Australian Men’s squad showcase their skills

first_imgThe Australian Men’s Open squad took to the field at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, showing off their skills before the Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors World Club Challenge match.  Former NRL stars Dean Widders and Joe Galuvao and a couple of NRL Development staff joined the Australian Men’s Open squad who played a 25 minute intra-squad match. Young New South Wales referees Billy Greatbatch, Luke Heckendorf and Luke Saldern officiated the match. Galuvao was impressed with the skills of the squad and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the match.  “It was heaps of fun and the guys are awesome, very generous, if I was one of their teammates I would have been giving me a massive dressing down.”“They are unreal, they are the best at what they do, to be there and see it and play them, I was very impressed.”To check out some highlights from the game, please visit the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. To view some photos of the game, please visit the TFA Facebook and Instagram pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWorld Club Challengelast_img read more

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The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, May 29———POPE OPEN TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY, PM SAYS: Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools. The Pope — himself no stranger to the cause of social justice, he noted to Trudeau — seemed open to the idea, the prime minister said as he related the broad strokes of their private conversation at the Vatican. “He reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world,” Trudeau said after he arrived back in Rome. Pope Francis also expressed his enthusiasm for working with the prime minister and the Canadian bishops on finding a way forward on the issue of an apology, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — as one of the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark 120-year history and tragic legacy of residential schools.———SCHEER GETS HERO’S WELCOME FROM TORY CAUCUS: New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is basking in a hero’s welcome on Parliament Hill. The Saskatchewan member of Parliament was feted by his fellow MPs and leadership rivals alike as he arrived Monday to address the Tory caucus, fresh off a thrilling final-ballot win in the party’s leadership contest on the weekend. He called the role a great honour, but an even greater responsibility. Scheer touched on all of the same themes he delivered following Saturday night’s win, hailing the efforts of the other 12 candidates who sought the job and singling out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier in particular. Bernier was the presumptive front-runner throughout the race and the leader throughout Saturday night’s nail-biting process of elimination, right up until the last ballot. He did not stop to speak to reporters prior to Monday’s meeting. Scheer did have significant support among other elected MPs going into the campaign, about two dozen by the end of it. Many of the rest had backed fellow MP Erin O’Toole.———NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE PREGNANT: NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton says she is expecting a baby in November. Ashton, a Manitoba MP, is one of six candidates seeking the party’s top job. The leadership race is scheduled to wrap up in October, when rank-and-file members pick a successor to Tom Mulcair. Ashton says she plans to carry on her work, adding she will continue to reach out to party members, activists and progressives across Canada. She says she intends to visit B.C. and the Atlantic provinces in the next two weeks. Ashton’s rivals in the race include Quebec MP Guy Caron, Ontario legislature member Jagmeet Singh, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran and B.C. MP Peter Julian.———SACRED FIRE LIT TO LAUNCH MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY: A sacred fire ceremony in Whitehorse has marked the first family hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. About 30 people gathered in a circle at sunrise for traditional prayers and songs as the fire was lit this morning. It will burn until the hearings conclude in Whitehorse later this week. Forty families are registered to testify before the commissioners in both public and private hearings between Tuesday and Thursday. Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous females by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare. Yukon minister responsible for the women’s directorate, Jeanie Dendys, says 41 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the territory over several decades. Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston says he’s pleased the families of missing and murdered women in the territory finally have a chance to present their stories and share their challenges.———CANADIANS WEIGH IN ON PLANNED ACCESSIBILITY LAW: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed. The priorities were laid out in a report, released by the federal government Monday, summarizing eight months of consultations held with Canadians from coast to coast. It says participants wanted to see laws that would help lower stubbornly high unemployment rates for those with disabilities, reduce the number of buildings inaccessible to those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and remove accessibility barriers for the country’s air, rail, ferry and bus transportation systems. The report also says Canadians have voiced a strong preference for the government to set up an independent body to oversee compliance with the new laws, which are expected to come before the House of Commons in early 2018.———GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FAMINE RELIEF FUND: Aid agencies are urging Canadians to respond generously to the federal government’s matching fund for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East, calling it a response to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. The Liberal government said Monday it would match donations made by Canadians to registered charities to create a famine relief fund for more than 20 million men, women and children who are at risk of starvation. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the fund would support Canadian and international organizations working to provide assistance in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen and neighbouring regions. Bibeau said the government’s window to match donations is from March 17 to June 30. Millions of people in the four affected countries and neighbouring regions are in need of necessities including water, sanitation services, shelter and urgent food assistance, Bibeau added.———JUDGE BANS ABORTION PROTESTS AT NEW BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL: As provinces across Canada move to establish protest-free “buffer zones” around abortion providers, a judge has banned anti-abortion activists from demonstrating outside a hospital in northern New Brunswick. Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Reginald Leger granted a permanent injunction against protesters outside the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. The anti-abortion picketers, affiliated with the 40 Days for Life campaign, put the safety of patients and employees at risk, Leger said in his recent decision. The ruling comes amid efforts across the country to strike a balance between the constitutional right to free expression and ensuring safe access to health-care services without harassment or intimidation. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Monday he plans to introduce legislation that would create safe zones outside abortion clinics in that province, citing reports of harassment at an Ottawa clinic. The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduced a law last November, modelled after British Columbia’s Access to Abortion Services Act, to keep protesters at least 50 metres away from an abortion clinic.———FILINGS SHED LIGHT ON BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE: Boeing says its trade complaint against Bombardier is designed to prevent the Montreal-based rival from using subsidies to build a larger version of the CSeries plane that would directly compete with its own flagship narrowbody 737 aircraft. Last week, Boeing filed a document with the U.S. International Trade Commission that sheds new light on the tit-for-tat dispute between the two aerospace manufacturers. In the 109-page filing, Boeing said Bombardier would be positioned to build a full-fleet of single-aisle planes — repeating a strategy employed by French aerospace company Airbus — if Canadian subsidies to Bombardier are left unaddressed. Bombardier said in a separate filing that Boeing’s effort to shut down its innovative technology from the market is “misguided,” adding that the complaint is tantamount to asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to imagine a hypothetical world in the future.———QUEBEC TABLES BACK-TO-WORK CONSTRUCTION BILL: The Quebec government tabled a bill Monday forcing the province’s striking construction workers back on the job by Wednesday. In response, a coalition of construction unions promised to contest the bill in court, saying the legislation favours construction companies. Thousands of workers gathered in front of Quebec’s legislature earlier Monday to voice their disapproval of the government’s decision to end their strike after five days. The back-to-work bill maintains current working conditions for the province’s 175,000 construction workers and grants them a pay raise of 1.8 per cent. It also opens an immediate five-month mediation period after which the unions and construction companies will be required to enter into arbitration. Members of the legislature are expected to debate the bill late into the night but the Liberal majority in the legislature will ensure it passes. Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien said before tabling her bill that both sides had months to negotiate a new agreement and added that every strike day costs the Quebec economy $45 million.———ONTARIO TAXPAYERS FOOT $120K BILL FOR GIANT DUCK: An Ontario government grant of about $120,000 that is going toward a giant rubber duck for Canada 150 celebrations is ruffling some feathers. The 18.6-metre, 13,600-kilogram yellow duck is being brought to Toronto by the Redpath Waterfront Festival, reportedly at a total cost of $200,000, combining other funding. It’s being billed as a tourist attraction — with particular Instagram and selfie appeal — and will also be taken to other communities in Ontario. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they’re unclear on the giant duck’s connection to Canada’s heritage celebrations and call it a waste of taxpayer money. Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon says the province has been funding the waterfront festival for the past three years and it does a good job promoting tourism. She cautions against focusing too much on the duck, adding she thinks it is much ado about nothing.last_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery adds several Canadian actors

first_imgAdvertisement In Canada, the first episode will premiere on CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially air on Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later stream on CraveTV. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Toronto’s Kenneth Mitchell has been cast as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. London native Shazad Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol but will now play Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. No date has been announced for the premiere of the series, which has been pushed back a couple of times. TORONTO — Several Canadians have joined the cast of the Toronto-shot series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Rekha Sharma of Vancouver will play Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It will debut on CBS with all subsequent episodes available on the streaming service CBS All Access. Clare McConnell of Toronto is in the role of Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. And Toronto native Damon Runyan will play Ujilli, another Klingon leader. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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Trudeau government releases details on first phase of national inquiry into MMIW

