Tories turn to Bryan Adams songwriter for election campaign theme

first_imgTORONTO — The Progressive Conservatives have turned to Bryan Adams’ longtime hitmaker Jim Vallance to pen their campaign song.The guitar-driven tune is packed with Vallance’s trademarked pop-rock zeal, as a chorus of voices belt lyrics that include: “A brand new day, a better way, it’s time for you to get ahead.” A bilingual version offers the second and last verses in French.Vallance’s chart-toppers include Adams’ hits “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Run to You,” “Summer of ’69” and “Somebody.” He’s also provided songs for Michael Buble, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and KISS.The federal election campaign formally launches today, with the vote set for Oct. 21.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicks off his campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is set to fly to British Columbia for a rally in the NDP-held riding of Vancouver-Kingsway.The NDP will be in London, Ont., while the Greens are in British Columbia, where Elizabeth May will launch her campaign in Victoria. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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India City of Guwahati Launched Buses for Women Only

Casablanca – The Indian city of Guwahati now has eight buses that only women are allowed to ride. This aims to stop the constant harassment they face, such as groping and staring.The state chief secretary Jitesh Khosla and district transport officials provided eight buses for women in Guwahati. In addition, boys under the age of eight will also be allowed to use the special buses.There are also special buses andmetrocompartmentsfor women in the capital, New Delhi. Moreover, the buses have women conductors that operate during the morning and afternoon, in order to ensure females are safe on their way to and from work.Equally important, the female conductors have been trained in martial arts for self-defense.In the past two years, India has received a lot of media attention after numerous sexual attacks and threats. Women in India feel unsafe at the sight of crowded public transportation full of men. For this reason, working women and schoolgirls are relieved that their country is finally taking some actions to maintain security for female passengers.Zerifa Wahid, an Indian film actress and brand ambassador for this service said, “Girls and women have started working in different professions. I think this will help them feel secure”.If the operation succeeds, then the service will be offered across the entire country. This new measure could help reduce sexual crimes towards India’s female population. read more

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UN envoy confident appropriate action will be taken after Afghan Koran incident

An investigation has been announced by the head of the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) into the incident, in which troops yesterday inadvertently improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials, including copies of the Koran.A large number of protesters gathered today in front of Bagram air base, located outside Kabul, according to media reports. In the wake of the incident, Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, met today with Maulawi Qiyamuddin Kashaaf, the Chairman of the Ulema Council of Afghanistan.Mr. Kubiš, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), expressed his full confidence that ISAF will “rapidly conclude the investigation, take appropriate follow-up action as soon as possible and move quickly to hold people behind this incident accountable,” the mission said in a statement. He also stressed that the UN deeply respects the Islamic faith, traditions and culture of Afghanistan, and that he shared the concerns of the Afghan people regarding this “sad mistake.” 21 February 2012The United Nations today voiced its confidence that the NATO-led military force in Afghanistan will take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for the reported burning of copies of the Koran. read more

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Wimal grilled at BIA by CID on passport

The Parliamentarian claimed that he was stopped at the BIA in an attempt to prevent him from travelling overseas to address the Sri Lankan community in Europe. (Colombo Gazette) National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa was questioned by the Criminal Investigations (CID) department at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning when he was about to travel overseas.The Parliamentarian said that he was questioned on his passport when he was about to leave on a visit to Europe.

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Order issued against sale or transfer of Udayangas property

The Fort Magistrate has issued an order against the sale or transfer of any land belonging to Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.A warrant was issued on Udayanga Weeratunga last year over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG deal. Udayanga Weeratunga claims he is in Ukraine and has refused to support any investigations against him. (Colombo Gazette)

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Buckeye field hockey notches No 2 seed in upcoming Big Ten Tournament

The Ohio State field hockey team defeated Northwestern Saturday for the 22nd consecutive time. The win secured the No. 2 seed for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Thursday.The tournament will be played in East Lansing, Mich., on Michigan State’s campus.The Buckeyes will face the No. 7 seed Penn State in their first round game. Penn State defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 in overtime at State College, Pa., in the teams’ only meeting this season.“Of course it was a big loss and setback,” said senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani, who was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. “But we’ve bounced back since.”The Buckeyes are 6-1 since their loss to Penn State and are ranked No. 13 in the NFHCA Division I Top 20.The Nittany Lions have headed in the other direction. After defeating OSU, Penn State went 3-4 in its final seven games, failing to win another conference game and finishing in last place in the Big Ten at 1-5.If the Buckeyes win their first-round meeting with Penn State, they will move onto the semifinal round, played on Friday. There, the Buckeyes would face the winner of Indiana and Northwestern. The win over Indiana came in the Big Ten opener on Sept. 27. The Buckeyes finished the season with a win over Northwestern Saturday. Both victories came while their opponents were ranked in the top 20. If the Buckeyes get through the first two rounds, they will play in the tournament championship at noon Sunday. All signs point to Michigan State as the would-be opponent in the championship game.The Spartans have been dominant in conference play this season, going 6-0. Owning the top seed in the tournament, the Spartans receive a first-round bye and need only one win to reach the championship game. The Spartans are also playing on their home field and will be facing the winner of Iowa and Michigan, both of which they’ve defeated this season.The winner of the conference tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins Nov. 14. If the Buckeyes fail to win the Big Ten tournament they will be looking for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. read more

