KMC to crack down on unsafe water vending machines

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to crack down on the rampant installation of water vending machines in different parts of the city.The decision comes in the wake of reports of people suffering from water-borne diseases, particularly in the added areas of the city. The companies that set up such machines for their promotional advertisement provide cold drinking water but hardly take up maintenance of these facilities and as a Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durgaresult the water quality deteriorates after a certain period of time. “The respective local councillors will keep an eye on such water machines. The companies which will install such machines will have to sign an MoU with the Water Supply department of KMC, stating that they will have to carry out periodical maintenance of these machines at least for a period of five years. We cannot compromise with the quality of drinking water,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that waterborne diseases like jaundice and diarrhea break out at a few pockets in the city every year. Baghajatin and its adjacent areas have witnessed some people getting affected by jaundice recently. The KMC had tested both their underground and overground water supply pipelines and did not find any contamination there. They believe that packaged water or water from other sources might have contributed to the disease. The deep tubewells in the city, particularly in the added areas, is another cause of worry with as many as 132 tubewells out of a total of 369 in the city being located in Borough X of the civic body. “We are increasing the capacity of our water treatment plants at Garden Reach and Dhapa. A capsule booster pumping station is coming up at ward 99 to ensure that potable drinking water reaches the tail end,” Hakim said. Last month, some cases of jaundice were reported from ward 99, 100 and 92. The KMC had collected water samples from various sources in these wards and coliform bacteria were found in a number of samples. However, the KMC has not been able to detect the actual problematic source of water that resulted in jaundice.last_img read more

JNUSU polls Highest voting percentage in 7 yrs HC orders stay on

first_imgNew Delhi: The keenly-contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls witnessed a 67.9 per cent voter turnout on Friday, believed to be the highest in seven years, even as the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the announcement of results.Last year, the polling percentage was 67.8. The JNUSU poll committee accused the Dean of Students of “interfering” in the election process by entering the polling venue when the first phase of voting was underway. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOf the 8,488 registered voters, 5,762 cast their votes. In 2017 and 2016, the voting percentage was 59. In 2015, the it was 55. In 2013 and 2014, the percentage hovered around 55 while in 2012, the voter turnout was 60 per cent. The Delhi High Court ordered a stay on Friday on the declaration of the poll results till September 17, when it will take up the matter again. “It is directed that the declaration of the final results shall be subject to further orders to be passed by this court. Further, the university is directed not to notify the results till the next date of hearing,” the court said in its order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe JNU election committee said it was yet to take a final decision on counting of votes following the high court order. The results were supposed to be declared on September 8. A total of 14 candidates are in the fray for the election, for which the first phase of polling was held from 9.30 am to 1 pm and the second phase from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The counting of votes is supposed to commence from 9 pm. “The chairman of the university’s Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC), who is also the Dean of Students’ Affairs, interfered in the election process by coming inside the polling venue. This is a clear violation of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations and also of a high court order,” JNU Election Committee chairperson Shashank Patel said. He, however, did not comment on the action taken by the poll panel on the violation. The Dean of Students, Umesh Kadam, did not respond to calls and messages for a comment on the issue. As polling was underway, supporters of various political outfits were seen flocking outside the voting centres and raising slogans.last_img read more

RAM receives New ATR 72-600 Aircraft

Marrakech – Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) received on Thursday a new ATR 72-600 aircraft, bringing to 48 the number of its fleet.The new plane, a sample of which is exhibited by the RAM at the “Marrakech Air Show 2014,” was purchased by RAM Express, a subsidiary air company of RAM. This is the fifth engine by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR owned by the national air company.It will reinforce the fleet of RAM Express operating domestic and international flights mainly towards Spain and Portugal.The ATR 72-600is a twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner. The aircraft seats up to 78 passengers in a single-class configuration, and is operated by a two-pilot crew. read more

UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide issues first indictment for false testimony

