This Indian side starting to seem like West Indies of 70s Srikkanth

first_imgManchester: Former India opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth has compared the Virat Kohli-led side to the dominant West Indies team of the 1970s, saying most opponents are worried about facing the ‘Men in Blue’. Srikkanth made the comments following India’s crushing 89-run win over Pakistan here on Sunday. “This is starting to feel a little like the West Indian teams of the 1970s, where the opposition would start the game with a psychological disadvantage. Teams are worried about facing India and how they will cope with them, which immediately puts them on the back foot,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for the ICC. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev India seem to be on a roll in the tournament having outplayed South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. The game against the arch-rivals was also a test for K L Rahul, who himself said that he was nervous about opening the innings in an ODI as he had not done it for a while. Playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul rose to the occasion with a solid half-century. Rohit Sharma made a match-winning 140 but Srikkanth felt Rahul’s knock of 57 was more significant. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “Everyone knows how good a batsman Rohit Sharma is but for me the more important innings against Pakistan was from KL Rahul. Going into the game, the biggest question mark about this India team was how they would cope without Shikhar Dhawan,” he said. “The fact the top three all got runs, that Sharma and Rahul put on more than a hundred for the first wicket and that Virat Kohli got more runs, is huge for India going forward in the tournament,” he added. Another positive for India was Kuldeep Yadav being back to his best, taking the important wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. “Prior to this (game), the one bowler who had been a little bit of a concern was Kuldeep Yadav, who didn’t seem to have found his form. However he was brilliant in this game, particularly the dismissal of Babar Azam which was a sensational delivery,” he said. “That leaves India with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep all bowling well, what more can they ask for? It is a little like England, at the moment everything seems to be going right and the fans should be very happy,” he added. Srikkanth said Pakistan erred in opting to field and seemed a team which was struggling to cope with pressure. “It felt like there was more pressure on Pakistan, who had built this up to be a huge game, whereas India and Rohit, in particular, were able to treat it like any other match. That is vital in a World Cup. You cannot put too much pressure on yourself because of who the opposition is. “The one slight worry was Bhuvneshwar’s injury but they have six days before the next game against Afghanistan so that will give him the chance to get back fit again. In the moment it was obviously a blow for India, but in some ways it worked out well for them because it meant we got more of a look at Vijay Shankar and he did well,” added Srikkanth.last_img read more

