Maharashtra dams are 50% full

first_imgIncessant rains for over a week have filled Maharashtra’s dams to 50% of their capacity, bringing relief to the drought-hit regions. The water levels in Marathwada region, which had dropped to below 1% have now touched double digits. According to information from the Water Resources Department, the water storage in all dams of the State is 51.36% of their total capacity, which is almost equal to the 51.41% of 2018 on the same date. Dams in Marathwada have recorded 11.77% of their total storage capacity as compared to 17.89% last year. Vidarbha’s Amaravati and Nagpur divisions too have recorded an increase in water storage in dams, with 16.82% and 28.22% of their total capacity, respectively. The water levels in Marathwada dams had gone below 1% mark in July due to very less or no rains. An official from the department said continuous rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region have ensured satisfactory increase in the water levels. “While these parts have benefited with rains, some regions of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra are yet to get rains. But according to Indian Meteorological Department, these parts will get medium to high showers from August 7 to 9,” said the official.He said that the department has predicted flood-like situation in some parts of Marathwada and central Maharashtra for August 9. “Disaster management teams have been asked to be on alert,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said, “As per the initial estimate, a total of 1.14 lakh population is affected due to floods. Diseases spread after the water recedes and medical teams have been kept ready in anticipation.”last_img read more

‘Fan’ Valdez says team has a lot of fight to show

first_imgStay hungry, Chot urges PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Valdez, who leads the Philippines in scoring with 14 points a game, will look to swing the Philippines back into the win column after suffering a disappointing three-set loss to Kazakhstan at the end of the group stages.The Filipinos’ 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 defeat left them at second in Pool A with a 1-1 record while Korea, despite sitting out Kim for the first two group stage games, went 3-0 to top Pool C.And while Valdez played in all of the Philippines’ games, Kim played in just one as she had to rest after playing for nearly a month in the FIVB World Grand Prix.Valdez knows that the 79th-ranked Philippines will be a definitive underdog against the 10th best team in the world.“It’s going to be a tougher second round because there’s Korea, Vietnam but we’re here to fight,” said Valdez. “We’re here to learn, we’re here to win, we’re here to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez has been, arguably, the face of Philippine volleyball for the past few years. But on Sunday the Phenom will be the one doing the admiring.The Filipino superstar will be facing off against the resolute leader of Korean volleyball, Kim Yeon-koung, and Valdez admits she’s a fan of the Fenerbahce hitter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue fighting because this tournament is far from over.” “I’ve been watching her as a fan, and I’m really excited playing against Korea,” said Valdez as the team prepares for the quarterfinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna.Valdez believes the game against Korea will help sharpen the Philippines for the future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that Korea is a well-known team in international volleyball and playing against such an experienced team will be a great lesson for us players.”After this tournament, the Philippines will fly to Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Asian Games, where it hopes to gain a podium finish. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

Russia to learn if its track team can go to Rio Games

first_imgThe credibility of the fight against doping in sports will be at stake Friday when track and field’s world governing body decides whether to uphold or lift its ban on Russian athletes ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sports geopolitics – and the key issue of individual justice vs. collective punishment – frame the debate heading into the meeting of IAAF leaders in Vienna.Even if the IAAF decides against a full reinstatement of the Russians, there could be pressure to find a way for individual athletes who have not been implicated in doping to be allowed to compete in Rio in August.Friday’s ruling may not be the end of the story either.The IOC has called a summit of sports leaders next Tuesday to consider the IAAF ruling, and a blanket ban on Russians athletes for Rio will likely lead to appeals and court challenges.Some questions and answers ahead of Friday’s decision:Q: Why were the Russians suspended in the first place?A: The IAAF imposed the indefinite suspension in November after a report by an independent World Anti-Doping Agency commission detailed widespread doping, corruption and cover-ups in Russian track and field. Subsequently, Russia’s anti-doping agency and drug-testing lab were also suspended by WADA. The IAAF gave Russia a long list of criteria to fulfill in order to be let back in. The IAAF ruled in March that the Russians had not done enough and gave them until June 17 to comply in time for Rio. Q: What’s the likely outcome? Will the ban stay or go?advertisementA: All options are open, but signs are the IAAF is unlikely to cancel the ban, at least outright – especially after the release of a devastating WADA report Wednesday that laid out how Russian athletes and government agencies have continued to obstruct and deceive drug-testers. Among other things, the report said FSB security service personnel had intimidated testers, customs services had tampered with doping sample packages, and athletes evaded doping controls – including one who tried to give a fake urine sample using a “container inserted inside her body.” Q: Haven’t there been other allegations?A: A slew of other developments have not helped Russia’s cause. Russians athletes provided 22 of the 55 positive doping samples detected in IOC retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, alleged that he was involved in doping Russian athletes – including 15 medalists – ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and helped swap tainted urine samples for clean ones through a concealed hole in a wall at the Sochi lab. Violence by Russian soccer hooligans at the European Championship in France has further tarnished Russia’s overall public image.Q: What do the Russians say?A: Russian officials insist that, since the ban was imposed in November, they have cleaned house, sanctioned guilty athletes and officials, and met all the IAAF verification criteria for reinstatement. In addition, Russian Olympic officials say they have taken extra steps by deciding not to take any athletes to Rio who have had prior doping offenses. “If the Russian team goes to the games in Rio, it will be a crystal clear team without the slightest shadow of any suspicion,” said Gennady Alyoshin, the Russian Olympic Committee’s point man on reforming the track and field federation.Q: Could there be a compromise?A: Olympic and Russian officials have argued it would be unjust to ban the entire track and field team because it would punish those athletes who have not done anything wrong. Athletes, including two-time pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, could mount legal challenges if they are kept out. A potential compromise – favored among top IOC leaders – would give Russian athletes with a proven clean doping record and who have passed a certain number or recent tests the chance to compete. Critics, however, say evidence of a corrupt, state-sponsored doping system is enough to exclude the whole team in order to protect the rest of the world’s clean athletes. Both viewpoints are likely to be aired Friday.Q: How will the decision be made?A: An IAAF task force, headed by Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen, will present a report to the IAAF Council and recommend whether to keep or lift the ban. The council, headed by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, will then debate the issues. The delegates could hold a vote or make a decision unanimously. The council usually has 27 members, but the Russian and Kenyan delegates are suspended from the decision, so a maximum of 25 members will decide.advertisementQ: Could the IOC overrule the IAAF decision?A: That seems unlikely. The IAAF controls the sport and the competition, including eligibility of athletes. If the IOC decided to alter the decision, it would undermine the system and Coe. “The IOC will have to decide whether the IAAF runs track and field or whether the IOC does,” longtime Canadian IOC member and former WADA president Dick Pound said. “If the IOC stepped in, it would be fraught with difficulty.”Q: What about banning the entire Russian Olympic team?A: The IAAF is ruling only on the eligibility of track and field athletes. While some critics have called for Russia’s entire Olympic team to be excluded, there is no indication of that happening. However, if further allegations of state-backed doping across other Russian sports are proven, the issue will arise. No country has ever been thrown out of the Olympics for doping.Q: Could Russia boycott the games?A: That would be the nuclear option. Conceivably, Russia could decide to pull out its entire Olympic team if its track athletes are banned. However, no Russian officials have publicly made that threat, and staging a boycott would jeopardize Russia’s status for all future Olympics.Q: Any other issues on the table Friday?A: Yes. The council will rule on a petition by whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, a Russian middle-distance runner who herself was banned for doping in 2013. Now living in the United States, she wants to compete in the games, though not for Russia. The IAAF will also rule on whether Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm can compete in the Olympics. There has been no conclusive scientific findings on whether the German’s carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes.last_img read more

