first_imgSCHOOL PRINCIPALS in Donegal have been told to cut holidays to make up for closures during the Big Chill.That means some Christmas holidays as well as mid-term breaks and Easter breaks will be cut back.This is bad news for parents and kids who may have already booked holidays next year. But the Department of Education is taking a tough stance and has asked schools to consider cutting their holidays short to make up for days lost because of the weather.The department has suggested schools could look at the possibility of returning early after Christmas or shortening the February mid-term break or the Easter holidays.It would mean the department changing current rules on school holidays and when they are taken.Dozens of schools are closed again across Donegal today with school buses also cancelled. DONEGAL SCHOOLS TOLD: CUT HOLIDAYS TO MAKE UP FOR SNOW CRISIS was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hate crowds love ComicCon Heres how I cope

first_img The hottest cosplay we expect to see at Comic-Con 2019 3:00 25 Photos More Comic-Con 2019 Share your voice Tania González/CNET There’s nothing like the sensation of your heartbeat quickening, your stomach dropping to your ankles and a tingling sensation that, alas, is not your Spider-Sense. Is it fear? Is it loathing? No, it’s just me trying to go to a comics convention.For whatever reason, my love of a one-stop shop for celebrating pop culture franchises I adore is countered by the severe social anxiety and fear of crowds that have plagued me most of my life. Same thing happens at theme parks. Even concerts have proven difficult.The logical thing would be to just avoid those situations. Don’t go into crowded places and the crowds can’t make it feel like everything is caving in on you, right? But then I’d just end up never going anywhere, which, while less expensive, isn’t much fun either.Little by little, I’ve found ways to help manage that pesky impulse to bolt from people-filled enclosed spaces. And since there’s a statistical possibility someone else out there might be missing out of convention-going for the same reason, I figured I’d share what I’ve learned as Comic-Con 2019 kicks off this week.  Smaller conventions still have plenty to offer, and you can build (or rebuild) your tolerance for groups of people. As a bonus, they tend to be significantly less expensive to get in, which gives you a bigger margin to spend on all that stuff you love but don’t necessarily have room for.I live in California’s Central Valley, and in the past few years there’ve been a lot more small cons popping up even out near me, but if that’s not happening where you live, it’s still worth keeping an eye out, because that could change soon.dsc0037.jpgThat look of relief on my face is because a) look at all that empty space around me, and b) the air conditioning in the convention center was working quite well. Christine Cain/CNET Wide-open spaces, y’allYou’re not apt to find large swaths of empty floor space on the show floor of almost any convention. But you can get at least a little more breathing room in hallways near the panel discussions that are scheduled. There’s also outside, weather (and in-and-out privileges) permitting. If you’re getting a little anxious bumping elbows with folks on the floor, take a break, get some air. It’s like letting your health bar regenerate.dsc0034.jpgEnlarge ImageThis was a bonus situation at SVCC. Not just a piece of wall, but also a chair. Score! Christine Cain/CNET Your friend, the wallIn 2016, I went to SDCC for the first time since 2002, a year so distant you could actually buy tickets at the door the day you planned to attend. Your average attendance at SDCC is about a billion people, to my eyes, or well over 100,000 people, if you believe SDCC’s About page.Carving off a bit of wall gave me a little relief from plowing through all the crowds. It gave me at least one direction I knew people wouldn’t be coming from, and it’s also a good place to do some people watching.Another thing that helped, oddly: waiting in line. Sure, you’re with a bunch of people, but there’s order to it (ideally, anyway; some of those lines get crazy-long and circuitous), and in a way, the people in front of you and behind you act as buffers from other people around you. Plus, you can chat while you’re waiting if you’re so inclined. Post a comment The hottest SDCC 2019 exclusives we’ve seen so far 0 Originally published April 24, 2017.Update, July 17, 2019: Adds information on San Diego Comic-Con 2019. center_img The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Exploit the tallAnother mini tip, especially if you’re on the shorter side. If you spot a tall person or two going your way, you can draft behind them as they part the crowd. Drafting: it’s not just for cars!Rise and fallDon’t get discouraged if you have setbacks in your progress, or if you’re not making progress as quickly as you’d like. I mean, you are basically trying to fight your own brain. Just in the last few years, I’ve gotten better about not immediately bolting out the door once I see people spilling from every corridor and staircase. But I still have a hard time when it comes to meeting actors or artists in attendance. Apparently, because the anxiety and crowd fear wasn’t enough, I’m also horribly shy.It’s easier if I’ve got friends with me. If someone starts the conversation, I can join in rather than just stumbling to think of something to say. I figure this is just another thing to work on, little by little.Got any tips that have helped you manage going to conventions? Feel free to share in the comments! Tags Survival tips from Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders First-time cosplay is terrifying, complicated and exhilarating SDCC at 50: From hotel basement to massive cultural blowout From Game of Thrones to Batwoman, what we’re most excited to see Comic-Con Note that I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Just sharing what works for me in hopes that it might scale for some of you out there.Start smallAfter staying away from events for a number of years, I wanted to get back into things, but the idea of going to something as massive as San Diego Comic Con was a little too daunting. So I went to (relatively) smaller cons, like Silicon Valley Comic Con. SVCC isn’t as big as SDCC — Steve Wozniak only started it in 2016 — but there were lots of people crammed into the San Jose Convention Center last time I went. Still, there was enough space and enough organization (and sweet, sweet air conditioning) that I didn’t get very near panic mode. Comics Now playing: Watch this: 15 Photoslast_img read more

