Heavy shower brings down rain deficit in South Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A heavy shower in South Bengal districts during the last two days has brought down the rain deficit in the state to some extent. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that some more rain is expected in South Bengal in the next 24 hours. The situation may turn normal from Sunday.A senior weather official said that rainfall in the past two days has pulled down the level of rain deficit in the state so far and also contributed to a favourable atmosphere for the farmers who had been facing difficulties while cultivating their crops. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the weather office prediction, the rain deficit remained around 50 percent before heavy showers lashed various South Bengal districts, including the city, in the past few days. The deficit has been brought down to around 40 percent in South Bengal, whereas the figure in the state is around 29 percent. “Rainfall will be reduced in the next 24 hours and the situation will improve from Sunday. There may be some more rainfall by the end of next week. The low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal has moved towards the west, as a result of which the intensity of the rainfall has reduced. The monsoon axis also became active in the region which further accelerated the rainfall and pushed down the mercury by a few notches,” a weather official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe weather office also said that currently there is no deficit in rainfall in the North Bengal region. The city weather may remain comfortable in the next two days with the mercury hovering around 32-35 degree Celsius. The coastal districts may, however, continue to receive light to moderate rainfall till Sunday. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea till Sunday. Those who had sailed away earlier, have already returned to the seashore.last_img read more

Arriving in Lebanon Ban Kimoon says dialogue is key to national unity

29 March 2007Continuing a diplomatic tour of the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Beirut today, where he said dialogue and compromise are key to Lebanon’s national unity. Mr. Ban, who has so far visited Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, said the trip has been instructive. “I have listened attentively and I have learned a great deal about the region and the challenges it is facing. I realize these challenges are particularly serious in Lebanon, where I trust a return to dialogue and reconciliation will prevail,” he said.“We have seen how easily political tensions can spill over into violence. All sides would lose from such an escalation. I believe that dialogue and compromise are the only ways to stability and national unity,” Mr. Ban told the press on arrival in Beirut.The Secretary-General voiced his commitment to addressing the situation in Lebanon, “especially the successful implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701” which ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah last year. While in Lebanon, Mr. Ban will spend a day with peacekeepers from the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL), which was considerably strengthened by resolution 1701. Those blue helmets, he said, “have played a crucial role in enabling the cessation of hostilities to take hold as well as providing humanitarian assistance to the people of south Lebanon.” read more

Passenger from Sri Lanka detained in India on suspicion of carrying gold

Customs officials in India have detained a passenger travelling from Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam airport for allegedly carrying gold in his rectum, The Hindu newspaper reported.The passenger, whose identity is not known, arrived from Sri Lanka and officials suspected that something was wrong from the way he had walked. Sources in the Customs said that initially it was suspected that the passenger was carrying cocaine in his stomach.It is learnt that the passenger was sent for a full body scan and the officials are yet confirm his identity and what he was carrying. read more

