Poojas fleeting tryst with Richardson

first_imgMumbai: Actor Pooja Hegde says getting shot by Academy Award wining cinematographer Robert Richardson was an iconic moment in her life. Richardson took charge of the camera for some shots of her South Indian project Valmiki when he visited the sets during his trip to India a while back. “I’ve absolutely loved his work and I’m a very big fan. After watching Hugo, I thought, ‘wow what amazing cinematography’. I feel privileged because this is the man who has shot with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, and he was on our set rolling a shot for us. It’s such a privilege,” Pooja said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I think he’s a really fun person. He’s so vocal about his opinions and is really funny. His sense of humour is really great. He is the man who has shot with Margot Robbie and now I’m the next girl in front of his camera! He is the man who has just shot Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and would have been like ‘Leo just move a little right of the camera’ and now he was like, ‘Pooja move little right of the camera’…That’s quite an iconic moment for me,” she added.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales climbed 15 per cent in October

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales increased 1.5 per cent to $63 billion in October, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector.The increase more than offset a 1.1 per cent drop in September.The agency says gains were made in six of seven subsectors, while wholesale sales in volume terms gained 1.2 per cent.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector reported the largest increase in dollar terms for the month as sales climbed 5.2 per cent to $12.7 billion.The personal and household goods subsector rose 3.4 per cent to $8.9 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector was the only group to fall as it slipped 2.3 per cent to $11.8 billion.last_img read more

UN mission continues efforts to bring home East Timors refugees

The group was welcomed at the border town of Batugade, Bobonaro District, by UNTAET Chief of Staff N. Parameswaran, independence leader Xanana Gusmão, Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro and dozens of the refugees’ relatives.The family members travelled from Aileu and Manatuto Districts for the meeting at the border, and will now accompany some of the refugees to their hometowns for a three-day visit. Many of the refugees have already decided not to return to the camps in West Timor, Indonesia, according to UNTAET.The meeting was coordinated by UNTAET, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of the Mission’s efforts to bring refugees back.A similar visit took place in December 2000, when a group of more than 150 refugees from West Timor camps visited East Timor for one-month during the Christmas holidays, UNTAET said. The majority of them have since then returned to East Timor. Over the past two years, dozens of smaller visits have also been organized. read more

Ohio State baseball hopes to carry 4game winning streak into series with

OSU senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff (32) takes a cut during a game against Hofstra on March 18. OSU won 12-1.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterAfter winning its first Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team (16-7-1, 2-1) took care of business against two nonconference opponents: Ohio University and Toledo. Now, the Buckeyes are looking ahead to a weekend series against Bethune-Cookman (11-15).The Buckeyes, winners of 16 consecutive midweek games, have done an excellent job protecting the home turf against these teams. For OSU coach Greg Beals, part of what makes those wins so special is that they have come against teams from Ohio.“Well the thing I like about that midweek streak is the fact that we’re playing a lot of other schools,” Beals said. “They come in here and it’s a really big game and we’re defending the T-H-E and a lot of places don’t like the T-H-E on The Ohio State University, but it’s something that it’s our responsibility to defend it.”Scouting Bethune-CookmanThe 2016 season has not been so terrible for Bethune-Cookman, but it certainly could have started better. The Wildcats are 6-4 in their past 10 games, a span that has included a one-run loss to No. 4 Miami (Fla.), but also a 21-8 throttling courtesy of Florida International (13-15).The pitching has been the Achilles’ heel for the Wildcats this season. They do not have a starting pitcher with an ERA below 4.50 and own a miserable team ERA of 5.62. While Bethune-Cookman has struggled on the mound, hitting has not been nearly as much of a concern. The Wildcats are batting .260 with 19 home runs as a team. The major force in their lineup is junior catcher Michael Cruz, who through 90 at-bats has a .333 batting average with nine home runs. Up and down the lineup, the Wildcats have players who can hit the ball with some authority, but Beals said he believes OSU can keep up its winning ways of late.“I think our pitchers need to stick to the gameplan and execute the gameplan, and that’s pitch the bottom of the zone,” Beals said. “I’d like to see us click a little more (on offense) and have a 12-, 13- or 14-hit night where we get contributions from up and down the lineup and a little more steady than we’ve been.”Fearsome foursomeOne would be hard pressed to find a more dangerous top four hitters in college baseball than the quartet starting things off for the Buckeyes. The table-setter, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery, currently has the most walks in the Big Ten with 26 and is sixth in on-base percentage (.490). The No. 2 hitter, redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic, is second in home runs with eight already; the No. 3 hitter, junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson, owns a .557 slugging percentage, good for 10th in the Big Ten. The cleanup hitter, senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, is first in hits with 40 and second in batting average (.417). Even with the recent success, Bosiokovic, who has hit a home run in three straight games, said he still wants to keep his approach simple.“I’m seeing it pretty well right now, but it’s just baseball,” Bosiokovic said. “The first weekend I had those home runs and then next week, I had one hit so it’s really just taking each at-bat and each pitch for what it is and tracking the ball and just trying to put a good swing on it.”Part of what has made this team so successful has not only been the outstanding hitting at the top of the lineup, but steady contributions from every player on the team. Against Toledo, senior shortstop Craig Nennig (batting ninth) went 2-for-5 with a home run. Junior left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll came in and provided the Buckeyes with four lockdown innings in relief.When looking at the past couple of wins for the Buckeyes, Beals said he knows that the bench, bullpen and bottom of the order have been crucial to the success of this team.“It’s the bullpen, it’s the bench guys, it’s the fact that we’ve got talent up and down the line,” Beals said. “We pinch hit twice last night, pinch ran twice last night, had a defensive switch, and we were able to do some things and the talent on our ball club is what allows (me) to make those decisions.”Staying hotNow riding a four-game winning streak, it will be important for the Buckeyes to keep things rolling against the Wildcats. Despite his team having played two games already this week, Beals said he is certain that his team will be ready to go against Bethune-Cookman.“These guys all have the ambition of playing professionally, and when you play professionally, you play every day,” Beals said. “I think this is what they train for, and I think this is what we train them for, and this is what they’re expectation is and when players get going in the sport of baseball, more than any other sports, it’s a rhythm, so once they get going and get feeling good, they want to play and they want to play almost every day.”The series against Bethune-Cookman is scheduled to begin Friday at 6:35 p.m. with junior lefty Tanner Tully set to take the bump for the Buckeyes. Redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer and senior left-hander John Havird are set to follow him up on Saturday and Sunday. read more

