New Delhi: Healthcare services remained affected at several government hospitals in the national capital as resident doctors continued their strike on Saturday against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, even though they resumed work at emergency departments in some relief to patients.Police force was deployed outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in south Delhi as the protesting doctors came out on the streets agitated after authorities threatened punitive action against them on Saturday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFollowing the health ministry’s directive, the administration of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital issued memorandums to their resident doctors to resume work at their respective departments and warned them of termination of services if they do not join duty immediately. Emergency services, however, resumed at almost all government hospitals in Delhi. Officials said from Saturday, some of the Delhi government-run hospitals resumed all the services. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAIIMS resident doctors resumed emergency services around midnight Friday but non-essential services, including OPD services, remained suspended. At Safdarjung Hospital, the doctors did not join duties in any department, including the emergency department. “All members of RDA and student union are hereby directed to resume their duties in their respective departments with immediate effects, failing which strict disciplinary action like suspension/termination of services, vacation of hostel accommodation etc may be taken,” AIIMS administration said in the memorandum. “I have been asked by the ministry to inform you that if the doctors do not resume duties immediately, strong punitive action like suspension/ termination of service, evacuation of hostel accommodation will be initiated against all doctors on strike,” Dr Sunil Gupta, medical director at Safdarjung Hospital, said in the memorandum addressed to the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association president. Striking doctors from Safdarjung Hospital marched towards the arterial Ring Road after the Medical Superintendent warned of strict action against them if they failed to resume work. They later returned to the campus and sat on a dharna at the Gate No. 2 of the hospital. The striking doctors of AIIMS protested outside its Gate No. 1. Extra police forces were called in to ensure the situation remained under control. Meanwhile, several faculty members and HODs at AIIMS had a meeting and heard the grievances of the students and resident doctors and expressed concern about the bill passed in a hurry without taking stakeholders into confidence. Many of them extended support to agitating doctors and will have a GBM on Monday to decide future course of action. One of the senior faculty members doubted the intention of the government in breaching the autonomy of institutions of national importance through this bill, said sources.
OTTAWA – The veterans’ grave markers standing in orderly rows are clean and well-maintained on a brilliant summer afternoon.The words on each are easy to read, even those carved decades ago, while the grey stones are all clean, the surrounding grass and flowers are trim and manicured.Such a sight might not be a surprise at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, but a new Veterans Affairs audit has found that tens of thousands of other such graves across Canada are in disrepair.The culprit? A lack of federal funding.The federal government has two ways it maintains the graves of the more than 317,000 Canadians who were either killed in war or otherwise served in the military.The first is by funding the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which cares for the graves of Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars.Canada provides about $10 million to the commission each year, which oversees the graves of roughly 110,000 Canadians whose remains are buried overseas.The remaining 207,000 graves in more than 6,000 cemeteries across Canada are the direct responsibility of Veterans Affairs, which is where departmental auditors found significant problems.“More than 45,000 of these veteran grave markers require maintenance, with a total of close to 60,000 repairs required (some grave markers require more than one type of repairs),” their final report said.It added that interviews with Veterans Affairs officials “identified that there are not enough funds currently allocated to veteran grave maintenance to address the known required repairs.”Veterans Affairs previously received about $5 million for grave maintenance, but that amount was slashed to $1 million in 2003, according to the audit, as the department couldn’t say which graves needed work.But while a new database was developed and implemented the following year to help track the location and condition of all veterans’ graves in Canada, funding levels have remained largely the same.The only change was in 2009, when the government increased funding for veterans’ grave maintenance to $1.2 million, which is where it remains today.The auditors did find that Veterans Affairs had managed to reduce the number of outstanding repairs by about nine per cent between 2013 and 2016, but that was because officials focused on the easy stuff.“Higher-cost maintenance items such as legibility issues, grave marker replacement and foundation repairs have been increasing on an annual basis and should be considered priority items,” the report said.The auditors calculated that it would take 17 years at current funding levels to complete the all of the outstanding repairs, the total cost of which was estimated at around $12.9 million.“Additional efforts are required to ensure veteran graves are being properly maintained,” the audit concluded. “Increase funding as well as a targeted work plan are required.”The report was published online by the department. Veterans Affairs spokesman Marc Lescoutre said they had accepted the auditors’ findings and recommendations, and officials were developing a plan to address the issues.“Current practices will be reviewed for possible efficiencies, such as prioritizing the repair of items that compromise the structural integrity of veteran graves,” Lescoutre said in an email.A new maintenance plan is also being drawn up, he added, while “options will be explored for increased resource allocations to help address the backlog of maintenance items.”Officials told the auditors, however, that any request for additional funding was not expected until next year at the earliest.Randall Wakelam, associate chair of war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, questioned the focus on increasing efficiency when more money is clearly needed.“It always seems to be about efficiency, and seemingly not about delivering an effective service to Canadians,” he said.“And this sounds like a perfect example, where senior bureaucrats say this is how much money we have and there we go.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrrected story. A previous version misstated how much money the government gives the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is $10 million annually.