These people are redefining the way Pune goes about life

first_imgPRITAM KAGNEActress, 27As an assistant audiologist and speech therapist at the Ruby Hall Clinic only a few years ago, Pritan Kagne had barely heard of the Cannes Film Festival. But this year, the actress represented her film Halaal for a special screening at the coveted event. “As the first Marathi film actress to be at Cannes, I felt extremely proud to take my Marathi film on a global stage. But it also gave me a chance to see how much we can grow as actors and an industry,” she says. Halaal, produced by Kagne’s brother Amol, traces the emotional and physical trauma that a divorced Muslim woman living in a Maharashtra hamlet undergoes because of certain societal and religious norms. “It connected instantly with the audience because so many women could relate to this subject,” she says. Within months of its release last year, the film made it to film festivals in Pune, Goa and Aurangabad and also won seven awards from the Maharashtra State Government.STAGE TO SCREEN The Pune actress has done a Malayalam film and handful of Marathi movies, which she says, “weren’t too impactful but taught me a lot as an actor.” In 2013, she got her first big Marathi film called Navra Majha Bhavra for which she won a nomination for the best actress at the Zee Talkies Comedy Award. “It gave me confidence as a performer,” says Kagne who then went on to do a popular comedy play Eka Lagnachi Goshta and travelled across the state with 80 shows of the play. “That was the turning point for me as an actress. In theatre, you get instant response and I was more confident of my skills,” she says.advertisementCOMING UP Kagne has three films set for release in the next few months-two Marathi and one Hindi movie based on Indira Gandhi’s assassination in which she plays Soha Ali Khan’s sister. Another film based on real events is Sangharshyatra, in which she essays the role of politician Gopinath Munde’s youngest daughter. When she’s not facing the camera, Kagne works with underprivileged speech impaired children at the Ayodhya School of Special Education, a charitable school which her father Lakshman Kagne runs in the city. CONTACT NOTESMahesh Kale, 40His frenzied fan following is something Marathi classical music hasn’t seen in a while. Youngsters mob him for selfies, parents claim their infants have fallen asleep to his soothing voice and girls follow him on Facebook. “I was catapulted to super star status almost instantly,” says Mahesh Kale, the voice of Sadashiv, a key character in the film, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali, a celluloid rendition of the much-loved sangeet natak, in 2016. But there’s nothing stereotypical about this classical musician; he sports smart denims, holds a double masters degree in engineering from the US, sways to Def Leppard, Michael Jackson, Roxette and Italian classical artist Andrea Bocelli and carries his musical notes on his iphone. “I converse and connect through music,” says the musician-teacher who won the National Award for the best singer this year. Currently, he shuttles between Pune and San Francisco, where he runs a music academy for 250 students. Kale took to music at the age of three, inspired by his mother, Meenal Kale, a singer. After his double post graduation from the University of California US, Kale decided that he “didn’t want a typical Silicon Valley job and chose music instead,” he says.STAGE TO SCREEN He’s collaborated with musicians from Europe, US, the Middle East and South India including instrumentalists like Pedro Eustache, Frank Martin, composer and saxophonist Jazz George Brooks and groove-master bassist Kai Eckhardt.MUSIC FIRST Besides his concerts, Kale conducts workshops on the wellness and healing properties of music and launched an NGO three years ago called the Indian Classical Music and Art Foundation that adopts underprivileged students who are musically inclined and pays for their education and living. CONTACT maheshkale.comNEWS ON THE COUCHAmeya Wagh, 28, actor and Nipun Dharmadhikari, 28, directorWithin weeks of its first episode, Marathi web show Casting Couch with Amey and Nipun clocked over a million views, catapulting protagonists actor Amey Wagh and theatre director Nipun Dharmadhikari to instant digital fame. “It’s what we call a mockumentary.It actually has scripted content but also a lot of impromptu touches,” says Wagh. The bi-monthly show, now in its fourth episode, is a celebrity chat show but smartly packaged as an impromptu comedy gig. “It’s an exaggerated version of our real life professions,” says Wagh, a popular theatre, television and film actor who was seen in the hugely popular Marathi sitcom Dil Dosti Duniyadari. The show debuted in April with Radhika Apte and then went on to bring the lead couple and director of Sairat on an episode which got seven lakh views within hours.advertisementSTEPS TO THE STAGE It was at the BMCC that both