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Bengal govt to develop Tajpur Port on its own

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the state government will set up Tajpur Port on its own. Banerjee said for the last five years, she had negotiated with the Centre to set up the port but in vain.Inaugurating the Dighashree Bangla International Convention Centre, she maintained: “Nitin Gadkari had told me that the Centre would set up the port if the state government was ready to give them 74 percent share. We had agreed and requested the Centre to construct an iron bridge at Gangasagar. We have waited for five years and now we have decided to set up the port on our own. It will generate new employment.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState ministers Firhad Hakim, Indranil Sen, Suvendu Adhikari were present at the inaugural function along with Sishir Adhikari, Dibyendu Adhikari and Dipak Adhikari (MPs) and industrialists Rudra Chatterjee and Mayank Jalan. Senior bureaucrats including Chief Secretary Malay De, Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department and Antara Acharya, CEO, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) were also present. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayReferring to the huge number of tourist footfall in Puri owing to the importance of the place as a religious destination, Banerjee said that a new Jagannath temple would soon be built in Digha. “I have gone to Puri, I am a devotee of Jagannath. Puri is a small place but they (Odisha government) could not build it the manner we have developed Digha. I have a plan to build a similar Jagannath temple here in Digha. There is a small Jagannath ghat here and I had asked the District Magistrate to renovate and upgrade it. We will also build Masjid and Church here… This will bring in more tourists here,” she said. She further added: “We are also planning to introduce electric buses here. We are building two parking plazas of international standard here. The government also has plans to bring in seaplanes to augment tourist footfall in Digha. The 7 km long stretch along the beach will also be beautified and opened to the public shortly.”last_img read more

Even the sparrows Extensive new study finds threebillionbird decline

first_imgAn extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk.The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 — about 30 per cent. Some of the most familiar species have been the hardest hit.“The species like pigeons and house sparrows and starlings, species we think of as thriving in urban environments, even those species are in steep decline,” said Adam Smith, an Environment Canada scientist and the paper’s co-author.The study, conducted through nine universities and government agencies in Canada and the United States, looked at 529 different kinds of birds.It’s based on data collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, which began in the mid-1960s with the help of governments and an extensive network of volunteers. It was backed up by information contained in records from 143 U.S. weather radar stations, which are able to track migrating flocks.The declines have been widespread. Except for waterbirds and raptors, which are heavily conserved, nearly every family is suffering.Forest birds such as flycatchers, woodpeckers and chickadees are down more than a billion.Grassland birds — meadowlarks, sparrows, wrens — have been more than halved. There are 700 million fewer of them than there were 50 years ago. Three-quarters of the species in this family are shrinking.The worst declines have been ascribed to some of the most abundant birds. Sparrows, warblers and blackbirds account for almost three-quarters of the total losses.“The loss of abundance overall is something that has a cost to our healthy ecosystems,” Smith said.“There are billions fewer beaks out there to eat insects. There are fewer birds to eat and disperse plant seeds. And there are fewer birds for us to experience.”Birds are also what scientists call an indicator species. Because information on them is so extensive, they reveal early trends in environmental change.“Birds are an indicator that the natural world is stressed,” said Smith.The results of the Science paper were foreshadowed by the State of the Birds report, which came out in June and looked at Canadian species. That report found similar patterns — waterbirds up, most everything else down, with some unknowns.The findings are echoed by other research detailing declines in insects, amphibians and fish.The current study doesn’t address reasons for the drops, but Smith said previous research points to probable causes.“Habitat loss and degradation — the loss of the land, water and air that birds use to survive. The loss of that ecological space is the primary driver of population decline for almost all of these birds.”He pointed out that most birds in the study migrate, so efforts to rebuild populations have to be co-ordinated across jurisdictions from Nunavut to South America. It can be done, Smith said, as it has for bald eagles and peregrine falcons.“I want (my kids) also to see someday those massive, spectacular flocks of migrating birds that used to be and have declined.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