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Mexican cartel responsible for decapitations and torture planning to flood Britain with

first_imgJoaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman  The National Crime Agency has warned the unnamed Romanian gang is able to bring large quantities of cocaine to the UK on a weekly basis using HGV goods vehicles.It is thought places such as Liverpool’s docks and ports in Dover, Folkestone and Harwich are key entry points for smuggling in a large amount of cocaine through huge shipping containers. The group’s leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has boldly escaped from maximum security prisons twice in Mexico and is currently awaiting trial in New York. While links between Central American cartels and British crime syndicates are nothing new, the Sinaloa’s brutal methods has caused concern over its influence on the increasingly violent British drugs trade.  View of cartridgeds and weapons from the gangsters and drug-traffickers at the Military Headquarter in Mexico City Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. View of cartridges and weapons from the gangsters and drug-traffickers at the Military Headquarter in Mexico CityCredit:AFP It is feared children are being used as mules to deliver drugs to rural areas from major cities.A spokeswoman for the NCA said: “There were a limited number of historic serious organised crime (SOCA) operations which had links between Liverpool based organised crime groups (OCG) and Mexican cocaine suppliers.“These drugs were transported via courier to varying European airports such as Frankfurt and Brussels before transiting on to the UK. A number of these couriers were intercepted at European airports with 4-5 kgs of cocaine in their possession. A 2014 MPS operation involved the rip on of cocaine at Mexico City airport and the rip off at London Heathrow.“NCA in collaboration with International partners identified a Romanian OCG with the capability to import large amounts of cocaine into the UK on a weekly basis using HGV transport. Intelligence indicates that the Romanian OCG are still being supplied by a Mexican OCG linked to the Sinaloa Cartel.”center_img Members of the navy stand behind what is believed to be around 80 million euro (£62.5 million) worth of cocaine  Members of the navy stand behind what is believed to be around 80 million euro (£62.5 million) worth of cocaine after one drugs haul Credit:PA A brutal Mexican drug cartel responsible for decapitations and torture is planning to flood Britain’s drug market with huge quantities of cocaine.The Sinaloa cartel has reportedly made a pact with a Romanian crime gang who have control over goods lorries, allowing the cartel to operate in Britain on a large scale, the Times has revealed. The alliance with the infamous drug lords, often described as the largest and most powerful cartel in the western hemisphere, will increase fears over the level of security at the UK’s borders. It is estimated as much as 100 tonnes of cocaine is shipped to the country each year, but the majority is intercepted by law enforcement agencies. The NCA believes the Sinaloa cartel has been drawn to the UK because of its lucrative market, where customers are prepared to pay large sums for cocaine.  Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Credit:CEFERESO last_img read more

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Revolutionary plan to wipe existing world records in athletics