A look at the Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

first_imgStephanie Lacroix:Stephanie Lacroix was passionate about youth education and life skills development in both Canada and southern Africa.Lacroix was working with the United Nations Association in Canada to help engage young Canadians in the UN’s work to grow global citizens as a project officer with the association’s Canada Service Corps, her LinkedIn profile says.She graduated in 2015 with an honours degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.She was a board member of the African Community Fund for Education Canada and previously volunteered with Free the Children.Her mother Sylvie Lamarche Lacroix of Timmins, Ont., confirmed her death in a Facebook message.In an interview, Jasveen Brar said she met Lacroix at COP24 in Poland.“She was a mentor to me and the two other guys that were selected for the conference. Since the COP, we kept in touch over email, where she offered me lots of advice about my career and life, she really was a star,” Brar said.Darcy Belanger:Parvati.org, a not-for-profit conservation group, says the former Edmonton resident was its founding member and director of strategic initiatives.Belanger’s LinkedIn profile says he was working as a United States director of professional development with PCL Construction in Denver.Parvati says Belanger had taken time off from PCL and was travelling to Nairobi for the United Nations Environment Assembly.The organization said he was a champion of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary or MAPS because he realized the importance of the Arctic Ocean in balancing global weather patterns. MAPS declares the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle a protected area, the group said in a statement. “Admired for his courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities, Darcy was a hero in every sense of the word,” Parvati said. “He was passionately devoted to the protection of all life through the realization of MAPS.” Micah Messent:Messent was an environmentalist from British Columbia who expressed his joy on social media at being able to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.In an Instagram post, he said he had been selected by the United Nations Association of Canada to attend the assembly and was travelling to Kenya where he would “have the chance to meet with other passionate youth and leaders from around the world and explore how we can tackle the biggest challenges that are facing our generation.”“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and want to thank all of the people in my life who have helped me get this far.”Prof. Laurie Meijer Drees taught Messent at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo and said he was committed to being a role model for Indigenous youth and was regarded as a trailblazer among his classmates and the faculty.“He was a bright light among all of those bright lights,” she said. “He was very enthusiastic, a bright young scholar, very committed to the environment and the land.”Drees said Messent was part of a group of about a dozen Indigenous Studies students who wanted to make the world a better place.The First Nations Leadership Council said Messent was a member of the Red River Metis Nation in Manitoba and was raised as the youngest of five siblings in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. It said he had plans to return to school in the future to pursue a law degree. Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir:The 33-year-old Edmonton woman and her five-year-old daughter were travelling to Kenya to visit relatives.Her brother, Mohamed Hassan Ali of Toronto, said he had planned to travel with them but had to cancel last week.“(She was) a very nice person, very outgoing, very friendly — had a lot of friends,” he said.A family friend said Odowaa had lived in Edmonton since 2006. Pius Adesanmi:Adesanmi was a Nigerian-born professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.He was a “towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship,” said the school’s president, Benoit-Antoine Bacon.Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.Mitchell Dick, a Carleton student in communications, said Adesanmi was “extremely nice and approachable,” and stood out for his passion for African literature. Jessica HybaHyba’s Facebook page says she was born in Ottawa and pursued a career in international aid work.She worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as an public relations officer, based in Mogadishu, Somalia.Prior to that, the UNHCR said Hyba worked for CARE Canada.That agency issued a statement saying she had worked in Indonesia as part of the emergency response to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.“We remember her fondly as a dedicated humanitarian and loving mother,” CARE Canada said on their website. Peter deMarshDescribed by a longtime family friend in New Brunswick as a dedicated community activist, deMarsh also travelled the world as chairman of the International Family Forestry Alliance.The international group, based in Luxembourg, represents more than 25 million forest owners worldwide.Genevieve MacRae recalled how deMarsh and his wife Jean Burgess helped establish the Taymouth Community Association in central New Brunswick more than a decade ago.“Peter and his wife Jean made a pretty powerful team,” said MacRae, a friend of deMarsh’s since her childhood. “They were always looking for how to improve the lives of the people around them.”MacRae said deMarsh was a pillar of the Taymouth community.“He was warm, funny, passionate — you always felt listened-to with Peter,” MacRae said. “He was an intense person, except that doesn’t signify the warmth that was behind it all … It’s a monumental loss for our community.” Felix Montecuccoli, a board member with the International Family Forestry Alliance, said in an email that police shared the news of deMarsh’s death with his family late Sunday.DeMarsh was en route to Nairobi, where he and Montecuccoli had planned to attend a workshop on financing for small farms.The CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor, issued a statement describing deMarsh as a life-long advocate for the Canadian forest sector.“The forestry community lost an incredible man this weekend,” Nighbor said.“Peter dedicated so much of his life to our sector and was travelling to Africa to do what he loved to do — talking about the environmental benefits of forestry … He was a true champion of forestry on the global stage.” Ashka Dixit, Anushka Dixit, Prerit Dixit, Kosha Vaidya, Pannagesh Vaidya and Hansini Vaidya:The family of six from Brampton, Ont., was planning to visit Kosha’s birthplace in Kenya, said her brother, Manant Vaidya.He said his 37-year-old sister hadn’t visited Kenya for decades. Her daughters, 14-year-old Ashka and 13-year-old Anushka, were looking forward to going on a safari, he said.The other family members on the trip were 45-year-old father Prerit Dixit, 71-year-old grandfather Pannagesh Vaidya and 63-year-old grandmother Hansini Vaidya.Manant said his parents were from Gujarat, India, but they lived in Kenya for three or four years. The family later returned to India. Kosha moved to Ontario in 2004 after marrying her husband, who already lived in Canada.The girls were strong students and enrolled in specialized science and technology courses, Manant said. Ashka was also known for her singing voice, while Anushka was talented in dance and was learning a traditional Indian form called khattak.Prerit worked as a medical lab assistant for LifeLabs and also held a job at Ontario’s Ministry of Health. Kosha used to work for the Canadian Hearing Society, said Manant.It was not immediately clear if Pannagesh Vaidya and Hansini Vaidya were Canadian citizens. The Canadian Press Angela Rehhorn:Angela Rehhorn, 24, was an enthusiastic conservation volunteer from Orillia, Ont., who was developing a citizen science project on bat conservation.The Canadian Wildlife Federation says she had recently participated in its Canadian Conservation Corps, a volunteer program for Canadians ages 18 to 30.She was on her way to participate in the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi as part of the UN Association of Canada’s Canada Service Corps Program, it said.Rick Bates, CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, said in an interview that Rehhorn was a well-liked “outdoors girl” who was also a great leader.“She was full of excitement and the optimism of youth and wanting to change the world and work on changing the world. And that’s what she was doing,” Bates said.Rehhorn recently completed a bachelor of science at Dalhousie University and was “thrilled” to take part in the conservation corps, the federation said.Her experience took her to Alberta where she went backpacking in Kananaskis this fall, then to Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island for her field training. At the time of her death, Rehhorn had just finished volunteering her time to do species surveys and was especially interested in expanding her experience working in the marine environment, the federation said. Derick Lwugi:An accountant with the City of Calgary, Lwugi was on his way to Kenya to visit both his and his wife’s parents.“His mom was not feeling well,” Lwugi’s wife, Gladys Kivia, said in a brief interview from Calgary.The couple have three children, aged 17, 19 and 20, all of whom live at home.The family has lived in Calgary for 12 years. Details are emerging on the 18 Canadian victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Addis Ababa that left 157 people dead. Here is what we know so far: Danielle Moore:A 24-year-old marine biology student from Winnipeg, Moore graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2017.She posted on Facebook on Saturday morning that she would be travelling to Nairobi for the United Nations Environment Assembly.“Over the next week, I’ll have the opportunity to discuss global environmental issues, share stories, and connect with other youth and leaders from all over the world,” she wrote.“I feel beyond privileged to be receiving this opportunity.”Prof. Kim Davies, her honours thesis adviser at Dalhousie, said Moore was an exceptional student.“She excelled at her studies, she was a kind and friendly person, and she was deeply devoted to environmental and human rights causes,” Davies said in an email.Davies said after graduating from Dalhousie, Moore returned to Manitoba where she worked for several non-governmental organizations, including the Canada Learning Code, a group dedicated to improving the accessibility of educational and technological resources for Canadians.The professor confirmed Moore’s work was recognized by the United Nations, which is why she was invited to be a delegate to the environmental assembly. Rubi Pauls:Nine-month-old Rubi was travelling to Kenya with her family to meet her grandfather for the first time.Her 34-year-old mother, seven year-old brother, four-year-old sister and 60-year-old grandmother were on the flight with her. Rubi was the only Canadian citizen in the family.Her grandfather, Quindos Karanja, said the family was on its way back to Kenya from Ontario to visit him for Easter. He said his daughter, Carolyne Karanja, had been excited to go back home but had said she had a “bad feeling” before the trip. He said he’s finding it hard to accept what has happened.last_img read more