Wagh and Dharmadhikari honed their onstage skills with experimental theatre groups such as Samanvay and Aasakta. “Pune always had a rich culture of Marathi theatre so my parents would take me to watch plays, and that’s how I got interested,” says Dharmadhikari who collaborated with noted classical singer Rahul Deshpande to revive sangeet natak with recorded musical tracks and VFX backdrops and animation that brought the youth back into the auditorium. If Dharmadhikari chose to be behind-the-scenes, Wagh is a popular face on the stage and the screen. His Geli Ekvees Varsha became the first Indian play to win the Universo Eatro Theatre Festival in Italy in 2012.”It showed me the power of theatre; that it can go beyond language,” he says. The versatile actor has done a handful of films, English theatre the popular sitcom Dil Dosti Duniyadari and is now basking in the fame of their new web show. SEE THEM ON Bharatiya Digital Party on YoutubeINSPIRING IDEASVidya Yeravdekar, 52 From the just-launched Symbiosis School of Sports Science to the School of Culinary Arts, the Symbiosis University is at the forefront when it comes to introducing innovative courses.Leading these initiatives is Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director of the Symbiosis Society, who gave up her medical practice and joined her father S B Mujumdar’s Symbiosis Society in 1997. “We wanted to do things differently and provide the best education and facilities and that happened in 2002, when we got a deemed university status,” she says. Ever since, Yeravdekar, who had held several key positions in educational and business bodies such as the University Grants Commission, FICCI and Confederation of India Industry, has consistently introduced new and innovative streams of study and encouraged industry-academic relations.Yeravdekar ushered in the ‘internationalisation’ of Symbiosis with numerous initiatives to attract students from across the world. Today, the Symbiosis International University has students from 85 countries and has forged active collaborations with over 50 institutes from around the world to share programmes and courses. One of these is the Study India Programme in which participants study an eight-week-long India-centric course.HOLISTIC LEARNING Yeravdekar spearheaded institutes like the School of Photography in 2012, the Institute of International Studies and introduced the Institute of Culinary Arts last year. The society, with its campuses spread across Pune, Nashik, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida, has students from across the country and 81 different countries. CONTACT BRAND MANSagar Chordia, 43At a time when Pune, the erstwhile sleepy cousin of Mumbai, was still waking up to high-end residential projects and swanky townships, Sagar Chordia, 43, director, Panchshil Realty, inked deals that changed the face of luxurious living in the city. His two big collaborations-with Philippe Starck’s Londonheadquartered Yoo Studio for YooPune and Donald Trump’s Trump Towers-have given Pune a slice of luxury the city’s never seen before. He brought in big luxury brands that are all about uber opulence and style. “People’s tastes are evolving; they constantly want something super-luxurious with which they can make a style statement.advertisementA big brand shoots up the value of your project by at least 25 per cent,” he says. On a trip to Tel Aviv in 2007, Chordia was “impressed by the sight of an iconic Philippe Starck building”. He walked in, waited for three hours and then pursued the noted designer for three years before signing the deal for YooPune in 2010. “He wanted to enter India with a project in Mumbai or Delhi but when he saw the location, around a 100 year-old rainforest, he agreed to debut in Pune,” says Chordia.So, the 17 acre YooPune is built in the shape of a horseshoe around five acres of century-old rainforests, has an underground spa by L’Occitane and concierge services. Potential clients are ferried in special London taxis and flown into the complex in a chopper. At Trump Towers near Aga Khan Palace, the first project by the group to be completed in India, it’s all about Italian marble, interiors by the Milan-based designer Matteo Nunziati, along with the best furniture brands from Italy.BIG STRIDES A diploma holder in hotel management from FCI, Pune, Chordia has always been an entrepreneur. He launched his first venture-a discotheque called Pyramids only for Osho followers- while he was still a student in 1991. Three years later, he brought Italian furniture to Mumbai and Pune with sprawling stores of the brand Pinnacle Sapporiti.In 2000, he joined his brothers Atul and Abhay to set up Panchshil Realty, which has built a total of 1.5 crore sq feet of residential, commercial and hotel space. Chordia is currently also building his first overseas project, a hotel in Maldives in collaboration with a luxury brand. CONTACT panchshil.comlast_img read more