A timeline of key events in the SNCLavalin political controversy

OTTAWA — A chronology of key developments in the SNC-Lavalin controversy, according to public documents, reports and testimony to the House of Commons justice committee:Feb. 19, 2015 – The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin over business dealings in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit.March 27, 2018 – The Liberals table a budget bill allowing for “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like deals for corporations to avoid criminal proceedings by making reparations for bad behaviour. SNC-Lavalin lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.Sept. 4 – The Public Prosecution Service rejects SNC-Lavalin’s request to negotiate a remediation agreement. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is informed of the decision.Sept. 5 – Justice Department deputy minister Nathalie Drouin speaks with Wilson-Raybould about the decision and agrees to provide the minister with advice on the powers of the attorney general around remediation agreements.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Sept. 12 – Finance Department officials tell Drouin that SNC-Lavalin is in discussions with the prosecution service about a remediation deal, suggesting to Drouin the decision not to pursue a deal isn’t set in stone.Sept. 17 – Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau asks her to “find a solution” for SNC-Lavalin to avoid job losses, talks about the Quebec election and notes he is a Quebec MP. She said she asked him if he was interfering politically in her role as attorney-general and he said no.Trudeau later says mentioning he was a Quebec MP was not in a partisan context, adding it is up to MPs to advocate for their constituents, and that concern for job losses in Quebec and elsewhere were top of his mind. He says he asked Wilson-Raybould to reconsider her decision and she agreed.Sept. 27 – SNC-Lavalin provides the prosecution service with a presentation detailing a possible plan to split the company in two, move its offices to the U.S. and eliminate its Canadian workforce if it didn’t get a deal to avoid criminal prosecution.Oct. 9 – The prosecution service confirms it will not negotiate an agreement with SNC-Lavalin. The company challenges the decision in Federal Court.Oct. 15 – Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick takes a call from Kevin Lynch, the chairman of the board of SNC-Lavalin and a former clerk of the Privy Council. Lynch asks about a remediation agreement and what can be done. He tells Lynch the decision is up to Wilson-Raybould.The president of the company sends Trudeau a letter outlining SNC-Lavalin’s concerns about the implications of a conviction and asks for a meeting.Dec. 5 – Wilson-Raybould and Gerry Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary, meet for dinner at the Chateau Laurier. SNC-Lavalin is discussed, but the two later give differing accounts of the tone of the conversation.Dec. 18 – Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff Jessica Prince meets with Butts and Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of staff. Afterwards, Prince texts Wilson-Raybould, citing Butts as saying, “there is no solution here that does not involve some interference” after being told what is being proposed is political interference in a prosecution. She cites Telford as saying “we don’t want to debate legalities anymore.”Butts later tells the justice committee that he didn’t — or wouldn’t — have used the word “solution” and denies anything nefarious in his comments. The point of the meeting, and anything said, was about getting a second opinion from someone like a former Supreme Court justice because the law had never been applied in Canada before.Dec. 19 – Wernick warns her she is on a collision course with Trudeau, who wants to get a deal done. Wilson-Raybould tells Wernick that if she intervened, it would be viewed as political interference and she wants to protect Trudeau from such a perception.Jan. 6, 2019 – Trudeau talks with Jane Philpott about becoming Treasury Board president and having her help convince Wilson-Raybould to take over Indigenous Services. Trudeau later says Philpott asks him if the move is related to SNC-Lavalin, which he denies.Jan. 7 – Trudeau tells Wilson-Raybould she is being shuffled out of the justice portfolio. Wilson-Raybould says the PMO denies the move is over the SNC-Lavalin file. Butts testified Wilson-Raybould refused Indigenous services, citing her opposition to the Indian Act.Jan. 14 – Trudeau shuffles his cabinet. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former law professor, becomes justice minister. Wilson-Raybould becomes veterans-affairs minister.Feb. 7 – Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau’s aides pressed Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin case. Trudeau calls the allegations false.Feb. 11 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould’s continued presence in cabinet speaks for itself and that he told her any decision on SNC-Lavalin was hers alone. Meanwhile, ethics commissioner Mario Dion launches an investigation.Feb. 12 – Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet. Trudeau says she had a duty to tell him about any undue pressure applied to her in her role as attorney general.The same day, Oshawa, Ont., Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tells Trudeau she won’t seek re-election. Trudeau’s office later says it was an “emotional” conversation; Caesar-Chavannes claims he yelled at her through the phone.Feb. 15 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her on SNC-Lavalin. He says he told her he would not.Feb. 18 – Butts resigns. He denies any impropriety, but says his presence in the PMO has become a distraction.Feb. 19 – Wilson-Raybould addresses a cabinet meeting but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about what was said or why.Feb. 21 – Appearing before the justice committee, Wernick calls allegations of political interference false and even defamatory and says none of his conversations crossed any lines.Feb. 25 – Trudeau partly waives solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality so Wilson-Raybould can speak publicly, but not about communication with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.Feb. 27 – Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau rejects her characterization of events. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for a public inquiry.March 4 – Philpott quits cabinet, saying she has lost confidence in how the government has dealt with the ongoing affair.March 6 – Butts tells the justice committee that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau decided to move her out of her coveted cabinet role. Wernick disputes parts of her testimony as well. Drouin provides more details about the timeline.March 7 – Trudeau holds a press conference where he says he should have been aware that trust had eroded between his office and Wilson-Raybould, but denies anything inappropriate took place. He talks about learning from the events; he does not apologize.March 8 – The Federal Court strikes down SNC-Lavalin’s request for judicial review of the prosecution service’s decision not to negotiate a remediation agreement.March 15 – Wilson-Raybould tells her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election as a Liberal.March 18 – Trudeau appoints former leadership rival Joyce Murray to replace Philpott as Treasury Board president. Hours after being at the swearing-in ceremony, Wernick announces he will step down before the fall election, having concluded he has lost the trust of opposition parties.March 26 – The Liberal-dominated ethics committee votes down an opposition motion to begin another probe of Wilson-Raybould’s allegations. Wilson-Raybould provides the justice committee with her written evidence.March 29 – The justice committee releases Wilson-Raybould’s written evidence and a 17-minute recording of her Dec. 19 conversation with Wernick. Earlier in the day, Trudeau announces Wernick will leave on April 19.April 2 – Trudeau removes Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from the Liberal caucus and as party candidates in the 2019 election.July 20 – Media reports begin to emerge saying Butts is back in the Liberal fold and will play a central role in the party’s re-election campaign.Aug. 14 – The federal ethics watchdog says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. read more

Volunteers needed to bring holiday cheer to local kids

Extra helping hands are needed to deliver a dose of holiday magic to a Thorold elementary school next month.Volunteers from Brock University will visit Prince of Wales Public School for the annual Holiday Extravaganza on Wednesday, Dec. 5, spreading seasonal cheer to about 150 kindergarten to Grade 8 students.Organized by Brock’s Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA), the memorable day will include holiday-themed activities, crafts and special guests, but in order to bring it to fruition, additional volunteers are needed.Brock students interested in donating their time at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., can email events@brockconed.com as soon as possible for more information or to register. “Holiday Extravaganza is a fantastic volunteer opportunity for all Brock students. It is something that everyone should become involved in before they graduate,” said CESA Events Co-ordinator Courtney Kelly. “This event not only provides Brock students with an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, but also offers an excellent way to give back to the Niagara community.”  Participation in the Holiday Extravaganza will be tracked on students’ co-curricular transcripts and all volunteers will receive a reference letter from the school’s principal. read more

