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International Emergency Managers Participate in Major Disaster Exercise

first_imgA disaster response exercise today, June 11, in Halifax has senior emergency managers from Eastern Canada and the United States dealing with a hypothetical catastrophe. The Emergency Management Office is hosting the bi-annual conference of the International Emergency Management Group. The conference brings together emergency management officials from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. The task of the emergency managers will be to sort out how to share resources to respond to the disaster. They will be testing the operations manual created using the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum is considered a world-leading agreement in international disaster-relief co-operation. It guides how the member provinces and states will assist one another in disasters. “The goal of an exercise like this is to find any areas of the operations manual that need to be strengthened,” said Craig MacLaughlan, CEO and deputy head of EMO. “These are complex agreements involving border issues and security.” This will be the first comprehensive test of the operations manual, which was completed in 2007. In the exercise, Nova Scotia will seek hypothetical assistance from its partners such as urban search and rescue teams, doctors, nurses, medical staff, paramedics, ambulances, medical examiners, structural engineers, blood products and a range of equipment. Although the exercise is closed to media, interviews can be arranged with Mr. MacLaughlan and Dennis Kelly, EMO’s director of training and strategic services. Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson will speak at the convention banquet, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. The speech is open to media.last_img read more

Ayushmann calls Gulabo Sitabo cast a dream team

first_imgLucknow: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is busy shooting for “Gulabo Sitabo” here along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, has called the film’s cast and crew a “dream team”. “Gulabo Sitabo” is directed by Shoojit Sircar and has been written by Juhi Chaturvedi of “Piku” fame. Talking about the film, Ayushmann told IANS: “I can’t really talk much about the film right now, but Amitabh Bachchan, Shoojit Sircar and Juhi — it’s like a dream team. It is a good amalgam of ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Piku’. The storyline is in a lighter space. I am happy.” Gulabo Sitabo — a legendary pair of puppet sisters — have been part of Uttar Pradesh folklore. The film, a comedy, apparently, is a take-off on these two characters and is a comedy.last_img read more

Mile 62 fire brings community together

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – When Chuck Fowler received the call from his mother that their property was on fire he travelled from Mile 58 to do what he could to help.Arriving on the scene, Fowler phoned Enbridge and P&G to advise them of the situation as their line was close. They would then call 911 as they knew they were not in Charlie Lakes Fire District.Trying to find people with water trucks they managed to locate a Vac truck. and started fighting the perimeter of the fire. There was a hoe that was also used to attack the fire as they could not get into the big part of the fire shared Fowler. Fowler goes on to say they tried to contact all residents to move their equipment. “By the grace of God, the fire went on a bit of an angle,” said Fowler “That managed to go between a dump structure and the home on 252 Road.”Fowler went on to say “For whatever reason, the fire angled and went away from the home and saved the residents tank truck.”The fire was reported to start at approximately 3:30 pm, Fowler commends the Forestry’s response time as he said the Bomber was in the air with 10-15 men on site within 40 minutes. “We were grateful,” said Fowler.5-6 Hectares of land were extinguished and controlled and nobody was hurt all within 5 hours which makes a good news story out of a bad news story shared Fowler.To read more on the fire; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Two suspects arrested in prison bus attack probe

A woman who gave refuge to the Kalutara prison bus attackers was arrested earlier this month.Another person was also arrested in connection to the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The police have arrested two more suspects over the Kalutara prison bus attack.The police said the two suspects were involved in hiding the van used in the attack. The prison bus was shot at in Kalutara last month killing seven people including an underworld member.Underworld member Aruna Udayashantha, alias Samayan, was killed in the shooting incident. Two prison officers were also killed in the shooting incident. read more