New Tiger Woods still the man to watch, if not the man to beat

first_imgThe most memorable scene in golf in 2018 was not the conclusion to a major championship, but rather the sight of a frenzied gallery swarming over the final fairway as a familiar figure stood on the brink of a win some doubted would ever come.Tiger Woods had gone more than five years without a victory when he rolled into Atlanta for the Tour Championship, the September season-ender on the PGA Tour that often ranks as one of the most boring events on the schedule.Not this time, though, thanks to the game’s transcendent figure. As the saying goes, Tiger doesn’t just move the needle, he is the needle.It had already been a successful year for 14-time major winner Woods, simply by being able to compete without pain again after a successful April 2017 spinal fusion that rectified a potentially career-ending back injury.Woods had already threatened to win several times, including at the final two majors, dispensing any doubts as to whether he could be competitive again after being stricken with back pain from 2014 to 2017.It seemed every fan at East Lake was willing him to victory, and when he hit his approach to the final green it was all but a done deal.As thousands of fans flooded the fairway in a scene reminiscent of British Opens of yesteryear, Woods almost disappeared into the sea of humanity, only a half dozen security officers keeping him from being mobbed.He was clearly moved by all the love, at 42 almost coming over as a man of the people.advertisementWell, maybe not quite an Arnold Palmer-like man of the people, but, nonetheless, here was a remarkable transformation, fashioned, no doubt, by the humility that comes from dealing with adversity.The victory, Woods’ 80th on the PGA Tour, brought him within two of the all-time record held by Sam Snead, a far more attainable mark than the 18 major titles of Jack Nicklaus.While Woods fell short in the majors, the inscrutable Brooks Koepka won two — successfully defending his U.S. Open crown before adding the PGA Championship — with performances that were greeted with a proverbial yawn in the golf world.GENERALLY APATHETICIt is not so much that fans dislike Koepka as much as they are generally apathetic about a player whose lack of charisma and outward emotion make him difficult to connect with.Koepka was joined on the major honour roll by Patrick Reed, whose giant chip on his shoulder did not prevent him from slipping easily into the green jacket awarded to the winner of the Masters.And 35-year-old Francesco Molinari raised his game to a new level, finally finding a short game and putting stroke to match his long-admired full swing, as he became Italy’s first-ever major winner in the British Open.And he did so by ignoring the commotion that accompanied Tiger’s charge into the lead halfway through the final round and methodically reeling in his playing partner before emerging from a six-way tie for the lead to claim the Claret Jug.Molinari also swept all five of his matches in golf’s premier team event, the Ryder Cup, as Europe again proved invincible in their own backyard, beating the Americans in Paris for their sixth straight home win while extending the U.S. away-day drought to 25 years and counting.Ariya Jutanugarn captured the biggest women’s event, the U.S. Open, but not before blowing a seven-stroke lead on the back nine at Shoal Creek in Alabama.A triple-bogey at the 10th hole greased the wheels for the Thai, who eventually skidded into a playoff with South Korean Kim Hyo-joo.It could have gone down in history as one of the game’s great chokes, had not Ariya redeemed herself by winning in extra holes.The golf world endured several losses in 2018, none more tragic than that of 19-year-old Spanish amateur Celia Barquin Arozamena, murdered while playing alone at a course in the U.S. state of Iowa, where she had been on a university golf scholarship.The sport also mourned the passing of five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson (88), double major winner Hubert Green (71), 13-times PGA Tour winner Bruce Lietzke (67) and Australian Jarrod Lyle, who battled leukaemia for more than half his life before succumbing to the disease at the age of 36.last_img read more

Vine: Dante Fowler Danced With The Rowdy Reptiles During Today’s Basketball Game

first_imgDante Fowler celebrating during a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 05: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators celebrates a fumble recovery during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)University of Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Dante Fowler is forgoing his final year of eligibility so he can enter the 2015 NFL Draft, where he is a projected top-10 pick. Even though he is leaving Gainesville a year early, Fowler has shown he has a lot of love for Gator fans and he did so again today.During UF’s 57-56 win over Arkansas, Fowler hung out with the Rowdy Reptiles, Florida’s student section. He waved pom-poms and even showed off his dance moves.  After the game, Fowler showed love to the fans via his Instagram account:Had fun with them #RowdyReptilesA photo posted by Dante Fowler (@6ixxgod) on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:15pm PSTIt’s always good to see college athletes have fun and support fellow student-athletes. Fowler is an excellent example of that.[ @ThomasGoldkamp ]last_img read more

CKYHE Alliance Suspends Its Asia-USEC Service

first_imgThe pan-Asian container shipping alliance CKYHE has decided to suspend their NUE3 (AWS) service connecting Asia to US East Coast (USEC) from December 3, as a response to decreased winter market demand.According to the alliance, the M/V Nagoya Tower will conduct the final voyage as part of the NUE3 (AWS) service on week 47 from Ningbo, and void sailing is scheduled for week 48.Other AWE services will continue as per their usual schedules.CKYHE alliance started the Asia-USEC via Panama service on March 27 from Ningbo. Nine ships averaging 4,380 TEU were deployed in the service. Evergreen contributed to the service with five vessels, Hanjin added two and Cosco and Yang Ming added one each.The port rotation of the NUE3 included Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Busan, Colon (Panama), Savannah, Charleston, Colon (Panama), Busan, and Ningbo. Evergreen, and AWS by Hanjin and Yang Ming).Earlier this month World Maritime News reported that the alliance, consisting of COSCON, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line, would cancel a total of 9 voyages on their Asia-North Europe and Mediterranean service loops from November 2015 through December 2015.last_img read more

