Taroudant, Morocco – A Tunisian woman based in Paris has received a massive flood of accusations because she has allegedly “burned a page of the Quran with her cigarette.”The Tunisian website Bouyafar published photos of a woman who desecrated the pages of Holy Quran by her cigarette.The same source said that Khadija Ben Ayed, a Tunisian living in Paris, burned and desecrated the Quran and posted the photos on her Facebook wall. However, the Moroccan French website Telquel said that “these photos that circulated for a while on Facebook do not belong to the Tunisian question in question.“These are screenshots taken from a video posted on YouTube in 2012 of a completely different person, speaking in English, and affiliated with an Islamophobic forum,” the same source said.
By Lauren MorganRabat – “It is better that disabled people disappear” claims man armed with knives after attacking care center outside Tokyo.The man who carried out the knife attack at a care facility in Sagamihara, south Tokyo, claimed he that he wanted to kill disabled people, leaving 19 dead and 26 others injured at the latest. Terror-stricken staff at the care facility rang police after the suspect launched his attack, reported to be Satoshi Uematsu. Nine women and ten men were murdered between the ages of 18 to 70, the fire department stated.Police said that after the attack Uematsu drove to the Tsukui police station nearby and turned himself in. He was said to have stated “I did it” and “It is better that disabled people disappear”. Whilst handing himself in he was said to have been carrying a bag full of bloodstained knives and other sharp weapons.NTV stated that Uetmatsu managed to force his was into the care facility by using a hammer to smash one of the windows. Police are yet to establish the background motive for the attack however the suspect was reportedly “involuntarily admitted” to hospital earlier on in the year for under two weeks after claiming that he would kill disabled people. He was released from hospital on 2nd March.A police spokesman states that they are “still confirming details of the case.Mass murders are a comparatively rare occurrence in Japan as it is considered as one of the safest countries in the world with very few deadly attacks.
27 March 2008Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today. Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.More than 1,000 delegates are taking part in the sixth global forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty, meeting from 26 to 28 March, in an effort to work together on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targets to slash extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015.At the forum, municipalities are sharing their experiences in the areas of hunger, access to primary education, water and sanitation, child mortality, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and gender gaps. Richer cities will commit to cooperation with cities in the developing world, UNDP said.One of the innovative outcomes expected from the meeting is the adoption of time-bound and quantified local “road maps” that will determine targets to be reached on various facets of poverty in each city.The meeting, according to UNDP, is a response to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call to intensify efforts to meet the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs, now that the midpoint between that year and 2000 has been passed. Greece, which is marking the 2500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in Athens, was chosen for this event because of the meeting’s focus on the role of local participatory processes as a lever for better progress towards poverty eradication.
“The security situation in Darfur and threats to UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to be a serious concern,” said Joint Special Representative Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who is also head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID).Further complicating the situation are the inter-tribal conflicts that continue to plague the region and have led to a large number of civilian casualties, mass displacement and attendant humanitarian tragedy, he said.While UNAMID continued to facilitate the delivery of relief assistance by humanitarian actors to affected communities, instances of denial of access and restriction of movement, as well as bureaucratic impediments remain a challenge that negatively impacts this effort, said Mr. Chambas, who briefed the 15-member body via videoconference from Khartoum.In his latest report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the predominant source of the “grave” insecurity affecting several parts of Darfur is currently intercommunal fighting. “Such fighting has constrained access, led to the destruction of property and diverted resources and attention away from recovery, reconstruction and development. The clashes have tended to be triggered by minor incidents and altercations,” he wrote. “However, they have been exacerbated and fuelled by underlying disputes over access to land and other natural resources, as well as a lack of access to effective dispute resolution mechanisms.“Their intensity and dire impact on the civilian population, which has included the displacement of 166,000 people in the past three months, have been heightened by the prevalence of arms and the participation of militias fighting in support of their tribal affiliates,” Mr. Ban added. Regarding the peace process, Mr. Chambas reported that he remains engaged with the movements that have yet to sign the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) – which forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting – in an attempt to find common ground for advancing the peace process.The Sudanese Government and two major rebel groups have committed to the DDPD so far. The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed on last year; the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) signed a framework agreement in January 2013.Mr. Chambas said the realization of the agreement between the Government and JEM-Bashar is yet to gain traction. In his consultations with the leaders of JEM-Gibril