first_img The Jamaican men’s team hold the world record for 4×100 metre relay, which they set in 2012. 24 Comments https://the42.ie/3368536 “I am hurt and do feel this damages my reputation and dignity,” said Radcliffe.“It is a heavy-handed way to wipe out some really suspicious records in a cowardly way by simply sweeping all aside instead of having the guts to take the legal plunge and wipe any record that would be found in a court of law to have been illegally assisted.”– © AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL ‘Revolutionary’ plan to wipe existing world records in athletics The European Athletics Council has proposed the move as a way to tackle the sport’s doping problems. THE EUROPEAN ATHLETICS Council has come up with a radical plan that would wipe out existing European and world records and set a clean slate as part of the fight against doping.The proposal was adopted during the Council’s meeting in Paris over the weekend, and president Svein Arne Hansen admitted it was “revolutionary”.In a nod to the stain that doping has left on athletics, he also said that “performance records that show the limits of human capabilities are one of the great strengths of our sport, but they are meaningless if people don’t really believe them”.“It’s a radical solution for sure, but those of us who love athletics are tired of the cloud of doubt and innuendo that has hung over our records for too long.”The project proposes that world and European records only be recognised if achieved at approved international events and if the athlete concerned “has been subject to an agreed number of doping control tests in the months leading up to the performance”, a statement said.All records set before 2005 will remain but only on a list of old records.The plan will be put forward to the council meeting of world governing body the IAAF in August.IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who attended the Council meeting in Paris, indicated that he was in favour of the proposal. May 2nd 2017, 9:55 AM 28,446 Views LeBron nails off-the-backboard alley-oop as Cavs see off RaptorsAfter 30 hours at sea, a surfer has been rescued by the Belfast Coastguardcenter_img Follow us: the42.ie I like this because it underlines that we have put into place doping control systems and technology that are more robust and safer than 15 or even 10 years ago,” he said.“There will be athletes, current record holders, who will feel that the history we are recalibrating will take something away from them but I think this is a step in the right direction and if organised and structured properly we have a good chance of winning back credibility in this area.”The idea was criticised by two leading Swedish athletes when asked by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, with European heptathlon record holder Carolina Kluft saying: “Obviously I would find it disgusting if I were deprived of my record when I was completely clean.”Patrik Sjoberg, now aged 52 and who set the European high jump record in 1987, complained that the proposal “implied” that all records from 2017 or earlier were set by “doped athletes”.British athletics icon and women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe tweeted her displeasure as well — the IAAF have only stored blood and urine samples since 2005 placing her 2003 record at risk. The Jamaican men’s team hold the world record for 4×100 metre relay, which they set in 2012. Image: Szwarc Henri Image: Szwarc Henri By AFP Tuesday 2 May 2017, 9:55 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Ouragan Igor il sintensifie mais ne menace pas directement les terres

first_imgOuragan Igor : il s’intensifie mais ne menace pas directement les terres Atlantique nord – Le centre national américain des ouragans a annoncé dimanche 12 septembre que le cyclone Igor était passé en catégorie 4 sur une échelle de 5. Il ne devrait cependant pas pénétrer dans le golfe du Mexique.Après s’être formé samedi dans l’est de l’Atlantique, l’ouragan Igor s’est considérablement renforcé dimanche, a déclaré le Centre national des ouragans (NHC) de Miami, qui l’a classé en catégorie 4 sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson, qui en compte 5. Situé dimanche à 20h30 (heure française) à 1.800 km à l’est des Petites Antilles, l’ouragan a modifié sa trajectoire vers l’ouest, se déplaçant à 22 km/h.Avec des vents à 215 km/h, il est désormais considéré comme un ouragan majeur (potentiellement très destructeur, avec des vents dépassant 177 km/h). Il devrait se renforcer encore au cours des deux prochains jours – sans toutefois passer en catégorie 5 – et s’orienter mardi vers l’ouest-nord-ouest. Ne menaçant pas directement les terres dimanche soir, il devrait rester en dehors du golfe du Mexique, épargnant les installations pétrolières.Le 13 septembre 2010 à 11:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gaz stellaires de 13 milliards dannées témoins des âges sombres de lUnivers

first_imgGaz stellaires de 13 milliards d’années : témoins des “âges sombres” de l’Univers Publiée dans le bulletin mensuel de la Royal Astronomical Society, la découverte, par des astronomes britanniques et américains, de gaz provenant d’une étoile volatilisée depuis 13 milliards d’années éclaire une période mal connue des débuts de l’univers.C’est grâce à la puissante lumière émise par un quasar – galaxie proche d’un trou noir – que les astronomes, à l’aide de deux télescopes, le “Keck” à Hawaï et le VLT au Chili, ont détecté ce nuage gazeux, vestige d’une étoile “pionnière”, une des premières à avoir brillé dans l’espace.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUn nuage dont la composition diffère de ceux présents aujourd’hui dans le cosmos, et qui ressemble plus à ce qu’on s’attendrait à trouver concernant des étoiles faites seulement d’hydrogène et l’hélium, les premières à apparaître après l’ “âge sombre” de l’univers.”C’est une période sur laquelle nous savons peu de choses, mais l’univers était à ce moment-là un endroit plutôt ennuyeux, juste empli d’hydrogène et d’hélium, guère plus ; il n’y avait aucune lumière – c’est pourquoi il a été appelé l’âge des ténèbres (…) Les premières étoiles sont un peu comme le Saint Graal pour les astronomes”, explique le Pr Max Pettini, de l’Institut d’Astronomie de Cambridge, codécouvreur du phénomène. Le 8 janvier 2011 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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US Cops Cant Force You to Unlock a Phone With Face Finger