12 June 2007The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide has issued an indictment against a witness for giving false testimony during the trial of the country’s former higher education minister. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide has issued an indictment against a witness for giving false testimony during the trial of the country’s former higher education minister.Judge Jai Ram Reddy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) confirmed the indictment yesterday after an application from prosecutors, and issued a warrant for the arrest of the witness, identified only by the code name GAA.This is the first time that the ICTR has issued an indictment for false testimony and contempt of court, and it arises from an investigation by prosecutors on the direction of the Tribunal’s appeals chamber when it upheld the conviction of Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda in September 2005.Witnesses in that trial were allegedly induced to give false testimony under oath.Mr. Kamuhanda is serving concurrent life sentences after being convicted of genocide and extermination for his role in the mass killings that engulfed the small African country in less than three months in 1994. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, often by machete or club.The ICTR found Mr. Kamuhanda had supervised the killings in his native Gikomero commune in the Kigali-Rural prefecture. He distributed firearms, grenades and machetes to the Hutu Interahamwe militia and led attacks at the parish church and adjoining school in Gikomero, where several thousand Tutsi civilians were killed.Meanwhile, ICTR prosecutors yesterday requested the transfer of the case of Fulgence Kayishema to Rwanda for trial – the first such request for a transfer from the UN tribunal to the Rwandan national jurisdiction.The Rwandan Government has said it is willing and ready to prosecute Mr. Kayishema – who faces charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity – and has given assurances he will receive a fair trial and not be subject to the death penalty.ICTR prosecutors have also asked the trial chamber to require the Tribunal registrar to designate a defence counsel for Mr. Kayishema during the referral proceedings.Mr. Kayishema was inspector of police in Kivumu commune in Kibuye prefecture during the 1994 genocide. The indictment alleges he conspired with Father Athanase Seromba and others to prepare and carry out a plan to exterminate the Tutsi population in Kivumu and elsewhere in Kibuye.In a separate development, Silvana Arbia has been appointed as Chief Prosecutor at the ICTR, replacing Stephen Rapp, who is now Prosecutor of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).Ms. Arbia has been with the ICTR since October 1999 and has previously worked as a judge, public prosecutor and lawyer in her native Italy. She has also served as a lecturer and as Italy’s delegate to the 1998 conference setting up the International Criminal Court (ICC). read more

No time to relax in the fight against hunger top UN official

20 September 2010Calling hunger “the most severe face of poverty,” the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that only swift and committed action by global leaders will make the difference for the millions of people worldwide who have to subsist on one meal or even less every day. Calling hunger “the most severe face of poverty,” the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that only swift and committed action by global leaders will make the difference for the millions of people worldwide who have to subsist on one meal or even less every day.It is time to put hunger “on top of the global agenda,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, in an interview with the UN News Centre as world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss how to make progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“We know what to do but we have to do it, and we have to do it vigorously… There’s nothing more basic than hunger.”One of the eight MDGs includes a target of halving, by 2015, the proportion of people worldwide who were hungry in 1990.A joint report issued last week by WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization indicated that the number of chronically hungry people has fallen for the first time in 15 years, dropping from 1 billion to 925 million. But Ms. Sheeran said this improvement, while welcome, must be treated cautiously.“It is a projection for this year and of course we have recently seen epic-level flooding in Pakistan which was not factored into the projections,” she said. “This is no time to relax.“We are seeing food prices climbing a little again. The projections are based on increased economic growth. If there isn’t that growth, and there’s a sudden-onset disaster or an unpredictable loss of crops, then those numbers can really swing. We’re in a volatile area where the underpinning factors are more volatile than ever in recorded history.”The WFP chief said the recent global financial and food crises had “exposed structural weaknesses in the battle against hunger,” with many people in poorer nations priced out of the market for basic foods.“That’s why during the crisis I labelled it a ‘silent tsunami.’ Villages in virtually every country in every continent were affected.”Hunger fell disproportionately on women and children, Ms. Sheeran said, noting that the agency has changed its policies and strategies to focus on children under the age of two.“They are the most vulnerable. We have learned that the first 1,000 days of a child – from conception to two years of age – is so important. If they are undernourished, then they will be damaged in their minds and bodies.“New scientific evidence has reinforced what we had learned and has revolutionized the way we approach the issue of hunger. It’s not only important that children get calories, but that they get the right kind of calories at the right time – that they get highly nutritious food.”WFP distributes food for about 90 million people in at least 70 different countries each year, and Ms. Sheeran stressed the importance of making sure “we tap into the world’s best thinking, the best technologies and the best minds to defeat hunger. WFP is involved in very complex operations today – we are not talking about your grandmother’s food aid.” read more