Flood situation deteriorates in 4 dists

first_imgOverflown Jamuna river inundates Bordah area in Sariakandi of Bogra district.The flood situation in Jamalpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha deteriorated further as major rivers there kept overflowing on Thursday, leaving two children dead and thousands of people marooned, reports UNB.In Gaibandha, two children — Sawpna Khatun of Kamarjani union in Sadar upazila and Pinha of Kabilpur in Phulchhari upazila — drowned in floodwater on Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.Besides, river erosion took a furious turn as water level in Bramhaputra and Ghaghat rivers continued to rise over the last few days, witnesses said.The people of the flood-hit areas have been facing immense sufferings for lack of adequate food, safe drinking water and sanitation.District administration source said a total of 2,10,000 people of 190 villages in 29 unions were affected by the flood while only 3,000 people took refuge in shelter centers. Besides, at least 123 primary schools remained closed in four upazilas of the district due to the flood.In Kurigram, the overall flood situation of the district worsened further as the Brahmaputra was flowing 37 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 18 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.The water level in Dudhkumar increased by 4 cm, while the flow of the Teesta decreased by 14 cm. The two rivers were flowing slight below their danger levels.In the last 24 hours, 15 villages went under water afresh.Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.More than 2,00,000 people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.Though the government has initiated the distribution of relief materials in the flood-affected areas but it is not adequate, said locals.Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said they distributed three mts rice, cash Tk 8 lakh, 2,000 packets of dry food among flood-affected people in seven upazilas.In Jamalpur, almost one lakh people have been marooned in 35 unions in six upazilas and the Jamuna River was flowing 84 centimetres above the danger level at Bahadurshah point.District Relief and Rehabilitation office sources said seven unions of Islampur, eight of Dewanganj, seven in Madarganj, five in Sarishbari, three in Bakshiganj and one union in Melanandah were inundated.District primary education officer Md Shahidul Islam said a total 187 schools in seven upazilas remained shut due to the flood.Civil Surgeon Mosa-e-ul-Islam Ratan said 77 medical teams have been working with one in each union of the district.Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Kabir said they have distributed 180 mts rice, Tk 3.10 lakh among the flood victims.In Lalmonirhat, over one lakh people at 36 villages of 16 unions in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.The Teesta River was flowing 20 cm below the danger level while the Dharola was flowing 25 cm above the red mark at Kulaghat point on Thursday morning, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.Sudden decrease in water flow triggered serious river erosion in some areas. The Teesta and Dharla devoured at least 63 houses in the last 24 hours.Besides, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Md Alauddin Khan said they distributed 500 packets of dry food, Tk 2,00,000 in cash and 8 tonnes of GR rice among the flood-affected people in Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas.last_img read more