and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi, the movements reiterated their commitment to peace and a negotiated political settlement in Darfur in the context of a holistic solution to Sudan’s problems.Also briefing the Council was Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, who noted that in addition to presenting safety and security challenges for UNAMID and aid personnel, the intensification of conflict has increased the need for protection and humanitarian assistance among the civilian population.Civilian protection is a core mandate for UNAMID, which was established by the Security Council five years ago to help stem the suffering in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed.Mr. Ladsous said efforts are ongoing with troop- and police-contributing countries to ensure the uniformed personnel deployed to Darfur are “properly equipped, trained and prepared” to operate in the very challenging security environment. To ensure that the mission has the resources, configuration and procedures it needs, the UN has begun a review of UNAMID, in consultation with the AU, the results of which are expected in February. “Despite the very challenging circumstances, UNAMID remains resolute in its commitment to provide much needed protection to civilians, facilitate the delivery of aid and provide support to the peace process,” said Mr. Ladsous.
OSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is gearing up to host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Buckeyes’ first game in Ohio Stadium of the 2016 season on Friday.OSU (2-1) is coming off its first loss of the season last week against Massachusetts. The team looked disorganized in the second half, which led to a 16-9 defeat at the hands of the Minutemen.“I think guys are really taking it on themselves as more a personal thing and something that we need to fix within ourselves,” redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said. “We’re definitely learning from it but not dwelling on it.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the team is evaluating last week’s performance, but he does not want his guys to get hung up on it.“There’s been some reflection off of what we thought was a really disappointing loss,” Myers said. “We’re trying to put that behind us now and focus on us and prepare for a very good team that’s coming into Columbus on Friday night.”UMBC is arriving in Columbus on the heels of a loss to Richmond in its first game of the season by a score of 7-5. The team had a disappointing campaign last year, going 5-8. Still, Myers said he fully expects the program to have a bounceback year.“I just think, top to bottom, it’s a team that’s very disciplined,” he said. “We’re going to have to really work hard as a collective group to have success on Friday night.”UMBC is led by its pair of senior captains: attacker Nate Lewnes and defender Zach Esser.Esser guides a defense that allowed seven goals in the team’s first game. Last year, he became the first defender in the history of UMBC to earn back-to-back America East first-team honors.One of the focuses heading into Friday’s game for the Buckeyes will be stopping the Retrievers’ pair of experienced attackers: Lewnes and junior Max Maxwell.Lewnes saw his 18-game goal-scoring streak, which was sixth in the country at the time, end in the team’s loss to Richmond. A co-captain, Lewnes is the leader of the offense and has been a model of consistency over his first three years at UMBC.Maxwell, who scored a goal last week against Richmond, earned all-rookie team honors as a freshman.OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos stressed the importance of the defense playing together in order to stop the UMBC attack.“We have a great, close (defensive) unit in Robby Haus, Chris Mahoney and Erik Evans. It’s just playing team defense,” Kapinos said. “It’s not two guys shutting them down –— it’s everybody talking, communicating (and) making sure we’re all on the same page.” The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday at the ‘Shoe.Man-up opportunityOne thing the Buckeyes will look to improve on this week is the man-up. The man-up, or extra-man opportunity, is akin to the power play in hockey. In these situations, the offense has a one-man advantage because a penalty on the other team forces a player to stay off the field for a duration of time.OSU sophomore defender Erik Evans (43) controls the ball during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternOSU has struggled in capitalizing on these opportunities so far this year. The team went 0-4 in man-up opportunities last week against UMass, including failing to score on one occasion when the Minutemen were two players down after a succession of penalties.“We have to give it to UMass,” Kapinos said. “They did a good job in man-down and picked off a couple of our passes.”The Buckeyes have struggled in this area the whole season, only capitalizing on two of their 12 man-up opportunities, which ranks them tied for 47th nationally. “We’re trying to find the right pieces and the right fit, but that’s a fine line,” Myers said of the man-up unit. “We’re going to keep chipping away at it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in that group.”National showcaseFriday’s game against UMBC will be OSU’s first time this year playing in front of a nationally televised audience, as the game is scheduled to be aired on ESPNU.“Playing in the ‘Shoe too is something that guys are really looking forward to, and I think is going to be a motivator for us going into it,” Pfister said.Myers said he knows his team is excited to play in front of viewers across the country, but he wants the team to stay focused on the task at hand.“I think the opportunity, anytime you’re on national TV, to not only play well but to just showcase what Buckeye lacrosse is all about is a responsibility,” Myers said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the next game on our schedule.”What’s nextAfter Friday’s game against UMBC, the Buckeyes are set to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. OSU is scheduled play Marquette on March 4 and Bellarmine on March 6. The games are slated for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at the ‘Shoe.