Keystone pipeline vital for economies Flaherty tells new US Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON — Jim Flaherty has made a pitch for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline with a top Obama administration official, telling Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that the contentious project is vital to both countries’ economies.“He emphasized that the process is being followed,” Canada’s finance minister told a media roundtable after he attended G20 meetings in the U.S. capital on Thursday.“I emphasized that the State Department report indicates this is a very important project for both economies, particularly for employment in the United States — more than 40,000 well-paying jobs. And that environmentally, it is more beneficial to transport bitumen by pipeline than by rail.”Keystone XL would carry bitumen from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oil sands through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries. It’s become a flashpoint for U.S. environmentalists, who are exerting intense pressure on President Barack Obama to nix the project.Flaherty’s meeting with Lew was the first between the two finance chiefs since Lew was sworn into his new job on Feb. 28.“I’m stating a political fact — he’s an influential person in Washington,” Flaherty said of his American counterpart.“He’s the fourth secretary of the Treasury with whom I’ve dealt …. I’m looking forward to a casual and cordial relationship with him like I had with (former Treasury Secretary) Tim Geithner.”The State Department held the only public hearing Thursday into its latest environmental assessment of the project, a document that essentially said there were no compelling ecological reasons to block Keystone XL. A State official said there have been 800,000 public comments submitted in response to the department’s revised environmental analysis, released in March.The eight-hour hearing in Nebraska was frequently raucous as construction workers, TransCanada executives and environmentalists tried to shout down one another while they took turns speaking.Officials with the State Department, which has been assessing the project because it crosses an international border, tried to maintain order during the proceedings.“There are a lot of strong feelings about this,” Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, told reporters at the hearing. read more

Beats Audio buys MOG HTC gets a streaming music service

first_imgHTC has been hard at work trying to find ways to differentiate its mobile phones from the competition, and one key component of their plan to stand out is music. They acquired a controlling stake in Beats Audio to get the ball rolling, and then the rumor mill heated up with talk that HTC was going to launch its own streaming music service.But why launch one yourself when you can acquire one? Heck, why even bother acquiring one yourself when your audio tech partner can do it for you? According to inside sources, that’s exactly what has happened: Beats Audio has acquired MOG.MOG isn’t as well-known as Spotify, but the service boasts a catalog of 14 million-plus tunes and has deals with all the major records labels. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS, and a BlackBerry app is on the way — though with HTC involved now (albeit from the perimeter) you’ve got to wonder whether a Metro app for Windows Phone is in the cards. MOG’s product lead gave the possibility a thumbs down last summer saying their resources were limited and there just weren’t enough Windows Phone devices in the wild to make it worth their while.If the deal really has been done, this could be a great thing for MOG, too. With a subscriber base that’s estimated to hover around just 500,000, finding a prominent place on HTC’s handsets and tablets would certainly help drive that number up.With the streaming music service figured out, now all HTC needs to do is decide what to do with OnLive. They invested millions in the game, desktop, and Office app streaming company last year, so an integration deal may not be far behind.More at Business Insiderlast_img read more

Ben Affleck is the new Batman

first_imgThe mantle of The Dark Knight has passed from one actor to the next over the last few decades. Christian Bale breathed new life into the Batman character in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, which just finished up last year with The Dark Knight Rises. With Bale stepping down as the caped crusader, Warner Bros. has been on the hunt for a new actor to don the iconic cowl. The studio has settled on Ben Affleck.Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming (and still untitled) Batman-Superman movie, to be directed by Man of Steel’s Zack Snyder. Man of Steel has proven to be a solid success, having pulled in over $650 million since its release earlier this summer. The new film, despite not even having a script yet, is scheduled for release on July 15, 2015 with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman.This is not Affleck’s first brush with the superhero stardom. The actor previously gave life to Marvel’s Daredevil, but that film was considered a failure on most fronts. Batman, however, is a proven moneymaker. The early response to Affleck’s casting has been largely negative, but fans have two years to get used to the idea. And for all anyone knows, Affleck might end up working in the role. For his part, Snyder is excited about the pairing of Affleck and Cavill.Affleck has also been rumored as a possible choice as director for an upcoming Justice League movie. His involvement with Warner Bros. on a Superman-Batman film makes that seem increasingly possible.last_img read more

