Shikhar Dhawan as important for India as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma: Harbhajan Singh

first_img Next Shikhar Dhawan as important for India as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma: Harbhajan SinghVeteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Shikhar Dhawan continues to be one of the main pillars of Indian batting unit, especially in the white-ball formats. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 21:53 IST Shikhar Dhawan will be in action in India’s T20Is against South Africa (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhawan and Sharma have proven to be one of India’s best opening pairs: HarbhajanBe it T20 or 50 overs, irrespective of the format, Shikhar is really good: HarbhajanIrfan Pathan said India need to have back-up all-rounders to help keep Hardik Pandya fitVeteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels comeback man Shikhar Dhawan’s contribution to the Indian team in white-ball cricket is as important as that of skipper Virat Kohli or his deputy Rohit Sharma.Opener Dhawan is making a comeback to the Indian team after getting injured during the World Cup.India take on South Africa in the second T20 in Mohali after the first one was washed out in Dharamsala.”Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are some of the finest batsmen that India has seen, and have proven to be one of India’s best opening pairs. Shikhar Dhawan’s contribution to the game is as important as that of Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli,” Star Sports expert Harbhajan said.”Be it T20 or 50 overs, irrespective of the format, Shikhar is really good. According to me, there is no better opener than Shikhar Dhawan, along with Rohit Sharma, in any format – T20 and 50 overs. If he continues working on his fitness in the coming 2-3 years, I think he will be unstoppable,” he added.Irfan Pathan urges Team India to handle Hardik Pandya with careFormer Indian player Irfan Pathan, meanwhile, said Ravindra Jadeja is a quality back-up all-rounder for India and in Hardik Pandya’s absence he can do a good job.”Ravindra Jadeja’s innings have been crucial in the IPL and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. We need to keep this in mind, because Hardik Pandya is a fast-bowling all-rounder, and they tend to get injured,” Star Sports expert Pathan said.”India needs to have a back-up all-rounder who can replace Hardik and bowl to his calibre. We should get Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to play on the 6th spot and I am sure they will do the job.advertisement”Jadeja is one of the best spin all-rounders in the team whose capabilities in fielding, bowling and batting are remarkable. He is a brilliant cricketer and has proven himself multiple times.”Since the first match of the three-match T20 series got called off due to rain, both teams would aim to put in their best effort in Mohali as they know that the winner would not lose the rubber. With the stakes so high, there is, therefore, not much scope for mistakes by either of the teams.The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence following their superb show against the West Indies in their recent tour. India were absolutely ruthless against the West Indies, with only rain denying them a clean sweep of the Test, ODI and T20 series contested between the two teams.On the other hand, Quinton de Kock will be hoping to lift the morale of the Proteas, which would be rock bottom following their dismal performance in England in the World Cup.Also Read | Is BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit weighed down by rising state-based T20 leagues?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Irfan PathanFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Hike, ride, and play in L.A.’s backyard at the Santa Monica Mountains

