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DRI seizes exotic birds smuggled from Bangladesh


first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized exotic birds which were smuggled from Bangladesh into West Bengal, an agency statement said today. Acting on a specific input, DRI officials intercepted a vehicle at a place along Kalyani Expressway near here and found three red and blue macaws, three eclectus parrots, eight pygmy falcons and seven white ducks, it said. The birds were found badly crammed up in plastic bags kept in the boot of the car, the statement said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights These birds were illegally brought into the country from Bangladesh through Indo-Bangla border in North 24 Parganas district, it said. The probe agency said it immediately contacted the office of the principal chief conservator of forests, West Bengal and also the director of Alipore zoo, Kolkata. The birds were handed over by the DRI to the zoo. In March this year, the agency had seized 214 Indian star tortoise in Kolkata. Less than a month back, two hollock gibbons, an endangered species under the Wild life Protection Act, 1972 and two palm civets, another endangered species, along with a variety of exotic birds, which had been smuggled into the country from Bangladesh seized by the DRI. “There is an urgent need to step up the fight against wild life crime, which has environmental, social and economic impact and a concerted effort is needed by all the law enforcement agencies in combating the same,” the agency said.last_img read more


CID takes over probe of Kajipara blast


first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state has taken over investigation of the Kajipara blast case. On Wednesday, all the documents and evidences have been handed over to CID by the Barrackpore Police.Immediately after the investigation was handed over, a CID team led by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Pranav Kumar visited the spot in the afternoon. Apart from CID, a team from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) also visited the spot. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that as per direction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, CID took over investigation of the case. On Wednesday afternoon, investigators visited the flats in the building in front of which the blast took place on Tuesday. The owners and residents of the flats were also questioned.Later, CID officials measured the distance of damaged points from the blast spot. The shutter opposite the blast spot, which was also damaged, was opened. After opening the shutter it was found that a splinter had penetrated the shutter and damaged a showcase inside. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCID officials also looked for Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras present in the locality, to find out what actually happened. As no CCTV camera was available, sleuths turned towards the conventional method of enquiry by questioning the locals. According to CID sources, it is being suspected that the bomb which exploded on Tuesday was bigger than average socket bombs. Ammonium nitrate and acid were also used to intensify the blast. The cap at the bottom of the bomb was tighter than the upper one. As a result, most of the explosion was directed upwards, which cracked the windows inside the blast radius. Experts have collected samples and sent them for necessary examination.last_img read more


Hearing loss may up cognitive decline with age Study


first_imgNew York: Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, researchers say. The findings suggest that those with more serious hearing impairment had worse performance at the initial visit on a pair of commonly used cognitive assessment tests. However, the association of mild hearing impairment with rate of cognitive decline was modified by education, said the researchers at University of California, San Diego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We surmise that higher education may provide sufficient cognitive reserve to counter the effects of mild hearing loss, but not enough to overcome effects of more severe hearing impairment,” said senior author Linda K McEvoy, Professor at the varsity. For the study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Series A Medical Sciences, the research team tracked 1,164 participants with a mean age 73.5 years of whom 64 per cent were women. All had undergone assessments for hearing accuracy and cognitive function between 1992 and 1996 and had up to five subsequent cognitive assessments at approximately four-year intervals. None used a hearing aid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey found that almost half of the participants had mild hearing impairment, with 16.8 per cent suffering moderate-to-severe hearing loss. The team said that mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Moderate-to-severe hearing impairment was associated with steeper cognitive decline regardless of education level, the researchers said.last_img read more