‘Study in the US Fair’ Brings 30 US Universities to Casablanca,…

Rabat – Approximately 30 American universities will participate in the “Study in the U.S. Fair” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Casablanca and the Hilton Garden Inn in Tangier. Students can attend the Casablanca fair at 5 p.m. on March 27 and the Tangier fair at 11 a.m. on March 30 to learn about study opportunities in the US.The US consulate in Casablanca is hosting the fairs in partnership with the US Department of State’s EducationUSA network. The fairs are an opportunity for Moroccan students wishing to continue their studies in the US to meet with 50 representatives from the American universities to get detailed information on the education programs offered by the universities. Moroccan students will also meet with experts from the consulate.Read also: Morocco to Increase Scholarships, Study Grants for African StudentsAccording to the US consul general in Casablanca, Jennifer Rasamimanana, Moroccan young people are aware that openness to the world is a key factor to succeed.Rasamimanana made the comments on March 25 at the opening of the 2019 EducationUSA MENA Regional Forum in Casablanca.She further said in her welcoming speech to the universities’ representatives, “We hope that this opportunity to interact with American universities will increase the number of Moroccan candidates.” Rasamimanana noted that the US hosts more foreign students than any other country with more than 1 million international students yearly.EducationUSA is an international network of the Department of State with more than 430 academic orientation centers in 180 countries. Its main mission is to provide international students with accurate information about study opportunities in the US. read more

Ban recommends sixmonth extension of UN force in Golan Heights

17 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended until 31 December, in a new report released today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended until 31 December, in a new report released today.Mr. Ban notes that the situation in the Israel-Syria sector has remained generally quiet, but adds that “the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.” Given the ongoing tension in the region, the continued presence of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is “essential,” he writes.Expressing his hope that determined efforts will be made by all concerned “to tackle the problem in all its aspects, with a view to arriving at a just and durable peace settlement,” the Secretary-General welcomes the news that Syria and Israel have started indirect peace talks, under the auspices of Turkey.In recommending UNDOF’s extension, Mr. Ban also draws attention to the shortfall in the Force’s funding, noting that unpaid assessments amount to nearly $15 million. “The outstanding contributions impede the ability of the Secretariat to reimburse Member States contributing troops to the Force,” he says.UNDOF was established in May 1974 to supervise the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after their 1973 war. read more

UN and aid partners call for 60 million to help 110000 Congolese

The funds will help some 110,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children, as well as 58,000 people in the Republic of Congo’s host areas for a six-month period.Clashes broke out last October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area of Equateur province.The tensions have enveloped most of Equateur, sending some 114,000 to the Republic of Congo, driving some 60,000 to other parts of the province, and forcing an additional 17,000 people to seek refuge in the Central African Republic (CAR).The Government and people of the ROC have once again responded generously to refugees escaping fighting in the DRC, said John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“But they have very limited resources and a small population, over half of whom subsist on $1.25 per day,” he pointed out. “Significant support is therefore required from the international community.”The refugees are scattered across more than 100 sites – living with host families, sheltering in abandoned huts or building makeshift settlements – along a 500-kilometre stretch of the Oubangui River between Liranga district and the ROC’s border with the CAR. In most areas, they vastly outnumber the local population buy a ratio of five to one.Low river levels are also compounding difficulties, resulting in relief supplies having to be ferried or flown in.The Government, UN agencies and other groups carried out two assessment missions last November, which found that food, livelihood support, clean water, health care and education as among the top needs.Social services, if they existed in areas where refugees are now living, are completely overwhelmed, and the influx of refugees is also heavily straining local resources, such as water, wood and fish.In December, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) – which aims to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are most at risk – allocated nearly $8 million to the crisis, with bilateral funding also having been put forward.This leaves the unmet portion of the appeal launched today at $41 million.Of the $59 million appealed for today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for $20 million to help to increase overall protection and boost logistical capacity. The funds will also be put towards providing primary education for more than 20,000 children and shelter, as well as the provision of clean water.“Our concern is that four months into exile, the refuges are still lacking basic humanitarian aid, despite our efforts,” agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva. “So far, we’ve been able to cover just 30 per cent of the needs of this huge population for food, sanitation, shelter, health care and primary education.”UN entities also taking part in today’s appeal are the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 9 March 2010The United Nations and its partners today launched an appeal for just under $60 million to help more than 100,000 refugees from the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have fled ethnic violence and are seeking refuge in neighbouring Republic of Congo (ROC). read more

