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Virat Kohli fields unchanged playing XI for the first time in 39 Tests

first_imgFor the first time in 39 Tests as captain, Virat Kohli has fielded an unchanged playing XI. On Thursay, India decided to field the same XI at Southampton for the fourth Test against England which played in the third Test at Trent Bridge.Kohli took over as Test captain from MS Dhoni in 2014 and before today, had captained India in 38 Tests. Remarkably, Kohli had made at least one change in each of those 38 matches.Kohli has of course the results to show. Under him, India have won 22 out of 38 Tests so far. However, it was beginning to get a little tense after the team lost the Test series in South Africa and then lost the first two Tests of the five-match series in England.After the Lord’s defeat, India recalled Shikhar Dhawan in place of Murali Vijay and brought back Jasprit Bumrah who was out injured.INDIA VS ENGLAND 4TH TEST UPDATES | SCORECARDThanks to Kohli’s heroics and some superb bowling by the pacers, India won only their seventh Test match in England. And with all the key players fit and raring to go, Kohli saw no point in making any changes.At Trent Bridge, all the batsmen scored runs. Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane found form and added much needed stability to the batting line-up.Also read – Farokh Engineer impressed with Rishabh Pant’s confidence on Test debutKohli, on Wednesday, had hinted he could field an unchanged playing XI.Meanwhile, Kohli has lost 21 tosses out of 39 Tests as skipper. On Thursday, Joe Root won and decided England would bat.advertisementlast_img read more



CSIR has developed antidiabetic herbal medicine says Minister

first_imgNew Delhi: In reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed the scientifically-validated hypoglycemic formulation is being sold as BGR-34 for type 2 diabetic patients. The herbal medicine is best suitable for those who are not dependent on insulin injections. In response to a written query raised by Rajya Sabha member Jharna Das Baidya, the minister said, “The drug has been jointly developed by Lucknow-based CSIR’s laboratories — Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and National Botanical Research Institute.” “The know-how for the product was licensed to AIMIL Pharma which is manufacturing and marketing it as BGR-34,” Naik said. On the development, former senior NBRI scientist AKS Rawat, who has played a key role in developing the BGR-34, said that the minister’s statement on the anti-diabetic herbal drug reflects the faith that the product has earned over the years among the patients suffering from type 2 diabetes.last_img read more

WestJet releases its fourth quarter numbers

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:WJA) The Canadian Press CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it earned $29.2 million in its fourth quarter, down from $47.8 million in the same period a year earlier.The Calgary-based airline says the profit amounted to 26 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with 41 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Revenue in the last three months of 2018 totalled $1.19 billion, up from $1.12 billion a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 13 cents per share for the quarter and revenue of $1.19 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.For the full year, WestJet says it earned $91.5 million or 80 cents per diluted share, down from $279.1 million or $2.38 per diluted share in 2017.Revenue totalled $4.73 billion for 2018, up from $4.51 billion.last_img read more


