The newspaper column referred to was “Nutshells” in The Sunday Leader appearing yesterday. A complaint has been lodged with the police saying there maybe a threat on the life of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.He said that UPFA MP Sajin Vas Gunawardena had lodged the complaint with the police over a column appearing in a weekend newspaper. The police spokesman told the Colombo Gazette that investigations had been launched into the complaint and a statement was recorded from the MP. The “Nutshell” had said “A man standing in a long line for food tells the others in the line that he is leaving the line to go to shoot the president. He returns after a few hours and rejoins the line. Did you manage to kill him, everyone asks him.No, that line is longer than this one, he replies”.The police spokesman said that according to the complaint the “nutshell” is based on an incident which had actually taken place and so the MP felt there maybe a threat to the President’s life.
On July 9, the government told the Assembly about its decision to construct new houses for the repatriates under a scheme of providing such houses. The Tamil Nadu State Government has decided to provide 1,000 solar-powered houses to repatriates from Sri Lanka living in the State, The Hindu newspaper reported.This follows the publication of a news item, ‘When home has not been welcoming enough,’ by The Hindu on April 21, 2018, highlighting the plight of living conditions of the repatriates in The Nilgiris district. The government’s move was based on a proposal sent by Director (Rehabilitation), Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, on May 2, seeking permission for the inclusion of 2,000 houses for the repatriates under the solar-powered houses’ scheme.Apart from living in “pathetic living conditions” of the repatriates in The Nilgiris, the proposal mentioned that the renovation had become essential, as the houses were made of mud with tiled roofing. As the department had provided “natham” pattas to repatriates, allotment under the scheme had been sought.While the cost of construction of the houses would be borne by the RD&PR department, the identification of beneficiaries would be carried out by the Rehabilitation Department. (Colombo Gazette) A senior official said that after a gap of 20 years, a welfare measure is going to be implemented for the repatriates.Though the State has repatriates from Vietnam and Myanmar, the government’s move will essentially cover those who got repatriated from Sri Lanka under two bi-lateral agreements and settled in plantations of The Nilgiris. Approximately, 65,000 people are in the district. According to an order issued by the Public Works Department two weeks ago, the houses for the repatriates would be allocated from the State government’s scheme, under which 20,000 houses would be built totally by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RD&PR) Department this year.
The Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, has also met with the Kandahar Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal and the Public Prosecutor, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today. In Kandahar, Ms. Ertürk also attended a joint UNAMA-Ministry of Women’s Affairs capacity-building workshop covering all the provinces in the south and west of Afghanistan. In a report to the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) earlier this year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that Afghan women had made “historic gains” since the fall of the Taliban regime, but their participation in public life was circumscribed by the continuing lack of security, and reformers had to take care not to stir up the traditional hostility to women’s advancement.
“Advances in Polar prediction will lead to improvements in weather forecasts, climate predictions and, ultimately, better services for those who live and work in these higher latitudes as well as those living in the lower-latitude regions,” said WMO President David Grimes in a press release issued by the agency today.A conference held in Geneva from 13-15 July, which grouped operational weather and climate prediction centres, environmental experts, researchers, funding agencies and the shipping and tourist sectors, finalized plans for a Year of Polar Prediction. The Year will take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019, in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and will seek to accelerate and consolidate research, observing, modelling, verification and educational activities as part of a wider Polar Prediction Project.There is growing interest in the Polar Regions, fueled by concerns about the rapid pace of climate change, WMO said. The Arctic is heating at roughly twice the global average rate, with consequent reductions in ice and snow cover and melting of glaciers and permafrost. The impact of this is not confined to the Arctic, but is felt in other parts of the globe – as exemplified by rising sea levels and changing weather and climate patterns.Polar regions which were previously difficult to access are now opening up to economic, transportation and tourism activities, leading to more demands for better predictions. However, the agency said that lack of observations and scientific understanding currently makes weather, water, ocean, wave and sea ice forecasting very challenging.“Climate change comes with opportunities, such as reduced maritime transport time from Europe to Asia, and risks such as oil spills and ship accidents. We need improved predictive capacity to manage both the opportunities and the risks,” said Thomas Jung, of Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and chair of the Polar Prediction Project steering committee.But potential economic benefits come at a price – and not just the negative implications of climate change for global society. An increase in Arctic shipping might result in more oil spills. “A large spill in the Arctic would present a massive challenge,” warned Petter Meier Deputy Director General of Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.“None of the Arctic States currently have the capacity to respond to an oil spill. We need effective preventive measures because we simply cannot afford to jeopardize the marine environment,” said Mr. Meier, stressing that toxic effects of Arctic oil spills may last longer because there are fewer organisms to break down the oil.More accurate weather forecasts and predictions are also needed in Antarctica to provide better logistical support for research activities and tourism, adds WMO.