Chinas Haier buying GE appliance unit for 54 billion

China’s Haier buying GE appliance unit for $5.4 billion BEIJING, China – Haier Group, the world’s biggest appliance maker, is buying General Electric Co.’s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its global presence.The acquisition announced Friday comes as Haier tries to shed its image as a low-cost brand and move into premium market segments. GE is shifting emphasis from traditional businesses to higher-technology, higher-profit areas such as medical equipment.The two companies said they also agreed to form a strategic partnership to co-operate in areas such as the Internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.Haier, headquartered in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, reported 2014 revenue of $32.6 billion. It said the GE acquisition would be carried out by its unit Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd., a publicly traded entity of which Haier owns 41 per cent.GE Appliances reported $5.9 billion in 2014 revenue. It has 12,000 employees, 96 per cent of them in the United States.“This strategic alliance provides a new starting point for both Haier and GE and I am confident that this partnership will deliver enhanced value to the stakeholders of both companies,” said the Haier Group chairman, Zhang Ruimin, in a statement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 1:14 am MDT read more

Central banks new growth outlook if realized to give feds billions experts

Central bank’s new growth outlook, if realized, to give feds billions: experts by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 12:21 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – If economic growth surges in line with the Bank of Canada’s latest predictions, experts say the feds will enjoy a multibillion-dollar bump on their balance sheet.After several months of surprisingly strong economic data, the central bank raised its 2017 growth projection this week to 2.6 per cent, up from its January call of 2.1 per cent.In comparison, the federal government released a budget less than a month ago containing fiscal numbers based on a growth forecast for this year of 1.9 per cent.Experts who crunched rough estimates using the bank’s upgraded forecast predict it will add between $1.5 billion and $3 billion to the 2017-18 federal bottom line.The federal government is on track to run a deficit this year of $28.5 billion, including a $3-billion reserve set aside for emergencies. Ottawa has also projected shortfalls of $27.4 billion in 2018-19 and $23.4 billion in 2019-20.Randall Bartlett, chief economist for a University of Ottawa think tank, said if the economy grows as the bank predicts, he expects the government to add between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in each of the next three years, starting in 2017.He noted that the increase is a “conservative” estimate.“It certainly provides them with a little more revenue over the next three years, which is very positive,” said Bartlett of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.The potential cash infusion could have important timing for the Trudeau government, as it faces considerable economic uncertainty related to its biggest trading partner.There are widespread concerns in Canada about the possible economic impacts of proposed changes to U.S. policies on trade and taxation under the Trump administration.The federal books, however, do have wiggle room.In addition to the possible fiscal boost from unexpectedly strong growth, the budget set aside $3 billion a year for contingencies.The government’s baseline projections in the late-March budget did come into question because they were calculated using weaker forecasts from December.Heading into the budget, some thought Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s decision to base the federal outlook on months-old predictions was an attempt to lower expectations. His department traditionally uses a survey of private-sector forecasters to determine its baseline projections, but those numbers are usually delivered only a few weeks prior to the budget.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz reiterated his concerns about the potential impact of the U.S. proposals. The bank says this “significant source of uncertainty” has already had a negative impact on economic activity in Canada as firms here remain wary.The economy still found a way to surpass the bank’s expectations — in large part due to the country’s red-hot housing sector.Poloz told a Senate committee Thursday that 0.4 percentage points of the bank’s 0.5 increase in its 2017 growth projection was due to the faster-than-expected acceleration of the real-estate market.“It obviously surprised us on the upside,” Poloz said.If Canada indeed hits 2.6 per cent growth in 2017, TD senior economist Brian DePratto believes the federal books could see as much as $3-billion boost.“A 2.6 — should we actually see that — is a very significant improvement,” DePratto said.Bartlett noted the central bank’s updated projections aren’t out of line with the current consensus forecasts.“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Trump, but certainly so far the news is very good,” he said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Just one more hour of mudslinging folks The broadcast ban kicks in

