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Over 10k people get Rs 106 cr medical help from Maha CM

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra Chief Ministers Relief Fund has disbursed Rs 106 crore to 10,582 people for medical requirements in the past 10 months, a senior official said Saturday. The official added there was no dearth of money in the CMRF but those wanting to donate were welcome. “A total of 10,582 needy people have been given a sum of Rs 106 crore in the past 10 months for various medical procedures. Since Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took over in 2014, the total amount disbursed is Rs 553 crore and the number of people benefitted stands at 56,000,” a senior functionary of the CMRF’s medical assistance cell said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The official pointed out that the total amount disbursed between 2009-14, when the Congress-NCP government was in power in the state, was Rs 40 crore to 16,000 people. The Fadnavis government had also raised the amount of financial help from Rs 25,000 initially to Rs one lakh and further to Rs three lakh, the official said. “The present government has incorporated a few more categories to the financial assistance scheme. Apart from heart surgeries and cancer, help can also be availed for liver, heart and bone marrow transplants,” another official said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah On Friday, Mission Muskan, a joint initiative of the Rotary International and Chief Minister Medical Assistance Cell organised a fund-raiser at the Bombay Stock Exchange, after which a cheque of Rs 3 crore was handed over for the CMRF to Amruta Fadnavis, the CM’s wife. Suresh Chokhani, Mission Muskan chairperson, said apart from the Rs 3 crore that was handed over, another Rs 7 crore will soon be deposited in the CMRF. Rajiv Singal, a trustee of Manav Kalyan Kendra which runs a few charitable hospitals in the city, appreciated the efforts of the Fadnavis government, adding that a request made by him for help for a child’s surgery last month was acted upon immediately.last_img read more

Michael Bublé says he is retiring management denies

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian singer Michael Bublé recalled his emotional struggle after his son, Noah, was diagnosed with liver cancer and said he is retiring from music in an interview with the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, but his management says reports he is retiring are “completely false.”Bublé told the Daily Mail that the interview was his last, and he will retire from music after the release of his new album, titled Love, to be released November 16.“I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top,” Bublé told the Daily Mail. “I don’t have the stomach for it anymore. The celebrity narcissism.“This is my last interview. I’m retiring.” Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bublé’s management has denied that he is retiring. Michelle R. Larson, a digital media manager at Bruce Allen Talent, the company that manages Bublé, wrote on his Facebook fan page, “The rumours and reports that Michael is quitting is completely false. We ask everyone to not share any of these tabloid stories and delete any posts already shared to the Buble Insider and personal pages. Thank you members!”In the interview, Bublé explained the emotional effect of Noah’s liver cancer diagnosis when he was three years old, in November 2016.last_img read more

Conservatives cut 127 million from onreserve housing Liberals

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA—The Conservative government has cut $127 million from First Nations reserve housing since 2008, the Liberals charged in the House of Commons Tuesday.Toronto Liberal MP and Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the latest government numbers show that money invested for First Nations reserve housing is hundreds of millions of dollars below 2008 levels.“How can the minister defend that yesterday’s budget cuts funding to Aboriginal housing by $127 million below budget 2008, before the(Economic Action Plan),” said Bennett, referring to the government’s stimulus program. “Where is the concerted action?”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan appeared to have been caught off guard by the question and had no specific response.“Our government is building on its impressive record in major investments and unprecedented collaboration with Aboriginals to increase educational outcomes for First Nations children and to address priority areas such as water and waste water infrastructure,” said Duncan.Former Liberal leader and Quebec Liberal MP Stephane Dion then discarded his planned question and pounced on Duncan, demanding an answer.“Could the minister respond to the question?” said Dion.Duncan simply repeated some of the highlights in the budget, including funding to help First Nations bands manage reserve lands, deal with the division of on-reserve assets following divorces or deaths, and investments to complete the last leg of the Dempster Highway in the Northwest Territories.“It got good reviews from the national Aboriginal leaders and that’s good for Canadians,” said Duncan.Duncan’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the Liberal’s claim.Bennett said in a separate interview that the cut is based on Public Accounts numbers from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for spending on-reserve housing.The numbers showed that CMHC spent $282.325 million in 2008-2009, and $156.340 million in 2011-2012.Bennett said the spending may have gone up during the government’s Economic Action Plan stimulus spending, but the latest numbers show that on-reserve housing has been hit with a cut.She said it was surprising Duncan couldn’t respond to the claim.“He has to defend what he thinks is more important than housing on-reserve and why money got stolen from there and moved somewhere else,” said Bennett. “I hope they understand that we are serious and if he can explain it, great.”last_img read more

Pak says security forces rescued 4 kidnapped Iranian soldiers

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has claimed to have rescued four kidnapped Iranian soldiers from terrorists in the restive Balochistan province bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistan Army said that forces carried out an operation following a tip-off that extremists from a banned outfit had brought soldiers from Afghanistan to a “transitional hideout” in Amori area of Chaghai district of the province. “After an exchange of fire, four Iranian soldiers were rescued,” it said on Wednesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US At least 12 Iranian security personnel, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, were kidnapped near the Pakistan border in October last year. Jaish al-Adl, an anti-Shiite and anti-Iran terrorist group, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The kidnapping led to a public spat between Pakistan and Iran, which accused extremists hiding in Pakistan of carrying out attacks inside Iran.last_img read more

Security Council expresses serious concern about violent clashes in the DR Congo

In a statement to the press, the Council demanded that the Congolese political leadership “exercise restraint and immediately implement the ceasefire agreed between their forces and henceforth refrain from any threats or use of force or intimidation against political opponents or their supporters.”Echoing remarks made by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has been in touch by telephone with the two candidates, the Council expressed the hope that a proposed meeting between President Joseph Kabila and Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba would be held as soon as possible.“There can be no military solution to political issues in the DRC,” said the statement, which urged all parties “to take immediate steps to support the democratic process that is underway.”The Security Council also “appealed to political leaders to respect the electoral calendar as established by the Independent Electoral Commission.” Run-off elections between Mr. Kabila, who received 45 per cent of the vote, and Mr. Bemba, who garnered 20 per cent, are scheduled to be held on 29 October. read more

