soldiers and a policeman were killed, while nine troops were wounded, including a brigadier, one of the army’s top roles, and a deputy inspector general of police.A civilian was also killed.”They have protection. Our officers and men are exposed, whereas they’re in the built up area, hiding,” said K. Rajendra Kumar, a former director general of police in Jammu and Kashmir.Security force sources told Reuters one of the dead militants had been identified as Abdul Rashid Gazi, who went by the alias Kamran Bhai and is suspected of playing a leading role in organising Thursday’s attack.Indian troops had earlier cordoned off Pinglan village in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where the attack took place on Thursday.An indefinite curfew has been imposed and police have asked people to stay indoors.Mohammad Yunis, a journalist in Pulwama, said troops were searching the village and civilians trapped in houses were being evacuated.On Sunday, police said Indian forces had detained 23 men suspected of links to the militants who carried out the Thursday bombing.BOLLYWOOD BANKashmir is at the heart of decades of hostility between India and Pakistan. They both claim it in full but rule it in part.India withdrew trade privileges offered to Pakistan after the bomb attack and has warned of further action.The United States had told India it supported its right to defend itself against cross-border attacks, India said on Saturday.With tension mounting, Pakistan withdrew its envoy to India for consultations, a spokesman for Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Twitter on Monday.The Thursday bomb attack has sparked outrage in India with calls for revenge circulating on social media, and rising animosity towards Kashmiri Muslims in other parts of the Hindu-majority country, to the alarm of rights groups.”We are at a dangerous moment, and authorities must do everything they can to uphold the rule of law,” said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty India.”Ordinary Kashmiris across India who are only seeking to improve their lives should not be singled out for violence simply because of where they come from.”The anger has also spread to India’s two big obsessions: cricket and its Bollywood film industry.Several cricket fans and a sport official have called on India to boycott a World Cup match against Pakistan in June, while the Cricket Club of India has covered up a portrait of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan – himself a former cricketer – at its Mumbai office.The All India Cine Workers Association called for a “total ban” on Pakistanis working in India’s film industry, though they have been largely blacklisted from Bollywood since a similar attack in Kashmir in 2016 in which 19 soldiers died.The Confederation of All India Traders called for a nationwide strike to protest against the attack, and footage from Reuters partner ANI showed shuttered shops in several states on Monday.last_img