LOS ANGELES — Three men have been charged with conspiracy to help a Los Angeles man make phoney emergency “swatting” calls around the nation in hopes of sending police to the scene or forcing building evacuations.Federal indictments unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles allege they conspired with Tyler Barriss in 2017 to make bomb and shooting reports to police, a high school and convention centre in Connecticut, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.Barriss pleaded guilty in November to making hoax calls, including one that led a Wichita, Kansas, police officer answering a shooting call to kill an innocent man.The Los Angeles indictment names Neal Patel of Des Plaines, Illinois; Tyler Stewart of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and Logan Patten of Greenwood, Missouri.Two are in custody. It’s unclear if the men have lawyers.The Associated Press
The 15-member body unanimously approved the renewal in a resolution in which it noted that the MNF’s mandate can be terminated earlier if desired by the Iraqi Government.In his letter to the Council asking for a mandate extension, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki noted that the MNF had “made an important and significant contribution to efforts to establish security and the rule of law” in the violence-wracked nation, and had helped strengthen the capacity of the national army and security forces.Mr. al-Maliki noted that his country’s forces have now taken over the MNF’s security functions in eight governorates and that he expected that this would be the last time the Government would be asking the Council for a mandate renewal of the MNF.“It is our intention that our national forces will continue to take over those security functions until all 18 governorates are under the full security control of our troops in 2008,” he wrote.The Iraqi Government has control of recruiting, training, arming and equipping the national army and security forces, while MNF will provide support and backing to those forces.Iraq will also be responsible for the tasks of arrests, detention and imprisonment. When these actions are carried out by the MNF, “there will be maximum levels of coordination, cooperation and understanding with the Government of Iraq.”In a separate letter to the Council, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged that the MNF was ready to perform the tasks required of it and also “committed to acting consistently with their obligations and rights under international law, including the law of armed conflict.” 18 December 2007The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United States-led multinational force (MNF) in Iraq by another year, until the end of 2008, after a formal request from the Government of the Middle East country.
The boat, the MV Semlow, with 10 crew members and 850 tons of rice on board, was seized on Monday between Haradhere and Hobyo, nearly 300 kilometres northeast of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, as it was on its way from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Bossao in the Puntland region of Somalia. “The WFP has appealed to local authorities to help them impress upon the ‘pirates’ that the food was intended for humanitarian purposes,” WFP spokeswoman Christine Berthiaume told a briefing in Geneva. The company hiring the boat indicated that the ‘pirates’ were asking for a $500,000 ransom.The boat, which was seized 60 kilometres off the coast, was now about five kilometres from shore, she added. Somalia has been rent by factional fighting for almost 15 years. In another African operation, Ms. Berthiaume said that since April 2004 WFP has only been able to distribute 50 per cent of the corn rations intended for thousands of Angolan refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).In July the agency will only be able to assist 800,000 people, compared to 1 million in June. WFP needs $17 million to feed this population through the end of the year and without new contributions it will have to make additional cuts in rations, she said.
EDMONTON – Canada’s food safety regulator says it suspended an Alberta meat packer’s operating licence because the company gave wrong information about a product that could contain potentially dangerous bacteria.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency shut down Edmonton-based Capital Packers on Thursday and announced the company was recalling two brands of ham sausages.The agency said when a test for Listeria on a worker’s clothing came back positive on Monday, the company said none of the sausages had been distributed to retailers.But Paul Mayers, a CFIA vice-president, said inspectors found that some of the suspect meat had left the plant.“The information provided indicated that all related product was under control,” he said Friday from Ottawa.“Our investigation, which immediately was initiated on receipt of the notification of the result, uncovered that indeed some product had been distributed.”None of the sausages has tested positive for Listeria. He said the recall is a precaution to ensure that none of the potentially tainted meat ends up on dinner plates.The company will not be allowed to resume operations until it addresses the problems and the CFIA is fully confident that the plant is managing food safety risks.The bacteria can lead to an infection called listeriosis which can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.In 2008, 22 people died and dozens of others became sick after eating Listeria-contaminated deli meats from a Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) plant in Toronto.There have been no reports of people becoming ill from eating the Capital Packer’s sausages that were being sold at Loblaws and Sobeys stores in Western Canada under the Compliments and Capital brands.Mayers also cited other but unrelated food safety issues at Capital Packers that date back to September of last year. The CFIA said some of the problems have been corrected and some are still being dealt with.Capital Packers president Brent Komarnicki said the voluntary recall involves 378 cases of sausages. Each case contains 10 packages of meat.He admitted the company’s paperwork related to the recall was not satisfactory and pledged to work with the CFIA.“We have an ineffective recall program that we need to resolve and improve on, so the documentation is readily available for the inspectors when they request it,” Komarnicki said. “That is where our failure was.”Komarnicki was adamant that the licence suspension had nothing to do with food hygiene at the plant.“We were not able to properly provide them the documentation around this recall program and that is what threw us into suspension,” he said.“It is not to do with the quality of the product or the plant cleanliness or sanitation or anything like that.”On its website, Capital Packers describes itself as an 82-year-old, third-generation family-owned business.It employs about 100 people, who Komarnicki said were sent home for the day on Friday.The website said the company produces 153 varieties of fresh meats, 13 varieties of cooked meats, 151 varieties of smoked meats and nine varieties of pickled meats.On Sept. 27, the CFIA suspended the licence of XL Foods in Brooks, Alta., a meat-packing plant at the centre of an extensive recall of tainted beef.Eighteen confirmed cases of E. coli were linked to the plant, which was closed for more than a month before its operating licence was restored in late October.Three weeks before the CFIA suspended XL’s licence, the agency reported it was having difficulty getting information from the company about its product distribution and testing results.Note to readers: CORRECTS spelling of Listeria CFIA shut Edmonton plant over wrong information about potentially tainted meat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2012 7:59 pm MDT