Arson spree

first_imgThe offices of four politicians in Thessalonki were attacked by arsonists last week. The offices of Deputy Interior Minister Costas Gioulekas, Deputy Culture Minister Yiannis Ioannidis, the head of Democratic Revival Stelios Papathemelis and PASOK MP Stathis Koutmeridis were torched as well as the local offices of PASOK. Four banks and a New Democracy office in Vyronas were also set on fire. Arsonists attacked a boatyard in Argyroupoli, southeastern Athens. An incendiary device went off outside of Kappa Marine according to officers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Intel va lancer Clover Trail son processeur pour tablettes Windows 8

first_imgIntel va lancer Clover Trail, son processeur pour tablettes Windows 8Largement distancé par ARM sur le marché des tablettes, Intel souhaite rectifier le tir en équipant les prochaines tablettes Windows 8 avec son processeur Clover Trail.D’après le site, Intel devrait donc lancer, dès le second trimestre de l’année, un nouveau processeur Atom dédié aux tablettes tactiles ou encore aux netbooks, nommé Clover Trail. Ce dernier serait un double-coeur, or, la concurrence dispose déjà de quatre-coeur. Etonnant, mais il est certain que le CES de la semaine prochaine nous en dévoilera davantage sur les performances des tablettes intégrant le dernier processeur Intel. Cette fois, selon DigiTimes (lien non disponible), des marques comme Acer et Lenovo travailleraient déjà sur des tablettes Windows 8 avec processeur Intel, pour investir le marché au troisième trimestre 2012.Il semblerait donc qu’Inter s’active (peut être tardivement) pour rattraper son retard sur ARM, leader incontesté des smartphones et tablettes, en préparant de nombreuses nouvelles gammes de processeurs nomades (Medfield pour smartphone, Clover Trail, Haswell pour ultrabook et Silvermont…).Le 4 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sports Direct workers to receive £1m in back pay

first_imgWorkers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook-based warehouse are to receive back pay amounting to an estimated £1 million to compensate for not being paid the national minimum wage.The payments will be back dated to May 2012. The back pay will cover the additional time taken for unpaid staff searches at the end of shifts, which led to some employees being paid under the national minimum wage of £6.70 an hour for their time at work.The back pay is expected to be delivered in full towards the end of August 2016 to staff directly employed by Sports Direct and workers provided by agency The Best Connection.The back payments could be worth up to £1,000 for some workers, according to estimates by trade union Unite.The back pay deal, secured by Unite, received the backing of 96% of Unite members who are directly employed by Sports Direct.According to Unite, Transline, who also provides agency workers to the Sports Direct warehouse, may initially only pay half of the back pay owed to workers. The organisation took over from agency Blue Arrow at Shirebrook two years ago.More than 3,000 agency workers at the Shirebrook site are contracted through agencies The Best Connection and Transline.Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, admitted that staff at the organisation’s Shirebrook warehouse were paid below the minimum wage at a Select Committee hearing in June.In July, the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee released a report into employment practices at Sports Direct, which includes concerns around pay deductions and outstanding back pay.Steve Turner, assistant general secretary at Unite, said: “Mike Ashley and the Sports Direct board should be under no illusions. The charge of ‘Victorian’ work practices will continue to weigh heavily on Sports Direct until it moves long standing agency workers onto direct, permanent contracts and weans itself off its reliance upon zero hours contracts.”A Transline spokesperson said: “We are making all payments required, in full compliance with HM Revenue and Customs”.Sports Direct and The Best Connection had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE FinTru hosts health and wellbeing month to promote new benefits

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Financial services outsourcing organisation FinTru has held a health and wellbeing month in order to promote its new employee benefits package to its 234 Belfast-based staff.The health and wellbeing month, called Febulous Challenge, was held in February 2018 to help promote the group risk and health and wellbeing benefits that the organisation implemented in January 2018. The new benefits, which include group life insurance, group income protection, group sick pay insurance, private medical insurance (PMI) and a health cash plan, were introduced as a fundamental component of FinTru’s overall health and wellbeing strategy, to align with the organisation’s stance of having responsibility towards its employees’ health and wellness.The Febulous Challenge encouraged employees to be active and allowed them to take part in a variety of fitness challenges as teams or as individuals, both in and out of working hours. This included plank challenges, skiing challenges, going to the gym, park-based challenges and going to the ice rink. To conclude the week, the organisation’s two buildings competed in a squat challenge. In addition to the fitness challenges, the health cash plan provider also led a presentation for all staff to answer any questions around this specific benefit.During the month, employees could additionally take part in a competition to win one of two Fitbit activity trackers. Employees had to take a picture during Febulous Challenge and then post the photo on the organisation’s internal social networking site in order to enter. FinTru’s chief executive officer drew two names at random from the entries at the end of the month to decide the winners.A total of 212 employees took part in the Febulous Challenge.The Febulous Challenge ran alongside FinTru’s existing weekly activities, which includes yoga classes, a football match, squash ladder, book club and languages group.The new benefits that were launched in January 2018 were originally communicated to staff using presentations. All employees are eligible for the benefits, except graduate trainees who are not offered short-term sick pay, long-term income protection, PMI or the health cash plan.FinTru’s benefits package already features a pension scheme, PMI, a discretionary bonus scheme, an employee referral scheme, financial support for continuing professional development and childcare vouchers.Sinead Carville, executive director, human resources at FinTru, said: “Looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff is absolutely core to us. Having a comprehensive reward package that demonstrates how we look after our staff is a real differentiator, and as a relatively new name and a fast-growing [organisation], this helps us compete with more established employers. We took in to account our demographic and now offer a package tailored to their specific needs and wants, a significant proportion of which is being delivered via group risk protection. We’ve had great feedback from existing staff and prospective employees alike.”last_img read more