Las Vegas killer sick demented – Trump

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLas Vegas police look for motive in deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. historyOctober 3, 2017In “World”Authorities probe Las Vegas gunman’s weapons stockpilingOctober 5, 2017In “World”Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock kills 50 peopleOctober 2, 2017In “World” (BBC) President Donald Trump has described the gunman who killed 59 people and injured 527 in Las Vegas on Sunday as “a sick man, a demented man”.Speaking at the White House, he said he would look at gun laws “as times goes by” but did not elaborate.Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock – undated image (Photo: Paddock Family)Police are still trying to find out why Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on an open-air concert from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel.Police found 23 guns in his room and firearms and explosives at his home.As yet, no clear reason for the killing has emerged and investigators have found no link to international terrorism. Some investigators have suggested Paddock had a history of mental illness, but this has not been confirmed.Paddock, who appears to have killed himself before police stormed his hotel room, had no criminal record and was not known to police.Guns seen on the hotel room floor (Photo: BOSTON 25 NEWS)Speaking to reporters as he was about to board the presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said Paddock was “a sick man, a demented man. Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously”.When asked, Mr Trump declined to call the attack domestic terrorism.On the issue of gun control, the president said: “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”Mr Trump, whose position on gun control has changed over the years, gave no further detail.‘City of heroes’By James Cook, BBC, Las VegasThe bereaved are beginning to tell their stories.They speak of lives wasted, families broken, futures stolen.This is a city in pain but it is also a city of heroes, bursting with tales of bravery and resourcefulness in saving lives.There are the police officers who risked death on the 32nd floor to stop the shooting.There are the music fans who shielded friends and loved ones from bullets, who comforted dying strangers and who commandeered trucks to get the wounded to hospital.There are the surgeons who continue to labour in the operating theatres, saving lives, barely aware if it’s day or night.And there are the citizens of Las Vegas proving the selfish, greedy stereotype of their city wrong — queuing from before dawn to give blood, handing out cups of coffee and bagels for free, opening their doors to those most in need.Above all else though there is grief. It is both personal and extensive.The scale of the suffering inflicted here is difficult to comprehend and even harder to bear.What do we know of the gunman?Stephen Paddock, a former accountant with a big gambling habit, lived in a community of senior citizens in the small town of Mesquite, north-east of Las Vegas.He reportedly lived with a woman called Marilou Danley, who was out of the country in Japan and did not appear to be involved in the shootings, police said.Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that when police officers searched the property after the attack, they found 19 “additional firearms, some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo, along with some electronic devices we’re evaluating at this point”.Officers also found ammonium nitrate in Paddock’s car – the chemical compound used in fertilisers can be used to make bombs such as that used in the 1995 Oklahoma City attack.David Famiglietti of the New Frontier Armory told the BBC that Paddock had purchased firearms at his store in North Las Vegas in the spring of this year, meeting all state and federal requirements, including an FBI background check.However, the shotgun and rifle Paddock bought would not have been “capable of what we’ve seen and heard in the video without modification”, Mr Famiglietti said.The fast shooting rate audible in recordings of Sunday night’s attack indicates that Paddock may have modified his guns with legal accessories to make them fire at speeds approaching those of automatic weapons.Despite the large cache of weapons found in the killer’s home, his brother, Eric, is struggling to accept that he acted in this way. He said he was “in shock, horrified, completely dumbfounded”.So-called Islamic State claimed on Monday to be behind the attack, saying Paddock had converted to Islam some months ago. But the group provided no evidence for this and has made unsubstantiated claims in the past.The IS claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas attack is very unusual in that the perpetrator’s profile does not fit that of supporters or “soldiers” that the group has claimed in the past, writes Mina al-Lami, who monitors jihadist groups for the BBC.The FBI said it had found “no connection to an international terrorist organisation”. read more

13th Asian Club League Champioship in Beirut

In Lebanon capital, Beirut will be played Club League Championship among nine best teams from Middle East under Asian Handball Federation. From 25th September until 7th October teams will compete in two groups. Best four (two from each group) will play for a title of Asian Champion.Group A:Al Sadd – LebanonNaft Al Gan – IraqFoolad ESF – IranMudhar – Saudi ArabiaGroup B:Al Sadaqa – LebanonAl Jazira – UAEAl Geish – IraqAl Sadd – QatarZobnah ESF – Iran ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 3): THW Kiel won “Ex-Derby” over TBV Lemgo! Next Story → Montenegro: Double champion dropped the First division! Asia HandballAsian Handball FederationHandball in Asia read more