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip This year, the National Park Service has reached an incredibly impressive milestone, celebrating one hundred years as an agency on August 25. To help the NPS ring in its centennial, The Manual has devoted a regular column to highlighting one of its spectacular parks each month. In addition to providing general information on the regions themselves, we’ll also catch up with park rangers, area advocates, and anyone who contributes to the preservation and operation of each park. Enjoy!Park name: Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area (California)Area: 156,670 acresAuthorized: November 10, 1978Average annual visitors: 598,538If you’d believe it, one of the National Park Service’s most beautiful recreation areas resides in none other than greater Los Angeles, California. That’s right, amid the sprawling metropolis fondly known as the City of Angels lies some of America’s best places to hike, camp, relax, or just plain sit in awe of its amazing beauty. Regarded as one of Earth’s purest examples of a Mediterranean climate ecosystem, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area is home to six separate National Parks within its boundaries but shares affiliation with more than twenty other parks, preserves, and beaches. Like much of California, summers around the recreation area tend to be sweltering in heat while winters offer a much cooler (and wetter) environment.Related: The National Park Service Centennial Spotlight: Everglades National ParkAside from its natural beauty, the area also boasts an incredibly significant cultural history and is home to more than 1,000 archeological sites within its boundaries. Because of this, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area is home to one of the highest quantities of archeological resources located in any mountain range anywhere on Earth. Be it pictograph sites sacred to Native American Indians or the abundant flora and fauna previously native to the area, Santa Monica Mountains is flush with culture. To get a closer look at the area, we chatted with NPS park ranger Michael Liang who shared why he loves working for the park and let us in on a few of the region’s hidden gems.What is your favorite part about working for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area?Michael Liang: Any opportunity that I have to work with the public, I absolutely love. My title (Visual Information Specialist) means I’m usually at a desk, surprisingly, but I jump at any chance I have to get outside and work directly with people. One of my favorite events we’ve done here was the Tournament of Roses and I got to help anoint 14,000 junior rangers, which was incredible. Kids really inspire me, they are the future of the National Park Service. It’s my goal to create the next generation of ambassadors and it feels great to pay it forward.Explain a typical day on the job and why it’s important to you to work there.ML: As much as I do spend some time behind a desk, every day around the park is different. Some days I’m designing publications, other days I’m hiking the trails or teaching interns, and others I might be working in L.A. Working here fulfills a desire I have to just do social good and every single day when I wake up, I’m reminded of it. I’m reminded of everyone who came before me and put on this uniform and committed to this mission-based organization. It’s something I believe in.Are there any hidden gems or unknown facts about the park you want to share?ML: Perhaps one of the biggest hidden facts about the area is that people don’t realize they can see so much of it out their living room window in Los Angeles. The whole park is so big, it extends to parts of the Hollywood Hills and even to Ventura, you can see it from all over L.A. As far as hidden gems go, there are over 500 miles of hiking trails that feature all sorts of difficulties. There are walking and biking paths, and even horse trails, so the variety is very diverse and serves a wide range of visitors. Santa Monica Mountains is also home to an array of incredible wildlife including the area favorite mountain lions. There’s a lot of local pride for the lions that roam the area and I think people appreciate the kind of access they get to the wildlife.Do you have any recommendations for first-time visitors?ML: I’d recommend visiting our website first and taking a look at the various centennial events going on this year at the different parks. It’s so easy to find a park that’s close by and I think people often think you have to travel halfway across the country just to camp or visit a park. The National Park Service’s Find Your Park movement is the perfect way to learn more about the NPS and encourages everyone to get out and enjoy their parks. All photos courtesy of the National Park Service Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar Grand Canyon Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New International Dark Sky Park Distinctionlast_img read more

Film Production Announced

first_img Quick facts: To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca. -30- Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Jan. 8. Feature film, Murmur, produced by Houseplant Films Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $47,757 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $164,682. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding.center_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIlast_img read more

Government lifts speed restrictions after spotting no whales in shipping lanes

first_imgOTTAWA — Transport Canada says it’s lifting speed restrictions for cargo ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after recent surveillance failed to detect North Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes.The agency says in a statement released Friday evening that the government’s aerial surveillance team monitored shipping lanes closely over the past month.It says its National Aerial Surveillance Program spent 240 flight hours in 44 missions scouring the waters.They say whale surveillance will continue and that speed restrictions will resume if right whales are found in shipping lanes.The interim slowdown was first implemented in April and expanded in area in June and July.Transport Canada says during the slowdown period that vessels started using routes other than shipping lanes, including zones where right whales are known to gather.“This has resulted in more marine traffic coming closer to known whale locations,” the statement says.“In order to encourage vessel traffic in areas where no North Atlantic right whales have been spotted, vessels will once again be able to maximize efficient routes to transit through the Gulf.”They say they’re prepared to adjust measures if necessary.There are about 400 right whales left on the planet and eight deaths reported in Canadian waters since early June.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Imperial Oil CEO says proposed Syncrude partner deals must make sense for