No crime wave says Gota

The Defence Secretary also accused the media for hyping up some crime related stories in order to sell the newspaper or increase ratings.  (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa said that while earlier crimes were mostly committed using poles and knives, now it is committed using a T-56 weapon.He attributed this mostly to the fact that during the war T-56 weapons were easily accessible even to people in villages for self protection. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today denied claims of a crime wave taking place in Sri Lanka.Speaking at an event in Matara today (audio below) the Defence Secretary said that the police have also confirmed based on statistics that there has not been an increase in criminal activity in the country. He however said that police reports show that there has been a change in the trend on how crime is committed and the weapons used. “There is an attempt to show that there is a crime wave in Sri Lanka. As the Defence Secretary I told the Inspector General of Police to look into this and tell me if there is such a crime wave. He showed me the statistics and according to that there is no crime wave in this country,” Rajapaksa said. read more

Import tax on sugar reduced from midnight tonight

Accordingly the new tax will be 25 cents per kilo. (Colombo Gazette) The import tax on sugar has been reduced from midnight tonight, the Ministry of Finance announced.The Finance Ministry said that the import tax on sugar has been reduced by Rs. 29.75 per kilogram.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,253.46, down 55.77 points).Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Materials. Up 11 cents, or 33.85 per cent, to 43.5 cents on 21.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down 14 cents, or three per cent, to $4.53 on 5.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 10 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $5.67 on 5 million shares.Euro Sun Mining Inc. (TSX:ESM). Materials. Unchanged at 31.5 cents on 4.2 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Materials. Down two cents, or 0.67 per cent, to $2.96 on 3.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.58 per cent, to $1.72 on 3.8 million shares.Companies in the news:Acadian Timber Corp. (TSX:ADN). Down 30 cents or 1.8 per cent to $16.41. Shares in Vancouver-based Acadian Timber Corp. continued to drop in value Thursday, two days after Brookfield Asset Management Inc. said it sold its 45 per cent stake in the timberland operator to privately held Macer Forest Holdings Inc. of Toronto. Brookfield announced after markets closed Tuesday it had sold the stake for $128 million or $17 per share. Acadian announced that because of the sale, Benjamin Vaughan of Brookfield would step down as chairman and be replaced by Malcolm Cockwell, a Macer principal and managing director at Haliburton Forest who has been on the board since May 2018.CIBC (TSX:CM). Up $2.10 or 2.11 per cent to $101.60. The Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce hiked its dividend and reported a two per cent rise in its third-quarter net income to beat analyst estimates. The Toronto-based lender saw growth in Canadian personal and small business banking and its U.S. commercial banking platform, but this was offset by weaker capital markets earnings and an increase in loan loss provisions. CIBC on Thursday reported net income of $1.4 billion for the quarter ended July 31, compared with $1.37 billion during the same period a year ago. read more

UN health agency sends epidemic response team to Congo in Ebola outbreak

As of 17 November, the Congolese Ministry of Health had reported 1 laboratory-confirmed case and 10 epidemiologically linked cases, all of them fatal, in Mbomo district in Cuvette Ouest Département. The Congolese Government has officially declared the epidemic as due to Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Laboratory testing carried by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon, partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), has confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola in clinical samples.