Offer has been made on former media baron Conrad Blacks Toronto mansion

TORONTO – The auction house managing the sale of Conrad Black’s mansion in Toronto says an offer has been made on the home.Concierge Auctions said Wednesday it was working on a sale agreement for the former media baron’s 23,000 square-foot property in the tony Bridle Path neighbourhood.“We received multiple pre-auction offers in advance of the scheduled auction, and are in the process of finalizing a contract,” a spokeswoman said in an email.The New York-based auction house did not provide any other details about the potential sale.On its website, it had pegged the estimated value of the estate, located in north Toronto, at $21.8 million.The property, which sits on a 6.6-acre (2.7 hectare) lot with mature Magnolia and Willow trees, boasts nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and two two-storey libraries.It has a separate caretaker suite, a converted coach house guest apartment, an indoor swimming pool, a billiards room and a chapel.The home has entertained many high-profile guests, including Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nixon, Elton John and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.It was first built by Black’s father, George Montegu Black, and has been in the family for 65 years.The online listing notes the home was built by famed architect Thierry W. Despont, whose clients include Bill Gates, Calvin Klein and the late Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.In a statement last month, Black had said he and his wife will be moving to a more “manageable home.”“It is a big house for two people,” he said at the time.Black served 37 months in a U.S. prison for wire fraud and obstruction of justice following convictions in 2007 related to when he was head of Hollinger Inc.The sale of 26 Park Lane Circle is also being managed by Re/Max Realtron Realty Inc. agent Barry Cohen. Calls Cohen were not returned Wednesday.The Bridle Path neighbourhood is known as Millionaire’s Row and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2016 8:46 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conrad Black’s home at 26 Park Circle Lane in Toronto is shown in a handout photo. An auction for the Toronto home of former media baron Conrad Black has officially opened.The 23,000-square-foot mansion in the tony Bridle Path neighbourhood was listed on March 8 with an estimated value of $21.8 million.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Concierge Auctions Offer has been made on former media baron Conrad Black’s Toronto mansion read more

UN food agriculture chief urges nothing less than the eradication of hunger

In a message marking the launch of The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that although the world has registered some progress on hunger, one form of malnutrition, there was still “a long way” to go. “FAO’s message is that we must strive for nothing less than the eradication of hunger and malnutrition,” he declared. The report notes that while some 870 million people were still hungry in 2010-2012, this is just a fraction of the billions of people whose health, well-being and lives are blighted by malnutrition. Two billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, while 1.4 billion are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese, according to the report, which adds that 26 per cent of all children under five are stunted and 31 per cent suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. FAO states in a news release that vitamin and micronutrients deficiency together with obesity and overweight, costs to the world economy in lost productivity and health care are “unacceptably high” and could account for as much as 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product – $3.5 trillion, or $500 per person. “That is almost the entire annual GDP of Germany, Europe’s largest economy,” the agency points out. FAO notes that, in social terms, child and maternal malnutrition continue to reduce the quality of life and life expectancy of millions of people, while obesity-related health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, affect millions more. The key to combating malnutrition is healthy diets and good nutrition – which must start with food and agriculture, stresses FAO. “The way we grow, raise, process, transport and distribute food influences what we eat,” it says, adding that improved food systems can make food more affordable, diverse and nutritious. The report makes a number of recommendations, including using appropriate agricultural policies, investment and research to increase productivity; cutting food losses and waste, which currently amount to one third of the food produced for human consumption every year; and helping consumers make good dietary choices for better nutrition through education, information and other actions. Among other recommendations is to make food systems more responsive to the needs of mothers and young children. FAO notes that malnutrition during the critical ‘first 1,000 days’ from conception can cause lasting damage to women’s health and life-long physical and cognitive impairment in children. The agency cites several projects that have proved successful in raising nutrition levels such as the promotion of home gardens in West Africa; encouragement of mixed vegetable and animal farming systems together with income-generating activities in some Asian countries; and public-private partnerships to enrich products like yoghurt or cooking oil with nutrients. Making food systems enhance nutrition is a complex task, the report points out, adding that it requires strong political commitment and leadership at the highest levels, broad-based partnerships and coordinated approaches with other important sectors such as health and education. “Food systems governance that is providing leadership, coordinating effectively and fostering collaboration among the many stakeholders is a first priority,” it says. read more