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PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man is in jail after he made sinister media posts that aimed at the incoming commander-in-chief.Officials identified the man as 59-year-old Kevin Krohn, who is being held on threats related to the president-elect.According to the Sun Sentinel, Krohn posted a photo of Donald Trump on Facebook with a caption that stated, “I’m just glad Obama didn’t take all our guns. I see a good use for one now.”He also wrote above the picture of Trump, “He’s not my president, he’s an enemy of the state,” according to what agents included in the court records.Officials were able to track Krohn down in his Pembroke Pines home. He was then taken into custody, Thursday night.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDRecalling the role of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib in country’s independence, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata in all critical times in different phases of the national history helped Bangabandhu to take right decisions.“Bangamata was a source of inspiration, strength and courage for father of the nation. Like Bangabandhu, she worked with dedication for the people, making her perfect accompaniment to shape the political thoughts of Bangabandhu,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing a reminiscence meeting organised by the women and children affairs ministry marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.“My mother used to live very simple life, even when Bangabandhu was in the office of the prime minister after liberation. But, her thinking was very high and very prudently she dealt with everything with patience, courage and wisdom when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she also said.Bangamata will remain in the heart of Bangalee nation and be remembered for her sacrifice, patriotism and love for the people, Sheikh Hasina said, reports BSS.The premier said “My mother always used to encourage Bangabandhu to do politics for the people….never cared about her own interests. She never thought what she would get in her personal life.”But, the anti-liberation force killed the noble lady brutally on the fateful night of 15 August 1975,” said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.“There were many crucial times in different phases of the nation’s history. During those times, my mother helped Bangabandhu in taking right decision… and my mother guided the party leaders and workers like a leader and guardian as well when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she said.Sheikh Hasina particularly mentioned the role of Bangamata in two important events saying she (Bangamata) played a big role in persuading Bangabandhu in delivering speech ‘as he wishes’ before millions of people on the historic 7 March 1971.Bangamata also played role in denying the parole of Bangabandhu granted by Pakistani rulers to join the roundtable conference in Pakistan when movement for six-point rose to its peak after 1968, she said.“Independence of Bangladesh would have never come if Bangabandhu went Pakistan in parole,” she added.Recalling the sacrifice of Begum Mujib in her whole life for the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangamata as a woman and a wife had no demand in her life. She always led a simple life like the common people of Bangladesh and taught us it.”Bangamata was always loyal to all political decisions of Bangabandhu and ready to face any situation amidst political repression of Pakistani juntas throughout the political life of Bangabandhu, she also said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe premier said Bangamata even used to serve the families of the detained leaders in their economic hardship, children’s education and illness when Bangabandhu was in prison.“My mother was like a guerrilla rebel,” she said, adding that denying the restriction of Pakistani rulers she used to come out of her home frequently changing her attire and shoes to reach information of Bangabandhu to the party leaders.The prime minister said Bangabandhu wrote in details about Bangamata in his biography published as ‘Unfinished Memoir of Bangabandhu’.From the book, many unknown aspects of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib including her mental strength, sacrifice, courage, wisdom and sufferings came to light.Bangamata, stood beside Bangabandhu, established rehabilitation centres for the suppressed women who were violated and tortured during the liberation war, she added.The prime minister urged the party leaders and workers to nourish the ideals of Begum Fazilatun Nesa in their life to materialise her dream and build a happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.“Now Bangladesh has no crisis for food…. but we have to go a long way to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu and Bangamata,” she said.On the occasion, speakers paid glowing tributes to Bangamata recalling her crucial and prudent role in all the activities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and movement for nation’s independence.Terming Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa one of the most courageous, intelligent, dedicated, loving and affectionate ladies in the country’s history, they said the history would certainly remember the contribution of the highly politically conscious and great patriotic lady along with remembering Bangabandhu.State minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroze Chumki presided over the function while Fazilatunnesa Indira, MP was the keynote speaker.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry Rebeka Momen and chairman of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaj Begum were present as special guests while secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum gave welcome address.A video documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened on the occasion.On this day in 1930, Begum Fazilatun Nesa, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in a noble Muslim family in Tungipara of Faridpur district. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on 15 August 1975.