first_imgThese latest selections come on the heels of a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Mahalia Melts in the Rain, a 2018 recipient of the Shorts-to-Features Program, which is nominated for “Best Live Action Short Film.”Clips and trailers of finished films from previous years can be found on the Harold Greenberg Fund’s YouTube channel HERE.About the films:BookwormA boy from the inner city sells books to help his single mother fix a hole in the roof of their community housing building. When his innocent gig is hijacked by a local gang, the boy must face the complexities of life and learn that where we come from is just the beginning of who we truly are.Esequibo RaptureSet in the rainforest of Guyana, a pair of young lovers find themselves at odds with the realities of race and tradition and realize that when it comes to imagining a future together, love has little to do with it.H.appinessAn app designed to bring its users happiness helps a man build the perfect life, which he ends up destroying when he learns the app is faulty.TeethingA lonely punch-drunk boxer suddenly becomes the sole-caregiver for a bloodthirsty baby vampire.About The Harold Greenberg Fund:The English-Language Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund, with contributions from Bell Media and Crave, provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since its inception in 1986, the French and English Programs of the Fund have supported over 4,700 projects and initiatives, for an investment of over $114 million to date in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers.About Crave:Delivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at TORONTO – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with Canada’s premium streaming service Crave, announced today the recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program. The unique funding program is designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent, and to provide a stepping stone to further develop their short films into full-length features.Four teams of emerging filmmakers will each receive $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, designed to be calling cards for future long-form features. In addition, The Harold Greenberg Fund commits $5,000 for the development of the feature film version of the recipient’s project. This year’s chosen short films are: Bookworm from writer/director Kevin Dempster and producer Mica Daniels; Esequibo Rapture from writer/director Karen Chapman and producer Leslie Norville; H.appiness from director Luvia Petersen, writer Huelah Lander, and producer Amanda Konkin; and Teething from writer/director Glen Matthews and producer Luke Humphrey.“We’re extremely proud to support these unique, bold, and creative projects, while helping pave the way for Canada’s next generation of directors and filmmaking talent,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “These diverse and original short film projects have excellent feature potential, making them all extremely deserving selections. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Environment Minister wants transparency from Kenney

first_imgALBERTA – Alberta’s environment minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plans to eliminate regulations and labour rules will likely hurt working people.Shannon Phillips says transparency is critical, so Kenney needs to explain what exactly he’ll cut if he wins power.The United Conservatives are still consulting on the party’s policy platform ahead of the spring election, but Kenney dropped some hints in a speech last week to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Kenney told the audience he will repeal labour rules enacted under the N-D-P that he says are hamstringing businesses, and that his party wants to cut bureaucratic red tape by a third.last_img read more

Scotiabank to buy ING Bank of Canada for 313 billion in cash

TORONTO – Scotiabank says it has reached an agreement to buy ING Bank of Canada from Netherlands-based parent ING Group for $3.13 billion in cash.      The deal is expected to result in a net investment by Scotiabank of $1.9 billion, after deducting the excess capital currently at ING Direct.      Scotiabank is also announcing a public offering of 29 million common shares at $52 _ for gross proceeds of $1.5 billion _ to fund the acquisition.      The deal is subject to regulatory approval.      ING Groep NV has been struggling to keep its balance sheet healthy amid bad loans and declining margins.      Like many of Europe’s banks, ING has had to divest assets and lean on emergency funds as anxiety over the Greek debt crisis took a toll on confidence in the continent’s financial institutions, which had already been battered by the recession.      In February, ING sold ING Direct in the U.S. to Capital One for 489 million euros (US$600 million).      In 2010, ING Group unloaded 400 Canadian industrial properties at a $1.3-billion discount to Alberta Investment Management Corp. and KingSett Capital after the European financial giant saw the portfolio’s value crash since it was acquired four years ago. by News Staff Posted Aug 29, 2012 4:27 pm MDT Scotiabank to buy ING Bank of Canada for $3.13 billion in cash AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ING Direct|purchase|scotiabank read more

Shoplifters aims to steal hearts at upcoming BUFS screening

A tough but tender drama that challenges assumptions about society and family will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 21 as part of the Brock University Film Society (BUFS) lineup.Shoplifters, from writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Like Father, Like Son; Still Walking; Nobody Knows), tells the story of an unconventional but loving multigenerational household living by its wits on the outskirts of Tokyo.Returning from a shoplifting session, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. Although their family is poor, they take the girl in and seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.“At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences,” says Variety.The LA Times calls Shoplifters a “work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you’re barely prepared when the full force of what it’s doing suddenly knocks you sideways.”Among its many international honours, Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. read more