Ceasefire in Homs has great value in showing a nationwide truce in

The Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said “the UN’s clear goal is to reach, as soon as possible, a nationwide ceasefire,” Deputy UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq told the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters today.Meanwhile, “initiatives like this one bring relief to besieged or isolated communities and have great value,” Mr. Haq quoted the envoy as saying. “They help the perception that a nationwide ceasefire brokered by the members of the International Syria Support Group is doable and that the UN can and will do its part.” Technical preparatory talks for the next International Syria Support Group meeting are taking place today in Geneva, Switzerland.The evacuation operation from Homs was carried out on Wednesday when a UN team and its partners moved about 700 people, including 30 wounded, from the Al Waer neighbourhood and transferred to Idlib governorate, as stipulated in a local ceasefire agreement.The spokesperson said the evacuation, in addition to the previous entry of humanitarian assistance on 5 December, made a significant change in the lives of more than 60,000 people with limited access to such assistance living inside Al Waer and the wider geographic area of Homs, one of the most heavily damaged cities in the Syrian war that erupted in 2011.Also today, the Geneva-based UN refugee agency reported that the first group of 163 Syrian refugees had arrived to Canada as part of the recently announced humanitarian initiative which would provide a new life for 25,000 Syrian refugees.As the situation in Syria continued to deteriorate with many falling below the poverty line, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged other countries to engage in similar programmes, in addition to the 30 that had pledged more than 160,000 places for Syrian refugees under resettlement and humanitarian admission schemes to date.It is estimated that 10 per cent of the 4.1 million registered refugees in countries neighbouring Syria were vulnerable and in need of resettlement or humanitarian admission to a third country. In related news, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, would visit Syria from 12 to 14 December.Mr. O’Brien would see for himself the situation on the ground and the activities of the United Nations agencies, and would try to refocus the world’s attention on the 13,500 million people inside Syria who were in desperate need of aid and protection.As the fifth winter of this conflict gets underway, more than 13.5 million people need basic aid and protection. They face daily deprivation and brutality. Four out of five Syrian families now live in poverty, and millions do not have enough food, clean water or shelter.Also on Syria, the agreement between the United Nations and the Syrian Government concerning the Status of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism was signed in New York this morning. With that agreement, the Syrian Government agreed to provide support to the Mechanism to conduct its activities in accordance with Security Council resolution 2235 (2015). The Mechanism’s mandate is to identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organisers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, in the Syria as determined by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Fact Finding Missions.At the same time, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the Joint Investigative Mechanism to be fully operational on 13 November, and its first report is expected sometime in February 2016.”The Secretary-General commends Saudi Arabia for its constructive efforts and leadership in convening the Syrian opposition conference in Riyadh, between 9-10 December,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.Mr. Ban also highlighted the importance of “maintaining the positive momentum” of the efforts of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG), allowing it to move forward and launch a credible political negotiations among Syrians in January to implement the 2012 Geneva Communique and the ISSG Vienna statements. read more

No news is good news as Michael Schumacher confirmed stable

first_imgMICHAEL SCHUMACHER’S SPOKESPERSON Sabine Kehm has revealed the Formula One star is in a stable condition.Doctors at the Grenoble hospital, where Schumacher, 44, is being treated for a serious head injury, have deigned not to hold a press conference as they are satisfied that there is no significant changes with his condition.The German has been at the hospital in the south of France since he was airlifted there on Sunday afternoon. Schumacher suffered ‘heavy brain trauma’ after hitting his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at the Meribel resort.Kehm told reporters this morning that Schumacher remained in a stable condition and doctors were continuing to monitor him closely. She said:The good news for today is we do not have the feeling to have a press conference because we have no significant changes.”Schumacher, a seven-time F1 champion, has had two operations since he was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot removed from his brain on Monday. During Tuesday’s press briefing chief doctor Professor Jean-Francois Payen stated Schumacher was still critical but added his condition had ‘improved slightly’.Fake priest ‘tried to approach Schumacher in hospital’Rory McIlroy announces engagement to Caroline Wozniaki on Twitterlast_img read more

Des molécules antiques pour fabriquer de puissants antibiotiques

first_imgDes molécules antiques pour fabriquer de puissants antibiotiquesDes biologistes sont parvenus à ressusciter des molécules antiques, présentes chez des mammifères vivant il y a 59 millions d’années. Selon les chercheurs, ces composés antimicrobiens seraient assez puissant pour détruire certains de nos agents pathogènes les plus résistants.L’objectif du projet lancé par l’Infectious Diseases Society of America est de produire d’ici 2020, 10 antibiotiques capables de lutter contre les souches multi-résistantes de virus. Mais pour mener leur recherche, les scientifiques s’y sont pris d’une manière très particulière. Ils ont remonté l’ensemble de l’arbre du vivant à la recherche d’éléments biologiques anti-pathogènes synthétisés naturellement par des organismes. Une investigation minutieuse qui a permis de découvrir des molécules prometteuses au sein de diverses espèces. Dans un premier temps, des agents anti-pathogènes ont été retrouvés dans les tissus de poissons primitifs appelés les lamproies. Si ces éléments innovants dans le domaine pharmaceutique ont prouvé leur efficacité, c’est en partie grâce à leur simplicité. Actuellement, les antibiotiques classiques jouent sur les défauts que présentent “l’armure” de leurs cibles pour les détruire ou bloquer leur croissance. Un phénomène similaire au système immunitaire adaptatif des vertébrés qui apprend petit à petit à lutter contre un nouvel agent pathogène et se souvient de la leçon pour les futures batailles. Toutefois, la capacité des éléments infectieux à corriger leur armure rend la tâche du système immunitaire et des compagnies pharmaceutiques extrêmement difficile. Le système immunitaire inné : de nouvelles pistes de recherches en immunologieSelon les chercheurs, les molécules trouvées au sein des lamproies appartiennent au système immunitaire inné, consistant simplement à cibler les lipides des membranes cellulaires. Ainsi, ces éléments peuvent perturber et affaiblir les membranes bactériennes mais également modifier subtilement les propriétés des cellules saines de l’hôte afin que les agents pathogènes ne puissent plus les attaquer. Si cette découverte représente une véritable innovation dans la façon de penser le système immunitaire, les applications à l’humain restent pour l’heure de l’ordre du projet. En effet, les animaux possédant un système immunitaire inné ont tendance à être très loin de l’espèce humaine rendant la compatibilité avec les molécules extraites impossibles. Pour tenter de résoudre ce problème, des chercheurs de la Trobe University de Bundoora en Australie étudie actuellement les processus de défenses immunitaires à l’intérieur de la poche de wallaby.Les wallabies plus proches des êtres humainsComme tous les marsupiaux, les wallabies donnent naissance à un petit à un stade beaucoup plus précoce que les mammifères placentaires. Une fois le sac amniotique déchiré, le petit encore au stade fœtal, rampe jusqu’à la poche incubatrice de sa mère où il finira son développement. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?”Ce n’est pas un environnement propre” indique au New Scientist Ben Cock, un des membres de l’étude. Il poursuit : “des bactéries étroitement liées à de super-bactéries affectant les humains dans les hôpitaux ont été retrouvées dans la poche des wallabies. Toutefois les bébés sont tellement sous-développés qu’il leur manque un système immunitaire adaptatif pour les combattre. Leur survie dépend donc uniquement de leur système immunitaire inné”.En parcourant le génome du wallaby, l’équipe de chercheurs a découvert des gènes codant pour 14 peptides anti-microbiens appelés cathélicidines. Des tests effectués en laboratoire ont révélé que de nombreux peptides issus du système immunitaire inné pourraient tuer toute une gamme de pathogènes multi-résistants, sans endommager les cellules humaines. “Cette découverte est vraiment importante. Maintenant nous avons accès à des peptides antiques qui pourront servir à développer une nouvelle génération de médicaments”, conclut Ben Cock.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 15:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Transformer 2 de lIce cream sandwich en tablette