After 120 years Country Life swaps famous Girl in Pearls fora man

first_imgThis week’s magazine Priced at sixpence, the very first edition of the magazine did not record why the Earl had been chosen.Since then, the frontispiece page quickly became the home of Britain’s young aristocratic women, nicknamed Girls in Pearls for the commonly-seen accessory of choice.Only a handful of men have graced the page in the last 120 years, with members of the Royal family occasionally being permitted a guest slot along with Sir Winston Churchill and, once, a horse.This week, Viscount Andover and his children the Hon Eloise Howard and the Hon Arthur Howard, of Charlton Park, Wiltshire, will appear opposite their ancestor. This week's magazine starring Viscount Andover This week's magazine The 18th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who graced the very first frontispiece Since 1897, thousands of young women have graced its pages to announce engagements, graduations or their coming-of-age.But this week, Country Life will offer a rarely-seen species on its famous “girls in pearls” page: a man.The magazine is to celebrate its 120th anniversary year with a photograph of Viscount Andover, the great-great-grandson of its first ever frontispiece star, the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire.The 18th Earl appeared in Country Life on January 8, 1897, in a solemn black-and-white photograph, sitting in a leather armchair with a pocketwatch and book. The 18th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who graced the very first frontispiece This week’s magazine starring Viscount Andover Mark Hedges, editor of Country Life, said: “We are delighted that Viscount Andover and his children agreed to be photographed for our famous Frontispiece, which has been an iconic and notable page of the magazine ever since the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire first graced it 120 years ago.”Previous male stars include the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who were both photographed on the occasion of their 18th birthdays, and the Prince of Wales who was pictured in the Highgrove garden for his 50th. In 1937, Neville Chamberlain, the then-Prime Minister, provided a holiday photograph of himself fishing and a shot of Lord Burghley in 1931 captured him leaping over hurdles.Sir Winston Churchill appeared posthumously, in a 1965 black-and-white photograph in his study published the week after his death.The new Country Life, starring the 18th Earl and Viscount Andover, is out now. 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.last_img read more

Over 30000 tonnes of fodder delivered to struggling farmers

first_imgMINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Simon Coveney had said that some 2,000 loads of imported fodder have been transported to farms suffering food shortages as part of a scheme that has been running over the last number of weeks.The Fodder Transport Scheme was extended by a further two weeks on 10 May and the fund for the transport subsidy was doubled to €2 million following discussions with Met Éireann, Teagasc and officials working on the ground.Today Coveney said that by the end of the week over 30,000 tonnes of fodder will have been transported to farms suffering shortages due to our harsh winter this year. He also announced that “as an exceptional measure”, any definite purchases that have been placed by this Friday and will be delivered during the following week will also be included under the scheme.The minister explained that those wishing to avail of this option would have to submit documentary and financial evidence of firm purchases to his department, by close of business this coming Friday.Where the department is satisfied with the documentation submitted, it will grant approval to cover that fodder under the scheme provided it is delivered during the following week.Though there has been a slight improvement in the overall weather conditions in the east and south of the country there was considerable rain in the west and north-west over the weekend.Coveney said that while the forecast for the next week is more positive, and the department is focusing on the emergency situation in the short-term, it is now also important to look at growing and conserving fodder for next winter.Read: Fodder scheme doubled to €2m and extended for two more weeks>Read: 20 per cent increase in dead animals as fodder crisis deepens>last_img read more