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – The road to a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women began Tuesday when the Trudeau government provided some details of the first phase of consultation that includes meeting with local families Friday.That private meeting will happen at a downtown Ottawa hotel as reported by APTN National News Monday.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. “Today’s announcement has been a long time coming,” said Bennett. “Over the last decade many, many voices have been heard asking for a national inquiry … this is a priority for me, my colleagues and the federal government.”The former Conservative government, under Stephen Harper, refused to call an inquiry saying they didn’t need another report. After Harper’s defeat the Conservative opposition surprised many by announcing recently they support an inquiry.“We’re very pleased to have the leader of the Opposition on side now,” said Bennett.Tuesday’s announcement follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise of an inquiry into the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women over the last three decades.The three ministers will hear from families across the country then meet with Aboriginal organizations, leaders and provinces to hear what they want the inquiry to look like.“We are already getting lot’s of advice. We have committed to listening to families first,” said Bennett. Starting with families is a sign of respect said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum.“The families must be comfortable with the inquiry as it unfolds and be able to participate at every step along the way,” said Achneepineskum in a statement. “We acknowledge their grief and know that this will be a difficult and painful process. We are prepared to participle in a process where the families are well supported, the appropriate resources are in place and the right people are at the table.”Following those meetings, Bennett, Wilson-Raybould and Hajdu will sit down and develop the scope of the inquiry that they hope to announce next spring.The second phase is the actual inquiry. “No inquiry can undo what happened, nor can it restore what was lost, but it can help us find a way forward,” said Wilson-Raybould.Families have already told the ministers that they hope the inquiry stops another family from feeling the pain they do.The Trudeau government’s approach to the issue is night and day compared to Harper’s. During his time in office almost 300 Indigenous women were found murdered, died under suspicious circumstances or went missing. Funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada was also slashed year after year, as reported by APTN in September in this story.Canadians can also play a role in the first phase of the inquiry, said Bennett.“There will be an online component to this process. This will include a website that includes background information that can help all Canadians better understand this issue. It will also include an online survey and discussion guide available in the coming weeks,” said Bennett. “The discussion guide will help focus meetings by highlighting important elements and key questions about the inquiry’s design. The online survey echoes three – these questions and will provide access to all concerned Canadians.”Hajdu said Indigenous women represent four percent of the female population and yet 16 per cent of all murdered women in Canada.“Over the years, many studies have attempted to explain these disparities,” she said. “Some have linked this violence to the long-term impacts of racism, sexism, colonialism and the devastating impacts of residential schools on Indigenous men, women and communities.”She said a range of socioeconomic and health challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation, mental health and substance use issues also contribute.“Indigenous women continue to live in poorer socioeconomic conditions than non-Indigenous women, which means that they’re at a heightened risk of experiencing violence,” said Hajdu. “That’s why family members and loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be at the centre of this process. National Aboriginal organizations, provinces and territories and Indigenous women’s organizations, along with representatives from a range of frontline service workers will also be essential voices. We will make sure that they can be heard.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Amnesty International honours Indigenous movers and shakers in Montreal

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsAmnesty International handed out its Ambassador of Conscience Award in Montreal Saturday night.It was a night of celebration to honour human rights.It recognized the Indigenous rights movement in Canada – and one of the world’s most celebrated singers.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Unique exhibition by teachers of Rabindra Bharati University

first_imgKolkata: A one-of-its-kind exhibition by the teachers of Rabindra Bharati University titled “Propositions 2019″ will be inaugurated by Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, on March 19.The venue is Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University will be present at the opening function. The exhibition is organised by the Faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. It is the only of its kind where the teachers will display their works. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Propositions 2019” will showcase paintings, drawings, print making of 16 teachers of the faculty of Visual Arts, RBU. The teachers whose works will be on display are Aditya Prasad Mitra, Surajit Chanda, Dolon Champa Ganguly, Sohini Dhar among others. Initially, only the department of painting constituted the faculty. In the early 1980s, the faulty branched itself to five departments. These are paintings, sculpture, graphics painting, applied art and the history of art. The exhibition will encourage the students to see the works of their teachers. It may be mentioned that the Japanese government has recently given Rs 22 lakh to refurbish the Japan gallery of Rabindra Bharati museum.last_img read more