first_img A California judge ruled that U.S. law enforcement can not force people to unlock a mobile phone with biometrics.Courts previously allowed police to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with fingerprints or faces, but not a passcode.This new ruling, first reported by Forbes, declares that all logins are created equal.The nine-page order, issued on Jan. 10 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, denies a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland.Specifics of the criminal case—which involves two suspects accused of committing extortion via Facebook Messenger—remain sealed. According to Forbes, an unnamed victim was asked to pay, or have an “embarrassing” video released publicly.While police wanted to raid suspects’ property, feds fancied opening any phone on the premises using facial recognition, fingerprint identification, or the more uncommon iris scan (objectionable).The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options: iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition (via Samsung)U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore OK’d the search, agreeing that investigators showed probable cause. But she drew the line at forcibly unlocking handsets.The request, she wrote in the order, “runs afoul of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments” protecting against unreasonable searches and self-incrimination, respectively.“The government cannot be permitted to search and seize a mobile phone or other device that is on a non-suspect’s person simply because they are present during an otherwise lawful search,” Westmore said.This marks the first time a judge decided biometric features, like passcodes, are “testimonial,” and therefore granted protection against self-incrimination.“The challenge facing the courts is that technology is outpacing the law,” Westmore declared, writing that finger and face scans are not the same as collecting fingerprints for comparison against physical evidence found at a crime scene.In this case, the judge suggested “other ways that the government might access the content that do not trample on the Fifth Amendment.”Obtaining Facebook Messenger communications from the parent company, for instance, under the Stored Communications Act, or a warrant based on probable cause.“While it may be more expedient to circumvent Facebook, and attempt to gain access by infringing on the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination,” Westmore said, “it is an abuse of power and is unconstitutional.”Her decision is not final, though. As Forbes pointed out, it could be overturned by a district court judge, as happened with a similar ruling in Illinois in 2017.More on Geek.com:Face ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both?Creepy Walmart Patent Reveals Shopping Carts That Track Your PulseNew AI-Powered System Can Identify You By the Way You Walk Stay on target Report: Amazon Testing Hand-Scanning Payment MethodThe Whole Front of This Smartphone Is a Fingerprint Reader last_img read more

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Vardy likens mood at England camp to that of Leicester Citys

first_imgJamie Vardy believes that the mood at the England training camp is similar to that of what he experienced during Leicester City’s Premier League title-winning campaignThe forward was part of a side that stunned English football in the 2015/16 season by going from a team that could barely manage to survive in the top-tier league the year before to winning the Premier League the next year in convincing fashion.Vardy scored 24 league goals that season and is now regaining that very same feeling he had nearly three years ago.“We were exactly the same, very close (at Leicester)… having a laugh and a joke at training,” said Vardy, according to the New Indian Express.“I think that when you are enjoying it more, you play your best football.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We have all got that mentality where you just want to win. We want to make sure we are here as winners.”The 31-year-old is prepared to do everything that is required of him, even if his game time is limited.“You can only have 11 players on the pitch … just have to make sure you put in the pressure on the training field and, if you get given a chance, take it.”England will face Tunisia for their opening game in Group G.last_img read more

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Rossis concession statement in US Senate race

first_imgPRESS RELEASE: U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi made the following statement regarding the Washington Senate race:“This evening, I called Senator Murray to offer my congratulations on her re-election to the U.S. Senate.“I ran for the Senate because I believe we need a basic course correction from where Washington, D.C. has been taking us and to make sure this country is as free, as strong and as prosperous in the future as it has been in the past to preserve the best of America for future generations.“That was a message that found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough.“We’re sending at least one new person, maybe two, to Congress to represent Washington State. We elected a host of new people to the state legislature — all on the message of controlling spending and helping the private sector grow, saying no to government overreach and confronting some very difficult challenges in front of us.You’ve heard me say during this campaign that the problems we face are too big for one political party. They are, and I can say that with absolute certainty.“It is my hope that the new House and Senate will address them seriously, responsibly, and in a bipartisan way. I hope the President and Senate Democrats will join the new House majority to face these problems head on rather than leaving them for the next Congress or the next generation.“My hope going forward is that our representatives in Washington, D.C. will be thinking about how an issue affects Bellevue, Bellingham or Bingen, not the D.C. Beltway.last_img read more

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64 of retailers to extend national living wage to under 25s