Arpad Sterbik about future in Veszprem Vranjes needs a time to embed

← Previous Story Alex Dujshebaev to miss second match in Paris? Next Story → Luka Karabatic has broken finger – EHF CL Final4 in question Tough season of transition for Telekom Veszprem came to the last month in which team from “Veszprem Arena” will fight for the Championship with Pick Szeged. One of the most serious teams in Europe ended season at VELUX EHF Champions League in TOP 16 against Danish Skjern Handbold, which put a lot of pressure on coach Ljubomir Vranjes.One of the world’s best coaches came to Hungary with high expectations, but also aim to change structure of the team. This didn’t bring result at the start as EHF CL fall followed early elimination of the Hungarian national team at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.It was “be or not to be” moment before the Cup Final in Debrecen, but Veszprem managed to beat Pick Szeged for the first trophy of the season.The future star of Telekom Veszprem, Arpad Sterbik thinks that coach needs a time to implement his own ideas:It is never easy when the new coach came to the club and everything has to change. Coach can’t take 14 players which he wants according to his style of play. This season wasn’t positive, also injuries were a problem. Laszlo (Nagy) means a lot in both directions, also Accambray and Jamali had their problems. Skjern played very well, they surprised them in the first match. My opinion is that Vranjes needs more time to make his own plan with players which he picked up. The club needs to be patient, every coach needs a year or two to make the team. Pick Szeged are very close to Veszprem, so focus has to be on that – said Arpad Sterbik for Balkan-Handball.com.TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic Arpad SterbikLjubomir VranjesTelekom Veszprem read more

Tuchel It will be super difficult for Neymar to face Man

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel admits Neymar will likely be unavailable for their trip to Manchester United in next month’s Champions League clash.The 26-year-old forward damaged the same metatarsal he broke last February during PSG’s 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg last Wednesday.The injury occurred following a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi, which forced Tuchel to replace Neymar in the 62nd-minute for Moussa Diaby.Therefore, the former Barcelona star was absent in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Rennes in Ligue 1 for PSG.Speaking after the game, Tuchel confirmed that Neymar will likely be out of the squad that will travel to Old Trafford on February 12 for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against United.“It’s going to be super difficult,” Tuchel told Canal Plus.“As I explained [on Saturday] it’s too early to talk about a return date. We have to wait for the first week, which is very important, and his reaction to treatment.“Only after that can we be more precise. But it’s going to be super difficult – that’s not a secret.”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.In light of Marco Verratti’s ankle injury and Adrien Rabiot’s suspension from the team, PSG are lacking midfield options with defenders Marquinhos and Dani Alves playing in the central midfield on Sunday.This has caused Tuchel to urge the PSG board to hurry up with bringing in recruits before this month’s transfer window closes.Napoli midfielder Allan and Zenit star Leandro Paredes have both linked with moves to PSG with the latter understood to be the more likely of the duo.Although Tuchel made light of the situation at the Parc Des Princes after a deal for Paredes failed to go through over the weekend.“I’ve been expecting him already for a few days, but he isn’t here,” added Tuchel.“I’ve been looking in the shower, in the dressing room, in the treatment room, with the goalkeepers… but he isn’t there.”A brace from Edinson Cavani along with Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe’s goals secured PSG a 4-1 win against Rennes and maintained their 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.last_img read more

