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PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal advance at Hong Kong Open

first_imgIndians enjoyed a good outing at the ongoing Hong Kong Open badminton tournament with P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram and Sameer Verma winning their respective singles matches in Hong Kong on Thursday.In the women’s singles, Sindhu defeated Hsu Ya Ching of Taiwan 21-10, 21-14 in 36 minutes while Saina faced a much more difficult task against Sayaka Sato of Japan before prevailing 21-18, 9-21, 21-16 in 51 minutes.In the men’s singles, Jayaram beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-18, 21-19 while Verma won 19-21, 21-15, 21-11 over Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in 53 minutes.However, H.S. Prannoy crashed out of the men’s singles competition after going down fighting to Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia here on Thursday.Prannoy started off on a promising note at the Hong Kong Coliseum before going down 21-15, 11-21, 15-21 over 58 minutes in the second round encounter.Sindhu, who had won the China Open a few days ago, was off to a poor start with Ching taking an early 4-1 lead. But the Olympic bronze medallist soon recovered to level the scores before winning five consecutive points to lead 9-5.The Hyderabad shuttler continued to push home her dominance, building on the advantage with another five-point streak before clinching the first game with four back to back points.The Taiwan shuttler produced more of a fight in the second game, going neck and neck with Sindhu till 12-12 before the Indian opened up a three-point lead at 15-12. (Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory)advertisementAlthough Ching tried to stage a comeback, Sindhu went on another rampaging run of five points to clinch the game and the match.Saina faced a strong challenge from Sato, with the duo fighting it out till 12-12 in the opening game. But the London Olympics bronze medallist dominated the game from thereon, taking a 17-12 lead and maintained the advantage till the end.The Japanese came back strongly in the second game, opening up a 7-1 lead early on. With Saina struggling to score, Sato increased her lead steadily before winning the game to level the scores.The third game was a closely contested affair with both shuttlers fighting hard for the points.Saina took a 7-1 lead in the early stages but Sato did well to pull level at 8-8. The lead changed hands at regular intervals but Saina managed a three-point lead 18-15 before clinching the issue.The day had however, started on a disappointing note for the Indian contingent with Prannoy going down to Chong.Prannoy wrested the advantage early in the first game, opening up a 9-7 lead. Chong fought back to restore parity before the Indian won four consecutive points to lead at 13-9.Prannoy never looked back from there and another four-point streak enabled him to force game point at 20-14.Although his opponent managed to hold off one game point, Prannoy did not have to wait long, taking the very next point to win the opening game.The second game was a hard fought affair in the early stages before the Hong Kong shuttler won five back to back points to open up a formidable 14-7 lead.Another streak, this time of four points, saw him increase the advantage to 18-9. Although Prannoy won a couple of points more, it was not enough to stop Chong from taking the game and restoring parity.Chong stamped his authority right at the start of the third and decisive set by taking a 6-0 lead. (Saina, Sindhu in Hong Kong Open second round)Not to be outdone, Prannoy fought back to level the scores at 8-8.The game was a tense, neck and neck affair till 14-14, when Chong won four consecutive points to lead 18-14. He never looked back from there, going on to win the game and the match.last_img read more

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Honor Friendship Days sale: Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999, discounts on Honor Play, Honor 10 Lite and more

first_imgHonor Friendship Days sale: Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999, discounts on Honor Play, Honor 10 Lite and moreDuring the Honor Friendship Days sale, some popular Honor smartphones like the Honor View 20 and Honor Play will be available at their lowest prices ever.advertisement Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 10:20 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor Friendship Days sale is live on Amazon until July 29, 2019.The Honor View 20 is available with a starting price of Rs 25,999.Honor Play with a Kirin 970 chip is also available starting at Rs 12,999.Honor Friendship Days sale is now live on Amazon India. The sale, which started on July 25 and will continue until July 29, 2019. During the sale, some popular Honor smartphones will be available with some exciting discounts and offers. The View 20, for example, will be available with a discount of Rs 17,000, making the flagship more attractive than ever before. The Honor 10 Lite and Honor Play are among those Honor phones that will also be on offer.We wrote a dedicated piece on why this is probably the best time to buy the Honor View 20. The flagship phone was launched in India in January starting at Rs 37,999. It is now being sold during the Honor Friendship Days sale starting at Rs 25,999 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the 8GB + 256GB Honor View 20, which was initially priced at Rs 45,999, is also selling at a discounted price of Rs 31,999.The View 20 was the first flagship smartphone from Honor this year following which the company launched the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. The View 20 is similar to the Honor 20 in that it also sports a punch-hole display and rocks a flagship Kirin 980 chipset. The View 20 is easily one of the fastest phones launched this year and comes with a terrific battery life paired with 40W fast charging support. It is also the first smartphone to launch with a 48MP dual camera setup.During the Honor Friendship Days sale, the Honor Play will also be on discount. The 4GB + 64GB storage variant that is typically priced at Rs 19,999 is now available for Rs 12,999, which makes it one of the most affordable smartphones running Huawei’s 2018 flagship Kirin 970 chipset. The 6GB + 64GB variant of the Honor Play is also available at Rs 14,999, down from Rs 23,999.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite, which was launched at Rs 12,999, is currently up for grabs for Rs 9,999 fir the 3GB RAM model. The 4GB RAM Honor 10 Lite, on the other hand, is being sold at Rs 11,999, down from Rs 13,999. The Honor 8X and Honor 8C also see discounts up to Rs 3,000 during the Honor Friendship Days sale on Amazon India.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999 on Amazon makes it a flagship worth buyingGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathylast_img read more