first_imgCALGARY – Negotiations on commercial deals to improve reliability at the problem-plagued Syncrude oilsands mine and upgrader need to “make sense for all parties,” the CEO of its second-largest owner said on a conference call Friday.Rich Kruger of Imperial Oil Ltd., which owns 25 per cent of the four-decades-old project in northern Alberta, said his company is co-operating in discussions to find ways to improve Syncrude performance, especially after a power outage in June shut down the 350,000-barrel-per-day project.On Thursday, Steve Williams, CEO of majority owner Suncor Energy Inc., said other partners in Syncrude don’t have a “sense of urgency or support” to negotiate a commercial deal, noting there’s a proposal to build pipelines to connect Syncrude with the nearby Suncor Base Plant to allow greater integration of production operations.Imperial is “focused like a laser” on changes to the corporate structure at Syncrude to make it more efficient, Kruger said on the call to discuss second-quarter results, without referring specifically to Williams’ remarks.He said Imperial and its American parent company, ExxonMobil, have 120 people seconded to Syncrude under their management services contract and there is already co-operation with Suncor on regional logistics and warehousing.“Now we’re looking at … are there commercial arrangements that can be constructed that can help on both sides of the fence and I think, like all commercial arrangements, they need to make sense for all parties in the deal,” he said.“And we are working on a belief there are commercial enhancements that can be achieved here at Syncrude. If it can enhance value at Syncrude, we are 100 per cent behind it.”The Syncrude upgrader has been partially repaired since the June incident but isn’t expected to return to full operation until September.The Syncrude consortium also includes subsidiaries of Chinese companies Sinopec and CNOOC. Suncor’s share in Syncrude has grown from about 12 per cent to the current 58.74 per cent over the past three years through the purchase of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. and minor stakes owned by Mitsubishi Corp. and Murphy Oil.Imperial reported a profit of $196 million or 24 cents per share in the three months ended June 30, beating the year-earlier loss of $77 million or nine cents, but falling short of analysts estimates of $495 million or 53 cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Total revenue was $9.5 billion, up about $2.5 billion from a year earlier, and ahead of estimates of $8.8 billion.The results were rated “negative” by analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital due to a material miss on cash flow linked to the higher-than-expected impact of planned maintenance.Imperial is poised to improve its performance in the second half of the year after completing its major maintenance programs, notably at its Edmonton-area Strathcona Refinery, and the disappointing performance of Syncrude in the quarter, Kruger said.The Calgary-based company will update its plans for its proposed two-phase, 150,000-barrel-per-day Aspen project, which will use solvent and steam to produce bitumen from wells, at its investor day in October or November, Kruger said.He repeated criticism of the length of time it has taken the Alberta Energy Regulator to produce a decision for the $2.5-billion-per-phase project, noting an application was first submitted in 2013 and the regulator ruled its environmental impact assessment was complete in 2016.AER spokeswoman Cassie Naas said the review period was prolonged due to changes to the application and First Nation consultation adequacy requirements, adding a hearing is expected to be called by commissioners who are reviewing application materials and statements of concern.Several different applications have been submitted at different times since December 2013 with the most recent, for Public Lands Act approvals, submitted in May 2017, she said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Catalan Police Kill Barcelona Terror Suspect Youness Abouyaaqoub

Rabat – A suspect in the recent Barcelona terror attacks, Youness Abouyaaqoub, was shot and killed by Spanish police on Monday.The suspect was killed in Los Altos de Subirat near Barcelona.The 22-year-old Moroccan born Abouyaaquob is the main suspect in the Las Ramblas attack and is believed to be a member of a 12-member cell in connection with the Barcelona attacks. Early evening on Monday, the Catalan police confirmed on their official Twitter account that they had shot a suspect wearing a belt of explosives. The police did not specify the suspect’s name, but less than an hour later they affirmed that the suspect shot in Los Altos was Abouyaaqoub.17:05 La persona sospechosa de #Subirats lleva adherido al cuerpo el que parece un cinturón de explosivos. El individuo ha sido abatido— Mossos (@mossos) 21 août 2017We confirm that the man shot down in #subirats is Younes Abouyaaqoub, author of the terrorist attack in #barcelona— Mossos (@mossos) 21 août 2017According to Spanish media, Abouyaaqoub’s location was identified with the help of the Los Atlos’ residents.The Spanish authorities conducted a search for Abouyaacoub earlier this week, thinking that he might have crossed the border between Spain and France following the terrorist attacks. read more

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash.The measure is igniting privacy concerns and has led lawmakers to question the practicality of the technology, even while acknowledging the threat of distracted driving.It would let police use a device known as the “textalyzer” that connects to a cellphone and looks for user activity.Israel-based company Cellebrite says its technology doesn’t access or store personal content. It hasn’t been tested in the field and isn’t being used by any law enforcement agencies.The future of the Nevada proposal isn’t clear. A similar measure introduced in 2017 failed in the New York Legislature, but lawmakers are considering it again.Ryan Tarinelli, The Associated Press read more