WISHH Hosts Trade Team in Iowa

first_imgTim Bardole, ASA/WISHH committee member from Iowa, shares  information about soybean plants during a trade team visit.Over the past week, the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) brought a trade team comprised of members from Myanmar, Cambodia, Guatemala and Senegal, to Iowa and the Global Trade Exchange in Omaha, Neb.Before the team’s arrival in Iowa, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee hosted the participants from Guatemala and Senegal. The team visited Citizens Elevator to learn about the high-quality soybeans being processed and shipped out of Michigan and around the world.Once the complete team arrived in Iowa, they visited Insta-Pro to learn more about using extrusion in human food and animal feed applications. The team then visited WISHH Committee member Tim Bardole’s farm to see the current soybean crop and how U.S. soybean growers produce sustainable soybeans.Before heading to Omaha for the Global Trade Exchange, the team visited CHS’s soyflour plant in Creston, Iowa.At the Global Trade Exchange, the team met with numerous U.S. exporters, along with hearing presentations on the market outlook, transportation, and soybean research.Special thanks to the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, the Iowa Soybean Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Market Development program for help pay the team members’ travel expenses.last_img read more

Boil water notice issued after Miami water line break

first_imgRepairs of water main break near NW 7St & 52Ave are complete. WASD crews now working on roadway restorations.https://t.co/mkZWwJZgIk— Miami-Dade WASD (@MiamiDadeWater) January 13, 2017Only one westbound and one eastbound lane of Northwest Seventh Street remained open to traffic while crews worked on repairing the rupture. All lanes were reopened at around 10 p.m.On Saturday, county officials said water was restored to all residents affected. However, a few apartment buildings near the rupture remain under the boil water order. Once lab results come back clear for two consecutive days, the order will be lifted. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade officials have issued a precautionary boil water notice for several apartment buildings in Miami, one day after a water line break caused street flooding and created traffic backups.7s Skyforce HD hovered above the growing traffic congestion at the location of the rupture, near Northwest Seventh Street and 52nd Avenue, Friday afternoon. Crews turned off the water and filled up the hole they had dug earlier with sand.According to Miami Police, nearby buildings were without running water.last_img read more

Arkansas couple adopts 7 siblings in time for Christmas

first_imgFrom a very young age, these siblings, ages 8 to 15, learned to appreciate the little things in life.Sharing a bed, or often times a spot on the floor, Layna Hawthorne said she was most excited about sleeping in a bed she could call her own. “When I got here I was like, oh my gosh, we get our own beds,” she told KTHV. ”The siblings, who had always dreamed of being adopted together, now want to share their story in hopes of helping other children like them.“It feels so great knowing we have a family now and won’t have to go anywhere else,” said Dawson Hawthorn.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Seven siblings who have been in and out of foster care for nearly three years have found their forever home just in time for the holidays.According to KTHV, Terri and Michael Hawthorn of Arkansas became foster parents years ago, never expecting to actually adopt. However, that all changed when the couple adopted a set of siblings, Korgen and Haizlee, back in April.The couple, who already had two kids of their own became a family of 6. That was until December 3, when a judge granted the Hawthorn’s second adoption request.Now, just days before Christmas, the family has added seven more kids to the mix.“This is a blessing, they are a blessing,” said Terri in an interview with KTHV. “Every day these kids wake up and they are giggling and they are happy, and you see the smiles on their faces, that’s what makes this worth it.”Michael Hawthorn expressed his excitement of Facebook, with a post that read in part, “Most people my age are only concerned in retirement ( that would be nice ) but over that we have chosen to invest in the lives of these kids.”last_img read more