Draculas legacy How the Irishborn vampire kicked off horror films

first_imgIF YOU HEAR the name ‘Dracula’, you probably picture a tall, lean man, with slicked-back dark hair and ghostly complexion, clad in a cape.The popular image of the character is one that has been created through the work of people like Bela Lugosi, but of course Dracula was first born in Dublin, created in 1897 by Irish author Bram Stoker.This weekend will see the Bram Stoker Festival taking place in Dublin, celebrating all things vampiric.Dracula obsessionAuthor and journalist Kim Newman grew up obsessed with Dracula, first becoming intrigued when he saw the 1931 Bela Lugosi movie Dracula as a child, and today writes the Anno Dracula series of books.This weekend, he has curated a series of Dracula movies for Stoker on the Square in Dublin. The event isn’t just aimed at Dracula obsessives, and there are even a few films selected for children.Why does he think Dracula is such an enduring character?“Of all the monsters I can see why Dracula is the most often done, because there’s the most possible variations,” said Newman.A werewolf doesn’t really have any choice – he’s just an animal. Whereas Dracula, you have a sense he’s made a decision to be, which is scary. He’s also chatty, you can talk to him. He’s got a dress style, he’s got a castle – that’s good. He’s got modus operandi, big plans. He’s sort of a formidable baddie.Dracula the book wasn’t an instant bestseller.“It didn’t really take off as a book until Stoker was dead,” pointed out Newman. “It was adapted for the stage in the 1920s, it was big in the West End of London and Bela Lugosi brought it to Broadway. Then touring companies took it all over the place and it was a really popular stage show, and then that was made into a movie.”It wasn’t until Nosferatu that Dracula the book really took off, said Newman. “When Bram Stoker died, his obituaries barely mentioned he was a novelist,” he added.Because Dracula was the first big horror film of the ‘talkies’ era, “it was like before Dracula there wasn’t such thing as a horror film, and afterwards there was,” said Newman.It sparked a spate of horror releases – like Frankenstein and the Mummy. “All the other studios said ‘get me a film like Dracula’…”The image of Bela Lugosi, with glowing eyes, and widows peak, “became what Dracula looked like”.“That meant that Dracula escaped from the book and then became something you could do [something with] Dracula stories that didn’t even refer to the book.”Newman began to write books featuring Dracula as he “felt that it was open source by now”, but says in some ways he wanted to bring it back to Stoker.“I wanted to make him a bastard again, I wanted to make him really evil, but also in a world where there are lot of vampires I wanted to make sure he was the worst one,” laughed Newman.There is much folklore around the idea of vampires – including obsessive counting, which perhaps unintentionally echoes the Count in Sesame St. “If vampire is chasing you, you can save yourself by throwing pumpkin seeds on the ground and he will be compelled to stop and count them.”Dracula’s legacy(oldhollywoodtrailers/YouTube)While Newman finds Stoker an interesting man, he said: “He’s not a great writer, but he wrote a great book.”“Stoker didn’t seem to have any sense of his own influence,” said Newman. “I don’t know what he would think of Dracula movies. He did want to adapt it to the stage, and did a rough script.”Today, a world without imaginary vampires is hard to fathom, particularly given the success of tween movies and books like Twilight.Newman suspects Stoker would be astonished at his own success, and says there is room “for sparkly romantic vampires”.It’s not what I would pick, it’s not what I would write. But no, I think there’s room from the Count of Sesame St, Blackula – all the other versions I’m happy to live with.For Stoker on the Square, Newman has selected: Dracula (1931), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Blood for Dracula (1974), Dracula Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002), The Monster Squad (1987), and  Hotel Transylvania (2012).Stoker on the Square will be screened at Meeting House Square from 26 to 28 October. Tickets available at: www.bramstokerfestival.comHave you read the book Dracula, or have a favourite Dracula film? Tell us more in the comments. Read: 6 ways Ireland is seriously spooky>Read: Dracula producers ban fake tan in Irish casting call>last_img read more