first_imgTransformer 2 : de l’Ice cream sandwich en tabletteDestiné à rencontrer, au minimum, le même succès que ses versions précédentes, le nouvel os Android, Ice Cream sandwich, débarque dorénavant sur les tablettes tactiles. L’une des premières à l’accueillir, la Transformer 2 d’Asus, est également la plus originale.Adieu HoneyComb, bonjour Ice Cream sandwich ! A nouvelle tablette, nouveau système d’exploitation chez Asus. La firme taïwanaise fait coup double en annonçant la sortie de la Transformer 2, et du fait que cette dernière fonctionne sur le système faisant tourner, entre autre, le futur Nexus Prime.À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? La Transformer (lien non disponible)première du nom (photo ci-contre), s’était déjà faite remarquée par le fait qu’elle pouvait réellement devenir un ordinateur portable grâce à un clavier avec support dédié, clipsable. Cette seconde mouture aux dimensions séduisantes (17,5 X 25 X 5 cm) devrait embarquer un processeur quadruple cœurs signé Nvidia (Tegra 3 Kal-el) cadencé à 1,5 Ghz, ainsi qu’un écran de 10,1 pouces de diagonale (25 cm). Asus prévoit de lancer la Transformer 2 avant la fin de l’année pour un prix avoisinant les 499 dollars (soit un peu plus de 360 euros).   Le 10 octobre 2011 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

VIDEO Were One Wilmington Recognizes WHS Teacher Margie Dunlap For Spreading Kindness

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of WCTV’s “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts,” hosts Jomarie O’Mahony and Jesse Fennelly recognize Margie Dunlap, a WHS Business Teacher and DECA Advisor. Dunlap is the brainchild of the school’s new service learning class, which integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Her students completed service projects that benefited Wilmington non-profits and other local charitable endeavors.Dunlap received the “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts” award from We’re One Wilmington for the month of April. This new award recognizes individuals who spread kindness and positivity in the Wilmington community. Dunlap was nominated by a parent of a student.Want to make your own nomination? Nominations can be emailed to ordinarypeople@onewilmington.org. Included in the email should be the name, email address and contact telephone number of the person being nominated as well as the reason the person is being nominated.Watch the 25-minute interview below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/4844c27b-25be-431d-bb11-225133120ef1/video.original.mp400:0000:0025:52Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSue Hendee Receives WOW’s 2019 School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Community”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Jomarie O’MahonyIn “Government”We’re One Wilmington Launches New “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts” Recognition ProgramIn “Community”last_img read more

Police say boats at PAF yard in Dillingham broken into again this

first_imgBoats at PAF Services Marine Boatyard in Dillingham. (KDLG photo)Dillingham Police are investigating reports of boats broken into at the PAF yard. Police were notified of some of the break-ins last January, but other skippers returning to town to fish are finding problems, too. In many instances, it appears the burglars were just looking for a place to stay.Listen nowMore than a dozen skippers who store their boats at the PAF Marine Services boatyard in Dillingham will find they are victims of some vandalism of their stored vessels.Among them is Andrew Rosas, captain of the F/V Deborah R, who came back to Dillingham this month to get ready for the season.“The window had been open for a few weeks—letting weather in and what not. The whole place was ransacked. Everything that could be gone through was gone through, and it was all thrown all over the floor and stomped on,” Rosas said.Nothing was stolen from Rosas’ boat, but about twenty other boats in the yard reported being burglarized.Unfortunately, DPD chief Dan Pasquariello said this is pretty common.“Pretty much every year around this time, as fisherman come back to Dillingham to prepare for the salmon season, we get reports that their vessels have been broken into over the course of the winter,” Pasquariello said.A few boats were found with sleeping bags and food items strewn about, indicating the suspects probably had just been squatting there. Some things do get stolen from fisherman each year, which the chief believes the public can help curtail.“Help us solve the case and dry up the market. If someone is trying to sell you expensive electronics for a fishing boat, you should be weary as to where they have obtained those items,” Pasquariello said.DPD catches harbor thieves some years, and some years they do not.Another skipper who keeps his container van up the road a ways had a pair of burglars squatting there and stealing from him over many months. They were arrested last fall and convicted on various charges related to theft and burglary. Just a few weeks ago that skipper, wandering around at a downtown rally, saw one of the thieves wearing one of his sweatshirts, with the name of the skipper’s boat on it.Police were notified.last_img read more