NASAs Dawn Spacecraft enters orbit of Vesta asteroid tonight

first_imgAs NASA’s space shuttle program winds down, the space agency is already focusing its efforts in other parts of space — particularly with an asteroid the length of Arizona. The $466 million Dawn Spacecraft mission will help NASA eventually send astronauts to places outside of Earth’s orbit, like to large asteroids and, eventually, to Mars. NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft will drift into orbit late Friday around the 330-mile-long Vesta asteroid to start a year-long study that will provide scientists with a better picture of how our solar system came to be.Dawn has been floating around in space for four years, and its stop at the Vesta asteroid will be the first of two for NASA. In about a month, close-up photos of Vesta will be sent back down to Earth to many scientists’ delight. Up until now, the only shots we’ve seen have been from a much greater distance. The new photos will greatly help scientists in figuring out how Earth and other planets were created.AdChoices广告According to the mission’s lead scientist, Christopher Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles, Vesta will allow the scientist to explore a “record of the earliest history of the solar system.” In addition to a camera, Dawn also has a gamma ray and neuron detector to measure the surface’s chemical composition, as well as a spectrometer to help map out the asteroid’s materials.The asteroid was discovered in 1807 as the fourth asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists are particularly interested in a deep crater in Vesta’s South Pole which sent pieces of debris into space and gives scientists reason to believe that one in 20 meteorites on Earth have come from Vesta.It seems that slow and steady really does win the race in the case of Dawn trying to catch up with Vesta’s orbit. Dawn uses special ion propulsion engines that allow for a mild but steady acceleration. This is much more efficient than regular rocket fuel used in most other spacecrafts. It’s easy for spacecrafts to go beyond the target if their engines are too fast, and thanks to the ion propulsion engines, Dawn’s slow speed will help it line up with Vesta as it approaches it at 60 mph around 10 p.m. PDT on Friday.But Vesta’s not the largest space rock that Dawn will visit. After a year with Vesta, Dawn will travel to Ceres and will become the first spacecraft to orbit two asteroids on the same mission thanks in part to its ion propulsion system.Dawn has traveled 1.7 billion miles to get to Vesta and will still be about 10,000 miles away from the asteroid’s surface when it enters orbit. The spacecraft will have travelled 3 billion miles by the time it gets to Ceres in 2015.via NASA and ABC Newslast_img read more

New government committee to promote Greek interests

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The state government is looking for strong members of the Greek community to join its new Ministerial Consultative Committee. As a way for the Greek community to have a direct communication line with senior ministers, the committee will be open to anyone interested that meets the selection criteria (see bellow). Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP says the committee is noting the big contribution the Greek community has given Australia. “The Greek community has made an important contribution to Australia for many years. That’s why the Government is formally recognising its role by establishing this Ministerial Consultative Committee,” Mr Bowen said. Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas MP, and Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP will be co-chairing the committee. “Maria and I have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that the Greek Australian community is heard and recognised for their contributions. This committee will provide a powerful new channel through which we can work to make sure that continues.” Mr Georganas says. The Ministerial Consultative Committee will comprise approximately 10 members, drawn from Greek community leaders across Australia. The Government will also hold an annual forum for the committee to facilitate access to the Prime Minister and other senior Government ministers. Candidates must address these selection criteria: · Displays strong leadership in the community · Demonstrates an understanding of issues affecting the community · Possesses a capacity to inform and consult within the community · Experience in engaging with and working with government Please email expressions of interest to Timothy Chandran in the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s office mcc@immi.gov.au before 5pm on Friday, 6 July.last_img read more