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (64%) of retail chain respondents are set to implement the national living wage for all employees, regardless of age, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 24 UK retail chains with fewer than 5,000 employees to more than 100,000 staff, also found that 45% of respondents will pay more than the £7.20 national living wage rate, up to £7.50 an hour.The national living wage will come into effect for employees aged 25 and over from April 2016. The mandatory rate will begin at £7.20 an hour and is expected to rise to £9 an hour by 2020.The research also found:More than a third (36%) of respondents expect the national living wage to impact higher earners.Of those respondents that anticipate the new statutory rate affecting higher earners, 38% will review pay for the whole workforce.More than half (59%) of respondents do not expect the national living wage to impact existing staffing models.Tom Hellier, UK practice lead, rewards at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Only a small number of organisations foresee an immediate reduction in headcount or recruitment activity, or an increased reliance on part-time or seasonal staff, although this contradicts some research which predicts long-term job losses.“An area that does cause employers anxiety though is the potential for pay compression and, in particular, the potential costs associated with maintaining appropriate pay differentials across the organisation.“Another common theme we see in the research is concern that the national living wage will reduce retailers’ ability to differentiate from other organisations when it comes to pay. This will emphasise the importance of brand and the employee value proposition when it comes to attracting and retaining people into lower-paid jobs, which I believe will lead to some interesting innovation in this area in the months to come.”last_img read more

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Sheikh Selims grandson killed in Sri Lanka attack

first_imgZayan ChowdhuryThe body of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, 8, will be brought home on Tuesday, said industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun. Zayan was killed in the Sri Lanka attacks that claimed at least 290 lives and wounded more than 500 people. He went to Sri Lanka with his parents and brother on a trip and stayed at one of the hotels that underwent the attack. Zayan’s grandfather Sheikh Selim is the cousin of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.After visiting and consoling the bereaved family, the industries minister  told newsmen that Sheikh Selim’s wife and a son rushed to Sri Lanka on Sunday.last_img

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Hate Incidents Are Rising In Greater Houston

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /00:58 Al OrtizFrom left to right: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and W.R. Dobbins, Assistant Chief at the Criminal Investigations Command of the Houston Police Department. The three of them participated in a forum about hate crimes and other topics organized by the Anti-Defamation League in Houston.Hate incidents are rising across the greater Houston area, according to reports compiled by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).Since November of 2016, the ADL has received 43 reports of hate incidents that happened in the greater Houston area, including localities such as Katy, The Woodlands, Spring and Sugar Land, among others.Those 43 reports worry the ADL because the yearly average of hate incidents in the Southwest region of the United States is 20 to 25.Most of the incidents in the greater Houston area have been anti-Semitic, but there have been others the ADL categorizes as anti-Muslim and also anti-immigrant.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says she is doubling efforts to identify hate crimes because her staff reviews the accusations against every person that goes to jail.After participating in a forum about hate crimes and incidents organized by the ADL, Ogg talked to Houston Public Media about what are the consequences if the District Attorney’s Office determines they are potentially dealing with a hate crime.“We can make sure that that file is marked, the bond would be increased,” Ogg noted “and we would treat that criminal differently in court, there would be increased scrutiny on his case and perhaps more punishment.”Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and W.R. Dobbins, Assistant Chief at the Criminal Investigations Command of the Houston Police Department, also participated in the forum and underscored the importance of community policing.The ADL emphasizes the best way to fight hate crimes is to keep denouncing these incidents.last_img read more

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6 TimeTested Tips for Designing a Killer App for Your Brand

first_img Register Now » Take a walk through your city, and you’ll probably find a Starbucks on almost every corner. Take a look through the phone of the closest passersby and you’ll likely find the Starbucks app. OK, not every smartphone. But consider that the brand’s app has been downloaded 10 million times and that that number will likely grow.Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Building and Launching an AppSome of the reasons: The caffeine behemoth enables customers to use its app to search for nearby locations, pay for their morning-coffee fix and send friends caffeinated gifts.Starbucks knows great apps aren’t just for selling, though. They’re also tools for delivering ongoing value and for making a brand essential to users. In fact, apps communicate important information about brands. So, rather than using your own business’ app as an avenue for a hard sell, think of it as an opportunity to educate consumers. The more they know about your company — from your values to your client services — the more confident they’ll be working with you.Herer are some ways you can build an app that supports your brand without overselling it:1. Represent your values.How you brand your app directly reflects your company’s character. Authenticity inspires confidence among customers and prospects, so weave your unique voice throughout the app’s messaging.2. Identify your expectations. Decide what you want to achieve with the app. If you’re trying to educate customers and earn their trust through high-value content, design your app around a great reading and navigation experience. If you’re focused solely on driving sales, you’ll need to build in a number of opportunities for customers to buy your services.Related: Why You Need High Quality Apps to Stay Relevant3. Check out the competition. Complete a thorough analysis of your competitors’ apps before you design your own. Your app should have a unique design, interface and brand voice to distinguish your culture and services from everyone else in your space.4. Consider the consumer. Make it easy for users to access information that interests them. Remember: The app presents an opportunity to educate customers and showcase your brand’s authenticity and values. You’re already on your users’ radar, so use engaging, valuable app content to stay there.Think about when and why people use your app. Build it around their motivations, and design it by seeing the app through their eyes. What’s the easiest, most intuitive way to move from point to point? What’s the logical flow of information? Create an experience so seamless that users will return to the app for the content and the ease of use.5. Don’t sacrifice the user experience for the brand. Provide as much information as possible without interfering with the user experience. If customers use your app to learn about your services, they don’t need distracting logos and gimmicky features to remind them who you are. A restrained, intuitive UX will lead them through the sales process. This doesn’t mean you should abandon branding altogether; there’s value in placing small logos throughout the app. The key is to drive home your message without being obnoxious. Consider placing your logo on a navigation bar that slides down when users touch the screen. The logo will appear only when customers are navigating the app, and it won’t interrupt the reading experience.Sketch out wireframes and compile content flowcharts before hiring developers. Entrepreneurs often struggle to communicate their visions to their development teams, and as a result, their products miss the mark. A clearly articulated plan helps you get the app you want.6. Tell your story. People want an emotional connection with the brands they use. Storytelling helps you create those connections, as it gives users a reason to return to your brand time and again.In a study of user loyalty at two Danish banks, researchers found that customers engaged more often and for a longer time period at the bank where they felt the most emotional attachment. Given the choice between your company and an equally qualified competitor, a compelling story could be the deciding factor for customers who are on the fence.Apps play an important role in a brand strategy. The key to app success is to enhance your brand image by providing value to customers and creating positive associations with your company. Use your app to build relationships, and it will become a powerful sales component. Related: 3 Ways to Make More Money With Your Mobile App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 16, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min readlast_img read more