Opinion 2015 MLB playoff race still wide open for many teams

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is greeted at home by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a three-run homer against the New York Mets on May 24, 2015, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAs the summer has heated up, so too has the playoff race in Major League Baseball.Teams have now gone through the July 31 trade deadline, are tweaking their 25-man rosters for their playoff pushes, and are looking at players who clear the waivers until Aug. 31 (most notably being Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes). These teams will be looking to get the right formula to make a strong run at the playoffs to be one of the 10 teams with a chance at obtaining the coveted World Series trophy.At this point, teams are either all in or looking at what they can manage out of this year. There are just five spots in each league to make the playoffs and only two ways to get in: winning a division crown or wild card.This year has shown us that the game of baseball can be very strange at times. For example, at this moment the best five teams, by record in order, are: the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. The National League has four of these teams, with all but Kansas City. Three of these teams are even in the same division with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago all being from the National League Central.In the National League, if the playoffs started today the top seed would be the Cardinals, the No. 2 seed would be the Dodgers, the No. 3 seed would be the New York Mets and the Pirates would host the Cubs for the wild card game. The winner of the wild card game would move on to face St. Louis in the divisional round, with whoever winning that series meeting either the Mets or Dodgers in the National League Championship Series and a chance to play for the World Series.Going back to how baseball this year is strange, look at the third- and fourth-best teams in baseball. Both would get a wild card, and the fourth-best team even has to go on the road. Look a little closer at it, though.The best team in baseball also gets shorted due to having to play either the third- or fourth-best team in the division series. When playing a wild card, you expect it to at least be worse than most of the division winners. In the National League, bizarrely, both of the wild cards are better than the leaders of the National League East and West divisions.The Dodgers and Mets are looking to win their divisions with weaker teams, meaning they need one fewer game to play to advance to the NLCS than the better-record wild-card teams. This is only in the National League, and we haven’t even talked about the defending World Series champion, the San Francisco Giants, who are a handful of games out of the second wild card.The National League has a lot of other storylines as well, with the other two division races.The East has been between the Washington Nationals and the Mets all year. The Mets have taken over at this point, but if the Nationals can string some victories together they can make a run for it. Plus these teams still have six games remaining on the schedule against the other.The National League West is having a very typical year as of recent. The Dodgers lead the division, but only by a couple of games over the Giants. These two have been going at it all season; both teams have the right pieces to make a late-September run. These two teams have seven games left against each other.The American League may not have as many teams in the top five, but they do have some good storylines, too. Kansas City starts it off by running away with the best record in the league, as well as in the American League Central. The American League East, which started out the year as the “American League Least,” has come into form with New York Yankees leading the Toronto Blue Jays by a shred of a game. They also have seven games left between one another. The American League West is slowly turning into the most talked about division in the league. The West features the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels in a back-and-forth battle this summer. Houston sits atop right now with a slight lead over the Angels.This season still has a lot to offer with October baseball just around the corner. Teams that might be viewed as a non-contender at the moment could go on a surprising run all the way to and through the playoffs. As we work our way into September and the air gets a little colder, look for MLB to be heating up into the 2015 playoffs. read more

Friendship ends at the point of a knife

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A friendship among two Greek Australians was shattered when one of them attacked the other with a knife according to a report in The Age on Tuesday. The victim Steven Papathanasiou, 35, ended up in a wheel chair as a result of the attack by Arthur Spanos. The Melbourne judge Mark Gamble called Mr Spanos’ conduct as savage and cowardly and sentenced him to 8 years in prison; to serve a minimum of 6 years and three months. Mr Spanos pleaded guilty to one charge of intentionally causing serious injury on September 21 2007. During court proceedings it was established that Mr Papathanasiou had an intermittent intimate relationship with Mr Spanos’ sister. At the day of the attack Mr Papathanasiou had apparently assaulted the woman after an argument. The court heard that this served as the motive for Mr Spanos to arm himself with a sharp object with which he stabbed the victim “with extreme force” wounding him at his spinal cord, chest and thighs. Mr Papathanasiou spoke at the court about his anger, frustration and fear after the incident. “I simply cannot find all the words to explain to you my frustration and to convey to you the constant battles that I face every day,” he is quoted as saying in The Age report.According to a psychologist’s assessment Mr Spanos suffered from a chronic adjustment disorder which debilitated his perception, judgement and reasoning but at the same time he had been contrite about his actions. Mr Spanos had 52 convictions in 10 separate legal cases brought against him in the past, yet none for violence. The judge, however, said his violent outbreak to what he deemed as “outrageous” behaviour by Mr Papathanasiou towards his sister did not diminish his moral culpability.last_img read more