Event Planning in a Tight Market

first_imgMore Bang For The BuckPublishers should be leery about cuts that will affect the onsite experience. Hanley Wood has added “Live Action Clinics”—a series of training seminars for attendees—that take place on its exhibit floors to drive exhibitor traffic and give attendees something extra. “We’re trying to build a value proposition—if people are still spending the same amount at your show, you have to give them more for their money when things get slow,” says Poss. The publisher will also co-locate some events, such as the Construct Show and DFM in 2009. “They will be held as a co-location so exhibitors and attendees get twice as much bang for the buck,” says Poss. Smaller, More Local Events Are InConsumer publishers often take their events to the audience via mobile tours. Gas surcharges, which event agencies include to cover gas price increases, can cost an average tour $3,000 to $5,000 quarterly, according to Folio: sister magazine Event Marketer. Instead of cross-country tours, some publishers are turning to regional-specific events as well as one-day events. Make enjoyed better than 50 percent annual growth for the Maker Faire, which drew more than 65,000 attendees in May. “We’re trying to bring the Maker Faire to regional markets so that people can attend without having to get on an airplane and in many cases, even avoid hotel stays,” says associate publisher Dan Woods. “We are also beginning to host smaller one-day ‘Maker Square’ events.”Working Mother Media, which produces 20 to 30 events per year, including the Multicultural Woman National Conference, is also considering smaller events. “We’re creating more customized and topic-specific events, including virtual events and smaller one-day or custom-built events,” says director of programming Janet Wigfield.Still, events have proven resilient during past slumps. “The face-to-face sector is usually later to go into a downturn and, in many cases, can be fairly quick to come out of it,” says Poss. “Exhibitors may hold back their participation but they usually don’t pull out because it sends a very confusing and troubling message to the marketplace.” Soaring gas prices, airfare and hotel rates are now affecting one of the largest growth areas for publishers: magazine events. While American Business Media says events have eclipsed print as the largest revenue stream for its members, skyrocketing travel costs could dampen the party for both b-to-b and consumer publishers. According to the Society of Independent Show Organizers, 50 percent of respondents to a recent Travel Costs Survey say they expect a moderate impact on their events business while 39 percent said it will be a great impact. Forty-one percent of respondents say they expect to see a 10 percent drop in expo attendance over the next 12 months. And with most event venues booked several years in advance, there’s little publishers can do. “Mostly I am downgrading my attendee revenue estimates,” says Scott Wolters, director of tradeshows and conferences at BNP Media. “If we are considering launching an event or holding an annual event again and it will not or has not met what we set as minimal profit levels, we will not move forward. On the other hand, our online events are going through the roof.”To cut costs, BNP is doing less direct mail, less travel (including conducting more site inspections online) and less outsourcing. Still, the reality is attendees are limiting their travel. “People are not going as deep into their organizations as they used to,” says Galen Poss, president of Hanley Wood’s Exhibitions Division. “They used to bring seven or eight people. Now they bring four or five. Instead of staying three or four days, they stay two days.” While the World of Concrete show was flat and the Surfaces show was down slightly in attendance, Hanley Wood’s event business grew double digits last year and will grow again this year, according to Poss.last_img read more