Great Basin Golds shaft development LKABs new iron ore mine Massey Energys

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (May 21): “Australia’s proposed resources tax may set an industry benchmark”. This is the opinion of many mining analysts, only weeks after the original announcement was met with outrage from interested parties. Now, other governments are looking at the proposal and considering whether to implement a similar system. Chile was the first to draw up similar plansand Brazil or China could be the next. Fortunately, most companies are still pursuing project developments. Great Basin Gold says it has completed the sinking phase of the vertical shaft at its Burnstone operation in South Africa, part of the $33 million development in Q1, 2010. There was also news from LKAB earlier in the month, which are opening up a new mine near Svappavaara in Sweden. First Quantum Minerals has an update on its recently acquired Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Western Australia, Massey Energy is expanding several of its coal operations in Pike County, Kentucky and Buchanan County, Virginia, USA, and much more.At Burnstone, Great Basin Gold has also made good progress in the construction of the mill facility. As a result of an increased amount of activity related to the Burnstone mill facility, the capital expenditure is expected to increase to $58 million in the second quarter. The company has also made progress in the development of surface and underground infrastructure at the operation. As of May 6, 2010, some 2,667 m of decline development was completed, with 65 m remaining to be done before it is linked up with the vertical shaft. A total of 1,842 m of on-reef development has been completed to date and good continuity is shown in the exposed part of the reef. The long hole stoping trials are progressing well and the rate of mining is expected to increase as more mining areas become available. The company plans to implement this form of mechanised mining on a trial basis over a nine to 12 month evaluation period. A total of about 77,095 t has been accumulated on the ore stockpiles which will be used for the mill commissioning.Still in South Africa, Gold Fields has received approval from the South African Department of Mineral Resources for the conversion of its South Deep old order mining right into a new order mining right. Included in this approval, as a new right, is an additional portion of ground known as Uncle Harry’s, which is contiguous to South Deep. It contains a mineral resource of about 70.7 Mt at 5.8 g/t Au (at a cutoff grade of 3.0 g/t Au), which is largely above the existing South Deep infrastructure. In addition to gold the new order mining right covers silver, uranium, nickel and pyrite.At Ravensthorpe, First Quantum has engaged an engineering firm and is proceeding with the detailed design of modifications for the nickel process plant, of which a significant part will be the modification of the crushing, conveying, stockpile, reclaim and rejects handling areas of the plant. The modification works are planned to be completed during Q1, 2011 and will be followed by around six months of commissioning and ramp-up. The company expects Ravensthorpe’s average annual production of nickel metal to be about 39,000 t for the first five years, after recommencement of operations, and an average annual production of 28,000 t of nickel metal over the expected mine life of 32 years.In Sweden, LKAB has been granted an environmental permit for the new mine at Gruvberget. The ruling by the Environmental Court means that it can move ahead with plans to increase production of finished products by 10 Mt/y. LKAB’s President, Lars-Eric Aaro: “We’re aiming for 37 Mt, and Gruvberget will be an important step towards reaching that target. We must do this to be able to keep pace with our customers who wish to grow. Since the completion of our investments in new pelletising plants and upgraded logistics, the mines have been the bottleneck in the chain of production. Quite simply, we need more iron ore.”There is also news from Ivanhoe Mines, which has a new, independent integrated development plan for its Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold project in southern Mongolia. The new plan, IDP-10, is a comprehensive update of the original 2005 plan and supports the company’s commitment to advance Oyu Tolgoi into full construction, with production of copper and gold expected to begin in 2013. The development blueprint contains the first published declaration of underground reserves for the planned Hugo Dummett block-cave mine. The study examines two scenarios, with both cases resulting in average production, over the first ten years, exceeding 1,200 MIb of copper and 650,000 oz of gold.In the US, Massey Energy’s coal expansion involves its Roundbottom surface mine – consisting of around 145,120 surface tonnes and 272,100 highwall miner tonnes, Hurricane Branch Trace Fork mine – a metallurgical quality coal operation consisting of some 104,305 surface tonnes and 163,260 highwall miner tonnes, and a potential 7.2 Mt (reserves) metallurgical coal operation in Washington County, Pennsylvania.To receive the full 40+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Forty years of Antipodes periodical

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Antipodes periodical celebrated 40 years of existence on Sunday with the winners of the Greek Australian Cultural League’s annual literary compeition results being announced on the day. The periodical honoured Dr Maria Herodotou whose career as a distinguished educator and academic has spanned more than 37 years. She is currently teaching Modern Greek at Latrobe University.The winners of the literary competion include: Entries From Australia: Writing in Greek: Poetry-Gerasimos Lyberatos for his collection “How can I explain?” -Πώς να εξηγήσω; Short story: Christina-Iatrou-Soitaridis “The godly atonement-Η θεία εξιλέωση”. Writing in English: First prize in poetry Nick Trakakis for his collection “That’s when I saw your brute…”; Short story: first merit Paul Kiritsis “Three little pigs”. Entries From overseas: Poetry in Greek: First prize: Nektaria Maragianni for her collection “Loneliness”; Poetry in English: Yiannos Labis “The Foreigner”: Short story in the Greek language: Maria-Gousia-Rizou “Τίτλοι τέλους”.The Panarcadian Association of Melbourne “O Kolokotronis” in North Melbourne was packed with devotees of the literary word and of the arts from across the Greek Australian community. In her speech, Consul General for Greece in Melbourne Eleni Lianidou commended the League for its visionary and long-standing work. George Vrakas was the MC again this year and welcomed all with a brief introduction and encouragement for those in the audience who were not members to consider joining. Kyriakos Amanatides then took the audience on a journey through the history of Antipodes from cover to cover, through the various incarnations of the periodical to its present form. Volume 59 pays homage to the past, in that its front and back cover feature a myriad of covers that had graced previous issues.Dr Christos Fifis launched the periodical and read extracts from Volume 59. Cathy Alexopoulos, President of the GACL, spoke about the role the periodical has played in the Greek diaspora and indeed in the promotion of Hellenism in Australia. “The enduring existence of the periodical Antipodes is a credit to the outstanding contributions and the excellent work of the successive editorial committees, and the visionary work of the administrative committees of the GACL,” she said.Ms Alexopoulos has this to say about the subject of volume 59 – Dr Maria Herodotou: “Maria is an energetic, soft-spoken, individual who has been a great advocator for the Greek language, history and culture. We, from the Cultural League are very proud to dedicate this periodical to her.”last_img read more