Naomi Johnson (BA ’13), a master’s student in Applied Disability Studies, is examining the effectiveness of a therapy program to help children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reduce and alleviate obsessive-compulsive behaviours (OCB).The Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy program — ‘I Believe in me Not OCB!’ — was developed by Brock researchers Tricia Vause and Maurice Feldman (Child and Youth Studies and the Centre for Applied Disability Studies).Vause, who is Johnson’s supervisor, led a randomized controlled trial to evaluate this package.Johnson first became interested in this area of research when she enrolled in Vause’s CHYS undergraduate autism course during her third year of a concurrent undergraduate degree in Education and Child and Youth Studies at Brock.She was hired as an Experience Works student by Vause for the summer to work as an assistant therapist with the program.For nine weeks, Johnson worked with small groups of parents and children, ages seven to 13. Johnson met with the groups once a week for two hours to help equip children with cognitive and behavioural strategies for alleviating obsessions and compulsions. The hope is that these strategies will become part of a toolbox that children can use at later stages in their lives.Some examples of obsessive-compulsive behaviour include: frequent hand washing, repetitive questioning, a need to collect and save items, ordering and arranging, and rituals for day-to-day routines. Cognitive-behaviour therapy has been shown to be helpful in reducing obsessive-compulsive behaviours in as many as 85% of children who experience them.“These types of behaviour can be debilitating for children and families, making daily life for the child and family members’ difficult and affecting children’s ability to socialize and actively participate in school activities,” says Johnson.‘I Believe in Me not OCB!’ focuses on four main areas:• psychoeducation – teaching the child about the behaviours• function-based behavioural assessment and intervention – getting the child to make lists of their behaviours and thoughts and the severity of them• cognitive and behavioural skills training – challenging inaccurate thoughts the child has surrounding their behaviours• exposure to anxiety provoking thoughts/situations and prevention of compulsive behaviours“The program is well suited for children with ASD as it provides the therapy in a group setting in order to foster social skills,” says Johnson. “We work with both the children and parents in order to ensure that the strategies learned are being applied and generalized to other settings from week to week.”Johnson says parents would return each week to tell her about how the therapy was making a difference to their children’s lives.“Parents were so excited. It was life-changing for them,” she says. “I remember one parent telling me that their child went to a sleepover for the first time. They never thought it would happen. As the program went on, it was clear that the therapy, in a lot of little ways, was making a huge difference in the quality of life for children and parents.”Now, Johnson will dig into data collected during the program to help assess knowledge acquisition as a result of the therapy. Her study is being supported with a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Master’s scholarship.The data she will be looking at is based on specific applied exercises. These exercises involved presenting case scenarios to the children and parents, and asking them to individually write down what kinds of helpful advice or responses they would offer in these situations.They were asked to respond to the scenarios at the beginning of the program and again at the end.“Analyzing the responses will allow us to measure if the children and parents are able to remember and apply the strategies that they learned in the therapy program to these hypothetical situations,” Johnson explains.The results of Johnson’s study will assist Vause and her colleagues in refining the program and then making it available for therapists to use in organizations within Niagara and beyond.Johnson says the success of programs such as ‘I Believe in Me not OCB!’ will lead to a healthier outlook for children as they move on in life. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, OCD afflicts about one adult in 40 and approximately two-thirds of the people with OCD develop the disorder in adolescence or early adulthood.“We are helping to improve the quality of life for these children now and in the future,” Johnson says. “It’s important to ensure that through the therapy, children and parents are learning and internalizing these strategies so that they are able to use these skills and strategies in the future if a relapse occurs or if new behaviours show up.”October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada. Brock Research has posted a podcast that features a discussion with Brock researchers about the common challenge for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to recognize and develop social skills so that they can interact effectively with others.Talking about the issue are Rebecca Ward, Assistant Professor and clinical co-ordinator of the Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Maureen Connolly, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Kimberly Maich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education.