Chinas Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin after a signing ceremony during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China’s Shandong province on 10 June, 2018. Photo : AFPChinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” implemented as he met the country’s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday.Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that also included Russia and former Soviet republics.President Donald Trump announced last month the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions that would hit international businesses working in the Islamic republic.The other parties to the deal — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have vowed to stay in the accord but their companies risk huge penalties if they keep doing business in Iran.In his meeting with Rouhani, Xi described the deal as “an important outcome of multilateralism”, according to the official Xinhua news service.Xi said the deal is “conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East and the international non-proliferation regime, and should continue to be implemented earnestly,” according to Xinhua.Rouhani said Iran expects the international community, including China, “to play a positive role in properly dealing with relevant issues”, the agency reported.During the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Sunday, Russian president Vladimir Putin told the assembled leaders, including Rouhani, that the US withdrawal could “destabilise the situation” but Moscow still supports the “unconditional implementation” of the deal.Rouhani also had a bilateral meeting with Putin in Qingdao on Saturday and said more talks were needed between their two countries following Washington’s “illegal” withdrawal, according to the Kremlin.last_img read more

Bangladesh denounces oil tanker attacks in gulf region

first_imgOil tanker A picture taken on 13 May 2019 off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah shows the A Michel tanker under the flag of the United Arab Emirates, one of the four tankers damaged in alleged `sabotage attacks` in the Gulf the previous day. Photo: AFPBangladesh on Sunday expressed its deep concern over several attacks targeting oil establishment in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.“Bangladesh has observed with deep concern the secret drone attacks on the oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabian Eastern Province,” a foreign ministry press release said here.It said the news of attacks on the Saudi Arabian and Emirati oil tankers in the UAE territory is equally disconcerting.The release said Bangladesh is of the view that such unprovoked acts will have an adverse impact on the overall security situation in the region.“Bangladesh denounces such unilateral act of provocation and remains steadfastly committed to maintenance of peace and security,” it added.Bangladesh supports any collective effort that would maintain peace and stability in the region, the release said.last_img

Louisville Super Regional Set to Begin Friday

first_imgStory Links Friday’s opening game of the Super Regional between Louisville (47-16) and East Carolina (47-16) will be televised on ESPN2, while game two of the best-of-three series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. If necessary, the decisive third game is scheduled for Sunday at noon on ESPN2. The winner of the Louisville Super Regional will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. NCAA LOUISVILLE SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE – EAST CAROLINA AT LOUISVILLEGame 1: Friday, June 7 – Noon (ESPN2)Game 2: Saturday, June 8 – 3 p.m. (ESPNU)Game 3: Sunday, June 9 – Noon (ESPN2) Print Friendly Version Super Regional Homepage Since opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 400-114 record (.778 winning percentage). With Monday’s Regional clinching victory, Louisville improved to 29-7 at Jim Patterson Stadium this season and 31-9 all-time in NCAA postseason games at the corner of Third and Central. Buy NCAA Super Regional Tickets East Carolina took a similar path, winning four consecutive games after a loss in its postseason opener. The Pirates defeated Campbell twice on Monday to earn their fifth NCAA Super Regional appearance. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Postseason play at Jim Patterson Stadium resumes this weekend, as the No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team hosts the NCAA Super Regional round against No. 10 East Carolina beginning on Friday at noon ET. The model of consistency, Louisville will play in the Super Regional round for the sixth time in seven seasons. Only Vanderbilt has reached the supers as many times as the Cardinals since 2013. UofL will host the NCAA Super Regional for the sixth time in program history (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019). The Cardinals clinched their eighth NCAA Super Regional berth by winning the Louisville Regional on Monday. Louisville battled back through the loser’s bracket to win three straight games, including a 4-3 walk-off thriller over Illinois State on Monday to punch the ticket into the next round. All-session tickets for the 2019 NCAA Super Regional in Louisville are currently available and can be purchased online here. Reserved chairback seating is already sold out for the Super Regional, but general admission all-session tickets are still available for $25. If available, single game tickets will go on sale on Thursday at 10 a.m., ET.last_img read more