Stay on target 11 Other Late 90s TV Shows That Could Use a RebootPop Culture’s Most Infernal Demons I’m not going to lie to you. This was really difficult.In my first draft, I went through every Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and wrote down the ones that were either legitimately great or some of my personal favorites. There was some overlap, but I found that episodes I thought exemplified my favorite aspects of the show didn’t cross over with the ones that are typically considered excellent. So there were a lot listed–32 to be exact. Needless to say, that’s way too many episodes to write about.When I was thinking about which episodes to include I took into consideration two things: whether the show was essential in regards to continuing the overarching story and its characters, and whether it illustrated the best parts of the series. There’s a lot of Buffy to get through, and the difficulty I had narrowing this list down is a testament to how good the show was. My list had 32 episodes, but there were a lot more I could’ve included. There’s a reason why this show is a cult classic, a must-see among fans of fantasy, and why Joss Whedon has his own “Whedonverse.”Surprise/Innocence (Season 2, Episodes 13 & 14)Whether you liked the Buffy/Angel coupling or not, it made up the crux of the first few seasons. The bond between the two was only heightened by David Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s chemistry. But it was never meant to be–a Slayer and a vampire. Sadly, if you’re not a fan of the melodrama that is the Buffy/Angel relationship, you’re not going to enjoy the first half of this two-parter. However, the final minute of “Surprise,” another one of Buffy’s traditionally depressing birthday episodes, is important. It all leads up to “Innocence,” in which we see the thing that dooms Buffy and Angel forever but also makes Angel a more interesting character to watch.The Wish (Season 3, Episode 9)/Doppelgangland (Season 3, Episode 15)“The Wish” is the show’s It’s a Wonderful Life: what if Buffy Summers didn’t come to Sunnydale? Apparently, the place becomes overrun with vampires and monsters. Your favorite do-gooder characters become evil versions of themselves, and it’s eternally night. Cordelia uses a wish on vengeance demon Anya (her first appearance) to ensure the Buffy reality never exists, and she spends the rest of the episode trying to fix it in probably the most Cordelia thing to ever occur on both Buffy and Angel. The follow-up, “Doppelgangland,” brings the best part of that other world, evil Willow, into Sunnydale and hijinks ensue. The episodes show off Alyson Hannigan’s range as Willow, showcases Buffy’s dark sense of humor, and solidifies the importance of Buffy in her world. Without her, everybody is fucked.Graduation Day Part 1 & 2 (Season 3, Episodes 21 & 22)Mayor Richard Wilkins wasn’t the best villain the show ever had, but he was the hammiest. Season three was this perfect contrast between the supernatural and mundane suburbia, and no villain represented that better than a man who succeeded in putting on appearances but also wanted to be a powerful demon. This season finale two-parter wraps up everything nicely that was going on throughout the episodes, but those last few minutes, in the final battle with the Mayor, a pack of hungry vampires, and the Scoobies, the show lets loose. The special effects don’t hold up that well (or at all), but the show is having a blast (literally) and all the actors are having fun fighting the demon while also trying to survive graduation. It’s the end of high school, but it went out on a high note.Hush (Season 4, Episode 10)This is one of the show’s most famous episodes for a good reason: Demons come to town and take away everybody’s voices. That leaves the Scoobies to try and fix things without the use of dialogue. It’s a successful experiment in alternate storytelling that allows the actors to stretch their physical comedy chops and for everybody behind the scenes to play around with sound. It’s definitely a gimmick, but like other episodes, it still services the plot and never gets gratuitous. Plus, the Gentlemen–led by Doug Jones in one of his first full makeup roles, are legitimately terrifying.Superstar (Season 4, Episode 17)This is another gimmick episode, but it’s one of the most entertaining ones. It even includes an alternate opening credits sequence, which you can watch above. This one is probably the toughest sell on this list since it’s more monster-of-the-week, but let me explain. Jonathan (played by Danny Strong) is one of the most memorable supporting characters. He uses his mannerisms and small stature to really portray this pathetic, good-intentioned weasel and make him relatable and exasperating. This episode depicts a world where he is essentially the Gary Sue: loved by everyone, always the smartest and most capable person in the room, and where he gets everything he wants. But as we know as media consumers and Buffy watchers: nobody likes somebody who gets everything.Fool for Love (Season 5, Episode 7)Things that are so great about Buffy: world building, the stories of reckless, violent vampires, and Spike. The show always shined when we got a flashback into the years before Angelus gained a soul and William the Bloody was still bloody. This episode is essentially one long flashback, where Spike tells Buffy how he managed to take out a number of previous Slayers. Seeing James Marsters in period dress is fun, and he always excels in the role, but the most shocking moment comes when he reveals the Slayer’s fate and her potential fate. It’s a heart-breaking realization for Buffy, showing the continuing conflict and pain behind the Slayer and the distraught history of the position, which acts as a running theme throughout the entire series.The Body (Season 5, Episode 16)I won’t say what happens in this episode since it’ll spoil the game-changing twist that occurs. It’s not a surprise considering it’s something that was being built up for a few episodes, but you never thought the show would actually go through with it. Whedon has a reputation for making his audience feel pain, and “The Body,” which is the only Buffy episode to not have any background music, is probably what started it all.The Gift (Season 5, Episode 22)Season five is probably the strongest Buffy season. It had the best villain, the greatest stakes, and the most consistent mix of humor, drama, and quality. This is the season finale, and Buffy is tasked with making what is the most difficult choice throughout the entire series. Whether you like Dawn Summers as a character or not, the relationship that builds between her and Buffy feels genuine. They do feel like sisters, and Buffy fully embraces her role as older sister and protector. Her eventual decision and the emotional reactions of the faces of everybody watching can make this a proper ending for the series.Once More With Feeling (Season 6, Episode 7)Of course, if the series had ended, we wouldn’t have gotten “Once More With Feeling,” which might be the most obvious addition to this list. It’s the musical episode to end all musical episodes. It’s the gimmick episode that turns the pretense on its head. If you thought you were in for a happy, poppy musical with no connection