The Ohio State field hockey team opened Big Ten play Friday in dramatic fashion. OSU junior forward Danica Deckard scored two goals in the game, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play, to give the Buckeyes (5-5, 1-0) a 2-1 victory against the No. 11-ranked Michigan Wolverines (6-3, 0-1). With 1:32 remaining in the game, Deckard scored off a penalty corner after receiving a pass from junior forward Berta Queralt. Deckard received the pass at the top of the circle and put the ball in the back of the goal, and the 217 spectators in attendance at Buckeye Varsity Field erupted. Head coach Anne Wilkinson praised Deckard after the game, saying that her finishing was excellent. “(Deckard) was able to maintain composure and when she gets a hold of the ball, it’s tough to stop by any defender,” Wilkinson said. Deckard gave the credit to her teammates, saying, “I think it was just one of those things where my teammates set me up and it was easy to put them in.” Michigan’s lone goal came in the 13th minute of the first half. Senior midfielder Bryn Bain scored off a penalty stroke, which tied the game at 1-1. The Buckeyes held Michigan scoreless for the rest of the game. The Wolverines out-shot OSU 13-9, but the Buckeye defense, led by senior goalkeeper Ally Tunitis, held up. Tunitis finished the game with six saves. “We do have a really strong defense,” Queralt said. “We’ve been playing together for a while. We studied (Michigan) and know who (Michigan’s) key players are and we were able to keep them down.” Deckard agreed. “They do a great job back there,” Deckard said. “We’re lucky to have them.” Holding the Michigan offense to one goal was no easy task as the Wolverines brought a four-game win streak into Columbus and had scored at least three goals in each of the wins. “Michigan’s a top-notch team,” Wilkinson said. “They’re excellent. We did a great job stopping their attack.” Ohio State has now won three games in a row, and four of the last five games against 2010 co-Big Ten champion Michigan. “This game means a lot,” Queralt said. “It was the first Big Ten game. We were Big Ten co-champions last year, so we want to repeat. We liked that experience last year. Winning this game is a really good start and sets us up good for our following games.” Ohio State will travel to play Ball State on Tuesday before returning home to play No. 18 Indiana (7-2, 1-0) Friday at 3 p.m.
GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are investigating an incident that left two men with gunshot wounds to their legs early this morningThe incident is believed to have occurred at around 1am. The two men, both 22, were found on Balbutcher Lane in Ballymun with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.The men were taken to the Mater Hospital and Beaumont Hospital separately. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.Gardaí in Ballymun are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 01 666 4400, or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
The release of Google+ has been bringing redesigns with it to nearly every Google product over the last week, and YouTube appears to be no exception. The new look is apparently part of a larger revamp project, called “Cosmic Panda,” and it’s more than just pretty lightboxes and CSS shading.Seasoned web watchers might notice something oddly familiar about the new design, and they should. It looks an awful lot like a mashup of Hulu, YouTube LeanBack, and Chrome OS Media Player. The overall look still manages to stay “YouTube,” but it’s definitely a far cleaner look, and the video itself becomes the absolute focal point. Basically, instead of being white-washed, the page is now significantly darker–and that’s how things are technically supposed to be when you’re watching a video.AdChoices广告Suggested/Related videos are now no longer crammed into a messy column, as each one has its own frame. They’re also displayed with a distinctly widescreen flare, which is a major shift from YouTube’s classically old-school proportions. It may sound nit-picky, but it’s actually a pretty big deal; YouTube implemented widescreen videos a very long time ago, but the site itself still seemed to favor VGA-era aspect ratios, despite the fact that nearly all screens are now wide.Playlists have gotten a major touch-up. Preview panes for playlisted videos line the bottom of the new video area, and previous/next buttons display on either side of the current video. The entire thing is not only easier on the eyes, but much better for quick navigation between videos. The option for changing a video’s size is also more clear, and while it could just be a good day for this computer’s internet connection, seems much faster than it used to be.Overall, it’s a very clean look, and it makes the site more enjoyable (because let’s face it, we go there for memes and cats). You can activate the new look by going to YouTube’s official Cosmic Panda page, and if you decide it’s horrible for some reason, you can turn it off at the same page.