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Wrong foot on the pedal

first_imgIt is remarkable and unfortunately totally under-appreciated that some of the strongest conservation provisions currently in the Indian Constitution are in social welfare legislation, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) or to give its official title, The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. I specifically refer to ‘Critical Wildlife Habitat’ or CWH, which is defined in Section 2(b) of the Act quoted below: Also Read – A special kind of bond”Critical wildlife habitat means such areas of National Parks and Sanctuaries where it has been specifically and clearly established, case by case, on the basis of scientific and objective criteria, that such areas are required to be kept as inviolate for the purposes of wildlife conservation as may be determined and notified by the Central Government in the Ministry of Environment and Forests after open process of consultation by an Expert Committee, which includes experts from the locality appointed by that Government wherein a representative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs shall also be included, in determining such areas according to the procedural requirements arising from sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 4.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Act then lays out in Section 4(2), the approach to be adopted which requires forest rights to be first recognised and vested in all eligible claimants in all forests, including all categories of Protected Areas (PAs). There is an objective demonstration that the presence of forest dwellers and their activities would cause irreversible damage and threaten the target species and options including co-existence have been explored and found to be impractical. Then the process for either modification of the granted rights and/or relocation and resettlement of the forest dwellers is described which requires the free and informed consent of the Gram Sabhas to the proposed resettlement. What I consider the strongest conservation provision is at the end of Section 4(2), which states that CWH once established ‘cannot be subsequently diverted for any other use by any entity’. Compare this with what is seen as the strongest provision in conservation legislation, the establishment of Tiger Reserves under the Wild Life Protection Act (WLPA). The WLPA’s Section 38W(2) states and I quote, “No state government shall de-notify a tiger reserve, except in public interest, with the approval of the Tiger Conservation Authority and the National Board for Wild Life.” To me, the contrast is stark. Once a CWH is established by following due process, it cannot be diverted for any other use while even a Tiger Reserve can be de-notified in public interest and we are all aware of how public interest is defined in practice. Given the legal strength of CWH, it would only be normal for us to expect that by now, numerous CWHs would have been established, as more than ten years have passed since the FRA became the law of the land. It is tragic that till date, not a single CWH has been established. Instead, ill-informed, motivated, baseless and scare-mongering criticisms painting doomsday scenarios have been unleashed on FRA as a whole including legal challenges. Therein hangs a tale! A mess created FRA gives the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) the lead role in preparing the guidelines for establishing CWHs. The MoEFCC has failed miserably in delivering on this mandate. In fact, the MoEF&CC and especially the National Tiger Conservation Authority have repeatedly and erroneously stated that the FRA does not apply within PAs, especially in Tiger Reserves, touting the Critical Tiger Habitat provision in the WLPA as overriding the CWH. This is completely in contradiction to the provisions enshrined in both, WLPA and FRA, which unambiguously state that, to begin with, rights have to be recognised and vested with all eligible claimants across all forest lands without any exception. Other actions can only follow the establishment and vesting of rights. The MoEF&CC issued the first set of CWH guidelines in October 2007, even before FRA became the law of the land! These guidelines were both, bad in intent and law and also very impractical. For example, it recommended the use of Species Area Curves to identify CWHs. These guidelines were widely criticised and opposed. The MoEF&CC then undertook some consultations and issued a revised draft of CWH guidelines in February 2011. This outlined a more practical approach, which was not very prescriptive. It also very clearly states that CWHs need not be entire PAs which they weren’t meant to be. Let us not forget that in India, nature and wildlife are not restricted to PAs and in fact, significant populations of many endangered species either live exclusively outside PAs or are very dependent on habitats outside PAs to survive and thrive. It is the overall attitude of local communities which includes aspects of co-existence, acceptance, reverence, tolerance and often active conservation to varying degrees that has enabled India to do such a good job of conservation despite the huge challenges it faces as a nation. The extensive network of community-managed forests and other habitats, as well as the community conserved areas in India, are a testament to the conservation ethos and contributions of local communities. In fact, the recognition of Community Forest Rights both inside and outside PAs will create a continuum of conservation efforts rooted in the local community and strengthen community conservation initiatives. For reasons which are not very clear, the 2011 guidelines were never finalised. In January 2018, in what can only be described as a somewhat secretive manner, MoEF&CC issued the next set of CWH guidelines to all the state governments without even consulting the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the nodal ministry for FRA, forget giving an opportunity for a public review and debate. The cover letter from the Deputy Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife) asks the state governments to take further action, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the FRA. The 2018 guidelines differ significantly from the process described in the FRA which is the core legislation for which these are only guidelines and hence have to be totally consistent with the law. These guidelines undermine the role of the Gram Sabha. The FRA asks for consultations with each Gram Sabha and their consent while these guidelines talk about public hearings in some close-by location. These also do not specify as to what would happen to the opinions expressed in these public hearings. The 2018 guidelines need to be withdrawn and revised as they are inconsistent and conflicting with the FRA. In the meantime, it should be made explicitly clear that CWH should not become co-terminus with “relocation”. In fact, developing co-existence strategies based on Section 5 and Rule 4(1) e & f of FRA should be an important and integral part of the identification and governance of CWH. The plans thus prepared by the Gram Sabhas after such consultations would reflect any modifications of the rights, regulations, and no go zones, if any. The whole concept of inviolate is a bit of a myth especially in times when the effects of Climate Change are all-pervasive. It is very unfortunate that Central and state government agencies have continued to relocate forest dwellers without vesting them with rights as mandated by FRA especially from PAs. This is completely unacceptable and has to stop forthwith. What becomes clear from this more than a decade-long history is that the MoEF&CC hasn’t quite understood and accepted the FRA and the role envisaged for it nor has it shown the required openness and urgency to formulate plans for establishing CWHs which are consistent with the provisions of the FRA. This, in many ways, is a tremendous loss of an opportunity for the MoEF&CC to redefine itself which will make it more relevant and effective especially in the context of more inclusive, participatory, democratic and just approaches and models of conservation. (Ravi Chellam is a wildlife expert and an authority on Gir lions. He is the CEO of Metastring Foundation, Bengaluru. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Cop who arrested accused in van attack doesnt want to be hailed