TV ad pits Herrera Beutler against voters

first_imgA Montana-based conservation group launched a statewide ad campaign Thursday targeting U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground. The ad about Herrera Beutler, produced by Western Values Project, is one of three calling on congressional representatives to protect public lands. Fellow Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and Martha McSally of Arizona also were targeted.The 30-second television ad alleges that Washington’s public lands, such as the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, could be next on the chopping block and encourages constituents to contact Herrera Beutler.“Public lands are a cornerstone of the way of life in communities across the West. Whether you live in Washington, Arizona or Oregon, the administration’s plan to gut protections for public lands is wildly unpopular,” Chris Saeger, executive director of Western Values, said in a press release. “We’re putting Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on notice: if she goes against public lands and sides with the administration by carving up the West in favor of special interests, she’ll have to answer to her constituents.”Western Values also conducted a poll of 401 3rd District residents. The poll found 92 percent of residents feel strongly about protecting Washington’s public lands and 53 percent oppose legislation to reduce Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.The poll also found that 53 percent of respondents would vote to replace Herrera Beutler if she voted to roll back public land protections, and 45 percent would vote to replace her with a Democrat, specifically.last_img read more


first_img Related Items:Ambassador Andrew Young, atlanta, civil aviation, crash, Dr. Myles Munroe, freeport, nassau, plane Nassau, 9 Nov 2014 – Many of you may already know that it is now confirmed that all nine people on board that flight into Freeport from Nassau, which crashed today died. Among them, beloved leader and celebrated author and motivational speaker and Kingdom leader, Dr Myles Munroe.I am learning that Dr Myles Munroe’s wife and daughter were also on board; his son was at the hotel.The group was headed to Grand Bahama for a tribute banquet for Ambassador Andrew Young of Atlanta, who may have also been on that plane. Young walked and stood with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in the civil rights struggle which when overcome, changed the world and helped to erase instituted segregation.Phones communication in Nassau now is clogged. The nation is in shocked and thrust immediately in mourningNB 12 reports that the plane was trying to fly below bad weather and slammed into a crane at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Officer Seymour, who heads the Police Force in GB said the scene was a mangled mess.We are also told that the hospital is swarming with members and other officers at Bahamas Faith Ministries International.It is still pouring rain in Freeport right now. The downpour is hampering weather conditions.Civil Aviation confirmed that nine are dead. Transport Minister and BFM are all declining comment at this time! Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Atlanta Weather forecast Recommended for you Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours sitelast_img read more

Toyota is ditching part of its big V2V initiative for now report

first_img 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the best it’s been in years Tags More From Roadshow Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageToyota had planned to have DSRC-based V2V communication in its US-market 2021 models, but not anymore. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Reuters reported on Friday that Toyota would be pulling the plug on its plans to install DSRC (dedicated short-range communications) technology in its cars by 2021. The system would have been used as the basis for a network of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications that would have theoretically reduced crashes.Toyota’s reasons for abandoning its plans mostly center on a lack of security for the dedicated 5.9GHz frequency that the US government set aside for the technology as well as other manufacturers’ lack of commitment to the tech.That isn’t to say that other manufacturers haven’t investigated DSRC — Cadillac has installed the system on a few CTS models since 2017 — but many, like Ford, have opted to go with a cellular data-based system which it plans to roll out to its vehicles by 2022.Back in 2016, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) recommended that DSRC be mandated for inclusion in all new vehicles, but the Trump administration seems to have mostly ignored that recommendation.Toyota didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 48 Photoscenter_img Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Industry General Motors Cadillac Ford Toyota 0 Post a commentlast_img read more