Nitish is fine why think of anyone else new JDU poster

first_imgPatna: In an indication that JD(U) will insist on Nitish Kumar to continue as the face of NDA in the 2020 Bihar assembly polls, a couple of posters supporting him have already appeared in the city. The posters with the message ‘Kyon karen vichar, theeke to hai Nitish Kumar’ (why think of anyone else when Nitish Kumar is just fine for us) and a large picture of the smiling Bihar chief minister have been put up outside the JD(U) state headquarters here since Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Older banners with slogans – ‘Bihar mein bahaar hai Nitishe Kumar hai’ (Bihar is blooming, seeks only Nitish Kumar) put up for the 2015 assembly polls and ‘Sacha Hai Acha Hai Chalo Nitish Ke Saath Chalo’ (He is honest and good, let us go with Nitish) coined ahead of the Lok Sabha polls can be spotted alongside the latest poster. “It is a sentiment expressed by the common people of Bihar and not just JD(U). The opposition is forewarned that there is no vacancy for the chief minister’s post in 2020,” party spokesman Sanjay Singh asserted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Notably, the assertion of Kumar’s indispensability comes in the backdrop of JD(U)’s membership drive aimed at further strengthening the party in a state it has ruled for over a decade but remained devoid of organisational depth. The BJP, formerly a junior alliance partner which has acquired an overbearing presence under the aggressive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, reacted to the development with caution. “Every political party is free to spread its ideological wings and pass on a message to its supporters. NDA is a united force and well placed in Bihar,” BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand said in a statement. Significantly, their two decades-old ties notwithstanding, ideology has remained a major bone of contention between the BJP and the JD(U). The two parties have not been on the same page on contentious issues like triple talaq, NRC, Ayodhya and Article 370. Ideological differences had led Kumar to part ways with BJP in 2013, which cost his party dearly in the Lok Sabha elections the following year and did the same to BJP in the 2015 assembly polls. Nikhil Anand also said, “The poster on Nitish Kumarji is a message to the Grand Alliance, in which there is a tug of war among the allies over naming of the chief ministerial candidate. “The chaos and confusion in the Grand Alliance suggests that it may fall short of the number that they may require to be recognized as the main opposition group after the 2020 polls,” he said. Led by Lalu Prasad’s RJD and comprising the Congress, besides three marginal players, the Grand Alliance seems to be sharply divided over declaring Tejashwi Yadav the chief ministerial candidate. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha had made his reservations clear about RJD supremo’s younger son leading the coalition shortly after he quit the NDA and joined the Grand Alliance in December last year. Yadav had been declared as RJD’s chief ministerial candidate at a party convention in 2017 where Prasad, now serving sentences in fodder scam cases, was himself present. After the Lok Sabha polls in which the RJD drew a blank, the party’s clout within the coalition has declined sharply. Matters were made worse by Yadav’s prolonged absence from active politics and his refusal to attend the recent month-long assembly session despite being the leader of the opposition. Recently, Grand Alliance partner HAM’s founding president Jitan Ram Manjhi called the young leader “inexperienced” and declared that he was ready to become the chief minister if the coalition won the elections next year. Congress, which has been an RJD ally for close to two decades, has sought to distance itself from the leadership row terming it as “premature”. Meanwhile, RJD MLA Bhai Virendra, a Tejashwi Yadav loyalist, claimed that “theeke hai (in the JD(U) poster) also means he (Kumar) is just okay”. “This comes from a party which has always spoken of its leader in superlative terms. It is an acknowledgement of the fact that the ground is slipping from under their (JD(U)’s) feet, he added.last_img read more

Does the CBC define Canadian culture

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The shindig to announce a new season of CBC stuff is always a bit fraught. A person attending gets the feeling that the CBC does these events reluctantly. The people in charge would prefer if they were left alone to get on with producing CBC stuff, as though the CBC has a severe allergy to scrutiny.This ain’t unique in the Canadian TV racket. Most executives are hostile to scrutiny. But those executives come and go, and after a few years of buying U.S. programs to fill their schedules, they move on to a role even less taxing.But the CBC is there permanently, looming over everything, and last week’s shindig was more peculiar than usual. It was less about announcing a new season of CBC TV and mentioning some radio achievement than it was about announcing that the CBC is the crucible of Canadian culture. The CBC’s own perception of itself is that in a chaotic, shifting media landscape, the CBC is reliable, trusted and more Canadian than anything or anybody in the country. READ MORElast_img read more

Families take on the task of raising awareness of Canadas Fentanyl crisis

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsFamilies in Winnipeg are raising awareness to the dangers of Fentanyl.It’s the opioid painkiller that has caused hundreds of overdoses in British Columbia and Alberta.The problem is making its way east – and families in Winnipeg are now feeling it.srobinson@aptn.caFollow @shaneenonthescenelast_img