Progress being made in global fight against terrorism UN official says

19 March 2008Considerable progress has been made worldwide in the fight against terrorism, including the endorsement of important treaties and the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today. Although resolution 1373 is as relevant today as it was when it was adopted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks against the United States, “most countries in the world have now criminalized terrorism,” Mike Smith, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), told the Council in an open debate today.Since the adoption of the landmark resolution, Mr. Smith said that there have been hundreds of new ratifications of the key counter-terrorism pacts.“There has been an almost unprecedented level of international exchange of information and cooperation among relevant agencies across borders, with the purpose of disrupting planned terrorist attacks and enabling the arrest and prosecution of those engaged in terrorism,” he observed.Thus, the focus has shifted now to ensuring that nations have the capacity and expertise to implement the measures of resolution 1373, which calls for countries to enhance their ability to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.Updating the Council on CTED’s work, Mr. Smith said that the body is close to finalizing 192 Preliminary Implementation Assessments – one for every UN member – which boosts dialogue with countries on putting resolution 1373 into effect.In addition, the Directorate will shortly finish revising a worldwide survey of the resolution’s implementation, which assesses how countries in different regions and sub-regions are proceeding with the counter-terrorism efforts and identifies gaps that need to be addressed.Last December’s attack in Algiers, Algeria, which claimed the lives of 17 UN staff members, is a “sober reminder that, notwithstanding the positive efforts we have collectively made, terrorism continues to be a serious threat to us all and it continues to evolve and manifest itself in new and dangerous ways,” Mr. Smith noted at the meeting, which heard from over two dozen speakers.Established as a special political mission in 2004, the CTED assists the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in monitoring 1373’s implementation. read more

Toronto New York stock markets rise amid higher oil prices OPEC meeting

TORONTO — North American stock markets finished higher as investors seemed to shrug off news that OPEC oil ministers could not agree on a production cap during a meeting in Vienna.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 73.45 points to 14,136.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrials added 48.89 points to 17,838.56, while the broader S&P 500 gained 5.93 points to 2,105.26 and the Nasdaq rose 19.11 points to 4,971.36.Stock markets were buoyed amid strengthening oil prices that came despite OPEC’s failure to come to a consensus amid an impasse between Saudi Arabia, the group’s largest producer, and Iran, which has been ramping up production after years of sanctions.The July contract for benchmark North American crude rose 16 cents to US$49.17 a barrel, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.22 of a U.S. cent to 76.31 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, July natural gas rose two cents to US$2.40 per mmBTU, while August gold fell $2.10 to US$1,212.60 a troy ounce and July copper was unchanged at US$2.07 a pound. read more

Lankan expats urged to return to help develop the country

The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the first phase of ‘Techno City’ in Homagama. Techno City , one of the main aspects of the Urban Development Plan which is operating through a number of strategic fields was launched under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology in Mahahenawaththa, Pitipana, Homagama. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha and others were present at the occasion.The regions from Malambe to Homagama in the Western Province have been selected as the most suitable environment for the new ‘Techno City’ as those regions have been identified as very crowded areas. Accordingly the constructions of a new Techno City is to commence while dividing Malabe into three technical zones and Homagama into seven technical zones. Sri Lanka’s first class institutions in the fields of science and technology, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayawardhenapura, University of Colombo, Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and National Science Centre are to commence their projects in the technical zone. Accordingly, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is working on a proposal to grant 25 acres to each university and 10 acres to each technical institution affiliated with this task.Another 1000 acres have already identified for the future work of this project and the UDA is currently working on acquisition of those lands. Accordingly the whole project will operate within 1200 acres. Meanwhile arrangements are in place to develop a four lane road system from Makumbura to the Uduwana junction as it is important to win the future world with the Techno City. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today urged Sri Lankan expats to return and help develop the country.He said that a few expats had already returned to the country and he expects more to return in the near future. read more