White House Criticizes Spending Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

first_imgThe White House on Tuesday threated to veto the House’s $576 billion defense spending billion primarily over the measure’s use of $15.7 billion from DOD’s war fund for base budget requirements including readiness, increased end strength and modernization.The Office of Management and Budget’s Statement of Administration Policy criticizes the maneuver for shortchanging funding for overseas operations as well as for undermining last October’s two-year budget deal that lifted the spending cap for defense and non-defense programs by equal amounts.The fiscal 2017 spending bill, H.R 5293, would provide $517.1 billion for the base budget and $58.6 billion for the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. But it allocates $15.7 billion from the uncapped OCO account for base requirements the administration did not request, causing it to run out by the end of April.“Shortchanging wartime operations by $16 billion would deplete essential funding for ongoing operations by the middle of the year, introducing a dangerous level of uncertainty for our men and women in uniform carrying out missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere,” OMB said.By using some of the reallocated funds to support higher end strength levels than requested, the funding maneuver would undermine the Pentagon’s effort to restore readiness, according to the statement.“This would also invite a significant, unacceptable risk of creating a future hollow force, in which force structure exists, but the resources to make it ready do not follow,” OMB said.The statement also criticized the measure for not supporting many of the Pentagon’s reforms that shed unneeded force structure, reduce wasteful overhead, balance growth in military compensation and modernize military health care. One of those reforms is a round of base closures in 2019, which the bill prohibits by not including $3.5 million the administration requested to prepare for a new BRAC.“By forcing the department to spread its resources more thinly, excess infrastructure is one of the principal drains on the department’s readiness, which the committee recognizes as a major concern,” OMB stated.The House began debate on the spending measure late Tuesday. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Changing lifestyle new technology major reasons for

first_imgWarangal: Osmania University College of Engineering Principal Prof M Kumar said that the changing lifestyle and revolutionised technology are major reasons for urbanisation. Delivering an expert lecture on ‘Challenges in Transportation Engineering’ organised by the Department of Civil Engineering at the SR Engineering College here on Friday, Prof Kumar said that with the people migrating to urban areas, the cities are reeling under immense pressure to provide infrastructural facilities, especially transportation. “Many cities in the country need public transportation systems like Metro Rails to meet the ever-increasing demand for transportation facilities,” Prof Kumar said. The rise in number of vehicles is also a major cause of worry. It needs a lot of manpower and infrastructure to manage the traffic, he said.last_img read more

7 South Koreans dead in Budapest boat capsize

first_imgThis photo shows a Viking Cruises Sigyn hotel-boat after an accident on the Danube River in downtown Budapest on 30 May 2019. Photo: AFPSeven South Koreans have died and 19 others are missing after a river cruise boat capsized and sank on the Danube in Budapest, Hungarian and South Korean officals said Thursday.The accident happened near the parliament building in the heart of the Hungarian capital after a collision with another boat at around 10:00pm (2000 GMT) on Wednesday, according to local media.Hungarian police officers stand on a Viking Cruises Sigyn hotel-boat as they investigate an accident on the banks of Danube River in downtown Budapest on 30 May 2019. Seven South Korean tourists were killed and 19 missing after a pleasure boat capsized on the Danube in the Hungarian capital, the foreign ministry said on 30 May 2019. Photo: AFPA total of 33 South Koreans were onboard, South Korea’s foreign ministry said, confirming the seven dead were Korean. The 26-metre tourist boat was also carrying two Hungarian crew members.”At this stage, seven people have been taken to hospital in a stable condition and our services have recorded the death of seven other people,” Pal Gyorfi, a spokesman for Hungarian emergency services, said early Thursday morning.Searches with the help of divers continued through the night for the missing, he added.Heavy rainfall since the beginning of May has led to high water levels, complicating rescue efforts.The accident happened on a popular part of the Danube river for pleasure trips, from where passengers can view the city and its parliament building illuminated at night.Hungarian police officers walk onto a Viking Cruises Sigyn hotel-boat as they investigate an accident on the banks of Danube River in downtown Budapest on 30 May 2019. Photo: AFPThe boat was found after several hours of searching near the Marguerite Bridge, which connects the old city of Buda and the district of Pest, local media said.Access to the river has been blocked by the authorities, according to local television.South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in had instructed officials to “deploy all available resources” for the rescue, the presidential office said.Hungarian health minister Ildiko Horvath visited the scene to express his condolences to the families of the victims.South Korean embassy staff have also been assisting the emergency services.Map locating Budapest where seven South Korean were killed after a boat capsized on the Danube late Wednesday. Photo: AFPlast_img read more