Zoya Akhtar and Vidya Balan announce the nominations for first Critics Choice

first_imgZoya Akhtar and Vidya BalanPR HandoutNominations for the first-ever Critics Choice Film Awards, an initiative by the Film Critics Guild and Motion Content Group, were announced by Actor Vidya Balan and Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar at an event in Mumbai.A pan-India platform, the Critics Choice Film awards aim to recognise and honour the best of Indian Cinema across 8 languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali for the year 2018.Hailing the credibility and integrity of the awards, Zoya Akhtar reminisced about the time when her debut film Luck By Chance had lucked out at the box office, but how she survived that difficult period due to the support she received from the critics. Vidya Balan added that while her own film’s criticism may not be music to her ears, she always listens and takes all the feedback from the critics very seriously.Announcing the awards, Zoya Akhtar shared the nominations for the best production design with the names of Rita Ghosh for Manto, Shubhrato Chakraborty and Amit Ray for Padmaavat, Nitin Zihani Choudhary and Rakesh Yadav for Tummbad. Moving towards the next category, Zoya Akhtar along with critic Raja Sen announced the names for best songs including Aahista from Laila Majnu, Bol Ke Lab Azad Hai from Manto, Dilbaro from Raazi, Halla from Manmarziyaan and Paintra from Mukkabaaz.For the best background score, the nominations are Daniel B. Gorge for AndhaDhun, Amit Trivedi for Manmarziyaan, and Zespa Kyd for Tummbad. Best editing nominations included Pooja Ladha Surti for AndhaDhun, Nitin Baid for Raazi, Sanyukta Kaza for Tummbad. For cinematographers, the awards nominated Avik Mukhopadhyay for October, Sudip Chatterjee for Padmaavat, and Pankaj Kumar for Tumbbad.Best writer nominations had Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar, Hemanth Rao for AndhaDhun, Shantanu Shrivastava and Akshat Ghidial for Badhaai Ho, Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., and Sumit Arora for Stree.Announcing the regional nominations, Vidya Balan and Bhawana Somaaya presented the Marathi films as Naal, Lathe Joshi, Redu, Gujarati films included Ddhh, Reva, Ventilator. Bengali nominations included Ekje Chilo Raja, Upa, Rainbow Jelly, and Telugu films consisted of Keraf Knacharapalem, Mahanati, and Rangasthalam.Nominations for best film Kannada included Ammachi Yemba Nenapu, Nathicharami, Ondalla Eradalla, Tamil films nominated are Merku Thodarchi Malai, Pariyerum Perumal, Vada Chennai, Malayam films are Ee Ma Yau, Eeda, Sudani from Nigeria.Zoya Akhtar and Vidya Balan announced the main categories of awards together starting with supporting cast female which included Gitanjali Rao for October, Rasika Duggal for Manto, Surekha Sikhri for Badhaai Ho, Swara Bhasker for Veere Di Wedding, and Yamini Das for Sui Dhaaga. The best supporting actor male nominations are Abhishek Bachchan for Manmarziyaan, Jaideep Alhawat for Raazi, Manoj Pahwa for Mulk, Pankaj Tripathi for Stree and Vicky Kaushal for Sanju.The awards for best actor female won nominations to Alia Bhatt for Raazi, Anushka Sharma for Pari, Neena Gupta for Badhaai Ho, Taapsee Pannu for Manmarziyaan and Tabu for AndhaDhun.Male Best Actors included Ayushmann Khurrana for AndhaDhun, Gajaraj Rao for Badhaai Ho, Ranbir Kapoor for Sanju, Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat, and Vineet Singh for Mukkabaaz.Nominations for the best director are Amit Sharma for Badhaai Ho, Meghna Gulzar for Raazi, Aadesh Prasad and Rahi Anil Barve, Shoojit Sircar for October, and Sriram Raghavan for AndhaDhun.The most awaited and anticipated award nominations for the best film included AndhaDhun, Raazi, Badhaai Ho, October, and Tumbbad.Present at the event were renowned film critics Anupama Chopra, Rajeev Masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Raja Sen, Shubha Shetty Saha, Bharathi Pradhan, Udita Jhunjhunwala, Ajay Bramhatmaj and Rahul Desai.After the short film awards, this is the second time that the Film Critics Guild and Motion Content Group have joined hands. The Critics Choice film awards are the first prominent awards body, after the prestigious National Film awards, to award filmmaking in eight major languages. The main awards ceremony will take place in Mumbai on 21st April, 2019.last_img read more