This week, Hot Takedown is taking a focused look at the lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s soccer team in advance of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Twenty-eight players have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming patterns of gender-based discrimination. One of the plaintiffs is USWNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who released the following statement:“The bottom line is simple: it is wrong for us to be paid and valued less for our work because of our gender. Every member of this team works incredibly hard to achieve the success that we have had for the USSF. We are standing up now so that our efforts, and those of future USWNT players, will be fairly recognized.”To unpack this lawsuit and assess the U.S. women’s 2019 World Cup chances, we’re joined by journalist and author Caitlin Murray, whose book, “The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer,” is out now.Finally, our Rabbit Hole fields an imaginary baseball team full of the most preposterous injuries that have plagued players of the sport. Who knew pillows could be so dangerous?Here’s what we’re looking at:Brooks Koepka’s historic performance at the PGA Championship.Bodexpress’s solo ride at the Preakness States that captured America’s heart.Michael McCann’s analysis of the USWNT lawsuit for Sports Illustrated.Excuse us while we try not to laugh at Johan Camargo’s epic fall. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Being in my line of business, I get to see certain factors of the economy playing out in real terms. I get to see where people are hurting and where things are good. So it came as surprise to me this week when a Sydney newspaper columnist claimed that the two-speed economy in Australia wasn’t real. The two-speed economy has been so-named to cover the situation in which the mining boom creates massive wealth and employment while the rest of the economy recovers from the effects of the GFC. To make matters worse, the booming miners create inflationary pressures and these must be dampened by the Reserve Bank raising interest rates for the rest of Australia. Hence two speeds: one is flat and suffering under rising interest rates; the other is booming and export-focused. There are enough facts and figures for the economists and columnists to argue about this, and even to claim – as the newspaper columnist did – that everyone is better off having a booming resources sector. But from my perspective I have not seen a time when business owners and householders have worked so hard just to stay where they are. I’m seeing people taking second jobs, mums going back to work, businesses doing more with less. Interest rates have been going up in the past two years and they will go up again. Electricity is going up and the powers that be in Canberra want to put another tax on petrol, to join the others that are there already. It was revealed last week that there are 700,000 ‘arrangement’s with the ATO right now for previous years’ unpaid taxes. That included 260,000 business owners. Given that small business employs 50 percent of Australia’s work force, this is a serious situation. There is clearly a two-speed economy operating, and if the politicians and economists could be bothered talking to real business owners, they’d get that straight pretty quickly. The question is what can be done about it. The idea of slapping ‘super taxes’ on entire industries sounds punitive and not very constructive. You have to wonder about people who think the solution to every problem is to put more taxes on those who are paying a stack of them already.Unfortunately, business owners have always known how to handle these tough times and they’re doing it right now, judging by the fact that the savings rate is going up while credit is flat. When interest rates are up and confidence low, business owners do what they have always done. They ask their families to tighten their belts, and then they all tough it out, waiting for better times.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäeuble, will visit Athens on July 18 in response to an invitation made by his Greek counterpart Yannis Stournaras. The visit would focus on the extension to Greece of a programme designed by Germany and Spain for the financing of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for fighting youth unemployment and possibly setting up a Greek investment bank. A few days ago, the German chancellor Angella Merkel and her Minister of Finances Wolfgang Schäuble rejected the possibility of a new haircut of the Greek debts after the upcoming September German elections. Mrs. Merkel, who was interviewed by the Märkische Oderzeitung and Südwest Presse newspapers explained that there is no possibility of a further haircut of the Greek debt. A further haircut would burden the other Eurozone partners with many more billions of euros.