Indias striping 4m of citizenship her internal matter Dhaka

first_imgRegistrar general and census commissioner of India Sailesh talks to the media next to national register of citizens (NRC) state coordinator Prateek Hajela (L) during a press conference reagarding the release of the final draft of `National Register of Citizens`, in Guwahati, on 30 July 2018. India on 30 July stripped four million people of citizenship in the northeastern state of Assam, under a draft list that has sparked fears of deportation of largely Bengali-speaking Muslims. Critics say it is the latest move by right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advance the rights of India`s Hindu majority at the expense of its many minorities, in particular its over 170 million Muslims. — AFPAs India on Monday excluded four million Assamese people from the new list of citizens, Dhaka said the issue is India’s internal matter.The Indian move, reports AFP, sparked “fears of mass deportations of Muslims from the northeastern state” of India.The news agency added that the new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh’s war of independence into the state, and their descendants.”This is India’s internal matter,” an official of the foreign ministry told UNB on Monday without elaborating further.India, according to the BBC, says the process is ‘to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants’.The BBC report also says the move has sparked fears of a witch-hunting against Assam’s ethnic minorities.Hundreds of thousands of people fled to neighbouring India after Bangladesh declared itself an independent country from Pakistan on 26 March 1971.The Indian government considers those who arrived before the war as legitimate citizens.AFP says: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won control of Assam in 2016 after promising to expel illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights of indigenous groups.Assam, where one third of the population is Muslim, is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.On 23 July, the Indian media quoted Bangladesh high commissioner to New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali as mentioning that “As of now this is an internal matter.”While talking to reporters in Kolkata, the high commissioner said this issue has not been raised at the official level by the government of India with the Bangladesh government at any stage and mentioned that he will not interfere in an internal matter.Muazzem Ali said the issue can become ‘bilateral’ only after the Indian government takes it up with the Bangladesh government.last_img

US slaps new sanctions on Irans supreme leader Khamenei

first_imgpresident Donald Trump. File PhotoThe United States imposed sanctions Monday on Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a string of military chiefs, tightening pressure on the country that president Donald Trump threatened with “obliteration” if it seeks war.Trump signed the punitive financial measures against in the Oval Office, calling this a “strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.”Repeating that “never can Iran have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said it was now up to Tehran to negotiate.”We do not ask for conflict,” he said, adding that depending on Iran’s response the sanctions could end tomorrow — or it “can also be years from now.”Expanding on the new measures, the Treasury said the United States will blacklist Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and block “billions” more in Iranian assets, with eight top commanders from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards already added to the list.Tensions are running high after Iran shot down a US spy drone last week and Trump considered, then canceled, a retaliatory strike.Iran, crippled by existing US sanctions that include the blocking of most of its crucial oil exports, sought to play down the US move.”Are there really any sanctions left that the United States has not imposed on our country recently or in the past 40 years?” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said shortly before Trump signed his order.”We… do not consider them to have any impact,” he said.Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity, the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates urged “diplomatic solutions” in the standoff, which is playing out in a region crucial to the global economy’s oil supplies.French president Emmanuel Macron said he would use a meeting with Trump at the G20 summit in Japan to urge “a constructive solution with the aim of ensuring collective regional security.”The Kremlin, which has longstanding links to Iran’s government, earlier called Monday’s sanctions “illegal.”- US policy clear: Trump -At home, Trump has taken criticism for sending mixed messages to Iran. However, the US president insists he has a clear strategy that breaks firmly with past US policy in the tinderbox Middle East.In a pair of tweets Monday, Trump said US aims regarding Iran boil down to “No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror.”On Sunday, Trump told an NBC television interview that if it came to war, Iran would experience “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”Iran insists that it does not have a nuclear weapons program.It signed onto an international pact in 2015 meant to ensure that its nuclear industry sticks to civilian uses. Trump, however, pulled the United States out of the deal in 2017, seeking its collapse.But while some in Washington see the White House’s ultimate goal as regime change in Tehran, Trump says he wants to avoid war and that he’s open to negotiations with Iran’s leaders.He also insists that Washington’s hands are freer than in the past because its own energy production frees it of dependence on Middle Eastern oil.This means the United States should no longer be seen as the guarantor of open sea lanes in the Gulf region, which saw two mysterious attacks in mid-June on non-US tankers that Washington claims were carried out by Tehran.”All of these countries should be protecting their own ships,” Trump tweeted Monday. “We don’t even need to be there.”So far, Trump’s carrot-and-stick message does not seem to be getting through to Tehran.”America’s claim of readiness for unconditional negotiation is not acceptable with the continuation of threats and sanctions,” Hesamodin Ashna, an advisor to Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, said Monday on Twitter.- International diplomacy -The dispute is bound up in a complex web of regional rivalries, with US allies Saudi Arabia and Israel long pushing Washington to act aggressively against Iran.Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned his country, which is widely believed to have an undeclared nuclear arsenal, would do “everything” to stop Iran getting such a weapon.In New York, the UN Security Council was to meet later Monday at the request of the United States to discuss the tensions.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled Monday to meet with Saudi leaders to build what he called a “global coalition” against the Islamic republic.Pompeo met Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and was later due to hold talks in the United Arab Emirates.The sultanate of Oman, meanwhile, said reports that it had served as a back channel for the United States to Iran in the aftermath of last week’s drone shooting were “not true.”The foreign ministry called on Iran and the United States via Twitter “to show self-control and to resolve the pending issues through dialogue.”Although Trump backed away from a bombing strike in retaliation for last week’s drone downing, US media reports said a US cyber attack took place against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network.On Monday Iranian Telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said no cyber attack against his country had ever succeeded.last_img read more

Holographic lens printing method could allow printing of telescope lenses in space