Touristdependent Bahamas says its still open for business

The Bahamas was on track for a record year of tourism before Hurricane Dorian hit. Now, the outlook for that vital sector is uncertain.Some of the best-known resorts in the 700-island chain, like Atlantis, Paradise Island, were unscathed by the monster storm. So was Nassau, the largest city.But 100 miles away, on Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco islands, many smaller hotels and vacation rentals were damaged or destroyed. That leaves the Bahamas with a double challenge: convincing tourists to keep coming without trivializing the suffering on the affected islands.“All of the donations are welcome, but they can also, very much, assist us by still visiting the islands of the Bahamas in the unaffected areas. They are open for business,” said Ellison Thompson, the deputy director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.The Bahamas depend heavily on tourism, which supplies half their annual gross domestic product of $5.7 billion, according to the Bahamas Investment Authority. By comparison, tourism brings in 20% of Hawaii’s annual GDP and less than 3% of the GDP of the United States.The Ministry of Tourism confirmed on Friday that all hotels on Abaco and Grand Bahama are closed. Together, the islands have around 3,000 hotel rooms, or 19% of the 16,000 rooms in the Bahamas, according to Frank Comito, the CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. They also have hundreds of vacation homes. Airbnb lists more than 600 rentals for Grand Bahama and the Abacos islands.According to government statistics, Grand Bahama received 670,000 visitors in 2018, the vast majority arriving on cruise ships. More than 100,000 visitors flew last year into Marsh Harbour, the largest town in the Abaco islands.Comito has beachfront property in the Abaco islands but doesn’t know how it had fared. Some hotels were providing updates on Facebook. For instance, the owners of Pelican Beach Villas said their oceanfront cottages near Marsh Harbour were completely destroyed and they were evacuated to Nassau by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Firefly Resort Abaco tweeted photos of downed trees and a building with no roof and a collapsed wall.“Hurricane Dorian destroyed our paradise. We will rebuild,” the resort said in its Twitter post.There’s also some industry in the area. Grand Bahama is home to the Freeport Container Port, a deep water port for oceangoing container ships. Hong Kong-based Hutchinson Ports, which owns the facility, said its emergency team was helping with rescue efforts and trying to re-establish power at the port. Spokesman Anthony Tam said the company’s nearby cruise terminal sustained minimal damage and was expecting ships carrying humanitarian supplies as early as Monday.Those businesses could help speed the recovery. Carnival Cruise Lines said it’s still committed to a port development project in Grand Bahama announced earlier this year. Slated to be completed in 2021, the port will be the largest Carnival Cruise port in the world and is expected to create at least 1,000 jobs.Tourism to unaffected islands could also bring in much-needed cash and provide jobs to displaced hotel workers. At the start of this year, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation was reporting record tourist arrivals thanks in part to the recently completed Baha Mar luxury resort. On its home page, Baha Mar has a prominent link to donate to hurricane relief efforts.“If I were the minister of tourism, I would be strongly supporting an awareness campaign,” said Robertico Croes, who researches small island destinations at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. “What is important is that the overall perception continues to be positive.”Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis made that plea Friday.“One of the best ways that people around the world can show their support and solidarity… is to visit our other islands by air or by cruise ship,” he said.Pallab Mozumder, an environmental economist at the Florida International University, says rebuilding homes, businesses and networks of utilities in the northern Bahamas will cost between $15 billion and $25 billion. He expects it will take five years or longer to recover from the catastrophe. Hurricane Dorian’s Category 5 strength and extremely low speed — which exacerbated flooding — made the devastation worse, he said.Comito said the speed of the rebuilding effort will depend on a lot of things, including how quickly insurance claims can be processed, government incentives and the availability of building supplies and labour.After hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in 2017, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimated it would take four years for the impacted islands to get back to their previous level of tourism. But Comito said that recovery is ahead of schedule. Ninety per cent of Puerto Rico’s hotel rooms are back online, while the U.S. Virgin Islands has 70% of its previous capacity.___Durbin reported from Detroit. Gomez reported from Miami.Dee-Ann Durbin And Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press read more

Annan invites Greece Turkey and UK to meeting on Cyprus deal next

A spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan is looking to the guarantor states “for their support of his efforts so that The Hague meeting has a successful outcome and the separate simultaneous referenda go ahead on 30 March.”Last week, the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, accepted the Secretary-General’s invitation to meet on 10 March in The Hague to give their response to his proposed settlement plan.Yesterday, Mr. Annan said he was pleased with the support he received in the Security Council for his efforts to assist the parties in Cyprus reach a comprehensive settlement. He also stressed that he hoped that when the two leaders arrive at the meeting they will have undertaken all the internal consultations “and come ready to give me a definitive answer.” read more

Think of those fleeing Syria and elsewhere not with fear but with

“There are people here, some of them are returning to these ruins, who need help, immediate help. They are cold, they are hungry, they need to work to earn some money, they need the elementary things in life in this very ancient city,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, presently in Aleppo as part of his mission to Syria.Stating that despite following the crisis closely, nothing prepared him for immensity of the destruction, and the sights in the war-torn country will weigh very heavily on the conscience of the world for generations.“When you see children’s clothes hanging out of windows, kitchens cut in half by shells and rockets, the real lives of people interrupted by war as it was happening […] You drive for miles and miles you see destroyed civilian houses, destroyed schools, destroyed hospitals. Everything has been ruined,” he added.The world has to go back to solidarity, has to think again of these people – not with fear, not with suspicion, but with open arms, with an open mind, with an open heartDrawing attention to the plight of those who fled such places, he stressed: “This is what refugees from Syria, who are now denied entry [to the United States], have fled from.”“And it is not just here in Aleppo, although this is massive. Refugees from Somalia, refugees from Yemen, refugees from Iraq – they all flee from destruction like this, from devastation like this.”Appealing to the global community for accelerated and immediate for humanitarian assistance, High Commissioner Grandi said: “All the Syrian people need help. We cannot abandon them because the crisis is not over.”“How can we turn them back? How can we not consider giving them protection? At least, for the time while the conflict is continuing, this is what they are escaping from – millions of them,” he said, adding: “The world has to go back to solidarity, has to think again of these people – not with fear, not with suspicion, but with open arms, with an open mind, with an open heart.” VIDEO: Visiting the Syrian city of Aleppo, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi called for solidarity with Syrians “with open arms, with an open mind, with an open heart. Credit: UN News read more