A 33-year-old Algerian national arrested in connection with a deadly raid on a suspected Islamist cell in Belgium last week is set to appear before a prosecutor Tuesday at noon.Belgian authorities have requested his extradition on terrorism charges.Greek and Belgian authorities have said the man is not the suspected mastermind that communicated with cell members from a mobile phone in Greece.According to sources, the 33-year-old has been living in Greece since 2011 when he lodged an appeal for political asylum. In 2012, he was arrested on theft charges before being released last year.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Greek Culture Ministry announced the discovery of an “exceptionally important” Early Bronze Age settlement on the islet of Daskalio off the coast of Keros, a Cycladic island.The discovery was made during the Keros-Naxos Seaways research programme – a four-year project being conducted by the British School at Athens and the University of Cambridge under the direction of Colin Renfrew and Michael Boyd.The ministry described the finds as “unprecedented” due to the highly evolved architectural techniques, such as a complex system of tubes used to keep the sea water out of the settlement as well as many buildings and other sculptures dating back to the early Bronze Age from 2750-2550 BC.READ MORE: Divers can enjoy underwater antiquities near AlonissosThe astonishing findings also revealed a complex multi-level highly-developed civilisation, completely unknown prior to the excavation, that was able to survive in the harsh coastal environment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
iPad : les opérateurs français ne le distribueront pasFrance – C’est en mai que l’iPad fera son entrée en France, mais la tablette Internet d’Apple ne sera pas commercialisée par les opérateurs mobiles.C’est uniquement dans certains magasins Fnac ou Darty, et bien sûr dans les Apple Store de Paris et Montpellier que l’iPad sera vendu à la fin du mois prochain. D’après le quotidien Les Echos, SFR, Bouygues et Orange seront en effet privés de la tablette Internet et devront donc se contenter de proposer des forfaits dédiés aux heureux possesseurs de l’iPad.Apple a choisi pour la France un système identique à celui mis en place aux États-Unis, écartant les opérateurs mobiles pour leur préférer le distributeur Best Buy.Si SFR et ses concurrents proposeront des abonnements pour la version 3G de l’iPad, c’est Apple qui en contrôlera la souscription. Au moment de l’achat de leur tablette, les clients devront en effet indiquer leur choix et c’est Apple qui contactera les opérateurs avec lesquels les utilisateurs de la tablette Internet n’auront donc aucune relation. A noter que l’iPad pourra également être connecté à Internet en Wi-Fi, sans abonnement.Le 28 avril 2010 à 15:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fukushima : des dosimètres pour 34.000 enfantsLa ville de Fukushima, au nord-est du Japon, prévoit d’équiper 34.000 enfants de dosimètres dès l’automne. L’objectif est de rassurer les familles inquiètes de la radioactivité qui n’a pas fini de s’échapper de la centrale nucléaire accidentée, située à une soixantaine de kilomètres de là.En septembre, tous les enfants âgés de 4 à 15 ans et qui résident à Fukushima – ville située à l’extérieur de la zone d’évacuation de 20 kilomètres autour de la centrale nucléaire accidentée-, se verront remettre un dosimètre à conserver sur eux en permanence pendant trois mois, a annoncé un responsable du bureau chargé de l’éducation, cité par l’AFP. À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la scienceDe nombreux habitants sont inquiets des risques de radiation depuis le séisme et tsunami du 11 mars qui ont fortement endommagé les installations nucléaires de Fukushima Daiichi, située à une soixantaine de kilomètres de là. Au lendemain de la catastrophe, le Japon avait relevé le niveau légal d’exposition pour la population, tous âges confondus, de 1 à 20 millisieverts par an (soit la norme adoptée par beaucoup de pays pour les employés de l’industrie nucléaire, précise l’AFP). “Nous pensons que la distribution de dosimètres va contribuer à rassurer les familles si les mesures confirment que la santé des enfants n’est pas menacée”, explique le responsable à l’agence de presse. Celui-ci a souligné que le niveau de radioactivité dans la ville se situait en dessous de la limite officielle de risque sanitaire. Il a également indiqué que les dosimètres seront vérifiés tous les mois pour constater la quantité de radiations accumulées.Mais le groupe écologiste et antinucléaire Greenpeace souhaite aller plus loin. La semaine dernière, il a demandé au gouvernement japonais d’ordonner l’évacuation des enfants et des femmes enceintes de la ville de Fukushima. Pour le moment, ce n’est pas le cas.Huit ouvriers de la centrale nucléaire irradiés Par ailleurs, l’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire accidentée, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) a annoncé que six autres ouvriers avaient été exposés à des radiations supérieures au maximum autorisé de 250 millisieverts. Au total, ce sont donc huit personnes qui ont été irradiées. Toutefois, selon l’opérateur, les six hommes n’ont pour le moment pas signalé de problème de santé.Le 14 juin 2011 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