Ready or not Canadian business may face sanctions under EUs GDPR privacy

first_imgTORONTO – Any Canadian business that collects personal information about residents of the European Union —whether they’re tourists, students or online customers —risks maximum fines of $30 million or more if they violate a sweeping new EU privacy law that takes effect Friday.But privacy experts say many small- and mid-sized Canadian companies have only recently become aware that they may be covered by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was adopted by the 27-country regional government in 2016 with a two-year delay before enforcement starting on May 25, 2018.“Anybody that is collecting personal data from European residents — not only citizens — needs to comply with this,” Ale Brown, founder of Kirke Management Consulting, said in a phone interview from Vancouver.That’s equally true for a boutique fashion company selling purses, a university with students from a European country or a website using cookies or other information tracking features, she said. The GDPR could even affect small tourism-related business such as a resort or tour operator, because they have guests from all over the world.Besides having potentially hefty fines, the GDPR’s scope is also sweeping.It covers everything from giving people an opportunity to obtain, correct or remove personal data about themselves, to outlining rules for disclosing security breaches, to providing easily understood privacy policies and terms of service.One of the criticisms of GDPR has been that it could impose higher administrative costs on every company that wants to comply with the rules _ plus the potentially devastating impact of being hit with a fine for violating the law.Among those raising the alarm is Jake Ward, a spokesman for the recently formed Data Catalyst advisory council, which aspires to educate policy makers and businesses about the importance of the data-driven economy.“Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad bill, because I don’t necessarily think it is,” Ward said in an interview.“But there could have been some steps taken to appreciate that the challenges of small businesses is different from the large.”For example, he said, a fine of four per cent of annual revenue would be very painful for a large company like Facebook or Google but “that’s a death sentence for a small company that gets hit with a GDPR fine.”While the EU intends for its fines to be a real deterrent to breaking the privacy law, it does take into account a number of factors, such as whether the infringement is intentional or negligent, the actions taken to reduce damage to the individuals, and preparations in place to prevent non-compliance.However, it may impose the biggest fine applicable in a particular case and the ultimate maximum fine could be either 20 million euros (C$30 million), or four per cent of a company’s annual global revenue, whichever is greater.Brown said many of her larger clients have been grappling with the legal and operational implications of the GDPR for 18 months or more, but others have only recently become aware that they need to be ready too.A top priority for them, she said, is to respond quickly if somebody requests access to their personal information or corrections to what’s on file about them _ both rights recognized by the GDPR.“Smaller businesses in Canada may fly under the radar for awhile, because the supervisory authorities are going to have to prioritize, but if somebody lodges a complaint — they’re going to come,” Brown said.“From a financial, from a legal and a reputational perspective, you really don’t want a European supervisory authority knocking on your door.”They can begin to protect themselves by having a process in place for dealing with GDPR issues, as soon as possible, Brown said.“Do an inventory of the data you have, understand why you have it and document it.”It’s also important to be able to locate the information, which may reside in multiple places such as an in-house system, on a “cloud” service on somebody else’s servers, or on a mobile device like a smartphone, said Matthew Tyrer, a senior manager at the Ottawa office of data protection company Commvault.The arrival of GDPR has been an opportunity for Commvault as well as any Canadian company that can demonstrate it has taken the effort to protect their customers’ personal data, Tyrer said.“It will just make you that much more competitive and these are things we should probably have already been doing in the first place, when you look at the basics.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly spelled the first name of Jake Ward.last_img read more

Group of Egyptians Create Facebook Page Swear Allegiance to King Mohammed

By Soukaina AbbouFez – Young Egyptian activists pay homage to the King of Morocco, Mohamed the Sixth, on a new Facebook page that has reached a tremendous 18,000 likes in just four days. The page called: “Ehna shabab masreyin noubaye’ malek elmaghreb malek li masr” “We are Egyptian youth, we pledge allegiance to the King of Morocco King of Egypt.” The newly-created Facebook page posts photographs and statuses expressing respect and admiration to the inspiring political icon who recently was awarded with the medal of excellence as one of the most influential figures in the world 2014 as reported by the International Council for Human Rights, Arbitration, Politics and Strategic Studies.The admin of the page emphasized that “the preference of the king of Morocco is not a betrayal of Egypt, but it is a brave stance toward a brave king who respects his citizens and accomplishes great achievements for great people like Moroccans.”This statement pays tribute to all Moroccans in response to the TV presenter Amani El Khayat accusations that Morocco is “a country which bases its economy on prostitution.” El Khayat left both Moroccans and Egyptians grossly offended and disappointed by Egyptian media.The page aims to strengthen mutual respect, amity and bonds between Egyptians and Moroccans as well highlight the fine reputation of King Mohammed VI. read more

Abu Dhabi Fund Sells Part of its Ciment du Maroc Shares

Rabat – The Moroccan Capital Markets Authority (AMMC) announced that the Abu Dhabi Fund For Development (ADFD) has sold 35,517 Ciments du Maroc shares to the central market at a unit price of MAD 1,660, decreasing the ownership threshold to 5 percent.As a result of this transaction, which took place February 21,  ADFD  now holds 691,160 Ciments du Maroc shares, or 4.79 percent of the capital, according to a  statement from Casablanca’s stocks, issued March 1.ADFD is an autonomous institution established by the Government of Abu Dhabi in July 1971 and located in Abu Dhabi. Its main purpose is to support developing countries. Starting 1974, ADFD managed UAE government grants totaling AED 5.5 billion across 55 projects in Morocco.The fund has provided the country with approximately AED 3.5 billion in loans to finance 17 projects across the transport, housing, water, healthcare, and education sectors.During 2016, the stagnation of the Moroccan cement market highlighted the crisis of the construction industry. Pushed by a severe drop in national economic growth, the cement market closed the year with a 0.70 percent decrease in domestic sales.While sales showed a 5.9 percent increase during the beginning of 2016, they tumbled in subsequent quarters, canceling out the initial growth with three major declines: 10.8 percent for June, 19.1 percent for September, and 12.5 percent for December.However, in July 2017 the cement market experienced a sursprising surge of sales, only to fall in August by 10.33 percent to 1.28 million tons against 1.31 percent in the same month of 2016, following the decline in construction activity. read more