Google une Nexus Tab commercialisée à la mi2012

first_imgGoogle : une Nexus Tab commercialisée à la mi-2012 ?La firme de Mountain View pourrait décider de lancer sa tablette Nexus Tab en juin 2012. C’est ce que laisse entendre Eric Schmidt, le président exécutif de Google, dans un entretien accordé à la presse italienne.Le géant américain de l’Internet Google pourrait sortir sa propre tablette tactile dans six mois environ. Eric Schmidt, le président exécutif de Google, aurait en effet confié au journal Corrier della Serra : “Dans les six prochains mois, nous prévoyons de commercialiser une tablette de la plus grande qualité.”À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Après avoir lancé les modèles de smartphones Nexus One, Nexus S et Galaxy Nexus, Google s’apprêterait à lancer sa propre tablette tactile, qui pourrait être la Nexus Tab. Il est toutefois assez périlleux d’affirmer que le président exécutif de Google n’a pas voulu évoquer une nouvelle tablette équipée du système d’exploitation Android, conçue par un autre fabricant.En effet, Google ayant acquis la firme Motorola Mobility pourrait ainsi développer une tablette, sur le même mode de fabrication des smartphones Nexus. Mais il est en revanche très probable que la conférence la conférence Google I/O qui se tiendra en juin 2012 permettra d’en savoir davantage sur cette énigmatique “Nexus Tab”.Le 21 décembre 2011 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Councilors to question candidates to fill Quirings seat Tuesday

first_imgThe Clark County Council may be whole again as soon as next week.On Tuesday, the council is planning to ask questions of the three candidates nominated to replace Eileen Quiring who gave up her seat on the county council to begin her term as council chair earlier this year. The council could vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on who will represent the sprawling rural council district that Quiring, a Republican, carried in 2016 with 62 percent of the vote.The three replacement candidates nominated by the local Republican Party include airline pilot and frequent transportation commentator John Ley, GOP activist Brook Pell and Gary Medvigy, a newcomer to the county who previously served as a judge and U.S. Army general.“People have chosen to live here for a reason, and my job is to understand what they want from their government and how to represent them,” said Ley, who was nominated Jan. 15 with 61 votes from the 117 Republican precinct committee officers present.Each of the candidates said they need to learn more about the inner workings of county government. They’ve all expressed a desire for more property rights and loosening the urban growth boundary to make housing more affordable.“I feel like the comp plan has limited growth to the point where it’s causing our houses prices to skyrocket,” said Pell, who was nominated with 63 votes on a second ballot.last_img read more

Rodale Hires Condé Nast VP for New CTO Role

first_imgAs CTO, Chowdhury will report to Anthony Astarita, GM/SVP of digital and new brand development.”As we begin an important year for the company, Bobby’s valuable expertise and management background will help us turn our IT infrastructure into a strategic asset,” Astarita says in a statement. “His entrepreneurial spirit coupled with his deep knowledge of software development and back-end systems management of media companies and VC-backed startups make him a key partner for our business.”Chowdhury had spent the last four years as vice president of engineering and digital technology under Condé Nast. One of several companies to revamp its digital management for the new mobile atmosphere, Condé actually made a similar move in 2010, recruiting Joe Simon to a then-new CTO role.See Also: Merging Brands with Technology (Q&A With Joe Simon)Prior to Condé Nast, Chowdhury had served as CTO of United Media & Scripps Ventures and co-CTO of E.W. Scripps where, among other responsibilities, he managed the company’s e-commerce platform.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Upping its commitment to a new e-commerce platform, Rodale has brought on Bobby Chowdhury to serve in the newly-created role of Chief Technology Officer.Chowdhury will oversee the technology infrastructure of the company, including an expansion of Rodale’s web and software development teams, and will be given a strategic role in the construction of Rodale’s, an e-commerce platform scheduled to launch in the spring.Little information about Rodale’s online retailer effort has emerged so far, but, in line with the publisher’s brand, the online retailer will feature “beautiful, well-crafted” products with an eye toward sustainability. The venture had 10 dedicated staffers as of October, according to a report by AdWeek.last_img read more

Black Friday Deals Best US Cities To Buy Homes During the Holiday

first_imgBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, officially marks the beginning of the festive season and the holiday shopping season and if you thought the massive discounts were limited to consumer goods and retailers only, consider this.Black Friday deals are extending even to real estate and this could probably be one of the best times to invest in a home. Experts say that sellers usually list their homes during this time because the market sees serious buyers during the holiday season.On account of the Black Friday shopping event, Zillow listed some top US cities where you can find a great real estate deal.The property firm analyzed the percentage of home listings with recent discounts and the actual percentage of discount offered in the areas.Zillow found that Albuquerque, New Mexico, had the highest number of discounted homes to offer with about 53.5 percent of the listings recently receiving a price chop. Wichita in Kansas and Omaha in New England followed with 47.5 percent and 46.8 percent, respectively.However, when it came to the biggest discounts, Detroit and Cleveland topped the charts each offering 23.3 percent and 10 percent discounts on current price tags, respectively.Does Winter Really Promise Cold Deals?The winter makes for a good housing market, despite popular belief of a slowdown. Competition is low, which is good for both buyers and sellers.Home sellers want to wrap up deals faster due to tax purposes. Also, since the number of buyers are also less, your broker will be able to spend more time with you advising you on your deals, making for a complete win-win situation.US Home PricesHome prices in the United States have been growing at a restrained pace. In September sales further slowed down, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index report. Prices increased only 4.8 percent in 10 of the largest cities covered by the index in America.”The overall trend in home price increases continues to slow down,” David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices was quoted by The Wall Street Journal.”Other housing statistics paint a mixed to slightly positive picture. With the economy looking better than a year ago, the housing outlook for 2015 is stable to slightly better,” he added referring to the increase in housing starts and record low mortgage rates.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 14