Machete attacker shot at France Louvre museum

first_imgA French soldier patrolling at the Louvre museum Friday shot and seriously injured a machete-wielding man who yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as he attacked security forces, police said.Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack, less than 80 days before presidential elections, was “terrorist in nature.”Police held hundreds of tourists in secure areas of the renowned museum in central Paris after the assailant was shot five times around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) in a public area inside the complex.The knifeman is in a serious condition while one soldier received a “minor” head wound and has been taken to hospital, security forces said.Two backpacks carried by the assailant were checked by bomb disposal specialists at the scene and were found not to contain explosives.The incident sparked fresh jitters in a country still reeling from a string of terror attacks over the last two years and under a state of emergency since November 2015.US President Donald Trump tweeted that a “new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.”.- ‘Sad and shocking’ -Witnesses described scenes of panic as shoppers, sightseers and workers fled.”We heard gunshots. We didn’t know what it was about. Then we evacuated the employees and we left,” a man who works in a restaurant in the Louvre told AFP, asking not to be named.A woman colleague said: “We saw death coming for us, with everything that’s happening at the moment. We were very, very scared.”The lucrative Paris tourism industry has been a major casualty of the terror attacks, with visitors cancelling or shortening their stays.Thousands of troops have been deployed to guard the capital, with groups of soldiers with automatic rifles a regular sight inside the Louvre and around its sculpture-filled gardens.Security forces simulated an attack there in early December to rehearse for such an emergency.”It’s so sad and shocking… we can’t let them win, it’s horrible,” British tourist Gillian Simms, who was visiting Paris with her daughters, told AFP on Friday.The huge former royal palace in the heart of the city is home to the Mona Lisa and other legendary artworks.The attacker was shot in a shopping area that leads to the museum.”The people who were in the museum — there were about 250 of them — were held at a distance and confined in secure areas of the Louvre,” city police chief Michel Cadot told reporters outside.A second man whose behaviour was “suspicious” has been arrested, Cadot said, without giving further details.- String of attacks -The string of assaults began in January 2015 when jihadist gunmen rampaged through the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. Another attacker killed shoppers in a Jewish supermarket, with a total of 17 people dead in three days of bloodshed.Ten months later, gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State jihadist group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris on November 13, 2015, killing 130 people.And last July, a Tunisian extremist rammed a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on France’s south coast, crushing 86 people to death.In between, there have been other attacks on security forces and scares, sometimes involving unstable assailants with mental health problems.In November, police said they had arrested members of an alleged jihadist terror ring planning attacks in Paris around Christmas.The economy, immigration and security are the biggest issues for voters ahead of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections which had been forecast to confirm the country’s tilt right after five years of Socialist rule.But long-time rightwing presidential favourite Francois Fillon has been ensnared in a parliamentary expenses scandal over the last week, introducing new uncertainty in the unpredictable race.Anti-immigrant far-right leader Marine Le Pen is hoping for a boost from the scandal and Trump’s election, while 39-year-old centrist independent Emmanuel Macron is also climbing in the polls.Friday’s incident came on the very day that Paris was submitting its formal bid dossier to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.The Louvre was already suffering from a fall in visitor numbers after the series of attacks in France.Over the last two years, numbers have fallen by about two million, imperilling its claim to be the most visited museum in the world.Last year, there was a 15-percent slump in visitors compared to 2015, to around 7.3 million.last_img read more

ExPresident George HW Bush Remains in Houston Hospital

first_img Share APFILE – In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president “is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the nation’s 41st president remains under observation at a Houston hospital after recovering from “a mild case of pneumonia.”Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that the 92-year-old Bush “continues to gain strength … had a good night’s rest, and his spirits are high.”McGrath disclosed Tuesday that Bush was brought to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday for treatment of a persistent cough. He said doctors diagnosed that as pneumonia but that the illness has been treated and resolved.McGrath says Bush won’t be discharged Wednesday, but that he is looking forward to going home.Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, spent 16 days in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia in January.last_img read more

Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system

first_img Citation: Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system (2012, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-snowboarders-haptic.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Daniel Spelmezan, an engineer at the Université Paris-Sud, has worked on a snowboard system that might lighten the case loads of orthopaedic surgeons and even keep those packets of Advil from being emptied. Spelmesan is behind a haptic snowboarding concept that uses vibrations to help teach the sport to new enthusiasts by sending cues to their limbs to execute moves properly. The system involves sensor-equipped snowboards and suits. Can tactile instructions in the form of vibrating actuators for arms and legs guide successful movements? Does such a system match or even outperform lessons in the usual way, where the only training comes from a coach, who delivers instructions and comments before and after the ride?He looked for answers in the context of snowboarding in a test at an indoor ski resort with ten amateur snowboarders and a snowboarding instructor. The volunteer instructor tested moves involved, such as turns, riding switch, and carving, to confirm that the system functioned as intended Participants got two lessons, one with and one without the sensors. They went downhill using turns that involved shifting weight and direction to zig-zag in an S-shaped pattern down. Mounted sensors on the snowboards sensed which way the boarders faced when they traveled down the slope, and when they turned to face the other way and continue their way down. The run up to the turn triggered the sensors to buzz in sequence, to remind the participant about which bits of the body to bend or where to shift weight.Two vibration motors were placed around each shoulder and laterally at the thigh that pointed forward during the ride.The tactile instructions were most effective when the exercises were not too difficult. When the snowboarders practiced new and difficult exercises, however, they focused on the coach’s instructions and had a hard time paying attention to tactile instructions.Some said the vibrating guides were a distraction. Only when a move became familiar did the buzzing help out, as reminders of the kinds of postures they needed to keep. In other words, they found the system useful in refining their techniques after first trying out new moves a few times. One such test participant reported, “I did not really react to the tactile instructions, although I noticed them, because there were so many other things to think about.”Spelmezan presented his work at the MobileHCI (focused on human computer interactions with mobile devices) conference earlier this year. The paper, “An Investigation into the Use of Tactile Instructions in Snowboarding,” reported what the snowboarders said about their tests, and presented recommendations for the use of tactile instructions in teaching sports skills. The Spelmezan system is based on an Arduino BT (an Arduino board with built-in Bluetooth module for wireless communication) and a Nokia N70 mobile phone as the host device. The system was programmed to detect the point when the rider pivoted the snowboard from one edge to the other edge. Pressure sensors measured the rider’s weight distribution on the snowboard.Vibrating sensors on the body, triggered by motion sensors in the snowboard, could remind snowboarders if they used the wrong turning technique on the slopes. Stimuli at the thigh signaled to shift the weight to the front foot, and stimuli at the shoulder signaled to turn left or right.But were the test participants paying attention? Those snowboarders with no experience focused on the coach’s words. Those with some experience were able to follow both tactile instructions and spoken instructions. Tactile instructions proved to be a good support for the learner fine-tuning previously learned movements.””Based on our findings, we conclude that tactile instructions should not be applied during the first lessons or when the coach introduces new exercises,” the paper stated. “Tactile instructions should be introduced after the learner has acquired the basic skills in performing the new task. At this stage during training, the cognitive load on the learner will be lower.” The most common snowboard injury is to the wrist. A common injury scenario is falling onto an outstretched hand. More information: hal.inria.fr/hal-00744527/ Explore further How tech is making snowboarding even more awesome Two vibration motors were placed around each shoulder and laterally at the thigh that pointed forward during the ride. The arrows illustrate the direction of the stimuli on the skin. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