first_img Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThere’s been much speculation about the issue in recent days, of course. But reporters covering the event for the likes of RTÉ, TV3, Newstalk and others will have to be careful they do so within the terms of the moratorium.Here’s three of the main points of the guidelines, to give you an idea:The moratorium is not intended to preclude coverage during this period of legitimate news and current affairs stories that are unrelated to an election. However, broadcasters should avoid airing content (including breaking news stories) that can be reasonably perceived to be intended to and/or likely to influence or manipulate voter’s decisions during the moratorium period.Particular care should be taken around the opinions expressed by any programme contributors during the period covered by the moratorium.The moratorium extends to all areas of programming, including newspaper reviews, coverage of opinion polls, information announcements etc. Particular care is necessary when commenting upon or covering newspaper reviews as the print media are not subject to a moratorium.Stations that run repeats of current affairs programming overnight also have to make sure that the repeated content stays within the terms of the ban.Fine Gael’s Eamonn Coghlan and independent David Hall meet on the campaign trail in Dublin West [Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland]Of course, broadcasters aren’t expected to entirely entirely ignore the fact that there’s an election on either. Reports about polling station opening times and other practical details are allowed.Most of the parties held the last big events of their campaigns yesterday in order to generate as much publicity as possible before the ban kicks in. From now on, they’ll be heading door-to-door and shopping centre to shopping centre asking for your vote.In all likelihood, they’ll also continue slinging mud on Twitter too.Related: RTÉ reiterates apology to Seán Gallagher, will publish report documentRead: Selfies in the polling booth are a bad idea, says Department POLITICIANS RUNNING IN the European and local elections tomorrow have only one hour of airtime left to convince us to vote their way.The broadcasting moratorium, which affects all radio and TV stations, kicks in a 2pm — giving us all a much needed break from electioneering, before the polls open tomorrow at 7am.So what does that mean in practice?Well, if you happened to be responsible for a local radio station’s output, for instance, it would mean you’d have to make sure there’s no references to the particular merits (or otherwise) of any election candidate. By anyone — including guests on programmes.That doesn’t mean coverage of politics will stop completely, however…For instance, the big story of the afternoon is likely to be Alan Shatter’s much-anticipated announcement on whether he’ll take his severance package.The former Justice Minister’s speaking outside Leinster House at 2.30pm. He’s expected to to “do the right thing” according to the Taoiseach.last_img read more