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Researchers have developed a method for printing optical holographic lenses that could greatly simplify their fabrication. Because the method can be performed quickly and easily, it could potentially be used by astronauts to print lenses while in space for holographic lens telescopes. More information: Qiancheng Zhao, et al. “Printable Nanophotonic Devices via Holographic Laser Ablation.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b03165 Group webpage: HB-Nanophotonic Group at the University of Birmingham Explore further The researchers, led by Dr. Haider Butt at the University of Birmingham in the UK, along with coauthors from there and the Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, have published a paper on the new holographic lens printing method in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”Using the novel technique of holographic laser ablation, which we previously used for printing holograms, we have demonstrated the printing of optical lenses made of a variety of materials,” Butt told Phys.org. “A complete lens can be fabricated with a single nanosecond laser pulse. Hence the method is fast, flexible, and inexpensive.”While current holographic lens fabrication methods are often expensive, time-consuming, and labor-intensive, the new printing method can produce a lens in just a few seconds using only a single step. The method uses a nanosecond laser pulse to create interference patterns on a transparent substrate coated with light-absorbing materials. The laser is reflected off a concave mirror back onto itself, so that interference occurs between two laser beams traveling in opposite directions. The resulting interference pattern, consisting of circular fringes, is “printed” on a substrate between the two beams, storing the optical information as a holographic lens. The resulting flat, ultra-thin lenses consist of hundreds of nanoscale circular zones that contribute to focusing light.Using this new method, the researchers demonstrated that they could achieve mass production within a few minutes. The method should also work with a wide variety of materials on substrates that are semitransparent, with geometries that are flat, curved, or of other arbitrary form. Besides having niche applications like printing telescope lenses in space, the new printing method could also be used for security, data storage, and biosensors. Due to the flexibility of the fabrication method, lenses can be printed on certain materials that are not compatible with conventional fabrication techniques. In the future, the scientists plan to use the method to print lenses on thin films of semiconductors, with applications in applied optics and infrared imaging. Printable holograms could make holograms more widespreadcenter_img The flat lens is made of a 4-nm-thick gold layer and has an approximate diameter of 1 inch. Scale bars = 200 μm. Credit: Zhao, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Diagram of the fabrication method for printing holographic lenses. Credit: Zhao, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: ACS Nano Citation: Holographic lens printing method could allow printing of telescope lenses in space (2015, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-holographic-lens-method-telescope-lenses.htmllast_img read more

NRI Bengalis to focus on Tagore songs in prepuja albums

first_imgThe pre-puja season is a time which sees a number of music albums hit the stands every year. This year saw a number of non-resident Bengalis launch their albums, like Soumya Dasgupta’s Bengali album ‘Khusi Noi Awlpey.’ Soumya is the son of legendary Bengali composer, Sudhin Das Gupta.’Khusi Noi Awlpey’ features eight Bengali non-film songs rendered by Raghab Chattopadhyay, Nirmalya Roy, Swagato Dey while lyrics have been penned by Rajib Chakraborty and Soumya Dasgupta. Songs like ‘Khusi Noi Awlpey’ (Raghab Chattopadhyay), Beparoya Hawa (Nirmalya Roy), Jekhane Jemon (Swagato Dey), Roshnai (Raghab Chattopadhyay) are worth a mention. All the songs have been composed by Soumya Dasgupta. The album was released at Kolkata Press Club on UD Series. Paroma, Upal, Raghab Chattopadhyay, Soumya Dasgupta, Nirmalya Roy, Rajib Chakraborty were present at the launch ceremony. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSoumya started studying music through the instrument of his choice, the guitar, first with his uncle, Parimal Das Gupta and later on with legendary Indian jazz guitarist, Carlton Kitto. The early years were spent in the company of legendary Indian singers including Manna Dey, Arati Mukherjee, Banasree Sen Gupta and instrumental maestros who were regulars in the recording industry. His first recording stint was with his father, in 1979, at the Technicians’ Studio, Kolkata. His first band was a folk rock band, called “Further Away” after he left India in 1990 to work in Oman. There he started a rock band called “Feedback” in 1991which featured Mangalorean and Sri Lankan musicians. He gave up active gigging, concentrating on larger shows in Oman and composing music in his home studio. Between 2003 and 2012, Soumya composed and produced music for a number of plays for the Indian and Bangladeshi diaspora in Oman. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn 2013, he produced a fusion album with his long time musician friend, tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya. They formed a fusion band, called Crossover, which featured a lot of well known Indian artists. In 2015, Soumya composed, arranged and produced a western instrumental album called “Roots”. In 2016, he produced a Bengali language album, called “Khushi Noi Awlpey” featuring singers Raghab Chatterjee, Nirmalya Roy and Swagato Dey, with sound design by Sayan Ganguly. Soumya has teamed up with prominent Greek – Omani singer, Thanae and started producing songs with an album planned in the near future. The album RANG by Anindya-Shelley was released by eminent Rabindra Sangeet artist Prabuddha Raha at on INRECO, recently. Anindya-Shelley has chosen six of Rabindranath Tagore’s songs which interpret the relationship of love with that of nature, and its varying inspirations in different seasons. It was a cherished dream of the duo to reach out to other-than-Bengali-speaking audiences, with the gems of Tagore’s creations. Shouvik Mazumdar, a composer of contemporary times has translated Gurudev’s songs, with a touch of his simple yet chaste Hindi. Professor Debal Dasgupta from the MS University of Baroda, Gujarat, has enriched the verses with a touch of finesse.Music has been arranged by Rana Sarkar. Songs like ‘Aaj Sawan ghanaghata chaiye re’ (Aji jhoro jhoro mukhoro badoro diney), ‘Sakhi pyar mein na janu’ (Sokhi bhabona kahare boley), ‘O mere chand suhana’ (O amar chander alo), ‘Kab se main ye socha tha’ (Kotobaro bhebechhinu), ‘Udashini jaisey kesuyo ki lat se’ (Udashini beshe bideshini ke se), ‘Pagli hawako aaj de diyahaiman’ (Phagun haway haway) are worth a mention.Anindya and Shelley’s musical journey gained momentum way back in 2011 at Baroda, Gujarat. Anindya has been widely acclaimed for his albums, one of Rabindrasangeet and two others of Hemanta Mukhopadhyay. Shelley’s debut album of Rabindrasangeet has also been appreciated by listeners from all quarters. Moreover, Ratnendra, an artiste from Mumbai with a Bong connection released his debut non-film Bengali album ‘Jani Tumi Asbe’ on INRECO featuring five songs penned by Rajib Chakraborty, music composed by Arbind Dogra recently in city. Ratnendra is a trained singer and one of very promising disciples of legendary artist, Suresh Wadekar.Music is his passion though he does a job in Mumbai. Songs are modern with a high range of variety. The album was released by Surojit Chatterjee, eminent singer, Ashok Bhadra, music composer, Debasish Kumar (MIC) at the Press Club, Kolkata.last_img read more