Facebook Makes It Easy to Donate Blood in the US

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target In the time it takes you to read this sentence, at least two people will need a blood transfusion.They may not receive one, though.Blood banks in the US are seeing a decline in donors—particularly those with type A, B, and O flowing through their veins.It doesn’t take much: Ten minutes for one pint, and you get a free snack after.But giving blood isn’t on most people’s to-do lists. So social media giant Facebook is stepping in to raise awareness and make it easier for folks to find opportunities to help.Folks in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., can look for the new in-app Blood Donations feature, rolling out nationwide “over the coming months.”“Tens of thousands of blood donors are needed each day across the US to transform the lives of patients requiring blood transfusions,” according to Mitzy Edgecomb, vice president of marketing and communications at Facebook partner Vitalant.“Summer and winter are notoriously difficult times for collecting enough blood donations,” she said in a statement. “But the need does not stop and can even rise due to increased travel, activity, adverse weather events, and cold and flu season, among other factors.”Initial collaborators include America’s Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, Inova, New York Blood Center, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Stanford Blood Center, Versiti, and Vitalant.Sign up to be a blood donor on Facebook by going to Blood Donations in the About section of your profile (via Facebook)This isn’t Facebook’s first blood-donation rodeo: The firm has been working with centers around the world since 2017 to increase the number of donors. In fact, this tool is already available in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, and Pakistan.Simply navigate to “Blood Donations” in the About section of your profile to sign up. When centers are running low, they can request donations and send notifications to folks nearby.“Through our partnership with Facebook, individuals will be able to conveniently find and connect with their local blood center to help meet the ongoing need for a diverse pool of blood donors in the US and share their experiences and the importance of blood donation,” America’s Blood Centers CEO Kate Fry said. “By encouraging blood donation as a way of life, each of us can assure that the more than 30,000 pints of blood used daily throughout the country is available.”June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day, founded by the World Health Organization to thank people for donating and to raise awareness of the need for regular contributions.To commemorate, Facebook will host blood drives in some of its offices, as well as run awareness campaigns in Brazil and India. The firm also joined the Missing Types campaign led by the Red Cross and Vitalant, which underscores the critical need for blood donors.“This campaign comes at exactly the right time, as busy summer schedules make it extremely challenging to sign up sufficient blood donors,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, said. “And Facebook’s new blood donation feature makes it even easier to make a lifesaving donation.”More on Geek.com:FDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentFDA Approves Blood Test to ID ConcussionsFacebook Wants to Connect You With Your ‘Secret Crush’last_img read more

Egyptian president wishes Salah speedy recovery

first_imgThe Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has wished Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery following the injury he sustained in his side’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last Saturday.Salah sustained a dislocation in his left shoulder as he vied for the ball with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos. There were initial reports that Salah would miss the World Cup, but the Egypt international is confident he will be fit for the Mundial.El-Sisi tweeted about his compatriot,“I have contacted the good son of Egypt and my son, Mohamed Salah, to reassure him after his injury. As I expected, I found him a hero who is stronger than the injury and is excited to continue the path of tournament and excellence.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…He added, “I told him he became an Egyptian icon, sending an honour and pride. I pray for Allah, like a father to his son, for him to be well soon.” تواصلت مع إبن مصر البار وإبنى محمد صلاح للإطمئنان عليه بعد إصابته .. وكما توقعت وجدته بطلاً أقوى من الإصابة ومتحمساً لإستكمال مسيرة البطولة والتميز ، وقد أكدت له أنه أصبح رمزاً مصرياً يبعث على الفخر والإعتزاز وأننى أدعو الله له دعاء الأب لإبنه بأن يحفظه ويتم شفائه على خير.— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) May 27, 2018last_img read more