The mystery of stinky whale had people talking at the world whaling

first_img A gray whale surfaces. 18 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 10:00 AM By AFP BETWEEN EXPLOSIVE DIPLOMATIC quarrels and pressing animal welfare concerns, world whaling talks came up against an unusual challenge this week, that of “stinky whales”.Experts and concerned parties wryly concede the problem is “weird”, but are quick to point out that for the people of Chukotka in Russia’s Far East, it is no laughing matter.The Chukchi community relies on gray whale meat for their survival.The problem is that in recent years some gray whales have developed a distinct chemical whiff that renders them inedible.“Even the dogs don’t eat this meat,” Valentin Ilyashenko, Russia’s deputy commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), told AFP at a commission meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on Wednesday.Russia asked the commission for a provision by which “stinky whales” can be excluded from the indigenous Chukchi people’s annual count of landed whales.The Chukchi receive a quota from the IWC for hunting gray whales, of which they landed 124 in 2014, according to IWC records.On average, about two or three “stinky whales” are landed per year, said Ilyashenko — one year there were ten in all.“It has a medical smell, like iodine,” he explained. “When you enter a pharmacy for example, but it’s of course stronger. Unnatural.”Sometimes the meat does not smell immediately, but only once it is boiled.Nobody knows why “The result of consumption of stinky whale meat is loss of feeling in the mouth, allergies and diarrhoea. But that doesn’t happen to everyone,” the Russian envoy said.According to Caterina Fortuna, chairwoman of the IWC’s scientific committee: “honestly, nobody knows exactly why (it’s happening)”.“It seems clearly to be a chemical problem, but nobody knows what kind of… compound causes this odour,” she said.Gray whales are listed as a species of “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which keeps a “Red List” of animals at threat.Like all whales, the species is protected under a 30-year-old IWC moratorium on all but aboriginal subsistence and scientific hunts.Numbers have largely recovered after severe depletion by hunters in the 20th century.The Chukchi may take up to 140 gray whales, which can grow to 15 metres (50 feet) and weigh as much as 35 tonnes, every year.“The Russian Federation (has) a problem because these whales which stink, they are inedible,” said Fortuna.“These are whales which are taken as part of the quota, and if they are inedible clearly they cannot be ‘landed’,” on the record books.It’s a problem for them in terms of distributing meat in the villages there.Bottom feeders According to conservation group WWF, gray whales are primarily bottom feeders, filtering their food from ocean water through special “bristly” structures in their mouths.They stay close to the shore and feed in shallow waters.Ilyashenko said Chukchi whale hunters have learnt to identify “stinky whales” from afar — their unappetising whiff can sometimes be caught downwind when the massive mammals blow out air.But it is not always possible, and sometimes the offending funk is only discovered after the whale is killed and brought to shore.“The Chukotka hunters say that there are about 10% of such whales in the sea,” the Russian said.The IWC was asked to instruct its scientific committee to investigate the origins of the foulness, and for “stinky whales” not to be counted towards the Chukchi’s tally of landed whales.Several rounds of lab tests failed to identify the cause.Some seals, walruses and birds in the region, said Ilyashenko, “have the same problem. They are also stinky”.© – AFP 2016Read: Danny Healy-Rae says holes in the ozone layer were caused by ‘nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean’ > Short URL 18,601 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 29th 2016, 10:00 AM A gray whale surfaces. Image: AP/Press Association Images Share33 Tweet Email The mystery of ‘stinky whale’ had people talking at the world whaling conference For the people of Chukotka in Russia’s Far East, it’s no laughing matter.last_img read more

Google Maps Celebrates April Fools With Twist on Classic Snake Game

first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation For April Fool’s this year, Google Maps is serving a dose of ’90s nostalgia — in the form of the OG arcade game Snake (with a twist, of course).Starting today, users can play a Google Maps version of the snake game (the snake is now a train!) in different locations across the world — including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo – right from the app.To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select “Play Snake.” (You can play on your desktop by going to the standalone site).Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Once you’ve selected a city, start picking up as many passengers as you can as your train travels around the world — stopping everywhere from Big Ben, the Great Sphinx of Giza to the Eiffel Tower.You control the train by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. The goal is to pick up passengers for your train, as each passenger you pick up makes your train longer, which also makes it a bit harder to maneuver on the screen.Snake on Google Maps starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS today, and will be live in the app for about a week, according to a post on the Google Blog.More on Will Now Take You to ‘Mars on Earth’Google’s Bach Doodle Shows Computers Are Great ComposersStadia Is Google’s New Video Game Streaming Platform Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lifeline Connections names annual award winners