La route migratoire des requins-tigres en lien avec les attaques sur humains ?Des chercheurs américains ont suivi sur plusieurs années les déplacements de nombreux requins-tigres, et suggèrent que ces résultats pourraient expliquer en partie les nombreuses attaques perpétrées par ces squales sur des humains dans l’archipel d’Hawaï.Depuis 2004, des chercheurs de l’Université de Floride et de l’Université d’Hawaï ont équipé de balises satellitaires et suivi par télémétrie acoustique plus de 100 requins-tigres dans les eaux hawaïennes. Ceci a permis d’observer les routes migratoires empruntés par les squales chaque année et constater qu’elle étaient plus “organisées” que ce que les scientifiques pensaient jusqu’ici.”Nous pensons qu’un quart approximativement des femelles matures nagent depuis le banc de sable de la Frégate française [un atoll des îles hawaïennes du nord-ouest] jusqu’aux principales îles hawaïennes, potentiellement pour mettre bas, en automne”, explique Yannis Papastamatiou, biologiste marin à l’Université de Floride. “Cependant, d’autres individus peuvent aussi aller vers d’autres îles, peut-être à la recherche d’un environnement thermique plus approprié, ou parce qu’il pourrait y avoir plus de nourriture vers ces îles”.En effet, grâce à leurs observations, les chercheurs ont remarqué que la migration des requins pouvait dépendre de différents facteurs plus ou moins fixes. “Ce qu’on observe, c’est un modèle complexe de migration partielle qui peut s’expliquer par des facteurs fixes – une femelle gravide migrant pour mettre bas à un endroit particulier – et par des facteurs plus flexibles comme la recherche de nourriture”, ajoute Yannis Papastamatiou dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Ecology. Un pic dans le nombre de requins vus À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”[Avant], nous savions que les requins tigres avaient des habitudes de déplacement assez compliquées et cela semblait être une sorte de ‘chacun pour soi’. Nous avions [aussi] analysé des données pour voir quels requins rendaient visite aux plongeurs (…) à Oahu [la plus peuplée des îles hawaïennes], et l’une des choses que nous avons remarquées, c’est un pic dans le nombre de requins-tigres vus en octobre”, ajoute t-il encore.”Ceci pourrait correspondre à notre modèle, qui prédit un afflux de grandes femelles gravides venant des îles hawaïennes du nord-ouest. Il y a même tendance à y avoir un pic dans le nombre de morsures de requins au cours de cette saison”, conclut le biologiste. Le fichier “Shark Attacks” du Muséum de Floride, qui recense les agressions au niveau international, rapporte pour Hawaï 10 attaques pour 2012 et 8 en 2013, dont une mortelle en août. Le plus grand nombre d’attaques signalées dans l’archipel ont eu lieu en octobre, novembre et décembre.Le 14 septembre 2013 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambert
The race for Gonzalo Higuain appears to be coming to a close with AC Milan sporting director Leonardo set to meet the striker’s agent later todayThe Argentina international looks set to leave Juventus this summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival earlier this month for a club record transfer fee of €112m.With the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in their ranks, Higuain has been deemed surplus to requirements with Juventus now in need to recouping some of the rather excessive amount they had spent on bringing Ronaldo to Italy.Juventus’ chief executive, Beppe Marotta, had confirmed Milan’s interest in Higuain last week.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Leonardo knows Higuain well and wants to have him at Milan, but there are contractual issues to resolve. There’s a long way to go…” said Marotta.And now it seems that Milan are ready to step up their interest in the 30-year-old with their newly-appointed sporting director Leonardo leading the bid for the highly-rated forward with Calcio Mercato reporting that he is set to meet Higaun’s brother-agent, Nicolas, later today to discuss the transfer.The Italian news outlet also added that, while no personal terms have been agreed on yet, Higuain is asking for €8m a year at the San Siro.