Radioactivité les navires japonais contrôlés en Europe

first_imgRadioactivité : les navires japonais contrôlés en EuropeLes ports européens ont rehaussé les niveaux d’alerte lors des contrôles de radioactivité. Ces mesures, mises en place suite à l’accident de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, au Japon, viennent compléter les premiers contrôles effectués au départ de l’archipel.   Suite à l’accident de la centrale nucléaire japonaise de Fukushima, la chasse aux microSievert est lancée. Habituellement, 0,1 microSievert par heure est le niveau naturel de radiation, et de nouveaux contrôles vont être effectués sur les navires qui viennent du Japon pour s’assurer qu’ils ne dépassent pas un seuil de 0,3 microSievert par heure. C’est ce qu’a annoncé le commissaire européen à l’Energie Gunther Oettinger.  À lire aussiLa mise à l’eau d’un navire-cimentier entraîne une gigantesque vagueCes mesures de sécurité constituent ainsi un second maillage après les premiers contrôles effectués sur les navires au départ du Japon. Le commissaire explique dans un communiqué : “Nous voulons écarter tout risque, même le plus petit, pour les personnes qui travaillent dans les ports”. Ces contrôles renforcés ont été mis en place alors que plusieurs navires japonais s’apprêtent à accoster dans les différents ports européens. En effet, il faut compter un mois pour rejoindre l’Europe par voie maritime depuis le Japon.   L’AFP explique que la contamination radioactive se fait au niveau de la coque des navires et au niveau de leurs infrastructures externes. Si le taux autorisé est dépassé, les appareils de contrôle donnent l’alarme et le bateau doit être nettoyé et les ouvriers protégés. Le pays où le navire accoste doit alors avertir la Commission européenne ainsi que le reste des Etats membres si un taux de radioactivité anormal est détecté. Le premier bateau parti peu après l’accident et ayant accosté aux Pays-Bas, à Rotterdam, ne présentait pas, lui, de signes de contamination radioactive.Le 18 avril 2011 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark instructor receives tech grant

first_imgClark College computer technology instructor Bruce Elgort received grants to add accessibility principles into his computer science curriculum.Elgort received $5,000 between national organizations Teach Access and the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, and a matching $5,000 from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He will use the money to expand teaching universal design principles — design meant to improve accessibility for people with disabilities — in his class.Elgort was one of 13 faculty members across the nation to receive the grant and the only community college instructor in the group.last_img

Arkansas Legislature Endorses Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

first_imgArkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $87 million bond issue to allow Lockheed Martin to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps at its facility in Camden.The Maryland-based defense contractor would only receive the incentive package if it wins a DOD contract, which is expected to be awarded this summer. The company is competing against Indiana-based AM General and Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. The joint light tactical vehicle would replace the Humvee made by AM General.With the incentive package, Lockheed has said it would create 589 jobs and retain 556 at its plant in southern Arkansas.“It’s the best of the Legislature in action. They acted quickly and strongly,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said, reported the Star Tribune. “I think it sends a good message to the federal government that the state of Arkansas is really a good partner with Lockheed Martin.”Arkansas’ incentive package would provide a $16.3 million net benefit to the state over a 25-year period after the bonds and interest are paid off, a consultant hired by the Legislature concluded. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Kodiak fisherman launches new project canning labellined trash cans