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who has earned international acclaim for the peaceful arrest of a man accused in a deadly van attack does not want to be hailed as a hero.Deputy police chief Peter Yuen said the officer, Const. Ken Lam, feels there are many first responders and members of the public who should be praised for their actions in the moments after a van mounted a sidewalk, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring 14.“He wants to make sure that everyone understands he was not a hero, he was merely doing a job,” Yuen told a news conference on Wednesday.Lam, who has been on the force for seven years, clearly exhibited and understood police training when he arrested 25-year-old Alek Minassian, the alleged driver of the van, the deputy chief added.“That could have turned into a very tragic situation for more people — for the accused’s family and for officer Lam’s family, if (Lam) had opened fire,” he said.Video footage of the interaction shows Lam talking to Minassian, who can be heard shouting, “Shoot me,” and “I have a gun in my pocket.”“I don’t care, get down or you’ll get shot,” Lam is heard shouting back.Lam, 42, is in “good spirits” and has been off duty since the incident, taking time to recuperate, Yuen said.“Any time an officer goes through a traumatic experience … it is mandatory for the Toronto police service to have a debriefing and an aftercare program,” Yeun said.The aftercare program will include a visit with a psychologist, he said.“When you go through traumatic experiences there’s a cycle that you go through and … some people can rationalize this and digest this in three days, some it’s three months, some will be a lifetime. For officer Lam it will be day by day,” he added.Yuen said he has been in “constant contact” with Lam since the arrest, even waking him up by text the last two mornings to ask how he is doing.The deputy chief said he met Lam about five years ago through an internal support network for police officers of East Asian heritage.Lam, who worked for several years as an engineer before becoming a police officer in his mid-30s, has made a name for himself among colleagues by spearheading charity campaigns or raising money for fellow officers in times of need, Yuen said.“Anything that’s required, he’s there,” Yuen said. “You don’t even have to ask, he just happens to have a nose for (charity), he’ll show up and say, ‘I’ll help you.”‘Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said 13 people were injured in the Toronto van attack.last_img read more

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First Ever Chosen Artist and Song Revealed During Tonights World Premiere of

first_img Twitter “Launching Logan and “The Lucky Ones” tonight reinforces the premise of this show: it all starts with a great song,” said Borchetta. “busbee delivered a song with amazing potential. Pairing that great song with the right artist creates a perfect storm – and Logan’s haunting, powerful voice and sheer talent bring this song to life so beautifully. We are proud to launch this song right now!”This week’s episode of THE LAUNCH featured (in alphabetical order) Edmonton-born folk artist Havelin; indie-pop artist Julia Tomlinson from King City, Ont.; Toronto-based, five-member pop music act The Revel Boys;  quintuple-threat singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model Vivian Hicks; and the newly launched artist himself – Logan Staats.Following a nail-biting audition process before the celebrity mentors, Logan and Vivian emerged as the two breakthrough artists chosen to perform and make the original song “The Lucky Ones” their own.After a nerve-wracking 48 hours in studio rehearsals, recordings, and working closely with the episode’s celebrity mentors, Logan and Vivian took the stage in front of a live studio audience to perform their unique interpretations of “The Lucky Ones”.Both aspiring artists dazzled the mentors with spectacular performances, but after intense deliberations, Logan was ultimately chosen for the opportunity of a lifetime – to have his soulful version of the song “The Lucky Ones” launched across Canada and to the world via THE LAUNCH‘s expansive slate of top music partners.Additionally, Bell Media is poised to throw the full weight of its marketing, promotional, and publicity support behind Logan and his song across its national footprint of broadcast and digital entertainment properties.“The Lucky Ones” is written and produced by busbee in association with Bleta Rexha, Maureen “MoZella” McDonald, Justin Franks, and Casper & B. Label: Big Machine Canada and Universal Music Canada. Executive Producers are Scott Borchetta and Randy Lennox.Born in Ohsweken on the Six Nations Of The Grand River reserve and raised in the town of Brantford, Ont., Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens and would later go on to become an accomplished award-winning artist. His haunting and distinct voice has provided opportunities to share the stage with acts such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, Mumford and Sons, and more. A product of passion, compulsion, and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs are truly his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out venues in his hometown and beyond. His performances are animated by a level of self-possession, sadness, and joy created by an aura of inevitability. Logan is hell bent on raising the bar for Indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Logan is well on his way to further accomplishing greatness. To learn more about Logan, visit CTV.ca/Logan-Staats.THE LAUNCH: DIRECTOR’S CUT, an extended version of tonight’s THE LAUNCH episode, is available now on CraveTV, featuring extended auditions from THE LAUNCH Episode 1 artists Havelin, Julia Tomlinson, Logan Staats, The Revel Boys, and Vivian Hicks. The special edition also features comprehensive mentor reactions, feedback, and never-before-seen moments from THE LAUNCH that take the viewer deeper into the once in a lifetime opportunity for each of the artists.Encores of tonight’s episode are available on CTV.ca and CTV GO for on demand.Viewers can catch live interviews featuring Logan Staats tomorrow (Jan. 11) on CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), YOUR MORNING (weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL(weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), and ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET). As well, live interviews with Logan will be featured on Bell Media Radio stations across the country.On the next episode of THE LAUNCH, “Ain’t Easy” (Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK), emerging artists Basil Phoenix, Divine Lightbody, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, JP Maurice, and LITEYEARS audition in front of celebrity mentors OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Grammy® Award-winner, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and Scott Borchetta for the once in a lifetime opportunity to record a new original song that will be released next week.THE LAUNCH airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO.Fans are also invited to visit CTV.ca/TheLaunch throughout the season for exclusive, expansive digital content featuring THE LAUNCH celebrity mentors and the 30 artists selected to participate in the series’ inaugural season. Digital content includes comprehensive Q&As with all artists taking part in THE LAUNCH, now available on the site’s video portal. Refreshed Q&A materials featuring each episode’s respective artists will be released weekly leading up to each subsequent episode. In addition, CTV.ca is the destination for blogs highlighting Season 1 mentors’ greatest achievements, with new blog entries to surface throughout the season and beyond. Following each episode, CTV.ca will release videos featuring extended musical performances, in-studio demos and “first-listens”, unique moments between artists and their mentors, and a variety of other exclusive digital content.Bio pages showcasing all of the artists are available on CTV.ca’s dedicated artist pages at CTV.ca/TheLaunch.Debuting a new and unique format documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, five unsigned emerging artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode each week.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Contending for the opportunity of a lifetime – to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/ producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-altering prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Coxare Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@LoganStaats@alessiacara@BoyGeorge@Fergie@iek@JenniferNettles@imjmichaels@NikkiSixx@RyanTedder@scottborchetta@ShaniaTwain@stephanmoccio@BellMediaPR@bigmachine@CTV_PR @CTV_Television@insightprod@TheLaunchCTV@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:alessiacaraboygeorgeofficialfergieJenniferNettlesMusicjuliamichaelsofficialnikkisixxofficialRyanTedder1RShaniaTwainStephanMoccioCTVTheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@logan_staats@alessiasmusic@boygeorgeofficial@busbee@cloudology@fergie@jennifernettles@imjmichaels@nikkisixxpixx@ryantedder@shaniatwain@stephanmoccio@TheLaunchCTV@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@iHeartRadioCAWebsite:www.CTV.ca/TheLaunchAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2018 – One song can change everything! History was made tonight on the worldwide series premiere of CTV’s THE LAUNCH as folk/blues/soul artist Logan Staats from Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario became the first-ever artist chosen to record a new, original single. “The Lucky Ones” was released across the country immediately following tonight’s broadcast – and is launching immediately on radio stations across the country. The single is also available to buy and stream everywhere, including iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.Unanimously mesmerized and moved by Staats’ staggering, soulful talent, mentors Shania Twain, producer/songwriter busbee, and music mogul Scott Borchetta ultimately chose to launch Staats’ music career with his poignant and poetic rendition of “The Lucky Ones” on THE LAUNCH.“To work with these incredibly gifted mentors and to learn from them is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for which I’m so incredibly grateful,” said Logan Staats. “To be given the amazing chance to breathe life into the beautiful words and melody that is “The Lucky Ones” is an unbelievable honour that just feels so right and so natural. Tonight – I’m the lucky one!” Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Logan Staats Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Canada France promise to double down on climatechange fight amid US inaction