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Man held at Delhi Metro station for posing as CRPF jawan

first_imgNew Delhi: A man hailing from Uttar Pradeshs’ Shamli district has been apprehended by the CISF at a Delhi Metro station here for allegedly masquerading as a CRPF jawan, a senior official said Sunday. Nadeem Khan, donning a khaki uniform of the CRPF, was intercepted at the Chandni Chowk station on Saturday as his activities were found to be suspicious. “Upon enquiry, the man did not give any satisfactory reply and was not having any force ID card or any proof of being a force member,” a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The man claimed he was a trainee at the Central Reserve Police Force training force in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and that he on way to Shamli for his mother’s final rites, he said. A check with the CRPF centre in Srinagar and Shamli police found both his claims to be false. The man’s physical search led to the recovery of two Aadhaar cards with different dates of birth, father’s name and addresses and a mobile phone, he said. The man has been handed over to the Delhi Police to further probe the case and find out his motive, he said.last_img read more

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Goldson insists Rangers must improve against Hibs

first_imgRangers defender Connor Goldson insists the team must improve their performances if they’re to defeat Hibernian.The former Brighton & Hove Albion says there can be no repeat of the team’s first-half display against St Johnstone if they’re to secure all three points on Boxing Day at the Ibrox Stadium.Steven Gerrard’s men struggled in the opening 45 minutes of the game against St. Johnstone and found themselves trailing before a brace from Alfredo Morelos turned the game on its head.It’s the second game between the two teams in the space of seven days following the goalless draw at Easter Road on Wednesday, and Goldson explained, according to the club’s official website: Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“They are a good side, and we showed them respect going there by the way we set up and we had a game plan of playing on the counter attack.”“I think it worked really well but we missed quite a few chances which was a bit frustrating as we had a good chance of winning the game.”“But, at the same time, we know they are dangerous, they can hurt us and they have good players. We know we are going to have to be at it and we can’t put in a performance like the first half yesterday.”“But if we put in a performance like the second, we will have a good chance of getting the result we want.”last_img read more

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ABM FirstHalf BIN Numbers Show Overall BtoB Industry Growth

first_imgOf the 22 print advertising categories tracked by BIN, 15 were down, with the Computing and Software category showing the steepest decline at 22 percent. Agriculture grew the most during the first half, jumping 11 percent. Digital advertising for the second half this year comprises almost 16 percent of revenues, and grew 14 percent compared to first half 2011. Data, at about 9 percent of overall revenues for the half, grew 7 percent. Staring with the second-half figures, ABM has significantly revised its digital revenue estimations after taking a deeper dive into IAB’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is where ABM traditionally gets the digital figures for its BIN report. In a blog post explaining the revisions, research and content director Michael Moran Alterio says that IAB, using data compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, includes search among the various digital revenue streams that are tracked. That category happens to take up 43 percent of all digital advertising according to the IAB report, but, says Alterio, has little significance in the b-to-b media realm. As a result, the search component was excluded from BIN’s digital revenue estimates, radically adjusting initial full-year 2011 b-to-b digital revenues from $6.3 billion to $3.5 billion—a 44 percent difference.  Trailing revisions to 2010 are shown here. ABM recently released its BIN numbers for the first half of 2012 and print, the second-largest revenue component, is still struggling. The other three components tracked, however—events, digital and data—posted gains when compared to the first half of 2011, pushing revenue 3.3 percent higher. But whatever momentum that was created in the 3.5 percent jump in total revenues from the first half to second half of 2011 was lost for now as the industry remained comparatively flat through the first half of 2012. Second-half 2011 revenues of $12.52 billion dipped slightly to $12.49 billion in the first half this year.Breaking down the components shows b-to-b media companies continue rely on events as their largest revenue contributor at almost 46 percent for the first half this year—which is up 4.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Print, at 30 percent overall, dropped 4 percent YTD. last_img read more