The Love Affair of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard – And the

first_imgWhat happens when star crossed lovers meet? In the case of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, stars met, crossed, loved, and then some. The meeting took place on a job, as many complicated romances begin. The two famous actors were hired for No Man of Her Own (1932) in which con man Jerry Stewart (Gable) falls for librarian Connie Randall (Lombard).Director of the film, Garson Kanin, later addressed the subject in his memoirs Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons, Moviemakers, Frauds, Hopefuls, Great Lovers (1976). He recounts Lombard confiding in him, saying that despite filming several steamy love scenes together, “[she] never got any kind of tremble out of him at all.”Studio publicity photo of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard after their honeymoon, 1939It’s not too surprising that this wasn’t a case of love at first sight, as both were married at the time — Gable to a Texas socialite, Maria Langham, and Lombard to actor William Powell. There was also a seven-year age gap between the two on-screen lovers.It was then a four year gap which separated the two actors who came in contact with each other for the second time in 1936 at the Mayfair Ball, which Lombard hosted.Publicity photo of Clark GableThe party’s invite list included all of Hollywood’s finest. Lombard graced the event with a dashing date — Cesar Romero — and a separated, but not yet divorced, Gable showed up stag.This evening was the spark that would ignite an all-consuming flame. Despite Lombard’s conspicuous date, gossip sources report that Clark Gable invited Carole Lombard back to his hotel room that night.Carole LombardGable’s divorce was finalized in 1938, after which the couple made their relationship public. The two were completely inseparable, never spending more than a week away from each other.A year later, Gable was working with David O. Selznick on Gone With the Wind and took advantage of a filming break to elope with Lombard in Arizona. It’s worth noting that it was Selznick who, three years earlier, had convinced Carole Lombard to host that fateful Mayfair Ball.Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh strike an amorous pose in ‘Gone with the Wind’, 1939Emotional struggles with infertility and allegations of infidelity plagued the couple’s marriage, including the day of the accident that cut it short.In January 1942, Lombard ignored numerous warning signs regarding a flight she was determined to take back home to California, presumably to reunite with Gable and assuage alleged marital issues. A psychic Lombard had seen with her mother, Elizabeth Peters, warned the actress against flights in general for the entire calendar year.Carole Lombard and William Powell in a publicity still for the film ‘My Man Godfrey’Gable’s press agent, Otto Winkler, was traveling with Lombard at the time and warned the actress against the flight home, having had a premonition of a plane crash in the days leading up to the trip. Both Winkler and Peters preferred an originally planned, but longer train journey.Related Article:A coin toss determined their fate. Lombard’s haste won and all three parties boarded TWA Flight 3 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The plane never got farther than Nevada, crashing into Potosi Mountain.Photo of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Mrs. Elizabeth Peters, the mother of Carole LombardWith the star, who had just raised around £2 million worth of bonds for the war effort, were 15 young pilots headed west, en route to serve in the war. No one survived.In an emotionally heroic gesture, Clark Gable mounted a horse and ascended 7,800 feet up the deadly mountain, following a route that even experienced professionals struggled to surmount and warned him against. With a group of guides and officials, the search party located the ruins of the flight.Clark Gable with an 8th Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in England, 1943Understandably, grief struck the widower in an extreme way. Gable didn’t want to go back to an empty home. He took up drinking, smoking, reckless motorcycle driving, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in August 1942, telling his friends that he didn’t care if he died in battle.Read another story from us: The Iconic Love Story of Johnny Cash and June CarterGable didn’t die of a broken heart, but he lived another 18 years without his beloved. He remarried twice during this time, but upon his death due to heart complications, he was buried next to his 3rd wife: Carole Lombard.last_img read more