WatchTSX tumbles Wall Street mixed as Canadian earnings disappoint

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed in solidly negative territory Tuesday, dragged down by a more than three per cent drop in the metals and mining sector along with sharp pullbacks in both the industrial and energy sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 66.16 points to 15,346.44 following a gain that exceeded more than 50 points on Monday.The Canadian dollar retreated for a third consecutive session after some impressive gains last week, closing down 0.34 of a U.S. cent at 81.43 cents.New York markets were mostly lower amid a mixed bag of earnings reports as investors tried to gauge the effect of the higher U.S. dollar on corporate profits.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 85.34 points at 17,949.59 after a plunge of more than 200 points Monday, while the S&P 500 shed 3.11 points to 2097.29. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq advanced 19.50 points to 5,014.10.On the commodity markets, the June crude contract closed down $1.27 at US$56.61 a barrel, while June gold rose $9.40 to US$1,203.10 an ounce and May copper fell three cents to US$2.70 cents a pound.“The volatility that we’ve been experiencing . . . to me it’s the market just being the market,” said Kash Pashootan, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at  First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“The reason why we’re scratching out heads trying to determine where this volatility is coming from is primarily because we haven’t seen very much of it over the last four or five years.”After five years of above historical average returns, especially the U.S. market, and with equities fully valued, investors are not likely to be as patient with anything “other than perfection,” Pashootan said.“In many ways it’s healthy to see this type of volatility at this point in the cycle because if we didn’t have this volatility, we face the risk of stocks getting ahead of themselves and becoming over-valued and potentially building the next bubble that at some point will pop.”In corporate news, Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B)  reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $64 million or 11 cents per share, down 40 per cent from $105 million or 18 cents per share a year earlier and three cents below the average analyst estimate as compiled by Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, Teck announced a two-thirds cut in its dividend in response to current low commodity prices and the diversified miner’s outlook. It’s stock close down $1.09 or 6.44 per cent at $15.83.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR), which reported higher quarterly earnings after markets closed Monday, saw its shares drop $2.57 or 3.08 per cent $80.78.And Canadian Pacific Railway, which reported an all-time quarterly profit of $320 million on Tuesday, nonetheless saw its shares drop $5.14 or 2.17 per cent to $232.12.“You’re seeing cautious profit-taking when it come to the rails as a result of the combined forces of these stocks not being under-valued and, arguably, a little bit expensive” at a time when investors are uncertain of the effect big drop in oil prices will have on the Canadian economy in the short to medium term, Pashootan said. read more

Malaysia seeks trial venue switch for Sri Lankan envoy

The unprecedented application was filed by the public prosecutor, with Sahib filing an affidavit in support of moving the court. Sahib said he believed that his safety was not guaranteed if he were to attend the trial in the Sepang Sessions Court as witness because large groups of Tamils had gathered there during the last two case managements.He said he was still traumatised by the Sept 4 brutal attack on him at the KLIA, a public area which should have tight security measures. Justice Nordin Hassan said it did not matter what Sahib felt but rather whether he could use his discretion judiciously to approve the application.He advised the lawyers to provide him further submissions on the legal position in Singapore and India as Section 417 of the CPC in Malaysia was similar to those countries.Nordin will deliver his ruling on April 20. (Colombo Gazette) The application in January was made under Section 417 (d) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) for the High Court to grant an order for the general convenience of a witness. Lawyer M Manoharan, who is appearing for the accused – A Kalaimughilan, V Balamurugan and V Ragunathan – said the application was an insult to the Malaysian judiciary, court staff and the police force.“This will open the floodgates for witnesses to make such an application,” he said, adding that there was no material evidence that Sahib’s safety and security was at stake.He said the ambassador could employ security officers to take care of his safety while in the court premises. Government lawyer Suhaimi Ibrahim today told the High Court that Sahib would be reluctant to come to Sepang as the court was located in a secluded area. “I fear for my safety and security if the trial is to be continued in Sepang,” he said, adding that he lodged a police report in January to express his concern.He said he felt safer to have the trial heard in the Kuala Lumpur court as security measures there were tighter and better.Sahib claimed Tamil groups had attempted to harm the staff of the Sri Langkan High Commission and a former prime minister at a Buddhist temple during his visit to Malaysia. Malaysia has filed an application, on the request of the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Malaysia, to transfer a criminal trial from the Sepang court to Kuala Lumpur on security grounds, Free Malaysia Today reported.Last September, three men were charged with rioting and assaulting ambassador Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the KLIA airport. read more

Happy Birthday to Aquaman King of the Seven Seas

first_img According to the DC Comics Calendar (from 1976), today, January 29th, is the birthday of Arthur Curry, aka the DC Comics’ superhero Aquaman. First appearing in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941, Aquaman has solidified himself as a cornerstone of the DC Universe. He is a husband, father, a founding member of the Justice League, and the king of Atlantis. Despite becoming the butt of many superhero-related jokes, especially during the more extreme 90’s and grittier 2000’s, Aquaman has recently come back to the forefront of the DC Universe. One of the few characters to benefit from DC Comics’ New 52 launch under the pen of Geoff Johns, Aquaman was rebooted as a self-aware hero, who overcame all of the jokes thrown his way by showing off his capabilities as a hero and a leader. Now, Jason Momoa is set to play the character in a Justice League movie later this year, as well as star in his own feature length movie set for release in 2018.The modern origin of the character is that he is the half-human, half-Atlantean son of Tom Curry and Atlanna, the queen of Atlantis. Raised by his human father, Tom, a lighthouse keeper, who hides his son’s Atlantean origins from him, only explaining it to him once Arthur’s aquatic abilities begin to develop. Once Arthur makes his way to Atlantis and finds it under the reign of his evil half-brother, Orm, better known as Ocean Master, Arthur decides to use his abilities to fight against injustice as the hero known as Aquaman. He goes on to join the Justice League in their first meeting, which is against the intergalactic hive mind known as Starro. Eventually, he meets Mera, an Atlantean outcast to whom he eventually marries and has a son with. Throughout his career as a hero, he commonly clashes with the villain known only as Black Manta, who cuts off Arthur’s hand and is responsible for the murder of Arthur’s son as well.via DC ComicsDuring the 1990’s, which are known to have been a weird era in superhero comics, Aquaman got a major revitalization. He grew out his hair and beard, was given a hook hand to replace the one cut off by Black Manta, and was stripped of his iconic golden orange and green, which was replaced with a more armor-like outfit, all of which was an attempt to make the character seem more tough or hard-core. This was all an effort to capitalize on the ideas of being “extreme” that the 1990’s seemed to push so heavily. This look did not last too long, however, as he eventually returns to his classic outfit, with a new hand made out water. The character was again rebooted in the mid-2000’s when Arthur Curry disappeared and was replaced by a character named… Arthur Curry, who also looked a lot like him. It didn’t really make a ton of sense but this was quickly done away with by the time that the New 52 reboot rolled around.via DC ComicsA character on the come up, an underdog of superheroes if there ever was one, Aquaman has nowhere to go but up with two blockbuster movies on the way. Aquaman was created as a sillier addition to the Golden Age roster of superheroes, and while it did not seem that the character would stand the test of time, here he is, over 75 years later. Everything that makes the character ridiculous also makes him endearing, with the kind of fun energy and charm that only other golden/silver age heroes seem to exude. Despite having been thought of so poorly for so long, Aquaman is undeniably a classic at this point, and we wish him a happy 76th birthday. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Aquaman’Amazon Baits Prime Customers With Advanced ‘Aquaman’ Screening Stay on targetlast_img read more