OTM 2017 set to be the largest ever travel trade show in

first_imgWidely recognised as India’s leading travel trade show, OTM is all set to be the meeting place of the largest ever number of global sellers and buyers of tourism industry.OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country, from 21–23 February, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.More than a 1000 sellers from 60 countries are likely to exhibit at the OTM 2017. These include National and State Tourism Organisations, Hotels, Airlines, Destination Marketing Companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets.5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered for visiting OTM 2017. There are 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India. The hosted buyers will be matched with the sellers and appointments will be scheduled in advance for face to face meetings during the show.The total number of visitors is likely to cross 10,000, as in previous years.According to data published by India’s Ministry of Tourism, 20.38 million Indians took foreign trips out of India in 2015 (11.1% higher than 2014). The number of domestic trips within India was a whopping 1432 million (11.6% higher than in 2014). In contrast, the number of foreign tourist arrival was 8.03 million (4.05% higher than in 2014). OTM caters to all of these markets.According to UNWTO, the number of Indian outbound travellers will grow to approximately 50 million in 2020, contributing $28 billion in expenditure.Mumbai is the biggest source market for the outbound and domestic tourists in India. Together with its hinterland markets in the West & South India, it commands 60% of the total outbound tourists from India. It is also the strongest market of Business, Luxury and MICE travel for international as well as domestic segments.Countries at OTM 2017 include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Fujairah, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Ras Al Khaimah, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sharjah, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA.Indian destinations are equally aggressive as their international counterparts. Tourism departments along with private operators from Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and state representations from Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana are participating in the show in a big way.OTM 2017 shall be co-located with the Mumbai edition of BLTM – India’s definitive show on Business Travel, Luxury and MICE segments, where qualified hosted buyers meet the sellers by appointments.Fairfest was the first mover in India in the space of travel marts. It was established in 1989. Its OTM is now India’s largest travel trade show on the basis of number sellers as well as buyers.OTM is supported by Incredible India, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA).In addition to buying and selling opportunities on the show floor, exhibitors from various countries and states will also make colourful cultural presentations. There will be an equally interesting line up of panel discussions conducted on the sidelines of the mart. Eminent experts and leaders from the industry will deliberate on the latest issues and prospects related to Domestic, Inbound, Outbound, MICE, Niche Tourism.Films play an important role in promoting tourism. Mumbai being one of the biggest global hubs of film production, OTM is partnering with Film and TV Producers Guild of India to organise an exclusive event on the opening day of OTM focused on promoting tourism through films shoots, which will be attended by international and state tourism boards and leading film production companies.Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of OTM and Publisher of Travel News Digest): “Tourism industry in India will show off as the next big thing at OTM 2017, with the largest ever gathering of buyers and sellers, from around the world. We are especially excited because OTM has emerged as the largest travel trade show in India in terms of exhibit area, number of sellers and buyers.”For more information on OTM 2017, visit http://otm.co.in/Quotes:Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI: “OTOAI is proud of its association with OTM right since the inception of OTOAI. The quality of suppliers that OTM brings along with new products attracts OTOAI to bring in quality buyers who have demonstrated quality and quantity in outbound tourism industry.”Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO: “Every year the travel trade fraternity looks forward to OTM because it has an exceptional ability to bind the tourism industry under one roof. As the national apex body of the tourism industry, IATO will continue its support to OTM in the years to come.”P P Khanna, President, ADTOI: “ADTOI supports OTM as Partner Association as it gives impetus to domestic tourism. OTM is one of the sought after travel marts where buyer-seller meets take place and generate good business for the industry players.”Gajesh Girdhar, National Coordinator, NIMA: “OTM is the largest ever show being organised in India for the travel fraternity. Moreover the exhibitors are increasing every year which is making OTM more popular event for travel agents. OTM provides a big opportunity for agents doing MICE business.”H.E. Mohammed Al Mheiri, Undersecretary, Minister Advisor– Tourism Affairs: “OTM is the most effective platform to market to the Indian travel industry catering to over 20 million outbound travelers spending over $10 billion and growing over 10% per year. It is really important for us to showcase UAE as a tourism destination in which Indian visitors can enjoy a wide variety of unique products and tourism services.”Gülara Alkaçır, Culture & Tourism Officer, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism: “We have been attending OTM for seven years. Every year we are expecting more tourists from India. We are planning to arrange special area for wedding tourism in Turkey and promote the other popular destinations like Istanbul and Cappadocia.”Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai: “We are delighted at the prospect of being associated with OTM, which is one the biggest B2B trade fairs in the tourism industry. Like every year, we are anticipating OTM to be a successful affair considering India is one of the fastest growing outbound markets for Thailand.”Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO): Having GNTO taking part in OTM 2017 signifies the dynamic perspectives of cooperation between Greece and India in the tourism field. GNTO is focused on promoting all thematic forms of tourism that are appealing to our visitors from India.”Shelly Chandhok, Country Manager, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office: “OTM will be a unique opportunity for Indonesian travel industry partners to meet, network a good number of prospective travel professionals from different segments of the travel industry pan India.”Ismail A Hamid, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor, Egyptian Tourism Office: “OTM is one of the most prominent travel trade events in India. Yearly, Egypt participates in the show and this year I can see even more interest from the Egyptian private sector to participate at the show.”Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary- Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra: “The objective of participation at OTM is to promote Maharashtra as the world-class tourist destination and offer opportunity to travel and tour operators to interact with foreign buyers, retail buyers, exhibitors, policy makers, investors and many more.”Shailesh Bagauli, Secretary, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board: “OTM plays a very important role for the State Tourism Boards like UTDB and other private stakeholders to gather under one roof to promote their products and get business.”Farooq A Shah, Secretary Tourism, Government of Jammu & Kashmir: “Mumbai and the Western Region are the biggest source markets for J&K, which is why our participation in OTM is the biggest of any travel show in India, with a large number of private stakeholders.”Navjot P S Randhawa, Director, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board: “We had previously participated in OTM and have found it to be a great platform to meet the best and most promising travel agents and tour operators. Thus, we are looking forward to another great year at OTM 2017.”Shikha Mishra, PR & Media Manager, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation: “OTM is a key industry exhibition and we are regular participants in this exhibition. It gives MMPRC and its industry partners a chance to come on board and meet all the major tour operators of India as well as network with the industry players.”Noel Saxena, Country Head, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, India: “Our main aim to participate in OTM is to make more and more Indians aware of Taiwan and to increase our sales. Taiwan Tourism Bureau has been actively taking part in B2B meetings and roadshows and has got tremendous response each time. We are expecting the same from OTM as well.”Chiranjib Biswas, Destination Manager, Kenya Tourism Board: “OTM is one of the oldest shows in the market. We are expecting world-class ambience and decision makers from top agencies as well as pan-India presence of tour operating companies, travel agencies and MICE planners.”Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, CEO, Bangladesh Tourism Board: “OTM is the largest travel trade show in India and for the last couple of years, Bangladesh has been participating regularly. OTM provides a proper platform that helps us to connect with other foreign markets.”Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Director, Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai: “AT OTM, we look forward to interacting with corporate houses and MICE specialists and familiarising them with the latest developments in terms of infrastructure and facilities and the various promotional schemes for the year.”Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board: “The Rwanda Development Board is delighted to be a part of OTM 2017 for the second consecutive year. Representatives from the Rwandan tourism industry, including tour and travel operators and hotels are representing Rwanda’s tourism offerings.”SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism- Marketing Office, India: “We hope that OTM will prove to be a good platform to meet new buyers. India being an important source market for Philippines Tourism, participation in such esteemed conventions and also our first of 2017, will provide an excellent platform to showcase the destination’s products and services.”Damcho Rinzin, Head- Tourism Promotion Division, Tourism Council of Bhutan: “We have participated in OTM for more than five years now. When we participate in OTM every year means OTM is proving to be a very good platform for us to promote Bhutan and generate business to Bhutan.”Vaijayanthi Kari, India Representative, Tourism Fiji: “OTM is one of India’s high value travel trade events. As a result of our participation from the previous years, we understand that people we meet at OTM always reach out to us when they need any information or support from us. This encourages us to participate in the event every year.”last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are expecting veteran tackle Max Starks, who signed with the team in early August, to fill in at both left and right tackle this season.Starks has plenty of experience at both positions — and although he’s played most of his NFL career at left tackle, he says those expectations are just fine with him.“I think (playing right tackle is) more challenging because obviously the best guy on defense more often than not is usually going to be that weak-side rusher,” Starks said Friday on the Doug and Wolf show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “That was a challenge, and I did it for seven years — played a lot of games at left tackle — but I got my start in this league at the right tackle position. I got over 30 starts at that position, so it’s something that I’m very familiar with… LISTEN: Max Starks, Cardinals offenisve lineman Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I actually enjoyed the right side because you could run the ball more on that side as opposed to being the back-side cutoff guy.”Starks suffered an ankle injury during the Cardinals’ 30-28 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.While the NFL has been penalizing defenders more often this preseason for using hands to the face, he said officials missed a glaring infraction on the play in which the injury occurred.“During that play, (a Vikings defensive end) had hands inside of my facemask, and nothing (was called),” he said. “It’s one of those things that it has to be a very obvious one, I think, to get called, but you obviously don’t want to bait (players into) that because hands to the face, it knocks you out and you kind of get stunned as far as what your responsibilities are in trying to get a guy stopped.”Starks, who spent the first nine years of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he signed with the Cardinals in part because of his familiarity with head coach Bruce Arians, who was the Steelers’ wide receivers coach from 2004-06.Starks said he’s enjoyed watching Arians’ progression from position coach, to offensive coordinator and interim head coach with the Indianapolis Colts, to head coach. “I think (his playbook has) expanded obviously since he’s left Pittsburgh and he had his time in Indianapolis, and now here, I think he’s amassed a wider array of offensive plays… very similar terminology, very similar plays, but they’re expanded and there’s more options inside of this offense now than there was before,” he said. “I think that’s an awesome thing and it’s good to see that progression, and I think it allows for a lot of versatility and a lot of success.”Starks is also relishing the chance to play alongside his old AFC North division rival, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. Starks said he met Palmer, who won the Heisman Trophy at USC in 2002, before his NFL career began.“The funny thing is I actually met Carson when I was a high school kid on my official visit to USC, and I thought he was a cool guy then,” he said. “Even when we played against Cincinnati — even when I was hoping he’d get sacked or hoping he’d throw an interception to his old college roommate, Troy Polamalu, I knew he was a good guy, and it only reaffirmed it once I came here.“Carson’s been consistent — just a cool, calm, collected dude, and very easy to talk to, very approachable. Nothing really changed in my mind except for rooting for him instead of rooting against him.” Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

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