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, long billed as kindred political spirits, agreed Monday to a fresh, fortified attack on climate change — hoping to keep a shared priority at the forefront of the global agenda despite Donald Trump’s decision to quit the battlefield.Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was on hand to sign the new France-Canada partnership on climate and environment in a ceremony at the French presidential palace during the first day of Trudeau’s official visit to Paris.“France and Canada today pledge to redouble their efforts and increase their co-operation,” Trudeau said in French during a news conference with Macron following the ceremony.“This initiative will encourage and accelerate the achievement of the Paris Agreement targets through concrete measures to make this agreement in principle a reality.”The partnership comes as Macron has taken it upon himself to personally champion the Paris deal since Trump made good on his threat to withdraw from the climate accord last year.The France-Canada partnership, which includes pushing for a global price on carbon and reductions to transport-related emissions, also falls squarely in line with Trudeau’s government priorities for the G7 in Quebec this June.And with France having the G7 presidency in 2019, senior Canadian officials said, the hope is that the exclusive group of nations will continue working toward the goals laid out by the Paris Agreement, with the international community following their lead.What remains unclear is how Trump will respond to any perceived attempt to force him into a stronger position on climate change, though the officials insist no one is trying to back the U.S. president into a corner.Interestingly, the government is also hoping the partnership will convince the French that Canada is indeed serious about fighting climate change — and that ratification of the new Canada-EU free trade deal will eventually follow.There have been concerns in France that investor-protection clauses within the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement — or CETA, as the Canada-EU deal is known — would lead to weakened environmental rules.At one point during Monday’s news conference, Trudeau found himself defending the trade deal, noting there aren’t many other countries that are better suited to a free trade deal with Europe than Canada.“Whether its environmental protection or freedom of expression or other things, Canada and France are well aligned. Canada and Europe are well aligned,” the prime minister said in French.“And CETA is a progressive trade agreement that truly reflects those protected values and represents a new standard for all future trade agreements.”Trudeau and Macron also marked the establishment of a new cultural agreement, this one signed by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, that included promoting the French language in “the digital space” and affirming the two countries’ support for net neutrality.While climate and trade were at the top of the agenda for Trudeau’s meeting with Macron, also top of mind was the West African nation of Mali, where France is leading a counter-terror mission and Canada is sending peacekeepers.On Sunday, Islamic militants there launched a brazen — and troublingly sophisticated — attack, disguising themselves as peacekeepers and then setting off several car bombs and attacking with rockets.The attack, near the northern city of Timbuktu, killed one UN peacekeeper and wounded at least a dozen soldiers, some of whom were from France.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was thanked twice on Monday for agreeing to send Canadian peacekeepers to Mali, first by the head of the Francophonie, former Canadian governor general Michaelle Jean, and then by Macron.“Canada made the decision to participate in Minusma with the addition of helicopters and support personnel,” Macron said, using the official name for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.“And as you know today we are very, very connected to Minusma and I think this is a very important gesture that has been made by Canada, and we very much appreciate it.”Canada is sending six military helicopters to Mali later this year; they will be based at the UN base in Gao, rather than Timbuktu.Trudeau wraps up his visit to France on Tuesday by becoming the first Canadian prime minister to address the French National Assembly, after which he’ll fly to London to meet British counterpart Theresa May and the Queen.The prime minister will then attend a meeting of Commonwealth leaders on Thursday before returning to Canada, stopping to Halifax to attend the Liberal party convention.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Part of the solution Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is seeking expressions of interest in building a new refinery.Notley says a new refinery makes sense for Alberta where oil is being sold at bargain basement prices due to a glut and lack of pipeline capacity to get it to market.While the rest of the world sells its oil at about $50 per barrel, Notley has said Alberta fetches only $10.She says the successful refinery proposal will create jobs and will include consultation with the Indigenous community.Notley says any proposal must also show a strong return on investment for Alberta.Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 8.“We’ll be careful, we’ll be cautious, we’ll make sure it makes good business sense,” Notley said Tuesday. “New and more refining capacity is part of the solution. I’ll be excited to hear what companies have in mind.”Notley has already ordered a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 per cent of output to reduce the glut forcing the steep discounts. The cuts are scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2019.Alberta is also planning on buying as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets and address the pipeline bottleneck.The Trans Mountain expansion project, which would triple capacity to the B.C. coast, is in legal limbo despite being approved two years ago as Ottawa revisits the impacts on First Nations and B.C.’s marine environment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Liz Weston How debt solutions could dig you in deeper