Latifur Prothom Alo Daily Star win tax awards

first_img(From Left) Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman, The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, Mediaworld chairperson Rokia Afzal Rahman and and Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman at the award ceremony. Photo: Prothom AloThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Wednesday honoured 84 families with the title ‘Kar Bahadur Poribar’ or ‘Family of Tax Heroes’ for paying taxes regularly.It was the first time such a title was conferred, with Drug International owner Khaza Tajmahal and her family topping the list.Businessman ABM Shafiul Alam’s family was next, followed by Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman and his family.They were honoured at a programme organised by the National Board of Revenue at its headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka on Wednesday.Finance minister AMA Muhith was present at the function as the chief guest while it presided over by NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman.In the print and electronic media category, three out of the four winners are owned by Transcom Group. They are Mediastar, which owns Prothom Alo, Mediaworld, which owns The Daily Star, and Transcraft, which take care of the two dailies’ printing.East West Media Group, a concern of Bashundhara Group, complete the list of four.Editor and publisher of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam was honoured for paying the highest amount of taxes among the journalists.Editor and publisher of the Prothom Alo Matiur Rahman was also among the top five taxpaying journalists.Finance minister AMA Muhith handed over a crest and the tax card to the editors, who were awardees last year as well.MA Malek, editor of the Dainik Azadi published from Chittagong, Channel i news editor Shaikh Siraj and the Daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar were handed the tax cards.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry M Abdur Razzaque handed over the crest to Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman.The quality of NBR’s services is now better, Latifur Rahman said at the programme, adding, “But, the service must get even better.”“The taxpayers have various types of demands. As they pay taxes, the government should take their wants into consideration,” he observed.Former adviser to a caretaker government Rokia Afzal Rahman, who is the chairperson of Mediaworld, received the award on behalf of the company.“It’s really a matter of huge pride for me. We have been paying taxes for a long time, but at last the recognition comes. We have been awarded as the best taxpayer for the second successive year and we believe we will keep this trend up,” she said.Transcom Group director Arshad Waliur Rahman received the tax card and crest on behalf of Mediastar Limited while Transcraft executive director Jalaluddin Akand received the award on behalf of the company.Editor’s NoteIt is a matter of immense pride that the editor-publisher of Prothom Alo has been named one of the highest taxpayers for the second successive year in the newspaper category. Mahfuz Anam, the editor-publisher of our sister concern The Daily Star, has also been honoured with the same accolade. On top of this, the Transcraft Limited, which is another concern of Transcom Group and the mother organisation of these two newspapers, has also been awarded with the same honour. The chairman of the Transcom Group, Latifur Rahman, and his family have been honoured with “Kor Bahadur” or ‘Tax Heroes’ as well.On behalf of the editor-publisher and the staff of Prothom Alo, we thank the Board of Directors. They have been conscious about paying the taxes besides upholding the highest ethical standard and ensuring financial transparency.We strongly believe the trust and confidence of the readers should be a media house’s biggest strength. And one cannot just own it, rather it has to be earned. And to earn it, the organisation not only has to practice objective journalism, but it also has to be transparent about financial matters. We believe that financial stablity is a prerequisite for free thinking and objective journalism. If we are not transparent about this, how can we write independently, without any fear? We hope the readers and advertisers will keep supporting us as they have always done. And we would like to thank the government and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) for introducing this award in the media category.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

RMG workers hunger strike over minimum wage 31 July

first_imgWorkers at a factory. File PhotoReadymade garment (RMG) workers will observe a two-hour hunger strike in front of the office of the minimum wage board for the RMG sector on 31 July to press home their demand for fixing Tk 16,000 as minimum wage.The decision was taken at a meeting of major RMG workers’ organisations held in the capital on Friday, news agency UNB reports.As per the decision, the garment workers will start the hunger strike at 11 am in front of the wage board office at Topkhana Road.At Friday’s meeting, workers’ leaders rejected the minimum wage proposed by the representatives of owners and workers at a meeting of the wage board.They said that they would go for movement if their demand for Tk 16,000 as minimum wage is not met.Among others, National Platform to Protect Garment Workers and Industry coordinator Abul Hosain, Bangladesh Garment Workers’ Oikaya Parishad convener Mahtab Uddin Shahid, M Delwar Hossain and Jolly Talukder were present at the meeting while Amirul Haq Amin chaired the meeting.last_img read more