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Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France

first_imgAlso recommended: How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed – and disappointPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to boost France’s role in what was once its richest Caribbean possession but is now a desperately poor nation with a bitter colonial legacy.Haiti’s President Michel Martelly rolled out the red carpet at the airport for his Parisian counterpart, but Hollande’s visit provoked small demonstrations by protesters demanding France pay damages for its past wrongs in Haiti.“No negotiation, no compensation can repair the wounds of history that still mark us today,” Martelly told Hollande in a speech before an invited audience of dignitaries in the capital Port-au-Prince.“Haiti has not forgotten, but Haiti is not stubborn,” he added, attempting to put an end to a fierce debate in Haiti about whether it can rebuild relations with its former colonial power without demanding reparations.Hollande, in turn, promised Martelly that France would finance a large-scale program to modernize Haiti’s education system, but steered clear of the question of a multi-billion euro cash payout.“You’re not asking for aid, you want development,” he told Haitians. “You’re not asking for welfare, you want investment.”Later, after private talks with Martelly, Hollande repeated that France’s investment in education should be seen as an appropriate effort to make amends for history.“It’s the best symbol that we can offer together,” he said. “We can’t change history, but we can change the future.”The leaders’ words will not appease all Haitians.“It’s the money we need!” shouted protester Philistin Servilus from behind police lines as the guests gathered by a statue of Toussaint Louverture, a Haitian independence hero who died in a French jail.Haiti rose in a slaves’ revolt after the 1789 French Revolution promised freedom, equality and brotherhood for all, but created a new regime that fell far short of those ideals in the country’s colonies.In 1804, Haiti threw off its chains and became the first black republic, but France would have its revenge. Paris demanded Haiti pay damages or face invasion and a return to slavery.Haiti paid what it could over the next century and is now the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffering from corrupt local rule even before a devastating 2010 earthquake.Since the quake, France has become one of the leading international donors helping rebuild the country, and Hollande has vowed his trip will begin a new round of aid and investment.But he has stopped short of promising to return the “reparations” that former slaves paid their French masters — a sum activists now estimate at 17 billion euros ($19 billion). Haitian President Michel Martelly, right, assists French President Francois Hollande, who missed a step at official ceremonies, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on May 12, 2015. Héctor Retamal/AFPOrganic bananas And, to the extent that Hollande’s visit will be seen as an endorsement of Martelly’s rule, it will not be cheered by the thousands of opposition activists who regularly protest against corruption and delayed elections.To boost trade, the presidents were due to sign several agreements, including one that will allow Haiti to export organically grown bananas to Europe’s protected market.Speaking on the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe just before his visit, Hollande had raised hopes of reparations by suggesting that France would “repay its debt” to Haiti.But his aides scrambled to dampen mounting excitement by insisting he was referring to a “moral debt” rather than a financial one — an idea mocked on at least one banner brandished as protests broke out on his arrival.Hollande arrived as Haiti is finally preparing for elections after a three-year stand-off between Martelly and the opposition saw polls cancelled and parliament fall into disuse.‘Build us houses’ The Haitian leader’s many vocal critics had hoped Hollande would deliver a speech calling for democratic principles to be respected.But protesters like Servilus are dubious, demanding that France’s debt be repaid, but cynical about what Martelly would do with the money.“He shouldn’t give these billions to the government,” he told AFP as police kept the crowds back from the Champ de Mars square in downtown Port-au-Prince.“He’ll just keep it all for himself, and the poor will get nothing as usual. France should build us houses and invest in factories, to give us jobs.” Facebook Comments Related posts:US Secretary of State Kerry presses Haitian president on long-delayed elections Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PM’s resignation US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis Haiti postpones presidential runoff votelast_img read more