Johnson Stoltze Square Off in Valley Senate Race

first_imgDownload AudioRepublican candidates for the District F Senate primary are similar on the surface. Both Bill Stoltze and DeLena Johnson grew up in small town Alaska, and Both are adamantly opposed to Proposition One. There the similarity ends. Stoltze and Johnson have been debating in recent weeks, bringing a local slant to the big issues. One of the biggest – affordable energy. Bill Stoltze says he’s worked hard to keep Susitna – Watana Dam funding in the state budget: “I thought that was an important step not to abandon a project at which so much had been invested in and it has such potential for Alaska. We have a goal of fifty percent renewable resources energy by, I believe, by 2020. No other project other than hydro gets you there. Wind, and other that are heavily subsidized, and hydro is the one that gets you to that sustainable energy goal.” 53 year old Stoltze, with a dozen years in the legislature behind him, co-chairs the House Finance committee, and has been a member of that body since 2003.50 year old Johnson, a two time mayor of Palmer, owns Ethos LLC, a property development company and has made reduced government spending one of the tenets of her campaign. She says her priorities are costs, and costs will determine the big projects slated for the district. “Certainly there’s some that have more benefit to residents, but I would say we have to prioritize based on what we can afford. If we can put that in the budget and we can afford it, I say, lets build as much as we possibly can. “ But Stoltze says, it’s a legislator’s job to prioritize: “When you are elected you do have to prioritize. That’s one of the things we did this last session, we prioritized that we kept Susitna on track, so at least until we get to the next step and can determine its viability. That was leadership and prioritization.” Johnson says she’s flushed wasteful spending from Palmer’s budget, and that she’ll bring a fiscally conservative attitude to the legislature. The two candidates had this lively exchange when asked about the cost of the renovation of the state building in downtown Anchorage. Stoltze said, ” I have tried to throw as many hurdles in the way of that as possible, every thing from voting against a furniture consulting contract.”Johnson responded’“Well, I guess this is new information to me, because my understanding, Bill is that you allowed that to go forward with a no-bid contract.”Johnson has raised five children, all of them educated at home or in Mat Su Borough schools. She says her experience will help her to bring a common sense, practical approach to education funding. “I know a little bit about school choice, because I home-schooled my children. I’ve also had my children in charter school. I have yy youngest son who is now a senior at Palmer high school. So I’ve had quite a gamut of educational experience, so I’m all for making things work first and foremost for the children, and not to look at it from a ten thousand foot bureaucratic view.” Stoltze can’t say he has kids in local schools, but says he’s in favor of “educational choice” whether that means charter schools, home schools or vocational training.“I suspect it’s not unusual for a parent to be involved in their school with their kids. But, look at my record. I’ve been involved with about every school in the Valley, and if you talk to teachers and students there, they know that Bill Stoltze is engaged in their school, not because I care about my kids, but because I care about your kids.” Possibly one of the more contentious issues dividing the candidates: Cook Inlet fisheries. Stoltze backs the Mat Su Borough’s initiative aimed at bringing more sport fish to the Northern District river drainages. He says he’s shocked that Johnson has employed a commercial fisheries lobbyist in her campaign staff. But Johnson counters: “We absolutely have to not target industries and decide we are going to put them out of business. So it doesn’t matter if it is sport fishing or commercial fishing, somebody is making their money that way. Instead of dividing the interests, we have to make this fish resource sustainable. “ Delena Johnson says she’ll work hard to serve local interests.  “The government closest to the people governs best. And local government, knowing what the people need, that’s the kind of government that I bring.” Stoltze says he’s got a history of working for communities, whether they are inside his house district or not. “Not caring about the boundaries, but looking at how we can make the Valley and Chugiak an even better place, regardless of these arbitrary political lines, which I’ve ignored in the past and I will in the future. “ Winning the primary may come down to determining who is bound to have biggest legislative clout, since so many big projects in the Valley depend on legislative support. According to the APOC, at end of the last reporting period Stoltze had about 37 thousand dollars remaining in his campaign chest, while Johnson had about 83 hundred dollars.last_img read more

Building community fish harvest monitors to create change on the Kusko

first_imgCommunity harvest monitors working with the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association in Kuskokwim villages: (left to right) Mike Williams Jr., Ben Agimuk, Jackie Larson, and Bernard Williams.(Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.Listen nowFour young men take the floor to applause in front of a large gathering of Kuskokwim tribal representatives at the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission annual meeting. Missing from the group are two young women who couldn’t make the meeting: Cathy McIntyre and Colleen Andrew of Kwethluk. Each of the men and women served as community harvest monitors in their villages.“I would wait at the boat landing where most of the fisherman were bringing in their fish,” Benjamin Agimuk explained. Agimuk collected data in Napakiak. “And I was interviewing fishermen on what their harvesting was like during the opening.”Agimuk and the other monitors would ask fishermen how many fish of each species they caught, how long they were out, and what gear they used.Akiak monitor Mike Williams Jr. said that some people found sharing the information inappropriate. It could be seen as bragging, and it’s not how some account for their harvest.“They don’t really count the fish,” Williams said. “But rather look at the fish rack, and when it’s filled, then they’re done.”But most fishermen would participate. And as the season went on, Napaskiak monitor Bernard Williams said that the fishermen would see him coming and just start talking.“They’d give us the answers right away. They know what we’re going to say and do,” Williams said.Monitors would also collect data on harvested king salmon: the age, sex, and length of each fish. And they’d write down comments like these from fishermen:“We should keep the river open all summer.”“Thank you for an opening.”“We need to be conserving.”The monitors would send the data to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via a phone app. The feds would then crunch the numbers to help determine when managers could plan the next opening.The program is organized through the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association and is similar to other programs along the river. It’s meant to empower tribes, give them a clear view of their catch, increase access to harvest information, provide managers more accurate harvest data, and offer job and leadership training.“There has to be a change on the Kusko because of all these closures,” Jackie Larson, age 19, said. Larson was a Napaskiak monitor. “So I might as well step in and learn so our people can have more chances to go out fishing.”Four villages participated this year, with plans to expand to more villages next year. At that time, monitors will also collect water temperatures to track shifts related to climate change.last_img read more