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AirAsia India Offers Oneway Ticket for ₹699

first_imgBudget carrier AirAsia’s Indian arm on Sunday launched a week-long sale offer for its entire network with one-way tickets at prices as low as ₹699, including taxes.The offer comes as part of the Malaysia-based parent company’s ‘Big Sale’ with three million promotional seats on its network from Kuala Lumpur, with the starting fare of ₹2,599 for international flights operated by AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia, the airline said in a statement.AirAsia’s offer of ₹2,599 would be available on flights from Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli and Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur operated by AirAsia Berhad and Chennai to Bangkok flown by Thai AirAsia, the release added.AirAsia India is offering an all inclusive one-way fare starting from ₹699 for flights from Bengaluru to Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Jaipur and Chandigarh and vice versa.Tickets can be booked on Airasia’s website from Sunday night till Nov 16, for travel period from June 10 next year to Jan 17, 2016, the company said.”The ‘Big Sale’ offer would allow our guests to plan their travel early with extremely low fares,” said AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya.last_img read more

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Deposit 18000 crore to travel abroad Delhi High Court tells Naresh Goyal

first_img Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25% Close Goyal’s advocate argued that not allowing his client to travel abroad is a violation of his fundamental rights. ReutersThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked Naresh Goyal to deposit Rs 18,000 crore, which his cash-strapped airline Jet Airways owes to lenders, if he wishes to leave India. The court, expressing apprehension that the founder and former chairman of the airline may not return like others facing allegations of frauds said, “I won’t name but some people are sitting outside the country, and India is not able to bring them back.”Refusing interim relief to Goyal, the high court’s single-judge bench of Justice S.K. Kait sought centre’s response on Goyal’s plea challenging a lookout circular (LOC) issued against him. The court will hear the case again on August 23. Centre had informed the court about the investigation by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office against Goyal, regarding fraud of Rs 18,000 crore. Notices to the ministry of home affairs, ministry of corporate affairs and ministry of law and justice were also issued, seeking their response on the date of the next hearing.In Goyal’s petition challenging the LoC, he said that no case was registered against him on May 25, when he and his wife Anita were deboarded from a flight to Dubai. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Goyal, argued that there was no material to show that there was any attempt by Goyal to evade investigation. As Goyal is a non-resident Indian (NRI), he is required to travel abroad for a certain period.  Singh also said that not allowing his client to travel abroad is a violation of his fundamental rights. However, the court opposed the argument and said that the rights of a person to travel abroad are limited. Goyal quit as the chairman of Jet Airways in March after the airlines defaulted on payments to banks and aircraft lessors. The troubles for the airline had started with problems in debt servicing and were followed by the grounding of aircraft, flight cancellations, delayed salaries and pilot strike over pay.It was expected that UAE’s Etihad Airways, a major shareholder in Jet, would come to the airline’s rescue. However, Etihad wanted Goyal to step down as chairman and slash the holdings from 51 per cent.It was being speculated in May that promoters of the defunct airline, including Goyal, may face criminal charges if an ongoing examination of its books reveals financial fraud. The Registrar of Companies (RoC) inspecting the airline company’s books could recommend government action if primary evidence of fund diversion were found.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?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 …last_img read more

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Govt to set up West Bengal Film Academy