first_imgBehavioral health provider Lifeline Connections on Wednesday announced the winners of its annual awards:• Whitney Howard of Molina Healthcare received the John Cox Award of Excellence. She helped Lifeline Connections secure startup funding for its 16-bed recovery house for mothers, slated to open next year.• Community Partner Award winner Trevor Clark volunteers twice monthly with Lifeline Connections providing chiropractic service to patients in residential treatment.last_img

Man Utd legends defend Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Bryan Robson have spoken out in support of coach Jose MourinhoFollowing the Red Devils’ shocking 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, speculation surrounding Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford has intensified.Two losses in their opening three Premier League games marks United’s worst start in 26 years.Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is being tipped to replace Mourinho with latest reports indicating that the Portuguese only has one more game left to prove himself.But Giggs has given Mourinho his backing.“I was there on Monday as a United fan,” Giggs said on MEN.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It’s time for the fans to stick together, get behind the club, team and manager. It’s a tough time but we’ve had tough times before and got through it.”Former United captain Robson feels that the club supporters must get behind Mourinho.“It’s too easy. The minority of fans in clubs will be asking for the manager’s head after a few bad results and it’s often they speak the loudest,” he said.“The track record that Jose has holds up. After three games, you don’t talk about sacking the manager, you encourage and back him.”United will look to get back to winning ways away to Burnley on Sunday.last_img read more

Condé Nast Offers Five Best Practices for iPad Advertising

first_imgIt’s still early days with publishers and advertisers creating original, rich content on tablets like Apple’s iPad, but Condé Nast is attempting to identify some best practices for advertisers in terms of content that’s engaging and resonates with the user. To come up with these best practices, the big consumer publisher conducted more than 100 hours of one-on-one interviews and 5,000 in-app surveys based on user experiences with the GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and Glamour apps.Based on its findings, Condé Nast’s five recommendations are: to take advantage of functionality, to provide clear instructions on how users should engage with an app, to supply additional information but avoid repurposing creative assets used for other media, to remember to tell a story and to lead users “down the purchase funnel.” Survey respondents indicated that they responded positively to the additional functionality of the iPad. With that in mind, Condé Nast suggests that advertisers include “compelling and unique experiences” with video, photo galleries and links to Web sites—especially links that enable users to directly purchase the featured product.Navigation also is a big issue. The publisher says ads that included “clear calls to action and cues on how to engage the creative” were more effective among users who participated in its survey. Icons “should be clearly visible and intuitive and state whether more content or additional functionality can be found.” Condé Nast also noted that users preferred to read the magazines in portrait mode, but to watch video in landscape. Not surprising, the publisher said there also was an expectation among users for flexibility in buying options, including a single copy purchase, a digital subscription or supplement to their print subscription.And, in a nod to its own magazine apps, Condé Nast says 80 percent of respondents indicated that the content and experience associated with the apps met or surpassed their expectations. Eighty-three percent reported a “likelihood to purchase the next month’s digital issue.”last_img read more