Nielsen Business Relaunches Real Estate Titles

first_imgWith a renewed focus on its Web sites, Nielsen Business Media’s two real estate industry publications—Commercial Property News and Multi-Housing News—are debuting a new look today in print and online.The September issues of both titles have a new logo and more user-friendly size and format, according to the company. Also, CPN and MHN both feature an updated editorial lineup that focuses on “thought leadership, industry insight, research, data, business intelligence and news analysis to give readers perspective on how industry news and developments will affect them and their businesses now and in the future.”On the Web side, and have expanded their digital offerings with products such as audiocasts, Webcasts and blogs. Multi-Housing News has introduced additional blogs to its line-up, including “Eye on the Economy,” “Capital Insights,” and “The Essential Kitchen,” while CPN has launched CPN Radio, a weekly online radio program that provides a macroeconomic outlook, industry updates and sector updates for the commercial real estate industry. The site also has a new blog called “Real Talk with CPN” that provides audiences with the latest news, views and trends. In addition, MHN will be launching a digital edition of its publication in the next few months.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents Wilmington Sons Of Italys Comedy Night A Huge Success

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy and the Wilmington High School Band Parents held another successful Comedy Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Club.Close to 300 people attended the annual event to help support the fundraising activities of both organizations.Thanks to the tremendous effort of both groups, over $7,000.00 dollars was raised for the two organizations to split.Special thank you to Steve Bjork for helping organize the event by securing 3 fabulous comedians this year as he has for many years!Kevin Caira of the Wilmington Sons of Italy was the event Chairperson again this year and did a fantastic job leading and organizing the event as he has for many, many years!Left to Right: Andrea Desario (Band Parents), John Romano (Wilmington SOI President), Kevin Caira (Event Chairperson Wilmington SOI), Steve Sica (Band Parents President), Doreen Dawson (Band Parents)(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Sons of Italy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTO: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports WHS Band Parents Trivia NightIn “Community”COMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”last_img read more

Former Board of Fish nominee charged with PFD fraud

first_imgA former head of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Alaska Board of Fisheries nominee is being charged with illegally collecting $7,422 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends between 2009 and 2014.Roland Maw, who owns a home in Kasilof, was charged Wednesday in Juneau District Court with 17 counts of theft and unsworn falsification on his applications for six years of Permanent Fund dividends and for commercial fishing permits.According to the charges, Maw left the state for over 90 days during those years, and did not disclose his length of his absences on his applications.In that time, Maw got resident sport licenses, permits and tags in Montana.He pleaded no contest last year to seven counts of license violations in seeking a Montana resident benefit while still claiming Alaska residency.He was fined $7,245 in that case, and the court banned him from hunting, fishing and trapping in Montana for 18 months.Maw also obtained resident fishing licenses in Alaska between 2008 and 2014, claiming Alaska residency on commercial fishing permits.Along with previously serving as the executive director of UCIDA, Gov. Bill Walker appointed Maw to the Board of Fisheries last January. The appointment proved controversial, especially as the Montana charges came to light, and Maw withdrew his name from consideration last February.last_img read more

Emergency radio kit from Southeast Alaska sent to help Puerto Rico broadcaster

first_imgLast Monday, a radio engineer in Juneau loaded four nondescript black cases into a truck and drove it to air cargo.Listen nowIt was one of three emergency radio broadcasting kits of its kind, designed in Southeast Alaska. On Thursday, it arrived in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria wrecked communications infrastructure.Rich Parker helps keep Southeast Alaska public radio stations on the air (including KTOO).Part of Parker’s job as an engineer working on broadcasting infrastructure means maintaining the emergency radio kits – and he prepped Juneau’s for the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation.The emergency broadcasting kit has everything an engineer needs to set up a small radio station in less than a half-hour. Sitka and Ketchikan have similar systems.“This is what’s called a Radio to Go,” Parker said. “It’s a kit with studio components: mast with an antenna, a small transmitter and mic and other equipment you need to set up an emergency studio.”The kit has flexible power options. The audio equipment can be powered by a vehicle using an inverter, and the transmitter can even operate at reduced power by wiring together car batteries.CoastAlaska built the kit. The organization pools business, overhead and staff among a group of Alaska public radio stations, including KTOO.Mollie Kabler, the executive director of CoastAlaska, said the Corporation for Public Broadcasting had heard about the kit and contacted her.“Since it’s a custom built piece of equipment, I didn’t have anywhere to send them to get one,” Kabler said, “but I said ‘we’ll send it.’”An engineer from public radio station WNYC met the kit in New York and took to WIPR in Puerto Rico. The kit will help the station stay on the air during the hurricane recovery.last_img read more