first_imgThe next time you walk into a Kodiak business, you may notice a flailing salmon out of the corner of your eye. That’s one image that now decorates trashcans around town. It’s part of fisherman Bruce Schactler’s plan to turn historic canning labels into beautiful garbage cans – a project which he launched after he noticed the same trend in Oregon.Trash can with Watchman label. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Schactler)The trashcans feature images of historic Alaska canning labels, including one by the “Watchman” brand of a night watchman holding up his lamp. Schactler is enthusiastic about the history of canning labels.“Lord knows how they came up with the Walrus brand or the Horseshoe brand or the Moose Head,” said Schactler. “What really is clear is back in the day, in the late 1800s, early 1900s, it was really important how cool a label you had as to who would sell the most seafood.”Schactler says all the garbage cans feature salmon labels in particular, and that includes chum and pink salmon, but mostly sockeye salmon.“And the reason most of those old labels were red salmon is just because that’s where the market was at the time,” Schactler said. “In fact, I think there’s an old saying that came into being when they started really getting into the canned pink salmon – there was a marketing slogan that was used that was ‘Guaranteed not to turn red in the can.’”And there’s one person who houses all these different labels – literally in her house. Schactler says his source is Petersburg-based Karen Hofstad.“She’s the label queen of the world,” said Schactler. “She has more duplicate labels that she can just give away than probably anybody has in their entire label collection, so she went through and gave me a big selection of labels to consider, and once we had those considered, we picked out the ones we want, and she was nice enough to have high resolution copies made.”He says in the process, people in Petersburg got involved in the order and purchased about a dozen garbage cans themselves. Shactler says he also worked with various partners around town, including the City of Kodiak, which helped fund the project through the Downtown Kodiak Revitalization Special Committee. Both the city and individual businesses purchased garbage cans, and they’ve taken advantage of the few days of nice weather to set them outside.And now that the first part of the project is complete, Schactler has phase two in mind.“We’d like to put up some large signs, maybe three of ‘em, for example, that would have all these labels on them, but it would have a little write-up so that you could come see and say ‘I like that, oh yeah,’ you could look up there and find the label that you liked on that particular can that was over in front of the coffee shop or up at the hotel,” Schactller said.He says phase two could include a map of canneries historically located on the island with information on each one.last_img read more

Rishika Kaushal a new girl in tinsel town

first_imgRishika KaushalPR HandoutModel Rishika Kaushal, whose bold avatar gives some serious style goals, is a singer, model and blogger by profession. The Arts graduate’s love for fashion has helped her evolved as one of the renowned bloggers. She’s been an eye-candy on social media since 2015 and has been awarded as the Best Blogger in Mumbai and Maharastra, since then is no looking back. She has collaborated with brands like Zebronics, Shein Cupshe and many more.Her hobby is singing, which she is currently pursuing as her career and is doing great in it. Being a shopaholic, she has great taste in the attire she wears. The former is also a fitness enthusiast, and never skips exercising no matter what, which truly reflects in her body.Rishika Kaushal is very popular on YouTube and the music video of her cover song Soch has received fantastic response with its views count reaching 271,290 views. It has also received many likes and comments. Here are some of them:Rakshit bargotra: Looks stunning, location amazing and your voice ❤️❤️ keep it up and god bless you….. And yaeh what a level of fitness you have Navdeep thakur: My favourite song. new version with great concept will totally changed the views of pollywoood industry. Good luck Rishika i m with u & ur biggest Fan Farhan Ralia: Hey Rishika kaushal!You have such an amaging voice.Keep singing nd give us more song as fast as possible.You Look stunning nd beautifull in Whole Video.Best wishes To You.Keep Going..last_img read more

UN calls for calm after shots fired in Rohingya camp

first_imgThe UN has called for calm after several Rohingya Muslims were shot and wounded in a Rakhine state camp, in a raid linked to the failed escape of more than 100 of the stateless minority from the grim settlements.Some 120,000 Rohingyas have languished in displacement camps near Rakhine’s capital, Sittwe, since riots in 2012.Their movement, access to healthcare, work and education is severely restricted in conditions decried as amounting to apartheid by Amnesty International.Rohingya refugees who fled a military crackdown to Bangladesh refuse to return to Rakhine without equal rights, citizenship and safety – fearing similar long-term confinement if they do.Villagers told AFP that four Rohingya were shot and wounded as Myanmar police entered the Ah Nauk Ye camp in central Rakhine state’s Pauktaw township Sunday morning.In an emailed statement Knut Ostby, head of the UN office in Myanmar, called for “calm, non-violence and restraint” in an area which can be accessed only with official permission — but is believed to suffer from some of the worst conditions in the displacement camps.One witness said that officers were trying to arrest two Rohingya suspected of links with a boat carrying 106 Rohingya that was found last week off the coast of Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon.The discovery fuelled speculation of a fresh exodus of Rohingya by boat.The group, who told reporters they were trying to reach Malaysia, were taken back to Rakhine on Sunday by Myanmar’s navy.Noor Hakim, an Ah Nauk Ye resident, told AFP that the trouble started on Sunday soon after 20 police arrived and crowds gathered.”I am not sure where the police shot but four people got injured and among them, one seriously,” he said.He added that one of the wounded was sent to Sittwe hospital.Another man told AFP his son was hit on the left thigh.Police in Sittwe declined to comment.More than 4,000 people live in Ah Nauk Ye.The NGO Solidarites International described it last year as a “natural environment unsuitable to human settlement”, citing water shortages, hostile host communities, lack of proper shelter and toilets.For years Rohingya have fled persecution in Myanmar by boat, usually starting around this time of year when the monsoon season ends.But a crackdown on sea trafficking in 2015 closed the route.The 720,000 Rohingya living in crowded camps in Bangladesh were last week supposed to begin the complex and controversial process of returning to Myanmar.But they did not leave Bangladesh after an outcry that conditions in northern Rakhine were still dangerous.The UN says Myanmar’s generals should be prosecuted for genocide in connection with the army campaign that expelled the Rohingya.Myanmar has denied almost all claims of abuse and says it was defending itself against Rohingya militants who attacked police posts.last_img read more