Sorry your magical Instagram lake selfie was shot at a toxic dump

first_imgBut the site’s not as idyllic as it looks.Novosibirsk Maldives’ postcard-worthy shade comes from its chemical composition — ashes as deep as 6.5 feet (2 meters) and metal oxides dissolved in the water, the company said. The ashes resulting from burning coal at the station are mixed with water and enter the ash dump through pipes.”This is NOT a natural lake,” SGK stressed in its statement. “This is … a hydraulic structure.” Looking at photos of the shimmering turquoise lake that stars in Instagram accounts like maldives_nsk and sup_novosibirsk, you might assume you’re seeing vacation-goers in the Carribean. You’d be wrong.They’re standing next to a toxic dump in Novosibirsk, a city in Siberia. And the local coal plant that pumps waste into the human-made pond wants people taking selfies there to know it.”You can not swim in the ash dump,” Siberian Generating Company (SGK) wrote in a translated statement posted to Russia social network VKontakteon. “Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!”Many of the photos at the lake dubbed Novosibirsk Maldives feature smiling people canoeing or paddle-boarding through water swirled in jewel-toned blues and greens. Sunbathers on the shore pose in bathing suits and shorts and do yoga poses. Couples hold hands and kiss. Instagram HBO Chernobyl creator asks tourists to the site to show respect Sorry, daters, New York bill endangers your ‘tiger selfies’ Pokemon No: All the ways you shouldn’t play the popular app 4 Share your voice Tags The company also warned that the bottom of that structure is so muddy it’s “almost impossible” to get out.Though SGK posted its warnings online a month ago, and a few signs around the area alert visitors of the water’s dangers as well, pictures snapped at Novosibirsk Maldives continue to populate Instagram.This isn’t, of course, the first time Instagrammers eager for a perfect selfie shot have been warned about taking photos in dangerous or awkward places. They’ve been told not to take risky “tiger selfies” and to be respectful at the site where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred. And they’ve been reminded that maybe, just maybe, funerals aren’t the most appropriate place to take vanity shots. Watch where you’re going Comments Sci-Tech Onlinelast_img read more

Modi govt looks to sell 100 Air India shares in new selloff

first_imgReuters fileTaking the sale of the loss-making Air India one step further, the Narendra Modi government is looking to open 100 per cent stake of the airline carrier and completely exit the sell-off process.While the government has made this decision, a panel of ministers will have the final in say in the government’s involvement in the sell-off process. The government had earlier started the process but was met with a poor and unfavourable response.The government had recently restarted the process and bid to sell the entire stake. Niti Aayog had suggested the option during the first sell-off process but the government had put 75 per cent of the stake on sale.”A general feeling (in the government) is that if people want to have full (control), let them have it. But I will be able to tell you only when a specific decision is taken. My personal view is that I do not see any conflict for the government,” Atanu Chakraborty, the secretary of the department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM), was quoted as saying by The Times of India.The government is looking to close the deal by the end of 2019 and Chakraborty is confident that the sale will be quick because most of the paperwork has already been done during the previous attempt.To make the sale smooth sailing, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that she will review the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the aviation sector and see if their stake can increase. Through FDI, foreign carriers can currently own up to 49 per cent of shares.”My understanding is that FDI in aviation is 100 per cent. The cap is again on substantial ownership and effective control (SOEC) guidelines, which is 49 per cent and certain directorships. The second cap is on Air India as a nationally owned carrier. Once it is not nationally owned it will go through 100 per cent so that’s a signal in the budget. SOEC is much more complicated because there is some reciprocity, there are a lot of issues involved that the budget does not mention. That’s an issue which needs to be grappled with,” Chakraborty said. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img It would be sad if a private person buys the iconic Air India building: Nitin Gadkarilast_img read more

Two spots on Celebritys JetSet fam up for grabs with TravelBrands Cruises

first_img Posted by Share Devin Kinasz MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises in partnership with Celebrity Cruises is giving away two spots on the Celebrity Cruises JetSet FAM.Starting today, Jan. 28 and running until Feb. 10 agents have the chance to win prizes including one of two spots on the fam, departing April 12. Also up for grabs are $50 in Loyalty Rewards points. Agents will receive one ballot for every Celebrity Cruises booking made by phone and two ballots for every booking made online during the contest period. Members of the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group will earn double ballots. Agents who answer trivia questions on the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group throughout the contest will receive one extra ballot for participating and the chance to win bonus prizes including $50 in Loyalty Rewards points. “Members of our Facebook group are very knowledgeable about travel products and always make interactive contests like this a lot more exciting,” says Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “We decided this was the perfect contest to host through our Facebook group. I am looking forward to seeing everyone participate and having two lucky agents win the enticing grand prize.” Agent partners can join the TravelBrands Facebook group to take part in this interactive contest. To join, search ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ on Facebook. Agents can also visit Two spots on Celebrity’s JetSet fam up for grabs with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises Monday, January 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Medical marijuana opponents most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain

first_imgRelated posts:The New York Times calls for marijuana legalization Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister Colombia president supports allowing medical marijuana 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.But opponents still have one trick up their sleeves, and it’s proven to be a powerful and effective one: the notion that relaxed regulations on marijuana will lead to a rise in marijuana use among children and teens. In the United States, Florida voters, for instance, will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana this November. Organizations opposing the measure have built their campaigns around fears about underage use.The group Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot greets visitors to its Web site with a warning that medical marijuana will turn your child into a hoodie-wearing, pot-smoking thug.Vote No On 2 features another hoodie-clad youngster on its home page, no doubt contemplating the depravity of his existence after medical marijuana. Florida voters don’t seem to be buying any of this, though: Medical marijuana currently enjoys nearly 90 percent support in the state (emphasis ours).More to the point, the notion that medical marijuana leads to increased use among teenagers is flat-out wrong. A new study by economists Daniel Rees, Benjamin Hansen and D. Mark Anderson is the latest in a growing body of research showing no connection — none, zero, zilch — between the enactment of medical marijuana laws and underage use of the drug.The authors examined marijuana trends in U.S. states that passed medical marijuana laws. They tracked self-reported pot use by high school students in the years leading up to and following the enactment of these laws. They conclude that the effects of medical marijuana on teen use are “small, consistently negative, and never statistically distinguishable from zero.”I asked study co-author Daniel Rees if there were any significant changes within individual states. He told me that “no single state stood out — the effect of massing a medical marijuana law on youth consumption appears to be zero across the board.” These results are consistent with earlier research showing little change in youth pot consumption in Los Angeles after marijuana dispensaries opened there.There’s little doubt that, like alcohol or tobacco, marijuana use can be harmful to teens, particularly to heavy users. But this paper, like others before it, provides straightforward evidence that there is no link between medical marijuana laws and teen marijuana use. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Indonesia vies for 2011 visitor rise

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Indonesia is aiming for a 10 percent spike in visitors this year over 2010, after experiencing an 8.5 percent growth last year to seven million from 6.45 million in 2009.Research conducted by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) highlighted that tourism is expected to grow by an average of 5.8 percent per annum over the next ten years, The Jakarta Post reported.Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik told the source that the country will particularly focus of developing its MICE market to achieve a predicted 40 percent growth over 2011.Contributing to its business image, this year Bali will host an event for the Congress of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in November.Cultural tourism is also under revision, with authorities hoping to draw visitors to see Indonesia’s historical sites, local festivals as well as its traditional art. As part of its pitch to cultural tourists, Indonesia’s ambassador will promote the region’s historical connection to other popular tourist destinations China and India.According to the WTTC research, international visitors spending added up to $7.6 billion last year and is forecasting overall tourism including domestic, to rise above $26 billion in 2011.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories If my math is right, releasing Stewart Bradley and William Gay saves about $5.25M of cap space. Cards under cap even before any Kolb move.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 1, 2013 This does not necessarily come as a shock, as both players were signed by the previous coaching regime and neither did anything to establish themselves in the desert.Bradley was never able to gain any traction with the team, seeing most of his action on special teams. He finished his Arizona career with 42 tackles over two seasons.And Gay, signed prior to the season, tallied 57 tackles and two interceptions. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals made a couple of cuts Friday in an effort to clear some cap space. The @azcardinals release LB Stewart Bradley and CB William Gay, creating some cap space.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 1, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more