Americans are slipping ever deeper into hock. To cope, many people turn to debt consolidation loans, cash-out mortgage refinancing and retirement plan loans that promise relief but could leave them worse off.Paying off high-rate debt such as credit cards with lower-rate loans may seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, many of these loans have hidden costs and drawbacks. And consolidation by itself can’t fix the problems that led to the debt in the first place. In fact, such loans can make matters worse if borrowers feel freed up to spend more.“Consolidating debt seems to create the psychological effect of making you feel like you’ve zeroed it out,” says Moira Somers, financial psychologist and author of “Advice That Sticks.” “Then (borrowers) just start spending up again, until there is no more wiggle room.”DEBT LEVELS ARE HITTING NEW HIGHSStatistics show U.S. households are taking on record levels of debt. Overall household debt, including mortgages, student loans and credit cards, hit a new high of $13.54 trillion at the end of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Credit card balances have returned to their 2008 peak, and serious delinquencies — accounts at least 90 days overdue — are on the rise.Meanwhile, personal loans, which are often used to consolidate other debt, have become the fastest-growing type of debt, according to credit bureau Experian. One in 10 American adults now has a personal loan, and the total outstanding personal loan debt hit a record $291 billion in 2018.Cash-out mortgage refinancing has also made a comeback. With this type of loan, borrowers pay off their existing mortgage with a larger one and get the difference in cash. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that cash-out borrowers represented 83% of all conventional refinance loans made in the fourth quarter of last year, the highest share since the third quarter of 2007. Forty per cent of those who cashed out their equity used the money to pay bills or other debts.RISKS CAN OUTWEIGH REWARDSCash-out refinancing and other home equity borrowing are often aggressively marketed as good ways to cope with debt, but the drawbacks can be significant, says Diane Standaert, an executive vice-president with the Center for Responsible Lending , a non-profit that fights predatory lending. The loans drain away equity that otherwise could be used to build wealth or cover emergencies. Relief is often temporary, since many continue to rack up debt. And the loans turn unsecured debt, which could be wiped out in bankruptcy, into secured debt that not only can’t be erased but could cost borrowers their homes.“That is incredibly dangerous,” Standaert says. “It puts your house at risk of foreclosure.”Retirement plan loans pose hazards as well. If you don’t pay the money back on time, the balance turns into a withdrawal that triggers penalties and taxes — plus you lose all the future tax-deferred returns that money could have earned. One study found 86% of the people who left their jobs with outstanding 401(k) loans wound up defaulting on the debt.An unsecured personal loan could be a better option if borrowers are offered lower interest rates and can get out of debt faster. Unfortunately, scams and deceptive marketing abound, Standaert says. Unwary borrowers could wind up paying high fees or higher interest rates and end up owing more in the long run.Often, the best solution isn’t a loan at all, says financial literacy expert Barbara O’Neill, a professor at Rutgers University. Cutting expenses and boosting income, perhaps with a side job, can help people make extra payments to reduce their debts.If that isn’t possible, Standaert suggests calling your credit card companies to ask if they offer hardship programs that could reduce your payments. Non-profit credit counsellors, such as those affiliated with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, have debt management plans that can lower interest rates on burdensome credit card debt. Truly overwhelmed borrowers should consult with a bankruptcy attorney, preferably before they start skipping payments, O’Neill says.“That’s a sign of distress, and you need to take action before you get to that point,” O’Neill says._________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:What is debt consolidation? http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-explains-debt-consolidationLiz Weston Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

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Make or break talks end inconclusively

Meanwhile, the President’s media division said that the All Party Meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the current political developments was held in a friendly and cordial manner at the Presidential Secretariat today and lasted for more than 2 hours.“There was an agreement at the meeting that the party leaders meeting, scheduled for tomorrow should decide the future proceedings of Parliament and the Parliamentary session should be conducted peacefully and without any untoward acts,” the President’s media division said. Make or break talks held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening between President Maithripala Sirisena and leaders of political parties in Parliament, including United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, ended inconclusively.UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted saying the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had demanded that the UNP show 113 affidavits from Parliamentarians supporting Ranil Wickremesinghe. “No breakthrough at so called all party meeting with Pres @MaithripalaS now. They want to drag impasse along giving lame excuses of procedure as #FakePM does NOT have 113. What a damn shame, taking #SriLanka down for your political survival. Go, MR Go. For Gods sake Go,” Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted. UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said that the United National Front will submit affidavits from 113 MPs proving it has majority support in the 225 member Parliament to form a Government. The President informed everybody who attended the meeting that he could take a decision on the No Confidence Motion against the Government only if a vote is taken by name of the Members or by electronic voting.He pointed out that it would be the most accepted method of voting system by the intellectuals and the public of the country as well as internationally. He also stressed the need for adhering to the standing orders without resorting to a voice vote which is not transparent, while voting on an important motion to change the government.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had decided not to attend the all party conference while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had also boycotted the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN report on African economies calls for boost to manufacturing and exports

The flagship annual report of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), released today, also recommends that African nations diversify their export base beyond primary commodities to strengthen their economies against price and climatic shocks.The countries that have successfully promoted new forms of manufacturing exports, such as Mauritius and Tunisia, have performed best recently and, along with South Africa and Namibia, they lead the continent in economic competitiveness, the report states.The ECA report shows that Africa was the second-fastest growing region in the developing world last year, with gross development product (GDP) up by 3.8 per cent in real terms from 2002. Higher oil prices and production, relatively good weather conditions and greater foreign investment spurred the growth.North Africa was the healthiest region within the continent, growing by 4.8 per cent, compared to 4 per cent for central and West Africa and 2.5 per cent for East and southern Africa. The picture was not uniform: seven countries endured negative growth in 2003, mainly because of continuing conflict or political tensions. Zimbabwe’s economy, for example, shrank for the fifth consecutive year.The growth rates of most African countries are also well below the annual average of 7 per cent needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015.The report’s authors say liberalizing trade did not always bring positive benefits for Africa because many countries applied the policies haphazardly and without targets. To achieve results the trade policies must be dynamic and be coupled with tax and domestic budget reforms.Industrialized countries should also reduce – or remove altogether – their barriers to trade, such as high tariffs and export subsidies, to allow African States to compete more evenly with them.The report concludes that “the economic recovery is fragile and in some parts of Africa has been overly dependent on favourable climate, something that cannot be counted on with certainty in the future.” It also warns that ongoing conflicts and instability could jeopardize growth.But it says there are now positive examples for African nations to see how saving and investing more, improving human capital and diversifying and strengthening the export base could achieve tangible improvements for the long-suffering economies. read more