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 61 points or 0.18 percent to close at 33,856 on Tuesday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Wednesday:1. Coal IndiaCiti recommends ‘Neutral’Target Price: Rs 320Current stock price: Rs 294About the company: Coal India produces and markets coal and coal products, as well as provides related consulting services.Stock Performance: The stock has edged up 1 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 20 times forward earnings. Coal India has a market capitalization of Rs 1.8 trillion.2. VedantaCiti recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 360Current stock price: Rs 321About the company: Vedanta mines, produces, and exports base metals. The company distributes metals such as zinc, iron ore, copper, silver, and aluminium, as well as operates power plants. Vedanta also operates in oil and gas sector.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 35 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 17 times forward earnings. Vedanta has a market capitalization of Rs 1.2 trillion.3. VoltasCiti recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 744Current stock price: Rs 639About the company: Voltas offers engineering solutions for a wide spectrum of industries in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, electro-mechanical projects, textile machinery, machine tools, mining and construction equipment, materials handling, water management, building management systems, indoor air quality and chemicals.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 67 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 42 times forward earnings. Voltas has a market capitalization of Rs 211 billion.4. Motherson SumiReliance Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 343Current stock price: Rs 318About the company: Motherson Sumi Systems manufactures and distributes automotive parts. The company offers products such as HVAC systems, air intake manifolds, highway vehicle cabins, air compressors, and pedal box assembly. Motherson Sumi Systems markets its products worldwide.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 33 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 42 times forward earnings. Motherson Sumi has a market capitalization of Rs 671 billion.5. S P ApparelsHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 419Current stock price: Rs 360About the company: S.P. Apparels manufactures and exports apparels. The company offers knitted garments for infants and children. S.P. Apparels operates in India.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 18 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 13 times forward earnings. S P Apparels has a market capitalization of Rs 9 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

IS now controls less than 7 of Iraq

first_imgIslamic StateThe Islamic State group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said Tuesday.Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support are now battling IS inside second city Mosul, after retaking much of the other territory the jihadists had seized.“Daesh controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land” in 2014, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told reporters, using an Arabic acronym for IS.“As of March 31 (this year), they only held 6.8 percent of Iraqi territory,” said Rasool, the spokesman of the Joint Operations Command coordinating the anti-jihadist effort.Various members of the forces, Iraqi and foreign, battling the jihadists have disagreed in the past on figures about control of territory, but IS has been losing ground steadily for close to two years.The most brutal organisation in modern jihad shocked the world when it took over Mosul in June 2014 and then swept across much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.Its reach in Iraq peaked in August the same year when a second offensive saw it take over areas of northern Iraq that were home to various minorities and had been under the control of forces from the country’s autonomous Kurdish region’s forces.Iraqi forces with the backing of the US-led coalition-which has thousands of military personnel deployed in Iraq and carries out daily air strikes-launched a major offensive to retake Mosul in October 2016.Coalition to stay -They retook control of the eastern side of the city, which is divided by the Tigris River, in January and have since mid-February been battling die-hard jihadists holed up in their last west Mosul redoubts.The full recapture of Mosul, the de facto capital of the “caliphate” that IS proclaimed nearly three years ago, would end the jihadists’ dreams of a cross-border state.Speaking at the same press conference in Baghdad on Tuesday, the spokesman for the US-led coalition vowed that Iraq would not be abandoned after the recapture of Mosul.“Once that task is accomplished, the coalition will be here to support our Iraqi partners as they eliminate IS from every corner of Iraq,” Colonel John Dorrian said.“Though the fighting is going to be very hard… this enemy is completely surrounded. They aren’t going anywhere-they will be defeated and the people of Mosul will be free,” he said.The coalition has come under criticism following an air strike in west Mosul last month that took a heavy toll on civilians, a strike it admitted may have been its own.“Every strike that we conduct, we conduct using precision-guided munitions. Every strike that we conduct is coordinated directly with the Iraqi security forces,” Dorrian said.“We are very careful. We never, ever target civilians,” he added.But even if IS members are targeted, the fact that they are operating in areas still home to large numbers of residents means that civilians can easily still end up the victims.IS still controls the large towns of Hawijah and Tal Afar as well as remote areas along the border with Syria in western Iraq. It also holds the city of Raqa and other areas in Syria.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uToday’s show is a rebroadcast of the show from Tuesday, March 7, which featured a report on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, with health care advocate Vinnie DeMarco. Also, a report on the 2017 legislative agenda in Annapolis with veteran reporter Charles Robinson, of Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