4 Computer Monitors That Will Change the Way You Work

first_img 3 min read October 4, 2012 This story appears in the September 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Enroll Now for Free 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. When it comes to upgrading a computer, many people simply go for more RAM or swap out a desktop for a laptop. Inexplicably, the screen is often one of the last features to be considered, even though it’s the key component for optimum web experience, document editing or video chats. Today’s monitors, with their LED backlighting, HD resolutions and wide-angle viewing, are more than just eye candy. They’ll change the way you look at your computer–literally. Photo courtesy of AppleExtreme PortsApple Thunderbolt Display(27 inches, $999)Apple’s 2560 x 1440 resolution LCD display connects to a computer via Intel’s Thunderbolt port technology, which allows it to act as a discrete hub for your digital goodies. On the back are three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 output and a slot for a gigabit Ethernet line. Its webcam captures sharp 1280 x 720 resolution video, and built-in speakers turn it into an entertainment portal. The downside: Thunderbolt tech is mostly limited to Mac products.Photo courtesy of AcerValue VisualsAcer S Series S235HLbii(23 inches, $200)With resolution of 1920 x 1080, an astounding 100,000,000-to-1 contrast ratio for darkest darks and whitest whites and LED backlighting for brightness, Acer’s widescreen S Series has it all, plus one thing its competitors don’t: a killer price. Thanks to a pair of HDMI inputs, this flat-screen can do double-duty as an HD TV. The off-center stand, smart cable routing, angular base and piano-black casing make it suitable for high-visibility areas, such as a reception area or storefront.Photo courtesy of LGCloud CoveredLG Cloud Monitor(23 inches, $710)This LED-backlit LCD monitor looks simple, but on the back you’ll find an Ethernet port that turns the 1920 x 1080 resolution LG into a fully functional LAN/Net-connected workstation that can access programs in the cloud. Built-in speakers, a pair of USB ports for a keyboard and a mouse, plus the ability to flip the screen into portrait mode, can almost make this feel like an all-in-one desktop, minus the memory and power-sucking disk drive.Photo courtesy of SamsungBeauty QueenSamsung Series 9 SB970(27 inches, $1,199)With a quad high-definition resolution maxing out at 2560 x 1440 and a brushed-metal pedestal that makes the screen seemingly float on air, this edge-to-edge glass display is a looker. Ideal for designers and videographers, the LED backlit screen has a grippable stem that allows for easy, ergonomic adjustments. The unit’s base houses an array of jacks for impressive extra abilities, such as Android handheld connectivity through the MHL (mobile high-definition link) input. The 3-D revolution: We’re still waiting Ever since Tom Cruise flipped through a hologram file folder in 2002’s Minority Report, people have been giddy over the future of computer displays. And while touchscreens and 3-D monitors have gone mainstream with games and movies, the workplace still hasn’t caught up. Pre-release demos of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system made reference to “stereoscopic displays,” but we’re still a long way from seeing PowerPoint leap off the screen. Until then, businesses would be wise to keep equipment costs flat by staying in two dimensions, despite the 3-D hype.last_img read more