to plot conflicts that had been building in season six, you were wrong. So very wrong. Revel in the singing talents/untalents of the cast, the great music (I still listen to the soundtrack), and how empty you feel when it’s over. It’s a masterpiece in television storytelling.Tabula Rasa (Season 6, Episode 8)This is the direct follow-up to “Once More With Feeling,” so I could’ve grouped the two of them together, but “Tabula Rasa” stands alone thanks to its humor and its narrative significance. A Willow spell goes horribly wrong, and everybody loses their memories (hence the title, which means “blank slate”). It allows the show to play around with the previously-established character dynamics (try not snickering at “Randy Giles”), but also continue with the feelings that were revealed in the previous episode. It’s an almost perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, something that most of the greatest Buffy episodes do so well.Normal Again (Season 6, Episode 17)What if everything you knew was a lie? What if a show you’ve been watching for six seasons was a lie? Well, of course, it most likely is, since you’re watching a show about demons and vampires and destiny. However, this episode twists audience expectations into a whole new shape. Was Buffy insane the entire time or is the reality she knows real? Its ending left ambiguous, then leaves the rest of the show in a peculiar space. You may have watched six seasons of a show that was just all in some person’s head. Well, it was since a writer wrote it, but… you get my point.Conversations with Dead People (Season 7, Episode 7)Season seven is generally pretty weak, thanks in part to its Big Bad. The First Evil, introduced much earlier in the series, peaks in this episode, but they leave quite an impression. The First Evil loves taking on the forms of the people the Scoobies love. It loves emotional manipulation more than pure violence, and you see it in full force in this relatively subdued and extremely dark episode. Five seemingly disconnected stories, which all involve dead people in some way, come together in the end, but not before giving a Big Bad one of the most terrifying introductions in the entire series. Watch Willow connect with a ghost and try not to feel your heart drop.And because I couldn’t decide fully, here are some episodes that didn’t quite make the cut.Honorable Mentions:Witch (Season 1, Episode 3): Evil cheerleaders and even more evil parents.Prophecy Girl (Season 1, Episode 12): One of the many satisfying season finales.The Zeppo (Season 3, Episode 13): Somebody dared to give Xander an episode, but it works.Bad Girls (Season 3, Episode 14): Buffy and Faith being one of the most interesting relationships in the entire show.Living Conditions (Season 4, Episode 2): I just really love the twist in this.Something Blue (Season 4, Episode 9): Spike and Buffy are getting married??Restless (Season 4, Episode 22): What’s with the Cheese Man, though?Family (Season 5, Episode 6): I love Tara. She didn’t get proper time to be a character.Bargaining Parts 1 & 2 (Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2): They should’ve just left her alone.Seeing Red (Season 6, Episode 19): Fuck this episode.Potential (Season 7, Episode 12): The pinnacle of Dawn’s character arc, which was one of the only redeeming qualities in season seven.Stream the entire Buffy series now with your Hulu memebership.
Bloom’s Energy Server (Phys.org) — Proving that it’s serious about becoming greener, EBay has announced that a new data center being built in Utah will run entirely on fuel cells, a move that other giants in the technology sector have been hesitant to take. Currently, those companies using fuel cells to power their data centers use them as a supplemental source of power, clearly worried about relying on a still new and in some ways unproven technology. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The new data center is to be built in South Jordan, Utah as an addition to an already existing data center. The existing center will continue to draw power from the grid, while the new one will be powered exclusively by fuel cells, but will be hooked to the grid as a backup measure. EBay also has another data center in South Jordan that processes PayPal transactions, though there are no plans currently in place to make any modifications to its power source structure. As fuel cell technology has matured, it’s undergone a name change; it used to be called hydrogen fuel cell technology, but because other sources of fuel can now be uses as well, the name has become more generic. Still, the fuel cells for the South Jordan center will be of the hydrogen variety, though EBay has said that it will pay a premium for the creation of an equal amount of biogas in other places to offset the hydrogen used to power its plant. In addition to helping to save the environment, the center is expected to save on electricity costs as the price of hydrogen has dropped dramatically over the past several years.With fuel cells, the gas is not burned to produce heat to boil water to turn turbines to create electricity, as occurs with other processes. Instead, a chemical reaction occurs at high temperatures and the electricity produced is used to continuously recharge large batteries, which in turn are used to power the plant; this means carbon dioxide and water and very little else is released into the environment, making the process much cleaner than with fossil fuel burning plants. And because the electricity is made onsite, none is lost in transit and the need for bulky and expensive backup generators is eliminated.To generate the huge amount of power required by the data center, Bloom Energy, maker of the cells will string together enough of them to generate the six million watts the company believes it will need. Each fuel cell is capable of producing about 1.75 million kilowatt hours a year. Construction of the new plant is expected to commence almost immediately with completion likely by the middle of next year. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: EBay to power new data center with fuel cells (2012, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-ebay-power-center-fuel-cells.html Apple plans nation’s biggest private fuel cell energy project in NC
The ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav is spreading it colours with mesmerising plays staged everyday. On Wednesday, a non-verbal play titled Life-In-Progress was staged, the play had no defined linear narrative but a series of images that look at our lives, our surrounding world and our inner spaces.Old newspapers and trash, a rag-picker, creepy crawlies, creatures from nightmares, dreamscapes, nebulous faces, dismembered hands, plastic bottles, curious people, devouring mouths, grabbing hands, running, masking, unmasking and more trash make haunting images that hold your imagination for a few moments and then disappear into the trash. The 50-minute play was staged by Delhi based group Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play titled, Sindu Kirilli had two interwoven stories. In the first, a young girl decides to leave her elderly grandfather behind on their farm in the valley so that she can escape to the city and pursue her dreams of becoming a famous singer. In the second story, an ageing playwright prepares to leave behind the ‘artificial’ world of theatre and urban life and move back to his origins in the farmland. His days of planning and dreaming about the ‘glorious future’ are nearing an end just as the young girl’s are beginning. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe significance of the plot lies in the themes it presents before the audience and the secrets it reveals about the characters. Sindu Kirilli is essentially a tale of hope being passed down from one generation to the next. A group from Sri Lanka, Red Wings Theatre Group presented it in Sinhala language.Another non-verbal play Maya II was presented by Sharma Arts and Craft House (SACH), Manipur. The theme was Maya, the veil of deception, which blinds the eyes of mortals, and makes them behold a world which they cannot say either that it is or that it is not – for it is like a dream, it is like the sunshine on the sand which the traveller takes from afar for water. The process of perpetuating the population through sexual union between the male and the female is natural. But aspiring for something that is far away is like the desire of the moth for the star; this is also human nature and a cause behind the teeming populace. These are just some of the ideas that Maya II attempts to explore. The play Nihsanga Samrat (The Lonely Monarch) is based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay.Presented in Bengali by group Paikpara Indraranga from Kolkata the play is a saga of the life and times of Bengali Theatre thespian, Shishir Kumar Bhaduri who has almost become a legend for the current generation. The play presents a collage of various aspects of his life, on and off the stage, with many of his plays being revisited in the context of his personal life. It is an effort to look at the legend as a human being, unveiling all mythical anecdotes – a man who could disregard an award like the Padma Bhushan with ease, who lived with the aim of fulfilling his lifelong dream to create the Institution of National Theatre, who could rebuff the conventional route to success in his quest for a unique format of Indian theatre which would be independent of the British dramatic parameters that were then prevalent – a man who faced every challenge and accolade in life with equal stoicism.Japanese non-verbal play titled, Utsushi was created at the special request of international festivals willing to present Sankai Juku. Composed of excerpts from the repertory pieces, it has been newly reworked and re-staged in order to become a piece that contains the quintessence of the art of the choreographer Ushio Amagatsu.When: Till 15 January
India’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products is being held at Dilli Haat, INA in the national Capital. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Festival 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on October 14. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main aim of the Festival is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”. The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManeka Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist, explains the importance of making the shift to organic.“Organic foods have been proven to contain far more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and natural methods of pest control,” she said.“Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries responsible for heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid,” she added. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. Until the October 23, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, organic ice cream, aromatherapy products, and many other products.
LeBron can surpass MJ by winning a title with a 3rd teamLeBron is set to surpass Michael Jordan in almost every statistical category, but most think he will never surpass Jordan as the NBA’s G.O.A.T because Jordan has him beat with 6 NBA championships.Even though LeBron can’t get to 6, Colin thinks if James could change the narrative of the Jordan debate if he leaves Cleveland and wins a title in a 3rd city. Colin believes 3 titles in three different cities is a greater accomplishment than Jordan’s 6 overall. Steph Curry is the 2nd most influential NBA player of all-timeESPN just released another one, this time of the 25 most influential NBA players of all-time. It correctly ranks Michael Jordan first, but Colin couldn’t believe it when he saw Steph Curry was only ranked 10th.Colin ranks Steph as the second most influential player of all-time, behind Jordan, because of how he has transformed the modern NBA game – and basketball in general – with the three-point shot.Curry is the face of the revolution that has transformed the NBA from a power league to a league run by guards where bigs who can’t knock down threes are an obsolete non-factor. Even LeBron hasn’t done that.Also:– The Cowboys can win a Super Bowl with Dak– LeBron will ‘Dust The Process’ if he meets Philly in the playoffsGuests:Caron Butler – 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio on why the Cavs could face early round playoff tests and why Kawhi Leonard shouldn’t be pressured into returning.Ryan Leaf – Former NFL QB is in-studio to discuss recent rookie QB’s having immediate success; and why Sam Darnold should refuse to play for Cleveland;Geoff Schwartz – Former NFL offensive lineman is in-studio discussing the new rules changes; why he doesn’t like the new “targeting” rule; why Odell Beckham isn’t worth the price tag.
Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 4 min read How Success Happens May 7, 2015 The progress achieved each year is monumental, and the rate at which we are progressing is exponential. Industries are being disrupted, conventions are being proven wrong, and the world at large is completely transforming right before our eyes.Here are five tech industries that are exploding with startups, venture capital and innovation:1. EducationThe model of education has largely stayed the same for centuries. But with new technology, the classroom is now rapidly changing. Startups and investors have realized the huge opportunity to digitize the teaching-learning experience, and the results have brought benefits to them, students and educators.Related: The Path to a ‘Wearable’ Future Lies … In AcademiaFrom virtual degree programs and online courses to apps that boost student engagement, the industry has exploded with hundreds of companies in the last couple years. Education technology has given students and teachers easy access to a variety of materials and resources, and has allowed teachers to experiment with new models, such as the flipped classroom.As the focus in education is placed on personalization and analytics, edtech will continue to grow to allow teachers to optimize and measure students’ progress at every stage of the learning process. New technology, such as wearables, will also continue to create opportunities in the space. The possibilities in the field are endless as the classroom is reimagined and enhanced with new tools.2. AdvertisingThe way consumers interact with media is changing. With the wide variety of devices and media available, consumers float from TV to tablet to smartphone without