Business profile Mali Hair Spa

first_imgBusiness: Mali Hair Spa Director: Martha Kourtidou Category: Hair and beauty Location: Melbourne Background: Whilst at university studying a psychology degree, Martha realised there and then that she wanted to combine her education with her creative flair and people skills. She left university for a career in hairdressing and hasn’t looked back. She gave up the books and opted a career in hair. When she had the skills down pat, she approached her hairdresser Lisa Christofakakis, a year ago with a proposal, to join forces and open a hairdressing salon. A year later, she has a booming business, with six staff, large clientele and is the senior hairstylist and director of Mali Hair Spa. “I loved the people interaction, and using my creative side that hairdressing brings but also combining psychology into what I do.”Secrets to Mali Hair Spa’s success: “Being really honest and giving the best customer experience,” says Martha of what makes Mali Hair Spa tick. “In terms of your cash flow being very cautious is important, obviously there will be risks along the way but making sure you have a good accountant by your side, someone that will be able to guide you towards the right path,” she says are key ingredients to running a successful small business. Also surrounding you with a good network of people to enable you to make wise business decisions doesn’t hurt. Tips to get a good haircut: “Education is the most vital part of giving your client the best service,” says Martha. She encourages all her staff to do short courses in hairdressing and colour, enter competitions. “I find competitions spark up motivation in my staff,” she says. “Things like that keep you up-to-date, in check and keep you clients excited as well.” She says all that knowledge gained is then distributed amongst all employees so they are constantly talking about the current trends and tips in the industry. Mali’s services: “We are definitely colour experts; we’re renowned for our colours,” says Martha. As the senior stylist, Martha can guide you through what hairstyle would suit you, not just with your features but incorporates your personality and lifestyle into your hair. They have blow-wave specials for new clients at $29, and there’s a men’s cutter too. The name Mali: “Mali derived from the Greek word mali, but it is also the first two letters of mine (Martha) and my business partner’s name (Lisa),” says Martha with a glimmer in her voice stating it was almost meant to be. Contact details: Mali Hair Spa Address: 3 / 424 Church Street, Richmond Phone: (03) 9428 8823 Website: malihairspa.com.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bridget Cadogan Named To Deans List At Siena College

first_imgLOUDONVILLE, NY — Bridget Cadogan, of Wilmington, has been named to the Siena College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.About Siena CollegeFounded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 36 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Siena College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan & Nicole Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Spain braces for mass protests in Catalonia crisis

first_imgProtestors gather holding Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence at Colon square in Madrid on 7 October 2017.Spain braced for mass street protests Saturday as anger swelled against Catalan leaders’ vows to declare their region independent and the national government’s handling of the volatile political crisis.Tentative signs have emerged that the sides may be seeking to defuse the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology Friday to Catalans injured by police in a crackdown on their outlawed independence vote on 1 October.But uncertainty still haunted the country as Catalan leaders have not backed off from plans to make a unilateral declaration of independence within days, based on the result of the banned referendum vote.”There has to be a commitment to dialogue,” said Jordi Cuixart, president of one of the grassroots groups driving Catalonia’s separatist movement, on Catalan radio on Saturday.”We will never refuse that. But we… will continue to demand a commitment that the referendum law be fulfilled.”Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block independence as well as any referendum.And he has rejected calls for mediation in a dispute that has drawn cries of concern all over Spain, and even from Barcelona and Real Madrid footballers.- ‘Let’s talk’ -Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades has raised fears of further unrest in the northeastern region, a tourist-friendly area of 7.5 million people that accounts for a fifth of Spain’s economy.Opponents of secession called for demonstrations around Spain on Saturday and a major rally in Barcelona on Sunday.A movement called “Let’s Talk” urged citizens to gather dressed in white in front of town halls across the country, demanding dialogue to end the crisis under the slogan: “Spain is better than its leaders”.”It’s time to come together to tell them that they are incapable and irresponsible,” the group’s manifesto reads. The gatherings will start from around midday (1000 GMT).A separate “patriotic” march was called for the same time in central Madrid, organised by activists defending the unity of Spain.- Back from the brink? -Friday saw the first signs the sides may be willing to step back from the brink in a political conflict that risks destabilising Europe.After days of ill-tempered rhetoric, the central government said it regretted the injuries and suggested Catalonia should hold a regional election to settle the crisis.Catalan government minister Santi Vila, a close of ally of regional president Carles Puigdemont, meanwhile told broadcaster Rac1 that his side could consider a “ceasefire” in the dispute, to avoid a further crackdown by Madrid.Businesses and the government have kept up economic pressure on Catalonia however, with several big companies announcing moves to shift their headquarters to other parts of Spain.- ‘We deeply regret’ -Puigdemont had been due to appear at the regional parliament on Monday but postponed it by a day, a spokesman said, gaining time and easing tensions.It remains unclear what he plans to say, although some leaders are hoping he will use the opportunity to make a declaration of independence.Spain’s central government apologised on behalf of police to people hurt in Sunday’s referendum disturbances.”I can do nothing but regret it, apologise on behalf of the officers who intervened,” said the government’s representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo.Central government spokesman Ignacio Mendez de Vigo also said he “regretted” the injuries.”It would be good to start mending this fracture… through regional elections,” he told a news conference.In Madrid meanwhile, Catalonia’s police chief and two prominent separatist leaders including Cuixart avoided being remanded in custody at a court hearing Friday over sedition accusations.- Economic pressure -Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of a session scheduled for Monday in the Catalan parliament at which some leaders have called for an independence declaration.If Catalonia declares independence, Spain could respond by suspending the region’s existing autonomous status and imposing direct rule from Madrid.On another front, the government in Madrid pushed ahead with a measure to pressure Catalonia economically.It passed a decree to make it quicker for businesses to shift their legal domiciles away from one region to another.With its own language and cultural traditions, demands for independence in Catalonia date back centuries but have surged during recent years of economic crisis.The Catalan government on Friday published final results from the referendum indicating that 90 percent of voters backed the idea of breaking away from Spain.Turnout was 43 percent.Recent polls had indicated that Catalans are split on independence, though leaders said the violence during the referendum turned many against the state authorities.last_img read more

Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Canceled Over Challenges and Sensitivities

first_imgThe company didn’t elaborate on what those “challenges and sensitives” were. BASE Hologram did not respond to a Variety request for more information.The planned Winehouse hologram tour had the blessing of Mitch Winehouse, her father, when it was first announced last fall. Proceeds from the tour were to have gone toward the Amy Winehouse Foundation, dedicated to addiction awareness and prevention among young people. Winehouse, a six-time Grammy winner, died on July 23, 2011, at age 27 after years of publicly battling drug and alcohol addiction.Other current productions by L.A.-based BASE Hologram also feature dead artists, including “In Dreams: Roy Orbison – The Hologram Concert” and “Callas in Concert” with footage of opera singer Maria Callas. Popular on Variety Amy Winehouse will not be “Back to Black” in a holographic live tour after all.The late British singer, who died in 2011, was to be featured in a stage show slated to launch near the end of 2019. But the producer of the show, BASE Hologram, has indefinitely postponed plans for the Winehouse show, which was to feature a holographic representation of her performing her greatest hits backed by a live band, singers and “theatrical stagecraft.”“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state-of-the-art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture [Winehouse’s] genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we have encountered some unique challenges and sensitives,” BASE Hologram tweeted in a statement Feb. 19.The Winehouse show will be “on hold until we determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy at its highest caliber,” the company said.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Microsoft is already manufacturing pallets full of Xbox One consoles

first_imgYesterday Microsoft dropped two big pieces of news regarding the Xbox One. The first was they they had managed to increase the console’s CPU clock speed by 150MHz, taking it to 1.75GHz. The second was the launch date, which occurs exactly eight years after the Xbox 360 shipped on November 22. It’s also clear now those decisions were made a while ago.Anyone concerned about the amount of stock Microsoft can produce in time for the launch probably shouldn’t be. That’s because Microsoft is already manufacturing the final units and filling warehouses with pallets full of them.Confirmation of that comes via Major Nelson, who shared the images you see above and below. I’d guess each of those smaller boxes contains three Xbox One retail boxes, and therefore each pallet is going to have 81 consoles stacked on it.With 11 weeks still to go until the Xbox One launches, I doubt any of these pallets will actually be shipped for some time yet. It won’t be until we reach November that they get loaded and sent to actual retail stores. If they shipped now, chances are a few of them would get lost before November, and Microsoft wants to avoid that at all costs.Microsoft also needs to hit the ground running due to the PS4 launching a week earlier. The Xbox One is a more expensive machine and will be available later, which does make things more difficult for the company. Any type of stock shortages in the run up to Christmas would be a disaster, so it’s understandable they are ramping up production now.last_img read more