6 persons arrested over possession of 350 kg banned firecrackers

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has seized around 350 kg of banned firecrackers and arrested six persons on Saturday. Some unclaimed banned fire crackers were also seized from New Town area.According to police, several teams have been made especially to carry out drives against banned fire crackers. Several suspicious vehicles are being checked daily. Senior officials from the Bidhannagar Police informed that police personnel in plain clothes have been deployed throughout the Bidhannagar Police jurisdiction to monitor any suspicious movement during the festive season. They are also directed to find and seize any banned fire crackers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that police are being deployed at market places where fireworks are being sold. In some of the places, police personnel raided posing as buyers of banned firecrackers. They also informed that around 350 kg of banned fire crackers were seized and six persons arrested during the Saturday raid. Among six, five are the sellers of those banned fire crackers. Police are also keeping strict vigil on Narayanpur, Airport, NSCBI Airport and Baguiati Police Station jurisdiction to identify if anyone is flying sky lanterns. Previously, Bidhannagar Police issued an order regarding the ban on sky lanterns in selected areas. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Strict vigil will be continued on the day of Kali Puja and Diwali. The designated time will also be strictly followed. If anyone found violating the order would be taken in to custody as per the provisions of the law,” said Amit Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police. While checking on banned firecrackers, sources informed that the traffic wing has been directed to do naka checking to prevent rash driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police have also urged the residents to burst permissible firecrackers within the stipulated time granted by the Supreme Court in view of air pollution.last_img read more

Tinder CoFounder Sean Rad on the Hot Dating Apps Viral Success

first_imgTinder co-founder Sean RadRad: Tinder works like walking into a room, looking around and subconsciously going ‘yes, no, yes, no’ while scanning people. If you give someone across the room that look and they give you that look back, you’re now both responding in the moment and that’s a match. It’s because Tinder does this so well that we’ve experienced exponential growth, all without spending a dollar on marketing and advertising, not a dime on user acquisition. It’s people. Tinder is an incredibly effective tool for them and they tell their friends, then their friends tell their friends and it goes on. It’s pure organic word-of-mouth.Related: Tinder to Roll Out Verification Feature for Love-Hungry CelebritiesEntrepreneur: Tinder has an office in Silicon Beach’s startup community. What are the benefits to doing business in this area versus in Silicon Valley or Seattle? Rad: I don’t like the term Silicon Beach. I think that Silicon Valley has its roots in history. It actually means something versus Silicon Beach, which is almost like a meaningless pun. I’d rather think of greater Los Angeles as a meaningful place where you can attract talent and build a successful company. I think playing off of someplace else’s identity does not do a good job of defining our own identity.Being headquartered in L.A. is a lifestyle choice. I was born and raised here and I love L.A.One of the big advantages of this area is not being in any sort of echo chamber because there’s a lot of diversity here. For a consumer tech startup, diversity matters because you’re building an experience for people and the more you understand people and your users, the more successful you’ll be at that. If you work at Facebook and you walk out of Facebook’s offices chances are you’re going to encounter like-minded individuals who sort of look familiar in a certain kind of way.But chances are if you walk out of Tinder’s offices and you head over to the coffee shops that we frequent and such, you’re going to find a diverse group of people that is a more meaningful representation of who your actual users and customers are.Related: In Sochi, People Are Using Matchmaking App Tinder Like CrazyEntrepreneur: During the Sochi Winter Olympics Gold-medalist snowboarder Jamie Anderson said there were so many “cuties” on your app that she became distracted by it and had to delete it from her phone. How did you react to the Sochi buzz about Tinder? Rad: We thought it was awesome and, yes, we saw a meaningful increase in users in Sochi but we’re already growing at a pretty large rate across the world. When you’re adding users at the rate that we are, the Sochi news was just a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things.Everyone, whether you’re an Olympian or a celebrity or just an everyday person, you have this desire to start new relationships and need help in doing so, and Tinder provides a level of efficiency in that process that was never possible before.Entrepreneur: On a lighter, more personal note, how do you and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen blow off steam when you aren’t working?Rad: I have a girlfriend and Justin is single. In terms of what we do to have fun when we’re not working, we’re… I’m… [three-second long pause and a burst of laughter] still working. Tinder consumes the majority of our waking thoughts and I even sometimes quite literally dream about Tinder. So when we’re not working, we’re still working, just in a different setting.Justin and I, we’re both relatively young and we’re dedicated to what we’re doing. We actually socialize with our users a lot to try to better understand them. We’ve both sort of accepted the idea that we’re sacrificing our own personal development in exchange to ensure Tinder’s development. That’s what it takes.When you receive emails every day from people telling you that you’re changing their lives, you feel a personal sense of responsibility to ensure that Tinder succeeds and continues to succeed. That’s what it’s all about for us. Related: 4 Hot Tech Startups to Watch in 2014 Register Now » Some say Tinder is just another shallow hookup app. But co-founder and chief executive Sean Rad sees it as a digital extension of our instinct to connect on a deeper level with one another, romantically or otherwise.  Tinder strikes up some 10 million matches a day worldwide. To date, the viral smash hit has made one billion matches. Rad says the pressure to keep those who hookup happy and coming back is intense. So much so that the 27-year-old says he’s okay with sacrificing his own youth and personal growth and development to keep Tinder sparking new relationships across the world.We would call Rad an entrepreneur, but he says hates the word because “it’s too loose of a term and these days everyone calls themselves one.” The Los Angeles native also rejects the term “Silicon Beach,” the sticky nickname for the coastal swath of Southern California that Tinder and hundreds of other tech startups call home. We spoke with Rad — who co-founded Tinder in 2012 with Jonathan Badeen and Justin Mateen — about how Tinder got its start and what the secret is to its global success. Here are his answers, edited for length and clarity:Entrepreneur: You’ve said that Tinder users open the app seven times a day on average. So what’s the secret viral sauce? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 17, 2014last_img read more