UN wants to negotiate with US Canada to resettle Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child smiles at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters on Thursday.”UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities concerned, including in the United States,” Kubo said.”Regardless of the change in government or government policies, I think UNHCR has a clear responsibility to pursue a protection-oriented resettlement programme.”Kubo said 1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.”Resettlement will always be a challenging thing because only a small number of resettlement opportunities are being allocated by the international community at the moment,” Kubo said in an interview. “But it’s our job to try to consult with respective countries based on the protection and humanitarian needs of these individuals.”H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the resettlement proposal was “unrealistic” due to reluctance in the United States and Europe to take further Muslim refugees.Reuters reported this month that officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea were increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees had fallen through.Canada, Australia and the United States were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012. A Bangladesh government official said it was feared the programme would encourage more people from Myanmar to use it as a transit country to seek asylum in the West.Canada has said it would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, an order since suspended by a U.S. district judge.HOPING FOR ACCESSA Rohingya refugee girl wipes her eyes as she cries at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid.Kubo said he had asked Bangladesh to give the UN access to all the refugees who have recently arrived, adding that UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx.Hasina adviser Imam said providing aid to the new refugees and its citizens was the responsibility of the government.Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on Oct. 9 had now ended.A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Feb. 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity.Two UN sources have separately told Reuters that more than 1,000 Rohingya may have been killed in the crackdown.Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in.”We’re now hoping for immediate access to the affected areas in northern Rakhine as soon as possible with our resources, our protection expertise,” Kubo said. “That will also have a positive impact on what is happening in Bangladesh at the moment.”last_img read more

Baltimore Reaches 300 Homicides for 3rd Straight Year

first_imgFor the third time in three years, Baltimore has experienced 300 homicides.According to the Baltimore Police Department, three homicides on Nov. 2, occurring in the span of two hours, brought the city’s murder rate to 300. The city is on pace to surpass the record number of 344 homicides set in 2015, the year of the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.Baltimore police say a 31-year-old man died at an area hospital after being found with gunshot wounds in the 5400 block of Moores Run Road at about 7:20 p.m. on Thursday evening.After that call, officers responded to another shooting on the 200 block of South Collins Ave., where they found another 31-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.The third shooting occurred an hour later. Detectives found a woman inside a vacant house on the 700 block of Mura St., with a gunshot wound to her upper body. The woman was transported and later died at the hospital.On Nov. 4, Tony Mason Jr., 40, an off-duty officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), became Baltimore’s 301st homicide victim. Mason, a sergeant with MPD was killed during a double shooting during the early hours of Nov. 4, on the 2800 block of Elgin Ave. in West Baltimore. A 43-year-old woman, who also was shot in the leg in the incident, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, according to Baltimore police.Anyone with information on these shootings and homicides is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824.last_img read more

Kolkata Police yet to give permission for Amit Shah rally BJP Yuva

first_imgKolkata: The BJP Yuva Morcha today said they are yet to receive any communication from the Kolkata Police regarding permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s proposed rally here on August 11. Yuva Morcha state president Debjit Sarkar told PTI that they have submitted a formal application to police, seeking permission for Shah’s rally. He said they will move court if police deny permission. “We submitted an application to police yesterday, seeking permission for the rally. We have mentioned five venues in Kolkata for the meeting, but police are yet to give us permission. We need time to prepare for the rally,” he said. Police’s reaction was not available immediately.last_img read more