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Analyse this Mintec unveils MineSight Data Analyst Version 22

first_imgMintec has enhanced its suite of geomodelling tools by introducing an upgraded version of MineSight Data Analyst (MSDA). MSDA v2.2 builds on software that provides comprehensive statistical and geostatistical analysis of drill hole, blasthole, and model data.Version 2.2 improves the software in the following areas:Chart serialisation is more robust, saving all chart style properties, including chart colour, title and axis label fonts, grid lines and style, axis properties, (such as min, max, step size) and number of decimal places, curve and marker colour, and much moreFiltering and expression evaluation are faster, and a single filter tab replaces the Data Source dialog’s Basic and SQL Filtering tabsThe Custom Reports user interface is now easier to navigate and the method for creating, removing and editing report dimensions, such as fields, statistics and filters, has been streamlinedNew screen shots now make the documentation and examples clearer.Mintec says it will “continue to improve MSDA. Expect MSDA v2.5, featuring a new swathplot tool, by the end of 2010.”last_img read more

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CSA Global to report on Cadoux HPA project in WA

first_imgFYI Resources Ltd has appointed mining consultancy, CSA Global, to provide an independent peer review of the Cadoux kaolin project’s Mineral Resource and to provide expert technical assistance ahead of the proposed resource upgrade in anticipation of the development of the high purity alumina (HPA) project.CSA Global’s input is part of the PFS currently being undertaken by FYI for its Cadoux HPA project in Western Australia. Initial mineralogical test work and metallurgical studies are extremely encouraging. FYI is confident in developing a worldclass project pending the findings of the preliminary economic studies.The scope of works CSA Global is undertaking on behalf of FYI includes:Independent review of geological quality control and quality assurance of the geological/technical work carried out on the deposit to dateProvide recommendations to upgrade the geological confidence of the current JORC Mineral Resource from indicated and inferred to Reserves category to underpin the commencement of mining and refining operationsRecommendation on a small drilling program for ancillary technical studies with the additional benefit to increase the resource sizeProvide assurance and geological integrity providence ahead of any potential future project financing requirements.The CSA Global technical study will dovetail into the enhanced metallurgical studies currently being undertaken for FYI’s HPA strategy. FYI has assembled a strong study team between the engineering and metallurgical study managers, to deliver a world-class HPA project.FYI Managing Director, Roland Hill commented “The appointment of CSA Global is important to us for our scheduled HPA development plan for Cadoux. We are progressing what we believe will be a world class strategy and we want to ensure that all aspects of the project development are first rate. This not only applies to our proprietary metallurgical process flowsheet, but also to the quality of our resource and feedstock.“CSA Global will provide an expert and independent view on the deposit which, will in turn, provide us with additional comfort in progressing our HPA strategy”.FYI is positioning itself to be a significant producer of high purity alumina (4N or HPA) in a rapidly developing LED, electric vehicle (EV), smartphone and television screen as well as other associated high-tech product markets.The foundation of the HPA strategy is the superior quality aluminous clay (kaolin) deposit at Cadoux and exceptional positive response that the feedstock has to the company’s moderate temperature, atmospheric pressure HCl flowsheet. The strategy’s superior quality attributes combine resulting in world class HPA project potential.last_img read more

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Resident Evil game discs contain Star Wars Battlefront 3 assets

first_imgRecently there’s been uproar over Capcom shipping DLC on game discs that you later have to pay to unlock. Now it seems as if assets from other games are also turning up on discs. More specifically, assets from a Star Wars: Battlefront game have been discovered on copies of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City in a hidden folder named “Luke.”Battlefront is a well know shooter set in the Star Wars universe that has seen two releases so far across multiple formats. A third game was in development at UK developer Free Radical Design before it closed and became an arm of Crytek. It was thought that development of Battlefront 3 had been handed over to Slant Six Games, who also developed Operation Raccoon City.So it looks as thought someone at Slant put a folder in the wrong directory and it managed to ship as part of the Resident Evil game files. The assets on the disc include a number of scenario screens from a Hoth level that set the scene for a mission as you can see above and below.The development of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was halted at Slant Six and is now being handled by Spark Unlimited (Legendary, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Call of Duty: Finest Hour), so these assets will likely never be used in the final game. Maybe Slant put them there on the off chance someone would see how good their artwork was. If that’s the case, they succeeded.Read more at NeoGAF, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

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Memorial Park In Greenwich Town In Honour Of 1907 Earthquake Victims

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JAGS remembered again, 35-years after his tragic death Related Items:earthquake victims, greenwhich town, honor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS): The $15 million memorial park currently being constructed at the site of the 1907 earthquake monument, in Greenwich Town, is expected to be a tourist attraction when completed.This is the vision of the Government’s multi-agency team currently working on the project, which is intended to attract Jamaicans locally and in the Diaspora, who may have had relatives who died in the earthquake.As with the monument, the park is in honour of the 500 persons who perished in the 1907 earthquake. The massive earthquake, and the fire it caused, destroyed sections of downtown Kingston.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who visited the site today (January 8), said she is pleased with the work that has been done so far, noting that the park is another fitting tribute to those who lost their lives.“The work is a tribute to the memory of all those who died in the earthquake and were buried here. We feel it is important for us to really beautify the area and to do the work that was necessary on the monument in honour of those who were buried here,” she said.The Prime Minister noted that the Government felt it was important to build the memorial park and bring attention to the monument, which has been restored, as many would not have known where the structure is located.“I believe it is important for Jamaicans and (those) overseas to know that they could have members of their family buried right here, and if they wish, to come and to pay tribute to their fallen ones that were buried here,” she said. This initial phase of the project, which is jointly funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, is expected to be ready in time for the anniversary of the earthquake on January 14, when an official opening ceremony will be held.Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, told JIS News that he is satisfied with what has been achieved at the site, in terms of the renovation of the monument and the establishment of a park, “because it is not just a monument that we are rehabilitating, we are establishing a park, and that is important because people can come here…(and honour their loved ones).Speaking to other plans for the park, Mr. Heaven said a list of names of some of the persons who died in the earthquake is to be placed on the wall of the park.There are also plans to install benches, public facilities, as well as establish shops where memorabilia could be sold.It is also intended that the park will be further extended to include all five acres of the property.The other agencies involved in the project are the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT). Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Two Indians illegally in TCI miss transit to DR