Whens the cheapest time to book a US hotel

first_imgNew York is predictably the most unpredictable market in the US. Image: Getty Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Want to know when the cheapest times to book hotel rooms in major US cities are? Or better yet, when to avoid travelling to America’s most popular cities? A study by Hotwire.com, commissioned by USA Today, has revealed which periods of the year you’re likely to get the most bang for your buck when booking accommodation stateside.And although some results come as no surprise – such as being guaranteed to pay a lot more on New Year’s Eve – others perhaps are a little more unexpected, like the variations in volatility of cities.Rather predictably, Hotwire found New York to be by far the most volatile market in the US, thanks to the plethora of popular conventions and events it hosts throughout the year.According to the study, the cheapest times to hit New York are January, February, the Fourth of July or the week before Christmas, when you’re likely to find rooms for as low as $93; this compare to the first week of December, which commands average room rates of around $250 per night.          Conversely, some of America’s major cities show little fluctuation, like Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta and one of the States’ most popular destinations, Orlando, who all experience very stable prices throughout the year.Here’s a breakdown of the cheapest and most expensive dates to book hotels in 2012:Atlanta – Cheapest: $49, 17/12/12,  Most expensive: $81, 31/12/12Chicago – Cheapest: $52, 9/1/12,    Most expensive: $97, 5/11/12Dallas-Ft. Worth – Cheapest: $45, 9/1/12,    Most expensive: $57, 31/12/12Las Vegas – Cheapest: $55, 6/8/12,    Most expensive: $152, 31/12/12Los Angeles – Cheapest: $71, 2/1/12,    Most expensive: $119, 31/12/12New York – Cheapest: $93, 30/1/12,    Most expensive: $251, 3/12/12Orlando – Cheapest: $42, 20/8/12,    Most expensive: $76, 31/12/12San Diego – Cheapest: $54, 2/1/12,    Most expensive: $111, 23/7/12Washington, D.C. – Cheapest: $59, 2/1/12,    Most expensive: $100, 14/5/12last_img read more