From platinum blonde to nearly bald Jean Harlows horrifying hair routine

first_imgBefore there was Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak, Debbie Harry, or Gwen Stefani, there was Marilyn. But the very first celebrity to rock platinum-blonde strands was the 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow. It was Howard Hughes who orchestrated the shocking new hue. The billionaire producer signed Harlean Carpenter (the actress’s real name) to a $100-per-week contract and cast her in his 1930 film, Hell’s Angels, as a two-timing vamp.To publicize the movie, as well as his newest find, Hughes wanted to give Harlow an unforgettable nickname that would catch the eye of movie-goers, not unlike Clara Bow, who was known as “The ‘It’ Girl.”Harlow in “Red Dust” (1932)Some of the doozies that were being tossed around for Harlow: “Blonde Landslide” and “Darling Cyclone.”Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, and Hughes’ publicity department settled on “the Platinum Blonde.”To go with the new moniker, the actress’s ash-blonde hair was colored a white-blonde shade—transforming the sweet, down-to-earth Harlow into a siren-y sex bomb.Harlow with Clark Gable in “Hold Your Man” (1933)Completing the look: her eyebrows (shaved off, then drawn into an extreme arch) and lips (painted into a cupid’s bow.)To publicize her film, the studio’s publicists offered $10,000 to any hairdresser who could match the color.Jean Harlow and Ben Lyon in “Hell’s Angels” (1930), her first major film appearanceNaturally, no one could. Back then, there was no dye on the market that could make one’s hair as white-hot as Harlow’s. Her personal hairdresser, Alfred Pagano, revealed the secret decades later, saying, “We used peroxide, ammonia, Clorox, and Lux flakes. Can you believe that?”Jean Harlow with her mother in 1934Making matters worse, Harlow repeated the painful process on a weekly basis. Definitely not fun, but the actress knew her hair was as much a part of her image as her curvy body, tart one-liners, and unforgettable brassy voice.Jean Harlow in her trademark slinky white satin dressHowever, eventually, Harlow’s hair began to fall out because of the toxic treatments.She stopped the dye jobs and began wearing wigs or sporting slightly darker hair colors in later flicks (check Libeled Lady and China Seas, for example).Quotes from the beautiful Marilyn Monroe.Even so, this didn’t stop fans from trying to re-create the look, usually with disastrous results. (Decades later, Marilyn Monroe fared better with her platinum strands, though even she didn’t escape unscathed: One observer recalled, upon meeting Monroe, that the texture of the actress’s hair resembled cotton candy!)Photo of Jean Harlow from the cover of the “New York Sunday News” magazine.In 1937, age 26, and at the height of her career, Harlow died of kidney failure and uremic poisoning.Some believe that the heavy-duty dying process may have led to her demise. (Quick chemistry lesson: Ammonia and Clorox, when mixed, create hydrochloric acid, a noxious gas that can lead to kidney damage when inhaled.) But this, for the most part, has been discounted.Jean Harlow’s torturous hair routine sparked a craze for bleach-blonde and bobbed hairstylesMost likely, Harlow’s kidneys were damaged—and the actress doomed—when she contracted scarlet fever at age 14. Kidney damage is actually a slowly progressing disease that can remain undetected for years.Harlow was also plagued with a host of health problems during her short life, which reads like the “Health A-Z” section on WebMD—including polio, meningitis, pneumonia, multiple bouts of influenza, and alcoholism—though the harsh hair bleach probably didn’t help matters.Publicity still of the original “Blonde Bombshell”Nor did her movie wardrobe. Harlow’s famous white silk gowns—cut on a bias and sewn onto the actress—were so snug that she couldn’t sit down, or easily breathe for that matter, without bursting the seams.Slant boards, were used to prop up the actress between takes.This photo of director Jack Conway, Harlow, and Clark Gable on the set of “Saratoga” was taken only minutes before Harlow’s collapse and was issued at the time her death was announced.In Ronald L. Davis dishy book, The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood’s Big Studio System, Davis observed, “For the screen, clothes, above all, must be photogenic. Comfort and practicality were of little concern.”Read another story from us: The strange friendship between Jayne Mansfield and Church of Satan founder Anton LaVeyPoor Harlean Carpenter probably never had a chance.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Hollywood legend Doris Day turns 97

first_imgA birthday is an occasion for the honored person to request that favorite treat, and Doris Day is no exception. On her 97th birthday on April 3, 2019, the legendary star plans to enjoy her No. 1 special dessert: Edy’s slow-churned chocolate fudge ice cream. “Doris will be spending a quiet birthday at home again this year surrounded by a few close friends,” her business manager Bob Bashara told People magazine. “She always gets lots of phone calls wishing her happy birthday. And, in the evening, she’ll enjoy a special birthday dinner followed by cake and ice cream.”Before Day’s birthday, her adopted hometown of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California is hosting the Doris Day Animal Foundation Annual Benefit on March 28th.Doris DayAt the benefit, partygoers will celebrate the 60th anniversary screening of the film Pillow Talk, which co-starred Day and Rock Hudson, and a celebrity Q&A moderated by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. Also planned is a live auction of rare, signed Pillow Talk memorabilia, including a signed poster, script and Doris and Rock “Barbie” dolls.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) is a national, nonprofit charity founded in 1978 as the Doris Day Pet Foundation with the mission of helping animals and the people who love them.Portrait of Doris Day, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., c. July 1946.Doris Day’s birthday became news two years ago for an interesting reason: Her true age was revealed.In 2017, one day before Day would celebrate what she thought was her 93rd birthday, the Associated Press reported that Day was actually 95, which was reportedly a surprise to Day herself, who always thought she was born in 1924, making her two years younger.Photo of Doris Day and John Denver from a 1975 TV special Doris Day Today (CBS, Feb. 19, 1975)The AP obtained a copy of Day’s birth certificate, which states that Doris Mary Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, making her 95. Her parents were Alma and William Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.Day’s publicist, Charley Cullen Walters, told ABC News that it’s possible that Day had written her age incorrectly on an audition form when she was young.“I’ve always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it’s great to finally know how old I really am!” Day said in an April 2nd statement regarding the mix-up.Bashara said that Day she may have changed her age “at the request of the studio she was working for at the time.”Day in a publicity portrait for ‘Midnight Lace’ (1960)Last year, for her 96th birthday, Day sang some of her classics with friends and enjoyed a quiet dinner at her home in Carmel, Bashara told the media.“She sings all the time, she sounds terrific too,” Bashara said. “When her TV series got syndicated, they wanted her to do some promos so I actually got her to sing a little audio. I said, ‘You sound good. You can record again.’ And she said, ‘No, I’m rusty.’ She’s a perfectionist.”Doris Day is considered one of the last stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. By the age of seventeen, she was touring with a band as their singer. Her first starring movie role was in 1948 in the film Romance on the High Seas.Photo of Doris Day on the set of her television program The Doris Day Show.In the 1950s she enjoyed two of her greatest successes: Calamity Jane and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.But her most beloved film of all may be Pillow Talk, in which she and Rock Hudson share a party line and can’t stand each other, but he enjoys romancing her with his voice disguised.Read another story from us: Betty White Celebrates 97th Birthday With Poker GameDay married four times. She had one son, Terry Melcher, who died in 2004. He was the child of her first husband, who was then adopted by her second, Martin Melcher. That husband had served as her manager, but after he died in 1968, Doris Day realized that he mismanaged or embezzled $20 million from her.last_img read more