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first_img13. Go for a drink in the parkPerivoj kraljice Jelene Madijevke is the main green park in Zadar, ideal for picnics and short walks with kids. If you meander further into the park, you’ll find Ledana, a beautiful chill out lounge for relaxing with a coffee or a cocktail. One of the best times to visit the park is during Christmas, as the trees are decked out with decorations and fairy lights.Opening Hours: 8am-4am dailyTickets: Free to enter the park and barAddress: Perivoj kraljice Madijevke, 23000, Zadar14. Chill out at a beach clubThe Famous Beach house and Grill bring Caribbean vibes to Borik beach, ones of the few beaches around Zadar. Kick back with a plate of monkfish and make your way through their extensive beer menu under the Caribbean coloured canopy in the Adriatic sunshine.Opening Hours: 8am-2amAddress: Ul. Majstora Radovana 7, 23000, Zadar 3. Tour the Museum of Ancient GlassWho would have thought glass could be so fascinating? The Museum of Ancient Glass is much more than a few dry and dusty displays – this visual masterpiece gets you talking before you’re even through the door, thanks to its controversial architecture (a glass pavilion fused onto a nineteenth century villa). Once inside, you’re sure to be captivated by delicate Roman perfume bottles, globe-shaped cremation urns and dainty flasks for holy water, all found nearby. Opening Hours: 9am-9pmTickets: 30 kunaAddress: Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 1, Zadar 23000 12. Visit Church of St. ChrysogonusAs far as unfinished churches go, this one is impressive. Construction on this church first began in 1175 thanks to Lampridius, the archibishop of Zadar, and the build of the bell tower began in 1485 – but it’s never been finished. Add this one into your walking tour of the city, as it’s slap bang in the centre. 5. Linger over coffee at the Roman forumAt the foot of the Church of St Donat lies the centuries-old Roman forum, where one surviving pillar stands sentinel over what was once a bustling marketplace, shallow crumbling walls marking where imposing council chambers used to rise. Today it’s a great spot for a coffee, marvelling at the great hulk of the ninth century now-deconsecrated church and watching all of modern Zadar’s life passing by. It’s a bit of a suntrap too, so get ready to bask at the Café Bar Forum with a biela kava (white coffee) or macchiato in hand.Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Grgura Mrganića 1, 23000 9. Slurp sladoled on Narodni TrgCroatia knows how to do ice cream (or sladoled) – rich, creamy and in a rainbow of different flavours. Tempt your tastebuds at Donat Sladoledi on Narodni Trg, in the shade of the cathedral, with choices from kiwi to cherry, and indulgent toppings like cookies or Snickers. At only 7 kuna a scoop, there are some 20 flavours and they change constantly – which sounds like a good excuse to come back to us! Opening Hours: 10am-lateAddress: Trg Svete Stošije, 23000, Zadar 4. Snap a selfie at the Greeting to the SunKids love sliding across the smooth, colourful surface of Bašić’s other renowned work of art, the Greeting to the Sun. Handily located next-door to the Sea Organ, the fun’s not limited to the under-10s: grown-ups of all ages are often found absorbed in taking the perfect selfie here. What looks like a giant solar panel during the day reveals itself at night as a dazzling rainbow light show powered by all that stored-up Croatian sun. Once you’ve done a few turns on this ultimate disco floor, retreat to nearby Café Brazil for a glass of local Malvazija or Graševina white wine (around 14 kuna a glass). Opening Hours: Open 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Promenade | Istarska Obala – Obale kralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar 23000 7. Walk through history at the Archaeological MuseumA bare-chested Emperor Augustus watches over the entrance to the Archaeological Museum opposite St Donat’s Church, in the heart of Zadar’s Old Town. Dating from the first century, he’s just a hint at the treasures to come, which number some 100,000 and run the gamut from Neolithic vessels and Roman finds to beautiful stone reliefs from Medieval Croatian churches. Opening Hours: 9am-3pm Monday-SaturdayTickets: 30 kunaAddress: Trg opatice Čike, 23000, Zadar8. Shop at the marketZadar is home to one of Croatia’s liveliest daily markets, gearing up each morning on Pod Bedemom just inside one of the Old Town gates. Though the size of this open space is down to bomb damage during the Second World War, the market has been here since the Middle Ages and is a local institution. It’s the perfect place to pick up a picnic of local cheeses, pršut (prosciutto ham) and fruit from the stalls, along with a crusty loaf of bread from one of the