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 23, 2016 – A Graceway Supermarket manager is recuperating in hospital now; the young woman whose father is a senior Civil Servant could have been killed in hostile crossfire between Police and suspects.A wild bullet hit the woman as she exited her home to go to work. The gun shot caught a popular employee of IGA in her leg. Police have no official info yet in the shocking investigation where bandits stole a truck and almost got away with the entire ScotiaBank ATM machine from the downtown branch of MoneyGram. They chained a huge and heavy machine to the truck and tried to drag it away to get the cash inside.This was minutes to 4 o’clock this morning. Police foiled the theft but the trio (at least) abandoned the truck and took off on foot. The suspects ended up in crime hot bed, Kew Town, where they eventually escaped. The young woman, whose family hails partly from South Caicos was struck by a stray bullet. It is believed the bullet was from the thieves.It’s the second time for this kind of encounter in Kew Town this year. In the former instance the bullet went through the bed headboard of a woman actually laying in bed at the time.The nation is appalled.
After 18 months of private liquor sales in Washington state, the competitive liquor market is moving into its second holiday season that is traditionally its highest sales period of the year.Local spirits sellers are pulling out all the stops to compete for those sales. It’s a contest that has some retailers expanding store liquor departments, others carrying holiday gift packs and some offering extra services such as online sales and abundant, well-trained sales associates on the selling floor. Other liquor retailers, such as warehouse-style booze seller Total Wine & More, rely on volume-order advantages and promotions with spirits producers that help level the playing field with stores such as Costco and other volume discounters.Issaquah-based Costco invested $22 million to back the voter-approved Initiative 1183, which pulled the state out of the business of selling spirits on June 1, 2012.The sudden change in liquor sales rules created a highly competitive retail environment in which liquor sellers in Clark County increased from 14 state-run and state-contracted stores to more than 75 licensed sellers of hard liquor. The voter-approved law attracted major newcomers such as Potomac, Md.-based Total Wine & More, which opened a Vancouver store in May.The company’s sales strategy is three-fold, based on its selection of more than 14,000 spirits, wines and beers, its trained service staff and price, said David Trone, co-owner of the more than 90-store chain.“You’ve always got to have the best price in the market,” Trone told The Columbian.That strategy appears to be working in some parts of the state, such as Bellevue, where the Total Wine & More store was the state’s highest grossing liquor store in 2012, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Tasvir Ul Islam Photo: UNBA Dhaka court on Monday granted bail to Tasvir Ul Islam, chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd till 29 August in a case filed over the forgery in the design of Banani’s ill-fated FR Tower, reports UNB.Dhaka senior special judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order when his lawyer Ehsanul Haque filed a petition before his court seeking bail.Ehsanul said the court granted bail to his client considering his age and physical ailment.On Sunday, the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Tasvir, one of the owners of the building, from Segunbagicha area in the case.The ACC had filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.The building caught fire on 27 March last that left 25 people dead and 73 others injured.During investigation, the ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases and the fire exits are blocked.The authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey building but they made the FR Tower a 23-storey one over time.The ACC sued 20 and five people respectively in the two cases filed over illegal extension of FR Tower from 16th to 18th and 19th to 23rd floors.The accused also include SMHI Faruque, owner of the land on which FR Tower is built, Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, the housing company that extended the building illegally, Muhammd Shawkat Ali, member of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Syed Nazmul Huda, sub-divisional engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) and Shamsur Rahman, executive engineer of PWD.