State will empower civic officials to conduct drives inside locked premises Hakim

first_imgKolkata: State Municipal Affairs and Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said on Thursday that the state will soon usher in a change in the Municipal Act, so that civic officials of all urban local bodies (ULBs) are empowered to undertake drives inside locked premises to prevent vector-borne diseases.The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already amended its act in this regard and the minister wants to do the same for the other ULBs in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim held a meeting with representatives from selected ULBs of North and South 24-Parganas district, including Kolkata and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporations, on the basis of a report by the state Health department that had marked a number of wards in the municipalities of these two districts and some wards of Kolkata and Bidhannagar civic bodies, as sensitive in terms of outbreak of vector-borne diseases.”A number of councillors have expressed their inability in undertaking drives inside office premises, particularly of the Central government, jute mills and factories that are under lock and key. We are bringing in a change in the Municipal Act, so that civic workers who undertake vector-borne drives can forcefully enter these premises and clean the pockets that encourage the breeding of mosquitoes,” Hakim said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRepresentatives from the municipalities of Habra, Bhatpara and some others raised their concern over the lackadaisical approach of the Central government establishments, particularly the railways, in keeping their premises clean.”It is true that the number of dengue cases has been much less in comparison to the previous year. However, there is no place for complacency. We want to ensure that these sensitive wards, earmarked by the Health department, soon emerge as non-sensitive. If we carry on with our hard work for two to three years, I am hopeful that the number of dengue cases will come down to zero in the state,” the minister maintained. Some councillors at the meeting pointed out difficulties in conducting drives in certain bordering wards of the civic bodies due to jurisdictional boundaries. The minister immediately responded with a WhatsApp number and asked the councillors to send pictures of such places so that the matter can be taken up on priority basis.”There are wards under the KMC that share their boundary with the Rajpur-Sonarpur municipality. Joint drives may be carried out in these areas,” a senior official of the state Municipal Affairs department said.last_img read more

VIDEO Panthers rookie Curtis Samuel dropped off at training camp by his

first_img Advertisement Panthers rookie running back Curtis Samuel didn’t show up for his first NFL training camp in a flashy new ride, he did the same thing he’s surely done on countless other occasions, he got a ride from his mom.It’s like the first day of high school, except the students are all loaded. Samuel, reportedly, also likes the crusts cut off his PB&J.In the video, Ms. Samuel is across the street. Curtis doesn’t like it when she pulls up too close. All kidding aside, what a proud moment for mom to see her boy off to start his NFL career. He wouldn’t be there without her. Literally.Curtis Samuel got dropped off by his mom. Smart rookie move. She’s proudly watching. #panthers #NFLTrainingCamp @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/1Ee9JA0T45— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) July 25, 2017last_img read more