first_imgPolice have made their images public; this incident actually happened days ago on Sunday June 19. The men, Harwinder Singh and Kulwinder Chopra came into the TCI via Nassau, Bahamas on ICA when somehow they got away from the agent.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTwo Indians are on the loose in Provo after escaping the ticket agent of InterCaribbean Airways who was leading them to board a flight through to the Dominican Republic.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder bring back the flatsix engine

first_img 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 promises powerful performance The Porsche 911 Speedster is a stripped-back automotive… 0 Post a comment 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet That’s not all. A mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring is standard on both the GT4 and Spyder. The traction and stability controls, as well as the anti-lock braking system, have been tweaked with performance in mind, and the two former systems can be turned off in two stages for some drifty good times. The whole package culminates in two seriously fast vehicles — Porsche says the GT4 can lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife more than 10 seconds faster than the previous GT4. Yowza.In the looks department, both cars are more aggressive than their base trims. The Spyder and GT4 both receive a unique front lip spoiler with the model designation on display, as well as a special air inlet ahead of the frunk that improves both cooling and aerodynamic downforce. Out back, there’s a set of tinted taillights, a new rear diffuser and a sport exhaust system designed just for these cars. The 718 Spyder also gets a manually operated fabric soft top.Inside, both models receive a GT Sport steering wheel, and the GT4’s wheel has a 12 o’clock stripe in black. The gear lever is about half an inch shorter than on other models, and Porsche’s sport seats are standard. The Cayman GT4 gets brushed aluminum trim, while the Spyder makes do with body-colored trim pieces. Air condition and Porsche’s PCM infotainment system are both standard. Performance doesn’t come cheap at Porsche. When the cars reach dealers in the spring of 2020, the 718 Spyder will set a person back $97,550 including destination, while the 718 Cayman GT4 is a bit more expensive at $100,450. More From Roadshow 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder rocks a manual soft top More about 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Porsche Now playing: Watch this: Performance Cars Convertibles Sports Cars Coupescenter_img Tags Share your voice 13 Photos 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star 7:02 Preview • 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster first drive: Superb sensations 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 10 Photos Enlarge ImageOh yes, the wing has returned. Porsche When Porsche introduced the new 718 generation of its midengine sports cars, it dropped the usual flat-six engine in favor of turbocharged flat-fours, a move that not everybody necessarily enjoyed right off the bat. But now, two new variants of the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster herald the return of a proper Porsche six-pot.Porsche on Monday unveiled the 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder. Underneath the skin of each, it’s essentially the same vehicle, packing the same powertrain and updates to other components. It’s all a matter of what you prefer on the outside — if you prefer a coupe, take the GT4, while drop-top aficionados will likely turn to the Spyder instead.At the heart of the matter is a new 4.0-liter, naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, producing 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque with a lofty redline of 8,000 rpm. Both cars come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which can automatically rev the engine for smoother downshifts, preventing the need for owners to master the ol’ heel-toe action, but it can be deactivated if your footwork game is up to snuff. Given enough space, the GT4 will reach 188 miles per hour, while the Spyder isn’t far behind at 187 mph.The GT4 and Spyder trims are more than big engines. Both cars sport the Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive damper setup, riding some 1.18 inches lower than the standard 718 variants. Proper track rats will enjoy the ability to manually adjust camber, toe, ride height and sway bar settings. The rear axle is unique to these two new models, but the front axle is borrowed from the eminently capable 911 GT3. Iron brake rotors are standard, but they can be upgraded to Porsche’s carbon-ceramic brakes for extra stopping power. Porschelast_img read more

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Oikya Front to hold citizens dialogue 6 Feb

first_imgOikya Front leader ASM Abdur Rab briefs reporters after a meeting of the Oikya Front Steering Committee at Kamal’s Motijheel chamber on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloJatiya Oikya Front will hold a citizens’ dialogue in the capital on 6 February next demanding fresh polls after cancelling the results of the 11th parliamentary election, reports UNB.”We’d earlier announced to hold the citizens’ dialogue. We’d booked a hall for 28 January accordingly. This date has been rescheduled. Our leader Kamal Hossain will go abroad for health check-up. We’ll hold the dialogue on 6 February after his return,” said coalition leader ASM Abdur Rab.He was talking to reporters after a meeting of the Oikya Front Steering Committee at Kamal’s Motijheel chamber.Rab, also president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), said they together with people from all classes and professions will continue their movement to make sure that people get back their voting, democratic, human and citizen rights. “We don’t want to announce any programme hurriedly being desperate. We’ll announce programmes gradually after thinking well.”About the absence of any BNP representative, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in the meeting, he said, “I talked to Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He couldn’t turn up as he is ill. …Abdul Moyeen Khan and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy were supposed to attend the meeting. But they got stuck elsewhere. We’ll be together in the next meeting.”Asked whether there is any rift with BNP, Rab dismissed it, saying they are now in the same position where they started from.Replying to a query about joining dialogue with prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Gano Forum leader Mostafa Mohsin Montu posed a counter-question, “Which is the prime minister? We are not recognising the election.”Asked whether there is any difference in the coalition over the Jamaat issue, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Jamaat is not an issue. “Vote robbery on 29 December in the 30 December election is now a big issue to us. Jamaat was never with us and isn’t now.”Over the issue, Rab pointed at Manna and Montu and said all of them are freedom fighters and they can in no way go against the Liberation War.Manna said Kamal will go abroad on Saturday for medical checkup.Gano Forum executive eresident Subrata Chowdhury and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, were present at the meeting with Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain in the chair.last_img read more