4 min read September 1, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some young-app developers are getting a lesson in civic engagement.From New York City to Seattle, city-sponsored apps contests are increasingly popping up to encourage the generation of innovative solutions to everyday problems — a welcome prospect for app developers and aspiring start-up founders alike.Among various locales in Washington State, for instance, app makers can participate in the Evergreen Apps Challenge, a contest that closes on Sept. 6 and showers winners with $75,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash. App challenges have also been held in San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, where a mobile program showcasing the Motor City’s public art — from graffiti to museum works — took top spot.Though the cash is helpful, some savvy-software developers are also using the contests to enhance their technical training, win seed capital for a new startup and garner much-needed exposure to stand out in an increasingly crowded pack. Getting a foot in the door with a venture capitalist isn’t easy, after all.Related: From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-Year-Old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley Aaron Coleman quit his job to participate in the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge and launch Small Steps Labs.The announcement of the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge in January proved to be the catalyst for Aaron Coleman’s career change. Previously, he had been working on research that intersected mobile communications, technology and health at the University of California, San Diego. In 2010, he won a prize in the Apps for Healthy Kids challenge, which had been sponsored by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to curb childhood obesity.But when the opportunity to participate in the San Diego’s contest arose, Coleman quit his day job — allowing the 29-year-old to finally put his apps-startup Small Steps Labs in motion. Eager to explore more efficient techniques for developing apps across different platforms, he welcomed the challenge. “I just thought, if nothing else, this is a good way to practice on something good for the city,” says Coleman.One of those apps, Street Report, allows San Diegans to snap pictures and report problems such as gaping potholes, graffiti and other blights directly to city officials. Coleman also worked closely with a city official to determine how information from the app should best be submitted so that addressing issues could become more efficient. The program, which he submitted with a sharply-shot demo video, won both Best Overall App and the City of San Diego Government Innovation App — as well as a $20,000 prize, which Coleman used as seed money for his startup.Related: Andrew Rasiej on the Next Big Wave in Tech — And How Young Treps Can Surf ItFlanking NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is Joel Natividad (on left) and his partner who won the city’s BigApps 3.0 contest this year.Over in New York City, Joel Natividad proves quitting your day job to follow one’s bliss isn’t only for the young. Through his participation in the latest NYC BigApps 3.0 competition, the 44-year-old was able to harness open data that’s generated from users of smartphones and laptops, a process Natividad and his long-time friend and partner have coined crowdknowing.”We rolled the dice, and we’ve been working on it full-time since last October,” says Natividad.The entrepreneur looked to New York City’s challenge as an “accelerator” for his New York-based data-aggregation and analysis firm, Ontodia. They submitted a tool designed for app developers called NYCFacets that allows app developers to leverage different bundles of data — Wifi hotspot locations in Brooklyn, for example. Winning some of the $50,000 in cash and prizes from the BigApps 3.0 contest has helped Natividad advance his startup. So have the intros with heavyweight investors and venture-capital firms he’s landed since the win.”I had always had this perception when you start up, you had Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, who didn’t finish college and basically at an early age got lucky,” says Natividad. “They are the outliers.”Related: How to Talk to ‘Nerds’ and Why You Should “What I’m finding out the hard way is it’s all about relationships when you’re doing a startup,” adds Natividad. “My advice is spend some time — maybe two or three years in the business world. Develop your network. Get the kinks out.” And then maybe in your late 20s or early 30s, try the entrepreneurial route, he says. “The days of my generation, where you go to work with one company for all your professional life, are long gone.How has winning a competition helped fuel your business? Let us know in the comments section. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
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