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up West Bengal Film Academy (WBFA) to ensure an overall development and promotion of the film sector in the state.It may be mentioned that a notification has been issued, announcing the setting up of WBFA. There are a total of 23 members in it, with Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, as its chairman.The members of WBFA include personalities from the film industry, representatives of different associations, senior officials of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, etc. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDirector Goutam Ghosh, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, MP and actor Dipak Adhikari, MP Satabdi Roy, director Shoojit Sircar, Srikanta Mohta and many others from the film industry are in WBFA. Moreover, the presidents of the bodies, including Federation of Cine Technician and Workers of Eastern India and Eastern India Motion Pictures Association, are also its members. Among state government officials, Principal Secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department, Finance Secretary, Director of Films, Director and CEO of Roopkala Kendra and managing director of West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, are also members of WBFA. The CEO of Nandan and Director of Kolkata International Film Festival is the member-secretary and its convener. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated that the step to set up WBFA has been taken to encourage and promote development of films and to act as an “umbrella body” for all issues related to the film industry. With setting up of the same, stress will be given on the development of infrastructure needed for the industry.Moreover, it will also ensure creation of employment opportunities in the sector and at the same time, the body can also give advice on various ongoing issues, to sort out the problems faced by producers, distributors and exhibitors. The body can also extend necessary help in connection with the ongoing schemes such as group mediclaim policies, accident insurance schemes for the cine and television artistes and workers in the studios.Members of WBFA will also seek to ensure further development of Roopkala Kendra, West Bengal Film Development Corporation Limited, Cinema Centenary Building and other related institutions.last_img read more

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Matildas Delhi debut

first_imgEver thought how exciting it would be to witness your childhood favourite persona on stage, in the very Capital just before Christmas? There is a good news for all Roald Dahl fans as his famous novel ‘Matilda’ has been adapted into a play by the KidsWorld Theatre Group duo Bubbles Sabharwal and Lushin Dubey with performances on till Sunday at DLF Promenade.Talking about the play titled ‘Oye Matilda! Tu hai Ustad!’ co-director Bubbles Sabharwal said, “Our play is contemporary, and would connect well with the Delhi audience as in the play, Matilda’s family lives in West Delhi. While Mr Fernandez is a ‘jugadu’ guy, Mrs Fernandez is a materialistic consumer freak, and their son, Matilda’s brother is a phone freak. We have also written the play in Hinglish, just the way delhiites speak now. We’ve also composed a one-of-a-kind song, ‘Arre main hu ustad’ which is sung by the father, entirely based on the Hinglish dialect spoken these days. Our musician Laura Santana has done the music composition.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It took us five-six weeks to prepare the play. These children come to us for a workshop, and now they are getting an opportunity to portray their skills at DLF. They’ve learnt teamwork, projection, working with props… all these lessons integrated together produces the play entirely,” informed Bubbles Sabharwal.When asked about the challenges Lushin and she had faced while working with children, Bubbles remarked, “I have been working with children for about 27 years, and noticed that people do not take children seriously. But over the years, now the situation has improved. We’ve been lucky to have good sponsors with God’s grace. Mothers would usually get their children for workshops as part of holiday activities, without knowing how it leads to personality enhancement, as over the years, a lot of life skills are learnt on stage. The first challenge is finding a sponsor, someone who beliefs in the cause of children. Children are like life insurance, you know you invested right when you open up the policy 20 years later. Similarly, theatre gives children a tremendous amount of confidence in dealing with people. The other challenge is to make the parents realise that if they allow the children two hours per day for five days a week, it is time well spent.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe duo is expecting a family audience for the show, with very little options of family entertainment available these days. Matilda is a novel by prominent British storyteller Roald Dahl, that tells the tale of a genius little girl who is utterly ignored by her family. Some other famous works of Roald Dahl are ‘The Twits’, ‘The Witches’, ‘The BFG’, and ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, most of which have been adapted into films. Drop by with your little ones towards the end of the week to experience the awe in magic, as you watch children unfold the tale of Delhi’s Matilda.last_img read more

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White tiger from Patna set to greet Kolkata Zoo visitors