Town centre road to be shut next weekend

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy main road in a Staffordshire Moorlands town will be closed next weekend while a new water connection is put in. The A521 High Street in Cheadle will be shut all day on Sunday March 3. Severn Trent are installing a new water connection on the route, requiring the road to be closed. The road is set to be shut from its junction with Cross Street to the junction with the A522 Tape Street, according to a closure order issued by Staffordshire County Council. Access will only be available for construction vehicles and emergency vehicles – although vehicles requiring access to premises on the closed stretch will also be permitted. Staffordshire County Council say an alternative route for traffic is available by going via Cross Street, Chapel Stree tand the A522 Tape Street. Read MoreRoadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands for the week ahead    Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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first_imgEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe. This week, we look at the best spots in Europe to see the autumn colours changing.Tree lovers and foliage fans rejoice – autumn is here which means the leaves are turning, bringing fiery reds, golden browns and bright yellow blazes of colour to the mountains, hillsides and parks of Europe. Skyscanner introduces five of the best places to sample the trees in all their fall glory, not to mention the pleasures of autumn’s lower prices and lack of crowds.Samedan, Switzerland – autumn in the Swiss Alps is an excellent time to visit; the summer crowds have gone home, the winter crowds are yet to arrive and the mountains are blessed with cool, crisp weather and fantastic foliage. As the larch forests begin to change, an impressive rainbow of colour is seen in the hills above the town, which offers hikers an ample choice of trails from short rambles to multiday treks.Travel: Find cheap flights from London to Geneva, prices start from £39 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Edinburgh to Geneva, prices start from £69 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Birmingham to Geneva, prices start from £46 (return, including taxes) Lot Valley, France – criss-crossed with walking, cycling and riding paths, the valley’s orchards and vineyards glow with golden leaves come autumn, making it an ideal spot for long walks through the wooded hills. Wildlife including several species of birds of prey is in abundance in this unspoilt region which is perfect for a quiet retreat.Travel:Find cheap flights from London to Toulouse, prices start from £53 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Bristol to Toulouse, prices start from £48 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Leeds-Bradford to Toulouse, prices start from £96 (return, including taxes)High Tatras, Poland – these eastern mountains are known for their skiing, but before the snow arrives, they descend into a world of colour as the birch, larch and oak trees put on their autumn garb. Zakopane, a pleasant mountain town makes the perfect base for excursions into the mountains, where visitors can enjoy glacial lakes, local fauna and a good range of hiking trails.Travel: Find cheap flights from London to Krakow, prices start from £44 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Edinburgh to Krakow, prices start from £113 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from East Midlands to Krakow, prices start from £48 (return, including taxes)Lake Bled, Slovenia – as if a crystal clear lake surrounded by wooded mountains, blessed with a solitary island upon which a fairly tale church stands wasn’t quite picturesque enough, if you visit Lake Bled in the autumn you’ll also find the glacial waters reflecting the fiery blaze of the turning trees that surround it. Hire a rowing boat and take your lover for a tour – it doesn’t get much more scenic that this.Travel: Find cheap flights from London to Ljubljana, prices start from £49 (return, including taxes)Bruges, Belgium – it’s not just trees that are good for autumn viewing; Bruges’ vine covered buildings create an impressive display of the rich tones of fall in the heart of one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Stroll along the canals or hop on a boat to see the best of Bruges, and don’t forget to sample the beer whilst your there.Travel:Find cheap flights from London to Brussels, prices start from £64 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Glasgow to Brussels, prices start from £40 (return, including taxes)Find cheap flights from Manchester to Brussels, prices start from £36 (return, including taxes)To view the most up to date flight prices as well as other flight routes visit: Skyscanner Flight Search.About SkyscannerSkyscanner is the most powerful and flexible flight search engine in Europe, which provides instant online comparison on prices for over 300,000 flights on over 600 airlines. With Skyscanner, users can browse without having to enter specific dates or airports, so you can go looking for the best bargains or just for travel inspiration.To EditorsPermission is granted for this release to be reproduced in full or in part on the condition that www.Skyscanner.net is credited. All prices correct at time of writing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAutumn Holiday Ideas: Skyscanner’s guide to off-season tripsEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in EuropeAutumn leaf peeping? Ask SkyscannerAutumn leaf peeping? Ask Skyscannerlast_img read more