Visakhapatnam TikTok video lands another cop in soup

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Smitten by a mobile video application TikTok, another police constable lands in soup.TikTok, a mobile video application, seems to have caught the fancy of uniformed personnel as another cop recorded a video while on duty. The constable was seen dancing away to glory, winking, blushing and acting at his best before the camera in the short video that went viral on Wednesday through various social networking platforms, including WhatsApp. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us After the two women constables who were part of all-women Shakti team recorded TikTok video in the recent past, this is another similar incident that took place in Visakhapatnam. When asked about the incident, District Superintendent of Police Attada Babujee told The Hans India that the police were inquiring into the issue and action will be initiated against the police constable after thorough investigation. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The trend of recording a video through TikTok app seems to be catching up not only among cops in Visakhapatnam but also in other parts of the country such as Gujarat wherein a young woman cop was seen dancing in the police station. She was later suspended for recording the video during duty hours. Meanwhile, DGP D Gautam Sawang at a programme in Vijayawada talked tough on the unhealthy trend. He said that steps would be initiated to ensure such incidents in the department would not recur. Advertise With Us The video recording and sharing platform has been in the news for wrong reasons, drawing flak from all quarters. However, despite the controversies, the app users have been significantly growing across the globe. Despite the backlash, scores of people have downloaded the app. There were incidents where homemakers got hooked to video sharing platform, spending hours and neglecting their family responsibilities. Some of them also indulged in exposing while recording the video which further led to disputes.last_img read more

Legal spillover RIL ONGC Shell told to shell out 3 bn in

first_imgMay 2012: The arbitration tribunal passed a number of final partial awards, largely in RIL’s favour. This was followed by the government challenging the Tribunal’s awards before the Delhi High Court. Engineers of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) work inside the Kalol oil field in Gujarat in this 2009 file photo.ReutersFollowing an arbitration award in the Panna Mukta Tapti (PMT) oil field dispute that went in favour of the government, Reliance Industries (RIL), Shell and ONGC have been ordered to pay a combined $3 billion in penalties, according to financial daily Economic Times (ET), which quoted people familiar with the matter. RIL and Shell have appealed the arbitration award in a UK court.ET said the arbitration panel had upheld the government view that the profit from the fields should be calculated after deducting the prevailing tax of 33 percent, and not the 50 percent rate which existed earlier.This would significantly increase the government’s share of profit petroleum, ET said in its report. The tribunal also upheld the government’s position that marketing margins should be included in the price of gas, which would also increase its share of profit petroleum as well as a royalty payment.The report said that the oil ministry had sent out a demand notice last month to Reliance and Shell, which own 30 percent each in the PMT fields off the Mumbai coast, as well as to ONGC that owns the balance 40 percent participating interest. The three companies will have to pay the penalty proportionate to their respective stakes in the PMT field.RIL, Shell and the oil ministry declined to comment to queries from ET, the report said.The disputes over the PMT block relate to, among other things, the limits of cost recovery, profit sharing, and audit and accounting provisions of the PSCs. The value of the claim made by RIL and others exceeded $500 million, according to RIL’s 2016 annual report.Even as RIL fights over claims in this oil field, regulatory issues have not deterred the company from making future investments in upstream facilities in India. In June, the company, in partnership with BP Plc, announced it will invest Rs 40,000 crore in the Krishna Godavari block in the next three to five years.Late last year, a London-based tribunal of arbitrators issued a final partial award (FPA), upholding key contentions of the government.ONGC hasn’t been part of the arbitration or the current appeal. Shell became the operator of the field last year after taking over BG (formerly British Gas), the original operator of the field.Timeline: Legal battle over Panna Mukta Tapti oilfield December 2010: RIL and BG Exploration and Production India Limited referred a number of disputes, differences, and claims arising under two Production Sharing Contracts entered into in 1994 to arbitration against the government. RIL and BG hold 30 per cent stake each in the Panna/Mukta and Tapti fields while the remaining is with state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). May 2014: The Supreme Court, however, allowed for arbitration to be carried out in the English courts. October 2016: A London-based arbitration panel ruled in the Indian government’s favour over recovery cost from RIL and BG Group for the PMT oilfields. This was an interim award and the final arbitration award was to follow procedural hearings due from December last year. According to sources, the final award was made in the early part of 2017.last_img read more