surrounding kiosks.Opening Hours: 6am-1pmAddress: Ul. Pod Bedemom, Zadar, 2300 15. Find a tipple of Maraska liqueurDuring the 16th Century, the pharmacists of Zadar’s Dominican monastery began to use the local cherries to devise a herbal liqueur, first named rosolj. Afterwards, they began to add the stems and fruits too, calling for a new name: maraschino. In the 17th century, the first maraschino workshop was built, which is now known as maraska. It’s one of the ingredients in Croatia’s national cocktail – the others being arancini (candied orange), lemon, cherry juice and plenty of ice. 11. Go island hopping in the Adriatic channelThe Telašćica Nature Park is where you’ll find Sali, an island with it’s own salt water lake. During summer, this is where to find a little peace and quiet from the hubbub of the city centre. Similarly, Ošljak Island is found in the Adriatic Channel, and it’s one of the least inhabited islands in Croatia. Spend a day sailing around the island or meander onto it to see the olive groves and picturesque houses. You can usually organise day trips with your hotel. 6. Try the local seafood in FosaZadar perches right on the Adriatic coast so there’s plenty of exceptional seafood to indulge in. The best spot to try it is at Fosa Zadar, overlooking Fosa port. Take a seat outside to watch the ships come and go as you munch on Adriatic octopus, plump scampi and creamy oysters. Don’t miss a taste of Pag cheese either, from the nearby island which shares its name. Fresh seafood here starts at 375 kuna per kilo; better value is the Adriatic scampi risotto (145 kuna) or one of the set menus (from 135 kuna for three courses). Opening Hours: 12pm-12am dailyAddress: Ul. kralja Dmitra Zvonimira 2, 23420, Zadar Search for cheap flights to Zadar 1. Climb St Anastasia’s campanileIt’s hard to miss the Romanesque Cathedral of St Anastasia; the mighty belltower peeks around corners throughout the Old Town of Zadar, enticing you to climb up there yourself and enjoy the view. It’s a whopper, with 360-degree panoramas across brick-red roofs and Roman ruins, all the way to the sparkling ocean beyond. You’ll tackle a couple of hundred steps to get there but it’s worth being out of puff to stand up on the wind-buffeted terrace, higher than the bells themselves. Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday. Closed on SundaysTickets: 10 kunaAddress: incrocio Siroka ulica – Trg Svete Stošije, Zadar 23000 2. Watch the sunset at the Sea OrganListen out for music in the air as you walk along the seafront at the southwest corner of the Zadar peninsula. Look beneath your feet as you go down the smooth stone stairway and you’ll see holes carved into the ground – all that’s visible of the underwater pipes that were created for local architect Nikola Bašić’s 2005 art installation. The action of the waves pushes seawater through the pipes to produce beautiful, haunting notes – the perfect soundtrack to a blazing sunset over the Adriatic. Opening Hours: Open 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Promenade | Istarska Obala – Obale kralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar 23000 10. Bar hop through the VarosNarrow atmospheric alleyways wind their way through the lively Varos area: explore them and you’ll find some of Zadar’s top bars, often jostling with students from the city’s university. Follow the crowd to find out where the best scene is or head for one of the usual favourites. There’s generally a young, cocktail-drinking crowd at Dolce Vita Caffe, while around the corner at Café Gallery Gina you’ll often find more mature drinkers sipping wine in this tiny art gallery. How to get to ZadarThere are direct flights from Bristol, London and Manchester to Zadar. If you’re flying from any other major UK city, you can catch a connecting flight via London.Once you arrive, you can catch a bus from the airport into the centre (25 kuna, departing from the first till late flights of the day), or grab a taxi. Taxi charges can vary depending on where you’re going – for a ride to Zadar Town, it will cost between 200 and 250 kuna. Search for cheap flights to Zadar Where to stay on a city break in ZadarIf you’re looking for a hostel:Boutique Hostel Forum has free Wifi, black out curtains and a coffee shop for when you wake up too. If you’re looking for a hotel:Tinel Superior Residence is in the centre of Zadar, and you’ll love coming back to your private room with a flat screen TV, free Wifi and room service inside. If you’re looking for luxury:Falksteiner Hotel is ideal if you want a little privacy, and the ability to go parasailing just after breakfast – it’s right on Borik Beach. Search for hotels in Zadar Looking for cheap flights to Zadar? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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