Comcast Adding Tubi Free Movie TV Show VOD Streaming Service to X1

first_imgSan Francisco-based Tubi has about 110 full-time employees, expanding about threefold over the past year, according to Massoudi. The company announced $20 million in funding in May 2017. Massoudi said it’s close to being profitable and is “very comfortable” financially: “We are exceeding our financial milestones.”The company was originally founded in 2010 as AdRise, a digital ad-tech platform provider, and launched Tubi TV in 2014. It officially changed its name to Tubi Inc. and now focuses solely on the AVOD space. Comcast is bringing Tubi’s free, ad-supported service with almost 10,000 movies and TV show titles to its Xfinity X1 customers nationwide.Starting Friday (Nov. 15), X1 customers will begin to have access to the Tubi app directly from the X1 set-top box, with a full U.S. rollout over the next few weeks. Tubi becomes the third over-the-top streaming video app on X1, joining Netflix and YouTube. Comcast has announced that it plans to add Amazon Prime Video to X1 by the end of 2018.“It’s a huge deal. What we get is making Tubi accessible to many millions of households,” said Farhad Massoudi, founder and CEO of Tubi.Tubi is the first ad-supported video streaming service on X1. Massoudi is betting that the free content lineup will appeal to Comcast cable TV customers, complementing the likes of Netflix: “There’s subscription fatigue about getting one more paid video-on-demand service,” he said. Popular on Variety Tubi has 200 content-licensing partners, including MGM, Lionsgate and Starz, and Paramount.The most popular movies on Tubi include “Titanic,” “Conan the Barbarian” (2011), “The Drop,” “Child’s Play,” “Machete,” “Punisher: War Zone,” “Soul Plane,” “The Eye,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Victor Frankenstein,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Zookeeper,” “Platoon,” “After the Sunset,” “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” and “Man of the House.”TV comedies on Tubi include “Dead Like Me,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Green Acres,” “The Addams Family,” and “Alf.” Reality TV shows available on the service include “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Duck Dynasty,” “My Crazy Ex,” and “Hell’s Kitchen.”According to Comcast, X1 is now deployed to about two-thirds of its residential video customers, which numbered 20.98 million as of the end of September 2018.With the addition of Tubi on X1, customers can search and access the entire Tubi library by saying “Tubi” into the X1 voice remote or by finding it in the X1 apps section. Eventually X1 customers will be able to browse and search the entire Tubi programming library within Xfinity On Demand.Neither Comcast nor Tubi are disclosing commercial terms of the deal. Tubi doesn’t share stats on its current audience base or viewing, but he said minutes streamed on the platform have increased 20-fold since 2016. Competitors in the ad-supported VOD space include Sony Crackle and Walmart’s Vudu, which offers free titles in addition to rentals and sales.Tubi’s service runs about 4-6 minutes of commercials per hour of programming, which is at least half the typical ad load of linear cable networks, according to Massoudi. (Tubi doesn’t let users skip through ads.) The company uses a programmatic-advertising engine to serve ads, which are sold by a direct sales team as well as by third-party ad networks including those operated by Adobe, SpotX, the Trade Desk, and Facebook. Tubi also works with Comcast’s FreeWheel video-ad unit.The content available through Tubi on Comcast Xfinity X1 is the same programming available in its other channels in the U.S. and Canada. Tubi is available for free on Android and iOS mobile devices; on the web; and on connected-TV devices including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Samsung and Amazon Fire TV. ×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