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Expert Heres One Way The Catholic Church Can Regain Some Of Its

first_imgNext month, more than a hundred Catholic bishops are expected to meet in Rome for a gathering dedicated to the sexual abuse crisis. In a letter released by the Vatican from the conference’s steering committee, bishops were urged to meet with survivors of abuse. Committee members say the Church’s credibility is at stake.The upcoming conference comes as the Catholic Church continues to grapple with the fallout of the crisis.Some bishops have released names of priests in their dioceses who’ve been credibly accused of child abuse. Dr. Anastasiya Zavyalova says it’s a small step in the right direction. She’s an expert on reputation management from Rice University and has been studying allegations against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than a decade.In 2005, a grand jury issued a report finding leaders concealed sexual abuse by priests there for four decades. Zavayalova has been examining how parishioners reacted to the archdiocese releasing names of the priests involved.In the audio above, she explains why she believes releasing names of the accused can help the Church gain back some of its credibility.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaDr. Anastasia Zavyalova of Rice University has studied sex abuse allegations against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and advocates for releasing the names of priests who are credibility accused of abuse. 00:00 /00:00 Pexels.com Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xlast_img read more

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Charlize Theron Seth Rogen Debate Theatrical vs Streaming Theater Is the Best

first_imgThe star referred to the SXSW premiere of “Long Shot,” which saw Austin’s Paramount Theater get rowdy thanks to a live performance from Boyz II Men, who have a cameo in the film. Theron and her male counterparts danced freely to throwback jams on stage as a lubricated crowed went nuts at the sight.“As someone who never gets nominated for any awards anyway, I don’t give a f— how to deal with that,” Rogen joked of the debate, which has heated up considerably since Steven Spielberg indicated he would ask the film Academy to consider banning streaming giants like Netflix from campaigning for Oscars (they won three this year for Alfonso Curaon’s “Roma”).Moderator and Variety New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh asked Theron her opinion on the matter as a producer, as the Academy Award winner has been as prolific behind the camera as she has in front (her producer credits include “Long Shot,” “Tully,” and “Atomic Blonde”).“I think it’s a good thing we have all different formats … it’s not 20 years ago and there’s only one way you can do it. That freedom has opened up for more interesting filmmakers, and for people to actually see their movies,” said Theron.She still believes, however, “there is a magical thing that happens then you’re in a room full of strangers, and you can’t recreate that in your home, or an airplane, or on the subway.”Mid-budget, adult-skewing comedies like “Long Shot” are an increasingly endangered species at the major studios, but Rogen said his track record has been consistent enough that the majors keep inviting him back to make content for theaters.The conversation wasn’t all business. In “Long Shot,” Theron plays a U.S. Secretary of State whose journalist old flame (Rogen) tails her for a story. When their chemistry reignites, the pair set off on a wild night abroad and Theron winds up having to negotiate a crisis while high on molly (MDMA).“I’ve heard that it feels good to touch things,” Theron said of the experience with a laugh, “so I just kind of went from there.”Rogen wanted to weigh in, but spotted a child in the crowd, saying, “That baby really threw me, I’ll be honest. That sent me crashing back to earth.” Seth Rogen is a big fan of “Roma,” the multi-hyphenate star admitted on a muggy Sunday morning at SXSW, but he doesn’t know how to make movies or do comedy for any other format than a packed movie theater.The theatrical versus streaming debate was top of mind for Rogen, his “Long Shot” leading lady Charlize Theron and their director Jonathan Levine, who sat for Variety and the National Association of Theater Owners’ filmmakers panel at downtown Austin’s WeWork space.“Personally, with our comedies, I think a theater is the best place to see them,” Rogen said, recalling formative experiences seeing “There’s Something About Mary” and the “South Park” movie at his local cineplex.“There is an uproarious communal experience. You all feel like you’re partaking in something together. Last night was a good example of how powerful comedy can be in theaters,” said Rogen.last_img read more

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Promoting art and artists at NGMA

first_imgNarrating the personality and creative life of Padma Shri awardee Anjolie Ela Menon – Hindi version of the book named ‘Through the platina’ was launched at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi on July 27.The book was unveiled by O P Jain, Founding Director, Sanskriti Pratishthan.Praising Menon for an illustrious career and her contribution towards Indian art, he said, “I on behalf of Sanskriti Pratishthan, want to congratulate Ela Menon. I am convinced that the Hindi translation of this book will help us take her life’s work to a wider section. I wish her all the very best for future endeavours.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about her biography, the eminent artist said, “It feels great when your life’s work gets transformed into a book. I thank all the people who have constantly supported me all these years. I couldn’t have been where I am without their support. I hope the Hindi translation of the book inspires more and more budding artists.”Inspiring the budding artists with her words, Anjolie said, “I want to wish them luck and I really hope that they focus on painting rather than running behind money and market. If they paint from their heart and continue doing that, success will follow them eventually. It’s not just about money, but passion.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe event turned out to be a huge success with people ranging from students, art lovers to the general public.Congratulating the artist on her biography launch, Ritu Sharma, Director, NGMA said, “I congratulate Anjolie for her achievements. She is certainly one of the finest artists in our country. On the occasion of the launch of her biography’s Hindi version, I take an opportunity to convey my best regards to her. I hope the Hindi translation of the book sells in big numbers and her work gets appreciated by more and more people.” The biography of the eminent artist was launched under NGMA’s unique initiative ‘Art Adda’ – a platform where people from all walks of life unite under one roof to discuss art and culture.Initiated by the National Gallery, ‘Art Adda’ is held on the last Friday of every month in the NGMA premises.It not only brings art lovers, artists, teachers and experts to interact with each other but also gives an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about the impact and role of art and culture in the society.last_img read more