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden is bringing in a white tiger from the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park popularly known as Patna Zoo to augment the tiger population in the city zoo. Apart from the white tiger, six blackbucks and a pair of sambar deer will also be brought from the Patna zoo. The animals are being procured as a part of exchange programme with the Alipore zoo sending a female zebra to Patna.”The six-year-old white male tiger that we are bringing from Patna zoo is mainly for the purpose of breeding to increase the tiger population at the zoo. The white tiger has yellow gene so cross breeding can be done with the yellow tigers as well,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Alipore Zoo presently has three white tigers — Bishal, Rupa and Rishi and three Royal Bengal tigers Payel, Tista and Raja. Tigers remain compatible for mating from the age of 5 to a maximum of 9 years. However, all male tigers at the zoo are over the age of 10 years. So the white male tiger is being brought from outside. “We are trying to make arrangements to procure the tiger by next week while the sambar deer and blackbucks will be brought after the summer months. It will be easier for them to adjust to the weather in the city after summer,” a senior official of Alipore Zoo said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe zebra population at the city zoo is presently ten with seven females. Two of the three males are juveniles and there is the only one adult male in the mating game. Five of the seven adult females are fit for breeding but they have only one partner. The female zebra that will be sent is aged around six years. “We are in talks with a number of zoo to bring an adult male zebra,” the official added. The Alipore Zoo presently has three sambar deer and a single deer. The six blackbucks will make our deer population reasonably healthy. The Patna Zoo has a single male zebra Chottu. The plan is to mate him with the female being procured from Alipore Zoo to augment the zebra population.last_img read more

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Hot off the heels of announcing a bevy of new feat

first_imgHot off the heels of announcing a bevy of new features for tvOS at WWDC, Apple has also added picture-in-picture to Apple TV. The developer beta of tvOS launched on June 17, and 9to5Mac reports that viewers are now able to shrink videos to a smaller size in the corner of the screen while continuing to browse through other content and menus.The feature is akin to picture-in-picture on iPad, which launched a few years ago, where users are able to shrink videos from most third party apps to a corner of their tablet. The feature is currently limited to the Apple TV app on tvOS, but the report expects functionality to be added to popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.A public beta of tvOS 13 is expected to launch in July, with a fully implemented update later in 2019. Other features announced for tvOS 13 include a new home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screensavers filmed under the sea.last_img read more

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On Monday he was able to move his limbs which was

first_img“On Monday he was able to move his limbs which was a major relief. Once he is stable he will require surgery for his neck to ensure no further damage to the spinal cord.“Michael has three sisters who are mother figures to him since the sudden death of their mother Paula just three years ago, age 44.“Their father, Timmy, also passed away seven years ago age 46.“The three girls have a long journey ahead while Michael recovers from his injuries.“Family will be helping financially as best they can to help with their expenses and anything that Michael may require over the coming weeks.“If anyone would like to contribute it would be much appreciated. Please keep praying for Michael.”Linda added: “Michael is breathing on his own and talking.“One of the first things he said was ‘I thought I was dying’.“More great news is that he has moved his legs. Our prayers are answered. Hopefully he will get stronger.“I can’t wait to talk to him. Keep praying. We are so grateful.”ORPHANED CO DERRY LAD FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AFTER ROAD CRASH was last modified: November 23rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet 20-year-old Michael McCloskey fighting for his life in hospital after horror road smashA young man orphaned at just 17 is critically ill in hospital after a horror road crash.Michael McCloskey, now age20, and a friend were seriously injured in a collision in Magherafelt, Co Derry.Michael remains in a critical condition in hospital where his family is maintaining a bedside vigil. His aunt has urged people to pray for Michael’s recovery, and a fundraiser has been launched to help pay accommodation for relatives close to the Royal Victoria Hospital.Linda Murray also told how Michael was tragically orphaned in his teens.The 49-year-old said: “He sustained major lung damage, broken neck with spinal cord damage, various other broken bones and burns.“Michael has been critical all week but he is making small improvements. CO DERRYLINDA MURRAYmagherafeltMICHAEL MCCLOSKEYORPHANED CO DERRY LAD FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AFTER ROAD CRASHlast_img read more