KardashianJenner Sisters New Websites Have a Massive Security Flaw

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Trying to keep your Kardashian obsession under wraps?If you’re one of the super-fans who quickly subscribed to one of the Kardashian or Jenner sisters’ newly launched websites, which arrived alongside $2.99-per-month mobile apps, then we’ve got some bad news. You may have inadvertently given yourself away.A flaw in the design of the sister sites has reportedly exposed the personal information—including first and last names as well as email addresses—of 891,240 users.A 19-year-old developer by the name of Alaxic Smith discovered the security issue and wrote about his findings on Medium, the publishing platform, earlier this week. (Soon after taking his results public, he removed the post. You can read an archived version of the article through this cached Google web page here.)In a nutshell, Smith poked around the site until he eventually discovered an unsecure API—application programming interface, a kind of computer code that allows third parties to use proprietary data—containing users’ partial login information. “Initially, I thought that this was some page filled with dummy data, but as I started to look closer, I realized it wasn’t,” he wrote. “I now had access to the first names, last names, and email addresses of the 663,270 people who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s website.”It didn’t take long for Smith to test the same trick across each website. And it worked each time.The sites, crafted by Whalerock Industries, a software development firm, all bore the same vulnerability. So what affected equally impacted,, and (At the time of publication, has yet to debut.)Worse still? Smith discovered that he could manipulate data on each site. “I also had the ability to create/destroy users, photos, videos, and more,” he wrote.Whalerock has since patched the computer bugs. The company released a statement about the flub to the tech news site TechCrunch on Wednesday.Shortly after launch we were alerted that there was an open Api. It was promptly closed. Our logs indicate that the author of the blog post was able to access only a limited set of names and email addresses. Our logs further indicate no one else had access and that no passwords nor payment data of any kind was exposed. Our highest priority is the security of our customers’ data.An interesting corollary to the security issue involves the inferred popularity of each high-profile celebrity, as gleaned from the data Smith was able to collect regarding new user enrollments. (Caveats: Fortune has no way of verifying the legitimacy of this information, let alone confirming that it is the complete.)According to the data, Kylie Jenner wins by a mile—though we already suspected that might be the case. Her star has risen precipitously in the past year or so.Earlier this summer, hackers leaked user databases from the infidelity site Ashley Madison. The data dumps threatened to expose the identities of presumably philanderous spouses, leading to extortion schemes, potential divorces, even alleged suicides. To be sure, the Kardashian-Jenner website gaffe is a far less grave situation.The Kim Kardashian West website’s tagline is “unlock my world.” Guess it didn’t take much to do so. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine September 17, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Jack Ma defends the extreme 996 work culture in Chinese tech firms

first_imgIt was just last month when Chinese developers protested over the “996 work schedule” on GitHub. The “996” work culture refers to an unofficial work schedule that requires employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week, totaling up to 60 hours of work per week. The site, 996icu, that went viral last month, also called out to companies such as Youzan and Jingdong, who both follow the 996 work rule. One such example given was of a Jingdong PR who posted on their maimai ( Chinese business social network) account that “(Our culture is to devote ourselves with all our hearts (to achieve the business objectives)”, defending the 996 work culture. Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, is also among the ones who believe in promoting the 12-hour, 6-day week working schedule. Ma defended the Chinese 996 tech-life on Alibaba’s WeChat account, last week, and chastised people wanting a balanced and typical eight-hour work shift. “In this world, everyone wants success, wants a nice life, wants to be respected. Let me ask everyone if you don’t put out more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?” Compared to them, up to this day, I still feel lucky, I don’t regret (working 12 hour days), I would never change this part of me”, states Ma. Other companies to support Ma includes Inc., whose chief executive, Richard Liu, said that although he wouldn’t force people to work 996, however, people who have slacked off are not his “brothers”, reports Bloomberg. “Many people just want to buy a car and buy a house for Mom and Dad. This is very important, but I think you should have this ideal…some things that you are willing to do can help your child to be more blessed and help you to be blessed. Isn’t it a good thing? This requires 996”, states Ma. Jack Ma’s remarks in defense of the 996 work schedule have again ignited uproar among people who strictly disapprove of this extreme over-time work environment in Chinese tech companies. Many have pointed out how promoting “996 work culture” in the name of “devotion” and “hard work” is blatantly ignoring the consequences of such gladiatorial work environment on employees. Unbearable pressure and unrealistic demands from employees often lead to them being depressed, over-fatigued, burned out, and in worst cases, suicidal. For instance, during February 2015, Foxconn forced its employees to work overtime, which resulted in occasional karoshi (death due to job-related exhaustion) and suicide. Public reaction to Jack Ma’s approval of 996 work culture has been largely negative, with people condemning Ma for his utter ignorance towards the issue: Read Next Chinese tech companies don’t want to hire employees over 30 years of age Alibaba’s Singles Day sale hit record $30 billion in 24 hours Alibaba Cloud released Mars, a tensor-based framework for large-scale data computationlast_img read more