Though it may be hard to imagine for those old enough to remember a time without the Internet and sophisticated video games, there’s a new generation of kids and teenagers who have never known a life without these luxuries. We’re sure you know how easy it is to get sucked into the computer while you’re bouncing around from link to link via Twitter, Facebook, and from blog to blog. It’s no surprise that people are literally becoming addicted to the Internet, but one new camp in South Korea is aiming to help these “web addicts.”Online gaming is a huge deal in South Korea. Blizzard’s Starcraft and Starcraft II real time strategy games are such a hit there that South Korea even has TV channels that just show people playing the game live with commentary. For many of South Korean’s younger generations, the game is their entire lives, and it’s no surprise that parents, who grew up without any computers or video games, are concerned about their children.The new camp is aimed at prevention, rather than curing the addiction. The kids that attend the camp aren’t clinical addicts yet, but the doctors say they’re all starting to show signs of a soon-to-be uncontrollable habit. The camp provides counseling sessions and “old-fashioned family activities” like making tie-dye scarves, reading books, playing non-video games, and taking walks in nature. These are all things their parents did growing up without computers. Since Korea’s obsession with the Internet is so recent, many parents just don’t know how to help their children.Doctors say that there are two types of Internet addicts: the shy ones who like the anonymity of online games, and the ones who like the power and violence of the games. One patient shown in the video below literally plays games all night long without sleeping or even taking bathroom breaks. Doctors measured the patient’s brain waves as part of a new government-funded plan to treat clinically addicted patients, and found he had similar output to other kinds of addicts or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).One child attending the camp said he gets angry when he’s on the Internet and his parents call for him to leave the computer. He said he doesn’t know why he gets angry “but it’s bad,” which is why he’s trying to fix it. Still, the kid said “it’s too hard.”via BBC
Une nouvelle espèce de singe découverte, et déjà menacée Birmanie – Publiée récemment dans l’American Journal of Primatology, la découverte par une équipe internationale de primatologues, d’une “nouvelle” espèce de singe Rhinopithèque dans le nord-est de la Birmanie (espèce au demeurant connue depuis longtemps par les populations locales) relance l’intérêt des scientifiques pour cette famille de primates rares et menacés.Poil noirâtre, barbe et moustaches blanches, queue une fois et demie longue comme le corps, le nouvel arrivant dans la famille des singes Rhinopithèques possède aussi les narines béantes et retroussées des autres espèces de ce groupe. Si l’on en croit les chasseurs autochtones, par mauvais temps, ce singe resterait prostré, tête baissée, pour éviter que l’eau de pluie ne pénètre ses fosses nasales et ne le fasse éternuer.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousBaptisé Rhinopithecus strykeri par les primatologues et “singe au visage retourné” par les indigènes, l’animal a été recensé par les biologistes de plusieurs associations locales et internationales lors de recherches de terrain, menées suite à des observations signalées dans l’Himalaya et l’état birman du Kachin. Bien qu’isolée – génétiquement, notamment – sur un territoire cerné par le Mékong et la rivière Salween, la population restreinte de ce nouveau singe (260 à 330 individus) est déjà menacée par une surpression due à la chasse, depuis l’ouverture de routes par des compagnies forestières chinoises. Le 1 novembre 2010 à 19:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
Et si 12 minutes d’exercice par semaine suffisaient pour rester en forme ?Selon une nouvelle étude, 12 minutes d’exercice physique par semaine, à raison de trois fois quatre minutes, permettraient déjà de conserver la forme.”Je n’ai pas le temps de faire du sport”. Voici l’excuse la plus entendue lorsqu’on interroge les personnes au sujet de leur activité physique. Entre le travail et la famille notamment, beaucoup trouvent en effet difficilement du temps pour aller courir, faire du vélo ou pratiquer tout autre sport. Une bien mauvaise habitude si l’on écoute les spécialistes qui ne cessent de rappeler l’importance d’avoir une activité physique régulière… Régulière oui, mais pas forcément de longue durée !C’est du moins ce qu’explique une étude norvégienne récemment publiée dans la revue PLoS ONE. Menée par des chercheurs de l’Université Norvégienne de Sciences et de Technologie (NTNU), cette dernière affirme que 12 minutes par semaine d’exercice intensif, à raison de trois fois quatre minutes, suffirait à garder la forme. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les auteurs ont mené une expérience sur 24 hommes en surpoids mais en bonne santé qu’ils ont divisés en deux groupes.Durant dix semaines, les deux groupes ont dû réaliser des séances d’entrainement de haute intensité, à raison de trois fois par semaine. Mais la durée variait en fonction des individus. Ceux du premier groupe devaient ainsi réaliser des séances de quatre minutes seulement tandis que ceux du second s’entrainaient durant seize minutes. Des bénéfices dès quatre minutes d’exercice Au cours de l’étude, les chercheurs ont surveillé chez chaque participant, les apports maximaux en oxygène (VO2 max) ainsi que les facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire telle que la pression artérielle. Au final, ils ont alors constaté que les résultats étaient très similaires d’un groupe à l’autre. Les hommes exercés pendant 4 minutes par semaine ont montré un apport en oxygène augmenté de 10% tandis que ceux exercés durant 16 minutes ont connu une hausse à peine supérieure de 13%. De même, les deux groupes ont présenté une baisse de la pression artérielle mais cette dernière était plus importante chez les hommes avec 4 minutes d’exercice. Même observation concernant la glycémie. En revanche, les participants aux 16 minutes d’exercice ont montré une diminution plus importante du taux de cholestérol et de masse graisseuse. “Nos données suggèrent qu’une seule séance d’entrainement intensif de quatre minutes trois fois par semaine pourrait être une stratégie efficace pour améliorer son apport en oxygène”, souligne Arnt Erik Tjonna, principal auteur de l’étude cité par RedOrbit. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mieux encore : ces résultats indiquent que même de courtes séances de sport intensif auraient un réel bénéfice sur l’ensemble de l’organisme. De quoi intéresser ceux qui rechignent encore à faire du sport… Une motivation pour les paresseux ? Néanmoins, les chercheurs soulignent que leur étude n’a porté que sur un nombre restreint d’individus et que les résultats sont donc difficiles à généraliser. D’autant plus que les participants étaient des hommes inactifs.D’après eux, des personnes qui sont un peu plus actives pourraient donc ne pas connaitre les mêmes bénéfices. “Néanmoins, dans la mesure où de plus en plus de personnes sont inactives et en surpoids, les améliorations que nous avons vues dans cette étude au niveau de la forme physique, pourraient fournir une vraie stimulation aux personnes inactives qui luttent pour trouver la motivation de faire de l’exercice”, a conclu Tjonna.Le 6 juin 2013 à 13:44 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Google+ Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick WWE has uploaded an early look at the next episode of Table For 3 featuring Ric Flair, Sting and Kurt Angle on the panel that will premiere on the WWE Network tonight.The clip above features Flair talking about his hard recovery from being in a coma, including all the weight that he lost while being hospitalized.You can check out the clip above courtesy of WWE.WWE files trademark for classic eventWWE filed a trademark for the term “Starrcade” on July 17 according to PWInsider.The company used the Starrcade name last year for a special live event in Greensboro.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health ScareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Ric Flair signs deal with Adidas, Says “We’re fixin’ to make Nike the second brand” Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Whats On Deck For March: Celtics, Bruins Stretch Runs Twitter Ric Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health Scare Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Pinterest Ric Flair Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Videos Articles
Real Madrid are keen on completing a deal to sign Brahim Diaz from Manchester City, according to Sky Sports News.Diaz, 19, is due in Madrid over the next 24 hours to wrap up a move with the European Champions after turning down Man City’s offer.The young Spaniard joined the Premier League champions in 2015 from Malaga for an initial £200,000, but he has found his first-team opportunities limited under Pep Guardiola.Guardiola was adamant last month that City would “do absolutely everything” to keep Diaz, but both parties have since failed to make a breakthrough in contract negotiations.Diaz’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, so City have made the decision to cash in now.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.With the likes of Sancho enjoying a successful stint at Dortmund, many pundits are predicting a bright future for Diaz in Spain.Brahim Diaz is set to sign for Real Madrid 🇪🇸⚽️ pic.twitter.com/sPRX3FkOuc— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 4, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 19, 2017 – The Methodist Church is gearing up for a major meeting, 205 years of the Bahamas & Turks and Caicos Islands Conference and yesterday plans were announced.Bishop Theophilus Rolle, as President of the Methodist Conference says the theme for the 205th BTCI Conference is “ Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of H.O.P.E. the acronym for Healing, Opportunity for Positive Expectations. #MagneticNewsMedia