Shutdown chokes Washington political standoff deepens

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The first U.S. government shutdown in nearly two decades put a choke hold on Washington Tuesday, as the White House and Republicans dug in for an extended struggle with no way out in sight.National monuments were barricaded, U.S. war cemeteries in Europe closed, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers sent home without pay, after dawn revealed the wreckage of the U.S.’ latest paralyzing political crisis.President Barack Obama accused conservatives in the House of Representatives of waging an “ideological crusade” by making government funding conditional on gutting his health reform law.His top foe, House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile claimed Obama was pursuing a “scorched earth” policy by refusing to negotiate with Republicans, as the rhetoric hit new heights and hopes for a swift end to the standoff faded.The president was in feisty form at a White House event marking the rollout of a key portion of Obamacare, which turned into an extended taunt at Republicans for failing to halt implementation of the sweeping law.“This Republican shutdown did not have to happen – I want every American to understand why it did happen,” Obama said.“They have shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health care to millions of Americans.”It was the morning after on Capitol Hill, where late night brinkmanship Monday sent the U.S. into its first government shutdown in 17 years when the money ran out at midnight.Boehner, who effectively chose to side with the uproarious Tea Party faction of his party rather than risk his job by attempting to pass a straight funding resolution stripped of political poison pills, lit into the president.“Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening the government by refusing to engage in bipartisan talks,” he wrote in an opinion piece in USA Today.“This is part of a larger pattern: the president’s scorched-earth policy of refusing to negotiate in bipartisan way on his health care law, current government funding, or the debt limit.”So far at least, Boehner was dancing on the trickiest political ground.A Quinnipiac University poll found voters oppose the shutdown of the government as a way to derail Obamacare by a margin of 72 percent to 22 percent.The New York Daily News tabloid had a more blunt summation: “House of Turds” its front page read, in a swipe at Republicans modelled on the hit Netflix political mini series “House of Cards.”Thousands of federal workers trekked into town only to clear their desks and to be told they were not “essential” to the running of the U.S. government machine.Young aides trooped out of the White House, leaving Obama with only a skeleton crew on hand.Perplexed tourists were turned away from monuments and museums on the National Mall secured behind barriers and tape reading “Police Line: Do not Cross.”But one hardy group was made of sterner stuff – an ageing band of the so-called Greatest Generation showed up at the World War II memorial and refused to be denied entry.Those visiting their dead comrades in France, Belgium, Italy and elsewhere were turned away, as funding dried up for U.S. cemeteries in 20 corners of foreign fields.Another symbol of hard won freedoms – The Statue of Liberty in New York – was off-limits to disappointed tourists.“The Statue of Liberty is such a strong symbol for so many people. It is America, it symbolizes freedom, jobs, a government you can trust,” said Bea Mueller, left in tears after she traveled from Seattle to tour the monument, only to find it closed.Other government-funded bodies seen as doing urgent work, like the military and border patrol, were kept at full strength, but the Pentagon was due to stand down almost half of its 800,000 civilian employees.Under the serene Capitol Dome, warring lawmakers, exhausted by the political theatrics of Monday night, stirred as the shutdown moved into its 18th hour.But early hopes that a compromise would emerge once the shock of the shutdown had hit proved premature.Republicans in the House and Senate geared up for an effort to pass small bills funding popular parts of the government, including Veterans benefits and museums.The plan appeared to be an attempt to shame Democrats who say they will not negotiate with “a gun to their head” with the government closed.“That proposal shows the utter lack of seriousness that we’re seeing from Republicans,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid added: “We won’t be forced to choose between parks and cancer research … or the FBI.”Democratic tactics were designed to thwart every Republican attempt for a face-saving exit and to force an eventual climbdown from Boehner.Obama warned that the shutdown could have disastrous consequences for the sluggish economic recovery.“We may not know the full impact of this Republican shutdown for some time,” he said.“We know that the last time Republicans shut down the government in 1996, it hurt our economy. And unlike 1996, our economy is still recovering from the worst recession in generations.”To press his case, Obama was due to meet CEOs of some top Wall Street firms at the White House on Wednesday. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Celebrate the history of an icon with BridgeClimb film

first_imgNSW tourism minister Jodi McKay launched the short film ‘Celebrations’ at the new free Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre on Wednesday.The ‘Celebrations’ film captures community celebration of the bridge since its 1932 opening, including the world famous New Years Eve fireworks. Ms McKay said, “The new Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre gives everyone a great opportunity to learn more about the Bridge and to ‘celebrate New Year’s Eve every day.’  “What’s also important about this new attraction is that it’s one of a growing number of accessible tourism experiences now available in Sydney”.Ms McKay also launched the new look ‘’ website, the NSW Government’s accessible tourism portal for Sydney.The celebrations also marked the first official event, which Paul Cave, Chairman and Founder of BridgeClimb, has hosted since he became a recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).Paul was recognised on the Queen’s Birthday 2010 Honours list and in particular was commended for his service to Tourism in NSW.Paul commented on the new film, “The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been a centrepiece for Sydney celebrations since opening day.  “The new film ‘Celebrations’ captures the spirit of these events, climaxing the world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks so you can experience them here every day.”The Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre is the first fully accessible space situated in and dedicated to Australia’s icon. Visitors can immerse themselves in interactive exhibits, display galleries and a 46 seat digital high definition cinema, which shares the stories of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from preconstruction to the present day. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Paul Cave & the Honorable Jodi McKay, Minister for Tourism last_img read more