Taliban bomb kills 14 in Kabul

first_imgAfghan security forces investigate the site where a Taliban car bomb detonated at the entrance of a police station in Kabul on 7 August 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 14 people were killed and 145 wounded in a massive Taliban bomb blast Wednesday in Kabul, even as insurgents appear to be closing in on an peace deal with the United States.The bloodshed in Afghanistan’s capital came during an ongoing surge in attacks across the country, where more than 1,500 people were killed or wounded last month alone, according to the UN.A huge plume of black smoke rose over western Kabul following a massive explosion at the entrance to a police compound at around 9:00 am (0430 GMT).The Afghan interior ministry said a car bomb caused the explosion, but the Islamist extremist Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attack, said it was a much larger truck bomb. An Afghan security official also told AFP it was a truck bomb.Images on social media showed toppled blast walls surrounding several largely destroyed buildings.Afghan authorities said at least 10 civilians and four police officers had been killed. Another 145 people, including 92 civilians, were wounded.”As the air cleared, I saw several women crying, desperately looking for their husbands or children near the blast site,” local journalist Zakeria Hasani, who lives near the police station, told AFP.Shopkeeper Ahmad Saleh said his store windows had blown out, sending glass flying.”My head is spinning and still I don’t know what has happened but the windows of about 20 shops around one kilometre from the blast site are broken,” he said.The US and the Taliban are meeting in Doha this week for an eighth round of talks aimed at striking a peace deal that would slash the American military presence in Afghanistan.A deal between the two sides could pave the way for direct talks between the government of President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban, although the insurgents view his administration as illegitimate.Washington’s peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, who on Monday cited “excellent progress” in the talks, condemned the “indiscriminate” attack on civilians.”The focus should be on immediately reducing violence as we move closer to intra-Afghan negotiations that will produce a political roadmap and a permanent ceasefire,” he said on Twitter.The attack came after the Taliban warned Afghans on Tuesday to keep away from public gatherings ahead of the presidential election planned for 28 September.The Taliban ordered their fighters to “stand against” the polls.Previous elections have been rocked by frequent attacks by militants trying to undermine Afghanistan’s fragile democracy.More than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July, according to the United Nations — the highest monthly toll so far this year and the worst single month since May 2017.’Bomb factories’The blast was not the only violence in the Afghan capital in the prior 24 hours.Afghan commandos stormed three Islamic State group houses in Kabul, officials said, leaving two IS fighters and three Afghan commandos dead.The houses were being used as bomb factories, the Afghan intelligence service said in a statement about the raids.Despite non-stop strikes from the US and Afghan forces, the IS group has maintained a persistent presence in Afghanistan since 2015.”A lot of explosives, suicide vests, arms and technical tools for making car bombs and mines were seized,” the statement read.In Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan, authorities said they stopped an attack on a security forces convoy.Troops fired a rocket-propelled grenade to destroy an explosives-packed Humvee driving toward the convoy, the army said.On Tuesday, at least five people were killed and seven wounded in Kabul when a vehicle carrying workers from the counter-narcotics directorate was bombed, the interior ministry said.The deputy interior minister General Khoshal Sadat said 4,769 Taliban fighters had been killed since they announced their spring offensive in April.The Afghan military does not reveal how many of its troops have been killed, but numbers are thought to be several thousand per year.Still, Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said Afghan security forces are foiling about seven in 10 planned Taliban attacks.”To retaliate they are attacking civilian places in the cities,” Sediqqi said.The violence comes as Afghans prepare to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday next week.last_img read more

Jazz at the Motor House

first_imgMotor House presents Jazz: Mixed Company curated by BE Mo Jazz on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Reginald Cyntje Jazz Ensemble will be performing. This concert will focus on the theme ‘Black is Beautiful. The Motor House is located at 120 West North Avenue. Call 410-929-4540 or visit www.motorhousebmore.com for more information.last_img

Colin Jim Harbaugh may be weird but hes an elite head coach

first_imgJim Harbaugh is weird dude, a fact that was further confirmed this week when former QB Wilson Speight revealed that Harbaugh once told him not to eat chicken because it was a “nervous bird” that could transmit it’s nervous characteristics to his players by eating it.Harbaugh’s quirks were endearing to the Michigan fan base when he swooped in and salvaged the Brady hoke dumpster fire with a 10-win season out of the gate, but after an 8-5 2017 season, his act is wearing thin and some are claiming he’s on the hot seat.Colin agrees Harbaugh is a little (a lot) crazy, but thinks those suddenly claiming he can’t coach are clueless. Harbaugh took over a non-competitive mess from Hoke and was two fluke plays away from 11 wins in his first two seasons in Ann Arbor. Even after an 8 win season, the program is still in far better shape than it was when he took over.He also engineered quick turnarounds at Stanford and with the 49’ers, turning both from doormats to title contenders.  It’s fair to say Harbaugh is a weird bird, but people claiming he should be fired are the real crazies.“He’s literally 12 seconds, two plays from being 3-3 against his rivals and having a trip to the College Football Playoff.” @ColinCowherd defends Jim Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/84b0ZI6wny— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 31, 2018last_img read more