March 14 2019

first_imgMarch 14 , 2019 As a result only 33 million boxes were exported during the 2017-18 campaign.Zamorano said that this current season’s export figure would be a record and be higher than pre-season forecasts of 45 million boxes.The main markets for Peruvian grapes were the U.S., China, the Netherlands and the U.K. Around half of the 50 million boxes of export grapes came from the north of the country and the other half from the south, according to Zamorano. Peru is set to finish the 2018-19 table grape season with exports of 50 million 8.2 kilogram boxes, according to the Peruvian Table Grape Growers Association (ProVid).The organization’s general manager Carlos Zamorano Macchiavello said the figure would mark a 51.5% rise over the previous season, which was severely affected by heavy rains and flooding at the start of 2017. You might also be interested in Peru set for another big increase in blueberry exp … center_img Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$ … Peru gears up for first mandarin exports to Japan … U.S. table grape import season “interesting and un …last_img read more

Swedish king Nobel trouble can be seriously dama

first_imgSwedish king: Nobel trouble can be ‘seriously damaging’ COPENHAGEN – The resignation of three members from the Swedish Academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize is “deeply unfortunate and risk seriously damaging” the body’s “important activities,” Sweden’s king said Wednesday.The prestigious Nobel institution has been troubled by the resignation of Klas Ostergren, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund Friday, who quit after the secretive 18-member academy voted against removing a female colleague whose husband is embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations.In his second statement this week, Carl XVI Gustav, said that “it is crucial that all involved now realize their responsibility for the institution and contribute to resolving conflicts.”The king is the academy’s patron, and must approve any of the body’s secret votes before they are made public.Academy members are appointed for life and resignations are extremely rare. The king said in light of recent developments, he will consider new rules for members to withdraw.The three members who resigned were calling for the removal of fellow academy member Katarina Frostenson, whose husband, Jean-Claude Arnault, has been accused of sexual misconduct and leaking Nobel winners’ names.He was banned in December by the Swedish Academy from attending a Nobel banquet after Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published allegations from 18 women claiming to have been assaulted or raped by Arnault.Arnault, the head of a Stockholm culture centre, denies the alleged assaults which reportedly occurred between 1996 and 2017.In March, Swedish prosecutors said an investigation into reported rape and sexual abuse by Arnault during 2013 to 2015 had been dropped, but a probe into other criminal acts would continue. It did not give further details.Separately on Tuesday, one of Sweden’s biggest dailies, Dagens Nyheter, cited an internal Academy probe alleging Arnault leaked the names of winners the Nobel Literature Prize seven times, starting in 1996. Dagens Nyheter says names include U.S. singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and Belarus journalist Svetlana Alexievich.It was not clear how he had learned who were the recipients or to whom the names were disclosed.The academy keeps names secret, never discusses potential winners and has kept nominations secret for half a century.Englund had suggested he was quitting over how the academy had handled the Arnault allegations, while Ostergren said there had long been serious problems at the academy, with relations between its members often considered more important than changing the body’s statutes.The Academy itself has declined to comment, saying it doesn’t want to take the limelight from the Nordic Prize 2018 — another award it hands out — due to be given Wednesday to Agneta Pleijel, a Swedish novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and literary critic. by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2018 5:45 am PDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

September fuel sales up a monthly 77

first_imgBy Nicholas KakourasTotal fuel sales in September rose by 7.7 per cent to 114,244 tonnes compared to the month before on increased sales of marine gasoil, asphalt, kerosene, gasoil, including low sulphur gasoil, liquid petroleum gas, light fuel oil and car petrol which more than offset a drop in sales of heavy fuel oil and aviation kerosene, the statistical service said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more