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Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report

first_img Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Dear Reader, Today’s entrée is a special treat. Doug Casey and Louis James talk gold, ISIS, oil, stock markets, and much more in a conversation about what to expect in the markets in 2015. This interview was originally published in The Casey Report. Before we get to the main event, I want to bring to your attention that enrollment in Casey’s Club is now open for a limited time. Yesterday, Marin Katusa did a better job explaining why you should join Casey’s Club than I ever could, so I’ll just add a quick anecdote about one very satisfied member of Casey’s Club. While it’s not uncommon for Casey’s Club members to send us glowing feedback like this… In less than a year I paid for my lifetime membership to Casey’s Club in one trade, and now I have a Casey free ride on balance and warrants. Many Thanks! – Steve A., Casey’s Club Member … one particular Casey’s Club member expressed how pleased he was in a way that I’d never seen before. He was so impressed with the quality of research that he asked to come work for Casey Research so he could see how it was done. In my mind, there’s no higher praise than that. We hired him as an intern, and he’s since gone on to become a principal at a global private equity firm. Casey’s Club is expensive, but it’s worth it. You can find all the details here. If you’re thinking about joining, act quickly. The enrollment period closes soon and won’t open again until 2016. Here’s Doug with Louis.last_img read more

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first_img— The Income Secret of Multi-MillionairesPut 10 multi-millionaires in a room and chances are, most of them will share a very unique secret about how they generate their income. Not one in 1,000 salaried employees would guess this secret. But millionaire investor, James Altucher, shares the secret with you, for free, on this page. Recommended Links The price of silver plummeted 4.5% on Tuesday. It closed at $15.01/oz… its lowest close since February 2010.Gold had a bad day too. It dipped below its 2015 low of $1,148.10 before recovering to close at $1,153.70. It lost 1.4% on the day.Historically, people buy gold and silver for protection during uncertain times. Gold and silver have held their value for thousands of years through wars, depressions, and financial crises. When stock markets crash or paper money fails, gold and silver are a reliable store of wealth.So with Greece’s default rocking world markets… and with Chinese stocks crashing the most in 20 years… why are gold and silver struggling?Louis James, editor of International Speculator, blames China.The Chinese stock market has crashed an incredible 28% in 16 days. And China’s 1.4 billion people are the biggest buyers of gold in the world.Here’s Louis:The world’s biggest gold buyers are suffering a major liquidity crunch. Many won’t have the cash to buy anything, not even gold. Worse, hundreds of Chinese stocks are halted and huge numbers of investors are facing margin calls. That means that many who own gold will be selling because it’s the one thing they can get a bid on.When a large number of buyers are forced to become sellers… well, counterintuitive days like today can make sense.If I’m right about this, precious metals will slide until the liquidity crunch in China passes. We saw the same thing in 2008. But when this reversal happens, the rebound should be even sharper. Unlike most Americans or Europeans, Chinese people do see gold as an important form of wealth protection.We’ll discuss the details of the Chinese stock market crash later this week. •  Meanwhile, another important commodity is within pennies of its 10-year low…The price of iron ore has declined for nine days in a row. On Tuesday, the Metal Bulletin’s iron ore index plummeted 5% to $49.60 per metric ton.Iron ore is in a bear market. It’s now 73% below its record high from September 2011.Iron ore is the key ingredient in steel. China has consumed iron ore like crazy in recent years to build out its infrastructure. Its colossal Three Gorges Dam used 463,000 metric tons of steel.China is the world’s largest consumer of iron ore by a long shot. It consumed 1.25 billion metric tons of iron ore in 2013. The rest of the world consumed that much combined. China is both the world’s largest producer and importer of iron ore.Iron ore prices depend on China… and China is slowing down.China reports that its economy grew 7% in the first quarter. That’s impressive for most countries, but it was China’s weakest quarter in six years. According to Bloomberg, Chinese steel production is on pace to contract for the first time since at least 1990.•  Iron ore also is Australia’s biggest export…The Australian dollar just sunk to its lowest level since the financial crisis. One Australian dollar is now worth just US$0.74… down from US$1.10 in 2011.Crashing iron ore prices are a big reason why. Australia’s economy depends on commodities. Its other top exports are coal, natural gas, gold, and crude oil. But iron ore is its biggest export by far.Iron ore accounted for 25% of the value of Australia’s total exports last year. And 77% percent of Australia’s iron ore exports went to China, Australia’s largest trading partner. One-third of Australia’s total exports go to China.China consumes what Australia pulls out of the ground. China’s boom was great for Australia. But with China slowing down, Australia is struggling.last_img read more

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