much thought and often use multiple devices at the same time. In fact, a survey of 30,000 people in 60 countries conducted by Nielsen in 2014 found that 58 percent of respondents browse the Internet while watching TV.With so many new media channels, such as web and mobile, and shifting trends, reaching consumers with advertising is a much bigger challenge, and also opportunity. That’s where advertising technology comes in. Adtech has exploded in the last few years, with all kinds of startups and major funding behind them. From native advertising technology to personalization products to ad networks to highly advanced analytics platforms, the industry is crucial for brands everywhere.3. HealthAs a behemoth, paperwork-ridden, traditionally bureaucratic industry, healthcare is benefiting greatly from technological innovation. From patient tracking, electronic health records, wearable devices to cloud-based care solutions, healthtech is hot and is improving patient care and saving lives.Related: This Health App Puts Real, Live Medical Professionals In Your PocketEntrepreneurs and investors are working on filling the unique needs of specific patient populations, diseases and practice areas.Healthcare is largest industry in the U.S., and perhaps the world. With an endless number of pain points that entrepreneurs and investors are seeking to solve, this industry shows no signs of slowdown.4. Cyber securityAs our entire personal lives are being digitized and stored in the cloud, along with those of companies and governments, vulnerabilities are severe. Advanced cyber technology is needed to mitigate the myriad of threats that hackers and enemies can exploit.After big name companies including Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan fell victim to cyber attacks last year, security has taken center stage as a crucial issue and investment. Not to mention, homeland security officials have warned that terrorists will try to exploit any cyber vulnerabilities and we must prepare.The cyber security industry is growing in response to these needs and will continue to do so as hackers become more sophisticated.5. EnvironmentFrom climate change to energy consumption to droughts and natural disasters, the state of the planet is an important issue on our minds. Green technology creates ways businesses and individuals can live more sustainable lives.From solar panels to energy-efficient products, to smart lights that automatically turn off, to water conservation programs, green-tech is a niche industry with endless opportunities and interested and invested consumers.What other industries would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.Related: How Dorkable Is Your Business? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2013-08-28 Mark Lieberman Responding to higher mortgage rates and higher prices, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) slipped 1.3 percent in July–the steepest decline this year–to 109.5, the “”group””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/08/july-pending-home-sales-slip reported Wednesday. Economists had expected the index for July would drop to 109.8, which would have been a 1.0 percent decline from June’s 110.9. The June index was unchanged.[IMAGE]The index covered the same month in which new home sales, reported last week by the Census Bureau and HUD, plunged 13.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted sales pace of 394,000, the lowest rate of the year. Like the PHSI, new home sales are tracked when buyers sign contracts. The existing-home sales report, also a product of NAR, is based on closed transactions.Although the group downplays monthly price changes when it reports closings, NAR economist Lawrence Yun cited higher prices as affecting new contracts.””Higher mortgage interest rates and rising home prices are impacting monthly contract activity in the high-cost regions of the Northeast and the West,”” Yun offered as an explanation for the drop in the PHSI.[COLUMN_BREAK]The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for June, “”reported Tuesday””:https://themreport.com/articles/case-shiller-hpi-at-highest-since-sep-08-2013-08-27, rose 2.2 percent to their highest levels in almost five years.Increasing rates and prices, though, could also serve as a catalyst for contracts and sales as buyers rush to lock in prices or rates before they go higher.The drop in the July PHSI was the second monthly decline, the first time the index has fallen for two straight months since last November and December. At 109.5, the index is at its lowest level since April. The PHSI is considered an indicator of home sales (closings) reported by the NAR. Existing-home sales rose in July as the PHSI for May increased. Closings fell in June as the index for April fell.With the month-over-month decline, the PHSI is up 6.7 percent over July 2012–the 27th straight month of annual increases, but the weakest 12-month increase since December, when the index was up 6.5 percent year-over-year. New home sales have been up on a yearly basis for 22 straight months and in 25 of the last 27 months.The index fell in June in three of the four Census regions, improving only in the South to 121.5, up 2.6 percent over June to and 7.7 percent in the last year. The index fell 6.5 percent in the Northeast to 81.5, 3.3 percent higher than July 2012. In the West, the index fell 4.9 percent in July to 108.6, 0.4 percent below July 2012. The index dropped 1.0 percent to 113.2 in the Midwest in July, 14.5 percent higher than last year.The PHSI, the NAR said, is based on a sample of about 20 percent of transactions for existing-home sales. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, the base year._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ Share August 28, 2013 410 Views Higher Rates, Prices Push Pending Sales Down in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
This month SLH welcomes five independently-minded hotels to its portfolio. From a stately home in Queenstown to a classic alpine lodge in Austria there is plenty for the discerning traveller to choose from.Owl and the Pussycat Hotel, Galle, Sri LankaRooms from 26800 LKR per nightOne of Sri Lanka’s newest boutique hotels, having opened in January 2016, the 16-suite Owl and the Pussycat Hotel is a luxurious coastal retreat with a laid-back feel. Situated close to the UNESCO-listed historic Galle Fort and Buddhist temples, the hotel provides access to an unparalleled authentic Sri Lankan experience with an imaginative twist. Each spacious suite is a little different, but guests can expect eye-catching artwork, vivid colours and panoramic sea-views in every one. The property was designed by New York architect Udar Dhar and houses furniture, colourful textiles and artwork, handmade by 20 artists from all over the world, including local craftsmen. Together with its jazz band and selection of musicians playing at the weekend, and its local learning programme and philanthropic heart, this new hotspot is inspired by local influences, while still promising sophistication and style. ‘The Runcible Spoon’ restaurant is another nod to the hotel’s namesake, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by British author Edward Lear, and serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with a Mediterranean influence.SLH Insider Tip: Perched on a hill five minutes from the town of Galle, The Sun House bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink with a panoramic view of the ocean and town.Oak Suite at Foxhill ManorFoxhill Manor, Cotswold, EnglandRooms from 375 GBP per nightWith just eight rooms, Grade II-listed Foxhill Manor is an intimate retreat set on the magnificent 161-hectare Farncombe Estate near Broadway. The hotel’s charm lies in its home-from-home feel, with characterful bedrooms and cosy furnishings. Boasting a ‘whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy’ ethos, the team invites guests to help themselves to cake and cocktails in the Drawing Room, snacks from The Pantry or a homecooked meal from the chef. Foxhill Manor is pet-friendly so beloved pooches are welcome to join their owners for a country walk or popcorn and a film in the onsite cinema room. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to sister property, Dormy House, where guests have access to the expansive spa, restaurant and facilities there too.SLH Insider Tip:Take a hand-drawn map from the hotel and use it to explore the surrounding countryside on a leisurely walk before ending up at one of Broadway’s many charming gastropubs.Palm Lounge at Hulbert HouseHulbert House, Queenstown, New ZealandRooms from 925 NZD per nightJust 10 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, Hulbert House sits halfway up a hill overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The stately villa was built during the height of the gold rush in 1887 and has been lovingly restored by award-winning designer Neil Lachlan, leaving the boutique property brimming with vintage style. The six individually decorated rooms each have a stunning lake, garden or skyline view. Where one room boasts a canopy bed or a wood-burning fireplace another is home to an antique writing desk or a teardrop chandelier, each one unique in its style and feel. The chef lovingly prepares breakfast and evening canapés in the dining room using home-grown produce for guests to enjoy with some of the finest wine in New Zealand.SLH Insider Tip: Climb Queenstown Hill Summit for some of the most incredible views in New Zealand; a round trip from the hotel should take around two and a half hours with time for pictures at the top.Villa della PergolaVilla della Pergola, Alassio ItalyRooms from 325 Eur per nightAntonio and Silvia Ricci, bought Villa della Pergola to save it from destruction. Since then, the couple has worked tirelessly to restore the grounds and villa with the help of famous Italian architects Paolo Pejrone and Ettore Mocchetti, creating an airy space still very much in keeping with the architectural bones of the property. Twelve bedrooms are split across three buildings and each room has its own individual style, ambience and furnishings dedicated to the many figures that have stayed in the hotel in the past. The grounds of the hotel extend over 22,000 square metres and are a true Garden of Eden, renowned for the abundance of Mediterranean flora and exotic evergreens. The hotel restaurant, Ristorante Nove, is headed up by Executive Chef Giorgio Servetto and serves traditional Ligurian cuisine in an elegant setting.SLH Insider Tip: Treat yourself to some Baci di Alassio – small but powerful little macaroons packed with cocoa, hazelnuts and rum from the Terre Di Mare deli in Il Budello. Das PostHotelDas PostHotel, Tyrol, AustriaRooms from 195 Eur per nightDas PostHotel is a classic alpine lodge with 27 rooms and an eco-conscious design, deeply rooted in mountain traditions. The hotel oozes character with its contemporary furniture and colourful fabrics and is rich in raw pine, oak and native spruce. The owners, the Binder family, live next door to the property and are the largest timber producer in Austria. Sustainability is at the heart of the resort which shows in the many design features like the solar-heated pool, as well as in the kitchen with the organic menus at HeLeni restaurant. The bedrooms are spacious and each is individually designed with colourful fabrics, rustic wood panels and a quirky take on tradition chalet décor. Das PostHotel is situated in the Zillertal ski area of Austria, boasting groomed pistes, super modern lift facilities and guaranteed snow – you can even ski all year round on the snow-sure slopes of the Hintertux Glacier.SLH Insider Tip: Opt for the Skyloft penthouse suite and take a bath with a view overlooking the mountains.
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRichard Mille unveiled its first UK boutique in the prestigious new Fine Watch Room at Harrods.The 18-square-meter space will showcase a complete range of Richard Mille timepieces, including tourbillons and limited editions, as well as new releases such as the RM 030 with declutchable rotor, the RM 032 divers watch, the extra flat round shaped RM 033 and the RM 038 Bubba Watson tourbillon.The boutique’s architectural concept perfectly defines the essence of the Richard Mille brand: exquisite “haute horlogerie” with a contemporary interpretation. All the furniture is part of a new in-house design concept, specifically developed for the brand’s flagship boutiques.Entering the new Fine Watch Room one can immediately see the three dimensional, extra-clear glass Richard Mille watch sculpture, a distinctive feature of all Richard Mille boutiques that gives the impression of entering into the heart of the movement.The eight watch displays in the main area are finished in dark ebony wood and stainless steel to set the tone of a minimalistic yet powerful product presentation. Its ergonomically designed curves symbolize Richard Mille’s distinctive watch cases. A dedicated VIP lounge area invites visitors and watch collectors to sit back and enjoy learning about the technical aspects and most relevant features of Richard Mille timepieces, demonstrated by Harrods’ experienced team of watch professionals.Richard Mille is one of a select number of high-end watch brands chosen by Harrods to create its own boutique space. Situated alongside the original fine jewelry room, the new Fine Watch Room at Harrods will play host to Europe’s largest watch collection, providing clients with an elegant and sophisticated environment to view the widest selection of fine timepieces, carefully curated by Harrods’ expert buying teams.www.richardmilleusa.com
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over an episode of its “Black Mirror” series.The Rutland Herald reports that in the federal suit filed Friday, the Waitsfield, Vermont-based company Chooseco claims Netflix violated its trademark with “Bandersnatch,” a recent episode of “Black Mirror.”“Bandersnatch” uses a format similar to those of the books, allowing viewers to choose among actions taken by the characters without knowing the outcome.The suit says the show refers to the gimmick by having the protagonist refer to a book he is adapting into a video game as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel.An email was sent to Netflix seeking comment.___Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/The Associated Press ‘Adventure’ books publisher sues Netflix over ‘Black Mirror’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 8:25 am PDT