CMS Battle for Beginners WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic


first_imgApril 7, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Prior to the 1990s, networking required business owners to put on their business attire, shove on dress shoes, drive to a pre-determined location at a pre-determined time, walk into a room full of people who didn’t know each other, go through introductions, explain their business, hand out business cards and hope people remembered to call later.  Building relationships required handshakes, eye contact and, at minimum, picking up the phone and having a conversation.  While a strong argument can be made that these steps still must be taken in order to build strong relationships with other business owners, a new form of networking has catapulted its way to the top.Shoving face-to-face interactions and business cards out of the way, websites have taken center stage and become the way for small business owners to gain exposure, explain their business and make sure that products and services are memorable. No longer are there pre-determined locations at pre-determined times. Google has helped take the work out of networking by connecting potential customers to potential business owners twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.Related: How Do I Launch a Membership-Based Website?In the twenty-first century, there is no way a business owner can sustain a profitable business without having some way to advertise and communicate to their customer base through the internet. This means that there are a lot of small business owners who find themselves in a tough situation: They have to create a good without any experience with web design or five figures (or more) to invest in a website.Yet, for many businesses, their website is the face of the company. First impressions are created and potential customers and clients make decisions in a matter of seconds when scanning a website. For small business owners who must move forward with building their own websites, there are a few key elements they must consider.Related: 5 Things That Belong on the Front Page of Your WebsiteWhat’s the Purpose?Define the main purpose of the website being built. Is the goal to build an email list? Focus on products? Share more information about the company?  No matter what purpose the website serves, it must be clear to the website visitor in just a matter of seconds. Tony Haile, author of Time’s “What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong,” shares his surprising statistic that 55 percent of website visitors spend fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page.  Therefore, with just a few seconds to catch a visitor’s attention, the purpose of the website must be clear.Web Address and Web HostingThe most memorable domains, or web addresses, are the most simplistic ones.  For instance, Nike.com is simpler than NikeShoes.com or NikeAthleticShoes.com. Small business owners tend to overthink their domain names rather than just focusing on something that is easy to remember for their clients and potential customers.Websites must be hosted and stored on a server. Small business owners are fortunate enough to have easy access to web host providers. According to Freeservers.com, “There are literally thousands of web hosting services available today, ranging from free services with limited options to expensive, specialized business web hosting services. Which option you choose depends primarily on how you plan to use your website and how much you want to spend.”Cheap doesn’t mean better, and taking the time to compare signup versus renewal pricing will pay off in the long run. In their article, “Low-Cost Hosting Guide: Find Cheap Web Host That Doesn’t Suck,” Web Hosting Secrets Revealed points out that “Some budget hosting companies now allow customers to lock in at low renewal price upon signup.”Related: The Difference Between Websites and AppsContent ManagementThe last website decision is which content management system to use. Often times the most user-friendly systems are also the most limiting. On the other end of the spectrum the most versatile systems require a larger learning curve.Joomla, WordPress, and Droopal make up 58.4 percent of the market share of content management systems. Make A Website Hub created an in-depth info graphic to show the pros and cons of each.CMS Comparison – WordPress vs Joomla vs DrupalWebsites are no longer optional for the small business owner. Customers and clients expect to be able to find companies on the web. Although in-depth sites can require a large investment from the budget, most small business owners are able to create a more affordable solution with a website that starts small and is able to grow with the company. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


More new bookings equal more bonuses with new Sandals Resorts incentive


first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Share More new bookings equal more bonuses with new Sandals Resorts incentivecenter_img TORONTO — Agents can earn up to US$85 for every new booking with a just-released booking incentive bonus from Sandals Resorts – and there’s no limit to how much agents can earn.The bonus is “in appreciation of the continued support from the travel agent community [and] just in time for the all-important winter season,” says Sandals Resorts.Effective immediately, agents who book their clients now through March 15, 2018 (and for travel anytime) will receive a bonus payment, based on length of stay and room category for each new booking:Butler SuiteUS$35 bonus for 6-night stayUS$85 for 7 nights or moreClub / Concierge SuiteUS$25 bonus for 6-night stayUS$55 for 7 nights or moreLuxury / Deluxe RoomUS$15 bonus for 6-night stayUS$30 for 7 nights or moreAll bookings must be registered on Sandals’ travel agent portal taportal.sandals.com within 30 days of making the booking.The incentive booking bonus payments will be made within 10-14 business days after travel.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFor more information, travel agents are asked to contact their local Business Development Manager, call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283 or visit taportal.sandals.com. Tags: Agent Incentives, Sandals Resorts Posted bylast_img read more