Made a typo Google Chrome tests warning for lookalike URLs

first_imgGoogle Chrome has another solution to help users turn back from dodgy websites.As spotted by ZDNet, it’s testing a way to spot lookalike URLs and help redirect users to go to the right place with the Chrome Canary browser, which is used to experiment with upcoming features.You can switch on the experimental feature in Canary by entering chrome://flags/#enable-lookalike-url-navigation-suggestions in the address bar, and enabling it. From there, a dropdown will appear below the address bar if you’ve entered or clicked through to a lookalike URL, with a link to the correct version. It only applies to websites with a site engagement score, so we can imagine Chrome won’t step in if you’re trying to visit a niche website. Google Chrome is testing a way to help guide you away from a lookalike URL.Image: Gokhan Balci/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2019-01-31 02:44:51 UTC Image: mashable screenshotWhile the option is available in the stable version of Chrome, it doesn’t appear to be functioning in our test.Lookalike URLs aim to trick users by mimicking the name of a popular website or brand, and luring them to a questionable site which could be used for malware or phishing attacks.These kinds of URLs have been steadily on the rise, as tricksters employ tactics like typosquatting and IDN homograph attacks to fool users.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | June 25, 2008 Pandemic Flu Respiratory Protection for Hospital Staff Subject of Upcoming Webinar June 26, 2008 – Plans for appropriate respiratory protection are a major part of healthcare facilities’ pandemic preparation and to assist with protecting frontline staff in the event of an outbreak, ECRI Institute and the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS) present “Respiratory Protection: Preparing for Pandemic Flu” on Thursday, July 17.This Web conference will help facilities understand risk reduction plans, a practical implementation approach, and how to select optimal respiratory protection through proactive assessment strategies.Expert speakers will help participants learn about regulatory requirements and OSHA guidance regarding exposure assessment, infection risk reduction strategies, the differences and similarities between types of respiratory protection, as well as how to determine the cost of a well-prepared program; and. The speakers will also discuss practical steps to plan for pandemic flu and provide optimal staff protection.The speakers include Luke A. Petosa, M.Sc, HEM, HEM-CC, director, Center for Education and Training, ECRI Institute; Jennifer L. Noppenberger, RN, BS, CIC, clinical analyst, Vecna Technologies; and John A. Schaefer MFS, CIH, HEM CPEA, associate director of health safety and environment, Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Health System. For more information: www.ecri.org/webconference FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Myanmars govt welcomes Obamas historic visit

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Zaw Htay said in a statement Friday that the government hopes “bilateral relations and cooperation will significantly increase after this historic visit.”During his Nov. 17-20 trip, Obama will also travel to Thailand and Cambodia, the latter another first for a U.S. president.Meanwhile, nine foreign embassies in Myanmar issued an unusual joint statement to push for assistance to residents of the strife-torn western state of Rakhine.The planned visit comes as ethnic tension in Rakhine has caused international concern, threatening to slow the tide of goodwill toward Thein Sein’s elected government, which is modernizing and liberalizing the government after almost five decades of repressive military rule.Almost 200 people have died since June in fighting between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities. More than 100,000 have been made homeless and are living in ramshackle refugee camps scattered around the state.A statement issued Friday and jointly signed by the embassies in Myanmar of nine nations urged all parties “to work together to bring an immediate end to the violence” and said it supported government efforts to restore security and stability. YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s government said Friday that it “warmly welcomes” President Barack Obama’s decision to visit the country this month, saying it will increase the momentum of democratic reform.Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the onetime pariah nation, which is emerging from decades of military rule.Presidential office spokesman Maj. Zaw Htay says he believes the “support and encouragement by the U.S. president and American people will strengthen the commitment of President Thein Sein’s reform process to move forward without backtracking.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories “We further encourage the Government to enable safe, timely, and unhindered humanitarian access across Rakhine State to all persons in need,” it said. “The international community stands ready to help with humanitarian aid and longer-term development assistance in Rakhine State, and is committed to doing so through coordinated efforts to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency.”The statement was signed by the embassies of Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Aus accommodation receives strategic funding

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australia’s hospitality industry will see educational updates, as Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) sets aside half a million on entry level to executive training.Receiving funding of up to $2.5 million for a five-year strategic direction plan, the Group said it would use a portion of that money to train staff up to a global standard.TAA managing director Rodger Powell said the investment would “raise industry standards, with the flow on effect of protecting and retaining employees within our sector”.Meanwhile over a million will be used to install a new best-practice industry intelligence system to improve businesses.“This new strategic plan, structure, funding model and suite of benefits will ensure that we grow and represent our members effectively in Canberra,” Mr Powell said.While full details of the plan will be released as they are finalized, Mr Powell added that the Group was committed to improving support for the 600 accommodation operators under its arm. “The entire National Executive of the AHA has unanimously supported the establishment of the new brand and organisation to effectively represent the needs of the accommodation sector,” Australian Hotels Association (AHA) national president Peter Hurley said.  “We recognise that the Tourism Accommodation operators have specific and special needs that are sometimes divergent with the needs of the AHA’s other members and that they must to be served by their own Board, funding and strategy.”last_img read more