70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner A 13.5% year-on-year fall in Macau’s VIP baccarat revenue ultimately led to a slight overall decline in city-wide gross gaming revenue for the three months to 31 March 2019.VIP baccarat contributed MOP$37.21 billion (US$4.61 billion) to the coffers in 1Q19, down from MOP$42.96 billion 12 months earlier. The VIP sector’s struggles ultimately saw Macau’s total GGR for the period come in at MOP$76.37 billion (US$9.46 billion), marginally below the same period in 2018 when GGR totaled MOP$76.75 billion. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More It was a different story in mass however with mass baccarat growing 19.52% to MOP$29.88 billion (US$3.70 billion).Notably, VIP baccarat’s contribution to overall GGR fell from 53.2% in 4Q18 to just 48.7%, with mass up from 32.6% to 39.1%.Slot machine revenue declined slightly from MOP$3.81 billion to MOP$3.73 billion.Macau’s gaming industry endured its first monthly year-on-year decline in 30 months in January when GGR fell 5% to MOP$24.9 billion. GGR subsequently recorded a 4.4% year-on-year increase in February before falling again by 0.4% in March. Brokerage Bernstein is predicting a decline of over 10% in April.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A man allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme in Florida has been placed on the FBI’s wanted list.According to the FBI, Jaime Jesus Sola Avila is wanted for his involvement in the mortgage fraud scheme that operated between Miami, Tampa and Largo in 2007 and 2008.According to the FBI, Avila allegedly recruited unqualified buyers to purchase condominiums under false and fraudulent pretenses. He also allegedly recruited co-conspirators to falsify documentation in order to allow unqualified buyers to get approved for mortgages on the condominiums.Avila is a 57-year-old white Hispanic male, FBI officials said, and has gray hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.His last known residence was in Doral.If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Avila, please contact your local FBI office or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Alaska State House unanimously condemned language used by the chief of the Environmental Protections Agency to describe gifts she received in the state.Download AudioIn the process of describing the strictness of ethics guidelines, Gina McCarthy said she received a jar of moose meat in Alaska that could – quote – “gag a maggot.” She also acknowledged throwing away a pin she was given in North Pole, and used an expletive to describe the action. The comments were reported in a profile by the Wall Street Journal. In the official rebuke state representatives passed on Monday, they expressed concern that those comments indicate an anti-Alaska bias. The measure was introduced by North Pole Republican Doug Isaacson.McCarthy apologized to Alaska’s congressional delegation last week.
As many as 46 countries have already registered for the Defence Expo 2016, which is scheduled to be held in Goa. In addition, 978 companies have shown interest in participating for the four-day event. The expo, which was earlier held in New Delhi, will steer the path of steady growth, Press Trust of India reported. “Defexpo India 2016, the ninth in the series of biennial land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition, will be held in Quepem Taluk of South Goa from March 28-31, 2016,” the defence ministry said on its official website. Some of the companies that will be participating in the event are: Airbus group, BEML limited, Cochin Shipyard, DRDO, HAL, JSW, Dassault System, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corp.The eighth edition of the Defence Expo was held in 2014. “It recorded an unprecedented growth in foreign as well as domestic companies participated over its previous editions. An impressive 232 foreign companies from 32 countries participated in the show,” the ministry said. Some of the countries participating for the ninth edition of the expo are: the U.S., UK, Sweden, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Nigeria, Israel, Hong Kong and Portugal, among others. On March 28, seminars such as “State of Art Technology in Shipbuilding Initiative and requirements of Indian Defence Shipyards” would be held. On the next day, i.e., March 29, ASSOCHAM would hold global investors summit on the defence sector. Additionally, another industrial body â€” the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) â€” will host a seminar and is likely to discuss the modernisation programme of the Indian Army, the PTI report added.
Two children were killed in separate incidents of snakebite in Magura and Satkhira.In Satkhira, a schoolgirl died after she was bitten by a snake while sleeping in Shyamnagar upazila on Saturday morning.The deceased is Suprabha Mandal, 10, daughter of Sachchidanada Mandal, a lecturer of Bangla Department of Shyamnagar Government Mohsin College.Father of the deceased said family members rushed Suprabha to Shyamnagar health complex after she was bitten by the snake early in the morning, but the on-duty doctors declared her dead.Shyamnagar police station officer in-charge Abdul Mannan confirmed the incident.In Magura, an eight-year-old girl died from snakebite at Shimulia village in Sadar upazila on Friday, reports news agency UNB.Quoting family members, Magura Sadar Hospital doctor Muktadir Rahman said Shamima Begum, daughter of Kalam Mia, a resident of Shimulia village, was bitten by a venomous snake in her sleep at their home at night.She was taken to Sadar Hospital where duty doctors declared her dead.