Carnivals 2018 TPAC includes half a dozen Canadian agents

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has appointed three new members to its 32-member Travel Partner Advisory Committee (TPAC) for 2018, including New Brunswick’s Expedia CruiseShipCenters Fredericton owner Tina Gallant.Each year Carnival invites select travel partners spanning an array of agency models to take part in TPAC, offering guidance related to various trade programs, tools and initiatives introduced by Carnival.Some 29 of the committee members have returned in 2018 to continue their advisory role for ongoing trade programs.Returning to TPAC this year are Canadian travel agents Gor Mahal, Sales Manager – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Westwood; Marilyn Tavener, Cruise & Vacation Consultant – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Newmarket Aurora; Mary Lynn Villeneuve, Travel Consultant – TravelOnly; Mireille Guertin, Manager – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Ottawa; Cyndi Stone, Travel Consultant – Progress Travel Plus; Darren Single, Vice President – Odenza Marketing Group; Susan Woodcock, Director of Reservations – Dargal Interline Travel; and Paula Baglole, Cruise & Vacation Specialist – Expedia CruiseShipCenters Prince Edward Island.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“In the last year, we’ve introduced many new initiatives through our Travel Agents Rock program, and our TPAC has been instrumental in providing valuable feedback throughout the process,” said Carnival’s Vice President of North American Field Sales Mike Julius.“We want to continue the strong momentum we have with our current group and are thrilled that the majority of them are returning for another year, along with some exciting new additions.”Members of TPAC are nominated by Carnival’s sales leadership team and business development managers. Nominees are selected with the goal of creating a panel that reflects an array of business models to provide expert, balanced and objective feedback through an open exchange of ideas, says the cruise line.Travel professionals are invited to participate in the committee for a one-year period.TPAC members provide Carnival with feedback throughout the year and participate in quarterly meetings with members of Carnival’s sales leadership team. The group is led by Julius, and includes a panel of business development managers and trade marketing team members.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCanadian travel partners participate to reinforce Carnival Cruise Line’s commitment to this key North American market.Canadian TPAC members are led by Justin French, Carnival’s Regional VP of Canada and Northern U.S. Sales, and are part of the overall TPAC group while also dedicating focus on the Canadian region. Travelweek Group center_img Carnival’s 2018 TPAC includes half a dozen Canadian agents Thursday, February 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Nearmiss for Sadies singer at NS gig Anything

first_imgNear-miss for Sadies singer at N.S. gig: ‘Anything can happen so quick’ by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 4, 2018 11:32 am PDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MAITLAND, N.S. – The lead singer for one of Toronto’s best-known rock bands was nearly hit by a falling light cover during a Nova Scotia gig.Travis Good of The Sadies was singing at a show in Maitland, N.S., Sunday when a light cover fell, hit his microphone stand and shattered on the ground.The near-miss was caught on a video taken by Shant Pelley and posted by Kyle McDonald, with the band abruptly stopping the performance in disbelief amid shouts from audience members.The band’s Facebook page shared the video on Wednesday, writing “Insane footage from The Sadies’ show on Sunday night in Nova Scotia … Travis is okay!”The country rock band was performing at the High Tides Arts and Community Centre, an old church converted into a events facility.McDonald, a sound engineer and friend of the band, said the light cover fell near the end of the set, and there was a “strange vibe” in the room afterwards, as people looked around for other possible hazards.McDonald has worked many shows over the years, but said the startling incident was a first, and he and the group reflected afterwards about how the incident could have ended much worse.“I’ve been working with those guys with sound-related stuff since 2001, so you just get thinking about telling them you love them after the fact,” said McDonald.“Anything can happen so quick.”Nobody was seriously hurt, but McDonald said the incident emphasized the importance of checking a venue for safety as an audience member and performer.“From now on, even in terms of just a showgoer, you’re just more aware of what’s above you,” McDonald said.“Maybe a little more awareness and little more love for everybody would do some good.”On the web: https://www.facebook.com/Kyle.MEN/videos/10161152906975107/UzpfSTYyMTA2OTMwNDI6MTAxNTYxMjU0OTc1MzgwNDM/last_img read more

Protaras Konnos bay a fire hazard says mayor

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouKonnos bay in Protaras was declared a fire hazard by Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pyrillis on Monday because It has only a single entrance and exit route which could trap visitors if a fire broke out.He said it was an area of high risk because of the dense vegetation surrounding it and the extreme weather conditions that can occur. The single route leading to and from the beach means visitors have no escape route while the fire brigade has no alternate access route.Ayia Napa mayor Yiannis Karousos said he was in complete agreement with Pyrillis and was working with the him on this issue.“We have been raising this issue in many conferences since 2013, and while some noteworthy measures have been taken by the forestry department, an alternate route for both visitors of the beach and the fire brigade is still extremely necessary,” said Pyrillis.He said that the forestry department has already placed 29 fire trucks in the area which serve to protect the Cape Greco national park, while they are also conducting regular road clearings to ensure accessibility, but this will not be enough in case of a fire at Konnos Bay.“We plan to build a large parking area on the top of the hill, from where visitors can access the beach by a stairway or by teleferic [aerial tramway] and to create other access routes for service vehicles,” said Karousos.He added that these plans are still pending authorisation from a number of departments, while funding will also be required before works can begin.“Alternate routes have not been made yet for environmental reasons such as the particularity of the landscape of Konnos Bay. We will raise the issue again in a conference in September,” said Pyrillis.These concerns come after a fire in Kermia, Cape Greco, just five minutes away from Konnos Bay by car, which burnt around 200m2 of private land in just 15 minutes on Saturday, due to the low shrubs and extreme weather conditions that characterise the area.You May LikeWeight Loss GrooveTiger Woods Drives This Car When He’s Not On TourWeight Loss GrooveUndoHealthysoulmag40 Best Superfoods To Eat After Turning 40HealthysoulmagUndoHealth & Human ResearchNever Ever Put These Foods In Your FridgeHealth & Human ResearchUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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