Globus launches 2018 faithbased tours with 10 discount

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Globus Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by TORONTO — Globus’ 2018 Religious Travel brochure covers 14 tours in the new and old world, available through both Globus and value-brand Cosmos to destinations from Italy, Israel and Jordan to Mexico and Poland.Tours range from six to 20 days and several feature stops in Lourdes, which in 2018 will mark the 160th anniversary of the Apparitions there. Many of the itineraries are geared to Roman Catholic travellers and include masses.The company also has the most tour options to the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany taking place in 2020, including one featuring an Avalon Waterways European river cruise.“We take enormous effort to create a balance between faith and fun,” says Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director for the Globus family of brands in Canada.Cosmos’ always-popular guaranteed share program matches solo travellers of the same sex in order to save them the single supplement. There’s also the chance to Get Out and Give Back with a half-day of light volunteer work in its Israel and Jordan itineraries. Globus tours feature VIP access to must-see sites and behind the scenes local experiences.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaBishop says these tours are popular with groups, including church groups, and discounted rates are available for groups as small as eight people. She adds that the company is happy to provide its expertise in customizing a group tour for as few as 20 travellers. “The opportunities are almost endless, thanks to our worldwide network and buying power,” says Bishop. Such tours include Argentina with a focus on Pope Francis, the shrines of French Canada, England’s Christian heritage and California Missions.With the company’s Early Booking Bonus program, clients booked on any 2018 Globus Europe (excluding Escapes by Globus and 2020 Oberammergau tours) or North America tour by Sept. 12 this year will save 10%. Cosmos clients who book between June 21 and July 11 this year save $50 per person. Globus launches 2018 faith-based tours with 10% discountlast_img read more

Kerry fills in NATO allies on Putin meeting

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Kerry spent all day Tuesday in the Russian city of Sochi where he and Putin sought to ease tensions created largely by disagreements over the situation in Ukraine. Kerry said that NATO members were focused on getting Russia and Ukraine to adhere to the terms of a cease-fire agreement reached in February.“I think that there is strong agreement among all the NATO members that this is a critical moment for action by Russia, by the separatists to live up to the Minsk agreement,” he said in Antalya. “This is an enormous moment of opportunity for the conflict there to find a path to certainty and resolution.”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also called on Russia to take steps to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said NATO has increased its presence along its eastern flank in the face of Russia’s increased assertiveness.The NATO gathering also turned to the instability in the Middle East. Addressing the meeting, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the Islamic State group posed an increasing threat on Turkey’s doorstep.“This terrorist organization is a direct threat to our national security,” he said, adding that NATO needs to deal with the root causes of the IS group’s terrorism by looking at the economic and humanitarian dimensions as well as the military and political. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — A day after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was filling in allies during a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in the southern Turkish town of Antalya.The ministers have gathered here to plot strategy amid the continued crisis in Ukraine and instability throughout the Middle East, including in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Kerry was also meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Top Stories ___Desmond Butler in Istanbul contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   last_img read more

Bankrupt Mexicana Airlines blames labour costs

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27205/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Mexicana Airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Mexico while it attempts to restructure and streamline operations, namely cutting jobs and slashing wages of flight crews.Despite efforts to boost productivity through fleet expansion and the enhancement of its route network, the airline announced its “current cost structure makes [the company] financially non-viable” and as such needed to be reorganised.As part of the airline’s moves to restructure, Mexicana claimed its flight crews earn well above the industry average and need to be “brought into line with market conditions”. The airline announced it is negotiating new labour contracts with its unions, the Los Angeles Times reporting Mexicana seeks to impose a 41 per cent wage cut for pilots and a 39 per cent wage cut for flight attendants as well as cut 40 per cent flight crew jobs.Mexicana Airlines’ flight attendants union secretary general, Lizette Clavel Sanchez, told the newspaper the airline’s claim that Mexicana pays its workers more than other Mexican airlines pay theirs is like “comparing pears and apples.””Those are low-cost airlines that don’t have the same service, technology and flight times we do…It is wrong to quantify our salaries that way,” Ms Clavel Sanchez said.The news of the bankruptcy proceedings came just one day after Mexicana suspended 31 flights in Mexico and across the US, although the airline claims passengers will not be affected by its restructuring.Mexicana stressed it will continue to operate normally, its full range of services, including those offered by its oneworld alliance, still available to customers.Mexicana affiliates MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink operate independently of the airline and will not be affected by the airline’s reorganisation process, said to Mexicana. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more